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MasterCard wants to turn any gadget into a payment device

MasterCard wants to turn any gadget into a payment device

The number of things connecting to the Internet is growing daily. And we're not just talking about the usual culprits like PCs, smartphones, tablets, or even the so-called Internet of things. Even jewelry as well as clothes are turning into connected things as well. Trying to leverage the ubiquity of such technology, MasterCard has launched a new program that aims to turn any such object, whether they be a smartphone or a smart ring, into a device that can be used to wirelessly pay for your purchases.

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Nokia’s new Articles of Association hint at wearable plans

Nokia’s new Articles of Association hint at wearable plans

There might have been doubts about Nokia going back to making consumer devices but this latest revelation is the proverbial nail on the coffin. Emerging from its Extraordinary General Meeting, Nokia has issued a press statement saying a whole lot of things. Buried somewhere in there, however, lies a morsel of information that is pretty interesting. In summary, Nokia wants to revise the company's Articles of Association to include a list of new targets, a list that includes, among other things, mobile devices and consumer wearables.

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HTC Grip pushed back again to first quarter next year

HTC Grip pushed back again to first quarter next year

HTC has tried to venture outside of smartphone comfort zone with products like a strange action camera and a virtual reality headset. While these products seemed quite decent or at least interesting, they're not exactly the hottest items in the market. And in the case of the HTC Vive VR headgear, isn't even in the market yet. Another product that is joining that "coming soon" list is the HTC Grip, which has again been delayed, this time with a slightly more definite date of "early next year".

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Samsung Gear S2 Review

Samsung Gear S2 Review

When you can do so much with your smartphone, it's easy to assume that your smartwatch needs to be equally capable in order to make it worthwhile on your wrist. Problem is, all those talents can turn the wearable experience into a confusing morass of tapping, swiping, scrolling, and swearing. Samsung may just have come up with the answer in the Gear S2, however, and all it took was a big wheel.

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Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier [UPDATE: Fitbit responds]

Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier [UPDATE: Fitbit responds]

PCs, smartphones, and tablets are fair game to hackers these days. And we've also started to see cars with sophisticated infotainment systems and controls also getting hacked. But how about the innocent little whose sole purpose is to keep your body healthy? Well, now they're getting hacked as well. And worse, they might be used to make other computers unhealthy. Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille reveals that the Fitbit is one such wearable that easily succumbs to a hack in just 10 seconds and can then spread the malware to computers it syncs with.

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Back to the Future NIKE MAG self-lacing sneakers details emerging

Back to the Future NIKE MAG self-lacing sneakers details emerging

Today NIKE has confirmed that the first-ever pair of real self-lacing NIKE MAG sneakers (from Back to the Future II) are out there. They're really, truly out there. Whether or not they'll actually be on sale any time soon is yet to be confirmed, but NIKE has been so kind as to say that the first pair is currently somewhere inside the confines of New York City. NIKE employees can expect their fair share of questions about these sneakers throughout the afternoon, without a doubt.

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ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

Despite the growing popularity of wearables, smartwatches, and IoT devices, few of the hardware inside them are specifically designed with those form factors in mind. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 used in many smartwatches, for example, is running on half its cores to maintain the balance between performance and power drain. ARM Holdings, designer of the popular computing architecture, is changing that status quo by releasing the Mali-470, a new graphics core that has been designed to address the needs of tomorrow's smartwatches and the Internet of Things.

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Misfit Shine 2 revealed: more functionality, similar shape

Misfit Shine 2 revealed: more functionality, similar shape

The folks at Misfit launch the second generation of their popular "Shine" device collection, once again sticking with aircraft-grade aluminum for its body. The Shine 2 retains much of the original Shine design, bringing a newly-added 3-axis magnetometer, now working in-tune with its 3-axis accelerometer to track sleep more accurately than the first generation hardware. This device now works with a rainbow-array of lights to show time, notifications, and progress toward fitness goals.

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Suunto Kailash watch offers adventure log, sapphire glass

Suunto Kailash watch offers adventure log, sapphire glass

Are you an adventurer at heart in need of a watch but not terribly keen on the idea of a typical smartwatch? Suunto has introduced a new wearable that is a solid compromise between the two, the Suunto Kailash, which is named after Mt. Kailash, a Tibetan peak. This is the first watch in the maker’s Suunto World Collection, and despite its fairly traditional design, it packs a handful of smarter-than-usual features: GPS and an adventure log to name two.

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ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

Google Glass poisoned the well for head-mounted wearables, but could headphones with a side of augmented reality make the tech mass-market palatable? That's what Optinvent is hoping, focusing not so much on the wearable-display part of its new ORA-X headset, but the fact that they're a pair of high-quality Android-powered headphones that just so happen to feature a transparent screen.

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Adidas Fit Smart band gains activity tracking features

Adidas Fit Smart band gains activity tracking features

The Adidas Fit smart band launched with the ability to help users monitor their heart rate and coach them to perform better. Adidas has announced that it is updating the Fit Smart band to offer wearable owners activity tracking capability. That feature turns the band into a complete fitness tool that gives athletes everything they need in one location.

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Wove may be the true fashion-friendly smart bracelet to beat

Wove may be the true fashion-friendly smart bracelet to beat

Earlier this year we saw Wove for the first time - now, several months down the line, we're able to see the device in a bit more detail. This device works with a bendable display that wraps around your wrist like a slap-bracelet from the 1990's. We saw what the display could do - now we're seeing more on how the content will exist on the band. We're also seeing the possibilities expand with how you'll be utilizing this band to be hyper-fashionable for the year 2015 and beyond.

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