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Samsung will launch a new wireless charging pad alongside the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones. (Source:

Leaked manual reveals a new wireless charger for the Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung has prepared a new wireless charging pad for its upcoming flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Mi India Xiaomi Mi TV teaser still image (Source: @XiaomiIndia)

Xiaomi Mi TV apparently heading for India

While the Redmi Note 5 is headed for India and expected to arrive on February 14, it looks like the Mi TV is going to be introduced locally on the same day.
Apple has teamed with LG and Valve to invest in eMagin's OLED microdisplays. (Source: eMagin)

Apple, LG, Valve teaming up for investment in eMagin for VR and AR

Apple has teamed up with LG and Valve to invest in eMagin, a company that has developed industry-leading technology in OLED microdisplays for use in AR and VR headsets. The move is indicative that Apple could be on track to release a headset in the near future.
HP has announced a number of new 4K displays with support for USB-C. (Photo: HP EliteDisplay S270n)

HP announces 4K displays with USB-C and thin bezels

HP has announced a number of new EliteDisplay monitors with 4K IPS panels and support for USB-C. The displays will launch in sizes of 27, 32 and 43 inches.
Sony XBR55X900F 4K Android smart TV with Google Assistant (Source: Amazon)

Sony smart TVs with Google Assistant coming soon

In addition to the X900F series that Sony unveiled at CES 2018, this iconic Japanese brand also announced the X850F series. Both feature Google Assistant support and have been listed already on Amazon at prices that range between US$1,499 and US$3,999.
Samsung 256 GB eUFS now in mass production for automotive applications (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 256 GB eUFS solutions for the automotive market

The industry's first 256 GB eUFS 2.1 solution for automotive applications that incorporates advanced features of the UFS 3.0 standard can handle a temperature range between -40° C and 105° C and provides a sequential read speed of up to 850 MB/s.
The Nest thermostat shown alongside a Google Home speaker. (Source: Google)

Nest folded into Google's hardware team

Google has announced that it is folding the Nest smart home products team into its rapidly expanding hardware division. The move will see the end of Nest-branded products in favor of Google's own "Made by Google" branding.
Roccat introduces the Khan AIMO, a lightweight RGB gaming headset with integrated sound card. (Source: Roccat)

Roccat unveils Khan AIMO RGB gaming headset with integrated soundcard

Roccat has announced the Khan AIMO RGB, their new gaming headset with large 50mm drivers, a built-in soundcard and support for the company's own AIMO RGB ecosystem.
Intel Xeon D-2100 processor (Source: Intel Newsroom)

Intel Xeon D-2100 processors now official with up to 18 cores and 36 threads

The new Xeon D-2100 processor architecture allows for up to 18 "Skylake-server" generation cores and was designed to provide lower-power processing to multiple enterprise applications, focusing on the needs of data centers and network operators.
Apple iPhone 6 and 7 to get more battery settings in iOS 11.3

New beta of iOS 11.3 allows you to disable battery performance throttling

Thanks to the Battery Health settings that appeared in the latest beta, owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 handsets will be able to disable performance throttling and to keep their devices running at full speed. However, iOS 11.3 has no launch date yet.
Android Wear 2.0 watch face

Google fixes Android Wear 2.0 lag problems

While disabling "OK, Google" detection on Android Wear devices was a workaround that severely limited their capabilities, a new software update finally takes care of the annoying lag issue that has been around for about a month.
Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Bip smartwatch hits the US for US$99.99

Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Bip smartwatch hits the US for US$99.99

The Amazfit Bip Android Wear smartwatch was launched in China last year, and now it can be pre-ordered in the US for less than US$100. This smart wearable with an impressive battery life is expected to start shipping in the US next month.
The Miraj Diamond thin-layer is more resistant to scratches than Corning's Gorilla Glass, but it can shatter easier. (Source: CNET)

Smartphone displays could get a diamond treatment by 2019

Akhan intends to implement the Miraj Diamond thin-film glass in high-end smartphones by 2019. The diamond-based protective glass stays considerably cooler and brings improved resistance to scratches.
The Oculus Go devkit has made an appearance in the wild. (Source: Reddit)

Oculus Go devkit leak shows strong app support

Facebook-owned Oculus is getting closer to the launch of its new standalone Oculus Go headset as the leak of its devkit highlights. Also revealed is that the device will have a rich selection of over 1000 apps when it launches early this year.
The Apple HomePod won't support regular streaming via Bluetooth.

Apple's HomePod speaker only supports music streaming via AirPlay

In contrast to many other smart speakers, Apple's HomePod will not support streaming over regular Bluetooth. You'll need an iOS device to stream music as the speaker only supports Apple's proprietary AirPlay protocol.
Xerox headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, Fujifilm buys Xerox (Source: Daniel Penfield)

Fujifilm takes over Xerox, up to 10,000 jobs to be lost as a consequence

Fujifilm will own a 50.1 stake in a joint venture that would combine Xerox and the existing Fuji Xerox, of which Fujifilm already controls 75 percent. The Connecticut-based Xerox will change its name to Fuji Xerox, and about 10,000 jobs will be cut by 2022.
Xbox's Phil Spencer could be on to something big. (Source: Polygon)

Microsoft rumored to buy Electronic Arts for US$35 billion to boost Xbox-exclusive portfolio

Rumors are doing the rounds that Microsoft is looking at a possible acquisition of a large game publisher, such as Electronic Arts, Valve, PUBG Corp., or the likes. But there is also skepticism given Microsoft's not-so-successful track record of turning acquisitions into profits.
Samsung Hwaseong manufacturing plant, Samsung shutting down one of two plants in Slovakia

Samsung shutting down a manufacturing plant in Slovakia

Due to the lack of workers, Samsung decided to shut down one of its two manufacturing plants they have in Slovakia. However, this is pretty good news, since earlier reports claimed that the company was considering the possibility to shut down both of them.
Skagen Falster Android Wear smartwatch retail package (Source: Skagen)

Skagen Falster Android Wear smartwatch now available starting at US$275

The new Skagen Falster smartwatch runs Android Wear and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. Depending on the strap/color combination, it can be purchased for US$275 or US$295.
The Google Clips smart camera has gone on sale, but quickly sold out. (Source: Google)

Google Clips camera goes up for purchase, first batch sells out

The Google Clips smart camera has gone on sale in the U.S. However, the first batch has quickly sold out in less than a day and a waitlist created for those that want one.
Apple Watch 2. (Source: Apple)

Apple WatchOS 4.3 Developer Beta brings some new usability features

The latest developers beta for Apple's WatchOS 4.3 brings back Apple Music integration, improved fitness information in the Siri watch face, and a new portrait charging mode. Apple's WatchOS holds a 57 percent share of the smartwatch market.
The Xbox One X. (Source: Microsoft)

Xbox Game Pass announcement compels Austrian retailer to delist Xbox One consoles

Austrian retailer,, is unhappy about Microsoft offering Xbox Game Pass subscribers access to the latest games on day 1 for a low monthly price. The retailer has decided to delist all Xbox consoles from their online store citing low profits.
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Review

Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD Review

A 72 Wh power bank should fulfill all your smartphone needs, but can a PowerCore power bank be used to charge laptops as well? Let's find out.
The Pebble is going out in a (Fitbit) Blaze of glory.

Fitbit will "show Pebblers love" by killing off support for the Pebble this summer

Fitbit, which acquired the Pebble brand in 2016, has announced that they will support the Pebble smartwatch line until June 20th, 2018. In other words, support for Pebble services and devices will end on June 30th of this year, marking the end of an era.
The Apple HomePod packs a powerful CPU, directional speakers, and a 6-microphone array. (Source: Apple)

Apple HomePod up for pre-order on Jan 26, arriving Feb 9

Apple's wireless HomePod speaker is finally launching on February 9 for US$349 with pre-orders starting tomorrow in the US, UK, and Australia. The HomePod features an enhanced Siri experience, spatial awareness, and a wide soundstage.
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
Android Wear 2.8 dark theme (Source: Imgur via Reddit)

Android Wear 2.8 brings improved notifications and new dark theme

A few days after images showing an updated smartwatch surfaced on Reddit, Google confirmed the release of Android Wear 2.8, highlighting the fact that this is an update for the smartphone app and not the same as the OTA for some wearables.
The microSDXC cards are no bigger than a thumbnail. (Source: Integral Memory)

Integral Memory first to launch 512 GB microSDXC memory cards for mobile devices

The first 512 GB microSD cards are slated to launch this February with reading speeds up to 90 MB/s and support for 1080p video recording.
Apple's HomePod smart speaker is expected to launch soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple HomePod gets FCC certification, signals impending release

Apple is well behind the smart speaker 8-ball when it comes to the launch of its Siri-powered HomePod. First unveiled in June, it has now received FCC certification suggesting its launch can't be too far away.
Samsung 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 16 Gb GDDR6 memory

Just as expected, Samsung has finally begun to mass produce the industry's first 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips. In addition to the growing needs of the graphics card market, the new memory will also be used in automotive, network, and AI projects.
This is probably the closest most people will get to piloting mecha. (Image: Nintendo)

Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo

Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a fishing pole, a piano, and even a robot suit to enjoy new gaming experiences (and maybe learn a bit about engineering and coding).
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 (Source: TAG Heuer)

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 smartwatch now available

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 is not only a smaller variant of the popular Connected Modular 45 smartwatch, since it also doubles the amount of memory and storage space, and features a 326 ppi AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels.
The Alexa-powered Echo from Amazon is the top selling smart speaker. (Source: Amazon)

Smart speaker penetration in US households strong says study

A new study shows that there is strong consumer interest in smart speakers. As many as one in six households in the US have purchased a smart speaker with sales peaking during the recent holiday period.
The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown is the first mechanical watch to pair with a phone. (Source: Ressence)

Ressence reveals Type 2 e-Crown mechanical watch, pairs with your phone

Ressence has revealed the world's first mechanical watch that is able to pair with a smartphone. The Type 2 e-Crown was developed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell and is currently being shown as a concept.
Difference in switch movement. (Source: Cherry)

CES 2018 | Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks

Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU

The docking station will turn your Ideapad into a decent gaming machine for about $400 USD.
Casio's new G-SHOCK Rangeman GPS Navi. Image via Casio

CES 2018 | Casio's latest devices aim to bring smart tech to the outdoors

Casio introduced a new smartwatch, GPS watch, and action camera, all of which have a rugged design intended for heavy outdoor use.
ThinkPad Ultra dock: New docking-stations for the ThinkPad T480, ThinkPad X280 & X1 Carbon 6

CES 2018 | ThinkPad Ultra dock: New docking-stations for the ThinkPad T480, ThinkPad X280 & X1 Carbon 6

Lenovo has announced new ThinkPad laptops. Alongside, the Chinese manufacturer also announced a new generation of mechanical docks. The new docks are based on USB C and are compatible with the new X1 Carbon for the first time.
Asus ROG Strix Flare mechanical gaming keyboard. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Asus ROG Strix Flare is a mechanical keyboard with flair, and the Asus Bezel-Free Kit makes multi-monitor seamless

With the ROG Strix Flare, Asus has added on-board programmability and moved some of the media control keys to improve reachability. Their Bezel-Free Kit is in the concept stage, but uses optical tricks to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
Movi Android smartphone (Source: Moviphone Products)

CES 2018 | MediaTek-powered Movi smartphone features a built-in projector, already retails for US$599

Although its specs or design are nothing really special, the Movi smartphone makes up for that by integrating a built-in projector that can deliver a 720p image at a size of 12 to 200 inches.
BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch Stainless Steel with Sunrise Red strap

CES 2018 | BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch now available for purchase

The BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch that started as a Kickstarter crowdfunded project is now available for anyone with full Android 8.0 Oreo onboard and support for Amazon Alexa voice commands.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS watch with Garmin Pay support (Source: Garmin)

Garmin intros Forerunner 645 Music GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support

The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support that features an integrated music player for enjoying their favorite songs without having to carry a smartphone.
Samsung 2nd-generation HBM2 memory chip (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 2nd-generation HBM2 memory

The 2nd-generation 8 GB HBM2 memory is the industry's first such solution capable of delivering a data transfer speed per pin of 2.4 Gbps. This memory is branded Aquabolt and directly succeeds the original HBM2 known as Flarebolt.
Lenovo Mirage Solo plus controller and Mirage Camera. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Get lost in a mirage with the wireless Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset and Mirage Camera

Lenovo is introducing a standalone Google Daydream headset that doesn't require external power or video signals, alongside a VR camera that allows easy 3D VR ready photo and video capture.
Dell claims their Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD is one of the most compact and fastest in the world.

CES 2018 | Dell introduces super-sleek TB3-based portable SSDs

Dell has announced a compact TB3-based portable SSD that should deliver transfer rates up to 2650 MB/s. It won't come cheap, however, as the 500 GB and 1 TB models will retail for US$439 and US$799 respectively.
Adata announces new memory, storage, and lots of accessories at CES 2018

CES 2018 | Adata shows off RGB-backlit XPG Spectrix memory modules, SX8200 and NGSFF SSDs, and mobile equipment

At CES 2018, Adata is presenting numerous novelties within its memory, storage, and mobile product ranges. Here is an overview of the coming products.
Whirlpool smart appliance close up (Source: Whirlpool Corp)

CES 2018 | Whirlpool smart appliances now feature Google Assistant and Alexa support

Next to the voice commands available via both Google Assistant and Alexa on multiple Whirlpool smart appliances, Amazon Prime subscribers also get to use the Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons feature with some of them.
Image: Razer

CES 2018 | Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop

Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
Image: HTC

CES 2018 | HTC's Vive Pro is a higher-res wireless VR headset for enthusiasts

Answering criticisms of its earlier VR headset, HTC's new Vive Pro cuts the cable, adds built-in headphones, and brings much more pixel-dense displays for a more immersive VR gaming experience.
The Anker PowerHouse 200 is suited to glamping. (Source: Anker Innovations)

CES 2018 | From Anker Innovations: A 200 Wh battery bank, portable projector with speaker, and an Alexa car kit

Anker Innovations, who is perhaps best known for their line of portable power banks, has announced a mammoth power bank, an Alexa powered car kit, and the expected availability of the Nebula Capsule

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