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Dec 9
AMD's new Radeon Software Crimson driver brings gameplay capture and improved graphics performance. (Source: AMD)

AMD launches Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.1

Live streamers, rejoice! AMD's new ReLive Edition driver rabrings better power management, improved graphical performance, and new gameplay capture and streaming software.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone to get update 7.1.1 Nougat soon

Sony to bring the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update soon

Android 7.1.1 was recently unleashed by Google for its own devices, and now it looks like Sony aims to become the first brand from the crowd to get the update ready. According to a recent report, the developer team of the Japanese company has made this update its "number one priority."
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet international variant gets WiFi certification

International variant of the Galaxy C9 Pro surfaces online

This unannounced variant of the 6-inch phablet already present in China has just received its WiFi certification. Aiming the international market, it has the same specs as its China-only counterpart - Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, 6 GB RAM, 16 MP main camera, and more.
Microsoft completes LinkedIn acquisition

Microsoft completes LinkedIn acquisition

The Redmond giant announced its plans to buy LinkedIn back in June, and now the $26 billion acquisition is complete, after securing regulatory approval. LinkedIn notifications will soon be added to the Windows action center, with much more changes planned.
Cortana, Microsoft's Personal assistant for Windows 10 devices, has just gotten a little cooler. (Source: Microsoft)

Latest Windows 10 Insider build lets you turn off your PC with your voice

Windows 10 Insider Build 14986 has introduced a number of additional voice commands for Cortana, including sleeping, restarting, shutting down, and changing volume.
Samsung will be disabling connectivity and charging from some US and Canadian Note 7's next week. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)

Remaining active Samsung Note 7 phones may be disabled next week

It seems that some Note 7 owners are still stubbornly holding onto their devices—Samsung is trying to change that by disabling remaining Note 7's throughout next week.
Dec 8
Meizu Pro 6 Plus variant with curved QHD display could be in the works

Meizu Pro 6 Plus variant with curved QHD display could be in the works

The announced Pro 6 Plus could come with another surprise in the form of a Pro 6 Plus Edge according to the latest leaked images.
Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Impatient iPhone 7 owners will be able to purchase a pair of AirPods hopefully before the end of this month according to an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
According to Japanese fan site Macotakara the next iPhone may come in red color but will not change much.

Apple iPhone 2017: iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s or both?

A weird rumor was brought to our attention today suggesting that next year's iPhones may only receive a minor update and may be called iPhone 7s after all. Does that mean, Apple will introduce both iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 next year?
Cortana can sync across Android, iOS, and Windows machines. (Source: Microsoft)

Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS

Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
macOS 10.12.2 is said to offer a solution for GPU problems MacBook Pro users have been experiencing.

Apple MacBook Pro: macOS update said to cure GPU problems

MacBook Pro users affected by GPU problems may look forward to the next release of macOS 10.12.2 that are said to offer a software solution for all the various GPU related problems on the new MacBooks.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) Android smartphone coming soon

Updated ZenFone 3 Zoom coming soon

The handset that surfaced via both TENAA and Bluetooth SIG is also known as Asus Z01HD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and dual cameras on the back, hopefully with 3X optical zoom like the original ZenFone 3 Zoom had.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android smartphone in Black Pearl finish

Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge now available

This is the seventh color edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge, following the Blue Coral and Pink Gold options that became available earlier this year. The other choices available are White Pearl, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
Foxconn/Hon Hai is the world's largest contracted electronics manufacturing firm. (Source: Foxconn)

Foxconn mulls expansion of American operations

Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has confirmed that it is engaged in preliminary talks regarding expansion of its operations in the United States.
ARM Cortex-R52 processor, Windows 10 desktop to support ARM chips in 2017

ARM chips to get support for desktop Windows in 2017

Intel's domination might soon end as the giant ends up facing Qualcomm and other ARM-based chips, which are expected to get full support for Microsoft Windows desktop by the end of 2017.
Apple led this quarter, accounting for 21.3% of unit sales. (Source: Apple)

Tablet sales down 21.5% on year, up 7.3% on quarter

Digitimes research shows that tablet shipments for 2016 are down 21.5% on year, but up 7.3% on quarter. It could be the end of a long downturn for the tablet market.
Dec 7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 5
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.
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.
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.
Samsung 3D V-NAND memory chips, Samsung leading the NAND memory market

Samsung dominates the NAND flash market

Earlier this year, Samsung expanded its 3D NAND flash memory manufacturing facilities in China and South Korea, also starting to manufacture 64-layer NAND flash memory chips earlier this month.
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