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Samsung To Bring Its SmartThings App Onto Its Smartwatches

Tyler Lee January 9, 2018

[CES 2018] With the Apple Watch, users are capable of controlling some of their connected household appliances via the wearable, which makes perfect sense if you’d rather not walk around your home with your phone. The good news is that at CES 2018, Samsung has announced similar functionality for its Gear series of wearables.

During Samsung’s CES 2018 conference, Samsung’s Alanna Cotton, Vice President and General Manager Mobile Computing and Wearables said, “We’ve been leading the wearables journey for four years. In 2018 we’re taking it to the next level, bringing the SmartThings app to the Gear S3 and Gear Sport. Whether it’s dimming the lights to set the perfect mood for dinner, or setting the house to the ideal 71-degrees before I get home, I’ll be able to control my environment in new ways, right from my wrist.”

For those unfamiliar, SmartThings is basically Samsung’s hub for connected devices, which they have baked into several of their recently-announced household appliances. The integration of SmartThings will also help to encourage adoption of Samsung’s Gear series of wearables, in which it has actually been a while since we last saw a new device, so hopefully this could mean that Samsung could have new Gear devices in the works.

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Reactivating LTE For The Apple Watch Series 3 Could Be Pricey

Tyler Lee December 18, 2017

With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has introduced an option in which users can choose to activate LTE capabilities on their smartwatch so that they don’t have to be tethered to a phone. This of course also means that you’ll need to purchase a separate Apple Watch plan from your carrier.

Now if you live in the US, this is something you’ll want to take note of because it could be an expensive decision if you’re still unsure. According to a report from Macworld’s Michael Simon, it seems that deactivating and reactivating the LTE capabilities on the Apple Watch Series 3 could be rather expensive. This is because carriers usually charge customers an activation fee, one that most of them seem to have waived for first-time activations.

So imagine this scenario where you purchase a data plan for your Apple Watch, but ultimately you decide that you’d rather save yourself $10 a month and that tethering it to your iPhone isn’t really so bad, so you deactivate LTE on your Apple Watch through your carrier. However a few months later you realize how useful LTE is on the Apple Watch and want to reactivate it, in which you will then be charged anywhere between $25-$30 for it.

As Simon points out, the activation fees are usually worth a couple of months of maintaining the subscription, so depending on how long you want to cancel the service for, it might actually be cheaper to just let it run. Of course $25-30 might not seem like a huge deal, but if you flip-flop between keeping the service and deactivating it, it could easily run up a huge bill.

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Apple Watch Saves Man’s Life By Alerting Him To A Heart Attack

Tyler Lee December 16, 2017

Over the years ever since the first Apple Watch was released, we’ve been hearing stories about how the device has saved the lives of quite a few of its users, such as alerting them to impending heart attacks. In fact just a new report from 9to5Mac will see the Apple Watch chalk up another life saved.

The report tells the story of Scott Killian, who before turning 50 underwent a barrage of health tests to make sure that he is healthy and to rule out any health concerns that might be associated with his age. The tests all came back with good news which basically cleared him, but then one night when he was sleeping, his Apple Watch, which he wears to sleep to track his sleeping patterns, alerted him via a third-party app called HeartWatch that his resting heart rate was elevated during his sleep.

Killian also experienced some mild indigestion which are signs of a potential heart attack, which prompted him to visit the emergency room as a precaution. The hospital then tested him using an EKG but the reports came back normal, despite the fact that his Apple Watch still reported that his heart rate was elevated. It was only after they took a blood test that it was discovered an elevated enzyme that signals that a heart attack has occurred or is occurring.

Speaking to 9to5Mac, Killian said what his surgeon told him was remarkable, “He said had I kept sleeping, I probably wouldn’t have woken up. I would have died in my sleep.”

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Apple Has Reportedly Shipped 34.4 Million Apple Watches To Date

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

While the wearable market might be packed with all kinds of devices and brands (the Fossil Group is responsible for quite a few themselves), it seems that at the end of the day, it looks like Apple could have walked away the winner of it all, or that’s according Canalys analyst Vincent Thielke.

In an email sent to Mashable, Thielke claims that based on the company’s findings, Apple has apparently shipped 34.4 million Apple Watches to date since its release in 2015. He claims that this means that Apple accounts for a little over half of all smartwatches ever shipped. “Apple has shipped 34.4 million smartwatches worldwide since it entered the category in 2015. In other words, Apple accounts for 51.6 percent of all smartwatches ever shipped.”

That being said, we should advise you to take those numbers with a grain of salt. This is because ever since the Apple Watch has been released, Apple has yet to offer up an official figure in terms of shipments, units sold, and how much money they’ve made from it. At the same time, this isn’t the first time that we are hearing about the Apple Watch’s dominance in the wearable industry.

Apple recently launched the Apple Watch Series 3, which is the 3rd-gen Apple Watch released so far. One of the key changes, which appears to have sat well with many based on reviews, is the addition of LTE support, where Apple Watch users no longer need to be tethered to their iPhone.

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Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

According to a recent report, it has been suggested that these days, consumers appear to prefer keeping their smartphones updated to the latest OS versus buying a brand new device. This makes sense when you consider that some smartphones are starting to see a rather huge hike in price.

So the question is, does this apply to smartwatches too? While we’re not sure on the smartwatch front, we do know that updates are welcome especially if they bring about new functionality, and for Android Wear users, Google has upload a list of devices that are expected to receive the Android Wear update that is based on Android Oreo.

The list posted on Google’s Android Wear Help page is rather extensive, but for the most part we are noticing that the devices on the list are those that fall under Fossil’s brand, or at least the Fossil umbrella, which also plays home to brands like Diesel and Michael Kors. According to Google, the devices that should already receive the update include the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, and the Montblanc Summit.

There are a bunch of devices that are supposed to get the update, but a release date has yet to be confirmed, but you can check out the list below to see if your device is part of it. It has been pointed out by 9to5Google that quite a few older Android Wear devices aren’t part of the list, like the LG Watch R, the original Huawei Watch, and the 2nd gen Moto 360/Sport from 2015.

Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel Full Guard
Emporio Armani Connected
Fossil Q Control
Fossil Q Explorist
Fossil Q Founder 2.0
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Gc Connect
Guess Connect
Huawei Watch 2
Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
LG Watch Style
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
Michael Kors Access Dylan
Michael Kors Access Grayson
Misfit Vapor
Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
Movado Connect
Nixon Mission
Polar M600
TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
ZTE Quartz

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Receives Major OS Update

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Earlier this year, Fitbit launched their first smartwatch in the form of the Fitbit Ionic. Given that the Ionic is not powered by Android Wear, it means that it won’t have access to the variety of apps that Android Wear devices have access to. This was one of the criticisms of the Ionic at launch, which was the relative lack of available apps.

However the good news is that Fitbit has worked to changed that, and in the latest update that they have issued to the smartwatch’s operating system, not only have they improved upon the features of the device, but it has also included a bunch of new apps. “Starting today Fitbit Ionic users will be treated to more than 100 data-rich (and interactive!) clock faces and more than 60 apps from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs, popular brands, and developers (more on all that below), as well as helpful enhancements to existing features.”

To be more specific, Fitbit has launched 14 new apps for the Ionic from “popular brands”, such as Walgreens, Nest, The New York Times, and Yelp, just to name a few. Some of these apps aren’t available yet and are expected to be released by the end of the year, but know that they will be arriving for the Ionic.

Other improvements to the watch include support for multi-card payment and a faster user interface, so if you do own the Ionic, you’ll want to check out the update ASAP.

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Apple Giving Gifts Cards For Apple Watch Trade-Ins

Tyler Lee December 5, 2017

Do you have an older Apple Watch that you no longer need? Or maybe you’re just done with the Apple Watch completely? We suppose selling it off on eBay or Craigslist is one of the ways you’ll be able to sell it off, but if you’d rather not deal with the hassle of negotiating, you can trade it in with Apple.

According to a report from iDownloadblog, it seems that Apple is now accepting trade-ins for the Apple Watch, and customers who trade in the wearable will be given Apple Gift Cards in exchange. We’re sure that some of you guys would have preferred cash, but if you were planning on buying something else at Apple, then the gift card is just as good and can be used towards something else.

Of course the amount you get for the Apple Watch will depend on the model in question, but it seems that it ranges from as low as $50 and up to $175, which like we said depends on the model and also the condition that it is in.  There is a chance you could walk away with more if you were to sell it yourself, so that’s one possibility if you feel that the amount offered is a bit too low for your liking.

For more details about trading in your older Apple products, head on over to Apple’s website.

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FDA Clears Medical Grade EKG Analyzer For The Apple Watch

Tyler Lee November 30, 2017

Even before the Apple Watch was officially announced, the rumors surrounding the device have suggested that Apple was planning on positioning it as a health device. While it did launch with several health features, it looks like the Apple Watch is getting a boost in the health department, thanks to the FDA clearing AliveCor’s “Kardia Band”.

For those learning about this for the first time, the Kardia Band is an EKG analyzer designed for the Apple Watch. It’s not exactly new as over in Europe, it has already been available for a while. However it was not available in the US as it was pending the FDA’s approval, which it has since gotten, which means that it can now be sold in the US.

The Kardia Band is sort of like an improvement over the company’s KardiaMobile device. The former is a strap worn around the wrist and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation, while the latter is a device attached to the back of your phone that you have to hold with both hands for 30 seconds, which is clearly not as convenient.

It is no secret that the Apple Watch is proving to be a more useful health tracking device than what Apple had led us to believe at the start. There have been multiple instances in which users have noticed heart problems before they happened, thanks to the built-in heart rate sensor, so much so that Apple is investigating to what extent the Apple Watch can detect abnormal heart rhythms.

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Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany Over Privacy Concerns

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Are smartwatches, smartphones, and tablets designed for kids something that is really necessary? We suppose we can’t blame manufacturers for trying to cover all their bases, but unfortunately over in Germany it seems that the authorities aren’t too thrilled about such devices and have recently banned the sales of smartwatches aimed at children.

In fact the country’s Federal Network Agency has gone as far as urging parents who own such devices to “destroy them”. According to Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be regarded as an unauthorised transmitting system. According to our research, parents’ watches are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom.”

The agency has also stated that they have taken action against several companies who offer such devices on the internet. They are also urging schools to “pay more attention” to such devices used by students, although we have to wonder if children wearing “adult” smartwatches are fine?

That being said, this isn’t the first time that smart devices aimed at kids have come under fire over privacy concerns. Earlier this year Germany also banned a “smart” doll from being sold, and just last month toymaker Mattel announced their decision to cancel an upcoming smart speaker for kids after some have questioned the company on their plans on how they plan to store and protect the data that it collects.

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Fossil Q Control Smartwatch With Heart Rate Sensor Launched

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

When it comes to smartwatches, Fossil was kind of late to the game, but the company has definitely not wasted any time since. The company has been busy churning out smartwatch after smartwatch under the various brands under its umbrella, with the latest devices from Fossil coming in the form of the Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist.

However if you thought that was all Fossil had to offer for 2017, think again as the company has since launched its latest smartwatch, the Fossil Q Control. What makes this particular device interesting is also the fact that this is the first Fossil smartwatch that actually comes with a built-in heart rate sensor.

This means that if heart rate measuring was a feature that you want and the lack of the feature held you back from Fossil’s devices, the Q Control could change your mind. It is clearly marketed as a fitness device, thanks to its water-resistance (Fossil is calling it “swim-proof”) of up to a depth of 50 meters, which means that it should withstand the rigors at the gym or even the pool.

The Q Control is powered by Android Wear and sports a 45mm circular case and a 20mm watchband, with a single button on its side. It is priced at $275 and is currently available for purchase via Fossil’s website.

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