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ZTE Details Crowdsourced Hawkeye Phone

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Back in October 2016 ZTE announced plans to take the people's advice for the development of its next phone. Now the company is ready to reveal the results-- the Hawkeye, an eye-tracking, self-adhesive smartphone.

ZTE HawkeyeThe result of an online voting campaign, the Hawkeye has some unusual capabilities. Apparently potential customers demanded a phone with self-adhesive polymers on the back, meaning one can stick it on any stable surface. It also incorporates eye tracking via pair of front-facing cameras, allowing users to scroll through websites and the like without using their fingers.

Another odd, if interesting, feature is a display with a split screen design that is only visible to users directly in front of it. This prevents others from trying to look at what is on screen.

Zotac Presents VR-Capable Zbox Magnus EN1070K

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Zotac MagnusThe Zotac Zbox line of miniature desktop PCs gets an upgrade to Intel Kaby Lake processors-- bringing about the Magnus EN1070K, a machine capable of powering a VR headset despite being a little bigger than a Mac Mini.

The ultra-compact PC runs on a Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU together with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and up to 35GB RAM. Internal storage comes through M.2 SSD slot and 2.5-inch SATA drive bay, while connectivity includes x2 USB 2.0, x2 USB 3.0, x1 USB 3.1 Type-A, x1 USB-C, x1 SD card slot, x2 ethernet, x2 HDMI and x2 DisplayPorts.

Philips Claims Largest Curved Monitor

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Philips brand holder MMD announces the BDM4037UW-- a 40-inch Philips Brilliance 4K/UHD LCD display the company says is the "largest 4k curved monitor on the market."

Philips monitorThe monitor packs a VA LCD panel with a W-LED backlight, and features 3840 x 2160 resolution. Viewing angles clock at 178-degrees, while maximum brightness reaches 300cd/m². MMD adds the monitor supports an ultra wide colour gamut with 85% NTSC gamut (as opposed to the usual 72%) and the hardware offers over 1 billion colours. Audio is included through two built-in 5W speakers, and a quad-port USB 3.0 hub adds connectivity.

A Laptop Dock for the Compute Card

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NexDock, the maker of a laptop dock for Windows 10 smartphones and mini-PCs, announces plans to launch a similar device powered by the Compute Card, Intel's credit card-size computing platform.

NexDock Compute CardRecently the company start shipping self-titled laptop docks for use with Windows 10 smartphones, mini PCs and tablets. The result of an April 2016 crowdfunding campaign, the NexDock offers a Bluetooth keyboard, 14-inch display and 10000mAh Li-ion battery, and works best with devices using the Windows 10 Continuum feature (although the company says it can also act as a second display for iOS and Android devices).

PC Shipments At Their Lowest Yet!

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The PC market is not exactly one for good news, but according to Gartner 2016 was the worst yet-- shipments are down by -6% to 269.7 million, a 5th straight annual decline and the lowest total since 2006.

For the curious, 2006 shipments totalled 240 million.

IDC PC Chart

IDC has similar results for the 2016 PC market-- shipments reach 260 million, a -5.7% decline. The analyst says Q1 2016 was particularly constrained by high inventory, free Windows 10 upgrades and difficult comparisons to 2014, but by H2 and Q4 2016 the market stabilised through commercial demand.

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