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Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier [UPDATE: Fitbit responds]

Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier [UPDATE: Fitbit responds]

PCs, smartphones, and tablets are fair game to hackers these days. And we've also started to see cars with sophisticated infotainment systems and controls also getting hacked. But how about the innocent little whose sole purpose is to keep your body healthy? Well, now they're getting hacked as well. And worse, they might be used to make other computers unhealthy. Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille reveals that the Fitbit is one such wearable that easily succumbs to a hack in just 10 seconds and can then spread the malware to computers it syncs with.

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Back to the Future NIKE MAG self-lacing sneakers details emerging

Back to the Future NIKE MAG self-lacing sneakers details emerging

Today NIKE has confirmed that the first-ever pair of real self-lacing NIKE MAG sneakers (from Back to the Future II) are out there. They're really, truly out there. Whether or not they'll actually be on sale any time soon is yet to be confirmed, but NIKE has been so kind as to say that the first pair is currently somewhere inside the confines of New York City. NIKE employees can expect their fair share of questions about these sneakers throughout the afternoon, without a doubt.

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ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

Despite the growing popularity of wearables, smartwatches, and IoT devices, few of the hardware inside them are specifically designed with those form factors in mind. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 used in many smartwatches, for example, is running on half its cores to maintain the balance between performance and power drain. ARM Holdings, designer of the popular computing architecture, is changing that status quo by releasing the Mali-470, a new graphics core that has been designed to address the needs of tomorrow's smartwatches and the Internet of Things.

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Misfit Shine 2 revealed: more functionality, similar shape

Misfit Shine 2 revealed: more functionality, similar shape

The folks at Misfit launch the second generation of their popular "Shine" device collection, once again sticking with aircraft-grade aluminum for its body. The Shine 2 retains much of the original Shine design, bringing a newly-added 3-axis magnetometer, now working in-tune with its 3-axis accelerometer to track sleep more accurately than the first generation hardware. This device now works with a rainbow-array of lights to show time, notifications, and progress toward fitness goals.

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Suunto Kailash watch offers adventure log, sapphire glass

Suunto Kailash watch offers adventure log, sapphire glass

Are you an adventurer at heart in need of a watch but not terribly keen on the idea of a typical smartwatch? Suunto has introduced a new wearable that is a solid compromise between the two, the Suunto Kailash, which is named after Mt. Kailash, a Tibetan peak. This is the first watch in the maker’s Suunto World Collection, and despite its fairly traditional design, it packs a handful of smarter-than-usual features: GPS and an adventure log to name two.

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ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

ORA-X Smart AR headphones aim to reboot Glass with audio focus

Google Glass poisoned the well for head-mounted wearables, but could headphones with a side of augmented reality make the tech mass-market palatable? That's what Optinvent is hoping, focusing not so much on the wearable-display part of its new ORA-X headset, but the fact that they're a pair of high-quality Android-powered headphones that just so happen to feature a transparent screen.

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Wove may be the true fashion-friendly smart bracelet to beat

Wove may be the true fashion-friendly smart bracelet to beat

Earlier this year we saw Wove for the first time - now, several months down the line, we're able to see the device in a bit more detail. This device works with a bendable display that wraps around your wrist like a slap-bracelet from the 1990's. We saw what the display could do - now we're seeing more on how the content will exist on the band. We're also seeing the possibilities expand with how you'll be utilizing this band to be hyper-fashionable for the year 2015 and beyond.

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Pebble Time metal bands up for pre-order, shipping 6-8 weeks

Pebble Time metal bands up for pre-order, shipping 6-8 weeks

The first generation of smartwatches, both of the Android Wear kind and others, have mostly been a plastic and rubber affair, resembling sportswatches than classic time pieces. These days, however, a lot of emphasis is being put on form now that function has mostly been set in stone. From circular watch faces to premium materials, smartwatches are becoming fashion statements as they are geeky paraphernalia. And Pebble, one of the pioneers in that market, won't be left behind, especially now that its new metal bands are ready to ship.

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Amber portable charging station brings Apple Watch battery mobile

Amber portable charging station brings Apple Watch battery mobile

Instead of having to carry along a whole dock to charge an Apple Watch, users will soon be able to roll with a case. The folks at Amber have created a portable charging station that looks like a jewelry case on the outside, sporting a charger on the inside (wireless of course), with the ability to hold a charge on the go. There's a battery inside, that is to say.

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Samsung Gear S2 availability details for T-Mobile, Verizon

Samsung Gear S2 availability details for T-Mobile, Verizon

It's a good two weeks since we first expected Samsung's latst premiere smartwatch to start its retail life, but now major US carriers have started to announce their support for the Gear S2. Building on top of the first Gear S' independence from smartphones and tablets, the Gear S2 adds a rotary bezel control to the sleek round watch face, putting a unique spin (no pun intended) to the smartwatch. Now, both T-Mobile and Verizon are revealing their pricing schemes, with general availability set to start next month.

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Pebble watches brings Nuance Voice Recognition to the public

Pebble watches brings Nuance Voice Recognition to the public

This week Pebble has brought Nuance Voice Recognition to Pebble Time, Time Steel, and Time Round users. Nuance is powering Pebble's new Dictation API, allowing developers to create voice-friendly apps of all sorts for all of the 2nd-gen Pebble users in the wild. Pebble apps will be able to work with voice recognition and push all manner of commands to apps that do many fine things, like control your smart house and flying your drones around the countryside.

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