Posts tagged with: Wearables
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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Last week we were talking about the possibility of seeing new color options arrive for Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch, after the company appeared to accidentally tease a golden Moto 360 watch body. While it wouldn't confirm plans to release such a model, the manufacturer did say that we'd be seeing “a selection of styles in the future.” Now it seems that the first new look for the Moto 360 is already arriving, as the gray leather strap option is replaced by one in a new color called “stone.” Originally, you could buy the 360 with a dark metal case and black leather band, or with a ...

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    Hey, Moto 360 owners! Digging your eye-catching round-screened smartwatch? Why wouldn't you be? But in the interest of making a good thing even better, Motorola's got a new software update for the wearable coming out today (and unlike the iOS 8.0.1 update Apple users are dealing with, thus one has the benefit of not appearing to introduce any new bugs). Let's take a look at what's changing. Beyond some non-specific talk of general bugfixes and attempts to optimize watch performance, Motorola names a few particular issues it's addressing. For instance, charging notifications are being ...

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    Apple's first smartwatch is coming... eventually. While the company introduced the Apple Watch earlier this month, it will be some time before the wearable is ready for public release, and Apple's been talking about a timetable that would see sales begin in “early 2015.” But just how early is “early?” A new report published by The Information attempts to reveal the Apple Watch's path to market, including missed targets for a 2014 release, and mentions a possible goal for the start of sales: Valentine's Day. Based on our understanding of the Apple Watch – especially the higher-end ...

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    Ready to be jealous? The months leading up to Apple's launch of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch may have seen plenty of hardware leaks deliver early looks at the company's new smartphones, but compared to those handsets the Apple Watch was practically a stealth project. By now, the cat's out of the bag, with Apple having formally introduced the wearable, but we've still got at least three months to go before any of us will have an opportunity to pick up an Apple Watch for ourselves. If you live out west in Apple's stomping grounds, you might want to prepare yourself for several months ...

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    The Moto 360 smartwatch being sold by Motorola right now comes in your choice of two finishes: dark metal or light metal (inspired names, right?). But is that going to be it? Truthfully, we'd be happy with just those options, but this is Motorola we're talking about, the manufacturer probably best making a name for itself through offering a variety of custom hardware – surely it could do a little better than just two colors? There very well may be a third one in the works, as Motorola has been spotted (possibly inadvertently) showing off what sure looks like a golden Moto 360. The pic in ...

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    Critics can accuse Apple of following instead of leading with the arrival of NFC support in its latest hardware -set up to start facilitating mobile Apple Pay payments- all they want, but there's at least one component of that project where Apple's breaking new ground, making those NFC-based payments happen with a smartwatch. Sure, we've seen NFC-equipped smartwatches before, but not any so intimately tied to a payment system. But while the Apple Watch may be first, it won't be the last, and we get word today that Samsung is developing a payment-equipped smartwatch of its own. An ...

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    To say that Apple's launch of the Apple Watch was a little unorthodox for the company might be an understatement: we don't have a firm release date, nor a solid sense of pricing. Sure, Apple told us that the line will start at about $350, but with so many different options for both case materials and straps, that figure's bound to go up quickly. But just how quickly, and how high will it get? John Gruber over at Daring Fireball makes the case for his Apple Watch pricing theory, and it quickly sees the company blowing past that $350 mark to hit prices in the thousands of dollars. The base ...

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    The Pebble Steel, first shown off at CES in January, was thought by many to be the best looking smartwatch to date. Anton and I swooned over the stainless brushed steel and matte black finishes in our pre-brief in Las Vegas. It was exactly what the budding smartwatch industry needed – serious hardware to run the increasingly useful software. Pebble's stainless steel smartwatch didn't hold the spotlight for long, however. When Google announced Android Wear in March, Motorola came out and teased something that caught everyone's attention: a smartwatch with a circular display in full, ...

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    Our Moto 360 review unit is still days away from its official turn at our review desk, but it's already been on quite an epic odyssey. Picked up in Chicago by Adam Doud on his Motorola HQ tour, it was immediately overnighted to our resident Android guy Joe Levi for a proper unboxing and initial setup while Taylor Martin and I were covering the sights and sounds of IFA 2014 in Berlin. Then it was quickly repackaged for a cross-continental journey in time to meet me in Boston, whereupon I immediately pressed it into service for a day of sweet wearable-tech action before using it to answer ...

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    Is HTC making a smartwatch or not? Just a couple weeks ago, the word on the rumor circuit was “yes, two of them, and launching soon,” but nearly as soon as IFA descended upon us we were hearing a very different tune, with claims that HTC may have abandoned its smartwatch aspirations entirely. Who's right? Well, this week we've got yet another source weighing-in on the question, and one suggesting that the answer lies somewhere between those two extremes, with an HTC smartwatch still in the pipeline, but not due until early next year. Besides offering that timetable, this new report ...

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    The Apple Watch is more than four months from release (at the very soonest) and any hard information we have at the moment comes directly from the company itself. Crucial details, like battery life and the technology the watch uses to connect with your iPhone, remain hidden for the moment. We don't know how vast swaths of the interface work, and we honestly have no idea what to expect from this device the first time we strap one onto our wrist. But Apple spent over an hour talking about its newest product category at yesterday's iPhone 6 launch event, and we got a pretty good look at ...

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    Yesterday's Apple Watch launch offered plenty of reasons for smartwatch fans to take note, and among the wearable's many interesting features, we caught wind of the fact that it charges through wireless induction technology. Apple wasn't doing much to call attention to this fact, but the details were undeniable. Still, it didn't look much like any wireless system with which we were familiar, and instead of any kind of dock or charger pad, instead we saw a tiny inductive coil that snapped right on to the back of the Apple Watch with the help of some powerful magnets. So really, it may be ...

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    Today's Apple event showed the company coming around to certain technologies it had actively avoided in years past: maybe the most notable among those was the inclusion of NFC support in the two new iPhone models, as well as its Apple Watch wearable. Following the big announcements, we have some time to start looking more closely at all this new hardware, and as we do so we're picking up on some other pertinent details. Another tech Apple is finally giving some attention is wireless charging, and we see such support confirmed for the Apple Watch – though not in a way that many fans of ...

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    "One more thing..." Those words are music to an Apple fan's ears. In years past they've brought us some of our favorite Apple launches and today's no different, as the company introduces us to its brand new wearable, the Apple Watch; no "iWatch" here. The Apple Watch features a flexible Retina-quality glass or sapphire display, sensing not just touch, but force as well. Navigation is also possible by means of the Digital Crown on the side, for convenient scrolling. Tapping in on the crown will bring up your list of apps to launch. Underneath, the Apple Watch features an array of LEDs and ...

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