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LG ThinQ logo (Source: LG Newsroom)

LG intros ThinQ brand for AI-driven devices

Although the ThinQ name has been used by LG for a few products already, all devices and services of the South Korean-based multinational giant that feature artificial intelligence will be placed under this banner starting in 2018.
Samsung Galaxy S8 broken glass cover

Self-healing, repairable glass developed in Japan

A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has just developed a new type of glass that could finally allow phone manufacturers to build handsets like the iPhone X or the Galaxy Note 8 with shatter-resistant back covers.
Corsair Neutron NX500. (Source: Corsair)

Corsair's new 1.6 TB Neutron NX500 PCIe SSD is fast, sexy, and durable

The Corsair Neutron NX500 now has a 1.6 TB option with up to 3000 MB/s sequential read speed and 2400 MB/s sequential write speed. It has an endurance rating equivalent to 1745 times higher than its total capacity and is worth more than most people's computers.
The trusty 3.5mm headphone jack is a versatile connection with support from many devices, and is capable of handling high-quality audio. (Source: Webandi/Pixabay)

69% of those polled wouldn't buy a phone without a 3.5 mm headphone jack

A GSM Arena poll regarding 3.5 mm headphone jacks on phones found that 69% of those polled wouldn't consider phones without a headphone jack, 14% didn't care, 9% had switched to Bluetooth/USB-C/Lightning products, and 8% were living the dongle life.
Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

IT certification site DMTF and Dell itself may have both independently confirmed the existence of the unannounced Latitude 7490. Could a soft refresh be on the way for CES 2018?
Amazon Music Unlimited music streaming service hits 28 new markets

Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Echo hit 28 new markets

The Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service and the Echo smart speaker can finally be acquired in many new markets across Europe and the Americas. All these areas receive three plan options: Echo, Individual, and Family.
Android Wear based on Oreo is starting to roll out for compatible devices. (Source: Google)

Google lists Android Wear devices in line for Oreo update

Google has revealed the list of Android Wear devices that will be getting an update to Android Oreo. The upgrade looks more about bringing the Wear base OS inline with the Android smartphone OS, rather than bringing major new features.
The i-Memory AI720 USB drive has a 0.29 inch profile and weighs only 0.38 oz. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA announces i-Memory AI720 USB drive storage expansion for iOS devices

The i-Memory AI720 includes a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.1 connector at the other end. It comes in 32/64/128 GB capacities and can easily handle UHD 4K video playback thanks to the 90 MB/s transfer speeds. The OTG functionality allows users to save videos and pictures directly on the stick, in order to save up space on their devices.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Android flagship concept (Source: GizBot)

Samsung Galaxy S9 to come with a desktop dock called DeX Pad

A new drop in the ocean of Samsung Galaxy S9-related leaks and speculations reveals that the next-generation desktop dock that we already heard about will be named DeX Pad. Sadly, this new bit of information comes without other details.
The Cherry MC 4900 is aimed at office and business environments that need extra security. (Source: Cherry)

Cherry outs the MC 4900 optical mouse with fingerprint reader

The MC 4900 mouse is designed to bring extra security to office and business environments through the integrated fingerprint reader. While the mouse has a modest 1375 DPI optical sensor, the fingerprint sensor is among the best capacitive sensing solutions on the market, with 508 DPI resolution, 12 FPS capture speed and AES128 USB encryption.
OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition (Source: GSMArena)

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition coming to India next week

The Star Wars Limited Edition of the OnePlus 5T has not been dropped since it has just been revealed that the Indian market will get it later this month. This special flagship made its debut this weekend during Comic Con India.
OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition (Source: Weibo)

OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition hits China

Although a Star Wars-themed special edition was apparently on its way, OnePlus only released a Lava Red Limited Edition of the 5T flagship. Sadly, it is only available in China for now.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship has camera focus problems

Shake your Samsung Galaxy S8 to help its camera focus properly

As strange as it may seem, Samsung recommends a "gentle tap to the back" or "a small shake" of their Galaxy S8 to those who complain that their phone's main camera is taking blurry photos and has problems focusing.
HDMI 2.1 will be enabled through Ultra High Speed HDMI cables that have a 48 Gbps throughput. (Source: HDMI Forum)

Final HDMI 2.1 specifications released with 8K, 10K and dynamic HDR support

Other new features include enhanced audio return channel, variable refresh rate, quick media switching, quick frame transport, auto low latency mode, and display stream compression (DSC). The 2.1 standard actually allows [email protected] and [email protected], but only through DSC. A new "Ultra High Speed HDMI" cable with 48 Gbps throughput will also be required.
Palit (Galax/KFA2) SNPR External Graphics Enclosure. (Source: Galax)

Palit's new external GPU enclosure is packing a custom GTX 1060 and cooling solution

Palit (via their sub-brands Galax and KFA2) are releasing their compact eGPU solution, the SNPR External Graphics Enclosure, within the next few weeks. Their solution is more along the lines of Aorus’s compact enclosure or the Breakaway Puck from Sonnet, rather than the larger and more modular docking hubs that are available from Razer and Alienware.
DJI has released a racing edition of its Goggles for drones. (Source: DJI)

DJI releases new racing Goggles for drone racing

DJI is getting serious about drone racing. The latest version of its Goggles is targeted at the burgeoning drone racing market and offers a number of feature upgrades over its standard model.
Misfit Command (Source: Misfit)

Misfit Command hybrid smartwatch now up for pre-order

The successor of the Vapor is now official as the Misfit Command and can be pre-ordered starting at US$112.49. This hybrid smartwatch comes with a regular cell battery that can last up to an entire year.
The Promise TD-300 dock is essentially aimed at users who want to transform their laptop into a desktop. (Source: Promise)

Promise releases the TD-300 9-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 dock

Aimed at users who want to ditch the desktop for a laptop, the Promise TD-300 9-in-1 dock extends the connectivity with five USB 3.0 ports for more peripherals like screens and gaming gear. Additionally, there is a GbE connector, an SD 3.0 card reader, an audio combo jack, an HDMI port and another Thunderbolt 3 header.
Razer Hammerhead paired with the Razer Phone. (Source: Razer)

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C and Lightning Port options for iPhone, Razer Phone, and other android phones

Razer has refreshed their Hammerhead line of earbuds with two new digital based models using USB-C and Lightning Port connectors. The USB-C version comes with a DAC for improved audio.
Apple HomePod smart speaker delayed until early 2018

Apple's HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018

Unveiled back in June, the Apple HomePod smart speaker was expected to hit the market in December. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that this Siri-powered accessory will start shipping in early 2018.
Smartwatches targetted at children, like the VTech Kidizoom, are now banned in Germany. (Image: VTech)

Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children

Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds. (Source: Bose)

Bose wants to improve your sleep with noise-masking 'sleepbuds'

Bose has started an Indigogo campaign for prototype testing of their new noise-masking sleepbuds. These sleepbuds are ultra-compact earbuds which isolate external noise and play soothing nature sounds to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.
Lenovo Moto Tab Android tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Source: Lenovo)

AT&T-exclusive Lenovo Moto Tab launches this Friday

The 10.1-inch Moto Tab by Lenovo will join AT&T's portfolio as a slim and powerful premium tablet made for entertainment. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, Kids Mode, and more.
Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse. (Source: Microsoft)

Video shows off the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse, the company's return to mice with enthusiast features

Pre-orders for the new Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse are now open. The mouse represents Microsoft's return to enthusiast-style mice with adjustable scroll wheel, programmable buttons, and multi-device switching.
Garmin and Polar: Testing four fitness trackers

Garmin and Polar: Testing Four Fitness Trackers

We are testing altogether four fitness watches by the manufacturers, Garmin and Polar; the Garmin Forerunner 935, the Garmin Forerunner 35, the Polar M400, and the Polar M200. The tracking qualities of the devices are convincing, and some offer additional functionalities.
mophie juice pack for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Source: mophie)

Mophie intros a battery case for the Galaxy Note 8

The juice pack and the charge force case by mophie target the Galaxy Note 8 phablet, offering wireless charging support and about 3,000 mAh of additional battery capacity for less than US$100.
Apple iPhone X smartphone with Face ID technology, Face ID-enabled iPads allegedly coming in 2018

Next year's iPads might feature Face ID

Although the hardware needed to manufacture Face ID-enabled devices is in short supply right now, Apple is expected to speed things up and to add this technology to at least one of the iPad tablets to launch in 2018.
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck. (Source: Sonnet)

Pack a puck: The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck is a portable eGPU solution

Sonnet has released a compact eGPU designed to fit in your bag, ideal for travel, LAN parties, or MacOS High Sierra.
FutureModel NichePhone-S tiny Android phone (Source: Android Community)

Credit card-sized NichePhone-S handset debuts in Japan

This tiny basic smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (yes that is the pre-KitKat Android, no mistake here!) and is powered by the MediaTek MT6752A processor. Priced around US$90, it is scheduled to hit Japan later this week.
Xiaomi announces their their full scale entrance into the Spanish market. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches into Western Europe with a new base of operations in Spain

Xiaomi has chosen Spain as the first country outside of China where they have a full business presence, due to the large and active fan-base there. Answers given during the Q&A session suggested that this new presence within Europe would simplify the importing of Xiaomi products to the rest of the European Union.
Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Moto Mod. (Source: Motorola)

The Amazon Alexa Moto Mod attaches Alexa to the back of your phone so she is always with you

Motorola and Lenovo have announced the new 'Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa' Moto Mod, which adds additional microphones, speakers, and a battery in addition to having Alexa always listening.
The side panels connect to the mouse body via a 4x4 pin array. (Source: Razer)

Razer launches Naga Trinity mouse with interchangeable side panels

The three interchangeable side panels are specifically designed for FPS, MOBA and MMORPG players. All side panel buttons come with mechanical switches and are programmable through the Razer Synapse software. Razer also includes an upgraded 5G optical sensor with 16,000 DPI and 1,000 Hz polling rate.
HTC and Logitech have teamed to bridge keyboards with VR. (Source: HTC)

HTC and Logitech partner to bring keyboards into VR on Vive

HTC and Logitech have partnered to create a tactile keyboard experience for SteamVR. The system is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset and is currently rolling out to interested developers.
US residents are now eligible for either a free DeX Station or Gear VR with purchase of a Note 8, S8, or S8+ device.

Samsung now offering free DeX Station or Gear VR with S8

Samsung is hoping to attract prospective buyers of its S8, S8 Active, S8+, or Note 8 handsets by offering a free Gear VR headset or DeX station with each purchase.
The LandingZone Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has 16 ports. (Source: LandingZone)

LandingZone Unveils Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

LandingZone has released its new Docking Station for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Although not Thunderbolt-enabled, it brings with it 16 ports that will keep most users happy.
Google introduces Fast Pair for quick pairing with Bluetooth headphones. (Source: Google)

Android "Fast Pair" takes on Apple's AirPods

Google has introduced Fast Pair for Android devices. It brings a far easier way of pairing Bluetooth headphones that is very similar to what Apple is doing with its AirPods for iPhone.
The Cynosa Chroma Pro comes with 24 programmable underglow zones on the left, right and front of the keyboard. (Source: Razer)

Razer presents value-oriented Cynosa Chroma RGB gaming keyboards

The Cynosa Chroma and Cynosa Chroma Pro come with soft-cushioned gaming-grade keys that feature 1,000 Hz ultrapolling rates. Light and commands can be programmed for each of the 104 keys through the Razer Synapse software. The Pro version is the first Razer keyboard to include 24 underglow programmable zones.
Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad. (Source: Grovemade)

A wireless charging pad from Grovemade that actually looks good with your furniture

Grovemade, who are known for producing high-quality accessories, have started pre-orders for a cork and stainless steel based charging pad which fits nicely with modern furniture design aesthetics.
The new Microsoft Store app could soon start offering hardware devices such as the Surface. (Source: Windows Central)

The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware

The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.
Amazon Key relies on a compatible smart lock, smart camera, and Amazon Cloud. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon Key lets couriers unlock your door when you're not home

Amazon has released their Amazon Key service which uses an Amazon produced smart camera, a smart lock from Yale or Kwikset, and the Amazon Cloud to allow delivery drivers to unlock your front door and leave your parcel inside.
The Microsoft Kinect has been discontinued. (Source: Microsoft)

Diskinected: Microsoft abandons Kinect

Microsoft has called time on the Kinect motion control, visual recognition and voice Xbox peripheral. After selling over 35 million units, it has seen a sales slump with consumers more interested in traditional gaming experiences.
Misfit Vapor Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch retail package (Source: Misfit)

Misfit Vapor is finally up for pre-order

Unveiled back in January, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100-powered Misfit Vapor smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 onboard is now up for pre-order and scheduled to start shipping on Halloween.
Huawei Watch 2 Pro smartwatch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 (Source: Huawei China)

Huawei Watch 2 Pro now available in China

The Huawei Watch 2 Pro came out of the blue and, for now, it is only available in China. This round Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch features an eSIM slot and is IP68-certified for protection from the elements.
The sculpted design only fits right-handed persons. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech Wireless Marathon M705 mouse lasts 3 years on just 2 AA batteries

With a sculpted body that fits right-handed persons perfectly, the new M705 wireless mouse from Logitech is specifically designed for laptop users. It also comes with a 1000 dpi sensor and the Unifying Receiver.
Airlines may consider banning laptops in checked baggage for fear of fires (Source: FAA)

Airlines may consider banning laptops in checked baggage for fear of fires

You may soon have to explicitly list off the number of laptops in your checked luggage, be forced to carry it into the cabin, or place it inside of approved bags before boarding.
Sony Xperia Hello! (G1209) dancing digital assistant (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia Hello! dancing digital assistant now live

Advertised as a communication robot, the new Sony Xperia Hello! is more than just another Amazon Echo wannabe. It can be used to make Skype or Line video calls, runs Android Nougat, and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor.
Azio Levetron Mech5 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Source. Amazon)

Are gaming keyboards really faster than conventional keyboards?

Gaming keyboard manufacturers, much like gaming mice manufacturers, claim fast response times to entice games to pay the premium. Unlike gaming mice, however, we do not find enough benchmarks that have actually put the claims to test. As a result, gamers and enthusiasts have (until now) gone by the manufacturer's claims of high polling rates and low response times. So is that shiny new RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting or N-key rollover actually more responsive than a conventional keyboard? Dan Luu's mini-experiment proves otherwise.
The 360 Round camera integrates 17 lenses. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung reveals 360 Round camera for VR content creators

The 360 Round is the first camera that features genuine 3D VR recording capabilities. It comes with 17 lenses and it can record and stream in 4K. The included proprietary Samsung software makes it easy to edit the footage and preview it on a Samsung Gear headset.
The Megablast speakers are taller than the Blast ones. (Source: Logitech/UE)

Logitech presents the UE Blast and Megablast Bluetooth speakers with Alexa

Featuring the latest Alexa voice assistant that comes with the UE Blast and Megablast wireless speakers can play your favorite music, control IoT-enabled devices and perform more than 25,000 other tasks.
Dell Visor and controllers in use. (Source: Dell)

Dell's augmented reality Visor and controllers now shipping worldwide

The previously announced Dell Visor headset for Windows augmented reality is now shipping with global availability. Dell's design gives a sleek and modern headset, and a pair of controllers that look like a mix of those for the Vive and Rift.

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