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Swatch VISA pay-by-wrist release date tapped for early 2016

Swatch VISA pay-by-wrist release date tapped for early 2016

VISA announces with Swatch that they'll be doing a sort of team-up effort in the not-so-smartwatch business. They'll be rolling with NFC in the strap of the watch line Swatch Bellamy. This has to do with an author by the name of Edward Bellamy who wrote a novel in 1888 by the name of "Looking Backward 2000-1887". This novel envisioned "a utopian world in which cash has been replaced by credit/debit cards," the first recorded mention of such a technology.

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ShiftWear uses e-ink display to spruce up your sneakers

ShiftWear uses e-ink display to spruce up your sneakers

Ever saw a stylish shoe that you wished came in your size? Or ever wanted to design your own shoes yourself? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, then this hot new Indiegogo campaign might sing to your heart. The name "ShiftWear" is a tad deceptive, not standing up to the magic it can do. Unlike personalized sneakers, you don't have to settle for a single design and live with it once and for all. You can change it on a whim using only your smartphone, thanks to the magic of e-paper.

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Fossil Q Founder appears on Google Store, not yet for sale

Fossil Q Founder appears on Google Store, not yet for sale

The fusion of fashion and technology is finally starting to ramp up. Aside from the super expensive timepieces such as the TAG Heuer Connected and Apple's own Apple Watch Edition, a few brands that you wouldn't normally associate with tech are finally coming out in the open with a smartwatch of their own. One of those is Fossil, the accessory brand who just last month announced a couple of new wearable devices, among which is the Android Wear Q Founder, which has found its way to Google Store.

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VW puts Glass to work as wearables prove enterprise promise

VW puts Glass to work as wearables prove enterprise promise

Wearables like Glass may have struggled in public, but Volkswagen is all-smiles with its trial of "3D smart glasses" in car manufacturing. The automaker has kicked off tests to see whether head-mounted computers can speed up parts picking, with employees at its Wolfsburg plant in northern Germany relying on the wearables to not only guide them around the vast number of components that go into a modern vehicle, but make sure they pick up the right piece.

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Alphabet Life Sciences “capicola” health tracker seen at FCC

Alphabet Life Sciences “capicola” health tracker seen at FCC

When Google's top brass cooked up the whole Alphabet soup, one of formerly Google managed projects that became a subsidiary of its own was Google X's Life Sciences, now simply called Life Sciences and under the direct purview of Alphabet. Even before then, the group was already at work on various device concepts, including insulin-measuring contact lenses and a dedicated health tracker. Not much has been heard about the latter, nicknamed capicola. It seems, however, that the project is far from being dead, making an appearance at the FCC long enough for photos to be taken and, of coursed, leaked.

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Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch arrives tomorrow

Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch arrives tomorrow

In October, Fossil introduced its Q smartwatches, an Android Wear lineup with classy designs that don't immediately bring to mind thoughts of tech. There are three watches in the lineup, chief among them being the Q Founder, the company’s flagship Android Wear wearable. In a statement today, Fossil announced that it will launch the Q Founder watch tomorrow, getting it out before the holiday shopping madness.

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Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine has arrived on the Apple Watch, allowing users to browse their “Favorites” as well as Featured content from the comfort of their wrist. In addition, Vine has pushed out an update for its iPhone app, adding a new discovery tool that makes finding more Vines as simple as swiping left on a post. This past October, Vine introduced its recommendation engine; this new discovery tool is part of that, adding an extra way for users to access new Vines.

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HP and Titan team for new smartwatch

HP and Titan team for new smartwatch

HP has been collaborating with other companies to produce new products under a program called Engineered by HP. The latest team up under that engineering program comes between HP and a company called Titan. HP says that Titan is the world's fifth largest watchmaker and the resulting product is a smartwatch.

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LG Watch Urbane 2 cancellation blamed on faulty screen

LG Watch Urbane 2 cancellation blamed on faulty screen

LG has somewhat broken its silence on the recent fiasco over what should have been one of its hottest wearables to date. Apparently, the reason why it suddenly decided to stop the sales of its LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition was due to a faulty component that would affect image quality over time. Other than that, however, LG isn't saying much else, preferring to keep mum over the real issue and possibly earning the distrust, if not ire, of some who have been looking forward to the smartwatch.

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Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Getting notifications on your smartwatch, be it an Android Wear, Apple Watch, or Pebble, is one thing. Being able to act on those notifications is a different story. The latter is trickiest when it comes to text messages, given a smartwatch's small screen and extremely limited input methods. Most rely on voice recognition or canned replies to make it work. Now Pebble is joining that hip crowd with the latest update that brings a Text Reply feature to Pebble Time owners with iPhones and AT&T postpaid accounts.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition’s cancellation: details on a tragedy

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition’s cancellation: details on a tragedy

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition has a bit of a hardware issue - one large enough that after just a week on the market, it's been pulled from shelves indefinitely. What's this mean for people who already own it? And what does this mean for LG, a company that's been releasing highest-end Android Wear watches since the very start of the Android Wear platform? Likely very little, as it were - and the watch itself might just end up heading back to stores early next year. Don't worry.

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