TechSummit Rewind #022: April 30th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology stories. The LG G4 and Microsoft Build press events will be covered in their own event recaps later this week. Stay tuned.

Apple Watch issues


Late because of bad haptic feedback parts

If you’re among those whose Apple Watch is scheduled to ship in May or even June, you’re probably wondering “Where the f**k is my Apple Watch?” The Wall Street Journal reports that some Taptic Engines (which vibrate your wrist) broke down in early testing, prompting Cupertino to switch suppliers and create a logistical nightmare.

Dark tattoos throw off heart rate sensor

The Apple Watch doesn’t play well with tattoos. Several users have had their devices act wonky when worn on an inked arm. The heart rate sensor wouldn’t read their pulse, and the watch wouldn’t detect direct skin contact, causing apps to stop working and repeatedly ask for a passcode.

iMore has discovered that dark colors affect reading the most. Lighter colors cause some heart rate misreadings as well, but won’t render the watch useless.

If you’re affected by this development, you can switch off “Wrist Detection” to prevent the device from asking for your passcode every time the screen comes on. However, it switches off Apple Pay. Of course, you could always switch to a non-tattooed arm or wait for the Apple Watch 2 if a software update can’t fix the issue.

Seinfeld, Fear the Walking Dead are Hulu online exclusives

Hulu has won the exclusive rights to Seinfeld. The streaming service has also signed a long-term exclusivity deal with AMC to see new shows on the service.

For now, the only show in the agreement is Fear the Walking Dead, but that could include shows from IFC, BBC America, Sundance TV and WE tv in the near future.

Seinfeld comes to Hulu in June.



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