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Sep 30
Australia gets to see the Google Pixel Phones one day later due to the time difference.

Google: Pixel-Nexus size comparison & Google statues in Australia

Now that we have renders of the two Pixel phones, a size comparison with their predecessors makes sense. Meanwhile Google is busy putting up statues of their MadebyGoogle initiative all over the globe, people in Australia see a different date though.
Le Max Pro Android phablet, LeEco to enter the US market in October 2016

LeEco formally enters the US market in October

Chinese manufacturer LeEco will hold a launch event in California on October 19, thus marking its official debut on US soil.
Android Wear 2.0 is delayed. Don't expect it to come out before early 2017.

Google delays final Android Wear 2.0 update to early 2017

Google just announced a third developer preview of its next major Android Wear OS 2.0. It does introduce the Google Play store to Android Wear watches but delays the final release by a few months, Google says.
Huawei might unveil the Mate 9 on November 3rd this year.

Huawei press conference on November 3rd: Mate 9 incoming?

Huawei is holding a press conference on November 3rd in Munich, Germany. While the invitation does not specify the device being introduced on that day, we are pretty sure, it will be the Mate 9.
Apparently, the renders of the Pixel XL are based on CAD models from the factory.

Google: 360 degree video of the Pixel XL shows device from all sides

Based on factory CAD models, the 360 degree video shows the bigger of the two Pixel Phones that Google will officially unveil on October 4th of this year.
Mastercard launches new developer API platform

Mastercard launches new developer API platform

The Mastercard Developers platform offers access to a range of APIs for digital payments, data and security, including newer categories such as AR, VR and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Aorus X5 v6 and X7 v6 gaming notebooks now available

Aorus X7 v6 gaming notebooks to ship with a QHD 120 Hz display

Both the 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks are shipping with 120 Hz/5 ms displays, GTX 1070 GPUs, and an overclocked Core i7-6820HK CPU for a starting price of $2399 USD.
Sep 29
Spotify new design 2016, Spotify might buy SoundCloud

Spotify might acquire SoundCloud

The two companies are said to be in advanced talks, but there is no official confirmation yet. Spotify would benefit from SoundCloud's rich indie collection, but there could be more to such a deal.
Acer Chromebook R13 convertible now up for pre-order

Acer Chromebook R13 now up for pre-order

This Chrome OS-driven convertible notebook with a 13.3-inch touchscreen is up for pre-order with a price tag of $429.99 USD and will begin shipping next month.
Xiaomi Mi 5s Android smartphone, Xiaomi to open 1,000 retail stores by 2020

Xiaomi to open 1,000 retail stores by 2020

Although the Chinese company only has 25 retail stores right now, they are planning to go all the way up to 1,000 by 2020.
Finally! OnePlus started updating the OnePlus X to Android 6.0.1 today.

The OnePlus X is getting Android 6.0.1 more than a year after its release

Better late than never. OnePlus X customers will be happy to hear that OnePlus released Oxygen OS 3.1.2 today, which will update the OnePlus X to Android 6.0.1 more than one year after its initial release.
Gold is just one of six available color options for the Huawei Mate 9.

Huawei Mate 9 leak: Pictures, pricing and planned configurations

Two leaks targeting the Mate 9 phablet by Huawei reveal a bunch of high quality pictures and give us detailed information about this years successor to the Mate 8 including planned pricing.
Apple & Deloitte team up to bring iOS to the workplace

Apple & Deloitte team up to bring iOS to the workplace

Apple and Deloitte are joining forces to help businesses design and implement solutions for iPhone and iPad. Key to this partnership is Deloitte's dedicated team of iOS specialists that will help customers.
Apple may be returning to Nvidia graphics for future Macs

Apple may be returning to Nvidia graphics for future Mac products

Nvidia is looking for new applicants who can "help produce the next revolutionary Apple products."
Sep 28
Firefox OS is now gone for good

Mozilla buries Firefox OS for good

Although Mozilla had hopes to keep this operating system around for use in at least some other devices instead of handsets, the company has finanlly decided to completely stop all work on it.
Samsung Pay celebrates its first anniversary

Samsung Pay celebrates its first birthday

One year since its official US launch, Samsung Pay is now rolling out a few new features, store coupons, and cloud storage backup.
Google Play Music goes live in India

Google Play Music now available in India

Almost five years after the music store went live in the US, Google finally releases Play Music on the Android dominated Indian market.
The BlackBerry Priv, presumably the last BlackBerry-developed smartphone

BlackBerry: All internal hardware-development ceases

Because of the continuing failure produce any profit, BlackBerry is ceasing all internal hardware-development. All future BlackBerry hardware will be engineered by partners, BlackBerry is going to concentrate on software and security.
Will Apple release the MacBook Pro 2016 with Skylake CPU? (Image: Martin Hayek)

Apple: New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Skylake processors?

According to an analyst at IHS Markit, Apple will release new MacBook Pro models and a new MacBook Air with Intel Skylake processors instead of Kaby Lake silkon because production started too early for Kaby Lake.
FitBit Charge 2 fitness tracker now available in the US and other markets

Fitbit Charge 2 hits the US market

This fitness tracker hits now multiple new markets, with more to be added next month, and a Special Edition Series to launch in December.
Eurocom: Mobile Servers now with VMware ESXi vSphere Hypervisor 6.0

Eurocom: Mobile Servers now with VMware ESXi vSphere Hypervisor 6.0

Eurocom launches VMware ESXi vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 in line of its Mobile Servers P7 Pro SE and P5 Pro SE with Intel Xeon E3 series processors. Both laptop series are fully upgradeable and configurable.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get September update on T-Mobile with Samsung Cloud features

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Samsung Cloud and the last security update

The new firmware contains the September Security Maintenance Release, but it also delivers the Samsung Cloud features like sync for photos, videos, and other files.
Wearables: Enterprise Device Shipments reach 154 Million by 2021

Wearables: Enterprise device shipments reach 154 Million by 2021

ABI Research forecasts global wearable device shipments to increase from nearly 202 million in 2016 to more than 501 million by 2021. 17% of these will be attributed to enterprise end users in 2016.
A few of the 26 pictures that photographers made with the Xiaomi Mi 5s camera.

Xiaomi shows off low light capabilities of the Mi 5s camera

Xiaomi released 26 professionally made pictures showing the low light capabilities of the new Xiaomi Mi 5s smartphone and its internal 12 megapixel Sony IMX 378 camera.
The Blackberry DTEK60 will soon expand BlackBerry's smartphone lineup.

Blackberry DTEK60 leak: New Android smartphone looks like Alcatel Idol 4s

Starting October 11th, BlackBerry could start selling the DTEK60 smartphone for 699 CAD in Canada, a new leak suggests. Once again BlackBerry uses TCL hardware. The Android phone resembles the Alcatel Idol 4S with updated specs.
Lenovo Moto Z Android smartphone to get Nougat update by the end of 2016

Lenovo Moto Z and Moto G4 to get Nougat later this year

A Lenovo official has recently unveiled that the Moto Z and the Moto G4 families are scheduled to get Android 7.0 in the fourth quarter of this year.
LG V20: Available starting this Week

LG V20 available starting this week

LG Electronics announced that the new smartphone LG V20 will become available to customers starting this week. The LG V20 will make its public debut in LG's home market of South Korea.
Sep 27
Huawei Honor 6X Android smartphone coming mid-October

Huawei Honor 6X coming next month

This 5.5-inch handset is expected to hit the market next month, featuring dual cameras and a fingerprint scanner, as well as mid-range specs overall.
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and up to 6 GB RAM

Xiaomi Mi 5s & Mi 5s Plus now official

These 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch handsets are both powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, and will soon hit the Chinese market.
Samsung Galaxy On8 Android smartphone with 5.5-inch display and 3 GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy On8 launches in India

This 5.5-inch, Exynos 7580-powered handset will go on sale via Flipkart starting October 2 and carries a price tag of roughly $240 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Almost 60 percent swapped

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Almost 60 percent swapped

Samsung says it has got back almost 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in Europe so far, suggesting Samsung is making progress in its attempts to echange all faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
Logitech SmartDock and Surface Pro 4 for Skype Business Meetings

Logitech SmartDock and Surface Pro 4 for Skype Business Meetings

The Logitech video collaboration team announced a new meeting room solution at Microsoft Ignite: Logitech SmartDock. Logitech and Skype for Business combine to create an elegant, affordable, easy-to-use conference room system.
Huawei H Android smartphone closeup, 5.5-inch handset available via LG Uplus

Huawei H smartphone launches in South Korea

This new 5.5-inch handset powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor and a 3,000 mAh battery launches exclusively via LG Uplus on September 29.
Alcatel Pixi 4 Plus Power Android smartphone with 5.5-inch display, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage

Alcatel unveils Pixi 4 Plus Power smartphone

This handset has no price and launch date yet, but it is obviously a low-end handset with just 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, but features an impressive 5,000 mAh battery.
Apple Pay mobile payments service to get a competitor from LG next year

LG Pay launch delayed until next year

Although expected to arrive this year, LG Pay is now scheduled to launch in 2017, apparently due to issues encountered during testing in South Korea.
Motorola Mobility: More layoffs, 500 employees left

Motorola Mobility: More layoffs, 500 employees left

Lenovo continues the layoffs at Motorola, hundreds of employees loose their job. Once, Motorola Mobility had 20.000 employees, now only 500 are left in Chicago.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Replacement: Many choosing to stick with Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Replacement: Many choosing to stick with Note 7

On September 2, Samsung announced a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to an battery cell issue. Since then, the company has been working hard to expedite product shipments for the exchange program.
Lenovo: ThinkPad E470/E570 leaked

Lenovo: ThinkPad E470/E570 leaked

Although Kaby Lake has already been announced, the business notebook-sector is still settled with Intels 2015 platform Skylake. This might change soon, because today the first Lenovo ThinkPads of the Kaby Lake generation were leaked.
Sep 26
Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices

Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices

After leaving the 300 million mark behind in May, Microsoft's operating system reaches now a new milestone, running on no less than 400 million devices.
Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) Android smartphone now available

Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) launches in China

This 5.5-inch handset launches in China for around $240 USD. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and comes loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.
Samsung: NVMe SSDs are the future

Samsung: NVMe SSDs are the future

According to Samsung the SSD market is changing fast right now. In 2017 the faster NVMe PCIe SSDs are supposed to be more important then the older AHCI SATA III based SSDs.
ARM Mali-G71 chip to power the Samsung Galaxy S8 handset

Samsung Galaxy S8 might use the Exynos 8895 SoC

A set of leaked documents reveals that the next-gen Galaxy S flagship uses a 10 nm Exynos SoC that integrates a Mali-G71 GPU.
Sony Xperia X Compact Android smartphone now available for purchase in the US

Sony Xperia X Compact now available for purchase

After a short pre-order period, Sony's new 4.6-inch Xperia handset is ready to ship, its unlocked version carrying a price tag of $499.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy C9 SM-C9000 details on Geekbench

Samsung Galaxy C9 hits Geekbench

Still using Android Marshmallow, this 6-inch handset has been spotted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 under the hood, next to 6 GB of memory.
OWC announces USB Type-C Drive Dock docking station

OWC announces USB Type-C Drive Dock docking station

The external docking station supports read and writes rates of over 400 MB/s and is now available for just under $90 USD.
Sep 25
Andromeda: Google's internal name for the Android-Chrome OS merger.

Google Andromeda: Merged Android and Chrome OS on October 4th?

The 4th of October could be a more significant date for Google than previously expected. A tweet by Android and Chrome OS VP Hiroshi Lockheimer gives reason to speculate about a merger between Android an Chrome OS once again, 8 years after Android was first announced.
Apple is offering a fix for those who suffer from playback control issues with Lightning earpods.

Apple: iOS 10.0.2 fixes Lightning earpods control issues

Even if Apple is already beta testing iOS 10.1, it is still busy fixing bugs in iOS 10. Version 10.0.2 fixes a few usability issues with Lightning headphones and the Photos app.
Google is planning to make Google Home a cheaper alternative to Amazon Echo.

Google October 4th hardware event: Leaked pricing and information

Google is said to unveil a bunch of hardware on October 4th. Apart from the Pixel Phones and Google Home we might also see a new smart home router. Pricing information for some of the hardware was leaked as well.
The sample pictures of the camera in the Xiaomi Mi 5S und Mi 5S Plus are colorful.

Xiaomi Mi 5S & Mi 5S Plus: Camera samples posted by CEO

Next week, Xiaomi will unveil their next generation flagship smartphones, the Mi 5S and the Mi 5S Plus. CEO Lei Jun is busy posting camera samples on Weibo to show off the quality of the dual-camera-setup inside the two new models.
Sep 24
Xiaomi could continue to be the

Xiaomi Mi 5S & Mi 5S Plus: New leak suggests cheap pricing

How does $450 sound for a 5.7 inch smartphone with QHD-resolution, Snapdragon 821, 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage? Too good to be true? Well, we do not have confirmation but leaked presentation slides point to the new Xiaomi Mi 5S-series to be rather cheap.

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