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Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai Apple Watch app brings remote start and more

Hyundai has introduced its new Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, allowing those with Apple’s wearable to control certain functions on their car from the convenience of their wrist. One such feature is flashing the car’s lights from the Apple Watch — a convenient way to find the car in a crowded parking lot or scare away a nosy passerby. Using Blue Link, the wearable can also be used to lock the doors using Apple Watch and as a remote start button for firing up the engine from “almost anywhere”, says the auto maker.

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Apple Watch patent lets you fist bump to share files

Apple Watch patent lets you fist bump to share files

Apple may have invented AirDrop to make wireless sharing of files a breeze, easier than NFC even, but that same convenience doesn't exactly translate to the Apple Watch, where screen space and taps are at a premium. Luckily, Apple has a few things in mind. It has recently filed a patent that details the use of gestures, from handshakes to high fives and even to respectful bows, to initiate and exchange of information. Sometimes, it can even do all of those automatically with very little or no user intervention.

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Ōura smart ring tracks sleep patterns, health metrics

Ōura smart ring tracks sleep patterns, health metrics

Activity trackers and sleep trackers are offered as wristbands nearly across the board, with the most common variation being a clip-on unit for a belt or a bag. The latter, while less obvious, usually isn’t too favorable due to the decrease in accuracy, while the wristband isn’t ideal for everyone: they’re too obvious for some and too uncomfortable for others. The company behind Ōura has side-stepped those too common designs, instead electing to squeeze the technology into a polished unassuming ring.

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Apple Watch launches in seven new countries

Apple Watch launches in seven new countries

Today the Apple Watch launches in seven new countries around the world. These countries include South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Mexico, and Singapore. Starting today, Apple Stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers will be able to sell the Apple Watch in these countries. This update is in addition to the countries already able to sell the Apple Watch including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the USA. This includes in-store availability as well as online sales.

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Reserve Strap for Apple Watch ships 3rd November

Reserve Strap for Apple Watch ships 3rd November

Apple Watch accessories, particularly chargers, aren't that varied. Apple has somewhat constrained the design of chargers to its own specific design. One startup, however, has dared to go against the flow and do something rather differently, and now it's close to seeing its completion. Reserve Strap has hunkered down on the final design of its strap-cum-charger for the Apple Watch. And with that part finally crossed out, it can say somewhat with finality when pre-orders will finally start shipping, which is scheduled for November 3.

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Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Love bowling but hate having to wear those funny shoes? The Wii has been the long-running champ among alternative bowling methods, but those who own an Apple Watch will soon have another option. Rolocule Games has introduced the 2.0 version of its Bowling Central game for Apple users, and with the update comes Apple Watch support, allowing the wearable to be used as a sort of motion-based game controller. Presently Bowling Central has been available for the iPhone and iPad for use with the Apple TV, and is akin to the company’s previous Motion Tennis game.

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Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

The unmonitored period between doctor visits can make it difficult for medical professionals to adequately treat patients with chronic issues, and to fill that void are various medical gadgets designed to monitor some aspect of one's daily life or health metrics. Google has decided to enter that market with a new health wearable, one that will be targeted at doctors and those performing clinical trials rather than the average consumer. The wearable was developed by Google X.

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Deus Ex Aria controls smartwatches with finger flicks

Deus Ex Aria controls smartwatches with finger flicks

No, it's not the name of a new game or even an accessory for a Square Enix game, but it does veer close to the topic of seemingly hi-tech devices. As a device, Aria is actually quite simple, either a Bluetooth clip or a watch strap. But in action, it gets pretty complicated. Almost like magic, it allows you to control your smartwatch just using finger gestures, freeing your other hand's fingers for other tasks. And since smartwatches these days connect to and control almost anything and everything, your fingers can control those as well.

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Epson Moverio BT-2000 keeps the smart eyewear dream alive

Epson Moverio BT-2000 keeps the smart eyewear dream alive

Let's face it. Consumers are probably not going to wear anything resembling Google Glass any time soon. But while consumer smart glasses might have gone out of fashion, or was never really in fashion, these smart eyewear are able to find a home in other use cases, like sports and industrial settings. Epson's Moverio line answers the call of the latter. Its latest, the BT-2000, adds more than just a zero to last year's model. It augments the smart headset with an array of new features that truly make the glasses smarter.

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Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

While the already-established brand Pebble decided to head back to the startup-friendly Kickstarter for its second release, regular sales have begun now in earnest. Earlier this year the second-generation smartwatch Pebble Time was revealed with a colorful display and new body, done so through the crow funding campaign website Kickstarter. This gave a sign of the times - the site was no longer for starting up companies, but for companies that'd previously sought funding from fans as well. While it's still not necessarily a store, Kickstarter didn't seem to mind selling Pebble's second watch from the outset.

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