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Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

Pebble Time Kickstarter ends with over $20M in funding

The recently announced Pebble Time smartwatch has done it again, setting a new funding record for Kickstarter, much as the original Pebble watch in 2012 was the most successful product on the crowdfunding site for some time. The funding period for the Pebble Time ended on March 28th, raising $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers. The initial funding goal was only $500,000, an amount that was met only 15 minutes into their campaign, with $1 million met in just 49 minutes.

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NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

Nomad has introduced a new charger designed specifically for Pebble owners who always want to have their charger on hand, but without the hassle of carrying a full-size charging cable. It's called NomadKey for Pebble, it is smaller than your finger and equipped with a keychain hole for attaching it to a key ring. This gives owners the ability to carry it with them at all times, topping off their Pebble when the battery runs low while out and about. As of now, the charger is available from Nomad via its website.

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Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Pebble reveals plan to aid developers in creating ‘smartstraps’

Earlier this month, Pebble showed off its "smartstrap" aspirations, something that will allow others to develop intelligent straps for the latest upcoming Pebble smartwatches. Now the company is back with another update, this time zeroing in on the how -- namely, that it'll be pushing that development into gear with a new million-dollar fund set to aid developers in making -- and launching -- their own Pebble smartstraps. Developers will still need to launch their own funding campaigns, but under this Pebble will back the strap itself if it likes what it sees.

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Pebble belittles the competition, calls dibs on simplicity

Pebble belittles the competition, calls dibs on simplicity

Unless you've been asleep for the past 24 hours, it might have caught your attention that Apple has finally launched its own take on the smartwatch fad, not called an iWatch but simply an Apple Watch. Cupertino is just the latest but definitely one of the most high profile entries into a fledgling market segment that still has some scratching their heads, and Pebble claims to know why. It's because Apple, Samsung, and Google are practically putting smartphones on people's wrists, forgetting the watch part of the equation.

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Hungry? No problem with Domino’s pizza on your smartwatch

Hungry? No problem with Domino’s pizza on your smartwatch

The idea behind smartwatches is that they become your bridge to your smartphone for instances when you can't dig out your mobile device from your bag or pocket. That is why they have mostly been relegated to simple, one off tasks like notifications, quick replies, reminders, or accepting/rejecting voice calls. They're not usually meant to replace your smartphone, but that might just be what Domino's is aiming for by letting you order a pizza right from the convenience of your Pebble or Android Wear smartwatch.

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Pebble Time Steel revealed plus smartstrap sensor add-ons

Pebble Time Steel revealed plus smartstrap sensor add-ons

It's only been a matter of weeks since Pebble showed us its new Time smartwatch, and already there's a second, metal-bodied version, the Pebble Time Steel. Echoing the second-gen original Pebble, which wrapped the guts of the first, plastic wearable in a more premium casing, Pebble Time Steel comes in stainless steel casing and has a larger battery than its cheaper sibling. Meanwhile, the Kickstarter success has also revealed exactly what it has in mind for "smartstraps" for the new Time and Time Steel watches.

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Pebble Time SDK (3.0) released today

Pebble Time SDK (3.0) released today

The software development kit for Pebble Time has been released today - 64 colors and everything. This SDK is also known as Pebble OS SDK 3.0, and it contains a number of big jumps in functionality for the operating system for the wearable collection of devices. Everything developers have created to work with SDK 2.x will run perfectly fine on version 3.0 - so don't worry about compatibility issues as such. Below we've also got a brand new "hardware comparison" chart made by Pebble to show the differences between the two eras of smartwatch.

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Pebble and Windows phones: a tale of what could have been

Pebble and Windows phones: a tale of what could have been

Pebble's new stab at another Kickstarter, this time for the sleeker, more colorful Pebble Time, has renewed interest in one of the pioneers of smartwatches. While Pebble supports both Android and iOS, one of the few smartwatches to do so, it leaves out a portion of the mobile world out in the cold. Granted, the number of Windows Phone users might pale in comparison, but there are always some voices and arms raised in supplication for support. Though things looked hopeful for a while, the reality might be harsher.

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Pebble Time beats Kickstarter goal in 15 minutes

Pebble Time beats Kickstarter goal in 15 minutes

As of the publishing of this article, Pebble Time will have beaten its goal nearly twice over in its first hour being online. This Kickstarter project mirrors the original Pebble release, this time coming with a device with a color display and three unique color options for the device's border and band. There's a black watch case with silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel, white with silver, and red with black - all with the same functionality and specifications, of course.

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Pebble Time: color smartwatch returns to Kickstarter

Pebble Time: color smartwatch returns to Kickstarter

That's right: the second-generation "Pebble Time" smartwatch will be launched on the same platform as its predecessor: Kickstarter. This unit is reminiscent of its predecessor, working with a subdued physical design and a newly updated Pebble OS software interface. Pebble Time, as it's called, will be available to backers of this Kickstarter by May of 2015 and will be delivered at a price point roughly double that of the original - unless you're talking about the original price - it's the same as the launch price of the original Pebble and that of the newer Pebble Steel.

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