The Pebble Smartwatch Now Has Its Own App Store
As expected, a major update to the Pebble iOS app has just landed in the App Store. Version 2.0 ushers in Pebble’s own app store, a centralized place for users of the wearable device to explore a number of different watch faces and apps.
According to Pebble, there are more than 1,000 apps and watch faces currently in the store. The store is divided into six different categories Daily, Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness and Games.
Pebble plans to actively curate the store to feature the best titles. For now, all content is free in its store.
And since users can only have up to eight different items at one time on their smartwatch, the Locker stores favorite apps and watch faces for easy loading and unloading.
Designed for the iPhone/iPod touch, the Pebble app can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.
Samsung Announces ‘Unpacked 5’ Event for February 24
Samsung has announced an “Unpacked 5” event for Feb. 24, the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
No details about the event were given, though some outlets, including The Verge, claim their invitation mentions a flagship product (ours doesn’t). It does mention “new products,” suggesting there will be more than one. However, the name of the event itself — Unpacked 5 — suggests a revealing of the long-awaited Galaxy S5.
Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 a few weeks after the Mobile World Congress. Instead of the flagship phone, the company announced its smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, at a separate event during the MWC. This year, we’ve heard rumors that the Galaxy S5 would not be announced during the MWC, but we’ve also heard rumors to the contrary. To top things off, a report in January claimed Samsung plans to release the Galaxy S5 by April, which would make late February a logical time for the announcement.
Microsoft’s new CEO is Satya Nadella
A veteran server and enterprise guy takes the top spot
It’s official: Microsoft’s search for a new CEO is over. Following recent speculations, the software giant is indeed appointing Satya Nadella as its new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. The 46-year-old Nadella will take over immediately, allowing Ballmer to retire early. Nadella had been one of a number of candidates that Microsoft is believed to have interviewed for the role; the company originally said it was pushing to name its Ballmer successor before the end of last year. Despite the fact that the search extended into 2014, the timing of the CEO announcement is important as it places Nadella in charge ahead of the closure of Microsoft’s Nokia deal and the company’s ongoing reorganization.
“Today is a very humbling day for me,” says Nadella in an internal memo to Microsoft employees. “It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours.” In the broad letter, Nadella outlines his reasons for working at Microsoft, along with his 22-year history at the company. “While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more,” he notes. “This is a critical time for the industry and for Microsoft. Make no mistake, we are headed for greater places — as technology evolves and we evolve with and ahead of it. Our job is to ensure that Microsoft thrives in a mobile and cloud-first world.”
As Nadella takes over as CEO co-founder Bill Gates steps down as chairman today; his new official title is founder and technology advisor. “I’m thrilled that Satya has asked me to step up, substantially increasing my time at the company,” says Gates in a video commenting on Nadella’s new position. “I’ll have over a third of my time available to meet with product groups and it’ll be fun to define this next round of products working together.”
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Aaron: Liking the app 5By. Trying to figure out the best placement for the motion sensor in my kitchen.
Gozer: Bought a Nest.
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Sorry it’s been a while but have been crazy busy the last while.
Anyway I just saw an article saying that Back to the Future was going to be turned into a musical!
How will these even? As big back to the Back to the Future fans what do you think about this?
Also just finished Series 3 of Doctor Who – the Master is an awesome bad guy!
As always love the show!
Hey guys. I watched all three back to the future movies and both ghostbusters movies. I also watched a movie called Ladder 49 about a Baltamore firefighter who in the end dies after saving some one from a burning building. But trust me the movie is great. Also watched the Super Bowl yesterday and the best commercial I think was the radio shack one.
Also I am sad that Lenovo bought Motorola because I was looking forward to Motorla’s Project Ara, a customizable smart phone, but now if it ever is actually released it will probably be a windows phone:( also there is a glimmer of hope in that our TiVo could still be used with att. As always love the show
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