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Essential Science: Self-assembly battery charges in seconds

Imagine a battery that has the potential for super-fast charging. Here we’re talking about a matter of seconds. This type of technology to propel mobile devices forwards considerably and address the main frustration: battery power.

Apple to launch low-cost iPad for education next week

Apple is said to be preparing a low-cost iPad for launch at a rare education-focused event next week. The company will make a revived push into classroom devices after losing ground to strong competition from Microsoft and Google.

Samsung's new processor brings 480fps slow-mo to mid-range phones

Samsung has announced a new mid-range processor that includes advanced deep learning and image processing features. The Exynos 7 Series 9610 brings features from Samsung's premium chip tiers down to less costly smartphones, including 480fps slow-motion.

Apple said to be building its own displays in secretive project

Apple is reportedly designing and producing its own displays for next-generation devices. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is creating MicroLED panels in an attempt to reduce its reliance on supply chain partner Samsung.

Android Wear is now known as 'Wear OS by Google'

Google has renamed Android Wear, confirming that references to the new platform found inside Android P were genuine. The company said the new name, "Wear OS by Google," reflects the platform's aims of providing a wearable ecosystem "for everyone."

Microsoft expands Windows Meltdown and Spectre patch availability

Microsoft has announced it is expanding its Meltdown and Spectre patches to a wider range of Windows PCs. In this month's Patch Tuesday security updates, the company delivered Intel's microcode updates to computers which were previously unprotected.

Bose reveals sound-based smart glasses in push into AR

Audio brand Bose has announced it's entering the augmented reality market with its own set of smart glasses. The current prototype aims to evolve the role of audio in augmented reality, a technology which is currently dominated by visual experiences.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ adds faster networking for Pi Day

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new model of the diminutive single-board computer which iterates on 2016's Raspberry Pi 3. The updated Model B+ adds a faster processor, modern networking and official support for Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Toshiba launches new AR smart glasses for field professionals

Toshiba's announced a set of augmented reality smart glasses aimed at field workers. The Windows-powered device comprises a head-mounted display and tethered pocket PC. It's aimed to assist workers by enabling efficient access to apps and information.

Fitbit launches the Versa, a $200 smartwatch for the masses

Fitbit has announced its long-rumoured Versa smartwatch, designed as an alternative to products like the Apple Watch. Unlike Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch, the Versa is lower-priced and aimed at a wider market. It retains most of the Ionic's features.

Google may rebrand struggling Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

Evidence found inside the Android P Developer Preview suggests Google's planning to rebrand Android Wear as "Wear OS." The name change, accompanied by a revised logo, could indicate a renewed push into wearables as Google tries to increase sales.

Google introduces radical design changes with Android P preview

Google has launched the first preview of Android P, the upcoming release of the company's mobile operating system due this summer. The current version is a very early build and should not be installed by end users. It includes several major UI changes.

Microsoft reveals more info on 'streamlined' Windows 10 S Mode

A day after confirming Windows 10 will get a new "S Mode" feature next year, Microsoft has revealed more details of what it will entail. S Mode is the successor to Windows 10 S and offers a "simpler" experience. Users can leave it without having to pay.

Oculus forgot to renew a certificate, bricked every Rift headset

Every Oculus Rift VR headset temporarily stopped working today after the Facebook-owned company forgot to renew a security certificate. Oculus has since released an update to restore impacted Rifts, but owners will need to download and apply it manually.

Microsoft officially announces Windows 10 'S Mode' for 2019

Microsoft has confirmed it plans to cancel Windows 10 S and replace it with a new "S Mode" for other versions of the platform. The change was rumoured earlier this year but won't be implemented until 2019. Technical details haven't been disclosed.

Apple could abandon iPhone X notch amid 'sluggish demand'

Apple may abandon its iPhone notch next year, according to a new report. The company is said to be working to completely fill the phone's front with the display. It comes as Citi cut its sales forecasts for the iPhone X, citing "sluggish demand."

Google Search comes to iMessage with new app update

Google's announced several improvements for its Search app on iOS, including integration with Apple's iMessage service. The changes are designed to keep users within Google services for longer, encouraging more streamlined discovery of information on iOS.

HP launches first sanitizable notebooks for use in healthcare

HP has announced a new range of computing devices aimed specifically at healthcare users. The company has developed notebooks which can be sanitized, making them ideal for frontline healthcare workers in hospitals. Security is also a high priority.

Apple reportedly working on premium headphones

Apple is planning high-end, over-ear headphones to develop its presence in the audio and wearables markets. Coming after the company's AirPods earphones, the device will rival headsets from market leaders including Bose and Apple's own Beats brand.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ claims the highest DxOMark camera score ever

Samsung's just-announced Galaxy S9+ has surpassed Google's Pixel 2 to become the highest-scoring smartphone on the DxoMark photography test. The S9+ scored a record-breaking 104 points on the benchmark used as a standard for phone camera comparisons.

Google's Slack rival is now generally available

Google's announced the launch of Hangouts Chat, the company's answer to enterprise chat apps such as Slack and Microsoft Teams. Accessed as part of G Suite, it supports real-time messaging, document sharing and video calls with up to 30 people.

Amazon acquires Ring in latest move into smart home market

Amazon has acquired Ring, the popular digital doorbell maker, for a figure believed to be in excess of $1 billion. Amazon is expanding into smart home products as it seeks to find ways to increase adoption of consumer AI and grow its hardware business.

Microsoft 'doubles down' on Windows 10 for IoT devices

Microsoft has announced an expansion of its Windows 10 variant for connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The company is extending Windows 10 IoT with support for new processor families, which will diversify the applications it's suitable for.

Google's AI-powered Clips camera is now available

Google's launched its previously-announced Clips smart camera. The diminutive device uses AI to automatically take photos of events it considers to be interesting. Clips is another Google effort to encourage consumers to bring AI products into the home.

Google's ARCore is out of beta, works with 13 phones

Google has released version 1.0 of its ARCore augmented reality platform. Intended to rival Apple's ARKit, ARCore is currently supported on just 13 Android devices. Google claims over 100 million people globally own one of the compatible handsets.

Samsung focuses on AR and the camera with new Galaxy S9

After months of rumours and leaks, Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. The devices feature a revised design and new camera-oriented features, including slow-motion video recording and animated AR emojis.

Google to launch first $50 Android Go phones next week

Google has announced that the first phones to run its Android Go platform will be launched during Mobile World Congress next week. Several options will be available, including handsets priced lower than $50. Google intends to improve mobile accessibility.

Google launches Android device enterprise certification program

Google's announced a program to make Android devices more enterprise-friendly. It will label certified enterprise-ready phones as "Android Enterprise Recommended," signalling they meet the typical requirements of IT teams overseeing corporate deployments.

Spotify job openings reveal company's work on 'physical products'

Spotify is preparing its own range of physical hardware products, according to company job postings discovered online. Spotify is intending to create "category defining" devices built to rival smart speakers including the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Microsoft demonstrates Cortana commitment with new integrations

Microsoft has announced several new integrations for its Cortana digital assistant. The expanded line-up of smart home products is intended to help Cortana catch up with rivals including Alexa and Google Assistant, now widely seen to lead the market.
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