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Dec 18
AOL logo running man, AIM now switched off mid-December 2017

AIM is now gone for good

Just as announced back in October, all AIM servers were shut down on December 15. This move finally brings to an end the two-decade history of instant messaging by the once almighty AOL.
Keeper is being installed by default in new Windows 10 installations. (Source: User ToppestofDogs on Reddit)

Windows 10's included password manager can pose a security risk

A Google security researcher has discovered that the included third-party password manager in Windows 10, Keeper, comes with a security vulnerability that injects privileged UI into web apages that exposes a user's passwords.
Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition (Source: Lazada Indonesia)

Red Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition hits Indonesia

The successful mid-range Xiaomi Mi A1 finally receives a red edition. Sadly, only Indonesia gets this new color choice for now. The rest of the world only gets to choose between black, gold, and rose gold.
Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache

Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache

We often make a big deal about low-frequency Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) in our detailed reviews of displays, but why is it such a negative? This articles takes a detailed look into Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) as a technology and why certain PWM frequencies can be harmful to people.
Intel Core i5-6300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2 kg
Aconex cloud company joins Oracle

Oracle acquires Aconex

Although the deal will have to go through an independent review and the shareholders' vote later this year, it looks like Australian cloud company Aconex will join Oracle after the completion of these formalities. The deal is worth AU$1.6 billion (around US$1.23 billion).
The S8's fingerprint reader's placement was divisive. (Source: Atodomomento)

Images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ revealed, S9 to feature just one rear camera

Rendered images of the Samsung Galaxy S9 have surfaced, showing the S9 with a single rear camera, the S9+ with a dual rear camera setup, and both with a new fingerprint sensor placement.
The Snapdragon 845 won't feature in Windows 10 devices until 2H 2018. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 on ARM with Snapdragon 845 not due till 2H 2018

Windows 10 on ARM devices with the Snapdragon 845 won't ship until the second half of 2018, according to Qualcomm. This is despite a version of the same chipset being available for high-end smartphones early in the new year.
The Vivo Xplay 7 will be the first smartphone to feature Clear ID. (Source: Forbes)

Vivo Xplay 7 will be first with under-screen fingerprint tech

The Vivo Xplay 7 has been revealed as the first smartphone to ship featuring under-display fingerprint authentication technology. Clear ID, developed by Synaptics, is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition systems like Apple's Face ID.
Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission

Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission

Some Firefox users recently found an unwarranted add-on installed in their browsers. The add-on, which is a page tool tied to the popular online show "Mr. Robot," was installed for some users that are a part of Mozilla's Studies program. While not malicious, the add-on was installed without the users' knowledge and raised some alarm from fervent Mozilla fans...
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Dec 17
Bluetooth certification page hints at an upcoming Huawei MediaPad M3 successor (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei MediaPad M3 successor could be coming soon

The SHT-W09 model name designation for the supposed MediaPad M5 is very similar to the BTV-W09 model name for the current MediaPad M3.
LG V30 Smartphone Review

89% LG V30 Smartphone Review

Bright prospects. With the LG V30, the Koreans now show a real high-end smartphone, which offers strong video features and an improved dual camera. LG has taken the complaints about the G6 for the German market to heart and also offers the device with wireless charging and quad-DAC audio here as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 6" | 158 g
The Asus NovaGo. (Source: Ultrabookreview)

Samsung and Xiaomi to release ARM-powered Windows 10 devices next year

Asus recently announced the release of the new ARM-powered NovaGo. Lenovo is said to be working on a competitor already, and it looks like Xiaomi and Samsung may be joining the game soon, with both companies reported to be working on their Windows-on-ARM offerings.
The Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro. (Source: Kimovil)

Lenovo Zuk Z2 and Z2 Pro get Android Oreo beta

The Lenovo ZUK Z2 and Z2 Pro have received Oreo betas, which is an impressive feat as both were launched on Marshmallow and got updates to Nougat months after. Too bad there's little to no chance the world will ever see a ZUK Z3.
The Pixel 2 XL. (Source: Techradar)

Deal | Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL get sizeable discounts

The second generation Pixels, debatably the best smartphones on the planet right now, are currently getting discounts, with US buyers getting up to a $75 price slash, and potential purchasers in the UK having the chance to snag them for up to £100 less than their RRPs.
Samsung Headquarters. (Source: Social Barrel)

Samsung market share expected to see 10% drop in 2018

Samsung may be the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world but analytics claim the company's dominance is set to see a decline next year, with experts expecting a 10% decline in market share.
AR Stickers on Pixel is powered by the new Google ARCore tech. (Source: Google)

Google's Project Tango is dead, long live ARCore

Google has announced that it is leaving Project Tango behind for its new ARCore technology. Similar to Apple's ARKit, Google's ARCore will power software-driven AR experiences on Android smartphones.
Dec 16
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The consoles face off. (Source: TheXomil/Pixabay)

November was a strong month for console sales, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One setting records

November is an important month for retail sales, especially in North America. Sony PlayStation 4 achieved the highest console sales in the month, Microsoft Xbox One produced the largest revenue, and the Nintendo Switch is on target to hit Nintendo's increased sales target.
Acer Extensa 2540 (i5-7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

80% Acer Extensa 2540 (i5-7200U, FHD) Laptop Review

Durable. Acer’s 15.6-incher scores some major points with its hardware combination of a Kaby Lake CPU, an SSD and 8 GB of RAM (running in dual-channel mode). The great battery life adds more value to the package. The screen proves to be disappointing, though.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Dell Vostro 15 3568 (7200U, 256GB) Laptop Review

81% Dell Vostro 15 3568 (7200U, 256GB) Laptop Review

Blue, blue, blue are all my colors. Not only because of its extreme blue tint, the display is not one of the highlights of the affordable 15-inch office notebook from Dell. Otherwise, the laptop is quite suited for its envisioned use in a small business with its workable input devices, TPM chip, and Windows 10 Pro, and an optional SSD is also available.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
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.
Dec 15
The Ataribox. (Source: Atari)

Ataribox pre-orders have been delayed

Atari has sent an email out to those who expressed interest in the upcoming Ataribox to say that the pre-order date is no longer the 14th of December. The additional time will be spent developing the platform and ecosystem, and we can expect an announcement of the new pre-order date over the next few weeks.
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The Samsung Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung Galaxy S9 to be unveiled at MWC in February

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced on February 27, at the Mobile World Congress that will hold in Barcelona. This is plausible, of course, as previous Galaxy S devices have usually been launched within a three-week window of that specified date.
Talks are said to be ongoing between Xiaomi and Verizon. (Source: Technobuffalo)

Xiaomi and Huawei set to make entry into the US market

Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the top six smartphone manufacturers, a noteworthy feat considering their dire lack of presence in the US. Both companies look set to remedy that, however, with reports claiming that there are deals on the cards that will see both sell devices in the US under different carriers.
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The Blackberry Priv.

Blackberry finally abandons the Priv

Blackberry released its first Android device two years ago in 2015. The company has finally announced that it will be withdrawing software support for the device—one that cost $700 at launch and only received one major update to Marshmallow.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi game will be launching on PC and mobile today. (Source: Engadget)

Brace yourself for a porg attack in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Disney and its subsidiary, Lucasfilm, announced a new game for PC and mobile that enabled players help BB-8 and Chewbacca defend the Millennium Falcon from porgs.
Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

Official Dell website hinting at unannounced Latitude 7290, 7390, and 7490 notebooks

IT certification site DMTF and Dell itself may have both independently confirmed the existence of the unannounced Latitude 7490. Could a soft refresh be on the way for CES 2018?
Dec 14
Schenker Media 15 (i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

80% Schenker Media 15 (i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

Good with edges. The Schenker Media 15 is exactly what it claims to be: A multimedia notebook with enough performance for many entertainment applications. The buyers will have to make certain concessions, and, because the competition is on the same level at the very least, the question here is: Why should we pick the Media 15 over other devices?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030) | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Apple iMac Pro (Source: Apple)

Apple releases the iMac Pro starting at US$4,999

Advertised as "the most powerful Mac ever," the iMac Pro provides an impressive set of hardware specs, packing Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, as well as a 27-inch Retina 5K display.
The Asus VivoBook 14 X411. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018

Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
The allegedly leaked slide from the "Spring 2018 Cycle Playbook." Unable to confirm authenticity. (Source: Informatica Cero)

35-Watt and 65-Watt mobile Ryzen processors might be coming soon according to a product slide

An apparent product slide leak shows 35 W and 65 W mobile Ryzen processors coming in spring 2018 to compete against Intel's HQ and HK series. This leak is a rumor and details haven't been confirmed by AMD.
CAT S31 rugged smartphone now available in the US

CAT S31 rugged smartphone finally available in the US

The 4.7-inch CAT S31 is now available in the US via Amazon for around US$330 and, although its specs do not match this price range, the IP68-rated water resistance and its compliance with the MIL-SPEC 810G standard for ruggedness make it a worthy choice for those who face tough environments frequently.
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Focused on rugged devices the company may be but it's still capable of great aesthetic value.

The Blackview P6000 will ship with a 6180 mAh battery

There's a new Blackview device on cards. The smartphone, marketed as a heavyweight business device, will feature a large 6180 mAh battery.
LG Gram (2018) ultrabook with Coffee Lake processor (Source: LG Newsroom)

CES 2018 | LG Gram ultrabooks with 8th generation Intel Core processors coming to the US next month

LG has just announced that the updated Gram lineup of ultrabooks is scheduled to arrive in the US starting in January. Next to the 8th generation Intel Core processors, these portables come with a sturdier build and increased autonomy.
Mark the date? (Source: PlayfulDroid)

Details of the Honor 9 Lite revealed

Honor has sent out invites for the launch event of a yet unnamed device. The event will take place on December 21, with the device expected to be the Honor 9 Lite.
Top of the table. (Source: Shapeways)

Android OS version metrics for November released, Oreo sees pitiable climb to 0.5% market distribution

Google has released data on the current market distribution of the various versions of Android. The ranking stays the same as it was last month, with Marshmallow in first, Lollipop in second, and Nougat in third. Oreo remains irrelevant, as it only just matched Ice Cream Sandwich’s 0.5% distribution, a disturbingly unprogressive rise from its 0.3% figure las...
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The Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ set to receive Oreo in January 2018

A member of Samsung's UK Oreo beta team has confirmed that the S8 and S8+ will receive final, stable Oreo updates in January, with the Note 8 to follow immediately after.
The Enjoy 7 Plus was launched back in April. (Source: Android Authority)

Huawei Enjoy 7S set for December 18 launch, details revealed

Huawei is set to announce the launch of the new Enjoy 7S at an event in Xi An, on December 13. The mid-ranger shares a lot of similarities with the Honor 9 Lite. So much, in fact, that we're tempted to claim that they're the same device in slightly different packages.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

December 2017 update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) ultrabook (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
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Essential continues to develop its Essential Phone PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone getting Treble, double tap to wake, EIS

Despite apparently weak sales, Essential appears to be committed to developing its Essential Phone PH-1. In its latest Reddit AMA, the company revealed it is bringing Treble, tap to wake and EIS to the device in the forthcoming Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Bing search showing subreddit search results. (Source: Reddit)

Microsoft partners with Reddit for some crowdsourced wisdom

A partnership between Microsoft and Reddit will see the latter leveraging Microsoft's AI tools and Bing to integrate Reddit content in search results, especially from AMA sessions and Reddit Answers, enabling a more natural and crowdsourced approach to search.
Google Assistant will soon be available on most Android devices. (Source: Google)

Google Assistant coming to Android tablets, older phones

Google is continuing its rollout of Assistant to older Android devices, including tablets for the first time. First introduced on the Pixel last year as an exclusive feature, it has been some time coming.
Higher PC prices may arise should Intel cut back on its "Intel Inside" marketing program (Image source: Intel)

Get ready for higher PC prices should Intel recede on its "Intel Inside" marketing program

OEMs are at risk of losing valuable Intel sponsorship benefits such as marketing exposure, price subsidies, and channel compensations should the Intel Inside program be defunded.
Samsung Galaxy J5

The Best Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Alternatives

One affordable mid-range smartphone to rule them all? Samsung's Galaxy J5 is still a very popular smartphone in 2017 - an overall more than a decent package at a low price. There are, however, other worthy and affordable smartphones as well. In this comparison, we take a look at possible alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017).
Dec 13
The specifications for the Gemini Lake Pentium and Celeron processors are now on Intel ARK. (Source: Intel)

Specifications for the Pentium Silver and Celeron 'Gemini lake' are now listed on Intel ARK

Intel ARK now shows the full specifications for the newly launched Gemini Lake processors, showing us how they compare to each other on paper.
Lenovo: ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p

Lenovo: The ThinkPad T470p likely won't get a successor in form of a T480p

The ThinkPad T-Series is apparently getting an update soon as the CES 2018 draws near – but one model of the 2017-lineup seems to be getting the axe. The T480p as the successor of the T470p could be made obsolete by the new 15 W Quad-Core CPUs.
The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 features a 1.34-inch color display protected by a 2.5D sapphire front piece. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi presents the new Huami AmazFit 2 smartwatch

The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 is only available in China for the moment, but Xiaomi plans to launch it for the Western markets under the AmazFit Pace 2 name later on. The successor of the popular Amazfit Pace comes with a more sturdy body and upgraded processing power, along with a new Watch 2.0 version. There is a premium US$200 version that adds a...
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Sea of Thieves for Xbox and Windows launches March 20 2018 (Source: Xbox Wire)

Sea of Thieves now up for pre-order, coming March 20

Microsoft's open-world adventure game Sea of Thieves is up for pre-order already, but it will only launch globally on March 20, 2018. This title will be available for both the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs.

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