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Casio EDIFICE timepiece simply loves the sun

Casio America, Inc. is more than pleased to announce that they have yet another timepiece that will hit the market, where it will fall under the EDIFICE banner. Targeting the men this time around, the model number of EQB-500DB-2A might be difficult to roll off the tongue, but that is all right, since it would be a whole lot easier to simply refer to it as the all-new Casio EDIFICE watch. This particularly new timepiece will come equipped with Smart Phone Link, Tough Solar Power, a 3D Dial and water resistance up to 100 meters, where the advanced functionality will be merged alongside a modern style which makes Casio’s EQB-500DB-2A ideal for any man’s professional or weekend lifestyle. It does not matter whether he is going abroad for work or a holiday, or is just a local traveler, the watch’s Global Time Sync functionality will be able to ensure that he remains on pace.

Thanks to the integration of Smart Phone Link technology, the EQB-500DB-2A will be able to hook up to a smartphone with a simple push of a button via Casio’s Mobile Link Technology. If you were to download the CASIO WATCH+ app, you can then connect it to a compatible smartphone via Bluetooth SMART, allowing the timepiece to access the correct time in its current location and for more than 300 cities worldwide, which will also offer correction for Daylight Saving Time if required. Users will also gain the capability to swap the specified home time and world time thanks to a simple press of a button, in addition to correct alarms and other time settings. Not only that, it has a handy phone finder function that is self explanatory — you can locate a lost device by connecting to it, letting it emit a sound to help find its location, even if the phone is on silent.

Not only that, the new EQB-500DB-2A will boast of Casio’s Tough Solar Power that does away with the need for battery changes. A full-charge without further exposure to light will allow it to run for approximately seven months, now how about that? To further enhance it, it boasts of a special power save feature which will let it power down when not exposed to light for a certain period of time to further conserve energy. Expect Casio’s EQB-500DB-2A to retail for $410 from next month onward.

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Casio reveals trio of new timepieces under G-Shock Master of G line

When it comes to owning a watch, many of the younger ones out there do seem to make more use of their phones as a timepiece than wearing a watch, where the thing on your wrist ends up more as a fashion accessory than a time-keeping device – unless of course, they decide to settle for a smartwatch like the Apple Watch, of course. Well, having a good watch is always a boon, since you can never quite tell just when you would need to tell the time when you are caught out in a thunderstorm and are soaking wet. Surely the average smartphone is not going to last in the showers, but Casio’s G-Shock range is going to shrug off all that water without missing a beat. Here we are with word that the Japanese firm will be introducing three new timepieces in a striking Rescue Red color theme for the G-Shock Master of G line.

This trio of timepieces in the collection will ensure that the Master of G spectrum of air, land, and sea are covered, and all of them have been specially designed in order to withstand extreme conditions. They will include the GPW1000RD-4A Gravitymaster, the GWG1000RD-4A Mudmaster, and the GWN1000RD-4A Gulfmaster. Each of these are advanced, durable timepieces that demonstrate the absolute toughness that G-Shock is known for, where they have also been paired with specialized functions and a modern style and feel.

The GPW1000RD-4A Gravitymaster has been constructed for the air with Triple G Resist construction, GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid technology and oversized numerical indicators for at-a-glance readability. The GWG1000RD-4A Mudmaster, as its name suggests, is mud resistant, as well as being shock resistant and vibration resistant. It will boast of a Triple Sensor (Altimeter/Barometer, Thermometer and Compass) as well as a carbon-fiber insert band. As for the GWN1000RD-4A Gulfmaster, this model will also come with Triple Sensor technology, but adds a barometric tendency alarm, Tide Indicator, and Moon Graph. Any takers?

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Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock gets the time right all the time

Have you ever wondered whether people are more time-conscious, as in punctual, back in the days when there were no smartphones or mobile phones? All you need to do is to agree on the time and place to meet, and both parties will most of the time, turn up early. Having said that, the smartphone revolution has allowed us to be more flexible with our schedules, and hence, appointments are not kept all that punctual any more. Perhaps you need something more accurate in your life, like the $49.95 Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock.

The Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock is an always-accurate alarm clock which will also double up as a smartphone charger, where it will show off the time in 1.25″ high numbers with an illuminating backlight that allows it to be clearly read at night. With the use of colorful LEDs, the day/date, temperature, humidity, and moon phases will also be shown with 0.75″ high letters and numbers, offering precise time across the entire lower 48 United States, while the clock’s radio receiver synchronizes with NIST-F1, the United States’ atomic clock which will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years. Devices that hook up via an existing USB cable to the 1-amp port on the side allows for overnight charging, and it comes with automatic Daylight Saving Time adjustment, alarm, and a 12/24 hour time format.
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Nixon’s Mission Android Wear smartwatch targets surfers, snowboarders



When it comes to tough-as-nails timepieces, there is only one particular name that many of us look forward to, and that would be none other than that of Casio’s G-Shock range of timepieces. However, it looks like Nixon intends to bring a little bit of rough and tumble into the world of wearable technology through the unveiling of their Mission smartwatch.

What makes a smartwatch, well, a smartwatch? Certainly running on an operating system would help, and the Mission would be powered by Google’s Android Wear platform, where it has laid claim to being the world’s first action sport smartwatch. This will not be a smartwatch for everyone, as it would narrow down its focus to target those who are surfers and snowboarders in particular.

After all, it does come bundled with a fair number of apps that are powered by Surfline, Snocountry, and Trace. These tend to be apps that lean heavily in the direction of action sports, enabling activity-tracking in addition to allowing the timepiece to obtain real-time information along the way. This would certainly go a long way in helping those who would like to improve in their respective snow sports and for folks who always have an analytical mind and would like to figure things out on their own.

Expect a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset to keep it running underneath the hood, where you will also be able to find an AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass protection to boot. The asking price for the Mission would be approximately $400 a pop as it arrives in a bevy of color options and up to 20 bands. Do you think that Gorilla Glass is enough to handle all the potential shocks and drops? After all, we have seen our fair share of mobile devices with Gorilla Glass not really saving the day where drops are concerned.

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Research Firm: Apple Watch To Capture 50% Of Global Smartwatch Market This Year

apple-watchIt looks like there is a spanking new report that hails from research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), and in this particular report, it cites that Apple would have a strong reign in the smartwatch market this year, but they should look over their shoulders with predictions that Android Wear will catch up at the end of the decade. In the report, Apple is tipped to sell up to 14 million smartwatches in 2016, earning itself 49.4% of the global smartwatch market along the way.

To make matters more interesting, this would translate to an estimated growth of 32.8% year-over-year to 28.3 million units. While Apple has so far declined to share information on the total number of Apple Watch sales, analysts have firm reason to believe that Apple managed to sell 11.5 million units in a matter of 8 months after it was released last year, which allowed it to capture 63% of the global smartwatch market.

Perhaps the second generation Apple Watch will see sales of Apple Watch rising again, after demand for the original Apple Watch declined. The IDC did also gaze into their crystal ball, predicting that Apple will continue to lose market share as its competitors begin to roll out more and more products for the masses to enjoy on their wrists.

As for Android Wear, this particular operating system for smartwatches is tipped to pick up momentum by the time 2020 arrives, which would be far more than what Android Wear has at this moment with a 21.4% smartwatch market share. Not only that, Samsung’s very own Tizen is also tipped to progress all the more this year, with the FCC citing that Samsung’s wearable OS could jolly well ship up to 3.2 million smartwatches this year, which would make it bite a 11.3% chunk from the smartwatch market. Interesting times are definitely ahead for all the smartwatch players – may the best product win!

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World’s Brightest Phosphorescent Watch makes it easy to check the time

A watch is a watch, or so this is what many people have thought for a long time now. However, it looks like things have definitely changed with the advent of the smartwatch, and one no longer needs to have a timepiece that does just one thing – tell the time, and perhaps, the date as well. Well, some watches do have a small light so that you know what time it is when it is dark, but the $349.95 World’s Brightest Phosphorescent Watch brings things to a whole new level.

The World’s Brightest Phosphorescent Watch, as its name suggests, did not end up this way by chance, as it claims to be the only timepiece that merges the self-powered glow of tritium with the brilliance of Superluminova to produce the brightest, longest-lasting phosphorescence of any timekeeper available. It will be safely enclosed in protected vials within the watch face, and the tritium emits a constant glow which does not require any kind of charge from another light source, and is able to shine for more than a dozen straight years. The brighter Superluminova, happens to be painted on the hands and hour markers to boost the watch’s phosphorescence and aid adjusting eyes when a user moves from a lit space to darkness. It will sport a lightweight, scratch-resistant exterior that is made from fiber glass reinforced ballistic plastic, accompanied by a sturdy 316L stainless steel core that offers water resistance for the quartz movement and other components down to 660′. As for the internal lithium battery, we are looking at a battery life of ten years.
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UnaliWear Kanega watch has AT&T to thank for connectivity

It looks like owning a watch alone these days is not quite enough, as one might want to go the extra mile and actually bring home a smartwatch to tell the time. After all, a smartwatch works great in the sense where you are able to tell the time – and then some, ranging from being notified of incoming emails and text messages as well as phone calls, to changing the face of the smartwatch to suit whatever you are wearing on that particular day, among others. Of course, it does help a whole lot that the smartwatches of today look far more elegant and modern than ever before. UnaliWar’s version of the smartwatch is known as the Kanega, and for a smartwatch to be just that, having an Internet connection is crucial, and the Kanega will hook up with AT&T for connectivity.

Basically, the Kanega watch is a go-everywhere unobtrusive wearable that has been specially designed for those who are not only independent but vulnerable as well. Why do we say this? Well, for starters, the Kanega watch will come with discrete support for falls, medication reminders, as well as a guard against wandering with guide me home assistance.

The UnaliWear Kanega watch has that refined and elegant look which is similar to that of a traditional watch, and it makes use of an easy speech interface as opposed to buttons or touch screens that could prove to be rather confusing to seniors. Not only that, it will be able to learn of the wearer’s lifestyle to provide predictive, pre-emptive support, ranging from directions to get home home or notification of gait or speech changes that may be signs of a medical problem such as stroke so that early intervention can be taken to minimise any amount of health issues. It is also waterproof (up to 3 ATM), allowing this timepiece to be worn in the shower, bath or a water aerobics class.
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Casio reveals new MR-G variant G-Shock timepiece

Having a watch used to be cool for a very, very long time, until smartphones came along and more or less made the watch redundant as an essential tool, downgrading it more to that of a fashion accessory. However, smart watches have managed to find a niche for themselves, and it looks like the elegant timepiece wrapped around your wrist is not going to go away anytime soon. Heck, even some manufacturers like Casio have made a name for themselves by clearly entrenching their products as tough-as-nails devices, with the G-Shock brand name reverberating across the industry. The latest model would be the new MR-G variant G-Shock timepiece that will be known as the MR-G Hybrid GPS, as it hits the market some time later this month.

Going by the model number MRGG1000DC-1A, this particular timepiece is made in Yamagata Japan, and it has been specially designed to feature a beautiful silver bezel and Akagane accents. Akagane is actually a stunning copper alloy that has anywhere from 3% to 5% gold, and it is most often used in traditional Japanese craftwork.

In order to maintain the unparalleled craftsmanship and dependability that G-SHOCK MR-G wearers have come to expect, the MRGG1000DC-1A will boast of the hybrid technology of GPS as well as Multi-Band 6, in addition to the likes of Tough Solar, Sapphire Glass (Anti-Glare), and Ti-6A-4V+TIC Bezel. The case and bracelet will rely on titanium as the material of choice.

In addition, this particularly superior timepiece will also arrive equipped with shock resistance, 200M Water Resistance, Tough Solar, Tough Movement, Latitude Indicator, Airplane Mode, Dual Dial World Time (40TZ, 27 Cities+UTC), LED (Super Illuminator), Neo-brite Luminous Hands, Daily Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, 1/20th Sec. Stopwatch (24min), Countdown Timer (24Hr), Day/Date Display, all crammed into a case size of 49.8mm. It will not come cheap considering the craftsmanship and material that has gone into it, as the MRGG1000DC-1A MR-G Hybrid GPS will cost a whopping $2,600 a pop.

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Garmin announces vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch

While Garmin is well known for their range of GPS-enabled devices, this does not mean that they should just keep to their regular line of navigational tools that help you get from one point to another. No sir, there should be innovation always to push them forward, and rather than sit and rest on their laurels, the folks over at Garmin have decided to take the plunge into the smartwatch market, except that with Garmin’s expertise in GPS technology, you can be sure that their vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch will be different from the other models out there in the market.

First of all, the vívoactive HR GPS smartwatch will sport Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, allowing it to keep track of active moments throughout the day, as it does the difficult and mundane job of counting the number of steps taken and floors climbed, the intensity of minutes, monitoring sleep and featuring built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding.

The vívoactive HR will make use of the 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data collected in order to calculate the amount of calories burned in addition to the intensity of fitness activities, offering proper credit for users’ array of workouts. Thanks to the Connect IQ store, users are able to easily personalize their vívoactive HR with free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.

This unique smartwatch will boast of up to eight days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS, in order to have it keeps up with users’ active lifestyles while ensuring they remain connected as well. It is capable of sending any notification from a compatible smartphone, where among them include incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, and social media alerts, making sure that you do not miss what’s going on in your digital life.

Expect the vívoactive HR to start shipping some time in the second quarter of the year for $249.99 a pop, as it arrives in regular and extra-large fit black bands.

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The Ruggie makes you wake up and put two feet on the floor


It’s a good thing that we wake up from every night of sleep refreshed and ready to face the day’s tasks, right? That is indeed a load of crap, and the snooze button on our alarm is usually hit more times in one morning than we hit the gym in a week. While it’s hard to wake up, sometimes all you need is to separate yourself from your warm spot under the covers.

If you want to start your morning off right, why not get a comfortable alarm clock that encourages you to get up? The Ruggie is just like those memory foam bath mats, except this one is far more interesting, and useful. This is a memory foam pad covered in a soft fleece with a bright LED display that shows the time, and can double as a night light, as tapping it with your foot will display the time. When your alarm goes off, you’ll have to wake up and put both feet on the mat with enough pressure for 3 seconds for it to turn off.

You will be able to put your feet over the side of the bed and on the mat since it is pressure-sensitive, but you would never abuse that aspect when you’re tired…never. Once you do complete the three seconds, you can choose to have a motivational message of your choosing play, or you can program it to play whatever you’d like. This runs on 3 AAA batteries, and should last for a year with normal use. To wash it, because your feet will make this gross, undo the zipper, take out the electronics, and toss it in the wash. It will cost you $79 to get one of these, if you’re alright with supporting a crowdfunding campaign that is successful 4 times over.

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