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I Miss Microsoft’s Smartwatches That Were Too Smart for Their Time

Apple was the first company to make smartwatches a product consumers actually wanted, but there was a time, not too long ago, when Microsoft could have defined the future of wearables. The company’s SPOT platform took a deceptively simple but clever approach to wireless connectivity years before technologies like Bluetooth, wifi, and even LTE were commonplace. It also came with tradeoffs, however, that ultimately doomed the platform, but not before it succeeded in demonstrating to the world the potential of smart wearables. Read More >>

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The World’s First Digital Watch Is Coming Back – for £675

If you’re trying to do everything you can to preserve your mental health while quarantined at home, an endless list of doomsday notifications on your smartwatch probably isn’t helping. Given that a dumb watch doesn’t seem so dumb any more, Hamilton is re-releasing the world’s first digital watch that does nothing more than tell the time. Read More >>

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Garmin Will Charge You an Extra £250 To Buy Its Luxury Smartwatch Collection in a Wooden Box

Garmin’s MARQ line was designed to bridge the gap between highly functional smartwatches and luxury timepieces made with high-end materials. And for those who’ve struggled with choosing which design to splurge £1,400+ on, Garmin has now packaged almost the entire line in a fancy wooden box that will set you back £9,000 for the entire lot. Read More >>

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This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch May Never Die, But it Made Me Want To

There are two camps when it comes to smartwatch battery life: Those who don’t care at all (Apple Watch stans) and those who care a whole friggin’ lot. For the latter, Matrix Industries’ PowerWatch Series 2 seems like a dream. Powered by both body heat and solar energy, it’s the fitness smartwatch that never runs out of battery so long as you keep wearing it. Read More >>

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Timex Turns Its Back on the Smartwatch Trend and Revives a Classic ’80s Digital Watch Instead

As watchmakers scramble to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon and attempt to steal a sliver of market share away from Apple, Timex has decided to take the opposite approach. The company has dug into its archives and revived the T80, an iconic digital watch from the ‘80s whose only smart feature is retro styling. Read More >>

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Garmin Adds a Tacticool Military-Style Option to Its Luxury Smartwatch Line

Garmin’s MARQ line was designed to bridge the gap between stylish time pieces from companies like Omega or TAG Heuer and smartwatches that typically focus on function over form. The MARQ collection is now expanding with a sixth addition to the line designed for those serving in the military – or at least those who fantasise about it. Read More >>

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Cheating Police Want All Watches Banned From School Exams

An inquiry into the many and varied methods used to cheat our ways though life has suggested banning all watches from exam rooms, because in this day and age, it's hard to tell what is a cheap analogue Swatch, and what is in fact an always-online smart computer pretending to be a cheap feature Casio by displaying an HD image of a cheap feature Casio. Read More >>

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Am I Wrong For Wanting a Better Screen on a £1,400 Smartwatch?

You can get a very capable smartwatch for a few hundred bucks now, as long as you’re not overly concerned with aesthetics. Following luxury watchmakers like TAG Heuer, Garmin’s new MARQ line strives to finally bridge the gap between stylish analogue timepieces and less stylish smartwatches. But with a price tag starting at £1,400, a disappointing display lets down the nicest smartwatch I’ve ever strapped to my wrist. Read More >>

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Modern Manufacturing Has Made It Nearly Impossible to Spot a Fake Rolex

At one point in time, it was easy to spot a fake Rolex, as most knock-offs used a non-mechanical Quartz movement inside that resulted in a stuttered ticking movement of the watch’s second hand. But as the experts at Watchfinder & Co. discovered, that’s far from the case today. The best Rolex fakes can be almost impossible to spot, even for expert collectors. Read More >>

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Swatch Wins Rights to Trademark That Definitely Doesn’t Resemble One of Apple’s Most Famous Slogans

The Apple Watch might have taken a big bite out of The Swatch Group’s market share, which owns luxury timepiece brands like Tissot and Omega. But the Switzerland-based company recently countered with a small victory over Apple when a Swiss court ruled in Swatch’s favour over the use of its “Tick different” slogan; which is similar to Apple’s memorable “Think Different” advertising campaign. Read More >>

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Hublot’s £19,000 Bitcoin Watch Is Perfectly Designed to Help Me Spot Terrible Jabronis

There are lots of annoying telltales of a blowhard, but none quite so insufferable as Hublot’s Big Bang Meca-10 P2P watch. It costs an absurd $25,000 (£19,000), but even if you have all that cash in your bank account, you’re out of luck—this is a watch that can only be bought with cold, hard Bitcoin. Read More >>

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Google’s Big Wear OS Revamp Has Started Rolling Out

While it doesn’t have a grand, overarching designation, you can think of Google’s recently announced revamp to its smartwatch platform as the third version of Wear OS (though officially, it’s 2.1). It’s got an all-new UI, updated health and fitness tracking, better app integration, and more, and it all should be headed to your device starting today. Read More >>

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You Can Easily Reprogram the Timezone on This Watch Using Flashes of Light From Your Smartphone

Not every one wants email notifications or step-tracking on their timepieces, but Longines has created an analogue watch that cleverly integrates one useful smartwatch feature: easy time zone adjustments, without requiring a wireless connection to your phone, or the watch to be charged every night. Read More >>

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Apple Watch 4’s ECG Sensor Can Identify a Certain Heart Defect With 98% Accuracy

Thought Apple's latest wearable only had a shiny new screen to boast about? Think again. Not only is the Apple Watch 4's new display obscenely sharp, the gadget also packs in a range of sophisticated health features, including new ECG tech that can monitor and identify heart defects. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Announcement is Imminent, but it’s Already Been Spotted in the Real World

For a while we've been hearing about Samsung's next entry in the smartwatch business, which we already know is going to be called the Galaxy Watch rather than the Gear S4. Leaks haven't been as common as they have for the Note 9 (also due within the next hour or so), but now it seems they're already out in the real world. Read More >>