The Pebble stands out by not standing out — almost every other smart watch is a bulky, chunky affair, but chances are most people won’t even realize you’re wearing the Pebble until you tell them. It’s slim and sleek, and when the backlight is off the screen blends in seamlessly with the borders of my black review unit. On the right side you’ll find up / down and select buttons, while the left side has a back button and a set of contacts for the Pebble’s magnetic power connector, which aligns and latches on like Apple’s familiar MagSafe system. It’s a clever way to keep the Pebble waterproof without resorting to clunky port covers or flaps.
As for the screen itself, I would call it just okay: Pebble calls it “e-paper,” but it’s really a 114 x 168 “transflective” LCD that’s designed for watches. It’s functional, but ultimately it’s a low-resolution black and white LCD, and low-resolution black and white LCDs are not renowned for their beauty. It’s also covered by a curved plastic lens that can reflect light in weird ways — it’s not a huge problem at all, but you’ll notice it from time to time.
Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.
For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
Thursday is just getting started here in the United States, but the day is coming to a close Down Under, where anxious Apple fans have already begun to line up to be among the first in the world to purchase Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
As lines outside Apple Stores in the United States begin to form and extend on Thursday,
Nest Labs makes Internet-connected thermostats and smoke detectors.
It was founded by Tony Fadell, the guy most responsible for the iPod after Steve Jobs.
It’s incredible to think that he’s going to be working for Google considering Apple and Google are bitter enemies.
Fadell founded Nest two years ago. There were reports that he was looking at raising a fresh round of funding. Looks like he decided to sell instead. Nest had raised $230 million in funding to date. Google Ventures was one of its biggest backers.
Nest’s beautifully designed thermostat sells for $250. It can be controlled remotely through a smartphone. It also learns your behavior and adjusts the temperature automatically over time.
@onewayboobe delivers yet another radio smash hit WHITE BITCHES, Featuring Juicy J (@therealjuicyj. Boobe has had the streets of Washington DC on LOCK for sometime now, and shows no sign of him slowing down. Be sure to buy the record on ITUNES, and follow and support him on Twitter/Instagram: @ONEWAYBOOBE
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In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones comes MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP, a video-enhanced eBook featuring exclusive interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards conducted by rock journalist and former TODAY show music correspondent, Rona Elliot. The enhanced eBook is available today through Apple’s iBookstore.
MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP, released by NBC Publishing, features Elliot’s interviews—produced by NBC’s TODAY show—with the Rolling Stones frontmen along with her reflections on their enduring legacy. The eBook includes images of the band from famed rock photographers Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, and Ebet Roberts, plus an original cartoon by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. A featured video introduction by Grammy-award winning musician, songwriter and producer Steve Jordan includes insight from someone who has worked with the Rolling Stones for almost 30 years on stage and in the studio.
“This book gives fans a real insight to how Mick and Keith think about the same things. The thing in the book that really sums it all up is Rona asking the one question to the both of them and then them answering completely differently,” says Steve Jordan. “You get into the psyche of the band.”
While Elliot has interviewed the individual members of the Stones many times over the years, the intimate access to Mick and Keith granted during a break from the band’s legendary Steel Wheels tour resulted in two insightful and distinct conversations. Seen here at the top of their game, Mick and Keith’s individual personalities uniquely unfold through their humor, charm, and candor.
With Mick sitting in New York’s Waldorf Astoria clad in an elegant suit, and Keith lounging barefoot in an inside-out T-shirt fresh off his boat in Antigua, the two answer Elliot’s questions on everything Stones, including: whether they knew “Satisfaction” was a hit right away, their disparate reflections on the innocence of their early fans, and whether they see their band as a “family” or a “gang”. Even for die-hard Stones fans who think they know everything about these two icons, these interviews reveal Mick and Keith as never before.
For Elliot, this release is highly personal, having worked for over a decade to make her archival TODAY show interviews, from the NBC News Archives, available to those with a passion for rock ‘n’ roll. MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP is part fan letter, part memoir, and highlights Elliot’s work as a music journalist and historian.
“I have been so fortunate in my life’s work to meet, interview and form trusted relationships with music legends that we all love and respect…and Mick and Keith are right at the top of any list, mine to be sure,” says Elliot. “Music has always been my animating passion! So, I’m thrilled to be able to share this with other Stones fans. These interviews were remarkable then, and are perhaps even more so now, as they celebrate 50 years together. The enhanced eBook makes this a personal experience for everyone, and absolute fun, too!”
“We are so thrilled to be working with Rona Elliot, a trailblazer in the world of rock journalism, and to have the opportunity to publish these rare and in-depth interviews for both die-hard fans and those yet to discover these icons of rock ‘n’ roll,” said Michael Fabiano, General Manager and Vice President of NBC Publishing.
The book was designed for Apple’s latest eBook platform, iBooks Author, which features a full multi-media, interactive experience. It is available from Apple’s iBookstore today. The standard enhanced eBook edition—an eBook with all the same multi-media elements—will be available for iPhone/iPad Touch, Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and the Kindle App for iPad shortly. Please check www.nbcpublishing.com for the latest information.
There seems to be a heated debate going on right now between diehard fans of Apple and those that give their loyalty to Android, with both sides claiming to boast the better phone. It’s looking like iPhone fans can claim victory, at least in the performance department.
Geekbench was able to put the iPhone 5’s new A6 processor through a hardware benchmark test, and according to their results, the iPhone outperforms Samsung’s golden child – the Galaxy S III.
A benchmark score is a number representing how a device performs overall under several different tests. The higher the score, the better the device performed. Check out the chart, which shows that the iPhone 5 achieved a higher score than the Galaxy S III.
Also, the Galaxy S III processor tested here is the quad-core version. The U.S. version of the phone has an even slower processor.