Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in November

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in November

Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Goes Up for Pre-Orders; Pebble 2 SE to Become Available in November
Pebble 2 + Heart Rate has been priced at $129.99
Pebble 2 SE has been priced at $99.99
Smartwatches to be made available later this year
Pebble’s first smartwatch created more than just ripples in the tech industry when it was launched back in 2012. However, with the release of other smartwatches over the years, the initial charm of the wearable has been lost to quite an extent. After introducing the Pebble 2 and Time 2 on Kickstarter in May the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the company has slightly re-branded the former and launched them for regular buyers. The Pebble 2 without a heart rate sensor is being called the Pebble 2 SE (or Standard Edition) while the variant with a sensor is being called the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate.

The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) and the and Pebble 2 SE at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,700) respectively. While the former is available to pre-order in five colours, with shipments beginning this month, the latter will go up for pre-orders soon in Jet Black, and start shipping in November. The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, as the name suggests, comes with a heart rate sensor that allows you to monitor your heart rate while doing various physical activities. The smartwatch is optimised for use with company’s Pebble Health app and comes with an inbuilt Workout app.

“Pebble Health automatically detects long walks, runs, and naps, feeding you a performance summary when you’re finished. Dive deeper into your stats with beautiful in-app graphs. Tap and drag on your mobile graphs for targeted views of your step and heart rate stats at specific times. Sync with Google Fit or Apple’s HealthKit to paint an even clearer picture of your overall wellbeing,” company said in its official blog.
The company claims that the battery life on Pebble 2 can last up to seven days, making it possible for the watch to track your sleeping patterns. The smartwatch further allows you to choose the apps that are able to send notifications to your phone. It provides water resistance up to 30 metres.

The Pebble 2 SE is otherwise identical to the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate, but forgoes the heart rate sensor.

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Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses
Sony is betting that it has a better package for mainstream consumers
Sony has to sell a lot of devices to attract talented game developers
Early reviews have praised its design, affordability and comfort
When the PlayStation VR goes on sale Thursday, it won’t just be a test for Sony. As the first high-end virtual-reality headset aimed at the mass market, the gadget will also offer the first hint as to whether the technology can become a mainstream product.

For about $500 (roughly Rs. 33,500), consumers won’t be getting newer features or better performance than pricier headsets being sold by Facebook and HTC. Sony is betting that it has a better package for mainstream consumers, given the ease of use and ability to tap into a gaming and entertainment ecosystem built by the PlayStation franchise over the past two decades. The device is Sony’s best prospect to remain on the cutting edge of technology after scaling back in phones, televisions and other businesses.

(Also see: Sony PlayStation VR Hits Stores Shelves Thursday to Take on Oculus and HTC)

“The Sony release is the first real test of consumer VR,” said Dave Ranyard, a virtual-reality developer and former head of Sony’s London studio, which produced its main launch title PlayStation VR Worlds. “Nobody knows the rate of uptake, so this is the first significant indication.”

The debut also represents a classic gaming-industry dilemma. Sony has to sell a lot of devices to attract talented game developers, gamers won’t buy new hardware unless there’s quality content. Sony hasn’t lined up enough must-have titles to kick off that virtuous cycle, according to Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo.

“If an amazing game comes out and makes everyone want to buy PSVR, the situation will be different, but for now we’re not seeing that,” Yasuda said.

With more than 40 million people already owning a PlayStation 4 console, the novelty of VR alone may be enough to attract a large number of early adopters. IHS Markit and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predict more than 1.4 million unit sales by the end of this year, while Ranyard is more conservative, expecting about 1 million in the first 12 months.

(Also see: PlayStation VR Is the First Real Mass-Market Virtual Reality Headset)

“This is the biggest innovation since the arrival of TV,” Atsushi Morita, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, said at a launch event in Tokyo.
Sony shares were up 1.4 percent at JPY 3,431 in early trading. The stock is up more than 14 percent this year, compared with a 13 percent decline in the Topix Index.

Another key metric to watch will be how many games each player buys for the PSVR, Raynard said. The device will generate $134 million in revenue for VR content makers this year, about twice the $69 million it expects from Facebook’s Oculus and HTC’s Vive headsets, IHS estimated. Still, that would represent just a fraction of the total market for games software sales.

Early reviews of the system have generally praised its design, affordability and comfort, but a common criticism has been the lack of compelling content. There are about 30 titles available at launch, which are little more than environments to explore, or short games. Sony acknowledges as much, saying what’s available for now are mostly brief experiences that showcase VR technology instead of those with hours of gameplay.

(Also see: PlayStation VR First Impressions)

“The experiences we’re putting on offer are different from your 50-hour Metal Gear Solid experience,” said Shawn Layden, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, the unit overseeing the U.S. PlayStation game business. “You have a very intense 7 to 10 to 15 minutes of gameplay.”

Case in point: Job Simulator, a tongue-in-cheek launch title, lets people pretend that they’re working in a kitchen, office or convenience store. Jun Tamaoki raised eyebrows at last month’s Tokyo Game Show with Bandai Namco Holdings Inc.’s virtual-reality game Summer Lesson, which lets users become home tutors.

“It will take a longer time to find those eureka moments – oh wow, this is so fun,” Tamaoki said in an interview. “I would expect a gradual start for now.”

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HP goes large on gaming with new Omen laptops and computer

HP gave us a quick flavor of the legendary Voodoo computer gaming logo with its Omen laptop overalmost two years ago. Now, the business enterprise is bringing the Omen call to all of its gaming hardwarea brand new lineup of laptops and desktops, in addition to a 32-inch quad-HD screen. on the computerfacet, HP goes is going for extra aggressive pricing, starting at $899 for the 15.6-inch model ($980 for the 17.3-inch version). And with its new Omen computing device, HP is aiming to be VR geared up withsufficient energy to run the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Gallery: HP’s Omen (2016) lineup | eleven snap shots

at the same time as it’s high-quality to peer Omen laptops at a decrease fee, HP had to downgrade the machines a piece to make that occur. (in many ways they’re more paying homage to final year‘s Pavilion gaming laptop.) the most important difference: instead of aluminum unibody instances, the new laptops have plastic cases with a “black shadow mesh” layout. And as opposed to multi-colored keyboard lighting fixtures, they simplest function red lights. The laptops felt pretty strong in my short arms-on time,although you’d by no means mistake them for a premium metallic layout. The hinges also felt a pieceextra wobbly this time around.

The Omen laptops now help up to NVIDIA GTX 965M photographs and sixth-gen Intel core i7 processors.they are able to keep a maximum 16GB of RAM, and you’ll have the choice of up to a 512GB SSD or 2TBdifficult power (some configurations also permit for mixture of SSD and a traditional hard power). As with many laptops these days, you may additionally upload in an Intel RealSense camera for an additionalcost.

As for that Omen desktop, it seems like… your regular mid-tower laptop. The brief bits of designaccessory are the brushed metallic facade and pink lighting fixtures on the the front. in any other case,it’s fairly ho-hum. At the very best cease, you can configure it with an Intel middle i7-6700K processor, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 3TB fashionable hard pressure. certainly, you could also configure the laptop with NVIDIA’s new GTX 1080 Founder edition card, or in case you prefer AMD, a Radeon R9 390X. there may be additionally optional water-cooling, which will be helpful if you choose up an overclockable CPU.

Rounding out the motley group of Omen merchandise is a brand new 32-inch monitor with assist for AMD’s FreeSync technology, which helps easy out overall performance because of framerate variability. As I cited above, it is a quad-HD show, which means that it packs in a 2,560 x 1440 pixel decision. whileit’d be fine to see a 4K display from HP, quad-HD is also a far extra practical decision for most gaming rigs. there is no pricing for the Omen reveal yet, unluckily.

The Omen laptops may be to be had on July 10 at pleasant buy and HP’s website, while the laptop andreveal will ship in August.

The big information right here, without a doubt, is the brand new branding. HP has offered effectivestructures throughout numerous product lines over the year, but by means of focusing on the Omenlogo, it gives consumers an easy way to realize which machines are effective sufficient for extremegaming.

Ex-Flipkart duo to launch healthcare start-up, Uber-Ola battle goes to court

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What to watch out for

Mukesh Bansal, Ankit Nagori to launch healthcare start-up

The duo who left Flipkart earlier this month are teaming up and pooling $5 million to launch a start-up in the area of healthcare and sports and fitness.

Uber-Ola battle goes from the streets to court

Uber has alleged that Ola employees are making bookings on its platform by creating fake accounts, and has soughtRs.50 crore in damages. Ola denied the charges. Ironically, Uber faced similar accusations in the past from two of its competitors in the US. In 2014, ride-hailing services Lyft and Gett had alleged that Uber employees had made bogus bookings, using up capacity.

All internet apps to fall under data pricing rule

Telcos and application makers will be able to takeadvantage of the controversial exception to the new rules barring discriminatory pricing of data.

Infibeam’s Rs.450 crore IPO subscribed 0.63 times on Day 2

The qualified institutional buyers’ portion was subscribed0.47 times. The portion reserved for high networth individuals (HNIs) was filled 1.4 times, while the retail portion was subscribed 0.67 times.

Ola acquires mobile payments firm Qarth

Qarth, which runs a mobile payments app called X-Pay, is Ola’s second investment in the mobile payment space.

Funding news

BigBasket raises $150 million in fresh funds

Investors include The Abraaj Group, Sands Capital and IFC. BigBasket can use the investment to fund expansion or growth in existing markets.

Tendulkar makes his first tech start-up investment

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar made his first investmentin a technology start-up Smartron, a firm that makes smart devices, for which he will also be a brand ambassador.

Matters of debate

Swiggy, Ele.Me or Grubhub—who will rule the roost?

How Twitter’s CEO plans to fix the company

The media-juggernaut-turned-train-wreck is getting back on track after a rough two years.

One start-up’s journey to improve healthcare access in China.

What the world is talking about

Alibaba likely to surpass WalMart as world’s top retailer

WalMart posted net sales of $478.6 billion for its fiscal year ending 31 January, while Alibaba amounted to $463.3 billion.

DoorDash raises $127 million

DoorDash Inc. said Tuesday it raised $127 million in its latest funding round primarily from existing investors, the latest sign of the delivery start-up’s struggle to secure a slug of capital.

Drones will deliver your food in a few months, says Foodpanda CEO

The company plans to roll out the new drone delivery technology throughout all 24 markets covered by Foodpanda, including Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and Malaysia.

Uber offers hackers ‘treasure map’ to find computer flaws

Uber, the high-flying transportation firm, is releasing atechnical map of its computer and communications systems and inviting hackers to find weaknesses in exchange for cash bounties.

SpaceX’s big plan to launch rockets every few weeks

SpaceX executives have indicated that the company, which has only managed two launches so far this year, could ramp up to two launches per month starting with its very next launch.

Entrepreneurs need to jump into the exploding fitness industry

Korean start-up develops hand-held sonogram device for the mobile age

Healcerion has developed a hand-held sonogram device and accompanying big data analyses for on-scene check-ups that could save thousands of lives.

Dyson investing $1.44 billion in Tesla-like battery tech

Dyson is looking to build batteries for its line of home products. But could the new batteries be used in other places, like Tesla’s are?

Start-up classroom

4 ways to avoid killing your new start-up.

5 social media marketing tips for ‘empty wallet entrepreneurs’.

When you run out of money (and ideas).

Should your start-up seek funding? 8 questions to ask.

For the geeks

Will Apple’s ‘cheapest iPhone in history ’ satisfy Chinese consumers?

The next big thing in phones may not be a phone

Industry experts believe innovation in smartphones is giving way to phone functions popping up as software or services in all manner of new devices from cars to fridges to watches and jewellery rather than remaining with hand-held devices.

Apple targets new 9.7-inch iPad Pro as the ‘ultimate PC replacement’.

World’s first on-ear planar magnetic headphone. Watch here

Did you know?

Chinese villagers are selling fresh mountain air to urbanites

With China’s pollution problems showing no signs of easing, Chinese people living in smog-shrouded cities are escaping to remote areas for a breath of fresh air.

Women are under-represented at all levels of technology firms

What’s Holding Back Women in Tech: a report by McKinsey and LeanIn.Org.