Fujitsu Updates Their Iconic Happy Hacking Keyboard with USB-C and Bluetooth

Fujitsu has officially unveiled three new models of the cult-classic Happy Hacking Keyboard. For those who might not know, Happy Hacking Keyboard is an iconic ultra-compact keyboard having a layout that dates back to the 90’s. Even though the keyboard’s layout is still the same, the new models introduced at CES have been modernized is some key areas. All the three keyboards will now boast of a USB-C port, while two of them can also be connected over Bluetooth. To make it even better, there is a feature support for software remapping of their keys.

The latest launch is quite fascinating since Fujitsu rarely makes updates to its HHKB lineup. In fact, the last new keyboard in the lineup was the debut of Bluetooth model from 2016.  Before these changes were made, the keyboard had remained the same since 2011.  HHKB new lineup starts with the HHKB Pro 3 Classic, which happens to be a straightforward update of the existing HHKB Professional 2. Apart from this, there is a Bluetooth compatible Pro 3 Hybrid and Pro 3 Hybrid Type-S that now supports key remapping via a new Windows software. Unfortunately, the keyboards do not have rechargeable batteries.

According to Fujitsu, all the three keyboards use electrostatic capacitive key switches while the Type-S keyboard’s switches comes with an extra ‘buffer’ inside to make it quieter. Initially, HHK Brelied on electrostatic switches produced by Topre whereas the Type-S variants made use of the silent versions of its switches. For those who are interested in the new keyboards, then you are free to choose from the white or gray colors. Alternatively, you can opt for either the entirely blank keycaps for extra nerd cred or the dye-sublimated printed keycaps. When it comes to pricing, the non-Bluetooth Pro 3 Classic is available at $217, the Pro 3 Hybrid costs $264 and the Pro 3 Hybrid Type-S is $320. To make a purchase, you can decide to visit retailers like Amazon or Fujitsu’s online store. It is then that you are set to get the most out of these keyboards.

Google Now Disables Xiaomi’s Nest Integration After a User Sees Strangers Images

Owners of Xiaomi devices can no longer get the most out of Google’s Nest Hub and Assistant after the company disabled it. This comes after a camera owner reported seeing unfamiliar still images, which apparently come from different cameras. Google spokesperson in a statement said, “We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices.” Well, this action is definitely going to impact negatively on people who own Xiaomi devices as they have to wait until a solution is reached.

As per reports, one user of Xiaomi’s device reported that his newly purchased Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP security camera was displaying still images from strangers’ home. This happened every time he tried to stream from the camera to a Google Nest Hub. However, the user is yet to receive any communication from Xiaomi despite raising concerns regarding the issue.

In October last year, Nest announced its device access program that put strict measures on which third party devices could be used with its system. At the moment, close to two dozen security cameras in different parts of the world can be used with Nest displays. Ever since its launch, a number of security cameras seem to struggle with security from the beginning. In fact, early models had a handful of easily exploitable issues thus giving users a hard time. Going back to just after Christmas, Wyze, a smart security camera manufacturer reported an insecure server had exposed data of about 2.4 million customers for over three weeks.

The underlying reason behind the latest setback suffered by Xiaomi is yet to be known since every piece of information available seems to come from Reddit. Google is however taking this issue seriously in order to prevent any future problems that might occur. Despite this, Xiaomi has not issued a statement regarding the issue. Furthermore, it is yet to be determined whether other users are also experiencing the same problem or not.

Apple Introduces New Patent Virtual Speakers with the Ability to Simulate Sound from any where in the Room

One of the leading tech giants Apple have just received a new patent concerning the virtual positioning of audio. This patent is going to lay a framework for new and more immersive audio applications. However, it only builds on a previous patent that was filed by Apple last month. The patent made it possible for people to hear where others are situated in a room thanks to a special headphone tech. Apple’s current patent works in the same way but comes with built-in MacBook speakers. You should in fact think of better conference calls whenever you hear about the patent granted to Apple.

As per reports from 9to5Mac, today’s patent is a virtual acoustic system, which makes use of Crosstalk cancelling in order to work perfectly. Thanks to this patent, users are able to feel as if sound is coming from a different place than the loudspeakers. For those who might not have a slight idea, Crosstalk refers to an overlapping sound wave received by ears from the left and right channels of a speaker. This is made possible as a result of the sound being positioned virtually in space. According to Patently Apple, the patent was first filed in 2018.

This new patent comes as good news to many people who are fond of using both headphones and MacBook speakers from Apple. In fact, the patent enhances a feeling of presence whether you are listening to a sports broadcast or any other show of choice. Even though the business use of this patent is clearly evident, it will still have an important role to play when it comes to entertainment. The new technology could also prove beneficial when playing games or watching television shows. For instance, it can make a television show feel more immersive. This means there will come a day when you can watch more television on your Personal Computer. You are therefore set to have a remarkable entertainment experience especially when you want to get a piece of mind.

Infinix Hot 8 Already Receiving XOS 5.5 Update With Game Assistant, Social Turbo and More

Users of Infinix Hot smartphone in India have the company to thank since it is now rolling out a new update that comes with a number of fascinating features and an updated Android security patch. With the latest over-the-air (OTA) update, you are set to benefit from the updated XOS v5.5 custom skin based on Android Pie. This feature boasts of numerous features including Social Turbo, gesture-based feature, Game Assistant to mention a few. To make it even more fascinating, it also adds a feature for WhatsApp video calls and a peek mode for privacy purposes.

Currently, the XOS v5.5 update is rolling out in India for Infinix Hot 8 users. The update brings along a December Android Security patch not forgetting the updated Google Mobile Services (GMS) v201910 package. When it comes to the Social Turbo feature, which the company refers to as WhatsApp Assistant, they have included additional features such as customizable stickers, WhatsApp call and a peek mode.  The peek mode lets users read a message without alerting the sender.

A new flash notification feature will also be included and serves the main responsibility of alerting users by flickering the LED flash whenever they receive a new message. To clean up any media received via WhatsApp from your internal storage, the company has included a “Clean WhatsApp” feature. Things do not stop here as they have added a new “Answer with a Gesture” feature that allows users the chance of answering an incoming call using hand gestures without necessarily having to touch your phone. There is also a new “Smart Screen Lifting” feature that offers quick controls for some tools in a panel. To access this feature, you will have to swipe your smartphone from the side.

We can never conclude without mentioning the “Game Anti-interference” mode that blocks notifications and reminders expect when they are from incoming calls or alarms. All these new features are definitely going to make your experience better when you are using the Infinix Hot 8 smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specifications Leaked

Leaks of the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone have been popping up for the past few weeks. As per the latest leaks, the smartphone is tipped to draw power from the in-house Exynos 9810 SoC, a generation old chipset from Samsung. This chipset was first used in the Galaxy S9 duo. To make it even better, the phone is said to come fully equipped with a triple rear camera setup and will be available for sale as from January 10 next year in Europe.

According to leaks from Win Future, Galaxy Note 10 Lite will feature a flat 6.7-inch full-HD+ HDR AMOLED Display with a hole-punch, pixel density of 398, ppi and a blue-light filter. To guarantee satisfaction, the phone is said to run on Android 10 with the One UI 2.0 skin on top. If this is not enough, the in-house SoC will be paired with 6GB or RAM and 128GB of UFS storage.  What is even more fascinating is the fact that you can expand this storage space via a microSD card (up to 512GB).

Photo and video lovers have a reason to put a smile on their face with the smartphone expected to pack a triple rear camera setup that will include a 12-megapixel main camera with an f/1/7 aperture and dual pixel autofocus. This is assisted by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter with an f/2.2 lens and a 12-megapixel selfie camera not forgetting the 12 megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom support. On the front of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 sits a 32-megapixel 32-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 lens. Unfortunately, there are no reports on whether the smartphone will come with an OIS onboard.

Since it is a Galaxy Note-series phone, you should expect an S-Pen with 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels, latency of lens less than 70m/s and a translation feature. As for the battery, the recent leaks seem to show a 4,500mAh battery with support for the proprietary 25W Samsung Fast Charging Technology. However, it will not have a wireless charging support. The smartphone will be reportedly priced at Euro 609, which is roughly Rs.48, 000.

Xiaomi Smart Display to Come with Three Passive Diaphragms

Xiaomi is on the verge of launching a new smart display in the pipeline that would compete with the likes of Amazon Echo Show 8 and Google Next Hub. If the recent leaks are anything to go by, the smart display will debut as the Xiaomi Smart Display Speaker Pro 8 or XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8. Images released by the online leak suggest Xiaomi will make use of the same aesthetics and design language used by Google in building Next Hub smart displays. Therefore, you should not be surprised if the display comes with a white color option and a touchscreen panel at the front.

According to the recent online leaks, Xiaomi’s new smart display tends to boast of a display panel with thick bezels not forgetting the camera sensor for video calls. Furthermore, it has a speaker at the back that seems to have a mesh-like covering. The leaks posted on China’s tech news portal ITHome also show the smart display comes with three passive diaphragms and is powered by Hi-Fi audio chip. To make it even better, Xiaomi smart display would also provide DTS audio tuning for an improved audio experience.

Even though Xiaomi is yet to turn down or confirm the leaks, a 3C certification showing the development of XiaoAI Touchscreen Speaker Pro 8 has already surfaced.  The company allegedly received certification in November thus acting as proof of its imminent launch. Xiaomi Smart Display is expected to carry a price tag of CNY 599, which is roughly Rs.6, 100. This is quite fascinating when compared to the price of other smart displays in the market.

Unfortunately, details regarding the official launch date and availability are yet to be announced by the company. Keep in mind that Xiaomi makes use of its XiaoAI brand in offering smart assistance to Chinese users. Well, this is no different from how Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa serve global audiences.  For now, we only have to wait for the official confirmation from Xiaomi regarding the new smart display that is set to hit the market soon.

Microsoft to Release Their Next Generation Xbox Series X In 2020

If you are a video game enthusiast, then you will definitely fall in love with Microsoft’s next generation Xbox going by the name Xbox Series X. Microsoft revealed the name and design of their next product on stage at the Game Awards on the 12th of December. Looking at the console, you will notice it looks more like a Personal Computer witnessed in previous Xbox consoles. To enhance the experience of gamers, the console is designed to be used in both horizontal and vertical orientations and is expected to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X.

The Xbox Series X boasts of a custom-designed CPU based on Radeon RDNA and AMD’s Zen 2 architecture. To make it even more fascinating, Microsoft is relying on an NVMe SSD TO boost the loading time. If this is not enough, Xbox Series X will support frame rates of up to 120 fps in games, 8k gaming, variable fresh rate support and ray tracing. When revealing the name and design, Microsoft made use of the Xbox Series X in showcasing Hellblade 2, a new game from Ninja Theory developed for its new Xbox console.

Despite revealing the design, Microsoft is not ready to share everything regarding the specs. However, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, has dropped some hints when speaking to Gamespot. During the interview, Spencer said the Xbox Series X could be capable of 12 teraflops of GPU performance. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will come with an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI). This makes Xbox Series X one of the most responsive console ever.  Spenser said the series would combine both hardware and software to “make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere.”

Recent reports seem to show Microsoft is planning two new consoles for Xbox Series X with the second being a lower priced and less powerful console. For now we only have to wait and whether Microsoft Xbox Series X will be worth spending your money on.

Samsung the Wall TV Hits the Indian Market

South Korean technology giants Samsung has introduced its modular MicroLED display “The Wall” in the Indian market. This comes as good news to people who love watching their favorite movies or sporting events onbig screens. “The Wall” TV that is available in varying sizes of 146 inches, 219 inches and 292 inches is going to cost you around Rs. 3.5 Crores to Rs. 12 Crores. Well, this is quite remarkable if we are to go with the numerous benefits that are destined to come your way after making a purchase.

To offer the best screen watching experience, The Wall tends to optimize the quality of pictures scene-by-scene regardless of the original source resolution. To achieve this successfully, the company behind it has included a Quantum Processor Flex enabled with AI picture quality engine. For those who might not know, Quantum Processor Flex is a machine learning-based picture quality engine aimed at analyzing millions of data. Through this action, it will prove quite easy for the screen to automatically calibrate the original low-resolutionimage as per the display.

Thanks to the numerous features included in The Wall, owners can experience never seen before picture quality in the comfort of their homes. Actually, the screen boasts of a depth less than 30mmmaking it slimmer than most televisions in the market. The bezel-less infinity together with its slim design means the display will blend seamlessly into its surroundings. The Wall’s display comes in different ratios including the 146-inch in 4K definition, 219-inch in 6K definition and the 292-inch in 4K definition. If this is not enough, The Wall is available in a professional version that is geared towards high-end retail spaces and businesses called The Wall Pro.

To experience what The Wall has to offer, you will have to purchase one for yourself. Luckily, this is something you are never going to worry about since it has already been made available to the Indian market. However, you should be ready to visit the Samsung Executive Briefing Centre in Gurugram to purchase The Wall Luxury that is meant for gaming and home cinema.

Vivo Y9s Smartphone with Water drop-Style Display Notch Launched

Vivo Y9s is the latest mid-range smartphone to hit the market coming as a rebranded version of Vivo V17 launched in Russia. Among the key selling points of Vivo Y9s include a water drop-style notch, a gradient back not forgetting the diamond-shaped quad rear camera setup. The smartphone also comes with a 32-megapixel selfie camera that is quite fascinating to photo lovers. You can thus take a selfie without having to worry about its quality. To enhance performance experiences, the company behind it has included a proprietary Multi-Turbo feature.

The dual sim Vivo Y9s runs on Android 9 Pie with FunTouch OS 9 on top. To make it even better, the smartphone features a 6.38-inch full HD super AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, you are destined to benefit from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM.

In terms of storage, it has 128GB that is expandable via a micro SD card. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, 4G VoLTE, 3.5mm headphone jack and GPS/A-GPS. Well, this is quite breathtaking since only a few mid-range smartphones come with a host of connectivity options.

For you to capture remarkable photos and videos, Vivo Y9s boasts of the quad rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. In addition, there is an 8-megapixel secondary sensor having an ultra-wide angle f/2.2 lens. The rear camera setup happens to include a 2-megapixel depth sensor together with a 2-megapixel sensor for macro shots. Furthermore, this one of a kind mid-range smartphone houses a 32.megapixel selfie camera at the front along with an f/2.0 lens.

To lay your hands on the new Vivo Y9s 8GB RAM plus128GB variant, you must be ready to part with CNY 1,998, which is roughly Rs.20, 400. This smartphone will be made available for sale as from December 6 in China. It is however already available on pre-order in Nebula Blue, Symphony of Light and Glazed Black color variants.

Huawei Watch GT2 Set to Hit the Market Soon

Huawei watch lovers have a reason to put a smile on their since the company has just listed Huawei Watch GT 2 on their website.  To make it even better, the smartwatch will be made available online on Amazon and Flipkart.  This means you can lay your hands on the state of the art smartwatch without necessarily having to move a muscle. Unfortunately, the launch date in India has not been specified despite debuting in Europe.

The Huawei GT2 smartwatch is available in two sizes i.e.46mm and 42mm. For those who want to purchase the 46mm version, then you must be ready to part with 249 Euros, which is roughly Rs 19,500.  On the other hand, Huawei Watch GT 2 42mm is priced at 229 Euros, approximately Rs.17, 900. Well, this is quite fascinating is we are to go with the features included in both versions.

When it comes to the features Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm boasts of a 1.39 inch OLED display. If this is not enough, it is powered by the Kirin A1 SoC not forgetting the 5ATM water resistance powers the smartwatch.  In terms of connectivity, the company has included options such as GPS and Bluetooth v5.1.  Other additional features that you are set to enjoy include heart rate sensors, stress monitoring features, sleep tracking and fitness tracking.  The battery of both versions is one of the selling points as it is touted for up to 1 week (42mm) and 2 weeks (46mm).

Music lovers have also not been left behind since they can store close to 500 songs on the smartwatch.  The smartwatch also comes with an in-built mic and speaker that lets you answer calls from your wrist as long as you are within 150 metres to your phone. In order to guarantee better resting time, the smartwatch can diagnose six types of sleep issues. With all the above-mentioned features, it is quite clear that Huawei Watch GT 2 is worth purchasing. However, you must wait until the official launch date in India.