IFTTT announces a new FitBit channel

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IFTTT, which just recently made its Android debut, has announced a brand new FitBit channel for use in recipes. The new channel will allow you to perform actions based on the information that your FitBit tracker sends to your device. You can set up a recipe to post a Facebook status update when you hit your daily step goal, or upload your sleep logs to a spreadsheet in Google Drive, among other things. It’s definitely a cool addition to an already very powerful app.

Any FitBit users that are currently using IFTTT?

source: IFTTT Blog

Nest permanently eliminates wave to silence as part of recall

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Last month Nest Labs halted sales of their Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms after testing indicated it may be possible the units could inadvertently be silenced via the “Nest Wave” feature. The Nest Wave feature was a way for users to wave their arm near the unit to temporarily silence the alarm rather than having to physically touch the unit. Nest’s testing indicated it was possible the units could misinterpret movements as attempts to silence the unit. The company, after working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has decided to proceed with a “recall” of all units.

The recall does not require consumers to return their units. Instead, a “software remedy” is being issued to turn off the Next Wave feature. This is the same solution Nest issued when first announcing the problem. Consumers with Nest Protect devices can verify they have received the update via their “Nest Sense” account and making sure the Next Wave option is grayed out.

Consumers can get more information on how to connect to a network and make sure the feature is disabled by visiting http://support.nest.com/article/Nest-Protect-Safety.

source: San Jose Mercury News

Google employee encourages Android Wear app developers to reach out for support

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Louis Gray, head of Google Developers Live, has made a post on his Google+ page directed toward developers of Android Wear.

Here’s what he had to say:

Developers, have you created an app you would like to get in the hands of the first wave of Android Wear users? If you have, we’d like to see what you’ve built.

Early participants can gain direct design and product feedback from our team, and possibly, higher visibility from exposure at I/O, our collections and in the Google Play store. Send us an email with a link to your APK and, optionally, open source code to wear-apps@android.com.


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Design aficionado Ivy Ross to head Google Glass team May 19

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Google will be bringing in a new mind to head the Glass team, and she might not be what you would have expected.

Ivy Ross, who previously worked with major companies involved in design and self-branding (Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Bausch & Lomb, Gap and Art.com) will be leading the project come this Monday.

She certainly brings a different angle to the project, and many would argue it’s exactly what Google needs. The search giant needs to find a way to make Glass “cool,” and Ross might be the perfect person to do that. You can expect lots of future partnerships between Google and major fashion/accessory companies, much like what we’ve seen from the partnership with the  Luxottica Group (includes Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette).

It may take some time, but Glass will make its way to the mainstream eventually, and Ross will certainly help to speed up that process.

Source: +Google Glass

Samsung device information leaks for upcoming S5 Prime, Mega 2, S5 Active, Gear Solo

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Today we have a ton of Samsung information regarding new releases, colors, and availability.

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (a higher-end Galaxy S5) will have a model number of SM-G901 instead of the previously rumored SM-G906, and will come in blue, black, white and gold in Europe. It is possible that both are variants of the same phone for different markets, however.


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Samsung external battery pack raises the design bar for accessories

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When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 last year, one of the new design cues was the faux leather and stitching treatment for the back cover. We have since seen that same design extended to other devices. Samsung has now released an accessory, at least in India, that uses this same faux leather look. A new external battery pack available from Samsung’s online store for India uses the faux leather to go with a couple other nice enhancements.
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LG will launch Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate earphones on May 18th

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LG’s answer to the growing popularity of fitness trackers like the Gear Fit and the Fitbit is their Lifeband Touch, which they announced back at CES. It still has the OLED touch screen for checking notifications and answering calls, and it’ll use vibrations to alert you to text messages, emails, etc. It can track your fitness records with MyFitnessPal or Runkeeper, but LG is launching their own fitness app, too.
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