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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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Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft's long-rumored smartwatch plans will reach fruition in just a few weeks time, insiders claim, with what's said to be a fitness-centric wearable expected to debut imminently. The Windows-maker's ambitions in the space have been well whispered since last year, and as recently as June 2014 there were suggestions that the unnamed wrist-band would hit the market in October, complete with a full complement of motion-tracking sensors.

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Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

The average smartwatch can meet a variety of different needs, but that hasn't stopped some companies from launching wrist-bound wearables that are designed for a specific activity. TomTom, as an example, has made a smartwatch designed for golfers. If your activity of choice involves the ocean rather than the greens, there's a smartwatch for you: the Glassy Pro One for surfers. Earlier this week, the wearable went up for pre-order on the company's website for £190/$279 USD, though when it'll start shipping isn't yet known.

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Apple Watch WatchKit drops for devs in November

Apple Watch WatchKit drops for devs in November

Apple Watch got its big reveal last month, alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but so far developers have been left on tenterhooks as to when they can put their code on the wearable. That day is almost upon us, however, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming that the WatchKit SDK - the developer toolkit that will allow for Apple Watch apps to be developed and tested - is due to arrive in November 2014.

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Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

The folks over at Phonebloks ignited the modular smartphone movement, which has gained a lot of attention for the functionality it promises: the ability for users to swap out component modules for different ones when desired. That idea was ported to smartwatches, which we got an early look at back in March, and the concept was just an exciting. Fast-forward more than half a year, and an updated design has been showcased in a new video demonstrating its blocks concept, which we have for you after the jump.

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Omate Lutetia gold smartwatch is first made for women

Omate Lutetia gold smartwatch is first made for women

In August Omate introduced a companion smartwatch with a design that targeted it at men, something that will soon be joined by the Omate Lutetia, a companion smartwatch designed for women. Omate says its wearable is the first smartwatch to be made exclusively for women, and with it comes a design that makes it appropriate for both formal occasions and everyday wear. "The Omate Lutetia will allow modern women to finally enjoy all the perks of a smartwatch without having to sacrifice their style," says the maker.

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Navy doctors say serviceman has Google Glass addiction

Navy doctors say serviceman has Google Glass addiction

Smartphones and similar gadgets have become a significant part of many people's lives, being used to communicate, to read, to navigate, and more. Their use is so frequent that many people have reported experiencing phantom vibrations, believing they felt their phone vibrate when it didn't; others say they wake up in the middle of the night to check their phone. It isn't surprising, then, that some have found themselves addicted to various types of technology, and now counted among them is what is being called the first case of Google Glass addiction.

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Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am Puls smartwatch unveiled, will arrive at AT&T

Will.i.am's smartwatch has been officially unveiled right on time, and it's called the Puls ("pulse"). We've heard bits and pieces about the smartwatch over this past year, and it was originally expected the device would be available this summer. That didn't pan out, but is of little matter now, with the smartwatch finally be rolled out and (some of) the pertinent details with it. Among other things, the smartwatch can be used independent of a smartphone, and will be available to those in the United States via AT&T.

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Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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.Klatz smart bracelet transforms into a Bluetooth headset

.Klatz smart bracelet transforms into a Bluetooth headset

That special point at which fashion and function meet have largely eluded modern wearables. We've seen some that aim to satisfy those who want a connected device for the wrist or finger without it being obvious they're sporting a tech device, but the realm is mostly relegated to simple rings and similar devices. The .klatz bracelet is different, offering a sleek futuristic look that blends in well with more formal attire, and, best of all, includes functionality that would come in handy throughout the course of the day.

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