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    Apple only recently announced its first real wearable, the Apple Watch. Patterned after Google's Android Wear and Samsung's Gear line, Apple Watch tries to fill the void in that part of Cupertino's product offering. Though not yet available, Apple has spelled out what its smartwatch looks like, and has even given us a fairly thorough walkthrough of what we can expect when the Apple Watch finally lands. Interestingly, Apple Watch misses out on a few key points that, at first glance, its competition already does better. Since there is time before the Apple Watch comes to market (if you'll ...

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    Yesterday's Apple Watch launch offered plenty of reasons for smartwatch fans to take note, and among the wearable's many interesting features, we caught wind of the fact that it charges through wireless induction technology. Apple wasn't doing much to call attention to this fact, but the details were undeniable. Still, it didn't look much like any wireless system with which we were familiar, and instead of any kind of dock or charger pad, instead we saw a tiny inductive coil that snapped right on to the back of the Apple Watch with the help of some powerful magnets. So really, it may be ...

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    Today was the big day: Apple announced its smartwatch, unimaginatively named "Apple Watch"- not iWatch or  iTime, simply "Apple Watch". Perhaps that's the best summary of Apple Watch: unimaginative. While the rest of the world is losing its mind over Apple's new timepiece, let's take a minute, step back from the hype, and see how Apple's new competitor stacks up against the already saturated smartwatch playing field. Features & Functionality When it comes to features and functionality, there are a few differences between what Apple offers and what everyone else does. Apple's product ...

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    Today's Apple event showed the company coming around to certain technologies it had actively avoided in years past: maybe the most notable among those was the inclusion of NFC support in the two new iPhone models, as well as its Apple Watch wearable. Following the big announcements, we have some time to start looking more closely at all this new hardware, and as we do so we're picking up on some other pertinent details. Another tech Apple is finally giving some attention is wireless charging, and we see such support confirmed for the Apple Watch – though not in a way that many fans of ...

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    "One more thing..." Those words are music to an Apple fan's ears. In years past they've brought us some of our favorite Apple launches and today's no different, as the company introduces us to its brand new wearable, the Apple Watch; no "iWatch" here. The Apple Watch features a flexible Retina-quality glass or sapphire display, sensing not just touch, but force as well. Navigation is also possible by means of the Digital Crown on the side, for convenient scrolling. Tapping in on the crown will bring up your list of apps to launch. Underneath, the Apple Watch features an array of LEDs and ...

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    Today's the day, everyone. After months of anticipation, speculation, and leaks, we have it just the way we like it – we have a general idea of what to expect from the Cupertino company, but the launch is still shrouded in mystery. The event today isn't just limited to members of the press, as there's a full Apple iPhone 6 event live stream and many other ways of learning about the announcements as they arrive. The best way to get your Apple fix today is through the company's own live stream, which should be going live at the link at the bottom of this post just a bit before the event ...

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    One of our favorite fitness platforms is Jawbone's, as the software is well-refined – even if you don't like the UP24, you may still like the companion software. That's why we're glad today to hear that a Jawbone Pebble app is in the works, as are companion apps for a plethora of other platforms. Let's talk about Pebble first, as that's the one we're hearing the best confirmation on. In a statement, the company had this to say: "we're incredibly excited that Jawbone is writing a Pebble app that lets our users enjoy great activity tracking and do more with their Pebbles." So this app is ...

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    Love it or hate it, tomorrow is probably one of the biggest days of the year for the smartphone market. Apple may not be the biggest smartphone seller in the world, but the world's most popular smartphone has belonged to Apple almost every year, since its inception in the summer of 2007. There are a ton of rumors of what to expect for Apple's September 9 event, so let's try to place all these rumors into perspective, as it seems that Apple is launching more than one product tomorrow. iPhone 6 Rumors claim that Apple is planning to change everything all over again when it comes to the ...

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    We are just one day away from Apple's event where we expect the company to launch the iPhone 6. If you've been following the rumors over the last couple of weeks, you'd think the iWatch wouldn't make the cut until a future event, and it turns out that that might be wrong. New leaks claim that the iWatch will be announced tomorrow as well, but it's not until today that we get to see what it looks like. For the last couple of months, all we've seen are concept designs of the iWatch. Today we get the first leaked photos of the device's schematics, and even an extra photo of what is reported ...

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    At this point, it's looking pretty likely that Apple will have iWatch news for us at its Tuesday event, regardless of whether or not the wearable is due for an immediate retail release (and things have been leaning towards “not”). Assuming that we do indeed get to this see new smartwatch, what software will be running on it? Not Apple code – that's obvious – but what of third-party support? After all, we critique these existing wearable platforms based on their app selections, so surely we'll be looking at Apple's in the same light, and so far there hasn't been a lot of talk about ...

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    When we're trying to predict what announcements are due from an upcoming mobile event, we often turn to the invites. Is there some subtle hint at what sort of products might be in store? Or maybe a less-than-subtle shove in the right direction? Sometimes it's not the invites themselves we need to pay attention to, but who's getting them. Consider the August HTC announcement that brought us the One M8 for Windows: while the invite itself didn't tell much, that fact that it was going out to a lot of sites with a primarily Windows Phone focus helped clue us in to HTC's plans. Now similar ...

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    When it comes to expectations for the maturing smartwatch market, the pressure on Apple could not be higher. We've seen a ton of progress over the last year in the development of models associated with Android devices, but despite the major gains, there's still this sense that big improvements are still needed before smartwatches really achieve mainstream appeal. Just as the release of the iPhone and iPad were market-changing launches, we've been wondering if Apple's iWatch might similarly represent a sea change for smartwatches, addressing hardware concerns and delivering a software ...

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    If you've kept track of all the recent changes that have emerged on five beta updates for iOS 8, it's clear that Apple needs a wearable in order for some of these services to work. That said, the amount of rumors regarding the iWatch is mixed as some say it'll be announced on September 9, and others claim we won't see it until 2015. Whatever the case may be, we've got new rumors on what to expect. Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have posted rumors on what to expect from the iWatch. To narrow these down on one post, the reports claim that there will be two iWatch models, ...

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    IFA 2014 may be a great place to go if you're into Android or Windows Phone, but iOS? The best we might hope for are some interesting third-party accessories, and even the launch of the coolest Bluetooth keyboard or wireless speaker won't be able to make us forget that we have a real Apple event just days away, where news of next-gen hardware is essentially guaranteed to arrive. Sure, there have been (and will continue to be) plenty of last-minute stabs at just what hardware will debut (and when), but the details of the event are a done deal: come September 9, we'll have some answers. ...

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    I’m as much a fan of the smartwatch as anyone. Anyone who has not actually used one that is. My abstinence from using a smartwatch stems not from my lack of desire, nor a lack of funds. My failure lays solely on my adopted device platform. A Windows Phone user owning a smartwatch is more of a pipe dream these days. But that is not why I’m here to talk about smartwatches. Just because I’m a Windows Phone fan doesn’t mean I can’t look objectively at the landscape and report things as I see them. The way I’m seeing things these days, I’m wondering how much of a craze this whole ...

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    If you have a hard look at all the changes that come with iOS 8, it's clear that Apple has to launch a wearable along with it. Some of the newest reports claim that Apple will announce the iWatch on September 9 along with the iPhone, but most of the other sources claim that we might not see a launch until December. Some of the latest rumors now claim that we won't see an iWatch until 2015, and today's source explains why. Digitimes is reporting that the reason why the iWatch might not see the light of day until 2015 is because the device has barely entered its "engineer verification test" ...

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    There have been a ton of conflicting rumors regarding Apple's launch of the iWatch. A couple of weeks ago the word on the street was that the product would be announced and launched in December along with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and new rumors from just a week ago claim that everything is going to be announced on September 9. Whatever the case may be, one of the biggest questions that's still left on the table is the price tag of Apple's wearable offerings, and some credible sources have just chimed in. Re/code was the source that claimed that Apple's iPhone 6 event would happen on ...

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    Between those new rumors about HTC wearables, and the surprise pre-IFA launches of the LG G Watch R and Samsung Gear S just the other day, we've totally got smartwatches on the brain. We've also been thinking a lot about Apple's plans for its next product launches, especially with that invite for a September 9 event going out yesterday; would the iWatch be featured? We heard a rumor just the other day specifically saying that this would be a dual iPhone/iWatch event, but now we're doubting just how useful that iWatch announcement might be, as we get word that sales of the smartwatch might ...

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    With IFA just a week away, smartphone fans all across the world are gearing up for announcements of the latest hardware to hit platforms like Android and Windows Phone. But then there's also the contingent of Apple users out there, and while they don't have much to look forward to from IFA, they've got plenty to anticipate over the next few months as we expect to get word of new iPhones, iPads, and maybe even iWatches. So far, though, we haven't been able to nail down just when Apple planned to reveal any of this new gear. Today, our answer arrives, as the company distributes invitations ...

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    Even though we're pretty much settled on a probable iPhone 6 event on September 9, most of the rumors around claim that we'll only see the 4.7-inch iPhone being announced. The reports even claim that we'll see the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until December, along with the iWatch as well. At this point it's hard to know what rumors to believe, but some credible sources chime in with new data. Most of the credible Apple leaks have always come from the Wall Street Journal, but given the fact that Re/code hired most of its tech news team, we can safely say that this is another credible source as well. ...

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    Are you a big smartwatch fan? Convinced that wearables are the way mobile tech is headed? We very much like the cut of your jib, but being an early adopter isn't always for everyone; just how much interest does the public really have in wearables, and is there anything the manufacturers could be doing to get them more interested? A new report from Jan Dawson, Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research, paints a pretty bleak view of the market, citing low consumer interest and a poor selection of devices, and suggests that something big needs to change if smartwatches are really going to take off. ...

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    Back in "the day", telephones were made up of a round speaker connected to a round microphone via a handle. To call someone, you picked up the "handset" from the "receiver" and "dialed" the number. The reason we still use that term today is because the apparatus for inputting our contact's phone number was a round dial. You'd stick your finger in the hole that represented the number you wanted, rotate the dial until it stopped, pull out your finger, and wait while it returned back to the starting position. This wasn't such a chore when only four digits were required to call someone. Then ...

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    Apple's announcement of HealthKit at WWDC 2014 came with a couple of surprises and some odd disappointments. Most rumors claimed that this was more than just a repository of health information, and actually the platform that would enable Apple's wearable products to make sense. The problem is that Apple hasn't yet announced any wearable for this to happen, though that could change soon. Apple had filed for the HealthKit trademark in the US back in July, and many of us worried that we only saw medical devices being mentioned. Today the company has just filed for the same trademark in ...

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    Apple has been famous for keeping its cool about the competition. This year alone we've seen Samsung launch 4 different smartwatch models, LG launch one, and there is a solid promise from Motorola and HTC to do the same. Even so, we have yet to see Apple launch its own iWatch, which is ironic since rumors of Apple building a wearable are older than Google's intentions of launching the already existing Android Wear. If you're wondering when we'll see Apple's contribution to the wearable market, it might be later than you think. New reports from Taiwanese sources claim that Apple's mass ...

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    To say I've been excited about Google Now on a smartwatch is a bit of an understatement. I've ranted about how Google Now and wearables were a match made in heaven more than once. And the minute Android Wear was announced, I stopped what I was doing and vented about my buyer's remorse over the $250 I had just spent on Pebble Steel. Things have changed somewhat, though, and I'm now perfectly okay – even quite pleased – with Pebble Steel. Android Wear has finally hit virtual shelves and the launch hardware is, dare I say, boring and bland. And turns out, our Michael Fisher found the new ...

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