Microsoft makes an Android Wear app for OneNote

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Microsoft is showing a newfound appreciation for Android with a version of its OneNote productivity app for Android Wear smartwatches.

Users can install the OneNote for Android Wear app, and then use the “take a note” voice command to dictate text notes. The note then syncs online for access from any device.

OneNote's Android Wear support is bare-bones compared to other note-taking apps, such as Google Keep and Evernote. You can't use it for time- or location-based reminders, and you can't open existing notes on the watch itself. Still, if you're already hooked into Microsoft's platform, the smartwatch app is helpful for logging a quick thought without taking out your phone.

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Misfit Flash is a sleep and fitness tracker on the cheap

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Fitness bands are continuing their downward price slide with the Misfit Flash, a $50 activity and sleep tracker.

The Flash is similar to Misfit’s previous wearable, the $100 Misfit Shine, but it trades the Shine’s anodized aluminum body for cheaper (and lighter) polycarbonate plastic. The Flash is also waterproof to just 30 meters, compared to 50 meters for the Shine.

Otherwise, the two fitness bands have identical capabilities. They both track steps taken, calories burned and approximate distance traveled, as well as sleep quality and duration. Both bands have standard CR2032 coin cell batteries that don’t need recharging, but they must be replaced every six months. (They can be as cheap as a couple bucks apiece for a name-brand battery.)

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Kreyos smartwatch: We're not a scam, just a trainwreck

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With its smartwatch efforts in tatters, Kreyos has become a textbook example of how crowdfunding should not work.

The company, whose disastrous Indiegogo campaign led to a full-blown backer revolt last month, is now attempting to vindicate itself with a full account of how things went wrong. Instead, the account from CEO Steve Tan only reveals how poorly-conceived the project was from the start, and how easy it was to mislead potential backers.

The Kreyos Meteor was supposed to be a waterproof smartwatch with voice and gesture control, 7-day battery life, waterproofing and a wide range of software features. It launched as a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in June 2013, and raised $1.5 million—far exceeding its $100,000 goal.

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TAG Heuer says it's going to make a smartwatch

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Just a few days after panning the Apple Watch, an executive with TAG Heuer admitted that the company is making a smartwatch of its own.

“We want to launch a smartwatch at TAG Heuer, but it must not copy the Apple Watch,” Jean-Claude Biver, head of watchmaking for TAG Heuer parent company LVMH, told the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag. His comments were subsequently relayed by Reuters.

Biver said TAG Heuer would show off smartwatches at the Baselworld expo in March, at the latest, but gave no other details. “We cannot afford to just follow in somebody else's footsteps,” he said.

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Weara-what? Acer's 'Selfie-Hat' slaps a tablet on a sombrero, adds glitter

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Acer is busting out the glitter for its latest wearable, a giant pink sombrero dubbed the “Selfie-Hat.”

The oversized hat, which has an Acer Iconia A1-840 tablet dangling from the side, is apparently not a joke. According to Pocket-Lint, Acer designed this sparkly abomination in conjunction with fashion designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis, and they're showing it off together at London Fashion Week.

You can even buy one yourself, but only by appointment at the fashion show.

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HTC's Android Wear watch might not be dead after all

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HTC might not have killed its plans for a smartwatch, despite an earlier rumor to the contrary.

Unnamed sources now tell CNET that HTC will release a smartwatch in early 2015, refuting an earlier report that said HTC was scared off by “rising costs and a lack of wow factor.”

If anything, those are just challenges that HTC plans to address when it finally does release its first wearable. Details on the device are still unclear, but CNET says that HTC is working on a design and features that stand out from other devices on the market, while basing the watch off Google's Android Wear platform.

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Apple Watch tidbits: One-day battery life, but a smart anti-theft trick

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Some extra details on the Apple Watch have trickled out over the past couple days, filling in a couple of the blanks in Apple's big announcement.

One of the bigger lingering questions was what to expect for battery life, as Apple made no mention of it during the press event. But speaking to Re/code, Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris confirm that users should get used to a nightly charge.

“We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging,” Kerris said.

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