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Fossil’s Gen 6 smartwatches will be unveiled on August 30

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Fossil hasn’t divulged anything else about the Gen 6 series yet, but a recent leak revealed that the smartwatches will arrive in 42mm and 44mm sizes with Snapdragon 4100+ SoC and 1.28″ OLED screens with Always-On functionality.

Most models will be water-resistant up to 50 meters and offer 24-hour battery life, with the cell going from flat to 80% in 30 minutes.

For health and fitness, the Gen 6 will come with a step counter, heart rate monitoring, SpO2 sensor, and in-built GPS.

Read More at Gsmarena

5 biggest iPhone 13 changes we expect in 2021

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The steady iPhone 13 rumors have given us plenty to look forward to, however, and we’re intrigued by what we’ve heard. Here are the five biggest iPhone 13 changes we expect to come in 2021.

  • Smaller notch
  • LiDAR and image stabilization for all models
  • Batteries taking up less space
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Face ID that works with masks and glasses

Read More at Techradar

Global GPU shipments see 37% year-over-year increase in Q2 2021

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
Image: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central

The market for the best graphics cards is stronger than ever, as evidenced by Jon Peddie Research’s recent report on Q2 2021 GPU shipments. A whopping 123 million units were shipped in the second quarter of 2021, marking a 37% year-over-year (YoY) increase in shipments as well as a 3.4% bump compared to last quarter.

GPUs aren’t alone, though. Last quarter, the best CPUs also saw an uptick in shipments to the tune of a large 42% increase YoY.

Read More at Windows Central

Huawei Watch 3 hands-on: A solid smartwatch with far-reaching implications

Huawei Watch 3
Image: Huawei

Huawei’s Watch 3 is making a statement: It’s the first smartwatch to run its in-house Harmony OS and it has far-reaching implications in its challenge to Google’s Wear OS and Apple’s WatchOS.  Although still in its early days, Harmony OS is Huawei’s answer to Google Mobile Services.

The Watch 3 has been available for several weeks in places like the UK, where it starts for £349 (converts to $480, and AU$ 660), but the global rollout is currently underway. The Watch 3 has a lot of things going for it: a crisp and vivid OLED display, eSim support.

The Watch 3 monitors heart rate and blood oxygen, has GPS and is one of the few smartwatches on the market to offer around-the-clock temperature checks. Huawei’s latest wrist wearable now also boasts water resistance up to 50m, something 2017’s Watch 2  lacked. And there’s also 2GB of RAM, which made for zippy loading of app as well as switching between menus.  

Read More at Cnet

Samsung seemingly caught swapping components in its 970 Evo Plus SSDs

Ironically, Samsung's own store page for the 970 Evo Plus clearly displays the missing Phoenix controller.
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Recently, major SSD vendors Crucial and Western Digital have both been caught swapping out TLC NAND in their consumer SSDs for cheaper but much lower-performance, lower-endurance QLC NAND. Samsung appears to be joining them in the part-swapping corner of shame today, thanks to Chinese Youtuber 潮玩客, who documented a new version of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus using an inferior drive controller.

Although the consumer-facing model number of the drives did not change—it was a 970 Evo Plus last year, and it’s still a 970 Evo Plus now—the manufacturer part number did. Unfortunately, the manufacturer part number isn’t visible on the box the SSD comes in—as far as we’ve been able to determine, it’s only shown on a small label on the drive itself.

Read More at ArsTechnica

Tile Pro review: The bluetooth tracker that’s built to last

Tile Pro in front of the Tile app
Image: Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Tile Pro is a Bluetooth tracker that you can attach to your most prized possessions to keep track of them. It’s slightly larger than the original Tile Mate, yet it features a nearly identical design. It maintains the corner-mounted hole for easy attachment, but it swaps the all-plastic construction for a tougher metal frame. Like the Tile Mate, the Tile Pro received a 2020 refresh to keep up with offerings from Apple and Samsung.

Read More at Android Authority

Now You Can Maintain Total Privacy While Using Your Phone in Public

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Hushme Classic lets you speak privately and quietly anywhere you want. That’s because Hushme is designed so that you can block out external noise interference while also being able to speak safely and discreetly.

Wearing the mask dampens your voice loudness so you can play video games at night, make calls, work in open space environments, learn how to speak languages online, or use it on public transportation without anyone ever hearing a word you’re saying.

It does this by reducing the intelligibility of your speech for the outside listener, because your voice becomes muffled when wearing it. Hushme’s noise-canceling technology means you can say goodbye to children’s screaming or people talking around you. With Hushme Classic, you’ll never suffer from noise leaking into the microphone during your calls ever again.

Read More at Futurism

Apple Launches ‘No Sound’ Repair Program for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Models

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According to Apple, a “very small percentage” of ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro models may experience sound problems because of a component that can fail on the receiver module. Affected devices were manufactured between October 2020 and April 2021.

‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro owners who have a device that does not emit sound from the receiver when making or receiving phone calls may be eligible for free service. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max models are not affected and are not part of the service program.

Read More at Macrumors

Nvidia isn’t just beating AMD in graphics, it’s still gaining ground. Here’s why

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Despite AMD’s resurgence in the CPU market, Nvidia still holds all the cards when it comes to the discrete GPU market. That’s according to a report from Jon Peddie Research that also showed an overall 3.4% increase in GPU shipments year- over-year.

From the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021, AMD lost about 3% market share while Nvidia gained 3% during the same time period. Nvidia also continues to retain the overwhelming share of the discrete GPU market with 83% compared to AMD’s 17%. As far as the entire GPU market, Intel technically has the overall GPU crown with a commanding 68% market share compared to Nvidia’s 16% and AMD’s 15%. This is simply due to most of Intel’s CPUs containing an integrated GPU.

Read More at Digital Trends

The Semiconductor Heist Of The Century | Arm China Has Gone Completely Rogue, Operating As An Independent Company With Inhouse IP/R&D

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As part of the emphasis on the Chinese market, SoftBank succumbed to pressure and formed a joint venture. In the new joint venture, Arm Holdings, the SoftBank subsidiary sold a 51% stake of the company to a consortium of Chinese investors for paltry $775M. This venture has the exclusive right to license Arm’s IP within China. Within 2 years, the venture went rogue. Recently, they gave a presentation to the industry about rebranding, developing their own IP, and striking their own independently operated path.

This firm is called “安谋科技”, and is not part of Arm Holdings.

This is the tech heist of the century.

Read More at Semianalysis

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