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USB-C to USB adapters manufacturers are struggling to meet the demand for notebooks

More and more devices nowadays rely on the USB interface , which has been updated over time to offer ever greater speed and reliability. According to a report by Digitimes , in particular this year, also due to the increasing number of people studying and working from home due to the pandemic of the new Coronavirus COVID-19, the Taiwanese integrated circuit manufacturers have found a substantial increase in application for USB chips .

USB, manufacturers are struggling to meet the demand for notebooks

In fact, many schools around the world have chosen to use virtual lessons and as a result additional laptops and tablets have been required to support this new teaching methodology. Several days ago, according to an article published by AP News , several manufacturers such as Dell , HP and Lenovo reported that they were running out of notebook stocks and, consequently, tried to increase production volumes to meet the new demand. This situation led companies to expect a 30% increase in sales this quarter.

According to Digitimes, some of these companies have used existing inventory to meet demand for new laptops, while now they are looking for suppliers for add-ons. As with any supply chain, however, the lead times for new orders can extend to several months.

However, not only have USB chips seen a substantial increase in demand, but so have other devices, such as wireless headsets and webcams, used for virtual meetings. Manufacturers have also reported an increase in demand for standard USB-C to USB adapters.

A couple of weeks ago we also told you about the first specifications defined by Intel for their USB4 host controllers. Among the most interesting features regarding these controllers, we find support for the new USB4 standard, which has not yet arrived on the market, for the current USB 3.2 standard and the Power Delivery 3.0 specification, for fast and efficient charging of compatible devices.

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Virtual and augmented reality will grow in value by more than 160 billion in 2020

The total gain for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is projected to increase from $ 5.2 billion in 2016 to exceed $ 162 billion in 2020, according to IDC. More than half of the profits will come from sales of VR / AR hardware devices. In addition, service revenues are projected to increase during the period as demand grows along with the business class.

From here on I will refer to virtual reality and augmented reality with VR and AR, respectively. VR by Virtual Reality and AR by Augmented Reality.

 

RA systems will contribute more to profits than RV systems. Games and content payment will be strong sources of revenue for RV systems, especially in the next two years. However, these revenues will be eclipsed as AR systems are incorporated into health care, product design, and administration-related uses.

Most of the profits in 2020 will come from the United States. The United States, Western Europe and Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) are projected to generate three quarters of the gains for RV and RA. The United States is expected to contribute much more over time.

Future of virtual reality

Adoption of AR and VR viewers will be driven primarily by the introduction of less expensive models in the market, first powered by smartphones before they are popularly adopted by themselves. While the first adapters will generate the initial buzz wave, sustainable growth will come with more possibilities through VR and AR application developers building a robust, coupled content ecosystem that can accommodate slower adapters. Finally, as the underlying technology of these devices increases, so will capabilities, creating new use cases in entertainment, workplaces, and education.

The technology industry has promoted the prospect of RV over the last few decades. But only now, with viewers being backed by big names like Sony and Facebook, VR is finally becoming a concrete product with massive market potential. While VR technology is widely associated with the video game industry, the platform offers a new variety of content opportunities in entertainment, advertising and more.

VR viewer manufacturers are driving the development and distribution of VR content by investing significant technical and monetary resources in developers in an effort to build a unique content library.

High demand for VR displays by mobile and console players will drive demand for VR content. The VR content market will take an increased share of the mobile gaming software industry.

Beyond gaming, VR entertainment will keep flying low until demand for VR displays increases.
Featured ads on VR viewers are more likely to receive better impression-to-view rates compared to conventional video ads.

Other industries are also beginning to experiment with VR content. Travel companies, publishers, e-merchants and social platforms are beginning to see the potential in this new category.

The contents of VR face major obstacles that could keep developers from investing. The VR experience should be good enough for people who use the devices. Additionally, developers need to know if a user base exists to know if it can be profitable to invest in VR content.

And you, what do you think of virtual and augmented reality? Do you think they can be the future of technology? I personally believe that as long as it complements current technologies, it will be an industry that will help to improve our lives and not only provide a lot of entertainment, but also create job opportunities and play an important role in health care and The education.

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Best electronic gadgets to enjoy the cinema in your house

If you are thinking of setting up a home theater equipment that the whole family can enjoy, you are lucky because today I want to talk about a couple of electronic gadgets that will make it much easier to setup, and if they have good Price, much better. Today I want to talk about both the TV Box Yoka KB2 PRO and the projector UNIC UC46, two devices that will allow you to enjoy your favorite movies and tv series at home.

Although a few years ago the single task of setting up a home theater equipment was something that took a lot backwards, both because of its complexity and because of the crazy price of the equipment, the cheapening of this and especially the irruption of China and Its enormous capacity to manufacture technological gadgets, has made this dream can be shared in a reality that is increasingly available to all pockets and not just a few privileged.

TV Box with all the law that carries inside the powerful processor Amlogic S912

First I want to tell you about the Yoka KB2 PRO , a TV Box with all the law that carries inside the powerful processor Amlogic S912, a processor that is quite powerful thanks to its eight internal cores (yes, you have read well, eight cores) And is accompanied by the modern graphics card Mali T820MP3 which, without being the most powerful on the market, is certainly more than the usual Mali T450 that equipped the previous processor Amlogic S905 or the Mali T720MP3 that we have seen so many times In other electronic gadgets.

But it does not end there, since the Yoka KB2 PRO also equips 3 GB of DDR4 RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage memory which, as is normal for this type of device, can be extended by the use of a card Micro SD or, of course, USB pen drive that we can insert into one of its multiple USB 2.0 ports that equips this device. The network connectivity section is also very well resolved, since the Yoka incorporates a WiFi network card compatible with the 802.11 b / g / n / ac standard, so moving files from the computer to it will be a matter of moments , But if you do not want to use the wireless card, it also has a Gigabit Ethernet network card in case you prefer to use it to move the files. To all this is necessary to add the Bluetooth 4.0 that is essential in this type of electronic gadgets to connect all kinds of peripherals.

The Yoka KB2 PRO you can get it for the price of € 76.91.

Once we have solved the issue of storing and issuing files, it is time to choose with what to project them on a big screen … as big as a wall, right? For this reason, there is nothing better than the UNIC UC46 projector , an LED projector with LCD technology that, at the same price, combines the fact that it is compatible with Miracast technology that allows you to connect both your mobile and your tablet (if compatible with Her) and see on the projected wall the screen of your mobile or similar electronic gadgets.

The UNIC UC46 is a projector with a resolution of 800 x 480 but it supports FullHD video signals without problems, so that you can see your favorite movies with an enviable definition. The brightness that is able to produce your lamp is 1,200 cd and its contrast is 800: 1. Its projection distance goes from 1 m to 3.8 m distance, which makes it ideal for medium-sized halls, and can create a screen between 34 and 130 inches.

Although the projector has a slot to insert a micro SD card, the important thing here is that it also has an HDMI connector to which you can connect the Yoka that I had talked about previously so that you can see what you want in the huge screen that will generate the UNIC on the wall.

All these devices can be purchased with a very limited budget, which is almost less than € 150 in total.

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The smallest drill in the world is printed in 3D

3D printing allows you to create custom objects, from smallest to largest. For its part, a New Zealand hacker has managed to create the smallest drill in the world, thanks to a 3D printer.

3D printing allows you to create custom objects

Lance Abernethy has set a goal to design the smallest drill. This is a miniature model in 3D print of just 17 mm high and 7.5 mm wide. Its 0.5mm drill allows it to make tiny holes. Fully operational, the device works wirelessly and features a miniature motor. Added to this are a battery that ensures its power supply and an integrated button as a trigger. The whole is connected via a wiring cable from a Jack recycled. As for design, the hacker was inspired by his standard drill to the model in 3D via Onshape software. It was then printed in 3D from a Ultimaker printer 2 using a nozzle of 0.25 mm and a height of 0.04 mm layer. After 25 minutes of waiting, the finished product is obtained.

Lance Abernethy has set a goal to design the smallest-ever drill
Given its small size, the prototype lacks power, but it can drill holes on soft materials such as plastic or a similar surface.

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Google team working on Android version of Virtual Reality

I do not think the news is going to surprise anyone, Google has – or try to – an Android prepared to be in every thing to imagine. On the way we met with Android Auto, TV, or Wear, now it’s the turn of the Virtual Reality.

Each of these paths has tried to get as much shine as phones, but for now do not enjoy much success in the market, or are too young to determine whether projects will be triumphant. Wall Street Journal is in charge of telling that Google has a team working on a version of Android, specifically to deal with the Virtual Reality.

Google has a team working on a version of Android , specifically to deal with the Virtual Reality

A relatively small team working at it from the point of view of a platform, with its specific operating system and development tools. We have already seen that the idea of the hull liked, with devices like Cardboard or View-Master.

It is a reality that arises very active year with regard to helmets and technologies related to virtual and augmented reality. Oculus Rift, HTC lives, or the hull of Sony, it seems that the proposals are more liking among those who have been able to try them in person.

As we can understand from the leaks, this is a different path than was raised with augmented reality of Google Glass, this is a side project. Possibly end up having a presentation at the next Google I/O 2015.

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Mistakenly revealed the fantastic of Huawei Watch

Really seems absurd but this is what happened: the image that was found under snaps at Barcelona airport and reveals in advance the new smartwatch, Huawei Watch. No official presentation, no render the web, directly this advertisement that shows us something fantastic. Surely now the surprise is ruined but now keenly awaiting him in our hands.

new smartwatch Huawei Watch

As you can see this is a smartwatch circular dial with elegant design and sophisticated, wearable on all occasions and with three interchangeable straps. You do not know when other details but surely this could be one of the protagonists of the wearable MWC 2015.

Huawei do not think it will stop here and definitely something for us in Serbia. We just have to follow this MWC 2015 hoping that the rest is not revealed in advance mistakenly ruining the surprise!

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WD My Passport Wireless: A reliable 100% wireless HDD

If you need to carry around thousands of photos and songs, hundreds of videos and many documents and several more files, here you have this external drive (HDD) having an interesting detail ‘gadget’: does not need one cable to run.

Occupies little more than a pack of snuff and is made ??of hard plastic very well finished. There are three ways to connect: via a cable through the protocol USB 3.0 , slot for cards SD memory and connectivity WiFi .

WD My Passport Wireless HDD

Indeed, you can access files that are stored on WD My Passport wireless HDD completely wirelessly. And this gadget generates a small WiFi network to which you can connect devices and exchange files. Very simple and practical.

Neither needs to be plugged into the electricity to run, and it has a internal battery that offers a range of approximately 6 hours of continuous video and about 20 in sleep mode. Ie full portability.

Not only you can connect to a computer, but you can use the files you have stored from a mobile phone or tablet . To do this, simply download the app My Cloud . And it is also possible to include this unit within a home or office network to pull your files from various devices you have at home … or at the office.

Because it has the DLNA / UPnP technology , you can transmit video, music and photos from your own unit, for example, TV or console.

In short, properly supplied with energy, you have a portable memory unit and perfectly portable where you can carry your entire life related to leisure and work where you want, with the advantages of its different modes of connectivity without having to plugged into the mains.

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A stick! It’s a stick! Why do photos with a stick selfies is a bad idea

The technology is not immune to fads and occasionally we find gadgets or trends that sneak into our daily lives . The latter has to do with photography and for sure you all know very well. Yes, we are talking about the selfies or self-portraits . Something that has not caught by surprise manufacturers to launch different phones thinking about these photos .

Do you really need such a good selfie

Some have decided to go further and retrieve an object that years ago he did not win but it seems that now is the time. Insurance also know what we are talking Bat selfies. A good idea? Not at all, it is a fad that is sure to end in a few months gathering dust with other stuff we buy because at the time we thought were useful but ultimately ended up using once or twice as much.

You are walking with friends or with your partner and decide it’s a good time to take a picture and tell all your contacts in social how good you what you’re going through networks. Until now it was normal that you end up taking the mobile arm stretched while the rest were placed and do a quick photo with all crammed to try out the image .

Now every time we do a photo we have to stop, for anyone to take the baton, the mobile mount, sync via Bluetooth, stretch, settling and finally take the picture while the rest watch this little show we’ve assembled to make a simple photo . It is true that the stick does not occupy much space but could this be an accessory just for this? What laziness.
One of the arguments that I hear in favor Bat selfies is the security it gives
Of course everyone is free to do what you want but when you stop with the stick to make a self-portrait is a little ridiculous. Perhaps you do not realize when you do but look at all those groups of people that crowd to get into the picture.

One of the arguments that I hear in favor Bat selfies is the security it gives. Providing a camera to a stranger to make us a photo can be a bad idea, true, but be wary and use this accessory is not a guarantee that we will not steal mobile.

Okay, I have to admit that this selfie is amazing but you’re going to take a picture like that? That thought.
Let’s think: not a very robust rod having the ability to stretch, or so feet away. Stretch the arm and therefore the bat, let our mobile to five feet away waiting for any clever you flip and take the phone sounds like a great idea.
Hold it with your hand does not help much but at least we have something closer and better subject. The Bat selfies not help in any way to alleviate our distrust. If you are going to want to steal mobile, they will, ask them whether or not you make a picture. It is not a safety accessory after all.

Do you really need such a good selfie?

One of the raisons d’être of this accessory is that it is more convenient self-portraits. I will not deny: the truth is that it is but do you really need selfies as currados? I think one of the reasons that defines the aesthetics of these pictures is precisely that are improvised and not always the quality is good.

Forced plans, photos noisy, terrible frames where someone (if group) ends with the severed head. End it is to remove part of what is becoming a selfie. Refrain from nonsense also some models are not exactly cheap (there are 30 euros) and finally after making a few pictures with him have gone away from using shortly.