Creative announces extremely affordable USB-powered Pebble Plus 2.1 speakers

Creative’s Pebble speakers are very popular with budget-focused shoppers. Over on Amazon, it has 4.5 stars with over 500 reviews. It’s not hard to see why that is — for a mere $25, you get a respectable 2.0 audio experience from a well-known brand. No, they aren’t audiophile quality, but at this price, you should know that. They should be better than your laptop’s built in speakers, however. One of the coolest aspects of the Pebble speakers is they are USB-powered — you don’t need an AC adapter when connecting them to your computer. You doneed to simultaneously connect a 3.5mm audio cable, however, as audio is not transmitted over USB — only power.

One of the big drawbacks to Pebble is a lack of bass. This really shouldn’t be surprising, as they are small 2-inch speakers, and they don’t have a subwoofer. Well, Creative heard the user feedback loud and clear and decided to bring a little boom to its budget offering. Called “Pebble Plus,” it is the same stereo speakers, but now with a small subwoofer added. Amazingly, the price is barely higher than the non-plus variant. Seriously, folks, the price will shock you.

“Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees to ensure that the sound reaches you through a precise and elevated sound stage, the Pebble Plus speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, Pebble Plus simply puts the user in the audio limelight,” says Creative.

The Sound Blaster-maker further explains, “Powered entirely by USB connectivity, Pebble Plus provides additional convenience by eliminating the need of a wall power socket. Devices are connected to the speakers through the universal 3.5mm AUX-in cable. The front-facing controls are located at the front of the main speaker for quick and easy access. With a simple switch of a button, Pebble Plus is driven into High Gain mode, increasing its power output to 8W RMS for stronger bass and room-filling audio — at zero loss to audio quality!”


Believe it or not, the USB-powered Pebble Plus will only cost $5 more than the non-plus variant! Yes, for just $29.99, you can score yourself a nice little 2.1 speaker system for an office, bedroom, or other small place. Pebble Plus will go on sale next week, April 19. Keep in mind, while these speakers are designed for a computer, you can use them with any 3.5mm device (iPod, Echo Dot, etc.) — as long as you plug the USB port into an AC adapter — any USB-Type-A charger you have lying around the house should work fine.


Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in November

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in November

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in November
Pebble 2 + Heart Rate has been priced at $129.99
Pebble 2 SE has been priced at $99.99
Smartwatches to be made available later this year
Pebble’s first smartwatch created more than just ripples in the tech industry when it was launched back in 2012. However, with the release of other smartwatches over the years, the initial charm of the wearable has been lost to quite an extent. After introducing the Pebble 2 and Time 2 on Kickstarter in May the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the company has slightly re-branded the former and launched them for regular buyers. The Pebble 2 without a heart rate sensor is being called the Pebble 2 SE (or Standard Edition) while the variant with a sensor is being called the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate.

The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) and the and Pebble 2 SE at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,700) respectively. While the former is available to pre-order in five colours, with shipments beginning this month, the latter will go up for pre-orders soon in Jet Black, and start shipping in November. The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, as the name suggests, comes with a heart rate sensor that allows you to monitor your heart rate while doing various physical activities. The smartwatch is optimised for use with company’s Pebble Health app and comes with an inbuilt Workout app.

“Pebble Health automatically detects long walks, runs, and naps, feeding you a performance summary when you’re finished. Dive deeper into your stats with beautiful in-app graphs. Tap and drag on your mobile graphs for targeted views of your step and heart rate stats at specific times. Sync with Google Fit or Apple’s HealthKit to paint an even clearer picture of your overall wellbeing,” company said in its official blog.
The company claims that the battery life on Pebble 2 can last up to seven days, making it possible for the watch to track your sleeping patterns. The smartwatch further allows you to choose the apps that are able to send notifications to your phone. It provides water resistance up to 30 metres.

The Pebble 2 SE is otherwise identical to the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, but forgoes the heart rate sensor.

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Pebble Smartwatches Get v3.10 Firmware Update; New Android, iOS Apps

Pebble Smartwatches Get v3.10 Firmware Update; New Android, iOS Apps

Pebble has rolled out a firmware update for its smartwatches and has also updated its Android and iOScompanion apps, bringing all of them to version 3.10.

For the Pebble smartwatches, the firmware v3.10 brings tweaks the Pebble Health notification including a ‘refined’ activity summary that users get at the end of the day. The update also brings 12 super-sized emojis, meaning that when a user receives one of these single emojis, the watch will now show it in jumbo size. Inclusion of Chinese character support in notifications and alerts is also present. Wearers can change the language by navigating to Menu > Settings > Watch Language > Selected Language. Several fixes for bugs with performance improvements too come as a part of the firmware v3.10.

Pebble smartwatch users can check for the firmware update by going to Menu > Support > Updateyour Pebble from the Pebble Time smartphone app.

Talking about smartphone companion apps, the Pebble Time v3.10 app for Android features Send Text improvements along with in-app language support for English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Several bug fixes and performance improvements have also been included. The latest Pebble Time app for Android can be downloaded from Google Play.

As for iOS users, the Pebble Time v3.10 app brings a redesigned look and feel in the Manage Watchfaces, Apps, and Notifications sections. Settings and Options tabs can now be accessed from the top right menu.

pebble_app_new_watchface_app_mute_v310.jpg“The new design offers a smoother experience when setting up and managing your Pebble while laying the groundwork for cool new features to come,” adds the Pebble blog post.

New notification filtering also comes as a part of the app update. Users can now Control which apps are allowed to send notifications to their Pebble smartwatch from the new Notifications tab. The company says that apps that are toggled Off are muted and will show only on the iOS device. Apps can be muted always, never, on weekdays, or on weekends. They can also be muted directly from the Pebble smartwatch when users receive a notification and select Mute from the list of actions.

Besides the same in-app language support as seen on the Android version, the Pebble Time v3.10 app for iOS features improved reliability of Text Replies. It also fixes high data usage, an issue that was faced by some users. Bug fixes and performance improvements also make its way in to the app update. The latest Pebble Time v3.10 app for iOS can be downloaded from App Store.

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