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Dixons Carphone Ends US Sprint Joint Venture

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Dixons Carphone announces an end to its US joint venture with mobile network Sprint after less than 2 years, the result of a "changing US mobile market landscape."

Dixons CarphoneAs a result, Sprint will acquire the Dixon Carphone share of the distribution joint venture. The team up had Dixons Carphone manage a number of Sprint-branded stores in US while providing consultancy services. Instead, the UK retailer plans to concentrate on the rollout of its Honeybee sales software, which is used under white label by the likes of Apple, across the entire Sprint operation.

“We have enjoyed working with Sprint to accelerate their store opening programme over the last 2 years and have developed an estate and a pipeline to help support their ambitious growth plans," Dixons Carphone CEO Andrew Harrison says. "With the significant shift in the US mobile market, now is the right time to transfer these stores to Sprint, and to concentrate on our exciting software business, Honeybee."

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Wistron CEO: Wireless Charging for Next iPhone?

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The CEO of Indian iPhone assembler Wistron, Robert Hwang, suggests the next generation iPhone will include waterproofing and wireless charging, Nikkei reports.

next iPhoneAdmittedly, Hwang did not speak directly about the iPhone-- his reference was simply to "upcoming smartphones"-- but rumours do persist on the next iPhone having such features. Wistron is a smaller rival to the likes of Foxconn and Pegatron, and is reportedly building an upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone, as well as the iPhone SE and iPhone 6.

The grapevine currently says Apple will reveal three iPhone models this year-- a flagship "iPhone 8" with a curved OLED display, and a pair of "iPhone 7s" devices. All next generation iPhones are said to carry wireless charging capability, specifically contact-based charging via compatible charging pad or surface.

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Microsoft Hides Fingerprint Sensor in Modern Keyboard

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Microsoft quietly adds a pair of peripherals to its online storefront-- the Modern Keyboard and Modern Mouse, both featuring Bluetooth 4.0 allowing use with any device compatible with the wireless standard.

Microsoft Modern KeyboardThe Modern Keyboard has a low profile aluminium frame Microsoft claims is "virtually indestructible" while matching the sleek design of the Surface product line. It can be used with either wireless or wired connection, has a built-in battery promising up to 2 months on a single charge, and is compatible with Windows 10, MacOS, iOS and Android devices.

However what makes the Modern Keyboard rather interesting is a fingerprint sensor nestled between the Alt and Ctrl keys. It is compatible with Windows 10 devices, and allows users to unlock their PCs through Windows Hello and a finger press.

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Kodak Presents Photo Printer Dock

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Kodak Dock PrinterKodak announces what it describes as an "easier and more affordable" means to print photographs from smartphones-- the Photo Printer Dock, a device offering one-touch printing from any compatible device.

The Photo Printer Dock is compatible with Android and iOS devices, as well as digital cameras and any other device with USB connection. Printing takes place over either dock or wifi and companion Printer Dock app complete with editing features, filters and stickers.

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Yamaha Claims First Soundbar With DTS Virtual:X

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Yamaha claims the YAS-207 is the first soundbar to feature DTS Virtual:X, the technology designed to provide an immersive sound experience without need for rear surround and height speakers.

Yamaha YAS-207DTS Virtual:X supports any input source from stereo to 7.1.4 (11 channels) and is optimised to work with all DTS codecs, including DTS:X.

A successor to the YAS-203 soundbar, the YAS-207 features a new design with a thinner profile, making it ideal for placing in front of TVs without blocking the screen image. It can also be wall-mounted through built-in keyholes, while the companion wireless subwoofer is a compact number with a vertical rectangular shape allowing for flexible placement options.

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