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Redmi Display 1A 23.8-inch monitor launched

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Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi recently launched the Redmi Display 1A, the company’s first monitor in China for only CNY 499 (about Rs 5279). The Redmi monitor is currently being crowdfunded at Youpin, Xiaomi’s own crowdfunding platform. The new Redmi display features a 23.-8-inch panel FHD (1080p) screen. This is an IPS LCD Panel and has thin bezels on the top, left and right, and a sizeable chin. The brand claims that the Redmi Display 1A is merely 7.3mm thick and offers 3 years of warranty with the product.

The Redmi Display 1A has a 178-degree viewing angle and is also certified by TUV Rhineland for low blue-light emission. With lesser strain on the eyes, the display makes a great solution for everyday usage at work or at home. Further, the Redmi Display 1A can also be adjusted at multiple angles that help with setting it up at various elevations.

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The thin bezels also mean you can use the Redmi Display 1A for multi-monitor setups. Other features of the display panel include 250 cd/m² brightness, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. There is also support for 16.7 million colors in the 16:9 aspect ratio display panel. It refreshes at 60Hz and has a response time of 6ms. The minimal design across the monitor means you get only three ports here. These are the DC power input port, an HDMI port, and a VGA port.

Elsewhere, Xiaomi also launched the premium Redmi Smart TV X series in three different screen sizes. The Redmi Smart TV X series comes with four 12.5W speakers an 8-unit subwoofer setup for the immersive audio experience. It supports popular sound technologies like Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. These smart TVs from Redmi come with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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They also feature MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) support for smooth content playback. Like other smart TVs from competitors, the Redmi Smart TV X series also comes with far-field microphones for voice control. Redmi is looking to compete with smart TVs from Xiaomi, Honor, and others in its home market.

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E Ink demos a folding e-reader that can also take notes

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Folding smartphones are slowly making their way into the mainstream. Could foldable e-readers be next? The E Ink Corporation, the company behind the digital paper tech found in the majority of e-readers, is trying to make it happen. The firm’s R&D lab has been developing foldable e-ink screens for a while, and its latest prototype clearly demonstrates the idea’s potential.

The video above comes from GoodEReader.com and shows a foldable e-reader prototype developed by E Ink. An earlier version came out in June, but the latest hardware adds a sturdier hinge, five dedicated buttons down the right hand side of the device, and two lightbars positioned at the top of the screen for illumination. There’s also integrated Wacom technology for taking notes, making annotations, and highlighting passages with a stylus.


The folding action looks smooth, even though the prototype hardware isn’t ready for the mainstream.
GIF: GoodEReader.com

The overall concept is intriguing. As with folding smartphones, a foldable e reader promises more screen real estate in a smaller package. There’s also the pleasing familiarity of the folding format, making the device more like a book or notepad. Add in the capacity to take notes and sync reading material and you’d have an extremely useful bit of kit.

But it seems the technology is not quite there just yet. The bezels on this prototype are huge, the flip-up lightbars are reminiscent of gadgets from the 1990s, while note-taking on e-readers generally is still constrained by low latency. Using e-readers to take notes is certainly a growing market, but it’s not yet a seamless enough experience to overtake old fashioned pen and paper. Still, we’ll be watching the development of this tech with interest.

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WhatsApp working on multiple device support with chat sync

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to be working on new multiple device support with synchronized chat history. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is testing the ability to use an account on multiple devices, including a separate iPad app. WhatsApp currently supports multiple devices through WhatsApp Web, which connects back to a phone account.

WhatsApp Web requires a phone to be powered on and connected to the web, but this new multiple device support won’t need to constantly connect back to a phone and will allow people to use WhatsApp on multiple devices simultaneously.

This new multiple devices feature, which has been rumored for months, will also likely support chat history sync, allowing WhatsApp users to sync their messages across devices. WABetaInfo also reports that WhatsApp will release its long-rumored iPad app once the multiple devices support is ready to be released.

WhatsApp now has 2 billion users and has been introducing features to limit the forwarding of viral messages in recent months. WhatsApp also added a search feature last week to help users debunk misinformation that can spread on the messaging service.

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Brydge releases new line of ‘Designed for Surface’ keyboards and accessories

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On August 17th, Brydge will begin selling a new lineup of Surface accessories that have the “Designed for Surface” badge, meaning that they were made in collaboration with Microsoft. The lineup includes keyboards for the Surface Pro and Surface Go, but the most intriguing product in the group is the $99.99 W-Touch standalone trackpad. It’s apparently the first standalone wireless trackpad made for Windows 10.

The W-Touch is like a Magic Trackpad 2 that’s built for Windows 10 instead, coated in a striking black with an aluminum build. It has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and it supports Precision drivers and multitouch gestures, like pinch to zoom, and multifinger swipes to switch desktops. This trackpad has a large glass surface to comfortably move around in, measuring at 5.5 inches across and 3.3 inches deep, so a little smaller than Apple’s version but still spacious.

The W-Touch is said to delivery one-month battery life, and it recharges via USB-C. One hundred dollars isn’t cheap for a trackpad, but as the only standalone, wireless option made in partnership with Microsoft, Brydge gets to set the price. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but it could be a great accessory to have around if a mouse doesn’t jive with your workflow.

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Both the Brydge W-Touch and W-Type claim one month of battery life per charge. Also, each features a USB-C port to make recharging easy.
Photo: Brydge

Brydge is also releasing the W-Type to complement the W-Touch. It’s a full-size wireless keyboard with aluminum detailing and a complete row of function keys. Right out of the gate, it seems like an excellent value at $59.99. The overall design, and even the printing on the keys, makes it look like an accessory that Microsoft might make — and perhaps severely overcharge for. The keys use a scissor mechanism and each has 2mm travel, which Brydge claims is the “perfect” amount of key travel. If it’s anything like what the Surface Laptop 3 has built in, there’s plenty of reason to get excited.

This model has Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity with support for up to four devices, so you can easily switch the computer to which it’s connected. Brydge claims it can last up to a month on a charge. When it zaps out, you can charge it via USB-C.

Rounding out the lineup are the new Brydge 12.3 Pro Plus and 10.5 Go Plus keyboards. The $149.99 Pro Plus model works with the Surface Pro 4, 5, 6, and 7, while the $129.99 Go Plus works with the Surface Go and Go 2. Both feature Bluetooth 5.0, backlit keys, Windows Precision trackpads with full multitouch gesture support, USB-C ports for charging, and an antimicrobial coating on the deck. Brydge has had a keyboard for the Surface Pro for some time now — this new model has a redesigned hinge, 70 percent larger trackpad, native multi-touch control in Windows, updated Bluetooth connectivity, and a plastic deck as opposed to aluminum. (The bottom of the keyboard is still metal.) It also weighs 70 grams less.

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The Brydge 12.3 Pro Plus keyboard attaches to the Surface Pro with hinge clamps to turn it into a traditional laptop.
Photo: Brydge

Like the Brydge Pro Plus keyboard for the iPad Pro, these turn your Surface into a more traditional clamshell laptop that can be easily balanced on your lap or closed up and thrown in a bag. When you want to use the Surface as a tablet, you can just pop it out of the Brydge’s hinge and go.

Compared to Microsoft’s Surface keyboards, the Brydge provides a more stable typing experience and longer travel on the keys. But it does require charging roughly every three months and Bluetooth isn’t as reliable of a connection as the pogo pins the Surface keyboards use. It also makes the Surface noticeably thicker and heavier, but it’s still a quite portable package.

All of these products will go on sale starting August 17th, and aside from the 10.5 Go Plus that ships the week of September 7th, the others will ship the week of August 31st.

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