Review: AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones

The Trekz Air from AfterShokz take an entirely different approach from most other Bluetooth headphones: they rely on bone conduction, rather than traditional drivers, to deliver sound. The open-ear design ensures you can enjoy your music while also keeping tabs on your surroundings.

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Google Pixel 2 Arrives with Top-Rated Camera, New Smart Features

Available now for pre-ordering and set to start shipping over the next few weeks, Google’s new Pixel smartphones have already earned the top rating for camera phones from the DxOMark image quality rating site.

Unveiled yesterday along with a new family of Google hardware products, the Pixel 2 (pictured, left) and Pixel 2 XL (pictured, right) have received a DxOMark rating of 98 out of 100, compared to 90 for last year’s Pixel phones. The new phones’ scores puts them ahead of Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus (94), the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (94), and the Apple iPhone 8 (92).

In addition to the front- and rear-facing cameras, the Pixel 2 features Google Lens, which uses computer vision to provide users with details about their photo images; squeeze-enabled access to an updated intelligent Google Assistant; and a long-lasting battery that can deliver up to seven hours of use after 15 minutes of charging.

During yesterday’s launch event, Google also announced its new Home Mini and Home Max smart speakers, the Pixelbook Chromebook, the Pixel Buds wireless headphones, and the Google Clips free-standing wireless camera for capturing spontaneous photos and video snippets.

Like the iPhone, No More Headphone Jack

The five-inch Pixel 2 with AMOLED display, priced at $649 and up, and the six-inch Pixel 2 XL with pOLED screen, which starts at $849, are set to begin shipping on Oct. 19, although several reports indicate that early demand has already delayed the expected arrival of the larger device by nearly a month.

Both phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processors and run Oreo, the latest version of the Android operating system. And, like Apple’s most recent iPhones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are ditching the standard headphone jack, although they will ship with a USB-C-to-3.5mm headphone adaptor.

The phones will…
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Microsoft Dives Deeper into 'Mixed Reality' with VR Devices

Microsoft is counting on virtual reality headsets made by other companies to help establish personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way to explore artificial worlds.

The devices unveiled Tuesday include a Samsung headset called the HMD Odyssey [pictured here]. The headset requires a connection to a PC running on a Windows 10 update being released Oct. 17. That’s unlike Samsung’s less expensive Gear VR headset, which is designed to run on smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system.

Samsung’s HMD Odyssey will cost $500 and begin shipping early next month. The Gear VR sells for $40 to $130.

PC makers Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo also will be making VR headsets designed to work with Windows 10 machines. The prices for those headsets start at about $400.

Microsoft also disclosed it’s buying a startup called AltspaceVR to develop technology for holding business meetings in VR.

The PC-driven headsets that Microsoft is embracing illuminate the dividing lines among some of the world’s most powerful technology companies as they all try to hook consumers and businesses on products and applications that blend the real world with digital versions of it.

Both Apple and Google are focused on bringing a slightly different format called “augmented reality” to smartphones running on their software. Augmented reality, or AR, projects digital images into real-life scenes usually viewed through a camera lens.

VR, on the other hand, completely immerses people into fake worlds, and usually requires wearing a headset that blocks out everything else.

Microsoft Corp. is trying to develop technology that straddles both VR and AR, prompting the company to label its approach as “mixed reality.” It began its push into the area two years ago with an expensive headset called the HoloLens that so far has primarily been used inside companies.

Now, Microsoft is trying to broaden its…
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Fancy a hotel room with gaming PCs inside?

The Autumnal air is here and yes, the Christmas decorations are already in the shops. Wait a minute, weren’t we on holiday just a few minute ago? Weren’t we sitting on a foreign beach, enjoying the sunshine?

Fancy a hotel room with gaming PCs inside?

Well yes, we were. If, however, you still fancy a break away but want to be connected to your favourite gadgets, the new iHotel in Taoyuan, Taiwan has a solution which could appeal to the gamers amongst you. Each room has not one, but two high-performance gaming PCs. Ideal for soaking away the hours and connected to the web so that you can compete with your online friends in relative peace and unbroken seclusion.

Sure, the cleaner might come in every now and then, but with headphones, glowing peripherals and large monitors, you shouldn’t get too distracted. Want to eat whilst in the middle of a crucial match? No problem, room service will deliver it all to you, and the comfortable chairs will help you relax while you fire away on the latest game releases.

Fancy a hotel room with gaming PCs inside?

Meanwhile, if you can’t afford a room, the lobby has several gaming PCs too. The owners of the hotel have ensured that all PCs are hi-spec, with GeForce 1080 Ti graphics cards and 4K-ready 32-inch screens. Oh, and perhaps even better news – the minibar is free!

Some of top gamers are already rumoured to be heading to the hotel, which has Star Wars music playing in the public areas and is equipped with the latest DXRacer chairs. If you do want to get out and see the outside world, it’s a mere 4-minute walk from Taoyuan Railway Station. There’s a range of museums, theme parks, stores, restaurants, nightlife and casinos, which helps to create the mystique around gaming that is still such a draw for the celebrities of today.

Fancy a hotel room with gaming PCs inside?

Despite the “bling” and the classy decor, the hotel is fairly reasonably priced, at just at 3,000 TND per night (which works out at £73). Plus there’s included WiFi so you don’t need to pay extra for that.

Sure, you’ve got to get yourself to Taiwan in the first place, but it could be a great badge of honour for the dedicated gamer and a real talking point 🙂

Let’s hope that other hotels in the chain follow suit, so that dedicated gamers can play in peace, rather than being interrupted at home.

Even if you’re not a gamer, and you’re out in Taiwan on business, the inclusive WiFi and the connected gaming PCs would make for an absolutely brilliant (and really quite comfortable) office experience! 🙂

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  • Netflix Raising U.S. Prices by 10 Percent for Most Popular Plan

    Netflix is raising the price for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan by 10 percent — a move aimed at bringing in more money to outbid HBO, Amazon and other rivals for addictive shows such as “Stranger Things.”


    The change announced Thursday affects most of Netflix’s 53 million U.S. subscribers.

    What Goes Up


    Netflix will now charge $11 per month instead of $10 for a plan that includes HD and allows people to simultaneously watch programs on two different internet-connected devices.


    The price for another plan that includes ultra-high definition, or 4K, video, is going up by 17 percent, to $14 from $12 a month. A plan that limits subscribers to one screen at a time without high-definition will remain at $8 a month.


    The increase will be the first in two years for Netflix, although it won’t seem that way for millions of subscribers. That’s because Netflix temporarily froze its rates for long-time subscribers the last two times it raised its prices, delaying the most recent increases until the second half of last year for them.


    Netflix isn’t giving anyone a break this time around. It will start emailing notifications about the new prices to affected subscribers Oct. 19, giving them 30 days to accept the higher rates, switch to a cheaper plan or cancel the service.

    Why Prices Are Rising


    The price increase are being driven by Netflix’s desire to boost its profits as it spends more money to finance a critically acclaimed slate of original programming that includes shows such as “House of Cards,” “Orange Is The New Black,” and “The Crown,” in addition to “Stranger Things.”


    Those series’ success helped Netflix land more Emmy award nominations than any TV network besides HBO this year. It’s also the main reason Netflix’s U.S. audience has nearly doubled since the February 2013 debut of “House of Cards”…
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    LG V30 Hits Verizon Stores Today for $840

    Verizon Wireless today shared details concerning its variant of the LG V30. The phone is available from today for $35 per month for 24 months on a Verizon device payment plan. The total cost of the monthly payments comes to $840, which is about $40 more than what AT&T and T-Mobile ask for the handset. Verizon has several promotions on deck. First, people who purchase a V30 are eligible for a free Google Daydream View headset. Further, those who purchase a V30 between October 5 and November 6 can score a $200 Visa prepaid card. The LG V30 features a metal-and-glass design, 6-inch quad HD+ display, dual cameras, and a Snapdragon 835 processor.

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    Avanca introduce the True Wireless Minim Earbuds

    Avanca is a Dutch manufacturer of a wide range of earbud systems and they have announced today the UK launch of the True Wireless Minim Earbuds which cost a very reasonable £89. The earbuds use CSR Bluetooth 4.2 which is part of the design to drive better sound over the wireless technology with passive noise cancellation.

    Avanca claims the earbuds have up to 12 hours of music playback, which would be perfect for long commutes with no dip in quality.

    Avanca introduce the True Wireless Minim Earbuds
    Avanca introduce the True Wireless Minim Earbuds
    Avanca introduce the True Wireless Minim Earbuds
    Avanca introduce the True Wireless Minim Earbuds

    The earbuds do come with a microphone with cVo technology with a single touch panel for calls and digital assistant connections. Get access to Siri, Google or Cortana with a single click of an earbud! Very futuristic.

    The earbuds are available from Amazon now and we will have a sample to test soon.

    If you’re interested in these, head to the Amazon product page for more details.

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  • Bain Hopes for Speedy Settlement with Western Digital on Toshiba Deal

    The investment fund heading the consortium that plans to buy Toshiba Corp.’s memory chip business said Thursday it will try to reach a speedy settlement with Western Digital, the U.S. joint venture partner of Toshiba that is opposing the sale.

    Yuji Sugimoto, the Japan head of Bain Capital, said the 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) deal Toshiba agreed to last month with a consortium led by Bain will go ahead despite Western Digital’s efforts to stop it through litigation.

    He told reporters at a Tokyo hotel that Western Digital remains an important partner, and a speedy resolution will benefit both sides. He declined to elaborate, saying litigation was ongoing.

    “Even partners may develop differences,” Sugimoto said.

    The consortium aims to list the NAND flash-memory SanDisk joint venture business on the Tokyo Stock Exchange within several years, Sugimoto said.

    Tokyo-based Toshiba, suffering massive losses over its nuclear business, sorely needs the sale to survive. Its U.S. nuclear operations at Westinghouse Electric Co. filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

    Sugimoto promised to protect jobs at the memory business, noting that the basic management there now will stay, and new workers will be hired to keep up with technological advances.

    Competition from Samsung of South Korea is a major threat, he acknowledged, and not falling behind in technology remains critical.

    “It is a fantastic company,” Sugimoto said of Toshiba’s memory business.

    Additional investments are planned at several billion dollars a year, mainly through the cash generated from the operations, he added.

    Bain’s consortium includes Apple Inc., which Sugimoto said was a major customer as well as a partner, and Dell Technologies Capital as U.S. investors. They will not acquire common stock or voting rights over the business.

    Other participants in the consortium include SK Hynix of South Korea, which will invest 395 billion yen ($3.5 billion).

    Japanese companies will hold 50.1 percent of the common…
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    Getting Smarter: Google Wants Its Devices To Be Your Backup Brain

    Google’s upgrades to its Pixel smartphones and other gadgets are its latest steps toward turning its digital services into your backup brain.


    The products the company unveiled on Wednesday are packed with artificial intelligence that Google has accumulated from those very same services. The company’s widely used search engine, Gmail, maps, Chrome web browser and other services have yielded a fountain of data the company has used to smarten up its software and gadgets.


    Over the past year, Google has been transplanting that knowledge into its Pixel line of phones, internet-connected speakers and, as of Wednesday, a new type of laptop and a small, hands-free camera that automatically learns when to snap pictures or record video of candid moments.


    “All that hardware is just housing, and that isn’t as interesting as what’s inside the house,” said Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen. “The hardware is just a way for Google to show people the best way to experience its services.”

    The Hardware Trojan Horse


    Google recently signaled a long-term commitment to its own phones by spending $1.1 billion to bring on board 2,000 HTC engineers specializing in mobile devices — and to acquire some related technology, too.


    Although sleekly designed, Google’s Pixel phones and Home speakers aren’t breakthroughs in themselves. In many respects, Google is simply copying or offering slight variations on devices made by Apple and Amazon that have been bigger hits so far.


    But Google believes its services, particularly those driven by AI, can give it an edge over its rivals. If its devices catch on, they’ll then generate additional data that Google can use to further refine its AI systems.


    Already part of Google’s smartphones and speakers, the assistant will soon also be featured in the new Pixelbook laptop and in new wireless headphones called Pixel Buds. It will be easier to summon in the next generation…
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    iPhone 8 Plus: Apple Investigating Reports of Batteries Bursting out of smartphones

    Apple is looking into multiple reports of batteries swelling within new iPhone 8 Plus smartphones, which apparently broke them open as a result.

    At least five separate reports of the new 5.5in iPhone 8 Plus smartphones have shown deformed phones, swelled batteries and screens being detached from the aluminum bodies of the devices.

    The reports have spanned Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and Greece, all displaying similar symptoms, making the notion that there was simply a single bad batch of devices coming off the production line less likely.

    An Apple spokesperson said the company was looking into the issues. Some of the devices were reportedly collected by mobile phone operator partners for investigation.

    This is not the first time Apple has had batteries swell within new devices. The company manufactures and sells between 40m and 80m iPhones a quarter, a volume that means isolated issues are likely whether it be through manufacturing defects or problems during shipping.

    But the spotlight has been shone on battery issues following the disastrous problems faced by Samsung with it?EU?s 2016 Galaxy Note 7. Battery design and manufacturing issues led to Note 7s catching fire. The company recalled devices and shipped out a second batch with a different battery from another supplier, but it too suffered similar issues, leading to the company permanently recalling and discontinuing the smartphone, which cost Samsung billions.

    The incident led Samsung and others to double down on battery safety and testing, with some winding back on more less proven developments and decreasing battery energy capacity to focus on proven technology and avoid a similar billion-pound catastrophe.

    While swelling batteries is not nearly as bad as the cells catching fire, the chemistry of modern lithium-ion batteries and the amount of energy they can store makes them dangerous with any kind of fault.

    Apple will hope that the incidents…
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