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Google acquires Fossil smartwatch tech for $40 million

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

As part of the deal, Fossil Group's research and development team working on the smartwatch will join Google, which will acquire the intellectual property for Fossil smartwatches

GOOGLE ACQUIRES FOSSIL. The acquisition gives Google the potential to create its own branded smartwatches. Image from

Fitbit launches Versa in the Philippines for P13,890

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Fitbit's stylish fitness tracker is finally released worldwide following its release in the US back in March

FITBITS. The Fitbit Versa comes in a multitude of band designs and materials. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Top trends at IFA 2017

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:33 PM

UHD TVs smarter smartwatches and virtual assistants star at the Berlin trade show

TECH FAIR. A fair worker stands next to an installation of televisions equipped with the ambilight lighting system developed by Philips at the IFA Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin in Berlin on August 31, 2017. The fair is open for the public from September 1 to 6, 2017.  Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Apple now leads wearable computing with smartwatch

May 05, 2017 - 11:24 PM

While Apple does not release sales figures for its Apple Watch the estimate by Strategy Analytics shows a 59 jump in sales from a year earlier with 3 5 million units sold in the first 3 months of the year

Alphabet's Verily makes 'Study Watch' for health research

Apr 17, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The ability to passively capture health data is critical to the success of continuous care platforms and clinical research said the Google sister company

Wearable gadgets seek permanent place in users' lives

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Lacking a killer app 33 of owners of smart wearables abandon the devices after 6 months says a consulting firm

Picture shows Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei's new Watch 2 4G after its presentation in Barcelona on February 26, 2017 on the eve of the start of the Mobile World Congress. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Samsung Gear S3 heading to the Philippines on January 14

Dec 12, 2016 - 8:47 PM

The tech giant s new smartwatch is now more impressive than ever

For hardcore players, the Pokémon Go Plus is a nifty accessory

Sep 13, 2016 - 11:09 AM

A gadget to consider if you want to be the very best

THE POKÉMON GO PLUS. The days of looking down on your phone while playing Pokémon Go are over. Photo from

Fitbit paces wearables market, Xiaomi second – survey

May 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Fitbit has a 24 5 market share while Xiaomi overtakes Apple as it expands its product line

epa04559297 A man presents the wireless activity tracker Zip by Fitbit Inc. during the Wearable Device Technology Expo in Tokyo, Japan, 14 January 2015. Some 100 companies are presenting their latest devices at the first edition of the Wearable Expo until 16 January. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Virtual reality is next as smartphone sales slow

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Virtual reality headsets are a hit at the 2016 Mobile World Congress and analysts see many opportunities

epa05175903 People experience skiing using virtual reality (VR) technology at Samsung Electronics booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 22 February 2016. The South Korean tech firm has been concentrating on VR as one of its next growth engines. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Samsung launches Gear S2 smartwatch, Galaxy Studio in PH

Nov 26, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Samsung also introduces its latest ambassadors and partnerships for the Gear S2 smartwatch

GEAR S2. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch officially revealed

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:54 PM

While pricing and release information remain unavailable specifications for the Tizen powered smartwatch’s models are now out

SAMSUNG GEAR S2. Images from Samsung

Why Philip Stein is an ‘affordable, luxury technology brand’

May 31, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Co founder and president Will Stein shares how the brand is growing its unique selling proposition continuous belief in the growing Philippine market and an upcoming ‘treat’ for Filipino customers

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

7 Spot-on gift ideas for Graduation

Mar 24, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Congratulate your loved one and yourself with these gift ideas this Graduation season

What to expect from Apple's Spring Forward event

Mar 09, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Here s a list of things to expect from Apple s Spring Forward event on March 9 1 am on March 10 Manila time based on speculation from the industry

APPLE WATCH VARIANTS. Screen shot from Apple

Sony sets Xperia Z3 series, smartwear launch windows

Oct 14, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Sony says the Xperia Z3 smartphones will be out by the 4th week of October while the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk smartwear accessories will be out by November

UNDERWATER. Sony shows off the Xperia Z3's functionality while immersed in water.

What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

Sep 09, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Here s a look at 3 of the most notable announcements likely to make a splash at Apple s September 9 event September 10 1 am Manila time

APPLE'S EVENT. A minimalistic white temporary hall construction as an extension attached to the Flint Center, is seen prior the Apple event which is widely expected to show a new iphone, in Cupertino, California, USA, 08 September 2014. Christoph Dernbach/EPA

Hyperlapse (TechRap)

Sep 04, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Create your own timelapse with Instagram’s Hyperlapse Is Apple working on a 12 inch iPad? And LG teases it’s upcoming Android Wear powered circular smartwatch

Samsung reveals Tizen-powered Gear S smartwatch

Aug 28, 2014 - 3:47 PM

Aside from the Samsung Gear S smartwatch the company also shows off the Gear Circle headset

GEAR S. The Samsung Gear S, in white. Image from Samsung Mobile Press.

Sony Xperia Z2 review (TechRap)

Jul 31, 2014 - 12:06 PM

Apple gets iTime patent for its smartwatch Xiaomi unveils Mi 4 and SmartBand Sony Xperia Z2 review

Android Wear, Google's wearables platform arrives

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:47 AM

Google is working with a number of companies to come out with its very own Android smartwatch as part of the Android Wear line

ANDROID WEAR. The Android platform heads to wrists everywhere with a smartwatch offering. Screen shot from YouTube video.

TechRap: Nexus 5, Nintendo 2DS

Oct 21, 2013 - 10:00 AM

This week on TechRap We take a look at new devices Google s Nexus 5 and the HTC One Max and we play Pokemon on Nintendo 2DS

Samsung Galaxy Gear hands-on review

Sep 05, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Samsung is first out of the gate in the smartwatch space with the Galaxy Gear Rappler s @michaeljosh got hands on time with the device Check out his review

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch details leaked

Sep 03, 2013 - 6:25 PM

Samsung is set to unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at its Unpacked Episode 2 event in Berlin Germany this week

SMARTWATCH. Leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Photo from the Samsung Galaxy Gear Facebook Fan Page

TechRap: Gaming monitor doubles as TV

Aug 19, 2013 - 5:02 PM

Apple and Samsung gear up to launch new devices this September Is BlackBerry up for sale? We take a look Photo editing app VSCO Cam

Samsung to unveil 'smartwatch' next month

Aug 17, 2013 - 9:41 PM

The Galaxy Gear which will allow users to make calls access email and even surf the Internet will launch on September 4

SMARTPHONES. Reports have surfaced about plans for smartwatches from tech giants, with launches possible later this year. Photo from AFP

Swiss watchmakers keep cool in wait for Apple smartwatch

Jul 14, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Swiss watchmakers are warily eyeing Apple s smartwatch but they are not too worried about the tech goliath s likely incursion into their traditional turf

SMARTPHONES. Reports have surfaced about plans for smartwatches from tech giants, with launches possible later this year. Photo from AFP

Time is ripe for smartwatches, analysts say

Mar 31, 2013 - 12:47 PM

Reports have surfaced about plans for smartwatches from tech giants with launches possible later this year

SMARTPHONES. Reports have surfaced about plans for smartwatches from tech giants, with launches possible later this year. Photo from AFP

Further talk on Apple's iWatch

Mar 05, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Will an Apple iWatch become the future of wearable computing? One report says it s possible

IWATCH AND WAIT. Apple's smartwatch is not confirmed, but some outlets are expecting something great from source reports.

Apple, Intel making a smartwatch for 2013?

Dec 30, 2012 - 2:51 PM

If rumors hold true then 2013 may see the advent of an Apple smartwatch

APPLE WATCH? Dick Tracy's radio watch may be getting a 21st century Apple upgrade, if some sources are to be believed. Photo from