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Google announced the Pixel Buds 2 last year. (Source: Google)

Potential Pixel Buds 2 dark clouds appear as pre-orders are canceled

Google's upcoming Pixel Buds 2 are billed for a spring release. The true wireless earbuds were put on pre-order at a third-party retail store a while ago, but it would appear that all orders have now been canceled, the implication...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 23:32:00 +0200
Gamers are playing more in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: KryptoSzene)

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased gaming time by up to 53% among German players

A blog has presented a new infographic showing the effect of the "coronavirus crisis" on gaming habits. It shows that 36% of causal gamers reported spending more time on this pursuit due to this situation, compared to 53% of non-c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:49:00 +0200
Image via Apple

Chinese retailers cut prices on iPhone 11 devices to boost sales

Online Chinese retailers are selling the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max at significant discounts. Retailers hope the cuts will spur Chinese consumers to buy an iPhone. However, many Chinese people are delaying the...
Sam Medley, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:36:00 +0200
Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s & X13: AMD Ryzen 4000 versions do not feature Thunderbolt after all

Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s & X13: AMD Ryzen 4000 versions do not feature Thunderbolt after all

When Lenovo announced the new 2020 ThinkPad lineup in late February, the addition of Thunderbolt 3 to the AMD versions of the new ThinkPad T14, ThinkPad T14s and ThinkPad X13 was big news. Two months later and close to the release...
Benjamin Herzig, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:12:00 +0200
Early concept render of the Nokia 9.2 or Nokia 9.3. (Source: Techno Mobile)

Nokia's next flagship phone appears to have been delayed...again

One year after, we're yet to get a successor to the incredibly promising but ultimately disappointing penta-camera Nokia 9 PureView. The phone in question has apparently been delayed yet again, with Covid-19 touted as the reason t...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:26:00 +0200
Fancy spending several thousand US dollars on an RTX 2080 Ti? (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Cyperpunk 2077 Edition GPUs are fetching crazy amounts of money online

Having given 77 of 200 units away to fans, NVIDIA does not plan to sell the RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077. However, several have appeared online and are fetching prices upwards of US$6,152. Act now if you want an over-priced piece of...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:53:00 +0200
Razer has already converted existing manufacturing lines to make face masks. (Image source: Razer)

Razer puts face masks into development to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic

Razer is now making face masks. Likely a temporary move during the COVID-19 pandemic, the move follows on from it redesigning its logo to promote social distancing.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 20:46:00 +0200
HP's Elite Dragonfly is a very good business convertible

HP's Elite Dragonfly is a very good business convertible

The lightweight Elite Dragonfly from HP is primarily designed for mobile users looking for a light device without sacrificing familiar security features from th...
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:28:00 +0200
Fan-made PS5 concept design with DualSense and Xbox Series X-factor. (Image source: Reddit - u/robo3687)

PlayStation 5 news: Latest unnerving retailer placeholder price; new fan-made PS5 concept design influenced by DualSense controller and Xbox Series X

Another retailer has created a placeholder price for the upcoming PlayStation 5, and yet again the figure chosen is high enough to unnerve those fans hoping for something well under US$500. An interesting fan-made PS5 concept desi...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:20:00 +0200
Image source: unsplash

How to stay disciplined while working from home

Home office guide While working from home may have its advantages, it can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being over the course of a few weeks. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your work from home experience better.
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:33:00 +0200
The iPad Pro 11-inch 2020 on (Source: MySmartPrice)

The 2020 iPad Pros may launch in India via Amazon soon has reportedly made pages for the new iPads Pro live, suggesting that these tablets will be available on this platform soon. The site allegedly has listings for the 11- and 12.9-inch variants of this series, which both h...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 18:31:00 +0200
Xiaomi claims that Google is behind its Mi 10 box branding. (Image source: Weibo)

Google is playing the pettiest of all games against Huawei on Xiaomi Mi 10 series boxes; other Android OEMs likely to follow suit

Xiaomi has included a special message for its major competitor Huawei on the boxes of European versions of the Mi 10 series. In case you needed reminding, the Mi 10 series provides "easy access to the Google apps that you use most...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:04:00 +0200
HP ProBook 445 G7 and 455 G7 launching this month with 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U options (Source: HP)

HP ProBook 445 G7 and 455 G7 launching April with 7 nm AMD Ryzen 7 4700U options

Looks like we'll have to wait a little bit longer before we get to see proper Ryzen PRO 4000U processors for business laptops. Until then, HP will be including the regular consumer Ryzen SKUs onto its latest ProBook models set to ...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Atari has still not paid the designer behind its latest game console for his work. (Image source: Atari)

Atari VCS: The console's designer is suing Atari for US$260,000 following the console's indefinite delay

While Atari is still struggling to manufacture its latest game console and ship it to Indiegogo backers, the system architect is suing the company for US$260,000, the salary that he claims the company still owes him.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0200
The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition has a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen. (Image source: XiaomiAdictos)

Redmi follows Xiaomi's lead by pricing the top-specced Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition at 4,499 yuan (US$638)

Redmi has revealed the price for the top-specced variant of the Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, and it has taken many by surprise. The Xiaomi sub-brand is going to sell the smartphone at a price of 4,499 yuan, which at the current exc...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:10:00 +0200
The right VPN can turn your online actions invisible, and you into a digital ghost

Home office guide: Which VPNs are the best?

Whether you’re looking for the fastest, most secure, most versatile, or cheapest, there’s definitely a VPN out there that’s right for you. Here are some of the most reliable and likely to enhance your gaming, working, or browsing experience.
Christopher Thomas, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:26:00 +0200
Asus ExpertBook B9450 with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB PCIe SSD now shipping for $1800 USD (Source: Asus)

Asus ExpertBook B9450 with Core i7, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB PCIe SSD now shipping for $1800 USD

The consumer-business hybrid series from Asus will compete directly with the Lenovo ThinkBook lineup designed for smaller businesses and workers on-the-go.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 21:10:00 +0200
OnePlus' next pop-up will be online. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus promises an online pop-up for the 8 series

The smartphone OEM OnePlus has taken to arranging pop-up events so that its fans can see and handle its new flagships as soon as possible after launch. However, this would obviously be in extremely bad taste in the case of its ear...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:33:00 +0200
There are clear advantages and disadvantages in choosing either a laptop or desktop. (Source: HP)

Home office guide: A desktop or laptop?

Working from home might require an investment in some computing power. There are clear advantages and disadvantages in choosing either a desktop or a laptop. From a bang-for-your-buck perspective desktops are usually the champs while offering other benefits. From a flexibility perspective, laptops clearly come out on top. So which do you choose -- a desktop or a laptop? It might come down to the work that you do.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:17:00 +0200
HP Elite Dragonfly Business-Convertible Review: Lighter than 1 kg only with the smaller battery

90% HP Elite Dragonfly Business-Convertible Review: Lighter than 1 kg only with the smaller battery

A real EliteBook? HP introduced the Elite Dragonfly as a convertible with a weight of under 1 kg. But is the light business convertible really a full-fledged EliteBook, or is it a reduced version that is primarily supposed to look good on a desk? We review the premium convertible with the bigger 4-cell battery, which increases the weight to more than 1.1 kg.
Intel Core i5-8265U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.1 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:27:00 +0200
LG Gram 14T90N Convertible Review: A CPU Downgrade

81% LG Gram 14T90N Convertible Review: A CPU Downgrade

Unimpressive performance for the price. The latest LG Gram 14 2-in-1 is the Comet Lake-U update to last year's Whiskey Lake-U model. Unfortunately, the newer model doesn't give us very many compelling reasons to purchase it over the older one.
Intel Core i7-10510U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.2 kg
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:26:00 +0200
Ultra-thin glass is made by firms such as Schott. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to bring glass for its next-gen foldables in-house

Samsung's Display division sources the ultra-thin glass found in the Galaxy Z Flip from a company in which it has a major share. However, this has not stopped rumors that the same OEM now plans to manufacture the same material by ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 22:27:00 +0200
The average weekly gaming-app download counts shot up in 1Q2020. (Source: AppAnnie)

A new report details the time (and money) spent on apps in 2020 so far

A research group has released its report on app use and purchasing for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). It has concluded that the average amount of time spent on them per week increased by 20% year-on-year (YoY). In addition, a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 20:30:00 +0200
Samsung's Exynos team apparently feels humiliated by Samsung releasing the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S20 series in South Korea. (Image source: Samsung)

Opinion | Samsung's Exynos 990 snub in South Korea could be the final nail in the coffin for its beleaguered chipset subdivision

The Exynos 990 has come in for a lot of criticism internationally. As we have discussed in our reviews of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Exynos 990 is a bit of a stinker. Samsung even dropped its in-house ch...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:36:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy S20 trio.

Opinion | Samsung refutes reports of performance disparities between the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865

The Exynos 990 being a significantly worse chipset than the Snapdragon 865—or even last year's Snapdragon 855—may as well be fact at this point. Samsung appears to disagree, though, for what it's worth.
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:53:00 +0200
Early leaked LG G9 ThinQ renders. (Source: OnLeaks)

Snapdragon 765G-powered LG G9 ThinQ replacement billed for May 15 launch

Going by recent reports, LG has now killed off its flagship G-series, with the LG G9 ThinQ all but officially dead in the water. According to word on the grapevine, the replacement to the G9 ThinQ has now been penned down for a Ma...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:52:00 +0200
best workstation laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Laptops

March 2020 update. Top 10 Workstation laptops with professional graphics cards reviewed by Notebookcheck
Benjamin Herzig, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 03:24:00 +0200
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

March 2020 update. Here you will find the best office laptops and business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Benjamin Herzig, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:01:00 +0200
The Huawei Atlas 900. (Source: Huawei)

The Huawei Atlas 900 is a 2020 Red Dot Design Award-winning AI cluster

Huawei's Atlas series is this OEM's take on the AI cluster, which delivers extremely high-volume processing for this area of computing. One of its latest variants, the 900, has just won a Red Dot Design Award for 2020. This group ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:43:00 +0200
VPN use was found to increase in March 2020. (Source: Flickr)

Global VPN use spiked during March 2020, study finds

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are popular tools among those who want to safeguard their internet usage and the data involved. The sudden and widespread need to work from home has given them a new dimension of necessity, however....
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:14:00 +0200
The Dell Vostro 15 3590 laptops come with a dedicated numeric keypad. (Image source: Dell)

Deal | Budget business for a bargain: Dell Vostro 15 3590 with i7-10510U and AMD Radeon 610 GPU reduced from US$1,212 to US$699

Dell’s Vostro lineup might be overlooked for better known laptop series such as the Inspiron or XPS, but there are some very attractive deals to be had at the moment, especially if you’re looking for a budget device for a small bu...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:59:00 +0200
Huawei's P40 series has been praised for its excellent cameras. (Image source: Huawei)

Alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 series will frustrate buyers of the global variants

The alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 smartphones have been leaked online, and they are considerably lower than the prices customers will have to pay for the flagship smartphones in the European and UK markets. It has bee...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:49:00 +0200
The display of the P40 Pro was supplied by BOE and LG. (Source: Huawei)

Who made the display on the Huawei P40 Pro? Not Samsung, apparently

The Huawei P40 Pro sports an impressive quad-curved 90 Hz FHD+ AMOLED display, but which company is responsible for producing that piece of hardware? While last year's Huawei P30's screen was made by Samsung, Huawei appears to hav...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:27:00 +0200
Huawei has released its earnings report for 2019. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei reports that it made US$123 billion in 2019

Huawei has released its financial performance report for 2019, which outlines its takings worldwide from all its business, consumer electronics included. They show that overall revenues have increased year-on-year (YoY). However, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:56:00 +0200
Xiaomi Redmi fans in India will soon have to pay more for their mobile phone of choice. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi and POCO announce mobile phone price increases in India due to raised GST

Both Xiaomi and POCO have revealed plans to raise the prices of their smartphone products in India due to the increase in Goods and Service Tax on mobile phones. The rate has gone from 12% to 18% and Xiaomi and POCO will soon be u...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:20:00 +0200
PSA: Update your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon BIOS or recharging can take almost 6 full hours

PSA: Update your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon BIOS or be prepared to wait 6 hours for a full charge

The latest BIOS and Thunderbolt firmware update as of March 2 fixes the battery recharge rate of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. If purchasing a unit from a reseller, t...
Intel Core i7-10510U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.2 kg
Allen Ngo, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:29:00 +0200
Today is World Backup Day, so you might want to ensure your essential digital assets are safe (Source: World Backup Day)

Are your files safe? Today is World Backup Day

Since almost 20 percent of computer users have been targeted by a malware attack in the last year and about the same percentage have never backed up their data, today is a great day to finally back up your files or refresh your ex...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:17:00 +0200
AMD introduced Zen 2 processors in 2019. (Image source: AMD)

AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 sold almost three times as many units than all of Intel's chips put together in latest Mindfactory CPU sales data

The latest CPU retail sales revealed from Mindfactory will make for hard reading for Intel. AMD is often dominant in terms of processor sales with the large German retailer, but the latest figures are really worth taking a closer ...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:47:00 +0200
Success in a remote job requires a home office that matches your work style. (Image via Pixabay)

Home office guide: Setting up a home office

Much of the workforce throughout the world is now moving home. With the transition from the office to the house, setting up a home office is a new skill many now have to learn. This guide offers the basics of setting up a home office, as well as some tips and tricks for maximum productivity.
Sam Medley, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:11:00 +0200
The CTL VX11 Chromebook. (Source: CTL)

CTL launches its new VX11 Chromebook

CTL has unveiled the latest addition to its series of affordable Chrome OS devices. The VX11 is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 chipset, thus boosting the Wi-Fi speeds and performance of this 11.6-inch convertible. It also has ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:00:00 +0200
The new Jabra Evolve2 series. (Source: Jabra)

Jabra launches the Evolve2 enterprise-grade headsets

Jabra has announced new editions to its collaboration- and co-working-focused Evolve series of headsets. They are compatible with the Unified Communications (UC) platforms typically used in offices, and may block a greater degree ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:07:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook coming to the US early April 2020

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook coming to the US next Monday

This Intel Core i5-10210U-driven high-end Chromebook that was unveiled three months ago is finally coming to the US via Best Buy and Samsung's online store. Priced at US$999, the Galaxy Chromebook has a flip-and-fold design and it...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:58:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10 with One UI 2.0 as of late March 2020

Quad-rear camera Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10

Samsung's first phone to sport four rear cameras has just received its second major update. The Android 10/One UI 2.0 update arrives one year after the Galaxy A9 (2018) got the Android 9.0 Pie update. The changelog is not official...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:09:00 +0200
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 2020 Laptop Review: Same Look, New Processor

89% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G7 2020 Laptop Review: Same Look, New Processor

4K Comet Lake-U refresh. Lenovo has swapped out the older Whiskey Lake-U CPU for a newer Comet Lake-U one on this latest X1 Carbon refresh. Performance differences, however, are minimal meaning you won't miss much if you already own a 2018 or 2019 model.
Intel Core i7-10510U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.2 kg
Allen Ngo, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:20:00 +0200
Several Sony businesses are to be restructed. (Source: Sony)

Sony will consolidate 3 areas of its business into a new corporation

Sony has announced a plan to take its existing Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S) divisions, which includes its Mobile Communications business, and combine them into 1 intermediate holding entity. This new corporation is inte...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 23:32:00 +0200
The Huawei FusionServer Pro 1288H V5. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei introduces servers with Intel Cascade Lake Refresh compatibility

Intel recently refreshed its Cascade Lake server-grade processors. Huawei has announced that its latest servers can support these Xeon chipsets. They are members of this OEM's FusionServer Pro series, and include the 2298 V5, 1288...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:38:00 +0200
Early renders of the supposed LG G9 ThinQ. (Source: OnLeaks)

The LG G9 ThinQ may now be dead with LG touted to kill off the series in favor of a new sub-premium phone; 4000 mAh, 6.7" display, sub-$800 price tag, and a Snapdragon 765G?

Last week, there were reports claiming that LG would move the LG G9 ThinQ downmarket by pairing it with a Snapdragon 765G. Apparently, though, those reports may have been misguided. New information claims the Snapdragon 765G-power...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:54:00 +0200
The Mi 10 Pro costs an overwhelming €999 in Europe. (Source: Xiaomi)

Opinion | The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro mark the end of the era of affordable Xiaomi flagships

Yesterday, Xiaomi launched the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro globally. While the phones are solid offerings, some would consider them to be priced inappropriately, with the Mi 10 Pro carrying a hefty €999 MSRP. But are the phones overpriced...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:12:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with laughable 4 GB RAM on sale for $599 (Image source: Best Buy)

Deal | Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with laughable 4 GB RAM on sale for $599

It's 2020 and high-end Windows PCs are still shipping with 4 GB of RAM for some reason. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one if you intend to do more than just web browsing with a few open tabs.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:05:00 +0100
The Mi 10 Lite 5G will start at €349 (~US$389). (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite: 5G connectivity but the cameras from the Redmi Note 9S?

The surprise announcement of yesterday's Xiaomi Mi 10 series event proved not a new flagship, but a new mid-ranger. Succeeding the Mi 9 Lite, the Mi 10 Lite not only packs a 6.57-inch display and a 4,160 mAh battery, but also 5G c...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:01:00 +0100

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