Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

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It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget

Next Pebble smartwatch aims to be “more everything,” might feature modular components

pebble_watchesWe don’t know what Pebble has up their sleeve for their next smartwatch, but the company says the new watch (which should be out early next year) is going to be “more everything.” While that’s an incredibly vague PR statement that tells us absolutely nothing about the watch, they did clarify a little later.

The new Pebble smartwatch is aiming to be much more customizable than what you see today. Customers should expect more control over their watch over just metal or plastic, and the options should vary beyond just swappable wristbands. The big new development in tech is modular components, so there’s a possibility that we may some Project Ara-esque elements to the new Pebble smartwatch.
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Pebble price drops permanently, gains fitness tracking functionality

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The Pebble smartwatch and its Steel companion are getting permanent drops in price to celebrate impressive growth since launching in 2013. The base model now costs just $99 and the Steel version is $199. Yesterday, these prices were reflected at Best Buy in what was originally believed to be a sale.

The device already has a presence online and in retail stores across the country, but you will start to see more of Pebble. Sam’s Club, Fry’s Electronics, and Sprint are all carrying Pebble. Outside of the United States, prospective buyers can expect the same amount of availability at new locations.


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[Deal] Pebble smartwatches on sale at Best Buy

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The Pebble smartwatches are still among the best available. Through Best Buy, you can pick up the base model or Pebble Steel at a discount. The base model is available in your choice of black, white, or red with a $99 price tag. This is down from $50. The Pebble Steel, available in black or silver with leather bands, has also been knocked down to $199. If the leather bands are not quite your taste, Best Buy has the metal bands for $19.

Let us know in the comments if you purchase a Pebble smartwatch with this deal.

Source: Best Buy [Pebble Link - $99] [Pebble Steel Link - $199]

Pebble officially gets ESPN app for live scores

pebble espnESPN has announced that they are officially bringing their application to the Pebble Smartwatch. The app will cover scores from many major professional games, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, plus college football and basketball. It’s just in time for football season to kick back up.

The app will be available in the Pebble store and will let you keep up with your favorite teams and sports without having to take your phone out of your pocket. Definitely a must-have for sports fans.

source: ESPN

 

Glympse adds support for Pebble smartwatches

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Hey Pebble wearers, listen up!! Glympse, the best damn location sharing app, is now available in the Pebble Appstore. Now you can quickly and easily share your location and ETA with your friends and family from your Pebble watch. It will only take a few taps, and you can leave your phone in your pocket. You can also increase the sharing expiration time in 15-minute increments from your watch if you run into some traffic.

You will need the Glympse app on your Android phone (iOS users too), which you should already have. If you don’t, you can hit the break below for download links. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to setup favorite Glympses for those friends and family that you regularly share with. This will make it that much quicker when initiating a Glympse from your Pebble. To get Glympse working on your Pebble, just download it from the Pebble Appstore.


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HTC to enter the smartwatch game, according to new leaked photo

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Before everyone starts yelling the F-word, (“Fake,” of course, not ****), it seems that the above picture is of an upcoming HTC smartwatch. The information on the screen, as most of you will notice, is fake, as it appears to have some elements of Sense 6 — the device will feature Android Wear, and Android Wear devices will not have any manufacturer skins.


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Pebble, Samsung smartwatches dominate the United States with more than 90% revenue since October

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Whenever there is smartwatch chatter, two companies are brought up most often: Pebble and Samsung. Pebble started the smartwatch craze with its insanely successfully Kickstarter campaign and has continued to pump out smartwatches to solidify its presence. Samsung, on the other hand, has been the first major hardware manufacturer to release a smartwatch and others have quickly decided to follow. According to a new study conducted by NPD Group shows that the two companies have absolutely dominated the smartwatch space in the United States since October 2013.
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