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Six15’s INFINITY.1 is a less conspicuous smartglass

Six15’s INFINITY.1 is a less conspicuous smartglass

Google Glass might be DOA by now, but the dream of smartglasses live on, but with less ambitious goals in mind. Instead of a one size fits all product, most of these newer attempts try to focus on specific markets and specific use cases. One of the latest to announce their own smart spectacle is Six15 Technologies. One thing that sets its apart and could make it successful is that its INFINITY.1 smartglass won't make you look like a cyborg and looks just like some thick rimmed geek's eyewear.

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Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

We all know the big names in fitness and sleep trackers. Just about everywhere you look you can find someone wearing a Jawbone wristband or a FitBit tracker. Those trackers are on the pricier side of things, however, and not everyone is willing to spend that much on tech that might -- like their last gym membership -- end up going unused. Enter the budget tracker market where Xiaomi's Mi Band largely goes unchallenged. Late last year a company called Pivotal Living based out of Seattle, Washington introduced an even more budget-friendly option, at least for the short term: its Pivotal Tracker 1 wearable, which is free if you sign up for a year's membership at $12.

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Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Developers hack the Apple Watch to allow apps to run on UIKit, the software bones of the smart wearable device. While Apple has provided the developer world with a software kit called "WatchKit", WatchKit itself remote-drives another bit of software called PepperUICore which lives on top of UIKit. Apple's own apps on the Watch, save the Weather app, do not use WatchKit. To show that it is possible - albeit not recommended for those hoping to get in to Apple's official app store - three developers have gotten both UIKit and SceneKit apps running on the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users unhappy with changes brought by upgrading watchOS to 1.0.1 are becoming frustrated by difficult, drawn out procedures to downgrade their firmware. Apple Watch doesn't seem to have a user-accessible recovery mode, allowing users to turn back the clock on unsatisfying firmware updates. Users who are looking to downgrade have to jump through hurdles to revert back to the previous OS. Reportedly, customers are being directed by AppleCare reps to send their watches back to Apple for service. There are even rumors of being charged for "out of warranty repairs".

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This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

Your Apple Watch and your iPhone are going to get smarter in how they work together, with Watch OS 2 and iOS 9 streamlining security, privacy, and app data delays. The changes build on Apple Watch’s new native app support: where now the apps themselves run on the iPhone and just tell the wearable what to display, with the arrival of Watch OS 2 both the UI and the backend code will be running on the wrist. Not only will that mean greater independence when you’re away from your iPhone, it also paves the way to a more trusting and efficient relationship when the two gadgets are together.

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Apple watchOS 2 will have Activation Lock to deter theft

Apple watchOS 2 will have Activation Lock to deter theft

With Apple's mantra on privacy at WWDC, it's a bit surprising that it managed to leave this relevant detail out of its on-stage spiel. Perhaps there wasn't just enough time to cram all the juicy features coming in the next iteration of the Apple Watch platform, but a mere mention would have been enough for journalists to pick it up. That said, Apple did sneak it in the update web page for its Apple watchOS 2 preview, confirming once and for all that, yes, the Apple Watch will require your passcode to re-activate.

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Apple's WWDC 2015 event has just gotten under way, and on stage company CEO Tim Cook has kicked things off quickly by confirming that native apps are coming for the Apple Watch. Such a confirmation has been anticipated for months; there aren't many details about it at this point, though we'll no doubt be hearing more very soon. More after the jump!

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Samsung’s next smartwatch will have NFC for Samsung Pay

Samsung’s next smartwatch will have NFC for Samsung Pay

According to sources, Samsung's next smartwatch, which may debut in September, will be equipped with an NFC chip. But it won't be for easy pairing with other NFC-bearing devices, at least not just for that. Instead, the NFC will be employed for making mobile payments through Samsung's yet to be launched Samsung Pay. This would put that still to be seen smartwatch closer and, once again, at odds with Apple and its Apple Watch, which uses the very same technology also for making mobile payments via Apple Pay.

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