Tech & Gadgets
Marking 25 years dedicated to gaming, the Dell-owned Alienware brand has just re-launched its Aurora desktop PC. Details about its hardware and capabilities have yet to be released but we do know it features the same organic alien form factor while boasting more than 50-liters of internal capacity. Custom motherboard, quieter & faster than its predecessor. There are 8 light-up zones & a transparent window to view its inner workings. Rumors of DDR5 and PCIe 5 support have also been floated. Available in November.
The latest fun stick from Roku is called the Streaming Stick 4K, which boasts, as you guessed, a 4K quality image. The update also adds support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus as well as improvements to wi-fi. Similar in design to the outgoing Plus model, this compact new stick plugs into your HDMI port and hides out behind your display doing its thing.
Since its glory days as the ultimate iPod dock, the unmistakable design of Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin speaker has earned many fans. And with its latest update, the iconic 240 watt Zeppelin sounds better than ever. It is fully wireless with support for wireless standards like Qualcomm’s AptX Adaptive & Apple AirPlay 2 plus it now has built-in Alexa voice control.
With Apple’s AirTags putting Tile trackers on alert, the brand has updated and improved its whole lineup of bluetooth tracking devices, including Pro, Mate, Slim, and Sticker. All now feature IP67 waterproof rating, boast 400-foot Bluetooth range and 1-year battery. Various new technologies enable lost items to be identified via QR code, as well as the Tile Network; while the Scan & Secure feature prevents tracking misuse and abuse.
Former Sennheiser engineer and celebrated audio designer Axel Grell is the creative & technical force behind his eponymous audio brand and their true wireless headphones known as the TWS/1. These compact buds feature 10mm drivers, ANC, and a proprietary noise-cancelling technology called NAR. SBC, AAC, LHDC, aptX, aptX HD and aptX adaptive codecs are supported. Battery life is 6 hours plus 29 more with the aluminum charging case.
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Developed to work with Canon’s R5 mirrorless camera to create immersive 8K VR video, the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens features side-by-side L-series optics positioned 60 mm apart to deliver lifelike 3D through a compatible VR headset. Using the camera’s 45-MP full-frame sensor, it captures a simultaneous dual image, converting into a single image at up to 8K DCI 30p. This lens will be on sale by late December.
If you’ve seen those creepy robotic dog viral videos, Mini Pupper will look familiar. This nimble quadruped bot by MangDang is the world’s first open-source robotic dog to support ROS navigation, SLAM & OpenCV AI functions, making it the perfect sidekick for you to learn and experiment with robotics, exploring the advanced functions of a dynamic ’bot that would typically not be available at this price point. This puppy walks, bounds and trots and facial animation make it even more life-like. A funded Kickstarter.
With its 1440p display and a 165Hz refresh rate, Corsair’s debut gaming monitor, the XENEON delivers 100% Adobe RGB and features HDR400 to deliver unequaled color range. It measures 32” diagonally and is ultra-thin at just 20mm. iCue Nexus tech allows users to toggle through presets & Elgato Stream Deck integration enables one-click access to frequent titles.
Sony’s WF-C500’s make it easier to get a pair of Sony XB buds in your ears. Being equipped with the brand’s XB “Extra Bass” technology, the streamlined, true wireless design thumps; and does so for up to 10 hours on a charge. 10 more hours of playback is stored in the charging case. With the Sony mobile app, users are able to make custom adjustments to bass & EQ.
The Smart Desk Mat from MOFT keeps your laptop, tablet and other tech organized and accessible on your desktop. It also functions as a stand, allowing users to work on and view their devices at 25º, 45º, 60º and steeper angles. Anything magnetic snaps securely onto the mat. An ergonomic wrist cushion/leg is also included. A funded Kickstarter.
High-end hi-fi brand Technics just dropped 2 new wireless earbud models. The EAH-AZ60 and the EAH-AZ40 TWS. The 60 boasts 8-mm drivers, LDAC codec and hybrid noise cancellation while the 40 features a 6mm dynamic driver. Both have acoustic control chamber and harmonizer technology. Battery-life ranges between 4.5- 7 hours with the charging case providing up to 25 hours of playback.
The Dride 4k is a 4K, remotely accessible, heat resistant, radar based motion detection, GPS, 4G LTE, dual dash cam. Sounds fun. It’s equipped with 5Ghz WiFi for ultra-fast download speed and Bluetooth LE for instant notifications to your phone. It features Night vision and shares your front & rear dashcam footy instantly to Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok, WhatsApp & YouTube.
The all-new HP 34 is the brand’s latest all-in-one desktop PC. It boasts 5K resolution with a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. For performance & visuals: an Intel 11th-generation Core-i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Max Q graphics. A pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers provide crisp, full-spectrum sound. Available October.
Nikon and Unistellar teamed up on an eVscope 2, an innovative telescope optimized for astrophotography. The unique eye-piece developed by Nikon digitizes the telescope’s live image and uses Unisteller’s “Enhanced Vision” image processing to create stunningly detailed deep-space images delivered through its dedicated app.
With the launch of the new Motif ANC, Marshall adds Active Noise Cancelling to its growing lineup of wireless buds. They offer customizable ANC through the Marshall app with a one-tap transparency mode; 4 hours playback on a full charge with 20-hours total from the charging case. A 15-minute quick charge gives them a full-hour of playback.
If your Mac’s built-in camera has you looking like a Zoom Zombie, the Opal C1 can definitely help. The brand has dubbed this smartphone-shaped & DSLR-style design as the “professional webcam.” Currently in beta development, it’s equipped with a mirrorless 7.8mm 4K Sony sensor, at least 2 powerful chips, one of which is Intel’s new 14nm VPU, and an omnidirectional mic. Release date unknown.
Designed for Bat Cave-worthy luxe home theaters, LG’s DVLED Extreme Home Cinema is the brand’s debut DVLED device—Direct View LED is a technology that uses between 2 & 33 million individual diodes (depending on resolution) to create an ultra-bright, crystal clear picture. These unique 16:9 displays range from 81 inches to 325 inches diagonal. LG also offers UltraStretch video wall-style installations that offer 32:9 display, for windowing the display from multiple sources.
Action cam innovators GoPro just dropped their new flagship device. The HERO10 Black is powered by an upgraded processor, the all-new GP2, enabling it to capture 5.3K resolution video at up to 60 frames per second with 4K quality maxing-out 120 FPS. For insane slo-mo, 2.7K video goes to 240 FPS. HyperSmooth 4.0 technology improves stabilization and still image size is 23.6 MP with 3D noise reduction. Available now.
Designed to integrate seamlessly into your home audio system, the Bose Smart SoundBar 900 is the brand’s first Dolby Atmos equipped sound bar. Its feature set includes a DMI eARC, Apple AirPlay 2, and multi-room Wi-Fi connectivity plus support for Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa. Pairs with existing Bose components & subwoofers. Available in black or white with a metal grill & glass-top capacitive touch-control display.
Designed & optimized for those who work from home, Logitech’s all-in-one Logi Dock is a well-equipped do-it-all dock. It’s comprised of a compact desktop speaker and an arsenal of ports: 2X USB-A 3.0, 2X USB-C 3.1, HDMI, Display Port, USB-C upstream, & a bluetooth pairing button. Meeting controls allow you to enable/disable audio & video with a tap. Choose graphite or white.