Nest halts sales, disables feature on Nest Protect alarm units

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Nest, the company recently acquired by Google for their home automation hardware – thermostats and alarms – announced the discovery of a problem with their Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm product. The alarm unit has a feature called Wave that lets users wave a hand in front of the unit to silence the alarm should it go off. Not a bad feature when the alternative may involve climbing up on a chair or something to push a reset button or even pull a battery. During internal testing, the Nest team discovered the units could incorrectly interpret certain actions in a specific set of circumstances as a wave and silence the alarm even though the user may not have intended to do so. Nest’s CEO, Tony Fadell, indicated they had received no reports of this occurring with units in the hands of customers, only in their own lab testing.

In response to this discovery, Nest is pushing out an update to units already deployed to turn off the Wave feature. They have also taken the step of halting sales of the Nest Protect alarms to ensure the malfunctioning units don’t end up in the hands of consumers before a fix can be issued. The Nest team is already working on a solution and will send an update out to existing units once they are satisfied it addresses the issue. Hit the source link below to read the full statement issued by Tony Fadell.

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Pebble smartwatch takes aim at Target shoppers

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Expanding the network of retailers offering the Pebble smart watch, Pebble has announced Target will be carrying the devices for $149.99. As part of a special promotion, Target will be the exclusive retailer for the Arctic White version of the smart watch for a limited time. Jet Black and Cherry Red versions of the device will also be available.

In making their announcement about availability at Target, Pebble highlights some ways the smart watch can be used to help “Pebblers” stay fit. These include apps like the Couch to 5K running app or the 7-Minute Workout app.

If you are interested in a Pebble, you can head on down to the closest Target location or visit them online at target.com to place an order.

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HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

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Since releasing the HTC One (M8) the company has been on a bit of roll with releasing core services to Google Play. They have already announced the availability of BlinkFeed and Zoe in Google Play now or coming up soon. The big question for many is what other devices, even from other manufacturers, will HTC make these apps available to run on. One app that probably won’t have any application outside of HTC devices is the software powering the Dot View cases introduced this week. Nevertheless, HTC is now making HTC Dot View available for install through Google Play. » Read the rest

MicroSD cards are a major bargain right now on Amazon

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Samsung_16GB_UHS-1_microSD_cardIf you’re in the market for a MicroSD card – or even if you aren’t – go buy one on Amazon right now. They’re on sale for ridiculously low prices on Amazon Gold Box right now, with a low of a 64GB card for as low as $35. . They’re sure to sell out pretty fast, so go to the source link and purchase one, or a few, right now!

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Wear Glass, get drink at San Francisco bar

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Google Glass Explorers in the San Francisco area will be glad to know that not every bar is seeking to ban the technological gizmo. In fact, the Stanford Court hotel in the Nob Hill area is offering a special deal for Glass owners who come in for a drink. Just come on up to the bar and get your first drink on the house if you are wearing your Glass device. » Read the rest

Pebble sold 400,000 devices last year, ready for the Android Wear onslaught

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While Google garnered a lot of attention earlier this week with the release of Android Wear for wearable devices, especially smart watches, one company is a bit of an “old hand” in the smart watch category. Pebble is coming off a successful 2013 that saw them sell over 400,000 smart watches and they expect revenues to double in 2014. Despite this success, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky knows Google’s entry into the market is a potential game changer and will force his company to be “laser-focused on creating the very best user experiences we can.” » Read the rest

Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience

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Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.

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