Pebbles Smart Watch

I was watching The Pebbles Smart Watch during it’s very successful crowd funding complain  but was reluctant  to purchase due to the higher shipping costs for people in Canada and I wanted to wait for the other smart watches to be launched like Sony and Google.

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Since I waited I am lucky to use the Pebble with their new App store app and SDK version 2.0.

Setup

So easy it almost does it by it’s self.  Just load the app and and turn on the Pebble and click OK when asked.

Adding new watch faces and apps is super easy using the App.  Just click on any watch or app and it load it on the Pebble.  Very smooth process.  You can only load 8 apps or watch faces but the app stores your favourite in a locker so you can quickly reload them.

Notifications

The Pebble will show notifications for email, text messages, calendar events and phone calls.  Just about anything you need.  There is no setup to see the notifications.

The only issues is a known bug where email message may show up twice or more or in the wrong order and get a “Loading …” message for the remaining part of the email message.  You receive a few characters of the email and then it loads more text but sometime you get the “Loading …” .  It’s not a big deal but just an annoyance.

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Watch

The Pebble comes with several built in watch faces and an ever expanding list of free download watch faces on thier app store. It is very easy to add a new watch, just select the one you like and click ADD.  You can only add 8 watch faces or apps.  But its so easy to switch them in and out that it is not a problem.

App’s

Like the watch faces their is a every expanding list of new apps.  Stocks, weather, exercise etc.  Many of the newer watch faces also have some of their features too so it may be hard to decide your favourite.

Pebble Design

The Pebble seems to be the right comprise.  It has a battery life of 3 or 4 days.  The screen is easily seen in bright daylight.  It’s not a hires color watch that you can view pictures or movies but what it does it does well.  It coveres all the basics that you need in a watch including being water proof.

Five Stars

Android infections dominate mobile devices

Android devices have now beat out Window devices with the most infections.  Interesting that Apples iOS devices don’t even show up.  This confirms what I have been saying about the excellent security on iOS devices.

Trojan that steals usernames, passwords and credit card information and uploads the information to a remote command & control server

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In mobile networks we found that 0.52% of devices were infected with high threat level malware. This is slightly up from the 0.50% we reported last quarter. The vast majority of infected devices are either Android phones or Windows laptops tethered to a phone on connected directly through a mobile USB stick or MIFI hub. The infection rate among Android devices is actually over 1.0%.

There has been a sharp increase in infections in the last quarter even tho Android has introduced new security features. Kindsight Security Labs reports that there are still major failures in the new security features.

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New features in iOS7 for iPhone, iPad and iPod

iOS7 is expected this fall.

Here is a list of the new features I can’t wait to try.

iMessage

  • You can now block specific contacts or numbers (good for spammers that are now sending text or calling your cell phone)
  • When using group messaging a person’s contact picture will appear in a small circle next to their chat bubbles (nice to have)
  • you can now “FaceTime Audio” or “Facetime video” (this is great new option.  I often video call my daughter to save her daytime minutes when she is in a wifi area.  This will make Skype obsolete for me)

Airdrop:

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  • You will be able to airdrop without a wifi connection using peer to peer connection.  (this is a great new feature, I use Airdrop on my MacAir all the time)

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Strip Designer for iPad

Strip designer for iPad is the must have app for anyone who want to create their own comic or just have fun with your photo’s.

It’s drag and drop easy and very responsive. At $2.99 it’s a steal.  It has more features then I want to list but what I really like it that you can make a 10 or 20 page comic and export the entire comic to a PDF in one file.  You can also export to images.

Yu can make your comic pages look old and adjust the frames.  There is more then enough text bubbles and other images to drop on your comic.

It’s one of the must have apps for the iPad.

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Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 10.51.29 AMFeatures:
• More than a 100 strip templates with 1 to 9 photo cells
• Create your own layouts with up-to 12 photo cells
• 12 different balloon types
• Warped text
• Change ballon size, rotation, color, and transparency
• Use any iOS font or install additional fonts
• Color gradients
• More than 150 stickers to insert for additional impact
• Dropbox photo, fonts, and document download/upload support
• Publish on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
• Direct Facebook photo download
• Export to PDF to create real comic book pages
• Control scale, position and rotation of photos
• Paint on photos or your own stickers
• 5 different cell styles
• Image filters for photos
• Freely pan and zoom while you work
• Insert maps

Five Stars