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Pocketnow Weekly 238

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February 2, 2017


Juan Bagnell

Jules Wang



This week’s episode of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast is made possible by:

Technology has changed the way we run.

Thanks to Smart phones, now even casual runners can map their routes, create pump-up playlists, and track their progress. However, taking advantage of all of these technologies has always meant stopping to look at your phone, which means losing motion and momentum. That’s about to change, because now there’s MARA: a hands-free running assistant that uses voice recognition and the microphone in your earbuds to help you optimize your runs.

You can tell her what kind of run you’d like to do, ask questions about your speed, pace, or location, or have her play albums and playlists from your music library. MARA can also tell you how you are doing in comparison to your past runs or warn you about changes in weather, like if it’s about to rain. She’ll even track your progress by noting all of your hotspots and rough legs, each time you run. You can connect MARA to Amazon Alexa-enabled devices and ask her about lifetime statistics, and records you’ve set while you get ready for your next run.

Visit to download your free virtual running assistant today!



7:23 | LG Watch Sport may be pricey, so might LG G6

24:04 | Fitbit disappoints, lays off workers

28:38 | Apple meets first quarter expectations

37:40 | Razer buys Nextbit

44:34 | OnePlus and Meizu caught juicing benchmarks

52:58 | Windows 10 Cloud to fight Chromebooks

1:00:50 | Immigration ban tech impacts: free Viber calls and #DeleteUber

1:07:31 | Alexa can now place your Starbucks order


What’s Wrong in Marketing This Week?


Sprint ad features patricide to avoid carrier costs

T-Mobile ups the cringe factor with Bieber spot

Huawei teams up with the “I’m a Mac” guy to promote Mate 9 and MateBook

Keyboard packing Blackberry pops up on Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’

AT&T fires back at T-Mobile’s Nielsen win

T-Mobile teams up with Panda Express for Chinese New Year

ZTE majorly changing crowd designed and crowd funded “Hawkeye” phone


Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.

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