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The Anti-Rape Gadgets That Never Delivered

It’s like clockwork: every month or so, you’ll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, colour-changing straws or colour-changing nail polish, or “smart stickers” that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There’s the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage that garners hundreds of thousands of views in a few days. But after a fleeting moment in the news cycle, the stories—and ostensibly, the products themselves—disappear. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Next Alexa Device Is… a Pair of Smart Glasses?

When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon’s Alexa is already out to a big lead. But with refreshed Home speakers coming from Google not to mention Apple, Sonos, and others soon to be joining the fray with their own sound systems featuring built-in digital assistants, Amazon has no time to rest on its laurels. To help bring the power of Alexa to places where a regular Echo might not be able to go, Amazon is reportedly getting ready to make an Alexa-powered pair of smart glasses. Read More >>

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These Smart Glasses Could One Day Turn Your Nose Into a Secret Remote Control

Google, a company that spends billions of pounds on research and development, still hasn’t found a good reason for everyone to own a pair of smart glasses. But an international team of researchers is rethinking how upgraded glasses could be useful—by turning the wearer’s nose into a remote control for other devices. Read More >>

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BAE Systems Plans Future AR Glasses for the Military

BAE Systems is hoping that the wars of the future won't all be fought by madmen pressing big red buttons from within mountain hideouts, as it's still developing hardware for troops to wear on the ground. Including in the pipeline right now a set of augmented reality glasses that would/could overlay mission critical information atop the real world, like those clever Apple AR demos but with targets sights and ammo remaining displays. Read More >>

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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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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 >>

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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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Even Intel Thinks Wearables Don’t Stand a Chance

Wearables are out and augmented reality is in over at Intel. CNBC is reporting that Intel completely shuttered its wearables division just two weeks ago, and the New Technologies group that housed the division is now focused on augmented reality. From one fad to another, Intel is trying to chase the next big thing. Read More >>

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Fitbit Explodes on Woman’s Wrist, Because Catastrophic Failure Is Always an Option

Are you reading this on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Yes? Cool. That glowing misery rectangle has the capacity to explode the same way Milwaukee woman Dina Mitchell’s Fitbit Flex 2 did last week. Any lithium-based rechargeable battery can. It’s just extremely unlikely. Read More >>

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Most of Us Don’t Need a Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers aren’t what they used to be. The fad gadget you strap to your wrist has seen a precipitous fall in the last year. Pebble closed its doors after releasing a solid fitness tracker, and Fitbit has struggled (though we liked its new Fitbit Alta HR). There’s also the fact that fitness trackers, while great for athletes, seem to not actually help most of us lose weight. 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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How To Get All Your Fitness Tracking Data in One Place

You’ve got data pouring in from your connected fitness tracker, your smartphone, your smartwatch, the smart scales in your bathroom and the dieting app you use to log your meals—so how do you get all of this information in one place? It isn’t easy, but here are a few pointers to help. Read More >>

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Turn Your Apple Watch Into a Tiny Macintosh Computer While it Charges

Turning the Apple Watch on its side while it’s charging overnight puts it in Nightstand Mode so you can always see the time. But with Elgato’s amusing new W3 stand, instead of a tiny alarm clock, your Apple Watch becomes a miniature replica of the original Macintosh computer on your bedside table. 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 >>