Apple is targeting the smart home sector: Apple is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to „Bloomberg“. The device’s other capabilities would include standard Apple TV box functions like watching video and gaming plus smart speaker uses such as playing music and using Apple’s Siri digital assistant. If launched, it would represent Apple’s most ambitious smart-home hardware offering to date.
Oneplus Watch to have battery life of up to ten days: The OnePlus Watch blows pricier rivals away in a couple of key areas, with sleek looks and week-long battery life. However, with a bespoke operating system it can’t load more than the preinstalled selection of basic apps, and its companion smartphone app is only available on Android at launch.
LG’s rollable OLED TV: LG has been demonstrating its rollable display technology as far back as 2014, when it had an 18-inch prototype running at CES. Since then, we’ve seen the rollable display in TV form since 2018 in various stages of completeness. Just a few weeks ago, LG announced its withdrawal from the smartphone sector in order to focus more on its other branches of industry. It has now been announced that the South Korean technology company plans to bring a rollable Smart TV to the German market.
University of Washington launches study on Covid detection by Apple Watch: Apple is launching a study to find out if its Apple Watch can detect Covid-19. The Silicon Valley giant has partnered with the University of Washington and the Seattle Flu Study for the project, according to macrumours.com. Its goal is to see if information collected by the Apple Watch and iPhone can detect early signs of respiratory illnesses, such as the coronavirus and flu.
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Smart home networking: What thread means for Apple HomeKit heise.de
Testing Echo Show 10: The new smart display from Amazon is constantly looking for you – if you let it spiegel.de
Smart Garden: Gardening fully automatically with the FarmBot heise.de
Five innovations: Google Assistant gets new features smarthomeassistent.de
In Ears: Amazon presents the 2nd generation of the Echo Buds smarthomeassistent.de
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The International Data Group predicts that there’ll be over 55 billion connected devices worldwide by 2025 with 75% being connected to an IoT platform.
Internet problems at home are often homemade: If you have internet problems at home, it’s most likely due to a poorly set up, unprofessional internet connection. During the Covid pandemic in particular, the connected home has become the linchpin of life – before and after work. Stable internet is more important than ever. Telekom Service Manager Dr. Ferri Abolhassan explains that frequently criticized internet problems at home are most often not the fault of the provider’s bandwidth but due to home networks that people have set up themselves. Much is often „lost“ via the WLAN: Thick walls, steel elevators, underfloor heating, special window glazing or other electronic devices such as microwaves, baby monitors or loudspeakers sometimes significantly interfere with the reception of the WLAN signal. The neighbour’s WLAN also intervenes more often than one would like. What could help? The widespread use of LAN cables. But this is just as unaesthetic as it is impractical or even possible for smart living devices. It is better to seek professional support when setting up your home WLAN or use so-called mesh WLANs. While with a conventional WLAN the signal is only distributed through a single router in the apartment, a mesh network uses several access points that are distributed across the entire household. This creates a comprehensive WLAN network that enables high bandwidths in all rooms.
New Bitkom Smart City Index: Hamburg, Cologne and Munich are the „smartest“ cities in Germany. At least according to the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom), which has now published its new Smart City Index. The index examines 81 major German cities according to the degree of their digitization and networking. Core criteria of the ranking, which has been carried out since 2019: administration, IT and communication infrastructure, energy and the environment, mobility and society.
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„6G will be the mobile data technology of the future and revolutionize our communication in the next decade.“
Education Minister Anja Karliczek in an interview with the “Handelsblatt” newspaper about the new 6G mobile communications standard, which Germany is funding with 700 million euros.
NOT SO SMART…
Slower internet after launch of Vodafone 5G Standalone: The new cellular standard 5G promises to significantly accelerate transmission rates on the internet. But customers in Germany have yet to notice an improvement, which is mainly due to the fact that the major providers have so far only used the infrastructure of the LTE predecessor network. On Monday, Vodafone announced the start of the 5g standalone standard in the live network of Vodafone Germany. But according to the group, this will cause an initial decline in the data transmission rate. For voice telephony, customers would still have to leave the 5G network and use 4G.