Samsung announces ‘Gear Fit’ fitness band [Hands on]

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Samsung is going bananas in the wearables market recently, having already announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

Today, Samsung unveiled the Gear Fit, a fitness tracking band.

The super AMOLED display is curved, and is 1.84-inches. The device serves as a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, alarm clock, stopwatch, and a timer. You’ll also get notifications (SMS, call, e-mail, apps), schedule, smart relay, and a media controller. The battery is only 210mAh, but Samsung promises that it’ll last 3-4 days, and even 5 days if there is low usage.

Hit the break for our hands-on video with the device and a press release released by Samsung today.


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Qualcomm cuts $100 off its Toq smartwatch price

Qualcomm-Toq-Smartwatch-order-nowQualcomm announced its Toq smartwatch last year and made it available for sale back in December 2013 for a price of $350, which was quite expensive. However, Qualcomm has now cut $100 off its original price bringing it down to $249.

The timing may not be a coincidence after we heard a report that HTC might unveil a smartwatch based on the Qualcomm Toq at MWC 2014. With a price tag of $249, the Toq smartwatch is a dollar more expensive than its competitor, the Pebble Steel. The Toq smartwatch features a color touchscreen display that is always active and on while lasting for a couple of days between charges due to a Mirasol low power display fitted to the device.
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Compatibility fix comes in Galaxy Note 3 update for third-party accessories

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The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.

Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.

Source: SamMobile

Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

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If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

Source: Amazon

Android powered coffee table preparing for release

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Over the past few years, Microsoft has managed to get their operating system on to giant coffee table like devices. After shifting the Surface name over to their tablet line of devices, the Windows coffee tables are now dubbed PixelSense devices. 3M and Ideum decided the world of computer powered coffee tables could use some variety and they are now preparing a couple Android powered devices for consumers.
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