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Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Pundits have started doubting the long-term viability of smartwatches as a commercial product but, if you consider the flood of new devices in the past few weeks, you would definitely think otherwise. After Google finally launched Android Wear 2.0, which has been delayed by months, a new generation of smartwatches popped up, though some are merely updating their software while sticking to the same hardware. Fossil's announcement at Baselworld is a mix of both, revealing new styles for old models as well as new smartwatches to fill this year's roster.

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Fossil rolls out Android Wear 2.0 update

Fossil rolls out Android Wear 2.0 update

There have been a few new smartwatches announced recently that will come with the latest Android Wear 2.0 release out of the box. But the real test of scalability for Google’s wearable version of Android is whether it will also be available for devices already in the market. Save for a select few, that does seem to be the case for most Android Wear smartwatches, though at varying paces. Fashion accessory maker Fossil, who jumped on the smartwatch market not too long ago, is doing exactly that for almost all of its Android Wear devices.

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Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Just because smartwatches have trouble finding their place in the world doesn’t mean traditional watches don’t can’t become smarter. That is the line of thinking behind what is aptly called hybrid watches or hybrid smartwatches, adding just a pinch of technology to otherwise traditional, but gorgeous, timepieces. At CES 2017, fashion accessory maker Fossil is announcing yet another set of such hybrid smartwatches for its Q brand of smart wearables, the Q Accomplice, Q Grant, and Q Modern Pursuit, all focusing on slim designs to match your fashion taste.

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Scientists unearth fossilized tumor that’s 255-million-years-old

Scientists unearth fossilized tumor that’s 255-million-years-old

Scientists find neat things hiding in fossils all the time, but today they're sharing the discovery of a fossilized tumor that has them particularly excited. Why the fuss over a fossilized tumor? For starters, this tumor clocks in at an astounding 255-million-years-old.

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Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches add Crewmaster, Nate, Gazer, Tailor

Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches add Crewmaster, Nate, Gazer, Tailor

With most manufacturers seemingly taking a break from the smartwatch scene, with the exception of Samsung and ASUS (and soon Apple), traditional watch and accessory makers are stepping in to fill in the gap. In fact, fashion brand Fossil has a total of 8 new pieces to show off, under 4 new “hybrid smartwatch” models. The new Fossil Q Crewmaster, Q Nate, Q Gazer, and Q Tailor aim to offer most of the conveniences of smartwatches and fitness trackers while still remaining the classy and simple timepieces that most people are comfortable wearing.

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Apple may be expected to out two Apple Watches later this year, but not before two Android Wear timepieces join the smartwatch fray. Announced way back in March, Fossil has finally revealed when and, more importantly, at what cost its Fossil Q Marshal and Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches can be purchased. And it's all happening before this month is over, giving the Android Wear loyal a chance to grab a more luxurious looking wearable before Apple's time in the spotlight.

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Ancient, disguised insects discovered in amber fossils

Ancient, disguised insects discovered in amber fossils

We may not be pulling dinosaur DNA from insects fossilized in amber any time soon, but fossilized insects can still give us a window into the past: a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have documented 39 examples of ancient insects disguising themselves with various items, from general debris to the exoskeletons of dispatched foes. The team, which was led by Bo Wang, had to search through more than 300,000 fossils to find these specimens, which hail from the mid-Cretaceous period.

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander join fashion brand’s Android Wear line

A few months ago, traditional watch and fashion accessory maker Fossil unveiled its first foray into the wearables market, which included a solitary Fossil Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch. Fossil's first ever smartwatch need no longer feel lonely, as it brings not one but two new Android Wear timepieces to the fold. It is also formally announcing the arrival of the Misfit Ray lookalike, the Fossil Q Motion. But more than that, Fossil will also be bridging the divide with a smart analog smartwatch promised to land sometime this Fall.

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T-Rex missing link: a horse-sized predator with super hearing

T-Rex missing link: a horse-sized predator with super hearing

The “missing link” between the smallest T-Rex ancestors and the larger Tyrannosaurs was discovered in the Kyzylkum Desert in Uzbekistan more than a decade ago. Researchers recently studied the fossils and have published the results of their study, saying the creature -- which has been dubbed Timurlengia euotica -- was about the size of a modern horse and holds signs about how such a small species evolved into the massive Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Fossil Q Motion is like a rebranded, redesigned Misfit Ray

Fossil Q Motion is like a rebranded, redesigned Misfit Ray

October last year, fashion outfit Fossil revealed its first generation of wearable accessories, including an Android Wear Q Founder smartwatch. A month later, it acquired Misfit, a company that specializes in smart fitness wearables and software. Its intention was pretty clear. It needed Misfit's expertise in wearables to augment its own portfolio. Barely half a year later, Fossil is revealing its first wearable since that purchase, the Fossil Q Motion. Interestingly, it is a dead knocker for Misfit's own Ray, announced just last January.

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Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

There are still massive species of whales and other types of sea creatures that eat some of the smallest creatures in the sea known as plankton. In the distant past, there were massive sea creatures who feasted on the same sort of plankton in the ocean waters and scientists have found two new examples of plankton-eating fossilized fish. The new fossils are in the genus Rhinconichthys and swam in the oceans of the Cretaceous Period about 92 million years ago.

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Now the Fossil Q Founder in Google Store is really for sale

Now the Fossil Q Founder in Google Store is really for  sale

Just last week, we saw Fossil's first Android Wear smartwatch make its way to the Google Store, the tech giant's specially branded store for hardware. Back then, we surmised that the Q Founder would soon expand its availability to this particular retail source. True enough, the Fossil Q Founder is now on sale directly from Google, giving the fashionable smartwatch the Android maker's blessing and making it available to more potential buyers who normally don't have access to Fossil's online and retails stores.

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