Kopi HomeKit-Enabled Security at CES 2018

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Home automation vendor Kopi presents a range of HomeKit-compatible home security devices at CES 2018-- including a central security hub, contact sensors, a smoke and CO sensor, and a motion sensor.

Kopi securityAs one might imagine, the Kopi Security Hub is the central point for all accessories and devices. It connects to home networks via wifi, and can raise an alarm via built-in high-pitched speaker users can arm or disarm via NFC tags. Configuration and control comes through Kopi Connected app able to push status and notifications to users.

HomeKit compatibility allows users to control the Security Hub via Apple Home app. One can also add the hub and associated devices to set scenes and automations. The hub also integrates with Android devices via Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

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The Humanscale Compact M/Connect 2 Dock

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Humanscale presents a sequel to the compact M/Connect workplace dock at CES 2018-- the M/Connect 2, featuring the same split docking station design while adding USB-C charging and support for 4K and 5K resolution monitors.

M/Connect 2The M/Connect 2 splits connectivity in two, with one part sitting on the desktop offering essential connections, while the other fits below the desk to hide some cables from view. The dock can act as a support for the Humanscale monitor arm range, and looks like the foot of the arm assembly when used as such, since the clamped dock can carry the weight of the display.

The dock offers seven USB 3.0 ports, two of which with 2.4Amp Quick Charge capability. One of the Quick Charge ports is power-only, meaning it does not pass data to connected PCs. Also included are two USB-C ports (une full-feature USB 3.1 type-C with up to 64W power, the other power-only) and two DisplayPort 1.2 outputs able to handle either two 4K monitors or one 5K display.

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No "Major" MacBook Pro Upgrade for 2018?

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DigiTimes reports Apple has no plans to release any "major" MacBook Pro upgrades in 2018-- the result of a shift in manufacturer from Quanta Computer to Foxconn (aka Hon Hai Precision Industry).

Macbook ProAs the news story puts it, "Foxconn had been aggressively working to land more MacBook orders from Apple during the past few years by offering attractive quotes. Since Apple has not had a major upgrade to its MacBook product line since the releases of its new MacBook Pro devices at the end of 2016 and has no plan for one in 2018, the US-based vendor is planning to shift orders for models that are already in mass production to Foxconn to save costs and reduce risks."

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Tractica: Rapid Growth for Smart Headphones

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Smart headphones are a "new direction" for headphones and personal audio devices, Tractica reports-- one forecast to see rapid growth over the next several future, with 2017 sales reaching 5.6 million.

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Such sales are a massive increase from the 833000 units sold in 2016. Furthermore, 2022 smart headphone sales are expected to rise to 13.7m, while revenues are set to reach $2.2 billion. However, despite such numbers, the analyst still points out the issues which might hamper the device category in the long term.

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Sony Intros LSPX-A1 Ultra Short Throw Projector

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CES 2018 has Sony show off a high-end 4K ultra short throw projector-- the LSPX-A1, a projector the company claims provides nothing less than a "truly transformative cinematic experience."

Sony projectorThe LSPX-A1 is designed to sit close to the walls, and is able to project a 120-inch image from a distance of 24cm. Projected images are at native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) and come complete with HDR and 2500 lumens peak brightness. It should be compatible with any 4K content source, be it a connected device or 4K Blu-ray players.

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