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    In just over six weeks, the Apple Watch will be here. And before we even get that far, prospective shoppers will have the chance to check out Apple's wearable in the company's retail stores. Yesterday's press event brought much-needed details concerning the smartwatch's release, maybe most importantly the full breakdown on pricing. So now that you know what to expect from the Apple Watch's retail debut, we've got just one question for you: are you getting one? You've already heard from some of us, how even big Apple fans just couldn't get on board with what the company brought out to show ...

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    If you haven't used a smartwatch yet you're really missing out! These wearables are in no way supposed to replace your smartphone or tablet. Rather, wearables - smartwatches in particular - are designed to work with your smartphone so you can keep it in your pocket (or on the table or nightstand) rather than pulling it out to check whatever that last "ding", "bloop", or "bleep" was. In that respect, smartwatches are fulfilling their purpose very, very well. Pebble In the beginning there was Pebble, and it was good. It didn't try to take over your mobile experience - it simply augmented it. ...

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    I’ve spent the last couple of months debating if I should buy a Moto 360. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful pieces of hardware that I’ve seen over the last couple of months, and even after using the Gear Live for a few weeks, I simply can’t stop drooling over every Moto 360 that I see on the streets. I carry two phones with me all the time, one of these being mostly an iPhone, and the other being mostly an Android phone, so using Android Wear fits perfectly in my life style. The only reason why I didn’t pull the trigger on it in the past, is honestly because of Apple’s ...

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    In case you missed it as part of Apple's big Apple Watch release news, there's a new version of iOS landing today, ready to get your iPhone ready to start playing nicely with the company's first smartwatch - and in plenty of time for the wearable's April 24 start to sales. As the company's event concludes, iOS 8.2 is already on its way out to Apple users everywhere. Obviously, there's Apple Watch support in place with this release. To interact with an Apple Watch once they come out next month, you'll need a handset running iOS 8.2 and with hardware at least as recent as the iPhone 5. A big ...

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    We heard about Apple TV, we heard about the new MacBook: now it's time for maybe the most anticipated news to emerge from Apple's event today, as we start learning about release details for the Apple Watch. Before we get to that, we're talking apps and functionality, as well as getting a formal answer to one of the biggest questions hanging over the Apple Watch: battery life. Apple says that users can expect to get 18 hours of average use on a charge. The latest version of iOS is arriving in preparation for sales of the Apple Watch, and users should start seeing iOS 8.2 headed out today. ...

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    It's Monday, March 9, a week since MWC 2015 got started, which means our mobile attention is no longer focused on Barcelona but has shifted over to the West Coast where it's Apple's turn for the spotlight. We're expecting a lot of news today on a couple different fronts, and Apple's getting us started with something exciting for Apple TV. Like HBO put don't want an expensive cable subscription? HBO's going a la carte, with Apple as an exclusive launch partner (reportedly, Apple will have that exclusivity for three months). For about $15 a month, users will get streaming access to HBO's ...

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    Since I’ve been a professional (stop laughing!) writer about mobile technology, I’ve tried to really broaden my horizons with regard to this industry. But one item in particular has been really difficult to cross off of my bucket list – using iOS on a phone as a daily driver. I started off at Pocketnow as a “Windows Phone guy” who dabbled in Android a bit. Since then I’ve shifted more toward the Android side of things, but that’s mainly because there is so much more going on in the Android world, I need to know about it. But I've always had this gaping hole missing form my ...

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    When it comes to the Apple Watch, we've got three big outstanding questions: when will we get a chance to buy it? What will it cost? And what can we expect from its battery life? Answers are likely in store for us at Apple's Monday event, but until then we're getting a little insight into that last question, as a new report suggests the smartwatch's battery life might not be as dire as some earlier rumors suggested. Supposedly, while the Apple Watch may have struggled with getting through a full day on a charge earlier in its development, Apple's been able to stretch things out such that ...

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    HTC just launched its One M9 with a 2840mAh battery. Samsung gave the Galaxy S6 a 2550mAh battery. And yet the iPhone 6 only has one that comes in at 1810mAh. Now sure, it's a smaller phone, and there's always the 6 Plus with its larger battery, but that doesn't change the iPhone 6's reputation as a phone where its battery life is often considered just “OK;” it'll usually get you through most of the day, though heavy usage will take its toll. In a recent interview, Apple design guru Jony Ive touches on the issue of the iPhone's battery life, and he paints the picture of bit of a ...

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    Apple's got an event coming up on Monday, where the company is almost sure to bring news about its Apple Watch wearable. First announced late last summer, Apple fans have been patiently waiting for the smartwatch to make its retail debut ever since. With that day soon to be here, some last-minute rumors are attempting to clue us in on what we should (and shouldn't) expect from the watch's hardware. Shoppers buying Apple mobile hardware have had the option to get purchases custom engraved for years now, adding a little personal touch. However, it's been a little hit-and-miss just which ...

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    Yesterday those just-can't-shake-'em larger-screened iPad rumors popped their head back up again, claiming that Apple both really was intending to get this so-called iPad Pro (or is it Plus?) out this spring, and that those plans have since been shelved, with a fall launch now looking more likely. Say what you will about how a still-unofficial model's release can't be capital-d delayed; that's just what sources have been reporting. Now a new source is attempting to confirm those same post-spring launch rumors, as well as talking a little about possible hardware decisions, including the ...

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    Where the heck is Apple's new, larger entry into its tablet family, the long-rumored iPad Pro? The supposed 12.9-inch model has been the subject of much discussion for well over a year by this point, but so far it's failed to materialize. Recent spec leaks and shots of extra-large iPad cases have helped fuel reports that Apple could finally launch the larger iPad sometime this spring, and with an Apple event just days away, it wasn't crazy to think that some degree of official news could be forthcoming. However, a new rumor now advises us to temper our expectations, and warns that it's ...

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    One of the great things about the nascent wearables market, as more and more manufacturers churn-out product after product in an effort to find what works, is that we get to see a ton of variety in the product types released. Those range from the extremely simple to models that are practically a full-fledged smartwatch strapped to your wrist, with a huge amount of variation in between. We just looked at one of these non-traditional models with Cogito's non-rechargeable watches, and now we're checking out Garmin's Fenix 3. The manufacturer calls this one a “multisport training GPS ...

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    Whether we're talking full-blown smartwatch or dainty little fitness tracker, users of wearables everywhere find themselves dealing with the consequences of battery life. You may recharge your watch every day, or your workout band every week, but sooner or later they're going to need new juice. Maker of connected watches Cogito has decided to try something a little different, and at MWC this week we stopped by its booth to learn about what to expect from a non-rechargeable smartwatch. Cogito's watches connect to Android and iOS phones over Bluetooth, and are much more products in the vein ...

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    While we come to MWC every year to see the hot new phones, tablets, and wearables, the conference isn't just about introducing new devices. The GSM Association, which hosts MWC, also uses the show as its opportunity to announce its Global Mobile Awards, recognizing the best of the best in mobile tech. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and while some of the winners may seem obvious, others are sure to spark some controversy. For best smartphone of the year, we've got a tie, with the GSMA giving top honors to both the Apple iPhone 6 and the LG G3. The iPhone 6 is ...

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    We first got our hands on the Pebble smartwatch back in the spring of 2013, following the wearable's crowdfunding campaign. About a year later, at CES 2014, we got our first look at the Pebble Steel, putting the old hardware in a shiny new package. This year Pebble took the next step forward in the evolution of its platform, introducing not just some revamped software but also its first color-screened smartwatch, the Pebble Time. You'd be forgiven for thinking you picked up on a pattern here with Pebble's product cycles, and that we'd be getting a sleek, metal-bodied Pebble Time another ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2015 absolutely did not disappoint, bringing its own series of new device launches. We did our best to cover all the hot new products fresh on the expo floor, but in case you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up on everything we saw today. Sony led off ...

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    With the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony is setting out to show that it knows how to deliver some premium hardware. At just 6.1mm thick, it can go head-to-head with the Apple iPad Air 2 in the race for super-thin tablets – and it does so while delivering a screen that's both larger and of much higher resolution. Maybe more importantly, Sony's offering comes in weighing ten percent less that Apple's. Understandably, we're going to be seeing a lot of comparisons made between these two devices, so we wanted to get a head start on our analysis. That meant bringing an iPad Air 2 along to Sony's MWC ...

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    Did you know that MWC doesn't technically get started until tomorrow, March 2? If you've been following today's news, that's going to seem like crazy talk to you, but manufacturers just can't wait until Monday to share word of all their new products with you, leading to today's flood of early announcements. We got to see a lot of hot new hardware, including some of what promises to be the biggest smartphones of the season, and we're only getting started. Let's take a look at everything Sunday's MWC launches had to offer us: HTC beat Samsung to the flagship-launch punch with the ...

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    Is Samsung's new Galaxy S6 an iPhone wannabe? Look at its super-thin design and gracefully curved edges, and it's very easy to see it as taking a huge page from Apple's design playbook. But dismissing it as a copycat would be woefully unfair, as Samsung has done a ton with the GS6 to help distinguish it not just from previous Galaxy S-series smartphones, but also the rest of the smartphone landscape out there. Need a little more convincing? At MWC 2015 today we put both Samsung's and Apple's latest flagships head-to-head. Dropping the expandable storage and replaceable battery of the ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn't the only new wearable the manufacturer is introducing at MWC this year - far from it, as it turns out. Last year at MWC 2014 Huawei introduced its TalkBand B1, and now it's following that up with the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 hybrid Bluetooth headset/fitness trackers. If the TalkBand B2 (below) is a fitness tracker that doubles as a Bluetooth headset, the N1 stands that dual-mode operation on its head, coming off more as a Bluetooth headset with activity tracking abilities. The B2 bracelet's 0.73-inch touchscreen display pops out to become a Bluetooth earpiece, or ...

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    One of the very cool things about big expos like MWC is how they expose us to so many different kinds of devices all at once. Sure, the bulk of them are likely to be running Android, but we're sure to see products based on any number of mobile platforms, from Ubuntu, to Firefox OS, and more. For all the OS diversity the show will bring, there will always be a few hold-outs, and top on that list of doesn't-play-well-with-others is Apple, perfectly content to go its own way for its announcements. Luckily, we won't have long to wait after MWC before Apple is ready with some news of its own, ...

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    With last year's launch of the iPad Air 2, Apple made a significant step forward with its mobile device hardware, introducing the first model with a solid 2GB of RAM. But while Apple's tablet family was now able to enjoy the comparative luxury of such a deep memory pool, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus found themselves stuck with a single gigabyte. Sure, Apple's mobile OS manages to do a lot with so little memory, and it would be unfair to directly compare iOS phones to Android models which have already pushed upwards to 4GB, but at some point an iPhone RAM increase is going to start feeling ...

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    Microsoft's OneDrive is certainly not the most ubiquitous cloud storage service in the market, but it is one of the most affordable and feature packed options you can get. The folks at Redmond have focused in making it as available to other platforms as possible, since Microsoft is about more than just protecting its Windows business. Today the service gets some new enhancements that make it worthy of giving it a try if you haven't already. Microsoft has just launched its OneDrive API in a plan to give developers the liberty to take full advantage of all that OneDrive can do across ...

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    Many of us still debate the success of Apple Pay, mainly because nobody is sharing figures beyond what happened the first month of services. One of the biggest reasons for our skeptism is that we've seen legacy competitors like Google Wallet fail to surprise anyone, no matter how many attempts the folks at Mountain View have tried. Still, this wouldn't be the only service that Apple keeps alive even when not making any significant money, and the best way to get it to grow, is to expand it. Visa Europe has just announced that it will be deploying its contactless payment terminals that ...

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