Wearable tech http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/all en-GB Rumour: the iWatch will ship in early 2015 and could cost US$400 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-iwatch-will-ship-early-2015-and-could-cost-us400/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t expect to strap on the Apple wearable device anytime soon </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="567" height="426" title="Rumour: the iWatch will ship in early 2015 and could cost US$400" alt="Rumour: the iWatch will ship in early 2015 and could cost US$400" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/watch.jpeg?1409567741" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting excited at the prospect of wrapping an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch</a> around your wrist? You might want to take a deep breath.</p> <p>Although Apple is likely to reveal the iWatch to the world at its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/its-official-apple-sends-out-invites-9-september-event/news">upcoming 9 September event</a>,&nbsp;you won&rsquo;t be able to buy it until early 2015.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Premium device, premium price </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>Putting that in perspective, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-new-official-details-emerge/news">LG G Watch costs &pound;160</a>. The iWatch looks like it&#39;ll be competing with Timex&rsquo;s upcoming Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch or even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear </a>priced at US$400 (&pound;240) and &pound;300 respectively.</p> <p>There is some hope for Apple fans whose wallets are already weeping at the prospect of shelling out for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>, an iWatch and new iPads; the iWatch pricing has yet to be finalised, and may not even be announced at&nbsp;Apple&rsquo;s 9 September press conference.</p> <p>Particularly interesting is the sources&#39; claims that there will be a range of prices for different iWatch models &ndash; suggesting that there may be lower priced versions of Apple&rsquo;s first wearable device.</p> <p>Stuff will be live at Apple&rsquo;s press event in Curpertino on 9 September, where we&rsquo;ll (hopefully) be donning the iWatch and getting hands-on with the iPhone 6.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/30/apple-9-9-2/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/29/codered-apple-wearable-wont-ship-until-next-year/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iwatch-its-itime-change/news" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch preview: everything you need to know</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="604" height="453" title="The LG G Watch costs just £160" alt="The LG G Watch costs just £160" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g.png?1409567741" /> </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/rumour-iwatch-will-ship-early-2015-and-could-cost-us400/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/rumour-iwatch-will-ship-early-2015-and-could-cost-us400/news#comments Apple iOS iWatch Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:35:42 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446263 at http://www.stuff.tv First consumer VR headset for mobile phones is built for the LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vortex VR’s headset is 3D-printed, with more coming for other Android 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="VRTX I" alt="VRTX I" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vrtx-lgg3.png?1409338212" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve been waiting and waiting for Samsung to show its hand regarding the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/leaked-samsungs-vr-headset-picture-spotted-online/news">leaked Gear VR</a>, but Vortex VR just beat it to the punch with a phone-centric headset - and it&rsquo;s for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>.</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/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-consumer-vr-headset-mobile-phones-built-lg-g3/news#comments Android G3 LG Smartphones Wearable tech Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:46:54 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446157 at http://www.stuff.tv It's official: Apple sends out invites for 9 September event http://www.stuff.tv/apple/its-official-apple-sends-out-invites-9-september-event/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone 6, here we come – Apple invites the faithful to Cupertino </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 invite" alt="Apple invite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-invite-01.jpg?1409244384" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s been rumoured for a long time, now it&#39;s happening: Apple has sent out invites for an event on 9 September.</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>As usual, Apple is playing coy with the details, and dropping clues to what&#39;ll be announced on its invite. The tagline is &quot;Wish we could say more,&quot; and the graphic is a minimalist slice of Apple logo on a white background; previous event invites have teased the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-invites-go-out-september-12th-event-%E2%80%93-iphone-5-incoming/news" target="_blank">name of the iPhone 5</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-sends-out-invites-10-september-launch/news" target="_blank">colourful cases of the iPhone 5c</a>. So what does this latest one mean?</p> <p>It could point to an overhauled version of Siri, to be released as part of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8</a>. Or it could offer clues to the design language of the rumoured iWatch &ndash; the launch of which is reportedly being <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-unveil-iwatch-alongside-iphone-6-9th-september/news" target="_blank">brought forward</a>. Or it could just be that the graphic designer responsible couldn&#39;t be bothered faffing about with colours and just slapped a drop shadow on an Apple logo.</p> <p>Whatever the case, we&#39;ll find out on 9 September. Check out our iPhone 6 preview for all the latest info, and let the speculation begin! Or, er, continue.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-iphone-6-event-2014-8" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6L preview &ndash; is Apple launching an iPhablet?</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="733" height="655" title="Apple invite" alt="Apple invite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-invite-02.jpg?1409244384" /> </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"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> Apple sends out invites for 9 September event </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/its-official-apple-sends-out-invites-9-september-event/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/its-official-apple-sends-out-invites-9-september-event/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 iPhone 6L iWatch Smartphones Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:36:21 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446083 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear Live http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could it be fourth time’s the charm for Samsung smartwatches? </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="Samsung Gear Live review" alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-live-review-clock-side.JPG?1409587709" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Gear</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a> and now Gear Live.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks fairly premium </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sharper screen than the G Watch </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compatible with all Androids (4.3 and above) </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Growing app selection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charging cradle fail </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as comfortable as the LG </div> <div class="field-item odd"> One day battery life </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review 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"> Too square to be hip </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>Gadget afficionados won&#39;t mistake this for an earlier Gear. The Live has a simpler design than its forebears, with no visible screws, fancy flourishes, IR blasters or cameras.</p> <p>But it does have family traist - the same square screen, curved, brushed aluminium body and silicone strap with a single power button on the right-hand edge.</p> <p>The belly of the Gear Live curves slightly to rest on your wrist unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>, which&nbsp;sits flat on top. Which you find more comfortable will be a personal preference, but for us the LG is slightly more comfortable overall as it&rsquo;s less rigid as you turn and move your wrist.</p> <p>Both are a bit too heavy and definitely too chunky. But if there&rsquo;s one thing tech giants know how to do it&rsquo;s make gadgets slimmer and lighter, so 2015&rsquo;s batch of Korean wristwear will no doubt be much sleeker. Big bezels make the Samsung a big thing (especially on small wrists) and over a couple of weeks it draws more attention than the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review"> G Watch</a>.&nbsp;Waterproofing to IP67 makes it rainproof, too, and you can dunk it for 30 minutes in up to 1m of water. Perhaps when you hit precisely 30 minutes and 1 second the thing explodes, but we doubt it.</p> <p>Practical, reasonably subtle but sticking perhaps a little too closely to Gear DNA then. Basically, we&rsquo;re still lusting after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360 preview - everything you need to know&nbsp;</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="Sleeker and tidier than the Gear 2 " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-clock-forward.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Bit fiddlesome this Samsung strap " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-strap.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="A power button - more than the G Watch can boast " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-button.JPG?1409587709" /> </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"> But the Super Amoled screen is lovely </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>This is more a screen on a strap than a replacement for a regular watch, and that screen is a good&rsquo;un. Its 320x320 resolution might sound rubbish but the&nbsp;1.63in Super AMOLED square&nbsp;is very sharp for a smartwatch, with text in notifications that&#39;s noticeably crisper than on the LG. Every notification comes with a background image, and while those are a bit pixellated they&#39;re also fairly pretty, with lovely, vivd colours. An option to turn them off might be nice for those who want to get serious about power saving, though.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not perfect - it can be hard to read outdoors, there&rsquo;s no auto brightness to save power in dim lighting and pump up the brightness when it&#39;s sunny, and it&rsquo;s a fingerprint magnet. But the Samsung is still a big, capable fish in this so-far small smartwatch pond.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">The LG G Watch tested</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="Punchy colours, sharp text " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-clock-update.JPG?1409587709" /> </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"> One day battery isn&#039;t enough </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&rsquo;ve mentioned battery life a couple of times already. That&rsquo;s no coincidence, eagle eyes. Because with a teeny 300mAh unit and a busy, colourful OS, it was never going to be pretty.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> has a slightly bigger 400mAh but in reality that only equates to an extra one or two hours. Both need charging at least every other day and will only manage two days over the weekend - assuming you&#39;re anything like us and barely use it compared to midweek.</p> <p>In every other respect, the Gear Live is the better choice over a Gear 2 or Neo, but on battery life those are three to four dayers.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> easily lasts five. Clearly always-on Android Wear needs more juice than manfacturers can currently squeeze into a wristwatch.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s more bad news. As with the LG the Gear Live is bundled with a charging cradle that has a microUSB port, but it&#39;s that little bit smaller, fiddlier and easier to lose. And while cradles are neat, they&#39;re also a bit of a pain as you have to take it everywhere. A microUSB port straight into the watch would be a whole lot more convenient.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Want a week-long smartwatch? Pebble Steel reviewed&nbsp;</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="4000" height="3000" title="Pull down from the watchface to glimpse the battery " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-battery.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Waiting for Moto " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-rainbow.JPG?1409587709" /> </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"> Always on, always helpful </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>Samsung smartwatches have already developed a reputation for features overkill, but this time Google&#39;s firmly in charge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once you get your head around Android Wear, it&rsquo;s gloriously simple.&nbsp;Firstly, it tells the time. The main screen is a watchface that can be swapped for a small number of preloaded faces or custom designs - there&rsquo;s no official space on Google Play for these yet but they can be found if you&#39;re willing to search off-piste.</p> <p>The second main function - and the reason you probably want a smartwatch rather than a dumbwatch - is pulling in notifications from your Android smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0. That includes phone calls, texts, WhatsApps, calendar appointments and anything else that appears in your notifications pulldown on your phone. Individual apps can be muted but you can&rsquo;t get more granular than that just yet by tweaking which notifications come through - e.g. turning off one Gmail account and leaving another on.</p> <p>Unlike a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble watch</a>, these notifications appear as cards (stacked in some cases and easily swiped away to the right) but they can&rsquo;t be accessed again in a central hub. They&rsquo;re there to be dealt with on-wrist.</p> <p>Also unlike Pebble or any other smartwatch, Google Now adds contextual cards - a stream of weather, calendar and yesterday&rsquo;s steps every morning. And how many minutes you are from the address you searched for in Google Maps on your phone yesterday. Or bus times as you approach a stop. We&rsquo;re itching to take an Android Wear watch on our hols as that&rsquo;s when Google Now comes into its own - flight times, currency conversions, places nearby.</p> <p>All of this involves a lot of swiping. So it&rsquo;s best to suck it up and use voice on the Gear Live. Google Voice is the best we&rsquo;ve used yet and though there are still niggles - such as sending dictated messages before they&#39;re ready - it brings in Google&rsquo;s cleverer-than-Siri Knowledge Graph for quick searches and consistently works well enough to encourage you to carry on. Really.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Full, in-depth review of Android Wear and its features&nbsp;</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="Dark and stormy in South West London " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-weather.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Simple step counting with Google Fit " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-fit.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Donwload Wear Mini Maps to pan around your location " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-maps.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Bark at the Gear Live - Show me my agenda! - and it will " alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-calendar.JPG?1409587709" /> </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"> Heart rate monitor - works when it works </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>Android Wear has said no to skins so what we&rsquo;ve just described is true of any AW device.</p> <p>That means the differences are almost entirely to be found in the hardware, and here&#39;s the Gear Live&#39;s big extra feature over the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> - the Samsung can read your resting heart rate. It&rsquo;s a function that makes much more sense on a wearable than a phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. And although you have to hold steady and it can be temperamental, it works.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s fairly accurate, too, although shouldn&rsquo;t be used for medical reasons and can&#39;t track your heart rate over the course of a jog - unlike, for example, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>. It&rsquo;s compatible with third party fitness apps but Google&rsquo;s own platform, Fit, is still in early days. For now, there&rsquo;s little more than a graph of daily step counts.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review">Samsung Gear Fit review&nbsp;</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&#039;s big on BPM in 2014" alt="Samsung Gear Live review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-heart-rate.JPG?1409587709" /> </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"> Android Wear apps are getting good </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 our<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review"> LG G Watch review</a>, we said Android Wear apps needed time. We were right - already there&#39;s plenty more support for Wear devices in big name apps. An update for WhatsApp that adds complete previews and the ability to reply via voice&nbsp;is available direct from its website and coming soon to Google Play.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also lots of fun apps to play around with. <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.dheera.wearmaps&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Mini Maps for Wear</a> lets you pan around a map with your GPS location if Google&#39;s step by step directions aren&rsquo;t enough, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cypressworks.wearvolume&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wear Volume</a> is a big and simple control for your smartphone&rsquo;s volume and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.npi.wearminilauncher&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wear Mini Launcher</a> adds a grid of app icons to swipe through, plus a quick access brightness slider and other settings.</p> <p>You can pretend you bought a calculator watch with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mkiisoft.calcwear&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wear Calc</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wearablewidgets&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Wearable Widgets</a> lets you display individual homescreen widgets (one for free, more for &pound;1.29) on your wrist. We moaned about the lack of proper Spotify controls with skipping as well as play/pause but Wearable Widgets makes that possible, too.</p> <p>On balance, there&rsquo;s probably still more choice for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> owners, but Wear is now the go-to place for developers of apps for wearables so expect that gap to be closed imminently.</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="Skip Spotify tracks with the Wearable Widgets app" alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-spotify.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Tiny icons with Wear Mini Launcher " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-wear-mini-launcher.JPG?1409587709" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Quick access to settings with Mini Launcher " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-review-mini-launcher-2.JPG?1409587709" /> </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"> Samsung Gear Live Verdict </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 two devices on sale, it&rsquo;s not hard to be the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy right now. But the Samsung just edges ahead of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a> nonetheless.</p> <p>Why? Mainly thanks to that sharper screen and bonus heart rate monitor. But they&rsquo;re very close in both price, specs and what they&rsquo;re capable of. So it mainly comes down to which one you prefer to wear. The LG will attract less attention, the Samsung&#39;s design will mark you out as an early adopter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, it&rsquo;s probably better to wait. That&rsquo;s because the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>&nbsp;looms large. A Moto launch event has been set for 4th September and its gorgeous, round smartwatch comes with wireless charging and a truly premium design that really looks worth the money.</p> <p>Android Wear OS needs to stay simple to succeed. That means anyone building one of these devices needs to throw everything into the design - exactly as Motorola appears to be doing. We suspect HTC, Asus, Fossil and stealthy fashion companies are quietly perfecting Wear watch designs, too. And we&#39;d bet a small fortune Samsung already has a Gear Live successor in development...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The top ten devices in wearable tech&nbsp;</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="There&#039;s not much between the Gear Live and G Watch " alt="Samsung Gear Live review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-lg.JPG?1409587709" /> </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-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Android Wear usefulness in a well-specced Samsung package - but it&rsquo;s still not quite there yet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> Samsung Gear Live review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fourth time&#039;s the charm? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review#comments Android Wear Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:04:57 +0000 Sophie Charara 1445957 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 on 9th September? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-unveil-iwatch-alongside-iphone-6-9th-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims Apple’s first wearable device is mere days from its first official outing </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="Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 on 9th September?" alt="Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 on 9th September?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iwatch_0_0_0%20%282%29.jpg?1409222023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple may have plans to launch its iWatch wearable device alongside the iPhone 6 on 9th September, according to a report.</p> <p><a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/27/codered-apple-plans-to-announce-wearable-in-september/">Re/code</a>&rsquo;s John Paczkowski claims that Apple is aiming to unveil its first wearable a little earlier than originally planned: an October launch date has been canned in favour of one much sooner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> A universal remote control on your wrist? </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>He goes on to say that there&rsquo;s still a chance that Apple&rsquo;s plans will change (the company usually sends out invitations to its events about a week before they occur), but believes the iWatch &ndash; which, unlike the iPhone 6, hasn&rsquo;t been leaked pre-release &ndash; is almost ready for public view.</p> <p>He also says the iWatch will support Apple&rsquo;s HealthKit health and fitness platform (which makes sense) as well as HomeKit, a new feature that will allow wearers to control &ldquo;connected devices&rdquo; &ndash; although he doesn&rsquo;t seem sure exactly what devices those are. So the iWatch could double as a remote control for your TV, your DVD player and your light switches.</p> <p>With that 9 September date looming, we&rsquo;ll find out soon enough whether or not Re/code&rsquo;s sources are on the money. In the meantime, you can read all about Apple&rsquo;s first wearable device in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">iWatch preview</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/27/codered-apple-plans-to-announce-wearable-in-september/">Re/code</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/11-most-impressive-iwatch-concepts-so-far-which-would-you-wear/feature">The 11 most impressive iWatch concepts so far</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-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> Apple iWatch Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446067 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's curved glass smartwatch will be for fashionistas http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-curved-glass-smartwatch-will-be-fashionistas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartwatches go premium with Intel&#039;s tech bracelet – set to launch just in time for New York Fashion Week </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="Curved smartwatch concept" alt="Curved smartwatch concept" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/curved-smartwatch-concept.jpg?1409221115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>No self-respecting tech brand is without a smartwatch these days &ndash; and&nbsp;now&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel">Intel</a>&nbsp;is set to join the fray.</p> <p>But it&#39;s doing things a little differently; it&#39;s teamed up with fashion house Opening Ceremony and luxury retailer Barneys New York for a fashion-focused smart band, that could launch in time for New York Fashion Week in September.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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/intel/intels-curved-glass-smartwatch-will-be-fashionistas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/intel/intels-curved-glass-smartwatch-will-be-fashionistas/news#comments Intel Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:16:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446066 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another Samsung smartwatch? Indeed, but this one doesn’t need your phone </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="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-s-1.png?1409586644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been called a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-reportedly-set-unveil-standalone-watchphone-soon/news">watchphone</a>&rdquo; and most recently the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news">Gear Solo</a>,&rdquo; but Samsung has finally revealed its next long-rumoured wearable device: the Gear S, a smartwatch that has its own SIM card and 3G connection.</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>The Gear S also features Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity, and you can use an onscreen keyboard for texting or use the S voice feature to issue commands. Samsung also claims that the device has &ldquo;more enhanced multi-sensors&rdquo; for health and fitness tracking, along with GPS and the S Health suite. It&rsquo;s IP67 rated for dust and water resistance, as well.</p> <p>While the watch doesn&rsquo;t require use of a smartphone, it can still be paired with a device for call and message forwarding, with Samsung claiming that it&rsquo;ll be easy to swap between 3G and Bluetooth connections as desired.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s Gear S will be available in October and quite likely on display at IFA next week. No word yet on pricing, but beyond the watch itself, we can&rsquo;t help but wonder how much it&rsquo;ll cost to provide service for such a device on top of your monthly phone bill. Sounds like a potential hang-up to us unless carriers have bundle deals in mind.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/08/28/Samsung-Gear-S-Enhances-the-Smart-Wearable-Experience-1">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-g-watch-r-revealed-first-fully-circular-android-wear-display/news">LG&rsquo;s G Watch R revealed with first fully circular Android Wear display</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="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-2.png?1409586644" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-3.png?1409586644" /> </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="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear S" alt="Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-4.png?1409586644" /> </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"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> Samsung Gear S smartwatch packs its own SIM card </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phones? Where we&#039;re going, we don&#039;t need phones </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news#comments IFA 2014 Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:01:55 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446036 at http://www.stuff.tv LG’s G Watch R revealed with first fully circular Android Wear display http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-g-watch-r-revealed-first-fully-circular-android-wear-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Due out in Q4, the company’s G Watch successor offers a new look but similar specs </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="LG G Watch R" alt="LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-watch-official.jpg?1409195650" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We got a pretty solid look at the rumoured LG G Watch R <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-circular-g-watch-r-teased-ifa-reveal-next-week/news">in the teaser video</a> released a few days back, but now the Korean company has officially unveiled its second Android Wear smartwatch.</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>The 410mAh battery here is a slight uptick from the 400mAh one in the previous model, but that&rsquo;s likely not enough to make any noticeable difference. However, the G Watch R also adds a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor for heart rate monitoring, which could make it more appealing for the fitness-minded crowd.</p> <p>While the internals are mostly the same, this is clearly a much different-looking watch. Beyond the unfettered circular display, it&rsquo;s also very visually distinct from the Moto 360, offering more a traditional sport watch aesthetic as opposed to Motorola&rsquo;s ultra-minimal approach. It features a black stainless steel frame and a 22mm leather strap, to boot.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll surely find out more next week, as the G Watch R will be shown at LG&rsquo;s booth at IFA, which kicks off on 5 September in Berlin. A fourth quarter debut is planned for the watch, but no pricing details are available just yet.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64664">LG</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch 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="LG G Watch R" alt="LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-r-dude.jpg?1409195650" /> </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/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-g-watch-r-revealed-first-fully-circular-android-wear-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-g-watch-r-revealed-first-fully-circular-android-wear-display/news#comments Android Wear IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:10:33 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446034 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Mario Kart 8 adding Link and more in DLC, Jabra's wireless heart rate-sensing earbuds, and Instagram’s impressive time-lapse video app http://www.stuff.tv/jabra/fully-charged-mario-kart-8-adding-link-and-more-dlc-jabra-reveals-wireless-heart-rate-sensing- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off the day with a burst of quick-hit tech and gaming updates </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="Mario Kart 8 DLC" alt="Mario Kart 8 DLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mariokart8-dlc.jpg?1409122981" /> </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"> Mario Kart 8 adding familiar Nintendo faces and places </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>While Super Smash Bros. has opened its doors to the wider Nintendo cast of characters (and beyond), the Mario Kart series has always maintained its Mario series boundaries. That won&rsquo;t be the case for much longer, as Nintendo UK has leaked details and images of a pair of downloadable content packs (since officially announced) coming for Mario Kart 8 on Wii U.</p> <p>The first pack will arrive in November and bring Legend of Zelda lead Link as a playable character, along with Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, eight courses, and four vehicles. It&rsquo;ll be some time before the second pack debuts in May 2015, but it&rsquo;ll bring Dry Bowser plus Isabelle and the Villager from Animal Crossing as drivers, along with eight more courses and four rides.</p> <p>Each pack will sell for &pound;7, and Nintendo says that tracks from the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing will be among the new ones, while older locales like Wario&rsquo;s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii are also planned, as well as a Blue Falcon kart from F-Zero. Seeing as Mario Kart 8 is arguably the biggest driver of Wii U sales to date, it makes a ton of sense to keep interest alive well into 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://store.nintendo.co.uk/wii-u-ddc/the-legend-of-zelda-x-mario-kart-8-aoc-pack-digital-download/10991121.html">Nintendo UK</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review">Mario Kart 8 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-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"> Jabra launching heart-monitoring Bluetooth earphones </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>Just this morning, Jabra announced plans to release its own pair of heart rate-sensing earphones this autumn, but unlike the wired ones that SMS Audio and Intel unveiled a couple weeks back, the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity and tie into a specialized Sport Life app.</p> <p>The IP55-rated waterproof earbuds should run for about 5-6 hours on a full battery charge, and because music playback uses more power than the heart rate-monitoring feature, you&rsquo;ll still be able to track your vitals even when the music stops (should you run low). With the app, you&rsquo;ll be able to set heart rate zone goals and adjust on the fly to maximize your workout. Also, you can determine your VO2 Max level by performing a walking test with the Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, which Jabra claims is 98% accurate compared to proper specialized medical gear.</p> <p>The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds are expected out on 15 October for &pound;200, and they&rsquo;ll ship with all manner of buds and ear wings to ensure a quality fit. In fact, Jabra has a &ldquo;wall of ears&rdquo; comprised of varying moulds of real ears to make sure they&rsquo;re covering a wide range when bundling in options. That&#39;s right: a wall of ears.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa">Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks&rsquo; surprising iPad app, and Samsung&rsquo;s big smart home acquisition</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="Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless" alt="Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jabra-sportpulse.jpg?1409122981" /> </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"> Instagram’s Hyperlapse generates stable time-lapse clips </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/104410054?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Launched yesterday for iOS devices, Hyperlapse is a new free app from Instagram that allows you to quickly and easily film and share time-lapse videos. Thanks to stabilization technology, the results aren&#39;t super-shaky and disorienting, but actually rather smooth and effective.</p> <p>Weirdly, Microsoft just showed off similar tech under the same name a few weeks back, with plans to launch it on Windows - but Instagram just beat it to the punch, and the results look even smoother. Sorry, Microsoft. An Android version is planned, reports Wired, but isn&rsquo;t yet in development.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/95829278497/hyperlapse-from-instagram">Instagram</a>, <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/hyperlapse-instagrams-new-app-is-like-a-15000-video-setup-in-your-hand/">Wired</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/microsoft-tech-turns-frantic-gopro-footage-slick-stable-time-lapse-clips/news">Microsoft tech turns frantic GoPro footage into slick, stable time-lapse clips</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-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"> Pokkén Tournament is Pokémon meets Tekken (really) </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>Nearly two decades out and we still can&rsquo;t get a proper Pokémon adventure for consoles, but here&rsquo;s Nintendo and Bandai Namco with a Pokémon fighting game powered by the Tekken engine. Why? Because it will make stupid amounts of money. Pokkén Tournament is slated for a Japanese arcade release next year, before a surely inevitable Wii U launch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Cs4L1JALY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pokemon-x-and-y-nintendo-running-low-new-pokemon-ideas/feature">A set of keys with eyes: Nintendo&rsquo;s running a bit low on new Pokémon ideas</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/p7Cs4L1JALY" 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/jabra/fully-charged-mario-kart-8-adding-link-and-more-dlc-jabra-reveals-wireless-heart-rate-sensing-#comments Headphones Instagram iOS apps Jabra Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Wearable tech Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445985 at http://www.stuff.tv LG’s circular G Watch R teased for IFA reveal next week http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-circular-g-watch-r-teased-ifa-reveal-next-week/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is the Android Wear successor that LG will wield against the Moto 360 </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="LG G Watch R" alt="LG G Watch R" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-watch-r.jpg?1408951981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week&rsquo;s rumour that LG would <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news">announce a brand new G Watch</a> next month at IFA - about three months after the release of the first - seemed crazy. Turns out it&#39;s not only true, but what&#39;s coming could be a huge leap over the original.</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>As the clip promises, more details will be announced at IFA, which matches up well with last week&rsquo;s report. That report also noted that LG plans to use an OLED display for the new Android Wear smartwatch, as opposed to the IPS LCD of the original G Watch.</p> <p>Shortly before IFA kicks off in Berlin, Motorola has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-event-4th-september-moto-360-and-new-smartphones-expected/news">an event in the States</a> for the Moto 360, plus <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/ifa-2014/asus-android-wear-smartwatch-likely-ifa-next-month/news">Asus</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-solo-watchphone-be-revealed-next-month/news">Samsung</a> are both slated to have their own new smartwatches at IFA. In other words, if you&rsquo;re into wearables, keep a very close eye on next week&rsquo;s happenings.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/24/lg-g-watch-r-teaser/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news">LG reportedly planning G Watch 2 reveal for IFA in September</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/1STW7LQXONo" 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/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-circular-g-watch-r-teased-ifa-reveal-next-week/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ifa-2014/lg-s-circular-g-watch-r-teased-ifa-reveal-next-week/news#comments IFA 2014 LG Moto 360 Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445822 at http://www.stuff.tv LG reportedly planning G Watch 2 reveal for IFA in September http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is LG seriously set to replace its two-month-old Android Wear debut? </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="LG G Watch" alt="LG G Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-watch_0.jpg?1408458834" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG was first to market with its Android Wear device, the G Watch, back in early July. Might it now be the first company to replace its debut effort with a second-gen model?</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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> LG G Watch 2 coming at IFA </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-reportedly-planning-g-watch-2-reveal-ifa-september/news#comments Android Wear IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:36:44 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445198 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks’ surprising iPad app, and Samsung’s big smart home acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Friday off right by catching up with the latest tech happenings around </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="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" alt="SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sms-biosport.png?1408152869" /> </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"> Intel and SMS Audio team for biometric earbuds </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>50 Cent&rsquo;s SMS Audio announced yesterday that it will release biometric, heart rate-sensing earbuds this autumn in collaboration with Intel, which first premiered the tech back at CES this year. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones pull power straight from the standard headphone jack, meaning you don&rsquo;t need to charge anything before use; they&rsquo;re effectively plug-and-play.</p> <p>Granted, you&rsquo;ll need the RunKeeper app at launch to actually access the heart rate data, although additional apps will be supported over time. The earbuds are also sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating, and come with three sizes of ear gels and hooks for optimum comfort. No word on price just yet, but multiple colour options will launch in Q4.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/14/intel-and-sms-audio-to-supercharge-fitness-wearables">Intel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my-gadget-life-–-50-cent/news">My Gadget Life - 50 Cent</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"> Tom Hanks made a typewriter app for iPad </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>Tom Hanks: actor, seemingly all-around good guy, and productivity app maker? That&rsquo;s the surprising news this week following yesterday&rsquo;s launch of Hanx Writer for iPad.</p> <p>Published by Hitcents, the app was designed under the direction of Hanks, who is an avid fan of classic typewriters and once had a collection of 200 such machines. The free app recreates the look of typewriter keys and the loud sound effects, and offers additional virtual typewriters to wield via in-app purchases.</p> <p>&ldquo;I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it&#39;s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,&rdquo; said Hanks to USA Today, before charmingly adding, &quot;There&#39;s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/08/14/tom-hanks-hanx-writer-typewriter-app/13580367/?csp=tech">USA Today</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002055/hanx-writer-ipad-app-released-by-tom-hanks">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hanx-writer/id868326899?mt=8">Tom Hanks turns video game developer with Electric City</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="Hanx Writer" alt="Hanx Writer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hanx-writer.PNG?1408152869" /> </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"> Samsung acquires SmartThings for US$200 million </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>Samsung made a big splash in the smart home market on Thursday by purchasing SmartThings, a company that specializes in connected home controllers that allow appliances and devices using different standards to communicate with each other. SmartThings began as a Kickstarter success story before raising millions more in funding, and Recode pegs the Samsung acquisition at US$200 million (about &pound;120 million).</p> <p>Despite now being under a rather large corporate umbrella, SmartThings says it will continue to run independently and maintain its open platform for taming various Internet of Things devices. Even so, this gives Samsung a suddenly large stake in the burgeoning smart home field, just weeks after joining Nest and others to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/nest-labs-and-samsung-launch-thread-connected-home-standard/news">form the Thread standard</a>&nbsp;for such things.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.smartthings.com/news/smartthings-updates/smartthings-samsung-open-platform/">SmartThings</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/08/14/internet-of-bling-samsung-buys-smartthings-for-200-million/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/project-make-your-house-smart-home-future/feature">Project - make your house a smart home of the future</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="800" title="SmartThings" alt="SmartThings" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartthings-devices.jpg?1408152869" /> </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/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa#comments Connected home Headphones Intel iOS apps Samsung Wearable tech Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444900 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola event on 4th September: Moto 360 and new smartphones expected http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-event-4th-september-moto-360-and-new-smartphones-expected/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s official: the company has sent out invitations to a press launch in Chicago </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="Motorola event on 4th September: Moto 360 and new smartphones expected" alt="Motorola event on 4th September: Moto 360 and new smartphones expected" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360.jpg?1408052343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorola has invited members of the tech press to an event in Chicago on 4th September, and the invite hints that the devices unveiled will be the Moto 360 smartwatch and successors to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review">Moto X</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a> smartphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Motorola Moto G review</a></strong></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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> And a headset too? </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="537" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/OffensiveNaughtyHorsefly" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>The emailed, animated invitation consists of a piece of folded paper that opens out to reveal four icons: a watch; a phone with &ldquo;X&rdquo; on its screen; a phone with &ldquo;G&rdquo; on its screen; and a Bluetooth headset.</p> <p>The clear suggestion is that we&rsquo;ll be seeing four new devices come 4th September. With the IFA show in Germany kicking off that week, it&rsquo;s promising to be something of a bumper time for gadget releases. Time to start counting the days, tech fans.</p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002149/motorola-sends-invites-to-a-launch-event-for-phones-headsets-and-the" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 preview</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-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> Moto 360 Motorola Smartphones Wearable tech Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:10:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444856 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Wearables to aid in Parkinson’s research, Walking Dead co-op shooter announced, and Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL bundle inbound http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the fun and fascinating in our latest morning news roundup </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="Intel&#039;s Parkinson&#039;s initiative" alt="Intel&#039;s Parkinson&#039;s initiative" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/parkinsons-wearables.jpg?1408066397" /> </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"> Intel employing wearables for Parkinson’s research </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 use wearable tech to track fitness data and get handy notifications from our phones, but those ever-connected sensors might be the key to unlocking major health advances. That&rsquo;s the hope, at least, of Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson&rsquo;s Research, which yesterday announced plans to utilize wearables to gather massive amounts of data on Parkinson&rsquo;s patients.</p> <p>Intel&rsquo;s computing prowess will power a specialized platform that gathers &ldquo;more than 300 observations per second from each patient&rdquo; wearing a supported device, which will tie into a forthcoming app that allows the needed data to be stored. Patients will be able to record how they&rsquo;re feeling, and that will tie into what the sensors pull to provide a fuller picture of wellness and symptoms to doctors.</p> <p>Intel says the platform will be open-source, allowing unidentified patient data to be used by various researchers in the hopes of pursuing treatments and a cure for the degenerative disease.</p> <p>A 25-person trial study was performed earlier this year, and initial algorithms for the app are being based on the results from that. It&rsquo;s not entirely clear from the reports which wearables will be compatible; a slide from the foundation shows a Pebble, while the USA Today story mentions a FitBit, but we imagine the goal is to make this initiative friendly with as many existing devices as possible.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/13/the-michael-j-fox-foundation-and-intel-join-forces-to-improve-parkinsons-disease-monitoring-and-treatment-through-advanced-technologies">Intel</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/13/michael-j-fox-parkinsons-intel/13719811/">USA Today</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/star21-fitness-band-guilt-trips-you-good-health/news">Star.21 fitness band guilt-trips you into good health</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"> The Walking Dead co-op shooter coming from Payday developer </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>Telltale Games&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Walking Dead</em>&nbsp;adventure series has set the bar high for both licensed and episodic games, but there&rsquo;s another interactive take on the smash comic series that seems just as likely to be excellent: a cooperative first-person shooter from Overkill Software, the studio behind the&nbsp;<em>Payday</em>&nbsp;co-op heist series.</p> <p>The upcoming game was announced yesterday, but it&rsquo;s still a ways out: it&rsquo;ll launch in 2016 on unspecified platforms. Publisher Starbreeze says the game will feature new characters and scenarios set in the zombie-swarmed universe, and it appears that much of the action will take place in United States capital Washington D.C. Here&rsquo;s hoping it&rsquo;s much better than&nbsp;<a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/the-walking-dead-survival-instinct">Activision&rsquo;s terrible&nbsp;<em>Walking Dead</em>&nbsp;shooter</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</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/mn9cp_IMXhI" 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 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"> Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL bundle incoming </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>While a handheld might not be the most ideal destination for a frantic fighting game, Nintendo will release the new&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS</em>&nbsp;before the Wii U iteration, and the company will mark the occasion this Autumn with the release of a special edition bundle.</p> <p>The bundle features a bold red version of the larger Nintendo 3DS XL handheld, with hand-drawn black-and-white artwork of numerous playable characters featured, as well as a digital copy of the game pre-loaded onto the hardware. It&rsquo;ll set you back &pound;209.99, and it launches on 3 October alongside the standalone game.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nintendo.co.uk/News/2014/August/Show-off-your-fighting-flair-with-the-Super-Smash-Bros-for-Nintendo-3DS-Limited-Edition-Pack-on-3rd-October-911185.html">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-games-student-house/feature">5 of the best games for a student house</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="671" title="Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL bundle" alt="Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL bundle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nintendo-3ds-smashbrosxl.png?1408066397" /> </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/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup#comments 3DS XL Gaming Health and fitness Nintendo Wearable tech Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444801 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: A wearable device for infants, Ryse slashing its way to PC, and Wikipedia’s Bitcoin donation push pays off http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-wearable-device-infants-ryse-slashing-its-way-pc-and-wikipedia-s-bitcoin-donation-push <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week with a news-filled bang by reading our diverse morning roundup </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="Sproutling baby monitor" alt="Sproutling baby monitor" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sproutling-wearable.jpg?1407563688" /> </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"> Infant wearable device tracks sleep data </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>Raising an infant is challenging - seemingly impossible at first, and then if you&rsquo;re lucky, you build some skills and intuition as he/she grows in size and ability. Before that? You need all the help you can possibly get. Which is why we&rsquo;re struggling to be snarky about the Sproutling wearable baby monitor.</p> <p>Wearable tech for infants? It&rsquo;s real. The band goes around your child&rsquo;s ankle while sleeping and it syncs with an iPhone app (Android to come), letting you gauge heart rate, mood, estimated time until waking, and even if the room is too loud or warm. And if your little one rolls over (and isn&rsquo;t yet able to roll back), you&rsquo;ll get an immediate alert. It comes with three differently-sized, washable bands, and it charges wirelessly on the pictured base.</p> <p>As of this writing, Sproutling has pre-sold about one-third of its first shipment, which is being billed as a &ldquo;preview&rdquo; release and will be available in March 2015. That initial launch will only be for the US and Canada and at a price of US$249 (about &pound;148), but an international debut is teased at some point thereafter.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.sproutling.com">Sproutling</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/07/sproutlings-new-wearable-tracks-your-infants-sleep-patterns/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-leapfrog-s-wearable-tech-kids-new-google-docs-and-sheets-apps-and-nasa-s-tron-i">Fully Charged: LeapFrog&rsquo;s wearable tech for kids, new Google Docs and Sheets apps, and NASA&rsquo;s Tron-inspired spacesuit</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/slyXHix8hLg" 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 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"> Ryse: Son of Rome being ported to PC </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>Once an Xbox One launch exclusive, Crytek&rsquo;s Ryse: Son of Rome is on its way to PC this autumn. The hack-and-slasher was a stunning, albeit rather repetitive showcase for Microsoft&rsquo;s hardware, and the PC version will offer 4K support for even more pristine guts and glory drawn as a revenge-fueled Roman general. It will also bundle in all of the add-on content from the console release. Crytek will self-publish the digital release, while Deep Silver will co-publish a boxed copy for retail stores.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.crytek.com/news/ryse-son-of-rome-is-coming-to-pc">Crytek</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Microsoft Xbox One 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/ecsCrOEYl7c" 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 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"> Wikipedia pulling in big donations via Bitcoin </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>Just last week, we heard that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char">starting to dabble</a> with accepting Bitcoin donations. Seems that Wikipedia did much the same, and now the company handling the non-profits transactions, Coinbase, has shared some early numbers.</p> <p>Wikipedia pulled in more than US$140,000 worth of Bitcoin donations in just the first week, which amounts to about &pound;83,000 - a small portion of what the knowledge base pulls to keep its servers running, but over time the move to accept the cryptocurrency could well make a serious dent in its regular expenses.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.coinbase.com/post/94075370447/wikimedia-foundation-receives-more-than-140-000-in">Coinbase</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/monkey-enclosure-jimmy-wales/feature">I went to the zoo with Jimmy Wales</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="Bitcoin" alt="Bitcoin" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bitcoin_0.jpg?1407563688" /> </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"> Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition coming to Xbox One and PS4 </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>Square Enix and United Front Games&rsquo; 2012 open-world action game Sleeping Dogs - which began life as True Crime: Hong Kong until Activision canceled it late in development - will be making an appearance on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this autumn via a new Definitive Edition release.</p> <p>The expanded edition effectively bundles in all of the downloadable content from the original PS3, Xbox 360, and PC release, and no doubt improves the graphics to some extent. News comes via the Amazon US listing, which pegs full US$60 price point for the port, which is slated to launch there on 14 October. No word yet on a UK release date or price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MA5TSFQ/">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV: Black Flag 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="675" title="Sleeping Dogs" alt="Sleeping Dogs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sleeping-dogs.jpg?1407563688" /> </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/fully-charged-wearable-device-infants-ryse-slashing-its-way-pc-and-wikipedia-s-bitcoin-donation-push#comments Console games Gaming Wearable tech Fri, 08 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444318 at http://www.stuff.tv