smartwatches

Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch has been vocal in the recent past about its smartwatch ambitions, and its focus lies on the battery life — arguably, the Achilles heel of wearables, something often poor enough that many have elected to hold out until better battery tech comes about. Back in February we heard word that Swatch was planning to launch a smartwatch sometime in the next three months, and at the time there was again mention of the company’s battery tech efforts, including a portfolio boasting flexible power packs and bendable batteries.

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IWC Connect will add IoT connectivity to traditional watches

IWC Connect will add IoT connectivity to traditional watches

It’s the modern wearables dilemma: do you need or want a smartwatch? While Apple Watch and various Android Wear devices have captured the imagination, some still swear off smarter tech in favor of a more traditional timepiece. The functionality of connectivity is handy, which lead luxury Swiss timepiece manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen to create the IWC Connect, which will serve as the band-attached contextual brains for their classic smartwatches. Still slight on details, IWC Connect promises activity monitoring and access the the lauded Internet of Things.

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iFixit says LG Watch Urbane is easy to fix (unless you bust the screen)

iFixit says LG Watch Urbane is easy to fix (unless you bust the screen)

We’d venture to say you tearing into your smartwatch is not a good idea. So, really — don’t try this at home. The iFixit team makes things look really simple, yes, but please don’t take a knife and tweezers to your gear. Even though iFixit gave the LG Watch Urbane a pleasant 7 out of 10 score in their teardown, don’t go poking around the smartwatch just yet. If you do need to have repairs done, here’s what you’d be in for.

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Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

There are certain things to be expected when a new notable product is launched -- there will be fanfare and critics and coveting and all sorts of things, and at some point once the product rolls out there will be destruction. Lots and lots of destruction. The Apple Watch is no exception, of course -- we've seen products get cooked and blended and shot and dropped and smashed and just about every other "torture test" you can think of, and now it's the Apple Watch's turn.

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Apple Watch wait time tipped as result of faulty taptic engines

Apple Watch wait time tipped as result of faulty taptic engines

Anxious to get your hands on the Apple Watch? The long wait could be due to a faulty taptic engine from a Chinese supplier, limiting the availability of the hotly demanded wearable. The information comes from sources who have knowledge of the situation, and involves the component that causes the smartwatch to gently “tap” the wearer’s wrist, producing a more pleasant sensation than a buzz or other alert. The defective components are said to have surfaced after February’s mass production kicked off, and some finished watches were scrapped as a result.

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Apple Watch scratch resistance: Ion-X vs. sapphire glass

Apple Watch scratch resistance: Ion-X vs. sapphire glass

When it comes to the new Apple Watch, durability is important. The smartwatch sits right on your wrist and could face more nicks and scratches than a typical smartphone. At least smartphones can be covered by a case. So far, there aren't really any accessories that could increase Apple Watch's durability. Interestingly, Apple Watch Sport is made from different materials than the more expensive Apple Watch models. The sport model uses Ion-X glass which is similar to the Gorilla Glass used in many smartphone screens. The higher-end Apple Watches use sapphire-crystal glass; the same material is found in Rolex and Breitling watches.

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Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

The great thing about a wearable like Apple Watch is that you need never miss anything from your digital life; the terrible thing is that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. While it might seem like a fantastic idea to offload every beep, ping, and vibration from the smartphone in your pocket to an easily-checked spot on your wrist, the reality is that not everything needs - or deserves - top tier attention. Luckily Apple’s notification options are reasonably granular, but that doesn’t mean this new flavor of apps can’t be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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Apple Watch approaches like a Silver Surfer

Apple Watch approaches like a Silver Surfer

I don't have an Apple Watch around my wrist. Lets get that fact out of the way right this minute, since every other technology blogger in the universe seems - I emphasize SEEMS - to have one today on "launch day." The Apple Watch, like the iPhone and to a slightly lesser extend the iPad, is a herald of something greater. A new community, and a new way of computing. Just like the iPhone, Apple didn't make the first of its kind with the Apple Watch. But, judging SOLELY by the number of apps that've been released at launch for this one new product category, Apple has, once again, summoned the smartwatch.

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The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The first day you own an Apple Watch is a strange one, to be sure. You're not really sure if you want to stick with the software you get on the device right out the box, or if you want to dive in with a collection of apps that's already over 3,000 strong. As it were, there are a number of apps we'd love to suggest you start out with. Nothing too hardcore just yet, just the essentials. This is the Day 1 Essential Mix.

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Google Keep for Android Wear allows hands free note-taking

Google Keep for Android Wear allows hands free note-taking

Just like Google's latest updates for Android Wear, Google Keep's organization app for Android Wear is allowing you to do more from your wrist. From now on, to view your grocery list, you won't need to keep your phone in one hand, fumbling to launch an app, while you grab for a gallon of milk with the other hand. If you have an Android Wear powered smartwatch you'll be able to interact with your Google Keep notes, practically hands-free.

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