By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2014
After recalling its rash-inducing Force wristband back in February, FitBit on Monday launched a new family of activity trackers, the FitBit Charge and Charge HR, while making its first foray into the smart watch space with the FitBit Surge fitness accessory.
The water-resistant Fitbit Charge, billed as “the Force reinvented”, is an improved version of the activity tracker with an OLED screen and a seven-day battery. The Fitbit Charge HR is an improved version of the Charge wristband with FitBit’s PurePulse heart rate sensors and a five-day battery.
As for the Fitbit Surge, this $250 fitness watch packs in a total of eight sensors for more detailed logging of activities such as running and working out. Jump past the fold for more details. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 30, 2014
Pebble today announced that it is releasing an update for all of its Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches to add new features. The two devices are now capable of tracking a wearer’s footsteps and sleep activity in the background, fulfilling a long time request by users.
Pebble says that these new capabilities won’t have a major impact on battery life, and added that it is extending its fitness partnerships with new apps from Jawbone and Swim.com. The team is also opening up its activity tracking features to other 3rd party developers. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014
Apple has teamed up with Colette, the famous Parisian boutique, on a promotional event involving a “one day only experience” on September 30 from 11:00am to 7:00pm local time at the at fashion retailer’s gallery on rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, French blog Macplus reported Monday [Google Translate].
At the same time, members of the company’s industrial design team are headed to Paris Fashion Week, vaguely indicating that the company’s wearable device, the Apple Watch, could play a role at the semi-annual clothing trade show. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2014
Having previewed it in March, handset maker Motorola today launched its Moto 360 smartwatch with wireless charging, a rounded face, optical heart rate monitor, “all-day battery” and other perks.
Starting at $249 and available through Motorola’s website, Google’s Play store and Best Buy, the device runs Google’s Android software for wearables dubbed Android Wear and features premium materials making the circular smartwatch feel “comfortable and familiar” on your wrist. Read More
By Jake Smith on Aug 27, 2014
Two of the top-electronics manufacturers LG and Samsung took the wraps off two new smartwatches on Wednesday evening, hours after a major report pegged Apple’s iWatch debut for September 9 instead of later this year. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014
We’re living in a multi-device world. Taking into account the never-ending stream of both existing form factors and new-category products, small wonder that the line is blurring.
I’m of course referring to ultra-thin notebooks, smartphones, tablets and wearables that perform functions of smartwatches, fitness trackers, health bands and what not.
But do we really need all this hardware in our lives? And even more to the point, can anyone in today’s multi-screen world safely do without owning all types of mobile gear?
That’s the question I’d like to pose in today’s poll. Assuming you have enough spare cash lying around somewhere, would buying a notebook, a tablet, a smartphone and a watch benefit your mobile computing, do you think? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014
KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has made a name for himself as one of the more credible — if not the most credible — analysts covering Apple.
And unlike many other ”analysts“ who base their armchair predictions on the combination of the generally inaccurate rumor-mill reporting, hearsay and the Internet echo chamber, Kuo actually does research and puts some thought into notes he issues to clients.
But even renowned analysts like Kuo — and trusted he is — have had their share of misses. Today, Kuo backpedalled on his earlier claim that Apple was working to released an iWatch at some point this year. Ask him again and he’ll now tell you he no longer sees the mythical wearable released in 2014 due to the complexities involved in hardware and software engineering… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2014
Despite its experience and notoriety, Pebble faces some serious competition in the smartwatch business. Major tech companies like Samsung and Google are stepping up their offerings, longtime watch veterans are getting involved, and who knows what Apple has planned.
With that in mind, Pebble has recruited some significant talent to help it forge its next generation of its smartwatches. According to a report from The Verge, the company has picked up two designers from LG, who were instrumental in creating webOS TV, as well as webOS… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014
According to a rather dubious rumor published by MacRumors, citing a source familiar with an internal Apple Retail Store meeting, a senior Store Leader allegedly told staff that the whole month of October will be very busy for Apple Stores and the company itself, singling out October 14 as a particularly “immense” day for Apple.
Furthermore, the company is apparently planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, nearly a month ahead of the iPhone 6‘s assumed October 14 launch… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2014
I don’t think anyone in their right mind would seriously question Apple’s motivation to reportedly market and sell bigger iPhones this year.
Moreover, many pundits and watchers are in agreement that Apple will indeed enter new product categories this year with a rumored iWatch wearable device, said to combine health and fitness functions.
What’s unclear though is the timing for these product launches. We already know it’s going to be action-packed Fall, but you’d be wise not to keep your fingers crossed for a simultaneous launch of both new iPhones and iWatches… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2014
Just as I’d suspected, Apple isn’t really partnering with Swiss watchsmiths on developing and producing multiple iWatch devices.
That’s according to Swiss watchmaker Swatch which today issued an outright denial of the rumor in the form of a statement issued to Reuters.
In it, a spokesperson categorically states that the Swatch Group is not working with Apple on iWatch devices although the company has supplied components like integrated circuits to certain mobile phone makers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014
VentureBeat is out with a new report this afternoon, claiming it has learned that Apple has partnered with Swatch to produce an entire line of ‘iWatch‘ devices. Apparently these devices are going to come in multiple styles, and at a variety of price points.
Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says that while the current consensus is that Apple is building one or two iWatches by itself, the firm may actually be preparing a variety of smartwatches with several partners from the watch industry… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2014
Apple has made another high-profile hire related to iWatch as CNBC reports that the company has successfully poached sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer Patrick Pruniaux, who has now joined the iPhone maker’s teams in California to help sell the iWatch and position the device as a must-have gadget in the minds of the consumers.
Several sources already suspected that the iWatch could actually be a high-end luxury watch augmented by smart functions. Also keep in mind that earlier reports said Apple had approached the world’s top watchsmiths in an attempt to poach their talent for its iWatch team.
That being said, this hire certainly makes sense because Apple is going to need experienced marketeers from the watch industry if it’s to position the rumored device as a luxury good… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 2, 2014
Like Apple and several others, Microsoft is said to be working on a smartwatch that it plans to introduce later this year. There have been multiple reports on the project, including one from Forbes in May that described the wearable as a Samsung Gear Fit-like fitness band.
Tonight, Windows blogger Paul Thurott offered up some new details on Microsoft’s wearable ambitions, reaffirming that the device will indeed be a wristband with a focus on sensors and fitness. He also notes that the gadget will be compatible with both Android and iOS… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2014
Among the flurry of announcements yesterday, Android Wear files as the most exciting and talked-about aspect of the Google I/O 2014 keynote.
To help jumpstart Google’s platform for wearables, both LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s new Gear Live started selling through Google’s Play store yesterday.
Google also said that Motorola’s Moto 360, announced back in March, will launch later this summer with Android Wear. Motorola has now posted a nice video for those who couldn’t attend Google’s two-day conference for developers.
It gives a sneak peek at some of the cool features of Android Wear running on premium hardware so give it a quick watch (pun intended) and share your impressions with fellow readers down in the comments… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 19, 2014
Reuters is out with a new report this afternoon regarding the iWatch. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says that Apple’s long-rumored smartwatch is set to go into mass production next month at Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc, ahead of a likely October launch.
The report also offers up some details about the so-called iWatch—most of which we’ve heard rumored before—including that the device will feature a 2.5-inch display and wireless charging capabilities, and will have a built-in sensor that’ll be capable of monitoring a user’s pulse… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014
Pebble released a new firmware for its smartwatch line that enables two new features dealing with the App Menu and music playback controls, alongside a few other minor improvements.
The new 2.2 firmware finally enables the volume control for music playback, something the company first demoed in the Pebble Music app months ago.
In addition to music controls, the software makes it easy to rearrange the items in the Launcher Menu.
The refreshed firmware is available through Pebble’s companion iPhone app, available free in the App Store and updated to the latest version last week… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2014
After taking on both Apple’s iPad tablet and the ultra-portable MacBook Air notebook with the recently announced Surface Pro 3, the Windows giant Microsoft appears ready to challenge Cupertino on wearables.
Yes, I know Apple has yet to reveal its cards concerning the long-rumored iWatch project, but an exclusive report by Forbes has it that Microsoft is betting heavily on a smartwatch of its own.
In line with the software giant’s One Microsoft mantra and its renewed commitment to make its software and services available under every major platform, the gadget will reportedly sync with the iPhone and iPad, as well as with Android and Windows Phone devices… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 23, 2014
The image above might look like yet another gaudy iWatch concept, but it’s not. It’s called the Kairos, and it’s very real—well, it’s not in stores yet, but the company has begun taking pre-orders and hopes to begin shipping by December.
Billed as the world’s first mechanical-smartwatch hybrid, the Kairos is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in wearables. Featuring true, self-winding watch movements and a transparent OLED display, the watch blends both tech and fashion… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 17, 2014
One of the crazier rumors we’ve heard thus far involving the iWatch comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the accessory may cost as much as ‘several thousand dollars.’ Kuo is well respected in the Apple community, but this particular prediction seemed a bit off.
That is, unless the iWatch ends up looking like this new concept from Curved/labs that surfaced earlier this week. The site envisions the rumored smartwatch looking like a high-end Rolex, with a digital chronograph face, wireless charging, and several other features… Read More