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Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

With Apple's entry into the smartwatch market, watch makers are finally taking note that the fledgling wearable isn't just a fad that's going away any time soon. At the same time, however, they have the unique problem of staying steadfast to their calling of making "true" watches. Some have dived head on with smartwatch models. Others are taking sort of middle road. And instead of doing things completely alone, some have grouped together to bring forth what will be collectively known as the Swiss Horological Smartwatches.

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Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Over at BaselWorld this week, even brands like Mondaine aren't immune to the market wish for "smart" functionality in high-end watches. The last time we heard from Mondaine - in a smartwatch sense - was when they took part in a protest of pirated smartwatch faces back in November. Now they're back with their own smartwatch - one with fitness tracking abilities. That's about it. Two years of battery life is fairly standard when it comes to a smart fitness tracker like the one you're seeing here - even if it has a high-end body.

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Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

It seems that we might no longer need to rely on hacks or workarounds to get Android Wear devices to work with iPhones in the hopefully very near future. MohammadAG, developer of the popular Xposed Framework root mods (Android counterpart of iPhone's "jailbreak") revealed on Twitter that he stumbled upon something quite interesting in Android Wear 4.4W code. In it, he saw code named AncsHandler, referring to iOS' Apple Notification Center Service, which to him implies that Google itself might actually be working on bridging Android Wear and iOS already.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Apple CEO Tim Cook likens Android to boring old Windows platform

Android users love their variety. The dedicated quickly dismiss the iOS competition as being “boring” and “copying” features their handset had months ago. those same users point to the variety Android offers as reason the platform is so amazing, and commands the impressive global market share it does. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a recent interview, wasn’t quite so kind about Android. To his mind, Android is the new Windows — and not the cool new Windows, either. Tim Cook thinks Android is like Windows Vista Windows.

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Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

The day when Android Wear smartwatches can work, depending on your definition of the word, with iPhones might soon be coming but, quite amusingly, neither Google nor Apple might have a direct hand in it. Continuing his rather impressive exploration of bridging the two worlds, developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has released another video showing how an Android Wear smartwatch, again a Moto 360 in this case, can be used not just to inform the user that he or she has a phone call, but can actually also take action right then and there.

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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IP Box hardware used to bruteforce screenlock on iOS devices

IP Box hardware used to bruteforce screenlock on iOS devices

Word of an interesting device that can certainly be put to work for nefarious deeds has turned up that makes it easy for someone else to bruteforce the screenlock passcode on iOS devices. The device is called the IP Box and is apparently being used in the phone repair market now. The IP Box is inexpensive at around £200 and connects directly to the USB connection of the iOS device.

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Next to the Spinning Pinwheel of Death, the next most dreaded rotating indicator is probably the ones that you see on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Yes, those spinners that indicate that your video has stopped and is still buffering, making you wait in anxiety and worry, especially when the connection suddenly crashes. Opera Software, who has been at the forefront of minimizing your Internet data usage, has a solution for that in the form of the latest version 4.1 of its Opera Coast browser for iOS, now with Video Boost technology.

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Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

If you’ve been wanting to switch from an Android phone, windows mobile device or — shudder — BlackBerry to an iPhone, you may soon have incentive to do so. A new report says Apple is readying a program that will allow older devices to be traded in via Apple Stores, which will in turn provide gift cards towards the purchase of new iPhones. Apple currently does this with older iPhones, where store associates use their best judgement to decipher a trade-in value.

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