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TILAPIA ICE CREAM, ANYONE?


Researchers at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) have produced an ice cream flavor featuring tilapia, but without any disagreeable fishy taste and smell. The flavor is the result of a study by professor Rana Vera Cruz of the College of Home Science and Industry along with Terese Abella and Ravelina Velasco of the CLSU Freshwater Aquaculture Center. From the traditional chocolate and fruit, CLSU researchers have lately experimented with malunggay and spicy chili flavors. “The latest, however, goes aquatic with the introduction of the tilapia flavor,” they said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Chinese makers roll out Apple watch lookalikes, $30 each


The 'real' Apple Watch The ‘real’ Apple Watch BEIJING — A month before Apple Inc.’s smartwatch hits the market, China’s thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies. “Apple Smart Watch with Bluetooth Bracelet,” says one vendor on Alibaba Group’s popular Taobao e-commerce website. Photos on the vendor’s page appear to be the real Apple Watch. It says features on the Chinese version include text messaging and a music player. It starts at 288 yuan ($45), or one-eighth the $349 price of the cheapest Apple Watch. READ MORE...

ALSO: Apple Watch Is the Only Thing Apple Wants You Wearing on Your Wrist


Business: Apple is clearing the way for the Apple Watch.
According to Re/code, Apple stores across the country have begun to pull items from their shelves that could possibly compete with the Apple Watch, which is set to launch next month. READ ON...

ALSO: Why Tim Cook thinks the Apple Watch is worth $349 to $17,000


The speculation has come to a merciful end. The three models of the Apple Watch will hit shelves on April 24 in nine countries, including the US. Pre-orders will begin on April 10.   The lower-priced model, Apple Watch Sport, will start at $349 with the 1.49-inch aluminum casing and go up to $399 for the larger 1.65-inch face. The Sport has an Ion-X (or aluminosilicate glass) screen, which is supposed to be very scratch resistant. Buyers will get their choice between silver and black, and one of five colors for the rubberized band.   Apple Watch, the mid-priced timepiece, will range from $549 to $1,049 for the smaller 1.49-inch stainless steel case. The larger 1.65-inch size will begin at $599 and top out at $1,099. Apple claims the “cold forged” stainless steel is about 80 percent stronger than its counterparts with a mirrored finish and sapphire crystal display. Consumers get the choice of silver or black, along with their choice of a leather bands, a rubberized band, a link bracelet, and a Milanese loop.  Apple says the smart watch's battery will last 18 hours, though as Apple Insider points out, the fine print says that battery life depends on usage. True to form, Apple revealed a magnetic charger that will connect over the heart monitor on the back of the watch. Bands will range from $49 for the Sports strap to $449 for the link bracelet. READ MORE...

ALSO: How does the $10,000 Apple Watch compare to other luxury watches?


Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during the company's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco on Marhc 9, 2015.  
When Apple announced at its “Spring Forward” event this week that the Apple Watch Edition will cost at least $10,000, there were some pained gasps from the audience, according to reporters. The Edition, the high-end version of Apple’s new wristwatch, is aimed at the luxury market, and the most expensive version goes for $17,000, making it one of the most expensive consumer products Apple has ever released. What do you get in a timepiece that costs about as much as a Toyota Corolla?  READ ON...


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Tilapia ice cream, anyone?

MANILA, MARCH 9, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Rudy Fernandez - Researchers at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) have produced an ice cream flavor featuring tilapia, but without any disagreeable fishy taste and smell.

The flavor is the result of a study by professor Rana Vera Cruz of the College of Home Science and Industry along with Terese Abella and Ravelina Velasco of the CLSU Freshwater Aquaculture Center.

From the traditional chocolate and fruit, CLSU researchers have lately experimented with malunggay and spicy chili flavors.

“The latest, however, goes aquatic with the introduction of the tilapia flavor,” they said.

In preparing tilapia ice cream, the researchers used tilapia fillet, all-purpose cream, condensed and fresh milk, chopped walnut and diced cheese.

The steps in making the ice cream are as follows:

Steam the fillet first.

Chop the walnut and dice the cheese then set aside. Beat the all-purpose cream at medium speed and then add the condensed and fresh milk while stirring.

Flake the steamed tilapia fillet, add to the mixture, and continue beating until thick and fluffy.

Add the walnut and cheese while continuously beating until completely incorporated into the mixture.

Stir the mixture slowly while cooling in order to incorporate air and prevent large ice crystals from forming.

Finally, freeze overnight.

“After freezing, the tilapia ice cream can be enjoyed in a sugar wafer cone,” the CLSU researchers said.

The study was done at the CLSU in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, one of the major seats of research in aquaculture in the country. ..


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Chinese makers roll out Apple watch lookalikes by AP March 12, 2015 (updated)


Apple Watch knockoff, as advertised

BEIJING — A month before Apple Inc.’s smartwatch hits the market, China’s thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies.

“Apple Smart Watch with Bluetooth Bracelet,” says one vendor on Alibaba Group’s popular Taobao e-commerce website.

Photos on the vendor’s page appear to be the real Apple Watch. It says features on the Chinese version include text messaging and a music player. It starts at 288 yuan ($45), or one-eighth the $349 price of the cheapest Apple Watch.

Alibaba, which listed on the New York Stock Exchange last year after a record initial public offering, has faced criticism in the past for hosting the sale of counterfeit goods. It says it has been taking steps to reduce the problem.

The flood of “me too” smartwatches reflects China’s mix of skilled electronics manufacturers and a growing consumer market for bargain-price style.

Most of the world’s personal computers and mobile phones are assembled in China. But this country’s own companies are only starting to develop design skills and the ability to create breakthrough products.

That has led to the rise of an industry known as shanzhai, or “mountain forts” — hundreds of small, anonymous manufacturers that quickly copy the design or features of popular foreign mobile phones or other products at a fraction of the price.


The 'real' Apple Watch The ‘real’ Apple Watch

At least eight vendors on Taobao advertised watches as “Apple Watch” or “Apple Watch lookalike.” Most said they were compatible with Apple’s iOS or Google Inc.’s rival Android operating system.

One vendor jokingly used Chinese slang for a vulgar rich person, offering an “All-New Apple Tyrant Gold Mobile Phone-Supporting Watch” for 288 yuan ($45).

Eight vendors failed to respond to questions from The Associated Press sent through their Taobao accounts.

Asked whether it had taken action against any sellers, Alibaba said in a statement, “Alibaba Group is dedicated to the fight against counterfeits. We work closely with our government partners, brands and industry associations to tackle this issue at its source. We also utilize technology like data mining and big data to scrub our platforms of counterfeits.”

Alibaba faced controversy in January after a Chinese government agency accused the company of lax oversight and allowing vendors to sell counterfeit goods on Taobao. The two sides settled their dispute a few days later. The agency said its report had no legal force and Alibaba promised to tighten its oversight of vendors.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, says buyers in China and Hong Kong can pre-order its watch beginning April 10, the same day it takes orders in the United States, Japan, Britain, France and Germany.

Most previous Apple products were released in China weeks or months after other markets. That fueled a trade in iPhones that were smuggled in for sale to gadget fans who were willing to pay a premium.

Apple lookalikes also are on sale in markets in the southern city of Shenzhen, “the mainland’s best place to shop for…hi-tech knockoffs,” according to the Hong Kong newspaper The South China Morning Post.

“Shanzhai Apple Watches in Shenzhen Less Than 1 Day After Launch,” said a headline on Internet portal Sohu.com.


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Apple Watch Is the Only Thing Apple Wants You Wearing on Your Wrist Subscribe Free By Josh Wolford · 23 hours ago · 0 Comments

Business: Apple is clearing the way for the Apple Watch.

According to Re/code, Apple stores across the country have begun to pull items from their shelves that could possibly compete with the Apple Watch, which is set to launch next month.

Both the Jawbone Up band and the Nike + FuelBand are no longer carried in Apple’s retail outlets.

There are other explanations for the bands’ disappearance apart from Apple’s calculations, but there’s no doubt that the Apple Watch has a lot to do with it. As far as the Nike FuelBand is concerned, Nike has stopped production – mostly to focus on software, including the Nike+ Fuel app for iOS (and the new Nike app you’ll see on the Apple Watch). Jawbone is currently working on its new band, so the one Apple yanked is old news by now.

Fitbit, probably the most recognized fitness band brand, was pulled from Apple Stores a while ago due to friction over HealthKit integration. Mio’s heart monitoring band is now only available online.

Re/code has this about Mio:

Liz Dickinson, chief executive and founder of Mio, said Apple notified her a few months ago that the Mio would be removed from the retail stores, though the company did not cite the Apple Watch as the reason.

“They said they brought in a new executive in the marketing area who wanted to rework branding for the stores, and to make the Apple brand more front and center and clean up and minimize the number of accessories,” Dickinson said.

Wouldn’t want you to get distracted when you head to the nearest Apple Store for your Apple Watch try-on, now would they?

About Josh Wolford Josh Wolford is a writer for WebProNews. He likes beer, Japanese food, and movies that make him feel weird afterward. Mostly beer. Follow him on Twitter: @joshgwolf Instagram: @joshgwolf Google+: Joshua Wolford StumbleUpon: joshgwolf View all posts by Josh Wolford →


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Why Tim Cook thinks the Apple Watch is worth $349 to $17,000 csmonitor icon Editors' Picks

The speculation has come to a merciful end. The three models of the Apple Watch will hit shelves on April 24 in nine countries, including the US. Pre-orders will begin on April 10.

The lower-priced model, Apple Watch Sport, will start at $349 with the 1.49-inch aluminum casing and go up to $399 for the larger 1.65-inch face. The Sport has an Ion-X (or aluminosilicate glass) screen, which is supposed to be very scratch resistant. Buyers will get their choice between silver and black, and one of five colors for the rubberized band.

Apple Watch, the mid-priced timepiece, will range from $549 to $1,049 for the smaller 1.49-inch stainless steel case. The larger 1.65-inch size will begin at $599 and top out at $1,099. Apple claims the “cold forged” stainless steel is about 80 percent stronger than its counterparts with a mirrored finish and sapphire crystal display. Consumers get the choice of silver or black, along with their choice of a leather bands, a rubberized band, a link bracelet, and a Milanese loop.

The high-end Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000 and top out at $17,000. (Yeah, eat your heart out Apple geeks.) The Apple Edition will come in an 18-karat yellow or rose gold frame, and for this price, you can get whatever band you want.

All models will feature the two buttons: a “crown display” (or home and navigate feature) and a friend button that will display predetermined contacts on your watch. The crown display is the go-to control for piloting the smart watch. Additionally, all Apple Watches will be water-resistant and feature a high-resolution Retina display, ambient light sensor, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities (which it will use to sync with the iPhone), heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

The Apple Watch records your daily activity including movement, exercise, and standing time. This health features tracks how many calories a person burns in a day and has an optional “tap” feature to remind wearers to get up and move around. There is also a workout app to help track all the information in one place.

Looking to make the smart watch a “rich and integral part of your life” – as Apple chief executive officer Tim Cooks put it – Apple made sure to add plenty of pre-loaded applications to be an active assistant to your iPhone. To access the apps, users swipe up on the watch’s face and are able to select from predetermined apps. Apple Watch comes loaded with “native apps” including mail, messages, calendar, maps, a reminder feature, camera remote, weather, and more. The watch will also be able to send notifications for breaking news, stocks, or sports teams using “taps.”

So far, the Apple Watch is able to hail an Uber, display flight information and breeze through airport security, bypass the hotel lobby and act as a room key, use your security system to open a garage door and tap into the live security feed, interact with Siri by pressing the screen or using the phrase “Hey, Siri,” and more. The watch also acts as a phone (in conjunction with a nearby iPhone) and allows user to receive calls and or reply with a message. Users can reply to a text with emoji, voice or text message, or sharing a location. User can also send friends a “tap” to get their attention, recorded heartbeats, or a little drawing – “to let them know you’re thinking about them.”

The Apple Watch is also rather customizable. It is up to individuals whether he or she prefers the clock face to display Mickey Mouse, an analog clock (with or without numbers), or an info-packed screen of board meetings and outside temperatures.

Apple says the smart watch's battery will last 18 hours, though as Apple Insider points out, the fine print says that battery life depends on usage.

True to form, Apple revealed a magnetic charger that will connect over the heart monitor on the back of the watch. Bands will range from $49 for the Sports strap to $449 for the link bracelet.

Perspective buyers can get their hands on the new Apple device two-weeks before its official launch at their local Apple Store.


How does the $10,000 Apple Watch compare to other luxury watches?  

And how does the $350 Apple Watch compare to other smart watches?

By Jeff Ward-Bailey, Correspondent March 10, 2015


Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during the company's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco on Marhc 9, 2015.

When Apple announced at its “Spring Forward” event this week that the Apple Watch Edition will cost at least $10,000, there were some pained gasps from the audience, according to reporters. The Edition, the high-end version of Apple’s new wristwatch, is aimed at the luxury market, and the most expensive version goes for $17,000, making it one of the most expensive consumer products Apple has ever released.

What do you get in a timepiece that costs about as much as a Toyota Corolla?

The Apple Watch Edition’s case is made from 18-karat rose gold or yellow gold, and comes with a band that’s either leather or synthetic rubber. The back of the case is a durable ceramic, and the watch itself has the same interface and software as the other models in the Apple Watch line.


Rolex Cellini

The Apple Watch Edition is the most expensive smart watch on the market right now by far, but it’s actually a pretty affordable entry in the luxury watch market. The Edition costs about the same as a Rolex Cellini or an IWC Portofino, and far less than a Rolex Submariner Date or a Patek Philippe Calatrava. But those watches are famous for holding their value, and wealthy watch collectors know they can sell their high-end pieces for close to what they paid for them, or hand them down as heirlooms. An Apple Watch isn’t likely to be the same, since a portion of its worth comes from its software capability, which will diminish when Apple stops offering updates. Within several years, an Apple Watch won’t be able to keep up with the newest software, just as an iPhone 4 today can’t run the latest version of iOS.


IWC Portofino,

Software updates are less of a problem for the Apple Watch Sport, which runs from $349 to $399, depending on how it’s configured. Most people are willing to pay a few hundred dollars every two or three years to upgrade their smart phones, and it’s likely to be a similar story with the Apple Watch Sport. As new editions with new features are released, people will likely be willing to ditch their original models to upgrade.

At $349, the Apple Watch Sport is priced a bit above competing Android smart watches such as the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, and costs almost double what the Pebble Time smart watch will cost when it’s released. It’s a bit lighter and slimmer than the competition, and includes nifty features such as support for wireless payments. The Apple Watch Sport boasts 18 hours of battery life, which isn’t quite as good as that of the Moto 360 (more than 24 hours) or the G Watch R (up to 48 hours). The Pebble Time, which has an e-paper display that draws less juice, will be able to last up to a week on a charge.

Should you buy an Apple Watch? The product doesn’t include many of the features that Apple had hoped to include, such as a skin conductivity sensor and a blood pressure monitor, but first versions of Apple products often lack features that are added in subsequent releases. The original iPad didn’t have a camera on the front or the back, and the first iPhone didn’t support 3G data networks. So there’s a good chance that the Apple Watch may eventually evolve into the fashionable health-monitoring device that Apple envisioned all along.


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