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Mar 19
Ray tracing is coming to the masses thanks to DXR. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia to bring DirectX ray tracing to the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and other Pascal cards in April

Nvidia has announced that a number of Pascal-based graphics cards will soon be enabled to utilize DirectX ray tracing (DXR). GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB cards and higher will receive a Game Ready Driver update, which is currently expect...
The latest LG OLED TVs will be available for purchase soon. (Source: LG USA)

LG announces when its 2019 OLED TVs will be available, and how much they will cost (hint: one is US$13,000!)

LG has stated its US dollar prices for its new OLED TVs. These state-of-the-art panels were previewed at CES 2019, and come with Dolby Vision, ThinQ AI and inbuilt Google Assistant. They start at US$2,499 - and work their way up t...
Mar 18
Myspace has lost all the music that once made it the world's most visited website. (Image source: Myspace)

Myspace has corrupted and lost 12 years of music uploaded to its website

In an embarrassing admission, Myspace has confirmed that it has lost every piece of music that users uploaded between 2003 and 2015, which equates to over 50 million files. The company reports that there is no way to recover the l...
Image via Kingston

Kingston introduces DC500R and DC500M, two new SATA SSDs aimed at the enterprise market

Kingston has just announced two new lines of enterprise-grade SATA SSDs. The drives offer similar features of other enterprise-level flash storage solutions, including ECC, onboard power loss protection, and more. Compared to othe...
Alienware Area 51m coud get the UHD option by the end of September, confirms Frank Azor

Alienware Area-51m laptops should get the UHD option in six to eight months

Currently available only with a Full HD display option, the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop will get UHD as an option in six to eight months, according to Frank Azor. He also said that the arrival of this option "wasn't supposed ...
The Black Shark 2 has been released. (Source: GizmoChina)

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is now available: SD 855 and Pixelworks HDR for US$477

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has been launched today (March 18, 2019) in China. As expected, it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, has a 6GB RAM base model and has a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. This panel has some interest...
Snapchat is planning to launch its own gaming platform. (Source: Businessofapps.com)

Snapchat to launch its gaming platform "Project Cognac" next month

Snapchat is likely to launch its gaming platform for developers and content partners next month. Codenamed "Project Cognac", the platform will allow third-party developers to create games that run within the Snapchat app. With Sna...
UMIDIGI S3 Pro with MediaTek Helio P70 and 48 MP main camera available globally March 18 2019 (Source: UMIDIGI)

UMIDIGI S3 Pro now globally available at US$279.99, still a pretty good deal

Not long after the successful completion of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with twice the initial goal of US$100,000, the UMIDIGI S3 Pro is now available globally. The price tag has gone up to US$279.99, but this Helio P70-po...
Apple iPad Air with smart keyboard and Apple Pencil (Source: Apple Newsroom)

Apple might upgrade the iMac Pro soon, 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini revealed today

Although Apple has already announced a March 25 event, it seems like the updated tablets will not be there, because the Cupertino-based tech giant has just introduced the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini. However, the...
Renders of the ZTE Axon S. (Source: Notebook Italia)

First ZTE Axon S leak - Five cameras, side slider, 5x optical zoom, UD fingerprint reader

ZTE could be set to push the innovation envelope in the coming months. The company is said to be working on a flagship, the Axon S, which will feature 5G support, a side sliding mechanism, a 95% screen to body ratio, and five came...
We won't be getting a successor to the Poco F1 for months at least. (Source: BBC)

Geekbench listings of the Poco F2 and Poco F1 Lite were just social experiments after all

A number of recent Geekbench listings alluded to the existence of two new Pocophone devices: The Poco F1 Lite and Poco F2. We were skeptical in our coverage of both stories and it turns out were right to be, as it was all just a r...
Samsung - A Galaxy Event 2019 - invitation (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung confirms April 10 event, new Galaxy A handsets coming up

The teaser image that comes with the invite to Samsung's launch event that will take place on April 10 in Bangkok, Milan, and São Paulo suggests that at least three new Galaxy A handsets with different screen shapes will be the st...
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IKB (Core i5-7200U, Radeon 530, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

79% Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IKB (Core i5-7200U, Radeon 530, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Leftovers. Lenovo has introduced the IdeaPad 330-15IKB, a 15.6-inch office laptop that it equips with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, a nimble SSD and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM running in dual-channel mode. The device is not free from weaknesses though, particularly its disappointing TN display, its comparatively small battery along with its outdated CPU and GPU. Read on to find out how the IdeaPad 330-15IKB compares against other 15.6-inch business laptops.
Intel Core i5-7200U | AMD Radeon 530 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The Galaxy S10+ features an 8MP RGB depth camera and a 10MP selfie camera. (Source: Samsung)

The lack of a 3D ToF sensor on the Galaxy S10+ gives the iPhone Xs a clear edge with selfies

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 models pack a serious punch and have been getting very positive reviews on the whole. This includes the Galaxy S10+, which picks up dual-front facing cameras to go with its triple-rear facing camera arr...
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN Hybrid graphics card (Source: Wccftech)

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN Hybrid hits 2.7 GHz core and 17 GHz memory clocks on LN2

Unveiled earlier this year at CES 2019 and still expected to hit the market, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN Hybrid graphics card has recently topped the 3DMark Portal Royal benchmark thanks to a massive overclock — 2.7 GHz c...
Samsung Galaxy A2 Core leaked press render (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung could launch another Android Go phone soon, namely the Galaxy A2 Core

A leaked press render revealed that the Galaxy A lineup will become the second family of Samsung handsets to include at least one Android Go-driven smartphone. This Exynos 7870-powered phone will probably launch on March 22 in Ind...
Xiaomi Poco F2 concept. (Source: Ben Geskin on Twitter)

Xiaomi Poco F2's Geekbench listing throws up an SoC conundrum, but it's likely fake

A listing for the purported Xiaomi Poco F2 has surfaced on Geekbench and while we are expecting a Snapdragon 855-powered flagship killer from Xiaomi this year, the scores do not seem to reflect such high aspirations. Going by the ...
Mar 17
According to Roland Quandt, this is what the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro look like. (Source: WinFuture)

New Roland Quandt leak purports to contain nearly every detail on the Huawei P30 series

Roland Quandt has posted a new article in which he claims to set out every detail on the upcoming Huawei P30 and P30 Pro prior to their launch. This includes nearly every major spec and detail of the phones, including their relati...
Intel's Jason Waxman at the Intel Open Compute Project 2019 Keynote. (Source: Intel)

Facebook is helping Intel in designing Cooper Lake for deep learning

Intel took to stage at the OCP Global Summit 2019 to announce new Xeon Scalable platforms for servers based on the upcoming Cascade Lake and Cooper Lake architectures. The new Xeon Scalable processors will now be available in four...
The Pixel 4 may have a Galaxy S10-esque punch-hole camera. (Source: PhoneDesigner)

Fresh Pixel 4 leak suggests punch-hole for this phone as well

A few days ago, a series of renders pointed to a Pixel 4 XL design with a dual selfie cam set into its screen. Now, a Twitter-based leaker alleges that the smaller device from the same upcoming line will also follow this trend. Ho...
The company hopes the day never comes. (Source: Gizbot)

Huawei confirms that it has built its own proprietary mobile OS...just in case

There have always been rumors that Huawei was working on its own OS. Those have now been confirmed by the company, with Huawei CEO Richard Yu affirming that the Chinese monolith has a working mobile OS all geared up and ready to g...
The Poco F1. (Source: BBC)

New Geekbench listing teases a purported Poco F1 Lite

A few days ago, a Geekbench listing showed what appeared to be a Poco F1 Lite running on Android Pie with 4 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 660. We are leery of the whole thing, though.
Renders of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. (Source: OnLeaks)

Remember the mid-range Pixel phones? They could be sold as the Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Until now, we'd been led to believe that Google's upcoming mid-range devices would be called the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. Apparently not, as Google code points towards the devices being named the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL....
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICH (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

88% Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICH (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Quieter, Sleeker… Better? Lenovo is back in the 15” gaming laptop fray with their Legion Y740—nearly identical to the previous Y730, but now packing an i7-8750H and an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU alongside other improvements. At a price point of just around $1990 USD, its performance might surprise you.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Mar 16
Renders of the Xiaomi foldable phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi's upcoming foldable phone will cost half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X foldable phones may rightfully dominate the headlines but they come with the caveat of outrageous prices. Xiaomi is set to join the foldable race in the coming months and will, in typical ...
Renders of the Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Techenguru)

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will feature OLED displays made by Samsung

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be launched on March 26, and while the devices' selling points remain photography, both will still feature top of the line displays—in the form of Samsung-made OLED panels.
Redesigned 2019 HP Pavilion x360 series with GeForce MX250 graphics launching this April (Source: HP)

Redesigned 2019 HP Pavilion x360 series with GeForce MX250 graphics launching this April

The 2019 Pavilion x360 15 in particular will be nearly 14 percent thinner (.94-inch to .81-inch) and 15 percent lighter (5.1 lbs to 4.3 lbs) than the 2017 Pavilion x360 15. A fingerprint reader, which has become standard on costli...
Aorus RTX 2070 Gaming Box with Dell XPS 13 9380 Review

Aorus RTX 2070 Gaming Box with Dell XPS 13 9380 Review

Ray-tracing for your Ultrabook. Gigabyte has outfitted its super-small external graphics dock with a mini GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card compatible with most Ultrabooks. Naturally, we run every benchmark we could to see how the Aorus eGPU solution compares against a traditional gaming laptop. The results are more variable than we had initially anticipated.
Intel Core i7-8565U | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop) | 13.3"
Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Smartphone Review

Live Review - Samsung has priced the smaller version of the top-tier S10 models more attractively than the S10+. In addition to its smaller display comes a lower capacity battery, a single front-facing camera along with less internal storage. Likewise, there is no option for a ceramic back as there is with the S10+. Read on to find out how the Galaxy S10 compares against its Plus namesake and how it stands up against other modern flagships.
Samsung Exynos 9820 | ARM Mali-G76 MP12 | 6.1" | 157 g
The Redmi Note 7 is the first Xiaomi phone to come with an 18-month warranty as standard. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi plans to make 18-month warranties a standard for its smartphones

Xiaomi usually offers a 12-month warranty for its phones to customers in its home country of China. However, this was turned on its head somewhat with the release of the Redmi Note 7. The company gave an extra 6 months' worth for ...
Qualcomm has won a legal case against Apple. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm beats Apple in multi-million-dollar patent infringement case

Qualcomm has successfully pressed its latest legal complaint against Apple in a San Diego court. Its jury has ruled that the Cupertino company did in fact use 3 patents that did not belong to it in the making of its 2016-2018 iPho...
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13

79% Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 (Core i7-6567U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) Tablet Review

A drawing board with Windows 10. The MobileStudio Pro is part drawing tablet and part Windows PC. Wacom may have equipped the device with an outdated Skylake dual-core processor, but read on to find out how this tablet fares in 2019.
Intel Core i7-6567U | Intel Iris Graphics 550 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
A Qualcomm reference device shown at Computex 2018. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Windows on ARM: Where we are now and what the future holds

Windows on ARM (WoA) has a lot of potential benefits, from extended battery life to standby LTE connectivity, while still running x86 software. Performance complaints meant the initial launch was a little rough, but this has improved with more powerful SoCs and the slow increase in ARM-native applications for Windows. The future release of the Snapdragon 8cx and development of third-party ARM software could be the change needed to push WoA into the mainstream.
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

Benchmark list of all laptop graphics cards and their performance in real games. The list is divided in different settings and can be searched and restricted.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ in Ceramic Black, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Shot on Galaxy S10+ Pro mode: Australian F1 GP Tesla road trip - Part 1

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is a great phone with a great camera. What better way to test it out in the real world than on a road trip in a Tesla Model S from Sydney to the see the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne?
Mar 15
The Batfree strap boosts battery life for the Apple Watch. (Source: Togvu)

Batfree: the first "charging strap" for the Apple Watch

If smartwatches have one problem, it is their restricted battery capacities. The company Togvu has announced its "battery case" that may solve this problem for Apple Watch users. It is a strap for these devices that integrates wir...
Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

88% Dell XPS 13 9380 (i7-8565U, 4K UHD) Laptop Review

Now with a standard webcam. What benefits does the Core i7 SKU offer over the Core i5 SKU? We benchmark the most expensive XPS 13 9380 configuration and compare it to the less costly Core i5 SKU to show all the differences users can expect. Update: 5 hours more with FHD.
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.2 kg
This selfie camera's oneday successor may not even be visible within the display. (Source: AndroidPIT)

Samsung's next-generation displays are set to engulf and hide cameras completely

The Galaxy S10s are Samsung's first flagships in which the front-facing cameras peek right through their high-end OLED displays. However, their future replacements may not even require the cut-out in order to fit around a camera. ...
Qualcomm's mid-range and high-end SoCs are ready to support the upcoming 64 MP and 100 MP cameras scheduled for late 2019. (Source: Blackberry)

Qualcomm's mid-range and high-end SoCs already supporting the 64 MP and 100 MP cameras scheduled for late 2019

Qualcomm's Sr. Director of Product Management Judd Heape revealed that a few OEMs are already planning to release 64 MP and 100 MP cameras in some late-2019 smartphone models, and these will easily be handled by the company's exis...
The Black Shark 2 is available for reservation now. (Source: JD.com)

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 emerges in pre-release reservations-page form

Xiaomi's new gaming phone, so far known as the 'Black Shark 2', has been listed by the online retailer JD.com. Although this page does not reveal its price, it allows potential buyers to reserve a unit ahead of its launch date (Ma...
This is indeed what the next iPhones may look like. (Source: AppleInsider)

2019 iPhones really are going to have square rear cameras: new leak

Some renders and rumors have asserted that the iPhones to be released this year will have triple rear cameras. This, apparently, will necessitate a Huawei Mate 20-esque square module for these sensors. MacOtakara has claimed that ...
The battery recall program initiated by HP in 2018 was recently expanded with 78,500 batteries. (Source: CPSC)

HP is expanding its 2018 battery recall program

Due to new customer complaints, HP is expanding its battery recall program with a 78,500 battery batch, and the affected models now include 2018 models such as ProBook 400 G4 and Pavilion x360 (11-inch), ZBook Studio G4, ProBook 4...
Alldocube M8 T801 Tablet Review

79% Alldocube M8 T801 Tablet Review

Very low price. $150 USD can get you a pretty decent Android tablet these days. The Alldocube M8 gets the job done while offering optional 4G LTE for compatible markets.
MediaTek Helio X27 MT6797X | ARM Mali-T880 MP4 | 8" | 345 g
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Smartphone Review

85% Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Smartphone Review

Quo Vadis. The Chinese smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is now - due to new marketing strategies of Xiaomi - just called Redmi Note 7. It is hard to categorize, given that it has the highest camera resolution currently available on a smartphone and a relatively weak Snapdragon 660. We tested the fist official smartphone of the sub-brand Redmi in order to uncover its true potential.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Qualcomm Adreno 512 | 6.3" | 186 g
Renders of the Pixel 4 XL. (Source: PhoneArena)

First Pixel 4 XL leak alludes to dual rear cameras and a punch-hole akin to that of the Galaxy S10+

The first leak on the Google Pixel 4 devices have surfaced, in the form of a sketch of what is said to be the Pixel 4 XL. Going by the leak, we could be set to get a pill-shaped punch-hole, dual rear cameras, and an in-display fin...
The Sony Xperia 1. (Source: Sony)

The Sony Xperia 1 is now listed on Amazon US with a hefty US$999 price tag

The Sony Xperia 1 has now been listed on Amazon. The device is listed with a US warranty, so it's almost definitely the unlocked model for the US market. Sadly, it also comes with a US$999 price tag, and apparently doesn't ship un...
Facebook's temporary outage proved to be a blessing for competing services such as Telegram. (Source: Boostability)

Huge Facebook outage results in 3 million new signups for Telegram

Facebook and its subsidiaries suffered a temporary outage of services yesterday leading to inconvenience for users and advertisers alike. The company clarified that the outage was a result of a server configuration change and is n...
The latest AMD Radeon driver package includes specific support for Tom Clancy's The Division 2. (Source: Ubisoft)

AMD releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 driver

AMD has announced that the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 installation package is ready for download. The package includes various fixes and support for games, and it is currently available for Windows 10 64-bit and...

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