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Move over notch, the hole-punch smartphone camera is coming

By | Apple, Asia, Canada, China, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, huawei, Mobile, paris, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, samsung galaxy, selfie, Sina, smartphones, TC, Technology, United States, Xiaomi

First it was the notch, now the hole-punch has emerged as the latest tech for concealing selfie cameras whilst keeping our smartphones as free of bezel as possible to maximize the screen space. This week, Samsung and Huawei both unveiled new phones that dispense with the iconic “notch” — pioneered by Apple but popularized by everyone — […]

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Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

By | alibaba, alibaba group, alipay, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, China, CSR, Diversity, eCommerce Platform, Gadgets, iPhone, quora, smartphones, text-to-speech, Tsinghua University

Just a few years ago, Li Mengqi could not have imagined shopping on her own. Someone needed to always keep her company to say aloud what was in front of her, who’s been blind since birth. When smartphones with text-to-speech machines for the visually impaired arrived, she immediately bought an iPhone. “Though it was expensive,” […]

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The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders

By | adafruit industries, Anki, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, BBC Micro, Disney, Education, Europe, Gadgets, Gaming, Gift Guide 2018, Hardware, Kano, littlebits, makeblock, mattel, Robotics, TC

The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long time toymakers and a flurry of new market entrants have piggybacked on the popularity of smartphones […]

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Mobvoi launches new $200 smartwatch and $130 AirPods alternative

By | Android, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Assistant, China, computing, Gadgets, Google, indiegogo, Kickstarter, mobvoi, Qualcomm, smartwatches, TC, voice assistant, wearable devices

Chinese AI company Mobvoi has consistently been one of the best also-rans in the smartwatch game, which remains dominated by Apple. Today, it launched a sequel to its 2016 TicWatch, which was a viral hit raising over $2 million on Kickstarter, and it unveiled a cheaper take on Apple’s AirPods. The new TicWatch C2 was outed at a […]

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OnePlus is developing its own smart TV

By | Apple, Asia, Co-founder, electronics, Gadgets, Hardware, india, OnePlus, oneplus 2, oneplus 3, pete lau, Samsung, smartphone, smartphones, Technology

Smartphone upstart OnePlus’s upcoming 6T flagship promises to bring changes — it’ll see it ditch the headphone jack and sport an in-screen fingerprint reader — but first there’s something else. OnePlus is developing its first smart TV. CEO Pete Lau revealed the details today, explaining that the device will mark the five-year-old company’s next step to “building […]

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Panasonic to move its European HQ out of the UK because Brexit

By | amsterdam, Asia, Brexit, corporate tax, Europe, european union, Gadgets, Government, Japan, Panasonic, tax haven, United Kingdom

Chalk up yet another Brexit deficit: Japanese electronics firm Panasonic will be moving its European headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam in October because it’s worried about the tax implications if it stays, the Nikkei Asian Review reports. The company is concerned it could face tax liabilities if the UK shifts its corporate tax regime […]

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Chinese company claims its ‘laser AK-47’ can set you on fire from half a mile away

By | Asia, China, chinese academy of sciences, Gadgets, Hardware, military, Science, TC, Weapons

Lasers! Everyone loves them, everyone wants them. But apart from a few niche applications they have failed to live up to the destructive potential that Saturday morning cartoons taught us all to expect. In defiance of this failure, a company in China claims to have produced a “laser AK-47” that can burn targets in a fraction of a second from half a mile away. But skepticism is still warranted.

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Indiegogo expands its efforts to help Chinese startups reach global consumers

By | Asia, Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Hardware, indiegogo, Startups

While crowdfunding company Indiegogo has been running a pilot program in China for the past couple of years, it’s now building on those efforts with the launch of the Indiegogo China Global Fast-Track Program. CEO David Mandelbrot is in Shenzhen, China this week to announce the program, which is designed to help Chinese entrepreneurs reach a […]

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This robotic hose-dragon could jet its way into burning buildings

By | Asia, Dragons!, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, TC

While hose-toting drones may be a fantasy, hose-powered robo-dragons (or robotic hose-dragons — however you like it) are very much a reality. This strange but potentially useful robot from Japanese researchers could snake into the windows of burning buildings, blasting everything around it with the powerful jets of water it uses to maneuver itself.

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