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Sonos Super Bowl savings: save up to $200 on Sonos home theater speakers

Sonos Super Bowl savings: save up to $200 on Sonos home theater speakers

The Super Bowl is now just a couple weeks away, and that means it’s a great time to find excellent deals on TVs and home theater accessories.Starting today, Sonos is offering huge savings on some of their most popular home theater products. Sonos is known for making high-quality speakers that are reliable and consistent in producing great sound.  Sonos speakers are also rarely discounted, which makes this sale even sweeter.
For a limited time you can save on Sonos’ best-selling soundbars, subwoofers and entertainment systems. The Sonos Super Bowl sale includes savings on the Playbar, Sub, Beam and the 3.1 set that includes the Playbase and Sub.
These deals won’t last for long so make sure you take advantage of these killer discounts before their gone. 
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Netflix hits 139 million subs, but fears YouTube and Fortnite

Netflix hits 139 million subs, but fears YouTube and Fortnite

If you get the feeling that everyone you know has a Netflix subscription, there’s a good chance you’re right – Netflix just announced that it has 139 million paying subscribers around the world. That number doesn’t take into consideration all the folks who use Netflix either through a shared account or are on a free trial account – which likely explains why that number isn’t even higher – but that means there are more people paying for Netflix than there are people living in Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Mumbai, combined.Netflix’s latest report to shareholders, which is where that data originates, claims the company has gained nearly 9 million of these paying subscribers in the last three months of 2018 – closing out the year with 29 million more paying subscribers than it started with.If analysts’ predictions are right, that would put Netflix on par with the number of Amazon Prime subscribers worldwide (around 100 million at last count), and vastly ahead of the largest streaming music service, Spotify, which is sitting somewhere around 40 million paying subscribers. 
 Will Disney cause Netflix some dismay? 
In an earnings call that accompanied the report, Netflix’s executive team claimed that the streaming service owns around 10% of the 1 billion hours Americans spend watching TV per day, a number that they say also includes live cable television and video games as well.To that end, it’s not other streaming services like Disney+ or DC Universe that pose a threat to the company – it’s actually Fortnite and YouTube that the company fears the most: “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” Netflix said in its earnings report. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time.”So what’s Netflix doing with all this money from the new signups? It’s putting a good chunk of it back into its original programming. In 2019, Netflix will be launching new seasons of The Crown, 13 Reasons Why and the third season of Stranger Things, in addition to other undisclosed projects.Does that mean we’re in for more creative ventures like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch? You can bet your monthly subscription fee on it.Source: Netflix
If you’re in the US, expect a Netflix price hike later this year

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and her: Top tech gear for 2019

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and her: Top tech gear for 2019

Forget flowers and chocolates; nothin’ says “I love you” like a new piece of tech. Your special someone, once they’ve ripped open the gift wrapping, will be glad your gift is not just another cliché.However, keeping on top of what tech actually deserves the privilege of a place in your better-half’s life can be hard. To save you the trouble of doing all that deep research yourself, TechRadar’s Australian team has scoured the interwebs to find this timely selection of tech gift ideas for any budget, and every one of them will tell your better half how special they are.
Apple Watch
Your Valentine’s wrist deserves the best companion and, if they’re an iPhone user, then the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch you can buy right now. Let your loved one take calls, answer text and maintain a fit lifestyle, among other things, with this smart little gadget that’s easily customisable, has great performance and looks pretty darn neat too. Plus, this premium smartwatch is available in a range colours to suit everyone.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Is your special someone an Android user? Then try Samsung’s answer to the Apple Watch. It looks very much like a traditional wristwatch, smart and dapper, and is feature packed with an impressive four-day battery life. And there are two colour options to choose from.
TicWatch E
If the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch is out of your monetary reach, then consider the TicWatch E. This smart wearable from Mobvoi is one of our favourites, especially given its affordable price tag for a feature-packed device. Powered by Wear OS, the TicWatch E comes with a built-in GPS, a heart monitor, Google Assistant at your beck and call, and music on the go. And, while most smartwatches come in rose gold and black/grey colour options, the TicWatch E is available in Ice (white) and Shadow (black).
Motiv Ring
If you like it, put a ring on it! Fitness trackers on the wrist are so yesteryear. There are now smart rings you can slip on your better-half’s finger instead. The Motiv ring is a fitness tracker that’s small, waterproof, and does pretty much everything a smart device on your wrist would do – from fitness tracking to sleep monitoring. And it looks good on the finger too, with four colours available in seven different sizes that’ll ensure you get the right finger fit. However, you may need to order a sizing set first to make sure you buy the right size.
Dyson Airwrap Styler
Any style-conscious person will tell you, your crowning glory is your hair. And if your better half loves to get their hair done often, then a one-time investment in the Dyson Airwrap Styler will not only save time and trips to the salon, but also maintain the hair’s health. The Airwrap Styler uses currents of air to create waves or straighten hair, taking heat right out of the equation.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
If that special someone in your life isn’t too keen on keeping their hair styled, then a simple hair dryer will suffice. But there’s nothing ‘simple’ about Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer and the hype behind it is not all hot air. With a powerful air flow, a beautiful and unique design, and a quiet motor, this is the best money can buy. 
Philips Series 7000 BG7025 body grooming kit
For the ultimate body grooming kit, look no further than the Philips Series 7000 BG7025. This is the best your partner can get if they want their hair, from head to toe, to come under control (or be gone, as the case may be). 80 minutes of battery life, a double-ended design and minimal irritation after a shave will keep them happy as can be. And it comes in at an affordable price.
Philips Series 5000 11-in-1 grooming kit
Give your partner more option when it comes to grooming their hair. With 11 different attachments to take care of your better half’s grooming needs from head to toe, you’d think you’ll need to be spending a lot. Think again. This Philips Series 5000 multigrooming kit is less than $100 at most retailers. From the black and chrome colour scheme to the finely ground Chromium steel blades, everything about the Philips Series 5000 11-in-1 feels built to last.
SodaStream Source Element 
A great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day evening is to relax at home with your special someone and enjoy a drink, or two. SodaStream’s Source Element has three levels of fizz to tingle your taste buds. So join your partner in keeping the planet plastic free this Valentine’s Day and gift them a SodaStream.
Toddy Cold Brewing System (for tea and coffee)
While most of the world is snuggled up with low temperatures during Valentine’s Day, you and your special someone need something to keep cool. And if you’d like a hit of caffeine while you’re doing that, then get your partner a cold brewing system that can make either iced tea or iced coffee. And the Toddy makes a smooth-tasting brew you’ll be really happy with. Plus it’s easy to use and affordable.
Breville Barista Express espresso machine
Fancy breakfast in bed with a shot of caffeine to wash it all down? Then you both will want this excellent coffee machine from Breville. The grinder is built in, and it gives you oodles of control over your favourite brew so you can enjoy it how you like it. So go on, encourage your partner to make you that perfect cuppa every morning.
Lenovo Smart Display
Have some fun together with Google Assistant by getting not just a boring ol’ smart speaker but a smart display. These devices add a face to the digital assistant, allowing you to yell at it to get things done or to gently touch the screen to control your smart home setup. Watch YouTube videos or look at at photos of you and your boo on that screen while you get serenaded by your favourite tunes.
Google Home Max
Dance with your partner till the cows come home. And to keep the party rocking, you’ll need a speaker with big sound and plenty of smarts, and the Google Home Max fits the bill to a tee. Not only do you get room-filling rich sound, you’ll also have Google Assistant at your beck and call to be a DJ and control your smart home.
Sonos One
Set up a multiroom speaker system to serenade that special someone while they walk through the house with the twin pack of the Sonos One. Not only do you get excellent sound quality, you also get Amazon’s Alexa to call on for any smarts you need. The Sonos One also supports AirPlay 2, Apple’s Wi-Fi audio streaming technology.
Google Home Mini
Does your partner need a smart device that’s small and demure, yet does everything any of the bigger, bolder and more expensive counterparts can do? The Google Home Mini may not have the hardware for big sound but it sure can do pretty much everything the more powerful speakers can. Here’s a tip though – if you want bigger sound, pop the Google Home Mini in a corner and the sound reverberating off the walls will make it sound richer than it actually is. Plus, it’s tiny enough for any space and yet you can call on Google Assistant to help you control your smart home.
Philips Hue smart lighting system
Set the right mood this Valentine’s Day by gifting your special someone with a smart lighting system that changes hue or colour with the swipe of a finger or a simple voice command. The Philips Hue system is by far the most popular and it’s easy to set up. It works with both Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s own smartphone app is feature packed.
Nanoleaf Canvas
One gift that’s sure to make your boo’s eyes light up (with colour) is the latest product from Nanoleaf. These square light panels bring life to any old boring wall and make it interactive. Not only will the lights dance to those love songs you’ll be listening to, you and your partner can even play some games on them. And, of course, the coloured lights are perfect for setting the mood too.
TP-Link HS110 smart plug
No smart devices at home? No sweat. All you need is a smart plug and all your normal, mundane, run-of-the-mill home appliances (like your kettle) can then be controlled with just a single app on your phone from pretty much anywhere. The TP-Link HS110 also features an energy monitoring mode and is easy to set up. Remote access to a smart home that doesn’t have smart devices, need we say more?
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable
Your boo have a cache of vinyls hidden away somewhere? Gift them this turntable and watch as they dust off those records with delight. The AT-LP120-USB can play 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 RPM, meaning there isn’t an album that can’t be played. There’s also a built-in phono preamp so you never have to worry about finding one on your own. This deck strikes the perfect balance of ease of use for beginners while still including some more advanced features for your special someone to grow into.
UE Boom 3
Planning to spend Valentine’s Day outdoors? Take your tunes with you on the UE Boom 3. It’s the latest iteration of Ultimate Ears’ excellent Boom Bluetooth speaker range and is the best money can buy. It’s both water- and dust-proof, and has a one-touch mix button that lets you pull up your favourite playlists without ever picking up your phone. And there are several colour options to choose from.
Google Chromecast
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to snuggle up together and watch those cheesy rom-coms on streaming services like Netflix and Stan. The good news is you don’t need a smart TV to stream it all on a large screen, you just need this nifty little gadget plugged into an HDMI port of your not-so-smart screen and you can cast from your phone or laptop. Easy.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6
Does your special someone have an Instagram addiction? Then this instant camera, which has been designed to resemble the photo-sharing site’s logo, will be perfect. The camera runs on a pair of CR2 batteries and spits out 6.2×6.2cm prints, with the selfie mirror integrated into the front of the camera allowing for more effortless self captures. Fujifilm even throws in orange, purple and green flash filters to allow for an instant injection of colour into images.
Anker PowerCore 20,100 power bank
Need to make sure you hear from your boo often? Then gift them a portable charger that will keep their mobile juiced up, taking away any excuses to not call or text. And the Anker PowerCore 20,100 is one of the best options currently available in Australia that allows multiple devices to be charged at the same time. And it supports quick charge too.
Wacom Bamboo Folio 
Love letters and romantic Post-it notes are so yesterday. But the charm of the love note hasn’t disappeared. This smart notebook will let you indulge in romantic hand-written wordplay with your lover and never allow these sweet nothings to get lost by safely storing them in the cloud. It comprises a smart pen and pad (which can take any paper) that with the push of a button lets you convert your handwriting into ‘living’ digital files, perfect for the notorious notemakers. The Wacom Inkspace app can then organise, edit and share those musings and sketches with the world or a significant other.
NixPlay Iris W08E Wi-Fi digital photo frame
The memories you create together are important. Show some of them off on a Wi-Fi connected digital frame that lets you change the photos on a whim via an app. Your beautiful memories are displayed on a 4:3 IPS display that comes with an activity sensor. If nothing is moving around in front of it, the display will automatically switch off.

The best iPhone 7 plans and prices in Australia compared

The best iPhone 7 plans and prices in Australia compared

Update: Currently, we’re not seeing any iPhone plans being offered by anyone but Telstra, and it’s fluctuating in and out of stock there, but you can always check out our best iPhone 8 deals in the meantime.This page is for the best iPhone 7 plans available this month in Australia, but if you’re after the UK page, here’s the best iPhone 7 deals in the UK. Whether you’re looking for huge data, the best budget option, or simply the best overall value, we’re here to help you choose your plan.iPhone 7 prices have been dropping considerably since the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, so now is a decent time to buy the previous model, especially considering how little has changed with the latest iteration. On this page we’re sussing out the best value plans that will net you the older Apple handset and we’ll help you pick which one is right for you.If you’re just looking for a handset, you can compare prices for the iPhone 7 32GB, iPhone 7 128GB or the iPhone 7 256GB over at our sister site Getprice.See also: iPhone 7 review
The best iPhone 7 plans
Best iPhone 7 plan for each carrier

Samsung foldable phone reveal looks imminent, teased in new Paris billboards

Samsung foldable phone reveal looks imminent, teased in new Paris billboards

With Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event scheduled for February 20, it’s always been assumed that the company’s upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone range would be officially revealed at the conference.Now, it seems it won’t be alone – thanks to some not-so-cryptic billboards installed at the famous Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, it appears that Samsung’s highly-anticipated foldable phone will also be officially unveiled at the event. Written in Hangeul, which is the South Korean alphabet, the billboards read “미래를 펼치다” and “이월 이십일”, which translates to “The future unfolds” and “February twentieth.”

Samsung’s delightfully unsubtle messages back up previous claims that the Galaxy X (or Galaxy F, as it’s also known) would be making an appearance at the event, which will be held just one week prior to MWC 2019.As clear as all of this may seem, we can’t confirm anything at this stage – you’ll have to tune in to Samsung’s live stream, which will be hosted on its website, at 11am PT (2pm ET, 7pm GMT) on February 20 to see what Samsung truly has in store for us. 
Samsung Galaxy X: the brand’s first foldable phone

Best printer 2019: Top inkjet printers in the UAE

Best printer 2019: Top inkjet printers in the UAE

Update: We’ve checked and updated this guide to make sure it gives you the best possible advice. Only the very best printers are included in this guide. If you’re looking for a new printer for the office, check out our best business printers guide.Looking for the best inkjet printer money can buy in 2019? You’ve come to the right place, as we’ve listed the top printers for home and office use.Because there are so many decent multi-purpose printers at very competitive prices, you’re spoilt for choice when looking for a new printer. We’re here to make thins easier, so here’s our pick of the best printers on the market right now.In choosing the best printer your first decision is whether to go for a standard printer, or a multi-function device which includes a scanner and which can also work as a standalone copier.These aren’t much larger than regular printers, but they’re a whole lot more versatile, especially when you need to keep a copy of a letter, a bill or any other important document, so our first list includes the best inkjet printers and best multi-function devices.We’ve listed the best inkjet printers in this guide, so no matter which type of printer you’d like, we have the best choice – with the best prices – for your needs.
Check out what printers made it into our top 10 best business printer roundupBest inkjet printers

The Deskjet 3630 is a decent printer for the price, offering reasonable print speeds and the ability to connect to mobile devices without breaking the bank. Just be wary as its ink cartridges can be priced when picked up from shops. It doesn’t quite have the build quality of HP’s more expensive Envy models, but if you’re looking for an initially cheap model that catches the eye when sat on a shelf, the Deskjet 3630 is a great option.Read the full review: HP Deskjet 3630

A very quick colour all-in-one bristling with print, copy, scan and mobile printing options the Officejet Pro 6830 is also very affordable, especially if you opt for the pay-per-page Instant Ink service.Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One

Great for the traveling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It’s a bit pricey to buy – and to run – but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.

Consumables are usually expensive when it comes to printers. So it is quite surprising that one vendor, Epson, single-handedly decided to challenge that status quo by allowing users to refill their printer using ink bottles. What’s even more surprising is that Epson includes two years of ink with the package; no more expensive cartridges and instead, you have enough material to deliver 11,000 pages worth of black and colour inks (that’s 700ml worth of liquid). Oh and there’s even a three-year warranty making this a great choice for bean counters fixing the TCO of their printers. The  L655 lacks the features found on cheaper competitors – it is relatively slower (although it has a higher printing resolution) and has a small paper input tray.

If you’re looking for a great all-round printer which doesn’t skimp on print quality for your photographs, then I don’t think you will be disappointed by what the MG7150 has to offer.While it’s certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it’s not a bad price for something which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at A4 or below.Read the full review: Canon Pixma MG7150

This is a big and bulky printer, that would look more at home in an office than a house – but it’s a fantastic performer that can handle both A4 and the larger A3 sizes. It’s cheap to run, and most importantly, the print quality is very good, making this a worthwhile investment if you’re looking for a fast and flexible printer.

We’ve come to expect simple setup and operation from Envy printers, and this one is no exception. It’s quiet, packs in a lot of features and delivers excellent print quality, especially on photo paper. We particularly like the ability to use smartphones as well as computers, and to connect wirelessly without a router.Read the full review: HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer

You won’t get fancy features like wireless printing, duplexing or scanning, but if you don’t need all the frills of an all-in-one printer, the HP DeskJet 1010 offers solid print performance and quality at an unbeatable price in a compact package.Read the full review: HP DeskJet 1010 review

The Redmi Note 7 is now the most affordable 48MP camera smartphone

The Redmi Note 7 is now the most affordable 48MP camera smartphone

The Redmi Note 7 smartphone has officially been launched at an event in Beijing, China. At the same event, Xiaomi confirmed the earlier news that Redmi would be an independent brand, going forward. The Redmi Note 7 comes with an all-new design, a departure from its predecessor, the Note 6, whose design remained largely unaltered from the Note 5. The new Note 7, however, sports a waterdrop notch with thin bezels on the sides. It also houses a 48MP rear camera, which makes it the cheapest 48MP camera smartphone in the world. Due to the notch at the top of the display, the Note 7 has a 6.3-inch LCD screen with 2340×1080 pixels. The company claims that the bezels on the sides are just 0.8mm thick, with a brightness of 450 nits, similar to the Note 6 Pro. The body of the phone is a 2.5D curved glass chassis, with a rear fingerprint sensor. The camera unit is placed at the top left corner of the rear panel, aligned vertically, with a single LED flash below the sensor; there’s also a secondary 5MP rear sensor for portrait shots. The camera appears to be housed in a large, protruding module. The design refresh is certainly welcome; but it’s the rear camera module that’s the real newsmaker for this phone. According to the company, the 48MP sensor can take better low-light shots, and poster-quality HD photos. 

 The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, and a 4000mAh battery. The phone will come in 3GB, 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, with 32GB and 64GB storage models. At the bottom is a USB Type-C port, replacing the micro-USB port that most phones in this budget have. It supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0.The selfie camera has a 13MP sensor, with AI algorithms for beautification and portrait mode. According to Xiaomi (or is it Redmi now?), the display is so durable that stepping on it won’t break it. Dare we test that claim?The Redmi Note 7’s price begins at 999 Yuan for the base variant (3GB+32GB), which translates to roughly Rs 10,381; the priciest is the 6GB+64GB variant, which costs 1399 Yuan (about Rs 14,532). The company is offering an 18-month warranty to buyers in China. It’s hard to say when the phone will come to India, and if it’ll remain as affordable as we’ve come to expect from the brand. Clearly, the Note 7 brings some pretty high-end specs to the budget smartphone table, so the pricing in India will be a matter of some interest. 
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Video: Huawei’s EMUI 9 adds a lot of functionality that’s missing in Android

Video: Huawei’s EMUI 9 adds a lot of functionality that’s missing in Android

Android  is great as a foundation for all phones but there are quite a few features it lacks on a base level. That’s the reason why many phone manufacturers add their own skin or custom UI on top to make it more user-friendly.Huawei has been developing the Emotion UI of EMUI for a few years now and with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, Huawei launched its 9th iteration of EMUI. This latest version of EMUI adds quite a few features on the OS level that you would otherwise need to download third-party apps for.In this video, we look at some of the innovations present on EMUI 9.0 such as better gestures and an incredible AI that allows you to shop for products or find calories on the food using the fantastic camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Telstra’s exclusive 5G smartphones will arrive before any other Aussie telco

Telstra’s exclusive 5G smartphones will arrive before any other Aussie telco

As the race to deliver the next generation of mobile data speeds toward the finish line, Telstra has promised that it will be the first telco in Australia to offer 5G handsets to its customers.The announcement was made at CES 2019, with Telstra claiming that it has made “agreements to deliver exclusive access to 5G commercial smartphones in the first half of 2019”, and is able to do so “thanks to partnerships with some of the world’s biggest vendors”.Recently, Telstra announced that Ericsson would be its key partner for the 5G rollout, and that it managed to hit its target of switching on two hundred 5G sites across Australia by the end of 2018.
What is 5G? Everything you need to knowMystery partners
At this point, Telstra isn’t able to name who the exclusive partners are, which devices they’ll use or their capabilities, but it shouldn’t be too long before we start seeing its years of planning become a reality.Towards the end of 2018, we saw the announcement of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile processor, which comes packing 5G capabilities. While the list of phones confirmed to feature the chip is currently short, OnePlus has stated the company’s next flagship will feature 5G. There’s a very high chance Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will be packing the 855 as well, along with the Sony Xperia XZ4, the LG G8, and the Moto Z4.There’s currently no solid word on a 5G-enabled iPhone, but it’s been tipped to arrive some time in 2020.
Snapdragon 855: phones list, specs, and 5G speeds

DJI launches smart drone controller with built-in 5.5-inch display

DJI launches smart drone controller with built-in 5.5-inch display

The world’s leading manufacturer of consumer drones has announced a brand-new accessory for its latest Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones.Called the DJI Smart Controller, it boasts a Full HD (1080p) 5.5-inch display that has a 1,000 candelas per square meter output. That means it’s twice as bright as the average smartphone screen (which you can plug into DJI’s previous controllers) and will let you see anything even in bright sunlight.While the addition of a screen on a drone’s controller has its advantages, it comes at a cost. DJI has slapped a premium price tag of $650 / £579 / AU$1,099 on it, and it’s already available to buy on DJI’s own website.

Bird’s-eye view
The Smart Controller uses DJI’s OcySync 2.0 video transmission technology to display a live view of what the drone is seeing on the screen. It’s also able to automatically switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz to ensure you receive a steady feed over long distances – the controller has a range of up to 8km (4.97 miles).It’s also been designed to withstand the elements, being able to function in temperatures ranging from -20 C / -4 F to 40 C / 104 F. On screen you’ll find a customizable Android dashboard that supports the DJI GO 4 app, along with DJI Pilot and other third-party applications, including editing software. With the DJI GO 4 app on board, you’ll be able to live stream your drone’s camera feed to social network platforms via SkyTalk. However, DJI hasn’t clarified which version of Android the controller runs.
The controller also supports microSD UHS-I Speed Grade 3 cards up to 128GB, and there’s an HDMI port with 4K video output support, a USB type-C port and a USB-A port.All this, though, needs a pretty hefty battery. DJI has packed a 5,000mAh battery under the hood and claims you’ll get 2.5 hours out of each charge. That may or may not be enough, depending on how many extra batteries you carry for your drone. For its high price, though, 2.5 hours does seem a little low. However, it does support QC2.0 quick charging via the USB-C port.
Check out all of TechRadar’s CES 2019 coverage. We’re live in Las Vegas to bring you all the breaking tech news and launches, plus hands-on reviews of everything from 8K TVs and foldable displays to new phones, laptops and smart home gadgets.