Pebble Time concludes Kickstarter campaign, pledges exceed $20 million

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Late in February, the successor to the very popular Pebble smartwatch was announced. Just as the original, the Pebble Time found its home launching through a Kickstarter campaign. Consumers could make pledges and receive units of their own for less than the future retail price. We knew that the Pebble Time would be successful on Kickstarter. After all, the original Pebble was backed by nearly 70,000 people. The Pebble Time surpassed that mark with 78,471 backers and a pledge total reached $20,338,986. This means that the Pebble Time holds the title as the most funded project in Kickstarter’s history.

Backers will start receiving Pebble Time units in May.

Source: Pebble Time (Kickstarter)

Profits almost doubled for ZTE last year

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To consumers in the United States, ZTE is not nearly as recognizable as other hardware manufacturers. The company, though, sits behind Apple, Samsung, and LG as the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the United States. Its performance around the world has improved so much that the company came close to doubling its profits in 2014. So, yes, ZTE is a company that is alive and well in various markets.

ZTE’s profits rose to $423.4 million last year, up from $219 million in 2013. That is an increase of almost 100%. The company has no plans to stop here and accept its current status. Unlike other Chinese manufacturers (such as Xiaomi), ZTE has committed to North America. ZTE already sells devices in the market but plans to expand its recognition by spending more on marketing. Already having ties with the NBA helps, but ZTE really wants people to know its name.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Mysterious Huawei Honor handset pictures leak

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The Honor series belonging to Huawei apparently has a new device coming as leaked photographs show an unannounced handset. The images obtained by Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru show the device’s back and front. Based on what we see in the leaked images, Huawei is designing an Honor device with a clean and sharp look. The specifications inside suggest something between a mid-range and high-end device. Details have not been provided, but apparently it has a 5-inch display and an octa-core processor based on 64-bit architecture. The cameras are said to be 13MP/5MP and Huawei will include dual-SIM support.

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Verizon starts pushing out Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5… Again!

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If you cast your mind back to early February, you may remember that Verizon claimed that it was rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5. However, it appears the carrier pulled the original upgrade (version number: G900VVRU1BNLC ) with no reason given, and has today started pushing out an identical build of Android 5.0 to the handset, with this new version number: G900VVRU1BOA4. 


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Developer edition of Sony’s SmartEyeglass now up for sale

sony smartEyeglassSony has announced that they’ll officially begin selling their SmartEyeglass developer edition in four countries for anyone interested in making a purchase. You’ll be able to snag one in Germany, Japan, the US, or the UK, unless you’re in a business customer, in which case it’ll be available to you in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
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Plex for Android update gets Material Design makeover with tons of new features

plex_app_iconPlex for Android has received a pretty big update that brings in a Material Design overhaul, plus a handful of new features that Plex users will be happy to see.

The new interface fits right in with Google’s own suite of apps, and boasts easy ways to browse content and select what server you want to stream media from. The home screen has taken up a modern redesign, and everything just looks fantastic.
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