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Mar 29
HTC 10 Android flagship gets Nougat update on Verizon Wireless

HTC 10 gets Android Nougat on Verizon

This flagship on Verizon Wireless gets the update more than four months after its unlocked siblings received Android 7.0 in the US. The official change log is not available yet, but it should come with the latest security patch from Google included.
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Souq.com Arab e-commerce website homepage, Amazon to acquire Souq

Amazon to buy Souq.com

After turning down an $800 million offer from Emaar Malls PJSC, the Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com signs an agreement to join Amazon. However, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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A screenshot showing off Windows 10's new "Compact Overlay" feature, which will allow apps to have a sort of picture in picture mode when in the background. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Creators Update available early

The official Windows 10 Creators update is already available for those who would like to update manually. The update brings some significant new features to Windows 10.
The Galaxy S7 edge could have an overheating issue

The Galaxy S7 could have an overheating issue

Last month, Samsung attempted to cover up a Galaxy S7's battery failure. Can they be trusted after the Note 7's failures and now this?
LG displays UX 6.0 features in new video

LG displays UX 6.0 features in new video

LG's new flagship contains a ton of new hardware and software features. Can these upgrades keep the G6 competitive?
Unlocked BIOS free with Eurocom Tornado F5 for a limited time

Unlocked BIOS free with Eurocom Tornado F5 for a limited time

New purchases of the 15.6-inch Tornado F5 will be ready to overclock without any additional charges. The notebook is notable for its use of upgradeable LGA 1151 processors and MXM 3.0b graphics cards.
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Aida64 v5.90 update adds support for Ryzen Summit Ridge and Apollo Lake

Aida64 v5.90 update adds support for Ryzen Summit Ridge and Apollo Lake

The new version is now available for download in preparation for the Windows 10 Creators Update.
FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month

FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month

No replacements are planned as Vista owners are instead encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7, 8, or 10. Support for PCMark 7 and 8 will continue even after the introduction of PCMark 10.
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Mar 28
Lenovo/Motorola Moto G5 Android smartphone coming to India April 2017

Moto G5 hits India next week

Although the Motorola Moto G5 was unveiled at MWC 2017 next to the Moto G5 Plus, this Snapdragon 430-driven Android smartphone is set to arrive in India more than two weeks after its sibling.
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India's Truecaller Pay mobile payment service launch event

Truecaller Pay mobile payment service launches in India

The new service includes two-factor authentication, and its introduction creates the largest mobile payment platform in India - a country where Truecaller has no less than 150 million customers.
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A still image from a previously leaked HTC "Ocean" video demoing Sense Touch. (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC's Ocean device will drop codename and launch as the HTC U

The HTC Ocean smartphone has been the subject of various leaks and rumors; this latest leak claims a name change, doubles down on high-end specs, and reveals a unique way of interacting with the device.
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MS Office 2013 running on an Asus Chromebook Flip C100. (Source: CodeWeavers)

Microsoft Office can run on Chromebooks via CrossOver

Using CrossOver Android, James Ramey (president of CodeWeavers) was able to run MS Word 2013 on his Asus Chromebook Flip C100. The group plans to have a preview of the software released before the end of the month.
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LG TONE FREE wireless earbuds for Android handsets

LG TONE FREE wireless earbuds hit Best Buy

These headphones were unveiled back at CES 2017 in January, and now they are finally available for purchase. Best Buy has them up for sale both in stores and online, carrying a price tag of $199.99 USD.
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MSI announces Trident 3 Arctic with GeForce GTX 1070

MSI announces Trident 3 Arctic with GeForce GTX 1070

The console-size gaming PC will launch next month for a starting price of $1500 USD.
Sources disagree on whether the tablet will have an edge-to-edge display or a narrow bezel design. (Source: PhoneArena)

New iPad Pro could arrive this April

Could an updated iPad Pro become available as early as next month? There's a lot of uncertainty among analysts at the moment as it's anyone's guess as to when Apple will release the updated 10.5-inch tablet.
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Jumper EZBook 3 (N3350, FHD) Laptop Review

77% Jumper EZBook 3 (N3350, FHD) Laptop Review

MacBook Air clone. Jumper updates its EZBook to the latest Apollo Lake platform with a Celeron N3350 dual-core SoC. A matte Full HD panel, low weight and, above all, its low price promise an interesting total package. Find out what compromises this little laptop has to make in the report.
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 14.1" | 1.2 kg
Microsoft's sleek Surface Studio was certainly eye-catching, but the machine is not exactly affordable. (Source: Microsoft)

The Surface Book 2 may not be a part of Microsoft's spring hardware launch

Microsoft has long been rumored to be planning a spring 2017 Surface launch, but what exactly will the device be?
A fire erupted at a Samsung Experience Store in Singapore; workers cordoned off the shop after it was put out. (Source: The Straits Time)

Samsung store catches fire the day before the Galaxy S8 launches

A Samsung Experience Store in Singapore caught fire early Tuesday. The blaze threatened nearby shops and caused unspecified damage. This incident is the latest in a string of fire-related thorns in Samsung's side.
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The first image of Andy Rubin's new smartphone. (Source: Twitter)

Andy Rubin shares a teaser image of his new smartphone

The father of Android reveals the first image of his new smartphone. The device will be the flagship product for Andy Rubin's company, Essential Products Inc., and is expected to arrive later this year.
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The upgraded Razer Blade Pro sports an unchanged exterior; inside it's a different story. (Source: Razer)

Razer upgrades its 17-inch Blade Pro gaming laptop

The upgraded Razer Blade Pro features an unlocked Kaby Lake processor, faster memory, and THX certification. Unsurprisingly, it also features an increase in price.
Pixel Launcher formerly known as Pixel Launcher, Android O variant now unofficially available for Marshmallow (and later) devices

Unofficial Android O Pixel Launcher available for Marshmallow and Nougat

Although the latest Pixel Launcher app was made to work with Android O Developer Preview, one XDA Forums user made it available for download to those running at least Android 6.0.1, who should be able to have the launcher up and running quite easily.
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OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition Android flagship now available

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black now available for purchase

One week ago, the Chinese brand finally announced the arrival of a Midnight Black color option that would join the existing Gunmetal and Soft Gold. Now, the blackness unfolds with a price tag of $479 USD.
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Samsung Z2 SM-Z200F Tizen smartphone, Samsung SM-Z400F hits WiFi Alliance

Samsung Z4 gets its WiFi certification

Not long after being spotted at FCC, this Tizen-driven smartphone hits the WiFi Alliance. Unfortunately, we only get to find out that it runs Tizen 3.0 and is compatible with the 2.4 GHz band, nothing more.
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Opera Mini browser for Android gets media downloader feature

Opera Mini to offer fast access to downloads and more

In the coming weeks, this mobile browser will gain many useful features, including the ability to automatically scan sites for downloadable multimedia content, a new Facebook notification bar, various UI improvements, and more.
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Black Pearl Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android flagship, unlocked Galaxy S7 lineup gets new Marshmallow update in the US

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in the US get updated

While the unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagships in the US receive one more Marshmallow update, their siblings on T-Mobile that already got updated to Nougat get this month's security patches.
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Motorola Moto X 2017 Android smartphone specs leak shows Snapdragon 625 and 3 GB RAM

Motorola Moto X 2017 specs surface online

After being mentioned in a few rumors, the upcoming Moto X handset shows up in a set of images that also reveal a few key specs - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
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Samsung teases Windows-based Galaxy Book 12 detachable in new video

Samsung teases Windows-based Galaxy Book 12 detachable in new video

The video unfortunately shows little about the Surface Pro 4 contender other than a few snippets of the hardware inside. Prices and availability remain mysteries.
T-Mobile announces new prepaid plans

T-Mobile announces new prepaid plans

T-Mobile has finally updated its prepaid options, with plans and services ranging from $5 to $75. Even unlimited data is an option.
Mar 27
Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android Nougat to desktop PCs

Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android 7.1 to desktops

While Android was not designed to work as a desktop operating system, those who would like to employ it in this manner can use Phoenix OS. The early 2.0 Alpha build is based on Android 7.1 and integrates a taskbar, a start menu, support for windowed apps, and more.
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iOS 10.3 is now available for download. (Source: Apple)

Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available

The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
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Samsung dual camera setup to get thinner, described in a patent filing

Samsung patent shows a thinner dual camera setup

In addition to the company's existing patents on dual camera technology, Samsung has recently filed a new one that describes a thinner dual camera setup that also provides better low light performance when compared to existing solutions.
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Xiaomi has sold 250,000 Redmi 4A Android smartphone in India in less than 5 minutes

Xiaomi sold 250k Redmi 4A smartphones in four minutes

This affordable handset went out of stock last week as no less than 250,000 units were sold in a flash sale via Amazon.in in less than five minutes. However, over one million potential customers chose to be notified about the availability of this smartphone.
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Lenovo Yoga 510-14AST (A9-9410, HD) Convertible Review

78% Lenovo Yoga 510-14AST (A9-9410, HD) Convertible Review

Disappointing screen. Lenovo's 14-inch convertible carries a price tag of around 500 Euros. The buyer gets a Stoney Ridge APU with a solid state drive, and 4 GB of working memory. Lenovo ruins the overall good impression by installing a viewing angle dependent TN panel.
AMD A9-9410 | AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge) | 14" | 1.8 kg
Lenovo launching VR-ready ThinkStation P320

Develop3D Live | Lenovo launching VR-ready ThinkStation P320

Interested in 3D CAD and VR work? Lenovo provides an easy, economical entry into the world of virtual reality with its new Workstation P320.
Intel's Optane Memory is coming to consumer markets in bite-size capacities. (Photo source: Intel)

Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets

The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship unofficial render, specs leak via AnTuTu next to S8 Plus specs

Snapdragon- and Exynos-powered Galaxy S8 flagships hit AnTuTu

Thanks to this popular benchmark database, the detailed specs of the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagships are now public. The processors used are Samsung's Exynos 8895 and the Snapdragon 835 chip by Qualcomm.
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Look-alike iPads could be used as bombs aboard flights. (Source: Apple)

An iPad bomb threat partly led to the recent device ban on flights

Islamic terrorists have been plotting to use iPads as bombs, which would be smuggled into a plane's passenger cabin and detonated mid-flight. Such a plot forms part of the reasoning behind the recent laptop and tablet bans on US & UK flights.
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Cortana's latest update adds voice recognition to the lock screen. (Source: Google Play)

You can now talk to Cortana from your Android lock screen

Cortana for Android's latest update brings all of the virtual assistant's features to the lock screen. You can now ask questions and issue commands without having to unlock your phone.
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With the Docs.com search box, users can find any publicly-shared sensitive information. (Source: Docs.com)

Publicly-shared documents hosted on Docs.com expose sensitive information

Researchers as well as everyday users have discovered a trove of easily-accessible sensitive information on Docs.com. From phone numbers to social security numbers, the info is just a quick search away, open for malicious actors to steal and exploit.
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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake introduced the repeal of the FCC regulations. (Source: Washington Times)

ISPs can sell your browsing history without your consent, Senate rules

FCC regulations that would disallow ISPs to share or sell users' internet browsing history and other private information without their explicit consent have been shot down in the US Senate.
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The Galaxy Note 7, which was killed off last year, may be making a triumphant return (Source: Samsung)

Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices

Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
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Xiaomi Mi6 leaked image, Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus specs leak online

Xiaomi Mi6 and Mi6 Plus specs leak online

Both handsets allegedly use the high-end Snapdragon 835 processor, next to up to 6 GB RAM. However, the smaller Mi6 is said to come with a Marshmallow-based firmware, while the 5.7-inch Mi6 Plus is rumored to run Nougat out of the box.
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Logitech Rugged Combo keyboard case for the new 9.7-inch iPad

Logitech unveils Rugged Combo keyboard case for the new iPad

This new accessory made for the new 9.7-inch iPad was designed for the education market, offering protection from drops and daily wear and tear, while its detachable keyboard provides a secure, approved solution for exams and tests.
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The new app is not integrated with Google Photos, though it does borrow plenty of inspiration from that app. (Source: Android Police)

Google is creating a social app based on editing, sharing and organizing photos

Google's newest social app is no longer about text messages; now, the software giant wants to compete with Snapchat and Instagram for a slice of the photo-sharing social media pie.
The A11 will be used in the new OLED iPhone 8 as well as the rumored iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. (Source: 9to5mac)

Apple's A11 chip for iPhone 8 to begin production in April

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin producing Apple's A11 chip in April, aiming to manufacture 100 million units by year's end in preparation for the expected demand for the upcoming iPhone 8 and upgraded iPhone 7s.
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Upcoming Samsung Gear watch with rotary dial display shown in a patent filing

Future Gear smartwatches might feature a rotary dial display

Although foldable and bendable displays are still far from being mass produced, a new patent by Samsung unveils a rotary dial display for a smartwatch that can provide basic information, taking it all to the next level.
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Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black gaming review. GTX 1060. 2017play icon

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black gaming review. GTX 1060. 2017

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black gaming laptop review.Improvements over the 2016 version include the GTX 1060 and naturally a small upgrade on the CPU to the latest Core i7 7700HK. There's improved audio, better access for SSD and RAM upgrades and a great full HD IPS screen. Watch the video Acer Aspire V...
Google Play store gets Free App of the Week section

Google Play gets a "Free App of the Week" section

This new section is apparently available for US users only at this time. Out of the roughly three million apps on Google Play, the first one to be featured as the "Free App of the Week" is the $2.99 USD Card Wars - Adventure Time by Cartoon Network.
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Huawei P10 Android flagship color options, Huawei handsets to come to the US via AT&T

AT&T might bring Huawei handsets to the US

Huawei handsets arrived officially in the US last August, when the Honor 8 premium smartphone made its debut via Best Buy, Amazon, and other major retailers. Now, the Chinese brand is in talks with AT&T to add a HiSilicon-powered handset to the carrier's portfolio.
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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be manufactured in India by May 2017 as well

Apple to start making iPhones in India this spring

Although the Indian government has not accepted most of Apple's demands for financial incentives, the Cupertino giant is expected to begin iPhone manufacturing in Bangalore by mid-May.
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Movado Connect smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0

Movado Connect smartwatch coming this fall

This upcoming smartwatch has been designed specifically for Android Wear 2.0 and is expected to launch offering five styles for men. Its features will include Google Assistant, an "Always On" display, and more.
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