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Sony is now the second-largest digital camera manufacturer in the world, overtaking Nikon. (Image source: Michael Soledad via Unsplash)

Sony overtakes Nikon as the second-largest camera manufacturer in the world

Historically, Canon and Nikon have dominated the digital camera market. That duopoly changes now, as Sony has sold more cameras than Nikon this year, leapfrogging its competitor into second place.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:23:00 +0100
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER has a reference boost of 1770 MHz. (Image source: Nvidia)

Continued RTX and SUPER take-up helps Nvidia retain command of Steam's video card usage survey

Steam’s hardware and software survey has revealed an astonishing month for Nvidia in terms of video card usage (monthly change). No less than 16 out of the top 20 products come from Team Green, with three AMD GPUs and a single Int...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:48:00 +0100
iQOO intros the Neo 855 Racing Edition. (Source: Weibo)

Vivo launches the iQOO Neo 855 - and its “Racing” Edition

iQOO has finally unveiled its refresh of the original Neo smartphone. This new variant is based on the Snapdragon 855 processor, rather than the 845 of its predecessor. There is also a second option: a “Racing” edition that upgrad...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:38:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad P73 Laptop Review: Big workstation slowed down by poor heat management

87% Lenovo ThinkPad P73 Laptop Review: Big workstation slowed down by poor heat management

Surprisingly hot-headed. The highest level of performance – that is what the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 stands for. The recent Lenovo ThinkPad P73 contains Intel "Coffee Lake Refresh" CPUs and the Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000. In theory, this should guarantee an extremely high level of performance. In our comprehensive review however, the Lenovo ThinkPad P73 cannot fully deliver on its performance promise.
Intel Core i7-9850H | NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.5 kg
Benjamin Herzig, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:54:00 +0100
Want to add RAM on the MSI GE63? Be prepared to break a 'Factory Seal' sticker

MSI should really remove the 'Factory Seal' sticker from some of its laptops

MSI G series laptops are generally easy to service and yet most of them have Factory Seal stickers on the bottom to discourage end-user upgrades. We think putting the sticker directly on parts of the motherboard instead would be a...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 07:18:00 +0100
Dell already uses AMD chips such as the Ryzen 5 3500U APU in the Inspiron line. (Image source: Dell)

Double dose of fortune for AMD as Dell comes knocking and Steam's Hardware Survey delivers a new milestone

Dell has started evaluating the proposition of utilizing a wider selection of processors from AMD due to Intel’s ongoing situation with chip supply. The shortage affected Dell’s business, so now the tech giant is looking for a bro...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 01:13:00 +0100
T-Mobile now lists the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on its network. (Source: T-Mobile)

The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G ships with the Snapdragon X55 modem and Android 10

T-Mobile has unveiled its branded version of the highest-end Galaxy Note 10+. This device has Qualcomm's 2nd-gen 5G modem, which makes it compatible with the US carrier's new sub-6GHz network. It is also Samsung's first phone to s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 19:25:00 +0100
Former SIE CEO Ken Kutaragi and current SIE CEO Jim Ryan. (Image source: @PlayStation)

PlayStation news: Guinness World Record, PS5 pre-orders, no PS Vita 2 development

Sony has been awarded a Guinness World Record for having the best-selling home video console brand ever, just in time for the PlayStation’s 25th anniversary. Best Buy is now offering eager future PS5 purchasers the chance to be no...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:46:00 +0100
The Redmi K30 will sport a side-mounted fingerprint reader. (Source: Weibo)

The Redmi K30 will be powered by the new Snapdragon 765

There's been conflicting information on what SoC the upcoming Redmi K30 will feature. Some say it'll be the Snapdragon 730G, while others tout the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G. New developments debunk all of those, and we're almost ...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:36:00 +0100
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down their respective roles as CEO and President of Alphabet. (Source: Getty)

Larry Page, Sergey Brin step down from Alphabet, Sundar Pichai takes over the reins

In a bombshell announcement, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping aside from their roles as Alphabet CEO and Chairman, respectively. In their place, long-trusted lieutenant Sundar Picha...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 02:24:00 +0100
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is now official. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm offers a sneak peek at the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765/765G Mobile Platforms with integrated 5G

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 in Hawaii, Qualcomm showed off its next generation ARM SoCs — the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 765/765G. While full technical details about the new SoCs are still awaited, Qualcomm did indicate that the Snapdragon 765/765G feature integrated 5G, advanced AI, and select Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences.
J. Simon Leitner, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:37:00 +0100
HP ProBook x360 11 G6 coming with Amber Lake-Y Core i3-10110Y and i5-10210Y in March 2020 (Source: HP)

HP ProBook x360 11 G6 Education Edition coming with Amber Lake-Y Core i3-10110Y and i5-10210Y in March 2020

HP School Pack software will come pre-installed alongside dual cameras, a webcam privacy shutter, touchscreen pen support, Wi-Fi 6, and BIOS-level security features to protect students.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:59:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 8. (Source: Xiaomi)

10 million units in three months: The Redmi Note 8 series is outselling the Redmi Note 7 duo

Just three months after the phones were launched, Xiaomi has confirmed that it has sold ten million units of the Redmi Note 8 series. That is, the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro. This means that the Note 8 phones are actually outsell...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:05:00 +0100
Sony Crackle is an example of an ad-based video streaming service. (Source: Sony)

More and more people are using ad-based streaming services

Some subscription-based streaming platforms have become huge for a number of reasons, the total lack of ads being one of them. However, there are emerging alternatives that reinstate this potential disadvantage back in return for ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:13:00 +0100
The Realme U1. (Source: GSMArena)

Realme cuts some 2018 phones out of its Android 10 plans

The Realme 1, 2, C1 and U1 were all released at various points in 2018. Despite this, their maker has just announced that they will not receive an update to ColorOS 7. This is an upcoming software skin based on Android 10 that the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:41:00 +0100
The Amazfit GTS reportedly did very well this Black Friday. (Source: Huami)

Huami asserts that its Amazfit GTS smartwatch had an outstanding Black Friday

Huami has released a statement on how its latest device, the Amazfit GTS, did in the recent November 2019 sales event. It claims that the smartwatch was a hit on numerous regional online sales platform. The GTR and Bip Lite wearab...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:46:00 +0100
The Xperia Compact compared to previous compact Sony phones. (Source: Ithome)

Sony is working on the Xperia Compact, a 5.5-inch phone for lovers of small devices

Be excited, ye lovers of small smartphones; be very excited. Sony is apparently working on a new compact phone. The Xperia Compact will feature a 5.5-inch display with a physical footprint smaller than that of the Xperia XZ2 Compa...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:21:00 +0100
The EHA has released the results of its latest study. (Source: EHA)

60% or more European consumers would go for an AMD APU in their next desktop

The European Hardware Association (EHA) has released the results of its latest study into user preferences for chipsets from different manufacturers. It indicates that over 60% of these customers would choose AMD for their next no...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 23:43:00 +0100
The Huawei Watch GT 2 will get a new market soon. (Source: Twitter)

The Huawei Watch GT 2 will see an Indian launch in December 2019

Huawei has announced that it will introduce its Watch GT 2 to Indian customers on December 5, 2019. This will be the first device with the new Kirin A1 processor for wearables released to this market. This smartwatch also boasts a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
It seems Realme has made a leap of its own. (Source: Realme)

Realme, the OPPO sub-brand? Not for much longer, apparently

The smartphone OEM Realme started life as a spin-off from the company OPPO. Now, however, it has emerged that the 2 brands are effectively going their separate ways. The younger firm is now its own private company with its own CEO...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 19:50:00 +0100
Olympus: Sale of its camera division and job cuts are on the table

Olympus: Sale of its camera division and job cuts are on the table

Olympus has plans to address "the issue of personnel" as part of a restructuring process, according to Bloomberg. Its CEO has hinted that the company may sell its camera division to help double its operating margin too.
Alex Alderson, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 15:26:00 +0100
The Redmi K30 is coming on December 10. (Source: Xiaomi)

Opinion | Redmi K30 leaks paint the picture of a thoroughly disappointing sequel to an excellent phone

We genuinely believe the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro—and the Mi 9T rebrands—to be the best-value premium smartphones on the market. Xiaomi is set to release a successor this month, the Redmi K30, but things aren't looking quite as excit...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 11:04:00 +0100
The ThinkPad T430, one of many classic ThinkPads. (Source: Lenovo)

Feature | The fading light of the do-it-all business laptop

Business laptops have traditionally been the go-to for anyone needing a laptop that can do just about anything well. In recent times, the gradual removal of ports, upgradability, and overall repairability in these laptops is starting to conflict with that idea. Is this a step in the right direction, or are these misguided changes to appeal to "prosumers"?
Loki Rautio, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:18:00 +0100
A new Google Messages update has a new setting. (Source: Google)

Google's Messages app gains a new ability to protect against phishing

Google is pushing a new update in which its SMS app will gain the ability to tell between 'real' and 'fake' corporate messages. This will be done in line with the search giant's new "Verified" initative, by which businesses regist...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:09:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 & X13: T490 & X390 successors adhere to new naming scheme

Lenovo ThinkPad T14 & X13: T490 & X390 successors adhere to new naming scheme

The mystery of the new Lenovo ThinkPad naming scheme is solved: The ThinkPad laptops of the T and X series adopt the new, simplified naming system that Lenovo has already previewed with some of the budget ThinkPads. The upcoming m...
Benjamin Herzig, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 01:27:00 +0100
Google has some offers for Black Friday. (Source: Google)

Deal | Google's Black Friday sale makes its Pixel prices look much more reasonable

The Google Pixel 4 series started at US$799 at launch. However, the OEM's Black Friday event brings it down to $200 off each variant. Their predecessors are also included in this sale, as are the Pixel 3a and 3a XL.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 21:16:00 +0100
What will Google Stadia need to do to win you over?

Weekend Discussion | What will Google Stadia need to do to win you over?

Aside from the obvious input latency, Stadia has a long list of other issues ranging from its pay-per-title business model and quality of service. What can Google do to make Stadia a success?
Allen Ngo, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:00:00 +0100
It looks like Samsung has been outsourcing Intel's 14 nm CPUs for a few months now, and the order volume is expected to increase by the start of 2020. (Source: mobile-news.ro)

Intel is outsourcing 14 nm CPU production to Samsung's foundries to ease the shortages

Rumors about a possible collaboration between Intel and Samsung started making the rounds this summer, and the latest reports from Korea now confirm that Samsung's foundries will help Intel alleviate the 14 nm CPU shortage problem...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:51:00 +0100
Deal alert!

Finally good value for money: Get the 108 MP Mi Note 10 for just US$466

While we're fans of the Mi Note 10, its US$610 MSRP was rather off-putting, and we recommended potential buyers to wait for a sale if they planned to buy the device. Well, here's one such deal. The Mi Note 10 can now be had for ju...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 13:30:00 +0100
There are discounts on Lenovo ThinkPads, IdeaPads, Legions, and Yogas. (Image source: Lenovo)

Deal | Lenovo's doorbuster deals: US$1,680 off a 1st Gen ThinkPad X1 Extreme or US$2,520 off a ThinkPad P53 with i9-9880H and Quadro RTX 4000

Lenovo has some very impressive doorbuster deals running at the moment that offer consumers savings that reach into the thousands of dollars. Various ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations have been discounted by nearly 50%, and there a...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 06:18:00 +0100
Lego Group states: "The evolution of the truck is here. Guaranteed shatterproof". (Image source: @Lego_Group)

Tesla's Cybertruck trolled by Lego Group's shatterproof vehicle

Lego Group, the company behind the beloved plastic building bricks, has expertly trolled Tesla in regard to the recently revealed Cybertruck. Elon Musk unveiled the futuristic-looking electric vehicle a few days ago in a PR event ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 28 Nov 2019 23:45:00 +0100
Twitter may not delete inactive accounts after all. (Source: Twitter)

Twitter walks back its plan to cull inactive accounts

Recently, reports of Twitter's intentions to delete inactive accounts, starting December 2019, came to light. However, the company has come up against resistance to this idea from more vocal users. Their main objection appears to ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:33:00 +0100
HP Elite Dragonfly Hands-On: 1 kg Business Convertible with plenty of features

HP Elite Dragonfly Hands-On: 1 kg Business Convertible with plenty of features

HP's new Elite Dragonfly is a business convertible that does not even weigh 1 kg. We had the chance to inspect the device in a first hands-on.
Andreas Osthoff, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 19:55:00 +0100
The YI outdoor camera. (Source: YI)

YI partners with Home Depot for its Black Friday outdoor camera sale

YI is a home security brand with some Black Friday deals that have already been added to its own online store. However, it has announced that its weather-proof outdoor variant will be up to 40% through the chain Home Depot on the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 18:37:00 +0100
LG has some OLED TV offers for US customers. (Source: LG)

Deal | LG unveils its Black Friday sale on 2019 OLED TVs

LG has unveiled what it calls the "best prices of the year" on its OLED TVs sold through its site and authorized dealers in the US. It includes no less than US$2000 off one 77-inch model, and a 55-inch SKU that now goes for just $...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:14:00 +0100
The Honor 20 Pro has already received the Android 10-based Magic UI 3.0 update. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Official Android 10 update roadmap for Honor phones throws up a few surprises

Huawei and Honor began sending out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 and Magic UI 3.0 updates to their current-gen flagships. At the Honor V30 launch yesterday, Honor revealed its release roadmap for the Android 10 update and there are...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 09:06:00 +0100
Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or 5000 options (Image source: MSI)

Strangely, the MSI WE75 has no Quadro RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 options

Why is it that the GE75 can be configured with up the GeForce RTX 2080 while the WE75 is limited to the Quadro RTX 3000? MSI may be pushing ultra enthusiasts into purchasing the higher-end WT75 instead where users can find the RTX...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 06:44:00 +0100
MSI WE75 9TK Workstation Review: Core i7 with Quadro RTX Power

85% MSI WE75 9TK Workstation Review: Core i7 with Quadro RTX Power

Needs more SKU options. The MSI WE75 workstation is based off of the versatile GE75 chassis and yet it is missing many of the options found on the latter. What's here is great, but we know the WE75 is capable of housing more powerful components.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.6 kg
Allen Ngo, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 19:54:00 +0100
The Reolink Argus 2. (Source: Reolink)

Deal | Get about 30% off Reolink's best-rated, PoE or wireless security cameras

Reolink has announced its Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. It includes 31% off the Argus 2, which has been named the best 2019 home security camera (outdoor) by PCMag. There is also 25% off the 355-degree-panning E1 Pro Wi-Fi camer...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:39:00 +0100
The new heartbeatz Apple Watch heart rate bridge. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

A new gadget can transfer Apple Watch heart-rate tracking to workout machines

North Pole Engineering has launched heartbeatz, a new device that acts as a bridge between an Apple Watch and any exercise bike or treadmill with ANT+. This enables the machine in question to display heart rate information directl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:56:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a penta-camera setup. (Image source: Xiaomi/T3)

Xiaomi goes from strength to strength: 73% annual growth in Europe, bigger than Samsung in India, and prepping the 108 MP Mi Note 10 for the Indian market

A new report from market analysts Canalys has revealed incredible results for Xiaomi in the European smartphone market: The Chinese manufacturer has witnessed annual growth of 73%. In India, Xiaomi is currently the number 1 smartp...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:14:00 +0100
MediaTek and Intel have set up a new 5G partnership. (Source: MediaTek)

Intel and MediaTek announce a new 5G partnership

MediaTek has revealed that it will be supplying Intel with modems for 5G-capable hardware in the future. These components may go into laptops, the first of which are projected to be made by HP and Dell. Those PCs may those targete...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:10:00 +0100
The patented Intel game controller. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Intel may have patented a cloud gaming-dedicated controller

Intel has reportedly patented its own game controller. It is liberally provisioned with joysticks, buttons, a D-pad and what could be shoulder triggers. Furthermore, its design also includes a touchpad, which is apparently associa...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:46:00 +0100
Google Pay will tell you if your phone fails SafetyNet on its start-up soon. (Source: XDA)

Google Pay can now show SafetyNet status on its load page

The Google Pay app has been updated so as to display a message should a given phone be ineligible to conduct transactions using this method. This notification would apply to users who have rooted or otherwise modified their device...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:59:00 +0100
The EOS 5G Mark IV is up for one of the best deals at Canon US this Black Friday. (Source: Canon)

Deal | Save as much as US$700 on Canon cameras and lenses

Canon has unveiled its Black Friday 2019 week deals, which include a number of high-end cameras, on its own website. This store also offers discounts on some lenses, as does Amazon at present. These listings also include Tamron or...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:22:00 +0100
The Sony Xperia 5. (Source: Pocket Lint)

Two years behind the curve: The Xperia 5 continues Sony's tradition of making poor camera phones

Sony makes some of the best smartphone camera sensors, so one would expect the company's flagships to offer excellent camera performance. That could not be farther from the reality of the matter, though, as Sony has consistently s...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 08:23:00 +0100
Purported Nokia 9.1 PureView. (Source: Nokiapoweruser)

New leak gives first look at the penta-camera Nokia 9.1 PureView

The Nokia 9 PureView was an ambitious device that mostly fell flat on its face due to a number of factors. HMD Global is working on the successor to that device, the Nokia 9.1 PureView, and we finally have our first look at a phon...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 08:22:00 +0100
Report a verifiable Titan M hack, get up to $1 million. (Source: F3News)

Google now offers a US$1 million bounty for Titan M chipset vulnerabilities

Google's updated Android Security Rewards Program now offers up to six-figure rewards for reporting potential severe exploits that affect its Titan M security module. It applies to such discrepancies that can affect the Pixel 4, 3...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 23 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +0100
OnePlus has admitted that a third party may have made off with its customer data. (Source: DigitalTrends)

OnePlus reports a data security breach that affects its customers

OnePlus has sent an email to "some of" its customers advising them of a lapse in data protection at the company. In this case, it appears passwords and payment details are safe; however, personal information associated with these ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 23 Nov 2019 19:24:00 +0100
Perfect for slicing up traffic. (Image source: Tesla)

Blade Runner-inspired bulletproof Tesla Cybertruck will slice through traffic but has breakable unbreakable windows

The Tesla Cybertruck has been officially revealed, and while the all-electric vehicle has been specifically designed to protect the environment, it will certainly make some eyes sore. Elon Musk unveiled the Blade Runner-esque truc...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 23 Nov 2019 04:04:00 +0100

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