Fitbit to Acquire Smartwatch Maker Pebble’s Assets

Smartwatch maker Pebble has confirmed the rumors that it is indeed shutting down operations. Some of its members are scheduled to join Fitbit, a tech company focused on wearable technology.

“Due to various factors, Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity,”
“We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices.”
-Eric Migicovsky, CEO and founder at Pebble

Founded by Eric Migicovsky, Pebble pioneered wearable technology and developed wrist-based notifications light years before Apple and many smartwatch manufacturers.  Pebble gained popularity from the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. This method of funding allowed companies to acquire large sums of capital without the trade-off of overhead. This apparently, wasn’t enough to save Pebble from crumbling.

Rumors emerged last month that Fitbit was set to acquire Pebble for approximately anywhere from $34 million to $40M. The company has been experiencing financial troubles as of late and is said to be in millions of debt.

The acquisition doesn’t include the hardware itself. This means that Pebble is no longer making, selling, or promoting watches in anyway. However, all its existing devices will continue to function normally. Fitbit will however be responsible for any future software updates.

The company’s blog further stated that “The Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, mobile apps, developer portal, appstore, timeline API, dictation service, messaging service, and firmware will all continue to operate without interruption. Further down the road, we’ll be working to phase out cloud services, providing the ability for the community to take over, where possible.”

Fitbit’s shares went up to $8.07 after the announcement. This is still a far cry from their high of $47.6 last July. Only time can tell if Fitbit will succumb as well to the financial pressures of today’s startup industry.

Runaway Toyota Prius in San Diego is Safe Now

What would you do if you were driving a Toyota Prius at the speed of over 90 miles per hour and that you cannot stop it because the accelerator got stuck?

This was the incident that happened today in a runaway Toyota Prius in San Diego California. Accordingly, this runaway Prius has been in the eyes of traffic officers after they received a 911 call from the driver of it reporting that its car won’t stop due to unintended acceleration.

The traffic officer eventually caught the Toyota Prius driver by telling him “to apply his emergency brake in tandem with the brake pedal” to stop the car.

This is a horrible incident. If  I would have been the driver of that runaway Prius, I would try my best to immediately turn off the engine to stop the car.

Toyota Motors have already sent their representatives to investigate the case of the runaway Prius. I guess that we really need to have our Toyota cars checked before we drive them just to be safe.

It would be best to bring them to an authorized Toyota dealer and have it checked if it is included in millions of cars recalled by Toyota due to sticking accelerators.

Apple’s iPad Release Date

The newest product of Apple Inc. which has been anticipated by all will be officially released on April 3, 2010 in the United States. The Wi-Fi models would be released on the 4th and the Wi-Fi and 3G combination would be on the later part of the month. Customers can start pre-ordering the iPad on Apple’s online store on March 12.

This newest product of Apple Inc. has provided the missing link between the small smartphone and the bulky laptop computers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a Friday post on the company’s Web site “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Prices start at $499 for the 16-gigabyte version, $599 for the 32-gig version and $699 for the 64, Jobs said at the company’s glitzy announcement in San Francisco, California. It would be made available to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on the late part of April.

8001050F: Lost PS3 trophies and some PSN errors still not fixed

After Sony officially announced that the error code 8001050F has been resolved, many users are still complaining about it. But not as many as before. The resolution did not affect 100% of the PS3 users world wide. There are some who are still experiencing the same problem.

Others can already log in to Playstation Network, but their beloved trophies are gone forever. This is a serious problem that Sony should face. If all your trophies are hard earned, and suddenly it vanished like a thief in the night, I bet you’re freaking out right now.

To those who have lost their trophies and suffered the 8001050F cyber disaster, you should contact Sony Playstation support to manually restore your trophies.

If there’s no chance to restore your trophies manually, you should start from zero now and earn all trophies all over again.

But if you really don’t care about your trophies in Playstation Network, just forget about what happened and play for fun.

Recover PS3 Trophies: Solved after the 8001050F bug

We can’t deny the fact that recovering hard earned PS3 trophies is a serious problem for our loyal PS3 player, specially to those who worked hard for it. After the reign of 8001050F error code, all trophies from your account was wiped out without prior notice.

This is really a serious problem and Sony hasn’t announced yet how to recover it. Anyway, the 8001050F error has already been resolved after the leap year bug. But that doesn’t mean to there’s no problem left with the PS3 system.

As of now, we are still waiting for the official announcement from Sony of how to recover our beloved trophies.

We really do hope that this issue will have a resolution as soon as possible. Let’s see how this goes after a few more hours. Or else, those who lost their trophies bang their heads on the wall.

Sony, please do something to recover our beloved trophies right now!

UPDATE: The service has been restored but if someone out there hasn’t recovered their trophies yet, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below

8001050F: The error code that made all PS3 fanboys gone mad

8001050F is indeed the most famous error code in the history of all PS3 error codes. We already wrote about how Sony reacted in this phenomena and how to fix the PS3 error code 8001050F. The truth is, until now this error wasn’t fixed by Sony yet.

There’s a manual but risky way to resolve this Playstation Network downtime error. But only a few brave souls attempted to fix their own console.

It has been more than 24 hours since Sony promised to fix 8001050F. Sony disappointed a lot of users world wide. As a matter of fact, people wants to sue Sony, as what one of the commenters said in this article.

“We are now in the state of paranoia”, said Mark Gilmer, a certified Playstation 3 addict.

One of our commenters also said that the problem is not with the PSN, but with the PS3’s software.

Others said that it will be fixed after March 1, 2010, because the Playstation’s brain is too dumb and thought that 2010 is a leap year and today is February 29, 2010, which is so wrong.

Once again, let’s all wait for the official announcement from the Playstation blog about how to fix this error.

I bet there’s another firmware upgrade that will resolve this and the Sony Playstation engineers are working overtime to find a way to fix this software bug that made all PS3 fanboys gone mad.

43-Year-Old Woman Charged With Seducing Teen via PS Home

This is undeniably an interesting news about how a 43-year-old woman seduced a teenager through PS3’s Playstation Home

This was discovered when the 14-year-old teen suddenly disappeared. Her mother went looking for him and she was absolutely worried about what happened to her son. When he finally returned home, things got even weirder. That’s because he came back with 43-year-old Annamay Alexander, who claimed to be there to discuss the possibility of the boy marrying her daughter.

Smelling strange things afoot, the boy’s mom went digging through his cell phone, and unearthed a few texts from this alleged matchmaker, saying totally normal things like: “My body is yours to do whatever you want with,” and “I love you and we are going to get married.” Nevermind, of course, that she was already married with children.

So how did this cougar manage to grab hold of her pubescent prey? Apparently, the incongruous couple met on the virtual world of Sony Home, where they each created digital characters of themselves.

The police confiscated the teen’s PlayStation, and discovered a photo of Alexander in her undies. The son later acknowledged that Annamay had indeed come to visit him for some playful sexy activity.

E-waste problem in India will grow 500% by 2020

U.N. study said that various wastes from discarded electronics will rise dramatically in the developing world within a decade as reported by Daily World Buzz. Computer waste from India alone will grow by 500% by year 2020.

Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP said “This report gives new urgency to establishing ambitious, formal and regulated processes for collecting and managing e-waste via the setting up of large, efficient facilities in China.” He also added that, “China is not alone in facing a serious challenge. India, Brazil, Mexico and others may also face rising environmental damage and health problems if e-waste recycling is left to the vagaries of the informal sector.”

Specialty materials group Umicore and the United Nations University, said that the United States is the biggest producer of e-waste, creating around 3 million metric tons a year.

China produces around 2.3 million metric tons domestically and is where a lot of the developed world’s e-waste is sent, EMPA said.

EMPA is the research institute for material science and technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The study predicted that mobile phone waste in China would be about seven times higher than 2007 levels by 2020, while in India it would be about 18 times higher.

PlayStation 3 hacked by a US iPhone Cracker

A US hacker who gained notoriety for unlocking Apple’s iPhone as a teenager is now bragging that he hacked Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3).

George Hotz, the hacker, sad that his hack could allow people to run pirated games or homemade software. It took him 5 weeks to hack Playstation 3.

He said he was still refining the technique but intended to post full details online soon.

The PS3 is the only games console that has not been hacked, despite being on the market for three years.

Mr Hotz said that he had begun the hack last summer when he had spent three weeks analysing the hardware.

After a long break, he spent a further two weeks cracking the console, which he described as a “very secure system”.

Recent versions of the PS3 do not have the ability to play PS2 games after Sony controversially removed a piece of hardware.

He admitted that it could also allow people to run pirated games.

Samsung Sees Breakthrough In 5G Technology

Samsung has announced a breakthrough that it says could power 5G communications, a standard that would allow for much faster data transfer across mobile networks.

Building on the 4G mobile standard, which enables a more fluid mobile web experience, Samsung engineers think the new development could enable ultra-HD video streaming on the next generation of smartphone handsets. The technology would enable handset owners to stream TV shows and movies on the spot in uninterrupted quality – a step up from the capabilities of the current 4G protocols.


Its engineers have developed a transceiver that is capable of reaching the 28GHz Ka band, an ultra-high frequency transmission band that could be used for faster, more effective mobile data transfer. However, some close to the technology have downplayed its importance, suggesting there is still a long way to go before the 5G future becomes a reality.

The transceiver is an important development in the move towards 5G, and its successful creation marks a first-of-a-kind breakthrough for this new technology. However, much of the surrounding technologies still need to be developed, which some analysts have suggested puts this finding in context.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, the academic leading research efforts into 5G at the University of Surrey, told the BBC the transceiver was just one “piece in the puzzle.” For Professor Tafazolli, whose work is part-funded by Samsung, there is more work to be done towards building a complete 5G band.

“Some of the companies are still putting too much emphasis on speed when discussing going from one generation to another generation. In my opinion 4G achieves a decent speed and what we need to do is crack the capacity crunch we are facing.”

The development of 5G could provide significant opportunities for advertisers. Reviews are showing that a number of businesses are turning to digital marketing opportunities, particularly locally, in order to reach out more directly to prospective customers.

While the local focus is important, businesses need a way to be able to transmit their messages and data in a fast, streaming environment – with 5G, the possibilities for rich advertising media could be endless.

With 5G allowing for HD, broadcast-quality marketing messages, the eventual roll-out of the technology could coincide with a maturing market for mobile advertising, presenting new opportunities for business owners to capitalize.

Aside from the speed increases that come with upgrading to the higher frequency band, commentators are now suggesting the notion of increasing capacity beyond 4G is essential. With smartphones now constantly streaming and sending data, the need for more robust systems has never been greater.

As the developing world joins in with smartphones and their reach expands into new, previously unchartered continents, experts like Professor Tafazolli believe it is now capacity which will affect users and the organizations attempting to advertise on it.

The ongoing research into 5G is being part-funded by a number of sources including Samsung and electronics manufacturers Huawei, the UK Government and Fujitsu. Aside from the University of Surrey team, other independent research work is being carried out around the world to figure out 5G.