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MSI GE62VR and GE72VR - Keep cool with Advanced Cooler Technology

MSI GE62VR and GE72VR - Keep cool with Advanced Cooler Technology

Performance needs control. Thanks to the Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics cards, both the MSI GE62VR Apache Pro as well as the larger MSI GE72VR Apache Pro get an enormous performance boost. The new Cooler Boos 4 Technology provides effective cooling of the components to ensure the maximum performance in all situations. (ad)
Dec 7
Huawei Nova Plus Smartphone Review

86% Huawei Nova Plus Smartphone Review

Finally 4k recording! Huawei's Nova Plus leaves a premium impression in the mainstream segment and it is the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer with Ultra-HD video recording. However, Huawei does not use its own Kirin SoC, but a chip from Qualcomm. How does the smartphone perform in the competitive segment up to 400 Euros?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 162 g
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

December 2016 update. Here's a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

December 2016 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

December 2016 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
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Bluetooth 5 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)

Bluetooth 5 officially adopted

The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
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One third of wearable devices abandoned by their owners

Consumers abandon one third of their wearables

According to a study by research firm Gartner, over 30 percent of the customers who buy smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality glasses get bored or simply do not find them useful, so they stop using them after a while.
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Pebble, one of the pioneers of smartwatches, will immediately halt all hardware production. (Source: Pebble)

Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit

Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
TouchWiz UI to become Samsung Experience in Android Nougat for Samsung handsets

TouchWiz becomes Samsung Experience

Android 7.0 Nougat beta reveals that Samsung has quietly renamed TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, so this will probably be the name of the company's custom Android interface from now on.
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AMD's stock price has risen over 10 percent since rumors of the deal hit yesterday. (Source: AMD)

Intel may have just signed deal with AMD for licensing AMD graphics tech

Intel's existing license for Nvidia's graphics technology will run out in 2017. It seems that ahead of this deadline Intel has decided to go with licensing AMD's tech instead.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) Android smartphone render

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) renders surface online

Not long after showing up on Geekbench and in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification documents, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) low-end Android smartphone finally arrives in a set of leaked renders.
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Some iPhone 6s models seem to shutdown unexpectedly too often.

Apple iPhone 6s: iOS Update to help with unexpected shutdown issues

Apparently, more iPhone 6s users are experiencing unexpected shutdowns. Apple announced, that a soon to be released iOS update will gather diagnostic data to help Apple solve the problem.
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Asus ZenFone Go (ZB690KG) 6.9-inch Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor

Asus ZenFone Go (ZB690KG) now official

This 6.9-inch phablet has low-end specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, and only runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unfortunately, there is no info on its price and availability yet.
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The Honor Magic is supposed to feature a quad-edge-display and will be announced Dec. 16th

Honor Magic concept phone with quad-curved-display to arrive Dec. 16th

Yesterday's teaser was just for teasing us, apparently. Huawei revealed a new teaser today, announcing the Honor Magic concept phone for the 16th of December.
Google Wifi wireless router now available for purchase

Google Wifi goes on sale

This mesh-capable wireless router that provides WiFi coverage while handling multiple active devices was announced back in early October and now can be acquired as a single unit for $129 USD or as a trio, for $299 USD.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android flagship on Verizon now out of the Galaxy Beta program

Verizon cancels the Galaxy Beta program for the S7 lineup

Although the Android 7.0 Nougat beta test in the US is in full swing and the Galaxy S7 devices can take the new firmware for a spin, Verizon Wireless has decided to stop supporting the Galaxy Beta program from now on.
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Donald Trump became the United State's president elect partially on the back of promises to take on issues of trade. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Trump's trade reforms could bring outsourced IT support jobs back to the US

President-elect Donald Trump is laying out more protectionist trade policies including a 35% tariff that could have huge impact on American companies that outsource labor.
The Apple vs. Samsung patent fight has been ongoing since 2011. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Samsung catches a break as Supreme Court reverses Apple's patent victory

The US Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 in favor of Samsung's appeal to reverse up to US$399 million of the US$548 million in damages already paid to Apple.
TrekStor launches affordable SurfBook W1 and W2 Windows notebooks

TrekStor launches SurfBook W1 and W2 affordable Windows notebooks

The 14.1-inch W1 and W2 will launch this month for 250 Euros and 350 Euros, respectively. Core specifications include a Cherry Trail Atom SoC and 2 GB of RAM.
Razer Blade (2016) Notebook Review

84% Razer Blade (2016) Notebook Review

Solid as a Rock. The new Razer Blade packs a GTX 1060 in a great aluminum case. The laptop offers reliable input devices, Thunderbolt 3 and an amazing IGZO panel. With all this on the table, what could go wrong? Besides some smaller issues, the greatest weakness was its lackluster gaming performance. However, the latter has now been fixed with an EC update.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14.0" | 2 kg
Dec 6
The headphone jack on the Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to be history.

Samsung Galaxy S8: No headphone jack and Home Button but stereo and USB-C?

Rumors suggest that the next Samsung flagship will come without a headphone jack and home button. Instead the Galaxy S8 will feature stereo speakers, optical fingerprint technology, an SamsUSB-C port and a better RGB-AMOLED-display. Autofocus on the selfie cam just got more likely as well.
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The Meizu M5 Note is the successor to the M3 Note and features a 4,000 mAh battery.

Meizu Blue Charm M5 Note: Successor to the M3 Note with 4,000 mAh battery

Meizu has officially announced the M5 Note today, a successor to the M3 Note with MediaTek Helio P10 processor and 4,000 mAh battery. It will come in four color options starting at $130.
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Lenovo will start selling the ZUK Edge tomorrow on Jingdong in China.

Lenovo Teaser: ZUK Edge will start selling tomorrow on JD

Lenovo has decided to start selling the ZUK Edge without officially announcing it in advance. Instead it will be available to buy on Chinese online merchant Jingdong starting tomorrow.
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Will Huawei release their concept phone as a Honor phone tomorrow?

Will Huawei announce a bezel-less Honor concept phone tomorrow?

Huawei might announce their version of a bezel-less concept phone tomorrow. Interestingly, a new teaser posted by Honor suggests, that this phone might be released as a Honor phone, possibly to not compete with the Mate 9.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

December 2016 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

December 2016 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Notebooks

December 2016 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Kodak Ektra Android smartphone for mobile photography fans

Kodak Ektra hits the market this Friday

This 5-inch Android handset is powered by a MediaTek processor and targets mobile photography fans, having a retro design with a faux leather cover and a grip for improved handling.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13IKB 80V00026GE Subnotebook Review

83% Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13IKB 80V00026GE Subnotebook Review

Kaby Lake upgrade. With the IdeaPad 510S-13IKB, Lenovo offers a well-equipped subnotebook in the 13.3-inch format. The quite good impression is marred by the only average battery runtimes.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Smartphones and devices like Samsung's Gear VR can allow users to try VR gaming at a much lower cost. (Source: Samsung)

VRidge: Try before you buy for VR

The app can use smartphones to mimic expensive VR headsets and seems to be able to run on lower-end hardware.
HTC One M9 Android smartphone gets Nougat update

Unlocked HTC One M9 handsets get Android Nougat

While the unlocked variants have begun to receive the Android 7.0 update already, it looks like carrier variants will not be able to enjoy the Nougat treatment before the end of the year.
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Motorola Moto X 2017 Android handset images leak online early December 2016

Motorola Moto X 2017 images leak online

The upcoming Moto X is expected to arrive next to a new Moto C in early 2017, these unofficial images showing a full-metal body handset with a fingerprint reader on the Home button.
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Google Android 7.1.1 Nougat now available for Nexus devices

Android 7.1.1 Nougat hits Nexus devices

This minor update for the Pixel and Pixel XL also brings a few new features to older devices, including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and more. The usual optimizations and bug fixes are also present.
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LG G5 Android flagship handset to get a waterproof successor, but without additional mods

Upcoming LG G6 flagship expected to be waterproof and non-modular

The latest round of G6-related rumors does not look great, as we hear once again that the upcoming flagship will no longer offer the chance to use modules. However, it seems like the LG G6 will hit the market with water resistance and a removable battery.
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It has been suggested that the OnePlus 3T might have been the OnePlus 4. (Source: OnePlus)

Signs point to next OnePlus handset being OnePlus 5; will have ceramic construction

Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 5 will feature ceramic construction instead of aluminum due to improved conduction of 5G signals. The OnePlus 4 will be "skipped" due to the number 4 being unlucky in many Asian countries.
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Meizu Band fitness tracker IP67-rated launches for around $33 USD

Meizu unveils its first fitness tracker

This new wearable comes with a sleek, basic design that includes a concealed OLED screen. Sporting a built-in AMS heart rate monitor, the Meizu Band is also capable of showing notifications for calls and texts. Pre-orders are already live in China while full availability is expected for next week.
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Analysts expect SSD prices to rise next year

Analysts expect SSD prices to rise next year

Both MLC and TLC SSDs could rise by as much as 10 percent due to growing demand over traditional HDDs in consumer electronics.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

The better 13-inch Pro? The MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar is Apple's new 13-inch flagship model. Besides the obvious OLED display above the keyboard, however, there are more differences compared to the entry-level model with function keys. Is it worth the $300 premium?
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
VR and AR products are seeing weaker sales than analysts predicted. (Source: HTCVIVE)

VR and AR: the sales disappointments of 2016

VR/AR sales were expected to pick up strongly in late 2016, yet the opposite has happened. Experts blame an immature ecosystem.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

83% Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

1-with-2. Android or Windows? Users of the Chuwi Hi10 Pro don't have to make that decision, since the Chinese hybrid tablet comes with both operating systems preinstalled. If the tablet is worth buying is the subject of our review.
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 562 g
The technology might show up in Huawei phones as early as 2017. (Source: 2017)

Huawei boost batteries with graphene-reinforced Li-ion technology

At a battery symposium in Japan earlier in the week, Huawei presented a graphene-based battery technology that would allow batteries to operate in temperatures 10C higher than current limits. The graphene allows for twice the longevity and lower operating temperatures.
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Dec 5
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Smartphone Review

83% Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Smartphone Review

Tango for the masses. The first consumer Tango smartphone is a bit larger than expected and doesn't always work perfectly, but it is thankfully wrapped in a solid and potent design.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976 | Qualcomm Adreno 510 | 6.4" | 259 g
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) Android phablet gets Nougat update

Samsung Galaxy A (2016) to get Android Nougat

Although it has been confirmed that high-end devices like the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge lineup or the Note 5 phablet will soon get Nougat, it is surprising to see that Samsung has added the Galaxy A family to the list of handsets that would get the new firmware.
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CrossOver allows Windows apps to be run through Android. Wine may soon add the feature to their software. (Source: Liliputing)

Wine may develop Windows compatibility layer for Android

The developers of the open-source compatibility layer software may soon bring Windows apps to Android. This move could in turn allow Windows software to run on newer Chromebooks that support Android apps.
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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12, Air 11 and Air 13

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12, Air 11 and Air 13

Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update December 2016
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Leap Motion is developing a new input sensor that will track users hand motion in a VR experience. (Source: Leap Motion)

Leap Motion to develop hand tracking sensor for smartphone VR sets

Leap Motion hopes the sensor will allow VR users to interact with and control mobile VR with their hands and fingers, further pushing VR development.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Android smartphone gets CyanogenMod 14.1 support in December 2016

CyanogenMod 14.1 reaches more handsets

The latest nightly build of this Android 7.1 Nougat-based ROM comes with support for a few additional devices, including the Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 5, as well as the Nexbit Robin, and others.
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