The Next Apple TV Feature: 4K HDR Video?

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The leaked HomePod firmware remains treasure trove of potential future Apple device features-- the latest being developer Guilhereme Rambo's discovery of a reference to a 4K HDR display mode.

Apple TVThe HomePod lacks a display, and the only Apple devices with native 4K capability are the latest iMac models, suggesting the disovery pertains to the Apple TV. In addition, Rambo discovered strings kCADisplayModeDolby and kCADisplayModeHDR10, suggesting a future Apple TV might even include support for the Dolby Vision and HDR10 colour formats.

Lending further credibility to such rumours is the fact Apple is listing select movies as 4K and HDR in the iTunes purchase history. This was discovered by MacRumors forum member Tomas Jackson, who shared a screenshot of his purchase history of the 2016 film Passengers. It lists as "Movie (4K, HDR)." However, as it currently stands the film can only be played in 720p and 1080p resolution, with no HDR.

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BuzzFeed Cooks With Smart Hot Plate

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BuzzFeed expands its popular Tasty cooking videos in a perhaps unexpected hardware-based direction-- the Tasty One Top is a smart hot plate customers sync with a smartphone app via Bluetooth.

Tasty one TopThe One Top is a pentagonal device with soft corners. It comes in black or light blue, and features a trio of buttons (two for raising/lowering temperature, one for power) and lights to indicate plate temperature and cooking instructions. To start cooking, customers need to select a recipe from a selection of 1700 found in the companion app, with the One Top chiming and dinging to indicate when to move to the next step.

One can also use the One Top a regular, manual mode to cook whatever they wants, as well as control it remotely via app.

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SteelSeries Claims "True 1-to-1" Mouse Tracking

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Gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries presents a pair of mice featuring its latest sensor-- Sensei 310 and Rival 310, both promising true "1-to-1" tracking, or mouse movements matching exactly with on-screen movement.

SteelSeries miceThe sensor in question is dubbed the TrueMove 3, and was co-developed with PixArt, the team behind the Wii Remote. SteelSeries says it is the culmination of 15 years of work on the perfect gaming mouse. The TrueMove 3 promises true 1-to-1 tracking from 100 to 3500 CPU, while at 3500 to 12000 CPI it uses advanced jitter reduction technology.

Further reducing response time and increasing accuracy is the SROM. The IPS is consistent from 100-12000 CPI, and SteelSeries promises ultra-low latency at all CPI settings.

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The Three-Pronged Silicon Power USB Drive

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How are customers to deal with multiple types of USB port? Silicon Power might have a solution with the Mobile C50, a flash drive featuring 3 USB connectors, Type-A, Micro-B and Type-C.

Mobile C50The standard Type-A connector with one side up is found at one end. Users can lift up the Type-A connector to reveal the Micro-B connector for older phones and tablets. On the other end, hidden under an elastic black cap, is the Type-C connector for modern devices.

The Mobile C50 ships with a couple of free tools-- SP Widget for PCs and SP File Explorer for devices with Type-C ports and Android. Also available from Silicon Power is Recuva File Recovery for the retreival of deleted files.

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Meizu Adds Selfie Screen to Pro 7 Smartphone

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China's Meizu adds at least one surprising feature to the Pro 7 smartphone flagship-- a 1.9-inch AMOLED touchscreen on the back, ideal for the snapping of selfies or any number of notification features.

Meizu Pro 7The tiny display handles 240 x 536 resolution, and lights up automatically when users flip the phone over. As well as the aforementioned selfie feature, it can also show the weather, clock, notifications and a music player. Meanwhile the main display features a Super AMOLED panel, and comes in either 5.2-inch (1080p) or 5.7-inch (quad HD) sizes.

As for the rest of the hardware, the Pro 7 is one of the first Android smartphones to carry the MediaTek 10-core tri-cluster chipset, the Helio X30. Built using a 10nm processor, it promises newer ARM cores, a more powerful GPU and a faster Cat 10 LTE radio. Also included are a 3000mAH battery with mCharge fast charging technology (3500mAh in the 5.7-inch model), 6GB RAM, 64/128GB storage Cirrus Logic CS43130 DAC, 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera, 12MP f/2.0 dual-camera on the back.

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