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    It's fair to say we've got smartwatches on the brain right now. We just checked out that new analyst report looking at the state of the market and what manufacturers might want to start doing in order to drive consumer interest, and this afternoon we've been thinking about Motorola's plans for the start of Moto 360 sales next month. Perhaps those notices Google just sent out to I/O 2014 attendees about claiming the 360s they've got coming their way inspired the company to also step up its public promotion of Android Wear, as it's just released four new short promotional videos on YouTube. ...

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    With those invitations Motorola just started distributing for a September 4 event, the ones that pretty unambiguously feature an image of a watch among their highlighted products, it's safe to say that we're just about to learn of the start of retail sales for the Moto 360. But even if that announcement comes at the event, when might the smartwatch actually go up for sale? After all, a couple of the other products we're hoping to see announced – the Moto X+1 and G2 – have been rumored to land on September 25, and September 10, respectively. Would the 360 fall closer to the former or ...

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    Are you a big smartwatch fan? Convinced that wearables are the way mobile tech is headed? We very much like the cut of your jib, but being an early adopter isn't always for everyone; just how much interest does the public really have in wearables, and is there anything the manufacturers could be doing to get them more interested? A new report from Jan Dawson, Chief Analyst at Jackdaw Research, paints a pretty bleak view of the market, citing low consumer interest and a poor selection of devices, and suggests that something big needs to change if smartwatches are really going to take off. ...

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    The idea of a smartwatch can seem so alluring: access to messages, searches, calendars, and notifications, all without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. But actually using a wearable isn't without some very real compromises, and few of those are more palpable than limited battery life. Looking at the first wave of Android Wear devices, we were lucky to get a solid day of use out of either. Expectations are high for Motorola do to a lot better with the Moto 360, and the wireless charging the watch is set to employ could well make the recharging experience a very convenient one. ...

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    We've got Android Wear. We've got Samsung's proprietary Gear line-up. We've got Pebble. Even Sony has some skin in the game. You probably won't find anyone who would argue with you that those are all "smartwatches". But they're all so different from one another! That got us scratching our heads: what is a smartwatch? According to Wikipedia: "A smartwatch (or smart watch) is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, ...

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    It's been a little while now since we heard anything new about the rumored Gear Solo, said to be Samsung's effort to deliver a smartwatch that features its own cellular radio (like that Timex model we just looked at), freeing its operation from the requirement of having a nearby smartphone. The evidence we were seeing back in May looked pretty solid, with the wearable clearly showing up in an import database as the Gear 2 Solo, but there hasn't been much in the way of new developments since. Was this wearable still happening? When might it debut? The latest word out of South Korea suggests ...

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    The current pack of smartwatches sure is feeling a lot more refined than what the options looked like just a year ago, introducing things like a common wearable platform in the form of Android Wear. But for all the advancements, certain things have fallen by the wayside, and one we're not seeing on any of the models from major manufacturers is native cellular connectivity; all the most popular smartwatches still require tethering to a smartphone. Despite rumors about products like the Samsung Gear Solo, we've yet to see high-profile stand-alone smartwatches launch - or at least, not from ...

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    Back in "the day", telephones were made up of a round speaker connected to a round microphone via a handle. To call someone, you picked up the "handset" from the "receiver" and "dialed" the number. The reason we still use that term today is because the apparatus for inputting our contact's phone number was a round dial. You'd stick your finger in the hole that represented the number you wanted, rotate the dial until it stopped, pull out your finger, and wait while it returned back to the starting position. This wasn't such a chore when only four digits were required to call someone. Then ...

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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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