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Google Glass v2 in works confirms Luxottica (and v3, too)

Google Glass v2 in works confirms Luxottica (and v3, too)

Google Glass version 2, hopefully without the sort of styling only a geek could love and more everyday functionality, is already in progress, Google's eyewear partner has confirmed. The head-worn wearable's demise in its Explorer Edition form was heralded by some as an admission that the project was a failure, but Google insisted that a phased roadmap was always the intention. Now, one of the key players involved in that roadmap has spoken up.

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Apple Watch Diary – Getting to know you

Apple Watch Diary – Getting to know you

iPhone was hotly-rumored before 2007; iPad a frequent topic of debate prior to 2010; but it’s hard to argue that Apple Watch, reaching consumers’ wrists today, is the most controversial of Apple’s recent line-up. Even before Tim Cook & Co. announced the wearable in September last year, the pros and cons of an iOS-powered companion for your iPhone were splitting party lines, and that debate hasn’t eased any in the months between then and release. Now, though, the waiting is over. The preorders are arriving. And Apple Watch needs to prove to us it’s worth a spot on our arm.

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Apple Watch Sport glass bows to sandpaper in scratch test

Apple Watch Sport glass bows to sandpaper in scratch test

Remember Unbox Therapy? Yes, he is the same guy who brought video upon video of smartphone bending tests during the height of the iPhone 6 Plus #brendgate scandal. Now he's back again with Apple's latest mobile product, the Apple Watch. No, of course he will not try to bend the samrtwatch, which should probably be nigh impossible to do with bare hands. Instead, he is subjecting the device, particularly the Sport variant, to a different kind of torture test: getting it scratched by different, common (except for one) household materials.

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Amazon Apple Watch app puts shopping on your wrist

Amazon Apple Watch app puts shopping on your wrist

Amazon has updated its iPhone app to support Apple Watch, turning the new wearable into a mobile voice-controlled shopping accessory. The new version of the app, released just as the first Apple Watch orders are shipping out, not only works as a scratchpad for the Wish List, but entire purchases can be carried out directly from the wrist. It's one of around 3,000 Apple Watch apps already waiting for Apple's new toy in the App Store today.

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App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

It's time to have a peek at exactly how many apps are being released to the Apple Watch at "launch" this week with the new App Store for Apple Watch. What is an "App Store for Apple Watch", you might ask? It's basically a category within the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. You can also access this category for the Apple Watch specifically through iTunes on your desktop computer. This "Apps for Apple Watch" section has not yet been released in its entirety to the full Apple software system.

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Samsung’s 7th smartwatch will be round

Samsung’s 7th smartwatch will be round

We've heard of a round Samsung Gear smartwatch before. We've been hearing rumors of this device since before Android Wear came out. Before the first round smartwatch to hit the market, the Moto 360, was released, Samsung was aiming for round display greatness. Here in the Summer of 2015, they've all but confirmed that their next wearable device will be circular in nature. They've done this with a release about early access to this device's software development kit for app and content creators.

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An Apple launch like no other

An Apple launch like no other

Tomorrow is launch day for the Apple Watch. But it's not like any other Apple product launch. In fact, completely the opposite. This launch, unlike any other Apple product launch over the past decade, will include no in-store availability of the product at hand. Instead of the Apple Watch being out and ready to purchase by the average consumer, tomorrow is only the day when (some) Apple Watch orders will be fulfilled. With a completely new category of device comes change for Apple, and a launch that'll be unlike any that came before or after.

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ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

The device you're about to see does not run Android Wear. This is the ASUS VivoWatch, and it's bucking the trend set by its competitors by running its own unique operating system. Inside you'll find 10-day battery life and software that lends itself to health and fitness tracking for its wearer. This watch isn't headed to smartphone stores, like so many other wearable devices released recently. Instead, the ASUS VivoWatch is headed to Goldsmith stores, Watches of Switzerland, and WatchShop dot com.

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Apple Watches appear in fashion stores, ready for April 24

Apple Watches appear in fashion stores, ready for April 24

In all the heyday and obsession over the availability and ordering process for the Apple Watch, many interested buyers might have forgotten about one other venue for getting their hands on the smartwatch. A limited number of fashion boutiques across the globe have been revealed to be carrying Apple Watches, exactly as Apple said they would, though not exactly advertised either. What's more, some of them seem to have noted that the watches will be in-store starting April 24, which would somewhat conflict with Apple's own schedule and restrictions.

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LG G Watch, G Watch R, ASUS ZenWatch: no Wi-Fi for you

LG G Watch, G Watch R, ASUS ZenWatch: no Wi-Fi for you

Excited over the prospect of getting your Android Wear smartwatch connected even without a smartphone within range? Better start hoping your wearable computer is one of the supported models. Although the upcoming Android Wear update will include the ability for smartwatches to connect via Wi-Fi, it still boils down to whether the device has the hardware capable of doing that. Sadly, despite appearances and spec sheets, not all of them are created equal, and the ones from LG and ASUS will apparently be left out of the Wi-Fi party.

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