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frankspin

by frankspin

Are we too connected to the internet?
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This is going to sound a bit luddite, please hear me out, but I think we may need to re-evaluate our "need" to be on top of everything going on around us. I started to get this feeling after watching the Android Wear demos and exploring all the different watches currently available. If you go back and re-watch the onstage demo, and look at any press shots or hands on, every image shows it receiving a... Read more →
dave

by dave

What is the real "worst tech product of 2013"?
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The 2013 Engadget Readers' Choice awards are over! There were many winners, and one big loser. You can check out the full list of results right here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/20/winners-2013-engadget-awards-readers-choice/
One of the more surprising results was for the worst product of 2013. The winner of this unfortunate category?
The iPhone 5c.
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I know there's often a lot... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What's the deal with smartwatches?
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There was no shortage of smartwatch announcements today, with Google announcing Android Wear [1], featuring partnerships [2] with HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola [3] and LG [4]; the latter two showing off their first smartwatches under that partnership.
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Even after watching Google's concept videos for Android Wear I am still having a hard time understanding what benefit smartwatches bring to the consumer. I... Read more →
dave

by dave

Smartwatches everywhere
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Smartwatches are all the rage right now at IFA 2013. Everywhere you turn, someone is making a new accessory for your wrist. In the last few days, we've seen a number of companies announce new smartwatches:
  • Qualcomm Toq: This uses a new energy efficient display technology from Qualcomm (named Mirasol) that allows the 1.5-inch screen to stay on while using minimal amounts of energy. It's like color e-ink, but not exactly. It sounds like Qualcomm is looking for hardware
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day4bananafish

by day4bananafish

Does the Samsung Galaxy Gear make you want a smart watch?
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Today, Samsung revealed the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It comes with a 1.63-inch color touch display, a camera, a microphone and speaker, 4GB of storage, about 70 apps, a claimed 25 hours of battery life, and a band that comes in multiple colors. You can answer phone calls, read messages, track fitness, and record video all without pulling your phone out of your pocket. It costs $299.
Samsung seems to have loaded this watch with... Read more →