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One of the more eye-opening features Apple announced for its new Apple Watch Series 4 is the device’s fall detection feature. No, it can’t stop you from taking a spill, but your can help you more easily alert others that you need assistance if you’ve hurt yourself badly enough.

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It’s that time again: Time for your annual frantic search to find all of the original packaging for your older iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. That’s the best way to sell it for the highest possible sum, after all, before you plunk down a preorder for whatever Apple’s announcing this week.

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If you like a little Google on your wrist, it’s time to start obsessively checking for software updates. According to Google, Wear OS users are getting a big update within the next month that will add (and change) gesture controls on your smartwatch, beef up Google Assistant, and make it easier to track your fitness.

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I didn’t buy a smartwatch because I thought it might make parenting easier — I bought it because it was cute and shiny and I like new toys. (I owned a Casio calculator watch long before they were popular. Oh, wait: They were never popular.)

It’s been fun to fiddle with — I can change the watch face and check the weather and I no longer have to get off the couch just to look up the date. What’s surprised me the most, though, are the ways in which this little device is helping me be more present and less stressed with my kids. Here’s how it can be used for good. (Note: I have an Apple Watch, but these features are available on most smartwatches.)

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With generalist smartwatches like the Apple Watch and various Android Wear, Fitbit and other devices on the market, the ante has been raised when it comes to sport watches. My first running watches, in the 1990s were basically glorified stopwatches with connectivity to a chest-strap heart rate monitor. But today's models are far more sophisticated. Enter the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR - a very competent device that's suited to triathletes.

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Even with Apple's relatively successful entry in the market, smartwatches are still perceived as a niche segment. But if you're a developer, the evidence is mounting that there might eventually be a business case for building apps to run on smartwatches alongside your existing mobile apps.