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Survey: 10% of iPhone users ‘very likely’ to buy Apple Watch

Survey: 10% of iPhone users ‘very likely’ to buy Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is still just pictures on a website, but the fervent energy around its release is palpable. Non-tech blogs are discussing it, and the newest addition to the wearable space already has Developers working on the features they can take advantage of. A few weeks ago, we told you about a survey where 10% of people said they’d “definitely buy” the Apple Watch. A new survey backs that number up a bit, but dives a bit deeper into the iOS fan-base.

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Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret is a bracelet, a smart wearable that allows you to work with a user interface we currently associate only with a smartphone or a tablet. Cicret is not a smartwatch. Nor is it a smartphone or a tablet. Instead, Cicret is a bracelet that works with a pico projector, 8 "long range sensors", and all the hardware required to run Android and the apps Android runs. Tap your wrist just as you would a smartphone, and play games on your arm on the go - no more smartphone necessary.

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Apple Watch webpage updated with new Timekeeping, Connection, Health details

Apple Watch webpage updated with new Timekeeping, Connection, Health details

As the release of the Apple Watch draws near, Apple continues to update the product page on its website with additional details and information on its first smartwatch. Just over a week ago Apple offered new information to developers in the form of WatchKit, focusing on tidbits like the device's system font and screen resolution. Now there are three new sections that highlight features consumers will be more interested in, "Timekeeping," "New Ways to Connect," and "Health & Fitness."

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Sony’s e-paper FES Watch was hiding in plain sight

Sony’s e-paper FES Watch was hiding in plain sight

Sony's e-paper watch plan rumors sounded mysterious when they surfaced recently, but it turns out we'd actually seen the face-changing, power-sipping timepiece before, only under a different name. In fact, the distinctive timepiece - which uses e-paper not only for the watchface itself, but around the strap itself - was quietly launched on a crowdfunding site as the Fashion Entertainments FES Watch, a brand which Sony has now confirmed was set up by the skunkworks team at the company looking into the broader practical applications of screens more commonly found on e-readers like the Kindle.

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US E-Labels Act ends the requirement for regulator labels

US E-Labels Act ends the requirement for regulator labels

Smartphone users in the US rejoice. You now have less clutter to stare at on the back of your devices. President Barack Obama has just signed into law the E-Labels Act which loosens the noose on device manufacturers to physically imprint regulators' signages on devices. This serves to clear up some room and conserve some space on devices, especially smaller ones. But considering it is just a US law, device makers will still have to comply with similar policies in other countries in the meantime.

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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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