Tech Tuesday: A Smartphone on your wrist & RIM’s launch of BlackBerry 10

This week on News 1130 radio in Vancouver, I discussed these items:

  • Neptune Pine Smart Watch: Smartwatches have been around for awhile now but have always been used as an extention to your smartphone. The Neptune Pine wants to be the watch that replaces your smartphone with it’s integrated Android operating system, wifi, built in heart rate monitor, GPS, Bluetooth and FM radio. It also sports a 3.2 megapixel camera and can make GSM phone calls. Expected to ship in Q3 of 2013 for $395.
  • BlackBerry 10: Research in Motion will unveil the long awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system on Wednesday. Considered by many to be the last chance RIM has to stay competitive against Apple and Google’s operating systems. Early rumors are suggesting it will launch with over 70,000 apps in their rebranded BlackBerry World app store along with new handsets (starting with the Z10 which will feature a Snapdragon S4 processor, a 1,800mAh battery and a 356 pixel density for its 4.2-inch 720p screen), integrated Twitter and Google Talk support. Those that have seen it are giving it high praise, but will it be enough? RIM is also preparing an ad to air during the Super Bowl this weekend to unveil BB10 to the world.
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