Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are reportedly partnering on an ultra-low-cost Windows laptop computer called the HP Stream 14, which is a 14-inch Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to sell for $199. The Stream 14 has an AMD processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, and an SD card slot. Microsoft will provide 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years with the purchase of the Stream 14, which is a similar offer that Google is offering for 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook purchase. It is unknown when the Stream 14 will be released.
Intel and SMS Audio, the consumer electronics company that was founded by 50 Cent, have partnered to launch heart-rate headphones. In the earbuds of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear headphones, there is an optical light sensor that detects the heart rate of the wearer with some other sensors.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has launched a Square Reader and PayPal Here rival called Local Register. Local Register costs $10, but buyers will receive a $10 credit so it is essentially free.
Beam Technologies has raised $5 million in funding. Beam connects a toothbrush with a smartphone. The Beam toothbrush measures how long and how often that you brush. The data is sent to an iPhone or Android device through Bluetooth. Drive Capital, a Columbus, Ohio venture capital company, provided the funding.
Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3rd as part of an event called “Unpack.” Samsung sent out a note-themed invite on Tuesday for the second Unpacked event in 2014, which will take place in NY, Berlin, and Beijing at the same time. The Galaxy Note is known for popularizing the “phablet” trend, which is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. There are rumors that the Galaxy Note 4 will have a UV Sensor that will connect to the S Health app.
Apple has launched new 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. The new laptops have faster versions of Intel’s Haswell processors. The 13-inch models have 8GB of RAM standard and the 15-inch models now have 16GB of RAM.
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Sony Corporation is spending $345 million to enhance its image sensors for future iPhones and iPads. Sony also makes cameras for other companies that build smartphones and tablets. The investment will ensure that your “selfies” will be much sharper.
Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone giant, has launched a wearables fitness band that costs only CNY79 ($13). The $13 band is known as the Mi Band. It has sensors for tracking health metrics and it can be used as an alarm clock. The Mi Band can last 30 days on a full charge. It is also waterproof and is on the IP67 standard. The Mi Band can be used to unlock a Xiaomi smartphone.