• Apple AirPods shipments delayed, could launch only in January 2017: Reports

    Apple AirPods: The shipments could be delayed to January 2017, claim reports. (Source: AP)
    Apple’s AirPods, the wireless headphones which were showcased at the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are yet to hit the stores. In India, the AirPods will be priced at Rs 15,400, but there’s no word on when these are officially launching in the country. Now it appears the shipments are delayed further in the US, and according to some reports, the AirPods are looking at a January 2017 timeline for shipping.

    According to a report in Economic News Daily, which is quoted by DigiTimes, Inventec which is the manufacturer for Apple’s AirPods, is expected to see a boost in revenue around the January period over Apple’s AirPods order. The report says Inventec’s revenues will rise 7 per cent on year and it cites market sources for these numbers…

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  • This Diwali, a PM2.5 counter could help open your eyes. Here is why

    This small device can tell you realtime what the PM2.5 rate in your house or office is
    Diwali is that time of the year when at least some of us prefer to stay indoors because of high levels of pollution generated by the mindless bursting of crackers. In fact, the situation has been so bad over the past few years that people, at least those with respiratory issues, have been investing in air purifiers. However, most air purifiers have one major flaw: they are unable to tell you what the pollution’s rates actually are.

    This is where a device like the Crusaders Laser PM2.5 Detectors come in. This small device can tell you real time what the PM2.5 rate in your house or office is. Being very portable — it is small enough to fit in your palms — this device can be carried around wherever you go. So if you are asthmatic it might be a good idea to invest in o…

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  • Intel explains why USB audio could be better than headphone jack

    Intel says new USB-C audio standard will offer better sound quality than the 3.5mm audio jack
    Soon the 3.5mm audio jack will be a thing of the past and if latest moves by major smartphone makers is any hint, then we are already bidding adieu to the proprietary connector.
    The 3.5mm audio jack, which was introduced as a way to connect headphones into an audio player is poised to be replaced by USB-C port. Most smartphones and high end laptops have transitioned from microUSB to USB-C as the primary port of interface and the reversible USB port is now aiming to kill the well known audio jack.
    At IDF, Intel has announced new USB audio standard that will push 3.5mm audio out of the smartphone industry.
    The first problem with USB-C port replacing the headphone jack is the countless number of headphones people own right now and ones that are lyin…

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  • Asus ZenWatch 3 with circular design could launch at IFA 2016

    Asus ZenWatch 3 is expected to support Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and support fast charging (Image of ZenWatch 2 for representation only)
    Asus may be ready to launch a new smartwatch, the ZenWatch 3 at IFA 2016 in Berlin on August 31. If the leaked images of the device are to be considered true, it will be the first Asus smartwatch that will feature a round dial. The previous versions of the smartwatch featured rectangular designs. The watch will however not feature a standalone cellular connection as per reports.
    The original ZenWatch was launched in 2014, and was compatible with all Android phones running v4.3 or higher. The device featured 512MB memory, 4GB storage and a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, with a 369 mAh battery. ZenWatch 2 was launched in 2015, and featured similar hardware to the first ZenWatch, and came i…

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  • Xiaomi releases VR headset trailer, could launch on Thursday

    Xiaomi’s VR headset based on Google’s Daydream platform teased, reveals August 4 launch date (Source: Weibo)
    Xiaomi is likely to launch its first VR headset tomorrow. Last week reports emerged that the product will launch on August 1 and now it seems to launch tomorrow. Xiaomi has also put out a trailer which hints at August 4 launch date.
    Xiaomi’s VR headset is reportedly based on Google’s Daydream platform, which was announced by the search giant at company’s annual developer conference, Google I/O 2016. Google’sd Daydream is a VR platform that needs Daydream-ready phones’ to power the VR headset. So expect Xiaomi to also announce device compatible with the purported VR headset.
    Google’s Daydream platform is natively built into Android N so expect the Xiaomi device to be more like a Gear VR from Samsung. According to GizmoC…

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  • Wow! Samsung Gear VR upgrade could have expanded viewing angles

    Samsung Gear VR 2016 will support the Note 7’s USB-C port and offer expanded 110 degree view (Source: Onleaks/Twitter)
    Samsung is set to launch its next Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on August 2 in New York but it seems the company also has a new Gear VR in the offing. Samsung which was likely to launch a new Gear VR at its pre-MWC event decided to continue with the existing version.
    Now, Twitter user @Onleaks has confirmed that Korean company will introduce new Gear VR along with Galaxy Note 7 on August 2. It seems the new Gear VR is bring introduced in order to make it compatible with the USB-C port on Galaxy Note 7. Samsung’s previous Galaxy lineup including Galaxy S7 and S7 edge used regular USB ports for interface.
    According to French website Nowhere Else, the new Gear VR will possess expanded vision of 110 degrees and will be wider than the c…

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  • Xiaomi could launch its first laptop on July 27: Report

    Xiaomi is reported to launch Redmi Note 4 and a laptop at its July 27 event in Beijing (Source: Weibo)
    Xiaomi has confirmed its next product launch event will take place in Beijing on July 27. While the event invite doesn’t confirm anything about the product, now reports hint at Xiaomi launching two products.
    In a Weibo post, Xiaomi’s Director of new media has confirmed that the company will announce two new products. Xiaomi has already started teasing Redmi Note 4 smartphone with dual rear cameras and the second product could be a laptop.
    Xiaomi has been long rumoured to launch its own laptop. Earlier renders of the same had surfaced on China’s social media platform. It is probably time that Xiaomi reveals the product.

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  • Apple kills old Thunderbolt Display, new version could come with integrated GPU

    Apple is killing the old Thunderbolt Display, and rumours say a new one might come with a GPU.
    Apple has officially confirmed the current Thunderbolt Display will be phased out, and it won’t be replenishing stock. The current Thunderbolt Display, which is 27-inches and has a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution is priced at $999 on the Apple.com store in the US.
    Apple in a statement to The Next Web said it will discontinue the Apple Thunderbolt Display.
    The statement read, “ We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users. ”
    However there are reports Apple is working on a new Thunderbolt Display with an inbuilt GPU. A tweet by BuzzFeed’s John Paczk…

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  • Xiaomi Mi Smart Bike could launch tomorrow

    Xiaomi could launch a new smart bike tomorrow, hints a new teaser released by the company (Source: MIUI)
    Xiaomi could launch a new smart bike tomorrow, hints a new teaser released by the company. The new smart bike is expected to launch at company’s event tomorrow in Beijing, ahead of Mi Max launch on June 30 in India.
    The teaser shows a picture of a smart screen attached to the bike displaying time, distance, speed, watt, etc. The battery level of the bike is also seen on the screen. Another teaser shows a red tail-light on the back.
    Xiaomi, the company well known for budget smartphones, has been selling other devices as well in China such as television sets, Water purifiers, Mi Box for TV, rice-cooker, etc. Last month, the company had launched its first drone with 4k capability to compete against industry leader DJI.
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  • Google patent hints at device that could draw blood without needles

    Google’s new patent is for a device that will help draw blood without needles. (Source: Reuters)
    Google has filed a patent that could allow for blood to be drawn without needles, according to reports. Google’s patent is available here.
    The patent explains how the device would draw blood. It reads, “A system for needle-free drawing of blood is disclosed.A device can include an evacuated negative-pressure barrel with a membrane sealing an aperture at a distal end, and a housing affixed to a proximal end. An accelerator barrel can be positioned within the negative-pressure barrel and fixed to the housing, with an open proximal end in a chamber in the housing, and an open distal end aligned with the aperture.”
    The chamber of the device would be filled with “pressurized gas” and a micro-particle positioned within the accelerator b…

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