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Bluetooth 5 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)

Bluetooth 5 officially adopted

The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
One third of wearable devices abandoned by their owners

Consumers abandon one third of their wearables

According to a study by research firm Gartner, over 30 percent of the customers who buy smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality glasses get bored or simply do not find them useful, so they stop using them after a while.
Pebble, one of the pioneers of smartwatches, will immediately halt all hardware production. (Source: Pebble)

Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit

Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
The Apple vs. Samsung patent fight has been ongoing since 2011. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Samsung catches a break as Supreme Court reverses Apple's patent victory

The US Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 in favor of Samsung's appeal to reverse up to US$399 million of the US$548 million in damages already paid to Apple.
Meizu Band fitness tracker IP67-rated launches for around $33 USD

Meizu unveils its first fitness tracker

This new wearable comes with a sleek, basic design that includes a concealed OLED screen. Sporting a built-in AMS heart rate monitor, the Meizu Band is also capable of showing notifications for calls and texts. Pre-orders are already live in China while full availability is expected for next week.
Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, Pebble might soon join Fitbit

Fitbit might buy Pebble

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Fitbit is close to signing a deal to acquire the troubled wearable maker and, unfortunately, it looks like the Pebble brand will disappear.
Samsung Gear S3 BALR. special edition smartwatch launching in Netherlands December 2016

Netherlands-exclusive Gear S3 BALR. edition coming this Friday

More than a year after the Gear S2 BALR. special edition smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3 gets the BALR. treatment as well. The new BALR.-customized Gear smartwatch has a price tag of €499 EUR.
Samsung Pay mobile payment service in use, not working on Gear S3 with Google Pixel smartphones

Samsung Pay on Gear S3 not working with Google Pixel handsets

Although the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch comes with Samsung Pay support out of the box, it seems the Google Pixel devices are the only major Android handsets not compatible yet.
Pebble 2 Collection White, Pebble firmware 4.3 now available

Pebble firmware 4.3 now available

This update brings Kickstart as a new watch face for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time, as well as the usual set of performance improvements and bug fixes. Last firmware released by Pebble was 4.0, which arrived back in August.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch gets new software November 2016

Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear S3 get minor software updates

The new software for Samsung's smart wearables only brings minor changes but succeeds in improving the user's experience. The list of new features includes auto pause and indoor set exercises support (Gear Fit 2), as well as speedometer support for the Gear S3 (not confirmed yet).
TAG Heuer Connected luxury smartwatch, Intel does not leave the wearables market

Intel lays off most staff, but keeps the wearables business

Not long after insiders familiar with the matter unveiled that Intel is laying off a large number of its New Devices Group employees, the IT giant issued a statement that highlights the company "is in no way stepping back from the wearables business."
Google Translate offers better translations starting today thanks to Neural Machine Translation.

Google Translate: Now using Neural Machine Translation in 8 languages

Google started making translations more human and accurate today by using Neural Machine Translation in eight languages for instance English, Spanish und German. You can take advantage of the better translations starting today.
The Matrix PowerWatch relies on the wearer's body heat to power it. (Source: Matrix Industries)

Crowdfunded smartwatch is powered by body heat

What if you didn't have to worry about your smartwatch's battery? The PowerWatch may be the answer to that problem.
Casio WSD-F10 smart outdoor watch gets Casio Moment Link app

Casio launches communication app for the WSD-F10 smart outdoor watch

Dubbed Casio Moment Link, this location-based communication app is freely downloadable and enhances outdoor experiences when part of a group. The app allows its users to form/disband groups, share location data, and send messages.
HP Collaborating with Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, and others for luxury wristwatches

HP Collaborating with Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, and others for luxury wristwatches

The hybrid wristwatches have OLED screens and Bluetooth connectivity for displaying incoming calls, messages, and other notifications from the wearer's smartphone.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch rolls out in South Korea

Samsung Gear S3 hits South Korea

This new Android Wear smartwatch with interchangeable bands, as well as IP86-rated protection from water and dust hits Korea next to the Blue Coral version of the Galaxy S7 Edge flagship.
Timex IQ+ Move smart wearable now available

Timex IQ+ Move smartwatch now available

This new smart wearable has been designed for men and women and features interchangeable straps, a classic design, as well as the ability to track movements, sleep quality, and the number of calories burned.
Huawei Fit, a fitness tracker that looks like a Pebble Watch for $130.

Huawei Fit: Fitness tracker that looks like a Pebble watch

Apart from the new Mate 9 series, Huawei also introduced a fitness tracker last week that looks like a Pebble Watch and does continuous heart rate monitoring.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier hits AT&T, pre-orders begin

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier pre-orders begin on AT&T

When purchased alongside a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a two-year plan on AT&T, this smartwatch has a price tag of just $49.99 USD. Without the handset, it comes for $17.50 USD per month for 20 months.
Asus ZenWatch 3 smartwatch now available

Asus ZenWatch 3 goes on sale

The first round ZenWatch smartwatch by Asus became available for purchase yesterday for $229 USD, a bit cheaper and earlier than anticipated. Shipments are expected to begin mid-November.
Emporio Armani Connected hybrid connected watch starts at $245 USD

Emporio Armani Connected now available for purchase

This first connected luxury watch by Emporio Armani is the result of a partnership with Fossil and comes with basic features, but promises to offer an impressive battery life of no less than six months, all for a price tag starting below $250 USD.
Apple Watch Nike+ smartwatch with Nike+ Run Club app

Apple Watch Nike+ arriving tomorrow

This special edition wearable brings together the unique features of Apple Watch Series 2 and the new Nike+ Run Club app. It will be hit the US tomorrow, starting at $369 USD (38 mm) and $399 USD (42 mm).
The Vphone S8 has a 1.54 inch display and can be considered the smallest smartphone to date.

Vphone S8: Smallest smartphone in the world to have a 1.54 inch display

Vphone announced their $30 S8 smartphone, a tiny, almost square device which integrates 2G support, a heart rate monitor and pedometer as well as FM radio and Bluetooth 4.0.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch coming next month

Samsung Gear S3 to hit the market next month

This Tizen-based smartwatch has been unveiled at the end of August and will hit the market next month in two versions, just as expected - Classic (Bluetooth connectivity only) and Frontier (Bluetooth and LTE).
Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch gets beta-stage Samsung Pay support

Samsung Pay Beta hits the 3G/4G Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

The cellular versions of both the Samsung Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic get beta-stage support for the mobile payment service in the US three months after their regular variants.
Google Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches unofficial render

Google might launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017

The first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches by Google were mentioned by some rumors last summer, and now it looks like the Internet search giant is targeting the first quarter of 2017 for their launch.
HTC One Watch smartwatch images leak on Weibo

HTC One Watch shows up online

After a very long time in the rumor mill, it looks like the HTC smartwatch might finally be ready to hit the market, as shown by the images that surfaced on Weibo.
Android Wear 2.0 is delayed. Don't expect it to come out before early 2017.

Google delays final Android Wear 2.0 update to early 2017

Google just announced a third developer preview of its next major Android Wear OS 2.0. It does introduce the Google Play store to Android Wear watches but delays the final release by a few months, Google says.
FitBit Charge 2 fitness tracker now available in the US and other markets

Fitbit Charge 2 hits the US market

This fitness tracker hits now multiple new markets, with more to be added next month, and a Special Edition Series to launch in December.
Apple Pay mobile payments service to get a competitor from LG next year

LG Pay launch delayed until next year

Although expected to arrive this year, LG Pay is now scheduled to launch in 2017, apparently due to issues encountered during testing in South Korea.
Going for an early morning swim? No problem with an Apple Watch series 2.

Apple's new iPhone 7 & Apple Watch promo videos focus on sports, water and low light

Apple released three new videos this weekend, promoting how an active lifestyle can be supported using iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple Watch Series 2.
Might be alone out there for some time: Asus ZenWatch 3. (Picture: Asus)

Smartwatches: Manufacturers will take a break

Many manufacturers will take a break from making smartwatches, meaning there will be no new models this year. Some are waiting for the latest version of Android Wear, some want to wait and see what people expect from a smartwatch.
Final rollout of iOS 10 and watchOS 3 has started.

Apple iOS 10: Final version started to rollout to users

Apple has started rollout of their newest iOS version to users all over the world. iOS 10 brings a lot of improvements to iPhones and iPads and is being touted by Apple as the biggest iOS upgrade of all times. Apple Watch users can also upgrade to watchOS 3 starting today.
Moment does have an interesting concept: Haptic feedback is used to make information

Wearable Moment: 24-hour pre-order for 99 USD

The wearable Moment is worn around the wrist, has no screen and works with haptic feedback. It is now possible to pre-order the device for 99 USD, deliveries will follow in March 2017.
Using Apple Plugs, you can upgrade your old iPhone to an iPhone 7.

This is how the internet is making fun of Apple's iPhone 7 and their AirPods

The courage that Apple showed stripping the iPhone from its headphone jack is being put to a test every day now, with artists and comedians all over the world making fun of Apple, the iPhone 7 and their newest wireless earpods, the AirdPods.
Thanks to a pairing button on the AirPods case, they might work with Android as well.

Apple AirPods: Seems like they might also work with Android

Apple does not want you to know about it obviously, but their recently announced AirPods seem to work with Android as well.
Apple Watch Series 2 with faster processor, water resistance, GPS, and brighter display

Apple intros the Watch 2 smartwatch

This new smart wearable features a brighter display, a dual-core processor, is water resistant to 164 feet and features a GPS.
Don't blink and check out the Apple September event in 107 seconds.

Don't blink: The Apple September iPhone 7 event in a 107 second video

If you didn't have time to watch the Apple September event yesterday, you might want to check out this 107 second video to get an idea of what you missed.
Watch the event live, even under Windows, Linux or Android.

Apple iPhone 7 September event: How to watch it live!

Apple will stream today's iPhone 7 event anywhere in the world and you can watch it live, even if you are on Windows, Android or Linux. We will tell you how and when.
Apple Watch smartwatch sales dropping, Fitbit leads the wearable market

Apple Watch sales decline while Fitbit remains the market leader

While shipments of basic wearables grew considerably compared to last year, smartwatch sales continue to struggle, with Apple taking the most powerful blow.
TomTom Route Exploration app on TomTom Adventurer smartwatch

IFA 2016 | TomTom intros three smart wearables

These new TomTom devices start around $166 USD for the Touch fitness tracker (already available for pre-order), up to about $335 USD for the TomTom Adventurer GPS smartwatch (to launch in October).
Apple Watch 2 components leaked last week, revealing a bigger battery and thinner display.

Apple Watch 2: Components leak ahead of launch next week

Just a few days ahead of its expected launch on September 7th, some Apple Watch 2 components leaked last week and reveal a bigger battery and a thinner display.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless

IFA 2016 | Samsung unveils Gear S3 Classic and Frontier smartwatches

Both models feature GPS, integrated speakers, and are IP68-rated for protection from the elements. The LTE-capable Frontier is being expected to hit the US via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless later this year.
Asus ZenWatch 3 smartwatch is now official

IFA 2016 | Asus unveils ZenWatch 3 smartwatch

This new smart wearable is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and is available in three different skins.
Fitbit releases Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers

Fitbit releases Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers

Fitbit refreshes there best selling Charge fitness watch, as well as the Flex activity tracker.
Pebble 2 Collection White, Pebble 4.0 firmware now available

Pebble firmware 4.0 now available

The new firmware brings a redesigned Health app, 4-button quick launch, Timeline updates, and more.
Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatch now available in the US

Fossil Q Wander and Q Marshal hit the US

These two Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered smart wearables retail for between $275 USD and $315 USD, depending on the options chosen.
The out-of-focus lights may hint at a dual camera on the next iPhone.

See you on the 7th: The iPhone event invitations are out!

Apple sent out its invitations for this year's media event. It will happen on the 7th of September, like predicted, and probably give us a new iPhone and Apple Watch to talk about.
The right emergency number will be called automatically based on your location. (Bild: Apple)

Apple: Watch will soon be able to save your life

New WatchOS 3 that will be released together with iOS 10 allows the Apple Watch to dial the local emergency number and inform contacts.
Four precise linear actuators, but no screen: Moment.

Moment: Wearable with haptic feedback, without screen

Like a smartwatch on your wrist, but without a screen – that's Moment. Plus, you brain is supposed to learn from the haptic feedback.

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