wearables

Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Earlier today, certain Android Wear smartwatch owners began receiving updates for their wearable, bringing them up to Android Wear version 5.1.1. Most others still weren't seeing the update, but more voices were chiming in saying they, too, had gotten the update. This wasn't a fluke -- the update is indeed rolling out as of now, with some lucky LG G Watch and LG G Watch R users being on the receiving end. If you've using one of those wearables, take a look -- you might have the update, too.

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Basis Peak launches limited edition Titanium model, new leather straps

Basis Peak launches limited edition Titanium model, new leather straps

The Intel-owned Basis has one of the highest regarded wearables on the market right now with its Peak fitness tracker. The device is accurate and tracks just about everything you'd want a fitness device to, but it doesn't try be an ultimate do-everything smartwatch. The standard model is fairly priced at $200, but today they announced a limited edition Titanium Peak for $300 that brings a bit more style, and some new leather straps, to your wrist.

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Apple Watch stickers let you customize the Digital Crown

Apple Watch stickers let you customize the Digital Crown

With all the attention on Apple Watch customization focusing on wristbands, here's an accessory that many wouldn't see coming. WatchDots are stickers — okay, okay, "decals" — that let you change the color of the top of the Digital Crown and Contacts button on the side of the Watch. This lets users simulate a look only available on the gold Watch Edition, which features colors like red, navy, and white, or the stainless steel Watch models with black crowns.

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Smartwatches are for rich people, and you don’t need one

Smartwatches are for rich people, and you don’t need one

If you're worried about whether or not you're going to need a smartwatch in the near future, turn that frown upside-down. It's time to understand what this smartwatch craze is all about. It's not about picking up on the next trend before it replaces the smartphone. It's not about jumping on the bandwagon before it leaves without you. It's about cashing in on the wants and desires of those with cash to burn. For now. At the present. Things may change, but for now, you do not need a smartwatch to continue living your life.

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Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

Passcode not required to reset a stolen Apple Watch

When the Activation Lock security feature was first introduced to the iPhone with iOS 7, it was praised as a strong way to dissuade would-be smartphone thieves. A stolen iPhone could be reset, but trying to reactivate it would require the owner's Apple ID and password to be entered. Unfortunately for owners of the new Apple Watch, the wearable has a similar security feature, but it can easily be bypassed, meaning a stolen Watch can be paired with a different iPhone.

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Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked on their Apple Watch apps based off of emulation ahead of launch, we’re starting to see them go back to the drawing board. And they’re right to do so.

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New site lets you swap bands with other Apple Watch owners

New site lets you swap bands with other Apple Watch owners

If you bought an Apple Watch — or have one on order, waiting to be shipped — you chose a band to go with it. Like the Apple Watch, bands are also a bit slow to see shipping, with many currently a full month out. If you have an Apple Watch, or receive one soon and don’t like the band you picked out, there’s good news. If you have a better idea of which one you might like, a new website can match you with someone else who wants yours for a swap!

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Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Apple Watch is resilient to water, with Apple saying “Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof.” With an IPX7 rating, Apple Watch can logistically handle submersion up to one meter for 30 minutes. According to the official ratings scale, IPX7 makes submersion beyond that (either in depth or duration) a problem. Real world stats may prove otherwise; over the weekend, some YouTube videos were posted, highlighting the Apple Watch’s water durability, and it seems to — at least in one instance — test well above IPX7.

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Apple Watch OS hacked to run web browser

Apple Watch OS hacked to run web browser

Remember back in September during the debut of the Apple Watch when one of the company's bigwigs was on stage and talked about how pinch-to-zoom and scrolling on a tiny touchscreen was a terrible way to interact with a device on your wrist? Well, never take anyone's word for it, be like developer/jailbreaker Comex and try to experience first-hand just how awful it can be. Ok, joking aside, it is a bit impressive that this soon after release, Watch OS has been hacked to run a web browser, displaying the Google homepage on the smartwatch's screen.

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Apple Watch of a different breed: Macintosh II software running on Android Wear

Apple Watch of a different breed: Macintosh II software running on Android Wear

Did you read our in-depth Apple Watch review and decide it's not for you, but still want to show your loyalty to the Macintosh on your wrist? Well, after the custom built 1970s-themed Apple II Watch, next on the list of options is a wearable running the System 6 operating system from the 1987 Macintosh II. As long as the fact that it's running on an Android Wear device don't bother you, you can experience System 6 and its desktop, windows, and menu bar in their full glory on a 1.6-inch screen!

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