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*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...
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'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.
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.
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 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 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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
Meanwhile, Fitbit loses its substantial foothold on the market to alternative smartwatches with more advanced features.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches
The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
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.
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.
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.
Google releases Android Wear 2.0
The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist
The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Samsung Gear VR represents over 70% of all VR headsets shipped in 2016
Being the first VR headset out the gate, along with wide availability and low cost, allowed Samsung's headset to ahead of the other headset vendors before their competing devices hit the shelves.
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