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    The big news from Pebble's CES announcement today was the new hardware: the debut of the metal-bodied Pebble Steel. That's a great new option for users first trying out a Pebble, but the hardware's only half of the equation; while it's a lot less spotlight-grabbing, today was also about Pebble software. We got to sit down with Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble himself, to check out what's happening on the software side. That means getting an early look at some of those new apps from companies partnering with Pebble (like we mentioned during the Steel announcement), as well as seeing some of ...

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    Pebble's just gone official with the Pebble Steel, its metal-bodied, thinner, and quite frankly better-looking follow up to its already successful Pebble smartwatch. As we told you moments ago, the new Pebble Steel doesn't make many big changes to the smartwatch's internals, giving Steel all the same functionality as its predecessor - including access to the upcoming Pebble app store - while doing its darnedest to really nail the aesthetics. Sure, it looks good, but how does it feel? Will we all soon be ditching out first-gen Pebbles in favor of that luxurious feeling of metal on the skin? ...

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    For those of you who don't already know, Pebble is a smartwatch that connects via Bluetooth to your Android or iOS-powered smartphone. In addition to doing everything you'd expect a watch to do, it also shows you alerts from your phone. New emails, Facebook alerts, voice and text messages, information about incoming calls, and more are all sent from your phone to your wrist -- it even lets you remotely control your music. There you can dismiss them, or reach into your pocket, pull out your phone, and reply. Unlike the Galaxy Gear, Pebble doesn't contain a camera or microphone, and it ...

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    Last week, we heard from Pebble that it had a special announcement ready to go for the CES, and would be sharing it with us today. What would it have in store; just more news about the upcoming Pebble app store, or could there also be new hardware? We were skeptical that we'd be seeing anything so bold as an all-new Pebble 2, but it turns out some new hardware really is in the cards, and today Pebble announces the new Pebble Steel. Functionally, Pebble Steel is unchanged from the original watch; we get the same display, same battery life, same feature set – it's still a Pebble at its ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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    Last year, the team behind Pebble took to the stage at the CES to announce the first shipments of their smartwatch, going out that month. Over the year that's followed, we've seen Pebble rise to the top of the smartwatch mountain – it may not be the most feature-rich smartwatch around, but it hits the ball out of the park when it comes to compatibility and battery life. More recently, we've learned of increasingly ambitious plans for the smartwatch, like the arrival of an app store sometime early this year. Now our sights are set on this coming Monday, as Pebble teases “something ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Vivo's new Xplay 3S, and its 2K-resolution display. Meizu follows as the company has just announced that its officially going to launch products in the US. Then we talk about Microsoft and the fact that Xbox Video as finally arrived to Windows Phone 8. Then the news about Microsoft continues as we cover the company's plan for a new CEO. We end today's show talking about the Pebble App Store, and what this could mean to the platform. All this and more after the break. Stories: - This is what a 2K smartphone looks like: Vivo launches Xplay 3S - ...

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    While the eyes of some smartwatch fans are firmly locked on the horizon, waiting to see what comes from Samsung with its second Galaxy Gear model, or from Apple with its long-awaited “iWatch,” there's still lots of interesting stuff happening with existing smartwatches. We've been keeping up with software updates from Pebble, but the really cool stuff started happening a little earlier this fall, with the introduction of the Pebble SDK 2.0. That change promised a new wave of apps for the watch, and today we start seeing just how those will become available, with the announcement of the ...

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    Those who can't imagine living without their Pebble smart watches, like our own Michael, Taylor, and Joe, will  be happy to find out that there's now a firmware update available for the wearable gadget. We're looking at version 1.14 which brings new features, improvements, and fixes to your wrist. Newly added features include a "do not disturb" mode that blocks notifications according to your liking, an update for alarms, a new snooze option, improved notification controls, and better iOS performance. There are also a lot of bug fixes, including entering “Recovery Mode” immediately ...

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    Normally, we don't ask much from our wristwatches. They should tell the time, and look good while doing so, but after that, everything else is gravy. With smartwatches, on the other hand, our demands start piling up, and fast. We want killer battery life, cross-platform compatibility, and a virtually never-ending feature set, thanks to new software always arriving. Pebble is already one of our favorite smartwatches around, and today the company behind it announces some improvements that are set to make a good thing even better. Pebble already supports iOS, but today's new software is ...

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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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