And finally: Amazon isn't saying never to wearable tech & more

Here's what Jeff Bezos had to say when asked if he's building a wearable
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A big week for gadget news with new wearables from Samsung and Xiaomi but here's the rest of the rumours and news blips that didn't quite make the cut.

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Amazon isn't not working on a wearable

WareableAnd finally: Amazon isn't saying never to wearable tech & more

Jeff Bezos was pressed on Amazon's future, possible wearable tech plans at the Code Conference. While he didn't actually confirm that he is building anything in this category, when he was reminded by Walt Mossberg that he hadn't said no either, Bezos replied "No, I would never say that."

There's more: ""I think it's a super interesting market, and I obviously can't talk about our future roadmap," he said. "But I think that's also in its infancy. I think you're going to see a bunch of different products be successful there, different functions... but I don't think you've seen the tip of the iceberg yet."

If Amazon can build a product as impressive as the Echo, then we're excited to see where Bezos thinks wearable tech is heading. Until then, Alexa will be on the Pebble and CoWatch before long.

Unlock your Windows PC with wearables

WareableAnd finally: Amazon isn't saying never to wearable tech & more

Microsoft announced at Computex this week that it's opening up Windows Hello (which unlocks your PC) to third party wearables so no more PINs and passwords.

It currently works with fingerprint sensors, iris and facial recognition so it makes sense to bring it to wearables that can identify the wearer. The demo used a Nymi Band but we'd expect to see the feature also come to the Microsoft Band 2.

Visa's NFC ring is for Olympic athletes

WareableAnd finally: Amazon isn't saying never to wearable tech & more

Visa is debuting a new NFC payment ring in Rio - it will be trialled by employees, partners and 45 athletes sponsored by Visa. It's water resistant to 50m, uses a Gemalto chip and will be worn by athletes including Missy Franklin, a swimmer, and Ashton Eaton, a decathlete.

Another neat trick is that it never needs charging - it draws a small amount of power from the payment terminal. There will be 4,000 NFC terminals around the games venues.

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