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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's new plans to reimburse you for early termination fees from competing carriers. We then move to the Moto G as the device has just landed at Verizon for just $100 on a pre-paid plan. Up next we have Archos, a company we haven't talked about before, and its plans for a $50 smartwatch later this year. We later talk about the iPhone 6 and the rumored frame that just got leaked, aside from more details on the phone's camera. We end today's show talking about Samsung, and its plans for the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 4. All this ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's recent annoucement of the new SmartBand, along with a new Xperia Z1 Compact and Z1S for the US market. We then talk about Samsung's new family of tablets, which include some interesting enhancements when compared to previous years. We keep talking about Samsung as we cover the company's new tablet UI, aside from the fact that it's also planned for Galaxy smartphones. Motorola is next as we talk about the company's press event in Europe for January 14th. We end today's show talking about the new Pebble Steel, and what's hot about it. All ...

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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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