Posts tagged with: Galaxy Gear
  • by | January 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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  • by | January 28, 2014 4:34 PM

    When talking with Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky at CES, one thing he said stuck with me: Pebble's vision is not to replace smartphones, but to remain a peripheral. It's a controller or remote for your smartphone – nothing more, nothing less. The company prides itself in how simple and "out of the way" its wrist-mounted notification device is. Frankly, that's one of my favorite features of Pebble. I set it up and it just works, reliably … for days and days on a single charge. When I get a text message, Hangouts message, email, or social notification, Pebble buzzes and previews the ...

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  • by | January 25, 2014 7:31 AM

    It’s a smartwatch we’ve talked a lot about over the past couple months, putting it through a comparison with its arch-nemesis the Pebble before evaluating it based on rigid awesome/not awesome criteria. We'll also be touching on its (unofficial) ability to sync with non-Samsung devices in a video next week. But the Samsung Galaxy Gear recently received a significant software update in the form of the MK7 system package, and it’s important enough that we thought we’d give it a quick look in our review studio. Click on down to the Galaxy Gear update review to see how the new software ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 7:01 AM

     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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  • by | January 22, 2014 11:11 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official launch of the Moto X wooden back variants on Moto Maker. We then talk about the plans Motorola has just made public where a $50 smartphone is in the works. Up next we go through some analyst talk of the iPhone 6 sporting a bigger display, and how this is non-negotiable. The Google Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Gear make the news next since it seems that XDA-Developers has figured out how to make them work together. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to kill-off functionality to third-party cases of the Galaxy Note 3 when ...

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  • by | January 21, 2014 7:56 PM

    The small size of smartwatches makes them extremely portable (and we wouldn't strap them to our wrists if they weren't) but that's also what leads to numerous problems: if we could give smartwatches batteries the size of those we use in smartphones, our power concerns would go out the window. Size also plays a role in how we enter text on these devices; voice-based text entry sure can seem like an elegant solution, but not every social situation is going to be appropriate for speaking text aloud. Is there any hope for on-screen keyboards with screens this small? We've already seen some ...

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  • by | January 21, 2014 4:41 PM

    Samsung Galaxy Gear? Cool little smartwatch, and what it lacks in battery life, it tries to make up for with attractive features like that strap-mounted camera. But maybe the largest hurdle it's yet to overcome is that of compatibility; unless you've got a Samsung smartphone – and even then, only one of a few select models running the latest software – the watch is practically going to waste. That is, unless you're willing to get you hands a little dirty, roll up your sleeves, and manually configure your Nexus 5 to play nicely with the Galaxy Gear. Over the past couple weeks, this ...

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  • by | January 21, 2014 5:05 AM

    Those rocking a Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch from Verizon should be on the lookout for a software update that will install version V700XXUAMK to their wrists. A Verizon support document for the refresh has been spotted (at the source below) and it lists the changes included with this release, under three categories: stability and performance improvements, solved issues, and changes made. Improvements include advancements for S Voice search, pedometer accuracy, screensaver turn on time, battery life, NFC pairing animation, messaging application, and Today’s Schedule connectivity. ...

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  • by | January 14, 2014 7:02 PM

    The week before CES, Michael and I were discussing what Pebble could possibly announce at the show. We knew it had a press event scheduled for Monday, January 6 in Las Vegas, one day before CES actually started. I recall blatantly saying, "Whatever it is, it isn't hardware. That's for sure." I was at the Pebble press event in 2013 and CEO Eric Migicovsky stood in front of a small group of press and boldly said, Pebble is future-proofed. He explained how the major updates for Pebble in the foreseeable future would be software-only, no hardware updates. I don't think anyone could have ...

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  • by | January 9, 2014 11:43 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new plans to reimburse you for early termination fees from competing carriers. We then move to the Moto G as the device has just landed at Verizon for just $100 on a pre-paid plan. Up next we have Archos, a company we haven't talked about before, and its plans for a $50 smartwatch later this year. We later talk about the iPhone 6 and the rumored frame that just got leaked, aside from more details on the phone's camera. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its plans for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 4. All this ...

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  • by | January 9, 2014 6:55 AM

    We can't deny that Samsung has been full of success stories in the last couple of years, and proof of that has been behind its Galaxy line-up, which has been a blockbuster since its first iteration. That said, one of the biggest reasons why we know that the current Galaxy S has been successful in its design, is the fact that almost every other phone they make looks like it. This year has been a little different, and we can see this in the Galaxy Note 3, which looks very different to the Galaxy S4. As it turns out, the company has admitted that the Galaxy S4 disappointed a lot of people ...

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  • by | December 29, 2013 1:43 AM

    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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  • by | December 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    We only just got done telling you about the new wearable gadget Sony appears to be developing, and how while it might be a smartwatch, it could just as easily be something a little more streamlined – like a fitness tracker. We're switching gears a little as we now turn our attention to Samsung, but we're still in very much the same place thematically, as we get word that Samsung may be working on a tracker of its own, the so-called Galaxy Band. From the sound of things, the Galaxy Band would be a the sort of sensor-packed accessory we're well familiar with thanks to companies like Nike ...

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  • by | December 23, 2013 11:52 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the iOS 7 Jailbreak, and the reason why we recommend you wait a little. Then we go through the possible launch dates for iOS 7.1, and even the iPhone 6, which is rumored to launch early. We later cover the leaks of the Nokia Lumia 630/635 which is rumored to even include a dual-SIM slot. Samsung follows the news as we talk about their terrible new Galaxy Gear ad, which has gone viral in a negative way. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and what to expect about curved displays. All this and more after the break. Stories: ...

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  • by | December 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    If there's one thing we associate with Samsung's incredible success in the smartphone market, it's the company's promotional acumen: it has the money to fund effecting advertising campaigns, and generally makes smart decisions about doing so. Perhaps that success is what makes its misses all the more noteworthy, and there's a new Galaxy Gear spot we just saw published over the weekend that's getting a lot of attention – though for all the wrong reasons. Just as the public's a little apprehensive about Google Glass and the introduction of wearable cameras, the wrist-mounted cam on the ...

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