additional restrictions: Business
Windows 7 will be sold alongside new PC in 2017. Although Microsoft still won´t allow official Kaby Lake support for the older operating system, the OEMs still have a way to offer new systems with Windows 7 preloaded.
LeEco formally enters the US market in October
Chinese manufacturer LeEco will hold a launch event in California on October 19, thus marking its official debut on US soil.
Mastercard launches new developer API platform
The Mastercard Developers platform offers access to a range of APIs for digital payments, data and security, including newer categories such as AR, VR and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Spotify might acquire SoundCloud
The two companies are said to be in advanced talks, but there is no official confirmation yet. Spotify would benefit from SoundCloud's rich indie collection, but there could be more to such a deal.
Acer Chromebook R13 now up for pre-order
This Chrome OS-driven convertible notebook with a 13.3-inch touchscreen is up for pre-order with a price tag of $429.99 USD and will begin shipping next month.
Xiaomi to open 1,000 retail stores by 2020
Although the Chinese company only has 25 retail stores right now, they are planning to go all the way up to 1,000 by 2020.
Apple & Deloitte team up to bring iOS to the workplace
Apple and Deloitte are joining forces to help businesses design and implement solutions for iPhone and iPad. Key to this partnership is Deloitte's dedicated team of iOS specialists that will help customers.
Mozilla buries Firefox OS for good
Although Mozilla had hopes to keep this operating system around for use in at least some other devices instead of handsets, the company has finanlly decided to completely stop all work on it.
Samsung Pay celebrates its first birthday
One year since its official US launch, Samsung Pay is now rolling out a few new features, store coupons, and cloud storage backup.
Google Play Music now available in India
Almost five years after the music store went live in the US, Google finally releases Play Music on the Android dominated Indian market.
BlackBerry: All internal hardware-development ceases
Because of the continuing failure produce any profit, BlackBerry is ceasing all internal hardware-development. All future BlackBerry hardware will be engineered by partners, BlackBerry is going to concentrate on software and security.
Apple: New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Skylake processors?
According to an analyst at IHS Markit, Apple will release new MacBook Pro models and a new MacBook Air with Intel Skylake processors instead of Kaby Lake silkon because production started too early for Kaby Lake.
T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Samsung Cloud and the last security update
The new firmware contains the September Security Maintenance Release, but it also delivers the Samsung Cloud features like sync for photos, videos, and other files.
Wearables: Enterprise device shipments reach 154 Million by 2021
ABI Research forecasts global wearable device shipments to increase from nearly 202 million in 2016 to more than 501 million by 2021. 17% of these will be attributed to enterprise end users in 2016.
Lenovo Moto Z and Moto G4 to get Nougat later this year
A Lenovo official has recently unveiled that the Moto Z and the Moto G4 families are scheduled to get Android 7.0 in the fourth quarter of this year.
Logitech SmartDock and Surface Pro 4 for Skype Business Meetings
The Logitech video collaboration team announced a new meeting room solution at Microsoft Ignite: Logitech SmartDock. Logitech and Skype for Business combine to create an elegant, affordable, easy-to-use conference room system.
LG Pay launch delayed until next year
Although expected to arrive this year, LG Pay is now scheduled to launch in 2017, apparently due to issues encountered during testing in South Korea.
Motorola Mobility: More layoffs, 500 employees left
Lenovo continues the layoffs at Motorola, hundreds of employees loose their job. Once, Motorola Mobility had 20.000 employees, now only 500 are left in Chicago.
Lenovo: ThinkPad E470/E570 leaked
Although Kaby Lake has already been announced, the business notebook-sector is still settled with Intels 2015 platform Skylake. This might change soon, because today the first Lenovo ThinkPads of the Kaby Lake generation were leaked.
Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices
After leaving the 300 million mark behind in May, Microsoft's operating system reaches now a new milestone, running on no less than 400 million devices.
Dell Latitude 14 3470 Notebook Review
Penny business. The Dell Latitude 3470 is a device that wants to attract users with its low price. Read our review to find out if this works.
Intel Core i3-6100U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14.0" | 1.8 kg
Intel Core i3-6100U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14.0" | 1.8 kg
Samsung: NVMe SSDs are the future
According to Samsung the SSD market is changing fast right now. In 2017 the faster NVMe PCIe SSDs are supposed to be more important then the older AHCI SATA III based SSDs.
Sony Xperia X Compact now available for purchase
After a short pre-order period, Sony's new 4.6-inch Xperia handset is ready to ship, its unlocked version carrying a price tag of $499.99 USD.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros
September 2016 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$135) reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions. May 2016 update.
HP: Windows Phone Elite X3 postponed because of unfinished software
The Elite X3 from HP is no doubt the most important Windows Smartphone of 2016. Now it seems the release of the phone could be partly postponed. The software is still unfinished.
Moto E3 Power sold 100,000 units on its first day
The new Moto E handset managed to break the previous record of first-day smartphone sales via Flipkart.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S gets Android Marshmallow on Verizon
After moving from KitKat to Lollipop, this two-year-old slate on Verizon finally gets Android Marshmallow, but this update also removes some bloatware as well.
Black Onyx Galaxy Note 7 coming next month
Since the first batch of jet black iPhone 7 handsets sold out very fast, Samsung is on the right path with the black onyx Note 7, to come out in early October.
Apple to open its first South Korean store
Unconfirmed reports from sources familiar with the matter claim that Apple signed three long-term lease contracts, planning to build a two- to three-story store in Seoul.
Apple's iPhone 7 has the best LCD display according to DisplayMate
After a long stream of Samsung handsets to hold the crown, the Cupertino-based giant is finally being recognized as the maker of the handset with the best LCD display, but not the best overall...
Android Pay gets updated in the US
Shortly after introducing loyalty card integration and support for Uber, this mobile payment system now gets support for 44 new banks and credit unions.
macOS Sierra now available for download
This major update brings Siri to Macs, also delivering improved sharing and optimization in iCloud, enhanced messages, Apple Watch unlocking for Macs, and more.
A large batch of safe Galaxy Note 7 units hits the US
Samsung announced that over 500,000 safe units arrived in the US, have been shipped to carrier and retail stores, and should be available for exchange starting today.
Huawei NOVA Plus heading for Canada
This Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered 5.5-inch Android handset will hit Canada as early as October 18 via Rogers, Virgin Mobile, and Fido.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sales to resume later this month
As the first replacement units for the recalled phablets begin to arrive, Samsung has already scheduled the comeback of the Galaxy Note 7. According to a spokesperson for the company, sales will resume on September 28 in South Korea and other markets, as long as conditions allow.
Oracle acquires Palerra
Founded in 2013, Palerra will join Oracle to help them extend the Oracle Identity Cloud Service with an innovative Cloud Access Security Broker. However the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and until it closes, both companies will operate independently.
The CPSC officially announces the Note 7 recall
Two weeks after Samsung, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an official recall of the Note 7 handsets sold locally as well. There are over 1 million units affected, including those sold by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and even Best Buy.
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and all jet black models, already sold out
Although Apple admitted that jet black iPhone 7 units are easier to scratch, and customers should use protective cases, these handsets are already out of stock. Even more, the silver, gold, rose gold, and black iPhone 7 handsets are only available in limited quantities for Apple retail stores' walk-in customers.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 receives Android Marshmallow
This 8-inch slate arrived on the market in June 2015, powered by a quad-core Intel Atom SoC and running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Although not available via OTA, an official Android Marshmallow update has been finally issued by Asus and can be downloaded from its website.
Sony Xperia C4 and C4 Dual get Android Marshmallow
The two handsets now get firmware versions 27.3.A.0.122 and 27.3.B.0.122, thus receiving the usual Android 6.0 features - Doze mode, Google Now on Tap, granular permissions, and more.
Rivet Networks: Killer E2500 Ethernet Controller with new Killer Control-Center
Rivet Networks, the company behind the Killer Wireless WLAN card, which are used in many high-end gaming rigs, is releasing a new Ethernet controller. The Killer E2500 is supposed to provide an extraordinary stable and fast connection, it also is accompanied by the new Killer Control-Center.
BlackBerry DTEK50 Smartphone Review
Fort Knox. BlackBerry advertises its 5.2-inch DTEK50 as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. Consequently, the mid-range handset comes with an impressive selection of security features; nevertheless it is just as easy to handle as a standard Android device.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5.2" | 135 g
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 | Qualcomm Adreno 405 | 5.2" | 135 g
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4 on AT&T get Android Marshmallow
AT&T subscribers who own these two handsets that were apparently stuck with Lollipop can finally move forward, as their devices receive Android 6.0. Unfortunately, there is little hope about an official Nougat update for them.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gets a temporary fix
This official software update stops the device from fully charging, so even the units with a defective battery should no longer blow up.
Lenovo: Is the Tango-phone Phab 2 Pro late?
Lenovo announced the Tango-Phone 2 Pro, the first commercial system with Google Tango, on their own event "TechWorld" for a release "this summer". Now it seems like Lenovo can´t hold that promised release-windows, as their website now shows a later release date. So far, we can only speculate, Lenovo hasn´t released an official reaction to the rumors yet.
Intel: Another detailed CPU-roadmap leak (2017-2018)
Every once in a while, a Intel roadmap leaks out. This week, another detailed roadmap regarding Intels next year plans surfaced online.
Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher
Since Pixel handsets running Nexus Launcher would not seem right, Google has also decided to rename this app to Pixel Launcher.
Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 launches in China
As previously rumored, this foldable smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, next to 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.
Microsoft: Lumia-production to end in December?
According to rumors, Microsoft might be planning to end the production of its Lumia smartphones in December. Its still unclear if Microsoft will bring a follow-up device to the market.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and BlackBerry Android handsets get a new security patch
The patch is dated September 6 and, as usual, fixes various Android vulnerabilities that have been discovered recently.
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