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Aug 5
BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition QWERTY keyboard smartphone with square display

BlackBerry unveils Passport Silver Edition smartphone

This updated Passport smartphone comes with improved durability and battery life, a refined designed, and includes more than $130 USD worth of accessories in the package.
LG Wine Smart flip phone coming to Europe

LG Wine Smart flip phone coming to Europe

Previously announced retro LG Gentle to launch internationally as the LG Wine Smart.
Huawei has sold over 20 million Honor smartphones to date

Huawei has sold over 20 million Honor smartphones to date

The higher-end Honor series has earned Chinese company Huawei over $2.63 billion USD in revenue.
Mondaine Helvetica 1 smartwatch now up for pre-order

Mondaine Helvetica 1 smartwatch now up for pre-order

Swiss watchmaker Mondaine will only sell 1,957 Helvetica 1 pre-order units, as 1957 is the year when the Helvetica font appeared.
Samsung reveals prices for Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7

Samsung reveals prices for Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7

The new Galaxy Tab models will go head-to-head with the Apple iPad this September for 500 Euros.
Apple has no plans of becoming a mobile carrier

Apple has no plans of becoming a mobile carrier

Despite reports to the contrary, Apple will not be entering the mobile provider industry.
Aug 4
Acer Aspire One Cloudbook cheap Windows 10 laptop

Acer intros Windows 10-powered Aspire One Cloudbook

Two models of this cheap Windows 10 notebook will ship later this month starting at $169 USD as expected, with two more coming in September.
Sprint Galaxy Note 4 gets Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update with Stagefright fix

Sprint updates Galaxy Note 4 to fix Stagefright vulnerability

The update is based on Android 5.1.1 and also fixes the home button and the recent menu button lag.
Sony press event at IFA 2015 scheduled for September 2

IFA 2015 | Sony confirms IFA 2015 press conference

Sony will be present at the Berlin event between September 4 and 9, but has also confirmed a special press event that will take place on September 2.
StarTech announces Triple-Video and dual-laptop docking stations

StarTech announces Triple-Video and dual-laptop docking stations

Both models allow for 4K video output via a single USB 3.0 port starting for $263.
Google Android versions market share August 3 2015 statistics

Lollipop grows to 18 percent, KitKat remains most popular Android version

Android KitKat still holds almost 40 percent of the market, with Jelly Bean ranking in second place, but both slowly lose ground while Lollipop is slowly heading up.
New Huawei Honor smartphone with sliding camera spotted at TENAA

New Huawei Honor spotted at TENAA

The new handset has a sliding camera on the back, no front camera, and could soon hit multiple emerging markets as Huwei Honor 5.
FantasySalesTeam joins Microsoft to help with collaboration and team based competition projects

Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam

This new acquisition promises to "help drive adoption of our CRM solutions in fun and creative ways" by improving adoption via collaboration and team based competition.
Allegedly an official press picture of the Galaxy Note 5 (Picture: @evleaks)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Rumors, Facts and Dates

Samsung's high-end phablet called Galaxy Note 5 is expected for autumn 2015. We summarize all the relevant rumors about the Galaxy Note 5 and give a perspective on the upcoming flagship phablet from Samsung.
Intel: Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K

Intel: Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K "Skylake" announced

Skylake is ready for the launch: Intel's Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K are the first two desktop processors based on the new microarchitecture. More models, including all mobile chips, will follow in the upcoming weeks and months.
(Source: Special for USA Today)

OnePlus confirms next smartphone by end of 2015

OnePlus had just revealed the OnePlus 2, but co-founder Carl Pei is already talking about a new smartphone in development.
HTC Desire 828w spotted at TENAA

HTC Desire 828w spotted at TENAA

The data unveils a Snapdragon SoC and HTC's signature UltraPixel camera.
Samsung announces Galaxy S4 MiniPlus

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 MiniPlus

The S4 MiniPlus will come with a quad-core processor and retail for less than 200 Euros.
Huawei Maimang 4 comes equipped with the Snapdragon 616 SoC

Huawei Maimang 4 comes equipped with the Snapdragon 616 SoC

Qualcomm has confirmed that the Chinese smartphone uses Snapdragon 616 and not Snapdragon 615.
Samsung Note 5 (SM-N920) photos and specs have leaked

Samsung Note 5 (SM-N920) photos and specs have leaked

The renders and specifications do not show much of an improvement over previous Note models.
Aug 3
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Android phablet with two 13 MP cameras

Sony unveils Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5

The C5 Ultra phablet comes with a generous 6-inch display and two 13 MP cameras, while the waterproof M5 smartphone has a 5-inch screen and a 21.5 MP image snapper on the back.
Apple loses number one spot as smartphone vendor in China

Apple loses number one spot as smartphone vendor in China

Having been overtaken by Xiaomi and Huawei, the Cupertino giant is now occupying the third place on the country’s sales charts.
Online US Sony Store shuts down on August 28

Sony shuts down its online store on August 28

The official US Sony Store goes down at the end of the month, but it will soon be replaced by a new product website.
LG Display plastic flexible OLED

LG and Samsung ramp up production of flexible OLED displays

While the LCD market faces a slow decline, OLEDs show a solid growth, but LG and Samsung must face cheaper Chinese competitors.
MediaTek Helio X22 is a faster Helio X20

MediaTek Helio X22 and X30 10-core chips coming in 2016

While the X22 is a slightly faster X20, the X30 uses a different arrangement of cores to improve performance, and first devices to use them are expected in early 2016.
Turing Phone Android smartphone color&texture choices

Turing Phone reservations now open

This security-focused Android smartphone comes in three colors and three storage sizes, featuring a waterproof case and powerful specs.
Aug 2
Eurocom Scorpius can now be configured with GTX 980M SLI GPUs

Eurocom Scorpius can now be configured with GTX 980M SLI GPUs

The 17.3-inch mobile workstation makes the jump from GTX 680M SLI to GTX 980M SLI overnight.
Doogee reveals Homtom HT6 smartphone with high capacity battery

Doogee reveals Homtom HT6 smartphone with high capacity battery

The world's thinnest 5.5-inch smartphonem with a 6250 mAh Li-Ion battery.
Gigabyte and Xotic PC now shipping notebooks with Windows 10

Gigabyte and Xotic PC now shipping notebooks with Windows 10

Dedicated gaming rigs from Alienware to Sager are now getting the Windows 10 treatment.
Aug 1
Toshiba announces affordable Tecra A50 for $729

Toshiba announces affordable Tecra A50 for $729

Refreshed Tecra A50 series to have TPM, Smart Card, fingerprint reader, and spill-resistant keyboard aimed at small-to-medium size businesses.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ may be coming this August for 800 Euros

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ may be coming this August for 800 Euros

Expect price cuts for the existing Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge if the S6 Edge+ launches on August 21.
ZTE Axon 2 already in development

ZTE Axon 2 already in development

Development cycle for the next Axon will be significantly shorter.
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Jul 31
Silent Circle Blackphone 2 Android smartphone

Silent Circle joins Android for Work

Silent Circle and its Silent OS-powered Blackphone 2 has joined Google's Android for Work program "as part of its ongoing mission to deliver enterprise privacy."
YotaPhone 2 dual screen Android smartphone no longer coming to the US

Yota Devices cancels the US launch of the YotaPhone 2

This dual-screen handset will no longer reach the US market as expected "due to unforeseen delays including both production and delivery" of the US variant from the manufacturer.
NUU Z8 Android smartphone with 5.5-inch display, MediaTek MTK6752 processor and 13 MP main camera with Sony lens

NUU Z8 32 GB now available for $299.99 USD

This 5.5-inch Full HD unlocked smartphone offers 4G LTE and a 13 MP main camera with Sony lens for a very competitive price.
How to roll back Windows 10 upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

Windows 10 upgrade can be rolled back within 30 days

Microsoft included a tool in Windows 10 that allows users to roll back the upgrade within 30 days of installing it.
Nvidia recalls Shield tablets

Nvidia recalls Shield tablets

A fire hazard forces Nvidia to recall as many as 88,000 Shield tablets.
Windows 10 ecosystem to reach 1 billion devices in the coming years

14 million devices got Windows 10 in the first day after launch

Microsoft revealed in a blog post that more than 14 million devices were running Windows 10 only one day after the release.
Sony promises to unveil a new way to capture split second photos on August 3

Sony might unveil Xperia C5 Ultra on Monday

Sony unveiled on Twitter that "a new way to capture split-second photos is coming" on August 3, most likely the Xperia C5 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo SM-G903F Black Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo finally up for pre-order

After a few rumors that proved to be just rumors, the Exynos 7580-powered Galaxy S5 Neo is now up for pre-order in the Netherlands for roughly $515 USD.
OnePlus 2 invites recorded near the amount of OnePlus One handsets sold

OnePlus reports over one million registrations for OnePlus 2 invites

While OnePlus One sold about 1.5 million units since launch, more than 1 million OnePlus 2 reservations have been recorded in just three days.
Xiaomi Mi Pad Android tablets might soon get Windows 10-loaded siblings

Xiaomi Windows 10 tablet might launch later this year

While Android Xiaomi smartphones already got their own Windows 10 Mobile ROM image, it looks like the next-gen Mi Pad tablets will come loaded with Windows 10.
Samsung Pay in action on a Galaxy S6 device

MasterCard and Samsung to launch Samsung Pay in Europe

While the US and South Korea will get Samsung Pay later this summer, MasterCard and Samsung announced they will bring their mobile payment service to Europe as well.
Jul 30
Samsung expected to cut prices on latest smartphones

Samsung expected to cut prices on latest smartphones

Samsung may be planning to cut the prices of its flagship smartphones soon.
Samsung Galaxy J2 SM-J200G on GFXBench database

Galaxy J2 SM-J200G spotted on GFXBench

The specs of a new SM-J200 Galaxy smartphone have been revealed by a GFXBench database entry, but Samsung declined to commend, as usual.
Microsoft Lumia Windows Mobile smartphone lineup

Microsoft announces the first Lumia smartphones to receive Windows 10 Mobile

The list of Lumia devices to be upgraded starts with Lumia 430 and goes up to Lumia 930, but does not mention a precise date.
Microsoft Windows 10 Phone on Xiaomi smartphone

Microsoft expands access to Windows 10 on Xiaomi handsets

The Redmond giant launched a Windows 10 Mobile ROM for the Mi4 back in June and now they plan to start the insider program in China with Xiaomi phones.
HP details the Pro Tablet 608 G1 and the Windows 10 transition

HP details the Pro Tablet 608 G1 and the Windows 10 transition

Manufacturer will work closely with Microsoft for faster driver updates.
Fujitsu announces fanless Stylistic Q665 tablet

Fujitsu announces fanless Stylistic Q665 tablet

The 11.6-inch Stylistic Q665 tablet will have no active cooling and a weight of just 750 grams.
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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2015-03-12)