5G for the Mi MIX 3: Xiaomi beats Huawei and Samsung to it

Yes, you read that right. Xiaomi’s next flagship will include a 5G NR modem and it’s not just a rumor, there is evidence! The Xiaomi MIX line, famous for its design and innovation, looks like it will beat the big brands to the 5G finish line.

Confirming this news is Donovan Sung, Xiaomi’s director of product management, with a photo posted on Twitter. In the photo, in addition to being able to admire again the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 in all its beauty with its very thin bezels around the display, you can see the smartphone of the Chinese company going through connectivity tests.

Not only can you see the fictitious phone cells used for testing and set to NR5G (New Radio 5G) connectivity but you can see in the Android status bar the logo that indicates the connection of the smartphone to that network.

Technically, Mi MIX 3 could be the world’s first mass-produced smartphone with 5G connectivity without the need for extra accessories such as is the case with the Verizon Moto Z3 and 5G Moto Mod.

However, it is not yet clear whether the working frequencies used by Xiaomi in China will be the same as those used elsewhere for the new connection standard but we are probably looking at the new X50 modem from Qualcomm in conjunction with the Snapdragon 845.

Previous Mi MIX models were global phones so there’s some hope. Of course, it remains to be seen which carriers will allow the 5G connection and the kind of operator plans that will integrate 5G. Xiaomi has made no secret of its plans to follow up European success with an entry into the famously difficult US market, and so far, it has not been slapped with the same hostility as fellow Chinese brand Huawei.

Are you excited for the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3?

Want to see the new iPhone XS? We’ve had our hands on it

Yes, you read correctly. We’ve had in our hands what should be the new iPhones that Apple will be presenting very soon. Are you curious to see them more closely? Then continue reading and watch our video!

Apple has confirmed an iPhone event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple Campus. During the keynote, we are expecting to see a new model of the Apple Watch as well as three new iPhone models. The names are still a mystery, but for ease of understanding, we will tentatively call them the iPhone XS, XS Plus and X Lite.

Thanks to our colleagues and friends at iPhone Italia, to whom I owe a special thank you, we were able to hold and physically compare what should be the new Apple smartphones thanks to these really well-made mockups. The source that provided these mockups is the same responsible for last year’s leaks, and many other rumors about smartphones from other brands, so it is very reliable.

All three models will come with almost bezel-less displays and a notch that holds the hardware you need for FaceID. Still present is a Lightning port (there’s no USB Type-C) and thanks to the glass backs all three should support wireless charging.

Therefore, only the dimensions change and the internal specifications will be an upgrade compared to the iPhone X. The Lite version should also have a single camera and not a telephoto lens.

What do you think about the future of the iPhone? Is Apple on the right track?

Polk Command Bar with Alexa: seems like a good idea, but…

Digital assistants are becoming more common in our lives, not least because manufacturers are now integrating them into a wider variety of devices as well. Audio manufacturer Polk has now set about integrating Alexa into a sound bar. Sounds very useful, at least in theory. But what else can the sound bar do? We listened and learned.

Good

  • High quality workmanship
  • Amazon Alexa integrated
  • Good remote control
  • Simple setup

Bad

  • Sound isn’t very good
  • Alexa integration is too visually obvious

A little too expensive

Polk Command Bar is available in black only. The package contains not only the loudspeaker but also the matching subwoofer. The system is available to purchase online from $250. For the performance that the sound bar ultimately offers, even this appealing price might ask a bit too much.

 

The design is appealing

A sound bar has only one place in the living room: under the TV. For this reason, the designs are usually similar between different brands. Ultimately, it is always a black speaker bar.

In principle, Polk’s Command Bar is not out of line here, only

the ring and the buttons in the middle catch the eye
, strongly reminiscent of an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Even the LED light ring was accommodated. This, of course, is intended to remind you of Amazon’s smart speakers. That’s what makes the Command Bar so special: it’s equipped with Amazon Alexa, but more about that later.

This soundbar is quite restrained with the design, as is typical. / © AndroidPIT

The design is otherwise appealing and restrained. It is not conspicuous and therefore fits into practically every living room. As written at the beginning, the package also includes a powerful subwoofer with 100 watts. It is quite tall, but looks good.

There is ultimately nothing to complain about when it comes to either component: nothing wobbles, the surfaces are of high quality and look as much.

There are several connections on the back. If you have a TV with an ARC connection, the sound bar should be connected via HDMI. Otherwise, you also have the possibility to connect the Command Bar via an optical audio connection. Of course, signals can also be sent to the device via Bluetooth, or two HDMI connections are also available on the rear. One of them is positioned in such a way that a Fire TV stick fits perfectly and literally disappears. Note, however, that the TV sticks are not the 4K version.

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As far as connections are concerned, the Command Bar is well prepared. / © AndroidPIT

Alexa is always ready

The Polk Command Bar is one of the first soundbars with integrated Amazon Alexa. The voice assistant works similar to Amazon’s own Echo devices. Just call the assistant by name and ask your question or give your commands. There is also a dedicated button on the remote control that activates the microphone and lowers the TV sound so that the assistant can hear everything well. But Alexa doesn’t react as fast and reliable as with an Echo.

Alexa can do almost everything that the Echo can
. However, phone calls don’t work, you need Amazon’s hardware for that. Of course, this may change in the future due to updates. Otherwise, there are actually no differences. Alexa is always easy to understand and has no problems following your commands.

Unfortunately, one thing bothered me a lot: Alexa’s voice always depends on the set volume and, in my opinion, it is a bit too loud. The voice is also used for other announcements, such as which tone is played. Every morning, for example, when I switch on the TV, the voice literally roars at me with “TV AUDIO”. Sure, it gets me feeling more awake, but this is not really pleasant. A separate control of the volume of the voice would have been more pleasant.

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The design is strongly reminiscent of an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. / © AndroidPIT

A rock-solid app

As is the trend these days, Polk naturally also supplies the companion app. This is absolutely necessary, if only to set up the Command Bar and connect it to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa functionality, connection to Spotify and more must also be set up here. Overall,

the app makes a professional impression
 and reliably handles all tasks. It’s not really great that you have to set up yet another account for your devices at home. But one has probably got used to it more or less nowadays.

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The app is very simple but effective and easy to use. / © AndroidPIT

Unconvincing sound

With all the special features and great design, one thing ultimately counts for most in a sound bar: the sound. And here’s the thing:

it can’t really convince me
. It doesn’t sound well balanced and seems flat overall, even if the bass is sometimes powerful thanks to the supplied subwoofer. You can adapt it to your own taste, as is the case with a subwoofer. But in the end the subwoofer doesn’t make a good impression, the bass is a bit spongy every now and then and not quite as to the point as I would like it to be. The sound bar itself lacks a certain depth and three-dimensionality, the mids are often lost.

But it has a useful feature that I have come to appreciate. You can adjust the volume of voices using the remote control. You can screw around with it for fun to make voices sound funny and inappropriate, but if you are hard of hearing or like to watch programs in a second language, this can help a lot in understanding. I always set the voices a little louder than normal, I just find it more pleasant. A function that really makes sense.

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The subwoofer doesn’t do a very good job. / © AndroidPIT

The Command Bar comes with three sound profiles: Movie, Sports and Music. The differences are not blatant, but audible. Annoying: If you increase the volume of the voices, e.g. in movie mode, this setting is not reset when switching to music mode, but simply adopted. That means you have to change the volume of the voices every time you switch between TV sound and Bluetooth music. Linking the setting to the mode would have simply solved the problem.

Final verdict

In the end, I remain unconvinced by the Polk Command Bar. The idea of integrating Amazon Alexa into a sound bar sounds very good and also makes a lot of sense. But in the end it

falls short of a good standard for the basic characteristics of a sound bar
. I also doubt that I really need the big ring so conspicuously in the middle of the soundbar.

But much more important is the audio quality, and here the Command Bar is a bit disappointing. Of course, I can’t expect high-end sound for $250, that’s clear. But if the sound bar doesn’t sound much better than the pitiful speakers of my TV set, something is clearly wrong.

Other manufacturers, such as Sonos, are also taking up the idea and integrating voice assistants. If you want a smart assistant in your living room anyway, we’ll soon see how the market develops and what can be offered at different price points. My advice is to wait and compare the other options.

 

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium vs Huawei P20 Pro: duel of the night owls

Two smartphones and an AndroidPIT editor embarked on a journey through the German capital city, and from this evening stroll, a number of shots were gathered from various low light scenes. Now, we need your help to compare the results of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium and the Huawei P20 Pro in this blind test. Let’s find out which is the best smartphone camera for night owls.

Taking good photos in the daylight isn’t exactly a feat anymore. Most smartphones released in 2018 are able to capture good quality shots of landscapes, objects and sometimes portraits, regardless of price point. On the other hand, low light shots are a real proving ground. Huawei raised the bar for night photos with the P20 Pro in the first half of this year. The P20 Pro features a triple camera and sophisticated software, making it the reigning champ, but Sony is launching its first dual camera smartphone, the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Will Sony be able to take the crown? We leave that up to you in this blind test.

With both cameras, we used the automatic camera app settings. And since the Xperia XZ2 Premium doesn’t have a night mode, we didn’t use night mode of the P20 Pro. Take a look at the photos we’ve taken along our tour of Berlin below and decide.

Scene 1: A port in low light

Along the waterfront of the Spree in Berlin, there is a small inland harbor, and it is here where the Huawei P20 Pro and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium fought against each other to capture the best shot of two sailboats. Which of the two photos do you like better?

Scene 2: The Gendarmenmarkt during a warm summer night

At this famous site, there are several different light sources and still very little daylight left. Both smartphones had to cope with these conflicting lighting conditions.

Scene 3: A nighttime close-up

In the third scene, we capture the bicycle in very bad lighting. Both still managed to take good shots of it, and it looks like the bike was partially under a light source even though it actually wasn’t. Which one do you like better?

Scene 4: East Side Gallery – The Berlin Wall at night

This shot of the Berlin Wall was particularly hard to capture. After all, the wall was in the shadow with lights behind it, and the cameras had to struggle to capture the brightness and colors in the foreground and background correctly despite this. Which do you think handled it best?

Which do you predict will be the winner? Let us know in the comments. We’ll reveal the winner and which shots belonged to which phone soon!

Flexible displays fuel the next generation of wearables

Too often it is the case with technological breakthroughs that they are somehow interesting, but then spend a long time in the prototype stage. The details are often tricky, but Royole showed off some flexible displays that are ready to use at IFA 18, and there are some great ideas.

Royole had a concept for a flexible smartphone at the IFA 2017 and the company is still struggling with the details of flexible construction. In the same breath, however, there are also positive things to report, so let’s take a look.

In the future, displays can be everywhere – for example, on a hat. Royole showed this concept at IFA. I put it on right away and I think it suits me quite well, don’t you?

A stylish hat, or not?  / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

On the hat is the highlight of Royole. A flexible Full-HD-Display, which shows colors vividly and is bright enough, even on a strongly illuminated exhibition stand. Royole can produce these displays in its own factory – mass production has already begun and the company says it is capable of producing up to 50 million units a year.

Perhaps even more useful than the hat display is the idea of placing a flexible display on a bag. This idea was also shown at the Royole stand.

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A bag with a display. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Of course, this technology is suitable for all kinds of other things. Integrated into clothing, these displays could be used for information or advertising media. Displays could, therefore, be installed any uneven surface in the future. The possibilities are almost limitless.

In addition to displays, Royole has also developed sensors that allow virtually any surface to be transformed to be touch responsive. With the RoWrite trackpad, Royole shows what it can do. This is a digital drawing board on which you can clamp classic paper. With the pen you can draw on paper and RoWrite transfers this directly to an iPad or Android tablet. Later, Macs and Windows PCs will also be supported.

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Precise sensors: drawing on a RoWrtie pad. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

We have already tried the digital drawing board. Our photographer, Ira, was thrilled. Above all, we were convinced by the system’s lack of latency. RoWrite recognizes 2,048 pressure levels, which is essential for precise drawing.

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RoWrite: Perfect for artists and doodlers. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

RoWrite will be launched Europe-wide before the end of the year. In Great Britain and the US it is already available via Amazon and costs £119 and $119 respectively – blame Brexit and the weak pound for that one!

What do you think of flexible displays? Gimmick or the future of wearable tech? Let us know.

Fortnite for Android review: worth the wait?

Obviously, Fortnite isn’t a new game. In fact, it recently celebrated its first birthday and has been out on iOS for months. But that doesn’t change the fact that its arrival on the Android platform is going to make many people happy, even if some may have been upset that Samsung users got to try it first. 

As we suspected, Fortnite for Android isn’t on the Play Store, but accessed via Epic Games’ dedicated app, which is also available on Samsung’s own app store, if you prefer to have it managed through Samsung. My test device (S9+) was able to comfortably run the game at its “Epic” max settings, although the choice of framerate maxes out at 30 FPS.

Ready to play? / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

At the moment Fortnite is still in its beta period, so what we’re looking at here isn’t the final product. Nonetheless, the beta is packed full of features and extending to a wider range of Android phones. Want to get in on the action? Here’s how to sign up for the beta for free and try it for yourself.

Nothing quite beats the thrilling all-against-all of the classic battle royale.

If you only know Fortnite from celebrity or media references, here’s the skinny. Fortnite Battle Royale (distinct from the original, less popular version of Fortnite) throws 100 players on large island maps and pits them against each other in a free-for-all battle for supremacy. Yes, it sounds like PUBG, but there are many reasons why Fortnite eclipsed PUBG in popularity. Finally, PUBG Mobile on Android faces its rival. So let’s jump in.

It’s full-fat Fortnite for your phone

It’s the battle royale we all know and love. After a brief waiting period, your avatar is loaded onto the balloon-powered battle bus with nothing but a pickaxe and a glider, along with 99 other similarly equipped players. Then it’s time to drop onto an island, scavenge for weapons, materials and powerups, and take out your rivals one by one until you’re (hopefully) the last player standing. All the while a deadly storm closes in, shrinking the battleground and forcing contenders ever closer together.

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Get caught under that purple cloud when it closes in and you’re in trouble! / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

You don’t have to play a brutal free-for-all if you don’t want to though. You can also team up in squads or duos, play 50 v 50 battles, or fool around with infinite respawns in the popular Playground mode. Epic Games knows that in order to keep it fresh, they need to keep adding new game modes to change up the familiar formula, usually for a limited time. For my money though, nothing quite beats the thrilling all-against-all of the classic battle royale.

Epic Games’ take on the battle royale is a different kettle of fish to PUBG. Fortnite is quirkier, more cartoonish and generally wackier than PUBG’s grim and gritty style. Fortnite’s environments and player avatars pop with color and character, and it’s easy to see how Fortnite won over millions with its charms. Whether you prefer Fortnite’s visuals to PUBG is a matter of taste but, personally, I find Fortnite’s style less generic.

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Fortnite’s battle bus is more fun that PUBG’s generic plane. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Although many smartphones are now more than capable of delivering the graphics and performance for Fortnite Battle Royale, the game is a drain on the battery for sure, but not as much as I expected. Your mileage may vary on this depending on your device and use but I could spend a few hours gaming without worrying about charging, although the issue does make me wish for more side-charging options, such as the Asus ROG Phone has.

How fast are your fingers?

Epic Games made a big deal about cross-platform play when Fortnite Mobile was originally announced, but as the initial matches of iPhone users against PC users quickly demonstrated, mobile touchscreen controls just aren’t as fast or accurate as those on home platforms. During the review period, my game was set to play against others on the same platform, so I really had no excuse for my suckitude.

The HUD lays out the touch controls in a reasonably intuitive way, and in the game settings the positioning of buttons and menus in the touchscreen overlay can be moved and changed to your preferences, so if you find the initial layout awkward, you can tweak it to suit your needs and improve your performance.

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Drag and drop controls to your preferred position. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Fortnite Battle Royale is basically extreme hide-and-seek punctuated by brief explosive moments of violence when players encounter each other (don’t expect to soak up hits), and it’s in these fast, tense shootouts where I felt frustrated with the touch controls lack of fluidity compared to what I’m used to on PC. I’d get smoked from behind over and over again because I couldn’t react in time when it came to aiming, dodging, or building in a hurry.

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Fast building is one of the trickiest things to learn. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

But if you’re playing others on the same platform, you just have to be better than your immediate opponent. With enough practice, the playing the game on mobile is as challenging and exciting as the original. I still haven’t managed to win, but I must tip my hat to some of my opponents who I’ve seen demonstrate mad skills, especially when it comes to erecting complex defenses in seconds.

Free-to-play, pay-to-look-cool

Like PUBG and many competitive mobile titles, Fortnite is free to download and play, but it has plenty of things for you to spend money on. To its credit, nothing that you can purchase actually gives you an advantage over your opponents in-game. Instead, Fortnite’s paid extras will get you cosmetic items to pimp your character, with a variety of cool (and silly) items including headgear, clothing, back swag and custom gliders. You can even buy different dance moves to show off with.

Most players will get these goodies by purchasing “battle passes”, essentially paying for opportunities to earn different rewards through in-game challenges. It’s an ingenious monetization method that works in tandem with engaging players in the game, instead of punishing players who don’t pay up with disadvantages. Ultimately, you can enjoy Fortnite fully without paying a dime, but there’s a real sense of reward for those who want to invest in it.

All the fun of Fortnite the palm of your hand

There’s no doubt about it though, is that regardless of your skills, Fortnite is just plain fun. Everything that made the game a phenomenon is present: the tension of scavenging, the satisfaction of master the building mechanics, and of course the thrill of the intense, deadly moments of combat. 

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Fortnite is still fun and addictive on mobile. / © AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Then there’s the dress-up part, where players can express their style with tons of outfits and accessories to be won or bought. If you’ve already racked up rewards from battle passes, you can pick up the game on mobile and keep all your snazzy outfits and goodies.

Still best on PC, but the option to play on mobile comes in handy

Thanks to its arrival on Android, Fortnite fans can always have their beloved battle royale within reach, even when traveling away from home. Honestly, the overall experience is still best on PC, but there are many occasions, such as if someone else in your household needs to use the computer, or you just want to lie in bed and play, or on the balcony, on vacation or whatever, where the option to play on mobile comes in handy.

And those who made the choice to invest more in their smartphone than a home PC or console won’t have to miss out. If anything, the presence of a full-featured Fortnite on Android further legitimizes Android as a gaming platform in its own right, so let’s hope that other game studios take note. In the meantime, expect to see Fortnite close the deal on world domination thanks to its presence on the most popular global mobile platform.

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A quick match during lunch break at the office: mobile gaming has its advantages! / © AndroidPIT

Have you been waiting to play Fortnite Battle Royale on Android? Which phone will you play on?

XPLORA: smartwatches for kids or short leashes for parents?

If you’re a parent, the safety of children is, of course, a topic that will be of interest to you. The development of new technologies, fortunately, allows for solutions to help you monitor your kids. The Norwegian brand XPLORA specializes in this field. It is increasingly successful in Europe and the new products announced at IFA attest to its strong ambitions.

Scary or reassuring?

When you first hear about the XPLORA brand, it’s hard not to think about the second episode of season 4 of Black Mirror. The Netflix series devoted an episode to parents’ excessive surveillance of their children. Fortunately for us, XPLORA’s smartwatches don’t go as far as the fictional TV series.

The Norwegian brand specializes in wearables for children aged 5 to 10. They prefer, however, to present their watches as a “first smartphone for children”. Since younger and younger children are demanding to have their own smartphone, XPLORA smartwatches allow parents to take a gradual step. At first, they can protect their children from having permanent internet access (and the dangers that come along with it), and at the same time, appease their kids by offering them a high-tech device on their wrist.

While some people may see the devices as a means to track children, Sten Kirkbak, the company’s co-founder, emphasizes children’s health and physical activity, as the devices encourage them to move as much as possible. He also sees it as a way for parents to let their children play outside without being afraid, something that has become more and more difficult over time. In any case, these are all still difficult issues and it’s unclear what the best thing to do is going forward.

Real connected watches

Although they have a classic appearance, XPLORA smartwatches offer a whole series of practical features, both for parents and for children. The XPLORA and XPLORA 3S give kids a taste of what adults experience with a classic smartwatch.

XPLORA is continuing its expansion into Europe and the United States in the coming months. /
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For parents, the watches provide a means to monitor the location of their children via the dedicated app. XPLORA uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and GSM triangulation to ensure the best real-time tracking of locations. Parents are also able to define secure zones and receive notifications about them on their devices. They can also set specific schedules to disable the smartwatch. Children, on the other hand, get an SOS button that they can use if they’re in danger. Kids can also call certain contacts that are defined by their parents, in addition to being able to check the time (yes, it is also a functioning watch).

XPLORA 3S, the new waterproof smartwatch for children

IFA 2018 marked the occasion for the young company to announce two new products. It also gave XPLORA the opportunity that users can use Alexa to request the location of their children.

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The new XPLORA 3S is now waterproof! / © AndroidPIT

The XPLORA 3S will certainly be the manufacturer’s most popular product. Compared to the previous generation, the smartwatch has brought in a waterproof design with IP67 certification. It also introduced a camera for taking pictures and to assist with messages and phone calls.

So what do you think of these smartwatches for kids? Would you purchase this device or is too much surveillance for your liking? Let us know in the comments!

Revolutionary Tech Through a Microscope

Necessity is the mother of invention, or so they say. Whether that is a fact or not, one of the fields that have seen a surge in inventions and innovations in the tech industry. First, it is important to understand what tech is: as Jacob Bigelow stoutly described it in 1829, tech is essentially principles or processes that have been advanced with the aid of science and have societal benefits and real-life applications.

The definition may have been watered down from the 19th Century to now, but there are still revolutionary tech ideas and concepts that have a huge impact on the society today. Below is an in-depth expository into the most turnkey tech breakthroughs in 2018 and what that could potentially mean for the world today. 

  1. Three Dimensional Metal Printers

Printing in itself is a huge invention that to the thriving of myriad paper industries such as book printing, newspapers, and the like. As innovation took its course, the world was introduced to 3-D printing. You could now print a model or part of a structure that you wanted using the special plastic material. To date, 3-D printing is rare and expensive, but has proven useful and is the way to go future printing technology. 

Recently, an even more awestruck innovation hit the market, 3-D metal printing!  

The real-life applications for metal printers range from manufacturers producing more precise material and from the stroke of a keyboard, to companies growing with the use of articulate designs, and in good time too. 

Some of the key players and revolutionists in the industry include; 

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who in 2017, announced that they had 3-D printer which they had developed themselves. Furthermore, they cited the created parts would be from stainless steel and would be twice as stronger as through conventional means.
  • Markforged, a relatively small startup based in Boston revealed their first metallic 3-D printer, retailing around $100,000
  • Desktop Metal, another Boston based startup has revolutionized the tech industry by aiming at metal printing large machines, designed for manufacture.
  1. Synthetic Embryos 

One of the biggest conundrums that have faced man from time immemorial is the question of life itself. However, Cambridge University is edging closer and closer to solving the enigma. This is because recently, they created realistic-looking mouse embryos from nothing more than stem cells.

Stem cells are a great revolution on their own, but with the help of tech, they have been used to create the first steps towards creating life itself. There are, however, fundamental questions that need to be answered, but Cambridge University, alongside the Rockefeller and Michigan Universities, is closer to creating life without the use of either an egg or a sperm.

  1. Quayside  

Smart cities are not exactly revolutionary, more so, most are only feasible on paper and when the actual work begins, they either run to the ground or stall for a long time. Tech could have just worked a way around that.

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, in conjunction with the Canadian Government, is embarking on a project to build a smart city will with mostly rely on tech to run. The city is said to have robots as well as autonomous vehicles to run the town, from delivering mail, transportation, to other menial chores. Sidewalk Labs has agreed to open the access to the systems and software creation to other companies. 

The project was announced in October 2017 and is slated to begin construction in 2019.

  1. AI for Everybody  

Artificial intelligence has for some time now proven to be a big challenger in the tech industry. However, it has been hogged by major players in the tech business with companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Baidu taking the biggest share. There is still a lot everyday companies need to learn about AI’s, as to utilize them to the maximum.

The newest tech innovation is the Cloud-Based Artificial Intelligence that has the ability to learn like a human brain does. Companies like Microsoft, Azure, and Amazon are already in the forefront to developing turnkey AI cloud services, however, whichever company amount son top is still a win for the tech industry.

  1. Dueling Neural Networks

Artificial Intelligence has moved leaps and bounds to get to where it is today, however, for it to be applied in real life basis, there is a lot more that needs to be done. Google Brain, Nvidia, and DeepMind may just have the solution. Essentially, these companies are using tech to train al and give them somewhat of sense and reliance. These could be used in the transportation industry, where a smart car could learn all it needed to without ever being on the road, which would subsequently increase road safety.  

  1. Pixel Buds  

Learning a new language can take time, and often at times, you just need to use a few phrases. You could also be traveling around and have the need to use a different language. Google has created a new tech innovation, the pixel buds, which are real-time translators from one language to another.  

The concept is rather simple, one person wears the pixel bud earphones, while another holds the pixel phone. When one person speaks in a foreign language, the buds can pick it up, and the translation will show on the Google Pixel phone, thus helping two people communicate. The Buds currently retail at $159.

  1. Zero Carbon Natural Gas  

Man has always looked for the most efficient way to make electricity. There was a time when steam and coal were the way to go, but they proved tedious, unreliable, exhaustive and above all, unclean.  

Natural gas is now one of the most readily available and cheaper ways of making electricity. It accounts for more than a third of US electricity, and around 22 % of the world’s electricity.  

However, in the production of electricity from natural gas, a lot of carbon it emits, which is harmful to the environment. However, Net Power, a company formed in the heart of US petroleum and refining industry seeks to change that. The pilot project seeks to create the same or more amount of electricity while capturing all the carbon dioxide.

  1. Cryptographic Protocol

The internet is a marvel and has led to some of the greatest tech innovations of all time. However, one may sometimes feel insecure when they have to reveal their birthdate to prove they are over a certain age or share their bank details before making a transaction. However, by the aide of Zcash, a cryptographic protocol known as zero-proof knowledge is now available. Essentially, this means you can still enjoy all the perks on the internet while choosing to remain as anonymous as possible.

  1. Genetic Fortune

What if you could know the diseases and conditions that had the highest likelihood of attacking you through your lifetime, what would you do? What preventative measures would you take?  

Thanks to advancements in both tech and studies, that is now possible. Companies like Helix and Broad Institute have used data collected by vast studies to create a probability stake on what could happen to you. The tech may lead to discrimination, but it could also lead to disease eradication.

  1. Quantum Computers 

What if you could turn the sun into liquid fuel? Or use proteins to work instead of drugs? These are possibilities that sound far-fetched, but in a few years, will be a reality Quantum computers are becoming more and more of a reality, and through them, man will be able to create fetes that were only before dreamed of, or seen in science fiction movies. Thanks, to tech companies such as IBM AND Google, quantum computers will be a reality in the next few years.