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Meizu Super mCharges Phones

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Meizu claims to slash phone charging times at Mobile World Congress with Super mCharge-- a technology able to fully charge a 3000mAh battery in all of 20 minutes.

Super mChargeSuper mCharge technology is rated at 55W (11V, 5A), significantly higher than competing technologies such as Motorola TurboPower (25.5W) or Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 (18W). It also battery temperatures do not exceed 38 °C, which is crucial since batteries can explode if put through much heat.

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IDC: Q4 2016 Best Quarter Yet for Apple Watch

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IDC reports an all-time shipment high for the global wearables market on Q4 2016-- 33.9 million units, a 16.9% Y-o-Y increase. Shipments for full-year 2016 are also on the up, growing by 25% to 102.4m.

The year sees an evolving wearable arena. Early in 2016 the market was divided between smart and basic wearables, with smart wearables coming off worse despite additional features and technology. Later on both WatchOS and Android Wear pivoted to focus on what customers appear to want most, which is fitness and health applications.

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"Like any technology market, the wearables market is changing," the analyst remarks. "Basic wearables started out as single-purpose devices tracking footsteps and are morphing into multi-purpose wearable devices, fusing together multiple health and fitness capabilities and smartphone notifications. It's enough to blur the lines against most smart wearables, to the point where 1st generation smartwatches are no better than most fitness trackers."

 

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Apple to Open Schildergasse, Cologne Store

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Apple ShildergrasseApple announces a second retail store in Cologne, Germany-- the Store in Schildergasse 1-9, one of the busiest shopping streets in the country, will open on 28 March 2017.

The announcement confirms previous rumours on Apple working on a retail outlet in the German city. Schildergasse spans 500m from Hohe Strasse on the Easern End to Neumarkt on the Western End, and claims foot traffic of around 13000 persons per hour.

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Sony Intros Android-Powered Xperia Touch Projector

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Mobile World Congress 2017 has Sony unveil a surprise device-- the Xperia Touch is an Android-powered projector able to turn any surface into a touchscreen while acting as a digital hub of sorts.

Xperia TouchAs the company puts it, the Xperia Touch can put all kinds of information, including calendar, weather data and a "memo board," on a single interface. The idea is family members input events and leave notes on the interface for all to see, turning it into a digital notice board for the home. Google Assistant provides voice control, and the built-in battery promises around 1 hour of use on a single charge.

The projector also carries a 13MP camera and speakers, allowing it to handle Skype video chats, while SXRD projection technology detects gestures and taps. Maximum projection sizes reaches 80-inch at 1366 x 768 resolution, and images can be projected on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

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Xiaomi Intros Mi 5c

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Xiaomi presents the first smartphone running on its own mobile chipset-- the Mi 5c, a 5.15-inch handset designed mainly for the Chinese mid-range market.

Xiaomi Mi 5cThe chip inside the Mi 5c is the octa-core Surge S1. It promises lower power consumption, allowing the smartphone to carry a smaller 2860mAh battery with 9V/2A quick charge support for a slimmer (7.09mm) metal body. The chip is built by Xiaomi subsidiary Pinecone, and has been in development since October 2014.

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