Pebble’s Time Round begins shipping this weekend, hits stores too

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In late September, Pebble introduced the world’s thinnest and lightest smartwatch in the Time Round. The company started accepting pre-orders right away and even began selling compatible metal bands just a few weeks ago. Now, after getting everything prepared for a smooth launch, Pebble has scheduled the date for Time Round orders to start shipping and when consumers can walk into select retail stores and leave with a fancy new smartwatch.

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Those who pre-ordered a Time Round from Pebble will be happy to know that the smartwatch will start shipping on Sunday, November 8. That same day, Target and Best Buy retail stores will also have the Time Round in-stock. The price, wherever you decide to buy the Time Round, stands at a high $249; however, you’re getting a smartwatch that is merely 7.55mm thick and weighs less than 30g. And it comes in multiple sizes and colors to truly match your style. Most makers of smartwatches still can’t say that in addition to boasting two-day battery life.

The Time Round shouldn’t be all that different from the regular Time smartwatch that we reviewed in August.

Source: Pebble

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BlackBerry able to update PRIV without carrier approval if necessary

BlackBerry is known for its security in the corporate world, and with the PRIV running Android, the company will have to deal with an entirely different method of keeping its device safe.

We all know how carriers love to delay Android updates. BlackBerry has spoken about such problems and revealed that important security hotfixes can be patched without carrier approval if necessary. Thought the company will be going through the carriers for approval when it can, it can bypass them entirely for important security fixes. The fact that BlackBerry is announcing that it has this power is great, and maybe other manufacturers will follow suit.

The PRIV will also feature enterprise-managed updates. If it’s a corporate device, IT can manage when updates are released to the PRIV to prevent incompatibility problems with corporate software. This is the same approach that’s taken with corporate PCs.

BlackBerry is doing with Android exactly what it historically did with its own operating system, and that’s keeping them secure, safe, and corporate friendly. It’s good to see the company taking a strong stance on security.

What we can learn from Serena Williams: superhero

If you haven’t read Serena Williams’ riveting tale of a phone theft gone wrong, you should do that right now. In 10 minutes, come back to this article so we can discuss.

Okay, great. Obviously we’ve learned a lot, but here are the key takeaways from this grandiose story of mysterious men, mysterious cozy cafes, mysterious decision-making:

Be the best kind of storyteller — the kind who hypes up all the details to make the story more enjoyable for everyone.

Bless her. Serena spends several sentences explaining how her “SUPERHERO sense” was tingling, causing her to watch the eventual perpetrator like a hawk from the minute he stepped into her space. She asks herself many hypothetical questions about him, Jason Bourne style, and tries to…

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Ctrl-Walt-Delete: Nilay and Walt start a smartphone company

Another week, another heated agreement. Walt and Nilay both think Google should leap directly into the fray of making its own hardware, but there are lots of challenges involved. And what does it take to get a T-shirt business off the ground and then pivot into smartphones? We’re going to find out.

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