ITy Bytes 9 April – bite sized news you need to know. In this edition

  • Western Digital adds PCIe NVMe to its WD Blue range;
  • Huawei P30 Pro wins TIPA award for best photo smartphone;
  • Beats beat Apple AirPod II with its POWERBEATS PRO;
  • Mitsubishi’s Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa controlled AC units;
  • DOOGEE S40 tough as nails smartphone (import only);
  • Amazon ‘significantly more expensive than Coles or Woolworths’;
  • Logitech Zone Wireless for noisy work environments;
  • James Dyson Awards 2019 now open

Western Digital adds PCIe NVMe to its WD Blue range

WD Blue has long been a hard disk SATA 6 staple of the PC range – good value, performance and reliability.

It has added a mid-range performance PCIe NVMe WD Blue SSD topping out at 1700/1450MBps sequential read and write speeds. SATA 6 is more like 500/350MBps.

Its more expensive WD Black range is 3470/3000MBps (GadgetGuy review here). The endurance (Terabytes written) is 150/300 for the 250/500GB versions. Both have a 5-year warranty.

Why buy? You want good speeds but don’t want to pay for WD Black.

250/500GB for $79/$119. Website here  

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Huawei P30 Pro wins TIPA award for best photo smartphone

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) judges said,

Incredible Low Light Performance and Focal Length Options. The P30 Pro is dubbed a “quad camera” with numerous imaging options. The primary camera has a 1/1.7 40MP sensor that yields 10MP images. The optical stabilised lens has a 27mm (equivalent) focal length and maximum f/1.6 aperture, plus there is a 20MP 16mm (equivalent) super-wide option, a stabilised 5X (125mm equivalent) periscope style telephoto lens with folded optics, and a fourth PDAF “time of flight” AF sensor.

The P30 Pro can cover an incredible focal length range thanks to a “super-resolution” algorithm that combines several RAW images into one high-res image that is then cropped to produce a 50X zoom effect. Low-light capability is equally impressive, with a top ISO of 409.600 that can capture exposures in near darkness, which is claimed to be 40% more light sensitive than a standard RGB sensor, delivering the best low-light performance of any smartphone camera to date.”

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Beats beat Apple AirPod II with its POWERBEATS PRO

Beats by Dr Dre (Beats – an Apple company) has launched the new Powerbeats Pro, completely wireless earphones that deliver powerful sound for the world’s most passionate music lovers and motivated athletes. They feature industry-leading battery life, advanced functionality, reliable connectivity, exceptional fit via the signature ear hook design and beautiful fidelity.

 “Powerbeats Pro is a harmonious blend of premium sound, fit and functionality. Powerbeats are already the #1 fitness headphones in the world, and they are now untethered, with all the benefits of the Apple H1 chip,” said Luke Wood, president of Beats. “No longer do you have to choose between performance and practicality—it delivers the best on both fronts.”

Early reviews say it beats the hell out of AirPods Gen II

Powerbeats Pro is available in May in Black, Ivory, Moss and Navy for $349.95.

Mitsubishi Electric Australia releases Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa controlled AC units

Atesh Mani, National Product Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Australia says that the new voice control feature is in response to consumer demand.

“Our customers want to integrate heating and cooling into their Smart Home. The addition of Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatibility to Mitsubishi Electric Wi-Fi Control provides our customers with a Smart Air Conditioning solution.”