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Apple just introduced a brand-new Apple Watch

The new watch — which Apple announced on stage at its annual iPhone event in Cupertino, California — is an update to last year's version, the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple unveils new smartwatch, nears 2 bn devices

Cupertino - Apple unveiled a redesigned smartwatch on Wednesday as the California tech giant said it was nearing its two billionth device for its mobile operating system.

Smartwatch extends touch display to skin

For those seeking more from their smartwatch, a new development extends the display projected from the watch onto the arm of the wearer. This not only offers a wider display; it also provides more interactivity.

Smartwatches could be charged by wrist motion

It may be possible to charge smart watches simply through body motions, such as tilting the wrist to view the face of the watch, a new technology study suggests. This is possible through the use of triboelectric nanogenerators.

Pharmaceutical company partners with Apple to tackle depression

Pharmaceutical company Takeda and digital health tool developer Cognition Kit are to work together to see if mobile apps and wearables can help fight depression. This will include working with Apple and its smartwatch.

Apple set to dominate smartwatch market

Technology giant Apple is ahead in smartwatch sales and analysts predict that the computer form will go onto dominate the market. However, some predict that this part of the wearables market will shrink without innovation.

Fitbit unveils new slimmer fitness trackers with more features

Fitbit has unveiled two new fitness trackers that update its existing product line-up. The Flex 2 is the first Fitbit device to offer swim tracking features while the Charge 2 has a large easy-to-read display. Fitbit has recently been hit with lawsuits.

Dangerous smartwatches recalled

Intel's Basis Peak smartwatches have been recalled following reports that the watches are overheating and causing skin blisters and burns.

Google says Android N will reach a new level of 'excellence'

At its I/O developer conference this week, Google said it wants the next major Android release to achieve a "new level of product excellence." Android N will include greater performance and security, reworked multitasking and support for virtual reality.

Samsung patents smartwatch that projects display onto your hand

Samsung has developed a concept smartwatch that projects an image of its display onto the wearer's hand. The idea increases the size of the display, letting developers create more complex apps and allowing users to type with more precision.

Apple Watch 2 to get improved internals but no major redesign

The Apple Watch has been out for almost a year and will soon be ready for replacement. According to new rumours, the Apple Watch 2 will bring only minor cosmetic changes, instead featuring upgraded components for improved performance.

Fitbit's Blaze off to a blazing start, 1m sold in first month

Fitbit has managed to surprise investors by selling over 1 million of its new Alta and Blaze fitness wearables each in the first month of availability. Shares fell at the announcement of the devices which now appear to be an unexpected hit with customers.

Shady $17 smartwatch sends your data to an unknown Chinese server

Smartwatches are usually quite pricey accessories but, as with most electrical products, cheap knockoffs can easily be found online. One such device is the "U8" $17 smartwatch, recently caught transmitting user data to an unknown Chinese server.

Android Wear 1.4 adds voice calling support and new gestures

Google has unveiled a new update to Android Wear that will become available on existing devices over the next few weeks. The latest version of the smartwatch operating system expands on the set of available gestures and enables speakers.

Fitbit announces the Alta, a stylish touchscreen fitness tracker

Fitbit has added a new fitness tracker to its collection of wearables, breaking from tradition by emphasising style as well as functionality with the new product. The Fitbit Alta is a $130 low-profile wrist band for appearance-conscious fitness fans.

Apple Watch 2 now coming in fall, revised original in March

The next Apple Watch might not be coming in March after all. Instead, a completely redesigned version of the smartwatch is reportedly planned for the fall and a refreshed Apple Watch 1 line-up will arrive in spring.

Wearables market growth climbs 200% in a year, led by Fitbit

The market for wearable devices has grown by almost 200 percent in the past year, helped by the launch of new smartwatches from companies including Apple and Xiaomi. They continue to lose out to established favourite Fitbit though.

LG smartwatch recall caused by 'failed' displays

A few days after abruptly cancelling the launch of its much-anticipated 4G-compatible Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch, LG has revealed more details of what went wrong. The company blames a display component which could fail and impact image quality.

LG forced to cancel the first Android Wear smartwatch with 4G

LG has announced it has suspended the launch of its upcoming Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch due to an unspecified but presumably serious hardware issue. The device would have been the first Android Wear watch to feature LTE mobile data.

Android Wear now lets you do more from your wrist with LTE

This week, Google added support for LTE data connections to Android Wear, opening the door to a new wave of smartwatches that function independently of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links to smartphones. The first device to support the feature is built by LG.

Apple Watch 'enormously successful' according to designer

A key designer of the Apple Watch has said the device has been a success and will become a 'game-changer' over time. He admitted the smartwatch hasn't gained the immediate recognition some thought it would though.

Microsoft's second-gen Band adds refinement, more sensors

Confirming previous rumours, Microsoft today announced the second generation of its Band wearable. The fitness-tracking smart band now has a curved display and refined design in an effort to lose the prototype feel associated with the original.

LG announces the world's first Android Wear smartwatch with 4G

LG has claimed the title of first manufacturer of an Android Wear smartwatch including support for mobile data. The Watch Urbane 2 will allow users to get notifications on their wrist even when disconnected from their phone.

Pebble announces the Time Round, its first circular smartwatch

Pebble has announced its first circular smartwatch, following on from the updated Time models launched earlier this year. Described as "a new face for Pebble," the Time Round will give the company a more contemporary Android Wear-rivalling design.

Apple rolls out WatchOS 2 after fixing critical delaying bug

A few days behind schedule, Apple has launched the second-generation version of its Apple Watch software. WatchOS 2 is available to download now and includes several new features designed to expand the functionality of the Apple Watch.

Leaked renders of Microsoft Band 2 show a more cohesive wearable

Images of Microsoft's upcoming second-generation wearable device have emerged online just weeks before the company's New York launch event. The Band 2 appears to be a much more developed design that loses the "concept" feel associated with the original.

Apple's WatchOS 2 coming September 16 with new Watch band designs

Apple opened its San Francisco event today with an update on Apple Watch. It claimed the device has 97 percent customer satisfaction before launching an updated WatchOS which gives app developers more control and access to a broader array of sensors.

NASA to start using freelance workers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is breaking into an even newer frontier, the freelance marketplace, with the start of the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL).

Motorola's new Moto 360 is 'more style, features and battery'

Motorola has announced its new range of Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatches. The new collection expands on the capabilities of the original but adds more customisation options and a new Sport model, expanding the niche device's appeal.

Google brings Android Wear smartwatches to the iPhone

Google has announced that Android Wear smartwatches are now compatible with Apple's iPhone, releasing an official app to make pairing simple. Many features work the same as when connected to an Android phone but there are some major caveats.
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Official media images of the Microsoft Band 2
Official media images of the Microsoft Band 2
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Samsung's smart watch design shows a flexible screen
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Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiling the Apple Watch on March 9  2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiling the Apple Watch on March 9, 2015
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Conference attendees take photographs of the Audi Sport Quattro laserlight concept car, featuring laser headlights, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
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Neptune Suite puts the Neptune Hub smartwatch at the centre of all of your devices
Neptune Suite puts the Neptune Hub smartwatch at the centre of all of your devices
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The LG Watch Urbane 2, announced 01/10/2015
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Official media images of the Microsoft Band 2
Official media images of the Microsoft Band 2
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The new Motorola Moto 360
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