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Android Wear 2.0 is delayed. Don't expect it to come out before early 2017.

Google delays final Android Wear 2.0 update to early 2017

Google just announced a third developer preview of its next major Android Wear OS 2.0. It does introduce the Google Play store to Android Wear watches but delays the final release by a few months, Google says.
FitBit Charge 2 fitness tracker now available in the US and other markets

Fitbit Charge 2 hits the US market

This fitness tracker hits now multiple new markets, with more to be added next month, and a Special Edition Series to launch in December.
Acer Graphics Dock with Nvidia GTX 960M Review

Acer Graphics Dock with Nvidia GTX 960M Review

Surprise! A graphics card in an external case - familiar. In the past, this technology has not worked as intended. In this review, we put all that aside and take a look at what the GPU is capable of.
Intel Core i5-6200U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6"
OWC announces USB Type-C Drive Dock docking station

OWC announces USB Type-C Drive Dock docking station

The external docking station supports read and writes rates of over 400 MB/s and is now available for just under $90 USD.
Google is planning to make Google Home a cheaper alternative to Amazon Echo.

Google October 4th hardware event: Leaked pricing and information

Google is said to unveil a bunch of hardware on October 4th. Apart from the Pixel Phones and Google Home we might also see a new smart home router. Pricing information for some of the hardware was leaked as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablet coming in black onyx next month

Black Onyx Galaxy Note 7 coming next month

Since the first batch of jet black iPhone 7 handsets sold out very fast, Samsung is on the right path with the black onyx Note 7, to come out in early October.
Going for an early morning swim? No problem with an Apple Watch series 2.

Apple's new iPhone 7 & Apple Watch promo videos focus on sports, water and low light

Apple released three new videos this weekend, promoting how an active lifestyle can be supported using iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple Watch Series 2.
Cube i9 CDK07 Docking Keyboard Review

80% Cube i9 CDK07 Docking Keyboard Review

Popular design. The CDK07 docking keyboard transforms the Cube i9 into a full-fledged convertible PC. The design of this dock is similar to that of the "Touch" cover from Microsoft. In this review, we will check how the docking keyboard fares in comparison to the Microsoft product and how good the Cube i9 is as a convertible PC.
Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 12.2" | 1.3 kg
Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack

Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack

The user-made case is a heavily modified iPhone 6s case that connects to the Lightning port of the iPhone 7 for added functionality.
LG FORCE premium around-the-ear wireless Bluetooth headset

LG FORCE wireless Bluetooth headset now available

This new pair of around-the-ear wireless headset targets the sporty mobile consumers, being designed to work with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices on the market. This audio accessory features Qualcomm aptX audio coding and is sweat and water resistant, compliant with the IPX5 rating.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablet recall issued by CPSC

The CPSC officially announces the Note 7 recall

Two weeks after Samsung, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official recall of the Note 7 handsets sold locally as well. There are over 1 million units affected, including those sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and even Best Buy.
Might be alone out there for some time: Asus ZenWatch 3. (Picture: Asus)

Smartwatches: Manufacturers will take a break

Many manufacturers will take a break from making smartwatches, meaning there will be no new models this year. Some are waiting for the latest version of Android Wear, some want to wait and see what people expect from a smartwatch.
Apple iPhone 7 dropped the traditional 3.5 mm jack

Samsung might remove the headphone jack soon as well

After the Cupertino-based company, the South Korean giant might become the next big name in the industry to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector from its handsets as well, although this decision was not well received by many Apple fans.
SteelSeries announces Rival 500 MOBA gaming mouse

SteelSeries announces Rival 500 MOBA gaming mouse for $80 USD

The mouse includes 15 customizable buttons and an integrated motor that can vibrate in response to onscreen actions.

USB Killer: This stick will destroy your device – on purpose

"USB Killer" really lives up to its name: The stick is supposed to test how good devices are protected against overvoltage via a USB port. Worst case: It will destroy a device completely.
IOGEAR Fokus, Retikal, and Symmetre gaming mice now available

IOGEAR Fokus, Retikal, and Symmetre gaming mice now available

The affordable Fokus, Retikal, and Symmetre are retailing for $50, $35, and $25 USD, respectively, with features including high DPI, adjustable weights, and LED colors.
Moment does have an interesting concept: Haptic feedback is used to make information

Wearable Moment: 24-hour pre-order for 99 USD

The wearable Moment is worn around the wrist, has no screen and works with haptic feedback. It is now possible to pre-order the device for 99 USD, deliveries will follow in March 2017.
Tim Cook presenting the iPhone 7: Are they testing how far they can go?

Apple iPhone 7: Are they testing how far they can go?

The iPhone 7 and its missing headphone jack could be testing grounds for next years major new iPhone revision, says Business Insider.
Using Apple Plugs, you can upgrade your old iPhone to an iPhone 7.

This is how the internet is making fun of Apple's iPhone 7 and their AirPods

The courage that Apple showed stripping the iPhone from its headphone jack is being put to a test every day now, with artists and comedians all over the world making fun of Apple, the iPhone 7 and their newest wireless earpods, the AirdPods.
Thanks to a pairing button on the AirPods case, they might work with Android as well.

Apple AirPods: Seems like they might also work with Android

Apple does not want you to know about it obviously, but their recently announced AirPods seem to work with Android as well.
Thanks to the missing audio jack on the iPhone 7 Belkin can sell you an adapter.

Apple iPhone 7: You need this to charge your iPhone 7 while having your headphones plugged in

Belkin wants to sell you a $40 adapter to split your Lightning port in two so you can listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 at the same time.
Apple AirPods wireless headphones for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple unveils the AirPods wireless headphones

These new accessories will hit the market next month and work with devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3, or macOS Sierra.
Apple Watch Series 2 with faster processor, water resistance, GPS, and brighter display

Apple intros the Watch 2 smartwatch

This new smart wearable features a brighter display, a dual-core processor, is water resistant to 164 feet and features a GPS.
Don't blink and check out the Apple September event in 107 seconds.

Don't blink: The Apple September iPhone 7 event in a 107 second video

If you didn't have time to watch the Apple September event yesterday, you might want to check out this 107 second video to get an idea of what you missed.
Apple Watch smartwatch sales dropping, Fitbit leads the wearable market

Apple Watch sales decline while Fitbit remains the market leader

While shipments of basic wearables grew considerably compared to last year, smartwatch sales continue to struggle, with Apple taking the most powerful blow.
Asus ZenPower Max external power pack with 28,600 mAh battery capacity

Asus intros the ZenPower Max power pack

This external battery pack has a capacity of 28,600 mAh and can easily charge any notebook on the market, as well as various other smaller devices.
TomTom Route Exploration app on TomTom Adventurer smartwatch

IFA 2016 | TomTom intros three smart wearables

These new TomTom devices start around $166 USD for the Touch fitness tracker (already available for pre-order), up to about $335 USD for the TomTom Adventurer GPS smartwatch (to launch in October).
No modular smartphone by Google after all: work on Project Ara has been suspended.

Google confirmation: Modular Smartphone Project Ara is dead

Google confirmed last week's Reuters report that suggested, the company might have suspended work on the modular smartphone concept "Project Ara".
Apple Watch 2 components leaked last week, revealing a bigger battery and thinner display.

Apple Watch 2: Components leak ahead of launch next week

Just a few days ahead of its expected launch on September 7th, some Apple Watch 2 components leaked last week and reveal a bigger battery and a thinner display.
Samsung recalling all Galaxy Note 7 phablets sold due to battery-related problems

Samsung recalling all Galaxy Note 7 units sold so far

Shortly after the first report of a Galaxy Note 7 battery blowing up surfaced online, Samsung decided to recall all units sold worldwide and to replace them.
Google might be planning a big hardware event October 4th.

October 4th: Google Pixel Phones, 4K Chromecast, Daydream VR and Google Home incoming?

According to Android Police, Google might be planning a big hardware related event for October 4th, where the new Pixel Phones, a 4K-Chromecast, a Daydream VR-Viewer und Google Home will be presented to the public.
MegaMIMO 2.0 to triple current Wi-Fi speeds

MegaMIMO 2.0 to triple current Wi-Fi speeds

MIT researchers are developing faster Wi-Fi technology involving multiple routers working in harmony.
Fanatec announces CSL Elite line of racing peripherals

Fanatec announces CSL Elite line of racing peripherals

Fanatec introduces a new series of mid-range racing hardware with an expected launch date later next month.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless

IFA 2016 | Samsung unveils Gear S3 Classic and Frontier smartwatches

Both models feature GPS, integrated speakers, and are IP68-rated for protection from the elements. The LTE-capable Frontier is being expected to hit the US via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless later this year.
Is the Hasselblad lens really that much worse than the onboard camera on the Moto Z?

Lenovo True Zoom-Moto Z-MotoMod: Snazzy Labs hates it!

Just a few hours after Lenovo and Hasselblad unveiled their True Zoom MotoMod for the Moto Z series of smartphones, the first hands on videos appeared all over the internet. One in particular stands out because of its rather harsh first verdict on the quality of the module.
Finally it's here: The long awaited True Zoom MotoMod addon for the Moto Z series of smartphones.

IFA 2016 | Finally: Lenovo and Hasselblad reveal the long awaited True Zoom Moto Z-MotoMod.

Lenovo and Hasselblad finally showed their long awaited True Zoom MotoMod for their Moto-Z series of smartphones. 300 US-Dollars will give Moto Z users true 10 times optical zoom, RAW support and a bigger pixel size camera, but no additional battery.
Asus ZenWatch 3 smartwatch is now official

IFA 2016 | Asus unveils ZenWatch 3 smartwatch

This new smart wearable is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and is available in three different skins.
Fitbit releases Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers

Fitbit releases Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers

Fitbit refreshes there best selling Charge fitness watch, as well as the Flex activity tracker.
Pebble 2 Collection White, Pebble 4.0 firmware now available

Pebble firmware 4.0 now available

The new firmware brings a redesigned Health app, 4-button quick launch, Timeline updates, and more.
Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatch now available in the US

Fossil Q Wander and Q Marshal hit the US

These two Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered smart wearables retail for between $275 USD and $315 USD, depending on the options chosen.
Acer's Predator 17 und 15 will get new components. (Bild: Acer)

IFA 2016 | Acer: Updates for Predator 15 and 17, gaming displays, VR headset for IMAX

The latest Nvidia graphics cards for Acer's gaming laptops and new monitors with eye-tracking technology have been announced at IFA.
The out-of-focus lights may hint at a dual camera on the next iPhone.

See you on the 7th: The iPhone event invitations are out!

Apple sent out its invitations for this year's media event. It will happen on the 7th of September, like predicted, and probably give us a new iPhone and Apple Watch to talk about.
Sony launching PS Now for PC

Sony launching PS Now for PC

The PS4 subscription based streaming service to launch on PC in the near future.
The right emergency number will be called automatically based on your location. (Bild: Apple)

Apple: Watch will soon be able to save your life

New WatchOS 3 that will be released together with iOS 10 allows the Apple Watch to dial the local emergency number and inform contacts.
Four precise linear actuators, but no screen: Moment.

Moment: Wearable with haptic feedback, without screen

Like a smartwatch on your wrist, but without a screen – that's Moment. Plus, you brain is supposed to learn from the haptic feedback.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in pink gold finish finally coming to the US market

Pink gold Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge coming to the US

More than four months after its arrival in South Korea and not before Europe, either, the US market finally receives this color option for the Galaxy S7 flagships.
OnePlus Bullets V2 headphones now official

OnePlus unveils Bullets V2 headphones

Although the price is still unkown, this new accessory promises to deliver excellent value like its $15 USD predecessor.
Garmin Fenix Chronos luxury smartwatch now available starting at $899.99 USD

Garmin launches Fenix Chronos, its first luxury smartwatch

A luxury smartwatch that can also be worn in the gym, the Chronos comes in three variants, priced between $899.99 USD and $1.499,99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blown up due to USB Type-C convertor recharging

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blows up in China

The incident took place while charging the phablet with a micro USB to Type-C converter for the cable and only occurred once so far.
Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch now offers iOS compatibility in beta stage

Gear S2 iOS beta program begins

After a long delay, it looks like both the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2 are now compatible with iOS devices, at least as part of a beta program.

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