Report: Fitbit Buying Pebble for a Cool $40 Million

Pebble, darling of Kickstarter and lover of e-paper, will be acquired by Fitbit, according to a report out of The Information. Fitbit responded by saying that they “don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” which was followed by a Tweet from Pebble this morning (now deleted) that included the shruggy emoji. I think it’s safe to assume that this deal is going down and will be announced before long.  (more…)

You Can Now Create Your Own Twitter ‘Moments’ Via Mobile

Beginning now, any mobile user of Twitter can create their very own Moment. Moments, for those not in the know, are a series of tweets that can contain media, such as photos and video, all compiled into a single collection of tweets.

For example, if there was a sporting event, a Moment can highlight various plays from the game, commentary from fans and journalists, and other content. Now, Moments are open to anyone using Twitter, shareable to everyone who follows you.  (more…)

OnePlus 3 Gets Nougat Update Open Beta and You Can Download It Now

Ready for Nougat on your OnePlus 3? OnePlus released an OxygenOS open beta of Android Nougat today for the device, so you can get in on this action right now. In fact, the file, details, and instructions are all available this very moment. What are you waiting for?

According to OnePlus, this should bring all of the Nougat fun you were hoping for, like new notification designs, multi-window, tweaked settings design, and direct replies within notifications. They also added status bar icon options, “quick launch for 3rd party applications,” and some new Shelf stuff.  (more…)

Moto Z is “Likely” Getting a Tango Moto Mod

Motorola sure seems to be out of ideas for Moto Mods. Not only have they mostly failed to deliver any meaningful Mods for you and I to buy today, but they are asking for your help with concepts for what customers may actually want to buy. While their implementation of modularity to phones is the best in the business, it’s clear that they are struggling to generate buzz and appeal. With that said, the next potential module could be a nice add-on for tech lovers who want to play with the future of real-life gaming or applications.

According to PCMag, who spoke with Motorola’s current CEO, his company is “likely” to introduce a Project Tango module to the Moto Z. That would mean the experience you’ll see on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro – world’s first Tango phone – on your Moto Z.  (more…)

iFixit Has a New $20 Essentials Set for All You Tinkerers

The good folks at iFixit have a new toolkit available this holiday shopping season, priced at an extremely reasonable $20. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve likely seen iFixit’s work posted all over the web whenever a new device hits the market. If you have ever looked at a teardown we have posted, like for the Pixel, then you know iFixit.

Anyway, the group’s new toolkit features all of the essentials you will need to teardown your own smartphone in the case your device needs self repair. If you need to swap a battery or change a display panel, you will now have the tools in order to do so. Of course, this should go without saying, but please be careful if you plan on tinkering with your own hardware.  (more…)

Holiday Miracle: Netflix Now Features Download for Offline Playback

Whether you are on your morning commute or taking a flight across the country, many of your favorite TV shows and movies from Netflix are now watchable without burning through your mobile data or high-priced WiFi access fees, thanks to the addition of offline playback. Just like YouTube and Google Play Movies, Netflix users can now cache titles they want to watch to their mobile device’s storage, then playback whenever is best for them.  (more…)