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Moto 360 display seemingly having image retention issue

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The semi-circular LCD on the Moto 360 seems to be having a problem with image retention. A couple of users have reported their Moto 360 continues to show the circular charging bar on the screen even after you stop charging.

Certain LCDs are occasionally prone to image retention or persistence issue, wherein if an image is displayed on the screen continuously for too long it gets stuck on the screen for a while and is visible even if you go to another screen. This is different from image burn-in that happens on AMOLED panels, where the pixels are permanently transformed and it’s temporary on LCD but it’s still annoying to see the previous image faintly on the screen even after you move to the next one. Read more »

A luxury smartwatch from TAG Heuer is in the works

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Word is that French luxury group LVMH is planning to release a smartwatch through its TAG Heuer brand.

The latest news is confirmed by Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, where LVMH exec and former Swatch and Hublot board member Jean-Claude Biver confirmed that TAG Heuer is working on a smartwatch. Read more »

Apple Watch home screen now available for Android Wear

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If you like what Apple has done with the design of the home screen for its upcoming watch, but you already own an Android Wear smartwatch, this might be for you. It turns out that someone has already copied the home screen of the Apple Watch, with all those circular icons, and made it available for Android Wear devices.

There is one huge, albeit probably not unexpected caveat though: this is just a watchface. Hence, the icons don’t do anything, you can’t tap them to enter apps or the likes. Read more »

Future Apple Watch models will reportedly pack more built-in sensors

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Despite the fact that the Apple Watch is yet to arrive, rumors about its successor already began circulating. According to a report by Reuters, future iterations of the wearable device will pack more sensors.

Citing people familiar with Apple’s plans, the report reveals that future iterations of the device will offer richer health features. Read more »

HTC smartwatch allegedly not canceled, due early 2015

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HTC hasn’t actually stopped working on a smartwatch of its own, according to the omniscient “people familiar with the matter”. This report comes to contradict a rumor from last week, which said that the Taiwanese company had given up on the idea of creating its own smartwatch.

The speculation back then was that this had something to do with the company’s effort lacking any ‘wow’ factor when compared to its prospective competitors. Read more »

LG G Watch gets treated to a $50 price cut

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The original LG G Watch got treated to a significant price reduction. The Android Wear-toting, square gadget is now $50 cheaper in the Google Play store and Best Buy.

The new price tag of the LG G Watch is $179, thus making it one of the most affordable Android Wear timepiece on offer by a major manufacturer. Read more »

Apple Watch gets parodied on video

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After yesterday’s big Apple event, the company’s two new iPhones promptly got mocked, in different ways, by both HTC and Samsung. While the former focused on the design similarities between the iPhone 6 and its very own One (M8), Samsung rightly took a stab at the iPhone 6 Plus and its phablet form factor (that was made mainstream by the original Galaxy Note, let’s not forget). And now, the Apple Watch is in the spotlight.

Though in this case we’re talking about a full-on parody video posted on YouTube, debating the merits of Apple’s new smartwatch. Read more »

Your two cents: Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Watch – hot or not?

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The dust from Apple’s iPhone and Watch launch event from yesterday is starting to settle down. With the excitement surrounding the new trio of Apple products now settling down to more reasonable levels, we’d like to reach out to you and ask – did they live up to your expectations or not?

A simple question at first sight, but there’s a lot of thought that goes into it before an answer is given. We covered everything there is to know about the Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch and with that in mind, let’s get cracking. Read more »

Check out the Apple Watch promo videos over here

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The official Apple Watch promo videos made the rounds on YouTube. The wearable device just made its debut alongside the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

The videos give us a walkthrough of the design and the features of Apple’s watch. Read more »

AT&T will sell the Moto 360 too, eventually

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Best Buy was the only retailer that had the Moto 360 smartwatch at launch but Verizon has started taking pre-orders and now AT&T hurriedly announced it will be offering it at some point in the future too.

Unlike Verizon, AT&T will start by offering the two leather wrist bands at first. Read more »

Motorola Moto 360 with metal band on pre-order on Verizon

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The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch sold out soon after it was released. If you wanted a metal wrist band you were out of luck even if you got to the store in time – Motorola released the phone with a choice of two leather bands saying it will make it available with a metal band later on.

Now however, Verizon has put the metal strap version on pre-order for $300 with a choice of Black and White (more like silver) colors. Read more »

Apple iWatch will reportedly run optimized apps from a dedicated store

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According to a new report, the upcoming Apple iWatch will run optimized third-party apps. The latter will be available from a dedicated section in the App Store.

Apple has allegedly seeded its dedicated SDK for wearable devices to high profile app developers. Read more »

Smartwatch bonanza: hottest smartwatches at IFA compared

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IFA used to be dominated by smartphone announcements, then tablets moved in and now wearables are the new hotness. Many companies have various smartbands but we’re only interested in proper smartwatches – ones with big screens for notifications and with a proper OS to run apps.

This cuts the number of contestants down somewhat but not enough, it can still take you a while to wade through specs and price not to mention looks. There’s a battle shaping up versus practical square watches and aesthetically pleasing round watches. Here are all the specs in one place to make things a little easier. Read more »

Google details Android Wear updates for the rest of the year

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Today Google has posted an official list of features it will add to the Android Wear platform before 2014 ends. The company has also confirmed once again that all smartwatches running Android Wear will get the updates as soon as these are going to be ready.

This is no surprise, as Google is pretty much in charge of the update process for Android Wear devices, looking to avoid the fragmentation situation that’s persistent in its smartphone and tablet operating system. Read more »

HTC won’t make a smartwatch after all, rumor says

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According to the ever-present “sources familiar with the matter”, HTC has decided to give up on the idea of creating its very own smartwatch.

In an age in which seemingly every Android smartphone maker has branched out into this new wearable category (undoubtedly helped by the existence of the Android Wear platform), this might sound like an odd decision. Read more »