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TSMC's 7nm has been in the news recently thanks to AMD announcing new CPUs and GPUs based on the 7nm process to come out in 2018 and 2019. (Source: TSMC)

TSMC's new 7nm gains almost global adoption; semiconductor company optimistic about 2019

While TSMC's new 7nm is already quite popular, being the basis for several processors from companies AMD, Apple, and Huawei, even more are announcing that they too will be fabricating their products at TSMC using their new process...
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The PlayStation Classic uses the PCSX ReARMed emulator

The upcoming PlayStation Classic has been found to use the open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator to run its games. The emulator has been developed by retro gaming enthusiasts, not Sony. It's curious that Sony opted to use an emulator ...
There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market (Image source: Nvidia)

There is now a Max-Q version for every mobile Pascal GeForce GPU currently in the market

Nvidia's entire mobile Pascal GeForce lineup has been Max-Q-ified conveniently before CES 2019. With seemingly no other major Pascal or Max-Q products to release for laptops, the time looks ripe for an official announcement about ...
Micron's Monolithic LPDDR4x DRAM chips are now available. (Source: Micron)

Micron starts mass producing 12 Gb LPDDR4x DRAM chips

Micron has announced that it has commenced mass production of the industry's highest capacity monolithic 12 Gb LPDDR4x DRAM for mobile devices. The latest LPDDR4x chips aim to offer double the memory capacity while consuming lesse...
Microsoft Launcher 5.0 now available (Source: Google Play)

Microsoft Launcher 5.0 comes with Windows Timeline support

After spending a bit over a month in the Beta stage, Microsoft Launcher 5.0 is finally available for everyone as a stable release. The most important changes are the introduction of an updated Your Feed page and Windows Timeline s...
The notched Infinity Displays exhibited by Samsung during the SDC. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung may be working on notched displays after all

This year's Samsung Developer's Conference (SDC) has been interesting already. This is mainly due to the Infinity Flex Display that had finally been confirmed during the event's first day. However, other SDC presenters made announ...
Samsung showed off its Infinity Flex foldable display at SDC 2018. (Source: SDC 2018 livestream)

Samsung officially unveils the Infinity Flex foldable display

At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018 (SDC 2018), Samsung showed off their first working foldable display smartphone. The actual details about the device itself was kept under wraps but Samsung is calling this display 'Infinity...
Dell Latitude 7390 and 7490 are getting new aluminum chassis options (Source: Dell)

Dell Latitude 7390 and 7490 are getting new aluminum chassis options

Not a fan of carbon fiber? Dell will begin offering brushed aluminum options for its top Latitude laptops later this month. The unexpected cosmetic feature is a tease for more Latitude announcements to come in January.
Apple may be losing market share to Xiaomi and Huawei in Europe. (Source: Apple)

Apple is losing its European market share to Xiaomi and Huawei: new report

A new report by Kantar World Panel indicates that the number of iPhones sold in Europe in the third quarter of 2018 fell by 1.6%. This may have been driven by increased competition from Xiaomi and Huawei. These brands are also now...
AMD finally revealed its Rome CPU, which confirmed rumors that it would feature 8 dies and a total of 64 Zen 2 cores. (Source: Anandtech)

AMD's Next Horizon Event: 7nm, Zen 2, Epyc, and Vega

AMD's Next Horizon event held yesterday was important for not only AMD's datacenter business but also for the company as a whole. AMD finally has revealed key information on Zen 2, Rome, the 7nm, new Vega GPUs, and what it means f...
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018, LTE, 256 GB) Tablet Review

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018, LTE, 256 GB) Tablet Review

Live review - The release of the third generation of Apple’s huge tablet has coincided with a complete redesign that shares more design cues with the new iPhone XS series than classic iPhones. Apple has equipped its most expensive tablet with its most powerful ARM SoC, Face ID, high volume storage options, support for a new Apple Pencil and much more including a massive markup in price.
Apple A12X Bionic | Apple A12X Bionic GPU | 12.9" | 633 g
Robots replace 20,000 workers at Amazon

Robots replace 20,000 workers at Amazon

During Christmas time, Amazon traditionally hires thousands of seasonal workers to meet the sharp rise in demand. However, the number of these workers is said to be declining by almost 20,000 this year. The reason for this is the ...
AMD is currently leading the core count per processor with 32-core chips, but Intel is looking to top that with 48-core chips by 2020.  (Source: Intel)

Intel presents 48-core Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPUs

Intel may look like it is doing well right now, but the production problems will hit it hard in 2019. AMD ill not cut it any slack and will hit hard with the new 7 nm CPUs, but Intel has some retaliation plans, at least on the ser...
The OPPO Pikachu Power Bank. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO will launch a Pikachu Edition Power Bank with Super VOOC charging in China

OPPO and Pokemon have teamed up so that the OEM can offer its newest power bank with a trademark yellow-and-black Pikachu theme. Appropriately enough, this device has the next generation of OPPO's impressively fast VOOC charging s...
SK Hynix 96-layer 512 Gb 4D NAND chips (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix unveils world's first 96-layer 512 Gb 4D NAND flash chip

SK Hynix managed to beat Samsung and Toshiba once again in being the first one to unveil a flash memory product. This time, it is the world's first 96-layer 512 Gb 4D NAND flash chip. Mass production will start before the end of t...
Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store opens early November 2018 (Source: Lenovo)

The Matrix is here: Lenovo opens unmanned convenience store

The first Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store is located in Beijing, at the company's tech campus. Its goal is to help Lenovo test its facial recognition, electronic payment, IoT, AI, and AR technologies. The catch is that Lenovo tablets ...
Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose, Fotolia now part of Adobe Stock early November 2018

Fotolia is now part of Adobe Stock

More than three years since Adobe Systems completed the acquisition of the Fotolia microstock agency, this service that provides more than 57 million high-resolution royalty-free images and videos has finally been integrated into ...
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

90% HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 (i7-8650U, FHD) Convertible Review

Could be faster. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Core i7 SKU is a perfect example of why a pricier configuration may not always be the fastest when compared to a less expensive SKU. The Core i7 CPU on our HP is measurably slower than the same model with the more affordable Core i5.
Intel Core i7-8650U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
The iPhone XR is not eliciting as much demand as Apple expected it would. (Source: Apple)

Plans for additional production lines for the iPhone XR halted by Apple: Report

Apple has instructed its smartphone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron to halt plans for allocating additional production lines to the new iPhone XR model sensing low product demand. Another iPhone assembler, Wistron, has been ordere...
Apple's stock price has experienced a sharp decline recently. (Source: NASDAQ/Own)

Apple stock plunges; price dips below US$200

Apple’s share price fell below the US$200.00 mark today, reaching a low of US$198.17 at the time of writing. The continued stock plunge has devalued the company from its previous trillion-dollar valuation; market capitalization cu...
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Apple has started selling refurbished iPhone 8 devices for $499

Apple's in-house refurbished store has started selling 64 GB iPhone 8 handsets for $499, $100 less than a new phone. Apple's refurbished iPhones are basically used internals that are cleaned and repaired, then placed into a new ch...
Worldwide location intelligence is an increasingly lucrative market. (Source:

The global location intelligence market will be worth US$25 billion by 2025

Location intelligence is based on the locational data of consumers gathered through IoT and similar means. Its market is thought to be capable of strong growth for the next 7 years, at which point it may be worth just over US$25 b...
Huawei are temporarily dropping the monthly charge for their Mobile Cloud service in Europe

Huawei mobile device owners in Europe can get 50 GB in cloud storage for 1 cent for 1 month

Huawei includes access to its Mobile Cloud subscription service in its version of Android, EMUI OS. It is dropping the price for this 50GB cloud storage solution to US$0.011 (€0.01) for Huawei device owners in the EU for this mont...
2019 is an important year for the adoption of 5G tech and MediaTek is ready to capitalize on it with the upcoming 5G-enagled mid-range SoCs. (Source: GizChina)

MediaTek's first 5G SoC slated for late 2019

5G adoption should explode in 2019 and MediaTek is ready to capitalize on it both with standalone 5G modems and 5G-enabled SoCs. The Taiwanese company would supply big names like Apple with standalone chips, while Chinese phone-ma...
Apple enjoyed limited shipment growth of just 0.5%. (Source: Stuff)

Smartphone shipments down as Huawei aims for Samsung's crown

Global smartphone shipments for the third quarter have fallen by 6% over the last 12 months, according to data from IDC. The shipment volume for 3Q 2018 stood at 355.2 million units, compared to 377.8 million smartphones shipped i...
Apple lost its trillion-dollar value status today. (Source: AppleInsider)

Apple to cease sharing sales figures; stock prices fall

It has been reported that Apple will no longer provide detailed sales figures for its products in future financial reports, starting in Q1 2019. The Cupertino-based tech giant has just released its fourth quarter results; the quar...
We measured the system ourselves and it is definitely closer to 15 inches in width instead of the claimed 13.29 inches

Dell accidentally lists laptop over an inch smaller, promises to fix the error soon

The Precision 7530 is a powerful and hefty workstation, but it's definitely not smaller than the XPS 15. Dell has confirmed a minor measurement error on its product page and will update the dimension from 337.6 mm to a more accura...
Spotify shares were affected by less than completely positive earnings reports. (Source:

Spotify shares sank by 11% due to pessimistic earnings forecast

The shares of the company Spotify were down 11% at the start of today (November 1, 2018) due to a forecast that shows relatively poor fourth-quarter performance. In addition, Spotify is now reported to be committed to new investme...
QNAP TS-2888X AI-ready NAS with hybrid storage and Intel Xeon W (Source: QNAP Systems)

QNAP unveils the TS-2888X AI-ready NAS, pre-orders now open for 15 percent off

QNAP's new TS-2888X AI-ready NAS starts at US$4,900 (discounted) and can be pre-ordered for 15 percent off until the end of the month. All available models come with Intel Xeon W series processors, ASETEK liquid cooling, up to 512...
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Snapchat sues Instagram influencer for not promoting Snapchat Spectacles

After failing to fulfill a contract with Snapchat's PR firm, PR Consultants (PRC), Instagram influencer and actor Luka Sabbat is being sued by PRC for $90,000. Sabbat signed a contract with PRC to promote Snapchat's Spectacles v2 ...
The next-gen high-end gaming GPUs are rumored to hit the market in 2020. (Source: VideoCardz)

AMD planning a comeback in the high-end gaming GPU sector

Even though AMD may look like it has lost focus of the GPU market, CEO Lisa Su reassures everyone that the red team is not giving up on the high-end gaming GPU market that easily. AMD is currently in the process of developing high...
Nvidia seems to have known about the RTX 2080 Ti instabilities, since it delayed the shipments a few times. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia not too concerned about the reported faulty RTX 2080 Ti cards

Some users who managed to get the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders' Edition claim that the GPUs have critical instability issues that lead to black screens, BSoDs, and artifacting. There are instances where the cards were dead on arriv...
Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

89% Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

Performance step-up. Dell crams in one of the fastest mobile Intel CPUs into a thinner chassis than the last generation Precision 7510. Can owners really get the full performance out of the processor? Or is it throttle city?
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA Quadro P3200 | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Red Dead Redemption 2. (Source: El Paisano)

Red Dead Redemption 2 smashes global sales records, has the biggest opening weekend of any entertainment product ever

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been the talk of the town since it was released last week. All of that talk translated into hard cash for Rockstar Games, though, as the game sold over US$725 million in retail over its first three days.
The Nokia 7.1. (Source: Amazon)

The Nokia 7.1 makes its way to the US with a $350 price tag

HMD Global launched the Nokia 7.1 at the start of October. The mid-ranger, as promised, is now on sale in the US, with a US$350 price tag granting buyers ownership of a 5.84-inch FHD+ device with dual rear cameras and a Snapdragon...
2018 Surface Pro series still suffers from steep CPU throttling (Source: Own)

2018 Surface Pro 6 series still suffers from steep CPU throttling

There's no doubt that this year's Surface Pro models are significantly faster than the last generation since Kaby Lake-R doubles the number of cores from Kaby Lake. The bigger question, however, is how much or little the models wi...
Topjoy Falcon reaches over $170K in Kickstarter funding (Source: Topjoy)

Topjoy Falcon reaches over $170K in Kickstarter funding

The 8-inch convertible is off to a good start as far as user interest is concerned. Nearly 400 backers have already pledged an average of $450 USD each for the device. We obtained an early sample of the unit and can vouch for its ...
OPPO R15 tested with 5G connectivity

Custom OPPO R15 with 5G capabilities tested successfully

Although this is only about connecting a custom R15 to a 5G network in the company's research lab for now, OPPO is planning to become the first Chinese company to bring a 5G smartphone to the market in 2019. Unfortunately, they wi...
Samsung ISOCELL GM1 and ISOCELL GD1 (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung intros 48 MP and 32 MP 0.8 μm ISOCELL sensors

The 48 MP ISOCELL Bright GM1 and 32 MP ISOCELL Bright GD1 are Samsung's new 0.8-micrometer image sensors for mobile devices that enable camera module manufacturers to build smaller modules or cram more pixels into existing designs...
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Google pledges US $25 million to developing "AI for social good"

Google launched a new grant initiative today, seeking to fund teams that want to develop "AI for social good." Dubbed the AI Impact Challenge, the initiative will award $25 million across multiple teams that qualify based on the s...
Office 2019 is now more expensive than its predecessor. (Source:

Microsoft increases prices for some Office 2019 suites by about 10% each

Microsoft has raised the prices of Office Home & Business 2019 and Office Professional 2019 to US$249.99 and $439.99 respectively. This is an approximate 10% hike compared to the corresponding Office 2016 suites.
Image via Google Play Store

Google may start offering Android app bundles with a monthly subscription service called Play Pass

Code buried in Google's Play Store app hints that Google may one day offer an app bundle subscription service that offers access to several apps for a monthly fee. A question circulating through Google's Opinion Rewards app seems ...
A schematic for the new plant in Shanghai. (Source: ABB)

Multi-million-dollar new Shanghai factory will have robots making other robots

The Swiss firm ABB appears to believe that robotics is the future. To this end, it has spent US$150 million on a new plant in China. This factory will focus on three main areas: manufacture by automatons, R&D and AI development.
Xiaomi retail store, Xiaomi hits 2018 sales target in just 10 months, 100 million phones sold

Xiaomi has already reached its annual sales target

Although it might not be doing great on the stock exchange yet, Xiaomi managed to hit its sales target for this year already. Still trailing Huawei and OPPO in China, Xiaomi managed to go from 70 million units in the first 10 mont...
Twitter will soon be removing the Like button. (Source: The Verge)

Twitter contemplating on removing the 'Like' button to improve quality of debate

Twitter might remove the red heart-shaped Like button soon as per reports by The Telegraph. According to the report, the decision to remove the Like button is to foster a healthier climate for debate. Twitterati, on the other hand...
LG Pay Quick apparently coming soon to Europe, South Korea, and the US (Source: LetsGoDigital)

LG Pay Quick coming to South Korea, Europe, and the US

Although LG Pay was supposed to reach the US back in June, it still needs to get there. However, LG has just registered the LG Pay Quick trademark in South Korea, Europe, and the US. There might not be a launch date to talk about ...
Image: Red Hat logo

IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion

In a deal valued at US $34 billion, IBM will acquire Red Hat, the organization behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and CentOS. IBM is buying Red Hat in order to compete in the cloud computing market against the likes of Amazo...
Image: Gab logo w/ edits

Paypal bans alternative social media site Gab due to posts of the Pittsburgh shooter

Gab, a social media alternative to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, has come under fire yet again for posts from its users. This time, anti-Semitic posts from the Pittsburgh shooter, who shot and killed 11 people in a synagogue ...
The newest software update for Tesla vehicles makes self-driving a partial reality. (Source: The Verge)

Tesla's latest software update makes its cars a little more self-driving

The latest update pushed to Tesla cars in the United States includes the feature 'Navigate on Autopilot'. It allows the car to suggest the next turning, if this movement will take it off or onto a highway, and complete it by itsel...
Snap Camera is Snapchat for Twitch. (Source: Snapchat)

New app brings Snapchat filters to Twitch

Snap Camera is a freshly-launched desktop app that adds Snapchat Lenses to webcam feeds for vlogging or Twitch streams. Like all similar things Snap, it relies on facial mapping to super-impose a range of effects on a video's subj...

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