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Apple Watch reviews, ad-free YouTube, Microsoft teases Redstone, Facebook Messenger on the Web, Popcorn Time on iOS, and The Legend of Zelda gets a Game of Thrones makeover.

A Slew of Apple Watch Reviews

The Apple Watch Apple Reinvents The Watch, Unveils iPhone 6, Offers Free U2 Album, And More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Reinvents The Watch, Unveils iPhone 6, Offers Free U2 Album, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, other technology news not related to Apple. Honest. Read More will be available to pre-order online tonight (April 10), and be released on April 24. But should you buy Apple’s first attempt at a smartwatch? The early reviews are in, and, when consumed collectively, they should help you decide whether the Apple Watch is for you.

The Wall Street Journal, which also produced the amusing video embedded above, produced a review full of mixed messages. Joanna Stern loves the device, but still suggests it has “been the most helpful to me as a plain, old regular watch.” Ultimately, this is more of a fashion accessory than anything else, and the review concludes with, “The Apple Watch makes you look good. But the next one is bound to make you look even better.”

The New York Times is mostly positive about the Apple Watch, with Farhad Manjoo stating that it took him several days to “fall for the Apple Watch,” but once he did, he “fell hard.” After admitting the Apple Watch “is not suited for tech novices,” Manjoo concludes by saying, “The first Apple Watch may not be for you — but someday soon it will change your world.”

The Verge presents its review as A Day In The Life, which reveals the disappointing battery life. Still, Nilay Patel states that the Apple Watch is “the most capable smartwatch available today,” and “one of the most ambitious products” he has ever seen. However, ultimately there are more negatives than positives, and he concludes that Apple needs to finish “figuring out what it does.”

Re/Code begins by revealing the problem with this whole genre of gadgets, suggesting, “Smartwatches can sometimes feel like a solution in search of a problem.” However, the Apple Watch is, it suggests, the best in its field, and akin to using the original iPhone for the first time. The review concludes with, “Smartwatches are still unproven, but Apple has made a pretty strong case for them.”

By my reckoning, that means the jury is still out on the Apple Watch. And you should probably try this particular device for yourself before deciding whether to buy one or not. It’s certainly not essential, but then very few of the gadgets we buy actually are.

An Ad-Free YouTube Is Incoming

It looks increasingly likely that Google is planning to bring monthly subscriptions to YouTube, with those willing to pay enjoying an ad-free experience. It’s believed that YouTube will charge around $10-per-month for the pleasure, and the subscriptions will be launched later this year.

This is all according to an email recently sent to content creators, who will share in the revenues generated by the paid tier. As well as removing ads AdBlock, NoScript & Ghostery - The Trifecta Of Evil AdBlock, NoScript & Ghostery - The Trifecta Of Evil Over the past few months, I've been contacted by a good number of readers who have had problems downloading our guides, or why they can't see the login buttons or comments not loading; and in... Read More , subscribers will be able to save videos on their smartphones for offline viewing.

The email sent out to YouTube partners states, “By creating a new paid offering, we’ll generate a new source of revenue that will supplement your fast growing advertising revenue.” Which is absolutely fine all the while a free option exists for the vast majority of people who won’t pay for YouTube Would You Pay To Watch YouTube Videos? [MakeUseOf Poll] Would You Pay To Watch YouTube Videos? [MakeUseOf Poll] One of the biggest things that happened this week was the launch of paid channels on YouTube. While limited in number and availability to start, this is not something that's going to stay small for... Read More .

Microsoft Looks Beyond Windows 10

Microsoft already has one eye firmly on the future, with plans for a major Windows 10 update having already leaked. The update, which is currently codenamed Redstone will be released sometime in 2016. This isn’t Windows 11, but is instead likely to be more akin to Windows 10.1.

The decision to codename this update Redstone is a rather interesting one. Redstone is an element within Minecraft — which Microsoft acquired for $2.5 billion Microsoft Buys Minecraft, How To Delete U2 From iTunes, And More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Buys Minecraft, How To Delete U2 From iTunes, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Windows 9 is incoming, iPhone 6 preorders, Kickstarter expansion, Surge is back, and texting Groot. Read More in 2014 — that, according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDnet, is used as the foundation for building new technologies. Is that a clue as to the nature of this update, perhaps?

Facebook Launches Messenger on the Web

Facebook has launched Messenger as a standalone website, bringing all of the extra features available on the mobile version directly to your Web browser. Located at Messenger.com, all you need to do to get started is sign in using your Facebook credentials.

Popcorn Time Launches on iOS

In a daring move that’s sure to annoy Apple, Popcorn Time has launched on the iPhone and iPad. Unsurprisingly, this app hasn’t been approved by Apple, but it can easily be installed to your iDevice using an installer running on Windows. And it doesn’t matter if your device is jailbroken or not.

For the uninitiated, Popcorn Time is a movie streaming app The Truth About Popcorn Time, And How To Torrent Safely The Truth About Popcorn Time, And How To Torrent Safely Read More which looks and feels more like Netflix. It’s now been up and running for a year despite concerted efforts to kill it Popcorn Time Returns, XP Bribes, PS4 Price Rise, 1001 Movies You Must See [Tech News Digest] Popcorn Time Returns, XP Bribes, PS4 Price Rise, 1001 Movies You Must See [Tech News Digest] Popcorn Time returns, XP users bribed, Secret guidelines, VLC lands on Windows 8, PS4 price rises, Google Search & Google Drive news, and 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (video edition). Read More . The reason being it allows users to quickly and easily watch copyrighted content without permission, a practice otherwise known as piracy.

When Zelda Meets Game of Thrones

And finally, this video is what you get when you cross The Legend of Zelda with Game of Thrones. It shows how the opening of a Zelda television show might look if it was created in the style of Game of Thrones, with a 3D Hyrule slowly rising out of its 2D environment.

Season 5 of GoT starts on April 12, so be sure to get up to speed with the latest Game of Thrones fan theories 10 Intriguing Game of Thrones Fan Theories 10 Intriguing Game of Thrones Fan Theories Read More before diving back into Westeros and beyond. [H/T Megasteakman]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have the early Apple Watch reviews made you more or less likely to buy one? Would you ever consider paying for an ad-free YouTube? What do you think Microsoft has planned for Windows 10?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

  1. Keith Perry
    April 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

    The main reason to have a smart watch is to use it as a telephone without having to have the phone with you ... just the watch. The only one to do this is the Samsung GearS and that does the job really well.... I use it every day and love it. It is comfortable to wear, has an exceptionally clear screen and does everything I need (as well as actually telling the time!)

  2. Nick
    April 10, 2015 at 2:23 am

    The Apple Watch - a toy made by a sinking company hoping to screw another billion dollars out of a bunch of non-thinking plonkers who havem't got the intelligence to make even the smallest decisions for themselves. Seriously, if this is the best Apple can come up with then .... heaven help this planet.

  3. DonGateley
    April 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I wonder what Popcorn Time is doing to protect its iOS users from the movie industry trolls which will hit them up for thousands per view in ways that will cost more to fight than to pay. Does it provide a no-log anonymous encrypted VPN too?

    WIndows Popcorn TIme users not utilizing such protection have been hit hard by this the world over.

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  5. Boter2099
    April 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Since Google acquired YouTube the monetization efforts appear to outpace the enhancements.

    Ad me to death on each and every page.
    10 second GIF like ads at the beginning of the first video I stream.
    Make me join Google+ if I want to comment
    Now minute long Ad (thank I thankfully can skip) at the beginning of every video
    Inserting 3 minute ads in the middle of every video longer than 20 minutes

    I have reached a point where I am hating all ads every where!

    • likefunbuntot
      April 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      I block ads everywhere I have administrative control to do so. I wasn't even aware that Youtube had ads until about two months ago.

      Since I have a pre-acquisition Youtube account, the Google+ account requirement does drive me insane. I miss being able to comment but I won't agree to the G+ terms of service.

  6. Scutterman
    April 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Minecraft version 1.5 was called "The Redstone Update", because it focussed on adding new redstone items and allowed very complex machines to be built in an easier way. Perhaps Microsoft is planning to let us do more with less in their own Redstone update?

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