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Of the top five market leaders in China, only Apple and Xiaomi saw a year-on-year decrease in shipments. (Source: Canalys)

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.
Acer's TravelMate P449 under review. (Source: Acer)

80% Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review

Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2 kg
Archos 133 Oxygen Android tablet, Archos to make Kodak tablets soon

Archos to release Kodak-branded tablets soon

This French maker of affordable Android devices has been selected by Kodak as a brand licensee for the European market and the first Archos-made Kodak tablets are expected to become available by the end of May 2017.
Smaller bezels, water resistance, and stereo speakers are chief among the suggestions so far.(Source: Google)

Google asks its community for input on the next Pixel handset

Google's Pixel Community Manager has come to the community asking for their likes, dislikes, and suggestions for the Pixel phone. Common dislikes included the mono speaker, lack of waterproofing, and large bezels.
Winstron is a major Taiwanese contracted electronics manufacturer. (Source: Winstron)

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.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime Android smartphone, Manu Jain is the new Xiaomi CEO

Manu Jain is Xiaomi's new vice president

The head of Xiaomi's Indian operations, Manu Kumar Jain, who was also a close colleague of Hugo Barra in the last few years, has been appointed as the new vice president of the Chinese company.
Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" logo, Ubuntu 16.04.2 now available

Canonical launches Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS

The new point release is available for the desktop, server, cloud products, as well as other Ubuntu variants with long-term support. Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS comes with many security updates and corrections for high-impact bugs.
Microsoft Windows 10 February patch launch date delayed to mid-March

Microsoft's February patches coming next month

As strange as it may sound, Microsoft has decided to hold the release of February's patch Tuesday updates until March 14. The company's officials who confirmed this did not provide any detailed information for the delay, only mentioning "a last minute issue."
The "right to repair" legislation would legally require companies such as Apple to provide parts and service manuals for their products. (Source:

Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source

Peaking in the mid-to-late noughties, BlackBerry (once RIM) dominated the phone market through an innovative focus on email and communication. (Source: Getty Images)

BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement

BlackBerry has filed suit against Nokia for allegedly infringing on 11 of the company's telecommunications patents. BlackBerry is not seeking to block Nokia's sales, but instead to receive royalties.
Fujitsu refreshes Lifebook P727, T937, and Stylistic R727 with Kaby Lake

Fujitsu announces Lifebook P727, T937, and Stylistic R727 with Kaby Lake

The 12.5-inch P727 and 13.3-inch T937 convertibles and 12.5-inch R727 detachable will all launch later this month for starting prices between 1100 and 1400 Euros.
Eurocom "Love Your Laptop" monthly newsletter

Eurocom launches "Love Your Laptop" monthly newsletter

This newsletter that made its debut on Valentine's Day provides regular technology updates and is part of a campaign that also involves customers in the development of the company's future products.
Dell Latitude 14 E5470 6440HQ Notebook Review

89% Dell Latitude 14 E5470 6440HQ Notebook Review

Workhorse with minor drawbacks. A business device for everyday use: This is where Dell comes in with its Latitude 14 E5470. Security features, strong processor, plenty of working memory, and a solid-state drive are installed. These are good prerequisites for a business laptop. However, not all that glitters is gold, and thus our review sample has to accept some criticism. Read just where these shortcomings are found in our in-depth report.
Intel Core i5-6440HQ | Intel HD Graphics 530 | 14" | 1.9 kg
PayPal corporate logo, PayPal buys TIO Networks

PayPal buys TIO Networks

The Vancouver-based bill-pay processor joins PayPal as the result of a $233 million transaction. TIO operates around 900 bill payment kiosks in North America, claiming no less than 14 million consumer bill pay accounts.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 rugged Android handset successor coming soon

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 hits Geekbench

Three weeks after receiving its WiFi certification, this rugged handset surfaces on Geekbench with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, next to the 14 nm Exynos 7570 processor and 2 GB RAM.
Oppo and Vivo are making a concerted effort to capitalize on the demand for midrange handsets in China, India and Southeast Asia. (Source: Yibada)

Oppo expected to ramp up production capacity in 2017

While Xiaomi and Apple face an increasingly challenging smartphone market, Oppo is leaping ahead of the competition to become the handset maker to beat in China's domestic market. Additional production plants will help it meet growing demand.
Embattled chairman Shigenori Shiga was brought into the top role last year after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal in 2015. (Source: Reuters)

Toshiba may sell off most of its flash-memory chip business

The Japanese company is in a desperate financial situation after years of costly acquisitions in an effort to become the leader of the business industry. As a result, they may have to sell off their entire NAND memory business to remain afloat.
Apple iPhone 7 flagship successor to use OLED panels made by Samsung

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.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone global launch in February 2017

Nokia 3, 5, and 6 to launch globally this month

The Nokia 6 is finally going to hit other markets soon, next to the cheaper Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones, as well as a tribute to the classic 3310 that launched back in 2000 and is well known for its durability.
Harman Connected ecosystem, Harman shareholders to vote on the deal with Samsung on February 17

Harman shareholders to vote on Samsung merger on February 17

The $8 billion deal announced by Samsung already is on the right track, as Harman expects to see the vote completed without problems, although minority shareholders have recently voiced their concerns.
Intel has been somewhat stalled on the "tock" for much longer than planned due to unexpected difficulties with the 10nm manufacturing process. (Source: CNET)

Intel's 8th gen Cannonlake CPUs will still use 14 nm process

Intel has announced that their Cannonlake CPUs, slated for a late 2017 release, will be made on a 14nm process instead of 10nm as originally planned.
Google Play Music streaming service could merge with YouTube Music

Google might combine YouTube Music and Google Play Music

Google's two music streaming apps might soon become one, as the company is apparently rethinking its strategy and plans to combine the two products, including the two teams behind them as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Android tablet now free for T-Mobile users

T-Mobile offers free Samsung Galaxy Tab E slates

The "Tablet on Us" promotion offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab E for free to T-Mobile One subscribers, as well as to those who sign up for any mobile plan with 6 GB of data or more.
Nvidia's comprehensive lineup of high-end GPU offerings based on its Pascal architecture seem to be bearing fruit. (Source: Reuters)

Nvidia's quarterly revenue surges for a second straight quarter

Bolstered by strong growth in the gaming sector, Nvidia closed out 2016 with its second consecutive quarter of over 50 percent growth. The company is also seeing significant growth in other businesses such as its self-driving vehicle systems and data centers.
Verizon will begin offering plans with uncapped mobile data February 13th. (Source: Verizon)

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?
Jolla Sailfish OS 2.1 "Iijoki" update brings OpenVPN support

Jolla releases Sailfish OS 2.1 "Iijoki"

Although this Finnish company is done launching its hardware, they continue to update the Linux-based operating system known as Sailfish. The latest update brings support for various VPN connections, additional languages, as well as various minor improvements and multiple bug fixes.
Even though the information about the iPhone 8 comes from the supply chain, take all information with a grain of salt. (Source: Mac Rumors)

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 line of SoCs, codenamed "Pinecone." (Source: Xiaomi)

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China

Samsung may no longer source smartphone batteries from China

The South Korean conglomerate will instead look to local and Japanese manufacturers for all of its upcoming Galaxy S8 battery demands.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) Android handset gets Samsung Pay support in India

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) gets Samsung Pay support in India

The latest minor update for this handset in India does not even carry the latest security patches but comes with support for Samsung's mobile payments service.
Apple iPhone 7 smartphone

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.
Intel: No future for Iris Pro?

Intel: CPUs with integrated AMD-GPUs planned?

According to rumors, Intel plans a turnaround in the GPU-space: For years, Intel tried to compete with Nvidia and AMD for the mid-range Gaming market, with its Iris-Pro-GPUs. Now it seems that Intel might want to work with AMD to put an AMD GPU into an Intel processor.
Lenovo's new ThinkPad P51, P51s, and P70 are outfitted with the latest NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo updates ThinkPad workstation line with P71, P51, and P51s

Lenovo has refreshed their ThinkPad Workstations. The P51s is a thin-and-light workstation class notebook, the P51 now has a 4K screen with 100% color gamut coverage, and the P71 is a VR-ready workhorse.
Perch home monitoring software company joins Samsung

Samsung acquires Perch

Perch is a small company behind a DiY home monitoring solution that turns old smartphones into security cameras. After joining Samsung, the entire Perch team will help them develop next-gen IoT products.
Could Andrasta be the new Cyanogen Inc.? (Source:

Cyanogen, Inc. might be renamed to Andrasta

Cyanogen Inc. may be rebranding itself as Andrasta in order to separate future operations from the Cyanogen name.
Dell Vostro 15 5568 (Core i5, Full-HD) Notebook Review

81% Dell Vostro 15 5568 (Core i5, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Elegant business beginner. The Dell Vostro is an inexpensive 15-inch laptop for smaller companies and covers all the essentials. It is also wrapped up in a nicely designed chassis. You will have to make some compromises, but we cannot find any serious issues.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Jawbone has been fairly quiet since the release of the UP3 in September 2015. (Source: Jawbone)

Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses

The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
The Radeon GPU would not be on-die as Intel's current HD and Iris integrated graphics are, but instead on a module. (Source: AMD)

Intel will release a CPU featuring AMD Radeon graphics: Bennett

Hard OCP Editor Kyle Bennett earlier claimed that Intel had signed a licensing agreement with AMD for graphics technology patents back in December. Now Bennett is reporting that we may actually see Intel chips with Radeon GPUs before the end of 2017.

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