Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Apple's rumored March event is just another month away, and word is that the Apple Watch will be taking the spotlight for at least part of the announcements. Some rumors suggest we could be looking at as little as new band hardware, while other reports point to some much more substantial news, including the launch of upgraded versions of the Watch itself. Changes could include improvements to the wearable's battery, a new SoC, or on the more extreme end, maybe even an integrated camera for FaceTime support. While we're still not sure just what we're getting, if you're nto afraid of being a ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    It’s been a roller coaster of a week for Apple and Alphabet. The company which owns Google briefly took the mantle as most valuable publicly traded company, only to be leap-frogged by Apple again on the strength of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch rumors. Apple continues impressive performance as a profit generating engine, but the gaps in Apple’s armor are becoming more apparent as we watch the mobility market mature. Cash is king Just as buying a phone is often an emotional decision more than a rational one, trading stocks is also an emotional reaction. We want to claim some kind of ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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    With Fitbit's launch of its new Alta band, we've got wearables on the mind, but today it's not just new models that are catching our attention. We're also checking out the arrival of a new update for one of last year's models, as Microsoft delivers some new features for its own wearables, updating its Microsoft Health companion app and helping the Band 2 stretch its battery life to new lengths. While some of us will use a fitness tracker to just generally keep on top of our physical activity, there's no shame in admitting that many of us are interested in losing weight. To that end, ...

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    Is there still room for a dedicated fitness tracker in your life? Between widening adoption of full-fledged smartwatches, and all the sensor data our phones are capable of gathering themselves, you might think that traditional activity trackers were at risk of becoming a hard sell, but for a lot of users, their compact sizes, laser-focused feature set, and affordable price tags have continued to make them an attractive proposition. Today Fitbit announces its latest effort, the petite Alta band. Alta tracks steps, computes calories burned, and gathers sleep data. It's water resistant, ...

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    Wearables need to put up with a ton of abuse, and manufacturers go to some lengths to ensure that their products are ready to withstand the rigors of everyday use. For Apple, that meant giving its Apple Watch a tough scratch-resistant screen, either in the form of “Ion-X” glass on its more affordable Sport model, or a synthetic sapphire crystal on more premium editions. Even with that protection, though, accidents will happen – so whose fault is the damage, then? One Apple Watch owner in Wales didn't think that he should be liable for a crack that developed on the screen of his Apple ...

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    No matter which of the major smartphone platforms you call your favorite, you've got plenty of reasons to be excited these next few months. Android users are looking forward to some major flagship launches, and MWC will bring more than enough new hardware to usher them into spring. Windows aficionados have the looming arrival of Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing hardware to cheer about. And in the Apple camp, we've been hearing a lot about a rumored March event that could bring us not just the four-inch iPhone 5se, but also new Apple Watch hardware (even if it's just bands) and maybe ...

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    There's no shortage of data wearables can gather about what we do and how we move around, counting steps, measuring heart rate, and even recording how much sleep we get. Tracking all that info and having access to the data can be hugely empowering for users looking to optimize their physical activity and make some smart changes to their daily routine, all in the interest of promoting fitness. But would you be so happy about handing all that personal data over to someone else? That's just what the freshman class at Oral Roberts University is doing, as the school introduces a mandatory ...

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    Samsung's next big smartphones are nearly here, as we look forward to seeing the Galaxy S7 family make its debut in just a few more weeks. When those phones finally arrive, we're sure to see all sorts of new efforts by retailers and carriers alike to move existing Galaxy-series stock, whether in the form of discounts or special bundle offers. Today we're checking out an early instance of one of the latter, as AT&T encourages shoppers to pick up a new Galaxy smartphone with the promise of a free Gear S2 smartwatch. For a limited time, customers buying a new Samsung Galaxy phone on ...

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    When Apple first got sales started of the first-gen Apple Watch last spring, how many of you said, “that's cool, Apple, and I like that you're finally getting into this smartwatch thing, but I'ma sit this round out, let you work out the kinks, and drop my cash on your second-gen model when that one comes out?” We don't blame you, especially considering how much Apple was asking users to pay for its wearable, but even with no new hardware out yet, we've already seen some important improvements come to the Apple Watch in the form of watchOS updates – most recently in the form of ...

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    While Martian's offerings in the smartwatch world do look a tad alien to what we consider the norm, they have their own ways of doing what many consider to be the job of a smartwatch — deliver notifications to you and help you spend less time with your phone. The Martian Notifier was close to being our favorite Pebble/Apple Watch/Android Wear alternative just short of the Runcible — but that thing hasn't even come out yet. And the company's now expanding upon its concept of merging a traditional watchface with a single-line display. This year at CES, the company's bifurcating its ...

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    Wearables were built to gather tons of data, whether we're talking about full-featured smartwatches or laser-focused fitness trackers. As we turn to apps to crunch those numbers into a more digestible format, giving us detailed information about everything from our sleeping patterns to our aerobic activity, should we be worried about just how accurate all this data is? A new class-action lawsuit throws some serious allegations at Fitbit, accusing the wearable manufacturer of selling trackers that fail to accurately measure their users' heartbeat. The suit claims that Fitbit ...

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    A new year means an opportunity for a new start, and what better way to prepare yourself for what lies ahead than a fresh makeover? Maybe for you that means new clothes, or losing that holiday-season weight, but for Huawei it means bringing some new looks to last year's hardware, and it's doing just that with both the Nexus 6P and its Huawei Watch wearable. A couple weeks back we mentioned some rumors that the gold Nexus 6P, heretofore only available as an incredibly limited edition in Japan, could soon spread to other markets - and in particular, the US. Originally announced alongside its ...

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    Fitbit products are well known for being reliable fitness trackers (depending on who you ask, some might even consider them the best). However, while they do what they do extremely well, they don't look that attractive while doing it. The company is trying to change that with the newly introduced Fitbit Blaze, "its smartest, most stylish, most motivating fitness tracker yet". The tracker itself pops in and out of interchangeable bands (genuine leather, stainless steel and high-performance elastomer) and frames. It features a color display, but, sadly, the GPS module present on the Surge ...

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    Audio output on smartwatches is a pretty contentious point. Some users are more than happy with the level of notifications they enjoy now, and aren't particularly looking forward to a future where every app on your watch is constantly beeping at you. Others welcome the possibilities audio output affords, and manufacturers sure seem to be on their side. Earlier this year, we saw Android Wear manufacturers start building speakers into their wearables, even if support wasn't yet present on the software side. We've already seen progress in that direction on the platform level, and now the ...

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    The mood rings you used to buy at the dollar store had a heat-sensitive dye that changed hues based on your skin temperature. Michael Fisher wears an RFID chip-equipped Sesame Ring so he can punch tap terminals to pay for public transit. Apple might want to put a ring on its show floors sooner or later. And maybe Samsung will, too. Patents filed in June and published this month are showing off a "wearable device (the ring)" that interacts with a "portable terminal" (a smartphone, a tablet, etc.) and allows the user interface with the terminal and possibly with other devices like ones ...

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    When you're just four days out from the new year, you know it's time to whip your head over your shoulder and give a longing look at what you've been through before you close the door. We do it all the time since we're nostalgia freaks, but especially this week. We have today our top three wearable picks of 2015. While all of them are smartwatches (as opposed to, say, VR wear or fitness bracelets), the ones we chose are quite disparate in the look-and-feel department as well as software. And it's not that we're recommending these devices for you to buy right the heck now: it's just these ...

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    Whether you're running Android Wear or watchOS, connect over Bluetooth or 3G, or paid $150 or $1500, pretty much all smartwatches share one thing in common: we'd love their batteries to last longer. Manufacturers do the best they can with a combination of space constraints and performance demands, and while some really succeed in making charge-ups as convenient as they can be, every time we strap a smartwatch on we know that we've only got a day – or maybe a few – before we're plugging it back in to recharge. With the Gear S2, Samsung's already brought its wearable some important ...

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    There's a new Google Glass coming, though for the past year or so, the exact path that hardware will take has been anything but certain. We heard that Google could be working on a new version of Glass with a business-focused design, one that might feature a larger prism for its visual output and a re-engineered folding construction. That was all talk, though – what about hard evidence? One of our best finds yet came back in early July, with a Google FCC filing that sure read like it was describing a new Glass. At the end of the day, however, all we had was an educated guess. Well, that ...

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    We get it: 2015 is almost over and you don't want to start a new year with your phone still running Android Lollipop. And while manufacturers are coming along nicely with distribution of Marshmallow updates, sometimes it feels like whatever phone you carry is always coming up last on that list. For Samsung Galaxy S6 owners, an early chance to make the journey to Marshmallow arrived a couple days back, as users first in South Korea, and later in the UK, were invited to enroll in Samsung's beta program through the manufacturer's Galaxy Care app and get their Marshmallow updates ahead of the ...

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    When it comes to giving shoppers a lot of variety in its product designs, Samsung may be no Motorola, but it still manages to offer a fair assortment of color options. It feels like we're always seeing the manufacturer come out with some new shades for its smartphones, like the two new Galaxy Note 5 options we got a couple months back, and now it may be nearly ready to bring some new variants to its smartwatch lineup, as we hear of two new colors that could be just about to hit the Gear S2 family. Right now, shoppers have their choice of three Gear S2 looks: there's the Gear S2 proper in ...

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    The market for virtual reality headsets is in a funny place right now. We've got these promises of incredible tech right around the corner, with products like the Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive nearly about to hit commercial release, but so far, the vast majority of the potential customer base has yet to try out one of these headsets for themselves – and with VR, seeing is very much believing. The rest of us may be acting on faith, or the promise we've seen with more accessible options like Google Cardboard, but one way or another, there's some serious anticipation for these products. Other ...

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    If it runs on software, no matter how careful the developers were, it's got bugs. - Anonymous A coworker of mine once asked me why developers had to even worry about fixing bugs. "Why don't you just write the stuff 'bug-free' in the first place?" It was a genuine question, without even a hint of sarcasm. He followed up with "I mean, the banks never have to worry about fixing bugs in ATMs, right? Why can't we do the same here?" That's when one of the developers on my team snorted his Rockstar energy drink out of his nose. I don't know which was more painful, the coworker who was searching ...

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