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New Apple Watch straps and metals detailed

New Apple Watch straps and metals detailed

This morning Apple revealed a number of new straps for their first Apple Watch lineup. These straps were revealed VERY quickly after the first several apps for Watch OS 2, the second big release for software on the device. The first line of new watch bands for Apple Watch were worked on by the fashion brand Hermes - and the first strap you'll see looks like a lovely auburn snake wrapped around your wrist.

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This is Devon’s $28,500 Star Wars watch

This is Devon’s $28,500 Star Wars watch

The team at Devon Works, LLC have worked directly work Lucasfilm Ltd. to create a wrist watch that looks like a TIE fighter. This watch will cost a cool $28,500 USD, and will be limited to 500 units. Hand-made, designed with some intense detail, detail reserved only for those intense enough - and rich enough - to set their sights on a watch that costs more than a brand new car. Of course, if you're looking for the most expensive non-prop Star Wars item, you might have found just what you're looking for.

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Moto 360, Android Wear comes to China via Mobvoi

Moto 360, Android Wear comes to China via Mobvoi

We usually report the availability of devices in different countries, so this might sound like small news. But the official arrival of the Moto 360 in China is definitely huge, at least for Google and perhaps for Chinese consumers as well. For the first time, Android Wear will have Chinese voice search and voice control. This also marks one of Google's steps to take a piece of that market, something that it has been reported to be slowly doing through strategic partnerships with Chinese companies such as in this case.

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Jawbone ‘reimagines’ UP2, UP3 with stylish new designs

Jawbone ‘reimagines’ UP2, UP3 with stylish new designs

Jawbone is updating the design flavors of its UP2 and UP3 fitness wearables, giving both models new attractive, less in-your-face designs that touch the edge of fashion while maintaining a hint of technological savviness. The new designs include new colors options and new patterns that are designed in sync with the colors. The company is also updating its mobile app, and pushing out new firmware to its trio of UP trackers that include heart rate monitoring.

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Samsung said exploring Gear S2 for iPhone

Samsung said exploring Gear S2 for iPhone

First Android Wear... next Tizen? Samsung is reportedly investigating making its Gear S2 wearable compatible with iPhone, following Google in taking on the Apple Watch on its home turf. While not yet the Korean company's official stance, according to one spokesperson it's something being closely examined.

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Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

Alcatel reveals new POP and GO devices at IFA 2015

As reported earlier, Alcatel has a bunch of new devices ready for us at IFA 2015 and now it's sharing the details about those. Well, as least some of the details. The manufacturer isn't still spilling all the beans but is teasing just enough to keep things interesting. The 5-inch POP STAR, for example, boasts of a wide array of covers to choose from while the POP UP shows some muscle with its octa-core processor. And Alcatel's new GO line comes with a smartphone and a smartwatch for more active users.

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The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

The Gear S2 is great – now Samsung’s big IoT challenge begins

Samsung is off to a great start with the Gear S2 smartwatch, with its great UX and broad Android compatibility, but its challenge is only just beginning. The circular-screen wearable is prompting broadly positive first-impressions - from ourselves included - with its discrete design and well-crafted interface, and Samsung has feathered it with a number of high profile apps out of the gate.

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TomTom Spark Music hands-on: a fine little player for fitness

TomTom Spark Music hands-on: a fine little player for fitness

Today we've gotten our hands on the TomTom Spark, a new sports watch aimed at runners, primarily. This device works with a preloaded set of songs on a list called Running Trax, including 30-minutes of upbeat tunes curated by the Ministry of Sound - so you know where they're coming from. If you're interested in loading your own music, you can do that too - "more than 500 songs" can be loaded to this device right off the bat.

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Gear S2 SDK released, opening doors for developers everywhere

Gear S2 SDK released, opening doors for developers everywhere

This morning Samsung revealed their Gear S2 smartwatch with Tizen, the company's own software operating system. This afternoon they've released a public software developer kit (SDK) for creators of apps and software experiences. This means that in addition to the apps already connected with the device, developers everywhere will have the opportunity to create for Tizen on the smartwatch. In addition to this SDK, Samsung has opened their Gear S2 seller site for developers and partners to register their Gear S2 applications.

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