Rare diamonds and gold send Lux Apple Watch price soaring above $1 million


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This is the $58,995 version of Brikk's Lux Apple Watch series 4.
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If you think $529 is a lot to pay for a new Apple Watch then you aren’t the target market for a Lux Watch 4. These are produced by Brikk, who takes Apple’s wearable and lavishes on gold and precious gems, Prices start at a mere $28,995 and go up to over $1 million.

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Recordings of Saudi dissident’s death probably not from his Apple Watch


Jamal Khashoggi could have recorded his own last moments with an Apple Watch
Jamal Khashoggi could have recorded his own last moments with an Apple Watch, but it's doubtful he could have transmitted them.
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Investigators into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi claim to have recordings made on his Apple Watch of this prominent critic of Saudi Arabia being killed by Saudi agents. However, experts doubt that these actually came from the journalist’s wearable.

Your Apple Watch could monitor how you’re recovering after a hip op


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This is Apple's second major medical study.
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Apple has teamed up with medical device company Zimmer Biomet to explore ways to make the Apple Watch into a valuable tool for people recovering from knee and hip replacement surgeries.

The two companies are collaborating on a clinical study to examine why certain patients recover from these procedures faster than others. The Apple Watch will be used for gathering data from participants.

Apple donates 1,000 watches for eating disorder study


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Apple Watch is being used in yet another research study.
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Apple is donating 1,000 Apple Watches for a new study intended to track binge eating. The Binge Eating Genetics Initiative (BEGIN) is being run by the University of North Carolina. The Apple Watches will be used to track the heart rate of participants when they binge on food.

This is just the latest example of how Apple’s wearable device is being used in research studies.

Apple debuts a pair of new Apple Watch ‘how to’ videos


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New videos showcase Apple Watch’s Workouts and Emergency SOS features.
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With the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple’s wearable devices have moved firmly into the territory of “must have” tech products. And Apple wants to make sure that potential customers know everything they can do!

As a result, the company unleashed a pair of new “How to” videos over the weekend — showcasing how to use the Apple Watch’s Workout feature and its Emergency SOS mode. Check them out below.

Face off! Developers cook up custom Apple Watch faces


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Apple's new watch faces are great, but we want more!
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The pressure is building on Apple to finally add third-party watch faces to the Apple Watch after a couple of developers have shown how easily they can be made.

Custom watch faces have been the most-requested feature for the Apple Watch since the original version came out in 2015. Nike and Hermes have been the only sources for third-party watch faces, but iOS developer Steve Steve Troughton-Smith has found a hack around that.

How to sync your Apple workouts to Strava automatically


Sync Apple Workout app with Strava to get the best of both worlds.
Using Apple's Workout app with Strava gives you the best of both worlds.
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Your shiny new Apple Watch is great for logging workouts. But it comes up short when you want to review your training progress and share your workout history with friends. Everything gets bundled in the Activity and Health apps on your iPhone, which are pretty basic.

That’s where third-party apps like Strava come in. Strava offers all the essential fitness analytics that Apple overlooks. The trouble is, Strava’s watch app sucks for logging workouts.

If only you could have the best of both worlds: logging your workouts with Apple’s excellent built-in Workout app, then syncing the data automatically to Strava. Well, thanks to a brilliant indie app called HealthFit, you can.

Apple Watch might solve mystery of missing Saudi dissident


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Jamal Khashoggi's Apple Watch might be able to tell investigators if he's still alive.
Photo: Apple

A prominent critic of Saudi Arabia went into that country’s consulate in Istanbul last week and never came out again. Evidence of what happened to him might come from his Apple Watch.

The burning question the wearable potentially could answer: is Jamal Khashoggi still alive?

Jimmy Kimmel turns Trump’s nationwide text into a Hollywood blockbuster


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Trump's texts cause nationwide mayhem in Kimmel's hilarious video.
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Giving Donald Trump the power to send a text to every person in the U.S. is a horrible idea, but as Jimmy Kimmel has shown, it could make for a great movie.

Everyone was talking about the first-ever nationwide Presidential alert. Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as bad as Trump’s tweets. However, during Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, the late night comedian showed what type of mayhem could ensue if Trump could text whatever he wanted. From cops shooting their iPhones to a man chopping his arm off to get away from Apple Watch alerts, the entire movie concept is truly phenomenal.

Watch the craziness unfold: