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Can Apple’s new wearable device fix all these problems?
I’ve been using several different smartwatches over the past year. And what I’ve learned is that they are all great—at first. But after using them for an extended period of time, the simple frustrations that often get overlooked by early adopters become a plague of problems.
I keep pretending the current smartwatch market is fine because it is progressing somewhat. But now I’m a little scared. Because Apple just might announce a smartwatch at its September 9th event. And if the company that made the modern smartphone appeal to the mass market can’t get wearables right, it may stall the entire sector for years to come.
Here are the problems with the existing crop of smartwatches which I’m looking to see if Apple can address, either directly or indirectly, when they take the wraps off their iWearable.
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Can Apple’s new wearable device fix all these problems?

I’ve been using several different smartwatches over the past year. And what I’ve learned is that they are all great—at first. But after using them for an extended period of time, the simple frustrations that often get overlooked by early adopters become a plague of problems.

I keep pretending the current smartwatch market is fine because it is progressing somewhat. But now I’m a little scared. Because Apple just might announce a smartwatch at its September 9th event. And if the company that made the modern smartphone appeal to the mass market can’t get wearables right, it may stall the entire sector for years to come.

Here are the problems with the existing crop of smartwatches which I’m looking to see if Apple can address, either directly or indirectly, when they take the wraps off their iWearable.

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Fast Company’s Harry McCracken and Alice Truong will report live from Apple’s product launch in Cupertino, California at 1pm ET. Among the rumored announcements: the iPhone 6 (possibly in 4.7” and 5.5” sizes) and the wearable device which everybody has been calling the iWatch.

It all comes down to this. After months of scuttlebutt and speculation, Apple will hold a press event at De Anza College’s Flint Center in its hometown of Cupertino—the same venue where Apple unveiled the first Mac over thirty years ago.
As usual, the company isn’t saying what it will announce, but current wisdom suggests Apple will show off new iPhones in two sizes—4.7” and 5.5”—and something wearable. What that wearable something will be remains murky; it would be a mistake to assume that it will be a watch, let alone be called the iWatch.
Technology Editor Harry McCracken and staff writer Alice Truong will be in Cupertino to provide live blog coverage of the news at it breaks, alongside color commentary from some Fast Company colleagues in New York. 
“Tampon Run,” A Game From Two Teenagers Who Want You To Know That Periods Are Totally Normal
Two high school students have created a computer game that’s probably safe to say no game developer has ever bet money on before. There are no zombies, no AK-47s, no strippers. Instead, Tampon Run is a simple concept: Collect tampons, shoot them at your enemies, and don’t run out of them before your moon cycle is over.
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“Tampon Run,” A Game From Two Teenagers Who Want You To Know That Periods Are Totally Normal

Two high school students have created a computer game that’s probably safe to say no game developer has ever bet money on before. There are no zombies, no AK-47s, no strippers. Instead, Tampon Run is a simple concept: Collect tampons, shoot them at your enemies, and don’t run out of them before your moon cycle is over.

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A study from AVAST published Wednesday found one in five men and one in four women admit to checking their partners’ smartphones without their consent. Surveying 13,132 respondents in the U.S., AVAST said a quarter of married women who did check their spouses’ phones did so out of suspicions of infidelity. However, most women did so “because they are nosey,” the company said.

Your Significant Other Is Probably Snooping On Your Smartphone
Fast Company staff writer Chris Gayomali and technology editor Harry McCracken will live blog Samsung’s latest launch today in New York at 9 a.m. ET. The company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and other products.
Samsung organizes its media events into seasons and episodes, as if they were TV shows. Today it will hold Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2, which is taking place in three places at once: Berlin (where the IFA consumer electronics show will be going on), Beijing, and New York.
Fast Company's Chris Gayomali and Harry McCracken will be reporting from that last version, and will share the news here as it happens. It’s a given that it will include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4—Samsung’s invitations coyly asked attendees to “note the date”—but rumor has it that the company might unveil a virtual reality system as well.
 
Our coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.

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Fast Company staff writer Chris Gayomali and technology editor Harry McCracken will live blog Samsung’s latest launch today in New York at 9 a.m. ET. The company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and other products.

Samsung organizes its media events into seasons and episodes, as if they were TV shows. Today it will hold Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2, which is taking place in three places at once: Berlin (where the IFA consumer electronics show will be going on), Beijing, and New York.

Fast Company's Chris Gayomali and Harry McCracken will be reporting from that last version, and will share the news here as it happens. It’s a given that it will include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4—Samsung’s invitations coyly asked attendees to “note the date”—but rumor has it that the company might unveil a virtual reality system as well.
 
Our coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.
Earlier this week we covered a bicycle that can’t be stolen because the lock is part of the frame. But what if you want to hack the bike you already have?
In the spirit of technology upgraders everywhere, we’ve whipped up a list of ways to enhance your ride with products and concepts that are available now or currently raising money via crowdfunding.
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Earlier this week we covered a bicycle that can’t be stolen because the lock is part of the frame. But what if you want to hack the bike you already have?

In the spirit of technology upgraders everywhere, we’ve whipped up a list of ways to enhance your ride with products and concepts that are available now or currently raising money via crowdfunding.

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