Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it

As the name implies, Android Wear is simply a variation of Android specifically tailored to smartwatches. This year’s Wear 2.0 update ran on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and while some components can be updated through the Play Store, the underlying system can only be updated through normal OTAs.

Google released the Wear version of Android 8.0 Oreo a few days ago, and the update started to roll out to the LG Watch Sport and other models. Some of the improvements include customizable vibration strength, a new touch lock option, and support for additional countries and languages. The company has now created a list of the watches that will receive the update:

Watches being updated right now:

  • Fossil Q Venture

  • LG Watch Sport

  • Louis Vuitton Tambour

  • Michael Kors Sofie

  • Montblanc Summit

Watches that will eventually be updated:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20

  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch

  • Diesel Full Guard

  • Emporio Armani Connected

  • Fossil Q Control

  • Fossil Q Explorist

  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0

  • Fossil Q Marshal

  • Fossil Q Wander

  • Gc Connect

  • Guess Connect

  • Huawei Watch 2

  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch

  • LG Watch Style

  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw

  • Michael Kors Access Dylan

  • Michael Kors Access Grayson

  • Misfit Vapor

  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E

  • Movado Connect

  • Nixon Mission

  • Polar M600

  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45

  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You

  • ZTE Quartz

Some of the watches dropped from support include the ASUS ZenWatch 2 and 3, the original Fossil Q Founder, the LG G Watch R/Urbane/Urbane LTE, the second-gen Moto 360 and 360 Sport, and the original Huawei Watch. Those watches will continue to get Android Wear updates (like the recent v2.6 update) through the Play Store, but the underlying Android version will be stuck on Nougat.

CES Responds to Keynote Backlash, Announces ‘Keynote Panel’ | Special: CES

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, speaks during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, speaks during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.  Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Days after it started receiving backlash for appearing to include only men in the keynote addresses listed online, the group that runs the massive tech conference CES is describing details of a previously planned “Keynote Panel” that includes at least one prominent female executive. The group, the Consumer Technology Association, has also responded to criticism in a blog post.

The panel, presented by the consultancy MediaLink, will feature A&E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc, Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav and LionTree founder and CEO Aryeh Bourkoff as well as other panelists yet to be announced. It will actually comprise more than one talk: a conversation among MediaLink CEO and chairman Michael Kassan and Zaslav and Bourkoff, followed by a panel moderated by MediaLink Vice Chairman Wenda Harris Millard that will include Dubuc and others.

The panel has been in the works for months, according to Karen Chupka, senior VP of CES and corporate business strategy at the Consumer Technology Association. CES organizers typically parcel out keynote announcements leading up to the January conference, she says.

MediaLink’s CES keynote in past years has included Facebook VP Carolyn Everson, former McDonald’s USA Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Wahl and JP Morgan Chase CMO Kristen Lemkau.

In the CTA’s online response to criticism of its lineup so far, Chupka said keynote speakers must be presidents or CEOs of a large entity “who has name recognition in the industry.”

“As upsetting as it is, there is a limited pool when it comes to women in these positions,” she wrote. “We feel your pain. It bothers us, too. The tech industry and every industry must do better.”

That didn’t satisfy Gina Glantz, co-founder of GenderAvenger, the group whose missive against CES on Nov. 29 struck a nerve.

“There’s not some force outside of them setting the criteria,” Glantz says. “They set the criteria, and if its result is all white men, then they need to rethink their criteria to ensure they have innovative, smart, different … perspectives on their stage of women and of people of color.”

Diversity advocate Cindy Gallop, a former agency exec turned coach and consultant as well as founder of Make Love Not Porn, dismissed CES’ argument that it had a “limited pool when it comes to women in these positions.”

“Fuck that shit,” she says. “The industry body that produces the biggest consumer tech event in our industry should be setting the agenda … Who represents the cutting edge of consumer tech in the way we want to showcase? Maybe they’re number two, maybe they’re not leading a company that is as humongous as some of these.”

In an interview with Ad Age, Chupka said the conference has already changed how it does things to include speakers in other facets of the conference. The MediaLink keynote panel is part of CES’ “C Space” programming, which focuses on “creative communicators, brand marketers, advertising agencies, digital publishers and social networks.”

The keynote stage is “one of the very few stages where that opportunity still exists to get that global microphone,” she says. “That’s why we’ve started at looking at things like panels, that’s why we’ve gone and put together a C Space Keynote, that’s why we have Super Sessions, and that’s why we have some of these different types of speaking opportunities. Because we know not everybody is going to fit one bill or one mold or one criteria.”

“It just seems like to me this is one unique opportunity that we hold for global CEOs,” Chupka says. “Quite frankly, companies still want to do them, they’re still very important in the mix, and to lower the criteria would just then make it really hard to get companies like that to participate in that level again. The very first question somebody asks you is who’s been on that stage. If I’m not putting somebody up there that is of the caliber of their CEO, they’re going to say, we don’t want that opportunity. That’s just how savvy marketing is these days.”

Chupka also points out the women that are “all over CES” in its Eureka Park and high-profile speaking engagements.

“Last year, we had over 275 female executives speaking at CES. That’s bigger than most conferences are,” she says. “These were females that were in leadership positions across a variety of different industries. I know it’s really easy to take a look at the big and shiny thing, but my god, there are so many great women speaking at CES each year, and sort of to disregard that is also unfair.”

She says the show has lasted 50 years by making sure it keeps up with what’s happening.

“We’re not saying we’re perfect, and we’re not saying that this is the end of the story,” Chupka says. “Every year we try to look at what can we do differently.”

GenderAvenger’s Glantz says the newly announced programming doesn’t stack up to the individual keynote addresses that are currently assigned to men.

A panel is “no substitution for the most prominent slots at this conference,” she says. “All the other keynotes are individuals… There’s no comparison between that and a single man standing onstage delivering his speech to the entire audience.”

“The attendees will see six men onstage, and no individual women featured,” she says.

Gallop added that she believes the conference should still add at least two more keynote speakers to hold individual sessions, at least one representing women and at least one representing people of color.

“That’s the only viable response” to the eruption of anger at the conference lineup on social media and via other outlets, she says.

Singing Machine Announces Record Black Friday & Cyber Week Results OTC Markets:SMDM

| Source: The Singing Machine Company, Inc.


Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dec. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Singing Machine Company, Inc.  (“Singing Machine” or the “Company”) (OTCQX: SMDM) – the North American leader in consumer karaoke products – announces its biggest Black Friday and Cyber Week results in company history.

Singing Machine products were featured nationally in major ad campaigns over the Black Friday weekend with promotions in over 7,000 brick and mortar retail locations nationwide. The Company announced the early results reported by its retailers were extremely positive with sell-through at retail far surpassing any Black Friday results in the Company’s history. Singing Machine reports that over $14 million of Singing Machines were purchased by consumers during the Black Friday weekend and Cyber Week.  The Company also announced the Thanksgiving weekend was the 2nd largest weekend ever in the Company’s history for e-commerce sales with more and more consumers electing to buy from home.

Bernardo Melo, VP of Sales & Marketing, commented, “Singing Machine promotions on Black Friday saw a range of price points from $39 to $99 with success at both ends of the price point, indicating a strong demand from consumers on both the low and high end.  With all of the other choices for toys and musical instruments out there, it was still clear that karaoke and Singing Machine was top of mind for consumers this holiday season. Whether it is inspiring a child to sing or entertainment for family and friends, it’s good to know that Singing Machine brand is still the number one brand for karaoke and music entertainment.” Melo added, “As re-orders come in for this current quarter, we’re anticipating a strong finish to the year.”

About The Singing Machine

 Based in the U.S., Singing Machine® is the North American leader in consumer karaoke products. The first to provide karaoke systems for home entertainment in the United States, the Company sells its products worldwide through major mass merchandisers and on-line retailers. We offer the industry’s widest line of at-home karaoke entertainment products, which allow consumers to find a machine that suits their needs and skill level. As the most recognized brand in karaoke, Singing Machine products incorporate the latest technology for singing practice, music listening, entertainment and social sharing. The Singing Machine provides consumers the best warranties in the industry and access to over 13,000 songs for streaming and download.  Singing Machine products are sold through most major retailers in North America and internationally. See www.singingmachine.com for more details.

Investor Relations Contact:

Brendan Hopkins

(407) 645-5295

investors@singingmachine.com

www.singingmachine.com

www.singingmachine.com/investors

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward‑looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward‑looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by management and include, but are not limited to statements about our financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.  You should review our risk factors in our SEC filings which are incorporated herein by reference.  Such forward‑looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward‑looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


Activision Blizzard Announces Sale of Special Call of Duty®: WWII Bravery Pack to Support Veteran Careers

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(Enterprise WIRE)–Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) these days introduced the latest iteration
in its award-winning in-game plan to assistance the Simply call of Responsibility
Endowment’s efforts to assistance unemployed veterans discover superior-high-quality
professions in the United States and United Kingdom. The Get in touch with of Duty®: WWII
– Get in touch with of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Bravery Pack (PS4/XboxOne/Pc),
made by Sledgehammer Online games, incorporates a particular Call of Responsibility
Endowment in-activity helmet, calling card, and emblem.

The pack will be accessible for a instructed retail value of $4.99 in the
in-video game retail store and the Sony and Microsoft on line stores. For the first
time, a personalization pack benefitting the Call of Obligation Endowment will
also be obtainable at all GameStop suppliers across the U.S. as properly as
on the net by way of BestBuy.com and Amazon.com. A single hundred per cent of the
proceeds acquired by Activision by the Bravery Pack will directly
fund the Endowment’s mission to support veterans protected high-quality careers
when they depart army services. A lot more than 4,800 veterans have been
placed in large good quality jobs by Get in touch with of Duty® personalization packs
to-day, which is a brigade-sized team of vets.

“Through Activision’s preceding calling card and personalization pack
systems, we have lifted a lot more than $2.8 million toward assisting veterans
conquer unemployment and underemployment as they transition again into
civilian existence,” stated Dan Goldenberg, government director of the Contact of
Duty Endowment. “We want to thank the studio workforce at Sledgehammer Games
for their commitment in making the Bravery Pack, and their ongoing
devotion to the Endowment’s mission of supporting people who served in
uniform. We’d also like to thank our companions Activision, Sony,
Microsoft, GameStop, Amazon, and Very best Obtain for their a must have aid
of our ongoing mission.”

The Connect with of Obligation Endowment is a non-revenue basis produced in 2009 by
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. With a mission to establish and
fund the most helpful and efficient work-targeted veteran-serving
corporations, the Endowment was to begin with proven in the U.S. with
a objective to area 25,000 veterans in careers by the stop of 2018. That goal
was met two yrs early, and has subsequently and ambitiously been
revised to positioning 50,000 veterans into higher-high-quality jobs by 2019. To
date, the Endowment has funded the work placement of far more than 40,000
veterans. The plan has also lately introduced the expansion of its
efforts to help veterans in the United Kingdom.

About Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, is
the world’s most effective standalone interactive leisure
organization. We delight hundreds of tens of millions of every month energetic end users about
the globe by means of franchises which include Activision’s Get in touch with of Duty®,
Destiny and Skylanders®, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®,
Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Heroes of the Storm®,
and King’s Sweet Crush™, Pet Rescue™, Bubble Witch™ and Farm Heroes™.
The enterprise is one of the Fortune “100 Ideal Firms To Work For®.”
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard has
functions during the globe, and its game titles are performed in 196
nations around the world. Much more information about Activision Blizzard and its goods
can be discovered on the company’s site, www.activisionblizzard.com.

About the Phone of Duty Endowment

The Simply call of Obligation Endowment is a non-gain foundation founded by Bobby
Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The organization seeks to aid
veterans locate significant-high-quality occupations by supporting groups that get ready
them for the work sector and by elevating consciousness of the benefit vets convey
to the place of work. The Endowment is the receiver of the 2015 and 2017
“Engage for Fantastic Halo Award,” the 2017 Cynopsis Social Excellent Award and
has achieved GuideStar’s Platinum position for impression and transparency.
For a lot more information and facts about the Call of Responsibility Endowment, be sure to take a look at www.callofdutyendowment.org.

ACTIVISION and Get in touch with OF Responsibility are logos of Activision Publishing,
Inc. All other emblems and trade names are the attributes of their
respective proprietors.

Cooler Master Announces MasterLiquid ML120L RGB and ML240L RGB CLC: Lighting Up The Night

Cooler Master has introduced its MasterLiquid Lite RGB series of closed loop coolers. The MLL series of radiators are being touted by CM as reliable, well performing, and have quiet under load. The company is using a dual dissipation pump, which isolates the warm air inside the CPU block, as well as 120mm Masterfan Pro Air Balance RGB or Air Balance (non)RGB fans to push air through the radiator and keep the CPU cool. 

There are four options to choose from in the MasterLiquid Lite series of coolers. First are the non-RGB LED models found in 120mm and 240mm radiator sizes. They are outfitted with either a single Master Fan Pro Air Balance fan for the 120mm or two in the case of the MasterLiquid Lite 240. The MasterLiquid ML120L RGB and ML240L RGB use the Masterfan Pro Air Balance RGB fans for the lighting as well having RGB LEDs on the top of the pump lighting up the Cooler Master name. The tubing connecting the radiator to the CPU block and pump is double layered and made of FEP on the inside and has a braided sleeve on the outside for aesthetics.

Both of the RGB units include a wired RGB controller and RGB splitter in order to synchronize its RGB with your motherboard supporting board partner’s software. This includes ASUS AURA Sync, GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion, MSI’ Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock’s RGB LED applications (see compatibility list HERE). The wired controller is able to cycle through six preset modes, adjust the color, and brightness. The CLCs will fit Intel LGA2066/2011-v3/2011/1151/1150/1155/1156/1366/775 sockets while AMD compatibility is listed as AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1 sockets.

The radiators are made of aluminum and are painted matte black. Cooler Master says it is a low resistance radiator yielding a higher flow rate and better heat exchange efficiency. We are not able to confirm the fin density through published specifications. The Air Balance fans range from 650-2000RPM, are PWM controlled, and rated to deliver 66.7 CFM and 2.34 mmH2O (max). Noise levels are said to range from 6-30 dba. The Dual Dissipation pump, which isolates heated coolant from the cooled coolant, is rated to less than 15 dba for noise and is controlled via a 3-Pin connector. 

 

The non-RGB models can currently be found on Amazon while Newegg carried both the RGB and non-RGB models. With all units priced under $70, they are some of the less expensive AIOs on the market, especially those using RGB LEDs. 

MasterLiquid ML120L / ML240L and ML120L RGB / ML240L RGB
CPU Socket Compatibility Intel-  LGA 2066/ 2011-3 / 2011 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 775
AMD – AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1
(Theadripper optional)
Radiator Material Aluminum
Dimensions ML120L – 157 x 119.6 x 27mm
ML240L – 277 x 119.6 x 27mm
Fan Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25mm
Speed 650 ~ 2000 RPM (PWM) +/- 10%
Air Flow 66.7 CFM (Max)
Air Pressure 2.34 mmH2O (Max)
MTTF 160,000 Hours
Noise Level 6 ~ 30 dBa
Connector 4-Pin (PWM)
Pump Dimensions 80.3 x 76 x 42.2mm
MTTF 70,000 Hours
Noise Level < 15dBa
Connector 3-Pin
Price ML120L – $49.99 / ML240L – $59.99
ML120L RGB – $59.99 / ML240L RGB – $69.99
Warranty 2 Years

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