Tappy adds finger-scanning mobile payments to watch bands

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A new battery-less biometric payment authentication system can turn a watch band into a credit or debit card. Tappy Technologies, a Hong Kong-based company, has developed a finger-scanning mobile payments authentication system that is small enough to fit inside a watch band. The system turns the watch band into a secure credit card or debit card, providing wearers with a convenient, battery-free, contactless payment solution. Tappy’s solution gives banks an alternative to sharing transaction fees with bigger tech companies. More and more consumers are becoming comfortable with using their smartwatches…

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Samsung HSBC wearable technology rolls out at the bank’s flagship branch

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The bank and consumer electronics giant are equipping bank employees with smartwatches. New HSBC wearable technology by Samsung is rolling out at the bank’s flagship branch. The bank’s employees are being equipped with a customized version of the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. As one of the world’s leading financial services institutions, this could hint at the future for banks. The HSBC wearable technology strategy was unveiled as the Money20/20 event was underway in Las Vegas. HSBC Bank USA N.A. – an HSBC Group arm – made the announcement along with…

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Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon Wear 3100 for Google smartwatches

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Google’s smartwatch platform is about to get a notable upgrade. After teasing its new platform at Google’s developer conference back in May, Qualcomm has finally announced the Snapdragon Wear 3100, its new next generation smartwatch chip platform for Google Wear OS smartwatches, reported CNET. So far, the most talked about feature of the new chips are improved battery life. One of the most talked about features of the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip is its ultra-low power system that extends battery life. “With the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, we envisioned…

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Wearable technology growth expected to keep slowing throughout 2018

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Despite all the hype and the massive investments by tech giants, wearables just aren’t taking with consumers. Wearable technology growth had been expected to continue seeing striking increases for many years to come. That said, despite the best efforts of tech giants, this has not been the case. Growth slowed down this year and is expected to continue dropping into next year as well. eMarketer, the market research firm, has reported that wearable technology growth is slowing in a significant way. In fact, within the next year, eMarketer predicts this…

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Vector smartwatch company sold to Fitbit

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The top fitness tracker company has now purchased a one year old wearable tech brand. Fitbit purchased Vector, smartwatch company out of Romania that is only a year old. The brand is managed from London, England and is a year old. The Vector brand is best known for smartwatches that have their own proprietary operating system. That said, beyond running on its own OS, the smartwatch company is also recognized for producing a device that has a 30 day battery life. In the smartwatch market, that amount of battery life…

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Mobile and wearable technology is diving into futuristic skincare

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From portable devices to wearables and apps, the skin health and beauty industry is looking to tech. While laser treatments, chemical peels and botox injections haven’t lost their groove, portable, mobile and wearable technology are starting to carve out a massive segment of the market as consumers show that many of them would rather take matters into their own hands, especially if they can use tech to do it. The beauty industry hasn’t failed to recognize this fact and has started putting out mobile devices left, right and center. There…

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Global sales of wearables expected to spike

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Gartner sees sales of smartwatches and fitness bands heading in a skyward direction over the next few years. Gartner has now released its latest forecasts about the sale of wearables over the next few years, and it has predicted that these devices will see a global increase of 18.4 percent, which will bring the figure up from 232.0 million units sold, last year, to a notably higher 274.6 million units sold by the end of 2016. This year, wearable technology devices will have generated a total of $28.7 billion in…

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Wearable tech market predicted to grow by nearly 60 percent

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Hexa Research has forecasted that the category will experience massive growth between 2014 and 2020. The results of a new data analysis by Hexa Research have been released in the form of a report entitled “Wearable Technology Market”, and the prediction is that the wearable tech market will experience a 57.7 percent growth between 2014 and 2020. As of yet, the devices outside fitness trackers have struggled to gain mainstream acceptance. However, if Hexa Research is correct, wearable tech will become notably more commonplace in four years from now. This…

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Wearables will be the top fitness trend this year

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A large poll was conducted among health and fitness experts around the globe about fitness trackers. Almost 3,000 health and fitness experts recently took part in a poll about the top fitness trend for 2016 and their votes, regardless of where they were in the world, heavily leaned toward wearables. The trend list from which the experts were choosing included a broad range of popular options. Among the options over which wearables were still able to win out included yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT). The American College of…

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Android smartwatches can connect with iPhones

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Google has released a new mobile app to make the wearable technology with iOS based smartphones. Just because you have an iPhone, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to choose from among Android based smartwatches, at least not when the application that Google has announced is installed onto the smartphone. This represents the next serious move that has been made in the rivalry between Google and Apple. As the two companies duke it out over smartwatches as they make their first steps into the market and onto people’s…

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Co-inventor of Swatch scoffs at Apple Watch

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According to Elmar Mock, the smartwatch should be seen more as a type of toy than a timepiece. Elmar Mock, one of the Swatch watch co-inventors, has set the insults flying when it comes to the Apple Watch, having called it nothing more than a toy and not a type of clock that should be taken seriously. In a recent interview, Mock didn’t hold back his opinions about the rival smartwatch from the tech giant. Swatch already has its own version of a smartwatch. His brand is based on wrist…

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