Garmin boosts Vivosmart HR+ with GPS feature

Vivosmart HR plusFinally, Garmin has added the GPS feature to its Vivosmart range. You’d think that being a company renowned for its GPS technology that GPS would be a staple in most of its products in the first place.

Although the feature’s been available on the higher-end Forerunner range of smartwatches for a while, GPS was glaringly missing from the Vivosmart activity trackers. But that’s water under the bridge. The Vivosmart HR+ is now the first in the line to sport the GPS feature, which lets runners track distance and route on a map when linked to the Garmin Connect app.

There’s one major trade-off though. Battery life will take a hit — down from five days to a mere eight hours if activity-tracking mode is activated.

NVIDIA scores perfect 10 with new GPU!

1080 fastAfter weeks, if not months of rumours and false predictions, the announcement was finally made. NVIDIA finally revealed the much-awaited Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce 1080.

What the rumours got correct was the new name of the card. What they missed was the launch date, which NVIDIA kept close to its hearts until CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made the announcement at a specially-gathered press event in Austin on Friday evening (Saturday morning Singapore time).

According to Huang, NVIDIA spent billions in research and development of Pascal and the new GPU.

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India public cloud services to hit US$1.26b in 2016

GartnerThe public cloud services market in India is projected to grow 30.4 percent in 2016 to hit US$1.26 billion, according to Gartner.

The highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services (infrastructure as a service [IaaS]), which is projected to grow 32.5 percent in 2016, with platform as a service (PaaS) projected to grow 31.7 percent.

“We are witnessing a shift from legacy IT services to cloud-based services. Cloud services are growing due to organizations pursuing a digital business strategy,” said Sid Nag, Research Director of Gartner.

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Smartphone market in historic drop

It’s almost unthinkable but the smartphone market has dipped for the first time in its history.

According to Canalys, worldwide smartphone shipment fell from 324 million units in Q1 2015 to 321 million units in Q1 2016. The top two vendors both posted shipment declines, with Apple the worse hit.

Excluding Apple and Samsung, smartphone shipment grew five percent despite some of the big named international vendors outside the top five also faring badly. LG, Lenovo and TCL-Alcatel posted significant declines, while Sony plummeted by around 57 percent.

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