education
Watches are Now Being Banned From GCSE and A Level Exams

It's no secret that people are willing to be big fat cheats whenever the opportunity arises, which is why things like smartphone and smartwatches are banned from exam rooms. Now, though, regular old watches are being added to the no-no list. Read More >>

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For £262,000, This Clockwork Machine Will Save You the Hassle of Writing Your Own Name

Are you a billionaire suffering from wrist cramps brought on by the endless stacks of cheques you need to endorse? A two-pound rubber stamp is one solution, but more befitting of your fiduciary status could be Jaquet Droz’s Signing Machine, which uses sophisticated clockwork mechanisms to flawlessly recreate your signature. Read More >>

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Garmin Made a Great Smartwatch For People Who Hate Wearing a Smartwatch

There’s no better example of the war between form and function than smartwatch design. There are boxy, bulging, touchscreen wearables that do almost everything your smartphone can, and there are sleeker analog alternatives that maybe keep track of how many calories you’ve burned. With the latest version of the Vívomove HR, Garmin has tried, and mostly succeeded, in balancing both approaches, creating a smartwatch that hides a respectable list of features behind a traditional analog face. Read More >>

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The Apple Watch Could Soon Support Third-Party Watch Faces

In a rumoured, decidedly un-Apple move, it looks like the Big A could be about to let third-party developers design faces for the Apple Watch. Read More >>

gaming
Waking up to The Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme is The Best Way to Start Your Day

The original Game Boy was the first device to push my fascination with gadgets to an obsession. I saved for months to buy one, and to this day it’s still one of my favourite gaming platforms. That explains why, despite every gadget I use having an alarm clock built-in, I now prefer waking up to this adorable Game Boy alarm clock and watch that each play the Super Mario Land theme. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Next Gear Smartwatch May Store Its Battery Inside The Strap

My watch is rubbish. It struggles to keep accurate time, the strap chafes my wrist, and the face is a bit scratched… which may or may not have anything to do with a heroic amount of vodka consumption one Friday night. By comparison, Samsung’s next smartwatch sounds so advanced, I’m contemplating selling my spleen so I can afford one. Read More >>

watches
You Can Finally Hide Your Addiction to Smartwatches

Despite attempts by companies like Apple and Fossil to improve their looks, no one really wears a smartwatch as a fashion accessory. Devotees of connected timepieces wear them as either a genuine devotion to fitness, or an unhealthy addiction to notifications. But Garmin’s new vívomove HR looks like like a classic analogue watch, and only reveals its smarts when you want it to. Read More >>

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Samsung’s New Water-Resistant Wearables Will Get You Laughed Out of the Pool

Not content just to let the Galaxy Note 8 make waves, Samsung is pushing out three new fitness-minded wearables this holiday season: the Gear Icon X 2018 wireless earbuds, the Gear Sport smartwatch and the Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness band. Read More >>

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Why Does Fitbit’s New Watch Skip a Feature Fans Were Clamouring For?

I’m a big Apple Watch user, and every time I strap on a Fitbit, I run into the same problem. Instead of opening the Fitbit app to look at my heart rate and sleep cycle, I open Apple Health and then am immediately disappointed because none of the data from my Fitbit actually syncs with Apple Health. Which means it doesn’t sync with my fluid tracker, WaterMinder, or Strava, the fitness app I use every few years when I decide I need to start cycling again so I don’t die. It’s kind of stupid, given that a Fitbit has all the sensors necessary to work with the Health app. It could integrate with Apple Health, and I’m not alone in feeling like, dammit, it should. Read More >>

science
Scientists Create a Battery That Can Run on Salt Water, And Maybe One Day, Even Sweat

A Chinese research team has made a new kind of flexible battery that's not only free of dangerous chemicals, it can actually run on salt water. Read More >>

watches
This Self-Charging Smartwatch Tops Up Its Battery As You Move

Don't you just hate when your watch's battery dies? Mine gave up the ghost two months ago, and shamefully I've been far too lazy to get it repaired. Really, I should probably consider backing the Sequent: a self-charging watch powered by a battery system that charges as you move around. Read More >>

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I Am Lusting Over Sony’s New Paper-Thin E Ink Watch

Despite the added functionality that manufacturers keep trying to cram inside them, watches have always been, and will always be, a fashion accessory first. And that’s why we’re lusting over this new concept E Ink watch from Sony that can instantly change its design, but is also thinner than a credit card. Read More >>

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This Smartwatch Powered By Your Body Heat Never Needs Charging

The more features that fancy smartwatch on your wrist has, the worse its battery life will be. But what if instead of needing to be charged every night, your smartwatch harnessed and converted your own body heat into electricity to keep it running? Read More >>

design
Do You Love Pokémon Enough to Spend Over £16,000 on a Pikachu Watch?

Watchmaker Romain Jerome has created some truly unique timepieces over the years featuring actual pieces of the Titanic, authentic moon dust, and even steel from the Statue of Liberty. But we’re having a hard time finding a way to justify the $20,000/£16,295 price tag on this RJ X Pokémon watch. Read More >>

fitness trackers
Withings Hides Top Fitness Tracking Features in Attractive Watch

The Withings Activité, and the far more affordable Withings Activité Pop, showed the world that fitness trackers don’t necessarily have to look hideous. And while the new heart rate-tracking Steel HR makes some aesthetic compromises to gain smartwatch functionality, it’s still one of the most beautiful wearables you can buy. Read More >>