Well, this was a surprise. Starmobile is apparently a notebook manufacturer now, and their first model is called the Starmobile Engage Aura. On the second day of the ongoing Lazada Grand Christmas Sale, it features as a headline SKU that’s available at 32% off. So, here are the facts.

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Pebble is now officially dead. After weeks of rumors and speculation of a possible Fitbit buyout, a post on the official Pebble Developer Blog today confirmed that an acquisition has been in the works. And as its first major consequence, Pebble, the company, will need to shut its doors and completely get out of the smartwatch market, which it helped greatly in kickstarting.

As of today, Pebble will need to cease operations. It will no longer sell any Pebble smartwatches, and people who still haven’t received the stuff that they ordered from weeks and months past, will no longer get any items delivered. Instead, Pebble will issue a refund to anyone who ordered and participated in its most recent crown-funding event in Kickstarter. And as for the many software developers that are currently in Pebble’s employ, they will be transferred to Fitbit to continue working there.

For now, Fitbit will handle software services for existing Pebble customers, as Pebble devs work with them “to enhance future Fitbit products.” As you can tell, this is extremely sad as Pebble has played a big role in shaping the industry of wearables and smartwatches as it is today. But on the bright side, there are other companies such as Fossil who are now making major inroads to serve the smartwatch market. It will be interesting to see how thing go from here.

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Pebble and Fitbit


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There’s a new version of Bluetooth, and it adds much-needed enhancements that are meant to improve the user experience on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all compatible wireless accessories. The new version, according to the official press release, is called simply Bluetooth 5. Apparently, the X.something naming scheme for Bluetooth version numbers is no longer in effect. So what exactly does Bluetooth 5 have to offer over older versions? It’s two times faster than Bluetooth 4.0, covers up to four times wider range, and supports eight times the capacity “to send messages.” At the moment, there aren’t any devices that support Bluetooth 5 yet, but you can expect it to appear in many accessories and peripherals, especially those which are intended to be used for IoT or the Internet of things. The Bluetooth SIG, or Special Interest Group, is currently working with many different OEMs and various companies for its official release. For now, you can look forward to much better Bluetooth performance from your devices as soon as it hits the market.

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Bluetooth Technology Website


Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
For something that has been called the fastest smartphone in the world, it sure took its time in actually getting here. And it’s not even in its best form, either. If you’ve been waiting since June for any new info on the actual release date of the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, well, your wait is over.

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When was the last time you needed to buy a printer? If you have a home office or small business, then you probably will soon, if you haven’t already. The thing about printers these days is that they’re filled with so many other features aside from just taking your digital files and laying them out onto actual paper with ink. The newest models under Epson’s L-series are certainly no exception.

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If the only thing that’s keeping you from getting a smartwatch is the unconventional styling, you’ve just officially run out of excuses. Fossil has finally launched a whole line of proper-looking watches, all of which carry enough smarts to be deemed worth of being called smartwatches. That is, they’re powered by Android Wear, and can be paired to any compatible smartphone through an app with the use of Bluetooth 4.1 wireless. They’re all glass and metal or leather, plus a little plastic, and they’re all relatively affordable. Details, specs, and prices are posted after the break.

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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.

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AsteroidOS