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Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Earlier this month, Pebble showed off its "smartstrap" aspirations, something that will allow others to develop intelligent straps for the latest upcoming Pebble smartwatches. Now the company is back with another update, this time zeroing in on the how -- namely, that it'll be pushing that development into gear with a new million-dollar fund set to aid developers in making -- and launching -- their own Pebble smartstraps. Developers will still need to launch their own funding campaigns, but under this Pebble will back the strap itself if it likes what it sees.

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Your Android Wear smartwatch can now find your Android phone

Your Android Wear smartwatch can now find your Android phone

Losing a phone is the worst. Even if you just misplace it for a short time, the tense few minutes between the time you realize you’ve lost it — then find it — are just the worst. In searching, you might mumble “where’s my phone?” With a new update to Android Device Manager, that query might actually return a result, if you’re wearing an Android Wear device. A simple “Okay, Google. Start. Find my phone” will cause your smartwatch to locate your phone and make it ring.

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Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Over at BaselWorld this week, even brands like Mondaine aren't immune to the market wish for "smart" functionality in high-end watches. The last time we heard from Mondaine - in a smartwatch sense - was when they took part in a protest of pirated smartwatch faces back in November. Now they're back with their own smartwatch - one with fitness tracking abilities. That's about it. Two years of battery life is fairly standard when it comes to a smart fitness tracker like the one you're seeing here - even if it has a high-end body.

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New Moto 360 colors, style possibly revealed

New Moto 360 colors, style possibly revealed

As we’ve yet to see what Tag Heuer can cook up for Android Wear, the Moto 360 still holds the crown of ‘most attractive Android Wear device’. A recent trip into Moto Maker only solidified its place as an Android Wear device to consider every time you may be shopping for a wearable. It might be seeing increased customization options in the future, though. A now-deleted social media post from Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing shows a new-look Moto 360, and some new accessories.

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Tag Heuer smartwatch official, Google & Intel will help

Tag Heuer smartwatch official, Google & Intel will help

That rumored Tag Heuer smartwatch is now a reality. After a rumor surfaced late yesterday that both Intel and Google would be part of the deal, all parties involved today announced there would a be a luxury smartwatch from Tag Heuer. Google, Intel and Tag Heuer will work in unison to bring a luxury smartwatch to the world — and that’s all we know. Intel’s end in this is pretty evident (they’ll bring a SoC), and Google will come forward with software expertise on Android Wear.

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Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

Developer discovers iOS related code in Android Wear 4.4W

It seems that we might no longer need to rely on hacks or workarounds to get Android Wear devices to work with iPhones in the hopefully very near future. MohammadAG, developer of the popular Xposed Framework root mods (Android counterpart of iPhone's "jailbreak") revealed on Twitter that he stumbled upon something quite interesting in Android Wear 4.4W code. In it, he saw code named AncsHandler, referring to iOS' Apple Notification Center Service, which to him implies that Google itself might actually be working on bridging Android Wear and iOS already.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

TAG Heuer smartwatch will not be fully “Swiss Made”

Iconic Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, who was first speculated to enter the smartwatch scene last September, might finally be announcing just that tomorrow. But its foray into the technology space might come at a price, both literally and figuratively. Considering that Switzerland does not have the capacity to produce smartwatch components just yet, TAG Heuer has no choice but to "outsource" that part of the product and process to a Silicon Valley partner that it will reveal on Thursday, which could mean that its first smartwatch won't proudly wear the phrase "Swiss Made".

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Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

Android Wear can now unofficially answer iPhone calls

The day when Android Wear smartwatches can work, depending on your definition of the word, with iPhones might soon be coming but, quite amusingly, neither Google nor Apple might have a direct hand in it. Continuing his rather impressive exploration of bridging the two worlds, developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has released another video showing how an Android Wear smartwatch, again a Moto 360 in this case, can be used not just to inform the user that he or she has a phone call, but can actually also take action right then and there.

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Nomad Pod: an Apple Watch charger you can pocket

Nomad Pod: an Apple Watch charger you can pocket

Apple isn't giving away the details of its proprietary Apple Watch charger to make it harder for unauthorized accessory makers to copy. That said, it is at least sharing the dimensions to let authorized ones build theirs around the charger itself. We've seen Griffin's take on it, offering a simple yet elegant bedside nightstand post for the Apple Watch charger. Nomad, on the other hand, is doing things with a different twist. Its Pod does house the smartwatch charger, but it also has its own battery to make it both portable and versatile.

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Neptune Suite offers more “dumb terminals” for Neptune Hub

Neptune Suite offers more “dumb terminals” for Neptune Hub

The Neptune Duo has barely taken off the ground and already the Canada-based startup has already bigger, better, and more ambitious plans ahead. It has just launched at Indiegogo what it calls the Neptune Suite. As the name implies, it is an almost complete set of accessories that mirror a smart device's display. But, being Neptune, they all evolve not around a smartphone but a smartwatch, which Neptune has named, quite appropriately, the Neptune Hub. The idea may sound strange at first, but on further thought, it is actually quite interesting.

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