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Griffin offers up new leather and ribbon accessories for wearables

Griffin offers up new leather and ribbon accessories for wearables

Griffin has offered up a couple new wearables aimed at people who like their Fitbit Flex or other wearable, but don’t like the way the wearable looks with their fashionable yoga pants. The new accessories include the Uptown Band and the Ribbon Wristband. Both of the accessories are intended to change the looks of your wearable to make it more stylish.

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Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Fitness bands and smartwatches that can be used for tracking movement are placed on our wrists because, well, that's the most convenient, inconspicuous, and comfortable location for a more or less general purpose wearable. That doesn't mean, however, that it's the most effective spot. Or at least that's the idea that Lumo is trying to sell with its Rum smart shorts. Yes, shorts that have sensors much closer to where the action is, that is, your core, hips, and legs, to give you a more accurate readout of your running performance.

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A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find a Microsoft Band fan at the company's big Windows 10 device launch, but the wearable has kept a low profile over the past twelve months. Launched to no small fanfare last October, the chunky fitness wearable proved polarizing: lovers praised its fitness routine tutorials and Cortana integration, while haters slammed its prototype-like looks and patchy biometric sensors.

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The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

Microsoft has taken Microsoft Band back into the lab and cooked up its successor, and it finally feels ready for the mainstream. Gone is the clunky, near-prototype styling, replaced with a smooth, flexible circular band, topped with a curved touchscreen protected with rounded Gorilla Glass 3. Meanwhile, the sensors and software have improved, too.

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Boldr watches melds analog style with smart wearable tech inside

Boldr watches melds analog style with smart wearable tech inside

A new watch is on Kickstarter that at a glance doesn't look like a smart wearable that many of the Kickstarter projects we see today are. On the outside, the Boldr watch looks like an analog aviator style watch with a decidedly analog look that crams wearable tech inside to give users some smartwatch functions they might want.

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Apple Watch Hermès is now up for grabs, if you can afford it

Apple Watch Hermès is now up for grabs, if you can afford it

Nothing says luxury and prestige than fine hand leather. Or a four-digit price tag. Whichever your take, that is exactly what Apple is now making available with its Apple Watch Hermès edition. Partnering the already fine Apple Watch with the extra fine leather straps from the luxury marque, Apple is heralding the formal entry of the smartwatch device into the world of high fashion. And it is a move that will definitely inspire traditional luxury watch makers to jump on the smartwatch train, which, in turn, will help validate the wearable device industry.

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GM’s developing an Apple Watch app for locking, unlocking car doors

GM’s developing an Apple Watch app for locking, unlocking car doors

General Motors is testing an app that will make keys locked in the car a non-issue…at least, if you have an Apple Watch. The auto maker is currently testing an Apple Watch app that lets GM car owners (with compatible models) unlock and lock their cars using the watch, as well as start it remotely. The information was detailed by GM’s VP of Strategy Mike Ableson, who spoke at an analysts presentation in Detroit.

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You don’t need LTE in a smartwatch

You don’t need LTE in a smartwatch

This week LG revealed the Watch Urbane 2, a smartwatch with the ability to connect to a 4G LTE data network. This part of the watch is a gimmick. If that's what it takes to get you to purchase a watch that is, by all means, one of the nicest smartwatches on the market, then so be it. But you don't actually need it. Using Android Wear as Google intends it, (read: without rooting and adding odd apps not approved by Google Play), there's no real reason for you to be using LTE-speed data.

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TAG Heuer smartwatch to debut Nov. 9, still unaffordable

TAG Heuer smartwatch to debut Nov. 9, still unaffordable

Now that tech companies have made their smartwatch play, it's time for the traditional luxury watch makers to make their move. Apple has just recently partnered with fashion brand Hermes to offer something even more luxurious on the wearable market and TAG Heuer isn't going to take things sitting down. Having been repeatedly leaked and teased, the luxury marque's first "connected timepiece" will finally be making its first public appearance on November 9 at the LVMH building in New York. And it will come with an equally luxurious price tag.

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LG Watch Urbane 2 now has both Android Wear and LTE

LG Watch Urbane 2 now has both Android Wear and LTE

When LG unveiled the classy Watch Urbane, it was quickly followed by the independent Watch Urbane LTE. The latter was almost perfect except for one thing. It ran on LG's own webOS platform, which isn't exactly the most widely used mobile platform around. Now LG is correcting that "mistake" by putting out the 2nd edition of the LG Watch Urbane. As fashionable as its Android Wear predecessor, this second generation not only bumps up some of the specs, it also now carries it own network weight with 4G connectivity.

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ASUS ZenWatch 2 Review

ASUS ZenWatch 2 Review

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 presents a new wave of Android Wear watch. While it still runs the same software as the rest of the Android Wear smartwatches out today, it begins to differentiate itself. Not just with a slightly different shape (as ASUS presented with the first ZenWatch), but with a different feel, as well. This version of the ZenWatch comes in two sizes, has a singe physical power/home button, and comes in a variety of tasteful colors and materials.

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Vector smartwatch has 30-day battery, is up for preorder

Vector smartwatch has 30-day battery, is up for preorder

In March, we were first introduced to the Vector smartwatch, a classy wearable that promised both smart functionality and a 30-day battery life, the combination of which drew ample attention from eager consumers. It has been several months since then, and the wearable is closer to reality than ever — it is now available for preorder from the maker’s website, with a dozen different versions covering different design flavors being offered.

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