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Authorities in Iraq Say Bombs Kill 40 in Capital

Authorities in Iraq Say Bombs Kill 40 in Capital


Authorities in Iraq Say Bombs Kill 40 in Capital

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 11:05 AM PDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say a series of car bombs targeting commercial streets have killed at least 40 people in the capital, Baghdad.

Police say the first attack took place Saturday night in Baghdad’s western district of Baiyaa, killing nine people and wounding 22.

Later on, police say six car bombs in different parts of Baghdad killed at least 31 people and wounded 51. Police say all the attacks happened in a one-hour period.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to journalists.

Violence in Iraq has spiked following a security crackdown on a Sunni protest camp last year. According to United Nations figures, 8,868 people were killed in Iraq in 2013.

The Saddest Dog You’ll See This Weekend

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 11:00 AM PDT

Caught me right in the feels, guys. Who else is feeling some kind of way?

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ Creator Pens First Comics in Nearly 2 Decades

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 10:03 AM PDT

The reclusive and celebrated cartoonist Bill Watterson, creator of the renowned “Calvin and Hobbes” series, emerged from nearly two decades of retirement this week to guest-draw in a syndicated strip.

Watterson, beloved for his portrayal of the troublemaker Calvin and the animated stuffed tiger Hobbes, is known considered by many the J.D. Salinger of the cartoonist world. He eschewed contact with the public after his last strip in 1995, and reportedly turned down Steven Spielberg’s offer to make an animated Calvin and Hobbes movie.

But when syndicated cartoonist Stephan Pastis drew a strip that praised “Calvin and Hobbes” and sent it to Watterson, thanking him for his influence, Watterson emerged with an offer: would Pastis be interested in teaming up on a strip?

Pastis recounted in a blog post Saturday that Watterson wanted to guest-draw Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine,” and would draw as a less-competent Pastis. What resulted was Watterson drawing in the guise of a very funny second-grader on his strip.

Pastis called it “the highlight of my career.” You can check out the rest of the strips and the story of Watterson and Pastis’ collaboration here.

Sharapova Wins French Open for 2nd Time

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 10:02 AM PDT

PARIS (AP) — Even though her serve failed her repeatedly, Maria Sharapova is a French Open champion once again.

Sharapova won her second title at Roland Garros in the last three years, overcoming 12 double-faults Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.

“This is the toughest Grand Slam final I’ve ever played,” Sharapova said on court. “Really, this tournament means so much to me. It’s a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win.

“To think that I’ve won it two times is, I don’t know. So emotional right now, I can’t even talk.”

Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and was broken seven times in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run.

After Sharapova’s final forehand forced an error from Halep’s backhand, the Russian dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands. She then looked to her team in the stands before shaking hands with Halep at the net.

Once the formalities were done, she climbed into the stands for some hugs and kisses.

Sharapova also won the title at Roland Garros in 2012, completing a career Grand Slam. She lost in last year’s final to Serena Williams.

Halep, who was ranked only 57th heading into last year’s French Open, was playing in her first major final.

“It’s my first Grand Slam speech, so emotionally it’s really difficult for me,” Halep said, addressing the crowd after the match. “But I wish to have many more. But of course this one will be very special for me all my life.”

The men’s final is on Sunday. Rafael Nadal will go for his ninth French Open title against Novak Djokovic.

Neither Sharapova nor Halep was able to hold serve consistently, with 16 combined breaks of serve in the match.

In the 10 games of the final set, there were five breaks. And at one point, the pair went on a run of six straight breaks of serve, starting with the final four games of the second set and ending after the first two of the third.

Sharapova often looked to be in control, even in the tiebreaker. She led 5-3, two points from victory, but then lost the next four points to even the score at one set apiece.

The match lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes, the longest French Open women’s final since 1996 when Steffi Graf beat Arantxa Sanchez 10-8 in the third. It was also the first women’s final in Paris to go three sets since Jennifer Capriati beat Kim Clijsters 12-10 in the third in 2001.

Sharapova’s game on clay has improved immensely over recent seasons, but her serve is still giving her problems. She lost the first set in each of three previous matches at Roland Garros, with nine double-faults in the semifinal win over Eugenie Bouchard. She had eight doubles in the quarterfinals.

Part of the reason for her inconsistency comes from having surgery on her right shoulder in 2008. Before that, the 27-year-old Russian had won Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. Since then, she has won the French Open twice.

But while Sharapova has been a star on the tour for a decade now, the 22-year-old Halep has only recently risen up the rankings and will move to No. 3 on Monday.

And she had an excellent run at Roland Garros.

Playing in the main draw at the clay-court major for only the fifth time, the 2008 French Open girls’ champion reached the final without dropping a set.

Until she faced Sharapova.

“I had two incredible weeks here. It was an amazing tournament for me,” Halep said. “I played my best. And I’m really happy that you guys came every match to support me and today also you were amazing.”

Halep was trying to become only the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title. Viriginia Ruzici, now Halep’s manager, won the French Open in 1978.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Miami Fans, Stop Whining About The Fault in Our Air Conditioning

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 09:36 AM PDT

If you attended any recent showing of The Fault in Our Stars, you would have heard open sobbing from much of the audience. You could probably have heard the same from Miami Heat fans after Thursday's opening game of the Finals, which should be called The Fault in Our Air Conditioning.

Some people blame LeBron James, accusing him of wilting like a hothouse orchid. Detractors have pointed out that pro football players battle it out in heat, rain, snow, and sleet. They slosh through sticky mud, slip on icy turf, suffocate in oven-like helmets under a blistering sun. Those same people wonder how lame it is that the $19 Million Dollar Man pulls up, well, lame just because the air-conditioning falters.

Those people don't know what they're talking about.

The average pro football game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes. But, according to a Wall Street Journal study, only 11 of the minutes are actual play. The rest is commercials, huddling, standing around, calling out plays, and jock adjusting. An NBA game is 48 minutes and, while they also spend some time huddling and adjusting, most of those 48 minutes are spent running up and down a 94-foot court. Again and again. Believe me, under those conditions, the heat can be a significant factor.

Why should you believe me? Because I played a Championship Finals game in 100-degree heat against the Celtics on June 8, 1984 (when LeBron was 6 months old). The Boston Garden didn't have air-conditioning at the time and Boston was in the middle of a hellish heat wave. I was 37 at the time (eight years older than LeBron is now), so the heat might have affected me a little more than the younger players. At one point during the game I was given oxygen as a precaution.

How does it feel to play in that heat? Here's what I said at the time, with my typical charm: "I suggest that you go to your local steam bath, do 100 pushups with all your clothes on, then try to run back and forth for 48 minutes. The game was in slow motion. It was like we were running in mud."

The Celtics won that series in the seventh game. We didn't sit around blaming the heat. (We blamed Larry Bird for playing so phenomenally.) In fact, that loss in the Boston Oven, I mean Garden, only fueled us to come back the next year and beat the Celtics in the Finals, for the first time in Laker history.

Maybe Miami would have won if the air-conditioning hadn't broken. But why even ask that question? Injuries are part of every sport. LeBron could have twisted his ankle, torn his ACL, or any of a dozen other common injuries. His particular kryptonite was heat.

The real winner here is the NBA. They couldn't have asked for more—except a guaranteed seventh game—to add drama to the Finals. And, of course, bigger drama usually equals bigger ratings.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time National Basketball Association champion and league Most Valuable Player. Follow him on Twitter (@KAJ33) and Facebook (facebook.com/KAJ). Mr. Abdul-Jabbar also writes a weekly column for the L.A. Register.

16 Veggies and Fruits You Should Grill

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs scream summer, but did you know that you can fire up your backyard barbecue for much more than just meat? Grilling provides a smoky twist to seasonal produce—zucchini, asparagus, and even fruits such as watermelon and peaches. Read on for 16 foods that taste amazing grilled, plus healthy grilling recipes for each.

Eggplant

Forget eggplant parmesan. When grilled, eggplant becomes crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside—no breading or cheese necessary. Slice your eggplant in 1-inch thick slices and coat with extra-virgin olive oil. Place on your grill rack, cooking for 6 minutes per side or until eggplant is tender.

Peaches

Grilling peaches deepens their natural sweetness, and it’s oh-so-easy to do: simply slice them in half, remove the pits, and put them facedown on a grill that’s been preheated to high. Remove when golden brown, about 5 minutes. Try brushing them with honey, sprinkling them with cinnamon, or topping them with Greek yogurt.

Health.com:12 Foods With More Vitamin C Than Oranges

Pineapple

Grilling pineapple cuts the fruit’s acidity and turns it into a treat that’s as sweet as candy. Cut your pineapple into wedges or rings and place it on the grill for about 3 minutes per side. Bonus: a half-cup of pineapple provides about 20% of your daily need for vitamin C.

Asparagus

Lightly charred asparagus tossed in a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper makes for an incredibly easy and nutritious summer side dish. Place directly on the grill over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Asparagus is rich in vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin E.

Tempeh

Vegetarians, listen up! Leave the processed veggie burgers in the freezer and try nutty, tangy tempeh instead. Made from soybeans, tempeh contains about 15 grams of protein per half-cup and is hardy enough to stand up to the grill. Preheat your grill to medium, place the tempeh directly on the grill for about 10 minutes, flipping once, or until it’s brown and cooked through.

Pizza

If you’re craving pizza on a hot day but can’t stand the idea of turning on your oven or shelling out for delivery, why not toss a homemade pie onto your grill? Grilling gives the dough a smoky flavor that’ll remind you of the fancy kind cooked in a woodfired oven.

There are several methods for grilling pizza. Here’s an easy option from Pillsbury: Cut a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil and grease it with cooking spray. Spread your pizza dough (store-bought or homemade works) onto the foil. Coat your grill rack with canola oil. Invert the dough onto the grill rack and peel away the foil. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, and then flip the crust using a large spatula and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the crust from the grill, and add your toppings. Use a pizza peel or a large spatula to put the pizza back onto the grill until the cheese is melted.

Health.com:23 Superfruits You Need Now!

Watermelon

Watermelon is a summer superfruit: it’s packed with the antioxidant lycopene and is also a great source of vitamins A and C. To grill, cut your watermelon into big wedges or 1-inch-thick rounds. Place the fruit on a very hot grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Tomatoes

Add a smoky flavor to pasta dishes and salads by grilling your tomatoes over high heat. And it’s easier to do than you’d think; just slice the tomatoes in half, brush the cut sides with olive oil, and place on a grill heated to high for about 3 minutes.

Portobello mushrooms

Swap out your usual ground-beef patty for a Portobello cap and save on saturated fat and calories. Portobellos boast a meaty texture that lends itself perfectly to the grill—just brush them lightly with olive oil, place them gill-side down for 4 minutes, and then flip and cook for an additional 7 minutes.

Health.com:26 Quick and Tasty Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini

Zucchini is easy to grow and even easier to grill. Thinly slice the squash lengthwise, coat lightly with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and place on the grill for about a minute, or until marked and tender.

Carrots

You love roasted carrots in the winter; who says you can’t have them in the summer, too? Peel them and put them on the grill instead of the oven. Grill over moderately high heat in a perforated grill pan for about 5 minutes.

Romaine

Grilled lettuce?! Yes! Barbecuing romaine gives your salad a unique smoky flavor. Preheat your grill to medium-high, lightly oil the grates, and grill the lettuce, turning often, until charred in spots (about 2 minutes).

Corn on the cob

You can grill the cobs in their husks or brush them with olive oil and place them directly on the grill. Either way, grilling your corn takes this summer staple to a new level.

Sweet potatoes

If you thought sweet potatoes were a winter-only food, think again. Give taters a summery spin by putting them on the grill. Make grilled sweet potato fries by first pre-cooking the potatoes in a microwave for about 6 minutes. Then, cut them lengthwise into wedges, drizzle them with olive oil, and transfer them to the grill for 3 minutes per side. Try pairing the fries with a bison burger for a sweeter, leaner take on traditional summer cookout cuisine.

Health.com:31 Superfood Secrets for a Long and Healthy Life

Kale

Raw, roasted, stir-fried, and now, grilled—kale may be the most versatile superfood at your grocery store. Blanche the kale before you grill to tenderize the leaves and prevent it from burning. Grill 3 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes.

Bananas

Give your banana split a summery twist: slice banana in half lengthwise, coat with cooking spray, then grill over medium heat for 2 minutes per side.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

Gay Couples Continue Getting Married in Wisconsin

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 08:32 AM PDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Judges in Milwaukee and Dane counties are marrying gay couples for a second day following a federal judge’s ruling overturning Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban.

More than 60 couples were married in each county Friday, as courthouses stayed open late following the judge’s decision earlier that day.

Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki (zar-’NE-kee) says couples were lined up outside his courthouse at 6 a.m. Saturday, three hours before it opened.

About 45 couples had applied for marriage licenses within 30 minutes of the doors opening.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen insists that Friday’s ruling didn’t clear the way for same-sex marriages to begin. He has sought an emergency order in federal court to stop more marriage licenses from being issued.

6 Guaranteed Ways to Get More Followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 08:31 AM PDT

Follower count is often considered one of the vainest of vanity metrics. I can relate. I've had my fair share of ego tied to that golden number on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn—pointing out my follower growth to a friend one day and archiving emails just as fast as I could when growth doesn't come.

Still, despite the vanity, there is value in follower count. While it seems like a smug number to chase, followers have a proportional impact on how far and wide your message spreads and the volume of how you convert.

I think the best bit of advice on followers I've read is from our co-founder Leo:

Quality is key. Quantity can't be forgotten.

Follower count is one of the metrics we keep a close eye on with our social media reports andaudits. There is a lot of great advice on how to grow your followers on social media (much of which I'll relay below), and at Buffer we've always been interested in the research behind the advice. How, specifically, can you increase your followers? Which actionable tactics can you take today to grow your follower numbers?

I went looking for data—and I think I found a few good answers.

10 tried-and-true bits of advice on follower growth

 

Before we get into the research-backed methods for growing your followers, I wanted to start off with some best practices for follower growth. You're likely to come across these ideas when you're searching for social media tips or reading up on how someone got the followers they did.

Here are the Big 10:

  1. Post great content
  2. Write a professional bio
  3. Use hashtags
  4. Place a widget on your blog
  5. Engage with others
  6. Make sure your content is shareable
  7. Reshare other people's content
  8. Reach out to influencers
  9. Stay active
  10. Follow other users

 

Get More Followers

There's lots of really good advice here on what works and what doesn't in terms of adding followers. These strategies are really good for consistent growth of your followers, and most of the advice you'll read—How I Went From Zero to 380,000 Followers and Twitter Tips From a Marketer with 200K Followers—will be variations on many of these bullet points.

You may have noticed that there is no single, simple hack to get more followers. I'm afraid there's no switch to flip to get the followers flowing. I've seen firsthand that the above tactics do work for building your follower count, so long as you can remain patient, determined, and consistent.

But while there's no magic bullet for getting more followers, there is at least a good deal of research that can take you down the right path and ensure that your efforts are not in vain.Looking for a surefire way to gain more followers? There's a good blueprint in this data.

Informers vs. Meformers: The key to getting 2x more followers

Are you an informer or a meformer?

Researchers at Rutgers University found that only 20 percent of us are informers on social media, while the other 80 percent are meformers. What exactly is a meformer?

  • Meformers — Users who post social media updates mostly relating to themselves
  • Informers — Users who post updates that are mostly information-sharing

The Rutgers team ended up creating the term "meformer" after analyzing data from a sampling of Twitter accounts. Their analysis, based on patterns of usage along with tweet and follower data, found a clear divide between those who share information and those who share about themselves.

And how does this relate to followers?

Informers had more than two times the followers of meformers.

It would seem that sharing information on social media is better for your follower count than sharing about yourself.

How can you tell which cluster you fall into—informer or meformer? The research study included an interesting breakdown of the classification of tweets. Researchers rated a sample of tweets and assigned a category to each. Overall, there were nine major categories that were used for classification. Do you recognize some of your tweets in the following examples?

9 Types of Updates

 

According to the study, 53 percent of the tweets from informers fell into the Information Sharing category, whereas 48 percent of the meformers' tweets were Me Now.

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Takeaway

Aim to boost your information sharing on social media so that you more closely align with the informer cluster rather than the meformer cluster.

Be an authority: 100+ more followers for gurus, authors, and experts

Roy Povarchik has an interesting idea about follower growth. It's called Twitter Greatness, and it goes something like this:

The real quick way to get a bunch of people following you: Be Barack Obama. Or Katy Perry. Or Joel Gasciogne.

What do folks like these have in common? Fame, yes. But they are also creators and doers and leaders. The act of creating is what sets them apart. Povarchik went so far as to create a helpful pyramid to display the heirarchy of greatness on Twitter. You can apply this pyramid to most other social networks, too, with a few tweaks (e.g., reporting is greater on Twitter than other networks).

Twitter Greatness pyramid

Do you see yourself somewhere on this pyramid?

Of course, this interesting idea of greatness is made all the more powerful with some stats to back it up. Hubspot data scientist Dan Zarella researched the effect of authority in a Twitter bio. Have you heard variations on the theme of "don't call yourself a guru"? Zarella found this to be false. Self-professed gurus have an average of 100 more followers than a typical Twitter user.

And it's not just "guru." Many different types of authoritative titles can help boost your follower count.

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Takeaway

Create amazing things and be a leader in your industry. Then don't forget to mention it in your bio. Terms like author, expert, founder, and official can be powerful assets to growing your followers.

Avoid bursts, and keep the followers you have

You could also approach the question of getting more followers from the other side: Part of having lots of followers is knowing how to keep them.

There was an interesting study by a group of Korean researchers into the how and why of unfollowing. They looked at 1.2 million Twitter accounts and analyzed 51 days' worth of tweets and interactions. Through analysis and interviews, they found that the following factors came into play with unfollowing:

  • Leaving too many updates within a short time
  • Posting about uninteresting topics
  • Sharing the mundane details of one's life

The interview portion of the research study revealed the concept of "Bursts"—too many updates all at once. More than half of unfollows come as a result of bursts.

There are other factors at play here, too, and many of them are areas that could ring true for marketers or brands. Do any of these types of tweets hit home for you?

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Takeaway

To get a lot of followers, minimize the number of those who unfollow you. Avoid bursts by sending your updates with a scheduler like Buffer. And keep in mind other types of updates to avoid—politics, mundane topics, lack of personality, etc.

Give the people what they want: 52% of followers want special offers

If you are a brand looking for more followers on social media, it'll help to know what your followers are after. Nielsen research conducted a study for Twitter UK back in March, revealing the top ten reasons why people follow brands.

  • 55% follow because they like the brand.
  • 52% follow for special offers or promotions.
  • 51% follow to stay up to date with news from the brand.

Among the top 10 reasons, one of the biggest themes was discounts. Reasons for following included special offers or promotions, freebies, and exclusive content. Interesting, the fact that a brand posts entertaining and useful content the seventh-most popular reason for following a brand. This would seem to indicate that there's more to being followed than good content marketing.

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Takeaway

Give things away. Twitter users love discounts and freebies, and they are likely to follow a brand to get some goods. If you can add value in this way—along with your content strategy and branding—you might see your followers grow.

The more you post, the more followers you'll have

This one might fall under the title of "common sense" for many of you, so it's great to see that there's data to back up the claim. Social media analytics company Beevolve analyzed 36 million Twitter profiles and 28 billion tweets to find the correlation between tweet frequency and twitter followers.

The results (as you might have guessed): Those who tweet more have the most followers.

Specifically:

  • A Twitter user who has sent 1 to 1,000 tweets has an average of 51 to 100 followers
  • Users who have tweeted more than 10,000 times are followed on average by 1,000 to 5000 users
  • It's estimated that a person with more than 15,000 tweets has between 100,001 to 1 million followers.

Followers & Frequency

The big question with data like this is whether the correlation equals causation. In other words, why do people with a lot of tweets have a lot of followers? Could it really be true that tweeting 10,000 times next week will be a free pass to gaining 5,000 new followers?

I think it's important to keep a few things in mind with this data:

Lots of tweets equals lots of activity. And the more active you are on social media (see the tried-and-true tips at the top of this article), the more likely you are to gain followers, make connections, and build relationships.

Lots of tweets equals lots of experience. As you tweet more, you get better at tweeting. This could play into your becoming a better Informer or simply iterating on tweeting formulas that work.

Lots of tweets equals longevity. It makes sense to think that that the longer you're around on social media, the more time and opportunity you'll have to grow your followers. Posting 10,000 updates would mean a years' worth of 27 posts daily. You'd deserve all the followers you get at that awesome pace!

Takeaway

Post to social media often, as part of a consistent, dependable strategy. You're bound to get better as you go, and people are going to notice and appreciate that you're sticking around to stay connected.

(Note: One of my favorite nuggets from the Beevolve study was that the average Twitter user is an English-speaking, 28-year-old woman with about 208 followers. So if you happen to have more than 208 followers, you can feel good about being above average!)

Share positively: Happy updates correlate to more followers

The tone and voice you have on social media really does make a difference. Dan Zarrella's research into followers—how factors like conversations, self-reference, and avatars affect follow count—touched on the topic of tone. He found that negative remarks are tied to lower follower counts.

Debbie Downer follower stats

Takeaway

Share happily. Take care to avoid coming across as sad, aggressive, angry, cynical, or morbid with your social media updates. Users notice. They're more likely to follow a positive account than a Debbie Downer.

What strategies do you have for growing your followers?

We've touched on a lot of tips here for growing followers: Informers vs. Meformers, authority, bursts, freebies, frequency, and happiness. Hopefully one (or more) will be key to getting your follower count growing!

I'd love to hear from you about what has worked in the past for growing your follower base. Any tips you'd like to share? Any tactics you're itching to try out?

P.S. If you liked this post, you might also like 10 Surprising New Stats to Help You Reach Your Followers and 7 Ways I Accidentally Got More Twitter Followers.

Kevan is a content crafter at Buffer, the super simple social media management tool. His social media and productivity tips have appeared in Fast Company and Lifehacker, and he's always on the lookout for a good headline pun. Connect with him on Twitter .

Celebrities Pray For Tracy Morgan After Crash Leaves Him Hospitalized

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 08:22 AM PDT

Friends and fellow stars extended their condolences to comedian Tracy Morgan, who was hospitalized Saturday after a six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

An outpouring of tweets followed in the hours after the 30 Rock star’s 1 a.m. crash, with celebrities including the musician Questlove, actor Andy Richter and comedian Eddie Griffin sending Morgan their well-wishes.

New Jersey police told TIME that Morgan was in intensive care as of Saturday morning along with three other passengers in the limo. A fifth passenger died, while two others were not sent to the hospital.

Morgan is also former member of the Saturday Night Live cast. The comedian is 45 years old and was on his way home from a stand-up set at the time of his accident.

5 Coolest iWatch Mockups That Show What Apple’s Next Big Thing Might Look Like

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 08:18 AM PDT

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference concluded with hardly any new updates about it’s mysterious “wearable” device which should debut in the fall, and perhaps will be shaped like watch, and just maybe will include a curved touchscreen 1.3 to 1.5 inches across — all of which is conjecture, really. The iWatch is still a riddle wrapped in a mystery.

Fortunately, a growing number of designers have drawn up their own fantasy designs, some of which are smart, eye-catching and a lot more interesting than the latest gossip from an anonymous parts manufacturer in China. Here are five designs that may help fill that little iWatch-shaped hole in your heart.

Classic – Netherlands-based designer Nermin Hasanovic kept all of the classic features, right down to the little turn-dial for mechanical hands, while revamping the watch face with clean, solid colors that are immediately recognizable as Facebook blue, iMessage green and iCalendar white.

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Source: Nermin Hasanovic – Behance

Really Classic - Steampunks, your prayers have been answered with this pocket iWatch on a gold chain, compliments of designer Leonardo Zakour in Germany.

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Source: Leonardo Zakour — Behance

Blindingly Cute – From Texas-based designer Edgar Rios, a watch that you could practically eat.

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Source: Edgar Rios — Behance

 

Seamless - Credit goes to Berlin-based designer Thomas Bogner for eliminating the watch face entirely and embedding the screen in a seamless wristband. Just one problem: the text scrolled vertically. Todd Hamilton in San Francisco right-sided the text and debuted his design, one of the slickest ones to date, in an animated video that nearly brings the iWatch fantasy to life.

iWatch Concept from Todd Hamilton on Vimeo.

Boxy But Good – Designer Martin Hajek‘s incarnation of the iWatch and iWatch C mimic the design cues of the current iPhone range (metal on the high end, plastic on the low).

Martin Hajek

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