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giveaway: Win an Activite Steel fitness tracker courtesy of Withings

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:03:08 GMT

If you want to ditch those notifications, but still have all that activity tracking data in a unassuming package, consider Withings' Activit Steel . This is an all day wearable with a silicone strap and stainless steel casing that's water resistant up to 50ATM, so swimming and showering are on the menu.

Fitbit's Pebble acquisition risks alienating loyal users

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:03:07 GMT

After days of rumors and speculation , Pebble finally confirmed yesterday that it's getting acquired by Fitbit . At first, this sounded like it might be a good thing, as Pebble was struggling to gain market share in the wearables industry and may have gone under without an exit plan.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 might have a true edge-to-edge display

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:41:14 GMT

With the Galaxy Note 7 debacle weighing heavy on its balance sheet, Samsung needs the Galaxy S8 to be a massive success. It isn't expected to be unveiled for another few months, but already details are starting to emerge about what the flagship Android smartphone will offer.

BBC tests 4K iPlayer with 'Planet Earth II'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:20:08 GMT

For four glorious minutes, Brits will be able to watch Planet Earth II in 4K. The broadcaster is releasing some "experimental footage" in the ultra HD resolution today, which viewers can watch until "early next year" on a small number of Panasonic TVs.

Nintendo Switch makes its live TV debut on 'The Tonight Show'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:13:03 GMT

After you check out our discussion with Nintendo's president Reggie Fils-Aime , you can get a good look at the new Switch console in operation () on the Tonight Show stage. Reggie and host Jimmy Fallon played the yet-to-be-released console, taking a trip through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild showing off its ability to go portable with the press of a button.

LG G6 Will Reportedly Feature All-Glass Design

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:08:08 GMT

According to a recent rumor, the upcoming LG G6 is said to be waterproof and will feature wireless charging . Waterproofing the phone also means that LG will be removing any gaps or entrances where unnecessary, which means that the battery will no longer be removable and it seems that we can bid modularity adieu.

Sprint stores are PokeStops and Gyms for 'Pokemon Go'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:57:16 GMT

As rumored , Niantic is bringing brand partnerships to its hit augmented reality game, Pokmon Go . The software developer has announced that Sprint will have the first sponsored locations in the US, with more than 10,500 stores expected to be turned into PokStops and Gyms.

Mylingo offers real-time Spanish translation in movie theaters

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:43:06 GMT

A new app called Mylingo lets Spanish-speaking moviegoers listen to audio dubs in real time, using their own smartphone and headphones. According to the developer, users can download the studio-recorded Spanish tracks directly to their device, where they'll be able to sync them perfectly with the action from the screen.

VSCO adds full RAW photo support to its iPhone app

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:32:07 GMT

VSCO, smartphone photographers' image tweaking app of choice , is letting iOS users tap into all the original image data captured on iPhone 6's and up. Alongside a host of new community features, it's offering full RAW image support on capture, importing and editing.

Non-Us VR Omni Treadmill Pre-Orders Cancelled

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:15:56 GMT

Playing virtual reality games is great, but we can imagine that controlling your character's movements and walking around using physical controllers does take a little away from the immersion. This is why the Omni treadmill is such a great idea where it allows users to walk in multiple directions while being anchored in one place.

Apple Music has 20 million paid subscribers

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:57:33 GMT

Apple says it added three million Music users since September , bringing its total subscriber count to 20 million. Furthermore, VP Eddy Cue tells Billboard that 60 percent of those are new customers who haven't purchased an iTunes song in the last year.

Bloomberg: Fitbit acquisition will kill Pebble Time 2 and Core

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:51:37 GMT

According to Bloomberg , Fitbit is close to buying up Pebble for less than $40 million, which aligns with what we reported when info on the acquisition first came out. Since the fitness tracker maker is only interested in Pebble's software assets and Pebble is neck-deep in debt, though, the Time 2 and Core watches will no longer be released.

Google Docs Update Makes It Easier To Write Your Term Paper

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:51:26 GMT

When it comes to writing term papers in school, the importance of citing your sources is important. The format of the citation is also equally just as important as different types of academic papers may call for different styles of citation.

Thieves can use web bots to guess your Visa card details

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:52:05 GMT

If you've punched in credit card details while shopping online, you've probably wondered how secure those digits are. According to Newcastle University, the answer is: not very.

Pandora officially unveils its long-awaited Spotify competitor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:52:04 GMT

That Pandora was planning to launch a full fledged Spotify competitor was no secret. The company said as much last year when it bought the ashes of Rdio , which had filed for bankruptcy .

Google Docs could make writing that term paper a little easier

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:52:03 GMT

Formatting and inserting citations are some of the worst parts of writing a term paper. But Google wants to help make that tedious process a little less soul-crushing.

This is why 'Destiny' studio Bungie stopped making 'Halo' games

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:30:44 GMT

Destiny is a self-contained example of 21st-century video games: It's online, ever-changing and beautifully built by a team of practiced veterans. Destiny represents the evolution of Bungie, the studio that created Halo , and it also encapsulates the shifting nature of video games as a whole.