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Aimed at users who want to ditch the desktop for a laptop, the Promise TD-300 9-in-1 dock extends the connectivity with five USB 3.0 ports for more peripherals like screens and gaming gear. Additionally, there is a GbE connector, an SD 3.0 card reader, an audio combo jack, an HDMI port and another Thunderbolt 3 header.
Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C and Lightning Port options for iPhone, Razer Phone, and other android phones
Razer has refreshed their Hammerhead line of earbuds with two new digital based models using USB-C and Lightning Port connectors. The USB-C version comes with a DAC for improved audio.
Apple's HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018
Unveiled back in June, the Apple HomePod smart speaker was expected to hit the market in December. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that this Siri-powered accessory will start shipping in early 2018.
Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children
Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
Bose wants to improve your sleep with noise-masking 'sleepbuds'
Bose has started an Indigogo campaign for prototype testing of their new noise-masking sleepbuds. These sleepbuds are ultra-compact earbuds which isolate external noise and play soothing nature sounds to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.
AT&T-exclusive Lenovo Moto Tab launches this Friday
The 10.1-inch Moto Tab by Lenovo will join AT&T's portfolio as a slim and powerful premium tablet made for entertainment. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, Kids Mode, and more.
Video shows off the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse, the company's return to mice with enthusiast features
Pre-orders for the new Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse are now open. The mouse represents Microsoft's return to enthusiast-style mice with adjustable scroll wheel, programmable buttons, and multi-device switching.
Garmin and Polar: Testing Four Fitness Trackers
We are testing altogether four fitness watches by the manufacturers, Garmin and Polar; the Garmin Forerunner 935, the Garmin Forerunner 35, the Polar M400, and the Polar M200. The tracking qualities of the devices are convincing, and some offer additional functionalities.
Mophie intros a battery case for the Galaxy Note 8
The juice pack and the charge force case by mophie target the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, offering wireless charging support and about 3,000 mAh of additional battery capacity for less than US$100.
Next year's iPads might feature Face ID
Although the hardware needed to manufacture Face ID-enabled devices is in short supply right now, Apple is expected to speed things up and to add this technology to at least one of the iPad tablets to launch in 2018.
Pack a puck: The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck is a portable eGPU solution
Sonnet has released a compact eGPU designed to fit in your bag, ideal for travel, LAN parties, or MacOS High Sierra.
Credit card-sized NichePhone-S handset debuts in Japan
This tiny basic smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (yes that is the pre-KitKat Android, no mistake here!) and is powered by the MediaTek MT6752A processor. Priced around US$90, it is scheduled to hit Japan later this week.
Xiaomi launches into Western Europe with a new base of operations in Spain
Xiaomi has chosen Spain as the first country outside of China where they have a full business presence, due to the large and active fan-base there. Answers given during the Q&A session suggested that this new presence within Europe would simplify the importing of Xiaomi products to the rest of the European Union.
The Amazon Alexa Moto Mod attaches Alexa to the back of your phone so she is always with you
Motorola and Lenovo have announced the new 'Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa' Moto Mod, which adds additional microphones, speakers, and a battery in addition to having Alexa always listening.
Razer launches Naga Trinity mouse with interchangeable side panels
The three interchangeable side panels are specifically designed for FPS, MOBA and MMORPG players. All side panel buttons come with mechanical switches and are programmable through the Razer Synapse software. Razer also includes an upgraded 5G optical sensor with 16,000 DPI and 1,000 Hz polling rate.
HTC and Logitech partner to bring keyboards into VR on Vive
HTC and Logitech have partnered to create a tactile keyboard experience for SteamVR. The system is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset and is currently rolling out to interested developers.
Samsung now offering free DeX Station or Gear VR with S8
Samsung is hoping to attract prospective buyers of its S8, S8 Active, S8+, or Note 8 handsets by offering a free Gear VR headset or DeX station with each purchase.
LandingZone Unveils Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
LandingZone has released its new Docking Station for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Although not Thunderbolt-enabled, it brings with it 16 ports that will keep most users happy.
Android "Fast Pair" takes on Apple's AirPods
Google has introduced Fast Pair for Android devices. It brings a far easier way of pairing Bluetooth headphones that is very similar to what Apple is doing with its AirPods for iPhone.
Razer presents value-oriented Cynosa Chroma RGB gaming keyboards
The Cynosa Chroma and Cynosa Chroma Pro come with soft-cushioned gaming-grade keys that feature 1,000 Hz ultrapolling rates. Light and commands can be programmed for each of the 104 keys through the Razer Synapse software. The Pro version is the first Razer keyboard to include 24 underglow programmable zones.
A wireless charging pad from Grovemade that actually looks good with your furniture
Grovemade, who are known for producing high-quality accessories, have started pre-orders for a cork and stainless steel based charging pad which fits nicely with modern furniture design aesthetics.
The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware
The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.
Amazon Key lets couriers unlock your door when you're not home
Amazon has released their Amazon Key service which uses an Amazon produced smart camera, a smart lock from Yale or Kwikset, and the Amazon Cloud to allow delivery drivers to unlock your front door and leave your parcel inside.
Diskinected: Microsoft abandons Kinect
Microsoft has called time on the Kinect motion control, visual recognition and voice Xbox peripheral. After selling over 35 million units, it has seen a sales slump with consumers more interested in traditional gaming experiences.
Misfit Vapor is finally up for pre-order
Unveiled back in January, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100-powered Misfit Vapor smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 onboard is now up for pre-order and scheduled to start shipping on Halloween.
Huawei Watch 2 Pro now available in China
The Huawei Watch 2 Pro came out of the blue and, for now, it is only available in China. This round Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch features an eSIM slot and is IP68-certified for protection from the elements.
Logitech Wireless Marathon M705 mouse lasts 3 years on just 2 AA batteries
With a sculpted body that fits right-handed persons perfectly, the new M705 wireless mouse from Logitech is specifically designed for laptop users. It also comes with a 1000 dpi sensor and the Unifying Receiver.
Airlines may consider banning laptops in checked baggage for fear of fires
You may soon have to explicitly list off the number of laptops in your checked luggage, be forced to carry it into the cabin, or place it inside of approved bags before boarding.
Sony Xperia Hello! dancing digital assistant now live
Advertised as a communication robot, the new Sony Xperia Hello! is more than just another Amazon Echo wannabe. It can be used to make Skype or Line video calls, runs Android Nougat, and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor.
Are gaming keyboards really faster than conventional keyboards?
Gaming keyboard manufacturers, much like gaming mice manufacturers, claim fast response times to entice games to pay the premium. Unlike gaming mice, however, we do not find enough benchmarks that have actually put the claims to test. As a result, gamers and enthusiasts have (until now) gone by the manufacturer's claims of high polling rates and low response times. So is that shiny new RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting or N-key rollover actually more responsive than a conventional keyboard? Dan Luu's mini-experiment proves otherwise.
Samsung reveals 360 Round camera for VR content creators
The 360 Round is the first camera that features genuine 3D VR recording capabilities. It comes with 17 lenses and it can record and stream in 4K. The included proprietary Samsung software makes it easy to edit the footage and preview it on a Samsung Gear headset.
Logitech presents the UE Blast and Megablast Bluetooth speakers with Alexa
Featuring the latest Alexa voice assistant that comes with the UE Blast and Megablast wireless speakers can play your favorite music, control IoT-enabled devices and perform more than 25,000 other tasks.
Dell's augmented reality Visor and controllers now shipping worldwide
The previously announced Dell Visor headset for Windows augmented reality is now shipping with global availability. Dell's design gives a sleek and modern headset, and a pair of controllers that look like a mix of those for the Vive and Rift.
Silicon Power releases the Bolt B80 circular external SSD
The Bolt B80 features a stylish rugged aluminum enclosure with water/dustproof certifications. Capacities range between 120 GB - 480 GB, while reading speeds go up to 500 MB/s and writing speeds go up to 450 MB/s through the USB 3.1 Type-C connection.
Samsung intros the Connect Tag smart IoT tracker
The Samsung Connect Tag is a 0.06-pound IoT accessory with GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity, as well as eSIM support. It runs Tizen IoT and will be on display at the Samsung Developer Conference that takes place in San Francisco later this week.
Samsung Bixby 2.0 might arrive this week
Although the current version still has to add support for a few widely used languages, Samsung Bixby 2.0 is apparently on its way and the updated virtual assistant is expected to come with improved third-party integration and support for other devices than smartphones.
You can get going with VR for only US$199 with the new 'Oculus Go'
Oculus revealed their new standalone Oculus Go VR headset during the keynote for the first day of the fourth Occulus Connect conference. The Oculus Go is a VR headset and controller which doesn't need an external device to process video.
Sandisk unveils Automotive and Industrial SD/microSD cards
The Automotive and Industrial memory cards feature improved speeds (up to 80 MB/s for reading and up to 50 MB/s for writing), and come in capacities ranging between 8 and 128 GB. Special features include remote health and performance monitoring, data retention "Read Refresh" mechanism, host lock and extreme operation temperatures.
Google Clips is Watching You: Google's new action camera automatically snaps shots, records video
Google Clips is a small wearable action camera that automatically takes pictures of what it judges to be special moments. It learns who the important people in your life are via machine learning, and it may pose a serious privacy concern.
Game streaming and recording made easy with AVerMedia's new Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus
The latest external capturing hub enables a smooth streaming experience, even when playing the most demanding games in 4K resolutions. It can also record everything on microSD cards at 1080p and 60 fps.
Samsung unveils the HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset with AKG audio
Just as rumored at the end of September, the Samsung HMD Odyssey is a Windows-based mixed reality headset that features AKG audio in a sleek and compact design. This accessory can be pre-ordered for US$499 and is scheduled to arrive in early November.
Marseille mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable removes aliasing from your favorite games
Offering support for older and current gen consoles, as well as for PCs, the mCable Gamer Edition HDMI cable comes with an outstanding antialisasing processor that performs better than the antialiasing algorithms found in the latest GPUs.
C64 Mini retro console coming next year for US$70
Retro Games Ltd. has just revealed that its modern Commodore 64 compact replica is on its way to an early 2018 launch as the C64 Mini. This US$69.99 game console is expected to hit the market loaded with 64 licensed games such as Paradroid or Impossible Mission.
Huawei Band 2 Pro Smartband Review
Fitness coach for the wrist. Are you looking for a personal trainer, who is available to you anywhere at any time? Then perhaps the Huawei Band 2 Pro is right for you, since Huawei advertises its newest fitness tracker as a mobile fitness coach for the wrist. You can find out in our review how the wearable fares in everyday life.
0.91" | 21 g
0.91" | 21 g
LG K7i "Mosquito Away" Android smartphone hits India
Although it has modest specs, the 5-inch LG K7i (LGX230I) debuts in India as "the world's first phone with Mosquito Away technology." This handset comes with a special cover with an ultrasound emitter and a special stand to keep it in place when acting as a mosquito repellent device.
Gigabyte upgrades the AORUS Gaming Box for laptops with GTX 1080 cards
The new GTX 1080 external graphics solution for laptops comes in a small-form factor and lightweight enclosure. It can support up to 5 monitors plus three USB peripherals and comes with Thunderbolt 3 plug-and-play connection. MSRP is expected to be around US$750.
Samsung's Windows mixed reality headset leaks out
Samsung's Windows-based mixed reality headset has surfaced ahead of its official unveiling next week. The device features audio powered by AKG in what looks to be a sleek and compact design.
The Jonsbo VF-1 is a desktop graphics card without the graphics
If you have no use for that PCI Express x8/x16 slot next to your graphics card, then the VF-1 GPU cooler may be just the thing. The cooler adds three more active fans with RGB lighting options to appeal to desktop builders.
Steering Wheels, Gear Sticks and Foot Pedals - A Racing Wheel Market Overview
An airbag? Not really. But instead, you can have sophisticated technology and high-torque force feedback servo motors. Steering wheels have also had their fair share of technological development and now they offer Hall sensors instead of potentiometers, belt drives instead of gear drives as well as CNC-milled aluminum and real leather - hand sewn, of course. It is time for us to take a look at these new developments.
Amazon allegedly working on Alexa-enabled smart glasses
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Amazon's Lab126 group is working on a pair of glasses with Alexa support via a bone-conduction audio system. However, this accessory is expected to come without a camera or a screen similar to those used by products like the Google Glass smart glasses.
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