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What Apple Watch Sport looks like with pricier bands

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Apple Watch Sport looks good with a pricey band. Photo: WatchAware

Apple will reveal pricing details on its long-anticipated smartwatch in less than a week, but if the stainless steel version costs upward of $700, I’m definitely going the cheap route with the Apple Watch Sport.

The $350 timepiece isn’t as fashionable as its expensive gold and stainless-steel siblings, a point Apple’s website emphasizes by only showing Sport units with Sport bands. But if you pair the Sport with pricier bands, you can barely tells its the el cheapo option.

iOS developer Nick McCardel created mockups of the Apple Watch Sport with bands for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Despite its less luxe finish, the Sport’s silver and space gray aluminum cases still look great no matter what you pair them with.

Take a look at some of the configurations below:

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Apple is back atop Hollywood’s A-list

Because where else would you find a superhero, if not the Apple Store? Photo: Marvel Studios

Because where else would you find a superhero, if not the Apple Store? Photo: Marvel Studios

Another day, another award for Apple. This time, branding site Brandchannel has given Apple the nod in its 2015 Brandcameo Product Placement Awards for overall product placement in movies.

After three years without being the most represented company on-screen in Hollywood movies, Apple once again topped the list: appearing in 9 of the 35 movies which scored big at the U.S. weekend box office at some point in the last year, representing one quarter of all #1s.

Anyone want to argue causation over correlation?

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Vince Vaughn uses stock photo gag to promote Unfinished Business

Vince Vaughn and the Apex Select Team. Photo: 20th Century Fox/iStock by Getty Images

Vince Vaughn and the Apex Select Team. Photo: 20th Century Fox/iStock by Getty Images

Just look at this team. Their faces read, “Close the deal, you won’t regret it.”

A good stock photo makes you believe, a bad one makes you laugh. But when you recognize the team leader is Vince Vaughn, his smoldering confidence projects that good laughs lie ahead.

To promote his upcoming comedy Unfinished Business, 20th Century Fox used iStock by Getty Images to create a series of stock photos, featuring Vaughn and co-stars Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson, to promote the film. Unlike the bad stock photos that cost money, these are available for editorial use for free.

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Samsung’s latest iPhone clone doesn’t stop at hardware

iPhone 6 on top, Galaxy S6 on bottom. Can you spot the differences? Photo: The Wall Street Journal

iPhone 6 on top, new Galaxy S6 on bottom. Can you spot the differences? Photo: The Wall Street Journal

It’s easy to see how Samsung ripped off the iPhone with the Galaxy S6’s hardware. The metallic frame with chamfered edges, antenna bands, and very familiar port positioning is blatantly taken from the iPhone 6.

But Samsung hasn’t just copied the way the iPhone looks physically. It’s also replicated elements of iOS in a way that’s so evident it’s embarrassing.

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Why iOS 8 may seem slow even on modern devices

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Are sluggish animations to blame for perceived iOS 8 slowdown?

Accusations that iOS 8 is slower than Apple’s previous mobile operating systems have circulated since the software debuted in 2014. Although it works great most of the time on my iPhone 6 Plus, you don’t have to look far to find people complaining that the latest version of iOS slows down to a sluggish crawl.

From hard resets to turning on the “reduce motion” option under Accessibility, numerous solutions can be employed to keep iOS 8 running at a good clip. One explanation for iOS 8 feeling slower than its predecessors, however, is that (much like iOS 7) its system animations take too long to complete, thereby making the interface feel slower than it should.

So peeved is Omni developer William Van Hecke that he recently compared the animation speeds in a YouTube video. Chalk it up to unnecessary nitpicking if you want, but when you see iOS 3 reacting considerably quicker than iOS 8, it definitely makes you think Apple could make improvements.

Check out the video below:

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Pencil artist works in miniature — and that’s the point

Russian artist Salavat Fidai carves detailed sculptures into the point of a pencil lead. Photo: Salvata Fidai

Russian artist Salavat Fidai carves detailed sculptures out of pencil lead. Photo: Salavat Fadai

Salavat Fidai is working proof that artists need not create large pieces to make a name for themselves.

Much of what he creates is no bigger than the tip of a pencil — literally.

Under the glow of a single work light while his family sleeps, Fidai uses a craft knife and 4x magnifying glass to create tiny sculptures out of pointy pencil lead.

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A quarter of all smartphones sold in China are iPhones

Apple couldn't be more popular in China -- among customers, that is!

Apple couldn’t be more popular in China — among customers, that is!

One out of every four smartphones sold in urban China was an iPhone during the three months ending January 2015, according to sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The impressive stats only serve to underline what we’ve been pointing out for upwards of the past year: that China is well on its way to becoming Apple’s biggest market globally.

“Leading into Chinese New Year, Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove sales to an unprecedented high in urban China with iOS’ share of the smartphone market reaching 25.4 percent – a 4.5 percentage point increase over the same period in 2014’, noted Carolina Milanesi, Kantar’s chief of research.

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Apple could compensate car battery maker for stealing its workers

The Apple Car's going to need batteries after all. Photo: Cult of Mac/USPTO

The Apple Car’s going to need batteries, after all. Photo: Cult of Mac/USPTO

Apple has asked a Massachusetts federal judge for more time in its lawsuit with A123 Systems, suggesting that the Cupertino company wants to settle with the electric car battery maker.

Apple was first slapped with the lawsuit last month, after it reportedly began an “aggressive campaign” to poach top engineers with expertise in performing critical development and testing activities on cutting-edge electric vehicle batteries: once again hinting that an Apple Car could be in the company’s future.

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Apple Watch wins one of world’s most prestigious design awards

"You like me, you really like me!" Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

“You like me, you really like me!” Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch isn’t even out yet, and already it’s picking up major design awards. The award in question here is the prestigious 2015 iF Design Gold Award, a prize sometimes referred to as a “Design Oscar.”

The awards were first introduced in 1954, and attract more than 2,000 product entries from 37 different nations — with expert judges ruling based on outstanding design quality.

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‘The dress’ gets its own iPhone case — in two gaudy color combos

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There’s no way you haven’t heard of “the dress.” The viral sensation that swept the world last week will probably go down as the most popular story of 2015, and it’s only March.

Naturally, it makes sense for you to be able to show your support for #teamwhiteandgold or #teamblueandblack with an iPhone case.

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