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Q1 2017 Tablet Shipment Continue To Drop

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Q1 2017 Tablet Shipment Continue To Drop

It is no hidden secret that worldwide tablet shipments have progressively begun a decline over the past three years, since the industry began experiencing year-over-year slumps to the present number of 39.6 million units in Q4 2016. Once again, for the second time in a year, the overall tablet market is expected to drop to under 40 million units in the first quarter of 2017, with an expected shipment rate of 39.03 million units. While shipment forecasts are subject to variability depending on the... 

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Samsung Reveals More Details About Personal Digital Assistant ‘Bixby’

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Reveals More Details About Personal Digital Assistant ‘Bixby’

Samsung has revealed that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone scheduled to be announced March 29 in New York. Bixby will be activated using a special physical button on the side of the phone, differentiating it from some other assistants that rely on a trigger word, like “Alexa” or “Siri.” Samsung also said Bixby will eventually work on millions of Samsung-made devices, potentially including TVs and washing machines. The S8... 

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ZapGo Offers Safer Alternative To Lithium-ion Batteries

March 17, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
ZapGo Offers Safer Alternative To Lithium-ion Batteries

New non-flammable, quick-charging batteries unveiled by private startup ZapGo Ltd. could begin showing up in popular smartphones in the next two years. ZapGo’s carbon-ion batteries promise to be a safe replacement for the billions of lithium-ion batteries already used in smartphones, electric scooters, vehicles and industrial devices. Lithium-ion batteries in several products, including the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone, have been banned on many airline flights because they can overheat,... 

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Nest GoesTwo-Factor Authentication

March 17, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nest GoesTwo-Factor Authentication

Palo Alto-based startup Nest Labs, which introduced its first Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011 along with a range of other home automation devices, prior to being acquired by Google, has just announced that it is introducing two-factor authentication for additional security to prevent customer security footage from getting stolen by thieves. Two-factor can be enabled through “Account Security” menu option Two-factor authentication is a login method where a person is only granted access after... 

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Consumer Reports Plans To Rate Products On Data Security And Privacy

March 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Consumer Reports Plans To Rate Products On Data Security And Privacy

Consumer Reports, a major source for gadget and appliance reviews in the U.S.,will begin to rate products on data security and privacy. The nonprofit publication has unveiled a set of new testing standards it hopes will push the tech industry to create safer products. “The goal is to help consumers understand which digital products do the most to protect their privacy and security, and give them the most control over their personal data,” the publication said. Already, cybersecurity ... 

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Does The iPad Have A Rocky Road Ahead?

March 7, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Does The iPad Have A Rocky Road Ahead?

Those responsible for inflicting the iPad on the world are experiencing a rather large slice of karma, thanks mostly to their dependence on the fruity tax-dodging cargo cult. According to Digitimes, the first-quarter 2017 results of iPad supply chain manufacturers are not that good. Touch panel makers TPK Holding and General Interface Solution (GIS), are hanging in the balance and they are really hoping that Apple is going release its new iPad Pro lineup soon. It had been expected that Apple is... 

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Low-cost Windows Virtual Reality Headset Rolling Out This Month

March 3, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Low-cost Windows Virtual Reality Headset Rolling Out This Month

A select group of developers will be able to get their hands on a low-cost Windows virtual reality headset starting this month. Microsoft has announced that the Acer Mixed Reality Developer Edition headset will start rolling out to a handpicked batch of software makers starting the end of March, with more coming later. This marks the first release of a Windows Mixed Reality headset, which Microsoft first previewed last year. The headsets are supposed to stand out from the crowd because of a lower... 

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Oculus Slashes Price Of Virtual Reality Rift Hardware

March 3, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Oculus Slashes Price Of Virtual Reality Rift Hardware

Facebook Inc’s virtual reality unit Oculus slashed $200 from the total price of its flagship hardware set, looking to expand the system’s base of video game players. The virtual reality headset Rift and the motion controllers Touch will together retail for $598, Jason Rubin, Oculus’ vice president of content, said in a statement. Facebook paid $2 billion for Oculus in 2014, believing it to be the next major computing platform. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has said that Oculus... 

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Western Digital Doubles The Capacity Of iOS Mobile Flash Drives

March 1, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Western Digital Doubles The Capacity Of iOS Mobile Flash Drives

Western Digital announced that it has doubled the capacity of its line of iOS mobile flash drives with the unveiling of the 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. The new thumb drives now match the top-capacity offered in iPhones and iPads and retail for $280 ($199 Amazon price). The new iXpand Flash Drive can automatically back up an iPhone or iPad camera roll  and lets users watch popular video formats (WMV, AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV) straight from the drive. The... 

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SoundCloud Seeks New Subscribers With New Budget Plan

March 1, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
SoundCloud Seeks New Subscribers With New Budget Plan

Music-streaming service SoundCloud rolled out a new budget subscription package on Tuesday, seeking to lure more listeners into paying subscribers and undercutting rivals Apple and Spotify. The $4.99 per-month offer will give subscribers access to 120 million music tracks without having to listen to ads. Its $9.99 premium subscription, rebranded as SoundCloud Go+, offers 150 million tracks, with new features to be announced this year. “Users have even more freedom to choose the features and... 

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Samsung Debuts Two New Tablets

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Debuts Two New Tablets

Samsung Electronics unveiled two new tablets, marking its first major announcement since being forced to cancel the flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after some of the devices caught fire. The Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book were presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in past years the scene of major Samsung launches. This year, Samsung has postponed the presentation of the Galaxy S8, its next key device. Instead, it took the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book, which... 

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Are Amazon Tablets Taking Over?

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Amazon Tablets Taking Over?

While research groups like IDC and Gartner have shown an overall 15.6 decrease in worldwide tablet shipments in 2016, the market has not gone entirely belly-up, as Amazon continues to pull ahead with a phenomenal 99.4 percent increase in annual tablet growth during the same period. According to a report by the folks at TrendForce, Amazon managed to ship 11 million Fire-series tablets over the course of 2016 even as global tablet shipments fell by 6.6 percent from the previous year. While the sales... 

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Facebook Launches App For Smart TVs

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Launches App For Smart TVs

Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will aid the social network’s users in being able to view its videos on a larger screens. The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday. The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline.  Sound also fades in and out as one scrolls through videos in news feed now. Videos in news feed... 

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Vizio Settles Complaint On Smart TV Spying

February 8, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vizio Settles Complaint On Smart TV Spying

Popular smart TV maker Vizio agreed to shell out $2.2 million to settle complaints that it violated customers’ privacy by continuously monitoring their viewing habits without their knowledge. Beginning in February 2014, the Irvine, California-based TV maker tracked what TV shows customers were watching on 11 million TV sets sold in the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General said in a complaint, released Monday. Vizio smart TVs captured “second-by-second”... 

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FCC Makes First Move Towards 4K TV Broadcasting

February 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
FCC Makes First Move Towards 4K TV Broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step toward the eventual implementation of over-the-air terrestrial 4K television broadcasting in the U.S. The FCC published a proposed regulation that would allow TV stations to begin broadcasts using the ATSC3.0 format, a newer version of the digital transmission format used today. ATSC 3.0 uses an IP data stream, so it’s much more flexible than current broadcast standards. Using the system, broadcasts can simultaneously send several... 

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