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China’s Alipay expands into the U.S. thanks to deal with First Data

Thanks to a partnership with First Data, China's Alipay has announced an expansion into the United States, and will be available at 4 million locations. The service is targeted at Chinese customers that travel.The post China’s Alipay expands into the U.S. thanks to deal with First Data appeared first on Digital Trends.

Here is how to follow along with the Microsoft Build 2017 event

If you're interested in following along with Microsoft Build 2017, then there are a few ways for you to do so. Note that the conference starts with the first keynote at 8 a.m. (PT) on Wednesday.The post Here is how to follow along with the Microsoft Build 2017 event appeared first on Digital Trends.

3D-printed fingertip sensors could give robots a sense of touch

Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have developed a stretchable silicone pressure sensor able to be 3D-printed directly onto a person’s hand. Here's why it's so exciting.The post 3D-printed fingertip sensors could give robots a sense of touch appeared first on Digital Trends.

ZTE Zmax XL review

The ZTE ZMax XL is another 6-inch budget phablet, and it’s very much a spiritual successor to last year’s ZMax Pro. Sadly, it’s a step back despite its excellent battery life.The post ZTE Zmax XL review appeared first on Digital Trends.

The Scewo self-balancing wheelchair can climb a flight of stairs with ease

A group of five students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Zurich University of the Arts has developed a self-balancing wheelchair that’s capable of climbing stairs.The post The Scewo self-balancing wheelchair can climb a flight of stairs with ease appeared first on Digital Trends.

Samsung launches the Galaxy C7 Pro in China, but there’s no C5 Pro in sight

Samsung is upgrading its Galaxy C series with follow-ups to last year's Galaxy C5 and C7. Both the C5 Pro and C7 Pro have been the subject of quite a lot of rumors to date, and Samsung could be working on a C10, too.The post Samsung launches the Galaxy C7 Pro in China, but there’s no C5 Pro in sight appeared first on Digital Trends.

Nokia’s Android phones 2017: Rumors and news leaks

Up to seven Android handsets bearing the Nokia brand name may be released in 2017. Rumors and leaks regarding the upcoming devices have been gradually appearing. Here's everything we know.The post Nokia’s Android phones 2017: Rumors and news leaks appeared first on Digital Trends.

Spectra electric skateboard packs self-learning AI, emergency braking

Spectra is the first board on the market with a self-learning 3D posture control system. It accelerates and turns based on the rider's movement. The more you ride, the more the board understands your behavior and preferences.The post Spectra electric skateboard packs self-learning AI, emergency braking appeared first on Digital Trends.

The real beauty of this stylish ring lies in its emergency contact capabilities

When it comes to keeping yourself safe, you don't have to don a kevlar vest. Sometimes, a simple ring will do the trick. Not just any ring, of course, but rather the Loop. The wearable comes from cleverly named company Be WearThe post The real beauty of this stylish ring lies in its emergency contact capabilities appeared first on Digital Trends.

Tiny, light-powered device sucks in polluted air, churns out hydrogen power

Researchers have developed a centimeters-large device that purifies air on one side and produces hydrogen gas on the other, with the potential to kill two humanity-threatening birds with one stone.The post Tiny, light-powered device sucks in polluted air, churns out hydrogen power appeared first on Digital Trends.

This 56-minute video was constructed entirely with AI and a single photo

One artist fed a predictive algorithm a single photo and it spat out this, estimating the next frame until it created a 56-minute video. So what does it look like when AI gets "creative?"The post This 56-minute video was constructed entirely with AI and a single photo appeared first on Digital Trends.

The ZTE Nubia Z17 could come with a massive 8GB of RAM

ZTE already released the Nubia Z17 Mini, but it looks like the company is working on a "standard" Z17 too -- and it could be very powerful. In fact, reports indicate that there could be options for a massive 8GB of RAM.The post The ZTE Nubia Z17 could come with a massive 8GB of RAM appeared first on Digital Trends.

Synthetic soft-tissue retina may help revolutionize bionic implants

New research out of the University of Oxford may offer a safer way to bring vision back to visually impaired people. The team developed a synthetic, biocompatible, soft-tissue retina that is step forward for bionic implants.The post Synthetic soft-tissue retina may help revolutionize bionic implants appeared first on Digital Trends.

Phase One now has a 100-megapixel drone monitoring the friendly skies

With new software compatibility, Phase One's two 100-megapixel cameras can fly while integrated with the DJI M600 and M600 Pro. Unlike Hasselblad's recent announcement, the compatibility is not the result of a direct partnership.The post Phase One now has a 100-megapixel drone monitoring the friendly skies appeared first on Digital Trends.

Close to the Metal Ep. 42: Batten the hatches, your system is under siege

On this week's Close to the Metal, we talk recent turbulence in the cyber security landscape, and what you can do to protect yourself from bad actors, without interrupting your digital life.The post Close to the Metal Ep. 42: Batten the hatches, your system is under siege appeared first on Digital Trends.

SolarGaps blinds protect your home from the sun and draw from its power

Don't block out the sun -- embrace it. Or rather, do both with SolarGaps, heralded as the "world's first solar smart blinds." The blinds keep out the powerful rays of the sun and generate electricity from its energy.The post SolarGaps blinds protect your home from the sun and draw from its power appeared first on Digital Trends.

Redux’s ultrasonic speakers turn your phone’s screen into a speaker

Redux, a startup, has designed tiny microphones that turn a phone's screen into a high-quality speaker -- and deliver tactile haptic touches in software that supports it. It could eliminate the need for exposed speakers and buttons.The post Redux’s ultrasonic speakers turn your phone’s screen into a speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.

Redux’s ultrasonic speakers turn your phone’s screen into a speaker

Redux, a startup, has designed tiny microphones that turn a phone's screen into a high-quality speaker -- and deliver tactile haptic touches in software that supports it. It could eliminate the need for exposed speakers and buttons.The post Redux’s ultrasonic speakers turn your phone’s screen into a speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.

New Android Experiments include ability to play ‘Pac-Man’ from a home screen

Every few months we see new Android Experiments and the latest wave includes the ability to play Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and pinball straight from the Android phone's home screen.The post New Android Experiments include ability to play ‘Pac-Man’ from a home screen appeared first on Digital Trends.

Snapchat now lets you send snaps that don’t have a time limit

Snapchat has announced an update to its app that could represent the biggest update yet. Now, for example, you can send snaps without a time constraint, as well as videos that play on a loop.The post Snapchat now lets you send snaps that don’t have a time limit appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Tribit StormBox portable wireless speaker review

Bluetooth speakers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. To say that it’s easy to find something that works for you would likely be an understatement.Bluetooth speakers are also widely available; they’re found not just in electronics stores, but general retail stores and myriad online outlets, too.For every big-name branded speaker that you’ll encounter in your hunt, there also will be unknown companies competing for your attention and money. Take, for instance, Tribit.Although it doesn’t have the same market presence as Ultimate Ears, it does have a growing portfolio of competing products with lower prices. Its StormBox speaker is one of the brand’s latest products and we’ve had a chance to check one out.DesignThe Tribit StormBox is a cylindrical speaker that takes up about as much space as a large energy drink. Although its buttons lead you to believe there’s a specific front to it, the shape lends itself to a 360-degree sound.Speaking of buttons, the StormBox keeps things simple. There are volume controls and a multi-function power/pairing button. Oh, and there’s also an XBass button that’s used to take sound to the next level.The speaker has a hard mesh exterior and an IPX7 rating which means it’s built to withstand splashes and scrapes. At the top is a lanyard that makes it easy to carry or connect to a bag. Nice and portable, it weighs in around one pound total.Although it pairs via Bluetooth, the StormBox also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input for directly connecting to audio sources. It, and the microUSB charging port are located under a protective rubber flap that keeps things dry.Also worth noting, you can pair multiple StormBox speakers together to create a stereo sound. We did not have the chance to test the feature out.What’s Included?Tribit Bluetooth SpeakerMicro USB CableBlack LanyardUser ManualSetupThere’s very little to mess with here as it’s more or less a case of powering on and holding down the pairing button. You don’t have to worry about any apps or phone settings.PerformanceI was quite happy with how the speaker performed as it did everything it promised. The StormBox had no problem filling large rooms and open spaces. You could easily hear whatever was playing throughout any room.The water-resistance worked pretty well. It was a bit muffled, but nothing drastic. Overall, I thought the speaker did really well underwater.As for the special button, I didn’t feel that the XBass button had much effect. I wish it had been a bit stronger.The battery life is reported to be twenty hours. I used it right out of the box and used it for about ten hours, and haven’t had to charge it yet. The manual includes a guide to figuring out the different functions, including how to understand your battery level. It isn’t very obvious, but there is a column of lights on the back that will give you a general idea.ConclusionOne of the best selling points of the StormBox is that it comes with an 18-month warranty. Not only that, but you can extend it out to 30 months at no extra cost. This process is done online at Tribit’s website.Given the affordable ($60) price, this is a great speaker option for people who might want something for around the home, office, or pool. It’s portable, sounds great, and has an excellent battery life.AvailabilityThe Tribit StormBox comes in a variety of color options, including blue, black, and red. Look for it at Tribit’s website and Amazon for about $60.

Cool tech gifts under $100

In the era of digitalization and lots of tech advancements appearing every day, you have no choice but adapt to our quickly-changing world. Tech gadgets are cool: they simplify our life and make it much more convenient. Besides, they become an irreplaceable part of our daily routine, just like smartphones once did. More attention to tech gadgets are paid in college: students are in need of helpful devices as well as reliable services like papercoach, which you can pay for an essay or just delegate your homework. Tech gadgets can also become a great gift for everyone, from a teenager to a retired person. In this guide, we will cover the top popular of them that will not cost you a fortune.Top gadgets for under $100 budgetHow many times have your smartphone, quick Internet connection, and professional student service united to make wonders? You just choose a reliable resource based on speedy paper review and other agencies’ feedback, then send a request like «Can you do my homework for me?» or «Can you write my essay for me cheap?» and receive a completed task within a short timeframe. Just a decade ago, we couldn’t imagine it would have ever become possible. Now there is a variety of gadgets aimed to make our life easy and comfortable. We offer a list of top tech gifts everyone would be happy to get and which cost no more than $100 (however, today $100 can get you quite far):Streaming stickA device like the Chromecast will cost you around $70, if not less, and is good for people who love streaming like bloggers or just enjoy watching Netflix. All tech giants like Apple, Amazon, and Google have invested in the development of the streaming revolution so you can find a variety of models appearing every year (for example, Roku). It is able to deliver 4K HD video and helps you find the best place to enjoy the content easily;Portable chargerThis is a must-have device for active smartphone users that never have enough battery power (that is, for everyone). We recommend getting the one with 20,000mAh or more, which will likely cost you around $50 and will keep your phone charged seven times (this is especially convenient during the trip in the mountains, concerts, and other places where you can`t get charged a standard way). It is small, lightweight, and easily fits in the pocket or backpack. Besides charging quickly, it also does it safely based on your cable and device;Amazon Echo DotThis device is a mini voice assistant speaker that has access to multiple apps and using which you can control smart home devices (lights, garage door, water, and thermostat), listen to music, and order pizza. It will cost around $50 and is totally worth this money: it has a far-field system of voice recognition so you can make commands across the room while the device will react to your speech, accent, vocabulary, and patterns;E-readerFor example, it can be Amazon Kindle for the cost of $80. If the person loves reading and cannot invest much money into regular books buying, this one will make a perfect gift. The most recent models have a nice design, enough memory to download hundreds of books, a great touch screen, and a powerful processor for convenient reading. Talking about Amazon, it also has a built-in vocabulary and the battery life of one month by active reading;Wireless headphonesIf you are looking for a gift under $100, you can consider the Shure SE112 model that has a solid construction, built-in microphone for making calls, great quality of the sound, and a smooth Bluetooth connection. These headphones provide outstanding performance within a limited budget so you can enjoy music on the go;DroneDepending on the model, it will cost you around $100, and it will be a perfect gift for travelers and just nature lovers. It is lightweight, has stabilization features, and is controlled via an app. Cheaper models can record videos in 720p, which still makes great quality.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Android’s file sharing Nearby Share is now live

One feature that has been missing in the Android space for some time is the option to easily share files and contacts wireless with other Android users. Apple has had this with AirDrop for years, but Google has never brought a comparable protocol to the table. Finally, the rumors have been confirmed with Nearby Share available to Android.Nearby Share gives consumers a great option to quickly share links, photos, contacts, and documents with Android users instantly. The service works over cell networks, Bluetooth, WebRTC, or WiFi. This gives folks multiple avenues to deliver the shared files both on and offline.Google’s blog post also states that privacy settings are available in the app to make sure you have some more granular controls over how you can be found and receive files. You can change this from “all contacts” to “some contacts” or “hidden”. These privacy settings should allow you to add a layer of security to make sure you are only receiving or sending files to your most trusted friends or colleagues.Chromebooks are also not forgotten in this update. Chrome OS is quickly becoming the jack of all trades operating system and Google has made Nearby Share available on this platform as well. File sharing seemed like a natural progression of the already good continuum experience of Instant Tethering from Chrome OS devices to Android phones and we are glad Moutain View’s finest took the time to make this compatible day one.Nearby Share is a long-awaited addition to the Android ecosystem. While we like to think that Apple steals from Google on a consistent basis for new iOS features, this has been a gap in the Android experience that just needed to be fixed.Pixels and “select Samsung devices” should already see Nearby Share on the devices. Google will continue the trend of rolling releases of new Android options like this with future handsets getting Nearby Share over the coming months.