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Samsung now has a robot for everything: Bot Care, Bot Air, Bot Retail and more

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

You’ve got an 8K TV, you’ve got your own AI smart assistant and connected home system. What’s left for Samsung at CES 2019? Robots, that’s what.

Samsung has used the Las Vegas press conference to reveal its first line-up of robots, covering everything from retail solutions to mobility support.

There’s the charming Bot Care for at-home medical support, the Bot Air for air quality monitoring and air purifying, the Bot Retail to take on the SoftBank Robotics Pepper in offering support at shopping centres and other consumer-facing locations, and the Gems exoskeleton to help in the support of lower-body mobility and strength. 

Bot Care: what can it do?

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Review : FiiO M6 – The first step

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Fiio M6 portable player is another addition to the FiiO M line-up. In this article we look at the newest Fiio DAP.

Disclaimer: The FiiO M6 was sent to us free of charge in exchange of an honest review. The MRSP is 149€ as I’m writing this and you can get it at Fiio’s official dealers.

About FiiO

From its creation in 2007, FiiO always aimed to become one of the top brands in the audiophile game. Based in Shenzhen, China, they rose steadily and somehow achieved their goal : available all over the world, FiiO products are known for their excellent performance/price ratio.… Read the full article

HTC’s Vive Cosmos VR headset is amazing – and frustrating – in equal measure

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

We've been attending HTC press conferences for over a decade, and they've never failed to deliver at least a sliver of excitement.

That's ranged from a belief that this brand could take on the iPhone with the HTC Desire (which it did) to charting new territory into virtual worlds with the Vive headset (which offered a possible, exciting view of the future rather than an amazing product we could buy right now).

Fast forward four years from the launch of the Vive headset, and we're still not living in a VR-powered world.… Read the full article

CES 2019: Tidal Masters coming to all Android devices

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

After almost twelve months of being exclusive to the LG V30 smartphone, its descendants and the Essential phone, Master support, powered by MQA, will soon roll out to the Tidal app used by all other Android devices. (Sorry, iOS users – you’ll have to wait).

However, unlike the LG models and the Essential device, Tidal Master support for Android is limited to MQA’s Core Decoder where 24bit/44.1kHz and 24bit/48kHz streams are unfolded to 24bit/88.2kHz and 24bit/96kHz respectively. What your Android smartphone does with these unfolded, higher sample rates remains device dependent.… Read the full article

First Look: HTC Vive Cosmos

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The HTC Vive Cosmos is HTC’s third (or really, fourth) headset in as many years. The original Vive set the standard for virtual reality when it came out in 2015… which was then followed by the Vive Pro in 2016 and HTC Vive Focus which debuted exclusively in China last year. 

The problem with HTC’s product line, if you’re a fan of gaming at least, is that Vive Pro and Vive Focus were designed for pro users in mind. Sure, both the Focus and Pro can play games – and, in the case of the latter, make those games look great – but they’re not consumer-first headsets.… Read the full article

Samsung’s 98-inch Q900 QLED 8K TV is more screen than your eyes can handle

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As if 85-inches of 8K TV wasn't enough, at CES 2019 Samsung has already outdone itself mere months after revealing its debut 8K OLED. It revealed a brand-new 8K Q900 QLED set, measuring in at a massive 98-inches.

Sales of Samsung's screens over 75 inches have more than doubled over the last year in the US, and Samsung looks set to double down on super-sized screens to go with the next-generation of super-sized TV resolutions.

The Samsung 98-inch Q900 QLED will once again take advantage of Quantum Dot screen tech, as well as making use of Direct Array Mobile Dimming, ensuring the contrast of a the screen is as rich as it can be for each scene.… Read the full article

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro gets a sleeker design and beefy 8th-gen Intel processor

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Samsung has revealed a refreshed Notebook 9 Pro over at CES 2019, plus the PC vendor launched the Notebook Flash which will be available imminently in the US.

Just like its predecessor, the new Notebook 9 Pro is a sleek and slim 2-in-1 featuring a stylish design – with a metal construction and diamond-cut edges – yet it still offers plenty in the performance stakes.

In this refresh it gains an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core (eight-thread) processor with a base clock of 1.8GHz, which is capable of turbo up to 4.6GHz when the chip needs to stretch its legs.… Read the full article

IK Multimedia Looks To The Future With New SimpleTank 4 Digital Workstation

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Now’s a good a time as any to invest in a hard drive upgrade – especially when you look at the whopping 200+ GB of juicy, juicy sounds offered by IK Multimedia with their new SampleTank4 digital workstation.

Designed to be an all-in-one studio workhorse, the fourth iteration of IK’s landmark SampleTank software offers a total of 70 fully fleshed-out effects – 13 more than the previous version. The introduction of new dynamic groove players like the Arpeggiator, Strummer, Phraser and Loop Manager all serve to help users tap into their creative side when it comes to spurring up musical phrases. … Read the full article

TDG Audio Skybar AV speaker system REVIEW

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

ABOVE: Skybars used in an LCR configuration – the availability of the different LCR and Satellite versions provides great installation flexibility.

We rarely review installation speakers in Best Buys Audio & AV. Why? Because the sound is typically extremely unpredictable. But when we saw the TDG Audio Skybar speaker system, we had to give it a go. There were two main reasons. First, it eliminates one of the main causes of unpredictable performance in most installation speakers. And second, because this system is so extremely versatile.… Read the full article

HTC announces Vive Pro Eye, Cosmos headset and Viveport Infinity subscription service

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

HTC has announced a barrage of new products at CES 2019. New this year are the HTC Vive Pro Eye eye-tracking hardware, Viveport Infinity games pass subscription, Vive Reality experience and Cosmos VR headset.

First up, HTC is bringing eye tracking to its VR headset family with the new HTC Vive Pro Eye. 

According Dan O'Brien, general manager of HTC America, the addition of eye-tracking will enable foveated rendering – a feature on other VR headsets that enables reduced processing and clearer images that focus on the areas where you're looking. 

This was presented as more of a professional tool, highlighting how BMW is using it to test where users look when checking out a 'new' car in VR, but consumers will be more interested in what's coming next.… Read the full article