Samsung kicked things off at MWC with their new generation Gear 2 smartwatches. They both run Tizen and connect to a number of Galaxy smartphones.
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Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as tablets, cutting edge smartphones, and portable gaming.
Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Nokia Lumia 1520, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, BlackBerry Passport, Sony Xperia Z3, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and many more, along with tons of accessories and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".
Hands-on review: The new Pebble Steel -- attractive, functional and well-supported -- is clearly the best smartwatch now available. But competition's on the way.
We heard a lot about wearable technology at CES 2014 and it sounds like the battle may soon be raging on your wrist. I am a fan of the UP24 and look forward to seeing more this year.
The glory days of ebook readers is gone and another sign of their fall is the closing of the Sony Reader store in March 2014. Consumers will have their purchased content available on Kobo so hopefully they stick around for a while after Sony.
Given the time difference in Russia, US viewers will be seeing time-delayed coverage. You can follow the action a bit closer with your mobile device using these applications.
The Pebble Steel smartwatch is now shipping and the Pebble appstore is available for iOS owners. You can load up to eight apps at one time so I posted the following gallery of eight apps I like so far.
WaterField Designs make some of the finest mobile tech bags in the US and one of their latest models is the fantastic Staad BackPack. The Stout model is worth the $329 price and earns my highest praise.
Pebble is getting ready to launch their appstore and I have spent a few hours testing it out. Some apps can be used independently of a phone companion app and the Pebble experience is getting richer.
Kevin and I had lots of fun chatting about mobile tech and then talking a bit about growing up with gaming consoles and Macs since the mobile news has been a bit light lately.
I watch a lot of video content on my Apple iPad Mini with Retina display so having a case that serves as a kickstand is important to me. The X-Doria Dash Folio is a great case that supports viewing in landscape.
There are rumors that HP might yet try again with phones and today we see tablets with voice capability launching in February in India.
The Chromebook 11 is a fantastic Chrome-OS device thanks to its great display, compact size, and ability to charge via microUSB. You can now purchase one with an integrated LTE radio for $100 more.
Kevin was on site in Vegas last week so we spent most of the show covering what was shown at CES 2014. Wearables, Samsung tablets, T-Mobile Uncarrier 4, and more were discussed.
The iPad is a great device for media and to fully enjoy it I prefer to prop it up with a case. STM Bags makes several cases for the iPad Mini with Retina display and I had the chance to test a couple.
Chromebooks reportedly did well in 2013 and we are sure to hear of many more new models in 2014. Toshiba kicked things off by announcing their first Chromebook.
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