When I first put on a Pebble smartwatch shortly after it was made available at Best Buy, I was excited. The thought of being able to leave my phone in my coat pocket, or in another room, and receiving alerts on my wrist was very appealing. Quickly I realized the watch only lived up to half of the hype I had built up in my mind. As someone who switches back and forth between iOS and Android on a nearly weekly, sometimes daily, basis, it didn't take a long time for me to see there were plenty of shortcomings … Read more
One of the shortcomings of using a Pebble smartwatch with an iOS device previously, was the lack of full notification support. The only service that the watch truly supported was Messages. Other services required additional setup each and every single time the watch and iOS device were disconnected. It was anything but a great user experience.
With iOS 7 releasing new tools to developers, and with better support for Bluetooth devices and background apps, hopes were high that the Pebble team would be able to make the watch what many users so desperately wanted it to be.
Then, early in … Read more
Can software make the Pebble smartwatch better?
The patriarch of this generation of smartwatches isn't getting a face-lift before the end of this year. The black-and-white nontouch display and bare-bones geek charm of the original Pebble will remain. Instead, Pebble will get a bevy of software and app updates, along with a brand-new SDK that promises the types of apps we'd hoped would be on the Pebble when it was first announced.
iPhone owners finally get notifications galore The first big news is for iOS. The Pebble is getting a software update today for iOS 7 that finally … Read more
I really don't want a smartwatch. What I want is something that notifies me when a call or text message comes in. That way I'll stop missing them because I can't hear my phone ring or feel it vibrate.
The Vybe, as described, is a simple rubberized wristband with an embedded (but removable) gizmo that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
When a text message comes in, it vibrates once. When a call comes in, it vibrates at 1-second intervals until you answer the call or it goes to voice mail. You can also reject a call … Read more
The idea of having lock screen notifications from apps you use on your Mac sounds good in theory. Then, the first time you come back to your Mac and find a long list of notifications on your lock screen, notifications you either don't want others to see or have already viewed on another device, it can be a bit annoying.
You can change the default setting of pushing alerts to your lock screen on an app-by-app basis.
In order to disable the intrusive notifications, you'll need to launch System Preferences and select the Notifications option. Alternatively, you can … Read more
Apple's Notification Center feature that debuted in OS X 10.7 offers a central location for notices, warnings, and alerts that applications, the system, and other services might issue you. With this feature you can see incoming e-mail, messages, and App Store updates, among other details from programs that support it, or you can use custom utilities to create your own notifications.
Unfortunately Apple has made this feature a bit frustrating to deal with, especially for those who may not find it all too useful, or wanted. For those who wish to disable it, Apple has included a Do … Read more
You could say iOS 7 is revolutionary -- in the world of Apple. For several iterations now, Android users have had access to some of iOS 7's most heralded features, leaving some avid fanboys going pfffftttttt.
But maybe you've taken Android's offerings for granted. Maybe you overlooked these now-glorified features. Maybe it took the release of iOS 7 to appreciate just how plentiful your Android phone really is.
So, it's time take a little inventory. At the risk of igniting a flame war, let's look at iOS 7's best features, on Android.1. Control … Read more
When Notification Center was first introduced, users were only allowed to access it when the device was unlocked by swiping down from the top of the screen.
With iOS 7 it's now possible to view notifications stored in Notification Center from the lock screen, as well as when the device is unlocked. Of course there are still actionable notifications that appear on the lock screen, but as we've discussed before, having every single app push notifications to the lock screen is a huge battery drain.
Apple realized a way of getting around the battery drain is to give … Read more
The Moto X has a pretty sweet new feature in Active Notifications, but sometimes the notifications are too active. With the Moto X having an AMOLED screen, battery life isn't a huge issue when it comes to Active Notifications, as the entire screen doesn't have to be lit up to display alerts, but over the course of a day, countless alerts will still take a toll on your battery.
Do you really care about every Instagram like or Foursquare check-in alert? Or maybe you simply don't care enough about your e-mail to constantly be alerted to new … Read more
Last Friday, a reader named Peter contacted me about a notice that appeared when he tried to sign into his Marriott Rewards account. The notice indicated that someone may have attempted to hack the account and he should change his password. Peter initiated a live chat with the Marriott help desk and was told the following:"There have recently been attempts made to gain unauthorized access to a small number of members' online accounts. I encourage you to visit Marriott.com and change your password as soon as possible to assist us in ensuring the security of your account.&… Read more