wearables

Coach leather Apple Watch bands coming in June

Coach leather Apple Watch bands coming in June

Premium leather band for the Apple Watch have already been available thanks to Apple's partnership with luxury brand Hermes, but now another big-name fashion brand, Coach, is planning to get in on the accessories market for the smartwatch. A collection of Apple Watch bands from Coach is expected to debut as soon as June, according to Haute Ecriture, which was given the information, along with several photos, from a Coach boutique sales associate.

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Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

In May 2015, Jawbone slapped Fitbit with a lawsuit over what it claimed was the latter company’s systematic ‘plundering’ of confidential company data by hiring now-former Jawbone employees. Such was the start of a long-running legal battle between Jawbone and Fitbit, one Jawbone has been given the go-ahead to pursue. Yesterday’s ruling wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Jawbone, though — Fitbit proved victorious in a spat that has resulted in some of Jawbone’s patents being invalidated, reducing the odds of Fitbit being hit with an import ban.

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Will.i.am’s new smartwatch is up for UK pre-order

Will.i.am’s new smartwatch is up for UK pre-order

Entertainer Will.i.am has dabbled in everything from music to fashion, but it's in technology where he's had the least success. That hasn't deterred him, however, as his latest wearable device, a smartwatch called the Dial, will be launching in the UK soon and is now available for pre-order. As a follow-up to Will.i.am's previous smartwatch, the Puls, the Dial now voice recognition and digital assistant features, plus it can still work without being tethered to a smartphone.

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Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

It would appear that Google would like to get out ahead of the masses when it comes to "plug and play" for hardware. Not just for smartphones. They've got a program in the works for that, too - no, this "MODE" they speak of is for hardware only. Not electronics. Made to attach to electronics, of course, but hardware in and of itself. The first wave of Google's MODE brand is made for Android Wear devices. A series of straps have been made to snap in and out with extreme ease.

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Nokia acquires Withings to make more devices

Nokia acquires Withings to make more devices

It would seem more and more each time Nokia reveals another acquisition that they got the better end of the deal when they sold their phones division to Microsoft. Today they've announced that they've made a deal with Withings to acquire their digital health products and apps business in its entirety. This means that Nokia's back in business - in one of the most (surprisingly) long lasting sectors of the smart device universe over the past decade - health technology. Devices. Apps. Withings is about to be part of Nokia.

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Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Your password could soon be a sound from your skull

Fingerprint scanners are becoming the norm for unlocking our mobile devices these days, while iris and facial recognition are also being explored, but the next big solution in biometric authentication might be something that can only come from inside your head. Literally. A group of university researchers in Germany have come up with a system that uses a unique sound that comes from within a user's skull.

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New Apple Watch apps required to be native, work without iPhone

New Apple Watch apps required to be native, work without iPhone

Apple sent a notice to developers on Friday notifying them that starting June 1st, any new apps for the Apple Watch must run on the smartwatch natively in order to be submitted to the App Store. This means news apps are required to be built with the latest watchOS 2 SDK, as support for the 1.0 SDK and any apps built with it is being discontinued.

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Garmin’s new Approach X40 is a golf-based fitness wearable

Garmin’s new Approach X40 is a golf-based fitness wearable

Garmin has announced a new fitness tracker today, and it has a specific appeal for golfers looking to keep active. The Approach X40 takes on the appearance of a standard digital display-equipped wearable, and has several features that are right at home on the golf course, but it balances that with other tracking options that will keep it useful even when wearers aren't teeing off.

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Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Your smartwatch may seem like the last device you'd want to read and manage your email on, but as the variety of email apps on the Apple Watch has shown, there are some people out there who do. It also proves that the wrist may not be such a bad location to take care of email from after all. With that, now Android Wear device owners can get in on the action, as Microsoft has finally released an Outlook app for Google's wearable-based OS.

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This ultra-thin electronic skin puts a digital display on your body

This ultra-thin electronic skin puts a digital display on your body

Smartwatches and fitness device may be the wearables of today, but in the not-too-distant future we be using super-thin skin-like membranes that can put a digital display right on the surface of our bodies. University of Tokyo researchers are bringing us closer to such a future, as they've been developing a new type of electronic skin, or e-skin, that is nearly as flexible and stretchy as the real stuff, but has the benefit of putting polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs) on your hand or anywhere it's applied.

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Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch app for iOS leaked, official support coming soon

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch app for iOS leaked, official support coming soon

Back in January, Samsung said that it would be bringing iOS support to its Gear S2 smartwatch, allowing iPhone owners to make full use of the company's latest wearable. It seems an official release may finally be drawing near, as several screenshots, along with the beta version of the Samsung app itself, have been posted to XDA Forums. While it's still in an early state, it reveals some of the features that iPhone users will be able to take advantage of with their Gear S2.

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Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

It's been nearly a full year since Apple first introduced their take on the smartwatch. And with any Apple device that's been out for that long, it's due for a refresh. (Well, unless you're a Mac Pro, that is.) Yesterday we heard one report that the next update will be thinner, today we're hearing a much different tune.

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