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Swatch VISA pay-by-wrist release date tapped for early 2016

Swatch VISA pay-by-wrist release date tapped for early 2016

VISA announces with Swatch that they'll be doing a sort of team-up effort in the not-so-smartwatch business. They'll be rolling with NFC in the strap of the watch line Swatch Bellamy. This has to do with an author by the name of Edward Bellamy who wrote a novel in 1888 by the name of "Looking Backward 2000-1887". This novel envisioned "a utopian world in which cash has been replaced by credit/debit cards," the first recorded mention of such a technology.

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Mario watch by Romain Jerome is the perfect $19K Christmas gift

Mario watch by Romain Jerome is the perfect $19K Christmas gift

If you're an old-school Mario fan, or need the perfect Christmas gift for someone who is, look no further than this limited edition Super Mario Bros. watch from Romain Jerome. Only problem is, it's going to cost you a whopping $18,950. Ouch. Maybe it would better to just track down an old NES in working condition along with copy of the original Mario game.

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Pebble Time hits Woot – bad news for the watchmaker?

Pebble Time hits Woot – bad news for the watchmaker?

It would appear that Woot just got a shipment of Pebble Time smartwatches in for their fire sale department. What's this mean for the watchmaker? It might mean little. It could be that one distributor or another just received more Pebble Time watches than they could sell. It could also mean that Pebble is planning on axing the rest of their stock of this particular watch in favor of the original (black and white model) and the more circular of the bunch.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition’s cancellation: details on a tragedy

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition’s cancellation: details on a tragedy

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition has a bit of a hardware issue - one large enough that after just a week on the market, it's been pulled from shelves indefinitely. What's this mean for people who already own it? And what does this mean for LG, a company that's been releasing highest-end Android Wear watches since the very start of the Android Wear platform? Likely very little, as it were - and the watch itself might just end up heading back to stores early next year. Don't worry.

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Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Today we've come across a crowd-funded accessory that'll work for most any smartwatch, but is aimed at the Apple Watch in particular. This accessory is essentially a series of pieces of die-cast zinc, twine strands, and a bit of silicone rubber. While the actual execution may seem like a strange use of $30 USD, the concept is sound. While it may look strange, the space between the base of your thumb and your index finger is the ideal place to glance for a smart watch face.

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Seiko is re-releasing Ripley’s iconic watch from ‘Aliens’

Seiko is re-releasing Ripley’s iconic watch from ‘Aliens’

Listen up Aliens fans, your chance to own the watch worn by Sigourney Weaver's character Ripley is coming soon. Japanese watchmaker Seiko has announced that it's making a limited re-release of the Giugiaro 7A28-7000. Originally sold in the early '80s, the timepiece was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Italian car designer, and while its looks fit in perfectly with futuristic sci-fi setting of Aliens, the watch wasn't produced just for the movie. Rather, it was the movie that made the existing watch a hot commodity.

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Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Health wearables-maker Withings is back with its third fitness-tracking analog watch: the Activité Steel. The French company debuted the original Activité last year, releasing an impressive wearable that focused on being a premium timepiece before a bulky smartwatch. It's $450 price was a bit steep for most, so Withings followed up with the Activité Pop for $150, replacing the luxury materials with silicone, but keeping all the tracking features. The $170 Activité Steel aims to be just right for the Goldilocks of smartwatch shoppers.

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Sony FES e-paper watch goes on sale in Japan

Sony FES e-paper watch goes on sale in Japan

It was almost exactly a year ago when Sony revealed the FES watch — a timepiece that uses low-power e-paper tech not only in the face, but in the band as well. Now, following a campaign on Sony's own crowdfunding site First Flight, the watch is finally a release, albeit limited, in Japan. It was originally developed by the Sony-owned subsidiary Fashion Entertainments, and was first pitched for crowdfunding without the Sony name attached, as the company wanted to see if there was a real market demand, without their reputation overshadowing the concept.

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TAG Heuer’s Android Wear watch’s most important detail is mechanical

TAG Heuer’s Android Wear watch’s most important detail is mechanical

Just a tiny portion of the presentation of TAG Heuer's first smartwatch (with Google's Android Wear) was dedicated to its warranty. This relatively tiny detail makes all the difference when you compare the watch - and the brand - to smartwatch competitors like Apple and Motorola. The TAG Heuer watch comes with a 2-year warrantee. After that time is done, the owner of the watch has the option of going in to the watch store to swap it out (for a fee) with a mechanical TAG Heuer watch.

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TAG Heuer Connected watch revealed – aimed directly at Apple

TAG Heuer Connected watch revealed – aimed directly at Apple

The folks at TAG Heuer have revealed a smartwatch that runs Google's Android Wear software. Inside you'll find Google's software - very similar to the software you'll find on devices like the Moto 360 and the Huawei Watch, while on the outside you'll find luxury hardware the likes of which are only otherwise delivered with a far more expensive piece of equipment. This is the first time an Android Wear watch has been released by a manufacturer that hadn't previously released any devices with Android onboard.

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Huawei Watch Review

Huawei Watch Review

This device has been a long time coming - and anticipated by round-faced smartwatch hopefuls. This is Huawei's first fully round display-toting wearable device, and indeed one of the first smartwatches with a fully round panel to have been shown to the world, as well. The Huawei Watch is relatively affordable (especially compared to its biggest competitors) and looks generally unassuming or otherwise low-key in design. Is that enough to take on the likes of Apple and Motorola?

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Suunto Kailash watch offers adventure log, sapphire glass

Suunto Kailash watch offers adventure log, sapphire glass

Are you an adventurer at heart in need of a watch but not terribly keen on the idea of a typical smartwatch? Suunto has introduced a new wearable that is a solid compromise between the two, the Suunto Kailash, which is named after Mt. Kailash, a Tibetan peak. This is the first watch in the maker’s Suunto World Collection, and despite its fairly traditional design, it packs a handful of smarter-than-usual features: GPS and an adventure log to name two.

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