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GM’s developing an Apple Watch app for locking, unlocking car doors

GM’s developing an Apple Watch app for locking, unlocking car doors

General Motors is testing an app that will make keys locked in the car a non-issue…at least, if you have an Apple Watch. The auto maker is currently testing an Apple Watch app that lets GM car owners (with compatible models) unlock and lock their cars using the watch, as well as start it remotely. The information was detailed by GM’s VP of Strategy Mike Ableson, who spoke at an analysts presentation in Detroit.

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You don’t need LTE in a smartwatch

You don’t need LTE in a smartwatch

This week LG revealed the Watch Urbane 2, a smartwatch with the ability to connect to a 4G LTE data network. This part of the watch is a gimmick. If that's what it takes to get you to purchase a watch that is, by all means, one of the nicest smartwatches on the market, then so be it. But you don't actually need it. Using Android Wear as Google intends it, (read: without rooting and adding odd apps not approved by Google Play), there's no real reason for you to be using LTE-speed data.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch to debut Nov. 9, still unaffordable

TAG Heuer smartwatch to debut Nov. 9, still unaffordable

Now that tech companies have made their smartwatch play, it's time for the traditional luxury watch makers to make their move. Apple has just recently partnered with fashion brand Hermes to offer something even more luxurious on the wearable market and TAG Heuer isn't going to take things sitting down. Having been repeatedly leaked and teased, the luxury marque's first "connected timepiece" will finally be making its first public appearance on November 9 at the LVMH building in New York. And it will come with an equally luxurious price tag.

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LG Watch Urbane 2 now has both Android Wear and LTE

LG Watch Urbane 2 now has both Android Wear and LTE

When LG unveiled the classy Watch Urbane, it was quickly followed by the independent Watch Urbane LTE. The latter was almost perfect except for one thing. It ran on LG's own webOS platform, which isn't exactly the most widely used mobile platform around. Now LG is correcting that "mistake" by putting out the 2nd edition of the LG Watch Urbane. As fashionable as its Android Wear predecessor, this second generation not only bumps up some of the specs, it also now carries it own network weight with 4G connectivity.

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ASUS ZenWatch 2 Review

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Review

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 presents a new wave of Android Wear watch. While it still runs the same software as the rest of the Android Wear smartwatches out today, it begins to differentiate itself. Not just with a slightly different shape (as ASUS presented with the first ZenWatch), but with a different feel, as well. This version of the ZenWatch comes in two sizes, has a singe physical power/home button, and comes in a variety of tasteful colors and materials.

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Vector smartwatch has 30-day battery, is up for preorder

Vector smartwatch has 30-day battery, is up for preorder

In March, we were first introduced to the Vector smartwatch, a classy wearable that promised both smart functionality and a 30-day battery life, the combination of which drew ample attention from eager consumers. It has been several months since then, and the wearable is closer to reality than ever — it is now available for preorder from the maker’s website, with a dozen different versions covering different design flavors being offered.

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Allen Band is a subscription-free wearable for the elderly

Allen Band is a subscription-free wearable for the elderly

As with wearables for children, wearables for the elderly are usually designed for monitoring purposes, allowing loved ones and caretakers to keep an eye on the person and, if necessary, send help their way. These type of trackers usually come with a big downside, though -- monthly subscription fees that may be beyond some wearer's budgets. The goal behind the creators of Allen Band, a wearable for the elderly, is to avoid those monthly fees.

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Runtastic teams with UP by Jawbone

Runtastic teams with UP by Jawbone

This week Jawbone has teamed with Runtastic to provide content from one with the other. Fitness activities tracked with the Runtastic app will now sync with the app "UP by Jawbone." So 'ay dog, I heard you like fitness tracking, so we put fitness tracking data from one fitness tracking app in your other fitness tracking app. All fitness activities tracked with the Runtastic app will be available in the UP by Jawbone app, which can then share said information seamlessly.

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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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Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit my be the darling of the fitness wearable market, but it has seen increased competition, and sometimes even lawsuits, in a once niche industry. To stay on top of its rivals, it needs to continuously update its existing devices with new features, without requiring users to buy a new one. Almost a year old now, the Fitbit Surge is getting another major update, the last one rolled out last March, which not only adds a new mode to the smartwatch but also improves its longevity.

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Omate returns with TrueSmart+ watch running full Android 5.1

Omate returns with TrueSmart+ watch running full Android 5.1

These days, most smartwatches are glorified yet less capable companions to smartphones and tablets, but there was a time when some wearables proudly proclaimed their independence. One of those was Omate's TrueSmart, which ran on a full version of Android instead of something like a more constrained Android Wear. After more or less a hiatus, Omate is making a comeback, and this time it's bringing along a lollipop for the ride. Its new TrueSmart+ puts a full Android 5.1 on top of a SIM-enabled standalone wearable.

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