Apple Maps suffers widespread search and directions outage [UPDATED]


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Save us, Google Maps!
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Go glam with a glitter Apple Watch band by Bezels & Bytes


Made of high-quality genuine leather, this shimmery strap is perfect for everyday luxury.
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Bezel’s & Bytes transforms Apple Watch into jewelry with its decidedly-female collection of stainless steel-accented bands. The company’s latest release — the Glitter Leather Apple Watch band — will add a little sparkle to your wrist and then some.

These bands are a polished and sophisticated upgrade to the every day Apple Watch band. Made by women for women, these glamorous bands take the wearer seamlessly from work to a night out.

Check out our review below!

Murder trial delayed for ‘unprecedented, critical’ Apple Watch evidence


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Apple Watch heart rate monitor could help change the course of a murder investigation.
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An Australian murder trial has been pushed back to January 2019 so that prosecutors can seek expert analysis of “unprecedented, critical evidence” taken from an Apple Watch worn at the time of the event.

As we’ve noted before, the Apple Watch has become a central piece of evidence in the Myrna Nilsson murder case because it appears to contradict testimony about the point at which the death took place.

Why Apple Watch Series 4 will probably get better GPS


New running features coming in watchOS 5 are all about pace -- the Achilles' heel of Apple Watch.
New running features coming in watchOS 5 are all about pace -- the Achilles' heel of Apple Watch.
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Apple took the wraps off watchOS 5 last week at WWDC, revealing loads of new features that we can look forward to this fall. Among them were some big improvements for runners: Cadence, Rolling Mile Pace and Custom Pace Alerts.

What I find most exciting about these new features is that I think they hint at a much-needed hardware upgrade coming in Apple Watch Series 4, which is expected to debut this fall. Here’s why.

Next-gen Apple Watch could use solid-state haptic buttons


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Wave goodbye to physical buttons!
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The next-gen Apple Watches have so far avoided physical redesigns in favor of under-the-hood improvements. That could change this year, however, according to a new report.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that the Apple Watch Series 4 will replace the current physical buttons on the device for solid state buttons with haptic feedback. While the device will retain the same button configuration as existing Apple Watches, these buttons won’t physically click as before.

Get a hands-on look at watchOS 5’s new Apple Watch features


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We've had time to play with the developer beta of watchOS 5, here's what's new.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac Even if you already saw the WWDC 2018 keynote where Apple showed off watchOS 5, there are tons of features that got brushed over — and some did not get mentioned at all.

As is our duty, we installed the first developer beta of watchOS 5 and gave it a full run-through so we can show you all the new features in action. Check out the video below.

Alexa will now take your questions on Apple Watch


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Voice in a Can lets you talk to Alexa on your Apple Watch.
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Amazon has not launched an Alexa app for watchOS, but new third-party software lets you sideline Siri on your Apple Watch should you prefer the voice of Alexa.

The app, Voice in a Can, will also work on iPhone and iPad, though the voice assistant won’t do all the things it does on the Amazon Echo.

Lawsuit alleges that every Apple Watch contains the same defect


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The Apple Watch is the subject of a new legal case.
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Every Apple Watch that Apple has made is defective. At least, that’s the argument made by a new class action lawsuit, asking Apple to pay $5 million in damages for refusing to acknowledge an issue which affects its wearable devices.

According to Kenneth Sciacca of Colorado, who filed the suit, Apple Watches contain a flaw “which causes the screens … to crack, shatter, or detach from the body of the Watch, through no fault of the wearer, oftentimes only days or weeks after purchase.”