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Opera's ad-blocker usage map. (Source: Opera)

Opera considers making ad-blocking a default browser feature

Adoption of Opera's native ad-blocking solution is growing but not fast enough. Opera is evaluating whether to make ad-blocking standard on its browser.
ZTE Axon 7 Android flagship gets 7.1.1 Nougat firmware

ZTE Axon 7 gets Android 7.1.1

While more than just a few other popular handsets are waiting for the first Android Nougat update, the Axon 7 receives Android 7.1.1, about a month after being updated to Nougat.
The existing Surface Book. Its successor reportedly lacks a detachable screen. (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft's new Surface Book reportedly enters production, might be announced soon

The new Surface Book has entered mass production, according to sources in the supply chain. They believe Microsoft will announce the device in the coming weeks.
Lenovo Moto E3 Smartphone Review

79% Lenovo Moto E3 Smartphone Review

Moto Cheap. The affordable Moto E3 is an entry-level smartphone with a water-resistant finish and relatively large battery. The budget of 130 Euros (~$140, RRP) is quite tight but Lenovo is a specialist in offering a lot of smartphone for little money...
Mediatek MT6735P | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 141 g
Say hello to the Snapdragon platform. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm introduces a new naming structure for its Snapdragon brand

Don't call it a processor—Snapdragon encompasses a full suite of technologies that power the mobile experience. According to Qualcomm, it deserves a naming structure that appropriately reflects that.
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BQ Aquaris X Pro Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 and dual camera setup

BQ unveils Aquaris X and Aquaris X Pro handsets

These two new handsets will hit the market in May and June, both with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and running Android 7.1.1 out of the box. They are also BQ's first smartphones to feature USB Type-C and Quick Charge 3.0.
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The Ryzen 5 looks to offer price-competitive performance across the low to mid-range. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 5 revealed as competitor to Intel's Core i5

AMD has revealed its Ryzen 5 series of chips ranging from US$169 to US$249. As the name suggests, AMD is pitching the Ryzen 5 as a superior choice to Intel's i5 7600K.
Samsung NEXT is the former Samsung Global Innovation Center (GIC)

Samsung Global Innovation Center becomes Samsung NEXT

Samsung's startup incubator was born back in 2013, and now it turns into Samsung NEXT, a rebranding operation announced back at CES 2017. In addition to the launch of a venture capital investment fund, Samsung NEXT also receives a new logo and website.
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With a similar form-factor and specifications to the XPS 15, these two notebooks will be competing for much of the same market. (Source: ExpertReviews)

15-inch Yoga 720 up for order on Lenovo's website

Lenovo's Yoga 720 is a 15-inch quad-core convertible notebook that also packs an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU. It has just gone live on Lenovo's website for US$1259 and is expected to ship in 4-5 weeks.
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Huawei P10 Lite Android smartphone with Kirin 655 processor and 4 GB RAM

Huawei P10 Lite launches in Malaysia

This 5.2-inch handset is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. Priced around $290 USD in Malaysia and $370 USD in Europe, it only has a 12 MP main camera.
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ASUS FX502VM Review. Value gaming laptop costs $1250, scores 82%play icon

ASUS FX502VM Review. Value gaming laptop costs $1250, scores 82%

The ASUS FX502VM Review. This gaming laptop comes in at a value price, about $1250 in this configuration with a GTX 1060 which is a few hundred dollars less that then GL502VM. In terms of performance there's little difference but you'll have to watch out for that screen which isn't one of the best. ...
Fossil smartwatches will get Android 2.0 Wear March 2017

Android Wear 2.0 coming to Fossil smartwatches later this month

The new firmware begins to roll out today, and all compatible devices are expected to get it by the end of the month, reveals Fossil on Twitter. In addition to the original Q Founder, the newer Q Wander, Q Marshal, and Q Founder 2.0 are scheduled to receive the update as well.
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Family Link offers parents a new way to manage Android devices. (Source: Google)

Google offers a solution to content management through Family Link

The service (currently invite-only) allows parents to restrict their children's use of Android devices. Parents can control what apps are downloaded, limit screentime, and lock a device at certain intervals during the day.
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The GPD Pocket is a tiny laptop that offers excellent portability with a phablet-sized screen. (Source: GPD)

GPD Pocket prototype revealed after successful crowdfunding

After launching its Indiegogo in February, GPD's tiny laptop has raked in $2 million. With a June shipping date fast approaching, GPD released a short video of a prototype Pocket to show how the product is coming along.
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Mar 15
Samsung Z3 Tizen smartphone's successor surfaces at FCC

Samsung SM-Z400F/DS hits FCC

The Linux-based Tizen mobile operating system seems to be ready for a new handset that has just surfaced on FCC as Samsung SM-Z400F/DS. Sadly, there are no specs and features to talk about yet.
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Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC may be facing 10 nm fabrication issues

Xiaomi Surge S2 SoC may be facing 10 nm fabrication issues

The high-end variant to the Surge S1 could be moving to a more dependable 16 nm process to meet launch deadlines and save on production costs.
Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger Android app now available for download

Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger now available for download

This app comes from the Google Area 120 startup incubator and, in addition to transcribing the words you speak, it also recognizes words that have a corresponding emoji and adds the symbols to the ongoing conversation.
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Benchmarking VR games is more straightforward with Nvidia's new tool. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia releases FCAT VR tool to test virtual reality performance

First announced at this year's GDC, the tool analyzes various aspects of VR game performance. This makes it useful for gamers as well as developers, hardware manufacturers, and reviewers.
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The extravagantly designed phones fetched an equally extravagant price tag (Source: Sirin Labs)

Sirin Labs' ultra-secure $16,000 smartphone is no more

Solarin, a really expensive Android smartphone focused on security and marketed towards business consumers, is no longer the company's focus. However, it will continue to receive official support for at least a year.
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"Spring is coming," according to HTC. (Source: HTC Taiwan)

HTC teases a surprise announcement for March 20

The Taiwanese smartphone company has posted an extremely vague teaser image on Facebook. A March 20 date and the promise of an "unexpected surprise" are the only other hints it has provided.
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Motorola Moto G5 Plus Android smartphone by Lenovo hits India March 2017

Moto G5 Plus launches in India

This 5.2-inch handset comes with Android Nougat on board and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, next to 3 GB or 4 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage. Both variants go on sale tonight via Flipkart.
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LG Stylo 3 Android phablet hits the US via Virgin and Boost Mobile

LG Stylo 3 hits Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile

This 5.7-inch phablet is available from Sprint's prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, for $179.99 USD plus tax. Its specs include a Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage.
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If the Meizu Pro 7 does use the Snapdragon 835, it will likely launch in May or later due to high demand for Samsung's Galaxy S8. (Source: PhoneArena)

Meizu Pro 7 may feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset

Meizu and Qualcomm have settled last year's patent wars and are now cooperating on what could likely be Meizu's next flagship, the Meizu Pro 7. Reports say the smartphone will feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
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Windows Phone's market share halved to 1.3 percent in 2016 as Android and iOS crowd out the competition. (Source: Kantar Worldpanel)

Android market share in China climbs 9.3 percent but declines in the US

The latest smartphone data from a few months ago shows that iOS and Android have cemented their positions at the top of the food chain. Now, the battle is between these two major players for fast-growing markets in China and India.
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Motorola Verve Loop sports wireless headphones

Motorola Accessories unveils Verve Loop wireless headphones

These new sports wireless headphones join the VerveLife lineup of products and come as a cheaper alternative to the existing VerveOnes ME, while still providing IPX4 water resistance and HD audio.
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Honor 6X Smartphone Review

83% Honor 6X Smartphone Review

Good and affordable. Although Honor's 6X does not cost much, it is a serious competition for considerably more expensive smartphones in terms of configuration and performance. It is even equipped with a dual-camera. Our review reveals how the Android phone of Huawei's subsidiary Honor fares in our tests.
HiSilicon Kirin 655 | ARM Mali-T830 MP2 | 5.5" | 162 g
Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Android phablet gets Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) receives Android Nougat

Soon after doing the same for its 5.5-inc, Snapdragon 625-powered sibling, Asus updates the firmware of the 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe, a handset that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and features up to 6 GB of memory.
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It might be a good idea to pick up that 1TB SSD now before prices increase further. (Source: BHPhotoVideo)

SSD prices to increase by 10-16 percent this year: TrendForce

Both MLC (multi-level cell) and TLC (triple-level cell) NAND SSDs are expected to see up to 16% increases in price this year, as demand from OEMs remains strong while fewer MLC SSDs are produced.
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Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10

Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10

The mid-range 5-inch smartphone will be coming two weeks earlier than initially anticipated in the UK for a retail price of 229 Pounds.
The IP68-rated AGM X2 features a Snapdragon 835 and 8GB of RAM. (Source: AGM)

AGM preparing ruggedized smartphone with flagship specs

AGM is preparing to release a rugged smartphone with flagship specs. It will be the first Snapdragon 835-based flagship with a ruggedized design and IP68 rating.
All sorts of PCs and tablets are on sale in honor of Pi Day (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day by slashing prices on select laptops and desktops

The limited-time deals extend across various laptop, desktop, and tablet models. There are also discounts on Xbox One consoles and select games and accessories.
The Oppo F3 and F3 Plus feature dual front cameras for "expert" control of your selfies (Source: Oppo)

Oppo will launch the F3 and F3 Plus on March 23

Dubbed the "Selfie Expert", the new smartphones feature a dual front camera setup, and will simultaneously launch in five Southeast Asian markets on March 23.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (Core i7, WQHD) Laptop Review

High-end business. We review the top-tier configuration of the new Lenovo ThinkPad T470s. Besides a healthy amount of memory as well as storage and a new Kaby Lake processor, the Chinese manufacturer also implements a brighter WQHD panel. We are a bit surprised by the weak cooling performance, because the ULV processor cannot utilize its full potential. Update: BIOS 1.07, Verdict, Rating
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Mar 14
AT&T intros GoPhone unlimited data plans with 22 GB download cap

AT&T unveils GoPhone unlimited data plans

Although advertised as unlimited, this new plan comes with 22 GB of 3 Mbps data, but the video streaming speed is limited even more - just 1.5 Mbps from the start, and all for a monthly fee of $60 USD. In these conditions, 720p or full HD video streaming are both impossible. For $40 USD, the user can get only 6 GB of high-speed data, but after using it, a 12...
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LG Aristo Android smartphone on US Cellular as K8 2017

LG Aristo hits US Cellular as K8 2017

This handset that arrived back in January via T-Mobile and MetroPCS is now available via US Cellular as K8 2017. Its original price is $150 USD, but those eager for a good deal can get it with the prepaid Simple Connect Plan for $49.99 USD.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 now available for pre-order in Europe

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 now available for pre-order in Europe

Early adopters will receive a free keyboard cover and kickstand worth 129 Euros.
The LG G6 has to be a knockout hit as LG doesn't want to relive painful memories of the disappointing sales of the G5. (Source: Pocketnow)

LG could withdraw from Chinese market in near future

LG hasn't had a great time selling its phones in China, especially after the international flop that was the G5. Speculators say LG might want to make a quick exit as the company's smartphone market share in the country hovers at about 0.1 percent.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD

The Tab 3 is the latest (and most expensive) tablet from Samsung. Sporting high-end specs expected of a flagship, it will be available soon for about $600.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone coming to the US using different names

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) and J7 (2017) coming to the US under different names

Although their US launch dates are not known yet, Evan Blass managed to find out the names that various local carriers plan to use when adding these two handsets to their portfolios.
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Source: G.SKILL

Overclockers, start your engines! G.SKILL announces OC World Cup 2017

Overclockers can compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The first qualifying round opens from March 17 to April 18 on hwbot.org.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 luxury connected watch

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 now official

This new luxury connected watch comes with over 500 style choices, featuring a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen next to the Intel Atom Z34XX processor and running Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
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Samsung already introduced foldable screen tech that has four phases: curved, bent, foldable and rollable. (Source: ET News)

Samsung's foldable smartphones to enter production in Q3 2017

The competition is heating up between Samsung and Chinese smartphone makers as they race to create the world's first foldable smartphone. Sources say Samsung may produce thousands of prototype smartphones in Q3 2017.
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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android phablet and siblings to get monthly updates in the US

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy devices in the US to get monthly updates from now on

After releasing quarterly security updates for unlocked Galaxy devices in the US for a while "due to various circumstances," Samsung is now ready to release monthly security updates for them.
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HTC Sense Companion AI assistant app now available on Google Play

HTC Sense Companion hits Google Play

The digital assistant that arrived back in January with the high-end U Ultra and U Play handsets by HTC is now freely available for other Android devices via the Google Play store.
Apple devices, iPad tablets included, iPad Pro 2 coming March 2017

iPad Pro 2 could arrive next week

Industry insiders familiar with the matter have just confirmed the rumors about Apple's upcoming product launches. According to these sources, the new hardware is expected to arrive between March 20 and March 24.
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Vertu luxury brand acquired by Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan

Hakan Uzan buys Vertu

Baferton Ltd, a Cyprus-registered company that was funded by controversial Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan, acquired Vertu from Godin Holdings, the Hong Kong-based company that previously owned the luxury brand, paying around £50,000,000 GBP.
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Eurocom Sky X9E3 VR Ready high-end laptop with up to Intel Core i7 7700K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics

Eurocom launches Sky X9E3 VR Ready high-performance laptop

This new Kaby Lake-powered notebook comes with a desktop processor, up to 64 GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics, as well as up to 14 TB storage via five drives. The price starts at $2,499 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware and software options chosen.
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Acer Predator 17 X Review. Detailed. Gaming with GTX 1080 enters our top 10play icon

Acer Predator 17 X Review. Detailed. Gaming with GTX 1080 enters our top 10

Acer Predator17 X gaming laptop with GTX 1080 enters our top 10 of gaming laptops thanks to a great combination of components, build and accessibility. This laptop is 4K and VR-capable and has a good 75 Hz G-Sync IPS screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution. This 17 inch gaming laptop is heavy but perhaps ...
Xiaomi Mi 6 could come in two variants with Sony cameras

Xiaomi Mi 6 could come in two variants with Sony cameras

New rumors point to a Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus starting at 270 Euros and 340 Euros, respectively, with Snapdragon 835 SoCs and Sony Motion Eye camera technology.
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

80% Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Pricey budget gamer. Budget gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and Asus has decided to throw their hat into the budget ring with the GL553VD. The notebook packs modest hardware into a well-built chassis with some nice extras, but are these factors worth the additional cost?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Google Launches Taste Test Home Screen Generator

Google launches Taste Test home screen theme generator

Say goodbye to boring, uncustomized home screens. Google has launched a tool that helps users navigate through the myriad of home screen options. Heavily customized home screens are no longer reserved for tech geeks only.
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