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These phone models have highest failure rate: is your device on the list?

• Samsung is number one on the list of manufacturers with high failure rates, according to a new report.<br>• Xiaomi and Motorola were number two and three, respectively.<br>• Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 was number one on the list of phone models with high failure rates.<p>A new report, covering mobile device repairs, has …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft’s collaborative Whiteboard app is now available

Microsoft's Whiteboard app, which lets users collaborate on an intelligent canvas through their Windows 10 devices, is now out of preview and available for download. As with a physical whiteboard, Whiteboard lets you draw, erase and attach sticky notes. But unlike a traditional whiteboard, you can …

Whiteboards

This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6

#VanLife goals made into reality<p>The popularity of Class B camper vans has resulted in a plethora of innovative designs; we’ve seen luxury vans, affordable conversions, and everything in between. But one ubiquitous problem becomes clear when you take even a cursory glance at the camper world: Where …

RVs

Mediatek chip guide: All you need to know about MediaTek processors

Taiwan-based MediaTek takes a lot of flak for updates, but the company’s mobile chips are in scores of phones around the world. Figuring out the naming conventions and capabilities of these MediaTek processors though can be a little daunting, though.<p>Don’t fret! We’ve got a guide to recent MediaTek …

Mobile

Amazon Working to Further Lessen Reliance on Power Cords for Future Echo Speakers

In an effort that would give future Echo speakers with Alexa a new advantage over Apple's HomePod, <i>Reuters</i> today reports that Amazon is working with chipmakers to build Alexa speakers that would not require a constant power source. As it stands, most smart assistant devices -- Amazon's main Echo, …

Smart Homes

Expect phones to start shipping with true wireless earbuds in-box

• Qualcomm’s new QCC3026 chip is designed for low-cost true wireless earbuds.<br>• Smartphone manufacturers might start including low-cost Bluetooth headphones in the box.<br>• The Oppo Find X will be the first phone to ship with headphones powered by Qualcomm’s latest audio chip.<p>The market for Bluetooth …

Consumer Tech

China's 84 Questions for Xiaomi Show Hurdles for Tech IPOs

The collapse of Xiaomi Corp.’s plan to sell stock in mainland China is an example of Beijing’s ambition getting ahead of its reality.<p>Intransigent …

Hong Kong

Xiaomi’s IPO Raises $4.7 Billion After Pricing on Low End

Xiaomi Corp. and some existing investors raised $4.7 billion after pricing a Hong Kong initial public offering at the low end of a marketed range, a …

Hong Kong

Galaxy Note 9’s Killer Feature Just Leaked

Samsung could be planning a major overhaul to the Galaxy Note 9's S Pen, delivering what could be the biggest update this year's phone will</b> …

Galaxy Note

Galaxy S10: Samsung’s 2019 Flagship Could Use Its Screen As An Earpiece

Samsung's first 2019 flagship could have a supremely bonkers, yet ultimately awesome earpiece system.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S10 continues to get more …

Smart speakers predicted to overtake wearables in US market this year

Tech research firm eMarketer is predicting dramatic growth in the US smart speaker market, anticipating that it will overtake wearables like smart watches at some point this year …<p><i>Business Insider</i> has seen the report.<p>According to eMarketer’s latest forecast, the number of US smart speaker users …

The crazy full-screen Vivo Apex concept is being made into a real phone

A pop-up camera, no bezels to speak of around the screen, and an in-display fingerprint sensor that can recognize two fingers at the same time — …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Watch How 2 of the World’s Great Chefs Grill Steak

David Kinch and Carlo Mirarchi explain their rustic approaches to cooking beef over fire and we tell you where to get aged beef for home grilling.<p>In …

Windows 10 now has a powerful screenshot tool

If you take a lot of screenshots on your PC, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft is making it a whole lot easier to do more with them in Windows 10.<p>If you grab the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, you’ll find that the Screen Sketch annotation tool that was previously part of Windows Ink …

PowerWatch X Doesn’t Need A Battery, Your Body Heat Keeps It Charged.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) A dying battery is a nightmare for everyone who loves smart wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches. But the PowerWatch X …

The 'father of the iPod' has designed a new kind of mechanical watch

Ressence's new watch has combined the latest tech with a mechanical watch movement to enable the user to set it by simply tapping the glass, according to wristwatch website Hodinkee.<p>Its latest concept watch, the Type 2 e-Crown, was in part designed by ex-Apply designer Tony Fadell and connects …

Apple Rises to Become World's Fourth-Largest PC Maker With Around 20M Macs Sold Last Year

Apple rose to become the world's fourth-largest PC maker in 2017, as Mac sales increased to nearly 20 million during the year, according to the latest estimates shared by research firms IDC and Gartner.<p>The roughly 19.6 million total is based on Apple's reported Mac sales of 13.9 million units in …

MacBook Air

OnePlus weighs in on smartphone strategy and the value of trust

OnePlus released two great smartphones in 2017, but the smartphone startup is facing more and better competition than ever before. That's great for you and me, but much trickier for a startup still trying to carve out a notable niche for itself. What's a small company to do?<p>In this case, OnePlus' …

Mobile Technology

2018 Will Be Xiaomi's Coming-Of-Age Year With The Tech World's Biggest Ever IPO

It’s only been seven years since the launch of Xiaomi’s first smartphone in August 2011. Now, the Beijing-based firm is getting ready to raise an eye-watering tech IPO of at least $50 billion — expected to be the biggest public listing the world has ever seen. That’s double Alibaba’s …

Mobile

Putting Nintendo Switch’s 10 million sales in context

How does Nintendo's hot console compare, historically?<p>If you've been following video game news at all this year, you're probably tired of hearing …

The best touchscreen winter gloves

<i>By Nick Guy</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>Over the past five winters, we've tested 47 …

HTC's standalone Vive Focus launches in China for $600

While we've already taken a good look at the Vive Focus standalone VR headset with 6DoF "world-scale" tracking, HTC had yet to reveal its detailed specs nor price, but almost a month later, we finally have some answers. First of all, as of December 12th, the device will be available for …

“Always Connected” Windows PCs won’t just use ARM chips as Intel, AMD join the fray

LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too.<p>Central to the promise of a new generation of Windows 10 on ARM …

18 outdoor cameras to secure your connected home

Outdoor home security cameras have changed a lot in recent years. A market that was once limited to a few manufacturers has since exploded into an industry full of options. That's great news for us as customers, but it can make the buying process a bit more complex. Below you'll find a list of …

Home Security

The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try. It’s a small, internet-connected video camera, the kind you might use for security or to keep tabs on your dog or your baby.<p>On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras …

eCommerce

KGI: AirPods Shipments Will Double Next Year Given Strong Demand

AirPods will remain one of Apple's most popular accessories in 2018, with shipments likely to double to an estimated 26-28 million units on a year-over-year basis, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.<p>Kuo said there has been strong demand for AirPods, which he views as the most important …

Samsung and Apple defend top two spots in the global smartphone market

Global smartphones sales continued to grow in the third quarter of 2017, and increased 3% from the same period last year according to data collected by Gartner. Global market leaders Samsung and Apple were able to defend the two top spots from Chinese competitors despite increased competition.<p>As we …

Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

Nobody should pay $159 for a product that still feels like it’s in beta testing.<p>Find me a critic who would recommend any company's first-ever earbuds …