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Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Wearable smart devices have not yet been known for extreme ease in ownership here in their early days on the market. Alcatel hopes to change the equation for cash exchanged for smart devices worn on your body with the Alcatel OneTouch Watch series. This series of devices works with very, very few details from the start - besides fancy hardware and the promise that you'll be able to connect to your Android device to make all the necessary readings and take photos, of course.

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Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

To smartwatch or not to smartwatch, that is the question. Especially when it comes to watch lovers who aren't too keen on switching away from their exquisitely designed timepieces just for the sake of receiving notifications or controlling their smartphones from their wrists. Luxury goods maker Montblanc has one compromise up its sleeves, almost literally. Part of its new Timewalker Urban Speed collection is the e-Strap, an optional watch strap that almost inconspicuously hides an electronic module at the bottom, giving you the best of both worlds, almost.

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SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2014

SlashGear’s Best Tech of 2014

Twelve months, thousands upon thousands of gadgets, and we're about to start it all over again. 2014 draws to a close with a bumper crop of technology under our belts, so before we head through into the new year and the very latest and greatest that the consumer electronics industry thinks we should hemorrhage our wallets to acquire, it only seems right to take a look back through the products that have most impressed us. Tablets, smartphones, odd camera accessories, and more, all wrapped up in the SlashGear team's pick of the best tech of 2014.

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RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them with the latest update, as well, eliminating the need to use a less convenient heart monitor like a chest strap.

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Apple Watch preorders begin with 3rd-party jeweler

Apple Watch preorders begin with 3rd-party jeweler

It's not entirely unlike a 3rd-party retailer to suggest that they've got an Apple product early. What the jeweler Mervis Diamonds has done is to put their unique version of the Apple Watch up for pre-order - even though they're not entirely sure when the watch will be released. The Mervis Diamonds Apple Watch - their first "Watch edition" version of the device - will be released with an 18 karat gold tennis bracelet with 8 rows of diamonds. Can you guess how much this device will cost?

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Android Wear “Lollipop” update brings brightness boost, ease in use

Android Wear “Lollipop” update brings brightness boost, ease in use

A new update is coming to Android Wear devices this week straight from Google. This update will bring Easier Navigation to smartwatch face UI, a set of new Modes (including Sunlight Mode for amped-up brightness), and App Improvements - including control from the smartwatch for notifications and additional per-app information in the Android Wear smartphone app. This system update will be released alongside a Google Play update with a new category: watch faces - over a dozen of them right off the bat.

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Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

For the first time in the history of wearables, Google Play has its own wearables category for Android Wear - only it's not just dedicated to apps, it's made for watch faces. The "watch faces" category on Google Play will be launched today with dozens of "official" designer, artist, and brand-made watch faces for Android Wear devices. Google is also releasing new developer tools for Android Wear, including an official Watch Face API, so that additional watch faces can be made by all developers with great speed.

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Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

Embrace smartwatch tracks stress, detects seizures

The Embrace smartwatch is a wearable that offers many of the expected features you get with modern wristbands: activity tracking, smartphone connectivity, a watchface for checking the time, and other similar features. Embrace brings with it a couple unique twists, however, one of which that aims to potentially save lives -- namely, the ability to detect seizures when they happen. With this functionality, both the user and a caregiver are given alerts when a seizure is detected, allowing appropriate medical steps to be taken without delay.

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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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