smartwatches

Apple Watch Edition contains new “Apple gold”

Apple Watch Edition contains new “Apple gold”

Apple is the sort of company to be so obsessive about the devices they create that they'd make their own type of metal to perfect them. That's what they do. They've already done it. Apple uses cold-forged steel in one iteration of their new Apple Watch. According to Jony Ive, they're also bringing their own specially-prepared gold to the smartwatch as well. Not that this new gold is anything you'd need a new magical alchemy to concoct - this is just a matter of preparation and process.

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Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Some interesting news about the Apple Watch has surfaced today, all of it revolving around a hidden diagnostic port available on the Apple smartwatch. This diagnostic port is said to contain a 6-dot brass contact array, which is inside of the bottom strap's connector slot groove. Sources have confirmed this port exists, but that's where the agreement among sources seems to end: one source has said that the port is used for diagnostic tasks (as you'd expect), but that it could theoretically be used for accessories after the watch launches. This has spurred speculation about so-called smart watch straps, but a different source has surfaced saying not to get your hopes up.

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Analysts: Apple Watch will hold 55% of smartwatch market by 2016

Analysts: Apple Watch will hold 55% of smartwatch market by 2016

One of the flashier undercurrents of the incoming Apple Watch is how well it will sell. With about 42% of the smartphone market, domestically, Apple has a stronghold when compared to other OEMs. That doesn’t necessarily relate to wearables, though, where the market is much newer and less sure. By the end of this year, research firm Strategy Analytics things Apple can make a massive impact on the market? How big? According to their forecasting, Apple will take up 55% of the smartwatch market, shipping over 15 million units.

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Apple Watch appears in Hong Kong fashion magazine

Apple Watch appears in Hong Kong fashion magazine

If you're pining to get your hands on the Apple Watch, we've got a few more pictures of it to get you excited. A fashion magazine in Hong Kong has shown off the watch -- somewhat indirectly -- in a spread alongside men's fashion. The magazine is called "East Touch", and there are four photographs in total, each of them showing Apple Watch being worn by a model adorned with different outfits. The watch's styles and colors change to match the outfits, and while they're not the most detailed images, they do show how the watch looks in "everyday" usage.

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Motorola boss: more wearables coming, maybe even a new phone

Motorola boss: more wearables coming, maybe even a new phone

With Motorola, you pretty much know what you’re getting. There are a few really good smartphones that make a mark at their respective price points, and a wearable. There are even a few neat accessories. At Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh said nothing was going to change, either. Motorola will continue to iterate on their stuff, but will stay their course. Interestingly, Osterloh also suggests Motorola is probably done with tablets, a sector best left to Lenovo, in his view.

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Apple Watch may be available outside US shortly after launch

Apple Watch may be available outside US shortly after launch

Lately, Apple cEO has been making the rounds in Europe, stopping at various stores and chatting with employees. Now and then, we get tidbits of info about his chats. The last time we heard anything about his commentary on Apple Watch, it was that he wore it in the shower, suggesting it’s a bit more water resistant than originally thought. Cook also said the Apple Watch was good for a full day of use. Now, he’s saying it will be available outside the US just after launch.

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Apple Watch’s Power Reserve feature combats short battery life

Apple Watch’s Power Reserve feature combats short battery life

The Apple Watch is the most buzzed about wearable to hit the market in a long time, and not all of the buzz is good. We've shared some of th earlier rumblings about the Apple Watch's short battery life. Now we are hearing news of a new feature called Power Reserve, which could be a battery-saving mode that lets the Apple Watch run on low energy while only displaying the time.

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Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Withings brings style to Android with Activite, Activite Pop

Android might have its own lineup of wearables with Android Wear, but others linger on the fringe. Starting today, you can add Withings to the mix. The company is announcing their Activite and Activite Pop will now work with Android smartphones and tablets. In bringing their two smartwatches to Android, Withings now boasts most of their lineup of connected devices have been made available for Android. The top-end Activite is available now, while the more middle-of-the-road Activite Pop will come available this month.

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Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Swatch announces its first smartwatch, aimed at beach volleyball

Oh how Swatch has changed its tune in the last 8 months or so. First there was the denial they were collaborating on the upcoming Apple Watch, adding that they didn't see why these newfangled smartwrist gizmos were all the rage with the kids these days. Shortly after there was a change of heart (or at least someone wised up) and they said they were working on their take of a smartwatch. Jump to today and we have the announcement of the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen smartwatch that is aimed at beach volleyball enthusiasts. No, seriously.

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MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

MotionX is going to make dumb analog watches really smart

Here’s the interesting thing about smartwatches: we want them to look like real watches, but also a touch smarter than a traditional timepiece. That’s the goal, but it’s not been an easy one to achieve. Some watchmakers have gone so far as to block digital representations of their faces from being made available for download. Withings did a good job of straddling the line with Activite, but what about the traditional companies out there? With MotionX, a new platform specifically for those brands, their pieces can be smart, too.

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