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Unboxing Live 155: LG G Watch R review

We bring you a look at the LG G Watch R Android Wear smartwatch in this episode. The LG G Watch R is the first smartwatch to sport a completely round P-OLED display. Other notable features include heart rate monitoring, turn-by-turn directions, voice control, and much more. You can pick up the LG G Watch R, which works with devices running Android 4.3 or greater, from AT&T and other retailers.

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Apple releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Software

iOS 8.2 apple watch

Following its Spring Forward Apple Watch event, Apple has released iOS 8.2 publicly. The update brings about minor fixes, along with one big feature: Apple Watch support. In order to use the Apple Watch, you’ll need to be running iOS 8.2 on your iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, or 6 Plus. After installing the update, you’ll find the new Apple Watch app on your home screen, which is what you will use to download apps and manage settings for your Apple Watch, should you pick one up.

iOS 8.3 will follow soon, with new diverse emoji and wireless CarPlay support. In the meantime, you can download iOS 8.2 now.


Here’s the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, starting at $29

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Wearables

apple watch charging cable price

Apple has announced that the Apple Watch will get about 18 hours of battery life per charge, and that it will charge from empty to 80% in about 90 minutes, or to 100% in about two-and-a-half hours. That's long enough for most anybody, but if you find yourself needing to charge in the midde of the day, you should know about the Magnetic Charging Cable for the Apple Watch, which makes it super easy to charge. As you can see in the image above, the Magnetic Charging Cable snaps to the rear side of the Apple Watch, making it easy to apply. The Apple Watch itself will include one of these chargers, and if you need an extra, you can buy a 2 meter Magnetic Charging Cable for $39, or a shorter (and cheaper) 1 meter Magnetic Charging Cable for $29.

Be sure to check out all of the news from Apple's Spring Forward Apple Watch event!


Apple Watch band pricing revealed

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Wearables, Design

Apple Watch Band pricing

We've already given you the complete breakdown on the Apple Watch pricing, but what if you want to buy additional watch bands or other accessories from Apple? We've got the pricing for that as well, and depending on how fashionable you want to be, pricing can get pretty steep:

The prices listed would obviously be for purchasing an extra band for your Apple Watch, separate from what it already comes with. The question that remains now is, are you looking to pick up an extra band for your Apple Watch in order to switch it up for style or activity?

Be sure to check out the rest of our coverage of today's Apple Spring Forward event.


Apple Watch Pricing: Here’s what you’ll pay for Sport, Watch, and Edition models

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Corporate News

Apple Watch Pricing

During this morning's Apple Spring Forward event, the company finally filled in the blanks on how much all three versions of the Apple Watch will cost. If you are wanting anything other than the Apple Watch Sport model (which Apple previously announced as starting at $349,) then you might need to start saving up now in advance of the Apple Watch release date. Here's the breakdown:

APPLE WATCH SPORT

APPLE WATCH (STAINLESS STEEL)

APPLE WATCH EDITION (18K GOLD)

There you have it! Are you looking to pick up an Apple Watch? If so, what model are you looking to pick up now that you have the details on Apple Watch pricing?

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Apple Watch will be available on April 24, preview and pre-order on April 10

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Apple Watch release date

Apple is holding its Spring Forward event, focused on Apple Watch, this morning. The company just announced that the Apple Watch will be released on April 24 in the US and select countries, answering the question of when everyone will be able to get their hands on the hot new wearable coming out of Cupertino. The Apple Watch will be available in Apple Stores nationwide, but if you'd rather have it sent to you, you'll be able to pre-order one starting on April 10th, starting at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport. Be sure to check out the full Apple Watch pricing breakdown to see exactly what you'll have to pay for the Watch and band combo that you've been eyeing, along with the costs for additional Apple Watch bands.


Apple Watch will get 18 hours of battery life per charge

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Wearables, Corporate News

apple watch battery life

One of the biggest questions about the Apple Watch was answered this morning at the Spring Forward event. According to Apple, the Apple Watch will get 18 hours of battery life per charge.

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Bleeding Edge TV 527: Fitbit Charge activity tracker

The Fitbit Charge Activity + Sleep Tracker is the latest casual fitness tracker from Fitbit, and in this episode we open it up and give you a look at all the features that this wearable packs. With the Fitbit Charge, you can monitor your steps, distance walked, flights climbed, calories burned, and even track your sleep automatically. We will be bringing you a look at the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge in future episodes!

You can pick up the Fitbit Charge now on Amazon.

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Moto 360 goes on sale, sells out quickly

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Wearables

Moto 360 smartwatch

Motorola's long-awaited foray into the smartwatch arena is now official with the release of the Moto 360. The Android Wear device features a 1.65-inch circular display that's covered in Gorilla Glass, making it resistant to scratches and shattering. The watch is also water-resistant. Other features include all-day battery life, built-in pedometer, optical heart rate monitor, and a leather watch band (Motorola plans to release metal bands later this fall.) Users can charge the device wirelessly with the included charging cradle.

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Exclusive: I used Microsoft’s Surface watch

Microsoft Surface Smart Watch

Yes, it’s true—Microsoft is about to get into the smartwatch game, and I got the opportunity to play with it. As we'd previously reported, Microsoft has filed a patent that details a smartwatch. However, often these patent filings aren’t exactly what we see companies end up releasing. So, let’s separate the cruft and get to the meat of the matter. A number of months ago I took a trip to New York where I came across someone who was testing the upcoming Microsoft wearable device. I saw it on their wrist and asked about it. They tried to explain that it was a random fitness wristband ordered from China at first, but eventually (with some prodding) gave me the scoop. Here is your exclusive first look at what Microsoft is planning for its first wearable smart device, what we are referring to as the Surface Watch:

  • As far as looks, the image above is a parody, but not far off. It has an elongated form factor, but isn't as comically large as what's in the image. It is much more akin to something like the Fitbit One or Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in shape rather than taking on the shape of a traditional watch, like Pebble did, or like what Google showed off with Android Wear. What we saw had a flat display, while the inner portion that would rest against your skin was curved.
  • The icons are the flat style that Microsoft has been using on its other devices like Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Xbox One. That's what tipped me off in the first place.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy is how it interacts with the rest of the world
  • The flat glass display, and was definitely not high resolution. We hope that both of these change in the final product--a high-resolution curved display already exists on the Samsung Gear Fit, and the Microsoft device just didn't look as good.
  • The watch is packed with sensors. It has a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and most interestingly, a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The galvanic skin response sensor is built into the watch band, while everything else is built into the unit itself.

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