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This is Samsung Gear Live booting Apple Macintosh II OS like a boss

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Samsung Gear Live is a smartwatch of many talents. In addition to booting Microsoft Windows 95 with no hiccups, the Korean giant’s first Android Wear device can also run Apple Macintosh II OS straight from 1987.

Just like in the case of Redmond’s mid-90s OS marvel, the Gear Live runs Macintosh II via an emulator. Read more »

Apple Watch S1 chip is Samsung-made on a 28nm process

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Apple Watch is powered by the so-called Apple S1 chip, which specs Apple is still keeping under wraps. Indeed the S1 tiny piece turned out quite an achievement packing an amazing set of features into a single tiny 5.2 x 6.2 mm chip.

Many are still trying to figure out all the pieces inside the S1 chip, including its ARM processor, and more and more details are coming to light. Read more »

Samsung will launch the Gear A round smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note 5

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Samsung has been working on its next smartwatch for quite a while now, even confirming itself that the device will come with a round screen. The Korean company has said it wants to take its time with this one, hoping to get it just right, but now it seems the wearable has seen a delay of sorts.

While Samsung hasn’t announced an unveiling date for the Gear A yet, it was expected to come pretty soon. That’s not the case anymore, according to a new rumor claiming that it’s been delayed until the second half of the year. Read more »

LG G Watch Urbane gets an iFixit teardown

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The folks at iFixit have managed to get their hands on the new LG G Watch Urbane, which means it’s time for yet another teardown. The G Watch Urbane is LG’s latest smartwatch running on Android Wear and also the most expensive one so far.

Even though on the outside the G Watch Urbane has a shiny gold or silver finish with new leather bands, on the inside it is still pretty much the G Watch R. iFixit found that the Urbane was quite easy to repair, with the only issue being most of the parts being glued together to save space and seal the watch from dust and water. The problem with glue is it makes it harder to put the device back together the way it was. Read more »

Apple releases design guidelines for third party watch bands

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One of the key features of the Apple Watch are the replaceable bands. Although all watches have bands that can be detached, Apple has made it super simple by just pressing a button and sliding it out.

Considering how simple the design is, there were always going to be third party bands for the Apple Watch, and many have already been released. But Apple has now released the official design guidelines if an accessory maker wants the official Made for Apple Watch certificate for their bands. Read more »

Revamped Reserve Strap utilizes a hidden port of the Apple Watch

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Remember the Reserve Strap charging band for Apple Watch? The yet to be launched accessory received a major redesign, which ditches the magnetic inducing charging setup of the first model.

The revamped Reserve Strap will take advantage of a hidden 6-pin port in Cupertino’s smartwatch. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Apple Watch takes a beating

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Last week, we asked you to tell us what you think about the Apple Watch and how you would size it up against an array of competitors. The results are now in and you definitely made it clear that Apple’s new smart wearable just isn’t your cup of tea.

The Apple Watch took a hell of a beating in our polls and some of your comments seem to show why. Most of you seem to agree that poor usability and high price are major drawbacks to picking up an Apple Watch. But is seems that there one even more-prevailing opinion across the board – that all wearable devices, despite functionality, price, platform or manufacturer come with little actual purpose at this point in time. Cluttering said devices with apps also doesn’t seem to be the answer, as most of you seem to be skeptical of Apple’s “more is better” strategy for the wearable as well. Read more »

LG Call app lets you make call from Watch Urbane

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Earlier this week, LG had released the Watch Urbane smartwatch running the Android Wear platform on Google Play Store. The Watch Urbane indeed is looker and with its attractive price is one of the more interesting propositions on the market.

Now to sweeten the deal even further an LG Call app for the Android Wear platform has been released to let the Watch Urbane owners make a call directly, without the need for you to take the phone out from your pocket. Read more »

TAG Heuer smartwatch to launch in October/November at $1,400

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TAG Heuer has been promising a smartwatch for months now, but the watchmaker’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver, said that the watch will launch in October and November and will offer 40 hours of battery life, compared to the Apple Watch’s 18 hours.

Biver is not bitter about competition from Cupertino, in fact he welcomes it: “I hope they sell millions and millions and millions of them,” he says. “The more they sell the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer.” Read more »

Apple rejecting Apple Watch apps that just tell time

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One of the notable things about the Apple Watch is that it does not support third party watch faces. Although there’s a whole bunch of them that come pre-installed and you can customize them further, you can’t actually download more.

Although an SDK will be coming later this year, certain developers have been trying to find a loophole by creating apps that do nothing but show a custom watch face. Obviously, Apple is having none of that anarchy. Read more »

Apple Watch heart rate sensor fails on tattooed wrists

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If you have heavily tattooed wrists, you might want to reconsider getting the Apple Watch. As several people have reported, the heart rate sensor on the back of the watch has trouble doing its job if you have tattoos on your skin.

Apple’s heart rate monitor counts heart rate by pulsing green LEDs through the skin several hundred times per second. Any obstruction between the sensor and the skin can adversely affect the performance of the sensor. Read more »

Samsung is collaborating with top brands and artists to work on its first round smartwatch

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Samsung’s next smart wearable has been on our radar for quite some time now. Rumors about the gadget have been abundant, but not much is yet known about the smartwatch. Luckily, a few days ago, Samsung brought attention to the wearable and confirmed that it will, indeed, feature a round screen.

This is a first for the Korean tech giant, who appears to be aiming high with its next creation. According to industry sources Samsung has teamed up with quite a few famous artists and fashion brands in order to make the watch – codenamed Orbis, as perfect as possible. Read more »

Apple Watch with Sapphire crystal twice as reflective as the iPhone 6

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Being one of the hottest pieces of tech out there at the moment, the Apple Watch was unlikely to go under DisplayMate‘s radar. The imaging diagnostics specialists took a 42mm Apple Watch with Sapphire glass and compared it with an iPhone 6.

The smartphone’s display is covered with what Apple calls Ion-X glass, which is similar to Gorilla glass, and is found of the more affordable Watch Sport. Read more »

Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R prices slashed on the Google Play Store

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Earlier this month, Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch got a $70 price cut and the leather strap model was available for purchase from Amazon and Best Buy. That coincided with the arrival of the Apple Watch.

Now even the Google Play Store is offering the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch for $180 and this price cut is said to be permanent. Along with that, the LG G Watch R model also got a $50 price cut and is available at a new effective price of $250. Read more »

LG G Watch no longer on sale

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One of the first Android Wear devices (the other being the Samsung Gear Live) is no longer being sold. The device is no longer visible on the Play Store in any of the regions. Since Samsung already pulled the Gear Live from certain markets, they now have no Android Device category available on the Play Store.

The G Watch was the first and by far the simplest of all the Android Wear devices. It really was a matchbox shaped device with little to no design flair. It looked like it was designed in the lunch break. It was good enough if you absolutely wanted an Android Wear device and would be okay with the cheapest one available (which is why I have one as well) but it wasn’t something you’d buy because it looked cool. Read more »