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Tech Spotlight: Glance Clock: A Smart Clock That Syncs With Your Smartphone


Launched on Indiegogo today, Glance Clock displays your important info from calendar events and incoming calls to arriving Ubers


SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Launching today on Indiegogo, Glance Clock is a minimally designed smart clock that displays your most important information at a glance. Sync your smartphone with the Glance Clock iOS and Android apps, and the clock's backlit LED display reminds you of important events, shows incoming calls, and updates daily progress from fitness trackers and smart home devices; Integration with Amazon Echo provides voice control. Glance Clock is available for a discounted price of $149 USD during the campaign, with the first 200 available for $99.

"We're constantly fiddling in our pockets for phones or looking at smart watches for instant updates," said Anton Zriashchev, CEO and founder of Glance Clock. "But Glance Clock offers an easier, subtler, and more aesthetically pleasing solution to knowing exactly what's happening in our lives. Simply glance at the clock for all your important info and ditch the distraction of constantly pulling out your smartphone."

With a simple and elegant design, Glance Clock displays smartphone-synced information in a combination of brightly colored arcs and text on a traditional clock face. Using the free app, you choose which updates you want to see on the backlit LED display - from incoming calls and messages, to daily schedule, calendar notifications, weather forecast, and current traffic - all at a glance. Additionally, Glance Clock shows you when Uber is arriving, and an open API enables developers to utilize the clock in creative ways.

Updates are displayed for about 30 seconds, and it has a rechargeable battery that lasts for 3-6 months (or plug it in for limitless glancing). Great for home or office, it'll sell for $149 on Indiegogo starting today before increasing to $199 when the campaign completes. The first 200 clocks will be available for $99. The Glance Clock Indiegogo is now live here: http://igg.me/at/glanceclock

Press kit available here


About Glance Clock
Launching in mid September on Indiegogo, Glance Clock is a minimalistically designed smart clock that displays important information at a glance. Integrating with a free iOS and Android app, it displays upcoming events, incoming calls, weather reports, and more via a backlit LED screen. Ideal for home or office, Glance Clock is an aesthetically functional alternative to the constant smartphone checking becoming ever-prevalent in modern society.








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Technology Spotlight: Nextbit Robin smartphone



Unlocked SIM.
Unlockable bootloader.
Direct to you.


Introducing Robin, the first Android phone that makes running out of space history. With the cloud integrated into Android OS, your onboard storage is merged with the cloud, so you always have the space you need.

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You get smarter every day. Robin does, too. By learning what you use, it makes more space so you never miss an opportunity to create, share, and keep the stuff you love. It’s designed for fast OS updates so you always get new features quickly. Robin comes with an unlocked SIM so you can choose the carrier that’s right for you. For all the hackers out there, Robin has an unlockable bootloader and open source drivers for ultimate ROM customization.


Smart specs, smarter phone

Robin runs on a Qualcomm™ Snapdragon 808 processor, for better performance, stability, and efficiency even when multitasking.


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GSM Version
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100
LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28


What’s in the box

You don’t need more stuff in your junk drawer. So we only included a new USB cable since we adopted the Type C port. You can plug it into your old charger or buy a new quick charger.

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USB Type A to Type C cable (1m)
SIM Eject Pin
Quick Start Guide



About Nextbit

We believe in seamless connectivity. We believe in the unlimited potential of the cloud. And we believe there’s no reason to wait around for what’s next, when we can make it now.

We’re designing intelligent devices that get smarter every day. Devices that learn our behavior, instead of us having to learn them. That eliminate the need to choose between the stuff we want to keep today and the space we’ll need tomorrow. That give us choice and control over how we connect and access the stuff that matters in our lives.

The future doesn’t just arrive. It’s built—by people who choose to. We’re stepping up to help ensure the future we all get is closer to the one we all need. But it’s going to take more than our small band of rebels. It will take an entire community of independent first movers and future hackers putting these new tools to use and sharing even more ideas for what comes Next.





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Tech Spotlight: The Smarty Ring Has Arrived


Forget smartwatches—smartrings are the new thing now. An Indiegogo campaign for a product called the "Smarty Ring" has hit its funding goal. Smarty Ring is a 13mm-wide stainless steel ring with an LED screen, Bluetooth 4.0, and an accompanying smartphone app. The ring pairs with a smartphone and acts as a remote control and notification receiver.

The ring can display the time, accept or reject calls, control music, trigger the smartphone's camera, and initiate speed-dial calls. It will also alert the wearer with light-up icons for texts, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Skype. It supports dual time zones and comes with a countdown timer, a stopwatch, and an alarm. It can work as a tracker for your phone, too—if your smartphone is more than 30 feet away from the ring, Smarty Ring will trigger an alarm.




Continue Reading @ ars technica

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Get a 50% Discount For Turning Your Phone Off At This Restaurant


The Abu Ghosh restaurant in Jerusalem is encouraging diners to turn off their devices in return for a generous 50 percent discount.

Smartphones may offer consumers a vast array of benefits, but they could be killing the atmosphere in restaurants. So much so that the Abu Ghosh restaurant in Jerusalem is encouraging diners to turn off their devices in return for a generous 50 percent discount.

Run by Arab-Israeli millionaire Jawdat Ibrahim, the restaurant is situated in the village it takes its name from and is popular with the locals. However, Ibrahim has gradually seen customers talk to each other less and less during meals since the introduction of smartphones. According to reports, he has even had diners ask to reheat their meals because they’ve been too distracted by their phones. Now, any customer can benefit from 50 percent off their bill if they agree to switch off their phone while they eat. Almost every customer has taken Ibrahim up on his offer, and he believes that while the price cut has meant the restaurant has taken a financial hit, it will make the venue more popular in the long run.


Continue Reading @ SpringWise

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Nearly 1 out of 10 Americans use smartphones during sex



Detailed within a study conducted by Harris Interactive, approximately nine percent of American adults admitted to using a smartphone while engaging in sexual intercourse with their partner. Of the 2000+ survey respondents, the largest percentage of adults that admitted this fact were split between Generation X and Millennial ages. Specifically, twenty percent of adults between the ages of 18 to 34 grabbed their smartphone during sex. Included within the 2013 Mobile Con­sumer Habits study, this survey was commissioned by Jumio; a company that offers payments and ID scanning solutions.


Continue Reading @ Digital Trends

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Polaroid prepares Fotobar store for printing photos from smartphones

Sick of just being a name associated with old, out-of-date means of photography, Polaroid may have found a way back into the fray. A plan to open retail stores where consumers can edit and print out photos from their smartphones and online services will begin next month, with the first store opening in Florida.

Polaroid has managed to exist long after the instant film camera went out of style. Now the company finally has the opportunity to return to its forte. Polaroid is preparing to launch retail stores, called Polaroid Fotobar, that will allow people to edit and print photos from their smartphones.

The company plans to open ten of the Fotobars over the course of 2013 with the first set to open its doors to the public next month in Delray Beach, Florida. The concept is to essentially allow passers-by to walk in, wirelessly send photos from their phone or access them from their social network accounts, and make edits like red-eye removal or adding a filter on the desktop workstations, and print off the finished product.

One of the biggest selling points of the Fotobar is the amount of options available on each step of the process. Sources for images can range from the camera on a mobile device to the photos stored in apps like Instagram and Picasa or shared on Facebook. Editing options will allow for customization in contrast and brightness, along with other means of image manipulation. The picture can be printed on various material like metal or bamboo and then can be framed in any variety of ways. Finished products are shipped out from the Fotobar within 72 hours of completion. Not quite as instant as the original Polaroid cameras, but we’re betting it looks a little nicer.

Plans for the Fotobar don’t seem to stop just at printing pictures. Polaroid appears to want the stores to function as a sort of an analog-style art resurgence, with fine art hanging on the wall as inspiration, an extra studio room for classes, and experts in store to offer tips to customers during their photo development.

While Polaroid is still a notable name in photography, it’s been awhile since the company has really been relevant. Perhaps the Fotobar, along with its new digital cameras, will be its first step back into the mainstream, as we’re sure the company isn’t surviving on hipsters buying vintage cameras from thrift stores.

Full Article @ DT

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Russian Yota Announces Its First Branded Dual-screen Smartphone

Yota Devices, a newly formed arm of the Russian WiMax operator Scartell, providing Internet services under the brand Yota since 2008 in Russia and a number of other developing countries, has unveiled a fully-working prototype of an innovative dual-screen smartphone.

Photo: new Yota dual-screen smartphone, from Vedomosti.ru

The device, powered by Google’s Anroid OS, is to be officially presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2013. It is expected that the Yota smartphone will go on sale in Russia in the second quarter 2013 and in the U.S., U.K. and other international markets the following quarter.

Unique feature of the new device and, probably, its major selling point, is the capacity of double-sided screen. On the one side there is a standard LCD display, and an electronic-paper (so-called e-ink) one on the other, that offers a longer battery life by dividing different information on to two streams/displays. Use can work with apps, texts and calles on the first display, while read news or books, set reminders etc. on the energy-saving black and white screen.

As Yota Devices CEO, Vladislav Martynov commented to Wall Street Journal, the project has been going for two years with 35 engineers on the team and $25 million investment at this stage. The retail price for the Yota Phone is expected to be about $500, slightly cheaper than iPhone 5, in the same price range with the latest smartphone models from Samsung, HTC and Sony.

Earlier this year, another Russian telecom carrier MTS, launched its own-label smartphone also powered by Android OS. However, the only advantage of the product is its affordable price (about $240) and a package with considerable discounts offered with the purchase of the device within the MTS customer loyalty system.

Considerations regarding the potential of the Yota smartphone, which is set to be launched on the international markets, too, differ.

“Having a second black and white screen is fun but rather useless. However, such fun stuff may generate good sales”, commented the launch of the Yota phone to Vedomosti.ru the President of Russian Evroset’ Aleksandr Malis.

“They have a novel idea but an unknown brand,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner Inc. in a comment to WSJ. “The phone market is a lot about brand and fashion”.

The Yota branding and design were developed back in 2008 by a number of the best U.K. agencies, such as 300 Million (no longer operating), All of Us, Fray, Someone and Seymour Powell.

via PopSop

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Over 90% of Smartphones in China Running Android

Google’s Android platform has taken more than 70% share of the global smartphone market. In the Chinese market, it owned more than 90% of China’s smartphone market, which is up from 58.2% in third-quarter of 2011. The increase in percentage is because there’re more Chinese companies focuses on making smartphone over the year and China’s homegrown smartphone makers (Such as Xiaomi, Meizu and OPPO) are getting more reliable and recognizable.


Handset makers believed Android has been excelling in market share is also because iPhone and Windows Phone have been transitioning to new models. But perhaps, that isn’t the only barricade that Apple and Microsoft are facing in China. For those in China who could not afford an expensive phone would tend to buy a low-price Android handset, including knockoff phones, Meizu’s smartphone or Xiaomi’s smartphone, since they still can offer high-end hardwares and quality user experience. With the high-end consumers segment in China, they are willing to spend more money to buy popular smartphone like Apple’s iPhone 5 from the grey market. But as iPhone 5 brings less excitement than the iPhone 4 and it’s very difficult to buy one in China, consumers are changing their focus on Samsung Galaxy S3 and some other Samsung smartphones, which is what making Samsung the top smartphone vendor in China. At the moment, Apple’s iOS only owned 4.2 percent of the smartphone platform market in the third quarter.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is set to launch on the 20 Nov via China Unicom and China Telecom, and a bunch of Windows Phone 8 will arrive around Christmas time. That said, Android’s market share is expected to decline, but maybe not much.

Source: Digitimes

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Coaster App Employs Smartphones and iPads To Place Drink Orders

Technology is making drinks easier to order via a new app called Coaster:

With Coaster, when you and your crew go out for cocktails, you will calmly find a place to sit, peruse the drink menu and order beverages from the app. The bartender, using his or her iPad will see your order, make the drinks and let you know (through the app) when they’re ready. You pay for the drinks through the app (even tip).

The app is available on iOS and Android and can currently be used at 14 bars in San Francisco (see the list after the jump) – although its creators are looking to expand its reach.


Use the promo code COASTER to get $5 off your first order. You can also invite friends through the app and they’ll get $5 off their order while you collect a $5 bonus when they place their first order.

(Coaster via Mashable)

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Virtual Supermarkets in Subway Tunnels on the rise

By leveraging smartphones and relatively inexpensive advertising space, some retailers are springing up the virtual equivalent of supermarket shelves in subway tunnels. And it’s working.

Abandon your hopelessly outdated 2011 ideas about what it takes to open a supermarket or retail store. Think you need products, shelves, and a cash register? Think again.

The British supermarket chain Tesco knows that road well, but recently started pursuing a new path. Its Home Plus supermarket chain had grown to the second largest in South Korea, but it faced a problem: It didn’t have enough stores to capture the number one position.

mobile retail commerce smartphonesSo Home Plus plastered subway stations with full-sized images of supermarket shelves: meat, dairy and beverage sections materialized all around the platforms, and every product was labeled with a QR code. Commuters could browse the shelves just as they would in a real store, and fill a virtual cart by snapping pictures on a smartphone. Later, your groceries are delivered. Registrations for Home Plus’ online shopping increased by 76 percent, and online sales went up even more, 130 percent.

It’s a pretty customer-friendly idea; instead of wasting 10 minutes waiting for a train, you can get your shopping done instead.

Why do you need pictures on a wall, when it’s possible to simply shop online? Truth is, many people have an easier time walking down the aisles of a store, or a subway platform that looks like a store. Instead of navigating an interface, you just wander until you see the item you want.

Which would you rather see on the walls of subway stations, bus stops and the like: obnoxious ads or stuff you actually need?

On Main Street (yes, it’s called that) in my little town, there’s a passageway between the rear parking lots and the street. It’s about 200 feet long, covered from the elements, surrounded by stores that rent for $70 a square foot, or more. The owner should run, not walk, to start renting the otherwise wasted space as a virtual store.

That’s what China’s biggest food e-commerce merchant, Yihaodian, is doing. Last week, it announced plans to open 1,000 virtual supermarkets, each about 13,000 square feet, which is smaller than most American supermarkets but far bigger than many retail stores.

This isn’t Yihaodian’s first use of virtual innovation. It also just launched 1,000 virtual stores right outside the bricks and mortar stores of their competitors; each “store” is packed with discount coupons. Unlike the Home Plus stores in South Korea, there are no pictures or other indications in the physical world that each store exists. Customers must point their phones outside the competitor’s stores to find Yihadian’s coupons and gift vouchers.

smartphone shoppers mobile shopping Yuan Yong is managing director at Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai, the advertising agency that helped hatch the plan. “While traditional offline retailers are desperately trying to move their businesses online, we thought we’d do just the opposite… and give the game an interesting twist,” he said.

Let’s recap: Overnight, an online merchant opened up 1,000 location-tagged augmented reality stores outside the stores of their old fashioned competitors.

Perhaps this weekend Amazon will suddenly open stores outside every Best Buy store? It’s not an outrageous thought. Both Amazon and eBay are already experimenting with same-day delivery programs, inching their way towards direct competition with bricks and mortar stores.

So why hasn’t this happened in the United States already? It has. Online grocer Peapod opened a store last May in a Chicago train station, and earlier this month expanded the program to 17 Chicago-area stations. It also just bought ad space in 15 Philadelphia stations for ads and stores that, you guessed it, feature an assortment of products commuters can scan.

Read More @ DT

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