Pebble Steel: The First Great Looking Smartwatch

pebble-steel-xlOwners of the original Pebble know just how great it can be, but also know how its plastic body is anything but professional. Enter, the $250 Pebble Steel made from CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, while retaining the ePaper display and app compatibility of its plastic sibling. An added plus by Pebble with the Steel is its inclusion of both leather and metal straps, which rounds off the whole package.

Via: Pebble

Digital Storm Constructs A Beast Steam Machine, Which Also Dual-Boots Windows, For $1,899


The Digital Storm Bolt II will go on sale later this month for $1,899, and with it, brings Steam OS and Windows 8.1 — a dual-boot Steam Machine, no doubt. The exterior is full of card readers and 5 USB ports, to boot.

Included in the epic chassis will be a liquid cooling solution (by default), with an Intel Core i5-4670K processor overclocked to 4.2GHz, with a 1TB hard drive, 120GB solid state drive, and Windows (Steam OS will be added once it comes out of beta).

Also, Digital Storm hasn’t finalized the starting specs for the Bolt II, but they’ve expressed “with certainty” that the aforementioned is what comes by default.

Upgrades will likely include a GeForce GTX 780 Ti or a GeForce Titan graphics card, and an Intel Core i7-4770K processor, with the Steam Controller available as a separate purchase.

Via: Digital Storm

CyberPowerPC Has The Budget Minded Steam Machine, Priced At $499

Cyberpower-SteamboxSteam Machines — Linux-based computers designed to play Steam games with all the bells and whistles at their best settings, come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, as well as configurations, apparently.

For $499, the new CyberPowerPC Steam Machine A will come with a 3.9GHz AMD A6-6400K processor and AMD Radeon R9 270 discrete graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, in a new custom case. A Steam Controller and software comprising of SteamOS also comes in the box, when it ships in the second half of 2014.

It won’t be able to run all your Windows games, of course, but Valve is promising to announce a raft of content for the Linux-based SteamOS operating system.

On a side note, loading Windows on to these systems will only be a matter tinkerers getting gutsy.

Via: Legit Reviews

LG G Flex Coming To AT&T, T-Mobile, And Sprint This Spring

gflexatt1CES is not always about what’s right around the corner to release in consumer technology, but also what’s planned for later on. In this instance, it’s the LG G Flex, the curved smartphone with a self-repairing back-end for scratches, and an off-contract price of a massive $940, launching this quarter in the States.

A 6-inch, OLED screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution, along with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,500 mAh battery, all points to aims to be a flagship device for LG. For optics, a 13-megapixel shooter is on the back, a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front, and software-wise, runs Android 4.2.2 with numerous LG software changes.

4G LTE will also be a feature shared across all three carriers, when the device launches later this spring, with as of yet, unannounced pricing.

Via: PR Newswire

Toshiba Announces Its First Chromebook, With Flair, For Just $279

downloadFor all its good looks, the first Toshiba Chromebook is still a $279.99 computer. It also happens to be the first 13.3-inch Chromebook, without any lack of a joking. That screen is 1366 x 768 in resolution, with 3.3 pounds of weight and a thickness of 0.8-inches.

Powering the Chromebook: Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, which Toshiba says provides the device with nine hours of battery life, plus 2GB of RAM and a 16GB hard drive. That’s all good enough for a Chromebook, if remembered correctly.

Vizio Made A Crucial Update Consisting Of Haswell And Iris Pro Chips To Its Ultrabook

thin-light-vizioVizio’s very pretty thin-and-light ultrabook received an early 2014 update at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Basically, the changes are internal, switching from previous-generation chips to the current-gen Haswell Intel chips and Iris Pro integrated graphics. Also, the inclusion of “5G” WiFi; technically 802.11ac WiFi.

Also, there are apparently some updates to the touchpad and keyboard, designed to actually make them work this time. We’ll see how that turns out.

Via: Vizio

Google Creates The Android-Based Open Automotive Alliance To Bring The Platform To Cars

GoogleThe Open Automotive Alliance consists of Google, GM, Honda, Audi, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia, to bring Android to the car ecosystem. In order to completely finish off the interest in safety, the alliance has been in contact with the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in order to ensure their new system is safe for in-car use.

Its primary goal is to “bring the best of Android into the automobile in a safe and seamless way.” Sounds like a good plan. Meanwhile, this Alliance will have to compete against the legions of Apple’s own iOS, seen in BMWs and cars belonging to the Daimler group.

Via: Open Auto Alliance

NVIDIA Unveils The New Tegra K1 Mobile Chip, With 192 CUDA Cores!

image004Some things have to be seen (and explained) to be believed. This isn’t the Tegra 5 that NVIDIA has decided to announce to kick off all the CES madness — no, it’s more like the Tegra 5000. This is a mobile chip, destined for smartphones and tablets, with 192 CUDA cores, instead of just a few. According to NVIDIA, this bridges Tegra between their new Kepler desktop graphics cards, and the Tegra mobile chips themselves.

There’s the ability to sport Unreal Engine 4 with amazing detail, or DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.4, effectively making the last generation of consoles look even older than they are now. The main configuration for the Tegra K1 is a 32-bit quad-core (4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU), but there are others in the works. Meanwhile, Tegra K1 doesn’t have an precise release date. Aww.

Just know this: in the very, very near future, you’ll be playing real games on your tablet or phone. Console-quality, heck, PC quality games. And this will be unbelievable.