wearables

Snapchat Spectacles now export clips in a much more useful way

Snapchat Spectacles now export clips in a much more useful way

Snapchat's Spectacles can now export video in a much more usable format, ditching the circular shape and making footage captured with the camera-toting sunglasses play nicer with other social networks. Until now, exporting a video captured by Spectacles with Snapchat's app would do so in a circular format, with a white border around the footage.

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Apple Watch replaces student ID cards for Alabama students

Apple Watch replaces student ID cards for Alabama students

The University of Alabama has embraced the Apple Watch in a big way: students who own one can use it to replace their student ID card, at least in certain circumstances. The university announced the new change this week, explaining that users can use Apple Watch to access dorms, buy dinner, enter the library, and more.

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AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

AR app-makers just got a huge treat ahead of HoloLens 2

Microsoft is throwing open HoloLens' more advanced sensors, giving apps for the augmented reality headset access to its 3D mapping abilities and more. The wearable computer has been available to well-heeled developers since early 2016, but it's only with a recent update to Windows 10 that it has unlocked its whole sensor suite.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 gets onboard storage for music

Garmin Vivoactive 3 gets onboard storage for music

Garmin has announced a new version of the Vivoactive 3, the fitness tracking GPS smartwatch it launched last August. This new version, dubbed the Vivoactive 3 Music, is pretty much the same as the original that debuted last year, but with one key difference: it comes with onboard storage you can fill up with music. At first blush, that might seem a little underwhelming as the only new addition, but the Vivoactive 3 was already a pretty capable wearable before this.

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Kid-focused Fitbit Ace hits shelves worldwide

Kid-focused Fitbit Ace hits shelves worldwide

A few months back, Fitbit announced and opened pre-orders for its first kid-focused fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Ace, this new device wants to get kids motivated to put down the screens for a little while and go get some exercise. Today, the Fitbit Ace is launching worldwide, landing at many of the biggest retailers here in the US.

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Apple Watch to swap physical for virtual buttons says report

Apple Watch to swap physical for virtual buttons says report

Apple plans to change the Apple Watch buttons to touch-sensitive controls, insiders claim, cutting out moving parts and potentially improving battery life of future versions of the smartwatch. The Apple Watch currently has two physical controls: a large button on the side, and the so-called Digital Crown, which both rotates and presses in.

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At WWDC, watchOS 5 paves way to Apple smart glasses

At WWDC, watchOS 5 paves way to Apple smart glasses

Apple's message at WWDC 2018 that we're too attached to our iPhone seems, for a company the fortunes of which are so closely tied to its smartphone, a strange one. From iOS 12's Screen Time tattling on the apps you're most addicted to, to watchOS 5's increasing independence, you'd almost think Apple was having a change of heart after a decade of making iPhones.

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5 things Magic Leap just revealed about its AR headset

5 things Magic Leap just revealed about its AR headset

Magic Leap held a livestream for developers today during which time it showcased its Magic Leap One mixed-reality AR headset. The talk lasted about an hour and provided a substantial number of details on the system. Don't have an hour to watch it yourself? Here are five key things Magic Leap revealed about its augmented reality headset.

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Marc Jacobs Riley watch is Apple Watch’s best new competition

Marc Jacobs Riley watch is Apple Watch’s best new competition

The Riley watch by Marc Jacobs was revealed in a new edition this week - complete with Wear OS. This was the first time the Marc Jacobs brand released its Riley design with Wear OS - but not the first time the Riley came as a so-called smartwatch. The first "Riley Hybrid Smartwatch" had analog parts, but a few "smart" features - like notifications and Bluetooth connectivity. This new Riley rolls with full-on Wear OS smartwatch software from Google.

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No watchOS 5 for original Apple Watch – even the $17k one

No watchOS 5 for original Apple Watch – even the $17k one

The original Apple Watch is officially in its final days. During its WWDC 2018 keynote today, Apple took the wraps off watchOS 5 and all the great features customers can expect. There's a lot to be excited about -- robust fitness and health tracking, podcasts, and more. However, none of these things will be available on the original Apple Watch, which isn't in the pipeline to get watchOS 5.

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Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie released at last, 4 years later

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie released at last, 4 years later

When the Apple Watch was first introduced in the year 2014, Apple revealed a Walkie-Talkie feature. That feature never really made it to prime-time. Four years later at WWDC 2018, Apple's re-revealed the Walkie-Talkie feature for Watch OS. This is watchOS 5, if you're keeping count, and it'll be the first place a Walkie-Talkie feature is available in real life on the Apple Watch, for real.

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Matrix PowerWatch X body-heat powered smartwatch now shipping

Matrix PowerWatch X body-heat powered smartwatch now shipping

Matrix Industries has started shipping its PowerWatch X, a smartwatch powered by body heat. The smartwatch uses Matrix's proprietary thermoelectric technology, enabling it to harvest energy from the wearer's body heat. This is the only body-heat powered smartwatch currently available that is able to provide notifications, track activity, and more.

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