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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) 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 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: 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 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.
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.
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
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
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
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.
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.
Nintendo has sold over 1.5 million NES Classic Edition consoles
The affordable mini console with 30 classic titles pre-installed that ships with a controller similar to the original NES controller managed to record over than 1.5 million units sold.
AMD revenue up 7 percent YoY with significantly reduced operating losses
Things are looking up for AMD on the eve of the its performance-oriented Ryzen and Vega platforms.
Sony revises forecasts downwards after Xperia sales disappoint
Sony's smartphone business has contracted sharply over the past two years as the company restructures to focus on profits. While the company might appear to be struggling, at least they are no longer bleeding cash.
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.
Smartwatch year-on-year sales barely increased in 2016
While growth was ultimately positive, the increase was insignificant. The total number of smartwatches shipped in 2016 numbered 21.1 million, an increase of 1.4% over the previous year. The Apple Watch is dominating the market by a significant margin.
Valve and other publishers under EU investigation for region-locking games
Valve, Bandai Namco, Zenimax, Capcom, Focus Home, and Koch Media are under investigation by the European Commission for anti-competitive practices due to region-locking games within the EU.
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.
Take-Two Interactive buys Social Point
One year after its rival Activision acquired Candy Crush Saga publisher King, Take-Two Interactive enters the free-to-play mobile game industry by taking over Spanish mobile game developer Social Point.
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is already outselling its predecessor in South Korea
The Galaxy A5 is not coming to the U.S. and is only available for pre-order in parts of Europe, but it is already selling like hotcakes in its home region.
HTC vice president quits the company
After more than a decade with the company, HTC's global executive vice president Jason Mackenzie announces its decision to quit. While the company did not announce a successor yet, Mackenzie did not unveil his plans for the future either.
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.
Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February
While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
Plex acquires news streaming service Watchup
The media streaming service Plex will bring reliable news streaming into the mix with the acquisition of Watchup.
Farewell to a legend: NAMCO founder Masaya Nakamura has passed away
The Founder and CEO of NAMCO brought joy to millions with arcade hits like Pac-Man, Galaxian, and Pole Position.
Nintendo expected to sell 12 million Switch consoles in Japan
A study that appears overly optimistic at this stage shows that almost 11 percent of Japan's population will buy the Nintendo Switch console, which means over 12 million units.
Enthusiasts bring classic ThinkPad designs to the modern era
Classic ThinkPads are alive and well thanks to some dedicated enthusiasts in China. With a completely custom-made motherboard, 1400 x 1050 IPS panel, Broadwell CPU, and updated ports, the X62 is a modern laptop in retro clothing.
Intel yearly revenue up while sales continue to dwindle
Profits are down 10 percent YoY to 10.3 billion USD despite a revenue jump of 7 percent.
Nextbit Robin team acquired by Razer
The Nextbit team, developers of the Robin cloud-based smartphone project, have been acquired by Singaporean gaming hardware company Razer.
Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices
The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
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.
Comcast's wireless phone service coming later this year
The rumors about the launch of Comcast's wireless phone service were confirmed back in September 2016, and now more details surface. The service would use both Comcast WiFi hotspots and Verizon's LTE network, being expected to launch in stages, starting this summer.
Windows 10 leading the market according to Microsoft
A graph revealed by the Redmond giant showing the install base of the Windows operating systems still supported by Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 has been leading the market since last November.
Oppo and Vivo are now the 4th and 5th largest smartphone manufacturers worldwide
Both Lenovo and LG are no longer two of the top five largest smartphone manufacturers while Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the market with over 38 percent of worldwide shipments.
Microsoft releases Q4 2016 financials, cloud services are key
Office 365 continues to pay off for the Redmond tech giant as cloud services were the greatest contributor to revenue.
Toshiba to sell part of its memory business
Due to the cost overruns expected to reach several billion dollars incurred by its US nuclear business, the Japanese company is spinning off part of its flash memory division and selling a stake in the resulting business.
Google Maps now shows parking difficulty icon for 25 US metro areas
In addition to the tools for drivers, commuters, and pedestrians available until now, Google Maps now shows parking difficulty icons based on previous and historical parking data.
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.
Kyocera announces Japan-exclusive washable smartphone
The rafre KYV40 smartphone will be available via KDDI Corporation and is the successor of the world's first "hand-soap-washable smartphone," namely DIGNO rafre. It comes with Nougat on board, as well as a hand gesture-operated cooking app.
Intel establishing pilot plant to test 7nm manufacturing process
Intel has revealed its plans to pilot 7-nm semiconductor fabrication technologies. The pilot plant will work on perfecting the process over the next few years, and then replicate the process at its plants worldwide.
Microsoft's Lumia smartphone sales numbers disappoint
Windows Phone may be on its last legs, but Microsoft isn't giving up on smartphones just yet. The upcoming Surface Phone represents all of the company's hopes and dreams when it comes to the mobile market.
LG Q4 2016 financial results show a weakening smartphone business
LG smartphone revenue increased by 15 percent QoQ due to strong sales of the V20, but YoY results have fallen dramatically. Sales of OLED and UHD TVs, however, have been keeping the company afloat.
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.
Acer has an array of niche laptops planned for 2017
From the monstrous Predator 21 X gaming notebook to the Chromebook 11 N7, Acer has a wide range of laptops coming this year looking to capitalize on a few specific markets that have become the primary drivers of the PC market as consumer demand slows.
Japan Display unveils 5.5-inch flexible LCD display
A cheaper flexible touchscreen display has just been introduced by Japan Display, who decided to use the older (and cheaper) LCD panel instead of the more expensive OLED technology.
Huawei P8 Lite (2017) hits the UK
The successor of the first P8 Lite handset, simply known as P8 Lite (2017), is expected to debut in the UK next Wednesday. Priced at almost $235 USD without a contract, this smartphone will also be available with a contract.
A growing Asia Pacific market helps drive PC gaming high-water mark
A growing Asia-Pacific market and strong sales of high-end notebooks in North America and Western Europe together have driven the PC market's stellar performance.
Samsung gets first dibs on Snapdragon 835 production, others wait until April
Industry sources that Samsung is hording the majority of the Snapdragon 835 SoCs to itself, causing other companies to have to use older, less desirable chipsets. The 835 is Qualcomm's design, but is being made using Samsung's 10nm manufacturing technology.
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