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Apple Watch Series 1 review – CNET

The Good Same storage space, speed, and basic functions of Apple Watch Series 2, but for less money. WatchOS 3 is much-improved software over last year.

The Bad Lacks swim-ready water resistance and onboard GPS found in Series 2 models. Only comes in aluminum models.

The Bottom Line Apple’s step-down Apple Watch has everything most people would need at a more affordable price.

You don’t need a smartwatch. And if you think you do, paying more than a couple of hundred dollars feels pretty hard to swallow.

The Apple Watch, in its second year, has focused on refinement. Really, the best part is the operating system, which has become easier to use, faster, and even offers better battery life. If you had an original Apple Watch, just update to WatchOS 3 and you’re fine.

But if you’re considering one, and you’re not an athlete, Apple Watch Series 1 is the way to go. It costs less than Apple Watch Series 2, and you’re only giving up a few features: GPS, swim-proofing, and a few other minor things.

I wore Series 1 for weeks after having worn Series 2, and here are the main differences — and similarities — between the two watches.

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Can you tell which one is Series 1? (It’s on the right.)

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No GPS, but fine for workouts and step-counting

The built-in GPS in Apple Watch Series 2 tracks run data when running without a phone, and maps the route afterwards when you’re back at your phone. You can’t do that on Series 1, but you can still track runs with it and use it for workouts without your phone. The loss of GPS isn’t a big deal for most people, and no, it doesn’t enable away-from-phone directions or mapping.

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Series 1 (bottom) is a tiny bit thinner than Series 2 (top).

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Not swim-proof, but reasonably splash-proof

I can’t swim with Series 1, but I don’t swim anyway. Just like the original Apple Watch, it’s still water resistant enough for dunks and hand-washing and yes, accidental showers with it on. You can keep the Series 1 immersed for up to 30 minutes in water, and I often get it wet with no problem.


Get certified to become an ethical hacker with these awesome bundles!

Hacking is generally associated with negativity, and with recent attacks and breaches people are scared of the word. Ethical hackers do a completely different thing though, they work with the companies to build up their systems to prevent attacks from happening in the future. They look for vulnerabilities in different systems, code bases, and more to see if there are any holes that people can get into and work to get them closed up before someone else can access them.


Getting into the field can be a difficult thing, but there are tons of great resources available that can help you get started to get your foot in the door. Here are some of the best courses that you can take at a huge discount.

Certified Ethical Hacker Bootcamp

The Ethical Hacker Bootcamp offers a ton of information that you have access to at any point during the day. You’ll be able to utilize the more than 140 lectures and 45 hours of content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With more than 600 exam questions you’ll gain practical experience with DDoS attacks, policy creation and much more.

Normally, this bootcamp would set you back over $5,200, but right now you can get it all for just $45.

See at Android Central Offers

IT Security & Ethical Hacking Certification Training

With this certification training you will have instant access to more than 50 hours of training and nearly 50 hours of courses to help you get on your way. If you invest up to three hours per week, you should be able to pass all the certification exams in under six weeks, which is not a whole lot of time at all. You’ll be able to learn how to secure Windows systems against attacks, discover methods for guessing passwords and study different types of keyloggers.

Regularly this certification training would be priced at just under $2,000, but for a limited time you can get it for only $30, which is a 98% savings.

See at Android Central Offers

IT Security & White Hat Hacking: CompTIA & Cisco Certifications

Information is key when it comes to getting started. There is so much information out there, but accessing it is pricey. Getting your CompTIA & Cisco certifications with this bundle may put you a step ahead of the competition. With more than 50 hours of information and 40 lectures that you can access on-demand, this bundle will get you ready to pass your exams with ease. Some of the key topics that you’ll master include cyber-security, spyware, keyloggers, and much more.

If you want to avoid paying the $1,400 retail value of the courses, you’ll want to act quick so that you can pay only $29 for it all.

See at Android Central Offers

Cyber Security Hacker & Pen Tester Certification Training

If you want to have access to the most classes, you’ll want to check this one out. With nearly 120 classes available to pull information from and 20 hours of content that you can access on your own schedule, this can help you get certified in the time that you have available. This will help put you ahead of the competition by teaching you through video, quizes, assessments and even discussions.

For the low price of just $39, you’ll save a boatload of money to act quick. If you decide to delay, you may be stuck paying upwards of $800 for this package, do be sure to act quickly!

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ICYMI: Wildland firefighting is about to get an AI assist

ICYMI: Wildland firefighting is about to get an AI assist

Today on In Case You Missed It: Lockheed Martin just demonstrated its AI aircraft system that can spot fires and put them out independent of human intervention, while also checking to see if any humans were left behind near danger. The system is supposed to be in service within five years.

Researchers discovered that Goffin cockatoos are smart enough to make tools from various materials, judging how long and narrow they need to be each time to pass through a hole and also reach a treat. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in the rapid repair of a sinkhole in Japan, the timelapse video is here. There have been a lot of interesting stories this week but people will be talking about the judge’s decision to allow a dying girl to be cryogenically frozen for quite a while. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.


McLaren Confirms Talks With Apple ‘Never Matured to Definitive Proposition’

In late September, the Financial Times reported Apple was considering a full takeover of McLaren Automotive or a strategic investment in the British supercar maker.

The New York Times and Bloomberg separately reported talks were underway as well, noting Apple was more likely to make a large investment in McLaren rather than buy it.

Two months later, it now turns out those reports were accurate. In an interview with Reuters, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed McLaren was in discussions with Apple, but he said the talks never progressed towards a definitive proposition. He also ruled out a takeover bid from Apple.

“There wasn’t a bid from Apple,” said Flewitt. “They visited. We talked. We talked about what they did. We talked about what we did. They toured. It never matured to a definitive proposition,” he said.

McLaren previously said it was “not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” a seemingly purposefully vague statement that did not rule out discussions between the companies entirely. Financial Times reporter Tim Bradshaw rightly stood by his story despite McLaren’s statement.

Apple’s interest in McLaren may have diminished as the iPhone maker’s ambitions reportedly no longer include building its own car “for now.” Under the leadership of Bob Mansfield, Apple’s automotive team has reportedly shifted its focus towards developing an underlying system and technologies for autonomous vehicles.

McLaren, headquartered in Woking, Surrey, manufactures high-performance sports cars, including the P1 and F1 models commonly used for Formula One racing. The carmaker produced just 1,654 vehicles last year, some costing as much as $1 million apiece. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is said to own a McLaren.

McLaren has a Formula One team itself that competes under the name McLaren Honda, winning more F1 Grand Prix races than any other team since 1966. Formula One itself was sold to U.S.-based Liberty Media for $4.4 billion in August. McLaren Automotive and McLaren Racing are subsidiaries of McLaren Technology Group.

(Thanks, OllyW!)

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Still reeling from the result of November 8th? This week, Jess Conditt spoke with professor Allen Lichtman, who saw it (and every other presidential winner since 1984) coming, thanks to insights gleaned from geophysics, not political science. The lesson the professor wants us all to learn? Voter polls are just fodder for the media, not predictors of actual outcomes.

Speaking of media fodder, Facebook finds itself embroiled in controversy about the role the social network played in the distribution of fake news — which many feel played a significant role in Trump’s victory. Nathan Ingraham looked at the scope of the challenge Facebook faces and what needs doing to fix it. In the meantime, those in search of truth should be reading news sources outside the social network’s bubble to stay (accurately) informed.

And, while its parent company struggles with an unwanted transition from pure platform into something resembling a media company, Instagram is making a shift of its own accord. Edgar Alvarez explains how the company is building a future that’s as much retail platform as it is social network. Should users be concerned about these business partners gaining undue influence on the Instagram experience? The company says that users will always come first, but time will tell whether its actions stay true to its words.

WYD?Instead of sliding in the DMs, Facebook’s CEO is up late talking fake news


In a very late Friday night news dump, Mark Zuckerberg waited until midnight to spill the details in Facebook’s ongoing fight against fake news. The CEO laid out several points (raising the bar for posts that pop up as “related,” making it easier to report fakes, and cutting off their access to advertising were a few) and said he’s listening for more suggestions. That’s a good thing, since it seems like everyone has one.

Be careful what you wish forReview: MacBook Pro (2016)


Now that we’ve had all week to think it over, what’s the feeling about the new MacBook Pro? It’s pricey, lacks MagSafe and needs dongles to plug almost anything in, and that OLED Touch Bar is just a little more annoying than amazing (so far). But TouchID is a welcome addition, and it’s still powerful, with a long-lasting battery wrapped in a thinner and lighter design. Decisions, decisions.

The Entire History of StreamingNetflix Vista combines binge watching and “Black Mirror”

A new short works Netflix into the world of “Black Mirror,” imagining the technology from “The Entire History of You” put to a slightly different use. We’re not sure if Netflix Vista is a much better upgrade than Windows Vista, but as usual, the two-minute video is enough to keep you thinking.

Next on Discovery: Big Data CatchAI is helping to track tuna fishing around the island nation of Palau

Overfishing threatens tuna populations in the Pacific, as well as other species that can get caught accidentally, like sharks and turtles. Now the Nature Conservancy is testing out the use of machine learning to process hours of video showing exactly what each boat is really catching.

Hot Coffee 2“Watch_Dogs 2” is more realistic than we thought

This week, a player found that Ubisoft had gone the extra mile in rendering certain areas of a female character, posted a screenshot to PSN and was quickly banned. The ban was eventually lifted, and the company says a patch is coming to make the “explicit” area consistent with others in the game. Welcome to 2016.

More pixels, more $$$Review: Chromecast Ultra


The Chromecast Ultra delivers everything promised: 4K, HDR video streaming. The only problems? Most of the video apps it works with are probably already built into your new TV, and its higher $69 price means it lacks the value proposition of earlier versions

No glassholes allowedHands-on with Snapchat’s Spectacles

The hardest part of using these Spectacles is probably finding a pair. But once you do, what is it like rocking the $130 camera-equipped shades? Being able to shoot video hands-free is a plus, and the circular format means it’s viewable in landscape or portrait. It’s still early, but Andrew Tarantola calls them a “a clever, relatively inexpensive wearable.”

Nobody tell Busta RhymesThe upside of Stephen Hawking’s “1,000 years left on Earth” prediction


You may have heard that, earlier this week, the well-known theoretical physicist put a time limit on humanity’s quest to find a new residence. Some are bummed out by the prediction, but we’re finding the silver lining in it: Hawking’s made this same prediction for years. That means that no matter how many celebrities kick the bucket in 2016 and how frequently the climate is ignored, our timeline is still looking the same. Small victories, right?

The ultimate Apple accessoryThe $300 photo book that chronicles 20 years of Apple design


Whether you love Apple, or love to hate Apple, this book should have some appeal to you. The $300 tome “Designed by Apple in California” features over 450 product shots by photographer Andrew Zuckerman, cast against white backgrounds. We checked, and no, there’s no headphone jack here either.

Because you can’t find an NES Classic EditionHoliday Gift Guide 2016: The Gamer


If you are a gamer or know one, this is the most important section of this year’s holiday gift guide. A VR headset or PS4 Pro is great if you can afford it, but we also have options for smaller budgets, like a high-end mouse or a new headset.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Instagram sees shopping as the next step in its evolution
  • Hyperloop One co-founders discuss whether it can deliver on its promises
  • Vibrator, vape or VPN, this is for the naughtier side of Santa’s list
  • Earthquake science explains why election polls were so wrong

The Morning After is a new daily newsletter from Engadget designed to help you fight off FOMO. Who knows what you’ll miss if you don’t subscribe.


Spammers compromised Twitter accounts for @PlayStation and others

If you noticed something odd on Twitter tonight, you weren’t alone. Around 1AM ET, accounts like @PlayStation, @Viacom, @XboxSupport, @NTSB, @TheNewYorker, @TheNextWeb, the Red Cross (@ICRC) and @Money started aggressively pushing ways to help you obtain more followers for free. Most of the tweets have been scrubbed, however, a look at Tweetdeck revealed they were all posted via Twitter Counter (@thecounter).

It’s unclear exactly what happened, however, reached by email, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten said the company is looking into the situation. According to its website, Twitter Counter “provides statistics of Twitter usage and tracks over 14 million users…and sells featured spots on its website to people who want to gain more followers.” If it was hacked, the problem only appears to have hit accounts linked to the tool, so your account is probably safe. Still, as always, now is a good time to reset your password, and double check any apps or services linked to your social media accounts — if they get compromised, you do too.

Source: PlayStation (Twitter)


Intel is reportedly backing away from wearables

When Intel bought Basis back in 2014, there were hopes the acquisition would push the wearables firm to the next level. Sadly, things didn’t go that way — the company’s first Intel-backed product had a tendency to catch fire, and was subsequently pulled from the market earlier this year. Now, any hope for a bounce back has been all but extinguished: according to a report from TechCrunch, Intel’s wearable division is facing massive layoffs.

According to TechCrunch, sources close to the company say that Intel is planning to back away from the wearable space — and will soon lay off staff in its New Devices Group. In addition to the layoff report, TechCrunch also managed to get a few pictures of the Basis Ruby, an unannounced fitness wearable that will now never see the light of day.

The Ruby’s product box shows a compact watch with sleep tracking and heart rate monitor features with some basic smartwatch functionality — a Basis Peak in a smaller form. The Ruby was also set to usher in a new version of the Basis software. There’s no word if that update is still coming for users of older products, but we’ll let you know if we find out.

Source: TechCrunch


Mark Zuckerberg explains how Facebook is fighting fake news

Ever since the end of the presidential election, the spread of rumors, misinformation and outright fake news on social media has been in the spotlight. With even President Obama speaking out about social media’s role in pushing propaganda, and some coders taking matters into their own hands with browser extensions, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted tonight about what his company is doing. According to Zuckerberg, “We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.”


Source: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)


4 apps that give your phone a free second number – CNET


Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet 7″ Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


The Nook Tablet 7 will be in stores on November 25.

Barnes & Noble

Back in June, Amazon announced that its budget-priced Fire tablet ($50, £50) was the top selling tablet in the US and its top-selling tablet of all time.

Until now, Barnes & Noble has had only more expensive Samsung tablets to compete with it, but now it’s getting into the dirt-cheap tablet game with a $50 tablet of its own, the Nook Tablet 7.

While Amazon’s tablets run the company’s Fire OS, a skinned version of Android, you can’t get access to the Google Play store unless you hack the tablet. In contrast, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet 7 give you access to the Google Play store out of the box, a selling point.

In many other respects the tablets are very similar — at least from a specs standpoint (for all we know both tablets could be made in the same factory in China). They’re both 7-inch tablets, their resolutions are the same at 1,024×600 with the same pixel density (171 ppi), they have basic front and rear cameras and both come with 8GB of built-in storage but have expansion slots to add more (microSD memory cards up to 128GB). Barnes & Noble’s tablet does weigh a couple of ounces lighter, however.

I haven’t gotten my hands on a review sample yet, but I’ll be able to give you a better performance comparison once I do. The Nook Tablet 7 is available for preorder now and is available in stores on November 25.

Here are its key specs, according to Barnes & Noble:

  • 7-inch IPS display
  • 1,024×600-pixel resolution with 171 ppi
  • Dimensions: 7.40×4.20×0.39 (HWD)
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Full access to Android apps in the Google Play store
  • Front camera (VGA), rear camera 2MP
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos and web browsing
  • More than a million books priced under $4.99
  • Discovery delivered daily with B&N Readouts
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available November 25
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