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Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

Microsoft Band vs the Wearable Competition

You'd need a very big wrist to wear this year's crop of fitness bands and smartwatches, but Microsoft believes the new Microsoft Band can elbow out the competition. Straddling the line between smartwatch and health tracker - not to mention spanning not only Windows Phone but iPhone and Android, in a play for cross-compatibility that rivals could learn a lesson from - the sensor-packed wearable claims to deliver the best of both worlds. In the process, though, Microsoft has arguably given itself double the challenge, so I pulled up my sleeves to see how the Microsoft Band holds up.

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AT&T quietly enables Cascade-like single ID with Gear S watch

AT&T quietly enables Cascade-like single ID with Gear S watch

Samsung's Gear S is spreading, with AT&T confirming its launch plans and pricing for the 3G-enabled smartwatch. The curved AMOLED wristband will hit AT&T shelves on November 7th, AT&T said today, priced at $199.99. Unlike T-Mobile USA, however, which announced a new, wearable-specific data tariff for the Gear S earlier today, AT&T is taking a different approach, and going some way to addressing how users are contactable when they're carrying multiple devices each with their own network identity.

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T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

With built-in 3G and a curved AMOLED touchscreen, we weren't quite sure how much the Samsung Gear S smartwatch was going to cost, but T-Mobile USA has put those questions to bed with availability news for the connected wearable. Headed to stores on November 9th - and up for pre-registration today - the Gear S will also get a new, low-cost data plan specially designed for information-sipping gadgets. Priced at $5 per month, the plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data (up to 500MB of which is at full-speed), and paves the way for other connected devices that want access to carriers' mobile networks.

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Moto 360 in gold, brown leather strap sighted in Amazon

Moto 360 in gold, brown leather strap sighted in Amazon

Smartwatches are the new smartphones, novel, trendy, and still in flux. Just as smartphones had, and still do, a gold craze, it seems only fitting that smartwatches should as well. None or very few smartwatch makers have signed up for a golden version of their smart timepiece but it seems that Motorola will once again beat others to the punch. A golden Moto 360, both in wide and slim band variants, have appeared on Amazon's shelves ahead of any formal announcement or even clue from Motorola.

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AT&T pre-announces would-be availability of the LG G Watch R

AT&T pre-announces would-be availability of the LG G Watch R

LG's round-faced G Watch R will indeed soon be making its way to the US, and AT&T is one of the first places where you will be able to get it. This is the message that the major US carrier is giving as it confirmed that the smartwatch will indeed be available in its portfolio and that it is one of the very first wireless carriers to do so. That said, this is merely a pre-announcement as neither date nor price have been revealed just yet.

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Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit has revealed a trio of new fitness tracking wearables, the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge, promising not only health monitoring but Caller ID and sleep pattern tracking. Launching today in the case of the Fitbit Charge, and in early 2015 for the other models, each has a display - OLED on the Charge and Charge HR, and an LCD touchscreen on the Surge smartwatch - and up to a full week of battery life, the company claims. Meanwhile, there's also the promise of access to the heart rate and GPS data collected by the three, though the Fitbit API.

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LG G Watch R global rollout announced

LG G Watch R global rollout announced

If you thought that the smartwatch craze has died down, think again. Just recently Google has revealed the latest update to the Android Wear platform, bringing GPS support, standalone music playback, and the strappings of Bluetooth audio output. That goes hand in hand with the start of pre-orders for Sony's GPS-toting SmartWatch 3. LG, of course, isn't going to be left behind and has revealed the availability of its round-faced G Watch R, which starts its trek in Europe next month, with North America to follow later.

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Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

This morning Google made clear their next update for Android Wear: a pinch of independence. This update will allow users with devices with the prerequisite hardware to use built-in GPS without the aid of your connected smartphone. This update also brings on independent music storage. Listen to your tunes on the go with Bluetooth headphones or - if you're weird - the built-in speaker on your smartwatch. And this is only the beginning - Google has announced they're going big with the Sony Smartwatch 3, as well.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony's SmartWatch 3 may not be the first Android Wear device to hit shelves, but its combination of waterproofing and discrete styling - not to mention new the new release of Android Wear 2.0 - could still find the wearable some fans. Appearing today for pre-order through Verizon Wireless, the SmartWatch 3 is priced at a not-inconsiderable $249.99: that, if you've forgotten, is the same as Motorola is asking for the Moto 360, which is certainly more distinctive with its circular touchscreen face.

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