In September, the Korean consumer electronics giant unveiled the Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch that connects to a user's smartphone or tablet to provide alerts, take photos, make calls, and access certain apps. For Samsung, the device is more than just another gadget; it also marks an important shift in the company's position in technology: long known as a "fast follower" that's … Read more
The Pebble smartwatch has received a firmware update that gives users more control over what information is is automatically pushed from smartphones to the watch.
Apps running on the Android, iPhone, and other iOS devices can be configured to send notification information to the Pebble's screen. The new version of the PebbleOS, v1.14, gives Pebble users a "Do Not Disturb" option, which blocks the watch from receiving any notifications for a set period of time.
Users will also have more control over which notifications are displayed and are able to choose to switch notifications on or … Read more
Foxconn, best known for assembling Apple's iPhones and iPads, is launching an investment fund to support startups focused on developing new kinds of wearable computers, Bloomberg reports.
Foxconn unit Syntrend Creative Park will administer the $6.8 million fund and select candidates for trial in the first quarter of the new year, Bloomberg reported, citing unidentified sources. However, an associated incubator that will provide offices and advisory services for startups is not expected to be operational until the end of the next year.
CNET has contacted Foxconn for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Foxconn, … Read more
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Samsung Electronics sound designer Myoung-woo Nam is describing the not-quite-right noise his team created for the Galaxy S3, at least initially. Here, in a dimly lit room on the eighth floor of a Samsung skyscraper, in the heart of Seoul's … Read more
Maybe it's time for Broadcom Chief Technology Officer Henry Samueli to get a little of the limelight.
For years, CPU makers like Intel, IBM, and Apple got the glory in the processor industry. But as mobile and cloud computing explodes, communication chips are getting more important, and that's the market where the company Samueli co-founded is a dominant player.
Wednesday, the company announced a new processor that's emblematic of the new trends in the computing industry. The BCM20736 is a modest little thing -- a chip that lets a device communicate over low-power Bluetooth links and charge … Read more
Consumers can now purchase a pair of smart glasses for $1,000.
Dubbed the first commercially available "Smart Glasses," the Vuzix M100 started shipping on Tuesday, according to the company. The first models off the line are going to registered developers and others who already ordered the product. But the M100 also is now available for preorder with a promised ship date of two to four weeks.
Described by Vuzix as a hands-free wearable computer, the device offers a monocular 16:9 full-color display that floats an image in or near your line of vision. Vuzix compares the … Read more
Ah, 2013. The year Microsoft continued to be, well, Microsoft, everyone tried to get their mobile on, and Samsung tried to show the world that it's going to be king of wearable tech.
Yup, there were gaffes. There always are. We also saw the launch product for a now-failing platform (and failing company), and the company that wanted to the entire planet to phone Home. And who can forget our nation's Capitol: A stream of leaks that showed the world that, yes, Uncle Sam is watching every click you make, not to mention those of foreign dignitaries. And … Read more
The newest smartwatch to hit the scene is now up for pre-order. Qualcomm is letting early buyers purchase black versions of its Toq smartwatch as of Tuesday.
The device's official launch is not until December 2, but Qualcomm has opened up pre-orders on its Web site. The Toq costs $350 and shipping time is expected to be within one to three weeks. An upcoming white version of the smartwatch should also be available soon.
The Toq wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to any Android smartphone running the Jelly Bean operating system or higher. The smartwatch comes with what Qualcomm calls … Read more
ZTE appears to be looking to drop the price of smartwatches by making its own low-cost version of the wearable gadget.
The Chinese tech company plans to unveil a smartwatch in the beginning of next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. This gadget will be similar to other smartwatches already on the market, like Samsung's Galaxy Gear, but designed for a more money-conscious crowd.
"We are focusing on the mainstream market," Lu Qianhao, ZTE's head of handset marketing strategy, told the Journal.
ZTE is known for its affordable smartphones, like the ZTE Source, which retails … Read more
Not exactly. The figure Samsung disclosed is actually the number of smartwatches the Korean tech giant shipped to retailers and partners; it isn't actually a true reflection of consumer demand. Korean publication Yonhap reported that the numbers represented shipments, and not sales to consumers, and the Verge confirmed the report.
A Samsung representative later confirmed to CNET that the number represented shipments, and not sales rung up to customers.
Samsung released the shipment numbers to Reuters earlier on Tuesday, … Read more