Repair Period for First-Gen Apple Watches With Battery Issues Extended to 3 Years

Apple today informed retail store employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers that it is extending the service coverage for first-generation Apple Watch models experiencing battery problems to three years.

In an entry in Apple’s repair database (via 9to5Mac), the company explains that coverage is extended for original Apple Watch models that are seeing swollen or expanded batteries. A public announcement about the service extension has not been made, and it’s not clear if Apple will offer reimbursements for customers who have already paid for battery replacements or have done battery replacements themselves.

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Customers who have an original Apple Watch afflicted with a swollen or expanded battery will now be able to have the device repaired for up to three years after its purchase date, even when AppleCare was not purchased for the watch. From the repair database:
Apple has extended Service coverage for eligible Apple Watch (1st gen) models with an expanded/swollen battery to three years after the original date of purchase. Eligible devices will be covrered for two years beyond the original 1-year Limited Warranty.

Complaints about swollen batteries on the original Apple Watch have been circulating for a few months on reddit, the Apple Support Communities, and the MacRumors forum.

Reports are rare, but it does appear to be an issue affecting a small number of original Apple Watch users. The battery problem causes the Apple Watch screen to pop away from the casing, rendering it unusable.

The first-generation Apple Watch, first introduced in April of 2015, recently reached its second birthday on April 24.

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North Korea missile test: regime has ‘disrespected China’, says Trump

Donald Trump has condemned North Korea, saying it “disrespected the wishes of China”, after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile.

The unsuccessful test comes as the United States pushed for tougher sanctions to curb the country’s nuclear threat.

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This Producer Is Going Wild With Studio Ghibli Soundtracks, and It’s Lit…

Melbourne-based, Grammy-winning producer and artist Andrei Eremin has been the silent contributor behind projects from Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ta-ku and many more. For his latest project, he’s adopted the name “Ghosting” and set his sights on doing a musical revamp of Studio Ghibli films. Eremin plans to release a complete mixtape of music that samples from the acclaimed Japanese studio’s many movie soundtracks.

Eremin kicked things of with Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved 2001 film Spirited Away. His beautifully atmospheric remake, titled “One Summer,” honestly fits just as naturally with the film as the original soundtrack. So far, there’s no word on when the full mixtape will drop. What we do know is that it will be available through Wondercore Island when it does.

Check it out below.

Relive your best ’90s moments with Melbourne-based DJ Illstrtd’s future bounce mix.

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’47 and Pratt Institute Highlight Young Designers With ’47 Redesign

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Last night ’47 and the Pratt Insitute took over National Sawdust in Brooklyn, showcasing the work of five student designers. The ’47 Redesign program, inspired by the growing intersection between sport and lifestyle, taps up-and-coming creatives to reinterpret ’47’s heritage sportswear offerings in a new way.

For the inaugural ’47 Redesign show, the brand partnered with five students from Pratt Institute’s “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” course: Brittany Lovegrove, Fiona Cole, Elle Quesada, Michaela Folcik, and June Young Woo. Each student was challenged to create one-of-a-kind pieces using deadstock ’47 apparel and accessories.

After the show, judges decided on a winner. The panel consisted of Woolmark menswear prize winners Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau, Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge, and several members of Pratt faculty. In the end, June Young Woo took home the grand prize.

See all the pieces from the show in our gallery above.

For more throwback sportswear goodness, check out Carhartt and ’47’s tribute to two great American baseball teams.

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Hey, Amber Heard — Elon Musk Is BORING!

For “boring” news, this is pretty exciting!

In case you didn’t know, Tesla and SpaceX CEO (and Amber Heard luvvah) Elon Musk wants to drill holes under the city of Los Angeles to alleviate traffic woes.

Related: Amber Avoided Dating Elon Musk ‘For A Long Time’

If you’re having a hard time wrapping your brain around the venture, which Elon has given the tongue-in-cheek name The Boring Company, you aren’t alone.

That’s why the innovator explained some of the details behind his project during a Ted Talk on Friday, even showing a video of the sci-fi world of tomorrow he envisioned as the final product (below)!

The idea is that cars could pull onto elevators that would descend into the tunnels, where an skate on electric rails would whisk the vehicle along at over 130 mph in a mostly straight path to its destination, shaving hour-long commutes down to just five or ten minutes.

In addition to dozens of tunnels for cars, they would ideally also build an underground hyperloop mass transit system.

Video: Meanwhile, Johnny Depp Is Working At Disneyland

The problem right now is boring the holes, which is an incredibly slow, expensive process. Currently, Musk says he and his engineers are working on developing a singular machine that can tunnel and place supports simultaneously. But Musk says this is just a side project at the moment, taking up just “two or three percent” of his time.

It may be years away, but if it works, it could change transportation forever.

For now though, it’s still in the boring phase.

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Dear Millie: Month Five

Dear Millie,

Everyone told me that month five is where you really start to see your baby’s personality, and boy they were right! You light up the room. I think every parent thinks their baby is happy, and we are no different, but truly, you are such a happy baby! You love smiling, you love being smiled at, and you think that I’m pretty funny. You now recognize my face from far away and get so excited when I lock eyes with you. In the morning when I snuggle with you in bed and you’re still sleepy, you like to gently (and sometimes not so gently) put your hands on my face and feel my eyes, nose, mouth, and skin. It’s like you’re still discovering me, and I don’t know that my heart could feel any fuller.

You’ve made “friends.” and I say that loosely because I don’t think you know that they are your friends yet. There are kids in the neighborhood we see often when we are our on our walks, and they love seeing you (and you, them). They hold you and play with you, and while you can’t interact much yet, I’m so happy we live by so many kids that adore you and are already protective of you. When we are walking down the street, your friends see you coming, they come running for you! They hold you on their little rocking chairs and tell you stories, they made you Easter eggs, and you even have your own secret song your self-proclaimed (and I don’t disagree) best friend sings to you. It’s so cool to watch, and I know that as you get bigger, you’ll be able to actually play with them!

We took you to see not one, but two Easter bunnies. Truth be told, I think the Easter bunny can be a little scary, but you didn’t mind at all. You liked to pull on his fur, and you allowed me to put bunny ears on you without pulling them off. If that isn’t the definition of going with the flow, I don’t know what is. Because of it, I got probably my favorite picture of you of all time with the most hilarious expression on your face. Your personality is showing more and more! I told one of your doctors that you were making this pouty face and I wondered if it meant your tummy hurt. He gave you a long look and then said, “Nope, that’s just her personality, mom!” I laughed out loud, because the faces you are making are the ones in all of my pictures when I was little. I looked unimpressed often, and you may be getting that face from me, but it is cracking us up!

Last month, I shared a bit about your health problems, and while everyone was hoping (mainly your dada and I) that this month we’d have answers, we don’t yet. The good news is the doctors are on top of it and making a plan. While you have more tests to figure out what’s going on (you just had your blood drawn again this morning–it’s the fourt time), you continue to be so easygoing through it all. The doctors and I laugh, because the minute they enter the room, you just stare at them waiting for them to get their work done, patiently and quietly. The phlebotomist this morning said you handle needles better than the majority of people that go in their offices. When I say you didn’t cry, I mean not one tear. You didn’t even flinch, you just let dada play with you and I sang you a Moana song. You are just that kind of kid–it’s pretty amazing!

I tell your dada often that I feel really badly for everything you are going through–no parent wants this for their child. But man, you make this easier. You don’t fuss too much about it all, and you go with the flow as we take you to different appointments with long waits. When you start to get upset, your favorite thing to do is have us hold you under your arms while you jump up and down. So we do a lot of that. You are going to have really strong legs after all the jumping you do. We know we have a great team of doctors all trying to figure out what’s going on with you, and I promise you I am doing the very best I can to make you feel comfortable and happy while we go through this. I would do anything for this to be happening to me and not you, but I am hopeful that soon this will all be behind us.

Each day with you is made up of thousands of moments, and my heart feels so full of love. I adore seeing you with your dada–it’s magical, and you love him so much. He makes you laugh and is always playing 80s music for you, which you don’t seem to mind, though your favorite song is still from Moana–you could listen to Moana all day! Most of your hair has fallen out, and I actually only realized it when looking at older pictures. You had a head of hair, and now it’s mostly gone! We keep waiting to see what color hair you’ll end up with and what’s happening with your eye color, but we don’t know yet. You love sucking your thumb and fingers still, and while I used to think I didn’t want a thumb-sucker, I think it’s pretty cool you can self-soothe so easily. What I do know is that my life is forever changed and will never be the same. It’s not that I didn’t have a great life before with me and your dada, but I always knew I wanted kids and I can’t begin to put into words what it feels like to be your mama. I am forever grateful and love you more than you’ll ever know.



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Sean Paul and Migos Hit South Beach in New Video for “Body”

After teasing the release, Sean Paul returns to deliver the official music video for his new collaboration alongside Migos. The fun-filled clip for “Body” was shot in sunny South Beach, as we see the quartet of artists chilling on a yacht, riding jet skis and cruising Ocean Avenue.

“This video had to be stylish and sexy,” Sean Paul told The FADER over email. “Migos is one of my favorite rap groups, and it was wicked to have them flowing over a dancehall oriented track, so the video had to translate that energy too. Miami Beach was the obvious choice to capture that vibe.”

Expect this one to be all across the radio waves any time now.

For more music, watch DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” video featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Quavo from Migos.

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Mary J. Blige Talks New Album, Influences and Drops Playlist on AM/PM [Watch]

In honor of the release of  Mary J. Blige‘s highly anticipated album, Strength of a Woman and to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the series, Spotify’s AM/PM audio series release the latest episode with a special interview and playlist from MJB herself.

The AM/PM audio series, which centers on 24 hours in the life of some of the world’s most fascinating artists. In this celebratory 24th episode, Mary J. Blige takes listeners through her day and the music she listens to get her through – whether that’s on the treadmill, on the tour bus, or during what she would describe as a “perfect day.” She also shares stories from her childhood, her most awe-inspiring career moment and dishes on the celebrity that leaves her star-struck.

The playlists which features motivational music from Fred Hammond, party vibes from the Jackson 5 and evening vibes from Loose Ends, is an epic one to say the least. During the creative set, Mary reveals that she always kicks off her day with a little gospel music for a “spiritual start” and to ease whatever tension exists before tackling the day; then it’s off to the gym where she puts in work to all of the classics.

“I’m in the gym by 9am,” Mary said. “When I’m in the gym I listen to Slave, ‘Just A Touch Of Love’ or ‘Watching You’. Stephanie Mills ‘Put Your Body In It’, that’s my workout song, or The Jones Girls. I’m really old school. I love old school music, I guess ’cause I grew up on it. Or Disclosure‘s ‘Holding On’ – I love to be on the treadmill to ‘Holding On’”

Mary also dished on what her perfect day looks like and revealed it involves a beach, a light run, waffles for breakfast and mac and cheese for dinner, and the sweet tunes of Stevie Wonder singing ‘All I Do’.

In regards to who makes Mary feel like a fan, the Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul said Oprah is the one who secures that spot.

When Oprah came to one of my shows I was like, ‘What? She’s where?’ It makes you want to perform harder,” she says having learned Oprah was in the audience at one of her shows.

In other Mary J. Blige news, MJB went live via her Facebook page for a cause. The event, hosted by Essence Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux, gave fans the opportunity to talk to Mary via chat in an effort to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood.

During the discussion Blige opened up about Strength of a Woman and revealed that the title was actually given to the project two years ago in wake of what was going on in her life at that moment.

“I titled the album Strength of s Woman actually two years ago. The reason I called it that was because I was still married at the time and had mad horrible decisions regarding my life, and my career and I knew that I was going to make it out to the other side and that when I did it would be a testament of my strength and that’s honestly where I got the title. But now with everything going on in the news with divorce and things it seems even more appropriate now.”

Check out the AM/PM playlist and interview here and below.