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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.
SK Hynix announces 8GB LPDDR4X DRAM for phones
Semiconductor company SK Hynix has announced the release of 8 GB LPDDR4X DRAM, made possible through high-density 16Gb chips. The DRAM is 30% smaller and 20% more power efficient than current LPDDR4.
Apple "Take mine!": New iPhone 7 Plus commercial puts focus on Portrait Mode
Apple shows off how powerful Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus really is. The new commercial aptly named "Take mine!" follows a young woman around a small village in Italy where everyone wants to have their pictures taken.
Ming-Chi Kuo: Three new iPads to come in 2nd quarter, no iPad mini
Another report coming from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo affirmed, that Apple will release three new iPad models in quarter 2 of this year. The iPad mini 4 will not get an update, but a new 10 inch version with slim bezels will be released instead.
User-share of Macs may have hit a five-year-low, but Gartner predicts future Apple domination
Despite missed sales expectations and a five-year-low user share, research firm Gartner is predicting that iOS and macOS devices will overtake Windows in terms of devices shipped per-annum.
Apple to switch to IGZO display for future MacBook Pros: DigiTimes
Apple is rumored to be acquiring IGZO panels for laptops as soon as Q2 2017. One reason for the move to IGZO-transistor panels could be improved battery life.
Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices
After a long wait, iPhone users interested to use a Gear device with their handset can finally bring the two worlds together. They need an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or higher to use the new Gear S or Gear Fit app.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13
Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update January 2017
CES 2017 | Fossil unveils three Q smartwatches
The three upcoming hybrid smartwatches that join the large Q family are dubbed Accomplice, Modern Pursuit, and Grant. With prices between $175 USD and $215 USD, they are expected to hit the market this spring.
Apple's App Store generated $20 billion for developers in 2016
In addition to the massive income generated in 2016, Apple's digital distribution platform also achieved sales of $240 million on January 1st, 2017, a performance that made it this digital distribution platform's busiest day ever.
Apple confirms plans for its first South Korean store
A few months after the reports claiming that Apple signed three long-term lease contracts and had plans to build a two- to three-story store in Seoul, the Cupertino-based company finally confirms these rumors in an official statement.
Casio unveils WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch
This new smart outdoor watch is MIL-STD-810-compliant as its predecessor, but the WSD-F20 comes with GLONASS and Michibiki GPS support. Its launch is scheduled for April, but the price is not known yet.
CES 2017 | Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC
The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
Major chip foundries having trouble with 10nm chip production
Sources say that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), responsible for producing chips based on Samsung's 10nm design, is having issues with a lower-than-expected yield from the manufacturing process.
Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation
After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
Apple AirPods teardown shows the product to be nigh irreparable
Attempting to break open the wireless buds will automatically destroy the electronics within no matter how careful one may be.
Apple has new desktops coming: Cook
In a forum post to employees, Tim Cook reiterated the company's support for Mac desktop computers and asserted that there were some in the works.
iPhone 8 rumors: Plastic, not glass?
The latest rumor out of South Korea regarding the iPhone 8 says that Apple has ordered all plastic OLED displays from their supplier, Samsung.
Getting the Apple AirPods before Christmas can cost up to $1.000
If you really want to get your hands on the Apple AirPods before Christmas next week, it can cost you up to $1,000, a quick look at ebay reveals. Apple's shipping window has increased to six windows by now.
ArsTechnica guide explains poor MacBook Pro battery life, offers some solutions
ArsTechnica has published an explanation and some workarounds for the rather poor battery life on Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro lineup.
Apple pulls watchOS 3.1.1 update
Since it seems that this week's update bricked some Series 2 Apple Watches after installing, Apple has decided to withdraw watchOS 3.1.1. For now, the latest watchOS variant available remains 3.1.
EEVblog tears down world's first portable computer
Ever wonder what made the world's first "luggable" computer tick? EEVblog has released a video teardown of the groundbreaking device.
Newest macOS preview build removes battery time remaining estimates
The latest MacOS Preview has removed the "time remaining" estimate from the battery menu following complaints about the poor battery life on the new MacBook Pro models.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review
Better by a Touch? Apple slims down the MacBook Pro 15 quite radically and reduces the weight to around 1.8 kg with a thickness of just 16 millimeters. The professional notebook, which even gained customers from the 17-inch Pro in the past, is now even a real alternative for users of the previous MBP 13.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple's wireless AirPods now available for purchase
After several delays, Apple's AirPods are now listed on Apple's online store.
Samsung Pay Mini might not offer iOS support
Apple seems to have rejected the Samsung Pay Mini app submitted to the App Store and it looks like Samsung will not resubmit it again for the time being, choosing to focus on the Android client instead. Samsung Pay Mini for Android is expected to launch next month, at CES.
Apple releases iOS 10.2
This new update is the second major one received by iOS 10 since its October release. The list of new features includes more than 100 new emojis, additional support for RAW digital cameras, new full-screen effects in Messages, and more.
Occipital Bridge: Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones
Occipital will start selling the Bridge, a Mixed Reality Headset for iPhone 6 or higher in march of next year for $399. A limited explorer edition for developers is available now.
Apple AirPods: Delays seem to be caused by technical problems
In an article, that was released today, the Wall Street Journal revealed information explaining why Apple's wireless ear buds missed the holiday shopping season.
Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks
Impatient iPhone 7 owners will be able to purchase a pair of AirPods hopefully before the end of this month according to an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Apple iPhone 2017: iPhone 8 or iPhone 7s or both?
A weird rumor was brought to our attention today suggesting that next year's iPhones may only receive a minor update and may be called iPhone 7s after all. Does that mean, Apple will introduce both iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 next year?
Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS
Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
Apple MacBook Pro: macOS update said to cure GPU problems
MacBook Pro users affected by GPU problems may look forward to the next release of macOS 10.12.2 that are said to offer a software solution for all the various GPU related problems on the new MacBooks.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
December 2016 update. Here's a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)
December 2016 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
December 2016 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones 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.
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
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