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Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony has introduced its new SmartBand 2 wearable. This wristband is designed to track fitness and activity metrics while also feeding the most pertinent data from the paired smartphone. The newest SmartBand is able to offer up email and social notifications from a paired smartphone, call info, “visual feedback” delivered via colored LEDs, and more. Says Sony, the SmartBand 2 also features an “advanced heart rate sensor”, and offers up insights on things like the wearer’s stress level and sleep patterns.

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LG has a super beefy smartwatch coming out soon

LG has a super beefy smartwatch coming out soon

If you wanted an Android Wear smartwatch but you didn't want to rest until you found one that could withstand a nuclear blast, you're in luck. LG has a smartwatch coming that's just about as beefy as possible. Almost like it was made by Panasonic. In fact we wouldn't be surprised if Panasonic's first smartwatch looked like this. Here the FCC has revealed LG's next big smart wearable without a name.

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Samsung Gear S2 detailed in full video teaser

Samsung Gear S2 detailed in full video teaser

Samsung reveals the teaser video for their next big smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. This device will challenge the likes of the Apple Watch with its own TIZEN-based operating system onboard with a unique hardware look that includes a fully round smartwatch face. This is the first round smartwatch from Samsung, coming with a watch OS that's not yet been fully revealed. We first saw this device last week at Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 event.

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Now you can have custom Apple Watch faces too, somewhat

Now you can have custom Apple Watch faces too, somewhat

Just like the iPhone, customization on the Apple Watch isn't the most gratifying experience for tinkerers and would-be designers. Apple exercises a tight grip over the user experience on the smartwatch, and perhaps it is justified in this case. That said, just like the iPhone, people are going to find ways to get around those limitation. Like programmer Hamza Sood, who just revealed on Twitter something a lot of users are probably dreaming of: getting a custom watch face to work on their not so inexpensive Apple Watch.

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Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fashion brand Fossil have teamed up with Intel to bring a new Android Wear-based smartwatch to the market this year. Revealed at IDF 2015, this watch is the first in a line of smart wearable devices from Fossil and Intel, while in 2016 more products will be coming from Fossil including a smart watch made under the Michael Kors brand. In addition to this first device - which at first glance looks very similar to certain Android Wear devices made by Motorola and Huawei - more devices are already on the table. Literally.

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Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Fitness tracking device maker Misfit has teamed up with sports equipment specialist Speedo to cross-brand their way into a unique kind of smart device. The Speedo Shine takes the abilities of previous Misfit Shine devices and dives in to the water. The Speedo Shine will be able to track fitness, swimming, and sleep in a waterproof package, waterproof up to 50 meters under the surface of the drink. This is the first Misfit device to be tested with the high-accuracy underwater requirements set by Speedo's own Aqualab.

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Polyera Wove wearable previews true flexible display

Polyera Wove wearable previews true flexible display

Rollable displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction but they've been slow to show up in the real world, something startup Polyera aims to change. Just headed out of stealth mode after spending a decade working on flexible electronics to pair with a monochrome E Ink display, Polyera plans to demonstrate the worth of its Flexible Thin-Film Transistors with a homegrown product, the Wove wristband, in 2016.

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If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

Earlier today Motorola revealed a new "okay Moto" video showing a version of the Moto 360 that'd they'd never before shown. This version of the device is a prototype, one we've seen one before - in a video from behind the scenes at Motorola's design studio for the Moto 360 and Moto Maker. Here we've got what's essentially the same Moto 360 as before, only the button on the right is now in the upper-right. We still see the "flat tire" of the non-circular display up front, as well as essentially the same functionality as the original.

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Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Gear S2, the company's first round-faced smartwatch. While the details on this device are scant, we can show you what it looks like. This device's specifications and release dates and pricing will be shown at IFA 2015 in Berlin at a Samsung event that'll take place on 9/3/2015. Until then we can have a peek at what's inside this device - software and some basic details on how the device will function.

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