Apple Pay Coming Soon to Germany?

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According to MacRumors another European country might soon get Apple Pay-- Germany, at least judging from a news story submission by reader Philipp Ebener.

Apple Pay GermanyEbener says that as he was presented with the option to add German bank cards to Apple Pay as he was setting up a new Apple Watch on the 5th regional betas of iOS 11 and watchOS. He was not actually able to register a German credit card on the system, but the partial enablement suggests full activation will arrive once the two operating systems get official launch.

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Strategy Analytics: Xiaomi Takes Wearables Lead

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According to Strategy Analytics the wearables market has a new leader in Q2 2017-- Xiaomi takes over 17% market share, beating the likes of Fitbit and Apple for the first time ever.

FitbitThe reason behind Xiaomi's rise to the top is the popularity of the Mi Band fitness trackers in China, the result of highly competitive pricing and rich features. In total the company shipped 3.7 million wearables globally in Q2 2017, a 23% Y-o-Y increase over the 3m shipped in Q2 2016.

In the meantime Fitbit finds itself between a rock and a hard place, as its product offering fails to be either low-end fitness band or a premium smartwatch. Shipments for the former wearables leader total 3.4m in Q2 2017, with market share dropping from 29% in Q2 2016 to 16%.

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How to Turn a Smartphone into a Game Boy

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Customers missing the handheld gaming experience of the classic Game Boy might be interested in the Hyperkin SmartBoy, an accessory adding physical controls and a Game Boy cartridge slot to Android phones.

SmartBoyThe SmartBoy was first presented by Hyperkin 2 years ago as an April Fool's joke, before the company decided to turn the joke into reality. It is compatible with Android phones with a USB-C port (such as the Google Pixel and Moto Z), and features the full Game Boy physcal button configuration, colour scheme and even grooves on the back for full tactile nostalgia.

It works via companion SmartBoy app, and should play nice with many of the emulators currently available on the Google Play Store. In addition it even handles original Game Boy cartridges-- although games take a while to load, since the SmartBoy essentially needs to dump the contents to the smartphone before running them through emulation.

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The Samsung 88-inch "Billion-Colour" Q9 TV

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Samsung releases one of its biggest TVs yet-- the 88-inch version of the Q9, a QLED set aimed firmly at the "global ultra premium" segment of the market.

Q9 TV“At Samsung, we are aiming to expand our footprint in the ultra-premium TV market with our ultra-large QLED TV models that embody the perfect combination of technology and art,” the company says. “With their superior picture quality and innovative features, we are confident that our QLED TV lineup will continue to drive sales and solidify Samsung’s leadership in the global TV market.”

The Q9 features support for 4K resolutions and HDR, as well as the whole DCI colourspace (covering over 1 billion colours). According to Samsung this means 100% colour volume, and images showing exactly what the creators intended, with "detailed colours and subtle contrast" even at peak brightness.

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

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Razer announces a means for customers to add synchronised RGB lighting to pretty much anything-- a modular lighting kit dubbed the Chroma Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

Razer lightingThe Chroma HDK features the same Synapse 3 controlled RGB LEDs found in the company's PC systems and peripherals. The actual kit consists of 2 LED strips (each with 16 RGB LEDs) together with a base module offering 4 lighting channels. Customers can also add more lighting through a Lightpack Extension Kit packing two RGB LED strips and extension cables.

The base module connects to PCs via USB for data and power, while an optional DC output allows for additional power and brightness. The strips can also be used for internal PC case lighting through an included Molex to DC power adapter. As for the synchronisation and control of lighting, one needs to use either the Synpase 3 or Chroma Studio software.

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