wearables

Apple Watch drops appointment requirement for store try-ons

Apple Watch drops appointment requirement for store try-ons

Now that all the hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch's debut has settled down, with Apple now directly selling the smartwatch in its retail stores, the company has made a similar change to its policies of try-ons. Customers no longer need to schedule an appointment in advance to try on the Apple Watch, which meant picking a specific store, time, and providing an Apple ID. When the Watch first went on sale in April, appointment were required for try-ons, and sales were limited to Apple's online store.

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Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Fitness tracking device maker Misfit has teamed up with sports equipment specialist Speedo to cross-brand their way into a unique kind of smart device. The Speedo Shine takes the abilities of previous Misfit Shine devices and dives in to the water. The Speedo Shine will be able to track fitness, swimming, and sleep in a waterproof package, waterproof up to 50 meters under the surface of the drink. This is the first Misfit device to be tested with the high-accuracy underwater requirements set by Speedo's own Aqualab.

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Next Moto 360 expected to come in two sizes

Next Moto 360 expected to come in two sizes

While the original Moto 360 smartwatch is still easily the best designed Android Wear device, with its simple circular 1.56-inch screen, one common criticism was that it was a little big for those with small wrists. Some recently discovered regulatory documents from Brazil have indicated that Motorola has learned from the feedback and will be releasing the 360's successor in two sizes. This would also follow after Apple's move of releasing the Watch in two sizes, a factor that has contributed to its initial success.

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If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

If this is the Moto 360 2, Motorola’s in trouble

Earlier today Motorola revealed a new "okay Moto" video showing a version of the Moto 360 that'd they'd never before shown. This version of the device is a prototype, one we've seen one before - in a video from behind the scenes at Motorola's design studio for the Moto 360 and Moto Maker. Here we've got what's essentially the same Moto 360 as before, only the button on the right is now in the upper-right. We still see the "flat tire" of the non-circular display up front, as well as essentially the same functionality as the original.

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Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Gear S2, the company's first round-faced smartwatch. While the details on this device are scant, we can show you what it looks like. This device's specifications and release dates and pricing will be shown at IFA 2015 in Berlin at a Samsung event that'll take place on 9/3/2015. Until then we can have a peek at what's inside this device - software and some basic details on how the device will function.

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Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

With Apple Pay gaining popularity, and more mobile payment systems like Android Pay and Samsung Pay in the pipeline, fingerprint authentication is quickly becoming the new security standard when it comes to making payments without a credit card. But the Nymi Band is testing something said to be even more secure than fingerprints: heartbeat authentication. The band uses a sensor to track and identify the electrical activity in the owner's heart, a biometric that can't be copied or stolen.

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Omate smart ring vibrates only when one specific person calls

Omate smart ring vibrates only when one specific person calls

This certainly isn't the first "smart ring" we've heard of on the tech scene, with many claiming to bring gestures to everything from changing TV channels, responding to messages, and even tracking health data. But by those standards, this new ring from Omate and French fashion brand Emanuel Ungaro may not be that smart. Or rather, it uses its smarts in a very limited capacity. The ring vibrates, notifying the wearer, only when one specified contact is calling the smartphone it's paired with.

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Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra Running has unveiled it new Altra IQ running shoe equipped with iFit tech to gather running data. There’s a multi-sensor system embedded in the shoe that is said to be “razor-thin”. The related connectivity pipes the data from the shoes to a smartphone or smartwatch running the iFit app. As with similar apps, the data is aggregated and presented as an analysis that tracks details over time. The app includes real-time coaching when the wearer is out for a run, and offers up an interpretation of what the data means (that you’re landing too hard on one foot, as an example).

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Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Earlier today Samsung sent out invitations to an event that'll have three devices (at least) released to the masses. Just following Motorola's event today and before Apple's event later this year, the "Galaxy" giant will more than likely be revealing two smartphones and at least one smartwatch. Given the amount of rumors, leaks, and tips we've received over the past few weeks, we can't help but wonder if Samsung's secrets have all been revealed already. And if they have, is that going to be just fine with potential consumers?

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Why the Apple Watch is heading to Best Buy, not Target

Why the Apple Watch is heading to Best Buy, not Target

Why did Apple choose Best Buy to carry their Apple Watch when so many other stores would jump at the chance? This is the question many electronics stores - many of whom also carry Apple products - will be asking at board meetings this afternoon. Why, Apple, would you choose the one retailer for the Apple Watch, one that allows people to literally take working model smartphones and smartwatches off the rack to test them? Why indeed. The proof is in the pudding - stores like Target and Walmart are making a mockery of the point-of-sale mobile device business.

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Pebble Time update brings improved indoor visibility, new vibration settings

Pebble Time update brings improved indoor visibility, new vibration settings

Popular iOS/Android-alternative smartwatch Pebble Time has received a new software update that adds new settings to the wearable, in addition to new features for the accompanying mobile apps. Pebble says it has been listening to feedback from owners of the smartwatch, and all the new features come from their requests. Among the changes are visibility improvements and a milder level of vibration. The update is good for both the new Pebble Time and the forthcoming Time Steel.

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Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Apple Watch sales broken down by shipments, units, and revenue

Today we're breaking down all the information available to us on sales of the Apple Watch in the first quarter it's been on the market. While we can pinpoint the exact in-store date and pre-order dates for the device, these dates are irrelevant. Apple and Strategy Analytics have already given us all the information we need to get a basic assessment of the number of units sold as well as a basic outline of how much revenue Apple likely makes per Apple Watch sold.

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