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Jan 20
Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy

Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy

This acquisition allows Buzzvil to deliver 4 billion ad impressions each month, but also "to diversify its geographic footprint while bringing on a world-class team" at the same time.
Nokia 18.4-inch tablet specs on GFXBench, might show up at MWC 2017

Nokia's 18.4-inch tablet hits GFXBench

This huge tablet promises to be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy View, the benchmark database revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, all with Android Nougat on top.
Asus ZenFone 3 Android handsets to get successors unveiled in May

Asus ZenFone 4 might launch in May

Although Asus failed to ship as many ZenFone units as anticipated last year, stopping at the 17.5 million barrier, the company aims to sell 20 million units in 2017. The next-gen ZenFone is rumored to show up in May, claim insiders familiar with the matter.
Vivo V5 Plus Android smartphone with frontal dual-camera setup for best selfies

Vivo V5 Plus also heading for Malaysia

Already confirmed to launch in India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, this unique Android smartphone with dual cameras for selfies will also reach Malaysia, but the prices have not been announced yet.
Apple is rumored to be working with wireless charging tech startup Energous. (Source: Apple Insider)

iPhone 8 will support wireless charging, reports say

"Industry sources" have provided further confirmation that Apple's next flagship will allow for wireless charging, though it remains to be seen how the company will implement the feature.
New Samsung Flip Cover patent with E-Ink display

Samsung's Flip Cover to come with an e-ink display

Next to its foldable devices, Samsung seems to be working on a new Flip Cover. As revealed by a patent recently filed in Korea, Samsung plans to add an e-ink display to the next-gen cover for its flagships.
Asus says the UX430 fits a 14-inch laptop into a 13-inch's footprint. (Source: Asus)

Asus unveils UX430 and UX530 ultra-thin notebooks with dedicated graphics

Today Asus unveiled new UX430 and UX530 ZenBooks. The thinnest ZenBooks ever to have dedicated graphics, both pack U-series Kaby Lake chips and Nvidia Maxwell GPUs.
LG Gram 14 Windows 10 ultrabook to get e-book support via upcoming software update

Latest Windows 10 build offers support for e-books

The new Insider test build does not include the new "My People" feature that surfaced in October and was supposed to be included now, but it is important to see that e-book support is coming to Windows 10.
LG Music Flow gets updated with Google Home and multi-room support

LG Music Flow to get Google Home and multi-room support

LG's music streaming system arrived back in 2015, and now it is a few weeks away from a Google Cast update that promises to bring both Google Home support and multi-room capabilities. For now, the update is still being tested but should arrive by the end of February.
The S7 and S7 Edge can run at HD, FHD, or QHD resolutions. (Source: SlashGear)

Galaxy S7/Edge gets Android 7.0, defaults to lower resolution

Samsung has updated its S7 and S7 Edge handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat. As part of the update, the resolution is downscaled to 1080p.
HP ProBook 440 G4 (Core i7, Full-HD) Notebook Review

84% HP ProBook 440 G4 (Core i7, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Bad display. HP's 14-inch business laptop also gets the Kaby Lake update. Similar to the larger 15-inch sibling, however, we are not convinced by the display.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 930MX | 14" | 1.7 kg
Jan 19
The IPC3 is a ruggedized mini-PC with a passive cooling system. (Source: Fit PC)

The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7

The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.
Samsung Glaaxy J7 (2017) FCC compliance certificate

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) passes FCC testing

Not long after showing up on Geekbench, the Galaxy phone with model number SM-J727 arrives at FCC. This handset is most likely the long-awaited Galaxy J7 (2017), a smartphone that still has to be announced by Samsung.
Fire Emblem Heroes will be Nintendo's second release on smartphone platforms. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone now available in India

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hits India

The successor of the Redmi Note 3 comes to India in three variants, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, featuring 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space and between 2 GB and 4 GB memory. The starting price is around $150 USD.
Will the new notebook be light enough to surpass the competition? (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi is launching a notebook with magnesium-lithium chassis

Not content with the weight of the Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi intends to outdo its previous effort with an even lighter material, but magnesium-lithium doesn't come cheap.
Sources say that the 9.7-inch model will represent up to 60% of total iPad shipments this year. (Source: Phone Arena)

Apple has three new tablets coming in latter half of 2017

The new tablets are still in the planning phase and aren't expected to release until the latter half of 2017. Still no word on the fate of the iPad Mini, however.
Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone with 4G now gets WiFi calling via software update

Samsung Z2 gets WiFi calling

Samsung has just added WiFi calling to the features of this first 4G LTE Tizen handset via a software update. The 50 MB firmware also comes with improved Panic mode and updated security.
Acer Swift 5 SF514-51-59AV Notebook Review

84% Acer Swift 5 SF514-51-59AV Notebook Review

Elegant companion. Acer combines the most important elements of a subnotebook and calls the result Swift 5. The noble yet already familiar design is particularly impressive.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
LG G6 launch invite February 26 in Barcelona

MWC 2017 | LG G6 to be unveiled on February 26

Just as rumored, the next-gen LG flagship launches in time for MWC, but everything is official now. The launch event has been scheduled for February 26, in Barcelona, one day before the popular trade show for the mobile industry opens its gates.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet to get Nougat soon

Samsung reveals list of devices in line for Nougat

In addition to the Galaxy S7 lineup that has just received Android 7.0, Samsung plans to deliver this update to a pretty long list of devices, including the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 5, and a few others. The list is not final, so more Samsung products could get the update in the second half of 2017.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone has sold the first batch in just one minute

First Nokia 6 batch sold out in one minute

Available via a flash sale, the first Nokia 6 batch disappeared no less than 60 seconds. However, HMD Global did not reveal how many units were part if this first lot, but this achievement looks impressive nevertheless.
HP Omen 17 Core i5 GTX 1060 Gaming laptop for 1300. 82% icon

HP Omen 17 Core i5 GTX 1060 Gaming laptop for 1300. 82% score.

The HP Omen 17 Core with Core i5 and GTX 1060 is a lot cheaper than the high-end model but it still handles games with Full HD resolution and high settings extremely well. The Full HD IPS screen is good as is the keyboard. Watch our detailed review video and read the full review, with all performanc...
Twitter's Fabric joins Google

Google acquires Twitter's Fabric

Twitter's mobile app developer platform joins Google, who also gets the Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login, as well as the FastLance development automation system.
Motorola Moto Z by Lenovo modular Android smartphone gets Nougat later this month

Android Nougat coming to unlocked Moto Z handsets next month

While Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid on Verizon got updated to Nougat back in mid-November, the unlocked Moto Z will finally get the latest Android version next month, reveals a Motorola spokesperson.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone to get multiple successors by the end of 2017

Nokia P1 might be unveiled next month

After Nokia 6 has been unveiled back at CES, we heard about two more upcoming handsets from this iconic brand - Nokia E1 and Nokia 8. Now, the time has come for the 5.3-inch Nokia P1 flagship with many top-of-the-line specs, including the Snapdragon 835 processor and a 23 MP main camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
Laputan machine: The legal code should eventually include

EU Legal affairs committee suggests rules for robots—including rights and kill switches

The European Union's Legal Affairs Committee has recommended that the EU begin drafting rules for issues of robot rights, including autonomous cars, a definition for "electronic persons", issues of liability, and even kill switches.
Apple AirPods are the best selling wireless headphones in the US

Apple AirPods are the best selling wireless headphones in the US

Apple instantly knocked back Beats and Bose out of their top positions in terms of online sales revenue with the launch of the AirPods.
The Xperia XA successor makes the same stylistic choices that set it apart from the competition. (Source: ePrice)

More images of Sony Xperia XA successor discovered

More hints at Sony's successor to the Xperia XA are gradually emerging, but questions remain regarding the actual hardware inside the device.
Seamless UI scaling between phones, tablets, Xbox, and full-sized computers is the goal. (Source: Windows Central)

Windows 10 shell update will help close the gap between Windows PCs and phones

Microsoft is allegedly planning on integrating the Windows 10 UIs for PC, mobile, Xbox, and convertibles into one "Composable Shell", allowing for a truly universal Windows OS.
Jan 18
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet hits FCC on its way to the US market

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro hits FCC

The international variant of this massive 6-inch Android handset has been spotted on FCC, not long after the model number SM-C900F surfaced on the WiFi Alliance website as well.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet/Shield Tablet K1 gets Android Nougat update in a few weeks

Nvidia Shield Tablet to get Android Nougat soon

NVIDIA has just confirmed that both the Shield Tablet and its improved sibling simply known as Shield Tablet K1 will receive the long-awaited Android 7.0 software update "in a few weeks."
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.

The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Android smartphone/phablet, Chinese brands dominate the Indian market

Chinese brands now in control of India's smartphone market

Samsung and local brand Micromax are losing ground in their battle against Chinese brands, who managed an impressive jump from 19 percent a year ago all the way up to more than half of this $10 billion smartphone market.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Android smartphone/phablet to receive Nougat update

Sony Xperia Z5 lineup gets Android Nougat

This new firmware update comes with all the Android 7.0 goodies, as well as a new Xperia Home launcher that is "smarter and more personal" and also fully integrates Google Now.
Fujitsu ARROWS Tab V567/P Windows 10 Pro tablet coming soon to Japan

Fujitsu working on a 6-inch Windows 10 Pro device

The 6-inch phablet/tablet will launch as "ARROWS Tab V567/P," but will only be available in Japanese. Its technical specs are not public yet, but considering the price around $1,300 USD, a high-end Intel processor would not be a surprise.
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.
LG Aristo Android smartphone with 4G VoLTE and Nougat preinstalled

LG Aristo hits T-Mobile and MetroPCS next week

Although it can be purchased right away for just $144 USD, this Snapdragon 425-driven, 5-inch handset comes with a 13 MP main camera, 16 GB internal storage, 4G VoLTE, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
OnePlus 3 Android smartphone now gets OxygenOS 4.0.2 update

OxygenOS 4.0.2 rolls out

As promised earlier this month, the new OxygenOS update comes to solve the Google Play store app download issue encountered by OxygenOS 4.0.1 users. The new firmware is compatible with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T handsets.
Lava Pixel V1 Android One smartphone might reach the US market

Android One handsets might reach the US market

Initially introduced to allow low-cost handsets to retail loaded with stock Android and to receive updates coming directly from Google, the Android One initiative only targeted emerging markets so far, but the US might be added to the list by mid-2017 as well.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737T and

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace launches in India

This handset comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box, featuring a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1.5 GB RAM, a 5-inch qHD display, 4G VoLTE support, and a 2,600 mAh battery, all for a price of roughly $125 USD.
The business-oriented U937/P is made from a magnesium alloy. (Source: Impress)

Fujitsu unveils 1.7-pound 13-inch notebook

Fujitsu has revealed two of the world's lightest 13-inch laptops at a launch event in Japan. The UH75/B1 weighs a scant 1.72 lbs while the U937/P weighs 1.87 lbs. The base units come with a small 25 Wh battery to reduce weight, but a 50 Wh battery is available, which will make the unit weigh just over 2 lbs.
Simplygon indie license shipping with Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft buys Simplygon

Microsoft acquires Simplygon

The new acquisition is a developer of automatic 3D data optimization solutions headquartered in Sweden that has been founded back in 2006. Microsoft aims to accelerate its 3D For Everyone vision and strategy with the help of the Simplygon team.
ZTE Hawkeye specs now officially confirmed - Snapdragon 625,

ZTE reveals final Hawkeye specs

This crowdsourced smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual cameras on the back, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
While the NexDock is designed with the Compute Card in mind, it will also retain compatibility with smartphones and other mini-PCs. (Source: NexDock)

Intel Compute Card already tapped for use in modular convertible PC

NexDock is working on a 2017 version of their laptop-shell device dock. While the previous version was had a laptop form factor and supported Windows 10 smartphones and Raspberry Pis, the update is a Surface-like convertible that specifically caters to the Intel Compute Card.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Notebooks

January 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$834) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Samsung foldable phone concept, Nokia could launch similar products pretty soon

Nokia might be working on foldable devices

Nokia seems to be back in the game on all fronts, including the apparently next big thing in the industry, namely foldable devices. At MWC, the company is expected to unveil quite a few new products and prototypes, including virtual reality devices, smart wearables, and more.
Polar M600 Android Wear smartwatch with GPS and music streaming to get Android Wear 2.0 update

Android Wear 2.0 expected to arrive on February 9

The next iteration of Google's operating system for wearables is apparently scheduled to arrive in early February, Evan Blass now confirming previous rumors and leaks. The list of supported devices is said to consist of only 18 items at launch.

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