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Analyst: Apple iWatch coming in late 2014, to be priced around $149-229

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Apple’s iWatch is one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets, especially after reports that Samsung will be launching its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next week. However, according to the latest gossip, Apple’s iWatch is not coming anytime soon and is expected to launch only in the second half of 2014.

According to an analyst at CIMB Group, 60% of Apple’s iWatch orders are expected to be manufactured by Invetec, the Taiwan-based ODM. The deal is expected to generate about 19% of Invetec’s profits in the coming year. Read more »

Samsung Mobile EVP confirms the Galaxy Gear smartwatch for IFA, says screen not bendable

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The rumor mill has been pretty confident that he Unpacked 2 event on September 4 on IFA grounds will bring the new Galaxy Note III phablet and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but now there’s official confirmation straight from the EVP of Samsung Mobile.

The EVP, Lee Young-hee, calls it a “concept wearable device” and says it’s aimed at young trend-setters. Samsung is confident that the Galaxy Gear will shake things up in the mobile industry. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be available in five different color options

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We all know that Samsung is working on a smartwatch, which is rumored to be officially showcased at the company’s upcoming Unpacked 2 event in Berlin on September 4. The purported specifications of the gadget were revealed a few days back and now, we have another report that tells us that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available in different color options.

According to a report from SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will initially ship in White, Orange, Grey and Black hues. Read more »

Hyetis Crossbow goes on pre-order – 500 unit limited edition run for $1,200 each [UPDATED]

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The Hyetis Crossbow pre-order campaign has begun – for $1,200 you can have one of the first Swiss-made smartwatches. Note that this is a limited run of 500 units. The watch should have a 41MP camera sensor (actual resolution subject to change) with optical zoom, an authentic Swiss watch movement and more connectivity than you thought possible.

The watch body will be made from grade 5 titanium with a “Dark Knight” finish. It has a sapphire glass on the front with anti-glare coating and is waterproof up to 250m. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be powered by the Exynos 4212 chipset

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We got to know that Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is a real deal and the gadget will be officially announced at the company’s Unpacked 2 event in Berlin on September 4. Now, another report from SamMobile reveals the alleged specifications of the upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will have model number “SM-V700″ and is said to sport a 1.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Read more »

Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch packs a 41MP camera [UPDATED]

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Your Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 41MP image sensor? That’s cute – so does the Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch. Also, the specs sheet is so long it will make your head spin (and in the dizziness you’ll wonder if this is just vaporware).

The watch has a Swiss-made movement and that’s the only thing that will remain constant – Hyetis is promising to update the rest as time goes on. Read more »

iFixit takes apart Nexus 7 2 and gives it a good score, Chromecast also disassembled

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It would be a big shame if something on your brand new Nexus 7 2 broke, but as it turns out if it did, it wouldn’t be too hard to repair. iFixit took the new 7” Google tablet apart and awarded it a repairability score of 7/10.

The team also took apart a Chromecast, but mostly out of curiosity – the $35 stick is made out of a plastic enclosure and a motherboard, there’s nothing to repair there. Read more »

Google stops complementary three month Netflix subscription offer for Chromecast

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When Google announced the Chromecast at their event a couple of days ago, the $35 price was low enough for a lot of people to purchase it without giving it a second thought. What made the deal even better was that Google was giving away three months of Netflix subscription to both current as well as new subscribers, which usually costs almost as much as the Chromecast.

Unfortunately, just one day after announcing the product and the offer, Google has now discontinued it. Google has stated that it is due to the overwhelming demand for the product that they had to withdraw the offer. While the device is still pretty cheap and you can cast Netflix if you’re running it in Chrome, the bait and switch tactic might not sit well with some of the potential customers. Read more »

Beats announces new Studio headphones for $299

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Beats headphones aren’t the most popular among the audiophile community for their exaggerated bass response and high price tag (considering the sound). Despite that, they continue to be some of the most popular brand of headphones around because let’s face it, most people can’t tell good sound even if it hit them in the face.

The original Studio headphones released back in 2008 are one of the most popular model in the Beats range. The company has now revamped it after all these years with some new features and allegedly improved audio quality. Read more »

Wireless Charging Plate can charge both your Lumia and your toothbrush

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Wireless charging is slowly gaining traction with smartphone makers. But here’s an unexpected use – it can also help with your dental hygiene.

No, really – inquisitive Reddit user el_n00bo_loco decided to put his electric toothbrush on top of a Nokia Wireless Charging Plate (like the one we reviewed the other day). Read more »

Sony Developer World videos showcase the specs of the Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2

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We already saw a few promo videos for Sony’s new Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2, but the Sony Developer World also released videos. They are aimed at devs, which is good since they focus more on describing the features than on getting you to buy one.

The videos don’t really give out new information, but offer a good summary of the specs and clarify some things that weren’t 100% clear yesterday. Read more »

Sony smartwatch to be part of the company’s agenda at its June 25 event

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Smartphones aren’t going to be the only thing that Sony is going to announce at its upcoming event on June 25, Tuesday. The company has teased today its plans to unwrap a new smartwatch at its event on Twitter.

There, the company has published a photo stating a research by BI Intelligence, stating that one in three people want to have a smart wrist wear. Sony already has a smartwatch, announced over an year ago, so it’s clearly a time for a refresh. Read more »

Nokia takes a jab at Samsung on Twitter

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Twitter wars are picking up pace recently. First it was HTC, Samsung and LG that exchanged pleasantries on the 140-character network and now it’s Nokia, who used a fan-made Condescending Wonka meme, originally posted on Nokia’s Conversations Blog to attack Samsung.

The meme clearly targets the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom and its fatty 15.4 mm waistline. Read more »

Google Glass torn down, regular smartphone guts found inside, save for the fancy display

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Google Glass is available only to a select few and one of them agreed to sacrifice the $1,500 smart glasses in the name of science. By which I mean “people who want to see gadgets disassembled.”

Glass was apparently not meant to be torn down but the Catwig team that did the disassembly managed to put it back together in fully operational condition and with only minor cosmetic damage. Read more »

Google Glass update brings HDR photography and captions for sharing

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Google has released a new update for Google Glass, which should make one of the most popular uses of the device an even better experience. First up is HDR photography. Now when you take a picture with your Google Glass, the device will take multiple photos at different exposures and then combine them to create an image with greater dynamic range. This will allow you to see more details in the bright as well as dark areas of the shot that are otherwise not possible with a single exposure shot.

The other feature being added is the ability to add captions to your pictures before sharing them. Now, once you are done taking your picture, you will see an option to add a caption. Select it and then simply speak your caption and it will be added to your photo.

You can check out more samples of HDR images taken with Google Glass in the link below.

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