wearables

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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Apple Watch 2 details begin to pop up – already

Apple Watch 2 details begin to pop up – already

Now that the Apple Watch has reached Apple Stores for the first time yesterday, now not 24 hours later we've got details on the second generation. This Apple Watch 2, or Apple Watch S, as we're going to go ahead and assume it'll be called, will have a front-facing camera - aka a FaceTime camera, the ability to work without an iPhone, and similar innards. It might just go ahead and use the same processor as the model that's already out in stores today.

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Estimates put Apple Watch sales at 2.8M in US, 17% bought extra band

Estimates put Apple Watch sales at 2.8M in US, 17% bought extra band

We've heard several comments from Apple recently, including Tim Cook himself, about how the company is more than "thrilled" with how well the Apple Watch has been selling, however we've yet to get any official numbers from Cupertino. Slice Intelligence, a research firm specializing in digital commerce, on the other hand, have said they estimate that 2.79 million units of the wearable have been sold in the U.S. in its first two months of availability.

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Intel invests in wearables, acquiring Google Glass rival Recon

Intel invests in wearables, acquiring Google Glass rival Recon

Recon Instruments is known for rivalling Google Glass with its own AR glasses, Recon Jet. The tech firm also developed heads-up displays and other AR tech marketed as smart sports eyewear. Now, Intel will benefit from Recon's discoveries. Intel has just acquired the Vancouver-based AR company for an alleged $175 million USD. The entirety of Recon's 75-member work force will now be under Intel's New Devices Group, which focuses on wearable tech. Intel could also use its newly acquired technology for integration into Internet of Things-ready devices.

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Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple Watch finally available in stores

Apple's Watch becomes available for the masses straight through the company's physical stores after weeks of being on sale online. While the company's sales of the Apple Watch have been taking place through online pre-orders and general sale for the past several weeks, in-store availability had not been a reality anywhere around the world. Not at Apple Stores proper. That's changed this week, as stock has been sent to most official Apple Stores for full swing standard selling to everyday citizens.

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Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

We all know the big names in fitness and sleep trackers. Just about everywhere you look you can find someone wearing a Jawbone wristband or a FitBit tracker. Those trackers are on the pricier side of things, however, and not everyone is willing to spend that much on tech that might -- like their last gym membership -- end up going unused. Enter the budget tracker market where Xiaomi's Mi Band largely goes unchallenged. Late last year a company called Pivotal Living based out of Seattle, Washington introduced an even more budget-friendly option, at least for the short term: its Pivotal Tracker 1 wearable, which is free if you sign up for a year's membership at $12.

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Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Developers hack the Apple Watch to allow apps to run on UIKit, the software bones of the smart wearable device. While Apple has provided the developer world with a software kit called "WatchKit", WatchKit itself remote-drives another bit of software called PepperUICore which lives on top of UIKit. Apple's own apps on the Watch, save the Weather app, do not use WatchKit. To show that it is possible - albeit not recommended for those hoping to get in to Apple's official app store - three developers have gotten both UIKit and SceneKit apps running on the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

Apple Watch OS updates include Reply to Email, FaceTime Audio

This week Apple Watch is getting a rather large update just a few weeks after its first hardware was released. Included is a way to glance at the future, a feature called Time Travel. Also in the mix is a new way to replace your watch face with one of your choice. There's a new Photos app, and new ways to communicate with your friends. This newest update will allow you to reply to an email directly from the Apple Watch with the watch's ability to take dictation.

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Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Native Apps confirmed for Apple Watch

Apple's WWDC 2015 event has just gotten under way, and on stage company CEO Tim Cook has kicked things off quickly by confirming that native apps are coming for the Apple Watch. Such a confirmation has been anticipated for months; there aren't many details about it at this point, though we'll no doubt be hearing more very soon. More after the jump!

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