Pebble Watch

EMAIL AND ALERTS

I’m not a big fan of watches but I may have to pick one of these guys up. Connecting via Bluetooth to your iPhone it gets all kinds of nifty information from your phone and the internet depending on the apps you install to the device.

Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that (ifttt.com) More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch.

Watchfaces

I should have taken advantage when the Pebble was on Kickstarter they were hoping to raise $100,000 for production and ended up with over $10 Million. By backing them with $99 you essentially preordered a Jet Black watch. If you’d like to pre-order one now you can do so on http://getpebble.com/ but it’s going to cost you $150

The watch allows you to view Incoming Caller ID information, emails, calendar alerts, Facebook messages, Twitter notifications and more.

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Amazon’s new kindle includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers.

Okay while it’s not really a new kindle but an ad-supported version of the current version for $25 dollars less. I’m not entirely convinced I agree with this idea at all. I’d rather pay the additional $25 and not be forced to look at ad’s. I might be okay if it was confined to the screensaver only but it’s not. For a $25 savings you’ll get ads on your screensaver and at the bottom of your home screen. Amazon went ahead and decided to keep ads out of the books themself so as not to interrupt reading.

If I was going to consider this I think they should offer it at the sweeter deal of $99. I’ll go ahead and stick with my current kindle and when I’m ready to upgrade I’ll do so to the full priced version so I’m only looking at the content I want to. $25 just isn’t quite a good enough of a deal in my current opinion.

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My thoughts on my iPad 2.

I ended up taking a few days off work and wen’t to Disneyland with my family. After which I followed them up north to spend a few days with them. I got my hands on my iPad and while I have to practice a bit more on typing i’m very happy with it.

I went ahead and picked up Pages so I can start writing more often and I’m thinking it may end up replacing my MacBook on most daily activities such as web surfing and checking my email. I love not having to wait for the system to boot or wake up when all I want to do is check for an email or read some of my regular blogs.

Performance wise I’me very happy. Everything I’ve done this far has been very snappy and quick to respond. This is largely due to Apple’s 1GHz dual core chip it’s calling the A5. The graphics have also been greatly increased which is evident in applications like Infinity Blade the game loads very quickly and I think the controls are more responsive thank the iPhone 4 version of the game.

FaceTime is a new addition to the iPad and I think it fits perfectly. Especially standing it up on it’s own with the smart cover having face to face conversations with family and friends was never easier.

back to the smart cover I really like this idea. While apple claims it also keeps the screen clean I’m not seeing this actually happen. That being said i’m still very impressed with it and love being able to prop the device up when typing or even stand it up for FaceTime and movies.

for those of you without an iPad yet I really do recommend the device. If your a current iPad 1 user I’m just not convinced you should upgrade just yet in less you really want FaceTime. I’m still convinced after another generation or two we will see the retina display on the iPad.

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iPad 2… On the way.

So my birthday is coming up next month and my parents surprised me with the news of an iPad on its way. They live about 5 hours away from me and the unit was shipped to them, I’ll get my hands on it this weekend. And I’ll be sure to write a follow up post to this one with my thoughts on the device.

I never had the first iPad but I had the opportunity to play with it on a few occasions. I was impressed but in the end I decided I would be better off waiting for Apples 2nd try. FaceTime made my wait worth it. I’m not a big FaceTime user but occasionally its nice to phone home and talk face to face with the family.

I’m excited to have a much more lightweight device to replace a lot of what I’ve been caring my MacBook around for. Email and even some remote Linux work. I’ve been able to do a lot of work from iSSH but the screen is to small for everything I need to do. The larger screen real estate should make things a bit easier.

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Amazon Kindle Exchange

My Job has demanded that everyone in my position be CCNA certified, Even went as far as reimbursing us for Cisco Press books to help along the way… Unless you purchased the kindle version as I did. No big deal at least I don’t have to lug large books around.  Last night I pulled out my kindle to do some studying. to find a shattered screen on my beloved ebook reader. This did not stop me from studying since I have Kindle for Mac installed on my MacBook. But my first thought was “wonderful, I’m out $190 for a new Kindle”.

Two thing’s about Amazon impressed me in this situation. The first was when I scheduled a Phone call last night at 2AM (I work swing shift, thus a night owl) to have them call me back the next on the day. There was no option for this, but there was an option to have them call me back immediately. So I was able to speak with someone about my kindle immediately. The second is I found out I wasn’t out the full cost of a kindle. Granted I was out of the warranty (my kindle was a gift from 2 years ago). But they allowed me the option of exchanging my damaged kindle for $89 for a new one.

The only thing out of this entire situation I was bummed about was the fact that they would not let me pay a bit more for an upgrade to the latest generation. All in all Amazon has reinforced my love for them =)

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