smartwatches

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked on their Apple Watch apps based off of emulation ahead of launch, we’re starting to see them go back to the drawing board. And they’re right to do so.

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New site lets you swap bands with other Apple Watch owners

New site lets you swap bands with other Apple Watch owners

If you bought an Apple Watch — or have one on order, waiting to be shipped — you chose a band to go with it. Like the Apple Watch, bands are also a bit slow to see shipping, with many currently a full month out. If you have an Apple Watch, or receive one soon and don’t like the band you picked out, there’s good news. If you have a better idea of which one you might like, a new website can match you with someone else who wants yours for a swap!

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This is how Samsung’s round Gear smartwatch apps will look

This is how Samsung’s round Gear smartwatch apps will look

We all had a really good idea Samsung’s next smartwatch would be round, but the release of their SDK confirms as much. In letting loose the SDK for Developers (in ‘early access’ mode), Samsung is enticing more to jump on their Tizen-for-wearables bandwagon. From the SDK, we know Samsung is planning to support a 1.65-inch circular display at 320 x 320 resolution, with a pixel density of 305 ppi. That makes it the most visually brilliant Samsung smartwatch so far.

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LG has a stranglehold on smartwatch display market

LG has a stranglehold on smartwatch display market

If you own a smartwatch, you understand how crucial the display is to your experience. On such a small screen, interaction is crucial and paramount to the experience, but varies from watch to watch. A new report tells us that while your experience may vary, the company behind the actual display might not. According to DisplaySearch, LG makes about 67% of smartwatch displays, with their partnership with Apple for Apple Watch driving those numbers. LG also commands about 90% of the smartwatch display revenue.

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Five things you need to know from our Apple Watch review

Five things you need to know from our Apple Watch review

Boiling down our extended Apple Watch review this week resulted in a set of five key points every prospective owner should understand. These include notes on apps, interaction time, and battery life. They also tap into how you'll be speaking with Siri and what you'll need to do to make your Apple Watch experience a fruitful one if you do, indeed, plan on purchasing one in the near future. This device isn't one you should consider lightly. Like your choice in smartphones, this device can really change the way you go about your day.

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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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