Nothing teases phone (1) design ahead of next month’s launch

It’s hard to get a thrill from glimpses of unreleased smartphone hardware these days, given the baked-in maturity of the mobile market and the general form and function sameness of the sticky rectangles we humans routinely spend hours poking at and peering into each day. But this rear-view design-teaser (below) of a forthcoming handset made … Read more

Europe seals deal on USB Type-C common charger rules

European Union co-legislators have reached provisional agreement on a common charging solutions for smartphones, laptops, tablets and other small and medium-sized electronics — some 15 different categories in all — agreeing that, by autumn 2024, USB Type-C will be the common charging port for in scope devices. Laptop makers have been given a little longer … Read more

reMarkable, maker of a focus-friendly e-paper tablet, says it closed funding at a $1B+ valuation after selling 1M devices

Hardware, as the saying goes, is hard; but there remains an opportunity for startups that focus on specific niches to build viable businesses. In the latest example, reMarkable, the Oslo, Norway-based maker of a simple and slick $299 e-paper tablet of the same name, says that it has passed 1 million devices sold since 2017 … Read more