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Connect the Moto 360 to iOS, needs an Android phone

Connect the Moto 360 to iOS, needs an Android phone

Not a fan of the Apple Watch? Good thing there is almost a dozen Android Wear smartwatches now, not to mention those not using Android Wear at all. But what if you have an iPhone or an iPad? Unless you have a Pebble, chances are you're out of luck. Not unless you happen to have a Moto 360 and are willing to go through some hoops to make it all work together. Yes, somebody has been able to make the Moto 360 work with an iOS device, specifically an iPad.

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Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone grabs ex-Google Shopping exec to make new products

Jawbone has found itself a new president, with former Google exec Sameer Samat joining the wearables company just as it wades into mobile payments. Samat was, most recently, Vice President of Product Management at Google where - among other things - he was responsible for Google Shopping and Google Express. That focus on digital retail doesn't seem accidental, either, given Jawbone's UP4 and its partnership with American Express.

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Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Apple Watch is resilient to water, with Apple saying “Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof.” With an IPX7 rating, Apple Watch can logistically handle submersion up to one meter for 30 minutes. According to the official ratings scale, IPX7 makes submersion beyond that (either in depth or duration) a problem. Real world stats may prove otherwise; over the weekend, some YouTube videos were posted, highlighting the Apple Watch’s water durability, and it seems to — at least in one instance — test well above IPX7.

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The big Apple Watch surprise is how little you use it

The big Apple Watch surprise is how little you use it

For all the furore around the Apple Watch launch, not to mention the number of people still waiting for their pre-orders, it’s a surprise just how low-key the smartwatch itself is. Of course, there’s the excitement of opening the box, strapping it to your wrist, and setting it up with your favorite apps and notifications, but after that the wearable works best if you simply... wear it.

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Five things you need to know from our Apple Watch review

Five things you need to know from our Apple Watch review

Boiling down our extended Apple Watch review this week resulted in a set of five key points every prospective owner should understand. These include notes on apps, interaction time, and battery life. They also tap into how you'll be speaking with Siri and what you'll need to do to make your Apple Watch experience a fruitful one if you do, indeed, plan on purchasing one in the near future. This device isn't one you should consider lightly. Like your choice in smartphones, this device can really change the way you go about your day.

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Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch plans long-lasting smartwatch battery release for 2016

Swatch has been vocal in the recent past about its smartwatch ambitions, and its focus lies on the battery life — arguably, the Achilles heel of wearables, something often poor enough that many have elected to hold out until better battery tech comes about. Back in February we heard word that Swatch was planning to launch a smartwatch sometime in the next three months, and at the time there was again mention of the company’s battery tech efforts, including a portfolio boasting flexible power packs and bendable batteries.

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Jawbone UP3 Review – Flawed Ambition

Jawbone UP3 Review – Flawed Ambition

There’s a war on, and it’s for space on your wrist. For years it’s been fitness trackers like Jawbone’s new UP3 that have been sneering at traditional watches, but as smartwatches like Apple Watch mature, now it’s the health bands that are under threat. Like any good - or cruel - personal trainer would tell you, when you feel the burn it’s time to push harder, and so Jawbone hasn't held back on the tech for its latest flagship. So many sensors, but does UP3 make sense?

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Reddit’s Apple Watch “Lonely Heartbeats” club band

Reddit’s Apple Watch “Lonely Heartbeats” club band

This morning it's become apparent that those with Apple Watches out in the wild are wishing they had more Apple Watch friends. As such, a Reddit group has been created called "Lonely Heartbeats," one that's aimed at connecting one Apple Watch wearer to another. Relatively anonymously. This heartbeat collective isn't only for sharing the beat of your heart through your watch, it's also for sharing drawings and connectivity of all sorts through your wrist. Connecting with a stranger isn't all that difficult - all Watch owners need is an email address.

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Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

To call the Apple Watch polarizing is to do the splenetic depths of online argument around it an injustice. For the past few weeks I’ve been living in the eye of that storm, the contentious wearable on my wrist. I’ve worked with it. I’ve traveled with it. I’ve exercised with it. I drew the line at showering with it, though Tim Cook says that’s okay too. And all along the way - well, perhaps not in the shower - people have asked me that one question no other Apple product has faced to quite the same extent: is the Apple Watch really worth it?

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Apple tells accessory makers how to make Apple Watch bands

Apple tells accessory makers how to make Apple Watch bands

We knew this day would come, and we're actually wondering why that day only arrived now. Apple has released guidelines that tell accessory makers exactly how it wants Apple Watch bands to be made. In Apple's carefully guarded and curated world, this isn't exactly a surprise, though the lucrative market of third-party unofficial accessories remain, well, lucrative. But it remains to be seen if that will also be the case with the Apple Watch, which Apple is keeping a close eye on, from charging accessories and now to the most personalized part of the devide: the strap.

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Apple Watch used to share baby’s heartbeat

Apple Watch used to share baby’s heartbeat

The Apple Watch has been used to share heartbeats from user to user before, but before today, it's never been used on a baby. Today's shared experience comes from a family that wanted to share their baby's first moments in the world with their family. They did so with the Apple Watch. Using this Apple product's ability to send a vibration to another wearer each time a heart beats, this baby's life was sent through the Apple Watch, through the iPhone, and through the web.

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Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

Apple Watch torture tests include liquid nitrogen, .50 cal bullet

There are certain things to be expected when a new notable product is launched -- there will be fanfare and critics and coveting and all sorts of things, and at some point once the product rolls out there will be destruction. Lots and lots of destruction. The Apple Watch is no exception, of course -- we've seen products get cooked and blended and shot and dropped and smashed and just about every other "torture test" you can think of, and now it's the Apple Watch's turn.

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