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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

It might seem like a distant memory but, once upon a time, smartwatches were made by smartphone makers. Having lost interest in what was deemed a business failure, the wearable market was salvaged by fashion and luxury brands instead. One of the first such saviors is TAG Heuer who just last year launched the Connected Modular 45 Android Wear smartwatch. This time, it’s announcing the Connected Modular 41, designed for smaller wrists. Its petite size, however, can be deceiving.

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Ressence Type 2 is a smartphone-pairing mechanical watch

Ressence Type 2 is a smartphone-pairing mechanical watch

These days, there's little middle ground between traditional mechanical watches, and the modern features offered by smartwatches. Sure, there are timepieces from the later category designed to resemble the former, but not without sacrificing real mechanical movement. Watchmaker Ressence is trying to address this conundrum with its new Type 2 e-Crown Concept, a mechanical watch that can be paired and set with a smartphone app.

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Huawei patent reveals touch-sensitive smartwatch bezels

Huawei patent reveals touch-sensitive smartwatch bezels

Smartwatch interfaces could soon become much robust with a wider range of input gestures. A recently granted patent to Huawei reveals the company is working on smartwatch bezels that are touch-sensitive, much like the actual display, allowing them to detect different taps and swipes in multiple spots. This could open the door for additional controls beyond just taps on the screen, but without the need for more physical buttons on a wearable.

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Blocks modular smartwatch finally goes on sale

Blocks modular smartwatch finally goes on sale

It was a dream 3 years, perhaps more, in the making. It started around 2014, when Phonebloks revealed its aspirations for a modular smartphone. But while that dream has long since died (replaced by a different form of “modular” in Motorola’s Moto Mods), the smartwatch version of that idea has persisted and, against all odds, survived. Now Blocks, the world’s first modular smartwatch, has finally launched for anyone to purchase. Provided you can justify a $259 Android, not Android Wear, smartwatch.

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Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic

Misfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic

Despite their technological versatility and utility, smartwatches haven’t completely taken the market by storm the way their smartphone cousins have. This can be blamed on many things, particularly the complexity of these smartwatches and the heft that comes with it. Hybrid smartwatches have popped up in an attempt to blend the classic analog design with some smart tracking features, but some of them still teeter over the border. The new Misfit Path nearly throws away all doubt of its classic timeless design, but, as they say, looks can be deceiving.

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Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Fitbit invests $6M in Sano glucose-monitoring, hinting at future features

Wearables-maker Fitbit offers a range of devices with a strong focus on fitness, but there's a strong indicator the company will soon strengthen its health features. Fitbit has recently made a $6 million investment in Sano, a glucose-monitoring startup developing tech that's able to track blood sugar with a coin-sized patch. It's exactly this kind of feature that several smartwatch makers are said to be working on, and Fitbit's investment likely means it's doing the same.

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Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon announces Alexa integration for headphones and smartwatches

Amazon's smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new "Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit" that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches.

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Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

There might be hope for Android Wear smartwatches yet. It hasn’t been a year since Android Wear 2.0, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, came out (which should have actually rolled out late last year) and now a new major update is coming to Google’s smartwatch family. Well, semi-major. It’s no Android Wear 3.0 but the update does bring the Android 8.0 Oreo to wearables. But just like the fragmentation that plagues Android itself, the biggest question is which smartwatches will get it. Fortunately, Google has a list.

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You can now buy a Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch in the US

You can now buy a Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch in the US

As if the wearable market was already crowded with smartwatches and half-smartwatches, here’s one more. Granted, the Nokia Steel HR isn’t exactly new. Although it went on pre-order only recently, it has actually existed as far back as last year but with a different name: the Withings Steel HR. Call it by any other name, it is still the same curious spin on the smartwatch design. And it is now available to buy in the US, if you’re willing to pay $180 for a smartwatch that works with both Android and iOS.

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You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

After a brief hiccup due to an unplanned early update, Apple has finally flipped the switch for its much-awaited “person to person” mobile payment system. But since Apple Pay Cash transactions happen on Messages, you might presume it’s only limited to iPhones and iPads. Apple has now released the fine details of the new system and in case you missed it in beta, here’s the all-important reminder: you can use the Apple Watch to send payments, too.

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FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

An EKG reader by the name of KardiaBand is officially the first Apple Watch medical accessory to be approved by the FDA. This device works with the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate. KardiaBand allows users to take a single 30 second EKG on their own wrist with a tap.

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Misfit Command smartwatch requires no charging

Misfit Command smartwatch requires no charging

This week the folks at Misfit revealed their Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch, a device that looks and feels like a classic watch, but acts smart. It's a smartwatch, but not in the same sense that an Apple Watch or Android Wear watch is a smartwatch. This device was revealed just after Misfit revealed their first touchscreen smartwatch, the Misfit Vapor. This Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch provides a "more traditional-looking watch that still has smart features yet doesn't require charging."

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