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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch sells out on its first day

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The Qualcomm Toq, the chipset makers first piece of wearable tech, went on sale yesterday.

Despite the rather steep $350 price tag, the device has already sold out. You can still get you hands on one, though, as Qualcomm is currently accepting pre-orders for a second batch of Toqs, expected to ship in 1-2 weeks. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear with discounted price tag up for grabs on eBay

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Samsung has already sold 800,000 units of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in just about two months. The gadget is one of the most expensive smartwatches in the market with the device retailing at $299 or €299.

Now, however, the Galaxy Gear is up for grabs with discounted price tag on eBay in Germany for €229 with worldwide shipping. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear scores 800,000 sales, gets first custom ROM

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Smartwatches may still be in their infancy, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch from selling an impressive 800,000 units in just two months.

To help boost sales the Galaxy Gear has also had its first custom ROM appear. Based off of Nova launcher, it features Bluetooth tethering, live wallpaper support, and video recording up to 60 seconds – all without needing to be paired to a smartphone. Read more »

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch launches on December 2 for $350

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Qualcomm will celebrate Cyber Monday – the Black Friday of buying tech online – with the release of its Toq smartwatch. The watch showcases Qualcomm tech like the color Mirasol display that uses ambient light (so it has great visibility outside) and the WiPower LE wireless charging tech for quick and painless top ups of the battery.

You’d need to do that about twice a week – the Qualcomm Toq has 3 day battery life. Check out how it compares against the Sony SmartWatch 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear here. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear update brings full support for notifications

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear got treated to a major update which addressed one of its biggest shortcomings – its lack of proper support for notifications. The latest firmware for the gadget allows users to receive all types of notifications on their device.

Once applied, the update for the Samsung Galaxy Gear allows users to select the apps which send notifications to the smartwatch. Read more »

Samsung goes on a bragging spree, relases an infographic

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Samsung obviously likes to give itself a pat on the back from time to time, but when you dish out millions of top tier hardware that pushes technological advancement forward we can’t really say it’s not deserved.

The biggest manufacturer of mobile phones – smart or otherwise – has gone to its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts to show off a neat infographic on the company’s progress during this year. Read more »

Apple iWatch could come in men’s and women’s styles as early as this year

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Apple’s speculated foray into the wearable devices category – the iWatch – has been touted as the next big thing from the Cupertino company.

The latest rumors surrounding the iWatch come out of Korea, where sources indicate that Apple will produce different models for each gender – a 1.7-inch for men, and a 1.3-inch for women. Read more »

Pebble gets huge update, including iOS 7 notifications and SDK v2.0

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The Pebble smartwatch has been gaining in popularity since its release, and the promising Kickstarter project has led to a full-fledged company now with some 190,000 Pebbles sold worldwide. With this latest update, Pebble has announced full support for iOS 7 notifications.

Alongside extended notifications support for, Pebble has also announced the release of version 2.0 of its SDK. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 review

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The recent trend smartwatches has been popularized in part by Sony, who have already seen enough time go by since their first iteration to see a SmartWatch 2 device to market.

The SmartWatch 2 features a stylish Xperia-inspired design complete with color touchscreen, and aims to compete directly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch review

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Smartwatches have been all the rage lately, and no conversation on the topic would be complete without mentioning Kickstarter’s darling, the Pebble.

Although it doesn’t have the touchscreen and flashy design of some of its competitors, the Pebble brings a great feature set at a price significantly below competing offerings from Sony and Samsung. After the break, we take a close look at the Pebble and how it works. Read more »

LeBron James enters the new NBA season all Geared up

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You have probably heard of this LeBron James fella. The professional basketball player adorned with four Most Valuable Player awards, two NBA Finals MVPs and today starts the new season as defending champion looking for a three-peat (three consecutive titles).

According to Samsung, a part of that success was down to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and a rainbow assembly of Galaxy Gear smartwatches the star uses. The latest video ad aired at the start of the new NBA season shows how LeBron goes about his pre-season summer break with a lot of Sammy toys around him. Read more »

WSJ: Google smartwatch to enter mass production this year

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Google’s alleged smartwatch is in the final stages of its development and the search giant is said to be in talks with Asian hardware suppliers to begin the mass production of the hotly anticipated accessory.

According to a report from WSJ, the Google smartwatch will enter mass production by the end of the year. Read more »

Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch misses on ZEISS optics

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Remember the Hyetis Crossbow, the Swiss-made smartwatch with a 41MP camera, which was going to have ZEISS optics and optical zoom and more sensors than one of NASA’s space probes? An attorney from Carl Zeiss AG has contacted us saying that Zeiss has no connection with Hyetis whatsoever and the Crossbow definitely will not have ZEISS optics.

The watch smelled of pure, undiluted vaporware before, but things look even sketchier now. Read more »

HTC co-founders promise ‘disruptive’ tablet, useful smartwatch

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Co-founders and leaders of HTC Peter Chou and Cher Wang (CEO and chairperson respectively) gave an interview to the Financial Times and strongly implied that the company is working on tablet and a wearable device.

This month HTC posted its first-ever quarterly loss and so the company is looking beyond smartphones for extra revenue. Read more »

Nokia has been working on a smartwatch concept of their own

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Suddenly, everyone is interested in smartwatches (and by everyone I mean the companies making it because the average customer still doesn’t care). Samsung has made one, Apple and Google are supposedly making one and now it seems so is Nokia.

Code named ‘Facet’, Nokia’s smartwatch concept is by far the most outlandish that we have seen, mostly because it looks very little like a traditional watch and is mostly just a band with displays all over it. Read more »