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May 27
QNAP TS-453mini vertical NAS with Intel Celeron processor

QNAP unveils TS-453mini vertical NAS

This new vertical NAS uses a Intel Celeron, packs up to 8 GB DDR3 RAM, and can accommodate up to four 3.5-inch drives.
Ideapad 100 is a new cheap laptop from Lenovo

Ideapad 100 is a new cheap laptop from Lenovo

The entry-level machine is targeted at users who only need basic laptop features.
May 26
Two Google Nexus smartphones might be released this year

Both LG and Huawei might produce a Nexus smartphone

New rumors hint at the possibility of two different Nexus smartphones being released later this year. LG will produce the smaller 5.2-inch handset while Huawei will be responsible for a more powerful 5.7-inch phablet.
Lenovo refreshes Z41 and Z51 laptops

Lenovo refreshes Z41 and Z51 laptops

Today Lenovo unveiled the new Z41 and Z51 notebook specifications and designs.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition and wireless charger

Samsung unleashes Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition

This handset is the result of Samsung's collaboration with Marvel and comes with a wireless charger designed to match its Iron Man-inspired looks.
Sony launches Xperia Z3+

Sony launches Xperia Z3+

The new smartphone will be available globally, as opposed to recently launched Xperia Z4 that can only be bought in Japan.
May 25
Samsung to start 10nm chip production in 2016

Samsung to start 10nm chip production in 2016

According to Samsung, new chips will provide "significant power, area, and performance advantages".
May 23
Nvidia's latest drivers again disable overclocking for GTX 900M graphics cards

Nvidia's latest drivers again disable overclocking for GTX 900M graphics cards

[UPDATE: Nvidia today released a driver update that fixes the issue] The company apparently backtracked on its earlier promise and once again blocked the possibility to overclock Maxwell-based laptop graphics with a driver update.
Android factory reset does not wipe all data

Android factory reset does not wipe all data

Researchers recently conducted a study revealing that 500 million Android devices may not fully wipe disk partitions.
May 22
Chromebook sales are expected to grow by almost 30%

Chromebook sales are expected to grow by almost 30%

Google's Chromebooks are still gaining traction and sales are predicted to grow.
May 21
Samsung Galaxy A8 will have a 5.5-inch display

Samsung Galaxy A8 sent for testing to India, specs leak

According to GFXBench, Samsung's upcoming A-series flagship will feature a smaller display than previously reported.
Android Wear update brings WiFi to certain smartwatches

Android Wear update brings WiFi to certain smartwatches

A new update to the Android Wear platform will allow certain wearables to use WiFi connection along with some other new features.
May 20
Oppo officially launches R7 and R7 Plus midrange smartphones

Oppo officially launches R7 and R7 Plus midrange smartphones

The Chinese manufacturer's new phones come with really good looking design.
Apple refreshes the 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple refreshes the 15-inch MacBook Pro

The updated MacBok Pro comes with new AMD Radeon R9 M370X discrete graphics, offering up tp 80% more performance than the old models.
May 19
Accell unveils docking station for Surface tablets

Accell unveils docking station for Surface tablets

A new docking station from Accell has been announced for the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets.
LG launches G4 Stylus and G4c smartphones

LG launches G4 Stylus and G4c smartphones

Both new smartphones are positioned as less expensive alternatives to the company's flagship G4.
New Apple Watch update possibly coming soon

New Apple Watch update possibly coming soon

It is believed that the Apple Watch could soon receive an update mainly focused on security.
Asus Zenfone 2 now available in the USA

Asus Zenfone 2 now available in the USA

With great performance and a reasonable price tag, the Zenfone 2 enters the US market as one of the most interesting budget smartphones.
May 17
Sharp's new smartphone, Aquos ZETA SH-03G, comes with ultra slow-motion video recording

Sharp's new smartphone, Aquos ZETA SH-03G, comes with ultra slow-motion video recording

Even though the recently-launched device comes with a 5.5-inch display, it is still shorter than the 5.1-inch Samsung’s Galaxy S6.
May 16
Eurocom's Armadillo 2 ultrabook supports 16 GB RAM modules

Eurocom launches Armadillo 2 ultrabook

The 14-inch Broadwell-powered ultrabook supports up to 32 GB RAM and offers two storage devices.
Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 might favor performance-per-core over the number of cores

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 might feature only four cores

According to a leaked comparison between Mediatek's new 10-core Helio X20 SoC and Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820, the latter will be a quad-core SoC, albeit built on a more advanced process.
May 15
Sharp unveils Aquos Pad SH-05G tablet with Snapdragon 810

Sharp unveils Aquos Pad SH-05G tablet with Snapdragon 810

The tablet's unusual lightness does not, luckily, come at the expense of its battery capacity.
Samsung reveals new features for the next Gear smartwatch

Samsung reveals new features for the next Gear smartwatch

The SDK for the third generation of Samsung's Gear smartwatch was released to developers and it reveals a few facts about the new watch.
May 14
Asus readies ZenPad tablets with Intel CPU's for Computex

Asus readies ZenPad tablets with Intel CPU's for Computex

The new tablets will come in two sizes: a 7-inch one based on Intel SoFIA platform and an 8-inch most likely with Atom Z3560.
Microsoft introduces the six different versions of Windows 10

Microsoft introduces the six different versions of Windows 10

Windows 10 will release six different versions to 190 countries and it will support 111 languages
May 13
Sony Xperia A4 is now official in Japan

Sony Xperia A4 launches in Japan

The compact smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 801, supports LTE and packs a 21 MP camera.
YotaPhone 2 now comes in white and gets Android 5.0 update

YotaPhone 2 now comes in white and gets Android 5.0 update

The dual-screen smartphone just got a white version and Android 5.0 update. It is also substantially cheaper.
Apple may be creating a watch band exchange program for Watch owners

Apple may be creating a watch band exchange program for Watch owners

For those who would prefer a different watchband, Apple had created an exchange program to switch out bands with others.
Duet Display allows iPad to work as second display for Windows and Mac

Duet Display allows iPad to work as second display for Windows and Mac

An app made by an ex-Apple engineer lets both Windows and Mac users connect an iPad as a secondary display
May 12
Acer refreshes TravelMate P645 ultrabooks with Broadwell CPU's

Acer refreshes TravelMate P645 ultrabooks with Broadwell CPU's

The new Acer TravelMate P645-S comes with Intel's 5th-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processors.
MediaTek releases 10-core Helio X20 SoC

MediaTek releases 10-core Helio X20 SoC

The Taiwanese chipmaker hopes the new chip will allow it to take on Qualcomm in the top-tier devices segment.
Third iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite betas released to developers

Third iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite betas released to developers

As WWDC draws closer, Apple releases the third beta of iOS 8.4 and Mac OSX 10.10.4.
May 11
AT&T announces first self-branded tablet

AT&T announces first self-branded tablet

AT&T unveiled its own tablet called the Trek HD, and it will be available starting at May 12th.
Huawei Mate 8: more details leak

More details about Huawei's upcoming Mate 8 leak

Allegedly, Huawei's upcoming flagship phablet will use in-house Kirin 930 octa-core SoC, a QHD display and a 21 MP camera sensor from Sony.
Huawei MediaPad M2 is now official

Huawei unveils MediaPad M2 tablet

The device features an 8-inch Full HD IPS display and Huawei's own 8-core processor alongside 2 GB of RAM.
AMD Carrizo highlights revealed back in 2014

AMD 7000 Series chips now available in China

The new 28nm chips formerly known as Carrizo and Carrizo-L come with DirectX 12 and Windows 10 support and will roll out globally later this month.
May 7
Gigabyte P55K

Gigabyte announces P55K gaming laptop

This futuristic-looking laptop is powered by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 965M graphics and supports mSATA storage.
ZTE unveils Nubia Z9 with ultrathin bezels

ZTE unveils Nubia Z9 with ultrathin bezels

The new ZTE Nubia Z9 features Frame Interactive Technology (FIT), allowing the user to perform various tasks by touching or swiping along the sides of the phone.
The Nexpaq smartphone case is highly customizable

The Nexpaq smartphone case is highly customizable

A Kickstarter project, Nexpaq, aims to give users the ability to attach modules with different functions to their smartphones.
May 6
Xiaomi launches the flagship Mi Note Pro

Xiaomi launches the flagship Mi Note Pro

The new Xiaomi Mi Note Pro comes with 5.7-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 810 processor and 4 GB of RAM. All at a reasonable price.
Sony introduces selfie-oriented Xperia C4

Sony introduces selfie-oriented Xperia C4

Equipped with a 5 MP front camera, Xperia C4 it is touted by Sony as „the selfie smartphone”.
Upcoming Oppo R7 Android smartphone features full metal unibody design

Oppo confirms full metal unibody design of upcoming R7 smartphone

The handset will not be "bezelless" as anticipated, but will feature a full metal unibody design and Oppo will unveil it during a special event on May 20.
May 5
High iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 sales are good for... Sony

High iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 sales are good for... Sony

According to newest data, over 40% of all image sensors found in digital cameras (including those in smartphones) come from Sony.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be launched in June

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be launched in June

Samsung is preparing to launch its Galaxy Tab S2 tablet in June. The device is reportedly going to be the thinnest tablet on the market.
A new study reveals the dangers of free apps on the Google Play Store

A new study reveals the dangers of free apps on the Google Play Store

MIT conducted a study on the Google Play store that revealed some track users and some even connect to malware sites.
May 4
Lenovo launches the ultralight LaVie Z laptop

Lenovo launches the ultralight LaVie Z laptop

Lenovo LaVie Z, winner of CES Best of 2015 award and world’s lightest 13-inch laptop, is now officially available.
May 3
Microsoft could be preparing a 4.7-inch Lumia phone

Budget Lumia smartphone enters testing

Two samples of an unknown 4.7-inch Microsoft phone identified as RM-1127 were spotted arriving in India.
May 2
IHS estimates cost to build Apple Watch is under $84

IHS estimates cost to build Apple Watch is under $84

Global information company IHS determined in an Apple Watch teardown that it only costs $83.70 to build.
May 1
Microsoft is expecting a lot of success from Windows 10

Microsoft is expecting a lot of success from Windows 10

The Redmond-based tech giant is hoping to see 1 billion devices running Windows 10 within the next few years.
Apr 30
Eurocom announces a new 15.6-inch laptop

Eurocom launches Shark 4 laptop

The highly configurable 15.6-inch machine uses Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960M graphics and a Full HD IPS display.
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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)