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Samsung dual camera setup to get thinner, described in a patent filing

Samsung patent shows a thinner dual camera setup

In addition to the company's existing patents on dual camera technology, Samsung has recently filed a new one that describes a thinner dual camera setup that also provides better low light performance when compared to existing solutions.
Xiaomi has sold 250,000 Redmi 4A Android smartphone in India in less than 5 minutes

Xiaomi sold 250k Redmi 4A smartphones in four minutes

This affordable handset went out of stock last week as no less than 250,000 units were sold in a flash sale via in less than five minutes. However, over one million potential customers chose to be notified about the availability of this smartphone.
Intel's Optane Memory is coming to consumer markets in bite-size capacities. (Photo source: Intel)

Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets

The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
The Galaxy Note 7, which was killed off last year, may be making a triumphant return (Source: Samsung)

Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices

Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Huawei P10 Android flagship color options, Huawei handsets to come to the US via AT&T

AT&T might bring Huawei handsets to the US

Huawei handsets arrived officially in the US last August, when the Honor 8 premium smartphone made its debut via Best Buy, Amazon, and other major retailers. Now, the Chinese brand is in talks with AT&T to add a HiSilicon-powered handset to the carrier's portfolio.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be manufactured in India by May 2017 as well

Apple to start making iPhones in India this spring

Although the Indian government has not accepted most of Apple's demands for financial incentives, the Cupertino giant is expected to begin iPhone manufacturing in Bangalore by mid-May.
Apple retail store in Cologne opens late March 2017

Apple opens three new stores

The new stores in Nanjing, Miami, and Cologne introduce The Forum to each of these cities, also featuring The Boardroom space where business customers can get hands-on training and advice.
Micron Q2 2017 revenue up 58 percent YoY

Micron quarterly revenue up 58 percent YoY

The rising demand for DRAM and NAND flash components have boosted Micron from red to black with profits reaching 894 million USD in the last quarter alone.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

90% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

New business benchmark? The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is already the 5th generation of the extremely portable business laptop. Lenovo not only equips its flagship device with modern Kaby Lake processors, but also uses a completely reworked chassis including modern ports. Update: The review is now complete.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
LG G6 Android flagship shipping to T-Mobile customers already

T-Mobile already shipping the LG G6

Although it started to take pre-orders after the other three major carriers in the US, it appears that T-Mobile is the first one to ship the latest LG flagship. Official sales are scheduled to begin at the end of next week (Verizon Wireless) and on April 6 (the others).
T-Mobile's Scam ID service will identify possible scam phone calls. (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings

Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Android Pay in action, Etsy gets Android Pay support

Etsy adds Android Pay support

Now one of the most popular online stores for handmade and vintage items, Etsy has just added Android Pay support for its customers in the UK and the US. However, some users might have to wait for this feature for a while, since Android Pay support for Etsy seems to be rolling out in stages.
FreedomPop V7 Android smartphone, FreedomPop intros $5 USD family plan with 1 GB data

FreedomPop intros $5 USD prepaid family plan

While other carriers in the US introduce unlimited data plans, FreedomPop focuses on affordability. Its new plan starts at $5 USD per line a month, offering unlimited text, talk, and 1 GB of shareable data.
HP EliteBook 725 G4 (A12-9800B, Full-HD) Notebook Review

87% HP EliteBook 725 G4 (A12-9800B, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Bristol Ridge business.HP's 12.5-inch EliteBook is powered by an AMD APU. Thus, HP is one of the few manufacturers that still use AMD's APUs in the business sector. The APU is supported by an IPS panel, NVMe SSD, and LTE modem. Unfortunately, the laptop fan emits a subtle whistling sound.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch with LTE coming soon

Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE coming soon

The 4G LTE-enabled Gear S3 Classic smartwatch will soon be available via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Availability and pricing depend on each wireless carrier and should be unveiled soon.
LG Pay unveil event, service launching in South Korea this June

LG Pay to finally launch in June

Apple Pay and Samsung Pay will get a competitor made by LG after all since it is now official that LG Pay would launch this June in South Korea, although there is no information about its availability in other areas yet.
Fujitsu LifeBook U757 (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Fujitsu LifeBook U757 (7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

For mouse users, part II. After recently having tested the Lifebook U747, the U757 has found its way into our test labs. Read in our in-depth report whether the U757 receives a purchase recommendation.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.7 kg
HP EliteBook 840 G4 (7200U, Full HD) Laptop Review

87% HP EliteBook 840 G4 (7200U, Full HD) Laptop Review

Hardly any changes. HP now ships its business notebooks with Kaby Lake processors as well, but the rest is pretty much unchanged. This is also the case for the display, which is quite bright, but it disappoints in all other areas.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg
An improvement of the Speed Step technology, Speed Shift enables much faster power state transitions to increase performance and save battery life. (Source: Intel)

Dell won't enable Speed Shift on the XPS 15 9550 and 9560

After more than a year of badgering by customers waiting for the performance-enhancing technology to be enabled, a Dell representative has stated that though both the 9550 and 9560 support Speed Shift, their engineers are not in the mood to enable it.
Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20S limited edition smartwatch coming next month

Casio unveils Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20S limited edition watch

This new smartwatch is based on the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 and has similar specs, but comes with a blue and black color scheme and sapphire crystal and ion plating protection.
Google has admitted that less than half of the active Android devices in 2016 received security updates. (Source: Phone Arena)

Google promises better security for Android in 2017

Google has promised to provide more frequent and timely security updates for Android in 2017 due to the increasing number of Android-powered devices and the corresponding threat from malware.
The Getac F110 G3 is an 11.6-inch Skylake-based ruggedized tablet. (Source: Getac)

US Army goes for Windows with an order of nearly 10,000 ruggedized tablets

The US Army has ordered 9,783 Getac F110 G3 ruggedized tablets. The 11.6-inch tablets run Windows 10, have bonded-touch displays, dual battery capability, 4G LTE, NFC, barcode scanners, and pack full security suites.
Samsung Pay launches in India, now fully available in 12 global markets

Samsung Pay launches in India

This mobile payments service debuts in India integrating Paytm and the government's Unified Payments Interface into the Samsung Pay app. Its launch makes India the 12th market to get full Samsung Pay support.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

A worthy successor? Following Lenovo’s delivery of a good outcome in the business sector with its ThinkPad 13 last year, the manufacturer now sends the successor based on Kaby Lake CPUs into the race. We examined whether Lenovo is successful and has listened to our complaints concerning the predecessor.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Canada may soon ban most electronics from passenger cabins.

Canada may also ban laptops and tablets on some flights

Following the US and UK ban on carry-on electronics, the Canadian government is considering doing the same. News reports claiming terrorists are planning battery explosives serve as part of the reason for the ban.
People's Republic of China flag, custom Windows 10 by Microsoft now ready

Chinese-customized Windows 10 edition ready for launch

Around a year after hearing about its development from Microsoft officials, it looks like the custom Windows 10 version for Chinese enterprise clients is ready to hit the market.
Xiaomi Redmi 4x Android smartphone, Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Xiaomi opens second factory in India

Thanks to the addition of a second factory in India, the Chinese brand is now capable of producing one smartphone per second during operational hours. Xiaomi India's head reveals that Xiaomi manufactures locally 95 percent of the Xiaomi handsets sold there.
People who work during their flight are among those affected by the ban.

Laptops and tablets are banned by the US and UK on various flights

First the US, now the UK. A US ban on carry-on consumer electronics larger than a cellphone, such as laptops, tablets, and e-readers, has been expanded to include UK flights. The ban covers flights to and from airports in several Muslim-majority countries.

AMD PRO A12-9830B Notebook Processor

Bristol Ridge x86 4 cores @ 3000 - 3700 MHz 28nm
Test Toshiba Portégé X20W

88% Toshiba Portégé X20W (7600U, 512 GB) Convertible Review

360 degrees on a diet. Toshiba saves in terms of weight. The X20W is lighter than every other 360-degree convertible and even lighter than most tablets with a keyboard dock. Do stability and cooling come up short?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1 kg

AMD PRO A12-9800B SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Bristol Ridge x86 4 cores @ 2700 - 3600 MHz 28nm
LeEco Le Pro3 Android phablet, LeEco to withdraw from the US

LeEco apparently failed in the US

Although this Chinese company managed to set in motion its expansion in the area last October, LeEco is now planning to sell the Silicon Valley property they purchased from Yahoo.
Fujitsu unveils VR Ready Celsius H970 mobile workstation

CeBIT 2017 | Fujitsu unveils VR Ready Celsius H970 mobile workstation

The 17.3-inch workhorse will launch next month with Intel Xeon processor options and Quadro GPUs up to the P5000.
The Guess Connect with Android Wear 2.0 is expected this fall. (Source: Guess)

Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches

The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
OnePlus One flagship killer most popular handset with LineageOS on board

LineageOS hits the one million users mark

Just a few months after rising from CyanogenMod's ashes, LineageOS has more than one million users, OnePlus One being the handset with the most installs. The second spot belongs to OnePlus 3 and 3T.
Fujitsu announces Lifebook U937 and S937 business notebooks

CeBIT 2017 | Fujitsu announces 13.3-inch Lifebook U937 and S937 starting at 1650 Euros

The super-light S937 will come in at just under 1 kg while the U937 promises double-digit battery life with its modular secondary battery.
Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform is now official, first devices to use it coming in second quarter

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform now official

This new mobile chip was unveiled in New Delhi and promises to bring 4G LTE connectivity to low-end handsets, the first devices to use it being expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2017.
Much faster than the transistors found in NAND cells, 3D XPoint uses a latticework of filaments to store data via resistance. (Source: Micro, Intel)

Intel's super-fast Optane SSD now available for enterprises


NVIDIA Quadro M1200 - Benchmarks and Specs

640 Maxwell cores @ 991MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 5000MHz
The CI549 Nano is a passively cooled mini PC made for businesses. (Source: ZOTAC)

Zotac set to release business-centric mini PCs at CeBIT 2017

The small form factor PCs are meant for business professionals and sport features like Intel AMT and Intel UNITE.
In a move later echoed by Samsung, LG mis-diagnosed the original problem and sent out replacements with the same issue. (Source:

LG faces class-action lawsuit over G4 and V4 hardware faults

LG is facing a class-action lawsuit over bootloops in their G4 and V10 handsets. Customers first complained of the issue over a year ago and were offered replacements, yet many of the replacement smartphones still suffered from the same issues.
China has been facing criticism regarding economic policies viewed as unfriendly to many foreign companies. (Source: Karishma Sheth)

Apple invests US$500 million into opening two more Chinese R&D centers

Apple has announced it will open two more research and development centers in Suzhou and Shanghai. The two additional centers will join the existing two slated to open in Beijing and Shenzhen. The total cost of the investment will be at least US$500 million.
Montblanc Summit Android Wear 2.0 premium smartwatch coming in May 2017

Montblanc Summit premium smartwatch coming to the US in May

The first smartwatch of this German brand is expected to start at $890 USD, offering a heart rate monitor, microphone, and barometer, but lacking more advanced features such as GPS, cellular, or NFC connectivity.
Alexa is now available to help in the Amazon iOS app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS

The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Microsoft's resolution to a problem they created is to upgrade your PC to Windows 10. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft blocks Windows 7 and 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs

As promised by the Redmond company last year, Microsoft will soon begin blocking updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen platforms.
Nokia 6 Android smartphone passes a series of tough durability tests

Nokia 6 is as durable as its iconic ancestors

This recently released Android Nokia smartphone proved to be very durable when tested by YouTube user JerryRigEverything, its only weakness being the flimsy fabric that covers the earpiece.
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.
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.
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.
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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