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Connected Smarts Reach the... Candle

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Ludela candleIs anything safe from the power of app-powered smarts? Probably not, as revealed with the LuDela-- a real candle with a real flame inside a sensor-packed shell.

The actual candle is a refillable wax insert (promises up to 30 hours of flames) users place inside a battery-powered exterior shell. The shell connects to smartphones and an obligatory companion app via Bluetooth, and allows one to remotely light and extinguish the candle, all without need to bother with matches and the like.

IDC: Improved Q2 2016 for PC Monitors

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According to IDC Q2 2016 PC monitor shipments total 30 million units in Q2 2016-- a 4.9% Y-o-Y (or 4.6% Q-o-Q) increase the analyst describes as better than previous forecasts.

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However the analyst also predicts the global market will decline at rates of around -3% Y-o-Y from 2018 through 2020, even if currently EMEA sees "solid" Y-o-Y results, the result of growing mobile device adoption at lower price points. As for full year 2016, IDC forecasts shipments will reach 118m, a decline of -12.7%.

HP Presents Sprocket Mini Printer

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HP SprocketHP announces a take on the portable photo printers popularised by the Fuji Instax line-- the Sprocket, a palm-size number complete with obligatory companion app.

The Sprocket pairs with iOS or Android devices via Bluetooth or NFC, and prints 2x3 photos or stickers either directly from the handset's camera roll or social media (Instagram, Facebook or Flicker). Printing comes through ZINK (Zero Ink), the technology used by similar products from LG and Polaroid using special sheets of paper covered with heat-activated dye colour crystals instead of ink cartridges.

EVGA PSU Range Gets LED Lighting

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EVGA announces the SuperNOVA G2L-- a line of 80 Plus Gold efficiency rated PSUs featuring LED lighting for what the company describes as "power you can see."

EVGA LEDs PSUEssentially versions of EVGA's previous SuperNOVA G2 PSUs with white LED lighting emerging from the modular cable connector array, the G2L variants currently come in 820 and 750 flavours. As one might expect, the models have 850 and 750W output respectively, and promise long-term reliability through high quality Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors within a modular design.

Nikon Takes on Action Cameras With KeyMission

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Photokina 2016 sees Nikon announce an action camera duo-- the KeyMission 360, the first camera from the company able to shoot 360-degree 4K/UHD video and the ruggedised KeyMission 170.

Nikon KeyMission The KeyMission 360 captures 360-degree video through a pair of f/2.0 lenses and two 20MP CMOS sensors before stitching footage together through built-in software. It also offers a variety of shooting modes, such as Superlapse, Time-Lapse and Loop, and also takes 360-degree 30MP still panoramas.

Nikon says the camera is water, shock and freeze proof, and optional housing allows use in water as deep as 40m. A built-in stereo microphone handles audio duties, while electronic vibration reduction helps steady playback post-capture. Wifi connectivity provides control through paired smartphone and SnapBridge companion app.

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