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Apple blames air exposure for iPhone 6s battery defect

Apple claims that the iPhone 6s battery woes were caused by one of the components being left exposed to air for too long before assembly.
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Intel to delay release of super-fast Optane SSDs into 2017-2018

The Optane SSDs, many times faster than current NAND-based SSDs, were originally slated for a 2016 release. Intel will no longer confirm an exact release date, but has hinted we may have to wait until 2018 for a full-scale release.
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The PC market's decline showed signs of improvement this Q3 due to strong ultraportable/convertible sales. (Source: Pixabay)

Q3 PC shipments beat expectations by 2 points; still down 2.1% on-year: IDC

Market intelligence firm IDC sees strong improvement in thin and convertible laptop shipments for Q3 2016, beating expectations by a wide margin. As a result, the projection of the (still declining) market has improved from a 7.2% to a 6.4% decline.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

December 2016 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 Euros (~$326) as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 500 Euros

December 2016 update. Here you will find the best notebooks below 500 Euros (~$554) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 1,000 Euros

December 2016 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 1000 Euros (~$1139) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Dec 2
The Surface Dial is a tough piece of equipment, but might be difficult to repair. (Source: iFixit)

Surface Dial scores a 4/10 in iFixit teardown

The Microsoft device received praise for its durability, but was criticized for some difficult or impossible to replace components.
The Teclast X5 Pro looks remarkably similar to the Microsoft Surface line of Hybrids. (Source: Gearbest)

Teclast unveils Kaby Lake powered X5 Pro

The 2-in-1 device looks similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, right down to the built in kickstand, and is powered by a Kaby Lake Core m3 processor.
Newer routers may be more than 10 times faster than 802.11ac with similar range. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

802.11ax "Terahertz" Wi-Fi will offer 10x speed

Japanese researchers successfully test 34Gbps Wi-Fi; target range of 32 feet.
It might not be a good idea to save a few bucks on a cheaper charger. (Source: International Configurations, INC)

Study shows over 99% of counterfeit Apple chargers dangerous: watchdog group

UK watchdog Trading Standards tested 400 counterfeit "Apple" chargers for basic safety violations. Only 3 passed.
CardinalCommerce corporate logo, Visa acquires CardinalCommerce

Visa acquires CardinalCommerce

The company specialized in payment technology across browsers, apps and devices has just joined Visa as the result of a transaction whose terms were not released to the public.
Incipio Moto Mod smart car dock accessory for Lenovo Moto Z

Incipio announces Moto Mod smart car dock

This $64.99 USD accessory for the modular Lenovo Moto Z handset provides a way to mount the smartphone in a car, charge its battery, and also connect it to the car’s audio system.
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Seagate Duet external hard drive with Amazon Drive cloud support

Amazon and Seagate unleash an external hard drive

The Seagate Duet external hard drive only offers 1 TB of internal storage and uses USB 3.0 connectivity, but comes with one free year of Amazon Drive Unlimited Storage and automatic cloud backup support, all for just $99.99 USD.
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An additional layer of light-modulating cells allows per-pixel brightness. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic claims OLED-like contrast and brightness with new IPS technology

Not yielding to OLED, Panasonic unveils designs for new IPS display technology with improved brightness, contrast, and color range.
IDC estimates over 1 billion 4G smartphones sold by end of 2016

IDC estimates over 1 billion 4G smartphones sold by end of 2016

4G LTE smartphone sales are finally crossing the 1 billion mark this year due in part to rising demand in Asia-Pacific territories and lower entry-level prices.
Asus ROG GX800 coming this month for 5500 Euros

Asus ROG GX800 coming this month for 5500 Euros

The liquid-cooled 18.4-inch 4K UHD "notebook" will be receiving its Pascal update in time for the Holidays.
The Aero 14 is back and VR Ready. (Source: GIGABYTE)

Gigabyte releases updated Aero 14 with GTX 1060

Gigabyte's battery-packed (94.24 Wh) Aero14 has been upgraded with a VR-Ready GTX 1060. Other specs include a QHD IPS display, storage up to 1TB m.2 PCIE SSD, and RAM up to 32 GB DDR4-2400.
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Dec 1
Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th

Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th

VAIO is currently running a sale on devices from now until Christmas. In addition to saving up to $700, VAIO will throw in a free laptop bag with the purchase of a laptop.
HMD Global currently uses the Nokia brand on a line of feature phones. Android powered smartphones are expected in 2017. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia smartphones officially returning in 2017 under HMD Global

The Nokia brand will live on through HMD manufactured and distributed smartphones.
Samsung will tell us why the batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 were prone to go up in flames.

Samsung to announce the reason behind the Galaxy Note 7 battery disaster by year's end.

According to a recent report by the Korean Herald, Samsung is still not sure what caused the battery problems in their unsuccessful Galaxy Note 7. However, they have plans to reveal the reason by year's end at the latest.
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Curved on the edges and even bezel-less on the top: The design of the elePhone S8.

The elePhone S8 will offer a triple bezel-less design next year

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone posted a picture of their innovative elePhone S8-design on their Twitter page, revealing a triple bezel-less design with curved edges on the sides.
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MediaTek announced new processors as part of their Helio X20-lineup: The Helio X23 und X27.

MediaTek announced the launch of the Helio X23 und Helio X27 mobile processors

Both new Helio chips will offer more speed over the current X20 and X25 processors and introduce support for dual-cameras thanks to an updated Image signal processor. They will also be more power efficient.
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HP is hoping the ProBook x360 11 will be a hit in education. (Source: HP)

HP targets classrooms with the ProBook x360 11

Designed from "the ground up" for educational settings, the ProBook x360 11 is an inexpensive, durable, and capable convertible with active pen support.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Virgin Media's new TellyTablet is a TV focused Android tablet with access to the Google Play Store. (Source: Virgin Media)

Virgin Media releases TellyTablet and 4K-capable V6 Box

Virgin Media has announced two new products in the UK, the TellyTablet and V6 Box. Both devices will run Virgin's TV services, including their updated TV Anywhere and TV kids apps.
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Cyber Monday 2016: Amazon, eBay & Walmart are the U.S. top retailers

Cyber Monday 2016: Amazon, eBay & Walmart are the U.S. top retailers

Cyber Monday 2016 hits $2.67 Billion in desktop online sales to rank as top U.S. online spending day in history. Holiday weekend buying was up 15 percent. 5-day Thanksgiving-Cyber Monday Period with strong growth rate of 17 % (YoY).
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Lenovo Moto Z modular Android handset might get a Tango 3D camera module

Lenovo Moto Z expected to get a Tango 3D camera

Since Lenovo already has a Tango 3D-capable handset on the market, seeing a Moto Mod capable of offering augmented reality to the Moto Z would not be a surprise. However, remains to see when will it happen.
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Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, Pebble might soon join Fitbit

Fitbit might buy Pebble

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Fitbit is close to signing a deal to acquire the troubled wearable maker and, unfortunately, it looks like the Pebble brand will disappear.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units still in the wild will not be allowed to connect to mobile networks

Samsung to cut network access for the Note 7 units still in the wild

Although Samsung has decided to take back all Note 7 phablets sold and destroy them due to the notorious battery problems, there are still a few lurking around. To be sure no units remain in use, the company now works with carriers to cut network access to these last Note 7 users.
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Nvidia: GeForce GTX 1050 for Laptops to be released on CES 2017

Nvidia: GeForce GTX 1050 for Laptops to be released on CES 2017

While the GPUs of the Pascal generation are already available in many high-end gaming notebooks, the middle-class of the new GPU generation is still missing. According to DigiTimes, this will change in January with the release of the GeForce GTX 1050.
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Nov 30
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
The malware can gain root access on Android phones, exposing the entire device to the hackers. (Source: Android Recovery Mode Screen)

Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts

Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
MSI CX72-7QLi581 Notebook Review

77% MSI CX72-7QLi581 Notebook Review

All-rounder. The CX72 is a 17.3-inch notebook destined to sit on the home-office table. The laptop has low heat and noise emissions and a powerful Kaby Lake processor, but the display is lacking. We will find out more about this model in our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
Face Off: HP Omen 17 vs. Aorus X7 DT v6 vs. EVGA SC17

Face Off: HP Omen 17 vs. Aorus X7 DT v6 vs. EVGA SC17

Portable powerhouse. The Aorus X7 DT v6 is one of the thinnest notebooks available with the GTX 1080. What benefits will users get from its $3100 USD asking price compared to the $2800 USD EVGA SC17 or $1700 USD HP Omen 17?
Meizu M3X Android smartphone with MediaTek Helio P20 processor and 3 GB RAM

Meizu M3X now up for pre-order

This new Android handset is powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 processor, also featuring 3/4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB internal storage, dual-SIM support, a fingerprint scanner, and more. In China, it will hit the market for $247 USD or $290 USD, depending on the variant.
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The Meizu PRO 6 Plus, powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890, is now available in China. (Source: Meizu)

Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC

Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
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"reMarkable" e-ink tablet with full stylus support available for pre-order

Something of a cross between a Kindle and a Wacom tablet, the reMarkable tablet seeks to replace your trusty pen and paper for reading, writing, and sketching.
CyanogenMod logo, Cyanogen Inc. to close its Seattle office and lay off staff

Cyanogen might shut down Seattle office

Although this has not been confirmed yet, it seems like Cyanogen is currently planning to close its Seattle office by the end of the year, laying off some employees in the process as well.
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Coolpad Note 3S Android smartphone with Snapdragon 415 and 3 GB RAM

Coolpad launches Note 3S and Mega 3 smartphones

Both smartphones target the low-cost area of the market, come with a 5.5-inch display, run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Cool UI 8.0 on top, and will go on sale in India via Amazon on December 7.
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Samsung Gear S3 BALR. special edition smartwatch launching in Netherlands December 2016

Netherlands-exclusive Gear S3 BALR. edition coming this Friday

More than a year after the Gear S2 BALR. special edition smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3 gets the BALR. treatment as well. The new BALR.-customized Gear smartwatch has a price tag of €499 EUR.
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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Android smartphone now available in the US

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime now available in the US

This 5.5-inch metal-clad Android smartphone already arrived in India and the Philippines, and now the time has come for the US market. The Exynos 7870 Octa-driven handset can be acquired via Amazon for $295.97 USD.
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Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone gets Nougat update

Sony Xperia X Performance gets Android Nougat

Not long after the first LG G5 and HTC 10 flagships received Android 7.0 in the US, the Sony Xperia X Performance joins them. The new firmware rolls out to both the single- and dual-SIM variants of this handset.
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The FourGee 1160/6401 will cost between $15-20. (Source: Altair)

Raspberry Pi 3 gets LTE thanks to Altair chipset

The popular Raspberry Pi 3 board computer will soon be LTE-capable with a new communications chipset from Altair.
Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016) Android smartphone now available in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy On7 hits South Korea

After making its debut in China, this 5.5-inch Android handset comes to South Korea. Powered by Marshmallow out of the box, it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
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HTC and Valve seek to reduce Vive cost with simplified base stations. (Source: HTC Vive)

HTC and Valve seek to reduce Vive cost with simplified base stations

The prohibitively high cost of entry for the Vive experience may drop to $665 from $800 in the near future, according to a report.
Nearly 1 million Germans offline last weekend due to hack attempt

Nearly 1 million Germans offline last weekend due to hack attempt

Regional attack by Mirai botnet knocks 900,000 Germans offline.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

Live Review // The better 13-inch Pro? The MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar is Apple's new 13-inch flagship model. Besides the obvious OLED display above the keyboard, however, there are more differences compared to the entry-level model with function keys. Is it worth the $300 premium?
Update 12/02: Battery runtime load, input devices, color gamut
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Nov 29
The internal hard drive is the only major component that can be replaced by the end user. (Source: iFixIt)

Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability

Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
Will Qualcomm release the Snapdragon 830 as a scaled down version of the Snapdragon 835?

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 might come after all

When Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 835 recently, it was widely expected that this would be their flagship processor for 2017. However, according to new rumors out of China, Qualcomm might also release the Snapdragon 830 just a few months after the Snapdragon 835 as a slightly scaled down version.
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