Avago Buys Broadcom for $37 Billion

Broadcom makes communications chips that power many, if not most, of your wearables, as well as big data switches. As part of an ongoing consolidation in that business, it’s being acquired by Avago — what used to be the semiconductor division of HP — for $37 billion.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. The surviving company will be called Broadcom Ltd. and led by Avago CEO Hock Tan.The Wall Street Journal has extensive background on the deal, the two companies, and the sector as a whole.

Engadget is Not in Love with the Pebble Time

Pebble sold $20 million worth of its new Time watch on Kickstarter, and now deliveries have started. Engadget has the first review that we’ve seen, and it’s pretty mixed. The chief problem isn’t the “more geek than chic” look. It’s the $200 price tag, which is high for a watch that has what the reviewer […]

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Apple to Give Developers Direct Access to Watch Sensors

Apple’s big developers’ conference is coming up soon, and one of the company’s top execs is spilling details about what goodies will be available for watch hackers. Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations, told a conference this week that there’s an SDK coming for the Apple Watch, and that developers will be able to […]

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Jawbone Sues IPO-Bound Fitbit, Claims “Plundering” of Employees and Info

Just as Fitbit, leader in the fitness band market, is suiting up for its $100 million IPO, rival Jawbone has hit it with a particularly juicy lawsuit, claiming that Fitbit was systematically poaching its employees, who brought confidential information along with them. The complaint, filed in California Superior Court, claims that Fitbit contacted a third of […]

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Is Your Activity Tracker Tracking More Than Just Your Activity?

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The security firm Context Information Security recently put up an extensive and interesting post that points out that gadgets that use Bluetooth Low Energy — as most wearables do — can be tracked, and could therefore be seen as a security or privacy risk. The report gives background on beacon technology, which uses wireless signals to serve […]

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A Wearable Tech Circus In Toronto

When technology and the arts meet, the result can be either disappointing or profound or someplace in between. A wearable tech-oriented  performance at a circus arts festival in Toronto, reported in The Star, sounds like something we’d have liked to have been at. One performer used motion sensors to control lights and music as she […]

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DrumPants Comes Back For Round Two

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One of the most popular stories ever on this site was about DrumPants, a set of lightweight MIDI triggers that fit either on or under your clothing, and which trigger drum sounds when you touch them. The concept was simple and the execution was too — or, as simple as building hardware ever is. The […]

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Disney COO Touts More Wearables In Theme Parks

The Disney MagicBand is perhaps the most widely deployed commercial application of wearable tech, although its development and application did not come without considerable internal controversy. Disney’s newly named chief operating officer, Tom Staggs, told Reuters recently that he expects the MagicBands will expand beyond DisneyWorld to other of the company’s parks. Said Staggs: “The […]

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CNET Says Apple Watch Step Counter Is Super Accurate, If…

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The Apple Watch is a beautiful piece of kit with ground-breaking functionality and UI, but lost in all the shouting is a simple question: how is it as a fitness tracker, which is the core function of most smart watches? The answer is: pretty good, if you take some care. CNET took that care and […]

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New Canalys Figures Show Fitbit Leading Wearables Market — For Now

Canalys, which has a better-than-most handle on the size and shape of the consumer wearables market, is out with its 1Q15 numbers, and they show Fitbit maintaining its lead in a growing market. Overall, the research company said the wearable band market grew 150 percent year over year, with more than 7 million units shipped […]

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