Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit said in a blog post today that it was extending support for Pebble smartwatches until June of this year, which is another way of saying that support for Pebble will come to its inevitable conclusion in June. RIP Pebble, but for real this time. Pebble will soon become less of a smart timepiece and more of a relic of a time when Kickstarter projects were successful and scrappy startups could claim a slice of the smartwatch market. Many of Pebble’s features will be sunset, including Pebble’s App Store, the…

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Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit on Wednesday said that it is extending support for Pebble smartwatches until June 2018. It also means that that support for Pebble will come to its end by then. Fitbit, the tech wearables giant had announced the acquisition of Pebble in December 2016. Back then, Pebble developer Jon Barlow had said that it will keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. Now, in a blog post, Fitbit has announced the extension. Alongside the smartwatches, Pebble’s apps, app store, firmware, and API, among other services, will remain accessible until…

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Amazon Alexa Debuts on Windows 10 PCs, Starting With Acer and HP Devices

Amazon Alexa Debuts on Windows 10 PCs, Starting With Acer and HP Devices

After much anticipation, Amazon Alexa has now eventually debuted on Windows 10 PCs and will sit alongside Microsoft’s preloaded Cortana assistant. Companies starting with Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo, all are preparing to integrate the Alexa voice assistant on their new notebooks and desktops. Some of the offerings that are being showcased at CES 2018 in Las Vegas will come with pre-installed Alexa app. Amazon and Microsoft partnered in August last year to let Cortana and Alexa work together. Acer on Monday a press release that Alexa will come to…

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Android Wear Oreo Update Is Headed to These Smartwatches

Android Wear Oreo Update Is Headed to These Smartwatches

Google has announced the list of Android Wear watches that will get the Android 8.0 Oreo software update in the near future. A post by community manager Ernest on the Google Support portal details the list of Android Wear watches that are already receiving the update alongside the ones that will get the update in the future. Some of the watches that will soon get the Android Wear Oreo update include the Diesel Full Guard, Emporio Armani Connected, Huawei Watch 2, and Misfit Vapor, among a total of 25 models in the list. Popular models from Michael…

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HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launched With 6DoF Tracking Support

HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launched With 6DoF Tracking Support

After announcing it in July, HTC on Monday officially launched its standalone VR headset and gave it a name – the Vive Focus. Unveiled at the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing, the Vive Focus is being touted to offer “world-scale” tracking through inside-out, six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) support. Unfortunately for now, no price or availability has been disclosed. Unlike the HTC Vive, the Vive Focus doesn’t require any PC or mobile device to deliver you an immersive experience. HTC stated that the independence from external hardware enables “unlimited freedom of mobility while reducing the total cost”…

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Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process

Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process

Samsung has announced a new flagship mobile processor in the Exynos 9 series, built on the 10nm process. As is traditional with such unveils, it can be expected that the new new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC will be the processor powering the company’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9. The Samsung Exynos 9810 packs the company’s third-generation custom CPU cores and also comes with an upgraded GPU. Samsung is also touting support for Gigabit LTE modem which can offer what Samsung calls industry’s first 6CA (carrier aggregation) support. Samsung says that…

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Android Wear 2.0 Features Can Now Be Delivered via Google Play

Android Wear 2.0 Features Can Now Be Delivered via Google Play

Google is making some changes to how it delivers new features and improvements to Android Wear-powered smartwatches, an executive said. Hoi Lam, who oversees IoT and wearable categories for Google, said this week that users will soon be able to receive some of these new features to their smartwatches via Google Play store. Until now, Android Wear users had to download a firmware update, delivered by OEMS, if they wished to get new features from the company. But Lam says with Android Wear 2.0, the company is changing that. This will ensure that…

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Pixel, Pixel XL Continue to Have Full-Resolution, Unlimited Photos Storage for Life: Google

Pixel, Pixel XL Continue to Have Full-Resolution, Unlimited Photos Storage for Life: Google

Google has committed to stand by its promise of offering Pixel and Pixel XL customers unlimited storage for photos and videos in original resolution for life, even as its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t offer this generous feature, the company said. Speaking to Android Police, Google said Pixel and Pixel XL customers don’t need to worry about what happens to their photos and videos after a few years as the company will support this feature for them for life. Both the phones, which were originally unveiled last year, gave customers lifetime access for storing unlimited photos in Google…

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Apple Seeks Discussion on DND Pesky Call App Issue: TRAI

Apple Seeks Discussion on DND Pesky Call App Issue: TRAI

After being openly rebuked by TRAI for not allowing operations of pesky call complaint app on iPhones, Apple in a climb-down has written to the regulator to discuss and resolve the issue. “They (Apple) have written to us for a meeting on the issue saying that they have an approach on this which they want to discuss,” TRAI Chairman R S Sharma on Thursday said in his response to query on the matter at India Mobile Congress. The pesky call or ‘Do not disturb’ application developed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indiamakes it easy for…

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Google’s Project Jacquard Levi’s Commuter Trucker Smart Jackets Go on Sale Wednesday

Google’s Project Jacquard Levi’s Commuter Trucker Smart Jackets Go on Sale Wednesday

Levi Strauss this week begins selling a denim jacket with touch controls woven into the fabric in the first fashion offering stitched from a collaboration with Google. The iconic California clothing maker, which has a legacy reaching back to Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, will mine the mobile internet boom with a “Trucker Jacket with Jacquard.” The denim jacket aimed at bicyclists has a sleeve cuff made of special Jacquard fabric that synchronises wirelessly with smartphones, enabling a limited set of commands using swipes or taps, a video posted at YouTube by Levi Strauss…

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