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Precisely Pinpoint lost Items

Samsung's Galaxy SmartTag+ can help you find lost items with an augmented reality overlay
Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag+ can help you find lost items with an augmented reality overlay
Samsung

Trackers like Tile or Pixie have been helping us find lost keys and wallets for years now, but they aren’t all that precise beyond “it’s within Bluetooth range.” Samsung has now unveiled the Galaxy SmartTag+, the first tracker to use the more accurate ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. read more

Wireless 5G Power Grid

This inkjet-printed prototype of a mm-wave harvester allows devices to pull energy from 5G wireless communication systems out of the air and convert it into electricity
This inkjet-printed prototype of a mm-wave harvester allows devices to pull energy from 5G wireless communication systems out of the air and convert it into electricity
Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech

A team from Georgia Tech has just announced a world-first: a 3D-printed rectifying antenna the size of a playing card that can harvest electromagnetic energy from 5G signals and use it to power devices, turning 5G networks into wireless power grids. read more

New Samsung Smartphone Sensor – 50-100Mega Pixel Photos and More

A new Isocell GN2 camera sensor from Samsung takes some big steps forward in autofocus and imaging technology
A new Isocell GN2 camera sensor from Samsung takes some big steps forward in autofocus and imaging technology
Samsung

Smartphones have revolutionized photography, making it vastly easier than ever before to capture and share great images. And on the other side of the coin, camera advances are probably responsible for a lot of smartphone sales these days; phones have been more than good enough in most areas for many years now, and a terrific new camera provides a compelling reason to upgrade where a processing boost or RAM upgrade might not move the needle.

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Next Gen Batteries Overcome Many Issues

Lithium-polymer batteries have tendencies to overheat, short circuit and explode. The next generation of batteries hope to bypass these issues while dramatically increasing storage capacity and charging rates
Lithium-polymer batteries have tendencies to overheat, short circuit and explode. The next generation of batteries hope to bypass these issues while dramatically increasing storage capacity and charging rates
Mpt-matthew/Wikimedia Commons

If it seems like there’s a new battery technology in the news every week or so lately, that’s because a ton of research money that’s been spent over the past five or ten years is starting to bear fruit. A huge part of our future is electric; that much is clear, and there’s room for a bunch of different technologies to move things forward from the status quo, each with its own strengths. read more

New OnePlus Midrange Phone

The OnePlus 7T is closer to the OnePlus 7 Pro than its predecessor
The OnePlus 7T is closer to the OnePlus 7 Pro than its predecessor
OnePlus

As expected, OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus 7T at a special media event, a solid upgrade over the OnePlus 7 phone it launched back in May. For those who don’t want to spend big on the OnePlus 7 Pro, the mid-range option is now even more compelling. read more

Samsung’s Revised Folding Phone

Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphone is available in Korean first, ahead of a global rollout over the coming w
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone is available in Korea first, ahead of a global rollout over the coming weeks

Back in July, Samsung announced that its troubled Galaxy Fold smartphone would go on sale in September, and has now confirmed that the refreshed and revised folding phone will launch in Korea on September 6. Visitors to IFA 2019 in Berlin, Germany, can experience the phone for themselves, but for those who can’t make it to the Messe this weekend, Samsung has released a hands-on video. read more

Vapor X Smartwatch

The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components
The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components(Credit: Misfit)

Just a few days after updating its flagship line of Wear OS smartwatches, Fossil has unveiled a new wearable from its more affordable Misfit line as well: the Vapor X. Its key selling points, besides that less expensive price, are improved battery life and a lightweight, stylish design. read more

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