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Sep 21
Android Pay gets updated with support for 44 new banks and credit unions

Android Pay gets updated in the US

Shortly after introducing loyalty card integration and support for Uber, this mobile payment system now gets support for 44 new banks and credit unions.
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The Mi Note 2 Pro version might have up to 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Pro: 8 GB of RAM, 2,6 Ghz processor and 256 GB of storage?

A leaked screenshot possibly revealed an updated Pro version of the alleged Xiaomi Mi Note 2-series. It might come with up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage and a faster 2.6 GHz processor. The question is: when will it be released?
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Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO NVMe SSDs available in in 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB variants

Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs coming next month

These two new drives offer capacities between 250 GB and 1 TB (960 EVO) and 2 TB (960 PRO), being expected to hit the market next month starting at $129.99 USD and $329.99 USD.
Four color options, big battery but no headphone jack or Micro-SD-Slot: The LeEco Pro 3.

LeEco Pro 3 is official: Big battery but some things are missing

Chinese media company LeEco today officially announced the Pro 3 smartphone. They did manage to pack an impressive 4.070 mAh battery into a 7.5 mm metal case but if you are looking for a headphone jack or a Micro-SD-slot look elsewhere.
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macOS Sierra free update now available for download

macOS Sierra now available for download

This major update brings Siri to Macs, also delivering improved sharing and optimization in iCloud, enhanced messages, Apple Watch unlocking for Macs, and more.
Microsoft:

Microsoft: "Get Windows 10" app will be deleted

Microsoft is going to disable and delete the GWX-app from all existing Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs. This comes two months after the free upgrade-offer for Windows 10 ended.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablet with safe batteries now available in the US

A large batch of safe Galaxy Note 7 units hits the US

Samsung announced that over 500,000 safe units arrived in the US, have been shipped to carrier and retail stores, and should be available for exchange starting today.
Huawei NOVA Plus Android smartphone coming to Canada mid-October 2016

Huawei NOVA Plus heading for Canada

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered 5.5-inch Android handset will hit Canada as early as October 18 via Rogers, Virgin Mobile, and Fido.
Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-14ISK (80TK003KGE) Notebook Review

84% Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-14ISK (80TK003KGE) Notebook Review

Silver companion! Lenovo presents another 14-inch lightweight that is furnished with a ULV processor and Intel Iris graphics. Its attempt to mingle in the premium range is not completely successful. Our in-depth report reveals why Lenovo's subnotebook fails and how the review sample fares in our demanding test course.
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 14.0" | 1.5 kg
Sep 20
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Lenovo Yoga Book convertible now available

Lenovo Yoga Book now up for pre-order

This 10.1-inch convertible with a Wacom digitizer instead of a keyboard starts at $500 USD, coming with Android or Windows. Shipments are expected to begin next month.
Moto E3 Power Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6735P and 2 GB RAM

Moto E3 Power unveiled in India

This 5-inch handset runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a MediaTek MT6735P processor, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storag, all for around $120 USD.
Eurocom Sky X7E2 17.3-inch Skylake gaming notebook gets 120 Hz QHD display option

Eurocom adds 120 Hz QHD display to Sky X7E2 & X9E2 gaming notebooks

The Sky X7E2 and Sky X9E2 fully upgradeable high-end gaming notebooks are the first ones in their category to receive a 120 Hz ultra high refresh rate QHD G-sync panel display option.
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Lenovo Miix 710: Refresh of the Surface-lookalike

Lenovo Miix 710: Refresh of the Surface-lookalike

Shortly after Lenovo unveiled the cheaper, more powerful Miix 510 the next entry to the Miix line of convertibles leaks: The Miix 710 is the successor to the Miix 700 convertible.
Pixel and Pixel XL: The new Google Phones might be more expensive than expected.

New Google Pixel Phones: They might not come cheap

Apart from new pictures and a leaked video, today's rumors about this year's Google Pixel Phones also mention pricing. Starting at $649 for the smaller Pixel, they might not be your cheapest option.
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The madeby.google.com website suggests that the Pixel Phones were made by Google.

Google officially teases Pixel Phones for October 4th

Now it's official: Google is teasing the arrival of their next generation Pixel Phones that will not be sold as Nexus Phones anymore. The #madebygoogle hashtag and website want to make us believe that these phones were made by Google but we all know who really manufactured them, don't we?
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Review

91% Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Review

Explosive combination. The Note is finally available in Europe again. The launch, however, is overshadowed by technical problems causing a world-wide recall. We still had a look at the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa | ARM Mali-T880 MP12 | 5.7" | 170 g
Sep 19
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.
Acer Aspire E5-574-53YZ Notebook Review

74% Acer Aspire E5-574-53YZ Notebook Review

Fade to white. Acer's entry-level E-series caters to users with more basic needs. The 15.6-inch notebook is a solid everyday performer held back by a less-than-stellar display panel and subpar battery life.
Intel Core i5-6267U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Acer Liquid Zest Plus Smartphone Review

82% Acer Liquid Zest Plus Smartphone Review

Battery behemoth. The Taiwanese manufacturer, Acer, touts its Liquid Zest Plus as an accessory for travels: A long battery life, and high-quality audio and camera quality are to make the mid-range handset the ideal travel companion. Find out in our test whether this is true.
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.5" | 175 g
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablet sales to resume at the end of the month

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sales to resume later this month

As the first replacement units for the recalled phablets begin to arrive, Samsung has already scheduled the comeback of the Galaxy Note 7. According to a spokesperson for the company, sales will resume on September 28 in South Korea and other markets, as long as conditions allow.
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Sony Xperia X Compact Android smartphone now up for pre-order via Amazon

Sony Xperia X Compact hits Amazon

Although it lacks water resistance and a high-end processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650-powered Xperia X Compact has a top-of-the-line 23 MP main camera and can be currently pre-ordered from Amazon for $449.99 USD (unlocked), $50 USD down from the regular price.
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Oracle acquires cloud access security broker Palerra to boost its cloud security offerings

Oracle acquires Palerra

Founded in 2013, Palerra will join Oracle to help them extend the Oracle Identity Cloud Service with an innovative Cloud Access Security Broker. However the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and until it closes, both companies will operate independently.
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Xiaomi is teasing a big

Xiaomi Mi 5S: Teasers point to the 27th of September as the release date

Xiaomi published a teaser this past weekend pointing to the 27th of September as the release date for its next top of the line smartphone flagship, the Mi 5S. As a pimped up successor to the popular Mi 5 it might feature ultrasonic fingerprint technology and a Snapdragon 821 processor. Plus we heard some other rumors about other Xiaomi smartphones.
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Is your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus making weird noises under heavy load?

Apple iPhone 7: Does yours also make hissing sounds under heavy load?

Early buyers report, that their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are making weird hissing sounds when the phone is under heavy load. The sound apparently originates from the back of the phone but not every iPhone 7 seems to suffer from that problem.
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Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA (GeForce 940MX GDDR5) Notebook Review

78% Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA (GeForce 940MX GDDR5) Notebook Review

Successful desktop replacement. Acer delivers a well-equipped, 17.3-inch all-rounder for the home desk in the form of the Aspire E5-774g. The GeForce 940MX alongside a GDDR5 memory renders many games smoothly on the matte Full HD screen. However, the buyer has to fork up almost 1000 Euros (~$1122) for the total package.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 17.3" | 3 kg
The haptic engine simulates a key press but only if the home button had skin contact.

Apple iPhone 7: The new Home button needs skin contact

The all new and improved Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be less than perfect on a cold day. It seems like it may need skin contact in order to work, according to a bunch of Twitter posts by early users.
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Going for an early morning swim? No problem with an Apple Watch series 2.

Apple's new iPhone 7 & Apple Watch promo videos focus on sports, water and low light

Apple released three new videos this weekend, promoting how an active lifestyle can be supported using iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple Watch Series 2.
HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle could be revealed on September 20th

HTC Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle could be revealed this coming September 20th

DigiTimes is reporting that the two HTC smartphones will be high-end and entry-level offerings with Snapdragon SoCs and fingerprint readers on each. Launch prices have not been confirmed.
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LeEco Pro 3 smartphone may come with 8 GB of RAM

LeEco Pro 3 smartphone may come with 8 GB of RAM

The next flagship from LeEco could be the first consumer smartphone with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB of storage, 5000 mAh battery, and dual cameras. The official teaser aims to take some attention away from Apple's iPhone 7 series.
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Apple iPhone 7 Plus Smartphone Review

89% Apple iPhone 7 Plus Smartphone Review

The second one features better zooming. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is showing off with two main cameras and a powerful processor. All of this is sitting inside a water and dust resistant case with two new colors. You also get stereo speakers, but the analog headphone jack has been removed.
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 5.5" | 188 g
Sep 18
Cube i9 CDK07 Docking Keyboard Review

80% Cube i9 CDK07 Docking Keyboard Review

Popular design. The CDK07 docking keyboard transforms the Cube i9 into a full-fledged convertible PC. The design of this dock is similar to that of the "Touch" cover from Microsoft. In this review, we will check how the docking keyboard fares in comparison to the Microsoft product and how good the Cube i9 is as a convertible PC.
Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 12.2" | 1.3 kg
Huawei Y6 II Compact Smartphone Review

79% Huawei Y6 II Compact Smartphone Review

Cheap Thrills. "Cheaper is always possible", Huawei thought, and it thus reduced the price of the lower mid-range with its Y6 II Compact. Is that enough for a convincing presentation?
Mediatek MT6735 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5.0" | 140 g
Apple iPhone 7 Smartphone Review

90% Apple iPhone 7 Smartphone Review

Now, it is also waterproof. The case of the new iPhone is now also protected against water and dust. There are also improvements in respect to the camera as well as the display, combined with a lot of performance. A headphone jack is, however, not available anymore. Sound output is now handled by the Lightning port instead.
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 4.7" | 138 g
Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 17ISK Notebook Review

81% Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 17ISK Notebook Review

A souped-up Y700. The higher-end Y900 feels unique with more features and better craftsmanship than its immediately Y700 predecessor. Unfortunately, its chiclet mechanical keyboard, loud pulsating fans, and high starting price leave a lot to be desired.
Intel Core i7-6820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M | 17.3" | 4.4 kg
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360 Notebook Review

76% HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360 Notebook Review

Keyboard fail. HP sends a 15-inch convertible from its x360 Pavilion lineup into the race. The competition has grown quite a bit in the past months - even if a high-rider is not among them, all opponents are at least relatively good. Can the Pavilion stand its ground with its inner values? Or will it fail thanks to its keyboard?
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK Subnotebook Review

82% Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK Subnotebook Review

Well-rounded package. The Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK is a nice 13.3-inch subnotebook, which offers a Full HD IPS screen, a Skylake processor and a backlit keyboard. However, the battery should last longer.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Sep 17
Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack

Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack

The user-made case is a heavily modified iPhone 6s case that connects to the Lightning port of the iPhone 7 for added functionality.
Sep 16
LG FORCE premium around-the-ear wireless Bluetooth headset

LG FORCE wireless Bluetooth headset now available

This new pair of around-the-ear wireless headset targets the sporty mobile consumers, being designed to work with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices on the market. This audio accessory features Qualcomm aptX audio coding and is sweat and water resistant, compliant with the IPX5 rating.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablet recall issued by CPSC

The CPSC officially announces the Note 7 recall

Two weeks after Samsung, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official recall of the Note 7 handsets sold locally as well. There are over 1 million units affected, including those sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and even Best Buy.
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Dell Inspiron 17 7778 Convertible Review

79% Dell Inspiron 17 7778 Convertible Review

Gigantic convertible. A 17-inch convertible? Why not? Anyone preferring the stationary use of Windows 10 in tablet mode should be absolutely happy with this somewhat unusual combination. However, the Inspiron also does a good job as a conventional office machine - only the keyboard could have been of a higher quality for this price.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 17.3" | 2.8 kg
Nexoc G734III (Clevo P670RS-G) Notebook Review

84% Nexoc G734III (Clevo P670RS-G) Notebook Review

Play with Pascal. Nexoc also upgrades to Nvidia's new Pascal architecture now and incorporates the GeForce GTX 1070 in a 17.3-inch notebook. High performance meets a high-end case and decent input devices. We were only bothered about the fans and the temperature increase.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.3 kg
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus availability very limited, jet black units already sold out

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and all jet black models, already sold out

Although Apple admitted that jet black iPhone 7 units are easier to scratch, and customers should use protective cases, these handsets are already out of stock. Even more, the silver, gold, rose gold, and black iPhone 7 handsets are only available in limited quantities for Apple retail stores' walk-in customers.
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HP ProBook 455 G4 notebook with AMD A-Series processor and up to 16 GB RAM

HP updates the mainstream ProBook 400 series

The updated ProBook mainstream notebooks from HP start at prices from $499 USD to $749 USD, offering screen sizes between 13.3 and 17.3 inches, various Intel Skylake processors, flexible internal storage options, and up to 16 GB of memory.
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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Android tablet gets Marshmallow update

Asus ZenPad S 8.0 receives Android Marshmallow

This 8-inch slate arrived on the market in June 2015, powered by a quad-core Intel Atom SoC and running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Although not available via OTA, an official Android Marshmallow update has been finally issued by Asus and can be downloaded from its website.
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Might be alone out there for some time: Asus ZenWatch 3. (Picture: Asus)

Smartwatches: Manufacturers will take a break

Many manufacturers will take a break from making smartwatches, meaning there will be no new models this year. Some are waiting for the latest version of Android Wear, some want to wait and see what people expect from a smartwatch.
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From now on, it will also be easier to pick a date and time for your event. (Picture: Microsoft)

Microsoft Outlook: New features for the calendar

Microsoft's app "Outlook" for iOS and Android will get new calendar features: Automatically created icons, maps in the event details and publicly available calendars that you can subscribe to. And there's even more...
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Schenker XMG U727 (Clevo P870DM3-G) Notebook Review

86% Schenker XMG U727 (Clevo P870DM3-G) Notebook Review

Challenging the desktop. Desktop PC performance without compromises is what Schenker Technologies wants to achieve with its most expensive gaming notebook the XMG U727. The 17-inch model is equipped with two high-end MXM GPUs as well as a socketed CPU. Nvidia’s brand-new Pascal architecture promises sufficient performance for 4K.
Intel Core i7-6700 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) | 17.3" | 5.5 kg
Sep 15
Dell Inspiron 17 convertible. The biggest! Our test results...play icon

Dell Inspiron 17 convertible. The biggest! Our test results...

Dell Inspiron 17 convertible. The biggest convertible on the market. In this video we'll give you a run-down of our tests results, a detailed overview...and our final test score. The full review link is below. This could be really interesting for students because it's got great battery life, a full...
Apple iPhone 7 dropped the traditional 3.5 mm jack

Samsung might remove the headphone jack soon as well

After the Cupertino-based company, the South Korean giant might become the next big name in the industry to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector from its handsets as well, although this decision was not well received by many Apple fans.
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Sony Xperia C4 Android smartphone gets Marshmallow update, Xperia C4 Dual gets Marshmallow update

Sony Xperia C4 and C4 Dual get Android Marshmallow

The two handsets now get firmware versions 27.3.A.0.122 and 27.3.B.0.122, thus receiving the usual Android 6.0 features - Doze mode, Google Now on Tap, granular permissions, and more.
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