Long Battery Life for Blink Video Doorbell

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Home security vendor Blink announces the Blink Video Doorbell ahead of CES 2018-- a wire-free device promising a 2-year battery life through a pair of standard AA lithium batteries.

BlinkThe Blink Video Doorbell offers a suite of features similar other such products, including video alerts, motion detection, live streaming video with 2-way audio, infrared night vision and IP65-rated weatherproofing. Installation should be as easy as placing it anywhere it is required after connection to wifi, and customers can connect it to existing doorbell wiring to make it sound like the existing doorbell chime.

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Adidas Out of the Wearables?

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The Portland Business Journal reports Adidas is leaving the wearable fitness business, as it is shutting down its hardware division in favour of focusing on software.

Adidas smartwatchOn the software side the sportswear maker currently offers the Adidas App and Runtastic, the app developer it acquired back in 2015.

The story confirms a September 2016 Wareable report stating Adidas had "given up" on own branded running watches. Back then, an Adidas VP said the company would launch some "additional hardware," but it was also looking into porting its algorithms and coaching and training plans to other device platforms.

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WD and Toshiba Settle Legal Disputes!

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Following months of dispute Western Digital and Toshiba finally kiss and make up through an agreement to "strengthen and extend their relationship"-- specifically through a joint investment in the Fab 6 facility in Yokkaichi, Japan.

ToshibaThe legal dispute came about a year ago, after Toshiba decided to put its prized memory business (the Toshiba Memory Corporation, aka TMC) on sale following massive losses suffered by its nuclear power subsidiary. WD objected to the sale, claiming its consent was required due to its May 2016 acquisition of SanDisk, which included half of the Toshiba-SanDisk partnerships in NAND flash memory manufacture.

May 2017 saw WD start legal arbitration proceedings against Toshiba. In turn Toshiba filed a lawsuit against WD in Japanese courts, claiming unfair competition and mishandling of trade secrets. The situation between the two companies only got more bitter from that point, making things worse for a Toshiba eager for the capital the sale of TMC would bring.

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LG Refreshes Gram Laptops

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LG refreshes the Gram laptop range ahead of CES 2018-- all promising to "push the boundaries of portable computing" with bigger 72Wh batteries allowing a "full day" of use on a single charge.

Gram laptopThe 2018 Gram laptop range comes in 13.3-, 14- and 15-inch sizes. Specifications vary, with LG offering 8th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and SSD storage (with the option of a second SSD). The IPS touchscreen handles 1920 x 1080 resolution, while connectivity comes through Thunderbolt 3.

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Xbox One X Streams 4K YouTube

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Xbox One XThe Xbox One X handles 4K video out of the box-- and after an app update it can also stream YouTube in 4K at up to 60fps, providing owners of 4K TVs to invest the latest Microsoft console.

Technically Microsoft has been supporting 4K video since 2016 with the launch of the Xbox One S, the smaller version of the Xbox One with 4K and HDR playback capabilities. However Google took its time to roll out support for the format. Currently only the Xbox One X handles 4K YouTube, but the Xbox One S should receive an update soon enough.

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