fitbit
New Leak Suggests Next Fitbit Charge Will Skip the One Feature It Really Needs

In its heyday, the Fitbit Charge was, for most people, the best wearable you could buy. It was incredibly functional, focused, and attractive enough to only gently scream your fitness aspirations to whoever caught a glimpse of it on your wrist. That was long ago, before smartwatches got sleeker, slimmer, and more capable—before they started making traditional wearables look like corner shop gadgets. Read More >>

samsung
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is Cute, But Way Too Big

At Samsung’s Unpacked event, the company confirmed what we already knew, and announced its Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phablet. It also announced a new wearable: The Samsung Galaxy Watch, the fourth device in Samsung’s line of wearable gadgets. With LTE connectivity, a slew of new health features, and three different colours, it seems Samsung is stuffing every feature it can find inside the thing. It’s a bit on the large side, however, though it does look like a fine piece of horology (as long as you plan on ditching the band). Read More >>

gadgets
This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch Gets One Thing Very Right

One of the most interesting gadgets I’ve tested in the past few years was the Matrix PowerWatch: a fitness-tracking timepiece powered only by the wearer’s body heat. The battery-free technology was neat, but the watch’s limited functionality wasn’t. Matrix Industries’ new PowerWatch X promises to be a more useful and capable wearable, but even with infinite battery life, it still falls short of being a useful smartwatch. Read More >>

smartwatches
Former Fitbit Employees Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets From Jawbone

One current and five former Fitbit employees accused of knowingly stealing trade secrets from former employer Jawbone, which ceased operation in 2017, have been indicted. The two companies have gone to court in the past over similar allegations. If convicted, the defendants could face up to 10 years in prison. Read More >>

apple
Looks Like The Next Apple Watch Could Have Solid-State Buttons

It seems the next Apple Watch could ditch physical buttons in favour of solid-state ones. Read More >>

apple
All the New Things Coming to Apple Watch in WatchOS 5

Despite being one of the first truly successful smartwatches, support for the Apple Watch, at least from third-party developers, has been dwindling. But with watchOS 5.0, previewed today at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, the company is hoping to breathe new life into the platform, while shifting the focus of its feature set back to its core functionality. Read More >>

smartwatches
How to Buy a Good Smartwatch if You’re Not into Apple

If you carry around an iPhone as your smartphone of choice then the Apple Watch is hands-down the best option for a smartwatch, for the seamless integration if nothing else. But what about the rest of us? You’ve got more options than you might realise for a companion wearable, and we’re going to get into the pros and cons of each. Read More >>

wearables
The Only Good Wearable Records Everything You Miss While Blinking Your Eyes

An eye blink is over in less than a second, which means you can’t possibly be missing much while your eyes are closed, right? But it’s estimated that humans can blink over 28,000 times a day, and as much as 10 per cent of our time awake is spent with our eyes closed. So it turns out you’re actually missing a lot by blinking, which totally justifies a wearable that documents all those missed moments. Read More >>

apple
Why the Round Apple Watch Dream Won’t Die

Yesterday, Apple was awarded a patent for an “electronic device having display with curved edges” that brings the dream of a round Apple Watch a little closer to the realm of possibility. Noticed by 9to5Mac, the patent mostly discusses the technical challenges when it comes to creating curved and circular displays, but the fact that it exists at all adds fuel to the fire inside me, the fire that demands a circular Apple Watch so I can stop looking like a total dork with a bit of disposable income. Read More >>

smartwatches
Fitbit Smartwatches Get Menstrual Cycle Tracking and ‘Quick’ Messaging

Today, Fitbit has begun to roll out a major update to its app that adds a handful of welcome features for its Versa and Ionic smartwatches. Read More >>

nokia
Nokia Screws Up Again, Sells Withings Back to Its Co-founder

Another day, another company snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. This time it’s Nokia, as the company has decided to sell its health division— formerly known as Withings—which it purchased for $191 million in 2016. The sale itself seemed inevitable, and its price undisclosed, but its buyer is a huge surprise: the original co-founder of Withings, Éric Carreel. Nokia expects the deal to close in “late Q2 2018.” While I respect the hustle, the sale of Withings and its host of incredible health products leaves me feeling more nervous than ever. Read More >>

wearables
The World’s First Working Projector Smartwatch Turns Your Arm Into a Big Touchscreen

Some smartwatches come with powerful processors, lots of storage, and robust software, but have limited capabilities compared to smartphones thanks to their tiny touchscreens. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, however, have now created a smartwatch prototype with a built-in projector that turns the wearer’s arm into a smartphone-sized touchscreen. Read More >>

snapchat
Snapchat Offers Precisely Zero Good Reasons Why You Should Buy Its New Spectacles

Just in time for spring, Snap has released a new version of its original Spectacles, after FCC filings unveiled a bit more about the upcoming pair of camera sunglasses. You’ll also be happy to know, if you wrote them off entirely due to their garish appearance, that you made the right choice. These Spectacles look more like a remaster than a sequel. Also, they’re still ugly as sin. Read More >>

gadgets
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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Snap is Working on Updated Spectacles, and No I Don’t Understand Why Either

Last month a report surfaced claiming Snapchat was working on a new and updated version of its Spectacles, the sunglasses that also functioned as a wearable Snapchat camera. Despite reports that nobody actually bought them, leading to massive piles of stock sitting around in warehouses untouched, the company clearly isn't deterred. Now filings with the US Federal Communications Commission indicate that there are new Spectacles coming very soon. Read More >>