PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer launched by Pyle Audio
Pyle Audio has announced the availability of its new tracking computer device for cyclists, the PSBCG90 Smart Bicycling Computer. Offering cyclists the ability to track their performance, map locations and plan new, chartered routes, the device can connect to one's computer for the purpose of saving training data records. The computer device features software that includes Google Maps, as well as GPS Navigation Assistance. Multiple user profiles can be created, and its "Ghost Rider" function allows cyclists to challenge their previous bicycle session times. The system mounts on the handlebars of a bike, and includes rubber fastening rings for quick attachment. Available in a variety of colors, Pyle's Smart Bicycling Computer is priced at $130.
Co-branded Samsung tablet adds Nook software features
Samsung and Barnes & Noble has released its first co-branded tablet, as the retailer migrates away from hardware production and into partnering with other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Tab 4 tablet, though while the hardware is the same as the original device, the software has been customized with some Nook-specific changes, including access to the Nook store.
Digital magazine newsstand adds batch downloading feature
Zinio, a digital magazine newsstand platform, has released an update for its iOS app. Users can read magazine issues as soon as they are available, and sync their library offline and across devices. Zinio v2.8 features batch downloading, meaning that multiple magazines can be queued to download. Magazine thumbnails now appear larger in one's Library, and featured articles from Explore can be shared more easily via Facebook, Twitter or by email. Offline access has also been improved. Free to download, Zinio for iOS can be found through iTunes. Free content is available alongside paid issues and subscriptions.
Twitter post shows outline of rumored Asus smartwatch
Asus has started to tease the launch of its smartwatch, ahead of an event taking place at IFA on September 3rd. The image on the Asus Twitter account gives a small glimpse of the device, with the shape of one side suggesting it will be using a square display instead of a circular version, despite it having rounded corners on its face.
New tablets feature curated content for children, full Android for adults
Creator of the Kid-friendly Nabi tablet Fuhu has unveiled the Nabi Big Tab HD 20-inch and Nabi Big Tab HD 24-inch, the world's biggest Android tablets. The very large form-factor tablets are designed around "social interaction, communication, collaboration, and socialized learning" according to the company.
Roku TV takes software from set-top box for smart TV functions
The first smart televisions running on Roku OS are heading to market. The Roku TV, ranges created by TCL and Hisense originally announced at CES in January, uses similar software to drive its smart TV functionality as the Roku set-top box, giving users a simplified interface and access to a selection of over 1,500 streaming channels offering over 200,000 movies and TV shows.
New projectors deliver 3000 lumens, designed for ambient light
Projector manufacturer Epson today introduced two new EX Pro series projectors, delivering high brightness and advanced connectivity options, including built-in wireless projection and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support. The new EX7235 Pro and EX7230 Pro are designed for meeting rooms with ambient light and deliver WXGA resolution for widescreen HD presentations, 3,000 lumens of color light output and 3,000 lumens of white light output.
KitSound releases new DAB radio alarm clock
KitSound has announced the release of its new radio alarm clock, the Revive. Featuring a dual alarm function with the option of waking with music or a buzzer, the Revive includes both FM radio and digital stations. The clock can run on battery or connected to a power source, allowing for portability if desired. Available in black or blue, the Revive radio alarm clock is priced at $65.
Second LG smartwatch launch touted months after original released
LG may have a second Android Wear smartwatch being prepared for launch, according to a report. Months after the G Watch went on sale in the United States, the electronics manufacturer is allegedly looking to launch a follow-up of the wrist-based device at IFA next month, with the device said to have a number of upgrades compared to the existing model.
Texas Instruments processor claimed to power Moto 360
More details for the Moto 360 have surfaced, ahead of its expected launch early next month alongside two smartphones. A product listing for the Android Wear smartwatch appeared on the Best Buy website before being pulled from view, and provided not only a full list of specifications for the wearable device, but also confirmed that it will launch at $249.
Listing added for new version, reportedly increased memory from 2 to 4 GB
It appears that Amazon recently began directing consumers looking for a Kindle Paperwhite to a new version of the popular e-reader. The listing modification had occurred with what appeared to be no changes in the e-reader. As it turns out, a minor change did take place in the amount of storage that is included in the unit.
StretchWrite stylus grip converts any pen for tablet use
Felix has announced the release of a new stylus grip for pens and pencils, titled the StretchWrite. Comprised of a thin, hollow-point stylus tip, the StretchWrite converts writing tools by fitting over top of the tip through the hole on its top end. Each order includes a pair of stylus tips in either a red/gray or blue/pink combination. Priced at $10, StretchWrites are available online.
Blackberry launches 1.1 version of BBM for Windows Phone
BlackBerry has officially released BBM for Windows Phone, taking it out of beta. The new release implementes a number of bug fixes and speed improvements that the company gathered during the beta phase. The 1.1 version of the app allows users to engage in BBM Chats with one or many contacts, with the ability to share pictures, voice notes, contacts and location. Features like BBM Voice, Channels, and location sharing are still yet to be added.
New 5.1 surround sound gaming headset features 8 drivers
Tesoro Technology has released its new true 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. The Kuvέη's fully customizable control of every channel offers wearers precise sound, suitable for tactical gaming. The headset includes a subwoofer, center speaker and one rear speaker. Each channel can be customized via the removable in-line control, which also allows for the microphone or speaker to be instantly turned off. Its unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone blocks out noise, and a virtual 7.1 surround sound audio mode is available.
SMS Audio BioSport headphones feeds back heart rate to mobile app
Intel has partnered with SMS Audio, the headphone company by rapper 50 Cent, to develop headphones designed for fitness tracking. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones includes a built-in optical heart rate monitor, one which continuously collects data about the wearer's pulse as they go through intense exercise or a relaxation routine.
Sony SmartWatch 3 allegedly includes Wi-Fi connection for standalone usage
Sony's latest iteration in its SmartWatch range will have a higher resolution but a similar design language to the SmartWatch 2, according to a rumor. The SmartWatch 3 will continue to have a rectangular display, and will also use the same transflective LCD technology, one that relies more on ambient light than a backlight, in order to save battery life.
Company specialized in Apple accessories, reseller distribution
Veteran Apple and Macintosh accessory reseller Dr. Bott is closing its doors after 15 years in the business, and offering discounts on its remaining stock to liquidate its inventory. The Wilsonville, Oregon-based company, which acted as both a vendor and distributor of its own and other companies' products, said it was "sad to announce" the closure, but did not elaborate on the reasons behind it.
Invitation depicts four devices, suggesting multiple Motorola launches
Motorola is preparing to hold an event in Chicago on September 4th, according to invitations sent to members of the media. Though light on detail, the invitation depicts an animated paper fortune teller showing four images, suggesting the smartphone producer could potentially have four devices launching at the event at the same time.
Fitness tracker from Toshiba uses small module with interchangeable wristband
Toshiba is joining the ranks of companies producing wearable devices, by creating its own fitness band. The WERAM1100 uses a simplistic design of a small sensor block embedded inside an interchangeable rubber wristband, similar to the Sony SmartBand's construction, with the device able to perform typical fitness tracker monitoring functions.
LG updates earlier Wi-Fi G Pad 8.0 with LTE connectivity
A few months after launching its G Pad range, LG has started to ship one of the tablets with LTE connectivity built in. The LG G Pad 8.0 LTE is identical to the earlier Wi-Fi variant in terms of specification and functionality, except for the inclusion of LTE radios, and comes shortly after AT&T announced it would be selling the LTE-equipped 7-inch model.
Gear VR photo shows Oculus Rift-inspired design of Samsung headset
A photograph of Samsung's upcoming virtual reality headset has leaked. The image of the headset, codenamed "Project Moonlight" but appearing in a previous leak under the "Gear VR" name, appears to depict a device which combines aspects of the Oculus Rift design with that of Google Cardboard, into a VR headset which reuses an existing smartphone.
Hue Pro 10,000 mAh external battery released, can simultaneously charge two devices
JunoPower has released the Hue Pro, a new external battery capable of charging two devices simultaneously. The 10,000mAh battery features a brushed aluminum casing, with a built-in LCD screen that displays how much power is left and when recharging it is required. Its high-powered LED flashlight offers an additional functionality, suitable for outdoor or emergency use.
Does the Jongo speaker ecosystem stand out in a crowded field?
Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can be problematic for many buyers, with many mid-range systems costing many thousands of dollars for even a small installation. Pure has a solution -- the Jongo speaker system. We've lived with a few Jongo T2 speakers for a while now. How well does the system perform, and when up against higher-end competitors, how does it stand up? Read our review to find out!
Low-cost seven-day pass for streaming service accompanied by day pass price cut
British satellite broadcaster Sky has updated the pricing for Sky Sports on its Now TV streaming device, making it a more-attractive proposition to casual viewers. A new week-long pass is being introduced from this Thursday, allowing viewers to watch for seven days in a row, while the currently-offered 24-hour streaming pass is also receiving a price cut.
Power On youth access initiative launches for LGBTQ teens
Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project and Human I-T have announced a joint initiative to provide LGBTQ youth access to computers and online resources. Entitled "Power On", the initiative will run until LGBT Spirit Day on October 17, with the organizations encouraging donations of laptops, tablets and smartphones for distribution to LGBTQ resources centers throughout the US. The aim of the project is to provide youth with access to the Internet for the purpose of being more readily connected to peer support regarding sexual and gender identities. Donated devices will be refurbished by Human I-T.
Repeatedly-delayed Meta M1 soon to reach customer hands
Meta Watch has finally put the Meta M1 smartwatch up for preorder, after several delays. The long-in-development smartwatch, designed by Frank Nuovo and his Nuovo design studio, is said to start shipping this September, with the eight different finishes of the device ranging in price starting from $249, rising upward to $449.
Leaks suggest 64-bit Tegra processor in rumored HTC-produced Nexus tablet
Multiple leaks suggest HTC's rumored tablet is still on the way, and could be announced soon. Codenamed T1, but previously named as Volantis and Flounder, the device is believed to be a new Nexus tablet, possibly the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9, with the device apparently spotted on South Korean communications regulator RRA's website passing certification.
Standalone Samsung smartwatch could be unveiled next month
The Gear Solo, a rumored standalone smartwatch in the Samsung Gear range, may be announced next month before the IFA tradeshow, according to a report. It is believed the company will use its Unpacked event on September 3rd to show the watch alongside other expected smartphone launches, including the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha.
Campaign provides plus whole-home integration of audio
Welcome to this Thursday's Crowdfunding Critic here on MacNN and Electronista! We promised that every Tuesday and Thursday we'd highlight a new crowdfunded project -- this week's campaign is the Lightfreq LED light bulb with what the company calls HD audio. We aren't endorsing projects, nor have we been compensated to write about them -- everything we talk about is just something we think might be interesting to our readers. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, even funded projects come with risk, so do your research before you commit!
New device said to be akin to GPS for new parents
The "Internet of Things" has expanded to childcare. The Sproutling wearable baby monitor has commenced pre-orders today, sending information on a child's heart rate, skin temperature, motion, and sleep position to a parent's mobile device. The associated charger gives yet more information, providing environmental data to parents in real time.
Withings aiming for Activité smartwatch release in October
Withings is aiming to put its Activité smartwatch on sale in October, CEO Cédric Hutchings has revealed. At the same time as advising to Wareable about the updated release schedule for the wrist-based device, Hutchings highlighted the stylish and minimal design of the Activite compared to other smartwatches, claiming "We found that wearables were not that wearable." The Withings Activité will apparently cost around $500 at launch.
Reports of tipping televisions prompts Vizio recall, replacement
Vizio has started to recall a number of large HD televisions over safety issues regarding supplied stands. A posting from the Consumer Product Safety Commission advises Vizio is replacing the stand supplied with the 39-inch and 42-inch models of the E-Series televisions, with the recall affecting approximately 245,000 televisions sold between December 2013 and June.
Sony Bravia S90 can display 4K content on its concave screen
Sony has unveiled new curved Ultra HD televisions in its Bravia collection , following after similar high-resolution launches by Samsung and LG. The Bravia S90 range is made up of two televisions, measuring 75 inches and 65 inches, with both having a concave display panel, the ability to play back 4K-resolution and 3D content, and a 4.2-channel speaker system.
Aimed at journalists, podcasters, online radio announcers, home recording buffs
A new version of IK Multimedia's previous iRig Mic is now available beginning today for the iRig Mic HD, an all-in-one digital condenser mic that features its own A/D converters to eliminate any requirement for pricey audio interfaces. By providing both a 1.5 meter (59-inch) Lightning and USB cable, the mic is one of the few that works natively with both mobile and desktop/notebook systems (a 30-pin connector is sold separately for older iOS devices). The unit is capable of 24-bit, 48kHz recording.
Smartwatch from Timex includes messaging, emergency texting
Watch manufacturer Timex is attempting to enter the smartwatch market, by collaborating with Qualcomm and AT&T. The Ironman One GPS+ aims to provide typical smartwatch and GPS running watch functions, though instead of relying on a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone for data, it will instead use its own cellular connection.
Close-up shots of Moto 360 point to heart rate sensor pedometer
Motorola's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, has allegedly been spotted being used with its charging station. The leaked photographs appear to show the smartwatch attached a charging dock for the first time, with the leak also providing a considerable number of close-up views of the Moto 360's sides and back, and demonstrates its size when worn and in comparison to the LG G Watch.
Home automation solution ties together existing products like Hue, Nest
Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the staff at Electronista and MacNN take a look at a few crowdfunding requests to offer up a project that we find interesting to our readers. It's important that this isn't taken as an endorsement of the project, but rather a neat find that we think people could have an interest in. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, the ones we talk about come with risk, even if the project reaches its funding threshold. With that word of warning out of the way to encourage smart investing, this time we'll be talking about a home automation solution, the Airfy Beacon.
Users of Sony's products may be left out in the cold with closure of division
Sony has not only exited the e-book market, but it is departing the e-book reader manufacturing business as well. In a brief statement, the company said that it does not have plans "to develop a successor Reader model at this time." Sales for Sony's PRS-T3 will continue only as long as existing stock holds out. It is unknown what venues users will have for support when supplies run dry.
FCC listing provides specifications for unannounced Asus tablet
An unannounced Asus tablet powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor is on the way, according to a filing at the FCC. The listing for the tablet, under the model number K007, also unusually provides a partial list of components used in the device, with the filing indicating the Intel Moorefield chip will be a quad-core version clocked at 1.8GHz.
LTE edition of LG G Pad 7.0 goes on sale in US from August 8 on AT&T
AT&T will become the first carrier to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE in the United States, it has announced. Part of the same product family as the G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1, the LTE-equipped G Pad 7.0 will be available to purchase through the carrier from August 8, with AT&T not only offering it as a standalone item, but also heavily discounting it when bought alongside a select number of LG smartphones.
Music control, recognition added to Casio G-Shock GBA-400
Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display.
Designer HP smartwatch said to have interchangeable straps, stainless steel casing
HP will be joining the race to produce smartwatches, by working on a high-end wrist-based device. Working with American fashion designer Michael Bastian, HP will apparently concentrate on the engineering aspects of the timepiece, and though relatively few details about the item have been leaked, it is believed the device will take the form of a typical wristwatch rather than the screen-based design the majority of on-the-market smartwatches have taken.
Design sketches, website render of OneWatch hint at OnePlus smartwatch design
OnePlus, the manufacturers of the CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One smartphone, may be making its own smartwatch. Leaked images suggest the company is working on a round-faced smartwatch in a similar vein to Motorola's Moto 360, with a screenshot of the OnePlus website seemingly suggesting the OneWatch will be launching sometime in the near future.
Curved LG OLED 4K television apparently shipping in September
Just days after LG put its 105-inch curved Ultra HD television up for pre-order, it appears the electronics producer is preparing to do the same with a smaller model. The 65EC9700, a 65-inch Ultra HD curved television using OLED will apparently start shipping sometime in September, with a price tag far below its 105-inch counterpart.
Wunderlist 3 gets design revamp, real-time sync, public lists, more
To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also share lists with selected other Wunderlist users (such as family) across nearly any mobile or desktop platform, with instant updating.
Campaign funds a second low power screen for Android devices
It's time for Thursday's edition of Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday here on MacNN and Electronista, we're going to look at crowd-funded projects that we find interesting. Keep in mind that we aren't specifically endorsing anything, or telling you that there aren't any risks in funding a prospective project, we're just pointing out projects we found that we like. Please do your research before investing! Today's selection brings an underused technology, E-ink, to smartphone cases -- the InkCase Plus by Oaxis.
Bendable Ultra HD television can switch from flat to curved screen using motors
A television capable of moving from a flat display to a curved screen is being made available for pre-orders in South Korea. Samsung's Bendable Ultra HD TV is able it switch between flat and curved on its own, with motors on each side of the television pushing the edges out to create the concave shape, as well as pulling the display back to its flat form.
Effect on launch schedules uncertain
Changes in profit forecasts at TPK may signal delays in iWatch production, reports suggest. Taiwanese publication UDN notes that TPK -- thought to be making touch modules for the iWatch -- has pushed back a predicted third-quarter profit surge into the next quarter. Since suppliers often experience such surges in association with Apple orders, it could mean that iWatch production has suffered setbacks. TPK also provides touch components for devices like the iPhone and iPad, however.
Large 105-inch LG television goes on sale one week after similar Samsung screen
LG has opened pre-orders for the 105-inch curved Ultra HD television it demonstrated at CES, one week after Samsung did the same for its own large-screened television. The 105UC9 LG display has a relatively similar specifications list to the Samsung screen, with an almost identical price tag as well, though LG is opting to initially offer it just within South Korea, before attempting to put it on sale elsewhere.
Apple technology will be used by Swirl, Motorola Solutions to deploy in Canadian, US stores
HBC Department Store Group, which owns both the Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay department store chain, has announced it will be using indoor iBeacons leveraging Apple technology, manufactured by Motorola Solutions and powered by software from Swirl Networks across more than 130 of the corporation's stores in Canada and the US. The move follows in the footsteps of Macy's, which did a similar deployment of iBeacons last November in stores in New York City and San Francisco.