Weekend Wrap-Up: Pebble is Counting Down to a Surprise; Apple Patents a VR Headset

Happy Sunday! This is the Weekend Wrap-Up, where we cover the top tech stories from the past week. Companies in the news include Pebble, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft.

Keeping reading to find out why.

Pebble is Counting Down to a Surprise

There’s a countdown currently happening on the Pebble website — one that’ll expire on Tuesday at 10am. What could it mean? Reports say that Pebble plans to unveil the next iteration of its smartwatch on that date. The watch will reportedly have a color display and will include a microphone. We’ll report on the specifics when Tuesday rolls around.

apple-vrApple Patents a VR Headset

There are a lot of companies making plays in the VR space right now — Facebook (with Oculus), Google, Sony, and the list goes on. It looks like you can add one more company to the mix — Apple. Not only is the company looking into cars, apparently, but it recently patented a VR headset for the iPhone. No word on when, or even if, the headset will see the light of day, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get more.

Samsung Acquires LoopPay to Battle Apple

Apple has Apple Pay, Google is building Plaso, and Samsung? Well, the company isn’t resting on its laurels. Reports this past week confirmed that Samsung acquired a payments company called LoopPay, helping it compete with all the other mobile payments solutions out there. It’s believed that the LoopPay tech won’t make its way into Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6, but who knows?

Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale is Happening Now

Are you looking to get some Xbox One and Xbox 360 games on the cheap? Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale is currently happening, and today is actually the last day for some of the really, really good deals. For instance, Halo: Master Chief Collection is currently $35.99 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. On the 360 side of things, today’s the last day to pick up Fable: Anniversary at a cool $19.99. You can see the full list of deals on the Xbox website, so definitely check it out before the entire sale wraps up.

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— Shawn Farner

Shawn Farner is a Harrisburg-based tech blogger who has been involved in online media for over eight years. He covers consumer electronics, Web companies, and gaming.

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