No, it's not bingo at your local silicon chip enthusiast meetup, and no, I am not trying to game Google's search algorithms (well, maybe just a bit). Rather, it's a combination of technologies that are predicted to become critical for the future of the Internet of Things across industries as diverse as shipping and security. One way to get all these technologies into single devices is just to agglomerate a bunch of off-the-shelf silicon chips and jam them into a product. Take a wireless radio chip, add some computing capacity, add some AI chip wizardly and voilà, you have yourself a modern IoT device. There's just one problem: These devices often have a lot of constraints.
EdgeQ, a startup developing 5G systems-on-chip, today emerged from stealth with $51 million in funding. The 90-employee company says the fresh capital will accelerate its go-to-market efforts as it moves toward mass production of its chipset products. With a team of semiconductor, 5G, Wi-Fi, and AI industry veterans hailing from Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, EdgeQ is adopting a "software-driven" development model for OEMs and operators that supports private networking via cellular protocols including 5G (and also 4G). This model promises to decouple the infrastructure from expensive, closed, and inflexible systems to intelligent software layers running on off-the-shelf hardware. The global edge computing market is anticipated to reach $43.4 billion by 2027, according to a 2020 report by Grand View Research.
Polk Audio manages to tease some relatively impressive virtual 3D audio out of its 2.1-channel MagniFi soundbar, which makes the speaker's subpar bass response all the more disappointing. Equipped with built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant support, the MagniFi 2 is easy to set up, and Polk Audio's custom digital sound processing delivers subtle surround and height effects without undue harshness. The $499 MagniFi 2 also comes with three HDMI inputs, a pleasant surprise for a soundbar in this price range. But while it's unquestionably an upgrade over standard TV speakers, the MagniFi 2's otherwise crisp audio is undermined by muddy bass from the wireless subwoofer, robbing the sound of punchiness. Polk Audio has three lines of soundbars.
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Well, technically it should be Prime Days, because the colossal shopping event will be taking place on both Oct. 13 and 14. We're in for a lot of great deals coming our way, so make sure that both your wallet and shopping cart are primed (get it?) Amazon isn't the only retail giant that'll be kicking off big sales this week. While Amazon did create Prime Day, retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and more are having their own Prime Days of sorts to add even more choice (and savings opportunities) into the mix. For Prime Day 2020, it's best to cast a wide net and keep an eye out for more than just Amazon's listings.
The Google Pixel 5 Hold for Me feature in action. As the competition perfects its next generation technology and makes breakthroughs in material science, it's not hard to feel like Google's hardware is a bit behind the rest. Apple's LiDAR technology gives us a glimpse into the future of home automation and Samsung has turned stiff smartphones into malleable objects, but Google is now just jumping on the wide-angle camera bandwagon. There's a good argument for keeping things simple and cheap considering most consumers remain resolutely focused on two smartphone features: price and battery life. Also, the flashy extras can come across as frivolous adventures for cash-rich tech companies seeking out some R&D tax breaks. But Google's slightly dated approach to hardware doesn't tell the full story.
Samsung, Amazon, Roku, Google, Sony, Apple and Microsoft have unveiled their fall lineups of new tech gear with one biggie awaiting a reveal: those new editions of the Apple iPhone, which is expected later this month. Perhaps you missed the announcements. Or wondered when the products would be available. We have our annual fall calendar for you, right here. Several new ones products have already been released, including the updated Series 6 Apple Watch, Amazon's Fire TV streaming players (some so bare-bones, they don't have TV controls or 4K streaming support) and a faster, more powerful $329 iPad.
Google held its "Launch Night In" event on Wednesday, the pandemic version of its annual hardware reveal. The company announced its latest phones, speaker, and streaming device. The Google Pixel 5 in Sorta Sage... for when you can't decide if sage is really your brand. SEE ALSO: Google's new Chromecast puts all your streaming apps into one slick interface Google's new phones have arrived! Meanwhile, the Pixel 5 is made of 100 percent recycled aluminum, and is just a tiny bit bigger with a 6.1-inch OLED screen.
Google has announced four new additions to its own-brand hardware line including two new Pixel smartphones, a new Chromecast and Nest Audio smart speaker. The Pixel 5 is Google's new top phone, which slots in above the well received but heavily delayed Pixel 4a and the new Pixel 4a 5G, which also launches today. Announced during a live-streamed event, the new Pixel 5 replaces the Pixel 4 with a cheaper, simplified design, ditching its face recognition system for the older fingerprint scanner mounted in the back of the device. The new phone has a 6in 90Hz OLED screen with a selfie camera poking through a hole in the top left and a dual-camera setup with wide and ultra-wide lenses on the back, but no optical telephoto zoom camera. Differing from top-spec rivals, the Pixel 5 has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G mid-range processor, rather than the Snapdragon 865 used in the latest Samsung and OnePlus phones.