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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone. UPDATE: March 9th, 2015 Apple Watch comments below.

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Sony video demos SmartEyeglass Attach! concept

Sony video demos SmartEyeglass Attach! concept

Google may be a bit ambiguous about Google Glass' future, but Sony seems unfazed. Either it has a very strong faith in the still non-existent smart eyewear market or it thinks it can take advantage of Google's failure there. Either way, it is pushing ahead with own attempt but also tries to approach the problem from a slightly different angle. SmartEyeglass Attach!, which is not to be confused with its other, odder attempt, may succeed in one area where Glass failed: flexibility.

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Fitbit to users with irritated skin: “take a break” until it heals

Fitbit to users with irritated skin: “take a break” until it heals

Fitbit is no stranger to skin irritation complaints. Last year, the company recalled its Force fitness band following numerous skin irritation complaints. Those who wanted a replacement could get one, but the company maintained that only a small number of users had experienced the allergic reaction to the bands. That issue hasn't gone away, however, and users have complained of on-going irritation troubles. As a result, Fitbit isn't doing another recall -- it is telling wearers to stop wearing it so much.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Canalys says about 720,000 Android Wear devices have been shipped. Of those watches, the Moto 360 is ‘the clear leader’ in the clubhouse, with the G Watch R from LG also making an impact versus its squared sister device. Their findings are interesting, but the caveat is ‘shipped’ versus ‘sold’. We know the two don’t directly correlate (we saw that with Samsung tablets). Now I'm starting to wonder if the Apple Watch has already beaten Android Wear, without ever having seen the inside of an Apple Store.

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We may have already seen HTC’s rumored new wearable

We may have already seen HTC’s rumored new wearable

A while back, we got a solid look at HTC’s proposed wearable via a video. Sadly, HTC said it was just a concept device some in-house designer was working on, and we should all just forget about it and move on. We didn’t really buy it at the time, and now we’ve got even better reason not to believe HTC (aside form late software updates). A new round of leaked info gives more details on just what HTC might bring to the wearable table, and it smacks of that watch ‘concept’ we saw last Summer.

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Android Wear may run out of time as Apple Watch nears

Android Wear may run out of time as Apple Watch nears

Android Wear may have beaten Apple Watch to market, but demand for smartwatches running Google's OS hasn't been as rampant as some predicted, new research released today suggests. Over 720,000 Android Wear watches shipped in 2014, Canalys suggests, and while some like Motorola's Moto 360 can't be produced fast enough to meet demand, the overall diagnosis is that the smartwatch market is still up for grabs. While the research firm appears confident that Google will continue to improve Android Wear, the lingering question is whether those enhancements can come quickly enough.

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This bra claims to detect cancer better than a mammogram

This bra claims to detect cancer better than a mammogram

We've seen some rather unusual lingerie before, like one that has a built-in heart sensor and some that light up in rather questionable circumstances. Cyrcadia Health is making yet another one, but this time it has a more serious tone. The iTbra is a "smart" bra that women can wear to take the place of a mammogram test or monthly tests. The bra is fitted with sensors which communicate with a doctor's or a user's mobile device, making cancer detection quicker and less awkward.

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Airport using Google Glass for security, passenger needs

Airport using Google Glass for security, passenger needs

Google Glass might be taking a knee as the team re-discovers their purpose, but it’s not stopping some form using it. Time and again, we’ve found Glass has purpose — it’s just typically not consumers who find favor with the heads-up wearable. We’ve seen Glass put to good use in the medical field, but it also made an appearance in the airline industry, most notably with Virgin gate attendants. Now one of Europe’s largest and busiest airports is putting Glass to good use.

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