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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed launches worldwide, on Verizon too

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed launches worldwide, on Verizon too

Hot on the heels of Google announcing official support for independent cellular connectivity on Android Wear, LG has also announced the start of the global rollout of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first Android Wear smartwatch to boast of that very same feature. And while LG only has a vague "starting this month" schedule, at lesat for the US and South Korea, Verizon has more specific dates. Interested buyers can pre-order the smartwatch starting November 12 while general availability starts on November 19.

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Android Wear now officially supports standalone connectivity

Android Wear now officially supports standalone connectivity

It's about time, right? Well, maybe, depending on which side of the fence you're on. If you're of the opinion that smartwatches shouldn't be anything more than an accessory to your smartphone or tablet, then this new Android Wear feature might not make much sense. But if you believe that a smartwatch should be an independent mobile device in its own right, then you might welcome this news with glee. Android Wear finally supports cellular connections, allowing smartwatches to connect to the Internet and networks even when the smarpthone isn't around.

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ARM’s “ultra-high efficient” Cortex-A35 is for wearables

ARM’s “ultra-high efficient” Cortex-A35 is for wearables

ARM Holdings, the folks designing one of the most used CPU architectures in the world, thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices, is really pushing hard in its thrust to embrace the newest segment of embedded devices to hit the market. That is, wearables, particularly smartwatches, and the myriad smart appliances and gadgets that make up the Internet of Things. Last month, it revealed the new Mali-470 graphics core that promises to give smooth graphics even to small smartwatches. Now it's announcing the Cortex-A35 that will deliver the processing power for the same.

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TAG Heuer Connected unboxing shows unflattering packaging

TAG Heuer Connected unboxing shows unflattering packaging

The phrase "new wine in old wineskin" might be a bit apt in this scenario. TAG Heuer has just launched its first ever smartwatch, running Android Wear, of course, aimed at the luxury market and squarely aimed at the Apple Watch. Coming from the marque, you do expect a hefty price tag, which, for this wearable, translates to $1,500. With that four-digit number, you sort of expect it to have a nice packaging to match. But as some people on Reddit have discovered to their dismay, that might not always be the case.

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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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