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New battery cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro feature a dedicated camera button

Apple launched battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max today. The new cases feature a dedicated camera button that can snap a photo or start recording video without the need for launching the Camera a...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:25:00 +0100
The Dripp Dropp truly wireless earbuds. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Dripp Dropps are the "most affordable" truly wireless earphones with Qualcomm tech on Indiegogo

Dripp Audio is a new company that has put its interestingly-named true-wireless earbuds on Indiegogo. The "Dropps" are described as the cheapest products in their category to have Qualcomm aptX and cVc noise-cancelling tech. They ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:48:00 +0100
The DualShock 5 looks set to do away with the light bar of its predecessor. (Image source: Sony)

DualShock 5 patent design may disappoint PlayStation fans

A new leak points towards the DualShock 5 only being a minor revision of the DualShock 4. Sony has already confirmed that it will incorporate new triggers in the controller that it will release alongside its next console. However,...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:53:00 +0100
The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE can now be bought in Europe. (Source: Mobvoi)

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE variant is now on sale in Europe

Mobvoi has released the 4G/LTE version of its TicWatch Pro to the European region. It costs €329.99 (about US$365) in its new market. However, its SIM functions can only be activated in Germany through this country's Vodafone divi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:36:00 +0100
PrinCube: The world's smallest mobile colour printer that can print on all surfaces. (Image source: TheGodThings)

PrinCube: The world's smallest mobile colour printer has raised over US$3.2 million in crowdfunding

TheGodThings claims that the PrinCube is the smallest mobile colour printer on the market. Better still, the device can print on all surfaces and fits in the palm of your hand. The PrinCube costs US$109 and ships next month.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:37:00 +0100
Canon has designed the EOS Ra specifically for night shots and astrophotography. (Image source: Canon)

Canon EOS Ra: The camera for astrophotographers is now available to purchase

The Canon EOS Ra is now available to purchase, having leaked earlier this month. The night shot and astrophotography specialist launched quietly, and includes the same 30.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor as the regular EOS R does. Cano...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:16:00 +0100
Sony's robo-puppy aibo. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases an API for its robot dog, aibo

Sony started selling its first consumer-grade robot puppy, aibo, quite some time ago. Therefore, you'd think the OEM would have also released advanced development tools so that the more tech-savvy of this product's owners could ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 22:45:00 +0100
The new Lenovo Smart Display 7. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo announces a new version of its Google Assistant-powered Smart Display

Lenovo has launched the Smart Display 7, which, like its predecessors, is a smart speaker with an in-built touchscreen. This new version has its display above its speakers this time, although they are still 10-watt (W) drivers. It...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:16:00 +0100
A new version of the Mi Surface may be on the way. (Source: MyDrivers)

Xiaomi's Mi Surface monitor may be getting a 29-inch variant

The Mi Surface is a recently-released gaming-focused monitor from Xiaomi. Now, a new leak has pointed toward an additional variant of this display line. It is to measure 29 inches rather than 34 as in the original, yet retain this...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:45:00 +0100
The Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera should be released soon. (Image source: Ricoh/Nokishita)

Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera renders and specifications leaked

Some renders and the specifications of the upcoming Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera have appeared online. The pictures show the device in a range of pastel colors and it sports a similar design language to the Theta SC. Accordin...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 05:34:00 +0100
The Huawei FreeBuds 3 will launch on November 18. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei FreeBuds 3: Apple AirPods Pro competitors launching imminently at €179 (~US$197)

Huawei is expanding the launch of its FreeBuds 3 beyond China within the next few days. The wireless earbuds will undercut the Apple AirPods Pro on price while featuring active noise cancellation (ANC) and a Kirin A1 SoC. Some pre...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:14:00 +0100
Whose drone is that? DJI's Remote ID may help you find out soon. (Source: CNET)

DJI announces Remote ID: an app to find out about any drone overhead

DJI has introduced its Remote ID, which allows a drone to "beam" its identity and other prevalent information to any smartphone on the ground via Wi-Fi. The company has developed this modality, which can be used through an app, in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +0100
The Manifest has released the results of a new study on wearables. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 56% of all US consumers may own a wearable at this point

A new study of wearable uptake in the US shows that 56% of its participants own such a device. Furthermore, another 13% of this group reported considering the purchase of one by 2020. This study's publication also contained some r...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:56:00 +0100
The new Spectacles 3 from Snap Inc can shoot 3D stills and video. (Source: Snap Inc)

Snap Inc launches Spectacles 3 with 3D VR recording and AR effects capabilities

Snap Inc has officially launched its new Spectacles 3. The Spectacles 3 feature dual built-in cameras that can shoot photos and video in 3D at up to 60fps with the ability to overlay 3D AR-style effects.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:33:00 +0100
The Amazfit Stratos3. (Source: Amazfit)

The Amazfit Stratos3 is a new sports smartwatch coming to Europe soon

The Amazfit Sports Watch 3 was released in China recently. However, its series is also marketed internationally as the Stratos line of sports-focused wearables. Its 3rd generation is now set for launch across multiple European cou...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100
Some CES Innovation Awards have been given out already. (Source: CES)

The CTA announces several CES 2020 award winners and honorees early

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has conferred a number of CES 2020 Awards on some OEMs ahead of this event. They include OnePlus, LG and Acer, who have won recognition for their latest flagship devices, (or, in some case...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:05:00 +0100
The 8K 7x10.7 KAS S from Canon. (Source: Canon)

Canon introduces the first 2 of its 8K broadcast-grade lenses to the US market

Canon USA has unveiled its inaugural 8K broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7x10.7 KAS S attachments. The company is pitching them at the capture of live TV in this UHD resolution. They also have an image format size that c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 09 Nov 2019 20:50:00 +0100
An example of a home theater in a box. (Source: Lifewire)

The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025

Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
The ICE Tower: A colourful and hefty cooler for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano. (Image source: Seeedstudio)

52Pi brings extreme cooling and color to the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit with the ICE Tower CPU Cooling Fan

The NVIDIA Jetson Nano is one of the most powerful SBCs on the market, but it only passively cools its 128 CUDA core and 472 GFLOPS-capable GPU. Now 52Pi, the company behind the ICE Tower Raspberry Pi CPU cooling fan, has returned...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:08:00 +0100
Samsung is now making an effort to draw 3rd-party TVs into its ecosystem. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung makes Tizen available for third-party TVs

Samsung's Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 contained numerous interesting announcements, not the least that Tizen OS for TVs can be ported to third-party devices. In addition, there are now additional developer-friendly facilities ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:41:00 +0100
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The Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatch lasts 2 weeks on a charge thanks to its E Ink display

The Fossil Hybrid HR is a new hybrid smartwatch that mixed the traditional face and hands of a mechanical watch with an E Ink display for notification and fitness tracking information. The watch runs proprietary software rather th...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:20:00 +0100
Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 Smartwatch Review: It can do more than any other smartwatch, but just not for that long

Almost perfect. Apple has made few changes to its Watch Series over the years. The original model had plenty going for it though, so that does not necessarily mean that Apple has fallen behind its competitors. On the contrary, the Apple Watch remains the best-selling smartwatch on the market, and by some distance. The Watch Series 5 is an excellent smartwatch too, but you may be taking a trip to the charger sooner than you may like.
Apple S5 | 1.533" | 30.8 g
Inge Schwabe, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:42:00 +0100
The new House of Marley Exodus headphones. (Source: House of Marley)

House of Marley updates its Exodus headphones with ANC

House of Marley's Exodus is a pair of premium over-ear headphones with 50-millimeter (mm) drivers and a sustainable provenance. Their latest refresh has active noise cancellation (ANC). They are also rated for a 28-hour battery li...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:09:00 +0100
The specialized Canon EOS Ra digital camera is not suitable for photographing normal subjects. (Image source: Nokishita)

Images and price of Canon EOS Ra camera leaked

A few images of the Canon EOS Ra camera have been leaked. The full-frame mirrorless digital camera has been specifically designed for night shots and astrophotography. A price tag for the upcoming device has also been leaked; thos...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:12:00 +0100
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Dell's latest UltraSharp 4K monitor makes calibration a snap with its pop-up colorimeter

Dell announced a new professional grade monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor features a 4K resolution at 27-inches, full AdobeRGB color coverage, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a pop-up colorimeter. The monitors w...
Sam Medley, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:02:00 +0100
The AirPods Pro bring plenty of features, but do they sound better than regular AirPods?

Apple AirPods Pro Review: Expensive earplugs or the real Hi-Fi deal?

Apple introduced the latest generation of its white earphones a few days ago, promising several improvements over existing AirPods. However, as iconic as its designs have been since the launch of the first iPod, the sound quality of Apple's earbuds have remained mediocre. Has the company finally mastered Hi-Fi audio quality or are the AirPods Pro just another step in the right direction?
Hannes Brecher, Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:29:00 +0100
Microsoft's effort to raise 2019 Black Friday hype. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft offers a preview of its Black Friday discount event

Microsoft has posted something for consumers to think about prior to their Black Friday shopping this year. It includes some details on its Surface deals for that period, including up to US$230 off the new Pro 7. There is also a l...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 03 Nov 2019 18:20:00 +0100
The DJI Mavic Mini is no bigger than your average smartphone. (Source: DJI)

It's a drone...It's a Fly Cam...It's the DJI Mavic Mini — a compact drone for US$399 that doesn't require an FAA registration

DJI has announced the availability of the Mavic Mini — an extremely compact drone that weighs 249 grams, does not require an FAA registration, and costs just US$399. The Mavic Mini can capture videos at 2.7K resolution and comes w...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 02 Nov 2019 09:35:00 +0100
The new Aukey Omni-Power range. (Source: Aukey)

Aukey gets up to date with the GaN- and graphene-enhanced Omni-Power fast-charger range

Aukey has unveiled its new Omni-Power series of accessories. The company claims that it integrates various state-of-the-art charging technologies, including a graphene skin, GaN and USB Power Delivery. This line includes new adapt...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:46:00 +0100
Fitbit has agreed to a Google acquisition. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit is to be acquired by Google for just over US$2 billion

Google has released a statement on its agreement to buy the wearables company Fitbit at a price of US$2.1 billion. The Mountain View may intend to use this acquisition to boost Wear OS. This deal may see the 2 companies collaborat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:25:00 +0100
Orbita believes AI assistants can do a lot for healthcare. (Source: Orbita)

New research asserts many adults want smart assistants to help look after their health

Orbita, a company that makes a personal assistant-like AI platform focused on healthcare, has published the results of a study that shows this is what the US adults recruited to it want from their voice-controlled searches. It app...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:53:00 +0100
Razer Firefly V2: RGB gaming mousepad gets thinner and brighter (Image source: Razer)

Razer Firefly V2: RGB gaming mousepad gets thinner and brighter

Even brighter and flatter than before, that is the motto with the Razer Firefly V2. The gaming mousepad is Razer's brightest to offer Chroma lighting, and supports Razer Synapse 3 too. The accessory more lighting zones than its pr...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:37:00 +0100
evleaks' "MatePad Pro". (Source: Twitter)

Huawei's next tablet may be a premium device with a punch-hole camera

Evan Blass has posted an image of a new tablet with a punch-hole display and a constant, minimal bezel. As this device is shown with what appears to be an M-Pen, it may pertain to a high-end successor to the Huawei MediaPad M6. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:21:00 +0100
SiriusXM content will become playable on Google Nest products soon. (Source: SiriusXM)

The Google Assistant will start integrating SiriusXM soon

Google and SiriusXM have partnered in order to enable streaming of the latter on smart speakers from the former. In addition, the content provider's subscribers will be able to activate and control their channels by asking the Ass...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:33:00 +0100
The Huawei Band 3 Pro offers health tracking and built-in GPS. (Image source: Huawei)

Battle of the bands heats up as leaked Huawei Band 4 Pro render shows off colorful options

A new image of the Huawei Band 4 Pro has been shared online. Although details about the specifications are still thin on the ground, the first appearance of the activity tracker is seemingly positive. There is a range of colors to...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 03:09:00 +0100
A sizeable proportion of eligible consumers are still wary about smart-home products. (Source: Parks Associates)

Research finds privacy concerns put US consumers off buying smart home products

A recent publication has reported that 52% of all US households with high-speed internet would rather not buy into the smart-home concept. 25% of this group nominated worries about data security and privacy as their reasons to rem...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:21:00 +0100
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless: A mouthful, but one with a unique feature. (Image source: Razer)

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless: The first earbuds with ultra-low latency Bluetooth

Latency remains an issue with wireless headphones, with most sets being unsuitable for gaming. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless seeks to address that, with the US$99.99 (£99.99/€119.99) pair of earbuds offering an ultra-low late...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:36:00 +0100
Image via Moto360.com

A new Moto 360 smartwatch is coming, but not from Motorola

A new Moto 360 smartwatch was unveiled today, but it won't be made by Motorola. Rather, a company called eBuyNow has purchased the rights to the Moto 360 brand and will manufacture the new smartwatch. The Moto 360 3rd generation w...
Sam Medley, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 03:33:00 +0100
Image via Razer

Razer's Junglecat controller turns your Android phone into a Switch

The Razer Junglecat is an Android Bluetooth controller that attaches two thumbsticks to either side of a gamer's phone. However, this orientation is only compatible with a handful of devices. The Junglecat can be used as a standal...
Sam Medley, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 20:17:00 +0100
Sharp's alleged schematic for a foldable gaming console. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Sharp's foldable ambitions may extend beyond phones to smart bands and even hand-held consoles

A tech blog claims to have dug up a number of Japanese-language patents, awarded to Sharp, that show this OEM's plans for its oneday line of foldable electronics. Some show rather slim-line devices that are most likely clam-shell ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:52:00 +0100
The next Snapdragon Wear processor may be one to take more seriously. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's next-gen smartwatch SoC is now rumored to be called the Snapdragon Wear 3300

A leak from earlier in 2019 suggested that the next processor designed for Wear OS devices would be based on the Snapdragon 429, an SoC that features in low-end phones and tablets. It was hypothesized to be called the Wear 2700. H...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:04:00 +0100
Fitbit could be set to join the Alphabet stable of brands. (Source: Fitbit)

Rumor: Alphabet in talks to acquire Fitbit

Google’s parent company Alphabet is said to be deep in negotiations to buy fitness wearables company Fitbit. Fitbit had indicated late last month that it was interested in a sale of the company and it looks like it might likely en...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:26:00 +0100
MKR WAN 1310: A LoRa developer board that costs ~US$37. (Image source: Arduino)

MKR WAN 1310: Arduino introduces a new developer board with LoRa connectivity

The Arduino MKR WAN 1310 developer board can bring LoRa connectivity to projects without requiring continuous mains power. The board is just 67.6 x 25.0 mm and integrates an ARM Cortex M0+ processor. The MKR WAN 1310 is available ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:50:00 +0100
The new SHIELD TV and TV Pro. (Source: NVIDIA)

The 2019 NVIDIA SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro are now live

NVIDIA now stocks the new Pro and non-Pro variants of the SHIELD TV on its official site. As projected, the latter is a 4K streaming stick with HDR 10. Both new Android 9.0 devices support Dolby Audio, can access GeForce NOW and h...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:39:00 +0100
The Mi Watch may look like this. (Source: Weibo)

Xiaomi's Mi Watch and next-gen Mi TV are now set for launch in November 2019

The "Mi Watch" is the likely name of Xiaomi's next wearable. The OEM has indicated that it is to be released on November 5, 2019, alongside the Mi TV 5 and Mi CC9 Pro. This new product is also projected to be a Wear OS device.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:37:00 +0100
An AirPods Pro render based on their leaks. (Source: EverythingApplePro)

AirPods Pro: The latest rumors point to new colors and water resistance

Apple's AirPods are currently projected to gain a Pro version soon, thanks to a recent slew of leaks and rumors. The latest of these may indicate that they will finally launch in colors besides white for a change. Furthermore, it ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:09:00 +0100
The new Apollo Max power bank. (Source: ELECJET)

ELECJET claims that its new graphene-enhanced power bank can charge to full capacity in just 19 minutes

The Apollo Max is a new 10000mAh power bank that, according to its maker ELECJET, integrates the emerging graphene standard as a battery material. This, it is claimed, gives it an "unbeatable charging efficiency of 96%". This new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 20:46:00 +0100
Smartwatches are increasingly popular, but could be more secure. (Source: TechRadar)

Nok Nok Labs claims that its new SDK can make smartwatches more secure and better equipped to take over from phones

The consumer-grade security development group Nok Nok Labs has unveiled its new SDK. It asserts that it is the first such app software capable of conferring FIDO-based authentication on smartwatches. This, then, may help users dep...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:34:00 +0100
The new Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM lens. (Source: Canon)

Canon launches 2 groundbreaking additions to the RF line of lenses

The Canon RF lens series has now added its 9th and 10th members, in the form of the 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and 85mm F1.2L USM DS products respectively. The former is described as the most compact device in its class, whereas the la...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 13:31:00 +0100
Kobo bought the Tolino brand in January 2017. (Image source: Tolino)

eReader: Tolino introduces Android-based Kobo clones

Tolino has released three new eReaders. Strictly speaking, they are not new, though. Instead, they are rebranded Kobo devices but pre-loaded with Android rather than Kobo's in-house software.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 16:12:00 +0200

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