Dell XPS 13 2018 edition
Dell kicked off the year by announcing a souped-up version of its XPS 13 laptop, the 2018 edition. Just like the refreshed XPS 13 launched just late last year, the firm's fresh model packs Intel's latest 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processors, which are offered with a choice of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.
The device not only boasts a lovely bezel-less display, but according to Dell, users will be able to squeeze a whopping 20-hours of battery life out of it when running in full HD (dropping to 11 hours in 4k Ultra HD mode).
The XPS 13 2018 edition is also said to offer twice the grunt of the 2015 model, thanks to better power management. This is down to the new thermal design of the laptop, which uses Gore thermal insulation for better heat dissipation. There's also a 'dynamic power mode' that intelligently delivers maximum power when needed, while carefully monitoring system temperatures. Dell said the XPS 13 will be available later this month.
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The Apple HomePod was originally supposed to be with us before Christmas last year, but the Amazon Echo rival supposedly wasn't quite ready yet. 2018 is the year that those baked well and truly into the iOS ecosystem have been waiting for: an Alexa of the Apple variety.
The HomePod is Apple's first stab at the Amazon and Google-dominated smart speaker market. Like its competitors, the speaker is controlled by Apple's AI assistant - Siri - which can do things such as read out the news and send iMessages and also act as a "musicologist" that will help you discover new music.
The device itself measures 7in tall, and Apple has defended its bin-like design by talking up its "seamless 3D mesh fabric" as having acoustic properties. Inside you'll find Apple's A8 processor, which the company claims is "the biggest brain inside of a speaker". This sits alongside a 4in Apple-built subwoofer and a seven tweeter array with precision acoustic horns and directional control.
Expect to see the HomePod in, er, homes sometime "early this year".
Samsung CJ791 curved QLED monitor
Samsung Electronics expanded the connectivity and performance capabilities of its signature curved display line-up this year with the debut of its CJ791 monitor, claiming it to be the first curved monitor to feature Intel's Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
A desktop essential for anyone who needs to multitask to get everything done in time, the 34in CJ791 is designed for business audiences, but entertainment purposes, too, thanks to its 3440x1440 ultra-wide QHD resolution display.
Through a Thunderbolt 3 cable, CJ791 users can link and dock their monitor and laptop without a chaos of cables. The Thunderbolt 3 connection provides processing speed of up to 40Gbps, allowing users to enjoy connectivity across a full ecosystem of docks, displays and peripheral devices including Macs, USB type-C laptops, and other desktop accessories like storage drives or external graphics cards. The Thunderbolt 3 interface also enables the CJ791 to provide up to 85 watts of laptop charging power.
The CJ791 will be available later this month, Samsung said.
PROOF is a wristband wearable with a difference. Not only does it seek to look after your health, but by doing so it might just save your life. The band is touted as revolutionising the way we consume alcohol by tracking our BAC levels and relaying statistics to the accompanying app on iOS or Android.
PROOF has been designed for anybody who drinks alcohol, from casual drinkers to all night partiers, with patent-pending technology to help you safely consume. But the user doesn't have to go out of their way to check if they've had enough before they venture on their journey home. Proof has an automatic tracking feature which senses alcohol through your skin. Then, a smart alert system notifies the wearer when they've had one too many through vibration and LED alerts.
PROOF is currently still in development but we should see it commercially available later this year.
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