Apple employees can earn special Apple Watch band in 2018 ‘Close the Rings’ challenge

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Apple in February will hold its annual fitness challenge for employees, and participants who complete the event with "gold" metrics will net themselves a specially designed Apple Watch band featuring an Activity Rings motif.
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How to set up Medical ID and customize SOS on iPhone and Apple Watch

iPhone and Apple Watch provide some awesome features when it comes to health and fitness, but they also include important ways to get help in case of an accident, injury, and more. Follow along for how to make sure your Medical ID is set up or up to date, along with how to customize the SOS settings on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Running Microsoft ‘Xbox Watch’ discovered, is no Apple Watch killer

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An "Xbox Watch" prototype has been unearthed and brought back to life, showing what Microsoft had in mind for its first, true smart watch after a failed effort in the beginning of the century.
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Leaked Xbox Watch images reveal Microsoft’s canceled smartwatch

Microsoft was testing its own wrist-worn device back in 2013. The smartwatch was simply a prototype, made by teams that had worked on Xbox accessories and the Kinect sensor. Prototypes included a 1.5-inch display, and removable bands like modern smartwatches. Newly leaked images appear to show an early prototype of the canceled Xbox Watch.

Twitter user Hikari Calyx has published a number of images of the prototype device, spotted by Windows Central, that provide a first look at Microsoft’s canceled hardware. The device appears to support heart rate monitoring, GPS location tracking, and dedicated app workouts. The interface is similar to that of Microsoft’s canceled Band wearable, but more in keeping with the tiles found on the Xbox UI…

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Watch ‘Saturday Night Live’ parody Jeff Bezos’ search for Amazon’s HQ2

“Alexa, send in the next city.”

Earlier this week, Amazon announced the 20 cities in North America that the company was still considering to be the home of its second headquarters. Among them were Newark, NJ; Boston, Mass.; Pittsburgh, PA; and Atlanta, GA.

With the promise of 50,000 new jobs and $ 5 billion in spending, cities have clamored to persuade Amazon to bring its new headquarters there. The company received a total of 238 proposals from various cities and districts across North America.

But this kind of Hunger Games, very public manner of seeking a city for a second headquarters was bound to get the “Saturday Night Live” treatment at some point. And it’s finally here. In a new skit — featuring Amazon CEO “Jeff Bezos,” “Sen. Cory Booker,” “Paula Dean” and, of course, Alexa — SNL brought us behind the scenes of the pitches for some of the final cities.

Watch the full, cringeworthy segment here:


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Tim Cook to deliver 2018 commencement address at Duke, watch the Animoji announcement video here

Duke University announced this weekend that Tim Cook will be the commencement speaker at its 2018 graduation in May. Cook, of course, is a Duke alum himself, having graduated from the school’s Fuqua School of Business with his MBA…

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Today in Apple history: Letterpad gives us a preview of Apple Watch gaming

January 21, 2015: Months before the first Apple Watch goes on sale, users get a glimpse at what playing games might look like on the wearable. Thanks to Apple making the WatchKit API available to third parties, game developer NimbleBit releases a mockup of its simple work-in-progess word game, Letterpad. Suddenly, we get a desire […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Apple Watch Band From Casetify

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Casetify to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the site’s Apple Watch bands.

Casetify offers a wide range of Apple Watch bands, from high-quality steel mesh and leather to some that are customizable with your own design. All Casetify Apple Watch bands fit all Apple Watch models and are available in 38 and 42mm size options.

With the Saffiano Leather Band, priced at $52, you can choose from hundreds of designs offered by Casetify in all kinds of colors and patterns.


The Steel Mesh Band, priced at $82, mimics Apple’s own Milanese Loop and it comes in multiple colors, including gold, rose gold, space gray, and the traditional silver.


Casetify’s Double Tour, priced at $90, is similar to some of Apple’s Hermès bands, but at a much more affordable price. It wraps twice around the wrist and comes with two different band lengths so you can also wear it as a single wrap to change things up.


The Magnetic Apple Watch Band is like the Leather Loop from Apple, with a simple wrap design that emulates the look and feel of genuine leather. It comes in multiple colors like blue, red, black, gray, and pink, and, unlike the Leather Loop, it is available for 38mm Apple Watch models.


The Nylon Fabric Apple Watch Band, priced at $40, looks a lot like Apple’s Woven Nylon bands. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and stylish, with solid and stripe color options available in black, white, and pink.


We are giving away five Apple Watch bands, with winners able to choose any band in any color from Casetify’s collection. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (January 19) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 26. The winners will be chosen randomly on January 26 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

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