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Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

When talking about using parts of our bodies for secure authentication, we mostly think of fingerprints or irises. Neither of those, however, are feasible on smartwatch, leaving them with nothing but PIN codes. Apple, however, may have thought of something to make future Apple Watches more secure. And it could use hardware that already exists today and can even be found in existing Apple Watches. That is, identifying people by looking at their blood vessels and their oxygen levels.

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HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

You may criticize HTC for a lot of things, but one thing you can’t fault it is for being stubborn and never giving up. Sometimes, that works to its favor, like the HTC Vive and, still to be proven, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Yet another example might soon be in the smartwatch category. Yes, HTC’s much delayed smartwatch is apparently closer to launch than we think. And unlike the growing number of dissidents, HTC’s “Halfbeak” smartwatch will still be running Android Wear.

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Pebble 2 now on pre-order, Pebble 2 SE coming soon

Pebble 2 now on pre-order, Pebble 2 SE coming soon

While smartwatches in general seem to be going through a lull, Pebble seems to be still going strong. After yet another phenomenal Kickstarter, the startup is now ready to share the fruits of that bountiful harvest to the world at large. Now that the Pebble 2 has started shipping to Kickstarter backers, Pebble is opening the doors to pre-orders for the more health-centric smartwatch. In addition to that, it is also announcing a totally new Pebble 2 SE that it claims goes beyond a “Standard Edition”.

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Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

It seems that Google might be losing yet another OEM partner in the smartphone market. According to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Huawei is in the process of developing a new smartwatch, but one that doesn’t run Android Wear. Instead, the Chinese company is said to be working together with Samsung in order to get the Tizen operating system up and running on the wearable device. With Android Wear smartwatches seemingly at a plateau, this win for Tizen could mean a more difficult struggle for Google’s wearable platform.

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Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Google's healthcare-focused sibling Verily may be busy building fitness tracking wearables, but don't confuse its designs with the latest Android Wear smartwatch. The Alphabet division, established in December 2015 after being spun out from Google's own healthcare team, may not be ready to go public with its gadgets - a line-up expected to eventually include smart contact lenses for diabetics and wearables that can monitor for cancer - but an early preview has spilled new details on what one of Verily's gadgets will be like.

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Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

We already have Siri, Google Now (soon to be Assistant probably), and even Cortana available on our wrists, but one virtual assistant remains unaccounted for. At least until today. No, Amazon hasn’t made a smartwatch (thankfully) but you can have the next best thing. CoWatch, the smartwatch that breezed through Indiegogo with its promise of putting Amazon’s Alexa on your wrist, has fully come out of the woodwork and can now be purchased by anyone. All you need is to shell out $299 for a piece.

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Nixon The Mission Android Wear aims at action sports

Nixon The Mission Android Wear aims at action sports

Most smartwatches out there can survive being splashed with water while you wash your hands, but you probably wouldn't want to swim with the watch on. A new smartwatch aimed at action sports people has turned up and it's from Nixon and is called The Mission. The smartwatch runs Android Wear and is described as the first action sports smartwatch.

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Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals bigger battery, water resistant chassis

Apple Watch Series 2 teardown reveals bigger battery, water resistant chassis

Not only has iFixit already managed to subject an iPhone 7 Plus to one of their trademark teardowns, but the new Apple Watch Series 2 has gone under their knife as well. While the second generation of the smartwatch hasn't quite gotten the same level of upgrade as this year's iPhone models have, it still boasts several improved features and specs, namely a larger battery and "swim proof" water resistance.

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Apple Watch Nike Plus first-impressions and hands-on

Apple Watch Nike Plus first-impressions and hands-on

Amongst the new versions of the Apple Watch for generation 2, Apple revealed a Nike edition. This version goes by the name Apple Watch Nike+ (or Apple Watch Nike Plus), and it's priced right along the lines of the standard Series 2 Apple Watch. Gone is the original Apple Watch Sport - taken its place is the Apple Watch Nike+. The original Apple Watch (Series 1) has been given a bit of a kick in the pants as well with a new processor and the "Sport Band" that was originally only on the Sport version of the watch.

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Apple Watch Series 2 release and pricing info revealed

Apple Watch Series 2 release and pricing info revealed

Apple had a lot to announce about the next generation Apple Watch today, but the juiciest details were saved for last. Naturally, we're talking about pricing and release information, with the company announcing that Apple Watch Series 2 will go up for pre-order on September 9, launching the next week on September 16. Those who are so inclined will be able to pick one up rather quickly, it seems.

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Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, swim-proofing, Nike+ version

Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, swim-proofing, Nike+ version

Apple has taken the wraps off its next wearable, Apple Watch Series 2, at its iPhone 7 event this morning in San Francisco. "Completely re-engineered" from the first Apple Watch, the Series 2 wearable is now swim-proof - up from the splash-proof casing of the original model - and is rated water resistant to 50 meters.

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