Pebble Time Round: What You Get When You Breed Pebble & Swatch?

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pebble goes full circle with latest smartwatch.

Pebble has announced a brand new smartwatch called the Pebble Time Round, and the company touts it as the ‘thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the world.’ The Pebble Time Round’s band will be offered in either 14mm or 20mm and the unit is available in one of three different colours variants namely black, silver or rose gold. At 7.5mm thick and weighing in at 28 grams, the new watch is slighter than the smallest Apple Watch and much littler than some of the bulky Android Wear devices. Time Round will come with a choice of 20mm or 14mm band fittings, making it possibly the first smartwatch that will make sense for those with small wrists. And it uses the same setup as all previous Pebble watches, with three buttons for navigating around the software located on the right side of the watch.

The 1.25-inch diameter display is still color e-paper-and there is still no touchscreen. “We’ve been making smartwatches for a long time and there’s always been a small number of people who’ve told us that our watches were a bit too big for their wrists,” Mr. It’s designed from the ground up to be a truly smart watch.” The watch comes in black or silver (or rose gold in 14mm only), comes with a leather strap and is compatible with any watch band of the right size. In conversation VentureBeat, Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky was asked, “How can we get our watches on more wrists around the world?” According to the report, the answer his company came up with was to create a device that looks good on and fits comfortably on smaller wrists. The original Pebble was released in 2013, and the line has since been praised for its wide open approach to customisation, its store of free apps and watchfaces and its e-paper screen that, unlike other smartwatches, is never off.

Photo: Bloomberg Unlike traditional television, which puts viewers on a slow-drip diet of one or two shows a week, Netflix lets you hit the entertainment heroin as hard and as frequently as you want. The streaming service has crunched the numbers and has come up with a nifty equation that pinpoints the moment audiences commit to watching a show all the way to the end. Netflix analysed data from January to July of this year in countries including Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US. Like most recreational drugs, different shows have different effects on viewers, and the data on the addiction equation therefore is a little all over the place.

Surprisingly, the threshold for Netflix addiction was lowest in Australia for legal drama Suits and thriller The Killing, which took just three episodes to hook viewers into completing the entire series. Contrary to popular opinion, pilots are not what get viewers hooked, at least not according to Netflix’ numbers. “Given the precious nature of primetime slots on traditional TV, a series pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. “However, in our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that no one was ever hooked on the pilot.

This gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made.” The data compiled by Netflix has the potential to create new metrics for TV viewing. Instead of counting the number of eyeballs on a particular show at a particular time, this data allows Netflix and other streaming services to measure a level of engagement and commitment not given priority in traditional entertainment measurements.

They may be clever with their sums and surveillance, but their Australian content is woefully inadequate: their lists resemble the last gasp of an ailing DVD shop. Presto would also be preferable IF it could get it’s act together and upgrade their technical facilities – months and almost years since going on-line, they still don’t seem to care that many possible subscribers to their service cannot get films to play on their machines – and their ‘technical support’ is a laugh.

So long, Netflix, you will not be missed by this little black duck. :) Has the difference between Australian and overseas NetFlix catalogs been factored in to this finding? However once the geo-blocking came in and the best 50% of their product was taken away it’s now a line ball on whether the service is worth the subscription. I cancelled Netflix earlier this week, for months I waited for Netflix to improve it’s catalogue and nothing, a handful of movies and a couple average shows were added.. all the while Stan was adding movies weekly and some pretty good ones at that I know there are rights that need to be acquired but Stan manages to get decent movies regularly while Netflix doesn’t bother, is Netflix even interested in the Oz Market

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