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LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE rollout halted over quality issue

LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE rollout halted over quality issue

Following a message AT&T sent to its customers vaguely detailing an issue with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, LG has announced that it is nixing the smartwatch’s rollout across the globe due to a quality issue. It still isn’t clear what problem has prompted LG to pull the wearable, but AT&T cited a “quality issue” as the reason and will be refunding those who have already purchased a unit. Sources state the issue is related to hardware troubles.

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Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Apple Watch owners are Kickstarting a string strap

Today we've come across a crowd-funded accessory that'll work for most any smartwatch, but is aimed at the Apple Watch in particular. This accessory is essentially a series of pieces of die-cast zinc, twine strands, and a bit of silicone rubber. While the actual execution may seem like a strange use of $30 USD, the concept is sound. While it may look strange, the space between the base of your thumb and your index finger is the ideal place to glance for a smart watch face.

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Android Wear 1.4 update adds new wrist gestures

Android Wear 1.4 update adds new wrist gestures

Smartwatch users my have noticed that Android Wear was recently updated to version 1.4. The latest version brings new methods of control over the smartwatch to the mix including new wrist gestures. Android Wear now allows the user to navigate around on the watch using flicks of the wrist. To use Wrist Gestures, you may need to enable them on the watch.

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Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Pagaré smartstrap gives Pebble Time wireless payment powers

Last March, Pebble revealed its smartstrap idea and platform that would allow developers and accessory makers to add functionality to the Pebble smartwatches indirectly through smartstraps. While the idea definitely has benefits, few have jumped on the opportunity to take Pebble beyond to new heights. That long wait might be over, at least to some extent. Fit Pay and ConnectedDevice, two companies heavily invested in the wearable market, are announcing Pagaré, a smartstrap that would usher the Pebble Time into the young but fast growing world of contactless payments.

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Fossil grabs Misfit to make fashion accessories smarter

Fossil grabs Misfit to make fashion accessories smarter

Just a few weeks ago, fashion brand Fossil unveiled a new series of Q watches, including the Android Wear Q Founder. It seems, however, that that isn't the end of its smart wearable plans. Perhaps inspired by the recent outing of luxury smartwatches, like the TAG Heuer Connected, Fossil has announced its acquisition of Misfit, one of the more known names in the wearable market, particularly in smart fitness bands. By joining forces, Fossil hopes to expand its portfolio to embrace the growing number of wearable devices in the market today.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed launches worldwide, on Verizon too

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Ed launches worldwide, on Verizon too

Hot on the heels of Google announcing official support for independent cellular connectivity on Android Wear, LG has also announced the start of the global rollout of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first Android Wear smartwatch to boast of that very same feature. And while LG only has a vague "starting this month" schedule, at lesat for the US and South Korea, Verizon has more specific dates. Interested buyers can pre-order the smartwatch starting November 12 while general availability starts on November 19.

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Android Wear now officially supports standalone connectivity

Android Wear now officially supports standalone connectivity

It's about time, right? Well, maybe, depending on which side of the fence you're on. If you're of the opinion that smartwatches shouldn't be anything more than an accessory to your smartphone or tablet, then this new Android Wear feature might not make much sense. But if you believe that a smartwatch should be an independent mobile device in its own right, then you might welcome this news with glee. Android Wear finally supports cellular connections, allowing smartwatches to connect to the Internet and networks even when the smarpthone isn't around.

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ARM’s “ultra-high efficient” Cortex-A35 is for wearables

ARM’s “ultra-high efficient” Cortex-A35 is for wearables

ARM Holdings, the folks designing one of the most used CPU architectures in the world, thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices, is really pushing hard in its thrust to embrace the newest segment of embedded devices to hit the market. That is, wearables, particularly smartwatches, and the myriad smart appliances and gadgets that make up the Internet of Things. Last month, it revealed the new Mali-470 graphics core that promises to give smooth graphics even to small smartwatches. Now it's announcing the Cortex-A35 that will deliver the processing power for the same.

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Strap can read arm muscle movement to control smartwatch

Strap can read arm muscle movement to control smartwatch

There have been several attempts made to give users Jedi-like powers to control computers and smartphones using a combination of a smartwatch and some gestures. But what if you wanted to control the smartwatch itself using a gesture? It might still be a long time coming as a commercial product, but the journey has already been started by researchers Chris Harrison and Yang Zhang from the Human Computer Interaction group at Carnegie Mellon U. Their prototype wrist strap can see inside the arm and track muscles, which can be interpreted as gestures to control a device.

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TAG Heuer Connected unboxing shows unflattering packaging

TAG Heuer Connected unboxing shows unflattering packaging

The phrase "new wine in old wineskin" might be a bit apt in this scenario. TAG Heuer has just launched its first ever smartwatch, running Android Wear, of course, aimed at the luxury market and squarely aimed at the Apple Watch. Coming from the marque, you do expect a hefty price tag, which, for this wearable, translates to $1,500. With that four-digit number, you sort of expect it to have a nice packaging to match. But as some people on Reddit have discovered to their dismay, that might not always be the case.

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