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Wearables and Fitness – Is it a permanent union?

Wearables and Fitness – Is it a permanent union?

We see wearables on the rise. But when we says "wearables", we mostly mean smartwatches and, more often and more ubiquitous, fitness bands. While the term "wearable" itself seems to cover a whole swathe of products, why is it that most, if not all, wearables in the market are those that we can only wear on our wrists? And why are almost all of them, even those that we don't wear on our wrists, seem to be focused, if not totally dedicated to fitness and health? Are wearables fated to be tethered to this particular use case?

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Apple Watch available in-store in 2 weeks, internationally June 26

Apple Watch available in-store in 2 weeks, internationally June 26

Big news from Apple today on availability of the Apple Watch outside of online orders. The company announced today that a number of models will available for purchase at Apple Stores in the U.S. two weeks from now. Following that, June 26th will see the Watch's first release in seven new countries, both online from Apple's website, and at their stores. If you're still waiting an online order of a Watch you placed in May, there's good news: Apple says orders of nearly every model that were placed last month are due to ship within the next two weeks.

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Casio to host retro smartwatch museum exhibition

Casio to host retro smartwatch museum exhibition

Smartwatches and wearables in general may finally be a "thing" today, but that might not have even been possible were it not for the one true originator. That's right, Casio. The Toshio Kashio Memorial Foundation, named after Toshio Kashio, who founded the Casio in 1957 with his brothers, is going to hold an exhibit on the company's watches from 30 and 40 years ago, then considered high-tech with features like calculators and calendars. Think of it as a museum exhibit on "classic smartwatches."

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Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

If you're a Pebble user, you're likely aware that the smartwatch company has a bit of an app delay happening in regards to its iOS offerings, and users are starting to get rowdy about it. The Pebble Time app for the iPhone has been delayed, and the company issued a statement about it today, putting the blame on Apple for delaying the review process. Says the company, the app’s in-review status “pains us as much it does backers with watches ready to set up”, and now it is encouraging its customers to contact Apple themselves to try to get the ball rolling.

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Blocks modular smartwatch teams with Qualcomm

Blocks modular smartwatch teams with Qualcomm

The Blocks modular smartwatch project is still underway, and is looking more promising all the time. Blocks Wearables, the company behind the smartwatch, has announced a new collaboration with Qualcomm at Computex in Taipei, revealing that the maker’s Snapdragon 400 will be powering the wearable. The smartwatch will be running Android Lollipop, and will feature a round display alongside modular components for expanding its functionality in much the same way Google's Project Ara smartphone uses modules. The company behind the watch has also found a manufacturer.

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ASUS ZenWatch 2 takes a bite from Apple’s design book

ASUS ZenWatch 2 takes a bite from Apple’s design book

It wasn't long ago when ASUS unveiled its first take on the nascent smartwatch market, but at Computex in Taiwan, it's already showing off Part Two. Named nothing else but the ZenWatch 2, this smart timepiece is not only promises to be better than its predecessor in terms of smart features, it also comes with more design choices and changes, including two sizes, three stainless steel color cases, 18 different strap materials, a metal watch crown to give that authentic watch feeling, and a magnetic charger.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 aims to be upgradeable

TAG Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 aims to be upgradeable

You definitely won't be able to fault TAG Heuer for not dreaming big, especially in an age when the future of luxury watch brands is being put under the spotlight. It has just revealed the name of its first smartwatch, itself a rather ambitious undertaking. The Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 is so named because of its relation to the non-smart Carrera 01 luxury timepiece. But more than its Swiss roots, this smartwatch is poised to become the industry's first ever upgradeable smartwatch, ensuring the same longevity of both its analog and digital timepieces.

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Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

As devices get more powerful, their innards also get more sophisticated, usually leading to harder to repair contraptions of doom and gloom. That's why when an equally powerful device gets an iFixit score of 9 out of 10, there is much reason for rejoicing and praise. Granted, the Pebble Time isn't the most complex smartwatch in the market, but for its abilities, its price, and its battery life, a high repairability score pretty much puts it in our Santa's wishlist already. And we're only in May!

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Spotify finally comes to your wrist via Android Wear

Spotify finally comes to your wrist via Android Wear

Hot on the heels of Google's flood of announcements and revelations over at I/O 2015, Spotify is announcing a new feature that you should have seen coming a mile away. The music streaming service has finally deigned it fitting to jump on the wearable train, hopping on Android Wear's cart. Now you can enjoy all the benefits, well almost all, that Spotify has to offer right on your wrist without even taking out your smartphone. Just be aware that it might be the wisest thing to do in some cases.

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Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear now has 4,000 apps, Google confirmed today, with the wearable's latest software update featuring things like sketchable emojis added. The new software also supports flick-gestures for navigating through Android Wear's card-based UI, along with always-on display support both for watch faces and third-party apps. "Checking the time is pretty cool," Google joked, "you can just look at your wrist, get the information, and make a decision in just a fraction of a second."

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