Rebble is trying to keep the Pebble platform alive after Fitbit pulls the plug on June 30th

Back in December 2016, Fitbit bought out smartwatch manufacturer Pebble. The former Kickstarter poster boy was acquired for its patents, OS, apps and some of its personnel including software engineers. Fitbit has since come out with two smartwatch models, the Fitbit Iconic and the Fitbit Versa. Meanwhile, at the end of this month, Fitbit will be shutting down all services for Pebble watches. This means that features like email and text replies, the app store and voice recognition will no longer work. It also will make it harder for developers to build new apps for the platform.
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'I blacked out': Apple Watch pulls mother and baby out of a nasty car accident

The Apple Watch, the world’s most popular wearable, is at it again, after fighting potential shark attacks or not-so-potential heart attacks. This time around, it’s the SOS function that kicked in, when Kacie Anderson and her 9-year-old son were hit by a drunk driver. The mother’s car was hit so hard, that she suffered a concussion, brain swelling, torn neck muscles, and herniated discs, so the accident left her rather battered:

The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne. My face took a horrible blow to the steering wheel, headrest, back …

Xiaomi pulls Android 8.0 Oreo update for Mi A1 due to performance issues

The last day of 2017 brought a nice gift for Xiaomi customers using a Mi A1 smartphone, as the handset maker started pushing out the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update seems to have been rushed to meet the deadline announced by Xiaomi a while ago.

Now, Xiaomi announced that due to the many issues experienced by Mi A1 owners who updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, they are putting the roll-out on hold until they fix these bugs.

It appears that Xiaomi Mi A1 users reported many problems after the update, including issues with the camera, dialer …

Amazon pulls all Blu models from its online store due to fear of backdoor Chinese software

Back in November, we told you that Miami based smartphone manufacturer Blu was one of several OEMs who had at least one smartphone model compromised by software made by a Chinese company called Adups. Allegedly, the software was designed to keep track of the buying decisions made by Chinese smartphone owners by capturing their personal data, and was not meant to appear on U.S. phones.

Blu originally said that it removed the Adups software from all Blu phones that contained it. However, back in December, we told you that some security researches were still finding the Adups backdoor software …

Man pulls bizarre Princess Diana shrine prank on roommate, goes viral

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There are plenty of pranks you can play on your roommates.

Many of these are well documented. There’s the classic “cover everything in clingfilm/wrapping paper” prank. There’s the one where you turn all of their possessions upside-down. There’s also that one where you place full plastic cups of water on every square inch of their bedroom floor.

To our knowledge, though, this may be the first someone has pranked their roommate with a fake Princess Diana shrine.

Roommate has date coming by later and asked me to clean bc he’s not home. So I made a Princess D shrine in his room pic.twitter.com/wfOeVUm7yW

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Sony pulls Android 7.0 Nougat update for Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra

We reported to you less than two weeks ago about a new Android 7.0 Nougat update rolling out to the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra. Well, it looks like the update is now on hold as Sony is trying to patch up a few things that caused some performance inconsistencies related to the OTA delivery system.

There’s nothing wrong with pulling a major update if there are issues that must be addressed, but we can’t help but wonder why it took Sony two weeks to reach the conclusion that the rollout must be put on hold temporarily. You can read Sony’s full statement below:

We’ve …

OnePlus pulls OxygenOS 4.1.5 update, new version pushed to OnePlus 3 and 3T

Last week, OnePlus announced that a new update is being rolled out to its high-end OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones. OxygenOS 4.1.5 was supposed to bring a few new features and many improvements to already existing functions.

Unfortunately, for some reason, the Chinese company decided to pull the update and start pushing another one – OxygenOS 4.1.6. There are no differences between the two updates from what we can tell, which means the previous update had some issues that were uncovered after OnePlus kicked off the roll-out.

In any case, here is what you’ll …

Samsung pulls the plug on My Knox, suggests switch to Secure Folders

In 2014, Samsung introduced My Knox to its handsets. This was a security platform that separated a user’s work apps from his/her personal apps, and kept them secure. The Knox “sandbox” allowed users to use the same phone for work and play without having to worry about work data getting stolen or mixed up with personal apps and content. But today, Samsung sent out an email to customers announcing that My Knox is being discontinued and will no longer be available on new Samsung handsets this year. Those using My Knox will be able to keep using it until the end-of-service date, which has not …

T-Mobile pulls the LG G6 BOGO deal in the US for reasons unknown

T-Mobile and LG announced a few days ago a promotion on the latter’s flagship, the G6, which will run through May 10 to June 8. The promotional offer would allow customers to buy one LG G6 at full price and receive another one for free.

Even though consumers would have to pay for both phones, LG would send a rebate in the form of a $500 electronic check by email after approximately six weeks.

Well, it looks that the BOGO deal offer on the LG G6 has been pulled by T-Mobile and is no longer available on its website. The carrier issued an internal document addressed …

SoftBank reportedly pulls funding for Andy Rubin's new flagship phone; replacement funds found?

Back in January, the man called “the father of Android,” Andy Rubin, was rumored to be bringing a new smartphone into the world. The device was said to be a high-end flagship that would challenge the Apple iPhone and Google Pixel handsets. The phone, which would be released through a Rubin-started firm called Essential Products Inc., is said to carry a bezel-less pressure sensitive screen measuring more than 5.5-inches. It also will support “modular” accessories similar to the Moto Z line.

Just a day later, a device with the name Essential FIH-PM1 appeared on Geekbench. Powered by Android …