Pebble has just announced its third, and what the company is calling its best, Kickstarter campaign. This time around, Pebble is offering up the Pebble 2, Time 2 and Pebble Core. The Pebble 2 goes back towards the design of the original Pebble, but adds heart rate monitoring this time around. The Time 2 once again features a color display, and keeps the design of the Pebble Time, but now the battery is said to last 10 days. Pebble is only offering a steel version of the Time 2.
The all-new piece here is the Pebble Core, which can be used for a variety of purposes. Pebble is offering a Pebble Core for Runners and a Pebble Core for Hackers. The running one clips on to your running gear, letting you leave your phone at home. You can listen to music and more without needing to lug around anything else. The hackers version is a keychain computer that "becomes your magic button for anything."
All of these are now available to be backed on Kickstarter. Pricing for the Pebble Core starts at $69 on Kickstarter, and it will retail for $99. The Pebble 2 is available on Kickstarter for $99, with its retail price being $129, and the Time 2 can be yours for $169 ahead of its $199 retail pricing. Shipments look to begin as early as September 2016 for select units, or as late as January 2017 for others.
Wells Fargo has announced the U.S. bank will be releasing a wallet for Android later this summer. This addition to the official mobile banking app will transform the experience into a complete payment solution. It's hoped the introduction of a wallet will help make the app more convenient to use for customers, allowing them to check accounts, perform banking tasks and make payments all from within the single mobile offering.
Google is in a spot of bother in France after the company offices were raided by French authorities as part of the ongoing tax fraud investigation, as reported by the BBC. The company is accused of owing the French government €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in unpaid taxes. Corporations have come under increasing amounts of scrutiny after the highly controversial deal Google made with the UK.
The nicest-looking cardboard box projector money can buy, but not much else.
Ever wander through a store and see something on a shelf that you know can't possibly be as cool as it looks, but you buy it anyway because you just have to know? That was me this weekend in my local Books-A-Million, a store that has slowly transformed over the last five years from a decent bookstore to a decent toy store that also sells books sometimes. As I wandered up the main path through the center of the store, having just retrieved the last copy of Neil Stephenson's Seveneves — which you should absolutely read, by the way — three odd little boxes caught my eye. They all said Smartphone Projector 2.0 on the side, and claimed you could put your phone in the box and have a little theater powered by your phone.
Here's what you get in this weird little box, and how well it works.
Google showed off password-free logins last year as part of Project Abacus, and it now looks like the feature will see wider availability this year. Project Abacus monitors a combination of signals in real-time to verify your authenticity, including typing and voice patterns, current location, facial recognition, and more. This "Trust Score" is used to determine if you are who you say who are.
The new Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs are now ready to order, enabling owners to add every shade of white to their home lighting setup. From cold daylight to warm white light, these new bulbs can be configured for different mood settings depending on the time of day, and is believed to even aid in having a good night's rest.
Netflix has announced that it will be the exclusive streaming service for Disney movies — including Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar films — on the U.S. pay TV circuit. Netflix signed the agreement with Disney in 2012, and the deal is set to go into effect from September. The move keeps Disney's latest hits from streaming on rival services, as well as subscription networks during the first-run window.
The latest Moto G4 Plus adverts show off key features of the phone, including the Snapdragon 617 SoC, the 16MP camera with PDAF, laser autofocus, and an f/2.0 lens. The phone's camera app lets you tap to focus on a subject, and you can quickly control the exposure with a slider.
Luis von Ahn is a Guatemalan entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He founded reCAPTCHA, which was sold to Google in 2009, and then co-founded Duolingo, world's largest language-learning online platform.
Google has tried — and failed — to get regulatory signoff to conduct trials of its Project Loon initiative in India, but it looks like that's about to change. The government's communications and IT ministry is said to be in talks with Google over a Loon pilot, which will last for four days.