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A portable Bluetooth speaker from Sonos?

 

Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous reports and discussions about the possible Bluetooth speaker from Sonos. Now we have a leaked image to confirm that Sonos is indeed making a portable Bluetooth speaker. The images come from WinFuture that has previously leaked other Microsoft images as well. WinFuture has also confirmed that the new device is called Sonos Move.

 

The image shows us that the Sonos Move comes with a stationary base station, along with a built-in handle. You can use the handle to undock the speaker and make it an actual portable Bluetooth speaker. There’s a toggle at the bottom that can ease these functions. The charging system for the Sonos Move can be done either through a USB-C jack or the two charging contacts near the base of the speaker.

The design is appealing where your audio extends all the way to your backyard or even to places beyond your Wi-Fi connection. A park or the beach for instance. The image also shows us that the Sonos Move is slightly taller and wider than the Sonos One. When you switch the device to Bluetooth mode, it acts like an ordinary Bluetooth speaker and the Sonos app can’t be connected then. More features will be announced when Sonos makes the device official!

IKEA announces its smart home hub

 

IKEA is venturing out into a new platform: a smart home tech hub. IKEA recently announced that it’s investing in the ‘IKEA Home Smart’, a platform that will proliferate the profile of connected smart devices to make a smart home hub.

A statement by Peter van der Poel, Manager IKEA Range & Supply:  “We have decided to invest significantly in Home smart across IKEA to fast-forward the development. This is the biggest New Business we are establishing since the introduction of Children’s IKEA.” Of course, IKEA’s announcement is a message to tech makers Google, Amazon, Apple, and others. IKEA has roughly 780 million shoppers globally. And with the new smart home hub, IKEA has a big advantage.

The new smart home hub is now termed as Björn Block, an addition to IKEA’s other business units that are categorized into Living room & Workspace, Textiles, Lighting, IKEA Food, Kitchen and Dining, etc. “By working together with all other departments within IKEA, the business unit of IKEA Home smart will drive the digital transformation of the IKEA range, improving and transforming existing businesses and developing new businesses to bring more diverse smart products to the many people,” said IKEA in a press release.

 

New Pocket Cinema Camera 6K from Blackmagic

 

The latest compact camera that’s perfect for cinematography purposes from Blackmagic is going to be out soon. Named as the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, Blackmagic has strived to upgrade its predecessor: the 4K camera launched last year.

Coming to the details of the new camera, you have a bigger sensor and a resolution of 6144 x 3456. The camera also shoots in a unique format of Super 35 that is quite similar to the APS-C. Blackmagic’s decision to switch to Super 35 is a huge plus point for the device. This allows the user to capture his pictures/motion pictures in low-light. It also gives the user the advantage of a better grip on the depth of field allowing an enhanced performance.

The lens of the camera is equipped with Canon’s EF lens mount. The camera manufacturer is also citing that the 6K camera has a dynamic range with 13 stops. There’s also a dual native ISO of 400 and 25,600. Another noticeably positive point about the camera is its large number of connective points. Blackmagic has given 6K the option to connect with either a full-size HDMI, USB-C, mini XLR, headphone output, DC power, and mic input. Similar to the 4K model, you also have a 5-inch touchscreen for operations.

 

Nvidia RTX Graphics card for Minecraft

 

There’s a major graphics upgrade coming in for Minecraft. Users having the Nvidia RTX card can now avail the real-time ray tracing support. The announcement was jointly made by Microsoft and Nvidia at the Gamescom event. So now, ray tracing support is a free update for all PC Minecraft users.

When you get ray tracing, it dynamically improves the realistic appeal of the virtual scene of the game. You can now see the details of the different light rays in finer detail. this also means that there’s a better picture of how the light operates on various objects in the scene, creating a better game of light, shadows, and reflection.

In a statement released by Saxs Persson, the Creative Director for Minecraft at Microsoft, said: “Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft. GeForce RTX gives the Minecraft world a brand-new feel to it. In normal Minecraft, a block of gold just appears yellow, but with ray tracing turned on, you really get to see the specular highlight, you get to see the reflection, you can even see a mob reflected in it.”

Here, with the Nvidia RTX card, there’s a specific ray tracing technique called ‘path tracing’. In the technique, there is a stimulant that channels the way the light is transported in a scene. This creates a unified model ” for lighting calculations for many different types of effects that have traditionally been implemented separately using rasterized or hybrid renderers,” the companies said.

 

Samsung Galaxy Home is still a work in progress

 

Samsung announced its Galaxy Home device to compete with other home smart speakers nearly a year ago. The Galaxy Home is powered with Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. However, the recent Samsung event showed no smart speaker yet. Samsung says that the smart speaker project isn’t canceled and is still a work in progress.

“We’re continuing to refine and enhance the Galaxy Home prior to launch, and look forward to sharing more with Galaxy fans soon,” a spokesperson told a media house recently. Samsung had earlier plans of revealing the device a couple of months ago. But there’s still been a no-show. Numerous rumors are mounting that Samsung is working on a smaller Galaxy Home. But there haven’t been reports to confirm it and Samsung hasn’t denied it.

Going into the details of the Galaxy Home, it’s powered by Bixby, which is similar to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Moreover, Samsung promises that the Galaxy Home will be a connecting figurine that will be linked to the SmartThings platform developed by the company.

However, it seems that the South Korean conglomerate has run into a few issues that’s holding it back from making any significant announcements. Let’s just wait and watch. A well-established company like Samsung is going to act on its words sooner or later.