HTC is one of a few companies that is skipping the upcoming IFA 2015 trade show, but it won't stay quiet during that time. Instead, the company has released an image, teasing us with a "handsome" smartphone announcement that will take place on September 9.
Nest, which is owned by Google, has announced a new version of its thermostat. The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat comes with a larger, higher resolution display, slimmer design, and new UI. Compared to the last Nest, this version has a 40% larger display.
PayPal has just launched a peer-to-peer payments service called PayPal.Me. The service lets users set up their own custom URL that other people can use to send them money. With PayPal.Me, users can potentially receive money faster from friends and families.
In an effort to further cut costs, HTC is planning to layoff 600 workers. Those employees, who are located in Taiwan, will be laid off near the end of October, according to a report from DigiTimes. Of those 600 employees, around 400 are working in research and development.
The single transaction limit on contactless payments in the UK has risen from £20 to £30. Apple Pay and other services can now be used to make transactions up to £30 without a PIN. This change will allow the services to work for the average supermarket, pub, and cinema.
Google's testing of its custom self-driving cars is expanding to Austin, Texas. The company already brought its self-driving Lexus SUVs to the city in July and now it is doing the same with its own vehicles. The cars will be tested outside of Silicon Valley for the first time.
Qualcomm's next mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820, comes with the ability to identify malicious apps. A new feature called Smart Protect has been detailed by Qualcomm. That feature is capable of monitoring the activities of apps installed on a device and find malicious software.
Sling TV, an internet TV service operated by Dish Network, is now available on Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablets. The live TV service will be available to users for two weeks for free. Once the short trial is over, Sling TV's basic subscription costs $20 per month.
A leak has revealed Xiaomi's first smartphone with USB-C, the latest USB standard, is a handset called the Mi4c. The phone was first mentioned earlier this year and now a complete spec list has been leaked via GizmoChina. The Mi4c includes a 3000 mAh battery and Snapdragon 808.
There's an entirely automated indoor farm set to be built in Japan that will be capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce per days. The Spread Vegetable Factory is going to build this factory for $16.5 million next year and it will eventually be producing 30,000 heads a day.
Nintendo's small New 3DS, an upgraded version of the portable gaming system, is finally going to reach the North American market. The release of the New 3DS in North America was hinted at in June during E3. Nintendo has confirmed the North American release with a press release.
Google announced Google+ Collections three months ago and now support for it has reached the service's users on iOS. Those who are still using Google+ can now curate their feeds on iOS. Curation can bring more relevant images and conversations into a user's feed.
Tesla has reached a milestone in its roll out of quick electric vehicle charging stations. The company has installed its 500th Supercharger station and this one is located in Moers, Germany. Someone with a Tesla vehicle can also charge their car at regular EV charging spots.
Samsung is partnering with Axel Springer to create a news app. The partnership was announced by both companies on Tuesday and their collaboration will result in the creation of digital media that's only available to Samsung customers. A news platform will first launch in Europe.
The Google Life Sciences division, which was just created a few weeks ago, has partnered with Sanofi in order to assist in the fight against diabetes. Sanofi is a pharmaceutical firm located in France. Through the partnership, Google and Sanofi will use data to improve care.
Sony's latest smartwatch is the Wena Wrist and unlike other smartwatches, it packs all of its smart technology into its wristband. The Wena Wrist comes from a team inside of Sony that is working on projects which can be funded by the public instead of by internal resources.
Apple may begin making its own video content, just like Netflix and Amazon have. Variety says Apple has had "preliminary conversations" with execs in Hollywood about creating video content. One source, a "high-level executive", claims Apple is serious about creating content.
Ahead of IFA 2015 trade show, Samsung officially announces its new smartwatch. The Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch comes in two versions, the standard and the Classic, and is ready to fight with Apple Watch, the upcoming Moto 360 2 and other new smartwatches.
The next Apple TV, which is set to be unveiled next week, will reportedly come with support for Bluetooth game controllers. Due to its higher specs, it has already been known the Apple TV could potentially work as a game console and controllers would solidify that.
More specs for the upcoming Nexus 5 have leaked and the latest round suggest the phone will have a fairly good battery life. LG's Nexus 5 was further detailed by Android Police and sources say the phone will focus on battery life and a fair price over the best hardware.