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    It feels like there are a million little things users are paying attention to about the new Moto 360 smartwatch. From the circular display to its wireless charging abilities, this is a smartwatch unlike any we've seen hit the market before. So it's hardly surprising that iFixit felt compelled to tear the smartwatch and but its components under the microscope, seeing what makes this wearable tick. What they found are some dense circuit boards and tiny interconnects, sure, but also a few surprises, including a battery that's not as advertised. Motorola's clear in its Moto 360 spec breakdowns ...

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    Last week, Motorola finally opened the Moto 360 floodgates, bringing us the start of sales nearly half a year after the smartwatch was first announced. And sure enough, you could drop $250 and pick up a shiny new Moto 360 for yourself – well, as long as stocks held out, at least. But that was only one of the 360 options Motorola announced, also revealing plans to sell a Moto 360 with a premium metal band. Problem was, the only ETA we got for that was “sometime this fall.” Now we're starting to close in on exactly when the Moto 360 with a steel band might be available, with a carrier ...

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    From the moment we first saw round smartwatch faces back when Android Wear debuted in March, we were hooked: instead of something that looked like a tiny, limited-functionality smartphone strapped to our wrists, we had a form factor that was unmistakably a watch. But it didn't take long for detractors to start pointing out the Moto 360's most glaring weakness, that its screen wasn't truly circular, but traded-in some real estate down at the bottom to house display-driving circuitry. How big a deal that was depended on your tastes, but no matter what you thought, it was still the only game ...

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    At this point, it's looking pretty likely that Apple will have iWatch news for us at its Tuesday event, regardless of whether or not the wearable is due for an immediate retail release (and things have been leaning towards “not”). Assuming that we do indeed get to this see new smartwatch, what software will be running on it? Not Apple code – that's obvious – but what of third-party support? After all, we critique these existing wearable platforms based on their app selections, so surely we'll be looking at Apple's in the same light, and so far there hasn't been a lot of talk about ...

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    When we're trying to predict what announcements are due from an upcoming mobile event, we often turn to the invites. Is there some subtle hint at what sort of products might be in store? Or maybe a less-than-subtle shove in the right direction? Sometimes it's not the invites themselves we need to pay attention to, but who's getting them. Consider the August HTC announcement that brought us the One M8 for Windows: while the invite itself didn't tell much, that fact that it was going out to a lot of sites with a primarily Windows Phone focus helped clue us in to HTC's plans. Now similar ...

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    Samsung's Unpacked 2 event in the days leading up to IFA 2014 revealed a whole bunch of new hardware from the company, with the Note 4 front and center. As expected, we saw a lot of related products, including the debut of the Gear VR. Like a fancier Google Cardboard, the headset pairs the quad HD display and processing power of the Note 4 with a series of lenses to create an immersive virtual experience. We learned that sales would begin later this year, and that carriers were even interested, but Samsung wasn't being too forthright with a price tag; just how much would this accessory ...

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    When it comes to expectations for the maturing smartwatch market, the pressure on Apple could not be higher. We've seen a ton of progress over the last year in the development of models associated with Android devices, but despite the major gains, there's still this sense that big improvements are still needed before smartwatches really achieve mainstream appeal. Just as the release of the iPhone and iPad were market-changing launches, we've been wondering if Apple's iWatch might similarly represent a sea change for smartwatches, addressing hardware concerns and delivering a software ...

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    At this point, with so many IFA 2014 product launches out of the way, it's starting to become very clear which devices we just aren't going to see announced. Yes, rumors did an excellent job this year at predicting what we'd see debut, but not every thread has led somewhere fruitful. In the days leading up to the expo, we heard about HTC's rumored smartwatch plans, with the company supposedly working on a pair of models that would arrive this month. So why hasn't there been a peep about these at IFA? According to a new source, it's because HTC has ended up getting cold feet, and has ...

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    Today's a big day for Android Wear: the Moto 360, one of the two smartwatch models to officially kick-off the platform all the way back in March (has it been that long already?) has finally arrived, and sales of the model open today. But in taking its sweet time to get here, another round smartwatch has jumped into the race, and last week's launch of the LG G Watch R brings Motorola maybe its most direct competition yet. Will the LG model manage to impress us in quite the same way as the 360 has managed to captivate? We went hands-on with the G Watch R at IFA in Berlin to lean for ...

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    Just over a week ago, LG got ahead of the curve on all these IFA launches with news of its latest wearable, the circular-faced Android-Wear-running G Watch R. Now, we may be just hours away from getting the scoop on the start of Moto 360 sales, helping to scratch that round-smartwatch itch, but what if you've been spending this past week dreaming about the G Watch R, instead? When might you hope to be able buy this guy? At the time of its launch, LG wasn't sharing any details beyond “early fourth quarter,” but today we're finally learning the specifics, with word that the smartwatch ...

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    “Where's my Moto X+1 at? Is this September 4, or is it not? Wasn't Motorola supposed to be elbowing-in on IFA's spotlight today with some new hardware?” Yes, yes, you're not far off there. Last month, the company started inviting the press to a September 4 event in Chicago, with some subtlety-be-damned hints that we'd be seeing the launch of the rumored Moto X+1 and the second-gen Moto G, possibly learning the start-of-sales details for the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, and maybe even getting news about a new earpiece accessory of some kind. But with the day now upon us, the truth ...

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    So far this year, the rumor mill has been pretty good at predicting what to expect from IFA announcements. Sure, a few details have been off here and there, and we ended up getting the Note Edge after not really being sure what to expect, but most of the launches we'd be tracking ended up going pretty much as anticipated. We did get at least one big surprise at the Sony event, though, as the company launched its latest wearable: while we heard that its SmartWatch 3 wouldn't join the growing contingent of Android Wear models, today's announcement confirmed the opposite, as the SmartWatch 3 ...

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    Sony is one of the known pioneers of the smartwatch market, so much so, that the brand "SmartWatch" belongs to the company. We wish we could say this legacy would amount to positive results in wearable sales after two SmartWatch attempts, but the truth has been a different story for Sony over the last couple of years. The good thing is that the company is not giving up, and today's IFA press event has seen the launch of the two new Sony wearables that were rumored. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the company's first Android Wear product, as the company steps away from its proprietary Android ...

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    If you have a hard look at all the changes that come with iOS 8, it's clear that Apple has to launch a wearable along with it. Some of the newest reports claim that Apple will announce the iWatch on September 9 along with the iPhone, but most of the other sources claim that we might not see a launch until December. Some of the latest rumors now claim that we won't see an iWatch until 2015, and today's source explains why. Digitimes is reporting that the reason why the iWatch might not see the light of day until 2015 is because the device has barely entered its "engineer verification test" ...

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    Among all the wearables we're expecting for IFA 2014, the ASUS ZenWatch isn't really one of the highest-profile; it lacks the circular display of the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R, or even the curved display or 3G radio of the Samsung Gear S. What little we've seen of the design looks nice enough, almost like a river-smoothed pebble (a page that sounds like it might come from Samsung's playbook), but really the smartwatch's biggest selling point may be its price. We still don't have a confirmed figure, with the launch announcement not scheduled until tomorrow, but some recent comments from CEO ...

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