Wearables

Suunto 7 promises a Wear OS sports smartwatch with 12-hour battery life

Suunto 7 promises a Wear OS sports smartwatch with 12-hour battery life

The Apple Watch, thanks to its life-saving AFib detection, has taken the lion's share of attention when it comes to the smartwatch market. That practically leaves other wearable platforms, especially Wear OS by Google, to contend for the leftovers. That doesn't mean there's no room for massive improvement, especially when it comes to battery life. That's where Suunto makes it big boast that its latest sports-centric Suunto 7 can last you at least half a day even if you leave the GPS on.

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Withings ScanWatch detects irregular heart rate and sleep apnea

Withings ScanWatch detects irregular heart rate and sleep apnea

The Apple Watch's atrial fibrillation or AFib detection definitely struck a chord in the wearables market, even if it is now the center of a patent lawsuit. Apple is naturally proud of how the feature, based on numerous testimonies, has been able to save lives. It is a matter of time before other smart wearable manufacturers catch up with it and it seems that Withings is one of the first to reach that point with its new ScanWatch hybrid smartwatch. More than just AFib detection, however, it is bringing another health feature to your wrist.

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RoomMe expands smart home tracking with Samsung watches, Alexa, Siri, Google

RoomMe expands smart home tracking with Samsung watches, Alexa, Siri, Google

The folks at Intellithings announced this week that their smart home system RoomMe would expand with support for Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Samsung smartwatch support. RoomMe will also have new compatibility with a new update for two smart home hubs not on their list before - the Insteon hub and the Logitech Harmony. RoomMe is what they call a "smart home True Occupancy Automation system" that uses "patented presence sensing technology" to see if you're in the house.

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Apple Watch atrial fibrillation feature at the heart of a patent lawsuit

Apple Watch atrial fibrillation feature at the heart of a patent lawsuit

It may look dated and seem a bit overpriced but few smartwatches can make the same life-saving claims that the Apple Watch has. Apple has turned its wearable into more than just a smartphone extension and has outfitted it with features that put the wearer's health at the center. Now one of those features is at the center of litigation claiming that Apple willfully ignored that someone else already patented the much-advertised irregular heartbeat detection it added in recent Apple Watches.

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AirPods dominate earbuds market like iPad leads tablets

AirPods dominate earbuds market like iPad leads tablets

With AirPods, Apple has the largest presence in the wearables market today, by a long shot. Unit shipment tracking in the wearables market for Q3 of 2019 showed Apple ahead of the pack, by a long shot. According to the IDC, Apple had 35% of the entire world's wearables market, with the closest competitor coming in with just 14.6% (that's Xiaomi, Samsung was 3rd with 9.8%). It's like Apple created the product to which all other products are compared - which should seem familiar if you've been watching tech news for the past decade.

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Satechi Apple Watch charging dock can top off from a MacBook or iPad Pro

Satechi Apple Watch charging dock can top off from a MacBook or iPad Pro

Apple has yet to solve the Apple Watch's battery life problem but, in the meantime, accessory makers are seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the need to charge the wearable on the go. Apple's own charging accessories for the Apple Watch can be big or long, depending on which one you go for. Satechi, however, is offering an almost ingenious solution that simply sticks the magnetic charging dock to the side of a MacBook or iPad Pro.

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Moto 360 (2019) pre-orders available now, still not made by Motorola

Moto 360 (2019) pre-orders available now, still not made by Motorola

Nostalgia is a very powerful emotion and it turns out it can be a profitable one, too. Just look at the number of retro revivals in the market and on crowdfunding platforms, especially the highly successful ones. The Moto 360 smartwatch may not be that old but, being one of if not the first Android Wear device definitely gives it a place in the annals of history. That name is now making a comeback and you can pre-order the new Moto 360 and expect it to ship in January. That is if you're totally fine that it has nothing to do with Motorola except in name.

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North Focals 2.0 announced with ambitious 2020 release date

North Focals 2.0 announced with ambitious 2020 release date

Last year, North launched its first pair Focals, minimalist smart glasses that looked a lot like a traditional pair of eyeglasses. Since that time, the company has been selling Focals in showrooms located in Toronto and Brooklyn, through pop-up stores, and online. At the time of launch, there was some question as to whether or not people would pay $1,000 for smart glasses, but apparently enough people bought them to warrant a follow-up, with North today announced Focals 2.0.

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Google Glass Explorer Edition final update: What you need to know

Google Glass Explorer Edition final update: What you need to know

Google has announced the final software update for its Google Glass Explorer Edition wearable. Early next year, this update will be released and remove support for the devices; they will no longer have access to Google's backend services nor will users be able to use them with a Google account. Obviously, this update won't impact the Enterprise Edition version of Glass.

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Snap’s limited Spectacles x Gucci glasses won’t be available to buy

Snap’s limited Spectacles x Gucci glasses won’t be available to buy

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has teamed with Gucci to create a limited pair of its Spectacles 3 augmented reality glasses. The Spectacles x Gucci model's unique design comes from Harmony Korine, director of an odd short film called 'Duck Duck' that shows off the Spectacles 3's 3D capabilities. Though Snap is showing off the limited-edition glasses, it won't make them available for purchase.

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Can you trust Amazon? Take knockoff Apple Watches for example

Can you trust Amazon? Take knockoff Apple Watches for example

A collection of cheap imitations of the original Apple Watch are currently posing on Amazon as a perfect alternative to the far more expensive alternative. Brands like YAMAY, Willful, Letsfit, SKYGRAND, and ANBES make little effort to hide the fact that they're not only using lookalike UI - in some cases, they're literally selling the same devices under different brand names. Scratch that - in quite a few cases... in a CONCERNING number of cases, companies appear to be selling the same product with different brand names for different prices.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch Apple Watch clone now works with Apple iPhone

Xiaomi Mi Watch Apple Watch clone now works with Apple iPhone

Chinese brands have had the reputation of being copycats. Chinese phone makers have indeed been guilty of that for a time but, for the past years, they have been working hard to change their public image but, last October, Xiaomi single-handedly undid much of that. It's hard not to see the Mi Watch as a ripoff of the Apple Watch except for the fact that it didn't work with iPhones, ironic as that may sound. As of December 3 in China, however, that sweet irony no longer stands as the Mi Watch will now behave a bit like the original, at least as far as iPhone pairing goes.

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