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Huawei teases its new smartwatch hours before MWC 2015 kicks off

MWC 2015 - We are now just hours from Mobile World Congress kicking off, with Huawei unveiling its new Android Wear-powered Huawai Watch. The new smartwatch has been showcased in a new video from Huawei, on their official YouTube channel.

 

 

The video is done quite stylishly, even if it mostly has nothing to do with the Huawei Watch. When we do get those quick peeks at it, it's gorgeous - sleek, stylish, and powered by Android Wear. There's a second, more professional-like clip, with Huawei representatives talking about their decisions that went into the design of the Huawei Watch, as well as some of its features.

 

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The Huawei Watch has a sapphire glass surface, smooth stainless steel unibody, replaceable straps, and is powered by Android Wear with all of the goodies that Google Now features, too. Huawei has also included 'state-of-the-art activity tracking functionalities' which provides health monitoring, and more.

Tim Cook: Apple Watch could replace car keys for newer vehicles

Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes to see the Apple Watch become integrated into the daily lifestyles of iPhone owners, including even replacing car keys and large fobs. Cook didn't offer additional details while speaking with The Telegraph in a recent interview.

 

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Apple Pay, the leading mobile payments service, will also be utilized to support the Apple Watch - and Cook promised that Apple won't track consumer payments, product purchases, or where they are shopping.

 

The wearables market was already growing, but the expected April launch of the Apple Watch will help accelerate interest. Cook said the Apple Watch's battery life will last an entire day, and will charge faster than an iPhone - still a shorter time than other smartwatches, though Apple believes consumers will recharge in a similar fashion as daily smartphone recharging.

LG's unveils Watch Urbane LTE, lets you make calls from your wrist

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, LG has just unveiled the LTE-capable version of its Watch Urbane. Watch Urbane LTE will be better detailed during MWC 2015 by LG next week.

 

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The new LTE-capable smartwatch is just a great-looking wrist-mounted cell phone, with the ability to make voice calls without the need of a smartphone. Not only that, but the Watch Urbane LTE is also capable of translating foreign speech, take voice calls, share your GPS location, track your fitness, and monitor your heart rate and atmospheric pressure. Also, just in case, there's an SOS button that lets you place an emergency call to your contacts.

 

LG has also baked in NFC capabilities that allows for NFC-based payments to be made, something that is exclusive to the Watch Urbane LTE right now. The new LG Watch Urbane LTE features a 700mAh internal battery, up from the 410mAh in the non-LTE versions. As for the OS, it runs LG's proprietary wearable platform, and not Android Wear like competing smartwatches.

Apple teases media event for March 9, could we meet the Apple Watch?

Apple has just sent invitations to select members of the media for an event on March 9 which it has teased as "spring forward". This is a reference to Daylight Savings Time, which could mean we're going to see a much more detailed look at Apple Watch.

 

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We have heard that Apple wants to ship its first-gen Watch in April, so this event is perfect timing. It shouldn't just be about Watch either, as we can expect to hear about other products like the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, which should be a revised Air. The new Air should sport a thinner profile, edge-to-edge keyboard, and a USB Type-C connector that will replace the full-sized USB port on the current MBA.

 

Throwing another rumor out there, is that Apple could show off the iPad Pro, with its 12.9-inch (or so) display. We don't know about that yet, as there haven't been too many leaks on the larger-screen iPad lately, but it could still happen.

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Wax on, wax off, charge your products in your 'alone time' - Wankband

This new wearable device is a fitness tracker done right, giving you the ability to charge your products while you enjoy some self-enjoyment alone time.

 

 

The Wankband has been put into production by Pornhub and utilizes a small inner valve within the band to send a weight speeding up and down with every stroke in order to produce some 'handy' power.

 

Currently in development stages, this landing page will give you a little more information in a Safe For Work environment - or you can watch the clean video above and wait for more information, which will be released "in the coming months."

 

The power generated by this device isn't going to be enough to replenish your Telsa electric car, however with enough time and dedication you might be able to keep your iPhone 3 clunking for another hour - or add 40 years to your Nokia 3310.

 

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This $70,000 customized Apple Watch is packed full of diamonds

With pre-orders currently open for the first batch that is set to ship out 4-6 weeks after the Apple Watch release, Brikk is looking to initially sell of 30 of these devices to hungry executives and celebrities.

 

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There are some much cheaper options available for around the $7,500 mark, however, for now we're focusing on the LUX Watch Omni which features 24K yellow gold and is priced between $69,995.00 - $74,995.00 as according to their website. Coming in a 38mm and 42mm face version, expect to receive goodies such as an aluminum zero Halliburton case with carbon fiber and suede leather interior, a certificate of authenticity with a diamond inside and your general inclusions of a charging cable, charging plug and user guide.

 

Yes, you read that properly - even the certificate of authenticity comes with a diamond located within.

 

If you're interested in purchasing one for yourself, head along to their website and pay the small $10,000 pre-order deposit to start the ordeal. I wonder if they bring it to you via private jet and a butler - or will UPS do?

Pebble CEO says his company isn't intimidated by Apple Watch

Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble is looking forward to the future, and understands challenges loom ahead in the increasingly competitive market. However, as of Wednesday night, the Pebble Kickstarter had support from 46,645 backers, generating $10,033,525 - all with 29 days left to go.

 

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When asked about Apple's looming launch of the Apple Watch wearable, this is what was said:

 

"I think you do exactly what we're doing now, which is going to the community that has supported us from the beginning," said Eric Migicovsky, co-founder and CEO of Pebble, while speaking on CNBC's "Squad Alley."

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Pebble raises over $5m in less than 24 hours for its new smartwatch

We knew a new Pebble smartwatch was coming, but what we didn't know is that it would appear on Kickstarter and create black hole for consumers money to be sucked into.

 

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Pebble had a $500,000 funding goal for its new smartwatch, reaching this goal in 17 minutes. Yes, seventeen minutes. Would be customers of the new smartwatch pledged over $5 million in less than 24 hours, making the new Pebble Time smartwatch one of the most funded projects on Kickstarter, ever.

 

The new Pebble Time smartwatch features a new "timeline interface" and a new color e-paper display with a built-in microphone that you can use to response to notifications. There's up to 7 days of battery life, and its water resistant, too. The new Pebble Time is backwards compatible with the 6500+ existing Pebble apps and watch faces, with three colors to choose from exclusively on Kickstarter.

Continue reading 'Pebble raises over $5m in less than 24 hours for its new smartwatch' (full post)

Valve has 'prominent hardware manufacturer' to make SteamVR headset

It wasn't even 24 hours ago that we were writing about Valve showing off its SteamVR headset at GDC 2015 next week, but VRFocus has heard "from a reliable source close to the project" that the HMD itself will be made by a third-party company.

 

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Valve has reportedly secured a "prominent hardware manufacturer" to make the headset, but now the speculation will begin as to who this hardware manufacturer is. In order to fight against the likes of Oculus VR, Sony and other VR headset makers, Valve can't do this on the cheap. Maybe Valve is working with NVIDIA on the SteamVR headset? Now that should start an exciting discussion.

Report: Invisible wearables to be an $80 billion industry by 2020

Invisible wearables, which are products indistinguishable from non-smart technology, will begin to see widespread adoption in the near future. The surging market could be worth $80 billion per year by 2020, as fashion items could help drive the market.

 

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Physical appearance of products is becoming streamlined to be more aesthetically pleasing, so it won't be ideal for all products. To help drive this market further, expect hardware companies to recruit executives from the fashion and jewelry industries - hoping to create next-generation products that will spur development at a faster rate.

 

Wearables are packing more powerful hardware, and consumers are seeing a wider number of product choices available. Companies like Apple, Google, Intel, ARM, Intel, Lenovo, Sony, Withings, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Omate are working with wearable-design teams to make products more visually appealing.

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