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Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store opens early November 2018 (Source: Lenovo)

The Matrix is here: Lenovo opens unmanned convenience store

The first Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store is located in Beijing, at the company's tech campus. Its goal is to help Lenovo test its facial recognition, electronic payment, IoT, AI, and AR technologies. The catch is that Lenovo tablets ...
Worldwide location intelligence is an increasingly lucrative market. (Source:

The global location intelligence market will be worth US$25 billion by 2025

Location intelligence is based on the locational data of consumers gathered through IoT and similar means. Its market is thought to be capable of strong growth for the next 7 years, at which point it may be worth just over US$25 b...
The EDIFICE Connected range. (Source: Casio)

Casio's newest additions to the EDIFICE lineup can connect to your smartphone

Casio wants to solve its customer's daylight savings time problems with the latest versions of its EDIFICE line. These motorsport-inspired watches can sync via a smartphone in order to maintain its timekeeping accuracy. On the oth...
Websites could battle more bots without interrupting users thanks to reCAPTCHA v3

Websites could battle more bots without interrupting users thanks to reCAPTCHA v3

Google's latest iteration of the reCAPTCHA system, reCAPTCHA v3, is now available to website administrators and webmasters. reCAPTCHA v3 runs in the background, tracking user behavior and assigning a risk score based on that behav...
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Google pledges US $25 million to developing "AI for social good"

Google launched a new grant initiative today, seeking to fund teams that want to develop "AI for social good." Dubbed the AI Impact Challenge, the initiative will award $25 million across multiple teams that qualify based on the s...
Image: Red Hat logo

IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion

In a deal valued at US $34 billion, IBM will acquire Red Hat, the organization behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and CentOS. IBM is buying Red Hat in order to compete in the cloud computing market against the likes of Amazo...
Huawei launches the new Huawei AI Speaker powered by Dynaudio high-end audio. (Source: Engagdet)

Huawei launches HomePod clone

Huawei has used its home market launch event for the Mate 20 series of smartphones to debut its Huawei AI Speaker. More than a little reminiscent of Apple's HomePod, the new speaker has been co-developed with famed Dutch audio spe...
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Western Digital unveils new 15 TB hard drive, the largest HDD yet

Western Digital just announced the largest mechanical hard drive in the industry, a 15TB helium-sealed monster. Designed for data centers and cloud storage services, the 15TB HDD is intended for enterprise customers in need of den...
5G coming to India in 2019 as a large-scale trial thanks to Samsung

Samsung plans to bring 5G to India next year for a large-scale trial

Samsung and India's Department of Telecommunications teamed up to conduct the first large-scale 5G trial in the country, which is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2019 if everything works as planned. Samsung made th...
A large part of the point of the IoT revolution was to automate the home. (Source:

Less than 40% of IoT consumers consider themselves reliant on their connected devices

Most people who own connected devices appear not to need them in their everyday lives. This is one of the findings of a new study into IoT use in the home and similar settings. 29% of these users were unsure of how their data was ...
43 percent of millennials check their phone once every 20 minutes (Source: KDM Engineering)

43 percent of Millennials check their smartphone once every 20 minutes

Most smartphone users know of his or her bad smartphone habits, but they just don't seem to care. More than half admit to texting while driving with many even pulling out the smartphone during job interviews.
Spotify has a refreshed Wear OS app. (Source: Spotify)

Spotify releases improved Wear OS app update

The music streaming service Spotify has finally pushed an update for the app used on Android smartwatches. This version takes on the functions users formerly had to turn to 3rd-party solutions for. For example, the new Spotify for...
Essential wants to make a grand statement after the PH-1 smartphone failed to inspire. (Source: Essential)

Essential may go for broke with AI-driven device

It has been reported that Essential’s next smartphone-related product may be saturated with enough AI technology to enable users to have a full-fledged virtual assistant in their pockets. Apparently, there is a prototype in the wo...
The Google Home Hub. (Source: Google)

New Google Home Hub: the smart-home ecosystem gets its own screen

The Home Hub is the newest form of domestic voice assistant from Google. It has been revealed as part of the Made by Google event, along with the new Pixel phones and Pixel Slate. The Hub is supposedly designed to subtly blend in ...
The Facebook Portal is available in 10.1-inch and 15.6-inch sizes. (Source: Facebook)

Facebook intros new Portal smart hub line powered by Alexa

Facebook has introduced a smart home product it has dubbed Portal. Available in two sizes, the device offers similar functionality to the Amazon Echo Show, but focuses on providing seamless video chatting through its Messenger app...
The updated Amazon Alexa app is available on the Play Store and the App Store. (Source: PhoneArena)

Redesigned Amazon Alexa app features new Devices tab

The Amazon Alexa app has received a much-needed redesign and now features a clearer user interface and a new Devices tab. Users will be able to go directly to a list of devices in their home that utilize the popular virtual assist...
A Zigbee module. (Source:

IoT market could be worth over US$1,000 billion in six years

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is now estimated it will attain a value of just under US$1,500 billion by 2024. This is particularly impressive as it was worth $334 billion in 2016. A new report attributes this potential growt...
Wireless 802.11ax will now be labeled as Wi-Fi 6 moving forward (Source:

Wi-Fi Alliance thinks "802.11ac" is too confusing for the public, will now rebrand it as "Wi-Fi 5"

802.11n, 802.11ac, and 80211ax will now be known as Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5, and Wi-Fi 6, respectively. Wireless products launching in 2019 or later will use the new naming convention in their specifications list to better help customers...
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K may be intended to take the new Chromecast on. (Source: IoTGadgets)

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: this affordable streaming device may challenge new Chromecast

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has just been announced. It may be able to deliver HDR10+, as well as Dolby Vision, in order to stream content. Amazon has also included object-based Dolby Atmos surround sound, for material that suppor...
Project Stream testing starts on the same date as Assassin's Creed Odyssey's official release: October 5. (Source: Ubisoft)

Google announces Project Stream with Assassin's Creed Odyssey capture

Google has partnered up with the French gaming behemoth Ubisoft to show off the American company’s new Project Stream service. The California-based technology giant is hoping its rather prosaically named offering can take media st...
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A Best Buy customer accidently bought the unannounced third-gen Chromecast

A lucky Reddit user by the name of GroveStreeHomie was able to buy a (currently unannounced) third-generation Chromecast from his local Best Buy. The new device features a slightly tweaked design and might have some new features, ...
Harman has launched the Spark, a "connected car" solution, in the US. (Source: Harman)

Harman launches Spark, a device to turn any car into a 'smart' car

Harman has released the Spark, a product that it claims can make any car "connected". It may be able to convey LTE connectivity, monitoring for auto security and automatic crash assistance on a vehicle. The Spark is currently avai...
A new reports estimates the worth of the smart home market in 2025. (Source:

Smart home market to exceed US$90 billion by 2025: new report

Smart home technology has definitely caught on by now, with many people automating or controlling their living spaces with new products designed to be integrated into them. A new market research report suggests that the market bui...
Amazon Alexa Echo Show, more Alexa-branded devices coming in 2018

Amazon Alexa microwave, receiver, subwoofer, amplifier, and in-car solution coming by the end of 2018

Amazon Alexa fans should get ready to celebrate before the end of the month because the tech giant will soon unveil a few new devices. By the end of the year, the list of new Alexa-driven devices by Amazon should include an in-car...
Samsung SmartThings Tracker and SmartThings app (Source: Samsung US Newsroom)

Samsung unveils the SmartThings Tracker GPS tracking device

The new Samsung SmartThings Tracker GPS tracking device connects through an LTE-M network to allows its users to track the objects, animals, or even kids that it gets attached to. The first carrier to bring it to the US is AT&T, w...
NetSpeed Systems team is now a part of Intel's Silicon Engineering Group (Source: Intel Newsroom)

Intel acquires NetSpeed Systems to speed up SoC development

San Jose-based NetSpeed Systems, a company which provides SoC design tools and interconnect fabric IP, has just joined Intel. NetSpeed's team is now part of Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group, but those who would like to know all t...
Amazon only needed 25 years to become a trillion-dollar company, considerably less than the 43 years it took Apple to achieve the same feat. (Source:

Amazon joins the US$ 1 trillion tech company club, breathes down on Apple's neck

It took Apple 43 years to become the first trillion-dollar US company, whereas Amazon managed the same feat in a little under 25 years, and it now threatens to take over the first position. Granted, Amazon started out as an online...
devolo claim that their new line of Powerline-enabled Magic mesh adapters will speed up your home WiFi. (Source:

IFA 2018 | devolo's new Magic line combines mesh WiFi and Powerline

devolo's new home networking solution, Magic, is a form of mesh WiFi that also uses Powerline technology. It does so using next-generation chips and new, AC-adapter mesh points. devolo claims that this combination can drastic...
Samsung Exynos i S111 chip for IoT announced in late August 2018 (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung announces the Exynos i S111 narrowband IoT solution

The new Exynos i S111 is Samsung's latest narrowband solution for IoT applications that includes a modem, processor, memory, and Global Navigation Satellite System on the same chip. The Exynos i S111 comes as the successor of Sams...
The 11.6-inch screen supports multi-touch gestures like pinch zoom. (Source: Shuttle)

Shuttle unveils fanless all-in-one PC with 11.6-inch touchscreen

The new XPC P20U from Shuttle is an all-in-one PC barebones unit with fanless design and water/dust-proofing. Equipped with an 11-6-inch multi-touch display, this model makes for an excellent IoT or PoS terminal. Specs include the...
Google wants increased market coverage of enterprise data needs. (Source: Google)

Edge TPUs revealed as the future of AI for Google at Next 2018

Google is aiming to bring its Cloud platform and AI solutions to the forefront of enterprise-level computing. The company outlined its plans to do so at its relevant Next '18 event in San Francisco this year. The Edge TPU, which c...
Zotac's BI329 makes for an excellent HTPC solution that can eventually be upgraded. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac presents BI329 mini PC featuring Gemini Lake CPUs

The new BI329 mini PC is Zotac's latest model dedicated to the HTPC and IoT markets. It comes in three variants: a barebones one without RAM and storage, one with 4 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD, and a Windows variant that has 4 GB of RAM...
Intel preparing for "Data-Centric" era (Source: Intel Newsroom)

Intel has sold AI chips worth over US$1 billion last year

The Xeon processors employed by data centers in various artificial intelligence applications provided Intel with over US$1 billion in revenue in 2017, and the future looks even better. According to the company's officials, the dat...
Qualcomm September 10 event official teaser (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 mobile processor might arrive next month

Although the recent official teasers have not revealed what is this all about, insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Qualcomm will launch a new mobile chip on September 10. As its alleged name suggests, the upcoming Snap...
Even though the Amber Lake-Y CPUs have 5 W TDPs, they should perform on par with the 15 W counterparts in less demanding applications.  (Source: TechRadar)

New Intel Amber Lake-Y details emerge

Intel announced the Amber Lake-Y CPUs back at Computex in June, but core count or frequency details were not provided. This week, Dell and NextLab501 revealed names and specs for three Amber Lake-Y CPUs, and it looks like the new ...
The Google Pixel 2 XL is US$100 off for a limited time. (Source: Google)

Google Store offering Pixel XL 2 at US$100 discount, other devices on special too

Google is currently offering its Pixel 2 XL models at US$100 off their regular price. The sale also includes other products in its hardware lineup and runs until July 17 while stocks last.
Baidu Kunlun processor for AI (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Baidu announces a new processor for AI

Baidu's new Kunlun processor is advertised as "China's first cloud-to-edge AI chip" that will be used in both cloud and edge scenarios, including data centers, autonomous vehicles, and public clouds. The chip uses 14 nm Samsung en...
SDHC/XC/UC will be the first cards to support the new Express specifications. (Source: SD Association)

SD cards with 128 TB capacities and 985 MB/s speeds coming in 2019

The improved SD Express cards will feature transfer speeds up to 985 MB/s via the PCIe/NVMe interface and 128 TB storage capacities. These improvements target 4K/8K video processing, VR and augmented reality applications, AI-drive...
Libre Computer Renegade Elite single-board PC with Rockchip RK3399 processor (Source: Libre Computer)

Libre Computer's single-board computer Renegade Elite coming in August, Rockchip RK3399 in tow

The successor of the US$35 Renegade single-board PC by Libre Computer will hit Indiegogo in July and general availability is scheduled for August. This Raspberry Pi alternative uses a Rockchip RK3399 processor and features USB Typ...
Microsoft's planned cloud-based game service would not be restricted to just Xbox owners. (Source: GotGame)

E3 2018 | Microsoft planning inclusive game-streaming service

Microsoft has announced plans to introduce a game-streaming service that will deliver high-quality gaming to a broad range of devices. The as yet unnamed service will be a major entry into the cloud gaming industry and demonstrate...
A Sharp Windows Collaboration Display. (Source: Microsoft)

Computex 2018 | Microsoft introduces Windows Collaboration Displays for the modern meeting room

Microsoft took to the stage at Computex 2018 to demonstrate a new class of meeting room devices. Dubbed Windows Collaboration Displays, these devices are meant for the modern meeting room and come with a full suite of Microsoft 36...
The Amazon smart-speaker family includes the Echo, Plus, Spot, Dot, and Show devices. (Source: PCMag)

Update | Amazon Echo device records and sends private conversation without permission

It has been reported that an Amazon Echo device recorded and then sent out a husband and wife’s private conversation without their permission. The Alexa-enabled smart speaker sent the audio file to a random contact who just happen...
According to the report, the global smart speaker market has enjoyed a year-over-year growth of 278%. (Source: BBC)

Amazon and Google dominate global smart speaker market

A new quarterly research report has been released that shows Amazon and Google currently leading the pack in terms of global smart speaker shipments and market share. However, although Amazon has shipped twice as many units in Q1 ...
An estimated 39 million Americans have a smart speaker in their home. (Source: TechHive)

Voice shopping could be worth US$40 billion by 2022

A press release from a strategy consulting firm has stated that voice-based shopping will enjoy incredible growth over the next four years, hitting a total of more than US$40 billion in sales across the US and UK by 2022. The mark...
The Extended Pentium model comes with a thicker profile, as it fits more hardware features. (Source: Dell)

Dell introduces Wyse Thin Client 5070 small form-factor PCs

Dell is refreshing the Wyse small form-factor PC series with Intel Gemini Lake ULV CPUs. The new Wyse 5070 family will include two lower-end Celeron models and two higher-end Pentium models with up to 1600 factory configurations, ...
Amazon's total revenue for 2017 was US$177.86 billion. (Source:

Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft post impressive quarterly results

Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft have all published quarterly financial reports showing better than expected results. Microsoft revealed revenue of US$26.8 billion while fellow tech giant Intel managed revenue of US$16.1 billion for t...
Fire TV devices were developed by Amazon and manufactured by Foxconn. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is coming soon

The question “What is Fire TV Cube?” has been posted on a splash page on the Amazon website. Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player and microconsole created by the Seattle-based online shopping giant. Rumors of a cube-shaped dev...
The global semiconductor market enjoyed 2016-2017 growth of 21.6%. (Source: VR Zone)

Report places Samsung ahead of Intel in semiconductor market

A press release from research company Gartner has stated that Samsung has overtaken Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor vendor. The figures for 2017 show the South Korean company gaining 14.2% of the global market share whi...
The ultra-low voltage Tremont CPUs will come with TDPs lower than 10 W. (Source: Anandtech)

Intel "Tremont" will soon replace "Goldmont Plus" ultra-low voltage SoCs

The Tremont ultra-low voltage SoCs will presumably be manufactured using the 10 nm process and will feature most of the instruction sets that will be integrated in the upcoming Ice Lake desktop CPUs. Intel is making sure that the ...
Amazon has not yet disclosed the appearance of Vesta, but the robot cold come in a humanoid form to make it more friendly. (Source: ReporteIndigo)

Amazon's project Vesta aims to launch domestic robots by 2019

Vesta is a more advanced Alexa that can go about houses thanks to advanced cameras and computer vision systems that are currently featured in self-driving cars. Additionally, the domestic robot could come with a pair of robotic ar...

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