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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.
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.
The latest builds of Windows 10 now show occasional advertisements for OneDrive storage in the File Explorer. (Source: MSPowerUser)

Windows 10 now has ads in every major part of the OS

Microsoft's latest advertisement for OneDrive haunting the File Explorer is a milestone: now, nearly every part of the Windows 10 interface will serve users ads by default.
As of March 2017, about 97.2% of Android devices may be vulnerable to exploits in WikiLeaks' latest documents. (Picture source: Android Developers)

Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA

Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
ZTE could face up to $1.2 billion in fines for violating U.S. trade sanctions. (Picture source: ZTE)

ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions

After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
The "right to repair" legislation would legally require companies such as Apple to provide parts and service manuals for their products. (Source:

Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source

Azor tweeted that though they would begin certifying the XPS series for eGPUs, it will take at least a month to assess feasibility. (Source: Twitter)

Dell will begin certifying XPS notebooks for external graphics: Frank Azor

Alienware and XPS GM Frank Azor has stated that due to demand from customers, they will start to seek external graphics certification for their popular XPS line of notebooks. Without certification, newer graphics enclosures with the TI83 controller will not be able to connect.
Putting high-TDP components like quad-core CPUs and top-tier GPUs into a thin metal case makes avoiding thermal issues quite difficult. (Source: Razer)

Specializing in Razer laptops, enthusiast repairman aims to fix what Razer can't

If you have a Razer laptop that's broken and out of warranty, you might have an option other than paying US$700 for an out-of-warranty repair from the company: Brenden Henry is a computer enthusiast who grew up fixing phones, but now specializes in fixing issues with Razer's laptops.
Once unthinkable to purchase a laptop without, DVD drives are nowadays quite rare. (Source: Digital Trends)

DVD drive manufacturers settle class-action lawsuit over price-fixing (you might be owed US$10)

If you purchased a computer with a DVD drive or even just a stand-alone DVD play between 2003 and 2008, you may be eligible for part of a multi-million dollar settlement for price-fixing. Claimants are eligible for US$10 per device purchased during the period if they meet other eligibility requirements.
Jawbone has been fairly quiet since the release of the UP3 in September 2015. (Source: Jawbone)

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.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers

LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers

LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
With over 125 million active users, Valve's Steam digital distribution platform is the largest digital storefront for PC games. (Source: Unknown)

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.
Firefox OS and the team behind it are officially gone. (Source: Mozilla)

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.
The casing of the included power adapter can fall apart, creating a risk of electric shock. (Source: Barnes & Noble)

Barnes & Noble issues recall on NOOK Tablet 7 power adapters

Due to problems with the charger casing falling apart, Barnes & Noble has issued a recall. Affected users that send in their power adapters will receive a new charger and a $5 gift card.
The OnePlus 3T has been found to have cheated on benchmarking tools like AnTuTu. (Source: Phone Arena)

OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks

Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
After February, Coin services will no longer be available. (Source: Coin)

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.
The Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle is designed around security. (Source: Blackphone)

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, maker of popular fitness wearables, missed revenue targets for 2016. (Source: Fitbit)

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.
HP: Renewed Recall of laptop batteries (Picture source: HP)

HP: Renewed recall of laptop batteries

The PC manufacturer is recalling laptop batteries once again. This time, the Palo Alto based company recalls 101,000 batteries, the recall from last summer included less then half of that amount.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge pink line display problem reported by more users

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge facing display problems

The problem that first appeared back in March 2016 seems to have surfaced again, but Samsung still does not recognize it as a widespread issue. Even worse, when taken for repair, handsets with such problems might not be covered by warranty.
The report is alleged to reference a separate issue for both of the Note 7's battery manufacturers. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Note 7 was afflicted by two separate issues: report

Samsung is due to report on the finding of their investigation into their Galaxy Note 7 recall on Monday. Leaks allege that the fires were the result of two separate problems: one manufacturer's battery didn't quite fit into the device, and the other manufacturer's battery had a manufacturing flaw.
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.
An XPS 15 with fingerprint scanner was on display at CES, but it seems that this feature isn't quite ready. (Source: Windows Central)

The XPS 15 9560's fingerprint scanner has gone AWOL (updated with official response from Dell)

The leaked website for the XPS 9560, specs, and CES display model all showed the update to the popular 9550 would sport a fingerprint scanner. The latest information from the company suggests that it does not currently have one, but may get the option soon.
One of Razer's stolen Valerie prototypes was listed on Chinese retail site Taobao. (Source: Liliputing)

Lost and found: Razer's stolen Valerie prototype listed on Chinese retail site

After being reported stolen earlier this week, Razer's triple-display notebook, codenamed Valerie, has made an appearance on Taobao, a Chinese retail website.
Owners of 2016 Macbook Pros should expect more consistent battery life after the update. (Source: Consumer Reports)

Consumer Reports reverses opinion on Macbook Pros after retests

Following Apple's fixes, the consumer watchdog conducted retests on Macbook Pro laptops and concluded that the battery life consistency was much improved. They now recommend the notebook.
The 2016 MacBook Pros have both faced criticism over sub-par battery life compared to previous models. (Source: Apple)

Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results

Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
Dell advertises "data transfers up to 40Gbps" on the websites of the XPS 15 and 13. (Source: Dell)

(updated) XPS 9350/9550's Thunderbolt 3 may be hardwired at TB2 speeds

Schematics of the XPS 9350 show that its TB3 controller is hardware-limited to speeds half of those advertised. This may affect all notebooks with a single TB3 port, including the XPS 9360, 9550, 9560, M5510, and M5520.
By January 8, nearly all remaining Galaxy Note 7s will be rendered inoperable in the US. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)

T-Mobile rolling out Note-7-killing update; AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow

T-mobile has begun rolling out firmware designed to effectively brick remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. Verizon and AT&T will roll out the update January 5, while Sprint will wait until January 8.
Both Cyanogen OS and CyanogenMod are dead. The team has produced a fork and named it Lineage.

Cyanogen OS and CyanogenMod are dead: Long live Lineage!

After Cyanogen announced that it will suspend all services by years end, the CyanogenMod team decided to let the Open Source project die as well and continue work under a new fork named Lineage.
Apple has taken the position that there is no problem with the battery life of their new MacBooks. (Source: iFixit)

Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation

After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
You can get a percentage, but no "time remaining" estimate. (Source: 9to5Mac)

Newest macOS preview build removes battery time remaining estimates

The latest MacOS Preview has removed the "time remaining" estimate from the battery menu following complaints about the poor battery life on the new MacBook Pro models.
Samsung will be disabling connectivity and charging from some US and Canadian Note 7's next week. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)

Remaining active Samsung Note 7 phones may be disabled next week

It seems that some Note 7 owners are still stubbornly holding onto their devices—Samsung is trying to change that by disabling remaining Note 7's throughout next week.
macOS 10.12.2 is said to offer a solution for GPU problems MacBook Pro users have been experiencing.

Apple MacBook Pro: macOS update said to cure GPU problems

MacBook Pro users affected by GPU problems may look forward to the next release of macOS 10.12.2 that are said to offer a software solution for all the various GPU related problems on the new MacBooks.
VR and AR products are seeing weaker sales than analysts predicted. (Source: HTCVIVE)

VR and AR: the sales disappointments of 2016

VR/AR sales were expected to pick up strongly in late 2016, yet the opposite has happened. Experts blame an immature ecosystem.
Just one year after it came to market, the Nexus 5X is fit for scrap if it breaks.

Google/LG Nexus 5X: LG offers refund because an essential part is out of stock

The one year old Nexus 5 may be fit for scrap if it suffers from hardware failures because a certain not specified part is out of stock and won't be available anymore. Instead, LG offers a refund, users on reddit report.
Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR

Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR

Volunteers that downloaded the Android 7.0 Beta are unable to user their Samsung Gear VRs, as the headset only works on Samsung phones.
$299 for the Apple Book, a catalog of past and present Apple designs inspired comedy and ironic tweets.

The $299 Apple Book: The #AppleBook-Community makes fun of it

Apple released a catalog of past and present Apple product designs, called it Apple Book and sells it for $299. Inspiration for ironic or sarcastic comments on Twitter and for Stephen Colbert to do a short parody for the Late Show.
iFixit's teardown shows that repairs will be very difficult. (Source: iFixit)

iFixit's teardown of Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar reveals differences, difficulties

The new Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar has markedly different internals from its non-Touch Bar brother, including changes that make it horribly difficult to repair.
Some budget Android phones, like the BLU R1 HD, might have data tracking software baked into the firmware. (Source: BLU)

Some lower-end Android phones are sending user data to China

Budget phones typically have compromises for the lower price, but for certain Android devices, user security might be one of those trade-offs.
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.
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.
The burning batteries of the Galaxy Note 7 might even cause a delay for the Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Development delayed due to Galaxy Note 7 disaster

The Wall Street Journal reports, that the development of the Galaxy S8 has been delayed by two weeks because the root cause of the burning batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 has not been identified yet.
More and more airline will ban transportation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Airlines worldwide have started to ban the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Just one day after the emergency order of the DOT, airlines all over the world released similar statements, effectively banning the Galaxy Note 7 from being transported on any of their planes.
The DOT bans all Galaxy Note 7 models from US airplanes starting today.

DOT bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from airplanes in the US

Some people might still want to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 even though it has officially been recalled and ditched by Samsung. Starting today, the DOT has banned it from being transported on US airplanes.
HP: Additional lay-offs until 2019

HP: Additional lay-offs until 2019

One year after the split-up of the company, HP announces additional job-cuts, that will take place over the course of the next three years. The additional lay-offs mean that 14 % of all jobs at HP In. will be cut.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Desaster: Third quarter profit slashed by a third

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Third quarter profit slashed by a third

Samsung expects Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation will wipe operating profit over the next six month. Samsung Electronics plans to normalize its mobile business by expanding sales of flagship models such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
The grey bar at the top of the screen is one way to tell if your iPhone 6 suffers from "Touch Disease".

Apple iPhone 6 "Touch Disease": More law firms join class action lawsuit

Three lawfirms have joined the class action lawsuit against Apple regarding the "Touch Disease" issues on many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus-models from 2014.
Samsung warns users about using the Galaxy Note 7 and stops worldwide sales.

Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been stopped

Samsung issued a statemen, warning users about using the Galaxy Note 7 and asking all retail partners and carriers to stop selling it. This comes just one day after Samsung stopped production of the Galaxy Note 7.
Even the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units seem to be unfit for general use.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units still exploding: Stop using them!

Last week has been a disastrous one for Samsung and its current flagship the Galaxy Note 7. Even the new model that was said to be safe to use, exploded in five cases and caused injuries. Tech magazines recommend to stop using them and get a refund.
The BlackBerry Priv, presumably the last BlackBerry-developed smartphone

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.

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