Standalone Oculus Go headset could debut at Facebook’s F8 event

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Last year Oculus teased its standalone "Go" VR headset saying it would go on sale for $ 199 early in 2018. Now Variety cites unnamed sources claiming that it will debut at Facebook's F8 conference May 1st. That should provide the kind of stage Zuckerb…
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Apple’s AirPower Charging Mat Once Again Rumored for March Debut

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New improved MacBook Air and 9.7-inch iPad could debut at WWDC

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Apple is prepping a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook that will debut in the second quarter of 2018. It will reportedly set users back around the same price as the MacBook Air, which would peg it at about $999. While the report leaves a bit of flexibility by saying that it could be this price “or […]

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New lower-cost 13-inch Retina MacBook reported to debut in June, iPad refresh coming

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Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release a brand new ‘entry-level’ 13-inch Retina MacBook in June, with a lower cost than the current 12-inch MacBook. According to the report, the 13-inch MacBook will feature a 2560×1600 panel, with a 226 PPI density – the same as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

This sounds like a compelling product, with better specs at a significantly cheaper price. The report says the 13-inch Retina MacBook will be priced around the current MacBook Air’s $ 999 price tag.



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Watch: Cheaper HomePod rumored to debut this year

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The HomePod is Apple’s first step into a world of smart speakers that can do everything from stream music to control all of your smart home devices. The main downside is that it’s priced at a hefty $ 349, more than many people are willing to pay for a smart speaker.
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iPad Pro With Face ID Will ‘Likely’ Debut at WWDC 2018 in Early June

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Apple’s rumored iPad Pro with Face ID will likely be released in the second quarter of 2018, according to Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.

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If accurate, the timeframe suggests Apple will unveil the new iPad Pro models at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will likely take place June 4-8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple similarly unveiled its current iPad Pro lineup at WWDC last year.

Zhang expects the revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no home button, in line with the iPhone X. The revamped design will likely be featured on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, although his research note didn’t specify.

Apple’s plans to release an iPad Pro with Face ID were first revealed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the refresh would occur in 2018. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman was a bit more specific, noting the iPad Pro with Face ID would debut “a little more than a year” after the current models.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in June 2017, so it’s not entirely clear if “a little more than a year” meant WWDC 2018 or Apple’s annual September event where it introduces new iPhones.

The new iPad Pro models will likely retain LCDs instead of OLED displays due to supply, cost, and technological constraints. It’s unclear if the tablets will have a notch for the TrueDepth sensor housing, or if the device will have uniformly slim bezels on all four sides with enough room for the components.

A supply chain report out of China recently claimed the new iPad Pro models will be faster thanks to an octa-core A11X Bionic chip with three high-performance “Monsoon” cores and five energy-efficient “Mistral” cores.

There’s no word on potential pricing yet, but the new iPad Pro lineup will likely cost more than the current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, which start at $649 and $799 respectively in the United States. Since the new models won’t have OLED displays, however, the price increase might not be substantial.

Apple is also rumored to release a new 9.7-inch iPad for $259 in March, while the fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain.

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Samsung Bixby news: smart speaker coming 2H 2018, version 2.0 may debut with Galaxy Note 9

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Samsung’s Bixby assistant is alive and well as we enter 2018, as evidenced by the dedicated Bixby button found on the sides of the new Galaxy S9 and S9+. This week, Samsung explained how we’re going to see even more of Bixby later this year.

A smart speaker featuring Bixby will launch in the second half of 2018. That’s what D.J. Koh, head of mobile at Samsung, has told the Wall Street Journal. No other details of the voice-activated speaker have been shared, so it’s unclear what it’ll cost or what kind of features it’ll offer.

We’ve been hearing talk of a Bixby smart speaker since July 2017, and at the end of last year, rumors said that Samsung would launch the device in the first half of 2018. Now it looks like the wait will be a bit longer, which could make things a bit more difficult for the Bixby speaker when it does launch since its competition will now have time to improve. We don’t know what kind of features the Bixby speaker will have at launch beyond the likely ability to answer questions about the weather and stuff like that, though, so we’ll just have to wait and see what Samsung cooks up.

In other Bixby news, Koh told ZDNet that Samsung could launch Bixby 2.0 alongside the Galaxy Note 9. Bixby 2.0 was originally announced in October 2017 and is slated to feature better natural language capabilities that should result in more natural commands. The upgraded assistant will also work on devices beyond phones, including TVs, refrigerators, and other connected devices. – Latest videos, reviews, articles, news and posts

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Apple to Debut New AirPods This Year With Handsfree ‘Hey, Siri’ Voice Command Feature, ‘Water-Resistant’ Models Coming in 2019

Apple is reportedly working on several upgrades to its wireless AirPods with a new version of the popular headphones set for release as soon as this year, according to Bloomberg.

Like with its mobile devices — the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch — Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is working on a new version for release as soon as this year with an upgraded wireless chip, the people said. A subsequent model for as early as next year is planned to be water resistant, they added, asking not to be identified discussing private product plans.

The new 2018 AirPods are said to come with an upgraded wireless chip that will let users summon Siri using the “Hey, Siri” voice command without having to physically tap the headphones, similar to the way iPhone and HomePod users invoke the virtual assistant. Currently, summoning Siri through AirPods requires users to double-tap the sides of the earbuds, although responsiveness to touch can occasionally be flaky. The upcoming version of the headphones are known internally as B288, according to today’s report.

The idea behind the third iteration of AirPods, said to be coming in 2019, is for the headphones to “survive splashes of water and rain”, although they likely won’t be designed to be submerged in water, according to Bloomberg‘s sources. That plan comes despite reports that current-generation AirPods survive being submerged in one foot of water for five minutes, and even come out the other side of a washing and drying cycle functioning as normal. That said, Apple doesn’t advertise AirPods as water resistant, and a patent was in fact filed last April for a waterproof AirPods case that can double as an iPhone or Apple Watch charger.

Designed by the same department that produced Apple’s HomePod speaker, AirPods were first introduced in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 sans headphone jack, as a wireless solution for users wanting to listen to audio through a headset. Since launch, AirPods have been considered one of Apple’s top-performing products, apparently reflected in Apple’s severely constrained supplies throughout 2017. Production capacity of AirPods was bumped up in the second half of last year, but Apple has consistently struggled to reach supply/demand balance. Despite tight supply, AirPods were the overall top selling electronic products during last November’s Cyber Monday, according to online shopping data provided by Adobe.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple shipped 13 to 14 million AirPods last year, and he expects AirPods to remain one of Apple’s most popular accessories through 2018, with shipments likely to double to an estimated 26-28 million units on a year-over-year basis. Separately, analyst Gene Munster has predicted Apple will eventually earn more from AirPods than Apple Watch.

Back in December, Kuo also predicted Apple would release an upgraded version of AirPods in the second half of 2018. Kuo said one internal change on the second-generation AirPods will include a “smaller quartz component,” but he didn’t provide any further details about new outward-facing features or improvements to expect.

During Apple’s iPhone X event in September, Apple revealed that a rumored new version of its AirPods headphones were not in fact the “AirPods 2,” but simply a new inductive wireless charging case that users will be able to purchase as a replacement for their current charging cases. The only design change made to the new charging case is the placement of the LED battery indicator light, which has migrated from the inside of the case to the outside on the front. No release date has been given for the wireless charging case, but there’s a fair chance it could appear during a March event alongside Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad and new iPads. It’s still unclear if Apple will offer a version that also includes the AirPods themselves at the typical $159 price tag.

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First Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will debut next week

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After initially debuting alongside the update to Android 8.1 back in December, Android Oreo (Go edition) is finally about to appear on its first devices.

Google says that the first Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will be introduced next week at MWC 2018. The devices will go on sale “soon after”.

No OEM partners have been announced for these Android Oreo (Go edition) devices, so it’s unclear what kind of phones we’ll see next week. Android Oreo (Go edition) is a version of Android Oreo that’s optimized for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less, though, so expect them to have fairly entry-level specs.

The goal of Android Oreo (Go edition) is to offer a smartphone that’s affordable but with an experience that doesn’t suffer because of it. These devices will have less storage and processing power, but that will enable manufacturers to sell the devices at affordable prices, sometimes at less than $ 50.

Android Oreo (Go edition) is optimized for these types of phones, complete with Google apps that are designed to use less memory and storage. The goal is that with all of these optimizations, consumers can buy an affordable Android Oreo (Go edition) device and still have a good experience using it. – Latest videos, reviews, articles, news and posts