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Can't wait! (But of course, I have to)
Summary:The first batch of smartwatches are nearly on their way to owners as Pebble is in the home stretch of a sprint to combat the Apple Watch.
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I'm interested to see how well this works across both platforms, as that is the clear uptick in its favour but it's still not a compelling reason to upgrade if you already have a Smartwatch.

These differant Smartwatches, (most of which l have spent many hours with) basically - still do all the same things they just differ in builds and screen resolution along with price.

I posted about this here: https://plus.google.com/106572558218158908970/posts/FnvRRi3rN6v

With that said, as a first Smartwatch for the user, l think it will be a very worthwhile accessory to either Android or iPhone, and like all others has some differences that may tick 1 or 2 more boxes over all.
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Nifty research project from Microsoft and Duke U. that's initially aimed at cloud-based gaming. But I can see a ton of other areas that could benefit though, particularly for Chromebooks and streamed apps.
Microsoft Research and Duke University are combining device graphics chips with those in the cloud to cut mobile broadband usage for streamed applications by up to 83 percent.
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Amazon (AWS) has been promoting this sort of thing for awhile.  Screenscraping the output of the powerful gpus on the cloud so you can play pc-level performance games on your phone, tv, what have you.
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Touchscreen laptops vs. non-touch. GO!
 
Laptopmag published an interesting article about touchscreen laptops last week. “Why you shouldn’t buy a touchscreen laptop.” I strongly disagreed, along with others, on a Facebook comment thread.  Touch can be extremely useful, productive and fun if you…
Laptopmag published an interesting article about touchscreen laptops last week. "Why you shouldn't buy a touchscreen laptop." I strongly disagreed, along with others, on a Facebook comment thread.  Touch can be extremely useful, productive and fun if you commit to it but if you're not feeling adventurous then yes, touchscreens may be a disadvantage for you. The 1-2mm thickness, 100 grams and, usually, $100 is a waste. Me, I need touch badly, as I...
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I didn't want a touchscreen laptop when I worked at Microsoft. I thought it is somewhat retarded as you won't use it at all. For the most part I don't think touch screen is a must, but it is nice to have. Scrolling through a page/document is easier. And if you have a colleague around and have to show him something it is easier to coordinate.
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Wish my SW3 was updated enough to try this. :(
Summary:Say so long to simple navigation and hello to more robust Maps software on your wrist. The battle for your wrist between Google and Apple is improving both watch products.
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+Kevin Tofel​ looking forward to the update to my sw3 too. Let's hope it's not too far away.
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Love the idea here and hope it gets more seamless in the future. 
Summary:Easily picking up an app where you left off between phones, tablets and other devices is what Flow delivers. It's not quite as seamless as similar features in iOS 8 though.
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Awkward! ;)

Looking forward to seeing what the Pebble Time delivers. 
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Look forward to seeing your impressions of it when they start to arrive no word on my order yet.
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Wouldn't be surprised if this requires 2GB of memory and only one iPad currently has that much: The iPad Air 2. Hmm....

That'd be a shame if it is limited by memory because I have the original iPad Air. And as I learned in 2012 with my Galaxy Note 2, having two apps on one mobile device screen can be very handy!
Summary:Bigger iPads would surely benefit from having multiple apps on-screen at the same time but what about the current lineup? It may hinge upon the amount of memory inside.
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+Simon Hartley apple has it figured when it comes to marketing....not the best tech but the most marketed. McDonald's, not the best burger but sells the most burgers. Justin bieber, not the best artist but sells the most records. Quality does not dictate success, its all marketing.
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Seems the Windows Phone market share is the big sticking point. Sounds a little short-sighted to me, especially if Microsoft hits is 1 billion Windows 10 device goal in 2 to 3 years. Can't discount the tablets, laptops and desktops; particularly those with touchscreens.
Summary:Relatively low Windows Phone market share is the main reason: There's not enough there to justify the effort. But what about for one billion Windows 10 devices?
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Unless phone sales take off then the 1 Billion number Microsoft is touting become very dubious I think.
Even in a shrinking market there are still a lot of PCs sold of course. But it's clear the move is on toward mobile. And I'd bet the move for apps where money is consistently spent is even faster onto mobile.
In short - if Microsoft 1B number is comprised heavily of enterprise business users and older home users then it becomes a lot less enticing for mobile developers than the large number implies.
It's also just a bit disingenuous to simply make up a number you'd like to hit in a few years and then try to market to devs based upon that. It's a little difficult to take them seriously under those terms.
To be honest I think if Microsoft wants to be on the board in 10 years as more than a cloud services company then they should probably start digging into the war chests to put insanely good phone hardware on the market at insanely cheap prices.
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I don't have either phone to test this but curious if folks have / do give it a try. 

I'm wondering if this is related to the Google Now always listening issue on these phones that Google says it's aware of: https://productforums.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!topic/websearch/xGiV6D4PMS8;context-place=topicsearchin/websearch/authorid%243AAPn2wQd2KgeT5pIQgLOeMYdbpsQnovsubwcSbIqBPG6Dg0rg0iijttRYV-U-mmgIA4i9EIpQkQcm%7Csort:date%7Cspell:false
Summary:Not getting through the day with your new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? Disabling a single function may be the answer for now.
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http://www.sw-box.com/4200-mAh-Portable-External-Power-Bank-Rechargeable-Backup-Battery-Stand-Case-For-Samsung-Galaxy-S6-Edge-Black.html
Then you get 300%, but batteries are very particular, once your at 100%, then the battery is most efficient. Below 85%, no phone really is tuned, but mainly the battery is sloppy. I can run 100 to 85% for 16 hours, but 75 to 35% likewise. The idea is its almost entirely external, which allows for experimentation. Mainly their batteries are lamelar. But you can make a 1 year battery with teflon and lead foil with two micro 1kv tv diodes. It looks negligible doesn't it? http://www.findtape.com/product330/JVCC-LF-5A-Lead-Foil-Tape.aspx. You make a capacitor, in theory nothing can get through teflon purely DC, which the phone is tuned to ascertain.
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Not too much in here although it's just a sub-point update. Siri is supposed to be improved, which is good: She's been inconsistent for me of late. Looks like Apple is saving the "big" stuff for WWDC on June 8.
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Now that the smartphone market is saturated in the U.S., tablets are the current growth driver for carriers. Don't count out connected cars though; they were 62 percent of AT&T's net additions in the first quarter.
Summary:With the U.S. smartphone market nearly saturated, tablets are growing mobile broadband subscriptions for carriers. Connected cars are in the rear-view mirror and gaining, however.
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Who knew OnStar could be such a cash cow...
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I have a feeling Apple TV will be the star of WWDC with Apple Watch only getting limited improvements in the short term but with grander plans for the rest of the year.
Summary:It's about time for Apple's TV "hobby" to become a big deal: A new software platform for third-party apps would help. And the Apple Watch is expected to improve too next month.
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Probably not any major improvements for the released version of the Watch software, but a native SDK for the Watch should be at least announced.
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Kevin C. Tofel has written and podcasted about the mobile industry and wearable devices since 2003 when he left his 15 year I.T. career to write. His work has appeared on various websites and in print, including PC World and The New York Times, and he has spoken to TV audiences on Fox Business and NBC News. When not testing the latest gadget or software, Kevin is typically reading, running or taking computer science and programming classes at his local community college. Kevin is a self-proclaimed fanboy of using whatever tools, devices or software are best suited for the task at hand, regardless of the platform or brand.

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