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TAG Heuer’s Android Wear watch’s most important detail is mechanical

TAG Heuer’s Android Wear watch’s most important detail is mechanical

Just a tiny portion of the presentation of TAG Heuer's first smartwatch (with Google's Android Wear) was dedicated to its warranty. This relatively tiny detail makes all the difference when you compare the watch - and the brand - to smartwatch competitors like Apple and Motorola. The TAG Heuer watch comes with a 2-year warrantee. After that time is done, the owner of the watch has the option of going in to the watch store to swap it out (for a fee) with a mechanical TAG Heuer watch.

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TAG Heuer Connected watch revealed – aimed directly at Apple

TAG Heuer Connected watch revealed – aimed directly at Apple

The folks at TAG Heuer have revealed a smartwatch that runs Google's Android Wear software. Inside you'll find Google's software - very similar to the software you'll find on devices like the Moto 360 and the Huawei Watch, while on the outside you'll find luxury hardware the likes of which are only otherwise delivered with a far more expensive piece of equipment. This is the first time an Android Wear watch has been released by a manufacturer that hadn't previously released any devices with Android onboard.

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Pebble Time Round goes on retail 8th November

Pebble Time Round goes on retail 8th November

As if you already don't have a hard enough time deciding what fancy new smartwatch to get, especially with the holidays coming soon, Pebble comes along to complicate matters. Not that we're really complaining, considering it's the Pebble Time Round we're talking about here. Now that its latest smartwatch has started arriving on backer's doorsteps, the company has finally announced when it will be available for the rest of us mere mortals. Mark your calendars and ready your wallets. The Pebble Time Round arrives on Sunday.

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Chronos brings smartwatch smarts to traditional timepieces

Chronos brings smartwatch smarts to traditional timepieces

The smartwatch market continues to expand with numerous options, with everything from wearables that run apps and track almost everything, like the Apple Watch or Samsung's Gear S2, to models that focus only on a specific fitness activity. But for those who are still attached to, or simply prefer the looks of a classic analog watch, there's another option. Chronos is a small disc that attaches to the back of a timepiece, adding smartwatch features like notifications and tracking.

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Rufus Cuffs wrist-tablet shows signs of life, still huge

Rufus Cuffs wrist-tablet shows signs of life, still huge

It has been more than a year since Rufus hit its $200,000 funding goal, walking away with more than $750,000 to fund the worlds largest smartwatch. Actually, to call it a smartwatch would be a misnomer. Rufus itself calls the Cuff a "wrist communicator", which might conjure images of Star Trek or other sci-fi flicks and cartoons. And that association would actually be very appropriate since Rufus has refused to back down from its vision of strapping what is practically a mini tablet to your wrist.

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AT&T adds Samsung Gear S2, LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed to its list

AT&T adds Samsung Gear S2, LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed to its list

It has been about two months since Korean rivals Samsung and LG put out their latest flagship smartwatches. Most retailers and US carriers have, by now, announced their support and availability details for these latest high-end wearables. Not to be outdone, AT&T is now revealing when the Samsung Gear S2 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE will land and how much it will cost you. In the same breath, the carrier is teasing its customers that these two will be the first smartwatches to support its upcoming NumberSync feature.

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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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Companies, devs sued over patent for watches that control cars

Companies, devs sued over patent for watches that control cars

As smartwatches become more known and more ubiquitous, only time will tell before they become the patent litigation magnet that smartphones are today. Actually, that ball has already started rolling, but for a specific use case. A non-practicing entity or NPE, lovingly called patent trolls, by the name of Intellectual Capital Consulting is suing people left and right over a patent related to how a watch can be used to lock, unlock, and start a car remotely. The lawsuit's defendants are the likes of Apple, Samsung, and probably half the car makers in the world.

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Huawei Watch Review

Huawei Watch Review

This device has been a long time coming - and anticipated by round-faced smartwatch hopefuls. This is Huawei's first fully round display-toting wearable device, and indeed one of the first smartwatches with a fully round panel to have been shown to the world, as well. The Huawei Watch is relatively affordable (especially compared to its biggest competitors) and looks generally unassuming or otherwise low-key in design. Is that enough to take on the likes of Apple and Motorola?

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Nokia’s new Articles of Association hint at wearable plans

Nokia’s new Articles of Association hint at wearable plans

There might have been doubts about Nokia going back to making consumer devices but this latest revelation is the proverbial nail on the coffin. Emerging from its Extraordinary General Meeting, Nokia has issued a press statement saying a whole lot of things. Buried somewhere in there, however, lies a morsel of information that is pretty interesting. In summary, Nokia wants to revise the company's Articles of Association to include a list of new targets, a list that includes, among other things, mobile devices and consumer wearables.

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Samsung Gear S2 Review

Samsung Gear S2 Review

When you can do so much with your smartphone, it's easy to assume that your smartwatch needs to be equally capable in order to make it worthwhile on your wrist. Problem is, all those talents can turn the wearable experience into a confusing morass of tapping, swiping, scrolling, and swearing. Samsung may just have come up with the answer in the Gear S2, however, and all it took was a big wheel.

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Fossil debuts Android Wear-powered Q smartwatch

Fossil debuts Android Wear-powered Q smartwatch

As more and more traditional watch companies are eyeing the growing popularity of smartwatches with envy, yet another has decided to enter the heated market. This time its Fossil with their just announced line of Q watches, all with varying degrees of "smartness," including one powered by Android Wear. The lineup starts with three traditional analog watches, but with activity tracking sensors in the bands. The fourth features a color touchscreen display.

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