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JMGO launches O1 and O1 Pro ultra-short throw projectors

Looks great in any room

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Besides the marvelous technology inside, another important feature that users desire from projectors is the ability to blend seamlessly into the background. It’s still a struggle because of how the entertainment device usually looks and sounds. JMGO wants to address that struggle with its recently launched JMGO O1 and JMGO O1 Pro ultra-short throw projector series.

First of all, the series boasts a minimalist industrial design meant to fit in any environment. Encased in a sleek silver chassis, the O1 and the O1 Pro can sit atop any surface or tabletop.

As the name suggests, the ultra-short throw projector series can project images from an incredibly short distance. The JMGO O1 can throw 60- to 100-inch 4K images from just 10 inches away from the screen. Meanwhile, the JMGO O1 Pro can project 70- to 110-inch images from just 9 inches away. The premium model was co-engineered with Leica, resulting in more crystal-clear images.

Additionally, both models in the series have image correction features, an anti-glare system, an automatic low blue light filter, and Alexa. Both come installed with JMGO’s 24/7 Companion Mode OS, which adds a dashboard and more apps for the devices. The O1 Pro also has two AI cameras and front gesture controls.

The O1 will start shipping in August for US$ 699. The O1 Pro will start shipping in September for US$ 859. Both are available through Indiegogo.

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Take parties to new heights with Sony’s new SRS-XV900 wireless speaker

Redefine the entertainment experience

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Sony SRS-XV900

Sony has unveiled the high power SRS-XV900 wireless Bluetooth speaker that is set to elevate the entertainment experience anywhere.

Retailing for PhP 57,999, the new speaker is available at Sony flagship stores online and in authorized dealers nationwide.

Party-ready

The SRS-XV900 is always ready to fire up any occasion, whether birthdays, anniversaries, parties, or simple gatherings both indoors and outdoors with its front, side, and rear tweeters, midrange drivers, and woofer.

Users simply have to connect Bluetooth 5.2-capable devices to begin playing music on the speaker. When connected, the Sony Music Center app will give users more features such as Gesture and DJ Control.

The speaker supports Clear Audio+, LIVE SOUND, MEGA BASS, and an exclusive TV Sound Booster feature, making sure the audio experience is immersive.

Plug and play

Additionally, users may connect up to two microphones (stereo mini jack) to enjoy karaoke sessions, or play the DJ role with its touch panel on top which allows changing functions, settings, and lighting.

The SRS-XV900 may even connect an electric guitar and utilize it as its amplifier.

Always on the go

With the SRS-XV900, users are assured of keeping the music on all day with its up to 25 hours of battery life on a single full charge.

The speaker is also rated IP67 for water and dust resistance, so you can take it to places like the poolside or even camping.

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Apple might be working on a smart display

Looks like an iPad but with a cheaper price

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If the recent slew of reports are any indication, Apple’s future hasn’t been this bright in a while. Besides its iconic lineup of devices, the brand is working on new products to expand what Apple already offers. According to a new rumor, Apple is reportedly developing another one: a smart display.

First reported by Bloomberg, the brand will eventually release a smart display that will work with Siri. The unannounced device will compete with others in the same space as Google’s Nest Hub and Amazon’s Echo Show.

The report notes that the device will look like an iPad but with limited features and a significantly cheaper price tag. As with other devices in the space, Apple’s future smart display will likely act as a hub for a smart home, engage with Siri, and contact others.

Besides its features, a cheaper price tag is one of the biggest draws of such a device. Apple is heavily known for its more exorbitant prices. Creating a more affordable smart home ecosystem might work in Apple’s favor.

Though Apple has not announced any confirmation towards the release of such a smart display, the brand is certainly furthering its efforts in the smart home space. Yesterday, the company launched the second generation of its full-sized HomePod after leaving the lineup for several years.

SEE ALSO: Apple finally updates the original HomePod

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Apple finally updates the original HomePod

With humidity and temperature alerts

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Smart speakers have grown into convenient, if not essential, devices to improve quality of life. For a brand operating within the space, it’s now important to stay updated with the newest features. Apple, after resting on one model for several years, has finally updated its full-sized HomePod with a slate of changes.

A day after announcing the new MacBook Pro, Apple unveiled the second-generation HomePod after the first one back in 2018. The new model will sit beside the HomePod mini released in 2020.

Built with an S7 chip, the new smart speaker sports one 4-inch woofer and five horn-loaded tweeters. It will also have a four microphones to keep Siri working even from far away. As an entertainment device, the new HomePod will work on its own (or as a pair with another HomePod) with spacing technology to deliver optimized audio.

As a smart home device, the new model will come with a few changes. For example, it can now detect humidity and temperature throughout a user’s home. In drier winter climes, the ability to detect humidity is an essential. Additionally, coming through a future update, the device will soon be able to detect the sounds of fire and house alarms, alerting users if they can hear something going off.

As with the rest of Apple’s thriving ecosystem, the HomePod will be compatible with the brand’s devices and services like Apple Music and Apple TV+.

The second-generation HomePod is available now for preorders. It will ship starting February 3 in select countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It will cost US$ 299.

SEE ALSO: Apple HomePod mini Review: Best Small Smart Speaker?

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