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Pebble boss claims smartwatches are like smartphones in 2007

What is a smartwatch for, really? It’s nice to have something on your wrist that tells the time, but many of the much-hyped ‘smart’ features aren’t proving that appealing beyond the earliest adopters. Eric Migicovsky,...
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Apple expected to release new iPods on Thursday

It’s been nearly three years since the last time Apple released a new iPod touch device: the fifth-generation model came out in September 2012. Has the device (and, indeed, the iPod category) been abandoned? Not so. AppleInsider...
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Xiaomi sold 34.7m smartphones in the first half of 2015

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has big ambitions for global expansion, having predicted that it will sell 100m smartphones around the world in 2015. It’ll be hoping for a storming end to the year though, because in the first...
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Mozilla has ‘not seen sufficient traction’ for $25 smartphones

The big idea behind Mozilla’s Firefox OS software was to power affordable smartphones in emerging markets, with an open web-standards ethos to provide an alternative to iOS and Android. As things stand, it seems emerging...
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Facebook could have invested in Xiaomi’s $1.1bn funding round

Facebook had talks over being one of the investors in Chinese device-maker Xiaomi’s recent $1.1bn funding round, according to Reuters, which suggests that a deal didn’t happen due to “political and commercial implications”...
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eMarketer predicts there’ll be 1bn tablet users in 2015

Sales of tablets have been slowing, spooking a consumer-electronics market that saw these devices as a huge new growth area. Even so, research firm eMarketer thinks there’ll be a large audience of tablet users this year:...
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Industry analyst Benedict Evans’ questions about mobile

Another take on the future for mobility? “Apple and Google both won. Apple now sells around 10% of all the 1.8bn (and growing) phones sold on Earth each year and Android the next 50%, split roughly between say 2/3 Google...
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IDC predicts ‘massive deceleration’ in tablet shipments

More tablets will ship in 2014 than did in 2013, but the growth is a lot less than last year. Research firm IDC claims that year-on-year growth in tablet shipments will be just 7.2% this year, compared to 52.5% in 2013 –...
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Ericsson predicts 6.1bn smartphone subscriptions by 2021

If you’re tracking the growth in smartphones around the world, we recommend the latest Mobility Report from Ericsson, which combines current stats with predictions for the years ahead. It claims that there’ll be 800m...
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Is Will.i.am’s new Puls smartwatch any good? The Verge says… no

Will.i.am is very excited about his new Puls smartwatch, but will gadget buyers be as enthusiastic? One of the first technology sites to review the device, The Verge, is distinctly unimpressed. “I got a chance to use an...
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Spotify and Pandora on board for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick

Amazon launched its Fire TV set-top box earlier this year as a way to stream video and music to televisions, as well as play games. Now it has a companion product, the Fire TV Stick, which is a dongle that plugs into the...
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Google’s latest Android moves: Lollipop and new Nexus devices

Apple is unveiling its new iPads tonight, but Google got in yesterday with its latest device announcements. Well, device and software: the company formally unveiled the next version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, which was previewed...