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    Pebble introduced the Pebble Steel this past winter as a sleeker, slightly more capable, and all around just better-looking version of last year's popular smartwatch. Really, it took most everything we liked about the original and refined it – just what we'd expect from a second-generation model. But right from the beginning, availability was an issue, and even once Steel went up for order, users could find themselves waiting months and months to get their hands on a unit. The situation has greatly improved by this point, but what if you don't feel like waiting at all; what if you want ...

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    As the launch of Android Wear draws closer, Pebble (the manufacturer of undeniably some of the best smartwatches on the market right now) is continuing to step up their game. Today, they've announced updates for the watch's firmware, the companion Pebble apps on iOS and Android, and have announced the debut of the Pandora Internet radio app on their app store. The watch's firmware has received a couple of minor, but indeed welcome, changes. First of all, you can now hop into Settings and then Notifications to clear your notifications. The rest of the update brings bug-fixes and ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    For those of you who don't know, I'm a smart watch guy. When I saw Pebble on Kickstarter, I knew I had to have one. I backed the project right away. Since then I've been a beta tester for the 2.0 firmware and the new version of the app, I've had to RMA my original watch, and I'm still wearing my Pebble proudly on my wrist. We'd all heard rumblings that Apple and Google were looking into the possibility of releasing their own wearables, and we saw Samsung's Gear line was shown off in the meantime. Then we were all amazed when Google announced Android Wear. Android Wear Android Wear is ...

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    Last summer, we saw Pebble take the success it found with direct sales of its smartwatches online and transition that over to the brick-and-mortar retail world, bringing the first-gen Pebble smartwatch to Best Buy stores. At first, only the black option was available, but we soon saw that joined by red. Fast-forward to 2014, and Pebble Steel may be the new hotness, but its very limited availability means that the classic Pebble design may be the smarter choice for users who don't want to wait. Today we learn of the latest way to get your hands on a Pebble as quickly and easily as possible, ...

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    (Updated to include Pebble's official comments at bottom and a more precise timeline of events.) I'm a watch guy... okay, I'm a smartwatch guy. From calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT, and finally now with the Pebble smartwatch, if you find me out in public, check my wrist -- you're all but guaranteed that I'll be wearing some kind of technology on it. Before I found my current smart watch I went through quite a few Bluetooth watches. None of them did what I wanted. Then I was pointed to a Kickstarter campaign: an e-paper smart watch with real potential. Just two hours after its ...

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    Those who know me have heard my smartwatch story before. How I went from Casio calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT watches that got data updates over the FM airwaves, made my way through various Bluetooth connected timepieces, until I ultimately landed on the Pebble that's on my wrist right now. Even still, smart watches are still in their infancy -- no, perhaps they've made it beyond that. Let's say they're in their awkward adolescent phase. We're still trying to find out exactly what a smart watch is supposed to "do". Most of us agree that they need to be a watch first. If they can't ...

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    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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    I like watches -- perhaps "quality timepiece" is a more accurate term. From the Gobots watch that I wore through most of my elementary school days, to the Casio calculator watch that adorned my wrist through junior high, my watches always had something "techie" about them. I wore two iterations of watches sporting Microsoft SPOT technology, a Sony smartwatch, and another Bluetooth connected watch before finally backing Pebble on Kickstarter. I make no apologies when I say that Pebble is the best smartwatch of all of these, and is arguably the best of all the smartwatches available today. ...

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    A little over a month ago, Pebble really stepped up its smartwatch game with the launch of the Pebble app store, letting users discover and install new software to run right on their wrists. While the app store was immediately available for iOS users, Pebble wasn't quite ready to deliver the Android version, and promised that it would show up “very, very soon.” In the weeks that followed we learned about progress towards the app, but still lacked a hard ETA. Just how long would we have to wait? Today we get our answer, as Pebble makes available its newly updated Android app, complete ...

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    Smartwatches are great. I was in a meeting with several other people last night. Sporadically a smartphone would sound off, interrupting all of us. Each time two or three would pull their phone out of their pocket or purse, check their notifications, and all but one would put it back away. Since I was wearing a Pebble smartwatch, it was easy to tell when the alert was for me: my wrist would vibrate and the alert was displayed on the watch face. It felt good knowing that I was so much more technologically advanced than all the others. But that got me thinking... Smartwatches are super ...

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    I was among the very first to back the original Pebble Kickstarter. I was also very skeptical of the people behind Pebble, no matter how awesome the campaign or watch sounded back in spring of 2012. Years before that, as a huge proponent of BlackBerrys, I had teetered on the edge of pre-ordering the Allerta inPulse smartwatch for several months, until the whole project went south and the delays starting piling on top of one another. The whole situation slowly spiraled out of control, and I decided to hang on to my $150. I was hesitant to back Pebble on Kickstarter, along with everyone else ...

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    "Water proof" and "water resistant" mean the same thing, right? Apparently that's what Archos CEO Loic Poirier thought -- he was wrong. Poirier was happily showing off his new phone -- a Quechua -- which is advertised to French hikers and mountain bikers. He tossed it on the floor. No problem! Then, with cameras rolling, he found a glass jar, dropped the phone in, and started to fill it up with water. The phone is rated at IP54 and advertised as being designed to "withstand the most demanding outdoor conditions". When Poirier tried to turn the phone on, while still submerged, he got no ...

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    Wearables, especially smartwatches, are the next "big thing" in mobile technology. Exactly what they should do is still being discovered through iterative trial and error. Currently we have the Pebble 1.0 and Pebble 2.0 (referring to the firmware on the watch itself, and not to be confused with Pebble and Pebble Steel) and the Galaxy Gear. There are a few other more minor players, but already we're seeing the proverbial floodgates open -- and it's not necessarily a good thing. Don't get me wrong, choice is good. Competition is great. Learning from one's own mistakes is valuable, and ...

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    Yesterday morning, Huawei let us in on the secret behind why it's rumored "smartwatch" was so unabashedly thick-looking, and revealed the TalkBand B1, whose thick screen suddenly starts making a lot of sense when you see it pop out to become a Bluetooth earpiece. Wearables are one of the most promising markets right now, primed to explode; will Huawei's effort have what it takes to become a serious contender? In order to help you make sense of its place in the grand scheme of things, we compared the new wristband to one of the most familiar wearables around, the Pebble smartwatch. But ...

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    Wearable technology is nothing new. Today we have Google Glass, Pebble and several other smart watches, medical devices like insulin pumps, Bluetooth headsets, and more. Taking a step back, we've had watches that tell us the time, the date, and the day of the week. Some even had built-in calculators, calendars, altimeters, and barometers. Historically, we've generally placed our technology in our pockets (smartphones and pocket watches, for example), or we've worn them on our wrists. It's only recently that tech has started to make its way to our faces. It stands to reason that the wrist ...

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    Snow storms have their ups and downs. On the one hand, they keep you from partaking in all the Nokia unboxing fun your comrades in more seasonable climes are enjoying - but on the other, they put you in mind of all the friends you have in the great Arctic North. One such person is friend of the show Nick Gray of HTCSource and Android and Me, who joins us today for a special extended episode taking a long look at all the HTC M8 rumors of the past few weeks. That's followed by the rest of the news, which this week ranges from Galaxy Gear 2 and iPhone 6 speculation to riffing about Android ...

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    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and we immediately fell in love with the hardware imrpovements over the original Pebble. We were a bit surprised, however, when CEO Eric Migicovsky told us it would sell for $100 more than the original, or $250. Inside, they're practically the same, save for the 8MB storage in Pebble Steel vs 4MB in the original. It has Gorilla Glass 2 covering the display, a machine-cut, marine grade stainless steel chassis, and a choice of two finish styles – brushed or PVD coated. It also ships with two premium watch straps: a genuine leather and matching ...

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    One week ago Monday, Pebble launched the 2.0 overhaul of its iOS app, introducing the Pebble app store. Getting access to those 1000-some apps and watchfaces was great for Apple users, but what about Android smartwatch fans? At the time, Pebble explained that it was fine-tuning the Android release, and that it expected to have it ready to go “very, very soon.” We were hoping that meant “a matter of days” and we'd be seeing the app launch by the end of the week, but that hasn't come to pass. Apparently cognizant of so many users waiting, today Pebble posted an update to its blog, ...

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    We first saw Pebble Steel at CES last month, and while many feel the upgrade over the original Pebble to be a disappointment, there is no denying how good looking the new Pebble is. It's internals and specs are practically the same as the original, except this model has double the internal storage. It bears the same display, battery, CPU, etc. But its frame is smaller, it weighs a little more, and it looks infinitely more classy. While we put this smartwatch to the test and determine if it's worth an additional $100, feast your eyes on the Pebble Steel unboxing video below, and tell us why ...

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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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    I can't even begin to count the number of times I've been called a fanboy or how many times I've been told I was unwittingly paid by [insert manufacturer name here]. Seriously, if anyone knows the account number for the checking account holding the insurmountable back pay I never received for publicly plugging and recommending products (whilst also cutting others down to size), feel free to share. After all, I'm the fanboy who deserves it, right? Joking aside, I've never known a fanboy who willingly and openly carried the operating systems he allegedly hates. I carry an iPhone 5, Moto X, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Pebble's launch of its App Store for its smartwatch line-up. We then talk about the HTC M8, and more confirmation that that phone is losing its hardware buttons. Sony is next as we get some leaks of an Xperia smartphone with very little bezels. Sundar Pichai takes the stage next as reports have him as a strong candidate for CEO at Microsoft. We end today's show talking about the predictions for hardware specifications for the Galaxy S 5 and iPhone 6. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Pebble app store launches for iOS; Android ...

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    We've known that a Pebble app store was in the works for a while now, and back at the CES the company shared its plans to have the service active by the end of January. Since then we've had the chance to go hands-on with a pre-release copy of the app store, and over the weekend Pebble teased the app store's launch for today – granted, missing that January schedule, but pretty close, all the same. Today we see the service go live, though not for every platform we were expecting. Despite tweeting an image of the Pebble app store for Android on Saturday, as of right now the service is only ...

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    The Pebble Steel wasn't the only news from the company that landed at CES 2014; as you've probably seen our hands-on video by now, an app store, called Pebble appstore, is just around the corner. It will finally put an end to endless searching through third party offerings for applications or watch faces. According to the latest tweets from Pebble, the appstore should be available sometime on Monday. Judging by the two screenshots posted, one from the iPhone, and one from an Android device, you should expect both versions of the client to be ready for you to grab on February 3. Then you ...

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