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May 27
Microsoft cutting more jobs from its smartphone branch

Microsoft cutting more thousands more jobs from its smartphone branch

The Redmond company is continuing to distance itself from the Nokia and Lumia brands by cutting 1850 jobs with restructuring efforts totaling nearly $1 billion USD.
Acer Liquid Zest Plus Android smartphone with 5,000 mAh battery

Computex 2016 | Acer Liquid Zest Plus coming to the US in July

This 5.5-inch Android handset with a 5000 mAh battery and 13 MP tri-focus main camera will hit the US market for $199 USD.
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S now available for 900 Euros

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S now available for 900 Euros

The mainstream 13.3-inch notebook weighs 1.2 kg, is just 13.9 mm thick, and includes Iris graphics options.
Gigabyte Aero 14 gaming notebook now official

Computex 2016 | Gigabyte Aero 14 gaming notebook now official

The 19.9 mm thick 14-inch gaming notebook will carry a tremendously dense 94 Wh battery for up to a 10-hour battery life.
ZTE Axon 7 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and up to 6 GB RAM

ZTE Axon 7 is now official

This 5.5-inch premium handset is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and features up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, but the 4 GB/64 GB variant starts below $500 USD.
Microsoft Next Lock Screen 3.2 lock screen app for Android

Microsoft updates Next Lock Screen app

Version 3.2 of this lock screen app has a new logo, improved Weather functionality, better resource management, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition limited edition Android flagship

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition coming next month

This limited edition variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge flagship comes in an exclusive black and gold color combination, also featuring a golden-colored Bat-Signal on its back.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet now available in Europe

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet now available in Europe

After three-month delay, the X1 Tablet is now finally shipping in Europe after being available in the US for several weeks.
Apple could be refreshing the MacBook Pro with OLED touch panels and Touch ID

Apple could be refreshing the MacBook Pro with OLED touch panels and Touch ID

The Q4 2016 refresh is expected to be a major redesign of the current generation with Skylake, Polaris, Touch ID, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, and more.
May 26
Sony Xperia X with powerful 23 MP rear camera launching this weekend

Sony Xperia X with powerful 23 MP rear camera launching this weekend

The 5-inch 1080p Sony smartphone will retail for approximately 600 Euros with multiple color options.
First notebooks with AMD Bristol Ridge spotted

First notebooks with AMD Bristol Ridge spotted

Notebooks sporting the 7th generation AMD APU are not expected to launch until after Computex, but Acer and HP have already listed models starting at $799 and $579, respectively.
Lenovo TB3-850M Android tablet back side image at TENAA

Lenovo TB3-850M Android tablet hits TENAA

This upcoming 8-inch slate has a quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage space, offering cellular LTE connectivity so it can be used as a phone as well.
Gigabyte Aero 14 gaming laptop with

Gigabyte Aero 14 gaming notebook shows up online

Although this 14-inch machine for gamers powered by the high-end Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor should be unveiled at Computex, it has been spotted in on an official website already.
PayPal app for BlackBerry support ceases June 30th

PayPal to discontinue BlackBerry, Amazon Fire, and Windows Phone apps next month

Support for the PayPal apps on these three platforms will cease on June 30th, but users of the BBM app will still be able to send payments using it.
HP expands Omen gaming lineup with GTX 965M and 4K UHD options

HP expands Omen gaming lineup with GTX 965M and 4K UHD options

The 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch Omen models will retail for $899 and $979, respectively, come this July 10th.
Huawei P9 Plus now officially available

Huawei P9 Plus now officially available for 700 Euros

The 5.5-inch P9 Plus will carry the same Kirin 955 SoC, rear Leica cameras, and FHD display resolution as the 5.2-inch P9 with more RAM and internal storage.
Acer unveils Cloudbook Aspire One 11 AO1-132

Acer Cloudbook Aspire One 11 AO1-132 coming soon

The Taiwanese manufacturer will likely show off its latest Cloudbook SKU this coming Computex. Some resellers are jumping the gun with core specifications and prices ahead of any wide announcements.
May 25
QNAP TVS-x82 business NAS with up to 8 GB RAM and up to Intel Core i7 Skylake processor

QNAP announces TVS-x82 business NAS series

This new feature-packed business NAS family features up to 32 GB RAM and Intel Core Skylake processors, including the high-end i7-6700.
Android commands 84.1 percent of the mobile market share

Android commands 84.1 percent of the mobile market share

Android, Huawei, and Oppo are rising in numbers as Apple slips in market share.
Pebble Core smart wearable starts at $69 USD

Pebble announces Core smart wearable

Without the need of a connected smartphone, this new wearable streams music from Spotify and syncs GPS data with Runkeeper, Strava and Under Armour Record.
Samsung to drop Android Wear

Samsung to stop making Android Wear devices

With Tizen becoming Samsung's mobile operating system of choice for a wide range of devices, the company should drop Android Wear soon, but they deny the rumor for now.
OnePlus 3 Android smartphone coming mid-June 2016

OnePlus 3 coming next month

The next-gen 5.5-inch OnePlus flagship killer is expected to bring NFC connectivity back, and it is expected to launch June 14th.
Apple iPhone 7s may incorporate glass casing

Apple iPhone 7s may incorporate glass casing

Catcher Technology CEO says Apple will look into glass in an attempt to better differentiate its iPhones from the competition.
Chromebooks are outselling Mac OS X devices for the first time

Chromebooks are outselling Mac OS X devices for the first time

An estimated 2 million Chromebooks have been sold as of Q1 2016 compared to less than 1.8 million Mac OS X devices.
May 24
Asus Zenfone Max second generation official with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615

Asus Zenfone Max gets new hardware

The second generation of this 5.5-inch handset comes with up to 3 GB RAM and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC.
Microsoft Windows 10 Start menu, Windows 10 screen size limits May 2016 change

Microsoft updates Windows 10 hardware requirements

Windows 10 desktop now requires at least 2 GB RAM, but Microsoft also approved 7-inch tablets and up to 9-inch Windows 10 Mobile devices.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone gets Marshmallow update on T-Mobile

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android Marshmallow

Two months after Sprint, T-Mobile finally updates the Galaxy S5 to Android 6.0.1, but the new firmware also includes a "device slowness fix."
May 23
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 problems, Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update

This update apparently bricked some iPad Pro tablets and Apple has decided to withdraw it.
Samsung Galaxy A9 gets Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update

Samsung Galaxy A9 gets Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

The A9 SM-A9000 has just become the first Galaxy A device to receive Android Marshmallow, with Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 expected to get updated soon as well.
Samsung Galaxy C5 SM-C5000 now spotted at FCC

Samsung Galaxy C5 shows up at FCC

The device spotted at FCC has the specs and features already mentioned by earlier rumors and leaks - metallic body, Snapdragon 617 processor, and 4 GB memory.
May 22
Razer opens brick and mortar store in San Francisco

Razer opens brick and mortar store in San Francisco

The grand opening takes place this Saturday on May 21st at 865 Market St. where gamers are encouraged to stay all day and play games on-site.
May 21
Microsoft Surface Book promotion includes free Surface Dock

Microsoft Surface Book promotion includes free Surface Dock

The promotion will be specific to European regions until May 22nd and is valued at about 250 Euros.
May 20
Asus ZenFone 3 reveal may finally be coming next week

Asus ZenFone 3 reveal may finally be coming next week

The countdown ends May 30th for an unveiling at Computex 2016. The "Zenvolution" may include up to three different models of the ZenFone 3.
Google Nexus 6P handset will not get Android N seamless updates

Current Nexus devices will not get Android N seamless updates

No Nexus handset currently on the market will get the next-gen Android version, but Google still has to make the official announcement.
Acer Chromebook 14 now available for 330 Euros

Acer Chromebook 14 now available for 330 Euros

Two SKUs will each offer Celeron Braswell processors, 14-inch HD or FHD panels, and up top 14 hours of battery life.
ZTE Axon 7 set for a reveal on May 26

ZTE Axon 7 set for a reveal on May 26

Sound quality will apparently be a major selling point for the upcoming smartphone. ZTE declined to share any other details about the device.
Lenovo N42 Chromebook coming in June starting at $199 USD

Lenovo announces N42 and N23 notebooks for education

Both portables were designed for K-12 institutions and will launch in June, starting at just $199 USD and $249 USD.
Purism Librem 11 Linux tablet with keyboard dock

Purism intros Librem 10 and Librem 11 Linux tablets

The two slates powered by Debian-based PureOS 3.0 are expected to ship in September, starting at $599 USD and $999 USD.
Motorola Moto X will now be the Moto Z

Motorola Moto X will now be the Moto Z

The Verizon Droid name gets a slight modification to be more in line with the new Moto X and Moto Z naming convention.
Archos 50 Cobalt smartphone available for 130 Euros

Archos 50 Cobalt smartphone available for 130 Euros

The affordable 5-inch LTE smartphone is coming to Germany and other parts of Europe with a 2.5D HD display and quad-core MediaTek SoC.
May 19
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Android smartphone available on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) hits T-Mobile

This 5.5-inch mid-ranger comes loaded with Android Marshmallow, has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, as well as full support for T-Mobile's 4G LTE network.
Gionee Marathon M5 Plus 6-inch Android phablet with 5020 mAh battery

Gionee Marathon M5 Plus now available in India

This 6-inch phablet is powered by a 5020 mAh battery and a MediaTek MT6753 processor, features 4G LTE connectivity, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Amigo 3.1 UI on top.
Samsung Galaxy C5 Android smartphone hits TENAA

Samsung Galaxy C5 hits TENAA

The TENAA listing confirms most specs already leaked, such as the metallic body, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 4 GB memory, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Android apps and Google Play Store now available on Chromebooks

Google Play Store coming to Chrome OS

Although Google is not merging Chrome OS and Android yet, they have just announced that Android apps and the Google Play Store are both coming to Chromebooks.
Sony Xperia XA Ultra phablet now official

Sony Xperia XA Ultra phablet now official

The 6-inch phablet ships with a Helio P10 SoC and a powerful wide-angle 16 MP front-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization and HDR.
Apple iPhone could have four different OLED suppliers by 2018

Apple iPhone could have four different OLED suppliers by 2018

The Cupertino company is looking at South Korean and Japanese suppliers as Chinese manufacturers are not expected to be able to meet demand.
May 18
Microsoft Nokia 222 feature phone, Microsoft selling the business

Microsoft selling its feature phone business

Microsoft's feature phone assets will pass to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and HMD Global, Oy as part of a deal worth $350 million.
Samsung Pay updated with membership cards support, 38 new banks

Samsung Pay gets another update

In addition to 38 new banks and credit unions, the update also brings support for membership and loyalty cards.
Asus Zenbook UX306UA 13.3-inch Windows ultrabook with Intel Skylake processor

Asus Zenbook UX306UA is now official

This new 13.3-inch Windows 10 ultrabook got a quiet unveil, and features low voltage Skylake processors, up to 16 GB RAM, as well as one 256 GB or 512 GB SSD drive.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S7 Active SM-G891A Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active allegedly coming next month

The handset that should launch on AT&T in less than a month shows has been spotted in what appears to be an official photo that reveals a gold/desert camo color scheme.
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Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)