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Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Rather than combat smartwatches head-on, Swatch is aiming at a niche service offered with many platforms. Speaking to media at Swatch’s annual ‘Media Day’, CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker had signed deals with three bank card associations to bring NFC to Swatch’s incoming lineup of watches for the purpose of mobile payments. NFC will also make its way to wearables across Swatch’s lineup, from the low-cost plastic variants to their top-end Omega brand. Swatch confirmed China UnionPay as a partner, but refused to name the Swiss bank and credit card company they’d also partnered with.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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Moto 360 hits Moto Maker for custom smartwatch

Moto 360 hits Moto Maker for custom smartwatch

Motorola has added its Moto 360 to Moto Maker, allowing buyers of the smartwatch to customize it with a variety of strap, casing, and face options. The wearable has been on sale for some months now, but it's the first time the circular-faced gadget has been offered customizable from the outset. In total, there are 27 physical combinations that can be pieced together, though that number gets even bigger if you take custom digital watchfaces into account as well.

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Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Apple isn't putting out charging docs for its new Apple Watch, at least not yet, but we've said that you can make your own. Of course, you don't have to either, as there are many who are more than willing to deliver a ready to use product, for a price of course. Famed smartphone accessory maker Griffin is one of those first on the scene with its equally plain-named WatchStand, a rather unassuming post that holds not only your Apple Watch but also its partner iPhone.

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Apple videos show what Apple Watches are made of

Apple videos show what Apple Watches are made of

So Apple has finally released the final, or semi-final, details of the Apple Watch and many are probably left drooling over the smartwatches, or maybe fainting at the price tags. But if you're any sort of a design conscious user, you might just as well be interested in the thought and process that went into crafting this amalgamation of technology and art. Luckily for you, Apple has just released some videos that briefly explain the materials used in making the smartwatches, hopefully leaving you drooling again over such fine materials.

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Apple isn’t making an Apple Watch dock, but you can

Apple isn’t making an Apple Watch dock, but you can

Apple is releasing the dimensions of the inductive charger for the Apple Watch, so that third-party manufacturers can create accessories that accommodate the puck. The details will allow for cradles and cases that store not only the Apple smartwatch itself but its accompanying USB charger cable; however, it's only the shape and size of the magnetically-clinging inductive plate which will be shared, as Apple doesn't currently have plans for licensing out the technology itself.

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This is Apple Watch: Hands-on

This is Apple Watch: Hands-on

Six months ago, Apple showed us the Apple Watch. Today, I got to look past the prototypes of last year's event and instead try out a fully-functional version, more than a little curious about whether Apple had, indeed, cracked the smartwatch question. There's no denying that plenty of thought and design effort has been put into the timepiece - and some details are, frankly, inspired compared to what the competition is doing - but will that mean Apple Watch is an instant must-have?

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Apple Watch could be your Smart Home helper

Apple Watch could be your Smart Home helper

Could home automation integration be the most useful feature of the Apple Watch? Showing off the new smartwatch during Apple's keynote in San Francisco today, the Cupertino firm put on a demo of how third-party apps - in this case from home security firm Alarm.com - could integrate with the wearable, and give easier access to things like lighting, doors, and garages. For instance, a live view from a security camera watching the garage could stream directly to your wrist.

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Apple Watch will have ‘all-day’ battery life

Apple Watch will have ‘all-day’ battery life

The Apple Watch is a bit more fleshed out today, but one large thing remained to be answered. How long is this thing going to last?! While that’s always going to depend on your usage, CEO Tim Cook says it will have “all-day battery life”, and a “typical day” will get your 18 hours battery life. While that’s not exactly smartphone-level performance, the Apple Watch isn’t sporting a smartphone-level battery. With 18-hour battery life, it will likely appeal to more of us.

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