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    We've got Android Wear. We've got Samsung's proprietary Gear line-up. We've got Pebble. Even Sony has some skin in the game. You probably won't find anyone who would argue with you that those are all "smartwatches". But they're all so different from one another! That got us scratching our heads: what is a smartwatch? According to Wikipedia: "A smartwatch (or smart watch) is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device. While early models can perform basic tasks, such as calculations, ...

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    We're either right in the middle of a really great, chock-full-of-potential time to be a smartphone manufacturer, or smack-dab in one of the most difficult periods to date, where market domination by a couple big players creates significant barriers to competition. Samsung and Apple reign supreme over the landscape, together accounting for about 43% of global smartphone sales. After that it starts dropping off fast, and even the three next biggest OEMs combined don't have sales that equal Apple's. On one hand, the smartphone market is expanding into new regions, especially in developing ...

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    Remember the old Casio G’zOne Commando? The rugged Android hit Verizon back in 2011. Last fall, we were wondering if Verizon was getting ready to replace it with a newer version, after seeing the G’zOne model C811 show up in FCC certification paperwork. In the months that followed, we never did see Verizon release that hardware, but we've now waited long enough for some additional FCC docs – previously withheld from publication – to arrive, finally show us the G’zOne C811 in the flesh. Earlier, we only had a line art rendering of the C811, but now we can check it out in all its ...

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    For as many smartphones and tablets as there are to see at the Consumer Electronics Show, there are even more accessories designed for use with these gadgets. We just took a look at one of them, RCA's new wireless speaker dock, and now we have a new smartwatch to investigate, Casio's G-Shock GB6900. The GB6900 connects over Bluetooth 4.0 to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, and like most Bluetooth watches, it will alerting you of incoming calls, showing you who's calling. It keeps synced-up to your phone, so you can forget about manually setting the time, and its Bluetooth connection can even ...

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    Fans of ruggedized smartphones may remember the Casio G'zOne Commando, which arrived at Verizon last year. Phones have come a long way since then, and it's finally time to upgrade from that model's aging 800MHz SoC. Today we get news of a new G'zOne coming to Japan, as well as see signs that a similar model may be in the works for Verizon. The G'zOne TYPE-L (above, right) has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, eight-megapixel camera, and four-inch WVGA display. Japan's getting it on carrier KDDi, but what about the chances for seeing it come to the States? Some new FCC docs contain the ...

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    Last week, in the midst of a Microsoft news explosion, I posted a piece on why you might consider the HTC Windows Phone 8S over its bigger, more-advanced counterpart, the 8X. My principal argument was centered around the fact that though the 8X offers more headline-worthy features and a much more robust spec sheet, the 8S features attributes some might find even more compelling. That's not a condition limited to HTC's new "signature Windows Phone 8 devices," though. There's evidence of this trend all across the smartphone landscape, with manufacturers delivering more and more ...

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    "I'm at the beach and I can't use my phone. That sucks." So reads the note I jotted down during last weekend's visit to a Boston-area beach. The weather was perfect, the crowds minimal, and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, for once, not too cold. It was a perfect day on the sand. Or rather, it would have been, if I hadn't been so worried about babying my communication devices. Yes, yes, I know: "leave your phones at home! The beach is a place to get away from all that! Unplug from the internet for two seconds," and blah, blah, et cetera. Normally, I'd agree; there's a time and a place for ...

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