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ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

Despite the growing popularity of wearables, smartwatches, and IoT devices, few of the hardware inside them are specifically designed with those form factors in mind. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 used in many smartwatches, for example, is running on half its cores to maintain the balance between performance and power drain. ARM Holdings, designer of the popular computing architecture, is changing that status quo by releasing the Mali-470, a new graphics core that has been designed to address the needs of tomorrow's smartwatches and the Internet of Things.

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Polar debuts A360 fitness wearable with optical heart rate monitoring

Polar debuts A360 fitness wearable with optical heart rate monitoring

Fitness wearables maker Polar has announced the A360, its first wrist-worn device that features optical heart-rate monitoring. While the band has a simple design, that's far from a downside. The A360's display is a vertical rectangle, similar to the Microsoft Band, with a color touchscreen. This is used in an effective way to display both the time and a number of fitness stats.

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Pebble Time metal bands up for pre-order, shipping 6-8 weeks

Pebble Time metal bands up for pre-order, shipping 6-8 weeks

The first generation of smartwatches, both of the Android Wear kind and others, have mostly been a plastic and rubber affair, resembling sportswatches than classic time pieces. These days, however, a lot of emphasis is being put on form now that function has mostly been set in stone. From circular watch faces to premium materials, smartwatches are becoming fashion statements as they are geeky paraphernalia. And Pebble, one of the pioneers in that market, won't be left behind, especially now that its new metal bands are ready to ship.

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Amber portable charging station brings Apple Watch battery mobile

Amber portable charging station brings Apple Watch battery mobile

Instead of having to carry along a whole dock to charge an Apple Watch, users will soon be able to roll with a case. The folks at Amber have created a portable charging station that looks like a jewelry case on the outside, sporting a charger on the inside (wireless of course), with the ability to hold a charge on the go. There's a battery inside, that is to say.

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Samsung Gear S2 availability details for T-Mobile, Verizon

Samsung Gear S2 availability details for T-Mobile, Verizon

It's a good two weeks since we first expected Samsung's latst premiere smartwatch to start its retail life, but now major US carriers have started to announce their support for the Gear S2. Building on top of the first Gear S' independence from smartphones and tablets, the Gear S2 adds a rotary bezel control to the sleek round watch face, putting a unique spin (no pun intended) to the smartwatch. Now, both T-Mobile and Verizon are revealing their pricing schemes, with general availability set to start next month.

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Pebble watches brings Nuance Voice Recognition to the public

Pebble watches brings Nuance Voice Recognition to the public

This week Pebble has brought Nuance Voice Recognition to Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round users. Nuance is powering Pebble's new Dictation API, allowing developers to create voice-friendly apps of all sorts for all of the 2nd-gen Pebble users in the wild. Pebble apps will be able to work with voice recognition and push all manner of commands to apps that do many fine things, like control your smart house and flying your drones around the countryside.

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Blocks Modular Smartwatch blasts Kickstarter goal with wacky wearable

Blocks Modular Smartwatch blasts Kickstarter goal with wacky wearable

The team behind Blocks have taken the idea behind a modular smartphone and applied to a smartwatch. Launching today on Kickstarter, the customizable wearable starts with circular watch face core, and then expands with a wristband where each link is a module offering a variety of features. Having been in development for some time now, the Blocks watch is now looking to raise $250,000, with a plan to start shipping by May. With 37 days left at the time of writing, the campaign has already surpassed its goal by $25,000.

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Android Wear ELE Watch’s price sounds too good to be true

Android Wear ELE Watch’s price sounds too good to be true

While smartwatches have become a thing nowadays, they still aren't the widely accepted consumer electronics product that smartphones are these days. Aside from the fact that smartwatches are still quite novel, one of the biggest hurdles to their adoption is budget. Android Wear smartwatches, for example, have long gone past the $200 mark. And let's not even talk about an Apple Watch's price tag. So when Chinese OEM Elephone promises an Android Wear powered ELE Watch with a $115 figure, consider our interest, and our wallet, piqued.

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ZTE launches “3D touch” AXON mini, Tencent OS AXON Watch

ZTE launches “3D touch” AXON mini, Tencent OS AXON Watch

ZTE seems to have found a new sweet spot in the mobile industry apart from its older nubia brand. The new AXON line, which began as a pleasant surprise with the ZTE Axon last July, is now welcoming two new additions to its family. ZTE claims that the AXON mini smartphone is the first in the market to have the equivalent of Apple's 3D Touch technology on the iPhone 6s. The AXON Watch, on the other hand, is one of the very few smartwatches running on Tencent OS.

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Tag Heuer can’t stop teasing its super-expensive smartwatch

Tag Heuer can’t stop teasing its super-expensive smartwatch

Tag Heuer hasn't been shy about teasing its upcoming smartwatch, and as a stalwart of the traditional watch brands there's plenty of interest in what's up its sleeve. The Tag Heuer Connected is due to be unveiled officially on November 9th, but we now know how at least a portion of the wearable will look when it hits wrists.

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The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

Microsoft has taken Microsoft Band back into the lab and cooked up its successor, and it finally feels ready for the mainstream. Gone is the clunky, near-prototype styling, replaced with a smooth, flexible circular band, topped with a curved touchscreen protected with rounded Gorilla Glass 3. Meanwhile, the sensors and software have improved, too.

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Boldr watches melds analog style with smart wearable tech inside

Boldr watches melds analog style with smart wearable tech inside

A new watch is on Kickstarter that at a glance doesn't look like a smart wearable that many of the Kickstarter projects we see today are. On the outside, the Boldr watch looks like an analog aviator style watch with a decidedly analog look that crams wearable tech inside to give users some smartwatch functions they might want.

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