Garmin brings music, NFC payments, onboard mapping to Fenix 5 Plus watches

Garmin On the heels of announcing thoughtful updates to its Vivoactive 3 device, Garmin is bringing some of the same new wearable features to the Fenix line. The new Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus, and Fenix 5X Plus devices finally have Garmin Pay and music storage now, and they include advanced biometric and routing features that serious athletes will appreciate. The Fenix family represents the upper echelon of Garmin smartwatches, but that doesn't mean they've [Read Entire Story]

Garmin’s new Vivoactive 3 Music is the best competitor to the Apple Watch

Valentina Palladino Garmin's Vivoactive 3 held one of the top spots in my list of last year's best wearables. With its sleek design, comprehensive fitness capabilities, GPS navigation, and NFC payments, the 3 more than held its own against the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic. Today, Garmin announced a new version of the Vivoactive 3 with a feature that brings the device up to par with the newest versions of its competition: music storage. Read 17 [Read Entire Story]

Next-gen Apple Watch to reportedly ditch physical buttons

Apple is reportedly making some physical changes to its Apple Watch design sometime in the next year. The wrist wearable's existing button and digital crown could be tweaked as soon as this fall, according to "a source with direct knowledge of Apple's plans" speaking to Fast Company. In place of clicking buttons, the next-gen Apple Watch will use touch-sensitive pads designed to pick up on finger movements. SEE ALSO: Turn yourself into an emoji with Apple's Memoji The move would mirror Apple's [Read Entire Story]

WatchOS 5 first take: Walkie Talkie, workout auto detect, and smarter Siri

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) SAN JOSE—Just three years after the release of the first Apple Watch, Apple announced the fifth iteration of its wearable operating system at WWDC 2018. Unlike iOS updates, most watchOS updates haven't brought drastic changes to Apple's device in terms of look and feel. WatchOS 5 doesn't radically alter the experience of using an Apple Watch, but it does add a number of helpful features across different use categories like fitness, communication, and [Read Entire Story]

Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2018

Apple just revealed what's next for the iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Today at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple detailed the latest versions of its operating systems: iOS 12, macOS Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. The updates included new ways to use Siri, revamps of old apps, and long-awaited features, like Dark Mode for Mac and group calling on FaceTime. Here's what you need to know: iOS 12 As predicted, the next version of iOS is all about performance and stability, which [Read Entire Story]

watchOS 5 debuts with health and fitness tweaks

Apple is announcing watchOS 5, a major update to its smartwatch platform. The update puts a big focus on new fitness and health features. You can now challenge any of your friends to a seven-day exercise competition, which will compare your tracking stats to your friends'. The winner will get an award to add to their collection, kind of like a real-life achievement system. There are also new workout types, including yoga and hiking. Outdoor running can now track your rolling-mile pace—how fast [Read Entire Story]

Save $75 on a wireless hub that can charge seven devices at a time

Between your smartphone, Bluetooth speaker, external battery, and wireless headphones, you have a lot of things to charge. However, finding the time to power up all your electronics before you leave for work or a busy day is challenging. You ;could pick up several single-port chargers, an extension cord, and surge protector, which will likely cost a small fortune, or you could buy the Merry Go Round Wireless Charger. ; SEE ALSO: This charging cable is wrapped in some 10,000 stainless steel [Read Entire Story]

It looks like a classic watch, but it’s got Alexa onboard — and it’s on sale

The best kind of smartwatch is one that isn’t trying to loudly, proudly scream, “I’m a smartwatch!” to the entire world. Instead, a smartwatch should appear no different than any other timepiece in your collection, and its smart features should be subtly integrated so they don’t interfere with personal style. ; That’s what makes the ;Martian mVoice ;unique. Despite its otherworldly name, it sports an understated yet sophisticated look, and hides its hi-tech [Read Entire Story]

Apple’s WWDC surprise for the Apple Watch just leaked, and it’s pretty cool

It looks like Apple has something special in store for Pride Month. Just yesterday, iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 began rolling out to users, and already 9to5Mac has spotted a hidden watch face in code. A new face with a stylized rainbow animation will arrive on the Apple Watch on Monday, not so coincidentally the first day of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The giveaway is the timing: According to the code, it should launch at 12 p.m. Pacific Time, which should be right about when [Read Entire Story]

Soon you may be able to unlock your front door with your iPhone

Your quick mental checklist of "phones, keys, wallet" before leaving the house could soon be narrowed down to "phone, wallet." ; That's because Apple may be introducing a new function that would allow you to unlock your car and house doors with your iPhone. ; SEE ALSO: 3 years later, who knows what the Apple Watch is for? According to The Information (h/t Engadget), the near field communication (NFC) chip in your iPhone — responsible for the easy transactions behind things like Apple Pay [Read Entire Story]

Samsung might save Android smartwatches from irrelevance

Enlarge / The Samsung Gear S3. (credit: Samsung) Today, Google's Android-based smartwatch platform—Wear OS—seems like it's at a dead end. It's currently third in the smartwatch market, after the Apple Watch and Samsung's Tizen-based "Gear S" watches. On the software side of things, Google hasn't been iterating on Wear OS quickly enough. The last major update—Wear 2.0—was roughly 18 months ago, and Google I/O 2018 came and went without a peep about a new update. On the hardware side of things, [Read Entire Story]

PR/01 Native Union x La Boite concept Speaker

Whether you’re talking inventive cables with monkey fist knots built in, sleek stands for your phone or Apple watch, a Bluetooth speaker, or a multi-charger with built-in cable management, it’s safe to say that Native… ; ; ; ; ; ; ;Related StoriesBallfinger’s Reel-To-Reel Tape Decks Are Almost HereThis App Lets You Stream an Album by Taking a Picture of ItThe Como Audio SpeakEasy Has Google Assistant Built-In ; SOURCE: Cool Material - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Google may release a Pixel-branded smartwatch

Google plans on launching up to three Pixel-branded smartwatches this fall, according to VentureBeat mobile reporter Evan Blass, who cites a "reliable source." ; SEE ALSO: Google accidentally confirms Pixel 3 in new Android source code Such a watch would almost certainly be powered by Google's Wear OS (formerly Android Wear). It would likely also incorporate Qualcomm's upcoming wearable chip, which Google helped design. ; Qualcomm's senior director of wearables Pankaj Kedia told the tech blog [Read Entire Story]

The Apple Watch may support third-party watch faces in the future

(credit: Megan Geuss) Third-party watch faces for smartwatches allow users to express more of themselves while also letting them have a bit more fun with their tech. The Apple Watch already has a number of Apple-made watch faces, many of which are customizable, but third-party developers haven't been able to make their own. A report from 9to5Mac suggests that might change soon, thanks to code found in watchOS 4.3.1 hinting at third-party watch face compatibility. The interesting log message [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Versa review: Slowly but surely pushing Fitbit past the “fit” bit

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Every company hopes to make a device that appeals to the masses. But when you're a company like Fitbit, known for its fitness expertise, it can be harder to clear the mental hurdle in consumers' heads that separates what you're known for and what you want to be. People who prioritize wearable features that aren't fitness-related may not even look to Fitbit when considering a new device, because fitness is so deeply ingrained into the company's [Read Entire Story]

Android Wear isn’t dead yet, gets rebranded as “Wear OS by Google”

Enlarge / The new name and logo. (credit: Google) Google just remembered that its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, exists. While we're not getting new hardware or software, the OS is being rebranded to "Wear OS by Google." There's a new name, a new logo, and a new website to promote the brand. When Android Wear first launched, it was an Android-based smartwatch OS that only worked when paired with Android phones, so "Android Wear" made perfect sense. Google later added iPhone [Read Entire Story]

The $199 Fitbit Versa is the company’s new “mass-appeal” smartwatch

Valentina Palladino A new Fitbit smartwatch is ready to keep last year's Ionic company in the device family lineup. Today, Fitbit announced the new Versa smartwatch, a thin-and-light metal wearable that runs on Fitbit OS. The longtime king of fitness devices knew it needed to expand into the smartwatch category, and it started that evolution last year with the debut of the $299 Ionic. But the Ionic ultimately replaced the Fitbit Surge, which was the most high-tech [Read Entire Story]

5 wearable notification devices that will make life so much better

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. We’ve all experienced it. You’re waiting for an important call. You step away from your phone for just a few moments and return to a dreaded "Missed Call" notification. ;Or you call someone to chat about something important, and they don't pick up. When they finally get back to you, they give [Read Entire Story]

Elon Musk gets permission to do a little digging for his Hyperloop

It's been far easier for Elon Musk to send a rocket to the Mars than move a pebble in Washington, D.C. That could be changing, according to The Washington Post. The SpaceX entrepreneur's tunnel digging company, The Boring Company, recently received vague permission to do some exploratory digging at 53 New York Avenue NE. SEE ALSO: Watch: Even Elon Musk was starstruck during the Falcon Heavy launch Musk is hoping to build a high speed hyperloop between New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and D.C. [Read Entire Story]

Android Wear is getting killed, and it’s all Qualcomm’s fault

Enlarge / The LG Watch Sport. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Ars Technica would like to wish a very special second birthday to the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. While most flagship SoCs have a life cycle of about one year on the top of the market, over the weekend the Wear 2100 will celebrate two years as the least awful smartwatch SoC you can use in an Android Wear device. It's positively ancient at this point. Seriously though, Qualcomm has seemingly abandoned the smartwatch market. The Wear 2100 [Read Entire Story]

Apple wants to put medical records on your iPhone. Here’s how it works.

Apple wants to change how you access your medical records. ; Today the company officially unveiled its plan to make iPhone owners' medical records available at the touch of a button via its Health app. SEE ALSO: Apple is testing a new feature to give you access to medical records on your devices Though not entirely unexpected (rumors of Apple's plans have been swirling for months), the announcement confirms that Apple's ambitions in the healthcare space go far beyond simple fitness tracking. The [Read Entire Story]

Alexa could live in headphones, wearables thanks to new developer kit

The next frontier for Amazon's Alexa may be the devices you keep on your person most of the time. Amazon announced the new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit today, which will allow manufacturers to more easily integrate the company's voice assistant into headphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other small devices. The kit is currently in developer preview, and partner companies including Bose, Jabra, and iHome are already testing it out. The developer kit lessens the development load that [Read Entire Story]