Wearable

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a digital pill with a sensor that tracks doses

The FDA has announced a new approval that marks a first for the agency: Abilify MyCite. This medication is described as a 'digital pill,' one that features both the medicine and an embedded sensor. Thanks to that sensor, patients and, more importantly, their doctors, are able to track when the medication has been taken. The pill works with a related wearable, but some worry about the privacy implications.

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Nike Midnight Fog Apple Watch 3 launched to match new Air VaporMax

Nike Midnight Fog Apple Watch 3 launched to match new Air VaporMax

While there are a myriad different designs and variations of Android Wear smartwatches, the message and market for the Apple Watch is a tad simpler. There really is only one model (per generation) and countless straps to go along with it. Apple often partners with other brands to make that happen, like Nike for its sports-oriented styles. So it's really no surprise that, with the arrival of the Apple Watch 3 series comes a new Midnight Fog Apple Watch 3 designed to match the upcoming Nike Midnight Fog Air VaporMax running shoes.

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How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

Apple is working on an augmented reality headset, and I would be very surprised if the TrueDepth camera wasn't inside. Teams inside the Cupertino company are reportedly busy building a new rOS "reality operating system," the custom system-on-a-package chipset to run it, and the hardware to build around that under the codename "T288." Just as tricky as actually making an AR wearable that isn't utterly dorky, though, is figuring out how wearers will actually interact with it.

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10,000 Fitbits will help the government gather vital health data

10,000 Fitbits will help the government gather vital health data

The government has a massive health research project in the pipeline called All of Us, that itself being the new name given to the Precision Medicine Initiative announced by President Obama back in 2015. This initiative will help the National Institutes of Health gather a mass of data that'll ultimately help inform researchers across a spectrum of categories.

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Olympus EyeTrek Insight EI-10 smart glasses are made for business

Olympus EyeTrek Insight EI-10 smart glasses are made for business

Olympus has launched a pair of smart glasses that look like Google Glass on steroids. Called the EyeTrek Insight EI-10, these smart glasses aren't made for the average consumer, but instead are intended for use in industries where having on-demand access to visual data can make tasks easier, safer and more efficient. The glasses will be available to buy starting this month.

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Apple Watch Siri, Weather crash might be due to DST

Apple Watch Siri, Weather crash might be due to DST

Daylight Saving Time, or DST as its infamously known, is perhaps one of the strangest inventions of man still in use today. Considering how much technology, industry, and lifestyle has changed over the decades, DST might have minimal benefits to justify the confusion it brings, not just to those in’ countries that observe it, but throughout the whole world. Apparently, it isn’t just humans either. A recently discovered Apple Watch bug caused the wearable to “crash” when asking Siri about the current weather, all because it probably didn’t grok DST, exactly like how many people don’t.

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Here One earbuds firm Doppler Labs has shut down

Here One earbuds firm Doppler Labs has shut down

Doppler Labs, makers of the Here One earbuds which promised AI in your ear, are closing down, it's been confirmed today. The company's clever earbuds aimed to beat Apple's AirPods to market while also being smarter, all based on the concept of enhanced hearing functionality. However sales have been far less impressive than initially predicted.

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Apple Watch wireless music streaming arrives with watchOS 4.1

Apple Watch wireless music streaming arrives with watchOS 4.1

Apple has released watchOS 4.1, adding music streaming on the Apple Watch Series 3 and a brand new Radio app. The update, pushed out today alongside iOS 11.1, delivers one of the headline features promised for the latest Apple smartwatch back when it was announced in September: the ability to play more than just locally-cached music. Meanwhile, there are also improvements to how the Apple Watch can track your exercise.

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Samsung Gear Sport Review

Samsung Gear Sport Review

The smartwatch never had it easy. On the one hand, offer too small a list of skills and people question your value; on the other, do too much and the resulting complexity can overwhelm the wrist. Perhaps the Samsung Gear Sport, therefore, signposts the route through that tricky balance: by focusing resolutely on healthy living, can it also bypass those lingering questions of "why shouldn't I just use my phone?"

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Apple Pendant : The forgotten smart wearable

Apple Pendant : The forgotten smart wearable

There's an image of a pendant drawn by Apple in a document produced in the year 2015. This product is part of a collection of examples for products in which a new type of NFC integration would work. NFC for services like Apple Pay would work through the display of this pendant, making it somewhat of a key card for buying all manner of consumables.

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watchOS 4.1 leak confirms music streaming, GymKit features

watchOS 4.1 leak confirms music streaming, GymKit features

It wasn’t too long ago that Apple finally rolled out watchOS 4.0 the public, in time for the launch of the new Apple Watch 3. Very soon, however, users will be seeing a new update for their wearables. Unsurprisingly, some of the new features that will be coming in watchOS 4.1 are going to be available only for the latest gen smartwatches with their own connectivity. But even older models will benefit from it, including the long-awaited arrival of GymKit support.

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