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Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

At CES 2014, we named the Jaybird Reign our best wearable of the show. That wasn’t because it was pretty, had a flashy screen, or even had some other hardware tweak we hadn’t seen yet. Reign got our award based on their software, which promises a singular, holistic approach to your health status. With smart features and Jaybird’s great hardware history, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the Reign for quite some time. In a world with so many other fantastic fitness wearables, was it worth the wait?

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Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

The past few months have seen a flurry of new entries into the smartwatch market, with fancy shapes, faces, and colored screens. But one of the pioneers in that space, Pebble, still manages to hold its ground despite its geekier design and monochrome, but energy-efficient, display. Fans of the wearable device are now being rewarded for sticking with it through thick and thin. The latest update brings a major new feature to all users and one crucial feature on Android that will surely delight all users.

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XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

XOO Belt hides flexible batteries, charges your phone

Carrying around a portable battery is convenient in the sense that it gives you an opportunity to charge your phone whenever you need to. On the flip side, however, unless you're already carrying a bag with you, toting around a battery can be an extra burden of its own, making wearable charging units more attractive. We've seen some variations of these, such as Microsoft's wireless charging pants, but the XOO Belt takes it a step further, incorating a battery into something you like already wear daily.

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Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Mobile payments are all the rage, and not to be left behind is PayPal, which has announced the arrival of its app for Pebble smartwatches. The app is available now, and brings with it the ability to pay for goods and services at certain shops that accept it from the comfort of one's wrist. Both check-ins and payment codes are supported, and payment notifications are also dished to the wearable, meaning users will no longer have to pop out their smartphone to complete a transaction.

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Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses are now available for pre-order on Amazon, and they'll be shipping out to buyers on November 27. This is the "prosumer" model, and the availability is exclusive to Amazon for the time being. With the smartglasses will come an eyeglasses frame designed by Rochester Optical, which will be offering prescription upgrades for buyers who need them through its 13,000+ optical partner locations. Vuzix made the announcement today, calling this a "major milestone" for the company.

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Apple Watch resolution, font detailed for Developers

Apple Watch resolution, font detailed for Developers

We’ve known for a while the Apple Watch was going to be a bit different, if not only for its weird “send your heartbeat” function. Now that Apple is letting Developers toy with WatchKit a bit, we’re starting to see some details leak out. Though only active notifications and glances are available for development right now, there’s still plenty to learn about Apple Watch. With two different size displays, we’re hearing about screen resolution, and even what Apple is calling their latest font.

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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Intel’s MICA: more than just a pretty face, still pricey

Intel’s MICA: more than just a pretty face, still pricey

Intel has just announced the availability of its new wearable MICA, short for My Intelligent Communication Accessory, where Intel and Opening Ceremony try bring up a product that blends technology and fashion. Unequivocally targeted at women who have a penchant for both worlds, MICA flaunts materials that very few smartbands and smartwatches would dare to wear. But it also has a bit of smarts hidden inside as well, though somewhat a bit less than a smartwatch, which still sounds quite OK, at least until you get to the price tag.

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Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

If you sit idle long enough, your fitness tracker may nudge you to get up and move around. It’s a means to keep you active, and one person is now claiming she can’t respond to those vibrations on her wrist. In a Canadian court, one woman is trying to use data from her Fitbit to prove injuries suffered from an accident leave her a shell of her former, active self. Whether or not that will work is another story altogether.

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