A new king of smartwatches is crownedPebble's Time Steel impresses, Apple refaces its online store experience, a nasty Firefox flaw gets patched and TIME magazine's Oculus Rift cover draws some much-needed criticism.
There is a new king of smart watches, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Jeff Bakalar, filling in for Bridget Carey. This is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] Our Pebble Time Steel review has just hit, and it's currently the highest rated smart watch on CNET. Yes, that includes the Apple Watch. Okay, so why is this the best smart watch around? Well, the pebble time seal has a fantastic battery life that will get you through nearly an entire week or more, and always on display, and it also works with Android and iOS phones alike. Our reviewer Scott Stein tells me the pebble time seal does the best job of being an actual watch. Which is the reason you're wearing the thing on your wrist in the first place, right? One of the most popular online stores in the world is about to get a brand new look. Apple.com no longer carries a store tab up top, and the store.apple.com URL will now just redirect to apple.com proper. Instead of separating products from the actual product experience, the site now combines the two, meaning you can just click to buy directly from an Apple product page which makes a lot more sense for this company on numerous levels, the most obvious being the consolidation of the shopping experience. By streamlining purchasing, customers have that many fewer clicks separating them from placing an order. A significant Firefox vulnerability has been discovered and patched, so be sure to update your browser to the latest version 39.0.3. The flaw exploited Firefox PDF viewer and allowed for files to be uploaded from a users computer without them knowing it was happening. And then finally today there was this: It's Time Magazine's cover story about the creator of the Oculus Rift Palmer Lucky and the future of VR. Fortunately though, whereas most tech visionaries get the epic black and white headshot treatment, it looks like they made this cover in a wedding photo booth. The big problem here is that the cover directly conflicts with the message of the article about how important VR is and how it's going to shape our future. But instead the cover undercuts that by making Palmer look like a big dufus. Which perpetuates that awkward nerd stereotype. Either way, it took Twitter by storm yesterday netting us some of the most memorable photoshop jobs in recent memory. Why is he flying? That just about does it for today's news update. You can always get more news at cnet.com. Be sure to follow me on Twitter. From out studios here in New York, I'm Jeff Bakalar. [SOUND]