Articles by Adam Zeis

If you happened to pick up a shiny new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo or Gear Fit but you're using it with an older Samsung device, it may be time to upgrade your phone as well. The new Gear devices will work fine and dandy with previous devices, but don't you want the latest and greatest phone to maximize your potential? Of course you do — and the Samsung Galaxy S5 is just that device. Our pals at...

PayPal has today announced the availability of their fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries. The system was first announced at MWC 2014 and is now ready for action on the Samsung Galaxy S5. With the app, users can simply swipe a finger over the home button on the S5 to authorize payments and perform other operations. This means you no longer have to login to PayPal with a...

iMore show 397: Thousand dollar iWatches

Rene and Peter discuss the Heartbleed exploit, analyze the analysts 2014 Apple product predictions, and talk Office of iPad, iWork updates, Lightroom for iPad, and Monument Valley. Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show notes Heartbleed iPhone 6 iWatch Apple TV 3 MacBook Air Office for iPad iWork Lightroom for...

How to change the screen orientation on the Samsung Gear Fit

One of the big blunders of Samsung's Gear Fit was that the screen was horribly annoying to read in the horizontal orientation while on your wrist. It just didn't look right and you have to shapeshift your arm to be able to read it straight on. With a quick update however, they've added a new option that lets you change the orientation to vertical instead — making things much easier to read....

How to downgrade your Pebble smartwatch to version 1.9.6

If you've been having some issues with the 2.0 firmware on your Pebble and/or the Pebble appstore on your Android device, one option you may want to consider is downgrading to the last stable 1.X version for a while. Dropping down can save you a lot of connection and battery life headaches, and give you stability until the 2.0 versions are a bit improved. For Android users this just means...

LG G Watch to launch in the UK this summer for £180

LG G Watch

While we anxiously wait to see what the first Android Wear device out of the gate will be, it appears that LG may try to take that title. As there were very few announcements so far, it seems like an obvious battle between the Moto 360 and LG's G Watch. Now Pocket-lint has confirmed that the G Watch will be available before July and will retail for less than £180 in the UK. Still without a...

Contest Winners: SlickWraps!

The results are in! We have the winners from our SlickWraps contest. I wish there were more to give away, but unfortunately this time we only have a handful to dish out. We'll have some more awesome contents on the way very soon though, so don't worry. The winners are: ColeBrodine emt981 hellafrreal scaots Congrats to all of you! We'll be sending you an email to get your info, so be...

Amazon puts Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit up for preorder

Amazon puts Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit up for preorder

'Release' still marked at April 11 If you're looking to be among the first on your block to get the latest Samsung wearables, now might be a good time to swing by Amazon. The Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo — that's the one without the camera — and Gear Fit fitness band are now available for preorder. The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are each listed at $199. The Gear 2 runs $299. Amazon lists all three...

This Retro Arcade Watch is the coolest of them all

Smartwatches are popping up all over the place, each one making us want more and more cool features. Perhaps one of the coolest — and not so smart — is the Retro Arcade Watch. It doesn't have any "smart" features at all really, but it's still on the top of our want list. It's a little piece of retro magic, shrunk down to a wrist-sized memory. The Galactic Defense cabinet mimics Asteroids,...

Span smartwatch concept combines the analog and the digital

The Span smartwatch concept has a display that bridges the center of the display and a pair of jump hour hands

We've seen various concepts for smartwatches over the last few weeks — everything from Apple iWatch designs to those that are sporting Google's Android Wear. What I love to see are the designs that are unique and original, the newest of which is Span. Span sports a split movement — hours on top, minutes on bottom. A metal screen sits between the two and shows off notifications for phone...

Steel Connect lets you put any 22mm band on your Pebble Steel

Steel Connect lets you put any 22mm band on your Pebble Steel

Steel Connect is a new project on Kickstarter that aims to let you use different bands with your Pebble Steel. Unlike this shady adapter that claimed to do the same thing, only not, Steel Connect actually looks worthwhile. There are a few different varieties that not only add a different look to your Pebble Steel, but also let you use any 22mm watch band you want. Given the fact that the...

MetaWatch Manager gets another update, adds pro baseball widget

Just a few days back we saw the MetaWatch Manager app get a small update with some new widget action, and again today there's even more fun to be had. This time around we see the addition of a Pro Baseball widget for keeping up with MLB action this season, as well as new filters for notifications. We're loving all the updates for the MetaWatch lately — it's not our favorite device but the...

The Tempus smartwatch by Futuere is the greatest smartwatch ever, seriously

Daily Steals has one of the awesomest smartwatches we've ever seen up for grabs today for the low price of just $399. The Tempus smartwatch by Futuere is one heck of a beast. It boasts Bluetooth 5.0, an integrated defibrillator, a 4k projector, fat burner and much, much more. Here all the full specs: The ultimate in convenience and function Bluetooth enabled projector displays an image...

PSA: The latest Pebble for iPhone update isn't a good one

We're getting tips from a slew of readers who have updated their Pebble app today, only to be left with a non-functioning watch. The update is crashing at launch and rendering itself useless, making for a lot of unhappy Pebble owners. "Today we experienced an issue deploying version 2.1 of the Pebble iOS smartphone app. We’ve pulled the update from the App Store for now. We’re working...

AI Watch Ultra looks to be the biggest, baddest smartwatch yet

The AI Watch is one of the most anticipated devices for smartwatch fans and has been buzzing in our forums for weeks. While many are anxious to get their hands on one to see just what it can do, the folks at AI Watch have kicked things up one step further. The AI Watch Ultra is a "boosted" version of the flagship device, sporting a bigger processor, more RAM and more storage than nearly any...

Pebble Notes let you send notes from your iPhone to your Pebble

Pebble Notes let you send notes from your iPhone to your Pebble

Having notes available on your Pebble can be very handy. Be it notes for a test, a shopping list or just a quick reminder, just having to glance at your Pebble rather than pull out your phone can safe time and make things easier for you. Pebble Notes allows you to send short notes from your iPhone to your Pebble with very little effort. Type out your note on your phone, then send it to your...

The Pulsar smartwatch concept gives us a hint of Moto 360

With the Moto 360 still a way off on the horizon, we're left to speculate just what awesome features the Android Wear device will have in store for us. We know that there will be notifications and plenty of Google Now goodies, but not too much else as far as specs go. One new concept gives us a glimpse into what something like the Moto 360 could offer up however. The Pulsar smartwatch...

Getting started with Pebble development

If you're at all interested in developing for the Pebble but aren't quite sure just where to start, here's a good jumping off point. The folks at Pebble have put together a short video that gives a quick introduction into the world of Pebble development. Using CloudPebble.net there is no software to install on your computer, so you can jump right in using only your web browser. The video...

reqallable gives you better notifications on your Pebble smartwatch

Reqallable has been available for the Sony Smartwatch 2 and some other devices for a while now, and today it has also been released for the Pebble smartwatch. The app reimagines your notifications, providing you only with what you need, when you need it. Rather than sending along all of your notifications that you may not necessarily need, recallable filters out the important ones...

This SmartQ Z1 can control XMBC with voice commands

It's always cool to see the fun new ways people use their smartwatch. Above and beyond the standard apps, many put in tons of time to get them to function in specific ways. The video above shows off a SmartQ Z1 Android watch running an app to control XMBC. Not only do the touch control buttons perform functions, but there is also both Google and Microsoft voice commands for performing actions...

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