A new chapter

September 23, 2013


In early 2011, after working for more than 15 years as a developer in the video game industry, I turned a successful hobby — blogging about technology — into a full time job. For the past two and a half years, I’ve been Senior Mobile Editor at Engadget, and it’s been one of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life. I’ve been working all over the world with a group of incredibly talented people — the Engadget team — in the most grueling and extreme trade show conditions (I’ve literally shed blood, sweat and tears on this job). At the same time, I’ve built wonderful new relationships and friendships with an broad array of amazing people: readers, podcast listeners, PR and marketing folks, engineers, designers, VPs and even CEOs — you all know who you are…

Today I’m starting a new chapter in my career — I’ve accepted the position of Chief Evangelist with Pebble, the incredibly successful company behind the eponymous smartwatch. It’s definitely a unique and awesome opportunity and I’m delighted to join Eric Migicovsky and his team to take Pebble to the next level. Wearables is one of today’s hottest new product categories, and while Pebble is a phenomenal platform, the industry is not standing still. To this, I only have one thing to say: challenge accepted!

Don’t fret though — I’m not completely giving up on being a journalist and pundit, or generally being known as “that opinionated shithead“. I’m going to continue writing and podcasting when time permits — I’d like to rekindle this blog, with a focus (pardon the pun) on mobile photography. You’re likely to see me making regular appearances on Leo Laporte, Jason Howell, Andy Ihnatko, Ashley Esqueda, and Steve Litchfield‘s shows — to name a few. Of course, I’m also going to continue attending trade shows, conferences and events and you’ll be able to find me there. For example, I’ve been invited to speak next month at BlogHer PRO ’13 about DIY Mobile Strategy. Feel free to drop me a line if you want me to write a piece for your publication, be on your podcast, or speak at your event.

So there you have it. Wish me luck :)


The art of blogging, or when your hobby becomes your job

April 25, 2011

Dear readers,

As most of you probably know by now, I’ve recently accepted a full-time position with Engadget as Senior Mobile Editor, this after spending almost a year freelancing for them in my spare time.

What does it mean for this blog, tnkgrl Mobile?

The blog: I’m going to continue writing here from time-to-time, focusing on any mobile tech content that’s not well suited for Engadget. Of course you’ll be able to read me over there to your heart’s content, and I’ll post links here to all my important Engadget features. Subscribe to my RSS feed† and my Twitter account to keep on top of what’s happening with me.

The videos and pictures: I’m planning to keep up the unboxing videos (time permitting). I won’t usually be posting them right away – after all, I can’t steal the show from Engadget :) Unboxing pictures and camera tests are more time-consuming to compile so I’m not making any promises. Instead, look for your fix of videos and pictures in my Engadget reviews.

The podcast: Talking with tnkgrl is dead in the water. As you likely remember, Matt Bennett decided to move on to other (two-wheeled) projects. Then Tony Peric and I struggled to coordinate our schedules and experienced some technical setbacks, essentially putting the podcast on hold. Instead, I suggest you listen to me weekly on the Engadget Mobile podcast.

Despite tnkgrl Mobile taking a back seat in my life this new job marks my successful transition from being a long-time video game developer to working as a journalist full-time.

It’s pretty amazing that something that started out as a hobby less than 5 years ago is now my career. I hope you stick around and come along for the ride. It’s going to be a blast!


Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl)

PS: I’ve still got a small backlog of content that I’ll be posting here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

NeighborGoods is go

June 30, 2010


Today my friend Micki is launching NeighborGoods, an “online community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your friends”…

I’ve been using NeighborGoods for a few weeks now and it’s fantastic. Take a look at the press release, sign up, and tell your friends!

Netbook Summit 2010

May 25, 2010

During my lunch break today, I briefly poked my head in at the Netbook Summit!

It was great opportunity to see the latest netbooks from manufacturers like Dell and Toshiba, as well as devices using technology from nVidia and AMD.

I even played with an Acer Liquid smartphone (above) and JKK‘s über sexy Hanvon B10 tablet running ExB‘s PTPT user interface on top of Windows 7…

It was also a chance to hang out with fellow bloggers from all over the planet, including Joanna Stern of Engadget, Sascha Pallenberg of Netbook News, and Johannes Knapp of newgadgets.de

Enjoy some pictures :)

SF AppShow

April 26, 2010

This week I’m attending the SF AppShow

– What: The SF AppShow discovers and breaks some of the hottest apps
– When: 7 PM, Tuesday April 27, 2010 (doors at 5:30 PM)
– Where: 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco
– Who: Mobile developers, bloggers, and friends

My readers get a 50% discount. See you there!

In solidarity

April 1, 2008

I’ve changed the header picture of my blog to the color magenta for the day in solidarity with the team of Engadget Mobile who is being harassed by Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile)…

As a T-Mobile customer, I’m not impressed!

The censorship war

May 2, 2007

There’s a censorship war raging on right now all over the Internet – it’s about IP and copyright vs. free speech and fair use…

It’s about this (hexadecimal) number:

09F91102 9D74E35B D84156C5 635688C0

Can you copyright a number? Share and discuss!