Jabra debuts four new colors for Elite 85t true wireless earbuds

Jabra has expanded its true wireless earbud lineup at CES 2021 by offering its new Elite 85t true wireless earbuds in four new colors.

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While Apple has continued to release AirPods and AirPods Pro in white, the competition is allowing users to show their personality through various colors.

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Cowin Audio's Apex Elite joined by splitting soundbar

Audio accessory producer Cowin Audio has used CES to launch three products, including the Apex Elite noise-canceling earbuds, the SE9 over-ear headphones with ANC, and the Cowin Soundbar that can split into a pair of stereo speakers.

Apex Elite wireless earphones

Taking on the AirPods Pro, the Apex Elite are compact in-ear wireless headphones, promising an ergonomic fit that remains comfortable all day long. While they sit inside the ear canal and are held in by the silicone tip, they are allegedly able to sit in place while a user exercises with the increased water resistance allowing it to cope with the rigors of a workout.

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Microsoft’s latest business-focused Surface is focused on remote work

As CES starts in earnest today, I anticipate we’ll be seeing a lot of hardware focused on remote work. PC sales saw a nice spike last year, even as smartphone sales continued to slip. There was a lot of adapting that needed to be done, moving from offices to virtual work places, and now we’re beginning to see the fruits of that push from hardware makers.

The new Surface Pro 7+ certainly seems to fit the bill. I’m still hesitant to recommend a convertible with a keyboard case as a primary productivity device, but people do seem increasingly willing to move in that direction.

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Top line features include optional LTE and faster processing (up to 2.1x per Microsoft’s numbers) via an 11th Gen Intel Core processor. That’s paired with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. There’s a 1080p front-facing webcam for video conferences and a quartet of mics.

Ports include one full-size USB-A and that pesky Surface connector and, unfortunately, only a single USB-C. Microsoft seems pretty committed to that last bit, to its detriment. The device should get up to 15 hours of battery on a charge — which isn’t exceptional, but isn’t bad either.

It starts at $899 for the Wi-Fi version and $1,149 for LTE. Pre-order starts today and it will ship next week. Speaking of shipping, the already announced Surface Hub 2S 85 whiteboard is finally set to do just that next month in “select markets.”

UBTech launches UV light disinfecting robots

UBTech is the massively funding Chinese robotics company you’ve (probably) never heard of. If you’re familiar at all with the brand here in the States, it’s likely for its STEM or other robotic toys, including a Star Wars Storm Trooper robot from a few years back (my own first exposure to the company). But with around $940 million in funding, it seems the sky’s the limit, in terms of product expansion.

Among its announcements at CES today is the arrival of line of UV-C disinfecting robots. The need is certainly clear, following the events of the past 12 months. In fact, UBTech isn’t even the first company to introduce a UV robot for the show – that distinction falls to LG, which is set to offer its own solution this year.

And like LG, UBTech has already begun piloting its tech. The State of Delaware’s Department of Education has deployed models in a number of locations. The company is producing a few different models of Adibot – including rolling and stationary versions. They’re available for purchase starting this week, with financing plans starting at $15 a day.

As the company notes, while the need for such functionality has been at top of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, it certainly doesn’t start or end with that specific virus. Epidemiologists have warned that this particular strain most likely won’t be the last major pandemic of our lifetimes.

Dock5 from Satechi will charge up to five devices via Qi, USB-A, and USB-C

During the first day of CES 2021, Satechi launched its latest charging solution — the Dock5. This multi-device charger organizes your gear while keeping it charged via multiple USB ports and an additional Qi charging pad.

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Dock5 is a compact charging solution for your home or office. Atop the base is a 10W Qi charging pad for your headphones, phone, or other Qi-enabled devices.

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Moderna is developing three new mRNA-based vaccines for seasonal flu, HIV and Nipah virus

Moderna, the biotech company behind one of the two mRNA-based vaccines currently being rolled out globally to stem the tide of COVID-19, has announced that it will purse development programs around three new vaccine candidates in 2021. These include potential vaccines for HIV, seasonal flu and the Nipah virus. Moderna’s development and clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine is among the fastest in history, and thus far its results have been very promising, buoying hopes for the efficacy of other preventative treatments being generated using this technology which is new to human clinical use.

An mRNA vaccine differs from typical, historical vaccines because it involves providing a person with just a set of instructions on how to build specific proteins that will trigger a body’s natural defenses. The mRNA instructions, which are temporary and do not affect a person’s actual DNA, simply prompt the body’s cells to produce proteins that mirror those used by a virus to attach to and infect cells. The independent proteins are then fought off by a person’s natural immune response, which provides a lasting lesson in how to fight off any future proteins that match that profile, including those which help viruses attach to and infect people.

Moderna’s new programs will target not only seasonal flu, but also a combinatory vaccine that could target both the regular flu and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19. The HIV candidate, which is developed in collaboration with both the AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is expected to enter into Phase 1 trials this year, as will the flue face. Nipah virus is a highly lethal illness that can cause respiratory and neurological symptoms, and which is particularly a threat in India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore.

mRNA-based vaccines have long held potential for future vaccine development, in part because of their flexibility and programmability, and in part because they don’t use any active or dormant virus, which reduces their risks in terms of causing any direct infections up front. The COVID-19 pandemic spurred significant investment and regulatory/health and safety investment into the technology, paving the way for its use in other areas, including these new vaccine candidate trials by Moderna.

Biogen will use Apple Watch to study symptoms of dementia

Biogen is launching a new virtual research study in collaboration with Apple, one that will look into how an Apple Watch and iPhone could help monitor a person’s cognitive decline, a potential symptom of dementia and neurological diseases.

The study will last for multiple years, and will launch later in 2021. People across a wide range of ages and cognitive performance levels will be asked to take part by Biogen, with the aim of determining whether wearable devices like the Apple Watch could be used for long-term cognitive performance monitoring.The ultimate goal is to develop digital biomarkers for cognitive performance monitoring over time, which could potentially help detect early signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

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TP-Link embraces Wi-Fi 6E and Alexa in its CES 2021 routers

TP-Link’s CES 2021 offerings are headed up by the Deco X20, a mesh Wi-Fi 6 system with a built-in smart speaker, as well as a number of routers that offer Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.

Deco X20 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh with Voice

A CES 2021 Innovation Award honoree, the Deco X20 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh with Voice is a mesh Wi-Fi system capable of covering up to 4,000 square feet by using two devices. Creating a single seamless network, connected devices will maintain their connection, even when it switches between the two hubs as it moves through the home.

Operating over 5GHz and 2.4Ghz bands, the hub also includes full Gigabit Ethernet via a pair of ports on the back and a setup app.

The big addition is a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in, allowing the router to be used to control smart home devices and to answer queries as if it’s an Amazon Echo. It is equipped with a far-field voice receiver that can pick up audio from up to 10 meters (32 feet) away, and can use its deep bass to provide a rounded sound for various music services, including Amazon Music and Spotify.

TP-Link HomeShield, a new premium security service, is also available to scan the network and to warn of potential threats. This includes preventing DDoS attacks, identifying IoT devices and monitoring for security issues, blocking malicious URLs, and providing comprehensive reports on network activities.

Wi-Fi 6E Routers

A family of Wi-Fi 6E products are being unveiled at CES, starting with the AX7800 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System, the Deco X96. Using the 6Ghz band for more bandwidth, speeds of the tri-band router can reach up to 7,800Mbps.

The Deco X96 employs an AI-driven mesh system to learn the network environment and to optimize the network for the home’s needs. Smart Antennas are used for an enhanced backhaul, increasing coverage and improving wireless connections, as well as to power the Seamless Roaming feature.

TP-Link Archer AX11000

TP-Link Archer AX11000

The AX5400 Whole Home Mes Wi-Fi 6E System with Smart Hub, the Deco X76 Plus, is a tri-band router offering speeds of up to 5,400Mbps. Again using an AI-driven mesh and offering seamless roaming, the router also has a built-in smart hub functionality, which allows users to manage the network from an app.

The AX7800 Tri-Band Wi-Fi E Router, also known as the Archer AX96, offers a pure 6Ghz band for dedicated Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, with the tri-band router capable of up to 7,800Mbps. It also has Smart Antennas, an AI-driven mesh, and Seamless Roaming capabilities, as well as TP-Link HomeShield.

The roster of Wi-Fi 6E products is continued with a high-performance option, the AX11000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E Router with 10G Ports. The Archer AX206 uses the 6Ghz band, with advanced OFDMA and multi-user MIMO to handle multiple devices simultaneously with minimal lag, and claimed Wi-Fi speeds of up to 10Gbps.

The high-speed nature extends to its physical networking, which includes two 10Gbps ports, one having SFP+, and a third connecting at 2.5Gbps. HomeShield is also offered for added security.

AppleInsider will be covering the 2021 all-digital Consumer Electronics Show starting on January 11 through January 14 where we’re expecting Wi-Fi 6e devices, HomeKit, Apple accessories, 8K monitors and more. Keep up with our coverage by downloading the AppleInsider app, and follow us on YouTube, Twitter @appleinsider and Facebook for live, late-breaking coverage. You can also check out our official Instagram account for exclusive photos throughout the event.

Western Digital unveils new 4TB capacities on several flagship SSDs at CES 2021

At CES 2021, Western Digital took the opportunity to upgrade several of its drives with new 4TB capacities including its new SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD and WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD.

The four drives gaining upgraded capacity options are the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD, the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, the WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and the My Passport SSD from WD. All four connect to a host device with a USB 3.1 type C connector.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD can reach read and write speeds of 2,000 megabytes per second, features an aluminum chassis, and will be available soon for $749.99.

Clocking in just under the Extreme Pro, the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD can reach speeds of 1,050 megabytes per second. It has two-meter drop protection, IP55 water and dust resistance, and will be available in the new 4TB size in the first quarter of 2021 for $699.99.

Gamers will appreciate the higher storage cap on the WD_BLACK P50 Game SSD. With speeds up to 2,000 megabytes per second, this drive is purpose-built for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The new 4TB option will be available in the first quarter of 2021 for $749.99.

Finally, the Western Digital My Passport SSD will also come in the new 4TB capacity. This drive has a metal design, is drop-resistant to six and a half feet, and comes in a variety of colors. With speeds up to 1,050 megabytes per second, this drive will also be available in the first quarter for $679.99 MSRP.

AppleInsider will be covering the 2021 all-digital Consumer Electronics Show starting on January 11 through January 14 where we’re expecting Wi-Fi 6e devices, HomeKit, Apple accessories, 8K monitors and more. Keep up with our coverage by downloading the AppleInsider app, and follow us on YouTube, Twitter @appleinsider and Facebook for live, late-breaking coverage. You can also check out our official Instagram account for exclusive photos throughout the event.