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Chuwi Presents Hi13 Windows Hybrid

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Chuwi hi13Chinese tablet maker Chuwi announces the Hi13, a 13.5-inch Windows-powered hybrid device one can safely describe as a Microsoft Surface rival

The Hi13 features a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 resolution touchscreen, and is powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 CPU with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD slot). It handles stylus input via HiPen H3 stylus, while a detachable keyboard turns it into a notebook.

Asus Intros DSL-AC88U Modem Router

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Asus announces a combination of modem and router with the DSL-AC88U-- a piece of networking gear the company claims is its fastest yet through to the use of Broadcom NitroQAM technology.

Asus DSL-AC88UThe DSL-AC88U supports the standard, as well as ADSL, ADSL2/2 and VDSL2 services. It promises broadband speeds of up to 18x faster than VDSL2 services allow, and also connects to the internet via regular ethenet. Meanwhile NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology enables wifi data rates of up to 2167Mbps on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, for concurrent bandwidth of up to 3167Mbps.

Further connectivity comes through a pair of USB ports-- one USB 3.0 in the front, and one USB 2.0 in the back. This allows users to turn the router into a NAS or share a printer across the home network, and the ports also handle compatible 3G/4G USB dongles to add cellular connectivity as a backup.

ABI: Standalone Headsets Drive VR Market

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Virtual Reality (VR) is set to "thrive off a swath of new and compelling content choices" after a content-starved market launch, ABI Research reports-- total VR device shipments are forecast to reach 110 million by 2021.

VR HeadsetCurrently mobile-reliant VR devices (such as the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream) lead the market, but the analyst predicts standalone headsets will see a 405% CAGR through 2021, compared to the 42% CAGR of mobile VR. The global market already has new players such as Royole and Pico, and many other Chinese vendors are expected to expand into VR.

“Mobile VR built a solid foundation for the overall market over the past few years, but standalone VR devices will eventually drive it,” ABI adds. “Low cost and high accessibility has, and will continue to, drive VR adoption with mobile devices and associated VR accessories. However, a trend toward standalone devices is surfacing, and will continue over the next five years until mobile and standalone VR devices see parity in terms of shipments.”

Nikon Cancels DL Series Cameras

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Back in February 2016 Nikon announces the DL series, a trio of "premium compact" 4K cameras. However the cameras are not to reach customers, since it has been cancelled.

Nikon DL SeriesThe three cameras featured the same 1-inch CX sensor found in the Nikon 1 series cameras. They were also supposedly fairly capable, with the DL18-50 and DL24-85 offering variable f1.8-2.8 apertures, 4K video and fast shooting speeds (20fps in with continuous focus, 60fps without).

However, despite showing such promise, the series was delayed "indeterminately" on June 2016 due to troubles with the integrated circuit making the image processor. Nikon does not say whether such issues were resolved, instead citing "concerns regarding profitability" and market "slow-down" as the reasons behind the axing of the DL series.

Better Sound From LG G6 With Quad-DAC

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LG continues trickling details on its upcoming smartphone flagship-- the company promises the G6 features better sound through a 32-bit quad-DAC system.

LG G6Apparently such an addition allows for the independent control of each earbud, leading to clearer, more balanced sound. It also provides analog output, meaning the G6 will most probably feature a headphone jack. The DAC comes from audio chipset specialist ESS, and is described as an improvement over the quad-DAC found in the 2016 LG V20 smartphone.

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