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Pebble Seeds Engineering Schools With 4K Free Smartwatches In A Bid To Drive Developer Interest

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Pebble today revealed a new project aimed at education in which it will donate over 4,000 smartwatches to higher ed schools including Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford, Virginia Tech and many more. The donation is worth over $ 600,000, according to Pebble’s own estimates, but it’s clearly designed to make sure Pebble and the Pebble SDK are in the hands of the next generation of top-tier developers before they ever even hit the job market.

Now that Pebble has released its official app creation SDK, and unlocked many of the dormant features of the platform, it needs developers to get on board and start pumping out creations that really show off the potential of wrist-worn computing to push the Pebble’s appeal beyond the early adopter and gadget loving crowd who’ve already purchased one, and into the mainstream. Software sells hardware, and developers build software. In school, they’re often more willing and able to experiment with platforms that don’t necessarily have a proven ability to pay the bills, hence why it’s a good idea to give these things away to engineering students as development hardware.

Pebble only recently hit the tipping point in terms of having stock on hand in stores and online, but current inventory levels seems strong, and there’s also a sale on right now offering a $ 10 discount on new units. As 9to5Mac’s Seth Weintraub noted on Twitter, this sale and education donation could be taken as evidence that the company is looking to offload stock ahead of some kind of refresh.

Pebble is also offering a special discount through its institutional partners to anyone who wants to order a personal device through them, it notes in its announcement today, which could also be taken as an indication that it’s offloading on-hand stock. This is a key time to watch the wearable computing manufacturer, since at the very least it’s clear it’s through the frenzy and supply catch-up process that it faced while Kickstarting the project and quenching initial demand.

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Microsoft’s Mobile Platforms Suffer From Flagging Developer Interest

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Appcelerator, a company that supports multi-platform development, released its quarterly developer report today. The survey helps track market interest in the various platforms, tacking changing winds.

The third-quarter report details Microsoft’s difficult market position: The percentage of respondents (developers, CIOs, etc.) that are “very interested” in building apps for Microsoft’s smartphones and tablets is low. Twenty-five percent said that they were very interested in building for Microsoft’s tablets, while 26 percent expressed strong interest in building for Microsoft’s smartphone platform.

As CiteWorld reported, those numbers are down several percentage points from the start of the year. Even as its new platforms have matured, Microsoft has lost developer interest in Windows Phone and its tablet efforts.

The percentage of respondents “very interested” that Microsoft lost in the past few quarters (3 percent for smartphones, 5 percent for tablets) isn’t lethal, but it’s not moving in the right direction. Microsoft has a long history of building developer platforms. And it is utterly dedicated to making the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store bear out as bets and investments.

In a way, it doesn’t have a choice: It cannot cede the mobile market, and to play in that space it needs developer support.

Microsoft has a trick up its sleeve, however. As Tom Warren of The Verge reported earlier today, the company is working to unite its Windows and Windows Phone app stores. This is not a surprise – merely more unification of the larger Windows platform as expected – but it could be helpful. Developers want to build for big platforms. Windows 8 and Windows Phone are smaller in pieces than they are in aggregate, and so their fusion could lead to a more interesting developer pitch.

Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated that his company has “almost no share” in mobile devices. That must change for Microsoft to retain any sort of relevance in the consumer world. And I think that some underestimate the importance of that slice of Microsoft’s DNA in its continued relevance in other market sectors.

A few other data points: 6 percent of developers claimed to be “very interested” in developing for BlackBerry tablets. 80 percent stated that they were as into building for the iPhone. Microsoft is stuck in the middle.

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Millions Of Americans Have Zero Interest In The Internet

Fifteen percent of adults in the U.S. don’t go online. A third of them say they just don’t want it and never will.

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Fifteen percent of adults in the United States don’t use the internet or email, according to a Pew Research Report that came out today. That's about 11 million people over the age of 18. More interesting, though, is that millions simply don't want to.

The main reason people cited is that they just don't see the Internet as “relevant.” A third of those nonusers say say they are either “just not interested,” think it a “waste of time,” don't have the time or need, or just don't want it.

That's right: That thing that you use for just about everything in your daily life just doesn't have any relevance for about 3.3 million people in the United States. That's like if everyone in Seattle said, “You know, that whole internet thing? That's just not for us.”

It's not that they don't know what is on the internet. Fourteen percent of non-internet users used to be online. But the vast majority — 92% — say they aren't interested in going online in the future.

“Most offline adults either don't see the internet as relevant to them, or feel that it would not be worth the effort,” Kathryn Zickuhr, the author of the study, told BuzzFeed.

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It is worth noting that many of the people who say they aren’t interested also say they they'd need assistance getting online. Overall, 63% say they would need some kind of help getting online. It seems that for many, the desire to surf the web just doesn't overcome the hassle of dealing with it.

While it might be confounding that people don't want to go online, it's maybe more depressing that a lot of people want to, but have obstacles. More than a third (32%) of people offline say their main road blocks are usability problems, like finding using computers too frustrating, not knowing how to get online, or having disabilities like poor eyesight. Nearly 20% of nonusers say they don't log on because they either don't own a computer or it is too expensive. Seven percent don't have physical access.

The population of people offline correlates with age, income, education, and geographic access: 44% people over the age of 65 are offline, as are 24% of adults with household incomes of less than $ 30,000 a year, 41% of adults without a high school diploma, and 20% of adults living in rural areas.

The study raises obvious, and common, questions about how to get those who want to be online, online; more novel, though, is the subset of people who just don't care. You use the internet every day. Can you imagine just dropping it?


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Nexus 7 Trade-Ins Suggest Lots Of Upgraders To New Model, Little To No Interest From The iPad Crowd

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The new Google Nexus 7 is a big improvement over the original with a bunch of additions like LTE and a super high-resolution display – the best in tablets, in fact. And that’s driving a lot of first generation device owners to trade in their old Nexus 7, according to gadget buy-back site Gazelle. There was a 333 percent spike in the number of Nexus 7 tablets traded in compared to the same day last week, for example.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, that spike was even higher – a 442 percent jump in Nexus 7 tablets happened between the day before Google’s official unveiling of the new model, and the day of. The Nexus 7 trade-in activity spiked so high that it made up nearly a quarter of all trade-ins for non-iPad tablets since the site began accepting them earlier this year.

Wednesday, the day Google made its announcement, was also the biggest Nexus 7 trade-in day at Gazelle to date, beating the next biggest day by 380 percent. That previous record was set when the new Nexus 7 leaked on July 17, which clearly prompted early adopters to take advantage of a small head start ahead of the big reveal.

The news means that Google Nexus 7 owners are probably happy with their devices and eager to grab new ones, by trading in their last-gen devices to fund their purchases, but there’s another stat that tells another side of the story: Gazelle saw no appreciable increase in iPad trade-ins on the new Nexus 7 launch day. That means Google probably isn’t luring iPad owners away from the iOS fold.

It’s probably not surprising to longtime tablet space watchers that the new Nexus 7, with all its apparent merit, isn’t an iPad killer. The Apple camp seems happy where they are, but the tablet market has plenty of room to grow; we’ll see if Google can expand outward, or if it’s mostly eating its own Nexus tail with this new model.

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Obama administration decides to keep spying on US phone records, says it’s in the ‘public interest’

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Every 90 days, a secret court has to renew the controversial order that allows the FBI and NSA to spy on the telephone records of every call made in the United States. The last such order expired today, July 19th. But despite the fervor, protest, and lawsuits that have sprung up since whistleblower Edward Snowden helped expose the existence of the government’s telephony metadata collection program, the US government renewed the order today. And, in a separate effort, the US Department of Justice informed a New York federal judge that such data collection was in the “public interest,” and asked him to throw out a lawsuit protesting the data collection procedure.

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Samsung cancels Windows RT tablets in parts of Europe citing lack of interest

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Samsung has confirmed to German tech news site Heise that it no longer plans to offer its Windows RT tablet, the ATIV Tab, in Germany and some “other European countries.” The decision was reportedly made after the Korean conglomerate surveyed retailers and found there was little demand for Samsung Windows RT products. Today’s news echoes Samsung’s decision to not offer the Ativ Tab in the US. It made that call citing customer confusion over what Windows RT is, claiming that limited consumer interest in the OS made the cost of educating potential users too high. We’ve reached out to Samsung to confirm Heise’s report, as well as to clarify which countries it is pulling out of.

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‘Wildman’ Kickstarter campaign canceled after desperate pleas fail to spark interest

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Two weeks ago, game developer Gas Powered Games said it was “betting the company” on its Wildman Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it looks like the bet didn’t pay off: Gas Powered Games has canceled its Kickstarter campaign just two days before funding was due to close. The campaign managed to raise $ 504,120 of its $ 1.1 million goal, but rather than make a last-ditch effort to publicize it, the developer has decided to “focus [its] attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running” instead. It also took the opportunity to thank its backers, saying it’s “profoundly grateful” to those that pledged through Kickstarter. As for the fate of Wildman, Gas Powered Games hasn’t shared specifics just yet, but says it’ll make future…

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YouTube Campaigns lets nonprofits draw our interest without the telethons

YouTube Campaigns lets nonprofits draw our interest without the telethons

Attempting to launch a collective nonprofit video campaign can easily feel like tilting at windmills: you may have one moment of undivided attention from audiences prior to they’re off to view cats and Nigerian pygmy goats. Google wishes to maximize that time with its YouTube Campaigns initiative. The strategy delivers on-video overlays and channel areas that show viewers both a development meter for the campaign in addition to a handy links to explore and share what they have actually discovered. If all works out, charities and similar organizations get more contributions and YouTube views, while we in the basic public are reminded that there’s even more to life than K-pop videos. It certainly beats manning the phones for a star fundraiser.

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NASA maps out proposed trip plans for Interest, decides to head for the hills

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As the vista on Mars gradually gets ever clearer, and the system checks continue to show that the rover is in good stead, the group behind Interest will be progressively enthusiastic to stretch its legs wheels. The first trip might be just a careful few meters, but plans for a more adventurous jaunt have just been revealed. The very first area in Interest’s sights is an area described as Glenelg, which, based upon preliminary images, delivers three different geological attributes, and also potentially being an area where water used to be present. The website is just 1,300 feet (400 meters) from where the rover landed, but it could still take numerous weeks to obtain there. This is merely a fast dash compared with the next leg of its journey, which sees Curiosity heading out to a location called Mount Sharp– a huge mound of layered rock which is intended to consist of visible geology possibly dating back millions of years. With seven kilometers (4.4 miles) lying between the rover and the mountain’s foothills, it’ll be a much longer journey, however one that might supply the first genuine evidence of the world’s capability to host, or have actually hosted, life.

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Target to stop carrying Amazon Kindle hardware due to ‘conflict of interest’?

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Since Target stores began selling Amazon’s Kindle line back in 2010, the devices have always appeared to do well; the Kindle Fire was even the retailer’s best-selling tablet during Black Friday last year. It appears that’s about to change, however, with a source telling us that the company is going to stop carrying the line of products due to a “conflict of interest.” According to an internal Target memo we’ve received, the company will be removing Amazon hardware from its locations starting this month. Certain accessories will remain in stock, but shipments of Kindles themselves will cease as of May 13th.

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