Pebble Time rocks Steel design, BlackBerry struts old-school slider
Pebble Time rocks new metal design, and smartphones beef up security.
I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNet Update.
It was only a week ago that Pebble announced the new color screen smartwatch called Pebble Time and it broke sales records on Kickstarter.
The company has pulled in more that 13 million dollars in pre-orders.
The Pebble just announced there's another model coming out with a more upscale design, called the Pebble Time Steel.
Everyone that pre-ordered from the first batch can put in more money to upgrade to the steel, if they'd rather have the gold, silver, or black metal design.
The seal costs $250 for those that preorder.
And it's going up to $300 when it hits stores in July.
The color screen is the same as the cheaper pebble time.
But the battery life is better.
It lasts 10 days compared to seven.
And both will work with smart straps.
Which are these interchangeable watch straps with extra tech built inside.
Like a GPS tracker or heart rate sensor.
We will have to wait and see what developers will create.
And with mobile world congress going on now in Spain, companies around the globe have gathered to showcase new gadgets.
That includes Blackberry.
The company has a new all touch screen phone called the blackberry leap.
It costs $280 dollars.
But blackberry also knows fans love the keyboard, so its also coming out with a slider phone.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's year 2015 and we're talking about a brand new slider phone.
BlackBerry only flashed it on stage as a tease.
Showing a keyboard that slides out from under the touch screen.
BlackBerry fights to hold on to it's legacy as the secure smartphone for corporations.
But, there's another phone that's after that designation.
Silence Circle debuted a new version of it's security focused phone, the black phone two.
And there's also a tablet called the Black Phone Plus.
Their loaded with apps for making encrypted phone calls and messages.
So what's unique is the operating system.
It's a modified version of android that gives users more control of privacy and permission.
In this age of hacking, security is a selling point.
Take for example, new fingerprint scanning technology from Qualcomm, that uses sound waves to capture a 3D image of your fingerprint.
The high frequency waves penetrate the inner layer of skin to capture every ridge and pore.
Biometrics are slowly replacing our passwords.
Fujitsu made a smartphone that uses infrared lasers and cameras to scan your iris to unlock the phone.
But, if you're really concerned about security, and privacy, try on these sexy specs.
The security firm, ABG, created privacy glasses.
That confuse camera's and facial recognition software, it shines invisible infrared light that distorts your photos so bog brother can't track you unless they program it to track someone wearing geeky glasses then you're out of luck.
That's your tech news update, there's always more at cnet.com, from our studio in New York I am Bridget Carey.