When I first put on a Pebble smartwatch shortly after it was made available at Best Buy, I was excited. The thought of being able to leave my phone in my coat pocket, or in another room, and receiving alerts on my wrist was very appealing. Quickly I realized the watch only lived up to half of the hype I had built up in my mind. As someone who switches back and forth between iOS and Android on a nearly weekly, sometimes daily, basis, it didn't take a long time for me to see there were plenty of shortcomings … Read more
Cyber Monday. The online yang to Black Friday's brick-and-mortar yin. Truth be told, I don't usually find this day terribly exciting, if only because the deals rarely exceed what I find all year 'round.
That said, there are deals to be had, oh yes. Here are five especially good ones.
1. Big TV, small price. Most bargain-basement TVs incorporate older technology, like traditional backlighting and slow refresh rates. Not this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Groupon has the Westinghouse UW46T7HW 46-inch HDTV for $299.99 shipped.
This model may qualify as entry-level, but it … Read more
Ah, 2013. The year Microsoft continued to be, well, Microsoft, everyone tried to get their mobile on, and Samsung tried to show the world that it's going to be king of wearable tech.
Yup, there were gaffes. There always are. We also saw the launch product for a now-failing platform (and failing company), and the company that wanted to the entire planet to phone Home. And who can forget our nation's Capitol: A stream of leaks that showed the world that, yes, Uncle Sam is watching every click you make, not to mention those of foreign dignitaries. And … Read more
Going beyond custom alerts for various events on your Pebble watch, one of the more fun uses for the Pebble smartwatch is the ability to create and use custom watch faces. Up until now, iOS users have had to rely on browsing watch faces using Safari. The process is a bit tedious and it's easy to forget where you saw a particular watch face. Enter MyPebbleFaces.
What started as a fan Web site to curate Pebble watch faces has turned into a free iOS app where iPhone users can browse available faces and install them directly on their watch. … Read more
The newest smartwatch to hit the scene is now up for pre-order. Qualcomm is letting early buyers purchase black versions of its Toq smartwatch as of Tuesday.
The device's official launch is not until December 2, but Qualcomm has opened up pre-orders on its Web site. The Toq costs $350 and shipping time is expected to be within one to three weeks. An upcoming white version of the smartwatch should also be available soon.
The Toq wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to any Android smartphone running the Jelly Bean operating system or higher. The smartwatch comes with what Qualcomm calls … Read more
ZTE appears to be looking to drop the price of smartwatches by making its own low-cost version of the wearable gadget.
The Chinese tech company plans to unveil a smartwatch in the beginning of next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. This gadget will be similar to other smartwatches already on the market, like Samsung's Galaxy Gear, but designed for a more money-conscious crowd.
"We are focusing on the mainstream market," Lu Qianhao, ZTE's head of handset marketing strategy, told the Journal.
ZTE is known for its affordable smartphones, like the ZTE Source, which retails … Read more
I know there are people out there who don't want to embarrass themselves over the holiday season.
It's all right if they slur their words and sidle up to people who aren't their spouses.
But woe betide anyone who buys the wrong electronic gift. This is a shame not easily overcome, if ever.
So the fine and prescient analysts at Gartner would like you to urgently know that smartwatches will not be a big hit this year.
You might already have had some sense that this might be the case. You might not, in fact, have ever seen anyone wearing one.
Gartner, though, wants to be clear that "premium pricing paired with an unclear value proposition will steer consumers' spending toward tablets and fitness bands, leading to lackluster sales of smartwatches this holiday season."… Read more
Not exactly. The figure Samsung disclosed is actually the number of smartwatches the Korean tech giant shipped to retailers and partners; it isn't actually a true reflection of consumer demand. Korean publication Yonhap reported that the numbers represented shipments, and not sales to consumers, and the Verge confirmed the report.
A Samsung representative later confirmed to CNET that the number represented shipments, and not sales rung up to customers.
Samsung released the shipment numbers to Reuters earlier on Tuesday, … Read more
Another company will soon join the smartwatch craze.
Qualcomm, a company perhaps best known for its wireless technology components, has announced the upcoming launch of a new smartwatch it's calling Toq. The device was designed by its subsidiary Qualcomm Connected Experiences, and is compatible with Android.
The Toq comes with what Qualcomm calls Mirasol display technology. With that, the device's display will always be on and visible and will reflect ambient light to help the face stay readable. The smartwatch also features wireless charging, support for wireless stereo headphones via Bluetooth, and it will be automatically updated by … Read more