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Apple Watch 2 release dates and details slipping through cracks

Apple Watch 2 release dates and details slipping through cracks

One year on from the first release of the very first Apple Watch and some slightly more solid rumors have just begun to appear. While we've been hearing conjecture on the next model just about as long as we've been able to try the first Apple Watch on, this week we're having a look at the details we're sensing are close enough to the mark to speak of. Remember, as always - it's not 100% confirmed until Apple says it, but given the relative predictability of release schedules in the company's past several years, there are some bits we can glean.

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Apple Watch gets major price discount at Best Buy

Apple Watch gets major price discount at Best Buy

Those who have been holding off on getting an Apple Watch due to the price, or those planning on giving one as a gift this holiday season, listen up: Now is the time to head to Best Buy, as the retailer is currently offering the Apple smartwatch with the biggest price discount it's ever seen. Shoppers can pick up the wearable for as little as $249 starting this week, with all Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch models slashed by $100.

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Omate Rise smartwatch time-limited Indiegogo campaign skyrockets

Omate Rise smartwatch time-limited Indiegogo campaign skyrockets

We've seen a few crazy crowdfunding campaigns before, but most of them had insane pitches and promises, not all of which are able to deliver. Omate's new Indiegogo campaign, on the other hand, is crazy because of its short duration. Available for little less than three days, the Omate has returned to crowdfunding to make its new Rise smartwatch a reality. And looks like it will indeed happen, at least financially speaking, considering the campaign has already raised more than three times its funding goal.

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Now the Fossil Q Founder in Google Store is really for sale

Now the Fossil Q Founder in Google Store is really for  sale

Just last week, we saw Fossil's first Android Wear smartwatch make its way to the Google Store, the tech giant's specially branded store for hardware. Back then, we surmised that the Q Founder would soon expand its availability to this particular retail source. True enough, the Fossil Q Founder is now on sale directly from Google, giving the fashionable smartwatch the Android maker's blessing and making it available to more potential buyers who normally don't have access to Fossil's online and retails stores.

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TAG Heuer scrambles to produce more Connected smartwatch to fulfill orders

TAG Heuer scrambles to produce more Connected smartwatch to fulfill orders

There is a market for luxury smartwatch after all! As a mechanical watch collector, I was one of those doubters that do not think luxury watchmakers would even be slightly successful in the smartwatch business. The launch of the Tag Heuer Connected has proven me wrong with demand and interest surging.

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Moto 360 Sport release dates shared with details on hardware

Moto 360 Sport release dates shared with details on hardware

This morning Motorola revealed the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch in full - this after a brief introduction earlier this year with the standard Moto 360 (2015). This Android Wear device's release dates vary from country to country. If you're living in the UK or France, you'll see it popping up on December 18th. If you're inside the United States, you'll start to see this machine on the 7th of January, and in stores like Best Buy - and in the Motorola store in Chicago - on the 10th.

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Omate Rise is the latest 3G-compatible Android smartwatch

Omate Rise is the latest 3G-compatible Android smartwatch

Omate is one the more low-key manufacturers in the smartwatch game right now, but that doesn't mean they're lacking in effort. The company has just announced its latest wearable, the Rise, a circular smartwatch that runs Android 5.1, features 3G support with a Micro SIM card slot, and has a wallet-friendly price of just $200. Just don't expect to pick one up as a Christmas gift, as the Rise is launching on Indiegogo later this week, with shipments expected to begin March 2016.

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Swatch VISA pay-by-wrist release date tapped for early 2016

Swatch VISA pay-by-wrist release date tapped for early 2016

VISA announces with Swatch that they'll be doing a sort of team-up effort in the not-so-smartwatch business. They'll be rolling with NFC in the strap of the watch line Swatch Bellamy. This has to do with an author by the name of Edward Bellamy who wrote a novel in 1888 by the name of "Looking Backward 2000-1887". This novel envisioned "a utopian world in which cash has been replaced by credit/debit cards," the first recorded mention of such a technology.

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Fossil Q Founder appears on Google Store, not yet for sale

Fossil Q Founder appears on Google Store, not yet for sale

The fusion of fashion and technology is finally starting to ramp up. Aside from the super expensive timepieces such as the TAG Heuer Connected and Apple's own Apple Watch Edition, a few brands that you wouldn't normally associate with tech are finally coming out in the open with a smartwatch of their own. One of those is Fossil, the accessory brand who just last month announced a couple of new wearable devices, among which is the Android Wear Q Founder, which has found its way to Google Store.

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HP and Titan team for new smartwatch

HP and Titan team for new smartwatch

HP has been collaborating with other companies to produce new products under a program called Engineered by HP. The latest team up under that engineering program comes between HP and a company called Titan. HP says that Titan is the world's fifth largest watchmaker and the resulting product is a smartwatch.

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LG Watch Urbane 2 cancellation blamed on faulty screen

LG Watch Urbane 2 cancellation blamed on faulty screen

LG has somewhat broken its silence on the recent fiasco over what should have been one of its hottest wearables to date. Apparently, the reason why it suddenly decided to stop the sales of its LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was due to a faulty component that would affect image quality over time. Other than that, however, LG isn't saying much else, preferring to keep mum over the real issue and possibly earning the distrust, if not ire, of some who have been looking forward to the smartwatch.

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Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Getting notifications on your smartwatch, be it an Android Wear, Apple Watch, or Pebble, is one thing. Being able to act on those notifications is a different story. The latter is trickiest when it comes to text messages, given a smartwatch's small screen and extremely limited input methods. Most rely on voice recognition or canned replies to make it work. Now Pebble is joining that hip crowd with the latest update that brings a Text Reply feature to Pebble Time owners with iPhones and AT&T postpaid accounts.

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