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    If there's one thing technology power users like us hate, it's carrying a bunch of different charging wires around when we travel. Why can't we standardized on one type of connector that works for everything? For a while around the turn of the century, many smartphones standardized on the mini-USB port for charging and syncing data. HTC even extended the port's specifications to include audio input/output. That was pretty fantastic since you could use one port to charge, sync, and play music on speakers at the same time. In some cases it could even output video. (See: Why the 3.5mm headset ...

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    Ounce-for-ounce, smartwatches offer some of the highest performance-to-size ratios of any mobile electronics. They may not seem like technical powerhouses just yet, as developers still struggle to tap into their full potential, but the silicon's there: just look at the Snapdragon 400 SoCs in many current-gen Android Wear models. That might make for a mid-range phone experience, but when you're only dealing with a tiny smartwatch screen, you've got performance to spare. Now a new rumor suggests that some upcoming smartwatches could be looking to seriously step up their SoC game, hooking ...

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    When it comes to smartwatch news, this should be Apple's week. The company just took the lid of its hugely anticipated release plan for the Apple Watch, which customers will be able to start going hands-on with in just another month. And certainly, we've run our fair share of Apple Watch headlines over the course of the past day. But for all that action over on Apple's side of the fence, other wearables haven't been sitting idly by, and we've been talking a fair amount about other devices, ranging from that odd Runcible dealy to rumors of a pretty substantial Android Wear update. Now we're ...

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    Delivering a smartwatch with its own internet connectivity is, to put it mildly, tricky. Besides worrying about excess battery consumption, you've got to convince users to sign up for one more line of cellular service – and if they're already dropping several hundred dollars on an accessory, an ongoing fee just to get it online could stand to be a tough sell. Bluetooth tethering to our phones may be the best compromise we have right now, but Android Wear models may be about to do one better, as we get word that the next major Android Wear system software release could enable dormant WiFi ...

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    Sometimes it feels like getting technical details about Apple hardware can be like pulling teeth. Sure, the company can talk about until the cows come home about how it's the user experience that matters, and not the underlying tech, but would it kill you to admit how much RAM is in your phones? Now the Apple Watch is the new hottness and – unsurprisingly – we've got plenty of questions about how it ticks. Today some new information surfaces, attempting to clue us in to the storage situation on Apple's wearable. Go to Apple's site and it will tell you all about the Apple Watch's heart ...

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    In just over six weeks, the Apple Watch will be here. And before we even get that far, prospective shoppers will have the chance to check out Apple's wearable in the company's retail stores. Yesterday's press event brought much-needed details concerning the smartwatch's release, maybe most importantly the full breakdown on pricing. So now that you know what to expect from the Apple Watch's retail debut, we've got just one question for you: are you getting one? You've already heard from some of us, how even big Apple fans just couldn't get on board with what the company brought out to show ...

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    In January of 2007, I owned a touchscreen smartphone that let me surf the web, navigate the streets of my city, communicate via threaded SMS, and silence my ringer with a single switch. No one really cared. Then Apple announced a smartphone that could do all the same things, and the world went crazy. In January of 2010, tablet computers were a decade-old reality. High-end laptop manufacturers offered convertible variants of their standard notebooks, almost all of which ran modern, powerful operating systems like Windows 7. Then Apple came along with its own take on the tablet: ...

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    We heard about Apple TV, we heard about the new MacBook: now it's time for maybe the most anticipated news to emerge from Apple's event today, as we start learning about release details for the Apple Watch. Before we get to that, we're talking apps and functionality, as well as getting a formal answer to one of the biggest questions hanging over the Apple Watch: battery life. Apple says that users can expect to get 18 hours of average use on a charge. The latest version of iOS is arriving in preparation for sales of the Apple Watch, and users should start seeing iOS 8.2 headed out today. ...

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    When it comes to the Apple Watch, we've got three big outstanding questions: when will we get a chance to buy it? What will it cost? And what can we expect from its battery life? Answers are likely in store for us at Apple's Monday event, but until then we're getting a little insight into that last question, as a new report suggests the smartwatch's battery life might not be as dire as some earlier rumors suggested. Supposedly, while the Apple Watch may have struggled with getting through a full day on a charge earlier in its development, Apple's been able to stretch things out such that ...

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    At this point, it's fair to say that much of the wind has left MWC's sails. From a Sunday packed with pre-MWC launches, we've been seeing a steady dwindling-off of new high-profile hardware as the week unfolds, and by now if a manufacturer had something good to launch at the expo, it's been launched. However, MWC isn't over until tomorrow's done, so we're still out on the show floor looking to check in with devices we might have missed earlier, or taking the time to share with you some of the less show-stopping gadgets that are still worth a few minutes of your time. Let's take a quick ...

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    Right now, if you're looking to buy a smartwatch, you know to expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. And if you go for a nicer one with a premium strap (assuming you have a choice at all), we might even be talking $300, $350 – somewhere in that range. But in the very near future expectations for smartwatch pricing are about to be turned on their head as Apple reveals the full retail breakdown of its various Apple Watch offerings – prices of which will only just start at that $350 point, and likely growing into the thousands of dollars. How long will it be before other smartwatches ...

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    One of the great things about the nascent wearables market, as more and more manufacturers churn-out product after product in an effort to find what works, is that we get to see a ton of variety in the product types released. Those range from the extremely simple to models that are practically a full-fledged smartwatch strapped to your wrist, with a huge amount of variation in between. We just looked at one of these non-traditional models with Cogito's non-rechargeable watches, and now we're checking out Garmin's Fenix 3. The manufacturer calls this one a “multisport training GPS ...

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    Whether we're talking full-blown smartwatch or dainty little fitness tracker, users of wearables everywhere find themselves dealing with the consequences of battery life. You may recharge your watch every day, or your workout band every week, but sooner or later they're going to need new juice. Maker of connected watches Cogito has decided to try something a little different, and at MWC this week we stopped by its booth to learn about what to expect from a non-rechargeable smartwatch. Cogito's watches connect to Android and iOS phones over Bluetooth, and are much more products in the vein ...

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    We first got our hands on the Pebble smartwatch back in the spring of 2013, following the wearable's crowdfunding campaign. About a year later, at CES 2014, we got our first look at the Pebble Steel, putting the old hardware in a shiny new package. This year Pebble took the next step forward in the evolution of its platform, introducing not just some revamped software but also its first color-screened smartwatch, the Pebble Time. You'd be forgiven for thinking you picked up on a pattern here with Pebble's product cycles, and that we'd be getting a sleek, metal-bodied Pebble Time another ...

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    At MWC this year, if you're introducing a new smartwatch, it had better be one with a circular screen. LG liked that idea so much, it brought along two such models. Huawei wasn't about to be left out on this trend, either, and in addition to some new fitness tracker bands, launched a full-fledged smartwatch, the Huawei Watch. We stopped by the company’s MWC presence to take a look at this new Android Wear model for ourselves. On paper, the Huawei Watch might just be the Android Wear model to beat. It's got the highest-res display we've seen from the platform, beating out other ...

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    Late last week we caught a glimpse of Huawei's newest wearable in the Barcelona airport, ahead of its MWC launch. The round-screened smartwatch looked quite sharp and ran Android Wear, but that's all we could suss out at the time. Well, now it's finally time for the smartwatch to go official, and we're getting the full scoop on the Huawei Watch, complete with all those juicy technical specs. The most interesting thing about the Watch's 1.4-inch circular display may be its 400 x 400 resolution, making it quite a bit higher-res than competition like the 320 x 290 Moto 360 or the 320 x 320 LG ...

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    LG may not have been able to wait until MWC to announce its latest wearables, but now that we're in Barcelona we've got our first chance to actually see some of this hardware in the flesh. Over the last few days, LG announced both the LG Watch Urbane as well as the Watch Urbane LTE, two smartwatches very similar in some regards, though with hugely important differences between them. While the Watch Urbane itself is an Android Wear model, the LTE edition runs the "LG Wearable Platform," which, as it happens, is none other than our old friend webOS at its core. We went hands-on with the ...

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    MWC is coming up on us fast, and in just another day or two, we'll already be checking out the latest announcements from some of our favorite mobile brands. While that will mean lots of high-end smartphones, it's been unclear the degree to which new wearables will be sharing in that spotlight. At least, we've already heard rumors that Samsung's round-screened Orbis may not join the Galaxy S6 at the company's Unpacked event. But even if Samsung's next watch sits this one out, we're starting to see confirmation of wearables that will indeed be resent, like this Huawei Watch spotted in an ...

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    Even if you're not carrying a Motorola smartphone yourself, it's hard to deny how much fun it can be to play around with the company's Moto Maker web tool, giving you the opportunity to custom-configure a handset of your own design. While the Moto X is the model basking in the Moto Maker's spotlight, it's far from the company's only hardware that's eminently configurable, and over on the smartwatch side you have your pick of plenty of Moto 360 design options, from case color, to size, to alternate straps. Right now, though, it's not quite as graceful a shopping experience as the Moto X ...

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    One of the very cool things about big expos like MWC is how they expose us to so many different kinds of devices all at once. Sure, the bulk of them are likely to be running Android, but we're sure to see products based on any number of mobile platforms, from Ubuntu, to Firefox OS, and more. For all the OS diversity the show will bring, there will always be a few hold-outs, and top on that list of doesn't-play-well-with-others is Apple, perfectly content to go its own way for its announcements. Luckily, we won't have long to wait after MWC before Apple is ready with some news of its own, ...

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    While Samsung and HTC wait for Sunday to showcase their next new mobile hardware, LG is having none of this “waiting” business. We've already seen the company introduce the Watch Urbane Android Wear smartwatch, as well as a new lineup of mid-range phones. As it turns out, LG wasn't done with its wearable news just yet, and today follows all those pre-MWC launches with yet another one, unveiling the Watch Urbane LTE. As that name should immediately clue you in, we're looking at a smartwatch with its own cellular connectivity, no longer dependent on a tethered smartphone for mobile data. ...

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    Pebble's been counting down to its big news since last week, and rumors were quick to suggest that this countdown would give way to the announcement of a new color-screened model. Yesterday we checked out a render that seemed to reveal just such a smartwatch, but is this what we'd actually get? Zero-hour is upon us, and it looks like the rumors were right on the money, as Pebble unveils its first wearable with a color display, the Pebble Time. Just as we heard suggested late last week, the Pebble Time uses a low-power color e-ink display instead of the sort of LCD or OLED panel we usually ...

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    Pebble's countdown timer – the one we saw go live late last week – is already down to less than a day, promising big news tomorrow morning. Rumors have suggested that we could be looking forward to the next generation of Pebble hardware, one that would finally bring the smartwatch into the world of color. Specifically, we've heard that the first Pebble with a color display could be just about to debut, one that would also see the wearable's screen grow to a slightly wider aspect ratio. We'll have official word soon enough, but in the meantime it looks like the cat might be out of the ...

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    The Apple Watch is going to be one hell of a premium product when it goes up for sale in the next few weeks, with even the base model costing more than the majority of smartwatches already on the market. And as you start moving up into the fancier and fancier models, that price tag is only going to grow. But just how high will it get? Shortly after Apple made its wearable official back in September, we checked out a well-reasoned analysis that suggested we'd see the gold-bodied Apple Watch Edition sell for somewhere around $5,000. As retail availability looms, people in the know are ...

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    Whether you're using a full-blown smartwatch, a more bare-bones fitness tracker, or even the sensors on your own smartphone, there's all sorts of data ready to be gathered about your activities, crunched by some helpful software, and turned into useful reports you can quickly analyze. Maybe you track steps, monitor sleep patterns, or count burned calories, but now a future smartwatch from Geeksphone aims to analyze some ... interesting other behaviors. The Geeksme smartwatch will feature a circular face with monochrome OLED display, and offer your usual assortment of sensors – so far, ...

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