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Foxconn wearable incubator tipped to find the next Glass

Foxconn wearable incubator tipped to find the next Glass

Foxconn, perhaps best known as Apple's manufacturing partner of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, is making a push into wearables with a new investment fund for innovative startups in the segment, it's reported, with business said to kick off in early 2014. The financing scheme will begin selecting potential candidates in the first quarter of the new year, two sources tell Bloomberg, though operations won't supposedly get their own dedicated premises until Q4. Foxconn demonstrated a smartwatch prototype of its own earlier in 2013, though the incubator will be intended to facilitate third-party projects.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

There's a smartwatch war going on right now - did you know? With the Smartwatch 2, Sony reminds the world that they've already been in the market for a generation, with months of head start going in an unbroken line of evolutionary products (even if it's just two) that lead to today's wearable. While the Sony Smartwach 2 was largely overshadowed this year by the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the smartwatch known as Pebble, the mission we've got before us today is deciding if this wearable is up to the task of taking on those other similar wrist-bound computers, both large and small.

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Apple curved touch patent reawakens flexed iPhone and iWatch talk

Apple curved touch patent reawakens flexed iPhone and iWatch talk

Apple has patented a new type of curved touch sensor that could be used to make non-flat tablets, phones, displays, and even touch mice with bowed or molded glass. The new filing, No. 8,603,574, proposes a different method of manufacturing touch sensors that could effectively mold the panel to suit a curved glass smartphone, or indeed a smartwatch that contours to the wrist.

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Metawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designer

Metawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designer

The group known as Metawatch is now working with a man who formerly created designs for formerly Nokia-owned Vertu brand. This brand was notorious for creating massively-expensive devices made for those wishing to be extremely unique in their styling. Now the designer, Frank Nuovo, is bringing his same high-end tendencies to the little-known watch brand.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

This week we're getting another look at the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, a device that was revealed by the processor manufacturer earlier this year. This device was revealed on the same day the Samsung Galaxy Gear was shown off, the Samsung device aimed at consumers, the Qualcomm device directed at a crowd that's made up of more early adopters and developers. Here we've got a device that's essentially the polar opposite of the Pebble smartwatch as well - made to be elite, not for the everyman, and sporting the best of the best in display technology, according to Qualcomm.

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Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

There's nothing like a good push on the biggest shopping day of the year, especially when you've got a device that's just about the size of your traditional stocking for stuffing. That's what's up with Pebble this weekend when they reveal that they've released the device to Amazon as well as on their own site with special cut just for this weekend. This device is also getting ramped up for a bit of a rebirth as their version 2.0 software brews in beta, mind you, with developers chomping at the bit.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch release hits preorder status

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch release hits preorder status

The Qualcomm smartwatch by the name "Toq" has appeared ready for pre-order this week, showing just a few months after its initial reveal this September. This watch works with a Qualcomm Mirasol display and works with several Qualcomm bits and pieces inside, the entire package acting as something of a full demonstration of the powers of Qualcomm in the flesh - or the metal, plastic, and glass, as it were.

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ZTE smartwatch due Q2 2014 but locked-down to own phones only

ZTE smartwatch due Q2 2014 but locked-down to own phones only

ZTE is planning its own smartwatch, the Chinese company's smartphone marketing chief has confirmed, aiming the companion wearable at the "mainstream market" but initially only working with ZTE handsets. The wrist-worn gadget will offer similar functionality to Samsung's opinion-splitting Galaxy Gear but at a more affordable price point, Lu Qianhao told Digits, though launch plans will only cover China initially.

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Neptune Pine smartwatch hits Kickstarter goal, offers standalone experience

Neptune Pine smartwatch hits Kickstarter goal, offers standalone experience

Neptune has introduced its own smartwatch, the Pine, which has met and exceeded its Kickstarter funding goal on the crowdfunding website. Unlike some other smartwatches, such as the Galaxy Gear, Neptune says that its Pine can function as its own standalone device, removing the need to carry about two devices for the convenience of having wrist-centric access to your data.

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Galaxy Gear “world’s most popular smartwatch” says Samsung

Galaxy Gear “world’s most popular smartwatch” says Samsung

This week Samsung appears to have had its hand forced as rumor surfaced of sore sales of their Galaxy Gear smartwatch, making them reveal their "true" numbers to the world. It was this morning when Samsung spoke with Reuters on the subject, saying specifically that the watch had become "the world's most popular smartwatch with sales reaching 800,000" in the two month period since the device was first put on the market. This would indeed put the device well ahead of the competition, but only if those numbers actually reflected the final sales of the machine to consumers.

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