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Tim Cook on Apple Watch battery life: expect to charge daily

Tim Cook on Apple Watch battery life: expect to charge daily

Apple's Tim Cook is on stage right now at the WSJD Live conference, and as expected he has a lot to say about the company's new Apple Watch wearable and its conjoined Apple Pay service, among other things. The conference has only just begun, but Cook has already touched on both topics, and amidst them had a thing or two to say about the wearable's battery life, something that has thus far been kept a close secret.

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Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit has revealed a trio of new fitness tracking wearables, the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge, promising not only health monitoring but Caller ID and sleep pattern tracking. Launching today in the case of the Fitbit Charge, and in early 2015 for the other models, each has a display - OLED on the Charge and Charge HR, and an LCD touchscreen on the Surge smartwatch - and up to a full week of battery life, the company claims. Meanwhile, there's also the promise of access to the heart rate and GPS data collected by the three, though the Fitbit API.

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Lenovo Smartband SW-B100 sneaks into company online shop

Lenovo Smartband SW-B100 sneaks into company online shop

We knew that Lenovo was preparing a smartband, as seen in an FCC filing, but just how soon we never realized until now. Although these are basically just placeholders, the continued presence of the Lenovo Smartband SW-B100 on the company's e-shop suggests that the company is quite ready to formally announce the device or, at the very least, is comfortable with giving us hints. Lenovo is throwing around just enough details to give us an idea of what the Smartband is all about, without spilling all the beans just yet.

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Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

This morning Google made clear their next update for Android Wear: a pinch of independence. This update will allow users with devices with the prerequisite hardware to use built-in GPS without the aid of your connected smartphone. This update also brings on independent music storage. Listen to your tunes on the go with Bluetooth headphones or - if you're weird - the built-in speaker on your smartwatch. And this is only the beginning - Google has announced they're going big with the Sony Smartwatch 3, as well.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony's SmartWatch 3 may not be the first Android Wear device to hit shelves, but its combination of waterproofing and discrete styling - not to mention new the new release of Android Wear 2.0 - could still find the wearable some fans. Appearing today for pre-order through Verizon Wireless, the SmartWatch 3 is priced at a not-inconsiderable $249.99: that, if you've forgotten, is the same as Motorola is asking for the Moto 360, which is certainly more distinctive with its circular touchscreen face.

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SensoTRACK monitors biometric health through your ear

SensoTRACK monitors biometric health through your ear

If you’re part of the biometric sports monitoring device craze, you’re going to want to listen up. SensoTRACK is a wearable device you attach to your ear. You’ll be able to monitor 4 major vital signs at once, count steps, and check your body position. As Dr. Vahram Mouradian, Founder and CTO of Sensogram Technologies suggests, "SensoTRACK is designed to be more than a fitness gadget." You wanted to know absolutely everything about yourself while you jog or exercise in any way at all - you got it.

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Kidizoom Smartwatch: a durable wearable for kids

Kidizoom Smartwatch: a durable wearable for kids

Camera. Smartphone. Tablet. Smartwatch. If you have it, your kid no doubt wants to use it, and that presents a problem, as kids aren't always gentle when handling delicate devices. That's where kid-centric alternatives come in, such as the various tablets we've seen designed just for kids. If your child is pining for something a bit smaller and more wearable, however, there's another option: the Kidizoom Smartwatch from VTech, which includes a bunch of features and an integrated camera.

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Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp's fancy sports tracking nugget could always show you how your golf or baseball swing was shaping up, but a new deal with pro-level athletes can now tell you how you compare with those earning big bucks in the sports. Zepp launched back in 2013, a 1-inch square dongle that clips to your golf glove or baseball/softball bat and comes filled with sensors to track movement in 3D and then feed performance stats to a companion app. Now, though, there's a whole new level of training aid integrated, including 3D modeling, as well as a free version of the app to get an early taster.

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Onyx smartwatch prototype surfaces with e-ink display

Onyx smartwatch prototype surfaces with e-ink display

Onyx apparently has a smartwatch in the works, and though there aren't a lot of details on it at this point, a prototype has surfaced via the folks at ARMdevices. Though a smartwatch isn't notable in and of itself at this point, the prototype stands out amongst the competition because of its display: a true e-ink offering. Though the refresh speed on the prototype seems a bit too slow for everyday use, there are some obvious benefits to using an e-ink display rather than an LCD.

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Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

After a disastrous and embarrassing episode with the recalled Force wristband, Fitbit is unsurprisingly going to make a bigger, in a positive way, splash. Early last week we saw leaks that pointed to two new products coming soon, the Flex lookalike Charge and Charge HR. Apparently, Fitbit isn't done yet. The latest word is that the fitness company actually has a third member in the new batch, equally ambiguously named the Fitbit Surge. This "superwatch", as the leaks claim Fitbit calls it, throws in everything except the kitchen sink.

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