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It's About Time: The Apple Watch is Here

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Everyone has been wondering when Apple would unveil its smartwatch. Rumors about its entry into this niche of the wearable tech space have been swirling since the Sony SmartWatch hit the market in 2012, and they intensified after Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear last year. 

Now the wait is over.  Exactly a year after CMSWire reported how disappointed many Apple aficionados were when the tech giant failed to introduce an iWatch at its big press event, Apple made the big reveal.

At the end of today's press event, after he showed off the two bigger and ostensibly better iPhone 6 models, CEO Tim Cook said he had “one more thing.”

Yes, the very simply named Apple Watch

Who Will Win the Battle Between Xbox One and PlayStation 4?

XboxoneSleepy.jpgThe holiday sales season is upon us, which means it's time for Wall Street and the electronics industry to start handicapping holiday sales. Initial data and analytics feedback indicates Microsoft's Xbox One may be lagging its rival Sony PlayStation 4, — and that could have big implications for Microsoft in the future.

Broken, Bound, Gagged: Customers Silenced About Defective Products

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Abusive relationships are hard to end, which may explain why so many customers run back again and again into the arms of companies that treat them with little respect. CMSWire.com spelled out the problem in a story last week on the risks of buying electronic devices on launch day.

In the rush to market products, manufacturers of everything from game consoles and computers to cameras and cell phones have turned loyal customers into consumer guinea pigs. And it's more insidious than you may think.

Xbox One Sells A Million, Microsoft Grapples with Social Media Backlash

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Microsoft's new Xbox One console has been branded as the ultimate games and entertainment machine.

The hard reality of those ambitious claims is now biting hard, as early buyers find poor gaming experiences, expensive in-game-content demands and issues with the TV and entertainment features. But Microsoft is handling the complaints well and trying to minimize disruption for users.

Buy Tech Products on Launch Day at Your Own Risk

xboxone_thumb.jpgToday's Microsoft Xbox launch comes with a required two-gigabyte update to access the most basic of the console's features. Owners are effectively left with an expensive lump of plastic and silicon without it.

Similar mandatory or essential updates were needed for Sony's PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U. Even Apple's latest iPhone 5S had a day-one bug fix update for iOS 7.

How long before day one updates become a horrific feature of all technology launches, with vendors shipping effectively useless products?  And what happens when that update fails?

5 Major Differences Between Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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The tech pages have been buzzing with gaming news in recent weeks, thanks to new consoles from Microsoft and Sony. But if you're not a loyal fan, which one should you choose? 

These five factors — and some simple truths the manufacturers probably don't want you to know — could sway your buying decision.

Sony's PlayStation 4 Launch Signals a New Era of Connectivity

ds4_controller.jpgWhile new tablets and smartphones launch monthly, game consoles arrive once every six or so years. Does Sony's new PlayStation 4 still have a place in our more portable world?

Its midnight launch saw thousands of Americans heading home with a box full of raw processing power that will be sitting under millions of TVs this holiday season. But what does the future hold for Playstation 4 and rival Xbox One? 

Game Consoles, 3D Printers Top Holiday Shopping Lists

holidaypresents.jpgWith Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, new super-powerful game consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — appear to be the hot tickets this year.

But from affordable 3D printers to tiny and low-cost smart-TV adaptors, there's something for every budget in this most bountiful of selling seasons. 

Pebble Skips On as Majors Stutter in the Smartwatch Battle

Thumbnail image for pebblewatchrange.jpgWhile Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.

Smartwatches and Consoles To Drive the Digital Ecosystem, Could Save Your Life

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All the mobile players already have, or are working toward, a smartwatch as a companion for their phones, with potentially life-saving utility for users. It also seems that a games console will be the next desirable ecosystem-expanding object to keep users invested.

Sony Goes Large and Fast With the New Waterproof Xperia Z Ultra

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Trying to regain some relevance in the market, Sony is super-sizing its latest high-end Xperia Z, the dunkable Android, with a 6.4" full HD display. Is this, and its associated new SmartWatch 2, now a truly desirable device or the last stylings of a dying breed? 

Are iRadio and iOS 7 Enough to Make iPhone Cool Again?

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Pretty much confirmed for Apple's WWDC keynote later today, are a refresh of the iPhone's interface and a new streaming radio service enough to reinvigorate rapidly stagnating consumer excitement in smartphones?

Never Mind the Smartphones, Here Come the Smart Watches

sony_smart_small.jpg While business focuses on big data, the consumer-connected Internet is aiming smaller and smaller, with data presented on smart watches supposed to be the next big thing. But where could we see true innovation, and not just cloning of phone features?

Smartphones Taking on the Giants of Super Bowl Advertising

While we wait to see how BlackBerry Will promote the BB10, the new Star Trek movie already has an app, while Motorola, GoDaddy.com and others are putting up a heavy advertising presence among the car and beer adverts for this year's super-advertising-bowl-athon.

Sony's PlayStation 4 Launch: The Battle for the Integrated Home

ps4logo.jpg We've covered plenty of PC, phone, tablet and other device launches recently, but can a mere games machine show the way forward for true home device and content integration? Can Sony's new console play nicely in a world of gadgets attempting to defend their own turf?

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