Gadgets

No One Is Buying Smartwatches Any More

The market intelligence firm IDC reported on Monday that smartwatch shipments are down 51.6 per cent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016. This is bad news for all smartwatch vendors (except maybe Garmin), but it’s especially bad for Apple, which saw shipments drop 71.6 per cent, according to the IDC report Apple is still the overall smartwatch market leader, with an estimated 41.3 per cent of the market, but IDC estimates it shipped only 1.1 million Apple Watches in…

Gadgets

An amateur watch collector’s thoughts on smartwatches after wearing one for a month

I’ve worn watches practically every single day for the past two decades, and over the past couple of years, I’ve been learning more about the world of timepieces and horology. It’s fascinating, to say the least, and it’s a rather expensive hobby. I’ve slowly amassed a small, humble collection of watches in that same period. They aren’t expensive by any measure, but they’ve become prized possessions that I cherish deeply. Some are particularly special, like the one I bought to…

Technology

Samsung’ phone-free Gear S smartwatch gets U.S. launch details, requires a service plan

Samsung's standalone Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States starting November 7, but the service won't come cheap. Unlike Samsung's other smartwatches, the Gear S can make calls, send text messages and access the Internet without a paired smartphone. As such, wireless carriers are treating it like any other connected device, with its own service plan. AT&T and Sprint are both charging $10 monthly access fees for Gear S service, though Sprint says it will waive the charge…

Design

HP and Michael Bastian enter wearables discreetly with a stylish, semi-smart watch

HP and Michael Bastian are betting that style trumps substance for their first smartwatch collaboration. The MB Chronowing is a 44mm stainless steel watch for men. It has a monochrome LCD display, but with a metallic ring in one corner that encircles a small clock face. The rest of the screen is dedicated to tidbits of information from a paired iPhone or Android phone, while indicators for battery and connectivity sit just outside the right edge of the screen. The…

Technology

Wednesday night Microsoft confirmed what we all expected

Wednesday night Microsoft confirmed what we all expected—that it too, has a smartwatch that it wants you to wear 24/7, for work and for play, called the Microsoft Band. Looking as much like a hospital bracelet as anything else, the $200 Microsoft Band features a rectangular, 320 x106 TFT display that hovers over your wrist. Sensors—a continuous optical heart monitor, GPS, UV sensor, and more—track your activity while on the move and at rest, and send the data to what…