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Traditionally the go-to form factor for portable storage has been the USB flash drive. Samsung may change that way of thinking. Following up on the release of its blazing fast Portable SSD T1, Samsung today announced the Portable SSD T3, essentially an upgraded version of its predecessor with copious storage options to choose from. The Portable SSD T3 (just T3 from here on out) retains the same pocket-friendly form factor of its predecessor, only now it offers multiple gigabyte and terabyte options. Whereas the original topped out at 1TB, the new T3 doubles top-end storage capacity to 2TB, giving you plenty of space to store high-resolution photographs, 4K videos, and other big size files. The... Read more...
A few weeks back, we attended a summit hosted by AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. A number of new initiatives and technologies were disclosed at the event, including AMD’s plans to support FreeSync over HDMI along with other new display technologies. Also discussed was the company’s GPUOpen initiative, which is meant to give developers of games, heterogeneous computing applications, and HPC applications deeper access to the GPU and GPU resources through new open-source tools. Today, as we prepare for the craziness of the Consumer Electronics Show, we can reveal the final major disclosure from the summit – details of the AMD Radeon Technologies Group’s next-generation GPU architecture, code-named... Read more...
Lenovo is reTHINKing its product lineup for 2016 and from the looks of things, elite business users are going to be in for a real treat with a whole family of devices ranging from tablets to ultra-portables to thin desktop clients. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has always been one of our favorite ultraportable laptops, and today it just got a little bit more desirable. Lenovo bills the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the “world’s lightest 14-inch business ultrabook,” and we’re not going to argue with its avowal. The ultrabook is now both thinner and lighter, coming at just 0.65mm thick and weighing in at a respectable 2.6 pounds. There’s upgraded hardware under the hood as well,... Read more...
A couple of months ago, chip monolith Qualcomm unveiled that it was developing a platform to help us take our drones to the next level. Aptly-named Snapdragon Flight, this is an all-in-one platform that lets drone creators produce some of the most advanced models we've ever seen, and we're not simply talking about being able to take great video here. At its core, Snapdragon Flight is designed to offer beefy computation on board because drones that use it are meant to be as full-featured as possible. Qualcomm touts the support of 4K video capture with an optical flow camera as well as stereo cameras. What's going to be teased at CES is going to be even more impressive, though: autonomous drone... Read more...
A few months ago, T-Mobile CEO John Legere pitched a fit over AT&T exclusivity for the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphones. T-Mobile customers can still purchase both smartphones and use them on T-Mobile’s network, but they have to purchase them off-contract at full price direct from Microsoft to do so. They can’t be purchased using T-Mobile’s financed installment plans. But despite the fact that Microsoft seems to be making a big mistake by limiting its flagship smartphones to AT&T, T-Mobile hasn’t given up entirely on Windows 10 Mobile. Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s first foray into Windows 10 Mobile won’t be a high-end device. Instead, we’re looking... Read more...
When Amazon released its Echo "smart home" device (our review), it seemed very likely that it'd have some great competition before long. With CES 2016 right around the corner, we're sure to see such competitors at the show, but LG decided to beat everyone else to the punch by announcing its take on things today. The "SmartThinQ" is designed to be the central hub in a connected home, able to provide notifications and let you control a variety of other devices. In one moment, you could check your calendar reminders, while in the next, you could see how much time is left on your dryer load. Connected devices that SmartThinQ supports include washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, robot vacuum cleaners,... Read more...
Samsung has its own internal skunkworks division that dreams up all kinds of futuristic gadgets called Creative Lab (C-Lab). C-Lab is a breeding ground for startups, allowing its employees to take upwards of a year off from their usual duties at Samsung to hatch new product ideas that could possibly foster new innovative products, which could possibly be spun off into their own thriving companies. Samsung will be showcasing three of its most promising C-Labs projects at CES 2016 next month in Las Vegas. The three products include WELT (fitness belt), rink (motion controller) and TipTalk (audio device). WELT is perhaps the most normal-looking entry, as it looks like a garden variety leather belt... Read more...
It's been a pretty big year for the Internet of Things (IoT) movement and it's posed to grow even bigger in 2016. With that in mind, Samsung has decided to make its entire 2016 lineup of smart TVs IoT ready with support for SmartThings, an open platform that allows users to connect and control smart devices. All of Samsung's upcoming smart TVs will feature IoT hub technology, allowing the TVs to act as the sort of control center for the entire smart home. It's not a just a matter of mashing technologies together and hoping for cohesiveness, either -- Samsung developed its own IoT hub technology in collaboration with SmartThings for its 2016 smart TV roll out. The upcoming TVs will be able to... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard stated in the past that it was done with making smartphones, but it looks as though the newly split company can’t stay away from the market for good. Too many people rely on smartphones on a daily basis, with some in developing nations using a smartphone as their primary (and only) way of accessing the Internet. While we can’t say that many enthusiasts were exactly waiting with bated breath to see the arrival of a new smartphone from HP, one does appear to be on the horizon and it’s being aimed at business customers. For better or worse, the smartphone, codename Falcon, is set to run the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. The choice of Windows 10 Mobile is a curious one, considering... Read more...
When BMW launched its next generation 7-Series earlier this year, it packed in an incredible amount of technology including Gesture Control. Gesture control uses a 3D sensor to track your finger movements, allowing you to adjust infotainment functions and even accept or reject incoming calls. Not one to rest on its laurels, BMW is bringing a more advanced version of this “touchless” interface to CES 2016 in Las Vegas next month. The new tech, called AirTouch, allows you to control navigation, infotainment, and communications features using your whole hand. According to BMW, AirTouch “allows the display in a vehicle to be operated like a touchscreen without actually having to make contact with... Read more...
It's been a bumpy road for webOS, the mobile operating system initially developed by Palm and later mishandled by Hewlett-Packard. LG stepped in nearly three years and acquired webOS, which it's been using as the platform for its smart TV lineup ever since. That trend will continue in 2016 as LG gets ready to unveil a new smart TV lineup featuring webOS 3.0. LG is pitching webOS 3.0 as a significant update, one that will bring advanced new features to the platform. Users can expect a faster, more intuitive and streamlined interface for juggling and navigating digital content. "The new webOS 3.0 is a major update since this advanced TV platform technology was first introduced in 2014," said Brian... Read more...
As it stands, there are multiple entities working on autonomous vehicle technologies, though none of them have released anything commercially. That's really the end goal, or at least one of them, and it may come sooner than you think. Working towards that goal. Google and Ford are set to form a partnership that work towards creating an autonomous ride sharing business.Nothing is yet official -- all the information that exists on the joint venture is coming from "three sources familiar with the plans" who spoke with Yahoo Autos. According to those sources, the two industry titans will announce the partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month.If Google and Ford do... Read more...
Although Lenovo already has a lineup of high-powered gaming desktop and notebook computers, it’s not exactly the first brand that we think of when it comes to satisfying our PC gaming fix. Lenovo, however, is looking to change that with a new partnership with well-known gaming enthusiast company Razer. The somewhat odd pairing will see both Lenovo and Razer co-brand and co-market Lenovo’s Y Series gaming rigs as Lenovo Razer Edition products. The first product birthed from this fresh marriage is the Lenovo Razer Edition Gaming Desktop, and from a performance standpoint, there doesn’t appear to be much new here. However, there are some visual and software tweaks that gamers might appreciate. Lenovo’s... Read more...
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