DigitalOutbox Episode 298

Chris and Ian discuss Apple, Routers, pebble and wrap up 2016



DigitalOutbox Episode 283

Chris and Ian discuss Google and Oracle, Uber and dirty Microsoft



DigitalOutbox Episode 259

Chris and Ian discuss Ad Blockers, Mobile, BT and VR

DigitalOutbox Episode 238

This week Chris and Ian chat about Obama, Net Neutrality and Lenovo.



Alto’s Adventure
– £1.49
– Endless runner
– Great experience – visually and also audio
– Some subtle depth despite initially thinking it was quite shallow

DigitalOutbox Episode 224

DigitalOutbox Episode 224
DigitalOutbox Episode 224 – Windows 10 and Ello

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1:21 – Windows 10
8:30 – Microsoft Sway
10:31 – eBay to Spin Off PayPal With New CEOs for Two Publicly Traded Companies
15:04 – Peter Nunn jailed for Twitter abuse of MP Stella Creasy
18:29 – CloudFlare gives Internet a present: free, no-hassle Universal SSL
20:13 – New Apple tool helps you avoid buying a stolen iPhone or iPad
22:12 – DVLA tax disc renewal website buckles under pressure of high demand
25:26 – Podcasting industry starts to fulfil its financial potential
27:51 – Ello: the anti-Facebook meant to be private and pretty, but not this popular
32:07 – Pebble drops the price of its smartwatches by $50, adds background fitness and sleep tracking
33:26 – UK legalises music, film and e-book back-ups
34:26 – Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Tests The Waters With A Paid BitTorrent Album


Pebble is an e-paper watch that supports iPhone and Android. It launched on Kickstarter this week looking for $100,000 by May 19th to enable them to produce the wacth. As I write this they currently have $2.8 million pledged with 33 days to go. Two days ago they had raised $1 million in 28 hours. To say this is poplar is an understatement. But what does it do?

The specs are fairly limited – a 1.26-inch 144×168-pixel black and white e-paper display with backlight, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, four buttons, a vibrating motor and a three-axis accelerometer. However the clever part of this watch is the iPhone and Android support. Get notifications from your phone on your wrist, control music via the watch and see at a glance your running or cycling pace without reaching for your phone.

The low spec’s also give the Pebble a planned battery life of seven days. There will be app’s that work alongside Pebble and a Pebble app for iOS or Android that allows you to pick from a huge range of watch faces. This is picking up from the iPod Nano watch craze and taking it to another level. There will be an SDK available prior to launch so developers can look to take full advantage of the Pebble prior to launch and there was (it’s sold out!) a hackers special option on Kickstarter that gave you a Pebble in August ahead of users so you can start to develop for it early. There has also been an announcement that the Pebble will now be waterproof rather than splashproof which is great.

Prices start at $115 plus $15 for international sipping. I think thats a bargain for the Pebble but as Chris pointed out in the podcast it is a luxury – how hard is it to look at your phone? The geek in me loves it though so I’m looking forward to my Pebble shipping later this year.