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Pebble Time Round hands-on: up close and circular

Pebble Time Round hands-on: up close and circular

This week the Pebble Time Round has been revealed, and with it the promise of the "thinnest, lightest" smartwatch in the world. We had a chat with Pebble's founder Eric Migicovsky earlier this week about the watch - today we're taking another look at the device itself. In this hands-on look at the Pebble Time Round, we ask whether this a more elegant solution than previous Pebbles, or if it's just a round version of its predecessor.

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This is Pebble Time Round – a smartwatch just 7.5mm thick

This is Pebble Time Round – a smartwatch just 7.5mm thick

When you're making a gadget as personal as a smartwatch, the more choice the better, and so Pebble is welcoming its first ever circular-screen wearable. The Pebble Time Round slots into the same line-up as the Pebble Time and the Pebble Time Steel, billed as the thinnest, lightest smartwatch in the world, and packing the same simple software along with cross-platform compatibility. I caught up with Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky to find out more.

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Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch has 57 complications

Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch has 57 complications

Mechanical watches are works of beauty on the outside and inside with many having multiple complications and high levels of fit and finish. One of the most famous of all mechanical watchmakers is a company called Vacheron Constantin and the company has unveiled what it claims to b the most complicated watch ever made. The watch is called the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 pocket watch and it has 57 complications.

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This is Devon’s $28,500 Star Wars watch

This is Devon’s $28,500 Star Wars watch

The team at Devon Works, LLC have worked directly work Lucasfilm Ltd. to create a wrist watch that looks like a TIE fighter. This watch will cost a cool $28,500 USD, and will be limited to 500 units. Hand-made, designed with some intense detail, detail reserved only for those intense enough - and rich enough - to set their sights on a watch that costs more than a brand new car. Of course, if you're looking for the most expensive non-prop Star Wars item, you might have found just what you're looking for.

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The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

The Gear S2 vs Apple Watch showdown I really care about

You can debate specs, argue square versus circle until you're blue in the face, but the big Gear S2 vs Apple Watch argument is which is more fidget-friendly. Samsung's new Tizen-powered smartwatch, launched at IFA 2015 last week to broadly positive reviews, is not only the first from the company to have a round display, but the first to use a clever rotating bezel for navigation.

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Runtastic Moment is an analog activity-tracking watch

Runtastic Moment is an analog activity-tracking watch

Runtastic, the makers of the fitness app of the same name that was just acquired by Adidas, has just launched an analog fitness tracking watch called Moment. Aimed at competing with the likes of Withings' Activite, the Runtastic Moment tracks just about all the activities you'd expect, including steps, distance, calories burned, minutes of activity, and sleep cycles, all while maintaining the form of a traditional, simple analog watch. It may not be a smartwatch, but it's definitely a watch with smarts.

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Sony WENA watch hands-on

Sony WENA watch hands-on

Today we've gotten he opportunity to get a hands-on look at the WENA watch from Sony. Sony suggests that WENA stands for "wear electronics naturally", showing this watch as one that incorporates smart electronics - NFC for mobile payments, for example - with a standard watch face up front. This means the watch won't need to be charged all the time while the back of it - the strap - will allow smart contact.

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Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Samsung Gear S2 details released in full [UPDATE: more images]

Three versions of Samsung's newest smartwatch, the Gear S2, have been revealed today. Each of the three, the Samsung Gear S2, Gear S2 classic, and Gear S2 3G will come with round faces and Tizen for their software platform. While the Gear S2 and S2 classic will come with Wi-fi connectivity, a Gear S2 3G version will also be released with the same specifications save a slot for a 3G SIM card. Each of these devices will also come with Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC, and will be released likely by the end of the year.

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ThinkGeek’s Tesla Watch is steampunk-chic

ThinkGeek’s Tesla Watch is steampunk-chic

Not interested in a smartwatch, but still desire something cool and unique for your wrist? Well, if you're into the look of leather, brass, and rivets that defines steampunk, you're definitely in luck today. ThinkGeek's new Tesla Watch not only features a winding key for setting the time, but two vacuum tubes on top with LEDs that can be activated with a switch. While these features may not add much functionality to a watch, the same could be argued about reading emails from your wrist.

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The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

Up close and personal with the next Moto 360, it would appear that things are getting a bit smaller this time around. Strange for the smartphone world where devices are always getting bigger, but perfectly reasonable for the Wild West of the wearables market. Here it seems as though the next Moto 360 keeps the "flat tire" display, changes the position of the power button, and added bit of hardware to the top and bottom for easier switching of bands.

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Samsung Gear 2 in final testing

Samsung Gear 2 in final testing

Today the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch has been shown off "in the wild" - still on the arm of a Samsung employee, but in a candid shot nonetheless. This device was shown on the arm of vice president, head of study, Samsung Design America Dennis Miloseski. This fellow is also the head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, overseeing strategy, design UX, industrial design, and engineering operations in North America for Samsung. Normally Miloseski is the sort of person to wear far more expensive watches. Normally he's rolling with high fashion.

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Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Today Google has updated Android Wear with Translate, an app which allows you to speak to your watch and see a translation instantly. This app works with 44-languages, harvesting language knowledge from the Google Translate library. Once you choose a language, speaking to your watch will result in instant translations in text form. Once you've read what you need to read, you can flip your wrist to see the other of the two languages you've chosen.

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