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Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Backers of the Pebble Time Steel smartwatch when it was on Kickstarter will be glad to hear that Pebble has announced production will kick off this week. Pebble says that all watches sold during the Kickstarter campaign are being produced this month. Shipments to the first backers will start going out the last week of July. The last backers of the watch will start receiving tracking numbers by the end of August.

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Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

Android Wear to soon support interactive watch faces

As a platform, Android is quite flexible and part of that characteristic trickles down to Android Wear. The smartwatch-oriented OS has a few hidden quirks that developers are able to take advantage of to provide functionality otherwise unavailable officially. Sadly, that can sometimes lead to unpredictable behavior, sometimes even broken functionality. Good thing, then, that Google has chosen to officially adopt one such "hack". According to insider sources, an upcoming major Android Wear update will finally bring official support to interactive watches faces. Plus, it could also introduce Android Wear to Android Wear communication.

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ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

It's that time again - time to start diving in deep with the wide variety of product releases by device and accessory companies aiming to capitalize on the biggest comic book convention of the year. Today ThinkGeek is joining in on the fun with accessories from comic and cult-classic titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Knight Rider, the Avengers, and Star Wars. You've already seen the Star Trek entry earlier this month. You'll also find an action figure beach towel to turn yourself into a Legend with big muscles and a trim bod.

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Alcatel OneTouch Watch launches in White

Alcatel OneTouch Watch launches in White

The software-agnostic Alcatel OneTouch Watch has launched a new color this week - bringing white to the table where before there was black. This is the color we saw the watch in earlier this year, while the Black option was released to pre-orders just a few weeks ago. This smartwatch is different from the rest. It doesn't run Android Wear, it's not running Tizen - and it's certainly not an Apple Watch. This is a unique offering from Alcatel, and it's prepared to connect with your Android or iOS smartphone right out of the box.

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Apple Watch to be tested as learning tool in Penn State University research

Apple Watch to be tested as learning tool in Penn State University research

Researchers at Penn State University have said they are planning a research program that will look how wearables can be used as learning tools for students, with the Apple Watch serving as the basis. The school's Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) program says it wants to explore the effect devices like smartwatches have on human behavior, and see how effective they can be at improving students' study habits and learning achievements.

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Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Smartwatch Withings Activite ads the ability to detect when its user goes swimming. This new bit of functionality is built in to the device that's already on the wrists of users, needing only a software update to activate. This system will automatically recognize when its user is swimming so its user does not need to do anything special - not even tapping a button - before diving in. The watch sends information to the users smartphone for health tracking - both on dry land and in the water.

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Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Imagine an alternate way of using dating app Tinder, where instead of looking at profiles on your smartphone and swiping right or left, you simply glance at your Apple Watch and the app know if you're attracted to someone based on your heart-rate changes. That's the idea behind design agency T3's concept "Hands-free Tinder." T3 built its app with the use of Apple's recently released Watch SDK for detecting a user's heartbeat. They claim to be releasing the app "soon," but unless it's really a cooperation with Tinder, a name change seems likely.

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Casio to release smartwatch in early 2016

Casio to release smartwatch in early 2016

Casio, the Japanese watchmaker and undisputed originator of "old school smartwatches" like those seen above, has announced that it's jumping back into the high-tech wearables market currently dominated by Apple and Google. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Casio CEO Kazuhiro Kashio revealed that they are targeting a release in March 2016, and it will be a device that is comfortable and looks good. While "looking good" is certainly a subjective statement, Casio will have their work cut out for the next nine months.

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Apple Watch 2 tipped to feature same design, larger battery

Apple Watch 2 tipped to feature same design, larger battery

By now, people must certainly be getting tired of their Apple Watches and wondering when the next version will be out. That's why it's perfect that rumors about the so-called "Apple Watch 2" are starting to spring up. The latest, which originates in South Korea, is saying that the next version of Apple's wearable will feature a similar, if not exactly the same, external design, but with a larger batter to allow more hours of use between charges.

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Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

This week the folks at Huawei have revealed a device that they call "Zero." This device is a watch - more than likely an Android Wear watch - that works with a circular watch face. As the Moto 360 continues to be the most popular of Android Wear devices on the market - or at least in development terms - Huawei will make with the competition. In true Huawei form, we're to understand that this device will cost less than its opponents while it delivers style that's quite similar.

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Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai has introduced its new Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, allowing those with Apple’s wearable to control certain functions on their car from the convenience of their wrist. One such feature is flashing the car’s lights from the Apple Watch — a convenient way to find the car in a crowded parking lot or scare away a nosy passerby. Using Blue Link, the wearable can also be used to lock the doors using Apple Watch and as a remote start button for firing up the engine from “almost anywhere”, says the auto maker.

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LG introduces performance boosting hexagonal smartwatch batteries

LG introduces performance boosting hexagonal smartwatch batteries

LG Chem, a branch of LG, has its sights on moving up the ranks of the small-battery market which feeds the smartwatch and wearables industry. The company already claims to have the number one spot in the medium to large-sized battery market. It hopes to top the competition by releasing an innovative, hexagonal battery for smartwatches with circular faces such as the Moto 360 and LG's own G Watch R and Watch Urbane.

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