A new chapter

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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 :)

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

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‚Ć 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!

xo

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.

CES recap

Last week I covered CES for Engadget in Las Vegas. It was a lot of hard work with little sleep, but it was also a total blast!

In addition to reporting on several of the new devices announced at the event, I was interviewed by T3ch H3lp (video), and I bumped into some hard-to-find, already released phones.

Take a look at my pictures (slide show) of the Meizu M9, Dell Venue, ZTE Blade/Orange San Francisco, and HTC EVO Shift 4G after the break…

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Unboxing the Motorola Droid Pro, part 1

Last week I received a Motorola Droid Pro review unit from the lovely people at Verizon. It joins the ranks of the Droid 2 and the Droid X, but adds some unique features…

Most obvious is the QWERTY keyboard, which looks and feels exactly like a BlackBerry keyboard. There’s a pretty decent camera (5 MP autofocus with dual LED flash) and a global radio (CDMA + GSM/HSPA) on board. Sadly, the portrait layout means the screen is smaller (3.1″) and lower resolution (HVGA – 480×320 pixels) than its siblings.

I’ve already recorded the launch of this phone for Engadget during CTIA, but check out my unboxing video and expect some pictures soon!

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