HTC CEO apologizes for poor company performance, promises new product in October

HTC CEO Cher Wang during an investor meeting yesterday apologized for the company’s poor performance in recent months. According to the Taipei Times she attributed it to “poor operational efficiency and overly conservative marketing strategy amid fierce competition in the global market.”

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Logitech to acquire Jaybird for $50M as it looks to expand active lifestyle wireless offerings

Computer peripheral company Logitech has today announced that it is acquiring popular audio company Jaybird. Jaybird, for those unfamiliar, has released a variety of headphone products over recent years, most of which have been wireless. Logitech says the deal is worth million in cash, with an additional earn-out of up to million based on achievement of growth targets over the next two years.

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Television Academy switches from DVDs to Google’s Chromecast for Emmy voting

In an effort to update the old DVD mailer experience, the Television Academy has teamed up with Google to distribute Emmy-nominated films to voting members for this year’s awards. The two announced the partnership today that will see Google sending out Chromecasts to all voting members of the Academy: more…

New Samsung patents reveal foldable and scrollable smartphone/tablet designs

A patent recently published by the USPTO and unearthed by Patently Mobile reveals Samsung could have plans to design and build foldable, bendable and scrollable devices with various designs. Of course, the technology underpinning this entire exploration is a flexible display, which made it in to mainstream smartphones a couple of years ago with the Galaxy Round and LG G Curve. More recently, Samsung used it in the Galaxy S6 Edge, but if these designs eventually make it to market, they’ll make the S6 Edge look dull…

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Report: YouTube Subscription service to launch next month as 2-in-1 music and video bundle

File photo shows people walking by a YouTube sign at the new Google office in Toronto

According to industry sources who spoke to Re/code, YouTube is aiming to launch its long-awaited subscription service as soon as next month. What’s interesting in this report is that the sources in-the-know stated that the subscription will be sold as a 2-in-1 deal. One monthly fee will purportedly get you access to both music streaming and ad-free videos…

LG unveils new 5.5-inch QHD display for the upcoming G4

LG’s upcoming G4 flagship isn’t set to be unveiled until later this month, but the company this evening has announced one feature of the upcoming device. In a press release, LG Display unveiled a new 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel. LG claims that it has achieved a “quantum jump” in color gamut and brightness with this display, while also and perhaps more importantly, reducing power consumption. The display is also much thinner than any display before, according to LG.

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Samsung rumored to add pressure-sensitive features to its next Galaxy phones

A report on Weibo suggests that Samsung will be adding pressure-sensitive screens next year following its biggest rival, Apple, with the launch of the iPhone 6s and 3D Touch. Samsung phones currently can respond to force through the use of the stylus but the ‘Galaxy S7’ would reportedly respond to pressure from standard touch input.

The Weibo post indicates that Samsung will be using Synaptic screen technology, which 9to5Google reported on last week. The manufacturer is licensing its ClearForce hardware to OEMs to increase adoption of pressure-sensitive displays in consumer phones and tablets. The Android Huawei Mate S already includes this feature.

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Comment: A few months later, and my Google Home is indispensable – and I’ve only scratched the surface

Plenty of new and exciting Google products launched over the last few years have left me underwhelmed. About anyone can tell you that I was high on the Google Glass train for a while (even though I didn’t actually own a pair until it was basically dead), and I’ve written countless times about how I just can’t find any use for Android Wear (or frankly, most wearables). And other more-recent new Google products, like Daydream View, have simply sat in my drawer for months on end.

I don’t know if, until now, any single tech product has entered my life since the smartphone that has ended up being just completely indispensable and necessary. Something like (forgive my rough estimates) 75% percent of my interactions with consumer tech over the last few years have been with either my phone or my laptop. That other 25 percent has been filled with things like traditional television, tapping around on a smartwatch, playing video games, or using some kind of tablet.

With the Google Home now a part of my daily routine, though, these numbers are changing. It’s a minor shift to be sure, but I’m starting to be able to assign a noticeable percentage of my tech interactions to this new product and I’ve found myself feeling somewhat more free from my phone lately…

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9to5Toys Last Call: Jawbone UP24 (used) from $36, ZAGG Bluetooth keyboard $19, travel router $15, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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Jawbone UP24 fitness bands (used): from .40 shipped (Reg. 0)

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 ZAGG Universal Keyboard for All Bluetooth Devices:  shipped (orig. )

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HooToo TripMate Wireless N Travel Router w/ USB port: Prime shipped (Reg. )

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Samsung Galaxy ALPHA SM-G850A 32GB 4G LTE: 9 shipped (Reg. 0)

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LG G3 w/ free 0 Amazon gift card for .01 w/ 2-yr contract or 9 w/o

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LAST CHANCE! Small States Review Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, 9 giveaway

More new gear from today:

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Headphones: JBL J55 on-ears (multiple colors) (Reg. ), Sennheiser HD 518 over-ears (Reg. up to 0)

More deals still alive:

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Download a free copy of the Transformers movie

New products & more:

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Rock Band 4 slated for a 2015 return w/ song collections transferring + all new hardware