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New Apple Watch bands collection releases additional colors, buckle design

New Apple Watch bands collection releases additional colors, buckle design

This week the folks at Apple have released a number of new Apple Watch bands. These new bands include new Hermes, Nike Sport, and Striped Woven Nylon bands. The standalone Nike Sport Bands are a new element, coming in standalone models for the first time. All new bands are set to become available today, straight from Apple online.

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Pokemon Yellow runs on Apple Watch thanks to GBC emulator

Pokemon Yellow runs on Apple Watch thanks to GBC emulator

The Pokemon fever has hit the Apple Watch. Well, sort of. We’ve seen all sorts of crazy, and admittedly useless, antics done on Android Wear smartwatches but not so much on the Apple Watch. Well, the Apple Watch does have some “hacks”, and sometimes for things that matter the most. Like, for example, being able to play Pokemon Yellow on the Apple Watch 2, thanks to an Game Boy Color emulator “appropriately” named “Giovanni”.

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Strava fitness app arrives for Apple Watch Series 2

Strava fitness app arrives for Apple Watch Series 2

The fitness app Strava has arrived for the Apple Watch Series 2, the company behind it has announced. This gives athletes and other users the ability to use the Strava app and the Series 2 wearable without an iOS tether, and enables the fitness app to fully utilize the watch’s GPS feature, among other things. This announcement follows Strava’s support for Android Wear 2.0 launched earlier this month, likewise shedding the mobile tether.

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Apple has record quarter: $78.4bn in Q1 2017

Apple has record quarter: $78.4bn in Q1 2017

Apple has had a record-breaking financial quarter, confounding market expectations with its highest holiday quarter results ever. The Cupertino company announced revenue for the Q1 2017 fiscal quarter of $78.4 billion, for $3.36 earnings per diluted share. That's up $2.5bn compared to the same three month period a year ago.

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Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch developers are getting their first taste of watchOS 3.2 today, released today complete with SiriKit and Theatre Mode. The update, which is currently in beta and not officially available to general users, includes two new features which could significantly improve the usefulness of Apple's wearable and how comfortably it integrates with daily life. That includes not disturbing you while you're at the movies.

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This is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessory

This is without doubt the best Apple Watch accessory

This little Apple Watch stand turns the device into a vintage Apple Macintosh Classic. It doesn't really make the watch into a functional Macintosh Classic computer fully - it doesn't give the watch an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor or anything. But it does make the watch look like it's a display for the Mac Classic while it charges. That's what's most important in this case, anyway.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

The latest Pokemon GO update includes code which indicates the Christmas Event we've been waiting for isn't lost just yet. Details for the next event appeared in the same update for the game that showed Apple Watch integration just before final release this week. These details indicate that an entirely new element will be added to the game in the Store - and that this element won't just be limited to this Christmas weekend.

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Apple Watch could slim down with this interesting new patent

Apple Watch could slim down with this interesting new patent

The Apple Watch could get a little bit slimmer in future iterations if ideas in a new Apple patent ever see the light of day. The patent application in question details a haptic motor that takes up residence in the band of the watch instead of the watch itself.

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Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

If you have had your eye on a new Apple Watch, but you just can't bring yourself to pull the trigger and plunk out the big bucks the smartwatch costs, you might like the new offerings from Apple. You can now purchase refurbished Apple Watches directly from the Apple Store and right now there are several versions to choose from and they are offered at modest discounts. That modest discount for buying refurb is 14%.

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Pokemon GO for Apple Watch still on the way, Niantic promises

Pokemon GO for Apple Watch still on the way, Niantic promises

It's been over three months now since Pokemon GO developer Niantic promised on-stage at Apple's September event that the popular game would be getting a companion app for the Apple Watch. But just as some were giving up hope, the company has come out and confirmed that progress is still being made, and in turn shutting down a false rumor that Pokemon GO for Apple Watch had been cancelled.

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Apple watchOS 3.1.1 update pulled over bricking fears

Apple watchOS 3.1.1 update pulled over bricking fears

Once upon a time, Apple users would boast at their Android and Windows counterparts about how iOS and Mac updates are timely, smooth, and flawless. While updates do still arrive on time, the same cannot be said of their quality. Every so often, an update to an iPhone or iPad would reportedly brick the device. Now, it seems to be the Apple Watch’s turn. No acknowledgment or announcement has been made, but it seems that the watchOS 3.1.1 security update has been pulled for some reason, with the reason usually being reports of bricked smartwatches.

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Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

If there were a poster boy for smartwatches, it would probably be Pebble, in no small part thanks to its always successful Kickstarters, dirt cheap prices, and media hype. So when Fitbit practically killed off Pebble by buying it, it’s unsurprising that some would be led to ask if smartwatches, as a whole, are an endangered species. With Apple Watch sales doing “just OK”, and Android Wear devices descending into obsolescence, it is perhaps time to look back again to see why smartwatches have failed to become as widespread as our smartphones and perhaps come up with solutions on how they can still be saved. That is, if they’re worth saving at all.

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