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Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

By | 3D imaging, action camera, Asia, Camcorders, camera+, computing, Funding, Gadgets, GoPro, Hardware, imaging, insta360, Japan, shenzhen, smartphone, Snap, Tencent, Virtual reality

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services […]

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Xiaomi Q4 sees strong growth in overseas shipment and internet services

By | Asia, China, Gadgets, Hardware, hugo barra, india, meitu, miui, mobile phones, operating system, retail, smartphone, smartphones, Xiaomi

Xiaomi, the Chinese company known for its cheap handsets and a vision to drive revenues by selling internet services, has come in ahead of analysts’ estimates in its fourth-quarter profit although revenues missed expectations. The Hong Kong-listed company more than tripled its net profit to 1.85 billion yuan ($276 million), exceeding the 1.7 billion yuan […]

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Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo, apple inc, Artificial Intelligence, Assistant, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, HomePod, smart speaker, smart speakers, smartphone, smartphones, Sonos, Speaker, TC, United States, virtual assistant, voice assistant, voice computing

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million — or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population — according to a new report from Voicebot.ai and Voicify released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart […]

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Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner

By | Android, Apple, Asia, China, Europe, Gadgets, gartner, huawei, iOS, iPhone, latin america, Middle East, Mobile, North America, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, smartphone, smartphone market, smartphones, Xiaomi

Gartner’s smartphone market share data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show, which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 percent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 […]

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Your smartphone may soon pack 1TB in storage thanks to Samsung’s new memory chip

By | Asia, computing, consumer electronics, Gadgets, phablets, Samsung, samsung galaxy, samsung galaxy note 9, smartphone, smartphones, Storage, Technology

Sick of filling the limited space on your phone with apps, photos and videos? Sometime in the near future, your smartphone could ship with more than one terabyte (1TB) of internal storage and run 10 times faster than a standard memory card. Samsung is best known for making smartphones, but the company’s memory division — one of […]

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Xiaomi teases a double-folding smartphone… ohhai digital triptych!

By | Android, Asia, Bin Lin, China, foldable smartphone, Gadgets, Mobile, mobile phones, phablet, samsung galaxy s8, smartphone, smartphones, tablet computer, Xiaomi

China’s Xiaomi has become the latest smartphone maker to tease a folding smartphone, dropping the below video clip of its president and co-founder, Bin Lin, fondling the device on social media today. The twist is the tablet does not have a single center parting but rather two folds that divide it into three panels, with […]

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In major TV push, China’s Xiaomi buys 0.5% stake in TCL

By | Apple, Asia, Beijing, China, fitbit, Gadgets, Lei Jun, operating system, smart devices, smartphone, smartphones, Supply chain, TCL, Weibo, Xiaomi

A veteran TV maker just got a notable refresh as it enters the age of connected devices. Xiaomi, the Beijing-based firm best known for budget smartphones, has bought 65.2 million shares, or 0.48 percent, of Chinese home appliance maker TCL, said TCL in a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Sunday. Shares of TCL, the world’s third-largest […]

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FCC greenlights Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture tech

By | computing, FCC, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, smartphone, smartphones, smartwatch, Speaker, Technology, touchscreen, wearable devices, world wide web

Google has won U.S. regulatory approval to go ahead with a radar-based motion sensor that could make touchscreens look obsolete in the coming years. Known as the Soli Project, the initiative began in 2015 inside Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit, a group responsible for turning the giant’s cutting-edge ideas into products. We’ve seen a […]

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Casio adds modern tech to the classic G-Shock watch

By | Bluetooth, Casio, Clothing, g-shock, Gadgets, smartphone, smartwatches, Technology, watch, wearable devices

Casio released the first G-Shock watch in 1983. The original set the bar for tough watches with incredible shock resistance to protect the quartz module. It’s a classic and still available for purchase in several forms in 2018. Recently, Casio released an all-metal version of the watch that features the iconic design but with modern […]

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Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent

By | Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, ChromeOS, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Google Hardware Event 2018, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, Made by Google, PIXEL, pixel 3, smart home, smart speaker, smartphone, smartphones, Speaker, tablet computer, Technology

If any aliens or technology ingenues were trying to understand what on earth a ‘smart home’ is yesterday, via Google’s latest own-brand hardware launch event, they’d have come away with a pretty confused and incoherent picture. The company’s presenters attempted to sketch a vision of gadget-enabled domestic bliss but the effect was rather closer to […]

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