Surfer finds Apple Watch lost at sea for 6 months – and it still works!

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Robert Bainter lost his watch in the Pacific Ocean. It returned to his wrist six months later.
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Forget the needle in the haystack. The odds of finding an Apple Watch lost to the Pacific Ocean are much worse.

But a body surfer from Huntington Beach, Calif. got lucky and was reunited with his Apple Watch six months after losing it to a big wave.

And it still works.

Save on MacBook Pro, iPhone X and loads of hot accessories [Deals & Steals]

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You can save up to $400 on a MacBook Pro right now, but that's just the beginning of today's Apple deals.
You can save up to $400 on a MacBook Pro right now, but that's just the beginning.
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You can save hundreds on Apple gear during Best Buy’s big 4 Day Sale. Top deals include $400 off MacBook Pros and $200 off iPhone X, but other bargains await as well.

Plus, if you’re looking to pick up some Apple accessories on the cheap, you’ll find several hot buys in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. A portable solar charger for iPhones and other gear? A HomeKit smart plug for less than $20? Yes, please, we’ll take it all.

Today in Apple history: It’s time for Apple Watch

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Get your Apple Watch ready for the new iPhone.
The Apple Watch is the first major new product launch of the post-Steve Jobs era.
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April 24: Today in Apple history: Apple Watch launch date April 24, 2015: It’s time for the official release of the Apple Watch, the wearable device Tim Cook describes as the “next chapter in Apple history.”

Fans, having endured a seven-month wait since the device’s unveiling at a keynote the previous September, can finally strap an Apple Watch onto their wrists. Behind the scenes, however, the Apple Watch launch is a moment long in the making.

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

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Tim Cook and Co. bring the hardware heat at The Brooklyn Academy of Music during the
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.

Apple celebrates Earth Day with iPhone shots, conservation efforts and more

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Apple’s out with an update on its mangrove forest conservation efforts.
Apple’s out with an update on its mangrove forest conservation efforts.
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April 22 is Earth Day in the US and per usual, Apple is celebrating more than pretty much any other tech company.

Apple store workers are busting out their green shirts and turning the Apple logo green. Meanwhile the company has come out with a few ways for fans to participate with Apple Watch challenges, shot on iPhone nature photos and news about Apple’s mangrove conservation efforts.

10 awesome Activity app secrets [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 293]

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Get ready to get ripped with these hidden Activity app features.
Get ready to get ripped with these hidden Activity app features.
Cover: Graham Bower/Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Dig into Apple’s slick Activity app and you’ll find some advanced metrics that can help take your fitness to the next level.

Get the lowdown on 10 features hidden inside the app — plus the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos — in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s free and it looks the perfect way to enjoy some weekend reading on your iPad. Or use the links below to read the stories on our website.

macOS 10.15 will bring better integration with Apple Watch

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Some of Touch ID’s operations on Mac could get replaced by Apple Watch.
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Apple Watch might get some new Mac-related powered when macOS 10.15 is unveiled at WWDC 2019.

Mac users can currently use the Apple Watch to unlock their Mac, but a new report claims Apple is planning to expand authentication beyond that to give Macs without Touch ID some of the same features.

Take your fitness and training to the next level with ActionSleeve

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There are so many different sports and workouts, and some just aren’t ‘wrist-watch friendly’.
There are so many different sports and workouts, and many just aren’t ‘wrist-watch friendly’.
Photo: Twelve South

Apple Watch is the new paradigm of health and fitness in tech. It’s a powerful workout companion and has revolutionized the way we calculate fitness goals and monitor health stats.

For those of us who want to take workout regiments to the next level, ActionSleeve may just be the answer. It moves Apple Watch from wrist to bicep, optimizing 100 percent wrist mobility for the most intense workouts.

Not to mention it’s 10 percent off for a limited time on the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Kickboxers, weight-lifters, cross-fitters, or any other gym head can fulfill their most intense workout with safety and efficiency. Don’t believe us? Watch the video for yourself:

Power multiple devices in sight with dual charge nightstand mode

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HiRise Duet is the first dual charging stand that powers up Apple Watch in Nightstand mode.
HiRise Duet is the first dual charging stand that powers up Apple Watch in Nightstand mode.
Photo: Twelve South

AirPower is dead and gone, but in the midst of the scramble for the next best thing, its alternatives have been selling out fast. So, what now? The HiRise Duet stand may be the perfect solution, and we’ve got it in the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

This luxe charging stand powers your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time, in the same place. With 15-watts of Lightning Power, HiRise Duet charges your iPhone 40 percent faster than standard USB, and almost twice as fast as wireless.

Best part? Unlike flat charging pads, Duet holds your iPhone and Apple Watch upright so you can see and interact with your devices while charging. Check it out:

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: