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A Seagate Storage Option for the Xbox One

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Seagate game drive hubSeagate announces what it describes as "colossal storage for Xbox gamers"-- the Game Drive Hub for Xbox, an 8TB external HDD and multi-purpose USB hub for Microsoft console users.

Designed and tested in collaboration with Microsoft, the drive offers enough room for over 200 Xbox games. It has two front-facing USB 3.0 ports for controller and mobile device charging, as well as the connection of Xbox accessories such as steering wheels and even other Game Drives.

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Microsoft Presents Xbox One X

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E3 2017 has Microsoft detail the next iteration of the Xbox games console-- the Xbox One X, a 4K-capable machine described as "the world's most powerful console."

Xbox One XFirst announced back at E3 2016 as "Project Scorpio," the Xbox One X (not to be confused with the Xbox One S, the more compact version of the Xbox One) promises to be more powerful than the Sony take on the 4K-capable consoles, the PlayStation 4 Pro. How so? Microsoft says it carries a custom 8-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, a 6 teraflop GPU clocked at 1.17GHz and 12GB of GDDR5 video RAM. In comparison, the PS4 Pro has a 4.2 teraflop GPU.

The result is a machine able to push 4K resolution visuals at 60fps, as well as HDR and Dolby Atmos support. Customers without a 4K TV should also get some visual improvements, since the Xbox One X can refine 1080p visuals further through supersampling. Also included in the machine are a UHD Blu-ray drive for 4K movies and 1TB storage.

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Motorola Adds Big Battery to E4 Plus

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Lenovo-owned Motorola announces a pair of smartphones aimed at customers on a tighter budget-- the Moto E4 and E4 Plus, with the Plus model offering a sizeable 5000mAh battery.

Moto E4The Moto E4 is the smaller of the two smartphones, being a 5-inch model with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or 427 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 720p display. It also includes  8MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras and 2800mAh battery, and the OS of choice is Android 7.1 Nougat.

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Logitech Presents Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor Camera

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Logitech announces a flexible security camera option-- the Circle 2, a smart camera designed for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as both wired and wireless use.

Logitech Circle 2The Circle 2 is a small circular device with a 180-degree 1080p camera on one side and a smart connector on the other. The idea behind it is customers can set it up in different configurations according to the mount they use. Currently mounting options amount to four, with a  wall mount, battery mount, window mount or plug mount.

The camera is weatherproof, meaning it can be used anywhere once paired with a suitable mount (the mount is necessary, and the Circle 2 will not work without it). In addition, Logitech also offers accessories such as weatherproof extension cord and an extra rechargeable battery.

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IDC: Xiaomi, Apple Hold Top Wearables Position

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According to IDC, the global wearables market maintains its upward trajectory on Q1 2017, with shipments reaching 24.7 million-- a 17.9% Y-o-Y increase, while Apple and Xiaomi share the position of top vendor for the quarter.

IDC Wearables

Xiaomi and Apple holding the top spot means a competitor got supplanted. That competitor is Fitbit, a company currently going through transformation as user tastes shift from fitness bands to smartwatches and other products. This allowed Xiaomi to push inexpensive devices in China, while Apple leverages its position as leading smartwatch vendor.

That said one should not stop start dismissing Fitbit. After all, the fitness tracker wearer has a user base of 50 million, a "strong" presence in corporate wellnes and assets keeping it on the top of mind for digital health. This makes it well positioned for a move into new segments and markets.

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