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3 years later, where are the smartwatches?

3 years later, where are the smartwatches?

A few days ago, the New York Times ran piece that raised doubts about the success of the Apple Watch, pointing out how some popular apps, like Facebook, are nowhere to be found on Apple's smartwatch. Setting aside some assumptions that the piece makes, which others have already debunked, the piece does raise the ghost of doubt about smartwatches. Not just Apple's but all smartwatches in general. We've heard the pitch. We've seen the wares. But the nagging question has always been, "where are the smartwatches now?"

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Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate monitors work in water

Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate monitors work in water

Heart rate monitors have been around for years that make it easy to keep track of your heart rate while you walk or run. What has been hard to do is keep an eye on your heart rate while swimming. Garmin has now unveiled its first underwater heart rate monitors that are designed to add minimal drag. There are versions of the new heart rate monitor for the water aimed at swimmers and triathletes.

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Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Today we're breaking down all the information available to us on sales of the Apple Watch in the first quarter it's been on the market. While we can pinpoint the exact in-store date and pre-order dates for the device, these dates are irrelevant. Apple and Strategy Analytics have already given us all the information we need to get a basic assessment of the number of units sold as well as a basic outline of how much revenue Apple likely makes per Apple Watch sold.

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More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

The next Google Glass is truly shaping up to be different from the Google Glass that everyone once knew and criticized. Although it will still be visibly identifiable as Google Glass, with that conspicuous prism glass on only one side of the eyewear, the smart glasses is undergoing rather drastic changes both within and without to make it more viable as a workplace accessory instead of a simple consumer product. And to make that happen, Google is making Glass more resistant to the forces of nature and man, and making it also a bit more portable.

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Apple Watch’s first nine weeks had more sales than iPhone, iPad

Apple Watch’s first nine weeks had more sales than iPhone, iPad

Apple has detailed its financials for the third quarter of its fiscal 2015 year, and as expected there are a lot of good talking points. We’ve already dug into some of the relevant numbers, but are taking a moment to talk about the Apple Watch specifically. Apple shies away from getting too specific about it smartwatch’s sales numbers, though CEO Tim Cook did say that the quarter was a “great start for Apple Watch”.

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The time has come: Pebble Time hits retail

The time has come: Pebble Time hits retail

Kickstarter backers have had their fun, now it's time for the rest of the world. Pebble has just announced the availability, today and next month, of the Pebble Time, spreading color around the US and the world. The smartwatch, now with colorful and a few more tricks up its sleeves, has once again garnered popularity in Kickstarter, backed up by real, hard cash. Now it's time to see if it will meet the same appeal to the rest of the world who might be expecting something along the lines of the Apple Watch.

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Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness tracker launches in US

Acer Liquid Leap+ fitness tracker launches in US

Acer has launched its first fitness tracker in the United States, its Liquid Leap+ wearable. The tracker features interchangeable bands and is compatible with the three big mobile platforms: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The Liquid Leap+ isn’t new, but rather is new to the US market, and is aimed at those who want a waterproof wristband for keeping tabs on the activities that happen throughout the day. Unlike some similarly styled fitness bands, the Leap+ has a small OLED display.

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Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Diabetes is nothing to take lightly but many of its life-threatening dangers can be avoided by vigilance. Sadly, despite our hi-tech age, monitoring blood sugar levels still feels almost medieval, drawing a drop of blood to feed into portable glucometers. Luckily, science and technology might be on the verge of coming up with less invasive means to measure glucose levels. At the University of Leeds in the UK, a small device utilizes lasers to do all the measuring, and it's low-powered enough not to do any damage to your skin, much less prick it.

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Moov Now fitness wearable debuts from ex-Apple alum

Moov Now fitness wearable debuts from ex-Apple alum

Fitness wearables are very popular with all sorts of them on the market from smartwatches like the Apple Watch to simpler devices like the Fitbit. A new fitness wearable has debuted from an ex-Apple alumni called the Moov Now. The device bills itself as the most advanced AI powered wearable that is able to analyze movement in real-time and coach the wearer to better performance.

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Forget fitness, Misfit Flash Link could be a smart home essential

Forget fitness, Misfit Flash Link could be a smart home essential

Misfit hasn't only made one of the cheapest fitness wearables around, the Misfit Flash Link could well end up a must-have for the smart home. The $19.99 health tracker announced today is designed to clip to a wristband, belt, or other item of clothing, and funnel movement stats into your phone. All the same, for anybody with more than a toe dipped into home automation its potential as an affordable way to address one of the lingering frustrations after you've upgraded to wireless lights, appliances, and more, is clear.

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In Apple’s new ads, Apple Watch is the star

In Apple’s new ads, Apple Watch is the star

Apple has pushed out a quartet of new commercials, each focusing on the Apple Watch and how the wearable might slot into your life. The four short clips focus on travel, staying connected with family and friends, location-based services, and health & fitness, as Apple picks out some of the key ways a wrist-worn device might be more immediate than the smartphone in your pocket.

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Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Motorola will be following up on their first wildly successful "round" smartwatch, Moto 360, with a smartwatch that is, indeed, truly round. The information we've been passed today mixed with the details leaked over the past few weeks create a smartwatch that's tweaked ever-so-slightly. This device, tentatively titled "Moto 360 2", will follow up on the original with a body and software that will not put its predecessor out to pasture. Instead, Motorola will present a device that sits nicely beside the Moto 360 to present a two-tier smartwatch release approach.

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