Smartwatches have been all over Kickstarter for the last year or two, with watch makers and startups alike raising millions of dollars from folks interested in wearable computers.
This might be the year where the startups have to begin competing with big name companies. Rumor has it that Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are all looking at the smartwatch space.
Personally I don’t find it that inconvenient to pull my phone out of my pocket to tell the time, so I’m not sure I need a wristwatch to help me screen my phone calls. But I also haven’t worn a watch since I was in college, back in the dark ages.
Here’s an assortment of tech news from around the web.
- Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch could have flexible display, be called “Galaxy Gear”
Samsung’s reportedly working on a smartwatch (as is Apple and just about every other major tech company). Folks have been reading patent applications, trademark filings, and tea leaves — and it looks like maybe the device will be called the Galaxy Gear and have a flexible display. Maybe. [SamMobile]
- Goodbye Geeks: Internet retailer shuts its doors
For nearly two decades Geeks.com provided bargains on computer gear and other, well… geeky items. Often focused on refurbished or older tech, you could get some great bargains on a wide assortment of gear. But the marketplace is a lot more crowded these days, and Geeks closed up shop this weekend. [Slashdot]
- Sequential app/storefront brings literary graphic novels to iOS, coming soon to Android
There are plenty of comic book apps available for iOS and Android — but there tends to be a heavy emphasis on superhero-style comics. Sequential brings literary graphic novels to mobile tablets. [Publishers Weekly]
- BubbleUPnP for Android developer working on Chromecast support
The app’s not yet available to the public, but theoretically this could let you stream video from the cloud, from a device on your home network, or from your Android phone and tablet to your TV. [+bubblesoftapps]
- Android TV boxes/sticks with 4GB RAM, 16GB storage already available?
Holding out for an Android TV stick with the amount of memory you’d normally find in a laptop? The wait might be over. [CNX Software]
- Asus Zenbook Infinity ultrabook with Haswell CPU goes on sale in Australia
The latest Asus Zenbook ultrabook packs a high-resolution touchscreen display, a thin case design, and an Intel Haswell processor. It’s not yet available in the US, but it showed up in Australia this weekend. [TechHive.de]
- Rumor: Multi-window Android support coming to Allwinner tablets soon
Rockhip recently released software that lets you run Android apps in resizeable, moveable windows. Now it looks like Allwinner may be adding support as well. [Mike Cane]
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