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Pebble Time  - 
 
I got my Pebble Time on Monday and am still getting to know it.  What use is the "past" button (top right) as it relates to the Timeline?  The YouTube example suggests sports scores but since I don't care about sports, it remains blank.

I expected old notifications to end up there but that's not how it works.  So outside of sports (and the time the sun rose today (which is pretty useless)) what's the point behind that button as it relates to the timeline?
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That's an interesting thought.  I'm psycho in that I'm always 100% up to date with my apps.  Was the web view issue fixed through the normal Google Play updates?

The crashing comes from the My Pebble tab.  I need to leave it for a minute and let it populate and complete drawing and then I have a better chance of it not crashing.  Otherwise, it freezes during scrolling and then craps out.
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That heavily-criticized $45 billion Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger? Well, it looks like it's not going to happen after all. Bloomberg reports that
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This is my first face I like enough to share.   The only problem with it in my opinion is the dimmed face, while looking cool indoors, is practically invisible in the sun.

http://facerepo.com/app/faces/details/rs-sunface-14c706cc351

I swiped the idea from a Pebble watchface called "Fair Circadian" by SetPebble.
Displays the sunrise and sunset times and the analog dial shows where the time is relative to daylight. The "pie chart" updates based on sunrise/sunset for your location.
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Second question.  I have an Asus Zenwatch (which I love) but I can't seem to get dimmed color to do anything persistent.  For example, I set it very dark grey and as the watch is dimming, I can see it hit that color then it brightens to a much lighter grey when it completes the transition to dim.  I'm not sure if it's WatchMaker or the watch itself forcing the change.  Does anyone know?  Thanks again!
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I've got a few questions but I'll ask them in different posts to avoid confusion.  First, is there a way to display sunset time ({wss}) as a 12-hour time?  I'm working on a 12-hour watchface and the sunset displayed as 19:25 is weird.  Thanks in advance!
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+Julie Wills +Bill Franklin  Yeah, that is a lot nicer (and shorter!) than my method :)
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I like the additional tweakability of the UI but miss the widgets tab in the app drawer.  I realize a long-press on the screen will bring up the same functionality but it feels archaic, like a throwback to the old Android 2.x days.

Is it possible to allow users to re-enable the widget tab in the app drawer?

Thanks.
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http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/still-smarting-from-https-busting-superfish-debacle-lenovo-says-sorry/

This is all great but the issue that seemingly nobody is addressing is that Lenovo thought installing software that redirected your networking and pushed you ads was a good thing.  Think about that and ignore any security issues for a moment.  Lenovo thought it was cool to install software that served your ads, always, everywhere.

That's the crime here.  The security hole is just them implementing that strategy incompetently.  It's the reason we are "allowed" to get pissed about it, the flag to rally around but the real evil done by Lenovo was when they decided installing adware was more important than integrity with customers.

The lesson I learned is to never buy anything Lenovo has to offer.  I can't trust them.  That's my opinion, I don't give a shit what anyone else does.  It also makes me wonder what malware other manufacturers install with no regard for my trust?
CTO pledges new policy to prevent similar mishaps in the future.
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I'm having a problem with WatchMaker latest on my Zenwatch and Nexus 5.  Simply, the weather never updates.  I've left it on the default 2 hour refresh period, 1 hour, 30 minutes and it will still show the weather from the last time I manually refreshed it.  This happens for either weather provider.

I'm latest and greatest with everything, watch SW, WatchMaker SW, phone firmware.  I can provide pictures as proof if necessary.
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http://gizmodo.com/homescreen-voyeurs-rejoice-this-app-lets-you-gawk-at-o-1697697463

This is just stupid.  iPhone screens are all the same.  Who gives a shit what anyone's iPhone screen looks like?  There is no creativity, no style and no individuality.  That's the point behind iPhones, they work because they're all the same.

Compare and contrast with Android screens and you will see artistry and creativity.  Widgets and live wallpapers let people be individual and revel in it. 

The iOS homescreen sharing app is just ridiculous.
Admit it, whenever you see someone using their iPhone you’re always trying to sneak a peek of what apps they’ve deemed important enough to put on their homescreen, and what kind of wallpaper they’re using. Now thanks to an iOS app called #Homescreen that allows users the world over to share and stare at screenshots of their diverse homescreens, you no longer have to be so covert about it.
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Watch ID / Phone ID problem.

Below is a picture of the watchface shown on the phone not matching the text on the watch.

The top text box contains: "Phone:  {aman} {aname}"
Bottom box contains:  "Watch: {awname}"

The phone is an LGE (or Google) Nexus 5 and the watch is an Asus Zenwatch.  The phone screen displays exactly what I'd expect it to.  I think the picture and text explanation is clear but I can be specific on the problems if you wish.
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I caved and got an Asus ZenWatch.  Though I love my Pebble and am still backing the Pebble Time, AndroidWear offers enough difference to warrant the purchase.  I actually went to get a Moto 360, thinking BestBuy didn't carry the Asus but as beautiful as the Moto is, it doesn't have an AMOLED screen and that seemed essential to me to extend the battery life.

So far the battery is holding out better than I expected but still can't hold a candle to the Pebble in that area.  I joked on Twitter that Apple will redefine a day as 18 hours since that's the best their watch will do but the current AndroidWear devices aren't all that different.  Maybe when I get used to it and stop playing with it so much my battery like will increase.

I've also been spending WAY too much time making watchfaces with WatchMaker.  I also bought Facer but it doesn't seem to have the flexibility that WatchMaker has.
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Welcome to the madness. The Zenwatch is my favorite after the 360. Beautiful design. I'm getting a full day on my 360. Some faces waste power. I've had good results with Pujie Black, very easy to modify and has lots of cool widgets and features, like tapping the center of the face to see your daily agenda. 
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Pebble Technology is raising funds for Pebble Time - Awesome Smartwatch, No Compromises on Kickstarter! Color e-paper smartwatch with up to 7 days of battery and a new timeline interface that highlights what's important in your day.
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+Jose Kercado
This is almost reason enough to get an Android Wear watch.

http://gizmodo.com/this-wildly-nerdy-app-gives-android-wear-watches-super-1688428322

Tasker rocks!
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