How was your 2022? Mine was pretty great, at least if we're talking tech. (The less said about viruses, hurricanes and politics, the better.) Before we jump into all the fun new stuff that 2023 will bring, let's pause to look back at some of the best tech products of the year. Out of the many, many I tested, the following 10 stand out as favorites.
The Bip 3 Pro continues a long tradition of amazingly good, amazingly inexpensive Amazfit watches. It's not perfect, but it's easy to recommend for anyone seeking wrist-based time, notifications, fitness tracking, health monitoring and much more. Oh, and its amazing battery life should leave Apple feeling very, very embarrassed.
If you can swing the cost and don't mind committing to a little learning and practice, the DJI Avata is a ridiculously fun way to fly like birds do — and to see what birds see. This combo kit includes not only the drone but also first-person-view goggles and a motion-sensitive handheld controller.
Why buy a laptop if you do all your work at a desk? The Mini IT11 packs a lot of power into its compact case, and you can use it with the keyboard and monitor of your choice. Unless you're a gamer, this should handle every home- and office-computing need you have.
If you're ready for a seriously big TV upgrade, the Hisense U7H brings 85 inches of home-theater goodness into your living room. With dazzling Quantum Dot color and a whopping 120 local dimming zones, this TV comes very close to rivaling OLED models that cost a lot more. You'll need a serious chunk of wall space or an extra-deep TV stand, but if you've got the accommodations, you'll love this supersize screen.
Amazon's newly updated e-reader is anything but entry-level, offering more storage, a better screen and a welcome dark mode. It's a great distraction-free reading tool, but you might want to wait for its inevitable sale pricing.
If money is no object (or your home is just really, really dirty), splurge on Roborock's super-versatile cleaner. It not only vacuums and mops, but it also self-empties its dustbin and water reservoir. I've tried a lot of robot vacuums over the years; I've yet to encounter one that works this well and requires so little human intervention.
I love this soundbar for two key reasons. First, it doubles as a high-end Roku streamer, great for anyone seeking an upgrade to their current streaming situation. Second, it's expandable, with a wireless subwoofer and satellite speakers available to better round out the sound. Even without those extras, though, this will greatly improve your TV audio experience.
The StormBox Blast has everything you would want from an outdoor Bluetooth speaker: easy portability (thanks, ’80s boombox–style handle), incredible battery life (up to 30 hours, which blows away the competition) and sound that, if I'm being honest, handily beats the Sonos Move in outdoor environments. Credit that to the two tweeters and two mid-woofers that combine to crank out a hefty 90 watts of audio goodness. Everything I played on the StormBox Blast just felt BIG.
Compact enough to sit on the arm of your couch, the Xgimi Elfin projects a sharp, bright picture on your wall. It automatically adjusts for keystone, size and focus — and it comes with Android already built in, so you can stream nearly everything (except Netflix, drat) right out of the box. This coupon deal won't last long, though.
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Microsoft is working to incorporate a faster version of OpenAI's ChatGPT, known as GPT-4, into Bing in the coming weeks in a move that would make the search engine more competitive with Google, according to a new report from Semafor. The integration would see Bing using GPT-4 to answer search queries. People familiar with the matter told Semafor that the main difference between ChatGPT and GPT-4 is speed.
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Apple Inc on Thursday reported sales and profits that missed Wall Street expectations driven by weak iPhone sales after COVID lockdowns in China disrupted production of the company's biggest seller. Apple sales fell 5% to $117.2 billion and were down in every part of the world in the quarter. Earnings per share were $1.88, Apple's first miss of Wall Street's profits expectations since 2016.
SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest premium smartphones with a focus on their powerful cameras on Wednesday, in a test of its brand power as the market for mobiles undergoes unprecedented contraction. Analysts said the Galaxy S23 smartphone series, with its cameras and faster chips than its predecessor, could still face weak demand as consumers spend less amid surging inflation in a struggling global economy. Acknowledging that challenge, the head of Samsung's mobile experience, or MX Business, told reporters in a briefing after the event that there was a "noticeable shift to the premium segment" in developing and emerging markets.
Even more so than last year’s Galaxy S22 series, the 6.1-inch S23 and 6.6-inch S23+ are very, very similar. Both phones feature a minor redesign and some useful software tricks, but S23 Ultra remains the showstopper.
STORY: The hugely popular Chinese-owned app TikTok has long been at the center of controversy for being a potential national security risk – and now a U.S. Senator is seeking to ban it from the country’s two largest app stores.Democrat Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Thursday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai saying TikTok should be removed from both the Apple and Google Play app stores.Congress has already banned TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, from federal government devices.The social media app, which showcases short videos, has come under increasing criticism because of concern that China's government could use it to harvest data on Americans or to advance Chinese interests.In his letter to Cook and Pichai, Sen. Bennet wrote (quote), “No company subject to CCP (Chinese Communist Party) dictates should have the power to accumulate such extensive data on the American people or curate content to nearly a third of our population…. Given these risks, I urge you to remove TikTok from your respective app stores immediately."Prior to Bennet's letter, Republicans have largely led the charge on TikTok and its potential national security concerns, although Democratic Senator Dick Durbin previously urged Americans to stop using the app.In the U.S. House of Representatives, which is now in Republican hands, the Foreign Affairs Committee plans to hold a vote this month on a bill aimed at blocking TikTok's use in the U.S.In 2020, then-President Donald Trump attempted to block new users from downloading TikTok, but the move was rebuffed by the courts.For its part, the company says that China's government cannot access the personal data of U.S. citizens or manipulate the app's content.
Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest premium smartphones with a focus on their powerful cameras on Wednesday, in a test of its brand power as the market for mobiles undergoes unprecedented contraction. Analysts said the Galaxy S23 smartphone series, with its cameras and faster chips than its predecessor, could still face weak demand as consumers spend less amid surging inflation in a struggling global economy. Acknowledging that challenge, the head of Samsung's mobile experience, or MX Business, told reporters in a briefing after the event that there was a "noticeable shift to the premium segment" in developing and emerging markets.
Apple Inc is expected to report its first decline in quarterly revenue in nearly four years after strict COVID-19 curbs in China rapped the economy and related protests upended iPhone production at its biggest supplier Foxconn. Investors will look for details on how Chief Executive Tim Cook is trying to bolster demand in a weak economy that has prompted mass layoffs in the tech industry, a move Apple has so far avoided thanks to frugal hiring during the pandemic. "With supply chain challenges largely normalized, we now believe Apple is entering a period of slower demand due to macro factors," said Cowen analyst Krish Sankar, adding that he expects 2% fewer iPhone units to be sold in 2023.
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The premium service will cost $7 per month in June before increasing to $10 in July, Microsoft said. OpenAI-owned ChatGPT will generate automatic meeting notes, recommend tasks and help create meeting templates for Teams users. Microsoft, which announced a multi-billion dollar investment in OpenAI earlier this month, has said it aims to add ChatGPT's technology into all its products, setting the stage for more competition with rival Alphabet Inc's Google.