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Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the Portal smartphone is supposed to bend

As anyone who's ever dropped a phone will attest to, smartphones are incredible fragile creatures. Gone are the days where you could throw a Nokia phone around like a rag-doll to find that it doesn't have a scratch on it. It's not quite the same, but the Portal smartphone isn't going to shatter when you…

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Tom PritchardUnlike the iPhone 6 Plus, the Portal smartphone is supposed to bend
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A new wearable senses skin temperature to monitor heart health

We just shared ten ways medical wearables are changing medicine for the better, and now here's another innovative example. It’s a small (around 5cm square) ultra-thin patch that sits on the skin and is usually worn on the wrist. It was developed by scientists at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each…

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Diane ShipleyA new wearable senses skin temperature to monitor heart health
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Ten of the most exciting, innovative, and purr-fect wearables for pets #WearablesWeek

When we talk about wearables, we're usually talking about tech for humans, from VR headsets to fitness trackers to Google Glass. So it might have slipped your notice that the demand for pet wearables is big. Huge. In fact, it's estimated that the market will be worth $2.5 billion by 2025. Pet wearables can do…

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Diane ShipleyTen of the most exciting, innovative, and purr-fect wearables for pets #WearablesWeek
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Ten wonderful ways wearables are changing medicine for the better #WearablesWeek

When you think about wearables and health, you might think of devices that measure how well you sleep or how fast you run. And they can be great: there's no doubt many people find them motivating and enjoy having more insight into their habits. But the health benefits of wearables go further than you might…

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Diane ShipleyTen wonderful ways wearables are changing medicine for the better #WearablesWeek
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6 designers making the wearables market more fashion-forward #WearablesWeek

We’ve been talking about wearables for a while now, and one of the main issues that always seems to crop up is how ugly some can be, and usually the ones with all the best tech crammed in them. Smartwatches and fitness trackers are going to be worn constantly, so why shouldn’t they look good,…

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Hayley Minn6 designers making the wearables market more fashion-forward #WearablesWeek
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Could making payments be the next big thing for wearables? #WearablesWeek

With all the hype around how we are going to be using our mobile phones for making payments thanks to NFC (Near Field Communications) technology, it seems the obvious may have been slightly overlooked. Sure it may be marginally more convenient using our phones to make payments on the tube or in a shop than…

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Chris PriceCould making payments be the next big thing for wearables? #WearablesWeek
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Five reasons why wearables are still missing a trick #WearablesWeek

Wearables have spiked in popularity recently, with what seems like every single company intending on entering the market with a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, or something similar. But are wearables the future? Not in my opinion just yet. It seems the tech giants and smaller start-ups all vying for the top wearables spot…

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Tom PritchardFive reasons why wearables are still missing a trick #WearablesWeek
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A new wearable could secure your computer

A computer science student from Dartmouth College has come up with a new, more secure way to make sure no one can see what you’re working on when you step away from your computer. Of course, if you’re dealing with sensitive info, like other people’s medical or employment records (or maybe the horrors of your…

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Diane ShipleyA new wearable could secure your computer
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5 Budget wearables and activity trackers for under £70 #WearablesWeek

There are many wearable gadgets on the market that track your activity levels and encourage you not to be a lazy couch potato. That being said, a lot of wearables can cost you an awful lot of money if you're not careful, which needn't be the case. If you're on a budget but…

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Tom Pritchard5 Budget wearables and activity trackers for under £70 #WearablesWeek
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Safety wearables for women are great, but we need humanity switched on too #WearablesWeek

Like many women, I walk home at night with my keys through my knuckles. I routinely end goodbyes to friends with the words, ‘text me to let me know you got home safe’. I constantly weigh up what’s better – keeping my phone in my hand so I can quickly call for help, or keeping…

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Lauren BravoSafety wearables for women are great, but we need humanity switched on too #WearablesWeek
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Welcome to #WearablesWeek – tech to enhance sport, safety gadgets & the most stylish wearables

This week the shinyshiny team will be exploring the exciting and fast-moving world of wearable tech. We'll be counting down the must-have activity trackers that won't cost you a fortune, give you an insight into the way wearables are enhancing our sporting abilities, medical procedures and mental wellbeing and exploring whether these always-on devices can even…

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Becca CaddyWelcome to #WearablesWeek – tech to enhance sport, safety gadgets & the most stylish wearables
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Researchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?

Wearables are increasingly advanced and increasingly popular (the market is expected to be worth $8.36 billion by 2018), but are they as helpful consumers hope? A group of scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch wanted to find out whether wearable activity monitors live up to their promises – and if they could be…

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Diane ShipleyResearchers ask: do wearable activity monitors really work?
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The Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature

Just in time for winter, here’s a new wearable that can heat you up when it’s cold outside (or inside, for that matter) and then cool you down again once your body’s adjusted. Unsurprisingly, it comes to us from Canada. (And from Engadget, where we first spotted it.) Alex Huang and Jason Yakimovich, engineers from…

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Diane ShipleyThe Flame Base Layer is a wearable that’ll control your temperature
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BlackBerry is ‘researching wearables’, but not in the way you might think

John Sims, the president of BlackBerry's enterprise solutions, has said that the company has been doing some research into wearable computers. Don't go expecting a BlackBerry smartwatch anytime soon, though, because it just sounds as though the company is only looking for ways to bring BBM to existing smarwatches and smartglasses. His exact words were, "We’re…

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Tom PritchardBlackBerry is ‘researching wearables’, but not in the way you might think
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Emergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life

Part of the fun of fashion is the way different collections show off their designers' creativity and inventiveness. But clothes and accessories aren't only about looking good, sometimes they're more about function. Not to worry, though: there's still plenty of creativity and inventiveness on display in these seven pieces of potentially life-saving kit. Some are…

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Diane ShipleyEmergency fashion: Seven products that could literally save your life
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Apple Watch: Apple launches its first wearable (and it looks awesome)

Well, we all had our fingers, toes and everything else crossed that Apple wouldn't just be launching the iPhone 6 tonight and we weren't disappointed. Tonight at the highly-anticipated Apple event in Cupertino, California, Apple's Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch. That's right, it's not the iWatch, but the Apple Watch. The wearable comes in…

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Becca CaddyApple Watch: Apple launches its first wearable (and it looks awesome)
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Clothes woven with circuit board thread could turn them into wearable gadgets

Our current idea of a wearable tends to be things like smartwatches, fitness trackers, maybe AR glasses like Google Glass. The thing is, with the exception of some smart-shoes, they're just things we clip onto ourselves rather than actually wear. Well new clothes developed in Hong Kong could well turn the clothes you wear into…

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Tom PritchardClothes woven with circuit board thread could turn them into wearable gadgets
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Which smartwatch should you buy? Pebble Steel, Nike+ and Apple Watch

Smartwatches are a fairly new member of the gadgets family, and have yet to really reach the same level of popularity as smartphones or tablets. Considering they have yet to ingrain themselves into mainstream society you might not be aware of what smartwatches are, and chances are you have seen many out in the…

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Tom PritchardWhich smartwatch should you buy? Pebble Steel, Nike+ and Apple Watch
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Eight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to

Running brings all kinds of rewards – from providing time to listen to your favourite songs to preventing disease. But like everything else, it's even more worthwhile if you can add some fun tech to the mix. There are some great gadgets and wearables on the market already, but here are some we'll see over the…

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Diane ShipleyEight futuristic running and fitness gadgets to look forward to
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Brazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina

A juice company called do bem is the first brand in Brazil to launch its own wearable, the do bem maquina. Yep, even non-tech companies are making wearables now. And you know what? It looks pretty damn good. According to PSFK, the natural juice brand teamed up with a New York-based agency called Huge to create the…

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Becca CaddyBrazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina