Bloomberg: Fitbit acquisition to cancel the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core, Kickstarter backers to receive refunds

Last week it was revealed that Fitbit was in talks to acquire and subsequently kill off smartwatch maker Pebble, much to the dismay of many Pebble fans. Now, a report from Bloomberg explains that Fitbit’s acquisition will spell the end of the company’s yet-to-be-released new smartwatch, the Pebble Time 2 as well.

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Pixel Visual Core will be enabled on the Google Pixel 2 in Android 8.1 DP2 this November

The camera on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is the best in the business, and it’s just going to get better thanks to a trick Google had hidden from public view — a fully custom chipset that improves HDR+ functionality. That was supposed to be enabled in Android 8.1, but it seems that’s been pushed back to the second developer preview.

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Pebble 2 + Time 2 w/ built-in HR monitors & bigger screen, all-new 3G wearable Core unveiled

Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project. The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core.

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Google showcases custom server security chip, Cloud VMs double max CPU core, RAM amount

In the midst of several app and service launches at Cloud Next ’17, Google also announced several hardware-related developments. With Cloud Platform gaining GPUs last month, Compute Engine is doubling the number of CPU cores available to virtual machines, while Google showed off its Titan security chip for data servers.

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Pebble seemingly sending out only partial refunds for some Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core backers

After the demise of Pebble last week, many were disappointed to learn that the company’s forthcoming wearables, the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core, wouldn’t be hitting the market. Luckily, the company did confirm that backers of those products would be receiving full refunds, or so we thought…

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Acer introduces new 4K CXI Chromeboxes featuring 4th-gen Intel Core i3 dual-core processors and up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM

Watch out, all of a sudden those low end spec Chomeboxes are starting to get a little meat to them. The latest round from Acer feature the new 4th generation Intel Core i3 4030U dual-core processors and up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM which allows support for 4K displays.

Acer’s low profile CXI Chromeboxes can either ride VESA styleon the back of one of their displays (pictured above w/Acer 4K Display) or sit standalone in very small form factor.

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The Acer Chromebox models include the CXI-i34GKM with 4GB memory that’s available for a MSRP of 9.99 and the Acer Chromebox CXI-i38GKM with 8GB memory that’s offered for a MSRP of 9.99. Both have 16GB SSDs with an additional 32GB of local storage available via SD card (And pretty much unlimited space via USB 3)

“We’ve extended our Chromebox CXI line with new models featuring enhanced processing power and memory for users with more demanding computing requirements,” said Leila Axelle-Robert, Acer America senior business manager. “A win/win for users and IT staff, the Chromebox CXI devices are easy to use and deploy, highly secure and save significant desk space. Featuring multiple accounts and Google Drive access, they’re ideal for any environment where multiple users will be sharing one device, such as classrooms, libraries, hotel business centers and reception areas.”

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