wearable

Samsung Gear A tipped to be round and powerful

Samsung Gear A tipped to be round and powerful

The next release by Samsung in the wearables department may well be their first in the round department. While Samsung's efforts haven't gone unnoticed in the smartwatch market - they've got more out there than anyone else - they don't have anything with a round display. Imagine the accolades being tossed at Samsung for the displays on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Now imagine they've created a circular display that'll sit on your wrist and do everything the Gear S does.

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Apple employees to get 50% Apple Watch discount

Apple employees to get 50% Apple Watch discount

In a letter to employees today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced (among some other things) that all Apple workers will receive a 50 percent discount on the Apple Watch, with the exception of the Edition variants, which will have a $550 discount. Even better, the discount will take effect on the Friday when pre-orders kick off, meaning workers won't be forced to wait a little while to enjoy the discount -- something that has been the case with some past devices.

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Instagram puts Apple Watch library on GitHub for all to see

Instagram puts Apple Watch library on GitHub for all to see

There are plenty of resources for building a version of an app for the Apple Watch. You can find tutorials and lessons all over the Internet, but if you’ve ever been curious how the big boys do it, Instagram is here to help. No, we’re not suggesting you check out a bunch of filtered pics showing code. Instead, head over to GitHub, where the Instagram team has posted the library they’re using for Apple Watch, which is free and open to all.

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Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Soundbrenner Pulse wearable helps musicians keep to the beat

Wearables, particularly smartwatches, are showing up everywhere, and they will most likely become even more ubiquitous with Apple jumping into the market. Almost all of them help us consume or control content with very simple gestures. But what if they can actually help us make content? That is the proposition that the Soundbrenner Pulse is trying to make. It's basically a wearable metronome with a bit of smarts thrown in, helping musicians stay in rhythm, whether practicing or performing, alone or with a whole band.

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Alcatel’s OS-agnostic OneTouch Watch now up for pre-order

Alcatel’s OS-agnostic OneTouch Watch now up for pre-order

Alcatel’s OneTouch Watch made its debut at CES this year, and like many other Alcatel devices, promises to bring decent performance at an appropriate price point. Today, the company is offering their OneTouch Watch for pre-order. As expected, the wearable will cost $149.99, and is currently only available via the company’s US website. If you’re wondering where Alcatel fits into the crowded wearable landscape, there is one feature we think you’ll find favor with outside of the pricing: it’s OS-agnostic, working with both Android and iOS.

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Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Hate waiting? Here’s a Apple Watch rental service by Lumoid

Apple Watch will be launching April 24th but with its 15-minute window to play with the watch, it will be difficult to get a true hands-on experience. The Apple Store also isn't going to be allowing any walk-in purchases for the Apple Watch in the beginning. So, how are we supposed to get our mitts on the latest tech? Enter, Lumoid, the gadget rental service. Lumoid has been around for a while and delivers high-priced to your door, allowing you to try them before you commit to purchasing. As of April 24th, using Lumoid you can rent an Apple Watch and play with it to your heart's content.

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Apple Watch’s killer feature may be ‘learning’ your stride

Apple Watch’s killer feature may be ‘learning’ your stride

If you’ve ever worn a wearable and found it inaccurate, it may have been because you’re weird. Maybe you walk strange, or run kind of goofy. It’s part of what makes you unique, though, so why try to change? In her latest blog post discussing the Apple Watch, Christy Turlington Burns noted a quirk in the Apple Watch; a quirk you might like, weird-running reader. It seems that after a few runs, Burns’ Apple Watch picked up on her strides, ‘learning’ her gait.

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NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

Nomad has introduced a new charger designed specifically for Pebble owners who always want to have their charger on hand, but without the hassle of carrying a full-size charging cable. It's called NomadKey for Pebble, it is smaller than your finger and equipped with a keychain hole for attaching it to a key ring. This gives owners the ability to carry it with them at all times, topping off their Pebble when the battery runs low while out and about. As of now, the charger is available from Nomad via its website.

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Olio’s smartwatch bets on quality and minimalism: Hands-on

Olio’s smartwatch bets on quality and minimalism: Hands-on

We still don't know what a smartwatch should - or shouldn't - do, but startup Olio is betting on just the right number amount of context and some serious timepiece quality. The Olio Model One, up for pre-order today, is the result: a chunky, touchscreen-faced smartwatch which eschews feature overload and instead focuses on what analog watches have been doing for hundreds of years: giving you the essentials at a glance. I sat down with founder Steve Jacobs to find out why he believes there's more to learn from traditional horology than just blunt case design, and how time saved might be the smartwatch secret.

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Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Remember the Google X skunkworks project that saw the company imagining contact lenses that could monitor your glucose levels? Sounded weird, and more like some means to an end for a bigger project. Then we found Google had a partner in Novartis, and the contact lens that could monitor your health seemed a bit closer to reality. It’s now even closer to being on your eye, as Google has been granted a patent to manufacture the lenses, which have multiple layers and their own chipset.

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