General Electric is developing sensors that could be embedded in consumer electronics to detect nanoparticles from viruses such as the flu or COVID-19. Researchers say the technology would be comparable to laboratory-grade instruments.
Yamaha Unified Communications has added the RM-TT wired tabletop array microphone as a new option to its ADECIA customizable communications solution. The ADECIA tabletop solution, like the ADECIA Ceiling System, integrates the RM-CR remote conference processor, VXL1-16P Dante/PoE-compatible line array speaker, and Yamaha's SWR2311P-10G PoE network switch.
We're now pretty sure that the Sony Xperia 1 III will launch next week — and a new leak has given us a good look at its standout features. Renders designed by case maker Olixar (via GSMArena) have revealed the next Sony flagship ahead of its rumored April 14 debut. And while the phone isn't the only focus of these images, it appears that many of the Xperia 1 III's rumored features have made it to the final version of the phone.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has debuted to rave reviews — including ours. And one of the major reasons this new flagship phone has vaulted to the top of the best Android phones list hinges on its newfound photography skills. But how good is it when stacked up against the leading camera phones?
GlobalFoundries is preparing for an initial public offering, possibly next year, that will value the company at $20 billion, Bloomberg News reports. Mubadala Investment, the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi and the owner of GlobalFoundries, is reportedly talking to possible advisers as the foundry nears the offering.
Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have faced persistent stock issues since launch, with restocks of either console more often than not descending into a complete fiasco of scalper bots and server crashes as retailer's website buckle due to the overwhelming demand. We have known for a while that the shortage of next-gen consoles is thanks in large part to a global chip shortage, which is impacting devices across multiple industries. But it turns out that some of the components that are causing Sony and Microsoft the biggest headache are worth around $1.
The PS5 and the Xbox Series X have both been out for six months. After our initial PS5 review, I continued to play the system for a solid month, but ever since late December, I've been absolutely glued to the Xbox Series X, letting my PS5 gather dust as I wait for the next big exclusive title. To be crystal clear, I like both systems. But at the moment, it's much easier to find games to play on the Xbox Series X.
By Anthony Savona When I got the Sonos Move portable speaker, it quickly became my go-to source for outdoor sound, as well as any indoor spaces without existing speakers. Now Sonos has released the Roam, which takes the qualities of Move and shrinks it to an even easier to carry package. Being a fan of the Move, I was curious to hear what it’s ultra-portable cousin could do.
This week saw the news that I never wanted to hear: LG is exiting the mobile space. Now, you might not have bought an LG phone for a while… and that's kind of the reason why the brand is leaving us to focus on products that, you know, actually make it money.
But this is a sad day for innovation. LG was a pioneering member of the smartphone 'movement' a decade ago, transitioning from being a brilliant feature-phone producer to one that, arguably, brought a better mix of power and design than its South Korean rival, Samsung. If this was Formula One, LG was that team that you always watched with excitement to see what surprise it might spring.
LG Mobile was a brand that never feared innovation – and while that was, sadly, a contributor to its downfall, it's also something that had, and continues to have, wide-ranging implications for smartphone design. It tried to make a video-calling watch well before smartwatches existed (which led to me having a very embarrassing conversation with a pal in a clothes shop while people looked at me like I was some lost role-player), it added leather to a phone to see what people considered 'premium' in a smartphone, and it went all-in on modular phones, but didn't get the marketing right and so failed to convince users that this was something they needed. But its phones were always interesting, and that constant prodding to see what new thing could be done led us in the media to demand more from other brands, and to consider different angles.
To torture the F1 analogy again, LG's slip down the field saw it hold the same place that backmarker teams do today. The slower cars get out on track first to get some TV time for their sponsors, cleaning up the track for the faster teams to go and set breathtaking lap times.
LG's more left-field phones were doing the same thing. The LG Rollable phone (which will hopefully still appear) was a real differentiator in the field of flexible phones. The LG Wing was a bit bonkers in its design, but different having screens doing different things on a smartphone is just cool. And the LG Flex healed itself, for crying out loud.
I could fill this entire newsletter with my memories of writing about LG Mobile, from the days when it decided the back of the phone was the best place for a power button, to the best burger I ever ate following an LG phone launch, to wondering why it ever thought ThinQ was a good brand name.
But instead, let's just pause for a moment and hope that other upstart brands out there might want to take on the mantle of doing something different. LG is doing some brilliant things in other areas of its business – TVs, appliances and more – so it will hopefully continue to pursue its ethos of innovation elsewhere; but in terms of phones… well, someone needs to make the next self-healing phone, and do it soon.
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