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Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

While my first inclination was to title this post "what no other smartwatch has", that just wouldn't be accurate. What we've got here is a bona-fide piece of technology in the Moto 360 Sport that's never been released in any device before. Here, according to Motorola, the Moto 360 Sport equips a "first of its kind LCD display." It's a first of its kind, that is to say, in that it "combines a traditional backlit transmissive screen with a front lit reflective technology." The best of both worlds - always visible.

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Moto 360 Sport Review Part I: Day 1, Comfort

Moto 360 Sport Review Part I: Day 1, Comfort

The first thing that struck me about the Moto 360 Sport is how together it felt. While the first Moto 360 seemed the epitome of style at the time back when it was launched in late 2014, it was also rolling with a replaceable watch strap system that was ever-so-slightly more difficult to work with than its competition. Here in 2015 you have the choice of a replaceable strap with the Moto 360 (2015 edition) with a more traditional set of watch strap arms or using the Sport, a watch with one strap that's attached directly to the bulk of the watch.

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Moto 360 Sport hands-on and first impressions: just as nice

Moto 360 Sport hands-on and first impressions: just as nice

The Android Wear smartwatch Moto 360 Sport from Motorola has arrived on our review bench this week and we've taken it on a stroll. Before our full Moto 360 Sport review begins, we've got a few points we need to go over, starting with our initial impressions. As it turns out, this watch isn't the "lesser" version of the Moto 360 that we expected it to be. In fact, the design of this piece of equipment makes us feel as though Motorola's somehow kept the finer points of the non-"sport" model Moto 360 (2015) whilst adding a more robust bit of body in its rubbery silicone "sporty" watch band.

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Pebble Health launches smartwatch into fitness tracking

Pebble Health launches smartwatch into fitness tracking

This week Pebble has launched Pebble Health, a software suite that builds on the wearable's already-active step and sleep tracking abilities. This system will combine health data with the smartwatch's timeline summary pins, Pebble Health will aim to motivate the Pebble wearer to become healthier each day. This system will be released for Pebble wearers with Pebble Firmware 3.8.

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Google releases new designer Android Wear watch faces

Google releases new designer Android Wear watch faces

The newest batch of officially promoted watch faces from Google for Android Wear have arrived with a spectrum of tastes. A spectrum that really, truly shows how wide open to interpretation you can be when you're a high-end designer. You'll find simplicity with an ANREALANGE face and absolute insanity with ASOBISYSTEM's entry. That's HARAJUKU KAWAII, all in caps. Always with the caps. The whole new collection is free to download, of course, as always - you just need an Android Wear watch to use them.

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Kyoto University: no smartwatches during entrance tests

Kyoto University: no smartwatches during entrance tests

Smartwatches are the perfect cheating tool: they're small, easy to conceal, and can be loaded with information before an exam. Some schools and universities have banned smartwatches during certain examinations as a result, and latest among them is Japan's Kyoto University. In a statement late last week, the university said it is banning smartwatches during entrance exams starting in 2016.

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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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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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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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Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine has arrived on the Apple Watch, allowing users to browse their “Favorites” as well as Featured content from the comfort of their wrist. In addition, Vine has pushed out an update for its iPhone app, adding a new discovery tool that makes finding more Vines as simple as swiping left on a post. This past October, Vine introduced its recommendation engine; this new discovery tool is part of that, adding an extra way for users to access new Vines.

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Pebble Time hits Woot – bad news for the watchmaker?

Pebble Time hits Woot – bad news for the watchmaker?

It would appear that Woot just got a shipment of Pebble Time smartwatches in for their fire sale department. What's this mean for the watchmaker? It might mean little. It could be that one distributor or another just received more Pebble Time watches than they could sell. It could also mean that Pebble is planning on axing the rest of their stock of this particular watch in favor of the original (black and white model) and the more circular of the bunch.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition’s cancellation: details on a tragedy

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition’s cancellation: details on a tragedy

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition has a bit of a hardware issue - one large enough that after just a week on the market, it's been pulled from shelves indefinitely. What's this mean for people who already own it? And what does this mean for LG, a company that's been releasing highest-end Android Wear watches since the very start of the Android Wear platform? Likely very little, as it were - and the watch itself might just end up heading back to stores early next year. Don't worry.

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