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All posts tagged "Smartwatches"

  • Apple Watch Series 2 debuts with swimmers in mind

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news here and here. Amid the James Corden tomfoolery and Nintendo news, Apple also unveiled the new edition of the Apple Watch. The smartwatch, which has pushed the Cupertino company to second in the world smartphone sales stakes, is now swim-proof -- waterproof for up to 50 metres. Additionally, the company's wearable now boasts a nifty little speaker water ejection system, which keeps fluid out of the Apple Watch Series 2's system. Apple Watch Series 2 now boasts a swanky ceramic edition Speaking of the system, the Apple Watch now...

  • Samsung Gear S3 coming to South Africa in November

    Keeping track of the Samsung Gear S3 and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. The IFA 2016 announcements continue this week as the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch was revealed today. Available in outdoor-focused Frontier and more refined Classic variants, the Samsung Gear S3 specs are largely in line with other smartwatches. There's a dual-core 1.0Ghz Exynos processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and 1.3-inch 360x360 AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass). Additionally, the watch packs IP68 water-resistance, the Tizen-based operating system of prior models and LTE connectivity (in the Frontier version only). Introducing the Samsung #GearS3. https://t.co/WmsJHA2g4P pic.twitter.com/7qNVvfaoZo — Samsung Mobile...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear chips to power wearables for kids, elderly

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Chipmaker Qualcomm has already launched its first dedicated wearable chip earlier this year, in the form of the Snapdragon Wear 2100. But the company is targeting children and the elderly in particular with its latest bit of silicon. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is ostensibly a lower end chip when compared to the 2100, but is made with "targeted-purpose" wearables in mind. Qualcomm specifically mentions "connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories" as part of this market. The US tech firm says the new chip will deliver longer...

  • Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and all-new wearable hit Kickstarter

    Pebble's all-conquering smartwatches hold jaw-dropping records on Kickstarter. The original Pebble sits at number three on the website's all-time "most funded" list, at US$10.2-million. The Pebble Time campaign, launched last year, is the most-funded Kickstarter project of all time, sitting at a massive $20.3-million. Now, the Pebble team is back, revealing the Kickstarter for the all-new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 smartwatches. It's already blown past its US$1-million goal, hitting US$5.8-million as of publication. So what's new this time? What should you expect? Much like the original Pebble, the Pebble 2 features a black and white always-on "e-paper" display, water-resistance (to 30 metres) and...

  • Samsung aims to bring virtual touchscreens to wearables using projectors

    Samsung has been a pioneering force in the smartwatch world, so it's not really a surprise that the company's working towards the device's betterment. It's latest pending patent suggests that the company's really looking for novel ways to solve the smartwatch's issues, including projecting an extended screen onto the user's wrist, arm, or any nearby wall. According to the patent's abstract, the wearable "includes an image projector configured to project a virtual user interface screen" along with a camera to capture any user inputs or provide visual information for the projector's scaling requirements, and a co-processor that makes sense of it...

  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT is the company’s new fitness flagship

    Garmin has been revealing some really great wearables recently, and that run is set to continue judging by its latest wrist companion. The Garmin Forerunner 735XT -- based on features and price -- is now atop of the company's fitness watch range. And speaking of the latter, you'll need to fork out a good US$450 to own one. It's available in black and while, or "blue and frost blue" and boasts a large circular face, with silicon straps. It's a retro aesthetic but polished for the current decade. I think Garmin nailed the styling. But beyond that, is it worth its steep...

  • Garmin Vivomove: an analog fitness watch with swag

    It's not often that old world charm meets with new world savvy, but that's exactly what Garmin has done with its new analog smartwatch, the Vivomove. Yes, that's a big of a stupid name, but the watch is undoubtedly oozing character without sacrificing practicality. The Garmin Vivomove, for starters, can't be called a smartwatch in the traditional sense. Yes, it's a watch with a host of sensors -- sensors that has defined Garmin's business thus far -- but it doesn't use a digital face. Moreover, it looks like a classic timepiece, a pretty impressive feat considering that this is Garmin's first...

  • Apple Watch Sport review: the definitive timepiece for Apple fans

    Let's get this out of the way: smartwatches are still fairly stupid. They're supposed to stop users constantly checking the nagging smartphones in their pockets, but I find I check my phone more often with a smartwatch on my arm. That's not to say I absolutely hate all smartwatches. Sure (and rather incredibly, in fact), I've used some that I've liked before: the Sony SmartWatch 3, the LG G Watch R and the more recent Samsung Gear S2 spring to mind, but they aren't desirable, or beckon me on bended knee to buy them.  If anything, I'm better off with...

  • Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect

    Android Wear currently rules the smartwatch roost, running on more devices than we could possibly list off the top of our heads. While that's a great thing for Google, it's not for consumers. Although Google recently updated its OS, it remains immature in a relative young market segment, and as a result, smartwatches haven't seen the rise and rise that we've expected from them in their early days. This isn't to say that some smartwatches are completely hopeless though. What I will say however is that few Android Wear smartwatches really impress enough to leave a lasting impression. But what if...

  • Fitbit, Casio and Fossil: it’s raining smartwatches at CES 2016

    Smartwatches haven't quite shown us the money just yet. Sure, they're walking around with big ideas, but up until 2015's end, there hasn't been one real "I have to have this" example made yet. That may very well chance in 2016, if this year's CES is a yard stick. While LG and Samsung fought over how many Ks their televisions have, while Nvidia and Qualcomm tried to avoid crashing smartcars into poles, and while Intel was playing with drones and robots, the lesser known smartwatch makers came to the fore. As a result, here are four of the most interesting smartwatches...