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Optoma Intros Native 4K UHD60, UHD65 Projectors

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Optoma announces the UHD60 and UHD65-- a pair of native 4K projectors with a price tag under $2500, both featuring 3840 x 2160 resolution and HDR compatibility using HDR10.

Optoma projectorThe projectors also include REC.2020 wide colour gamut and DCI-P3 coverage, as well as vertical lens shift and 1.6x zoom. Connectivity comes through x2 HDMI inputs and x1 HDCP 2.2 port.

The lower-priced UHD60 offers 3000 lumens brightness and 1000000:1 contrast ration with Dynamic Black enabled, and comes inside a white chassis. Meanwhile the UHD65 has 2200 lumens brightness, 1200000:1 contrast ratio with Dynamic Black enabled and Cinematic colour via HDR compatibility and RGBRGB colour wheel, all inside a black chassis.

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The Samsung Connect Home Smart Wifi System

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Samsung combines networking and home automation with the Connect Home Smart Wifi System-- a router packing the Samsung SmartThings platform, eliminating the need for a separate control hub device.

Connect Home WifiThe Connect Home uses Eero-style mesh networking, meaning a single router provides up to 140 square metres of coverage while a combination of three routers covers 418 square metres. In addition, the SmartThings platform allows it to communicate with other devices via Bluetooth 4.1, ZigBee or Z-Wave as well as wifi, providing the control Samsung appliances, Philips Hue lighting and Netgear Arlo cameras, among others.

The system is expandable to up to 5 Connect Home routers, and Samsung promises security comes through both hardware and automatic firmware updates. Setup should be easy via companion Samsung Connect app complete with simplified device management through automatic connectivity and device integration, as well as connected device management, parental controls and guest access.

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Nikkei: Apple, Amazon, Foxconn Team up for Toshiba Memory Unit

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A Nikkei interview with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou reveals the key iPhone assembler has "financial support" from Apple and Amazon in a bid to buy the memory unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba.

Foxconn iPhoneThe report confirms an April 2017 story by Japanese broadcaster NHK stating Apple was planning to join Foxconn to invest in the Toshiba semiconductor business. Meanwhile the Nikkei story is confirmed Reuters, with a Foxconn statement reading "Foxconn can confirm that we have submitted a bid for Toshiba's chip business with a number of strategic partners."

According to the interview with Gou, the Foxconn offer for the Toshiba unit is worth over $18.2 billion. Gou does not state how much Apple and Amazon are putting on the table, but seeing how both companies are key Foxconn customers one can assume they will be pulling their financial weight in the matter.

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A Logitech Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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Logitech Slim ComboThe recently announced 10.5-inch iPad Pro gets a Logitech keyboard case-- the Slim Combo, a combination of hard case, adjustable stand, detachable keyboard and Apple Pencil holder.

The case does not carry a battery, since it sips power directly from the iPad via Smart Connector. Users can fold the keyboard palm rest under to reduce its size (such as during typing on one's lap) or even fold over the entire keyboard to protect the display while on the go.

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Belkin Intros Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD

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Belkin is the next company to announces another Thunderbolt 3 dock option-- the Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD, an aluminium-clad device featuring a slim tapered design.

Belkin Thunderbolt dockDesigned to match the aesthetic of Apple laptops, the dock offers a range of ports, including x2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, x3 USB-A, x1 DisplayPort, x1 ethernet, x1 audio in/out and x1 audio out. It can handle the daisy-chaining of up to 5 Thunderbolt devices, and offers a 170W power adapter to supply power to attached peripherals while charging a notebook with up to 85W of power.

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