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Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays

Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays

Withings is known for its wide range of health and fitness devices, which include analog watch fitnesss trackers, digital scales, and, just this week, a thermometer. With the new Withings Go, the company is back to its tracker roots but with a twist. Just like any tracker, this handy gadget does keep an eye on your steps, activities, and even your sleep. But unlike most trackers that either use LCD screens or none at all, the Go uses a battery friendly e ink display to show you your stats, all that time and even in bright ambient light.

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New Balance to launch smartwatch this holiday season

New Balance to launch smartwatch this holiday season

New Balance has announced the launch of a new division called “Digital Sport.” This new division is tasked with developing “digital experiences” and various wearables, the first of which will be a smartwatch scheduled to launch this holiday season. The company plans to roll out a digital ecosystem targeted at athletes via the new division, and has announced Intel, Google and more as partners.

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Samsung Gear S2 iOS compatibility coming this year

Samsung Gear S2 iOS compatibility coming this year

When the original Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch was revealed, it wasn't prepared for the full collection of smartphones on the market. Android and Tizen would work, sure, but not the most popular smartphone on the planet - the iPhone. Now, according to Samsung representatives speaking at CES 2016, they're going to be bringing iOS compatibility to the Samsung Gear S2 by the end of the year. "This year" they said.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic hands-on: detailed in Rose Gold and Platinum

Samsung Gear S2 Classic hands-on: detailed in Rose Gold and Platinum

The smartwatch Samsung Gear S2 Classic, as it's now called, has been revealed in two new editions. Samsung has revealed that the Gear S2 Classic will now come in 18K Rose Gold in one edition, and Platinum in another. These devices will function exactly the same as the standard editions of the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, while their exteriors will be encased in slightly finer metals. And they look just fine indeed.

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Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

The Fitbit Blaze is a new smart fitness watch being revealed for the 2016 consumer season, shown off for the first time at CES 2016. What you're going to notice first and foremost - if you're familiar with smartwatches of all sorts - is that this watch looks rather similar to one of the more well-known smartwatches on the market. Beyond that, this machine works with FitStar by Fitbit for on-screen workouts, GPS, PurePulse heart rate tracking, and Fitbit's SmartTrack auto-exercise recognition system.

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Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

Star Wars Force Band by Sphero commands BB-8 (our hands-on)

One of the most fantastic toys ever made, BB-8 by Sphero, now has its own remote control. The basic model requires your smartphone to move around - and that's pretty awesome as it is. But Sphero wanted to go the extra mile. Forget these drones that are commanded by your smartwatch. Sphero wants to sell you the device, not just push an app to someone else's gear. That's why they're showing off the Star Wars Force Band.

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Hitachi Maxell has a Li-on battery with twice the capacity

Hitachi Maxell has a Li-on battery with twice the capacity

With most smartphone and tablet components becoming standard and processors getting more powerful, the next frontier in mobile technology will be batteries. Making batteries contain even more energy while still keeping their sizes manageable has been a puzzle that spans the fields of engineering, physics, and chemistry. So far, there have been many possible solutions, ranging from the conservative to the eccentric, and Hitachi Maxell, one of the most popular battery makers, is throwing in their own two cents as well.

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Samsung launches Bio-Processor for health-centric wearables

Samsung launches Bio-Processor for health-centric wearables

There has been a lot of focus of late on smartphones and wearables with capabilities to measure certain health factors, mostly heart rates and sometimes even blood oxygen levels. Trying to capitalize on that still growing market, Samsung has announced what is billed to be the industry's first all-in-one health chip solution that combines all the relevant sensors as well as processors in a single chip small enough to be placed inside a fitness band.

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Google has fixed the big problem that killed Glass v1

Google has fixed the big problem that killed Glass v1

Today we're getting our first good look at Google Glass version 2, also known (for now) as Google Glass: Enterprise Edition. This version of the device has a few changes in its hardware - the most apparent of which is the removal of the metal bar that attached the glass unit to the opposite side of the wearer's head. There's also a ball joint for the eyepiece. But what's most important here is the addition of a single light - right near the front-facing camera.

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Google Glass 2: Enterprise Edition revealed in photos

Google Glass 2: Enterprise Edition revealed in photos

The second edition Google Glass header has appeared, and it looks... very similar to the first. This is what Google calls the "Enterprise Edition" of the headset, aiming it directly at the industry that decided it was a device that'd be helpful - businesses. Using this headset in the line of duty in a wide variety of trades has been a real boon for the popularity of the device, and here it would appear that it's been kept afloat by the segment that Google doesn't normally go after - not with as much veracity as the consumer world, anyway.

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Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

While my first inclination was to title this post "what no other smartwatch has", that just wouldn't be accurate. What we've got here is a bona-fide piece of technology in the Moto 360 Sport that's never been released in any device before. Here, according to Motorola, the Moto 360 Sport equips a "first of its kind LCD display." It's a first of its kind, that is to say, in that it "combines a traditional backlit transmissive screen with a front lit reflective technology." The best of both worlds - always visible.

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Moto 360 Sport hands-on and first impressions: just as nice

Moto 360 Sport hands-on and first impressions: just as nice

The Android Wear smartwatch Moto 360 Sport from Motorola has arrived on our review bench this week and we've taken it on a stroll. Before our full Moto 360 Sport review begins, we've got a few points we need to go over, starting with our initial impressions. As it turns out, this watch isn't the "lesser" version of the Moto 360 that we expected it to be. In fact, the design of this piece of equipment makes us feel as though Motorola's somehow kept the finer points of the non-"sport" model Moto 360 (2015) whilst adding a more robust bit of body in its rubbery silicone "sporty" watch band.

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