wearables

Blocks modular smartwatch teams with Qualcomm

Blocks modular smartwatch teams with Qualcomm

The Blocks modular smartwatch project is still underway, and is looking more promising all the time. Blocks Wearables, the company behind the smartwatch, has announced a new collaboration with Qualcomm at Computex in Taipei, revealing that the maker’s Snapdragon 400 will be powering the wearable. The smartwatch will be running Android Lollipop, and will feature a round display alongside modular components for expanding its functionality in much the same way Google's Project Ara smartphone uses modules. The company behind the watch has also found a manufacturer.

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Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

This morning Android M was introduced by Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015. There it was revealed that this software would be brought in the form of an Android M Developer Preview first, then released to the public. This is much in the same way that Android L, eventually Lollipop, was introduced to the world. This version of Android - M - will have Google going "back to the basics." That means functionality and "improving the core experience." This version of M will be released within weeks for developers - if not sooner.

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Swatch confirms payment-capable smartwatch is on the way

Swatch confirms payment-capable smartwatch is on the way

Swatch, the world's biggest watch-making group, has come a long way since last year. First they had no interest in making watches of any smartness, then they revealed a touch-screen watch specifically targeted at volleyball (but still with limited smarts), and now they're promising a full-on smartwatch with internet connectivity and payment functions. Oh, and it's going to see its first release sometime this summer, says Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek.

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Jawbone sues Fitbit for ‘systematically plundering’ confidential data

Jawbone sues Fitbit for ‘systematically plundering’ confidential data

Fitbit's warm limelight has turned sour thanks to a lawsuit from competitor Jawbone, which has accused FitBit of "systematically plundering" its confidential data. How? According to the lawsuit, Fitbit has pilfered Jawbone's confidential details by snapping up former Jawbone employees who first downloaded confidential data they weren't supposed to have -- presumably, the thought process goes, taking that data with them to FitBit for its own gain. Such is the accusation, anyway.

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Ayo smart glasses pipe artificial sunlight to your eyeballs

Ayo smart glasses pipe artificial sunlight to your eyeballs

The market is full of so-called "artificial suns", which produce light meant to replicate what you get from the sun. Those who keep odd schedules or frequently travel use the lights to help battle against tiredness or to reset a sleep schedule. A new pair of smart glasses aims to do the same thing, but with a twist: the light is provided near one's eyes, something the makers claim has a bunch of positive effects like making one feel alert at night without interfering with one's vision.

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Gold Apple Watch Edition models begin arriving for first customers

Gold Apple Watch Edition models begin arriving for first customers

This was a good weekend for some of the first customers who ordered the gold Apple Watch Edition when went on sale over a month ago. A number of purchasers have shared that they began receiving notification emails of pending delivery, as well as charges on their credit cards, indicating their orders had shipped. As evidence of the extra service and support Apple is providing with the luxury smartwatch model, customers also received emails allowing them to select specifics time they's like their order to be delivered.

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It’s time to give these gadgets a try

It’s time to give these gadgets a try

Technology's here and it's there, and if you'll forgive the Dr. Seuss-ism, it's everywhere. You cannot avoid it, even if you haven't tried some aspect of it for yourself. Odds are high you've at least a little technology in your personal life, but haven't found a use for some of the latest and greatest gadgets of the modern world. It's time for that to end. Innovation is happening faster than ever, and if you don't get on board soon you'll get left behind. It's time to give these gadgets a try if you haven't yet.

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SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

Apps for Apple's newly launched wearable, the Apple Watch, are pouring in. SoundCloud has made sure it is one of the companies getting an app out for the wearable, and as such recently announced the arrival of its own SoundCloud for Apple Watch offering. The app does exactly what you'd expect it to do -- allows Apple Watch owners to listen to audio on the platform from their wrist. It works in conjunction with the SoundCloud for iOS app and one's iPhone.

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The Apple Watch Death Counter is here

The Apple Watch Death Counter is here

Apple Watch app Deadline tells its wearer when they'll die, suggests ways that they might extend their life. Like that episode of The IT Crowd, there are mathematically sound ways in which you can figure out how long you'll live. There are also ways to extend your expected lifespan, and this Apple Watch app knows those ways. As such, this particular app is very, very popular with new Apple Watch wearers. What better way to fully enjoy your new purchase than to find out when you're going to die?

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Shazam brings lyrics to Android Wear

Shazam brings lyrics to Android Wear

The app known as Shazam receives an update which allows it to work with Android Wear devices, putting song lyrics on wrists. This update allows users to use some - not all, but some - of the functionality available with the full version of the Shazam app on smartphones. The Android Wear extension for this app allows users to see what's playing on My Shazam, as they're added to users' My Shazam Tracks playlist for connected Rdio or Spotify users - that's you.

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