Tag: tech

14
Oct
2020
Posted in gadget

15 Of The Coolest Tech Gifts For Every Gadget-Lover On Your List

Spending prolonged time at home has skewed our shopping habits towards everything from space-saving WFH furniture hacks to cozy loungewear that can also pass as telecommuter-chic attire. On top of home setups and style lineups, quarantine has also reshaped our tech mindsets as well — piquing our interests in smart home devices and cutting-edge new electronics that make stay-at-home orders a little more entertaining. And, now that the holidays are hurtling towards us, we’ve got a good amount of these premium pieces at the tops of our gift lists.

After foraging through the bottomless-product pit that is the internet, we dug up and pulled out the best tech gifts that your hard-earned coin (or someone else’s) can buy — from wireless charging docks to WiFi-connected vacuum cleaners, highly intelligent mirrors, and much more. Ahead, 15 electronically-inclined presents that will take any lifestyle from simple to smart in a click.

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<h2>Catch3 Wireless Charging Station</h2> <br>Thoughtfully organize your daily accessories and charge your devices with one simple tool. <br> <br> <strong>Courant</strong> Catch3 Wireless Charging Station, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3jTk0C2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Courant" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Courant</a>

Catch3 Wireless Charging Station

Thoughtfully organize your daily accessories and charge your devices with one simple tool.

Courant Catch3 Wireless Charging Station, $, available at Courant

<h2>Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones</h2> <br>We love our cordless headphones, but if you want to listen to your favorite tunes or a crime-based podcast a little more in-depth, we recommend Beats. <br> <br> <strong>Beats by Dr. Dre</strong> Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2GOcni0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

We love our cordless headphones, but if you want to listen to your favorite tunes or a crime-based podcast a little more in-depth, we recommend Beats.

Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $, available at Walmart

<h2>Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player</h2> <br>Old school meets new school with this record player — a device updated with Bluetooth capabilities. <br> <br> <strong>Victrola</strong> Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F33OAh5S" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>

Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player

Old school meets new school with this record player — a device updated with Bluetooth capabilities.

Victrola Solid Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player,

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Xi Rallies China Behind Shenzhen as Tech Fight Heats Up

(Bloomberg) — President Xi Jinping vowed to press ahead with plans to gain the global lead in technology and other strategic industries, despite expanding efforts from the U.S. and its allies to check China’s rise.

The Chinese president reaffirmed his commitment to “opening up and reform” as a strategy for gaining economic advantage in a 50-minute speech Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of Shenzhen’s establishment as a special economic zone. With hundreds of local officials and executives present including Huawei Technologies Co. founder Ren Zhengfei, Xi called for the making of the southern metropolis into a “model city for a great, modern socialist country.”



Xi Jinping holding a sign: Public Screens as China's Leader Xi Jinping Delivers Speech in Shenzhen


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Public Screens as China’s Leader Xi Jinping Delivers Speech in Shenzhen

A live broadcast of President Xi Jinping delivering a speech in Shenzhen on Oct. 14.

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“We need to unswervingly implement an innovation-driven development strategy to foster new engines and new trends, so as to build a technological and industrial innovation high-ground with global influence,” Xi said, in remarks that didn’t mention China’s disputes with the U.S. and made only passing reference to “many unprecedented challenges” from abroad.

The speech represented a high-profile nod of support to the companies and leaders in the so-called Greater Bay Area, a designation that’s meant to to push China into higher-quality manufacturing and better integrate the former colonies of Hong Kong and Macau into the mainland. That means bolder policies to knit together the region’s different linguistic, legal and monetary traditions to create a regional powerhouse rivaling Tokyo Bay or Silicon Valley.

Such ambitions are at the center of growing bipartisan support in Washington to restrict Chinese access to the strategic technologies it needs to overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading innovation power. While President Donald Trump’s administration has taken unprecedented

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Mid-range Exynos gets the latest tech

A Samsung Exynos processor.
  • Samsung has confirmed that the Exynos 1080 chip is coming soon.
  • The new chipset has the latest Cortex-A78 CPU and Mali-G78 GPU.

The Samsung Exynos 980 marked a major upgrade for the company’s mid-range silicon, delivering 5G for the first time in the segment while also offering a good level of CPU and GPU power.

The company recently revealed via Weibo that it’s working on the Exynos 1080, ostensibly coming as a successor of sorts to the Exynos 980. Now, Samsung Semiconductor has confirmed the new chipset to Android Authority.

Samsung also confirmed that the Exynos 1080 would be equipped with the latest Cortex-A78 CPU cores and Mali-G78 GPU. If the CPU arrangement is anything like the Exynos 980, we can expect two powerful Cortex-A78 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores for basic tasks.

It’s also believed that the new chipset could be built on a 5nm manufacturing process (down from 8nm), joining Apple’s A14 chip used in its iPhone 12 series. The next-generation of Android flagship SoCs are widely expected to use this process too, delivering a smaller design and greater efficiency.

The company told us that a full announcement is on the way, but it definitely looks like Samsung’s mid-range 5G phones could be set for another major upgrade in 2021. We previously saw the Exynos 980 in phones like the Galaxy A51 5G and A71 5G, so it stands to reason that the Exynos 1080 would appear in follow-up devices or similarly priced phones.

We’ll update the article as soon as Samsung announces the new processor. What would you like to see from Samsung’s future Exynos chipsets?


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13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

Facebook has just leased enough new office space in Manhattan to nearly triple its current local work force, including at one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 107-year-old former main post office complex near Pennsylvania Station.

Apple, which set up its first office in New York a decade ago, is expanding to another building in Manhattan. And Google and Amazon are stitching together corporate campuses in the city more quickly than anywhere else in the world. Amazon paid roughly $1 billion in March for the iconic Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue.

Despite a pandemic that has ravaged New York, hollowed out many of its office buildings and raised fundamental questions about its future, the four companies collectively known as Big Tech are all significantly expanding their footprint in the city, giving it a badly needed vote of confidence.

With fears that the virus could spike again in the colder months, many companies are grappling with how, when and even if office workers will come back to buildings in Manhattan. And the tech giants have not brought their workers back yet, either.

Even so, the giants have not only moved forward with previous growth plans, but have also increased their pace of hiring and office acquisition during the pandemic.

The industry’s embrace of New York City comes despite the tumultuous reception that Amazon received last year when it proposed building a sprawling headquarters in Queens. Amazon abandoned the plans in the face of political and community opposition, but now has acquired more than 2 million square feet of office space for corporate workers, as well as warehouses from Staten Island to Queens to the Bronx.

After Amazon bought the Lord & Taylor building, it announced in August that 2,000 employees would eventually work there, increasing by half its

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

It’s Time For Startups To Use AI To Battle Tech Giants In Patent Wars

Technology giants such as Alibaba and IBM are eating startup innovators’ lunch. These behemoths are seeking to devour even more market share by publishing patents at unprecedented speed in emerging technologies such as blockchain.

As some of the richest companies on the planet, the corporations have the resources to manage the laborious search of existing patents and to overcome the outdated administrative hurdles so that they can file for intellectual property rights.

Patents are definitely old school. Patent laws started with the rise of the nation-state, so they began in the 18th century and were then fully developed in the 19th century. Some changes may have been made to reflect new technologies, but the basic patent laws haven’t evolved to meet the needs of the 21st century.

We’re patenting ideas based on today’s high-tech of artificial intelligence and blockchain with laws that were established centuries ago.

All this puts early-growth companies with game-changing inventions at a huge disadvantage.

Getting a patent is one of the most important strategic decisions a business can take. A patent not only protects a business idea from copycats, but it can also increase the value of the young company.

One of the reasons value increases is because a patent can block others from a market. Once a startup has it, they can make sure nobody else will enter that particular segment.

In a recent study, conducted by KISSPatent on patents in the specific field of blockchain, results showed an arms race between Alibaba and IBM. The Chinese e-commerce giant has published 10 times more blockchain-related patents than IBM in 2020, a year when blockchain patent numbers are generally skyrocketing. More blockchain-related patents were published in the first half of 2020 than in all of 2019, a year that had already seen three times more blockchain