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KEF LSX Review: If you have $1,100, these are the wireless speakers to get

Ask tech enthusiasts about the best wireless speakers, and chances are you’ll get the same set of answers: the Sonos Play:5, Google Home Max, and, Apple HomePod. These are the tech industry stalwarts, and truly solid speakers, but ones designed with convenience as an equal priority as sound quality. Ask the audio enthusiasts and one answer will likely reign: KEF’s LS50W. Launched in 2016 as a wireless upgrade to the LS50 – already an audiophile favorite – it has become the defacto standard among...
Tags: Startups, Sonos, Insider, KEF, Google Home Max, Plugged


Alienware’s slimmed-down M15 is my favorite laptop for VR

Dell had a fantastic showing in 2018 when it came to laptops. The excellent XPS 13 and 15 were among the best laptops we reviewed all year, and our hands-on with the Alienware-branded M15 left us salivating over the winter break. We’re back now and ready to reveal our full review after spending months with one of the most interesting updates to Alienware‘s laptop lineup in a while. I use the word ‘interesting’ because the M15 represents a departure from what we’ve come to know and love about Ali...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Dell, Alienware, Plugged


Phone makers are going all-in on foldables, but I’m skeptical

We’re less than a month away from Samsung‘s next big hardware event, where it’s expected to reveal – if not officially launch – its foldable phone. I believe it’ll steer the conversation about mobile device design away from notches and bezel-less displays in 2019, but I wonder if this is the best way forward for portable gadgets. It’s worth noting the Korean giant isn’t the first to this new form factor: China’s Royole unveiled its Flexpai at CES earlier this month (and elsewhere around the worl...
Tags: Startups, China, Samsung, Plugged, Flexpai


Microsoft doubles down on education with cheap laptops and a $40 Surface pen

Microsoft may be king when it comes to mainstream PCs, but it’s no secret Google has built a commanding lead selling devices meant for education in the US. So today at the BETT education conference, Microsoft and its partners (Dell, Acer, Lenovo) are announcing seven inexpensive laptops to tackle the onslaught of equally-cheap Chromebooks. The starting prices for the laptops range from $189 to $319, including three convertibles. The most interesting of these is probably the updated Lenovo 300e 2...
Tags: Google, Startups, Microsoft, US, Lenovo, Insider, Bett, Plugged, Dell Acer Lenovo


Huawei has a reasonable explanation for the disappearing Twitter photos

Huawei has denied its phones automatically delete photos saved from Twitter. The Chinese tech giant was forced to issue a statement after rumours emerged last week from customers who had seen suspicious notifications. If you are using #Huawei in China, you will not allowed to download images via Twitter app. I have received many reports among the Chinese Twitter users. This comes from system level of Chinese Huawei ROM, and it's trying to slander Twitter app itself! pic.twitter.com/leNm6je9E3 — ...
Tags: Startups, China, Huawei, Plugged, Chinese Huawei ROM


I’m kicking myself for not buying an iPhone SE last weekend

Apple just started clearing out its stock of iPhone SE handsets – which launched back in March 2016 and discontinued last September – at $249 a pop (the 128GB version is listed at $299). It’s not exactly big news from Cupertino, but it is a hell of a good deal even in 2019, with a couple of caveats. Too bad it’s already sold out across the US. Let me explain why I’m bummed out. The SE is essentially an iPhone 6S fitted into the compact, beautifully designed body of the iPhone 5 from 2012. It’s o...
Tags: Apple, Startups, US, Cupertino, Plugged


Track down the world’s cheapest Apple products with this super simple site

Ever wondered if different countries get better deals on Apple products? Or regretted not buying that new iPhone abroad? Well, thanks to the Mac Index, you can know for sure. This site – created by Wafiq Rodzuan, a Malaysian software developer – has a simple concept: it shows you the prices of different Apple products across the world. It works like this. You select an Apple device, then the Mac Index pulls the cost of that item from Apple’s various websites. It converts each of these into a cur...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, Wafiq Rodzuan


Microsoft is euthanizing Windows 10 Mobile in 2019

Just a few days after announcing it would stop supporting Windows 7 soon, Microsoft is sounding the death knell for another of its products: Windows 10 Mobile. Starting December 10, 2019 your devices will no longer be able to receive security or software updates on the OS, and Microsoft will no longer provide support should issues arise. It’ll provide a bit of extra time for backups and such after that date, but Windows Mobile is basically dead. Of course, this was expected. Microsoft stopped wo...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Insider, Plugged


Leak: That sure looks like a Galaxy S10+ you’ve got there…

Samsung is set to announce its latest flagship phones next month, but that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from churning. Today, we got our first look at what sure looks like the Galaxy S10+ in public, following the S10’s appearance a few weeks ago. The image comes via u/hissick27 on Reddit, who apparently spotted the phone on a bus near Samsung’s Korean headquarters. The design matches what we’ve seen in rumors: an all-screen phone with an elliptical hole cut out for dual front-facing cameras. An...
Tags: Startups, Samsung, Reddit, Insider, Bixby, Plugged


Leak: The Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ brings back the headphone jack and keeps the camera

We’ve been hearing rumblings of a midrange Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ for a few months now, but a new leak by Andro News seems to all but confirm the phone is on the way – and it’s already looking interesting enough for me to want one. The video gives a rather thorough preview of the pre-production phone’s design and features. Spec-wise, the leaker corroborates earlier reports of a midrange Snapdragon 670 and 32GB of storage, but there’s also a 5.6-inch FHD+ display and 4GB of RAM. It’s also worth noting Go...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider, Plugged, Andro News


Motorola might bring the sexy back with a foldable Razr phone this February

Remember the Moto Razr? The iconic flip phone, which was released first in 2004, defined ‘sexy’ in the gadget world well before the iPhone was a thing. Now, according to a report from Wall Street Journal, Motorola is planning to bring it back in a new foldable avatar. Just know that you might have to shell out around $1,500 to get your hands on it. According to the report, Motorola’s parent company, Lenovo, is partnering with network provider Verizon to launch these devices in the US. We might g...
Tags: Startups, Verizon, Motorola, US, Lenovo, Insider, Plugged, Wall Street Journal Motorola


Hands-on: The Doogee S90 modular phone is weird as hell

Doogee — and I think they’ll forgive me for saying this — has a propensity for releasing strange phones. Remember the Doogee Mix 2 phone? Y’know, the one which had to be flipped 180 degrees in order to take a selfie? Well, the Doogee S90 is weirder. Unequivocally. At its core, this is a ruggedized handset, similar to the ones touted by Caterpillar , as well as other Chinese phone manufacturers, like BlackView. But Doogee manages to go far beyond that, and the S90 is extensible in a way that’s ha...
Tags: Startups, Caterpillar, Motorola Atrix, Doogee, Plugged


Amazon adds its new Alexa Voice Remote to its Fire TV Stick

Yup, you heard it right – Amazon has updated the remote included with Fire TV Stick. Before you throw your computer out of the window in celebration, this is actually cool. I promise. If you don’t know what Amazon‘s Fire TV Stick is, here’s a picture: And if that didn’t help, the Fire TV Stick is basically a streaming device that you plug into your TV‘s HDMI port. Its main competitors in the price range are Google’s Chromecast and Roku’s Streaming Stick. The new controller – named the Alexa Voic...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Fire TV Stick, Alexa Voice Remote, Plugged, Fire TV Stick Before


Nike’s new smart shoe is a step in the right direction for wearable tech

I’m generally wary of wearable tech, because a lot of ‘innovation’ in the space is geared towards jamming unnecessary circuitry and functionality into articles of clothing that work just fine without them. Case in point: notifications on smartwatches (come fight me, but only after you read this). Why do my shoes need to be a platform https://t.co/F7BnUV3oBW — Mike Murphy (@mcwm) January 15, 2019 But maybe there’s some sense in adding tech to apparel yet. With its new Adapt BB, Nike’s created a b...
Tags: Startups, Nike, Mike Murphy, Plugged


Apple launches battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR at $129

Apple is now selling battery cases to help you avoid running out of juice with your iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, at $129 a pop. The cases are available in black and white silicon finishes, and support wireless charging. The company hasn’t specified the cases’ battery capacity, but it claims you’ll get an additional 21 hours of internet use on the XS, 20 hours on the XS Max, and 22 hours on the XR. As with previous Apple-designed battery cases, you’ll be able to see how much power these have left i...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Notification Center, Plugged


The 2019 iPhone might not be so ugly after all

We’ve only just started 2019 but the rumor mill for this year’s iPhone is already churning at a comfortable pace. It was just last week that @OnLeaks alarmed people with a supposed render of an iPhone 11 prototype with a hideous triple camera setup. Back from September 2019, I bring you the very 1st and very early glimpse at which I guess #Apple will unveil as #iPhoneXI!!! Yes, time has already come to meet the new #iPhone through gorgeous 5K renders made on behalf of new coming Partner @digitin...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, Steve H McFly


Vinyl made a surprise but welcome resurgence at CES

For a show all about the technology of tomorrow, CES sure had a lot of turntables – decidedly the technology of yesterday. If you ask the audiophiles, vinyl never really went away. But it’s certainly seen a resurgence the past few years – growth ironically aided by streaming services. It’s easier than ever to discover new music, and when people find something they really like, they’ll often shell out to own it in physical form (just look at ebooks vs regular books). Higher vinyl sales naturally ...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Plugged


Polk’s Alexa-enabled soundbar now supports multi-room music

Polk Audio today announced its Command Bar, an Alexa-enabled soundbar, will receive a software update adding Amazon‘s multi-room music (MRM) protocol. It’s the first third-party smart speaker to do so. The Command Bar is among the best sounding speakers featuring Alexa support, but it suffers from a lack of features when compared to Amazon‘s first-party products. Until now, it was an isolated speaker (plus sub-woofer) that sounded great, but couldn’t join the party if you wanted to make the whol...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, Polk, Polk Audio, Command Bar, Plugged


Kano to launch Star Wars programming kit later this year

Disney: if it can get stick a logo on something and then train an army of Chinese teenagers to manufacture it en-masse, it’ll do so. This has been to the dismay of Star Wars fans, who have seen their once-beloved franchise diluted with a plethora of plastic tat which, no doubt, will eventually find its way into the marine food system. Goddammit, I’m cynical. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, because there is some genuinely good Star Wars merchandise out there. One bright spot came today, as Kano announced...
Tags: Startups, Disney, Kano, Consumer Products, Plugged


Video: 5 things we love about the new Macbook Air – and 4 we don’t

We’re huge fans of Apple laptops at TNW. Not only do most of us work on MacBooks many of us also have our own Apple laptops. I’m sorry to report that I’m one of those people. So, whenever Apple releases a new computer – like the fresh-from-the-factory MacBook Air – it’s a big deal. After getting my dirty mitts all over it, there were some things I loved and others I, well, didn’t Luckily for you, TNW has put together a lovely video breaking all this down. But if video isn’t your thing? Well, the...
Tags: Apple, Startups, MacBook Air, Plugged


All 4 cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A9 are disappointing

2018 was an interesting year for smartphones: we saw numerous brands try different approaches to making their products more compelling and diverse than before, including Vivo’s dual-display Nex 2, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition that charges lightning-fast, and the slider-equipped Oppo Find X. Samsung has a reputation for sticking with what works well – case in point, its Galaxy S flagship series and Galaxy Note series, which have only iterated on successful designs and features over the past cou...
Tags: Startups, Samsung, Plugged


Dankly, Anker announces two USB-C to Lightning Cables

Oh yeah, wrap a bandana round your head, hop on your hog, and roar off into the desert: Anker‘s planning on releasing two USB-C to Lightning cables. One (mainly) for charging, and the other for audio. Anker will release the first cable-to-end-all-cables in March, and the second one in April. All I can say is I’M SO PUMPED. First, let’s take a look at the first USB-C to Lightning cable – the one meant for charging: Basically, this release follows Apple’s 2018 announcement that it would let Made F...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Lightning, Anker, Plugged, Dankly Anker


Review: The Honor 10 Lite is a budget phone that feels much more expensive

Slap bang in the middle of 2018, Honor released the venerable Honor 10 smartphone, which we were pretty big fans of. Why? For the simple reason that his drop-dead gorgeous handset offered impressive camera performance and near-flagship specifications for the palatable price of £399 (or €449 in the Eurozone). Now, Honor’s followed up with the Honor 10 Lite. As the name implies, this is a cheaper version, with suitably scaled-down specifications. But before you write it off as an uninspiring entry...
Tags: Startups, Plugged


Oppo to unveil phone camera with 10x optical zoom on January 16

We’ve seen plenty of phones featuring 2x optical zoom with the help of a secondary camera. But Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is about to set a new standard by unveiling a phone camera with 10x optical lossless zoom. Chinese publication MyDrivers noted that the company is sending out media invites for an event on January 16. A few weeks ago, a patent leak suggested that Oppo will use 10x optical zoom technology in one of its upcoming devices. The image shows that the company will use some kind of...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Oppo, Plugged


Alleged OnePlus 7 leaks hint at a notch-less design (and maybe a slider)

The OnePlus rumor mill has started early this year, and we have our first leaks of its next device out in the wild. According to images posted by SlashLeaks, the company will ditch the notch for its upcoming OnePlus 7. The image shows an alleged prototype of the device in a tan case with no notch and an all-screen design. It suggests that OnePlus might opt for a slider mechanism to accommodate the front camera and some other components. You can also see the grille above the display, with holes c...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Slashleaks, Plugged


Samsung is prepping M-series budget phones to battle its Chinese rivals in India

After playing second fiddle to Chinese rival Xiaomi in India’s burgeoning smartphone market in 2018, Samsung is set to fight back with a new line of budget-friendly handsets. The company will introduce a new M-series of phones on January 28 in India. The company said it’ll launch these devices in India first, and then roll them out globally. In a press release, it added that it’s partnering with Amazon for online sales in the country. The move should see Samsung better poised to compete with maj...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, India, Samsung, Xiaomi, Insider, Xiaomi Vivo, Plugged, Oppo Samsung India


Google killed the Chromecast Audio, so now’s a great time to buy one

Google just discontinued one of its best and most underrated products, the Chromecast Audio. On the plus side, the company is offering a great deal as it gets rid of inventory: you can now buy the $35 dongle for just $15 on Google’s website. Launched in 2015, Chromecast Audio was an easy way to add casting abilities to almost any speaker. As long it had an analog or digital audio input, you could cast to it. Since then, Google has launched its own line of speakers, while third-party manufacturer...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged


Here’s what you actually need in your home recording studio

Giant recording studios with millions of dollars worth of gear and gold records lining the walls incite a certain nostalgia in those of us who grew up in a time when Berry Gordy and Rick Rubin were as well known as the stars they produced. But those days are long gone, and those big studios no longer do much you can’t do at home. It’s 2019 now and it has never been easier or cheaper to build a home recording studio. Don’t get me wrong — it’s never been easier to spend a boatload of money on gear...
Tags: Startups, Music, Evergreen, Rick Rubin, Berry Gordy, Plugged


Monster’s LED lighting kits ruined regular bulbs for me

I spent the last few months with nearly every room in my home lit up by Monster’s gorgeous IlluminEssence lighting. As a result, I have no further use for ordinary bulbs. These aren’t the first LED lights I’ve tested out, but they managed to find the perfect mixture of quality, brightness, ease-of-use, and cost. Plus, Monster’s managed to put together several different kits that make the IlluminEssence line up incredibly easy to navigate. LED lighting technology, compared to traditional light bu...
Tags: Startups, Plugged


Huawei’s Matebook 13 is like a more powerful MacBook Air for less money

Huawei has been quietly killing it in the laptop game. While not nearly as well-known as its phones, Huawei’s first two laptops, the MateBook X and MateBook X Pro, were some of the very best Windows laptops you could buy for the money. Now Huawei is back at it with its latest mainstream laptop, the MateBook 13. So far, it looks like Huawei has another strong value offering. As with previous Huawei laptops, the MateBook 13  is sporting very narrow bezels in a welcome 3:2 aspect ratio (this is the...
Tags: Startups, MacBook Air, Huawei, Insider, Matebook, Plugged