MacVoices #14204: Adam Engst, Andy Ihnatko and Jason Snell on The Pebble and the Smartwatch Future


An all-star MacNotables panel of Adam Engst, Andy Ihnatko,  Jason Snell and host Chuck Joiner  got together to talk about smartwatches in general and the Pebble in particular. Why? Because Pebble was arguably the first smartwatch of the modern era. Because all of them wear one or have worn one with some consistency. And because it is a logical baseline to measure all others by. Find out how they use the Pebble, their thoughts on its future and how it might fare against the Apple Watch, and how much fashion plays into the equation. The group discusses killer features, the watch as stand-alone vs. supplemental device, and what information you really need and want on your wrist.

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Show Notes:

Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, App.net and LinkedIn.

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Guests:

Adam C. Engst  is the publisher of  TidBITS  and  Take Control Books. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles – thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control electronic book series. His awards include the MDJ Power 25 ranking as the most influential person in the Macintosh industry outside of Apple every year since 2000, inclusion on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and being named one of MacDirectory’s top ten visionaries. And yes, he has been turned into an action figure. Want more? Follow Adam on  Twitter  for 140-character musings on a variety of topics.

Andy Ihnatko  is the technology columnist for the  Chicago Sun-Times, senior contributor to  Macworld, and is the host of his own podcast,  The Ihnatko Almanac. Andy is a regular on  MacBreak Weekly, and shares his thoughts and wisdom on his blog,  Andy Ihnatko’s Celestial Waste of Bandwidth.  You can connect with him on Twitter and  Google+.

Jason Snell was the lead editor for Macworld for more than a decade. During his time there, he covered every major Apple product release, including every version of OS X, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and much more. He writes about tech at Six Colors  podcasts about tech at Upgrade and Clockwise on Relay FM, and podcasts about pop culture at The Incomparable. Follow him on Twitter for even more