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Best Fitbit
The best Fitbit is the one you're most likely to wear
November 22, 2017
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Best Fitbit Fitness Tracker
 
November 22, 2017
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Best Fitbit Tracker
 
November 22, 2017
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Best Replacement Bands for Fitbit Charge 2
What are the best replacement bands for Fitbit Charge 2?
August 25, 2017
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Fitbit adds heart rate monitoring to its Alta line and improves sleep tracking
Fitbit's big smartwatch announcement is, it seems, still a ways off. But the company's got a pair of announcements this week, including an update to its popular Alta tracker and changes to the way it gathers sleep tracking.
March 6, 2017
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Fitbit app updated with new tools for tracking your sleep cycle
The official Fitbit app for Windows and Windows 10 PC and Mobile has picked up some handy new features for tracking your sleep cycle. First announced earlier in March, Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights are now available in teh Windows app, helping you to track your sleep with more detail and accuracy.
March 28, 2017
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Fitbit beats analyst estimates but takes a net loss of $113 million in Q3
It seems Fitbit is only slightly benefitting from the news of its new products -- particularly the Fitbit Ionic device. The company just reported it beat analyst estimates with a non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.01, with $393 million in revenue; though that's down from the $504 million in revenue last October, leading to a GAAP net loss of $113 million, or 48 cents per share.
November 1, 2017
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Fitbit health alert: You appear to be bleeding
Sales fall, losses grow, but watch looks OK
November 2, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer hands-on
Few players have been as prominent in the relatively young smart wearables market as Fitbit -- following the release of the original Fitbit Tracker, the company has gone on to produce a variety of successors, differing both in their feature sets and aesthetics.
September 5, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic bands and colors: explore the sport, leather and classic looks
The Fitbit Ionic is the company's first fully-functional smartwatch and while it features a rather edgy and not particularly good-looking body, it is available in a wide selection of bands of different color and material that can add up a lot of style points.
August 29, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic is the smartwatch that will compete with Android Wear
The newly announced Fitbit Ionic is the company's official foray into the smartwatch game!
August 28, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic price and release date
The Fitbit Ionic is the company's first full-fledged smartwatch and it integrates all of Fitbit's fitness know-how, plus an innovative RGB heart rate sensor that is said to have better accuracy, and it runs 4 days on a single charge. Actually, it's the latter that really makes it stand out in an already crowded smartwatch market.
August 29, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic review:
A better Fitbit watch, but still not a great smartwatch
October 13, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic review: A few early bugs stand in the way of fitness perfection
Fitbit's new and pricey Ionic wearable is its first real effort at a smartwatch. While the hardware is outstanding, there are a few bugs that make this device only for early adopters for now.
October 10, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic review: More fit than bit
The Fitbit Ionic is a good first attempt at a smartwatch, with exceptional battery life making up for some software shortfalls.
September 29, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic Review: Not Iconic, But Still Pretty Good
It's finally here
October 2, 2017
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Fitbit Ionic: 10 key features and specs
The Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit's first full-fledged smartwatch, is official and damn, it's ugly! it features some very interesting new features that are made possible by new hardware.
August 28, 2017
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Fitbit is adding new features to its app, and some of them are coming to Windows phones
Last week, Fitbit announced a couple new features for its app, including a new Community tab and Guidance tab. the company has confirmed to Neowin that the former feature will be coming to Windows phones.
January 11, 2017
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Fitbit launches 'Ionic' fitness smartwatch to take on both Android Wear and Apple Watch
For many consumers, buying a wearable is all about fitness. In that case, a health-focused device, such as a Fitbit, makes a lot of sense. The problem, of course, is that no one only exercises -- they live their lives and do other things like shopping and listening to music. That is why it was frustrating that Fitbit did not produce a more robust wearable -- an actual smartwatch.
August 28, 2017
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Fitbit overhauls its app experience with groups and guided goals
Fitbit is adding a Facebook-like social feed for fitness.
January 6, 2017
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Fitbit proves heart rate monitors can be slim with new Alta HR
This might be the tracker you want to wear both day and night.
March 6, 2017
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Fitbit purchases Vector, the Pebble competitor
Fitbit moves to compete with Android Wear in 2017.
January 10, 2017
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Fitbit rolls out new community features and more to Windows 10 PC and Mobile
The Fitbit app for Windows 10 PC and Mobile is getting a little more social with a new update heading out now. as announced by Fitbit product manager Tristan Rice on Twitter, version 2.20 of the Windows 10 app is rolling out today, bringing a new Community Feed, profile design, and much more.
April 6, 2017
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Fitbit smartwatch delayed to autumn, design is "definitely not sexy"
Fitbit has been manufacturing activity-tracking gadgets for ten years now, providing a range of equipment to monitor your fitness regime, sleep and more. After the takeover of two smartwatch making companies and its own CEO confirming it, Fitbit is on track of releasing a real smartwatch this year.
April 12, 2017
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Fitbit Unveils First Smartwatch, Wireless Headphones
Dubbed Fitbit Ionic, the wearable is marketed as a health-and-fitness platform with smart features.
August 29, 2017
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Fitbit vows to keep Pebble smartwatches running through 2017
A Pebble developer says Fitbit "is going out of its way" to keep existing customers happy.
December 14, 2016
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Fitbit's Alta HR packs a heart rate monitor in a slim package
If you're in the market for a fitness tracker right now, Fitbit's products seems like the most obvious choice, what with the company's near-monopoly on stylish yet useful consumer wearables. the newly-introduced Alta HR, which is the follow-up to last year's Alta, continues that trend by packing even more functionality, namely heart rate monitoring, into the same frame as its predecessor.
March 6, 2017
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Fitbit's new Alta HR tracks heart rate and sleep for a week
There's a new Fitbit coming, and it's got a week's worth of battery life, a stylish look, and a heart rate monitor.
March 6, 2017
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Fitbit's personal fitness and goal-setting features just got a lot more useful
Perhaps the biggest changes are in the revamped social experience, which will come in the form of a new Community section of the app. In the Community section, you'll be able to check out a social feed where you can connect with friends and family and do everything from sharing your achievements to discovering new workouts. Think of it like a sort of Facebook feed specifically for fitness. the Community section also makes it easy to see how your friends are doing at a glance and even discover communities to join from a dedicated Groups portion.
January 5, 2017
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How long does it take to build muscle with exercise?
Staying active is vital for overall health. It is also the best way to build muscle. How long it takes to grow muscle through activity varies from person to person, but there are guidelines that can help maximize individual gains.
August 29, 2017
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How to Measure your Wrist Before Buying a Fitbit
Avoid disappointment when you get your hands on your brand new Fitbit by choosing one that fits your wrist right out of the box!
October 20, 2017
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Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of fitness tracker
Play music, buy stuff, and get fit.
August 28, 2017
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Meet Fitbit's newest device, the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch
Fitbit now has a device to compete with Apple Watch and Android Wear devices.
August 28, 2017
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Should you get a screen protector for your Fitbit?
Can't decide if you need a screen protector for your Fitbit? Here's everything you need to know to make an informed decision!
August 23, 2017
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Wearables can save your life (not that you'd know it)
Commentary: Wearables like the Apple Watch and Fitbit Alta HR aren't for me. But they may be for you -- if you want to live.
October 26, 2017
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Which Fitbits are best for kids?
A Fitbit tracker can make fitness fun for your kids, but which one is the best fit for your child?
November 15, 2017
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Yes, Fitbit Ionic and newer Fitbit products will work with Windows 10 Mobile
The new Fitbit Ionic smartwatch will work with Windows 10 Mobile despite concerns from some fans.
August 28, 2017
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5 reasons it's worth buying an Android Wear watch right now
Android Wear is more awesome than ever, and now is definitely the time to buy.
October 4, 2017
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12 Bands to Rock on Your Rose Gold Apple Watch
Calling all rose gold addicts: Here are the best watch bands that'll make your rose gold Apple Watch #POP.
October 5, 2017
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A government program is giving out 10,000 Fitbits to help measure Americans' health
But will the data be accurate?
November 7, 2017
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A solar-powered smartwatch seems like a good idea -- if it works
Battery life on smartwatches is, in a word, bad. And while most of today's watches can more or less make it through a day without dying, they're still a far cry from the months or even years that traditional watches can run for.
September 27, 2017
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Absolute Best Apple Watch Series 3 Bands
What are the best bands for Apple Watch Series 3? Take a look!
October 12, 2017
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AI can help Apple Watch predict high blood pressure, sleep apnea
The world's most valuable company crammed a lot into the tablespoon-sized volume of an Apple Watch. There's GPS, a heart-rate sensor, cellular connectivity, and computing resources that not long ago would have filled a desk-dwelling beige box.
November 13, 2017
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Algorithm Makes Smartwatches More Effective Movement Trackers
Researchers at the University of Sussex in the UK have devised an algorithm that helps smartwatches track activity more effectively by learning new movements as they happen, rather than just having a limited number of pre-programmed activities they can recognize.
September 6, 2017
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Android Wear 2 system features now updated via the Play Store for faster improvements
Google's Hoi Lam has announced over Twitter today that the Android Wear 2 OS for smartwatches has gotten a stealthy upgrade -- a lot of its system features are now updated by the Play Store, via the Android Wear app.
October 10, 2017
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Android Wear 2.6 adds Recent Apps complication, download progress indicator, and more
The 2.6 update is available now through the Play Store.
November 22, 2017
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Android Wear disappears from the Google Store
And just like that, the future of Android Wear today seems far less certain than it did just yesterday.
October 5, 2017
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Android Wear features can now be added faster with Play Store updates
Android Wear 2.0's new update process is here, and new features are expected to be available "in the coming months."
October 10, 2017
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Apple and Fitbit join pilot program to speed new health tech through FDA
Sidestepping the traditional FDA approval process
September 26, 2017
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Apple and Nike team up for the launch of a limited edition Watch Series 3 with LTE
Apple and Nike have just announced a new partnership for the launch of limited edition Watch Series 3 with LTE. The new wearable device is called Midnight Fog and it's supposed to match Nike's new Air VaporMax running shoes that will be launched later this month.
November 13, 2017
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Apple and Stanford team up to monitor irregular heart rhythms with the Apple Watch
Apple has been quite determined to make the Apple Watch more than just an accessory or iPhone companion -- it wants its readings to be able to help with healthcare in any way they can. As part of that mission, the company has teamed up with Stanford scientists to observe and study irregular heart rhythms.
November 29, 2017
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Apple confirms 'edge stripes' showing up on GPS-equipped Apple Watch Series 3s
Apple has issued an internal memo to Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers confirming that some Apple Watch Series 3s are experiencing an issue where "edge strips" show up on the display, MacRumors reports. The internal memo instructs repairers to fix the device for free under Apple's standard one-year limited warranty.
October 31, 2017
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Apple fixes Apple Watch Series 3 cellular bug with watchOS 4.0.1 update
If you've been putting off buying the Apple Watch Series 3 because of reported cellular connectivity issues, you might want to put your order in now. Apple on Wednesday released watchOS 4.0.1, an update that fixes the problem that was widely reported by members of the media who had early access to the Watch for review.
October 4, 2017
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Apple is the biggest wearable maker once again
Thanks to the Apple Watch Series 3
November 14, 2017
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Apple just joined an FDA program that could lead to a better Apple Watch
Apple and other select companies will now be able to skip some regulations that would slow or hinder the research and development of health-related tech products.
September 26, 2017
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Apple launched a study to look for irregular heart rhythms on the Apple Watch
Apple and Stanford have teamed up for a new heart health study. Using a new Apple Watch app and the Apple Watch's built-in sensor, researchers will work to identify irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib).
November 29, 2017
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Apple launches revolutionary Heart Study app in the U.S.
Apple Watch will help detect heart abnormalities responsible for 130,000 deaths a year in the U.S.
November 29, 2017
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Apple launches study to identify irregular heart rhythms with the Apple Watch
It's partnering with Stanford University
November 29, 2017
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Apple leads the wearable market in the third quarter of 2017
According to the market research firm Canalys, Apple is now leading the wearable market with its Apple Watch in the third quarter of 2017 with 3.9 million shipments, surpassing Xiaomi which previously held the top spot for a brief period of time.
November 15, 2017
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Apple patents self-adjusting Apple Watch bands
Apple has been granted a new patent for various types of self-adjusting Apple Watch bands, which could automatically tighten or loosen to perfectly fit your wrist.
October 10, 2017
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Apple receives patent for self-adjusting Apple Watch band
If you wear watches, you know that getting a band to have a proper fit can usually be a challenge. A clasp can leave a band too loose, while an elastic band can pull skin hairs. And the ones that are adjustable can be too tight or too loose. Apple wants to solve that problem, and has gotten a patent to do so.
October 10, 2017
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Apple releases WatchOS 4.1 with new Radio app, GymKit support, and Apple Music streaming
The latest point release adds a host of new features and bug fixes.
October 31, 2017
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Apple releases watchOS and iOS updates to fix connectivity and crackling problems
Apple's launch of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 has certainly not been without its problems. Buyers of the latest addition to the iPhone range have complained about crackling audio, while owners of the new smartwatch have been less than impressed by problematic LTE and battery life.
October 5, 2017
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Apple Watch 3 cellular connectivity gets suspended in China
Earlier this year, Apple introduced its LTE-enabled Series 3 Apple Watch, giving users the ability to make calls, receive texts, and get internet connectivity even if it's not connected to an iPhone. The wearable device also made its debut in China exclusively through China Unicom in the country, but things aren't going in the favor of the Cupertino company at the moment.
October 19, 2017
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Apple Watch display defect shows its stripes
Some models of the Apple Watch Series 3 may have a defect that shows a row of small stripes along the side of the display, according to a report.
October 31, 2017
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Apple Watch is a better iPod thanks to streaming music
Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you'd better get used to using Siri.
October 26, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 1 review:
The most affordable Apple Watch is still a good option
November 21, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 and why it's time for you to upgrade if you're a fitness buff
Series 0 Apple Watch is great, but Series 3 is so much better that, if you were ever thinking about upgrading, now's the time.
October 11, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 gets kitesurfer out of shark-infested waters
Remember Tim Cook's presentation during the Apple event in September where the Apple Watch Series 3 was unveiled? Cook placed a call to an associate standing on a paddleboard in the middle of a quiet lake. Some joked just how plausible something like that was in real-world conditions. Now, a kiteboarder in California has proven that it works in shark-infested ocean waters.
November 13, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 receives watchOS 4.0.1 update to fix connectivity issue
Apple device owners should be happy with the speed in which the tech titan is fixing some issues with its products. When Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users heard static coming out of the earpiece during phone calls, Apple quickly pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to make calls sound great again. Besides the static problem with the latest released iPhone models, Apple also had some recent problems with the Apple Watch Series 3.
October 5, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 review: LTE comes with high monetary and mental costs
LTE is the best and worst feature about Apple's newest Watch.
September 27, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 review: The wearable leader runs out to an insurmountable lead
There's none better, with or without LTE.
October 6, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 Space Gray Ceramic Edition Review
With Series 3, Apple has brought a brand new finish to its Ceramic Edition -- Space Gray.
October 19, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 teardown finds a bigger battery and few surprises
Latest iFixit teardown answers some questions, leaves others up in the air.
September 25, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 users in China have their cellular connection cut off abruptly
Apple Watch Series 3 users in China were enjoying the wearable's new stand alone capability that allows it to make calls, send and receive texts, and go online even without pairing with a nearby Apple iPhone. But on September 28th, just a few days after the timepiece launched globally, China pulled the cellular connection from the Apple Watch.
October 19, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 With LTE Review: Missed Connections
You should still call me on my cellphone
October 9, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will now stream music
Music to my wrist
October 31, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3: Apple's other hit product
Apple Watch Series 3 is going to become the most popular "iPhone X-out-of-stock" consolation prize this season (other than an iPhone 8).
November 1, 2017
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Apple Watch Series 3's LTE/Wi-Fi bug is fixed in watchOS 4.0.1
Heard about Apple Watch Series 3 "LTE problems"? It's actually a bug with how Apple Watch uses Wi-Fi, and it's fixed in watchOS 4.0.1.
October 4, 2017
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Apple Watch software update promises to fix cellular bugs
The new watch firmware promises to fix LTE handoff problems when near recognized public Wi-Fi networks that won't work with Apple Watch.
October 4, 2017
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Apple Watch versus Android Wear: Why all other smartwatches suck for women
Why is it so hard for companies other than Apple to release small smartwatches?
October 12, 2017
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Apple Watch: 1, Killer Sharks: 0
Apple Watch Series 3 means staying connected almost anywhere -- including while stranded in shark-infested waters.
November 13, 2017
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Apple WatchOS 4.1 adds Wi-Fi control for LTE watches
A new blue button on Control Center toggles Wi-Fi for extra control: 4.1 also expected to address Wi-Fi and cellular handoff issues.
October 26, 2017
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Apple won't reveal Apple Watch sales figures, but it's not alone
You, dear reader, are clearly someone who pays attention to what Apple is doing. So here's a quick quiz: How many Apple Watches did Apple sell during its last financial quarter?
October 5, 2017
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Apple, Fitbit, others work with FDA to pilot digital health software
The FDA zeros in on health software, not one-off wearable devices.
September 27, 2017
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Apple, Samsung Join FDA's Digital Health Software Program
Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung have joined the FDA's pilot program to reform digital health regulation.
September 28, 2017
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Apple's Heart Study app can identify irregular heart rhythms
The app uses Apple Watch's sensor to calculate heart rate and rhythm, and can notify users who might be experiencing atrial fibrillation.
November 29, 2017
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Apple's Watch Series 3 is suffering display issues
It was only last month that Apple debuted its new Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity. Now, it appears that some models of the device are having issues, requiring a fix or replacement. Fortunately, Apple is already aware of the problem and has protocols in place to ensure a smooth experience for its customers.
October 31, 2017
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Apps not installing on your Apple Watch? Here's the fix!
If you're having trouble installing apps to your Apple Watch, try these fixes.
October 5, 2017
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Best Android Wear 2.0 Apps
You're going to want to install these.
October 12, 2017
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Best Android Wear Smartwatch
 
October 9, 2017
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Best Apple Watch apps with Siri integration
Siri on Apple Watch is a match made in heaven. Just like on your iPhone, Apple Watch can perform a variety of tasks with Siri to help you manage your day, keep up with your friends, set up important meetings, or just relax.
October 3, 2017
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Best Bands for Space Black Apple Watch
Looking for the best bands for your Space Black Apple Watch? Here are the best options available!
October 11, 2017
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Best Bands for the Samsung Gear Fit 2
Update the look of your Gear Fit 2 with these stylish band options!
September 27, 2017
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Best Cheap Fitness Trackers You've Never Heard Of
Don't want to spend your money on a high-end fitness tracker right off the bat? Try out one of these cheap alternatives instead!
November 20, 2017
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Best meditation apps for Apple Watch
Take a minute to relax with these great meditation apps for Apple Watch.
November 9, 2017
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Best Medium-Sized Android Phone
 
November 21, 2017
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Best music apps for Apple Watch
Want to listen to your favorite tunes? Grab your Apple Watch and get these excellent music apps!
November 22, 2017
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Best sports apps for Apple Watch
Keep track off all your favorite teams on your wrist with sports apps for your Apple Watch!
October 20, 2017
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Best third-party Apple Watch complications
One of the coolest features of Apple Watch is custom third-party clock face complications: With custom complications, you can view upcoming flights or hotels, your next pill dosage, whether it's going to rain in a half-hour, or how long you've been working out.
September 28, 2017
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Best weight loss app for Apple Watch
Looking to trim down a few pounds? These apps for your Apple Watch can help!
October 16, 2017
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Bye-bye Twitter app for Apple Watch
Twitter's Apple Watch app quietly disappears from Apple's App Store. You probably don't need it.
September 28, 2017
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Can you live on just an LTE Apple Watch and leave your iPhone behind?
Untethered, but not off the leash quite yet.
October 6, 2017
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Carrot Weather's Apple Watch app is everything it should be and more
Looking for a perfect Apple Watch app? Carrot Weather just made one.
November 29, 2017
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Cheap Fitness Trackers You've Never Heard Of
Don't spend your money on a high-end fitness tracker right off the bat, try out one of these cheap ones instead!
November 20, 2017
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Consumer report warns over safety of kids' smartwatches
A report by an EU consumer watchdog has flagged up myriad problems with smartwatches designed for children, including security flaws, privacy concerns, and risks posed by unreliable features.
October 19, 2017
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Deep dive: How exactly the Apple Watch tracks swimming
Measuring motion in the water is complex. This is how Apple's wearable does it.
October 3, 2017
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Don't worry, Android Wear is alive - here's why Google dropped it from its store
Yesterday, we reported that Google has dropped all Android Wear devices altogether closed the Android Wear section from its online store, which was quickly deemed this as the illogical and rather untimely death of El Goog's smartwatch platform.
October 6, 2017
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Fascinating: this is how the Apple Watch tracks swimming
The Apple Watch can track your swims ever since the Series 2, but do you know how exactly is it able to do something so complex?
October 6, 2017
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FDA clears AliveCor's Kardiaband as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch
The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared AliveCor's Kardiaband EKG reader as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch.
November 29, 2017
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FDA clears first EKG reader for Apple Watch
Former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra returns with FDA cleared KardiaBand
November 29, 2017
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FDA clears first medical accessory for the Apple Watch--an EKG sensor
KardiaBand uses a neural network and the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate.
November 29, 2017
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FDA Approves EKG Heart Monitor for Apple Watch
Apple pitched the Apple Watch not only as a companion for your phone, but as a way to track your personal health stats throughout the day. A smartwatch might be fine for personal step counting and heart rate analysis, but it's hard to get approval from regulators to sell a wearable medical device.
November 30, 2017
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Fossil's new Android Wear smartwatch has a touch-sensitive bezel and costs $275
It start shipping today
November 15, 2017
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FTC Asked To Investigate Hackable Kids' Smartwatches
The Norwegian Consumer Council and Mnemonic, a security company, revealed that several brands of smartwatches made for children are easily hackable. In response to these findings, U.S. privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the products' makers.
October 18, 2017
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Funxim's wireless charger to take on AirPower, top up iPhones and Apple Watches at low price
Apple's AirPower wireless charger is still a pie in the sky, postponed for early 2018 release, but there are already a few good options on the market to top off your new iPhones or Apple Watches sans cables. How about both? Yes, there is now a Kickstarter project called Funxim that is building a wireless charger which mimics the AirPower's featured ability to charge two Apple devices at once.
November 29, 2017
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Future smartwatches could sense hand movement using ultrasound imaging
New research has shown future wearable devices, such as smartwatches, could use ultrasound imaging to sense hand gestures.
October 11, 2017
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Garmin's new Vivoactive 3 sport smartwatch takes on the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear Sport
Garmin has officially unveiled its newest smartwatch: the Garmin Vivoactive 3 (styled as vívoactive 3) aims to take on the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear Sport and other smartwatches for athletes.
August 31, 2017
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Garmin's new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker
If you're looking to get pretty much all the benefits of a smartwatch without a watch, and to track your activity and sport performance with tools that are more than up to the task, Garmin's Vivosport is a strong option, with a price tag that comes in well under that of most dedicated smartwatches.
October 18, 2017
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Gear S3 gets Tizen 3.0 update with enhanced UI, fitness tracking, and more
Tizen 3.0 is available to download now through the Samsung Gear app on your phone.
November 20, 2017
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Gear S3 Value Pack Update: Timeless Outside. Even More Revolutionary Inside.
Recognized as one of the best-in-class smartwatches in the wearable category, Samsung's Gear S3 has been praised for its design, user friendliness and technological innovation. But with the recently released value pack update, the Gear S3 is more versatile than ever.
November 20, 2017
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Gear Sport / IconX review by MrMobile
Smartwatches are in a strange place right now. Android Wear is on more wrists than ever, but the software isn't the best; the Apple Watch is basically useless if you don't carry an iPhone; and old stalwarts like Pebble have been swallowed up by bigger fish to produce ... well, whatever the Fitbit Ionic is. So when Samsung launched its newest smartwatch in September, I was excited for another contender from the company that brought us the excellent Gear S3 -- and it turns out you don't even need to be a fitness fanatic to appreciate it.
October 30, 2017
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Gear Sport: Designing a Smartwatch for the Everyday Athlete
Featuring a full suite of premium fitness features, a stylish yet practical design, and an enhanced and intuitive user interface, Samsung's recently released Gear Sport smartwatch was designed to help people get more out of their day, and live a healthy and well-balanced life.
November 16, 2017
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Google breathes new life into old Android Wear watches with new Play Store policies
Changes will promote standalone apps for your watch.
August 31, 2017
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Google introduces Fast Pair for Bluetooth on Android devices
Google has designed a new Bluetooth connectivity specification called Fast Pair, which will allow Android devices to connect to supported accessories without going through the usual hassle of pairing.
October 31, 2017
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Google Removes Android Wear From Its Official Store
Google's much-anticipated hardware unveiling yesterday included the Pixel 2, some new Google Homes, and more. One thing notably absent was any mention of Android Wear. The Google Store got a visual refresh as all the new product pages went up, and that refresh apparently included the complete removal of the Android Wear section. It's quite telling that no one noticed right away. Imagine if Apple updated its website and stopped selling the Apple Watch.
October 5, 2017
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Google updates its Android Wear policies to encourage stand-alone smartwatch apps
Anyone who has attempted to use an iPhone with one of the many Android Wear and Samsung Tizen-powered smartwatches, can attest to the hit-or-miss experience that it can bring about. In a new update to its application policies for the Android Wear platform, Google is now pushing for developers to build apps that can work independently, negating the need to connect to a smartphone.
August 31, 2017
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Google's Pixel 2 phones are the first to use built-in eSIM technology
No SIM card required, so long as you're a Project Fi subscriber
October 4, 2017
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Germany bans kids' smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping
A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children's smartwatches that have a listening function -- warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids' school.
November 20, 2017
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Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'
Hands up, whose parents are listening in on this class?
November 20, 2017
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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches
Norwegian project exposes worrying lack of security
October 18, 2017
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Havit I18 is an affordable wireless headset that looks expensive
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of headphones available today at low or affordable prices. The Havit I18 is one of these budget wearables, but they look and feel much more expensive.
November 22, 2017
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How are you liking Tizen 3.0 on the Gear S3?
Time to get familiar with all of your new goodies.
November 21, 2017
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How I fixed my Apple Watch Series 3 LTE connectivity problems
You don't have to wait for Apple to issue an update.
September 28, 2017
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How to automatically install new apps to Apple Watch
Flip the switch on Automatic App Install and you'll never miss an Apple Watch app!
September 5, 2017
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How to back up your Apple Watch
How do you back up your Apple Watch? Automatically!
August 31, 2017
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How to find, install, rearrange, and delete apps on your Apple Watch
Want to get install, move, or get rid of a third-party app on your Apple Watch? Here's how.
September 29, 2017
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How to fix watchOS and Apple Watch battery life problems
How do you fix Apple Watch and watchOS battery life problems? Here are the top power-saving tips!
September 25, 2017
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How to get Apple Watch Hermès Double Cuff look for less
How can I get a good quality Hermès Double Cuff without breaking the bank?
October 20, 2017
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How To Get The Apple Watch Sport Loop Band For Less
Looking to rock the Apple Watch Sport Loop, but don't want to break the bank? Here are the best cost-efficient options out there!
November 28, 2017
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How to hide or add the red digital crown dot on your Apple Watch
Looking to hide or add the red digital crown dot on your Apple Watch? Here's how!
September 28, 2017
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How to pair an existing Apple Watch with a new iPhone
How do you switch your Apple Watch over to a new iPhone? Back it up and restore your iPhone backup!
August 31, 2017
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How to roam with your Apple Watch and use LTE data in a foreign country
The Apple Watch can't roam. But if you have the right hardware and are willing to pay, you can set it up in a different country with little difficulty.
October 6, 2017
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How to save a yoga, roller derby, snowboarding, or dance workout on Apple Watch
Even if Apple hasn't done fitness testing for your sport yet, you can still categorize your workouts.
October 6, 2017
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How to set up LTE and cellular on Apple Watch Series 3
Considering a Series 3 GPS + Cellular Apple Watch? Here's what you need to know about LTE and how it connects.
October 6, 2017
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How to use AirPlay with Apple Watch in watchOS 4
You can AirPlay your favorite audio from your Apple Watch; here's how!
October 12, 2017
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How to use the Siri watch face in watchOS 4
Want to set up and use the Siri watch face in watchOS 4? Here's how.
October 12, 2017
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How to use Water Lock on Apple Watch in watchOS 4
Lock your screen and get rid of water from your Apple Watch speaker in watchOS 4.
October 12, 2017
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Huawei Watch 2 Pro launches in China with eSIM, costing $390
Along with the launch of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro in China, the Chinese manufacturer also unveiled the Huawei Watch 2 Pro. The wearable device looks similar to the Huawei Watch 2 Classic in terms of looks, but there are a few features which differ.
October 20, 2017
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Misc. - I

I don't get it: Selling the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch sure is an enigma, particularly if you close your eyes, put your hands over your ears and sing "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)."
September 28, 2017
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Innovative smart watch and smart ring
Researchers have developed a smart watch that takes the user to another dimension and a smart ring that provides powerful feedback.
October 20, 2017
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Internal Apple memo says that "edge stripes" are appearing on some Apple Watch series 3 units
According to an internal memo sent out by Apple to Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers, a problem is causing "edge stripes" to appear on the face of certain Apple Watch series 3 models. These "edge stripes" appear on the non-cellular version of the smartwatch. The cellular models might have been spared because they use a different display assembly than the affected watches.
October 31, 2017
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iOS 11: 3 ways to really switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Do you want to make iOS 11's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Control Center tools great again? Here's what you can do instead.
October 6, 2017
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iPhone-compatible Gear Fit2 Pro still doesn't work on iOS, here's why
When Samsung took the wraps off the Gear Fit 2 Pro at the end of August, the fitness band was advertised as being compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. However, it looks like iPhone owners still can't use the device, despite it being commercially available for more than two weeks.
October 2, 2017
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Misc. - J

Jaybird Run wireless earbud review: solid sound for your sweat and swole sessions
They didn't budge.
November 22, 2017
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Misc. - M

Misfit debuts Command smartwatch, battery lasts a whole year
Misfit had quite the adventure this year with its first smartwatch dubbed the Vapor. While it was first announced in January 2017, it took nearly the whole year for it to release, after some changes being implemented in the process. Now, the firm is announcing its latest smartwatch, the Command, which offers a more traditional look, but still packs some smart features.
November 21, 2017
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Misfit's new hybrid smartwatch offers a better notification system
Hybrid smartwatches are a weird category right now. No one's really mastered the perfect balance between the smart and dumb, though a handful of products have done a decent job, most notably Withings/Nokia's Steel/Steel HR line. Fossil-owned wearables company Misfit has made some valiant efforts, as well, including the Phase -- though the model was a bit of a mixed bag.
November 21, 2017
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Misfit's new hybrid watch looks better than its true smartwatch
Misfit launched a new hybrid smartwatch today called the Command. Similarly to its earlier hybrid watch, the Phase, it tracks steps and calories and can notify wearers of calls, texts, or whatever else is happening on their phone. It doesn't have an LCD display because it's hybrid, so instead, graphic icons light up to signify notifications.
November 21, 2017
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My first week with Apple Watch Series 3
When the only real criticism of the Apple Watch Series 3 is the existence of a red dot, then you know Apple's doing well.
October 9, 2017
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Misc. - N

New Android Wear update brings recent app complication, connection indicators, and more
Android Wear, Google's OS for smartwatches and wearables, has received a new update. Version 2.6 of the software brings several notable quality-of-life features.
November 22, 2017
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New Apple Watch teardown reveals it's mostly unchanged from Series 2
iFixit tore apart a new Apple Watch to show you just what's inside your new device.
September 25, 2017
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Nike+ Run Club big new update brings audio guided runs, exclusive Apple Watch features and more
Nike+ Run Club, one of the most popular activity apps on both iOS and Android, has received a major new update.
October 3, 2017
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Not getting stand reminders in watchOS 4? Here's the fix!

If your stand reminders have suddenly gone silent after upgrading to watchOS 4, check this setting.
September 28, 2017
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Misc. - R

Review: Samsung Gear Sport
When smartwatches were first teased, companies like Google promised they would unplaster our faces from our ever-present smartphone screens and wisp us into a new age where we could remain connected without feeling addicted. It didn't happen.
October 31, 2017
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Review: watchOS 4 breathes new life into fitness side of the Apple Watch
Ars tests watchOS 4 on an Apple Watch Series 2--is the update worth it?
September 27, 2017
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Misc. - S

Samsung details the Gear S3 Value Pack Update
The Gear S3 launched late last year - you can check out our full review here - improving upon the already stellar design and user-friendly approach that it introduced with earlier iterations. This year, Samsung announced a new exclusive TUMI Special edition of the device for $449.99, building on the iconic design of the Gear S3 Frontier.
November 21, 2017
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Samsung Gear Fit 2 update brings continuous heart rate monitoring
The latest software update for the Gear Fit 2 introduces continuous heart rate monitoring, new watch faces, and apps.
September 28, 2017
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Samsung Gear S3 gets Tizen 3.0 with many major features in massive update
Well, folks, it has happened! After making its debut on the Gear Sport, Tizen 3.0 is finally arriving on the Gear S3. Today, Samsung officially announced that the latest version of its proprietary OS for wearables is available through a new "Value Pack" update.
November 20, 2017
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Samsung Gear Sport and Gear IconX 2018 get release dates, official prices
The Gear Sport is a Tizen-based smartwatch that, according to Samsung, enables users to "go beyond fitness." Compatible with both Android and iOS phones and tablets, the wearable device will be offered for $299.99. It'll come with features like water resistance (up to 50 meters), a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED screen, GPS, music player, and NFC (for Samsung Pay).
October 12, 2017
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Samsung Gear Sport gets an "official launch" film, but no release date
In late August, Samsung announced the Gear Sport, a new Tizen-based smartwatch aimed at very active users. While the company didn't say exactly when the Gear Sport would be released, the smartwatch is likely going to hit shelves in the near future. That's because Samsung today published a Gear Sport "official launch film."
October 10, 2017
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Samsung has new Gear to keep you Fit: MrMobile hands on
Samsung's Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Icon X are all variations of designs we've seen before. The Gear Sport is an evolution of the Gear S3 Frontier, Samsung's outdoor smartwatch I reviewed last year. I didn't get as close a look at the Gear Fit2 or the Icon X earbuds -- but maybe that's just as well given how much the newer models improve upon their forebears.
August 31, 2017
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Samsung's Gear Sport is currently the best alternative to Android Wear
This is the smartwatch I've been waiting for.
November 7, 2017
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"Security concerns" lead to LTE service shutdown on Chinese Apple Watches
The Chinese government doesn't know what to do with eSIMs yet.
October 19, 2017
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Smartwatches 'for children' can eavesdrop and keep tabs on your kids
The Norwegian Consumer Council has uncovered a litany of critical vulnerabilities and privacy shortcomings in several smartwatches specifically targeted at children.
October 18, 2017
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Speedo and Samsung Make Waves with Partnership to Bring Industry-Leading Swim Tracking Capabilities to Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport
Partnership brings new level of swim tracking to consumers while strengthening Samsung's innovations with Wearables
August 31, 2017
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Standalone Radio app coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 4.1
With the release of watchOS 4.1, the Apple Watch will gain a dedicated Radio app. This app will allow Apple Watch owners to tune in to Beats 1, Apple Music's other radio stations, and news stations directly on their watch.
September 27, 2017
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Thanks to the FDA, your next Apple Watch might be loaded with health features
A new pilot program joined by Apple. Fitbit, and others will relax some rules and regulations.
September 26, 2017
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The Apple Watch can accurately detect hypertension and sleep apnea, a new study suggests
A new study out from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.
November 13, 2017
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The government is handing out 10,000 Fitbits to research precision medicine
In his 2015 State of the Union, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative -- a massive research project designed to gain more insight into how we live with and treat various diseases.
November 7, 2017
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The new FDA-cleared Apple Watch band adds real-time EKG
The KardiaBand aims to track atrial fibrillation, something that fitness tracker heart rate monitors aren't approved to test (yet).
November 29, 2017
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These stands are perfect if you own an Apple Watch and an iPhone
Don't let cable mess give you stress. Charge your Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time with these excellent stands!
November 29, 2017
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This insurance company will let you earn a new Apple Watch by exercising
John Hancock customers can now earn an Apple Watch Series 3 for only $25 if they exercise regularly for two years. It's like the whole carrot and stick thing, except that there's no stick and the carrot is an Apple Watch.
October 20, 2017
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Tidal Force Wave 5 headpone review: Planar magnetic headphone tech on the cheap
You'll get a small taste--but fall short--of full planar magnetic bliss.
October 10, 2017
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Twitter's app has disappeared from the Apple Watch
It follows several other apps that have withdrawn from the platform
September 28, 2017
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Twitter's Apple Watch app has disappeared
The big Twitter news currently may be the expansion of tweets to support 280 characters instead of just 140, but a number of Twitter users recently spotted another notable change, as well: the Twitter Apple Watch app has disappeared.
September 27, 2017
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Misc. - V

Verizon discontinued its bad smartwatch
Verizon has discontinued its Wear24 smartwatch only four months after its release. Android Police first spotted the takedown, and Verizon separately confirmed the news to The Verge.
September 25, 2017
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Verizon discontinues the Wear24 smartwatch 4 months after launch
Talking about the weird decisions that some carriers take when they launch new devices, it appears that Verizon has decided to discontinue its Wear24 smartwatch just 4 months after launch.
September 25, 2017
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Verizon's Wear24 Android Wear smartwatch is dead after just 4 months
Just 4 months after its initial release, Verizon has already killed its Wear24 smartwatch.
September 26, 2017
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Vivoactive 3 review: Garmin's often the underdog, often the better choice
Apple and Fitbit may get all the attention, but Garmin deserves just as much credit.
October 12, 2017
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Watch a $1,300 sapphire Apple Watch Series 3 get scratched on camera
YouTuber Zack Nelson, better known as JerryRigEverything, is our usual go-to for phone torture these days, having exerted his tasking scratch, burn, and bend tests on many a contemporary smartphone, but those are not the only gadgets that receive this often-sadistic treatment.
September 26, 2017
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Watch Circuit Breaker Live episode 004: instant cameras, wearables, and smart speakers
This week, we have Ashley Carman discussing the instant camera revival, Lauren Goode talking about the Apple Watch Series 3 and other wearables, and myself testing out some of the latest smart speakers, including the brand new Echo.
October 25, 2017
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WatchOS 4.1 brings Wi-Fi toggle, Apple Music, and Radio streaming
Update delivers a number of highly anticipated features to the new watches.
October 31, 2017
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Which new Samsung wearable should you choose: Gear Sport vs Gear Fit 2 Pro vs Gear Icon X (2018) comparison
Samsung unveiled three new wearables at IFA 2017: the Samsung Gear Sport, the Gear Fit 2 Pro, and the Gear Icon X (2018).
September 1, 2017
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With new EKG monitor and Heart Study app, Apple Watch could one day save your life
Apple Watch can now identify irregular heart rhythms.
November 29, 2017
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Misc. - Y

You mean Google updated its smartwatch OS and nobody noticed?
Handy wristjob
November 28, 2017
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Your Apple Watch Band May Someday Adjust Itself
We truly are approaching a Jetsons-like future where the most quotidian tasks are fully automated, and where elderly Millennials will harrumph to their cloned grandchildren about the good old days when their watches -- "we called 'em 'smartwatches' back then!" -- came with bands that had to be adjusted by our own non-cyborg hands.
October 10, 2017
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Your current Pixel will work great in the new Daydream View
The New Daydream Viewer will enhance your original Pixel.
October 4, 2017
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