Got an Apple Watch 3 in need of repair? You could get a free upgrade

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Save big on the Apple Watch Series 3
This might be temporary, so act fast!
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If you have an Apple Watch Series 3 in need of repair, there’s a chance Apple will upgrade it to a Series 4 model at no extra cost.

Apple has given retail staff and Authorized Service Providers permission to give out newer units in some cases because Series 3 devices are in short supply. It’s not yet clear if this is a permanent or temporary move.

Apple Watch Series 4 wins Display of the Year award

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An industry trade group dedicated to displays says the Apple Watch Series 4 has an outstanding one.
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The Society for Information Display (SID) gave the most recent Apple Watch its highest honor, naming it one of several Displays of the Year.

This award is given to “products with the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features.”

Apple Watch shipments shot up 49% last quarter

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Apple Watch in Singapore
When you see someone wearing a smartwatch, there’s a good chance it’s made by Apple.
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Apple’s wearable is turning into a real success. Shipments of Apple Watch grew 49 percent in the first three months of this year.And it makes up the lion’s share of all smartwatches.

This company’s revenue for this product category grew 30 percent last quarter.

How to score $4 Apple Watch bands that beat Apple’s $50 bands

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Can you spot the differences?
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Accessorizing your Apple Watch with a slew of bands can be an expensive undertaking. But if you know where to look, you can find some high-quality bands that seem just as good as Apple’s — but only cost a fraction of the price.

The CultCast host Erfon Elijah is out with a new video today that will show you how you can pimp out your Apple Watch with multiple colorful bands without breaking the bank. The trick is knowing where to look on eBay and Amazon.

Take a look at some of these gorgeous bands!

Tim Cook warns government can’t save us from climate change

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Businesses need to step up to help fight climate change, per Tim Cook.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the TIME 100 Summit in New York City today where he spoke about leadership and innovation.

Cook sat down with Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs who asked about everything from education to privacy policy. Of course, politics came up as well. While Cook refrained from talking about his conversations with Donald Trump, he did warn the crowd that some issues like global warming are too big for us to rely on the government to fix.

Hand-crafted wood bands give Apple Watch a rustic look and polished feel

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Each wooden band is made by hand, a rustic touch that is subtle but appreciated.
Each wooden band is made by hand, a rustic touch that is subtle but appreciated.
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Ottm makes some of the most unique smartwatch bands yet. Each Ottm band is crafted from hand-selected West African zebrawood, Indonesian sandalwood or Canadian maple. Treated with tung oil for a smooth, luxurious finish, these sustainably sourced bands are really something special.

The result is a watch band completely unique to you — no two bands are the same. Pair it with your Apple Watch, and you’ve got an exotic statement piece and stunning accessory.

With just a few days left to catch Cult of Mac’s Watch Store sale, be sure to grab an Ottm band before it’s too late.

Catch a baby-faced Leander, unboxing his own Ottm band:

Apple Watch helps save 80-year-old woman in Germany

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Fall detection was one of the big features introduced with the Apple Watch Series 4.
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The ECG feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 gets the lion’s share of headlines about potentially life-saving incidents. However, it’s the wearable’s fall-detecting ability which is the hero of the latest story of this kind.

In Munich, Germany, an 80-year-old woman fell in her apartment. Fortunately, her Apple Watch recognized what had happened and called emergency services.

New Apple Watch videos highlight fall detection and heart notifications

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Fall detection could be a lifesaver for some Apple Watch wearers.
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Apple came out with two new how-to videos for the Apple Watch today, showing customers how to take advantage of some of the new features introduced last year.

The two videos cover how to turn on heart health notifications and fall detection. Each video is only 30 seconds long and shows how to activate each feature in just three or four easy steps.

Watch them both right here: