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Amazon Bans Sale of Non-Compliant USB Type-C Cables and Adapters

Amazon Bans Sale of Non-Compliant USB Type-C Cables and Adapters

Unlike microUSB, USB Type-C is a more advanced port that can not only accept power and data, but also display signals and more. Due to its advanced specs, USB Type-C cables are more complex than a normal microUSB cable, and since USB Type-C is a relatively new connector, there are many cables available on Amazon and other popular ecommerce sites that are non-compliant with the Type-C specs.

LG develops ultra thin optical bio sensor for wearables capable of measuring heart rate, stress and oxygen saturation levels

LG develops ultra thin optical bio sensor for wearables capable of measuring heart rate, stress and oxygen saturation levels

LG Innotek today announced that it has developed an ultra slim optical bio sensor module for wearable devices, and is capable of measuring heart rate, stress levels and oxygen saturation levels.

The twin camera tech behind the LG G5 explained

The twin camera tech behind the LG G5 explained

With the admittedly huge caveat that the LG G5 hasn’t even been announced yet, one of the surest leaks has been about the rear camera set-up, in at least that it will feature twin lenses. Which should get tech heads scratching – how will having two lenses help image quality? While nothing’s certain until the launch event, I thought I’d attempt a diagrammatic explanation. We’re certainly in an era where clever software and some lateral thinking can mimic what used to take bulky optics.

MediaTek refutes rumors of its deca-core Helio X20 chipset overheating

MediaTek refutes rumors of its deca-core Helio X20 chipset overheating

Last year, the overheating issues of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset paved the way for chipsets from MediaTek to feature in mid- to high-end Android devices. While MediaTek chips cannot beat offerings from Qualcomm in terms of pure performance, the company more than makes up for it by imcluding in more cores in its chipsets. 

Samsung’s infographic reveals more details about its Exynos 8 Octa chipset

Samsung’s infographic reveals more details about its Exynos 8 Octa chipset

Samsung today released an infographic revealing more details about its Exynos 8 Octa chipset. The company had officially announced the chipset back in November last year. The Exynos 8 Octa is widely expected to be used by the Korean company inside selected variants of the Galaxy S7, which is rumored to be unveiled at MWC next month.

Synaptics’ new ClearForce technology could bring 3D Touch to Android

Synaptics’ new ClearForce technology could bring 3D Touch to Android

Synaptics has announced a new technology that could bring pressure-sensitive displays to Android devices. Called ClearForce, the technology resembles the 3D Touch displays Apple introduced with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last month.

SK Hynix starts production of UFS 2.0 memory chips

SK Hynix starts production of UFS 2.0 memory chips

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were the first devices to to the market with next-generation UFS 2.0 based storage chips. These new UFS 2.0 based chips are up to 3x times faster than the eMMC 5.0 or eMMC 5.1 chips used by other OEMs in their handsets and make a huge difference in performance in read/write intensive tasks. 

Qi wireless charging standard updated to deliver 15W of power

Qi wireless charging standard updated to deliver 15W of power

The Wireless Charging Consortium today announced a major update to the Qi Wireless Charging standard that will allow future Qi chargers to deliver up to 15W of power to your device.

Sharp announces the world’s first 4K display for smartphones

Sharp announces the world’s first 4K display for smartphones

Despite having limited benefits, Quad HD/2K displays are becoming a commonplace in high-end Android devices. Samsung has released two flagship devices in the last six months with Quad HD display, and LG, HTC and others have also jumped on bandwagon. 

Pebble Time Steel with an all-metal body goes official; Ships in July for $299

Pebble Time Steel with an all-metal body goes official; Ships in July for $299

A week after announcing the Pebble Steel, Pebble has gone ahead and announced the Pebble Time Steel. As the name suggests, the Pebble Time Steel comes with an all-metal body, including a CNC-finished 316L stainless steel casing.