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The Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi releases a Global version of the Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro to Banggood

The Mijia Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro is a relatively portable FHD projector launched by Xiaomi with the potential advantage of a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for added focus capabilities in late 2020 in China. Now, it has a Global va...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:25:00 +0100
The new Snapdragon Sound brand. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Sound, a re-vamp of its wireless audio tech for mobile devices

Qualcomm offers a range of products that support or serve mobile wireless audio, ranging from its aptX technology to the entire 8-series of mobile SoCs. Now, it has announced that this panel of technology has a new, unified platfo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:09:00 +0100
MediaTek MT9638 AI chip will power the next generation of 4K smart TVs (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek MT9638 AI chip will power the next generation of 4K smart TVs

The first television sets with the new MediaTek SoC are expected to become available by the second quarter of this year. MediaTek already powers most smart speakers and smart home products unbeknownst to most users.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0100
A laser TV. (Source: Hisense)

Hisense asserts laser TVs are the future as it claims to triple their sales in 2020

Laser TVs are devices much more like ultra-short-throw projectors than conventional big screens. Therefore, they can deliver larger display sizes with less harmful blue light, which is what customers want these days - according to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 23:31:00 +0100
Meet Zepp Health, formerly Huami. (Source: Zepp)

Huami officially changes its name to Zepp Health

Huami is a wearables OEM that has built a market leadership worldwide, mainly through the popularity of its Amazfit devices. Now, the company has announced that it will be known as Zepp Health from now on. This wholesale re-brand ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 22:46:00 +0100
The new Redmi Max 86

New Redmi Max 86" smart TV offers 4K 120 Hz display, HDMI 2.1 port, and a delivery-friendly 99.9% elevator pass rate for 7,999 yuan (US$1,237)

Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi Max 86” smart TV. The new television joins the massive 98-inch Redmi Max as part of the affordable range of giant TVs from the Xiaomi subsidiary. For 7,999 yuan (US$1,237) buyers get a 4K T...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:43:00 +0100
The Redmi Max 98 will be joined by a new member of the giant TV series on February 25. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

Second Redmi Smart TV Max incoming as size speculation ranges from 86 inches to 120 inches for the next monster set from Xiaomi

The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max is soon going to be joined by another monster television set from Xiaomi. The Chinese company has been teasing the fact on Weibo and asking followers what size the new Redmi Max TV could be. While so...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0100
Samsung's Neo QLED TVs support AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and HDMI 2.1, making them perfect for gamers. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung NEO QLED TVs: AMD FreeSync Pro support joins HDMI 2.1 compatibility for new Mini LED displays

Samsung has confirmed that its new Neo QLED mini LED TVs support AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, which should provide a tear-free experience when gaming. The TVs also support HDMI 2.1, meaning that they can output at up to 120 Hz.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 21:40:00 +0100
Android TV is getting more like Google TV. (Source: Google)

The latest Android TV update makes it look more like Google TV

Google launched a new smart screen interface in 2020, which it may intend to roll out across all devices that run its UI going forward. A new software update may bring that to fruition, with a new look for Android TVs that bring f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 04 Feb 2021 21:57:00 +0100
MediaTek stakes an important claim in the Wi-Fi 6E market. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek announces the inclusion of its hardware in the Wi-Fi Alliance's latest testing array

The Wi-Fi Alliance has only just begun to validate hardware with the newest 6E wireless-data standard. This is good news for MediaTek, which has had its latest access point and client-side wireless solutions picked up for use in t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 30 Jan 2021 19:18:00 +0100
Xiaomi's Air Charge tech can charge any compatible device remotely over several meters. (Image: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi (prematurely) announces futuristic Air Charge remote wireless charging technology

Xiaomi has (perhaps prematurely) announced Mi Air Charge technology which delivers 5 W remote wireless charging to devices within several meters of its base station. Although the announcement is exciting, it is currently only vapo...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 29 Jan 2021 10:56:00 +0100
The ubiquitous Search bar might disappear in the Australian market. (Source: Google)

Google Search may become unavailable in Australia over journalism compensation row

Millions of people search for news on Google or Facebook; therefore, those tech behemoths should pay media outlets for their content. At least, this is the Australian government's position in a dispute with the companies in questi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 24 Jan 2021 22:42:00 +0100
Keep track of things with a Galaxy SmartTag. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Unpacked 2021 | Samsung offers the future of recovering missing treasures with new Galaxy SmartTags

The Galaxy SmartTag is a new consumer-grade electronic tracker from Samsung. It has a versatile array of use-cases, from potentially protecting bags from theft to finding lost pets. It is rated for up to 6 months of use per charge...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 19:24:00 +0100
The new RT-AX7868U Wi-Fi 6 home router. (Source: Asus)

CES 2021 | The RT-AX68U is the first Asus Wi-Fi 6 router to feature the new Instant Guard security app

Asus has debuted its new Instant Guard facility in the new RT-AX68U Wi-Fi 6 home router. The device also sprouts 3x3 MIMO antennae for speeds of up to 2.7 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also supports the OEM's AiMesh software, so ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0100
Asus ZenBeam Latte projector (Source: Asus)

CES 2021 | Asus unveils the ZenBeam Latte projector

With a design that had already managed to receive multiple awards, the Asus ZenBeam Latte projector is the first of its kind to offer a fabric exterior that enhances the audio experience and provides a familiar look. It also sport...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0100
The new TCL Wearable Display. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL introduces new smart glasses, TWS earbuds and a Bluetooth pet-tracker

TCL's new product launches are mainly display-centric; however, it has also announced the expansion of its smart device ecosystem at CES 2021. They include the new Wearable Display, a name the OEM has seen fit to give its first pa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:37:00 +0100
TCL introduces its OD Zero technology. (Source: TCL)

CES 2021 | TCL announces its new form of OD Zero mini-LED alongside upcoming Google TVs at CES 2021

TCL's latest generation of mini-LED panel is called OD Zero, ostensibly as the OEM claims to have reduced the distance between the backlight and diffuser layers in these panels to "zero millimeters". This could improve on luminanc...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:34:00 +0100
The new RA3000 is designed to fit any room it finds itself in. (Source: Sony)

Sony launches new wireless speakers with 360 Reality Audio

Sony has announced new SRS-series wireless speakers. The RA5000 and RA3000 have been designed with "room-filling sound" in mind, which entails a novel design meant to distribute sound horizontally in all directions, at least. They...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:11:00 +0100
The unique LG Wing is recognized at CES 2021. (Source: LG)

CES 2021 | The LG Wing and Velvet are honored in the CES 2021 Innovation Awards

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced a raft of Honorees and Best Of winners for its CES 2021 Innovation awards. The first category includes 8 smartphones, of which the LG Wing is a slightly obvious choice. Meanw...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 01:20:00 +0100
Lenovo IdeaPad 5G. (Image Source: Lenovo)

CES 2021 | Lenovo IdeaPad 5G promises untethered roaming and comes with a hands-free Alexa Show Mode

Lenovo has brought 5G connectivity to the IdeaPad series with the IdeaPad 5G. The IdeaPad 5G, which is also available in a 4G variant, is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform promising always-on connectivity and u...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:38:00 +0100
New Watch SEs are experiencing set-up difficulties. (Source: Apple)

New Apple Watch SE and HomePod Mini owners report a Christmas Day 2020 set-up failure in their new devices

Some users with brand-new affordable Apple Watch and HomePod variants have encountered difficulty in their set-up or configuration while trying to connect them to their personal or home systems. This is thought (somewhat understan...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 26 Dec 2020 18:52:00 +0100
The Motorola Revou. (Source: Motorola)

The Motorola Revou is India's first Android 10 4K TV

There are a lot of smart TVs on the Indian market these days. However, none of them have an OS based on Android 10 - until this one. The Motorola Revou also has an inbuilt soundbar rated for up to 50W of audio power, a MediaTek ch...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:14:00 +0100
Xiaomi has been holding another flash sale for the Redmi Max 98. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Redmi Smart TV Max stats from Xiaomi reveal the 98-inch set has monthly sales 30 times higher than its rivals and has found a home in 290 Chinese cities

The 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max from Xiaomi has apparently taken China by storm. Xiaomi has revealed some statistics about the giant television, including that its monthly sales are 30 times higher than its rivals in the same-size ...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 16 Dec 2020 20:57:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro offers a 300 ppi display. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro launches: Spec upgrade from the original Mi EBook Reader that holds up well against the Kindle Oasis

Xiaomi has launched the Mi EBook Reader Pro as expected and has revealed the e-reader’s specifications. Naturally, the Mi EBook Reader Pro is a step up from the non-Pro variant, but at a regular price of 1,299 yuan (US$198) the ne...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:48:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro will be launched on Dec 15. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi EBook Reader Pro appears in promo image ahead of imminent launch with 1,099 yuan (US$168) initial price tag

Xiaomi has revealed its upcoming Mi EBook Reader Pro, which will be officially launched on Tuesday, December 15. A promo image of the device has been released that shows the electric paper book decked out in black with a touch but...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 14 Dec 2020 19:33:00 +0100
Apple is offering gift cards or discounts with its Black Friday through Cyber Monday event. (Image source: Apple)

Deal | Apple gift card giveaway Black Friday through Cyber Monday: US$150/£120/€150 with a MacBook Pro 16 purchase or US$50/£40/€50 with an iPhone 11

Apple is running a gift card giveaway Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Qualifying purchases will see the buyer rewarded with a card worth from US$25/£20/€25 up to US$150/£120/€150. The deal includes many major Apple products suc...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 28 Nov 2020 07:44:00 +0100
Nokia's new flagship TV. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia launches Android TVs in Europe through Streamview

Streamview is an Austrian-based retailer specializing in TVs and streaming boxes. Its latest launch is for new Nokia TVs for the European market. They have 32- to 75-inch screens, most of which are also 4K and support Dolby Vision...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 26 Nov 2020 22:26:00 +0100
The new Cosmos Max home theater projector. (Source: Nebula)

Nebula announces new Cosmos and Cosmos Max home projectors

Nebula is a brand that has seen success on crowdfunding websites for its portable, compact projectors. Now, it is back with a more conventional launch for its new Cosmos and Cosmos Max products. They are rated for 1080p and 4K res...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:23:00 +0100
Invisible light beams can be used to transmit and receive data at 20 Gbps+ speeds. (image Source: TeleGeography)

Google is introducing 20 Gbps Internet connections over "beams of light" for Sub-Saharan countries

If satellites and atmospheric balloons are simply too expensive to boost Internet signals across the world, Google now plans to use light beams to connect underdeveloped areas. The first country to benefit from wireless optical ne...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:00:00 +0100
The new HU85LA CineBeam Laser Projector. (Source: LG)

Disney+ is now compatible with 4K LG CineBeam projectors

LG recently added 4K or 4K/UHD LED and laser variants to its high-end CineBeam projector line-up. Now, the OEM has announced that they can now access the Disney+ app directly from their smart-TV-like interface. This means it will ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:36:00 +0100
The Amazon Echo Studio contains five carefully positioned speakers and costs from US$199.99/£189.99/€199.99. (Image source: Amazon)

Amazon Echo Studio and Harman Kardon Citation 200 top DxOMark's new speaker evaluation charts

The noted smartphone camera ranking specialist DxOMark has moved into rating wireless speakers and has now published a couple of charts showing the devices that have impressed the most. Topping the Essential chart is the Amazon Ec...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 08 Nov 2020 16:32:00 +0100
Currently SpaceX launches new Starlink satellites every two weeks (image: SpaceX)

Starlink: SpaceX triples download speed in just two months

After the first download benchmarks were leaked just a few months ago, the latest confirmed speed tests show that Starlinks satellite based internet has tripled its download speeds in that period. This makes SpaceX a serious compe...
Cornelius Wolff, Sun, 08 Nov 2020 12:38:00 +0100
A smart doorbell. (Source: Ring)

61% of US households with smart home devices polled plan to buy a smart doorbell in the next 12 months

Video doorbells enable the user to see who is at their door on their smart screens or mobile devices. A recent study indicates that 10% of US households with high-speed internet surveyed owned one of these devices in the second qu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:31:00 +0100
Samsung SmartThings Find service now live (Source: Samsung)

Samsung SmartThings Find gets launched globally

Introduced as a new part of the SmartThings app, SmartThings Find is now available for all Samsung users worldwide. This is a new way to locate a range of select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds at once thank...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:24:00 +0100
The interest in smart home devices among different household types. (Source: Parks Associates)

Having a home security system may make it more likely for you to buy a smart home device

A new research report has concluded that 63% of households with residential security equipment in the US are now considering buying a smart home device in the next 12 months compared to 40% of broadband internet-using households. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:17:00 +0100
The PlayStation 5's Media Remote. (Source: Sony)

These are the entertainment apps to be available on the PlayStation 5 from launch

A Sony executive's latest blog post has revealed that 6 different major content-streaming platforms will be compatible with the PlayStation 5 from day 1. They include Spotify, YouTube, Disney Plus and Netflix, which will get their...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:48:00 +0200
AirTags may go places you might not expect. (Source: USPTO via PatentlyApple)

A new leak may reveal the full potential of Apple's upcoming AirTags

Apple is now slated to finally unleash its long-awaited AirTags in 2021. These new products are currently widely accepted to be this OEM's answer to products such as Tile anti-loss wireless accessories. However, according to leaks...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:09:00 +0200
The FreeBuds Studio are official. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei introduces its FreeBuds Studio headphones and Sound speaker

Huawei's major product launch of today (October 22, 2020) served to announce the Mate 40 phablet series and also several "companion" devices for it. They include the rumored FreeBuds Studio, the first ANC headphones from this line...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:20:00 +0200
The successor to the Redmi Note 9 is coming. (Souce: Xiaomi)

Redmi Note X or Redmi Note 10: Specs of the Redmi Note 9's successor start to surface

Six months after the release of the Redmi Note 9, Xiaomi is set to launch a direct successor. Apparently, though, the new phone may not be named the Redmi Note 10 at all and could opt for something a bit...grand to go with the imp...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:08:00 +0200
The EZVIZ C3X camera. (Source: EZVIZ)

EZVIZ releases the C3X night-vision security camera in the UK

The C3X is an external home-security camera of the type that integrates AI so as to distinguish potentially dangerous moving objects such as people and cars in the vicinity from others such as animals. Its maker EZVIZ also claims ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:54:00 +0200
LG's rollable 65-inch Signature OLED R TV has gone on sale in Korea for around US$87,000. (Image: LG)

LG's cutting edge rollable TV hits the market for US$87,000, hints at future smartphone or tablet applications

LG has finally released its Signature OLED R rollable television. The device uses a 65-inch flexible OLED panel that can roll out of sight into its base, which is designed to look like a piece of furniture when not in use. It also...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:06:00 +0200
The new OPPO S1. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO launches its first-ever TVs with a 65-inch QLED flagship model

OPPO unveiled products new to this OEM during its October 19, 2020 Wisdom Life conference in China. They include its first-ever TVs, which run on a version of ColorOS developed specially for this new category. They have 4K panels,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:23:00 +0200
The TCL 4 series. (Source: TCL)

TCL launches its 4K Android TVs in the US

TCL now sells its 4-series smart TVs in the US. These 4K Android devices support Google's Assistant and have Chromecast functionality. They are available in 50-, 55- and 75-inch variants, some of which are already on sale for 2020...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:42:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker. (Source: WinFuture)

Rumor | Xiaomi will launch the Mi Smart Speaker in Europe soon

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Speaker is a Google Assistant-enabled device that was launched in India recently alongside the Mi Band 5 and Mi Watch Revolve. It has a 63.5 millimeter (mm) driver rated for 12 watt (W) audio and has an LED acc...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:28:00 +0200
The new Homepod Mini. Image via Apple

Apple announces Homepod Mini, a tiny smart speaker with a big feature set

Apple announced the new Homepod Mini, a tiny smart speaker. The device features a single high-range driver and two subwoofers, as well as plenty of software smarts. Key features include Apple's trademark ecosystem integration, inc...
Sam Medley, Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:26:00 +0200

The iPhone 12 series and HomePod Mini are leaked in full color ahead of their launch

The next Apple Special Event is scheduled for today (October 13, 2020) - the same day on which Evan Blass has decided to leak high-quality renders of the products thought to be involved in all their new colors. They comprise all 4...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 13 Oct 2020 18:53:00 +0200
Nokia launches 6 new Android TVs via Flipkart

Nokia launches 6 new Android TVs via Flipkart

Nokia has added updated models to its range of smart TVs sold through Flipkart in India. They include 2 new 43-inch units as well as the 2 new 32- and 50-inch sizes hinted at in an earlier leak. This new series has speakers tuned ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:19:00 +0200
The US Senate releases its report on digital markets. (Source: Flickr)

A US Senate Subcommittee report concludes that Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon "abuse" their positions in their markets

The United States Senate had earlier commissioned an investigation into claims that the "Big Four" tech companies - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google - exert monopolies on the main sectors in which they operate, and, furthermore,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 07 Oct 2020 23:40:00 +0200
Realme SLED 4K 55-inch Android TV comes with a new RGB backlighting technology. (Image Source: Realme)

Realme launches the world's first SLED 4K 55-inch Android TV with a 108% NTSC color gamut coverage

Realme has announced a new Android smart TV with a unique display technology it called Spectral Power Distribution. The Realme SLED 4K 55-inch Android TV uses RGB light in the initial stage of picture formation, which the company ...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:08:00 +0200
Nokia hypes its new TVs. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia teases a new smart TV launch

Nokia started selling its Android-powered TVs in the Indian market earlier in 2020. Now, its website is building hype for two new models for this series, one of which may be more wallet-friendly than its predecessors. They are to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 04 Oct 2020 18:47:00 +0200

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