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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 »

Verizon to reportedly begin carrying the LG Watch Urbane on April 28

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On April 28, US carrier Verizon will begin carrying LG’s new high-end Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch Urbane, according to some leaked promotional material revealed by the website Android Spin.

The smartwatch, which made its way to the Google Store in the US earlier today, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, where it went on sale just a few days ago. Over in the UK, online retailer Clove is selling it for £260 ($394). As per the leak, Verizon will be selling the device for $350. Read more »

Asus CEO says ZenWatch successor won’t hit the market until next year

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The ZenWatch successor will not be launched until 2016, according to Asus CEO Jerry Shen, who made the comment during the ZenFone 2 India launch event. It’s worth mentioning that back in December last year, Shen had said that the smartwatch, tipped to be called the ZenWatch 2, will be released in Q3 2015,

He also revealed that the wearable will be available in two variants, one for men and the other for women. It is, however, not yet known whether the devices will have different designs or just different straps for customization. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane arrives in the Google Store

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As promised, the Android Wear-toting LG Watch Urbane smartwatch made its way to the Google Store in the United States. Earlier today, the wearable device became available to order in the United Kingdom via the online retailer Clove.

LG’s high-end smartwatch is priced at $349 and will leave the warehouse by May 8. Read more »

It’s time to find out if the Apple Watch will blend

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For some entirely mysterious reason, “Will it blend?” is still a thing, even now in 2015. As you may have expected, the latest gadget to go through this ordeal is the Apple Watch.

So if our pre-review parody wasn’t enough for you and you want to see some more of Apple’s first wearable, here you go. You may even enjoy the obvious iPhone as a watch on someone’s wrist joke. But do note that an Apple Watch was hurt in the making of this video. Read more »

Instead of an Apple Watch review

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Each ring of the doorbell sends our editorial staff running to the door with screams “The Apple Watch is here!” I don’t have the heart to tell them the shipping estimate is for mid-May even though we hit the buy button mere seconds after pre-order started.

While the two unladen swallows fly the Apple Watch to our office all the way from Cupertino, we got our resident Jony Ive impersonator to help us relive the thrill of the unveiling event. Read more »