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February 27 2014

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February 13 2014

Report: Jawbone Raising Funding at a $3.3 Billion Valuation

Jawbone, the company behind popular devices like the Up activity tracker and Jambox speakers, may be valued at nearly as much as Spotify, Pinterest or Uber

Kara Swisher at Re/code reports that Jawbone is raising a $250 million funding round at a $3.3 billion valuation. TechCrunch reports hearing from sources that the funding round actually closed more than a month ago.

Jawbone did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Jawbone most recently raised around $100 million in debt financing. The latest funding round is reportedly led by Rizvi Traverse, a private equity firm that was a major investor in Twitter and more recently Flipboard. Read more...

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45 Million Smartwatches Expected to Ship by 2017

The wearable wristband market is already heating up, but forecasts expect more than 17 million wearable devices will ship in 2014. This includes both smartwatches and fitness wristband trackers.

According to research firm Canalys, annual smartwatch shipments alone are estimated to reach 8 million in 2014; that number is estimated to grow to more 23 million units by 2015 and more than 45 million by 2017

Fitbit became the leader in the wristband fitness tracker space in 2013, thanks to its Flex, a wristband that launched in May and even smarter Force device that debuted in October. In the second half of 2013, Fitbit dominated the market with 58% market share, followed by the Jawbone UP (21%) and Nike's Fuelband devices (13%). Read more...

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February 06 2014

Is Wearable Tech Ready for the Red Carpet?

Wearable technology is undoubtedly the future of consumer electronics, and developers are already starting to recognize that style is just as important as functionality.

The latest video in our Mobile Minute series looks at these new designs, including a Google Glass redesign and the premiere of the Pebble Steel. "As form continues to marry function, wearables are set to hit mainstream," says Interaction Designer Amanda Klohmann.

The Mobile Minute is a series from Mashable and Mutual Mobile, an emerging technology company that pushes innovation for top brands such as Audi, Google and Citigroup. For insights from their design, development, and strategy teams on mobile tech trends, check out the latest Mobile Minute episodes on the Ask a Dev YouTube channel and subscribe. Read more...

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January 31 2014

Ask a Dev: Making Apps for Wearable Tech

In the latest video of our Ask a Dev series, iOS Director Sean McMains discusses how to store encrypted data in an app, as well as what developers should learn to get ready for wearable technology.

"The bad news is that all of the different wearables that are on the market now use different development platforms," McMains says. "The good news, however, is that lots of the concepts transfer from one platform to another."

Our developer experts are from Mutual Mobile, a leading development and design firm that builds mobile strategies for top companies such as Audi, Google and Citigroup. The team is eager to answer your questions about mobile, so ping us with your top queries on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskaDev. Don't forget to check out our Ask a Dev YouTube channel and subscribe. Read more...

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January 28 2014

Google Glass Gets Prescription Frames: Everything You Need to Know

For early adopters of Google Glass, it's been a demand from the start: a version that is friendly to prescription lenses. Those people's prayers were answered early Tuesday when Google announced it would begin selling several "designer" pairs of glasses that are compatible with Glass, called the Titanium Collection.

Before yesterday, near- and farsighted Glass Explorers needed to either wear contact lenses while using Glass (as I do) or pinch the nose piece tightly so the Glass prism extends far enough away from your normal glasses. A few intrepid explorers have managed to jerry-rig the core Glass hardware onto a custom frame, but it's a risky endeavor. Read more...

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January 23 2014

Jawbone UP24 Wristband Is Beautiful But Flawed [REVIEW]

With so many fitness wristband trackers on the market, it's nearly impossible these days to find one that doesn't track steps, calories, distance and your sleep cycle. Companies are moving beyond the basics to add new features and incentives to stand out among the onset of others.

Perhaps the most popular wristband trackers come from companies like Jawbone, Nike and Fitbit, but the category grew even bigger at this year's 2014 International CES in Las Vegas with product announcements from big brands such as LG and Garmin and startups like Jaybird. While many of the new devices ship later this year, Jawbone is still settling into its latest version: the Jawbone UP24, which debuted in November. Read more...

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January 21 2014

Climbax Smart Wristbands Assess Your Climbing Skills

As the market for wearables becomes increasingly crowded, tech for fitness junkies is going niche.

UK company Climbax has designed smart wristbands for rock climbers, a fairly small segment of the wearable-tech market. Motion sensors embedded in the bands, one for each wrist, track the climber's movements; they can distinguish between resting and climbing motions, and even detect tired, shaky muscles

Like most fitness-oriented wearables, the wristbands function as a training aid, allowing you to monitor your performance. Information recorded by the sensors is uploaded to Climbax's website, and visualized as a timeline of your progress. Read more...

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January 09 2014

Smart Contact Lenses Will Give You Superhuman Vision

LAS VEGAS — Your future contact lenses could give you superhuman vision

Just one year after eyewear startup Innovega announced a prototype of its high-tech iOptik lenses, the company is showing off the product at this year's International CES.

The Innovega eyewear system is made up of two parts: glasses and contact lenses. The contact lenses give you enhanced focusing abilities, so you can see near and far at levels beyond what the normal eye can see. For example, if you put a finger up to your eye while wearing the contacts, you can actually see the fine details of your fingerprint; whereas, the natural eye can't focus on an object so close up Read more...

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January 06 2014

Pebble Unveils Pebble Steel, New Apps and Software

LAS VEGAS — Pebble is back at CES, and this time it has a brand new, redesigned metal smartwatch and tons of new apps.

Pebble debuted at CES 2013 and started shipping to its Kickstarter backers soon after. In the last year, the smartwatch has sold more than 300,000 units and is available at Amazon, Best Buy and AT&T.

For CES 2014, Pebble is showing off its new Pebble 2.0 software, the Pebble app store and Pebble Steel, its premium smartwatch.

Pebble Steel

I had some time to play with Pebble Steel and talk about its design and evolution with Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky, who said the company took what it learned from making the original Pebble and applied it to the Pebble Steel. Read more...

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January 02 2014

CES 2014: 5 Tech Trends to Watch

The new year is upon us, which means the annual International CES is just about here, too. In less than a week, more than 150,000 people will descend upon Las Vegas to either unveil or take in the latest consumer technology the world has on offer.

Although most high-profile product launches happen outside of CES these days (think Apple, Samsung and Google), the show still sets the tone for tech in the coming yearIn 2013, 4K, smartphone integration and new kinds of interfaces — like gesture and eye tracking — gained traction. Sony debuted a 4K downloading service, apps that control gadgets appeared everywhere, and companies like Leap Motion introduced new ways of interacting with computers. Read more...

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December 19 2013

Smart Glasses Reveal What It's Like to Have Superpowers

Google Glass lets you view emails, find directions and take calls right from the high-tech specs. But what if you wave your hand in front of a 3D projection to move around a calendar? Or if you want your eyewear to suggest meals based on the contents of your fridge?

Tech company Atheer is launching a Google Glass competitor that let you touch the digital world, shifting from passive viewing to an immersive "doing" and interacting — the ultimate vision of augmented reality. The company launched an Indiegogo campaign on Thursday as a part of an effort to bring more developers into the development process. Read more...

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December 16 2013

Google Glass Upgrade Arrives Just in Time for New Year's

Google is ready to send the upgraded version of Google Glass starting the week of Dec. 30, according to an email Mashable received from the Glass Explorer program.

Google gave owners of Google Glass a one-time option to trade in their old Glass units and upgrade to the new model in November. If you agreed, Google said it would reserve a spot "in line" for the upgrade, with an email to follow when it's ready.

It appears that time is now. The new model seems identical to the old one and is available in the same colors, although it's faster and more durable. Users will also be able to easily adapt the new model with "upcoming" prescription frames (presumably designed specifically for Glass). Read more...

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