Smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatches/features en-GB Fully Charged: Asus ZenWatch about to hit UK, the anti-cybertheft jeans, and The Interview film cancelled after hacker threats http://www.stuff.tv/asus/fully-charged-asus-zenwatch-about-hit-uk-anti-cybertheft-jeans-and-interview-film-cancelled-aft <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start the day off right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus ZenWatch" alt="Asus ZenWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-zenwatch-face.png?1418953996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asus ZenWatch hits UK next week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Asus said that its Android Wear smartwatch would reach the UK before Christmas at a price under &pound;199. Well, at least one of those was totally correct: the ZenWatch will debut here next week, on 23 December, beating the Christmas cutoff, but the price is listed at &pound;199.99 - not the sub-&pound;199&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">noted previously</a>.</p> <p>It&#39;s not a huge difference, obviously, but anyone expecting it to undercut the Android Wear competition by a big margin might be disappointed. The watch itself looks great, however, with a 1.63in square display and an attractive soft leather wristband, but you&rsquo;ll only be able to grab it from Currys/PC World online.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">Asus&#39; elegant Android Wear-running ZenWatch announced, out before Christmas for under &pound;199</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Special jeans prevent hacking attempts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an effort to prevent &ldquo;digital pickpocketing&rdquo; attempts, clothing company Betabrand has teamed up with security company Norton to create jeans and a blazer that block RFID and NFC signals, which can be used to lift credit card and passport info from your pockets.</p> <p>Both are due out in February, with the jeans priced at US$151 (&pound;97) and the blazer at US$198 (&pound;127). The pockets are lined with a silver material that prevents potential digital intrusions, but the question remains: will these articles remain fashionable and comfortable enough that you&rsquo;ll actually want to wear them?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.betabrand.com/blog/33531/betabrand-norton-creates-worlds-first-rfid-blocking-jeans-blazer">Betabrand</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30513497">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-jeans-–-crime-against-fashion-or-pinnacle-denim-technology/news">iPhone jeans - a crime against fashion or the pinnacle of demin technology?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="702" title="Betabrand/Norton jeans" alt="Betabrand/Norton jeans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/betabrand-jeans.jpg?1418953996" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Interview pulled after threats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What a twisted tale this has become. Over the past few weeks, we&rsquo;ve heard plenty of leaks from the Sony Pictures hack, including hints at new film projects and catty Hollywood gossip. But the word was that the attack was prompted by the upcoming film,&nbsp;<em>The Interview</em>, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as they&rsquo;re recruited to assassinate North Korean prime minister Kim Jong-Un.</p> <p>Following further threats from the hackers that screenings of the film would be targeted for attacks, cinema chains in the United States started pulling out of showing the movie. And now Sony has officially&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/17/7412393/sony-cancels-the-interview-release-after-theaters-pull-out">cancelled its theatrical debut</a>&nbsp;just a week before the release date, and says that no further release plans (like video on demand or Blu-ray) are in the works. What&rsquo;s really crazy about the whole situation is apparently North Korea really was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/asia/us-links-north-korea-to-sony-hacking.html?_r=0">involved in recruiting the hackers</a>, at least according to U.S. officials.</p> <p>Seeing Sony bow to the demands of hackers and cyberterrorists is an absolute shame and sets a terrible precedent (another North Korean-based film with Steve Carell has&nbsp;<a href="http://deadline.com/2014/12/north-korea-thriller-gore-verbinski-steve-carell-canceled-new-regency-1201328532/">already been cancelled</a>), but this rabbit hole could go much, much deeper. We&rsquo;ll be paying attention in the days ahead, for sure.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/17/7412393/sony-cancels-the-interview-release-after-theaters-pull-out">The Verge</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/world/asia/us-links-north-korea-to-sony-hacking.html?_r=0">The New York Times</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://deadline.com/2014/12/north-korea-thriller-gore-verbinski-steve-carell-canceled-new-regency-1201328532/">Deadline</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro">Seth Rogen to play Woz in Steve Jobs biopic?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KpyVENBPj5c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/asus/fully-charged-asus-zenwatch-about-hit-uk-anti-cybertheft-jeans-and-interview-film-cancelled-aft#comments Android Wear Asus Fashion Film and TV Smartwatches Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455641 at http://www.stuff.tv Pebble adds support for Android Wear actionable notifications http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s still in beta, but anyone rocking the smartwatch and Android can check it out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" alt="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pebble-androidwear-notifications.jpg?1418780529" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">love the Pebble Steel</a>&nbsp;(and the standard model is a worthwhile wearable), but compared to newer smartwatches, it&rsquo;s more about viewing notifications than doing anything about them. Well, until now.</p> <p>Pebble has announced support for Android Wear actionable notifications on its watches for those using the Android app. That means you&rsquo;ll be able to send canned responses to messages, or pick from predetermined options (like &ldquo;send&rdquo; or &ldquo;decline&rdquo; with Square Cash).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For now, the functionality is still in beta, via the v2.3.0 Android app. But Pebble is allowing anyone interested to&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">join its Beta Testing Group</a>&nbsp;and start using the beta software right away. Additionally, the just-launched v2.2 app on Google Play allows Android 4.0+ phones to use Pebble, whereas previously it was only for Android 4.3+ devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s clear that the watch can do more if the paired phone&rsquo;s platform allows it - so might the Pebble gain functionality with iPhones once iOS has Apple Watch interactions baked in? We wouldn&rsquo;t count on it, but we&rsquo;ll keep our fingers crossed.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">Pebble</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-_acvnlD0UI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news#comments Android Android Wear Pebble Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:14:23 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455532 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Motorola Moto 360 is the Smartwatch of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-5-best-smartwatches-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto&#039;s sleek and circular timepiece wins the battle for our wrists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Motorola Moto 360 is our smartwatch of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Motorola Moto 360 is our smartwatch of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-smartwatch-motorola-moto-360_FINAL.jpg?1418573289" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>2014 was the year the smartwatch came of age.</p> <p>Google released its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear OS</a>, and every major manufacturer either released its own smart timepiece or announced that it was working on one. With wearable wrist computers flooding the market, it takes something special to stand out from the crowd &ndash; and all of these devices have what it takes to adorn the discerning gadget geek&#39;s arm.7</p> <p>The Moto 360, however, stands out from the crowd, thanks to its stunning, minimalist, circular design.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Motorola Moto 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever since the Babylonians used the sundial to work out whether they were late for the afternoon battle with the Elamites, we&rsquo;ve been using circles to tell the time. These days the only battles we face are against PPI calls and wasps in the pub garden but our favourite timekeepers are still the same shape (if a little easier to strap 
to your wrist). Oh, and they do 
a lot more too. The Moto 360 
was the first smartwatch to marry form with function, without looking like a prop from a &rsquo;90s sci-fi movie. So it&rsquo;s a little chunky for some tastes and the battery life could 
be better, but the 360 was the 
first Android Wear smartwatch 
we didn&rsquo;t want to take off, like, ever.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola Moto 360" alt="Motorola Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-360_1.jpg?1418573289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Samsung Gear Live </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Google saying no to Android Wear skins, the Gear Live is a Samsung smartwatch that keeps it simple. And that&#39;s a good thing. It might be square but a &pound;170 pricetag, heart rate monitor and sharp screen are nothing to turn up your wrist at. And don&#39;t forget, Google&#39;s alert obsessed wearable OS was built for devices this shape.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Live review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Live" alt="Samsung Gear Live" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-live.jpg?1418573289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Pebble Steel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The metal Pebble sat out this summer&rsquo;s Android Wear scrap, instead choosing to lay low and quietly build up its app store. Even so, the little Kickstarter smartwatch that could is the one we&#39;ve seen on the most wrists in 2014 and no wonder: it&#39;s reliable and easy to use, compatible with iPhone and Android and has a battery that can stretch to a week.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebble Steel" alt="Pebble Steel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel_7.jpg?1418573289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: LG G Watch R </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you were holding back for Android Wear hardware that packs more punch, the G Watch R, which arrived late in 2014, really is it. A fully circular P-OLED screen. A fast Snapdragon 400 chip. And a slightly sporty, stainless steel body that does an impressive job of looking and feeling like a regular watch. A new smartwatch performance champ. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch R" alt="LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-r.jpg?1418573289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Martian Notifier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An honest-to-goodness analogue watch that thinks it&rsquo;s a pager, the Notifier makes the smart list because of a small OLED screen which displays scrolling alerts. It does this one job very well, has customisable vibrations for different apps and a four day battery life for the digital bit. Simple and affordable enough to be the perfect first smartwatch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/martian-notifier/review" target="_blank">Martian Notifier review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 22 best gadgets of the year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Martian Notifier" alt="Martian Notifier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/martian-notifier.jpg?1418573289" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-5-best-smartwatches-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-5-best-smartwatches-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Smartwatches Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:08:13 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453103 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung chips could be destined for the Apple Watch and iPhone 7 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller, more powerful processors could grace the insides of Apple&#039;s next generation of devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1861" height="1396" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-s1.jpg?1418399989" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kim Ki-nam isn&#39;t a name you&#39;re likely to be familiar with. He&#39;s in charge of Samsung&#39;s semiconductor business, and he&#39;s recently confirmed that its 14-nanometre chips have begun production. But should you care about that?</p> <p>Yes. Yes you should. If you&#39;ve got a remote interest in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-7/review" target="_blank">iPhone 7 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>, at least.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The chip itself is said to use 35% less power than existing 20nm equivalents, while taking up 15% less space, and offering a 20% increase in power to boot.</p> <p>That power efficiency, coupled with its space saving benefits (resulting in room for a larger battery) should hopefully squeeze out as much standby time as possible.</p> <p>The 14nm chip could also be the basis for the iPhone 7&#39;s shiny new A9 processor, although we doubt that any of the chips currently being manufactured are destined for anywhere other than the Apple Watch for the time being. The iPhone 7 isn&#39;t expected to launch till Spring 2015, whereas the Apple Watch&#39;s release date &nbsp;windows of early 2015 demands all the chips Samsung can churn out.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more updates, as and when we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://english.etnews.com/electronics/2969056_1303.html" target="_blank">Korea IT News</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-begins-14-nm-contract-chip-production/" target="_blank">ZDNet</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1101" height="826" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-chip.jpg?1418399989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="450" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-a9.jpg?1418399989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news#comments Apple iPhone 7 Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:59:50 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1455213 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear update brings loads of new faces, plus developers can now release their own http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the promise of significant customization is rolling out to devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear" alt="Android Wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-newfaces.jpg?1418261265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a small screen on your wrist seemed like a prime opportunity to display all sorts of dazzling imagery, but up &rsquo;til now, the options have been limited with Android Wear. Finally, that&#39;s changed.</p> <p>Google has just announced the rollout of the latest version of Android Wear, based on Lollipop, and it finally brings the promised ability for developers to create and sell their own unique, distinctive watch faces via Google Play.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the early highlights are faces based on games like&nbsp;<em>Pac-Man</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Plants vs. Zombies</em>, and others featuring design work from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Mei Kawajiri, Bearbrick, and Porsche.</p> <p>In typical Google rollout fashion, it&rsquo;s starting to hit some devices now, but it could be up to a week before it reaches yours. Please try to control your enthusiasm accordingly.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/android-dress-code-wear-what-you-want.html">Google</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2014/12/watch-face-api-now-available-for.html">Android Developers Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="798" title="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" alt="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwear-thehundreds.png?1418261265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news#comments Android Android Wear Google Smartwatches Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:07:39 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455087 at http://www.stuff.tv Will.i.am’s i.am+ Puls smartwatch priced at US$399, launching soon to handpicked applicants http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But there’s a smaller, second-gen version reportedly in the works, as well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="i.am+ Puls" alt="i.am+ Puls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/i.am-puls-watch.png?1417240497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Puls from Will.i.am&rsquo;s i.am+ tech startup has been a rather curious thing, promising a standalone smartwatch experience while he denies it&rsquo;s a smartwatch at all. But at least now we have solid launch details on whatever you&#39;ll call this wearable.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113091006?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>The five-minute clip above shows a handy walkthrough of how the watch works, although it has some rather odd elements. For example, why use footage that makes the screen look distorted? Why does Will.i.am keep looking at us like that? And why didn&#39;t those typos in the voice dictation get scrubbed out before posting?</p> <p>And perhaps ill-timed: Wareable reports that a second-generation unit, said to be 40% smaller than the rather hefty model being shown as of now, will launch as early as February or March. The follow-up is expected to be available in two forms: one like this original model, and another more akin to a fitness band in shape. Both O2 and AT&amp;T are slated to carry it.</p> <p>If another version is maybe three months away, we can&rsquo;t help but wonder if the original version will even be widely released. Perhaps i.am+ will use the handpicked buyers to beta test the experience and then pour all of that feedback into a more refined successor. We&#39;ll likely find out soon, whatever the case.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.puls.com">Puls</a>, <a href="http://www.wareable.com/wearable-tech/william-puls-second-generation-to-land-in-early-2015-526">Wareable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">Will.i.am&rsquo;s smartwatch is not a smartwatch, says Will.i.am</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news#comments Android Smartwatches Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:29:29 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454206 at http://www.stuff.tv 12 things WatchKit tells us about Apple Watch http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12-things-watchkit-tells-us-about-apple-watch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s elegant, locked-down, requires an iPhone, and has animations that taste like GIF </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="750" title="12 things WatchKit tells us about Apple Watch" alt="12 things WatchKit tells us about Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/0-apple-watch.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> is coming, but it&rsquo;ll be a digital trinket without great apps.</p> <p>Fortunately, Apple&rsquo;s <a href="https://developer.apple.com/watchkit/">developer resources</a> are now live, providing insight into how the device will work should you strap one to your wrist.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It’s mostly about simplicity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s guidelines emphasise the device&rsquo;s personal, holistic, lightweight nature. It&rsquo;s something &ldquo;attuned to the wearer&rsquo;s presence&quot;, &ldquo;[blurring] the boundaries between physical object and software&rdquo;, with apps &ldquo;designed for quick, lightweight interactions&rdquo;. Don&rsquo;t expect Bioshock on your wrist, basically.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Your iPhone is the engine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An iPhone is, unsurprisingly, mandatory, because it does the heavy lifting. For now, the Apple Watch is an expensive wrist-based notification centre of sorts, or is used for performing basic interactions. An Apple Watch app, says Apple, &ldquo;compliments your iOS app; it does not replace it&rdquo;.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1866" height="1039" title="2. Your iPhone is the engine" alt="2. Your iPhone is the engine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-iphone-engine_0.png?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. There are two screen resolutions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We knew Apple Watch was coming in two sizes, but the dev literature confirms each has a unique display resolution: the 38mm model has 272 x 340 pixels; the larger 42mm one has 312 x 390. <a href="https://twitter.com/gruber/status/535283471888158720">Apple pundit John Gruber</a> reckons both will match the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 for sharpness (326ppi); Apple adds there is &ldquo;no need to create non Retina images&rdquo;, so there&rsquo;s no cheapo &lsquo;chunky pixel&rsquo; Apple Watch on the way.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Apps offer three ways to interact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Information can be presented by manually launching a Watch app from the Home screen, for an &ldquo;in-depth user experience&rdquo;; this is where most dev efforts should be focussed. Otherwise, there are optional Glances and Notifications.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1432" height="795" title="4. Apps offer three ways to interact" alt="4. Apps offer three ways to interact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-three-ways_0.png?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Glances are read-only cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple describes a Glance as a &ldquo;quick view of a focused set of content from an app&rdquo; that is &ldquo;timely and contextually relevant&rdquo;. They are template-based, static and read-only, but can link deep into their corresponding app. You swipe up to access Glances, and then swipe horizontally between them; think a card-based iPhone/iPad Notification Center, pared down to the bone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Notifications can be ‘short’ or ‘long’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&lsquo;Short&rsquo; notifications are visible only briefly after the wrist is raised, showing the app&rsquo;s name and icon, and a brief, to-the-point notification title. If the wrist remains raised &ldquo;for a moment&rdquo;, a custom &lsquo;long&rsquo; notification can offer more information and basic interactivity, such as buttons for commenting or liking something.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1193" height="662" title="6. Notifications can be ‘short’ or ‘long’" alt="6. Notifications can be ‘short’ or ‘long’" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-notifications_1.png?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Strict but flexible layouts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>App layout is clearly defined and heavily automated. Apple states side-by-side elements are restricted to three, apps can use all space to the display edges, and positioning is relative, not fixed. Elements are laid out from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, with element groups enabling developers to add a little layout sophistication. Apps should therefore &lsquo;just work&rsquo; on any future Apple Watch size, and never look a horrible mess. In theory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Apple wants tasteful, elegant apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple stops short of defining how a developer <em>must</em> design their app, but only just. Black backgrounds are heavily recommended, along with careful use of high-contrast colours; however, colour must <em>not</em> be used for indicating interactivity (a rule we wish would extend to iPad and iPhone&hellip;).</p> <p>Typography must be legible and preferably use Apple&rsquo;s built-in styles; branding should be minimised in a &ldquo;refined, unobtrusive way&rdquo;.&nbsp;This all suggests Apple Watch will be a unified, stylish experience, if perhaps lacking some heart and soul.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1859" height="1032" title="8. Apple wants tasteful, elegant apps" alt="8. Apple wants tasteful, elegant apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-tasteful-elegant.png?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Animation is… restricted </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Animation exists in Apple Watch, but the guidelines call for pre-rendered animations from a series of static images &mdash; much like an animated GIF. Dynamic animations might result in delays, apparently.&nbsp;There&rsquo;s no mention of movie files, but then everyone had enough of stamp-sized QuickTime files in 1990s desktop browsers. </p> <p>Integrated maps are static, too &mdash; devs define a set annotated snapshot, a tap on which launches Apple&rsquo;s own Maps app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Gestures are locked down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You tap the screen to interact, tap hard for a context menu with up to four buttons, and use the digital crown to zoom through lists or rapidly scroll. Vertical swipes are for scrolling, and horizontal ones are for navigating page-based interfaces. Up and left edge swipes, respectively, bring up Glances and go &lsquo;back&rsquo;. And that&rsquo;s it &mdash; there&rsquo;s no customisation.</p> <p>There&#39;s also no multi-touch, which is probably just as well, because you&rsquo;d need to file your fingers to spikes for that to work.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1227" height="797" title="10. Gestures are locked down" alt="10. Gestures are locked down" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-gestures.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Big devs are on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/11/18Developers-Start-Designing-Apps-for-Apple-Watch.html">Apple&rsquo;s press release</a> has quotes about apps from ESPN (live scores; team info; news), Instagram (latest photos; likes; comments) and American Airlines (gates; departures; boarding; in-flight info). The tip of the iceberg, we suspect; Apple Watch will almost certainly be well-supported from day one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Apple’s looking ahead </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The same press release adds: &ldquo;Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch&rdquo;. This mirrors the iPhone&rsquo;s early days: start with a very locked-down Apple experience; normalise device usage; gradually open things up. In the meantime, <a href="https://jobs.apple.com/us/search?#&amp;ss=apple%20watch&amp;t=1&amp;so=&amp;lo=0*USA&amp;pN=0&amp;openJobId=36348814">Apple&rsquo;s recruiting</a> an evangelist, to guide developers and &ldquo;help them build platform differentiating, next generation apps for iOS, with a primary focus on Apple Watch apps&rdquo;.</p> <p>And anyone still thinking this all sounds a bit restrictive, be mindful of two things: first, this is a device designed for focus rather than in-depth interactions; secondly, current smartphones are significantly more capable than the original iPhone was on release. This is just the first step; who knows what the Apple Watch 3 or 4 will bring?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news" target="_blank">Apple launches WatchKit, letting developers create Apple Watch apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/12-things-watchkit-tells-us-about-apple-watch/feature#comments Apple Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:11:16 +0000 Craig Grannell 1454003 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-planning-e-paper-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New wearable will let you change the design of your wristwear without faffing about swapping straps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap " alt="Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-smartwatch-3_0_0.jpg?1417049056" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony may be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news" target="_blank">stripping back its product line-up</a>, but it&#39;s still finding new things to do.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony isn&#39;t the first company to hit on the idea; Japanese company&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/sony-planning-fewer-smartphones-and-tvs-after-falling-sales/news" target="_blank">Fashion Entertainments</a>&nbsp;is working on a watch with an e-ink face and strap (though it doesn&#39;t have smartwatch functionality). It does, however, point towards what a smartwatch with an e-paper strap might look like, enabling the wearer to change the design &ndash; or even receive notifications on the watch strap.</p> <p>The Sony smartwatch is the brainchild of a new division at the company tasked with bringing promising products to market more quickly &ndash; another prospective product is MESH, a set of &quot;technology building blocks&quot; containing sensors, LEDs and buttons that are designed for rapid prototyping.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s e-paper device faces stiff competition, with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>&nbsp;smartwatches already on the shelves, and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>&nbsp;set to hit stores in 2015. Will its unique design be enough to set it apart from the herd? Watch this space.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-26/sony-said-to-plan-e-paper-watch-in-test-of-innovation.html?hootPostID=01a7bed44e0a23f08160895b3a935c2f" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/26/7290935/sony-e-paper-smartwatch" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-5-best-smartwatches-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 5 best smartwatches of the year</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This isn&#039;t Sony&#039;s e-paper watch, it&#039;s FES&#039;. But it does give you an idea what it might look like." alt="Sony planning smartwatch with e-paper face and strap " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/e-paper-smartwatch.jpg?1417049056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-planning-e-paper-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-planning-e-paper-smartwatch/news#comments Smartwatches Sony Wearable tech Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:26:41 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453981 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple launches WatchKit, letting developers create Apple Watch apps http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s really happening: developers can start preparing for the early 2015 launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-watchkit.jpg?1416360207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a fervent Apple fan eagerly awaiting the company&rsquo;s first smartwatch in early 2015, take solace in the news that developers of all sorts can now code apps for the device.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And apps have three opportunities for user interactions: being a full-fledged app experience with a unique UI, providing a Glance screen with read-only information, and delivering actionable notifications that users can respond to right from the device.</p> <p>However, The Verge notes that Apple Watch apps currently must run as extensions of iPhone apps, and that fully native Apple Watch apps aren&rsquo;t an option just yet (but will be sometime in 2015). So even if an app is designed primarily for Apple Watch interactions, it&rsquo;ll have a home on the paired iPhone and pull its updates from the handset.</p> <p>Getting the development community onboard months in advance of the Apple Watch launch can only help Apple&rsquo;s chances with marketing the device, developers&rsquo; chances of having great Watch apps ready on day one, and users&rsquo; chances of having a comfortable, complete-feeling experience right out of the gate.</p> <p>Given the paucity of Android Wear apps at the moment, this could be a significant move to really set the Apple Watch apart from the wearables pack in not only design, but also functionality when it finally debuts sometime early next year.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://developer.apple.com/watchkit/">Apple</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/18/7242315/apple-watchkit-released-develop-third-party-apps">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y-waTi8BPdk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news#comments Apple iOS 8 Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:35:41 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453477 at http://www.stuff.tv Now you can customize the Moto 360’s watch faces http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/now-you-can-customize-moto-360-s-watch-face/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola’s Connect app adds detailed tweaking options for the Android Wear device </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola Moto 360" alt="Motorola Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motorola-moto360-contest-winner.jpg?1415670208" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> is still <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">our top pick</a> for an Android Wear smartwatch, but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG G Watch R</a> is a strong alternative, and more are certainly coming. So what&rsquo;s Motorola doing to say on top?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/now-you-can-customize-moto-360-s-watch-face/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/now-you-can-customize-moto-360-s-watch-face/news#comments Android Wear Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:28:09 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452775 at http://www.stuff.tv The gold Apple Watch could cost US$4000 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gold-apple-watch-could-cost-us4000/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That&#039;s fine. It&#039;s not like you needed a new car anyway... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Raining money" alt="The gold Apple Watch could cost US$4000" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iwatch-price_0.jpg?1415624060" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The gold version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a> could drain your bank balance in the blink of an eye.</p> <p>According to French site iGen.fr&#39;s source, the blinged-out version of Apple&#39;s clever timepiece could set you back between US$4000-5000.</p> <p>If that&#39;s too much for your bank balance to handle, then there&#39;s always the stainless steel version, which will apparently cost US$500.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gold-apple-watch-could-cost-us4000/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gold-apple-watch-could-cost-us4000/news#comments Apple iOS Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:45:01 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452748 at http://www.stuff.tv Moto 360 with metal bands now available, gold edition and new Moto Body app on the way http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-metal-bands-now-available-gold-edition-and-new-moto-body-app-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can slather your wrist in smartmetal. If you live in the US that is. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1581" height="1186" title="Looking good" alt="Moto 360 with metal bands now available, gold edition and new Moto Body app on t" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360-two-shot.jpg?1415429772" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorola has announced that US gadgeteers can now snap up all-metal <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>s.</p> <p>Available for US$300, both the dark and light models feature straps that are crafted from aircraft-grade stainless steel, making the 360 look watch-ier than ever.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Slimmer metal bands in light and a champagne gold finishes will also be available bundled with the 360 itself, costing US$300 and US$330 respectively.</p> <p>Existing 360 owners won&#39;t be left out either, with light and dark metal bands, a selection of leather bands, and colourful silicon bands all in the pipeline, to be sold separately for as-of-yet undisclosed prices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="971" height="728" title="#Bling" alt="Moto 360 with metal bands now available, gold edition and new Moto Body app on t" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gold.jpg?1415429772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="320" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/PolishedAnguishedCockerspaniel" width="320"></iframe></p> <p>Motorola is also including a My Design watch face option in an update, letting owners customise their watch faces including the background and hands. Look out for an update through the Moto Connect app over the next few days.</p> <p>The app update also will also include Moto Body - an app which provides you with tailored goals to keep you motivated, once it&#39;s analysed your heart rate, steps, distance and calorie stats.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/moto-360-choose-watch-that-fits-your.html" target="_blank">Motorola</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-metal-bands-now-available-gold-edition-and-new-moto-body-app-way/news#comments Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:47:07 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452500 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracking tricks along with it http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> G3 owners will be getting a sweet update from LG before the year is over </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2411" height="1808" title="Mmmm, sugar" alt="LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracki" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g3-lollipop.jpg?1415849129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has confirmed to Stuff that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">G3</a> will be getting updated to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> by the end of this year.</p> <p>An exact date hasn&#39;t been given, but late November/early December is the time frame that we can expect to see the update.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Watch R has already recently been updated to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear </a>2.0, which brings with it new LG-made watch faces, along with the ability to temporarily dismiss notifications and store local music for playback directly from the watch to bluetooth headphones.</p> <p>LG also mentioned that the G Watch R could possibly arrive in different colours in future releases - although nothing has been confirmed.</p> <p>The Moto 360 is available in black and silver - offering a little more choice for consumers, although both devices support standard watch straps for easy customisation.</p> <p>Stay tuned for a proper G3 Lollipop release date, along with news of it landing on other LG devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT" alt="LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracki" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g-watch-r-update-music.jpg?1415849129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne#comments Android G Watch R G3 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:20:37 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1452387 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R http://www.stuff.tv/motorola-moto-360-vs-lg-g-watch-r/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two great Android Wear smartwatches - but which should we be saving up for? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" alt="Which smartphone is best: Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motos-2.jpg?1415810885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The smartwatch revolution is now in full flow. Pretty much all of the major smartphone players have turned their, er, hand to making wristputers this year, with the likes of Samsung, Apple, Sony, LG and Motorola all announcing or releasing their own devices.</p> <p>Google&#39;s also thrown its hat into the ring, developing the Android Wear operating system as a means of giving the fledgling market some consistency.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: Casio vs Cartier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looks matter in a smartwatch. This is something you&rsquo;re going to wear on your wrist, most of the day, every day.</p> <p>Both the Moto 360 and G Watch R have gone for a slightly more natural look than many, with a circular face. Most of the square or rectangular smartwatches we&rsquo;ve seen are that bit too geeky-looking.</p> <p>LG has tried pretty hard to make the G Watch R look like a normal watch &ndash; complete with fake winder dial and a screen surround with minute markers. In photos, it looks pretty great. However, in person there&rsquo;s a whiff of the try-hard to the LG G Watch R. The more it attempts to look like a standard watch, the clearer it becomes that this really isn&rsquo;t one.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s that bit too clear you&rsquo;re looking at an LCD display, not a real watch face.</p> <p>The Motorola Moto 360, on the other hand, embraces the &lsquo;new technology&rsquo; vibe. Its screen surround is bright metal, offering a more up-to-date look.</p> <p>Will it age more quickly, style-wise? Possibly, but the tech in this area is moving so fast that it&rsquo;s not just something that affects the design. We&#39;re in early adopter territory, folks.</p> <p>If you want a watch that&rsquo;s going to impress, there&rsquo;s only one right choice here: the Moto 360.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s thankfully not <em>too</em> eye-catching, though. It attracts attention, rather than demanded it. You can still get pretty normal-looking and feeling straps for the Moto 360 too. And you can choose between metal links and a leather strap, although leather straps seem to be more widely available.</p> <p>Exactly the same strap options are on offer with the LG G Watch R too: metal and leather.</p> <p>Judging by the watches we&rsquo;ve seen so far, a round face is the way forward. However, the Motorola has the courage of its design convictions. And that extra confidence shows.</p> <p>For the spec lovers among you, the Moto 360 weighs 49g while the LG G Watch R is 63g. Both have fairly chunky watch faces too.</p> <p>The Moto&rsquo;s is 46mm diameter by 11.5mm tall, the LG G watch R 46.4 by 11.1mm tall. There&rsquo;s not a great deal in it.</p> <p>Both offer IP67 water resistance. This means you can drop them in water for a half-hour without ill effects, but we don&rsquo;t recommend submitting them to more than a heavy downpour. Google even warns you not to take the Moto 360 out swimming, on the Google Play page. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Motorola Moto 360</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We get a-round, round, round..." alt="Which smartphone is best: Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/watches_0.jpg?1415810885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: Cut that out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch R both have circular screens. But one is more circular than the other.</p> <p>Confused? Just check out the very bottom of the Motorola Moto 360 display: there&rsquo;s a little blank section, which is where the display driver has to go.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a real shame, and something that chips off some of the glossy look. It&rsquo;s also something people might not notice when just researching to buy one. Take note.</p> <p>The LG G Watch R display is fully rounded - no weird chips or cut-outs.</p> <p>It also offers more impressive-looking display tech. Where the Moto 360 uses a fairly standard LCD screen, the G Watch R has an P-OLED (plastic organic light emitting diode) display, capable of providing black levels that LCDs just aren&rsquo;t capable of. When the watch face wants to look black, it really is black &ndash;&nbsp;aside from whatever ambient light might be reflecting off the surface.</p> <p>Unfortunately the Moto 360&rsquo;s LCD display also highlights that there&rsquo;s a bit cut out of the display, as you can see the difference between the back of the surround and the imperfect black of the display. Roll on Motorola Moto 360 MK II? Kinda.</p> <p>Both watches offer similar resolutions, with 320 pixels across the display, cut down to 290 pixels in one direction in the Moto 360 because of the screen indent. As the screens are pretty small, that&#39;s enough pixels to make the screens pretty sharp. Once again, the LG G Watch R has the advantage, if only because its 1.3-inch display is smaller than the 1.56-inch Moto one.</p> <p>Will you get used to the slightly strange Moto 360 screen shape? Of course you will, but it&rsquo;s slightly at odds with the otherwise pristine design.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G Watch R</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">The Motorola Moto X is our new favourite smartphone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s round... but there&#039;s a bit missing!" alt="Which smartphone is best: Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-scr_0.jpg?1415810885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: Totally Phone-y </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve not looked into smartwatches too much yet, we have bad news: 95% of them don&rsquo;t last too long off a charge. If you&rsquo;re hoping for weeks or months of use, you&rsquo;re dreaming.</p> <p>Both the LG G Watch R and Motorola Moto 360 offer stamina that&rsquo;s similar to that of a phone.</p> <p>Once again, this is one area where the LG Watch R wins a victory, but it&rsquo;s a slighter one this time.</p> <p>At release, the Motorola Moto 360 had really quite terrible battery life, but after a few smart software updates you&rsquo;ll be able to get a solid day and a half&rsquo;s use off a charge.</p> <p>The LG G Watch R can be pushed to a full two days if you&rsquo;re very careful and don&rsquo;t go using the watch too much. We&rsquo;re in the same league here: if you want a much longer-lasting watch, check out the Pebble. There&#39;s just that bit of extra buffer in the LG.</p> <p>So why does the LG last that bit longer? There are several reasons. The simplest: it has a larger battery. Where the Motorola Moto 360 unit offers 320mAh capacity, the G Watch R has a 410mAh battery.</p> <p>The LG Watch also offers a more up-to-date processor, using the same Snapdragon 400-series chip you&rsquo;ll find in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Motorola Moto G</a>. You might assume a lower-power chip like the Moto 360&rsquo;s single-core TI OMAP 3 CPU would be more frugal, but that&rsquo;s not the case: it&rsquo;s older and not as efficient as the LG chipset.</p> <p>The G Watch R screen technology is also a massive win here. As P-OLED screens use light emitting pixels rather than a backlight like the Moto 360&rsquo;s LCD screen, the watch is able to use just a fraction of its usual power when displaying just a small amount of stuff onscreen. It does this in an &lsquo;Ambient Mode&rsquo; that kicks in when the watch hasn&rsquo;t been used for a few seconds.</p> <p>You get such a mode with the Moto 360 too, but it&rsquo;s not as efficient. &nbsp;</p> <p>As we noted earlier, now that Motorola has fixed the early battery issues, the stamina of the two is not worlds apart. And you charge them in similar ways: each comes with a little charge dock.</p> <p>However, what&rsquo;s going on behind the scenes is actually quite different. The LG Watch R uses little metal contacts that directly interface with the dock while the Moto 360 supports Qi charging. This is the most common wireless charging standard these days, and means you&rsquo;ll be able to use the Motorola smartwatch with a bunch of third-party wireless chargers. Nice.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G Watch R</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto 360 charges wirelessly, but the G Watch R goes for longer" alt="Which smartphone is best: Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-backs_0.jpg?1415810885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: Snapdragon power wins out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As well as having a more efficient processor than the Motorola Moto 360, the LG G Watch R is also more powerful. It offers four 1.2GHz cores against the Moto&rsquo;s single 1GHz core.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s more to it than that if you deep-dive into the tech, but still: there&rsquo;s no contest.</p> <p>In use, we found that there were little laggy moments in the Moto 360 that were cleared-up in the LG G Watch R. Motorola may be able to patch some of this up in future updates, but you can&rsquo;t patch-up the use of an older processor.</p> <p>If you can stomach the odd little bit of slow-down, the two watches are capable of completely the same things. They both run Android Wear, Google&rsquo;s smartphone OS, both have a heart-rate sensor, microphone and operate using a Bluetooth 4.0 connection with your phone.</p> <p>Neither has a camera &ndash;&nbsp;something that has sensibly been demoted as a bit of a gimmick in a watch.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re still waiting to see what the Android Wear future is going to look like, but with a bit more power on tap, the LG G Watch R feels more primed for its arrival.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G Watch R</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G Watch R has a more powerful processor" alt="Which smartphone is best: Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-comp_0.jpg?1415810885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: Style matters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve read through our whole comparison, you may well have come to the conclusion that the LG Watch R is the clear winner. We have a surprise for you: it&rsquo;s not.</p> <p>While the LG G Watch R can claim a series of small victories, we don&rsquo;t think they eclipse the design superiority of the Motorola Moto 360.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot to be improved in a successor, and there are still improvements to be made in the software for this generation. But the Moto 360 is a watch you can feel proud to wear. That matters an awful lot in the watch world, and in comparison the LG G Watch R just seems a bit&hellip; normal. &nbsp;It also helps that the Moto 360 is available for &pound;20 less at &pound;200, while feeling like the more expensive device. </p> <p>That said, if you want the absolute best performance in a smartwatch then the LG G Watch R is still the better choice. It&#39;s marginally faster, the screen isn&#39;t notched and the battery life is superior. But in this office, we feel that design is such an important part of a smartwatch&#39;s appeal that overall we&#39;d still go for the Moto 360. It&#39;s a mighty close thing.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Motorola Moto 360</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 smartwatches and wearables</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is... the Moto 360!" alt="Which smartphone is best: Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-motorola-moto-360_1.jpg?1415810885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto 360 v G Watch R </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola-moto-360-vs-lg-g-watch-r/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/motorola-moto-360-vs-lg-g-watch-r/feature#comments Android Wear G Watch R LG Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:41:25 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452154 at http://www.stuff.tv Blocks modular smartwatch will be on wrists by November 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/intel/blocks-modular-smartwatch-will-be-wrists-november-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Back this modular wearable and you could be swapping out Blocks in 12 months </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blocks design prototype at the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge " alt="Blocks modular smartwatch will be on wrists by November 2015 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN5754.JPG?1415276608" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The inventors of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blocks-modular-smartwatch-lets-you-create-your-dream-watch-different-occasions/feature">Blocks</a>, the modular wearable system, have set themselves a deadline to turn this swappable smartwatch dream into gadget reality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking a bit like a wrist-based version of Google&#39;s Project Ara, Blocks has already received heaps of cash in funding after a campaign on its own website.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blocks&nbsp;was outlining its bold plans at Intel&rsquo;s Make It Wearable Challenge. The team was beaten to the US$500,000 Grand Prize by wearable camera drone&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nixie-tiny-camera-drone-launches-your-wrist/news">Nixie</a>&nbsp;but won the Fan Favourite award, based on votes from attendees at the event.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Google is currently developing the modular phone Project Ara and we&rsquo;ve been in touch with them,&quot;&nbsp;says Hakeem Javaid.&nbsp;&quot;The Advanced Technologies and Projects group has confirmed that while it&rsquo;s up to 25% more expensive than having the device fully integrated,&nbsp;the price of going modular today is much cheaper than it was in the past.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;But the fact we are separating it means that when better technology comes along, you can just unplug the old GPS or heart-rate module and plug in a new one.&nbsp;So your watch will live on with you as you change your habits.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kickstarter campaign will feature the display module with the larger rectangular screen, built to accommodate the Intel Edison chip, whereas the smartband-style and circular display module will be made available later. Blocks say that a display module, clasp and four peripheral modules will fit nicely around a small-sized wrist, while those with bigger wrists will be able to slot in an extra fifth Block.</p> <p>As well as making the prototypes smaller, the team has a lot of work to do on the connections.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The most important thing we are going to do in the next few months is refine the connector design between the Blocks,&quot;&nbsp;says Al Fakir.&nbsp;&quot;We have an adviser who is ex Sony, specifically on audio components. At the moment we are using 3.5mm jacks, he told us we&rsquo;re not going to be able to use jacks and we&rsquo;re going to have to design something completely new.</p> <p>&quot;The reason we made [the rectangular display] wider is to fit the Edison inside. The Edison doesn&#39;t fit in the smaller display and that&#39;s the one a lot of women have told us they like and would buy. The other is a bit masculine and large.&nbsp;They say that by the end of 2015, beginning of 2016 they&#39;ll have a smaller version. That&#39;s outside our timeframe but maybe they can fast-track something for us.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t wait until the Kickstarter campaign in April 2015, check out our <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">top ten wearables</a></strong> you can buy right now. Just don&rsquo;t try to snap bits off any of them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/mica-smart-bracelet-proves-wearable-tech-can-be-pretty-hands/news">The MICA smart bracelet proves wearable tech can be pretty</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="The first iteration of the modular smartwatch design " alt="The first iteration of the modular smartwatch design " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5752.JPG?1415276608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="One of three initial display module designs, more like a smartband" alt="One of three initial display module designs, more like a smartband" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5755.JPG?1415276608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="How the individual Blocks and clasp module will look " alt="How the individual Blocks and clasp module will look " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5757.JPG?1415276608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4000" height="3000" title="No strap, just Blocks " alt="No strap, just Blocks " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5756.JPG?1415276608" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/blocks-modular-smartwatch-will-be-wrists-november-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/blocks-modular-smartwatch-will-be-wrists-november-2015/news#comments Intel Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:37:29 +0000 Sophie Charara 1452298 at http://www.stuff.tv