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The Light Phone is about as simple as a mobile phone can get. (Source: Light)

Light Phone will begin shipping November 30th

After major delays, the crowd funded "anti-smartphone" will finally begin shipping to initial backers at the end of the month.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

November 2016 update. Here's a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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OnePlus 2 Android smartphone gets CyanogenMod 14.1

CyanogenMod 14.1 hits more devices

This very popular, free community-driven distribution of Android is now compatible with nine additional handsets, including the OnePlus One flagship killer, Nexus 6, Moto G 2015, and OnePlus Two.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

November 2016 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

November 2016 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
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iPhone assembly lines may soon become a rarity in Asia. (Photo Source: Cult Of Mac)

iPhone manufacturing might be moved to USA

"iPhone: Made in the USA?" Apple may ask iPhone manufacturers to move production to the United States in the future.
Sony Xperia Ear wireless earbuds with personal assistant features now available

Sony Xperia Ear hits the stores

The waterproof Xperia Ear wireless earbuds are finally available in stores. This accessory can recognize voice commands and head movements, also acting as a useful personal assistant.
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HTC 10 Android flagship to get Nougat update soon

Android 7.0 Nougat coming soon to HTC 10 handsets

HTC has recently introduced the Bolt, also known as HTC 10 Evo, a handset loaded with Android Nougat that is closely related to the HTC 10 flagship. Now, it looks like the Nougat update is ready for the HTC 10.
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Eurocom: Twitter poll for Black Friday Super Special

Eurocom: Twitter poll for Black Friday Super Special

Black Friday ahead: Eurocom launches a Twitter only Black Friday Super Special where fans can vote for the system they would like to be discounted on Black Friday.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

November 2016 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

November 2016 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$130) 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.
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OnePlus 3 Android smartphone sales now over in Europe and the US

OnePlus 3 sales stopped in the US and Europe

Less than six months after its introduction, the OnePlus 3 flagship is taken out of the US and European markets, leaving room for the OnePlus 3T. Unfortunately, its successor is also more expensive.
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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is built on Samsung's 10 nm process and brings some solid improvements. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 processor built on Samsung's 10 nm process

The new SoC is the first to be built on Samsung's new, smaller 10 nm FinFET process. This chip should bring faster performance and better energy efficiency.
IntraFace app by FacioMetrics, Facebook acquires FacioMetrics

Facebook acquires FacioMetrics

Thanks to this acquisition, Facebook might soon be able to build facial gesture controls for its app. Right now, Facebook’s Oculus division is already working on using emotions and gestures to change avatars via "VR emoji."
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Huawei Mate 8 Android phablet to get Android Nougat update soon

Nougat update coming soon to Huawei Mate 8

Although this update is not official yet, someone found it and unleashed it online on the XDA Developers forums. Since this is an unofficial release, it may come with some bugs and it is not suitable for everyone yet.
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Global notebook shipments to drop 4% in 2016

Global notebook shipments to drop 4% in 2016

Global notebook shipments for 2016 is estimated to decline by 4% compared with the prior year to around 157.9 million units, reports global research firm TrendForce. Laptop shipments will continue to fall next year.
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Samsung hopes to capitalize on messaging tech with its new acquisition. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung acquires NewNet Communication Technologies

The acquisition aims to improve and standardize Samsung's messaging platform and enhance the messaging experience for its customers.
Apple could get into Augmented Reality using smart glasses (Image: Forbes)

Apple: Augmented Reality iPhone extension using smart glasses?

Apple could get into Augmented Reality extensions for their iPhone as early as 2018, reports suggest. Apparently the Cupertino company has ordered near-eye-displays for early experiments with smart glasses.
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Samsung desktop PC with Harman/Kardon audio, Samsung buys Harman

Samsung acquires Harman

The deal is valued at $8 billion ($112 USD per share in cash) and, once it closes, it enables Samsung to have a significant presence in the automotive electronics market, also giving the South Korean giant access to various audio technologies.
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Google Play Music relaunch November 2016 with

Google Play Music relaunches

The music streaming service by Google now relies on machine learning to create and curate playlists, also adding offline playing capabilities. Google Play Music also gets an overhauled home screen.
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Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge hits T-Mobile mid-November 2016

Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge coming to T-Mobile this Friday

Right now, AT&T is the only carrier taking pre-orders for the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge. However, a recent leak reveals that T-Mobile will add the new color option to its portfolio on November 18.
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Apple iPhone 7 und iPhone 7 Plus boost iOS Share in US

Apple iPhone 7 und iPhone 7 Plus boost iOS Share in US

The latest smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows a solid 5.2% percentage point US market share increase for iOS during the third quarter of 2016. Best-selling smartphones in the US: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral Android flagship, Samsung's US sales expected to decline

Samsung handset sales in the US might decline

Since it is widely believed that the next US government will increase the tariff on technology products, including smartphones, the future looks grim for Samsung. However, protectionist initiatives would hit LG and other companies as well.
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

November 2016 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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Chinese manufacturers keeping smartphone market competitive

Chinese manufacturers keeping smartphone market competitive

While Apple and Samsung collectively control almost one-third of the worldwide smartphone market, competing manufacturers like Huawei, Vivo, and Oppo are still on the rise and inching closer to grabbing a larger share of the pie.
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Affinity Photo, a powerful photo editing tool and alternative to Photoshop, is now available for Windows. (Source: Affinity Photo)

Serif's Affinity Photo app now available for Windows as a beta

Serif's Affinity Photo, named by Apple as the best app for Macs in 2015, was recently made available as a beta for Windows. Could this move encourage creatives to leave Photoshop behind for a cheaper alternative?
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Huawei P9 Android flagship - over 9 million units shipped so far

Huawei has sold 9 million P9 flagships

Since its release back in April, this flagship managed to ship 9 million units, mainly in its home market and in Europe. Huawei announced breaking the 6 million P9 units sold back in September.
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LG V20 Android flagship gets the 2017 CES Innovation Award in the wireless handsets category

CES 2017 | LG gets 21 CES 2017 Innovation Awards

The tech giant has earned awards in no less than 11 highly competitive categories, including wireless handsets, headphones, video displays, portable media players, and computer peripherals.
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OnePlus 3 Android smartphone gets Nougat beta later this month

OnePlus 3 Nougat beta coming this month

While the first community beta is expected to arrive by the end of this month, an OTA update for all OnePlus 3 handsets is also said to launch by the end of the year. However, delays might still occur.
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Individual chargers for Apple's new Macbook Pro notebooks don't include the cable required to charge the device. (Source: Apple)

Individual Macbook Pro chargers don't come with a USB-C cable

Macbook Pro users hoping to buy additional chargers for their new device will have to provide their own USB Type-C cables.
Samsung Pay early access goes live in Canada

Samsung Pay early access now live in Canada

Although this service is not officially available yet, Samsung Pay is now available in advance of its formal announcement, but only CIBC customers can use it for the time being.
Acer TravelMate P249-M-3895 (Core i3) Notebook Review

80% Acer TravelMate P249-M-3895 (Core i3) Notebook Review

Cheap business laptop. Acer offers the TravelMate P249-M for 550 Euros (~$600). This 14-inch notebook is quiet, packs good battery life and it has a three-year warranty. In addition, this TravelMate has keyboard lighting and a free M.2 slot.
Intel Core i3-6100U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2.1 kg
CyanogenMod 14.1 based in Android 7.1 Nougat nightly build now available

CyanogenMod 14.1 rolls out

Not long after hearing that development of 14.0 has been dropped and the next CyanogenMod version would be the Android 7.1 Nougat-based 14.1, the first nightly build becomes available for download.
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Asus Zenbook UX330UA Notebook Review

85% Asus Zenbook UX330UA Notebook Review

Elegant long-runner. The new Zenbook by Asus inherits the best qualities of the series, such as a superb casing and low weight. Apart from the somewhat mediocre input devices, it does not present many shortcomings especially not in the fantastic battery runtimes.
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
AMD's Radeon Pro WX series will be available for purchase November 10th and 18th. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces availability of Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards

Announced in July, AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards have finally started shipping to retailers. Are the workstation-grade cards an improvement on the previous FirePro line?
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452 (Core i5, Full HD) Notebook Review

82% Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452 (Core i5, Full HD) Notebook Review

Entry-level business companion. This 14-inch Acer model has a lot to offer: simple upgrade options, good battery life, fast SSD and a reliable keyboard. The screen is the only weak point of this package: a TN panel with poor viewing angles.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2.1 kg
Will Lenovo focus on the Moto brand for mobile phones in the future?

Lenovo might consolidate all phone business under the Moto brand

According to a rumor out of Chinese Weibo, Lenovo might plan to consolidate all of its phone business under the Moto brand. Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing might have confirmed this rumor after a conference in Beijing last week.
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Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE Convertible Review

86% Lenovo Yoga Book 2016 Windows 64GB LTE Convertible Review

Sketchbook for creators. Not satisfied with stylus inputting on a tablet? Lenovo now has the handy solution for all creative minds: Write with ink on paper and work digitally, anyway. The 10-millimeter Book is not an all-rounder, but it can do more than just digitize ink. Find out what this is in our detailed report.
Intel Atom x5-Z8550 | Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) | 10.1" | 695 g
Apple is now fifth place in global laptop shipments

Apple is now fifth place in global laptop shipments

HP, Lenovo, and Dell collectively command over 50 percent of the worldwide notebook market with Asus, Apple, and Acer well behind.
Lenovo Quarterly Numbers: Smartphone-business continues to loose money

Lenovo Quarterly Numbers: Smartphone-business continues to loose money

Lenovo, the world biggest PC manufacturer, has released its newest quarterly numbers. The smartphone business continues to be a major problem for the company, as Lenovo is loosing millions with it. Only the PC business and the selling of company property (buildings) saved the company from loosing money overall.
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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier hits AT&T, pre-orders begin

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier pre-orders begin on AT&T

When purchased alongside a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a two-year plan on AT&T, this smartwatch has a price tag of just $49.99 USD. Without the handset, it comes for $17.50 USD per month for 20 months.
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Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone with 4G

Tizen for IoT devices coming in 2017

Sources familiar with the matter reveal that Samsung plans to run Tizen on a much wider range of devices than now by early 2017, including small appliances such as vacuum cleaners.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Notebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Notebooks

November 2016 update. Top 10 Workstation laptops with professional graphics cards reviewed by Notebookcheck
Windows 10: Market-share stagnates without free upgrade (Picture: Netmarketshare)

Windows 10: Market-share stagnates without free upgrade

Bad news for Microsoft: After the free upgrade-offer is gone, the market share of Windows 10 is no longer increasing. This is revealed by the newest usage-share numbers from Statcounter and NetMarketshare.
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Users most satisfied with Apple and Microsoft tablets according to study

Users most satisfied with Apple and Microsoft tablets according to study

Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and Amazon are performing above user expectations while HP, Asus, Acer, and LG are below average.
A prototype of the Dell Smart Desk, which Dell will officially announce at CES 2017. (Source: Dell)

Dell unveils alternative to Microsoft's Surface Studio

With the announcement of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial, Microsoft has intrigued consumers with an innovative computing experience. However, Dell has recently unveiled an alternative to the Surface Studio they've been developing since 2014.
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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro in Gunmetal Gray, Project Tango Android phablet

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro now available for $499.99 USD

The long-awaited 6.4-inch Android phablet that brings Google Tango 3D to the masses can be purchased for $499.99 USD. The specs are those previously announced, including a QHD display and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
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Tablet market continues to decline as of Q3 2016

Tablet market continues to decline as of Q3 2016

Apple, Lenovo, and Samsung tablet sales are down while Huawei and Amazon are up significantly from the previous year.
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA Notebook Review

75% HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA Notebook Review

Generation change. Higher processing performance, finally a Full HD display and a faster storage device turn HP's new notebook into a true office all-rounder. Despite these new features, the laptop has also inherited disadvantageous properties.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android smartphone now available

Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge now official

Initially scheduled to become available for the ill-fated Note 7 phablet, the Blue Coral finish is now ready for the Galaxy S7 Edge handset. The colors already available for this phone include white, silver, black, and two gold flavors (platinum and pink).
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