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The new PuroGamer headset. (Source: Puro Sound Labs)

The latest Puro Sound Labs headset aims to boost aural health in gaming

Puro Sound Labs describes itself as "the world's leading manufacturer of premium, safe-listening headphones". It has developed the PuroGamer, a "studio-grade" headset with 50-millimeter (mm) graphene drivers for better audio at lo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:15:00 +0200
A smart material reacts to a magnetic field. (Source: Physics Open Lab)

The smart materials market is now projected to reach a US$100+ billion valuation by 2026

Smart materials may prove to be the basis of the electronic components of the future. Their market's value was estimated at US$36 billion in 2017. That figure is now thought to grow until it hits $127 billion in 7 years from now.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:32:00 +0200
The new Huawei Watch GT 2. (Source: YouTube)

The Watch GT 2 is a new Huawei device you will be able to buy soon

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is this OEM's latest smartwatch. It has a 1.39-inch HD OLED display encased in "3D Glass". It comes in 42 and 46 millimeter (mm) variants, and is rated for 2 weeks of battery life.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 23:48:00 +0200
The Fossil Collider DIANA. (Source: Fossil)

Fossil's secret smartwatch sauce may mean no Pixel Watch this year

Business Insider has published a new report that claims to offer an insight into the development of Google-brand smartwatches. It also outlines the nature of the "secret" technology purchased by this company from Fossil, which all...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:42:00 +0200
Google Maps may gain this new setting soon. (Source: Twitter)

Incognito Mode is coming to Google Maps on phones

Google's I/O 2019 event saw announcements for plans to bring Chrome's Incognito Mode to mobile services such as Search. This is now reportedly in testing for Maps. It is accessed by tapping the avatar associated with a Google acco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:18:00 +0200
Facebook first announced its AR glasses project back in 2018. (Source: MobileAppDaily)

Facebook working with Ray-Ban on AR glasses

facebook is certainly not the first to try its hand at augmented reality smartglasses, but with the help of Ray-Ban parent company Luxotica, the social media giant will market its upcoming AR tech as a true smartphone killer. The ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:12:00 +0200
The JAM Audio Live Free truly wireless earbuds. (Source: JAM Audio)

JAM Audio claims that its new true wireless earbuds can last over 54 hours per charge

The Live Free truly wireless earbuds are the latest products from the company JAM Audio. It is claimed that they are smaller and more comfortable than their predecessors. They also come in a handy case that is rated for a battery ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:48:00 +0200
The new PRT-B50 PRO TREK watch. (Source: Casio)

The CASIO PRT-B50 is the first PRO TREK analog watch to have Smartphone Link and 4 environmental sensors

The PRT-B50 is a new PRO TREK model that can connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. Unlike some other Casio watches with this ability, however, this new product has a non-digital watchface. Its physical hands can be used to do...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:43:00 +0200
The PineTime will support Bluetooth 5, a heart rate monitor and NFC. (Image source: PINE64)

PINE64 announces the PineTime, a US$25 smartwatch

The PineTime is the latest side project of PINE64, the company behind the PineBook Pro and PinePhone. The smartwatch will integrate a Nordic nF52832 SoC and will support Bluetooth 5, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, ANT and NFC. The device will inc...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:16:00 +0200
The Watch GT 2 will continue to run an in-house fork of Android, eschewing WearOS. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei Watch GT 2: New smartwatch teased ahead of Mate 30 Pro launch

Huawei has more up its sleeve for its next launch event than just the Mate 30 series. In anticipation of this Thursday's event in Munich, the Chinese company has teased the successor to the Watch GT, aptly named the Watch GT 2. Re...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:18:00 +0200
Some of the Huawei smart glass variants. (Source: GizmoChina)

The Huawei smart glasses are now on sale in China

Huawei unveiled a new line of smart glasses along with the P30 smartphone series. However, nothing has been heard of them since. Now, however, they have reportedly been released to the Chinese market in several different styles an...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:36:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 5 will be available from September 20. (Image source: Apple)

The competition needs to watch out: Apple Watch Series 5 does so much more than just tell the time

Among a host of other revelations at the recent Apple Special Event, the Cupertino company also officially announced the Apple Watch Series 5. The latest iteration of the highly successful smartwatch features an Always-On Retina d...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:11:00 +0200
UWB is found in the iPhones 11 Pro and Pro Max only. (Source: YouTube)

Apple develops a proprietary short-range communication system for the iPhones 11 Pro

The Apple U1 chip is new hardware that controls ultrawide band (UWB) energy transfers between devices. This enables compatible products to locate each other and exchange data in a way non-U1-enabled counterparts cannot. These new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
The Huawei Freebuds 3. (Source: Huawei)

IFA 2019 | Huawei unveils the FreeBuds 3: AirPod-alikes but with a round charging case

Huawei has taken to IFA to unveil new wireless earbuds alongside the Kirin 990 SoC. They are the latest in the Freebuds line of wearables, and are thus AirPod clones (in their looks at least). These 3rd-gen products have a dedicat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 17:20:00 +0200
The alleged Watch GT 2. (Source: WinFuture)

A Huawei Watch GT 2 is now rumored to launch alongside the Mate30 series

The Huawei Watch GT is a popular wearable in which the in-house software LiteOS had its debut. Now, the respected leaker Roland Quandt asserts that it is to get a second generation. This smartwatch will apparently have a larger ba...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Sep 2019 23:15:00 +0200
Some Apple Watches may be in line for a free repair. (Source: Apple)

Apple Watch 2 and 3 units are eligible for a free screen replacement from Apple

Apple has issued a recall of its second- and third-generation Watches in order to address a screen fault that may develop in these devices. The company is, therefore, offering a free replacement for this component. A customer can ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 23:39:00 +0200
The Xiaomi AirDots Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

2nd-gen Xiaomi AirPod clones inadvertently make their way onto Weibo

The AirDots Pro are Xiaomi devices that conform to the "toothbrush" form factor of truly-wireless earbuds. Chinese social media users have spotted what looks like their packaging, but with a new product name, in a photograph. The ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 20:12:00 +0200
The new Fitbit Versa 2 comes with Amazon Alexa support. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit Versa 2 launched with Alexa, new premium health subscription service

Fitbit has launched its second-generation Versa health and fitness smartwatch. The key upgrades include support for Amazon Alexa voice recognition and the addition of enhanced sleep tracking.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 10:33:00 +0200
Garmin Fēnix 6: A rugged smartwatch series suited for all environments. (Image source: Garmin)

Fēnix 6: Garmin announces Fēnix 6, Fēnix 6S, Fēnix 6X and Solar smartwatches

Garmin has refreshed its premium Fēnix smartwatch series, with the aptly named Fēnix 6. The series is available in three sizes and two material variants. There is a solar-powered version of the Fēnix 6X too.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 19:06:00 +0200
Does the Amazfit GTS look familiar? (Image source: Huami)

Amazfit GTS: Huami launches Apple Watch clone for ~US$126

Xiaomi's sister company Huami has released a new smartwatch that packs plenty of features while remaining affordable at under US$150. Oh, and it is a blatant rip-off of the Apple Watch too.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:05:00 +0200
The Amazfit X concept. (Source: Huami)

The Amazfit X is a new concept smartwatch with a flexible display

Amazfit has just launched 2 new wearables, the GTS and Sports Watch 3. They are a follow-up to the Bip (in which this update results in extremely Apple-esque looks) and a round watch with a new type of JDI display respectively. Ho...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:06:00 +0200
The Liberate Air earbuds. (Source: House of Marley)

The new truly-wireless earbuds from House of Marley are made from 100% recycled materials

The Liberate Air earphones are made from reclaimed silicone and have a bamboo finish. In addition, they have a charging case described as made from recycled aluminium, wood, cotton and plastic. These new House of Marley products a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:23:00 +0200
Misfit Vapor X smartwatch retail box (Source: Misfit)

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered Misfit Vapor X now available for just US$199.99

Available for just US$199.99 — down from a full retail price of US$279.99 — for a limited period, the brand-new Misfit Vapor X is an excellent deal. This Wear OS-driven smart wearable is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 310...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:16:00 +0200
These products also include new Huawei or Honor speakers. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei and Honor certify a bumper crop of new devices and accessories

Huawei and Honor have gone to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to register an impressive number of new wireless products. These certifications, which have all been granted today (August 15, 2019) cover obvious candidates...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:08:00 +0200
The Fitbit Versa 2's alleged boxed state. (Source: OLX)

Fitbit's Versa 2 official packaging allegedly leaks out

Fitbit has been linked to a second generation of its popular Versa smartwatch for some time now. Recently, rumors about it have started up again in light of new leaks. They claim to show the wearable's official packaging, as well ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:06:00 +0200
The new EDIFICE EQB-1000 series. (Source: Casio)

The slimmest new Casio EDIFICE watch is also a Bluetooth device

Casio has released the EDIFICE EQB1000D-1A, a new watch with a case only 8.9 milimeters (mm) thick. It is also one of the brand's connected devices, which means it can connect to a smartphone app. This allows it to keep time accur...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 11 Aug 2019 22:30:00 +0200
Live View superimposes AR directions on your phone screen. (Source: Google)

Google Maps AR navigation to hit non-Pixel phones soon

AR-assisted navigation is one of the most interesting - and possibly useful - aspects of the Google Maps app to be unveiled in recent years. Unfortunately, it was also introduced as a Pixel exclusive. Now, however, it may be avail...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:07:00 +0200
The US phone accessories market will keep going strong into the 2020's. (Source: Pixabay)

The US phone accessory market is to be worth US$74 billion by 2026

The market for accessories such as screen protectors, cases and power banks in the US is now projected to attain a value of US$74.43 billion in 7 years. Headphones took the biggest piece (nearly 25%) of this space last year, and m...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 19:49:00 +0200
The new Honor Band. (Source: Honor)

Honor Band 5 pre-empts Mi Band 4 on the Indian market

Honor has released its latest fitness band to the Indian market, via Flipkart. This new model has a full-color AMOLED display, an estimated 14 days of battery life and 50-meter water resistance. However, it will soon have competit...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:33:00 +0200
Huawei's new open-source operating system is now officially HarmonyOS. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei launches Harmony OS

Huawei’s in-house HongMengOS is here and its shipping name is officially HarmonyOS. The idea behind the naming is that is a scalable micro-kernal that can work across internet of things devices right through to TVs, wearables and ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:54:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now official (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung intros the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch is powered by the Exynos 9110 SoC and comes in two sizes — 40 and 44 mm — both with a Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 pixels. Available in LTE and non-LTE versions, this new smart wea...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:13:00 +0200
The Carlyle HR and Julianna HR come in a choice of three colours. (Image source: Fossil)

Fossil launches Carlyle HR, and Julianna HR Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches for US$295

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 powered smartwatches both feature 44 mm faces, 8 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM. The touchscreen Gen 5 smartwatches are rated for up to 36 hours usage or 1 week in clock mode and are available to order ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 15:04:00 +0200
The HomePod captured more inadvertant Siri recordings than other devices like the iPhone. (Source: Apple)

Apple suspends Siri eavesdropping program in wake of privacy scandal

Apple has suspended a controversial Siri grading program that allowed contractors to listen to recordings of customers using the voice recognition software. The purportedly privacy focused company was caught out by a whistleblower...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:30:00 +0200
The Reon Pocket may act as a personal thermostat. (Source: Sony)

Sony puts a personal, wearable air-conditioner up for crowdfunding

Sony has invented a product called the Reon Pocket. It is a device that can change a user's personal temperature (or their perception of it, at least) while worn on the body. This unusual product is currently a part of the OEM's c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 01 Aug 2019 23:17:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 color choices (Source: Android Headlines)

Renders of all Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 color options surface online

If the latest renders that surfaced online turn out to be the real thing, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in silver, black, and rose gold. This smart wearable will be Samsung's first one to feature Blu...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:25:00 +0200
GoPro will start to amalgamate its 2 main apps in the future. (Source: GoPro)

GoPro app to be updated with improved editing features

GoPro has announced that it will refresh the companion app for its action-cameras. The updates will integrate Quik editing features directly into said app. This will enable the user to apply filters and convert footage into storie...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 31 Jul 2019 23:00:00 +0200
It is going to be a busy week for Samsung Galaxy launches. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Tab S6 and Watch Active 2 to launch on July 31 and August 5 respectively

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Unpacked event is coming up soon on August 7 but it looks like it will launch its next flagship Android tablet and Galaxy Watch Active sequel in between times. It has just dropped a new video teaser for the t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:56:00 +0200
The Galaxy Buds may now come in this new Aura shade for the Galaxy Note 10 launch. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung develops new colorway for Galaxy Note 10 line - and the Galaxy Buds

Some up-to-date renders of the Galaxy Note 10 are depicted as having an unfamiliar finish that appears as a gradient from pale purple to pale green. The latest rumors indicate that this is in fact an official color option, called ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 28 Jul 2019 22:39:00 +0200
The new FCC listing shows the new Galaxy Watch's screen. (Source: FCC)

New Samsung Galaxy Watch gains FCC registration

An upcoming Samsung smartwatch with the model number SM-R830 has been approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This registration shows that the watch has a 40mm variant, and will come in stainless steel or alumi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:54:00 +0200
Dish will be able to call itself a major carrier after the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. (Source: Dish)

US Department of Justice approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint have been granted the license to amalgamate into 1 company. This move by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is effectively the final hurdle to the carriers' long-planned merger. They do so under the condition t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:06:00 +0200
This screenshot from Apple's website is starting to have a different ring about it. (Source: Apple)

Apple caught in Siri privacy scandal, issues a statement trying to downplay its severity

Apple has been caught in a fresh privacy scandal as first reported by The Guardian. According to an Apple contractor, Apple just like Google and Amazon have been busted doing, uses contractors to analyze and assess the accuracy of...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 10:28:00 +0200
The TicPods Free. (Source: Buzz This Viral)

Deal | Mobvoi is offering TicPods Free at US$30 right now

The TicPods Free are some of the most prominent AirPod alternatives out there. They are made by Mobvoi, also known for the Ticwatch Pro. This OEM is selling their wireless earbuds at US$99.99, or $30 less than their recommended pr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 26 Jul 2019 20:42:00 +0200
The new Sony RX100 VII. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases the RX100 VII, a new compact camera with full-frame powers

With up to 60 auto-focus (AF) or auto-exposure (AE) calculations per second and 20fps shooting, Sony claims to have packed flagship speeds into its latest compact camera. The RX100 VII has a 20.1MP Exmor RS sensor and the latest g...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:24:00 +0200
Fitness-Tracker Xiaomi Mi Band 4 und Samsung Galaxy Fit e im Test.

Only one fitness tracker is worth its salt: Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and Samsung Galaxy Fit e in review

Low budget fitness trackers in comparison. Even though they both cost around $30 to $40 the Mi Band 4 and Galaxy Fit e are completely different devices. We took a closer look at both fitness trackers, and it is time to find out how they did in our everyday test.
Marcus Herbrich, Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:26:00 +0200
Xeric Trappist-1 NASA Edition collection (Source: Xeric on Kickstarter)

NASA 50th Anniversary Watch by Xeric exceeds its goal by almost 100 times with more than two weeks to go

The 50th Anniversary watch by Xeric is the result of a collaboration between the watchmaking company and NASA. This already looks like a success: with 16 days to go, the Kickstarter project that involves this (non-smart) wearable ...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:17:00 +0200
Opensignal's latest carrier rankings in important dimensions of 4G service. (Source: Opensignal)

T-Mobile has the fastest 4G in the US, although Verizon has the best coverage: latest research

The latest study from the cellular-data research body Opensignal reports that Verizon has the most widespread 4G services in the US (at 94.8% coverage). However, T-Mobile was associated with the best upload and download experience...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:14:00 +0200
A new render for the Galaxy Watch Active 2. (Source: Android Headlines)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now rumored to have special Under Armour-branded edition

Samsung is now thought to have a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active in the works. The latest leaks on the subject claims that one variant of this putative wearable will be produced in collaboration with the sportswear company U...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:20:00 +0200
The Vuzix Blade 3000 smart glasses: would you take calls on them? (Source: Vuzix)

New update will bring video-calling to Vuzix smart glasses

Smart glasses are useful in many contexts, most of them enterprise-related. However, it is also possible to replicate the smartphone experience to some degree using some of these devices, Vuzix-brand ones included. This company cl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 16:31:00 +0200
An image from an Apple patent application for AR glasses. (Source: Phone Arena)

Apple kills its AR glasses project while Samsung gains new AR glasses patent

Taiwan's DigiTimes reports that Apple has killed its plans for an AR headset citing supply chain sources. Samsung, however, seems to be ploughing on with its AR headset efforts filing a new patent for a foldable headset.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 14 Jul 2019 03:35:00 +0200
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 may be followed up by the 2700. (Source: Qualcomm)

Next-gen Snapdragon Wear SoC now rumored to be based on budget smartphone silicon

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the latest platform for Google-powered wearables. New leaks suggest that a successor for this SoC is already in the works. It is rumored to be called the Snapdragon Wear 2700, and to be a derivative of ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 11 Jul 2019 23:56:00 +0200

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