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iPhone SE Event Live Blog

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Apple’s first event for 2016 takes place this Monday in San Francisco. We expect to hear about Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone, a new iPad and possibly a few other minor announcements. For the all the details as the event unfolds, follow along on our live blog below.


Accessories

ORII smart ring: Now even better

Jewelry that does more

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Last year at Computex, I stumbled upon a cool smart ring and wrote about it. It was also my first year covering Computex and I had honestly never heard of bone actuator tech, hence the discovery of said smart ring that allowed me to make calls with my finger blew my mind.

This was the ORII ring, and a year later, I find them again at Computex and they have even more to offer.

When I first interviewed Emile and Kevin, founders of ORII’s Origami Labs, I only saw prototypes and one functioning ring for audio demos. These days, the rings are fully functional and are shipping to initial Kickstarter backers. More functionalities are added on, with even more features to come in the future.

What’s new with ORII?

For starters, the ORII ring is even smaller and more polished. It’s now at a size that I would actually wear for the tech.

And, as promised, it comes in more colors: There’s a red one that goes well with my hair, in addition to black, silver, and gray ones. This is a big deal to me because last year, there were only black and gray rings, and now color is finally here!

The ring comes with different ring sizes, too, so it fits every finger. It’s also splash-proof with an IPX7 rating so everyday wear is a possibility.

It comes with a charging dock, but it seems that the ring won’t be on it a whole lot as it has a whopping two days of battery standby time and two whole hours of talk time. That’s a lot considering you’ll only ever be using it for short commands and calls don’t usually last that long (we hope!).

So, how does it work?

With the ORII ring, you need only your finger to be able to hear things from your phone. The ring has a built-in mic so you can actually make calls — like a real spy.

Smart assistants are also compatible with the ORII. Using just the ring, you can send messages and issue smart commands to Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa, without even having to look at your phone.

It has gesture commands and there’s also a button on the side of the ring that you can program depending on what you want it to do. For example, just raising your finger to your ear can activate the mic, or pressing the button can trigger your smart assistant.

At the bottom of the ring is a small LED light that’s a discreet way to give you notifications. Designed so only you can see the quick prompt, the lights are also fully customizable.


Meaning, you can change the colors depending on what app is alerting…

… or even choose which people messaging get special alerts.

Think of all the things you can do with this thing! Everything will literally be at the tip of your fingers.

Admittedly, I got sentimental when I tested out the ORII again. I personally saw the growth of this tech firsthand and it’s great to actually try out technology that only a year ago, Emile and Kevin were just describing to me. They’ve come a long way from last year and yet again I am impressed with their progress.

What I love about the ORII is how different it is to what we already have in the market. It’s great to see tech that breaks out from the usual mold of what current wearables are and what they do.

I’d totally rock this ring, and it’s not just because it matches my hair.

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Computex 2018

Bloo Vision is a non-invasive way to help your child’s lazy eye

As easy as playing a game!

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What if I told you that you could help cure your child’s lazy eye by having him play games? One startup aims to cure vision impairment in children, one tablet at a time.

Bloo offers a non-invasive solution to the lazy eye through tech. It’s simple: Their devices use binocular training and gameplay to make sure that kids have fun in the process.

Just how does this all work?  It starts with eyewear and a tablet, plus a game to play on said tablet.

These unassuming shades are custom-made. At first wear, they seem like normal glasses, but a quick look at the seemingly blank tablet will show you that they aren’t.

Playing games on this tablet with glasses custom-fitted to your child’s condition trains the eyes. By making sure that both eyes are utilized, your child’s eyes will be trained to fully function. This is similar to already-existing binocular training already being done, except there are no cumbersome eye patches, there are fun games to play, and you get to do it at your own time.

You can check out Bloo here.

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E3 2018

NEX is now, E3 2018 was a blast: Weekend Rewind

The future looks exciting!

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. NEX is now!

Launched alongside the World Cup 2018, Vivo nearly hit a hat trick by announcing two variants of the Vivo NEX. The Chinese company’s all-screen smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally here in midrange and flagship forms. The midrange variant is powered by a Snapdragon 710 with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage while the flagship is running on a Snapdragon 845 with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

Speaking of the World Cup, here are four apps you can download to keep tabs on this major football tournament.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 overtakes iPhone X in sales

X doesn’t mark the spot for the iPhone as the Samsung Galaxy S9 nabs the crown as best-selling smartphone according to the latest report from Counterpoint Research. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ captured a global market of 2.6 percent each against the iPhone X’s 2.3 percent. The report is dominated by Apple and Samsung phones but Xiaomi managed to crack the list with the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Redmi 5 Plus

3. Xbox came out with a bang!

Microsoft arguably had the best conference at E3 2018 as their Xbox briefing was absolutely jam-packed: 50 games, 18 exclusives, 15 world premieres to be exact. Exclusives include Forza Horizon 4Halo Infinite, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Also part of the announcement are Fallout 76, Kingdom Hearts 3, Devil May Cry 5, Jump Force, and Cyberpunk 2077.

4. PlayStation still king

Sony didn’t blow the competition out of the water but they still had plenty of interesting titles to keep E3 2018 attendees hooked. The company revealed new gameplay footage for previously announced titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ghost of Tsushima, and also announced the remake of classic horror RPG Resident Evil 2. However, most people were buzzing over the trailer and gameplay footage for the Last of Us 2.

5. Nintendo looked to smash

Not to be outdone, Nintendo announced two major titles for the Nintendo Switch. Battle royale game Fortnite is finally coming and that alone could play a major role for the Switch’s growth, but they didn’t stop there. Every character to ever appear in Super Smash Bros. alongside new ones will make their way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The characters are unlockable instead of being downloadable content. It doesn’t get any more ultimate than that.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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