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Jul 30
MSI is now the largest supplier of gaming notebooks worldwide

MSI is now the largest supplier of gaming notebooks worldwide

MSI and Asus have a combined 34 percent of the gaming notebook market and the sector is expected to grow even further with VR Ready options.
Dell Precision mobile workstations now with more power options

Dell Precision mobile workstations now available with more power options

The workstations are characterized by their sleek design, high performance, and attractive displays. Now, buyers can equip new Skylake E3-1545 v5 and E3-1575 v5 CPUs and "SuperSpeed" DDR4 RAM.
LG to open new European headquarters in Eschborn, Germany

LG to open new European headquarters in Eschborn, Germany

The South Korean's UK branch will close and transfer to a new building previously owned by Vodafone. No jobs will be lost when the transfer completes come Spring 2017.
Jul 29
Huawei P8 Android smartphone, Huawei plans to open 15,000 retail stores

Huawei to open 15,000 retail stores worldwide

Planning to sell a record 140 million smartphones this year, Huawei is getting ready for world domination and expects to open an impressive number of stores all around the world.
Samsung Z2 (SM-Z200F) smartphone to launch as the first 4G Tizen handset

Samsung Z2 video leaks online

This upcoming handset promises to launch as the first Tizen smartphone with 4G connectivity, but Samsung still has to confirm its release date.
TCL 950 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC hits TENAA

TCL 950 hits TENAA

Although TCL is the company making Alcatel handsets, the upcoming TCL 950 promises to be more powerful than the Idol 4S flagship.
Dropbox cloud storage service alternative for Note 7 to launch as Samsung Cloud

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might launch next to a cloud storage service

Simply dubbed "Samsung Cloud," this service will launch with the next-gen Note phablet as Samsung's competitor to Apple's iCloud or Microsoft's OneDrive.
Microsoft to cut more jobs in hardware and sales departments

Microsoft to cut more jobs

The additional cuts will hit the hardware and sales departments of the company, affecting almost 3,000 employees.
Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 successor is already being tested

Samsung allegedly testing a new Exynos processor

The unannounced Exynos 8895 chipset has been spotted on Indian import tracker Zauba, so it is certain that Samsung is working on it.
HP remains number one in EMEA ahead of Lenovo, Dell, and others

HP remains number one in EMEA as of Q2 2016

The increase in business PC sales have not been enough to offset the large falloff of consumer PC sales in the region.
Asus to raise prices by as much as 9 percent in the UK

Asus to raise prices by as much as 9 percent in the UK

Starting this October, retail prices of Asus notebooks will go up in the country as a direct response to the British exit.
Jul 28
Samsung SM-G1600 clamshwell design handset shows up at Bluetooth SIG

Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 hits Bluetooth SIG

This upcoming clamshell design Android handset has been spotted at Bluetooth SIG carrying model number SM-G1600.
Lenovo Air 13 Pro Windows notebook with Skylake processor and GeForce 940MX graphics

Lenovo launches Air 13 Pro notebook in China

This 13-inch machine is powered by an Intel Core i5 6200U processor, next to 4 GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, all for $750 USD.
Samsung Gear S3 coming at IFA 2016 featuring a rotary bezel design

IFA 2016 | Samsung Gear S3 to feature a rotary bezel

The latest leak about the next-gen Gear smartwatch confirms its arrival is scheduled to take place in September at IFA and also mentions a rotary bezel design.
Apple iPhone sales have reached the one billion units mark

Apple has sold one billion iPhone handsets so far

After two straight quarters of declining sale figures, Apple leaves the one billion iPhone units sold barrier behind.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Windows notebook with Skylake processor starts at $525 USD

Xiaomi unveils Mi Notebook Air Windows notebook

Xiaomi's first notebook runs Windows, is powered by Intel Skylake processors, and starts at just $525 USD.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get WiFi calling update on AT&T

AT&T updates Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets

The new firmware brings WiFi calling to these two flagships, as well as various minor tweaks, fixes, and security updates.
Jul 27
Nintendo NX gaming tablet/console hybrid with detachable controllers coming soon, pictured is similar Nintendo NX

Nintendo allegedly working on a tablet-console hybrid

This slate, allegedly dubbed Nintendo NX, is expected to launch featuring detachable controllers and an Nvidia Tegra chip.
Xiaomi Redmi Pro Android smartphone launches with three MediaTek-powered variants

Xiaomi launches Redmi Pro Android smartphone

This handset launches in three variants priced between $225 USD and $300 USD, all powered by MediaTek processors and featuring a generous 4050 mAh battery.
OnePlus 3 flagship killer gets OxygenOS 3.2.2 firmware update

OnePlus 3 gets OxygenOS 3.2.2

This incremental update comes with a few minor tweaks and fixes, including enhanced noise cancellation in video recording and the latest security patches.
Apple iPhone SE cannibalizing iPhone 6 and 6s sales

Apple iPhone SE cannibalizing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s sales

Market research company shows that a percentage of users who have upgraded from an older iPhone model to the newer iPhone SE would have considered an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s instead.
Samsung confirms manufacturing defects on early Galaxy S7 Active batches

Samsung confirms manufacturing defects on initial Galaxy S7 Active batches

Early adopters of the rugged Galaxy S7 Active may find that their new smartphones may not be waterproof at all.
Jul 26
Intex Aqua Fish Sailfish OS smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 212

Intex Aqua Fish hits the market

This Sailfish OS-powered handset retails for around $80 USD and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
OnePlus 3 in Soft Gold limited edition Android handset now available

Soft Gold OnePlus 3 launches today

According to OnePlus, the new color option "needs to be seen and heard to be properly appreciated."
Xiaomi Mi Notebook leaked image and specs, as well as prices

Xiaomi Mi Notebook leaks online

The standard model is expected to have a price tag of $600 USD, packing an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.
Intel has begun shipping Kaby Lake to manufacturers

Intel has begun shipping Kaby Lake to manufacturers

The announcement was made through a conference call with investors. The first consumer models sporting the 7th generation CPU should be making their way to IDF 2016 and IFA 2016.
Nokia purportedly planning high-end Android smartphones

Nokia purportedly planning high-end Android smartphones

Two flagship Nokia smartphones may be coming as early as this Holiday season with OLED displays and PureView cameras.
Firefox to automatically disable Flash content beginning this August

Firefox to automatically disable Flash content beginning this August

Mozilla claims that the eventual removal of Flash will improve both the stability and security of its popular browser.
Jul 25
Google Nexus teaser, HTC Nexus Sailfish specs leak again, processor revealed

More HTC Nexus Sailfish specs leak online

This handset has been in the rumor mill for a while, but now new details emerge, revealing that it carries a Snapdragon 820/821 under the hood.
Samsung Galaxy Tab J debuts in Taiwan

Samsung Galaxy Tab J debuts in Taiwan

This new 7-inch slate has below average specs and will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for less than $200 USD starting in August.
Yahoo corporate HQ, Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion

Verizon buys Yahoo for $5 billion

Back in February, Yahoo started to search for "strategic alternatives" and now this $5 billion worth deal has just become official.
BlackBerry Hamburg Android smartphone appears at FCC and GFXBench

BlackBerry Hamburg shows up at FCC and GFXBench

This mid-ranger without a physical keyboard is expected to launch loaded with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 3 GB RAM.
Samsung wireless charger for simultaneous charging of smartphone and smartwatch

Samsung working on new wireless charger designs

A new patent filing by Samsung describes three new wireless chargers that are taller than the current ones and apparently can charge a smartwatch and a smartphone simultaneously.
Oppo F1s launch event scheduled for August 3rd

Oppo sends out invites for F1s launch event

The successor of the popular Oppo F1 is expected to feature a 16 MP front camera and will be unveiled on August 3rd, as previously rumored.
TENAA leaks reveal an unannounced Honor Note 8 phablet

TENAA leaks reveal an unannounced Honor Note 8 phablet

Official Huawei teasers suggest a 6.6-inch QHD display and a large 4400 mAh internal battery. Nonetheless, TENAA images show no dual rear cameras for the phablet.
Intel Q2 2016 earnings reveal stable sales and half the profits

Intel Q2 2016 earnings reveal stable sales and half the profits

Revenue is up just slightly YoY while core divisions remain relatively stagnant in terms of sales.
Jul 24
Battery report of an affected unit (Source: Kridsada Thanabulpong)

Users claiming battery issues with aging Surface Pro 3 tablets

Some Surface Pro 3 units equipped with internal batteries provided by Simplo appear to be discharging unusually fast. Microsoft has yet to announce anything formal about the user complaints.
Cat unveils S60 smartphone with integrated IR camera

Cat S60 with integrated thermal camera now available

The S60 is the world's first rugged smartphone with an integrated thermal camera for consumer use. Prices start at around 650 Euros.
Intel Coffee Lake may be 14 nm with hexa-core options for notebooks (Source: PC Watch)

Intel Coffee Lake series may be 14 nm with hexa-core options for notebooks

The chipmaker could be pushing its 10 nm plans further back with at least two Skylake refreshes in the 14 nm manufacturing process.
Jul 23
Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow now on 13.3 percent of active Android devices

Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow now on 13.3 percent of active Android devices

Google Dashboard lays out the current distribution of Android versions. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is gaining ground while Lollipop, KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread have all fallen month-over-month.
Jul 22
Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch, global smartwatch market falling for the first time

Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time

While global shipments fell 32 percent in the second quarter, Apple's smart wearables faced an impressive downfall - no less than 55 percent.
Sony Xperia F8331 flagship smartphone leaks

Sony Xperia F8331 flagship smartphone leaks

The model appears to be sporting a new design not found on any existing Xperia X smartphone and will purportedly have 4K recording capabilities.
TSMC may be producing the next generation of Apple SoCs

TSMC may be producing the next generation of Apple SoCs

The Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer could be responsible for both the unannounced Apple A10 and Apple A11 SoCs for future iPhones.
Microsoft planning to launch a modular iMac rival

Microsoft iMac rival could be in the works

The Redmond giant is apparently getting ready for the rebound of the PC market with a modular device that could act as an iMac alternative, a portable TV set, or even a gaming console.
Motorola Moto Z modular Android handset coming to Verizon Wireless

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force coming to Verizon next week

These 5.5-inch handsets powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and support for Moto Mods are available for pre-order and will be available starting July 28.
The packaging of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 reveals core specifications

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specifications leak

The retail packaging suggests a 10-core SoC, 3 GB RAM, and a large 4100 mAh battery for the 5.5-inch smartphone.
Google Play Store ready for testing on the Pixel and Acer R 11 Chromebooks

Google Play Store ready for testing on the Pixel and Acer R 11 Chromebooks

The Google Chromebook Pixel and Acer Chromebook R 11 can now be updated for testing Play Store apps on Chrome OS. Full compatibility with all apps is not guaranteed.
Hands-on video compares an alleged iPhone 7 against the iPhone 6s

Hands-on video compares an alleged iPhone 7 against the iPhone 6s

The hands-on video shows what appears to be a dummy 4.7-inch iPhone 7 against the current generation iPhone 6s. A new camera, antenna setup, and Lightning port can all be observed.
Jul 21
Samsung Gear S2 de Grisogono limited edition smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 and Galaxy Tab S3 might launch in September

Italian technology journalist Antonio Monaco has confirmed an older rumor, so it looks like the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Gear S3 will arrive at IFA 2016.
NVIDIA Tegra K1 slides at CES 2014

NVIDIA to announce Tegra-Next SoC in August

The chip is expected to show up on August 22nd at the Hot Chips conference in California.
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