Crowdfunding site will offer YotaPhone 2 in US before wider retail availability
Yota Devices is bringing the YotaPhone 2 to the United States, with initial sales going through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The smartphone, which notably has a secondary e-paper display on the back of the device, will apparently go on sale in the US next month through the site in a similar move to Pebble's recent smartwatch sequel launch on Kickstarter.
Rapidweaver, Clear devs bring distraction-free writing to blog publishing
Every so often, we like to bring our readers' attention to crowdfunding efforts or projects that catch our eye and might be something you'd be interested in investing in. None of these crowdsourcing projects pay us or anything like that for the attention; we pick them based on what we think are their merits, and share them with you for your consideration for no reward, just the joy of helping cool new projects get off the ground. This week, we're looking at blogging platform Typed.
Extra funding requested in exchange for more storage, other Jolla Tablet upgrades
Jolla has returned to crowdfunding for its tablet, offering an extra option to backers. The second appearance on IndieGoGo for the Jolla Tablet lists a new higher-capacity device with 64GB of storage, double the original's 32GB capacity, and while new backers can buy the larger-capacity tablet for $249, existing backers can pay $25 to upgrade their 32GB model to the new version.
Optional fee provides refund on crowdfunding purchases after project failure
People paying into crowdfunding campaigns may gain some protection on their funds, thanks to a new scheme being tried out for the first time. Indiegogo is testing out crowdfunding insurance, with one campaign offering the ability to get back the cost of the donated product or device if the project fails to deliver within a reasonable timeframe.
3mm connector case for iPhone features accommodations for money, earbuds
Minimalistic case attachment for iPhone and other devices, Snap, has nearly reached its Indiegogo campaign goal of $15,000. Measuring at 3mm thick and 25mm wide, Snap features a system that focuses on its circular, low-profile female connection that can be adhered to any device or case with its commercial-grade 3M adhesive. Snap's connector is accompanied by different types of accessories that range in function from carrying earbud headphones, clipping money, or attaching your smartphone or other device to an adaptive holder for a bicycle. Pledges for backing Snap's Indiegogo campaign start at $10, with estimated delivery of product beginning in June.
Best Buy offers Windows XP laptop trade-in credit of $100 or more
In light of the discontinuation of support for Windows XP by Microsoft, Best Buy has announced a new trade-in credit program. Between now and April 19, customers can receive a minimum of $100 of credit toward the purchase of a new computer, when bringing in a functional Windows XP running laptop to a Best Buy location. A $25 gift card plus a discount coupon valued at $75 will be issued upon assessment of the device brought in.
BluFit Smart Water Bottle tracks water intake with app
BluFit, the smart water bottle that can track its user's water consumption, is available for pre-order pledging on Indiegogo. The glass bottle encased in a silicone sleeve notifies users to drink more water, based on a calibration of personal data such as weight, age, activity level, and more. The bottle transmits data by way of its Bluetooth LE chip to the BlueFit app, such as when and how much water was consumed.
Changes to come after freezing, releasing Indiegogo campaign funds
PayPal is pledging to overhaul its policies to improve how it deals with crowdfunding campaigns in the future. The payment service is looking into what it needs to change in order to preserve security while also allowing for such funding events to take place, after it recently and publicly froze funds destined to prominent crowdfunded projects.