Apple Watch Sport and Leather bands are expected to suffer from discoloration, deformation over time

According to a report published recently by 9to5Mac , and citing images obtained by the publication and sources briefed on the topic, Apple is fully aware that discoloration and deformation are possible, over time, with the bands the company has created. The report indicates that Apple is fully aware that discoloration on the Apple Watch Sport bands is possible over time, while the Leather bands are prone to deformation over time as well.

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See Jony Ive and Marc Newson talk Apple Watch design

Jony Ive and his BFF Marc Newson launched Apple into the luxury market this week with the Apple Watch, which expertly straddles the line between gadget and fashion accessory.

Mobile guilt trips lead to distracted workers. Time to unplug?

Does your smartphone or tablet make you feel like you're stealing time from your family when you're working at home and robbing your employer when you sneak in personal business at work? You're not alone, according to recent research. Here's more on mobile guilt and what one CIO is doing about it.

Users discover stainless steel Apple Watch scratches easily, the $5 fix is even easier (Video)

Now that the stainless steel Apple Watch is becoming widely available, owners are beginning to post photos showing their shiny steel Watches have already developed scratches on the casing. Since Apple’s videos touted its steel as specially cold-forged to achieve superior hardness, people have been surprised to discover that the finish is easily scratched – many comparing it to the back of an iPod. While this isn’t shocking for 316L stainless steel, it is concerning to customers who just spent $549 or more on the mid-range Apple Watch. But don’t panic! As I’ll explain below, you can easily fix the scratches yourself for around $5…

Here's how Apple will assess your Watch for warranty repairs

Just like every other Apple product, Watch will be inspected by retail staff when you bring it into store for repair under warranty. Here’s exactly how Apple will determine whether your device is eligible for repair, according to a leaked internal document.

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How to Counter Goro in Mortal Kombat X - IGN

Now whenever you block a Punch Walk (god that name is dumb!), bust this move of yours out. If your timing was right, the Goro player won’t have time to mash out an attack to beat yours – they’ll either block or get hit. If you hit them, you’ve created a bigger window now for you to initiate some offense, if they blocked, then you have info. You know they’re holding block in anticipation of your counter-attack. That means next time you block a Punch Walk, you should throw. The benefit of using a crouching attack for this is that they can’t duck to make it whiff, and if you are a little slow on the attack, and they are mashing uppercut (as online players so often are!) your attack will go safely under it anyway.

Here's how you can get a $10,000 gold Apple Watch for just $349

YouTuber Casey Neistat shows how easy it is to make your own gold Apple Watch with just a little care and a steady hand. (Warning: Don't try this at home unless you're okay with possibly destroying your $349 to $399 investment.)

Honda ASIMO in photos: The pioneering humanoid robot makes more progress | ZDNet

Honda ASIMO is one of the most world's most advanced experiments in humanoid robots. ZDNet got a close look at ASIMO at the 2015 SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan on April 22-23. While ASIMO is still a long way from being a commercial product, it continues to do more and more each year and the research that has gone into it has also spawned other products as well.

A look at the best (and worst!) Apple Watch apps on our newest CultCast | Cult of Mac

Apple Watch, inbound! And now that it is, we’ll take a look at some of the most useful Watch apps available, and just for fun, some of the stinkiest. Plus: the noteworthy differences between the Sport and steel editions; why those “scratch test” videos shouldn’t trouble you; and finally, you’ll never believe what our ol’ pal and ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is up to now…

Why Most Marketing Plans Fail and How to Save Yourself in 9 of the Most Common Situations

The reasons why some marketing plans are approved and others aren’t are numerous. The non-alignment with corporate plans is one of the most usual, but lack of clarity, consistency, preparation or budget are also common.

Glass a failure? Luxottica and Google may turn ‘Glassholes’ into fashion plates

Glass was never meant to be a free-standing product, but rather one that’s built into other glass wear. Google is a company of nerds, not designers. The company obviously knew — or realized — that it needed a partner from the fashion world to make Glass appealing to people in the real world.

Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas.

$50k in Play: Thirty Projects Will Win Custom PCBs this Week

For each of the last four weeks we’ve awarded prize packages to three projects just for submitting ideas. Now it’s time to crank up the rewards. Over the next 17 weeks we will give away $50,000 in prizes. We’re kicking off the week by giving $50  OSH Park codes to 30 different projects.

Apple celebrates Watch's official debut with three new ads

It’s Apple Watch’s official launch day, and many fans around the world are expecting their new wearable to arrive today . To celebrate, Apple has rolled out three new Watch ads, which showcase the device’s ability to keep us connected, productive, and fit.

Konami Removing Silent Hills' P.T. From PlayStation Store - IGN

The publisher posted a notice on the game's official website, announcing that come April 29, the "distribution period of 'P.T. (Playable Teaser)' on PlayStation Store will expire."

Black Ops 3: Everything You Need to Know About Today's Reveal - IGN

A new trailer, some news about the release date and beta, and new screenshots were dropped. We're looping everything together in one convenient spot so you don't have to go hunting.

PSA: The 2013 Nexus 7 has been discontinued

It had a great run, but Google has today discontinued the 2013-edition Nexus 7. The device was arguably—and is still to this this day—one of the best options when it comes to mid-range Android tablets. You may not be able to grab it on the Google Store anymore, but several places are offering the device at decent prices. On eBay, you can find several options including one that’s $185 refurbished .

After Aaron's Law reintroduced, new counter-bill aims to crack down on hackers | ZDNet

And that is part of the problem. The bill doesn't fix what's fundamentally wrong with the law -- the outdated and overbroad definitions that lump in security researchers and those who simply violate a terms-of-service as malicious hackers.

10 of the weirdest Apple Watch apps

It turns out that developers have some interesting ideas for what you’d want to do on your wrist. Here are some of the weirdest, most goofy, and downright bizarre Watch apps:

Apple details Watch battery life, upgrades band selection page in online store

I have a sport band. The charging puck lays flat on my dresser, shiny side up, so I can just set the Apple Watch on it, watch face up, with the sport band pieces extending out from the watch and laying flat on the dresser. The digital crown doesn't rest on the table, and the charging wire doesn't obstruct access to the buttons or get tangled with the watch band pieces. The charging wire can point in any direction.

CIO-CSO tension makes businesses stronger

"That can be hard for other C-suite players to swallow; this role that once reported to them - whether it was an offshoot of the CIO's role, or a CFO or even the CEO - is now a separate role with its own distinct priorities, budgets and concerns that sometimes appear to conflict with what other C-suite members' priorities are," says Zia Bhutta, co-founder and COO of consulting and strategic outsourcing firm Synechron .

7 Tips to use your iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 one-handed

Here are some tips to make it easier to use your iPhone 6 Plus with one hand. Some of these tips should also come handy with the iPhone 6 Plus. Most of these tips should be useful for  iPhone 6  users as well.

Apple Watch unboxing photos and first impressions

Unlike other products, the wait for the Apple Watch has been excruciatingly long (eight months to be exact) since its introduction in September 2014, along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  I got the 38mm Apple Watch Sport with white sports band, and its unboxing was quite a unique experience. It comes in Apple’s trademark white box, but in the case of the Apple Watch Sport model, the box is a long rectangular one. Based on the unboxing photos of the Apple Watch model with stainless steel case, it looks like it comes in a much bigger square box.

Google Maps Easter egg shows Android mascot urinating on Apple logo [updated]

Originally Posted by AppleInsider� An unknown person has inserted an Easter egg image into Google Maps, depicting the mascot for the Android operating system urinating on an Apple logo, and is now gaining attention across the Internet. The image was discovered by Team Android and can be found near the Soan River south of Rawalpindi in Pakistan when using the standard Map view. It's not clear whether it was inserted by someone within the Google Maps team or an outsider who used a crowdsourced mapping tool. In any case, Google has yet to remove the content

All the best new apps and app updates to land in the App Store this week [April 20 – April 24]

Each week, a new round of apps and app updates land in the iOS App Store. This week is no exception with the debut of Rally Racer Drift  and a major update to Sortly – Moving Organization & Inventory . These titles are only a sampling of what is available. Read on for our weekly picks of the best new apps and app updates that you shouldn’t miss.

Apple Watch, Android Wear, or Pebble: how do they stack up?

Now that we've had a real chance to see the Apple Watch, we've got a pretty good idea of how it stacks up against Android Wear and Pebble. Those other two smartwatch platforms are the right ones to compare it to; there may be other smartwatches, but there really aren't other smartwatch ecosystems. Those are the three you have to choose from.

The promise—and massive challenge—of making games for the Apple Watch

Console-style experiences like first-person shooters, racing games, or even simple 2D platform games are probably immediately out, though complex titles can have "companion apps" that allow for simple management or remote control through the watch. Even many games specifically designed for a small mobile phone screen end up less than satisfying on a tiny smartwatch, though. Precision swipes are difficult on a screen that small, and a single fingertip can easily block most or all of the action if it has to be held down. Developers said that simply pushing buttons on the small screen is surprisingly workable, however, even when users are "tapping on areas roughly the size of salad bar ham cubes," as WayForward Creative Director Matt Bozon described the actions in Watch Quest .

Krypt Unlockables - Mortal Kombat X Wiki Guide - IGN

Unlike the rest of the game, the Krypt is traveresed in the first person, and requires you to explore different areas full of tombs, chests, traps, and quick-time events. You will have both a map and a compass as your disposal, as well as a set of coordinates that mark every "square" of the map you traverse.

BYOD Done Right: The Mobile Workspace

Mark Templeton , CEO of Citrix says IT’s goal should be to create an irresistible experience for users, “An experience they want to use, not one they have to use.” If you’re an employee, that’s what you would want, isn’t it? The Citrix vision for a mobile workspace includes both solid IT management and a great user experience. The Citrix mobile workspace is built on a layer of virtualization. But it doesn’t stop there, it also encompasses mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions.

Apple Watch and its wireless MagSafe charger are compliant with Qi wireless charging standard

The Apple Watch comes with an inductive MagSafe wireless charger that is capable of charging the watch from 0-100% in about 2.5 hours. However, if you were worried that you will now have to lug around another wireless charger with you on your trips, here is some good news for you: The Apple Watch seems to be compatible with Qi wireless charging standard.

Apple Watch teardown reveals 205mAh battery; gives us a look inside the Taptic Engine and Digital Crown

The teardown also reveals that the Apple Watch comes with a 3.8v 205mAh battery that is “lightly adhered” to its place. This is likely done by Apple to make battery replacement easier for the smartwatch down the line. The extra space inside the 42mm Apple Watch variants will likely allow Apple to include a bigger battery inside it as it has previously mentioned that battery life between the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch variants will vary.

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Apple Watch sensors are capable of measuring blood oxygen | Cult of Mac

It would seem Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor is much more intelligent than Apple is letting on. Not only can it read your pulse, but it’s also capable of measuring blood oxygen — a feature Apple could enable in a future Watch update.

Facebook introduces Hello, an app to replace the Android dialer

Phone calls may have fallen out of fashion, but Americans still make 1 billion of them every day. And yet the experience of making a call isn’t all that great: phones don’t always recognize numbers, contacts can be difficult to manage, and they rarely take advantage of newer technologies like Wi-Fi calling. Now Facebook is introducing an app designed to fix that:  Hello, an Android-only dialer app that seeks to modernize phone calls while also working to put Facebook at the center of all your communications. Among other features, it lets you more easily make free calls over Wi-Fi.

Travel tip: How to send directions from your PC to your Android phone | ZDNet

There are a few other ways to take advantage of this connection between Chrome on the desktop and Android that work the same way. Type "find my phone" in Chrome to see where your handset it or to make it ring. Likewise, you can set a reminder on your phone by typing "set a reminder" and choose the option to set it on your phone. "Set an alarm" can also be entered in Chrome but actually pushed to your Android handset or tablet.

Up close with the ships, props, and costumes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Celebration this year was a mecca for fans of things from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It was also an opportunity for Lucasfilm to take the wraps off some of its upcoming new movies, including the first details about Gareth Edwards' stand-alone film Rogue One and a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated The Force Awakens .

Fireteam Chat Ep. 15 - Hype for House of Wolves - IGN

This week we were lucky enough to have King Gothalion join  Destin Legarie  and Fran Mirabella  to talk about the huge Reef reveal from Bungie for the House of Wolves. How excited are they? Listen or watch to find out.

Kris Humphries apologizes for his 'vague' Bruce Jenner tweet

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Apple offers expedited Apple Watch order lottery to developers

Developers, developers, developers, developers! Apple wants to hook you up so you don't have to wait until June to test Apple Watch apps on an actual Apple Watch.

Yahoo Researchers Use A Phone’s Touchscreen To Scan The Ear Like A Fingerprint

What if your phone could let you — and only you — answer an incoming call, no thumb print/PIN/swipe gesture required? Instead of a finger, it’d gauge the shape of your ear; instead of a fingerprint sensor, it’d use the touchscreen your phone already has built-in.

Scientists are skeptical about the secret blood test that has made Elizabeth Holmes a billionaire

Journalists and doctors who have tried the test called it painless, but a look at Yelp reviews of one Theranos location, at a Walgreens in Palo Alto, shows that at least one person claims their finger was bruised. Another said they still had to have their tests done with traditional blood draws (something Theranos is equipped to do, so this could have been a test that required that), and a third wrote that their results — which indicated serious problems — turned out to be wrong. Yelp reviews aren't verified, aren't guaranteed to be accurate, and are often written by the people who think they've had the most negative experience. There's also always the potential that operator error caused a specific problem. But they are an indication that the system may still have kinks to work out.

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Official look at Jared Leto as the Joker from 'Suicide Squad' - CNET

This isn't the first radical new look for the crown prince of crime, who was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane for his first appearance in Batman #1 on 25 April 1940. In recent comics, the Joker's bleached-white visage was horrifyingly removed, while Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Returns" took a more realistic route with actor Heath Ledger delivering a chilling turn under grimy white make-up and a layer of mysterious scars.

Inside Apple's future iPhone camera

Of course, LinX technology has not been evaluated independently in a functioning smartphone, to the best of my knowledge. We have to rely on the company's claims and on the evidence it controls. But what LinX does claim on the image-quality front is that its cameras can match DSLR cameras, but in a tiny smartphone-compatible size -- in fact, LinX systems are smaller than existing smartphone camera electronics and, more specifically and more importantly, they weigh about half as much.

How to get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge - CNET

The two models mark a new direction for Samsung's flagship line, the S6 because of its glass and aluminum frame and embedded battery, and the S6 Edge due to its wraparound screen. Check out Jessica Dolcourt's S6 and S6 Edge reviews for our full take on each handset, but remember that choosing a smartphone is only part of the process. Once you buy it, you need to use it to its full potential. And since mastering a maze of features isn't always easy, CNET How To is here to help.

Russian hackers reportedly read some of Obama's emails last year

Last year, some of President Obama's emails were exposed to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach. Although the hackers managed to delve deeply into the unclassified system, no classified networks were compromised,  The New York Times reports . Servers that control the traffic to Obama's BlackBerry also remained secure.

No, Apple Isn't Cutting Pebble Off From iOS | WIRED

But with the Apple Watch launching, it appears someone within the company was overly vigilant in the app review process. And this does raise a broader question: What happens if Apple does decide to cut Pebble off? The App Store is fully within its control, and it is free to change its mind about who is and is not competitive. This is about more than Pebble. There’s been apparent progress on making Android Wear compatible with iOS, something Apple could quash at any moment. Fitbit has an API, which others can use to make compatible apps. Could it be deemed a competitor? What about Jawbone? Or Nest, which competes with HomeKit? The Watch is among Apple’s widest-ranging products ever, with such vast possibilities that its competition could include virtually anything.

A look back at 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

Let your eyes scan the edges of this image first, because dozens of galaxies dot the background. Then look at the tiny bright center of the image — that's a galaxy known as Hercules A, the home of a supermassive black hole. The purple jets and the red plumes on either side are actually invisible to our eyes because they are made of high-energy plasma beams, subatomic particles and magnetic fields. That material — illuminated here with help from the Very Large Array radio telescope — was ejected outward by the powerful black hole, accelerated to near the speed of light. The resulting structure measures more than one million light-years wide. Hubble was instrumental in advancing our knowledge of the nature and frequency of black holes.

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