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

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook 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?
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Dec 6
VR and AR products are seeing weaker sales than analysts predicted. (Source: HTCVIVE)

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.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

83% Chuwi Hi10 Pro Tablet Review

1-with-2. Android or Windows? Users of the Chuwi Hi10 Pro don't have to make that decision, since the Chinese hybrid tablet comes with both operating systems preinstalled. If the tablet is worth buying is the subject of our review.
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) | 10.1" | 562 g
The technology might show up in Huawei phones as early as 2017. (Source: 2017)

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.
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Dec 5
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Smartphone Review

83% Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Smartphone Review

Tango for the masses. The first consumer Tango smartphone is a bit larger than expected and doesn't always work perfectly, but it is thankfully wrapped in a solid and potent design.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976 | Qualcomm Adreno 510 | 6.4" | 259 g
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) Android phablet gets Nougat update

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.
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CrossOver allows Windows apps to be run through Android. Wine may soon add the feature to their software. (Source: Liliputing)

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.
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Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12, Air 11 and Air 13

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12, Air 11 and Air 13

Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update December 2016
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Leap Motion is developing a new input sensor that will track users hand motion in a VR experience. (Source: Leap Motion)

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.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Android smartphone gets CyanogenMod 14.1 support in December 2016

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.
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Samsung 3D V-NAND memory chips, Samsung leading the NAND memory market

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.
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Intel's NUCs (Next Unit of Computing) are basic desktop computers in compact form factors. (Source: Intel)

Intel releases complete specs for new Apollo Lake NUC

Intel's new Apollo Lake NUC (NUC6CAYH) will have a 10W Celeron CPU, 2 memory slots, dual integrated mics for voice recognition, a 2.5" SATA drive bay, 4 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an infrared receiver; all in a compact 4" x 4" package.
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Desktop PCs continue to outsell smartphones and tablets in the business sector

Desktop PCs continue to outpace smartphones and tablets in the business sector

More than half of surveyed business users rely on their personal smartphones for work as companies would rather give out desktop PCs than handheld devices.
Bluboo Edge Android smartphone AnTuTu benchmark score

Bluboo Edge scores 28,689 points in AnTuTu

This Chinese mid-ranger comes with a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint reader located on the front, while its dual-curved design with an extra-narrow bezel, next to the shiny back case and the competitive performance level make it an attractive choice.
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The complete recall of the Note 7 has cost Samsung billions of US$ in damages. (Source: Mike Mozart)

Note 7 design "unsalvageable" due to battery compression: QC engineering firm

A 3rd party QC engineering firm, Instrumental, believes that putting a larger battery into the Note 7 at the cost of safety resulted in the Note 7's battery fires.
5G has speed and flexibility far beyond 4G, but it will need it to keep as more and more devices communicate on 5G bands. (Source: Reuters)

LG develops faster, more efficient radio technology for 5G

LG has trialed a faster, more efficient 80 MHz wideband radio technology that allows uploading and downloading on the same frequency.
Dec 4
Chrome 55 defaults to HTML on the desktop and introduces offline features on Android.

Google Chrome 55 stops Flash on PCs and introduces offline features on Android

Google is continuing to kill Adobe Flash on Windows, macOS and Linux by defaulting to HTML5 on the new version of Chrome rolling out to desktops already. An update for Chrome on Android will allow users to download websites for offline viewing.
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The Elephone Max will come with a 6 inch display and dual-camera on the back.

Elephone teases the Max, a six inch phablet with dual-cam

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone has started teasing the Elephone Max, a six inch phablet with a dual-cam on the back. It is expected to be released with Android 7 upon release.
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The Lenovo ZUK Edge might be one of the cheapest smartphones with Snapdragon 821.

The Lenovo ZUK Edge could become one of the cheapest phones with SD 821

The ZUK Edge by Lenovo could turn out to be one of the cheapest smartphones with a Snapdragon 821 processor, according to a new leak revealing that Lenovo is planning to price the new phone at just $392.
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Hisense is preparing to release a midrange Android phone with a second e-ink display on the back.

Hisense to release the A2 Android phone with second e-ink display soon

Chinese tech company Hisense is preparing to release a midrange smartphone integrating a second e-ink display on the back. The concept is not new, the Russian Yotaphone 2 did not succeed due to high costs.
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HP 15-ay116ng Notebook Review

78% HP 15-ay116ng Notebook Review

Surprisingly good. The HP 15-ay116ng costs 500 Euros (~$532) - a lot of money for a simple office notebook. But the laptop has a lot to offer: a Kaby Lake processor, a Full HD display and an SSD. Added to this is very good battery life and low operating noise.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2 kg
The 4TB 850 PRO should offer better performance and reliability than the existing 4 TB 850 EVO. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung to release 4 TB 850 PRO SSD at CES 2017

Samsung has announced the release of a 4 TB 850 PRO SSD for January 2017.
Experts believe there will be a component shortage for flexible OLED panels in 2017 and beyond. (Source: LG)

Afraid of Apple hogging all the OLED screens, top China vendors cooperate to establish new supply chain

Chinese smartphone vendors Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and BBK are working together with Royole, specialist in thin, flexible panels, to secure a new OLED supply chain.
Workers at a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. (Source: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Senior Foxconn manager indicted for allegedly stealing 5700 iPhones

A former Foxxconn manager has been indicted by Taiwanese prosecutors for the alleged theft of 5700 iPhone 5 and 5s from 2013-2014. The phones were sold in China for a haul of over US$1.5 million.
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Dec 3
There might not be a dual-cam on the Galaxy S8, a new rumors suggests.

Samsung Galaxy S8: No dual-cam but autofocus at the front?

Contrary to previous rumors, the next Galaxy S generation might not feature a dual-cam after all, a rumor from China suggests. Instead, we might see an autofocus lens at the front for better selfies.
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The BlackBerry Mercury QWERTY device might be released early next year.

Could these be real life pictures of the next BlackBerry QWERTY device?

We already received confirmation, that BlackBerry will release another phone with QWERTY keyboard soon but now we might have gotten our hands on real life pictures of that device. Take a look!
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New rumors suggest that the successor to the Surface Pro 4 will receive welcome enhancements.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumors: Thunderbolt 3, Kaby Lake and more

New rumors suggest, that the successor to the Surface Pro 4 might come with Thunderbolt 3 port, more storage, Kaby Lake processors and possibly an integrated fingerprint sensor. It might be released as early as Spring 2017.
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Acer Aspire ES1-332-P91H Notebook Review

79% Acer Aspire ES1-332-P91H Notebook Review

Cheap 13.3-inch laptop Acer's 13.3-inch laptop delivers good battery runtimes, a decent keyboard, and a matte display. Intel's new Apollo Lake platform makes for a significant performance gain when compared to the predecessor platform. Pro: The small computer features a maintenance hatch.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

December 2016 update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
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Soon you will be able to playback UHD blu-rays on regular PCs.

Cyberlink: PowerDVD is now certified for UHD-Blu-ray playback

Cyberlink's popular DVD and Blu-ray disc player PowerDVD is the first software player that received UHD- Blu-ray playback certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association. An update enabling this feature is expected to be released next year.
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HP ProBook 470 G4 Notebook Review

86% HP ProBook 470 G4 Notebook Review

Business giant17-inch laptops are rare in the business sector. Thus, it is all the more pleasing that HP offers a particularly well-conceived model in its portfolio in the form of HP ProBook 470 G4. Our report reveals why it does not have any serious competition.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 930MX | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
 

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.

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