Target Black Friday deals are out: big savings on Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, wearables

Black Friday 2017 is right around the corner: this year, it falls on Friday, November 24th, and all the major stores will be offering some huge discounts on the hottest gadgets around.
And we’ve just gotten a hold of Target’s Black Friday booklet and all of its phone and tablet deals.
At Target, doors open at 6pm on Thursday and close at midnight, then re-open at 6am on Friday. And here is what you can get:

Phones and Tablets

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with $250 gift cardSamsung …


IFA 2017: best phones, wearables and mobile devices

As the dust settles down, we take a look back at the best new phones and wearables announced at Europe’s largest mobile tech show: IFA 2017.
This year, Samsung, LG and Sony stepped up to show their A-game as the three companies are gearing up for the busy holiday season 2017. And while we already knew about some of the devices thanks to countless leaks and rumors, you can’t beat real-life impressions and finalized, official information.
And that’s what we have here: the best new phones and wearables from IFA 2017, …

Strategy Analytics: Xiaomi sells more wearables than Apple or Fitbit

For the calendar second quarter that started in April and ended in June, Xiaomi took over the top spot and now is the leading seller of wearable devices on a global basis. Over the last year, Fitbit’s top-ranked share of the global wearable market has plunged to 15.7% from 28.5%, a stunning 45% decline. Xiaomi now has 17.1% of the market putting it on top for the very first time. Last year at this time, Xiaomi had 15% of the wearable market.

While Fitbit is known for its fitness trackers, it is working on a smartwatch project and thus far, it has not been a success. Fitbit has had to lay …

Bluetooth speaker and wearables maker Jawbone is officially dead

The writing has been on the wall (and ceiling, and floor) for quite some time, but it’s now official: Jawbone, maker of various wearables and Bluetooth speakers, is dead. Well, mostly.
Sources of both The information and The Verge have independently confirmed that the company has entered liquidation proceedings, and will be shutting down. Meanwhile, its switch to vaguely described health products has shifted to a new company, called Jawbone Health Hub, along with its CEO, Hosain Rahman, and an unknown quantity of existing Jawbone employees. The …

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform for wearables and IoT

Chipset makes Qualcomm made quite a few announcements at MWC Shanghai earlier today, which revealed the upcoming availability of new platforms for smartphones, wearables and IoT (Internet of Things).

Since we’ve already reported about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, let’s take a look at what the U.S. company has to offer for the wearable market.

The new Snapdragon Wear 1200 complements the existing Snapdragon Wear 1100 and Snapdragon Wear 2100 platforms but brings a couple of new features into the mix.

First of all, the platform includes an LTE system-on-chip (SoC), …

Apple is trying out flexible display ideas for next-generation Apple Watch and wearables

It’s called the Apple Watch, but it’s going to be more of an Apple Bracelet if these newly unearthed patent drawings are anything to go by! They imply Team Cupertino is fooling around with “wearable, rollable, and foldable displays,” exploring the possibilities of OLED technology while searching for the next big thing.

Apple’s vision allows for unconventional approaches, including bezel-free designs and units with embedded communication modules for wireless connectivity. For now, though, the company is focused on interchangeable smart bands, such as one with a built-in …

Swatch wants to hit Apple and Google wearables where it hurts the most with a new OS and smartwatch

Swatch, Switzerland’s largest timepiece maker, has great ambitions for the wearables market. The manufacturer is developing its very own operating system which will be first seen in a brand new smartwatch that is set to hit the shelves at the end of 2018.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek revealed that the new timepiece will be a member of the Tissot brand which is a subsidiary of the corporation. By “thinking small”, Swatch will aim to beat Apple Watch and Android Wear devices in an area where they are currently lagging – battery life. According to …

Apple Watch unboxing and first impressions Video

The Apple Watch Sport landed in our UK office this morning, so Cam unboxed it right away. Being the Sport model, it’s made from 7000 series aluminum and the display is coated in ION-X glass. This is the 42mm white model, and Apple has yet again produced a fantastic unboxing experience.

Apple-watch-unboxing

The oblong box is clean, white and minimal, while the watch itself comes in its own separate, plastic shell. Other goodies in the box include a spare S/M strap, the stupidly long charging cable, the power adapter as well as the usual paperwork.

Cam also sets up the device, gives a quick tour of the hardware and its controls and gives his first impressions of the design.

Youtube Video Here

BlackBerry May Be Working on a Smartwatch of Its Own

Apple, Motorola and Samsung aren’t the only companies with their sights set on wearables.

BlackBerry, the smartphone maker that always seems to be just a little late to the party, may also be close to stepping into the world of wearable tech, according to CEO John Chen.

The Waterloo-based company is currently researching wearable platforms, including smartwatches and smart glasses, Chen told reporters at the Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas.

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“I would love to have… BBM on a wearable,” Chen said, according to Computerworld. “It’s definitely an area of research for us.”

Upon hearing news of the remarks, several people tweeted their own renderings of what a BlackBerry smartwatch could look like.

While Chen’s comments are far from definitive, the fact that BlackBerry is even considering entering the still nascent wearables market is an interesting move for the company. Long overshadowed by just about every other manufacturer — including Samsung and Apple, which just introduced its own watch on Tuesday — BlackBerry, once on top of the mobile market, has struggled to keep up with competitors and maintain profits.

But under the leadership of Chen, who began as CEO in November, the company has been attempting a comeback by doubling down on efforts to reach customers in emerging markets, appealing to those who want smartphones with physical keyboards and ramping up its app offerings through a partnership with Amazon.

Apple Watch Battery Life May Be Its Achilles Heel

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch on Tuesday, audience members roared with approval, making audible “oohs” and “ahhs,” as the device’s feature list was rolled out. But there was one feature — or rather, lack thereof — that Cook failed to highlight: battery life.

During the event, the company’s CEO said, “[Apple Watch] can be worn all day, for any occasion.” But as more details emerge, it’s becoming clear that the device’s battery won’t last much longer than that one day.

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The first clue that battery life posed a challenge for the Apple Watch: While on stage, Cook emphasized the efficiency of the device’s inductive charging mechanism, but did not mention how long that charge would last when its battery is fully charged.

A source claims that Apple itself is unhappy with the watch’s battery life, according to Re/Code Another source, when asked about battery life, told the tech-news site, “It’s about a day now.”

 

That super handy health-tracking app? Nice. A watch face that can transform into nearly any style? Awesome. But you’re telling me that if I don’t get the thing to a power outlet (and have the proprietary power plug with me) inside of 24 hours, it becomes an unusable paper weight? That smells like fail.

So is the paltry battery life a deal breaker? Is Apple’s reality distortion field powerful enough to erase concerns about how much juice your wrist candy has left?

We’ll know in a few months when the device goes on sale, but in the meantime, Apple Watch skeptics have a major talking point to fuel any anti-Apple schadenfreude.