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May 27
Best Xbox One games in 2016 (Source: Digital Spy)

We are all sick: Gaming addiction is now recognized as a disease

Video game addition was defined by the World Health Organisation as a disorder in late 2017, and now it has been finally recognized as a disease that will be placed in line with gambling addition starting in 2022. However, it will...
The ScreenPad Plus on the Asus ZenBiook Pro Duo offers a highly productive second screen experience. (Source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo looks to offer a more productive alternative to the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

At Computex 2019, Asus unveiled its ZenBook Duo lineup of notebooks featuring a secondary display called ScreenPad Plus. The ZenBook Pro Duo offers dual-4K touchscreeens for enhanced productivity and multitasking along with powerf...
The new Asus ZenBook series features the ScreenPad 2.0 secondary display. (Image source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | Asus announces the new ZenBook 13, 14, and 15 ultracompact laptops

Asus has revealed a trio of new ZenBook laptops. The ultracompact devices are the ZenBook 13 (UX334), the ZenBook 14 (UX434), and the ZenBook 15 (UX534). The Taiwanese manufacturer has made sure the new ZenBook series can be confi...
The new Asus ZenBook series offers Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. (Image source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | Asus celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special ZenBook 30 Edition laptop

Asus is celebrating 30 years in business with a special leather-bound laptop. The Asus ZenBook Edition 30 laptop (UX334FL) is an exclusive and limited notebook from the Taiwanese manufacturer. It can be configured with either an i...
The Asus ZenScreen gets an update for 2019, with touch and USB type C. (Source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | Asus unveils its new ZenScreen Touch

The ZenScreen is a product that allows the user to take a monitor anywhere they might need to. This year, Asus has updated it with touch capability. This model is also just 9 millimeters deep, has micro-HDMI and Hybrid-Signal USB ...
The Asus Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard comes with two LiveDash OLED displays. (Image source: Asus)

Computex 2019 | Asus commemorates 30 years in business with the awesome Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard

Asus has revealed a new motherboard as part of its celebrations of enjoying 30 years in business. The Prime X299 Edition 30 supports the LGA 2066 socket that is compatible with Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, and Skylake-W processors from...
Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD (Source: Kingston)

Kingston intros the high-performance KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD lineup

Available in 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB capacities, the Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD can hit read and write speeds of up to 3,200 and 2,200 MB/s. In terms of security, this new storage solution comes with 256-bit AES hardware...
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X offers a massive 12C/24T configuration for mainstream desktops. (Source: AMD)

Computex 2019 | AMD Ryzen 3rd generation signals deep trouble for Intel

AMD is taking on Intel with not just one or two but a total of five high-end desktop CPUs that promise far greater performance than Intel's offerings at lower TDPs and price points. The new Ryzen 3000-series is being fabricated on...
Razer and Quadro together: The Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition will carry Nvidia RTX 5000 GPUs and be Razer's first mobile workstations

Razer and Quadro together: The Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition will be Razer's first mobile workstations with Nvidia RTX 5000 graphics

The announcement comes on the same day as Nvidia's official reveal of the mobile Turing Quadro RTX family of GPUs for laptops. The two Razer Studio Edition workstations will cater to professional users who may want extreme perform...
Project Limitless features notebooks based on the Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. (Source: Lenovo)

Computex 2019 | Lenovo and Qualcomm team up for 'Project Limitless', the first 5G laptop powered by the Snapdragon 8cx

Lenovo and Qualcomm have announced 'Project Limitless', a collaborative effort to build 'Always On, Always Connected PCs' based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. Lenovo and Qualcomm demonstrated a near-final vers...
The Snapdragon 8cx provides a viable alternative to a 15W Core i5-8250U. (Source: Qualcomm)

Computex 2019 | Qualcomm shows off first benchmarks of the Snapdragon 8cx

Qualcomm demonstrated some of the advantages of the new 7W passively cooled Snapdragon 8cx over Intel's 15W Core i5-8250U by running a few benchmarks in PCMark 10 and 3DMark. The Snapdragon 8cx posted overall better scores than th...
RDNA has been revealed.

Computex 2019 | AMD previews new Navi graphics architecture

During AMD's Computex keynote, Lisa Su introduced the upcoming Navi architecture that integrates the new RDNA microarchitecture. The AMD CEO also showed off a first benchmark and announced products that will be coming in July.
May 26
Intel has previewed the i9-9900KS for Computex 2019. (Source: Intel)

Intel unleashes the i9-9900KS, a special edition clocked to 5GHz on all cores

The Intel i9-9900K is widely regarded as one of the best desktop CPUs out there. Ahead of Computex 2019, its maker has released a new version of this SoC. It is exactly like the base 9900K, except it runs at 5.0GHz on all 8 cores ...
The Sprint TREBL has won an award. (Source: Sprint)

The Harman Kardon-powered Sprint TREBL with Magic Box wins the 2019 Judges' Choice Award from the Small Cell Forum

The Sprint TREBL with Magic Box is a small cell solution that also integrates Amazon Alexa voice-assistance and Harman Kardon sound quality. This combination makes it unique in its product category. Perhaps this is how it has won ...
Is Razer teasing more Mercury White Razer laptops?

Razer could be teasing a Mercury White Blade Pro 17

Why is there no Blade Pro 17 in Mercury White when the Blade 15 has the option? Razer's official Facebook page is suggesting this may all change soon come Computex 2019.
The GoPro Trade-Up program is now in effect in the EU. (Source: GoPro)

GoPro extends its Trade-Up program to the European Union

GoPro has a history of allowing its customers to trade their existing cameras in for something off the cost of a new model of this brand. However, this offer has never been available in the European Union's (EU) member-states befo...
OmniVision's new OV0VA10 VGA SoC may bring thinner bezels to cheaper notebooks in the future. (Source: OmniVision)

OmniVision aims to bring thinner bezels to sub-premium notebooks with its new SoC for webcams

The laptop webcam has become a critic's punchbag as of late, as its relationship with these devices' screens is changing, diminishing or in some cases disappearing altogether. This may put some OEMs off the development of thinner ...
The Chatterbox has already reached nearly four times its funding goal. (Image source: Chatterbox)

The Chatterbox, a Raspberry Pi smart speaker that you can build and teach yourself

The Chatterbox is a DIY smart speaker that even children can build. The device has a chipboard case and is built around a Raspberry Pi 3B. The speaker can be taught new commands using the Chatterbox app too. The Chatterbox is curr...
The OnePlus 3T. (Source: Techradar)

The OnePlus 3 and 3T are now receiving the Android Pie update - The third major OS update they'll get

The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were released three years ago, back in 2016. Both devices were launched running on Android Marshmallow but are now officially receiving the update to Android Pie. That means they have now received thre...
The LG V40 ThinQ. (Source: Mashable)

LG V40 ThinQ users finally have cause for joy as the Pie update arrives

LG is notorious for being late with software updates and it's been the same story with the Pie rollout. The company is actually keeping to its promise this time around, though, as the LG V40 ThinQ begins to receive the Android Pie...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (Wi-Fi) Tablet Review

89% Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (Wi-Fi) Tablet Review

The new S-Class. The Galaxy Tab S5e looks a lot like the Galaxy Tab S4. However, while the latter is currently Samsung’s flagship tablet, the Tab S5e is significantly cheaper at nearly 400 Euros (~$448). The midrange tablet is about 20% lighter too. Samsung has not skimped on hardware to save on costs though, which could make the Tab S5e a better choice for some people than its more expensive sibling.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 | Qualcomm Adreno 616 | 10.5" | 400 g
The MSI GT76 Titan gaming laptop shares several design concepts with sports cars. (Image source: MSI)

MSI channels the world's greatest sports cars for the GT76 Titan's unique design

MSI has revealed some of the design secrets behind the company’s stylish-looking GT76 Titan gaming laptop. It appears the Taiwanese gaming specialist wanted to take inspiration from some of the world’s most incredible exotic cars ...
Plenty of concept designs for the PS5 have been appearing online. (Image source: TheNerdMag)

Sony may have created a customized SSD for the PlayStation 5

Some revealing patents have been unearthed that give the impression Sony has overhauled the SSD units that will eventually be integrated into the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. It seems “basic” SSDs had too many limitations that ...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was the last Note-branded phablet to have an IR blaster. (Image source: Mobile Geeks)

Fingers crossed for an IR blaster: Latest leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 reveals increased remote control interoperability

Samsung may be reintroducing infrared remote control to its Note series, according to a tip from Ice universe. The handy feature has been conspicuously missing from numerous Samsung flagship smartphones and phablets, but it could ...
It seems the entry-level AMD Ryzen 3 3300 processor has amazing performance for a low cost. (Image source: ExtremeTech)

Entry-level AMD Ryzen 3000 Matisse processor's scores on Geekbench will make Intel nervous

A member of the upcoming Matisse family of Ryzen 3000 processors from AMD has been spotted on Geekbench, and the seemingly entry-level sample has delivered scores that will have Intel concerned. The apparent price-performance rati...
The Persistence of Chaos is a fully functional 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB loaded with viruses. (Source: Deep Instinct)

10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB loaded with six dangerous viruses going for over US$1 million in live auction

An old 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB loaded with six of the world’s most dangerous computer viruses is currently being auctioned with bids over US$1.2 million. Why you may ask? Because it is actually a piece of contemporary art call...
No more Bristol Ridge support for the MSI A320M Pro VH-Plus motherboard. (Source: MSI / Tom's Hardware)

MSI's latest BIOS update cuts support for Bristol Ridge APUs in some AM4 A320 motherboards

MSI has removed support for Bristol Ridge CPUs in the BIOS latest update to select A320 motherboards. Many other OEMs are expected to cut down legacy socket AM4 CPU support on low-end motherboards as they find it increasingly diff...
Apple is working on an in-display fingerprint reader suggesting Face ID could be on the way out. (Source: Patently Apple)

2020 or 2021 iPhone could bring back Touch ID but in-display this time

Apple looks to be working on an in-display Touch ID solution for a future iPhone, possibly in time for a 2020 or 2021 release. With most of the flagship competition working hard to eliminate notches for a truly all-display design,...
Huawei may have 12 month's worth of components for its devices. (Source: Reuters)

Huawei has stockpiled up to a 12-month supply of parts as a buffer against a potential ban

At the time that Huawei was placed on the US government's Entity List last week, Huawei is thought to have built enough supplied of key components to last up to 12 months. The report comes via the Nikkei Asian Review that says Hua...
Scuf has launched its customizable Xbox Elite competitor it calls the Scuf Prestige. (Source: Scuf)

Scuf reveals Xbox Elite controller competitor

Scuf has launched its new Xbox One and PC Prestige game pad designed to take on Microsoft’s own customizable Elite controller. Not only can the buttons be remapped, the device also includes mappable paddles and other customizable ...
May 25
A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H performing on par with the Intel Core i5-9300H (Image source: Asus)

A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H strikes hard against the Intel Core i5-9300H

The 12 nm 35 W Ryzen 7 3750H is essentially on par with the 14 nm 45 W Core i5-8300H and even i5-9300H in terms of multi-threaded performance. Now, all that's left is for more OEMs to adopt the Ryzen H-series so more budget-consci...
Acer Nitro 5 with Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and 256 GB SSD is only $630 USD right now

Deal | Acer Nitro 5 with Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti graphics, and 256 GB SSD is only $630 USD right now

Budget gaming laptops don't have to cost $1000. With Computex 2019 right around the corner, retailers are now offering heavy discounts on last generation SKUs to make room for newer models. The best part is that these older proces...
ASUS is celebrating 30 Years Together with some giveaways. (Source: ASUS)

ASUS celebrates its 30th anniversary with a contest for lots of goodies

ASUS is currently holding a "30 Years Together" event to celebrate 3 decades as a hardware and peripherals OEM. It involves competitions in which contestants can enter a PC-centric quiz or tell their own ASUS/ROG ownership story t...
The BLU G9's only color option. (Source: BLU Products)

BLU unveils the G9, an "Ultimate-Value" smartphone

BLU Products has released the G9, a smartphone with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also has AI-enhanced dual rear cameras and a decently large 4000mAh battery. It is sold via Amazon for a price of US$179.99.
The Redmi K20. (Source: MySmartPrice)

More details of the Redmi K20 revealed in new leak

Xiaomi's high-value sub-brand, Redmi, is set to release its two flagship phones in the coming weeks: the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro. Details of the regular K20 have now surfaced, painting an image of an extremely attractive sub-premium...
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1). (Source: MySmartPrice)

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is now receiving Android Pie globally

We were big fans of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 when it was released a year ago, mostly because of its high performance to price ratio. Asus is keeping it alive for one more year, too, with users of the device around the globe cur...
The new Casio WSD-F30RG. (Source: Casio)

Casio's latest PRO TREK smartwatch has a dual-layer display and exclusive outdoor app features

Casio has released the WSD-F30RG, its newest smartwatch from the PRO TREK line. It has an OLED display, but also has individual monochrome and color overlays. The OEM also asserts that it has an improved resolution for detailed le...
The Samsung Galaxy Fold's pre-orders at Best Buy are no more. (Source: TizenHelp)

Best Buy is cancelling its Galaxy Fold pre-orders

The Samsung Galaxy Fold had been available in the US through a pre-order system at Best Buy. However, this retail giant has reportedly been sending emails to its customers advising them that these transactions have been revoked. M...
Nvidia and AMD could soon be battling over the number 3080. (Image source: ExtremeTech)

Alleged new AMD Navi RX 3080 specifications leaked; Nvidia tries to trademark the number "3080"

New specifications for AMD’s Navi-based RX 3080 graphics card have apparently been leaked. It’s believed the RX 3080 will offer eight shader engines and 2,560 stream processors. It seems Nvidia is not too keen on AMD’s rumored nam...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 should come in an assortment of color options. (Image source: PhoneArena)

Gorgeous new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept renders give the clearest idea yet of what the phablet will look like

Some well-crafted concept renders from PhoneArena have offered a good idea of how the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could end up looking. The new designs are based on recent leaks and rumors, which seem to have been mostly based on the f...
Over US$300 can be saved on a Dell XPS 15 9570 laptop. (Image source: Dell)

Deal | Dell's Memorial Day sale knocks US$338 off an XPS 15 9570 and a mind-blowing US$1,592 off an Alienware 15 with GeForce GTX 1080

Dell is holding a sitewide Memorial Day sale that covers the full gamut of products that the American manufacturer offers. There is over US$300 in savings to be had on a Dell XPS 15 that sports an 8th-Gen CPU and discrete GPU, but...
The Dell Precision 7740 is shaping up to be an incredible workstation laptop. (Image source: Chiphell)

Full specifications for Dell Precision 7740 leak: New Intel Core and Xeon CPUs; AMD Radeon Pro WX and mobile Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs confirmed

Marketing material and the features and technical specifications sheet for the Dell Precision 7740 workstation have apparently been leaked on the Chinese website Chiphell. The new information seems to match the details in document...
Huawei has been cut off from using official SD and microSD cards. (Source: SanDisk)

Huawei now cut off from official SD card support as well

The news for Huawei seems to be getting worse by the day, as if that was even possible. In the latest blow to the company, the SD Association has blocked the ability for Huawei to offer phones or devices featuring SD or microSD ca...
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5584 (i7-8565U) Laptop Review

77% Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5584 (i7-8565U) Laptop Review

Cheap starter laptop. It's uninteresting, uninspiring, and unimaginative. To users looking for a budget no-frills laptop, however, this probably sounds perfect. The Inspiron 15 5584 comes standard with a Whiskey Lake-U CPU, 1080p IPS display and a PCIe SSD for only about $500 USD to make it a real performance bargain.
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
A new MS patent focused on magnets points to where the Surface Pro 7 is likely heading. (Source: WIPO)

Surface Pro 7 hints in new Microsoft patent showing USB-C, thinner bezels, new keyboard design

A new Microsoft patent has emerged pointing in the direction of where its forthcoming Surface Pro 7 is likely headed. Changes apparent in the sketch include the long overdue introduction of a USB-C port, thinner bezels as well as ...
The Vivo V15. (Source: Business Today)

Vivo V15 and Y17 receive permanent price-cuts in India

The Vivo V15 and Y17 are MediaTek Helio SoC-powered devices. They have been on sale for Rs. 19,990 (US$288) and 17,990 ($259) respectively in India. These prices have been apparently reduced by Rs. 2000 ($29).
May 24
An official poster for the Redmi K20. (Source: IndiaShopps)

Redmi K20 now available for deposit-based pre-order in China

The Redmi K20 is available to order from today (May 24, 2019) after a manner of speaking. Those who wish to pre-order the new flagship phone need to pay a deposit of 100 yuan (about US$14.50) on or They can then pay...
AT&T is currently the only U.S. wireless provider to allow Bitcoin payments for the monthly bills.

Bitcoin can now be used to pay AT&T phone bills

In an effort to improve and expand services for its clients, AT&T is now offering the possibility of using Bitcoin to pay for monthly bills. AT&T is collaborating with BitPay, as many of its clients are already suing this payment ...
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The new Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs are designed for casual gamers and smart home entertainment.  (Source: Intel)

Intel's NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs announced with Radeon GPUs and Whiskey Lake CPUs

Due to their small footprint, the new Intel NUC 8 Mainstream-G mini PCs have a limited number of upgradeable components. These models integrate Intel's 15 W i7-8565U and i5-8265U quad-core CPUs, but the 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM and...

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