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TAP lets you type on any surface, looks like a weapon

TAP lets you type on any surface, looks like a weapon

There are devices that aim to deliver the utmost convenience in our digital lives. Some of them, however, could give security personnel a fit, like bags with hidden pockets for electronics, particularly batteries, and rings that are too large to be innocent. While this TAP wearable is actually made from soft, flexible textile, it might very well look like a knuckle weapon at first glance or from a distance. It may, however, be worth the odd glance or interrogation, as the odd-looking contraption will let you type on smartphones, computers, TVs, and even smartwatches, all without a keyboard.

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Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Android Wear smartwatch running Windows 7 because why not

Wearables by nature such as Android Wear smartwatches have tiny screens. The screen has to be very small to fit on the wrist, but has to be large enough that the image is easily viewable and you can actually touch the icons. This is why you tend to get apps with very few large icons or buttons on the screen at once so you can see them. As you can tell in the image here, this particular Android Wear smartwatch is running an OS that certainly isn't Android based.

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Garmin’s newest GPS running watch keeps score for masochists

Garmin’s newest GPS running watch keeps score for masochists

This morning the Garmin Forerunner 735XT GPS running watch was revealed with Connect IQ. This device has "24/7 heart rate monitoring", water resistance up to 5 ATM (50 meters), and the Strava Live Suffer Score app. This app comes pre-installed on the device, and aims to make you suffer. Suffer, that is, by pushing you to rack up a high Suffer Score. Just what you've always wanted in a workout watch - pain!

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Pebble update also adds Send Text for iOS

Pebble update also adds Send Text for iOS

Pebble has just pushed out its latest batch of updates, both for the smartwatch firmware and its mobile apps, and, as we have covered before, it centers around a lot of health-related features. As great as that may be, it is hardly the only thing going for this update. iOS users in particular have something sweet to look forward to in the update. Pebble has finally made available the previously Android-exclusive feature that allowed users to start a message conversation directly on their smartwatch.

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Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble have announced that their smartwatch line will have a big series of updates to its health software. That'll include a feature called Mobile Health Snapshot, for one - a system that allows you to see a picture of your activity and sleep data in a well organized manner. This Mobile Health Snapshot bit will be a whole new section within the official Pebble apps from Pebble on both iOS and Android. Of particular interest in this feature set is a new ability to auto-detect when you're headed out for a walk, recording your activity without additional effort on your part.

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Chinese firm No. 1 unveils D6 smartwatch packing Android 5.1

Chinese firm No. 1 unveils D6 smartwatch packing Android 5.1

Say smartwatch in front of a bunch of people and a few brands come to mind like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola to name a few. One company name that the majority of people probably don't know is a Chinese firm called No. 1. No. 1 makes smartwatches and its latest wearable is called the D6 and it is a very nice looking device indeed.

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Samsung website outs Gear Fit 2, Gear Icon X earbuds

Samsung website outs Gear Fit 2, Gear Icon X earbuds

Samsung wearables have quite a fan following and when new products are on the horizon people get excited. Recently some images of the Gear Fit 2 fitness band and the IconX Bluetooth earbuds leaked online and now Samsung has outted the products itself. Samsung hasn't gone official with the products; they were leaked via the Samsung website apparently by mistake.

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Oculus just lost its display guru

Oculus just lost its display guru

Oculus is losing one of its top display engineers, with Mary Lou Jepsen announcing she is to leave the Facebook-owned VR company. Jepsen revealed her departure while speaking at the Anita Borg Institute's 2016 Women of Vision Awards Banquet this week, saying that she felt it was time to "work on curing diseases" instead.

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Garmin Vivomove is a fashionable activity tracker

Garmin Vivomove is a fashionable activity tracker

Garmin has introduced its new Vivomove wearable, an analog watch that happens to pack activity-tracking “features” and a battery that can run for a year. It is essentially a fashionable fitness tracker that disguises itself as a regular analog watch; features include sleep and step tracking, a waterproof construction (to 50 meters), and the ability to notify users when they’ve been inactive too long.

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Coach Apple Watch bands to have 9 designs, cost $150

Coach Apple Watch bands to have 9 designs, cost $150

Steve Wozniak bemoaned Apple's journey towards turning the Apple Watch more into a fashion luxury item, but, of course, that won't douse Cupertino's penchant from the extravagant. After launching standalone Hermes bands for the Apple Watch, the company is expected to soon unveil a new batch with Coach's brand instead. How soon? If some of the rumors are to be believed, next month already. And luckily for the budget-conscious fashionista, these Coach bands won't cost as much as the more limited Hermes straps.

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Mi Bunny, Xiaomi’s first smartwatch, is for kids

Mi Bunny, Xiaomi’s first smartwatch, is for kids

You've got to start them young, right? Or so goes the saying, which probably applies to anything but gadgets. But that's not stopping device makers from trying to tap into this young, quite literally, market and it seems that Xiaomi isn't immune to its allure. The Mi Bunny might not be the first Xiaomi smartwatch that grown ups have been, and still are, waiting for, but for kids, it might be the next best thing to that kid-unfriendly but cool Apple Watch. And, like any Xiaomi product, it's dirt cheap, too.

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Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

In May 2015, Jawbone slapped Fitbit with a lawsuit over what it claimed was the latter company’s systematic ‘plundering’ of confidential company data by hiring now-former Jawbone employees. Such was the start of a long-running legal battle between Jawbone and Fitbit, one Jawbone has been given the go-ahead to pursue. Yesterday’s ruling wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Jawbone, though — Fitbit proved victorious in a spat that has resulted in some of Jawbone’s patents being invalidated, reducing the odds of Fitbit being hit with an import ban.

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