additional restrictions: Fail
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source
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.
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.
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 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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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
Volunteers that downloaded the Android 7.0 Beta are unable to user their Samsung Gear VRs, as the headset only works on Samsung phones.
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 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 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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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