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Wearables Report: Was Pebble’s $12.8 million Kickstarter campaign a success?

Perspective, it's an an interesting thing. By all accounts Pebble's third Kickstarter campaign -- for two updated Pebble smartwatches and an Android-powered fitness tracker aimed at runners -- is a smashing success: 66,673 backers $12,779,843 pledged Not too shabby. In fact the result ranks it as third highest ever Kickstarter. As a long-time Pebble...
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Homegrown phone – Is Google aiming to be more like Apple?

Being open is both a blessing and a curse. One the plus side, others can run hog wild. In the case of Google's Android operating system that means manufacturers can build handsets to their heart's content. Large. Small. Cheap. Premium. They can run near stock Android (Moto X Pure) or come...

Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit: Is it a good deal?

Like we've seen before with previous models, Canon has announced a "Video Creator Kit" for its new EOS 80D DSLR camera. The package includes a microphone, memory, lens, memory card, and, of course, the camera body itself. Essentially you get everything you need, out-of-the-box, to start shooting video. Quite nice...
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Wanderlust Video: “1797” Mission San Juan Bautista (Shot on RED Raven)

Sloooow motion. Slow-mo. Right?! Doesn't slowing a moving image down just make everything seem more interesting? Possibly. We see it in sports all the time during replays. And, in case you never noticed, take time to watch that next luxury goods commercial, say, for a Lexus car. Note the use...
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A brief history of eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are really a rather brilliant stroke of ingenuity, if you think about it. Yes, people who wear eyeglasses every day may see them as more of a nuisance than a benefit, but then, imagine having no alternative. Imagine if you couldn't correct your near-sightedness or far-sightedness, even if...
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Apple watchOS 3: Apps to load up to 7x faster

The agony may soon come to an end. Anyone who owns an Apple Watch know the one huge, frustrating issue that plagues the wearable: apps are so very, very slow. As in so slow, many choose never to use them at all, instead using the Apple Watch primarily for notifications...
Android Wear 2.0 Preview & Thoughts

Android Wear 2.0 UI a mixed bag — thoughts on Google’s upcoming update

Google is putting the finishing touches on its first major update to Android Wear, the smartwatch operating system that debuted over two years ago. Wear 2.0 is expected to ship later this year, and, along with it, I'm expecting will see a bevy of new watches running it. There's a...
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Phab 2 Pro: Lenovo reveals world’s first Tango-powered smartphone

It took some (often painful and awkward) time to get to the reveal, but at its Tech World conference here in San Francisco, Lenovo finally revealed an actual product. And it's interesting to say the least. The Phab 2 Pro is, yes, a phablet featuring a massive 6.4-inch screen. It's the...
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Google’s Project Fi cell service adds U.S. Cellular

Google continues to expand its fledglingly (and rather superb) cellular service known as Project Fi. T-Mobile and Sprint were original partners. Today, Google announced that it has added a third: U.S. Cellular. Project Fi is a unique service that automatically switches between available cellular networks, in addition to local wi-fi hotspots, to...
Pebble 2 Kickstarter Campaign Breaks $10 million

Pebble Kickstarter campaign breaks $10 million mark – demand strong for low-cost wearables

The demand, she is a strong. Today, Pebble's 2016 Kickstarter broke the $10 million (USD) mark. To date, over 52,000 people have backed the campaign. Good news for Pebble: there's still 26 days to go before funding closes. That Pebble has already surpassed $10 million in pledges seems to suggest consumers like what...