Bolt! Stories April 26, 2015

Two of the hottest product categories at this year’s CES were home automation and wearables, which Apple is now tackling with HomeKit and the Apple Watch. As has historically been the case, the price premiums Apple has set for its products have left plenty of room for more affordable alternatives. Misfit, a company co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, is now competing in both categories: the just-released Bolt Wireless LED Smart Light Bulb ($50) joins a small collection of Bluetooth-controlled lights, while its late 2014 wearable fitness and sleep tracker Flash ($33-$50) is in the process of being upgraded to control Bolt.

Misfit’s pitch for Bolt is interesting. It’s billing the color-shifting bulb as producing “gallery-quality light,” and focusing its new Misfit Home app for iOS on creating “Lightscapes” — lighting scenarios including neutral bright white, warm sunrises and sunsets, candlelight, forest and volcanic tones, amongst other “scenes” where the color is set but the brightness is adjustable. When Bolt works, it’s a wonderful source of light, but as is common these days, some post-release tweaks will be needed to exploit its full potential…

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Bolt! Stories January 6, 2015

We saw Misfit introduce a unique, luxury version of its Shine fitness and sleep tracking wearable with Swarovski at CES yesterday, and today Misfit is launching Bolt—its first smart bulb. Misfit describes Bolt as ” a wirelessly connected color-changing light bulb that lets users personalize their home lighting.” Misfit points out that its Bolt connected light bulbs won’t require a hub and actually integrate with the company’s existing sleep tracking devices (Shine, Flash, Beddit) to gently wake you up with lighting during light sleep. expand full story

Bolt! Stories July 19, 2012

Apps & updates: Bolt!, PDF Expert for iPad, Vyclone, and more

We already had some app news today with the release of Gameloft’s official The Dark Knight Rises iOS game/movie tie-in, but the rest of the notable apps and updates hitting App Stores worldwide are below:

Bolt!: The free game, featuring the World’s Fastest Man and Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, was released by Rock Live a couple of days ago, but it is getting a ton of attention for its addictive gameplay. You might notice a few celebs playing this one (as you can see in the tweets above), and Mike Tyson is even accepting challenges. An iPad version is coming soon.

PDF Expert version 4.1: The iPad version of Readdle’s PDF Expert app was updated today to version 4.1 with a number of new features including:

– Faster PDF rendering

– AutoSync for Dropbox and other storages

– Support for Microsoft SkyDrive

– Recording audio notes into PDFs

– Ability to move opened notes

– Network connectivity fixes (FTP, SFTP, Dropbox)

Vyclone: Released as a free iPhone app on the App Store today, Vyclone takes video shots on several iPhones and stitches it together into the perfect video clip with multiple viewing angles. You can also take all the raw footage and make your own cuts.

Tango Video Calls: The Tango Video Calls app received a decent update today, including the ability to send and receive free text messages to Tango contacts, share videos in text conversations, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies: Activision’s Black Ops Zombies app received a huge update today brining the “dark and ice-covered isles of Siberia” as Call of Dead: Director’s Cut content. The updated also includes new V-R11 and Semtex mine weapons, new achievements, and a new perk called “Deadshot Daquiri”.

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