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Moto 360 to cost twice as much as the Gear Live

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Motorola’s upcoming and highly anticipated smartwatch may cost twice as much as its Android Wear-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear competitor.

A Chinese retailer has already listed the Moto 360 for pre-order. It costs CNY 2,800 or about €330, which is almost twice the Samsung Gear Live price in the country of CNY 1,500 or €175. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live availability expanded, teardown reveals Snapdragon 400 chip

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Samsung Gear Live is the company’s first smartwatch based on Android Wear OS. It is available via the Google Play Store and will ship on July 11.

Google has expanded the Gear Live availability into three more countries today. The full list of markets to get the Gear Live includes Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States. Australia, Japan and South Korea are the newcomers. Read more »

Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 wireless speaker flash review

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The Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 Bluetooth speaker sits on top of the company’s range of wireless speakers. The gadget aims to capture a piece of the increasingly more lucrative market for premium wireless speakers.

Founded in the United Kingdom in 2011, Bayan Audio focuses making products which combine characterful design and premium materials. Read on how the Soundbook X3 stacks up against the heavyweights in its segment! Read more »

Doutzen Kroes promotes the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit in a pool

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Samsung has launched a new advertising campaign in the Netherlands today, and the Korean company is using well known Dutch model Doutzen Kroes to get its point across.

The model stars in a photo shoot in a pool, where she’s seen using the Galaxy S5 smartphone as well as the Gear Fit wristband. Both of these are water resistant, so that’s not out of the ordinary. Read more »

Motorola releases official demo video for the Moto 360

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Back at the Google I/O we got a lot of new information and a proper demonstration of the new Android Wear devices, including the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Not just that but both devices also went on sale the same day on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the one that most people have been waiting for – The Moto 360 – was nowhere to be seen and will only be arriving later this year.

So while you will be having to wait for sometime before you can get your hands on the Moto 360, Motorola has uploaded a demo video to show how the watch looks like in action. Read more »

Get reception anywhere with Globalstar Sat-Fi

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Globalstar doesn’t just make satelliite phones, they now have a product that effectively makes any phone a satellite phone.

Meet the Sat-Fi, a $999 satellite hot spot. Read more »

Motorola is letting you choose one winner for Moto 360 watch face contest

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Motorola was accepting submissions for watch faces for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch. After going through 1300 submissions, the company has whittled down to just 10 and is now letting the people choose the one they would want to see on the Moto 360.

The top 10 watch faces have significantly different designs, with some being overly simplistic and others cramming quite a lot of information on the screen at once. I personally didn’t find any one design particularly great (which makes me wonder about the other 1290 that were discarded) but there are a few that do look quite decent while conveying the necessary information. Read more »

Nike releases FuelBand app for some Android devices

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Ever since Nike released the FuelBand accessory, it has been limited to only the iPhone, with a vast majority of Android device owners being left in the lurch. Now, after nearly two years since it released and among rumors of the company stopping its line of FuelBand devices altogether, the company has released the FuelBand app on Android.

But before you get excited about it (not that many would) the app is only supported on a handful of devices, including the Galaxy S5, S4, S III, Nexus 5, HTC One and Moto X. This is possibly because the app requires Bluetooth LE to function and not all devices have this feature. Read more »

Pencil stylus by FiftyThree gains pressure sensitivity in iOS 8

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The really nifty FiftyThree Pencil stylus for iPad will get a new and exciting feature once iOS 8 becomes available.

Once the newest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system hits the streets, the Pencil will automatically get support for pressure sensitivity. Read more »

Fitbit is working on a Windows Phone 8.1 app

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Fitbit has revealed in a post on their forum that the company is working on an app for the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. The app was so far only available on iOS and Android, which meant those on Windows Phone devices couldn’t use the accessory.

Accessory makers have general avoided the Windows Phone platform like the plague, mostly due to the lack of popularity of the platform, which doesn’t make the cost of developing and maintaining the app worthwhile. There have also been technical limitations on the previous versions of Windows Phone that prevented developers from making such apps, which have seemingly been taken care of in the latest 8.1 update, so one could expect more apps in future. Read more »

Samsung details the Galaxy Tab S exclusive accessories

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A few hours ago Samsung unveiled its flagship tablet series – the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5. They feature high resolution Super AMOLED displays, top-notch chipsets, fingerprint sensors, Galaxy S5-inspired design and super thin and light shells.

We saw a few accessories showcased at the event, but Samsung gave few specifics about those, other than their magnet attachment. Luckily, now we get the press release detailing everything. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 now comes with free Gear Fit at Vodafone UK

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If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 from Vodafone UK until June 26, you’ll receive a free Gear Fit smartband. This is essentially a £149 bonus, as that’s how much the Gear Fit currently goes for on its own.

The offer is valid only if you purchase the Galaxy S5 from Vodafone’s website, but you can take advantage of it regardless of which 3G or 4G plan you choose. Read more »

Smartwatches infographic tells about the ten-fold growth in the market

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Smartwatches seem to be all the rage at the moment – in hype if not in market value. But the latter is expanding and people seem to be considering them more and more as they progress in features and in style.

When Samsung got into the game with its Galaxy Gear to match and surpassed the Sony SmartWatch series and various fitness-oriented manufacturers like Nike and FitBit we all thought it was a nice but non-polished effort. Now that there are Pebbles and Gear 2 and Gear Fit are out there, the market seems ripe and ready. Motorola’s Moto 360 seems the tech junkie’s dream and all eyes are on Apple’s coming iWatch. But what do the numbers say? Read more »

Made for Xperia portal goes live to help you get the accessories you need

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Sony has launched a dedicated Made for Xperia portal, where you will be able to find lots of Sony-approved accessories for the latest Xperia lineup.

It isn’t exactly a store, even though lists the products. To make an actual purchase though, you will have to follow the link to the manufacturer’s store. Sony is not responsible for the purchase, warranty and the quality of the product. Read more »

Apple’s Strength ad reminds us the iPhone 5s is a fitness powerhouse

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Apple has a new ad out and it shows us that amid all these fitness-tracking-minded smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and accessories like the Gear 2 and Gear Fit the iPhone 5s remains a powerful tool for managing your daily workout.

The ad displays people doing various workouts and sports using a myriad of apps and accessories like the Zepp golf sensor and Adidas’ miCoach smart ball. Apple tells us that we’re more powerful than we think and helps get the point across by using an old sport-motivational song in Robert Preston’s “Chicken Fat”. Read more »