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Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

Polar Loop 2 adds notifications, vibration alerts, and keeps on tracking

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Polar has announced an updated version of its activity tracker, the Polar Loop. The new Loop 2 retains many of the features of the original, but expands the feature set for a more connected smart experience.The Polar Loop 2 adopts many of the skills seen... >>

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

A tale of three mountains: The Pocket-lint Three Peaks Challenge

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There was a palpable sense of excitement as we packed our gear into the Land Rover Discoverys for the long drive north to Kinlochleven in Scotland. Pocket-lint teamed up with Asus, with support from friends at Land Rover, Berghaus and Under Armour, aiming... >>

Android Wear to embrace interactive watch faces and watch-to-watch communications

Android Wear to embrace interactive watch faces and watch-to-watch communications

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Under increased competition from rival smartwatch styles and operating systems, such as the Apple Watch and the Pebble Time, Google plans to update its Android Wear platform to include some interesting new features.After wading through a leaked document,... >>

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

Ted Baker partnered with Quella for a retro-fantastic road bike collection

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We wouldn't normally feature a bicycle here on Pocket-lint, unless it was made from gold or is an electric bike. But setting eyes on the Ted Baker collection, memories of loved Raleigh road bikes from the 80s came flooding back.So please indulge us, there's... >>

Pebble Time review: A smartwatch stepping stone
4.0 stars

Pebble Time review: A smartwatch stepping stone

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When Pebble announced its second-generation smartwatch it became the most successful Kickstarter project ever, smashing all records and reaping $1 million in just 30 minutes of the funding round starting.The Pebble Time, and the subsequently unveiled... >>

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now offer automatic swim tracking

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Withings has announced that swim tracking is now available on the Activité and the Activité Pop.Just in time for the summer to start here in the UK, the stylish activity trackers from Withings are, according to the company, the first devices to automatically... >>

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?
4.0 stars

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?

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There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before.But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this world,... >>

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

Garmin Varia focuses on safety: Radar detection and smart lights for cyclists

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Garmin has introduced a new line of devices for cyclists called Varia.Varia is all about safety, offering some smart solutions to the problems faced by cyclists on the roads every day.The Varia Radar is exactly what it sounds like. It's a rear radar for... >>

Best tennis gadgets and tech to make you a better player

Best tennis gadgets and tech to make you a better player

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After watching Wimbledon, countless Brits will be taking to their local courts for at least a week before getting bored again. After seeing the professionals, then realising one's own ability, it can be a bit deflating. But with this kit you could be... >>

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

Honor Band Zero offers minimalist design, life tracking features

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Honor, the spin-out brand of Huawei, has revealed the Honor Band Zero via Twitter. The new wearable offers a minimalist design, with a strap that's reminiscent of Apple's classic buckle for Apple Watch.Honor doesn't give away much in the tweet - appearing... >>

Strava and Garmin team-up for Strava Live Segments

Strava and Garmin team-up for Strava Live Segments

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Strava has shot to fame in the world of cycling and running. Now it's made friends with Garmin to add another layer of awesome to the hardware company's cycling kit.Strava Live Segments will feature on the Garmin Edge 520, making it the first to receive... >>

Top tips for the Three Peaks Challenge, from 11-time Everest mountain master Kenton Cool

Top tips for the Three Peaks Challenge, from 11-time Everest mountain master Kenton Cool

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Climbing a mountain is never easy, that's why they call it a mountain. But it can be made more comfortable and more enjoyable with the right kit and preparation. So if you're planning on taking on the Three Peaks Challenge or just the one peak for fun,... >>

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch
4.0 stars

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch

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Described as the ultimate fitness superwatch, the Fitbit Surge places the company in the sportswatch category for the first time, competing against the likes of Polar and Garmin.Fitbit claims to now have a fitness tracking device for everyone. We've tried... >>

Jabra Sport Coach: Nearly a personal trainer in your ears (hands-on)

Jabra Sport Coach: Nearly a personal trainer in your ears (hands-on)

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Jabra has unveiled its latest sports wireless earbuds, the Sport Coach. This is the follow-up to the Sport Pulse which impressed the tech world last year.The new in-ears don't feature the heart rate monitor of the Pulse which drops the price considerably.... >>

Shopping with Apple Pay and Eddy Cue

Shopping with Apple Pay and Eddy Cue

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Apple Pay is coming to the UK in July, and while it's been available in the US for some time, Pocket-lint wanted to find out first hand what it is like to use your phone, or watch, to buy things in store rather than your cards.And so who better to show... >>

Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds want to be your cross training coach

Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds want to be your cross training coach

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Following on from Jabra's multi-award winning Pulse earbuds come the latest Jabra Sport Coach wireless earbuds. These have built-in motion sensing to offer real-time cross training coaching.The great thing about the first Pulse was its ability to measure... >>

The flexible battery is here, soon your watch strap will be a power supply

The flexible battery is here, soon your watch strap will be a power supply

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Flexible batteries are coming, wearables demand it. But will the first to arrive be built from the ancient Japanese art of Kirigami?Much like Origami the art of Kirigami involves cutting and folding of paper. When applied to batteries this results in... >>

Misfit Flash fitness tracker adds IFTTT support

Misfit Flash fitness tracker adds IFTTT support

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Misfit has added a stack of new features to allow you to turn its Flash fitness tracker into a basic remote control for your home, as well as give users of its Shine device access to data via the web rather than just an app.For the Flash tracker users... >>

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker
3.5 stars

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker

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Sony is no stranger to wearables. In fact, it was one of the companies to kick things off by launching the Sony SmartWatch before smartwatch was even a widely used term.The SmartBand, which launched back in 2014, is a different take on the usual activity-tracking... >>

StarVR offers double the field of view Oculus Rift can, plus dual QHD displays

StarVR offers double the field of view Oculus Rift can, plus dual QHD displays

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The race for virtual reality gaming headsets claiming a space on your face is well and truly on and StarVR is a promising new contender.StarVR is the product of game creator Starbreeze buying hardware startup InfinitEye. Starbreeze you may know as the... >>

We train with the Brownlee brothers at the Human Performance Lab using the gadgets of the future

We train with the Brownlee brothers at the Human Performance Lab using the gadgets of the future

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Science in sport is now becoming more important than ever as athletes reach peak performance. But the tech developed for the pros can even help us normal folk to get fitter. We visited the GSK Human Performance Lab, while Olympic medal-winning triathletes... >>

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

What great watches you could buy instead of the Apple Watch?

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Apple launched the Watch as a fashion piece, a desirable objet du jour, neatly divided into easily digestible price segments. There's the Apple Watch Sport for those at the bottom end, teasing you with plenty of strap options to dress it up and make... >>

What's new in Apple watchOS 2? 11 cool new features to look forward to

What's new in Apple watchOS 2? 11 cool new features to look forward to

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Apple has announced a new version of its Apple Watch operating system dubbed watchOS 2.The new watchOS 2 now offers new time piece functions, better comms, health and fitness, maps, Siri and even more control for developers.The full watchOS 2 update will... >>

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

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There are a number of smart heating systems available now, all of which allow you to remotely control your heating and even your hot water depending on which system you have, anytime and anywhere.This control started on smartphones and tablets, but some... >>

You’ll soon be able to buy an Apple Watch in Apple Stores and walk out with it

You’ll soon be able to buy an Apple Watch in Apple Stores and walk out with it

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Apple has revealed that it will be selling Apple Watch models in its retail stores in the UK, US and other regions from 18 June. It will also be selling the device in other countries not on the original rollout from 26 June.The Apple Watch has been... >>

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

Blocks Wearables: A closer look at the modular Android smartwatch

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Blocks Wearables is working on a modular smartwatch. We recently reported that the project is moving forward, hitting Kickstarter this summer, looking to crowd-fund and wing its way to the wrists of gadget fans everywhere. We caught up with Blocks Wearables... >>

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

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Smartwatches are becoming more popular and whether you like them or not, they are now becoming devices that do a lot more than just track your activity and deliver notifications from your smartphone.You can also control your lighting from your smartwatch,... >>

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

New Motorola smartphone and Moto 360 expected in summer, says Lenovo

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There's been a lot of talk about updates to Motorola, specifically new devices that come post-Lenovo's takeover of the Motorola brand from Google.Lenovo chairman and chief exec, Yang Yuanqing, has confirmed that we'll be seeing new models saying: "We... >>

Jawbone UP2 hits the UK: Smaller and more intelligent than ever

Jawbone UP2 hits the UK: Smaller and more intelligent than ever

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Jawbone has unveiled its new activity tracker, the UP2, to the UK where it is now available to buy.Jawbone has been a little complicated of late with the flagship UP3 already out in the US. This was delayed as the company tried to create a waterproof... >>

Forget Project Ara, Blocks will let you make your own Android smartwatch

Forget Project Ara, Blocks will let you make your own Android smartwatch

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Blocks Wearables, which is creating a modular smartwatch, has been at it a while now but finally details are being released ahead of its crowd-funding kick-off.Blocks, a watch that will allow for part-swapping upgrades, has been shown off in more detail... >>

QiLaunch Wear predictive interface wants to save you time and smartwatch battery life

QiLaunch Wear predictive interface wants to save you time and smartwatch battery life

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Tapping and swiping down through menus is still a time consuming issue for most smartwatches. Sure, voice control is a thing, but in public who ever uses it? Quantum Interface reckons it has the solution.The Texas based Quantum Interface has created QiLaunch... >>

Asus ZenWatch 2 vs Asus ZenWatch: What's the difference?

Asus ZenWatch 2 vs Asus ZenWatch: What's the difference?

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Asus has announced the successor to its ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch at Computex 2015, bringing a number of refinements, as well as two size options. The original ZenWatch was acclaimed for its design and it was by far one of our favourite Android... >>

Asus ZenWatch 2 is the Apple Watch of Android Wear

Asus ZenWatch 2 is the Apple Watch of Android Wear

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Asus has announced an update to its smartwatch range in a press event prior to the opening of Computex 2015 in Taiwan.The Asus ZenWatch 2 is an Android Wear device, like the original, but now comes in two different sizes - one with a 22mm strap and another,... >>

Huawei TalkBand B2 review: Bluetooth bling, but lacking
3.5 stars

Huawei TalkBand B2 review: Bluetooth bling, but lacking

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Huawei is digging deep into wearables, having announced three devices at Mobile World Congress in March 2015. Ranging from smartwatch to activity tracker, it's the TalkBand B2's mixture of tracker meets Bluetooth earpiece headset that stands out as something... >>

Finally! Bellabeat Leaf is a new health and period tracker women will actually want to wear

Finally! Bellabeat Leaf is a new health and period tracker women will actually want to wear

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A company named Bellabeat has launched two versions of a new wearable device that's designed just for women.Called Leaf, it is described as "personalised stress tracking smart jewelry crafted from 7,000-year old Marshwood and embellished with gold leaf... >>

Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01: The luxury brand smartwatch has a name

Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01: The luxury brand smartwatch has a name

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Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 could be the name of the first smartwatch from Tag.The luxury watchmaker already announced that it was teaming up with Google and Intel to create its first smartwatch. Since then few details have emerged ahead of its expected... >>

Lenovo Magic View smartwatch: Two screens, multiple shortcomings

Lenovo Magic View smartwatch: Two screens, multiple shortcomings

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We like big claims. We really do. But the suggestion that the Lenovo Magic View smartwatch concept is akin to "virtual reality for smartwatches" thanks to its dual-screen design - as quipped on stage at the Lenovo Tech World conference - is simply nonsense.In... >>

Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch concept: 'Like bringing virtual reality to smartwatches'

Lenovo Magic View dual-screen smartwatch concept: 'Like bringing virtual reality to smartwatches'

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At Lenovo Tech World the company unveiled a dual-screen smartwatch concept with a twist: the Magic View includes a 'Virtual Interactive Display' (or VID) that can project images direct to the eye.The idea is to solve two issues prevalent in smartwatches:... >>

Hands-on: Garmin Forerunner 225 review: Heart-rate from your wrist (finally!)

Hands-on: Garmin Forerunner 225 review: Heart-rate from your wrist (finally!)

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Finally Garmin has taken the plunge and released its first running watch with a built-in heart-rate sensor, the Forerunner 225. We got to handle one at CES Asia to see whether it's the one everyone's been waiting for.The Forerunner 225 isn't the device... >>

Checking-in at the W with Apple Watch, is it the future for hotels?

Checking-in at the W with Apple Watch, is it the future for hotels?

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As we walk back to the hotel from dinner at a nearby restaurant it suddenly dawns on us that we don't have our room key. Having travelled to numerous hotels around the world, the key, now normally a card, is a stable addition to our back pocket.Tonight... >>

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold
3.5 stars

LG Watch Urbane review: All that glitters is not rose gold

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LG launched the Watch Urbane to the world, saying it was time to step forward with luxury accessories that people would really want to wear.Presented in stainless steel or rose gold, the LG Watch Urbane looks to take a more traditional approach to this... >>

Next generation Spotify will use your phone's sensors to match songs to your running pace

Next generation Spotify will use your phone's sensors to match songs to your running pace

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Spotify has revealed that it is to use the accelerometer in your phone to choose the pace of your music streaming to match your running.The new version of the Spotify app, which is being rolled out for iPhone now, will find tracks that have the same... >>

Android Wear 5.1.1 now rolling out with Wi-Fi support and ability to draw emoji

Android Wear 5.1.1 now rolling out with Wi-Fi support and ability to draw emoji

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Google has begun rolling out an update to Android Wear just hours after Apple released the first update to Watch OS, and it appears as though the LG G Watch and LG G Watch R are among the first devices to get the software.According to Android Police,... >>

Forget head tracking on Oculus Rift, Fove VR headset can track your eyes

Forget head tracking on Oculus Rift, Fove VR headset can track your eyes

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When you read you don't move your head from side-to-side, just your eyes. And when you are looking around in your normal field of vision, you are not expected to make sharp and distinct head movements either. But that is what we are expected to do when... >>

Stand-up gadgets: Tech to get you fit by doing very little at all

Stand-up gadgets: Tech to get you fit by doing very little at all

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If we told you there was a way to get fitter, lose weight and even strengthen muscle by doing pretty much nothing, would you believe it? Well, yes, you probably would as the headline clearly gives away standing as the secret.Time for some science. According... >>

This bionic lens could give you 3 times better vision than 20/20

This bionic lens could give you 3 times better vision than 20/20

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The jump from standard definition to high definition may not be reserved for screens alone for much longer. A new bionic contact lens could enhance perfect 20/20 vision by three times more quality.The Ocumetics Bionic Lens creator Dr Garth Webb, says... >>