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February 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year
The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March
According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen
Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China
Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have surged ahead of Apple in recent quarters, leaving Apple in fifth place in terms of market share.
Apple hopes to take over the Indian market with locally made iPhone SE
An industry source has reported that Apple will begin assembling the iPhone SE in India, through Taiwanese ODM Winstron. Assembling Apple's cheapest handset in India will help make the phone more accessible for the vast majority of the Indian market.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.7 GHz, 455) Notebook Review
The perfect balance? We also review the mainstream configuration of the new MacBook Pro 15. The test model is faster than the entry-level spec thanks to the Core i7-6820HQ and the AMD Radeon Pro 455, but is it worth the additional price?
Intel Core i7-6820HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 455 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Intel Core i7-6820HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 455 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source
Apple orders 60 million OLED panels from Samsung
Last year, Samsung Display struck a deal to supply 100 million OLED panels to Apple for the upcoming iPhone 8, and now they have just signed up for an additional 60 million units, worth around $4.3 billion.
Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th
Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
iPhone 8 to feature iris scanner, insider sources say
This latest news confirms a number of features that Apple insiders and users have said will almost certainly be in the next iPhone. Most interestingly, the sources mentioned an iris scanner, a feature that appeared in the Galaxy Note 7 and will appear in the upcoming Samsung flagship devices.
Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"
Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016 2.9 GHz, 460) Notebook Review
Top specification. We have already reviewed the entry-level of the new Apple MacBook Pro 15. Our test sample today is the high-end SKU, and the graphics card AMD Radeon Pro 460 is particularly interesting.
Intel Core i7-6920HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Intel Core i7-6920HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple to start making iPhones in Bangalore
As the Indian market grows, Apple seeks to take advantage of this trend and plans to start manufacturing smartphones locally as soon as this April. The location chosen for the plant is Bangalore, India's technology hub.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers
LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
Microsoft Outlook for iOS receives add-on support
Microsoft has just teamed up with Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, Trello, and Smartsheet to deliver the first third-party extensions to Outlook on iOS, but the road is now open to other developers as well.
EU is on the verge of removing roaming charges for good
After June 15, travelers will be able to go anywhere within EU borders without having to pay any extra fees. Everyone will pay the same price, and there will be no exceptions to this rule. Everybody wins.
Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team
After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
Apple's ARM chips may play a greater role in future Macs
Inside sources claim that Apple is working on a new ARM SoC for their future laptops, dubbed the T310. The T310 would be able to handle an expanded array of operations during low-power mode instead of the Intel CPU.
Apple dominates the smartphone market
Global smartphone shipments reached a record 1.49 billion units back in 2016, while Apple managed to beat Samsung and to grab the leading position in the fourth quarter, thanks to the Note 7 disaster.
Apple misses deadline to pay back taxes
Last year, the EU ruled that Apple had been illegally avoiding paying taxes by splitting profit from subsidiary companies and re-routing them to a "head office" in Ireland which was not subject to tax. The Commissioner gave Ireland four months to collect the roughly US $14.5 billion in taxes, but nothing has been recovered as of yet.
Nintendo financial highlights: Pokemon pays big, hardware sales slow
Nintendo hit it big this holiday season with Pokemon Sun and Moon, while Wii U sales continued to falter. Smartphone app sales were mixed.
Plex acquires news streaming service Watchup
The media streaming service Plex will bring reliable news streaming into the mix with the acquisition of Watchup.
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 to developers
The update comes with a new Theatre Mode, as well as access to SiriKit, thus allowing third parties to interact with the virtual assistant on the Apple Watch, but also limiting the app types that can use it.
Fitbit releases Q4 financial results, misses target revenue
Despite recent acquisitions, the fitness company and missed Q4 and FY 2016 growth expectations by about 22% and 10%, respectively. This will result in the termination of 6% of their global workforce.
Starbucks' new virtual assistant takes coffee orders via voice
Starbucks has updated their app to include a virtual assistant. Users can now use the app to place orders using either voice commands or a chat interface. The app will also integrate with Alexa.
Audrey personal assistant being tested by Hinge
Not long after switching from swiping to "stories," dating app Hinge aims to add a personal assistant who automatically sends messages to matches and schedules dates. Rumors mention a $99 USD/month price for the upcoming service.
Classic adventure game Myst now available on Android
The venerable PC adventure game finally comes to Android devices for an immersive gaming experience on the go.
Apple mulls expansion of manufacturing to India
Apple has been in talk with the Indian government regarding moving manufacturing to the populous South-Asian country. Apple is reported asking for a number of tax exceptions and concessions from the government to seal the deal, but it's not clear how far the government is willing to bend.
Wine 2.0 open-source compatibility layer now available
Wine 2.0 is the first in a line of annual releases. The compatibility layer includes support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit Windows apps to be run in Mac OS X, among other features.
Smartphone vendors are focusing on artificial intelligence in 2017
Industry leaders across the board seem to be in agreement that the war for dominance of the smartphone market this year will be in large part decided by the smartphone with the best AI assistant. Who will win the clash between Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and the upcoming Bixby?
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1
While this new update does not come with any new features, iOS 10.2.1 is not a minor refresh, either. Apple's latest update of its mobile operating system protects against a few severe vulnerabilities, and it is highly recommended to install it as soon as possible.
Introducing the new Google Voice, 5 years in the making
Google Voice, a VoIP calling service that aggregates multiple phone numbers into one, has received its first update in 5 years. While the service was rumored to be killed off soon, Google has stated this is the first of many updates to come.
Apple sues Qualcomm for nearly $1 billion
Qualcomm is embroiled once again in allegations of excessive licensing fees that allegedly discourage innovation and make consumers pay higher prices for their phones and tablets.
iPhone 8 will support wireless charging, reports say
"Industry sources" have provided further confirmation that Apple's next flagship will allow for wireless charging, though it remains to be seen how the company will implement the feature.
Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes
Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
Apple has three new tablets coming in latter half of 2017
The new tablets are still in the planning phase and aren't expected to release until the latter half of 2017. Still no word on the fate of the iPad Mini, however.
Apple will update MacBooks with more RAM, Kaby Lake CPUs: Ming-Chi Kuo
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is planning to upgrade their existing 13 and 15-inch notebooks with Kaby Lake as well as add two new laptops: a 12-inch MacBook and a higher-end 15-inch MacBook with 32 GB of RAM.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets
January 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Apple Stroll: First AirPods TV-ads promise easy pairing
Three 15 second TV-ads and a one-minute video put the spot on Apple's wireless AirPods, that are supposed to make music life easier for Apple users, thanks to an improved pairing technique and Siri integration.
Opera Neon experimental web browser now available for download
This new piece of code does not aim to replace the user's main web browser, instead delivering a few interesting ideas in a visually appealing manner that Opera advertises as a preview of "the way it could be."
Consumer Reports reverses opinion on Macbook Pros after retests
Following Apple's fixes, the consumer watchdog conducted retests on Macbook Pro laptops and concluded that the battery life consistency was much improved. They now recommend the notebook.
Google Maps gets Uber integration
The new update received by this service brings full Uber integration, as well as a new user interface for the section showing the ride options available at current location.
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.
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.
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.
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