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Zyxel Intros Aurora Cloud Access Camera

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Zyxel announces a "lifestyle" camera-- the Aurora Cloud Access Camera, a means for customer to monitor their homes, with real-time mobile notifications adding an extra layer of security.

Cloud Access CameraThe Aurora has a "premium" image sensor able to capture high-resolution video under low-light conditions. A 4-in-1 design allows indoor mounting via stand, wall-mount kit and magnetic mount, while a smartphone app provides setup, recording schedules, motion detection zones, watching of live or recorded video, event notifications and speaking through the camera.

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Amazon Buys "Amazon of the M. East"

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Amazon wants to bolster its presence in the Middle East with the acquisition of Souq, the online retailer often described as "the Amazon of the Arab world."

Souq"Amazon and Souq share the same DNA-- we’re both driven by customers, invention, and long-term thinking,” Amazon says. "Souq pioneered e-commerce in the Middle East, creating a great shopping experience for their customers. We're looking forward to both learning from and supporting them with Amazon technology and global resources. And together, we’ll work hard to provide the best possible service for millions of customers in the M. East."

Souq sells CE, as well as fashion, household items and other goods. It claims to be the largest e-commerce player in the region, and was valued at $1 billion during its last round of funding back in 2016. Last year Souq was reportedly in talks with Amazon to sell a 30% stake, a deal also putting its value at $1bn, but TechCrunch sources claim the final asking price for the deal comes to around $650 million.

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Apple Presents... The iPad

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Apple announces an unnumbered tablet refresh-- the simply named iPad replaces the iPad Air 2 while promising "best in-class performance at its most affordable price ever."

iPad refreshThe iPad features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina display (one lacking full lamination or anti-reflective coating, curiously enough) and runs on a faster A9 processor. It also includes 32/128GB storage, 8MP rear-facing iSight camera, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime camera, dual speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack and Touch ID built into the Home button. Wireless connectivity comes via 802.11ac wifi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Being a basic iPad model it lacks iPad Pro features such as the Smart Connector, support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and 4K video recording.

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A Mini Heater to Heat PC User Hands

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"No more cold hands," the Kickstarter for the Heatbuff promises-- and just as well, since the crowdfunded device in question is a small heater designed to warm the hands of keyboard and mouse users.

HeatbuffThe Heatbuff uses infrared as a "no-burn technology" in order to keep fingers toasty, all while not melting keyboards or mice down. The actual device is around 38cm wide, and features twin heaters one can adjust and angle from the centre to customise the amount of heat provided.

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Samsung Details The Frame TV

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The Samsung 2017 TV lineup has a curious addition reminiscent of a relic from the (relatively recent) past-- The Frame is a TV doubling as a picture frame, much like the digital photo frames from the pre-iPad era.

The FrameThe result of a collaboration with famed industrial designer Yves Behar, The Frame even has an Art Mode where it displays over 100 pieces of art when not in use as a regular TV. It is designed to be hanged flush against walls, and for such purposes Samsung supplies a new gapless wall mount and an "Invisible Connection," single optical cable handling all connectivity.

Further details on The Frame, including size, are not available as yet. What Samsung does detail is its upcoming selection of QLED TVs, with options ranging from the 55-inch Q7 to the 75-inch Q8. All offer quantum dot technology, the OLED alternative Samsung insists offers a wider colour range (100% colour volume according to Verband Deutscher Elektrotechnieker) as well as higher brightness levels and deeper blacks.

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