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Smartwatches targetted at children, like the VTech Kidizoom, are now banned in Germany. (Image: VTech)

Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children

Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
Garmin and Polar: Testing four fitness trackers

Garmin and Polar: Testing Four Fitness Trackers

We are testing altogether four fitness watches by the manufacturers, Garmin and Polar; the Garmin Forerunner 935, the Garmin Forerunner 35, the Polar M400, and the Polar M200. The tracking qualities of the devices are convincing, and some offer additional functionalities.
Misfit Vapor Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch retail package (Source: Misfit)

Misfit Vapor is finally up for pre-order

Unveiled back in January, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100-powered Misfit Vapor smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 onboard is now up for pre-order and scheduled to start shipping on Halloween.
Huawei Watch 2 Pro smartwatch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 (Source: Huawei China)

Huawei Watch 2 Pro now available in China

The Huawei Watch 2 Pro came out of the blue and, for now, it is only available in China. This round Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch features an eSIM slot and is IP68-certified for protection from the elements.
Huawei Band 2 Pro Smartband Review

Huawei Band 2 Pro Smartband Review

Fitness coach for the wrist. Are you looking for a personal trainer, who is available to you anywhere at any time? Then perhaps the Huawei Band 2 Pro is right for you, since Huawei advertises its newest fitness tracker as a mobile fitness coach for the wrist. You can find out in our review how the wearable fares in everyday life.
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The HTC 11 is set to be joined by a larger bezel-less stablemate. (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 Plus rumored to sport bezel-less design

According to a new report, HTC is planning to launch a Plus-size model of its flagship U11 smartphone. The device will also be the first from HTC to feature a bezel-less design.
A new report suggests HTC has sold its mobile division to Google. (Source: HTC)

Rumor: HTC mobile division sold to Google [Update]

If the rumors coming out of Taiwan are true, HTC has reached an agreement to sell its mobile division to Google. Set to be announced tomorrow, the deal could also mean the end of HTC-branded devices.
The Apple Watch 3 with LTE functionality. (Source: Apple)

UPDATE | Apple Watch 3 LTE only works in country of purchase, T-Mobile will throttle it to 512kbps

*Update in article regarding T-Mobile speeds* Apple Support has told a customer than the LTE versions of the Apple Watch 3 will only work within the country of purchase, meaning those outside the ten supported countries can't import an LTE model. It also means that the LTE functionality won't work while traveling, even if the destination is a supported count...
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Apple showed off the LTE calling capabilities of the Watch Series 3. (Source: Anandtech)

The Apple Watch Series 3 is now official, starts from US$329

Apple has officially launched the Watch Series 3 during its September 2017 keynote. The new Watch now sports LTE connectivity with a host of new fitness features and will be launching on September 15 with prices starting from US$329.
Huawei Band 2 Pro. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's 'Band 2 Pro' fitness watch with GPS arrives in the Unites States for only US$69

The Huawei Band 2 Pro which was announced back in July, is now available in the United States via Amazon at US$69. The fitness wearable features an integrated GPS to track activities such as running and swimming without the need to carry your smartphone with you.
Apple's Siri is vulnerable to ultrasonic voice hacks.

Siri and Alexa are vulnerable to ultrasonic voice commands

Chinese researchers have been able to launch malicious voice command attacks on every major voice assistant including Siri and Alexa. Using ultrasonics, the researchers were able to hack devices with any victim completely unaware that their device had been compromised.
Fossil Q Explorist and Q Venture smartwatches finally available in stores (Source: Fossil Group)

IFA 2017 | Fossil launches the Q Venture and Q Explorist smartwatches

The Fossil Q Venture and the Q Explorist are now finally available in select stores and online as the first full-round touchscreen smartwatches from this brand. Both have a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip under the hood and run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch (Source: Garmin)

IFA 2017 | Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch now official

The all-new Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch is Garmin's first device to come with Garmin Pay support for both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. It can be acquired already starting at US$299.99.
Apple's Special Event keynote will be live on September 12, 10 am PDT. (Source: Apple)

It's official: Apple's iPhone 8 event will be held on September 12

Apple has sent invitations for its iPhone 8 launch event, which will be held for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple's 'spaceship' campus.
Misfit Vapor touchscreen smartwatch delayed until October 2017

Misfit Vapor being delayed until October

Although this touchscreen smartwatch was announced back at CES and was supposed to hit the market by the end of this summer, Misfit has just confirmed that the US$199.99 wearable is facing a two-month delay.
Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones

Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones coming in October

Featuring a rugged, sweatproof design and customizable fit, Fitbit's first Bluetooth headphones integrate Waves MaxxAudio technology and can be pre-ordered already for US$129.95.
Fitbit Ionic smartwatch color options

Fitbit Ionic now official

Fitbit's first smartwatch comes with its proprietary operating system, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora Premium support, smart notifications, improved sensors, extended battery life, and is expected to hit the market in October.
The nearly bezel-less iPhone 8 could soon be upon us. (Source: iDrop News)

The iPhone 8 could launch on September 12

Apple has scheduled a product announcement event on September 12 and all expectations are that this could very well be the event that the Cupertino giant would announce the new iPhones and the Watch Series 3 to the world.
Samsung's Gear S4 could have more health sensors than the S3. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Gear S4 to debut at IFA

The Gear S4 is set to be unveiled at IFA next, according to Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh. Although not revealing any specifics about the device, Koh did hint that it might feature more health sensor technology.
New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Thanks to a leaked product page, we now know several details of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker/smartwatch from Samsung. While there aren't many changes from the previous Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will be water resistant to 50 meters.
Motorola Moto 360 Sport Android Wear smartwatch gets 2.0 software update

Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0

About a year after receiving Android Wear 1.5, Motorola's smartwatch is finally ready to get the features and improvements that other wearables such as the Asus ZenWatch 3 or Huawei Watch already got thanks to Android Wear 2.0.
The upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 comes with built-in LTE but only for VoIP. (Source: MacRumors)

The Apple Watch Series 3 could do VoIP instead of direct phone calls

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to suggest that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 might support VoIP instead of traditional phone calls, possibly to avoid user experience issues and also due to the lack of internal space within the device for a proper SIM slot.
The Movado Connect is a premium smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0.

Movado Connect Android Wear smartwatch goes on sale U.S.

First announced several months ago, the Movado Connect is now on sale in the United States from $595. The device is targeted at fans of the Swiss watchmaker's premium analog watches and is priced accordingly. It is differentiated from the standard Android Wear competition by edge-to-edge crystal covering the digital dial.
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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro leaked image shows offline Spotify support

Gear Fit 2 Pro leak reveals offline Spotify support

In addition to offline Spotify support and an integrated GPS module, this upcoming wearable is rumored to offer 5 ATM water resistance. It is expected to show up on August 23, alongside the new Galaxy Note.
The Z2 Force was released in July. (Source: Lenovo)

Jelly scrolling effect spotted on the Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force, Motorola's flagship, has been spotted displaying the same jelly scrolling effect that was seen on the OnePlus 5. It's been a good year of drama for flagships.
Gear Fit 2 Pro support page now live mid-August 2017

Gear Fit 2 Pro surfaces online

Shortly after surfacing on FCC, the Gear Fit 2 Pro (SM-R365) was also spotted on an official Samsung website. Sadly, there are no details to talk about right now, but it is very likely to see this wearable unveiled next month.
Fitbit Watch smartwatch renders leak online mid-August 2017

Upcoming Fitbit Watch leaks online

The unofficial renders that surfaced online reveal a handset that looks similar to the Fitbit Blaze and the rumors claim it will hit the market in silver, rose gold, and dark steel finish.
The Garmin Vivofit 3 looks less like a fitness tracker and more like a smartwatch. (Image source: Wareable)

Garmin Vivoactive 3 takes design cues from other smartwatches in leaked photos

The upcoming fitness tracker from Garmin features a round face and an overhauled UI more reminiscent of Garmin's own Fenix line of wearables. This may position the Vivoactive 3 against competing smartwatches, especially Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2 fitness tracker, Xiaomi leads the wearable market

Xiaomi dominates the wearable market

With a 17.1 percent estimated market share in the second quarter, Xiaomi is now the leader of the wearable market, ahead of Fitbit and Apple, reveals a recent report by Strategy Analytics.
The Fitbit Blaze is currently Fitbit's most robust device, but its feature set still falls far behind other smartwatches. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit says it will release a new smartwatch later this year

The wearables giant Fitbit has announced that their highly-anticipated smartwatch should be ready in time for the holiday season later this year. The smartwatch was delayed earlier this year, and while there isn't a hint of a specific release date, the device should be ready by Q4.
Lenovo boasts foldable tablets, AR headsets, and more at tech show

Tech World 2017 | Lenovo boasts foldable tablets, AR headsets, and more at tech show

This year's Tech World has even more prototypes on display from wearable smart glasses to fully autonomous electric vehicles.
iMCO Watch with Cronologics OS and Alexa launches in India

Alexa-powered iMCO Watch launches in India

Unveiled back in April 2016, this Alexa-powered wearable has changed its name from CoWatch to iMCO Watch in the meantime and is now finally available for purchase via Yerha.com.
Image source: Sequent Kickstarter

Sequent is a self-charging smartwatch on Kickstarter

By using a kinetic charging system, the Sequent smartwatch promises to be the world's first fitness tracker and smartwatch with an "infinite" battery life.
New Sony Wena watch smart straps - Wena Wrist and Wena Wrist Leather, available for purchase in Japan in July and December

Sony launches new Wena watch accessories

While the Wena Wrist Leather with a new FeliCa module is scheduled to arrive in December, the basic steel band simply known as Wena Wrist should hit the market next week, but it will only be available in Japan.
Asus delays Android Wear 2.0 update for ZenWatch 2

Asus delays Android Wear 2.0 update for ZenWatch 2

Although the arrival of the new firmware for the ZenWatch 3 has been confirmed to happen on July 11, it seems that those using the previous generation smartwatch by Asus might have to wait a few more weeks.
Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care

Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care

Galaxy Note 7, iPhone, and Hoverboard fires have brought the safety of lithium-ion batteries into the spotlight. Although news coverage often implies that any fire or explosion is the result of incompetence, it's important to recognize the volatile nature of the battery technology itself, even under the best circumstances.
Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Samsung leading the wearable market for the first time

Samsung has finally managed to beat Fitbit

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has finally managed to steal the silver crown of the wearable market from Fitbit, but Apple still owns more than half of the entire market.
Emporio Armani Connected with Android Wear 2.0 coming in September 2017

Emporio Armani Connected with Android Wear 2.0 coming in September

The first Emporio Armani Connected smartwatch to launch with Android Wear 2.0 on board is scheduled to hit the market on September 14. Its predecessor, a hybrid smartwatch, made its debut last fall.
Sony FES Watch U smartwatch with E-Ink display now available in Japan

Sony FES Watch U now available in Japan

Sony's new smartwatch comes with a rechargeable power pack, unlike its predecessor that used replaceable coin cell batteries. It also has a minimalist design and features a metal bezel. The prices start around $420 USD.
Wearables market up 18 percent YoY

Wearables market up 18 percent YoY

Meanwhile, Fitbit loses its substantial foothold on the market to alternative smartwatches with more advanced features.
Source: Apple

WWDC 2017 | Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC

The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will take place June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. (Source: Apple)

WWDC forecast: Kaby Lake MacBooks with a chance of Air

The latest information on Apple's upcoming WWDC suggests CPU upgrades for all MacBooks, updated iPads, and possibly the reappearance of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.
Huawei Honor Band A2 fitness tracker coming in early June 2017

Honor Band A2 smart wearable coming next month

This new fitness tracker is a direct successor of last year's Band A1 and comes with a heart rate sensor, also featuring an OLED display and carrying a price tag of around $30 USD.
Retired without playing a single game: Verizon's LG Watch Sport (Source: Verizon)

Verizon's LG Watch Sport gets benched before it even hits the court

The carrier has pulled its version of the LG Watch Sport from its website, cancelling all pre-orders in the process. Verizon representatives have offered no explanation for the sudden move, but the company is offering refunds and a cash discount on the rest of its smartwatch stock to affected customers.
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Garmin Quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch series coming in June 2017

Garmin Quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch coming next month

This new smart wearable is based on the Fenix 5 platform and comes in two variants, priced at $599.99 USD (basic) and $849.99 USD (sapphire crystal display protection and stainless steel band).
GemBoy is a Game Boy emulator for Tizen-based smartwatches. (Image: Tizen Experts)

GemBoy brings the Game Boy to Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3

The Game Boy and Game Boy Color Emulator is a unique way to play classic titles from Nintendo's first handheld console.
Huawei Watch smartwatch gets Android Wear 2.0 firmware

Huawei Watch gets Android Wear 2.0

This long-awaited update has finally started its rollout. The first reports about it surfaced on Reddit, and there is no official info about it yet. This update was expected to arrive at the end of March.
Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

This upcoming wearable by Acer has a 1.6-inch display, coming with a design compliant with the IPX7 water resistance standard and being powered by the MediaTek MT2523 processor.
Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

When taken good care of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks will most likely easily outlive their respective batteries, which these days more often than not aren’t user replaceable anymore. With this in mind it is more important than ever to improve both endurance and capacity through the right charging techniques. We’re going to give you a few tips and point out the most common mistakes.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with GPS now available for purchase

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch now available

This long-awaited smart outdoor watch with Android Wear 2.0 can be finally purchased directly from Casio's website or via Amazon. It has a price tag of $500 USD and comes in black and orange.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)