wearables

Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

In the weeks since developers got their hands on the Apple Watch's watchOS 2 at WWDC earlier this month, we've seen things like native apps running on the wearable, along with games like Flappy Bird, all due to tinkering with the software. Now, in a sign of just far our digital devices have come, one developer has gotten the Apple Watch to run System 7, or specifically Mac OS 7.5.5. That version of the OS was released in September of 1996. Making nearly 20-year old software run on a wrist-computer of today is beyond impressive.

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Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

Pebble Time goes on pre-order outside Kickstarter

While the already-established brand Pebble decided to head back to the startup-friendly Kickstarter for its second release, regular sales have begun now in earnest. Earlier this year the second-generation smartwatch Pebble Time was revealed with a colorful display and new body, done so through the crow funding campaign website Kickstarter. This gave a sign of the times - the site was no longer for starting up companies, but for companies that'd previously sought funding from fans as well. While it's still not necessarily a store, Kickstarter didn't seem to mind selling Pebble's second watch from the outset.

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Apple Watch gaining 3x the developer interest of first iPhones, iPads

Apple Watch gaining 3x the developer interest of first iPhones, iPads

As if there weren't enough evidence that the Apple Watch has been a success for Apple, from the predicted sales numbers to customer demand, recent comments from Tim Cook reveal that the device is hot among app developers too. The Apple CEO said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that developer interest in the Apple Watch is over three times what it was for the iPhone and iPad during their first year.

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Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Motorola’s round smartwatch, the Moto 360, is getting the newest version of Android Wear, and with it comes some new features that make the wearable a little more appealing. Wi-Fi is one of them, lending a connectivity option that expands beyond Bluetooth. There will likewise be an always-on mode, says the maker, and faster access to favorite app and one’s contacts. Notifications, too, will be benefiting from the update, becoming more easy to access and visible for users who are already doing something on the watch. Full list of changes after the jump!

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Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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Apple Watch 2 details begin to pop up – already

Apple Watch 2 details begin to pop up – already

Now that the Apple Watch has reached Apple Stores for the first time yesterday, now not 24 hours later we've got details on the second generation. This Apple Watch 2, or Apple Watch S, as we're going to go ahead and assume it'll be called, will have a front-facing camera - aka a FaceTime camera, the ability to work without an iPhone, and similar innards. It might just go ahead and use the same processor as the model that's already out in stores today.

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Estimates put Apple Watch sales at 2.8M in US, 17% bought extra band

Estimates put Apple Watch sales at 2.8M in US, 17% bought extra band

We've heard several comments from Apple recently, including Tim Cook himself, about how the company is more than "thrilled" with how well the Apple Watch has been selling, however we've yet to get any official numbers from Cupertino. Slice Intelligence, a research firm specializing in digital commerce, on the other hand, have said they estimate that 2.79 million units of the wearable have been sold in the U.S. in its first two months of availability.

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Intel invests in wearables, acquiring Google Glass rival Recon

Intel invests in wearables, acquiring Google Glass rival Recon

Recon Instruments is known for rivalling Google Glass with its own AR glasses, Recon Jet. The tech firm also developed heads-up displays and other AR tech marketed as smart sports eyewear. Now, Intel will benefit from Recon's discoveries. Intel has just acquired the Vancouver-based AR company for an alleged $175 million USD. The entirety of Recon's 75-member work force will now be under Intel's New Devices Group, which focuses on wearable tech. Intel could also use its newly acquired technology for integration into Internet of Things-ready devices.

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Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple's Watch becomes available for the masses straight through the company's physical stores after weeks of being on sale online. While the company's sales of the Apple Watch have been taking place through online pre-orders and general sale for the past several weeks, in-store availability had not been a reality anywhere around the world. Not at Apple Stores proper. That's changed this week, as stock has been sent to most official Apple Stores for full swing standard selling to everyday citizens.

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Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

We all know the big names in fitness and sleep trackers. Just about everywhere you look you can find someone wearing a Jawbone wristband or a FitBit tracker. Those trackers are on the pricier side of things, however, and not everyone is willing to spend that much on tech that might -- like their last gym membership -- end up going unused. Enter the budget tracker market where Xiaomi's Mi Band largely goes unchallenged. Late last year a company called Pivotal Living based out of Seattle, Washington introduced an even more budget-friendly option, at least for the short term: its Pivotal Tracker 1 wearable, which is free if you sign up for a year's membership at $12.

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