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Steering Wheels, Gear Sticks and Foot Pedals - A Racing Wheel Market Overview

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 Alexa logo (Source: Amazon)

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.
Samsung dual camera setup unofficial render (Source:

Samsung allegedly working on a 1,000 fps camera sensor

Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Samsung Electronics is going to begin mass-producing a new image sensor that can record up to 1,000 frames per second. This capability provides advanced slow motion recording to mobile devices.
Huawei Pay patent application details (Source: The United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Huawei Pay might launch in the US by the end of 2017

One year after being launched in China, Huawei Pay is still exclusively available in that market, but a recently discovered patent application reveals that this mobile payment service is heading for the US market.
Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

A new startup going by the name of Pi looks set to change the way we charge our devices in the near future. If it works as promised, you can get set to ditch your wireless Qi charging mats.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II with Google Assistant (Source: Reddit)

Bose QuietComfort 35 II to feature Google Assistant support

Although Bose still has to announce these headphones, a Reddit user spotted the QuietComfort 35 II retail box and shared an image that clearly shows the "Google Assistant built-in" logo on it.
The Apple Watch 3 with LTE functionality. (Source: Apple)

UPDATE | Apple Watch 3 LTE only works in country of purchase, T-Mobile will throttle it to 512kbps

*Update in article regarding T-Mobile speeds* Apple Support has told a customer than the LTE versions of the Apple Watch 3 will only work within the country of purchase, meaning those outside the ten supported countries can't import an LTE model. It also means that the LTE functionality won't work while traveling, even if the destination is a supported count...
The Light L16 camera can take snapshots as big as 52 MP. (Source: FCC)

Light L16 camera integrates 16 separate lenses, costs US$1,699

Integrating 16 separate 13 MP sensors that come in 28 mm, 70 mm and 150 mm lens sizes, the L16 camera can compose pictures up to 52 MP. It's as big as a regular smartphone, and features a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, as well as 256 GB internal storage.
Beats by Dre urBeats3 with inline controls. (Source: Apple)

Apple reveals new Beats By Dre 'urBeats3' earbuds

Among all the fuss over the new iPhones, Apple revealed their new urBeats3 wired earbuds. They feature inline music and phone controls, secure-fit wing tips to hold them in place, and promises of fine-tuned acoustic design.
Apple showed off the LTE calling capabilities of the Watch Series 3. (Source: Anandtech)

The Apple Watch Series 3 is now official, starts from US$329

Apple has officially launched the Watch Series 3 during its September 2017 keynote. The new Watch now sports LTE connectivity with a host of new fitness features and will be launching on September 15 with prices starting from US$329.
Huawei Band 2 Pro. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's 'Band 2 Pro' fitness watch with GPS arrives in the Unites States for only US$69

The Huawei Band 2 Pro which was announced back in July, is now available in the United States via Amazon at US$69. The fitness wearable features an integrated GPS to track activities such as running and swimming without the need to carry your smartphone with you.
ASRock's X10 IoT router can remotely control various smart appliances around the house. (Source: ASRock)

ASRock's X10 IoT Router remotely controls home appliances over radio and IR

The X10 comes with the usual dual band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connections, but also offers remote control capabilities for smart home appliances through the integrated ZigBee radio controller and IR blaster.
The 603 wireless mouse is the most affordable device to implement the Lightspeed connection. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech releases the Lightspeed G603 wireless mouse with 1 ms input lag

The US$69.99 G603 wireless mouse is aimed at mainstream gamers. Still, it integrates the Lightspeed connection and the HERO sensor with 12,000 DPI that consumes less energy and allows the mouse to operate for 500 hours on two AA batteries.
Logitech MX Ergo 'Trackball' mouse. (Source: Logitech)

The Track is back: Logitech resurrects their ergonomic Trackball mouse

Earlier today Logitech announced their first new trackball mouse in almost a decade, incorporating user feedback from the last ten years. The MX Ergo has been modernised with DPI-like adjustments and software that allows switching between multiple computers.
Gaming monitors have become the fastest-growing PC accessory as of H1 2017 (Source: GfK)

Gaming monitors have become the fastest-growing PC accessory as of H1 2017

Gamers worldwide spent at least 1.5 billion Euros in the last 6 months on new PC gaming gear. The success of eSports and growing push for mixed reality and VR headsets are expected to generate even higher numbers for the rest of 2017.
The VMI document offers an insight as to how Apple classifies the service eligibility of a device. (Source: MacRumors)

Leaked VMI document offers an insight into Apple's warranty repair rules for the iPhone

Apple's Visual/Mechanical Inspection (VMI) guide details how Apple Care centres handle in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs. The leak of this guide is not exactly path-breaking but definitely offers an insight into how Apple honors warranty and decides the service eligibility of a device — in this case, the iPhone.
Fossil Q Explorist and Q Venture smartwatches finally available in stores (Source: Fossil Group)

IFA 2017 | Fossil launches the Q Venture and Q Explorist smartwatches

The Fossil Q Venture and the Q Explorist are now finally available in select stores and online as the first full-round touchscreen smartwatches from this brand. Both have a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip under the hood and run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
CAT T20 rugged Windows tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor now official (Source: CAT Phones)

IFA 2017 | CAT T20 rugged tablet now official

The 8-inch CAT T20 is powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and runs Windows 10. While its specs are not impressive, this slate can handle drops from up to 6 feet and is rated IP67 for protection from the elements.
The new G613 is designed both for competitive gaming and comfortable office use. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech outs the G613 wireless mechanical keyboard with low input lag

Logitech finally figured out how to reduce input lag in wireless keyboards with the new G613 model. It offers 1 ms polling rate through the innovative Lightspeed receiver, as well as increased signal strength. Additional features include the Romer-G switches with 1.5 mm actuation distance, a palm rest and 18 months operation time on two AA batteries.
Acer Cestus 500 gaming mouse. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer's new peripherals: Predator x35 monitor, Predator Galea 500 headset, and Predator Cestus 500 mouse

Along with their flagship gaming desktop, Acer announced a 35-inch HDR ultra wide curved gaming monitor using quantum dot technology, a gaming headset with directional sound, and a gaming mouse that features a hardware button to change the firmness of the mouse click.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch (Source: Garmin)

IFA 2017 | Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch now official

The all-new Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch is Garmin's first device to come with Garmin Pay support for both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. It can be acquired already starting at US$299.99.
The Sony LF-S50G smart speaker can be interacted with using motion gestures. (Source: Sony)

IFA 2017 | A premium Walkman and a Google Assistant powered smart speaker from Sony

Sony has revealed their first Google-Assistant-powered smart speaker, designed to deliver 360 degree sound and rated IPX3 splash proof. They have also shown a new high-end Walkman which aims for the passionate audiophile market with a serious set of credentials.
Sony's first true wireless earbuds. (Source: Sony)

IFA 2017 | Sony brings noise canceling headphones that adjust based on your actions

In addition to three new smartphones announced at IFA 2017, Sony is also showing off an intelligent noise-canceling headphone and two intelligent noise canceling earbuds. All three products can automatically enable and disable noise cancellation depending on the actions of the wearer.
The CRAFT keyboard can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth and can recharge through a USB Type-C port. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech introduces the wireless CRAFT keyboard with content-specific dial

The dial detects tap, touch and turn gestures and offers compatibility for Adobe's creative software suites, as well as for Microsoft Office programs. Priced at US$199.99, the CRAFT keyboard is expected to be available this October.
SanDisk Ultra 400 GB microSDXC memory card (Source: SanDisk)

IFA 2017 | SanDisk intros the world's largest microSD card to date

More than two years after the introduction of the 200 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I as the world's largest microSD card, SanDisk sets a new world record by unveiling its 400 GB sibling.
The new Sport smartwatch and IconX earbuds are the latest additions the Samsung Gear device family. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces Gear Fit2 Pro, reveals Gear Sport and Gear IconX (2018)

The specs for Gear Fit2 Pro fitness band have already been leaked and Samsung only confirmed them with the official announcements, but it also revealed the new Gear Sport smartwatch and the wireless IconX (2018 model) earbuds.
Misfit Vapor touchscreen smartwatch delayed until October 2017

Misfit Vapor being delayed until October

Although this touchscreen smartwatch was announced back at CES and was supposed to hit the market by the end of this summer, Misfit has just confirmed that the US$199.99 wearable is facing a two-month delay.
Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones

Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones coming in October

Featuring a rugged, sweatproof design and customizable fit, Fitbit's first Bluetooth headphones integrate Waves MaxxAudio technology and can be pre-ordered already for US$129.95.
Dell's new Visor VR headset looks less cumbersome than the competition. (Source: Dell)

Dell gets into VR with the Visor VR headset and controllers

Dell has decided to get into the VR headset market with its own Visor VR. The new headset has been competitively priced and appears to bring a more refined design than the competition.
Fitbit Ionic smartwatch color options

Fitbit Ionic now official

Fitbit's first smartwatch comes with its proprietary operating system, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora Premium support, smart notifications, improved sensors, extended battery life, and is expected to hit the market in October.
Design of the Agon 3 series. (Source: AOC)

AOC announces two new monitors in Agon 3 series with 0.5 ms response time

AOC is bringing a G-Sync monitor and a FreeSync 2 monitor to their Agon 3 series which both feature curved panels, high refresh rate up to 165 Hz, and response times as low as 0.5 ms. These 27-inch 1440p monitors are expected in Q2 2018.
It's a bit larger than the current Gear VR, but that's pretty much it. (Source: Samsung)

The Note 8 is too big for the Gear VR, so Samsung is making a new headset

If you recently purchased a Gear VR headset and were hoping it would work with the Note 8, you're fresh out of luck. The upcoming handset is too large to fit inside, but Samsung is launching a new version that will accommodate it and previous Samsung devices.
Samsung's Gear S4 could have more health sensors than the S3. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Gear S4 to debut at IFA

The Gear S4 is set to be unveiled at IFA next, according to Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh. Although not revealing any specifics about the device, Koh did hint that it might feature more health sensor technology.
New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Thanks to a leaked product page, we now know several details of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker/smartwatch from Samsung. While there aren't many changes from the previous Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will be water resistant to 50 meters.
Samsung Bixby now available worldwide

Samsung Bixby finally available worldwide

Although this virtual assistant is now available virtually everywhere, the only two languages supported remain US English and Korean for now. Additional languages and devices should get Bixby support in the future, but the details are not yet public.
Tonino Lamborghini ALPHA ONE luxury phone hits the UK and UAE for almost US$2,500

Tonino Lamborghini ALPHA ONE hits the UK and UAE

This 5.5-inch Android handset with a (quite outdated) Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood hits select retail stores in the UK and UAE with a custom Italian leather accompanying phone case. The price tag reads US$2,450.
Motorola Moto 360 Sport Android Wear smartwatch gets 2.0 software update

Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0

About a year after receiving Android Wear 1.5, Motorola's smartwatch is finally ready to get the features and improvements that other wearables such as the Asus ZenWatch 3 or Huawei Watch already got thanks to Android Wear 2.0.
HTC Vive is now US$200 cheaper. (Source: HTC)

HTC Vive now $200 cheaper in the U.S.

HTC matches the US$200 price cut Oculus gave its Rift VR headset, slashing the price of its Vive VR headset to US$599.
Monster will incorporate AI voice-control into its latest headphones.

New MonsterTalk premium headphones to feature built-in AI voice assistant

Monster has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Speak Music to incorporate its Melody AI voice-assistant directly into new model variants that will launch later this month.
The Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ. Having two sub-brands in the product name improves gaming performance. (Source: Asus)

Asus' new 27-inch monitor brings curves and 144 Hz refresh rate to PCs with mid-range GPUs

Pre-orders have started for the Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ, which combines a curved display, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a blue light filter with a FullHD resolution. The lower resolution means that users with mid-range graphics cards can use this screen without having to deal with blur from running at below native resolution.
Google Home smart speaker now offers free voice calling in the US and Canada

Google Home owners in the US and Canada get free phone calls

While Amazon's Alexa can only provide device-to-device calls, Google's smart speaker is now able to call phone numbers for free. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for its users located in Canada or the US.
Qualcomm Spectra ISP camera module in action

Upcoming Qualcomm chipsets to feature depth sensing camera tech

The next-gen Spectra ISP makes Qualcomm the first brand to announce depth-sensing camera tech that was designed specifically for the Android ecosystem. The next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform is expected to bring it to the market.
FrontRow wearable action camera accessory with USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi

FrontRow wearable action camera now official

This wearable camera works with Android and iOS handsets, offering up to two hours of live streaming autonomy and using USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately, its price tag reads US$399.
SteelSeries Apex M750 is targeted at eSports gamers (Source: SteelSeries)

SteelSeries debuts Apex M750 mechanical keyboard for eSports gamers

SteelSeries has launched the Apex M750 gaming keyboard with mechanical switches. The precision gaming device is made from an aluminum frame and features dynamic lighting as well as custom in-game notifications designed to appeal to eSports gamers.
Samsung Portable SSD T5 Deep Black and Alluring Blue color options

Samsung Portable SSD T5 now available

With prices starting at US$129.99 for the 250 GB model, this new portable SSD comes in blue and black, also offering 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models. It comes with 256-bit AES hardware data encryption and supports transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.
Samsung patent showing Note handset with breathalyzer-stylus accessory

Samsung patent reveals a Note device with breathalyzer stylus

Although this is only in the patent stage for now, future Note devices might come with a breathalyzer-stylus accessory that also bends to act as an external microphone and a gas sensor.
External SSD: Samsung's T5 Review

External SSD: Samsung's T5 Review

Samsung has introduced its T5 SSD, the latest model in a series of external high-performance SSDs. Like its predecessors, the T5 offers blazingly fast data transfer rates and in a high-quality premium package but it lacks innovation.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro leaked image shows offline Spotify support

Gear Fit 2 Pro leak reveals offline Spotify support

In addition to offline Spotify support and an integrated GPS module, this upcoming wearable is rumored to offer 5 ATM water resistance. It is expected to show up on August 23, alongside the new Galaxy Note.
MSI notebooks now shipping with freebies for back-to-school season (Source: MSI)

MSI notebooks now shipping with freebies for back-to-school season

New purchases of a mainstream GE, flagship GT, or super-thin GS will include a free gaming mouse, gaming headset, backpack, and more for a limited time.
Steam Link hardware no longer required if you have a 2016 or 2017 4k Samsung Smart TV. (Source: Valve)

Steam Link app for Samsung Smart TVs is now available in 55 countries

Samsung has released the stable version of the Steam Link app for their smart TVs. This app allows users to stream games from a gaming PC elsewhere in the house without needing to purchase additional hardware.

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