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A LED Light Show: Asus ROG Strix G GL731GU Laptop Review

87% A LED Light Show: Asus ROG Strix G GL731GU Laptop Review

Flashy. Asus' latest upper mid-range gaming laptop is big on performance and visual flare, but it misses the mark when it comes to serviceability. The unique LED lights shouldn't come at the expense of features that users would have otherwise had.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
Qualcomm faces antitrust charges from the ECC once again. (Source: Forbes)

ECC goes for Qualcomm's neck once again, slaps a €242 million fine for trying to eliminate 3G baseband chipset competitors

The European Competition Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million after it found evidence that the largest US smartphone chip maker has indulged in practices that prevented companies such as Icera from effectively competing in m...
The Samsung Galaxy M30. (Source: The Mobile Indian)

New renders hint at dual cameras for Samsung Galaxy M30s

Samsung is now linked to a potentially different variant of the Galaxy M30 smartphone. Some leaks have indicated that, should such a device exist, it may have a more powerful processor than the original. Ironically, however, new r...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 WQHD Live Review: Still the reference among business laptops?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 WQHD Live Review: Still the reference among business laptops?

Even slimmer and lighter, but the keyboard takes a step in the wrong direction. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is Lenovo's flagship business laptop and primarily convinced us with its portable chassis in recent years, without sacrificing ports or performance. The 7th generation is even more compact and gets new display options. Is the 2019 ThinkPad X1 Carbon with the WQHD screen as successful as the previous models or is the 2018 model the better choice?
Intel Core i7-8665U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Jul 18
The IP camera market may grow to a multi-billion-dollar worth in the next decade. (Source: Alert Watch)

The IP camera market is now projected to be worth approximately US$20 billion in 6 years

Internet-protocol (or IP) cameras shipments are thought to grow to over 100 million by 2025, or 20% more than there are now. These projections are part of newly-published research on the IP surveillance market. It is thought to be...
Toshiba Memory will rebrand itself soon. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba announces new name for its memory division

Toshiba Memory has unveiled plans to rebrand itself in 2019. Its new name, Kioxia, is a blend of 2 different words for "memory" and "value". It will take effect from October onward.
Render of an unnamed smartphone with an apparent Infinity-O display. (Image source: Twitter/Ice universe)

Smartphone with 108 MP camera and 10x optical zoom apparently coming in 2020; Samsung Galaxy S11 suggested

A particularly well-known tech tipster has made the startling proclamation that there will be a smartphone on the market by next year that will not only sport a 108 MP camera but will also offer 10x optical zoom capability. Unsurp...
The Polymega base unit. (Source: Playmaji)

The Polymega is a new modular console that can offer various different classic gaming systems in one

Playmaji, Inc. and extreme Co., Ltd. have announced the release of their new product: the Polymega. This new kind of console supports various classic CD-gaming platforms, including Neo Geo, PS1 and Sega Saturn. However, it also al...
The Samsung Galaxy Fold may be ready for its 2nd launch event. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is reportedly "good to go", according to expert Korean testers

A Korean tech news site claims that the Galaxy Fold has passed testing by a group of "professionals and professors" at 2 prominent universities in the country. Reportedly, this assessment was the flexible Samsung device's final st...
Image via DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo adds new features to its mapping system, courtesy of Apple Maps

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has added a few new features to its mapping service. These include improved local searches, support for a Dark Mode, and more. The features were added through Apple's MapKit JS framew...
The new LPDDR5 chips are 1.3 times faster than the LPDDR4X modules and require 30% less power. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung starts producing 12 Gb LPDDR5 memory for premium handhelds

The LPDDR5 standard was supposed to hit the markets in 2020, but it looks like Samsung rushed the mass production schedule in order to consolidate its premium handheld offering and promote the adoption of 5G and AI tech for future...
Arcturus could be announced at SIGGRAPH in late July, but it may actually launch in early 2020. (Source: PCGamesN)

New Linux driver leak suggests AMD Arcturus will be a Vega-based professional GPU

Everybody was expecting Arcturus to be the high-end version of Navi and a true competitor for Nvidia's RTX 2080 / Ti gaming GPUs, but the latest Linux AMDGPU shader compiler code update suggests that Arcturus is more of a professi...
LG Pay now available in the US (Source: LG USA)

LG Pay now available in the US

After countless delays, LG Pay is now finally available for the US market. This mobile payment service will be supported by the LG G8 ThinQ at launch and will reach the LG V50, V40, V35, and G7 ThinQ in the coming months. LG Pay s...
The Xperia 1 successor will take its lift its pixel count to over 10 million. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia 1R to feature 5K OLED display with an incredible pixel density of 899 ppi

Sony has stepped up its smartphone game with the launch of the Xperia 1 that features a stunning 21:9 4K HDR OLED display. However, it looks like it is going to take this up to a whole new level with its sequel by upgrading it to ...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 looks like a Microsoft Surface with its new keyboad cover attached. (Source: Android Headlines)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 press renders surface, reveals first keyboard cover with integrated trackpad

Samsung’s next flagship Android tablet the Galaxy Tab S6 has surfaced in press renders that include its all-new keyboard cover for the first time. Like Apple’s new iPad, the tablet looks set up to be able to charge its S-Pen wirel...
Sub-US$4 Netflix plan coming to India and a few other markets

Netflix will offer a cheaper, mobile-only plan in several markets

The new Netflix plan only allows its users to watch the content on a single device — smartphone/phablet or tablet — at a time. It does not work on streaming devices such as Roku or Chromecast, PCs/laptops, or smart TVs. In India, ...
The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER does not offer a huge jump in performance over its predecessor. (Image source: NVIDIA)

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER falls well short of the RTX 2080 Ti in gaming and synthetic benchmarks; only just beats the RTX 2080

NVIDIA has discontinued the GeForce RTX 2080, having replaced it with its SUPER successor. However, some synthetic and gaming benchmarks show that the RTX 2080 SUPER offers hardly any performance improvements over its predecessor,...
The Redmi K20 Pro aims to be a definite flagship-killer. (Source: Xiaomi)

Pocophone in a new avatar? Xiaomi launches the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in India

Xiaomi has officially launched the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro in India. The K20 and K20 Pro offer a flagship-grade experience under the Redmi sub-brand and feature the latest Qualcomm SoCs, FHD+ AMOLED displays, a triple-camera s...
A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles (Source:

A Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego just gave everyone onboard free Nintendo Switch consoles

Meanwhile, the rest of us peasants are twiddling our thumbs with pretzels and outdated magazines.
Jul 17
Image via Symantec

Researchers at Symantec discover media file vulnerability in WhatsApp and Telegram

WhatsApp and Telegram are popular secure messaging apps that feature end-to-end encryption to keep messages safe. Even still, the apps have a glaring backdoor that could allow attackers to alter media files sent through the apps. ...
The Samsung Galaxy A10. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Prominent leaker predicts improved camera, battery and more for the Samsung Galaxy A10s

New certifications have indicated that Samsung is about to release a new version of the Galaxy A10. The respected tipster Ishan Agarwal has just posted some potential specs for the phone on Twitter. They include better cameras, a ...
At this stage, some analysts suspect Amazon is unstoppable. (Source: WD Partners)

Early analysis suggests Amazon did very well on Prime Day 2019

Prime Day 2019 is now over, and the stats on it are rolling in. Preliminary analysis published by WD Partners show that the online traffic to the retail site for the event's 1st 24 hours increased 100% compared to the same average...
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 144-Hz Display) Tongfang GK7CP6R Laptop Review

87% Schenker XMG Core 17 (Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 144-Hz Display) Tongfang GK7CP6R Laptop Review

Unassuming gamer. The hardware of the Schenker XMG Core 17 brings all the current games smoothly to the matte 17.3-inch screen (144 Hz, FHD, IPS). This notebook can be configured very individually. For example, it offers space for up to three storage units (2x M.2-2280, 1x 2.5 in) and can handle up to 64 GB of working memory. In addition, the BIOS allows undervolting of the CPU and iGPU. While the notebook does not show any huge weaknesses, we could complain about the lack of a Thunderbolt-3 port.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Take a slice of Pie for the LG V30. (Image source: Droid Life)

LG continues to leave the V30 out in the cold, but there is a flashable Beta version of Android 9.0 Pie if you are feeling brave

Android 9.0 Pie is here for the LG V30, sort of. The OS update has reared its head online as a Beta, just like the one for the G6 recently did. The upgrade process is not for the faint-hearted though and comes with some prerequisi...
The Xiaomi Mi A3 really does look like this. (Source: Gizbot)

Xiaomi Mi A3 is now on sale in Spain

Xiaomi has finally confirmed the Mi A3's specs in the course of this new Android One device's launch. As this event took place in Spain, this is also the first market in which it is being sold at present. The phone starts at €250 ...
Opensignal's latest carrier rankings in important dimensions of 4G service. (Source: Opensignal)

T-Mobile has the fastest 4G in the US, although Verizon has the best coverage: latest research

The latest study from the cellular-data research body Opensignal reports that Verizon has the most widespread 4G services in the US (at 94.8% coverage). However, T-Mobile was associated with the best upload and download experience...
The updated Red magic 3 model should launch immediately after the ROG Phone 2 from Asus. (Source: NDTV)

Nubia teases Snapdragon 855 Plus upgrade for Red Magic 3

In response to the recently leaked Asus ROG Phone 2 powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, Nubia immediately teased an upgraded version of its top selling Red Magic 3 gaming phone. We could also see new versions for Xiaomi's Blac...
The Asus ROG Phone 2 will be the first commercial phone to integrate the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC.  (Source: NDTV)

Asus ROG Phone 2 Geekbench results reveal Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU performance

The Geekbench single and multi-core tests reveal minimal gains compared to the non-Plus Snapdragon 855, but the GPU performance is not taken into account, so for a true comparison between the two SoC versions we will most likely h...
Samsung 45 W charger will cost over US$55 (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung’s upcoming 45 W fast charger will cost almost as much as a low-end smartphone

Samsung is apparently to give consumers one more reason to hate it: the company is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 10 with 45 W fast charging support, but without a charger to meet the requirements in the retail package. The 45...
A new render for the Galaxy Watch Active 2. (Source: Android Headlines)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now rumored to have special Under Armour-branded edition

Samsung is now thought to have a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active in the works. The latest leaks on the subject claims that one variant of this putative wearable will be produced in collaboration with the sportswear company U...
Apple iPhone 11/XI models (Source: Marques Brownlee on YouTube)

Unofficial video shows all three iPhone 11 models

The upcoming three smartphones by Apple — expected to hit the market as the iPhone 11 or iPhone XI family — have about the same size as their predecessors, but come with a triple rear camera setup with a rumored zoom factor of 3X....
AMD's new Zen 2-based 3000 series chips are off to a great start. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen outselling Intel Core in Asia

Intel might have comfortably dominated the PC chip market for the best part of the last decade, but it now looks like it has a real fight on its hands following the launch of AMD's new Zen 2-based chips. According to Danawa Resear...
Honor and Huawei are updating numerous devices to the latest EMUI version. (Source: Honor)

New software updates for slightly older Honor and Huawei phones appear

Huawei and Honor have announced the roll-out of EMUI 9.1 (or Magic UI 2.1) for various phones released in or around 2018. This new OS version is probably best known for GPU Turbo 3.0, which optimizes performance when various compa...
Some details of the Galaxy Note 10 have now been confirmed. (Source: Ishan Agarwal)

Galaxy Note 10 visits the FCC confirming it is smaller than the Note 9 and is fitted with a smaller battery

Samsung's eagerly anticipated Galaxy Note 10 has made its inevitable trip to the FCC to gain certification for its wireless technologies ahead of its launch. Although we didn't learn anything about its chipset or RAM configuration...
Do you tape over your laptop webcam? 6 out of 10 owners do as well according to a new HP survey

Do you tape over your laptop webcam? 6 out of 10 owners do as well according to a new HP survey

If you thought you were crazy covering your laptop webcam with paper, you're not alone. A continent-wide survey conducted earlier this year has revealed that nearly 80 percent of respondents would rather just turn off their webcam...
The Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with micro-USB charging port and $139 USD price tag, but it sports a removable battery — a rarity in smartphones today. (Source: Nokia)

HMD's new budget Nokia 2.2 phone is bringing back the removable battery

The US$139 Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with limited features in many ways, but recent news has revealed the return of a cherished feature for many: user-replaceable batteries.

Intel UHD Graphics P630 iGPU

24 Intel Gen. 9.5 cores @ 300MHz, mem: 64/128 Bit

Intel Xeon E-2176G Desktop Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake-ER x86 6 cores @ 3700 - 4700 MHz 14nm
Now is a great time to purchase an Intel 660p NVMe SSD. (Source: Newegg)

Deal | Get the Intel 660p 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD for just US$85 on Newegg, offer ends this Thursday

The Intel 660p 1 TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD is now available at a discounted price of just US$95 on Newegg and Amazon. Newegg is offering an additional US$10 off till Thursday bringing the price down to just US$85, which makes it a good...
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X has very good overclocking potential. (Source: B&H)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X pushed to 5.9 GHz along with DDR4 RAM at 5,774 MHz on LN2, seems to have good potential for an all-core overclock record

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X managed to achieve an impressive 5.9 GHz single-core overclock on LN2. Pro-overclocker 'TSAIK' achieved this on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard and also managed to overclock the DDR4 RAM up to 5,774 MHz. ...
Jul 16

Intel Core i5-8257U Processor

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 1400 - 3900 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i7-8557U Processor

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 1700 - 4500 MHz 14nm
The new Sony Alpha 7R IV. (Source: Sony)

The new Sony Alpha 7R IV camera comes with a "world's-first" 61MP sensor

Sony has launched the Alpha 7R IV (or a7R IV), its latest 35-millimeter full-frame camera. It is the first such product to feature the new, back-illuminated, Exmor R CMOS sensor with a 61.0MP resolution. The a7R IV is also capable...
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 with the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q is now orderable

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 with the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q is now orderable

Lenovo's newest high-end ThinkPad laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019, is now available in the USA. Prices for the Dell XPS 15 competitor start at $2,049 for the cheapest pre-configured model available – a hefty base-price, thoug...
The MediaTek Helio P90: could it be the template for a new SoC? (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek allegedly plans to step into mobile gaming arena with new, custom-build SoC

New leaks that allegedly emanate from Chinese sources point to the imminent release of a new processor by MediaTek: the Helio G90. This CPU is also directed at relatively fresh ground for the Taiwanese silicon-smiths. It is purpor...

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 Graphics Card

48 Intel Gen. 9.5 (Coffee Lake) cores @ 300MHz
This phone may be getting some new siblings soon. (Source: GSMArena)

OPPO trademarks a whole bunch of new names for K-series smartphones

To say OPPO may be planning to expand its K series of smartphones may be somewhat of an understatement. The OEM has reportedly made a total of 21 trademarking applications for new device names along these lines. This volume of sub...
Image via Nature Machine Intelligence

University of California-developed AI taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube in one second

Researchers at the University of California created an AI that taught itself the shortest solution paths in several different one-goal logic puzzles, including a Rubik's Cube, sliding tile puzzles, Lights out, and Sokoban. While t...
The OnePlus 7 Pro. (Source: CNET)

The OnePlus 7 Pro only costs $324 to build - Comparison with the Galaxy S10+

According to a new report, the OnePlus 7 Pro only costs US$324 to build. That figure is non-inclusive of R&D, logistics, and marketing costs, of course. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ costs US$420 to build, and here we compare the cost o...
Lakefield chip showcased at CES 2019 (Source: Anandtech)

Intel's next gen Atom CPUs may integrate L3 cache memory

The L3 memory integration was recently hinted by a series of test results checking for L3 cache hits/misses on an upcoming Snow Ridge ULV chip. Snow Ridge and Lakefield are both codenames for next gen Atom CPU families expe...

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