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4K TV Sales Growing Fast

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K TV Sales Growing Fast

Despite having limited content, 4K Ultra HD televisions are expected to double sales to 15 million units in the US in 2016. Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association said that the next-generation TVs are now being adopted at a faster rate than predecessor high-definition TVs. Sales of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players are also selling at a fast rate. Shapiro said that 62 percent of consumers plan to buy a consumer electronics viewing device in the next year while a third will buy a smartphone,... 

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Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer Will Cost Less Than $300

September 19, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer Will Cost Less Than $300

XZY Printing has announced its least expensive 3D printer for students, educators and small businesses at a cost of $290. The new da Vinci Mini is available at XYZ Printing’s online store, as well as at other online retailers such as Amazon, Overstock.com and Sam’s Club, which has priced it at $270. The machine is 5.9-in x 5.9-in x 5.9-in in size, and comes with free use of the company’s XYZmaker 3D modeling software. XYZ Printing, which has built a reputation around affordable... 

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Sony Aims To Extend Content For Its Virtual-Reality Headset

September 16, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Aims To Extend Content For Its Virtual-Reality Headset

Sony Corp plans to extend content for its dedicated virtual-reality (VR) headset into non-gaming areas such as TV and film, and has no plans to join the burgeoning market for smartphone-based headsets, its gaming division chief said. Andrew House, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc’s chief executive, said in an interview that he was already in talks with media production companies to explore possibilities for the PlayStation VR headset, due for release on Oct. 13. “We are talking about... 

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Nvidia Unveils AI Computer System For Self-driving Cars

September 14, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nvidia Unveils AI Computer System For Self-driving Cars

U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp has unveiled a smaller and more efficient artificial intelligence computer for self-driving cars, saying it would power Baidu’s mapping and autonomous vehicle technology. Chinese web services company Baidu will deploy Nvidia’s new Drive PX 2 as its in-vehicle car computer for its self-driving system, Nvidia said in a press release as‮ ‬it‮ ‬unveiled the computer at the GPU Technology Conference in Beijing. As more carmakers develop plans for self-driving... 

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Intel Envisions A Big Market For Mixed Reality Headsets

September 13, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Envisions A Big Market For Mixed Reality Headsets

Intel believes untethered headsets may be a new class of computers in the future, and the company may develop chips dedicated to those devices. The chipmaker previewed its virtual and augmented reality plans last month with Project Alloy, a Microsoft HoloLens-type headset that can mix images from real and virtual worlds. Project Alloy will be available for PC makers to replicate, but Intel may also see a market for mixed reality headset chips. Project Alloy is a prototype headset running on Microsoft’s... 

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Bluetooth 5 Will Bring Major Boost To Range And Speed

September 13, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bluetooth 5 Will Bring Major Boost To Range And Speed

A new version of the Bluetooth wireless spec is coming to devices soon, providing faster connectivity among devices over longer distances. The new version, Bluetooth 5, is a big upgrade over Bluetooth 4.2, the current specification. In a clear line of sight, the range of Bluetooth 5 could stretch to 400 meters, said analysts at The Linley Group in a research note this week. That means users could connect a smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker that may not even be visible. Final Bluetooth 5 specifications... 

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New Apple Watch Focuses On Fitness

September 9, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
New Apple Watch Focuses On Fitness

Two years after rolling out the Apple Watch with apps and styles that courted every customer, Apple Inc has honed its marketing strategy, debuting a second generation product aimed squarely at the health and athletic audience. The focus on fitness will enhance the watch’s appeal to its core audience but also cements its status as a niche device, analysts said. “Apple is responding to what has resonated with customers,” said analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research. “The problem is there... 

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Samsung Goes Bigger With New Gear S3 Smartwatch

September 2, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Goes Bigger With New Gear S3 Smartwatch

Samsung Electronics introduced two new smartwatches which boast a range of digital features while also promising up to four days of battery life, seeking to outshine the Apple Watch. The world’s biggest maker of consumer electronic products introduced its new line of Gear S3 watches ahead of this week’s opening in Berlin of the IFA, Europe’s biggest annual trade fair for consumer electronics and domestic appliances. The new Gear S3 Frontier model has a rugged outdoor look, while... 

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Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

Fitbit Inc was cleared of stealing rival Jawbone’s trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, ending Jawbone’s hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit’s wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because “no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret.” The... 

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New Allwinner Chipset Could Usher In Price Drop For VR Headsets

August 9, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
New Allwinner Chipset Could Usher In Price Drop For VR Headsets

Most virtual reality headsets must be connected to PCs or smartphones; few are self-contained. A new VR chipset from Allwinner could change that, and also drive down headset prices. Allwinner’s H8VR chipset could free VR headsets from being attached to smartphones or PCs. The H8VR can fit in a plastic or cardboard VR headset. It also has a CPU, 4K video-processing capabilities, memory and storage. The H8VR is targeted at low-cost VR headsets. Allwinner’s chips are already being used... 

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Microsoft Expands Sales Of HoloLens

August 4, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Expands Sales Of HoloLens

Microsoft has opened up sales of the HoloLens development kit to anyone with $3,000 to spare, a move designed to significantly expand the community of developers building apps for the augmented reality headset. Until now, HoloLens was available only to developers and companies through Microsoft sales reps, but as of Tuesday, anyone in the U.S. or Canada can purchase up to five headsets online through the Microsoft Store. There was no word about availability in other countries. HoloLens can overlay... 

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Tablet Shipments Fall To 3 Year Low

August 3, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tablet Shipments Fall To 3 Year Low

Tablet shipments fell to their lowest point in three years in the second quarter of 2016, according to analyst firm Canalys. However, analysts at Canalys and IDC are seeing a glimmer of hope for the devices with business demand for detachable tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro and the iPad Pro. The Windows 10 anniversary update, which rolls out tomorrow, could further the business trend toward detachable tablets as could the next version of Android, called Nougat, with its better multitasking... 

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Smartwatch Sales In 2016 Experienced Signficant Decline

July 28, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Smartwatch Sales In 2016 Experienced Signficant Decline

The global smartwatch market experienced a decline by 32% in the second quarter of 2016, with Apple Watch shipments down by 55% when compared to a year earlier, according to research firm IDC. The decline — the first since the market started in 2013 — is expected to reverse next year after Apple and Google launch important operating system updates this fall, IDC said. Also, more watches will launch with cellular connections to LTE wireless without the need to connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone. Apple... 

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Is The Apple Watch Dragging The Smartwatch Industry Down?

July 27, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is The Apple Watch Dragging The Smartwatch Industry Down?

After dragging up the smart watch industry thanks to its legions of fanboys who will buy any old rubbish provided it has an Apply logo, Jobs’ Mob is causing it all to crash again. For those who came in late, after Apple invented the smartwatch two years later than its rivals, it was supposed to sell millions of them. To be fair it did reasonably well considering its product was out-of-date and pretty much useless. It sold about six million of them to the loyal fanboys base who would buy a dog turd... 

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Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

July 22, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported an unexpected loss in pay-TV subscribers as more consumers increasingly opt for online video-streaming services. Dish said it lost 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the average analyst estimate of a loss of 91,000 subscribers, according to market research firm FactSet StreetEstimate. However, average revenue per user rose to $89.98 from $87.91, helped by price increases for its video service. Dish raised... 

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