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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.
LG launches HDR10 and 4K-enabled 34UM79M and 32UD99 monitors

LG announces HDR10 and 4K-enabled 34UM79M, 34UC99, and 32UD99 monitors

The multimedia 34UM79M, gamer 34UC99, and professional 32UD99 high-end monitors will make their first public appearances at CES 2017.
If you want to get the Apple AirPods before Christmas, ebay has you covered, for a lot of money.

Getting the Apple AirPods before Christmas can cost up to $1.000

If you really want to get your hands on the Apple AirPods before Christmas next week, it can cost you up to $1,000, a quick look at ebay reveals. Apple's shipping window has increased to six windows by now.
ADATA announces 2 TB Ultimate SU900 MLC SSD

ADATA announces 2 TB Ultimate SU900 3D NAND MLC SSD

The Ultimate SU900 will utilize a brand new SMI 2258 controller with capacities starting at 256 GB for 109 Euros. Sequential read and write rates cap out at 560 MB/s and 525 MB/s, respectively.
Google Home now with Netflix and Google Photos support December 2016

Google Home gets support for Netflix and Google Photos

Not long after introducing "Actions on Google" for third-party voice support through Google Assistant, Google adds Netflix and Google Photos support to Google Home. Even more, new YouTube Red subscribers get a free 6-month trial with their Google Home purchases by the end of 2016.
Fossil branded smartwatches, Fossil Diesel and Kate Spade coming soon

Fossil Diesel and Kate Spade smartwatches coming soon

Next to the Emporio Armani smartwatch by Fossil that has been recently announced, the Diesel- and Kate Spate-branded Fossil smartwatches are also expected to debut in the coming weeks.
Cronologics joins Google to help improve Android Wear

Google acquires Cronologics

The startup that joins the search giant has been founded in part by former Google employees back in 2014. Now, the Cronologics team will be working on improving Android Wear directly.
Bridge, the first Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones will be available for sale in March 2017.

Occipital Bridge: Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones

Occipital will start selling the Bridge, a Mixed Reality Headset for iPhone 6 or higher in march of next year for $399. A limited explorer edition for developers is available now.
Odin2 mini tablet projector coming in June 2017

Odin2 mini tablet/projector coming in June 2017

This mini tablet/projector hybrid surfaced on Indiegogo, where its campaign already reached the goal. Now, the 5-inch Android Marshmallow-driven device is almost ready to hit the market, but shipments are expected to start in June.
Wearables market up 3.1 percent while Apple Watch slips

Wearables market up 3.1 percent while Apple Watch slips

Fitbit, Xiaomi, and Garmin collectively command 45 percent of the current market in terms of worldwide shipments.
Technical problems may have led to the long delay of the Apple AirPods.

Apple AirPods: Delays seem to be caused by technical problems

In an article, that was released today, the Wall Street Journal revealed information explaining why Apple's wireless ear buds missed the holiday shopping season.
Cortana, Microsoft's Personal assistant for Windows 10 devices, has just gotten a little cooler. (Source: Microsoft)

Latest Windows 10 Insider build lets you turn off your PC with your voice

Windows 10 Insider Build 14986 has introduced a number of additional voice commands for Cortana, including sleeping, restarting, shutting down, and changing volume.
Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Impatient iPhone 7 owners will be able to purchase a pair of AirPods hopefully before the end of this month according to an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Bluetooth 5 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)

Bluetooth 5 officially adopted

The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
One third of wearable devices abandoned by their owners

Consumers abandon one third of their wearables

According to a study by research firm Gartner, over 30 percent of the customers who buy smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality glasses get bored or simply do not find them useful, so they stop using them after a while.
Pebble, one of the pioneers of smartwatches, will immediately halt all hardware production. (Source: Pebble)

Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit

Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
Google Wifi wireless router now available for purchase

Google Wifi goes on sale

This mesh-capable wireless router that provides WiFi coverage while handling multiple active devices was announced back in early October and now can be acquired as a single unit for $129 USD or as a trio, for $299 USD.
Meizu Band fitness tracker IP67-rated launches for around $33 USD

Meizu unveils its first fitness tracker

This new wearable comes with a sleek, basic design that includes a concealed OLED screen. Sporting a built-in AMS heart rate monitor, the Meizu Band is also capable of showing notifications for calls and texts. Pre-orders are already live in China while full availability is expected for next week.
VR and AR products are seeing weaker sales than analysts predicted. (Source: HTCVIVE)

VR and AR: the sales disappointments of 2016

VR/AR sales were expected to pick up strongly in late 2016, yet the opposite has happened. Experts blame an immature ecosystem.
Leap Motion is developing a new input sensor that will track users hand motion in a VR experience. (Source: Leap Motion)

Leap Motion to develop hand tracking sensor for smartphone VR sets

Leap Motion hopes the sensor will allow VR users to interact with and control mobile VR with their hands and fingers, further pushing VR development.
Soon you will be able to playback UHD blu-rays on regular PCs.

Cyberlink: PowerDVD is now certified for UHD-Blu-ray playback

Cyberlink's popular DVD and Blu-ray disc player PowerDVD is the first software player that received UHD- Blu-ray playback certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association. An update enabling this feature is expected to be released next year.

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