wearables

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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.Klatz smart bracelet transforms into a Bluetooth headset

.Klatz smart bracelet transforms into a Bluetooth headset

That special point at which fashion and function meet have largely eluded modern wearables. We've seen some that aim to satisfy those who want a connected device for the wrist or finger without it being obvious they're sporting a tech device, but the realm is mostly relegated to simple rings and similar devices. The .klatz bracelet is different, offering a sleek futuristic look that blends in well with more formal attire, and, best of all, includes functionality that would come in handy throughout the course of the day.

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Google Glass update brings app notifications syncing

Google Glass update brings app notifications syncing

Google's smartglasses have yet another update inbound, this one bringing with it new functionality that will make life a bit easier for users. Once it arrives, Google Glass users will be able to see Android app notifications from their smartphone on the wearable, giving a hands-free option to see what notifications you have and whether any of them are worth pulling your phone out for. Those using an Android Wear device will likely already be familiar with the Notification Sync feature.

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Whistle dog wearable hitting Apple Store, IFTTT

Whistle dog wearable hitting Apple Store, IFTTT

We talk an awful lot about wearables, and the Internet of Things, but what about the family dog? Your pooch can take advantage of tech, too, with Whistle being the best option. Whistle is announcing some new functionality today, and some extended reach. Soon, you’ll be able to snap up a Whistle for your pup at the Apple Store. The deal gives whistle their first real stretch into the retail space outside of the pet store, and puts Whistle on the dog’s collar much faster.

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Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit is a leader in the fitness wearable group, and widely popular among those who wish to stay healthy and knowledgeable about their caloric intake or steps taken. After recently swearing off HealthKit (temporarily) to focus on their own platform, we learn exactly what that focus may be about. A leaked shot of new Fitbit marketing materials show an expanded lineup, with a new device that can track your heart rate. Named the Charge, this new Fitbit leads their own charge into 2015.

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This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

The Apple Watch is an exciting concept, and though we’ve seen it for ourselves — it’s still a concept. Apple didn’t show off any apps that made good sense for their wearable, and were more than tight-lipped about how Apple Watch will take advantage of its home on your wrist while still working seamlessly with your iPhone. A new batch of app renders for the Apple Watch show what may be in store for us, and give an early glimpse as to how apps could end up working.

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Misfit Flash Review

Misfit Flash Review

This is the story of how I became a believer in the activity tracking trend sweeping the smart device environment. While I was baffled that anyone would want to exercise in the first place back when products like Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and the Nike Fuelband were launched. Now I understand. I get why it makes sense to want to track how active I am. It’s like scoring points in a video game - only these points make me feel like I’m winning physically. And the Misfit Flash is inexpensive enough - and works well enough - that I wouldn’t even have had to break the bank to get here.

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Apple Watch hits Vogue cover with Liu Wen

Apple Watch hits Vogue cover with Liu Wen

It’s become clear that at least one of the publicity directions the Apple Watch will be going in is fashionable. The "editorial debut" of the Apple Watch in China will be with Vogue China, complete with a cover story and modeling by supermodel Liu Wen. We previously caught Liu Wen and the watch last month, finding her credentials powerful then as well - one of the top-paid models in the world, having worked with Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Victoria’s Secret in the relatively recent past - and likely the future as well.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 headed to Verizon this month

Sony SmartWatch 3 headed to Verizon this month

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is just about ready to roll for the public, bouncing off Verizon in the United States later this month. This Android Wear-utilizing device will come to with a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 pixel display, connectivity to your Android device so long as it’s running KitKat, and full IP68 weatherproofing. That means you can bring it ALMOST anywhere the Xperia Z3v can go.

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ZTE may buy Pantech: product designs revealed

ZTE may buy Pantech: product designs revealed

Surprise - one company may buy another in the near future. Bet you didn’t see that coming. In a set of papers that detail the possible purchase of Pantech by the company ZTE, they’ve also revealed what their future products might look like together. Pantech may very well be making these products one way or another, but would that they were purchased by a larger company, we’d go ahead and guess that they’d have the cash they need to move forward a lot easier.

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