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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.
An always on camera?

Google Clips is Watching You: Google's new action camera automatically snaps shots, records video

Google Clips is a small wearable action camera that automatically takes pictures of what it judges to be special moments. It learns who the important people in your life are via machine learning, and it may pose a serious privacy concern.
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 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.
The new Sport smartwatch and IconX earbuds are the latest additions the Samsung Gear device family. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces Gear Fit2 Pro, reveals Gear Sport and Gear IconX (2018)

The specs for Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band have already been leaked and Samsung only confirmed them with the official announcements, but it also revealed the new Gear Sport smartwatch and the wireless IconX (2018 model) earbuds.
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.
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.
HTC Vive is now US$200 cheaper. (Source: HTC)

HTC Vive now $200 cheaper in the U.S.

HTC matches the US$200 price cut Oculus gave its Rift VR headset, slashing the price of its Vive VR headset to US$599.
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 Microsoft HoloLens is all set for an amalgamation of AI and mixed reality in version 2.0 (Source: AnandTech)

Intel to retire the Microsoft HoloLens CPU soon

Intel has announced that it will be retiring the Atom x5-Z8100P, the CPU used in the Microsoft HoloLens, by end of October this year. With Microsoft likely being the only customer using this SoC, it could have very well been the EOL initiator for these CPUs.
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.
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.
Leatherman Tempo Tread Watch wearable coming November 2017

Leatherman announces its first timepiece

The Tempo Tread Watch features stainless steel links that can be equipped with interchangeable tools, similar to the existing Leatherman Tread bands. This timepiece would be Leatherman's first watch and is scheduled to hit the market in November.
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.
Windows Mixed Reality Headsets by Acer (left) and HP (right). (Source: Microsoft)

Windows Mixed Reality headsets now available on the Microsoft Store

The Acer and HP Windows Mixed Reality Headsets are now listed on the Microsoft Store for US$299 and US$329 respectively. The requirements listed are much higher than what was originally promised, but since these are targeted at developers, those might only be the specifications for development.
HP has created a more toned down version of their Omen VR Backback, aimed at business use (Source: HP)

HP decides that businesses need VR too, announces VR backpack with a Quadro P5200

HP has announced the 'HP Z VR Backpack' designed for virtual reality use in a business environment where red accents and flashing LEDs look out of place. It uses an i7-7820HQ, 32 GB RAM, and a Quadro P5200.
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.
The Atari Speakerhat is a baseball style cap with stereo Bluetooth speakers sewn into the brim. (Source: Atari)

Atari creates a new wearable called the SpeakerHat

Atari has announced the "Speakerhat", and it is just what you think it is... a Bluetooth hat with stereo speakers built into the brim. The Speakerhat has a retro appeal and the potential to become annoying in public.
Google Glass wearable showing the heads up display. (Source: Google)

The return of Google Glass

Google has revealed that Glass has returned, but this time with a focus on the business and enterprise markets. Trial programs in factories have shown productivity increases, but the issue of privacy may rise to the surface again.
What it feels like to look at the inside of a Rift headset. (Source: Oculus)

A much more affordable Oculus VR headset is on its way

Following the success of affordable virtual reality devices such as Samsung's Gear VR, Facebook is working on a new Oculus device. Codenamed Pacific, it is expected to cost hundreds of dollars less than the Rift and be completely standalone.
The 1.2-inch AMOLED display integrated in the Tambour Horizon has outstanding contrast. (Source: Louis Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton gets into luxury smartwatches

Tambour Horizon is the first smartwatch coming from Louis Vuitton. The model features a colorful 1.2-inch AMOLED display, a multitude of watchfaces, and brand-specific apps, such as city and traveling guides.
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.
LG shows a potential application for its 77-inch flexible OLED as a smart desk. (Source: LG Display)

LG bends the limits of display technology

LG has announced a massive 77-inch OLED display that is both flexible and transparent. While this giant panel probably won't find its way into home theaters any time soon, its technical and professional applications are intriguing.
Image Source: Forbes

Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence

Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
Withings Activité Steel fitness tracker, Withings now Nokia Health line of products

Withings becomes Nokia Health

HMD Global launches a few Nokia digital health products, bringing back what was once the brand known as Withings. The two first such products are the Nokia Body scale and the Nokia BPM blood pressure monitor.
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 new job posting that is fueling the hardware rumors. (Source: Zats Not Funny!)

Spotify has plans to launch its own hardware

Having conquered the software side of music streaming, Spotify now seems intent on trying its hand at hardware. A new job listing strongly suggests that the company is in the beginning stages of creating a new wearable.
The Huawei Watch 2 comes in various colors. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's new smartwatch is now available in the US

The fitness-focused Huawei Watch 2 arrives in the US sporting a $299 price tag. It runs Android Wear 2.0 and comes with specialized fitness-related apps.
The What? Watch Monograph. (Source: Kickstarter)

The Monograph watch freezes time and lets you re-live your favorite memories

What?Watch's new Kickstarter project presents a novel way of preserving life's fleeting moments. The Monograph captures a precise point in time and allows users to customize it with images, video, and their personal thoughts.
An Apple Watch could soon be a must-have for diabetes sufferers. (Source: Apple)

The Apple Watch could one day make it easier to treat diabetes

Apple reportedly is working on new technology to make the daily treatment of diabetes much less inconvenient. The company has plans for optical sensors built into the Apple Watch that can monitor glucose levels without piercing the skin.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker now available for purchase

Garmin Vivosmart 3 now shipping

This fitness tracker features the Elevate wrist heart-rate technology with 24/7 hear rate monitoring, also being capable of determining the user's VO2 maximum level. Garmin's Vivosmart 3 has a suggested retail price of $139.99 USD.
Fitbit's previous smartwatch, named Blaze. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch has been delayed until later this year

The fitness company has suffered a series of unfortunate setbacks, as it has been forced to delay the launch of its new smartwatch and earphones. Fitbit's stocks also fared badly on Tuesday morning.
The Pebble smartwatch can still work even when disconnected from Pebble's servers. (source: Pebble)

New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking

The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
A new polymer can heal itself in under 24 hours. (Source: Wang Polymer Research Group)

Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020

A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
The Casio WSD-F10 will still receive Android Wear 2.0. The update has been delayed for other smartwatches. (Image source: Casio)

Android Wear 2.0 update halted and delayed

After discovering a bug, Google has delayed any future rollouts of Android Wear 2.0
Fitbit Alta HR fitness tracker now available in multiple colors

Fitbit Alta HR launches globally

Advertised as "the world’s slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate tracking," this smart wearable comes with a battery life of up to a week. The colors available for the classic band are black, blue gray, coral, and fuchsia, while the price tag reads $149.95 USD.
Casio introduced several new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017. (Source: Casio)

Casio introduces new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017

The timepiece maker introduced a new watch in each of the G-Shock, Edifice, and Baby-G lines. The new watches look tough and have full feature sets.
The Guess Connect with Android Wear 2.0 is expected this fall. (Source: Guess)

Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches

The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
The watch was made using a Raspberry Pi A+ and QEMU to run Windows 98. (Source: 314Reactor)

Man creates Windows 98 "smartwatch" using Raspberry Pi

A DIY tech enthusiast has decided to satisfy his nostalgia cravings by creating a Windows 98 "smartwatch" using a Raspberry Pi A+ as a base.
The Huawei Watch 2 may come in three different colors. (Source: VentureBeat)

Huawei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops

Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
Like Google's Daydream View headset, the Asus AIO VR is expected to feature a cloth exterior. (Source: Phandroid)

Asus will launch a standalone VR headset later this year

With the upcoming Asus AIO VR, users will no longer need to insert their phones to get the full AR or VR experience or worry about draining their battery. Its current specifications are unknown, but its design bears some similarity to Google's Daydream View.

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