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Kinkoo-6-port USB charger

Searching for a powerful charger?Check out the Kinkoo’s 6-port charger.

Kinkoo is a family-sized desktop USB charger with iPower Technology for iPhone, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy, Nexus, HTC, Nokia and more.

The new charger has six USB ports so you can charge all your devices at the same time. Kinkoo delivers to your device its fastest possible charge speed up to 2.4 amps. In addition, the charger can charge your devices up to 85% faster compared with regular conventional charger.

Moreove, it can intelligently identify your gadget and offer the current accordingly for that device. When a device is plugged in, you will see a soft blue LED.

Kinkoo is made of industry grade materials and premium circuitry. This charger is CE, FCC and RoHS certified to guarantee complete safety and reliability. Kinkoo was made for the European, USA and Japanese markets. You will have access to 100-240 volt input, which is ideal for international travel. Kinkoo is 4.1 × 2.2 × 0.9 inches.


Finally,  Kinkoo comes packaged in a durable design that’s compact enough to stay out of the way.

The new charger is currently available for $39.90 via the company’s site.

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Google brings support for Apple Watch with ‘News & Weather’ update

Google has updated its News & Weather app to version 1.7. The update brings different performance and stability enhancements, and more important for us, support for the Apple Watch.

Google has introduced its first app for the Apple Watch in the form of an update to its iOS Google News & Weather app.

Launched last fall, Google News & Weather iOS offers aggregated news and local climate reports to iPhone and iPad, but for the new Apple’s device appears limited to the latest headlines.

Like plenty of other apps on the Apple Watch, this new Google program displays screenshots from iTunes. However, unlike other news apps, The Google’s app comes with deeper functionality like article summaries, snippets, full text access or allows to edit and change sources on-device.

The company describes the application as a “comprehensive and personalized view of headline stores and local news and weather.” It offers coverage from 65,000 publications and a customizable layout for more intimate content.

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This is the first appearance on Apple’s smart watch for Google, who runs a competing wearable platform dubbed Android Wear.

While not yet announced, Google is reportedly planning to update such apps like Gmail, Hangouts and more, in attempts to build a presence on what has quickly become the world’s most sought after wearable.

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Apple Watch withstands 1200m swim, 10m dive, and 40m water chamber tests

The Apple Watch has been involved into multiple waterproofing tests since its public launch in April, and appeared to be much more resilient against water damage than the company has announced.

Endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos that further prove the device’s ability to withstand exposure to water.

According to the official information, the Apple Watch is IPX7-rated to a depth of just one meter, and the company even recommends against swimming with the device or even showering with it. However, in the tests the Watch survived a 1,200-meter (3,937-foot) swim, dives off of a 32-foot platform, and even a waterproofing test chamber set to conduct two simulated dives down to 40 meters (131.2 feet).

After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, blogger Ray Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly resilient against any water damage. 

The chamber test demonstrated the product survive the same pressures as devices rated to 50 meters (164 feet), such as the Fitbit Surge or the Garmin Vivoactive. The only difference with the Watch is that it has no warranty coverage for any kind of intentional water exposure, much less intentional submersion.

I’m impressed, it’s still chugging along after that – with not a single sign of any issues at all. Clearly this is all more than adequate for any sort of casual sweat or showering. Though I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out over the next few weeks just in case,” said Maker.

Warranty concerns remain, however, for users who expose their Watch to intense conditions.

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Apple launches ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third-party bands program

Apple announced a new developer site called “Creating Bands for Apple Watch”, which offers band design guidelines for third-party companies planning to make bands for the Apple Watch. The design guidelines feature requirements for the bands to get Apple certification in the new Made for Apple Watch program.

On the site, Apple explains that Watch bands are “easily changed with simple release buttons and lugs that secure the band to the Apple Watch case.”
Along with design guidelines for third-party bands, the company says that “lugs” (attachments for the bands as shown in the video above) will be available soon. A number of third-party developers have already revealed straps with new leathers, battery packs, and unique designs. Apple’s guidelines for third-party band development mean that the accessories are required to meet certain environmental specifications and be able to be tightened enough to a wrist to remain compatible with the Watch’s heart rate sensor.

The bands must integrate with the two lugs that mate with the Apple device interface. Additionally, they are not allowed to integrate magnetic chargers and the lug latch can’t be jammed while in an extended position.


The company has also published design diagrams for the Watch, which may be useful for those interested in the Apple Watch’s industrial design:


While the new device from the iPhone maker has launched a little over a week ago and most early owners have yet to get their new devices, interest in third-party bands has been growing.

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Third-party apps on Apple Watch

The iPhone maker company launched its first smart watch with more than 3,000 third-party applications, a number expected to grow exponentially in the future.

A lot of famous companies and developers revealed their products.

Amazon’s offering allows users to look for items via voice dictation, scroll through product descriptions and view star ratings with the Digital Crown. In addition, they are given the ability to add products to their wish list directly from Watch.

Other product is Dark Sky, which simplifies the use of Glances. With an easy swipe-up gesture, compatible apps offer bite-size bits of information for at-a-glance consumption.


As for Instagram, the social media service allows watch’s owners to browse profiles and pictures, but limitations prohibit Apple Watch app versions from playing back video. The app still lets favorite video content, but playback is offloaded to iPhone.

Among other interesting apps incorporating support for Apple services is the Starbucks app. The service makes it possible to control payment card balances, find nearby locations and see loyalty points, with transactions completed via QR codes stored in Passbook.

The list of apps compatible with Apple Watch is long enough and includes such services like Twitter, Citymapper, Calcbot, Deliveries, Tripadviser, Clear and more.shazam

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Pharrell performs at Apple campus in celebration of Earth Day, shows off Apple Watch

Grammy Award winning singer performed at Apple’s campus in Cupertino on Wednesday, entertaining employees and showing off his Apple Watch in celebration of Earth Day.

The company has worked with Pharrell in the past, as he was one of their iTunes Festival partners in London.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a picture of the performance in Twitter, saying, “Thanks @Pharrell for an unforgettable Earth Day celebration.” A number of attendees also posted images of the event to social media sites, including one showing Pharrell holding up his Apple Watch Edition to the crowd.

The musician was among the first high-profile stars to be seen wearing Watch in public well before its debut. He was spotted wearing the new device at NBC’s talent show “The Voice” in early April. Then, the singer posted a brief Instagram video demonstrating the device configured with a Mickey Mouse watch face. pharrell-earth

This isn’t the first time the company has organized a performance at its campus. Following the death of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Coldplay performed at his memorial.

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Apple preparing to ship out first Apple Watch orders

Ahead of the official Apple Watch launch on April 24th, the company has began charging customer credit and debit cards. Different users on social media that pre-ordered the Apple Watch are saying that they have been charged by Apple for their order.

Both Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport customers have reportedly been charged from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment.”

The iPhone maker is only accepting Apple Watch orders online and recently informed employees that the product won’t be available for in-store purchases until June, at the earliest.

Apple Watch orders with status “Preparing for Shipment” are still listing prospective delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday April 24, the official launch date of the device. Now that order statuses have been changed, customers should begin receiving shipment emails in the near future.

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Apple Watch orders will ship out from these central distribution centers via Fedex and UPS, so a lot of devices will arrive on Friday. Once a status changes to Preparing for Shipment, customers can track by reference number using a phone number on the UPS and FedEx websites to get tracking information before a shipping email even goes out.

Exact preorder details are unavailable, though according to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, numbers will reach 2.3 million units.

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Yelp adds Apple Watch support bringing local listings and reviews

Yelp appeared in the long list of companies that have debuted apps for Apple Watch. The company has  announced an update to its iOS app that will bring the service to the Apple‘s device.

On Apple Watch, Yelp provides such information like nearby restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other businesses alongside their ratings, reviews, price ranges, and distances from your current location. The main interface of the app offers four options for restaurants, bars, coffee & tea, and hot & new locations. If you tap one will bring you to another screen with nearby results that fit your selected criteria.

“We’ve stylishly packed in millions of local reviews with petite precision so you have vast insider knowledge right at your fingertips. Now that’s what we call a micro machine!”

Additionally, a search option can locate specific businesses, complete with vital information, including phone numbers, hours and even maps.

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Finally, the app also brings Handoff support, allowing owners to jump from the Apple Watch to their iPhone to make a phone call, write a review, add images or video, or check in for potential rewards. The Apple Watch app is already live.

In addition to Yelp, Yahoo announced updates for four of its apps that will add support for Apple Watch. They include Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong. Another two companies,1Password and Workflow have also added Apple Watch support.

Yelp is a free 45.1MB download from the iOS App Store.

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Mophie introduces new ‘Watch Dock’ for Apple Watch

Mophie has introduced its own dock for the Apple Watch.

Dubbed simply “Watch Dock,” Mophie’s Apple Watch charging solution is constructed from a silver aluminum and it has black leather accents on the base and behind the device. The dock is designed to work with the charging cable that ships with the Apple Watch, making it possible for users to easily place their accessory on the stand at night for simple charging.  Cable routing is accomplished via an internal channeling system, while the entire dock weighs in at only 3.86 ounces. Mophie’s dock is 4.64 x 2.87 x 2.52 inches.

The description of the dock reads, “The slightly elevated, slightly angled charging position makes it easy to use your watch’s touchscreen and other features while charging. Use the dock at home or in the office knowing your watch is charging in comfort and you’ll never have to mess with tangled cables again.


Mophie’s dock offers a minimalistic and elegant design, featuring a slimmer body than other competing products from companies like Griffin and Twelve South.

Mophie’s Apple Watch dock will be available on April 24th, the same day Apple Watch launches, for $59.95.

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Apple saw 1 million Apple Watch preorders on the first day

According to the data, estimated by Slice Intelligence, Apple saw 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the first day the device was available to order. On average, consumers purchased 1.3 units which means that many customers ordered two or more devices.

The most popular model bought was the Space Grey Sport, followed by the stainless steel Apple Watch, then the Silver Sport. Only 3% of customers orderes the Space Black Apple Watch model although it was in limited supply (4 – 6 weeks) from the beginning of preorders and is also the most expensive model of Apple Watch.

The firm said Apple Watch consumers purchased an average of 1.3 watches and spent an average of $503.83 per unite. Sport buyers spent on average $382.83 per order, while those ordering stainless steel Apple Watch versions spent $707.04.

As for the accessories, the Black Sport Band was the most popular addition for both Watch and Sport buyers. The Milanese Loop was highly popular, coming in third for sales behind the White Sport Band.

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Slice Intelligence did not reveal Apple Watch pre-order data for the other eight countries where the smart device became available Friday, including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, China and Hong Kong.

Apple started preorders on Friday and soon saw initial supply exhausted. Within minutes of going live, preorder ship-by dates for most Watch models slipped to 4 to 6 weeks.