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It’s time! Pebble Time ships May 27

You might say all the timely puns that you want, but nothing will stop Pebble Time from shipping out in time. Or at least that’s the idea. Pebble has just announced the detail that everyone, especially its backers, have been waiting for. The brand new, color-toting Pebble Time smartwatch will officially start shipping 27th May. But don’t get too excited … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Anatel, Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency, has just been reported to have finally approved the Apple Watch, both the Sport kind and the stainless steel model. This takes Apple’s smartwatch one step closer to its promised 2015 date. But although that fact alone might be interesting enough to Apple fans, especially those in Brazil, the approval had one other, perhaps more … Continue reading

Android Wear 5.1.1 update is rolling out now

Earlier today, certain Android Wear smartwatch owners began receiving updates for their wearable, bringing them up to Android Wear version 5.1.1. Most others still weren’t seeing the update, but more voices were chiming in saying they, too, had gotten the update. This wasn’t a fluke — the update is indeed rolling out as of now, with some lucky LG G … Continue reading

Apple patched 13 potential Apple Watch exploits today

Apple’s update to the Apple Watch today has done more than just improve Siri and third-party apps, with thirteen security issues also quietly patched. Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 was released through the iPhone companion app a few hours ago, and with it came a baker’s dozen of fixes for potential exploits spotted by both Apple engineers and researchers at Google, … Continue reading

Apple Watch update targets Siri, fitness, 3rd-party apps

Apple has pushed out its first Apple Watch update, a combination of performance improvements and bugfixes for early-adopters of the wearable. The firmware, Apple Watch OS 1.0.1, boosts Siri according to Apple’s support notes for the download, while health and fitness tracking has also been improved. Meanwhile there’s also broader language support, including Russian, Thai, and Danish.

Latest Wearable Reviews

LG Watch Urbane Review – All that glitters isn’t gold

You can understand why Android enthusiasts might be resentful of the Apple Watch. Android Wear has been around long enough for manufacturers like LG to release several generations of smartwatch, but listen to some and you’d be excused for thinking Cupertino had invented the segment. Into the fray wades the LG Watch Urbane, promising genteel luxury instead of geek chic, … Continue reading

Jawbone UP3 Review – Flawed Ambition

There’s a war on, and it’s for space on your wrist. For years it’s been fitness trackers like Jawbone’s new UP3 that have been sneering at traditional watches, but as smartwatches like Apple Watch mature, now it’s the health bands that are under threat. Like any good – or cruel – personal trainer would tell you, when you feel the … Continue reading

Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

To call the Apple Watch polarizing is to do the splenetic depths of online argument around it an injustice. For the past few weeks I’ve been living in the eye of that storm, the contentious wearable on my wrist. I’ve worked with it. I’ve traveled with it. I’ve exercised with it. I drew the line at showering with it, though … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

TokyoFlash Kisai RPM Watch Review – a minimalist LED watch

Japan is famous for its minimalist approach to style. The Japanese design team TokyoFlash is behind some of the most unique watch designs on the market. They don’t look like ordinary watches. The RPM is TokyoFlash’s latest watch from their Kisai brand. It exemplifies a mix of futuristic yet simple design that we’ve come to associate with Japanese designs. The … Continue reading

Withings Activité Review – Smart gets Stylish

Rather than a smartwatch, how about a watch that’s simply smarter? Smartwatches and fitness trackers have long tried to borrow from the traditional horological handbook, but tech usually trumps style; heck, the specter of the Apple Watch may loom over all wearables, but even Cupertino’s wrist-candy needs no second glance to be mistaken for something different from a regular watch. … Continue reading

LG G Watch R Review: best in class

With the LG G Watch R here at the start of the year 2015, we’ve got very little competition in smartwatches. There are several Android Wear watches made by top-tier brands and a few smart watches made by brands we’ve not ended up sticking with for long. But for now, it’s a war with hardware. LG G Watch R’s body … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

LG Watch Urbane Review – All that glitters isn’t gold

You can understand why Android enthusiasts might be resentful of the Apple Watch. Android Wear has been around long enough for manufacturers like LG to release several generations of smartwatch, but listen to some and you’d be excused for thinking Cupertino had invented the segment. Into the fray wades the LG Watch Urbane, promising genteel luxury instead of geek chic, … Continue reading

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked … Continue reading

The big Apple Watch surprise is how little you use it

For all the furore around the Apple Watch launch, not to mention the number of people still waiting for their pre-orders, it’s a surprise just how low-key the smartwatch itself is. Of course, there’s the excitement of opening the box, strapping it to your wrist, and setting it up with your favorite apps and notifications, but after that the wearable … Continue reading

Jawbone UP3 Review – Flawed Ambition

There’s a war on, and it’s for space on your wrist. For years it’s been fitness trackers like Jawbone’s new UP3 that have been sneering at traditional watches, but as smartwatches like Apple Watch mature, now it’s the health bands that are under threat. Like any good – or cruel – personal trainer would tell you, when you feel the … Continue reading

Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

To call the Apple Watch polarizing is to do the splenetic depths of online argument around it an injustice. For the past few weeks I’ve been living in the eye of that storm, the contentious wearable on my wrist. I’ve worked with it. I’ve traveled with it. I’ve exercised with it. I drew the line at showering with it, though … Continue reading

Apple Watch Diary – On the road

A smartwatch arguably needn’t be too smart if you’re sat at your desk all day. Out on the road, however, if Apple Watch is going to be a useful traveling companion then it needs to step up: that generally means allowing your iPhone to stay in your pocket more often. Meanwhile, battery life becomes all the more critical when you’re … Continue reading

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