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Pebble’s Time Steel smartwatch ships to backers at month’s end

While Pebble Time on its way to backers and available for pre-order, the company’s metal-clad smartwatch is also scheduled to arrive soon. Via Kickstarter update, Pebble announced that production of the Time Steel is set to begin this week with the goal of shipping the gadgets to backers at the end of the month. It’ll take some time to send out all of the units, but even the folks at the end of the line should receive tracking info by the end of August. However, due to limited availability, some backers may receive their metal bands in a separate shipment, rather than both a leather and metal band bundled with the watch itself. What’s more, when the Time Steel hits retail, the metal bands will be separate purchase, so plan accordingly.

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Via: Android Central

Source: Pebble (Kickstarter)


Comcast’s 2Gbps internet costs you up to $299 per month

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Are you determined to trump your Google Fiber-toting friends by signing up for Comcast’s 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service? You’d better have deep pockets. The telecom has revealed pricing for its multi-gigabit data tier, and it’ll cost you up to an eye-watering $299 per month. Comcast is testing a more reasonable $159 per month (on a 2-year contract) in Chattanooga and other cities, but it’s still patently obvious that Pro is aimed at the speed-at-all-costs crowd. The rate also doesn’t factor in gotchas like the activation and installation fees, which can cost up to $500 each.

As it stands, leaping on the 2Gbps option may be a bit premature unless you’re swimming in money. The more practical option may be to wait for Comcast’s early 2016 upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1, a cable standard that will make 1Gbps practical for many people, not just those lucky enough to live near fiber optic lines. You don’t even need a gigabit to stream 4K video, after all, and two may be overkill unless you regularly transfer enormous files. It’ll be a while before internet services are so bandwidth-heavy that Gigabit Pro is more than a luxury.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar]

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Via: Times Free Press

Source: Comcast


Researchers battle a deadly lung problem with meds, computer models

It doesn’t a whole lot to stop the tiny air sacs in your lungs from doing their jobs — trauma, a nasty case of pneumonia or sepsis could lead to what’s called acute respiratory distress syndrome, a situation in which your blood doesn’t get all the oxygen it should. ARDS can be a tricky thing to treat even on a good day, but that’s where the big brains at the University of Michigan come in. Researchers there have cooked up a way to model how liquid medication surges and diffuses throughout the lungs, and breathed new life into a treatment that others had all but given up on.

You see, babies are occasionally born with a similar problem: their lungs can oxygenate blood properly because they don’t have enough of a certain chemical (a “surfactant”) to keep those air sacs from collapsing. Thankfully, physicians can help those newborn lungs do their thing by pumping them up with that very same surfactant. Surely that same approach would work for adults with the same problem, right? Well, not quite – our full-grown lungs are much bigger, and other attempts to treat ARDS with medicine haven’t been very successful. The computer model cooked up by those researchers in Michigan, though, reveal that the chemical concoctions used in previous trials were too concentrated and couldn’t penetrate deep enough into the lungs’ air cavities to keep them closing up. The one time the chemical trial did work (all the way back in 1997), the team involved used a much more diluted solution. No one had pieced together that part of the puzzle until, and now doctors might be able to save a few more lives thanks to a sensational simulation.


Source: UMichigan News


Samsung patents Apps Edge, brings new software tricks


Early last week, Samsung filed a patent on a new enhancement for it’s edge devices called “Apps Edge.” At this point in time, there are not many details on the new software. We are hoping that this patent is aimed at making better use of the side displays on Samsung’s edge handsets like the ones on the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Some leaked details on the software have emerged. Apps Edge could be used to better organize apps in addition to allowing quick access to frequently used applications or bookmarks. This is similar to what we saw originally on the Galaxy Note Edge, but the feature was discontinued on the later announced Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s also rumored to have additional features like active task previews and other goodies.

Samsung might be bringing this capability to third-party developers. If this were to come to a dedicated section for example, apps for edge models, it could significantly enhance the experience and that could be Samsung’s goal with this patent filing.

Via: Phone Arena

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Xiaomi phones have one killer feature that impacts the overall experience


Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that may sound familiar. Although Xiaomi handsets are not popular in the United States, it is on top of all smartphone manufacturers in China. The company is mostly known for impressive devices at affordable price points.

Xiaomi started out as a software company in 2010 when it developed the very popular android skin called MIUI. MIUI offers lots of great features on top of android and has become one of the most popular customization android skins out there. The skin improves our day to day lifestyle by offering useful tools in addition to great performance and battery life.

Most importantly, the skin has one killer feature. Although it doesn’t have a specific name, the feature allows users to “lock” apps in your recent apps tray so that they’re protected whenever you attempt to free up RAM. In order to do it, all you need to do is swipe them down rather than upwards. This ensures the device has faster loading times, and allows us to lock key apps we use daily. The system doesn’t have to launch the app from scratch every time you close it out or if it’s automatically closed because the system ran out of memory. Ultimately, it results in better performance and better battery life because essentially the processor isn’t working as hard.

It may not seem noticeable unless coming from another handset, but it’s a great feature which is overseen by a lot of people. It would be great if other android skins adopted this feature into their very own skin. Or better, if Android implemented the feature into the next version of its operating system.

Via: Phone Arena

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 aims to bring great camera like the Galaxy S6


The Galaxy S6 brought new enhancements in the camera department compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. Samsung decided to ditch the 2MP front-facing camera on the Galxy S5 for a 5MP wide-angle shooter on the new Galaxy S6.

Consumers apparently care so much about selfies that hardware manufacturers are giving front-facing cameras extra attention.

According to a discovery made by TechTastic, the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 will most likely support the same 5MP wide-angle shooter on the Galaxy S6. It’s great to see Samsung has impressive things in store for its upcoming phone, but we’ll save the applause for after its official announcement in late August or early September.

Source: TechTastic
Via: Phone Arena

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Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Note Edge gets updated to Android 5.1


Sprint is pushing out lots of updates today. Shortly after rolling out a software update to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the carrier has just pushed out yet another update. This time it’s Android 5.1 for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Sprint is trying to be consistent with their updates, this one being released exactly three months after Lollipop arrived for the device. That’s always a good sign for a carrier.

The update is being rolled out over-the-air, so consumers might have to wait a few days to get the update on their device. The update will bring better performance, lots of bug fixes and some security fixes. Sprint did not release any details about any new features that will come with the update.

Source: Sprint

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Samsung patents new technology to measure your body fat with a mobile device


Samsung just got granted yet another patent. The initial filing was made in March, 2014 and credits four inventors living in Korea. It seems like the company is trying hard to come with new innovations for its upcoming technologies. This one is all about improving your health.

Apparently the company wants you to know more about yourself. I’m talking about your body fat. That’s right, Samsung developed a new sensor that measures your body fat using different sensors inside the screen cover of a mobile phone case. In order to take a reading users must grip the sensors with their hands.  If Samsung could pull this off it would make another fitness data point that can be captured by mobile devices. If this is proven to be accurate, it could eventually save you a trip to the doctor which could ultimately save you a good chunk of money.

The technology is still in early stages so don’t get your hopes up.  We may not see this come to the market for quite some time, if it even passes testing. Gimmick or not, this could actually prove to be useful in the future.

Source: SamMobile

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Asus’ slim and sharp ZenPad S tablet arrives in the US

Asus’ newest Zenpad has arrived in the U.S. The Zenpad (model#: Z580C-B1-BK) contains a quad-core, Intel Atom Z3530 processor clocked at 1.33GHz, 2GB of LPDDR3, RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 5.1.

The display perhaps is the selling point of the device with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. With a resolution like this on a screen of this size, it’s likely that Asus did this to compete with the iPad Mini 2.

Source: Best Buy via Engadget

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Microsoft is putting the Surface in more stores

Microsoft announced today that it is expanding the distribution channels for its Surface tablet line ahead of the upcoming Windows 10 global rollout. The Surface is currently sold through “a couple hundred” authorized Surface device distributors, as Gavriella Schuster, General Manager of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Program, explained in a statement, but will soon grow to a few thousand. Any partner distributor can reportedly sign up for the expanded program assuming they qualify on volume sold. “We expect to get a few thousand resellers to jump on this,” Schuster told ZDNet.

Take note, only the Intel-based Surfaces — Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 — will be getting Windows 10 proper. The ARM-based Surface RT and Surface 2 however will receive a borked Win10 “feature subset” and Microsoft has no timetable for when the subset will be made available.

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Via: ZDNet

Source: Microsoft (Surface Blog)

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