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The History of the: Smartwatch

We are pleased to introduce one of our new content series, the Historical Overview. From the smartwatch to the personal computer and beyond, Historical Overview aims to provide an in-depth perspective on the timeline of modern devices that have penetrated our daily lives and to spark discussions around both modern and older technology. Pebble, Apple, […]

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Devices News

Xiaomi to launch a smartwatch and mobile CPU this month

According to news this week, Chinese smartphone and hardware company Xiaomi, which has been a rising star in the Far East the past few years, is set to release a smartwatch and a new mobile CPU later this month. The firm’s Mi smartwatch has already been doing the rounds on the rumour mill, and is widely […]

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Devices Opinion

Smartwatches now outsell Swiss watches…

Anyone who doubted 2015 was the year of the smartwatch will be proven wrong by figures from Strategy Analytics, which showed in the first months of the year shipments of smartwatches just beat those of Swiss swatches. The figures reveal that smartwatches sold 8.1 a heady million units, compared with 7.9 million units for Swiss watches. That’s quite an […]

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Devices News

dokiWatch: a promising smartwatch for children

Wearables come in all shapes and sizes these days. Smartwatches are still the most instantly recognisable and popular wearables among adults, but there haven’t been many products designed with children in mind. A Hong Kong-based company called Doki Technologies recently provided a glimpse at dokiWatch, billed as the world’s most advanced and complete wearable phone and locator for kids […]

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Devices Opinion

Wearables to look forward to in 2016

2015 has been a great year for wearables, with all kinds of new devices seeing the light of day. Probably the most hyped (and likely one of the most successful to date) was the Apple Watch, but there were of course a plethora of fitness trackers, smartwatches, virtual reality headsets and prototypes announced or launched. Next year is […]

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Applications

Apps to Watch: mSecure password manager

A common problem with today’s proliferation of logins, usernames and passwords on different devices and websites means that many people use smartphone password managers to keep a (hopefully) secure record of such information. Not only that, most password manager apps also allow you to enter other details such as passport numbers, driving licenses and so on. […]

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Applications

Apps to Watch: Just Press Record

One of the most useful apps mysteriously missing from Apple Watch is a built-in voice recorder app. There is an iOS version that comes with every iPhone, so quite why Apple didn’t include one on Apple Watch is anyone’s guess. In today’s Apps to Watch post, we’ll take a quick look at Just Press Record, a handy little app that fills the […]

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Devices

Would you buy the Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch for $1500?

As you may have seen in the news recently, Tag Heuer is about to enter the nascent smartwatch market with its own Android Wear-based device called the Connected, developed in partnership with tech giants Intel and Google. The watch is said to be available in limited numbers at launch in select markets, and will retail for around […]

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Apple Watch Owner Reactions to Apple’s First Wearable Device, Based on 451 Research Survey

In case you missed it last month, a recent consumer survey from 451 Research finds a strong, positive reaction to the Apple Watch among owners. “Our latest survey shows the Apple Watch is off to a great start, with high marks in satisfaction and a strong likelihood of recommending it to others,” said Andy Golub, […]

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Wearables Wednesday: Motorola launches new iPhone-compatible Moto 360

With the Apple Watch firmly entrenched as today’s most popular smartwatch, despite being a first-gen product, companies such as Motorola have been spurned on to improve their own Android Wear-based devices. Motorola announced its second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch at the IFA show in Berlin recently, with new colours, shapes and sizes. With an availability of […]

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Devices

Would you buy a modular smartwatch?

We’ve talked recently about modular smartphones, in particular Project Ara – Google’s somewhat experimental phone that allows you to replace that parts that you need. For example, you can swap out the camera for a more advanced model or change the CPU module for a more powerful one. This invention, along with another project called Phonebloks, […]

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Devices Opinion

Google I/O – five things we care about: wearables

The Google I/O developer conference is now but a distant memory, but the search giant provided some insights into its plans for the year ahead and discussed how its various products are being improved. Android M, the next version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, was one of the highlights (you can read more about […]