Wearable

Huawei TalkBand B3 has built-in Bluetooth headset

Huawei TalkBand B3 has built-in Bluetooth headset

When Huawei finally got around to unveiling the P9 smartphone, that phone wasn’t all the company had to unveil. It also tossed out some details on the TalkBand B3 wearable. At first glance, the TalkBand B3 looks like a skinny smartwatch, but it has something that you won't find on other wearables. The screen of the TalkBand is actually a Bluetooth headset so you can have hands free communication when you want.

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Adidas Zone is a durable heart rate wearable for kids

Adidas Zone is a durable heart rate wearable for kids

Adidas has a new wearable, and it is designed for students as a way to encourage exercise. Called the Adidas Zone, this wearable keeps track of the user’s heart rate and makes the data available in a cloud-based system for PE instructors to access. As such, students are able to see when they raise their heart rate and to what level, while instructors can assess a student’s exertion and better tailor activities to students' needs.

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Pebble update adds iOS Text Replies for Verizon, more vibes

Pebble update adds iOS Text Replies for Verizon, more vibes

Despite having laid off practically a fourth of its workforce, Pebble is showing that it's business as usual at the office. In the latest set of updates for both firmware and the respective mobile apps, Pebble is throwing Verizon subscribers a bone. It is finally making available the iOS Text Replies feature that it introduced last year for this particular carrier. Of course, that's not the only new feature in this update. For those with the Pebble Time generation of smartwatches, you can set different vibrations for different notifications and track sleep more accurately, down to hour-long power naps.

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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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Ringly unveils Aries step counting bangle bracelet wearable

Ringly unveils Aries step counting bangle bracelet wearable

The last time we talked about Ringly is when the company unveiled its little vibrating ring that notified users of calls, texts, and other items by vibrating. Ringly is back with a new wearable device for folks who don’t like to wear rings, but want in on the Ringly action. This time out the wearable device is a bangle bracelet. The stone in the bracelet looks the same as the stone in the ring.

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Sony’s newest team hunts oddball tech for post-PlayStation world

Sony’s newest team hunts oddball tech for post-PlayStation world

Sony is creating a new idea incubator unit, pulling together wearables, unusual home entertainment, and other odd R&D in the hope of figuring out the next big thing. The Sony New Business Incubation Group (NBIG) will hunt down potential "products that span and integrate conceptual consumer technology, human interaction and the environment around them," the company says today.

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LG G5 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Verizon pre-orders start

LG G5 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Verizon pre-orders start

Verizon wireless fans who have been on the lookout for a new smartphone can now pre-order the LG G5 on the carrier. Verizon says that if you pre-order the G5 now you will get the smartphone in your hands on April 1 when it launches officially. The G5 has a slide-out removable battery to keep you powered and going all day and all night.

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Pebble lays off a fourth of its staff as budget issues loom

Pebble lays off a fourth of its staff as budget issues loom

Even highly successful companies, even the mythical unicorns, experience problems. The problem is that when those problems strike, it is usually the company's minions that bear the brunt of the effects. Even relatively smaller companies like Pebble are no exception. In an interview, CEO Eric Migicovsky revealed that Pebble is laying off 40 of its employees this week. While it might seem like a small number in comparison with other giant companies, that actually amounts to 25% of its total workforce.

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Samsung Gear S2 iOS support lands on Verizon

Samsung Gear S2 iOS support lands on Verizon

At the start of the year, Samsung promised that its rather unique Gear S2 smartwatch would be be getting iOS compatibility sometimes "this year". Considering there this year, like any other year, has 12 months, it was anyone's guess when it would actually happen. Well, apparently, we can stop guessing. Verizon updated its support page for the Gear S2, detailing the update that will be rolling out for the smartwatch. And with it comes the almost nonchalant announcement of adding support for both iOS 8.4 and later as well as, curiously, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

UPDATE: Not so fast! Verizon changes the text in the update.

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Apple Watch’s Nylon bands and price kick: first impressions aim to spark new interest

Apple Watch’s Nylon bands and price kick: first impressions aim to spark new interest

Today we got up close and personal with Apple's newest bands for the Apple Watch. These are the Woven Nylon bands in a variety of colors - they'll have Gold/Red, Gold/Royal Blue, Royal Blue, Pink, Pearl, Scuba Blue, and Black available at Apple Stores soon. They've reduced the base price of the Apple Watch this week as well. What we're asking our readers here is - do these bits and pieces make you interested in having an Apple Watch again? Maybe even interested for the first time?

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Jaguar app for wearables checks fuel level, unlocks doors

Jaguar app for wearables checks fuel level, unlocks doors

Jaguar has announced a new remote functions app for Android Wear smartwatches. The app has several connected features for Jaguar and Land Rover owners to take advantage of including the ability to remotely start the car and activate the climate system. That is an important feature in hot or cold environments.

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AT&T brings back the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed LTE

AT&T brings back the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed LTE

It's not yet even near the second half of the year, but we're not one to complain about extremely early good news. At least hopefully it's good news. LG promised that its second Watch Urbane smartwatch would indeed be going back to the market, but it seems that it will be happening earlier than promised. AT&T has once again put the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE up for pre-order. Presuming it isn't just a fluke, it gives hope that LG has finally resolved the issues that led to the smartwatch being unceremoniously pulled out shortly after launch.

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