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May 25
Acer Chromebook Spin 15 CP315 (Source: Acer)

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is now official, coming to North America in July

The convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 15 promises to deliver a 13-hour battery life and features two upward-facing speakers, as well as full support for Android apps via Google Play. It is expected to reach the North American marke...
The PlayStation 4 Pro. (Digital Trends)

PS4 FW 5.05 kernel exploit finally set for release as Sony reveals launch date for the PlayStation 5

A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak exploit is in the works. The exploit is for the console's firmware 5.05 and is highly anticipated due to its compatibility with newer titles like God of War.
Not a very smart business decision, Huawei. (Source: Gizbot)

Huawei announces decision to permanently end support for bootloader unlocks

Huawei has announced its decision to end official support for bootloader unlocks. Devices released after May 24 will not be eligible for unlocks, while those already released will have that option closed to them in 60 days.
The U12+. (Source: HTC)

DxOMark: The HTC U12+ offers better camera performance than the Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S9+

HTC's latest flagship, the U12+, made the trip over to DxOMark this week, with the device impressing—and earning a photo score that puts it above competitors like the Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9+.
LG V35 ThinQ at The Wireless Power Consortium (Source: Evan Blass)

Live image of the LG V35 ThinQ surfaces online

The live image recently discovered by Evan Blass on the website of The Wireless Power Consortium reveals a handset without a notch that might feature front-facing stereo speakers. The latest rumors mention a Qualcomm Snapdragon 84...
StumbleUpon weekley recommendations emails April - May 2018, SumbleUpon shuts down June 30, 2018

StumbleUpon shutting down on June 30, accounts and content moving to

After a history of more than 16 years, the popular content discovery and advertisement engine StumbleUpon is drawing its last breath. On June 30, all user accounts and content will move to, a similar service that offers be...
Razer Blade 15 (2018) Laptop Preview

Razer Blade 15 (2018) Laptop Preview

Max-Q in a laptop that is only 17 mm thin. The Razer Blade 15 (2018) goes all out: It is not enough for it to be the thinnest gaming laptop on the market, it also has to put a 4K screen in a 14-inch chassis. A species of Ultrabook with a Max-Q GPU and a hexa-core Coffee Lake processor?
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The Essential Phone PH-1 is a gorgeous mix of titanium, ceramic and glass. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone PH-2 cancelled, Rubin looks to sell firm

He may be known as the "Father of Android," but that does not look to have saved Andy Rubin's Esssential. According to Bloomberg, Rubin is actively shopping around the company he founded less than two year's ago following lacklust...
TSMC purportedly readying Apple A12 production for upcoming iPhone X Plus (Source: Bloomberg)

TSMC purportedly readying Apple A12 production for upcoming iPhone X Plus

Apple could beat Qualcomm to market with the first consumer smartphone equipped with a 7 nm SoC. Its custom A12 processor is predicted to power the next generation of iPhone and iPad devices coming later this year. As usual, the i...
Fortnite and God of War were the console champion earners in April. (Source: YouTube)

Fortnite's earnings for April blow March's result out of the water

A monthly worldwide digital games market report has been released by SuperData, and it appears to have been yet another spectacular month for Fortnite. Apparently, the battle royale title from Epic Games earned revenue of US$296 m...
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The new Playground Limited Time Mode will feature lots of llamas. (Source: Epic Games)

Epic to introduce Fortnite Playground mode with respawn ability

Epic Games has published a new State of Development post for Fortnite detailing upcoming changes for the battle royale giant. Apparently, a new Playground Limited Time Mode will be introduced that will allow players to explore the...
May 24
Asus TUF FX504GD (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

79% Asus TUF FX504GD (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Starter gamer. Asus has made its inexpensive FX series even more affordable by reducing the battery capacity, GPU power, and number of ports. The end result is definitely easier on the wallet, but the TN display and primary HDD drag down the system.
Intel Core i5-8300H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
The Amazon smart-speaker family includes the Echo, Plus, Spot, Dot, and Show devices. (Source: PCMag)

Update | Amazon Echo device records and sends private conversation without permission

It has been reported that an Amazon Echo device recorded and then sent out a husband and wife’s private conversation without their permission. The Alexa-enabled smart speaker sent the audio file to a random contact who just happen...
The new button on the KEY²'s physical keyboard could be for launching a dialpad or app drawer. (Source: The Verge/BlackBerry)

BlackBerry KEY2 shows off dual-camera setup in teaser

BlackBerry Mobile has released a new teaser clip for the KEY² smartphone. The brief video shows that the device will feature a dual-camera system and reveals a new button on the keyboard that has fuelled speculation in regard to i...
The 3 nm fabrication process will replace the current FinFET semiconductors with the next gen MCBFET ones. (Source: Fudzilla)

Samsung releases roadmap to 3 nm fabrication process

Samsung wanted to prove that it is in no way behind TSMC when it comes to manufacturing process milestones. Even though TSMC is already rolling out a good chunk of 7 nm chips for various companies, it still does not use the EUV te...
The Kaby Lake-G features AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GPU integrated in the chip die. (Source: TheNerdMag)

Kaby Lake-G Chromebook codenamed "Kidd" in the works?

Chromebooks could soon get a substantial performance boost, as the Chrome OS developers are planning to support Intel's Kaby Lake-G CPUs that come with the dedicated AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU. The first Chromebook that would includ...
Aorus X5 v8

87% Aorus X5 v8 (i7-8850H, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop Review

Praiseworthy six cores. Gigabyte equipped the 2018 version of the Aorus X5 with a hexa-core CPU belonging to Intel's Coffee Lake series. The CPU is accompanied by a GeForce GTX 1070 and a 144 Hz display. Find out in our review whether the 15-inch laptop is on a par with other gaming devices.
Intel Core i7-8850H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
The Honor 10 features a built-in Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI acceleration. (Source: Honor)

Honor 10 reaches one million sales in less than a month

Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, has issued a press release to announce that the Honor 10 flagship smartphone has already managed one million sales. This is an impressive feat, considering the device was only released in China on April ...
ChromeBook Tab 10 will be the world's first Chromebook tablet (Image source: Own)

NextAtAcer | ChromeBook Tab 10 is the world's first Chromebook tablet

Acer's ChromeBook Tab 10 has been available since March, but Acer had one on display for us to take a quick look. It continues to be the first slate tablet in the market running Chrome OS. Convertible notebooks running Chrome OS a...
Production of an N64 Mini console has yet to be confirmed by Nintendo. (Source: Don't Feed the Gamers)

Nintendo may be developing an N64 classic mini console

Nintendo has been spotted applying for a trademark for the N64 in Japan. This has led to further speculation that the Japanese company could be developing a smaller “classic” version of the renowned console. The original Nintendo ...
Talos has estimated that VPNFilter has infected devices in at least 54 countries. (Source: Cisco)

Russia accused of plotting massive VPNFilter malware attack

There has been a report published stating at least 500,000 networking devices around the world have been infected by malware known as VPNFilter. It has been speculated that Russian state-sponsored hackers are behind the attack due...
Grammarly. (Source: Grammarly)

Grammarly update brings UI revamp and more features

The popular Grammarly web app saw a UI revamp a short while ago. While the new minimalistic design does look better, that may have come at the expense of a slight hit to the user experience.
The Helio P60 has been mostly successful, and MediaTek will attempt to build on that success. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek unveils the new Helio P22 for the mid-range

MediaTek has unveiled its new SoC, the Helio P22. The chipset is built on a 12nm manufacturing process and will offer stiff resistance to SoCs like the Snapdragon 450 and Kirin 659.
HTC U12+ unveiled in style

HTC U12+ unveiled in style

HTC has finally unveiled its new device, the U12+. The flagship sports a 6-inch QHD+ Super LCD display, a Snapdragon 845, IP68 certification, a quad camera setup, and a host of other features that make it one of the most impressiv...
May 23
Battlefield V will allow a player to customize vehicles, weapons, and even soldiers. (Source: EA DICE)

Battlefield V gets a reveal trailer

An official reveal trailer for Battlefield V has been released, and it certainly doesn’t skimp on drama and intensity. As expected, the action takes place in the battlegrounds of World War II and features arguably less familiar se...
Image: Asus

Asus' new ROG Swift PG27UQ is the first 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 certificationr

The ROG Swift PG27UQ from Asus packs in almost everything anyone could want in a monitor: 4K, HDR, G-Sync, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Asus will also sell the monitor pre-calibrated to professional-grade standards with excellent co...
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

83% Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Smartphone Review

Lots of screen for little money. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers a large display and a mid-range performance for less than 200 Euros (~$236). This sounds like a good offer, but let's look more closely in our test!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.99" | 180 g
Acer Swift 3 14-inch in red. (Source: Acer)

The updated Acer Swift 3 15.6-inch notebook gets a 4K/UHD option to go along with the MX150 GPU

During the [email protected] event today, Acer announced new 14 and 15.6-inch versions of the Acer Swift 3. The smaller model is available in Stellar Blue, Sakura Pink, Lava Red, or Sparkly Silver while the larger model comes in gold or S...
The new 15.6-inch Acer Swift 5 has a sleek magnesium shell. (Source: Acer)

The new sub-1kg Swift 5 is Acer's answer to the LG Gram 15

The new Acer Swift 5 15.6-inch is a larger version of the Swift 5 which uses magnesium alloys to keep the weight under 1 kg. This is an impressive feat for a laptop of this size and it puts the Swift 5 15.6-inch in competition wit...
Rumors of Arez's demise have been greatly exaggerated (hint: this is not the official logo). (Source: WCCFTech)

Twitter account kills Asus Arez GPU brand, Asus reacts

With the announcement of Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program, Asus thought it would be wise to differentiate its GPU brands into ROG (for Nvidia) and Arez (for AMD). Since the GPP was killed in its infancy, speculators were quick to ...
LG's 4.3-inch OLED VR screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio. (Source: RoadToVR)

Google and LG working on ~5K virtual reality displays

A new paper compiled by LG and Google researchers stipulates that the human eye has a resolution of about 9600 x 9000 pixels with a FOV of 160 x 150 degrees. The new LG OLED VR screen is not there yet, but i certainly seems to be ...
Samsung SM-T835/Galaxy Tab S4 updated specs (Source: GFXBench)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench with Android 8.1 onboard, unknown Snapdragon processor

Less than a month since it surfaced with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard, the upcoming Samsung SM-T835 tablet hits the GFXBench database with Android 8.1. The graphics performance is slightly lower with the new software version, so it mi...
Acer Predator Helios 500 using blue backlighting. (Source: Acer)

The Predator Helios 500 is Acer's powerful new gaming laptop with an overclockable Intel i9-8950HK CPU

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a powerful gaming laptop with an overclockable Intel i9-8950HK processor and the choice between a 144 Hz Gsync display or a color accurate 4K panel. Acer uses metal blades in their 3D fan design, wh...
Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition in white and gold. (Source: Acer)

The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is an upgraded white and gold model that is only available for a limited time

The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is a sleek limited-edition variant of the standard Helios 300. A new 144 Hz IPS display has been used, and the chassis uses an unusual all-white with gold trim design. Acer plans to dis...
Image: Nintendo

Nintendo now sells a cheaper Switch bundle without the dock

Nintendo is now selling a cheaper Switch bundle without a TV dock or AC adapter. By sacrificing these accessories, gamers can save ¥5,000 (~$45). Unfortunately, the bundle is currently exclusive to Japan, and there's little chance...
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X-Plane 11 Benchmarks

X-Plane 11 Benchmarks

Advanced flight simulation. The X-Plane series is a stalwart in the commercial flight simulation market, and X-Plane 11 marks the latest iteration. It uses an advanced physics engine that mixes hard-coded data with aerodynamics to simulate realistic flight. When cranking up the settings the engine is heavily taxing on the graphics card and processor, which is particularly notable for its reliance on single-threaded CPU performance. The scope and scale of the game make it an ideal candidate for assessing system performance.


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Google Family Link (Source: Google)

Google Family Link hits 27 new markets

Available for phones and tablets that run at least iOS 9 or KitKat, Google Family Link allows parents to control the content available on their children's phones and tablets that run Nougat or later. Launched in the US back in Sep...
Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 convertible (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor: No more loud fans for the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 convertible thanks to the latest BIOS update

The latest BIOS update for the Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible should take care of the fans issue, revealed Frank Azor on Twitter yesterday. In the last month, more users complained that the fans of the new XPS 2-in-1 are extremely l...
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA (i5-7300HQ, RX 560) Laptop Review

78% Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA (i5-7300HQ, RX 560) Laptop Review

Budget Gaming. Lenovo’s budget-priced gaming notebooks start at €700. While these basic variants are not that powerful, they should still be enough for some gamers. In this review, we will be looking at the Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA, a 15.6-inch notebook that is equipped with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and an AMD Radeon RX 560 dedicated graphics card.
Intel Core i5-7300HQ | AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Vivo confirms the June 12 launch of its futuristic APEX notchless, full-display APEX smartphone. (Source: Vivo)

The fullscreen Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12

First shown as a futuristic concept phone, the Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12. The device avoids a display notch by incorporating a retractable selfie-camera that pops out of its chassis when required.
Upcoming Razer Core X eGPU dock is larger and cheaper than the current Core V2 (Source: Razer)

Upcoming Razer Core X eGPU dock is larger and cheaper than the current Core V2

Unlike the Aorus Gaming Box, the Razer eGPU promises to work with MacBooks and is much larger in volume to support 3-slot graphics cards. The new Core X is already in stock and shipping for $300 USD sans a GPU. The announcement co...
May 22
Unreal was especially praised for its graphics and atmosphere upon release. (Source: GOG)

Download Unreal Gold for free for a limited time

It has been 20 years since the original Unreal first-person shooter appeared on PCs around the world. The classic game was released on May 22, 1998, and it spawned a whole franchise of best-selling titles. To celebrate Unreal’s bi...
HTC Desire 12 Smartphone Review

76% HTC Desire 12 Smartphone Review

The object of desire? The smartphone-pioneer HTC first brought its Desire series to the market almost eight years ago. Since then, the Desire series has fallen off the map. Now the HTC Desire 12 tries to find some new fans. In our review, we examine whether the 199-Euro (~$234) dual-SIM smartphone with a 5.5-inch display and Android 7 is any good.
Mediatek MT6739 | PowerVR GE8100 | 5.5" | 137 g
Intel's Coffee Lake-S octa-core CPUs are expected to launch in Q3 this year. (Source: Intel)

Intel Coffee Lake-S 8-core/16-thread CPU spotted in SiSoft Sandra benchmarks

The SiSoft Sandra benchmarks reveal that the upcoming Coffee Lake-S octa-core/16-thread CPUs will be compatible with current chipsets and the soon-to-be-released Z390 platform. The test prototype is cocked at 2.6 GHz by default, h...
Razer claims that the new Blade is the slimmest 15-inch gaming laptop on the market right now. (Source: Razer)

The new Razer Blade 15 is the slimmest 15.6-inch gaming laptop in the world

Razer managed to squeeze the 15.6-inch systems inside the older 14-inch Blade chassis. This makes the new Blade gaming laptops some of the slimmest models on the market to date. The refreshed specs include Intel's gen 8 hexa-core ...
Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook

Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook

It's been 2 years since the MacBooks were subject to a radical redesign of the keyboard, notably introducing the butterfly switch mechanism and Touch Bar. This year will be a crucial one for Apple's MacBook line, and I think we can predict a lot about the future of the line by observing what happens with the 2018 refresh.
Sketch of the Lenovo Z5. (Source: Weibo)

Camera samples | The Lenovo Z5 will be Lenovo's next flagship, and it will feature both a bezel-less display and no notch

Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng has, once again, teased the company's upcoming device on Weibo. This time, he clarifies that the device will be named the Lenovo Z5. The teaser paints the picture of a device with absolutely no be...
The Mi 6. (Source: Android Pit)

More updates | Xiaomi Mi 7 spotted online carrying an extremely attractive price tag

Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, the Mi 7, has been spotted online. The device is expected to feature a Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, 3D facial recognition, and wireless charging...and all of that could come with a US$...

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