If you thought Android OS fragmentation was bad, wait ’til you find out what’s happening with Android Wear. The long and short of it is, a lot of older smartwatch models will not receive any software updates to newer versions of their pre-loaded OS. This is a bit problematic for those who wish to still keep using their watches for the next few years.
Enter AsteroidOS, an open-source alternative made specifically to solve the earlier-mentioned problem. How does it work? There are currently a handful of supported models where it can be installed, provided that the bootloader of the smartwatch can be unlocked and the user knows a little bit about following directions. Which is, to say, running it is about as painless as it can possibly be.
Right now, the supported models include the original LG G Watch, the LG G Watch Urbane, the Sony Smartwatch 3, and Asus ZenWatch 2. The software isn’t quite ready for mass market adoption yet, but can be used to tinker with by developers and enthusiasts alike. Hit the source link for more.
It looks like 2017 will be an interesting time for the desktop PC category. AMD is widely expected to finally launch competing products to Intel’s high-end Core i-series chips, with their biggest advantage being aggressive pricing for close to the same performance. That’s what all the rumors have been saying, anyway. And yes, of course, AMD is still very much alive. Only recently, the company opened a landing page on its official web site, heralding the arrival of its “Zen” CPU during an event currently titled New Horizon. You’ll find all of the details on the actual landing page, of which there isn’t really much at all. But from what’s been reported elsewhere, the “Zen” CPU series will feature a high-end octa-core model priced at only $500, as well as a second, slower octa-core model priced at $350. It’s difficult to say what kind of performance these and the rest of the “Zen” series will offer, but they are worth looking forward to if you’re interested in building your own PC some time next year.
AMD via PCWorld
Netflix is about to eat iFlix’s lunch. Earlier this week, the biggest movie streaming service in the world announced through a post on its official blog that it will finally allow offline downloads for all of its subscribers. And yes, that includes the Philippines. Apparently, Netflix and chilling at home just doesn’t cut it sometimes, and a lot of people have expressed the desire to want to continue their Stranger Things binge outside of their houses.
This is great news, in theory. Now, Netflix can function just like YouTube, albeit with a rather pricey upfront cost for the ability to download movies–YouTube videos can be downloaded offline for free. In any case, the newly-added Download button for the Netflix app can be found only on its latest version, which you should download or otherwise update to through your phone’s app store. This feature is being rolled out for both Android and iOS users, so the only limit is your bandwidth and free storage.
Not all movies are available for offline viewing yet, but Netflix promises that there will be “more on the way.” At the moment, shows like Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown can be downloaded. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself to find out which ones you can and cannot download for certain. Now, if you don’t mind, we’ll be heading on to our own Netflix account in a minute to catch up on our back log of Suits and Flash episodes for a few hours.