Wearables

Apple urges WatchOS update after “actively exploited” flaw

Apple urges WatchOS update after “actively exploited” flaw

Apple has released watchOS version 7.6.1, an update the company says is important as it addresses a potential security problem. The update is available for the Apple Watch 3 and later models, with the patch arriving only days after the big 7.6 update was released to the public. Users should update their watches as soon as possible.

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Xiaomi Mi Band X with 360-degree screen tipped to be in development

Xiaomi Mi Band X with 360-degree screen tipped to be in development

Although there has been an increase in shipments of wearables, particularly smartwatches, some might argue that there hasn't been any huge innovation in that market for years. A core focus has been to integrate more and more health sensors inside their small bodies, but other than that, the technology inside has only seen incremental upgrades. There was a time when it seemed that smartwatches could take on different forms, but that time is long past. Xiaomi, however, may not have lost sight of that vision and may even have a Mi Band whose screen will completely wrap around your wrist.

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OPPO Watch 2 launches with Snapdragon Wear 4100 inside

OPPO Watch 2 launches with Snapdragon Wear 4100 inside

The choice of processors has always been one of the biggest criticisms of the smartwatch market, particularly with Android Wear, now Wear OS. Even today, most models run on very old silicon, even while a newer option has been available for almost a year now. Better late than never, as they say, and OPPO is finally catching up with the OPPO Watch 2, the third smartwatch to run on the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform.

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The Google Wear OS 3 update is turning into a nightmare

The Google Wear OS 3 update is turning into a nightmare

Google has revealed more details on Wear OS 3, its freshly-named unified smartwatch platform, and we could forgive Android wearable fans for being mightily unimpressed by the news. Announced back in May, the collaboration between Google and Samsung was billed as a way to combine Wear and Tizen into a single OS. Problem is, that sort of big change comes with some big issues, too.

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LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask is back and it’s a lot more practical

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask is back and it’s a lot more practical

Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, LG revealed and launched an interesting face mask called PuriCare. The mask shares that name with LG's lineup of air purifiers, and for a good reason, as it's essentially an air purifier you strap to your face. The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier - its full, official name - is back today, as LG has made some updates to the mask.

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PineTime open source smartwatch is now available for purchase

PineTime open source smartwatch is now available for purchase

The dream of having mobile devices and wearables running open source software hasn't exactly died out, but neither has it reached any form of commercial success, for better or worse. Some companies continue to push niche devices that target more tech-savvy users that are willing to sacrifice some conveniences in exchange for more freedom in the software they use. Pine64, perhaps better known for its ARM Single-board Computers (SBCs), is one of the very few supporters of that movement, and it has just launched what may be the world's first commercial open source smartwatch, the PineTime.

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New Snapdragon Wear processors are coming to smartwatches soon

New Snapdragon Wear processors are coming to smartwatches soon

Although Wear OS has been around for a long time now, especially if you consider its former Android Wear incarnation, its strength came from sheer numbers rather than platform strength or brand loyalty. Many found Wear OS itself to be decent, if not mediocre at best, while the hardware it ran on was considered to be a few steps behind the competition like the Apple Watch or Samsung's Tizen-based Galaxy Watches. This year may see a resurgence of interest in Google's wearable platform, and Qualcomm is losing no time to say that it will be a driving force behind that renaissance.

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Best running watches to meet your fitness goals

Best running watches to meet your fitness goals

Vigorous exercising, especially running, has well-described benefits. Whether you run to sweat or meet your fitness goals; tracking and monitoring your pace, distance and health is important. Running watches are an optimal and convenient way to monitor your daily regime. These smartwatches are specially made to be worn while running, whether indoors or outdoors, and to track associated metrics including time, speed, distance and in some cases even heart rate, O2 levels and sleep.

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Galaxy Watch 4 specs leaks paint a very impressive picture

Galaxy Watch 4 specs leaks paint a very impressive picture

Smartwatches naturally have fewer hardware resources than their smartphone partners, but Wear OS smartwatches have been unpopular for having rather mediocre hardware in comparison to other platforms. That is particularly true with the processor that most vendors use, with technologies dating back to 2018 or older. The upcoming Wear OS attempts to break away from that bold, but its first incarnation might be taking things even farther. If these latest leaks are correct, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 could be one of the most powerful smartwatches yet.

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Galaxy Watch 4 launch date revealed in Amazon Canada leak

Galaxy Watch 4 launch date revealed in Amazon Canada leak

Most of the leaks for Samsung's next batch of devices have focused on its foldable phones. There is, however, just as much interest in its next smartwatches, mostly because of the fusion of Google's Wear OS platform and Samsung's One UI experience. There have been a few leaks and rumors here and there, but it seems that we've been treated to what could be the closest thing to official details. All thanks to a clerical error over at Amazon Canada.

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Amazon Alexa-powered kid tracker leaks

Amazon Alexa-powered kid tracker leaks

Amazon has quietly been working on a wearable for kids, according to new leaks, complete with GPS tracking for paranoid parents. Like other gadgets designed to help monitor younger children, the wearable would have embedded wireless connectivity - similar to Amazon's Halo fitness band, shown here - though Amazon apparently also had plans to bake in Alexa, its smart assistant.

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Wearable finger wrap powers small electronics during sleep

Wearable finger wrap powers small electronics during sleep

One of the biggest challenges in small wearable devices is getting a battery inside large enough to power them reliably without making it too bulky and heavy for comfort. Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a new wearable device that turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. The thin and flexible strip can be worn on a fingertip and can generate small amounts of electricity when the wearer's finger sweats or presses on it.

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