All the best new gadgets from CES 2018

Welcome to our CES 2018 central station! This is the place where you’ll find information on all new gadgets and other announcements from CES 2018, pertaining to mobile technology.


Xperia XA2 | Hands-on – A 5.2″ mid-range Xperia with a decent, Snapdragon 630 processor. Launching in February, the XA2 will probably cost around $300, and come in a choice of four colors: Silver, Black, Blue, and Pink.

Xperia XA2 Ultra | Hands-on – The XA2 Ultra bumps the screen size to the majestic 6.0 inches, but sticks with the same processor. It does come with a bonus …

Kid-friendly gadgets and app-enabled toys that make great gifts


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Tech toys are always a big gift around the holidays, and as our world becomes more and more connected, new technology trickles down to our kids who absorb it faster than we ever will.

From kid-friendly versions of devices we use every day, to upgraded versions of toys we loved growing up, the gadgets available to kids these days are the coolest we’ve ever seen. Thanks to the ubiquity of technology, they’re also available at every price point and every age group so you can get all of the kids in your life something neat no matter your budget. Read more…

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10 awesome smartphone related gadgets for Star Wars fans

The latest saga in the Star Wars universe is in theaters this week, so there’s definitely going to be a ton of buzz surrounding it! All the hype leading to this latest installment will have hardcore fans coming out in droves to see it in theaters, along with all of their Star Wars related paraphernalia. Sure, you might see some people decked out in full costume acting like one of their favorite characters in the series, but hardcore fans are sure to showcase their undying love with some cool Star Wars inspired tech gear.

For the gadget geeks out there, we thought it’d be a great …

5 cool gadgets that use your smartphone to turn your car into a Smart car

A smartphone can make anything smarter. All it takes is having the right tools. Thanks to gadgets like these, the smart car is no longer a thing of the future, but a practical, and reasonably affordable reality. They take advantage of your smartphone’s connectivity and processing power to enhance your driving experience.

Imagine having your vehicle data and driving performance analyzed and delivered to you straight away, or no longer having to worry about forgetting your car’s parking spot. Mechanic and emergency services are a single tap away and all the music on your smartphone plays …

Best of CES 2017 This Year’s Most Interesting Gadgets

Best of CES 2017 This Year’s Most Interesting Gadgets


AFTER WALKING MILES of expo hall carpeting, watching countless live demos, and sitting through god knows how many press announcements, we’re ready to declare these ten products to be the best things we saw at CES 2017.


Of all the amazing and beautiful gadgets on display here in Las Vegas, these are the products which exhibit the strong sense of innovation and vision within their categories. They achieve this through exquisite industrial design, innovative engineering, and simply seeing the future and realizing it in a product you can touch and hold.


Fold-Up Smartphone Screens Could Finally Make Their Big Debut

The rumors have been swirling for months. Though they couldn’t be confirmed, their persistence suggests that something significant may be coming from ­Samsung, possibly as early as this year: a foldable mobile.

Today, the world of mobiles consists of two major realms—tablets and smartphones. Tablets are good for reading magazines and books, typing long messages on a linked keyboard, looking at pictures, and surfing the Web. Smartphones are good for texting and ­talking. Engineers have long dreamed of merging the two.


Such a device would morph from one to the other by folding: Open, it’s a tablet, but by bending or folding it in half you’d transform it into a phone. “You can expect to open up your phone and double the screen real estate,” says Roel Vertegaal, a computer scientist at Queen’s ­University in Ontario. Besides the versatility, you’d have interesting new ­possibilities—imagine bending your phone to flip ahead in an e-book, just as you would flex a novel’s covers to jump ahead a few pages.

Samsung has pursued flexible designs for at least four years, going so far as to develop “artificial muscles” that push and pull a smartphone’s components into new positions to prevent damage as it bends. Now, according to media reports, the company may finally be ready to share those technologies with the world and save users the hassle of carrying both a phone and a tablet.

“Having that bimodality in a device would, I think, be really game changing,” says mobile analyst Wayne Lam at IHS Markit. “You’re not only creating a new form factor for the phone, but you’re also cannibalizing other product categories.”

Competitors are thinking along similar elastic lines. At a trade show last summer, Lenovo showed off a concept product for a smartphone that folded around a user’s wrist into a wearable device. Throughout 2016, a Chinese manufacturer named Moxi Group promised a limited release of its own high-end flexible smartphone. But Samsung would be the first of any major company to debut a device with a truly flexible screen.

If Samsung does release such a phone, it would signal the first major departure from the flat, rectangular form that has defined smartphone designs since Apple released the first iPhone in 2007. Manufacturers have experimented with curved glass and adopted larger screens, but essentially all smartphones today are design descendants of that original iPhone.

The simple, rigid smartphone has endured partly because the challenges of building a foldable screen that is rugged and dependable are great. Stiff components such as the battery must be made to either bend along with the screen or be situated away from the fold.

Vertegaal himself built a flexible smartphone in his lab last year and tested hundreds of screens before settling on one that worked—a high-­definition organic light-emitting-diode screen produced by LG Display. OLED screens contain a thin film of organic compounds that produce light from an electric current right at the surface of the device. They are a favorite of designers working on flexible TV and mobile units because they do not require the bulky backlight and filters found in LCD screens.

Samsung happens to be the largest global supplier of OLED panels. In 2013, the company showed off a concept product with a bendable OLED screen at the CES electronics show. It set off a frenzy in the tech blogosphere and led to speculation that the company would release a smartphone based on it.

Flexible Devices: This smartphone designed by Chinese manufacturer Moxi Group can wrap around a user’s wrist.
Vertegaal says the biggest challenge in ­building his own flexible phone was powering all the ­pixels in his LG display with connectors that could ­withstand repeated bendings. To keep it simple, he used a relatively primitive screen that had only 720 pixels. He realized that the rigid materials found in conventional smartphones are, unfortunately, quite delicate. “Circuits are made out of metals, and these metals break under stress,” he says. “While it’s possible to make these bendable screens, it’s difficult to make them in a way that they don’t break.”

One solution may be to use printed ­electronics to integrate razor-thin ­circuits and flattened antennas along the surfaces of a smartphone. In theory, this technique could make phones more flexible by reducing the number of large components and fragile attachments within the device. However, the easiest way to create such products is with injection molding, a process that is seldom used in smartphone manufacturing.

Right now, only two companies in the world have the expertise and production chops to manufacture a smartphone with a bendable display for the mass market: ­Samsung and LG, says William Stofega, a mobile analyst at International Data Corp. Just last year, at CES, LG exhibited an OLED screen, less than 1 millimeter thick, that could roll up like a newspaper. But Stofega says the time, complexity, and expense of manufacturing means that any flexible products that debut this year will likely be pricey, high-end devices.

Samsung needs a hit to regain momentum after last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, in which it coped with reports of dozens of the smartphones catching fire. Ultimately, the problems prompted a recall that slashed profits by 17 percent, or US $4 billion, in that quarter. A flashy line of foldable phones could help the company rebuild its reputation. However, it would be a high-risk strategy, Stofega notes. “No one wants to risk coming out with a device that looks pretty cool and then, after about 2,000 bends, just cracks right in half,” he says.

Samsung wouldn’t comment on its plans for 2017. So we’ll all have to wait and see if the company dazzles us this year with a couple of flexible smartphones—or leaves the many design headaches and teething pains for its rivals to endure.

Intel unveils its 7th-gen CPUs for desktops and performance laptops

Intel hasn’t forgotten about desktop aficionados. Only a few months after debuting its seventh-generation CPUs for ultraportables, the chip giant is rounding things out with new processors for more powerful machines. There’s the “H-series,” targeted at “performance laptops and mobile workstations,” and the “S-series,” which are meant for more traditional desktops. They’ll complement the two other lines of seventh-generation CPUs, which cover ultra-thin designs (the “Y-series”) and faster ultraportables (the “U-series”).


Naturally, you can expect the new desktop chips to perform better than their predecessors. Intel claims the S-series i7-7700K CPU is 25 percent faster than the i7-4770K (which, it’s worth noting, is three generations older). There’s likely a much smaller performance gap when comparing it to Intel’s fifth and sixth-generation CPUs. The company also claims the i7-7700K can “create, share and stitch” 4K 360-degree videos 35 percent faster than the 4770K. That’s a particularly niche use case to call out right now, but it might become more important as 360-degree video takes off.

When it comes to the H-series chips, Intel says they’ll perform about 20 percent faster than a comparable fourth-gen chip (the i7-4700HQ) and handle 4K 360-degree videos 65 percent faster. You’ll see the H-series in bulkier gaming and desktop-replacement laptops, and it sounds like they’ll pair pretty well with modern mobile GPUs like NVIDIA’s 10-series and AMD’s Polaris lineup (which recently made an appearance in Dell’s latest Alienware laptops).

The highest-end S-series CPU, the $339 i7-7700K, will feature a base clock speed of 4.2GHz with boost speeds up to 4.5GHz. In comparison, the 6700K was clocked between 4GHz and 4.2GHz. The new chip still packs in four cores and eight threads (thanks to Hyperthreading) and it includes Intel HD 630 graphics.

For the first time, Intel is also offering an unlocked Core i3 model, the $168 7350K, a dual-core CPU with four threads running at 4.2GHz. It’s something overclockers will appreciate, since they can tweak its speed settings to their heart’s content. And beyond that model, Intel claims all of its new seventh-gen chips will overclock better than previous models, thanks to several features that will stabilize the chips when pushing them beyond their listed speeds. The CPUs will also run on the company’s new 200-series chipset, which will support up to 24 PCI Express 3.0 chipset lanes and 10 USB 3.0 ports (along with a wealth of other technical upgrades).

Together with the new CPUs, Intel is also debuting an intriguing new technology called Optane Memory, which plugs into M.2 connections on motherboards to speed up systems. It’s not clear, exactly, how it all comes together, but Intel claims it’ll deliver SSD-like system speeds when used with a traditional hard drive. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s actually a better option than using an M.2 SSD with a hard drive, though — especially as SSD prices have fallen considerably over the years.

Just like with the earlier seventh-gen CPUs, you can expect Intel’s new desktop chips to handle 4K video pretty efficiently. That won’t mean as much for battery life savings, but it could make them much more useful for playing 4K on home theater PCs.

Basically, there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re buying a new desktop this year. But the new chips are more compelling if you’re upgrading from a system that’s a few years old, rather than something from last year. That’s a tad disappointing, but at the very least it’ll lead to some good deals on last year’s high-end CPUs.

CES welcomes 2017 with gadgets galore: It’s The Daily Crunch

daily-crunch-2x1 New Year, new news. We’re kicking off 2017 with a nod to CES, where I’ll be for the remainder of this week checking out more gadgets than you can shake a stick at. I don’t know why you’d want to do that but here we are. Check out The Daily Crunch for January 1, 2017. 1. CES is this week CES is this week, and it’s easily the world’s biggest consumer… Read More

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2017 Apple’s Biggest year ever

Apple became the most profitable company in the world, and the following year, with the 6S and 6S Plus, was even bigger. But enthusiasm waned in 2016 — iPhone unit sales fell for the first time since the device hit the market in 2007.


For Apple, this past year was largely a time for refinements, not entirely new markets. But 2017 could be a completely different story. If all the rumors about the company’s product lines are true, next year could be Apple’s biggest — ever. Think radically redesigned iPhones, revamped iPads and new product categories. And 2017 could be a big year for software and services, too.

Most dramatic iPhone changes ever?

OK, Apple always says its latest iPhone is the best ever. But 2017’s claim may be legit.

We’ve just been through three years of the same-looking iPhone. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water-resistant and boast better cameras, but they’re no longer a must-have upgrade.

The 10-year anniversary of the first iPhone comes next year, and there’s speculation that Apple could release a major new design.

Some rumors about the “iPhone 7S” (or “iPhone 8,” as some have dubbed it) include reports Apple could finally introduce wireless charging and ditch the round home button that has been in every iPhone since the first, which would let it pack a big screen in a smaller body.

Apple could release three new phones next year, including a premium version with an OLED screen. That would allow for better image quality and a thinner device because the display wouldn’t need backlights.

One thing all rumors seem to agree on is that there are big changes ahead for the next iPhone. It could set off what Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has dubbed a “supercycle” of demand.

Redesigned Apple Watch

As with the iPhone 7, Apple released a second-generation version of its smartwatch that looked an awful lot like the original. (But now with a water-resistant body!)

Apple doesn’t reveal how many Apple Watches it has sold, but IDC estimated the company shipped 1.1 million units in the third quarter, which included only a couple weeks of Apple Watch Series 2 sales. The firm said that “Apple’s success will likely be muted as the smartwatch category continues to be challenged.”

Still, Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this month that the gadget set a sales record during the first week of holiday shopping and is on track for its best quarter yet.

Apple in 2017 is expected to make the first design changes to the Apple Watch since it introduced the device last year. It has filed for a patent for a watch with a circular display, but it’s unclear whether such a device could go on sale in 2017. Likely changes include better screens, new health-focused sensors and cellular connectivity that lets you use the watch without your phone.

Apple glasses?

Apple’s next big wearable may be something worn on the face. A report said the company is working on smart glasses that would connect wirelessly to an iPhone, displaying images and other information to the wearer. But seeing this device next year could be a stretch; it’s reportedly still in the exploration phase.

Google Glass, introduced in 2012, failed spectacularly, but this year’s Snapchat Spectacles, which let users shoot videos to post to the Snapchat messaging app, have turned out to be hugely popular.

AR, VR push

Apple glasses could be the company’s first stab at augmented reality. It has largely been silent about the technology that overlays the virtual world on top of the real world (a good example of this is Pokemon Go). CEO Tim Cook has called it interesting, and it’s certain Apple will do something at some point — the question is when.

As for virtual reality, less is known about Apple’s ambitions. The company likely is exploring the tech that’s gotten the attention of Samsung, Facebook and Google, but it’s unclear what its plans are for the market.

iPads without a home button?

Apple’s iPad line hasn’t sold well for the past couple of years. The company has been counting on its Pro line — with optional detachable keyboard case and stylus — to revitalize demand, but so far, iPad Pros haven’t stemmed the two-year drop in iPad unit sales.

Reports say iPads could be in for big changes in 2017, some of which are similar to rumors of iPhone changes. Apple may get rid of the home button and minimize the bezels around the iPad screen. And some reports say Apple will introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro (joining the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions it has now, though reports vary on the actual size of the new device). There’s also talk the company could finally update its iPad Mini with a new 7.9-inch model in the spring.

LG G6 UK release date rumours

For the first time in 2016 LG announced its annual flagship upgrade at the MWC tradeshow in February, putting it in direct competition with the also announced Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. In previous years LG had held off until later in the year for a late-Spring launch.


This paid off well for LG and we think it will follow the same pattern for the G6. Samsung is expected to announce its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at an Unpacked press conference the day before MWC starts on 26 February, so expect LG to also pick that date to announce its G6.

LG G6 UK price rumours: How much is the LG G6?

LG has always managed to undercut its rivals on pricing, and its ability to make high-end handsets at great-value price points has always been a key reason to choose LG. The LG G5 had a £529 SIM-free RRP in the UK, so we expect LG to keep the price roughly similar for the G6. Given the current economic climate we would certainly be surprised to see it cost any less than the G5.

LG G6 specification rumours: What to expect from LG G6

With the G5 LG tried the whole modular thing with its ‘Friends’ accessories that were bought separately. Now, according to ETNews, it will be going it alone, leaving behind its Friends and its modular design for the all-new LG G6.

Some things are likely to stay the same, such as the 5.3in Quad-HD display (potentially with an upgrade to 4K), dual-camera, 32GB of storage as standard and USB-C. But the G6 is thought to feature a more traditional design, possibly with a glass rear and this time with wireless charging built in (there were fears the tech wouldn’t be ready in time for the G6 but in October LG announced a 15W Quick Wireless Charging Pad). It will also get an update to the Snapdragon 830 processor and Android Nougat.

With the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus set to be key rivals to the LG G6, it makes sense that LG will look to ensure it can keep up with those phones in terms of spec. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be extraordinarily powerful for a phone, with a strong focus on graphics that are able to power the best mobile VR experience, potentially with an upgrade to 6- or even 8GB of RAM. The S8 is also expected to get the dual curved-edge screen as standard, complete with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

According to ChosunBiz LG is having difficulty sourcing curved displays from LG Display, which is busy producing OLED displays for the Apple Watch and LG’s own smartwatches, so LG is unlikely to go for a dual-edge screen in the G6. But powerful graphics, a focus on VR, a larger complement of RAM and a fingerprint scanner built into the screen will likely be high up on its list.

The most recent rumour we’ve seen is that the LG G5 will feature an iris scanner, which will use the same sensor as the front camera rather than a separate module. This will be made possible by applying a filter, and will bring down both the build costs and the amount of space required. However, LG has told GSM Arena that while such a camera has been developed, it has not been confirmed that it will be used in a smartphone.

LG G6 rumours: Should I buy LG G5 or should I wait for LG G6?

LG is becoming a true force to be reckoned with in the smartphone world, and though we have judged its flagship offerings second-best to the Samsung Galaxy S-series for the past few years, the gap between the two smartphone families is getting ever shorter. We were seriously impressed with the LG G5, especially at its £529 RRP, but the LG G6 could be a very different beast.