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Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony has confirmed launch plans for its "Core" fitness wearable revealed at CES last month, now dubbed the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and expected to hit shelves - along with a new Lifelog app - in March. Back at CES Sony was relatively coy about what the "Core" would do, only showing off the Bluetooth LE-connected hardware and the different colored wristbands it could slot into. Now we know that it's the company's play to expand health wearables beyond simply tracking fitness.

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Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit demands to be considered a wearable

Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit demands to be considered a wearable

Alcatel certainly knows what a proper wearable device is - the company's BOOMBand fitness tracker proves that - but it's also hoping you'll believe its justifications why strapping a small smartphone to your arm can be considered "wearable tech" too. Launched at MWC 2014 today, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit is a 2.8-inch budget Android phone; where once that would just mean a play for the cheap end of the market, Alcatel is now trying to spin it as part of the fashionable wearable trend.

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Huawei TalkBand B1 wearable packs pull-out headset

Huawei TalkBand B1 wearable packs pull-out headset

The wearables market is getting crowded, so Huawei is adding a pull-out Bluetooth headset to its new TalkBand B1 wristband to better differentiate it. Announced at MWC 2014, the TalkBand B1 is fronted by a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display which shows how many steps you've taken and how many calories you're burning off. However, the same screen can also flash up Caller ID, at which point you can pop out the headset and answer the call.

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Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics Voyager Edge hands-on

Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headset, the Voyager Edge, wants to be all things to all people. Slotting into the company's Voyager range - known for their excellent performance but, even Plantronics admits, somewhat "call center" appearance - but with the style of the more consumer-centric Discovery range, the Voyager Edge is also Plantronics' first real attempt to reposition Bluetooth headsets as smart wearables, not just accessories. We caught up with the company to try the Voyager Edge out and see what makes it so special.

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Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google is targeting a March release for its own smartwatch, a Bluetooth LE wearable designed to work alongside an Android smartphone, though insiders on the project are reportedly pessimistic that the current timescale is realistic. Google has already pared back on the complexity of the design it's said, switching from a metal strap to a plastic one, but even so there's a strong possibility that the ship date could slip to June 2014 or see Google launch the gadget with even fewer features than initially intended.

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Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches official

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches official

Samsung has revealed two new smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, refining its original Galaxy Gear wearable and ditching Android for Tizen in the process. Revealed at MWC 2014, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo each have a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 Super AMOLED display and run Samsung-led Tizen on a 1GHz dualcore processor. Differentiating the two is that the Neo lacks a camera, a 2-megapixel shooter which the Gear 2 integrates into its main body, not the strap as before.

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MWC 2014: The Phones, Tablets & Wearables to Expect

MWC 2014: The Phones, Tablets & Wearables to Expect

Mobile World Congress is upon us again, the cellularly-centric Barcelona show expected to see Nokia reveal its first Android device, Samsung its latest Galaxy flagship ahead of the iPhone 6 later this year, and wearables manufacturers further pitch the fast-growing segment. SlashGear is headed off to Spain to bring back all the details as they're announced, but we've already got a good idea of what we can expect and just how much of an impact it might make. Read on for our full pre-show guide!

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Fitbit recalls Force over skin irritation complaints

Fitbit recalls Force over skin irritation complaints

Fitbit is halting sales of its Force flagship fitness tracker, and recalling all existing units already on users' wrists, after a spate of skin irritation issues. The issue - which saw some Force wearers reporting what appeared to be allergic reactions to the silicone band, leaving their wrists red and inflamed where it had come into contact with their skin - only affects "a small percentage of Force users" Fitbit said in a statement, but will still offer a full refund to any existing owners who want to return the wearable.

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Broadcom location chip promises longer wearables and true-AR

Broadcom location chip promises longer wearables and true-AR

Location-based services and contextual augmented-reality on your smartglasses is fun, but not if they drain power so fast you only get a couple of hours of use from them. Broadcom believes it has the answer with its new BCM4771 GNSS SoC, a super-low-power chip to add location and health tracking to wearables while cutting battery consumption by 75-percent compared to existing positioning chips. It's a system that not only should make fitness trackers and smartwatches run for longer, but open the door to true augmented-reality headsets.

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