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Sony’s New Sound-Cancelling Ear-Buds

Sony has squeezed the latest QN1e noise canceling processor into its WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for...
Sony has squeezed the latest QN1e noise canceling processor into its WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for blocking ambient sounds across almost all frequencies(Credit: Sony)

Since the first true wireless earphones launched in 2014, many more have appeared in the marketplace – including models by big players like Appleand recent additions from Phiaton and Cambridge Audio. But most only offer passive isolation from the world around you. Sony’s upcoming WF-1000XM3 earphones rock the company’s excellent active noise cancellation tech so that you can focus on the music. read more

Is a Rare Earth Replacement on the Way?

Micro-crystals of zinc, which when combined with other common minerals, could be substituted in for rare-Earth...
Micro-crystals of zinc, which when combined with other common minerals, could be substituted in for rare-Earth metals in electronic devices(Credit: prill/Depositphotos)

Electronic devices are made possible thanks to a group of elements often referred to as rare-Earth metals, but as the name suggests, these may be in limited supply and are relatively expensive. Now, a team of scientists has found a way to combine much more common elements into electronically-useful compounds, which could find their way into tunable lighting and solar panels. read more

Pixel Mid-Range Smartphones

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL arrive with slightly different screen sizes but matching internal...
The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL arrive with slightly different screen sizes but matching internal components(Credit: David Nield/New Atlas)

Three Pixels down the line, Google is doing something different: two mid-range Pixel phones, offering slightly less quality and power for significantly less money. Are the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL the phones you should be buying in 2019? We’ve spent a few weeks with the handsets to find out. read more

Modular Smart-System for Kids

The Novus is billed as the "world's first modular smartphone for kids"
The Novus is billed as the “world’s first modular smartphone for kids”(Credit: Abardeen)

Smartphones and smartwatches for kids aren’t exactly new – even FitBit has a kids’ watch these days – but China-based Abardeen has done things a little differently. The company has taken a modular approach with its latest offering – launched this week on Kickstarter – in an effort to inject some extra flexibility to the kids phone/watch equation.

Designed to transform between smartphone, smartwatch and voice-enabled home assistant, the Novus system is made up of four components (one of which is optional). The first is the Novus Core, an Android-powered, 4G-enabled, Apple-Watch-looking module, housing the screen and all the phone/watch related technology. As the name suggests, this is the core of the setup – the brains of the operation if you will. The Novus Core is either inserted into the Watch Module (handy for kids prone to losing things like phones) or clicked into the Phone Module enclosure (which also adds two extra days of battery life). The Phone Module uses a touch-wheel – similar to classic iPods – to control the Novus and scroll through the onscreen menus.

Combining the Novus Core with the phone and watch modules is a simple click-and-go process

At home, the Novus Core + Phone Module can be slotted into the optional Home Module, which not only charges the Novus Core and Phone Module batteries, but transforms the ensemble into what Abardeen calls an “AI Speaker.” This is more than a charging station with a speaker. It’s a Google Assistant-enabled smart-speaker, a stand-alone alarm clock and a clever nightlight that turns on when it detects movement via its infrared sensor.

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Review – Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a and...

New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a and 3a XL

Google’s Pixel phones have traditionally been high-end devices, but for the first time the company has launched a pair of mid-range phones – the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. These strip out a few premium features of the current flagships, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, in favor of an easier-to-swallow price tag. But just what do you get and what do you lose? Here, New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. read more

Motorola’s New Budget Phones

Motorola is aiming for the budget end of the Android market again with the Moto G7...
Motorola is aiming for the budget end of the Android market again with the Moto G7 series(Credit: Motorola)

Motorola has carved out its own niche in the Android phone market – decent specs for very decent prices – and it’s back in that same groove for 2019 with the Moto G7 line-up. Four phones make up the range: the G7, the G7 Play, the G7 Plus, and the G7 Power. read more

New Google Pixels vs. iPhones

New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to...
New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max

Google has just announced its flagship phones for 2018 – the Pixel 3 and 3 XL – which means all your best options for the year are now on the table. If you’re considering one of the latest Pixels, the main question you’re probably asking yourself is how well they stack up against the other key players – specifically, Apple’s new iPhones. To help you decide, New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL to the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. read more

5 Cameras on LG’s V40 ThinQ

LG has unveiled the V40 ThinQ, which is kitted out with no less than five cameras
LG has unveiled the V40 ThinQ, which is kitted out with no less than five cameras(Credit: LG)

Just a few weeks ago Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A7, kitted out with four cameras. Not to be outdone, LG has now upped the stakes with a new premium phone that’s almost more camera than phone. The LG V40 ThinQ sports no less than five lenses – two in the front and three in the back – bringing with it a bevy of new photography tricks and good internal specs to boot. Oh, and the company has a new watch too. read more

Samsung S10 Screen Can Repair Itself

Samsung is thought to be releasing its flagship handset the S10 in 2019 and a patent application suggests it may be fitted with a futuristic self-healing screen.

The revolutionary display would be able to fix any cracks or scratches on the screen without the owner needing to do anything.

According to a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the screen will also be impervious to any scuffs, scratches and fingerprint marks.

The technology has been teased in small doses before and the patent also mentions the possibility of it being applied to ‘flexible devices’ which could open the door for foldable phones.

Samsung is thought to be releasing its flagship handset the S10 in 2019 and it may be fitted with a futuristic self-healing screen. The revolutionary display could see the end of irritating scratches that obscure the screen (stock)

Creepy AI Can Mimic Your Voice Within One Minute

The Chinese answer to Google can now clone your voice using AI after hearing you talk for just one minute.

Baidu, who created this creepy technology, says it could also be used to create personalized digital assistants and automatic speech translation services.

Deep Voice learns which sounds go with a text as well as the quirks of how someone communicates, creating you a robot-self indistinguishable from how you really talk.

Although this voice-copying technology might be amusing it also has serious implications, as users can essentially poach part of someone else’s identity. 

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