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The Apple Watch charger works with Qi-enabled devices

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The Apple Watch and its charging cradle were taken apart, but a secret still remains inside. The charging cradle uses an inductive charging coil to send electricity to the Watch without wires.

Apple normally avoids common standards so everyone just assumed this charging solution is a custom job, but it turns out this may not be the case. Read more »

iFixit tears down Apple Watch to reveal Taptic Engine, tiny components

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Apple has started shipping the new Apple Watch to the early buyers in the US. While many are impatiently waiting for their unit to arrive, flurry of reviews are already hitting the interwebs. Meanwhile, several other regions still await official date of availability.

Many are already marveling their Apple Watch units, getting used to a new member in the Apple product family. The premium look of the Watch might be droolworthy for the Apple design lovers, but several would be interested in the hardware driving this wrist hugging gadget. Read more »

Apple celebrates the Watch launch with new promo videos

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Today is the Apple Watch day – you can officially order it online, while the retail sales will begin in few months. The Watch is on back-order, so you’ll have to wait about two months before it arrives at your doorsteps, but at least you can now place your order, right?

So, you can’t get an Apple Watch soon, unless you bought it from one of the six fashion boutiques scattered around the world. But at least you can warm up with the new promo videos uploaded today. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane carries a price tag of $365, goes on sale in S. Korea today

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The LG Watch Urbane, which was unveiled back in February this year and showcased during the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, which is $30 more than the price of the Watch R. The wearable goes on sale in the country today.

In terms of specifications, the smartwatch is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.2GHz CPU, and sports a 1.3” P-OLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It comes with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory, and packs in a 410mAh battery. Measuring 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm, the Watch Urbane comes with Google’s latest version of Android Wear, and has IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Read more »

Google Keep gets Android Wear support

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Today Google has started rolling out a new version of its note-taking app, Keep. The main new feature inside this release is support for Android Wear. So, in other words, you can now use Google Keep on your Android Wear-running smartwatch.

A note-taking app is obviously a good fit for your wrist – not only for quickly creating new notes, but also for viewing the ones you’ve already added from your phone or tablet. If you use Keep for grocery shopping lists, you may find it easier to glance at such information on your watch instead of your smartphone. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane will arrive in the Google Store next week

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LG will start selling the Watch Urbane this week in South Korea and will make it available in 13 different countries through the Google Store. Those 13 markets include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, UK and the United States.

Google announced that LG Watch Urbane will be the first Android Wear smartwatch to ship with the latest version of the OS. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane promo video brings us back to Barcelona

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The LG Watch Urbane was announced at Barcelona a couple months ago, but the latest promo video brings us straight back to the picturesque city.

The tagline reminds us that “Time flies and never returns” to reinforce the time-lapse footage in the video. Read more »

How Apple Watch measures your heart rate

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Apple Watch is the smartwatch millions are waiting for to arrive. Packing several amazing features, Heart Rate monitor is one of the many health-centric options integrated in the Apple wearable.

Many smartwatches, smart bands and smartphones integrate heart rate monitor feature to gauge the heart rate but there is no accurate way so far. Apple Watch attempts to get a near accurate estimate of the heart rate. A freshly published Apple Watch support page shares details on how the Watch measures heart rate. Read more »

Android Wear 5.1 update to also include pop-up notifications and adjustable font sizes

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Google announced an update to Android Wear, that brings with it many new features, such as a new launcher for apps, always on apps, wrist gestures, and ability to draw emoji, but there are a couple of other features that Google missed out on.

In its blog post for SmartWatch 3, Sony mentioned couple of other features that will be available with the upcoming update. One of them is popup notifications, which means you will get notified even when you are in some other app on your watch. The other is adjustable font sizes. If you ever had a problem reading the fonts on your watch, this should hopefully fix that. Read more »

There is a celebrities-only Apple Watch Edition

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It looks like Apple has a version of its ultra-expensive Apple Watch Edition that’s reserved only for high-profile celebrities. The ultra-limited edition of the smartwatch packs a band made of solid gold.

The Cupertino giant has handed out the exclusive gadget to the likes of Beyonce and the fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld. Read more »

Google is the latest major retailer to give Moto 360 a price cut

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Google gave Moto 360 a major price cut. The search giant is offering the smartwatch for a rather sweet $165 with free shipping in its brand new online store for Android hardware.

The new price tag of Moto 360 is a cool $85 off the original $249.99 Motorola and Google asked for the smartwatch at launch. Read more »

Wipowerband is a battery extending wristband for Apple Watch

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Hot on the heels of last month’s Reserve Strap, yet another Apple Watch wristband made its way to the market. The Wipowerband will deliver up to two days of battery life to Cupertino’s smartwatch.

The Wipowerband packs a high-density li-polymer battery tucked into a polypropylene plastic core, which also protects the Apple Watch from damage. Read more »

ASUS announces new VivoWatch with 10-day battery life

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ASUS has announced a new fitness-centric smartwatch for your phone. Called the VivoWatch, the device is geared more towards fitness applications such as tracking your activities, heart rate, sleep pattern, etc.

The ViVoWatch seems to have a black and white display to save on power with a green LED strip below. The watch has a stainless steel body and an IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Read more »

Apple Watch expected to have sold close to 1 million units in the US on launch day

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Apple Watch seems to have had a good launch day, if the data from Slice Intelligence is to be believed. The company tracked the e-receipts of 9,080 online shoppers who opted in to have their email tracked, the company estimates over 957,000 people purchased some variant of the Apple Watch in US alone.

Out of these, Slice Intelligence estimates 62 percent went with the cheapest Apple Watch Sport model, mostly in the Space Gray finish, with most of the rest preferring to get the stainless steel model. Read more »

LG is working on futuristic foldable phone-watch hybrid device

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LG is working on a foldable phone-watch hybrid device. As per a patent awarded last week to the Korean giant, the device is basically a mobile phone with ornamental design.

The concept is about a super slim smartphone which can bend backwards to wrap itself around a band. Read more »