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Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Ditches Android, Keeps the Rest

David Smothers February 23, 2014

As expected, Samsung has released its follow-up to last fall’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The biggest change? That it’s left Android in favor of a Tizen, an open source operating system that gives Samsung a battery boost and, more importantly, a sense of independence. There are some internal upgrades here worth talking about as well; the… Continue Reading »

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This Is the Biggest Goddamn Smartwatch I’ve Ever Seen In My Life

David Smothers January 8, 2014

Wow, okay. Where to begin? This is the Pine by Neptune. It’s a 2.4-inch watch that you’re supposed to wear on your wrist, in spite of it being much, much bigger than your wrist. Seriously, why need a phone when you have this thing? It does everything your phone already does in a decidedly more… Continue Reading »

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Meet Edison, Intel’s Tiny Plan To Power The Next Generation Of Wearables

David Smothers January 7, 2014

Intel is thinking big by going small: The Edison, a full Linux computer built for wearables, is no bigger than an SD card. You thought the Raspberry Pi was small? Check out Intel’s latest entry in the micro-microcomputer sweepstakes—a full Linux computer called the Edison, which is no bigger than an SD card. In addition… Continue Reading »

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The Five Best New Features in Windows 8.1

David Smothers October 17, 2013

Microsoft set Windows 8.1 upon the world today, and with it a host of improvements large and small. You check out our full review here, but in the meantime, here’s a look at our favorite new features. Start Button Start button? Start button! The absence of Start from Windows 8 was cause for much concern… Continue Reading »

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Go Download Windows 8.1 Right Now

David Smothers October 17, 2013

Microsoft has finally released Windows 8.1. You can go download it now, Start button and all. How much will it set you back? Well, Windows 8.1 is available as a free upgrade for existing Windows 8 owners. Free! But if you’re one of those people who has been holding off installing it, but are now… Continue Reading »

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Adidas Is Peddling a $400 Smartwatch To Make You Run Better

David Smothers October 16, 2013

Yesterday was Nike’s day in the spotlight, but today Adidas is officially joining its rival in the wearable devices category. The company has announced its own smartwatch, which it says will appeal to runners thanks to built-in GPS tracking, Bluetooth connectivity, and pulse-based heart rate tracking — a feature that FuelBand users have long clamored… Continue Reading »

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch showcases Mirasol display technology

David Smothers September 6, 2013

Qualcomm is now taking pre-orders for their just-unveiled smartwatch. Much like other watches already on the market, the Toq isn’t a standalone device but rather works as a companion device alongside your smartphone to quickly read text messages, e-mails, calendar reminders and other alerts. The device will run Qualcomm’s own operating system and uses their… Continue Reading »

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Galaxy Gear Hands On: More Watch Than You’ll Ever Need

David Smothers September 4, 2013

Samsung’s smartwatch is really real. And really awkward. We got some hands on time with the brand new ticker—called Galaxy Gear—and these are our first impressions. Design Galaxy Gear comes in six different colors that are reminiscent of playful Swatch wristwear. But Gear is a lot heftier than any old Swatch ticker. It has a… Continue Reading »

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I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again

David Smothers July 10, 2013

Say you’ve just had ACL surgery. Or you’re recovering from a bad break. Or, worse, you suffer a stroke, or MS, or spinal or neurological damage. Regaining the power to walk is one of the toughest things you can do, and it may be impossible without a crutch, rail, or physical therapist to lean on…. Continue Reading »

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What Can I Do with a Smartwatch and Should I Get One?

David Smothers June 18, 2013

Dear Lifehacker, I keep seeing new “smartwatches” show up on gadget sites, but they all seem pretty different. What is a smartwatch, exactly, and should I consider buying one? Sincerely, Watching Watches Dear WW, Just as a smartphone did with the telephone, a smartwatch provides live access to certain kinds of information and intelligent features… Continue Reading »

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