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    Over the years, Bluetooth has become one of those terms you simply expect to see when reading through the specifications of a phone – any phone. It's a given that most smart devices have it. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, and most wireless peripherals or connected accessories utilize Bluetooth in some way or another. And the use cases for Bluetooth stretch far and wide. For many mobile users, although we like to take it for granted, it's a necessity – an undervalued connection we give little to no thought to anymore. That's likely due to the stigmas surrounding the technology. It's ...

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    Technology has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent years. Processors have gotten faster, RAM has become more plentiful, graphics processors and screens today are outstanding. We even have megabit data connections in our pockets -- which is amazing if you stop and think about it. What hasn't changed much? Batteries. I've seen the future of technology... and battery life still sucks! Honestly, it should come as no surprise, we've been complaining about battery life for as long as we've had consumer electronics. While improvements have been made, let's face it, none of us are ...

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    The standard-issue Starfleet communicator of the 2260s is a marvel of Federation technology. The flip-top device is ruggedized for adverse interplanetary environments, outfitted with a transponder for transporter lock-on, and it's capable of transmitting voice and data over thousands of kilometers -even through solid rock- without the aid of a cellular network. Sadly, it is also completely fictitious. The communicator, a product of the keen imagination and amazing design talents of Desilu model-maker Wah Chang, burst into the public consciousness as a prop on the original Star Trek ...

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    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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    Bluetooth is a wireless technology that's supposed to make connecting our devices easy. When we're talking about headsets, keyboards, and mice, the process is usually pretty straight forward. Bluetooth itself is capable of so much more than just connecting to simple devices. We can have Personal Area Networks, wireless data transfers, and we can even get updates from specialized equipment like heart-rate monitors. In many cases Bluetooth carries with it a premium cost when it comes to battery life. Items like pedometers, geo-locators, watches, and the monitoring equipment that we talked ...

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    It's been nearly six months since we last hosted a Windows Phone device in the Boston offices of Pocketnow, but in the past six hours we've welcomed in two of the newest and hottest. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 810 each enjoyed an unboxing in our studio this afternoon. Neither is a light or a small device, but the product we tour in this video is bigger and heavier than both of them combined. Times ten. It must've been all the excitement around the Windows Phone 8 launch, coupled with the irresistible promise of wireless charging mated with loud, bass-y audio. When I reported to ...

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    You know the drill: another week, another overload of tech news for three geeky guys to talk about. On this exiciting episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, though, things are a little different: in addition to the usual news from the three big mobile platforms, Michael, Anton, and Joe discuss issues of major import for the industry in our broadcast's new preshow segment. Today's "Thought Thread" covers the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its impact on smartphones and tablets, as well as a little invention called CommBadge that has the potential to bring voice interface back into the ...

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    We children of the 20th century have seen our fair share of disappointment in the technology world: we're more than a decade past the millennium, but we have yet to witness the hovering skateboards of Back To The Future, the flying cars of The Jetsons, or even widespread use of wireless charging in our mobile devices. Fortunately, not all aspects of our existence are so beset by first-world problems. Today, we carry smartphones with more processing power than desktop computers from just a few years ago. We use tablets whose screens bear a higher resolution than our living-room ...

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    Some holes, like this one in Yellowstone National Park, are beautiful. But take a look at your phone or tablet. How many holes does it have in it? None of them are "pretty". Let's face it,  they're eyesores. Holes seem like they are necessary components, but they do make your phone look ugly. Additionally, they're extra components which just add on to the cost of an already pricey piece of electronics. Let's count them, shall we? Chances are you've got a headphone jack, a microUSB port, and maybe even an MHL/HDMI port. Why? Why do we have so many holes in our devices? Aren't there other ...

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    The buzz surrounding the Pebble smart watch refuses to subside.  With about two days to go before Kickstarter funding closes, the project has raised over $10 million. Even though the initial round of pre-sales is sold out, the dollar figure continues to grow as new backers contribute $1 apiece to be let in on the regular stream of updates regarding the overnight-sensation smartphone accessory. As a gadget-lover, the Pebble holds my interest for obvious reasons, some of which I touched on in a previous piece. My colleague Joe Levi just yesterday talked some more about the Pebble and its ...

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    Perhaps we should start off by explaining what a smart watch is. Like a regular watch -- or chronograph if you'd prefer -- a smart watch tells time, but it does so much more. A regular watch (which we'll just call a "watch") might also include the date, the day of the week, and if you had a super-fancy one, even the barometric pressure and altitude. The nice thing about a watch is its simplicity. You glance at it and get all the information you need. As we started waltzing toward the chasm of information overload, brought on by the now ubiquitous smartphone, the traditional watch just ...

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