Articles by Adam Zeis

FitPebble is the perfect Pebble watch face for #MobileFit Month!

FitPebble

If you're a Pebble user who also happens to be rocking a Fitbit — there's a sweet watch face you may have missed. FitPebble connects to your Fitbit account from your Android or iOS device and displays your current stats right on your Pebble smartwatch. It's a quick and easy way to see your stats throughout the day. After installing the app on your Pebble, just login and FitPebble will collect...

#MobileFit Month Kickoff Show!

We're back in action with a dual-purpose show this week. The Connectedly Show #2 is also doing double-feature duty as our #MobileFit month kickoff show — and that means there's plenty of mobile fitnessy goodness to be had. I was joined by Kevin, Phil and Sam for this episode where we talked all about #MobileFit month, Fitbit and some of what you'll be seeing from the Mobile Nations sites in...

Automatic

The Automatic app for Android has only been available in Google Play for a few weeks, even so, has still been a beta release for the most part. Today, Automatic for Android officially hits version 1.0 and adds two new awesome features in the process — Crash Alert and Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb is an Android exclusive and won't be found on the iOS version. The DnD feature allows you to...

Martian Notifier headed to Best Buy June 16th for $129

We first saw the Martian Notifier way back at CES in January, and you'll soon be able to get your hands on one. The Martian Notifier is headed to Best Buy and will be available in-stores and online June 16th. The $129 Notifier is the followup to the popular Martian Victory and features extremely customizable alerts as well as "smart notifications" for filtering messages. Find out more about...

HomeKit

Just as expected, Apple has introduced HomeKit during today's WWDC event. HomeKit will integrate with any number of iPhone/iPad apps in order to help automate your home. Using your iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to control devices from the likes of Withings, netatmo, Schalge, Chamberlain and many more. Using your device, you'll be able control your cameras, lights, door locks, switches and...

Apple introduces HealthKit fitness tracking app

Today during WWDC Apple has introduced HealthKit - an all-in-one hub on your iPhone and iPad for tracking your health and fitness. HealthKit will integrate all of your health tracking on your iOS devices, even adding in data from third-party applications. The app will monitor your daily fitness for things like weight, steps and calories, and should eventually support Apple's smartwatch offering...

Let's get this party started! #MobileFit Month Begins Today!

It's June 1st — and that means we're kicking off #MobileFit Month across all of our sites including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, WPCentral and here at Connectedly! This year we're super excited to get things rolling. We have tons of great content planned across all our sites — we'll look at the best apps and accessories for staying fit, offer plenty of tips on using your smartphone when...

Do you prefer a round or square smartwatch?

Seeing so many new smartwatches on the horizon with so many different designs, it really got me thining about the faces. Most of the smartwatches I own — the ones that I wear often at least — have square or rectangular faces. I do have some with round faces, but sadly they don't work well so I rarely ever wear them. Nearly all of today's popular smartwatches are square-faced — Pebble, Gear 2,...

Quirky and Uber team up to bring the Aros Smart Window to New Yorkers

During the next three weekends (May 30, June 7 & June 14) Uber users in NYC will see an option to buy a new Aros air-conditioner, a product of Quirky. The $300 "smart" AC unit was developed in partnership with GE and can be all yours — delivered free via ice truck. When logging in, user will see the "UberCool" promo code along with details on how to get an Aros unit. When purchased, users...

HTC rumored to be working on One Wear smartwatch

HTC One

As more and more big names get into the wearables space, it seems that no one wants to be left behind. We just recently heard more rumors of Microsoft getting into the smartwatch game joining the likes of Motorola, LG and Samsung. Now it looks like HTC may be developing their own smartwatch as well, dubbed One Wear. According to rumors, HTC's One Wear is a round device similar to the Moto...

Microsoft

While Microsoft has yet to make anything official on the wearables front, we've seen plenty about their rumored smartwatch lately. From what we've seen so far, their offering will be a slim design that offers a slew of fitness features and also has a removable watch body that fits snuggly into a companion charging/sync dock. According to Forbes, Microsoft's watch may also be cross-platform by...

Five of the coolest connected toys you can buy right now

Since diving full-on into the connected space, I've started making things somewhat of a family affair, and having kids, that means I get to play with some awesome connected toys "for work". There are plenty of toys that I've been scoping out lately, but I have a short list of some of the coolest ones on the market should you be looking to get connected as well. Keep in mind that some are a...

The latest Sonos app for Android works on BlackBerry 10

Sonos BlackBerry Z3

The good folks at Sonos have yet to issue an official app for BlackBerry 10, and sadly the Android app throws connection issues as soon as it starts up. Thankfully there are some third-part options, but they still leave out some of the newer features. Today I came across this thread in the Connectedly forums however, where one user stated that the latest version of the Android Sonos app was...

MECH5 brings vehicle diagnostics to the cloud

MECH5 brings vehicle diagnostics to the cloud

Connecting the OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) port on your car to your smartphone or tablet is nothing new, we've seen it time and time again with accessories like Automatic. By plugging a simple dongle into your car's port, you can view diagnostics for health as well as other stats like gas mileage and even recent trips. This is just one of many OBD accessories though, the newest of which is...

Perfect Drink

Summer is nearly upon us and that means spending more time outside, firing up the grill and of course, making some fancy summer cocktails. As a bartender I don't have to search far in my memory bank for a good recipe, but for many people, mixology may be out the picture at most parties. An easy solution for that problem is a connected accessory that's been around for a while now but you may not...

Damian Mehers tells us more about Evernote's Pebble app

Evernote Pebble

Recently I got to chat with Evernote's Damian Mehers, who had his hand in everything from the Evernote Windows Phone client to Evernote Food for Android and more importantly Evernote for the Galaxy Gear and Pebble. I got to pick his brain a bit to find out just what goes down from start to finish with an app like this. Evernote is known for their cross-platform note taking on computers, phone...

Samsung may soon offer a stand-alone smartwatch

Gear 2

Hot off the release of the new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, rumors are once again flying that Samsung may also be gearing up to release a stand-alone smartwatch that would work without the need to be connected to a phone. Much like the Neptune Pine or Omate TrueSmart watches, Samsung's offering would take its own SIM card and essentially be a wrist-size phone with full cellular connectivity...

Connectedly Show Episode 1: Welcome!

In this pilot episode, Kevin, Rene and I are kicking off the Connectedly podcast. We're super excited to get things rolling, and in the coming weeks we'll have some hot new episodes for your viewing & listening pleasure. We're going with a slightly different format for these shows, so you definitely don't want to miss them. In this episode you'll get an idea of our collective connected...

AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

AT&T offers $50 off select FitBit devices with purchase of HTC One M8

AT&T is pairing up one of our favorite fitness trackers with one of our favorite phones, and helping you save money. Starting today, AT&T customers can save $50 on a Fitbit One or Fitbit Flex when purchasing a new HTC One (M8). The HTC One is available on-contract with AT&T for $199 and also comes pre-loaded with the Fitbit app. The Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex both retail for $99...

There's only one week left to enter our Connectedly Launch Contest if you haven't already! We're giving away some awesome prizes including a Sonos PLAYBAR, Phillips Hue and Sphero. The best part? You can enter more than once and increase your chances of winning (see the original contest post for details). The prizes: Grand Prize: Sonos Playbar and two (2) Sonos Play:1 speakers First Prize...

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