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HTC to unveil smartphone, smartwatch in March
Fri, 23/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Taiwanese company HTC is expected to unveil its next flagship smartphone in March, offering improved audio and video features.

Code-named M9, the marquee phone will be released at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona, where the largest smartphone makers in the world, including Huawei and Samsung, will showcase their latest products.

The new phone, which will be the successor to the HTC One M8, boasts an HTC UltraPixel front camera as well as a 20-megapixel rear camera, revealed a person familiar with the matter.

The new handset will be equipped with Qualcomm’s eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor, which offers advanced video capabilities. It will also use Sense 7, which is HTC’s latest version of the Sense user interface, and the latest audio technology from Dolby Laboratories.

The UltraPixel sensor integrated into the phone features larger, fewer pixels, which are designed to capture clearer images even in lower light.

Aside from the smartphone, HTC is also expected to unveil its first smartwatch at the Mobile World Congress. The watch represents the company’s latest effort to expand beyond the smartphone market.

The watch will link with Under Armour’s new fitness software, building on a partnership that was announced earlier this month.

The company’s smartwatch was originally set for launch in 2014. However, the release was deferred after company executives said the smartwatch was not ready.

The availability and pricing for the two devices have not yet been confirmed. Although the company received positive reviews for its devices, HTC has struggled to compete with companies such as Apple and Samsung.

The company posted its first profitable quarter following three consecutive quarters of loss in 2014.


Canadian retailers outgunned by US e-commerce giants
Fri, 23/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

With US-based ecommerce giants aggressively wooing Canadian buyers with various promotions, established retailers in Canada are being advised to strengthen their online presence.

Facebook mulled investing in Xiaomi
Fri, 16/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly met with Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun to discuss a possible investment by Facebook into the Chinese company ahead of its $1.1 billion funding round in December.

A truly splendid Christmas for online retailers
Fri, 9/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

According to Econsultancy, the longer duration of the recently concluded holiday season is a key factor behind the period’s spectacular online sales.

ZTE releases prepaid smartphone in the US
Fri, 9/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

ZTE is releasing a six-inch smartphone with high-end specifications in the US as the company sees big promise in the country’s prepaid handset market.

Xiaomi trumps Uber’s US$40 billion valuation
Fri, 2/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s latest valuation has soared to US$45 billion after securing US$1.1 billion in additional funding, according to the company’s president and co-founder Bin Lin.

The Interview earns more than US$15 million from online sales
Fri, 2/01/15 – 4:00 | No Comment

Although some large cinema chains refused to show The Interview by Sony Pictures Entertainment due to threats of violence from hackers, the movie still managed to rake in US$18 million during its opening weekend.

Champ 8-in-1 Survival Sidekick Flashlight is Great to Have
Tue, 30/12/14 – 16:00 | No Comment

This or any time of year is a good time to have something like this to keep in your car, office, or by the bedside. The Champ 8-in-1 Survival Sidekick is a flashlight, USB charger, …

India to beat US as the second largest smartphone market by 2016
Fri, 26/12/14 – 4:00 | No Comment

India looks set to beat the United States as the world’s second biggest market for smartphones by 2016, according to research firm eMarketer.

Online stores blocked in Belarus
Fri, 26/12/14 – 4:00 | No Comment

Belarus has blocked online stores as well as news websites in order to stop a run on shops and banks.
Last week’s decline in the Russian ruble dragged down the Belarusian currency, which forced the authorities …

Electrohome USB Clock Radio
Mon, 22/12/14 – 15:44 | No Comment

This is a pretty cool product. Basically, this is an alarm clock that projects the time onto a wall or the ceiling (I like it above my head when I wake up). Instead of a …

Vivo X5Max is the world’s thinnest smartphone
Fri, 19/12/14 – 4:34 | No Comment

Chinese phone maker Vivo has launched its X5Max smartphone in India for a price tag of Rs. 32,980 (US$520.54).

Asia to post world’s highest e-commerce sales growth
Fri, 19/12/14 – 4:31 | No Comment

Asia is expected to record the highest growth in e-commerce sales for 2015, surpassing that of North America and Europe. This is according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).