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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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Pebble celebrates 1 million sales with a renewed battle cry

Pebble celebrates 1 million sales with a renewed battle cry

With a million smartwatch sales under its belt, it's hard not to take Pebble seriously. In the face of the onslaught of newcomers like Google's Android Wear, pioneer Pebble stood its ground and refused to become just "another" smartwatch company. Bracing for the storm that Apple is brewing, the indie smartwatch darling is renewing its commitment not just with the prospect of new smartwatch models but with a new software platform that promises to be unlike anything else you've seen in the smartwatch market today.

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LG G Watch R Review: best in class

LG G Watch R Review: best in class

With the LG G Watch R here at the start of the year 2015, we've got very little competition in smartwatches. There are several Android Wear watches made by top-tier brands and a few smart watches made by brands we've not ended up sticking with for long. But for now, it's a war with hardware. LG G Watch R's body is unique - not as universally appealing as the stark, cut-back body of the Motorola Moto 360, and not as heavy-hitting as the Samsung Gear S. Instead we've got LG doing what LG does best - making a device that stands out amongst its peers and sits comfortably on your person.

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Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small, personal safes like you may have in your closet, but large, professional ones like you often see in traditional jewelry stores. Sources say these forthcoming lockboxes are intended for one thing: to store the high-end Apple Watch Edition timepieces that come in luxurious gold.

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AmbyGear wearable for kids includes educational games

AmbyGear wearable for kids includes educational games

A new wearable for kids has cropped up, and it's called the AmbyGear Smart Watch. The wearable has a typical smart watch design with decidedly kid-friendly flavors (there's zebra print, for example), and a low-end display that young children won't mind. It's not the first smart watch for children that we've seen, but it does deviate from the norm a bit by including educational games for the child on the watch. This is in addition to common functionality like integrated GPS and durable construction.

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Apple Watch battery could last the day — or 2.5 hours

Apple Watch battery could last the day — or 2.5 hours

When it was announced, the world wondered aloud just how long the Apple Watch would last. After some prodding, Apple said they expected a days use from the wearable, though in what manner they imagined that battery life wasn’t known. Now we’re getting more detail on how long the Apple Watch will last, and under what circumstances. For those expecting to get a full days use from the wearable, it might be worth thinking about how you’d like to use it first.

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Samsung’s new smartwatch may support wireless charging

Samsung’s new smartwatch may support wireless charging

According to their website, Samsung has three smartwatches. That list does not include their original Gear, so news of Samsung possibly introducing a new smartwatch at MWC in early March would mean it’s their fifth major smartwatch release. That seems like a lot of wearables for one company, but we’re talking Samsung, so it’s not that surprising. Their new smartwatch is starting to hit the rumor mill, and the latest news suggests it’s going to be round. Also, it might even charge wirelessly.

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Rumor: Samsung’s round smartwatch will have rotating bezel

Rumor: Samsung’s round smartwatch will have rotating bezel

Samsung has a round watch in the works, according to various reports we’ve seen circulating of late. Rather than a static round-face screen, Samsung may be working on something tricky. According to at least one source, Samsung will borrow a page from Apple’s book and use hardware to manipulate what you see on-screen. There may not be a crown, but there will be a bezel, and Samsung is reportedly working on a rotating ring that will mimic what Apple is doing with the Apple Watch.

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hereO: a colorful GPS smartwatch for kids

hereO: a colorful GPS smartwatch for kids

Gadgets for children aren't anything new, but they're commonly over-priced and poorly made, offering often comical features that have little practical use in everyday life. Fortunately, the trend toward more useful kids-centric devices is growing, and it is always a welcomed change to see a useful gadget for the younger people out there. One such device is the hereO smartwatch, a colorful and durable wearable bid as the "most advanced" cellular GPS smartwatch for children. The company behind hereO is showing its wearable off at CES 2015, and we've all the details on it.

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