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The 5 most anticipated smartphone launches coming in September

21 Weird and Wacky Wearables You'll Actually Want | Acer releases its own Chromebox, bringing the Google OS to desktops

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The 5 most anticipated smartphone launches coming in September
September is shaping up to be a very exciting month for smartphone buyers around the world: We know that Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung Electronics will all launch new smartphones, and it looks like Apple will join the party too. So what new devices are we looking forward to the most? Here’s our countdown:5. Sony Xperia Z3There is no rest for the weary: After launching the Xperia Z2 in February, Sony is already reported to be working on a successor. The company has scheduled a launch event on Sept. 3 ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin.The new Xperia Z3 is expected to use a faster Snapdragon 801 processor, but most of the other specs will be shared with the Xperia Z2. That includes a 5.2-inch screen with a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and 3GB of RAM.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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21 Weird and Wacky Wearables You'll Actually Want
"Image by ThinkstockWhen most people hear the term "wearable tech," they think fitness trackers, smartwatches and smartglasses. The world of wearables encompasses so much more than these three categories. But let's face it: Some of the latest wearables are just plain weird. Just because they're weird, though, doesn't mean they're not also valuable. And quirky. And fun. And unique. The following collection of weird wearables fit all of these descriptions. Chances are you'll want at least a few of them.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Acer releases its own Chromebox, bringing the Google OS to desktops
Taiwanese PC maker Acer is bringing Google’s Chrome operating system to desktops with a new unit that will arrive in the U.S. next month.Acer’s Chromebox CXI, announced on Thursday, puts the Chrome OS into a small enclosure measuring 0.6 liters in volume. It runs an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core 1.4GHz processor, has a 16GB solid-state drive, and promises a boot-up time of just 8 seconds.The device can include up to 4GB in RAM, has four USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, LAN port for wired network connection, and HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. It’s priced from US$179.99, including a keyboard and mouse.Acer’s Chromebox is just the latest attempt to package the OS in desktop form. Rival Asus has a similar product called the Chromebox, that also retails for $179, and in 2012 Samsung released its own device.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Some iPhone 5 owners eligible for free battery swap
Apple has launched a battery replacement program for a “very small percentage” of iPhone 5 units. But that could mean hundreds of thousands of phones. The afflicted iPhones have batteries that suddenly show much shorter battery life or need to be changed often, according to Apple. “The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range,” according to Apple. + Also on NetworkWorld: Biggest iPhone 6 unknowns + Depending on how Apple defines “very small percentage,” it could still mean tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of iPhones. That period is Apple’s first fiscal 2013 quarter, and the company sold 47.8 million iPhones according to Statista (including some iPhone 4s, 3, and even 3g) for its second highest quarterly sales by units. If 1 percent were affected, that would mean nearly half-a million phones.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

China to launch home-grown OS in October as Windows replacement
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Freescale introduces multi-standard, programmable wireless charging chips
Freescale Semiconductor today introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging chip and reference designs for consumer and automotive applications.The new chipset is certified to work with both the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi (pronounced "Chee") wireless standard and the Power Matters Alliances charging specifications.MORE ON NETWORK WORLD: 12 most powerful Internet of Things companies The current chipset supports a 5-watt charge, which is tailored to powering up mobile devices. However, the company expects to develop wireless charging chipsets for tablets, wearable devices and even kitchen appliances and power tools that require higher wattage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Fix found for Microsoft's Surface 3 overheating issues
Microsoft's third stab at a tablet, the Surface Pro 3, seems to be faring a little better than its predecessors in terms of market embrace. However, problems with overheating and excessive fan noise have come to light in recent weeks.People have complained on Microsoft’s Community forums about this problem, but up to now haven't gotten much response back from Microsoft. They noticed excessive heat and fan noise taking place at random times, regardless of whether they did something simple, like watching a YouTube video, or intensive, like playing a game.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Review: Odds and ends from around the office
Time once again to do a rapid-fire roundup of things that have been sitting around the Cool Tools International Testing and Reviews Lab (aka my desk), in anticipation of receiving a ton of new stuff to test for the annual Cool Yule Tools holiday gift guide. These are all still very cool things to own and buy for the purposes they were designed to handle, but it’s easier to put them into a roundup than a full-length, Cool Tools-style review (not that those are mega-masterpieces anyway).  OK, away we go! Epson Expression Premium XP-810 (about $130 via Amazon Prime): This all-in-one wireless printer is the nth iteration of the original Artisan series of all-in-ones from Epson, the higher end model that lets you print documents, copy, scan, fax (do people still do that?) and print photos. In an office setting it’s likely that you will have larger laser-style printers that you can print and copy and scan with, but for SMBs or home workers, this certainly fits the bill. The best part of the printer is its ability to print quality photos via inkjet inks, as this system includes 5 colors (black, cyan, magenta, yellow and “Photo Black”). However, I wasn’t as impressed with the images from this system compared with previous Artisan printers, which included six different ink cartridges (adding light cyan and light magenta to the regular CMYK mix). The printer includes support for the Epson Connect technology, which lets you print photos directly from a tablet, smartphone or computer, as well as Ethernet and Wi-Fi support. If you haven’t yet experienced an Epson printer yet, it’s a worthy investment (at least until Epson refreshes its printer line, as this one came out in September 2013).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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