Pebble was my favorite smartwatch of 2013 and is starting off 2014 with a bang. Their Appstore launches this month, a new premium Pebble Steel can be ordered now, and new partners are helping them take the smartwatch further than before.
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People are doing more with their smartphones today, but I also see more people looking for dedicated devices to serve important roles in their life. One role is vehicle navigation and TomTom will soon have new offerings starting as low as $149.
In January the GameStick appeared as a Kickstarter project. It is available now for $80 and some games are fun, but more games are needed and the user interface could use more work.
The Apple iPad Mini with Retina display is an extremely portable and powerful tablet. You can use the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover to increase productivity on the go.
Either Kevin and I are getting old and cranky or we are just tired of too much going on. We are both using the same smartphones now in an attempt to simplify our lives.
HP recalled the Chromebook 11 due to a faulty charger issue and it has been unavailable for some time. I found it on Amazon a couple days ago and placed my order.
There are plenty of options in the tablet market, but for me the new iPad Mini with Retina display is the one I have been looking for and I could not be happier.
We are moving towards a paperless society, but there are still receipts, business cards, and other documents that appear in paper. The NeatConnect helps you quickly digitize and manage these documents.
Former Mobile Gadgeteer Joel Evans is the VP, Mobile Engagement at Mobiquity and shares his booms, busts, and picks for the holiday season in this on-demand webinar.
The Pebble smartwatch is arguably the most popular product in this category. As they continue active developer support, a new Appstore will be launching in early 2014 to help promote and give exposure to developer efforts.
Nokia's Power Keyboard cover is not yet available, but you can find a reasonably priced dual cover with kickstand at your local Verizon Wireless store.
Jawbone recently released its 3rd-generation UP band that brings wireless syncing capability to iOS devices. With its open UP platform the UP24 is one of the top activity trackers available today.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is an excellent tablet alternative to the iPad with Windows RT 8.1 serving well in the tablet role. Even without a keyboard, the Lumia 2520 is a great tablet to consider for the holidays.
HP's latest Intel Haswell Chromebook is available now with free monthly LTE and available in bold colors. It's a rocking Chromebook that enables efficiency with the large display and keyboard.
While Apple caused many people to take an interest in the tablet market, Google jumped right in and Android is the leading tablet operating system as well as the leading smartphone operating system.
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