Instagram adds five new filter options, filter management
Instagram has updated its famous photo filters, for the first time in two years. The Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua effects have been added to both the Android and iOS versions of the app, each shifting and softening the photograph's colors in varying ways. The app has also updated how the various effects are displayed, providing a blurred preview of filters, while a "Manage" button will allow users to hide the rarely-used filters from view.
Smartwatch app offers retailers code to accept PayPal payment
PayPal is filling out its roster of apps for mobile payments by smartwatch, with the launch of its first Pebble app. Available to download from the Pebble App Store, the PayPal app allows the wearer to make payments in stores directly from the watch, without needing to bring out their payment card or having to interact with the smartphone PayPal app.
Walmart attempts to retain holiday sales by price matching Amazon
Walmart stores will soon offer price matching against Amazon product listings, in time for the holiday shopping period. Managers at the retailers stores have been informed of the policy change, formalizing a practice already being conducted at half the stores according to Reuters, with the ultimate aim of encouraging customers to continue visiting its stores rather than shopping online.
Software update adds background activity tracking to Pebble smartwatch
Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively.
Pebble Firmware version 2.5 adds iOS 8 support, emoji
A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages.
ESPN creates Scores app for sporting update on Pebble smartwatch
ESPN has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, providing results for various sporting events. The Scores app includes results from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, and college basketball, and will vibrate to notify the wearer about game updates. The app is now available to download from the Pebble App Store for iOS and Android.
Honeywell releases Pebble smartwatch app for remote thermostat control
Honeywell has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, allowing it to remotely control the company's Evohome smart thermostat. Pocket-Lint reports the app can be used to check the temperature in each zone, as well as to activate a number of thermostat "quick actions," instead of reaching for the smartphone app. The watch face is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and can be downloaded from the Pebble App Store now.
Pebble firmware update adds volume control, app launcher reorganization
Pebble has released a firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch and Pebble Steel. Version 2.2 now allows users to re-order items on the launcher menu from the watch itself, without requiring the companion smartphone app. The device can also control the volume of songs playing on the smartphone, a feature which will require iOS users to update their app.
PC spaceship simulation game ported for iPad 2 or later
Subset Games' PC strategy game Faster Than Light (FTL) has been ported for the iPad 2 and later. Gamers are tasked with running a spaceship trying to escape an oncoming rebel fleet. This involves managing crews and subsystems, coping with threats like fires, boardings, and depressurization. The iPad version includes the free Advanced Edition expansion, which adds new ship, enemies, events, weapons, and more. Available for $10 on iTunes, FTL requires iOS 6 or later, and is thus not compatible with the original iPad.
PayPal enables Pay at Table, Order Ahead in UK, Australia
Paypal is expanding the range of food-related payment options available in its apps in the United Kingdom and Australia. Already available in the United States, the Pay At Table and Order Ahead options in its iOS and Android apps are being enabled in the two countries, which allow users to pay for food at the table via the app itself, or to place orders for food for later pick-up from the location. Head of retail services for PayPal UK Rob Harper advised to TechCrunch the new features will be spreading to other European countries in the near future.
Pebble lowers price of Steel smart watch with leather strap
Pebble has cut the price for one version of its metal smartwatch. The leather-strap version of the Pebble Steel is now reduced to $229 for both the brushed stainless and black matte models, representing a $20 saving on the metal-band variants, reports SmartwatchFans. Potential buyers will have to wait, as the leather-strapped models are now back-ordered, while the metal strap versions are listed as "unavailable." The original version of the Pebble is still listed as in-stock.
Cash prize, Pebble Steel offered to highest-voted Pebble apps
Pebble has launched the Android version of its smart watch app store, just over one month after the iOS version first became available to use. The app's update to version 2.0 comes at the same time as the company launches a hackathon to create new apps for the crowd-funded device, with the developer of the highest-voted app receiving a grand prize of $5,000 in cash.
App store allows up to 8 apps on Pebble smart watch at a time
Pebble will be launching its app store on Febrary 3rd, allowing developers to sell apps and watchfaces for the crowd-funded smart watch, the company has revealed. The iOS version of the companion app will be updated with the store on Monday, with a beta version of the store launching on Android shortly afterward, with the first apps set to go on sale from 10am PST, 1pm EST.
More costly option switches to metal, Gorilla Glass
Following this morning's news leak, Pebble has officially announced the Steel, a more luxury-oriented watch. Unlike the original plastic-based Pebble, the new one is made of metal. The e-ink display is now also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, used on many smartphones and tablets.
Should be announced later today
Just ahead of a planned announcement later today, Pebble's new watch -- the Steel -- has reportedly leaked to the public. Its name stems from a switch from a plastic housing to metal. Two colors options are expected: one using brushed stainless steel, and another painted matte black.
Hints at possibility of next-gen watch
Smarwatch maker Pebble will make a special CES announcement on Monday, January 6 at 11AM Pacific time, according to an official blog post. The event will be hosted by CEO Eric Migicovsky, and streaming on getpebble.com. Beyond that, the company hasn't revealed any details.
Smartwatch gets new way to download apps
Pebble on Wednesday announced that, alongside a new Pebble SDK, the upstart smartwatch will be getting its own app repository. The announcement came by way of the Pebble Developer Blog, with Pebble calling the coming appstore "the first place where Pebble users [will] look for Pebble apps." The new SDK and the appstore are set for launch some time in early 2014.
Pebble updates software with alarm settings, notification controls
Pebble has updated the software for its smartwatch, adding a new "Do Not Disturb" setting. As well as allowing wearers to designate a period of time when notifications are not displayed, the update adds changes to the way it handles alarms, including adding multiple alarms, toggling them on and off, and a new "Snooze Alarm." Added controls for notifications, improved iOS performance, and a number of bug fixes are also included.
Pebble cuts price of smart watch from $150 to $130 for Black Friday
Pebble has reduced the cost of its smart watch by $20 on its website for Black Friday, bringing the price down from $150 to $130, and effectively counters most of the cost of a delivery upgrade to 3-5 days instead of weeks. The grey model of the Kickstarter-funded wristwear is backordered, though the jet black, cherry red, orange, and arctic white versions are still available.
Mega releases cloud storage app for iOS, iPad version due in future
Mega, the cloud storage service operated by Kim Dotcom, has launched an official iOS app. The free download allows users to browse their account, preview and stream specific documents and files, and to send links to files and folders to other people. Support for the iPad as well as photo synchronization are touted as future upgrades.
Pebble releases iOS 7 app update with greater notification support
Pebble has updated the iOS version of its smart watch app, one which introduces support for iOS 7 notifications. The update, which allows for updates from a host of watched services to be pushed to the Pebble display, also introduces support for Bluetooth LE, which will lower the amount of power used by the smartphone and the Pebble when communicating.
Smart watch app fully integrates with Notification Center
Pebble has made a number of announcements about its Kickstarter-funded smart watch, for both iOS and Android app developers. The new iOS app introduces full integration with the Notification Center, while version 2.0 of the software development kit adds four new APIs, allowing app creators to do more with the smart watch.
Pebble to go on sale through AT&T website, retail stores
AT&T has made a number of announcements, for both its wireless network and devices offered through it. The carrier has expanded its wireless-based home phone service into more markets, rolled its 4G LTE coverage into more areas, and has become the exclusive US carrier of the Kickstarter-funded Pebble smartwatch.
New 1Password 4 information released
Earlier today, AgileBits released new information regarding the upcoming release of 1Password 4. The software has been in active beta development for several months now, but according to the company is on track for an official launch this fall. Among the new features showed off today was the ability to mark frequently used items as Favorites, iCloud syncing, and a re-architected browser extension written natively in Cocoa. Along with this information AgileBits also announced that 1Password 4 will be a free upgrade to all Mac App Store customers, as well as for any website customers who purchased on or after January 1, 2013.
Supports Gmail, other IMAP email services
As promised in July, Pebble has updated the iOS companion app for its smartwatch with email notifications. At the moment, only IMAP email accounts are supported. Gmail logins are handled through Google, while all other accounts require using a special login interface.
Gmail, IMAP accounts to get notifications
Pebble has sold over 275,000 units of its smartwatch so far, according to an announcement. Roughly 85,000 of those were sold through the pre-launch Kickstarter campaign, but the remaining 190,000 were sold via the Pebble website. The device is now available at retail as well through Best Buy.
Jet Black Pebble on sale at first, others to follow after Kickstarter orders completed
The Pebble smartwatch will be hitting retail for the first time this weekend, allowing potential owners to pick up the device without waiting months for a pre-order to be fulfilled. The Kickstarter-funded watch will be appearing at Best Buy through an "exclusive retail launch partnership" with the retailer, with stores receiving stock of the watches for sale on Sunday, July 7.
Pebble smartwatch firmware update adds multiple notifications, watchface
The Pebble smartwatch has received a firmware update, introducing more changes to the user interface. Notifications have been updated to allow for multiple items to be viewed, the UI for setting the time has been reworked, and the wearer's current speed in the RunKeeper app can now be viewed from the Pebble display. The minimalist Simplicity watchface has been added as an option instead of the Fuzzy Time watchface, which has now been transitioned to the watchapp library, according to the version 1.11 firmware release notes.
Smartwatch able to communicate back to smartphones
Pebble, the smartwatch that started life on Kickstarter, has received an extra $15 million in funding. The additional funding from investors, on top of the $10.2 million received through its Kickstarter campaign, comes at the same time as the company updates its SDK to include two-way communication for third-party Pebble apps.
Pebble firmware update fixes showstopping bug
Kickstarter-funded smartwatch Pebble has received an update to fix a showstopping bug. The new 1.9.1 firmware came into being following reports received by Engadget of users finding their timepieces stopped working after shutting down, and is said to fix the issue. Customers with watches on older firmware that do not switch back on can request for a replacement through e-mail or the companion Pebble app.
Adhesive for waterproofing partly to blame
A teardown of the Pebble smartwatch found it to be a fairly unrepairable device, though its expected longevity is a saving grace. The team at iFixit declined to give the Pebble a repairability score due to its uniqueness, but did praise the combination of its low-power e-paper display and weekly charging cycle, which gives the non-replaceable battery a lifespan of between six and ten years.
First 500 watches despatched, delayed over airport paperwork
The Pebble smartwatch has started shipping to Kickstarter backers, though less than initially estimated. The low shipment numbers problem is accompanied by news of a possible delay in the iOS app for the watch, limiting what actions backers will be able to perform on the device once they receive their orders.
Factory creating 15,000 Pebble watches per week
The Pebble smart watch will be shipping to backers on January 23rd. Company CEO Eric Migicovsky made the announcement at CES, adding that the e-paper timepiece will be shipping in batches, and is good news to Kickstarter backers that have waited for the wrist-based gadget, including through a number of production delays.
Sprint outs Tri-Fi hotspot
Sprint and Sierra Wireless have announced the availability of the first mobile router to combine LTE and WiMAX 4G connections alongside 3G connectivity. The Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot will connect to Sprint's 4G network and will become available to customers starting May 18.
Allerta adding Bluetooth 4.0 to Pebble watch for no extra cost
The record-setting growth of the Pebble watch concept on Kickstarter is continuing, and the team behind the smartphone companion device is continuing to rack in the support dollars. When the project gathered $3 million, designers announced they will make the case waterproof, and now that the $9m mark was breached, they said they will add Bluetooth 4.0 functionality to it. This shouldn't affect the launch date, and the functionality will be enabled after launch thanks to a software update.
Pebble watch to ship with native RunKeeper app
The RunKeeper app has become the first official partner for the Kickstarter record-setting Pebble watch. The companion device will communicate with iOS and Android phones over Bluetooth to deliver information on its tiny screen. RunKeeper is a fitness app, and the new deal will let users track their run data without pulling out their handsets.
Pebble to add waterproof design thanks to demand
The Pebble e-paper watch project covered last week and featured on crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter has now raised over 31 times more capital than it was originally intended. The initial pace was certainly impressive, as the project met its goal within just two hours of it being posted on the site. The device, once manufactured, promises to bring with it iOS and Android compatibility over a Bluetooth connection.