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Jan 13
Android 7 update finally coming to Galaxy S7 Edge on January 17

Android 7 update finally coming to Galaxy S7 Edge on January 17

At least for European users, the Galaxy S7 Edge should be getting its official Android Nougat update within the next few days.
Increased dependence on Smartphones for basic computing has disrupted the PC industry. (Source: T-Mobile)

PC shipments down again: Gartner

Research firm Gartner says that the PC market has declined for the 5th straight year, with 2016 ultimately showing a 6.2 percent year-on-year decline. The PC market is continuing to stagnate while the phone market continues to grow.
Nvidia: New Quadro-GPUs for mobile workstations introduced

Nvidia: New Quadro-GPUs for mobile workstations introduced

After the CES has ended, Nvidia has announced the newest mobile workstation GPUs. The new Quadro-GPUs will be used in upcoming workstations, unfortunately, not all of them are based on Pascal.
Jan 12
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged Android tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8550 SoC

Panasonic launches Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged tablet

Expected to arrive back in July in Europe, this 10.1-inch Android Marshmallow-driven tablet is now available for purchase in the US. It uses the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor and has a list price of $2,189 USD.
Mintbox Mini Pro mini desktop PC with Linux Mint preinstalled and AMD hardware

MintBox Mini Pro mini desktop PC with Linux now available

This compact desktop PC has a fanless design, using a low-power AMD Mullins chip, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD storage, and running Linux Mint 18 out of the box. Announced back in September, it can finally be acquired for $395 USD via Amazon.
The Toughpad FZ-Q2 can dock to a separate backlit keyboard and features a rugged design. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet

The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone, Xiaomi hopes for $14 billion revenue in 2017

Xiaomi aims for $14 billion revenue this year but stops disclosing sales figures

With more than 50 million connected devices as part of its ecosystem and over $1 billion annual revenue in India for the first time in 2016, the Chinese brand targets a total income of no less than $14 billion this year.
The U Play is HTC's newest mid-range smartphone. (Source: Droid Life)

HTC announces U Play

The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
Foldable touchscreen display prototype by Samsung, consumer products coming in 2018

Foldable Galaxy X handset might arrive in 2018

Although the first foldable smartphones were rumored to show up last year and some recent rumors claimed that both LG and Samsung would launch such devices in 2017, but it looks like at least Samsung will not have such a product on the market before 2018.
Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (Core i5, GeForce 940MX) Notebook Review

85% Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (Core i5, GeForce 940MX) Notebook Review

Small Update, Big Impact? The ThinkPad E470 is the latest addition to the popular Lenovo business series. This entry-level model of the E-series uses a 7th generation Intel Core processor and promises more performance and battery life. All of this for an attractive price. Is the quality still up to par?
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.9 kg
HTC U Ultra Android phablet with glass front/back and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor

HTC U Ultra now official

This new 5.7-inch handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB storage. It comes with Android Nougat, has a price of $749 USD, and shipments start in March.
MSI GT72VR 7RE Kaby Lake Review and tests (2017 Gaming laptop)play icon

MSI GT72VR 7RE Kaby Lake Review and tests (2017 Gaming laptop)

MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro review and test by Notebookcheck. We gave this gaming laptop a score of 86% and were impressed with the overall processing and graphics power. The 120 Hz G-Sync capable screen is good and you can easily access the SSD, HDD, WiFi and memory from the rear. There are plent...
Google Android 5.0 Lollipop remains the most popular version as of January 2017

Lollipop remains the most popular Android version

Although Nougat has been around for a while, its usage continues to struggle below 1 percent. Lollipop leads the market with over 33 percent, closely followed by Marshmallow, with nearly 30 percent.

NVIDIA Quadro P3000

1280 Pascal cores @ 1088MHz, 192 Bit GDDR5 @ 7008MHz

NVIDIA Quadro P4000

1792 Pascal cores @ 1202MHz, 256 Bit GDDR5 @ 6006MHz

NVIDIA Quadro P5000

2048 Pascal cores @ 1164MHz, 256 Bit GDDR5 @ 6006MHz
Android Wear smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 coming in February 2017

Android Wear 2.0 coming in February

After being mentioned a few times by Google, also having to face a few delays, Android Wear 2.0 is now finally on its way for a February launch, according to an email sent to developers.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Android smartphone at TENAA

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X hits TENAA

This handset looks like the Redmi Note 4, but comes with more memory and storage, a MediaTek Helio X20 SoC, 13 MP main camera, as well as a generous 4,100 mAh battery. Its launch date is not official yet, but since it reached TENAA, we expect it to arrive by the end of the month.
LG G6 Android flagship leak, launch scheduled to take place at MWC

MWC 2017 | LG G6 confirmed to arrive at MWC

A LG spokesman has confirmed the launch of this waterproof, non-modular flagship with a big screen and a small body. Besides, a new teaser reveals some attributes of the handset that would arrive next month.
The long-awaited update to the award-winning XPS 15 9550 is available for order on Dell's website now and will begin shipping in 2-3 weeks. (Source: Dell)

Dell's refreshed XPS 15 9560 with GTX 1050 and fingerprint scanner now up for order

The Dell XPS 15 9560, the much-awaited update to the XPS 15 9550, is finally up for order through Dell. The 9560 update brings Kaby Lake CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, fingerprint scanning, and Windows Hello support to everyone's favorite thin-and-light desktop replacement laptop.
Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

The trend towards OLED is ramping up with Sharp, JDI, LG, Foxconn, and SDP all devoting more resources to large-scale OLED manufacturing.
MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro Notebook Review

86% MSI GT72VR 7RE Dominator Pro Notebook Review

Gaming machine. MSI's GT72VR 7RE is a powerful 17.3-inch gaming notebook that handles modern games smoothly on the matte Full HD screen. The new Kaby Lake quad-core also leaves a good initial impression. Positive: The noise development is pretty restrained, despite the powerful hardware.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.8 kg
Jan 11
Google Chrome web browser leading the market as of January 2017

Chrome is the most popular web browser

Less than a decade since its arrival, Google Chrome leads the market with an impressive 44 percent share, followed by Safari with around 25 percent. Internet Explorer only gets third place, with less than 16 percent.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone coming to India next month

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 coming to India next week

According to an invite recently sent by Xiaomi to local media outlets, the successor of the Redmi Note 3 launches in India on January 19. Although it arrived in China with a MediaTek Helio X20 on board, the Redmi Note 4 is expected to hit India with a Snapdragon processor inside.
The LG V20 Pro is smaller than the V20 but comes in a waterproof shell.

CES 2017 | LG V20 Pro: Hands-on of the waterproof little brother of the LG V20

The smaller brother of the LG V20 was displayed at CES 2017 and got the hands-on treatment. Contrary to the big one, the 5.2 inch V20 Pro is waterproof. However, it was only released in Japan so far.
LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet goes on sale via Target

LeEco Le S3 and Le Pro3 hit Target's website

As previously announced, these two unlocked Android handsets are now up for sale via Target. Le S3 has a $249.99 USD price tag, while the more powerful Le Pro3 can be acquired for $399.99 USD.
HTC's launch event will be live streamed tomorrow at 11 am EST / 10 am CST / 9 am MT / 8 am PT.

HTC will live stream tomorrow's launch event on Youtube

Contrary to most other tech companies, HTC has not unveiled major new products at CES 2017. Instead, they will reveal something for U tomorrow during a launch event that will be live streamed on Youtube.
Lenovo Moto G5 Plus photos and specifications leak

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus photos and specifications leak

Online seller leaks the upcoming Moto G5 Plus with a mainstream Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and 5.5-inch 1080p display.
HTC revenue for 2016 almost halved from the previous year

HTC revenue for 2016 almost halved from the previous year

While Huawei recently reported a successful year, HTC has been less fortunate with revenue falling sharply from 3.6 billion Euros in 2015 to just 2.3 billion Euros in 2016.
OnePlus 3T now available in Soft Gold color option

OnePlus 3T now available in Soft Gold color option

The gold option will not cost buyers any more than the existing gray color at 439 Euros.
Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?

Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?

Android N has been trickling out to flagship smartphones for a few months now, but Chromebooks may be the next devices in line to receive the update. Android 7.1 promises to bring better Android app management for Chrome OS.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Android smartphone leaked images via MyDrivers

Xiaomi Mi 6 leaks online

The popular Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to get a successor with 4 GB RAM and a flat display soon, but the leaked information also mentions a Mi 6 Pro variant next to the regular Mi 6. This one is expected to have 6 GB RAM and a curved display.
The image of Meizu's invite to the Jan. 27th event that circulated Weibo. (Source: Playfuldroid)

Meizu sets January 27 date for major announcement likely showcasing M5s

A leak in December revealed Meizu's 2017 smartphone launch roadmap, indicating that the company would release the M5s in February. Many expect the M5s to be the focus of the January 27th event.
Lenovo P2 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 goes on sale in India via Flipkart

Lenovo P2 hits India via Flipkart

This 5.5-inch handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood and a 5,100 mAh was only available in China and a few other markets so far. India gets two versions via Flipkart, one with 3 GB RAM and the other with 4 GB, starting around $250 USD.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone China-exclusive might get a voice assistant soon

Nokia working on a voice assistant as well

Dubbed "Viki" for now, Nokia's voice assistant is expected to take on Siri, Cortana, Google Voice, and Samsung's upcoming Bixby/Kestra some day in the future. For now, there is only a recent trademark file and nothing more.
Samsung Galaxy S8 upcoming flagship unofficial render

Samsung hopes to ship 60 million Galaxy S8 units in 2017

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Samsung aims to ship no less than 60 million Galaxy S8 handsets by the end of 2017, higher than any of the flagships they ever released.
Windows 10 build 15002 changes to include blue light reduction and many other changes

Windows 10 build 15002 coming with big changes

This new major Insider Preview build comes with a massive list of fixes and tweaks, including advanced power settings for laptops and tablets, as well as a blue light reduction feature similar to the Night Light present in Android 7.1 Nougat.
The 2016 MacBook Pros have both faced criticism over sub-par battery life compared to previous models. (Source: Apple)

Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results

Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
The Precision 3520 Mobile Workstation is available now, while the others will become available over the next two months. (Source: Dell)

Dell now offers Ubuntu-based developer versions of new Precision workstations

Dell's 3520, 5520, 7520, and 5720 Precision Workstations will all have the option of shipping with Ubuntu 16.07 LTS. The 3520 is available now, while the others are coming over the next few months.
A leaked drawing of something resembling a Xiaomi Redmi Note. (Source: Gizchina)

Xiaomi may launch new Redmi Note in the US

Leaked details of a mysterious Redmi Note-like phone in an alleged FCC filing suggest that Xiaomi is finally ready to make a wider range of devices available for US consumers.
Jan 10

Users might still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge

Microsoft may have officially the free upgrade period months ago, but still seem to sponsor other free upgrade methods.
LG Stylo 3 Android phablet with MediaTek MT6750 processor

CES 2017 | LG intros Stylo 3 mid-range phablet

This handset is also known as Stylus 3 and has a 5.7-inch HD display, being powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, next to 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It should reach the US in the coming months.
Nvidia Geforce Now is your GTX 1080 in the cloud

CES 2017 | Nvidia Geforce Now is your GTX 1080 in the cloud

The advanced GTX 1060/1080-level game streaming service will cost significantly more than your PS Now or Netflix subscriptions when it launches in the US this March.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet hits India and other Asian markets

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro coming to India and other Asian countries

After spending a while exclusively on the Chinese market, this Snapdragon 653-powered phablet comes to India, where is expected to become available by the end of the month. Other countries in the area, including Thailand and Vietnam, will get it soon as well.
HP ProBook 600 G3 series coming with Kaby Lake and Radeon options

HP ProBook 600 G3 series coming with Kaby Lake and Radeon options

HP will be silently updating its affordable ProBook series with new Kaby Lake 14-inch and 15.6-inch SKUs. Prices and availability have yet to be announced.
HP Pavilion x360 13t-u100 Convertible Review

75% HP Pavilion x360 13t-u100 Convertible Review

Good, basically. HP’s Pavilion x360 line provides a relatively affordable entry into the convertible market for those disinterested in the frills of typical high-end Ultrabooks but still unwilling to spring for bargain-bin fare. Today’s model even features a solid-state drive and IPS screen. Is this the ideal middle ground?
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Amazon Fire Tablet Review

76% Amazon Fire Tablet Review

On Fire? Amazon's entry into their tablet ecosystem is inexpensive - in fact, very inexpensive. In Germany, the Fire Tablet (Late 2015) sells for 60 Euro (~$64) via Amazon's online store. What compromises the low-budget 7-inch tablet requires is the subject of our review.
Mediatek MT8127 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 7" | 313 g
LG's upcoming G6 may feature a unique 18:9 aspect ratio. (Source: LG)

LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels

The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby reference on official Samsung Pay webpage

Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby spotted online

Although it looks like this was not intended, Samsung might have just confirmed the Bixby voice assistant and the Pay Mini service, as both have been spotted on an official Samsung Pay beta page.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini 2GB Review

Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Mini 2GB Review

The entry point into the world of Pascal-based desktop GPUs is the GTX 1050. Equipped with only 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM, it primarily competes against the - only marginally more expensive - GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of RAM. Zotac's GeForce GTX 1050 Mini is a very compact graphics card without a fancy heatsink design.
Intel Core i7-4790K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) |
Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

Continuing its corporate acquisition spree, the leading smart wearable maker engulfs another competitor, namely Vector Watch. This European startup is behind a lineup of smartwatches that deliver a battery life of no less than 30 days.

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