Wearables

OnePlus smartwatch is officially confirmed by CEO

OnePlus smartwatch is officially confirmed by CEO

If there was ever one product that OnePlus may have flip-flopped on, it would be on its own wearable. Although it is still missing a smart speaker and, almost ironically, a tablet, it hasn't exactly been rumored to be working on those devices anyway. Since its early days, however, OnePlus already hinted at a smartwatch of its own, only to have it canceled before it could even see the light of day. Those rumors resurfaced a few months ago only to be shot down once more. This time, however, OnePlus' own CEO finally and officially sets the record straight.

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SprayCare Band is a hand sanitizer blaster

SprayCare Band is a hand sanitizer blaster

Spider-Man invented a wrist-based blaster of webbing for those times when the webbing isn't part of the whole radioactive spider setup. Now, thanks to the folks behind the SprayCare Band, you can basically have that tool, but with hand sanitizer instead of webbing. You definitely should NOT use this thing to spray fellow humans in their faces.

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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau hints at smartwatch plans, admits Facebook blunder

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau hints at smartwatch plans, admits Facebook blunder

OnePlus has definitely come a long way from an upstart startup to one of the big boys, at least in terms of popularity and sales figures. That growth, however, wasn't with its costs. It definitely wasn't smooth sailing for OnePlus, especially in these last few months when it bid farewell to some of its most important key executives. In a recent interview, CEO Pete Lau bares some of those missteps, especially one that involved everyone's favorite social network Facebook.

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Google Fitbit takeover gets EU approval – but there’s a catch

Google Fitbit takeover gets EU approval – but there’s a catch

Way back in November of 2019, Google announced its intention to purchase Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. For a company as big as Google, any kind of acquisition is going to come under some pretty intense regulatory scrutiny, especially when the subject of its acquisition is a name as big as Fitbit. Fast forward 13 months later, and it looks like Google is about to get the regulatory approval it was looking for in the EU.

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MXene coating blocks electromagnetic waves and possibly radiation

MXene coating blocks electromagnetic waves and possibly radiation

Drexel University engineers have developed a new fabric coated with something called MXene. The new MXene coating is a two-dimensional material that is conductive and has proven highly effective in blocking electromagnetic waves and could possibly block harmful radiation. Researchers view the new coating as a significant development in efforts to weave more technological capability into clothing and other accessories.

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Apple Watch gets cardio fitness notification in watchOS 7.2

Apple Watch gets cardio fitness notification in watchOS 7.2

Although people were initially doubtful and even apprehensive about the purpose smartwatches would play in modern life, the Apple Watch was able to carve out its own niche that its competitors are now trying to catch up with. That niche focuses on monitoring and measuring wearers' health with the need for dedicated, expensive, and bulky medical equipment, and the latest watchOS 7.2 update brings yet another feature that might not be a lifesaver but will hopefully improve lives anyway.

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Google wearable may signal an answer to Apple Fitness+

Google wearable may signal an answer to Apple Fitness+

Today a Google brand fitness band appeared in USPTO filings with a unique feature. The unique feature is the absence of a feature - there's no display. This device might well be the first smart band made by a major brand without the ability to show fitness results without a secondary device.

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Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

After weeks of buildup from the moment of announcement, Apple Fitness+ was released for several Apple device platforms. This includes iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. The Apple Fitness+ program is included in the Apple One Premier plan alongside Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage.

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Now anyone in the US can buy Amazon’s controversial Halo fitness band

Now anyone in the US can buy Amazon’s controversial Halo fitness band

Amazon's controversial Halo fitness wearable is now available for general order, with the health-tracking band emerging from the retailer's Early Access program with its divisive feature-set intact. Announced earlier in the year, Amazon Halo does what you'd expect from a fitness tracker, but also adds microphones so that it can judge the wearer's tone, and a body-fat analysis system which requires uploading scantily-clad photos of yourself to the company's servers.

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Smartwatches to buy in 2020: Fantastic new ones to add to your collection

Smartwatches to buy in 2020: Fantastic new ones to add to your collection

We have come a long way from completely banishing the concept of smartwatches to accepting them humbly as a secondary device for quick access to apps, notifications, fitness metrics, and health reminders. Some still debate the value of a smartwatch, but a few lifesaving stories have pretty much set these devices into the health-centric league - a trend set in motion by Apple and now followed by every other manufacturer most unfailingly.

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Fitbit tells some Sense owners to return watch over ECG issue

Fitbit tells some Sense owners to return watch over ECG issue

Fitbit Sense, the company's wearable with advanced health-tracking features like ECG and SpO2, is the subject of a new email advising some owners to return their watches for a replacement. The reason, according to Fitbit, is a hardware issue that may affect the device's functionality, necessitating a replacement with a fully-functional unit.

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Bose Sport Open Earbuds appear in FCC photos with unique design

Bose Sport Open Earbuds appear in FCC photos with unique design

Bose hasn't officially announced its upcoming Sport Open Earbuds model, but we know the product is inbound due to newly published FCC documents, one of which includes several photos of the earbuds and their companion charger. The Sport Open Earbuds' FCC debut indicates that we'll see an official launch from Bose in the near future.

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