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The BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed White Edition. (Source: Razer)

Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed White Edition debuts with potential for stylish all-day gaming

Razer touts its BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed as an "Ultra-Lightweight Esports" headset that unlocks a "fresh new level of clarity, power, and comfort". It is wireless, yet can also be used and charged via USB-C, and also boasts the OE...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 21 Feb 2024 18:55
The Watch 2's time is nearly here. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus Watch 2 officially on the way with early-bird special offers

OnePlus has confirmed that its second-gen smartwatch is indeed "coming soon", as a star of the OEM's MWC 2024 show. Its hype as a "New Flagship" product with potentially unprecedented battery life is now definitely underway; then ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 20 Feb 2024 17:46
The Forerunner 165 series comes in two variants and a total of six SKUs. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Forerunner series refreshed with new smartwatches in four finishes

Garmin is now selling a new entry in its Forerunner smartwatch series. Arriving in two variants and four colour options, the new smartwatches start at significantly less than the Forerunner 265 that Garmin has been selling since l...
Alex Alderson, 20 Feb 2024 17:01
The Forerunner 165 is expected to arrive in multiple SKUs with optional Wi-Fi connectivity. (Image source: 91mobiles)

New Garmin Forerunner smartwatch rumoured to be launching later this week with AMOLED display as Forerunner 165 and Forerunner 165 Music

A European retailer has shared initial details about a forthcoming Garmin product release. Rumoured to be a long-awaited successor to the Forerunner 55, the unnamed smartwatch is anticipated to arrive in two variants as the Foreru...
Alex Alderson, 19 Feb 2024 14:15
Garmin's recent 'Pro' smartwatches are once again eligible to receive beta updates. (Image source: Garmin)

Flagship Garmin smartwatches gain fresh improvements through new update

A new update has arrived for current flagship Garmin smartwatches. Currently distributed through the company's Beta Program, the update is available for Pro and non-Pro smartwatches, unlike its predecessor.
Alex Alderson, 19 Feb 2024 12:45
Limited-edition TRN-50 Casiotron watch celebrates Casio's 50th anniversary of watch making (Source: Casio Japan)

Casio announces limited-edition TRN-50 Casiotron watch celebrating 50th anniversary of watchmaking

Casio has announced the limited-edition, TRN-50 Casiotron watch celebrating its 50th anniversary of watchmaking. The TRN-50 is modeled on the Casiotron QW02 launched in November 1974, but expands upon the automatic and useful feat...
David Chien, 19 Feb 2024 08:13
At the very least, Polar is involved in the development of smart rings

In the footsteps of Oura, Samsung and the like: Polar may also develop a smart ring or act as a supplier

In an interview, the CEO of Polar spoke at length about various topics. According to his statements, a smart ring from the manufacturer in one form or another seems anything but unlikely.
Silvio Werner, 18 Feb 2024 23:40
Top 4 fitness trackers for every need (Source: Unsplash)

Top 4 fitness trackers for every need

CheckMag Top fitness trackers offer an easy-to-use yet informative gateway to better health, seamlessly tracking workouts and guiding users towards healthier habits. Here's a look at the top four picks in 2024, each tailored to meet divers...
Triet Le, 18 Feb 2024 20:31
The Vision Pro. (Source: Apple)

Apple Vision Pro return rates are relatively high, according to new estimate

Apple asserts that its inaugural Vision Pro will be to "spatial computing" as the iPhone was to personal mobile device use. However, if the Cupertino giant was hoping for universal acceptance of its new headset, it seems it is not...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 18 Feb 2024 18:28
The Forerunner 965 has not reached a new stable update since late last year. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin makes refinements and improvements to flagship Forerunner smartwatch via new update

Garmin's current flagship Forerunner smartwatch has received a new update. Only released to units that have been enrolled on Garmin's Beta Program, the update contains various improvements, including a fix that affected optical he...
Alex Alderson, 17 Feb 2024 11:48
The Forerunner 955 is nearing its second birthday. (Image source: Garmin)

Older Garmin smartwatch receives new bug fixes and improvements with latest beta update

A new update is now available for a popular older Garmin smartwatch. While the update is exclusive to the Garmin Beta Program for now, it should soon arrive as a stable update with all changes rolled out during the company's 18.xx...
Alex Alderson, 17 Feb 2024 11:37
Garmin has only issued two beta updates for the Forerunner 265 this year. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin fixes various UI and system bugs with new update for current entry-level Forerunner smartwatch

Garmin has pushed a new update to a popular current Forerunner smartwatch. Only the second available to the device this year, the update addresses several outstanding bugs before a future stable rollout.
Alex Alderson, 17 Feb 2024 11:32
The Forerunner 255 has received its first beta update this month. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin eyes new stable release for older Forerunner smartwatch with latest smashing update

Garmin should be on the verge of offering up a new stable update to one of its older Forerunner smartwatches. Rolling out first as a beta update, v18.20 addresses a few outstanding bugs and should have already reached 50% of smart...
Alex Alderson, 17 Feb 2024 11:23
Polar is rolling out firmware updates for the Vantage V3 and Ignite 3 (above) watches. (Image source: Polar)

Polar releases new firmware updates for various smartwatches

The Polar Vantage V3 and Ignite 3 smartwatches are receiving new firmware with updates 1.3.5 and 2.2.1, respectively. The changelogs for the two software versions are identical, revealing few details about the improvements and bug...
Polly Allcock, 16 Feb 2024 18:58
The Honor Choice Watch bears a strong resemblance with recent Apple Watch models. (Image source: Honor)

Honor releases new budget smartwatch with large AMOLED display and long battery life

Honor has confirmed all details and launch pricing for its latest smartwatch. Sporting a 1.95-inch AMOLED display and a 300 mAh battery, the smartwatch can also access five satellite systems on-watch for route tracking, among othe...
Alex Alderson, 16 Feb 2024 16:41
Beta Version 15.02 is now available for various Garmin smartwatches, including the Instinct 2 (above). (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin delivers improvements and bug fixes for smartwatches in new beta update

A new beta update is available for various Garmin smartwatches. Version 15.02 includes a range of bug fixes for the wearable, tackling issues with the flashlight and a problem which could cause the gadget to crash. The software is...
Polly Allcock, 16 Feb 2024 14:24
TCL intros Nxtwear S Plus with the same launch price as the regular Nxtwear S (Image source: TCL)

TCL Nxtwear S Plus AR glasses feature 120 Hz OLED displays and an affordable price tag

TCL has launched a new pair of AR glasses called the Nxtwear S Plus. They are successors to the Nxtwear S, and just like the predecessors, you need to connect these glasses to a compatible device. That is, they are not standalone ...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 16 Feb 2024 09:54
The Ultra Open Earbuds lacks Bluetooth Multipoint connectivity at launch. (Image source: Bose)

Bose begins selling Ultra Open Earbuds for $299 with promise of future Bluetooth Multipoint support

Bose has launched the Ultra Open Earbuds, its innovative pair of open earbuds. The company claims that both the Ultra Open Earbuds and QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds will receive Bluetooth Multipoint connectivity via a firmware update...
Alex Alderson, 15 Feb 2024 17:37
At this point, there isn't anything about the Galaxy Fit 3 that is unknown to the public, except for a release date.  (Source: X/@TheGalox_)

Leak | Samsung Galaxy Fit 3 on display in retail stores ahead of its release

After months of rumors and extensive leaks, a full hands-on video exposé captures Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Fit 3 in a retail store exhibit for visitors to try out. The fitness tracker comes with a wider 1.6” screen, easily replac...
Sarfo Ashong-Listowell, 15 Feb 2024 05:00
The Xiaomi Watch 2 may be available for under €200 in the Eurozone. (Image source: Keskisen Kello - edited)

Xiaomi Watch 2: Cheaper than expected launch pricing revealed for future bargain Wear OS smartwatch

It appears that the Xiaomi Watch 2 will arrive for even less than a previous leak suggested. Despite featuring a large AMOLED display, a Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset and up to 65 hours of battery life, the Xiaomi Watch 2 has been ...
Alex Alderson, 14 Feb 2024 17:40
The Forerunner 165 in one of its three rumoured launch colours. (Image source: 91mobiles)

Garmin Forerunner 165: Forerunner 55 successor pictured as European pricing leaks

A new report has revealed the first official images for the Forerunner 165, Garmin's next Forerunner-branded smartwatch. The same leak has also revealed launch pricing for two models, which would see the Forerunner 165 undercuttin...
Alex Alderson, 14 Feb 2024 17:36
The Canon MD-100-GY Privacy Talk mask mutes speech so bystanders are not disturbed by online chats. (Source: Canon Japan)

Canon Japan launches Privacy Talk MD-100-GY mask to mute online conversations in open spaces

Canon Japan has unveiled the MD-100-GY Privacy Talk mask to mute speech. Users can talk with others online using the built-in microphone and earphones while the mask prevents bystanders from being disturbed by silencing voices.
David Chien, 14 Feb 2024 09:00
The Buds 5. (Source: Redmi)

Xiaomi Redmi Buds 5 Indian launch preview reveals well-spec'd audio at competitive price

Redmi has confirmed that it will bring its new Buds 5 to the Indian market soon. The new earbuds are already listed at a 40% discount off their listed MSRP, and also pack decent active noise cancellation (ANC) and battery life to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Feb 2024 21:02
visionOS has a new update. (Source: Apple)

Apple Vision Pro gains reset function with new software update

Apple has released a new version of visionOS, its equivalent of iOS or iPadOS for the new Vision Pro. It fixes the ultra-premium headset's famous passcode bug, by which a unit might have even required a trip back to the Apple Stor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Feb 2024 17:47
The Primrose dress debuted as the main look of Christian Cowan's 2024 Fall/Winter collection at the NYC Fashion Week (Image Source: Adobe - edited)

Adobe Primrose: Stunning animated dress with interactive patterns showcased at NYC Fashion Week

A mesmerising dress made with programmable fabric display technology from Adobe’s Project Primrose has hit the ramp at the NYC Fashion Week. Created by fashion designer Christian Cowan, it uses electroactive materials to interacti...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 13 Feb 2024 13:52
The Xiaomi Watch 2 could be one of the cheapest Wear OS smartwatches around. (Image source: Keskisen Kello)

Details of new Xiaomi smartwatch surface as cheaper Galaxy Watch6 and Pixel Watch 2 rival

Xiaomi is preparing another crack at established Wear OS options, whether that be the Galaxy Watch6, Pixel Watch 2 or the TicWatch Pro 5. Based on leaked retailer listings, Xiaomi's next smartwatch will arrive for about €200 but w...
Alex Alderson, 12 Feb 2024 16:03
Brilliant Labs unveils Frame AR smart glasses with multimodal AI for real-time visual search and translation

Brilliant Labs unveils Frame AR smart glasses with multimodal AI for real-time visual search and translation

Frame is a newly launched pair of AI-enabled smart AR glasses from Brilliant Labs, featuring a discreet camera and a micro-OLED colour display projected onto the lens. Using a voice assistant and multimodal AI models, it can do a ...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 12 Feb 2024 11:11
Garmin has released four v16.xx builds for the Fenix 7 series so far. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin pushes a dozen changes and improvements to flagship smartwatches with latest software update

Garmin has released yet another update for its current-generation flagship smartwatches. Rolling out as Beta Version 16.16, the update introduces a dozen refinements to all eligible models, albeit not for 'Pro' SKUs.
Alex Alderson, 12 Feb 2024 10:03
The TravelGo Adapter. (Source: Volta)

Volta 120W Travel Adapter preview hints at sizeable launch discount

Volta asserts that its upcoming 120W power brick is for "techies" and gamers as well as travelers. It combines a multi-socket "~200-country" form-factor with the gallium nitride (GaN) III tech necessary for a combined up-to-120W o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 11 Feb 2024 19:31
The ExoM armored exoskeleton from Mehler Protection provides full body protection up to VPAM 8. (Source: Mehler Protection)

Mehler Protection unveils ExoM armored exoskeleton for law enforcement and military operators

Mehler Protection has unveiled the ExoM armored exoskeleton designed to reduce the load on law enforcement and military operators while providing up to VPAM 8 class protection. The ExoM will greatly help reduce the musculoskeletal...
David Chien, 11 Feb 2024 10:49
Hainan Airlines passengers enjoy virtual entertainment while wearing Rokid Max AR glasses during Lunar New Year flights. (Source: Rokid)

Rokid and Hainan Airlines partner to offer passengers Rokid Max glasses to enjoy virtual entertainment during world's first AR flights

Rokid and Hainan Airlines have partnered to offer passengers the world's first AR flights from February 7 until March 31, 2024. Using Rokid Max glasses connected to the portable Rokid Station, passengers can watch a variety of ent...
David Chien, 11 Feb 2024 05:40
Samsung's sleep apnea detection tool is now FDA-approved. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Watch's new sleep apnea tool gets FDA approval

Samsung has announced that its sleep apnea detection feature for the Galaxy Watch is now approved for use by the FDA. The tool tracks you in your sleep, monitoring for signs of the disorder and triggering an alert should it find a...
Polly Allcock, 10 Feb 2024 18:36
The EyeSight feature as advertised on Apple's website looks almost nothing like this in reality. (Image: Apple)

Apple’s marketing of the Vision Pro EyeSight feature seems more virtual than reality

Apple’s EyeSight feature has been marketed as a key point of differentiation between its Vision Pro headset and other AR/VR headsets already on the market. However, in practice, the feature does not work anywhere near as well as i...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 10 Feb 2024 13:49
She's smiling, but not because she is watching immersive 3D porn. (Image: Apple)

VR porn a no go for Apple Vision Pro users as capability blocked by Apple

Vision Pro early adopters have found - to their horror - that their new $3,500 is incapable of playing immersive spatialized pornography.
Sanjiv Sathiah, 09 Feb 2024 10:45
The Band 8's successor appears set to receive a global release, Band 8 pictured. (Image source: Huawei)

New Huawei wearable rumoured to be launching soon with global release lined up

Early evidence of a new Huawei wearable has surfaced online. While the company has not officially commented on the device yet, it looks like Huawei is preparing a global release for later this year.
Alex Alderson, 08 Feb 2024 12:24
The AiSee headset describes objects to wearers with poor vision through AI image identification. (Source: AHL at NUS)

University of Singapore researchers showcase latest AiSee headset prototype enabling the blind to see the world through AI voice descriptions

National University of Singapore researchers have showcased the latest prototype of their AiSee headset for the blind. Initially a University of Auckland project, the headset utilizes a camera, bone conduction speakers, and AI to ...
David Chien, 07 Feb 2024 23:36
Rocket Homes: now on Vision Pro. (Source: Rocket Homes)

Apple Vision Pro gets Rocket Homes and Wayfair support via new apps

Rocket Homes and Wayfair have announced that they see the Vision Pro's (astronomical) value as the ideal new platform for their respective sales apps. Accordingly, those with Apple's first-gen headset can now view their next dream...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 07 Feb 2024 19:40
Motorola is only selling the Moto Watch 40 in the US for now. (Image source: Motorola)

Motorola releases new affordable smartwatch with 10 days of battery life and Google integration

Motorola has unveiled a new budget smartwatch in two colour options. Sold as the Motorola Moto Watch 40 in two colour options, the smartwatch is IP67 certified and synchronises with a popular Google health tracking platform.
Alex Alderson, 07 Feb 2024 19:18
The Epic Lab Editions feature new Knowles tech. (Source: JLab)

JLab Epic Lab Edition debut as inaugural Knowles Preferred Listening Response Curve-enabled TWS earbuds

JLab touts its latest wireless earbuds as an industry first in that they introduce Preferred Listening Response Curve tuning from Knowles to their market. The Epic Lab Edition buds also support the LC3 codec, Spatial Audio and "Sm...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 07 Feb 2024 17:33
Garmin is rumoured to be replacing the Forerunner 55 with the Forerunner 65 or Forerunner 165. (Image source: Garmin)

New Garmin Forerunner smartwatch rumours surface with AMOLED display upgrade

According to new reports, Garmin is preparing to deliver its first Forerunner smartwatch upgrade of 2024. Allegedly, the new Garmin Forerunner will feature an AMOLED display, amid other upgrades over its ageing predecessor.
Alex Alderson, 07 Feb 2024 17:11
The KardiaBand is an ECG monitoring band designed for the Apple Watch. (Image source: Kardia)

Apple receives favorable ruling for lawsuit linked to ECG technology

A US judge has ruled in favor of Apple on an antitrust lawsuit filed by AliveCor. The complaint relates to ECG technology from the two companies and dates back to 2015. While Apple has welcomed the ruling, AliveCor indicated it wo...
Polly Allcock, 07 Feb 2024 16:28
The Huawei Watch 4 is receiving software version 4.0.0.219. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei pushes battery saving tool to more smartwatches in new update

Following the launch of version 4.0.0.219 earlier in February, the software is now rolling out to another newer Huawei smartwatch. The most exciting element of the update is a tool that you can use to extend the battery life of th...
Polly Allcock, 07 Feb 2024 15:19
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 (above) has a 1.93-inch OLED display. (Image source: Apple)

Apple Watch Ultra with 2.12-inch microLED display delayed again

The release of an Apple Watch Ultra with a microLED display has reportedly been delayed again due to problems with mass production. The wearable would be the first of its kind from the brand, with benefits including higher brightn...
Polly Allcock, 07 Feb 2024 13:06
New features for the Google Pixel Watch 2 and other smartwatches with Wear OS 4 are pending. (Image: Benedikt Winkel)

Wear OS 4: Preview of upcoming smartwatch update with Material You and new grid view

Google's Wear OS smartwatch operating system will soon receive the long-awaited Material You update and a new grid view. Prospective users can already see what this will look like in advance.
Marcus Schwarten, 06 Feb 2024 23:36
The Google Pixel Watches are receiving a February 2024 update. (Image source: Google)

Google Pixel Watch gets February 2024 update

The Google Pixel Watch and Pixel Watch 2 wearables are receiving a February 2024 update. The Wear OS 4 software is rolling out in phases, with the first users reporting they have successfully downloaded and installed the latest ve...
Polly Allcock, 06 Feb 2024 17:11
The Smart Band 8 Pro will soon be available globally, months after its initial Chinese release. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro global launch confirmed with higher than expected pricing

A European retailer leak has confirmed the impending global release of the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro. While a previous report suggested that the wearable would carry an €89 MSRP, the new leak outlines that this will not be the case....
Alex Alderson, 06 Feb 2024 16:21
New features are rumoured to be coming to Garmin devices soon. (Image source: Garmin)

Rumor | Garmin could launch new smartwatch features soon

Three new features are rumored to be on the way to Garmin smartwatches. One is related to workouts for extra data analysis, while the other two are related to the environment. As the company has yet to announce the features offica...
Polly Allcock, 06 Feb 2024 15:57
The Garmin Connect Home Page Beta Program could become public in several weeks. (Image source: Garmin)

Rumor | New Garmin Connect Home Page Beta Program going public

Garmin could soon make its Connect Home Page Beta Program available to the wider public, according to a recent report. The new look app is currently only offered to a few customers as part of a closed beta. The updated Connect hom...
Polly Allcock, 06 Feb 2024 12:59
Brazillian researchers develop plant-wearable sensor to detect pesticides on produce. (Source: S.C. Teixeira et al. article in Biomaterials Advances)

Brazilian researchers develop biodegradable, plant-wearable sensor for detection of pesticides on vegetables

Brazilian researchers have developed a biodegradable, plant-wearable sensor for the detection of pesticides on vegetables. Made of cellulose acetate and carbon, these sensors are inexpensive and simple to produce while being biode...
David Chien, 06 Feb 2024 08:59
The Amazfit Balance is the first smartwatch to receive Zepp OS 3.5. (Image source: Amazfit)

Amazfit releases first Zepp OS 3.5 update with new features for smartwatches

Zepp Health is now pushing an update based on its latest operating system, Zepp OS 3.5, to a recent smartwatch. The software brings new features, including Zepp Flow, improved smart notifications and offline maps. Plus, the compan...
Polly Allcock, 05 Feb 2024 20:36

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