Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    Two weeks back, BlackBerry finally gave us what we'd been asking for for so long (kinda), as the company got around to dialing back the price on its Android-running Priv handset. The unusual smartphone has always been a pretty interesting model, but its top-shelf pricing made it a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Blackberry enthusiasts. A price cut was exactly what the phone needed … but the scant $50 BlackBerry was willing to take off its sticker felt like too little, too late. Luckily, one retailer is stepping up to fulfill our dream of a Priv with a much more wallet-friendly ...

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    Shortly before the Apple Watch went up for sale last year, we learned about a little data port that was hiding under one of the strap connectors. At first it seemed like this hardware might be reserved for development models, but the smartwatch ended up keeping the interface for its final form. And while Apple itself didn't offer any consumer-facing uses for the port, it wasn't long before we learned about a third-party company interested in taking advantage of the connector, in the form of the battery-boosting Reserve Strap. By tapping into those pins, the strap was supposed to help ...

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    You may have spoken with Cortana, or asked Siri for her help, but have you checked in lately to see what Amazon's been up to with its own voice-powered service, Alexa? The system finds itself at the heart of the company's Echo smart appliance, which has recently been branching out into new form factors. Amazon's even encouraged fans to build Alexa-connected hardware of their own. Now one set of developers are looking to bring Alexa to our wrists, as they crowdfund a smartwatch featuring tight Alexa integration. The iMCO CoWatch runs Cronologics' custom wearable platform, including access ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    This September, it will have been two years since Apple first announced the Apple Watch. And in the mobile-tech world, that's more cause for a retirement party than a birthday party. The smartwatch's age has been helping to fuel rumors of second-gen hardware, and while the idea that Apple's cooking up a new wearable is an easy enough sell, sources have been butting head over the details: what changes will Apple make for its second-gen model, and when could we hope to see the new smartwatch launch? Just last week we looked at a report pointing to a substantially thinner Apple Watch making ...

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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Huawei just introduced its latest flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, each armed with a pair of 12MP Leica cameras. Their debut would make today a big enough occasion for Huawei alone, but they're not the only new devices taking the stage at the company's London launch event. Alongside these handsets, Huawei's also showing off its latest wearable, as it draws the curtains back on the TalkBand B3. In previous years we saw Huawei's TalkBand launch at MWC, first with the B1 back in 2014, and following up with the B2 last year. For 2016, Huawei held back its new TalkBand for this April ...

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    For a company that was slow to give its smartphone shoppers the choice of more than one color handset, and slower still to let them choose between sizes, it was a pleasant break from routine when we saw Apple deliver its first smartwatch with as many hardware options as it did: from case size, to choice of material, to band preference, the Apple Watch is just about as customizable a mobile device as you'll find. Now Apple's making it easier than ever to play around with finding the Apple Watch that's right for you, as the company introduces a new online gallery that's built for ...

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    Pebble beat some of the biggest names in mobile to the smartwatch party, setting crowdfunding records when it first introduced the original Pebble smartwatch. Over the past three years, we've seen Pebble grow from selling that first-gen model to introducing the Pebble Steel, and later the color-screen Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Time Round. That new hardware's been joined by a redesigned software experience, to say nothing of Pebble's own app and watchface ecosystem, and while this growth has been great to see, competition from major smartphone companies has only gotten ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 has been kicking around since making its debut back at IFA last summer, but being more than few months old hasn't done much to slow it down. Recently we've found ourselves looking at increased carrier availability of the Gear S2's cell-connected model, forthcoming iOS support, and even a great deal on refurbished models. Those refurbs may be pretty tempting offers if you're really interested in saving a buck, but what about smartwatch shoppers with the opposite concerns: those wanting a premium-above-all-else smartwatch and being willing to pay a pretty penny to get it? ...

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    Swiss watchmakers, including those focused on luxury products, have rapidly scrapped their reluctance towards intelligent wearables, culminating with the $1,500 Android Wear-powered Tag Heuer Connected. This apparently did much better than parent conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) ever expected, quickly selling out its initial 15,000 unit production batch, and prompting the manufacturing of roughly 50K copies more, forecasted to end up on users’ wrists by the end of 2016. Up next, a “real collection” of six to eight Tag Heuer smartwatch models will reportedly be released ...

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    We've got rugged, outdoor-friendly smartwatches on the mind this week, having just seen the Nixon Mission launch with its impressive water-resistance rating and all-new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. We couldn't help but draw comparisons between that model and Casio's own rugged WSD-F10, which launched back at CES in January. While we're still waiting for full details on how and when you'll actually be able to buy that Nixon watch, today we get an update about retail availability for Casio's model, as the company announces the pending start of US sales. When Casio first introduced the WSD-F10, ...

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    Has wearable tech buzz already started cooling down? While the past two years brought us no shortage of new smartwatch options, this year's crop of trade shows has so far left us little to be excited about. And back at CES in January, the only model that really grabbed our attention was the new Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch: a rugged model that really didn't look that much different from a standard digital watch for active users – while packing all the power of Android Wear. Now we're wondering if such rugged designs might just be the hot smartwatches to get this year as Nixon comes ...

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    While we’re most likely still a fairly long way from enjoying the excitement of football stadium attendance in our living rooms with the HoloLens headset, Microsoft’s Windows Holographic mixed reality computing platform is starting to make some similarly cool things happen. Case in point, the Actiongram “experience” that will become available to deep-pocketed developers and beta testers sometime in the summer, following the HoloLens Dev Edition launch on March 30. Thanks to a small team of only 5 people, which worked on the app for roughly 6 months, you’ll soon be able to produce ...

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    It was all the way back in October that Fossil first introduced its new family of wearable devices, including a number of fitness trackers, notification watches, and even the full-featured Android Wear-running Q Founder smartwatch. Despite those devices already offering users a wide assortment of form and functionality options, Fossil's not done yet, and today revealed a fleet of seven new wearables, including two new Android Wear models. We're looking at the Q Marshal (above, left) and Q Wander (above, right) smartwatches, which both come in smaller than the existing Q Founder. We've seen ...

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    Texas-based fashion titan Fossil doesn’t seem to know exactly what it wants to do with Misfit, the wearable manufacturer that it acquired for $260 million last fall. For the time being, the Misfit name lives on, but Fossil finds inspiration in its daughter company’s designs for own-brand products too, like the just-unveiled Q Motion. This joins a vast lineup of smart bands and smartwatches previously consisting of Q Founder, Grant, Dreamer, Reveler and Q54 Pilot models, and costs $5 less than the Misfit Ray it so clearly apes. Or rather will cost $95 sometime in the summer, when it’s ...

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    The currently undisputed but outlook-wary wearable champion of the world is looking to turn the page to a new chapter in the company’s product lineup evolution, with a device that aims to bring the best of smartwatches and fitness bands together. Billed as a “smart fitness watch” rather than a full-fledged smartwatch or basic activity tracker, the Fitbit Blaze rolled on the Las Vegas stage for a glitzy CES introduction back in January, being available for pre-orders ever since. But now it’s time for shipping and actual sales to start, with the US price tag still set at $200. The ...

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    Today's wearable market is a pretty darn competitive one, and it's not surprising to see manufacturers get very aggressive with smartwatch pricing. That means the availability of lots of sales looking to capture consumer attention – but for as much as we love getting a good price, constantly chasing the latest sale can be tiring. Thankfully, Pebble's ready to throw us a bone, today announcing some low prices that aren't just some temporary promotion, but represent new and improved value for both the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round going forward – and back. Those two Pebble Time ...

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    If HTC's MWC 2016 launches were the appetizer, we're only too ready for the main course to arrive, and HTC looks like it's plenty ready, too: just yesterday we saw the manufacturer start publicly teasing its next flagship model, expected to launch next month as the One M10. We're hoping to pick up lots of new official info on the phone as teasers continue, but until those get here, we're turning to a recent interview with company CEO Cher Wang and CFO Chialin Chang, where they offer a few tidbits about the One M10, while also touching on the long-standing rumors of an HTC smartwatch. ...

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    With a new flagship smartphone, some recent mid-rangers, and no shortage of high-end accessories, LG hit Barcelona with all cylinders firing, giving us one of the better spreads of MWC gear. That puts the manufacturer in a great spot for early 2016, but what will the rest of the year bring? An LG spokesman has been talking to the press about some of the company's plans, adding support to the idea of Google shaking up its Nexus program with new manufacturers and revisiting one of 2015's failures. LG's been responsible for Nexus phones three of the past four years, but this year we've been ...

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    Once upon a time a popular, respected and profitable tech brand, Toshiba has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. It lost a whopping $8 billion in market value following an ugly accounting scandal, and ended up unloading its imaging sensor division to Sony as part of a “rebuilding initiative.” The desperate restructuring and cost-cutting efforts have apparently spread to the wearable business the Japanese giant was looking to get into, with the Wearvue TG-01 discontinued before it could even go on sale. Announced on January 13, the Toshiba Wearvue smart glasses ...

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    As always, trade shows like CES and MWC are great endorsements for equal opportunity, allowing low-profile tech companies such as Haier to share the same stage with juggernauts Samsung, Sony or LG. But just because most gadget-loving Westerners haven’t heard about Haier before, it doesn’t mean the brand is completely unknown in its China homeland. In fact, it’s one of the world’s top white goods manufacturers, so it’s no wonder it’s now also looking to dabble in wearable devices. Not just any type of wearable, a full-blown, fancy and high-end smartwatch powered by a proprietary ...

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    Some people don’t know when to stop. Or how to stick to their strengths, and admit they can’t do everything perfectly. Entertainment people in particular have this jack of all trades complex, often transitioning (or at least trying to) from singing to producing albums to acting to overseeing business ventures. Unfortunately (for everyone involved), that last part doesn’t always work out. Case in point, seven-time Grammy winner, recording artist, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and occasional actor William James Adams Jr., aka Will.i.am. He clearly has the music field covered, ...

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    Technically, the vast majority of today’s smartwatches and especially so-called fitness bands are focused among others on improving the health of their wearers. But aside from counting steps, tracking workouts, estimating calories burned and monitoring sleep habits (oftentimes rather clumsily), very few can actually help make a difference in an owner’s life. Microsoft is looking to change the way you interact with intelligent wearables, according to a patent application filed last October and published recently by the USPTO. This is in fact a continuation of a concept first envisioned ...

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    Back in December, Samsung gave fans of the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (the design with that lovely knurled bezel ring) something to look forward to in the new year as it announced that the wearable was about to pick up two new color options: platinum and rose gold. At CES in early January we got a chance to check out the new hardware, bringing you a hands-on look at the new models. A few weeks later, we even saw retailers getting ready to sell these puppies – but still with no firm word on when they might actually become available, outside a general one-to-two-month window. Well, it ...

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