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Runcible is a classy wooden smart pocket watch

Runcible is a classy wooden smart pocket watch

Pulling your smartphone out of your pocket, clicking the screen on to check the time, and then tucking it back away is entirely lacking the classy feel that comes from doing the same with a pocket watch. There are smartwatches to check the time, as well, but soon enough there will be a third choice: the Runcible, a wooden pocket watch with a smartphone's (or, perhaps, smartwatch's?) innards. At quick glance it looks like an ordinary pocket watch, but upon closer look there's a camera poking out the back and quite a bit more hidden inside.

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Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

This morning Apple has announced a special event set for the 9th of March at 10AM in San Francisco. This event will take place at the , the same location the reveal of the iPhone 5 was held. This is a different location from the Apple Event we were in attendance at last. This new event is set right before the release of the Apple Watch - a device which is expected to be released to the public sometime in April. This event will likely reveal final pricing and release information for the Apple wearable device.

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LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG has taken its Android Wear efforts up a couple notches with its upcoming LG Watch Urbane, an incredibly stylish and sophisticated smartwatch that blends in among other snazzy timepieces while bringing smart functionality that trumps the average wrist wearable. LG will be showing off the watch at Mobile World Congress 2015 next week, but it's not letting that timeline slow it down: the maker has already pushed out an update for the watch, adding more features that increase its appeal.

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UnaliWear Kanega Watch: a wearable for the elderly

UnaliWear Kanega Watch: a wearable for the elderly

There's no shortage of wearables on the market, but their uses tend to be narrow, focusing on health, fitness, and bridging the land between your smartphone and your wrist. We've seen some devices crop up that tailor their functions to a more defined user base, but that user base is typically children. The UnaliWear Kanega Watch takes the opposite approach, targeting elderly users in particular with features that both facilitate independence while putting a caretaker's mind at ease. Medication alerts, directions home, and more are all available.

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Pebble counts down to announcement; rumor says color display coming

Pebble counts down to announcement; rumor says color display coming

On their website, a countdown timer ticks away. Nobody’s really sure what’s going on, but Pebble is teasing that in nearly five days’ time, we’ll have something new from them. As the little 8-bit, smiling watch humorously mocks us (not really), we’re left to wonder what’s going on. A new report suggests we’ll see new hardware from Pebble — new hardware that we were hoping to get last time around, when we ended up with a Steel version. We could also be in for a software surprise.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone. UPDATE: March 9th, 2015 Apple Watch comments below.

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Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Canalys says about 720,000 Android Wear devices have been shipped. Of those watches, the Moto 360 is ‘the clear leader’ in the clubhouse, with the G Watch R from LG also making an impact versus its squared sister device. Their findings are interesting, but the caveat is ‘shipped’ versus ‘sold’. We know the two don’t directly correlate (we saw that with Samsung tablets). Now I'm starting to wonder if the Apple Watch has already beaten Android Wear, without ever having seen the inside of an Apple Store.

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We may have already seen HTC’s rumored new wearable

We may have already seen HTC’s rumored new wearable

A while back, we got a solid look at HTC’s proposed wearable via a video. Sadly, HTC said it was just a concept device some in-house designer was working on, and we should all just forget about it and move on. We didn’t really buy it at the time, and now we’ve got even better reason not to believe HTC (aside form late software updates). A new round of leaked info gives more details on just what HTC might bring to the wearable table, and it smacks of that watch ‘concept’ we saw last Summer.

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Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

There have been a handful of smartwatches from a number of manufacturers on the market for some time now, meaning the release of the Apple Watch sometime in the next few months makes it somewhat late to the wearables game. But because it's from Apple, its release is expected to kick the popularity of smartwatches up to a whole new level. In preparation for this forthcoming popularity, universities are already imposing bans on the wrist-worn devices out of fear they will be used for cheating.

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Apple Watch app: spanning the grid

Apple Watch app: spanning the grid

The Apple Watch will be released this April - but before then, we'd like to get you prepared to understand how you'll be using this piece of technology. It's not difficult - Apple wouldn't create a product meant to be hard to use, of course - and its user interface is mostly going to be based on the device itself, not on your iPhone. Working with our own knowledge of the device mixed with the dive released by AppleInsider today, here's what you're going to need to know.

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