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Smartwatch producer Pebble has revealed three new devices it is adding to its range, with all three having a greater focus on tracking the user's fitness than the previously-released timepieces. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are updates to the existing models that introduce built-in heart rate monitoring for the first time, while the Pebble Core is a compact device that offers fitness tracking but leaves out the smartwatch element entirely out of the equation.
Every so often here, I like do to a "living with" to discuss products that I've been, well, living with. Generally, I tend to do them on products that I like, but are concerned about the longevity of. After all, some products are really cool, but if you're not going to use them longer than a month, why waste the money? Well, this time it's a little different. Think of this particular Living With as a second chance -- a shot at redemption, perhaps. Today, I talk about my last two months with the iHealth Core Body Composition Scale.
After releasing its own SmartWatch, Sony has decided to move into the wearable tracker market. The SmartWear initiative will be made up of a range of devices for tracking a variety of items, with the diminutive Core acting as the central point for all collection activity, as well as a more conventional SmartBand fitness tracker housing to hold the sensor itself.
Intel on Friday shook up its executive structure at both technical and formal levels. To reward Dadi Perlmutter's responsibility for the chip architecture group, he would be promoted to the spot of chief product officer to take up responsibilities given by newly full-time executive chairman Andy Bryant. He would still head up architecture, but would take on a wider responsibility.
We've had the opportunity to try Acer's Aspire S5, and we've come back pleasantly surprised so far. The magnesium and metal chassis, which is matte, feels good to the touch, is thin and light, and isn't cutting corners like some others. More importantly, the keyboard and trackpad are genuinely nice to use; it doesn't have the full suite of multi-touch gestures, but it's generally responsive, supports two-finger scrolling, and isn't too hard to properly right-click with the invisible buttons.
The UK's Packard Bell this week unveiled a redesigned oneTwo all-in-one desktop. It's now 65 percent thinner than its predecessor, though the numbers aren't available. It will be available in 21.5- and 23-inch screen sizes, both with a 1080p resolution and touch input.
Toshiba announced it will bring the DX735 All-in-One desktop computer to the US market. Like its smaller sibling the DX1215, the DX735 is intended for use as a media hub. The DX735 is built around a 23-inch backlit LED touchscreen capable of displaying full 1080p HD. A glossy black bezel frames the display. Onkyo speakers tuned by MaxxAudio 3 provide premium sound.
Custom gaming PC maker CyberPower is now letting customers Intel's build products powered by Intel's newly announced Z68 chipset. The chipset supports Intel's second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) chips and uses new GPU virtualization technology. It also allows for SSD caching to speed up access to files on the hard drive.
Intel gave word on Wednesday that its upcoming Ivy Bridge processor design would be the first in the world to use new, ultra-dense 3D transistors. Nicknamed Tri-Gate, the designs would change the gates into 3D "fins" that regulate the current on all three sides, not just one. The design gets as much as 37 percent faster performance on a 22 nanometer chip at the same power or could chew just half the power at the same performance as a current-day, 32 nanometer chip.
Intel tried unsuccessfully to grab one of the cornerstone executives of HP's computer business, sources said early Monday. The chip designer had reportedly been looking to get Todd Bradley, HP's Executive VP for the Personal Systems Group that covers the PC business, for a "senior position" at Intel. The WSJ hadn't learned what that position was but understood Bradley had turned it down earlier in March.