wearable tech

News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

Today marked the official launch of the greatly anticipated Apple Watch, a wearable gadget that many believe might push smartwatch technology into the mainstream. As such, this past week was filled with news surrounding the new mobile device while we also brought you reports on the Internet of Things, mCommerce and a very wide range…

Amid Apple Watch Fanfare, Samsung Leaks More Details on Gear A

Amid Apple Watch Fanfare, Samsung Leaks More Details on Gear A

As its previously-released and modestly successful smartwatches are eclipsed by today’s launch of the Apple Watch, Samsung has revealed a few more details about a new smartwatch of its own on its blog, according to a Reuters report. Samsung has revealed that its forthcoming Gear A smartwatch will feature a round face, that the company…

Apple Watch Debuts on Social Media

Apple Watch Debuts on Social Media

The Apple Watch went on sale today, and many who preordered it are receiving the first shipments, though many more are facing delays as Apple scrambles to meet demand. As Sophie Curtis reports for the Telegraph, some customers have already taken to social media to show off their new smartwatches. Meanwhile, the few high-end shops…

Off The Cuff – 4 Wearables That Aren’t Watches

Off The Cuff – 4 Wearables That Aren’t Watches

With the Apple Watch launching today, wearable tech stands to explode into the consumer market. Smart watches, as we’ve explored on Mobile ID World before, stand to change some integral parts of everyday life if they manage to catch mainstream tension. Everything from payments, to  physical access control and the Internet of Things stands to…

Apple Plans Subdued Launch for Smartwatch

Apple Plans Subdued Launch for Smartwatch

Apple is doing its smartwatch launch a little differently. According to a Reuters article by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Friday’s launch of the Apple Watch will be a more quiet and discreet affair than past blockbuster launches of the company’s iPhones. Despite Friday being the official launch date for the wearable devices, Apple won’t be stocking them…

Apple Watch Will Launch Smartwatch Revolution: Report

Apple Watch Will Launch Smartwatch Revolution: Report

Market research firm Javelin Strategy & Research has come out with some new data and predictions for the Apple Watch and the overall smartwatch market. The findings are available in a report entitled “What Apple Watch Means for Banking and Payments”. Basically, it’s good news. In a synopsis, Javelin says that the release of the…

Apple Watch a “Milestone” in Wearable Sales: Analyst

Apple Watch a “Milestone” in Wearable Sales: Analyst

Apple appears to be enjoying considerable success in the rollout of its Apple Watch, and one analyst believes it could become the company’s “most profitable product ever”, according to a Business Insider article by Julie Bort. That analyst is Carl Howe of Think Big Analytics, who writes in a blog post that based on his analysis…

RE.WORK Summit to Focus on Internet of Things

RE.WORK Summit to Focus on Internet of Things

RE.WORK has organized an Internet of Things Summit to convene in Boston. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston from May 28 – 29. In a press release, RE.WORK asserted that the IoT is not some far-off future technological landscape, but is instead “already here in the sensors, devices, data and cloud…

Valencell Exec Joins CEA’s Health and Fitness Subcommittee

Valencell Exec Joins CEA’s Health and Fitness Subcommittee

The Consumer Electronics Association has created a new Health and Fitness Technology Subcommittee, and a major Valencell executive has joined its ranks. Chris Eschbach, Ph.D., is Valencell’s Director of Exercise Science and Clinical Trials, and on the subcommittee he’ll be in a position to help lead the consumer sector’s embrace of wearable tech. Already a…

Probably a Million Americans Preordered the Apple Watch

It looks like about a million Americans preordered the Apple Watch on its launch day, according to a TechCrunch article by Natasha Lomas. While Apple hasn’t yet released its own sales numbers, market research firm Slice Intelligence made some projections based on e-receipt data pertaining to a little over 9000 consumers. Slice Intelligence projects that 957,000…

News Roundup: Wearable Fever

News Roundup: Wearable Fever

This past week at Mobile ID World wearables were the name of the game as iPhone owners counted down to the impending Apple Watch street date. Mobile commerce made the news too, while the week was rounded out by smartphone updates and Internet of Things headlines. Wearables With the Apple Watch scheduled to start adorning…

Buzz Builds as Apple Takes Smartwatch Preorders

Buzz Builds as Apple Takes Smartwatch Preorders

The Apple Watch is now available for pre-order, and consumers have been flocking to Apple Stores in droves to get a first glimpse at the device, according to a Reuters report from Noel Randewich and Astrid Wendlandt. There’s a growing degree of buzz about the forthcoming device, but little by way of numbers to quantify…

Digital Insights Helps Credit Union Pioneer Smartwatch Banking

Digital Insights Helps Credit Union Pioneer Smartwatch Banking

NCR subsidiary Digital Insight has developed a Wright-Patt Credit Union app that is compatible with Android smartwatches. The app uses biometric authentication to let users access their financial services on Android Wear devices. The new app automatically syncs to the user’s Android Wear devices. After that, logging on the smartwatch is done via voice command.…

Arxan Expands IoT Security Arsenal

Arxan Expands IoT Security Arsenal

Arxan Technologies, an application security solutions provider, has announced that it has expanded its suite of security solutions for the Internet of Things ecosystem. The company will showcase its IoT app offerings at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. Arxan offers security solutions in a range of areas, including mobile apps using IoT connectivity,…

New Samsung Smartwatch Doesn’t Require Phone Pairing

New Samsung Smartwatch Doesn’t Require Phone Pairing

Samsung has revealed a few more details about its upcoming smartwatch, according to a TechRadar article by Matt Hanson. For one thing, it has a new name: Whereas it was previously referred to as Orbis, the smartwatch is now called the Samsung Gear A. That isn’t a huge surprise in terms of branding, given the…

Samsung Q1 Losses Not as Bad as Expected

Samsung Q1 Losses Not as Bad as Expected

Samsung’s latest operating losses aren’t as bad as anticipated and may be a sign that the worst of the company’s troubles are now behind it, according to a National Post article by Youkyung Lee. While the full figures of its quarterly report have not yet been released, Samsung says its January-March operating profit was $5.4…

Can Wearables Right Smartphones’ Wrongs?

Can Wearables Right Smartphones’ Wrongs?

Apple and Google are telling consumers to buy their wearables so they can stop having to deal with their distracting mobile phones. At least, that’s what Chris O’Brien says those companies are saying, in an article for VentureBeat. O’Brien cites two main examples. The first is a TED talk by Sergey Brin, one of Google’s cofounders.…

Samsung Aims for Multi-Factor Smartwatch Security

Samsung Aims for Multi-Factor Smartwatch Security

Samsung has filed a patent for a method of multi-factor biometric user authentication on a smartwatch, reports Jack Purcher on Patently Mobile. The method is surprisingly elaborate, using a two-tiered security system, and will play an important role in securing mobile commerce and payment transactions via the device, among other functions. Essentially, the system looks…

Apple to Promote Gold Smartwatch with Sycophancy

Apple to Promote Gold Smartwatch with Sycophancy

Apple is rolling out the red carpet for its gold Apple Watch customers, reports Joshua Barrie in a Business Insider article. The company will be elaborately pampering those individuals who are interested in buying the luxury version of its smartwatch, which could cost as much as $17,000 USD. The company has set up a special…

Major Chinese Sports Apparel Maker to Embrace Wearable Tech

Major Chinese Sports Apparel Maker to Embrace Wearable Tech

Chinese athletic apparel company Li-Ning has announced a partnership with Xiaomi to produce “smart” running shoes, according to a Reuters report by Donny Kwok and Ryan Woo. The move comes as Li-Ning attempts to turn around sagging fortunes, as it prepares to post what many expect will be its third consecutive annual loss in profits.…

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