Germany bans children’s smartwatches over privacy concerns

Germany's telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, announced a ban today on the sale of kids' smartwatches, the BBC reports, and encouraged parents to destroy the ones they already own. The agency appears to be taking particular issu…

Apple watchOS 4.1 delivers phone-free music streaming

For many, the big allure of Apple Watch Series 3 has been the promise of phone-free music streaming on cellular data: you can listen to any song you like while you're out for a run, not just whatever's stored on the watch itself. And now you can see…

Samsung Gear Sport review: A versatile fitness-first smartwatch

As the holiday season approaches and New Year's and its inevitable fitness-related resolutions draw near, wearables makers are scrambling. Major brands like Apple and Samsung have realized that smartwatches need to at least be good activity trackers…

Fitbit’s first smartwatch can now make payments in the UK

Convenient contactless and mobile payment options are a dime a dozen these days, but that isn't discouraging Fitbit from throwing its keys into the bowl. After launching in the US and elsewhere during recent weeks, Fitbit Pay is now live in the UK, i…

Life insurer offers members a $25 Apple Watch (if they earn it)

You might have heard of insurers discounting the Apple Watch before, but never quite like this. John Hancock is offering all its Vitality life insurance policy holders (including newcomers) an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 so long as they use it and r…

Google can add new features to Android Wear through its app store

One of Google's most important decisions for Android was to separate key feature updates from new firmware — you don't have to suffer through months of delays from your manufacturer and carrier just to get a new messaging app or a vital behind-the-s…