Google brings its Jacquard wearables tech to Levis Trucker Jacket

October 2, 2019

Back in 2015, Google’s ATAP team demoed a new kind of wearable tech at Google I/O that used functional fabrics and conductive yarns to allow you to interact with your clothing and, by extension, the phone in your pocket. The company then released a jacket with Levi’s in 2017, but that was expensive, at $350, and never really quite caught on. Now, however, Jacquard is back. A few weeks ago,…

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S10s

February 22, 2019

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active doesn't come with a rotatable bezel.Image: samsung Samsung went nuts and announced a boatload of new gadgets at its Unpacked event today. The star of the show was no doubt the Galaxy S10, but Samsung also made room for a new smartwatch: the Galaxy Watch Active. SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ take premium Android phones to the next level Samsung is no stranger…

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The new Wear OS starts hitting smartwatches

September 29, 2018

Google’s in a tough spot with Wear OS. It’s been four and half years since the operating system arrived as Android Wear, and while plenty of manufacturers have tried their hand at devices, the operating system has failed to make a large dent on the smartwatch category. Apple continues to dominate the space, while top competitors Samsung and Fitbit have opted to go in-house with their operating systems. modest 2.0…

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Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

August 10, 2018

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan. The original Q watches included…

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ANGLR raises $3.3 million to create a Fitbit for fishing

July 19, 2018

ANGLR, a tracking system for fisherpersons, has raised a $3.3 million Series A to add AR and wearables to their already impressive package of fishing trip management and devices to help record fishing data. That’s right… they caught a big one! Nic Wilson and Landon Bloomer started this Pittsburgh-based company to build an app that can help record and plan your fishing trips. The system has been around for five…

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What to expect at Google I/O this week

May 11, 2018

Google has been rolling out news at a steady rate since last week, in what feels like a bit of a last-minute clearinghouse ahead of tomorrow. The company’s already taken the wraps off of news about Android TV, Google Home, Wear OS Assistant, you name it. If this were practically any other company, we’d be concerned that there’s nothing left to discuss. But this is Google. The next few days…

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Android Wear renamed to Wear OS

March 16, 2018

A handful of the new Android Wear smartwatches from the likes of Fossil and Michael Kors.Image: raymond wong/mashable Google’s Android Wear is dead — the name, not the platform. Ahead of Baselworld, an annual watch and jewelry show, Google is rebranding its smartwatch software as Wear OS. SEE ALSO: Hands on with the Fitbit Versa, a smartwatch for everyone Contrary to popular belief, Google’s smartwatch platform apparently isn’t dead. Though…

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How to protect yourself against Meltdown and Spectre

January 7, 2018

Security bugs and malware are commonplace in our connected world. With microchips in our mobile devices, wearables, computers, and even our home appliances, it seems something is always at risk of being attacked. The latest scares, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, are different, however. These vulnerabilities affect all x86 Intel CPUs shipped in the last 23 years. Reports also suggest that ARM and AMD processors are at risk, too. It doesn’t matter…

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Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

August 20, 2017

Commercial firmware pre-installed on someAndroid smartphone models soldin theUS has been found to besecretly sending highly sensitive data to a third party company based in China, according to analysis bysecurity firm Kryptowire. Personal databeing transmitted without users knowledge or consent included text messages, call logs, contacts, app usage data and even a users location. While smartphones with the firmware in question included the BLU R1 HD, pictured above, which is…

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Android Nougat Proves How Good Googles OS Already Is

August 17, 2017

If you owned an Android phone in the late aughts, or even the early part of this decade, you were unwittingly part of a grand experiment in smartphone design. Google spent all those years trying to work out what people wanted in a smartphone. A few features, like homescreen widgets and that pull-down notification shade, have been around since day one. But it took two versions before Android had an…

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