The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the gold Apple Watch of Androids
Sep01

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the gold Apple Watch of Androids

The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is the most luxurious Android smartwatch we’ve seen to date. Boasting an alligator leather strap, 23-karat gold plating, and a “deployment clasp,” each watch is “individually numbered and presented in a piano gloss lacquered case with a signed certificate of authenticity.”  Interestingly enough, though, these are the only differences between the Urbane Luxe and its predecessor, the Urbane. The body shape, style, and specs remain completely unchanged. Just as the Watch Urbane is LG’s answer to the Apple Watch, the Watch Urbane Luxe is the Gold Apple Watch equivalent. Because for those who can afford it, why not splurge for luxury, I guess? As LG VP Chris Yie says, “Wearable devices shouldn’t be thought of as an extension of one’s smartphone, but as an extension of oneself.” The result of a collaboration between LG and Reeds Jewelers, the Urbane Luxe is set to be featured at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this week. But don’t get too excited just yet. Only 500 limited edition watches will be manufactured, available for pre-order now and set to ship at the end of October. This seems about right, considering only about 500 people will find the $1,200 price tag...

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Apple patents new bone conduction earbuds
Aug27

Apple patents new bone conduction earbuds

Considering Apple’s ability to provide us a new generation of the same product every year, it’s surprising how little their iconic white earbuds have changed since their inception — until (maybe) now. A patent application published this week describes a plan aiming to improve the quality of voice communications in wireless earbuds through bone conduction. The plan is this: First, a sensor within the actual earbuds will monitor the vibrations in a user’s bone structure by detecting the vibrations of their vocal chords, essentially allowing for a far greater clarity of sound than currently possible. Secondly, internal microphones will detect environmental sound and “combine that information with accelerometer output, battery level and earbud position data,” to eradicate that noise pollution, offering a handy solution to the most common complaint by users of hands-free devices. So the improved earbuds will allow you to hear better in noisy environments while simultaneously allowing others to hear you better, too. This means that Siri will be able to actually understand you, always. Don’t be too excited just yet, though. Apple has been known to file multiple patents yearly, many of which never come to fruition. On the flipside, the company’s continued focus on music has got to mean the perfect earbuds will be in consumers’ ears sooner rather than later, right? Only time will...

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The best Apple Watch apps in 2015 for health, travel, finance, and more
Jul28

The best Apple Watch apps in 2015 for health, travel, finance, and more

So you went ahead and bought that Apple Watch, even though you told yourself that you were going to wait until the second gen was released. Now you get to sit with popular kids and brag about your consistently top performing device. However, what will come to define your experience isn’t necessarily the bones of your watch, but rather, the amazing things that can be done with your watch. Below are 15 top Apple Watch apps that will step up your smartwatch game and distance yourself from any other fools. We pieced together this list by examining the best that developers have to offer when it comes to the best Apple Watch apps in Health, Finance, Games, and Travel so that you don’t have to. Apple Watch health apps Green Kitchen How would you like amazing specially curated vegetarian recipes delivered right to your Apple smartwatch? The Green Kitchen Apple Watch app was developed by David and Luise based on their award winning food blog Green Kitchen Stories. The duo specializes in providing recipes with ingredients straight from nature and avoiding troublesome stuff like gluten, sugar, and dairy products. HealthTap This app allows you to find personalized information to a wide variety of medical questions at the tap of a button. We count this among the best Apple Watch apps owing to the fact that over 70,000 physicians available on the app, users can talk to doctors, share photos and test results, and get immediate answers. You will also get personal reminders to help you manage your health. Daily Bread Writing down grocery lists are a thing of the past, thanks to Daily Bread. Developed by Jiaaro, The app comes with Siri integration so you can vocally add things to your grocery list. A cool feature for the smartwatch is the guided shopping tool. You can tap on an item once you have it in the grocery store and it will move on to the next one. Apple Watch fitness apps MapMyRun Under Armour recently acquired this Austin based startup — and for good reason. MapMyRun is already widely popular and now available on your Apple Watch. The fitness app combines a fitness tracker, a route guide, and a food log. Plus, you can meet up with other runners in your area through the social media portion and have running events. Human   Voted Best of the App Store in 2014, Human is more than just a calorie and activity tracker. Its Apple Watch app encourages and pushes you to move for 30 minutes a day and will automatically track and store the record of any movement that is longer than a minute. The app works in tandem with your...

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From majorly exclusive to major retailer, Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy
Jul27

From majorly exclusive to major retailer, Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy

Come August, Best Buy will officially become the first major Apple Watch retailer outside of the Apple Store itself. This is a bold move by Apple and, undoubtedly, an attempt to further extend the reach of the brand’s smartwatches. Apple plans to release the watch to an initial 100 Best Buy stores and continue to make the device available to 200 more by the end of the year. Jason Bonfig, a senior category officer at Best Buy, told Bloomberg, “We are excited to bring the Apple Watch to more consumers, especially with the holidays coming up.” Beginning August 7, Best Buy will offer 16 different models for customers to try on, with different variations of the Sport and Watch editions, 38 millimeter and 42 millimeter sizes, and over 50 different watch accessories according to Best Buy’s statement. It will certainly not be the same experience that early adopters had at the Apple Store, wherein Apple employees brought out the devices in a velvet-lined tray and personally put them on the customers’ wrists. Since the Apple Watch’s release in April, there have been mixed reports and opinions as to the watch’s impact on the wearables market. Just last week, Apple reported “a $10.7 billion profit on $49.6 billion in revenue in its third quarter.” Despite many analysts predicting lower sales numbers than what was expected, research firm Strategy Analytics said Apple shipped 4 million units in Q2 ‘15, giving the company a 75% chunk of the smartwatch market. Apple has yet to release specific data on the the watch’s sales, but has said that the watch has sold more units than the iPad and iPhone did at the same point. As the company continues to develop a wearables strategy, power moves like this partnership with Best Buy can only help when it comes to transitioning the watch from a pricey, privileged device to an accessible, everyday product. It will be particularly interesting to see how the Apple Watch does as a neighbor to the Pebble Time watch, which similarly became available for purchase at Best Buy this...

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Apple Watch 2 rumors point to a bigger battery and more independence
Jul14

Apple Watch 2 rumors point to a bigger battery and more independence

Let’s face it. The Apple Watch hit a bit of a slowdown as of late. Slice Intelligence reports that where Apple once pushed 35,000 units a day, it now only sells around 5,000. But don’t write off Apple just yet. Rumors for the Apple Watch 2 are starting to make their rounds on the Internet, and it seems that the smartwatch could to make a serious comeback. Pretty Sure Flexible OLED, bigger battery BGR is reporting that Apple may introduce OLED screens supplied by Samsung, to be used in addition to the AMOLED screens currently on all models. This would be a wonderful move because an OLED screen would create a lighter watch and more space for a bigger battery. We call this rumor likely since Apple is expected to keep the original design and demand is high for battery improvements. Less Bluetooth, more independence The idea of dropping some of the bluetooth functions on the smartwatch also seems to be pretty popular. Allowing the watch to perform functions on its own, rather than through an iPhone, could be a huge step into allowing the watch to stand on its own. Currently, mobile payment, activity tracking, and music playback all perform independently. Things like sending and receiving emails, texts, and other data heavy documents, require bluetooth. Additional (expensive) pricepoints More models that push the $1,000 dollar marker are expected to be coming with the Apple Watch 2. 9to5 is also reporting that Apple may want to start introducing new models that feature different materials, such as titanium, tungsten, palladium, and platinum. Less Likely FaceTime camera One rumor that took the Internet by storm was putting a forward facing camera on the watch. 9to5Mac is reporting that improved FaceTime functions, such as implementing an actual camera and answering FaceTime video directly on your watch, could be coming to the Apple Watch 2. Apple wouldn’t be the first to put a camera on a smartwatch, considering that Samsung already did this in 2013. While that would be an awesome addition, it seems unlikely since major complaints have been surrounding battery life. The transition may come for a later model, but don’t count on it for the Apple Watch 2. When can we get it? While no release date has been announced yet, it is expected for the Apple Watch 2 announcement to be roughly the same time as last year, sometime around September. Here’s hoping for a new and improved Apple Watch, where our days won’t be ruined if we forget to charge it before...

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