Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics

Sony Xperia 1 review: Minor triumph at a massive price

Sony might not be a smartphone hitmaker like rivals Samsung, Google, or LG (at least in the U.S.), but it’s nothing if not persistent. The company’s latest attempt to nab a market foothold is the Xperia 1, which was announced in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Among its spotlight features are an ultrawide […]

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Oculus clarifies VR app return policy, allowing 5 refunds over 30 days

Though high app prices have dissuaded some people from buying — or re-buying — titles for the new Oculus Quest headset, Oculus’ policy of allowing refunds for briefly tested apps gives users an incentive to test VR experiences they might otherwise have skipped. But the policy isn’t as straightforward as it seemed, a reader tells […]

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Samsung starts mass-producing 5G- and AI-ready 12Gb LPDDR5 DRAM chips

As wireless networks and mobile CPUs become faster, the speed of the RAM used in portable devices can actually become a performance bottleneck, preventing them from processing data at peak speeds. Samsung is doing its part today to accelerate the performance of next-generation mobile devices, as it announced that it has started mass production of […]

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iOS and iPadOS 13 beta 4 signals death of 3D Touch, rise of Context Menu

Back in 2015, Apple introduced pressure-sensitive iPhone screens alongside 3D Touch as a potentially major hardware-software innovation, but barely supported the feature, leading to informed speculation that all of 2019’s iPhones would lose their pressure-sensing hardware. Today’s release of the fourth iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 developer betas appears to put the final nail in […]

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Huami Amazfit GTR targets Apple Watch with 74-day battery and Iron Man model

While several companies have successfully offered less expensive alternatives to the Apple Watch, mounting a direct challenge with premium features and design isn’t easy. But Huawei-owned Huami is giving it a shot with the new Amazfit GTR. Boasting a Retina-class AMOLED screen with 326PPI pixel density covered by Gorilla Glass 3, the Amazfit GTR offers […]

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CTA: U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to a record $401 billion in 2019

U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to $401 billion in 2019, according to a forecast by the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that stages the annual Consumer Electronics Show trade event each January. The record growth will come from the growing popularity of streaming services, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled emerging devices, and in-vehicle technology. […]

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Apple stops selling budget iPhone 6 and SE in India ahead of fall event

Nearly a year after ending direct sales of the iPhone 6 and SE in most countries, Apple is reportedly phasing out its least expensive models in India, raising the entry price of its flagship product line in a large but notoriously price-conscious market. The Economic Times suggests that the change is part of a strategy shift to […]

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Social VR platform Bigscreen TV adds 50 free live channels

Social VR platform Bigscreen is first and foremost a destination where users can share their desktop screens with friends. Bigscreen TV, however, takes the service in a new direction. Released today, Bigscreen TV allows up to eight VR users to watch over 50 live channels together. The service will provide free access to channels like […]

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Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell VR could be coming to Oculus

A new report states that Facebook’s Oculus has signed a deal with Ubisoft for exclusive Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed VR games. The article from The Information cites “two people familiar with the matter” in saying Oculus is looking to outright buy game studios and sign exclusive deals. One of these sources reportedly revealed that the company […]

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Samsung seeks patent on folding AR glasses with frame-activated screen

Like many other technology companies, Samsung focused its early mixed reality development largely on virtual reality rather than augmented reality, but a newly-published patent application (via Patently Apple) suggests that it’s actively working on AR glasses with at least one interesting feature: a display that is automatically powered on and off by the frames. While some […]

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If iGlasses are truly on ice, Apple’s 2020 will be dull but lucrative

One of the most difficult things for persistent Apple critics to grasp is that the company’s success — at least, as measured by Wall Street — isn’t as dependent on innovation as might be assumed from the company’s most common (and stinging) criticism. Besides the Apple Watch, Apple hasn’t launched a category-defining product in years, but […]

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Microsoft’s Azure Kinect Developer Kit begins shipping in the U.S. and China

During a keynote at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona earlier this year, Microsoft took the wraps off of Azure Kinect Developer Kit, a $399 all-in-one perception system for computer vision and speech solutions and the evolution of the Seattle company’s Project Kinect for Azure. Today ahead of its Inspire conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft […]

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Huawei confirms July launch of first 5G phone, the Mate 20 X 5G

Huawei’s original plan for 2019 called for its foldable Mate X to become its first 5G phone, but a last-minute delay pushed the $2,600 device into September. Now the embattled Chinese company has confirmed that its more conventional smartphone, the Mate 20 X 5G, will be its first 5G phone, with official launches across multiple […]

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Netflix taps Google Lens to bring Stranger Things newspaper ad to life

Google Lens can be used to translate menus and highlight the top meals, it can tell you all about local art installations, and now it’s being used by Netflix to promote the new season of Stranger Things. First debuted in 2017, Google Lens is the internet giant’s computer vision-powered, augmented reality-infused search tool that can […]

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Apple freezes Walkie-Talkie app for Watch over eavesdropping exploit

After facing down an embarrassing Group FaceTime bug that let callers hear audio near unanswered iPhones, Apple is today combatting a similar Apple Watch issue (via TechCrunch): The Walkie-Talkie app introduced last year in watchOS 5 apparently triggers the same sort of iPhone vulnerability, and has been disabled while Apple works on a fix. Apple revealed […]

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Apple registers 5 unreleased iPads running iPadOS 13 with the EEC

Over the last two years, Apple’s registrations of new iPads, iPhones, and Macs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have served as the earliest canaries in its hardware release coal mines, typically leaking months before actual product launches. Today, the EEC (via Mysmartprice/MacRumors) has published five new listings for Apple tablets running iPadOS 13, hinting […]

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dokiPal is a $179 kids’ smartwatch with 4G, GPS, video calling, and AI

As Google recently noted that today’s children are getting their first smartphones at the average age of 9, there’s clearly a growing demand for kid-friendly connected solutions. Hong Kong-based Doki Technologies is catering to that demand with today’s release of dokiPal, a 4G/LTE smartwatch made specifically for kids aged 5 and up. Unlike early kids’ […]

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Qualcomm reportedly tests faster, smaller Wear OS-ready Snapdragon CPUs

Google hasn’t yet had a massive hit with any of its Wear OS-powered smartwatches, an issue some observers have blamed on performance gaps between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear processors and rival chips developed by Apple and Samsung. But if a new report from Germany’s WinFuture is accurate, that could be set to change in the near future, […]

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YouTube lands on Amazon’s Fire TV, Prime Video now works with Chromecast

We knew it was coming, but Google and Amazon are officially friends again. Starting from today, Chromecast and Android TV users will be able to access Amazon Prime Video, while Amazon Fire TV devices — including set-top boxes, sticks, and smart TVs — will receive the official YouTube app. Support for the separate YouTube TV […]

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Apple re-releases Texas Hold’em ahead of App Store’s 11th anniversary

Apple’s App Store will celebrate its 11th anniversary later this week, but the company says it’s celebrating the Store’s 10th year by re-releasing a classic iPod and iPhone app: Texas Hold’em (via 9to5Mac). Based on the globally popular poker game, the app gives players the chance to gamble fake money in 10 casino settings — including an […]

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