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Fossil shares in free fall as watchmaker trims sales outlook, CFO departs
It's beginning to sound like a broken record for this retailer. Fossil Group shares are plunging after the watchmaker reported a sharp loss on Tuesday, also announcing the departure of Chief Financial...
Wearables are not dead, investors say, but need more focus to become a 'must have'
The wearables market appears to be in its death throes. Jawbone is reportedly going out of business. Fitbit has struggled to meet earnings estimates. And Intel just quietly shut down its wearables division....
TomTom may soon stop making wearables and action cameras
TomTom may be stopping production of its line of fitness trackers and sports watches after disappointing sales.Key members of the TomTom wearable team have left the company in recent weeks, according...
Intel has axed the group working on fitness trackers and health wearables
Intel has axed the division that worked on health wearables, including fitness trackers, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company has been slowly de-emphasizing its own line of wearables...
Fantastic beast tech: the whacky world of animal wearables
If the closest you’ve ever got to looking after a pet is keeping a goldfish, it’s hard to imagine what looking after a horse would be like – other than very expensive, of course. It's so expensive – it'll...
Xiaomi overtakes Apple to become the top wearables seller
Xiaomi’s wearables have been immensely popular in the markets, thanks largely to the low-cost factor. The company’s India VP and Managing Director, Manu Kumar Jain, has now announced via Twitter that...
The next generation of wearables could be created from touch-sensitive fibers
There's little doubt that wearables will be a major part of the way we interact with technology in the future. But present-day wearables are problematically rigid - to become a bigger part of our lives,...
Now is the perfect time to buy a fitness tracker
I’ve just spent hours trawling around the cavernous conference halls of MWC 2017 in Barcelona, looking for signs of life.Anything that proves that the fitness tracker market, once the darling of the media...
Wearables aren’t in trouble...but Fitbit's market share is falling
With so few new smartwatches on the market - and little on the horizon from either the watch or fitness tracker camps - it’s easy to think wearables might have peaked.But the market is actually continuing...
Warren Buffett’s investment in wearables points toward the category’s future
Valentina Palladino reader comments 2 Share this story Wearables didn't exactly close out 2016 with a bang. According to an IDC report, the sector only grew 3.1 percent year-over-year in Q3 of 2016. While...
Warren Buffett explains why he's investing in a seemingly risky tech sector: wearables
Warren Buffett has notably been cautious about tech stocks in the past, famously saying that he doesn't invest in businesses where the tech is beyond what he understands. While Berkshire Hathaway invested...
10 Major Mobile Devices Due for Updates In 2017
So far in 2017 we’ve seen few mobile product updates. Introductions of new mobile devices were sparse at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, with only small vendors announcing new smartphones. Meanwhile,...
Wearables show what “healthy” means for you—then tell if you’re not
Geneticist Michael Snyder, wearing seven biosensors. Stanford Medicine, Steve Fisch reader comments 6 Share this story There’s been plenty of hope and buzz in the recent years that wearable technology...
Your work could pay you to exercise thanks to this new wearables program
Anyone who said 'they'll have to pay me to wear a smartwatch' may in fact get their wish, thanks to a new program announced at CES 2017 that will pay out millions to healthy employees.You could earn up...
On test: can a wearable really correct your posture?
How many 'good posture hours' did you manage today? Wearables are going to become so much more than just a watch - fitness trackers and smartwatches are merely the first wave; we're already reaching into...
Pebble's demise caps a bad year for wearables, but 2017 looks bright
Fitbit acquiring Pebble might seem like a move that came out of nowhere, but it’s a logical result considering the especially troublesome year that the wearables category has weathered. Android Wear 2.0...
Apple Watch shipments are plunging as users favor simplicity, IDC says
The results are somewhat expected, since the release of the company's highly-anticipated Apple Watch Series 2 was near the end of the quarter, and consumers may have waited to make their purchase. But...
Hybrid smartwatches you actually want to wear are the next wearable boom
The next wearable buzz will be hybrid smartwatches, which fuse analogue time-keeping with behind the scenes digital smarts. That’s according to Sonny Vu, CTO for connected devices at Fossil Group, who...
Fitbit Charge 2 Brings Better Design, More Features to Active Users
Last month, Fitbit took the wraps off its latest fitness wearables, the Fitbit Flex 2 and Charge 2. After a year-and-a-half of owning a Charge HR, the heart rate tracking version of the popular Charge...
Microsoft may call it quits on fitness wearables
Microsoft might be done with making wearables of its own forever.ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has no plans to release a new Band fitness tracker this year. What's more, the company has...
IFA 2016: TomTom's new lineup of devices treads new ground
TomTom IFA announcementsTomTom is taking to IFA 2016 to announce its most capable lineup of wearables yet, along with a few car-based products that are focused on global markets outside of the US. Starting...
10 Smartwatches, Fitness Trackers Worth Checking Out
Intel has sustained a major setback in the wearables market after revealing that its subsidiary Basis is recalling all of the Peak smartwatches that have been sold due to overheating risks that could cause...
Wearables Hype Fading, Future Devices to Take New Forms: Report
Today's wearables could look quite different by 2020 as some devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, morph into new devices. Wearables, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, have been...
Accuracy Is Most Important Feature of Wearables, Study Finds
Nearly three-quarters of survey respondents believe that accuracy in wearable technology will one day be able to directly affect your health. Consumers consider accuracy the most important feature of...
Week in Tech: Week in Tech: Samsung goes up a Gear, Asus destroys the MacBook
Things move fast in the world of tech: no sooner have we been told that we're entering the post-PC era than we're facing the post-app era, where voice control actually works properly. Not only that, but...
In Depth: 5 ways wearables will transform the lives of the elderly
How wearables are helping our elderly loved onesMost of us think of wearables in terms of smartwatches and fitness trackers, gadgets that can help us be fitter and more efficient. But for some people,...
Pebble loses 40 employees, but re-affirms its vision for the future
Pebble, the Kickstarter darling responsible for helping spark the still-nascent wearables scene, has confirmed to techradar that it has laid off 40 of its employees, a nearly 25% reduction in total staffing.Despite...
Wearables in flux? Pebble is laying off 25 percent of its workforce
File photo Pebble is laying off 40 employees, or close to 25 percent of its workforce, this week, the company's CEO Eric Migicovsky confirmed to Tech Insider. Read this Wearables? Bet your shirt on it:...
Where are the wearables? Apple Watch no-show caps off slow start for smartwatches - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe Apple Watch has new bands and a new price tag, but otherwise it's the same as ever. James Martin If you were expecting Apple to unveil a new smartwatch at Monday's event, you may be feeling...
These 4 wearables could save your life
Wearables may not be dazzling us just yet with half-baked smartwatches and fitness trackers obsessed with 10,000 steps per day - but it's not all doom and gloom.There are some brilliant wearables out there...
Skyhook Wireless brings location services to wearables in a petite package
Skyhook Wireless has been working on location technology for longer than many of the biggest names in smartphones have been around. Today it launched a new SDK aimed at bringing location to wearables...
FitBit on top in wearables, Apple second with 4 mn shipments: IDC
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:February 26, 2016 10:24 am The newly introduced Fitbit Blaze watch which was launched at CES 2016.. (Source: Shruti Dhapola) Fitbit continues to remain as the leader...
Motorola gets active with VerveLife outdoor wearables - CNET
We didn't get a new smartphone from Motorola at the Mobile World Congress this year. Instead, the company just launched a new line of connected wearables, including a pair of completely wireless earbuds...
Fitbit still tops in wearables, but market share slips - CNET
The wearables market surged last year. Sarah Tew/CNET Fitbit finished 2015 as the winner in wearables, despite a loss in market share.Shipments of Fitbit's popular activity trackers surged to 21 million...
Wearables Drive The Component Technology Innovation
For years, many of the key components of wearables have been drafting off the strengths of the smartphone supply chain. During the last two years, the application processors and sensors for wrist...
Qualcomm wants smartwatches to be free from phones
Wearables are becoming more and more viable in the technology world, but they're still limited - especially when you compare them to the powerhouses they rely on in our pockets. And that's not right, according...
Smart wearable sales to grow 18.4% globally in 2016: Gartner
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:February 3, 2016 1:03 pm About 274.6 million wearable electronic devices are expected to generate .7 billion in revenue this year, research firm Gartner said....
Wearables are everywhere, but are they part of BYOD?
The short answer currently to the question is "No". The longer answer is "Maybe". The super, crystal ball, future answer is "Probably". The reason that wearables are not currently part of BYOD is that...
Today On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Oculus Rift, Wearables And We’re Live From CES
This week, we’re bringing you not one, not two but three episodes of the TechCrunch Gadgets podcast, live from CES. Every morning, we look back at the news coming out of the show. In case you missed...
The coolest wearables at CES 2016 are hidden in Samsung's booth - CNET
Enlarge ImageSamsung's sister company, Samsung C&T, has created a Smart Suit that lets you do things like exchange digital business cards. Shara Tibken/CNET Think Samsung's coolest wearables are made for...
Hands-on review: CES 2016: UA Band
UA BandIn the past few years, just about every major tech company has entered the wearables sector in some form. Except for HTC, that is. When we finally got a peek of the HTC Grip at last year's Mobile...
NXP bets new chip can lead to monthly charging for wearables
Read this Wearables in business: Five companies getting real work done Wearables are still trying to win over consumers, but they have made strides in the enterprise. Here are five companies using wearables...
The tech you will be using soon
Driverless cars like this Audi RS 7 concept are expected to be on show. CAR tech, wearables, and virtual reality are just a few of the cooler technologies that will be on parade at CES 2016. Cars: The...
Here are the trends to watch for at CES 2016
Car tech, wearables, and virtual reality are just a few of the cooler technologies that will be on parade at at CES 2016. Cars: The latest automotive tech will be a major theme at CES 2016, with more...
Connected Wearables Market Reaches New Heights in 2015
A total of 17.8 million of the wearables sold in 2020 are forecast to incorporate embedded cellular connectivity, mainly in the smartwatch space. Shipments of connected wearables soared to 72.5 million...
Wearables like Fitbit, Apple Watch are popular holiday buys
Wearables haven’t played a big role in holiday sales in the past but that may be changing. Both the Apple Watch and wearables from Fitbit were hot Black Friday items, according to a statement from Target,...
Don't believe the hype: Wearable tech is little more than a novelty so far
The result has been a plethora of connected watches and wearables from every name under the sun. Samsung has launched seven smartwatches in two years; Apple brought out its own device earlier this year;...
Are Wearables in the Workplace Just a Tool for Surveillance?
Dave Eggers' book, The Circle features a company something like a combination of today's Facebook, Google and Apple. Workers are subject to constant surveillance that initially seems beneficial,...
Are wearables at work a risky business?
Introduction and legal implicationsWearables are everywhere, and they're beginning to cover everything from the wearers' exact location and physical activity to their heartbeat and sleep patterns. This...
Fossil to acquire wearable startup Misfit for $260 million
Misfit is known for making low-cost, long-lasting, stylish wearables while Fossil is getting ready to launch its Android Wear smartwatch. CNET posted details that Fossil will acquire Misfit for a reported...
Fossil watchmaker buys Misfit to grow its wearable family
The popular watchmaking company Fossil has a new family member. Announced today, for $260 million USD, Misfit will join up under the Fossil Group and will keep making wearables.A Misfit representative...
OnePlus almost launched a wearable, but ditched it at the last minute
Wearables are hot property right now, and it seems every manufacturer has something either on the market or in the works. In fact, OnePlus was in the latter camp right up until the last minute.Techradar...
Creating Wearables? Here Are 6 Ideas to Consider
I recently heard Google Glass described as the Segway of wearables and I’m still smiling. Whether you believe wearables are a dynamic and growing part of consumer technology or a short term trend...
Bending to wearables, two battery kings step up game
South Korea is making battery manufacturing news. Its two big tech companies, SamsungSDI and LG Chem, have been demonstrating an aggressive focus on new battery solutions for the crop of mobile gadgets...
Meet Wove, An E-Ink Touchscreen Computer That Wraps Around Your Arm
Take your iPad, turn it into a slap bracelet and you’ve got Wove, the first computer that can roll up and wrap around your wrist. Wove is the first product from flexible electronics company...
Niantic Raises $20M From Google, Pokémon Company, And Nintendo
Just about two months ago, the maker of the popular-with-nerds game Ingress, Niantic Labs, was spun out of Google. Last month, the newly formed Niantic, Inc. announced that it had begun working on...
In Depth: How wearables are changing sports and winning championships
Wearables are taking over sportsEvery professional sporting event relies on the premise of fair play: no one player or team is allowed better equipment or technology that gives them an unfair advantage...
8i Raises $13.5M To Chase The Human Side Of Virtual Reality
There I stood, about a foot away from a mother and her newborn baby. The mother was talking to her daughter in a video captured in virtual reality for the child to see one day when she’s older....
Can Wearables for Women Unite Creators and Consumers?
It would be fair to say that the first wave of women's wearables had a shaky start with products that showed promise but failed to create a retail revolution. There's been no shortage of glowing...
This Kickstarter project wants you to build your own smartwatch
Blocks Wearables If the current crop of smartwatches have failed to impress you, why not build your own?The world's first modular smartwatch, made by London-based Blocks Wearables, is heading to Kickstarter...
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