Jawbone’s Apps Will Soon Support Everyone Else’s Hardware
For the past few months, I’ve done something which is dorky even by my own
dorky standards: I’ve often gone out in public with two wearable devices on
One has been a smartwatch of some sort. (At the moment, it’s Motorola’s
The other has usually been Jawbone’s Up 24 fitness band.
Here’s why: Overall, the Up app, which works only with Jawbone’s
hardware, is the richest, cleverest one I’ve found for counting steps,
monitoring sleep, and logging information about what I eat.
But the slinky little Up band isn’t a full-blown smartwatch, so it’s not
the only wearable a gadget freak will ever need.
Starting soon A Jawbone spokesperson confirmed to me that the company plans
to announce its decision on Tuesday, when Apple will be announcing its
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The "Internet of Things" and Security: How to Do it Right
The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast.
We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as
Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT
security, the dangers are already very real.
Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and
shut down an oil rig, and many tanker crews disable their own electronic
tracking and guidance systems to avoid interception by tech-savvy pirates.
Yes, ships carrying more than 100 million gallons of oil ... (more)
5 Reasons Small Businesses Should Create a Mobile Website Instead of a Mobile
By Itai Sadan
Every day, we’re introduced to new mobile apps. We get to see the ones
highlighted in the app store and hear about the cool new app our friends talk
about on social media.
Take a guess as to the number of mobile apps that were downloaded globally in
2013. Try 102 billion, according to research by Gartner. Long story short:
the app market is crowded.
Mobile apps are designed to run on a specific mobile device – download and
installation required. With mobile websites, there’s no downlo... (more)
Pebble Cuts Smartwatch Prices, Adds Sleep Monitoring and More Health Tracking
You can now pick up a Pebble smartwatch for up to $50 less than you could
The company announced a price cut for both of its cross-platform watches on
Tuesday: The original Pebble now costs $99 — down from $149 — while the
Pebble Steel is priced at $199, a $30 drop.
Both are also gaining some new health-tracking features thanks to third-party
apps as well.
The Pebble could already tap into smartphone apps that count steps or track
movement, but a software update is bringing “full activity trac... (more)
It’s still nearly impossible to get HBO, or any other pay-TV channel,
without subscribing to a pay-TV package that gives you a bundle of channels,
whether you want them or not. But the people who sell you TV are starting to
tinker with the model, at least at the margins. Several pay-TV providers, for
instance, sell “skinny” bundles of pay TV that allow you to buy a handful
of channels. Now Dish is looking to do something similar with pay TV sold
over the Web, and Sony’s Web TV model may be in the same wheelhouse. Then
there’s another category of offers meant to appeal to people ... (more)