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Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help troubleshooting process, alleviate lines

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 14:41
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Software, Wearables


With any luck, this could save some time.

And sanity.

A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.

The pictures, which were leaked to uSwitch.com, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.


LG cancels LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE project, cites unspecified hardware issue

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 07:06
Category: Android, Hardware, News, Wearables, wireless


It looks like LG’s upcoming smartwatch, the Urbane Second Edition LTE, won’t come to fruition. Citing an unspecified hardware issue, the project has been canceled. There is no word at this time if the device will be released at a later date, but for now, LG is calling this a full-on cancellation of the launch.

The company had the following comment to offer:

We understand that you are currently reviewing our latest smartwatch; however, late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.

Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.


Google adds cellular support to assorted Android Wear devices

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Android, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables


Cellular support just hit for Google’s Android Wear line.

Google has announced that its Android Wear watches, which already feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, now feature cellular support.

The company has announced that the first Android Wear watch with cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.


Updated Apple Watch estimates place unit sales at just under 7 million

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


The current guesstimate is that Apple has sold almost 7 million Apple Watch units since the device’s launch in late April, thereby trouncing competing smartwatch products from firms like Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

This figure comes from analyst Daniel Matte of Canalys, who said that “After experiencing significant supply chain constraints early on, Apple managed to overcome its production struggles with the Apple Watch and is building momentum going into Q4.”


Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay with rewards card systems

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables


You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.


Apple cites $11.1 billion profit, $51.5 billion in revenue in Q4 2015 earnings report

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Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 08:29
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News, Wearables


Once again, Apple just made a whole lotta moolah.

The company was about to beat its expectations for its fourth quarter, chalking up an US$11.1 billion profit on US$51.5 billion in revenue. Apple cited the iPhone as its biggest moneymaker, reporting 48.05 million iPhones sold, up from 39.27 million in the same quarter a year ago. More specifically, the company made US$32.21 billion in revenue from iPhone sales alone.

Analysts polled by Fortune were expecting Apple to sell 48.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Analysts also expected Apple to earn $1.88 per share, up from $1.42 a share in the same quarter last year. As for revenue, analysts wanted Apple to make $50.8 billion, while Apple itself expected to pull in $49 billion to $51 billion. The company handily beat all of those expectations.


Some Apple Watch users complain of irregular heart rate readings after more intense workouts

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Wearables


It might be time for a firmware update/bug fix for the Apple Watch.

A number of Apple Watch owners have reported inconsistent or inaccurate heart rate measurements while exercising, with some saying issues have continued even after receiving replacement watches from Apple, calling into question one of the wearable’s signature features.

The issue, which Apple has yet to classify or acknowledge as a widespread problem, seems to result while trying to monitor high-impact exercises. A thread on Apple’s Support Communities forum has received more than 3,000 views and 17 replies, and nearly a dozen threads on the issue have been started on reddit.


Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 update, offers multiple fixes, access to new emoji symbols

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 04:18
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


It’s not a huge update, but it could offer a few handy fixes.

On Wednesday, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1, the latest update for its Apple Watch operating system.

The update includes the following fixes and new features:
– Improvements for poor battery life.

– Fixes for stalling software updates.


Target to begin selling Apple Watch starting October 25th

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 09:56
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


If you’re looking for an Apple Watch, you can now buy one at most Target locations.

The Apple Watch will be available in all 1,800+ locations across the United States, greatly expanding the points-of-sale for Apple Watch going into the holiday quarter. Aside from the couple hundred Apple Stores in the US, Apple Watch has been sold in a few premium vendors plus Best Buy, T-Mobile, and Sprint…

Target has also stated that it will begin selling the Apple Watch at target.com and through its iPhone app.


Google Maps updated to 4.11.0, now compatible with Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables


You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.

Which is both nifty and useful.

Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.