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Apple announces new Apple Watch bands, drops price to $299

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables

Apple Watch woven nylon bands

During this morning's Let Us Loop You In event, Apple announced a few new Apple Watch bands. The company announced a new woven nylon band, with a four-layer construction, and will be available in blue, pink, and orange. The current bands also get new colors, like a yellow sport band, aqua blue leather band, and a space black Milanese Loop. Additionally, Apple announced a price drop on the Apple Watch - the Apple Watch Sport now starts at $299, a $50 decrease from the previous $349 price point.


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New gold and rose gold Apple Watch Sport colors announced

Gold & Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Apple has announced two new colors for the Apple Watch Sport line at today's Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event. Originally released in silver and space gray 7000 series aluminum, now users have option of picking up the Apple Watch Sport in both gold and rose gold colors. These aren't real gold, of course, although Apple does sell watches made of genuine gold and rose gold. Instead, these are the exact same Apple Watch Sport model, with gold-colored aluminum.

The new gold and rose gold Apple Watch models are shipping starting today. You can pick one up now.


Bleeding Edge TV 537: How to take Apple Watch screenshots

In this episode, Andru Edwards brings you a quick look at how to take screenshots with the Apple Watch. It doesn't take much - just press both hardware buttons on the right side of the Apple Watch simultaneously, and you'll see the familiar camera flash take over the display, along with the shutter sound effect. But then - how do you find them afterwards? We show you how to get to your Apple Watch screenshots as well!

You can pick up the Apple Watch now from the Apple Store online.

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Bleeding Edge TV 536: How to reboot the Apple Watch

In this episode, we show you how easy it is to reboot your Apple Watch. Depending on which buttons you press, you are able to turn off the Apple Watch, put it in a low power mode, or lock it with a passcode. Rebooting requires an extra button, and we show you how it all works.

You can pick up the Apple Watch now from the Apple Store online.

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Bleeding Edge TV 535: How to swap Apple Watch bands

Apple offers a variety of watch bands for the Apple Watch, all with varying price points and fashion cues. That being the case, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for someone to own more than one Apple Watch band, in order to switch up colors and materials to fit a certain look or occasion. In this episode, I show you how to change the Apple Watch bands quickly and easily - Apple has literally made it a snap. Here are the various Apple Watch bands that you can buy:

You can pick up the Apple Watch now from the Apple Store online.

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Watch OS 1.0.1 update now available for Apple Watch

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Software

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1

Apple has just released the first software update for the Apple Watch. You can upgrade to Watch OS 1.0.1 by going through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. To update:

  • Launch the Apple Watch app
  • Go into General
  • Select Software Update
  • Tap Download and Install

Aside from general performance improvements and bug fixes, Watch OS 1.0.1 brings improved performance for:

  • Siri
  • Measuring stand activity
  • Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
  • Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
  • Accessibility
  • Third-party apps
  • Display support for new diverse emoji characters
  • Additional language support for Brazilian, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, Turkish

To perform the update, your Apple Watch must be in range of your iPhone, connected to its charger, and have at least 50% battery life.


Apple Watch apps that should be available at (or near) launch

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Software

Apple Watch apps

Apple published a page that shows off a bunch of third-party apps that various developers are working on for the Apple Watch. As you can see, there are a lot of big name companies on board, like Target, American Airlines, Nike, MLB, Instagram, Starwood Hotels, and many more. Fitness, travel, shopping, fun, social networking, and even entertainment apps are all included on the page.

The more you wear Apple Watch, the more you’ll realize just how personal a device it is. Because with so many different apps available, you can choose the ones that are most relevant to you, and create a customized experience. There are already apps for airlines, department stores, social networks, and more that take advantage of the unique opportunities the wrist brings. And with new apps being built for Apple Watch every day, this is just the beginning.

Our guess is that the vast majority of these apps will be ready on day one, when the Apple Watch is released on April 24. See anything that surprises you on this list?


Unboxing Live 155: LG G Watch R review

We bring you a look at the LG G Watch R Android Wear smartwatch in this episode. The LG G Watch R is the first smartwatch to sport a completely round P-OLED display. Other notable features include heart rate monitoring, turn-by-turn directions, voice control, and much more. You can pick up the LG G Watch R, which works with devices running Android 4.3 or greater, from AT&T and other retailers.

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It’s Time: Apple Watch Spring Forward event set for March 9

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Corporate News

Apple Spring Forward Watch

Apple has sent out invitations to selected press for a special event that it's calling "Spring Forward" that takes place on Monday, March 8, 2015 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California at 10:00am. While the company hasn't stated any sort of agenda or product focus for the event, it's obvious to anyone paying attention that this will be the place where the company will detail the Apple Watch in full, ahead of the April release of the timepiece. We expect that we will finally get a solid release date, possible pre-order date, and the information that everyone is waiting for--the price of all of the various Apple Watch lines (Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition) and the models within.

Of course, Apple can also use this platform to reveal any number of other things, including that new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air that's been running the rumor mill for the better part of 6 months now, but we won't be holding our breath for that one. We'll have all the news right here as it happens from Apple's Spring Forward event, which is just 10 days away.

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