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Weekend poll: CES 2014 hot hardware

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This week was marked by CES and we were busy covering all the new hardware manufacturers were throwing our way. But now that the show is over, we though it’s time to hear what you think about some of the most interesting gadgets that debuted there.

Take the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – it was the most exciting phone announcement at the trade show (one of the few), but the phone had its proponents and detractors. Read more »

Archos unveils three smartwatches, the cheapest is $50

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Smartwatches are a hot new trend at CES but as with any new tech, they can get pricy quick. Archos brought three models, the cheapest of which (pictured below) starts at just $50 – this could make your introduction to the world of smartwatches pretty painless.

The manufacturer also showed a flagship model with curved, e-ink touchscreen and aluminum casing. Read more »

Pebble unveils Steel smartwatch, app store

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Pebble has delivered on its promise of big CES news – the company is launching the Pebble Steel and an app store. Plus, more partners have come on board to develop cool new things with Pebble. The Pebble Steel, as the name suggests, is a smartwatch with a metal body and is way better looking than its predecessor.

Looks aside, the Steel will be completely compatible with the current Pebble and all apps that work with it. Read more »

Photos of metal Pebble smartwatch leak hours before announcement

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The Pebble smartwatch receives a lot of praise for its functionality, but its looks could be better – imagine if it had a stainless steel casing and Gorilla glass, with a metal wristband to boot. As it turns out, this might be less than a month away from reality as the smartwatch leaked in photos, presumably shortly before its official unveiling at CES.

According to the rumors, the Pebble Steel watch will come in two color versions – brushed steel and matte black. Read more »

Apple and Qualcomm facing production issues with their smartwatches

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The next 12 months are said to be the year of the wearable devices as the industry embraces the newest trend. However, two of the industry giants in the faces of Qualcomm and Apple are reportedly facing production issues with their respective wearable products.

According to a report from DigiTimes, Qualcomm’s Toq and Apple’s alleged iWatch yields are less than 50% of what initially anticipated due to difficulties with applying surface treatments on the metal chassis. Read more »

Pebble says something special is coming at CES

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The Pebble is one of the most popular wearable devices, which came to life through a Kickstarter campaign. The company has announced that it has “something special” to offer at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky will be making the announcement on 6 January, a day before the CES kicks off. The keynote will begin at 11AM Pacific time and will be live streamed on the company’s website. Read more »

Mercedes teams up with Pebble for wearable tech

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So you want to be more connected to your car? Well if you’re sporting a new Mercedes-Benz, then Pebble has just the smartwatch for you. They’ve teamed up with the iconic German automotive manufacturer to create a wrist-watch style piece of wearable tech that should be available in 2014.

The Mercedes Benz/Pebble product and all of its details will be unveiled at CES between January 7-10. It’s safe to assume that the smartwatch will work with Mercedes’ already existing smartphone application: Digital Drive Style. Read more »

Samsung Germany New Year’s Bonus cashback starts today

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Starting today, Samsung Germany is offering their Neujahrsbonus cashback bonus program to all customers who purchase one of the participating Galaxy devices, including the Note 3, S4, S4 mini, Tab 3 8.0, and even the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Now that’s Christmas is behind us, this seems like another great reason for celebration by any potential Samsung device purchasers in Germany. Read more »

Want a girlfriend? Just buy a Samsung Galaxy Gear

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So our cell phones can be used for pretty much anything: finding movie times, uploading YouTube videos, GPS navigation, and of course, the occasional phone call. But can a smartphone and some cool accessories that pair with it help you get a girlfriend? Samsung says, “Absolutely.”

In a recently released commercial (more like a promotional short film), Samsung shows off all the capabilities of the new Galaxy Gear Smartwatch when paired with their Note 3. In the video, two smartphone carrying Romeos vie for the affections of a young woman while at a ski resort. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear software update enhances battery life and more

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Samsung is rolling out a software update to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The newest firmware takes it to version MK7 and brings a couple of new features alongside enhancements to improve the overall performance of the gadget.

One of the major tweaks with the new update are the notifications, now supporting non-Samsung apps. Read more »

Pebble announces a dedicated app store for its smartwatch

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Pebble announced a dedicated app store for its popular smartwatch. The Pebble app store will be available in early 2014, and will integrate seamlessly into the dedicated Pebble app for iOS and Android devices, thus becoming the one-stop shop for installing applications on your smartwatch.

The Pebble app store will feature seven different categories. Read more »

Pebble smartwatch gains Windows Phone support through an unofficial app

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The popular Pebble smartwatch received Windows Phone support via a third-party solution called Pebble Watch Pro. Created by Bad Planet Software, the application is geared towards Windows Phone 8 devices.

Despite not offering the full experience, the unofficial WP app allows users to receive a number of useful alerts from their device to a Pebble smartwatch. Read more »

PebbleOS V1.14 goes official with new Do Not Disturb feature

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Pebble has officially announced the latest version of its PebbleOS. The newest firmware has version 1.14 and comes with a couple of cool new features, improvements and fixes to enhance the overall performance.

One of the major tweaks with the new OS is the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature, which blocks all the incoming notifications for a set period of time. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 2 gets a major update

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Today Sony’s latest smartwatch offering, the SmartWatch 2, received a major firmware update.

The new update brings with it a few new features as well as some stability improvements. Many of the SmartWatch 2′s app “Smart extensions”, like the Camera smart extension, have also received updates. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear takes on an HK 417 rifle

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In the past, we have seen tech enthusiasts taking the popular gadgets for a spin in a drop test to check out the durability of the product. On the other hand, we have Richard Ryan, who blasts the devices with military weapons from his armory.

The latest victim to undergo the horror is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which takes on the HK 417 battle rifle. Read more »