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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 2

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 5:58 pm

At today's event in San Francisco, Apple announced their new products.

 

As expected, Tim Cook unveiled the new Apple Watch which has new watch faces and should run smoother. Apple Watch now has an SOS feature that will send a message in case of emergency.

 

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Also, Pokemon Go is coming to Apple Watch so you can now play using only your Apple Watch. Apple Watch will be shipping before the end of this year.

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Xiaomi's new smartwatch crammed with features, only $120

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 8:41 pm

Xiaomi isn't known as well as Samsung, Apple, LG or other mobile giants, but the Chinese manufacturing giant has just unveiled something that might catch the eye of people wanting to buy a new smartwatch.

 

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Huami is a brand you would not have heard of, but it is a sub-brand of Xiaomi that has just unveiled a new Android-powered smartwatch, the Huami Amazfit. Amazfit is priced at just $120, which will have instant attraction because of its low price, but it rocks a 1.34-inch display with a 300x300 resolution and a 1.2GHz processor inside. We'll also see 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, with a 200mAh battery inside.

 

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The new Amazfit smartwatch will have around 5 days of battery life, which is not too bad at all, considering competing smartwatches need daily charging. If you want to keep the GPS enabled, the battery life will dive to 35 hours, which is still not too bad - especially considering its $120 price point.

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Samsung's new Gear S3 comes in two models

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 1:34 pm

IFA 2016 - Today at a special separate press conference at IFA 2016 Samsung announced and launched their new Galaxy Gear S3 smart watch. This smart watch is supposed to be a culmination of all of Samsung's learnings over the last 7 generations of making smart watches and as a result comes in two models.

 

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The classic model is more geared towards fashion, style and looks while the Fronteir is more aimed at active individuals with a more rugged look, style and features. The Frontier is the most capable of the two watches with built-in GPS capability and even LTE connectivity for a truly untethereed wearable experience.

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Two new Fitbit writsbands set to evolve the product line

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 30, 2016 2:26 am

Activity tracking wearable firm Fitbit have today announced the impending availability of two new models, including a replacement for the company's best selling Charge HR wristband.

 

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Both products will feature an evolution, not revolution of what's come before, with Charge 2 set to rollout new software based features like connected GPS, multi-sport tracking, cardio fitness feedback and reminders to move. Enhancements to the band itself include a larger, easier to use display and the option for replaceable bands. The new display-less Flex 2 is also set to get some new attention thanks it's swim-proof design - a first for the company.

 

Charge 2 is available in Australian stores right now, with a global launch next month, while Flex 2 will be available both here and abroad in the coming weeks.

Acer rumored to unveil a gaming-oriented smartwatch soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:27 am

Acer has been expanding its Predator gaming line of products, and now the latest rumor is that the Taiwanese electronics giant will unveil a new gaming-oriented smartwatch at IFA 2016 next month.

 

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The rumor is coming from Chinese site Economic Daily News, with Acer's purported gaming smartwatch being a high-end wearable. What could Acer's gaming smartwatch do for gamers? Well, it could be similar to Razer's Nabu wearable, but we could expect something completely different - which is what I want to see.

Apple Watch stock dwindles, preparing for Apple Watch 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 15, 2016 6:44 am

If you are in the market for the Apple Watch, don't buy it right now as the company is preparing for the next-gen Apple Watch 2 wearable.

 

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9to5Mac has noticed that if you are on Apple's website it will note that the Apple Watch is "Sold Out" and that even the brightly colored bands Apple released a few months ago are out of stock. We are expecting Apple to unleash a new iPhone and Watch next month during its September event.

 

Apple Watch 2 should rock a built-in GPS and LTE connectivity, and should be launched alongside the new iPhone 7 smartphone. We will be all over the Apple event in September, but what do you want to see more? The new iPhone or Watch?

Intel announces safety recall of Basis fitness watches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 8:18 pm

Intel has announced a safety recall for its Basis-brand fitness watches, warning consumers that the wearable could blister or burn your arm and that customers should return them immediately. Intel said it was aware of "a small number of customers have reported discomfort, blistering or burns on their wrist under the watch body".

 

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The chipmaker is offering a full refund on the Basis fitness watches, with the recall being voluntarily for Intel, but it doesn't help Intel's image in the werable market after spending $100 million acquiring Basis in 2014. The Basis Peak is the first smartwatch the company built after it was acquired by Intel, and is capable of monitoring your heart rate, sweat output, and physical movements.

 

But, the Basis Peak overheats and could burn or blister the wearer's skin, which is why Intel has issued a safety recall. Intel noticed the issues last month, and recommended that Basis Peak owners stop using the product as a precautionary measure, reports Business Insider. Intel said on Wednesday that it was issuing a mandatory recall for all of the watches, and will be shutting down the Basis Peak online services by the end of 2016.

 

Intel said in a statement on Wednesday: "We had hoped to update the software on your watch to address the problem. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we aren't able to develop such a solution without completely compromising the user experience. As a result, we are asking that you return your Basis Peak watch and authorized accessories for a full refund at your earliest convenience. This was a tough decision, but your safety is our top priority".

Google reportedly working on two next-gen smartwatches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 4:21 am

Google is reportedly working on two new smartwatches that will be branded as Google, which is a big difference to the Mountain View-based search giant relying on third-party manufacturers to make Android Wear-based smartwatches.

 

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Android Police is reporting that the above image is a "recreated image" of the primary source material, as they want to keep their source anonymous. The site also adds that the smartwatches are still under development, and may differ to what we see above. As they stand, I think they look slick.

 

The larger smartwatch is based on the 43.5mm "Angelfish", which will reportedly feature a heart rate monitor, GPS, and LTE connectivity so it doesn't rely on your smartphone. It has three buttons, compared to third-party Android Wear smartwatches that usually have one. We should see Google Assistant integration with contextual alerts, thanks to the additional buttons.

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Apple Watch 2 expected to be unveiled alongside iPhone 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 16, 2016 3:19 am

Even though the Apple Watch wasn't the runaway success Apple prepared the world for, the company isn't going to take the wearable game on, laying down. There's a new Apple Watch coming, and it will reportedly be coming quicker than previously thought.

 

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According to the latest rumors, the second-generation Apple Watch will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7, which is expected to be unveiled in September during the iPhone 7 announcement. Apple now has watchOS 3 and iOS 10 ready to go, so it would be perfect timing to unveil a next-gen iPhone and Watch next to each other.

 

Apple's new Apple Watch 2 should feature improved battery life, faster internals, the new watchOS 3 software, and more.

Windows 95 has been installed onto an Apple Watch... because why not

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 1, 2016 12:28 pm

The Apple Watch hype train is nearly dead, so there's some news that might interest Watch owners - someone has installed Windows 95 onto their Apple Watch. Yeah, that's right.

 

 

Nick Lee installed Windows 95 onto his Watch, by using a modified WatchKit app that loaded his own custom code instead of Apple's foundations. The interface is super small, and while there's no mouse input, the touchscreen on the Watch can be used to navigate Windows 95 - tapping the Start menu, and opening up apps, etc.

 

It took an entire hour to install Windows 95, and the interface response time is pretty damn slow. Lee even used a motor to keep touching the crown so that the Watch screen won't turn off after a few seconds. So while there's not much you can do with Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, it's still a cool achievement to see - I guess?

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