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The Best of 2018: Smart Devices Edition

The Best of 2018: Smart Devices Edition

It’s that time of the year again when we not only take stock of the past nearly twelve months, we also go through our list of things we’d love to buy if we got the chance or the need. Whether it’s buying a gift for a tech-savvy friend or family member or even for yourself, there’s no shortage of options that could send you down a spiral of paralysis analysis. To save you from drowning, here are some of the best of the best this year when it comes to smart and mobile devices.

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Google Fit update reminds us widgets exist

Google Fit update reminds us widgets exist

Today Google Fit was updated for Android. This update included a new set of home screen widgets - a feature Android's been good at for several generations. This update also includes improvements to features already released as well as a new feature that'll assist the user with breathing - guided breathing, that is to say.

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The Apple Watch ECG app is my heart’s new best friend

The Apple Watch ECG app is my heart’s new best friend

The Apple Watch ECG app has landed, and the good news is that while my British heart may be cold, it's at least not showing signs of atrial fibrillation. Landing as a part of watchOS 5.1.2, the new heart health monitoring app was a key part of the Apple Watch Series 4 promise back when the latest-gen wearable was announced earlier in the year.

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Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung would have been the first smartphone maker to use a fingerprint on display (FoD) sensor but the technology and the company just wasn’t ready to make the jump. But while it may be trying to catch up with Chinese rivals, at least based on leaks and speculation, it might also try to outdo them to the point of going overboard. A new patent filed by the company last year reveals the places it could use such sensors including, surprise surprise, on a smartwatch.

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New iPhone XS cases, Apple Watch bands go live, no iPhone XR clear case

New iPhone XS cases, Apple Watch bands go live, no iPhone XR clear case

Apple is more or less denying rumors that its 2018 iPhones aren’t exactly selling well. It is, however, definitely taking steps to convince more buyers to bite. Not a fan of the default iPhone XS and XS Max colors? There’s always an official colored case for you. In fact, Apple has just added three more colors to the mix. It has also added a few more options for Apple Watch users, but it seems it hasn’t yet made good it promise of a transparent case for the already colorful iPhone XR.

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Mobile Holiday Gift Guide: keeping inner geeks happy

Mobile Holiday Gift Guide: keeping inner geeks happy

It’s that time of the year again when companies and retailers are only too happy to free you from the burden of having too much money. It’s also the time when tech lovers of all kinds go crazy trying to decide what tech gift to give their loved ones or even themselves. If you’re the type to go for more the more portable kind of devices, this short list of the what’s what in the mobile market can hopefully help prevent short-circuiting your brain from the nearly endless number of choices available.

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Official Apple Watch camera patent sees many ways at once

Official Apple Watch camera patent sees many ways at once

Assuming you've never seen a wristwatch-based camera before, the Apple Watch camera should strike you as a real wild idea. What better way to capture any and all things around you than to have a camera on your arm, right? But remember the original Samsung Galaxy Gear and you'll find the first big test of concept. That didn't work out particularly well long-term - not in a very natural way, anyway. The Apple Watch camera concept might well fix it all up.

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Verizon, Disney launch Mickey Mouse edition GizmoWatch for kids

Verizon, Disney launch Mickey Mouse edition GizmoWatch for kids

Verizon and Disney have teamed to launch a special Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary version of the GizmoWatch for kids. The carrier started offering this wearable back in September; the new version features iconic Mickey Mouse artwork to commemorate the character's latest anniversary. The kid-friendly wearable is available through Verizon starting today.

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Wear OS Version H silently rolls out to improve battery life

Wear OS Version H silently rolls out to improve battery life

Is Google itself downplaying the relevance of its Wear OS smartwatch platform? That seems to be the case when nary a mention of smartwatches was made in its latest Google Assistant dump of new features. And now it has almost silently made an update to Wear OS, simply called "Version H" that you'd think would actually be of interest to its users. Because while it might not be a grand update, it addresses one of the biggest flaws of smartwatches to date: battery life.

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Fossil Sport puts latest Wear 3100 chip in colorful smartwatch

Fossil Sport puts latest Wear 3100 chip in colorful smartwatch

With Wear OS receiving a redesign back in September, a few manufacturers have been looking to leverage the OS in new devices. Fossil is one of those manufacturers, today announcing a new smartwatch simply called Fossil Sport. Customization is the name of the game here, as the Fossil Sport is launching in six colors with what Fossil describes as "endless" strap options.

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Wear OS is headed down the road of irrelevance

Wear OS is headed down the road of irrelevance

Days before its big Pixel event, Google released its latest version of its wearable spin on Android. Not Android Wear, of course, but Wear OS, this time version 2.0. The release was met with generally positive response, praising the more streamlined UI that finally makes it more convenient to use navigate through the smartwatch. It didn’t take long, however, for the initial excitement over Wear OS 2.0 to die down, for one reason or another. It is, unfortunately, indicative of the problem that threatens to ultimately make Android smartwatches obsolete and irrelevant.

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TicWatch C2 Wear OS watch unveiled, TicPods Free now available

TicWatch C2 Wear OS watch unveiled, TicPods Free now available

Mobvoi has unveiled the TicWatch C2, a Wear OS smartwatch joining the company's previously launched TicWatch models. The new offering features a combination of stainless steel and genuine leather, as well as classy designs and various color options. According to the maker, the rose gold version of the TicWatch C2 is Mobvoi's thinnest smartwatch to date, this one designed specifically for slim wrists.

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