wearables

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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Apple Watch with gold Link Bracelet bestowed upon designer

Apple Watch with gold Link Bracelet bestowed upon designer

The Apple Watch is coveted by many and a fashion choice for some, and designer Karl Lagerfeld is counted among them. One of Apple’s smartwatches can be found on his wrist, but it isn’t like the rest of them: Apple gifted him with one that was specially made for him as a gift, and it features a gold Link Bracelet. The image surfaced on Instagram, where the designer’s assistant Sebastian Jondeau posted a picture of it (available after the jump). Whether this band indicates a gold Link Bracelet could eventually become an option for others isn’t known at this point.

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Minecraft Gameband Review

Minecraft Gameband Review

If you're in the mood for Minecraft and you move from machine to machine on a regular basis, you may want to have a peek at the Gameband + Minecraft. This unit has actually been in "soft release" mode for a few weeks - it first surfaced a few months ago, in fact, but today it's on blast courtesy of the folks at Gameband and Microsoft. In addition to being sent to none other than Larry Hyrb last week, you'll be seeing this piece of equipment appearing in stores across the United States immediately if not soon.

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Goldman forecasts Apple Watch domination

Goldman forecasts Apple Watch domination

Goldman analyst Lindsay Drucker Mann and her team of analysts have conducted a survey of 1,000 US consumers over the two days after Apple opened preorders for the Apple Watch. In their study, they found that while most respondents didn't plan on purchasing any smartwatch at all in the future, 11% of all iPhone users suggested it was "very likely" that they'd be buying an Apple Watch. Because of this, Goldman forecasts 13.5 million Apple Watch units will be sold inside the year 2015.

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Lunatik reveals monstrous Apple Watch case

Lunatik reveals monstrous Apple Watch case

Behold the most massive Apple Watch case yet revealed. This is the Epik, made by the mobile accessories brand Lunatik, created to keep the 42mm Apple Watch safe no matter the conditions. Sort of. it's not going to keep your Apple Watch safe from a bomb - or water. But it will be made with aircraft-grade aluminum, and if you didn't know your Apple Watch was on your arm before, you darn sure will with this extra bit of action surrounding it.

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Apple Watch battery doubled with this odd accessory

Apple Watch battery doubled with this odd accessory

The folks behind "wipowerband" suggest that all you need to to to get twice the battery life from the Apple Watch is wear their band. This band makes the Apple Watch setup twice as thick - at least - and adds a layer of plastic to your otherwise mostly metal setup. This accessory works with any version of the Apple Watch as it comes in more than one shape and size - as long as you make sure you get the right one. Don't expect this band to be around the wrists of too many Apple Watch Edition buyers, that's for certain.

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