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The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.

Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.

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iPhone 6 to retain 8-megapixel camera: here’s why that’s OK

iPhone 6 to retain 8-megapixel camera: here’s why that’s OK

Supposing you’re the sort of person that purchases a smartphone because it has all the newest specifications - biggest and therefor best, that is to say, you may not be happy about today’s iPhone 6 rumor. It’s suggested by sources speaking with AppleInsider that there will - once again - be an 8-megapixel sensor on the iPhone. That’s the iPhone 6, arriving later in 2014, with an 8-megapixel camera on its back.

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iPad mini Retina: Four Months On

iPad mini Retina: Four Months On

The iPad mini with Retina display addressed a lot of the complaints iOS tablet users had of its first-gen predecessor. No longer did a smaller tablet mean lesser screen resolution or a weaker processor, two of the key criticisms, and while the iPad Air undoubtedly improved Apple's full-sized slate, many suggested that the still-more-affordable mini version had become the obvious choice for new tableteers. Four months in, though, has the shine of the Retina iPad mini faded?

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I Went Old-School Gaming: Now I Miss the Old Days

I Went Old-School Gaming: Now I Miss the Old Days

I had some free time over the weekend last week, and decided that rather than read that book I've been trying to finish or go out for a walk, I'd sit down on my couch, put up my feet, and play some games.

As I've said here before, I'm a long-time gamer with a true love for all types of video games. That's probably why I've kept all the old consoles I owned – even the 3DO! – and all the titles that went with them. You never know when the urge might strike you to play some old games.

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That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

That Creepy Camera: Lifelogging Lessons Learned

"What's that you've got there?" the barista asks, tapping his chest. I don't need to look down to know what he means. "It's a lifelogger, it takes a picture every thirty seconds, every day" I tell him; I've got my reply down-pat by now, have explained dozens of times over the past few weeks. "At the end of the day it shows me the best ones." I half-tense myself for a frown, or a "you can't wear that in here," but he just smiles, tells me it's "cool" and makes me a latte. Not exactly another convert to the wearable cause, but another in a series of unprompted interactions that started when I fastened Narrative's Clip to my lapel.

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Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Late last year, I reported on these pages that I was offered by Google to become a Google Glass Explorer. I had signed up to be notified when it was "opening its books" and Google offered me beta access to the program. Like everyone else, I was asked to pay $1,500 to become an Explorer and get my Google Glass headwear. I would then become the Explorer I thought I wanted to be.

When the notice came that I could join the program, my first reaction was to sign up. But then I took a step back, came to these pages to find out what the world thought, and make a decision from there. I decided against the move, realizing that right now might not be the best time to be an Explorer.

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The CarPlay Compromise

The CarPlay Compromise

Apple has finally played its first hand in automotive, and while it's not a car with an Apple logo on its hood, CarPlay could eventually be an even bigger deal. That's not the case today, however. CarPlay still feels like a beta, perhaps more so than Siri ever was at launch, and if Apple is to take it from there to establishing the sort of ubiquity of the iPhone, it has a significant challenge ahead.

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Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is why Windows needs to go free

Samsung’s Chromebook 2 is why Windows needs to go free

When you look at the new "Chromebook 2" lineup from Samsung, you see a set of notebooks that don’t look like the first wave of Chromebooks. Here you’re seeing a set of devices that - aesthetically, at least - are just as brilliant to behold as their Windows-running counterparts. In this release is another big reason for Microsoft to truly free their operating system from the shackles of licensing costs.

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