#245 The Black Shark 4 Smartphone Rises From The Deep

More gaming smartphones are hitting the market and at some pretty impressive prices. What are your thoughts?

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#215 Brand New See-Through TV

After a several month long hiatus, or so, we’re back to our regularly scheduled show! Check out this see-through tv, it’s pretty crazy!

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#208 Introducing The Gamer Bed

Gamer chair, move over! We got a new piece of furniture in town! Now, you don’t even have to get out of bed!

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#75 What’s Coming To CES 2019?

So what are we hoping to see and what might actually show up at CES 2019, let’s find out!

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CES 2019 Is Coming—Here’s What to Expect

The glittery ball has dropped, New Year’s resolutions have been made, and that means it’s time for the world’s biggest tech companies, startups, journalists, and random celebrities to swarm upon Las Vegas for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s a weeklong showcase of every gadget you could ever dream of, spread out across a sprawling convention center and glitzy casinos. Robots, wacky VR headsets, smart mattresses, TVs, AI-powered appliances, self-driving vehicles, and even some zany concepts that will shape consumer tech in the years to come—this is where tech companies come to show the world what they’ve got in store.

‘Hitman: Absolution’ and ‘Blood Money’ remasters arrive January 11th

Following the success of Hitman and Hitman 2, Warner Bros. and IO Interactive are looking to strike while enthusiasm is high by releasing a remastered collection of older games in the series. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection includes Hitman: Absolution and Hitman: Blood Money, and it will be available on PS4 and Xbox One on January 11th for $60. There’s no word as yet on a PC release date, however.

First Look At New “Mad Box” Gaming Console’s Design Revealed

Earlier this week, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell announced his company was developing the Mad Box, a new standalone video game console to rival the PlayStation and Xbox. Bell has now revealed a few more details about the mysterious platform, including how an early version of it looks.

AMAZON SAYS 100 MILLION ALEXA DEVICES HAVE BEEN SOLD — WHAT’S NEXT?

More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. That’s the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon’s SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this week. That’s not to say Amazon has finally decided to be completely transparent about device sales, however. While the company claims it outstripped its most optimistic expectations for the Echo Dot during the holiday season, Limp wouldn’t give a number for that. Instead, Limp says, Amazon is sold out of Dots through January, despite “pushing pallets of Echo Dots onto 747s and getting them from Hong Kong to here as quickly as we possibly could.”

GIVE YOURSELF TO THE DARK (MODE) SIDE

This article, like most of the internet, is presented to you via black text on a white background. Depending on what time of day it is, and how long you have been staring at an obnoxiously bright screen, you might find the experience of reading it a bit … aggravating. Perhaps even exhausting. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Microsoft Wants to Kill Passwords, Starting With Windows 10

The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will just text a code to your phone number when you sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal: “a world without passwords.”

Is this Xiaomi’s folding smartphone?

A video claiming to show a folding phone from Xiaomi has been leaked by Evan Blass. In the clip, what appears to be a tablet-sized device can be seen being used to access Google Maps, before both sides are folded backwards to give it the form-factor of a compact (but likely thick) smartphone.

The world’s oldest esports team is gaming their way to longer lives

At a row of computers, the team sits, ultrafocused, fingers flying over their keyboards. The video game “Counter-Strike” plays out on their monitors as they communicate over headsets, engaged in a fierce competition at Moscow’s IgroMir Expo, Russia’s largest computer and video game convention. But this is not your average group of gamers. The slogan on their black jackets reads “We’ve got time to kill.” With an average age of 67, the Silver Snipers from Stockholm, Sweden, are the oldest esports team in the world.

D-Link’s New 5G Wifi Router Could Let You Say Goodbye to Cable Internet Forever

Unless you spent 2018 living in a cave (which would be 100 percent justified given the political climate) you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz around the new 5G wireless networks coming online. They not only promise faster internet speeds for mobile devices but wireless internet that’s actually fast enough to completely replace the wired broadband you use at home. With D-Link’s new 5G NR router, all you need is electricity and a SIM card to say goodbye to cable forever.

Epic brings back ’14 Days of Fortnite’ event – Full info

Epic Games is bringing back the ’14 Days of Fortnite’ event to correct the wrong ending date. On January 2, Epic Games announced that they would be compensating players with the Equalizer Glider as long as they completed one of the 14 challenges apart of ’14 Days of Fortnite’. Two days later on January 4, they decided to allow all players the chance to complete every ’14 Days of Fortnite’ challenge.

 

 

Xiaomi Rumored To Release An Army Of Smartphones

An Army Of Smartphones Rumored To be Released By Xiaomi

Rumors are out that Xiaomi will release an army of smartphones.  This “army” will be composed of the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi 6, 6A, and 6 Pro.  It will make its debut in Taiwan, alongside the XIaomi Mi A8.

The Xiaomi Mi A2

Since Mi A2 is the rebranded version of the Mi 6X, it will have the same specifications as the Mi 6X.  The phone gets a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.  Its processor is the 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.  It supports expandable storage via a micro-SD card support as well.

The rear camera is 12MP+20MP with the 12MP sensor sporting f/1.5 aperture and Artificia Intelligence features.  While the 20MP sensor has f/1.8 aperture.  The front camera is 20MP with LED flash.  The device supports facial recognition feature to unlock the phone.  It is backed by a 3010 battery with QuickCharge 3.0 technology support.

Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, And Redmi 6 Pro

Two new Xiaomi smartphones have been spotted on certification websites.  It is still unclear, however, which of these new phones will be called Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, or Redmi 6 Pro.

A Xiaomi smartphone that does not have a notch has been listed with three model numbers.  The phone features a 5.45-inch full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio.  A 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor could power it,coupled with 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB storage.

One  model has been listed with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter.  The two other models will probably feature dual rear 12MP+8MP rear cameras and 5MP front lens.

Another Xiaomi smartphone with a notch has been spotted with three model numbers.  It will be powered by a 2GHz octa-core CPU.  The processor is not specified.  Dual rear cameras is expected in this Xiaomi smartphone as well as a 5MP front shooter.  The device will be backed by a 4000mAh battery.

For now, we should just wait until these Xiaomi smartphones are out to be able to know their exact details.

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Xiaomi Announces Three New Flagship Phones Including iPhone X Copycat Mi 8

Xiaomi is back at it with iPhone clones, this time with its latest flagship phone, the Mi 8 handset.

 

There was no shortage of information on the Mi 8 leading up to its unveiling. And now the Chinese smartphone maker has finally officially announced the handphone along with two others.

While it’s very VERY difficult not to see how physically similar the Mi 8 is to the iPhone X, it also boasts some impressive qualities on its own.

Xiaomi’s flagship phone has a notch and rear camera positioning that’s almost indistinguishable from Apple’s. The Mi 8 also has a face unlock feature and a fingerprint scanner located on the rear of the phone.

And don’t forget the 3D AR emojis very similar to Apple’s Animojis! Xiaomi calls them Mi Meng and are able to capture up to 52 facial muscle movements.

As previously rumoured, the phone does actually run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It sports a 12-megapixel dual camera on the rear and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. Additionally, it has a 6.12-inch Samsung OLED screen with the notch for the infrared camera and infrared illuminator for face unlock.

Xiaomi also unveiled the Mi 8 SE, the entry-level version of its flagship phone. It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chip and has a 5.88-inch Samsung AMOLED display.

Lastly, but definitely not the least, is the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. This is a step up from the Mi 8, offering three world’s first features. The phone comes with the first ever pressure sensitive in-screen fingerprint scanner. It also features 3D face unlock, a first for any Android phone. The Explorer Edition will also come with a transparent back panel, also a first of its kind.

Both the Mi 8 and the Mi 8 SE will start shipping in China this month for $420 and $280 respectively. The Explorer Edition will cost $575 but we will have to wait for the announcement on its availability.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 8 To Come With Apple-like Animojis

Xiaomi reveals the existence of custom emojis on the Mi 8 to rival Apple’s Animojis.

Just as previously reported, Xiaomi is set to unveil its latest flagship phone on its May 31st event. And recent updates reveal that the Chinese company has taken inspiration from the iPhone X’s Animojis.

The company, through its official Weibo account, posted an official teaser that shows a video of 3D AR emojis very similar to Apple’s. Characters like a panda, a fox, a pig, and Xiaomi’s official mascot singing the company’s flagship tune were featured. The video ends with a countdown for the May 31st event in China.

Additional leaks also give us more information regarding the upcoming flagship phone. Promo shots of the Mi 8 were posted on SlashLeaks. These were reportedly first seen from a Telegram group which features Xiaomi topics.

The image shows wide notch on the front with an bezel-less design and a significant bottom chin. You can also see a vertically stacked dual camera at the back together with a fingerprint sensor. It was previously rumoured that he Xiaomi Mi 8 will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor so that might not be the case.

Apart from the unveiling of the Mi 8, the company is also expected to launch the Mi Band 3. Lastly, Xiaomi is also set to announce the MIUI 10, it’s latest OS.

 

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Xiaomi Unveiling The Mi 8 With In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner on May 31

The next flagship phone from Xiaomi will come with the company’s first of its kind in-screen fingerprint scanner. A leaked video also shows a hand-on with the Mi 8.

The Chinese smartphone giant is definitely gearing up for the upcoming May 31 event. Tickets have already been sold and it is expected to welcome as much as 5,000 guests.

Xiaomi is also prepared with a slew of products ready to unveil. This includes it’s latest flagship phone, the Mi 8 and Mi Band 3 fitness tracker. The company has also confirmed the announcement of its latest operating system, the MIUI 10. The product launches are all confirmed through official posters through Xiaomi’s Wieibo account.

Two new Xiaomi smartphones have gotten approval from US’ FCC and 3C in China. It is rumoured that these are the two variants of the Mi 8.

A leak which surfaced on Weibo, via Playfuldroid, shows us the pricing for the two variants. The 6GB RAM variant with 64 GB storage may be priced at 2,799 Yuan or about $438. The premium 8GB RAM variant with 128 GB storage is believed to have a price tag of 3,199 Yuan or about $500.

The upcoming Xiaomi flagship will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It is said that the device will have a 6-inch OLED display and likely a notch at the top. It will also reportedly come with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, the first of its kind for its smartphone line. Additionally, the Mi 8 will also come with a 3D facial recognition system.

 

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Xiaomi Now Available at Three UK, Officially Entering Europe and the UK

Xiaomi has partnered with CK Hutchison to enter Europe markets. Three UK’s stores will initially sell the phones.

While both ZTE and Huawei face difficulties in the US market, Xiaomi’s efforts in Europe are starting to pay off.

Late last year, the company entered the Spanish market and was met with a positive response. This time around, it has secured a deal with one of the UK’s biggest network providers.

According to a report from Reuters, Xiaomi has partnered with CK Hutchison’s telecom subsidiary Three UK’s retail stores where the phones will be initially sold. This includes stores in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK.

AS Watson’s retail locations around Europe will also soon be selling the phones in the future.

Tom Malleschitz, Three UK’s chief digital officer shares the company’s enthusiasm with the partnership to Engadget. “We have been watching Xiaomi’s success from afar and are impressed with the huge range of connected devices that they currently offer”.

He also adds that this partnership “opens the door for innovative new connected products” for their customers.

There’s no details yet as to what kind of phones Xiaomi is going be selling into the Europe market.

As for the US market, the company has started selling its accessories back in 2015 but without phones. It seems that they will eventually enter the smartphone market as well. Lei Jun, Xiaomi Chairman, already confirmed that it would enter the US smartphone market in late 2018 or early 2019.

 

Report: Xiaomi Could Acquire GoPro For $1 Billion

The China-based phone manufacturer is looking to acquire action camera maker GoPro but does not want to overpay.

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Despite GoPro dominating that market since its inception, it’s hasn’t been easy for the company in the recent years.

Once valued at over USD10 billion, GoPro’s market cap has fallen to only about USD761 million. Their foray into the drone industry didn’t do so well either. In January, the company shut down its drone department and cut down 20% of its workforce. And now it could be looking to sell the brand.

According to a report by The Information, Xiaomi is considering making an offer to acquire GoPro. This is probably not for from impossible since earlier this year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman has publicly said that he is open to a deal.

Apparently, a source familiar with the development has shared Xiaomi’s interest in paying as high as $1 billion for the action camera maker. They reportedly will not pay anything more than that. The source also said DJI was supposedly under pressure by bankers to acquire GoPro prior to Xiaomi. However, the deal wasn’t finalised as the Chinese drone manufacturer didn’t see value in the company.

Neither of the companies has confirmed the acquisition plans. If this deal does happen, it will definitely be interesting to see what Xiaomi’s next steps are considering it has similar products. The China-based manufacturer sells Yi Action Cameras that rivals GoPro Hero cameras.

In a bid to compete with the Yi Action Cameras, GoPro also released cheaper Hero Camera for just $199 last month.