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Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

In an effort to combat both childhood obesity and childhood malnourishment, UNICEF and Target have partnered to offer a kid-friendly fitness band designed specifically for children. The bracelets will be sold in the United States, and they will have a bonus effect on top of the general fitness purposes — wearers will be able to earn points, which are then used to send food packets through UNICEF to children in developing nations.

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Android Wear ELE Watch’s price sounds too good to be true

Android Wear ELE Watch’s price sounds too good to be true

While smartwatches have become a thing nowadays, they still aren't the widely accepted consumer electronics product that smartphones are these days. Aside from the fact that smartwatches are still quite novel, one of the biggest hurdles to their adoption is budget. Android Wear smartwatches, for example, have long gone past the $200 mark. And let's not even talk about an Apple Watch's price tag. So when Chinese OEM Elephone promises an Android Wear powered ELE Watch with a $115 figure, consider our interest, and our wallet, piqued.

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ZTE launches “3D touch” AXON mini, Tencent OS AXON Watch

ZTE launches “3D touch” AXON mini, Tencent OS AXON Watch

ZTE seems to have found a new sweet spot in the mobile industry apart from its older nubia brand. The new AXON line, which began as a pleasant surprise with the ZTE Axon last July, is now welcoming two new additions to its family. ZTE claims that the AXON mini smartphone is the first in the market to have the equivalent of Apple's 3D Touch technology on the iPhone 6s. The AXON Watch, on the other hand, is one of the very few smartwatches running on Tencent OS.

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Tag Heuer can’t stop teasing its super-expensive smartwatch

Tag Heuer can’t stop teasing its super-expensive smartwatch

Tag Heuer hasn't been shy about teasing its upcoming smartwatch, and as a stalwart of the traditional watch brands there's plenty of interest in what's up its sleeve. The Tag Heuer Connected is due to be unveiled officially on November 9th, but we now know how at least a portion of the wearable will look when it hits wrists.

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Facebook Messenger now available for Apple Watch

Facebook Messenger now available for Apple Watch

We’ve known that Facebook Messenger was inbound for the Apple Watch; we saw it previewed at Apple’s event last month, in fact. Now the time has come, and the social network’s chatting app has officially arrived on Apple’s wearable. The support comes via an update that Facebook released today; the app, which now sits at version 38, is available now in the iTunes store.

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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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