Unless you’ve been living under a rock like Spongebob’s friend or disconnected from the Internet then you have heard and watched and probably shared Chewbacca mom video on Facebook. This past weekend the video went viral and has just kept racking in the views. At last count it was up to over 14o million views.
Just in case you missed it. The Texas woman was trying out a Chewbacca mask and boy did she joy every minute of it. She had such a great laugh that there is no way you can not watch it. The video has gotten so big that James Corden did a ride along with her. J.J. Abrams stops by to give her some pointers. I mean he did just direct the Star Wars: Force Awakens so he kind of an expert. Watch the video and have some happiness. 🙂
Pebble who arguably started this whole wearable thing is not fading into the night. They want to remind you that they are still here and remind you why you fell in love with their Kickstarter in the first place. Today they unveiled its newest smartwatches. However this is Pebble, so you have to head to Kickstarter to support the new devices. Your options are a second generation Pebble, Pebble Time or the a all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are designed just like their predecessors. The upgrade was to the displays, better battery life and the addition of a heart-rate monitor. The Pebble 2 added 24/7 heart-rate monitor, microphone, activity and sleep tracker. All their new devices are water resistance up to 30 meters and 7 day battery life.
The Pebble Time 2 will feature a color E-Paper display that is 53% larger than the model that came our just last year. Just like the Pebble 2 it will feature 24/7 heart-rate monitor, mic, activity/sleep tracker as well as being water resistance up to 30M. Pebble is also promises a ridiculous 10 day battery life. Pebble 2 ships in September this year. The Pebble Time 2 ships in November. Remember you have to use Kickstarter to buy these smartwatches. Once the Kickstarter end the prices will go up. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 will cost $129 and $199 respectively.
At Startup Fest Europe which was held in Amsterdam, Tim Cook put to rest any rumor that Apple would become a carrier. He shut down the idea of Apple becoming a mobile carrier or MVNO because they don’t have the expertise. MVNO service is a when a company uses an existing network but puts its own branding and sets its own prices. Below are his words;
Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network. We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally. We don’t have the network skill. We’ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do.
Apple has a way of taking apps or tweaks we love and integrating them into their operating systems. Seems the trend is set to continue with the next upgrade of the Mac OS. There are reports that Mac OS X 10.12 will allow us to unlock our computers with just our fingerprints via your iPhones Touch ID. Your Mac would only unlock when you are in close proximity similar to the way the Apple Watch can bypass its passcode when near an unlocked iPhone thanks to Bluetooth LE.
Again you can already do this with the apps Knock or MacID but it will be cool to have these features built into the operating system. WWDC might also bring other features to the operating system such as adding Apple Pay support on Safari and Siri support. We will have to wait until the annual 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference which is set to take place from June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco.
What a day. The doors open early. The coffee and tea was flowing. There were so many people here. So much brain power. Things kicked off with a great keynote. Google I/O 2016 developers conference in Mountain View, CA this morning covered a lot of information. Google debuted a lot of new products including its answer to Amazon’s Echo & Alexa called Google Home. They also had a new VR experience called Daydream. Two new messaging apps, Allo and Duo. Google also talked about new features coming to Android N. Of course since this was a corporate sponsored conference there were lots of stats thrown our way.
50% of Google searches that now take place on mobile. Of those, another 20 percent use just their voice. 20 million Chromecasts has sold to date. There are 200 Million active monthly Google Photo users. The jumbotron does not lie but seriously? Who are these people? The accuracy of Google Allo’s ability to correctly determine whether or not it’s looking at a cute dog is 90%.
Here are the key points today;
Google Home will is the answer to Amazon’s incredibly popular Echo line of smart home assistants. There were rumors but now its official, from the horse’s mouth so to speak. The search giant’s Google Home will be a speaker and virtual assistant using the newly announced Google assistant. Like Amazon Echo, the Google Home It also allows you to control third-party apps using your voice.
Apple has finally released the OS X 10.11.5 update for Macs. You can get it now through the Mac App Store. The update as normal will take care some house cleaning via bug fixes. There are also some performance improvements to help your Mac zip along. Apple also stated that there are security fixes for Mac in this update as well. The Mac update doesn’t appear to feature any user new features; we’re going to have to wait for next month at WWDC for that. Apple has also released iOS 9.3.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well was tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV, and watchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch.
Minecraft is virtual Legos. There I’ve said it. Now that is out of the way. Great news! Minecraft and Nintendo are bringing Mario to the game. The game was already released on Wii U last December but it like so many other Wii U games was not impressive. Nintendo is hoping that a team up with Mojang for some special Mario-themed content can change some minds. The new content will a free update. The bundle will have some of the iconic characters from the world of Mario. There will also be a few items to play with as well as the classic music the Mario games. To get things started there will be a pre-made Super Mario-themed map. What you do with your crafting skills after that is a challenge between your creativity and thumbs.
The new material is inspired by Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The iconic characters available are Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser Toad, and Wario. Sorry Yoshi fans. If you don’t already own the game; a retail version of Minecraft: Wii U Edition with the Super Mario pack on the disc will release on June 17th for $29.99.