The Pebble smartwatch has received a firmware update that gives users more control over what information is is automatically pushed from smartphones to the watch.
Apps running on the Android, iPhone, and other iOS devices can be configured to send notification information to the Pebble's screen. The new version of the PebbleOS, v1.14, gives Pebble users a "Do Not Disturb" option, which blocks the watch from receiving any notifications for a set period of time.
Users will also have more control over which notifications are displayed and are able to choose to switch notifications on or … Read more
Apple has been bulking up its content lineup on the Apple TV, and Wednesday, the company announced still more updates.
The set-top box now features access to Bloomberg TV and ABC Network's Watch ABC. Bloomberg's app features live business and finance news, while Watch ABC provides on-demand and live programming in select cities. Crackle, the increasingly popular repository for movies and television shows, also has made its way to the Apple TV.
Apple has been on a tear this year adding new apps. This year alone, the set-top box's users have see HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Watch … Read more
The death of a 15-year-old factory employee has intensified fears about poor working conditions at Apple supplier Pegatron.
Shi Zhaokun had worked at a Pegatron factory that makes Apple's iPhone 5C. On October 9, Shi died of pneumonia shortly after being admitted to a hospital. His ID said he was 20, but in actuality he was only 15, according to The New York Times.
A spokeswoman for Pegatron told the Times that Shi's death was not related to the workplace environment. The boy's uncle said he was in good health and had just passed a physical on … Read more
You'd think notorious watchmaker Tokyoflash would be run by a gang of mad scientists determined to drive people crazy with their incomprehensible timepieces.
But during a recent visit to its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, I found a positively tranquil office housed in a charming and rare prewar building.
I was quickly given some hands-on time with the Kisai Rorschach, a recent creation that uses an e-paper display from E Ink to create inscrutable inkblots that would have made Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach proud. … Read more
Going beyond custom alerts for various events on your Pebble watch, one of the more fun uses for the Pebble smartwatch is the ability to create and use custom watch faces. Up until now, iOS users have had to rely on browsing watch faces using Safari. The process is a bit tedious and it's easy to forget where you saw a particular watch face. Enter MyPebbleFaces.
What started as a fan Web site to curate Pebble watch faces has turned into a free iOS app where iPhone users can browse available faces and install them directly on their watch. … Read more
Nothing is sadder than a cold bottle of beer that stays unopened because there's no bottle opener in sight. That's exactly the type of tragedy that Dominic Chenelia, founder of Happy Hour Timepieces, wants to prevent with his line of watches. They're equipped with subtle bottle openers and a very visible 5 o'clock indicator.
"The idea was to always have a bottle opener on you," Chenelia told Crave. "There were so many times when I would be at a tailgate, on a boat, or at the beach when no one had a bottle opener. We also wanted to design the timepieces in a way where it wasn't apparent that you were wearing a bottle opener on your wrist. The goal was to create a stylish design that could be worn every day, which also contained a bottle opener for those 5 o'clock moments." … Read more
It seems that with its recent Google+ update, YouTube has taken its finger off of the pause button on your watch history. YouTube tracks the videos you watch, providing a convenient list should you want to return to a video you vaguely recall watching in the past. If you had this feature paused before YouTube's update this month, your watch history is once again rolling.
Your watch history is viewable only from your account, but that doesn't mean a friend using your computer couldn't accidentally discover your LOLcats obsession. Thus, now is a good time to review … Read more
One of the shortcomings of using a Pebble smartwatch with an iOS device previously, was the lack of full notification support. The only service that the watch truly supported was Messages. Other services required additional setup each and every single time the watch and iOS device were disconnected. It was anything but a great user experience.
With iOS 7 releasing new tools to developers, and with better support for Bluetooth devices and background apps, hopes were high that the Pebble team would be able to make the watch what many users so desperately wanted it to be.
Then, early in … Read more
Roku recently passed the 1,000-channel mark and that list is about to get even longer.
Roku announced today that WatchESPN, Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior, and Watch Disney XD will be added to the company's streaming boxes. It's a bit of catchup for the company, as the same collection of apps were added to its main competitor, the Apple TV, earlier this year.
The new apps bolster Roku's live video offerings, as WatchESPN offers access to live TV from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN News, plus additional on-demand content; Watch Disney also … Read more