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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 »

Moto 360 gets cheaper as Apple Watch pre-orders start

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Sure, this could simply be a coincidence, but on the day that marks the start of pre-orders for the much anticipated Apple Watch the Moto 360 has been discounted at two big retailers. Motorola’s first wearable is one of the Apple Watch competitors running Android Wear.

And you can now purchase one with a leather strap for just $179, which is $70 less than the original price for it. Both Amazon and Best Buy are offering this deal right now. Read more »

New report details Google’s progress in getting Android Wear to support iOS

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As Apple is set to start taking pre-orders for its first ever smartwatch tomorrow, Google is once again said to be working on making its wearable platform play nice with iOS. We first heard something like this about one month ago, and this new report even has some details about Google’s progress on the matter.

Apparently Android Wear already works with iOS in Google’s labs, through a companion app. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, since the same path is taken on Android itself. However, this might become an issue when the search giant will want to publish said companion app in the iTunes App Store. Read more »

Apple Watch allegedly photographed in its retail box

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You’ll be able to pre-order an Apple Watch in a couple of days, Apple employees will enjoy a massive discount. No one but Apple employees have handled the watch though it seems that the Daily Mail have a review unit as photos of an Apple Watch in its retail box were posted on Instagram.

The Instagram account has since been made private, but the photos show the Watch with the Milanese Loop mesh band along with a separate brown leather band in its box. Read more »

Samsung’s Orbis round smartwatch to be called Gear A

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Samsung is gearing up for the launch of its brand new smartwatch and what was previously known as Orbis will apparently come to market as the more corporately-friendly Gear A. The round piece of wearable tech has had a few more details revealed.

The Gear A will have two versions, one will be limited to Bluetooth connectivity, while the other will offer full-fledged voice calling support and 3G data connection. Both of these will presumably have a Wi-Fi radio on board too. Read more »

Apple employees can snag an Apple Watch with 50% off

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Apple employees will be able to purchase an Apple Watch with 50% off. The Cupertino giant’s CEO Tim Cook delivered the good news in a memo to the entire Apple team.

The sweet discount will be available for the entry level Apple Watch Sport, as well as for the stainless steel model. Read more »

A Moto 360 successor with new screen leaks – fully round, higher resolution

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The Motorola Moto 360 was the first round-screened Android Wear smartwatch, though since then a number of competitors have appeared. The 360, despite its name, had a characteristic “flat tire” design – a small section of the bottom was cut off to make room for the touchscreen’s control elements.

A leaked product render shows a properly round screen, while keeping the thin bezels. Read more »

Apple Watch-themed front displays are coming to Apple retail stores

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According to a report in 9to5Mac, come April 10, Apple will have Watch-themed front displays for its retail stores. The Cupertino giant’s upcoming smartwatch will be available to try in-store and pre-order on the aforementioned date.

Apple’s store front displays will consist of clusters of circles, which resemble the user interface of the wearable device. Read more »

A set of how-to videos acquaint prospective Apple Watch users with its various features

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Apple’s debut on the smart wearable market – the Apple Watch is finally inching closer to its release. Initial preorders begin on April 10 and the first units will start shipping on April 24. With the release date so close, a lot of eager Apple fans can’t wait to get their hands on the new wearable.

But while tech savvy people will surely have no trouble getting around the Apple Watch and are already pretty familiar with its array of interesting features, the Cupertino giant has kept with traditions and has gone the extra mile to familiarize as wide an audience as possible with the upcoming gadget. Much like with the original iPhone, Apple has prepared a series of how-to videos, which show and explain the Apple Watch in all of its aspects in a clear and, naturally, stylish manner. Read more »

Huawei lists a dozen reasons why you’d want its Watch

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Building up hype before the market launch of its Watch, Huawei has come up with a 12-strong list of things you need to know about the wearable. The number isn’t arbitrary, instead it’s inspired by the 12 hours on a traditional watch face.

Huawei starts off with the smartwatch’ design, which is the closest the mobile industry has gotten to replicating an ordinary mechanical timepiece. Read more »

Alcatel OneTouch Watch goes up for pre-order, yours for $149.99

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Today Alcatel has officially started US pre-orders for its first smartwatch, the aptly named OneTouch Watch. The wearable was announced earlier this year, and it’s very affordably priced at $149.99.

That’s a far cry from the Apple Watch, for example, but don’t forget that this doesn’t run Android Wear, Google’s platform for smartwatches. Instead, Alcatel chose to develop its own solution, one that is thankfully compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. Read more »

LG UK teases LG Watch Urbane with new promo video

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LG already launched the Watch Urbane LTE in in South Korea, now the spotlight is shifting to its non-LTE sibling. LG UK posted a short video of the LG Watch Urbane on its YouTube channel, meaning it’s coming soon, though the video doesn’t give an exact date.

Expansys is already taking pre-orders (at £300), however, there’s no shipping date yet. Read more »

Apple Watch Edition buyers will have access to a number of special perks

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According to report in 9to5Mac, buyers of the $10,000 and up Apple Watch Edition will be treated to e number of perks. The special treatment for the big spenders will begin with no waiting in line when they are buying the watch or need help with it.

After shelling out the eye watering asking price for the gold Apple Watch, users will have access to a special Edition phone support line, which will be available around the clock for two years (three years with AppleCare+). Read more »

Pebble Time crosses $20 million raised with just a few hours left

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Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign for its Time smartwatch with color e-paper screen quickly became the most funded in history at the beginning of this month. And now, the company has already crossed the $20 million mark of raised funds, with just a few hours to go.

At the time of writing, exactly $20,235,088 has been pledged for the Pebble Time by more than 78,000 eager backers on the crowdfunding site. This comes after the $14 million mark was reached in only one week. Read more »

First batch of Apple Watch apps start rolling out

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Apple may have announced the Apple watch (twice) but the watch is still to go on sale. But even though there are still a month left for the watch to start shipping, developers have already started rolling out updates for their apps to make them work with the Apple Watch.

The list of apps available for the Apple Watch now includes Target, American Airlines, Nike+, Instagram, Twitter, OpenTable, Evernote, TripAdvisor, CNN, eBay, Shazam, NYTimes, Fandango, Citi Mobile Lite, Expedia, Runtastic, ESPN, and many more. Read more »