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ASUS ZenWatch 2 takes a bite from Apple’s design book

ASUS ZenWatch 2 takes a bite from Apple’s design book

It wasn't long ago when ASUS unveiled its first take on the nascent smartwatch market, but at Computex in Taiwan, it's already showing off Part Two. Named nothing else but the ZenWatch 2, this smart timepiece is not only promises to be better than its predecessor in terms of smart features, it also comes with more design choices and changes, including two sizes, three stainless steel color cases, 18 different strap materials, a metal watch crown to give that authentic watch feeling, and a magnetic charger.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 aims to be upgradeable

TAG Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 aims to be upgradeable

You definitely won't be able to fault TAG Heuer for not dreaming big, especially in an age when the future of luxury watch brands is being put under the spotlight. It has just revealed the name of its first smartwatch, itself a rather ambitious undertaking. The Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 is so named because of its relation to the non-smart Carrera 01 luxury timepiece. But more than its Swiss roots, this smartwatch is poised to become the industry's first ever upgradeable smartwatch, ensuring the same longevity of both its analog and digital timepieces.

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No, your Apple Watch heart rate sensor is meant to do that

No, your Apple Watch heart rate sensor is meant to do that

Apple has quietly explained the change in Apple Watch heart rate measurement, a timing tweak that had left some fitness-focused wearers confused. Whereas the optical heart rate sensor - the glowing green light that tracks blood movement through the skin - had previously pinged on at a regular schedule, keen-eyed Watch owners had spotted potentially lengthy gaps between readings. Contrary to fears that Apple had inadvertently fouled up the system, however, the Cupertino firm insists the change is by design.

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Project Soli could be Google’s riposte to Apple’s Digital Crown

Project Soli could be Google’s riposte to Apple’s Digital Crown

Wearables may bring your digital life to your wrist but that doesn't make it any easier to interact with, a problem Google believes it may have solved. Handiwork of the Google ATAP team, the internal skunkworks cooking up new and innovative hardware and software like Jacquard and Ara, Project Soli is the first ever radar chip capable of tracking gestures while also small enough to fit into a smartwatch or a phone. While it may only be eight months old, it's already poised to dramatically shake-up how we use small-screen devices.

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Google and Levi’s team on Jacquard touch-sensitive clothes

Google and Levi’s team on Jacquard touch-sensitive clothes

Google's ATAP team promised to blow our socks off at I/O 2015, and Project Jacquard is how it plans to do that, a new conductive fabric that can track touch. Intended to bring new types of sensing and control to clothes, furnishings, and other areas which might not normally be electronically connected. And, while we've seen conductive threads woven through materials before, Project Jacquard goes further than most, including a partnership with one of the biggest names in fashion.

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Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

Pebble Time iFixit appraisal: don’t worry about repairs

As devices get more powerful, their innards also get more sophisticated, usually leading to harder to repair contraptions of doom and gloom. That's why when an equally powerful device gets an iFixit score of 9 out of 10, there is much reason for rejoicing and praise. Granted, the Pebble Time isn't the most complex smartwatch in the market, but for its abilities, its price, and its battery life, a high repairability score pretty much puts it in our Santa's wishlist already. And we're only in May!

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Acer outs more wearables: Leap Active, Leap Fit, Leap Curve

Acer outs more wearables: Leap Active, Leap Fit, Leap Curve

Dissatisfied with having only one or two wearable devices in the market, Acer is now opting to go with a set of three, each one designed to build on the features of the other. Although it probably chose the worst time to make an announcement, overshadowed by the flood of Google I/O 2015 news, Acer is prepping the smart bands for a scheduled appearance at Computex in Taiwan next week. With almost self-explanatory names, the Liquid Leap Active, Fit, and Curve are designed with almost every class of user in mind.

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Spotify finally comes to your wrist via Android Wear

Spotify finally comes to your wrist via Android Wear

Hot on the heels of Google's flood of announcements and revelations over at I/O 2015, Spotify is announcing a new feature that you should have seen coming a mile away. The music streaming service has finally deigned it fitting to jump on the wearable train, hopping on Android Wear's cart. Now you can enjoy all the benefits, well almost all, that Spotify has to offer right on your wrist without even taking out your smartphone. Just be aware that it might be the wisest thing to do in some cases.

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Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

Android Wear now has 4,000 apps, Google confirmed today, with the wearable's latest software update featuring things like sketchable emojis added. The new software also supports flick-gestures for navigating through Android Wear's card-based UI, along with always-on display support both for watch faces and third-party apps. "Checking the time is pretty cool," Google joked, "you can just look at your wrist, get the information, and make a decision in just a fraction of a second."

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Driver fined for using Apple Watch while driving

Driver fined for using Apple Watch while driving

Smartwatches were designed to actually pry us away from our smartphones by only bringing to our attention very critical notifications, and even then only for a short while. At least that's the theory. And that theory will be one that still needs to be tested by the law, which has grown rather indecisive when it came to the latest breed of smart devices in the market. That is something that a driver from Pincourt, Quebec found out the hard way when he was fined with a $120 ticket for driving with an Apple Watch.

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