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Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

The folks over at Phonebloks ignited the modular smartphone movement, which has gained a lot of attention for the functionality it promises: the ability for users to swap out component modules for different ones when desired. That idea was ported to smartwatches, which we got an early look at back in March, and the concept was just an exciting. Fast-forward more than half a year, and an updated design has been showcased in a new video demonstrating its blocks concept, which we have for you after the jump.

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Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am's smartwatch has been officially unveiled right on time, and it's called the Puls ("pulse"). We've heard bits and pieces about the smartwatch over this past year, and it was originally expected the device would be available this summer. That didn't pan out, but is of little matter now, with the smartwatch finally be rolled out and (some of) the pertinent details with it. Among other things, the smartwatch can be used independent of a smartphone, and will be available to those in the United States via AT&T.

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This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

The Apple Watch is an exciting concept, and though we’ve seen it for ourselves — it’s still a concept. Apple didn’t show off any apps that made good sense for their wearable, and were more than tight-lipped about how Apple Watch will take advantage of its home on your wrist while still working seamlessly with your iPhone. A new batch of app renders for the Apple Watch show what may be in store for us, and give an early glimpse as to how apps could end up working.

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will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

will.i.am to reveal i.am+ wearable dream on Wednesday

Everyone is getting into wearables these days. And by everyone, we don't just mean the usual culprits of technology companies and mobile device makers. Seeing traditional watch makers trying to dip their toes in the nascent market isn't surprising. But entertainers and artists? That's definitely not your usual mix. And yet that is actually what will.i.am from popular music group Black Eyed Peas is doing and he will be revealing exactly what his vision and plans are for this rising device category this Wednesday at Dreamforce 2014.

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Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Perhaps Microsoft has really turned over a new leaf. It has lately been quite supportive of other platforms by bringing their software to iOS and Android, sometimes even on par with their native OS versions as well. Quite surprisingly, Microsoft recently updated OneNote to have support for Android Wear, probably not a technological miracle but a well-intentioned gesture nonetheless. Now it has an even bigger surprise, one that has literal gestures in it: an "analog" keyboard for Android Wear that doesn't have keys.

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Apple Watch hits Vogue cover with Liu Wen

Apple Watch hits Vogue cover with Liu Wen

It’s become clear that at least one of the publicity directions the Apple Watch will be going in is fashionable. The "editorial debut" of the Apple Watch in China will be with Vogue China, complete with a cover story and modeling by supermodel Liu Wen. We previously caught Liu Wen and the watch last month, finding her credentials powerful then as well - one of the top-paid models in the world, having worked with Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Victoria’s Secret in the relatively recent past - and likely the future as well.

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Halo: an analog smartwatch with a transparent OLED display

Halo: an analog smartwatch with a transparent OLED display

The rise of the smartwatch, especially now that Apple has jumped into the fray, has conventional watch brands somewhat scrambling to join the bandwagon. However, not everyone is willing to buy into how current big players like Google, Samsung, and Apple would like to define what a smartwatch is and how it looks like. Some, like German company Longshine, has ideas of its own as seen in Halo, a smartwatch that tries to combine the best of both analog and digital in a rather unique way.

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