smartwatches

Apple Sapphire glass facility confirmed in Austin, tipped for iWatch

Apple Sapphire glass facility confirmed in Austin, tipped for iWatch

This week in celebration of 30 years of Apple's push for Macintosh, Tim Cook spoke with ABC news about several subjects - including, briefly, their investment in USA-based manufacturing facilities. This chat included a reminder that Apple was manufacturing the Mac Pro in Arizona, leading Cook to note their recent investment in Arizona. So-called "sapphire glass" is at the center of this push, and it's quite likely they'll be bringing it to a new product inside this year.

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Acer wearable products confirmed: prototypes already in the wild

Acer wearable products confirmed: prototypes already in the wild

During the latest launch of their Liquid Z5 smartphone in Taipei, Acer re-confirmed the idea that they'd be moving into the wearables market - and that they'd be doing so soon. Suggesting that they'd shown off a number of wearable devices to some of the company's clients at CES 2014 (behind the scenes, of course), Acer left reporters with precious little solid information on what their devices would be - or when they'd actually be launching on the global market. While earlier rumors suggested Acer's efforts to start with smartwatches, at this point there's been no confirmation - or specific denial - of a variety of products being offered up.

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Casio G-Shock STB-100 Sport Watch hands-on: classic looks get smart

Casio G-Shock STB-100 Sport Watch hands-on: classic looks get smart

When you’ve got a design for a watch as ubiquitous as the Casio G-Shock on the market, you’re allowed to be late to the new technology party. This year Casio’s entry in the STB-100 comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 and a sports-tracking collection of bits and pieces in their slightly modified G-Shock design. While we’re not about to suggest this watch is in any way more all-inclusive than its smartwatch competitors from Sony, Samsung, Pebble, and the many others shown off this week at CES 2014, Casio still retains that built-in fan base they’ve cultivated for years.

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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch hands-on: SIM-toting shooter in the wild

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch hands-on: SIM-toting shooter in the wild

After months of waiting and watching for the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch to appear in the wild, it’s finally appeared here at CES 2014. What we’ve got here is a smartwatch that takes the dream of a stand-alone device in smartwatch form and makes it a reality - there’s a SIM card in here. That center bit between the two massive physical buttons on the side of this watch is a camera, too - and not a half bad one, at that.

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Razer Nabu Smart Band hands-on: made for gamers, not just gaming

Razer Nabu Smart Band hands-on: made for gamers, not just gaming

We’ve had a close-up look and feel experience with the Razer Nabu this week not long after the device was revealed, getting an idea of what it meant to have this gaming company behind the wheel of a wearable. Speaking with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan about the device, we immediately asked how the company, known for their gaming products, classifies this device - and how it fits in to their collection. “We make products for gamers,” Tan made clear, “not for gaming.”

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Archos smartwatches teased with “pebble-like” design

Archos smartwatches teased with “pebble-like” design

There appears to be some great weight coming with the proliferation of the Pebble watch in the wearables market today, at least so far as other competing companies go. As proven today by Archos, the Pebble smart watch is so well known amongst early adopters that they’ve decided to use the term “pebble-like” in their press release for their own watches. They’ve even gone so far as the use the term with a lower-cased P.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook revs rumor engine with talk of big plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook revs rumor engine with talk of big plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook has piqued fan interest and rumors once again with a characteristically vague but enticing mention of "big plans" for 2014. The mention came by way of an employee newsletter he sent to the entire Apple workforce. It was nestled near the end of a long list of accomplishments both from a product standpoint and from a corporate citizenship perspective.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial implies a love interest with every smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial implies a love interest with every smartwatch

Buckle your boots. You're in for the rad-est, snowboarding-est, most gratuitously romantical tech gear commercial you've ever seen. Samsung just released a commercial for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch that will make your heartstrings shudder. It's in fine keeping with the recent tech gear marketing trend of stopping just one nanometer short of directly shouting to the male segment, "This gadget will get you the girl!"

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