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Contactless payments arrive on London Underground

There is nothing more frustrating than being in a hurry to catch your train on the London Underground only to find you have no money left on your Oyster card, so you have to go and join the massive queue at the ticket machine. Well, from today, that will no longer be a problem. Transport for London has now introduced …

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Stuart O'ConnorContactless payments arrive on London Underground
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Apple announces September 9 event – iPhone 6 and iWatch on the way?

Apple will hold its highly-anticipated iPhone 6 launch event on September 9 at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, the company has announced. The invitations, sent to the world’s technology press on Thursday, features a close-up image of the top of the Apple logo and the tagline: “Wish we could say more.” As has been rumoured …

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Stuart O'ConnorApple announces September 9 event – iPhone 6 and iWatch on the way?
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Acer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap wristband coming to UK

Acer has announced that its Liquid Leap smart wristband and Liquid Jade smartphone, first presented at Computex in Taipei in June, are now to be released in Europe after their debut at IFA in Berlin next week. The one-inch Liquid Leap bracelet can connect to the Jade smartphone over Bluetooth to access and control a range of functions such as …

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Stuart O'ConnorAcer Liquid Jade smartphone and Liquid Leap wristband coming to UK
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Samsung launches Gear S smartwatch with a curved display

Samsung has unveiled its newest wearable, the Gear S smartwatch that has a curved display. The Gear S features a 2-inch Super AMOLED display with 360×480 pixel resolution, and it runs Samsung’s own Tizen mobile OS. The watch is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, and features Bluetooth, wifi and 3G connectivity. Samsung says the Gear S has 4GB of …

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Stuart O'ConnorSamsung launches Gear S smartwatch with a curved display
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LG planning G Watch 2 announcement in a couple of weeks time?

The LG G watch has been out for barely a month yet there is already signs that the company is readying the next version for an imminent release. According to the Korea Times, the South Korean company will announce the LG G Watch 2 at the IFA show in Germany, which takes place in a couple of weeks time. Whilst …

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James O'MalleyLG planning G Watch 2 announcement in a couple of weeks time?
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Sony SmartWatch 3 rumoured to not run Android Wear

Rumour has it that Sony’s planned SmartWatch 3 won’t run Android Wear, and will instead stick with Sony’s own proprietary platform. According to VR Zone, the watch will also support wireless charging (so no need to plug in) and though it will connect to your phone via bluetooth like most other smartwatches, it will also be able to connect to …

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James O'MalleySony SmartWatch 3 rumoured to not run Android Wear
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Facebook for Android adds Wearable support

Android Wear just became even more useful. The new smartwatch platform has just won the support of Facebook – which will be pushing notifications to watches from version 9 of the app (so expect that to land in your app updates soon). According to Facebook’s Ian Lake (posting on, umm, Google Plus, presumably out of pity) users will be able …

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James O'MalleyFacebook for Android adds Wearable support
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Pebble launches new colours and tries to be trendy

Smartwatch maker Pebble has announced its eponymous smartwatch is now available in three new colours: Lime green, light blue and a pinkish colour… or “Fresh”, “Hot” and “Fly” to use the depressing official names. The new watches appear functionally identical to the existing Pebble line – the selling point being that the colours are brighter and bolder. Here’s a video …

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James O'MalleyPebble launches new colours and tries to be trendy
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Why Wearables haven’t taken off yet – and why this will all change by the end of the year

2014 was supposed to be the year of wearables – so why aren’t we all walking around with smart devices bolted to our arms? That’s the question posted by Allan Blair in the Guardian Today. In the piece Blair makes a number of interesting observations on why this might, ranging from fashion considerations, to cost, to phones already doing everything …

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James O'MalleyWhy Wearables haven’t taken off yet – and why this will all change by the end of the year
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LG’s G Watch goes on sale in UK and rest of world

Korean electronics company LG has announced that its first Android wearable device, the G Watch, is now available to buy throughout the world, from Google Play and “key” retailers. G Watch is one of three Android Wear smartwatches announced in June at Google’s annual I/O conference, with the other two coming from fellow makers Motorola (Moto 360) and Samsung (Gear …

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Stuart O'ConnorLG’s G Watch goes on sale in UK and rest of world