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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
Google's next smartphone may be the Pixel 5a, pictured. (Image source: OnLeaks)

Google tipped to release two new Pixel devices in Q2 2021; new Pixel smartphone coming in mid-June

Google is expected to release two new Pixel devices in Q2 2021, and one in as soon as mid-April. According to a new report, a third-generation Pixel Buds will arrive first and will be followed by a new Pixel smartphone in June. In...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 20:14:00 +0100
Razer also does glasses now. (Source: Razer)

Razer breaks into the smart glasses game with the first-gen Anzu frames

Razer is known for gaming audio peripherals; however, its new Anzu product is something else altogether. They are of the smart-glass type that incorporate personal speakers for the wearer's audio, which, as the OEM claims, will re...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:47:00 +0100
The Marshall Mode II are the first TWS earbuds from the famous marque. (Image: Marshall)

Marshall joins the TWS party with the Mode II Earbuds

Marshall has launched its first TWS earbuds joining a highly competitive field of listening options. The new Marshall Mode II true wireless earbuds of course carry the famous Marshall name to help them stand out from the crowd, bu...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:50:00 +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
The Realme GT is official. (Source: Realme)

The Realme GT 5G launches with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 120Hz display and a 3.5mm jack

Realme has launched its first flagship device of 2021. The OEM asserts that the new GT 5G has been designed and equipped to get the most out of its Snapdragon 888 platform, from its "gaming" 120Hz E4 AMOLED display to its new stai...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:37:00 +0100
The first ever DevCon will take place in 2021. (Source: Razer)

Razer announces its first DevCon, scheduled for live-streaming in May 2021

Razer DevCon is a new event set to debut in 2021 via Twitch. It is slated to present discussions on the up-to-date innovation and technology that might most benefit the future of gaming across multiple platforms. Therefore, it mig...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:26:00 +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
The Movo UM700 desktop USB microphone. Images via Movo.

Movo UM700 desktop USB microphone hands-on

The Movo UM700 USB desktop microphone offers all of the major features of other high-end USB microphones in a less expensive package. However, the UM700 has similar drawbacks that affect future upgrades to a recording setup.
Sam Medley, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 16:22:00 +0100
Nothing targets Indian expansion already. (Source: Nothing)

Carl Pei's Nothing now has an Indian division, to be headed by an ex-Samsung executive

Nothing is the name of Carl Pei's new tech start-up, his first since leaving OnePlus in 2020. It has been introduced as based in London; however, it also now has an Indian presence. It is to be led by Manu Sharma, formerly a Samsu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 28 Feb 2021 19:22:00 +0100
The Redmi AirDots 3 come in a choice of three colors. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Redmi AirDots 3: Xiaomi launches affordable TWS earphones with Bluetooth 5.2 and colorful new pink option for 199 yuan (US$31)

Xiaomi has recently launched the new Redmi AirDots 3 true wireless headset with Bluetooth 5.2 support. The third-generation Redmi earbuds utilize a Qualcomm QCC3040 chip solution to provide the best audio performance, with aptX au...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 15:15:00 +0100
Nothing announces it has a new partner. (Source: Nothing)

Nothing unveils the Swedish group teenage engineering as a "Founding Partner"

Carl Pei's new start-up, Nothing, has announced that it has a new founding partner: teenage engineering. This Stockholm-based group has been involved in "craftsmanship" and industrial design for 10 years now, and is possibly best-...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:31:00 +0100
Nokia Streaming Box 8000

Nokia Streaming Box 8000 Set Top Box Review - Even for analog TVs

Powerful smart TV upgrade. The Streaming Box 8000 is Nokia's first set-top box, which can turn any TV into a smart TV. For just under 100 Euros (~$121), it offers a lot of ports, Google Assistant and an illuminated remote control. Find out why we think the box is a good offer in our review.
Florian Schmitt, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 20:57:00 +0100
Spotify HiFi brings long-requested support for CD-quality audio streaming. (Image: Spotify)

New Spotify HiFi tier announced, brings CD-quality audio streaming to the platform for the first time

Spotify has announced that it is finally bringing lossless quality audio to its popular music streaming service. The company made the announcement at its Stream On online event and said that customers in ‘select markets’ will be a...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:39:00 +0100
The WF-1000XM4 may have some serious audio upgrades over the WF-1000XM3. (Image source: Reddit)

Sony WF-1000XM4: New leak points to LDAC support for upcoming premium earbuds

A new leak about the WF-1000XM4 has fleshed out some of the details about Sony's upcoming TWS earbuds. Apparently, the WF-1000XM4 will be Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified, which points to the adoption of Sony's high-resolution LDAC...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 23:46:00 +0100
Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4i. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4i: new TWS earbuds with ANC and 10mm drivers

Huawei has introduced its latest TWS earbuds alongside its new Mate X2 foldable. The accessories are definitely the more affordable of the two; nevertheless, they have high-end specs such as active noise cancellation (ANC), wearer...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:50:00 +0100
This is, apparently, how the AirPods 3 will look. (Image source: 52Audio)

Apple AirPods 3 leaked with a refreshed design and a new charging case

A new leak has set expectations for the AirPods 3, Apple's next TWS earbuds. The AirPods 3 look like a cross between the AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro, as does its charging case.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:31:00 +0100
Sony has not released a new pair of WF-1000XM earbuds since 2019. (Image source: Reddit via The Walkman Blog)

Sony WF-1000XM4 leaked with design overhaul shown from the WF-1000XM3

The first sighting of the Sony WF-1000XM4 may have appeared online. The WF-1000XM4 looks radically different compared to the WF-1000XM3, which Sony released in 2019.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 01:10:00 +0100
An X570 motherboard. (Source: AMD)

AMD crowd-sources evidence for the fast-emerging 500-series chipset USB issue

AMD's official Reddit account has posted requesting reports from users about an increasingly well-publicized issue in which USB devices installed in or attached to 500-series chipset motherboards disconnect randomly and without wa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 21:23:00 +0100
Huawei FreeBuds Studio Review - High-Res for a small circle

Huawei FreeBuds Studio Review - High-Res for a small circle

Promising. The Huawei FreeBuds Studio are the first over-ear headphones from the Chinese company. They offer premium sound with High-Res Audio, excellent noise cancellation, and state-of-the-art communication technology. However, some promises cannot always be kept in the test.
Update: Info on iOS/iPadOS added.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 08:55:00 +0100
The Buds Air 2 hype-train has set off. (Source: Realme)

Realme hypes the launch of the Buds Air 2 with specs such as ANC and "diamond-class" drivers

Realme has announced that its second-gen Buds Air will launch in India on February 24, 2021. It has also confirmed multiple leaks about these TWS earbuds in teasing their specs prior to this event. They include the (expected) ANC,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 21:30:00 +0100
The Momentum True Wireless 2 may be popular, but Sennheiser still wants to ditch its consumer headphone division. (Image source: Sennheiser)

Sennheiser wants out of the consumer headphone and speaker markets

Sennheiser has announced that it wants to leave the consumer headphone and speaker markets, and has put its corresponding division up for sale. In the future, Sennheiser wants to focus on professional products going forwards.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:34:00 +0100
The upgradeable PN50 mini PC. (Source: Asus)

An apparent successor to the Asus PN50 mini PC turns up on a Scandinavian website pre-launch with the Ryzen 7 5700U

Asus launched the PN50 mini PC with Ryzen 4000 processors in 2020. Now, a device described as the bare-bones version of its successor, the PN51, has appeared on the website ProShop. According to this listing, its chassis has not c...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:13:00 +0100
The Xbox Wireless Headset boasts up to 15 hours of battery life. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft releases the Xbox Wireless Headset for US$99.99, having teased it four months ago

The Xbox Wireless Headset may be Microsoft's latest pair of over-ear headphones, but it is a pair that the company first teased in October 2020. Easter egg or a delayed-release, the Xbox Wireless Headset is available pre-order now...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 19:53:00 +0100
Is this a Realme Buds Air 2 teaser? (Source: Twitter)

The Realme Buds Air 2 leak out with a good chance of having ANC with a Transparency Mode

Realme is rumored to launch its second-gen Buds Air in India soon, in partnership with the Chainsmokers EDM group. These upcoming TWS earbuds have allegedly popped up on an OEM's app early, inadvertently revealing that they have a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 22:04:00 +0100
Carl Pei's Nothing acquires the Essential brand founded by Andy Rubin. (Image: Nothing)

Carl Pei surprises again with his new brand Nothing acquiring the defunct Essential brand

Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus and now most recently Nothing has made one of the more surprising acquisitions in recent times. It has been revealed that his new venture has picked up parts of what is left of former Android su...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:34:00 +0100
The Tab P11 Pro. (Source: Lenovo)

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro becomes available in India for ~US$620

Lenovo offers a balance between high-end materials and mid-range internals in the Tab P11 Pro. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that the user can get their work or gaming done on this 11.5-inch Android tablet in the manner suggested ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 14 Feb 2021 22:31:00 +0100
The new JLab Talk mics. (Source: JLab)

JLab Audio launches the Talk series of USB microphones for streaming or recording

JLab Audio is known for its personal audio devices; however, it claims to have translated its expertise in that market to the plug-and-play USB-connected mic. There are three of these new products: the Talk GO, Talk and Talk Pro. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 22:15:00 +0100
Nothing will release something soon. (Source: Nothing)

Carl Pei confirms TWS earbuds as the first product from Nothing

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei recently unveiled his new company as being called Nothing, which, as he also had no new devices to launch at that time, was pretty apt. Now, however, Pei has confirmed that the new OEM will roll its pro...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:10:00 +0100
The sPot revitalised an ageing iPod. (Image source: Guy Dupont)

Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into an iPod that supports Spotify

The sPot takes a fourth-generation iPod and converts into a Spotify streamer. Using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, the sPot offers built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while retaining the iPod's iconic click wheel. The sPot should cost around US$...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:17:00 +0100
Super Mario World has one of the most iconic soundtracks in gaming history, and now it's been remade without any compression. Image via Nintendo.

Retro gamers restore Super Mario World's (SNES) soundtrack with uncompressed, lossless audio

The original soundtrack of the SNES classic Super Mario World is immediately recognizable to many retro gamers, but some fans of the title have gone a step further. Using data from the massive Nintendo leak last year, they have re...
Sam Medley, Sun, 07 Feb 2021 16:27:00 +0100
The new DuraCore ProScene laser projector. (Source: Optoma)

Optoma announces a world-first 7,000 ANSI lumen short-throw projector

Optoma claims that its new DuraCore ProScene laser projector is rated to throw images with a brightness of 7,000 lumens. It is also short-throw, which means it can has use-cases up to and including whole-room, 24/7 immersive effec...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 22:40:00 +0100
The Pod Case revives the iPod with the help of an Apple Watch Series 4. (Image source: Joyce Kang)

Pod Case concept renders show how Apple could revitalise the iPod with its popular Watch Series

Apple has more or less phased out its iPod brand, once a stable of its hardware business. Nonetheless, concept renders have shown how Apple could utilise the Watch Series as a portable music player with a click wheel.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Feb 2021 18:58:00 +0100
The Galaxy Buds Pro have a new update. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung strengthens the Galaxy Buds Pros' ability to switch between ANC and Ambient mode

Samsung marketed the latest generation of their Galaxy Buds with a number of new modes, an Ambient Sound mode being most prominent among them. It is a form of ANC with environmental awareness mixed in. The TWS earbuds' latest upda...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 23:17:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Air 2 Pro earbuds offer a very good overall concept for an import price of about 110 Euros (~$132).

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 Pro TWS in review: Premium true wireless earbuds with ANC for under 100 Euros?

If you want to buy true wireless in-ears with active noise cancellation, you don't have to spend over 200 Euros (~$241) anymore like with the Apple AirPods Pro. The relatively inexpensive Mi Air 2 Pro earbuds from Xiaomi not only offer ANC and a very high-quality feel, but they also convince with very long battery life and in what is probably the most important discipline for TWS.
Marcus Herbrich, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 01:30:00 +0100
Future Powerbeats, powered by MediaTek. (Source: Apple)

MediaTek scores an order from Apple for new audio components

MediaTek has posted an arguable win by securing a contract with Apple to supply it with components for next-gen audio accessories. Then again, these products are not future AirPods, but those of the Beats series instead. This woul...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Feb 2021 19:19:00 +0100
Realme hypes its TechLife event. (Source: Twitter)

Realme will launch its first laptop in mid-2021: new leak

Realme is mostly known for its phones and audio devices; however, like Xiaomi and Huawei before it, it is now rumored to get into the laptop game as well. According to a well-known leaker, the first of these new products will debu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 28 Jan 2021 19:47:00 +0100
Carl Pei's new brand. (Source: Nothing)

Here goes Nothing: Carl Pei introduces his second start-up with a total absence of new products

Today (27 January 2021), OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei launched his first company formed since leaving that OEM in 2020, and it's...Nothing. This new brand-name apparently applies to new and innovative tech Pei and his team plan to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:07:00 +0100
The Realme Buds Q2. (Source: FCC)

The apparently neon green Realme Buds Q2 are cleared for launch by the FCC

The Realme Buds Q are TWS earbuds that launched for about US$30 in 2020. Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has inadvertently confirmed that their second generation is likely to launch soon. They have been registered...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 23 Jan 2021 16:36:00 +0100
Can Pei hype his new brand with this competition? (Source: Twitter)

Carl Pei announces his new brand's launch date, holds an M1 MacBook Air giveaway to celebrate

Carl Pei is well known as the co-founder of the successful smartphone brand OnePlus. However, he has since left this company with plans to start another. It will launch on January 27, 2021; in the meantime, Pei has tweeted that he...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:17:00 +0100
The AirPods Max are repairable by Apple's standards. (Image source: iFixit)

AirPods Max: Teardown reveals that Apple's premium headphones is surprisingly repairable

The teardown experts at iFixit have disassembled the AirPods Max, revealing the complexities of Apple's latest headphones in the process. The AirPods Max achieved a repairability score of 6 points, which is much higher than most A...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 13:32:00 +0100
A Realme Buds Wireless 2 Neo schematic. (Source: FCC)

Realme gets a start on debuting its 2021 budget phones and accessories

Realme is a brand that has built its appeal on affordable mobile and personal audio devices. Initial leaks suggest it is going to keep this going in 2021 with the launch of the C21 smartphone and the Buds Wireless 2 Neo. They are ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 16 Jan 2021 20:30:00 +0100
The new Galaxy Buds Pro. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Unpacked 2021 | Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro launch with an updated build, intelligent ANC and auto-device switching

Samsung has added Pro variants to its Galaxy Buds series of TWS earbuds. They are rated for upgraded active noise cancellation (ANC), voice-call quality and 360° Audio. They can also switch automatically between different mobile d...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 18:38:00 +0100
Creative Sound Blaster Z SE now available (Source: Creative)

The popular Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe sound card gets a "Special Edition" facelift

The latest addition to the Sound Blaster Z lineup comes with updated features, new gaming profiles, microphone and headphone EQ presets. The Sound Blaster Z SE has the same audio specs as the regular edition, such as up to 116 dB ...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 18:03:00 +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
The Helios 300 refresh: looks might be deceiving. (Source: Acer)

CES 2021 | Acer refreshes the Predator Helios 300 with RTX 3080 graphics and a 240Hz display

The latest iteration of the 15.6-inch Acer Predator Helios 300 could easily be mistaken for the last. However, the OEM asserts that it is rated for even smoother gameplay thanks to its new GPU and display option. Can these new spe...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:45:00 +0100
Lenovo has launched two new gaming headsets

CES 2021 | Lenovo Legion H200 and Legion H600 gaming headsets launched for US$49.99 and US$99.99, respectively

The Lenovo Legion H200 and Legion H600 are Lenovo's newest entry-level gaming headsets. The former is wired, while the latter can connect with devices in wired and wireless modes. Both headphones will hit the shelves in April 2021...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:00:00 +0100
LG introduces its QNED TVs. (Source: LG)

CES 2021 | LG introduces its 2021 OLED, NanoCell and QNED line-up of TVs

LG asserts that it has brought the "ultimate" slew of updates to its premium TV offerings to CES 2021. The OEM has even invented a new sub-category for this year: QNED, a combination of its mini-LED and Quantum NanoCell Color tech...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 23:44:00 +0100
The new HP Elite Wireless Earbuds. (Source: HP)

CES 2021 | The HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are a new option for work video calls

HP asserts that its new Elite-series earbuds are an enterprise-grade way of introducing wireless audio into your professional online conferencing set-up. They are rated for both passive and active noise cancellation (PNC and ANC),...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 11 Jan 2021 02:00:00 +0100

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