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Aug 25
Is now sending your phone number to Facebook: WhatsApp.

WhatsApp: Starts sending some user data to Facebook

Until now, Facebook and its messenger app WhatsApp have been strictly separated. Now the two companies start connecting their users' data.
Will your iPhone automatically collect data about thiefs?

Apple: New patent helps you find out who stole your iPhone

Biometric data including photos of the face, finger prints and voice recordings could be collected after your iPhone has been stolen.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone with MediaTek Helio X20 processor

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 launches in China

The new handset has a 5.5-inch full HD display, is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, and starts as low as $135 USD.
Samsung SM-W2017 Veyron Android flip-phone on AnTuTu

Samsung Veyron shows up on AnTuTu

The successor of Samsung's SM-W2016 clamshell smartphone has been spotted on AnTuTu sporting a Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blown up due to USB Type-C convertor recharging

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blows up in China

The incident took place while charging the phablet with a micro USB to Type-C converter for the cable and only occurred once so far.
Intel: Detailed Kaby Lake road map leaked

Intel: Detailed Kaby Lake Road Map leaked

The expected launch of Intel Kaby Lake dual-core processors seems to be confirmed again. First-gen chips (with DHCP 1.4) should be released in September, chips with the new stepping (and DHCP 2.2 support) in the end of December or the start of January in combination with the quad-core processor from the S- (desktop) and H-series (mobile).
Touch disease is most likely a late effect of Bendgate.

Late bendgate effects: Is Apple ignoring dying touchscreens on the iPhone 6?

iPhone 6 users are complaining about touchscreen problems on their two year old iPhones. Is Apple ignoring a structural problem with their first iPhone 6 design?
LG Nexus 5 gets unofficial Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update

Google Nexus 5 gets unofficial Android 7.0 firmware

Although Google decided not to offer Nougat for most existing Nexus devices, Nexus 5 users can already load an early build of Android 7.0 released by an independent developer.
Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch now offers iOS compatibility in beta stage

Gear S2 iOS beta program begins

After a long delay, it looks like both the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2 are now compatible with iOS devices, at least as part of a beta program.
HP Sure View privacy screens coming to the EliteBook 840 and 1040

HP Sure View privacy screens coming to the EliteBook 840 and 1040

The company will be the world's first to incorporate privacy screens with adjustable levels of privacy to thwart passers-by and "visual hackers".
Everyone who buys a selected Lenovo smartphone will find Microsoft apps on them in the future. (Picture: Lenovo)

Lenovo: Microsoft apps on selected Android devices

Chinese manufacturer Lenovo will install apps like Office, Skype and OneDrive on selected Android devices. Is that something that will make users happy?
Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market (Source: Canaccord Genuity)

Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market

Both manufacturers almost exclusively collect all profits made in the smartphone market with larger profit margins than the rest of the competition.
By chance, Barbra Streisand got the date for the latest update that might bring Siri to the Mac.

Apple: Barbra Streisand as oracle for updates

Singer and actress Barbra Streisand was annoyed of Siri pronouncing her name wrong. So she just called Apple and asked them to change it. In this call, she obviously got the date for the next system updates.
Lenovo  Yoga Tab 3 Plus: New Android Tablet leaked (Source: Winfuture.de)

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus: New Android Tablet leaked

A new Lenovo Tablet leaked before its official announcement. The Yoga Tab 3 Plus is meant to round-off Lenovos line of Yoga Android-tablets. It is positioned in the mid-end market-segment.
Aug 24
Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Android tablet might get a successor soon

A new Amazon Fire tablet shows up at FCC

The description of a new tablet that has been spotted earlier this week looks like an unannounced Amazon device might soon hit the market.
There are not many new features to see, but there are less bugs in the latest Windows 10.

Windows 10: New Update for Anniversary Edition

New update KB3176934 brings Windows 10 to version 14393.82. New features are non-existant, but there are many bug fixes.
Most currently available models from Sony will get Android 7. (Bild: Sony)

Android 7: These devices by Sony, HTC & Lenovo will get an update

Following the release of Android 7, three manufacturers have announced which devices will get an update to Google's latest operating system.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get August security update

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge get a new security update

The unlocked variants of the two flagship models have just begun to receive this month’s security update all across the United States.
Android Nougat statue at Googleplex, Android 7.1 Nougat/MR1 spotted

Android 7.1 Nougat apparently in the works

Android 7.1 was spotted in the Developer Console, and it looks like it might arrive as MR1 - the first Maintenance Release update to the latest major version of Google's mobile operating system.
Samsung Pay turns one-year old and nears 100 million transactions

Samsung Pay nearing 100 million transactions

Samsung's digital wallet platform is now one-year old and has about five million users each month.
Google is planning regular feature- and security updates starting with Android 7.

Google Android 7: Regular Maintenance-Releases planned

Google is planning to release regular Maintenance-Releases for Android 7 Nougat starting as early as this fall. According to rumors, this year's Nexus-devices could be announce together with the availability of MR 1.
E Fun Nextbook 10.1 Windows 10 convertible tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor

E Fun Nextbook 10.1 convertible hits Target

This $180 USD Windows 10 tablet with a detachable keyboard is powered by a Cherry Trail Intel Atom x5 processor, next to 2 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal storage.
Samsung Cloud Together Android app now available for download

Samsung Cloud Together now available for download

This app helps its users to manage popular cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox.
Aug 23
Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone with 4G connectivity

Samsung Z2 launches in India

This 4-inch handset is the first Tizen-powered smartphone to feature 4G connectivity and its price in India is less than $70 USD.
Intel: Kaby Lake quad-core ULV processors in 2017

Intel: Kaby Lake Quad-Core ULV Processors in 2017

With the rumored launch of the next CPU generation "Kaby Lake" right ahead of us, we should also see quad-core ULV processors from Intel for the first time. There seem to be 15 and 18-Watt models with four cores and Intel HD Graphics GPU.
Xiaomi MIUI 8 Android UI now available for Xiaomi Mi 4i, Redmi Note, and more

Xiaomi launches MIUI 8 Android UI

Although it was introduced back in May with the Mi Max phablet, the new iteration of Xiaomi's Android UI now rolls out to older handsets, including the Redmi Note and the Mi 4i.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S Android tablet to get Marshmallow firmware

Samsung Galaxy Tab S will get Android Marshmallow

The two-year-old Galaxy Tab S launched with Android KitKat, then its firmware was updated to Lollipop, and now Samsung has decided to provide a Marshmallow update to its users as well.
Is Samsung working on a second hand-smartphone program?

Samsung: Refurbished phones program next year?

Samsung could start selling refurbished high-end-smartphones next year, a Reuters-report suggests. It is unclear whether this program will launch in western markets or be limited to developing countries.
Google launches Android 7.0 Nougat with multi-window support and more

Google releases Android 7.0 Nougat

The new Android version packs multi-window capabilities, VR mode, an improved Doze mode, the Vulkan3D graphics API, and more.
Will Huawei reveal a new sub-brand during IFA this year?

Huawei IFA-Teaser: New Sub-Brand incoming?

Rumors about a new Huawei sub-brand could be revealed during a press event September 1st at 10.30 am CEST, one day before the start of Europe's greatest trade show IFA 2016 in Berlin.
Apple iPhone upcoming 5.8-inch high-end AMOLED model to launch in 2017 or 2018

Apple to launch three iPhone models next year

The upcoming iPhone trio is expected to include two LCD-based 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, as well as a high-end OLED-based 5.8-inch model.
Leaked renders could be the Meizu Pro 7 or Pro 6 Plus

Leaked renders could be the Meizu Pro 7 or Pro 6 Plus

The next Meizu flagship may incorporate rounded Gorilla Glass edges and a dual rear camera setup with an overall design more akin to the Samsung Galaxy Edge series.
Andromium Superbook will be a second display for both Windows and Macs

Andromium Superbook will be a second display for both Windows and Macs

The Kickstarter campaign has met its goals to begin producing a notebook shell that can act as external displays for Windows PCs, Macs, and Android devices.
Aug 22
Lifestage: Video first and funny frames. (Picture: Facebook)

Facebook: New app "Lifestage" wants to win over Snapchat users

"Lifestage" is Facebook's attempt to win over younger users who find that Facebook is just not cool enough. The app is mainly designed for high school kids.
Don't call it lapotp. The gigantic Sky X9E2 mostly contains desktop components. (Picture: Eurocom)

Eurocom Sky X9E2: Massive gaming notebook with desktop components

Canadian manufacturer Eurocom presents a massive gamine notebook with desktop components wheighing 5,6 kilos and supporting up to 6 TByte of mass memory.
Genee corporate logo, Microsoft buys Genee

Microsoft acquires Genee

The two-year-old company behind an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service joins the Redmond giant to help improve Office 365.
Samsung SM-P580 Android tablet sketch

Samsung SM-P580 tablet spotted online

The leaked sketches show a 10-inch slate with a stylus, while the features revealed include a Samsung Exynos 7870 processor and a microSD slot.
Pebble 2 smartwatch spotted online, shipments expected to begin next month

Pebble 2 hits FCC

The first units are expected to ship next month, but the updated Pebble smartwatch has just been spotted at FCC and some official pictures appeared online as well.
Samsung LEVEL Active Bluetooth headset available in the US since August 19th, 2016

Samsung LEVEL Active headset now available in the US

This Bluetooth-enabled headset was specially designed for active people engaged in outdoor activities and can be paired with the Samsung Level app.
Huawei G9 Plus Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor

Huawei G9 Plus launching this week

This new Android mid-ranger is very similar to the GX8 successor that arrived last month, using a Snapdragon 625 processor and offering two versions - one with 3 GB/32 GB and the other with 4 GB/64 GB.
Android and iOS duopoly growing larger

Android and iOS duopoly at record levels as of Q2 2016

The steady fall of Windows Mobile 10 and BlackBerry OS have paved the way for Google and Apple to take nearly 100 percent of the worldwide smartphone market.
Samsung now controls 22.3 percent of the worldwide smartphone market

Samsung now controls 22.3 percent of the worldwide smartphone market

Smartphone shipments from the Korean manufacturer has totaled 76.7 million units as of Q2 2016 with Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi far behind.
AMD announces new Zen architecture for a launch by Holiday 2016

AMD announces new Zen architecture for a launch by Holiday 2016

A tech demo shows an octa-core Zen CPU edging out the Core i7-6900K in clock-to-clock benchmark tests. AMD "Naples" and Raven Ridge" platforms for servers and notebooks will not launch until 2017.
Initial Galaxy Note 7 torture tests show difficult serviceability and poorer scratch resistance

Initial Galaxy Note 7 torture tests show difficult serviceability and poorer scratch resistance

First iFixit teardown claims the phablet to be just slightly easier to repair than the Galaxy S7 Edge while informal scratch and drop tests show disadvantages of the new Gorilla Glass 5 case.
ZTE set to launch a new Nubia smartphone in Europe

ZTE set to launch a new Nubia smartphone in Europe

A press event celebrating the announcement is scheduled before the end of this month in Germany ahead of IFA 2016.
Aug 20
Microsoft promising free Holographic update for Windows 10 PCs in 2017

Microsoft promising free Holographic update for Windows 10 PCs in 2017

Intel and Microsoft will iron out the specifications and hardware necessary to bring "mixed reality" VR applications to all mainstream Windows 10 PCs by next year.
Notebooks: Asus is the biggest supplier of Gaming Notebooks

Notebooks: Asus is the biggest supplier of Gaming Notebooks

Not MSI is the biggest supplier for gaming notebooks, but Asus. At least Asus now claims the title for themselves. The advantage is particularly big for laptops with Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs.
Asus unveils ROG G752VS with GeForce GTX 1070

Gamescom 2016 | Asus unveils ROG G752VS with GeForce GTX 1070

The small refresh swaps out the Maxwell GPU for new Pascal ones with GTX 1060/1070 options starting at 1999 Euros.
HTC Desire 628 affordable smartphone now available

HTC Desire 628 affordable smartphone now available

The 5-inch smartphone will be available in Sunset Blue and Cobalt White starting for 200 Euros up to 230 Euros depending on the RAM and storage space selection.
Aug 19
Intel and ARM collaborate to develop 10 nm parts

Intel and ARM collaborate to develop 10 nm parts

Intel agrees to manufacture ARM based SoCs on its 10 nm HPM process.
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