Wearable

Fitbit Charge 2’s 11 new features arrive just in time

Fitbit Charge 2’s 11 new features arrive just in time

Since it's too late for the 12 days of Christmas, Fitbit is just cramming all 11 new features into its latest fitness wearable, the Charge 2, all in one go. Sure, it feels like it's missing one more to make the cut, but we'll gladly take them just as well. Especially considering it's exactly that season when people try their darn hardest not to let themselves go. Or guilt themselves for doing so in the end anyway.

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Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets start shipping

The Meta 2 augmented reality developer kit headsets have begun shipping, the company behind them has announced. Though they're shipping out to buyers a bit later than we'd originally heard, those who quickly pre-ordered should have their AR dev kit unit by the turn of the year. According to a recent statement by the company, more shipments will be heading out early in 2017, and customers will get a shipping notification in their inbox when their own order goes out.

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People just don’t want smartwatches

People just don’t want smartwatches

Smartwatches aren’t the hit some people had expected, and eMarketer’s latest forecast serves to highlight that fact. Though its forecast last year was fairly optimistic, anticipating a 60-percent growth in the wearables market this year, the company’s latest forecast is much lower at only 24.7-percent. That doesn’t mean consumers are abandoning wearables entirely, however, as fitness tracker growth is increasing while smartwatch adoption stalls.

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Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

Apple now offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

If you have had your eye on a new Apple Watch, but you just can't bring yourself to pull the trigger and plunk out the big bucks the smartwatch costs, you might like the new offerings from Apple. You can now purchase refurbished Apple Watches directly from the Apple Store and right now there are several versions to choose from and they are offered at modest discounts. That modest discount for buying refurb is 14%.

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New Pokemon GO plus wearable for trading in the mix

New Pokemon GO plus wearable for trading in the mix

As the Pokemon GO Plus sales go as quick as they appear, Niantic may well be bringing another, more advanced device to market. This device is tipped by 9to5Mac as being Niantic's next stab at bringing hardware to Ingress, the company's first big GPS-based game. They tip that Niantic is considering their next move after that release, as well, into the world of Pokemon GO.

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Pebble details what users should expect next year

Pebble details what users should expect next year

Fitbit’s acquisition of Pebble is undoubtedly one of the biggest news to rock the mobile tech community, and not in a good way. Considering how it unambiguously put a stop to Pebble’s hardware business, including the unfulfilled Pebble Time 2 Kickstarter, there has been no shortage of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (a.k.a., FUD) surrounding those smartwatches already out in the wild. Pebble has come out to officially clear the air somewhat. Bottom line: stay calm and keep on Pebbling. At least until the end of 2017.

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Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear 2.0 preview adds single sign-in, IAP, sanity

Android Wear isn’t dead. It’s just long delayed. That seems to be the message Google is sending these days, after not so few people called it out for dragging its feet with the smartwatch platform. After acquiring the Cronologics team behind the Alexa-empowered CoWatch, Google has finally released another development preview of Android Wear 2.0, now at its fourth, with some admittedly interesting new features aimed at revitalizing what is becoming to be a highly doubted market segment.

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Apple watchOS 3.1.1 update pulled over bricking fears

Apple watchOS 3.1.1 update pulled over bricking fears

Once upon a time, Apple users would boast at their Android and Windows counterparts about how iOS and Mac updates are timely, smooth, and flawless. While updates do still arrive on time, the same cannot be said of their quality. Every so often, an update to an iPhone or iPad would reportedly brick the device. Now, it seems to be the Apple Watch’s turn. No acknowledgment or announcement has been made, but it seems that the watchOS 3.1.1 security update has been pulled for some reason, with the reason usually being reports of bricked smartwatches.

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Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Google buys Cronologics, makers of Alexa-powered CoWatch

Just when you thought Google was subtly ramping down its focus on Android Wear, it makes an unexpected move. It has just acquired the people running Cronologics, the startup behind the somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign for CoWatch. That “yet another smartwatch” set itself apart by being the first to put Amazon’s Alexa assistant on your wrist. Suffice it to say, with this acquisition, the CoWatch might remain to be only one with that feature, with the former Cronologics team devoting its attention on Android Wear 2.0 “and beyond”.

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Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

If there were a poster boy for smartwatches, it would probably be Pebble, in no small part thanks to its always successful Kickstarters, dirt cheap prices, and media hype. So when Fitbit practically killed off Pebble by buying it, it’s unsurprising that some would be led to ask if smartwatches, as a whole, are an endangered species. With Apple Watch sales doing “just OK”, and Android Wear devices descending into obsolescence, it is perhaps time to look back again to see why smartwatches have failed to become as widespread as our smartphones and perhaps come up with solutions on how they can still be saved. That is, if they’re worth saving at all.

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Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Are smartwatches still hot? Fitbit might not exactly think so, since it only bought Pebble’s software and shutdown its hardware. Other manufacturers might not think so as well, with smartwatches dropping like flies from the Google Store (though there’s one new addition). Google, however, wants everyone think these smart timepieces are still a thing, which is why it has launched a new Magic Minute Project, which is basically a marketing campaign that’s trying to salvage what little is left of Android Wear’s market.

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The Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the Crowd

The Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the Crowd

You don't have to be writing about the tech industry long to see a company go from bright and shiny startup to bankruptcy; Pebble lasted longer than many. Then again, the wearables firm was always being predicted for imminent death, even as it was raising millions of dollars in crowdfunding cash for the original Pebble back in 2012. "The Apple Watch will crush Pebble," we were told, even though Apple's wearable didn't break cover until more than two years later, and then take more than six months to make it to store shelves.

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