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Acer Leap Ware Smartwatch announced

Acer jumps on board the smartwatch bandwagon with their latest release, the Acer Leap Ware. This is clearly an unprecedented venture by the PC-manufacturing company, as they have more or less dealt with desktops, laptops, 2-in-1 hybrid devices, and of course, tablets in recent years. To see them make the move into the smartwatch industry is certainly an interesting one, and the Acer Leap Ware was meant to impress right from the get go by boasting of an array of fitness-tracking sensors which will play nice with the Liquid Life app in order to motivate users to spend more time sweating it out as they adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.

The Acer Leap Ware will boast of a modern, circular design which is the epitome of a feature-packed wearable. It will arrive loaded with features which promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and the integrated sensors offer feedback on heart rate, stamina, stress/fatigue, and exposure to ultraviolet rays. Now the last UV-exposure meter is certainly an interesting one, so you might want to add on an additional dollop of sunscreen in the process. Working in tandem with the Liquid Life app (available on Android and iOS), this app motivates users to exercise and encourages friendly competition among users thanks to the availability of rewards in the Liquid Life Market.

The polished stainless steel circular frame of the Leap Ware showcases a simple and minimalistic design, making it suitable for daily use. It is powered by a MediaTek MT2523 chipset and MT2511 bio-sensing chip, offering diverse fitness tracking features. Battery life stands at anywhere from three to five days depending on your usage pattern, so you need not fret if you are going to spend a day or two outdoors while wearing this bad boy. It will have Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ cover the face, offering superior scratch resistance and toughness, in addition to optical clarity and touch sensitivity. Expect the Acer Leap Ware to arrive in the US this July for $139 a pop.

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Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 goes hi-tech

When it comes to tough timepieces that are also functional while looking great on your wrist, you would not be able to go too wrong when it comes to Casio of Japan. Casio has a long history of rolling out timepieces that are rugged and yet fully capable, and their latest release says it all — the Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20. This is a trailblazer of a watch, where it is powered by Android Wear and is touted to be the ultimate wrist device where tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts are concerned.

The Casio PRO TREK WSD-F20 was first unveiled earlier this year, but the global launch has finally happened. Better late than never, we guess. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, it is perfect when it comes to outdoor activity, thanks to the inclusion of GPS navigation capability in addition to a full color map display, offline map usage functionality, water resistance of up to 50 meters, as well as having been tested to military standard specifications in order to make sure that it is more than capable of withstanding a range of rugged activities and adventures.

What kind of hardware will the new WSD-F20 arrive with? For starters, there is the built-in, low-power GPS and full color map functionality that works great even without an Internet connection. Not only that, it will work great in areas that do not have any kind of cellular service, which will then free users up to be able to fully enjoy their adventures. The timepiece itself will be enhanced via richly-designed and easy-to-read map data from Mapbox, and all maps can be downloaded beforehand to the WSD-F20 before you embark on the next great adventure.

There is also the brand new Location Memory app which instantly reads the user’s existing location, and will be directly accessed simply by pressing a button that is located on the side. You need not fret about getting lost since you can perform a recording of the path traveled, letting you make a mark or utilize speech recognition when it comes to adding notes in unmarked map spots.

To add more value, Casio’s Moment Setter app will alert the user to important moments when hiking, cycling, fishing, or even enjoying a spot of snow or paddle sports. All that the user needs to do is to set conditions to automatically receive important alerts, including the best possible fishing times, a rest break interval, as well as sunrise/sunset times.

Available in black and orange with an asking price of $500.00 a pop, the Casio PRO TREK Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F20 is certainly worth checking out if you want a timepiece that can handle just about any adventure you go through.

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Polar M430 running watch offers accuracy as well as actionable data

You would not want to trust any other name apart from Polar when it comes to wearable sports and fitness technology, as the company has recently announced the latest exciting member of the Polar M family — the Polar M430. This particular device will arrive equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, in addition to integrated GPS, as well as personalized, adaptive training guidance, making it the ideal tool when it comes to runners who would want nothing but to achieve their personal best.

This particular design is also completely waterproof, where it comes with a lightweight, breathable wristband as well as vibration alerts that will be able to inform runners just the right moment when they are hitting their goals during training. Sounds like a dream fitness device to own, and the Polar M430 will soon be available for pre-order for $229/€229 apiece.

The Polar M430 has been deemed to offer the purest expression in terms of fitness data. Those who give a great deal of attention to accuracy would definitely find the Polar M430 to be the perfect tool on their wrist. It goes beyond the simple delivery of ‘dumb data’ which has more or less defined the sports watch category for years, as the Polar M430 tracks your biometrics in order to deliver a real-time view into how your body is reacting to exercise. With the Polar M430, you are able to figure out during a session as to whether you are on target to accomplish the training goal of the day.

Apart from that, the Polar M430 and Polar Flow will work to inform you of how the session benefited your overall training, in addition to how it will end up in expected race finish times, apart from the amount of time that you will require in order to recover before your next session.

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Tory Burch reveals first hybrid smartwatch for the year

Tory Burch is more than happy to reveal its very first range of smartwatches that will hit the market this coming holiday season, where this particular line is said to extend the brand’s collection of timepieces even more. It is certainly encouraging to know that they are still going strong in this aspect, having first launched in the fall of 2014. The latest hybrid smartwatch range will be based on THE COLLINS, which comes across as a clean-lined, menswear-inspired design that happens to be one of the best selling timepieces from them.

Arriving in a quartet of distinct styles that will include a navy perforated leather strap with pops of red; a grosgrain fabric strap in a classic navy and ivory color combination; and gold-tone bracelets with toprings in orange or navy, you can be sure that fashionistas will be spoilt for choice.

The Tory Burch Collins hybrid smartwatch has been deemed to be the ultimate convergence of Tory Burch design alongside wearable technology, merging the elegance and simplicity of an analog watch with the capabilities of a world-class activity tracker. It might not look like much on the surface, but you can synchronize it to a smartphone over Bluetooth, making use of its dedicated app that plays nice with both iOS and Android platforms, to take advantage of several features.

Some features include precision timekeeping that changes time zones automatically when you travel, having a second time zone so that you know what time it is back home, notification technology that discreetly indicates when you have a phone call, text or email, activity tracking capability that automatically tracks and monitors daily activities, while keeping track of the length and quality of sleep with the Tory Burch Collins hybrid smartwatch app. Interestingly enough, this is one of the few smartwatches that do not require a charger, since it runs on coin cell batteries that enable extended use.

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First connected Casio G-SHOCK Gravitymaster revealed

gravitymaster-bt-mastergCasio’s obsession with rolling out quality timepieces has not stopped over the years, but rather, it has strengthened. The company has revealed its Gravitymaster G-Shock series in the past, but none of them have been up to the quality of this year’s model at Baselworld 2017 — where it is touted to be the first ever connected Gravitymaster G-Shock that has been released. This all new Master of G model will boast of Bluetooth connectivity that will hook up to your smartphone via an app, making it all the more versatile than ever before.

The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000-1A is the first-ever Bluetooth connected model under part of the Master of G series, where it has been specially built for aviation experts. What makes it so special? Well, it comes with connected GPS capabilities that include Mission Stamp, which is a function that will not only record time and location, it can also transmit the information via Bluetooth over to a special Smartphone Link app. This can then be viewed within a flight log.

The GPW2000-1A also carries the distinction of being the very first Gravitymaster model that comes with a longitude indicator, apart from a latitude indicator. This will add a key function to record travel location and history for pilots when they carry out their missions. Additional premium features that Casio has thrown into the mix include a sapphire crystal for minimal scratching, carbon fiber second hand, carbon fiber insert band and a unique carbon band lock insert, where all of these prevents loosening due to heavy vibrations.

Not only that, the GPW2000-1A will arrive with triple time adjust that is made possible thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and G-SHOCK’s GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology. This results in even more accurate timekeeping regardless of where you are, thanks to the receiving GPS satellite signals or terrestrial radio signals from up to half a dozen transmitters worldwide, based on the current location and environment. Don’t expect the new GPW2000-1A to be cheap though, as it has an asking price of $800 when it becomes available from May 2017 onward.

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Diesel forges ahead with new touchscreen smartwatches

diesel-onNot all smartwatches are created equal, and the folks over at Diesel know this. In fact, the new collection of Diesel On touchscreen smartwatches that run on Android Wear 2.0 will do its bit to fuel customization options, as Diesel works on expanding their influence when it comes to wearable technology. The new range will include bold, moto-inspired, full-screen smartwatches for its dedicated customer base.

The Diesel On touchscreen smartwatch merges the rebellious spirit of the brand with world-class technology, resulting in a one-of-a-kind touchscreen smartwatch that ensures you will not lack any kind of attention while wearing it. Standing out from the rest of the competition thanks to seven bold, customizable dial options, each of can be modified in a myriad of ways. Apart from that, there will be unique dial effects that ensure even more personality will keep this timepiece company, where visual enhancements such as the appearance of a cracked screen when a private notification is received, to unique weather filters that change based on the climate.

The Diesel On touchscreen smartwatches will play nice with both iOS and Android smartphones, and run on Android Wear 2.0. There will be Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor running proceedings from underneath the hood, where it relies on Bluetooth technology to hook up to your smartphone. You are also able to download third-party apps and obtain help from your Google Assistant with the Diesel On, not to mention enjoy the Google Fit workout experience as it tracks your runs, bike rides, and strength training (for example, pull-ups and push-ups), among others.

In addition, you are able to customize its straps with eight available options, where among them include leather, silicone, denim and canvas with novelty stitching as well as hardware details. The asking price for the all new Diesel On smartwatch collection stands at $325 onward, depending on which particular model that you decide to bring home as it hits stores this holiday season.

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G-SHOCK from Casio reveals new Akazonae-Inspired MR-G

Fancy getting a new timepiece, now that your current one has started to lose its lustre, or needs some maintenance to get it up and running at optimal levels? Casio might have the answer for those who have a Japanese slant to things in the form of the latest G-SHOCK model, which would be the Akazonae-inspired MR-G. This luxury timepiece will boast of coloring that can only be found in traditional samurai armor, and nowhere else.

The latest color addition for the men’s luxury MRGG1000B timepiece that is inspired by the red Akazonae coloring, and this particular color did symbolize rank and valor amongst traditional Japanese military commanders of yore. Paying homage to G-SHOCK’s Japanese heritage and strength, this brand new timepiece will boast of the colors that are found in elite samurai armor, sporting a black titanium bezel as well as band, coupled with red lettering and gold IP accents that provide it with an ultra-refined look alongside the toughness that G-SHOCK is famous for.

Some premium features include a titanium case and band, boasting of a diamond-like carbon coating and sapphire glass crystal that deliver outstanding scratch resistance and durability. This particular model comes with GPS capabilities to boot in addition to G-SHOCK’s Multi-Band 6, and works under the guise of GPS Hybrid Atomic Timekeeping technology that will be able to deliver accurate timekeeping just about anywhere you are. This is made possible via the receiving of GPS satellite signals or terrestrial radio signals from up to six transmitters located around the world, based on one’s location and environment. There is also Tough Solar technology that ensures stable operation even when power-hungry functions are used.

All models will come with standard G-SHOCK technology such as shock resistance and 200M water resistance, a latitude indicator, airplane mode, dual dial world time (40 time zones, 27 cities + UTC), an LED super illuminator light, neo-brite luminous hands, daily alarm, day/date display, 1/20th second stopwatch and a countdown timer, with an asking price that some folks might choke at — $3,000 a pop.

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Casio G-SHOCK GA710 introduced

Are you on the lookout for a brand new watch that is able to tell the time, and do so even under the most stressful of circumstances? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you might want to check out what is the latest timepiece from the folks over at Casio. The latest Casio G-SHOCK GA710 is one watch that delivers a unique style as well as function, arriving in the new Garish Color Series that boasts of a metal front button and stainless steel buckle — in addition to a metallic dial on the face.

With the GA710GB-1A looking regal in glossy black while having a gold IP front button and buckle, there is also the GA710-1A that will come in black and silver, with the GA710-1A2 arriving in black and blue. Regardless, both of them sport a half-matte finish. Apart from that, there will be a couple of new colorways for the men’s GA700 model.

The GA700 and GA710 models will sport the legendary G-Shock toughness and technology, among them include 200M water resistance and shock resistance, a high-brightness super illuminator LED light, 3D bold hands, World Time (31 time zones / 48 cities + UTC), a quartet of daily alarms as well as a single snooze, 1/100th second stopwatch, countdown timer, 12/24 hour formats, and a battery that lasts a whopping 5 years.

If you are interested in the very latest from Casio, then you would not go wrong with the GA710GB-1A as it comes with a $150 price tag, while the GA710-1A and GA710-1A2 will be a bit more affordable at $130 a pop. Last but not least, those who are juggling with a tighter budget will be able to settle for the GA700-7A and GA700-2A for $99 apiece. Regardless of which particular model that you are going to pick up, all of them will be available from next month onward.

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Casio reveals new G-SHOCK G-STEEL Street Vintage Style Collection

When it comes to timepieces that are tough as nails that is also affordable to the average Joe, you won’t go wrong with Casio’s range of G-SHOCK timepieces. This time around, we have a spanking new G-SHOCK G-STEEL Street Vintage Style Collection that will merge the look of leather without sacrificing on the legendary toughness that the G-SHOCK name carries.

This marks the very first time in the G-SHOCK watch history that something like this has happened. It will arrive as part the new G-STEEL Street Vintage Style Collection this coming March, where the tough leather will be made up of a special blend of hybrid synthetic leather as well as resin, and has been specially designed in order to withstand abrasions through the course of time. The new watches will also complement the diversity of men’s streetwear without sacrificing on the legendary G-SHOCK toughness.

There will be three out of four new Street Vintage Style models that boast of the Tough Leather hybrid band – available in shades of dark brown (GSTS130L-1A), light brown (GSTS120L-1B) and black (GSTS120L-1A). Those who want the GSTS130BD-1A will end up with a classic, black IP stainless steel band. In comparison to genuine leather, Tough Leather is more than able to withstand significant abrasion while experiencing a minimal amount of scratching or damage to the material. Not only that, it is also water resistant, and the new band lets you have a comfortable and stylish look without having to compromise on damaging a leather band.

It will be equipped with Tough Solar Power, Shock Resistance and 200M water resistance, a high level of visibility in the dark thanks to a full-auto double LED Light, a neon illuminator for the dial as well as a super illuminator for the digital display. There is also 48-city World Time, 5 daily alarms, 1/100th-second Stopwatch, countdown timer and 12/24hr formats, all crammed into a 52.4mm case with a recommended retail price of $300 a pop.

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Vobot reveals Amazon Alexa-enabled clock

At each CES, you can be sure that there will be interesting new devices that will be introduced to the market. Of course, many of us are interested in the latest and the greatest, but these are not necessarily found in the flashiest of booths. Vobot has worked out quite a charmer of a device, which is the Amazon Alexa-enabled clock.

This new timepiece will be Vobot’s latest AI smart home product, aptly known as the Vobot Clock which will be integrated with Amazon Alexa Voice Services (AVS), and you can expect it to debut at CES 2017 that is kicking off later this week. With Artificial intelligence (AI) and voice interaction being a hot topic last year, it does not look as though the hype and technologies surrounding AI will die down this year. Rather, it should even increase all the more. Amazon Echo is one of the most successful models of implementation, being the first smart home hub that hit the market. Vobot has decided to take advantage of the open platform known as Alexa (by Amazon), making use of AVS (Alexa Voice Service) and ASK (Alexa Skills Kit) as a third-party developer in order to deliver voice experiences for the Vobot Clock.

Based on the Amazon ecosystem, the Vobot Clock is a cost-effective smart alarm that comes with a slew of creative features. Where the sleep coach programme is concerned, you can be sure that the pre-set wakeup and bedtime solution will assist users to fall asleep faster and wake up earlier. The proactive reminder function will then inform or show users the right things at the right time. Not only that, there is a customizable alarm that allows consumers to wake up from their favorite tunes, a dot matrix display that makes everything clear at first sight; an internal 5W speaker which delivers crystal clear sound, all without having to hook up to any external amplifier.

The Vobot Clock is tipped to arrive with an asking price of a mere $35 a pop with an early February release.

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