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Xiaomi Redmi 4x Android smartphone, Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Thanks to the addition of a second factory in India, the Chinese brand is now capable of producing one smartphone per second during operational hours. Xiaomi India's head reveals that Xiaomi manufactures locally 95 percent of the Xiaomi handsets sold there.
LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet, LeEco to withdraw from the US

LeEco apparently failed in the US

Although this Chinese company managed to set in motion its expansion in the area last October, LeEco is now planning to sell the Silicon Valley property they purchased from Yahoo.
The Guess Connect with Android Wear 2.0 is expected this fall. (Source: Guess)

Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches

The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
Ben heck tears into the Nintendo Switch. (Source: The Ben Heck Show)

Ben Heck tears the Nintendo Switch apart

Ben Heck, known for poking around in modern and retro electronics, tore into the Nintendo Switch to see what was inside. The console seems to be fairly accessible and serviceable.
Bixby is Samsung's take on the digital voice assistant. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces Bixby virtual assistant

Samsung's new digital assistant, Bixby, is "fundamentally different" from the competition's digital assistants. With advanced artificial intelligence at its core, Bixby will debut on the Galaxy S8. Samsung hopes to eventually bring the assistant to all of its appliances.
Swatch to launch its first smartwatch next year loaded with a proprietary operating system

Swatch working on its own OS for wearables

Bloomberg reveals that this well-known Swiss watchmaker is working on its own operating system for wearables and plans to release its first smartwatch that would use it by the end of next year.
Much faster than the transistors found in NAND cells, 3D XPoint uses a latticework of filaments to store data via resistance. (Source: Micro, Intel)

Intel's super-fast Optane SSD now available for enterprises

Montblanc Summit Android Wear 2.0 premium smartwatch coming in May 2017

Montblanc Summit premium smartwatch coming to the US in May

The first smartwatch of this German brand is expected to start at $890 USD, offering a heart rate monitor, microphone, and barometer, but lacking more advanced features such as GPS, cellular, or NFC connectivity.
Alexa is now available to help in the Amazon iOS app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS

The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Fossil smartwatches will get Android 2.0 Wear March 2017

Android Wear 2.0 coming to Fossil smartwatches later this month

The new firmware begins to roll out today, and all compatible devices are expected to get it by the end of the month, reveals Fossil on Twitter. In addition to the original Q Founder, the newer Q Wander, Q Marshal, and Q Founder 2.0 are scheduled to receive the update as well.
Motorola Verve Loop sports wireless headphones

Motorola Accessories unveils Verve Loop wireless headphones

These new sports wireless headphones join the VerveLife lineup of products and come as a cheaper alternative to the existing VerveOnes ME, while still providing IPX4 water resistance and HD audio.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 luxury connected watch

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 now official

This new luxury connected watch comes with over 500 style choices, featuring a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen next to the Intel Atom Z34XX processor and running Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
Vertu luxury brand acquired by Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan

Hakan Uzan buys Vertu

Baferton Ltd, a Cyprus-registered company that was funded by controversial Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan, acquired Vertu from Godin Holdings, the Hong Kong-based company that previously owned the luxury brand, paying around £50,000,000 GBP.
Eye Smart Case for iPhone

Eye smart case with built-in Android phone for iPhone 7

Want two phones in one? Look no further than the Eye iPhone case that provides a full-fledged Android phone on the back.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker coming soon as of March 2017

Garmin Vivosmart 3 coming soon

This upcoming wearable will log sleep, also providing adaptive step tracking, data on the resting heart rate over seven days, and more. Garmin's Elevate optical rate sensor is expected to be on board, next to a built-in GPS.
Mobileye advanced driver awareness system, Intel buys Mobileye

Intel buys Mobileye

The value of this deal is around $15 billion while its purpose is to "position Intel as a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for highly and fully autonomous vehicles."
New TAG Heuer Connected watch teaser, March 14 launch date

New TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch coming tomorrow

Although TAG Heuer is expected to reveal new Android Wear devices in May, the watchmaker has recently posted a teaser on Twitter that shows a few pieces of a smartwatch that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 360 action camera could launch soon as "Next Gear 360"

Next Gear 360 might launch soon

The Samsung device with model number SM-R210 surfaced in an import listing back in 2016, and now it surfaces on Bluetooth SIG, not long after obtaining its WiFi certification. This device is expected to launch as Next Gear 360 and to become Samsung's second action camera.
QNAP TS-453Bmini Vertical NAS with Intel J3455, 4K output and transcoding

QNAP TS-453Bmini vertical NAS now official

This Intel Celeron J3455-powered NAS for home users comes in two variants (4 GB and 8 GB RAM), offering support for up to four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drives and featuring two Gigabit RJ45 LAN ports, AES-NI hardware encryption, 4K output/transcoding, and more.
"Smart" devices are smart because they collect and learn from data they collect from their users. (Source: The Motley Fool)

Consumers are still (rightfully) wary of smart home devices

A new research report released by Gartner has revealed consumers to be wary of the risks of IoT devices while skeptical of their benefits.
Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers can be held independently in each hand. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for Switch can connect to PCs, Macs, and Android

The controllers are not exclusive to Nintendo's Switch. They can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices, offering a unique play experience and more controller options for gamers.
Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch, Fitbit shipped 22.5 million devices in 2016

Fitbit shipped 22.5 million devices in 2016

While global wearable shipments hit an all-time high in Q4 2016, the leader of the market remains Fitbit, although it faced a severe drop in sales. Even this way, the American company managed to ship more devices in 2016 than Apple, Samsung, and Garmin combined.
The first thing users might notice about Acer's headset is the bright blue coloring on the front. (Source:  Tech News Inc)

Acer will ship Mixed Reality developer kit for Windows 10 this month

Microsoft and Acer are ready to begin preparations to let partners build apps for the Windows Mixed Reality headset. First order of business is distributing software development kits to various developers.
The Amazon Echo may soon be able to place phone calls and intercom with other Alexa devices. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa may soon be able to make phone calls, intercom with other devices

If rumors are to be believed, Amazon is working on bringing VoIP calling and intercom features to the next generation of Alexa-enabled devices.
Alcatel A5 LED interactive LED-covered Android smartphone

MWC 2017 | Alcatel unveils A5 LED smartphone

Advertised as "the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone," this handset is powered by an octa-core processor and has a 5.2-inch HD display, as well as 4G LTE connectivity.
Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 and Qualcomm processor

MWC 2017 | Huawei uncovers the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic

These two new smartwatches feature a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display, a Qualcomm processor, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, GPS, and run Android Wear 2.0. Rated IP68, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic are scheduled to hit the market next month.
UHS-III standard will support MicroSD transfer rates of up to 624 MB/s

UHS-III standard will support SD card transfer rates of up to 624 MB/s

The new specification is coming this year and will make VR recording at even higher resolutions possible.
QWERTY keyboard slider Moto Mod concept coming soon to Indiegogo

QWERTY keyboard slider Moto Mod coming to Kickstarter

This modular accessory for the Moto Z that reminds of the Motorola Photon Q is expected to hit Indiegogo soon and, if the campaign turns out to be successful, it should reach the market later this year.
Razer has styled the Power Bank in the same black anodized aluminum as its laptops. (Source: Razer)

Razer releases USB Type-C power bank for charging ultrabooks

Razer has announced a USB Type-C power bank designed to augment the portable lifespan of its Stealth ultrabook. The 12,800 mAh (46 Wh) can charge up to three USB devices with its one Type-C and two Type-A ports.
The Huawei Watch 2 may come in three different colors. (Source: VentureBeat)

Huawei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops

Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
Harman Connected banner, Harman shareholders approve merger with Samsung

Harman shareholders approve the deal with Samsung

Although this acquisition has been announced back in November, the Samsung-Harman deal had to pass the shareholder's vote, and this has just happened. Now, the deal is expected to close in the coming months.
Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Asus unveils ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate

Asus unveils ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate

Designed specifically for hardcore gamers and professional eSports players, the 24.5-inch 1080p monitor includes super-narrow bezels, 1 ms response times, Nvidia 3D Vision 2 support, removable back plates, and customizable LED lights.
Like Google's Daydream View headset, the Asus AIO VR is expected to feature a cloth exterior. (Source: Phandroid)

Asus will launch a standalone VR headset later this year

With the upcoming Asus AIO VR, users will no longer need to insert their phones to get the full AR or VR experience or worry about draining their battery. Its current specifications are unknown, but its design bears some similarity to Google's Daydream View.
Lenovo finalizes user-made Moto Z Mod concepts

Lenovo finalizes user-made Moto Z Mod concepts

The top twelve finalists will battle it out on Indiegogo for the grand prize of $1 million USD. Potential winning concepts including an attachable solar panel, additional smart home controls, and an anti-bacterial Moto Mod.
Huawei Watch smartwatch to get a successor in February 2017

Huawei Watch 2 might arrive at MWC

Huawei Watch will get a successor simply known as Watch 2. A teaser posted on Weibo reveals that this smartwatch will be unveiled at the end of the month, during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
Harman Connected ecosystem, Harman shareholders to vote on the deal with Samsung on February 17

Harman shareholders to vote on Samsung merger on February 17

The $8 billion deal announced by Samsung already is on the right track, as Harman expects to see the vote completed without problems, although minority shareholders have recently voiced their concerns.
Instant Tethering will make it a bit more convenient for your non-LTE Android device to borrow an internet connection. (Source: Android Guys)

New "Instant Tethering" feature rolling out to select Android devices

Android 7.1.1 enables the new "Instant Tethering" feature on specific Nexus and Pixel phones. It fully automates internet sharing between devices once they have been verified once.
Eurocom announces 780 W external PSU for notebooks

Eurocom announces 780 W external PSU for notebooks

This specialized 2.9-pound AC adapter for high-performance notebooks can output over 10x the power of your standard Ultrabook adapter.
Azor tweeted that though they would begin certifying the XPS series for eGPUs, it will take at least a month to assess feasibility. (Source: Twitter)

Dell will begin certifying XPS notebooks for external graphics: Frank Azor

Alienware and XPS GM Frank Azor has stated that due to demand from customers, they will start to seek external graphics certification for their popular XPS line of notebooks. Without certification, newer graphics enclosures with the TI83 controller will not be able to connect.
Acer unveils curved 37.5-inch XR382CQK monitor with FreeSync

Acer unveils curved 37.5-inch XR382CQK monitor with FreeSync

The massive monitor is even larger than the 35-inch HP Omen X 35 and comes with many of the same features including full sRGB coverage, UWQHD resolution, and a similar $1300 USD asking price.
Verizon Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with LTE connectivity

Wear24 LTE smartwatch coming to Verizon Wireless

This upcoming smartwatch is IP67-certified for resistance against the elements, runs Android Wear 2.0, and it even features customizable watch faces. It goes on sale next month for $300 USD.
Android Wear 2.0 brings better cellular calling to supported smartwatches. (Source: Google)

Google releases Android Wear 2.0

The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband brings the classic Atari 2600 to smartwatches. (Source: Gameband Kickstarter)

The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist

The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch image leaked by Evan Blass

ZTE Quartz smartwatch might launch soon

The first alleged image of this upcoming wearable was leaked by Evan Blass yesterday and is possible to see it unveiled later today, next to a few other Android Wear 2.0 devices by other brands.
The mobile VR headset arena will soon be heating up as the Gear VR will have to compete with the cheaper Google Daydream. (Source: Wired)

Samsung Gear VR represents over 70% of all VR headsets shipped in 2016

Being the first VR headset out the gate, along with wide availability and low cost, allowed Samsung's headset to ahead of the other headset vendors before their competing devices hit the shelves.
The new sensor can create 64x slow motion video clips. (Source: Sony)

Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps

The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
LG Watch Sport Android Wear smartwatch details on Geekbench

LG Watch Sport hits Geekbench

The upcoming smartwatch has been spotted next to references to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and LTE cellular support, so the Watch Sport will probably launch with Android Wear 2.0 out-of-the-box.
Jawbone has been fairly quiet since the release of the UP3 in September 2015. (Source: Jawbone)

Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses

The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
Nintendo NES Classic Edition retro game console sales

Nintendo has sold over 1.5 million NES Classic Edition consoles

The affordable mini console with 30 classic titles pre-installed that ships with a controller similar to the original NES controller managed to record over than 1.5 million units sold.

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