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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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Intel's super-fast Optane SSD now available for enterprises
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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 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 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.
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
This specialized 2.9-pound AC adapter for high-performance notebooks can output over 10x the power of your standard Ultrabook adapter.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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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