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AT&T quietly enables Cascade single ID with Gear S watch

Samsung’s Gear S is spreading, with AT&T confirming its launch plans and pricing for the 3G-enabled smartwatch. The curved AMOLED wristband will hit AT&T shelves on November 7th, AT&T said today, priced at $199.99. Unlike T-Mobile USA, however, which announced a new, wearable-specific data tariff for the Gear S earlier today, AT&T is taking a different approach, and going some … Continue reading

T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

With built-in 3G and a curved AMOLED touchscreen, we weren’t quite sure how much the Samsung Gear S smartwatch was going to cost, but T-Mobile USA has put those questions to bed with availability news for the connected wearable. Headed to stores on November 9th – and up for pre-registration today – the Gear S will also get a new, … Continue reading

Microsoft Band can be used to pay for Starbucks purchases

The Microsoft Band activity tracker arrived with a bang last night, and in addition to its roster of features comes partnerships with several companies. Microsoft detailed these partnerships tonight, most of which are right in line with what someone buying a fitness-centric device would expect. Gold’s Gym is on board, for example, providing both guided workouts and a trial gym … Continue reading

Microsoft Band wearable is official and available now

Microsoft’s hotly anticipated wearable had a rocky unveiling today, popping up first via its mobile apps rather than in anything official. The company has wasted little time, however, and has officially taken the wraps off its fitness wearable: the Microsoft Band. Named such for its wristband design, no doubt, the Band is a fitness tracker with an edge, able to … Continue reading

Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

For reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called “Band” that is, presumably, the device expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing … Continue reading

Google Glass, wearables effectively banned at movies

In an update to their joint policy on piracy, the MPAA and NATO have agreed that any and all recording devices must now be stowed away during a movie. That’s not new, but this is the first time their policy specifically addresses wearable tech. On a “mainstream” level, those Google Glass owners will have to take their headwear off — … Continue reading

iHealth Edge fitness tracker arrives in the US

iHealth Lab’s Edge health tracker has officially launched in the United States, bringing yet another activity-centric wearable to a market that doesn’t yet have enough of them. The wearable features a design similar to a smartwatch, though it can also be worn as a clip-on for times that is more convenient. As with competing products, the Edge keeps track of … Continue reading

Latest Wearable Reviews

Misfit Flash Review

This is the story of how I became a believer in the activity tracking trend sweeping the smart device environment. While I was baffled that anyone would want to exercise in the first place back when products like Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and the Nike Fuelband were launched. Now I understand. I get why it makes sense to want to track … Continue reading

Neptune Pine review: big watch, or half a phone?

Smartwatches are all the rage, and Neptune Pine has been one that many have been anticipating for quite some time. Since its Kickstarter campaign, many have wondered if the be-all watch was worthy. Can an all-in-one watch provide enough reason to ditch your smartphone, or is it a step too far? Here’s our review, which aims to answer that very … Continue reading

Moto 360 Review: Flawed Charm

The Moto 360 has a lot to live up to. Motorola’s wearable spoiled our first taste of Android Wear smartwatches back in July, leaving the first square-faced examples to run the platform looking hopelessly geeky in comparison. Arguably the closest to a regular watch in design we’ve seen so far, and – though the Apple Watch may respectfully disagree – … Continue reading

VivaLnk Digital Tattoo Review: An Android’s best friend

When we first heard about digital tattoos, the thought of forever bonding one’s self with technology that could very well be outdated by the time the art was done seemed… less than appealing. As it turned out, Motorola’s first chatter on the next level in the wearables game wasn’t quite so permanent. This week we’re having a peek at the … Continue reading

LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG is one of the first onboard with Android Wear, and the G Watch is its first gambit in Google’s new smartwatch segment. Unlike the flashier Samsung Gear Live, and the eye-catching – but not yet available – MOTO 360, the G Watch has taken a more discrete route to the wrist. I’ve comprehensively reviewed Android Wear separately, so this … Continue reading

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung isn’t short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn’t resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google’s play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG’s G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I’ve reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this … Continue reading

Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

I’ve wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google’s contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google’s mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That’s something we’ve seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there’s the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Band hands-on – Admirably Flexible Fitness

Who would’ve thought it would be Microsoft that would embrace cross-platform wearables so thoroughly, and indeed first. Microsoft Band is, on the face of it, the company’s play for the fitness and health market, trailing Android Wear to market but beating Apple Watch by a number of months. However, where Google and Apple’s approaches are resolutely wedded to their own … Continue reading

LG webOS smartwatch plans revealed

LG is working on a webOS smartwatch, bringing the reluctant-to-die platform to the wrist according to a rapidly yanked developer preview page. The company has already used webOS, which it acquired from HP back in February 2013, on select smart TV models, but it seems the company’s ambitions stretch beyond simplifying the home entertainment UI.

Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Pebble is breaking into the health and fitness space, opening up its smartwatches to enable full activity and sleep tracking, with partners like Jawbone and Misfit already onboard. Meanwhile, there’s a price cut for the original Pebble and Pebble Steal, including bringing things under all-important $100 barrier. I spoke to Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky about the evolving smartwatch, and why … Continue reading

Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus VR has revealed a new virtual reality prototype, Crescent Bay, promising greater precision in motion tracking, more immersive sound, and another step closer to the consumer version. Oculus Crescent Bay, launched at the Oculus Connect conference, has the sort of all-round improvements that “allow for a level of presence that’s impossible to achieve with DK2,” CEO Brendan Iribe claims, … Continue reading

Moto 360 Review: Flawed Charm

The Moto 360 has a lot to live up to. Motorola’s wearable spoiled our first taste of Android Wear smartwatches back in July, leaving the first square-faced examples to run the platform looking hopelessly geeky in comparison. Arguably the closest to a regular watch in design we’ve seen so far, and – though the Apple Watch may respectfully disagree – … Continue reading

Apple Watch hands-on

Apple has made its play for the wearable space, and the Apple Watch will be the thundercloud hovering over all other smartwatches until it makes its retail debut next year. Unmistakably an Apple product, but with some of the innovations we’ve come to expect from the firm, it’s a confident step from an industry heavyweight into a space ripe for … Continue reading

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