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Live streamers, rejoice! AMD's new ReLive Edition driver rabrings better power management, improved graphical performance, and new gameplay capture and streaming software.
Sony to bring the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update soon
Android 7.1.1 was recently unleashed by Google for its own devices, and now it looks like Sony aims to become the first brand from the crowd to get the update ready. According to a recent report, the developer team of the Japanese company has made this update its "number one priority."
International variant of the Galaxy C9 Pro surfaces online
This unannounced variant of the 6-inch phablet already present in China has just received its WiFi certification. Aiming the international market, it has the same specs as its China-only counterpart - Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, 6 GB RAM, 16 MP main camera, and more.
Microsoft completes LinkedIn acquisition
The Redmond giant announced its plans to buy LinkedIn back in June, and now the $26 billion acquisition is complete, after securing regulatory approval. LinkedIn notifications will soon be added to the Windows action center, with much more changes planned.
Latest Windows 10 Insider build lets you turn off your PC with your voice
Windows 10 Insider Build 14986 has introduced a number of additional voice commands for Cortana, including sleeping, restarting, shutting down, and changing volume.
Remaining active Samsung Note 7 phones may be disabled next week
It seems that some Note 7 owners are still stubbornly holding onto their devices—Samsung is trying to change that by disabling remaining Note 7's throughout next week.
Meizu Pro 6 Plus variant with curved QHD display could be in the works
The announced Pro 6 Plus could come with another surprise in the form of a Pro 6 Plus Edge according to the latest leaked images.
Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks
Impatient iPhone 7 owners will be able to purchase a pair of AirPods hopefully before the end of this month according to an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Apple iPhone 2017: iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s or both?
A weird rumor was brought to our attention today suggesting that next year's iPhones may only receive a minor update and may be called iPhone 7s after all. Does that mean, Apple will introduce both iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 next year?
Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS
Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
Apple MacBook Pro: macOS update said to cure GPU problems
MacBook Pro users affected by GPU problems may look forward to the next release of macOS 10.12.2 that are said to offer a software solution for all the various GPU related problems on the new MacBooks.
Updated ZenFone 3 Zoom coming soon
The handset that surfaced via both TENAA and Bluetooth SIG is also known as Asus Z01HD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and dual cameras on the back, hopefully with 3X optical zoom like the original ZenFone 3 Zoom had.
Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge now available
This is the seventh color edition of the Galaxy S7 Edge, following the Blue Coral and Pink Gold options that became available earlier this year. The other choices available are White Pearl, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
Foxconn mulls expansion of American operations
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has confirmed that it is engaged in preliminary talks regarding expansion of its operations in the United States.
ARM chips to get support for desktop Windows in 2017
Intel's domination might soon end as the giant ends up facing Qualcomm and other ARM-based chips, which are expected to get full support for Microsoft Windows desktop by the end of 2017.
Tablet sales down 21.5% on year, up 7.3% on quarter
Digitimes research shows that tablet shipments for 2016 are down 21.5% on year, but up 7.3% on quarter. It could be the end of a long downturn for the tablet market.
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
Consumers abandon one third of their wearables
According to a study by research firm Gartner, over 30 percent of the customers who buy smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality glasses get bored or simply do not find them useful, so they stop using them after a while.
Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit
Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
TouchWiz becomes Samsung Experience
Android 7.0 Nougat beta reveals that Samsung has quietly renamed TouchWiz to Samsung Experience, so this will probably be the name of the company's custom Android interface from now on.
Intel may have just signed deal with AMD for licensing AMD graphics tech
Intel's existing license for Nvidia's graphics technology will run out in 2017. It seems that ahead of this deadline Intel has decided to go with licensing AMD's tech instead.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) renders surface online
Not long after showing up on Geekbench and in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification documents, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) low-end Android smartphone finally arrives in a set of leaked renders.
Apple iPhone 6s: iOS Update to help with unexpected shutdown issues
Apparently, more iPhone 6s users are experiencing unexpected shutdowns. Apple announced, that a soon to be released iOS update will gather diagnostic data to help Apple solve the problem.
Asus ZenFone Go (ZB690KG) now official
This 6.9-inch phablet has low-end specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, and only runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. Unfortunately, there is no info on its price and availability yet.
Honor Magic concept phone with quad-curved-display to arrive Dec. 16th
Yesterday's teaser was just for teasing us, apparently. Huawei revealed a new teaser today, announcing the Honor Magic concept phone for the 16th of December.
Google Wifi goes on sale
This mesh-capable wireless router that provides WiFi coverage while handling multiple active devices was announced back in early October and now can be acquired as a single unit for $129 USD or as a trio, for $299 USD.
Verizon cancels the Galaxy Beta program for the S7 lineup
Although the Android 7.0 Nougat beta test in the US is in full swing and the Galaxy S7 devices can take the new firmware for a spin, Verizon Wireless has decided to stop supporting the Galaxy Beta program from now on.
Trump's trade reforms could bring outsourced IT support jobs back to the US
President-elect Donald Trump is laying out more protectionist trade policies including a 35% tariff that could have huge impact on American companies that outsource labor.
Samsung catches a break as Supreme Court reverses Apple's patent victory
The US Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 in favor of Samsung's appeal to reverse up to US$399 million of the US$548 million in damages already paid to Apple.
TrekStor launches SurfBook W1 and W2 affordable Windows notebooks
The 14.1-inch W1 and W2 will launch this month for 250 Euros and 350 Euros, respectively. Core specifications include a Cherry Trail Atom SoC and 2 GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy S8: No headphone jack and Home Button but stereo and USB-C?
Rumors suggest that the next Samsung flagship will come without a headphone jack and home button. Instead the Galaxy S8 will feature stereo speakers, optical fingerprint technology, an SamsUSB-C port and a better RGB-AMOLED-display. Autofocus on the selfie cam just got more likely as well.
Meizu Blue Charm M5 Note: Successor to the M3 Note with 4,000 mAh battery
Meizu has officially announced the M5 Note today, a successor to the M3 Note with MediaTek Helio P10 processor and 4,000 mAh battery. It will come in four color options starting at $130.
Lenovo Teaser: ZUK Edge will start selling tomorrow on JD
Lenovo has decided to start selling the ZUK Edge without officially announcing it in advance. Instead it will be available to buy on Chinese online merchant Jingdong starting tomorrow.
Will Huawei announce a bezel-less Honor concept phone tomorrow?
Huawei might announce their version of a bezel-less concept phone tomorrow. Interestingly, a new teaser posted by Honor suggests, that this phone might be released as a Honor phone, possibly to not compete with the Mate 9.
Kodak Ektra hits the market this Friday
This 5-inch Android handset is powered by a MediaTek processor and targets mobile photography fans, having a retro design with a faux leather cover and a grip for improved handling.
VRidge: Try before you buy for VR
The app can use smartphones to mimic expensive VR headsets and seems to be able to run on lower-end hardware.
Unlocked HTC One M9 handsets get Android Nougat
While the unlocked variants have begun to receive the Android 7.0 update already, it looks like carrier variants will not be able to enjoy the Nougat treatment before the end of the year.
Motorola Moto X 2017 images leak online
The upcoming Moto X is expected to arrive next to a new Moto C in early 2017, these unofficial images showing a full-metal body handset with a fingerprint reader on the Home button.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat hits Nexus devices
This minor update for the Pixel and Pixel XL also brings a few new features to older devices, including the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and more. The usual optimizations and bug fixes are also present.
Upcoming LG G6 flagship expected to be waterproof and non-modular
The latest round of G6-related rumors does not look great, as we hear once again that the upcoming flagship will no longer offer the chance to use modules. However, it seems like the LG G6 will hit the market with water resistance and a removable battery.
Signs point to next OnePlus handset being OnePlus 5; will have ceramic construction
Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 5 will feature ceramic construction instead of aluminum due to improved conduction of 5G signals. The OnePlus 4 will be "skipped" due to the number 4 being unlucky in many Asian countries.
Meizu unveils its first fitness tracker
This new wearable comes with a sleek, basic design that includes a concealed OLED screen. Sporting a built-in AMS heart rate monitor, the Meizu Band is also capable of showing notifications for calls and texts. Pre-orders are already live in China while full availability is expected for next week.
Analysts expect SSD prices to rise next year
Both MLC and TLC SSDs could rise by as much as 10 percent due to growing demand over traditional HDDs in consumer electronics.
VR and AR: the sales disappointments of 2016
VR/AR sales were expected to pick up strongly in late 2016, yet the opposite has happened. Experts blame an immature ecosystem.
Huawei boost batteries with graphene-reinforced Li-ion technology
At a battery symposium in Japan earlier in the week, Huawei presented a graphene-based battery technology that would allow batteries to operate in temperatures 10C higher than current limits. The graphene allows for twice the longevity and lower operating temperatures.
Samsung Galaxy A (2016) to get Android Nougat
Although it has been confirmed that high-end devices like the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge lineup or the Note 5 phablet will soon get Nougat, it is surprising to see that Samsung has added the Galaxy A family to the list of handsets that would get the new firmware.
Wine may develop Windows compatibility layer for Android
The developers of the open-source compatibility layer software may soon bring Windows apps to Android. This move could in turn allow Windows software to run on newer Chromebooks that support Android apps.
Leap Motion to develop hand tracking sensor for smartphone VR sets
Leap Motion hopes the sensor will allow VR users to interact with and control mobile VR with their hands and fingers, further pushing VR development.
CyanogenMod 14.1 reaches more handsets
The latest nightly build of this Android 7.1 Nougat-based ROM comes with support for a few additional devices, including the Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 5, as well as the Nexbit Robin, and others.
Samsung dominates the NAND flash market
Earlier this year, Samsung expanded its 3D NAND flash memory manufacturing facilities in China and South Korea, also starting to manufacture 64-layer NAND flash memory chips earlier this month.
2016-12-02 - 2016-12-09
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