Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics

Google buys mysterious Fossil smartwatch tech and development team

Having developed the Wear OS platform for smartwatches, Google is making an intriguingly related acquisition from Fossil Group, the companies announced today, resulting in the transfer of a Fossil-developed smartwatch technology to Google. Neither entity is specifying what the technology is, but both companies will apparently continue to develop smartwatches — potentially in closer collaboration […]

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Apple reportedly plans iPad 7 and iPad mini 5 for first half of 2019

After spending several years without updates, Apple’s iPad mini 4 was finally rumored late last year to have a sequel under development, and a new report offers a release window for both the small tablet and a new version of the entry-level iPad: the first half of 2019. The dates come from manufacturing publication DigiTimes, […]

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Microsoft sets MWC 2019 event for February 24, likely revealing HoloLens 2

Rumors of an early 2019 reveal of HoloLens 2 circulated throughout 2018, and now Microsoft appears to be ready to show off its next-generation augmented reality headset. The company today issued invitations to a media event at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, which will feature one particularly noteworthy speaker: Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow […]

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Apple debuts Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

Confirming rumors that have circulated for the past month, Apple today officially released a series of Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Although third-party accessory maker Mophie showed its own Juice Pack Access cases at CES last week, Apple’s will likely be the first officially licensed battery cases […]

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Apple reportedly replaced 11 million iPhone batteries after slowdown debacle

After Apple admitted to surreptitiously slowing down iPhones based on the performance of their aging batteries, it apologized by offering customers a discounted battery replacement program throughout 2018 — $29 per device, down from $79. Despite partially blaming this program for an unexpected holiday revenue shortfall, Apple didn’t publicly quantify just how many users had […]

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CES 2019’s mediocre 5G demos set the stage for a confusing year

During a 5G-focused Mobile Innovation event at last year’s CES, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said he hoped to appear at 2019’s show with a working 5G phone on a live network. Since there were exactly zero 5G phones or networks in existence at that point, his plan sounded ambitious, but his quiet confidence made the outcome seem […]

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Apple’s HomePod arrives in China for $414 on January 18

Apple has confirmed that HomePod, its Siri-enabled wireless speaker, will go on sale in China and Hong Kong on January 18. The Cupertino company revealed in December that it would bring HomePod to China in 2019, and it listed the HomePod on its local website. Today’s news, however, comes shortly after Apple slashed its Q1 outlook, blaming lower-than-expected […]

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Top 10 products revealed at CES 2019 that work with Alexa or Google Assistant

The curtains closed on the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show this past Friday, as the last of the remaining 3,500-odd exhibitors packed up their wares and filtered out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo. CES 2019 was jam-packed with announcements from the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, many of which shared […]

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Rec Room hits more than 1 million VR headsets

Rec Room is ringing in the new year by celebrating its successes in the old one. In a post on its official site, developer Against Gravity revealed its app had been installed on over 1 million VR headsets by the end of 2018. Rec Room is a social VR platform available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, […]

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CES 2019: Consumers react in real time to hot product announcements

CES is the big tech trade show that geeks and technology companies eagerly await each year. But how much do consumers really like what they see, as it gets unveiled in the big tech trade show in Las Vegas? Apparently the average consumer isn’t as enthusiastic as we techies are. Toluna, an on-demand consumer insights […]

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Apple considered Samsung and MediaTek for 5G modems in 2019 iPhones

(Reuters) — Apple held talks with Samsung Electronics and MediaTek along with existing vendor Intel to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole […]

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At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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Samsung is using computer vision to tell you what’s in your fridge

CES is a yearly ritual to imagine what’s possible and display the strange, innovative, and silly. There can be surprises, but for a highly anticipated conference that attracts tens of thousands of people from around the world, some trends are very predictable: New televisions are rolled out, tech companies take subtle potshots at the competition (see […]

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Google discontinues the Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio is no more. Reports emerged this week on Reddit that the diminutive streaming dongle had been discontinued, and a Google spokesperson today confirmed the news to VentureBeat. “Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio,” a Google spokesperson said. “We have therefore […]

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Xiaomi’s first ‘slider’ phone, the Mi Mix 3, starts rolling out globally

The so-called “slider” phone was all the rage back in the nineties and noughties, a form factor that was designed to increase portability without compromising on functionality. But the ol’ slider is returning with aplomb, as manufacturers seek to maximize screen-size without resorting to the dreaded “notch.” Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is beginning the global […]

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Apple reportedly plans 3-camera iPhone XS Max and 2-camera iPhone XR sequels

Faced with softer than expected sales of 2018’s flagship iPhones, Apple will apparently try again in 2019 by augmenting two of the models with new camera systems — a decision that might increase the appeal of the iPhone XR’s and iPhone XS Max’s successors. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report this morning, citing […]

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Spigen integrates Ossia wireless charging tech into its smartphone cases

True wireless charging at a distance has arrived — you just can’t buy it yet. But companies like Ossia are making progress, buoyed by manufacturers and enterprises. In September 2018, the Bellevue, Washington startup announced it would team up with Walmart to help the retailer cut costs in its thousands of stores, Ossia’s fourth such partnership […]

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This is Samsung’s 5G Prototype Smartphone and end-to-end 5G wall at CES

After covering live 5G demos at Qualcomm’s and Intel’s 2019 CES booths, I went to Samsung’s booth to see what sort of 5G gear might be on display. Ahead of the show, Samsung told me that it wasn’t going to have any major 5G announcements or new hardware to show, so I wasn’t expecting to […]

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Honor View20 shows how in-screen cameras will improve smartphones in 2019

Smartphones have hit something of a wall in recent years, from an innovation standpoint, with changes to the underlying technology becoming increasingly iterative. But a few trends show signs of having a more significant impact on the user experience. Last year ushered in a swathe of smartphones with in-screen fingerprint readers designed to make unlocking […]

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HTC Vive Pro Eye hands-on: Gaze into VR’s future with foveated rendering

Unexpectedly announced at an early CES media event, HTC’s latest and highest-end VR headset is the Vive Pro Eye — an upgraded version of the already premium Vive Pro with integrated eye tracking hardware. The eye tracking can be leveraged for in-app controls, analysis of user attention during training sessions, and enabling foveated rendering. If you’re […]

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