Google Nexus 2016 Smartwatches

These might be Google’s first Nexus smartwatches

By on July 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

These might be Google’s first Nexus smartwatches

A few days ago, a report said that Google is working on two Nexus-branded smartwatches that will come with Google Assistant support. Google apparently needs such devices to highlight remind everyone that Android Wear exists, and it’s a viable platform for wearable devices. After all, it’s not like anyone else is building hot Android Wear gadgets, ready to take advantage of the next-gen features of the wearable platform. The previous report did not include images showing these purported Nexus smartwatches, but the source is back with renders showing the wrist gadgets. More →

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Garmin Vivofit Price

Prime Day deal gets you a Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band for $40

Prime Day deal gets you a Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band for $40

By on July 7, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

FitBit bands might be trendy right now but Fitbit is hardly the only name in wearable fitness technology. Garmin is perhaps best known for its personal navigation devices, but the proliferation of smartphones forced the company to branch out and explore other opportunities. We’re certainly glad it did, but the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band is one of our favorite fitness tracking wearables. It tracks your steps and your calorie burn, it monitors your sleep and perhaps most impressively, the battery lasts for more than a year. More →

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Apple Watch 2 Features

Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features

By on June 28, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Report says Apple Watch 2 will include one of the most sought-after missing features

The current Apple Watch may not have hit the market with the resounding bang that many of us expected, but it’s still far too soon to call Apple’s wearable a flop. After all, it’s worth noting that the Apple Watch during its first year of availability actually sold better than both the iPhone and the iPod.

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Apple Watch Display Technology

Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for

By on June 24, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for

A new report from DigiTimes claims that there are some interesting changes in store for the Apple Watch. According to the publication — which admittedly has a spotty record with Apple rumors — Apple is planning to replace the OLED panels it currently uses on the Apple Watch with Micro LED technology sometime next year.

The report adds that the new display panels will be built on technology Apple acquired when it purchased LuxVue back in 2014, a company well regarded for its power-efficient micro-LED displays.

The benefits of switching from OLED to Micro LED are certainly intriguing: not only might it help increase battery life on the Apple Watch, but it may also result in a richer and more vibrant color gamut with higher resolutions. More importantly, because Micro LED panels are thinner and lighter than OLED screens, it stands to reason that the Apple Watch 3 casing will be thinner than its current form, a welcome change for those who find the current design a bit unwieldy.

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Apple Watch 2 Release Date

We might’ve just found out when the Apple Watch 2 will launch

By on June 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

We might’ve just found out when the Apple Watch 2 will launch

One of the best software updates announced at WWDC 2016 earlier this week affects Apple’s Watch. watchOS 3 is a massive overhaul of the watch’s software, bringing several new features, as well as many user interface changes and performance improvements. All in all, watchOS 3 should make the current Apple Watch an even more interesting proposition to buyers looking for a smart gadget for the wrist. But if you haven’t already bought one you might want to sit tight for a bit, as the Apple Watch 2 might be on the way. More →

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WatchOS 3

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch is finally ready to soar

By on June 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch is finally ready to soar

The Apple Watch has something of a strange existence. Ahead of its release, the hype and anticipation surrounding Apple’s long-rumored wearable was arguably unprecedented. But in the weeks and months following its release, it became immediately clear that the Apple Watch wasn’t going to immediately become the breakout success many initially thought and hoped it would be.

That being the case, Apple still hasn’t divulged any specific sales figures for the Apple Watch, a curious move for a company that loves touting favorable stats and figures every chance it gets. While the Apple Watch is far too young to be categorized as a flop, there’s no denying that the device was hampered by some frustrating performance issues and a user interface that was uncharacteristically challenging to master.

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Blocks Modular Watch Release Date

The first Blocks modular smartwatch is available for preorder

By on June 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

The first Blocks modular smartwatch is available for preorder

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch concept? Well, the good news is that the product is no longer just a concept. After an impressive $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign, the company is ready to show off the final version of the product. Even better, you can preorder a Blocks watch right now, though the device launches only later this fall.

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Apple Watch Price

Save up to $220 on 10 different Apple Watch models in this big sale

By on June 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Save up to $220 on 10 different Apple Watch models in this big sale

Is Apple about to unveil a brand new Apple Watch at next week’s WWDC 2016 keynote event? No, probably not, but there’s a big sale going on ahead of the big event anyway. The Apple Watch is a bargain at its newly reduced full retail prices, but B&H is offering as much as $220 off 10 different models in a new sale that’s going on right now. And we’re not just talking about the most expensive models here, either. For example, you can get a silver Sport model with a blue band for just $249.00 or a gold Sport model with a navy band for $279.00. More →

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Fitbit Heartrate Inaccuracy

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart-rate tracking can ‘put consumers at risk’

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart-rate tracking can ‘put consumers at risk’

Fitbit is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart-rate tracking. As part of their case, the plaintiffs commissioned a scientific study of the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge. Wareable spoke to the scientist who was paid to do the testing, and unsurprisingly, he has bad things to say about Fitbit’s devices.

Dr. Edward Jo, an assistant professor of Applied Physiology at California State Polytechnic University, was paid to conduct a “validation study,” seeking to prove that Fitbits mis-report heart-rate data when users are working out.

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Pebble Core Pebble 2

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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