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All posts tagged "Smartwatches"

  • LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a 23-carat gold, limited edition swag-watch

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. Previously, swagger and street credibility was largely limited to established watchmaker names like Rolex and Hublot. Well, times are clearly changing. In a bid to make its smartwatches a little more attractive to the business and monetary elite, LG has dipped it's Watch Urbane in 23-carat gold, and slapped a US$1200 price tag onto it. It's called the LG Watch Urbane Luxe, and that Luxe modifier is there for a reason. This thing's about as distinguished as smartwatches come, with an alligator leather strap and...

  • Android Wear update makes its smartwatches a little more useful

    It's easy for smartwatch companies to develop a face to indicate the time, but the device's issues is its inability to show the plethora of additional information available in an orderly fashion. Well, Google is actively trying to remedy this and has subsequently issued an Android Wear update, that brings with it interactive watch faces. While it does sound like something that has been with Android Wear for ages, it's a little more intricate than that. The watch face itself -- without forcing the user to trudge through it's idiotic menu -- displays bit-sized information, from weather, to steps taken,...

  • Garmin Fenix 3 review: worth the money

    As a (relatively) young tech journalist, you often find yourself reviewing gadgets that you could never feasibly afford on your salary. It's something you try not to think too much about -- you'd go mad if you did. Despite my best efforts though, it's something I couldn't stop thinking about during my two weeks with the Garmin Fenix 3. And for the most part, that's because I also couldn't stop thinking about how much I want this device to be a permanent part of my life. From a purely technological point of view, there's no reason why that should be...

  • TomTom Runner Cardio review: it’s all in the wrist

    The TomTom Runner Cardio came to me at exactly the wrong time. You see, I usually run around four times a week, with a race frequently thrown into the mix. A combination of overseas travel and a chest infection (brought on by said overseas travel) meant that's how many times in total I was able to run during the review period. Still, I put it through its paces as best I could and, for the most part, the future looks pretty bright for performance wearables. Before we get into the review proper though, a little background: a couple of years...

  • Lenovo’s trying to solve the smartwatch’s biggest issue, make projecting smartphones viable

    Smartwatches are everywhere right now, but there's no getting around the fact that screen size is a massive limitation. Lenovo today announced its plan to get around that issue. At the company's TechWorld conference, the company showed off Smart Magic, its concept for a multi-screen smartwatch. The watch, which a way off from launch, contains a standard screen -- so you can view notifications as you would on any other smartwatch -- but also has a second projector-style screen. Lenovo claims that this second screen can project images and videos onto the human eye, so that they appear 20 times larger...

  • LG G Watch R review: wristy business

    Smartwatches. What's the point? I can't think of another piece of technology that's more superfluous to its wearer -- perhaps only a shoe made entirely of shark teeth. Or electric can openers. There's just no dire need for them, but hell, they're clearly here to stay. With the likes of Apple jumping aboard the wristpiece train, there's very little chance of the industry slowing down now, but there are companies that have been trudging away in the space hoping for some type of miracle sales breakthrough. LG is one. It has had some glorious smartwatch ideas in the past, like the LG...

  • Is there a round Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the works?

    Samsung might've revealed an interesting tidbit regarding its next-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatches, in a new press release outed this week. The company, announcing that its new SDK will be available early to global developers before any products are launched (which is also a first), also flaunted an image of a round watch-like depiction in the release. Whether this is sheer graphic designer coincidence or carefully plotted teaser, it certainly has our ears pricked. Previous generations of the Samsung Galaxy Gear range has featured square faces with slightly rounded edges, slightly longer rectangular screens and hell, even slim slivered screens like those...

  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people's wrists about a year ago, Google's focusing more on what it dubs being "fashionable" as well as "functionable". Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen -- that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...

  • Tag Heuer partners with Intel, Google on Apple-slaying smartwatch

    Tag Heuer, you know, that luxury watch brand specialising in crafting traditional timepieces, is divebombing into the smartwatch swimming pool thanks to a firm hand on the back by Apple. After the Cupertino company launched its Apple Watch a few weeks ago, and Swatch announced that it will fit its timepieces with NFC chips, Tag Heuer has confirmed that it too will be sending its chronographs to smartwatch school, but with one important exception -- it will aim to keep its smartwatches' aesthetics as close to those of the originals. The watch will be powered by an Intel chipset, which is...

  • LG’s upgraded Watch Urbane LTE boasts mystery OS, VoLTE calling

    We all knew that the LG G Watch R was one of the more beautiful smartwatches on the market, but hell, even LG had to out do itself with this one. The Watch Urbane debuted a few days ago and looked to be one massively stunning Apple Watch slayer, but new details have emerged of a new "LTE" version that makes this line even more attractive to techies and business executives alike. Read more: LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic Instead of climbing onto the Android Wear bandwagon again, LG has developed a proprietary OS for the...