Technology new from ITZOO - Sept 12th 2019

HTC is releasing its PC-powered Vive Cosmos VR headset next month.

Originally unveiled earlier this year at CES, the Cosmos is HTC’s latest bid at a mainstream VR headset. Unlike the original HTC Vive, the Cosmos doesn’t require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers. HTC has also upgraded the LCD panels, with a combined 2,880 x 1,700 resolution, and there’s a 110-degree field-of-view alongside a 90Hz refresh rate.

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Ikea demonstrates its €15 Sonos remote control, launching soon.

The Symfonisk remote control now has an official product page showing a price of €14.99. First spotted on the French Ikea website by Tweakers, the remote is designed to control Ikea’s Sonos-compatible Symfonisk speakers and will begin shipping in the UK and beyond on October 1st, according to the reliable Dutch tech site. It’s not yet clear when it’ll be available in the US.

The small controller works like this: Push it down once to pause, again to play; push two or three times to skip tracks forward and back; or rotate the dial to the left or right to decrease or increase the volume. It works on a table or wall thanks to an included magnetic mount.

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The Pixel 4 leaks are starting to feel even more frequent than the avalanche of early videos and photos that preceded last year’s announcement of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. In the most comprehensive look yet at Google’s new phone, today we’re seeing two extensive video tours of the Pixel 4 XL.

The first comes from YouTube channel AnhEm TV, which has posted a six and a half minute clip featuring the white model. It has a matte back panel and matte black sides. The side texture is said to be reminiscent of the grippy metal finish from the black Pixel 2. There’s a lot going on, but it’s a nice callback to the “panda” styling of the older Pixel 2 XL.

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Hands on: iPhone 11 review

The iPhone 11 has one big feature that will really matter to users, and more so than any other element: it's got a killer price.

While the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max steal the show in terms of headline spec, the new iPhone has a lower price than the iPhone XR (the surprise hit from last year) and yet improves the spec in a few key areas.

It's got faster innards, a much, much improved camera and comes with iOS 13 as standard - and does so at a price that allows users to get a new iPhone for less than most top-end phones out there.

That said, it's far from the most advanced iPhone out there, so has Apple got a hit on its hands, or is it something that doesn't quite hit the spot?

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New Amazon Echo gear on the way? Amazon teases big Seattle launch event.

At this rate, you’re going to need to build an extension on your house to accommodate all the Amazon Echo speakers out there: Amazon has just announced that it’s going to be hosting a large launch event in Seattle at the end of this month, September 25.

In what’s now becoming an annual tradition for the company, we’re expecting Amazon to reveal details on refreshed Amazon Echo speakers, as well as a likely expansion of its own-brand Alexa-enabled home appliances.

It was a bumper showcase last year, with not only fresh Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers in the mix, but also all-new devices like Echo Wall Clocks and even microwaves.

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Sega Genesis Mini review

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of its iconic 16-bit console, Sega has released the Sega Genesis Mini, a compact reimagining of the console (known as the Mega Drive outside of the US) that comes pre-packed with 40 classic games – plus two bonus titles.

With Nintendo having scored some pretty noticeable success with its NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini miniature remakes of its classic consoles, it’s not too surprising to see Sega take a similar approach. For anyone who grew up in the 1990’s, the fact that old rivals Sega and Nintendo are going head to head again is rather thrilling.

While this isn’t the first time Sega Genesis games have been available in a mini console, it’s the first time Sega has made an official product. That means you get the official branding and iconic shrunk-down design of the model 1 Genesis. For Sega fans and collectors, this makes it an essential purchase over those third-party consoles.

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