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The Modular Speaker System

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The modular concept hits speakers in the shape of SparkBlocks, an audio system consisting of cube-shaped components users attach to each other order to build an audio setup as simple or elaborate as desired.

SparkblocksHolding a SparkBlocks system together is the MainBlock, a portable speaker with 4-hour battery life. Users can use the MainBlock as a regular standalone speaker, but the addition of other components (such as the self explanatory Tweeter and Battery Blocks) add to its capabilities.

One can even add "smart" capabilities through the SmartBlock, a Linux-based touchscreen module able to handle Bluetooth and wifi connectivity, music control, smartphone notifications and even music apps. Other modules can charge mobile devices, clip the system to bicycles or even add LED lighting.

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Sony Claims "Camera Brilliance" of Mid-Range Phones

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Sony launches a pair of mid-range Xperia smarphones-- the Xperia C5 Ultra with 13MP front-/rear-facing cameras and the Xperia M5 armed with 21.5MP rear-facing camera and 4K video recording capability.

Xperia C5Described as a "pro selfie" smartphone, the Xperia C5 Ultra features a 22mm wide-angle front-facing lens and an "enhanced selfie flash" to suit all your customers' self portrait needs. The 6-inch handset also carries a 1.7GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB RAM and 4G network support within aluminium casing in either black, white or green.

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Dixons Carphone Drops The Phone House Portugal

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Dixons Carphone offloads another European unit in efforts to further focus on profitable markets as it sells The Phone House Portugal to regional telecoms retailer and wholesaler Digital Place SA.

Dixons CarphoneThe Phone House Portugal operates 130 stores. It also reports post-restructuring losses of £8 million for the 13 month period ending May 2015, as well as an impairment worth £13m.

The asking price? A "small cash consideration" and a "contingent deferred cash consideration measured against profitability and payable over 5 years."

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The Braille Smartwatch/eReader Combo

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The Dot might look like a standard Fitbit-style wearable, but it is actually far more remarkable-- the is, in fact, the first Braille smartwatch, designed for visually impaired customers.

Dot smartwatchInstead of a display the Dot features a series of pins spelling 4 Braille characters at a time by rising and falling at custom speeds. The devices connects to smartphones via Bluetooth and provides regular smartwatch features (such as watch, alarm, messenger and navigation) as well as act as a Braille eReaders.

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IDC: Tablet Market Continues Falling

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Global tablet shipments fall by -7% Y-o-Y (or -3.9% Q-o-Q) to reach 447 million units during Q2 2015 IDC reports, a quarter marked by little in terms of either hardware innovation or vendor portfolio updates.

IDC Q2 2015 tablets

"Beyond the decline, we're seeing a profound shift in the vendor landscape as the top two vendors, Apple and Samsung, lose share in the overall market," the analyst remarks. "In Q1 2015, Apple and Samsung accounted for 45% of the market and this quarter, with the growth of vendors like LG, Huawei, and E FUN, their combined share dropped to 41%. Each of the growing vendors managed to address available pockets of growth in the market; connected tablets for LG and Huawei, larger tablets and 2-in-1s in the right price bands for E FUN."

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