The next Apple Watch will have LTE cell service

Last night an iOS 11 GM download link made its way onto Reddit, which 9to5Mac discovered and has been digging through.

You can check out the full list of discoveries here, but one big thing that stood out is that the next Apple Watch (or at least one version of it) will finally have LTE cell service, meaning it doesn’t need to be tethered to your phone at all times. The leaked screenshot above shows a LTE signal strength indicator in the top left corner of the watch.

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Acer put wheels on its latest gaming PC

Acer says the Predator Orion 9000 is its most powerful gaming PC yet

Today at IFA, Acer announced a bunch of computers, including some new additions to its gaming-focused Predator line. Their unveiling was the usual parade of water-cooled rigs, neon lighting, and pumped-up graphics cards, but there was one feature that stood out on the company’s new Predator Orion 9000 PC: a pair of wheels.

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Garmin Fenix 5, first take: A heavyweight sports watch with a matching price tag

The Garmin Fenix 5 is a fitness and outdoor watch that’s not for the faint-hearted.

It’s packed with features, and can deliver very detailed information for those who like to monitor their activities in minute detail.

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Samsung’s bad software update bricks smart TVs

Customers are angry over Samsung’s bad update followed by terrible communications.

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Samsung smart TV customers are complaining that a software update has rendered their TVs unusable.

Exasperated customers are also furious at the lack of support and poor communication from Samsung after the bad update rolled-out last Thursday.

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HTC cuts price of Vive virtual reality system by $200, could spur more enterprise pilots

HTC Vive now goes for $599 and the company may be speaking to enterprises as much as consumers.

HTC cut the price of its Vive virtual reality system by $200 in a move that follows discounting by Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

In a blog post, HTC said it would offer its Vive system for $599. That bundle includes headset, sensors and motion controllers. Oculus in July said that its Rift and Touch were available for $399 for a limited time. Both Oculus and HTC are chasing Sony’s Playstation VR, which has sold more than a million units so far and goes for $399.

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Samsung’s latest portable SSD can handle RAW 4K video

The T5 hits 540 MB/s thanks to 64-layer V-NAND and USB 3.1 gen 2 tech.

We keep hearing about obtuse terms like “96-layer” and “V-NAND” for flash storage tech, but what does that mean for actual products? Samsung has given us a concrete answer with its latest portable SSD drive, the T5. It uses bleeding-edge 64-layer V-NAND and USB 3.1 gen 2 tech to generate impressive 540 MB/s transfer speeds, assuming your host computer can handle it. That’s about as fast an external device of any kind that you can find right now.

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Samsung: Please, somebody, make mobile apps for Tizen

The company wants to lure in developers with hefty cash prizes.

Samsung is eager to get developers to build applications for its Tizen smartphones. In an effort to drive up interest, the company has created the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, which will offer $9 million in cash prizes from February through October of 2017. According to Samsung, devs with apps that end up in the top 100 chart can earn $10,000 per app — definitely not a bad way to lure people in. Those who want to participate in the program can register starting in “early” January.

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Zero’s latest electric motorcycles boast 200+ mile range

That’s if you add the Power Tank, which costs an extra $2,695.

With some of the world’s biggest bike makers now dedicating time to electric models, Zero Motorcycles knows it has its work cut out. The company has spent the last 10 years refining its gas-free lineup, gradually adding more power and (more importantly) increasing the range, giving riders the incentive they need to make the jump. For its 2017 roster, Zero has done the same again, updating its Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS, Zero DSR, Zero FX and Zero FXS models, giving some the ability to go 200 miles on a single charge.

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HTC Vive can do wireless VR with this $220 add-on

HTC promises it won’t affect the VR headset’s latency.

HTC is opening up pre-orders for a $220 add-on that cuts the Vive’s wires and transforms it into a wireless VR headset. The peripheral that clips onto the device was made by a company called TPCAST and was designed under the Vive X program. If you’ll recall, HTC launched the program to invest $100 million into startups looking to build accessories for the Vive. According to the company’s interview with UploadVR, there’ll be no “noticeable difference” when you use the device, implying that it won’t turn VR experiences into laggy nightmares. HTC even promises that it will “greatly improve” the overall Vive experience.

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