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    Take a look at the homescreen on your smartphone. I don't care who makes it or what OS its running, they all share this similarity. It's not just today's phones, tablet's suffer the same malady -- and they're not alone. Even from the days when our phones weren't "smart", they all had one thing in common -- one thing that we don't need, at least not all the time: status indicators. That's right, those icons that are across the top of almost every screen on your phone or tablet take up a dozen or so pixels in height that you can't use for anything else. Until recently I thought they were a ...

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    I know that headline needs explaining. Couple things right up front: The tablet market has positively exploded in the past few years. From a 2010 high of 17 million units shipped (thanks in large part to the then-new iPad) to a Gartner projection of 184 million units shipped in 2013, the tablet is doing just fine, thanks. As a category, smartwatches would be lucky to find success even close to that. Even the bullish Canalys forecast for a 900% increase in smart watch shipments in 2014 would only translate to 5 million units hitting humanity's wrists. Even giving the above numbers some ...

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    The Pebble smart watch set the wearable-tech space on fire when it broke all previous records to become the biggest-ever Kickstarter surprise earlier this year. But it wasn't its fundraising ability that prompted a few of us on the Pocketnow team to pre-order one; it was the promise of a smart watch that was actually, you know ... smart. That's a promise that the Pebble delivered on when it arrived at our doorstep last spring, and we've been enjoying our little wrist-borne mobile companions ever since. But the folks behind Pebble aren't the only ones trying to make a name for themselves in ...

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    "Samsung's best commercial is for its worst product." That's my nomination for best (non-Pocketnow) tech headline of the year, and it comes from Vlad Savov over at The Verge. The headline leads, by way of a link, to Vlad's largely negative review of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung's new smart watch. And while I've spent only a day or so with my own Galaxy Gear review unit, I already find myself disagreeing with Vlad's conclusion. I don't think the Gear is Samsung's worst product, or even a predominantly bad one. But -and here's the interesting part- I think my opinion is due in large part to that ...

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    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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    For months, the Pebble smartwatch has been our go-to recommendation for people interested in checking out such wearable technology, but now it faces new competition in the form of the Galaxy Gear. Issues with differences in feature sets and compatibility has us wondering if maybe there's a place in the market for both these products, but with the opportunity presented to us by the IFA in Berlin, we felt we should still place these two up against each other and give you a clear look at how they differ. Are you going to be won over by the Pebble's ability to be used with many phones, and its ...

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    Smartwatches: some of us think they're the natural evolution of the "basic" timekeepers that most people wear on their wrists these days, and others think they're simply a fad and are "trying to do too much". Whichever camp you're in, the game changed when Samsung announced its own device into the category: Galaxy Gear. But is it really a "smartwatch", and how is it different than Pebble? In case you missed the announcement, the Galaxy Gear is a watch-like device, worn on the wrist, and available in six different colors. Unlike the Pebble smartwatch, this one features a color touch-screen ...

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    Smartwatches are notoriously hard to do "right." That shouldn't at all be surprising: when we're dealing with the physical constraints limiting the size and weight of anything you're going to be hauling around on your wrist all day, some sacrifices will be necessary. Despite all that's going against them, at least a few smartwatches have really caught our eye, and probably none more so than Pebble's. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we saw the Pebble smartwatches start shipping early this year. Now Pebble's looking to capitalize on its popularity and graduate from online sales to ...

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    Technology has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent years. Processors have gotten faster, RAM has become more plentiful, graphics processors and screens today are outstanding. We even have megabit data connections in our pockets -- which is amazing if you stop and think about it. What hasn't changed much? Batteries. I've seen the future of technology... and battery life still sucks! Honestly, it should come as no surprise, we've been complaining about battery life for as long as we've had consumer electronics. While improvements have been made, let's face it, none of us are ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new no-bezel project from Pantech dubbed Vega Iron. Then we talk about the Motorola X Phone, and that delay you were already expecting to hear about. The Pebble smart watch is next as their SDK gets released. Then we go over BlackBerry's recent issues with the media as apparently their Z10 is being returned as quick as it's bought. We end today's show talking about the HTC First, Facebook Home, Chat heads and everything you need to know about Facebook's new home on Android. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC First Unboxing ...

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    A number of us here at Pocketnow are big fans of the Pebble smartwatch, and while we've shared some pretty neat things you can do with the device, anything really cool has been a little "hacky" so far. When putting together a list of things we were hoping to see from the Pebble, a big one was the presence of a solid selection of apps – for as nice as it is, it would be a lot better if it could just do more. Luckily for us, and all you other Pebble enthusiasts out there, apps should be on their way, with the company today releasing the Pebble SDK. In the coming weeks and months, we hope ...

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    From the moment the Pebble Kickstarter began, nearly one year ago, it has stolen the spotlight in the smartwatch sector. Although quite simplistic in nature, it is the best implementation of wearable technology to reach consumer hands to date. Pebble will not turn you into a super spy. It won't drastically change your life. And it's not going to knock your socks off with an abundance of functionality, out of the box. It aims to solve a few, simple problems, like allowing you to keep your phone in your pocket more – glance at your wrist and determine whether a notification is ...

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    It's been almost a month since I've been wearing my own Pebble smart watch. Make no mistake, despite a few short-comings, this is the best watch that I've ever worn. It gets notifications pushed to it from my Nexus 4. I don't have to constantly pull my Nexus 4 out of my pocket to check and see if that alert I just received is important or not. Most of the time it's not. Even still, just having that information readily available is a huge help for me! Those of you who are thinking to yourself "why not just pull out your phone" need to try a smart watch to truly appreciate its value and ...

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    Delivered in packaging that states "it's time" and "meet pebble" with cutesy watch face that says "hello" to you in a speech bubble, one might get the impression that the Pebble Smartwatch should be a friendly addition to your family -- and not a wristwatch. However, despite what Michael Fisher showed you in his recent video "Wristwatch, Redefined: Life on a Pebble Smart Watch", the Pebble smartwatch isn't prefect. What's with that strap Michael backed the Pebble project on Kickstarter for $99. I got in just a little later with a $115 pledge. Today, if you want to pre-order a Pebble for ...

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    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    I have always have a fascination with tiny, supplementary gadgets that change the way we interface with staple devices. The S Pen, for example, is a controller for the Galaxy Note series that unlocks tons of functionality. To this day, while using the Nexus 4 as my daily driver, I miss using the S Pen. And other styli simply can't compare. When the inPulse Smartwatch by Allerta was first announced in late 2009, I could't help but swoon. At the time, I was was die-hard BlackBerry fan (to the point I refused to own anything else) and could not wait to get my hands on this revolutionary piece ...

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    Last year was a big year for many companies in terms of R&D on wearable computing devices. Google, for example, unveiled its latest and arguably most lofty project yet at Google I/O last year: Google Glass. The Project Glass teaser clip only scratched the surface for the possibilities of such hands-free tech and opened the floor for and endless list of questions. Will devices like these fully replace smartphones as we currently know them? How will devices that rest in front of our eyes affect our ever-shortening attention spans? Will the slow, non-connected world cease to exist? (I ...

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    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    I'm all about convenience -- and I'm a terrible judge of time. My smartphone (and PDAs before that) helped me keep track of appointments, contacts, and stuff that I need to get done, but they were never terribly convenient for checking the time and date. My watch, on the proverbial "other hand" only told me the time, date, and day of the week. For as long as I can recall I've wanted to combine the two -- well, sort of. We've seen PDAs and even cell phones crammed into wrist watches before, but they've never succeeded at really marrying the two technologies. Various manufacturers tried ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    We've been excited about the Pebble smartwatch for the better part of last year, and after seeing the watch hit the FCC late last month, we've been anxiously awaiting word of just when if would finally become available. At the CES today, the company finally revealed just when we'll be able to get our hands on the Pebble. The first Pebbles will ship to those customers who backed the company's Kickstarter campaign, and will start going out on January 23. Pebble hopes to get watches out to all those backers over the following six to eight weeks. The 144 x 168 pixel screen isn't an electronic ...

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    Well, this is some convenient timing: it was only just yesterday that we were thinking about the Pebble watch, the smartphone-connected accessory with a low-power electronic ink display. We took the opportunity to wonder about just when the watch would finally become available, after earlier hearing news that it wouldn't make it to the hands of its Kickstarter backers before the end of the year. There's still not a hard date for when to expect Pebble, but it very much looks like the last pieces of its launch are starting to fall into place, upon seeing the watch get its FCC certification. ...

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    The buzz surrounding the Pebble smart watch refuses to subside.  With about two days to go before Kickstarter funding closes, the project has raised over $10 million. Even though the initial round of pre-sales is sold out, the dollar figure continues to grow as new backers contribute $1 apiece to be let in on the regular stream of updates regarding the overnight-sensation smartphone accessory. As a gadget-lover, the Pebble holds my interest for obvious reasons, some of which I touched on in a previous piece. My colleague Joe Levi just yesterday talked some more about the Pebble and its ...

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