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Amazon’s New Delivery Robot Is Kinda Adorable

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Amazon is getting ready to launch a new robotic delivery system called Scout, which will see a number of cute, but potentially Black Mirror-worthy autonomous robots rolling around your neighborhood to bring you your last impulse Prime purchase. Take a look at our soon-to-be reality in the video up top.

According to CNBC, Scout is the size of a water cooler and is currently operating in Washington’s Snohomish County. Apparently, the tiny metal posties are able to  “safely navigate around pets, pedestrians, and anything else in their path,” which is a relief, but to be on the safe side, they will initially be accompanied by a human Amazon employee.

Currently, six Scout units will be operating on weekdays during daylight hours. It’s not yet known when Scout will be coming to a sidewalk near you. More information to follow.

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Apple Is Reportedly Launching AirPods 2 in First Half of This Year

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Apple is expected to debut its next-generation AirPods that will purportedly include “health monitoring features” in the first half of 2019, according DigiTimes. This comes after a previous report, suggesting that Apple’s new AirPods could also feature wireless charging and a radical new design.

The report is included in a DigiTimes article focusing on how wearables are expected to drive market growth of rigid-flex printed circuit boards in 2019. The report cites no sources for the AirPods rumor, but points out that Taiwan-based PCB suppliers Zhen Ding Tech and Flexium Interconnect are the two main sources of components for Apple Watch and AirPods “at the moment.” Additionally, the report highlights how other brand vendors have all planned to launch wireless headsets in the year – meaning more market competition and a perfect opportunity for Apple to launch their latest and greatest.

It’s worth pointing out that this is currently only a rumor, and while DigiTimes’ sources are noted to often provide reliable information the site has a mixed track record when interpreting the information and accurately predicting Apple’s plans for its product pipeline. Another report earlier this month revealed that Apple is hinting at wearable smart fabric being the future, in a new patent.

For the full story, head on over to DigiTimes.

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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Berluti & Native Union Launch Bespoke Leather Phone Accessories

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Parisian fashion house Berluti has come together with premium accessories provider Native Union for a special capsule collection. Featuring Berluti’s emblematic Venezia leather and patina, the drop consists of limited edition phone accessories.

We see iPhone cases in three different designs, a travel charger set and a wireless charger, each wrapped in Venezia leather and individually treated with Berluti’s signature patina. The patina process provides the leather with a finish that is both transparent and exceptionally deep.

If you purchase the Berluti x Native Union accessories at Berluti stores, you will also have the opportunity to personalize your product in a patina of your choice.

Berluti and Native Union’s collaborative accessories are available now at Berluti stores worldwide and online. Check out the luxurious travel charger below.

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Xiaomi Teases the Most Impressive Foldable Phone Yet

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The future is here and it bends in three! As many flagship phone companies are still fighting the good fight for bezel-less and notch-less phones, a few brands are already experimenting on the next big innovation, foldable screens. At CES, we got a close look at the first commercial foldable phone, the Royole “FlexPai”, as well as more rumors of Samsung’s own concept, but until that reveal, Xioami has entered the ring with the best bend concept thus far.

Xiaomi revealed their new folding phone in a teaser video highlighting the displays not single but double fold feature. In the nearly minute-long video, Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin explains that the device is just an engineering model adding that Xiaomi has conquered “a series of technical problems such as flexible folding screen technology, four-wheel drive folding shaft technology, flexible cover technology, and MIUI adaptation.”

Outside of witnessing how the MIUI software adapts to the folding display, details for the phone are still under lock and key. Where’s the camera? What’s the display resolution? What will pricing be? Regardless of all the questions we still need answered, the phone seems a lot more intuitive and practical than the Royole “FlexPai.

How do you feel about the Xioami foldable phones? Are you excited about the foldable display trend?

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You Can Now Share Your Netflix Obsessions to Instagram Stories

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Netflix is leveling up its user experience (and, perhaps, cashing in on the persuasive power of influencers) with a new feature that allows subscribers to share what they’re watching on Instagram.

When shared, the movie or TV show artwork in question will be visible in a layout which can then be customized with other options like polls and questions. When your followers who use Netflix view your story, they will see a “watch on Netflix” link that when clicked will lead them to the app.

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for members to share the Netflix titles they’re obsessing about and help them discover something new to watch,” Netflix told TechCrunch.

Netflix’s sharing tool is currently only available on its iOS app, but will be rolled out to Android soon. Updates to follow.

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How Fender’s Top Dogs Used Their Sneaker Backgrounds to Retune the All-American Guitar Brand

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You may not have known that the two central figures of American guitar manufacturer Fender are ingrained in the sneaker world. CMO Evan Jones and CEO Andy Mooney spent the former years of their careers at Nike; Mooney of whom rose through the ranks from a financial exec in the UK aged 25 to the Swoosh’s Central Marketing Officer, based out of its Oregon HQ, in a matter of years. It goes some way to explaining the product innovation that can be witnessed in Fender’s hero offering this year: the American Acoustasonic series.

The American Acoustasonic marks something of a new era for a brand many might consider “heritage” in a time when traditional rock & roll is no longer considered the popular genre. Giving the look and feel of an electric guitar, the hybrid model comes with a diverse set of sounds and gives users the chance to play both acoustic and electric when needed.

CEO Andy Mooney justifies the versatility of his new prized product with the Steve Jobs ethos of never asking the consumer what they want, because they don’t know. “We’ve shared this guitar with artists and asked if they think they need this, and they’ve all answered something along the lines of ‘Well, I didn’t think I did until you just put it in my hands,’” he says at a pop-up showcase in New York.

“It’s a bit like the SUV of guitars. When the SUV was introduced, the truck guys said ‘That’ll never work because it’s not a truck,’ and the car guys said ‘That’ll never work because it’s not a car.’ It worked.”

He references a similar situation himself and Jones found themselves in when they were at Nike regarding cross-training shoes — an alien concept to tennis players and runners respectively — that ended up generating $600 million worth of sales in their first year.

Though the sneaker market has changed considerably since Mooney and Jones’ time at the global sportswear brand, Fender’s approach to sales is, too, adapting with the changing e-commerce landscape. While it can’t take direct cues from mega-hyped OFF-WHITE and YEEZY releases, a certain 2017 collaboration went some way to showing how Fender’s keeping up.

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Working with Supreme appeared to be both an attempt at ensuring that guitar is embraced by all ends of the cultural spectrum, and a marker of how a brand like Fender can take the more limited, bespoke approach to its product offering that has propelled sneaker culture to the front of fashion.

“Supreme is a cultural powerhouse and they ultimately make the decisions on who they work with,” informs Jones of the collaboration. In the end, it was a Fender employee harboring contacts from their previous job at Vans who was able to open the discussion. “Plus, I think from a product standpoint, we do premium, we do democratic, we do all ends of the spectrum. It turned out to be a spirited, very positive mutual design process.”

Contributing to Fender’s input, guitar artists in its workforce are well versed in creating customs which sell for as much as $500,000 on a regular basis. Interestingly enough, aside from the product innovation that comes with the brand’s new American Acoustasonic series, premium renditions of the same line will (think antique woods, special cases, and additional extras) drop later this year in sparser quantities, somewhat replicating the marketing success of brands like Supreme.

Recently, Fender’s run of 1,500 George Harrison Telecasters sold out in an unprecedented (for this industry, at least) sub-six hours. “We’ve adjusted to this ever-growing e-commerce landscape, and we’re also now pushing product through artists and their social networks,” says Mooney — a platform Nike was also far more reliant on in their times there. “Ultimately, artists are our biggest influencers.”

Rest assured, that doesn’t simply mean the faces gracing your dad’s dusty record collection. “We opened our LA headquarters two years ago to be closer to the emerging face of music and honor our shifting mindset of what guitar excellence looks like,” says Jones. “We now work with hip-hop artists, EDM artists, rap, R&B, latin, you name it.”

With its first models retailing for $1,999, the biggest strength of the American Acoustasonic Telecaster is its versatility. Not only does it eliminate the need for performers to travel with multiple instruments to create different sounds in a cost-effective way; it responds to a popular music landscape that defines itself less by genre, while catering to a younger, broader demographic than institutionalized preconceptions of what a guitarist looks like.

So, whether you’re a seasoned strummer or you’re picking up the instrument for the first time (there’s an app for that), the American Acoustasonic is setting a pretty nifty precedent for what your next purchase should look like. Check out the first five designs below, available now.

Now, check out Louis Vuitton’s first foray into the audio market with its Master & Dynamic developed wireless earphones.

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Tesla Launches First-Ever $500 Home Charging Station

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Tesla has just launched a new portable charging station designed for the modern home equipped with an existing NEMA 14-50 outlet, the most common high-voltage plug in the US. The offering is notably the automaker’s first home charging solution that can be plugged into a wall outlet rather than being installed into the home’s electrical system, making it a simple plug-in device for easy installation.

In terms of its design, the charger boasts a sleek rectangular profile with curvature along the sides and top section and is draped in a metallic silver finish. The Wall Connector provides 40 amps (9.6kW) of power for all Model S, Model X and Model 3 long range vehicles, however, the Tesla Model 3 mid range and standard range vehicles will charge at 32 amps when using the 14-50 Wall Connector. The charging device is also equipped with a dedicated 24 foot cable for maximum flexibility.

Retailing for $500, you can head on over to Tesla’s website now to cop.

Up next, Infiniti teases its electric future with the QX Inspiration concept.

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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Motorola’s RAZR Reportedly Returning as a $1,500 Foldable Smartphone

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The iconic Motorola RAZR is poised to make a big comeback as a $1,500 foldable screen smartphone, and according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, it could launch as soon as February. This comes after the tech giant dropped a nostalgic teaser video of the device back in 2016 celebrating its 12th anniversary, hinting of the flip phone’s return, however, it was actually used to promote another flagship device instead.

Prior to the iPhone and other smartphones, the Motorola RAZR was the phone to buy among flip phones thanks to its super-thin and stylish aesthetic which eventually led Motorola to sell more than 130 million units of the device.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Lenovo, which is now the parent company of Motorola, plans to bring back the RAZR exclusive to Verizon in the US, however, details of the phone, such as its screen size, support for 5G and other features have not been finalized.

While the use of a foldable screen would be nostalgic, the purported price point of $1,500 may prove to be too steep for a large amount of buyers. Head on over to The Wall Street Journal for more.

Up next, Apple is now selling $129 battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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Apple Is Now Selling $129 Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max & XR

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Apple has just released new Smart Battery Cases designed for the 2018 iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Rendered in colors of black or white only, each Smart Battery Case retails for $129, and it’s designed to add extra battery life to the iPhone.

In terms of its design, the cases sport a bump on the back to house a battery pack, and similarly styled to previous battery case options that Apple offered for the iPhone 7.

Additionally, each case provides a certain amount of battery life depending on device. In particular, the iPhone XS Battery Case, paired with the iPhone XS, offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback.

Compared to the iPhone XS Max with the XS Max Smart Battery Case, it offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of internet use, and 25 hours of video playback. Lastly, the iPhone XR with the XR Battery Case provides 39 hours of talk time, 22 hours of internet use, and up to 27 hours of video playback.

Furthermore, the battery cases are compatible with Qi-certified wireless chargers. Head on over to the Apple Store now to cop.

Up next, is Apple’s game-changing AirPower wireless mat charger finally in production? Read here and find out.

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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Here Are 7 Futuristic Tech Gadgets From CES 2019

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Last year, CES brought us a slew of mind-blowing tech gadgets. From Sophia, the humanoid robot, to the quirky self-driving luggage. It was like living in a sci-fi movie. This year is no different.

CES 2019, held in Las Vegas every January, has finally came and gone leaving us with closer looks at the hottest, and coolest, consumer electronics concepts for the coming year. We may not have androids and replicants roaming the streets like Ridley Scott’s depiction of 2019 in the cult classic Blade Runner, but this year the biggest and brightest tech companies unveiled numerous mind-blowing technological feats that have us in awe.

From foldable phones and rollable televisions, to adorable robots and electric motorcycles, here are our favorite tech gadgets unveiled at CES 2019.

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Royole FlexPai’s foldable screen is a sight to be hold. Built in a 7.8 inch Android tablet with a 1920 x 1440 resolution display (in its extended mode), the device can bend into two smaller phones sitting back-to-back to each other. It’s impressive on paper, however, the practically and smoothness of the technology isn’t quite as furbished yet.

According to those who’ve had hands-on experience, the phone reportedly feels like it’s on the verge of breaking when bending and the software glitches when transforming from tablet view to folded displays makes the device unusable. What will surely be updated in second and third iterations of the phone or bought out by larger phone companies, sadly the current Royole FlexPai isn’t worth trading your iPhone in for. However, we’re still excited to see where this technology goes in the future.

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One of the most standout moments from CES this year easily goes to the Bell Nexus air taxi. Designed as a four-passenger flying Uber, the full-scale, black, six rotor vehicle looks like a massive drone from every tech guru’s dream. However, according to Forbes, Bell said at the show that the Nexus on display is a non-flying mock-up, but a real one is reportedly under way at Bell headquarters in Texas.

Bell representatives told Engadget that this 2019 batwing is said to weigh 6,500 pounds, and the craft will have a range of 150 miles and be able to fly that far in an hour. Would you pay extra for this Uber ride?

Harley Davidson LiveWire

Move over Tesla, Harley-Davidson has revealed its highly anticipated all-electric motorcycle, the LiveWire. The electric bike is slated to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds without having to shift a gear. If that doesn’t get you motorheads excited, the LiveWire will also travel up to 110 city miles on a single charge.

Like the Tesla app, LiveWire will be accompanied with H-D Connect, a telematics system providing the rider with pertinent data such as battery charging and service reminders. Harley claims LiveWire will be the first mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle.

The LiveWire is expected to hit the streets in August for a hefty price tag of $29,799. Will you be copping?

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The future of television is here and it rolls! LG’s innovative concept made our list last year, and now the tech giant is back with the 4K OLED TV R ready to be their 2019 flagship product.

The signature OLED TV R features a rollable display giving home owners infinite possibilities in designing their perfect living space. Leave the screen up while you binge watch the infinite endings of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, or hide the 65-inch screen inside the refined base station to transform it into a more decorative art piece.

The TV also has “Line Mode”, a setting where the display will drop down so that only about one-fourth of the panel allowing users to play music from the built-in 100-watt Dolby Atmos speaker or control home gadget apps subtly.

Pricing for LG’s OLED TV R hasn’t unveiled just yet, but paying for this innovative technology won’t come cheap.

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If you’re in the mood for a dog, but don’t want the responsibility of taking it everyday, Groove X’s Lovot is a perfect fit. Lovot is a childlike robot with big, adorable eyes that follow you around begging for a hug. That’s essentially its only pupose. It doesn’t improve your day-to-day efficiency or make anything easier for you. It’s only goal is to make you fall in love with it, and it does that extremely well.

Its goal is simple, but under the hood, Lovot is an impressive piece of technology. The robot is equipped with fifty sensors that respond to touch, three cameras that can recognize up to one thousand people, and it adorably follows you around asking to be loved. What more can you ask for?

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