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Android Wear: Square and Round wearables cut out the rectangle

Android Wear: Square and Round wearables cut out the rectangle

Today Google unveiled their wearable push with Android Wear, a system that’ll work with both square and round screens. While this might seem like an aesthetic choice, purely for the fashion of the situation, Google has gone in-depth with how they’ll be rolling the system out. Starting with two core functions, Suggest and Demand, developers will be creating unique experiences for every device, while keeping a smooth UI for the lot.

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Moto 360 smartwatch detailed as Android Wear first for Motorola

Moto 360 smartwatch detailed as Android Wear first for Motorola

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed their first wearable device working with Google’s new Android Wear software. This device will be round - both round and square devices will be coming in the Android Wear universe - and will be telling time first and foremost. This device will also work with google Now, and is generally appearing to be the poster child for Google’s Android Wear initiative.

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LG G Watch detailed as first Android Wear wearable device

LG G Watch detailed as first Android Wear wearable device

Today right on top of Google’s first Android Wear push, LG has revealed that they’ll be releasing an LG G Watch. This device will make use of Google’s Android Wear software, based in Android with a number of Google-specific abilities. This includes working with Google Now and the "OK Google" keyword right out of the box.

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Android Wear: Google’s wearables play revealed

Android Wear: Google’s wearables play revealed

Today the folks at Google responsible for pushing the future of smart devices have announced Android Wear. This system will be working with manufacturers including Asus, HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung - each of whom have already shaken hands with Google on the initiative. This push will work with fashion brands like Fossil Group as well to bring on Android-powered wearables this year.

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HTC One 2014 available on March 25th “minutes” after announcement

HTC One 2014 available on March 25th “minutes” after announcement

Letting no time pass between announcing the "all new" HTC One for 2014 and letting users purchase the handset is a new move by the manufacturer - one that’ll certainly put some pressure on publications (like SlashGear) to get as much information on the device as possible out as quick as possible. While otherwise we’d have days or even weeks to speak about the devices before they’re released, groups like Carphone Warehouse are suggesting that they’ll be receiving shipments of the 2014 HTC One immediately after the special events taking place on the 25th of March in London and New York. We’ll be in New York for said event, of course - so stick around.

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Samsung S Band activity tracker gets German closeup

Samsung S Band activity tracker gets German closeup

This week the folks at Samsung have decided - perhaps accidentally - to release an up-close opportunity to users in Germany for their upcoming S Band activity tracker release. This device is about the size of a small watch face, fitting in a number of accessories made to attach to your arm or clothing. The activity tracker itself works with 5 LED lights in itself, hidden under the surface of its face until activated.

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iOS Healthbook details leak for tipped iOS 8 launch

iOS Healthbook details leak for tipped iOS 8 launch

There’s a new ecosystem within iOS being rumored this season which includes a health-centered aim for the next generation of iPhones. While this "Healthbook" will work with the iPhone 5s as well, the big dish will be inside iOS 8 for the next generation. These details come from 9to5Mac where Mark Gurman appears to have the full run-down. This update will likely be appearing before the end of 2014.

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Xbox One controller Windows drivers “this year”: no new model

Xbox One controller Windows drivers “this year”: no new model

A rumor has been spreading over the past few days that a new Xbox One controller would be released with compatibility specifically for the PC running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This morning, these rumors have been doused by Microsoft’s director of product management Albert Penello. He suggests that not only will there be no new controller for this purpose, there will be driver support later this year.

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SteamOS controller redesign up close: buttons galore

SteamOS controller redesign up close: buttons galore

Back at Steam Dev Days in January of this year, Valve first showed off a glimpse of their redesigned SteamOS controller. After deciding it was silly to include a touchscreen on the gamepad, the original controller was tossed out, and the most recent generation began. "Most recent" as in - there’ve been many, many prototypes, but this one is the closest we’ve gotten to the final product.

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Xbox One Chat Adapter issue acknowledged: Microsoft working on it

Xbox One Chat Adapter issue acknowledged: Microsoft working on it

This week we’ve come to understand why we’ve not had perfect results with the first wave of Xbox One Chat Adapters for the Xbox One wireless controller out in the wild. Apparently - so says Microsoft - there is an issue that they’re investigating which affects chat audio through the controller with the Xbox One. While it is likely a software fix will be in order, we wouldn’t put completely out of the running the possibility that replacement units could be needed.

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