Fitbit smartwatch renders show why the device might be a "must-own" for certain people

Back on August 10th, we showed you leaked renders of the new Fitbit smartwatch. Fitbit needs to hit a grand slam with this product, especially after its share of the global wearables market has declined 45% year-over-year. A new report published today reveals that Fitbit just might have something up its sleeve that will make its smartwatch a “must-own” product for those who are ill and need to track certain readings produced by their body.

The leaked image shows that Fitbit will be using two red LED sensors on the back of its timepiece. That compares with the use of two green sensors on …


First-ever render of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact shows a familiar-looking device

Sony’s pre-IFA 2017 show is almost here, so it’s only natural that leaks of the three devices rumored to be released will start pouring in. Following our first-ever look at the Xperia XZ1 from just two days ago, we now have a similar, schematics-based render of its smaller sibling, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, once again courtesy of serial leakster OnLeaks.

And if you’ve had any doubts that two devices sharing the same moniker will look dramatically different — well, this just isn’t Sony’s style at all. So what we’re seeing here is a shrunk-down …

Settlement in Class Action suit means that some Sony Xperia device owners could receive a 50% refund

A settlement in a Class Action suit against Sony means that owners of certain Sony Xperia devices might end up receiving a 50% refund of the phone or tablet’s retail price. A federal court in New York ruled against Sony in a case that involved the waterproof capabilities of 24 Xperia models, including several smartphones and tablets. Owners of the devices listed below will automatically have their limited warranty coverage for damage resulting from water intrusion extended by one-year for models still under protection, and by six-months for devices no longer under warranty.

Other options …

Android O will let you hear your own custom ringtone through your Bluetooth device

When it comes to technology, people often don’t realize just how much work goes into the details — but they sure do once something’s just a little off. And this has long been the case when it comes to Android’s support for Bluetooth, which lacks several seemingly minor features which actually turn out to be quite useful.

Case in point: what happens when you’ve paired your wireless headset to your smartphone, and someone calls you? Right now, you can only hear the (often terrible) default ringing your Bluetooth device provides, while whatever custom …

Sharp Aquos S2 is certified in China; device could be unveiled later today

Sometime today, we expect Sharp to officially introduce its new flagship model, the Sharp Aquos S2. The handset is equipped with a 5.5-inch edge-to-edge display carrying a 1080 x 2048 resolution, which means this is not the premium model with the 4k screen that we were looking forward to seeing this week. Instead, this is most likely model number FS8016, which is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. We expect the chipset to carry an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU.

Apparently, there will be different versions of the phone. One will come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage, while another model …

1.2 billion iPhone handsets have been sold since the device launched in 2007

During his conference call yesterday, made in the aftermath of Apple’s third fiscal quarter earnings announcement, CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has sold 1.2 billion iPhone handsets since the iconic device first launched in June 2007. Last year at this time, Apple announced that it had sold 1 billion units of its smart handset since 2007. That means that over the last year, 200 million iPhone models have found a home.

Cook pointed out that current iPhone sales have been impressive, especially at the high-end of the lineup. Sales of the top-shelf Apple iPhone 7 Plus outpaced the previous …

Facebook may launch a video chat Android device and a Google Home rival in 2018

Rumors about Facebook working on a new smart speaker surfaced about a week ago, but the information wasn’t entirely clear on how exactly the device will work and when it might be launched on the market. Today, a more in-depth report sheds light on Facebook’s plans to take on Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Apparently, Facebook’s Building 8 lab is already working on a video chat device that will be powered by Android. The social media giant doesn’t consider the addition of an in-house OS for this particular device and has chosen Android, but things might change over …

Samsung confirms it's working on a new wearable device, not a full-fledged smartwatch

With Samsung Gear S3 already out for a few months now, many are already expecting news about the South Korean company’s next foray into the smartwatch business. Unfortunately, we don’t have any details about the Gear S4, or whatever its name, but we do have some info about a new wearable device that’s now in the works at Samsung.

We know this because Samsung has started to send emails to some of the members of its SmartLab Plus program urging them to share their ideas on a new wearable product that could be launched soon.

Although the new wearable device …

Those with a cochlear implant can now hear audio stream directly from an iOS device

Hearing impaired mobile device users now can hear audio directly from the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch thanks to a new Sound Processor that will soon be offered by Cochlear Ltd. The Nucleus 7, available in the U.S. this September, will be able to stream the audio from an iOS device directly to the microchips in the company’s hearing implants without requiring another device to act as an intermediary. Currently, those with a cochlear implant have to use a Bluetooth device with the sound processor and the phone in order to allow the audio to run through the implants.

While the Bluetooth …

Smart Replies can now be sent in Spanish from your Android or iOS device

Back in May, we told you about Smart Reply. This is the feature available on Gmail, Inbox, and Allo that has three pre-packaged responses to an emailed question all ready to be sent as a response. For example, you might receive a Gmail that says, “Hey bro, got two seats behind the Yankee dugout for next Sunday. Want one of the tickets so we can see Aaron Judge? On the bottom of the letter, you’ll find three boxes that have ready to go responses based on how you answered similar questions in the past.

A response written in one box might say, “Thank you. See you at the game.” Another box …