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Future Apple Watch owners might exchange data with a handshake or fist bump

02/09/2017, 05:02 am

An Apple patent application uncovered on Thursday details a method of triggering the automatic exchange of information between two wearables with a simple greeting gesture, like a wave or fist-bump.

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Google's Android Wear 2.0 plays catch-up with Apple's watchOS 3, offers some unique touches

02/08/2017, 05:02 pm

In time for two new LG smartwatches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style, Google on Wedndesday launched Android Wear 2.0, an updated OS meant to put Android watches on par -- or at least closer to par -- with the Apple Watch. Here's how the new software compares with Apple's watchOS 3.

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Apple Pay continues to grow, 27 more US banks added to mobile payment service

02/08/2017, 01:02 pm

As part of its regular expansion, Apple has added 27 more banks and credit unions to its list of institutions that support Apple Pay.

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Latest estimates place holiday Apple Watch sales at 6M with $2.6B in revenue

02/07/2017, 03:02 pm

Apple may have sold as many as 6 million Apple Watches during the December quarter, generating as much as $2.6 billion in revenue -- and giving the company of almost 80 percent of smartwatch revenues during the period, new research suggests.

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How to force close Apple Watch apps in watchOS 3

02/07/2017, 02:02 pm

Just like with any other platform, sometimes Apple Watch apps will freeze or have bugs. Thankfully, watchOS 3 includes a quick way to force-quit an app from your wrist, allowing it to start fresh.

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Apple, IBM, United Airlines banding together for better staff iPhone, Apple Watch integration at airports

02/02/2017, 09:02 am

The initiative between the three companies will assist United Airlines to develop apps for better communication, regulate peak customer demands better, and assist in more effective maintenance for over 50,000 devices already deployed, and more to come.

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Apple Pay 'coming soon' to Taiwan with seven banks in tow

02/02/2017, 08:02 am

Apple's planned deployment of Apple Pay in Taiwan is "coming soon," according to an update on the company's website, with seven banks planned as initial launch partners.

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Apple investigating portable Apple Watch charger with band integration

02/02/2017, 04:02 am

While third-party companies have promised -- but not delivered -- an Apple Watch band capable of charging the device while it's being worn, Apple in a patent application on Thursday details a wearable battery module that juices Watch up via inductive power transmission.

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Estimate pegs holiday Apple Watch sales at 5.2M, giving Apple a 63% marketshare

02/01/2017, 06:02 pm

Though Apple has not officially announced any sales figures for its wearable Apple Watch, that hasn't stopped research firms from estimating its performance, with new data from Strategy Analytics pegging the device at 5.2 million shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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First look: Theater Mode in Apple's watchOS 3.2 beta

02/01/2017, 05:02 pm

Rumored to make its way onto Apple's portables for some time, Theater Mode debuted with the latest watchOS 3.2 beta as a one-tap control for silencing Apple Watch alerts and disabling the device's raise to wake feature. Perfect for dark, quiet venues like a movie theater.

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Apple Watch sales set new 'record' during holidays, but no numbers revealed

01/31/2017, 06:01 pm

A "record" number of Apple Watches were sold in Apple's fiscal first quarter of 2017, CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday, though the company is still refusing to break out specific figures.

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Apple makes watchOS 3.2 beta with Theater Mode, SiriKit available for developers

01/30/2017, 01:01 pm

Nearly a week after the last set of betas for macOS and iOS, Apple has made available the first beta of watchOS 3.2 for developers.

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Fitbit to cut $200M in jobs & expenses after encroaching Apple Watch sales cut into market

01/30/2017, 11:01 am

Fitbit -- Apple's main competition in the wearables space -- announced a reorganization on Monday in the aftermath of a weak fourth quarter, that includes the layoff of 6 percent of its workforce.

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UK health insurer Vitality under fire for app sync failures in Apple Watch promotion [u]

01/27/2017, 01:01 pm

An offer from UK insurer Vitality that provided a discounted Apple Watch to customers if certain levels of activity are maintained for two years has drawn complaints, as app synchronization issues are apparently causing unwarranted extra charges.

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Analysts see 'strong growth' of Apple Pay annually, more room to grow

01/25/2017, 10:01 am

Apple Pay's usage is continuing its steadily rise in popularity, according to a report on credit and debit card transactions, with use of the Apple payment platform growing by approximately 50 percent in transaction volume within 12 months.

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New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to iPhone, Apple Watch

01/24/2017, 02:01 pm

Si-Ware on Tuesday revealed an iPhone-compatible spectroscopy chip, the NeoSpectra Micro, which could potentially expand the uses of both mobile devices and wearables in areas like health, science, and nutrition.

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Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links

01/24/2017, 03:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

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Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO

01/23/2017, 05:01 pm

Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette closes, one remains in Tokyo

01/23/2017, 10:01 am

Apple has shut down a second dedicated Apple Watch gallery, with the closure of the boutique store in the Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris taking place weeks after a similar Apple Watch pop-up shop in London closed.

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Next-generation LG and Google Android Wear 2 smartwatch may have Apple Watch-inspired Digital Crown

01/18/2017, 10:01 am

LG and Google's next-generation Android Wear smartwatch expected in early February is said to be adopting a Digital Crown -- similar to the technology Apple pioneered in its wearable Apple Watch.

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