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Zen 2 cores are set to arrive in 2019. (Source: Informatica Cero)

Rumor | Leaked slides reveal AMD's 2-year roadmap, 'Raven Ridge' delayed till 2018

Leaked slides reveal AMD's plans for client CPU and GPU offerings in 2018 and 2019. Towards the end of 2018, we will likely see more information regarding Zen 2 and Vega 20. The slides also reveal an increased performance of Ryzen 5 Pro Mobile compared to the Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU.
Liquid nitrogen cooler being kept topped up. (Source: Der8auer)

Overclocker pushes i9-7980XE to 6.1 GHz, with the CPU alone using over 1000 watts of power

Well-known overclocker, der8auer, has achieved a CPU-Z validation run at 6.1 GHz on the i9-7980XE using LN2, but settled for a stable overclock of 5.7 GHz.
No indication from Showtime whether the script was placed by them, or if their websites were hacked. (Source: Showtime)

CBS-owned 'Showtime' joins The Pirate Bay and rogue chrome extensions in using your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

CoinHive's cryptomining JavaScript has been found embedded in the site code of two of Showtime's websites, causing increases CPU usage. The script has now been removed, but silence from Showtime leaves the question open on whether they had placed the code there, or if their websites were hacked.
The Ataribox will soon relive the company's classics. (Source: Atari/Venturebeat)

The AMD Radeon-powered Ataribox could launch in spring 2018 for US$250

The Ataribox is a highly customizable console, which runs on Linux and is powered by a custom AMD Radeon chip. The console is all set for a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and is likely to launch sometime around spring 2018 for no less than US$250.
The neuromorphic processor integrates 130,000 artificial neurons that can develop 130 million synapses. (source: Intel)

Intel presents its first self-learning neuromorphic processor codenamed Loihi

Intel's self-learning Loihi processor is built using the 14 nm manufacturing process and integrates 130,000 artificial neurons that can develop up to 130 million synapses. The chip can perform training and inference tasks, so it adapts in real time to environmental variables. Loihi could power self-driving cars in a few years, but it could also help improve ...
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HP Elite x2 1012 G2 (i5-7200U, 256 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

88% HP Elite x2 1012 G2 (i5-7200U, 256 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

The Elite in the business sector! The G2 now follows the G1. It is based on the meanwhile widely distributed Kaby Lake processors. A keyboard dock and active stylus still belong to the bundle. We present the elegant business companion that had to pass through our test course as usual in this test report.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.2 kg
The Google Pixel 2 is set to be official unveiled on October 4. (Source: Droid-Life)

Pixel 2 models to get another unique launcher, more

A source that has played with the Verizon version of the Google Pixel 2 has revealed some previous unknown details about the device. Interestingly, like the original Pixel, Google will give the Pixel 2 a custom Android launcher to help differentiate it from the competition.
The iPhone 8 Plus comes with an $800 price tag.

Analytic firm estimates component costs of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to be just over a third of their retail prices

With the iPhones released a few weeks ago, analytical platform IHS Markit has released a new report on the production cost of both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, with that of the 8 Plus being 37% of its retail price.
The CP600 iGame Edition comes with an RGB cooling system. (Source: Colorful)

Colorful reveals 3 new NVMe SSDs

Colorful will be the first company to ship new NVMe 1.3 M.2 2280 SSDs with the new PCIe 3.0 X4 2262/2263/2263XT controllers from SiliconMotion. There are three models: a budget CN600 DRAM-less edition, a mid-range CN600 DRAM edition, and a high-end CP600 iGame Edition. These will begin shipping in late 2017 and will be available in Asia and Europe.
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It's a good-looking one.

Gionee M7 launched - Helio P30, 18;9 display, dual rear cameras

The Gionee M7 has been launched, with the device being the first to ship with MediaTek's Helio P30 that was announced back in August.
25 years of ThinkPad notebooks: a retrospect

A look back at 25 years of ThinkPad notebooks: Part 1 - the beginnings with IBM

The ThinkPad brand is celebrating its 25th birthday - the perfect opportunity to take a look back at the development of one of the most well-known laptop brands, remembering both the good and bad sides of ThinkPad history. In the first part of this review we shall be talking about the birth of ThinkPads and their rise to become IBM's cult brand in the 90s.
Apple has released the latest version of Mac OS to its users. (Source: Apple)

Mac OS High Sierra goes live, brings VR, HEVC, Metal 2, more

Apple has released the latest version of macOS to its users. Dubbed macOS High Sierra, the new version brings the most significant system changes in decades in some instances.
The HP Elite x3 is not dead yet. (Source: HP)

HP Elite x3 not dead yet, sales to continue through to 2019

HP has committed to giving backing its Elite x3 smartphone into 2019. As one of the last Windows 10 Mobile flagship devices to be found anywhere, there had been suggestions its days are numbered.
Refreshed MacBook Pro series with ULV Kaby Lake-R could be coming soon (Source: Geekbench)

Refreshed MacBook Pro series with ULV Kaby Lake-R could be coming soon

New unconfirmed entries point to an upcoming MacBook Pro sporting the latest quad-core Core i5-8250U CPU with 8 GB of RAM.
Bing logo. (Source: Microsoft)

Siri and Spotlight: Bing out, Google in

Apple has announced they are dropping Bing as the provider of search results for Spotlight and Siri searches in favor of Google. Bing will continue to provide the image search results on Siri.
Sep 25
Asus Chromebook Flip C101 convertible now available September 25 (Source: Asus)

Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is now available in the US

The Rockchip RK3399-powered ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 convertible has a metallic body, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and can be acquired for less than US$300.
Apple iPhone 8 First Impressions

Apple iPhone 8 First Impressions

Step by step. We already suspected that Apple would only show a slightly improved version of its smartphone this year. The eighth-generation iPhone from Cupertino gets a revised chassis and more performance, which is at least more than in the previous years.
Apple A11 Bionic | Apple A11 Bionic GPU | 4.7" | 148 g
Apple iPhone 8 Plus First Impressions

Apple iPhone 8 Plus First Impressions

Big sibling, small improvement. Just like its smaller sibling, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus does not have many new features. We get a slightly revised chassis, now with a glass rear panel, as well as the new A11 chip. However, small optimizations improve the iPhone in many areas.
Apple A11 Bionic | Apple A11 Bionic GPU | 5.5" | 202 g
Intel will also release gen 8 Celeron and Pentium CPUs in 2018. (Source: Intel)

Intel officially unveils Coffee Lake desktop CPU prices and details

Intel's gen 8 desktop CPUs are expected to be available on October 5. These require the new Z370 chipset and support memory modules up to DDR4-2666. The lowest priced model is the i3-8100 quad-core at US$117, while the flagship i7-8700K 6-core/12-thread CPU costs US$359.
The docking keyboard is not offered with the tablet. (Source: Jumper)

Deal | Get the Jumper EZpad 6 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet for only US$169.99

The Jumper EZpad 6 is powered by Intel’s Atom Cherry Trail x5-Z8350 ULV quad-core CPU, comes with 4 GB DDR3LP memory plus 64 GB internal storage, and features an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display. The docking keyboard is sold separately, but shouldn't bring the total cost to more than US$200.
A variant of the Nokia 8 with extra RAM and storage is coming to Germany. (Source: Nokia)

Germany feels Nokia love, gets special Nokia 8 variant next month

German fans of the Nokia 8 are set to be the first to receive a special version of the device with a RAM upgrade to 6 GB. The new variant will also get 128 GB of storage space as well when it hits the country on October 20.
Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) foldable phone renders (Source: Pocketnow)

Foldable Samsung Galaxy Note X surfaces online

The foldable handset known as the Samsung Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) has just been spotted in a listing at South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, two months after it surfaced at Bluetooth SIG.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M910z All-in-One Desktop Review

80% Lenovo ThinkCentre M910z All-in-One Desktop Review

All work and no play. The ThinkCentre M910z is true to its heritage with an understated, functional design, easy maintenance, and capable performance—thanks to a Core i5 CPU and NVMe SSD. But how did it fare in our bevy of extensive tests and benchmarks?
Intel Core i5-7500 | Intel HD Graphics 630 | 23.8" | 10.3 kg
ZenFone 4

Hands-On: Asus ZenFone 4 series launches in Europe

Asus has presented its new ZenFone series, consisting of five models, to the European public in Rome. The series' main focus is on photography and the comparatively strong batteries. The new phones offer suitable performance for all needs - from entry-level to high-end SoCs. The Pro version even offers ad Wi-Fi.
The Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 500 is designed for the modern workspace. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo launches the ThinkSmart Hub 500

Lenovo has announced the availability of the ThinkSmart Hub 500, which is the company's first Smart Office product offering. The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is a Skype Room Systems device built for enhanced collaboration within modern meeting rooms.
The Dell Latitude 13 7370 is now available at a heavily discounted price. (Source: eBay)

Deal | The Dell Latitude 13 7000 can be yours for just US$599

Dell's premium business offering, the Latitude 13 7370, is currently available on Dell's eBay store for just US$599 — more than 50% off its original price of US$1,300. The discounted price also includes a US$100 on-page discount.
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Dell Inspiron 15 and 17 5000 budget notebooks now updated with Kaby Lake-R

Dell Inspiron 15 and 17 5000 series updated with Kaby Lake-R and Radeon graphics

Dell's affordable Inspiron 5000 family now includes the redesigned 5570 SKUs with USB Type-C and faster Radeon 530 graphics options up from the older R5 M335 and R7 M445.
Gigabyte Aero 15 X coming with GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics

Gigabyte Aero 15 X coming with GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics

The new 15.6-inch Aero 15 X is launching October 2nd with a primary 512 GB SSD for a starting price of $2200 USD.
Sep 24
A boat involved in laying the Marea undersea cable. (Source: Microsoft)

The Marea undersea cable owned by Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius is now complete between Virginia and Spain

Microsoft has announced the completion of the Marea undersea cable, a joint venture between Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius. The cable brings more bandwidth between the USA and Europe, and adds a point of redundancy in case of damage.
The Jonsbo VF-1 is a graphics card without the graphics (Source: Jonsbo)

The Jonsbo VF-1 is a desktop graphics card without the graphics

If you have no use for that PCI Express x8/x16 slot next to your graphics card, then the VF-1 GPU cooler may be just the thing. The cooler adds three more active fans with RGB lighting options to appeal to desktop builders.
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
Sager NP3246 variant of the Clevo N240WU. (Source: Sager)

You can now buy a 14-inch Clevo N240WU with an Intel i7-8550U

Clevo have updated the W240 14-inch laptop to include an i7-8550U, which will greatly improve multi-core performance over the previous Kaby Lake option, while maintaining similar power draw.
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Apple A11 Bionic GPU GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

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Apple A11 Bionic SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Monsoon / Mistral ARM 6 cores 10nm
All this considered, this is about par for cyber information control in most parts of the world. (Source: The Verge)

Your private data isn't so private after all, Wechat confirms

It's been a good week for privacy intrusions, with GO Keyboard being reported to siphon user data. This time out, it's the Wechat app on all the headlines, as the app's new privacy policy sheds light on how public, private user data actually is.
Sep 23
The AMD CrossFire brand is being dropped. (Source: AMD)

AMD Crossfire says so long, and thanks for all the fish

AMD has dropped the CrossFire brand, and will no longer use it to refer to their multi-GPU products. The functionality that it provided still remains, and AMD has made a statement explaining why they are no longer using the name and what will happen with DirectX 12 going forwards.
The pieces that make up the Apple iPhone 8. (Source: iFixit)

iFixit teardown rates iPhone 8 repairability as 6 out of 10, but glass back almost impossible to replace

iFixit have completed their teardown of the iPhone 8. They found that the screen and battery were fairly easy to replace, but that the rear glass panel was extremely difficult to remove due to large amounts of glue.
The Mi Note 3 may have paved the way for future Snapdragon 660-powered Xiaomi devicres. (Source: Playfuldroid)

Don't get your hopes up on the Redmi Note 5

Recent leaks have detailed the specification sheet of the upcoming Redmi Note 5, and while Xiaomi fans may have their hopes up, we're quite skeptical as to the veracity and plausibility of the reported information. Here's why you'd do well to take it all with a pinch of salt.
That's an A in the design department. (Source: Weibo)

Huawei Maimang 6 launched in China

The Maimang 6, expected to launch as the Mate 10 Lite outside China, has been announced, with its quad camera formation and 18:9 display making for a novel package from Huawei.
LG and Samsung throwing 25 million Euros at new power-efficient OLED panels

LG and Samsung throwing 25 million Euros at new power-efficient OLED panels

The cash injection will increase Cynora's global presence with the eventual commercialization of more efficient TADF OLED panels.
Tim Cook says the iPhone X is "value price" for consumers

Tim Cook says the iPhone X is "value price" for consumers

At least one analytical firm is not expecting noticeable price cuts until 5 to 12 months after launch. Cook suggests taking advantage of 24-month installment plans and other incentives as alternatives to pay for the iPhone X.
The main weakness of pattern and PIN is the ability for those around you to obverve entry. (Source: Msporch/Pixabay)

Android pattern unlock is the easiest authentication method to snoop

A study by researchers from the University of Maryland and the US Naval Academy has been published showing that a six-spot pattern unlock is six times easier for snoopers to repeat after seeing once than a six-digit PIN.
Sep 22
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) facing charging bug after Nougat update (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) with Nougat plagued by charging bug

More Galaxy A3 (2016) users who upgraded their handsets to Android 7.0 have been complaining that they cannot load the battery more than 87 percent. Even worse, it looks like none of the usual bug-fixing methods works.
iPhone 8 Plus showing great dynamic range in this mixed light scene. (Source: DxOMark)

iPhone 8 Plus has the best camera on any smartphone according to DxOMark

DxOMark have put the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus through their extensive test suite, declaring that they are the best smartphone cameras they have tested to date. Strong points include exposure, contrast, color reproduction, and flash performance.
Nokia 8 flagship coming soon with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (Source: HMD Global)

Nokia 8 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage hits FCC

Nokia 8 is still not present in China and the US, but it looks like these two key markets will receive special versions of this flagship. Two variants for the US have just been spotted on FCC, and they both feature 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.
Huawei Y7

82% Huawei Y7 (2017) Smartphone Review

Convincing. The Huawei Y7 aims to convince its buyers with a metal case, a strong processor, and a large battery. While these assets are good, the competition in the 200-Euro price range (~$238) is strong. You can find out in our test how the Huawei Y7 fares.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.5" | 165 g
Lenovo ThinkPad 25: New specs and pictures of the Retro ThinkPad have been leaked (Picture source: Winfuture.de/Roland Quandt)

Lenovo ThinkPad 25: New specs and pictures of the Retro ThinkPad have been leaked

Lenovo´s ThinkPad Anniversary in October draws near. Months ago, Lenovo already announced that it would release a special model celebrating this occasion. Few details and pictures were leaked until now, but today all the specs and many pictures were leaked.

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