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March 19, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Last spring, the creators of the Pebble smartwatch shocked the tech community when their Kickstarter campaign raised $10 million .  It was still a long road from when the campaign closed in May to when Pebble finally started shipping its first smartwatches to backers in January. And while the initial batch of watches came out in a slow trickle, the pace kicked up in late February and early March. And now, 10 months later, Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky is thrilled with the reception the product is receiving and to finally be getting feedback from users.
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February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then again during its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will be available in 2015, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Jobs' stamp is currently being designed. VIDEO: Pebble's latest Steel smartwatch is functional and stylish Besides Jobs, others to be honored on stamps in the next few years include Beatle John Lennon, NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, gay rights activist Harvey Milk and musician Jimi Hendrix.
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April 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Like many of its rivals, Microsoft may be working on a wristwatch that could double as a computer and a smartphone. The Redmond, Wash., company has reached out to its suppliers for parts that would be used in a smartwatch, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal . But one of the sources, an unnamed executive at an unnamed supplier, says it's unclear if Microsoft will indeed decide to get into the smartwatch business. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 In the meantime, though, the company has requested 1.5-inch displays that could be used for the rumored device.
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January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Naziri
Everything is smart at CES -- watches, glasses, shoes, gloves -- so it's not surprising to find intelligent cars. BMW unveiled the i3, a concept electric vehicle, that communicates with a smart watch, specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Gear. In addition to displaying the car's vitals, including battery status and driving range, the smartwatch can be used to navigate. CES 2014: Full coverage Users can send addresses from their smartphone contact list directly to the car's built-in navigation system.
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November 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch will make its debut the Monday after Thanksgiving, the company announced. Toq, made by the San Diego chips company, will go on sale for $349.99 on Dec. 2, so-called Cyber Monday, which is when many websites hold sales for the holiday shopping season. The limited-edition device is one of two new smartwatches being introduced this year. The other is the $299 Samsung Galaxy Gear, which came out earlier this year. Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status But unlike the Galaxy Gear, which only works with a few Samsung devices, the Qualcomm Toq will be able to pair up with devices that use the Android mobile operating system.
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August 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung smartwatch will be unveiled in early September, according to a report this week. SamMobile , a website that covers Samsung news, reports that it has confirmed that the South Korean tech giant will unveil its rumored device on Sept. 4. The unveiling will take place at the IFA annual consumer electronics show in Berlin, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note III smartphone, the report says. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The device is expected to be named the Galaxy Gear, and SamMobile reports that it will be a companion accessory that will work with Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung and Qualcomm both announced smartwatches, intensifying the war over wearable gadgets. Although Samsung and Qualcomm are now the two biggest players to enter the fray, a handful of small companies have already been battling it out in the emerging smartwatch market. And in the next few months, it promises to get even more crowded and intense, as the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google look to chime in with their own wrist gear. For now, here are some of the smartwatches already on the market or coming soon.
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January 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- Pebble has rolled out the second edition of its popular smartwatch and it's worth checking out. The new Pebble Steel is a premium version of the wearable gadget that costs $249 -- $100 more than its predecessor. Live updates: More fireworks as T-Mobile CEO booted from AT&T party Internally, the Steel functions the same as the original Pebble. It connects to a user's smartphone through Bluetooth to relay messages, function as music remote control and run apps.
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
First Apple. Then Samsung. Now Google? The Mountain View, Calif., tech company is the latest tech giant rumored to be working on a smart wristwatch, according to a report Thursday by the Financial Times . The device is rumored to be under development by Google's Android unit, which builds the operating system used by many smartphones and tablets. That means that unlike Google Glass, the company's smartphone-like glasses that are being built by Google X, the rumored Google smartwatch may be see as more of a viable product, according to the Verge . PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Google did not comment on the smartwatch, according to the Financial Times, but the report points out a 2011 patent the company holds for a smartwatch that includes a "flip up display" as evidence that Google may be working on the device.
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March 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As if three weren't already a crowd, the latest rumors now say LG is also working on a smartwatch, joining a crowded field that includes tech giants Apple, Google and Samsung. The South Korean electronics maker is rumored to be working on a smartwatch product to compete with that of its rivals, according to a report Friday by the Korea Times that cites an unnamed source. LG already sells smartwatches, including the GD910, but the company's next generation smartwatch would compete in a market that is quickly gaining contenders and consumers' attention.
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January 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LAS VEGAS -- Pebble has rolled out the second edition of its popular smartwatch and it's worth checking out. The new Pebble Steel is a premium version of the wearable gadget that costs $249 -- $100 more than its predecessor. Live updates: More fireworks as T-Mobile CEO booted from AT&T party Internally, the Steel functions the same as the original Pebble. It connects to a user's smartphone through Bluetooth to relay messages, function as music remote control and run apps.
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November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Samsung Electronics said it has sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches in two months, making the device the best-selling smartwatch in the world despite lackluster reviews. The South Korean company said Tuesday that Gear sales were better than its own expectations and that it would expand sales promotions for the device during the holidays, according to a Reuters report . "It's the most sold wearable watch available in the marketplace ... and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear," Samsung said in a statement to the news agency.
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November 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch will make its debut the Monday after Thanksgiving, the company announced. Toq, made by the San Diego chips company, will go on sale for $349.99 on Dec. 2, so-called Cyber Monday, which is when many websites hold sales for the holiday shopping season. The limited-edition device is one of two new smartwatches being introduced this year. The other is the $299 Samsung Galaxy Gear, which came out earlier this year. Need a laugh? Let this website come up with your next Facebook status But unlike the Galaxy Gear, which only works with a few Samsung devices, the Qualcomm Toq will be able to pair up with devices that use the Android mobile operating system.
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October 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's the season for smartwatches. Sony on Tuesday rolled out a smartwatch while a report says Google could release its own watch soon. Smartwatches function similarly to smartphones, but are worn on users' arms like wristwatches. Earlier this month, Samsung rolled out its own smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, for $299. REVIEW: Galaxy Gear is fun, cool but not worth buying just yet [Video] After being unveiled earlier this year, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is now available for purchase in the U.S. for $199.99.
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October 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New Samsung commercials featuring such characters as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Dick Tracy show off numerous telephone watches from popular TV shows to promote the company's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a $300 device by Samsung that launched this month in the U.S. The gadget looks like a wristwatch but has a touchscreen, a camera and can run apps as well as send text messages. And as Samsung likes to point out in its commercials, the Galaxy Gear can also be used to make and receive voice calls.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 In one of its new ads, the South Korean tech giant shows clips of popular TV show characters like George Jetson from "The Jetsons" and Michael Knight from "Knight Rider" talking into their wristwatches.
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October 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Samsung is fighting negative reviews of its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch the best way it knows how: massive amounts of marketing. The South Korean tech giant ran 10 full-page ads -- yes, you read that right -- in the Friday editions of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, promoting the $299.99 Galaxy Gear and its companion smartphone, the new Galaxy Note 3. [Updated 11:24 a.m. Oct. 4: Samsung said the ads also ran...
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Chris O'Brien
The smartwatch race is off and running. Whether consumers care remains to be seen. Samsung kicked off the competition Wednesday by unveiling the Galaxy Gear at an event in Berlin. The South Korean tech giant said its $299 smartwatch connects with the Galaxy Note III and 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, both of which will debut in the next few weeks. Just a few hours later, Qualcomm jumped into the game by announcing the Qualcomm Toq. The Toq (pronounced "talk")
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December 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's time for an Apple smartwatch, according to the latest rumors surrounding the Cupertino tech giant. A report by TGBus , a Chinese tech website, has kicked off rumors Apple might be planning to release a 1.5-inch OLED screen iOS watch. The report, translated to English using Google Translate, says Apple is working with Intel on a Bluetooth watch that will work with the iPhone and is expected to come out in the first half of 2013. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge This, of course, is just a rumor that cites unnamed supply chain sources, so there's a good chance this could turn out to be false.
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September 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you want to be among the first to buy and use Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you better prepare to pay up to a $1,000. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear earlier this week, and it seems to be more advanced than any other smartwatch we've ever seen. The Galaxy Gear has a touch screen, can be used to make voice calls, run apps and shoot photos and videos. And Samsung claims its battery lasts a full day on one charge. But like most smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear needs to be connected to a smartphone in order to work, and in the Galaxy Gear's case it has to be connected to the Galaxy Note 3. PHOTOS: 10 things you need to know about the Galaxy Gear Samsung plans to make the Galaxy Gear functional with some of its other devices later on. But for now, it appears that when the Galaxy Gear launches in October, the Galaxy Note 3 will be the only device it can connect to. So essentially, you'll have to buy both.
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung will be holding a press event at 10 a.m. PDT where it is expected to unveil the latest version of its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid as well as a smartwatch. The South Korean tech giant will be holding the event in Berlin, ahead of the IFA annual consumer electronics show that kicks off there Friday. Samsung will be broadcasting the announcement live on YouTube, which you can watch at the top of this post. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far The Galaxy Note III is the third iteration of the Galaxy Note lineup, which is largely credited with kicking off the fad of smartphones with large, 5-inch screens.
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