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Pebble iOS 7 notifications update live

Pebble iOS 7 notifications update live

There’s a brand new bit of firmware and software needed for the newest update in Pebble’s smartwatch experience were released this afternoon in full. These updates for the watch and the iPhone bring the Pebble environment up to the place that was explained earlier this month, full iOS 7 notifications and all. Users will be able to receive notifications from this point forward from Facebook, Google+, Flickr, Flipboard, and more, straight through Pebble’s full integration with Notification Center in iOS 7.

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Android USA smartwatch to sync with Android smartphones come December

Android USA smartwatch to sync with Android smartphones come December

Android USA--the wristwatch brand, not the operating system--has posted a promotional video featuring its new smartwatch synced with a smartphone running Android--the operating system, not the wristwatch brand. The brand confusion is understandable, but if we can get past that, let's talk about the Android Android smartwatch. It's poised to become the latest in clunky smartwatches that sync to your smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Android compatibility expands

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Android compatibility expands

This week the aforementioned update to the software for several Samsung devices has taken hold, allowing the Samsung Galaxy Gear to work with devices beyond the Samsung Galaxy Note III. This week the Galaxy Gear will be able to work with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the Samsung Galaxy S III. This brings the total number of devices the Galaxy Gear is (officially) able to work with up to a grand total of four.

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Wearables sales expected to hit 64 million by 2017

Wearables sales expected to hit 64 million by 2017

The wearables market is slowly growing, with the likes of the Galaxy Gear and other smartwatches and Google Glass kicking off an industry anticipated to grow in the coming years. Analyst firm Berg Insight has gone elbows-deep into this market, shaping up numbers on where it sees the industry heading in the coming years. According to the firm, wearable computing devices will hit 64 million unit shipments by 2017.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear return rate over 30% tips leak

Samsung Galaxy Gear return rate over 30% tips leak

Samsung's Galaxy Gear is seeing return rates above 30-percent, leaked internal documentation suggests, with claims the South Korean company is surveying Best Buy Samsung Experience staff to try to figure out how the smartwatch is falling short. "The Galaxy Gear attachment rate within Best Buy is the highest among all channels" according to documents leaked to Geek, yet "the overall return rate is trending above 30-percent."

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HTC “disruptive” tablet teased plus wearable work-in-progress

HTC “disruptive” tablet teased plus wearable work-in-progress

HTC will look to wearables and a new tablet in order to try to reclaim market share, the company has teased, promising "something nice and disruptive" for its new slate. The company has been slow to capitalize on recent attention in either segment, though according to CEO Peter Chou that's because many such devices - particularly smartwatches - have been more gimmicks than anything else, the Financial Times reports.

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Google Q3 buoyant despite Motorola stumbles as Page talks smartwatches

Google Q3 buoyant despite Motorola stumbles as Page talks smartwatches

Google made $14.9bn in revenue in Q3 2013 despite Motorola Mobility sales continuing to shrink, with CEO Larry Page making one final earnings call to praise the Chromecast and namecheck smartwatches as one of the next big things in digital. Overall, revenues were up 12-percent versus the same quarter last year, with cash or cash-equivalents on hand amounting to $56.52bn. Speaking on the investor webcast, Page highlighted the speed at which the multi-screen world had developed, pointing to wearables like Glass and smartwatches as examples, and saying he no longer need feel guilty about spending time visiting the Android team.

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