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Victory, Royole: The FlexPai is the first folding phone we've seen

Wed, 2019-01-09 06:00

For the moment, Royole can boast something that smartphone giant Samsung can’t: The smaller consumer electronics company has a foldable Android smartphone, the FlexPai, and Samsung doesn’t.

While Samsung reportedly has a folding phone under development, the FlexPai is here. While the FlexPai doesn’t quite fold flat—the rolling hinge is more like the Surface Book than anything else—it does get compact enough to fit in a pocket, and unfolds to yield a tablet-sized 7.8-inch screen. The 1920x1440 screen didn’t blow me away in terms of resolution, but it’s bright and clear enough to satisfy most users.

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SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

Tue, 2019-01-08 16:18

While editing a document or spreadsheet directly from a flash drive is trivial, that’s not the case for video, where the interface speed limits performance considerably. WD’s SanDisk thinks they’ve solved the problem with the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD.

The Extreme Pro uses its internally developed NVMe technology to saturate the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with read speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. That’s fast enough for users to edit video directly on the drive itself, without the need for copying the file from the drive to a local hard drive, then back.

SanDisk said that the company will deliver the Extreme Pro in spring 2019, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity points. The company hasn’t released pricing, however, which is fairly typical for storage companies announcing products before they ship.

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Google Assistant will soon be your interpreter

Tue, 2019-01-08 15:48
Google Assistant will soon be able to act as an interpreter, serving as a go-between for natural conversations among initially 27 languages.

Lenovo shrinks its Google Assistant Smart Display into a 4-inch Smart Clock for music and alarms

Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00
Lenovo has unveiled its newest smart speaker, the 4-inch Smart Clock, with a minuscule form factor and Google Assistant built in.

Lenovo builds Amazon Alexa into its Smart Tab M10 and P10 Android tablets

Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

Lenovo’s Smart Tab M10 and P10 are ready to branch out from their humdrum Android tablet lives. Maybe you’ll employ them a few hours a day as a tablet. But if you pair them with their included Smart Docks, they become Amazon Alexa-powered smart displays, expanding their usefulness around your home.

The Smart Dock also acts as an auxiliary speaker for its connected tablet, offering better sound than you’d get from the tablet alone. The tablets themselves have front-firing speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, but they can’t compete with a fuller-fledged speaker such as the Smart Dock provides. 

Lenovo Smart Tab prices, features and specs

Announced at CES and due to ship in January, the M10 and P10 will cost $200 and $250, respectively. The more expensive P10 is actually a little smaller in size compared to the M10, but it offers some better specs: a larger battery, plus a glass back for a classier look.

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Lenovo upgrades the Yoga C730 with a beautiful AMOLED display

Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

For people who prefer top-of-the line TVs, Lenovo’s 4K AMOLED upgrade to its Yoga C730 laptop should encourage you to take notice—this should be one high-quality multimedia 360-degree convertible PC.

Lenovo’s Yoga C730 with AMOLED should be one of the new products that attracts passersby to Lenovo’s booth at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas. AMOLED displays are known for deeper, inky blacks, where the light output is actually restricted to make dark scenes look, well, dark. Pairing that luscious 15.6-inch display with the C730’s integrated JBL speakers and Dolby Atmos audio makes for a laptop with visual as well as audio pop.

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Lenovo's Yoga S940 intros Smart Assist eye-tracking, noise filtering, and a glass-wrapped display

Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

Lenovo’s Yoga laptop series straddles entertainment and work chores more adroitly than the company's premium X1 lineup, and the new Yoga S940 contains a package of new “Smart Assist” technologies that allow users to switch from casual browsing to a business persona in a flash.

The Yoga convertible laptops contain 8th-generation Intel Core processors, as well as an aesthetically pleasing “Contour Glass” display with rounded edges, somewhat like a smartphone. (The Yoga S940 offers a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, Lenovo says.) And Lenovo’s also made the shift to Thunderbolt, with a pair of Thunderbolt 3-enabled ports on the side of the chassis. Dolby Atmos-powered speakers are also included.

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The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined

Tue, 2019-01-08 13:00

When Dell made the Alienware Area-51m, it broke one mold and created another. Announced at CES Tuesday morning, this gaming laptop is the first to debut a new overall design for Dell’s Alienware gaming line. It also offers no compromises, with desktop-grade hardware and a laundry list of options and upgradable parts. It’s a tantalizing balance of power and refinement.

When it ships January 21, several customizable SKUs of the Area-51m will be available. Dell gave us a sample price of $2,549 and said some SKUs would come in under that number. 

We took a detailed look at the Area-51m at a pre-briefing. Check out the video above for the deep dive. Below, we’ll highlight some of the innovations and specs. 

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Finally! The new Dell XPS 13 puts the camera in the right place

Tue, 2019-01-08 13:00

We’ve always loved the Dell XPS 13, except for one thing: the low-slung, nosehair-catching camera. So sing hallelujah: With the XPS 13 9380 announced Tuesday morning at CES, the camera’s finally at the top where it belongs.

That alone is big news, but there are other welcome improvements with this generation, from display and color choices to thermals. Pricing for the new generation starts at $900. A few models will be available starting Tuesday, while other SKUs will arrive later in January. We’ll go over the highlights, including the specs. 

The best new features on the XPS 13 9380

The reason the Dell XPS 13 had to place the camera below the display is because of the laptop’s superthin InfinityEdge bezels. There simply wasn’t room for the camera within the sliver of structure above the screen.

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Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels

Tue, 2019-01-08 13:00

With the latest crop of Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops, Dell is bringing some true innovation to its high-end consumer line.

Introduced at CES Tuesday morning, these specially designed versions feature a neat trick to adjust thermal behaviors to the immediate environment. But the biggest news is the hinge, which doubles as magnetic pen storage. It’s the cleverest solution to pen integration we’ve ever seen, arguably worth waiting (if you’re a pen nerd) until the Black Editions ship in the June/July timeframe.

Unfortunately we don’t know the prices yet, nor much about the specs, but we can use the current Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Editions as points of reference. The current models start around $1,400. The various current models feature Intel Core processors, a generous 8GB to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD storage. 

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EVGA gets into sound cards with Nu Audio, a high-end board that delivers 'lifelike' gaming

Tue, 2019-01-08 12:47

Maybe PC audio is still important after all. At CES 2019 on Tuesday, EVGA introduced Nu Audio, its first-ever sound card with claims that it will bring “lifelike gaming” to your ears. 

EVGA partnered with UK firm AudioNote on the card, which features a six-layer, gold-plated PCB. Making clean audio depends a lot of getting noise-free power, so EVGA uses AudioNote capacitors and resistors in the card as well as a Texas Instrument power-regulation circuit. There’s also German-made WIMA capacitors and AKM 4493 DACS and AKM 5572 ADCs. The card also embeds an XMOS xCORE-200 processor for most of the audio chores on the card.

The card can drive large 600 Ohm cans and also supports up to 384KHz, 32-bit audio files.

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This tiny Anker charger is three times more powerful than Apple’s and it’s under $12 today

Tue, 2019-01-08 12:12

There’s only one thing worse than seeing a red battery indicator on your iPhone: plugging into Apple’s 5W charger and watching your phone take hours to fill up. Anker has solved that problem with a fast charger that’s barely bigger than the one Apple supplies. And today, Amazon is selling the Anker 15W PowerPort C 1 USB wall charger for just $11.74Remove non-product link when you check the $1 off coupon box in the listing. That’s down from a list price of $19 and the best price we’ve seen for this new charger.

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Comcast xFinity xFi Advanced Security will protect all your connected devices for $5.99/mo

Tue, 2019-01-08 12:00
Comcast taps CujoAI's IoT cloud protection service to protect any and all connected devices in your home via the new Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, using its Xfinity xFi gateways.

HP's revamped Omen 15 laptop packs GeForce RTX graphics and a ludicrously fast 240Hz display

Tue, 2019-01-08 11:48

HP is kicking 2019 off strong with an updated HP Omen 15. This sleek gaming laptop features a 15-inch 1080p G-Sync TN panel that cranks it all the way up to 240Hz, a ludicrously fast refresh rate that should satisfy even the most diehard twitch shooter enthusiasts. In the configuration we saw, the new Omen 15 came rocking the 2.2GHz, six-core, Intel "Coffee Lake" Core i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM, and (as we later learned) an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card for ray tracing on the go.

The physical design isn't all that different from the Omen 15 update that shipped in mid-2018, though HP did tweak the current look by putting all the ports on the rear of the machine. That gets your wires out of the way to give your mouse more room to roam.

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Eyes-on: Nvidia's massive 65-inch BFGD gaming monitors get real with HP's Omen X Emperium

Tue, 2019-01-08 10:26

Just stare in awe at this massive BFGD—and no, the “F” doesn’t mean what you think it does. HP just became the first manufacturer to embrace Nvidia’s wild Big Format Gaming Displays in the form of the HP Omen X Emperium 65.

This is an insane monitor, full stop. It features a 65-inch 4K HDR display with 384 backlighting zones, DCI-P3 color gamut, game-smoothing G-Sync technology, and a blazing-fast 144Hz refresh rate. It also comes with an Nvidia Shield console built-in, and that massive screen sits on top of a 120 watt soundbar that has been specifically tuned to avoid ripping your monitor apart when things get loud. The soundbar can even detect and amplify footsteps and other in-game sounds if someone’s trying to creep up on you in Fortnite, Overwatch, or any other game.

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Newegg is selling a killer GeForce RTX 2080 bundle with two free games for less than $650 today

Tue, 2019-01-08 10:00

If you've had your eye on a new graphics card for the new year, today's the day to take the plunge. Newegg is selling the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus 8G for $633Remove non-product link after applying the checkout code SPVGAJANTEN and a sending in a $15 mail-in rebate. And to sweeten the pot, Nvidia is throwing in a copy of Anthem and Battlefield V, the first game with ray tracing support, for free.

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This Complete Arduino Starter Kit Is Just $52 Right Now (75% Off)

Tue, 2019-01-08 10:00

Electronics careers are plentiful. Few people, however, consider employment in this field likely because they don’t know whether they have the aptitude. But, that was then. Now, there are a wide range of simple kits you can purchase, such as the Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter kit, that can teach you the basics so you’ll find out if you have what it takes. It's on sale today for only $51.99.

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The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

Tue, 2019-01-08 09:00
The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering, as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

Leviton puts Alexa in a dimmer switch

Tue, 2019-01-08 08:00
Leviton is expanding its range of smart home switches and outlets with the Decora Voice Dimmer, a new Wi-Fi dimmer switch with Amazon Alexa built in.

MSI's GS75 Stealth is one stupidly thin and light 17-inch gaming laptop

Tue, 2019-01-08 07:53

We’ve come a long way with gaming laptops, and nothing illustrates that more than MSI’s new 17-inch GS75 Stealth laptop. Shown at CES, it packs in a high-performance CPU and GPU while still weighing an amazing 4.9 pounds.

How light is that? It’s just a half-pound heavier than some 15.6-inch laptops. Even crazier: this 17-inch laptop has a slightly smaller footprint than a 15.6-inch laptop from just a few years ago.

The GS75 Stealth features a 17-inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. The panel doesn’t support Nvidia’s G-sync, which requires the GPU to be on at all times, to the detriment of battery life.

The battery life itself is fairly decent, at a claimed 8 hours of “productivity” on its 80-watt hour battery.

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