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TAG Heuer Connected luxury smartwatch sales exceeded expectations, successor coming in May

TAG Heuer to launch a new smartwatch in May

Although the company only expected to sell 20,000 Connected units, TAG Heuer managed to ship no less than 56,000, and now they aim even higher. The upcoming smartwatch by this Swiss brand is scheduled to arrive in May, and the plan is to sell over 150,000 units.
AOC unveils 35-inch Agon AG352UCG curved gaming monitor

AOC unveils 35-inch Agon AG352UCG curved gaming monitor

The ultra-wide 21:9 monitor is coming this March with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and integrated Nvidia G-Sync.
HTC Halfbeak smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 coming soon

HTC Halfbeak smartwatch surfaces online

The long-awaited HTC One Watch has just surfaced on Weibo as "Halfbeak" and seems like a smart wearable that is the result of HTC's collaboration with Under Armour. Sadly, its specs and launch date are not known.
Vivo X5 Max with 3.5 mm audio jack, this connector might soon disappear

The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected

Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.
New Samsung Flip Cover patent with E-Ink display

Samsung's Flip Cover to come with an e-ink display

Next to its foldable devices, Samsung seems to be working on a new Flip Cover. As revealed by a patent recently filed in Korea, Samsung plans to add an e-ink display to the next-gen cover for its flagships.
LG Music Flow gets updated with Google Home and multi-room support

LG Music Flow to get Google Home and multi-room support

LG's music streaming system arrived back in 2015, and now it is a few weeks away from a Google Cast update that promises to bring both Google Home support and multi-room capabilities. For now, the update is still being tested but should arrive by the end of February.
While the NexDock is designed with the Compute Card in mind, it will also retain compatibility with smartphones and other mini-PCs. (Source: NexDock)

Intel Compute Card already tapped for use in modular convertible PC

NexDock is working on a 2017 version of their laptop-shell device dock. While the previous version was had a laptop form factor and supported Windows 10 smartphones and Raspberry Pis, the update is a Surface-like convertible that specifically caters to the Intel Compute Card.
Polar M600 Android Wear smartwatch with GPS and music streaming to get Android Wear 2.0 update

Android Wear 2.0 expected to arrive on February 9

The next iteration of Google's operating system for wearables is apparently scheduled to arrive in early February, Evan Blass now confirming previous rumors and leaks. The list of supported devices is said to consist of only 18 items at launch.
Such incidents will become a thing of the past with upcoming battery technology

Researchers create a battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Researchers at Stanford University created a lithium-ion battery that contains a chemical compound which prevents both the fires and explosions that sometimes occur when the battery overheats.
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition smartwatch successor coming in February

LG Watch Urbane 3rd Edition apparently spotted at FCC

The two LG smartwatches that recently arrived at FCC come with IP67 certification for protection from the elements and use a Qualcomm chipset, being expected to show up next month, shortly after Android Wear 2.0 gets unveiled.
Microsoft foldable device patent details revealed by MSPoweruser

Microsoft patents a foldable device

The patent of the Redmond giant describes what appears to be a foldable tablet with a flexible hinge, a design similar to those previously spotted in patents belonging to Samsung, LG, and Apple.
Coming soon to an appliance near you. (Source: MalwareTips)

Internet of Things will need extensive support lifecycles

Companies need to take security updates for IoT-enabled devices just as seriously as smartphones—if not more. Companies that fail to supply regular security updates for phones should not be entrusted with putting smart-appliances in our homes.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7

Charger problems cause Barnes & Noble to stop NOOK Tablet 7" sales

Although this $50 USD, 7-inch slate is one of the most affordable tablets currently available in the US, a few malfunctions of the charging adapter prompted Barnes & Noble to stop sales until the problems are solved.
Stroll, the first TV ad for the Apple AirPods shows how easy it is to pair them to your iPhone 7.

Apple Stroll: First AirPods TV-ads promise easy pairing

Three 15 second TV-ads and a one-minute video put the spot on Apple's wireless AirPods, that are supposed to make music life easier for Apple users, thanks to an improved pairing technique and Siri integration.
HDMI 2.1 will still use the same connection interface as previous generations, but new cables will be needed to take advantage of its higher potential bandwidth. (Source: Amazon)

HDMI 2.1 is no small iterative change over 2.0

HDMI 2.1, announced at CES 2017, sounds like an iterative change over HDMI 2.0—but it's anything but. With over 150 percent more bandwidth than HDMI 2.0, it will support resolutions up to 10k and 120fps. Other details will be released in Q2 2017.
Android Wear smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 coming in February 2017

Android Wear 2.0 coming in February

After being mentioned a few times by Google, also having to face a few delays, Android Wear 2.0 is now finally on its way for a February launch, according to an email sent to developers.
Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

Continuing its corporate acquisition spree, the leading smart wearable maker engulfs another competitor, namely Vector Watch. This European startup is behind a lineup of smartwatches that deliver a battery life of no less than 30 days.
Sennheiser HD 1 In-Ear Wireless Black headphones now official

Sennheiser unveils HD 1 In-Ear Wireless headphones

These new in-ear headphones come with Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC connectivity so can connect up to two devices simultaneously. Also featuring Qualcomm's apt-X technology, the HD 1 offers up to 10 hours of autonomy on a single charge.
Samsung OLED TV and appliance factory to open in US

Samsung might open a TV and appliance manufacturing facility in the US

As a direct answer to Donald Trump’s protectionist policies, Samsung reveals that is now considering to establish an appliance factory in the US soon, but nothing is official yet.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Tango phablet gunmetal gray variant, soon to have a competitor by Huawei

CES 2017 | Huawei might launch a Tango handset as well

The existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the upcoming Asus ZenFone AR will soon have a new Tango-enabled handset to compete with. Huawei has just confirmed that its Tango-capable smartphone or phablet is scheduled to hit the market soon.
Samsung Chromebook Pro closeup, one of the many Samsung products that got awards at CES 2017

CES 2017 | Samsung wins 120 awards

Next to quite a few media and industry awards, Samsung received no less than 34 CES Innovation Awards at this year's edition of the Las Vegas technology show, including a Best of Innovation award in the video display category.
AMD teases Avalon mini PC VR backpack powered by two Li-ion battery packs

CES 2017 | AMD teases Avalon mini PC VR backpack powered by two Li-ion battery packs

The high-power Avalon mini PC integrates an RX 480 GPU and doubles as a VR backpack with its two Li-ion battery packs for $1800 USD.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker gets iOS compatibility

Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices

After a long wait, iPhone users interested to use a Gear device with their handset can finally bring the two worlds together. They need an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or higher to use the new Gear S or Gear Fit app.
ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced Android smartphone with eye tracking features coming later this year

ZTE to cut up to 3,000 jobs worldwide

Although it is currently expanding on multiple Western markets, including the US, ZTE seems to be profoundly affected by a drop in its market share in China, industry sources revealing that over 3,000 employees will be soon laid off.
Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, Fitbit app store rumored to launch soon

CES 2017 | Fitbit working on an app store

Not long after buying Pebble, Fitbit reveals its plans to launch its wearable app store that uses some of the assets gained thanks to this corporate acquisition. Sadly, the launch date is not public yet.
GPD says the Pocket will have a CNC aluminum chassis and Gorilla Glass 3. (Source: GPD)

Makers of GPD WIN Console working on a premium 7-inch notebook

Chinese startup GPD has announced a more work-oriented concept for a pocket PC, aptly dubbed the GPD Pocket. The Pocket will have a 7-inch IPS touchscreen, aluminum chassis, and edge-to-edge keyboard with trackpoint.
MSI looks to compete with Razer's Core and the Alienware Graphics Amplifier with GUS, an e-GPU. (Source: MSI)

CES 2017 | MSI enters the e-GPU game with GUS

MSI's GUS looks to bring desktop graphics support to notebooks with Thunderbolt 3.
Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches available for purchase January 2017, three more announced at CES 2017

CES 2017 | Fossil unveils three Q smartwatches

The three upcoming hybrid smartwatches that join the large Q family are dubbed Accomplice, Modern Pursuit, and Grant. With prices between $175 USD and $215 USD, they are expected to hit the market this spring.
Garmin Fenix 5 series multisport GPS watches

CES 2017 | Garmin launches Fenix 5 multisport GPS watches

The existing Fenix 3 Sapphire multi-sport watches and the Fenix Chronos luxury smartwatch get three successors, all part of the same family, simply dubbed Fenix 5X, Fenix 5S, and Fenix 5.
Limes Audio Swedish company joins Google to improve Hangouts and Chromebox for Meetings

Google acquires Limes Audio

The 10-year-old Swedish company joins the US-based giant to help them improve Hangouts and its enterprise counterpart, Chromebox for Meetings. The financial terms of the deal are not known.
The GraalPhone aims to integrate an Android handset with a Windows notebook. (Source: Brad Linder/Liliputing)

CES 2017 | GraalPhone 4-in-1 concept gives a taste of a possible future of computing

French startup GraalPhone is teasing its own version of an "ultimate device" this CES, showing off a 4-in-1 concept system.
Misfit Vapor smartwatch with touchscreen display

CES 2017 | Misfit introduces Vapor touchscreen smartwatch

This Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100-powered smart wearable is Misfit's first one with a touchscreen display and promises to launch later this year for a price of $199 USD.
QNAP CES 2017 flyer, QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS and

CES 2017 | QNAP announces Thunderbolt 3 NAS and other new storage solutions

The Thunderbolt NAS introduced back in 2015 has been updated with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, but QNAP has also unveiled a NAS with optical disc drive compatibility, as well as a few other new products.
Casio WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with Android Wear and GPS support coming in April 2017

Casio unveils WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch

This new smart outdoor watch is MIL-STD-810-compliant as its predecessor, but the WSD-F20 comes with GLONASS and Michibiki GPS support. Its launch is scheduled for April, but the price is not known yet.
ZTE Android Wear smartwatch render

ZTE to launch its first Android Wear smartwatch later this year

In a recent interview, ZTE USA's chairman and CEO confirmed they are working together with a local carrier for the release of the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. Unfortunately, he did not reveal any other details.
Once attached to OWC DEC, the complete system will be just under 1-inch thick. (Source: OWC)

CES 2017 | OWC dock for MacBook Pro adds ports, storage, and thickness

Mac upgrade manufacturer OWC has shown off a prototype of a dock at CES 2017. The OWC DEC attaches seamlessly to the bottom of your 13 or 15-inch MacBook pro to add some serious upgradability.
First OnePlus Experience Store opens in India, Bengaluru, in January 2017

First OnePlus Experience Store opens on January 7

India is a big market for OnePlus, but the company only sells its products on Amazon for now. Later this week, OnePlus will expand its reach into the offline market by opening its first retail store, which will be located in Bengaluru (Bangalore).
Samsung Gear S Strap by Swarovski, Swarovski Android Wear smartwatch for women coming in March

CES 2017 | First Android Wear smartwatch by Swarovski coming in March

The first Android Wear smartwatch by Swarovski is expected to show up in March at the yearly Baselworld show for the world's watch and jewelry industry. Sadly, it seems this new luxury smart wearable will only target ladies.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT world's largest flash drive with 2 TB capacity

Kingston unveils world's first 2 TB flash drive

Dubbed Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT, this impressive flash drive has a shock-resistant zinc-alloy case, offers USB 3.1 speeds, and will hit the market next month in 1 TB and 2 TB variants.
The Mirabook sports an aluminum chassis and a retractable USB cable. (Source: Brad Linder/Liliputing)

CES 2017 | Miraxess shows off Mirabook smartphone laptop dock

The Mirabook is a Lap Dock for your Android or Windows phone featuring USB Type-C, HDMI, 24-hours of battery life, and an aluminum chassis.
HP: New OMEN X 35 gaming monitor

CES 2017 | HP: New OMEN X 35 gaming monitor

Apart from the new convertible PCs, HP is also introducing a new monitor at CES. The new OMEN X 35 is supposed to attract enthusiast gamers.
Samsung patent showing advanced foldable smartphone with multiple biometric ID forms

Samsung foldable smartphone patent with multiple biometric ID methods shows up

Although Samsung patents showing devices with foldable displays have been around for a few years now, the latest one shows a foldable smartphone that also uses two biometric identification methods.
Apple iPhone 7 flagship without headphone jack, HTC U Ultra/Ocean Note to launch without 3.5 mm audio jack

HTC U Ultra/Ocean Note to drop the headphone jack

According to an unverified source quoted by OnLeaks, HTC's Ocean Note and U Ultra are the same device and we will soon see it launch without the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack.
External GPU enclosures remain an accessory in high demand but low supply. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac to showcase TB3 graphics dock at CES

Zotac will fully unveil their own TB3 external graphics dock next week at CES. The dock should accommodate most standard-size GPUs and provides four additional USB 3.0 ports. It will utilize an internal 400W power supply.
Lenovo: New ThinkPad accessoires with USB Type C

Lenovo: New ThinkPad accessoires with USB Type C

Alongside the announcement of its 2017 ThinkPad-family, Lenovo also announced some new Think-branded accessories: Two external monitors and two new dockingstations. Their common trait: All of them are connected to the laptop via USB Type C or Thunderbolt 3.
Compact, lightweight and bright: The LG ProBeam Laser Projector with webOS and Miracast support.

LG ProBeam: Compact Full-HD Laser Projector will debut at CES 2017

LG has announced, that it will show a new compact Laser Projector at CES next month. The LG ProBeam will deliver Full-HD resolution and up to 2,000 lumen while still being compact and portable enough to carry around.
The 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 TB3 display is priced at a healthy US$974. (Source: Apple)

LG's UltraFine 5K display aimed at MacBook Pro users goes on sale

Apple has begun selling LG's UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) display on its website for US$974. The display features 5K resolution, 500-nits of brightness, integrated speakers and webcam, TB3 charging (85W), and three additional 5Gbps USB Type-C ports.
Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable

Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable

Attempting to break open the wireless buds will automatically destroy the electronics within no matter how careful one may be.
Trident Z RGB RAM sticks feature customizable color and lighting effects. (Source: G.SKILL)

G.SKILL unveils Trident Z DDR4 RAM with RGB lighting

The RAM modules feature an RGB light strip that allows for various lighting effects and doesn't require any additional power connections.
The next Gear VR might be available soon, the Samsung VP confirmed recently.

Samsung: New Gear VR will come soon, Mixed Reality solution in the works

A new version of the Samsung Gear VR should be released soon, possibly during Mobile World Congress at the end of February next year. We might also see Mixed Reality solutions from Samsung eventually, however, consumer products are far from being ready.

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