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Apple Watch Walkie Talkie disabled as Apple fixes eavesdropping exploit

Apple Watch Walkie Talkie disabled as Apple fixes eavesdropping exploit

If you're a regular user of the Apple Watch's Walkie Talkie app, then we've got a bit of sour news for you: Apple has temporarily stopped the app from functioning. There's good reason for that decision, as a bug was discovered that could have potentially allowed others to eavesdrop on Walkie Talkie conversations. If that sounds like a familiar issue, that's because it is.

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Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Due to the low number of users who were controlling their smart thermostats using smartwatches, Google has ended Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch. Google confirmed that the removal was due to only a 'small number' of smart thermostat users taking advantage of the support, saying that its team will instead focus their time on voice interactions and the mobile apps.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health features

Galaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health features

For a few years now, Samsung has been able to hold its own in the smartwatch market despite having its own walled garden with little support from major apps. The Gear S, now Galaxy Watch, series set itself apart with a unique interface and a unique rotating bezel. One of those seems to be permanently gone and the Galaxy Watch could be on its way to becoming just like any other smartwatch. And now a new tip suggests Samsung might be lifting a few ideas from Apple yet again.

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Apple Watch camera band patent is so weird it might just work

Apple Watch camera band patent is so weird it might just work

Smartwatches with cameras never really took off, not least because early attempts were both bulky and inconvenient, but Apple's designers believe they may have cracked it. A recently granted patent shows just how a future Apple Watch could accommodate a camera without forcing you to twist your wrist uncomfortably, or indeed solely shoot photos up your nose.

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watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

Pre-installed apps, a.k.a bloatware, is one of the banes of smartphone life. Given its tight control over the out of the box experience, Apple devices are relatively free of "value-added apps" from most OEMs or carriers. That said, Apple does ship with a few utility apps that not all users may find value in. That's true even for Apple Watches but that will soon change when watchOS 6 is released, allowing users to remove some but not all built-in Apple Watch apps.

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Apple Watch gets new faces, Apple apps in watchOS 6

Apple Watch gets new faces, Apple apps in watchOS 6

Independent apps and an Apple Watch App Store aren't the only big things coming to Apple's wearables in watchOS 6. Apple also revealed today that the Apple Watch will be getting five new watch faces along with a feature called "taptic chimes." If that weren't enough, Apple Watch is also set to receive more Apple apps, further making it less dependent on being paired with an iPhone.

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Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

At WWDC 2019 Apple spoke about the future of the Health app and associated features on Apple Watch. Dr. Sumbul Desai stood onstage speaking about watchOS 6, and how they'll soon introduce Activity Trends for users. With this system, users will be able to see how they move and when they move in a more grand pattern than ever before - not least of all with a newly revealed Cycle Tracking feature.

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Apple Watch independent apps cut out the iPhone

Apple Watch independent apps cut out the iPhone

As rumored in the lead up to WWDC 2019, Apple revealed today that big changes are coming to the Apple Watch in watchOS 6. As it is now, apps that run on the Apple Watch need a companion app on iPhone as well. That's all about to change, as Apple Watch will soon be able to run apps independently of the iPhone it's paired with.

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Pokemon GO will lose Apple Watch support on July 1

Pokemon GO will lose Apple Watch support on July 1

Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokemon GO, has quietly revealed plans to end the game's support for Apple's wearable. The news was recently found in a support document on the Pokemon GO website, where Niantic says it will end the game's Apple Watch support on July 1. As of that date, Pokemon GO players will no longer be able to connect the game to their smartwatch.

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Apple’s WWDC 2019 will be a feature-fest: iOS and macOS updates leaked

Apple’s WWDC 2019 will be a feature-fest: iOS and macOS updates leaked

WWDC 2019 is on the horizon, and though it isn't going to shock anyone to hear that Apple is planning to announce some software upgrades at the show, today we're learning just how extensive those upgrades could be. As it turns out, Apple is looking at making a lot of improvements to its existing apps and operating systems, and the list of changes on tap for iOS is particularly long.

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Wear OS slips as Huawei overtakes Fossil, Apple Watch still top dog

Wear OS slips as Huawei overtakes Fossil, Apple Watch still top dog

Now that non-iPad tablets are practically gone, the next tech market that is being eyed with uncertainty is the smartwatch segment. Straddling the fine line between fitness tracker and smartphone, many aren't able to make heads or tails of what smartwatches should really be. The good news for players in this field is that a recent study shows that the market grew by 48% since last year. The bad news for Google is that it is barely part of that growth.

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macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

Biometrics-based security systems, be it fingerprints or faces, is the trend in computing these days but not all devices are equipped with such sensors. That's especially true for desktop and even for the majority of laptops in the market. Apple has equipped some of its MacBooks with Touch IDs but that still leaves out most of the computers that it offers. Come macOS 10.15, however, that might not be an urgent need, that is if you have an Apple Watch on your wrist.

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