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How to stay disciplined while working from home

Home office guide While working from home may have its advantages, it can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being over the course of a few weeks. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your work from home experience better.
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:33:00 +0200
Smart display ownership may affect personal audio buying choices. (Source: Lenovo)

The Covid-19 pandemic may drive sales of audio equipment: new study

A new study of US households with high-speed internet has found that 44% of them reported having bought speakers, whereas 33% own earphones and 37% own headphones. However, these respondents also reported that smart speakers or sm...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 22:23:00 +0200
Raspberry Pi: Turn the single-board computer into a door opener with face recognition and SMS alert (Source: Seeed)

Raspberry Pi: Turn the single-board computer into a door opener with face recognition and SMS alert

A new project has turned the Raspberry Pi into a cheap electric lock. The project uses facial recognition to make it particularly easy to open the door and should also be comparatively easy for beginners to utilize. Also, relative...
Silvio Werner, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 18:29:00 +0200
The right VPN can turn your online actions invisible, and you into a digital ghost

Home office guide: Which VPNs are the best?

Whether you’re looking for the fastest, most secure, most versatile, or cheapest, there’s definitely a VPN out there that’s right for you. Here are some of the most reliable and likely to enhance your gaming, working, or browsing experience.
Christopher Thomas, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:26:00 +0200
PICO-WHU4: Very powerful Raspberry Pi-alternative with Core i7 available

PICO-WHU4: Very powerful Raspberry Pi-alternative with Core i7 available

The PICO-WHU4 is a compact single-board computer with a very powerful processor. Apart from its high performance, the model also includes ports for connecting external sensors and actuators.
Silvio Werner, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:56:00 +0200
There are clear advantages and disadvantages in choosing either a laptop or desktop. (Source: HP)

Home office guide: A desktop or laptop?

Working from home might require an investment in some computing power. There are clear advantages and disadvantages in choosing either a desktop or a laptop. From a bang-for-your-buck perspective desktops are usually the champs while offering other benefits. From a flexibility perspective, laptops clearly come out on top. So which do you choose -- a desktop or a laptop? It might come down to the work that you do.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:17:00 +0200
The new Mi Full Screen TV Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches a new, 75-inch 4K TV

Xiaomi has launched a new addition to a premium line of its TVs. This Mi Full Screen Pro is a 75-inch model with an aluminium mid-frame and a custom 1.9GHz processor from Amlogic. The Patchwall UI device has a 4K resolution, and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:39:00 +0200
The smartwatch market may continue to grow until 2024. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The smartwatch market could break 100 million units shipped by 2024: new market research

The market for smartwatches is associated with an estimated 43.87 million unit shipments in 2018. However, this number is now thought to reach a possible total of 108.91 million by 2024. This growth may be driven by an increased d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:05:00 +0200
The iPhone SE 2, iPhone 9 or iPhone SE (2020) could launch any day now. (Image source: Apple)

iPhone SE 2: Multiple listings throw the name of Apple's next "budget" $349 smartphone into doubt; colours, storage options and new release date offered too

Rumours about the iPhone SE 2 hit critical mass this morning, with multiple sightings of the upcoming US$349 smartphone contradicting previous claims that Apple plans to launch the device on April 14. In a separate leak, the colou...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:13:00 +0200
Success in a remote job requires a home office that matches your work style. (Image via Pixabay)

Home office guide: Setting up a home office

Much of the workforce throughout the world is now moving home. With the transition from the office to the house, setting up a home office is a new skill many now have to learn. This guide offers the basics of setting up a home office, as well as some tips and tricks for maximum productivity.
Sam Medley, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:11:00 +0200
Qualcomm debuts new Bluetooth audio chips. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm launches its latest TWS-friendly Bluetooth chipsets

Qualcomm has introduced the QCC514X and QCC304X, 2 new audio SoCs that are "optimized for" true wireless (TWS) earbuds and other similar accessories. They are equipped with support for its Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) an...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 26 Mar 2020 19:46:00 +0100
The new Reolink Lumus. (Source: Reolink)

The new Reolink Lumus Wi-Fi security camera also has a motion-activated spotlight

Most IP and Wi-Fi-connected home security cameras are designed to simply detect suspicious movement on a property. However, the Lumus may improve on such products from Reolink in that it also has a built-in spotlight. This augment...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0100
The Redmi Smart TV Max supports Dolby sound. (Image source: Xiaomi/Gizchina)

Xiaomi announces the massive 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max that might be larger than your bed and costs 19,999 yuan (~US$2,832)

Xiaomi has introduced a huge television into the Redmi ranks in the form of the 98-inch Redmi Smart TV Max. This giant smart device supports 4K resolution and comes with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, and its own 12nm quad-core custom p...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:21:00 +0100
The Korg Kaosillator app for iOS and Android is free for a limited time. (Source: Korg)

Korg, Moog make synth apps free in response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus

With the new coronavirus forcing most of us to stay at home, we are all going to be looking for things to do to keep us entertained. Enter Korg and Moog, which have both made a couple of their popular synth apps available to downl...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:38:00 +0100
Researchers at Intel made a microchip that can smell. (Image via Intel w/ edits)

Intel designs a chip that can "smell" hazardous chemicals

Based on Intel's Loihi platform, researchers have developed a microchip that can "smell" various airborne chemicals. The chip mimics the biological wiring of our own noses and olfactory systems, allowing it to learn specific smell...
Sam Medley, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:06:00 +0100
LG's 2020 OLED TVs are now available. (Source: LG)

LG launches the first Real 8K OLED TVs, but they'll really cost you

LG's 2020 OLED TV line-up includes 8K models for the first time. These panels feature the CTA's 8K Ultra HD certification and an 88-inch option. However, their series also starts at a whopping US$19,999.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:19:00 +0100
The Netgear Nighthawk AX4 router is Wi-Fi 6 compatible. (Image source: Walmart)

Deal | Wi-Fi 6 capable Netgear Nighthawk AX4 router currently less than half price at Walmart

Walmart has slashed the price of the Netgear Nighthawk AX4 router that offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connection for faster streaming, downloading, gaming, and surfing. The router was previously listed at US$199.00, but shoppers can no...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 15 Mar 2020 08:58:00 +0100
Renders of the Pixel 4a. (Source: OnLeaks)

Google Pixel 4a touted to offer much better performance than the Pixel 3a

Google is set to release the Pixel 4a soon. The phone is billed to offer much-improved performance over its predeccessor, the Pixel 3a, with a new leak touting faster storage, more RAM, and a more powerful SoC.
Ricci Rox, Sat, 14 Mar 2020 08:56:00 +0100
OPPO wants you to think of it when you think 5G. (Source: YouTube)

OPPO unveils its 5G CPE, the "Omni"

OPPO finally introduced its long-awaited Find X2 series today (March 6, 2020). However, it also had a "one more thing" moment: a new mobile-broadband device that could bring 5G speeds to the home or office. It is based on the Snap...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0100
TCL has revealed new product lines for 2020. (Source: TCL)

TCL introduces its new "Quantum Dot Pro" TVs

TCL has launched new TVs for 2020, which are divided into 3 series: V8, C8 and P9, which also have their own additional marketing monikers and specific enhancements or use-cases. They are quantum-dot panels, some of which also hav...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 17:48:00 +0100
The headphone and earphone market will keep on going strong until 2025. (Source: Skullcandy)

The combined headphones and earphones market may make up to US$45 billion in 5 years

The latest headphone and earphone market research projects that this compound device category will "generate revenues of over US$45 Billion" between now and 2025. This growth is thought to be driven by several factors, which inclu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 26 Feb 2020 22:53:00 +0100
Facebook will soon begin paying users for recordings of their voice, which the company claims it will use to improve products like the Portal. (Image via Amazon)

Facebook will pay you for a voice recording

Facebook will soon send invitations to some users of its Viewpoints marketing research app. The invites will allow users to record a phrase and the names of some of their friends in exchange for $5. Facebook claims these recording...
Sam Medley, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:54:00 +0100
As of now, a Galaxy S20 pre-order is the only way to get hold of a Home Mini (Image source: Android Police)

Spooked by Alexa? Samsung says it has no plans to sell the Galaxy Home Mini separately

In a conversation with a prospective Galaxy Home Mini buyer, a Samsung rep stated that the company has no plans to sell the Galaxy Home Mini on a standalone basis. This makes a Galaxy S20 pre-order the only way to get hold of the ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 08:32:00 +0100
Trash cans powered by Nvidia Jetson AI chips are a thing now (Source: Nvidia)

Trash cans powered by Nvidia Jetson AI chips are a thing now

Welcome your new trash can overlords. These hi-tech bins house Nvidia Jetson TX2 AI SoCs and cameras to instantly identify the item you're holding and tell you how it should be properly disposed of.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:30:00 +0100
The Wall for Business gets even bigger at ISE 2020. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung unveils a huge 583-inch enterprise-grade LED display

Samsung has announced that the business-grade versions of its bezel-free and ultra-thin Wall TV series now go up to 583 inches diagonally. This latest word in large-scale displays - which also has an 8K resolution - has been launc...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:30:00 +0100
Arduino and Raspberry: An Overview Over Single-Board Computers

Arduino and Raspberry: An Overview Over Single-Board Computers

A wide variety of single-board computers is at your disposal, starting with ultra-compact portable developer boards up to powerful systems that can basically be considered to be miniature computers with various connectivity options. Let us take a closer look at what is available right now, and what you can do with it.
Silvio Werner, Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:51:00 +0100
Smart thermostats play an increasingly important role in home energy use these days. (Source: eBay)

New research finds nearly 30% of US high-speed internet households would buy a smart thermostat

Thermostats are just another household items that have been made smart over the last number of years. They have developed to the point that they can implement automatic usage plans, including those remotely set or sent by an energ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 22:14:00 +0100
An up-to-date Galaxy Home Mini render. (Source: TizenHelp)

Samsung reportedly sows confusion over the Galaxy Home Mini and its launch date

Samsung has been linked to an upcoming budget smart speaker since 2018. More recent reports appear to confirm that this device will be called the Galaxy Home Mini and that it would launch on February 12, 2020. An even newer leak a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:08:00 +0100
Realme is to launch its first smart TV soon. (Source: Realme)

Realme will unveil its first TV at MWC 2020

A Realme executive has revealed that this brand is working on its own smart TV, and that more details will be available at the next Mobile World Congress (MWC). To date, no specs or features for this upcoming product are known for...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:27:00 +0100
Smart speakers will continue to be big business in the near future. (Source: Google)

The smart speaker market may be worth nearly US$20 billion by 2024

Smart speakers are increasingly popular household items. Their market is now thought to be capable of growing until it is worth US$19.91 billion in 4 years. This success may be driven by the rise of 5G, urbanization, consumer inte...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 Jan 2020 19:41:00 +0100
The Skyle with an iPad Pro installed. (Source: Inclusive Technology)

Control your iPad Pro 12.9 via eye-tracking alone with this new accessory

Inclusive Technology has debuted the Skyle, a housing for the larger iPad Pro 2018 variant that allows this tablet to be operated using eye-movements alone. It can allow certain users to access the App Store independently for the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:21:00 +0100
Smart TVs will continue to grow as a market until 2025. (Source: Wikipedia)

Smart TV shipments may grow by about 57 million until 2025

Smart TVs are already popular purchases, and may become more so in the future due to their role as smart-home hubs. The latest analysis of their market has found that their shipments may number about 266 million over the next 5 ye...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:36:00 +0100
Both Mac Pro form-factors may be available soon. (Source: Pro Tools Expert)

The non-tower Mac Pro 2019 and MacBook Pro 13 2020 may be close to launch

Apple has reportedly certified 2 new PCs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). They both run Catalina (the latest version of macOS). One may be the next 13-inch MacBook Pro, whereas the other could be the Mac Pro rackable S...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:25:00 +0100
The Amazfit SMART GYM HUB and Home Studio. (Source: Huami)

CES 2020 | Amazfit's HomeStudio is a new line of personal, at-home fitness machines

Amazfit has launched a series of products in a category new to this brand: personal work-out equipment. It consists of the SMART GYM HUB, a 43-inch vertical screen with AI and a ToF sensor that can deliver fitness classes right in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 22:34:00 +0100
Smart assistant activation can result in embarrassing situations. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 64% of users have activated a smart assistant by accident

A new study of those who use voice-activated searches have found that 64% of this group set the assistant in question off by mistake during December 2019. An accidental press of a hardware button was found to be the culprit in 49%...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:46:00 +0100
Image via Neon.life

CES 2020 | Samsung's NEONs are basically just deepfake-esque digital assistants

Have you ever met an artificial? You will soon be able to, thanks to STAR Lab's project NEON. Despite the marketing claims of intelligent, artificial life, NEON looks more akin to a deepfake video tethered to an Internet-connected...
Sam Medley, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:40:00 +0100
The Wearbuds now have a Pro version. (Source: Aipower)

CES 2020 | Aipower updates its Wearbuds with a Pro variant

The Wearbuds are well known as the first true-wireless (TWS) earbuds that come with an innovative wrist-band into which they can slot and use to charge, rather than a case that has to be carried around. Now, their maker Aipower ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:54:00 +0100
Image via NEC

CES 2020 | NEC's Lavie Home AIO is a sleek Comet Lake-powered All-in-One with Wake on Voice functionality

NEC's latest All-in-One, the Lavie Home AIO, is targeted directly at families. The AIO sports a Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPU and a 27-inch FHD display. The Home AIO pumps sound through screen-mounted speakers thanks to LG's Crystal So...
Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
Smart homes and the devices that make them are more and more popular. (Source: Verify Recruitment)

29% of US high-speed internet households now have a smart home device

The latest research on smart-home tech uptake has shown that 29% of all broadband-using households in the US polled owned at least 1 such device. This is a change of 20% compared to 2018. However, concerns about personal data rema...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 17:14:00 +0100
LG will showcase its new soundbars at CES 2020. (Source: LG)

LG's 2020 premium soundbars will be able to adapt to a room using AI

LG's upcoming line of soundbars will be unveiled at CES 2020. However, the OEM has offered some details on these new products ahead of this event. They have been developed with Meridian Audio, while also supporting Dolby Atmos, DT...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Dec 2019 19:10:00 +0100
Nest Hello video doorbell data on a DISH-connected TV. (Source: DISH)

DISH integrates Google Nest's doorbell into its TV receiver platform

DISH, a source of paid TV that also integrates apps such as Netflix, has announced that some Google Nest products can now co-ordinate with its "Hopper" or "Wally" receivers. As a result, users of both products will gain the abilty...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:45:00 +0100
The cast icon in the YouTube app may lead to new options soon. (Source: Google)

YouTube on smart TVs to gain voice-control support

YouTube has developed a panel of controls that come into effect when it is being used on a smart TV or Chromecast-enabled device. Now, it may have also added voice commands and new remote-style buttons in this menu. They have been...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 20:06:00 +0100
The Wearbuds will be at Aipower's CES 2020 booth. (Source: Aipower)

Aipower is going to CES 2020, bringing its innovative Wearbuds and more

Aipower is a start-up that had great success in its crowdfunding endeavors for its Wearbuds product. This is a type of fitness band that also houses a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds. They will be on show at CES 2020, alon...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:32:00 +0100
Image via Ring

Several Ring home cameras breached, recycled passwords likely to blame

Multiple families have reported their Ring cameras have been accessed by unknown third parties. The bad actors were able to access the video feeds and speakers of the cameras to frighten members of the affected households, includi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:35:00 +0100
The updated Google Assistant is now available in some non-US regions. (Source: Google)

The latest Google Assistant version is rolling out to more English-speaking regions

Google unveiled an updated Assistant with new features at its I/O event this year. It has only been available to the US market since then; now, however, it is being applied to others such as Ireland and Canada. Then again, it rema...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:39:00 +0100
AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review

AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review

Please Repeat! With the Fritz! WLAN Repeater family, AVM offers a range of small devices for quickly and easily extending the range of Wi-Fi networks. In this review, we shall consider the four new repeaters and one from the older series and clarify which are suitable for certain uses.
Klaus Hinum, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:16:00 +0100
The new Gimdow smart lock. (Source: Gimdow)

The new Gimdow smart lock does not require a door teardown to install it

Gimdow claims that its new smart lock is one that doesn't require the user to replace the existing one (or even parts of it). This may be ideal for those who want this kind of Bluetooth-enabled security, but can't risk damage to f...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:51:00 +0100
A Vizio smart TV. (Source: Vizio)

Vizio sold 80% more 4K smart TVs over the 2019 Black Friday event compared to 2018

The panel-maker Vizio has reported that it "exceeded expectations" over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period just gone, having sold 500,000 or more units of its smart TVs between these days in 2019. For example, it sold 87% more p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 19:09:00 +0100
Nokia Smart TV

Nokia partners with Flipkart to launch Smart TV in India

Nokia's first-ever smart TV will be released in India on December 10th. The TV features a 55-inch 4K panel and runs Android 9.0. It will be available on Flipkart for ₹41,999($590).
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:20:00 +0100
The YI outdoor camera. (Source: YI)

YI partners with Home Depot for its Black Friday outdoor camera sale

YI is a home security brand with some Black Friday deals that have already been added to its own online store. However, it has announced that its weather-proof outdoor variant will be up to 40% through the chain Home Depot on the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 18:37:00 +0100

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