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Jon is the Editor-in-Chief of PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot & TechHive. He's been covering all manner of consumer hardware since 1995.

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Hands on with Microsoft Band: It’s awkward and inaccurate, but stuffed with features

It's uncomfortable to wear, and its heart-rate data is inconsistent. But for just $200, the Microsoft Band is stuffed with more sensors than any other wearable available.

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How to use Android Wear's new offline music and Bluetooth headphone features

Android Wear's new offline music features are rather inscrutable, but this handy starter's guide should make everything clear.

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Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs because the Steve Jobs bio-pics must never end

But, hey, at least Christian Bale is a very good actor.

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Android Wear continues to evolve with support for local music storage and GPS

The new features are welcome, but it's not immediately clear how to take advantage of offline music, and GPS isn't available in current hardware.

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LG G Watch R: My first 12 hours with the best-looking Android Wear watch of all

Shipping in early November, the G Watch R evokes a traditional sports chronograph, complete with a circular display and watch faces with digital complications.

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The Basis Peak wants to be the first heart-rate monitoring wristband that isn't a joke

With a more elegant design, brighter display, and improved heart-rate sensor, the Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker improves on the Basis B1 Band in pretty much every way.

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Meet Apple Watch, the new Apple smartwatch with a clever new navigation scheme

Apple's new $350 wearable supports mobile Apple Pay payments and a raft of health and exercise features. But its most novel feature may be the "Digital Crown" navigation interface.

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If Apple wants its wearable to matter to normal people, here's what an iWatch must deliver

Apple's wearable is far from a guaranteed success, but mobile payments, simple UI, and a perfectly compromised hardware design could make the iWatch the first smartwatch everyone loves.

on techhive.com

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Wearables Right or Wrong? The new Timex smartwatch isn't even a smartwatch

The entire world is calling the Ironman One GPS+ a smartwatch... and the entire world is wrong. Jon Phillips also tackles Pebble's cosmetic upgrades, and the intrinsic emptiness of Apple's latest trademark application in Episode 12 of Wearables Right or Wrong?

on techhive.com

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Runtastic Orbit review: The activity tracker that only a Runtastic fanatic could love

It's not pretty or even cheap, but this serviceable activity-tracking wristband offers special data-syncing with the Runtastic Pro mobile app.

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Fitness wristbands are officially commodity hardware, lowlighting a bad week for wearables

Xiaomi announces a $13 activity tracker. iTime becomes the new iWatch. Healbe releases dubious lab data. It was a meh-to-lousy 7-day stretch for wearable tech.

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Why have consumers spent $1 million on Vessyl, an absurd calorie-counting cup?

Vessyl can report the caloric value of liquids, and even (get this!) tell you what you just poured inside of it. Huh. This is useful how?

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Lenovo says it's still committed to small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S.

Apparently we can disregard the news that 8-inch Windows slates have been kicked off the U.S. road map. The world's leading PC manufacturer remains committed to wee Windows tablets.

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Healbe finally releases lab data for its notorious GoBe calorie-tracking wristband

According to its lab report, the wrist-worn wearable can detect the calories in the food you eat with an error rate of 13.5 percent. But this comes via a blog post, not a peer-reviewed study.

on techhive.com

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LG G Watch review: A dull container for Google's exciting new smartwatch OS

Android Wear is a solid step forward in smartwatch interface design, but LG's implementation is uninspired and costs $30 more than Samsung's very similar hardware.