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    A little earlier this month we caught wind of some pricing shake-up hitting Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch internationally, bringing prices down by $100 or more. Granted, some of those prices were initially starting higher than the $300 the watch went for in the States, but we were still hopeful that similar discounts might find their way to the US. Today we see something along just those lines, as AT&T and Best Buy each offer some big savings on Samsung's Android smartwatch. The Best Buy deal offers the most savings: right now, the $300 Galaxy Gear sees its price slashed in half, ...

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    As I sit here writing this article, my Pebble smartwatch is on my wrist and my mind is racing back to my time with the Galaxy Gear -- and finally getting it to "work" with my Nexus 5. I love my Pebble. It's a watch that does so much more than a standard wristwatch, and helps keep my smartphone in my pocket, rather than in and out, over and over when I check notifications. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a different breed of smartwatch. In addition to doing most of what Pebble does, it also serves as your phone's handset, lets you snap short videos, and more. Unfortunately, it's only "compatible" ...

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    The Galaxy Gear is a really interesting and fun wearable, but it only works with a select few devices. Only a couple of Samsung phones and phablets are currently supported, but what if you've got another phone? In general, you're out of luck, but thanks to some tinkering by some pretty talented folks, if you've got a Nexus 5 and a bit of patience, you might just able to use your Galaxy Gear with the Nexus 5. This work-around (dare we call it a "hack"?) has been around for a few weeks, but we couldn't get it working. We weren't alone. Now, however, two of the files needed have been ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a lot going for it, but two major obstacles have been responsible for really holding it back: its very limited smartphone compatibility, and its quite lofty price tag. We already find ourselves looking forward to the next big thing, anticipating a second-gen Galaxy Gear to launch early this year (and possibly alongside the Galaxy S 5), but that doesn't mean that the original smartwatch can't still offer a whole lot of functionality. Of course, with this new watch just over the horizon, Samsung's going to have to take steps to keep the older model ...

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    Love or hate them, smartwatches are a growing thing. Many of us here at Pocketnow have or will soon own a Pebble, and Michael Fisher also has a soft spot for the Galaxy Gear. And Joe and I share similar theories on the future of smartwatches, wearables, and the personal area network. But it's not just us those of us who are obsessed with technology either. As new generations of devices have come out and they become more visible to the general public, they have grown in popularity. For instance, while sitting in a coffee shop writing last week, I saw two random customers wearing Pebble. A ...

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    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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    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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    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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     "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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