LG’s awkward slap-bracelet stylus leaks

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My little sister used to have tons of little slap bracelets around the house which she used on her hair to create different hairstyles. It seems as though LG thought that the same technology could be used to create a convenient way to make sure you never lose your stylus. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s pretty awkward and even bizarre.

I prefer the sleekness of a stylus that can be inserted into the top of a device, but hey, maybe they’re on to something.

We’re not sure whether this is something LG intends to really sell on the market or just give out as “party favors” at trade shows, but we’ll know soon enough. Hit the break for another photo.

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Samsung’s Activity Tracker (formerly known as S Band) gets introduced in Germany with a modest price

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The Activity Tracker, which was previously known as the S Band, has been officially introduced in Germany. The Activity Tracker was fully exposed just last week and now Samsung has finally decided to reveal the wearable. In Germany, it is priced at €79.90. That translates to roughly $105 in the United States. If priced in the U.S. like that, it would be a serious competitor to Nike’s FuelBand, Jawbone’s UP, and the entire Fitbit portfolio. The one setback is that Samsung generally limits compatibility to their own devices, although that may eventually change. » Read the rest

Motorola announces the Moto 360, an Android Wear smartwatch coming this summer

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Motorola has announced the Moto 360, a smartwatch that runs Google’s new Android Wear platform. In its introductory video, Motorola calls the Moto 360 “a truly modern timepiece.” The Moto 360 features a premium build centered around a circular watch face. Like all other Android Wear smartwatches, Google Now is the focus and can be activated by saying “OK Google.” Once activated, the features are just like the ones found on a smartphone or tablet. Sports scores, transportation times, reminders, and even sending a text message can be handled through the device.

The Moto 360, according to Motorola, will be available this Summer in a variety of designs. You can sign up for alerts from Motorola here. Motorola is also holding a Google Hangout tomorrow at 2pm EST, March 19, with the Moto 360′s lead designer, Jim Wicks.

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Google may be partnering with LG for the LG G Watch

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Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear and already word is out that LG may be working on a Google device using this new platform. Early indications are that the device is being called the G Watch and besides the Android Wear platform, Google Now will be featured on the device as well as the ability to initiate voice commands using “OK Google” similar to Google Glass devices or the Motorola Moto X. If accurate, this would be the fourth device produced by the duo of LG and Google, joining two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play Edition tablet. » Read the rest

Google officially enters the wearables game with Android Wear, smartwatches coming later this year

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It has finally happened. Google has officially announced Android Wear, a version of Android designed specifically for wearable devices. In an official blog post, Google explains that Android Wear will focus on getting key information to users at the right time, displaying health and fitness information, and providing an extra display to use throughout the day. As you can see in the image above, Android Wear (for smartwatches) is designed to closely resemble Google Now and, basically, it functions the exact same way. In fact, voice searches are still done through the “OK Google” activation.

Who is making Android Wear devices? Here is what Google had to say about that:

“We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”

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Amazon’s set top device could support full PC game streaming

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When images of a controller linked to Amazon’s rumored set top box device leaked a few days ago, you may have noticed it was very reminiscent of a full blown game controller similar to an Xbox or PlayStation gaming console. That might seem like overkill for Android based games, but it isn’t too much if the games are full game titles like you would find on a gaming console or PC. The latest rumors about Amazon’s device indicate that ability could be part of the package. » Read the rest

Samsung’s S Band returns in new leak that fully exposes the Activity Tracker

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Remember the Samsung Activity Tracker that passed through the FCC and Bluetooth SIG last week? It has returned due to a massive leak from SamMobile and the Activity Tracker carries the S Band name. The original S Band never made it to consumers after being announced initially as a Galaxy S 4 accessory. But now it seems that Samsung is moving closer to releasing the S Band to be compatible with their smartphones and poising the device as a competitor to Fitbit’s offerings or the Jawbone UP. The S Band differs from the Gear Fit in that this device is much more focused on fitness and lacks a display. All of the actual data is compiled and displayed on a smartphone. » Read the rest

Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

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Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

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ASUS shares a little more info on upcoming smart watch device

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Like so many tech companies, ASUS is scrambling to become a player in the “wearable device” market. According to previous reports, their first device to reach the market is shaping up to be a smartwatch that will be “feature packed.” In an interview over the weekend, chairman of the board Jonney Shih indicated the new device will likely be used to complement a smartphone as opposed to being a standalone device. He also hopes to incorporate “more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls.” » Read the rest

Motorola to offer college logos and colors for Moto X in Moto Maker

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Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.

Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.

Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:

A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.

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