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Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

By on May 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM.

Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

Back in the days before RunKeeper and GPS watches, my jogs were a beautifully simple thing: I strapped on an iPod Shuffle loaded with a strong mix of Britney and Eminem, and vanished into my own little world for an hour.

A couple years later, I transitioned to Spotify and never really looked back. But running with an armband and a 5-inch phone never felt quite the same, and clearly other people agree. That’s why I’m absurdly happy that Pebble, a small Canadian company that makes wearables, is making a Shuffle-sized device that clips on to your shorts, plays your Spotify playlists, and tracks runs.

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Best Activity Tracker 2016

The gorgeous activity tracker for people who hate activity trackers

By on May 21, 2016 at 10:26 AM.

The gorgeous activity tracker for people who hate activity trackers

There’s no question at this point that activity trackers can help you lose wait and get healthy. In fact, our own editor used one to lose 50 lbs in just three months. For some people though, the fact that activity trackers are a bit ugly is a major turnoff — isn’t there something that looks stylish and will still help you get in shape?

Check out the Withings Activité Steel – Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch – Mineral Glass and Stainless Steel, which is on sale for $170 on Amazon with free express shipping. More →

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Google Levis Wearable Jacket

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

By on May 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM.

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

Touch-sensitive clothing has been one of the promised inventions coming in ‘just a few years’ for a while now. But with a partnership between Google and Levi’s promising to make an actual tangible product within the year, things are getting real.

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Apple Watch Sales Profits

What people don’t get about the Apple Watch

What people don’t get about the Apple Watch

By on May 5, 2016 at 1:20 PM.

There’s no getting around it: the first-gen Apple Watch leaves a lot to be desired. Not only can Apple’s wearable be painfully slow at times, its user interface could stand to be much more intuitive. Whereas anyone could pick up a first-gen iPhone and intuitively figure out how it works, the Apple Watch requires a bit of a (frustrating) learning curve.

What’s more, even the most ardent of Apple Watch supporters would have to concede that the device is not the revolutionary game-changer many people were anticipating in the weeks and months prior to its unveiling. Additionally, Apple has been uncharacteristically quiet about cumulative iPhone sales. Taken together, all the factors above have contributed to an increasingly popular narrative that would have you believe that the Apple Watch is a complete flop and nothing more than a failure indicative of the fact that Apple’s ability to innovate likely vanished the day Steve Jobs died.

The reality, however, is much more nuanced. In short, the success of the iPhone and the iPad have saddled subsequent Apple products with wholly unrealistic expectations. A revolutionary product like the iPhone is truly a once in a lifetime device, yet that unfairly remains the barometer by which the Apple Watch is being judged.

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Apple Watch Review

Apple Watch Spring Collection review

Apple Watch Spring Collection review

By on April 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM.

As most of you know, I’m a pretty big fan of the Apple Watch. Both the current iteration as well as what it means for the future of interaction and integration with technology into our lives. One of the many reasons that smartwatches have failed so far (Apple Watch not included) is that people don’t want to wear them due to the fact they are utilitarian. They aren’t objects of affection. They aren’t jewelry, a bracelet, a bangle, a mechanical watch.

The Apple Watch solves this problem with an unoffensive design, but more so because of the fact that there are thousands of different combinations when considering case material, color and bands. That doesn’t even include Apple Watch-wearers who put third-party straps on their watches. More →

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Apple Watch Sales 2016 Projection

One year after its launch, things aren’t looking up for Apple Watch

By on April 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

One year after its launch, things aren’t looking up for Apple Watch

It’s been nearly one year since the launch of the Apple Watch. While the device is easily the most successful smartwatch ever released, it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire the way the iPhone and iPad once did. Well connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is projecting that Apple Watch shipments are actually going to decrease by 25% this year despite the fact that Apple is planning to release a second-generation Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch 2

Don’t expect big changes from this year’s ‘Apple Watch 2’

By on April 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM.

Don’t expect big changes from this year’s ‘Apple Watch 2’

Since its release last year, the Apple Watch hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm. Sure, the device launched with a lot of hype and fanfare, but the Apple Watch hasn’t exactly become the homerun many believed it would be. Tellingly, Apple has still never disclosed sales figures for the Apple Watch. But to be fair, Tim Cook has said that sales have increased with each passing quarter.

The fact that the Apple Watch didn’t instantly become a revolutionary product, however, isn’t necessarily a troubling warning sign. Indeed, if we take a look back at Apple’s storied history, we see that it took some time for products like the iPod and the iPhone to truly become global phenomenons. That being the case, proponents of the Apple Watch have justifiably argued that we should reserve judgement on the device until the second-generation model is released.

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Apple Watch 2 Features

Apple Watch 2 with 20-40% thinner casing may be introduced in June

By on April 9, 2016 at 8:57 PM.

Apple Watch 2 with 20-40% thinner casing may be introduced in June

According to analyst Brian White of Drexel Hamilton, Apple may introduce a completely revamped version of the Apple Watch as early as June. While previous reports pointed to a September 2016 introduction, MacRumors reports that White recently toured a number of companies from Apple’s supply chain and heard rumblings that Apple may take some time at WWDC to showcase its next-gen wearable.

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Samsung Smart Contact Lens

Samsung’s exciting new idea could succeed where Google Glass failed

By on April 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM.

Samsung’s exciting new idea could succeed where Google Glass failed

Google’s failed failed first attempt at wearables sounded very exciting at first, though it soon became apparent Glass would not be the hit product the company may have envisioned. Not only was it an expensive prototype during its limited release, but it was also met with huge privacy-related backlash.

Samsung, on the other hand, seems to have the right idea of how to build this kind of product.

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Apple Watch Hermès Bands

Apple made my dream come true: Standalone Hermès Apple Watch bands are on the way

By on April 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM.

Apple made my dream come true: Standalone Hermès Apple Watch bands are on the way

Apple announced an exciting partnership last year with French fashion company Hermès for the Apple Watch. But while I was initially thrilled to see the new Watch bands options, I soon realized that you’d have to buy a brand new Watch to get them. However, Apple is ready to address that “issue” by releasing a brand new set of Watch bands: they’re all made by Hermès, they come in various colors, and they’re obviously more affordable than the full Hermès Watch package. They also might just be the hottest Apple Watch bands ever. More →

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Smartwatch For Android Phones

The smartwatch that’s smart enough to not look like a smartwatch

By on March 24, 2016 at 12:17 PM.

The smartwatch that’s smart enough to not look like a smartwatch

Taste is always a matter of preference and something that looks gorgeous to one person might look like junk to another. While that will always be the case, there are some things that most people can agree on. And in the case of smartwatches, many people seem to agree that most examples we’ve seen so far features designs that aren’t nearly as stylish as more conventional watches. There are a few that look alright — the Apple Watch and Samsung’s Gear S2 come to mind — but good old mechanical watches are still often a bit more… classy.

Well, now there’s finally a smartwatch that’s smart enough to not look like a smartwatch. It’s time to meet the Nevo Smartwatch for Android and iOS. More →

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Apple announces major Apple Watch price cut, unveils new bands

By on March 21, 2016 at 1:28 PM.

Apple announces major Apple Watch price cut, unveils new bands

Apple’s spring event is officially underway and the company got things rolling by announcing some new Apple Watch bands including a woven nylon band that features a four-layer construction in multiple colors, as well as a new Space Black Milanese Loop band. Apple has also announced a major price cut for the 38-millimeter Apple Watch Sport to $299. More →

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