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Apple Watch beta includes warning for old apps, suggests watchOS 5 will drop support

The latest watchOS beta, 4.3.1, introduces a new alert when launching original watchOS 1 WatchKit applications, hinting that such apps may be dropped entirely in watchOS 5.<p>Back when the initial round of betas released for iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and macOS 10.13.5, it was interesting to note that we …

Smartwatches

Why Google had to rename Android Wear

Android smartwatches are in the news recently, which is kind of news on its own, since it’s felt like Google’s smartwatch platform has been running on autopilot for the past year. But instead of new hardware or new software features, the news is that Google has changed the name of its smartwatch …

Wear OS

Hublot is launching a Wear OS smartwatch that costs $5,200

Although the Android Wear name might be dead, Google's Wear OS smartwatch platform is still chugging along mostly as a result of fashion and luxury …

Android Wear needs way more than just a Wear OS rebrand

Google first launched Android Wear in 2014, and since then, the platform hasn't changed all that much. Android Wear 2.0 introduced a slightly updated …

Apple Watch Insulted By Fitbit Executive, But Apple Fans Fight Back

Many think Fitbit is the last company that should criticize the Apple Watch.<p>The Apple Watch, especially the Series 3, has become the go-to …

Smartwatches

Fitbit’s Versa is the smartwatch the Ionic should have been

Half a year after launching the Ionic, Fitbit is back with Versa, a “smartwatch for all.” The new wearable builds atop the same foundation as its predecessor, but offers a lower price point and a smaller frame, addressing two of the main complaints around the company’s first smartwatch. It’s the …

Apple Watch Continues To Prove Smartwatch Skeptics Wrong

When the Apple Watch first came out in 2015, smartwatch skeptics celebrated Apple’s new wearable becoming “a flop.” However, three years later, it …

Smartwatches

Apple Watch sets a record for wearables shipments

The electronics giant shipped 8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, easily topping Fitbit's old record, according to Canalys research.<p>Apple's smart devices are often criticized for exclusively running within the company's own ecosystem -- but the market doesn't seem to mind.<p>The electronics …

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.<p>The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the …

Social Media

You realize how much you rely on your phone only when you have to shut it off

You hear it all the time: a smartphone is the best way to keep in touch with friends and family, know what's happening in the world, and have a …

eBooks

‘Time well spent’ is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate

A war of words<p>In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent. The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it calls “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliant minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, …

CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech

With the slew of self-care, fitness and sleep devices on show at CES, the health and medical industries are making big rumbles in consumer tech.<p>When "health tech" first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate …

High Blood Pressure

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 wins CES award for best kids’ peripheral

This past week at CES in Las Vegas, VTech was honored with the Best Peripheral Award for its newest Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. The award was presented by KAPI (Kids at Play Interactive) and the panel of judges selected the VTech watch from over 500 tech products released in 2017. With its two …

Kids

Smartwatches are awesome. So why aren't they more popular?

Officially, Google isn't finished with Android Wear, and neither are the companies that build watches powered by it. But I'm pretty sure that Android …

The Movado Connect is the most striking smartwatch I've ever worn

The Movado Connect is hands-down the most beautiful smartwatch I've ever worn. It's the kind of perfectly proportioned, well-balanced wristwatch you …

The Vivofit 4's battery should last at least a year

Garmin is still making lightweight activity trackers, ones that appeal more to the step-counting crowd than the mountain-climbing kind. The company just announced its new Vivofit 4 yesterday, which sounds pretty similar to the Vivofit 3.<p>The Vivofit 4 has a coin cell battery, like prior models, …

Samsung Gear wearables to be handed out by health insurance company for fitness tracking

Collaborating with UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm Life, Samsung will be providing Gear Fit2 Pro fitness trackers and Gear Sport smartwatches. Members …

Fitbit is toast because smartwatches like Samsung's Gear Sport now exist

What exactly makes a great smartwatch? Is it size? Is design? Is it features? Is it cellular connectivity?<p>The answer's going to be very different for …

Facebook claims it can reach more young people than exist in UK, US and other countries

Facebook claims that it can reach more millennials and people in other demographics than actually exist in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland and France, according to census data.<p>In the UK, Facebook says it can reach 7.8 million users aged between 18 and 24. The Office of National Statistics, however, …

Digital Advertising

Google Assistant stops working properly for Android Wear users after faulty Google app update

People are accusing of Google of treating its customers like beta testers more than ever these days, and for good reason - it seems like there's a …

Facebook is turning into a confusing social nightmare

Facebook! It's a confusing mess these days.<p>The network, in its efforts to become a bit more socialagain, has drowned users in new features, tests and …