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    Ever since Motorola first announced its Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, we've known the wearable would get its power in a bit of a non-traditional manner. Back in June, when the 360 swung by the FCC, we started getting our answers about just what Motorola was planning, as the published certification paperwork confirmed support for the Qi wireless charging standard. But then recent rumors started getting us worried that this feature might come at a price, and wondering if the watch's steel construction might be a casualty of the choice to bring it wireless power. Fret not, for the latest ...

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    Pebble has quickly become one of the best smartwatch manufacturers in the game, and there's been no shortage of innovation out of the California-based company -- it launched the Pebble Steel to a mostly good review reception. It's now continuing by adding limited edition new Pebble colors for the original model: say hello to Fresh Green, Hot Pink, and Fly Blue. The new Pebble colors mentioned are a limited edition run, meaning you'll have to get in on them "while supplies last." We don't know how much supply there is to last, but we're assuming you won't be able to get your hands on these ...

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    We've got a winner! Congratulations, Isaac Rodriquez: you're getting a Nexus 5 and the Android Wear smartwatch of your choice! Everyone else, check back next week, only this time instead of Monday, we'll be bringing you word of our new contest on Wednesday. ___ Last week, we saw our second Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE giveaway draw to a close.  And as it did so, it marked the end of the last contest we announced back at the start of July, for our month of giveaways. So, is that all she wrote? Not hardly. We're expanding that month of giveaways to a summer of giveaways, and if you were ...

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    Smartwatches just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to power. Their compact construction affords little room for anything close to phone-sized batteries, forcing users to recharge their wearables with nearly daily frequency. And even then, we've seen problems with the charging interfaces themselves, like the issues Samsung's had with the charging adapter for the Gear Live. Now it's LG's turn to tackle a power-related problem for its own smartwatch, as the company delivers an update to address corrosion issues with the G Watch's charging contacts. Corrosion? What could software do ...

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    Announce a product, then don't release it for a while, and rumors are bound to descend. Just look at Samsung and its Tizen-running Samsung Z, and how off-the-rails that whole project feels like it's gone in the weeks following the phone's initial introduction. Motorola's generally done a pretty job at preventing similar gossip from consuming the Moto 360, itself announced all the way back in March, no doubt helped by the release of a number of official Moto 360 videos and the opportunity for hands-on interactions at events like Google I/O. But with the wearable still not available to buy, ...

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    One of the hardest things to do in the mobile tech world, with so much competition from so many talented companies, is to stand out. In the growing field of smartwatches, one of the surest ways to grab attention right now is to deliver a round-faced model in a landscape dominated by squares and rectangles; Motorola's doing just that, and a recent leak suggests OnePlus could be headed down that same road. Now HP hops on the bandwagon with a round offering of its own, as we learn about the joint effort from HP, designer Michael Bastian, and retailer Gilt. It's round -we know that much- and ...

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    What's next for OnePlus, following the launch of its One handset? Another smartphone is probably a safe bet, but what about other form factors? There was that rumor earlier this month about a OnePlus Tab tablet, but that one quickly turned out to be a fake. Today we're checking out another leak – and hopefully one that will stand up to a little more scrutiny – as a OnePlus smartwatch is seemingly revealed. According to these design sketches, this “OneWatch” would offer some of the hottest features from the most anticipated smartwatches at the moment; those include things like the ...

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    Even with all the buzz surrounding Samsung's smartwatch offerings, the bottom line hasn't proven to be as buzz worthy for this or any other company building wearables lately. Some customers seem to still be waiting for Apple to make its move later this year, and others simply feel that a smartwatch should look like the Moto 360. If you're on the list that believes Samsung could do better with its designs, it turns out that the company does too, and new patents reveal this. The USPTO has just granted Samsung a couple of patents that the company had originally filed since March of 2013. ...

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    The next couple months are shaping up to be chock-full of smartphone announcements. IFA in early September is bound to bring us a ton of new devices, and shortly after that we're expecting news of the iPhone 6. We've even been picking up on word of a few possible launches for August, and an invite just landed for what may be a notable one, as HTC prepares for an August 19 event. But what could the company have to share? A few subjects come to mind, like that One M8 for Windows (or W8, if you will) and the recent rumors that the phone could launch sometime this quarter. Sure, there's been ...

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    Remember back in the days of Android Gingerbread when ambitious OEMs started pumping out Android-powered tablets in an attempt to compete with Apple's iPad? Google pulled out all the stops to get Android Honeycomb released, and even partnered with Motorola to create the XOOM to show us all how a tablet "should be made". Honeycomb didn't last that long, but prior to Honeycomb, Google's message to OEMs was very clear: don't make a tablet powered by Android just yet. In retrospect, it's obvious why Google wanted its partners to wait: Android wasn't ready for tablets back then. It took some ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    Buy a new smartphone, and on the spec sheet you'll find no shortage of sensors: accelerometer, magnetic field sensor; hell, you might even have a barometer. And with so many of these sensors living within our hardware, and many of them as commonplace as they are, it's easy to gloss over them, not really giving them a second thought. But as we expand mobile tech into new form factors, it might be worth giving sensors a closer look, since not all of the ones we're familiar with have been making the journey. As we look forward to the launch of the Moto 360 later this summer, new details ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you an HTC behind-the-scenes video, highlighting the company's work with design. In theory, this should have been innocuous stuff, were it not for what some eagle-eyed viewers noticed during an otherwise not really noteworthy shot: a watch. Not a watch being worn, but one sitting rather prominently in a stand on an employee's desk. Almost like where you might keep a smartwatch you were working on? At least, that's the rumor that got started, but now HTC is stepping up to set the record straight, denying that this is something we'll soon see the manufacturer ...

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    When we first laid eyes on the Martian line of smartwatches, I was unimpressed. Too low-tech. When we first laid hands on the Martian Notifier, I remained unmoved. Too low-key. When AT&T and Martian dropped a Notifier on our doorstep, I almost recycled it for our summer of giveaways. Too busy. Then I used it for a week ... and I had to schedule a review. Too awesome. In a world with smartwatches like Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear line, and the Pebble, you might think the time for a simpler wearable has long passed. But a company called Martian Watches is betting the other way, ...

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    With rumors of HTC working on new categories like tablets and wearables, it's only a matter of time before more credible data surfaces. The company has found some new air with the launch of the HTC One (M8), so this would be the smartest time to expand its mindshare through other well-made products in different categories. The company has just launched an HTC Design video showcasing the mentality that drives the its design, and whether intentional or non intentional, the company seems to have just leaked its smartwatch. In the following video you can slide to the 35-second mark and notice ...

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