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DisplayMate: Apple Watch has “excellent” display, but Ion-X glass bests sapphire in light tests

Screen technology analysis firm DisplayMate, best known for comparing the display performance of phones, tablets, and laptops, today published an
“Apple has done a great job with the OLED display on the Apple Watch,” Soneira says, noting that it’s Apple’s first OLED screen. “It provides very nice, pleasing and accurate colors and picture quality,” including excellent calibration and…

The Weather Channel brings real-time alerts for rain, snow, & lightning strikes to Apple Watch & iPhone

The Weather Channel app is today bringing new real-time alerts for rain, snow, and lightning strikes to both iOS devices and the Apple Watch.
For rain and snow alerts, the app will be offering up what the company says are “exact, to-the-minute timing of when rain or snow will start based on their GPS location,” while the app will also notify users of lightning strikes nearby with a new…

Instagram introduces three new filters and support for emoji in hashtags

Instagram announced today that three new photo filters will be making their way to the photo sharing app later today through an update on the iOS App Store. The new filters are called Lark, Reyes, and Juno, and are focused on enhancing outdoor photography.
These new filters are just the first of many, as the app’s development team has promised to add new filters more regularly in futur…

Apple TV adds NBC Sports channel with live event streaming

Apple has refreshed its channel lineup on the Apple TV to include NBC Sports Live Extra. The channel provides “thousands of live sporting events that air on NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel” for free. Aside from live content, the channel includes loads of highlights and replays of sporting events to view at no charge; NBC Sports Live Extra users can activate the full channel by verifying a cab…

Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta 2 to developers with revamped Music app

A couple of weeks following the first beta, Apple today released iOS 8.4 beta 2 to developers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 8.4 beta 2 is available via Software Update for those running the first beta, and it should be available for download soon via the Apple Developer Website.
Apple has also released the iOS 8.4 Public Beta 1, which corresponds to this second developer seed.
As w…

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Enables Access to HealthKit for More Than 80,000 Patients

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in Los Angeles, has updated its online medical records to enable access to HealthKit for more than 80,000 patients, reports Bloomberg. Cedars-Sinai joins The Mayo Clinic and Duke University Hospital as medical centers connected to the health platform, alongside more than 900 health, medical and fitness apps integrated with t…

9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB Wi-Fi HDD $160, Audio-Technica headphones $50, MFi Lightning cables, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
WD Wireless 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive streams 4 HD videos at a time, on sale for $160 (Reg. $200)

Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M30x over-ears $50 (Orig. $100), Klipsch gaming set…

Apple offers solutions as users report Apple Watch charging issues, iPhone battery drain

A small number of early Apple Watch users are reporting problems charging the device, as well as excessive drain of the paired iPhone’s battery, according to posts on Apple’s discussion forums and Twitter. According to training documents received by 9to5Mac, Apple is already aware of the issues, and offering solutions that may help affected users.
Users with charging problems have explained that…

Christy Turlington Burns Breaks Personal Record at London Marathon

Over the past few weeks since Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, model and founder of non-profit organization Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns has kept a blog on Apple’s official website describing her use of the Apple Watch in helping her prepare for the Virgin Money 2015 London Marathon.
It’s about that time…Wish me luck and some speed #everymileeverymother @everymomcounts sub…

Yes, the Apple Watch Blends

Blendtec and Tom Dickson have returned with the latest edition of their “Will It Blend” experiment, this time putting the Apple Watch in a blender to see how well it survives. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. Just like with every iPhone put through the blender treatment, the Apple Watch is quickly smashed and destroyed into tiny bits and pieces of metal.

Last week, the Apple Watch Sport was put…

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