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Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

With the Apple Watch hitting the market April 24th, developers are rushing to get their apps ready in time, including the big airline companies. Each airline wants to make it as easy and care-free as possible to fly with them. As a frequent flyer myself, I will welcome any innovations that alleviate even a fraction of the stress of frantic air travel. Let's take a look at the new apps underway from American, British Airways, Delta, and United Airlines. Rumor is, they plan to make the most of the smartwatch's at-a-glance display.

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Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

Swiss Horological Smartwatches tout MotionX activity tracking

With Apple's entry into the smartwatch market, watch makers are finally taking note that the fledgling wearable isn't just a fad that's going away any time soon. At the same time, however, they have the unique problem of staying steadfast to their calling of making "true" watches. Some have dived head on with smartwatch models. Others are taking sort of middle road. And instead of doing things completely alone, some have grouped together to bring forth what will be collectively known as the Swiss Horological Smartwatches.

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Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Earlier this month, Pebble showed off its "smartstrap" aspirations, something that will allow others to develop intelligent straps for the latest upcoming Pebble smartwatches. Now the company is back with another update, this time zeroing in on the how -- namely, that it'll be pushing that development into gear with a new million-dollar fund set to aid developers in making -- and launching -- their own Pebble smartstraps. Developers will still need to launch their own funding campaigns, but under this Pebble will back the strap itself if it likes what it sees.

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Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Mondaine Helvetica No 1: analog dials, smartwatch information

Over at BaselWorld this week, even brands like Mondaine aren't immune to the market wish for "smart" functionality in high-end watches. The last time we heard from Mondaine - in a smartwatch sense - was when they took part in a protest of pirated smartwatch faces back in November. Now they're back with their own smartwatch - one with fitness tracking abilities. That's about it. Two years of battery life is fairly standard when it comes to a smart fitness tracker like the one you're seeing here - even if it has a high-end body.

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New Moto 360 colors, style possibly revealed

New Moto 360 colors, style possibly revealed

As we’ve yet to see what Tag Heuer can cook up for Android Wear, the Moto 360 still holds the crown of ‘most attractive Android Wear device’. A recent trip into Moto Maker only solidified its place as an Android Wear device to consider every time you may be shopping for a wearable. It might be seeing increased customization options in the future, though. A now-deleted social media post from Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing shows a new-look Moto 360, and some new accessories.

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Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

The simple messaging app Yo will soon be jumping on the Apple Watch bandwagon with its newest app for the smartwatch. If you haven't heard of Yo, it's a basic app that debuted last year to a mix of fanfare and confusion. Yo is an app that lets you communicate with friends, but limits you to just exchanging a "yo" instead of texting. Over 4 million "yo's" have been sent. Now, Yo is back in a new incarnation for the Apple Watch, and it lets users send more than just a "yo."

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Breitling enters the smartwatch market with its B55 Connected

Breitling enters the smartwatch market with its B55 Connected

Breitling is keeping it simple with its first smartwatch, the B55 Connected. This smartwatch does without a tangled cluster of apps, like the Apple Watch. In fact, the B55 Connected doesn't even offer touch screen controls. The B55 Connected is more of an enhanced timepiece than a new wearable mobile device. It aims to be classy and sleek, although it still has the rubberized sports band that is so ubiquitous in wearables. Breitling has managed to keep it simple by relegating most of the controls its smartphone app. Using Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the watch can sync with its proprietary app for easy controlling.

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UK safety tests show smartwatches more distracting to drivers than phones

UK safety tests show smartwatches more distracting to drivers than phones

Transportation safety agencies have long said that using a handheld device such as a smartphone is a dangerous distraction to drivers. You pay less attention to the road, and reaction times are greatly slowed. But what about the continually growing presence of wearables like smartwatches? Surely they must be much less distracting than a phone, and with their heavy reliance on voice controls, they should be about as distracting as standard timepieces, right? Well, the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) says just the opposite.

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Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Swatch will battle smartwatches with NFC in dumb watches

Rather than combat smartwatches head-on, Swatch is aiming at a niche service offered with many platforms. Speaking to media at Swatch’s annual ‘Media Day’, CEO Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker had signed deals with three bank card associations to bring NFC to Swatch’s incoming lineup of watches for the purpose of mobile payments. NFC will also make its way to wearables across Swatch’s lineup, from the low-cost plastic variants to their top-end Omega brand. Swatch confirmed China UnionPay as a partner, but refused to name the Swiss bank and credit card company they’d also partnered with.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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