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Apple gave employees rainbow Apple Watch bands for Pride 2016

Apple gave employees rainbow Apple Watch bands for Pride 2016

Apple gave some of its employees a limited edition rainbow Apple Watch band for Pride 2016, according to a bunch of tweets from recent days. Pride festivals recently took place in cities around the world, and California was no exception. Apple employees who took to the streets with a place in the official Pride parade were bestowed with the unique — and no doubt now-valuable — very limited edition bands.

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Microsoft Band 2 tipped to have tougher variants in some lots

Microsoft Band 2 tipped to have tougher variants in some lots

When you put out a wearable device that also targets health buffs, athletes, and people with active lifestyles, you better make sure the band is strong enough to withstand the punishment of the weather as well as wear and tear. It seems, however, that Microsoft didn't take that rule into account with its second gen Band 2. Consumers were apparently swapping torn bands left and right, prompting Microsoft to silently put out a sturdier band. Silently because no one has come forward willingly to confirm that bands with lot numbers starting with "16" are indeed sturdier or thicker, at least long enough to be used without going in for a replacement.

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Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit has launched a new version of its fitness tracker for swimmers, the Speedo Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, promising health metrics both in and out of the pool. The follow-up to the original Speedo collaboration a year ago, the new wearable keeps the circular design of the second-generation Shine 2 but throws in proprietary lap-counting algorithms suited to aquatic use.

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Samsung Gear S3 “Solis” will unsurprisingly run Tizen

Samsung Gear S3 “Solis” will unsurprisingly run Tizen

Early this month, Samsung revealed the Gear Fit 2 alongside a curious Gear IconX earbuds. That would have probably raised questions on whether Samsung also has plans for that other kind of wearable device. Of course it does, and it even has a codename for it. Dubbed "Solis", the smartwatch will most likely be named the Gear S3 after its predecessor. And like its predecessor, it will be running on Tizen, which raises questions on Samsung's actual commitment to the Android Wear platform.

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Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch, launches on Indiegogo

Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch, launches on Indiegogo

Remember the Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch that was introduced more than a year ago? It's back again, this time as part of an Indiegogo campaign that hopes to bring the device to market. This is the "public pre-release," says Monohm, the company behind Runcible. Monohm is seeking $250,000 in funding through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, where it has so far raised about $46,000 USD.

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Pebble Time Round gets polished gold/silver options as Kickstarter winds down

Pebble Time Round gets polished gold/silver options as Kickstarter winds down

With about two weeks left in Pebble's Kickstarter campaign for its latest generation of smartwatches, a new reward for backers has been added: the Pebble Time Round in a choice of either polished gold or silver finish. To be clear, is the same hardware as the previous Pebble Time Round, as the thin, round model isn't being updated with this new Kickstarter, which instead is about launching the Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core.

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Pebble iOS Text Replies grows, iOS Email Actions in beta

Pebble iOS Text Replies grows, iOS Email Actions in beta

Pebble is definitely on a roll. Even while its Kickstarter is in full steam, it isn't loosing steam in developing features for its existing smartwatches. It has just announced not just the start of beta testing for iOS Email Actions but also the addition of T-Mobile and new markets for its iOS Text Replies feature. This makes Pebble the only third-party smartwatch that allows users to reply to text messages, temporarily bypassing the need for Apple to officially provide that functionality in its iOS Messages API.

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watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

This morning Apple introduced the newest version of Apple Watch's software: watchOS 3. This newest version of the operating system works with a number of new features, starting with performance updates and what they call "Instant Launch." As you can imagine, this feature makes for a much quicker experience on the Apple Watch - right alongside Refreshed Information, Background Updates, and the ability to keep favorite apps in the Apple Watch's memory.

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Blocks modular smartwatch goes up for preorder

Blocks modular smartwatch goes up for preorder

The Blocks modular smartwatch, which first came into public view via a Kickstarter campaign, is now available to preorder. The company has showcased the factory-ready smartwatch, including the various modules that can be added and removed as the user sees fit, in two videos, one of which is a long, close-up review of the wearable. According to Blocks, the smartwatch is in the final stage of testing before heading into mass production.

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Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Just because Pebble is in the middle of a very hot and again wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Core, it doesn't mean it has forgotten about its existing throng of very loyal users. It has just announced the availability of Firmware 3.13 for existing smartwatches, as well as matching updates for its iOS and Android apps. It might not be as earth-shattering as the upcoming Actions feature, but it's still a refinement worth noting and a welcome reminder that Pebble hasn't forgotten its fans.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra is a smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Suunto Spartan Ultra is a smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Suunto has taken the wraps off a new sports watch called the Spartan Ultra. With the Ultra name comes some ultra features and durability — the company says its newest watch, which will be arriving in August, features a polyamide casing reinforced with glass fibers, a waterproof construction that’ll hold up to depths as far down as 100 meters, and an optional grade-5 titanium bezel.

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EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, we're spending more time looking down at our hands than ever. Go to any public place, and you'll see people hunched over their phones, checking Facebook, Tweeting, or watching videos. Our bodies aren't designed to hold that position for long periods, and that can cause painful issues. One company has their eye on this problem, and aims to fix it.

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