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Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

77% Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Not an epic tale. The new Samsung Odyssey could have knocked it out of the park. Instead, it is your average entry-level system with no standout features to separate it from the growing gaming crowd except for its horrendously loud fan noise.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS available with 2, 4, and 6 bays, all with Intel Celeron J455 processo

QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available

This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
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Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%

Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
Samsung named Africa's most admired brand April 2017 by Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey

Samsung named the most admired brand in Africa

The South Korean giant was recognized as the most admired brand in Africa by the Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey, also growing its brand value by 13 percent.
The new job posting that is fueling the hardware rumors. (Source: Zats Not Funny!)

Spotify has plans to launch its own hardware

Having conquered the software side of music streaming, Spotify now seems intent on trying its hand at hardware. A new job listing strongly suggests that the company is in the beginning stages of creating a new wearable.
LG X power2 Android smartphone launch allegedly delayed until June 2017

LG X power2 apparently coming in June

While this Android handset was unveiled a few days before MWC 2017 kicked off and was supposed to hit the market last month, it looks like LG delayed the X power2 until early June.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone surfaces again on GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) hits GFXBench with updated specs

Although it surfaced on GFXBench a while ago, the refreshed Galaxy J3 returns with updated specs, namely more storage space and memory. Now, we only need to wait for this handset to get an official launch.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat update on T-Mobile late April 2017

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android 7.0

Samsung's phablet has begun to receive Android Nougat a while ago, long enough for Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T to release the new firmware. Now, T-Mobile subscribers using the Note 5 finally get the same treatment.
Razer Core external GPU and Razer Blade Laptop

Razer Core Benchmarks, Analysis, and Compatibility: Is it Worth it?

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Is the Core the ultimate performance accessory, or is there a worm in it? The first product to offer a complete external GPU solution over Thunderbolt 3 (TB3), Razer's "Core" is still one of the most popular graphics docks available. It uses a TB3 interface attached to an older, more compatible TI82 controller, and so should be compatible with nearly any laptop with a TB3 port (not just Razer's). We benchmark the Core and Nvidia's latest Pascal line of GPUs with the Core and the Blade to see if the juice is worth the squeeze.
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 Android smartphone launches on Cricket Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 hits Cricket Wireless

Available on Sprint as Galaxy J3 Emerge, this handset has a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It can be acquired for less than $150 USD with activation.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Android tablet with S Pen coming soon to South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 LTE coming to South Korea this week

Unveiled next to the Galaxy Book back at MWC 2017, the new Galaxy Tab has been well received, and pre-orders have recently begun in various markets. Now, the LTE version of this tablet is ready to hit the South Korean market.
External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

We review modern USB-C SSDs from Samsung (T3), WD (G|Drive), Angelbird (SSD2go PKT), SanDisk (Extreme 900) and a USB 3.1 USB-C case for M.2-SSDs from DeLock. Which drive is the fastest and how much power do they consume? We will answer these questions in the following article.
Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor

Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus now official with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage

Although it arrived about two weeks ago, the Enjoy 7 Plus now gets a specs bump, receiving 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 435 processor and the other specs remain the same.
Alcatel A30 Android Nougat tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor

Alcatel A30 coming to T-Mobile in May

This tablet comes with almost the same specs as the A30 smartphone, the main difference being in the display department. This Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered slate runs Android Nougat out of the box and should hit the market next month for well below $150 USD.
Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

The popular Nokia 3310 is getting a 2017 refresh complete with 16 MB of internal storage space and a 2.4-inch screen. HMB Global is sticking to its promise of an April-May launch window for users in Europe, though prices will differ between regions.
LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

79% LG K8 (2017) Smartphone Review

Little brother. The 2017 LG K8 is a little more affordable, a little smaller, and less powerful than the LG K10. But is it perhaps the better deal for all those who are just looking for an affordable smartphone? We find out in our test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 5" | 142 g
Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei originally advertised the Mate 9 with UHS 2.1 storage, but some units are purportedly shipping with the slower eMMC 5.1 standard without any official statements from the manufacturer. Furthermore, sources say some advertisements have been silently changed to reflect the switch to eMMC 5.1.
Apr 23
ZTE Blade V8

82% ZTE Blade V8 Smartphone Review

Big mid-range. The Chinese manufacturer enters the next round in the fight for the low-price crown with the ZTE Blade V8. At a current RRP of 269 Euros (~$291), the new device sounds like a bargain and the technical specifications let the heart beat faster. Read whether this sense of delight can be maintained throughout the test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 142 g
Apr 22
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Geekbecois: Samsung Galaxy S8 et S8+ : habile mariage entre l’esthétisme et la productivité, Media Trends: Review Del Portátil Msi Ge72 7Re Apache Pro, Tekno Seyir: MSI GP62-6QF Inceleme Ve Kullanici Deneyimleri, Tekno Seyir: MSI GP72 6QF Leopard Pro, HP 14-Am100Ur – Неидеальный Идеалист, Hp 11-Ab013Ur X360: Непритязательный Малыш, Hp Elitebook X360 1030 G2 – Разумное Вложение, Ridble: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1: quando il famoso Ultrabook si trasforma in convertibile, Test: DELL Latitude 5480 - 14“ pracovní notebook, čtyřjádrové procesory, výdrž na baterii, Product Test: Ноутбук Acer Aspire F5-573G-5331: Обзор, Product Test: Смартфон Samsung Galaxy S8: Обзор, Ridble: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X: il colosso cinese colpisce ancora nel segno, Ridble: Acer Spin 3: il notebook di fascia media che gioca a fare il convertibile, Key for web: Sony Xperia X Performance: la nostra recensione completa, Geek 4 You: Huawei P10 – Recensione, InstaNews: Recensione: CAT S60, Media Trends: Huawei P10, ¿la mejor cámara en un móvil?, Les Androides: Test : Lenovo Yoga Book, un convertible qui mise sur le design et le stylet, Batista70Phone: Moto G5 Plus recensione e pagella, El Sabio Informatico: Leeco Le Max 2: Phablet Rosa Con La Mejor Relación Calidad Precio, Batista70Phone: LG K10 2017 recensione e pagella, Product Test: Смартфон Xiaomi Mi5c: Обзор, Tecno Cino: LG K10 (2017): La Recensione Con Pro&Contro, Media Trends: Review Huawei P8 Lite 2017 – ¿Evoluciono Lo Suficiente?, Media Trends: Recensione LG G6: nuovo smartphone top di gamma LG, Media Trends: Review Del Honor 6X En Español – Uno De Los Mejores Gama Media Del Momento, Product Test: Смартфон OnePlus 3T: Обзор, Recensione Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Product Test: Смартфон Huawei Honor 6C: Обзор, Tech Different: Huawei P8 Lite 2017: il ritorno del mito | RECENSIONE, Key for web: Honor 6X: la nostra recensione completa, Les Androides: Test express : la Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, si belle, si performante… mais si chère, Geek 4 You: Huawei P8 Lite 2017 – Recensione, Media Trends: Samsung Galaxy S8 y S8+, ¿valen la pena?, Media Trends: Así es el LG G6, adiós a los módulos, Media Trends: Huawei P10, análisis en profundidad de la cámara, Media Trends: Así son el Samsung Galaxy S8 y S8+, Comprar Tec: Galaxy Tab S3 al mejor precio, análisis, características, con Android, barato, opinión, mejor alternativa al iPad Pro en 2017, Media Trends: El Xiaomi Air 13, a 631 euros, Pianeta Cellulare: Recensione LG K10 2017, Android da 199 euro, Smartphone Italia: Preview Asus Zenfone 3 Laser by Smartphone Italia, Smartphone Italia: Preview Samsung Galaxy S8 by Smartphone Italia, Android Portal: RECENZIA: Archos 50 Saphir. Nadštandardne odolný nezmar, Pianeta Cellulare: Huawei P10, recensione Fotocamera: molto buona, non ottima, Pianeta Cellulare: Recensione Huawei P10, Top di gamma compatto con fotocamere LEICA, Pianeta Cellulare: OnePlus 3T Recensione OnePlus 3T dopo due mesi, Pianeta Cellulare: Recensione Lenovo K6, Android da 199 euro
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

These new rugged cases offer improved protection for all the latest Huawei P and Mate flagships - P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, and Mate 9 Pro. These cases are all compatible with the fingerprint sensor and comply with the MIL-STD-810G military standard.
Dell Latitude 3189 (N4200, HD) Convertible Review

82% Dell Latitude 3189 (N4200, HD) Convertible Review

Made to be robust! Dell has combined an 11.6-inch laptop with an energy-efficient CPU. According to the manufacturer, this combination should enable the notebook to survive an entire day at school. We have decided to take a closer look at these claims. Find out whether the Latitude 3189 can keep what it promises in our detailed review.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
QNAP TVS-873 NAS gets a Red Dot Award for its design

QNAP TVS-873 wins a Red Dot Award for design

Thanks to this award, the QNAP TVS-873 NAS will be shown for an entire year in the Red Dot Design Museum. This NAS is driven by a 3rd gen AMD R-Series APU and features up to 64 GB RAM, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, dual HDMI out, and more.
Asus FX553VD

83% Asus FX553VD (7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Searching for the Exceptional. We are taking the Asus FX553VD into our test regimen and evaluate if the FX553 lives up to Asus' motto "in search of incredible," or whether Asus has to continue to search. Compared to its sibling model which is equipped with a GTX 1060 at almost the same price, can the notebook collect enough positive arguments for a purchase?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Dell Latitude 3180 (N4200, HD) Laptop Review

80% Dell Latitude 3180 (N4200, HD) Laptop Review

Long-lasting. The 11.6-inch Latitude comes with a fast SSD, silently running system, and long battery life. Dell demands quite a high price for the laptop. Approximately 580 Euros (gross, ~$622) is due. The Windows 10 Pro operating system is a major reason for this price level.
Intel Pentium N4200 | Intel HD Graphics 505 | 11.6" | 1.6 kg
Legend 24K gold custom luxury Galaxy S8 and S8+ now available

Legend unveils 24K gold-plated Galaxy S8 and S8+

Thanks to a new plating method, Legend can cover the glass back of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships with 24K gold, also adding VVS1-grade diamonds around the Samsung logo, all for around $3,000 USD.
Alleged image of upcoming Lenovo Moto Z2 Play low-end Android smartphone

Moto Z2 Play surfaces online

The alleged render of the cheapest upcoming Moto Z2 phone has made it online, but there are no specs to talk about at this stage. However, the design looks similar to that of the original Z Play, so the changes below the hood might not be radical, either.
Saygus V Squared Android smartphone vaporware could launch with Snapdragon 835

Delayed Saygus V Squared to use the Snapdragon 835 processor

Those still waiting for the Saygus V Squared to come out two years after being unveiled do not get any launch date, but at least the handset's specs have been upgraded with a Snapdragon 835 processor. It only remains to see if there are even more delays ahead or not.
Samsung Bixby logo, image recognition not working on Verizon Wireless as of late April 2017

Bixby Vision image recognition not working on Verizon yet

The Amazon shopping feature offered by Samsung's latest flagships currently works on Galaxy S8/S8+ units on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, but Verizon customers cannot enjoy its benefits yet.
Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835 (Source:

Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835

The Windows 10 ARM notebook is on schedule for a Q4 2017 launch as initially rumored. Qualcomm aims to challenge Intel in the mobile PC space where the chipmaker has held a near monopoly.
LG V30 may ship this Autumn with curved OLED display and Snapdragon 835 SoC

LG V30 may ship this Autumn with curved OLED display and Snapdragon 835 SoC

The LG V20 never officially launched in Europe, but this Fall could see the global release of the V30 flagship that looks to be everything that the G6 should have been.
Apr 21
Xiaomi Mi 6 Android flagship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and dual camera setup

Xiaomi Mi 6 to hit China later this month

This long-awaited flagship is finally official, promising to hit the market by the end of April, priced starting at $363 USD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, dual cameras on the back, up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless ergonomic neckband headphones

V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless headphones now official

Advertised as the first ergonomic neckband headphones to hit the market, the Forza Metallo Wireless is an accessory that comes with a titanium neckband, metal housing, sport fins, as well as 3D printing customization of in-ears.
A leaked image showing the HTC U Ultra. (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC Ocean has a new name and new color options

With its launch fast approaching, the HTC Ocean reportedly has been re-branded as the HTC U 11. The new name should make it easier for customers to identify the handset as the Taiwanese company's new flagship.
Lenovo E31-80 (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

80% Lenovo E31-80 (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

Mobile companion. Lenovo's 13.3-inch laptop delivers good battery runtimes, a solid-state disk and a quiet system noise. It uses Windows 10 Pro as the operating system. The incorporated display is not convincing.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
MasterCard testing credit card with fingerprint reader in South Africa, other areas to follow soon

MasterCard now testing a credit card with fingerprint sensor

This new credit card is currently being tested in South Africa and combines the traditional chip technology with the convenience and security of a fingerprint reader. Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to join the trial in the coming months as well.
The Galaxy S8's Infinity Display is a sight to behold with its 18.5:9 aspect ratio. (Source: Cnet)

What's wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner?

Not everyone seems to be happy with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to some reviews, the scanner's strange placement and inconsistent results make it slower to verify users' identities.

Intel Core m3-7Y32 SoC

Kaby Lake x86 2 cores @ 1000 - 3000 MHz 14nm

NVIDIA Quadro M520 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

384 Maxwell cores @ 756MHz, 64 Bit GDDR5

NVIDIA Quadro M620 GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

512 Maxwell cores, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 5000MHz
The HP ZBook Studio G4 combines killer specs with design. (Source: HP)

HP introduces updated ZBook mobile workstations

HP has revealed updates to its ZBook line of workstations, including the long-awaited ZBook Studio G4.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship available via BOGO deal on Sprint

Sprint offering two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of one

This deal targets both new and existing customers, who can lease two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of a single one, but those interested should hurry up and take advantage of it before April 27.
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge flagships on US Cellular finally receive Android Nougat

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Android Nougat

Although the Galaxy S7 handsets in the US started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat more than three months ago, US Cellular was not in a hurry. The new firmware it rolls out as we speak has about 1.5 GB in size and does not hold any surprises.
Lenovo V510-15IKB (7200U, Full-HD) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo V510-15IKB (7200U, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Without stamina. With the V510-15IKB, Lenovo offers a quiet 15.6-inch device for work. It is well equipped: Among others, it comes with a Kaby Lake processor, an SSD, Windows 10 Pro, and an IPS display. However, the battery runtimes are disappointing.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2 kg
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

This Linux machine weighs less than 3 pounds and can be configured with various Kaby Lake processors, including the Intel Core i7-7500U, up to 32 GB RAM, multiple storage options, and more. The prices start at $899 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware setup.
Apr 20
HTC squeezable phone teaser surfaces online, HTC Squeeze launches in June

HTC's squeezable handset coming in less than a month

HTC has just confirmed that the next U handset will be squeezable, so its owner will be able to make gestures by squeezing the sides or swiping on them. This way, HTC plans to take smartphone controls beyond the limits of the display.
Samsung Galaxy Book Windows convertible tablet up for pre-order in the US starting tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy Book pre-orders in the US to begin tomorrow

This Windows convertible that made its debut back in February at MWC is finally ready to hit the US market. The pre-order prices start at $630 USD for the 10.6-inch model and $1,130 USD for the 12-inch model ($1,300 USD for the LTE variant).
The next Windows 10 upgrade may bring Power Throttling to PCs with modern processors. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft commits to releasing major Windows 10 updates biannually

Expect Windows 10 feature upgrades to be released twice a year: in March and September. Microsoft says that it will employ this new strategy of predictability to make updates easier to deploy, especially for business customers.
The Moto G5 Plus, from Verizon. Soon with the ability to browse and call at the same time. (Source: Lenovo)

Verizon's VoLTE service prevents Moto G5 Plus users from making emergency calls

A software bug prevents Moto G5 Plus owners from dialing 911 while using Verizon's VoLTE service. Lenovo has issued a temporary fix for the problem, as well as reassurance that it is working on a permanent solution.
According to online analytics provider StatCounter, Chrome has nearly 47.5% of the browser market across all platforms in the US. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Google Chrome might get a built-in ad blocker this year

Web advertising giant Google is planning to create an ad blocker for Google Chrome, the world's most popular internet browser. With ad-blocking software becoming more popular, Google wants to shut out some of the competition from third-party software.
The BlackBerry KEYone. (Source: Carphone Warehouse)

BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK

After suffering a one-month delay, the BlackBerry KEYone is almost ready to ship. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is the latest to offer the handset; it asks for £499 and promises a May 5 delivery date.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser launch event, this Android smartphone gets first Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser finally gets Android Nougat

Although we heard about the arrival of the first Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 Laser smartphone back in January, this handset gets Android 7.0 only now. The list of changes also includes the removal of ZenMotion and Shake Shake.

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