TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-24: Everyone Wants Pebble’s Time Smartwatch

1:33 PM, Feb. 24th, 2015 ·


Pebble announced its new Time smartwatch as a Kickstarter project, and the Internet pretty much started throwing money at the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the stunning response to Pebble's latest smartwatch, the wrist top device market, and competition for Apple Watch. They also take a look at John's review of the ExoLens camera lens kit for the the iPhone.

Apple Buys Audio Plug-in Maker Camel Audio

11:09 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 ·

When Camel Audio shut down in January, customers that used its audio app plug-ins and digital instruments were left wondering why they so abruptly stopped selling their products, but now that mystery has been solved: they were bought by Apple. Since Apple shut down Camel Audio's operations instead of continuing to sell its products, it's likely we'll see the company's technology showing up in future updates for Logic Pro X and Garageband.

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Camel Audio's Alchemy was a popular package for audio designers, so seeing it shut down without any warning was a sad thing. Knowing that shutdown was from an Apple buyout, however, takes away some of the sting because it's a safe bet we'll see their products rolled into Apple's own apps.

Pebble Unveils Time Smartwatch with New Kickstarter Campaign [Update]

10:15 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 ·

Pebble announced its third smartwatch model on Tuesday, dubbed Time, with a Kickstarter campaign just as it did with the original Pebble watch. The Time will ship in May with a sleeker body, color E Ink display, and an accessory port so other companies can make their own add-ons for the device.

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Time looks like a cool third generation design for Pebble, but using Kickstarter to launch it feels more like a marketing move than a fund raiser.

ExoLens is a Professional Photography Lens Kit for iPhone 6

9:10 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 ·

The just released ExoLens kit for the iPhone 6 is a professional pair of lenses, a 3x telephoto and a wide angle that attach to the iPhone with a sturdy lattice mount. The mount is threaded with a standard 1/4"-20 connection, ready for a tripod. The system is designed for growth. 

Samsung Buys ‘Battery Pack Business’ for Electric Cars

10:40 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 ·

Samsung Buys 'Battery Pack Business' for Electric Cars

Samsung announced Monday that it will acquire the "battery pack business" of Magna International, a major automotive supplier. The company said the purchase, "is expected to enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles by combining the company’s established leadership in battery cells and modules with Magna's expertise in battery packs."

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

6:27 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 ·

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

We have a great deal on the Power Vault 18,000mAh Portable Battery Pack for just $29.99. In addition to a high capacity, it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at one time. It's slender, can stand on its edge, and has a minimalist style. Check it out.

White House Includes Apple Pay in Cybersecurity Initiative

5:30 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 ·

Earlier in February, the White House held a Cybersecurity Summit to discuss online security and privacy. Afterward, information was released about actions the government would take, including integrating Apple Pay into federally issued debit and credit cards.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-23: How Lenovo Screwed Customer Trust and Security

1:57 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 ·


Lenovo's decision to bring in a little extra money by installing what amounts to a man in the middle attack on computers has left its customers open to serious security risks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the damage Lenovo's actions have done to customer trust, the potential risks they face, and who may be creating even bigger technology risks.

BrydgeAir Keyboard for iPad Air/Air 2: Almost Perfect

12:20 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 ·

The original Brydge Keyboard was a nice product, but the company had grave customer service issues. Now, under new ownership, Brydge Global, the BrydgeAir BT keyboard for iPad continues its tradition of physical excellence with a model for the iPad Air and Air 2. Color matching and many small refinements have been added.