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Mar 26
Apple retail store in Cologne opens late March 2017

Apple opens three new stores

The new stores in Nanjing, Miami, and Cologne introduce The Forum to each of these cities, also featuring The Boardroom space where business customers can get hands-on training and advice.
Micron Q2 2017 revenue up 58 percent YoY

Micron quarterly revenue up 58 percent YoY

The rising demand for DRAM and NAND flash components have boosted Micron from red to black with profits reaching 894 million USD in the last quarter alone.
Asus launches Zen AiO ZN270 for 1500 Euros

Asus launches Zen AiO ZN270 for 1500 Euros

The 27-inch All-in-One will utilize an edge-to-edge glass touchscreen with four 3 W Harman Kardon speakers.
Mar 25
Even more Note 7's being disabled this month

Even more Note 7's being disabled this month

Samsung is issuing an over-the-air update in South Korea that will completely stop the Note 7 from charging.
Nova Launcher 5.1 beta 1 Dynamic Badges feature

Nova Launcher beta gets "Dynamic Badges" feature

This Android launcher app takes icon badges to a whole new level, focusing on images instead of numbers. This feature rolls out to Nova Launcher 5.1's first beta and can be already taken for a spin, but numeric counts remain available as an option as well.
eSports boom could attract as much as 600 million viewers by 2020

eSports boom could attract as much as 600 million viewers by 2020

Titles like LoL, DOTA 2, and CS:GO will bring in 385 million viewers this year alone.
Corsair One gaming PC now available

Corsair One gaming PC now available

The manufacturer's first pre-built desktop PC starts at just under 2000 Euros and includes a GTX 1070, liquid-cooled i7-7700K CPU, and 16 GB of RAM.
Mar 24
LG G6 Android flagship shipping to T-Mobile customers already

T-Mobile already shipping the LG G6

Although it started to take pre-orders after the other three major carriers in the US, it appears that T-Mobile is the first one to ship the latest LG flagship. Official sales are scheduled to begin at the end of next week (Verizon Wireless) and on April 6 (the others).
Most Android phones in the US are running old security software. (Source: Skycure)

Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable

A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
The Asus Transformer Pro T304 with detachable keyboard. (Source: ASUS)

Asus launches the Transformer Pro T304 as a Surface Pro competitor

The Asus Transformer Pro T304 resembles the Surface Pro 4's design to the point of being almost indistinguishable from it. It even offers similar specs and accessories, plus a competitive price tag.
T-Mobile's Scam ID service will identify possible scam phone calls. (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings

Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Google to remove SMS support from Hangouts

Hangouts will lose SMS support in May

If you use Hangouts as your SMS app, it's time to start looking for a replacement. Google has once again decided to depreciate one of its products to promote another.
The new Apple iPad. (Source: Apple)

The new iPad is now available on the Apple Store

Orders for Apple's latest tablet are now live on the company's online store. The new iPad, which replaces the iPad Air 2, starts at $329 and retains its predecessor's specs aside from an upgraded processor.
The ad-supported Amazon Moto G5 Plus. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon offers a cheaper, ad-supported Moto G5 Plus to Prime members

Hello, lock screen ads—Amazon's Moto G5 Plus features a lower price in exchange for regular advertisements. Aside from that, it's the same as its non-branded counterpart: specs, looks and all.
Android Pay in action, Etsy gets Android Pay support

Etsy adds Android Pay support

Now one of the most popular online stores for handmade and vintage items, Etsy has just added Android Pay support for its customers in the UK and the US. However, some users might have to wait for this feature for a while, since Android Pay support for Etsy seems to be rolling out in stages.
FreedomPop V7 Android smartphone, FreedomPop intros $5 USD family plan with 1 GB data

FreedomPop intros $5 USD prepaid family plan

While other carriers in the US introduce unlimited data plans, FreedomPop focuses on affordability. Its new plan starts at $5 USD per line a month, offering unlimited text, talk, and 1 GB of shareable data.
Honor smartphone launch event coming April 5th

Honor smartphone launch event coming April 5th

The "Honor Universe" livestream invites users to watch a two-hour long smartphone unveiling that could be anything from the budget Honor 6C to the high-end Honor V9 for European or North American territories.
Mar 23
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch with LTE coming soon

Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE coming soon

The 4G LTE-enabled Gear S3 Classic smartwatch will soon be available via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Availability and pricing depend on each wireless carrier and should be unveiled soon.
Moving forward by moving backwards: the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 pocket watch. (Source: Droid-Life)

A unique pocket watch concept adds an air of sophistication to the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3

Samsung shows off a unique pocket watch concept for its Galaxy Gear S3 smartwatch at Baselworld 2017. Two less exotic designs are also on display.
Nextbit Robin Android smartphone finally gets Android Nougat update

Nextbit Robin gets Android Nougat

Razer-owned Nextbit started a closed beta test for the Android 7.0 update back in November, and now the official Nougat firmware is finally ready for everyone. The handset should continue to receive updates until February 2018.
LG Pay unveil event, service launching in South Korea this June

LG Pay to finally launch in June

Apple Pay and Samsung Pay will get a competitor made by LG after all since it is now official that LG Pay would launch this June in South Korea, although there is no information about its availability in other areas yet.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 V and LG K20 V. (Source: Verizon Wireless)

The Samsung Galaxy J7 V and LG K20 V are now available from Verizon

Both are affordable, mid-range smartphones that come with Android Nougat. They are available for prepaid and postpaid customers.
Misfit Vapor touchscreen smartwatch confirmed to run Android Wear 2.0

Misfit Vapor confirmed to run Android Wear 2.0

Back at CES 2017, Misfit unveiled the Vapor touchscreen smartwatch without saying anything about the operating system chosen for it. Now, they finally confirmed that the Vapor would launch with Android Wear 2.0 on board.
Oppo F3 Plus Android smartphone "Selfie Expert" with dual camera setup on front

Oppo F3 Plus launches in India

Advertised as a "Selfie Expert" handset, the 6-inch F3 Plus has a metal unibody design and comes with a 16 MP + 8 MP frontal camera combo. It can be pre-ordered in India for the equivalent of around $474 USD.
Apple's patented design for a iPhone/laptop hybrid. (Source: USPTO)

Apple patents designs for iPhone and iPad laptop docks

A recently-published patent reveals Apple's design for an iPhone that docks into a laptop shell. Another similar design reveals a MacBook that uses an iPad as its display.
An artist's rendering of what the iPhone 8 may look like. (Source: Oscar Luna Martinez)

Apple's iPhone 8 should launch in September, but in limited quantities

Barclays analysts believe that although the upcoming iPhone (generally known as the iPhone 8) will launch in September, a limited initial supply will force Apple to ship the majority of devices later in the year.
Casio introduced several new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017. (Source: Casio)

Casio introduces new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017

The timepiece maker introduced a new watch in each of the G-Shock, Edifice, and Baby-G lines. The new watches look tough and have full feature sets.
128 GB Lexar JumpDrive Tough ruggedized flash drive

Lexar JumpDrive Tough ruggedized flash drive now available

This USB 3.1 flash drive was created to tackle tough environments and various hazards, being available in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB capacities. The price starts at $19.99 USD and goes up to $59.99 USD.
Fossil to release more than 300 smartwatches this year

Fossil to release more than 300 smartwatches this year

Fossil is jumping headlong into the smartwatch market with two lines of watches being produced by 14 of their brands.
An improvement of the Speed Step technology, Speed Shift enables much faster power state transitions to increase performance and save battery life. (Source: Intel)

Dell won't enable Speed Shift on the XPS 15 9550 and 9560

After more than a year of badgering by customers waiting for the performance-enhancing technology to be enabled, a Dell representative has stated that though both the 9550 and 9560 support Speed Shift, their engineers are not in the mood to enable it.
ZTE Nubia M2 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and 4 GB RAM

ZTE intros Nubia M2 and M2 Lite smartphones

The Nubia M2 is a 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood, 4 GB RAM, and a dual camera setup, while the M2 Lite has a single camera on the back and slightly lower specs.
Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20S limited edition smartwatch coming next month

Casio unveils Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20S limited edition watch

This new smartwatch is based on the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 and has similar specs, but comes with a blue and black color scheme and sapphire crystal and ion plating protection.
OnePlus 2 Android smartphone gets another Marshmallow-based update

OnePlus 2 gets OxygenOS 3.5.8

Although its younger siblings received Android Nougat already, OnePlus 2 gets another Marshmallow-based software update. The new firmware comes with the latest Android security patch, also fixing various issues.
Google has admitted that less than half of the active Android devices in 2016 received security updates. (Source: Phone Arena)

Google promises better security for Android in 2017

Google has promised to provide more frequent and timely security updates for Android in 2017 due to the increasing number of Android-powered devices and the corresponding threat from malware.
The Getac F110 G3 is an 11.6-inch Skylake-based ruggedized tablet. (Source: Getac)

US Army goes for Windows with an order of nearly 10,000 ruggedized tablets

The US Army has ordered 9,783 Getac F110 G3 ruggedized tablets. The 11.6-inch tablets run Windows 10, have bonded-touch displays, dual battery capability, 4G LTE, NFC, barcode scanners, and pack full security suites.
Mate 9 updated with Alexa integration

Mate 9 updated with Alexa integration

As they promised at CES, Huawei and Amazon collaborated to integrate Alexa into the Mate 9, with more devices to follow.
Nokia will offer its new Android phones in the US

Nokia will offer its new Android phones in the US

Earlier today, Nokia cleared up any confusion over whether their new Android devices will be offered in US. All three will be available within the next few months.
Mar 22
ZTE Nubia N2 Android smartphone now official with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

ZTE Nubia N2 now official

This new 5.5-inch handset features an octa-core MediaTek processor, an AMOLED display, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a generous 5,000 mAh battery. The Nubia Z2 is scheduled to go on sale in early April for less than $300 USD.
The Oppo F3 Plus' selfie cameras in action. (Source: Oppo)

An accidentally-published retail page confirms various Oppo F3 Plus details

The Oppo F3 Plus and its two selfie cameras are no secret, but they hadn't been officially revealed until today, when the handset's retail page was published ahead of schedule. The error was quickly noticed and the page was taken down.
Blue Sapphire Moto G5 Android smartphone official pics leak online

Blue Sapphire Moto G5 variant leaks online

Originally unveiled in Fine Gold and Lunar Gray back at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, this Snapdragon 430-driven mid-ranger will soon get a Blue Sapphire version as well.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) specs on GFXBench for model SM-J530

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) surfaces on GFXBench

The latest sighting of the upcoming Galaxy J5 reveals an Exynos 7870 processor, next to 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat. The model listed on GFXBench is SM-J530.
Samsung Pay launches in India, now fully available in 12 global markets

Samsung Pay launches in India

This mobile payments service debuts in India integrating Paytm and the government's Unified Payments Interface into the Samsung Pay app. Its launch makes India the 12th market to get full Samsung Pay support.
The VAIO Phone A is basically a Phone Biz running Android instead of Windows. (Source: VAIO)

VAIO announces the Phone A handset for Japan

The VAIO Phone A is a mid-range Android smartphone with a large, Full HD display. It runs Android Marshmallow and supports dual SIM. The Phone A is limited to Japan.
Canada may soon ban most electronics from passenger cabins.

Canada may also ban laptops and tablets on some flights

Following the US and UK ban on carry-on electronics, the Canadian government is considering doing the same. News reports claiming terrorists are planning battery explosives serve as part of the reason for the ban.
The limited-edition OnePlus 3T Midnight Black, available exclusively at HBX. (Source: HBX)

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition is coming soon

OnePlus announces a limited edition of the OnePlus 3T. Called Midnight Black, the handset will see a limited release on March 24; a general release will follow at a later date.
Android O developer preview released

Android O developer preview released

Android O has been released in the form of a developer preview. It's compatible with half a dozen of Google's devices and features almost a dozen major new features and upgrades.
People's Republic of China flag, custom Windows 10 by Microsoft now ready

Chinese-customized Windows 10 edition ready for launch

Around a year after hearing about its development from Microsoft officials, it looks like the custom Windows 10 version for Chinese enterprise clients is ready to hit the market.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Android smartphone launch event, handset available in Malaysia

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom hits Malaysia

Although it was supposed to launch in the second quarter in the US, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has surfaced in Malaysia with Android Marshmallow on board and powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor. Those interested can get it for around $475 USD.
Fossil Q x Cory Richards limited edition smartwatch

Fossil Q x Cory Richards limited edition smartwatch coming next Monday

This limited edition smartwatch is the result of Fossil's first collaboration with National Geographic wildlife photographer Cory Richards and features a design inspired by the Fossil Blue watch. Pricing is unknown for now, but sales are scheduled to begin next Monday.
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