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Jul 25
The leaked specs are rather exhaustive yet make no mention of hyper-threading. (Source: eTeknix)

Coffee Lake hexa-core desktop chip specs leaked

Specifications have leaked for three upcoming Coffee Lake desktop chips, which operate at 95-watt TDPs for the overclockable CPUs and 65 watts for the non-overclockable.
The i7-7740X is one of two quad-core processors on X299. Ivybridge-E was the last time we had a quad core on the enthusiast platform, and it wasn't designated as an 'X' SKU. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Kabylake-X i7-7740X overclockable to 5 Ghz on air

The i7-7740X has top of the line single core performance, but lags behind six and eight core processors in multi-threaded workloads. Anandtech have managed to push their CPU to 5.0 GHz stable on all cores. This could indicate better binning than the i7-7700K, but a quad core is still on odd choice on the enthusiast X-series platform.
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With the start-up and memory use improvement that "quantum flow" brings we could soon have a more agile fox. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent

A Mozilla developer has tested multiple versions of the browser and found that the current beta version improves startup times by over 90% and reduces memory usage by 75% when compared to the latest stable version. While these results are specific to the extreme test profile and operating system used, they show that we can expect a positive performance impro...
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The 17.3" display is ideal for immersive gaming and movie watching. (Source: Amazon)

MSI GP72 Leopard Pro-402 is the most affordable 17-inch gaming laptop yet

The new GP72 Leopard Pro-402 is powered by Intel's i7-7700HQ CPU and the GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and it is priced at US$1,126.99, making it the most affordable 17-inch gaming laptop currently on the market.
Jul 24
A possible design that Razer can adopt for the gaming smartphone. (Source: straitstimes.com)

Razer is working on a "hardcore gamer" smartphone

After acquiring Nextbit and Ouya, Razer plans to extend into the smartphone business with a device dedicated to "hardcore gamers."
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

90% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (i7, 512GB, 16GB) Convertible Review

Close, but not quite. We were happy to learn that the Iris graphics card is awake and alert despite SoC throttling. The Microsoft Suface Pro (2017) cannot be considered a "gamer" however, nor is it a full a laptop replacement: Just like in the i5 version, there is significant throttling.
Intel Core i7-7660U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Image source: Fairphone

Fairphone will stop software and hardware support for its first device

The Fairphone, which was meant to be an easily repairable, long lasting smartphone, will no longer be supported. Fairphone, the company behind the device, will no longer sell replacement parts and has halted software development.
The Fall Creators Update could witness some popular legacy features getting axed. (Source: Windows Central)

Paint and other legacy features to get axed in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The upcoming feature update to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will see many legacy features in Windows getting removed or deprecated: the most noticeable among them being the classic Paint program, System Image Backup and screensaver functionality, amongst others.
YouTube TV extends its reach to 10 new cities in the US, basic package has 48 channels

YouTube TV hits more US cities

Offering 48 channels in its basic package, this service is now available in ten new cities, those interested being able to take advantage of a one-month free trial. After the first payment, users also receive a free Chromecast.
Moto Z2 Force unoffcial render, this upcoming flagship to hit all US carriers

Moto Z2 Force allegedly coming to all US carriers

This Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered handset is expected to get an official launch very soon, and should also become the first Moto flagship in a while to hit all four major US carriers.
Virus infections are relatively rare on Android, but the risk increases when the user allows side loading of apk files. (Source: gfkDSGN/Pixabay)

Android antivirus software relatively easy to beat

Researchers at Georgia Tech were able to bypass the protection of 97% of the popular Android antivirus applications tested. The detection rules used by most of the programs appear to be relatively basic, and by presenting their results at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference, the researchers are hoping that developers can improve the performance of their scanne...
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The SilentEchoBot allows natural interaction via text using Amazon's APIs. (Source: TechCrunch)

'Silent Echo' uses slack to allow text communication with Amazon Alexa

This Slack bot gives users the ability to silently interact with Alexa using the same commands they would speak out loud. It allows users to communicate when the room is noisy, or when voice communication isn't appropriate. Not all commands are available, but it is a neat alternative to using the smartphone app.
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LG V10 premium phablet gets Android Nougat update on T-Mobile

T-Mobile LG V10 gets Android Nougat

Released with Android Lollipop on board back in October 2015, the LG V10 now receives its second major OS upgrade on T-Mobile, almost two months after the first units got Android 7 in South Korea.
MSI GP62 7REX (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review

80% MSI GP62 7REX (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review

Looks familiar… Not a lot has changed with regard to the design of the MSI GP62 notebook over the years—but it’s what’s inside that counts, right? Today’s review unit features a Core i7-7700HQ paired with a GTX 1050 Ti. How does it compare to its peers in the budget gaming category?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
 

79% Gigabyte Sabre 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Great gaming for under $1000. Gigabyte has introduced one of its best entry-level gaming laptops that start at less than a grand. Still, there are plenty of cut corners on this brand new Sabre series that potential buyers should be aware of.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Jul 23
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52

84% Acer Switch 5 (7500U, 512 GB) Convertible Review

Hot worker. We are testing the Surface Pro rival and successor to Acer's Swift Alpha 12, and we will discover to what extent it can meet Windows standards. Acer tackles this feat with high performance at a low price.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.3 kg
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review

Live testing. The Samsung Galaxy J7 is the larger version of the Galaxy J5. It has similar features, but a larger, 5.5-inch display. After the redesign of the entire series, the J7, too, now has a non-removable battery. To find out about other changes, take a look at our detailed review.
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa | ARM Mali-T830 MP1 | 5.5" | 181 g
ClimateCase keeps your phone fully functional even in extreme temperatures

ClimateCase keeps your phone fully functional even in extreme temperatures

Ever had your phone give that annoying warning that comes with overheating? Sure, you have. The folks over at ClimateCase have designed something that keeps your phone functional even when in extreme atmospheric temperature conditions.
S8 Active live images and video leaked

Images and hands-on video of the Galaxy S8 Active leaked

The S8 Active is likely to be launched within the week but we've already had some of its more intimate details revealed.
The new JioPhone is a feature phone boasting smart features. (Source: Neowin)

The Reliance JioPhone can be all yours effectively for $0

Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio has announced the launch of the JioPhone at an effective price of 'zero' coupled with affordable data plans to foster wider adoption of data and e-services across the Indian demographic.
Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)

No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.

Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
The Nokia 8 is HMD's entry into the highly contested flagship space. (Source: VTech)

Latest leaks reveal Nokia 8's design and possible pricing

Images leaked on a Chinese website show the upcoming Nokia 8 in all its glory replete with a dual-camera layout and flagship specifications.
Lenovo boasts foldable tablets, AR headsets, and more at tech show

Tech World 2017 | Lenovo boasts foldable tablets, AR headsets, and more at tech show

This year's Tech World has even more prototypes on display from wearable smart glasses to fully autonomous electric vehicles.
The XiaoMi Mi Mix was the first phone with a full-body ceramic chassis, but it proved extremely fragile. (Source: ArsTechnica)

Poll shows metal still the preferred material for flagship phones

A GSMArena reader poll shows that aluminum is still the most desired material flagship phone material by far. But why? This article gives a brief overview of why metals are still preferred by users and manufacturers.
The Atari Speakerhat is a baseball style cap with stereo Bluetooth speakers sewn into the brim. (Source: Atari)

Atari creates a new wearable called the SpeakerHat

Atari has announced the "Speakerhat", and it is just what you think it is... a Bluetooth hat with stereo speakers built into the brim. The Speakerhat has a retro appeal and the potential to become annoying in public.
TSMC will soley use DUV lithography in their first generation 7nm chips, possibly to ensure high throughput to remain the sole producer of the Apple A-series processors. (Source: TSMC)

TSMC's first generation 7nm process will be based on older printing technology

TSMC will be basing their first generation of 7nm chips on the DUV lithography, instead of the more advanced EUV lithography. This is likely due to production constraints associated with EUV.
Jul 22
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Intel's NCS allows accessing deep neural networks at affordable prices. (Source: AnandTech)

Get deep learning and AI processing in your pocket for $79 with Intel's Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Intel's subsidiary Movidius has launched the Neural Compute Stick that works on the Caffe deep learning framework to provide a low cost, yet effective solution in the end-inference market.
HP Omen 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

85% HP Omen 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Changeling. The Omen series from HP is not only known for its relatively good price-performance ratio, but also for its unique appearance. Thanks to a redesign in mid-2017, the gaming notebooks appear in a completely new light. In our test, you can find out what else has changed.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Chinese security forces in Xinjiang are reportedly checking residents for whether or not they have installed the spying app. Failure to have the app installed can lead to up to 10 days detention. (Source: Twitter/即时中国大陆映像)

Some Chinese residents forced to install government spyware on phones

The Chinese government has made the installation of surveillance software on phones mandatory in the north-western city of Urumqi. Urumqi is the capital of Xin Jiang province, which is home to most of China's Turkic Uighur minority.
The iPhone 7 uses an Intel modem for AT&T and T-Mobile variants, while the rest use a Qualcomm part. (Source: Extreme Tech)

Intel paints Qualcomm as anti-competitive bully in public statement to ITC

Intel has weighed in on the Qualcomm vs. Apple suit with a public statement in response to a request for comment by the ITC. In the statement, Intel alleges that Qualcomm is a bully, using the court system to crush competition. Intel claims that the move is orchestrated mainly to replace an Intel modem in the iPhone with a Qualcomm one. Intel has itself face...
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Laptop sales in EMEA up 3.1 percent YoY as of Q2 2017

Laptop sales in EMEA up 3.1 percent YoY as of Q2 2017

Weak numbers from both Asus and the desktop sector drag down an otherwise healthy PC market.
Users found that using a proxy could triple their bandwidth on the affected sites. (Source: ArsTechnica)

Verizon allegedly throttling Netflix and Youtube

Verizon "unlimited" subscribers have complained about YouTube and Netflix being throttled to 10Mbps, resulting in decreased video quality in some situations. Verizon later admitted to testing"optimizations", but denied that they had throttled the connection.
Phoenix OS 2 in action, version 2.1.9 now available for download

Phoenix OS 2.1.0 now available

This new build is the second one based on Android 7.1 Nougat and comes with updated keyboard mapping, better hardware compatibility, as well as some minor tweaks and bug fixes.
MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH OC Review

MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH OC Review

Dead quiet! In 2016, Nvidia introduced an excellent brand-new Pascal architecture, but so far, only high-end Pascal graphics cards have been available. Recently, the new architecture has started to trickle down into the low-end range of GPUs. And with the GT 1030, a low-end GPU for those of us on a budget is now finally available.
Jul 21
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 invite, Galaxy Note 8 launch confirmed for August 23

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 coming in August

The launch of the Galaxy Note 8 is scheduled to take place at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Samsung has confirmed that the event is set to kick off at 11 AM EST on August 23.
The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface

Images of the budget Nokia 2 surface

The Nokia 2 looks to be Nokia's first attempt at entering the extreme budget market space but images and leaked specifications aren't doing a good job of painting it in a good light.
It's beautiful, isn't it? (Source: Android Central)

Essential phone's release is just around the corner, says Andy Rubin

An email has been sent to early Essential phone buyers that states a new shipment date for the device. According to the message, the handset should start going out to customers in the coming weeks.
The Yoga 920 is physically similar to its predecessor, pictured here, but with some slight changes. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo's upcoming Yoga 920 laptop has its specs leaked before IFA debut

Lenovo is expected to announce the Yoga 920 at IFA in a few weeks, but an FCC filing has divulged details about the notebook's design and specifications. The main takeaways from the leak are a move to Coffee Lake processors and small yet welcome changes to the keyboard and webcam.
Facebook's modular device could incorporate phone, GPS, touchscreen and several other components. (USPTO.gov)

Facebook could be working on a modular smartphone

It looks like Facebook could be resurrecting Googlle's Project Ara, which was cancelled in 2016. It's still unclear how a modular device would fit into Facebook's business model, but the company certainly acquired key team members that worked for Google's Project Ara and also Amazon's Alexa speaker.
The HP Pavilion Power comes only in Shadow Black, but the keyboard can have acid green or ghost white accents. (Source: HP)

HP's new Pavilion Power notebooks get the GTX 1050 treatment

HP has released new Pavilion Power notebooks powered by Intel's Core i5-7300HQ or the i7-7700HQ, and all models come standard with the GTX 1050 GPU. Prices start at US$949.99.
Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak reaches end of life late July 2017

Ubuntu 16.10 reaches end of life

Nine months after its release, the "Yakkety Yak" Ubuntu release, also carrying the version number 16.10, reaches its last day of support. Those still using it should upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04.
The Q8 packs most of the marquee features of the V20 into a smaller, waterproof chassis, but the design changes seen in the G6 and Q6 didn't make the cut. (Source: LG)

The LG Q8 is a waterproof, more compact version of the V20

LG has put most of the features of its last-year flagship, the V20, into a smaller, waterproof chassis. Unfortunately, a removable battery was lost in the process.
Coil whine, backlight bleed, and keyboard flex were some of the issues found. (Source: hpthetallguy)

Don't expect too much from the ZenBook Pro UX550

Many are eagerly awaiting Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 as a powerful but portable multimedia workhorse, but initial reports suggest the same kind of issues that have caused users to look to the UX550 may cause them to again have to look elsewhere for their dream machine.
Asus Zenfone AR goes on sale in the UK

Asus Zenfone AR hits the UK

The Zenfone AR will go on sale in the UK today, and while it comes with an admittedly impressive price tag of about £800, you'll have a hard time finding a device with such features elsewhere.
Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android has been chipping away at iOS in terms of smartphone activations as Apple fans patiently wait for the megaton iPhone refresh coming towards the end of the year.
The new Nintendo 2DS XL comes in the same form factor and with the internal hardware as the 3DS XL but at a 25% lower price. (Source: Nintendo)

Will the Nintento 2DS XL be the most appealing portable games console of 2017?

Nintendo's 2017 update to the 2DS and 3DS portable gaming console line-up, the new 2DS XL, is arriving in North America and Europe on the 28th of July. The console will retail for US$150 and features most of the same internals as the 3DS XL with the 3D functionality removed.
Soon OnePlus 5 owners will be able to dial these three numbers without worrying if their phone will reboot. (Source: Own)

OnePlus 5 OTA update for the emergency call bug expected soon

OnePlus has been in contact with the original user who reported the 911 reboot bug, and they have successfully tested a bug fix that has stopped the phone from rebooting when dialing emergency services. It is expected that they will release an OTA update in the near future.
Jul 20
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: almost as fast as a real GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the Max-Q version of the GTX 1080 and despite a lower clock speed, the GTX 1060 Max-Q offers performance almost identical to a regular GTX 1060.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
iOS 10 gets a new update, labeled 10.3.3, delivering improvements and fixes to iPhone and iPad

iOS 10.3.3 now official

After quite a few public beta releases, Apple iOS 10.3.3 is finally ready to deliver multiple bug fixes and improvements to all iPhone and iPad users who own one (or more) compatible device(s).

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