wearables

Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

While we talk a lot about fitness wearables, we don’t talk about sports sensors nearly enough. Companies like Zepp are trying to quantify your sports movements, providing contextual data in real-time to eek out maximum results. While you might get info and feedback, that only goes so far. If you’re not met with the right drills and tools once you know where you’re making errors, you’re probably doomed to be more aware of your shortcomings. To that, Zepp is launching Coaches Center, a service to provide your coach the tools they need, too.

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What Apple Watch needs to pull in the cash

What Apple Watch needs to pull in the cash

This week the folks at GfK have produced a study which suggests potential Apple Watch buyers don't expect to pay a lot to wear. This study included a nationally representative sample of 1000 people online from the 2nd to the 10th of April 2015 inside the UK. This study suggests that consumer expectations for the cost of the Apple Watch are actually lower than the actual price of the device in Apple Stores - closest, as it were, to the Apple Watch Sport, the least expensive of the Apple Watch launch lineup.

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OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

Microsoft is on the ball, and has pushed out an update to its OneDrive app that brings with it a number of new features, the most important of which is support for the Apple Watch. This will give the first wave of Apple Watch adoptees the ability to access their OneDrive (photo) files on their wrist, adding that extra bit of convenience to it all. This isn't a surprise, given how quickly Microsoft had previously moved to add Android Wear support.

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Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Today Google has released a number of feature updates for Android Wear, and in turn, has uncovered a key flaw not only in the Apple Watch, but in ever smartwatch released so far. In the smartwatch, the market has created demand for a product that precedes its own usefulness. In the release, creation, and proliferation of the smartwatch, manufacturers are attempting to recapture the magical torch set alight by smartphones, attempting to make lightning strike again with a "smart" upgrade to a "dumb" device.

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Swimmo smartwatch is a wearable for swimmers

Swimmo smartwatch is a wearable for swimmers

We’ve seen wearables in the past that are created for a specific type of user, such as Garmin’s smartwatches for golfers. Now Swimmo has created a new wearable by the same name, the Swimmo smartwatch. The wearable is made for swimmers who want to track their activities using a bit of smart technology on their wrist, which in this case will keep track of data on things like how many calories are burned and distances travelled. And, of course, it is completely waterproof.

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Apple Watch now shipping (sort of)

Apple Watch now shipping (sort of)

The first pre-orders for Apple Watch have been seeing charges to credit cards as of this morning ahead of Friday's full store launch. Apple Stores across the country will be making the Apple Watch available while try-on appointments have been available for the past week. Credit cards being charged precede emails of shipping notifications from Apple directly, this suggesting packages will be packaged sooner than later. It's likely we'll see shipment statuses switch from "processing items" to "preparing for shipment" very soon.

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Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Whoa wait a second, you might be saying, what did Google just do for Android Wear? And where is my update? It's on the way, first of all - if you happen to have an LG Watch Urbane you should have the update already. If you have any other Android Wear watch, your update will be appearing this week. As for what Google actually released this morning - that's a bit more in-depth. It begins with a tale of drawings and emoji for everyone.

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The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

Those smartwatch owners jealous of their yet-unworn opponent watches with emoji can rest easy. Emoji replies to messages are here for Android Wear devices. Thank goodness, you must be thinking. You've been seeing the emoji pop up on Twitter, you've seen them in Google Hangouts. You've seen them everywhere but the place where they'd be best utilized. Here they are, at last, on your wrist. This bit of functionality will work with a connected phone, be it direct or with Wi-fi.

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Android Wear trumps Apple Watch with “phone free” functionality

Android Wear trumps Apple Watch with “phone free” functionality

This week Google aims to disconnect the smartwatch from the phone - so to speak. Amongst a collection of features appearing on the newest Android Wear update, this week "phone free" functionality comes to the smartwatch. As long as your phone is online, connected with Wi-Fi or cellular data, and your smartwatch is connected to the web, they'll be able to function together. Time to leave your smartphone at home - for real, this time. Just so long as your Android Wear device can function in this way, of course.

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Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Band colors seen at Milan Design Week

Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Band colors seen at Milan Design Week

Heads up, Apple Watch enthusiasts, as it appears info about possible new band accessories is continuing to come out even after last week's pre-order extravaganza. A couple of images of the Watch's Sport band in never before seen colors have come out of the Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Milan, Italy, where Apple designers Jony Ive, Marc Newson, and marketing head Phil Schiller were in attendance on Friday. Most notable could be the inclusion of a red Sport band, an item that would be sure to bring attention to the new Apple wearable appearing on your wrist in the coming weeks.

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