Tip: Turning on Accessibility Options in Sense 5 on the HTC One Breaks the Lock Screen

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Since day 1 with my unlocked HTC One, I have experienced issues with the lock screen of the device, and for the life of me could not figure out the problem. Well, until today, thanks to the Play store release of Floating Notifications. During the initial launch tutorial for the app, the developer made reference to an HTC Sense 5 bug that was breaking the lock screen if a user enabled any of the services under the Accessibility setting. As someone who uses a Pebble, and it’s pairing app that requires an Accessibility service to be turned on, this was the exact root to my problems.  (more…)

Pebble Update Brings Multiple Notification Management, Other UI Changes

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Pebble, the darling smartwatch of Kickstarter, received an update today that makes receiving multiple notifications manageable, finally. In the past, one of our biggest criticisms had to do with new notifications wiping out previously received notifications before you could even finish reading them. In today’s update, as long as multiple notifications are received “within a short timeframe,” Pebble will allow you to use the up and down buttons to switch between them. This makes the Pebble immediately more functional and useful.  (more…)

Pebble Ringer Allows You to Adjust Your Phones Ringer From Your Pebble

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Two weeks ago, the Pebble team released their new SDK that allows for developers to build 2-way communication into apps so that interacting with your smartwatch is no longer a one-sided affair. One of the first to utilize this new power is an app called Pebble Ringer. Once installed on both your phone and then your Pebble watch, the app can change your smartphone’s ringer from silent to vibrate to ring. That’s really all it does, but you can see through a simple app such as this, how important 2-way communication between your smartphone and Pebble can be. You no longer have to pull your phone out of your pocket to silence or set it to vibrate – you can do it all from the watch.

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With Kickstarter Backer Orders Delivered, Pebble Set Sights on Shipping Pre-orders

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Now that Pebble has shipped almost all of their original batch of smartwatches out to backers of their Kickstarter project, they are ready to ship devices out to the first set of pre-orders. Those who ordered black or cherry red Pebbles will receive an email asking for confirmation of shipping addresses this week. If you went with orange, grey, or white Pebbles, you’ll have to wait for Kickstarter backers to receive theirs first, a process which is still ongoing.  (more…)

Agent Smartwatch Launches on Kickstarter, Like a Thicker Pebble That’s a Year Late to the Party

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Kickstarter seems to be the number one choice for upstarts with a smartwatch in mind to seek funding these days. Agent “the world’s smartest watch” is the latest in a long line that includes tech darlings like the Pebble. And actually, this new Agent watch seems like nothing more than a thicker (and potentially uglier depending on your taste in watch designs) version of the Pebble, but with one difference – it has Qi wireless charging built in. The promo video shows a watch with a “Memory” display that’s a combination of an e-paper and LCD displays, that can be paired with your phone and used to tell the time, show weather, control music players, act as a pedometer, and show you incoming calls or messages. (more…)

How to: Install Third Party Apps and Watchfaces on Pebble

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I know that we have been quiet on the Pebble front since doing our review a couple of months back, but we were sort of waiting to see how the app ecosystem was coming along after the release of the SDK. To put it plainly, it’s booming. There are hundreds of apps, watchfaces, and games for you to download to your Pebble. The concept of the Pebble smartwatch that we first saw during its Kickstarter days is now becoming a reality. So to make sure that all Pebble backers and early adopters know how they can take advantage of this new 3rd party app and watchface experience, we thought it was time for a quick tutorial.  (more…)

RunKeeper Updated for Android With Lock Screen Widget, Now Works Officially With Pebble Too

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Runners and Pebble owners, the time has come for your new smartwatch to become a legitimate option as your running partner. Runkeeper updated this morning to include official support for the darling of Kickstarter, bringing real activity functionality to the watch that has for the most part been lacking since launch. In order to utilize Pebble with Runkeeper, all you need to do is pair your Pebble to your smartphone, update to the newest Runkeeper, and launch a new activity. Once launched, your Pebble should automatically display your progress (image above).  (more…)