The "Entry-Level" Loewe Bild 3 TV

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Germany's Loewe presents what it describes as an "entry-level" 4K TV range-- the Bild 3, offering sets in 43-, 49- and 55-inch sizes at lower costs than the high-end Bild 7 and Bild 9 ranges.

Loewe Bild 3The 43-inch (model 3.43) and 49-inch (3.49) models feature LCD panels with support for HDR 10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The 55-inch version ups the ante with an OLED panel and the addition of Dolby Vision HDR.

All models offer an integrated 80W with 4 drivers, 2 passive radiators and a bass reflex port, together with access to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime TV, BBC iPlayer and Tidal. Bluetooth support is also included for wireless music playback.

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Yale Ships HomeKit-Enabled Locks

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Yale announces the iM1 Network Module-- the means for customers to add Apple Homekit support to Assure Lock products-- is finally available, following months of delay.

Yale HomeKitThe iM1 is an add-on module for a pair of Yale products, the Assure Lock SL (YRD256) and the Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen (YRD246). It pairs with the Yale Secure companion app to allow customers check battery status, manage up to 25 PIN codes, see current lock status, customise lock settings, name a lock or add a new lock.

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SmartHalo Arrives in Apple Stores

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The SmartHalo-- an iPhone-compatible accessory providing cyclists with navigation, fitness and safety functionality-- arrives at Apple retail locations, starting from N. America.

SmartHaloA Kickstarter success story, the SmartHalo locks to bike handlebars. It pairs with a companion app (on iPhone 4S and higher) via Bluetooth 4.0, and uses a ring light to guide cyclists to their destination using either a turn-by-turn or compass-style lighting mode system.

In addition, a blue dot light illuminates for incoming lights, and a front light turns on or off according to the time of day and when a trip is in progress. A final feature has it record fitness data (such as calories burned) for syncing with the Apple Health app.

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Kantar Worldpanel: iOS Gains Share in Mainland Europe

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Apple gains smartphone OS share in the 5 biggest European markets in the 3 months ending August 2017, Kantar Worldpanel reports-- specifically an increase of 1.2% Y-o-Y, as held back by Great Britain.

Samsung iPhoneAccording to the analyst, while Germany, France, Italy and Spain post iOS growth, Samsung boosted Android growth in Great Britain as the Galaxy S8 and J8 sold well while the flagship Apple smartphones lost momentum ahead to the new iPhone announcement. That said, the decline was "offset slightly" by strong iPhone SE sales.

“Samsung took full advantage of the weeks just before the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were released in Great Britain, with significant promotional activity that helped drive its overall share to a three-year high of 38.4% for the three months ending August 2017,”  Kantar says. “More than 1 in 4 Galaxy S8 buyers cited a specific promotion as a key purchase influencer, and almost half said that a good deal on the price of the phone was key to their purchase. Both of these metrics experienced a large increase over the last 2 months of the period.”

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Future iPhone to Get Stylus?

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The late Steve Jobs was never subtle about his dislike for styluses, but if rumours are correct Apple is considering adding such functionality in a future iPhone.

iPad Pro stylusAccording to Korean publication The Investor, a stylus-compatible iPhone might hit the market as early as 2019. Apple is allegedly already "in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership," while the current A-series chip should receive a "drastic upgrade" to better support handwriting functions.

“Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset," the unnamed source claims.

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