Global shipments fell nearly 52 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, a figure that includes underperforming Apple Watch – if even the Cupertino giant with the fervent fanbase can t make it, who can?But Fossil isn t letting up.The American watchmaker recently released two new smartwatches that aim to track fitness, bridge the gap between you and your Android smartphone is that even necessary when everyone s glued to their phone these days?, add some style to your outfit, and of course, tell the time.The Q Marshal is beautifully crafted and unapologetically chunky: its case is 45mm wide and 14mm thick, with a tachymeter-style ring which adds extra bulk despite the ring offering no function that wraps around the face.This is a watch that makes no pretensions about being a sleek IoT Internet of Things gadget; it aspires to be a classic timepiece that people who care about wearing cufflinks and tie clips admire.
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Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The suit follows the US Federal Trade Commission s lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over allegedly unfair patent licensing practises.The complaint, filed in US District Court in San Diego on Friday, alleges that Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in rebate payments owed to Apple under an agreement between the two companies because Apple cooperated with an anti-trust investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC.Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung for modem chips that help phones connect to wireless networks.The South Korean anti-trust regulator in December fined Qualcomm a record US$865 million for anti-competitive patent licensing practicss.Qualcomm has withheld the required contractual payments from Apple even though the agreement clearly permits Apple to respond to the KFTC s lawful investigation and requests for information, according to the lawsuit.
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Some of you might already known about the upcoming Elephone P25 which is said to be launched with a healthy 6GB of RAM.Today, Elephone released an image of the camera that will be equipped on the P25.Let s have a look!Honestly, I m not 100% sure if that s a photo or a render skewed towards the latter for sure but it looks alright, who knows it might even take nice photos, but as of now we ve no idea what the sensor will be or any other info.All we can say is the camera lens looks quite big, so hopefully that will give better results, we ll have to wait and see.What else do we know about the Elephone P25?Well, we already know it ll sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display and it ll have a metal unibody design available in differente colors, Mocha Gold is one of them, as we ve already seen before, as well as a black version photo above Other specs will include 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and, given the phone s moniker, we may assume it ll pack a MediaTek Helio P25 CPU, but that s all it is, an assumption.That s everything we know as of now, we ll inform you when more info come out.In the meanwhile, you can check out Elephone s official website or Facebook page for the latest details.
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With the latest leak about Apple planning to launch the iPhone s sixth color with Jet White model chinese manufacturer Doogee is already ahead and their Piano White version of Y6 model should hit the market very soon.The Doogee Y6 Piano Black has been quite a success for the company for Christmas 2016 and the limited edition just instantly vanished from the stocks.So they expect the new Piano White with high gloss white finish to do just as well.You can see the first picture of the new model in the GIF below.Hardware specs of the Doogee Y6 Piano White should be more or less identical with the Piano Black at least the leaks are hinting at that saying the model will have Android 7.0, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of storage and 8 Mpix flashing front camera with 88 degree wide angle lens.Just check the Piano Black for example in here, where you can also buy it right away.
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It looks like Asus s CEO, Jerry Shen has high hopes for the company s future, so after announcing earlier this week that he plans to double sales in 2017, now he admitted that the Chinese company plans to launch its Zenfone 4 series smartphones this May!It may seem strange and early, since the Zenfone 3 Zoom only debuted at CES two weeks ago, but this is the way to make more sales in the market: increase the number of available phones.We don t know much about the future Zenfone 4 devices, but rumors say that one of them will come with a 5.2 inch display full HD and a 4850 mAh battery.With these specs it doesn t look like a flagship model, but probably an Asus Max related device.
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Don t know if there s anyone out there with this beauty in his hands, but if there is, then you re in for a treat!Sony announced that Xperia Z4 tablet joins the Z5 series and Xperia Z3 on the list of Sony devices receiving Android Nougat this week.ICYMI Android 7.0 now rolling out for Xperia Z5 series, Z4 Tablet & Z3 & Dual variants https://t.co/0o0f3KbhJH— Sony Xperia News @SonyMobileNews January 19, 2017The confirmation of the rollout was made with a tweet yesterday alongside a trailer for the new software.According to the video, the Z4 Tablet update was the fastest ever given to a tablet, since it only came 3 months after the official announcement.Have a look at the trailer for the new software and check what you will find once you hit the update button.Let us know in the comments what you think of Sony s take on Android Nougat.
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While most Chinese manufacturers are already on vacation Bluboo are still working and prepared a massive sale event celebrating the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year.Whole event is going to feature not just the discounts, but three waves of surprises for the lucky ones.Fifty lucky customers will have a chance to win free phone samples, another fifty will get the phone for just $9.99 with the rest of the price refunded and some others will also have a chance to win a free Bluboo Uwatch.Among the discounted devices will be the Bluboo s usual suspects including the dual camera Dual model for $99.99, dual curved Edge model for $109.99, huge screen Maya Max for $129.99, tiny compact 4,5-inch Mini model for $54.99, normal Maya for $74.99 or the budget Picasso 4G for $116.99.So something to choose from for everybody.Whole event will kick off on January 20th and will be running until February 5th.So if you would be craving to buy some discounted Bluboo device or even get it for free then visit this website where you can find all the details including the full offer.Or you can alternatively check out the official Bluboo Aliexpress store, which remains open even during the Spring Festival.
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Long awaited Android Nougat update for Oukitel U7 Plus is already out in the open via OTA, but the company wants to point out the installation is not as simple as you would expect.Because it s a cross-OS update and the amount of changes between Android 6.0 and Android 7.0 staggering it s important to do a two step action.Step 1 : Click the Wireless update to find the latest version of Android 6.0 update OUKITEL U7 Plus V20.0 20161220, then download and install it.Step 2 : After installing the Marshmallow last update click the Wireless update again and the program will find the new version OUKITEL U7 Plus V0.9 20170112, which is finally the Nougat one.Before you start downloading it make sure you have at least 16 GB TF card inserted and set up as portable storage and the phone charged with 30 percent battery or more.The Nougat update is so massive it needs to use the extra TF card space for the installation.After the update finishes you can take the TF card out, but expect it can take even more than 1 hour to install the update successfully.If the OTA update steps seem too complicated for you, then it s maybe better to install the Nougat update manually via connection to the computer.Just make sure you have all your data backed up.
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This year s CES 2017 was also splashed by Chinese founders innovative technologies and hardware, such as iGULU, NEOBEAR, and uSens.At a panel organized by Startup Grind Shanghai yesterday, Jason Wong, founder and CEO of Omnicharge, shared his insights on building a hardware company in China.1.Shield your product with patent and licenseWhen startups successfully launch their product, multinational companies sometimes approach  for cooperation.Jason advises the startups to be protective of their product, saying that the benefit usually leans on the corporate s side rather than the startup.If you have strong IP protections you will have more confidence when working with corporate partners.Always read the fine print in any contracts, and pursue what makes sense to your business model.Focus both U.S. and China marketHardware founders weigh between two markets.
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It seems that battery heat problems are now really significant to Samsung and for a good reason, don t you agree?According to information, the Korean company plans to use the same heat pipe design that Galaxy S7 has and incorporate it into the Galaxy S8 s design.In case you missed it, the Galaxy S7 was Samsung s first phone to feature a heat pipe – one of the thinnest in the world at the time, with only 0,4 mm thickness.Using this heat pipe, Samsung managed to take the heat from the chipset and bring it to a graphite sheet on the back where it could be dispersed.The use of heat pipes is not something extraordinary today, since they can be found in high-end computer coolers both desktop and laptop and have gained popularity in phones recently.So expect to find one in the upcoming Galaxy S8 model, that will make an appearance in the coming weeks.
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Just a week after the Android 7 Nougat update procedure began in Japan, we get reports today that the same Nougat update file for Honor 8 is being pushed to several other countries around the world as well.The update includes – obviously- EMUI 5.0 interface, the same one we saw for the first time along with Huawei Mate 9, but be prepared: the update file size is approximately 2.27GB, meaning you will have to be patient while downloading it.Huawei hasn t released a relevant changelog for this update, so we will stick with the one Huawei Japan gave us.It mentions that aside from the usual Android 7.0 Nougat changes, the update contains some system optimizations, stability improvements and better app versatility.How about you guys?Have you received the update, or are you still waiting for it?
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The content ecosystem surrounding VR technology is quickly becoming the biggest opportunity in the sector.iiMedia Research expects the revenue from VR content market to soar by 279% from an estimated 98.9 million USD in 2016 to 375.1 million USD in 2017.Driven by the growth, a bunch of VR platforms are now competing for to find the killer content to be the core force for them to allure more users.Similar for other content creators, VR developers choice of platform depends on a number of factors: cost and accessibility of hardware as well as developer choice between drive revenue or driving broad adoption.Last week, HTC Vive held a developer meetup in Shanghai.I headed over to see what China s VR content developers are thinking.Xu Chenliang, founder of VR content outsourcing companyIn order to realize the positioning functions that needed in the experience, we choose more sophisticated devices.Currently, all of our contents are based on HTC Vive given its excellent VR experience and supporting services as well as the accessibility.Similar to its parent company Facebook, Oculus s devices and services are still not available, at least in legal channels, in China.As an early entrant to the VR content market, we have been feeling the market change as more developers are swarming to this sector.
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Xiaomi took their own time in getting the Mi 5 out in the market, a bit like OPPO are doing with the successor to the Find 7.That said, Xiaomi do seem in the mood to launch the successor to the Mi 5 pretty soon.According to reports coming in from Xiaomi s home country, the Mi 6 is planned for a mid-March launch.Previous reports have also suggested that the Mi 6 would be shown off at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona next month.As you will have read on GizChina before, the Mi 6 is expected to feature a few different spec sets typical of Xiaomi, usually — three, to be precise.You can learn more about the variants and the expected specifications here.The Mi 5 didn t really turn out to be the stupendous success that Xiaomi would ve hoped for, which is why word is that the Mi 6 is going to be a very crucial device for Xiaomi if the brand has any expectations from its high-end phones.In related news, Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi Note 4 in India.
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Editor s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia.The podcast features guests from Asia s vibrant tech community.Matthew Brennan from China Channel and a well-known expert on WeChat joined us for an in-depth discussion on the recent launch of the WeChat mini-apps or programs, the philosophy behind them with interpretations on Allen Zhang, the founder of WeChat and their impact on WeChat developers, businesses & brands living within the ecosystem.He also shared his thoughts on how the Chinese Internet are making huge leaps and bounds from online to offline and provide his perspectives to how WeChat dominate messaging and apps in China.Listen to the episode here or subscribe.Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion with timestamps included :Matthew Brennan, Co-founder of China Channel dot co chinachannel.co, @MattyBGooner, Linkedin, WeChat:Yowdy-CQ   0:39 How did you start your career?1:28 What brought you to China and eventually set up China Channel there?2:32 Role and coverage of his role in China Channel 4:10 From different parts of your career, what are the interesting career lessons you can share?6:30 Can you share some recent interesting data from WeChat on their user base, usage?
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Mobile payments are so 2016.That s the belief of one start-up that is hoping consumers will ditch the device altogether and use their fingerprints instead.Touché, a start-up based in Singapore, raised US$2 million last June and is launching in restaurants and stores this year, allowing consumers to sign up with their fingerprints and attach their aliases to a credit card, which would enable them to use their fingerprint on any Touché device globally.But the devices are only at a handful of venues thus far, while the consumer adoption rate has yet to be seen.While more and more airports globally are requiring biometric information, it is less clear how willing customers will be to hand over their fingerprints for the promise of more convenience.I ll be lying to say no, Sahba Saint-Claire, founder of Touché told CNBC.
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According to reports from various countries with a strong presence of Chinese phone brands, the Meizu M5 and the M5 Note could be heading out of China very soon.The phones are expected to launch in Indonesia and India very soon, along with a possibility of them hitting the European market soon after.The devices were spotted at Postel, which you can think of as the Indonesian cousin of the FCC.However, details provided by the authority were scarce.Thankfully, the devices have been around a while so we know what to expect.The Meizu M5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1280 x 720p display, and is powered by the mid-range MediaTek MT6750 SoC.Along with that, it has a 3070mAh battery, and features either 2GB or 3GB of RAM along with 16GB or 32GB of ROM respectively.The M5 Note, on the other hand, comes with a larger 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display and runs on the newer MediaTek Helio P10 SoC.With that, it has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage and a beefier 4000mAh battery.
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The Z2 couple from China s ZUK, the Z2 and the Z2 Pro are now on the receiving end of an Android 7.0 Nougat update.ZUK has started seeding the ZUI 2.5 update for the phones, giving users a taste of the newest-available Android version.Among other features, the ZUI 2.5 update brings custom lockscreen themes, split-screen multi-window feature , professional camera mode, game recording option, info cards for text messages to the phones.The most interesting bit here to me is the professional camera mode, which gives better manual control over the camera.You can now select ISO levels up to 3200, leave shutter open for up to 32 seconds and have manual control over white balance, color tone, focus and more.ALSO SEE: ZUK Z2 Review ZUK Z2 Pro ReviewThe update — ZUI v2.5.334 1.1GB in size — is currently only seeding to Z2 and Z2 Pro devices in China, with an International ROM around the corner.
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By Qi Wang Picture this: all of your devices are interconnected – your smartphone, tablet, laptop, car, television set, RoboVac, and even your air conditioner.The connectivity requires in one tenth of a millisecond megabyte of information to be transmitted, processed, analyzed and stored.In this system, a central server collects data from end devices, analyzes these data, draws conclusions, and sends feedback to where they are needed.As amazing as it sounds, issues do exist.Hence, the highly centralized system needs to be decentralized.Cloud computing is highly centralized, whereas fog is less centralized and more localized, and edge is highly localized.And edge computing enables end devices to independently process information and decide for themselves what information to store in its own system and what information to send up the chain.Diagram designed by writerFog vs. edge computing Imagine a metropolis s road network, and all vehicles are autonomous and interconnected.
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While emojis look odd in formal writing - think important emails, and online articles like this one - they are used by almost everyone in text messages and on social media.However despite their widespread use, the study of emoji use is in its infancy.So, in an article recently published on Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a group of international researchers from Australia and the UK are calling on other researchers to study our use of emojis.Emojis provide us with an insight into human behaviour in the digital age, Australian Catholic University researcher Dr Stephanie Malone said.Dr Malone, who has already done some research into emojis with counterparts in the UK, said their research has turned up interesting findings - including the fact that people are discerning in their emoji use.Our research shows that despite people being aware of how useful emojis can be, they are aware that using emojis in some contexts - for example, email - may be less appropriate, she said.
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Nokia news today is that the brand might be working on a new monster tablet that would dwarf the current iPad Pro.The details come from a recent GFXBench report detailing a device with 18.4-inch 2560 x 1440 display!That would make this monster tablet one of the largest on the market today!The benchmarking software also revealed that the Nokia tablet would be powered be a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 835 chipset, Adreno 540 GPU and run Android 7.0.Other details include 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, 12 mega-pixel main camera and 12 megapixel front both of which can record 4K video.For easy connectivity, the tablet will also come with NFC, 4G LTE support and GPS.It s also speculated that a separate keyboard will be offered for the device too.
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