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Jan 19
Apple AirPods are the best selling wireless headphones in the US

Apple AirPods are the best selling wireless headphones in the US

Apple instantly knocked back Beats and Bose out of their top positions in terms of online sales revenue with the launch of the AirPods.
Seamless UI scaling between phones, tablets, Xbox, and full-sized computers is the goal. (Source: Windows Central)

Windows 10 shell update will help close the gap between Windows PCs and phones

Microsoft is allegedly planning on integrating the Windows 10 UIs for PC, mobile, Xbox, and convertibles into one "Composable Shell", allowing for a truly universal Windows OS.
Jan 18
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet hits FCC on its way to the US market

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro hits FCC

The international variant of this massive 6-inch Android handset has been spotted on FCC, not long after the model number SM-C900F surfaced on the WiFi Alliance website as well.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet/Shield Tablet K1 gets Android Nougat update in a few weeks

Nvidia Shield Tablet to get Android Nougat soon

NVIDIA has just confirmed that both the Shield Tablet and its improved sibling simply known as Shield Tablet K1 will receive the long-awaited Android 7.0 software update "in a few weeks."
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.

The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Android smartphone/phablet, Chinese brands dominate the Indian market

Chinese brands now in control of India's smartphone market

Samsung and local brand Micromax are losing ground in their battle against Chinese brands, who managed an impressive jump from 19 percent a year ago all the way up to more than half of this $10 billion smartphone market.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Android smartphone/phablet to receive Nougat update

Sony Xperia Z5 lineup gets Android Nougat

This new firmware update comes with all the Android 7.0 goodies, as well as a new Xperia Home launcher that is "smarter and more personal" and also fully integrates Google Now.
Fujitsu ARROWS Tab V567/P Windows 10 Pro tablet coming soon to Japan

Fujitsu working on a 6-inch Windows 10 Pro device

The 6-inch phablet/tablet will launch as "ARROWS Tab V567/P," but will only be available in Japanese. Its technical specs are not public yet, but considering the price around $1,300 USD, a high-end Intel processor would not be a surprise.
LG Aristo Android smartphone with 4G VoLTE and Nougat preinstalled

LG Aristo hits T-Mobile and MetroPCS next week

Although it can be purchased right away for just $144 USD, this Snapdragon 425-driven, 5-inch handset comes with a 13 MP main camera, 16 GB internal storage, 4G VoLTE, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
OnePlus 3 Android smartphone now gets OxygenOS 4.0.2 update

OxygenOS 4.0.2 rolls out

As promised earlier this month, the new OxygenOS update comes to solve the Google Play store app download issue encountered by OxygenOS 4.0.1 users. The new firmware is compatible with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
Lava Pixel V1 Android One smartphone might reach the US market

Android One handsets might reach the US market

Initially introduced to allow low-cost handsets to retail loaded with stock Android and to receive updates coming directly from Google, the Android One initiative only targeted emerging markets so far, but the US might be added to the list by mid-2017 as well.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737T and

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace launches in India

This handset comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box, featuring a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1.5 GB RAM, a 5-inch qHD display, 4G VoLTE support, and a 2,600 mAh battery, all for a price of roughly $125 USD.
The business-oriented U937/P is made from a magnesium alloy. (Source: Impress)

Fujitsu unveils 1.7-pound 13-inch notebook

Fujitsu has revealed two of the world's lightest 13-inch laptops at a launch event in Japan. The UH75/B1 weighs a scant 1.72 lbs while the U937/P weighs 1.87 lbs. The base units come with a small 25 Wh battery to reduce weight, but a 50 Wh battery is available, which will make the unit weigh just over 2 lbs.
Simplygon indie license shipping with Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft buys Simplygon

Microsoft acquires Simplygon

The new acquisition is a developer of automatic 3D data optimization solutions headquartered in Sweden that has been founded back in 2006. Microsoft aims to accelerate its 3D For Everyone vision and strategy with the help of the Simplygon team.
ZTE Hawkeye specs now officially confirmed - Snapdragon 625,

ZTE reveals final Hawkeye specs

This crowdsourced smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual cameras on the back, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
While the NexDock is designed with the Compute Card in mind, it will also retain compatibility with smartphones and other mini-PCs. (Source: NexDock)

Intel Compute Card already tapped for use in modular convertible PC

NexDock is working on a 2017 version of their laptop-shell device dock. While the previous version was had a laptop form factor and supported Windows 10 smartphones and Raspberry Pis, the update is a Surface-like convertible that specifically caters to the Intel Compute Card.
Jan 17
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Notebookinfo: Apple MacBook Pro 15, WinFuture: ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom, WinFuture: Asus Zenfone AR, RP-Online: Luxusversprechen nicht gehalten, Das Huawei Mate 9 ist alternativlos, Tech Stage: Samsung Galaxy A3, n-tv: Archos 50 Saphir ist ein Akku-Monster, Notebooksbilliger Blog: HP EliteBook 1040 G3 edles Business-Ultrabook mit WQHD-Auflösung und LTE , 15 Zoll Notebooks Test: Asus ROG GL702VM-GC020T, Curved: Samsung Galaxy A5, Technik Surfer: Huawei Mate 9 der kleine Galaxy Note 7 Ersatz, Curved: Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 das Kleine mit der guten Kamera, Doogee Y6, Android User: Einsteiger-Smartphone zum kleinen Preis, Android User: Honor 8 – FRD-L09 mit 4 GByte RAM und Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Slashgear: Review: Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows 10 PC, Laptop Media: Acer Aspire F 15 (F5-573G) review – a big step forward, Laptop Media: Dell Vostro 15 3559 review – when “good” just isn’t enough anymore, Laptop Media: Dell XPS 13 (9360, Late 2016) review – the best just got better, Laptop Media: HP ProBook 450 G4 review – Intel’s new Kaby Lake CPU isn’t the only improvement, Pocket Lint: ZTE Blade V8 Pro preview: Dual camera action on a budget, Laptop Media: Acer Swift 7 review – making the Apple Macbook look fat, Laptop Media: Huawei P9 review – a smartphone you want to find under the Christmas tree, Pocket Lint: Acer Swift 7 review: Has Acer finally cracked high-end laptop design?, Pocket Lint: Honor 6X preview: 'Mate 9 Mini' delivers dual cameras for just £225, Pocket Lint: Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 review: Not Microsoft's mobile saviour, Stuff TV: Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus review, Stuff TV: Oppo R9s review, Stuff TV: Honor 6x review, Stuff TV: Honor Magic hands-on review, Stuff TV: Razer Blade Stealth review, Stuff TV: HTC 10 Evo review, Techradar: Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review, Techradar: Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 review, Techradar: Microsoft Surface Book i7 review, Techradar: Hands on: ZTE Blade V8 Pro review, Techradar: Aorus X5 v6 review, Techradar: Gigabyte P37X v6 review, Techradar: Wileyfox Spark Plus review, Techradar: Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review, Techradar: Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design review, Techradar: Hands on: Chuwi LapBook review, Techradar: Asus Transformer 3 Pro review, Techradar: Honor 6X review, Techradar: Hands on: Asus Zenfone AR review, Techradar: Hands on: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom review, Techradar: Hands on: Lenovo K5 review, Techradar: Razer Blade Pro review, Techradar: Razer Blade review, Techradar: Lenovo Phab 2 Pro review
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

January 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$834) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Samsung foldable phone concept, Nokia could launch similar products pretty soon

Nokia might be working on foldable devices

Nokia seems to be back in the game on all fronts, including the apparently next big thing in the industry, namely foldable devices. At MWC, the company is expected to unveil quite a few new products and prototypes, including virtual reality devices, smart wearables, and more.
Polar M600 Android Wear smartwatch with GPS and music streaming to get Android Wear 2.0 update

Android Wear 2.0 expected to arrive on February 9

The next iteration of Google's operating system for wearables is apparently scheduled to arrive in early February, Evan Blass now confirming previous rumors and leaks. The list of supported devices is said to consist of only 18 items at launch.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

January 2017 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

January 2017 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service. (Source: Nvidia)

New Nvidia Shield TV 2017 now available for purchase

The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service.
Huawei MediaPad T2 10.0 Pro Android tablet successors coming soon

Huawei MediaPad T3 gets its WiFi certification

The slate that surfaced online and appears to be the MediaPad T3 (not confirmed yet by Huawei). The MediaPad T2 lineup consists of three models that feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 3 GB RAM, and a 7-inch or 10-inch touchscreen display.
MSI CX62 7QL Notebook Review

76% MSI CX62 7QL Notebook Review

Cool but slow. Don't let the GE62 chassis fool you - the CX62 is far too weak for most games and its 768p TN display is horrid.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The new patent builds on an idea for a foldable device Microsoft attempted in 2009. (Source: USPTO)

What Microsoft's foldable device patent could mean for the Surface Phone

A recently-approved patent suggests that the company may be looking into foldable screens for their next device, which many expect to be the Surface Phone. If so, the Surface Phone may not be a smartphone in the usual sense.
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10 TB hard disc drive, Samsung shuts down Suzhou manufacturing plant

Seagate shuts down its plant in Suzhou

The world's largest hard disk maker is going through a global business restructuring plan and, due to a slowing market, recently announced the plan to shut down a manufacturing plant and to cut over 6,500 jobs worldwide.
LG's concept as seen in the patent filing, unfolded. (Source: GSM Info)

LG has designs for foldable phone-tablet hybrid

LG, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft are exploring various foldable phone concepts that could hit the market as early as Q3 2017. The race is on.
Features announced in the newest Shield TV will be coming to the older model as well. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia to update original Shield TV

The software update will give the original Shield TV the feature set of the newer model, including 4K HDR playback and access to GeForce NOW.
HTC One A9 Android smartphone gets Nougat software update

Unlocked HTC One A9 handsets get Android Nougat

Although it took a bit longer than expected, the Android Nougat update for this unlocked handset has finally received the technical approval and the new firmware already rolls out via OTA.
Such incidents will become a thing of the past with upcoming battery technology

Researchers create a battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Researchers at Stanford University created a lithium-ion battery that contains a chemical compound which prevents both the fires and explosions that sometimes occur when the battery overheats.
ZTE ZMax Pro Android phablet gets a Nougat beta program

ZTE ZMax Pro to get Android Nougat as well

ZTE takes software updates very seriously since Z-Community members can now join the Android Nougat Beta program for the $99 USD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617-driven ZMax Pro handset that launched back in July 2016 with Marshmallow on board.
The Amiga series of computers found success as a home entertainment system, as it sold for significantly less than its Mac and PC competitors. (Source: WikiMedia)

Nostalgia Nerd's documentary on the Commodore Amiga, "Amiga Story", fully released

Retro-computing YouTuber Nostalgia Nerd has released the concluding part of his two-part documentary on the rise and fall of the Commodore Amiga: Part one explores the history and genesis of the beloved family of computers throughout the 1980s, while part two focuses on its struggles and eventual downfall in the 1990s.
Kuo expects Apple to rectify the majority of complaints against the 2016 MacBooks this year. (Source: Apple)

Apple will update MacBooks with more RAM, Kaby Lake CPUs: Ming-Chi Kuo

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is planning to upgrade their existing 13 and 15-inch notebooks with Kaby Lake as well as add two new laptops: a 12-inch MacBook and a higher-end 15-inch MacBook with 32 GB of RAM.
Jan 16
HP Windows 10 notebook, Windows 10 Anniversary Update security level is awesome

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is incredibly secure

Although not patches for two zero-day exploits, Windows 10 Anniversary Update machines were shielded from them, proving the excellent level of security achieved by this version of Microsoft's operating system.
Samsung Smart Home Monitor part of the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Samsung plans to retire its SmartThings app in April

Although the app that allows its users to control SmartThings-compatible IoT products will be retired on April 1, existing users will continue to receive technical support through June (sadly, only 2017).
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition smartwatch successor coming in February

LG Watch Urbane 3rd Edition apparently spotted at FCC

The two LG smartwatches that recently arrived at FCC come with IP67 certification for protection from the elements and use a Qualcomm chipset, being expected to show up next month, shortly after Android Wear 2.0 gets unveiled.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge Android smartphone now up for pre-order

Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge now up for pre-order

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered smartphone comes with Android Marshmallow for now, although it has recently been spotted online with Nougat on board while grabbing some certifications.
Microsoft foldable device patent details revealed by MSPoweruser

Microsoft patents a foldable device

The patent of the Redmond giant describes what appears to be a foldable tablet with a flexible hinge, a design similar to those previously spotted in patents belonging to Samsung, LG, and Apple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires investigation results coming January 23

Samsung Note 7 investigation results coming next week

With almost all Galaxy Note 7 units now back in Samsung's possession, the final results of the company's ongoing investigation targeting the reasons behind this device's issues that led to its withdrawal from the market will go public next Monday.
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.
Sony Xperia Z4 tablet to receive Android Nougat soon

Sony Xperia Z4 tablet to get Android Nougat update soon

In addition to various smaller Xperia handsets, this 10.1-inch tablet that arrived back in 2015 with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board is on its way to Nougat. The new software has just been spotted receiving its certification from wireless device certification forum PTCRB.
ZTE Axon Mini Android smartphone variants in the US to receive a single update from now on

ZTE Axon 7 Mini to get unified software update

Right now, ZTE Axon 7 Mini handsets in the US have one of three possible software builds, but soon all will get the same "Build 21" firmware. This update promises to bring new APN settings for all major carriers, HD Voice call on T-Mobile, and more.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Android smartphone to get a successor soon

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) surfaces on Geekbench

One month after receiving its WiFi certification, the Android Nougat-loaded Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) now surfaces on Geekbench. The model spotted on this website also runs Nougat, so it will probably hit the market in the coming weeks.
Coming soon to an appliance near you. (Source: MalwareTips)

Internet of Things will need extensive support lifecycles

Companies need to take security updates for IoT-enabled devices just as seriously as smartphones—if not more. Companies that fail to supply regular security updates for phones should not be entrusted with putting smart-appliances in our homes.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

January 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

January 2017 update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Notebooks

January 2017 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia 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.
Jan 15
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7

Charger problems cause Barnes & Noble to stop NOOK Tablet 7" sales

Although this $50 USD, 7-inch slate is one of the most affordable tablets currently available in the US, a few malfunctions of the charging adapter prompted Barnes & Noble to stop sales until the problems are solved.

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