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Awesome but affordable leather bands for Apple Watch Series 5


All on sale for $50 or less.
Photo: Carterjett

Your Apple Watch Series 5 is on the way, so it’s time to start building up your band collection. A smart leather strap is a must-have for almost everyone — and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

We’ve rounded up some of the finest leather Apple Watch bands you can buy on a tight budget. There’s a bunch of styles and color options to choose from, and they all cost under $50.

Bag yours today before your new Watch arrives later this week.

Fossil’s Gen 5 watches offer better iPhone integration


Fossil Gen 5 smart watches
Fossil unveiled the first Wear OS watches that can make iPhone calls.
Photo: Fossil

Fossil’s fifth-generation smart watches run Google’s Wear OS, but they don’t reject iOS users. Users will be able to make and receive phone calls when connected to an iPhone over Bluetooth, a first for wearable with this operating system. These wrist-worn devices also can go multiple days on a single charge.

The company just unveiled its first Gen 5 models in a range of colors.

WSJ: Microsoft Designing Smartwatch To Compete With Apple, Google, Samsung


What a Microsoft smartwatch might look like.

Microsoft is designing a new smartwatch that could allow it to compete with upcoming devices from the likes of Apple, Google, and Samsung, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company has already asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for the device, which will reportedly boast a “touch-enabled” display.