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The Skullcandy Vert earbuds. (Source: Skullcandy)

Skullcandy invents the clip-on wireless earbud set

Skullcandy has released Vert, a new set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds. Unlike most products in this category, however, they are not of the typical "neckbud" form-factor. Instead, the buds are linked to a dial-like clip-on module, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 23:22:00 +0200
The Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour offers exclusive running features. (Source: Under Armour))

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Editon goes on sale

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been on the market for a weeks but its special Under Armour Edition has been MIA until now. The Apple Watch Nike challenger has finally hit the market in the US with its global rollout also unde...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 13 Oct 2019 11:26:00 +0200
Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker Review

Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker Review: A Xiaomi Mi Band 4 alternative with hardly any weaknesses

Smart Band evolution. The Honor Band 5 hardly differs from its predecessor, at least visually. Nevertheless, Honor wants to have achieved some improvements with the fifth edition of its fitness tracker. Read on to find out what these are and what our major criticism of the Honor Band 5 is.
Marcus Herbrich, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:59:57 +0200
Amazfit Verge Lite

Tried it: Amazfit Verge Lite Smartwatch Reviewed

Endurance runner. It is cheap and almost inconspicuous, but the Lite version of the Amazfit Verge from Huami has it all: The manufacturer promises a battery life of up to 20 days. In addition, the smart watch has its own GPS receiver, measures the pulse around the clock and is incredibly affordable. What the watch can do for just 89 euros, our test clarifies.
Inge Schwabe, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:12:00 +0200
Sennheiser GSP 370 wireless gaming headset (Source: Sennheiser)

Sennheiser GSP 370 Hands-On

We got our hands on the brand-new Sennheiser GSP 370 — a wireless gaming headset with a design similar to the wired GSP 350 and the same strong areas that also comes with an impressive battery life of up to 100 hours. The GSP 370 can be acquired at a recommended retail price of €199 (roughly US$218), but is it worth it?
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 09 Oct 2019 21:47:00 +0200
The Turtle Beach Atlas Edge USB audio adapter. (Source: Turtle Beach)

Turtle Beach claims its new Atlas Edge USB adapter gives any 3.5mm-jack headset an audio edge

Turtle Beach has released the Atlas Edge, a new USB adapter for any conventional wired headset. It is intended to enhance any headset connected to it with an in-house panel of software called Control Studio. This suite is designed...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 23:02:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4. (Source: PhoneArena)

Xiaomi may add NFC to the international-variant Mi Band 5

The Mi Band is a popular fitness wearable series worldwide, albeit with one potential drawback: many units sold outside China come without NFC. Its maker, Xiaomi, will reportedly address this deficiency in its next generation. Thi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:17:00 +0200
The new Sony a9II. (Source: Sony)

Sony unveils its new a9II full-frame flagship camera

Sony has launched its latest alpha-series flagship, the a9II. This new 24.2MP premium unit is distinctly pitched at professional photographers in sports reporting and other fast-moving fields. It is designed for continous shooting...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 15:43:00 +0200
Some wireless chargers may be restricted under iOS 13.1. (Source: ChargerLab)

Researchers claim Apple restricts wireless charger speeds in iOS 13.1

The blog ChargerLab claims to have found that some wireless chargers are being restricted to 5 watts (W) of power while iPhones are placed on them with the new iOS update, whereas the same devices could deliver 7.5W under the olde...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 05 Oct 2019 22:07:00 +0200
Smartwatch Fitbit Versa 2

Smart watch Fitbit Versa 2 Review - how can a fitness tracker without GPS be that good?

In a word. Fitbit's latest smartwatch can talk to Alexa without listening non-stop; at least that's what Fitbit promises. Despite its similarity to the Apple Watch the Versa 2 remains a fitness tracker. To our surprise, the successor to the first generation Versa still lacks integrated GPS. Let's find out how well it did despite its lack of location services.
Inge Schwabe, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:41:26 +0200
The Surface Earbuds. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft unveils the Surface Earbuds: Wireless audio "with a little magic"

Along with its (impressively varied) new PCs, Microsoft also introduced its first-ever true wireless earbuds today (October 2, 2019). These Surface Earbuds are capable of noise-canceling and voice-activation features. However, the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 19:01:00 +0200
The Surface Pro 7 is unveiled on stage. (Source: Microsoft)

The Surface Pro 7 defines itself through power, performance - and USB type C ports

The Surface Pro 7 has finally stepped up to USB type C support. Otherwise, it remains a 12.3-inch 2-in-1 with advanced Pen features and a refined Type Keyboard attachment. The Pro 7 starts at US$749 and ships from October 22, 2019...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 18:25:00 +0200
Review AVM FritzBox 7590: Operation and functional range are the trumps

Review AVM FritzBox 7590: Operation and functional range are the trumps

Functional giant! The Fritzbox 7590 is AVM's current top model and offers WLAN router functionality as well as a DSL modem, DECT telephony, WLAN mesh and limited smart home features. We look at the top model in the test.
Klaus Hinum, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 10:33:00 +0200
The LG Tone+ Free truly wireless earbuds. (Source: LG)

LG launches its first true wireless earbuds in South Korea

LG has unveiled new products called the Tone+ Free earbuds in its home country. Unlike the OEM's earlier similar products, these wearables are completely wireless and come in a charging case like the AirPods and other similar devi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:47:00 +0200
The Surface Pen may be totally wireless this generation. (Source: Engadget)

Microsoft may have a new wireless charger in the works

A new registration of Microsoft's with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hints at a new accessory that could be launched tomorrow in conjunction with the Surface 7 line. It is a wireless charger with a 300 milliwatt capa...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 20:02:00 +0200
The GoPro Max: A US$499.99 360° action camera. (Image source: GoPro)

GoPro Max: A 360° action camera that costs US$499.99

One of two cameras that GoPro has announced today, the GoPro Max replaces the GoPro Fusion 360 as the company's premier 360° action camera. The GoPro Max features 16.6 MP 360° and 5.5 MP sensors and costs US$499.99. GoPro is offe...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 17:30:00 +0200
The GoPro Hero 8 Black: GoPro's new US$399.99 action camera (Image source: GoPro)

GoPro unveils the Hero 8 Black, its latest US$399.99 action camera

On cue, GoPro has taken the wraps off the successor to the Hero 7 Black, aptly named the Hero 8 Black. The new action camera features a 12 MP sensor that can shoot in up to 4K at 60 FPS or 1080p at 240 FPS. The Hero 8 Black suppor...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 17:17:00 +0200
Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero wireless headphones now shipping

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero wireless headphones are super comfy and big on macro features

The enthusiast headphones will work on consoles and PCs alike and will come with one full year of Tidal Premium for a limited time. The manufacturer is promising 30 hours of battery life with its 50 mm Nanoclear speakers.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 21:18:42 +0200
The Hero 8 Black is an overhaul of its predecessor and will support several hot-swappable accessories. (Image source: Photorumors)

GoPro Hero 8 Black: Pricing, packaging and advertising materials leaked ahead of tomorrow's launch

There is only one day to go until GoPro unveils its next action cameras, but advertising materials, packaging and pricing of the Hero 8 Black have appeared online. The leak even details some of the accessories that GoPro will sell...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:52:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and free accessories (Source: PhoneArena)

Deal | Galaxy Note 10+ purchases come with free Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit in the US

Although US$1099.99 for an unlocked 256 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ cannot be considered affordable, US customers can take advantage of the free Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit that come with the flagship. Samsung is also offering a fre...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:05:00 +0200
The new Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro earbuds. (Source: Soundcore)

Soundcore claims to have made the world's first "sonically aligned" truly wireless earbud

Soundcore has unveiled its new Liberty 2 Pro truly wireless earbuds. The company claims that they have been designed in a way that produces true "sonic alignment", thus delivering a more accurate soundstage, clear bass and distinc...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Sep 2019 19:34:00 +0200
The Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR. (Source: Casio)

Casio's new Wear OS smartwatch is also its first to have a heart-rate monitor

The PRO TREK Smart WSD-F21HR is a new Casio watch with a heart-rate monitor, as well as a range of other sensors for outdoor functions and general location management. It has a 1.32-inch dual display to save battery, a microphone ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 22:55:00 +0200
Fitbit was the most familiar name in a new study of wearables awareness. (Source: Wired)

Fitbit is the best-known name in wearables, even though Apple owns the market

The Manifest has conducted a study to find out which name was most familiar in the wearables sphere. 77% of those polled were able to name Fitbit in this context, compared to 73% for the next most recognized name ("Apple Watch"). ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:58:00 +0200
The Amazon Echo Studio is targeted at the Sonos One and Apple HomePod. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon intros Echo Studio speaker and Echo Buds in-ear Bluetooth headphones with Bose NC tech

Amazon has introduced a new Echo Studio speaker and Echo Buds in-ear wireless headphones. Both feature the latest sound technologies including support for Dobly Atmos in the former and Bose active noise-cancelling circuitry in the...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 11:45:00 +0200
Xiaomi may be working on a different kind of smartwatch. (Source: DirectD)

Xiaomi's next smartwatch might run Wear OS

Xiaomi normally releases fitness bands or watches that run proprietary apps rather than a dedicated, familiar OS. A tech blog may have found evidence that this may change soon. It claims to have detected code in the Wear OS phone ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:25:00 +0200
The new Canon EOS M200. (Source: Canon)

Canon tackles smartphones that encroach on photography with the new EOS M200

Canon has released a new mirrorless camera that can record 4K vertical videos and then share them directly to social media. The EOS M200 has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor and CMOS auto-focus. It can also record in 60fps FHD and has a ligh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 23:12:00 +0200
The Mi AirDots Pro 2 will go on sale on September 27. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro 2: The AirPods alternative that cost ~US$55

Xiaomi has followed up on the success of last year's Mi AirDots Pro with a suitably named successor, the Mi AirDots Pro 2. The headphones will be available in China from September 27 for CNY 399 (~US$55) and look uncannily like th...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 19:13:00 +0200
What does Microsoft have up its sleeve for its next Surface Pen? (Image source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro 7: Will the next Surface Pen support wireless charging?

Microsoft is expected to unveil at least the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 at its hardware event on October 2. A recent FCC filing suggests that the company may also have a new Surface Pen in the works, though. The certified ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:57:00 +0200
An LG NeON R ACe Solar Panel. (Source: LG)

LG's awarding-winning solar panels shine at the SPI 2019 event

LG Electronic's solar energy solutions are in show at the 2019 Solar Power International expo. They include the new NeON R ACe Solar Panel, which comes with its own AC micro-inverter so as to be compatible with conventional power ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 20:13:00 +0200
Expect to see the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max arrive on October 1. (Image source: GoPro)

GoPro annual hardware event confirmed ahead of Hero 8 & GoPro Max unveiling

Set your watches to 06:00 PDT (UTC -7) on October 1, for that is when GoPro will be hosting its next annual hardware refresh. The company is expected to unveil the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max, which will succeed the GoPro Hero 7 an...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 23 Sep 2019 18:29:00 +0200
The new Sony E-mount lenses from Tamron. (Source: PetaPixel)

New Sony E-mount lenses from Tamron are on the way

The Japanese lens-maker Tamron already makes 17-28mm and 8-75mm f/2.8 products for Sony full-frame cameras. Now, it has released a video teaser hinting at 4 more of the same to be launched soon. Their specs are left to the imagina...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:29:00 +0200
A new version of Warp Charge is on the way. (Source: XDA)

The OnePlus 7T series will come with up to 23% faster charging out of the box

Pete Lau, OnePlus' CEO, teased a new feature of the upcoming 7T series in a new interview. It will be called Warp Charge 30T, as opposed to the Warp Charge 30 found in the existing 7 Pro device. Lau claimed that the new standard w...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:45:00 +0200
The new PuroGamer headset. (Source: Puro Sound Labs)

The latest Puro Sound Labs headset aims to boost aural health in gaming

Puro Sound Labs describes itself as "the world's leading manufacturer of premium, safe-listening headphones". It has developed the PuroGamer, a "studio-grade" headset with 50-millimeter (mm) graphene drivers for better audio at lo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:15:00 +0200
A smart material reacts to a magnetic field. (Source: Physics Open Lab)

The smart materials market is now projected to reach a US$100+ billion valuation by 2026

Smart materials may prove to be the basis of the electronic components of the future. Their market's value was estimated at US$36 billion in 2017. That figure is now thought to grow until it hits $127 billion in 7 years from now.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:32:00 +0200
The new Huawei Watch GT 2. (Source: YouTube)

The Watch GT 2 is a new Huawei device you will be able to buy soon

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is this OEM's latest smartwatch. It has a 1.39-inch HD OLED display encased in "3D Glass". It comes in 42 and 46 millimeter (mm) variants, and is rated for 2 weeks of battery life.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:48:00 +0200
The new Porsche Design Mate 30 RS. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei unveils its latest Porsche Design variant, the Mate 30 RS

Huawei released its new Mate 30-line flagships at a Munich event today (September 19, 2019). A new special edition of the same developed in collaboration with Porsche was also introduced. It was unveiled on stage by the OEM's Rich...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:51:00 +0200
The Fossil Collider DIANA. (Source: Fossil)

Fossil's secret smartwatch sauce may mean no Pixel Watch this year

Business Insider has published a new report that claims to offer an insight into the development of Google-brand smartwatches. It also outlines the nature of the "secret" technology purchased by this company from Fossil, which all...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:42:00 +0200
The JAM Audio Live Free truly wireless earbuds. (Source: JAM Audio)

JAM Audio claims that its new true wireless earbuds can last over 54 hours per charge

The Live Free truly wireless earbuds are the latest products from the company JAM Audio. It is claimed that they are smaller and more comfortable than their predecessors. They also come in a handy case that is rated for a battery ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:48:00 +0200
The new PRT-B50 PRO TREK watch. (Source: Casio)

The CASIO PRT-B50 is the first PRO TREK analog watch to have Smartphone Link and 4 environmental sensors

The PRT-B50 is a new PRO TREK model that can connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Unlike some other Casio watches with this ability, however, this new product has a non-digital watchface. Its physical hands can be used to do...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:43:00 +0200
Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit: A complete mirrorless camera solution for video production. (Image source: Nikon)

Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit: A complete mirrorless camera solution for video production

Nikon has introduced the Nikon Z 6 Essential Film Kit, its first mirrorless camera bundle that the company has designed for video professionals and filmmakers. The kit offers a quick introduction to the production of high-quality ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:14:00 +0200
The OnePlus 7T Series' 1st promo. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus sets dates for 7T Series launch

The OEM OnePlus has made its anticipated 7T series of phones official, and has also announced dates for its launch around the world. The first of these will be in India on September 26, 2019. The 7Ts will then get a 2nd event in L...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:38:00 +0200
The Watch GT 2 will continue to run an in-house fork of Android, eschewing WearOS. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei Watch GT 2: New smartwatch teased ahead of Mate 30 Pro launch

Huawei has more up its sleeve for its next launch event than just the Mate 30 series. In anticipation of this Thursday's event in Munich, the Chinese company has teased the successor to the Watch GT, aptly named the Watch GT 2. Re...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:18:00 +0200
Some of the Huawei smart glass variants. (Source: GizmoChina)

The Huawei smart glasses are now on sale in China

Huawei unveiled a new line of smart glasses along with the P30 smartphone series. However, nothing has been heard of them since. Now, however, they have reportedly been released to the Chinese market in several different styles an...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:36:00 +0200
These cameras may be divisive, but they may also be powerful. (Source: BGR)

The Pixel 4 series may rival the Galaxy Note 10s for camera features

The Google Camera app v7 has leaked out and has been torn down. This has resulted in references to a slew of new abilities that may debut in the Pixel 4 and 4XL. They include the Mountain View's versions of Samsung's Motion Blur a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:10:00 +0200
A wall outlet for the future. (Source: Leviton)

A new power socket with USB type C Power Delivery ports has modern devices in mind

Leviton's new duplex wall socket also has in-built USB outputs. These welcome and increasingly welcome upgrades to electrical fittings are type-C ports with the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard. This means they are rated to charge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:44:00 +0200
Weekend Discussion: Would you care if the next generation of laptops had no 3.5 mm audio jacks?

Weekend Discussion: Would you care if your next laptop had no 3.5 mm audio jack?

Our 'Weekend Discussion' series asks questions and "what if" scenarios to our readers about how they use their smartphones, laptops, or other portable devices with the intention of encouraging insightful discussions. For this week...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 08:45:00 +0200
A drawing of the Razer "gaming controller for mobile device" patent. (Image source: WIPO)

Razer design patent appears online: A Razer Phone accessory or an Edge Pro successor?

Razer has patented the perfect Nintendo Switch, or is it a Razer Phone accessory? What about a resurrected Wii U GamePad or a Razer Edge Pro? Your guess is as good as ours.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:45:00 +0200
The GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max (Image source: WinFuture)

GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max high-resolution marketing pictures leak before imminent release

Two new GoPro action cameras on the horizon, with the company announcing the successors to the GoPro Hero 7 and GoPro Fusion 360 this month. High-resolution marketing images of the GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max have appeared on...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:45:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 5 will be available from September 20. (Image source: Apple)

The competition needs to watch out: Apple Watch Series 5 does so much more than just tell the time

Among a host of other revelations at the recent Apple Special Event, the Cupertino company also officially announced the Apple Watch Series 5. The latest iteration of the highly successful smartwatch features an Always-On Retina d...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:11:00 +0200
UWB is found in the iPhones 11 Pro and Pro Max only. (Source: YouTube)

Apple develops a proprietary short-range communication system for the iPhones 11 Pro

The Apple U1 chip is new hardware that controls ultrawide band (UWB) energy transfers between devices. This enables compatible products to locate each other and exchange data in a way non-U1-enabled counterparts cannot. These new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200

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