Fossil Q Hybrid: Reinventing the smartwatch

In the tech world, to win you must innovate.

It’s a fast-paced, uber-crazy rat race, where each year, feature upon feature is piled onto new products dubbed the latest and greatest of tech.

Not everything makes sense, not everything practical or groundbreaking. But these headline features are what sells these products, and it gives us tech journalists something to write about.

But what if scaling back was even better than moving forward?

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Fantastic Pokémon and Where to Find Them

Wouldn’t it be great if you lived by a PokéStop or two? You could just sit on your couch, set a lure and have pokémon come to you? Don’t even think about it! Not only is that a lazy-ass idea, it’s not feasible. If you’re really serious about catching them all, you’ll need to put in the time, just like in the game or TV show, moving from place to place in search of them all.

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Niantic releases official statement on Pokémon Go global rollout

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about Pokémon Go‘s global release so far in order of date:

  • The game is out now in the Philippines and 14 other countries in Asia and Ocenia. Swing by this page for the full list.
  • As of today, August 4, Pokémon Go is now available in Central and South America. The news comes just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. The world’s best athletes training in Pokémon gyms could be a thing now. Yay!
  • Nintendo announced on July 27th that Pokémon Go Plus, the watch-like companion device that alerts you of nearby monsters, will be available in September, not late-July.
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Of disruptors, flagships, and price points

What makes a smartphone a flagship phone?

Just the other day, during a weekly chat over drinks, the GadgetMatch team found ourselves in a conundrum.

While a few years back the answer was simple, these days, the imaginary lines that separate phone classes are getting murkier. That’s especially true in 2016, a year where up-and-coming brands are disrupting price points by introducing the same kinds of phones for less.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Preview

UPDATE, August 2: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now official. Check out our hands-on post here.

The invites are out for 7 Unpacked, the launch event for Samsung’s newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, which will take place in New York on August 2nd. Following months of speculation, this teaser pretty much confirms rumors about Samsung skipping 6 and going straight to 7.

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Lenovo brings Moto 360 smartwatch to the Philippines

When Google first unveiled its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, back in 2014, it launched with three partners – LG, Motorola, and Samsung.

While the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live dropped a few months earlier, it was the Moto 360 that almost everyone wanted (and waited for). Unlike the other two that were more tech–on–a–strap, the Moto 360 looked and felt more like a traditional watch, with a round face and genuine leather straps to choose from.

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Celebrate Social Media Day 2016

June 30 is Social Media Day!

I’m really excited to represent GadgetMatch as we celebrate our first year of doing what we do.

Our first anniversary is coming up so the timing couldn’t be any perfect. At Social Media Day I will be taking part in a panel with other entrepreneurs who have turned their passions into professions. Joining me are Jessica Nazarali, Founder of IT Girl Foundation and Liz Lanuzo, Founder and EIC of ProjectVanity.com

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Sony’s Xperia X smartphones are coming to more markets soon

That took a while.

After announcing its new smartphone line in Barcelona last February, Sony is finally making good on its promise of rolling out its Xperia X smartphones across the globe. Following a May release in the U.K., the Xperia X and XA are coming to the Philippines in mid-July. The Xperia X is already available in India, whereas the lower-end XA should be available by the third week of June.

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Flash Plus 2 is an exciting sub-$200 phone from the brand formerly known as Alcatel

When I hear the word Alcatel, I get flashbacks from the very late nineties, when apart from the likes of Nokia and Motorola, it too made cellphones. I can still remember the first Alcatel One Touch, a larger and rounder Nokia 5110 look-a-like.

Almost 20 years later, Alcatel is staging a comeback. Over the last few years the company has generated a reasonable amount of interest in its Flash line – budget smartphones with reasonably good specs.

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LTE-A Explained

A few weeks ago, I was lounging on a beach chair in Boracay Island in the Philippines, sipping on a mojito and enjoying crazy fast mobile internet speeds of about 200 megabits per second.

For the uninitiated, at 200 Mbps, you can download the original Iron Man movie in high def, or the popular racing game Need For Speed in well under 2 minutes.

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Top 5 announcements from Google I/O 2016

Usually a conference for computer programmers or app developers isn’t what everyday users will find exciting. But Google’s annual I/O conference is always worth looking out for.

Google, after all, is one of the most exciting companies in the tech world, and whether you like it or not, it will play a huge part in our daily lives, if not already. Beyond computers, smartphones, and wearables, technology is changing life as we know it, and Google intends to be in the thick of it.

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Meet the Pokémon Sun and Moon Starters

Fire, Water, or Grass?

One of the most important decisions faced by every budding Pokemon trainer is the matter of starter Pokémon. You can only choose one – a sidekick that will ultimately effect your game style. 

The choice is always between a fire, water or grass Pokémon – each with its own strengths and weaknesses. In the latest Pokemon installment, dubbed Sun and Moon, you have these 3 to pick from.

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iPhone SE vs. Xperia Z5 Compact: pocket rocket showdown

I’ve got 10 smartphones on my desk, but one stands out because of its size.

In a sea of phones that are 5 inches and larger, Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE goes against trend. It’s a big-phone world out there, not just because larger screens are hip, but because a phone’s display is a window to a universe of productivity, entertainment, and possibility.

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4-inch iPhone makes a comeback

Big things come in small packages.

From its moderately sized Town Hall in Cupertino, Apple unveiled a couple of “small” devices today, including a new 4-inch iPhone.

Dubbed the iPhone SE, the new iPhone looks exactly like the iPhone 5S from 3 years ago, sporting the same 4-inch Retina display, diamond cut chamfered edges, and blasted aluminium finish. 

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Zuckerberg steals Samsung show, unveils big vision for virtual reality

Nothing can prepare you for the day you come face-to-face with an icon.

It hasn’t really sunk in yet, and I’m not sure if as a tech journalist I’m even supposed to feel this way. But it happened, last night at the tail end of Samsung’s hour-long Unpacked event, I came almost face-to-face with Mark Zuckerberg, and I was awestruck.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Hands On – Better than eyes can see

Two months of collective restraint from the world’s most powerful smartphone companies have led up to this day in Barcelona. If this were Hollywood, today would be the Oscars, maybe even more exciting. Today, tightly guarded secrets finally see the light of day, leaks that couldn’t wait to be revealed are confirmed, and expectations that have kept the tech industry at a standstill are either quenched or met with utter disappointment.

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LG G5 gets touch case before phone’s launch

The phone hasn’t been unveiled yet, but LG is already announcing a case for its upcoming flagship the G5.

Via a news release sent out to journalists today, the Korean smartphone manufacturer detailed how a new Quick Cover case will work, and in the process inadvertently revealed the shape of its much anticipated Android smartphone.

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Will Apple kill iPhone 7 headphone jack?

At 7.1 mm today’s iPhone 6S is almost as thin as your average pencil.

But can it get any thinner?

Among the many engineering challenges smartphone manufacturers face, reducing smartphone component size has always been a work in progress. For Apple, the last 8 years of innovation have shaved off more than 4.5 mm from the original iPhone.

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