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Fossil debuts Android Wear-powered Q smartwatch

Fossil debuts Android Wear-powered Q smartwatch

As more and more traditional watch companies are eyeing the growing popularity of smartwatches with envy, yet another has decided to enter the heated market. This time its Fossil with their just announced line of Q watches, all with varying degrees of "smartness," including one powered by Android Wear. The lineup starts with three traditional analog watches, but with activity tracking sensors in the bands. The fourth features a color touchscreen display.

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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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Moto 360 Review (2015)

Moto 360 Review (2015)

Today we review the second generation Moto 360 for the year 2015. This is a follow-up to a winning design from Motorola for the year 2014, they being the first creators of a "round" watch for the Android Wear platform. This time around, their design becomes ever-so-slightly more traditional. This time the device has arms (or lugs, if you prefer), and can be custom-ordered like its Moto X smartphone brethren. There's also two different "Designed for Men" models and one "Designed for Women" model for whatever reason.

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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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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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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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This strap fixes an Apple Watch to your luxury watch (no, really)

This strap fixes an Apple Watch to your luxury watch (no, really)

Persuading traditional watch lovers to switch to a smartwatch is part of Apple Watch's lingering challenge, but one luxury timepiece firm thinks both on one wrist is the answer. California-based Nico Gerard's first model, the Pinnacle, is traditional horology on one side, with a Swiss movement-powered analog watch intended to sit on top of your wrist, but hides an Apple Watch on the underside to sate your notification addiction.

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Casio to release smartwatch in early 2016

Casio to release smartwatch in early 2016

Casio, the Japanese watchmaker and undisputed originator of "old school smartwatches" like those seen above, has announced that it's jumping back into the high-tech wearables market currently dominated by Apple and Google. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Casio CEO Kazuhiro Kashio revealed that they are targeting a release in March 2016, and it will be a device that is comfortable and looks good. While "looking good" is certainly a subjective statement, Casio will have their work cut out for the next nine months.

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Casio to host retro smartwatch museum exhibition

Casio to host retro smartwatch museum exhibition

Smartwatches and wearables in general may finally be a "thing" today, but that might not have even been possible were it not for the one true originator. That's right, Casio. The Toshio Kashio Memorial Foundation, named after Toshio Kashio, who founded the Casio in 1957 with his brothers, is going to hold an exhibit on the company's watches from 30 and 40 years ago, then considered high-tech with features like calculators and calendars. Think of it as a museum exhibit on "classic smartwatches."

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