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Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Today we've come across a crowd-funded accessory that'll work for most any smartwatch, but is aimed at the Apple Watch in particular. This accessory is essentially a series of pieces of die-cast zinc, twine strands, and a bit of silicone rubber. While the actual execution may seem like a strange use of $30 USD, the concept is sound. While it may look strange, the space between the base of your thumb and your index finger is the ideal place to glance for a smart watch face.

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Apple Watch charging dock is now official, already on sale for $79

Apple Watch charging dock is now official, already on sale for $79

While the first images began widely appearing online less than 24 hours ago, Apple has now officially announced the Magnetic Charging Dock for the Apple Watch. As the name implied, the charger is a flat, round dock that allows users to simply lay the Watch down flat overtop it, or stand upright with the band closed and the screen facing outwards. The actual charging part is the round magnetic disc, similar to the standard charger that comes with the Watch, but it's built right into the center of the dock.

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Official Apple Watch Dock leaked to be incoming

Official Apple Watch Dock leaked to be incoming

One of the great disappointments about the Apple Watch was the lack of official charging options from the company. It had the charging cable and magnetic disc and nothing else. At least nothing from Apple. More enterprising accessory makers were, of course, able to work around that limitation, but there's something to be said for an official accessory. Now it seems that Apple might be giving in at least to one particular demand. Leaked images show that a wireless charging dock for the Apple Watch might be inbound at long last.

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This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

Wearables start-up Caeden has just announced a smart bracelet called Sona. It features some of the same technology one would expect in the sea of smartwatches already available, but instead of focusing on presenting the time and notifications, or tracking fitness stats, the Sona's goal is to help wearers manage stress and improve both mind and body wellness. The wearable is for both men and women, and along with ditching a screen, takes on a simple, fashionable appearance with leather and metal.

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Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Health wearables-maker Withings is back with its third fitness-tracking analog watch: the Activité Steel. The French company debuted the original Activité last year, releasing an impressive wearable that focused on being a premium timepiece before a bulky smartwatch. It's $450 price was a bit steep for most, so Withings followed up with the Activité Pop for $150, replacing the luxury materials with silicone, but keeping all the tracking features. The $170 Activité Steel aims to be just right for the Goldilocks of smartwatch shoppers.

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Android Wear 1.4 update adds new wrist gestures

Android Wear 1.4 update adds new wrist gestures

Smartwatch users my have noticed that Android Wear was recently updated to version 1.4. The latest version brings new methods of control over the smartwatch to the mix including new wrist gestures. Android Wear now allows the user to navigate around on the watch using flicks of the wrist. To use Wrist Gestures, you may need to enable them on the watch.

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Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Last March, Pebble revealed its smartstrap idea and platform that would allow developers and accessory makers to add functionality to the Pebble smartwatches indirectly through smartstraps. While the idea definitely has benefits, few have jumped on the opportunity to take Pebble beyond to new heights. That long wait might be over, at least to some extent. Fit Pay and ConnectedDevice, two companies heavily invested in the wearable market, are announcing Pagaré, a smartstrap that would usher the Pebble Time into the young but fast growing world of contactless payments.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed launches worldwide, on Verizon too

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed launches worldwide, on Verizon too

Hot on the heels of Google announcing official support for independent cellular connectivity on Android Wear, LG has also announced the start of the global rollout of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first Android Wear smartwatch to boast of that very same feature. And while LG only has a vague "starting this month" schedule, at lesat for the US and South Korea, Verizon has more specific dates. Interested buyers can pre-order the smartwatch starting November 12 while general availability starts on November 19.

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Android Wear now officially supports standalone connectivity

Android Wear now officially supports standalone connectivity

It's about time, right? Well, maybe, depending on which side of the fence you're on. If you're of the opinion that smartwatches shouldn't be anything more than an accessory to your smartphone or tablet, then this new Android Wear feature might not make much sense. But if you believe that a smartwatch should be an independent mobile device in its own right, then you might welcome this news with glee. Android Wear finally supports cellular connections, allowing smartwatches to connect to the Internet and networks even when the smarpthone isn't around.

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ARM’s “ultra-high efficient” Cortex-A35 is for wearables

ARM’s “ultra-high efficient” Cortex-A35 is for wearables

ARM Holdings, the folks designing one of the most used CPU architectures in the world, thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices, is really pushing hard in its thrust to embrace the newest segment of embedded devices to hit the market. That is, wearables, particularly smartwatches, and the myriad smart appliances and gadgets that make up the Internet of Things. Last month, it revealed the new Mali-470 graphics core that promises to give smooth graphics even to small smartwatches. Now it's announcing the Cortex-A35 that will deliver the processing power for the same.

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