smartwatches

Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai has introduced its new Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, allowing those with Apple’s wearable to control certain functions on their car from the convenience of their wrist. One such feature is flashing the car’s lights from the Apple Watch — a convenient way to find the car in a crowded parking lot or scare away a nosy passerby. Using Blue Link, the wearable can also be used to lock the doors using Apple Watch and as a remote start button for firing up the engine from “almost anywhere”, says the auto maker.

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Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Love bowling but hate having to wear those funny shoes? The Wii has been the long-running champ among alternative bowling methods, but those who own an Apple Watch will soon have another option. Rolocule Games has introduced the 2.0 version of its Bowling Central game for Apple users, and with the update comes Apple Watch support, allowing the wearable to be used as a sort of motion-based game controller. Presently Bowling Central has been available for the iPhone and iPad for use with the Apple TV, and is akin to the company’s previous Motion Tennis game.

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Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

The unmonitored period between doctor visits can make it difficult for medical professionals to adequately treat patients with chronic issues, and to fill that void are various medical gadgets designed to monitor some aspect of one's daily life or health metrics. Google has decided to enter that market with a new health wearable, one that will be targeted at doctors and those performing clinical trials rather than the average consumer. The wearable was developed by Google X.

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Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

This week Apple released three big updates to their Beta software to developers for multiple devices. This includes Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta for developers, build 15A204h, as well as updates for mobile devices. For iPhone and iPad, iOS 9 Beta 2 has been seeded. Apple's second WatchOS 2 Beta has also been seeded for the Apple Watch. All of these updates are accessible by hitting the "Software Update" button in each respective developer-signed device. To access Apple WatchOS 2's update, the user must have iOS 9 Beta installed on their connected device.

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Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Motorola’s round smartwatch, the Moto 360, is getting the newest version of Android Wear, and with it comes some new features that make the wearable a little more appealing. Wi-Fi is one of them, lending a connectivity option that expands beyond Bluetooth. There will likewise be an always-on mode, says the maker, and faster access to favorite app and one’s contacts. Notifications, too, will be benefiting from the update, becoming more easy to access and visible for users who are already doing something on the watch. Full list of changes after the jump!

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Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users unhappy with changes brought by upgrading watchOS to 1.0.1 are becoming frustrated by difficult, drawn out procedures to downgrade their firmware. Apple Watch doesn't seem to have a user-accessible recovery mode, allowing users to turn back the clock on unsatisfying firmware updates. Users who are looking to downgrade have to jump through hurdles to revert back to the previous OS. Reportedly, customers are being directed by AppleCare reps to send their watches back to Apple for service. There are even rumors of being charged for "out of warranty repairs".

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Apple's WWDC 2015 event has just gotten under way, and on stage company CEO Tim Cook has kicked things off quickly by confirming that native apps are coming for the Apple Watch. Such a confirmation has been anticipated for months; there aren't many details about it at this point, though we'll no doubt be hearing more very soon. More after the jump!

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Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

If you're a Pebble user, you're likely aware that the smartwatch company has a bit of an app delay happening in regards to its iOS offerings, and users are starting to get rowdy about it. The Pebble Time app for the iPhone has been delayed, and the company issued a statement about it today, putting the blame on Apple for delaying the review process. Says the company, the app’s in-review status “pains us as much it does backers with watches ready to set up”, and now it is encouraging its customers to contact Apple themselves to try to get the ball rolling.

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Blocks modular smartwatch teams with Qualcomm

Blocks modular smartwatch teams with Qualcomm

The Blocks modular smartwatch project is still underway, and is looking more promising all the time. Blocks Wearables, the company behind the smartwatch, has announced a new collaboration with Qualcomm at Computex in Taipei, revealing that the maker’s Snapdragon 400 will be powering the wearable. The smartwatch will be running Android Lollipop, and will feature a round display alongside modular components for expanding its functionality in much the same way Google's Project Ara smartphone uses modules. The company behind the watch has also found a manufacturer.

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