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Microsoft Band catches up with keyboard, cycling, and SDK

Microsoft Band catches up with keyboard, cycling, and SDK

You could be easily forgiven if you've forgotten, or more likely didn't know, that Microsoft just launched it's own smart fitness band. The company itself didn't make such a big fuss out of the Microsoft Band and it was probably smart to do so. The initial experience that we got from our review of the device was nothing to write home about. At least not yet. That was just the beginning, however, as Microsoft is now rolling out a bunch of updates, as well as an announcement, that could turn its first wearable into more than just a flawed promise.

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Pebble Color edition: this is (likely) the new lineup

Pebble Color edition: this is (likely) the new lineup

Details surrounding the rumored color display-toting Pebble have leaked this morning just hours before the final, official reveal by the company itself. This smartwatch is very similar to its predecessor, this time coming with a display that includes color. The physical appearance of this device is unlike its predecessor in that it rolls with a slightly more "sporty" feel - but the buttons are still there, and the strap still looks rather rubbery. The operating system inside may have quite a bit of a change-up.

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SEER AR Helmet lets you see the world in 100 degree field of view

SEER AR Helmet lets you see the world in 100 degree field of view

Meet SEER developed by Caputer Labs, Inc. It boasts the world's largest 100 degree field of view for an augmented reality helmet. This field of view in SEER's "Immersive Augmented Reality Experience" is designed be be so large, that it becomes frameless. Its open source and controller flexibility create a uniquely immersive AR experience. The field of view on this device is massive. At 100 degrees horizontal, It compares to seeing a 200 inch (5.08 meter) from eight feet away. This is huge compared to Google Glass's 25 inches (63.5 centimeters).

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The Apple Watch Edition is not for you

The Apple Watch Edition is not for you

There's a lot of chatter right now on what sort of madness it'll be seeing the prices of the highest-end Apple Watch Edition devices this Spring. But check it out - they aren't being made to sell to the same people that buy iPhone 5c. The 18k gold Apple Watch Edition isn't going to be aimed at a person who doesn't buy the most expensive iPhone. Remember when it was insane to think that Apple would make a gold iPhone? That happened!

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DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

DOLE has a wearable banana you can eat

We've seen a lot of wearable devices, ranging from normal looking fitness bands and smartwatches, to onesies and even bras. But admittedly, this one takes the cake. Or in this case, the fruit. Food company Dole has just revealed their next hit product. Or produce, rather. The world's first ever wearable banana. A smart fruit that can notify you of your body status, especially when running. And, at the end of it all, you can even have your banana and eat it too.

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Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

According to the familiar unnamed sourced, Apple has reportedly asked suppliers to provide between 5-6 million Apple Watches for their initial push to retail. The sheer volume of the order suggests Apple is preparing for massive onslaught at retail stores, which will likely bring lines much like we see with iPhone releases. Apple is also keeping themselves grounded, and have reportedly asked for half of those orders to be the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, with much of the rest going toward the Apple Watch.

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Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

The first wearable device by Neptune was a phone for your wrist. The second wearable from Neptune, called Neptune Duo, will be a phone for your wrist AND a device - like a smartphone - that uses your smartwatch as a base. So it's as if the team at Neptune decided that it didn't make enough sense for the smartphone to be the key device - like it is now - and decided to switch places with the smartwatch. How strange, you might say - how weird it is that they'd do such a thing!

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Apple Watch isn’t a wearable doctor, so what will it be?

Apple Watch isn’t a wearable doctor, so what will it be?

We may have already seen Apple Watch, but in actual fact we've hardly seen it at all: just what will we get from having the iOS wearable on our wrists? While Apple demonstrated early prototypes of the wearable back in September 2014, complete with nowhere-near-final software, the actual direction the Apple Watch has taken is, developers and project insiders say, quite different to the original intentions. In fact, while app makers aren't short of praise already, that's not to say Apple itself has made quite the timepiece it initially set out to.

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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone.

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