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Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

Why smartwatches have failed and how companies can save them

If there were a poster boy for smartwatches, it would probably be Pebble, in no small part thanks to its always successful Kickstarters, dirt cheap prices, and media hype. So when Fitbit practically killed off Pebble by buying it, it’s unsurprising that some would be led to ask if smartwatches, as a whole, are an endangered species. With Apple Watch sales doing “just OK”, and Android Wear devices descending into obsolescence, it is perhaps time to look back again to see why smartwatches have failed to become as widespread as our smartphones and perhaps come up with solutions on how they can still be saved. That is, if they’re worth saving at all.

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Galaxy Note 7 update next week may brick remaining US handsets

Galaxy Note 7 update next week may brick remaining US handsets

Dear stubborn Galaxy Note 7 owners: it's officially time to replace your faulty phone. It's something you should have done weeks ago, but if you're one of the few holdouts refusing to turn in your handset for something better (read: non-explosive), you may be completely hosed starting week...and least if you're located in the U.S. A new screenshot that has surfaced suggests Samsung will push out a software update next week that will permanently disable the handsets.

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A day at Porsche Experience Center LA: Disney World for gearheads

A day at Porsche Experience Center LA: Disney World for gearheads

If California was a country, it would make up the fifth largest market in the world for Porsche. What better place, then, for the US' second Porsche Experience Center (PEC). The first opened roughly a year ago in Atlanta, and also serves as the home base for Porsche North America. The new $60 million, 53-acre facility in Carson, California is also Porsche Motorsport North America’s new headquarters, not to mention being officially open for everyone to enjoy. Porsche invited SlashGear out to Carson for a first-hand experience; after all, the PEC is all about getting hands-on.

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Super Mario Run hands-on: The holiday’s must-have iPhone game

Super Mario Run hands-on: The holiday’s must-have iPhone game

Could Super Mario Run be the Pokemon Go of the holiday season? Based on an early taste of Nintendo's first ever game for Apple devices, ahead of its full release in a week's time, I predict it'll be even bigger. Not only can it count on one of the most iconic characters in gaming history, its combination of super-easy controls and addictive gameplay have the potential to get gamers and non-gamers alike hooked.

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The Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the Crowd

The Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the Crowd

You don't have to be writing about the tech industry long to see a company go from bright and shiny startup to bankruptcy; Pebble lasted longer than many. Then again, the wearables firm was always being predicted for imminent death, even as it was raising millions of dollars in crowdfunding cash for the original Pebble back in 2012. "The Apple Watch will crush Pebble," we were told, even though Apple's wearable didn't break cover until more than two years later, and then take more than six months to make it to store shelves.

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The Best Games of 2016: Stardew Valley

The Best Games of 2016: Stardew Valley

To someone who has never played Stardew Valley, it may seem a little strange to have it rank among the best games of the year. After all, it's a game about building up a successful farm from nothing and all of the manual labor that entails. When you're not farming, you're left to develop relationships with the other people who live in your town. How fun can it be? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s first global event is shaping up to be a failure

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s first global event is shaping up to be a failure

Pokemon Sun and Moon's first global event is going to wrap up in a few days, and when it does, it will end in failure. For those of you who missed the news, Nintendo and Game Freak launched this global event back on November 29, challenging players around the world to catch 100 million Pokemon by the time the event ends. With Pokemon Sun and Moon breaking Nintendo sales records, that should be easy enough, right?

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

It's late in the game and my team is defending the delivery point for the opposing team's payload. Things are hot around the payload, which is where I'm positioned, playing as an old, war-weary solider who's sick of fighting but nevertheless finds himself here. Bullets zoom by as I step out from behind cover, emboldened by my team's success in pushing the other team back. Then I hear it: "it's high noon," and realizing that there's no time to find cover, I accept my fate. Defeated, I decide to switch characters from the grizzled war veteran to the talking gorilla with a jet pack and a Tesla cannon, and it becomes clear that Overwatch is something special.

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile has introduced DIGITS, a new voice over LTE feature that will allow customers to use their phone numbers on a variety of internet-connected devices. Just as well, DIGITS will allow its customers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device. At first blush, DIGITS may sound like some VOIP solutions that exist, and though there are some similarities, T-Mobile is trying to make the experience with DIGITS a little more fleshed out.

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Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Pebble watch owners go to the web to suss out the Fitbit Pebble acquisition, asking what's next for them, the users. What does this acquisition of Pebble mean for a Pebble Time 2 crowdfunder? How about someone who owns a Pebble Watch from a past generation? As it turns out, there's very little a person can do if they're caught between Pebble and a hard place.

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Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Tech gift ideas for Moms in 2016 holiday season

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the season of giving is far from done. Especially when you consider that gadgets and accessories are really a year round thing. We usually just need an excuse when to give them to our loved ones. If you're still on the fence what to get such a person, for example, your super mom or super wife, take a gander at your lengthy list to fill stockings this 2016. But, mind you, gadgets are really no one gender's domain, and some non-moms might find something delightful in our season's picks as well.

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