Fully Charged: The Smarty Ring, Google's triple threat, and Apple's smart shopping iBeacon hits stores

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The bling ring

If a smartwatch just doesn't float your boat, how about a ring instead?

The Smarty Ring Indiegogo project has raised its target of US$40,000 (RM128,140) with days to spare, so with any luck the slick design could be making an appearance on a finger near you soon.

The US$275 (RM881) gadget has a tiny LED screen showing notifications and other info from your phone, and even has hardware buttons to answer and make calls, along with controlling your music.

It communicates via Bluetooth, and there's a companion app so you can set your own ringtones and alert sounds - all without the hassle of, erm, having to look at your wrist.

Source: Indiegogo

Google's newest tablet

Google has quietly released a trio of new tablets on its Play Store.

There are new Google Play editions of LG's G Pad 8.3 and Sony's Xperia Z Ultra, and a Nexus 7 available in white. 

All are running KitKat, otherwise known as Android 4.4, in Google's plain edition.

First up is a US$349 (RM1118) Google Play edition of LG's G Pad 8.3 tablet which has an 8.3 inch 1920x1200 display and Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 SoC, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. It’s only available in the US, however.

Next is a Google Play edition of the Xperia Z Ultra available for US$649 (RM2079) in the US, while bringing up the rear is a special edition white Nexus 7, which will be on sale in the US, UK, and Japan.

Source: Google

Apple switches on the iBeacon

Apple has switched on its iBeacon tracking system in 254 Apple Stores in the US, promising to end the misery of getting lost in a shop.

The system, which can communicate with iOS devices, is able to tell shoppers exactly where to go, directing them to individual products on shelves, and even show them custom messages on nearby screens. 

Source: Apple

Chromecast goes up a gear

Chromecast has been given a major new boost by Google, who have added ten news apps to the tiny TV streamer.

Plex, Avia, VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod have been added, along with RealPlayer's cloud service.

They join existing apps including Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO and Hulu Plus.

Source: Google