Wearables

macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

macOS 10.15 will let Apple Watch do more than just unlock Macs

Biometrics-based security systems, be it fingerprints or faces, is the trend in computing these days but not all devices are equipped with such sensors. That's especially true for desktop and even for the majority of laptops in the market. Apple has equipped some of its MacBooks with Touch IDs but that still leaves out most of the computers that it offers. Come macOS 10.15, however, that might not be an urgent need, that is if you have an Apple Watch on your wrist.

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Xiaomi Amazfit Verge adds Alexa, iOS calling support

Xiaomi Amazfit Verge adds Alexa, iOS calling support

Unlike on smartphones where you basically only have two racehorses, the smartwatch market is teeming with choices. That's true even for the choice of smart assistants on your wrist. While Siri and Google Assistant do have the lion's share of the market, there are quite a number of wearables that lean towards Amazon's helper. Xiaomi-branded Amazfit Verge is one of those and it has just received an update that brings Alexa to your wrist and more.

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Embr Wave Review: You own personal thermostat

Embr Wave Review: You own personal thermostat

Embr Wave looks like a watch, or an activity monitor - but it's not. It does not have step tracking, and it won't give you notifications from your phone. It can connect to an app on your phone, but for one reason alone. This device can make your wrist warm, or it can make your wrist cold, and that's it. This device will cost you $300 USD.

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nubia Alpha bendable smartphone wristband launching this week

nubia Alpha bendable smartphone wristband launching this week

Samsung's and Huawei's foldable phones aren't coming until next month at the earliest but nubia's bendable phone might already beat them to the punch. Granted, the nubia Alpha from ZTE's now independent sub-brand isn't really competing in the same space. Rather than a ridiculously tall smartphone that can wrap around your wrist, it might be better to think of the nubia Alpha as a wristband that has a smartphone built-in.

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Chinese province deploys real-time GPS trackers to monitor workers

Chinese province deploys real-time GPS trackers to monitor workers

Sanitation workers in China say they are being forced to wear GPS trackers in the latest report detailing the nation's growing dystopia. According to a local news source, the trackers were issued in the form of wearable wristbands by the Nanjing West River Environmental Services in Jiangsu, which has slightly revised the policy following public backlash.

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Alexa earbuds tipped as Amazon’s AirPods rival

Alexa earbuds tipped as Amazon’s AirPods rival

Amazon hopes to ape AirPods success with a set of Alexa earbuds, it's reported, as the retail behemoth makes another attempt to crack the mobile device market. The wireless earbuds would be Amazon's first headphones product, though some third-party manufacturers have already integrated Alexa into their models.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG is already saving lives in Europe

Apple Watch 4 ECG is already saving lives in Europe

The Apple Watch series 4 launched with the world's first ECG monitor in a smartwatch. However, it wasn't widely available outside the US since Apple still had to acquire permissions from various countries. Last week, it finally rolled it out to parts of Europe and Hong Kong and, in just the span of a few days, it has already turned a doubter into a believer after saving his life.

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Apple Watch battery swelling has finally lead to a lawsuit

Apple Watch battery swelling has finally lead to a lawsuit

It seems that Apple continues to have battery headaches but this time it isn't about iPhones. You'd think that considering their size, Apple Watch batteries would have very little problems other than having to be recharged every day. It turns out, however, that some have experienced potential safety hazards due to swollen Apple Watch batteries and they are now taking Apple to court for allegedly knowing about the problem and still pushing through with sales of the wearable device.

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Withings Move fitness and sleep tracker finally starts shipping

Withings Move fitness and sleep tracker finally starts shipping

During CES 2019, Withings introduced Move, an entry-level fitness tracker with an analog watch and simple design. Though the device was detailed at that time, Withings said it wouldn't start shipping until early February, which didn't happen. Now, nearly two months past its initial deadline, Withings has started shipping its Move wearable.

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This North Focals update hints at smart glasses’ secret weapon

This North Focals update hints at smart glasses’ secret weapon

North's Focals smart glasses are getting more proactive, with a new update to the digital eyewear adding real-time transit updates for the places they believe you'll be commuting to. Launched in October 2018, the smart glasses embed a so-called holographic screen into one of the lenses, displaying information from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

The Apple Watch saves lives, as numerous anecdotes have repeatedly proven. And that was back when the smartwatch just had the basic set of sensors like a heart rate monitor. The Apple Watch 4 significantly stepped up Apple's efforts to corner a niche market but its limited availability meant it couldn't really do much for users outside the US. Now that the Apple Watch 4 has been certified, it's now possible to make use of its ECG sensor in 19 countries across Europe as well as in Hong Kong.

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Huawei Watch GT adds Active and Elegant editions for more choices

Huawei Watch GT adds Active and Elegant editions for more choices

It wasn't just the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro that the Chinese company announced at Paris. Not only did it make a surprising reveal of unexpected smart eyewear, it also showed off some new accessories to go along with its new smartphones. Building on what the Watch GT wearables that have not exactly taken the market by storm, Huawei announced two new editions, the Active and the Elegant, of the same smartwatch that will make you wonder what has changed.

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