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Sam Medley (Review Editor)
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.
Chrome's Canary channel gets a visual overhaul, new features
The developer channel for Google's Chrome browser ("Canary") is sport a new coat of paint as well as some useful features. While all of these changes may not make their way to the Stable channel, the new design language echoes what we've already seen in early builds of Android P and the leaked Gmail design refresh.
Librem 5 smartphone will officially support PureOS and Ubuntu Touch
Thanks to a collaboration between Purism and UBports, the upcoming crowd-funded Librem 5 smartphone now officially supports Purism's own PureOS and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch, which was abandoned by Canonical last year, was picked up by the UBports team for further development and may finally find a more permanent home on the Librem 5.
New method of hacking Nintendo's Switch claims to be "unpatchable"
A newly discovered hardware exploit allows for the execution of arbitrary code on devices powered by Nvidia's Tegra processors. This includes Nintendo's wildly popular Switch, which has been under the scope of several hacking groups this past year. The new exploit functions at the boot level and is claimed to be "unpatchable."
New IdeaPad 530s surfaces on Lenovo's European website
A new listing for the IdeaPad 530s has just appeared on Lenovo's European site. The mid-range device can be configured with up to an 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of NVMe storage. The 530s can also pack up to an Nvidia MX150 GPU in a slightly smaller and lighter shell than the 520s.
ZTE strikes back: Chinese manufacturer may take "judicial measures" against Department of Commerce
After getting hit with a 7-year ban barring them from buying anything from a U.S. company, ZTE released a new statement today. The statement calls the Department of Commerce's ban unfair and says that it will not only severely damage ZTE but will harm ZTE's partners, including some U.S. companies.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2018 (Core i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Best of both worlds. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a sleek 2-in-1 for business professionals. While the top of the line configuration is an excellent machine, this mid-tier model may be the best solution for most users in need of a well-styled hybrid business device.
Qualcomm, Dolby, and others banned from selling components to ZTE for 7 years
The United States Department of Commerce has banned all American companies from selling components to Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE. This includes Qualcomm and Dolby, both of whom have made major contributions to previous ZTE phones. The loss of Qualcomm-made SoCs is sure to damage the salability of ZTE phones.
The KB-G1 Game is Beelink's Kaby Lake G answer to Intel's Hades Canyon NUC
Move over, Hades Canyon. There's a new Kaby Lake G mini PC in town. The Beelink KB-G1 Game is an ultra-SFF desktop sporting Intel's new Core i7-8809G CPU with RX Vega M graphics. Although the KB-G1 Game is slightly thicker then the Hades Canyon NUC, it can support up to four displays at one time.
AMD's upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs may not be more powerful than Nvidia's GTX 1080
According to rumors, AMD's Navi-based GPUs, which are slotted for release in 2019, may compete with Nvidia's GTX 1080 but not supersede it. This could spell trouble for AMD; the GPU shortage caused by the cryptomining craze particularly hit AMD's stock, and the lack of a competitive GPU next year may cause a loss of market share.
Dell Latitude 7490 (i7-8650U, FHD Touchscreen) Laptop Review
Same body, new engine. The 14-inch Dell Latitude 7490 retains the same design as last year's Latitude 7480 but sports a new quad-core U-series CPU. The Core i7-8650U is a significant upgrade over the dual-core chip in the previous iteration. Does the increase in power warrant an upgrade?
FTC slams companies that require repairs using certain parts or vendors to maintain a warranty
In a statement made yesterday, the Federal Trade Commision stated that it had sent warnings to six major manufacturers of cars, mobile phones, or video game consoles. The warning stated that policies requiring users to repair their products via a preset list of vendors or replacement parts in order to maintain a product's warranty is, in fact, illegal.
Facebook is now the least trusted tech company when it comes to personal data
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed one of the worst abuses of personal information by a corporation in history, trust in Facebook's handling of private information has plummeted. This is evidenced by a new survey run by Recode and SurveyMonkey, where 56% of those surveyed stated they trusted Facebook the least. The next choice was Google at a mere 5%.
Apple may copy Huawei's triple camera design next year
The trendsetter may become the copycat: rumors coming out of Taiwan speculate that Apple may be releasing an iPhone with three lenses in 2019, a design that may be inspired by Huawei's P20 Pro.
Apple will release an updated Mac Pro desktop in 2019, and it will be a complete redesign
In an event hosted for creative professionals earlier today, Apple executives clarified that the new Mac Pro desktop will indeed be released in 2019. In a somewhat surprising move, Apple will be working with professionals outside of the company to refine the product, which the company says will be designed from scratch.
HP launches ZBook 15V, a low-cost workstation for the masses starting at USD $950
Among HP's refreshed ZBook line of portable workstations is the ZBook 15V, which HP is aiming squarely at a broader consumer market. The workstation, which starts at USD $950, can be specced with up to an Intel Core i7-8750H or Xeon E-2176M CPU and quite a few other powerful components.
Active shooter reported at YouTube's headquarters in California
An active shooting situation was reported at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California, earlier this afternoon. The suspected shooter, a female, was found dead at the scene. At least four people have been evacuated to area hospitals. Motives behind the shooting are still unknown, as are several other details. This story is ongoing.
Chrome Web Store bans extensions that mine cryptocurrencies
The Chrome Web Store has updated its policy concerning extensions with crypto-mining scripts, outright banning such extensions from the store. Any existing extensions that can be used for mining cryptocurrencies will be removed by the end of June 2018. While the policy will prevent future extensions that are obviously used for crypto-mining, it remains to be seen if this will solve the problem of surreptitious mining scripts hidden in otherwise innocuous extensions.
Ethereum-based ASIC miners may cause the price of AMD GPUs (and stock) to fall
AMD GPU prices may finally be coming down, but will the company’s stock follow suit? According to analyst Christopher Rolland, that may indeed be the case. A new Ethereum ASIC miner from Bitmain may threaten Team Red’s financial outlook, as Ethereum mining is estimated to be responsible for about 20% of AMD’s sales.
Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
Plastic, pragmatic. The Asus FX503VM is a mid-tier gaming laptop at a budget-minded price. Although there are some cut corners, the overall package is capable, competent, and attractive.
Pocket Mint: The Mintbox Mini 2 is a fanless Apollo Lake mini PC running Linux Mint
Mini PCs are growing in popularity. Linux Mint users in need of an insanely tiny machine might be interested in the Apollo Lake-powered Mintbox Mini 2, which the team behind Linux Mint is hoping to deliver concurrently with Mint 19 sometime in June of this year.
The Ataribox is real, and it's more computer than gaming console
After months of delays and speculation, the Atari VCS (formerly the Ataribox) finally debuted in physical form at GDC. There's still a lot of information about the console that Atari is keeping close to the chest, but we do know that Atari VCS will be more akin to a Linux PC than a dedicated gaming console, which should expand its capabilities (and possibly appeal).
Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs
Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In its current form, RTX is only compatible with Nvidia's Volta-based GPUs.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review
Bigger, faster, better value? The Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 is one of the most powerful small form factor desktops on the market. While relatively small compared to traditional desktops, it is twice as large as other Zotac ZBOX devices. Zotac puts this extra space to good use by packing in a full desktop Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Our thoughts on MWC 2018: Budget-phone buzz, flagships fall flat
This year's MWC may have marked a turn in the smartphone market. While the latest flagships were generally iterative improvements on last year's models, the budget and mid-tier segments have begun to explode. The best phones may not be getting cheaper, but cheap phones are definitely getting better.
The slew of promoted Dyson YouTube videos spotlights a growing problem in the review community
Have you heard of the Dyson Cyclone V10? If not, don't worry; a deluge of YouTube channels posted "reviews" about the vacuum yesterday. However, the sponsored videos raise some concerns about the YouTube tech review community as a whole.
Challenger approaching: Xiaomi may enter the U.S. smartphone market by the end of the year
The 4th largest smartphone manufacturer (as of Q4 2017) may be entering one of the only markets it hasn't actively pursued: the United States. While the brand sells several other electronic devices (like speakers and home products), the OEM's phones may soon be on the store shelves of the four major U.S. carriers.
Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review
Hotter, Louder, Faster, Stronger. The Asus ROG Strix GL703VM is a more powerful version of the GL703VD, which we reviewed back in October. In addition to a faster GPU, the GL703VM brings a 120 Hz display, but fan noise and temperatures leave room for improvement.
Samsung Galaxy S9 debuts with variable-aperture camera, AR Emojis, and more
They're finally here. The latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, share a lot in common with last year's S8 and S8+ with some incremental improvements. The biggest change lies in the camera, which now features a variable aperture for better low-light shots and 960 frame-per-second video capture.
HMD Global keeps the nostalgia train rolling with the 8110 4G
Nokia fans of old are getting some more fan service this year. HMD introduced a remodel of the classic Nokia 8110 "banana phone," a slider phone originally released in 1996. The classic phone (which was fairly popular due to its curved shape, slide-out keypad cover, and appearance in "The Matrix" movies) gets a new shot at life in the form of a cheap 4G feature phone.
Leaked photo shows possible prototype of Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
The Xperia line may be a getting a refresh in the form of the Xperia XZ2 Compact if a photo posted on Xperia Blog is to be believed. The photo, which was posted by a commenter, claims to show off a prototype of the small form factor flagship rumored to appear at MWC 2018 next week.
Intel reveals prototype of their discrete GPU
Intel unveiled plans for a prototype of their discrete GPU at the San Francisco ISSCC (IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference) late last week. The 14 nm dGPU, which is still in an early prototype stage, features 1.5 billion transistors and is clocked between 50 - 400 MHz, which may hint at a focus on efficiency over raw power.
HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review
X marks the spot. HP has unleashed a beast in the form of the HP Omen X 17. With a high-refresh rate panel, an overclockable Core i7 CPU, and the most powerful mobile GPU currently on the market, does the Omen X 17 have the "X factor" it needs to stand apart from the crowd, or is it just white noise in a highly competitive performance tier?
Leaked Intel roadmap hints at new hexa-core laptop CPU
According to an alleged leaked CPU roadmap for 2018, Intel may be releasing the Core i7-8550H and Core i5-8400H. The Coffee Lake CPUs are designed for laptops, but the i7 is unique; it features 6 cores and 12 threads.
Amazon to drop lock screen ads from their Prime Exclusive phones
Phones sold through Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phone program will no longer display lock screen ads, according to the retailer. The phones, which which were sold at prices substantially lower than MSRP, will instead feature Amazon-centric apps only while retaining (most of) their discounts.
Oukitel's U18 is a courageous copycat of the iPhone X, complete with a "notched-display."
Are you an Android user wishes your phone had a huge notch in the display, a la the iPhone X? Chinese OEM Oukitel has you covered. Their new U18, available for pre-order today, is a USD $159 Android alternative to Apple's flagship. However, this notch lacks any obvious utility beyond aesthetics.
Caffeine aims to energize gamers by making video broadcasting easier and more social than Twitch
Are you tired of Twitch? Caffeine, a social broadcasting platform headed by former Apple executives, officially launches today. The site, which has actually been live for some time, aims to make streaming and gaming more social by integrating features from popular social media services with an easy-to-use streaming interface. The new service might keep Twitch up at night.
Gemini Lake meets Yoga: Lenovo posts spec sheet for upcoming Yoga 330 powered by Pentium Silver N5000
Lenovo just posted a spec sheet and user manual for the Yoga 330, an upcoming low-range convertible powered by Intel's new Gemini Lake Pentium and Celeron processors. No word on pricing yet, but based on the specs, it should retail at the lower end of the market.
Fitbit will "show Pebblers love" by killing off support for the Pebble this summer
Fitbit, which acquired the Pebble brand in 2016, has announced that they will support the Pebble smartwatch line until June 20th, 2018. In other words, support for Pebble services and devices will end on June 30th of this year, marking the end of an era.
AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group
The new appointments come after the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, was sniped by Intel last November. Both Mike Rayfield and David Wang are multi-decade veterans of the technology industry and have had their hands on several projects and GPU developments.
Minimum specs for Far Cry 5 released, and you'll need a powerful system to enjoy it
Ubisoft released their recommended specs for Far Cry, which is due to launch at the end of March. While the game will run on older hardware at the lowest settings, gamers will need a fairly beefy system (Core i7 and GTX 970 / R9 290X) to enjoy the game at Full HD 60 fps.
Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics
Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.
Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers may have had their credit card information stolen
The darling of the mobile phone enthusiast community is in hot water once again. Less than a week after it was discovered that OnePlus was sending user data to servers in China without permission, the Chinese OEM's merchant platform was compromised. OnePlus has just revealed the full scope of the attack: up to 40,000 users may have had their credit card information stolen.
Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo
Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a fishing pole, a piano, and even a robot suit to enjoy new gaming experiences (and maybe learn a bit about engineering and coding).
BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days
Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review
Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning charity raises over $2.2 million, setting new record
The annual charity speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, successfully raised USD $2.26 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a charity focused on cancer research and education. This is the second year in a row that the gaming event raised over $2 million for charity.
Pikachu will channel his inner Sherlock Holmes in the US and Europe on March 23rd
Nintendo's 3DS title Detective Pikachu is making its way outside of Japan this March. If you've ever wondered what the world's most famous Pokemon would be like as a wise-cracking, coffee-loving film noir gumshoe, you'll get your answer for $40 on March 23rd.
Casio's latest devices aim to bring smart tech to the outdoors
Casio introduced a new smartwatch, GPS watch, and action camera, all of which have a rugged design intended for heavy outdoor use.
The eOneBook is an expensive dual-E ink display device that can only be used to read one manga
Do you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and really like the manga Fist of the North Star? The eOneBook by Progress Technologies may be the device for you. Featuring two E ink displays that fold out like a book, the device can only be used to read 18 volumes of Fist of the North Star.
Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop
Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
HTC's Vive Pro is a higher-res wireless VR headset for enthusiasts
Answering criticisms of its earlier VR headset, HTC's new Vive Pro cuts the cable, adds built-in headphones, and brings much more pixel-dense displays for a more immersive VR gaming experience.
Apple devices are already protected against Meltdown without any hit to performance
With the massive vulnerabilities recently discovered in Intel CPUs, the main question on everyone's minds are when affected devices will be updated to guard against possible exploits. Apple is ahead of the game; apparently, the latest versions of their various operating systems protect against Meltdown, and a fix for Spectre is coming to Safari in the next few days. The best part? These mitigations have no perceptible effect on performance.
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox
The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
New leak shows specs of Nokia 6, which might debut this Friday
A new leak via a Chinese regulatory agency shows that the 2018 refresh of the Nokia 6 may pack the Snapdragon 630, 4 GB of RAM, and a 5.5" 16:9 FHD screen. While these specs are still just a rumor, we may see an announcement about the device from HMD this Friday.
Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind
Nissan is developing a new technology, named Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V), that will help car interpret human thoughts. The aim of the tech is to help newer cars better anticipate driver decisions and work with the human operator rather than to function autonomously.
New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game
Ever wondered what the chunky polygonal world of Super Mario 64 would look like from Mario's perspective? Thanks to a new ROM hack, it's now possible to experience the game from a first-person POV, but you may not want to.
Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)
A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD's new CPUs.
Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission
Some Firefox users recently found an unwarranted add-on installed in their browsers. The add-on, which is a page tool tied to the popular online show "Mr. Robot," was installed for some users that are a part of Mozilla's Studies program. While not malicious, the add-on was installed without the users' knowledge and raised some alarm from fervent Mozilla fans.
Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)
According to the number of downloads of its camera app, Essential has sold no more than 50,000 units. While the accuracy of this number is arguable, hitting such a low volume of sales may not be as bad for the start-up as it sounds.
GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered
Everybody's favorite Department of Death Travel Agent, Manny Calavera, can now lead your PC to the Ninth Underworld for free, courtesy of GOG.com.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (11-inch) Notebook Review
Smaller size, bigger value. The 11-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s carries over many of the same facets of its 14-inch brother in a more compact case. However, with half the RAM and a smaller body, can it keep up with the larger model?
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a quad-core E-Ink tablet coming this month for $800
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a powerful (if expensive) eReader tablet with a huge 13.3-inch hi-res E-Ink display. The reader boasts a quad-core processor, a full version of Android 6.0, and a highly responsive E-Ink display, but there are a few drawbacks.
You can no longer use Bitcoin to buy games on Steam (and with good reason)
Due to the high volatility and growing transaction fees associated with Bitcoin, Valve is no longer accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment method for purchases made on Steam. This decision sheds some light on the economic ramifications of the rapid growth of a currency.
Grab an Alienware 15 R3 with a GTX 1070 for USD $1450
The Nvidia GTX 1070-equipped Alienware 15 R3 is currently on sale at Best Buy for USD $1450, or $350 less than its retail price.
BLU releases software fix for bricked Life One X2 phones, but it may not work for everyone
BLU has released a fix for the phone-bricking OTA update they issued last week. While many users are reporting success, some customers will be left out to dry. Affected users are understandably upset at the latest misstep by BLU.
Get World in Conflict and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free this month
Ubisoft is offering the acclaimed RTS World in Conflict now through December 11th. They will then release Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free from December 12 through the 18th.
Eve V flash sale going on now
Eve, the maker of the less expensive Surface Pro alternative Eve V, is offering the device in a flash sale open to the public today. Stock is limited, so head over to Eve's site if you want to secure a V of your own.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (14-inch, HD) Laptop Review
Budget notebook to beat. The 14-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s is a simple and sleek Windows laptop that retails for around $250. While the device looks and feels fairly good on the outside for a budget device, the internals are a major letdown. Considering the price, though, the Ideapad 120s is one of the better bargain laptops available.
Pocket change: Nintendo's latest foray into mobile gaming may be a financial boon
Nintendo's latest mobile title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, may be a solid win for the Japanese juggernaut. The app has eclipsed 15 million downloads in its first week of release, and Nintendo's stock shot up 4.16% over the past week and has risen 92% year-to-date.
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017
Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children
Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
MSI GF62VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 60 Hz) Laptop Review
Priced to perform. The MSI GF62VR packs a punch for not a lot of change. However, users will have to deal with a fairly low quality screen and a cheaper plastic build quality. Are these tradeoffs worth the savings?
IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales
Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Black Friday comes early (for Dell)
It's the holiday season, which means Black Friday deals are coming. Dell is kicking things off with some enticing deals on XPS and Alienware notebooks and desktops. The sale is on now until 8 AM EST on November 3.
Asus ROG GL503VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Another year, another refresh. The new Asus GL503VD represents a slight aesthetic redesign of Asus' highly-revered ROG line. Some will appreciate the simpler, less "gamery" redesign, but not much else has changed. The GTX 1050 still makes for a decent (if noisy) entry-level gaming experience.
Dumbing it down: 3G version of Nokia 3310 coming to the U.S. for $60
The Nokia 3310, the redesigned "dumb" phone modeled after the classic Nokia 3310, is now available for pre-order in the United States. Available for USD $60, the phone can be ordered through Best Buy and will officially go on sale October 29th.
MSI GF72VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 120 Hz) Laptop Review
Blown away? MSI is once again introducing another line of gaming notebooks aimed at the consumer market. The new GF72VR brings a high refresh rate display and sheds the optical drive but changes little else. Do these changes leave us breathless, or is the GF72VR full of hot air.
Second Win: GPD Win 2 prototype leaks
An image of what could possibly be the upcoming GPD Win 2 shows some design changes from the original GPD Win, including a revamped keyboard and a larger screen. Internally, the GPD Win 2 may also be sporting an Intel Core m3 CPU, a huge improvement over the Atom chip in the original.
Prime position: Moto X4 to go on sale via Amazon Prime Exclusive tonight, will retail for $330
The upcoming mid-range smartphone from Motorola will go on sale via Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones program tonight at 10 PM PST (12 AM CST). The Moto X4 will retail for $330, a $70 discount, but will feature tailored lock screen ads and pre-installed Amazon apps. The deal is available only to Amazon Prime members.
Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal
The Librem 5, a smartphone currently in development by Purism, recently reached its USD$1.5 million crowdfunding goal. The device will be designed with privacy in mind and will run a mobile flavor of Purism's own PureOS.
Google Clips is Watching You: Google's new action camera automatically snaps shots, records video
Google Clips is a small wearable action camera that automatically takes pictures of what it judges to be special moments. It learns who the important people in your life are via machine learning, and it may pose a serious privacy concern.
Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)
Google today announced the Pixelbook, their premium Chromebook that's has been the subject of a relentless stream of leaks over the past few months. The 2-in-1 Chromebook features a high-density 12.3, 3:2 aspect ratio display and powerful 7th generation Intel Core series processors.
Google introduces Home Mini and Max smart home managers
Google is spicing up their Home line of smart home management devices with Home Mini and Home Max. Mini is a smaller version of home, while Max is a massive smart speaker with dual subwoofers.
Multiplayer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2005) is back online
The 2005 multiplayer classic Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has had its multiplayer servers come back online. Matches support up to 64 players with Crossplay support between GOG and Steam, although a few more bugs may need to be squashed for some players.
Samsung will make a lot of money... from the iPhone X?
As the sole supplier of the OLED displays used in the upcoming iPhone X (and one of the main suppliers of NAND flash memory used in the phone), Samsung is poised to make quite a bit of money on total sales if the iPhone X is as successful as some estimates are guessing.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8 Tablet Review
Mini Me(diaPad). The 8-inch variant of the MediaPad M3 Lite brings a lot of polish and panache to the Android ecosystem. Despite its mid-range specifications, the M3 Lite proves to be a capable media machine. Is this the affordable compact tablet to get?
The Ataribox is an under-powered Linux PC priced to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One
In a newsletter sent out today, Atari gave some more information about the upcoming Ataribox. The console will be running a version of Linux, and users will have full access to the underlying operating system. No word on games yet, but apparently, the console won't be powerful enough to play AAA titles.
Equi-fail: Equifax directs customers affected by hack to fake phishing website
In another major misstep for Equifax, an employee of the credit services company responded to customer tweets with a link to a fake phishing website. The site, which was styled to look like the official Equifax site dedicated to the hack, was a fake used to demonstrate how easily malicious parties could further exploit Equifax's customers.
Moto done right? Moto X4 coming to Project Fi, will receive two years of updates
Google announced today that the upcoming Moto X4 will be available as an Android One device on their Project Fi mobile network. The smartphone will run Stock Android and come with a guaranteed minimum of two years of software updates and support from Google.
MSI WS63VR (i7-7700HQ, 4K, Quadro P4000 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Max-Q goes to work. MSI's updated WS63VR 7RL brings Nvidia's new Max-Q design to the GPU giant's Quadro line. How well does the Max-Q philosophy benefit a powerful professional-grade graphics card, especially with regards to heat and power management?
Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4
People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Equifax security breach blamed on known web vulnerability in Apache Struts
One week after announcing a major data breach affecting over 143 million consumers, Equifax is pointing blame at a security vulnerability in the Apache Struts web framework. However, the vulnerability was publicly announced in March and a patch was available months before the attack.
This is the iPhone X: Apple's flagship, reimagined
The iPhone X brings a complete overhaul to the iPhone's design language. Featuring a 5.8-inch full-body display, the iPhone X brings new innovations to Apple's flagship line, including improved camera optics, facial recognition, and a new CPU tuned for AI-driven tasks.
The Galaxy Note 8 is moderately repairable, according to iFixit
Scoring a 4 out of 10 in iFixit's most recent teardown, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 received positive praise for its modular internal components but was criticized for a heavy use in difficult to remove adhesive.
Equifax announces major security breach affecting 143 million customers in the U.S.
Equifax announced today that the personal information of over 143 million American consumers was compromised in late July. Items such as birth dates, social security numbers, and even drivers licenses were stolen by hackers, in addition to over 200,000 credit card numbers.
Vivo V7+ now available for preorder in India, boasts a 24 MP selfie shooter
The 6-inch smartphone features an 18:9 aspect ratio, a scree-to-body ratio of 84%, and a 24 MP selfie camera, all for IN₹21,990 (about US$344). Preorders in India begin today. The V7+ should start shipping out on September 15th.
Dual-camera dupe: some smartphones with dual-camera setups only have one camera enabled
A few videos recently posted to YouTube took a closer look at the Doogee Mix and found that the dual-camera setup actually uses one camera and some software tricks to simulate effects that would otherwise require two camera modules. The problem seems to be rampant among cheap Chinese smartphones.
CAT unveils two new ruggedized smartphones
The CAT S31 and S41 are the latest ruggedized smartphones from the manufacturer. Both devices are IP68 and MIL-SPEG-810 G certified and run Android Nougat.
Andy Rubin issues apology for Essential customer privacy debacle
After a massive privacy foul-up, Essential's Andy Rubin has issued a formal apology to customers that had their personal information emailed to other customers. Essential will provide affected individuals with a one-year subscription to LifeLock and, possibly, a free Essential Phone.
Toshiba Tecra X40-D (i7-7600U, FHD) Laptop Review
Carbon Copy. Toshiba's new Tecra X40-D is the Japanese manufacturer's latest entry in the thin-and-light business market and carries over several features from its smaller brother, the Portégé X30. Is the X40 able to differentiate itself enough, or is it more of the same in a larger package?
Purism turns to crowdfunding to develop their Linux-based smartphone
The Librem 5, currently up for preorder through a crowdfunding campaign, is Purism's attempt to create a privacy-focused smartphone. The phone will run a mobile variant of PureOS, which is Purism's own custom GNU/Linux-based operating system.
New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Thanks to a leaked product page, we now know several details of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker/smartwatch from Samsung. While there aren't many changes from the previous Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will be water resistant to 50 meters.
New research paper demonstrates smartphone security hole in replacement hardware
A research team has successfully compromised a smartphone by injecting malicious code into the drivers for the touchscreen. The code allows full access to the device, including the ability to alter files, use the phone's camera, download malicious apps, and grant root access without unlocking the bootloader.
Fighting game classic Tekken is coming to Android and iOS
An adaptation of one of the most successful fighting game franchises is coming to mobile. BANDAI NAMCO recently announced Tekken Mobile, which should be arriving on iOS and Android devices soon.
Electronics wizard Ben Heck creates portable Nintendo 64
While we wait for the release of the SNES Classic Edition, why not take a look at an incredible mod of Nintendo's 3rd generation console? Ben Heck has finished his Nintendo 64 Portable, a modded Nintendo 64 built into a portable case.
TAITO Famicom "classic" Takeshi's Challenge now available on Android and iOS
Ever wanted a game where you play a middle-aged Japanese businessman experiencing a midlife crisis? The infamous Famicom title "Takeshi No Chousenjou" ("Takeshi's Challenge" in the West) is now available on Android and iOS.
Recall issued for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries
Replacement batteries shipped as part of AT&T's Insurance program have now been recalled due to concerns about the batteries overheating and creating a fire hazard. Samsung has placed blame squarely on FedEx Supply Chain.
BLU R2 budget smartphone now available for preorder
The latest budget-tier smartphone from BLU is now available for $80, although buyers will have to eschew some modern comforts like LTE connectivity at that price. For an extra $30, the R2 LTE offers a slight spec bump and 4G LTE speeds.
The Ulefone Armor 2 is a budget-friendly ruggedized smartphone
The upcoming Armor 2 from Ulefone is a fairly inexpensive ruggedized smartphone. Powered by a MediaTek SoC and carrying an IP68 certification, the Armor 2 may make for a decent mid-tier rough-and-tumble phone.
It's now easier to hide root on your Android phone with suhide-lite
A new SuperSU package by developer Chainfire allows users to hide root status from specific apps, which can enable the use of certain apps on rooted devices that would otherwise be blocked via Google's SafetyNet API.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 takes design cues from other smartwatches in leaked photos
The upcoming fitness tracker from Garmin features a round face and an overhauled UI more reminiscent of Garmin's own Fenix line of wearables. This may position the Vivoactive 3 against competing smartwatches, especially Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch.
Leaked images show off YotaPhone 3
Images of what may be the upcoming Yota 3 have just been leaked. The images show off a much thinner and more modern looking smartphone than Yota's previous devices. On display is an elliptical fingerprint reader, a beautiful AMOLED main screen, and a 720p E-Ink secondary screen.
Windows may be moving to a unified mobile/desktop OS
According to rumors, Microsoft may soon be killing of development of Windows 10 Mobile in favor of pursuing a unified operating system that more closely ties development and features of the desktop version of Windows to a retooled iteration for smartphones.
Live photos show what may be the Google Pixel 2
Live photos show off what is likely a development model of the Google Pixel 2. There are slight changes to the aesthetic, but (sadly) a headphone jack is nowhere to be found.
Verizon releases security update for Samsung's flagship phones... from 2015
A new update for the Verizon Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge will roll out over the next few weeks, patching a few security holes and fixing some call-related bugs.
Leaks show off T-Mobile's budget-oriented REVVL T1 smartphone
T-Mobile has leaked information on the upcoming REVVL T1 via a support page for the device on their website. The budget-oriented device looks to be a competitor to other budget champs like the Motorola Moto E4.
BLU phones back on Amazon following privacy fears
After privacy concerns caused Amazon to delist some phones by budget smartphone manufacturer BLU, the products are once again available through the online retailer. Although BLU has denied allegations of any wrongdoing, privacy issues with budget Android phones may remain a concern.
Surprise! Amazon is selling an unlocked variant of the ZenFone AR in the U.S.
While Verizon began selling a carrier-exclusive version of the ZenFone AR yesterday, Amazon has now posted an unlocked variant with two options, one of which is $50 cheaper than Verizon's. The unlocked ZenFone AR is only compatible with GSM networks.
Fitbit says it will release a new smartwatch later this year
The wearables giant Fitbit has announced that their highly-anticipated smartwatch should be ready in time for the holiday season later this year. The smartwatch was delayed earlier this year, and while there isn't a hint of a specific release date, the device should be ready by Q4.
Lead designer of the Essential phone leaves the company
The head of UX for Essential, Liron Damir, has left the startup to work at Google in the Google Home division. This marks the third departure of a key employee at Essential in as many months.
Foxconn to open new LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin
Foxconn, the electronics manufacturer largely responsible for building components used in the iPhone, has announced their intention to construct an LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. In return, the state of Wisconsin will pay the Taiwanese company US$3 billion in taxpayer subsidies.
Fairphone will stop software and hardware support for its first device
The Fairphone, which was meant to be an easily repairable, long lasting smartphone, will no longer be supported. Fairphone, the company behind the device, will no longer sell replacement parts and has halted software development.
More features of the Ataribox surface
The console will focus on both old and new titles, possibly positioning Atari to capitalize on the retro-fueled success of the NES Classic Edition. New press renders show off some connectivity, but very little is known about the console at this point.
Another key executive leaves Essential
Brian Wallace, former director of marketing for Essential, has left the startup. His departure follows that of Andy Fouché, former head of communications, last month. These departures will only add to Essential's recent problems.
HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review
Choppy waters. The HP 15-bw07ax brings AMD's newest high-end APU, the A12-9720P, to the market. However, the APU may be a bit too new - the system is remarkably unstable.
Vertu, the luxury smartphone maker, is shutting down its manufacturing arm
The uber-expensive smartphone brand has had to shutter its manufacturing business, leading to the loss of 200 jobs. The brand is now over $160 million in debt and may soon begin bankruptcy proceedings. Vertu phones may soon be a thing of the past.
Bixby button remapping is once again available for the Galaxy S8
In what is amounting to a game of Android developer chess, an XDA contributor has updated the bxActions app, allowing users to circumvent the recent Bixby button remapping block pushed out by Samsung to Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S8 devices. When will Samsung strike back?
Moto E4 Plus launches in India with a 5,000 mAh battery
The budget phone is now available in India for ₹9,999, or about USD $150. Packing a quad-core MediaTek MTK6737M and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, the phone runs Android 7.1.1 and may quickly become the budget-phone king.
Valve releases a bug fix - for the original Half-Life
The update fixes some crashes and patches a possible security hole in the original Half-Life title. But the question must be asked: does this update confirm Half Life 3? No.
HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review
Slow and Steady. The HP 15-BW077AX is an entry-level laptop from HP with AMD's newest A9 APU. Despite its young age, the CPU feels years behind the competition and the notebook as a whole offers very little for prospective consumers.
Intel may limit or discontinue the Pentium G4560
Intel may be artificially reducing stock of the Pentium G4560 due to the CPU's cannibalization of sales of the Core i3 line, which is double the MSRP of the Pentium while only offering a small bump in performance. Expect prices for the G4560 to continue rising.
AMOLED displays fast approaching price parity with LCD panels
The price of manufacturing a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display is now a mere 10 cents more than a 5.5-inch LCD panel. Market researchers are expecting the market for AMOLED to grow by 63% this year, and that by 2020, 50% of smartphones will have an AMOLED screen.
Steam Link now available as an app for Samsung Smart TVs (in beta)
Valve has just released a beta Steam Link App for Samsung's Smart Hub app store. The app is compatible with Samsung UHD TVs from 2016 and 2017.
Sequent is a self-charging smartwatch on Kickstarter
By using a kinetic charging system, the Sequent smartwatch promises to be the world's first fitness tracker and smartwatch with an "infinite" battery life.
Moto G5S Plus specs leaked
A possible new model of the Moto G5 may bring more premium materials, a larger screen, and a dual-camera setup for vastly improved photos.
PS4 on PC: Sony brings PlayStation 4 games to PC via PlayStation Now
Sony has released 20 PlayStation 4 titles as a part of their PlayStation Now game streaming service. By using PS Now, these games can be played on either a PlayStation 4 or PC.
Android July update now available for Nexus and Pixel smartphones
July's Android security patch is here for Nexus and Pixel devices and fixes a few vulnerabilities that (thankfully) haven't been widely exploited yet.
ROCK64, a 4K-capable single-board computer, now available
The new media-centric single-board PC from Pine64 is powered by a Rockchip RK3328 with support for the H.265 codec and 4K video playback.
Motorola announces slew of new Moto Mods
Lenovo-owned Motorola announces several new Moto Mods at a press event in Ghana, Africa earlier this week. Among them are a 360-degree camera, a speaker from Marshall, and a DSLR Mod with switchable lenses.
The Sharp X1 is an Android One device with a huge battery
The Sharp X1 features a 5.3-inch FHD IGZO display, a Snapdragon 435, 3 GB of RAM, and a huge 3,900 mAh battery. The device will be available in Japan as a part of the Android One initiative.
Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review
Featherweight champion? Toshiba's Portégé X30 packs tons of features in one of the lightest bodies currently available. Can the X30 compete with other thin-and-light heavyweights, or will it get knocked out?
Moto Z2 specs leaked on GFXBench
According to a leaked GFXBench listing, the Moto Z2 will feature a Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch 2K display.
Lexar memory cards and flash drives have been discontinued
Micron Technology, Inc., stated that they will discontinue the Lexar brand of removable storage devices in an effort to pursue "higher value markets."
Smach Z handheld gaming PC likely to be delayed (again)
Due to a disagreement with a key hardware partner, the Smach Z handheld gaming PC is likely to run into further delays (if not cancellation).
Super Nintendo Classic Edition now official, available September 29
Following in the footsteps of the now-discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo will continue to capitalize on the retro gaming market with the SNES Classic Edition. The new mini-console will feature 21 SNES games and will retail for $80 on September 29.
Windows 10 S can be infected with malware
While Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any currently known malware, a clever cybersecurity professional has found an exploit in Microsoft Word that can run malicious code in the operating system.
Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence
Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1
As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
Samsung may be developing a 2,000 ppi VR headset
If rumors are to be believed, Samsung is developing an ultra-high resolution OLED display that has a staggering pixel density of 2,000 ppi. This display may be used in a stand alone VR headset from Samsung, which would make for the most immersive VR experience yet.
Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks
Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Convertible Powerhouse. The Lenovo Yoga line has long been the leader in the 2-in-1 notebook market. With the redesigned Yoga 720, the Chinese manufacturer looks to expand that dominance. Can the 15-inch model be flexible enough for consumers, or will it snap under pressure?
Debian 9 "Stretch" now available
The update brings enhanced security features, more accessible debug tools, and updates to over 51,000 software packages throughout the Debian repositories.
You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight
Using the new Moonlight app, you can set your Android phone to spoof an NVIDIA Shield device, allowing for game streaming from your PC. You'll need to root the Android device and have at least an NVIDIA GTX 600-series GPU with support for GameStream.
The Moto Z2 may make its debut later this month
According to an invite posted online today, Lenovo is announcing something on June 27. Looking at the image on the invite, the device is likely the Moto Z2.
MSI GS73VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 4K) Laptop Review
Iterative improvement. The GS73VR walks a delicate line between power and portability by packing NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs into a thin chassis late last summer. Now that a Kaby Lake option is available, are Intel's 7th generation chips worth the cost to upgrade the recent redesign of MSI's 17.3-inch thin-and-light?
Pixel XL 2 rumored to be cancelled
Multiple sources are reporting that Google has cancelled project "muskie," which was speculated to be a successor to Google's 2016 flagship Pixel XL.
Sprint offers a free year of data to non-customers willing to switch
The smallest of the Big 4 is offering unlimited voice, text, and data for free for an entire year. This is the latest move by Sprint to pilfer customers from its rivals.
Age of Empires celebrates 20 years with a 4K remaster
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition updates the PC classic with revamped gameplay mechanics and a visual 4K overhaul. Signup for the closed beta starts today.
Alpha, the team behind the Litebook, introduces new notebook and desktop
Alpha, who released the Litebook back in March, recently announced two new devices running Elementary OS: the Litebox (a compact desktop) and the Centurion (an i7-equipped notebook).
Reddit designs new volume controls with hilarious results
Leave it to the Internet to put too much thought in redesigning one of the simplest mechanics in modern computers with pretty funny results.
Asus Chromebook Flip C213 now listed on Amazon
The C213 is meant for education markets, but its solid spec sheet, ample connectivity, and option for an HD+ screen could make it a sleeper hit among Chromebook users.
The JXD S192k is a Rockchip-powered Android gaming tablet
The new device is currently up for preorder and is powered by a Rockchip RK3288, 4 GB of RAM, and a 10,000 mAh battery. The device may also ship with 18 emulators preloaded onto it and a download center tailored for retro ROMs.
Apple announces HomePod smart speaker
The HomePod is a competent speaker built around Siri. The speaker can recognize where it's placed in a room in order to direct sound for a fuller, richer music experience. The speaker also includes full Siri interaction.
Apple introduces new iMac AIOs, including the powerful iMac Pro
Apple's new All-in-Ones are equipped with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, Iris Pro integrated graphics, and options for high-res displays and dedicated AMD Radeon GPUs. The iMac Pro, a completely new device, will pack a punch with an 18-core Xeon processor and AMD Vega graphics.
Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs
The new Metal 2 and Metal for VR APIs bring VR support to macOS for the first time, as well as support for external GPUs and AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards.
Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC
The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
Andy Rubin's Essential brand accused of trademark infringement
Spigen, a smartphone manufacturer that owns trademark rights to the term "Essential," has sent a Cease and Desist order to Andy Rubin's Essential company. Claiming that Essential infringed on their copyright, Spigen demanded that Essential stop using the trademark.
Oppo R11 press images leaked
The leaked press images reveal the color options of the phone and confirm some of the rumors concerning the phone's design.
The Pokemon Company catches huge boost in profits
Due to the success of Pokémon Go, The Pokémon Company saw their net profits jump from $5.6 million in 2015 to over $140 million in 2016.
Dell unveils VR-ready Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One desktop PC
The AIO can be configured with up to a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU and up to a Radeon RX 580 for VR gaming.
Dell announces Inspiron 24 5000 AIO with AMD APU and GPU options
The All-in-One features AMD APUs and an optional Radeon RX560. The 23.8-inch display can be configured with or without touch and ships with an optional articulating arm.
Gigabyte unveils P56XT notebook powered by a GTX 1070
The performance-oriented laptop features a Core i7-7700HQ CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 1070, as well as options for a 4K screen, up to 4 storage drives, and a per-key RGB-backlit keyboard.
Acer's ultra-thin Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook is coming in August
The Triton 700, which was announced in April, is shaping up to be one of the leaders in the renewed push of thin-and-light gaming notebooks.
MSI debuts monster GT75VR Titan gaming notebook
The GT75VR Titan is a gaming powerhouse with dual GTX 1070s, an unlocked i7-7820HK CPU, and a 4K 120 Hz display that MSI says covers 100% of the AdobeRGB spectrum.
MSI introduces new peripherals for gaming desktops and notebooks
MSI's new peripherals feature premium specifications and MSI's new Mystic Light RGB lighting scheme for a fully customizable setup.
Asus ROG GL753VE (7700HQ, 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
Sweet spot. Asus typically tweaks the different iterations of their gaming notebooks by using different GPU solutions. Has the Taiwanese manufacturer hit a sweet spot with the GL753VE and its GTX 1050 Ti?
"Cloak and Dagger" vulnerability can leave your Android phone open to attack
The exploit, which has long been theorized, was confirmed by computer security researchers. By using invisible overlays and some clever social engineering, hackers can quickly gain full control to an Android device.
Vulnerability found in subtitle system of VLC, Kodi, and other media players
By injection malicious code into subtitle files, hackers are able to take full control of a device that loads the malicious subtitles. The exploit affects four of the biggest media streaming services: VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time, and Strem.io.
Asus ZenScreen MB16AC external monitor is coming in July
The portable monitor connects to a computer via USB Type-C and can offer a dual display setup on the go.
Acer announces Nitro 5 gaming notebook with either an NVIDIA or AMD GPU
With either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD RX 550, Acer's new mainstream gaming notebook offers quite a few options.
Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index
The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
The MateBook X is Huawei's new flagship notebook
The MateBook X is a new compact ultrabook from Huawei that is very reminiscent of a certain rival's thin-and-light.
Huawei announces MateBook E convertible notebook
The MateBook E improves on several aspects of the original, including a higher resolution screen, a redesigned keyboard and hinge, and options for new Kaby Lake processors.
Asus may hop on the slim bezel trend with rumored VivoBook S15
The 7.8 mm bezel allows a 15.6-inch display to fit in the body of a typical 14" notebook, according to Asus.
HIS quietly releases single-slot RX 550 GPU
The single-slot GPU packs an RX 550 with a small core clock boost in a small footprint.
Rooted phones may not be able to download some apps from the Google Play Store
A new update to the Play Console allows developers to restrict access to their apps based on SafetyNet testing. They can hide apps from phones that fail SafetyNet (i.e., rooted devices).
Lenovo updates Flex line of notebooks with a new design and improved internals
The new and improved Flex 5 14" and Flex 5 15" have slimmer bezels, Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, and NVIDIA's GeForce 940 MX GPU.
NVIDIA GeForce Gt 1030 now available
The low-cost GPU seems positioned for eSports titles and multimedia-oriented PCs. The card is now available for purchase from several stores. Prices range from $70-80.
Google announces Android Go, a light version of Android for inexpensive smartphones
Android Go will be Android tailored for cheap, low-cost smartphones. The OS will be lighter, and apps will require less resources to run. Rollouts are expected to start in 2018.
Aorus X3 Plus v7 (i7-7820HK, GTX 1060) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review
Small screamer. The Aorus X3 Plus v7 brings a lot of power in a tiny package. While the internals are impressive, thermals and noise present problems. Emissions aside, the X3 Plus v7 is a capable and portable gaming notebook.
Google hopes to speed up Android updates from OEMs with Project Treble
Project Treble aims to create an API, allowing vendors to focus on changes to the Android framework rather than changing specific code in the OS for their devices. The result will hopefully be faster and more reliable OS updates from all OEMs.
Google's "Taimen" phone leaks on Geekbench
The next flagship from Google may have been posted on Geekbench 4, giving us a first look at its speedy performance.
Verizon snatches Straight Path from under AT&T to secure 5G spectrum space
Verizon has outbid AT&T for the purchase of Straight Path, a small company that holds several hundred licenses in the 39 GHz and 28 GHz spectrums. Verizon will close the $3.1 billion deal over the next 9 months.
Ubuntu available in the Windows Store; SUSE and Fedora to come soon
The Linux "apps" will essentially run the distro through a compatibility layer. Users will have access to Bash and the Linux command line.
Samsung may be working on a flagship-class flip phone
The clamshell design may live on in a rumored Samsung device boasting some smartphone features, including OLED displays, a fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 430.
Sprint plans to offer 2.5 GHz 5G by late 2019
The 4th largest cellular carrier in the U.S. is aiming to bring 5G to commercial clients in late 2019.
Indie hit To The Moon comes to Android
Highly praised for its story and soundtrack, To the Moon now brings its one-of-a-kind experience to Android.
Apple hits $800 billion market valuation
The Cupertino Giant set a record at market close on Tuesday by eclipsing $800 billion in market capitalization, a first for any U.S. company.
GemBoy brings the Game Boy to Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3
The Game Boy and Game Boy Color Emulator is a unique way to play classic titles from Nintendo's first handheld console.
Apple offers free repairs on iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard for three years
Due to "functional issues," Apple will extend the replacement and repair warrant for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard to three years from the date of purchase.
Blackberry pulls Priv and Passport from online store
The smartphones were pulled from Blackberry's online store this morning, as well as older devices like the Classic. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 are still available for purchase at discounted prices.
Supposed leak reveals AMD Vega GPU specs
A recent Linux Direct Rendering Manager, supposedly from AMD, contains the specifications of an unnamed Vega GPU. The card in question has 8 GB of HBM2 and posted 12.5 TFLOPS of performance.
Ben Heck completes repair of Nintendo Playstation prototype
A long-rumored prototype of the Super NED CD-ROM was finally found back in 2015. While it could play SNES cartridges, the CD-ROM would not work. After about a year and a half of work, electronics wizard Ben Heck has completed repairs on the prototype.
GOG and Steam celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars game sales
Online game distributors Steam and GOG are currently running huge sales on Star Wars games. May the Fourth be with you.
Edge and Bing are the only defaults available in Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S does not allow users to change their default web browser or search engine, leaving Edge and Bing as the only default options for surfing and searching.
Jelly smartphone brings Android 7.0 and 4G in a 2.45-inch package
The device claims to be the world's smallest 4G capable smartphone. Measuring in at 1.7" by 3.6" by 0.5", it can accurately lay claim to that title.
Amazon will end its free mobile app program this summer
The Amazon Underground app store will no longer accept submission after May 31st. Amazon will also no longer list free apps for Android after this summer.
Acer launches TravelMate Spin B1 with Windows 10 S
The new convertible is aimed squarely at the education market and is one of the first devices to run Microsoft's new Windows 10 S. Coming in at about $300, the Spin B1 features a rugged build and entry-level specs.
NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones
The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now on Android
The adventure continues in Noodlecake Studio's Android port of Riven, the sequel to the classic PC adventure game Myst.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
AMD announces Radeon Pro Duo dual GPU for professionals
The upcoming Radeon Pro Duo will feature two GPUs on a single card. The professional grade graphics card will have a whopping 32 GB of VRAM and is able to hit 11.45 TFLOPS.
Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December
The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review
Entry-level update. Intel's Kaby Lake platform has been appearing on more and more notebooks, and now Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad 13 with the 7th Generation processors. Does the new platform bring enough of a performance increase to warrant an upgrade?
Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%
Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
MSI unveils thin-and-light GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro gaming notebooks
Starting at $1,099, both notebooks pack at GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, or GTX 1060 (3 GB) into a relatively small and light chassis.
Apple may replace your broken iPad 4 with an iPad Air 2
Customers that bring in an iPad 4 for repairs to authorized Apple service centers or Apple stores may have their device replaced with an iPad Air 2.
Nintendo discontinues NES Classic Edition console
Despite continuing high demand for the retro console, Nintendo of America announced that they will discontinue the NES Classic Edition by the end of this month.
Gamecube on the go: Dolphin emulator runs smoothly on the Galaxy S8
A video from GuruAidTechSupport shows off the Gamecube emulator Dolphin running at an incredibly smooth framerate on a display model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the emulator has been around for a while, this is one of the first times we've seen gameplay this smooth.
Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available
The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
Anbox brings Android to Linux
The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.
Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin
Thanks to the small size of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Sudo Mod has created a beautiful retro gaming system into an Altoids case.
Google invests $880 million in LG's OLED technology
The investment is meant to shore up supply of LG's flexible OLED displays that Google plans to use in their next flagship smartphone.
Lenovo dethrones Apple in Laptop Mag's "Best & Worst Laptop Brands" list for 2017
Lenovo has claimed the top spot from Apple in Laptop Mag's annual brand ranking. The Cupertino giant fell to 5th place due to controversial design changes in its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines.
The Windows Store has officially banned emulators
Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
Hackers compromise U.S. taxpayer data through university financial aid system
Using an exploit in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and tools used to retrieve tax data, hackers were able to breach part of the IRS database and steal personal data for 100,000 U.S. taxpayers.
Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server
The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME
Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X
The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
4K on the Xbox: Project Scorpio specs revealed
The upcoming Microsoft console features 12 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, an octa-core x86 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and enough graphical horsepower for 4K 60fps gameplay.
New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking
The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020
A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
Twitch's online game store now open for business
The new service will allow users to buy the PC game in the stream they're watching. The store will offer 50 titles to start, and Twitch Partners will get 5% of purchases made from their stream.
Alcatel unveils smartphone with four cameras
The new Alcatel Flash features a dual rear-facing camera setup and two front-facing cameras.
AOL and Yahoo to be combined into new Verizon sub-brand, dubbed "Oath"
Verizon will merge AOL, Yahoo, and all associated brands under a single "house" named Oath. It appears that Oath will serve as a brand manager for the myriad of names within it.
Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro
In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.
Nintendo Switch users claim their consoles are warping
Nintendo's new Switch may be prone to warping. While the cause is unknown, current speculation suggests that leaving the console in its dock may cause heat buildup which could warp the chassis.
Seeing double: Yotaphone 3 preorders may start this summer
A new teaser image on Yota's website hints that a new device will be available for preorder this summer.
Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th
The Xperia XZs is now available for preorder on Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. Priced at $699, the Xperia XZs pairs an impressive camera with outdated internals.
DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast
The new standard promises to bring twice the bandwidth and density over current DDR4 memory. Publication is expected to be finalized in 2018.
Blizzard releases original Starcraft for free
The title is currently available for free on Battle.net. Technically a public beta test of version 1.18, the single player campaign is available in its entirety, and multiplayer is available through PTR.
Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, exits Facebook
Luckey, who co-founded Oculus and was a driving force in the development of the Rift VR headset, will be leaving Facebook on Friday.
Android Wear 2.0 update halted and delayed
After discovering a bug, Google has delayed any future rollouts of Android Wear 2.0
United States House of Representatives votes to allows ISPs to sell browsing history
Both the House and Senate have now voted to allow ISPs to sell the personal data of their customers. The measure will go before President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into action.
Microsoft Office can run on Chromebooks via CrossOver
Using CrossOver Android, James Ramey (president of CodeWeavers) was able to run MS Word 2013 on his Asus Chromebook Flip C100. The group plans to have a preview of the software released before the end of the month.
Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available
The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets
The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices
Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Original Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster
One of the most popular RTS games on the PC is getting a graphical and audio overhaul, including a bump to 4K resolutions and tweaks to the story and gameplay experience.
Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable
A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products
The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review
Hot stuff! The Asus GL702VS is one of many options for gamers hunting power in a portable package. Equipped with high-end components in a relatively thin and light chassis, the notebook brings high details in modern titles without breaking backs. Can the device keep its cool, or will it melt under pressure?
T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings
Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Casio introduces new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017
The timepiece maker introduced a new watch in each of the G-Shock, Edifice, and Baby-G lines. The new watches look tough and have full feature sets.
Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches
The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
Ben Heck tears the Nintendo Switch apart
Ben Heck, known for poking around in modern and retro electronics, tore into the Nintendo Switch to see what was inside. The console seems to be fairly accessible and serviceable.
Samsung officially announces Bixby virtual assistant
Samsung's new digital assistant, Bixby, is "fundamentally different" from the competition's digital assistants. With advanced artificial intelligence at its core, Bixby will debut on the Galaxy S8. Samsung hopes to eventually bring the assistant to all of its appliances.
Zotac set to release business-centric mini PCs at CeBIT 2017
The small form factor PCs are meant for business professionals and sport features like Intel AMT and Intel UNITE.
Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS
The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Google offers a solution to content management through Family Link
The service (currently invite-only) allows parents to restrict their children's use of Android devices. Parents can control what apps are downloaded, limit screentime, and lock a device at certain intervals during the day.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD
The Tab 3 is the latest (and most expensive) tablet from Samsung. Sporting high-end specs expected of a flagship, it will be available soon for about $600.
Overclockers, start your engines! G.SKILL announces OC World Cup 2017
Overclockers can compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The first qualifying round opens from March 17 to April 18 on hwbot.org.
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Pricey budget gamer. Budget gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and Asus has decided to throw their hat into the budget ring with the GL553VD. The notebook packs modest hardware into a well-built chassis with some nice extras, but are these factors worth the additional cost?
Sony to start streaming PlayStation 4 games to PC later this year
Sony's PlayStation Now service will expand to include current generation PS4 titles later this year. The service currently allows subscribers to stream games from the original PlayStation through the PS3 to their PS4 or Windows PC.
Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA
Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions
After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
Firefox 52 released
The update brings WebAssembly, which brings near-native performance to web-based apps.
HP updates EliteDesk 800 business desktop line
The new lineup includes a VR-ready powerhouse, a standard business desktop in a smaller size, and a tiny mini-PC that could rival Intel's NUC.
FreedomPop begins selling its own smartphone
The FreedomPop V7 is a decidedly budget smartphone aimed at users that need only the basics. FreedomPop will begin selling the device in the UK and Spain before rolling it out to other markets.
IBM creates IBM Q to sell quantum computers
Quantum computing may be years off, but IBM thinks the technology has come far enough to begin programming and applying quantum computers. Big Blue plans to start programming a new API for the machines.
Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for Switch can connect to PCs, Macs, and Android
The controllers are not exclusive to Nintendo's Switch. They can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices, offering a unique play experience and more controller options for gamers.
Amazon's Alexa may soon be able to make phone calls, intercom with other devices
If rumors are to be believed, Amazon is working on bringing VoIP calling and intercom features to the next generation of Alexa-enabled devices.
Litebook laptop brings Linux at low cost
The $249 laptop runs elementary OS, a Linux distribution. The Litebook looks to compete with Chromebooks while offering a full desktop operating system.
Pinebook prototype appears in photos online
The Pinebook, a $99 laptop made for Linux, was delayed last month. Pine64, the group behind the laptop, hasn't said anything since they missed their February goal. However, photos have recently surfaced of an Pinebook prototype.
YouTube on the Tube: Google announces YouTube TV streaming service
The service will cost $35/month for 6 accounts. It will feature content from ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and about 35 other channels.
Leaked images show a Blackberry made for Indonesia
The BBC100-1 may be coming to Indonesian markets soon. The low-specced device looks like a budget affair from Blackberry.
Huawei P10 and P10+ now official, feature photo enhancement
The new flagships from Huawei, the P10 and P10 Plus, feature improved rear-facing cameras from Leica, as well as a Leica engineered front-facing cameras. In addition to the new photo enhancements, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in a myriad of colors.
LG officially unveils G6: Ultrawide on-the-go
The LG G6 is now official: 5.7" display with an aspect ratio of 2:1, Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, and an interesting dual-camera setup. Noticeably absent is support for LG's Friends.
Huawei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops
Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
Samsung launches Exynos Series 9 8895 SoC
The Exynos 8895 is built on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process and offers some notable improvements over last generations Exynos processors.
Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year
The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
NES Classic Edition can run other console emulators
Ever wanted to play Sega Genesis/Megadrive games on a Nintendo console? A recent mod for the NES Classic Edition makes this dream a reality.
HTC will stop making entry-level smartphones by end of year
Citing increased competition and low profit margins, HTC will exit the budget smartphone market by the end of 2017.
Note 7 resurrected: Samsung could begin to refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7
According to a South Korean news outlet, Samsung may refurbished recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with smaller capacity batteries and new outer casings.
Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March
According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Supposed teardown of Nintendo's Switch gives an idea of what makes it tick
A teardown of what might be Nintendo's Switch gives us a peek into what we might see in the upcoming console.
Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen
Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review
Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Linux on Kaby Lake: System76 now offers 7th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs
System76 sells laptops running Ubuntu, an open-source Linux distribution. The company has recently started selling modern notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs and the latest graphics cards from NVIDIA.
Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak online
A Spanish retailer accidentally posted press images for the phones, detailing in full the specification list for each device. The images were copied and reposted before they could be taken down.
GPD updates Win mini PC
The pocket-sized PC gets some notable improvements, including a faster Intel Atom processor and a higher quality keyboard.
Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th
Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
Samsung's Chromebook Plus now available for purchase
The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and support for Android apps via the Google Play Store for Chrome. Current retail price is $449.
Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"
Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Prices for AMD's Ryzen CPUs leaked
The pricing, if true, is incredibly aggressive and comes in at under half the cost of what could be the closest competitor from Intel.
Coffee Lake's Coming: Intel's 8th gen chips will arrive in late 2017
The 8th generation of Intel chips, Coffee Lake, is slated for release in the second half of 2017. Intel states that the chips will bring a 15% performance boost, but will they be competitive with Ryzen?
Google releases Android Wear 2.0
The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist
The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Cube's upcoming i35 notebook sports a 3000 x 2000 resolution screen
The Cube i35 will have a high-res screen but low-powered processor. Intel's Core M3-7Y30 CPU sits at the heart of the thin-and-light but may not be enough to power the dense display.
Lenovo Yoga 720 leaked on Notebook Italia
The leak states that the Lenovo Yoga 720 may have a Kaby Lake CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps
The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Lenovo updates ThinkPad workstation line with P71, P51, and P51s
Lenovo has refreshed their ThinkPad Workstations. The P51s is a thin-and-light workstation class notebook, the P51 now has a 4K screen with 100% color gamut coverage, and the P71 is a VR-ready workhorse.
Cyanogen, Inc. might be renamed to Andrasta
Cyanogen Inc. may be rebranding itself as Andrasta in order to separate future operations from the Cyanogen name.
Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses
The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
End of an Era: Google Now Launcher will soon be discontinued
Google plans to delist the Google Now Launcher by the end of March and remove it from the list of approved launchers for use by OEMs.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers
LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team
After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
NVIDIA Shield Pro now available
For $299, the Shield Pro brings much more storage (500 GB) and support for microSD cards. However, the Pro is equipped with the same Tegra X1 processor as the entry-level Shield TV.
Barnes & Noble issues recall on NOOK Tablet 7 power adapters
Due to problems with the charger casing falling apart, Barnes & Noble has issued a recall. Affected users that send in their power adapters will receive a new charger and a $5 gift card.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Nintendo financial highlights: Pokemon pays big, hardware sales slow
Nintendo hit it big this holiday season with Pokemon Sun and Moon, while Wii U sales continued to falter. Smartphone app sales were mixed.
Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February
While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
Plex acquires news streaming service Watchup
The media streaming service Plex will bring reliable news streaming into the mix with the acquisition of Watchup.
Farewell to a legend: NAMCO founder Masaya Nakamura has passed away
The Founder and CEO of NAMCO brought joy to millions with arcade hits like Pac-Man, Galaxian, and Pole Position.
Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices
The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
Fitbit releases Q4 financial results, misses target revenue
Despite recent acquisitions, the fitness company and missed Q4 and FY 2016 growth expectations by about 22% and 10%, respectively. This will result in the termination of 6% of their global workforce.
Starbucks' new virtual assistant takes coffee orders via voice
Starbucks has updated their app to include a virtual assistant. Users can now use the app to place orders using either voice commands or a chat interface. The app will also integrate with Alexa.
Microsoft releases Q4 2016 financials, cloud services are key
Office 365 continues to pay off for the Redmond tech giant as cloud services were the greatest contributor to revenue.
Classic adventure game Myst now available on Android
The venerable PC adventure game finally comes to Android devices for an immersive gaming experience on the go.
Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to be announced on March 29th, will be redesigned
According to rumors, The Samsung Galaxy S8 will remove the physical home button and feature much larger displays. The phone is expected to be announced on March 29th.
Slimbook releases notebook running KDE Linux
KDE and Slimbook have partnered to released the KDE Slimbook, a thin-and-light notebook running either the KDE Neon or KED Plasma distro of Linux.
Wine 2.0 open-source compatibility layer now available
Wine 2.0 is the first in a line of annual releases. The compatibility layer includes support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit Windows apps to be run in Mac OS X, among other features.
Toshiba introduces new Portégé X30 and Tecra X40
The new devices are targeting business consumers looking for a durable thin-and-light notebook.
Toshiba updates Portégé and Tecra lines with Kaby Lake processors
Several business devices are getting bumped to Kaby Lake over the next month.
Chan Zucerkberg Initiative to purchase AI startup Meta
The purchase will help bolster the startup, whose AI technology is focused on analyzing medical research to pinpoint helpful information for healthcare professionals.
Samsung posts major revenue and profit growth for Q4 and full-year 2016
One phone does not make a company. Despite setback with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung recorded a massive jump in profits for FY 2016.
Acer announces TravelMate Spin B1 convertible
Acer's TravelMate line gains a new member: the Spin B1 is a convertible notebook with a 360-degree hinge. Targeted at education markets, the Spin B1 promises long battery life and a durable design.
HP Pavilion x360 11t T5M27AV Notebook Review
Tiny Tank. HP has been busy updating their Pavilion x360 line, and today we look at the smallest member, the 11t. With a solid construction, this 11.6" convertible is as strong as a tank. Unfortunately, it also feels as slow as one.
Introducing the new Google Voice, 5 years in the making
Google Voice, a VoIP calling service that aggregates multiple phone numbers into one, has received its first update in 5 years. While the service was rumored to be killed off soon, Google has stated this is the first of many updates to come.
The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7
The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.
Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes
Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.
The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
New Nvidia Shield TV 2017 now available for purchase
The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service.
Nvidia to update original Shield TV
The software update will give the original Shield TV the feature set of the newer model, including 4K HDR playback and access to GeForce NOW.
Lost and found: Razer's stolen Valerie prototype listed on Chinese retail site
After being reported stolen earlier this week, Razer's triple-display notebook, codenamed Valerie, has made an appearance on Taobao, a Chinese retail website.
Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet
The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
HTC announces U Play
The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?
Android N has been trickling out to flagship smartphones for a few months now, but Chromebooks may be the next devices in line to receive the update. Android 7.1 promises to bring better Android app management for Chrome OS.
Users might still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge
Microsoft may have officially the free upgrade period months ago, but still seem to sponsor other free upgrade methods.
LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels
The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Changhong's H2 smartphone has a "molecular identifier"
The sensor aims to give users data about objects based on their chemical and physical makeup solely from a simple scan.
Retro-Bit announces Super Retro Boy, a modern Game Boy
Classic console maker Retro-Bit showed off the Super Retro Boy, a physical handheld that can play game cartridges from Nintendo's Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.
MSI enters the e-GPU game with GUS
MSI's GUS looks to bring desktop graphics support to notebooks with Thunderbolt 3.
AMD reveals more information on upcoming Vega GPUs
Expected for release in the first half of 2017, AMD's highly anticipated Vega GPU architecture looks to build on features first presented in the Fury X, including an evolution of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).
Chuwi announces Hi13 tablet powered by Apollo Lake
The Hi13 sports a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 display, which is the same resolution as Microsoft's Surface Book. Could the Redmond made 2-in-1 be facing stiff Chinese competition?
Razer shows off concept notebook with three 4K displays
Razer is seeing triple with Project Valerie, the "world's first triple display laptop." While still in concept, the project is an exciting peak into what may be possible in the future.
Nvidia unveils updated SHIELD TV streaming box
The set top box can stream 4K HDR content and AAA PC games via Nvidia's Geforce NOW service.
MSI unveils new line of workstation notebooks
The powerful mobile workstations feature 7th generation Intel processor and the latest Quadro graphics cards from Nvidia.
Dell announces updated Inspiron 15 7000 budget gaming notebook
Despite its low cost, the Inspiron 15 7000 from Dell can be equipped with a Core i7, a 4K screen, and a GTX 1050 Ti.
Dell officially announces XPS 13 Convertible
The popular notebook line of computers from Dell gets an interesting update - the newest XPS 13 is a fanless convertible.
Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC
The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
Gigabyte announces BRIX SFF PC with GTX 1070
The newest small form factor gaming PC from Gigabyte will pack a serious punch in a small package thanks to its GTX 1070 and Core i7-6700K.
G.SKILL unveils Trident Z DDR4 RAM with RGB lighting
The RAM modules feature an RGB light strip that allows for various lighting effects and doesn't require any additional power connections.
HP unveils new security features for commercial PCs
The new features are aimed to deter intrusions by protecting multiple layers of notebooks and PCs.
EEVblog tears down world's first portable computer
Ever wonder what made the world's first "luggable" computer tick? EEVblog has released a video teardown of the groundbreaking device.
Apple's wireless AirPods now available for purchase
After several delays, Apple's AirPods are now listed on Apple's online store.
AMD launches Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.1
Live streamers, rejoice! AMD's new ReLive Edition driver rabrings better power management, improved graphical performance, and new gameplay capture and streaming software.
Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS
Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit
Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
VRidge: Try before you buy for VR
The app can use smartphones to mimic expensive VR headsets and seems to be able to run on lower-end hardware.
Wine may develop Windows compatibility layer for Android
The developers of the open-source compatibility layer software may soon bring Windows apps to Android. This move could in turn allow Windows software to run on newer Chromebooks that support Android apps.
Leap Motion to develop hand tracking sensor for smartphone VR sets
Leap Motion hopes the sensor will allow VR users to interact with and control mobile VR with their hands and fingers, further pushing VR development.
Surface Dial scores a 4/10 in iFixit teardown
The Microsoft device received praise for its durability, but was criticized for some difficult or impossible to replace components.
Teclast unveils Kaby Lake powered X5 Pro
The 2-in-1 device looks similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, right down to the built in kickstand, and is powered by a Kaby Lake Core m3 processor.
Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th
VAIO is currently running a sale on devices from now until Christmas. In addition to saving up to $700, VAIO will throw in a free laptop bag with the purchase of a laptop.
Nokia smartphones officially returning in 2017 under HMD Global
The Nokia brand will live on through HMD manufactured and distributed smartphones.
Virgin Media releases TellyTablet and 4K-capable V6 Box
Virgin Media has announced two new products in the UK, the TellyTablet and V6 Box. Both devices will run Virgin's TV services, including their updated TV Anywhere and TV kids apps.
Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts
Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC
Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability
Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December
The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
Kaby Lake powered Cube Mix Plus now available for pre-order
The 10.6 inch 2-in-1 sports a Core M Kaby Lake processor. Is the Chinese manufactured hybrid a good value?
Foundation Update brings new features to No Man's Sky
The update brings some major changes and is the first in a line of planned improvements for the game.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.
HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
Acer Spin 7 and Spin 5 now available in the United States
Acer's new Spin 7, currently the world's thinnest convertible notebook, and Spin 5 bring more options to consumers looking for a 2-in-1 device.
Moto Z will get Nougat update this week
The Lenovo made phone will get the promised update to Android 7.0 before the end of November. The upgrade to Nougat also brings along a new feature: Daydream.
Five second video can crash iPhones
A short five second video that's able to cause iPhones and iPads to lock and freeze can be easily shared via a link.
Minimum requirements for Windows Holographic unveiled
Microsoft's foray into virtual reality should be much more accessible than other available options.
HP Announces new HP EliteBook 705 G4 series of notebooks
The business oriented laptops are powered by AMD's 7th generation PRO APUs.
Apple rumored to stop producing wireless routers
Users of Apple's WiFi routers hoping for a refresh may be out of luck.
Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR
Volunteers that downloaded the Android 7.0 Beta are unable to user their Samsung Gear VRs, as the headset only works on Samsung phones.
Light Phone will begin shipping November 30th
After major delays, the crowd funded "anti-smartphone" will finally begin shipping to initial backers at the end of the month.
iPhone manufacturing might be moved to USA
"iPhone: Made in the USA?" Apple may ask iPhone manufacturers to move production to the United States in the future.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 processor built on Samsung's 10 nm process
The new SoC is the first to be built on Samsung's new, smaller 10 nm FinFET process. This chip should bring faster performance and better energy efficiency.
Barnes and Noble officially announces Nook Tablet 7"
The Nook Tablet 7" is official, and its ready to take on the Fire tablet from rival Amazon. Will the budget priced Nook be a boon or a bust for the bookseller?
Samsung acquires NewNet Communication Technologies
The acquisition aims to improve and standardize Samsung's messaging platform and enhance the messaging experience for its customers.
iFixit's teardown of Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar reveals differences, difficulties
The new Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar has markedly different internals from its non-Touch Bar brother, including changes that make it horribly difficult to repair.
Some lower-end Android phones are sending user data to China
Budget phones typically have compromises for the lower price, but for certain Android devices, user security might be one of those trade-offs.
Leaked renders show what could be Motorola's DROID Turbo 3
Images recently leaked from China show renders of a Motorola branded phone. Could this be the DROID Turbo 3?
MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC
MSI's is claiming their new Trident gaming PC is the smallest VR-capable device. Can it successfully bring virtual reality into the living room?
Crowdfunded smartwatch is powered by body heat
What if you didn't have to worry about your smartwatch's battery? The PowerWatch may be the answer to that problem.
Dishonored 2 noted to have severe performance issues on PC
Bethesda's newest title, Dishonored 2, is suffering from inconsistent performance on the PC. Reviewers and early buyers have expressed their discontent, prompting Bethesda to release a patch sometime this week.
Nintendo's Wii U dies the way it lived: quietly and overlooked
Nintendo has quietly announced it will stop North American production of the Wii U, a console that never gained notable traction in the market.
CES 2017 | Aorus X5 wins CES Innovation Award for second year running
The Aorus X5 has been recognized with a CES Innovation Award in gaming. This marks the second year in a row the slim gaming powerhouse has won this honor.
Snapchat Spectacles sell out in a snap
Snap's new Spectacles, a wearable recording device, remains in high demand as a second inventory sold out within hours of being made available.
Verizon releases Ellipsis 8 HD Android tablet
Verizon has started selling its new Ellipsis 8 HD just in time for the holiday season. Does the budget Android tablet stand out from a flooded market?
Serif's Affinity Photo app now available for Windows as a beta
Serif's Affinity Photo, named by Apple as the best app for Macs in 2015, was recently made available as a beta for Windows. Could this move encourage creatives to leave Photoshop behind for a cheaper alternative?
CES 2017 | MSI recognized as CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree
MSI, a premier manufacturer of gaming notebooks and PC components, has been made a CES 2017 Innovation Awards honoree for the GS63VR Stealth Pro and the VR One backpack PC.
New add-on enables HTC Vive to cut the cord
A new add-on, available for preorder, adds wireless capability to HTC's Vive. This accessory will let Vive users roam their VR worlds without the burden of cables.
Individual Macbook Pro chargers don't come with a USB-C cable
Macbook Pro users hoping to buy additional chargers for their new device will have to provide their own USB Type-C cables.
Samsung applies for patent on bendable phone
A recent patent application filed by Samsung in April shows a smartphone with a bendable screen, allowing the device to be folded over itself. This patent may be related to rumors that Samsung is developing devices with bendable OLED displays.
Apple starts selling refurbished iPhones
For consumers hoping to enjoy iOS without spending a lot of money, Apple has started selling iPhones on its refurbished store. The refurbished units will be sold at a discount, but still come with the standard warranty and accessories.
AMD announces availability of Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards
Announced in July, AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards have finally started shipping to retailers. Are the workstation-grade cards an improvement on the previous FirePro line?
OWC unveils Thunderbolt 3 Dock targeted at new Macbook Pro
With frustration growing around Apple's decision to replace all I/O ports on the new Macbook Pro line with USB Type-C, several companies are pushing new dongles, hubs, and docks on the market. OWC, a company known for making Apple-specific products, is taking pre-orders for an impressively equipped, if not expensive, dock.
Zotac announces VR GO backpack gaming PC
Zotac is known for their compact gaming PCs that squeeze a lot of power into a tiny space. Their new VR GO backpack gaming PC brings a fresh take on the small form factor computer.
SMACH Z handheld gaming PC reaches Kickstarter goal
When people talk about handheld gaming, they typically don't mention PC titles. Startup SMACH hopes to change that conversation with their upcoming SMACH Z and SMACH Z Pro, handheld gaming PCs able to play AAA Steam releases. SMACH has turned to Kickstarter for funding, and their initial goal has been met.
Dell unveils alternative to Microsoft's Surface Studio
With the announcement of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial, Microsoft has intrigued consumers with an innovative computing experience. However, Dell has recently unveiled an alternative to the Surface Studio they've been developing since 2014.
Benchmark spotted for possible AMD Zen CPU
A benchmark measuring 3D rendering times shows an AMD engineering sample CPU, possibly based on AMD's upcoming Zen architecture. The AMD processor lands among high-end Intel Xeon processors and even beats some powerful Intel i7 CPUs.
Zotac announces Magnus ERX480 mini PC with AMD RX 480 graphics
Zotac provides virtual reality gaming in a small package with the ERX480.
Alienware releases first VR ready 13 inch notebook
Alienware's new 13 inch laptop is the first 13 inch device to sport NVIDIA's GTX 1060, a VR capable video card. The notebook can also be equipped with a 2560x1440 OLED display with superior color gamut and contrast. Overall, the redesign is a compelling device from Alienware.
G.SKILL announces new KM570 mechanical keyboard
Hardware manufacturer G.SKILL has just announced a new mid-tier mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers. The keyboard is able to be customized without the need for software.
Leaks reveal possible high-end Chromebook from Samsung
Samsung may soon be releasing a premium Chromebook, dubbed the Chromebook Pro. The device is rumored to have high-end specs, a premium design, and stylus support via Samsung's new PEN, a derivative of the S-Pen found in their Note line of smartphones.
New Barnes and Noble NOOK tablet passes FCC testing
A recently released FCC report gives us an insight into what to expect from Barnes and Noble's newest device. Is the company looking to reenter the tablet market?
Lower capacity iPhone 7 units have significantly slower storage speed
Recent tests confirm Notebookcheck.net's findings that iPhone 7 units with 32 GB of storage have significantly slower read/write performance than their 128GB and 256 GB variants. This could result in slower speeds when transferring large files to and from the phone.
Apple releases Q4 2016 earnings, sales continue to decline
Apple released their earnings report for the fourth quarter of their fiscal year 2016. While some units, particularly Services, saw increases in sales, overall revenue is down about 9% from last year. This continues the trend of declining sales for Apple, although this decline is starting to slow.