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MSI GL62M 7RD-077 Notebook Review

78% MSI GL62M 7RD-077 Notebook Review

Entry-level Gaming Laptop. MSI's entry-level model into the gaming world costs about 1050 Euros (~$1117). You will get a well-equipped 15.6-inch notebook for this price. Its main weaknesses are the display, the battery runtimes and the automatic fan control. MSI should at least improve the latter.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad E570 (Core i5, GTX 950M) Notebook Review

84% Lenovo ThinkPad E570 (Core i5, GTX 950M) Notebook Review

Affordable ThinkPad pioneer. After the smaller E470 quite convinced us, we now have Lenovo's ThinkPad E570 as a 15.6-inch Kaby Lake pioneer in the test. Our in-depth report reveals whether the larger model from the E lineup is just as convincing.
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Google Android usage distribution graph at the beginning of February 2017

Lollipop remains the most active Android version

With Froyo finally out of the picture and Nougat still struggling around 1 percent, Android Lollipop continues to dominate the market, closely followed by Marshmallow, each with a share of over 30 percent.
ASUS Zenbook UX3410UA review - Great subnotebook for 2017play icon

ASUS Zenbook UX3410UA review - Great subnotebook for 2017

ASUS Zenbook UX3410UA review. This is a great subnotebook / ultrabook that can challenge one of the kings of the sector, the Dell XPS 13. There's a great 14-inch matt screen, amazing battery life and lots more here, in under 3 pounds / 1.3 KG. Take a look at the video to learn more about the ASUS Ze...

HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC - Benchmark and Specs

Cortex-A53 ARM 8 cores @ 2100 MHz 16nm
Azor tweeted that though they would begin certifying the XPS series for eGPUs, it will take at least a month to assess feasibility. (Source: Twitter)

Dell will begin certifying XPS notebooks for external graphics: Frank Azor

Alienware and XPS GM Frank Azor has stated that due to demand from customers, they will start to seek external graphics certification for their popular XPS line of notebooks. Without certification, newer graphics enclosures with the TI83 controller will not be able to connect.
Honor 8 to receive Android 7.0 OTA update starting February 11th

Honor 8 to receive Android 7.0 OTA update starting February 11th

The OTA rollout will bring both Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 for faster performance, improved memory management, and slight changes to the UI.
Feb 9
Ryzen could be priced unbelievably low. (Source:

Prices for AMD's Ryzen CPUs leaked

The pricing, if true, is incredibly aggressive and comes in at under half the cost of what could be the closest competitor from Intel.
Asus ZenFone Go ZB500KL now available across Europe

Asus ZenFone Go ZB500KL now available across Europe

The 5-inch budget smartphone is equipped with the entry-level Snapdragon 410 SoC and just 2 GB of RAM for a starting price of 180 Euros.
Intel announced the release schedule for Coffee Lake via Twitter. (Source: Intel Twitter)

Coffee Lake's Coming: Intel's 8th gen chips will arrive in late 2017

The 8th generation of Intel chips, Coffee Lake, is slated for release in the second half of 2017. Intel states that the chips will bring a 15% performance boost, but will they be competitive with Ryzen?
Acer unveils curved 37.5-inch XR382CQK monitor with FreeSync

Acer unveils curved 37.5-inch XR382CQK monitor with FreeSync

The massive monitor is even larger than the 35-inch HP Omen X 35 and comes with many of the same features including full sRGB coverage, UWQHD resolution, and a similar $1300 USD asking price.
Verizon Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with LTE connectivity

Wear24 LTE smartwatch coming to Verizon Wireless

This upcoming smartwatch is IP67-certified for resistance against the elements, runs Android Wear 2.0, and it even features customizable watch faces. It goes on sale next month for $300 USD.
Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus review and tests - 13 inch icon

Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus review and tests - 13 inch sub-gaming-notebook.

Lenovo Ideapad 710S Plus review and tests . Take a look at this impressive 13 inch subnotebook that weights just 1.1 KG (2.4 pounds) and can run the latest games. There's a very fast SSD inside, a high-end Core i7 and a great screen. We scored it 86% in the subnotebook category and you should be tak...
Nintendo Switch hybrid console to come without web browser app and video streaming support

Nintendo Switch to lack a web browser and video streaming support

Although the Wii U browser is quite capable, the Nintendo Switch will not have such an app at launch, confirms the company's CEO. Sadly, this hybrid console will not offer support for video streaming apps, either.
Speculators are still debating whether the anniversary iPhone will be called the iPhone 8 or the more dramatic iPhone X. (Source: Fast Company)

Upcoming anniversary iPhone could set buyers back upward of $1000

The new OLED screen that stretches across the entire front of the phone is the primary reason for the price hike, sources say, as it may be costing Apple twice as much as the LCD used in current iPhones.
MediaTek MT6735 ARM chip gets a new successorm the octa-core Helio P25

MediaTek announces the Helio P25 octa-core processor

The new processor has been optimized for dual-camera handsets, featuring a 12-bit Dual ISP that supports up to a 24 MP single camera or a 13 MP + 13 MP dual setup, as well as HDR video with full preview.
The feature must be explicitly programmed into UWA apps, so it might be some time before you're watching YouTube in a floating window. (Source: Microsoft Windows Blog)

Windows Insider Preview introduces picture-in-picture apps

Windows Insider Preview Build 15031 introduces a new feature called Compact Overlay. A new window mode that functions like picture-in-picture on most TVs, it will allow a new level flexibility for users wanting to consume content while they multitask. The feature is part of UWA and will need to be programmed in.
LG G6 Android flagship teaser, LG Pay not to be included in the features list

LG Pay might be cancelled

According to South Korean media outlet Newsis, the LG G6 flagship will not debut with LG Pay support. In fact, the same source reveals that LG might cancel its mobile payment service completely.
Samsung SDI factory in Tianjin, China - February 2017 fire

Samsung SDI factory catches fire

The battery factory located in Tianjin, China, was affected by a minor fire that broke out earlier today in a warehouse depositing waste material. Thankfully there were no casualties.
Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

80% Gigaset GS160 Smartphone Review

Gigaffordable. The GS160 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone so far. The manufacturer has even installed a fingerprint scanner for under 150 Euros (~$160). But is the device anything special or just another low-cost smartphone? Find out in the test report.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 MP2 | 5" | 139 g
Putting high-TDP components like quad-core CPUs and top-tier GPUs into a thin metal case makes avoiding thermal issues quite difficult. (Source: Razer)

Specializing in Razer laptops, enthusiast repairman aims to fix what Razer can't

If you have a Razer laptop that's broken and out of warranty, you might have an option other than paying US$700 for an out-of-warranty repair from the company: Brenden Henry is a computer enthusiast who grew up fixing phones, but now specializes in fixing issues with Razer's laptops.
Gigabyte P55W v6 Notebook Review

82% Gigabyte P55W v6 Notebook Review

Focused on the essentials. Gigabyte's newest version of ttheir P55W hasn't really changed that much. While the predecessor used a GeForce GTX 970M, the new model is equipped with a GTX 1060 - and that's a very noticeable difference.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus (Core i7) Subnotebook Review

86% Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus (Core i7) Subnotebook Review

Mobile multimedia. Stylish, compact, light, and versatile. Sounds good, doesn't it? While most subnotebooks live the life of an office machine, the multimedia-suitable 710S refresh allows playing an occasional game. Our test clarifies if the newcomer can tread in the big footsteps of its predecessor.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

February 2017 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Feb 8
Android Wear 2.0 brings better cellular calling to supported smartwatches. (Source: Google)

Google releases Android Wear 2.0

The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband brings the classic Atari 2600 to smartwatches. (Source: Gameband Kickstarter)

The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist

The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku limited edition Android smartphone

Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku limited edition smartphone

This special Redmi Note 4X will hit the market on February 14, right on this year's Valentine's day. Its bundle includes a Hatsune Miku branded back case, as well as a Mi power bank.
Lenovo Moto G5 Plus Android smartphone leaked image

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus spotted online

This upcoming handset is expected to show up at MWC, and its specs are rumored to include a 5.2-inch display, a 12 MP Rapid Focus main camera, NFC connectivity, a fingerprint reader, as well as a TurboPower-compatible 3,000 mAh battery.
Canalys' smartwatch sales by vendor in 2016

Apple leads the smartwatch market

According to an estimate by research firm Canalys, Apple controlled 49 percent of the global smartwatch market in 2016, followed by Fitbit and Samsung, with 17 percent and 15 percent.
Xiaomi teasing Redmi Note 4X phablet ahead of reveal

Xiaomi teasing Redmi Note 4X smartphone ahead of reveal

The Redmi Note 4X could be set for a February 16th reveal. Previous rumors suggest that the affordable 5.5-inch smartphone will drop Huawei's in-house Helio X20 in favor of the mainstream Snapdragon 653 SoC.
AMD Ryzen will have official drivers for Windows 7

AMD Ryzen will have official drivers for Windows 7

AMD wants to support Windows 7 and 8 users running Ryzen CPUs as much as possible with original drivers and compatibility updates.
MSI GE62/GE72 and GS63/GS73 now shipping with GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti GPU options

MSI GE62/GE72 and GS63/GS73 now shipping with GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti GPU options

The traditionally super-thin high-end GS Ghost series is going mainstream with the GeForce GTX 1050 starting at about 1800 Euros.
The Cube i35 will have a 3000 x 2000 resolution panel. (Source: Cube)

Cube's upcoming i35 notebook sports a 3000 x 2000 resolution screen

The Cube i35 will have a high-res screen but low-powered processor. Intel's Core M3-7Y30 CPU sits at the heart of the thin-and-light but may not be enough to power the dense display.
HP Omen 17 (GTX 1060) Notebook Review

82% HP Omen 17 (GTX 1060) Notebook Review

Well-balanced. At a purchase price of almost 1300 Euros (~$1390), the Omen 17 w100ng is presently the cheapest device within its lineup. This slightly lower-performance model also renders games smoothly on its matte Full HD panel. The Omen offers a very good battery life for a gaming laptop.
Intel Core i5-6300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch image leaked by Evan Blass

ZTE Quartz smartwatch might launch soon

The first alleged image of this upcoming wearable was leaked by Evan Blass yesterday and is possible to see it unveiled later today, next to a few other Android Wear 2.0 devices by other brands.
Samsung Chromebook Plus convertible to offer up to 16 GB RAM

Samsung Chromebook Plus might have up to 16 GB RAM

While the Samsung Chromebook Plus is expected to arrive next week with 4 GB RAM on board, its Pro sibling is scheduled to arrive in April. While it is supposed to feature up to 8 GB RAM, the latest rumors claim the Chromebook Pro might get a 16 GB RAM variant after a while as well.
ZTE Axon 7 Android handset gets Nougat update with Daydream VR support

ZTE Axon 7 finally gets Android Nougat

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered, 5.5-inch Android handset launched as a Daydream VR-compatible device, and now it finally receives this feature thanks to a software update.
Jack Huang is spearheading Alibaba's moves to engage emerging markets in India and Indonesia. (Source: Tech in Asia)

Alibaba is negotiating with telecoms to bring free internet to India

Another internet giant wants to bring free internet to one of the world's most populous countries. Where Facebook failed, Alibaba might succeed, if they play their cards right.
Once unthinkable to purchase a laptop without, DVD drives are nowadays quite rare. (Source: Digital Trends)

DVD drive manufacturers settle class-action lawsuit over price-fixing (you might be owed US$10)

If you purchased a computer with a DVD drive or even just a stand-alone DVD play between 2003 and 2008, you may be eligible for part of a multi-million dollar settlement for price-fixing. Claimants are eligible for US$10 per device purchased during the period if they meet other eligibility requirements.
The mobile VR headset arena will soon be heating up as the Gear VR will have to compete with the cheaper Google Daydream. (Source: Wired)

Samsung Gear VR represents over 70% of all VR headsets shipped in 2016

Being the first VR headset out the gate, along with wide availability and low cost, allowed Samsung's headset to ahead of the other headset vendors before their competing devices hit the shelves.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 300 Euros

February 2017 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.
Feb 7
The Lenovo Yoga 720 may have thinner bezels for a smaller footprint. (Source: Notebook Italia)

Lenovo Yoga 720 leaked on Notebook Italia

The leak states that the Lenovo Yoga 720 may have a Kaby Lake CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
Apple iOS 10 lockscreen, iOS 10.3 beta 2 rolls out

Apple iOS 10.3 beta 2 rolls out to developers

This second beta build arrives two weeks after the first one that included new App Store APIs, a Find My AirPods feature, and also enabled calls on iCloud-connected devices for Verizon Wireless customers.
The new sensor can create 64x slow motion video clips. (Source: Sony)

Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps

The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Samsung Galaxy S8 unofficial render, Bixby/Kestra AI to offer support for up to 8 languages out of the box

Samsung's Bixby to offer support for 7-8 languages at launch

Although this rumor has not been confirmed by Samsung yet, it looks like the virtual assistant expected to arrive with the Galaxy S8 would offer support for up to eight languages out of the box.
Asus ZenFone 3s Max Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and 5,000 mAh battery

Asus ZenFone 3s Max launches in India

Three months after the ZenFone 3 Max arrived in India, its successor comes to offer an impressive 5,000 mAh battery, Android Nougat out of the box, a 64-bit MediaTek processor, and 3 GB RAM, all for around $220 USD.
BlackBerry smartphones could reach India after being manufactured locally

BlackBerry teams up with Optiemus

The exclusive long-term agreement with Optiemus will bring secure BlackBerry Android handsets, software and services to more markets, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
LG Watch Sport Android Wear smartwatch details on Geekbench

LG Watch Sport hits Geekbench

The upcoming smartwatch has been spotted next to references to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and LTE cellular support, so the Watch Sport will probably launch with Android Wear 2.0 out-of-the-box.
Google Play Store might come back to China

Google Play Store might return to China

Insiders familiar with the matter reveal that NetEase, a Chinese company, is on its way to team up with Google. The purpose of this partnership would be to bring back the digital media store operated by the search giant to China.
The additional confirmation we need that HTC is not holding back on the hardware for the next HTC flagship. (Source: The Inquirer)

HTC tests 2017 flagship with Snapdragon 835 on Verizon

Since other smartphones can only release their Snapdragon 835 phones after Samsung does, the inclusion of the chipset means that HTC's flagship may hit the market later in the year than the HTC 10 did in 2016.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 1,000 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Notebooks under 1,000 Euros

February 2017 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.
A screenshot of the page shows some of the configuration options (DDR4LP was available, but not selected). (Source: Marco Bozzola)

XPS 13 9360 spotted with i7-7560U, Iris graphics

Dell's ever-popular ultrabook was spotted with some upgraded specs on Dell's Italian website before being taken down. A faster CPU/GPU was spotted, as well as DDR4LP RAM and new configuration options.

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