The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced that the next generation of USB connectors will be smaller and reversible. The USB collective, which includes technology heavyweights Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Intel and Hewlett-Packard revealed that the new USB Type-C connector will be targeted for industry review early next year and that the specification will be finalised in mid-2014. Don’t get too excited thought, the first Type-C connectors aren’t expected to hit the shelves until 2016.
Here is our list of the top 5 gadgets of 2013: 5. Pebble Smartwatch The Pebble Smartwatch originated in 2012 as a Kickstarter project and quickly became one of crowd funding’s biggest successes raising over $10,000,000. Now released to the general public the Pebble Smartwatch connects to your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth giving you access to all your emails, text messages and notifications without taking your phone out of your pocket.
Adding to the woes of HTC, is the news that the launch date of their M8 has been ousted during a recent court case against Nokia. Documents revealed that the HTC M8, or HTC One Two as it is also known could be released in the first quarter of 2014, and possibly as early as February 2014 according to adduced evidence from Nokia.
At the time of year when deliveries are at their peak, online retailer Amazon announced plans for a new delivery method; Drones. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the new method on 60 Minutes, prior to their busy sales day, cyber Monday.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 went on sale today in the UK after months of build-up and anticipation. Lines of gamers queued up in front of electrical stores all over the country to become one of the first people to get their hands on the new console, some of which had been there since Tuesday to beat the queues.
Last month HTC announced a very special limited addition 18 carat gold HTC One which costs an eye watering £2,750. Joining other handsets, from Apple and Samsung, HTC has only made five copies which have been made to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO awards. So if you’re disappointed about not being able to get your hands on that edition, HTC have very kindly brought out a standard gold version.
Microsoft do have the upper hand with sales, releasing them in more countries than Sony, however Sony does have a week advantage for its US sales. So After the Xbox One was released on Friday what are the sales figures looking like after the weekend rush?
The new console from Microsoft has been launched across the globe, which means many places other than America get their hands on the console before the Sony PlayStation’s. The first person in the world to get their hands on the Xbox One was a New Zealander, with New Zealand being the first country to sell them (due to time differences). Queues were seen across 13 countries whilst people were waiting to get their hands on the new console.
Considered a novelty item, which wouldn’t be of much use nor would many people be interested in it, the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch from Samsung has seen some surprising sales. In an attempt to prove the worth of the device, Samsung published sales figures for the watch which shoes 800,000 units have been sold since the launch. However it’s not clear if these are sold to customers or retailers to sell on.
Two weeks before the UK, the US see’s the launch of the latest console from Sony, the PlayStation 4. This eagerly anticipated console comes out seven years since the PlayStation 3 one, week before its main Rival the Xbox One. Fans gathered at stores across the US with lines stretching out around the streets with people waiting for doors to be opened at midnight.