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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch name looks a lock-in

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch name looks a lock-in

Samsung's upcoming smartwatch looks set to launch as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a US trademark filing suggests, following potential design hints of a flexible-display wearable spotted at the weekend. The new trademark, described as, among other things, a "wearable digital electronic device ... capable of providing access to the internet" was filed on June 29 2013, and follows similar registrations in Korea and elsewhere.

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Samsung smartwatch designs potentially for flexible “Gear” wearable

Samsung smartwatch designs potentially for flexible “Gear” wearable

Wearables are set to be big business, and smartwatches perhaps biggest of all, so it comes as no surprise that Samsung has been doing its homework with a new flexible multi-function timepiece design. The concept filings, submitted to the Korean design office earlier this year, show a long, slender screen-centric design that can bend to fit around the wrist, with Samsung's familiar "back" and "menu" buttons from its Galaxy range of Android smartphones. There's also a filing - though no clear connection between the flexible design and the name - for a "Samsung Gear" trademark said to be for wearable technology.

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Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple has acquired Passif Semiconductor, a low-power wireless chip specialist with a product range that includes Bluetooth LE support for wearables like smartwatches. The deal, confirmed by Jessica Lessin and AllThingsD, has been confirmed by Apple, but no financial details - nor examples of what the Cupertino company intends to do with the wireless expertise - have been revealed.

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Apple’s Bob Mansfield latest “special projects” mystery shake-up

Apple’s Bob Mansfield latest “special projects” mystery shake-up

Apple has quietly reshuffled its executive team once again, with senior vice president of technologies Bob Mansfield discretely being removed from the executive profiles page, with Apple cryptically saying only that he would be instead working on "special projects". Speculation began once the missing profile was first spotted that Mansfield had been sidelined after struggling to cut Apple's dependence on Samsung, but instead it appears that the exec is being repositioned to work on another mysterious project as the firm looks to follow up the best-selling iPhone and iPad.

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Surface smartwatch tipped to clad tweaked-Windows in transparent metal

Surface smartwatch tipped to clad tweaked-Windows in transparent metal

Microsoft's Surface team has taken on development of the company's upcoming smartwatch, it's reported, with the wrist-worn gadget supposedly running a modified version of Windows 8. The Surface smartwatch is being built on an original design by the Xbox team, The Verge's sources claim, which had been tinkering with a "Joule" heart-rate monitor prototype for the Xbox 360.

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IFTTT for iPhone gives iOS some context-intelligence

IFTTT for iPhone gives iOS some context-intelligence

The iPhone you might have in your pocket could be getting considerably more intelligent thanks to IFTTT (If This Then That) arriving on iOS, effectively bringing macros to contacts, photos, reminders, and more. IFTTT for iPhone uses user-defined "Recipes" to turn complex series of tasks - such as uploading any images saved in a certain album to Flickr - into automatic processes, ideal for power-users.

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Apple grabs YSL exec for “special projects”: Making iWatch fashionable?

Apple grabs YSL exec for “special projects”: Making iWatch fashionable?

Apple has hired former Yves St Laurent Group CEO Paul Deneve as vice president of "special projects", though no indication of what those project might entail has been given. The fashion industry stalwart - who before YSL was chief exec at Lanvin and Nina Ricci - is in fact making his return to Apple, having worked for the company in Europe in the 1990s, Bloomberg reports. Unsurprisingly, the fashion house hire has prompted speculation that Deneve's expertise in luxury goods will help shape future Apple wearables, like the much-rumored iWatch.

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Samsung GEAR hinted as upcoming smartwatch name in trademark filings

Samsung GEAR hinted as upcoming smartwatch name in trademark filings

On May 19, Samsung confirmed that it is working on a smartwatch, something it has been doing for quite some time, according to Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee. We've seen various mockups and artists renderings of what the smartwatch might look like, but thus far its design is unknown. The name, however, may have just surfaced in a trademark filing: the Samsung GEAR.

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Apple iWatch trademark spreads: Applications in Russia, Taiwan, Mexico & Turkey

Apple iWatch trademark spreads: Applications in Russia, Taiwan, Mexico & Turkey

Apple continues to quietly hunt down trademarks for iWatch in multiple markets, with the Japanese filing spotted this weekend followed by similar applications in Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, and Turkey. Although the "iWatch" name for a much-rumored Apple smartwatch had only been speculation, Apple filed to claim it in Japan on June 3, the same day as in these three new countries. Some predictions see Apple launching the digital timepiece as early as this year.

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Careful Sony, three SmartWatch strikes and you’re out

Careful Sony, three SmartWatch strikes and you’re out

You can't accuse Sony of lacking faith in the SmartWatch 2; in fact, the company is keen to point out that it has made a few attempts at the segment before. "Competitors are only now launching first generation devices," Sony's Stefan K. Persson, head of companion products, said of the launch, "while we are already launching a 3rd generation device." According to Persson it's an opportunity to show what "all the insight gained from over half a million customers" can do to your wearable strategy, but does the SmartWatch 2 really earn its place on your wrist?

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