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Kairos T-band marries analog and smartwatch differently

Kairos T-band marries analog and smartwatch differently

One of the debates surrounding the new smartwatch trend is the one about classical, analog watches and sophisticated, but sometimes inelegant smartwatches. Some people see a watch as more than just a timepiece but also as a form of expression, a part of personality. These types of people would probably never wear a smartwatch even if they see the utility in it. Until now. Kairos is back in trying to mix analog and digital, and this time it is doing things differently with the T-band, which is basically a "smart watch strap".

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Sony tipped to be considering an “all e-ink” smartwatch

Sony tipped to be considering an “all e-ink” smartwatch

Smartwatches might be useful, at least to some, but their battery lives are nothing to write home about, given the available space you can cram a battery into. Some smartwatch makes, most notably Pebble, have opted to stay with the colorless but more power-efficient e-ink types of display. Based on an insider source, Sony might be eying something similar too, but with an intriguing twist. It won't just be the watch face that will be using e-ink, but the whole wrist band itself as well.

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Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

A word of caution: if you’ve fallen head over heels for a smartwatch face recently, it might be time to reevaluate your admiration. How your smartwatch looks, at least when it’s not doing smartwatch-y things, may soon change. While we like smartwatches for their contextual awareness and ability to force-feed us notifications, we still want a watch. To accomplish the look of a “real” watch, some smartwatch software designers and Developers actually borrow from existing, often high-end watches.

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Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

The past few months have seen a flurry of new entries into the smartwatch market, with fancy shapes, faces, and colored screens. But one of the pioneers in that space, Pebble, still manages to hold its ground despite its geekier design and monochrome, but energy-efficient, display. Fans of the wearable device are now being rewarded for sticking with it through thick and thin. The latest update brings a major new feature to all users and one crucial feature on Android that will surely delight all users.

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Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Mobile payments are all the rage, and not to be left behind is PayPal, which has announced the arrival of its app for Pebble smartwatches. The app is available now, and brings with it the ability to pay for goods and services at certain shops that accept it from the comfort of one's wrist. Both check-ins and payment codes are supported, and payment notifications are also dished to the wearable, meaning users will no longer have to pop out their smartphone to complete a transaction.

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Apple Watch resolution, font detailed for Developers

Apple Watch resolution, font detailed for Developers

We’ve known for a while the Apple Watch was going to be a bit different, if not only for its weird “send your heartbeat” function. Now that Apple is letting Developers toy with WatchKit a bit, we’re starting to see some details leak out. Though only active notifications and glances are available for development right now, there’s still plenty to learn about Apple Watch. With two different size displays, we’re hearing about screen resolution, and even what Apple is calling their latest font.

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Burg 12 standalone smartwatch launches at Walmart

Burg 12 standalone smartwatch launches at Walmart

A new standalone smartwatch called the Burg 12 has quietly launched at Walmart, bringing those interested in the technology a relatively low-priced option with an interface that, in one iteration at least, looks like a miniature Simon Says toy. The smartwatch, though standalone in nature, can be connected to an Android or iOS smartphone, and it appears to run its own proprietary software, which isn't detailed. Hermen van den Burg, a Dutch designer, is behind the design, hence its name.

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Pebble’s Domino’s app tracks deep dish from your wrist

Pebble’s Domino’s app tracks deep dish from your wrist

It's not entirely clear why smartwatch companies seem convinced we need to manage our food from our wrists, but if you're a Pebble wearer whose been looking hungrily at Android Wear's Eat24 app, salvation is almost at hand. Domino's is launching a new delivery tracker for the e-paper smartwatch, with real-time updates as to where, exactly, your dinner is fed straight to your arm. However, it's not quite the watch to table digital food service that you might hope for.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 joins LG G Watch R on Google Play

Sony SmartWatch 3 joins LG G Watch R on Google Play

Joining a whole collection of Android Wear devices in the Google Play market this week is the Sony SmartWatch 3, the first Sony SmartWatch to be offered direct by Google. This is also only the second time Google Play has sold a Sony device from their online store, the first being the massive Sony X Ultra Google Play Edition. Sony comes with their third-generation smartwatch with Android Wear while previous editions used a unique version of a slightly less wearables-aimed Android, before Google jumped in.

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Geak Watch II boasts two displays, hits funding goal

Geak Watch II boasts two displays, hits funding goal

Last summer we saw the GEAK Watch, an Android-toting smartwatch that will soon be getting an upgrade in the form of a new model. The GEAK Watch II has been successfully funded and will be shipping this coming January, bringing with it a stylish design and the features you'd expect to find in a smartwatch: fitness tracking, message and call notifications, and more. The maker is hailing GEAK Watch II as "the world's first true round panel smart watch - with no dead "sensor" area".

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