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Logitech says it took over four years of research and development to make Powerplay a reality. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech's new mousepad charges your wireless mouse as you use it

Logitech has announced a new mousepad that wirelessly charges compatible wireless mice. The so-called "Powerplay" mat will go on sale in August while the two compatible mice, the G903 and G703, will go on sale later this month.
Source: Apple

WWDC 2017 | Apple announces HomePod smart speaker

The HomePod is a competent speaker built around Siri. The speaker can recognize where it's placed in a room in order to direct sound for a fuller, richer music experience. The speaker also includes full Siri interaction.
Source: Apple

WWDC 2017 | Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC

The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
Zotac shows off its own classy eGPU Thunderbolt 3 docking station

COMPUTEX 2017 | Zotac shows off its own classy eGPU Thunderbolt 3 docking station

The market for external graphics cards seems to be growing exponentially this year with announcements left and right. The latest is a miniature eGPU dock from Zotac able to accept graphics cards of up to 22 cm in length with a launch date no earlier than Q4 2017.
Source: Android Police

Andy Rubin's Essential brand accused of trademark infringement

Spigen, a smartphone manufacturer that owns trademark rights to the term "Essential," has sent a Cease and Desist order to Andy Rubin's Essential company. Claiming that Essential infringed on their copyright, Spigen demanded that Essential stop using the trademark.
Zotac P1225 is the world's smallest mini PC

COMPUTEX 2017 | Zotac P1225 is the world's smallest mini PC

The super-thin box can be mounted on a wall and will integrate just two USB Type-C ports for video out.
The Moto Z2 Play, pictured here alongside four new Moto Mods. (Source: Motorola)

Moto Z2 Play announced alongside new Moto Mods, coming this summer

The successor to last-year's surprisingly capable Moto Z Play is now official and coming soon. The Moto Z2 Play will hit US shores this summer, come with an upper mid-range price tag, and bring several new Moto Mods in tow.
The only catch (beyond owning a compatible Logitech mouse) is that the computers must be on the same wireless network. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech Flow allows you to use one mouse with up to 3 PCs simultaneously

Logitech has released its new "Flow" software as part of the Logitech Options suite. Flow allows a user to use a single compatible mouse to not only use one mouse across computers as if they were external monitors, but also copy and paste files and text.
The Compute Card is meant for a different audience than the consumer-oriented Compute Stick. (Source: Intel)

COMPUTEX 2017 | Intel's credit card-sized PC fully detailed

Intel has revealed more details on the Compute Card this Computex. The Card will be available in four SKUs and will begin shipping in August. Pricing is not confirmed.
MSI's vigor GK80 is a fully RGB-backlit keyboard. (Source: MSI)

COMPUTEX 2017 | MSI introduces new peripherals for gaming desktops and notebooks

MSI's new peripherals feature premium specifications and MSI's new Mystic Light RGB lighting scheme for a fully customizable setup.
JLab Audio JBuds Pro Bluetooth wireless earbuds now available

JLab Audio launchess three new wireless earbuds

The three new products that succeed the award-winning Epic2 Bluetooth Sport Earbuds retail at prices between $24.99 USD and $39.99 USD, all offering a six-hour battery life and, IP55 dust/sweatproof rating, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel is taking its first steps in making Thunderbolt 3 more universal with royalty-free implementation for manufacturers starting next year. One can only hope that this will lead to universal GPU docking stations as well.
Source: Asus

Asus ZenScreen MB16AC external monitor is coming in July

The portable monitor connects to a computer via USB Type-C and can offer a dual display setup on the go.
Samsung Gear 360 (2017) VR camera accessory available in the US for $229 USD

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) camera hits the market for $229 USD

The new VR camera by Samsung is $100 USD cheaper than its predecessor, offering support for 4K video recording, as well as 2K live streaming to YouTube, Facebook, and other social networks.
Huawei Honor Band A2 fitness tracker coming in early June 2017

Honor Band A2 smart wearable coming next month

This new fitness tracker is a direct successor of last year's Band A1 and comes with a heart rate sensor, also featuring an OLED display and carrying a price tag of around $30 USD.
Garmin Quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch series coming in June 2017

Garmin Quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch coming next month

This new smart wearable is based on the Fenix 5 platform and comes in two variants, priced at $599.99 USD (basic) and $849.99 USD (sapphire crystal display protection and stainless steel band).
Xiaomi retail store in Singapore, Xiaomi opens first retail store in India May 2017

Xiaomi opens its first retail store in India

The first Mi Home retail location In India is scheduled to open its gates on May 20. Located in Bengaluru, this store will offer all Xiaomi products, from smartphones and power banks to air purifiers.
GemBoy is a Game Boy emulator for Tizen-based smartwatches. (Image: Tizen Experts)

GemBoy brings the Game Boy to Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3

The Game Boy and Game Boy Color Emulator is a unique way to play classic titles from Nintendo's first handheld console.
Apple will cover the Smart Keyboard for a full three years. (Image: Apple)

Apple offers free repairs on iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard for three years

Due to "functional issues," Apple will extend the replacement and repair warrant for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard to three years from the date of purchase.
Inateck 45 Watt Portable USB-C Power Adapter Review

Inateck 45 Watt Portable USB-C Power Adapter Review

The Inateck 45-Watt power adapter is a small, compact USB-C wall charger for laptops, tablets, or smartphones. We are testing it with various end devices and are comparing it with the 90-Watt USB-C power adapter that is included with the current MacBook Pro 15.
Slightly suggestive and one-hundred-percent inedible: the Banana Phone. (Source: Indiegogo)

You can now make calls from your smartphone via banana (yes, seriously)

Call your friends or talk to Siri, just don't eat it. The Banana Phone is the $40 accessory you definitely don't need—but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.
Acer teases Holo 360 smartphone with integrated 360-degree cameras

Acer teases Holo 360 smartphone with integrated 360-degree cameras

The work-in-progress Android smartphone was just a small asterisk in the Next@Acer press event, but it serves as a tiny glimpse into what Acer may have in store in the next few years.
Logitech Universal Folio keyboard case for 9-10 inch tablets

Logitech launches Universal Folio keyboard case

This new keyboard case uses four-point adjustable grips instead of cheap elastic as most similar products that can accommodate various tablet sizes. It works with Android, iOS, and Windows tablets ranging from 8.9 to 10 inches and has a price tag of $59.99 USD.
The NEO [Reloaded] from NuAns can be custom tailored from hundreds of options. (Source: NuAns Indiegogo)

NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones

The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

This upcoming wearable by Acer has a 1.6-inch display, coming with a design compliant with the IPX7 water resistance standard and being powered by the MediaTek MT2523 processor.
Google-branded Bluetooth headphones hit FCC

Google Bluetooth headphones hit FCC

Although it would be interesting to see this accessory on the market, it looks like the Google-branded wireless headphones that recently surfaced on FCC are only for use inside the company's HQ.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Pre-order the Xperia XZ Premium for ~750 Euros next week and receive a pair of wireless Sony headphones worth 300 Euros at no extra cost.
Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Charging Guide for Maximum Endurance

When taken good care of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks will most likely easily outlive their respective batteries, which these days more often than not aren’t user replaceable anymore. With this in mind it is more important than ever to improve both endurance and capacity through the right charging techniques. We’re going to give you a few tips and point out the most common mistakes.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with GPS now available for purchase

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch now available

This long-awaited smart outdoor watch with Android Wear 2.0 can be finally purchased directly from Casio's website or via Amazon. It has a price tag of $500 USD and comes in black and orange.
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS available with 2, 4, and 6 bays, all with Intel Celeron J455 processo

QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available

This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
The new job posting that is fueling the hardware rumors. (Source: Zats Not Funny!)

Spotify has plans to launch its own hardware

Having conquered the software side of music streaming, Spotify now seems intent on trying its hand at hardware. A new job listing strongly suggests that the company is in the beginning stages of creating a new wearable.
Razer Core external GPU and Razer Blade Laptop

Razer Core Benchmarks, Analysis, and Compatibility: Is it Worth it?


AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Is the Core the ultimate performance accessory, or is there a worm in it? The first product to offer a complete external GPU solution over Thunderbolt 3 (TB3), Razer's "Core" is still one of the most popular graphics docks available. It uses a TB3 interface attached to an older, more compatible TI82 controller, and so should be compatible with nearly any laptop with a TB3 port (not just Razer's). We benchmark the Core and Nvidia's latest Pascal line of GPUs with the Core and the Blade to see if the juice is worth the squeeze.
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

These new rugged cases offer improved protection for all the latest Huawei P and Mate flagships - P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, and Mate 9 Pro. These cases are all compatible with the fingerprint sensor and comply with the MIL-STD-810G military standard.
Legend 24K gold custom luxury Galaxy S8 and S8+ now available

Legend unveils 24K gold-plated Galaxy S8 and S8+

Thanks to a new plating method, Legend can cover the glass back of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships with 24K gold, also adding VVS1-grade diamonds around the Samsung logo, all for around $3,000 USD.
V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless ergonomic neckband headphones

V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless headphones now official

Advertised as the first ergonomic neckband headphones to hit the market, the Forza Metallo Wireless is an accessory that comes with a titanium neckband, metal housing, sport fins, as well as 3D printing customization of in-ears.
24K gold Samsung Gear S3 Classic by De Billas now available for purchase

Samsung Gear S3 Classic now available in 24K gold

This luxury gold variant of the Gear S3 Classic smartwatch comes for a lower price than expected - those interested can get the 24K gold-plated wearable for $599 USD thanks to De Billas.
Acer teases Next@Acer press conference set for April 27

Acer teases Next@Acer press conference set for April 27

Expect a flurry of new Predator gaming announcements and more during the Acer keynote next week. The manufacturer is otherwise remaining tight-lipped about what the event will unveil.
The Verizon Wear24 comes in three colors: gray, black, and gold. (Source: Verizon)

Verizon Wear24 will be available on May 11

Verizon's delayed Android Wear 2.0-based smartwatch has a new release date: May 11. The Wear24 is exclusive to its parent carrier and will cost $399.
Samsung Gear S3 Outdoor and Sports watch faces now available, next to Travel watch face

Samsung Gear S3 gets three functional watch faces

These new watch faces target tourists and business travelers (Tourist), as well as lovers of outdoor activities and sports enthusiasts (Outdoors and Sports). The Sports watch theme comes in six colors, while the other two only offer four color options each.
Nintendo Joy-Con battery grip accessory coming mid-June

Nintendo reveals Joy-Con battery grips and more

The Joy-Con will get a Neon Yellow color option, but Nintendo also unveiled a special battery grip accessory for it. In around a month, the standalone Switch dock should hit the market in limited quantities.
StarTech announces USB Type-C docking station with WiGig

StarTech announces wireless WiGig hybrid docking station

Who needs USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 when this docking station can connect to your laptop without any cables? The DKWG30DPHPD wireless dock is now available for $320 USD.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker now available for purchase

Garmin Vivosmart 3 now shipping

This fitness tracker features the Elevate wrist heart-rate technology with 24/7 hear rate monitoring, also being capable of determining the user's VO2 maximum level. Garmin's Vivosmart 3 has a suggested retail price of $139.99 USD.
Adata launches 256 GB Premier One UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC card

Adata launches 256 GB Premier One UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC card

Write rates of up to 260 MB/s will be possible to better support extremely high resolution recording and VR applications.
Misfit Flare fitness tracker now available for $59.99 USD

Misfit Flare fitness tracker now official

This basic fitness tracker uses an aluminum frame and is waterproof up to 50 meters, offering up to six months of autonomy (it uses a replaceable CR1632 coin cell battery), as well as compatibility with Misfit App and Misfit Link App.
Fitbit's previous smartwatch, named Blaze. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch has been delayed until later this year

The fitness company has suffered a series of unfortunate setbacks, as it has been forced to delay the launch of its new smartwatch and earphones. Fitbit's stocks also fared badly on Tuesday morning.
The mintyPi 2.0 fits classic gaming in a small (and refreshing) case. (Source: Sudo Mod)

Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin

Thanks to the small size of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Sudo Mod has created a beautiful retro gaming system into an Altoids case.
ZTE Quartz smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0

ZTE Quartz now official

This new smartwatch runs Android Wear 2.0 out of the box and comes with 3G/HSPA connectivity, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, built-in GPS, all for a price of just $192 USD.
Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition Android handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and dual front camera setup

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition launches in India

This cricket-themed handset comes to mark the tenth IPL edition and has the same technical specs as the regular Vivo V5 Plus, being powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor and rocking a dual camera setup for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, coming soon with twice the storage. (Source: Samsung)

New Samsung Galaxy S8+ model features bigger storage, higher price

Samsung is releasing a new Galaxy S8+ model with 128 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM. The handset will be available as part of a bundle which includes a Samsung DeX dock.
Polar M430 GPS running watch now official

Polar M430 GPS running watch now official

The successor of the popular Polar M400 comes with wrist-based heart rate monitoring, 24/7 activity tracking, as well as an integrated GPS module. Priced at $229 USD, it promises up to 20 days of autonomy with activity tracking enabled and up to 30 hours while using low-power GPS.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)