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Pebble Time smartwatch breaks Kickstarter recordsAs the new Pebble smartwatch blows up on Kickstarter, a dark Power Rangers fan-film blows our minds. Also, the Roadie app makes a sweet combo with Waffle House, and we check out Apple's ethnically diverse emoji.
It's time for a new Pebble and now in color. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Pebble is at it again. The smart watch that started it the smart watch movement has a new model called Pebble Time. With a new design comes a color in paper screen and there's a microphone for sending voice replies and memos. This version comes in three colors. The battery lasts a week and it's 20% thinner with a stainless steel frame. There are these little animations as you scroll between different reminders and notifications. Some criticize its design saying that it looks like a kid's product. Well, Pebble isn't going after the high-end fashion Smartwatch market like Apple. It's aiming to be cute. And maybe this world needs a little more cute. Pebble used Kickstarter to debut the watch and take pre-orders. Within a half hour of it going live on Tuesday morning the project broke a record as the fastest ever to raise $1 million. But it didn't stop there. As I record this video Pebble Time has raked in more than five million dollars. Those who were first to pre-order got the Pebble Time at a discounted price of 160 dollars. But it will be coming out in May for 200. In other news, the world of emoji's will soon get more diversity. Developers are seeing a preview of what emoji's will look like on the next versions of Apple's operating systems. You can pick from five different skin shades for human [INAUDIBLE] characters. The default is a Simpsons like yellow pigmentation. But if you hold that down, you'll get to change the skin color. There is no word yet, though, whether they're going to make a taco emoji. Speaking of food, how would you like to get a free waffle for running a delivery errand? It sounds strange, but it's a new perk of using "Roadie", a people powered delivery service app. You can get paid to make deliveries for people. If you're sending a large item somewhere using Roadie could be cheaper than using FedEx. The new twist is that Roadie is partnering with Waffle House. You know. The southern breakfast restaurant chain loved among truckers. Roadie members can now use waffle houses as a drop-off and pickup spot for deliveries. And drivers can get a free waffle and drink. It's so crazy, it's brilliant. But that's not all that's brilliant on the internet. If you grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a kid in the 90's, brace yourself. There's now a dark and gritty reboot for adults. On YouTube, you can find a 15 minute short bootleg, dreamed up by producer [UNKNOWN] [UNKNOWN], showing the dark side of a galactic war once thought by a group of high schoolers. It stars James Vanderbeak as the second red ranger Rocky, and Katy Sacoff of Battlestar Galactica fames as Kimberly, the original pink ranger. It's part Blade Runner, part Kill Bill and all parts amazing, but it's not for children. That's your tech news update, there's always more at cnet.com from our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.