Martian Watches @ CES 2016

Martian was one of the companies that started the smart-watch thing - and they've done it with style from the get-go. Their watches have always focused on one thing first - the watch. They are great analog timepieces that also have a few smart features thrown in for good measure. They have a pretty wide distribution in the USA and have limited retail locations in Canada. It's too bad, because their current generation of "Active" watches - including the Envoy, Alpha and Electra have been doing very well.

As CES, Martian announced some new watches that are geared more toward female users. These do not have a notification display, but instead use different vibration pulses and a mutli-colored LED to indicate what app is sending a notification. It could be a text message, incoming call, Facebook post or pretty much anything that sends notifcations. You have the ability to specify a ton of options and notification settings via their handy app. 

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The battery life on their devices is about two years for the actual watch, while the new watches should last about a week on a charge for the smart features. The new watches charge via pogo pins, while the current "Active" series charge by way of a microUSB port that gets covered up for water resistance.

There are a lot of very attractive products coming later this spring from Martian - and the best thing of all - they are watches, that just happen to be smart. Sometimes there is more beauty in less features than a watch that drains the battery by 2:00pm.

Please check out more images from our CES coverage here and be sure to check out all the current lineup of products from Martian here.

Kindle Oasis Leaks and is not Waterproof

Last week we heard from Jeff himself that a new Kindle was coming this week and it has been leaked a bit early. It's called the "Oasis" and it's a top-of-the-line e-Reader. What makes it top of the line? Really long battery life thanks to the case that contains a battery as well. It's super thin, and has a better light than it's predecessor. Although it speaks as to moisture, it's not waterproof. Not at all.

It's not clear why the new Kindle Oasis will be designed in such a way, although with the top part being so thin, it's clear that the bottom part is most likely packed with battery. One theory as to why Amazon decided to make it so lopsided could be that since the orientation can shift, holding it with the thick side up would be better for one-handed use, and with the thick side facing down, it might be easier to stand the device up on a flat surface.

Source: Neowin

Sony @ PAX East

Sony has been working hard on getting a bunch of new titles ready for the upcoming PAX East convention and has released a list of 20 new titles they'll have available for demo as well as 10 VR titles. Apparently Sony is serious about their PlayStation VR platform and will have a bunch of titles available at launch. GameSpot has the full details.

With the sold-out public gaming show PAX East coming to Boston next week, Sony today announced all of the games it will have playable at its booth on the show floor. Sony is bringing 19 PlayStation 4 games to the event, headlined by Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (multiplayer). Gamers can also check out third-party games such as Paragon, Hitman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

Netflix now has double the subscribers of Comcast

Comcast just released their Q4 results for 2015 which shows them having just over 22 million subscribers. Back in 2011 Comcast had about 22 million users, which was even to the amount of subscribers Netflix had in the USA. Fast forward to 2015 Netflix has seen their subscriber base jump up to just shy of 45 million subscribers while Comcast has remained stagnant. AllFlicks has the details.

Comcast is one of pay TV’s most important (and infamous) companies. They have a monopolistic grip on a huge swath of the United States, which makes them a popular subject on blogs like ours. But just how big is Comcast, really? What happens when you compare their subscriber numbers to, say, Netflix?

Well, Comcast gets clobbered, as it turns out.

Mirror's Edige Catalyst Impressions

What I'm about to say, doesn't get said often enough. There is a game that appears to be coded very well. That's right. Mirror's Edge Catalyst looks fantastic at 4K resolution - and it actually runs really well to boot. That is a miracle with today's game often being coded sloppy and developers expect people to upgrade their systems to run the game. Not the case with MEC. I've been playing it and it runs really well at 1080p on mid-range hardware as well.

In 1080p, the game ran with a minimum framerate of 70fps on Ultra settings. We did not experience any drops or stutters, so we’re almost certain that cards equivalent to NVIDIA’s GTX970 will be able to handle the game with constant 60fps at 1080p.

Source: DSOGaming

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