Apple Watch Series 4: A Closer First Look [PHOTOS]

At today's Apple Event in Cupertino, the company unveiled a Series 4 of its watch, and repositioned it as more of a health device. The Apple Watch Series 4 now packs an electrocardiogram, fall detection, and an impressive updated display. Photos and official launch day details, below. Read the rest

My favorite 70s style leather cuff of an Apple Watch band

This is my daily wear Apple Watch band.

Apple Watch is a fantastic fitness tracker, but its ability to switch bands in mere seconds is a pretty great feature as well. I have bands dress up, and bands for getting sweaty, but mostly I wear this leather cuff.

My father used to wear his watch on a big ugly leather "Hercules" cuff, or so I called it as a tyke back in the 70s. I found that watch, and put it on a nice band sometime in my 20s, but it was later stolen from my home. When I was searching for bands for my Apple Watch I came across this one, and it reminded me of his, but the white stitching gives it more style than my father could likely handle.

The leather is a very nice quality, and has both the look and feel I expect of those 1970s leather bracelets. It has worn and scuffed just enough to look pretty legit, and is super comfortable. I have even taken to wearing it to bed, as I've added a sleep tracking app to the watch as well.

This band should fit most everyone out of the box. My wrists are on the thin side, of the seven holes for fitment I use the 2nd. At my largest I'll never need more than the 3rd. I'd assume most men and women can wear this band, and if you have an awl you'll be just fine. There is lots of room to add smaller and larger holes. Read the rest

Integrating the data from my ragtag collection of fitness trackers

My preferred way get in shape involves mercilessly tracking my effort and results. I have a mishmosh of fitness trackers and gadgets I use to monitor my daily progress towards, or away from, being physically fit. Integrating all that data into one place? Oy vey. Read the rest

U.S. Military bans GPS-enabled fitness trackers

We’ve known for a while that military personnel using GPS-enabled health tracking apps and accessories in sensitive operational areas was kind of a problem, from an intelligence standpoint. Such appliances make it wicked easy for someone to check in on the wearer’s daily routine, whereabouts or, should enough people in an operational area use the same service like Strava, figure out where personnel congregate at certain times of the day, no satellite surveillance or human intelligence assets required. Well, it looks like the Department of Defense has finally decided to do something about it: As of right now, DoD employees are no longer allowed to wear or use a wide variety of health tracking hardware.

From Gizmodo:

The ban was first announced in an August 3 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. It follows a months-long investigation into the use of location-tracking apps after the fitness app Strava published a global heat map that accidentally revealed the locations of several United States military bases. The Pentagon’s response also comes after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress calling for “enhanced assessments and guidance … to address security risks in DoD” posed by internet of things devices.

How the United States military will enforce this ban is anyone’s guess, at this point. According to Stars & Stripes, it’s not immediately clear what the punishment for accidentally tracking your run with your smartphone might be, or what consequences a solider might face for intentionally wearing their Fitbit into a war zone (what time was it and what was your heart rate when you were being shot at? Read the rest

Stainless steel and red wood Apple watch band

I am quite fond of this $29 Apple watch band. Read the rest

How to make a working quadcopter out of the Apple Watch packaging box

“I Watch You,” a most nifty hack by Eirik Solheim. Read the rest

Man smashes $10,000 Apple Watch with magnets

TechRax destroys gadgets. In this video, he destroys an Apple Watch—a $10,000 model, apparently!—with two gigantic magnets. [via The Next Web]

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Finally, Apple Watch available in stores this month

After over a month of pre-sales and online-only availability, the Apple Watch will finally be on the shelves in Apple stores later this month. Consumers will be able to touch and try on the watch and then actually take it home the same day. Not that selling exclusively online has hurt the product: Apple has had an estimated  7-million Apple Watch orders since its launch and expects to deliver 5-million watches by the end of the first quarter, which is double what analysts had expected.  And Apple has by far outsold what the iPod, iPhone and iPad took in during their first quarter. Yet another win for Apple! Read the rest

Apple Watch "bug" turns out to be intentional

When the Apple Watch first came out, users were able to monitor their heart rate every 10 minutes throughout the day. Then there were "glitches," or so the users thought, and the smartwatch became inconsistent with its heart rate readings. Apple updated their site today (brought to our attention by 9to5Mac), and it turns out the Apple bug was on purpose: the watch will no longer take your heart rate while your arm is moving.  Apple hasn't explained why they downgraded this feature, but some people guess that it's to save on battery life. Read the rest

I've been texting with an astronaut

How a surprising iPhone and Apple Watch bestseller is pushing the boundaries of fiction