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All posts tagged "Smartwatches"

  • 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...

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 review: substance over style

    The smartwatch is still an infant technology that hasn’t yet decided what it wants to be when it grows up. Although there are a spate of Android Wear-based devices on the market, they’re all really the same thing in different outfits. This is a market where differentiation is more difficult than most, perhaps even more so than the tablet space. Generally I complain that tablets are boring, mundane technologies, but smartwatches come pretty damn close too. Sony’s SmartWatch 3 doesn’t exactly harbour an interesting name (hell, anything other than calling a smartwatch “SmartWatch” would’ve piqued my interested) or an interesting exterior,...

  • FlyShark is the smartphone challenger Kickstarter’s been waiting for

    Smartwatches are slowly creeping back into the limelight, with the recent announcement of the LG Watch Urbane and the imminent launch of the long awaited Apple Watch, but smaller manufacturers also believe that they can craft something truly magnificent for the wrist. The latest Kickstarter project dubbed “FlyShark” hopes to take the smartwatch crown, and compete with the likes of smartphones altogether. Read more: LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic Here at FlyShark we are working on developing a new cutting edge smartwatch to outshine the competition and possibly even compete with Smartphones! We understand that smart...

  • LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic

    The smartwatch craze of 2014 has largely cooled off in the early months of 2015, but manufacturers are still hell-bent on finding the next big smartwatch breakthrough. It’s not a tech genre that’s about to shrivel up and die any time soon, and that’s a view LG is definitely taking as well. The company has launched its latest circular contender — a chic upgrade of the G Watch R, if you will — dubbed the Watch Urbane. We imagine LG’s naming division was listening to its old 2000s R&B records when is came up with that title, but at least...

  • Awear debuts Coffee: Android Wear’s ‘first touch-based’ messaging app

    Android Wear is quite an immature OS by any stretch of the imagination, so simple features like typing and sending messages still hasn’t been perfected yet. Silicon Valley company Awear, funded by incubator Studio 9+, has largely solved this issue though with a brilliantly simple and free app. It’s called Coffee, and it makes replying to message notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch rather simple, involving no typing and no dictation at all. It’s the “first touch-based smart messaging app” for Android Wear, that allows the users to send “hundreds of different type of SMS messages”. “With Coffee, you can stay in...

  • Unboxing the Sony SmartWatch 3 [Gallery]

    It’s pretty easy to keep track of Sony’s wearable releases thanks to its rather lazy naming department. As you should’ve realised by know, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is the third iteration of the company’s smartwatch project. While it may look at lot like the SmartWatch 2 that it replaces, it’s leaps and bounds better. Rather than performing the usual unboxing (the gorgeous device didn’t come in a box at all, it turns out), we gave the SmartWatch 3 a photo shoot, showcasing the ceremonial removing of the watch’s protective shell to ultimately switching the gizmo on. Read more: Sony SmartWatch 2...

  • Samsung’s latest patent runs rings, quarters around its smartwatches’ interface

    If you think Apple’s Digital Crown smartwatch navigation system is awesome, wait until you see Samsung’s latest patent. Like those cool Nineties watches of old, Samsung‘s patent involves a rotating ring around the smartwatch‘s face, that allows the user to call up and change menus and other visual gismos on the watch’s interface. It solves the most annoying thing about smartwatches — their inability to be controlled in a cohesive and efficient manner. Touchscreens, although sometimes favorable, leave a lot to be desired in terms of usability for such a small screen. But Samsung’s answer may be the most innovative concept developed...

  • 15 techy things we’re giving thanks for this Thanksgiving [Gallery]

    It’s Thanksgiving again after an exciting but long year in the tech sphere. Although down here in South Africa we love our turkey as much as any North American, we normally wait until 25 December to pop them on the “braais” and enjoy a family meal. However, we also know how to give thanks for the brilliant things and moments in life. This year has been particularly kind to the technology industry — journalists, consumers and companies alike. There have been landmark gadget releases, like Apple’s iPhone 6, Google’s next iteration of the Nexus series and Nvidia’s range of Tegra-based mobile devices....

  • Samsung and LG unveil lastest Moto 360-slaying smartwatches

    It must be smartwatch Christmas in the wearables industry, because Korean rivals — Samsung and LG — have just announced new devices coming soon to their already numerous lineup. The LG in question is a Moto 360-killer while Samsung is looking for a more complete approach — it’s essentially a watchphone. The LG G Watch R Let’s start with the LG, though. It’s round, like the Moto 360, and that’s about the most important part. According to LG’s seemingly chuffed press release, the watch boasts “a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces.” And its right. The watch exudes a stately...

  • From Apple to Timex: the A to Z smartwatch guide

    Sick of smartwatches yet? Unfortunately, they’re here for the foreseeable future to enslave the wrists of the countless masses. While the technology is debatably still a relatively new breed, there is no shortage of confusing and overwhelming options on the market. From the stylish round-faced traditionalist, to the square button-laden wrist wrecker — there’s essentially a smartwatch suited for everyone, for all styles and all needs. With Microsoft and Apple yet to launch their contenders however, there’ll be even more options in the coming months for consumers to gloss over. For now, here is a list of smartwatches from A...

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