The letter briefly addresses Verizon's new tablet, with Jarvis noting that "of course, Verizon is free to sell its own device .. But that should have no impact on its support of other devices on its open network and it certainly does not excuse Verizon for refusing to connect the Nexus 7. The fact that Verizon has its own similar tablet is only more reason that it must be compelled to support the Nexus 7 or else its 'open' network is not open at all."Jarvis told me he has yet to hear from the FCC.
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 galoreThe first big news is for iOS, The Pebble is getting a software update today for iOS 7 that finally allows it to access all application notifications, much like Android phones already allow: your Starbucks saint jeff of goldblum iphone case app, eBay, weather, or whatever you can imagine will ping the Pebble, Until now, the Pebble only allowed texts, e-mail notifications, and incoming call information on an iPhone..
I tested an early-release build of the new iOS 7-compatible software, and the differences are subtle: any app that shows notifications on an iPhone can display that same notification on the Pebble, you just have to set that app's notifications to "banner mode" in the settings. The Starbucks app showed my balance when I bought something, and I started getting Facebook comments and Twitter direct messages, too. The added notifications are welcome and sometimes quite useful, but beware of over-loading: multiple simultaneous notifications can be browsed with side buttons, but after a short while the notifications drop off the Pebble completely, never to be seen again. It's more of a pager than a notification repository.
New apps: Fitness trackers, offline storageThe Pebble Watch has always had more tech in it than its apps have taken advantage of, in particular, a three-axis accelerometer and Bluetooth LE, That's why the newly announced version 2.0 SDK is theoretically exciting: it will finally allow developer access to the Pebble's built-in tech, Apps will be able to use the accelerometer, log data, store data even when not connected to a phone, and pull data from the phone's Internet connection on their own, That means possible fitness apps, standalone weather or transit apps, saint jeff of goldblum iphone case and many of, hopefully, the sort of truly useful apps that the Pebble has lacked..
But the Pebble's own limitations are unclear: will multitasking be possible? Also, just like before, the Pebble will only store eight apps at a time. How much data one of these apps can store also isn't exactly clear, but Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky suggested in a briefing with CNET that a fitness app could, for instance, store up to "days" of data. The SDK will be made available now, but that doesn't mean everyone will get new apps right away. Pebble is allowing a few weeks for existing apps to get updated to be compatible with the new SDK. After that, a Pebble software update will be sent to users, along with a first wave of new apps. Some that are already on the way include a Foursquare app for checking in with the touch of a button, a Yelp app showing local attractions, and a GoPro app made by Pebble that acts as a remote for video recording, and to adjust frame rate settings. There's also a future app in the works made by iControl that will interact as a remote with smart-home technology like locks and lights.