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Withings debuts Activite Pop: $150 health watch

Withings debuts Activite Pop: $150 health watch

As CES draws even closer, health wearables company Withings has just announced a new, more affordable version of its Activite health watch. Priced $300 less than the top-tier model, the Activite Pop comes in three new colors and will be available this March for $150. The Activite Pop maintains the appearance of a regular analog watch at quick glance, but it features a smaller dial on the face that measures how close you are to fulfilling your activity goal for the day, which is set in its partnering app.

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The one CES Apple might not win

The one CES Apple might not win

In just a few days we begin again with the year's biggest US-based technology conference: CES 2015. Over the past several years, it's been almost a tradition for news outlets to suggest that Apple was either alive and well at CES or in some way or another "winning" the crowd over without actually, physically being at the event series to represent themselves. As far as we know. This year is a little different. This year is the first in which Apple has a new product announced before CES but won't be releasing it until later this year.

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Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

Montblanc’s e-Strap will make luxury watches smarter

To smartwatch or not to smartwatch, that is the question. Especially when it comes to watch lovers who aren't too keen on switching away from their exquisitely designed timepieces just for the sake of receiving notifications or controlling their smartphones from their wrists. Luxury goods maker Montblanc has one compromise up its sleeves, almost literally. Part of its new Timewalker Urban Speed collection is the e-Strap, an optional watch strap that almost inconspicuously hides an electronic module at the bottom, giving you the best of both worlds, almost.

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Apple Watch preorders begin with 3rd-party jeweler

Apple Watch preorders begin with 3rd-party jeweler

It's not entirely unlike a 3rd-party retailer to suggest that they've got an Apple product early. What the jeweler Mervis Diamonds has done is to put their unique version of the Apple Watch up for pre-order - even though they're not entirely sure when the watch will be released. The Mervis Diamonds Apple Watch - their first "Watch edition" version of the device - will be released with an 18 karat gold tennis bracelet with 8 rows of diamonds. Can you guess how much this device will cost?

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Watch made from Micro HDD is a geeks dream

Watch made from Micro HDD is a geeks dream

There are plenty of geeky watches out there. Some of them have strange lights that tell time in a manner so complex you have to read instructions and learn to tell time on them. There are also plenty of smartwatches on the market that interface with your smartphone. A new watch has debuted that is a different sort of geeky called the HDDWatch.

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Sony’s e-paper FES Watch was hiding in plain sight

Sony’s e-paper FES Watch was hiding in plain sight

Sony's e-paper watch plan rumors sounded mysterious when they surfaced recently, but it turns out we'd actually seen the face-changing, power-sipping timepiece before, only under a different name. In fact, the distinctive timepiece - which uses e-paper not only for the watchface itself, but around the strap itself - was quietly launched on a crowdfunding site as the Fashion Entertainments FES Watch, a brand which Sony has now confirmed was set up by the skunkworks team at the company looking into the broader practical applications of screens more commonly found on e-readers like the Kindle.

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Kairos T-band marries analog and smartwatch differently

Kairos T-band marries analog and smartwatch differently

One of the debates surrounding the new smartwatch trend is the one about classical, analog watches and sophisticated, but sometimes inelegant smartwatches. Some people see a watch as more than just a timepiece but also as a form of expression, a part of personality. These types of people would probably never wear a smartwatch even if they see the utility in it. Until now. Kairos is back in trying to mix analog and digital, and this time it is doing things differently with the T-band, which is basically a "smart watch strap".

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Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

Watchmakers going after pirated smartwatch faces

A word of caution: if you’ve fallen head over heels for a smartwatch face recently, it might be time to reevaluate your admiration. How your smartwatch looks, at least when it’s not doing smartwatch-y things, may soon change. While we like smartwatches for their contextual awareness and ability to force-feed us notifications, we still want a watch. To accomplish the look of a “real” watch, some smartwatch software designers and Developers actually borrow from existing, often high-end watches.

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