Wearable

Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

When you're a company set on conquering every household with smart monitors and sensors, you can't afford to ignore even your parent company's fiercest rivals. That is especially true for Nest, formerly owned by Google, now owned by Alphabet. Although the company has had an iOS app for quite some time now, one important piece of the puzzle was still missing. Well, consider that puzzle now complete as Nest has, rather silently, finally added support for the Apple Watch in the latest update to its iOS app.

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Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Some people still can't make heads or tails of what smartwatches are or should be. Some do see them as mere extensions of their smartphones but others also want these wearables to do almost everything by themselves. One thing most seem to agree on, however, is that smartwatches aren't exactly the best devices for gaming. Square Enix apparently didn't get the memo and has, as earlier reported, launched Cosmos Rings, a game that is played solely on the Apple Watch. No, not a companion watch app for a mobile game but a 100% Apple Watch only game.

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Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Bad news for Pokemon Go players looking forward to an enhanced way of playing the mobile game: the wearable accessory that pairs with players' phones and notifies them of nearby creatures, called Pokemon Go Plus, has been pushed back to a September release. The optional device was originally due to be available towards the end of July — around now, basically — but Nintendo revealed the delay on Twitter today.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

While it may seem that Android Wear is on vacation of late, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to keep its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch from descending into obsolescence. It has just announced perhaps the biggest update to the wearable to date, almost amusingly called the Value Pack Update. But while it already has a ton of new features for owners to explore, it apparently also hides one little tidbit for the more tech savvy user who wants to be truly rid of paper and cards in their wallets.

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Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds launch with in-ear fitness tracking

Samsung Gear IconX wireless earbuds launch with in-ear fitness tracking

Samsung's newest addition to its Gear line has begun hitting the shelves: the IconX wireless earbuds. We were impressed when we got our hands (ears?) on them back in early June, with high-quality audio maintained even over a Bluetooth connection. But the IconX, which Samsung bills as "truly cord-free earbuds," do much more than just audio output; they're also a fully functional fitness tracker and heart rate monitor.

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Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Aside from making its own smartphone, Google is also rumored to be making its own Google Assistant powered Android Wear smartwatches. Admittedly, that might be an easier sell than a self-made Nexus. That said, just like the smartphone rumors, details on these two smartwatches are still quite vague, but now there are a few more tidbits to chew on. Renders based on "reliable" but highly anonymous sources show how the two, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, will most likely look like, and how wildly they'll differ not just in design but in functionality as well.

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Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

In this review, Signia offered me the Pure primax (Receiver in Canal or RIC) and a custom Insio primax “near” invisible-in-canal (IIC) version (more on this later). I’ve worn both extensively over the past months – long enough to be able to share and recommend the right version for you.

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Octopus watch uses icons to help young kids with their routine

Octopus watch uses icons to help young kids with their routine

It's important for many parents to keep their kids on a schedule so the child knows what to expect during their daily routine. The problem is that reminders only help when the child understands them and parents who want to foster independence don’t always want to tell the child when it's time to do things. This is where a new wearable for young kids called Octopus by Joy comes in.

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Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

You would think wearables like smartwatches would be just as secure at protecting sensitive data like passwords and PINs as the smartphones they're paired with, especially when they run on the same software platform. It turns out, however, that smartwatches have a very distinct way of making it easier for hackers to obtain that data: the motion sensors used to detect movement and gestures.

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Google Nexus watches detailed in 2x sizes

Google Nexus watches detailed in 2x sizes

Android Nougat's brand of Android Wear has been tipped to be coming in the form of two new watches from Google. The software and hardware brand will be bringing heat with devices in two sizes, says Android Police, and it would seem that they're being stacked up not unlike the two-tiered smartphone system Google, Samsung, and Apple have been cultivating as of late. This will more than likely set the standard for the rest of the world of smartwatch manufacturers of all kinds.

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Here One earbuds go up for pre-order in US

Here One earbuds go up for pre-order in US

You may remember Doppler Labs, the company behind the Here Active Listening earbuds, a pair of smart earbuds that proved to be quite the Kickstarter darling. Originally, Doppler Labs looked to Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to produce its earbuds, which allowed users to suppress and amplify the ambient sounds in the world around them. The Kickstarter was a hit in every sense of the word, raising $653,189 by the end of the campaign and bringing Here Active Listening to life earlier this year.

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