Watching the Apple Watch Watchers

11:57 AM, Mar. 9th, 2015 · · Product News

Watching the Apple Watch Watchers

We're just hours from Apple's Spring Forward Event, where the company is expected to provide more details about the Apple Watch. So what better time to throw out some more speculation about the newest "soon-to-be-must-have" device? TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous takes the under on price speculation and wonders about upgrade paths. How wrong is he? You'll find out soon!

Pebble Adds Steel to its New Time Smartwatch Lineup

9:04 AM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · · Product News

Pebble clearly wasn't done with its new smartwatch announcements when it unveiled its Kickstarter for Pebble Time because now you can preorder Pebble Time Steel, too. The Steel version of Pebble Time comes with an all metal body instead of the Time's metal bezel on a plastic body, plus it sports longer batter life.

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Seeing people flip over Pebble Time and Pebble Steel doesn't necessarily mean the entire market has been holding out waiting for something besides the devices that are already shipping, but it does show that consumers who want certain brands are willing to buy without a second thought. That's a very good sign for Apple Watch when it goes on sale.

Brikk to Sell Diamond-coated Apple Watch for $75K

11:14 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · Product News

If you think US$5,000 or $10,000 for and Apple Watch is too rich for your blood, how about nearly $75,000. That's how much Brikk will charge for its top-of-the-line custom enhanced Apple Watch Edition encrusted with diamonds.

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Of course a diamond encrusted Apple Watch is coming, and it's a safe bet people will buy them. Too bad the diamonds won't give Apple Watch a better battery life.

Pebble Unveils Time Smartwatch with New Kickstarter Campaign [Update]

10:15 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · · Product News

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.

IFTTT Expands Automation Options with iPhone Do Apps

11:33 AM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · · Product News

IFTTT, the Web-based tool that links together Internet services, rolled out three new apps on Thursday designed to make it easier to build new workflows. Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note offer narrower options focused on specific tasks such as changing your smart thermostat temperature, or sending information to your Evernote account.

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IFTTT is a powerful service, and it's great seeing the company making some of its offerings more accessible to users who may otherwise be overwhelmed with how much it can do.

NBC Adds Live Streaming to iPhone, iPad App

10:04 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · Product News

NBC is making its iPhone and iPad app more enticing for at least some TV fans by adding live streaming support, but only in certain markets. Viewers must also have a cable or satellite subscription to watch shows when they air.

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It's great seeing networks add live streaming to their apps, but requiring a cable or satellite TV package to take advantage of the feature doesn't really enhance its value for TV watchers who prefer traditional over the air viewing to expensive subscriptions.