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iWatch detailed as Health-friendly wearable

iWatch detailed as Health-friendly wearable

On the heels of the Health app and ecosystem announced by Apple this month at WWDC 2014 comes word that the company’s first wearable device will work with iOS 8. The iWatch, as it’s still code-named today, is said to be coming with a curved OLED display which is also touch friendly, enabling Apple’s mobile operating system to work intuitively. This mobile device’s functions will likely be picked up on early by developers seeking the deepest details in the code for iOS 8 Beta, also released this month.

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Glass jammer cuts wearable’s WiFi in misguided privacy ploy

Glass jammer cuts wearable’s WiFi in misguided privacy ploy

An anti-Google Glass artist is threatening to cut off the wearable's WiFi over privacy concerns, though the connection cutting project seems to be based more on knee-jerk fear than an understanding of how Glass actually works. The jammer, handiwork of Julian Oliver, runs on a Raspberry Pi with a WiFi adapter and can supposedly spot nearby Glass users on the same network, "deauthorizing" their connection if it finds them. However, Oliver's goal - to prevent Glass from recording video - isn't actually served by the device.

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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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Narrative Clip wearable camera adds option for life-logging coy

Narrative Clip wearable camera adds option for life-logging coy

Life-logging wearable company Narrative had a tricky journey from Kickstarter to shipping success, but now the order books have been thrown open to anybody wanting to clip a whole-day-recording camera to their lapel. For those unfamiliar, the iPod nano-scale Clip takes a photo every thirty seconds, and then uploads them to a cloud server where the best of the images are surfaced in the companion iOS and Android apps; now, there's also a cheaper option for those unsure if life-logging is for them.

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Dyson made Glass-like wearable in 2001

Dyson made Glass-like wearable in 2001

Google Glass may be the most notable pair of smartglasses currently in existence, but it certainly wasn't the first. While various manufacturers have tried their hand at creating a reality augmenting handset, one of the most unlikely among them was Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners.

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