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All posts tagged "Pebble"

  • Fitbit to buy smartwatch maker Pebble for ‘small amount’?

    Fitbit is reportedly close to buying crowdfunding superstar Pebble for an undisclosed amount of money. According to a report from The Information (paywall), citing "three people briefed on the deal", the exact price hasn't been revealed but it's thought to be "a small amount". A source told TechCrunch that the company is to be purchased for between US$34-million and US$40-million. The news comes a few months after the smartwatch maker decided to lay off some staff. The company laid off 40 employees in March, equivalent to about 25% of its workforce, with CEO Eric Migicovsky blaming an unfavourable fundraising environment. Pebble's management reportedly rejected previous offers to purchase the company Pebble...

  • Weekly Round Up #64: Microsoft job cuts, Xiaomi Mi 5, Twitter, Overwatch & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, main man Stuart Thomas is in Portugal and so Andy Walker steps in to host and talks to Hadlee and Graham. The team discusses Microsoft's job cuts, the Xiaomi Mi 5, the recent Twitter changes announced, Pebble's new devices, and two very similar but different games: Battleborn and Overwatch. Tweet(s) Of The Week: Twitter has been on a roll this week and so we have two tweets, one about a cat eating cake and the other about the recebt Standard Bank...

  • Weekly Round Up #55: Uber expands, Pebble cuts jobs, Batman vs Superman, Quantum Break, GroTech

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Reporter Graham van der Made fills in for Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas and talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Myolisi Sikupela. The team talks Uber expanding to Mombasa, Kenya and Abuja, Nigeria, Pebble job cuts, the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, big upcoming game Quantum Break, Grotech raising a cool R62m and DealDey's acquisition by Ringler Africa. Have a listen to the podcast in full below, and be sure to catch the Recommended Reading...

  • All is not well at Pebble, as it lays off 25% of its total staff

    Pebble, the revolutionary smartwatch company that launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign, is laying off 25% of its total staff in a move that not only lays bare the troubles the company is facing, but the troubles in the entire smartwatch industry. The news comes from an interview between Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky and Tech Insider. Since completing its 2013 Kickstarter campaign, Pebble has branded itself as a startup that is owned by the general public, an ethos that saw the company launch another Kickstarter campaign in 2015 for its Pebble Time model. The rumour that Pebble is not doing well...

  • It’s time for a change as revamped Pebble goes Steel [CES2014]

    Last year this time, people were blown away by the quirky looking e-paper watch, Pebble, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Pebble then managed to raise more than a record-breaking US$10-million via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It was all about functionality, and it worked. At CES 2014 however, the company focused more on the style and build quality of its product as it launched the new Pebble Steel together with a dedicated app store. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Kickstarter darling Pebble announces RunKeeper as first app partner

    The Pebble smartwatch set all kinds of records during its run on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Now the company is getting down to the business of business. The company today announced its first official app partner: Runkeeper, a fitness tracking app that incorporates elements of social. RunKeeper’s in-activity fitness data will be shown on Pebble’s E-Paper display, which the company says works as well in direct sunlight as it does indoors. Runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers and...

  • Pebble smartwatch sets Kickstarter record

    If Double Fine Adventure brought crowdfunding site Kickstarter to the world’s attention, then the Pebble smartwatch shows how much people are willing to pay for a good idea. The watch, which connects either to an iPhone or Android smart device and uses e-paper technology, has raised over US$3.3-million with a month of funding set to go. That’s a record for any Kickstarter project and comes fresh off the back of the Pebble...