I ve been fortunate enough to use Google Glass in some form or another for months now, but just recently procured a pair of my own. Wired s Mat Honan penned my favorite Glass review, and his words so similarly mirror my own overarching viewpoint that I ll simply redirect you there if you re looking to spend a hefty chunk of time reading. For the purposes of this article, however, I m going to focus on brevity. I ve just recently returned from a week at CES, where I used Glass during some portion of each day there, and I ve reached a point where I feel comfortable opining on the unit s strengths, its shortcomings, and my hopes for its future.
Listen, I don t have the greatest history when it comes to tablet relationships. We have a checkered past. I was pitched on this fabled third device long ago, but I can t help but feel that we ve all been hoodwinked. I ve found myself maximally productivity on a flash-based laptop, and on the go, with a phone at least keeps me in the game. I ve been struggling to figure out how a tablet fits into such a workflow for years, and after living for a while without one, I talked myself into giving the whole thing another whirl.
You knew it was bound to happen, and happen it has. While it apparently still has a ways to go to catch up to Samsung s Galaxy Gear, a Kickstarter-backed company moving some 200,000 or so units in a matter of months is nothing to scoff at. To wit, Pebble s seeing a massive spike in developer action now that SDK 2.0 is in the wild and the watch has added full iOS 7 Notification Center support. In a bid to funnel all of that activity into a central location, the outfit on Wednesday announced that the Pebble appstore will launch in early 2014, and interested developers can begin submitting their SDK 2.0 Pebble apps immediately.
It's the Kickstarter project that has largely defined what's possible on the service, and if you're reading this, you're well aware of how many millions the Pebble team raised in order to concoct a wrist-worn notification device. A device that just so happened to emerge as the term "smartwatch", was taking hold. It was something of a perfect storm, really; years ago, Fossil and Sony Ericsson tried to bring the Dick Tracy motif to the masses, but the world wasn't yet ready. Today, we're all ready. Despite shipping to backers around a year ago, Pebble only recently added full, unabashed support for the iPhone (iOS 7, to be exact). As it turns out, the addition of full Notification Center support makes Pebble one of the only smartwatches on the market (hello, Metawatch) that's tailored for Apple. I set out to investigate one thing: is the Pebble the smartwatch that Apple has yet to build, and is really good enough to work in tandem with an iPhone that's constantly buzzing?
It happened: the MacBook Air has officially been trumped as my recommended road warrior machine. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's another Apple product that's doing the trumping. Released last month alongside the iPad Air and revised iPad mini with Retina display, the Haswell-infused 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been my sole computer for the past four weeks. For those who slept right through the announcement, here's a bit of a refresher: it's dramatically faster than last year's model, it's cheaper, and most impressive of all, it's thinner.