22 October 2015

Fossil Announces Line of Fashionable Connected Accessories in Time for the Holiday Season

RICHARDSON, TexasOct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time. Time to let everyone know that a connected accessory can be more than just a functional electronic. It can be simple. It can be fashionable. It can ignite curiosity, sparking you to explore new places and experience new adventures. And on October 25, it's Fossil's time. 
Introducing Fossil Q: a line of fashionable connected accessories that showcase the design excellence, expert craftsmanship and bit of whimsy that defines Fossil – one of the world's leading accessory brands. Comprised of two types of connected watches (both display and non-display) and two styles of connected bracelets (one for men and one for women), there's something for everyone.
For the past 30 years, Fossil has created the most authentic, vintage-inspired, creatively charged, beautiful timepieces. It continues to push the envelope of innovation in order to capture the uniqueness of its consumer. And as consumers demand more information than ever before, it's only natural that Fossil would evolve the brand to include connected accessories. This line, created in collaboration with Intel, is a delicate balance of fashion and functionality, seamlessly providing consumers only the information they need when they need it.
"Our customers are obsessed with their personal sense of style and staying connected, and we are thrilled to enter into this emerging category with an answer to their needs," said Jill Elliott-Sones, chief creative officer at Fossil. "Fossil Q is the result of countless hours of meticulous design expressed through a playful curious lens. Our hope is the unique attention to detail in both our connected accessories line and app cue our audience to try new things, be more curious and experience the world around them like never before."
Acting as your fitness tracker as well as your fun and quirky friend, Fossil Q will cue you to be curious, cue you to be active and cue up notifications from the contacts and apps you care about, without compromising your style.
The entire line of connected accessories is engineered with Intel® Innovation and is compatible with Android™ 4.3 and higher, iPhone 5 and above (running iOS 8.2 and higher), and connects via Bluetooth technology. The app works with top fitness applications Google Fit™, Health, UP by Jawbone® and UA Record™ by Under Armour. They also come with a wireless charging base for stress-free recharging.
Specifically the Fossil Q line includes the following:
Q Reveler: Who says you can't have fun and look good while doing it? Q Reveler is your trusted friend, keeping track of how far you run, notifying you of only the people and apps you care about and daring you to be bold and explore more around you. Keep track of who's contacting you with a subtle nudge and color LEDs. Q Reveler will be available on October 25 and cost $125.
Q Dreamer: Finally, a fitness tracker and more that looks like one of your favorite bracelets (and it goes with everything). Choose a leather band for work and a silicone band while working out; there are plenty of options to choose from, and you'll stay connected at the same time. With gentle vibrating alerts and customized color notifications for key contacts and apps, you're sure to stay in touch, in style. Q Dreamer will be available on October 25 and cost $125.
Q Grant: Curiously unassuming, it's more than meets the eye. The Q Grant looks like an ordinary watch, but under its beautiful face, it's talking to your smartphone, tracking fitness, listening for important messages and then alerting you to only the emails, texts, phone calls and app news you care about. Customize your key contacts with their own color, and when they contact you, you'll feel a gentle vibration and see that color appear on right, left, or both LED indicators located on either side of the watch. Q Grant will be available on October 25 and cost from $175-$195.
Q Founder: A powerhouse packed into an elegant package. Let your personality free as you customize your favorite watch faces with a simple swipe and tap. The Q Founder is the result of collaboration with Intel and Google, engineered with Intel® Innovation and powered by Android Wear™. Leveraging Intel and Google technology, the Q Founder shows you useful information just when you need it and is compatible with both Android™ phones and iPhones. Q Founder will be available just in time for the holiday shopping season and starts at $275.
The magic that powers all of these devices is thanks to Fossil's proprietary app. It has three main features:
Q Activity: This built-in fitness tracker lets you know how many calories you burned and also provides results in a curious way to make your activities a bit more fun. No need to ditch your favorite fitness apps; this tracker can connect seamlessly to Google Fit™, Health, UP by Jawbone® and UA Record™ by Under Armour.
Q Notifications: These notifications are your cue that a social media update, important call or meeting awaits. Filter by just the contacts or apps you care about – or get them all. It's up to you.
Q Curiosity: Cue your curiosity! These notifications alert you that it's time to break free from routine, look from a different angle or try something new in your community. These activities will ignite a new perspective, open up your creativity and leave your brain feeling refreshed.

The Best Teams in FIFA 16

10. Atlético Madrid 

This marks the first year we included Atlético Madrid on a top 10 list, largely because of Fernando Torres playing up front and Jackson Martinez’s all-around game.  Martinez excels at bullying defenders and expertly sending crosses to Torres, who responds with impressive shots on goal. We expect Madrid to cause some damage against the imposing Spanish La Liga, so choose this club with confidence. 

9. Juventus F.C. 

The popular Italian club lacks elite strikers, but Juventus makes up for this in other areas, primarily in the defense and midfield. Center Paul Pogba has the uncanny ability to score whenever he wants over the midfield line, while defensive midfielder Sami Khedira, center back Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon produce quality performances with each game. Bottom line, Juve is able to compete in the Italian Seria A and globally. Look no further than the team’s appearance in the 2015 Champions League final. 

8. Arsenal F.C. 

Arsenal is without question a quality club in FIFA, with center-mid Mesut Özil, Alexi Sanchez on the wing and one of the fastest players in football, Theo Walcott. The result is a dangerous offensive threat, made even more effective with the addition of goalie Petr Čech; expect him to keep scoring under control. Providing you quickly send the ball through open passing lanes, you will have opportunities to put the ball into the back of the net. 

7. Borussia Dortmund 

Behold, the first German team from the Bundesliga to crack our top 10! Funnel everything through midfielder Marco Reus, since his uncanny speed, ball control and versatility gives him a big advantage over the competition. If you need support, call upon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder İlkay Gündoğan. Now consider the famous Great Yellow Wall (over 25,000 diehard fans clad in yellow behind the goal), and your opponents will feel intimidated the moment they step onto the pitch. 

6. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 

Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of the greatest players in football history, and his virtual FIFA 16 persona is no exception. Ibra’s amazing combination of precision shooting and size make him a difference maker. Should you run into trouble, fellow teammates like midfielders Di Maria and Cavani are more than capable of making some noise, while on the defense, Thiago Silver and David Luiz help lock down the opposing team. 

5. Chelsea F.C.

If you select Chelsea, dominate the other team with Eden Hazard, but you have plenty of assets available. Cesc Fàbregas and Radamel Falcao (he’s on loan) make up an offense capable of scoring repeatedly. You also benefit from having one of the most underrated goalkeepers (all 6’6’’ of him), Thibaut Courtois, who does his best Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings impression (“You shall not pass!”). During games, use Chelsea’s physicality to overwhelm opponents on your way to a well-deserved victory. 

4. Manchester City F.C. 

Few teams in FIFA 16 are as stacked as Manchester City. Its captain, Yaya Touré, locks down the midfield. Meanwhile, superstar David Silva (with a crazy rating of 90), easily breaks free in search of open space. You will also see Kevin De Bruyne in the midfield, and Kun Agüero slips through the tightest defense. Basically, you can’t go wrong with Man City. 

3. FC Barcelona 

The NBA’s Miami Heat benefitted from a big three, and the same can be said of FC Barcelona. Except instead of LeBron, D. Wade and Chris Bosh, it’s Neymar, Messi and Suarez. These guys helped the club capture the Champions League. Oh yeah, and you also have arguably the greatest premier possession player in midfielder Andrés Iniesta. Combine this offensive juggernaut with quality defense, and losing with FC Barcelona means you only have yourself to blame. 

2. FC Bayern Munich

One can make the argument that FC Bayern Munich is the most balanced team in FIFA 16, wrecking havoc in the competitive Bundesliga. Thomas Müller and Arturo Vidal anchor the finest defense, while wingers Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewendowski give you plenty of options to score. Throw in the best goalie in football, Manuel Neuer, and you’ll be almost unstoppable. We say almost because you are human, after all. 

1. Real Madrid F.C.

Superstar players take over games at will. Such is the case with Real Madrid, thanks to icons like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. This dynamic duo bring incredible ball handling, speed and finishing to the mix. On top of that, striker Kareem Benzema rarely misses the goal, and World Cup standout James Rodríguez zigzags across the midfield. Throw in names like Ramos, Marcelo and Modric, and you can win handily. Of course, your opponent will probably roll his or her eyes after seeing you pick the best team in FIFA 16.