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This smartwatch prototype moves in five different ways

This smartwatch prototype moves in five different ways

Smartwatches presents just as much problems as it tries to solve. Unlike traditional watches, they can do a lot more. But like those watches, they are hindered not just by the size of their display but also by their fixed position. This has made trying to look at smartwatches in some contexts not just inconvenient but sometimes even impossible. That is why researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Waterloo have developed a smartwatch prototype that can move on its own to give you, or even someone else, the best view of the watch face.

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Apple is now a better wearable seller than Fitbit [Updated]

Apple is now a better wearable seller than Fitbit [Updated]

This just isn't Fitbit's year. It is believed to be in some financial crisis, or at least will soon be. The situation was dire enough for Fitbit to considering jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, which is already rumored to be delayed. And to add insult to injury, Strategy Analytics released numbers showing that Fitbit is no longer the top dog when it comes to wearables. It isn't even second dog, with both Apple and Xiaomi overtaking it.

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Some big names quietly called time on their Apple Watch apps

Some big names quietly called time on their Apple Watch apps

High profile mobile apps have been quietly dropping support for Apple Watch, reigniting questions about just what the main point of wearable tech is. The smartwatch most recently spawned a new, NikeLab version, with an updated strap and a focus on fitness. Indeed, Apple billed most of its improvements in the Apple Watch Series 2 as being around health. Question is, are people using their Apple Watch for anything else?

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New Fitbit devices tipped in leaked photos

New Fitbit devices tipped in leaked photos

When I first saw images of Fitbit's next two devices, I thought at least one of them was a photo-altered Surge. But it wasn't - instead what we're apparently looking at is a new device which Yahoo Finance was sent from an inside and anonymous source. They say this is the first "proper" smartwatch that Fitbit will ever offer - without knowing what'll be inside, of course.

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First-gen Apple Watch gets another year of warranty coverage over battery issues

First-gen Apple Watch gets another year of warranty coverage over battery issues

If there's one thing Apple has a great reputation for, it's servicing their devices and addressing product defects when they're under warranty. This should come as a relief to owners of the first-generation Apple Watch, as the company has just added an extra year to the smartwatch's warranty to cover growing reports of damage caused by the battery.

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Acer Leap Ware smartwatch is a fitness wearable for iOS and Android

Acer Leap Ware smartwatch is a fitness wearable for iOS and Android

Acer has introduced a new fitness wearable called the Leap Ware smartwatch. This model works with the Liquid Life app, which itself is available for both iOS and Android. The wearable, likes one before it, is designed to keep track of the wearer's fitness and health data, including things like heart rate, stress, stamina and, oddly enough, exposure to ultraviolet rays. These features are packed into a modern, circular watch that looks classy enough for everyday -- not just fitness-time -- use.

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There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have

Two of the three (or four) major software platforms are on smartwatches. There's Android Wear and there's Apple watchOS. For years, Microsoft fans have been waiting and crying out for a Windows-powered wearable. After the short live of the Microsoft Band, that possibility seemed dead in the water. Well, not anymore. Sort of. The good news: there is indeed an existing and, more importantly, working Windows 10 smartwatch. The bad news: this TrekStor IoT Wearable is not something you'll ever be able to buy off the shell.

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch now available

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch now available

Casio has announced the launch of its WSD-F20 smartwatch, a wearable first unveiled during CES 2017. This smartwatch features Android Wear 2.0 and comes in two varieties: one that is black and another that is orange. This model is hawked under the Casio PRO TREK Smart Outdoor Watch name, and it is designed to handle one's adventurous outdoor activities, including ones that involve water, hiking, and more. Both versions of the watch are available now.

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Apple Watch NikeLab limited edition tones down the color

Apple Watch NikeLab limited edition tones down the color

There isn't much variety in the Apple Watch world, which isn't surprising considering Apple dictates what and what doesn't qualify as an Apple Watch. But what it lacks in other form factors or designs it makes up for in styles, branding, and limited edition models. Last year, Apple hooked up with Nike to show that the Apple Watch isn't just a fashion statement but also a runner's best friend. This year it is doing so again but with a more muted style. Unlike the Apple Watch Nike+ and its neon highlights, this limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab embraces a less glaring appearance while keeping the same features that runners and marathoners loved.

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Moto 360 2nd gen to still get Android Wear 2.0 “soon”

Moto 360 2nd gen to still get Android Wear 2.0 “soon”

Although Huawei's top honchos were reportedly mystified by the purpose and utility of smartwatches, it still put out a new Huawei Watch 2. Motorola, however, isn't as impressed and isn't willing to take another commercial, not to mention financial, risk. The Android Wear pioneer's withdrawal from the smartwatch market has some worried about getting the latest Android Wear 2.0 on their wrists. Fortunately, Google's official Android Wear Twitter account does confirm that it's coming. But it won't be coming as fast as you might have wished.

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Huawei Watch 2 priced up for release today

Huawei Watch 2 priced up for release today

If Huawei's first Android Wear watch aped the classic timepiece you might wear to the office, the new Huawei Watch 2 is its gym-going sibling. Announced at Mobile World Congress, and officially priced up and available in the US from today, the new smartwatch promises more standalone flexibility than before, along with a distinct aesthetic all of its own. Gone is the minimalistic metal, with the stylings of a sports chronograph in its place.

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Verizon Wear24 4G LTE smartwatch launches on May 11

Verizon Wear24 4G LTE smartwatch launches on May 11

The Wear24, a Verizon-exclusive smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0, will be available from the carrier starting on May 11. The Wear24 features 4G LTE support, enabling users to use the wearable in a connected fashion without using their smartphone as a tether. This includes streaming music directly with the smartwatch, says Verizon, as well as searching Google using voice commands, downloading apps, and more.

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