Enter for a chance to win consoles, smartwatches, and more in the 2018 Ars Charity Drive

Enlarge It’s once again that special time of year when we give you a chance to do well by doing good. That’s right—it’s time for the 2018 edition of our annual Charity Drive. Every year since 2007, we’ve been actively encouraging readers to give to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity, which provides toys and games […]

Armani’s latest designer smartwatches come with strap options

Emporio Armani has launched new touchscreen smartwatches for those who prefer Google’s Wear OS in a designer package. The fall models feature new dial designs on a 1.19-inch AMOLED display and stainless steel cases. One of them is available with either a metal monolink or a rubber/leather two-piece strap bracelet, while the other comes with […]

Pebble smartwatches could get a new lease on life with Rebble.io

With support for Pebble devices scheduled to end in a couple of weeks, a group of developers interested in extending the platform is reaching out to users asking them to set up new accounts on “Rebble.” According to the team, “Our present focus is on replacing key pieces of the Pebble ecosystem: the appstore, firmware, […]

Smartwatches are displacing fitness trackers

BII This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Consumer appetite for high-end functional wrist wearables like smartwatches is depressing sales volumes of basic fitness trackers, according to the latest global wearables report from the IDC.See the rest of […]

Amazon brings Alexa to headphones and smartwatches

Amazon is integrating Alexa with services that help around the house, from turning on the microwave to charging your plugged-in EV. For its next trick, the tech giant wants to push its voice assistant into devices you take on the go. Today, Amazon introduced the ‘Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit,’ software that lets developers hook up […]

Revisiting Fossil hybrid smartwatches: From curiosity to practicality

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Fossil has come a long way since the debut of its first hybrid smartwatches in 2015. What was once a small endeavor with just a handful of devices has grown to take over most of the brands under Fossil Group. Michael Kors, Diesel, Kate Spade, Emporio Armani, Skagen, and others all […]

The best smartwatches and fitness trackers to give as gifts

If a plain-Jane fitness tracker seems like too uninspired of a gift, we have some other ideas. You could buy any number of smartwatches that fared well in our tests. Engadget’s resident runners also say Garmin Forerunner watches are a good bet for athletes (the Forerunner 935 is the top-of-the-line model, though the 235 is […]

Germany bans children’s smartwatches over privacy concerns

Germany’s telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, announced a ban today on the sale of kids’ smartwatches, the BBC reports, and encouraged parents to destroy the ones they already own. The agency appears to be taking particular issue with the devices’ abilities to transmit audio from its surroundings. Jochen Homann, the agency’s president, said today, […]