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Luxury watch brands cracking on “fake” smartwatch faces

With the continued popularity of smartwatches, and especially those running on the Android Wear platform, we've also seen a rise of custom watch faces to make the wearables more elegant or exciting. A lot of sites and apps have been offering watchfaces imitating some of the top luxury brands like Tag Heuer, Rolex, Patek Philippe. But now the brands are fighting back not just against the "pirates" but even the OEMs themselves.

Pebble firmware update: more languages, more notifications

While other newer smartwatches have been coming out with more advanced features, some people still prefer the "classic" wearable design and functionality of a Pebble. Whether it's because of its platform flexibility or its ease of use and function, it still has a place in the market amidst the Android Wear and Tizen devices out there. A new firmware update brings more languages and notification options for users, to keep up with their continually growing international base as well.

XOO Belt charges your phone and keeps your pants up

Keeping your smartphone charged up and working when you are on the go a lot can be a challenge. There are plenty of battery cases and external batteries on the market, and most of them take up space in your bag that you might not have. A new charger system has debuted that turns the charger into a wearable device you can take with you anywhere.

Ditto: for when you forget your phone or important calls

If you're the type of person who doesn't want to constantly check your mobile phone and yet you're expecting important phone calls, you would need a device that will let you know if that call is coming through, even with your phone a little farther away. Or if you're someone who always seems to forget his/her mobile device, you would need something to remind you when you've done so. A Kickcstarter project is aiming to bring that product to you in one tiny package with Ditto.

Developers starting to doubt Google Glass future

While Google maintains that it is still committed to the much-hyped video device, the future is starting to look a bit wobbly for Google Glass – essentially a video camera, a processor, and a cool VR-like screen on the edge of your glasses. The entry price to get what was then an uber-cool gadget was USD$1,500, but Google Glasses no sell for half the price over Ebay. What’s more, app developers and some key personnel have actually left the project.

Razer outs Nabu apps ahead of launch of fitness wearable

A lot of people have been waiting for the launch of Razer’s new fitness wearable, the Nabu. Razer has very good street cred with all its gaming products and accessories, and now they’re using that cred to move into newer markets – such as the burgeoning fitness wearables niche.

ASUS ZenWatch now available, sort of

The much-awaited ASUS ZenWatch was listed on Google Play last week but only with a ‘Coming soon’ tag. We only learned that it comes with a $199 price tag and with an unknown availability. The next day, the Android team through Android Wear Senior Product Manager Jeff Chang proudly announced that the smartwatch is finally available not only on Google Play but also on Best Buy.

Everykey wristband wants to place all your passwords on your wrist

With the growing pressure to memorize more and more complicated passwords, some people are thinking along the ways of an automated password storage – where the device does the remembering for you rather than our definitely fallible brains. “Everykey” is a Kickstarter project towards this idea – a wearable bracelet-type device that connects and unlocks your devices and websites for you.
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