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Believe it or not, this isn't the first time we've heard that Apple was toying with the idea of disrupting the watch market. But this time, the timing may be right. As with the iPad, Apple has a tendency to feel out the market and then strike when the iron's hot. Tablets existed for years prior to the iPad, but seemingly, the world wasn't quite ready for them until the original iPad hit. Ever since, they've been eating away at the laptop market. Smart watches have a similar tale. Even Fossil had a Bluetooth watch years ago that operated with Sony Ericsson handsets, but that eventually went nowhere.... Read more...
The Pebble smartwatch is most certainly in the limelight. After raising bookoodles of money on Kickstarter, the crowdfunded smartwatch has garnered the attention of the masses in a major way. And now, after it missed its September ship date, it's in the spotlight for another reason: ruining Christmas for some. All jesting aside, there's no doubt that pundits are feeling a little uneasy after seeing a company grab so much cash and then miss a ship date by months and months, but there's a ton of red tape in developing new hardware, and more specifically, getting that hardware ready for action in... Read more...
Who says GPS units need to stay married to the road? With Nokia Drive and Google Maps Navigation, it's clear that guidance is shifting into offline and mass transit, even on mobile, and Garmin thinks it can go even more places. The new Garmin Swim is a simply titled GPS watch, which is described as the company's "first training watch designed specifically for swimmers that lets users track stroke type, stroke count, distance, pace, lengths and more." Unlike some of the prior GPS watches, this one actually looks fairly unobtrusive and sleek, despite being waterproof. It's built to be used right... Read more...
A few months ago, a Kickstarter project by the name of "Pebble" made some huge waves by raking in over a million dollars in funding sales. Suddenly, intelligent watches seem to be all the rage again, despite being a product category that largely died years back due to flaky support and bad battery life. Is it time for the segment to make a comeback? Sure seems it, as even Sony's getting back in the loop. The company's new SmartWatch is now available at Verizon Wireless, making it majorly accessible to millions of customers who already rely on VZW for cellular service. Specifications: Screen Size... Read more...
When you think about a company like Tag Heuer, you're probably familiar with their watches. After all, they're a watch company. But they also do something else: phones. The company has just revealed one of the wildest, most expensive smartphones that we've ever seen, the stunning "Link Phone." It's sporting an outlandish design; something only the most loyal Tag fans are likely to appreciate. And here's something that almost no one will appreciate. A $6700 price tag. We know they're aiming at a very specific market, but OUCH! For what it's worth, the company does include a great many extras: there's... Read more...
What happens when Garmin, a company traditionally associated with GPS units, tackles a watch? A GPS watch pops out! The company has actually produced a few GPS-enabled wristwatches in the past, but only this week have they introduced one with a touchscreen face. The new Forerunner 610 sports watch is the company's latest, and it's both weather-proof and rather sleek given the technology that's inside. It's designed to be worn by athletes or active consumers who need something sweat-proof and capable of dishing out directions, and there's also a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace... Read more...
Garmin may not be competing in the smartphone business much longer, but the company still has plenty of new products up its sleeve. Today, Garmin announced the Approach S1, the company's first golf GPS watch. The Approach S1 comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses. It can display information about distance to the front, back and middle of greens as well as measure shot distances. It's rugged and waterproof so you won't have to worry about destroying it on the course. The Approach S1 also has an alarm and automatic time and time zone detection. Garmin launches Approach S1, first golf GPS watch,... Read more...
Remember those Sony Ericsson Bluetooth watches that were all the rage around 5 years ago? We figured that those had all but died out, but it looks like Research In Motion thinks otherwise. The creator of the BlackBerry handset has just commissioned Allerta in order to bring to market the world's first BlackBerry watch. You read that correctly--a BlackBerry watch!The timepiece, which is debately attractive, will come with a 1.3" OLED screen, a metal body, a vibrating motor for near-silence notifications and a microUSB port. The rechargeable battery can live up to four days under general use scenarios,... Read more...
What is the most important thing to you that you can do on the Internet? Forget communicating and gathering information; according to results from a just-released study, for ten percent of all U.S. online households, entertainment is the single-most important thing that the Internet offers. In fact, the study indicates that nearly 20 percent of all U.S. households are now watching TV broadcasts online. This matches the results that came out of a similar study about a month ago that said that 20 percent of primetime TV is watched online."Most consumers are pressed for time and require flexibility... Read more...
Pundits argue that the computer is quickly on its way to becoming the primary source of delivering audio-visual entertainment. Others will argue that it's already happened. With over 12 billion videos watched online in the U.S. during the month of May, its hard to argue against the ubiquity of the PC as the king of media. To further this claim, market research company, Integrated Media Measurement Inc. (IMMI), has released a study that claims that almost 20 percent of primetime "episodic" television shows are watched online.This number is an average representing IMMI's measurement of "3,000 teens... Read more...
Last month CinemaNow conducted a survey on its Website about consumers' viewing habits. One of the more entertaining tidbits to come from the survey was that the majority of those surveyed thought that of all the actors who played Batman, Christian Bale looked the best in his Batman outfit. Keep this in mind, because we'll be coming back to Christian Bale's Batman outfit in a bit... The main finding from the survey, however, that CinemaNow really wants to publicize is:"94 percent of Americans believe that they make a bigger contribution to the environment by downloading a movie online versus renting... Read more...
Los Angeles has a love affair with car chases on TV. But delivering traffic cam footage to your cell phone? That's the idea behind FreeTrafficCams.com, which has rolled out its product in a few cities across the country. From the list of their upcoming cities, they're definitely in the "expansion" mode.Starting Tuesday, people with the right phones can download the application, then click and pick from more than 270 cameras aimed at the city's streets and highways to view.By "right phones," by the way, we don't mean the iPhone. That version is coming this summer, 3rd Dimension spokesman Rob Manfredo... Read more...
All those of you who are using generic, and in particular, high-capacity batteries with your Eee should watch out.  It seems you might have an explosive combination. Second- and third-tier battery makers in China have begun to manufacture batteries designed to be used with the Eee PC. Some vendors are offering batteries with capacities up to 10,400mAh, which can support up to 5.5 hours of usage, priced around 500-600 RMB (US$71-86), according to channel vendors. However, reports claim that one of these "high-capacity" batteries recently overheated during charging, and eventually exploded causing... Read more...
A few years ago when Fossil released a PDA watch, our hearts skipped a beat.  Now Van Der Led is releasing a watch with a feature list that made our hearts palpitate:“The Van Der Led WM2 is a quad-band GSM watch with itty bitty 1.3-inch, 260k color touchscreen display, stereo Bluetooth, up to 240-hours of standby or 300-minutes talk, and 1GB of storage for a few of your MP3 or MP4 files.”For the time being this is the closest you can get to owning a watch that would make you feel like the star of a 007 movie.  If this watch garners some success and even carves out a little piece of the market for... Read more...
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