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The Fitbit Ionic Might Be the Smartwatch That Unseats Apple

After months of leaks and hints, Fibit has finally revealed its newest wrist wearable: The £300 Fitbit Ionic. Fitbit claims up to four days of battery life, a refined OS that pairs nicely with devices running iOS, Android, and Windows, and a brand new sensor for tracking your heart rate. This smartwatch, which visually calls to mind the lovechild of an Apple Watch and a Fitbit Surge, is a natural progression for the huge wearable company. Just last year, it snapped up notable smartwatch makers Pebble and Vector for a reported £29.4 million. And between the almost-perfect Surge and the incredibly unattractive Blaze, Fitbit has been interested in the smartwatch sector of the wearable market for a while. This is the culmination of that interest. It’s profoundly ugly—like every Fitbit that’s come before, but it could be technologically cool enough that you might not care. Read More >>

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Fitbit’s Smartwatch Will Apparently Arrive in Time for Christmas

Do you care about smartwatches? Does anyone you know care about smartwatches? Fitbit really hopes so because it's still moving ahead with its previously announced smartwatch, which is now due to arrive in time for Christmas. Read More >>

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Alfa Romeo Is Improving Its Car Factories With Samsung Smartwatches

The factory that produces the barnstorming Alfa Romeo Giulia at Cassino, Italy, is 45 years old. It's built 7.3 million cars. But it's getting a space-age overhaul, and part of that includes hooking workers up with Samsung's latest smartwatch. Read More >>

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Fitbit Is Reportedly Making Another Ugly Smartwatch

Last year, Fitbit inflicted upon us, the public at large, the ugliest smartwatch from a company that should know better. The Fitbit Blaze had great battery life and... that was it. Then, late last year, Fitbit acquired a lot of tech and assets from Pebble, the lauded smartwatch company that found itself murdered by the public’s distinct lack of interest in smartwatches. Read More >>

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You Can Turn Your Apple Watch Into a Game Boy That Sucks

Like many people who dropped hundreds of pounds on an Apple Watch, Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan was disappointed at how little his pricey wearable could actually do. Instead of complaining about it online like most of us, he decided to solve the problem himself by writing a Game Boy emulator capable of playing Pokemon Yellow. Unfortunately, it kind of sucks. Read More >>

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Intel Says It’s Developing a Genderless AI

Early this morning, Tag Heuer and Intel announced a new smartwatch ahead of next week’s major watch and jewellery show, Baselworld. The sequel to last year’s $1500 Tag Heuer Connected, the Connected Modular 45 is another beast of a smartwatch, with a huge 45mm face and a lot of Intel inside. And according to the Verge, even more Intel is coming to the watch later this year—in the form of a new, genderless artificially intelligent assistant. Read More >>

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You Can Now Put Windows 98 on Your Wrist, Thank God

Smartwatches might, for the most part, be completely worthless, but that hasn’t stopped us from being inured with the concept. Like a character out of Fallout, some people just really want a computer on their wrist. It’s why they’ve shoved Windows 95 onto an Android Wear watch and MacOS 7.5.5 onto an Apple one. Yet redditor Lord_of_Bone went even further. Read More >>

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Don’t Expect a New Motorola Smartwatch Anytime Soon

Smartwatches are dead. Everyone (except Huawei) knows it. Pebble is gone. The Apple Watch is hanging on, but not by much, and there's no real need to spend hundreds of pounds on a device that's less functional than your phone. So it should be no surprise that Motorola has no immediate plans to release any smartwatches. Read More >>

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People Only Want Fossil’s Fashion Smartwatches If They’re Cheap as Hell

Fossil, a company that makes both analogue timepieces and smartwatches, reported its earnings last night and the results weren’t great. Not only did the watchmaker miss analyst estimates for Q4 2016, its outlook for 2017 is fairly bleak. CNBC reports that the stock is down nearly 20 per cent. Read More >>

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LG Wins Race to Make First Android Wear 2.0 Watches

Google is presumably breathing a sigh of relief today as it appears that someone, at least, cares about its Android Wear platform - as LG has become the first manufacturer to announce new devices that will come with Android Wear 2.0 baked in. Read More >>

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You Can Now Use Your Samsung Smartwatch With Your iPhone

The Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2 all work on iOS now, thanks to the latest app update from Samsung. Read More >>

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Garmin’s Fēnix 5 Squeezes Satellite Navigation Into a Slim Fitness-Tracking Smartwatch

At CES 2015, Garmin revealed the epix: the company’s first wearable that included the same satellite navigation capabilities as its handheld units. As smartwatches go, the epix was one of the largest and bulkiest wearables you could strap to your wrist, but two years later, Garmin has finally packed similar functionality into its Fēnix smartwatch. Read More >>

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Smartwatches Are Dying Because They Are Worthless

Back in April, I dropped £200 on a gadget that had me feeling that gadget love again. You’re familiar with the feeling too; the thrill you get walking into a  shop or thumbing through a catalogue. It’s that sense that you’re seeing a small glimpse of the future neatly packaged and commoditised for the present. Read More >>

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Pebble Promises Not to Brick Its Watches Until 2018

Pebble is dead. You might recall that last week, the company sold off its assets to fitness tracker company Fitbit. Pebble watches will no longer be sold, its warranties will no longer be supported, and replacement accessories will now only be available through third parties. Now Pebble has promised that it won’t shut down the servers that keep the apps on the watch working until 2018. Read More >>

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Pebble Supporters Are PissedOff About Rumours It Will Sell Itself

Pebble, the maker of the original e-ink smartwatch, has a lot of passionate and loyal customers, and those customers are pissed. Following the rumours that Pebble is about to crumble under the heel of Fitbit, the company’s many Kickstarter backers are in an uproar. Read More >>