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The Apple Watch: What We Got Versus What We Hoped For

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To say I wasn't overly impressed by the Apple Watch would be an understatement. To say I don't like the Apple Watch would be an overstatement. I get it, the Apple Watch is a huge evolutionary step forward, especially for a company known for making shrewd and cautious moves when it comes to entering new product categories. However, history has led me to have what are perhaps unduly high expectations regarding Apple and their products. So when the Apple Watch was unveiled, and it looked almost identical to the Samsung Gear, and it was dependent on being within 30-feet or so of your iPhone in order to function properly (among many other shortcomings including lack of waterproofness and poor battery life) I was left with the awareness that I'd expected "more" from Apple in terms of what their new smartwatch delivered.



The Apple Watch: Why I Expected "More"...

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I love Apple products. They show great innovation, thought, attention to detail and practicality. So please don't get me wrong, I certainly appreciate the concept and technology inheret within the Apple Watch. It's a great device for what it is. That being said...



Apple's Very Smart Watch

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The smartwatch. Manufacturers have been trying to deliver on the promise of a full-featured wrist gadget for years. The pitfalls are plentiful: Battery Life. Charging. Water Resistance. Rugged Display. Comfort. Fashion. Features and interface. Price. With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and Jony Ive’s team have addressed almost all of these areas of concern with Apple’s traditional attention to detail.



Apple Offers More

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More. We were promised more by Apple and by the blogosphere, and today, we got it. The iPhone 6, a larger version of the iPhone 5, was a given, thanks to the success that Samsung and others have received by filling in that gap. But in addition to that, Apple didn't stop with just "one more thing" but gave us a lot more. Let's recap some of those "gifts."



Emancipate Yourself: House of Marley's Liberate XLBT Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

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Back in January, the House of Marley Liberate XLBT Bluetooth Headphones ($199.99) won iPhone Life Magazine's Best of CES 2014, and with good reason. Their premium 50 mm drivers and support for advanced Bluetooth profiles make them an excellent sounding pair of headphones. Their plush ear cushions and over-ear design make them a very comfortable pair of headphones. To top it all off, you won't find a more eco-friendly pair of 'phones anywhere, the Liberate XLBT are fabricated primarily from recycled materials. Read on after the break for all the details on these award-winners.



Apple News: More of Everything

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The key word in Apple's invitation to Tuesday's announcement was "more" and it appears Apple is making good on that, if the New York Times is to be believed. Instead of just one iPhone with more screen real estate (4.7 inches) we may indeed get two, with a 5.5-inch model expected as well. I've written that Apple could go with iPhone Air and iPhone Pro, but we will have to see what they announce.



Bell'o Digital Offers Beautiful Headphones with Great Sound

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Seeing is believing, but when it comes to headphones, hearing and comfort are more important than good looks. Fortunately, I've discovered a set of headphones that looks great, sounds great and is quite comfortable. And they come from Bell'o Digital, the electronic side of Bell'o, the well-known Audio Video furniture provider.



More… Battery Life? Bigger Battery on the Way

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Apple's invitation for their September 9 event is brief but ends with the word "more." Obviously more can refer to the larger screen of the next iPhone, presumably 4.7-inch. But a 5.5-inch model has also been seen in the wild, and while it may not be as far along as the 4.7-inch model, iPhone lovers are hoping it will be announced next week along with its smaller brother.



Apple News: What Will the iWatch Look Like?

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We're all (patiently?) waiting for the next iPhone to be announced, and the rumor mills go back and forth on whether an iWatch will be announced at the same time. Such a watch might not look like a traditional watch, or like other smart watches from Samsung, Motorola and others. Instead, according to sources like the Motley Fool investment site, the finished product might look more like the Nike Fuelband. Instead of a full-featured touchscreen display that looks like a miniature iPhone, we might get something more minimalistic, with a small display, and interaction may be done through voice more than touch.



Sept. 9 Event: No iWatch, But HomeKit Accessories from Elgato and Others Likely

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Of course, everyone is wondering what else Apple will introduce on Sept. 9 in addition to the iPhone 6. And according to the latest rumor, we won't see an iWatch. DigitTimes, which gets their information from Apple's suppliers and which isn't always accurate, is reporting that the iWatch is still in the experimental verification testing phase, meaning that Apple is still tinkering with the design. Once the design is settled, then comes the production verification testing phase, in which Apple does some production runs to see if the device can be mass produced with relatively few devices rejected for defects. So even though some suppliers are allegedly already making components for the iWatch, DigiTimes says it's unlikely Apple will announce it on Sept. 9 and that we probably won't see it until 2015. But that doesn't necessarily imply we won't see a wearable from Apple or from someone else. After all, HealthKit should be compatible with a variety of third-party devices, so maybe we'll be introduced to one or more.



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