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The Redmond-based software giant has experienced several rounds of layoffs under Nadell's leadership. (Source: The Techy)

Microsoft set for round of 700 layoffs this week

Microsoft is expected to conduct about 700 layoffs next week when it announces its earnings for Q4 2016. The positions cut are not from one department, but throughout Microsoft's office and business units around the world.
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LineageOS replaces Cyanogen OS, promises weekly updates and support for over 80 devices

LineageOS to offer weekly updates and support for over 80 devices

The former CyanogenMod team is now back with LineageOS, another Android-based ROM that is already available in the shape of a few unofficial builds that run on over 66,000 devices. The official versions coming soon promise support for over 80 handsets and weekly updates.
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Vivo X5 Max with 3.5 mm audio jack, this connector might soon disappear

The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected

Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.
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Lenovo still struggling with its three-year old Motorola acquisition (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Lenovo still struggling with its three-year old Motorola acquisition

The Chinese manufacturer had high hopes when it took Motorola off Google's hands. Unfortunately, combined sales of both Motorola and Lenovo smartphones have been far lower than expected.
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Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy

Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy

This acquisition allows Buzzvil to deliver 4 billion ad impressions each month, but also "to diversify its geographic footprint while bringing on a world-class team" at the same time.
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LG Music Flow gets updated with Google Home and multi-room support

LG Music Flow to get Google Home and multi-room support

LG's music streaming system arrived back in 2015, and now it is a few weeks away from a Google Cast update that promises to bring both Google Home support and multi-room capabilities. For now, the update is still being tested but should arrive by the end of February.
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HP ProBook 440 G4 (Core i7, Full-HD) Notebook Review

84% HP ProBook 440 G4 (Core i7, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Bad display. HP's 14-inch business laptop also gets the Kaby Lake update. Similar to the larger 15-inch sibling, however, we are not convinced by the display.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 930MX | 14" | 1.7 kg
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone now available in India

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hits India

The successor of the Redmi Note 3 comes to India in three variants, all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, featuring 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage space and between 2 GB and 4 GB memory. The starting price is around $150 USD.
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LG G6 launch invite February 26 in Barcelona

MWC 2017 | LG G6 to be unveiled on February 26

Just as rumored, the next-gen LG flagship launches in time for MWC, but everything is official now. The launch event has been scheduled for February 26, in Barcelona, one day before the popular trade show for the mobile industry opens its gates.
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Nokia 6 Android smartphone has sold the first batch in just one minute

First Nokia 6 batch sold out in one minute

Available via a flash sale, the first Nokia 6 batch disappeared no less than 60 seconds. However, HMD Global did not reveal how many units were part if this first lot, but this achievement looks impressive nevertheless.
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Twitter's Fabric joins Google

Google acquires Twitter's Fabric

Twitter's mobile app developer platform joins Google, who also gets the Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login, as well as the FastLance development automation system.
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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet hits FCC on its way to the US market

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro hits FCC

The international variant of this massive 6-inch Android handset has been spotted on FCC, not long after the model number SM-C900F surfaced on the WiFi Alliance website as well.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Android smartphone/phablet, Chinese brands dominate the Indian market

Chinese brands now in control of India's smartphone market

Samsung and local brand Micromax are losing ground in their battle against Chinese brands, who managed an impressive jump from 19 percent a year ago all the way up to more than half of this $10 billion smartphone market.
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Lava Pixel V1 Android One smartphone might reach the US market

Android One handsets might reach the US market

Initially introduced to allow low-cost handsets to retail loaded with stock Android and to receive updates coming directly from Google, the Android One initiative only targeted emerging markets so far, but the US might be added to the list by mid-2017 as well.
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Simplygon indie license shipping with Unreal Engine 4, Microsoft buys Simplygon

Microsoft acquires Simplygon

The new acquisition is a developer of automatic 3D data optimization solutions headquartered in Sweden that has been founded back in 2006. Microsoft aims to accelerate its 3D For Everyone vision and strategy with the help of the Simplygon team.
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Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10 TB hard disc drive, Samsung shuts down Suzhou manufacturing plant

Seagate shuts down its plant in Suzhou

The world's largest hard disk maker is going through a global business restructuring plan and, due to a slowing market, recently announced the plan to shut down a manufacturing plant and to cut over 6,500 jobs worldwide.
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Such incidents will become a thing of the past with upcoming battery technology

Researchers create a battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Researchers at Stanford University created a lithium-ion battery that contains a chemical compound which prevents both the fires and explosions that sometimes occur when the battery overheats.
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HP Windows 10 notebook, Windows 10 Anniversary Update security level is awesome

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is incredibly secure

Although not patches for two zero-day exploits, Windows 10 Anniversary Update machines were shielded from them, proving the excellent level of security achieved by this version of Microsoft's operating system.
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Samsung Smart Home Monitor part of the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Samsung plans to retire its SmartThings app in April

Although the app that allows its users to control SmartThings-compatible IoT products will be retired on April 1, existing users will continue to receive technical support through June (sadly, only 2017).
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires investigation results coming January 23

Samsung Note 7 investigation results coming next week

With almost all Galaxy Note 7 units now back in Samsung's possession, the final results of the company's ongoing investigation targeting the reasons behind this device's issues that led to its withdrawal from the market will go public next Monday.
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Coming soon to an appliance near you. (Source: MalwareTips)

Internet of Things will need extensive support lifecycles

Companies need to take security updates for IoT-enabled devices just as seriously as smartphones—if not more. Companies that fail to supply regular security updates for phones should not be entrusted with putting smart-appliances in our homes.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

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.
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Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet 7

Charger problems cause Barnes & Noble to stop NOOK Tablet 7" sales

Although this $50 USD, 7-inch slate is one of the most affordable tablets currently available in the US, a few malfunctions of the charging adapter prompted Barnes & Noble to stop sales until the problems are solved.
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Samsung 960 Evo and Samsung 960 Pro SSD Review

Samsung 960 Evo and Samsung 960 Pro SSD Review

Lightning Fast! The Samsung Evo models are very popular for mainstream models. Thanks to the widespread use of SSDs, the prices of SSD storage devices have been steadily decreasing. We tested the Evo and Pro series of the fast 960 NVMe SSDs made by Samsung and will provide our assessment in this in-depth review.
Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 | NVIDIA Titan X Pascal | 32"
Android Pay January 2017 update brings support for 40 new banks and credit unions

Android Pay gets support for 40 new banks and credit unions

This new update expands the reach of Google's mobile payment system to BMO Harris Bank N.A. and 39 other banks and credit unions, but still leaves a few bigger names like Simple Bank out.
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The decreased licensing cost is the direct result of pressure on the market from inexpensive Chromebooks. (Source: Microsoft)

Pressured by Chromebooks, Microsoft will reduce Windows licensing costs on 14-inch and smaller notebooks

Microsoft has lowered the volume licensing fees for Windows notebooks with screen sizes of 14-inches or less for 2017. The move comes in an effort to combat the rising popularity of inexpensive Chromebooks.
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AI startup Malluuba joins Microsoft

Microsoft acquires Maluuba

The Montreal-based deep learning startup joins the Redmond giant to improve its artificial intelligence-driven reading and writing capabilities thanks to the "state-of-the-art technology of machine literacy" that is now owned by Microsoft.
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Oppo R9S New Year Anniversary Edition Android smartphone special/limited edition

Oppo launches R9S New Year Anniversary Edition

This new special edition handset comes in red, without any hardware changes when compared to the regular R9S - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 16 MP and so on.
Google Mapsgets update with full Uber integration and new UI for ride options

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.
Increased dependence on Smartphones for basic computing has disrupted the PC industry. (Source: T-Mobile)

PC shipments down again: Gartner

Research firm Gartner says that the PC market has declined for the 5th straight year, with 2016 ultimately showing a 6.2 percent year-on-year decline. The PC market is continuing to stagnate while the phone market continues to grow.
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Nvidia: New Quadro-GPUs for mobile workstations introduced

Nvidia: New Quadro-GPUs for mobile workstations introduced

After the CES has ended, Nvidia has announced the newest mobile workstation GPUs. The new Quadro-GPUs will be used in upcoming workstations, unfortunately, not all of them are based on Pascal.
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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged Android tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8550 SoC

Panasonic launches Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged tablet

Expected to arrive back in July in Europe, this 10.1-inch Android Marshmallow-driven tablet is now available for purchase in the US. It uses the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor and has a list price of $2,189 USD.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone, Xiaomi hopes for $14 billion revenue in 2017

Xiaomi aims for $14 billion revenue this year but stops disclosing sales figures

With more than 50 million connected devices as part of its ecosystem and over $1 billion annual revenue in India for the first time in 2016, the Chinese brand targets a total income of no less than $14 billion this year.
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Google Android 5.0 Lollipop remains the most popular version as of January 2017

Lollipop remains the most popular Android version

Although Nougat has been around for a while, its usage continues to struggle below 1 percent. Lollipop leads the market with over 33 percent, closely followed by Marshmallow, with nearly 30 percent.
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Sharp to invest over $800 million USD in OLED production

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.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Android smartphone coming to India next month

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 coming to India next week

According to an invite recently sent by Xiaomi to local media outlets, the successor of the Redmi Note 3 launches in India on January 19. Although it arrived in China with a MediaTek Helio X20 on board, the Redmi Note 4 is expected to hit India with a Snapdragon processor inside.
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LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet goes on sale via Target

LeEco Le S3 and Le Pro3 hit Target's website

As previously announced, these two unlocked Android handsets are now up for sale via Target. Le S3 has a $249.99 USD price tag, while the more powerful Le Pro3 can be acquired for $399.99 USD.
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HTC revenue for 2016 almost halved from the previous year

HTC revenue for 2016 almost halved from the previous year

While Huawei recently reported a successful year, HTC has been less fortunate with revenue falling sharply from 3.6 billion Euros in 2015 to just 2.3 billion Euros in 2016.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone China-exclusive might get a voice assistant soon

Nokia working on a voice assistant as well

Dubbed "Viki" for now, Nokia's voice assistant is expected to take on Siri, Cortana, Google Voice, and Samsung's upcoming Bixby/Kestra some day in the future. For now, there is only a recent trademark file and nothing more.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 upcoming flagship unofficial render

Samsung hopes to ship 60 million Galaxy S8 units in 2017

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Samsung aims to ship no less than 60 million Galaxy S8 handsets by the end of 2017, higher than any of the flagships they ever released.
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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Android phablet hits India and other Asian markets

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro coming to India and other Asian countries

After spending a while exclusively on the Chinese market, this Snapdragon 653-powered phablet comes to India, where is expected to become available by the end of the month. Other countries in the area, including Thailand and Vietnam, will get it soon as well.
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HP ProBook 600 G3 series coming with Kaby Lake and Radeon options

HP ProBook 600 G3 series coming with Kaby Lake and Radeon options

HP will be silently updating its affordable ProBook series with new Kaby Lake 14-inch and 15.6-inch SKUs. Prices and availability have yet to be announced.
LG's upcoming G6 may feature a unique 18:9 aspect ratio. (Source: LG)

LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels

The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby reference on official Samsung Pay webpage

Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby spotted online

Although it looks like this was not intended, Samsung might have just confirmed the Bixby voice assistant and the Pay Mini service, as both have been spotted on an official Samsung Pay beta page.
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Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

Continuing its corporate acquisition spree, the leading smart wearable maker engulfs another competitor, namely Vector Watch. This European startup is behind a lineup of smartwatches that deliver a battery life of no less than 30 days.
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Yahoo's remains to become Altaba, the rest of the company now part of Verizon Wireless

Yahoo's remains to be rebranded as Altaba

Yahoo Japan and the company's stake in Alibaba are not going to Verizon and are considered to have an impressive value - around $35 billion. These key parts will soon be known as Altaba.
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Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU Notebook Review

79% Acer TravelMate P259-MG-71UU Notebook Review

Disappointing screen. Acer launches a well-equipped 15.6-inch all-rounder on the market with the TravelMate P259-MG-71UU. The GeForce 940MX graphics core (GDDR5 version) allows playing many up-to-date computer games. Acer ruins the overall good impression with a poor screen and only middling battery life.
Intel Core i7-6500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) Android phablet now reaches Taiwan and the UAE

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) hits Taiwan and the UAE

Exclusively available in South Korea via SK Telecom until now, this 5.7-inch Android phablet has been quietly released in Taiwan and the UAE, hopefully opening the path to other markets as well.
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Samsung OLED TV and appliance factory to open in US

Samsung might open a TV and appliance manufacturing facility in the US

As a direct answer to Donald Trump’s protectionist policies, Samsung reveals that is now considering to establish an appliance factory in the US soon, but nothing is official yet.
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LG G5 Android flagship with modular design

LG anticipates its first quarterly operating loss in six years

Despite the introduction of its innovative G5 modular flagship and a 12 percent increase in revenue compared to previous quarter, LG's preliminary earning results show a loss of almost $30 million.
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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)