Pebble steps-up product rollout to ditch ‘accessory’ status

first_img Tags Pebble is stepping up its product rollout, with the manufacturer using Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce its second product launch in a week, plus what it claims is the sector’s first “hardware accessory platform” that lets sensor manufacturers build “smart straps” that can communicate with smartwatches.The smartwatch manufacturer revealed that it has extended its Pebble Time series, with the addition of Pebble Time Steel (pictured), a device unveiled by Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky during an MWC conference session focusing on Wearables that took place on Tuesday.Pebble Time Steel is available on Kickstarter – a crowdfunding platform where users ‘pledge’ funds to a project up until they have reached their target – for $250, and is the second such device it has made public in a week.The latest update has up to 10 days of battery life and is manufactured with stainless steel, plus optional leather, or steel straps, with the device to start shipping in July. Migicovsky also said updates are available to those that had ‘pledged’ to the previously announced Time device.In addition, Pebble has also debuted what it calls the industry vertical’s first “hardware accessory port” initiative, that lets smartwatch accessory makers build watch straps containing sensors that can transfer data to apps running on its devices.These “smart straps”, as Migicovsky calls them, signify a significant milestone for the industry vertical, as it is the first time such a service has been made on wearable devices.He added: “Pebble is no longer just an accessory to your phone, it is its own unique computing device,” he said.The new hardware platform is “open”, meaning all developers, or “hackers”, are able to build on top of it, and then make device accessories equipped with functions such as GPS tracking that can be attached directly to a Pebble device.“We believe that in the future sensor manufacturers will not have to create their own smartwatches just to bring their sensors to market. They can integrate them into a thriving and active community of people that want to see their smartwatch do more,” he told attendees.Migicovsky also said he believed smartwatches will become indispensable to consumers, but did concede that this was unlikely to “happen overnight”, although he did express his opinion that such devices could exceed smartphones in terms of popularity in the long-run.“With smartwatches now, you can start to get things done from your wrist, without having to take your phone out… It’s about not forcing the user to change their habits around the device,” he added. Devices Related Microsoft previews Windows 10, reveals new devices Previous ArticleNGMN unveils 5G operator wishlistNext ArticleEU digital chief hails collaborative 5G effort Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 MAR 2015 center_img HomeDevicesNews Pebble steps-up product rollout to ditch ‘accessory’ status BlackBerry unveils Leap smartphone; continues shift to software Huawei’s Honor aims high with latest smartphones Author Guest MWC 2015 Newslast_img read more

Ceres Negros bows to Home United, ends AFC Cup journey

first_imgCeres Negros’ Manuel Herrera (right) and Home United’s Song Ui-yong contest for the loose ball during the second leg of their 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final match in Singapore. AFC MANILA – Ceres Negros’ journey in the 2018 AFC Cup came to an end after a 0-2 loss to Home United of Singapore in the second leg of their ASEAN Zonal Final match on Wednesday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Ceres, which played without the suspended Bienvenido Marañon, will try to bounce back in the 2019 AFC Cup after qualifying again for ruling the 2018 Philippines Football League for the second straight year.The Busmen lost to an aggregate score of 1-3 after settling for a 1-1 draw with Home United during the first leg on Aug. 1 in Bacolod City.Shakir Hamzah and Song Ui-young scored a goal each in the second half for Home United, which avenged its ASEAN Zonal Finals defeat in the hands of Ceres last season. Needing an away goal to virtually tie Home United, Ceres went aggressive in the opening half with attempts from Patrick Reichelt and Manuel Herrera but these were thwarted by the defense.The Busmen suffered a huge blow near the end of first half – Reichelt went down with an injury after colliding with Home United’s goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah and was not able to return to the game.In the second half, Home United diminished Ceres’ chances of advancing to the next round as Hamzah drained a well-placed header in the 62nd minute from a corner kick.Ceres scampered to score a goal but failed to penetrate the tough defense of Home United. Ui-young sealed the win for the Singaporeans with a header in the 74th minute./PNlast_img read more

Fast out of the blocks, United ease past Ubon

first_imgThe Dolphins are next in Premier League action on Sunday October 22 when they entertain high-flying Chiangrai United at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya. Kick-off is scheduled for 6pm. Pattaya United players pose for a team photo prior to the Thai Premier League game against Ubon UMT at the UMT Stadium in Ubon Ratchathani, Saturday, Oct. 14. (Photo/Pattaya United FC)A dominant opening period led to Pattaya United securing a valuable 3-2 Thai Premier League victory against Ubon UMT at the UMT Stadium in Ubon Ratchathani last Saturday.Support Pattaya Mail – Click HereThe visiting Dolphins got off to a perfect start to the game and were 3-0 up inside an hour, courtesy of goals from Jevtic, Lee Won-Young and Tatong.The home team managed to reply through Nebihi and late strike from Niyomsuk which set up a tense final 5 minutes to the game, but Pattaya held on to secure maximum points and consolidate their league position in 8th place on 43 points.last_img read more

Pitt edges Oakland in overtime 81-77

first_imgPittsburgh’s Chris Jones, center, is fouled by Oakland’s Tommie McCune as he passes to James Robinson (0) in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 81-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – James Robinson scored 18 points, including five in the final minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime, to help Pittsburgh avoid an upset by beating Oakland 81-77 on Saturday.Michael Young led Pitt (8-3) with 19 points and seven rebounds while Cameron Wright and Chris Jones each scored 16.Kahlil Felder finished with 23 points to lead Oakland (4-8).Felder kept his team ahead throughout the first half, scoring 14 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. He put the Golden Grizzlies ahead 22-15 with a 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 run, then gave his team a 29-21 lead with another with three minutes left in the half.Jalen Hayes scored 16 and Max Hooper added 12 off the bench.The Panthers closed the first period on a 12-5 run to cut their deficit to a point, 34-33, capped by a tic-tac-toe inbounds play from Wright to Jones to Young for a buzzer-beating jumper to end the half.Out of the half, the teams traded baskets as neither team led by more than four points through the first 11 minutes of the half. The game featured seven ties and 23 lead changes.Pitt took a 59-55 lead at the 11-minute mark but the Golden Grizzlies reclaimed the lead at 61-59 with 9:05 left in the game on a putback by Dante Williams. The basket was part of a 13-2 run, giving them a 68-61 edge with 5:25 left.The Panthers managed to tie the game again at 72 in the final minutes after Robinson converted a three-point play on a drive to the basket then made a pair of free throws. After Felder was called for a travel, Wright missed a midrange jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime.TIP-INSOakland: The overtime contest was the third in 12 games this season for the Golden Grizzlies, and they are now 1-2 in overtime games. After leading 34-33 at halftime, Oakland lost for the first time this season after leading at the half. … James Robinson was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.Pittsburgh: The Panthers’ victory extended their home nonconference winning streak to 28 games, the nation’s sixth-best run.UP NEXTOakland plays at Clemson Monday.Pittsburgh is host to Holy Cross Tuesday.last_img read more

Bulldogs claw their way to gritty victory

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT DESPITE being dictated to throughout the first half, Bunyip dug deep and pulled off a gritty win…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Bunny Thugs edge Nelson Homegrown at Disc Break 2018

first_imgNelson Homegrown came ever so close to taking the top prize at the Disc Break 2018 Ultimate Frisbee tournament this past weekend at the Lakeside Pitch.Nelson Homegrown lost out to Bunny Thugs from Saskatoon 13-8 in the final Sunday. The Saskatchewan squad used the tournament to prepare for the upcoming Nationals in Surrey.The tournament, hosted by the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association, attracts teams from as far as Saskatoon, Edmonton, Missoula, and Seattle.Nelson Homegrown advanced to the final by defeating Dream Team from Kelowna and Fiesta out of Spokane to advance to the finals.In B Division action, Release the Quakin from Tacoma came out on top.Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc or frisbee. Two teams of seven players compete on a playing field about the same length as a football field, but narrower.  At each end of the playing field there is an end zone.  Each team defends one endzone. They score a goal if one of their players catches the disc in the opposite end zone.last_img read more

Disneyland Preview– Week of January 27, 2018

first_imgShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Fantasmic!2211112 As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsVery light show schedule this week, with only Fantasmic! and World of Color running — no nightly fireworks at Disneyland Park at all. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here. Share This!Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration is upon us!  Between that, (mostly) low crowds and (mostly) pleasant weather, it’s a great week to visit.  Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview.Special Events and NotesThe Year of the Dog is upon us, and Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration is now officially underway at Disney’s California Adventure. You can of course expect special food and drinks, and there will be traditional ornamental lanterns and banners decorating the park. Additionally there are several special events and opportunities to experience, including:Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a parade that will run several times a day in the Paradise Pier area;Hurry Home nighttime water show at Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu (basically a pre-show* to World of Color);Disney characters in special Lunar New Year attire;Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese foods at Paradise Garden Grill; and,The Lucky Wishing Well.For more information about the Lunar New Year celebration, check out Rikki’s preview, or Disney’s event page for daily event schedules. California Adventure8-118-1110-910-910-99-99-11 CrowdsAs is common this time of year, we’ll see low to modest crowds most of the week, with slightly higher crowds on the weekend.  Saturday is the only day with above average crowds, and Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be very pleasant 2-level crowds.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherSunday and Monday bring a bit of a hot streak for this time of year, even cresting 90 degrees on Monday, but the rest of the week looks to be very pleasant, with high temperatures hovering in the upper 70s and low 80s. With that said, even on the days that get pretty hot, lows in the evenings will dip into the 50s, so make sure you plan accordingly. As per usual, no rain in the forecast. Admission and HoursThe only Passholder blockouts to worry about are on the weekend this week:  Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, while Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday only. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110/$104) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Disneyland8-128-1210-910-910-99-99-12 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsThere are a significant number of attraction closures in effect at the moment.  At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain, Dumbo, and it’s a small world are being refurbished.  There is also a project underway to replace the tracks for the Main Street Vehicles that significantly impacts Main Street U.S.A. Those vehicles are not operating, but the whole area is a bit of a disaster. Check out Guy’s recent post on the topic for more.  Looking ahead, both the Storybook Land Canal Boats and the Casey Jr. Circus Train will be undergoing refurbishments starting on February 5.Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, with additional closures to Grizzly River Run and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.  Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.*Note: an earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Hurry Home as a temporary replacement for World of Color. World of Color2211112 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFrilast_img read more

Have Your Processes in Order Before Implementing HR Technology

first_imgOne of the recurring conversations I had during the first day of the HR Technology Conference revolved around using these tools to solve business problems. The issue with that, says Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer at Brandon Hall Group, is that “HR is a buffet of broken processes.” Applying technology to a misaligned strategy, poor tool selection, or inefficient process isn’t going to magically solve anyone’s problems—in fact, it’s just as likely to exacerbate the problem instead.When we recently did research on talent management systems, more than 1 in 4 companies was actively considering switching to a new system or provider. Consider for a moment how many of those companies might actually have the right solution, but they don’t have the right processes in place to support it. Or the opposite could very well be true: the company doesn’t have the right processes or technology in place and needs to make a change to one or both.So do I think HR technology is a worthwhile investment in terms of time and money? Certainly! But implementing a new tool can’t be done in a vacuum. The decisions we make as a business impact the decisions we have to make as HR leaders, and vice versa.HR needs to make sure it has its house in order process-wise before anything else. In the long run, that will lead to greater satisfaction, efficiency, and effectiveness with the selected tools. HR technology can’t fix HR, but we can. Here are a few questions to consider as you think through how this might affect your organization:·         What problems are we facing that can’t be solved by HR technology?·         What problems are we facing that can be solved by HR technology?·         What process issues are we aware of but haven’t yet fixed?·         What process issues impact our business that we haven’t yet identified?At the end of the day, this is bigger than what we can cover in a single blog post. The key takeaway is to see HR technology solutions for what they are—tools to make existing processes better. If your current process is broken, expect frustrations and dissatisfaction when it comes to your technology.What are your thoughts? Can HR technology solve some of the key problems HR faces? If so, how?last_img read more

Apple’s iWork Goes (Partly) Online

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple today announced an online component to its iWork productivity suite. This, however, is not the rumored online version of iWork we were hoping for, as it only allows you to share documents online through After you share a document through the newly released iWork ’08 desktop software, your friends and co-workers can comment and leave notes on your Keynote, Pages, or Numbers documents, though the documents themselves can’t be edited online. Apple is releasing this as a free beta today, and Phil Schiller announced this as “the beginning of a great new service,” which leads us to believe that Apple is indeed working on a more advanced online version of iWork.According to Schiller, will work on all the major browsers, including Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Documents are not only viewable online, but can also be downloaded.Apple also announced a Keynote Remote iPhone app, that will be available in the App Store for $0.99, as well as major updates to its iWork and iLife suites. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

BCCI suspends Rajasthan Cricket Association to prevent Lalit Modi’s return

first_imgLalit ModiThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday suspended Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) soon after controversial cricket administrator Lalit Modi was declared elected as its president.The decision was taken by BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav in the light of a provision in the Supreme Court order that allowed the world’s richest cricket board take action against the RCA.The BCCI has also decided to issue a show cause notice to the RCA over the contentious election held in December last year. It would now appoint an ad hoc committee to take care of Rajasthan cricket affairs until a full-fledged state body takes charge.Earlier in the day, Modi was declared the winner of the president’s election held on December 19. An SC bench had on April 30 directed the election officer of RCA elections to declare the results on Tuesday. However, it had allowed the BCCI to challenge the controversial Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005 that enabled Modi to contest for the RCA president’s post for a second time.last_img read more