We have been talking about the new Realme notebook for a while. It was in the spotlight because Realme has been known as a traditional smartphone brand. But today, following the launch date set previously, the company uncovered its first laptop namely the Realme Book. It’s a high-end notebook that also has an ultra-thin design.
However, before getting acquainted with the key features of the Realme Book, we should talk about Realme’s new “1+5+T” strategy. Of course, mobile phones are the main focus of the brand. But the company will also take seriously 5 other segments such as computers, TVs, tablets, watches, and TWS headsets to create a TechLife ecosystem with all things connected. And now, we learn that laptops are the second most important direction for the company.
Realme Book Design And Screen
Well, as Realme has begun paying more attention to the laptops, the Realme Book draws a lot of attention as the first product in this niche. As the company proves, this products is the thinnest on the market when comparing with other products at the same price. It is only 14.9mm and weighs 1.38kg. You can choose from two colors of island gray and tide blue. The Realme Book has an aluminum alloy all-metal body, using CNC diamond cutting technology and precision sandblasting technology. It has a three-level backlit keyboard with a keystroke of only 1.3 mm and a large touchpad. The latter has a 44% improved control area compared to ordinary laptops. The power button also integrates a fingerprint recognition scanner.
The Realme Book also sports a 14-inch 2K ultra-clear screen with a 3:2 screen ratio. The rest of the display parameters include a peak brightness of 400 nits, a 100% sRGB high color gamut, a Corning Gorilla Glass coverage, and a 90% screen-to-body ratio.
Under the hood, our protagonist carries the latest 11th-generation Intel Core processor. It uses a 10-nanometer process, which increases multi-core performance by 45%. Also, the chip integrates Intel Iris Xe graphics, which has a performance improvement of 50% over the previous generation. It has passed hundreds of strict certification tests on Intel’s new EVO platform. The Realme Book supports 65W flash charging technology. So it only takes 30 minutes to charge 50%. Also, it provides a long battery life of 11 hours on a single charge. The notebook uses a dual storm cooling system.
At the conference, Realme also released a new PC Connect feature, which realizes the seamless link between Windows and Android systems. You can directly control your mobile phone on your computer and access the mobile apps; files and pictures support a two-way transfer. It also supports message synchronization and cross-screen sharing of text.
The Realme Book is pre-installed with the original Windows 10 system and can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free in the future.
This laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 technology, which is 2.7 times faster than the previous generation. It uses a new generation of Thunderbolt 4 ports to integrate ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-strong functions. And we should also mention the presence of Harman dual speakers.
Realme Book Price And Availability
The Realme Book i5+8GB+512SSD version is priced at 4299 yuan ($663), and the i5+16GB+512SSD version is priced at 4699 yuan ($725). The pre-sale has already started and it will go on sale on August 25.
Disney & Apple Join NFT Race
One of the biggest buzzwords in the last five years has been NFTs. Non-fungible tokens are a revolutionary new take on collectibles, blockchain technology, and entertainment. It combines all three in an accessible way—at least for those who understand blockchain and have a digital wallet with some crypto holdings.
Clearly, NFTs are a hit… or, at least, in theory. The trend piggybacks on the success of collectible groups, which range from fine arts to ancient coins to Magic: The Gathering cards. Though largely niche and granular, these collectibles groups tend to be lucrative and highly active. But NFTs are a lot more than just new digital assets to be collected. And just because the concept has seen huge publicity in the last five years, that doesn’t mean it will stand the test of time.
One industry that has stood the test of time is casino gaming. The casino gaming market is worth around $57 billion, according to Straights Research. While poker sees the most coverage from broadcasting groups and gaming publications, the most popular sector is actually online slots. A player can find a platform that offers online slots from anywhere in the world—straight from a mobile device. Developers like NetEnt and Play’s Go release slots like Gonzo’s Quest and Book of Dead that are played by millions worldwide each week. Interest in slots has continued to grow despite minimal coverage from media on both slots and casino gaming in general.
Clearly, an industry’s success isn’t necessarily tied to its publicity… but NFTs will need plenty more support in terms of investment and attention if they are to survive—especially considering the recent crypto crash.
Apple & Disney Opting into NFTs
NFTs landed two huge coups after recent announcements from Apple and Disney. Apple recently updated its Apple App Store policy to allow NFTs to be bought, sold, and traded on apps sold in the store. (The Google Play Store has offered this for a while.)
However, the offering comes with a major catch. The company will take a 30% cut from any developers who earn more than $1 million on the app store and 15% from anyone making less than that.
Meanwhile, Apple still isn’t opening its doors to crypto transactions. And neither is Disney.
But recently, Disney made headlines for a posting for an open job. The company is looking to find a lawyer for ‘emerging technologies’. The role includes a huge emphasis on NFT products, which has led many to speculate about Disney’s plans with NFTs, blockchain, and crypto.
Last year, the company also made a huge leap when a patent was filed for a ‘virtual-world simulator’. Most analysts assume that this refers to a potential VR Disney Land and Disney World. Meanwhile, the company’s Disney Accelerator Program featured multiple companies focusing on NFTs and Web3 projects.
NBA’s Top Shot Market Sinking Quickly
When some people think of collectibles, their minds shoot to the days of sports trading cards from the 1980s and 90s. As a highly successful collectible project, the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, launched his own modern remake with the Top Shot Marketplace. In it, collectors can purchase some of the league’s most memorable ‘Moments’ (lingo for an NFT).
The project quickly took off. In February 2021, the site reached a fever pitch when some Moments sold for more than $100,000—or up to $208,000, in the case of one LeBron Dunk Moment. Today, the average Moment sells for around $180, marking one of the biggest flops in NFT history after one of its biggest booms.
PL Deal Dead on Arrival
With the NBA enjoying much success throughout 2021 with Top Shot, the UK’s Premier League looked to accomplish something similar. The Premier League even shortlisted Dapper Labs, which launched Top Shot on its blockchain platform, as one of its potential partners before siding with ConsenSys in March of this year. However, the project has since been slashed.
Though the project was suspected to rake in over $400 million a year for the league and its teams, blockchain platforms can no longer promise the same return on investment. This is largely due to the crypto crash, which cost holders billions worldwide. However, the Premier League might not totally discard the project and instead could switch gears to offer NFTs based on fantasy football.
Amazon’s Fall Device Event: Wi-Fi-Boosting Echo Speakers, a Kindle for Note-Taking and More – The Wall Street Journal
fall hardware event is often where it unveils oddball products such as the Alexa microwave and sticky note printer. This year, the e-commerce giant stuck mainly to more practical devices: a large Kindle e-reader with note-taking capabilities, a sleep-tracking bedside alarm clock and Echo speakers that can boost your Wi-Fi network.
Amazon’s strategy has typically been to use its device announcements to do market research about a product’s viability. A year ago, the company announced a home robot named Astro that it has yet to make widely available to all consumers. The same goes for a flying indoor security camera unveiled two years ago.
While Wednesday’s event was focused on hardware, Amazon’s underlying proposition is its software. As always, the new gadgets nudge customers toward the company’s digital offerings—e-books, health and wellness content, streaming video and more.
Kindle Scribe: A Tablet for Reading and Writing
The Kindle, until now, has had a singular purpose: display digital books and periodicals purchased through Amazon. The Kindle Scribe adds writing capabilities. It’s a leap in functionality and price. While standard Kindles start at $100, the Scribe will start at $340 when it becomes available later this year.
Over the years, Amazon has added lighting for improved contrast and nighttime reading, Bluetooth connectivity for audiobooks and, more recently, water-resistance. The Scribe includes all of that, in addition to a larger 10.2-inch display, an included pen, a new notebook app and the ability to take notes within Kindle content.
There are two stylus options: a basic pen that magnetically attaches to the side of the Scribe, and a premium pen that also includes a dedicated eraser and a programmable action button. Neither pen needs to be charged or paired.
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You can add sticky notes to specific pages in e-books and annotate imported documents. The notebook app includes a to-do list and lined paper template, and any notebooks created on the Scribe will be backed up to Amazon’s cloud storage without additional charge.
Many tablets have compatible styluses and offer drawing capabilities. But their tablets have power-hungry color displays that are harder to see outdoors. The Scribe has three-week battery life for note taking (up to 12 weeks if you only use it to read) and its colorless display is glare-free in direct sunlight.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the Scribe compares to e-ink tablet competitors. The ReMarkable 2 has a fantastic handwriting experience, but doesn’t support Kindle books. Onyx’s Boox can run the Kindle Android app, but I had to jump through hoops to install it.
Halo Rise: A Wake-Up Light That Tracks Your Sleep
Amazon introduced Halo, a wrist-based health tracker, in 2020. Its latest Halo device isn’t a wearable, but a $140 sleep tracker/alarm clock. The Halo Rise, available later this year, is designed for nightstands. The device has a digital clock face and a semicircle of lights that can gradually increase in intensity before your alarm goes off.
To reduce the creep factor, Amazon didn’t use any cameras or microphones. Instead, the Rise has a low-power radar sensor that measures body movements, such as your chest rising and falling as you breathe. (Google’s Nest Hub also uses radar to detect sleep patterns.) Halo Rise only begins recording sleep movements when the environment is dark and you lie down to sleep. If you’re in bed reading, nothing is captured. The sleep data isn’t used for product recommendations or advertising, the company says. And anyone in bed with you won’t be tracked.
The existing Halo app can show your time asleep, differences between light and deep sleep and an overall sleep score. Temperature and humidity sensors tell you if the room is too humid or hot for comfortable sleeping. If you enable the Rise to work with Echo speakers, you can ask Alexa how you slept and get a brief spoken report.
Echo Updates: Eero and Auto Integration
Amazon executives have said the company is focused on technologies that affect the real world, such as ambient computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s Alexa virtual assistant continues to rule over Amazon’s priorities.
The new Echo Dot ($50) and Echo Dot with Clock ($60) have improved audio quality and a temperature sensor. The digital clock version also has a more interactive screen. In addition to the time, it can display information such as upcoming calendar events.
But more notably, the smart speakers can now act as mesh Wi-Fi points, extending coverage of Amazon’s Eero routers by up to 1,000 square feet. Amazon will bring that Echo-Eero functionality to last year’s fourth-generation Echo and Echo Dot as well. While this will seem like a free gift to people who already have both, it’s also a way for Amazon to use its products’ popularity to box out competitors.
The company announced a second-generation Echo Auto ($55), a small device that mounts to a car dashboard and adds Alexa capabilities while driving. It’s smaller than the previous version, and it can now call roadside assistance and pick up music or other audio where you left off on other Alexa devices.
Since the first one didn’t live up to its potential, we’ll reserve judgment until we can try this one ourselves. The device relies on a smartphone for connectivity, and with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto nearly ubiquitous in newer cars, is there still a need for an in-vehicle Alexa?
New Features for Fire TV
The Fire TV experience is coming to last year’s large Echo Show 15 smart frame as a software update. Translation: You can now stream content from other major services such as Paramount+ on the wall-mounted display. You still can’t do this on smaller Echo Show devices.
There’s a new Alexa Voice Remote Pro ($35), which will be sold separately for Fire TV streaming devices. It has a backlit keypad and a remote-finder feature. You can now ask Alexa to locate the remote—a feature that alone is worth trading up.
—Sebastian Herrera contributed to this article.
Write to Nicole Nguyen at email@example.com
Amazon's new QLED Fire TV Omni series can detect when you walk in – MobileSyrup
After entering the TV market last year with the Fire TV Omni and 4-Series sets, Amazon is looking to expand its presence in the big-screen industry. At its recent hardware event, the retailer announced a new Fire TV Omni QLED Series, its first TV series to feature what the company is calling a ‘Fire TV Ambient Experience.’
The new series comes in two sizes — 65-inch and 75-inch — with both TV sizes featuring a 4K QLED display and up to 96 dimming zones to heighten contrast, provide subtle tones and unlock details in dark areas of a scene, alongside support for Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive.
Other new features include adaptive brightness, which optimizes the screen brightness through a built-in sensor that detects the lighting in your room, and most importantly, the ‘Fire TV Ambient Experience,’ which uses built-in presence sensors to detect when a person enters the room and converts the screen to look like an Echo smart display (as seen in the screenshot below) that shows you helpful information like weather and music suggestions, photo galleries, news, notes, smart home controls and several familiar Echo widgets.
The TV features an Ethernet port, alongside three HDMI 2.0 and one HDMI 2.1 ports, which means you can have all your streaming devices and consoles connected to the TV at once.
Amazon’s new Fire TV Omni QLED Series is available to pre-order now in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes for $1,069.99 CAD and $1,499.99 CAD, respectively. Shipping begins on October 27th. Learn more about the TV here.
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