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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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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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 >>

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The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch

“That’s a nice watch,” said my colleague, about an hour after I strapped the Fitbit Versa to my person. The new fitness tracker, the company’s third pass at a smartwatch you can wear for days at a time, is a welcome update to its butt-ugly predecessor. The £200 Versa will more than likely satisfy any fitness enthusiast, casual athlete, or health nut looking for an exercise-centric (and long-lasting) wearable, but the dearth of available apps combined with the closeness in price to other, more capable wearables make it a tough sell for nerds who need more. Read More >>

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Another Study Says Fitbits Aren’t So Great at Tracking Heart Rate

Activity trackers, whether standalone devices like the Fitbit or as a feature of other wearables like Apple Watch, are a popular health and fitness trend among consumers, and scientists and doctors have increasingly been using activity trackers in their research or to monitor patients away from the office. But a new study published last week in PloS-One suggests—not for the first time—that these devices aren’t as reliable as they claim. Read More >>

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Fitness App’s ‘Anonymised’ Data Dump Accidentally Reveals US Military Bases Around the World

People around the world use the app Strava on their smartphones and Fitbits to track how far they run. But researchers have discovered that an “anonymised” data dump released by Strava last year has accidentally revealed sensitive locations, including US military bases around the world. Read More >>

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CES 2018: The Vuzix Blade Is What Google Glass Always Wanted to Be

When Google Glass was announced back in 2013, it was easy to forgive one of the the first AR headsets for looking awkward and being hard to use. There’s no doubt Google’s first crack at making an optical head-mounted display was ahead of its time. Read More >>

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CES 2018: The Coros Omni Bike Helmet has Bone Conduction So You Can Cycle With Your Tunes

Back during IFA last September I shamelessly declared a smart bike helmet to be my favourite gizmo of the show, because it had a bunch of cool shit like speakers and automatic lights. Now that CES has arrived it's clear that Coros also thinks that sort of thing is a good idea, and is showcasing a smart bike helmet of its own. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Next Big Thing Could be Serving You Ads on The go

Rumors Facebook is always secretly recording you have long refused to die, but it turns out Amazon may be the first tech giant to achieve the age-old dream of a total advertising Panopticon. Read More >>