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After selling one million of its original Pebble watches, the company is zigging when the competition is zagging. Pebble Time is the next product in the line, and while it adds new features and a new interface, the watch isn’t likely to be confused with either an Android Wear or Apple Watch. That’s because Pebble…
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A nice, happy medium for those who still prefer a mechanical / analog look and only want a few sensors inside for tracking movement and such.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s the strategy that a few Swiss watch makers are adopting with a new module that adds activity tracking and alerts to traditional-looking timepieces. The solution is called MotionX and it will be used in watches made by Frederique Constant, Alpina and Mondaine, with more than 10 Swiss Horological Smartwatches first…
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One key one that I think people have goofed on: Sport edition price. Maybe it's just semantics but it's not the Apple Watch Sport that has a $349 price and I can't see why it would cost more than a watch with sapphire crystal and choice of material straps.

As always, I could be wrong, but.....
Apple is holding a press event on March 9, presumably to show off and start orders for the Apple Watch it introduced back in September. I’m all but certain here on the event topic based on the previously stated April shipment date for Apple’s first smartwatch; launching it in March for pre-orders with an April delivery…
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+Allen Bryant That's understandable.  Implementation is a major potential pitfall.  Personally, I have no interest in getting anything like TouchID on Android since I don't trust biometrics any more than I trust a pin, and I want the ability to change it, if I need to.  Not to mention, from what I hear, TouchID isn't really any easier than entering a pin anyhow.

Regarding connectivity issues, I can certainly understand that.  My current phone plan is the $10/month plan from Republic Wireless that allows Wi-Fi calling and data, but only calling over cell signal.  It's worth it to me because it's cheap and I'm around Wi-Fi most of the time, but it also makes it impossible to use Google Wallet in any capacity (which at the moment would only amount to scanning loyalty cards, since my phone is the Moto G that doesn't have NFC) in most places since they don't have Wi-Fi.

To say the least, I agree that it's nowhere near ideal for most people (and definitely not for me personally), but I am eagerly and optimistically looking forward to what could be done in the future.
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Limited things you can choose, but nice to see!
Motorola plans to expand its Moto Maker customization order process, allowing people to design their own Moto 360 smartwatch. The new program will start next month, says Wired, which reported the news on Thursday. The customizing process will be similar to that for the Moto X, Motorola’s flagship phone. For the handset you can choose colors…
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It is good Moto 360 is adding a steel band to match one of the Apple Watch features. 
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As part of my continuing research into the real-world differences between Windows laptops and Chromebooks I’ve taken a look at security and compared a set of Windows security steps with those required on a Chromebook. Chromebook wins! Security is, in my…
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During today's TWiG with +Leo Laporte and +Jeff Jarvis we had a little Beatles banter (yay!) and my recent print purchase came up. I picked this one from the Bob Bonis collection on eBay since its a little unique: you don't typically see John at the keyboard. 
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Did you mention the fact that this is the date 50 years ago that the Fab Four began filming the movie "Help!"?
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Going live on TWiG momentarily; tune in and have a drink on me. (No we aren't serving drinks although I do have a cool tall glass of Gatorade with me)
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Great show. They should have you as a regular host on TWIG.
Hard to "replace" Gina but I think you'd be great as a TWIG host. :)
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When life gives you lemons....

Seriously, this is a super thing for consumers; too bad it came as the result of a negative situation.
Lenovo’s credibility took a big hit this month, courtesy of the Superfish scandal: Pre-installed adware on Lenovo computers resulted in a risk to user privacy and security. The company has since apologized but is now going an extra step, bringing some solace from the incident. Lenovo says it will vastly reduce the amount of bloatware on…
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They'll also probably announce an awesome laptop for cheap so they can persuey costumers to come buy lenovo again
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Some info on availability for the Acer Chromebook 15 that was introduced at CES:

While working out details to procure a review unit, I was told by Acer that it will have several configurations delivered to retailers in the coming weeks and should be available to consumers in the first week of April with the (already known) starting price of $249.99. I'm sure many wish the availability date was sooner but... there you go.
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I really love my Toshiba. But, I'd really like larger screen options. Does anyone know why there haven't been 15" or 17" screens? Is it due to battery life?
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Invite just arrived for an Apple event on March 9;  guessing this is where we get all of our Apple Watch questions answered!
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I'm not sold this is the answer to better app discovery in the Play Store. But it does give Google a new way to monetize on mobile. Hmm.....
It’s a good time to be a mobile app developer: Google says it paid out $7 billion in 2014 to those who make Android apps. The future may be brighter for some, though, because the company plans to improve app discovery in the Google Play Store though sponsored search results. A pilot program will roll…
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+Andre Bradshaw Same here. I'm wondering when to we get to bill Google for wasting our bandwidth we pay our cell carriers for.
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Good deal!
 
13.3" Toshiba Chromebook with a Haswell now only $219.99!

$60 off!  The original Toshiba 3120 is one strong performer. The more powerful Intel Haswell processor is preferred by many over the current Toshiba model with a Bay Trail.  The 3120 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of local storage and is faster than most other Chromebooks on the market today.  This model normally retails for $280.  Note, this model is new and not a factory refurb.

You can see more specs and details here:

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-PLM01U-002005-CB35-A3120-13-3-Inch-Chromebook/dp/B00HRO3IBA

If you would like to keep up with the latest news and deals on Chromebooks, I also recommend following me as I update my profile regularly.

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#chromebook   #chromecast   #chromeos   #dealoftheday  
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4gb is the way to go. It makes a big difference if you are using the system as your primary device. I run a Chromebox with 6gb of ram. I love it.
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After spending 15 years in IT at Fortune 100 companies, Kevin turned a hobby into a career and began covering mobile technology in 2003. He writes daily on the industry and has co-hosted the weekly MobileTechRoundup podcast since 2006. His writing has appeared in print (The New York Times, PC Magazine and PC World) and he has been featured on NBC News in Philadelphia.


Kevin’s unique approach is to use the technology as a consumer would, so that he can report back to readers honestly about what they can expect from a device or app and help them get the most out of it. Freescale has named Kevin a “Top 20 Smart Mobile Device Pundit.” When not playing with the latest gadget, Kevin is typically spending time with his family, reading e-books or running in the rural areas near his home office in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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