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Apple Watch 2 release dates and details slipping through cracks

Apple Watch 2 release dates and details slipping through cracks

One year on from the first release of the very first Apple Watch and some slightly more solid rumors have just begun to appear. While we've been hearing conjecture on the next model just about as long as we've been able to try the first Apple Watch on, this week we're having a look at the details we're sensing are close enough to the mark to speak of. Remember, as always - it's not 100% confirmed until Apple says it, but given the relative predictability of release schedules in the company's past several years, there are some bits we can glean.

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Gear S2 to get Samsung Pay supports in 2016

Gear S2 to get Samsung Pay supports in 2016

Smartwatches with circular faces have proven to be among the more popular designs with the Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear S2 among the offerings. When the Gear S2 launched, Samsung had intended to make Samsung Pay available for the smartwatch in November. Word is that the launch of Samsung Pay on the device will now be pushed to sometime in 2016.

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Omate Rise smartwatch time-limited Indiegogo campaign skyrockets

Omate Rise smartwatch time-limited Indiegogo campaign skyrockets

We've seen a few crazy crowdfunding campaigns before, but most of them had insane pitches and promises, not all of which are able to deliver. Omate's new Indiegogo campaign, on the other hand, is crazy because of its short duration. Available for little less than three days, the Omate has returned to crowdfunding to make its new Rise smartwatch a reality. And looks like it will indeed happen, at least financially speaking, considering the campaign has already raised more than three times its funding goal.

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Now the Fossil Q Founder in Google Store is really for sale

Now the Fossil Q Founder in Google Store is really for  sale

Just last week, we saw Fossil's first Android Wear smartwatch make its way to the Google Store, the tech giant's specially branded store for hardware. Back then, we surmised that the Q Founder would soon expand its availability to this particular retail source. True enough, the Fossil Q Founder is now on sale directly from Google, giving the fashionable smartwatch the Android maker's blessing and making it available to more potential buyers who normally don't have access to Fossil's online and retails stores.

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Recon Instruments app binds GoPro HERO4 with Oakley Airwave snow goggles

Recon Instruments app binds GoPro HERO4 with Oakley Airwave snow goggles

Winter is coming. That cliche might be ominous for some, but for snowboarding fans, it's the reason and season to be jolly. But in this hi-tech age of action cams and live streaming, snowboarding is no longer something you can only watch from the sidelines. But snow and wind are unpredictable as weather and don't always play nice with our best laid plans. With Recon Instruments' new Airwave GoPro Connect app, snowboarders need no longer risk their safety, or their fingers, just to control GoPro HERO camera.

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This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

Social media like Twitter has meant emergencies and security incidents now play out in real-time, but there's nothing like a first-person view for the full story. Wearable cameras are becoming more common on the uniforms of police and other first-responders, but Liquid Image's Ego LS 800 promises something new: the ability to remotely connect and see exactly what the cop sees.

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Samsung Gear VR web browser beta arrives tomorrow

Samsung Gear VR web browser beta arrives tomorrow

Samsung has announced “Samsung Internet for Gear VR”, a web browser for its virtual reality headset. With this app, Gear VR owners will be able to access the Internet and enjoy content from beyond the app ecosystem, expanding the headset’s usefulness and eliminating one of the bigger complaints about the device. Among other things, the browser can stream 3D and 360-degree video.

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Moto 360 Sport release dates shared with details on hardware

Moto 360 Sport release dates shared with details on hardware

This morning Motorola revealed the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch in full - this after a brief introduction earlier this year with the standard Moto 360 (2015). This Android Wear device's release dates vary from country to country. If you're living in the UK or France, you'll see it popping up on December 18th. If you're inside the United States, you'll start to see this machine on the 7th of January, and in stores like Best Buy - and in the Motorola store in Chicago - on the 10th.

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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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