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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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    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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    To many, the world's most notable smartwatch, Pebble, has been somewhat limited. Sure, third-party developers have flexed their creative muscles to try and squeeze as much functionality out of the wrist-mounted notification machine as possible. But until now, out of the box and officially, Pebble has done little more than deliver notifications to your wrist and tell time. Finding watchfaces and apps required perusing the Internet. There, you would find a handful of treasure troves. Installing these unofficial watchfaces and apps wasn't difficult, but it wasn't a smooth, polished experience ...

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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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    Pebble is pretty limited in functionality … by design. The creators don't want it to become some all-in-one, smartphone replacement, but instead want it to remain a peripheral – a controller and status indicator for the smartphone in your pocket. Pebble is a means of keeping your phone in your pocket more while enjoying the world around you. With the official Pebble 2.0 update, which will ultimately bring Pebble's own appstore, the watch is lined up for some pretty big changes in the near future. But you don't have to wait! You can install the Pebble 2.0 BETA software right now (with a ...

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    If you’ve ever asked yourself why on earth you’d ever consider buying a smartwatch, trust me, you’re not alone. Just two months ago I felt the same way. Ever since the birth of many of the smart watches we’ve seen come and go from LG and Sony, I always felt that they looked like toys that didn’t serve a purpose. Yes, I did belong to the crowd of Casio Data Bank users back in the 90s, but as a teenager, that’s part of what was normal at that age. Today I’m already scratching my mid-30s, and I don’t know about you guys, but watches have become more of a fashion accessory for ...

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    Few will argue that wearables aren't the next big thing. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, and face-mounted displays were in full force at CES last week. And the term "wearables" is plastered all over every tech site on the Web. While not everyone quite understands the usefulness and importance of peripherals for smartphones with glanceable, easily accessible information, the attention the few important devices are getting in this brand new market is telling of just how ready we are for the next big thing. Several of us here at Pocketnow have been following the blossoming smartwatch market ...

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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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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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    Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure. That's just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014's International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we've ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world's newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a ...

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    CES 2014 was a blur. Michael, Tony, and I were on the ground, and it felt like it was over as soon as we really got started. We walked dozens of miles, filmed a handful of new and innovative products, and hung out with all our colleagues. Samsung unveiled four new tablets: Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. Sony pulled the curtain on two new phones: the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. ZTE revealed an arsenal of new devices. And Huawei followed up the Ascend Mate from last year with the Ascend Mate2. There were definitely more products released ...

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