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Apple Watch Battery and Charging Facts Revealed

Much of the speculation and confusion surrounding the Apple Watch battery has now been clarified, after a second round of announcements from Apple ahead of next month’s product launch. There are many highlights, including the fact that a typical Apple Watch battery has a life cycle of three years. While the lithium-ion battery is not user-replaceable, it can be replaced by Apple.

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Pricing on an Apple Watch battery replacement remains unknown. But those wishing to refresh the battery in their Apple Watch will definitely save money over a complete upgrade of the device. In the meantime, everything the Apple Watch does will rely on a charged internal battery. So how long does it take to charge the Apple Watch?

Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Now Available on the App Store and Steam

Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closed its doors more than 30 years ago but the story lives on thanks to Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction. The owners have filled Fazbear's Fright with authentic items from the original location, including one animatronic...

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

The insanely popular Five Night's at Freddy's is back with a third installment. The location of the game has been changed but the gameplay is basically the same. In Five Nights at Freddy's 3 players are once again a night security guard at the new Fazbear's Fright horror attraction. Instead of being able to control only the security doors and cameras, players can now play audio through speakers and control the ventilation systems. Of course in the spirit of Freddy Fazbear these systems are old and don't work well.

App Store Downtime Leading to Stuck Apps

iOS and Mac users are reporting that they're having trouble logging in to Apple services such as iTunes Connect and the App Store. This is causing problems for users who were in the process of downloading apps to their iPhone or iPad. iOS users with a "stuck" app that was interrupted while downloading can follow these instructions to re-install the app once the outage is over.

8GB Apple Watch

At the time of this post Apple's system status page shows that the App Store, iTunes Store and Mac Store are all down. The page reads, "customers may be unable to make purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store." The cause of the outage is unknown at this time.

Apple Watch Has Limited Storage for Music and Photos

The Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of storage but Apple will limit how many songs and photos users can store on the wearable device, according to 9to5Mac. Users will only be able to keep 2GB of music and up to 75MB of photos on the watch.

8GB Apple Watch

All songs and images uploaded to the Music and Photos apps on the Apple Watch will be accessible without an iPhone. This means users will be able to leave their iPhone at home and listen to music or view images on the go. Only 2 gigabytes of music (around "200 decent quality music tracks," according to 9to5Mac) is lot less than you will get from most iPod models, but you will be able to access your entire music library when your iPhone is nearby.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Apple to Join Dow Jones, iPhone 6 Demand Still Ahead of Supply and More

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock dropped slightly in value over the course of last week. Shares opened Monday at $129.25, reached a high of $129.56 on Wednesday, and closed Friday at $126.60. You won't be checking Apple's numbers on the NASDAQ for much longer, however, as the Cupertino giant will be replacing AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after trading on March 18th. The move was made to balance the information technology sector's weight in the index, which will drop a bit due to a Visa stock split.

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Aside from that, there were several other noteworthy items last week:

UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, estimating that iPhone 6 demand will continue to outstrip supply in the March quarter, has raised his sales forecast from 55 million units to 58 million units. This would represent a whopping 33% year-

Apple Watch Has 'Water Resistance Rating of IPX7 Under IEC Standard'

We now have the final word on the water resistant rating of the Apple Watch thanks to the Watch design page of the online Apple store. The fine print located on the bottom of the page reads, "Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof." It also says the watch has a "water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529".

Apple Watch Water Resistant

This means it is safe to wear your watch when washing your hands or out in the rain but you should avoid fully submerging it in water. Apple also warns that its leather bands "are not water resistant."

Apple Watch Release Date and Pricing Announced

Apple today announced the final details about the Apple Watch at a special media event held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, California. Pre-orders for all three Apple Watch collections will open on April 10, 2015 and will begin shipping on April 24. The Apple Watch Sport will retail for $349 for the 39mm model and $399 for the 42mm. The standard Apple Watch model will start at $549 and the gold Edition model will start at $10,000.

Apple Watch Pre-Order

Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced that the watch will have an “all day battery life," "Hey, Siri" support and that iOS 8.2 will be available today. Cook said Apple Watch users can "expect 18 hours" of battery life from their watch during a "typical day". The "Hey, Siri" feature on the Apple Watch will also only work when you raise your wrist to preserve battery power.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain and More

Blizzard will begin accepting pre-orders for its next Hearthstone adventure titled "Blackrock Mountain" on March 19. The single player campaign will be laid out like Curse of Naxxramas where players can buy entry into individual wings for 700 in-game gold or $6.99 USD. Players will also be able to unlock the entire campaign for $24.99. Blackrock Mountain will include 31 new Hearthstone cards and an exclusive card back for those who pre-order. You can learn more about Blackrock Mountain here.

Blizzard also previewed some images of the upcoming iPhone version of Hearthstone at PAX East, but the company did not reveal any new details about the game.

iOS App of the Week: Prison Life RPG

Prison Life RPG is the type of title hardcore gamers say they want for iOS devices but ignore because it looks like a freemium game disguised as a premium title. First let me say that the game features no in-app purchases or timers. All 100 playable prisoners and items in the game can be unlocked without spending any additional real world money. This is the type of game that people who hate freemium titles should support and it is worth every penny if you enjoy simulation / survival titles.

Prison Life RPG

In Prison Life RPG you must bribe, fight, and charm your way through daily prison life until your are paroled or hatch an escape plan. This is easier said than done as there are a lot of factors you have to consider. To survive you need to keep your Happiness, Energy and Health levels from dropping to zero. There are a lot of ways to stay healthy but there are also a lot of hazards that will make you sick or unhappy. You begin each day in the yard where you can mingle with other inmates to try and build relationships, buy items from various shops and play games like chess or basketball if you have the required skill.

WatchAware Creates Interactive Apple Watch App Previews

From the creators of AppAware, WatchAware is a site dedicated to all things Apple Watch. Their latest feature provides an interactive glimpse of many apps that will be available on Apple's soon to be released wearable. It gives you a good idea of how many popular apps, including Twitter and Facebook, will operate and appear on the Apple Watch display.

Preview Apple Watch apps at WatchAware.

The previews include a brief description of each app and, varying by the app, one to three buttons: App, Glance and Notification. Clicking on App will show you an animated preview showing the app's various screens. Glance will show you one screenshot of the app and Notification, as you might have guessed, will