Toshiba announces refreshed Chromebook 2

In today's open source roundup: Toshiba releases details about a refreshed Chromebook 2. Plus: A review of the 2nd generation Moto 360 smartwatch. And did Apple ripoff Ubuntu?

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Ars Technica reviews the 2nd generation Moto 360 smartwatch

Smartwatches are really beginning to hit their stride, with many consumers beginning to add them to their technology arsenal. Ars Technica has a full review of the 2nd generation Moto 360 smartwatch.

Ron Amadeo reports for Ars Technica:

For the second generation Moto 360, Motorola set out to right the wrongs of the past version. The crusty OMAP has been swapped out for a modern Snapdragon 400, which not only greatly improves the speed, but it bumps up the battery life, too. Motorola has also elevated the device's market-leading design; the 360 is now part of Moto Maker, meaning it has tons of customization options. Even size can vary, as the second generation brings a more compact 42mm version and even a smaller version marketed specifically toward women.

Our biggest problem with recommending the Moto 360 is that this just isn't a "second-generation" Android Wear device. It has the same SoC as the very first launch devices—not much has changed in terms of the hardware. This edition is a big upgrade for Motorola but only because the original 360 was so far behind the competition. It was almost like Motorola originally launched a "generation zero" Android Wear device and is only now catching up.

Future speculation aside, we don't think Motorola's lack of technical improvement is a deal breaker. For many, wearables are largely about how they look when you're wearing them, and Motorola clearly focused on that. This is the most compact Android Wear device out there and one of the best looking and most customizable. For those with small wrists, this is easily the best option. It's fast enough to smoothly run Android Wear, and the battery lasts long enough to survive the day. For wearables today, there may be more important things than the spec sheet.

More at Ars Technica

Did Apple ripoff Ubuntu?

Apple has added a number of new features to iOS 9, and it seems that the Cupertino giant may have been...er...inspired by Ubuntu Touch.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

One of the features promoted by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, in the Ubuntu for tablets trailer was the ability to multitask between a couple of apps. Lo and behold, the new iPad Pro running iOS 9 features something that is more than similar.

Mark Shuttleworth mentioned a while back that he doesn't really care that some of the players in the industry are snatching their ideas of the tablet. They didn't patent any one of them, and it only serves to reinforce the fact that they were on the right track.

This is hardly the only feature borrowed by Apple. Some even said that this particular feature was actually taken from Windows, but that's very unlikely.

More at Softpedia

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