Pebble updates its smartwatch lineup


Pebble, the pioneer of smartwatches has released a new crowdfunding campaign for its new Pebble 2, Time 2 and Core devices.

Pebble 2 is a refresh of the original Pebble. It has the black and white e-paper display and awesome battery life from its predecessor but adds more intelligent fitness and sleep tracking.

The Pebble Time 2 gets a bit bigger update as the color e-paper display is much larger than in the previous model making the device look much more modern than the predecessor and its huge bezels.

The both models are water resistant to 30 meters of submersion. The Pebble 2 has a 7 day battery life and the Time 2 lifts it up to 10 days.

The Pebble Core is a new iPod Shuffle. It runs Android, doesn’t have a display and can stream music from Spotify. The Core for hackers is a minicomputer that can be programmed to do stuff with its own SDK. Both Core models are independent and don’t need a phone to work.

Retail prices are $99 for the Core, $129 for Pebble 2 and $199 for the Time 2. There are still a lot of early bird prices available even though the campaign has gathered its goal of one million dollars over five times already while writing this.

Source: Pebble 2, Time 2 and Core Kickstarter page

S7 Active leaks with full specs


The new Active will again bring a lot of power in a ruggedized body. The fresh leaks reveal full specs. 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active will again be quite an impressive device, if the leaks and rumors are to be believed. The specs are mostly the same with the Galaxy S7 with 5,1″ 1440p Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The microSD slot is also on board.

The biggest differences are the ruggedized body, physical navigation buttons and a much larger 4000mAh battery. Obviously the IP rating is going to be higher and the body of the device will be able to take much more hits than the glass and aluminium sandwich of the normal S7. One big feature the S6 Active lacked, the fingerprint scanner is now built in to the home button.

On the camera side, there are no differences. The 12MP rear camera is accompanied by a 5MP front shooter. The rear camera module seems to be lower than the riced edges of the 9.9mm thick body, so it’s probably less vulnerable for damage than the protruding one on the original S7.

Source: VentureBeat

NVIDIA reveals GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards


NVIDIA has finally released the Pascal architecture to consumers with GTX 1080 and 1070 cards.

A few weeks ago NVIDIA launched their Pascal architecture with a Tesla computing card. Now, the company brings it to consumers with two new cards.

The GTX 1080 is the new flagship card. It easily beats even the Titan X and consumes way less power while doing so. The specs are impressive as well. The 1080 packs 2560 CUDA cores that run at 1607MHz base and 1733MHz boost clock. The 8GB GDDR5X memory speed is 10Gbps with the bandwidth of 320GBps. The card only uses 180 watts of power.

On the demo, the card was running overclocked at 2114MHz and memory at 5.5GHz. This promises very impressive overclocking capabilities.

The GTX 1070 was also revealed at the same event but the actual tech specs are not public yet. It performs 6.5TFLOPS compared to 1080’s 9TFLOPS. It also uses older GDDR5 memories but has the same 8GB of it.

On the software side, NVIDIA launched a bunch of new technologies to use the immense power of the new GTX 1080. The technologies are designed to improve VR, high-resolution and gaming experience.

The GTX 1080 will be available on May 27 with the price of $599. The 1070 will launch on June 10 and cost $379.

Source: NVIDIA

Note 6 to have IR autofocus


Samsung is rumored to add IR autofocus to the next Note. The Note 6 has been rumored a lot lately.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be released in the fall but we already have quite a lot of rumors. Now, Android Geeks have heard that Samsung is testing an infra red autofocusing system for the Note 6. The Galaxy S7 already has ridiculously fast focusing but for some reason Samsung wants to further improve it.

The IR autofocus is used by many of Samsung’s competitors. For example LG, HTC and Huawei have already implemented it to their high-end phones. At least the feature is going to improve the reliability and predictability of the autofocus even though it probably won’t improve the speed. The 12 megapixel sensor will most likely be the same that’s already in the S7.

Other rumors of the Galaxy Note 6 suggest a 5.8″ display, Snapdragon 823 or Exynos 8 series SoC, 6GB of RAM and 4000mAh battery. Some new features, Samsung is rumored to add, are iris scanner and IP certification of some sort. Samsung is also claimed to be testing both, a flat and a curved display, only one of which will make its way to market.

Source: Android Geeks