Pebble/Martian/Motorola(NEW YORK) — Apple is making wearing a watch cool again — and that’s good news for competitors.

While the Apple Watch easily ascended to the top spot in the wearables market, according to analysts, its arrival is good news for competitors.

“It’s a rising tide,” Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, told ABC News. “If you can’t afford the entry fee then there are lots of other alternatives that are available.”

Whether its cost, compatibility or battery life that is keeping you from the Apple Watch, here are four alternatives that are worth trying:

Martian Notifier

This $129 wearable looks like an analog watch, but has smart features built in that are compatible with both iOS and Android phones. After downloading the Martian Notifier app, wearers can route notifications to their wrist, including calls, texts, Facebook alerts, Twitter, their calendar, fitness stats, sports scores and more.

The one line display on the watch face offers a basic smart watch experience with glanceable moments.

“I think they are kind of a more fun, more entry level smart watch alternative for people who don’t want to make a big investment,” Wood said.

Pebble Time Steel

Beginning as a Kickstarter project that raised $10 million in 2012, Pebble has become one of the top smart watch makers on the market, winning over users with its low price point and up to seven days of battery life. Their latest offering, the Pebble Time Steel, is a dressier offering from the original wearable and starts at $199. While the device doesn’t run on Android Wear or iOS, Pebble has the benefit of having a strong developer following.

The result: Users can expect plenty of third party apps covering everything from fitness to weather.

Moto 360

A sleek look and a round face makes the Moto 360 one of the more fashionable wearables on the market, with a price point beginning at $249.99. (That’s $100 less than the entry level Apple Watch Sport.)

Timely information such as flight delays is delivered to your wrist when you need to see it, while the wearable also boasts other features to compete with the Apple Watch, including voice control and fitness tracking.

While the looks and the price are both positives, the biggest downside for this Android device is battery life. Several reviews complain the battery doesn’t always hold a full day’s charge when it’s heavily used.

LG’s G Watch R

Like the Moto 360, the LG G Watch R is one of the many devices that run on the Android Wear platform. A sporty round watch face can turn from a classic analog display to a computer on your wrist when needed.

Starting around $300, the watch is a more expensive Android Wear offering, however its full functionality and style make it one of the most appealing.

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Omar Havana/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Alex Diaz is just one of hundreds of Americans stuck at Kathmandu airport trying to flee the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly quake in Nepal.

Diaz, who hails from New York, described the situation at the airport as a “complete madhouse” — with many Americans stuck trying to leave the disaster ravaged country.

“It’s really bad,” he told ABC News. “Flights are not leaving, or landing fast enough, so many diversions. My flight out is stuck in Dhaka.”

As the situation worsens at the airport, officials announced on Monday that the death toll had topped 4,000.

Diaz was visiting Nepal when the quake struck and is now urgently trying to leave along with countless Americans.

The U.S. State Department has not indicated exactly how many Americans are in Nepal who are trying to get out.

Diaz said the situation at Kathmandu airport it is “past desperate.”

“We are just exhausted and resigned,” he added. “Some people have been in this terminal for days. Basically you’re living landing to landing. If your plane can land and only then you can get out, but you don’t know which ones will land.”

Diaz says people are sitting in the terminal tracking flights on flightradar24.

“Every so often one lands and that airline’s people scuttle to the super crowded gates or they run out of fuel and divert and everyone madly dashes out to the ticket counters. You just don’t know which ones will leave,” he said.

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Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez isn’t worried that his job is in jeopardy after the team signed Tim Tebow to a one-year deal.

“He’s obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while [Sam Bradford] is still recovering,” Sanchez told CSNPhilly.com. “So that’s kind of the reason there [for the signing], at least as it was explained to me.”

Sanchez and Tebow were both teammates back in 2012, but Tebow played sparingly.

After starting eight games for the Eagles in 2014, Sanchez re-signed with the Eagles for up to $16 million over two years.

“Coach Kelly knows what he’s doing,” Sanchez added. “Don’t worry too much. It’s only April. Things will fall into place. We’ll be just fine.”

Tebow last appeared in an NFL regular season game during his lone season with the Jets in 2012.

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JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Rescue crews from around the globe are headed to Nepal in the race to provide disaster relief and pull survivors still beneath the rubble in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake that toppled temples, triggered a Mt. Everest avalanche and devastated the capital of Kathmandu.

This comes as officials said Monday that death toll had surpassed 4,000.

The U.S. government is providing $1 million in assistance, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. Disaster relief teams are en route to join U.S. Special Forces already in Nepal. A search-and-rescue team from California took off for Nepal late Sunday night, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement, “To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.”

Crews from Israel, Japan, Australia, India, China, Germany, Canada and New Zealand are also headed to the region.

Even social media is contributing to the rescue efforts. Facebook has activated its “safety check” feature, which allows users to tell friends and family they are safe. Google has also activated its own disaster tool called “person finder” and is updating satellite imagery to help with relief efforts.

At Mt. Everest, where the magnitude-7.8 quake triggered an avalanche, three helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 stranded mountaineers. The mountain is too treacherous to walk down; the only way to evacuate safely is by helicopter.

Kat Heldman of San Diego was on Mt. Everest when the deadly avalanche struck, which she described as “a white billowing cloud.”

“I thought I was dead,” Heldman said.

Tents, clothing and oxygen supplies are strewn across the mountain as rescuers try to reach survivors before supplies run out or another aftershock hits. Nearly the entire 100,000-soldier Nepalese army is involved in rescue operations, the army said. Many climbers remain unaccounted for.

In Kathmandu, many streets are impassable, filled not only with rubble but with the injured. Drone footage captures the chaos in the streets as global rescue teams continue to dig through collapsed buildings in search for buried survivors.

Thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu, unwilling to go into any building, fearing the effects of another aftershock.
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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The more authorities dig into the hacking of the State Department and the White House, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Russians were hunting for weaknesses.

Sources tell ABC News that some of President Obama’s emails were caught up in the Russian cyberattack last October that led to a partial shutdown of some White House computers.

Hackers associated with the Russian government accessed computers that contained archives of unclassified White House communications — including some involving the president, sources say. None of the president’s devices were hacked, but some White House computers contained summaries of email exchanges the president may have had with people outside the administration.

While the attack did not involve top secret information, a number of officials say it shows an intense level of aggression by Russian operatives, who appear to be stepping-up hacks against the United States.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has also described a new attack against the Pentagon earlier this year — one remarkably similar in nature to the hacking of the State Department and the White House.

“Earlier this year, the sensors that guard DoD’s unclassified networks detected Russian hackers accessing one of our networks. They’d discovered an old vulnerability in one of our legacy networks that hadn’t been patched,” Carter said Thursday during an address at Stanford University. “The cyber threat against U.S. interests is increasing in severity and sophistication.”

Officials are concerned by the Russians’ aggression — and worried the Russians may be hoping that hacking non-classified computer systems could be a gateway into more sensitive systems and information.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The more authorities dig into the hacking of the State Department and the White House, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Russians were hunting for weaknesses.

Sources tell ABC News that some of President Obama’s emails were caught up in the Russian cyberattack last October that led to a partial shutdown of some White House computers.

Hackers associated with the Russian government accessed computers that contained archives of unclassified White House communications — including some involving the president, sources say. None of the president’s devices were hacked, but some White House computers contained summaries of email exchanges the president may have had with people outside the administration.

While the attack did not involve top secret information, a number of officials say it shows an intense level of aggression by Russian operatives, who appear to be stepping-up hacks against the United States.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has also described a new attack against the Pentagon earlier this year — one remarkably similar in nature to the hacking of the State Department and the White House.

“Earlier this year, the sensors that guard DoD’s unclassified networks detected Russian hackers accessing one of our networks. They’d discovered an old vulnerability in one of our legacy networks that hadn’t been patched,” Carter said Thursday during an address at Stanford University. “The cyber threat against U.S. interests is increasing in severity and sophistication.”

Officials are concerned by the Russians’ aggression — and worried the Russians may be hoping that hacking non-classified computer systems could be a gateway into more sensitive systems and information.

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plusphoto/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wealthy Finn is fed up with his country after being slapped with a speeding ticket that topped a hundred thousand dollars.

According to the local publication Italehti, Finland’s speeding fines are linked to the wealth of the offender, and thanks to businessman Reima Kuisla’s 2013 salary of over four million bucks, his ticket for doing 64 miles an hour in a 50 mile per hour zone will cost him 54,000 Euros, or the equivalent of more than 58,600 U.S. dollars.

Kuisla took to Facebook to complain about the fine, saying, “I would have thought ten years ago that I should seriously consider moving abroad. Finland is an impossible country…for certain kinds of people with large incomes…”

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plusphoto/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wealthy Finn is fed up with his country after being slapped with a speeding ticket that topped a hundred thousand dollars.

According to the local publication Italehti, Finland’s speeding fines are linked to the wealth of the offender, and thanks to businessman Reima Kuisla’s 2013 salary of over four million bucks, his ticket for doing 64 miles an hour in a 50 mile per hour zone will cost him 54,000 Euros, or the equivalent of more than 58,600 U.S. dollars.

Kuisla took to Facebook to complain about the fine, saying, “I would have thought ten years ago that I should seriously consider moving abroad. Finland is an impossible country…for certain kinds of people with large incomes…”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s college graduation season and this year’s crop of diploma-earners can expect a robust job market for their skills and services, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,175 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

With the economy having emerged from the Great Recession, two-thirds of employers plan to hire college grads, up from 57 percent in 2014.

As for which degrees can expect the best reception, business was named their top choice by 38 percent of employers.

Here are the rest:

  • Computer and Information Sciences — 27 percent
  • Engineering — 18 percent
  • Math and Statistics — 14 percent
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences — 14 percent
  • Communications Technologies — 12 percent
  • Engineering Technologies — 12 percent
  • Communication and Journalism — 10 percent
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities — 9 percent
  • Science Technologies — 8 percent
  • Education — 7 percent

Meanwhile, a third of employers say the college grads they gives jobs to can expect starting salaries that are higher than were offered last year with only one in 10 cutting pay. The rest will offer no change in salaries from 2014.

Expected starting salaries for recent graduates break down as follows:

  • Under $30,000 — 26 percent
  • $30,000 to less than $40,000 — 28 percent
  • $40,000 to less than $50,000 — 20 percent
  • $50,000 and higher — 26 percent

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Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal ) — The U.S. government is offering help to Nepal following Saturday’s massive 7.8 earthquake that killed at least 3,600 people, including three Americans. Powerful aftershocks have continued non-stop since the temblor struck, terrifying survivors as thousands are forced to sleep out in the open.

Along with an initial $1 million to help with quake relief, U.S. specialized disaster response teams are being dispatched to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.

A team from USAID will also determine how much long-term help the U.S. can provide.

[CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL]

The quake near the capital of Kathmandu occurred just before noon local time Saturday, toppling temples and triggering an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed at least 18 climbers and guides and injured many others.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche. He was also on Mt. Everest last year in April when another big avalanche hit.

Abigail Hunter, an American traveling in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, witnessed people pulling victims out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances.

She said the earthquake reduced many of the temples to rubble, adding that she saw “lots of people praying to the actual temples” as aftershocks hit the city.

Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.

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