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Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Google takes aim with a feature update to Android Wear just one day after Apple releases their own software boost to Apple Watch. This update for Android Wear includes many of the features mentioned in Google's first teaser for their next boost - now coming to a number of watches this week. The main feature in this collection is a new Launcher - this allows you to access apps by swiping left from the watch face. Much easier to access than before.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

It seems almost everyone around the world is wanting to get their hands on an Apple Watch. Or, at least enough that Apple is having difficulty keeping up with demand. But that may not be the case for much longer, according to comments from CEO Tim Cook. During his recent trip to China, he visited Apple's local headquarters to discuss how the launch of the Watch was going. The most promising thing was that he told a number of employees that the smartwatch will be available at Apple Stores around the world beginning in June.

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Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Earlier today, certain Android Wear smartwatch owners began receiving updates for their wearable, bringing them up to Android Wear version 5.1.1. Most others still weren't seeing the update, but more voices were chiming in saying they, too, had gotten the update. This wasn't a fluke -- the update is indeed rolling out as of now, with some lucky LG G Watch and LG G Watch R users being on the receiving end. If you've using one of those wearables, take a look -- you might have the update, too.

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Apple Watch update targets Siri, fitness, 3rd-party apps

Apple Watch update targets Siri, fitness, 3rd-party apps

Apple has pushed out its first Apple Watch update, a combination of performance improvements and bugfixes for early-adopters of the wearable. The firmware, Apple Watch OS 1.0.1, boosts Siri according to Apple's support notes for the download, while health and fitness tracking has also been improved. Meanwhile there's also broader language support, including Russian, Thai, and Danish.

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Apple Watch software update coming with focus on security

Apple Watch software update coming with focus on security

Apple's first big software update to the Apple Watch is set to be released imminently. This update will include increased security, including a bit of software that'll notify a wearer if their iPhone or Apple Watch is too far away from the other. This feature already exists on Android Wear - and on a number of other devices through "tag" apps and hardware. Accidental leave-behinds will be a thing of the past, ideally. Additional widget-like features are coming to the Apple Watch as well, sooner than later.

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LG Watch Urbane Review – All that glitters isn’t gold

LG Watch Urbane Review – All that glitters isn’t gold

You can understand why Android enthusiasts might be resentful of the Apple Watch. Android Wear has been around long enough for manufacturers like LG to release several generations of smartwatch, but listen to some and you’d be excused for thinking Cupertino had invented the segment. Into the fray wades the LG Watch Urbane, promising genteel luxury instead of geek chic, and first to offer the very latest version of Android Wear itself, complete with a number of hotly-anticipated updates. $349 is a lot to ask for an Android smartwatch, though: is the Urbane worth it?

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Apple Watch stickers let you customize the Digital Crown

Apple Watch stickers let you customize the Digital Crown

With all the attention on Apple Watch customization focusing on wristbands, here's an accessory that many wouldn't see coming. WatchDots are stickers — okay, okay, "decals" — that let you change the color of the top of the Digital Crown and Contacts button on the side of the Watch. This lets users simulate a look only available on the gold Watch Edition, which features colors like red, navy, and white, or the stainless steel Watch models with black crowns.

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Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

When the Activation Lock security feature was first introduced to the iPhone with iOS 7, it was praised as a strong way to dissuade would-be smartphone thieves. A stolen iPhone could be reset, but trying to reactivate it would require the owner's Apple ID and password to be entered. Unfortunately for owners of the new Apple Watch, the wearable has a similar security feature, but it can easily be bypassed, meaning a stolen Watch can be paired with a different iPhone.

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Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked on their Apple Watch apps based off of emulation ahead of launch, we’re starting to see them go back to the drawing board. And they’re right to do so.

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New site lets you swap bands with other Apple Watch owners

New site lets you swap bands with other Apple Watch owners

If you bought an Apple Watch — or have one on order, waiting to be shipped — you chose a band to go with it. Like the Apple Watch, bands are also a bit slow to see shipping, with many currently a full month out. If you have an Apple Watch, or receive one soon and don’t like the band you picked out, there’s good news. If you have a better idea of which one you might like, a new website can match you with someone else who wants yours for a swap!

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This is how Samsung’s round Gear smartwatch apps will look

This is how Samsung’s round Gear smartwatch apps will look

We all had a really good idea Samsung’s next smartwatch would be round, but the release of their SDK confirms as much. In letting loose the SDK for Developers (in ‘early access’ mode), Samsung is enticing more to jump on their Tizen-for-wearables bandwagon. From the SDK, we know Samsung is planning to support a 1.65-inch circular display at 320 x 320 resolution, with a pixel density of 305 ppi. That makes it the most visually brilliant Samsung smartwatch so far.

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LG has a stranglehold on smartwatch display market

LG has a stranglehold on smartwatch display market

If you own a smartwatch, you understand how crucial the display is to your experience. On such a small screen, interaction is crucial and paramount to the experience, but varies from watch to watch. A new report tells us that while your experience may vary, the company behind the actual display might not. According to DisplaySearch, LG makes about 67% of smartwatch displays, with their partnership with Apple for Apple Watch driving those numbers. LG also commands about 90% of the smartwatch display revenue.

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