Sanjiv Sathiah (News Editor)
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN/Electronista, and now NotebookCheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to site and its readership.
Sony Alpha camera engineers explain what sets apart the cameras on the Xperia 1 III in new video
Sony’s promotional efforts for the upcoming release of its Xperia 1 III flagship smartphone is now in full swing. The company has published a new video to YouTube depicting its Alpha camera engineers discussing how they developed its new camera system.
NPD: PS5 is the fastest selling console platform launch ever in the US
The Sony PS5 may still be hard to find, but apparently enough people managed to buy one over the first five months it has been on sale. According to market research firm NPD, Sony now holds the record as the fasting selling console platform ever in the US.
Leaker tips under-display smartphone cameras will make a breakthrough in second half of the year
Tipster Ice Universe has targeted the second half of 2021 for a breakthrough of smartphones with under-display cameras (UDCs). Devices expected to feature the technology include the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold range, Xiaomi MIX 4, an Oppo foldable, VIVO and ZTE.
Purported iPhone 13 schematic and CAD leaks point to larger rear camera array on all models
Leaked schematics and CADs of the forthcoming iPhone 13 have revealed a larger rear camera array. This contradicts at least one recent report, but would align the expected camera improvements expected come with Apple’s next-generation iPhone.
All-screen iPhone with no notch and under-display Face ID due in 2023 says Kuo
Apple is prepping an under-display Face ID system for its iPhones, according to renowned Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. The system will debut in Apple’s 2023 models and will mean the elimination of the controversial display notch creating a true all-screen iPhone for the first time.
New Samsung Unpacked event teases "the most powerful Galaxy is coming"
Samsung has teased its third Galaxy Unpacked even for the year, scheduling it for April 28 at 10am ET. The event promises to reveal “the most powerful Galaxy” device yet launched, but is unlikely to be a new Galaxy smartphone which what people typically think of when they hear or see “Galaxy” anywhere.
Nvidia reveals Grace, a high-powered Arm-based server CPU that leverages its Ampere GPU tech
Nvidia has revealed its first data center CPU, a high-performance Arm-based platform that it claims is 10x faster than today’s fastest servers when it comes to processing complex AI and other high-performance workloads. The system works with Nvidia’s DPUs and also leverages its Ampere-based GPU to accelerate processing workloads.
Nvidia partnering with MediaTek on Arm CPUs mated to RTX graphics for Chromebooks, PCs
MediaTek and Nvidia have announced a new partnership that will see the former’s Arm-based CPUs married with the latter’s GPUs. It will see Nvidia’s RTX graphics joined with Arm-based PCs and laptops, including Chromebooks, for the first time, substantially increasing their graphics performance.
Sony plans big push into mobile gaming under the PlayStation banner
Sony is cooking up a big push into mobile gaming with a new mobile gaming strategy taking shape. The company’s plans have been revealed in a job posting for a new Head of Mobile, PlayStation Studios ad to be located in either San Mateo or Los Angeles, California.
HP updates its premium Chromebook x360 14c to 11th gen Intel CPUs
HP has updated its premium 14-inch Chromebook x360 14c model with Intel’s latest 11th generation silicon. There are also a few other tweaks to its winning formula, but it also goes seemingly goes backwards in the battery life department oddly enough.
The first Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) renders have surfaced
Steve Hemmerstoffer is at it again with an exclusive leak of the eagerly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. The Fan Edition variant of the Galaxy S21 is expected to debut in the coming months and should offer excellent bang-for-buck for users looking for a more alternative to the regular, but more premium Galaxy S21.
Unofficial Pixel Watch renders point to a simple, but elegant design
The long-rumored Google Pixel Watch looks like it might be inching towards a release, probably later this year. Using a description provided by leaker Jon Prosser, @RendersBylan has created an unofficial render approximating what we can expect when it does eventually see the light of day.
The THX Onyx USB-C dongle is a MQA with hi-res audio DAC, works with iPhones, Androids, PCs and Macs
THX has unveiled the Onyx, a portable hi-res audio DAC that is compatible with both Android and iPhones as well as PCs and Macs. The new device features a high-quality ESS DAC, a THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA) and includes a Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) decoder that will appeal to audio enthusiasts.
ZTE Axon 30 Ultra rumored to be priced at a sky-high US$1,200
ZTE has raised eyebrows with its first serious challenger to the high-end Android smartphone market with the impending launch of the Axon 30 Ultra. However, hopes that it might also be competitively prices have been dashed with a rumor pointing to a US$1,200 starting price.
LG promises three Android OS system upgrades for the last of its premium smartphones
With LG’s unfortunate exit from the smartphone market, owners of the company’s handsets have rightly been worried about the relative longevity of their devices. LG has now confirmed that it will stick by its existing customers and deliver additional OS over the coming two to three years.
Sony still the top dog in smartphone camera sensor market, Samsung trails in second place
Sony remains the number one supplier of camera sensors to smartphone OEMs globally, according to Strategy Analytics. Coming in a distant second place is Samsung with Omnivision in third place followed by other vendors.
Samsung, Adidas team on Adidas Originals themed Galaxy Buds Pro
Samsung has unveiled a new limited edition pair of Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds. The new TWS earbuds have been designed in partnership with sports maker Adidas and are themed in their famous Adidas Originals branding and design language.
Hi-res Huawei P50 renders leak revealing 'unique' rear camera looks
The Huawei P50 has now leaked in renders alongside its P50 Pro, and P50 Pro+ stablemates. As with its counterpart, the Huawei P50 will feature a particularly unusual looking rear camera arrangement although they will still be made in conjunction with Leica.
Apple announces Arcade expansion with new titles, "Classics" and "Greats" sections added
Apple has announced an expansion to its Apple Arcade subscription gaming service. Along with new titles including NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition, Star Trek: Legends and The Oregon Trail, it has added two new categories called Timeless Classics and App Store Greats.
A notchless iPhone of our dreams could launch as a redesigned iPhone SE in 2023
Apple’s next iPhone SE refresh is expected to feature the same “classic” design and 4.7-inch LCD display when it launches in 2022. However, it sounds like a purported 2023 iPhone SE model will be much more interesting with a rumored 6.1-inch display with a punch hole camera cut out instead of a notch.
First Casio Wear OS-based G-Shock smartwatch has been launched
Casio has just rolled out its first Wear OS-powered G-Shock smartwatch. The new GSW-H1000 is the latest in a line of famous ruggedized watches from the Japanese timepiece maker and is part of its new G-Squad range.
Apple books out initial production run of next-generation 4 nm wafers from TSMC for its new Mac chips
Apple has booked TSMC’s initial production of the first next-generation 4 nm process node wafers according to Digitimes. The first chips to roll off the production line will be destined for Apple’s Mac line, which of course includes its MacBook Pro models and iMacs.
Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 780G, mid-range SoC with two high-performance Arm Cortex-A78 cores from the Snapdragon 888
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 780G for upper mid-range smartphones in 2021. The new chipset features two high-performance Arm Cortex-A78 cores also found in the flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC along with six high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores.
Rumored smaller notch for iPhone 13 pictured for the first time
Apple looks like it is finally set to shrink the notch on the next-generation iPhone, as has been rumored. Macrumors is in receipt of photos provided by a Greek device repair provider showing purported new panels for the next iPhone with a revised, and smaller, notch design.
Intel Xe HPG high-performance gaming GPU could launch as soon as March 26
Intel’s long-awaited Xe HPG (DG2) graphics cards for serious gamers appear to be close to launching. The company has teased a scavenger hunt for March 26 based on hidden code found in a recent teaser video pointing to a launch as soon as the end of the month.
Kuo: OLED iPad Air and mini-LED MacBook Air inbound for 2022
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note forecasting that Apple’s ‘Air’ models will get upgraded displays in 2022. According to Kuo, the iPad Air will get an upgraded OLED display in the second half of 2022 while the MacBook Air will get an upgrade to a new mini-LED display although he doesn’t specify which half of the year this will happen
Motorola brings new DeX-like functionality to the Edge Plus with 'Ready For'; turns your phone into a PC
Motorola has introduced a new PC-like desktop environment for its Moto Edge Plus flagship smartphone. The functionality dubbed ‘Ready For’ gives users the ability to plug in their smartphone to a keyboard, mouse and display similar to Samsung’s DeX environment.
OnePlus Watch specification details revealed ahead of anticipated March 23 launch
Leaker Ishan Agarwal has managed to get his hands on the specifications of the eagerly anticipated OnePlus Watch. The device looks set to compete with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Watch range with features including blood oxygen level monitoring and sleep monitoring.
Samsung confirms Galaxy Note may not get a release in 2021, but it will live on in 2022
Despite numerous rumors that Samsung could be set to axe the Galaxy Note line in 2021, the company has said that the Galaxy Note will live on. However, due to the global semiconductor shortage due to unprecedented demand for electronic goods in response to the pandemic, Samsung appears poised to skip the Galaxy Note in this year.
Google's new Nest Hub tracks sleep thanks to the inclusion of a Pixel 4-like Soli radar chip
Google has released a revamped version of its Nest Hub. The device, while looking quite similar on the surface includes a number of enhancements including the ability to monitor sleep.
Some iPhone 11 and 12 owners complaining of color fading issues, other red iPhone models could be among those affected
Some iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 users are reporting issues with the color fading on their devices. At this stage, Apple is reportedly not treating the issue as a fault, but the result of normal wear and tear.
Latest AirPods 3 leak confirms AirPods Pro-like redesign, tips improved audio, longer battery life, March 23 launch
The latest AirPods 3 leak seems to confirm that Apple’s major redesign of its next-gen buds will lean heavily on the look of the AirPods Pro. There will be important differences, however, including a lack of silicone ear tips and the omission of active noise-cancelling.
Apple patents point to larger batteries in future iPhones by eliminating wasted space and using anti-swelling tech
Two newly discovered Apple patents reveal how the company may be working to improve the battery life of its devices. One seeks to eliminate potential wasted space inside an iPhone while the other would utilize smart technologies to control battery swelling.
The unusual camera bump on the Oppo Find X3 Pro is the result of a complex 40-hour forging process
Oppo has released a promo video detailing the process it has used to create the unique camera bump on the rear of the new Oppo Find X3 Pro. The camera housing has polarized the Android fan base but it is the result of a highly complex 40-hour process that is impressive in its technical complexity.
Modder creates custom liquid-cooled Sony PS5 console, has plans to sell them to the public
A modder has created his own custom liquid-cooled PS5 console and has turned plenty of heads in the process. He has deconstructed a Sony console and re-made it using completely custom parts including the integration of a bespoke cooling system to stunning effect.
OnePlus 9 officially slated for March 23 launch, will debut new Hasselblad-tuned cameras in a partnership worth US$150 million
OnePlus has officially locked in March 23 as the date that it will launch its new 2021 OnePlus 9 series of smartphones. Headlining the show will be the company’s new camera partnership with high-end camera maker Hasselblad, a relationship in which OnePlus is said to have invested US$150 million to make happen.
Apple finally makes it possible to move photos from iCloud Photos to Google Photos
Apple has launched a new cloud-based tool for transferring user photos from iCloud Photos to Google Photos. Previously, users would have had to download photos from iCloud Photos and manually reupload them to Google Photos, a laborious and time consuming process.
Oppo is the new top dog in the Chinese smartphone market as sanctions bite Huawei
Oppo has taken the top spot in the Chinese smartphone market for the first time. The latest data from Counterpoint Research shows that Oppo claimed a 21 percent share of the market to take the lead with Huawei and Vivo tied for second with a 20 percent share of the market each.
Nikon offers up NX Studio, a Mac and Windows photo and movie editing app, for free
Camera maker Nikon has launched a new photo and video editing desktop application for Mac and Windows. Even better, the new app is free and looks to be quite fully featured.
Marshall joins the TWS party with the Mode II Earbuds
Marshall has launched its first TWS earbuds joining a highly competitive field of listening options. The new Marshall Mode II true wireless earbuds of course carry the famous Marshall name to help them stand out from the crowd, but they also come with a very strong list of features.
Carbon 1 Mk II is an an all-carbon fiber composite chassis Android smartphone
German smartphone maker Carbon has launched the Carbon 1 Mk II. The new Android-powered device is made from a carbon fiber composite that integrates special materials into its design to allow for the unimpeded transmission of cellular signals.
Nintendo Switch with upgraded 7-inch OLED display, 4K support coming later this year
The rumored Nintendo Switch upgrade looks like it might finally arrive later this year. According to Bloomberg, the new model will bring an upgraded 7-inch OLED display and support for 4K gaming.
Oppo Find X3 Pro said to be akin to carrying a portable microscope with 25x zoom macro camera
Evan Blass has revealed that the forthcoming Oppo Find X3 Pro will level up smartphone macro photography. The respected leaker says the new phone will feature a flash-ringed macro lens with 25x zoom capabilities akin to being to carry a pocketable microscope.
Microsoft Surface Duo 2 to address at least two major shortcomings of the original
Microsoft’s Surface Duo will address at least two major shortcomings when it launches later this year. The new device will pick up 5G support for the first time but is also expected to bring substantially improved camera performance.
Prosser: Google Pixel "Fold" is real and in development
Google is working on a foldable Pixel according to tipster Jon Prosser. Prosser’s remarks align with rumors of a foldable Pixel which surfaced in the middle of last year. While exciting news, it does raise questions about Google’s pricing and specification strategy.
PUBG: New State is coming to iOS and Android, puts a futuristic and dystopian spin on the franchise
The rumored new PUBG title is real and it is called PUBG: New State. The game features everything gamers have loved about the original title, but is set in 2051 with more advanced weapons and technology necessitating new tactics to survive.
LG Rollable not canned says spokesman, but it can only be on life support at best
LG has denied that it has cancelled its plans for the LG Rollable, its futuristic smartphone that can extend its rollable display into a tablet. At the same time, however, the company’s mobile future is far from certain.
New Spotify HiFi tier announced, brings CD-quality audio streaming to the platform for the first time
Spotify has announced that it is finally bringing lossless quality audio to its popular music streaming service. The company made the announcement at its Stream On online event and said that customers in ‘select markets’ will be able to upgrade their subscription to the CD-quality audio later this year.
Google Pixel 6 could bring back face unlock, intro under-display fingerprint sensor
Google could be set to bring back a facial recognition system for the Pixel 6 after dumping it for the Pixel 5. The Pixel 6 could also introduce an under-display fingerprint sensor in Pixel for the first time with a biometric authentication system that could match what has been rumored for the iPhone in the past.
iPhone foldable still years from launch, might not see the light of day
Apple has been working on at least two different foldable iPhone prototypes or concepts with a view to potentially bringing one of the designs to market. However, a new report suggests that the company is only lukewarm on the idea and it is still some years away from being launched, if at all.
Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer promises big things for Chrome OS, Chromebooks in 2021
Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer has tweeted his excitement at the Chrome OS and Chromebook pipeline for 2021. It comes in the context of an IDC report showing that Chrome OS device sales surpassed macOS device sales in 2020 for the first time.
PocketBook's new InkPad Color uses the latest 7.8-Inch E-Ink Kaleido color screen
PocketBook has launched its latest, and most sophisticated, color E Ink e-reader to date. The new PocketBook InkPad Color is fitted with the latest 7.8-inch E Ink Kaleido display with support for 4096 colors.
Apple working on MagSafe wireless power bank charging accessory for iPhone 12
Apple is working on a new yet to be announced external battery pack for the iPhone 12 range. The accessory will use Apple’s MagSafe magnetic adapter tech to attach to the rear of an iPhone and charge wirelessly over the Qi protocol.
Carl Pei surprises again with his new brand Nothing acquiring the defunct Essential brand
Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus and now most recently Nothing has made one of the more surprising acquisitions in recent times. It has been revealed that his new venture has picked up parts of what is left of former Android supremo Andy Rubin’s defunct Essential mobile devices company.
Huawei CEO: Gushes about Apple, says they make the best 5G phones
Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei continues to gush about Apple and its products. In his latest interview, Zhengfei has said that Apple makes the best 5G iPhones in the world and that they are the perfect compliment for his company’s 5G network technologies.
Facebook prepping a Wear OS smartwatch, developing its own mobile operating system
Facebook is planning to expand its hardware ambitions further according to a report from The Information. Facebook is said to be working on a smartwatch along with its own operating system for mobile devices as it looks to diversify while also bolstering the anonymized aggregated data it collects from its users.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra leaks out with massive rear camera bump that includes a secondary rear display
Xiaomi’s M11 Ultra has leaked in the wild well ahead of its official unveiling and launch. Compared to the just-released Mi 11, the Mi 11 Ultra ups the ante in the camera department which also includes a tiny secondary screen in the large camera bump on the rear of the device.
Gamers complaining of DualSense controller drift as law firm starts circling
Sony’s PS5 has launched to generally positive reviews but it has faced its fair share of gremlins such as discs getting stuck on the drive through to some consoles becoming bricked. Now, a US law firm is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against the company for what appears to be an emerging issue with its all-new DualSense controller.
Android 12 makes its first unofficial appearance
An early build of Google’s next iteration of Android appears to have leaked from documentation targeted at developers. The screenshots show a considerably overhauled UI along with the introduction of what could be a new approach to widgets and an added emphasis on privacy and security.
iPhone 12 mini days could be numbered with production set to cease next quarter according to JP Morgan
Apple could be set to end production of the iPhone 12 mini as soon as the end of the second quarter this year. While it seems Apple will continue to market and sell the iPhone 12 mini, at least until its inventory runs dry, it doesn’t look good for the future of small iPhones.
Microsoft's next Windows 10 update will kill off the old Edge browser in favor of the new Chromium-based version
Microsoft is moving to uninstall its Edge Legacy browser from Windows 10 PCs with April’s Windows 10 Update Tuesday release. For users that haven’t already updated to the new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser, the same update will automatically install it.
Razer's new Thunderbolt 4 dock is packed with ports and Chroma RGB lighting
Razer has launched one of the first docks to support Intel’s new Thunderbolt 4 high-speed data transfer standard. As you might expect from the gaming-focused company, the new dock also includes support for its Chroma lighting effects system in addition to its wide array of connectivity options.
More details, including eye-watering price, for Apple's mixed reality headset revealed
More details have surfaced about Apple’s mixed reality headset including an impression of what it looks like and its eye-watering price tag. If you thought that Apple jumped the shark with the pricing of the Airpods Max at US$500, it pales in comparison to what could be an eye-watering US$3,000 price tag for its new headset.
All three Oppo Find X3 series smartphones leak together for the first time
Evan Blass is at it again with his Oppo Find X3 leaks. Not content with leaking the flagship Oppo Find X3 Pro, Blass is back with leaks of the Find X3 Neo and Find X3 Lite all pictured together for the first time.
iOS 14.5 beta adds support for the new PS5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers
Apple is said to have added support for both the Sony PS5 DualSense controller and the Xbox Series X/S controller to the first iOS 14.5 beta. The relatively quick addition of support for the next-gen console controllers continues to point to Apple’s gaming ambitions.
Xiaomi (prematurely) announces futuristic Air Charge remote wireless charging technology
Xiaomi has (perhaps prematurely) announced Mi Air Charge technology which delivers 5 W remote wireless charging to devices within several meters of its base station. Although the announcement is exciting, it is currently only vaporware, with no devices shipping from the company in 2021 and no details about when it will hit the market.
MSI one of the first to launch a long-awaited Mini-ITX compatible RTX 30-series card
MSI has launched one of the first Mini-ITX compatible RTX 30-series GPUs. The MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Aero ITX card is ultra-compact, but delivers gaming performance that you would expect from a full-size RTX 3060 Ti.
Tesla's Model S refresh includes a built-in 10 teraflop PC gaming rig
Tesla often makes the headlines and the launch of the refreshed Model S has certainly got the automotive world talking. This time, however, it has also got the world of PC gaming talking too with the inclusion of a PS5-equalling 10 teraflop gaming PC built into the car.
New Limited Edition Apple Watch "Black Unity" celebrates Black History Month
Apple has launched a limited edition Apple Watch celebrating Black Unity. The Watch, along with several other product initiatives have been launched to coincide with Black History Month.
Dan Riccio to "transition" into special role as Apple annoints Jon Ternus new SVP of Hardware Engineering
Apple has replaced Dan Riccio with John Ternus. Riccio has been moved into a special project role while Ternus will now take up the position previously held by Riccio as senior vice president of Hardware Engineering.
Honor V40 5G official, could skirt US bans directed at former parent company Huawei
Honor has launched the V40 5G flagship smartphone. Although developed when Honor was still owned by Huawei, the device is the first to be launched by its new owners. This could help skirt the US ban on Huawei which means that it should be able to roll out to global markets with Google services on board.
Apple working on high-end MacBook Air, bringing back SD card slot and more to the MacBook Pro range
2021 is going to be a big year for fans of Apple’s Macs as the company sets down the path of reengineering many of its designs around its super efficient, yet powerful Apple silicon chips. Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a new high-end MacBook Air while the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will see the return of a built-in SD card reader.
Report: Apple targeting 2022 for launch of a high-end VR headset
A new Bloomberg report points to 2022 for the unveiling of Apple’s first VR headset. As with most things Apple, however, the pricing is going to be on the upper end of what many will be willing to pay.
Samsung set to mass produce the first 90 Hz OLED displays for laptops
Samsung Display has commenced the mass production of the first 90 Hz OLED displays for laptops. According to Samsung, the high-speed driving performance of its OLED displays is comparable to that of an LCD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate.
LG seriously considering exiting the smartphone business, all options on the table
LG is considering exiting the smartphone business despite teasing new devices as recently as CES 2021 last week. The company’s CEO Kwon Bong-seok has informed staff that all options are currently on the table including exiting the market, a potential sale or downsizing.
WOWCube reimagines the Rubik's cube as a digital gaming device, more
CubiOs Inc. is on the cusp of launching one of the most interesting gaming systems we’ve seen. The WOWCube is in some ways a digitalized take on the famous Rubik’s cube on the surface, but beneath its eight distinct surfaces lies a lot of clever technology and software.
Acer rolls out four new Chromebooks including the 511 with LTE, 20 hour battery life and Snapdragon 7c Arm-based chip
Acer has used the BETT education show to debut four new Chromebooks. Headlining the new models is the Chromebook 511 which includes LTE support and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, compute optimized chipset.
Kuo: MacBook Pro redesign to lose Touch Bar, continue Apple's Arm-based silicon transition and pick up MagSafe charging
Apple supply chain specialist Ming-chi Kuo has issued a new note to investors detailing some of the changes expected on the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. According to Kuo, the new models will drop in mid-2021 and will include minor design changes but will most notably drop the somewhat controversial OLED Touch Bar.
Samsung's first under display camera will debut on a laptop, not a smartphone
Samsung has teased its first display with an under display camera. Somewhat surprisingly, the technology will find its way into a Samsung laptop before it makes its way into a Samsung smartphone.
Dell updates its entry-level Chromebook 3100 with optional LTE connectivity
Dell has updated the Chromebook 3100 its entry-level Chromebook with optional LTE connectivity. The new device will initially be offered to educational institutions but will eventually wind its way into Dell’s regular consumer offerings.
Qualcomm introduces next-gen fingerprint sensor for smartphones and foldables
Qualcomm has introduced its second-generation 3D Sonic Sensor under-display fingerprint reader. The new scanner offers a 77 percent larger fingerprint reader area and is 50 percent faster than its first-gen scanner which featured in Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Note20 models.
Pocophone F2 gets teased, but unlikely to be a true successor to the popular Pocophone F1 flagship killer
Poco has teased what could be the long-awaited sequel to its flagship killing Pocophone F1. The “F2” is briefly mentioned in a video thanking fans for a successful 2020 suggesting that we could see a Pocophone F2 in 2021. Unfortunately, early indications are it won’t be quite the flagship killer that made the original famous.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Unpacked event for January 14 confirmed
Samsung has officially confirmed that its next Galaxy Unpacked event will happen on January 14 as widely expected. Headlining the event will be the company’s all-new Galaxy S21 range although other upcoming products like the Galaxy Buds Pro are also expected to be announced.
Two distinct foldable iPhone prototypes pass Foxconn durability testing
Foxconn is said to have successfully completed durability testing for two different Apple iPhone foldable prototypes. According to Taiwanese supply chain rag, Money UDN, the two prototypes are said to resemble the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip respectively in design approach.
Samsung Galaxy S21 range goes up for reservations in the US, includes special incentives
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 can now be reserved in the US ahead of its official unveiling. With the words “Get ready to jump to the next Galaxy”, Samsung invites customers to put their name down on the reservation list with some added incentives thrown in to encourage sign ups.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook2 leaked ahead of likely January unveiling
Fans of high-end Chromebooks will be pleased to learn Samsung is following up its first Galaxy Chromebook with a sequel. The Galaxy Chromebook2 has been leaked by Evan Blass and with Samsung giving the eye-catching design a subtle makeover but we don’t know anything specific about its internals yet.
Microsoft jumps on Arm bandwagon with reports it is designing its own chips for servers, Surface
Microsoft is working on its own in-house design for a server chip as it jumps on the Arm CPU bandwagon. The in-house design effort could also lead to custom Arm-based silicon for its own Surface line of computers, some of which already feature Arm designs co-developed with Qualcomm.
Google acquires Neverware, a company that turns old laptops into Chromebook-like devices
Google has confirmed that it has acquired Neverware, a company that specializes in turning old laptops and desktop computers into Chromebook-like devices. The acquisition follows a previous investment by Google into the company’s operations and offers Google a strategic opportunity in both enterprise and education.
Samsung tipped to release four foldable smartphones in 2021 including more affordable models
Korean rag ETNews is reporting that Samsung has four foldable models coming in 2021. The rumor solidifies rumors that Samsung is planning to drop the Note model from its line next year in order to shift focus to its flexible screened devices.
Nokia 5.4 goes official but is a mixed bag with downgrades in some departments
HMD Global has officially launched its latest mid-range phone, the Nokia 5.4. As rumored, the new smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 662 and features a 48 MP main camera with zero shutter lag, according to the company.
More details emerge about LG's forthcoming rollable smartphone and next flagship
More details have started to surface about LG’s upcoming high-end smartphones for 2021. The rollable will take a leaf out of Oppo’s playbook while the flagship handset is going to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S21 in more ways than one.
Oppo unveils futuristic smartphone and audio device concepts at the CIDDE Expo
Oppo has used the 4th China International Industrial Design Expo (CIDDE) to showcase several new concept devices. Designed in collaboration with famed Japanese design studio Nendo, the concepts include what it calls a “slide-phone” that can be folded into different sizes and “music-link”, which is described as a collection of devices centered around a pair of TWS earphones.
Windows 10 on Arm x64 emulation goes live for Windows Insiders
Microsoft has finally rolled out the first Windows Insider tech preview of x64 emulation for Windows 10 on Arm devices. The update brings long-awaited support for regular 64-bit x86 applications helping to make Windows on Arm devices a more viable alternative.
Halo: Infinite will now launch nearly 12 months after the launch of the Xbox Series X/S in fall 2021
Halo: Infinite developers 343 Industries has posted a blog following the postponement of the vaunted Xbox Series X/S would-be launch title following a poorly received tech demo. The company has announced that the new launch window for the title will be sometime in the fall of 2021, nearly 12 months after it was to have launched.
LG will outsource low to mid-range models, but continue designing high-end phones in-house to try turn a profit
It’s no secret that LG has been struggling to make a profit out of its mobile division. In its latest move to stem the hemorrhaging the company has announced a restructure which will see it outsource the design and manufacture of both its low and mid-range phones for the first time.
Razer Tomahawk Intel NUC-based SFF Gaming Rig finally goes on sale
Small form factor (SFF) PC gaming fans have been waiting since CES 2020 in January for the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop to launch. The wait is finally over with the compact but powerful Intel NUC-based gaming rig finally going live on Razer’s website.
Wristcam brings video calls, more to Apple Watch
Wristcam has announced its eponymous band for the Apple Watch. True to its name, the Wristcam band adds not just one, but two cameras to the embedded in an Apple Watch-compatible band.
Raspberry Pi launches official case fan accessory
Raspberry Pi has launched a case fan for its popular Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer. The new fan kit works with the official Raspberry Pi case accessory and giving current and future owners an upgrade path should they choose to get into more intensive processing tasks.
Windows 10 on Apple silicon up to Microsoft says Apple exec in a surprise
With the advent of Apple silicon for Macs most people had given up on the idea of Apple supporting Windows installations on its computers. The door to the prospect, somewhat surprisingly, has been opened by Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi in recent interview with Ars Technica.
Unreleased MediaTek MT6893 zeroes in on the Snapdragon 865 in Geekbench 5 score
Rising Taiwanese semiconductor maker MediaTek looks like it wants a bigger slice of the high-end mobile devices segment. The company’s recent Dimensity 1000 series signalled its intentions and now the purported appearance of a new MT6893 SoC on Geekbench 5 suggests it is closing in on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset.
Asus' new Chromebox 4 comes in Celeron or Core flavors of Intel's 10th gen silicon
Asus has released the sequel to its Chromebox 3 range, which were powered by Intel 8th gen silicon. The new Chromebox 4 range comes equipped with faster, more efficient Intel 10th gen chips and other improvements.
Oppo makes a splash with the Oppo X 2021 rollable OLED smartphone-tablet hybrid
Oppo has unveiled its Oppo X 2021 rollable OLED display smartphone. The concept device takes a different approach to the smartphone-tablet hybrid foldable OLED designs we have seen from Huawei and Samsung. The end result, however, is similar as it delivers a device that is both a smartphone and tablet in one.
Samsung exec spotted with what could be its first rollable smartphone
Samsung’s Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been spotted with a previously unseen Samsung smartphone. It is speculated that the device is a prototype of the Korean giant’s forthcoming rollable smartphone. Its appearance suggests an official launch for sometime in 2021.
Parallels working on support for Apple's M1 Arm-based silicon, could bring Windows 10 back to the Mac
Apple fans are rightly excited about the transition to Apple’s new in-house silicon for Macs. However, in transitioning from Intel to chips like its new M1, the popular Windows on Boot Camp feature has been lost. Parallels, however, says it’s on track to bring support for OS virtualization back to the Mac in a future release.
Apple M1 Macs don't support eGPUs, while the new MacBook Air is offered with a less powerful 7-core GPU M1 variant
Apple’s transition to its own silicon offers exciting possibilities for the future of energy efficient, high performance computing. However, the transition won’t be without its hiccups and a lack of eGPU support moving forward looks like a relatively substantial one. The company is also following a similar path with the M1 chip as it did with the A12X and A12Z chips when it comes to the new MacBook Air.
Huawei Mate X2 edges closer to release with certification of its 66 W fast-charging system
Huawei might be doing it tough with a shortage of components due to US sanctions, but it is still pushing ahead with the last of its major 2020 releases. Fresh certification for the Mate X2 66 W charging system in China suggests that it continues to be on track for release.
OnePlus Watch will skip Google's WearOS, design likely based on Oppo's forthcoming circular Watch RX
The eagerly anticipated OnePlus Watch is said to have dumped Google’s WearOS according to a reliable leaker. Instead it will run an unspecified operating system that is presumably a bespoke solution.
A14X Bionic gets alleged benchmark, outperforms the Intel Core i9-9880H
The first alleged benchmark of the Apple A14X SoC has leaked and it underscores why Apple dumped Intel for its own silicon. If accurate, the Geekbench result puts the A14X ahead of the Intel Core i9-9880H found in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.
New MagSafe accessories from Moment set your iPhone 12 up for Vlogging, photography
Smartphone camera accessory maker Moment has unveiled its first set of MagSafe-compatible accessories for the Apple iPhone 12. While they will be useful for regular photographers, most of the accessories have a distinctly vlogging-focused emphasis and will certainly appeal to that market.
OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition model launched, lots of unique features and inclusions
OnePlus has officially unveiled its eagerly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 Special Edition version of its well-received 8T smartphone. The device features a completely redesigned rear case and comes with a custom UI and a number of tailored accessories.
Apple could have three new Macs to release before year's end according to macOS code
At yesterday’s conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that it had a few more products to release before the end of the year. A developer taking a deep dive into the new macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta has found what could be three new Macs set for release before the year is out.
Logitech ERGO M575 wireless trackball mouse reduces fatigue with less movement
Logitech has rolled out its latest trackball-based mouse. The ERGO M575 is designed for use in small spaces and also aims to reduce arm and hand fatigue with thumb-based scrolling greatly reducing overall movement and effort.
Rumored Nintendo Switch Pro could pack a mini-LED display
The rumor mill has been pointing to an upgraded Nintendo Switch coming in 2021 for some time now. The latest detail to emerge about the purported handheld console is that it will sport mini-LED technology which should deliver improved contrast ratios and deeper blacks for more engaging gameplay.
Apple crests 1 billion active iPhone users milestone
Apple is now estimated to have an installed user base of 1 billion iPhones. The figure comes from a respected Apple analyst who has been tracking iPhone sales data for the past 13 years.
Mophie Juice Pack Connect is a mobile MagSafe alternative for any phone
Mophie has released its latest Qi-enabled wireless battery charger, but this one has a twist. The new Mophie Juice Pack Connect has a modular design that clips on the back of any Qi-enabled smartphone to give it a wireless battery top-up.
Just six weeks after launch, Surface Duo price cuts of US$200 are riling early adopters
Microsoft’s Surface Duo is already starting to see some relatively steep price cuts of up to US$200. Naturally, early adopters aren’t happy and Microsoft isn’t doing a lot to appease customers other than pointing then to the 60-day return policy.
Galaxy Z Fold3 could finally bring S-Pen support to the foldable
Samsung could be finally bringing S-Pen support to its Galaxy Z Fold line with next year’s model. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold3 will add the long awaited feature thanks to the introduction of thicker foldable glass and some other tweaks.
Get a Pixel 4a on Google Fi sub for just US$15 a month with latest offer
If you’re in the US and are keen to pick up a great deal, Google Fi has a new offer on the Pixel 4a. Depending on which plan you sign up to, you can get the Pixel 4a for just US$216.
Apple's iPhone 12 range uses Qualcomm's superseded Snapdragon X55 5G modems
We now have one potential explanation for why the new iPhone 12 models drain battery more quickly than they otherwise might. Although Apple is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem, it is the older X55 component from last year, rather than the newer X60 modem released earlier this year.
LG's cutting edge rollable TV hits the market for US$87,000, hints at future smartphone or tablet applications
LG has finally released its Signature OLED R rollable television. The device uses a 65-inch flexible OLED panel that can roll out of sight into its base, which is designed to look like a piece of furniture when not in use. It also hints at the potential for LG to transfer the same display technology into a future smartphone-tablet hybrid.
Xiaomi raises the wireless fast charging bar to 80 Watts for upcoming smartphones
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest generation wireless fast charging technology. Rated at an incredible 80 Watts, the company’s wireless tech can charge a 4,000 mAh smartphone battery from empty to full in just 19 minutes.
LG to continue current smartphone strategy by skipping the Snapdragon 875 for at least 1H 2021
LG looks set to continue its current strategy of eschewing high-end mobile chips on its devices. Instead of using the upcoming Snapdragon 875 in any devices in the first half of 2021, it is likely to opt for the Snapdragon 775G instead in order to turn the fortunes of the mobile division around.
Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 gets a warranty extension program amid reliability woes
Microsoft has launched an extended warranty program for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2. The company has extended the normal warranty from 90 days to one year after reports of “mechanical issues” affecting the expensive accessory.
Oculus Quest 2 now shipping to customers with big upgrades to processing power for better VR gaming
The Oculus Quest 2 is now shipping to customers and starts from US$299. The second-generation standalone VR headset features several improvements on the original including a much more powerful Qualcomm SoC.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said to have exited the company for a "new venture"
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has quietly exited the company to start a new venture. Pei’s departure appears to have happened shortly after the OnePlus Nord was launched.
Devialet Gemini TWS earphones with ANC are the first from the premium audio brand
French premium audio brand Devialet has revealed its first set of true wireless (TWS) earphones. The Devialet brings several unique features to its Gemini earphones that it hopes will catch the eye of audiophiles who demand more from their listening experience.
Aeklys by Starck Payment Ring is a touchless payment alternative
ICARE Technologies has debuted its Aeklys by Starck Payment Ring. The NFC-based device does not need charging and can be used to make contactless payments and pay for public transport.
New Alienware Aurora gaming desktops can now be ordered with custom RTX 3080, RTX 3090 GPUs
Dell’s Alienware division has just revealed its upgraded Aurora desktop gaming PCs. As you would expect, the new models feature Nvidia’s vaunted new RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs, although they have been customized by Alienware to fit more easily into the chassis of the PC.
Samsung defies the pandemic driven slowdown with quarterly profit up by 58 percent
Samsung has joined Apple in beating analyst expectations as well as bucking the global downturn with a 58 percent jump in profit for the September quarter. The result was driven by various factors including an unusual number of parts orders for Huawei as well as the strong performance of its mid-range mobile devices.
Zeiss full-frame Android-powered ZX1 camera with onboard Adobe Lightroom editing goes up for pre-order
The Zeiss ZX1, first announced around two years ago, is finally up for pre-order. The device is unique in that it runs a version of Android that has allowed for the pre-loading of Adobe Lightroom for on-board editing.
The Pixel 5 helps keep its top bezel slim with an under-display speaker
Google’s Pixel 5 differs from the Pixel 4 series in a number of ways, one of which is that it is missing the large top bezel of its predecessor. The new top bezel is much thinner, but this is not just because the Soli radar chip and facial recognition have been removed -- it is also because Google has hidden the front speaker of the Pixel 5 behind its display.
Ultimate Ears UE Fits TWS earbuds promise users the perfect fit using unique Lightform technology
Ultimate Ears has launched the UE Fits, a set of true wireless earbuds that promise the “perfect fit.” The new buds use a polymer that it calls Lightform to mold to the unique shape of a user’s ears in under 60 seconds.
PS5 useable storage space could be problematic, while Xbox Series X offers neat workaround
The Sony PS5 versus Xbox Series X debate continues with attention turning to the available storage of the two systems. Although the PS5 ships with an 825 GB SSD, an unconfirmed report over the weekend suggests that it might only allow for 664 GB of usable storage. This compares unfavorably with the Xbox Series X.
LG Wing launching for US$999 on October 15 on Verizon in the US
The LG Wing has now got an official US price and launch date in the US. Verizon will be carrying arguably the year’s most interesting handset for US$999 while it will reach the hands of customers on October 15.
First Atari VCS consoles leave factory bound for long-suffering Indiegogo backers
Atari’s long overdue VCS PC/console hybrid is finally on the way from the factory to backers. The device was originally revealed in June 2017 with pre-orders beginning on May 30, 2018 and has repeatedly been delayed since.
Hands-on: Can Samsung's 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7 carve a slice out of Apple's iPad Pro pie?
Samsung is back with its latest attempt to take on Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro with the new 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7. The company has loaded the tablet up with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ and a 120 Hz display - does it have what it takes to make a splash?
Ring teases home security drone straight out of a dystopian nightmare, due 2021
Amazon-owned connected home security brand Ring has raised eyebrows with the launch of the Ring Always Home Cam. The device combines a charging base with an in-door camera drone that will activate on the detection of movement and will send the drone out to fly around a house transmitting a live video feed to the homeowner.
LG launches new mid-range K62, K52, and K42 smartphones
LG has added three new smartphones to its K-series mid-range line up for 2020. The new LG K62, K52, and K42 will arrive in October in Europe followed by key markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle ast.
Nvidia warns to expect low stock of impending RTX 3090 launch GPUs, more customer blowback inbound
With the Nvidia RTX 3090 launch a mere few hours away, Nvidia has advised potential buyers to expect a shortage of cards much as was experienced with the recent launch of the RTX 3080 cards. The company has issued a statement already apologizing in advance for shortage.
Bose revisits better sleep through sound with Sleepbuds II
Bose is trying its hand at marrying its audio expertise with improving sleep with the just-launched Sleepbuds II. The new model addresses the battery life concerns with the original model and also comes with the promise of improved sleep.
Microsoft, Qualcomm partner on App Assure to get Windows 10 on ARM PCs ready for the Apple Silicon MacBook challenge
Microsoft and Qualcomm have partnered to expand the App Assure Program to Windows 10 PCs powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx SoCs. The aim of the program is to encourage developers to make their apps compatible with Windows 10 on ARM with a view to encouraging customers to get on the platform.
Royole Flexpai 2 foldable goes official with Snapdragon 865, fold flat design, other refinements
Chinese company Royole has officially launched the Flexpai 2, its foldable smartphone competitor to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Huawei Mate X. The new device boasts powerful performance and unique display characteristics.
Hands-on: Motorola Edge with Snapdragon 765G
The Motorola Edge is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G variant of the company's new Edge range. It aims to strike a balance between premium design and performance while occupying a more affordable price point than Snapdragon 865-powered handsets like its own Edge+. For many people, it could be all the smartphone you need.
Huawei may have only 8.8 million Kirin 9000 SoCs for inbound Mate 40 flagship
Huawei is said to have only 8.8 million Kirin 9000 SoCs for its next, and possibly last, flagship smartphone -- at least in the short term. Thanks to Trump Administration sanctions, the company has been left high and dry as far as components made using US technologies go.
Sony Xperia 5 II goes official with 120 Hz OLED display and other tweaks that will appeal compact flagship fans
Sony has officially launched the Xperia 5 II. The new device incorporates most of the key features of the flagship Xperia 1 II and includes a few key upgrades including an OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 display detailed by Samsung ahead of release, features world first 1.4R curvature
Samsung Display has detailed several of the foldable display advances in the new panel found in the Galaxy Z Fold 2. No doubt, the move is aimed at assuring would-be customers that the panel is robust and can withstand everyday rigours in a way that wasn’t guaranteed with the original Fold launched last year.
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition arrive in October to celebrate ten years making headphones
Bowers & Wilkins has marked the 10th anniversary of making headphones with the launch of its new special edition PX7 Carbon Edition. As the name suggests, the headphones use a carbon fiber composite in the design that not only makes them look sleeker, but also helps them weigh less for added comfort.
Nokia September 22 event pitches 'a new chapter' for its smartphones
Fans of Nokia’s Android One-based smartphones have had a pretty lean 2020 so far. That looks like it could change with the announcement that HMD Global, the Finnish licensee of the Nokia smartphone franchise will be holding a special event on September 22.
LG teased a new smartphone-tablet hybrid with slide-out display during the Wing launch
LG hid a sneak peak at a possible new extendable or rollable smartphone/tablet hybrid at the conclusion of its LG Wing launch. The new device, outlined in a very subtle silhouette is reminiscent of patents for experimental smartphone designs that we have seen in the past.
Oculus Quest 2 detailed in official video published early on Facebook's Blueprint site
The Oculus Quest 2 is here with a new Facebook video announcing the device published on the Facebook Blueprint website. Rumored for the past couple of months, the new standalone VR headset delivers major upgrades across key areas.
OnePlus Buds confused for counterfeit Apple AirPods by US Customs in bust
US Customs has embarrassed itself and OnePlus in issuing a press release claiming to have seized US$398,000 worth of “counterfeit Apple AirPod Earbuds.” It was only when a tweet was posted showing examples from the purported hall that it became clear to observers that they were merely OnePlus Buds.
Nvidia acquistion of ARM all but a done deal, announcement imminent
Nvidia could soon be announced as the new owner of Arm Holdings, the British semi-conductor company that controls the chip architecture in the world's smartphones and tablets. The deal is said to be worth around US$40 billion and will make for a neat fit with Nvidia's plans for growth over the coming years.
Apple said to have dropped 120 Hz display for iPhone 12 Pro models ahead of production
Apple looks to have abandoned the rumored 120 Hz ProMotion display for this year's iPhone 12 Pro model. The on again-off again rumor has been vacillating all year but now seems to be definitely off the table with production about to ramp up in the next couple of weeks.
Vivo Watch, the first smartwatch from smartphone maker Vivo set to launch September 22
Vivo is prepping the Vivo Watch, the company’s first foray into the smartwatch market. The device looks similar in appearance to Samsung’s Galaxy Watches and similarly eschews Google’s WearOS in favor of a bespoke solution.
Xbox Series X retail packaging surfaces, focuses on the green and black grill
The retail packaging for the Xbox Series X has started surfacing online. Unsurprisingly, the main photo focuses on the signature black ventilation grill at the top of the console under which lies a signature Xbox green colored circle.
Huawei to drop Android, will start shipping smartphones with its HarmonyOS from 2021
Huawei will drop the AOSP version of Android it is currently shipping on its smartphones in 2021. In its place, the embattled Chinese tech giant will start shipping its smartphones with its home grown HarmonyOS, according to executive Richard Yu.
Microsoft announces US$499 pricing for Xbox Series X, preorders start September 22 for November 10 launch
As rumored, Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox Series X flagship next-gen console will retail for US$499. The company also confirmed that the Series X and Series S consoles will both go up for pre-order on September 22 and will ship November 10.
A new Pixel 5s variant surfaces in live photos
A new variant of the Pixel 5 has appeared in live photos for the first time. Dubbed the Pixel 5s, the device is made from polycarbonate and features a very similar design language to the recently released Pixel 4a.
LG Wing render reveals full design of the swivel-screen phone for the first time
Official renders of the LG Wing have leaked ahead of its launch next week thanks to Evan Blass. The images show the device from behind for the first time revealing a rear camera array that is quite similar in appearance to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 line.
iPhone 12 could launch in two waves with both 6.1-inch models arriving first
Apple could be set to launch the iPhone 12 in two waves according to a report from supply chain rag Digitimes. Based on the supply of components, it believes that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will be the first to ship followed by the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Xbox Series S official, priced sharply at just US$299
Microsoft’s cheaper and less powerful Xbox Series S official. The new console sports a design that has elements of the Xbox Series X design and earlier Xbox One designs. It will also cost just US$299.
LG Wing shows up again in video, this time revealing the swivel mechanism in action
The forthcoming LG Wing has been caught in action once again ahead of its official launch on September 14. The latest video leak shows how the swiveling display works which is something that we haven’t previously seen.
Motorola G9 Plus appears on retailer website ahead of launch, designs and specs leaked
Motorola's latest affordable mid-range smartphone has been spotted online ahead of its official unveiling. The Motorola G9 Plus launch appears imminent and follows closely on the heels of the official launch of the Motorola G9/G9 Play late last month.
Apple Watch 6, iPad Air 4 set for launch this week
Apple could be set to launch the Watch Series 6 and iPad Air 4 this week. Separate tips by leaker Jon Prosser and @LeaksApplePro peg the launch of both devices for September 8.
Logitech Playmaster software will improve your shooting skills in esport games
Logitech has taken a further step into the esports market with the launch of a new piece of PC software called Playmaster. The skill-based training program is designed to help improve game performance in Counter Strike: Global Offensive giving gamers a customized performance improvement program.
LG Velvet with more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 1000C chip comes to T-Mobile
US carrier T-Mobile has announced what is a more powerful variant of the LG Velvet. The new version of the device eschews a Qualcomm chip in favor of the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000C which features four high-performance Cortex A-76 cores versus just the two in the normal Snapdragon 765G-powered devices.
Bang & Olufsen H95 headphones are targeted at discerning listeners
Bang & Olufsen has a well-earned reputation as the purveyor of high-quality audio experiences so it is always exciting when the company launches a new set of headphones. Its new H95 compact over ear headphones have all the traditional hallmarks we expect from B&O blending enhanced comfort with active noise cancellation.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx GEN 2 with 5G support will launch with Acer Spin 7
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G ARM-based chipset for Windows 10 on ARM ultrabooks. The new chipset chipset is touted as offering 18 percent better performance and 39 percent better productivity performance per Watt compared to an Intel 10th gen 15 W Core i5 chip.
The Premiere is a new ultra short-throw 4K laser projector range from Samsung
Samsung has debuted a new ultra short throw laser projector range it is calling The Premiere. The new devices can project in 4K and are designed to integrate with contemporary house design.
Sennheiser launches CX 400BT TWS earphones offering premium sound at a more affordable price
Sennheiser has launched its latest true wireless earphones. The new Sennheiser CX 400BT earphones deliver up to 20 hours of battery life with the included charging case and are designed to deliver high quality audio at a more affordable price point.
Land Rover launches Explore R ruggedized smartphone
Land Rover has launched its second branded smartphone. The new Android-powered device is ruggedized and is designed with the same off-road adventurous spirit as its Land Rover Defender series.
12-inch MacBook with 5 nm A14X before year's end, first iMac with Apple GPU in 2021
The first Apple Mac to ship with an ARM-based chip will be a 12-inch MacBook. According to a new report, it will be powered by an Apple A14X Bionic chip and will deliver between 15-20 hours of battery life. It will be followed in 2021 by an iMac that could feature Apple's first discrete GPU.
Hands-on: Microsoft Surface Go 2 LTE and Brydge 10.5 Go+ Keyboard
Microsoft’s revamped Surface Go 2 is, for some people, the potential sweetspot in Microsoft’s Surface 2-in-1 lineup. It is relatively light and portable, now has a decent 10.5-inch display (up from a 10-inch display on the original) and it even comes with the option of a more powerful Intel Core m3-8100Y variant this time around. On this occasion, we’ve paired it with the new Brydge 10.5 Go+ keyboard, which has recently been announced and is shipping soon. Can this combo make our netbook dreams of yore come true?
Samsung's new 16 Gb LPDDR5 RAM headed for Galaxy S21 goes into mass production
Samsung has announced that it has started fabricating 16-gigabit LPDDR5 RAM for mobile devices. Samsung claims that its new fabrication process is a breakthrough in RAM scaling as well as bandwidth. Expect to see the new RAM in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 due for launch in Q1 2021.
LG Wing launching in the fall for $1K
LG’s innovative twist-out ‘Wing’ phone will be coming to market as soon as this fall. Moreover, it will be priced at around US$1,000 which seems reasonable for a device sporting two displays.
Xiaomi third-gen under-screen selfie camera tech to debut in 2021
While ZTE is about to debut the first shipping smartphone with an under-display selfie camera in a few days, Xiaomi has announced that it will be debuting a better solution next year. The company has announced that its third-generation under-screen selfie camera tech matches the expected performance of a regular front-facing camera, which it implies ZTE’s technology can’t yet match.
NZXT launches new $700 prebuilt gaming PC, good for 1080p gaming at 60 fps
NZXT is best known for its excellent PC cases which allow for very clean builds and contemporary looks. For those who like their cases, but don’t think they are equipped for a build, NZXT also offers prebuilt machines. The company has just launched its latest entry-level model for US$700 which it says is powerful enough to run games in 1080p/60 fps.
Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 series has been on the market for about a week now and we have gotten our hands on the flagship Note 20 Ultra model. It is fitted with the "optimized" Exynos 990, which came as a shock when first learned that the Note 20 Ultra model in the US, China and Korea would be fitted with the considerably more powerful Snapdragon 865+. Read on for thoughts on the subject.
Google adds new features to its Pixel Buds, expands range with new colors
Google has posted a blog outlining a new set of features being bestowed upon its true wireless Pixel Buds via a software update. The range has also been bolstered with the release of new variants in orange, mint and black colors.
New 5G Blackberry smartphone with physical keyboard inbound for 2021
Fans of physical keyboards will be excited to learn that there will be an all-new Blackberry smartphone launch in 2021. The makers say that it will be state-of-the-art and will also incorporate 5G connectivity.
Official render of the ZTE Axon 5G surfaces ahead of historic launch
The ZTE Axon 20 5G is coming on September 1 and when it does, it will have the distinction of being the first smartphone to hit the market with an under-display selfie camera. Ahead of its launch, ZTE Mobile Business president Ni Fie has posted the first official render of the eagerly anticipated device.
Second-gen Touch Bar to arrive with Face ID-equipped MacBook says leaker
We already know that ARM-based Apple MacBooks are on the way and that this is likely to come on redesigned MacBooks. A couple of leaks now suggest that these will arrive with Face ID and a second-generation Touch Bar -- the latter could also indicate we won’t be seeing a MacBook with a touchscreen.
IBM rolls out first 7nm processor as if to rub salt in Intel's wounds
It seems everyone and their dog is launching silicon on a 7 nm process -- except Intel that is. IBM has just announced that it has launched its latest server processor, the Power10, which will be manufactured using Samsung’s 7 nm EUV tech.
Apple threatens to terminate Epic's developer account
The gloves are well and truly off in the fight between Apple and Epic Games. Following Epic’s decision to initiate a lawsuit against Apple over its App Store policies, Apple has responded advising Epic that its developer account will be terminated on August 28.
ZTE's Axon 20 5G smartphone with under-display selfie camera to launch on September 1
The first smartphone to launch with an under-display selfie camera will launch on September 1. First seen in prototypes over the past twelve months or so, the ZTE Axon 20 5G will eschew punch-holes or pop-up cameras to achieve the dream of a no-compromises all-screen phone.
Epic's Tim Sweeney outlines his case against Apple in a Twitter thread
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has posted a thread on Twitter outlining some of the basic thoughts behind the company’s lawsuit against Apple, in particular. At its core, Sweeney’s argument is that Apple’s approach to the App Store fundamentally undermines both consumer rights and the rights of developers.
Apple and Google ban Fortnite from their app stores, Epic responds with Apple lawsuit
In what is set to be a titanic court battle, Epic Games massive hit game Fortnite has been banned from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Both tech giants argue that Epic has violated their respective store policies and in response, Epic has launched a lawsuit against Apple alleging monopolistic and anti-competitive behavior.
Foxconn boss: China's 'days as the world's factory are done'
With the US-China trade war showing no signs of abating, more companies are looking to rely less on the Chinese supply chain. More evidence of that emerged today with Foxconn Chairman, Young Liu, saying that the China’s role as the global manufacturing hub is over.
Microsoft reveals more details about its pricey Surface Duo
Following Microsoft’s official launch of the Surface Duo, the company has updated its product page with its specification details. For a device starting from US$1,399 it has certainly got the blogosphere abuzz with what it has and doesn’t have at the price.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display is the first to use Samsung's new variable rate refresh tech
Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features is the first to feature Samsung Display's 'Adaptive Frequency' technology. The company's display division revealed the details as it moved to make the tech available to other OEMs.
Surface Duo goes official priced at a whopping $1,399, hits the market September 10
Microsoft's Surface Duo has officially been launched after first being unveiled late last year. The dual-screen device is priced at a sky-high $1,399 which will certainly test the market, particularly given the general downturn in smartphone sales in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra goes to the top of DxOMark's charts
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is living up to its hype by immediately going to the top of the DxOMark charts. The device has hit the number one position for both its still camera performance and its video performance.
Nreal launches its Light AR glasses in Korea bundled with either an Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet
Nreal has launched its Light AR glasses in Korea. Ostensibly looking like a pair of slightly oversize sunglasses, the Light can be pre-ordered now and bundled with either the LG Velvet or Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
E Ink shows foldable e-reader prototype that also supports pen input
E Ink has demonstrated the latest working prototype of its foldable display technology. The device also supports note taking via a stylus and points to what could be the near future for e-reading devices.
Toshiba, creator of the first PC-based laptop, exits the laptop business
Toshiba has exited the laptop business following the sale of its remaining stake in its laptop business to Sharp. Sharp, a Foxconn-owned company, will continue selling laptops under the Dynabook brand.
Xbox Series S console confirmed on leaked next-gen controller packaging
An Xbox Series S controller has popped up for a second time, but this time it comes with its retail packaging. On it, is confirmation that Microsoft will be releasing a yet-to-be-seen second console dubbed the Xbox Series S that this new controller is compatible with. The pictures were posted to Twitter by @Zak_exe.
First Google Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 details leak including potential first foldable Pixel
An internal Google document has been leaked and ended up in the hands of 9to5Google. Sensationally, it reveals the codenames of forthcoming devices thought to be the Pixel 5a, Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 XL, but also explicitly mentions a Pixel foldable could be here as soon as Q4 2021.
Samsung's official Galaxy Unpacked device deeper dive videos are now live
Following its August 5 Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has now posted several new videos of its launch devices. Each offers a deeper dive into the Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch 3. We can expect something similar for the Galaxy Z Fold 2 when Samsung reveals more details about that device at another event on September 2.
Full hands-on video of Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Z Fold 2, Watch 3, Buds Live and Tab S7 leaks out ahead of Unpacked
Hands-on videos of all the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy devices for its latest Unpacked showcase have leaked ahead of the launch. TechTalkTV combined them into a single video that combines the leaked clips and shows the devices being put through their paces.
Long-time Apple marketing supremo Phil Schiller exits role
Apple’s slow changing of the guard continues with the announcement today that long-time head of marketing, Phil Schiller, is stepping down from the role. In his place, another veteran of the company, Greg Joswiak, has been promoted to the role of senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Intel Tiger Lake could outrun AMD Ryzen 4000 in single-core performance
An alleged PassMark score has been posted for Intel’s forthcoming Core i7-1165G7 chip going head-to-head with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U. Although not able to go toe-to-toe overall with the octa-core 7nm Ryzen 7, the quad-core 10nm++ Tiger Lake-based chip posts a very respectable single-threaded score that throws some shade on its competition.
Three months of free Google Stadia Pro gaming added to the Google Chromebook perks program
Google has updated its Chromebook perks page with a couple of nice Stadia gaming offers for new buyers of listed Chromebooks on the Google Store. One delivers three months worth of free Stadia Pro access while the other offers a US$20 discount off the Stadia Premiere Edition bundle.
Halo Infinite developer admits it will need to fix the game's graphics before launch
Halo Infinite is one of the key Xbox Series X launch titles and it’s launch trailer left many long-time fans raising their eyebrows at its design aesthetic. Although meant to be something of a tribute to the original Halo title, it may have erred a little too much on the side of nostalgia at the expense of a proper next-generation console look and feel. Apparently, 343 Industries agrees and is working to improve things.
Samsung set to end production at its last PC-making factory in China
Samsung has announced to staff at its last remaining PC making factory in China that it will be ceasing operations. This follows the closure of its last smartphone factory in China last year leaving its only remaining Chinese exposure are two chip fabrication factories as it seeks to reset itself following the COVID-19 pandemic.
iPhone to officially ship "a few weeks later" than usual
Apple announced a pandemic busting Q3 2020 result today, but also getting headlines is that its iPhone 12 launch is officially delayed. During the earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri also confirmed rumors that Apple’s new iPhones will ship later than usual this year because of global disruptions.
Intel registers new "Intel Evo Powered by Core", other refreshed logos
Intel looks set for an upcoming round of rebranding for at least some, if not all, of its consumer facing chips. New listings in the Justia Trademarks database have been spotted showing the news designs including an intriguing new product branded “Intel Evo – Powered by Core."
Microsoft confirms its Surface Neo will miss its original Holiday 2020 launch window
Microsoft has confirmed, albeit indirectly, that its eagerly anticipated dual-screen Surface Neo has been delayed. Following a blog post that indicated Windows 10X would debut first on single-screen devices, it became clear that plans for Windows 10X for dual-screen devices would be pushed back. However, it was only in the past day or so that Microsoft removed the “Coming Holiday 2020” timeline from the device’s webpage.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 caught in the wild ahead of August 5 launch
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G has been caught in the wild in a live photo. The device is the sequel to the contentious Galaxy Fold but picks up the ‘Z’ branding of the flip as expected but its lengthy name is quite the mouthful.
Intel's hardware chief exits following ongoing die shrink woes
Intel has parted ways with its chief engineering officer, Dr Venkata (Murthy) Renduchinatala. The executive will be leaving the company on August 3 with his departure following the recent announcement that the company won’t be shipping 7nm chips on its own lines until 2022 at the earliest.
New Intel Core i9-10850K official, save US$35 and lose 100 Hz on the Core i9-10900K
Intel’s latest Comet Lake S desktop chip is official after a few weeks of intensive leaks. As expected, the new 10-core Core i9-10850K has a base clock 100 Hz slower than the flagship Core i9-10900K and comes in a little cheaper as a result.
Gorilla Glass Victus delivers significant improvements to both drop and scratch resistance for the first time
Corning’s next-generation Gorilla Glass for premium smartphones, tablets and laptops is official. The sequel to Gorilla Glass 6 is called Gorilla Glass Victus and brings combines the best features of Gorilla Glass 6 and Gorilla Glass 5.
Clench your fist to answer a call on Galaxy Watch 3, twist your wrist to reject, code snippets suggest
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 looks like it will pack a few new tricks up its sleeve. Based on an examination of the new plugin software users will be able to use new gestures and movements to answer and reject phones.
Next-gen Oculus Quest will land September 15 according to tipster
More details have spilled about the next-gen Oculus Quest including some images of the headset in the wild, confirming the leak earlier this week was legit. VR fans will be interested to learn that it is tipped to launch on September 15 and will come with design improvements among other tweaks.
Samsung's incoming Galaxy Tab S7 could drop Super AMOLED for an LCD display
In the latest Galaxy Tab S7 leak, it appears the Korean company could be taking one step forward and two steps backwards with its latest slate. While the panel might now sport a 120 Hz refresh rate to match the iPad Pro ‘Pro Motion’ tech, it looks like it will step back to a cheaper LCD panel to deliver the new feature.
More bad news for Intel as it reveals its first 7nm chips won't be ready till 2022
Intel’s chip fabrication woes continue according to statements from the company in a report to investors. While its 10nm process is finally starting to gain momentum, its transition to the 7nm node is facing issues and is now running around 12 months behind schedule pushing out production to 2022.
Logitech and Herman Miller join forces on US$1,495 gaming chair
Logitech has partnered with Herman Miller to create what they think is the ultimate gaming chair. Herman Miller is known much more for making sought-after office chairs, but it appears that the advent of COVID-19 has created a new niche that it wants to target.
Next-gen Oculus Quest leaks out, looks to address wearability
The sequel to the Oculus Quest has leaked on Twitter. The revised VR headset looks to have addressed some of the ergonomic issues of the first gen model based on its appearance, but we can only speculate on which Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset powers it.
LG 27-inch 4K IPS gaming monitor with 1ms response rate hits the market
First unveiled at CES earlier this year, LG has finally released its new 27-inch UltraGear 4K gaming monitor. The new monitor features a fast 1ms response rate which LG claims is a world-first for a 4K monitor.
Galaxy Unpacked August 5 to showcase five new devices
Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Event looks increasingly like it will include the reveal of both the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Samsung’s President and Head of Mobile Communications Business TM Roh has revealed in a blog post that the company will “be introducing five new power devices” at its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event.
Intel Core i9-10850K edges closer to a shipping product, could be priced to tackle AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X
More evidence of the Intel Core i9-10850K has surfaced, this time hinting at an imminent release. The new deca-core chip sits beneath the current Core i9-10900K flagship chipset in Intel’s Comet Lake S line up and looks like it might be priced attractively too.
Inbound Lenovo Legion gaming phone confirmed to have a side mounted pop-up selfie-cam, 90 W fast-charging
Lenovo’s incoming Legion smartphone has been confirmed to have a side-mounted pop-up selfie-cam and 90 W fast-charging in official specs revealed ahead of its launch. The device is set to hit the market on July 22 for a very reasonable US$670 asking price.
PinePhone Convergence Package turns the inexpensive smartphone into a Linux desktop PC
Pine64 has launched a new PinePhone model that comes with a Convergence Package. The device modestly powered device runs an Alpine Linux-based PostmarketOS that has built-in smartphone and desktop modes.
Google Play Pass expands to the UK, France, Canada, Australia and more
Google Play Pass in now expanding to other countries following its September launch in the US. Also now in line for access to the subscription service include the UK, France, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain.
TSMC outlines 5nm chip gains in line for Apple's A14, Snapdragon 875 in conference call
TSMC has outlined its fabrication plans for its 5nm fabrication process and what that means for investors in its latest conference call. It is buoyant about what its 5nm node will mean for next generation mobile chips and says chips using the tech, including Apple’s A14, will contribute around 8 percent to its revenue for the next quarter.
Oppo 125 W fast charging official plus 65 W wireless AirVOOC charging too
Oppo has launched the world’s fastest smartphone wired and wireless charging systems. Its new wired technology will deliver a 125 W charge while its new wireless charging tech will deliver a 65 W charge. Joining the announcement are a pair of ultra-compact fast charging Super VOOC adapters.
Microsoft offers up more details about the Xbox Series X Velocity Architecture to counter the Sony PS5
If there is one area that the Xbox One Series X appears to come up short on paper compared to the Sony PS5, it is in the storage transfer speed department. Perhaps a little annoyed by this, Microsoft has published a new blog providing more details about the Series X Velocity Architecture and how it will perform.
Apple veteran says Windows PC OEMs have no option but to drop Intel x86 for ARM
Apple’s one-time head of Mac development, Jean-Louis Gassée, has posted a blog arguing that it seems inevitable that PC makers will have to switch to ARM-based designs. However, it will require Microsoft to do a lot better with Windows on ARM than is currently the case which includes supporting 64-bit x86 apps and properly port its own software to the ARM architecture.
The first 10 OnePlus Nord 5G smartphones are up for grabs in Twitter giveaway
OnePlus is building the hype machine for the launch of its affordable 5G-capable OnePlus Nord handset with a new Twitter competition. Ten lucky fans will be able to get their hands on one each of the first ten OnePlus Nord 5G handsets to come off the production lines.
Microsoft Flight Simulator lands August 18 on PC
Microsoft’s all-new Flight Simulator is landing on PCs on August 18 following a lengthy public alpha and beta testing period. The game encompasses the entire planet with over 37,000 airports, 1.5 billion buildings and 2 trillion trees, mountains roads, rivers and other physical details captured in the expansive title.
Oppo teases 125 W fast charging breakthrough for July 15 reveal
Oppo is set to bring 125 W fast charging to its smartphones in the near future. The company has teased an announcement on July 15 that will reveal more about its plans and launch timeline.
Fold 2 a no show for Galaxy Unpacked August 5 says tipster
XDA’s Max Weinbach has more bad news for Samsung fans groaning at the possibility the new Galaxy Note 20 could be lumped with the Exynos 990. Now Weinbach says that Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 will be a no show at the upcoming August 5 Galaxy Unpacked Event as had been expected.
In a shock, the Galaxy Note 20 could be stuck with Samsung's underwhelming Exynos 990 SoC
In a shock, a possibility has emerged that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra models could continue to be powered by Samsung’s underwhelming Exynos 990 in markets outside the USA and China. XDA’s Max Weinbach and Samsung insider @Universeice have indicated that this could be possible with Winebach confirming he has seen no references in the Samsung’s source code to any Exynos 992 variant making its way into either device.
Thunderbolt support will come to ARM Macs says Apple
One concern that Apple Mac fans have had is whether Apple’s new ARM-based Macs will continue to support Intel’s Thunderbolt high-speed I/O tech. In statement provided to The Verge, Apple has confirmed that it will continue to support Thunderbolt despite its forthcoming transition from Intel to ‘Apple silicon’.
Logitech MX Master 3 mouse, MX Keys have been tailor made for Apple Mac users
Logitech is back this time with a new keyboard and mouse specifically customized for use with Apple’s Macs and iPads. The new MX Keys keyboard for Mac and MX Master 3 mouse incorporate pre-set functionality and features that even Apple’s own accessories don’t offer, making them well worth a look.
Galaxy Unpacked confirmed for August 5, Note 20, Fold 2 inbound
Samsung has confirmed that its next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on August 5. The event, the first from the company to be held online only, will be streaming from 10 a.m. ET where it is expected that the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 will debut.
Upcoming Chrome browser feature promises to deliver big battery gains for laptops
A new feature update coming to Chrome 86 looks set to make serious reductions in its resource usage. The experimental feature could extend battery life considerably on laptops by shutting down certain background tasks in open tabs.
First glass trackpads, next glass keycaps for Apple MacBooks?
Apple’s MacBook keyboards have been the recipient of plenty of unwanted attention in recent years thanks to the infamous butterfly keyboard debacle. However, the company seems intent on continuing to try to innovate on that front with a patent lodged for glass keycaps that might feature on future MacBooks.
Marshall Emberton is its latest speaker and it's water resistant too
Marshall latest portable Bluetooth speaker has hit the market. The new Emberton speaker utilizes Marshall’s True Stereophonic sound technology and combines it in a compact IPX7 rated design.
Purism Librem 14 brings its privacy-focused hardware kill switches to a new Comet Lake U Linux-based laptop
Purism is back with its latest privacy focused Linux-based laptop. The latest device in its range is the Librem 14 which effectively crams in a larger display into a similar footprint to its Librem 13 model.
Panos Panoy shows off his Surface Duo again, this time in a protective case
Microsoft’s hardware chief Panos Panay has taken to Twitter to once again tease the Surface Duo ahead of its impending launch. The device in Panay’s hands features a clear and white plastic case which is the first time it has been shown in any protective armor.
Motorola One Fusion range starts its global rollout
Motorola has started the global rollout of its new mid-range Fusion+ and Fusion smartphones. The new smartphones will appeal to value hunters looking for a good balance of price and performance.
Pixel 3a, 3a XL discontinued by Google suggesting launch of the Pixel 4a is imminent
Google has officially discontinued the mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones. The news comes ahead of what is expected to be the imminent launch of the single replacement device, the Pixel 4a.
New Windows 10 Start menu design official, plus other UI tweaks in the pipeline
After hinting at upcoming changes to the Start menu, Microsoft has officially announced that it is coming to Window 10 in the near future. Currently only available in Windows 10 Preview build 20161, users can start to play with the new Start menu and other design and UI tweaks coming to the shipping build soon.
Belkin targets remote workers with its new 'dual-powered' Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core
Belkin has launched its latest Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock that is calling the Dock Core. The new hub supports up to two 4K monitors at 60 Hz or a single 8K monitor at 30 Hz.
Facebook teases sunglasses-like wearable VR prototype featuring holographic lens tech
Facebook’s Reality Labs has teased a working prototype of a VR ‘headset’ that shrinks the technology down into something akin to a pair of sunglasses. To make this possible, Facebook’s researchers have combined holographic optics and polarization-based optical folding which would replace the traditional refractive lens approach.
The Adidas RPD-O1 headphones are workout-ready
Adidas has long been associated with sporting endeavors and this has spawned a range of accessories to make staying active fun. Its latest headphone accessory is called the RPD-01 is designed to be both sweat resistant and stay securely in place during physical activity.
The new Astell & Kern A&futura SE200 offers two discrete DACs in one device for the truly discerning listener
Astell & Kern has taken the wraps off its latest high-end portable audio play and it comes with a unique twist. Instead of having a single high-quality DAC, the new A&futura SE200 comes with two high-end DACs from different manufacturers for a higher level of customization.
Apple Glass patent reveals modular design approach
Apple Glass looks like it could be many different things if a series of Apple patents points to what is in store. Rather than focusing entirely on an augmented reality experience, Apple Glass could offer different functionality according to the task at hand thanks to modular componentry.
Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3 delivers 360-degree sound over Bluetooth
Harman Kardon has rolled out the latest iteration of its iconic Aura Studio line. The new speaker is the third in the series and offers 360-degree sound over a wireless Bluetooth connection.
Exclusive: Apple legend Tony Fadell responds to ARM-based Mac transition, will lead to longer lasting MacBooks, accelerate innovation
Apple legend Tony Fadell is known as the ‘Father of the iPod’, but he is also right at the heart of Apple’s decision to use ARM-based chips in the iPhone. Responding to my tweet a short while ago, Fadell revealed that he is thrilled for what it means for Apple innovation and MacBooks moving forward.
Hands-on: The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is outstanding value for money
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has caught the attention of bargain hunters who have been looking for a 2-in-1 device that is both relatively easy on the wallet and also offers premium features. Up until the Chromebook Duet appeared on the scene, this looked like an equation that seemed unlikely. So how does it stack up in our early testing?
macOS Big Sur is also officially macOS 11
Apple has finally called time on macOS X with the unveiling of macOS Big Sur. The new operating system features a redesigned UI, and is of course, the first public release of macOS that runs on Apple’s custom silicon.
Part 2: The build process for our NZXT H1 mini ITX gaming rig
In Part 1 of this build report we focused primarily on the motherboard and installing what effectively were all the key components except for the graphics card. In Part 2, we take a closer look at the popular NZXT H1 case and the installation process.
Nubia RedMagic 5G coming to the US priced under US$600 with Snapdragon 865 and latest connectivity
Nubia’s RedMagic 5G is coming to the US priced from just US$579. Not only does the device support 5G networks, it also packs a Snapdragon 865 and an ultrafast 144 Hz AMOLED display.
MS Office apps coming to Chrome OS enterprise devices thanks to deal with Parallels
If there has been one thing holding back companies from going all in on Chrome OS devices is the lack of support for Microsoft’s Office suite. That is set to change with the announcement that Google is teaming with Parallels to run virtualized versions of Microsoft’s desktop productivity apps.
12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7+ CAD renders reveal Samsung's large Android tablet comeback
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7+ has emerged in its first CAD-based renders. The forthcoming Android tablet will be the first from the company in a few years to crest the 12-inch display size as it seeks to take on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
HTC is officially back with U20 5G and Desire 20 Pro
HTC is back with not one, but two new smartphones including the first 5G-capable model it has released. The new HTC U20 5G and HTC Desire Pro boast contemporary looks but neither really stands out from the pack in any exceptional way.
LG Velvet 5G coming to Europe this month followed by North America, dual-screen case with active stylus support inbound too
The LG Velvet with 5G is officially coming to Europe this month with North America and other countries set to get the device in the weeks ahead. Also in tow will be LG’s ‘enhanced’ dual-screen accessory that also supports a new active stylus.
Surface Duo smartphone could launch as soon as July
Microsoft’s Surface Duo Android-based smartphone looks like it could be coming sooner rather than later. According to the latest rumor, the device could be set to launch as soon as next month as Microsoft is said to be keen to launch it ahead of the Galaxy Fold 2.
EA announces Star Wars Squadrons to be developed by Battlefront II studio
Following a leak, EA has confirmed that a new Star Wars game is in the making. Star Wars Squadrons is being developed by EA Motive, the team behind Star Wars: Battlefront II and will focus on dogfighting.
Sony PS5 officially revealed sporting futuristic looks
After much anticipation, Sony has officially unveiled its long-awaited successor to the PS4 series of gaming consoles. The new PS5 series features a futuristic looking design and will come in two variants, one with a traditional optical disc drive and the other in a ‘Digital Edition’.
Another month, another Intel chipset malware vulnerability
Intel has undoubtedly had more than its fair share of chipset security issues over the past couple of years. However, the end to the company’s security woes doesn’t yet seem to be in sight after yet another vulnerability has been discovered, this time deep in its silicon’s built-in security measures.
Bang & Olufsen announce partnership with MS on Xbox Series X for high-end audio
Danish high-end audio maker Bang & Olufsen has announced a partnership with Microsoft for the launch of the Xbox Series X console. Although not yet specifying exactly what it will produce as a result of the new deal, the company promises a ‘new audio proposition catered for the high-end segment within gaming”.
Part 1: NZXT H1 Mini ITX build with 10th gen Intel Core i5 6-core Comet Lake-S CPU, MSI Aero RTX 2060 Super GPU
Mini ITX gaming rigs are hugely popular at the moment as they can offer a good balance of value, performance and compactness that makes them very practical. Whether you want to grab your PC and head out to a LAN party or you simply don’t want your rig to dominate your desktop, the mini ITX config is certainly having its day in the sun and for good reason.
Hands-on: New Raspberry Pi 4 with 8 GB and the Argon One case
The Raspberry Pi 4 is the most powerful single-board computer (SBC) released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to date, and it got even more powerful recently with the introduction of the new 8 GB variant. We’ve got our hands on the new Pi and paired it with one of the most popular cases custom built for it, the Argon ONE, to find out if it could make for a reasonable desktop computing solution.
iPad Air fourth-gen to get display increase to 11-inches, Apple A13 Bionic SoC
A fresh rumor regarding the anticipated 2020 iPad Air fourth-generation model suggest that Apple will indeed go ahead with increasing the display size of the device from 10.5-inches to 11-inches. This gels with a previous rumor although the latest rumor also suggests that Apple will also move the next iPad Air from a Lightning connector to a standard USB-C port.
Hublot debuts ultra-premium US$5,800 Wear OS smartwatch
Hublot is looking to make a colorful, and expensive, splash with its new Big Bang e smartwatches. Encased in a choice of two premium materials, the devices are set to put a dent in your wallet to the tune of at least US$5,200.
Samsung budget Galaxy M01 goes official alongside the new Galaxy M11
Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy M01 budget smartphone for the Indian market. It joins the previously revealed Galaxy M11 which is slightly more upmarket, but still very much aimed at the entry-level smartphone segment.
Atari VCS will finally start shipping in June, but only to the first 500 backers
Backers of the Atari VCS have had to endure repeated delays, but there looks to be light at the end of the tunnel. The team behind the console has announced that they will have an initial run of 500 units ready for a June launch, with more units expected to ship thereafter.
Raspbian is now Raspberry Pi OS, new 64-bit beta now available
Along with the recent launch of the new 8 GB variant of the Raspberry Pi 4, the Raspberry Pi foundation also decided to give its customized Linux variant a new name. Raspbian is now known as Raspberry Pi OS going forward and brings with it a new 64-bit beta variant designed to take full advantage of the RAM upgrade.
Why the Exynos 992 is unlikely to get ARM's new Cortex-A78 or Cortex-X1 cores
A few sites have been reporting that Samsung’s new Exynos 992 chipset that could feature in the Galaxy Note 20 line will incorporate ARM’s new Cortex-A78 cores and in-house custom team Cortex-X1 cores. However, given both the minor name change and the Samsung’s previous mid-year chip upgrade track record, it is likely to be nothing more than a die-shrink of the existing Exynos 990.
Raspberry Pi 4 now comes with an 8 GB option
Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the immediate availability of a new 8 GB variant of its popular Raspberry Pi 4 SBC. The new board will be its most expensive yet at US$75, but it will help to extend the usefulness and usability of the board in a wide range of applications.
Why ARM's Cortex-X1 cores likely for Samsung's Exynos 1000, possible future Pixel SoC too
Samsung is a likely candidate for ARM’s new Cortex-X1 high-performance mobile SoC processing architecture based on some remarks made by the company buried in yesterday’s ARM press announcement. With the company’s custom Austin-based custom ARM design team scrapped, the new core is almost a certainty for the company’s 2021 home grown high-end chipset.
80% of iPhone 12 displays to be supplied by Samsung, LG and BOE to pick up the rest
Apple frenemy Samsung has secured the supply of 80 percent of Apple’s iPhone 12 OLED display orders according to Digitimes. The remainder of the OLED panel supplies are said be supplied by both LG and BOE.
New ARM Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 cores announced, will power 2021 flagships
ARM has announced its new Cortex-A78 architecture that will power most Android flagship smartphones in 2021. Interestingly, it has also branched out into extra-performance cores with the launch of its new Cortex-X1 borne out of its new Cortex-X Custom Program.
First Realme smartwatch announced, costs just US$50
Oppo sub-brand Realme has launched its very first smartwatch. The new Realme Watch has a derivative look about it but offers the sharp value that we have come to expect from the brand.
Former HTC CEO back with new VR start up XRSpace and the 5G-capable Mova headset
Peter Chou was once the very visible face of HTC when it was still a force in the smartphone market. These days, with HTC and Vive well and truly in the rear vision mirror, he is back with a new VR start up that looks like it has some potential.
Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition for use on the battlefield
Samsung has unveiled a special edition of its Galaxy S20. Dubbed the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition, the new variant is loaded with software and other features that make it suitable for deployment by the military in the field. It also comes with a special protective case that makes it battlefield ready.
US ban bites: TSMC said to cut off Huawei Kirin SoC orders
Things continue to go from bad to worse for Chinese telecoms and smartphone giant Huawei. The US recently extended its ban on the company for another 12 months with some new clauses that also target its ability to use chips that might contain any US-derived software or technology. TSMC looks to be the first to make a move.
Hands-on: 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Ice Lake model - Sunny Cove cores shine
Apple’s popular 13.3-inch MacBook is back with a refresh, but it is not the 14-inch redesign that had been rumored. However, Apple has made some substantial changes to the 13-inch range, even if the changes have been somewhat unevenly applied. For example, the entry-level models stick with Intel’s aging eighth-gen silicon while the higher-end models pick up Intel’s latest 10th-gen chips. Thankfully, all of them get the new Magic Keyboard.
On a wing and a prayer? LG 'Wing' shows it is willing to give anything a try to see what sticks
LG has been trying for years to make a buck out of smartphones but the company’s mobile division continues to generate losses. A report out of Korea indicates that it is working on a new smartphone with a literal twist where the main screen rotates into a horizonal position with a hidden secondary vertical display offering additional functionality.
Huawei P30 Pro New Edition now on sale in Germany as promised
As promised, the Huawei P30 Pro New Edition is now officially available for purchase in Germany. The device is now a generation old, but it has been freshened up with the official version of Android 10 with full Google services support.
Microsoft might have been right to skip Thunderbolt 3 (again) on the new Surface Book 3
Microsoft has been copping it for bypassing Intel’s Thunderbolt ultra-high-speed I/O once again on the new Surface Book 3. However, it appears that its recently revealed security concerns about the technology and how it interfaces with Windows may appear to vindicate its decision.
Apple legend Ken Kocienda says there was nothing inevitable about the iPhone
Was a smartphone like the iPhone inevitable? Ken Kocienda, one of its designers doesn’t believe so. Rather, Kocienda argues in a tweet over the weekend that it was “an act of creativity” and that, as such, “It wasn’t inevitable”.
New iPhone 12 details leak: 120 Hz ProMotion display confirmed for Pro models only, larger battery, improved Night Mode
Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 range will include OLED panels across all four Pro and non-Pro models, but there will be key differences. According to @EveryApplePro and @mweinbach, the 120 Hz ProMotion high refresh rate technology will be a key differentiator on the Pro models.
Apple launches online shopping hub with access to Genius support, trade-ins, lessons
Apple seems to be adapting to the realities of a post-COVID-19 world where fewer people might venture into Apple Stores, even as some start to re-open globally. The company has just launched a new online hub that pulls together all of its bricks and mortar retail services into a one-stop-online-shop.
The 10nm Intel Ice Lake CPUs found in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro are currently exclusive to Apple
The new 10th-generation quad-core CPUs found in the new MacBook Pro 13-inch appear to be exclusive to Apple, at least at this point in time. A search of the Intel Ark does not reveal any Ice Lake parts that match up with the silicon Apple is offering in its latest laptop which are much more powerful.
Samsung confirms Galaxy Fold 2 is will launch in 2H20 along with the Galaxy Note 20
Samsung has officially confirmed that it will be launching a sequel to the Galaxy Fold. The news was buried in its financial report last week as it sought to assure investors that it is going to continue to try innovating itself out of a general decline in smartphone dominance.
Fun Xbox Series X concept "Project Oris" reimagines it as an all-in-one gaming solution
Designer Joseph Dumary hasn’t been wasting his COVID-19 lockdown time twiddling his thumbs. Instead, the designer has put his extra time and energy into developing an impressive design concept for an all-in-one Xbox Series X system that has a lot of interesting features and tech packed into it.
SteamVR canned for Apple's Macs
A blog post on the Steam website has announced the sudden cancellation with immediate effect for SteamVR support on macOS. Instead, Mac users have been directed to use what are now legacy builds of the platform as Steam now switches its full support focus to both Windows and Linux.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet affordable detachable 2-in-1 tablet launch is imminent
Lenovo’s Chrome OS-based IdeaPad Duet captured a lot of interest when it was first unveiled in early January. It has very similar form and functionality to Google’s much more expensive Pixel Slate, but it is priced a lot more attractively – just US$299 including keyboard. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on it, the wait will soon be over as it is looks set to ship by May 11.
RDNA 2.5? Rumor says PS5 to include some exclusive RDNA 3 features
The latest hot PS5 rumor suggests that AMD may have given Sony special access to graphics technologies further up the pipeline than it has offered Microsoft. If true, this could result in more efficient graphics performance and rendering than its 10.28 teraflops of rated performance might suggest.
iPhone 12 range pricing and model numbers leaked
We already know quite a lot about the next major iPhone release, but we haven’t been clear on Apple’s proposed pricing and the key features of the four planned models. Until now. Tipster Jon Prosser seems to be very well connected with Apple gossip these days and he has spilled the beans once again.
Hands-on: iPad Pro Magic Keyboard with trackpad - worth the weight?
The Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad support has been a long time coming from Apple. Ten years long, in fact. To say its arrival has been eagerly awaited is an understatement so there is weight of expectation as well as the actual weight of the device itself to contend with. But in the end, is the weight worth it?
Not all it's cracked up to be? Galaxy S20 Ultra users now complaining of broken rear camera glass
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra was expected to be the Android enthusiast’s smartphone of choice in 2020, however, things don’t appear to be going too well for the high-end handset. Following reports of a range of issues plaguing the flagship handset in the past couple of weeks, a new report indicates cracked rear camera glass is now also emerging as a possible issue.
iPhone 12 production pushed back "about a month" says WSJ
Apple’s iPhone 12 will launch this year, but mass production said to have been pushed about a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, the phone is still on schedule to launch this year, but an October reveal is all but confirmed.
Already using BOE to supply Galaxy Book S displays, Samsung to tap them for Galaxy S21 OLEDs too
Samsung is one of the leading mobile device panel makers in the world, so it came as a bit of a surprise to learn that it is using BOE to supply the displays on its sleek Galaxy Book S. A new report points to Samsung potentially using BOE to supply OLED panels for its Galaxy smartphones as well.
Use your Raspberry Pi to join the fight against COVID-19
As reported last week, sales of the Raspberry Pi are current going gangbusters due to COVID-19. One cool and simple project that you can set up with your new found time and your new Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 or other compatible SBC is join the fight against COVID-19 by joining the Fold for Covid project using balenaEtcher, a balena OS image and a microSD card.
DJI Mavic Air 2 drone goes official
DJI has officially launched its eagerly anticipated Mavic Air 2 drone. The new device features a host of new and improved features and functionality while keeping the same user-friendly approach to shooting high-quality aerial footage and still photos.
HiSense launches first smartphones with color E-ink display, tablet with blue light free monochrome RLCD
HiSense is better known in the US and global markets as a maker of TVs, however the company also makes other products including smartphones and tablets. While it makes regular smartphones it has just launched a new range of smartphones featuring color E-ink displays as well as a new E-ink tablet.
First Samsung phone with pop-up camera leaks out, looks to be new A series entrant
Samsung has decided it is time to ditch notches and punch-hole cameras, at least for one of the upcoming devices in its range. Looking like a Galaxy A series contender, the new smartphone will be the first from Samsung to feature a pop-up camera.
Former Apple designer reveals original sketches, other tidbits about genesis of Apple Watch
Apple Watch is by a long way the world’s most popular smartwatch and it is now five years old. To mark the occasion, one of the former lead designers for the Watch has taken to Twitter to reveal some behind the scenes details never before revealed.
Nvidia, AMD book out spare TSMC 7nm production lines for next-gen GPUs
Nvidia and AMD have picked up any spare capacity on TSMC’s 7nm foundry as the companies ready their next generational GPUs. The report comes from Taiwanese rag Digitimes that says the new orders will help to ensure TSMC posts relatively strong results compared with its competition.
Here are the recommended PC specs for MS Flight Simulator
Microsoft has revealed the specifications required to power its all-new Flight Simulator on PC. In a pleasant surprise, a PC with mid-range specs from 2013 will be able to play it, but a higher end rig from 2019 will be best placed to demonstrate everything the game has to offer visually.
Once held up as the future of consumer AR, Magic Leap lays of 1,000 staff pivots to enterprise
Magic Leap has announced that it is cutting staff and reorienting from a consumer focus to an enterprise focus. The company blames COVID-19 for at least some of its woes but the reality is that it never really gained traction as it has thus far overpromised and underdelivered.
SteelSeries reveals new Arctis 1 Wireless Cyberpunk 2077 themed headsets for Xbox and PS4, Switch, PC and Android
Steel Series has launched its Cyberpunk 2077 ahead of the game’s launch in September. The new range includes the all-new Arctis 1 Wireless headsets for Xbox, PS4, Android, Switch and PC. Users of the Arctis Pro series can also purchase Cyberpunk 2077 a themed ‘Booster Pack’ to customize their headsets as well.
Motorola Edge+ specs and pricing revealed - Snapdragon 865, 12 GB RAM and US$1K price tag
Motorola’s Edge+ full specifications and pricing have been leaked a day ahead of its launch. The first true flagship smartphone from the company in some time will come packed with high-end features at a high-end price.
Xcode said to baked into iPadOS 14, big implications for developers and pro-class apps for iPad
The leaks just keep coming from Jon Prosser at the moment and this new one is a big one, particularly if you’re a developer. However, it also has possibilities for the introduction of pro apps on the iPad which will only serve to widen its already considerable audience.
GPD Win Max mini officially launched with a built-in Xbox 360 controller
First teased last month, the GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC is now official. The device is a remarkable hybrid of laptop and hand-held gaming console rolled into one with some pretty decent specs to back it up.
New AirPods ready to go, could join new MacBook Pro for May launch
Apple is keen to build on the sales momentum of its AirPods line. According to the latest in a string of Apple-related leaks from Jon Prosser, a new model is inbound and set to join the line up as soon as May when the next round of Apple product releases is expected.
iPhone 12 Pro second-generation Face ID system detailed, more
Jon Prosser looks to be heading to No. 1 with a bullet as the leading Apple tipster on the internet right now. A self-professed “professional a**hole,” Prosser has been on the end of some excellent leaks lately, and his latest one details the second-generation True Depth Camera system that will feature on the iPhone 12 Pro models.
The Tor Project forced to lay off one-third of its staff
The Tor Project has announced that it has had to let go 13 employees, which counts for one-third of its core workforce. Entirely funded by donations, the team has been forced to make the layoffs due to the effects of COVID-19.
LG releases video of new Velvet smartphone, reveals classy, minimalist look
LG officially confirmed this week that its new premium entrant into the mid-range market will be called the Velvet. After teasing it with some sketches and a logo, the company has now revealed it in full with the launch of its promotional video showing a very sleek and clean design.
Apple Music now finally available through a web interface
Apple Music’s web-based interface is finally out of beta and is now widely available. The interface is long overdue and now puts Apple Music in line with its leading competitors all of which have browser-based access in addition to mobile and desktop apps.
Raspberry Pi sales surge on the back of COVID-19 crisis
There have been a lot of unexpected side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and we can add another to the list. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed that March saw its second highest number of sales since it launched in 2012.
Limited Edition Cyberpunk Xbox One console inbound three months before the game itself
Microsoft has announced what could be its last limited-edition Xbox One X console before the arrival of the all-new Series X console late this year. The new Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition bundle comes with an elaborate design including bespoke controller and a copy of the game.
Next major update for Windows 10 coming in May with enhanced raytracing support
Microsoft’s next major update to Windows 10 will land in May. The new update brings some useful features to users including Cloud reset as well as the much anticipated DirectX 12 Ultimate with improved raytracing support.
Near final iPhone 12 Pro Max render based on official CAD leak
EverythingApplePro and XDA’s Max Weinbach claim to have exclusively revealed the final iPhone 12 Pro Max design. It certainly looks authentic and aligns with recent rumors about its overall look. The biggest highlight from the apparent leak is just how much thinner the bezels are, something also noted by frequent Android leaker @UniverseIce.
Apple premium noise cancelling headphones said to be highly customizable
A new report from Bloomberg confirms that Apple is working on a set of on-ear or over-ear headphones. However, in a very Apple-like twist, the design is said to feature interchangeable parts to emphasize personal customization.
New iPhone SE has a tiny 1,821 mAh battery, just 3 GB of RAM
Apple's new iPhone SE might have some serious chops at its price point, but it isn't all great news. A China Telecom listing shows it is fitted with a small 1,821 mAh battery and just 3 GB of RAM.
Apple's crazy expensive Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is now up for order
Apple’s most expensive iPad Pro accessory yet is now available to purchase. The new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro features a number of upgrades over its predecessor, but Apple is making you pay dearly for them.
Next Apple TV refresh could see it pick up an A14 SoC, HomePod could get a Google Nest Hub makeover
The next Apple TV refresh looks set to bring with it Apple’s next-generation A14 SoC according to a fresh rumor. Also on the cards is an Apple HomePod with a display along the lines of a Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show after code examinations shows that Apple has switch to tvOS for the HomePod operating system.
TechInsights confirms our analysis that the A12Z in the new iPad Pro is just an A12X with an extra GPU core enabled
As we reported exclusively, the iPad Pro (2020) is fitted with a rebinned A12X chip that it has simply renamed the A12Z. The confirmation comes after TechInsights carried out an x-ray of the A12Z highlighting it has exactly the same physical layout as the A12X.
Chrome OS shifting to Progressive Web Apps in place of certain Android apps
Google is making certain apps available as progressive web applications available as the preferred option via the Play Store for Chrome OS. The development is seen as a win for open platforms and from a user experience perspective where some Android apps don't stack up on a larger display.
Razer launches Pikachu True Wireless Earbuds with Poké Ball case
Razer has lined up a treat for Pokémon fans with the launch of its new themed Hammerhead variant. Targeted specifically at the Pokémon crazy Chinese market, the new headphones will undoubtedly also attract interest from die-hard fans everywhere.
Pick up a Pixel 4 at Best Buy for just $449, a $350 saving
US customers can save a whopping $350 on a Pixel 4 during Best Buy’s current 24-hour sale. The price is valid with a same day activation making it great value for a flagship handset.
LG's new smartphone is called Velvet to evoke 'lustrous smoothness and premium softness'
It was only a couple of days ago that LG first teased the design direction of its next smartphone and the drip feed continues. Today LG announced that the new device will be called the LG Velvet.
Google Duplex reaches Canada, UK and Australia
Google has continued its progressive global rollout of Duplex, its AI-powered automated phone booking service for Android smartphones. The latest countries to receive the functionality include Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Moto adds Blush Gold color to Razr in fresh hopes to pry US$1,500 from your wallet
Motorola has added a new Blush Gold color to its Razr fold line up hoping to inspire a new round of sales. Unfortunately, while the new color has a more upmarket look about it, the US$1,500 starting price is still hard to swallow.
LG reveals new design language for G-series flagship smartphone replacement
LG has all but confirmed that its flagship G-series smartphone line is dead with its reveal of the new design direction its next smartphone will be taking. The new sketches point to a highly refined, clean and elegant design aiming to differentiate itself primarily by going for a more seamless and integrated look.
Samsung retargeting Apple iPad Pro line with new 12.4, 11-inch Galaxy Tabs for 2020
Samsung once again trying to get Apple directly in its sights with rumored new 12.4-inch and 11-inch Galaxy Tabs. It has been all over the shop with display sizes and ratios, but is once again following Apple’s lead.
Sony reveals radically different PS5 controller it is calling the 'DualSense'
Sony has unveiled its next-generation PlayStation 5 controller. It has undergone a significant redesign, unlike the Xbox Series X controller, and also picks up a new name – ‘DualSense’. However, its console continues to stay under wraps for the time being.
Opinion: An alternative take on the Exynos 990-powered Samsung Galaxy S20 range
Samsung has been taking quite a lot of flak for its semi-custom Exynos 990 SoC as there are some performance differentials between it and the models shipping in its home market of Korea, China and the US, which are fitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. But is the criticism truly warranted?
Home office guide: A desktop or laptop?
Working from home might require an investment in some computing power. There are clear advantages and disadvantages in choosing either a desktop or a laptop. From a bang-for-your-buck perspective desktops are usually the champs while offering other benefits. From a flexibility perspective, laptops clearly come out on top. So which do you choose -- a desktop or a laptop? It might come down to the work that you do.
Amazon launches Blink Mini camera with motion detection for just US$35
Amazon has launched the Blink Mini, it’s latest home security camera. The diminutive device integrates seamlessly with Amazon’s other Blink products as well as its Alex line of voice-controlled devices.
Epic Games partners with J.J. Abrams on Spyjinx mobile game for iOS, Android
Fortnite maker Epic Games has teamed with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams on a new mobile game for iOS and Android. Dubbed ‘Spyjinx’, the new game will pit players against each other in a multiplayer that mixes action-strategy with RPG character development.
Hands-on: 2020 11-inch iPad Pro with A12Z Bionic SoC, Wi-Fi 6 and LiDAR scanner
Apple’s new iPad Pro is here and, as usual, there is at least an element of controversy surrounding its launch. If it isn’t claims of Bendgate 3.0, it is the classic fanboy angst caused by our revelation that the A12Z powering the new iPad is a re-binned A12X with its 8th GPU enabled. We’ve got our hands on the 11-inch model and have some first impressions for you.
Apple Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X go free to use for 90 days
Apple is giving creative pros and others the opportunity to use the full versions of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X to users for 90 days. Final Cut Pro X had previously been available for a 1-month trial period while this is the first time users have ever been able to give Logic Pro X a trial before buying.
Kuo: A wholesale transition for Apple to ARM MacBooks and Macs to start next year - as we predicted
In his latest research note, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has forecast that Apple will make a large-scale transition to ARM-based MacBooks and Macs in 2021. Previously Kuo had indicated 2021 would be when the first ARM-based Mac would ship, but wasn’t it still wasn’t clear that Apple would take baby steps or go the whole hog. At the time, we correctly speculated that there were good reasons for Apple to go hard on the ARM-based Mac transition and it looks as though the same rationale will drive the change.
Galaxy S20 only mustering 60% of Galaxy S10 sales
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series isn’t selling anywhere near as well as the Korean tech giant had hoped. A report coming out of its home country says that it has only sold around 60 percent of the volume of Galaxy S10 sales a year ago.
Native trackpad support on iPad Pro opens the door to dual booting Windows 10 on ARM
Apple has long supported the ability for the Mac to be able to dual boot into Windows via Bootcamp. Now that it comes with native trackpad support, it opens up the intriguing possibility of dual booting into Windows 10 on ARM.
Official renders of the Huawei P40 Pro 5G leaked by Evan Blass
Evan Blass has leaked the first official renders of the Huawei P40 Pro in a promotional poster. The leak comes ahead of the official launch tomorrow with expectations running high around its camera performance.
Refreshed 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab A (2020) with LTE, hi-res display hits the US for just $279
Samsung has launched a refreshed 8-inch Galaxy Tab A that brings a number of notable improvements, particularly with the addition of LTE connectivity. The new model also brings upgrades to its performance, the display and camera but still runs Android 9 out of the box.
Rumor: iPhone 12 Pro could go portless, explains renewed interest in AirPower
The failed AirPower project has been revived within Apple, according to tipster Jon Prosser, because the company is keen to push forward with a portless iPhone. Although not calling out the iPhone 12 Pro to get a portless design, it wouldn’t surprise to see Apple advance to a portless design sooner rather than later.
Android GPU Inspector to bringe huge performance gains to Snapdragon 855-powered phones
Qualcomm has announced that its collaboration with Google to bring upgradable mobile GPU drivers has started to bear fruit. The first smartphones to receive driver upgrades will be the Snapdragon 855 =-powered Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 with more coming later.
Logitech has made its most high-end webcam for Mac users
Logitech has released one of its most high-end webcams yet in the form of the 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam. Designed with Apple’s expensive 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR in mind, the secure mount holds the webcam firmly in place atop your visual pride and joy.
HP partnering with Valve, Microsoft on new VR headset
HP has teased its latest VR headset and it looks like it will be a genuine challenger to the current top tier VR headsets on the market. The new headset has been designed in partnership with both Valve and Microsoft, suggesting that it could be something special.
Rumor: Apple is having a crack at resuscitating its failed AirPower charging mat
Apple is said to be working once again on its failed AirPower project. The tip comes from Jon Prosser who has been a fountain of hot Apple tips lately yesterday pointing to a 5G iPad Pro model he says will debut later this year.
F1 launches Esports Virtual Grand Prix series featuring real F1 drivers
If you’re an F1 fan, the postponement of all current F1 races until the end of May will be a hard pill to swallow. However, out of all the doom and gloom, F1 has announced that it will launch a new F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series featuring “a number” of current F1 drivers which should make for some good entertainment.
Stillborn Essential Phone PH-2, PH-3 renders show gorgeous iPhone-like design
In a public post on his website since locked, former Essential designer Kevin Hoffman has posted renders of two Essential PH-1 sequels that until now have never seen the light of day. The Essential PH-2 and Essential PH-3 provides a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been had Andy Rubin’s company not gone under.
Rumor: Apple prepping 5G iPad Pro with A14X chip for late 2020
Tipster Jon Prosser has been particularly active lately with leaks camp out of the Apple camp. His latest is rather juicy predicting that Apple will release a iPad Pro model with 5G connectivity later this year with an all-new A14X chip.
Apple quietly upgrades the Mac mini with double the storage
Amid all the fuss surrounding the launch of the new iPad Pro range and MacBook Air, Apple also gave the Mac mini a surprise boost. Although the CPUs and RAM configurations remain the same, it has doubled the standard storage at no additional cost (at least in the US).
The new iPad Pro is exciting in many ways, but its battery life is pathetic
There is a lot to like about the new iPad Pro. Its new LiDAR scanner is certainly cutting-edge and its new Magic Keyboard accessory is everything Apple fans have been wanting. But its battery life continues to be stuck at 10 hours all these years after its launch.
A closer look at the LiDAR scanner on the new iPad Pro
Instead of using a standard 3D ToF sensor for its new iPad Pro, Apple has upped the ante by using a LiDAR scanner instead. It has opted for the more advanced technology to take the augmented reality capabilities of the iPad Pro to the next level.
A closer look at the new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard with trackpad support
The wait is over for the long sought after trackpad support for Apple’s iPad range. The launch of the new iPad Pro also brings with it an all-new keyboard that drops the infamous butterfly mechanism in favor of Apple’s revised Magic Keyboard scissor switch.
Korg, Moog make synth apps free in response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus
With the new coronavirus forcing most of us to stay at home, we are all going to be looking for things to do to keep us entertained. Enter Korg and Moog, which have both made a couple of their popular synth apps available to download for free for a limited time.
Been wondering how big the Xbox Series X is? Microsoft compares it with a fridge for scale
Although Microsoft has already taken the wraps off its forthcoming Xbox Series X console, it hasn’t been completely clear from renders of the console exactly what its dimensions are. For home theater enthusiasts this could be a potential issue, but Microsoft has now cleared that up, albeit in a rather unorthodox manner.
A closer look at the Xbox Series X removable storage system
There is no doubting that the Xbox Series X is going to be a beast. But in addition to its raw processing power, the system architecture is also designed to be both fast and flexible. One of the highlights of this flexibility is the new removable expansion cards made in partnership with hard drive specialist Seagate.
Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board to pursue philanthropy, climate change agenda
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down from his role on the Microsoft board according to the company. Although Gates will still remain an advisor to current CEO Satya Nadella, he will instead now focus his energies on his philanthropic and climate change efforts.
Tag Heuer launches third-gen luxury Connected smartwatch powered by Qualcomm this time around
Swiss luxury watch maker Tag Heuer has launched its third-generation Connected smartwatch. The most notable change, in addition to a more refined design, is a switch from an Intel chipset to Qualcomm’s 2018 Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 takes on AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3 with ANC
Sennheiser has launched its latest volley in the fight for the lucrative in-ear true wireless earphone supremacy. Like the segment leading AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3, Sennheiser has upped his game to include active noise cancellation which has become a key feature enhancement this generation.
Montblanc launches Summit 2+ smartwatch and its first wireless Smart Headphones
Luxury goods maker Montblanc has launched its latest smartwatch alongside its first pair of premium wireless headphones. The new Summit 2+ builds on the same platform as its predecessor but is now larger while its new luxury Smart Headphones will appeal to well-heeled travelers.
Vivo NEX 3S 5G goes official with Snapdragon 865 led system overhaul
The Vivo NEX 3S 5G is official with the Chinese smartphone maker launching its latest flagship via its website. As had been expected, Vivo has kept the updates to the device relatively minor although its internals have been upgraded to support the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 powering it.
Oxygen level sensing coming to future Apple Watch say tipsters
Early on in the product life cycle of the Apple Watch, Apple realized that it was on to a winner with its health tracking features. This is an aspect of the device that it has continued to refine with each iteration. It looks set to continue to this push by offering blood oxygen level sensing in a future model.
Galaxy S20 Ultra performs well in torture tests
As has become the norm, Samsung has released its latest smartphone and a couple of YouTubers have done their best to destroy it. It appears the Korean giant has noticed this tradition and has made the Galaxy S20 Ultra in a way that its surprisingly resilient.
Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S20 range among those added to Netflix HDR support list
Netflix has updated its support pages with new mobile devices it is supporting for both HDR and HD playback. Among the list of devices added with HDR support are Samsung’s Galaxy Fold models (4G/5G) as well as Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 range and the Galaxy Z Flip.
New and unfixable Intel chip flaw discovered putting PCs at risk of attack
Intel has had a rough trot with chip-level security flaws in the past couple of years and it seemed as though it had gotten on top of them. Unfortunately, security researchers have discovered a new chip-level vulnerability affecting most Intel CPUs made in the past five years but this time it doesn’t look like a software patch will fix it.
Motorola Edge+ renders leak revealing a competitive Android flagship alternative
Renders of Motorola’s first proper high-end flagship in over a year have emerged and, if accurate, it’s a looker. The device features a curved display that some are calling a ‘waterfall’ type but while that might be arguable, there is doubting that it looks impressive.
Samsung launches 1000R ultra-curved monitors for the home and office
Samsung has revealed its new ultra-curved monitors for the office. The new T55 series comes in three sizes and features the same dramatic 1000R curve seen on the gaming monitors it introduced at CES 2020.
Google cancels I/0 2020 over coronavirus
Google has officially canceled Google I/O 2020 due to coronavirus concerns. As with cancellations of other events, it is a significant blow as it is the annual software showcase for the company that also usually features some hardware launches as well.
Standford's [email protected] project looking to tap into latent PC power to tackle the coronavirus
Standford’s [email protected] project has been running for a number of years using the donated idle hours of computers to help undertake complex calculations for researchers. With the advent of the novel coronavirus, researchers are now putting out a call to help develop potential treatments for COVID-19, the infectious disease it causes in humans.
A wholesale transition for Apple to ARM-based chips is on the cards and here's why
Ming-Chi Kuo got tongues wagging this week with an investor note tipping the first ARM-based Mac will arrive in early 2021. While most people expect Apple to dip their toes in the water with a MacBook Air-like model, a wholesale transition from Intel x86 to to ARM in quick time is feasible.
Why the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Book S make for a perfect one-two mobile punch
Whether you like it or not, think it’s necessary or not, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a revolutionary device. Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy Book S also heralds a revolution as well in offering up to 25 hours of battery life in a thin and light ultrabook. Read on to find out why they have become my indispensable mobile companions.
MacBook Air finishes last against Galaxy Book S, Surface Pro X in app benchmark
Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Air has finished last behind both the Samsung Galaxy Book S and the Microsoft Surface Pro X in the PC March application benchmark. The test is meant to give users an insight into the real-world performance of a device when running Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Edge browsers.
The mystery of the Samsung Galaxy Book S display panel
Reading comments on forums and elsewhere, one aspect of the new Samsung Galaxy Book S that appears to be giving some potential buyers pause is Samsung’s less than detailed description of the display panel it has incorporated into the device. We’ve done a little digging and believe its TFT LCD panel has been supplied to Samsung by BOE and utilizes and uses Advanced Fringe Field Switching (AFFS) technology, derived from IPS technology, to deliver wide viewing angles and a wide color gamut.
Tested: Samsung’s Snapdragon 8cx-powered Galaxy Book S lives up to extraordinary battery life claims
One of the touted advantages of porting Windows 10 to work on the ARM64 architecture is the claim of exceptional battery life. Samsung claims its new Qualcomm Snapdragon Galaxy Book S can deliver up to 25 hours of continuous video playback and our testing backs up the company’s claims.
What makes the Snapdragon 8cx and Microsoft SQ1 PC-optimized compared to the Snapdragon 855?
All the talk and expectation around mobile silicon from Qualcomm this year is understandably focused on its beastly Snapdragon 865. However, there are to relatively new PCs on the market that are running PC-optimized versions of the 2019 flagship Snapdragon 855. These are of course, the Samsung Galaxy Book S and the Microsoft Surface Pro X. The Galaxy Book S runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx while the while Microsoft’s Surface Pro X runs a custom variant of the 8cx dubbed the Microsoft SQ1. So, what are the differences between them and is there much of a difference in performance between the chipsets?
Benchmarked: Galaxy Book S is thinner, lighter, faster than MacBook Air
One of the reasons Microsoft has been pursuing Windows on ARM is that these devices have shown the ability to deliver outstanding battery life. In fact, Samsung claims that its Galaxy Book S can deliver up to 25 hours of continuous video playback. The Galaxy Book S also happens to be the first Snapdragon 8cx-powered laptop on the market and its performance on Geekbench 5 shows that it also offers excellent performance.
Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Books S with Snapdragon 8cx and the promise of 25 hours of battery life
After first being announced in August, Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy Books S is finally here. Setting it apart from the competition is its ultra-light sub-1 kg weight and incredible claimed battery life of 25 hours. Has the wait been worth it?
Glassholes rejoice! Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Developer Edition reaches retail channels
Google has announced that its Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is headed to regular retail channels for developers. Although failed as a consumer product, at least in the immediate future, the company has found legs for it in enterprise so much so that demand has warranted its wider availability.
Resurrected BlackBerry handsets from TCL to disappear from the market in August
Chinese smartphone maker TCL has announced that it will cease making and releasing new BlackBerry handsets come August 31. TCL started licensing the brand in December of 2016 following BlackBerry’s exit from the smartphone market in September the same year.
Uh oh: Motorola Razr users complaining about hinge noise
Motorola’s flashy and pricey Razr reboot doesn’t appear to be off to a convincing start. Max Weinbach from XDA Developers posted a video of a in-store Razr demo unit creaking loudly every time the device is folded or unfolded. This was then followed with similar videos posted by other early adopters of the device who have received shipping units.
Ming-Chi Kuo: Expect an avalanche of new Apple gear in 1H20
Well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued his latest research note on Apple’s 2020 product pipeline for TF International Securities and Apple fans are in for a treat if Kuo’s predictions materialize. Among new products expected in the first half of 2020 include Apple’s budget 4.7-inch iPhone, an iPad Pro refresh, AirTags, MacBook Pro/Air refresh, a small wireless charging mat and a set of high-end Bluetooth headphones.
Star Trek's universal translator comes one step closer to reality with Google Translate update
Google has been working hard to bring all sorts of AI-powered smarts to Android smartphones for some time. The latest application of this technology will bring Android closer to realizing the Star Trek vision of universal translator with a forthcoming update to Google Translate for Android.
Looks like Motorola wasn't kidding about stronger than expected Razr demand
It appears Motorola wasn’t pulling a stunt when it claimed the delay in launching its foldable Razr flip phone reboot was due to stronger than anticipated demand. Despite holding off on pre-orders for a month to better prepare for the launch, pre-orders are already backed up to mid-February at its online store, according to The Verge.
Moto Razr display sounds as vulnerable to damage as the Galaxy Fold
Motorola’s Razr reboot with foldable pOLED display is up for pre-order, but it looks like it could carry the same caveats as Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Ahead of its widespread availability the company has posted several videos including a care video that suggests it’s not going to offer a care-free user experience as promised by execs at its launch event.
NexDock 2 laptop dock for Samsung DeX, Raspberry Pi starts shipping to backers
NexDock has started shipping its NexDock 2 to Kickstarter backers. The device is a ‘dumb’ terminal for connecting to, and working, off the brains of smartphones and micro PCs like the Raspberry Pi.
Asus ROG Bezel-Free Kit will make your gaming monitor bezels disappear like magic
Gamers who have dual or triple monitor gaming rigs will be keen to check out the latest accessory from the Asus ROG gaming team. The new ROG Bezel-Free Kit (ABF01) is designed to be placed at the corners of one of more monitors to create an optical illusion to make it seem as though the bezels disappear as if by magic.
True Galaxy Fold successor to arrive Q2 with a perfect looking set of upgrades
Samsung will indeed launch a follow up device to its controversial Galaxy Fold. Although some are referring to the Galaxy Z Flip as the ‘Galaxy Fold 2’, the device described by XDA’s Max Weinbach will indeed be a proper successor to Samsung’s original foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid.
Samsung's Snapdragon 8cx-powered Galaxy Book S is finally shipping
Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy Book S finally has a shipping date, at least in one country. First unveiled back in August alongside the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy Books S will officially hit the market on January 31.
Next iPad Pro keyboard could feature scissor-switches and backlighting
Taiwanese publication Digitimes is reporting that Apple is developing a new keyboard for its iPad Pro line that will use a traditional scissor switch mechanism like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. For the first time, Apple’s first-party keyboard accessory will also reportedly feature backlighting for the first time.
Moto Razr pre-orders open January 26, ships February 6
Motorola will start taking pre-orders for its eagerly anticipated Motorola Razr phone reboot. One of the hit flip phones in the mid-2000s, the Razr has been reborn with a foldable pOLED display and is among the more affordable models to hit the market so far.
FBI pressure leaves iCloud, iPhone users vulnerable to unencrypted back door
Apple has found itself in another privacy related controversy, this time over a decision apparently made two years ago, but only coming to light now. According to Reuters, Apple abandoned plans to fully encrypt iPhone (and iPad) back ups in iCloud following pressure from the FBI. The move raises serious privacy concerns for a company that touts itself as a user privacy leader.
Valve's Half-Life series is free on Steam for the next two months
To help drum up the hype ahead of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx in March, Valve is offering gamers an unbeatabale deal. For the next two months, anyone with a Steam account can download and play each of all previous Half-Life titles for free to help refamiliarize gamers with the franchise or attract new fans.
DJ Koh dumped as head of Samsung smartphone division in leadership shake up
Samsung has dumped DJ Koh as head of its mobile division on the eve of the launch of the Galaxy S20. In his place, the Korean tech giant has appointed 20-year company veteran Roh Tae-moon who was the second-in-charge of the division.
Google Pixelbook Go now shipping in 'Not Pink' three months after launch
Google’s Pixelbook Go has been on the market for around three months now, but it has only been available in ‘Just Black.’ If you have been waiting patiently for the ‘Not Pink’ variant, it is now finally shipping to customers in three model variants.
Native Steam support in the works for Chrome OS
Google is working on bringing support for Steam to its Chrome OS, reports Android Police. The platform would run on inside Linux on Chrome, which is already backed into Google’s lightweight browser-based operating system.
Samsung drastically cuts Galaxy S20 storage options
Yesterday’s full Galaxy S20 spec sheet leak revealed one rude shock for Samsung fans. If you want more than 128 GB of standard storage you will need to pony up for the Galaxy S20 Ultra model which is the only one of the three to offer an additional 512 GB storage tier.
Full Galaxy S20 specs leak highlighting model differentiation
Teenage leakster Ishan Agarwal has managed to get his hands on the complete spec sheet for the upcoming Galaxy S20 series of flagship smartphones from Samsung. Most of the key details have leaked in one form or another, but this is the first time they have been collated in complete form in a single table.
Alphabet crests US$1 trillion market cap thanks to Google
Alphabet has become the US fourth company to crest the US$1 trillion market cap. This puts it up there with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft which are the only other companies to achieve the milestone.
Asus creates first 'Mini' RTX 2070 GPU for Intel's 'Ghost Canyon' gaming NUC
Asus has launched its first custom GPU for Intel’s forthcoming ‘Ghost Canyon’ modular gaming NUCs. The new card is a compact version of Nvidia’s RTX 2070 features two Axial-tech fans two help maximize frame rates during play.
Samsung Galaxy S20 will come with a gimped 120 Hz display says leaker
The ‘will it or won’t it?’ saga of the Galaxy S20 display capabilities has taken a new twist. Samsung leakster Ice Universe has now confirmed that the Galaxy S20 line up will have a 120 Hz-capable display, but it won’t be enabled at the preferred QHD+ resolution.
Samsung's Galaxy S20 to come in 4G as standard, 5G optional except for the S20 Ultra
Samsung will not be fitting 5G radios as standard to its forthcoming Galaxy S20 range of devices. The move follows Qualcomm’s decision not to integrate a 5G modem into the design of its Snapdragon 865 chip. The only device in the S20 range to pick up 5G as standard will be the higher end Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Harman Kardon rolls out new 'Fly' range of headphones, including AirPods competitor
Samsung subsidiary Harman Kardon has taken the wraps off what it hopes will be able to take on Apple’s AirPods and headphones like the Apple-owned Beats Solo Pro among others. Each of the three new models, in total, also feature Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support.
Galaxy S20 could ship with 120 Hz display deactivated, Ultra is no 'Ultra' says leaker
Tipster Ice Universe, in a series of now deleted tweets, has suggested that Samsung could drop the 120 Hz display functionality that he only this week tipped was coming to the new Galaxy S20 range. In another since deleted tweet, Ice Universe also suggested that other than the extra-large display 6.9-inch display, there is now nothing else that might distinguish the ‘Ultra’ model.
Samsung insider confirms 120 Hz displays for all three Galaxy S20 models
Samsung insider Ice Universe has started to drip feed specifications of the Galaxy S20 series of smartphones set to debut on February 11. A key feature just confirmed is that all of the three flagship models will feature Super AMOLED displays with a 120 Hz refresh rate for the first time.
Pixel 4a may not get an XL variant according to rumor
Google’s Pixel 4a looks like it could be a sleeper hit for the company if purported early renders of the device are accurate. However, according to a respected vlogger, Google could be set to skip a 4a XL variant so as to avoid cannibalizing the sales of the higher-end Pixel 4 XL.
Samsung's Galaxy S20, clamshell foldable get February 11 launch date
The Galaxy S20 (formerly known as the Galaxy S11) is set to debut on February 11 according to an official-looking Samsung Galaxy Unpacked teaser video found on the net by XDA’s Max Weinbach. The same clip also implies that there will be a second device launched at the same time, which is likely to be Samsung’s forthcoming foldable flip phone.
Apple introduces new custom engraving options for AirPods, AirPods Pro
Apple has launched a new free engraving service for its AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless earphones. Customers can choose from a limited range of emojis or use the alphabet to create their own name, for example.
Samsung Odyssey unveils G9, G7 QLED gaming monitors with unique 1000R curve
Samsung has revealed its latest gaming monitors and will have them on display at CES 2020 when it commences on January 7. The new Odyssey G9 and G7 range are the world’s first to feature a dramatic 1000R curve designed to fit within the full span of human vision.
Samsung expects 2020 to be a breakout year for 5G smartphones
Samsung is bullish about the 5G smartphone market in 2020 quoting figures from Counterpoint Research to support its view. According to forecasts the market for 5G smartphones is expected to undergo substantial growth and will account for 18 percent of total sales, up from just 1 percent in 2019.
The first 5G tablet to hit market is coming from Samsung in Q1 2020
We knew Samsung was working on a 5G variant of its current flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 but we didn’t know when it was coming. Samsung has now cleared things up at least a little by announcing it will hit the market in Q1 2020.
Brydge announces new keyboards, accessories for Surface Pro X, Go and iPad
Brydge has announced a new line up of its popular tablet keyboards coming in 2020. New keyboards are in bound for the Surface Go and the Surface Pro X along with new wireless keyboards for Windows, a new iPad OS Trackpad and other accessories.
Survey puts Apple and Samsung with 9 out 10 smartphone sales in the US
Chinese smartphone makers have had huge success globally, but one market they are yet to crack is the US. According to a new survey by Wave7Research, the US market is dominated by just two brands with Apple and Samsung swallowing up a whopping 90 percent of smartphone sales stateside.
Klipsch takes on Sony, Bose with new Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling headphones
Klipsch has taken the wraps off its first pair of wireless over-ear noise-cancelling headphones. The segment is a popular one that is currently dominated by Sony with its WH-1000XM3 and Bose with its Quiet Comfort 35 II model.
Apple and Imagination strike GPU deal after briefly parting ways
Apple has entered into a new licensing agreement with Imagination Technologies to use a wider range of the company’s extensive mobile GPU and AI patent portfolios. The two companies had previously been close partners before Apple ended the GPU supply partnership to start developing mobile GPUs for its iPhones and iPads in house in 2017.
Opinion: Foldable makers should be applauded for taking a risk, not torn down
It has been surprising to read a number of major tech blogs bashing the Galaxy Fold and foldable devices in general. The danger is, however, that such criticism isn't likely to go unnoticed with the risk that smartphone makers may shy away from the category. Even if some of the criticism is fair, let's hope it doesn't scare OEM's from taking a risk on releasing potentially game changing devices.
Samsung finally adds DeX support to Galaxy Fold with November security patch
Samsung has given Galaxy Fold users a small Christmas present with its second significant update for the device since it went on sale a couple of months ago. It raised the security patch level to November while also adding Samsung’s DeX functionality which was absent at launch.
Galaxy Buds+ with active noise-cancelling and larger batteries coming soon
Samsung’s rumored Apple Airpods Pro competitor looks like it is nearing release. Regulatory filings for the new headphones have hit the FCC and reveal, among other things, that they will pick up larger batteries.
Sony surprises with new Back Button OLED paddle accessory for the DualShock 4 controller
Sony has developed in an inventive, and much cheaper, solution to giving PS4 gamers a key feature from Microsoft’s expensive Elite Series 2 controller. The new Sony DualShock Back Button attachment for the DualShock 4 controller adds customizable paddles to the back the device for faster, more responsive gaming.
Leakster Ice Universe offers sneak peak at the Galaxy S11 camera array
Noted Samsung insider Ice Universe is back at it again leaking a sneak peak at what he expects the rear camera array on the Galaxy S11 and S11+ to look like. However, the leakster isn’t yet sure how the expected flash and ToF sensor will be distributed to the right.
Google Pixelbook Go 4K variant now shipping
The 4K high-end variant of Google’s Pixelbook Go has finally gone up for sale on the Google Store. Your US$1,399 will also buy you an 8th gen Core i7-8500Y and 16 GB of RAM, but it is only available in Just Black for the time being.
Galaxy Fold a success with 1 million devices sold at US$2,000 a piece
Samsung has revealed that it has sold 1 million units of the Galaxy Fold. The result should help to silence critics of the device who have questioned its resilience, usefulness and value for money.
Say hello to the Xbox Series X, coming Holiday 2020
Microsoft just dropped a bomb on an unsuspecting global gaming community by unveiling the design of its next-generation console, previously known as Project Scarlett. The new console will comprise of more than one model and thus the design revealed today has been dubbed the Xbox Series X.
Realme X50 5G will be one of the first with a Snapdragon 765G SoC on board
Oppo sub-brand Realme has released another teaser for its forthcoming X50 5G handset. This time around the company has revealed that it will be one of the first, if not the first, smartphones to feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 765G SoC with integrated 5G modem.
Oppo reveals a prototype AR headset at Shenzhen developer event
Oppo has taken the wraps off its first augmented reality (AR) headset at an event in Shenzhen China. Currently in the prototype phase, the company gave a demo of the headset to audience comprised mainly of potential app developers.
Hands-on: Microsoft Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller
Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Controller was already one of the best joysticks on the market. We’ve been playing with the Elite Series 2 over the past month and have come away seriously impressed with the improvements that Microsoft has managed to make to the original.
First 16-inch MacBook Pro user gripes begin to surface
All eyes have been on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro since its launch on November 16 to see if it had addressed the various issues plaguing the line over the past three or four years. Now that it has been in user hands for a few weeks, users have started to report some glitches, but thankfully the keyboard and throttled performance isn’t among the gripes.
Larry Page, Sergey Brin step down from Alphabet, Sundar Pichai takes over the reins
In a bombshell announcement, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping aside from their roles as Alphabet CEO and Chairman, respectively. In their place, long-trusted lieutenant Sundar Pichai will take over the reins of Alphabet while continuing in his role as Google CEO.
Galaxy S11+ screen protector leaks point to curved edges all around
Samsung’s Galaxy S11+ is generating a lot of interest as you would expect from the next Samsung flagship smartphone due for an official reveal early next year. Well known Samsung insider @universice is back at it again, this time confirming what he expects will be a substantially reshaped front display to help set the device apart from the competition.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G looks set to give Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A90 5G a headache
Oppo’s VP of Global Marketing Brian Shen has tweeted out the first official teaser for the forthcoming Reno3 Pro 5G handset. According to Shen, the device is 7.7 mm thin putting it on track to be the thinnest dual-mode mid-range 5G handset on the market when it launches next month.
Stream PC games to your Galaxy smartphone with the new PlayGalaxy Link beta from Samsung
Samsung has decided it wants in on the PC game streaming action. The company has just launched its own solution for streaming PC games to its Galaxy smartphones called PlayGalaxy Link that works over both Wi-Fi and Cellular networks.
Are you ready for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Fold?
Having invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its foldable Infinity Flex Super AMOLED display technology, it makes sense that Samsung is keen to deploy it in the marketplace where it feels it can gain some traction. Enter a patent for a foldable Galaxy Tab that is very similar to the Galaxy Fold smartphone, but larger and without a secondary display.
Honor MagicWatch 2 promises 14 days of battery life, more
Trailing in the wake of the reveal of the flagship Honor V30 and V30 Pro, the Honor MagicWatch 2 has also been launched in China. The new features a custom Kirin A1 processor that runs efficiently enough that the device is good for up to 14 days of use between charges.
Honor launches V30 Pro powered by the Kirin 990 5G, regular V30 also gains 5G support
Huawei sub-brand Honor has taken the wraps of the all-new V30 and V30 Pro. The new devices both sport support for 5G with the Pro model equipped with the latest HiSilicon Kirin 990 with integrated 5 G modem.
Samsung Galaxy Fold versus LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen
Screen real estate is everything when it comes to just about any form of productivity on any platform. When it comes to smartphones, 'phablets' have become the norm as not everyone wants to carry around a tablet as well. But for those who do, the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen make for attractive options.
Surface Earbuds delayed to spring 2020
Microsoft has announced it has delayed its recently unveiled Surface Earbuds. Originally set to ship this holiday season, the Surface Earbuds have now been delayed into Spring 2020, roughly another quarter away.
Project Scarlett to cost just US$499 despite 4x performance boost over Xbox One X
It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said that the company would not “be out of position on power or price” with its next-generation Xbox console. According to a plausible rumor, that could mean a starting price of just US$499 which should really spice up the battle for next-gen supremacy with Sony’s PS5 if accurate.
Hands On: PS4 Death Stranding Limited Edition Console
The Sony PlayStation 5 might be on the horizon, but the company just put fans of game designer Hideo Kojima in a very difficult position. Sony has partnered with Kojima on a PS4 Pro Death Stranding Limited Edition console that makes for an extremely tempting proposition that is even more striking in person than in press renders.
The wait is over: new 16-inch MacBook Pro official with new Magic Keyboard, up to 64 GB RAM and 8 TB of SSD storage
The wait is over for long-suffering Apple MacBook Pro fans as the company’s rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro finally debuts. Among the headlining features is a new Magic Keyboard with scissor switch, up to 64 GB of RAM and the option to ramp storage all the way to an 8 TB SSD.
Snap Inc launches Spectacles 3 with 3D VR recording and AR effects capabilities
Snap Inc has officially launched its new Spectacles 3. The Spectacles 3 feature dual built-in cameras that can shoot photos and video in 3D at up to 60fps with the ability to overlay 3D AR-style effects.
New 16-inch MacBook Pro now expected to debut this week
Speculation about the arrival of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has started to reach fever pitch following rumors that Apple is already previewing the device with some members of the press. If true, this would typically mean a launch for the new model by mid-week this week.
The Surface Pro X is surprisingly repairable
Microsoft’s Surface devices have justifiably won plaudits for their industrial designs, however their user repairability has been among the worst on the market. The new Surface 3 revealed a promising change of direction that has also carried over to the much thinner Surface Pro X, according to iFixit.
Google Cardboard open-sourced as a lifeline for mobile VR
VR on smartphones is all but dead following the end of Samsung’s Galaxy VR ambitions and Google’s recent announcement that it has ceased development for its Daydream VR platform. However, in an inkling of hope for those who were sold on the idea, Google has open-sourced its Google Cardboard VR headset design so that it might have a second life.
PinePhone with Linux OS up for pre-order next week
Pine64 started planning for a smartphone running on Linux last year and it looks like its vision is finally being realized. The PinePhone is nearly here and early adopters can put down some case on pre-orders from next week with the device shipping in late December through to January.
Virtual Desks and Click-to-call rolling out to Chromebooks
Google has started rolling out Virtual Desks to Chromebooks giving users a power user feature typically seen in more fully-fledged operating systems like Windows and macOS. The latest update also includes a new Click-to-call feature and easier compatible printer selection.
Confirmed: Samsung shutters custom CPU team
It’s official – the Samsung Austin Research Center (SARC) has been shuttered as rumored around a month ago. As a result, Samsung’s latest Exynos 990 could be the last, or one of the last, chips from the company to feature its custom Mongoose ARM-based cores.
LG G8X ThinQ goes on sale in the US for US$779 with dual-screen case included
LG’s latest flagship smartphone is now available in the US. The G8X ThinQ is most notable for its dual-screen accessory that comes included for US customers but is generally sold as an accessory in other markets including in Europe.
New MS Edge browser logo revelead as Chromium version nears release
Microsoft looks set finally break from its Internet Explorer past with a brand-new stylized e-shaped wave logo. The new look is undoubtedly fresh while just hinting enough at its past for those with a sense of nostalgia, but it is certainly on point for its debut using the Chromium web engine.
First smartphone from TikTok maker launched in China
TikTok is one of the most popular smartphone apps among today’s youth globally. Looking to cash in even more on its popularity, the Chinese company behind it Bytedance has partnered with Smartisan to release a TikTok focused smartphone.
Diablo IV gets official, first gameplay trailer launched
Seven years since the release of Diablo III, Blizzard has officially announced Diablo IV at BlizzCon. Unfortunately, however, Blizzard hasn’t announced an official release date with the title still anywhere from 12 to 24 months away although the first game play trailer has been released to whet gamers' appetites.
Mi Mix 4 underdisplay selfie-camera confirmed in live photos
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could be the first smartphone to market with an under-display selfie camera if leaked photos of the device in the wild are accurate. In fact, based on what is shown in the photos, the Mi Mix 4 might have two under-display cameras possibly one regular and one with a wide-angle lens, although it might be a sensor.
New 16-inch MacBook Pro to retain Touch Bar but with physical, separated ESC key and Touch ID key
A new image of the next 16-inch MacBook Pro has been spotted in macOS 10.15.1 revealing a new approach to the Touch Bar. The device is also expected to drop Apple’s disastrous butterfly keyboard mechanism for a more traditional scissor switch approach. Other design changes are minimal.
Apple TV app now surfacing on Sony Android TVs [Update]
Sony has joined the ranks of Samsung in offering the Apple TV app on its smart TVs. Users who own some of the newer models have noted that the latest firmware update introduces the Apple TV app to the collection of preinstalled apps.
Rumor: Alphabet in talks to acquire Fitbit
Google’s parent company Alphabet is said to be deep in negotiations to buy fitness wearables company Fitbit. Fitbit had indicated late last month that it was interested in a sale of the company and it looks like it might likely end up either as part of Google’s product lineup or as a standalone Alphabet backed brand.
Leak points to Windows 10X coming to laptops
Microsoft may have more plans than just running Windows 10X on dual-screen and foldable devices. In an official Microsoft webpage, since taken down, the company indicates that Windows 10X will also appear on laptops when it is released in 2020, or beyond.
Huawei and ARM cleared to continue to their technical partnership on Kirin chips
Huawei finally has something to be happy about after months of bad news following its placement on a US government entity list. Although it still isn’t able to include a version of Android using Google services, ARM has now been cleared by its lawyers to continue supplying its ARM-based chip technology to the Chinese company.
Samsung has unveiled the Exynos 990, a high-end SoC targeted for the Galaxy S11 in early 2020
Samsung has officially launched the Exynos 990 SoC along with a new 5G Exynos Modem 5123. Both are expected to find their way into the Samsung Galaxy S11 and other high-end devices from the company in 2020.
Samsung One UI 2 beta with Android 10 coming soon for Galaxy Note 10 users
Samsung has posted a notice on its Korean website announcing that its One UI 2 beta built on Android 10 is coming soon. The One UI 2 beta has been available for the Galaxy S10 range since the middle of October but only in select markets.
Google to put kybosh on HEIC loophole giving iPhone users unlimited full quality photo storage
Google is working on a ‘fix’ that is resulting in iPhone owners getting free unlimited storage in Photos online for full quality photos using its new default HEIC file format. HEIC is a newer compression technology than JPEG and the result is that iPhone owners are currently getting a free ride on full quality photo storage while Android, and even new Pixel 4 owners, are capped a 15 GB of full quality photo storage.
Netgear releases new Orbi Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System
Netgear has rolled out its latest mesh Wi-Fi system consisting of a base and one or more satellite units. The new Orbi Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi System also features the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) standard for speeds up to 1.2 Gbps.
Apple drops new Beats Solo Pro with active noise cancelling
Apple’s wholly-owned subsidiary Beats has launched an all-new Beats Solo Pro range. Effectively the Beats Solo 4, the all-new design also brings improved audio performance as well as active noise cancelling to the Solo line for the first time.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Under Armour Editon goes on sale
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been on the market for a weeks but its special Under Armour Edition has been MIA until now. The Apple Watch Nike challenger has finally hit the market in the US with its global rollout also underway
Hands-on: Is the new Nokia 7.2 a pretender or contender in the mid-range segment?
The Nokia 7.2 is the latest handset from Finland-based HMD Global, the official licensees of the Nokia smartphone brand. Like its previous devices it runs Android One but it brings a premium look and feel to a very competitive mid-range market that helps it stand out from the pack.
Evan Blass leaks official Pixel 4 renders and marketing shots
It might be hard to believe, but the Pixel 4 leaks keep coming. This time serial leaker Evan Blass has leaked official Pixel 4 renders and marketing shots ahead of its official launch next week.
Pixelbook Go caught in live photos ahead of launch
Google’s forthcoming Pixelbook Go has been leaked in full ahead of its launch. The device takes on a more rounded design language than previous Pixelbooks but remains very much focused on portability.
Oppo Reno Ace with Snapdragon 855+, 90 Hz display charges in just 30 minutes for under US$500
Oppo has continued with its spate of Reno branded device launches with the official unveiling of the Reno Ace. The new device looks to be positioned in a similar segment of the market to the OnePlus 7T from sister company OnePlus.
Essential reveals radical Project GEM mobile device after lengthy hiatus [Updated]
After being quiet for the best part of twelve to eighteen months, Andy Rubin’s Essential has surfaced with what appears to be a radical reinterpretation of a smartphone. The new mobile device looks to be focused on communication with visual content taking something of a backseat.
AMD developing barebones PC kit to take on Intel NUC platform
Intel’s NUC barebone kit computers have been popular with tech enthusiasts since they launched back in 2013. Ever since then it’s been a wait and see game to see whether AMD would launch a competitor, but it now looks like that wait is over.
Raja Koduri hints at mid-2020 debut for Intel's discrete Xe GPUs
Intel has hinted that the first of its eagerly anticipated Xe discrete GPUs will launch in June 2020. The launch date has been discerned from a cryptic tweet posted by the head of the project and former AMD GPU chief Raja Koduri.
Rumor: Nvidia Ampere 7nm GPUs to launch 1H 2020
Nvidia’s successor to the Turing architecture powering its current line of Turing based RTX 20 series GPUs isn’t far away. According to the latest rumors, the graphics powerhouse will be releasing its new chips based on Samsung’s 7nm EUV process in the first half of 2020.
Dell XPS 13 with hexa-core Core i7-10710U now shipping
Dell’s XPS 13 is now shipping as promised with a hexa-core CPU for the first time. The new 10th gen Intel Core i7 10710U brings six-core performance to 13-inch form factor that until now has typically been reserved for 15-inch or larger notebooks.
Galaxy Tab S6 to get 5G variant, will be first 5G tablet on the market
Samsung has been helping to blaze the 5G smartphone trail and it looks set to do the same for tablets. A new Galaxy Tab S6 variant has been spotted going through a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certification process that also carries the label Galaxy Tab S6 5G suggesting a release isn’t far away.
Atari teams with Antstream Arcade for VCS console retro gaming subscription
Atari and Antstream Arcade for an exclusive app that will deliver over 2,000 officially licensed retro video game titles to the forthcoming console. The Antstream Arcade app for the Atari VCS will also include 50 original Atari titles in original or enhanced versions.
Google Pixel 4 revealed in full as official render leaks out
The Pixel 4 has already been quite heavily leaked ahead of its launch, including by Google itself. However, the first official render that clearly shows the entirety of the front and rear of the device has now surfaced as well.
Switch Lite added to controller drift class action
The Nintendo Switch Lite may be new, but it appears that it too may suffer from the controller drift issue that has plagued some users of the original Switch design. Despite seemingly having a different controller mechanism, some users have reported seeing the in app camera moving despite the controllers remaining untouched.
Rumor: AMD Zen 3 architecture could run four threads per core
The x86 architecture has been hitting something of a wall lately but AMD looks like it could be set to inject it with a fresh breath of life. According to the rumor mill, the company has finalized the Zen 3 design and it introduces a new SMT4 feature that will allow each core to execute four threads simultaneously.
Official Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha unboxing vid reveals unique protective case
It was only a few days ago that Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha to a stunned global audience. The company has now rolled out an unboxing video that also answers the question of how the nearly all-glass, all-display device will be protected.
Motorola's foldable Razr reboot tipped for late 2019 launch
Motorola is still planning a 2019 release for its rebooted Razr foldable smartphone according to CNET. The company had originally planned to have launched the device by now but it may have postponed its launch plans following the issues that both Samsung and Huawei have had to address with their foldable devices.
First plausible 2020 iPhone render based on rumored protoype hits the mark
The first plausible iPhone rumor for 2020 has emerged and it looks like it could solve one of the biggest design issues with the current iPhone design. Based on a rumored prototype design doing the rounds at Cupertino, the 2020 iPhone could go truly all-screen with the True Depth camera system embedded into the top bezel.
Amazon intros Echo Studio speaker and Echo Buds in-ear Bluetooth headphones with Bose NC tech
Amazon has introduced a new Echo Studio speaker and Echo Buds in-ear wireless headphones. Both feature the latest sound technologies including support for Dobly Atmos in the former and Bose active noise-cancelling circuitry in the latter.
Facebook intros a slew of new features for the Oculus Quest including PC support
Facebook has announced several updates for its Oculus Quest standalone headset that are likely to greatly broaden its appeal. The company has announced that it is introducing wired PC support for the headset as well as hand tracking that extends its capabilities significantly.
Apple to revert to iPhone 4 design as inspiration for 2020 iPhone
Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the 2020 iPhone will draw inspiration from the iPhone 4 with its squared off and flat design. The possibility rings true given the 2018 iPad Pro redesign also adopts a similar design approach to what Kuo suggests. Regardless, the 2020 will be certain to feature the first all-new iPhone design in three years.
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha official - stuns with most radical smartphone design yet seen
Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi Mix Alpha which is undeniably one of the most breathtaking smartphone designs we’ve ever seen. Instead of using a flexible AMOLED display to create a foldable, the company has used the same technology to create a super futuristic looking device with a wraparound screen.
Hands-on: Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite aims to slot into handheld gaming console niche that continues to exist because not everyone likes to use virtual controls. But given the ongoing sales success of the original Switch, is there really any reason for its existence?
Facebook persisting with Portal, rolls out three new models
Facebook is still persisting with its Portal hardware-based communications platform. The social media company has unveiled three new models including an 8-inch Portal Mini, a 10-inch Portal and a new Xbox Kinect-like Portal TV device designed to turn your living room TV into an AV communications tool.
Vivo NEX 3 official, overflowing with high end specs but no physical buttons
Vivo has officially launched the NEX 3 the latest all-display device from the company that continues to challenge the boundaries of smartphone design. At the top of a very lengthy spec sheet is a new POLED Waterfall display with extreme curved edges that eliminate side mounted buttons in favour of software-based variants
Apple gets schooled in design by Porsche Design Mate 30 RS in leaked render
iPhone lovers are always going to anything smartphone out of Cupertino, no matter how questionable its design aesthetic may be. The new iPhone 11 Pro series has polarized opinions with its new triple-camera design but is getting strong early orders nonetheless. However, Huawei and Porsche Design have partnered to show how a top-notch multi-camera array can be integrated into a smartphone in a way that looks undoubtedly gorgeous.
Mate 30 renders leaked in full courtesy of Evan Blass
Huawei’s Mate 30 line has leaked in full renders thanks to well-known leaker Evan Blass. Leaving nothing to the imagination, we know get to feast our eyes on the Mate 30 Pro, the Mate 30 and the Mate 30 Lite in all their glory.
Microsoft Surface event October 2, chance of dual-screen 'Centaurus' reveal
Microsoft’s October Surface event will land on October 2 and it will bring some much needed hardware refreshes to the Surface Pro product line in particular. Also a possibility is a sneak peak at Windows Lite running on Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface project codenamed ‘Centaurus.’
Vivo NEX 3 will have a 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio
Vivo is arguably one of the most innovative smartphone makers on the market right now. The company pioneered the first true all-screen smartphone as well as the first under-screen fingerprint reader. Now it looks set to deliver the first smartphone with a 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Opinion: Sorry Apple, your 'new' products are not 'all-new'
Apple and its market machine is in full spin mode following the launch of the iPhone 11 range along with the Watch Series 5 and 10.2-inch iPad. Yes, it is true these devices are new. However, I take exception to Apple labeling them as ‘all-new’ on its website. Not one of its new products is ‘all-new.’
Galaxy Fold sells out in Korea 24 hours after going on sale
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has already sold out in its home market of Korea just a day after its launch. Admittedly, only around 2,500 units were on sale of the bleeding edge device but it shows that early adopters are keen to try out the latest technology from the Korean tech behemoth.
LG G8X ThinQ launched, new second screen accessory also includes third ancillary display
As expected, LG has officially revealed its latest flagship smartphone at Berlin’s IFA 2019 expo. The new LG G8X ThinQ is also offered with a new sleeker second-screen accessory that also includes a third monochrome 2.1-inch ancillary on its rear for notifications when the second screen accessory case is folded over the main display.
Puma partners with Fossil for first Wear OS smartwatch
Puma has launched its first Wear OS powered smartwatch. The famous sporting brand partnered with watch maker Fossil to bring the device to market.
Samsung Galaxy Fold officially launches in Korea, due this Friday
The wait is over. Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Fold in its home market of Korea. Locals will get the Fold in a 5G variant with 512 GB of storage on board while other markets will also get the 5G option or a 4G LTE version.
LG patents imaginative tri-fold smartphone-tablet hybrid with stylus support
LG has filed a patent for a tri-foldable smartphone/tablet hybrid that also offers stylus support. The device looks like the stuff of dreams for gadget lovers but LG has, to date, indicated that it isn’t currently focused on bringing a foldable device to market in the near future.
USB4 spec finalized, brings Thunderbolt 3 compatibility and speeds up to 40 Gbps
The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has finalized the specification for USB4. A few things are different this time around including the way the it named, as well as its support for another standard in the form of Thunderbolt 3.
Sony Xperia 2 teaser points to compact version of Xperia 1 with 21:9 display aspect ratio
Sony has rolled out a teaser ahead of its presentation at IFA 2019. The teaser features the tagline “in the palm of your hand” pointing to a more compact handset in line with rumors and leaks associated with what is thought to be the Sony Xperia 2.
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G official, brings 5G to the masses
Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy A90 5G. Although ostensibly a mid-range device given it is part of Samsung's A-series of smartphones it also packs a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset matched with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Galaxy Fold event scheduled for September 6 says fresh rumor
Long suffering fans waiting to get their hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Fold may not have to wait it out much longer. News coming out of Korea points to an imminent launch of the device this week at IFA Berlin with September 6 the likely launch date.
Fitbit Versa 2 launched with Alexa, new premium health subscription service
Fitbit has launched its second-generation Versa health and fitness smartwatch. The key upgrades include support for Amazon Alexa voice recognition and the addition of enhanced sleep tracking.
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G leaks in retail packaging, will be its first mid-range 5G handset
Samsung first mid-range 5G-capable smartphone will be the Galaxy A90. The new device will be an important device for the company as it looks to take 5G technology downstream in the hope of boosting its sales.
IFA 2019: Lenovo rolls out new C340 Chromebook in an 11-inch and 15-inch variants
As part of Lenovo’s pre-IFA 2019 Berlin announcements includes a new Chromebook S340. The device comes in two variants, a compact 11-inch version and a larger 15-inch model
Apple issues invites for a September 10 iPhone event
Apple has issued invites to the press for its 2019 iPhone event. Dubbed “By innovation only” the new generation of iPhones will be officially unveiled on September 10 that the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino.
New Surface hardware to be unveiled October 2
Microsoft is set to unveil the latest version of its Surface device line up on October 2 in NYC. Among the devices likely to make an appearance are a Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, Surface Book 3 and potential updates to the Surface Studio and Surface Go. There might even be a surprise on the cards this time around too!
Gartner: Huawei, Samsung up in Q2 smartphone sales, Apple down and under threat from Xiaomi
Despite the cards being stacked against it last quarter, Huawei managed to record an increase in smartphone sales of 16.5 percent for the quarter, while Samsung also saw a 3.8 percent bump. Apple, on the other hand, continued its downwards trend with a 13.8 percent decline in sales for the quarter.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 goes up for pre-order with free 4 month YouTube Premium sub
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Android tablet is up for pre-order in the US with some pre-order bonuses. These include four months of YouTube Premium as well as 50 percent off the keyboard cover if purchased at the same time.
Laughably, Apple's fancy titanium credit card can get discolored if left in a leather wallet
In yet another episode that will go down in the list of embarrassments for Apple, its new-fangled titanium Apple Card credit card can apparently become permanently discolored if it makes contact with fabrics like leather and denim. Given that many users will keep the card in a leather wallet or even slip it into a jeans pocket, the revelation appears to beggar belief that it could be so impractical to carry.
New Samsung patent renders point to flip phone with foldable display
Samsung’s next foldable smartphone looks like it could be a spiritual successor to the flip phones or clamshell devices of yesteryear. Like the forthcoming reborn Moto Razr, the next foldable device from Samsung looks to be pure smartphone, rather than a phone and tablet hybrid.
Alienware targets the loungeroom with 55-inch, 120Hz, 4K OLED gaming monitor
Dell had taken the covers off its Alienware 55-inch 4K OLED display. Designed for serious gamers who want to set up a gaming loungeroom it boasts a 120 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync helping to set it apart from OLED TVs on the market.
Dell's new upgradeable G5 Gaming Desktop will get you in the game from just US$629
Headlining Dell’s announcements at Gamescom is an all-new G series gaming desktop. The new Dell G5 Desktop is designed to be an attractive but affordable and upgradeable gaming machine with up to Intel Core i9 CPUs and either Nvidia (GTX/RTX) or AMD Radeon RX GPUs.
Sick of Wi-Fi video buffering? MIT may have found a solution
A team from MIT CSAIL has developed a solution that can dramatically improve streaming video quality over Wi-Fi networks. Dubbed Minerva, it has been shown to reduce buffering by 50 percent and can even improve image fidelity in around 30 percent of cases.
Logitech launches mechanical keyboards with new low-profile switches
Logitech has added two new premium gaming keyboards to its line-up. The new G915 Lightspeed Wireless and the G815 Lightsync RGB feature Logitech’s low-profile GL mechanical keyboard switches and customization through 16.8 million different colors.
Microsoft aware of severe throttling issue affecting Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 that leaves devices locked at just 400 MHz
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models are suffering from severe throttling problems. The company is said to be aware of the issue and is preparing a firmware update to address the problem.
Vivo ramps up the NEX 3 hype ahead of IFA Berlin with new sketches of 'waterfall' display
Vivo has a habit of pushing the boundaries of smartphone design and the incoming NEX 3 looks set to continue the tradition. NEX product manager Li Xiang has posted sketches of the device today highlighting some of its design inspirations.
LG G8X ThinQ leaks out, teardrop notch, set for IFA reveal
LG’s next flagship smartphone the G8X ThinQ has been leaked ahead of its official unveiling at IFA Berlin next month. The device is a minor evolution of the LG G8 ThinQ in terms of its outward appearance shifting from a multi-functional wide notch to a smaller teardrop notch along with some other notable changes.
Huawei launches Harmony OS
Huawei’s in-house HongMengOS is here and its shipping name is officially HarmonyOS. The idea behind the naming is that is a scalable micro-kernal that can work across internet of things devices right through to TVs, wearables and smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Book S debuts with Snapdragon 8cx, 23 hours of battery life and weighs under 1 kg
In the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch, Samsung also made its Galaxy Book S official. The ultrabook is its latest Windows on Snapdragon (WoS) device and is the first to market with Qualcomm’s vaunted Snapdragon 855-based 8cx SoC that has been specially optimized for applications such as this.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10, 10+ and Note 10+ 5G now official with a few impressive new tricks
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are finally official. Although most of the details were accurately leaked ahead of launch, there are some interesting tidbits that that only surfaced during the official reveal.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 to be first with Samsung's mega 108MP sensor
Xiaomi has revealed that it will be the first smartphone maker to feature Samsung’s brand new 108MP ISOCELL sensor. The super sensor will debut it in its forthcoming Mi MIX 4 that is also expected to pack a Snapdragon 855+ setting it up to be a powerhouse all-screen flagship.
LG teases dual-screen phone for IFA that could incorporate a futuristic translucent display panel
LG has unveiled an intriguing video teaser for a multi-screen smartphone set to be unveiled at IFA Berlin next month. The teaser shows a smartphone that can fold out to double its display size but could even offer a tertiary display or what may be a translucent secondary display.
Huawei's HongMeng OS could soon break cover, feature on a smartphone before end of the year
Huawei’s much ballyhooed in-house operating system HongMeng OS (aka Oak OS) could be revealed this week according to a Chinese report. Although there has been confusion about its capabilities, the same report also suggests we can expect a Huawei smartphone to run the operating system to hit the market before the year’s end.
Leak confirms Galaxy Book S is Samsung's first WoS ultrabook
Renders of Samsung’s next Windows on Snapdragon device have surfaced thanks to Slashleaks. As we surmised when it first made an appearance in GeekBench, it is an ultrabook and it looks very thin and appealing particularly if you’re a fan of Lenovo’s similar Yoga C630.
Apple suspends Siri eavesdropping program in wake of privacy scandal
Apple has suspended a controversial Siri grading program that allowed contractors to listen to recordings of customers using the voice recognition software. The purportedly privacy focused company was caught out by a whistleblower who revealed details of the program that raised serious user privacy concerns.
Trio of new Lenovo Chromebooks incoming with 8th gen silicon onboard
Lenovo has teased a trio of new Chromebooks with 8th gen Intel silicon on board. The new models come in an 11.6-inch convertible, a 14-inch 180-degree and a 15.6-inch convertible with the latter focused on business productivity
Galaxy Tab S6 now official, Snapdragon 855, lots of RAM and new S-Pen
Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Tab S6, its latest attempt to stay in the tablet game by offering features that aim to deliver what the iPad Pro doesn’t. In doing so, it also includes some new features that will also help make it a potential alternative to Microsoft’s successful Surface Pro range.
Galaxy Tab S6 and Watch Active 2 to launch on July 31 and August 5 respectively
Samsung’s Galaxy Note Unpacked event is coming up soon on August 7 but it looks like it will launch its next flagship Android tablet and Galaxy Watch Active sequel in between times. It has just dropped a new video teaser for the two devices with the set to officially launch on July 31 and August 5 respectively.
iPhone sales fall below half of Apple revenue for the first time since 2012
Apple’s iPhone business continues to weaken with sales down 12 percent over the same time last year. At the same time its Services business enjoyed a record quarter which combined with the decline in iPhone sales meant that for the first time since 2012 iPhone sales accounted for less than half of Apple’s total revenue.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is the fastest selling console to 100 million global sales
Sony has revealed that it has now sold over 100 million units worldwide. The company touted the figure during its latest earnings call making it the fastest console to achieve this milestone.
Oppo shows off new edgeless "waterfall screen"
Oppo has given us our first look at what it is calling a “waterfall screen.” The new display aggressively curves around the side of the device eliminating side bezels altogether creating a dramatic waterfall effect.
Apple caught in Siri privacy scandal, issues a statement trying to downplay its severity
Apple has been caught in a fresh privacy scandal as first reported by The Guardian. According to an Apple contractor, Apple just like Google and Amazon have been busted doing, uses contractors to analyze and assess the accuracy of its Siri voice assistant by listening into people who are unaware this is happening.
Revised Samsung Galaxy Fold will officially relaunch in September for US$1,980
After keeping us waiting for 69 days after it was originally due to launch, Samsung has finally revealed that the Galaxy Fold will go on sale in September. The device will still retail for the originally advertised price of US$1,980 but will come with several fixes to ensure it is more robust this time around.
Latest iPhone 11 rumors point to new Taptic Engine, A13 chip, new front camera and no USB-C
Some firm details around Apple’s iPhone 11 due this fall have emerged courtesy of 9to5Mac. The big tip is it will retain its Lightning port for the time being, while also getting some key upgrades to its Taptic Engine, a new front-facing camera and Apple’s next-gen A13 processor.
Samsung Galaxy Space just popped up on Geekbench, could be its first WoS ultrabook
Samsung looks to be prepping what could be a variant of its Window on Snapdragon-powered Galaxy Book 2. A new device going by the name Samsung Galaxy Space has lobbed up on Geekbench sporting very similar specifications and performance, but likely sports an alternative form factor.
2020 iPhone set to get 120Hz Pro Motion OLED display
Apple’s 2020 iPhone looks to be the one to get with the latest rumor pointing to an OLED display with a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. Apple introduced this feature on its 2017 LCD-based iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models dubbing it Pro Motion; however, it was conspicuously silent on the subject when it subsequently launched its first iPhone with a Super AMOLED display in the form of the 2017 iPhone X.
iPhone loyalty drops to lowest level in years with 1-in-4 switching to Android
A new study suggests that iPhone loyalty is at an all-time low. According to BankMyCell, which tracks smartphone upgrades, iPhone users are switching in record numbers and they are largely turning to Samsung for their upgrade when they do.
Sony Xperia 1R to feature 5K OLED display with an incredible pixel density of 899 ppi
Sony has stepped up its smartphone game with the launch of the Xperia 1 that features a stunning 21:9 4K HDR OLED display. However, it looks like it is going to take this up to a whole new level with its sequel by upgrading it to a crazy 5K resolution.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 press renders surface, reveals first keyboard cover with integrated trackpad
Samsung’s next flagship Android tablet the Galaxy Tab S6 has surfaced in press renders that include its all-new keyboard cover for the first time. Like Apple’s new iPad, the tablet looks set up to be able to charge its S-Pen wirelessly as well.
AMD Ryzen outselling Intel Core in Asia
Intel might have comfortably dominated the PC chip market for the best part of the last decade, but it now looks like it has a real fight on its hands following the launch of AMD's new Zen 2-based chips. According to Danawa Research, an offshoot of one of Asia's largest PC component retailers, AMD's new Ryzen 3000 chips captured more than half of chip sales in Asia just a couple of days after launch.
Galaxy Note 10 visits the FCC confirming it is smaller than the Note 9 and is fitted with a smaller battery
Samsung's eagerly anticipated Galaxy Note 10 has made its inevitable trip to the FCC to gain certification for its wireless technologies ahead of its launch. Although we didn't learn anything about its chipset or RAM configurations, its dimensions have been confirmed along with its battery capacity.
New cheaper MacBook Air found to have cheaper gimped SSD
You could say Tim Cook a highly effective CEO, or you could say he is a world champion penny pincher. Under Cook, Apple has found every way it can to save a few cents here and there to increase or preserve profit margins and the latest device to get the Tim Cook penny pinching treatment is the just refreshed MacBook Air.
Huawei to lay off hundreds of US employees
Huawei is putting together plans to lay off hundreds of its US-based employees, according to the Wall Street Journal. Although President Trump has eased some of the restrictions on the Chinese company, it remains on the US Entity List and US companies still need to apply for licenses to supply it.
New Samsung patent shows smartphone with radical extendable display
A new Samsung patent shows a phone that can extend its display transforming it into a small tablet. To achieve this feat, the device would use a rollable OLED panel that would also allow the device to retract back into its normal state.
Apple kills its AR glasses project while Samsung gains new AR glasses patent
Taiwan's DigiTimes reports that Apple has killed its plans for an AR headset citing supply chain sources. Samsung, however, seems to be ploughing on with its AR headset efforts filing a new patent for a foldable headset.
Sony launches the fastest USB-C hub on the market with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
Sony has launched the world's fastest USB-C hub, the MRW-S3. The device is differentiated from other similar products on the market by being the only one to support USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds up to 1000MB's.
New iPads inbound suggests latest filings
Two new Eurasia Economic Commission filings by Apple show that the Cupertino giant is prepping five new iPads. Among these is thought to be the rumored 10.2-inch replacement for the ageing entry-level 9.7-inch iPad design.
OG Switch to get upgraded Nvidia Tegra X1 chip in mid-cycle revamp
Nintendo looks to be giving the original Switch a mid-cycle revamp to match the internal specifications of the new Switch Lite. The company has made a filing seeking FCC approval for a variation in design to its flagship hybrid console noting changes to the SoC, NAND storage and CPU board.
Death of 12-inch MacBook points to ARM-based replacement for 2020
Although the focus is currently on Apple's refreshed MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, there was a subtle sign from Apple of where it is heading with its MacBook line up in 2020. The quiet demise of the 12-inch MacBook that came with the launch of the new MacBooks aligns nicely with rumors that Apple will introduce a new ARM-based MacBook next year.
Apple updates MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro
Apple has updated its two entry-level MacBooks with both the MacBook Air and the 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Both come with the fourth time revised butterfly keyboard mechanism as well as some other substantial updates along with price cuts to boost back to school sales.
Logitech rolls out the G PRO X and G PRO headsets aimed at esports gamers
Logitech has released new G PRO X and G PRO gaming headsets for 2019. The new models have been designed with the input of esports gamers while the G PRO X also features a collaboration with Blue microphones on a new Blue VO!CE feature.
VAIO launches SX12 ultraportable, weighs under two pounds
VAIO has launched its latest ultraportable in its home market of Japan. The new SX12 is one of the lightest 12.5-inch Windows notebooks on the market weighing in at under two pounds, or just 888 grams.
Latest rollable and foldable rumors point to new devices from Sony and Apple
The latest rollable and foldable rumors to surface over the weekend suggest that both Sony and Apple are prepping devices with flexible displays. The Sony rumor suggests a smartphone with a extendable rollable display while Apple could release a foldable iPad with 5G capability.
HTC financials show signs of life with best result in six months
HTC has been in dire straits financially for some time with profits taking a dive over the past several years. However, in a more positive sign for the Taiwanese company, its June unaudited consolidated revenue was up sharply from just US$24M last month to US$46.8M.
Samsung sued by Australian consumer watchdog over water resistance claims
Samsung is being sued in Australia by its consumer watchdog for allegedly making misleading claims about the water resistance of its Galaxy smartphones in its marketing. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) claims Samsung suggested customers could use their phones while under water or in the ocean.
Sony launches WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling in-ear headphones
Sony has launched its latest truly wireless in-ear buds. The new WF-1000XM3 aims to deliver a light-weight alternative to Sony's hugely successful WH-1000XM3 wireless and noise cancelling over-ear headphones.
Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked teaser focuses on tiny in-display camera
Samsung has sent official invites out to the media for its Galaxy Unpacked event on August 7 where it will officially reveal the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. The invitation features a teaser highlighting the size of the tip of its S-Pen against the very small size of its in-display selfie camera.
In rare rebuke, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly refutes WSJ article on Ive's reasons for departure
Apple CEO Tim Cook has lashed out at a Wall Street Journal article that reported Jony Ive decided to leave the company because Cook wasn't interested in design. In an email to sent to NBC's Dylan Byers, Cook refutes the story's claims as 'absurd' and that the article didn't align with the reality of the situation.
Google is working with Qualcomm on the 'Trogdor,' a Snapdragon-powered Chromebook platform
Google is currently working on at least two Snapdragon-powered Chromebooks based on a recent Chromium commit. The first was revealed late last year going by the codename 'Cheza' while the new model is known internally as 'Trogdor.' Both are ARM-based Chrome OS platforms that will find their way into OEM devices before the end of the year.
Opinion: Jony Ive leaves Apple, but it's not on a design high
Apple fans were shocked by news that legendary design guru Jony Ive is leaving the company. While Ive has undoubtedly contributed significantly to numerous iconic Apple designs in the past, he is not, however, leaving Apple on a design high.
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive leaving the company, news wipes US$9B off Apple share value
In a major blow to the Apple its fabled Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has announced he is leaving the company. As the hand behind Apple’s most iconic designs, the news immediately triggered a negative reaction on Wall Street stripping US$9 from the value of its shares in after-market trading.
US Xperia 1 pre-orders go live June 18, includes WH-1000XM3 cans worth US$350 at no extra cost
Sony has announced that its eagerly anticipated Xperia 1 will go up for pre-order in the US tomorrow. As a bonus for pre-order customers, the company will also bundle its excellent WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones with the phone making for a very appealing deal.
Microsoft prepping Snapdragon 8cx-powered WoA Surface
Microsoft looks set to bring a WoA Surface to market powered by Qualcomm’s specialized Snapdraon 8cx SoC. The device is said be going by the codename Excalibur internally and could feature on a version of the Surface Pro 7.
LG targets Samsung Galaxy M Series with W10, W30, W30 Pro affordable smartphones
LG has Samsung's Galaxy M Series of smartphones firmly in its sights with its new trio of W-series smartphones. Styled quite similarly to the Samsung range, the new LG W10, W30 and W30 Pro all come with a display notch of one sort or another and either dual or triple AI-powered cameras.
New code points to Pixel 4 supporting wide color gamut photos
Code spotted by a developer in Google Camera app shows that Google is working to bring wide color gamut image capture to the Pixel 4. Although Google is considered to hold a lead over the iPhone in still image capture, the iPhone can capture images with a wider color gamut - Google is looking to nullify that edge.
Foldable MS Surface with 9-inch display, Android app support, Intel Lakefield 10nm SoC coming 2020
We’ve known for a number of years that Microsoft has been experimenting with dual-screen devices. The first was the Courier concept, then there was the Andromeda project (aka Surface Phone) which is said was put on hold. Those dreams, however, look like they might coming fruition in the form of a foldable Surface device that can also incorporates a cellular connection.
The latest Galaxy Note 10 rumor could be a deal breaker
In a rumor that could be a deal killer for potential Galaxy Note 10 customers, it looks like Samsung will be removing a key feature from at least one of the two purported variants. If the source is correct, the smaller of the two purported Galaxy Note 10 models will forgo microSD card support leaving that feature for the larger Note 10 Pro only.
Huawei's HiSilicon 810 is the first mid-range 7nm SoC, outperforms the Snapdragon 730
Huawei has unveiled what could be one of the final few ARM-based chips that the company manufactures. The new HiSilicon Kirin 810 is a solid mid-range chip that also happens to be the first made on a 7nm node.
Opinion: Did iPadOS kill the Pixel Slate?
Tech fans were disappointed to learn that Google has officially killed off any plans for a successor to the Pixel Slate. While there had been suspicions the decision was made some time ago, it looks like the arrival of iPadOS might have been the final nail in the Pixel Slate's coffin.
Kano partners with Microsoft on DIY Windows 10 S Kano PC
Kano has taken the covers off its first DIY computer that runs Windows 10 S. Designed for classroom computing programs, it gives students the chance to understand the key components that make up a computer and then use the built product to learn programming and interact with software.
Vivo announces 120W Super Fast Charge, set to debut on the stunning Vivo APEX 2019 concept
Chinese smartphone maker announced an incredibly powerful 120W fast charging system. Appropriately dubbed the Super Fast Flash Charge, the technology can charge a 4,000 mAh battery in just 13 minutes
Sony's hexa-camera smartphone is shaping up as a mobile photography beast
The Sony Xperia 1 is the company's most cohesive flagship smartphone in years. It has got virtually all the right ingredients expected in a flagship smartphone, but it sequel looks set to ramp things up even further in the camera department.
Galaxy Note 10 locked in for August 7 Unpacked event in New York
Samsung has locked in August 7 to officially debut its much leaked, discussed and eagerly anticipated Galaxy Note 10. The sequel to the highly-regarded Galaxy Note 9 will launch almost exactly 12 months apart at the same New York venue, according to CNET.
Nvidia partnering with ARM on exascale supercomputers
Nvidia is once again partnering with ARM, however this time around it plans to further its plans to support the rise of exascale computing. The two companies have partnered on Nvidia's Tegra chips and on the custom processor powering the Nintendo Switch, but this time around it is about bringing to bare Nvidia's GPU's for their parallel processing capabilities.
Ming-Chi Kuo: 2020 iPhones will go all OLED, include 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch 5G models
The usually reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to launch its first 5G iPhone in 2020. He also expects we will see a new smaller 5.4-inch model along with a larger 6.7-inch device both with 5G connectivity. The iPhone XR-style model will get OLED for the first time, but will continue with the 6.1-inch form factor.
The Galaxy Fold looks like it is being deprioritized in favor of the Galaxy Note 10
If you were among those hoping for the Samsung Galaxy Fold to make a quick comeback after its pre-launch reviews debacle, you might need to put those hopes on ice. When asked whether the device would be launching in July, a Samsung official has told The Korea Herald that little progress has been made since the crisis surrounding the phone erupted in April.
Huawei bracing for a precipitous collapse in global smartphone sales
Huawei is forecasting a calamitous drop in smartphones sales across the globe following the Trump Administration's decision to blacklist the Chinese company. According to Bloomberg, the embattled company is expecting sales to drop by between 40 million to 60 million units torpedoing its ambitions to overtake Samsung as the number one smartphone maker in the world.
NZ startup launches the minimalist BoringPhone anti-smartphone on Kickstarter
A New Zealand startup has launched the BoringPhone on Kickstarter. As described, the phone is designed to be the anti-smartphone with the look of a smartphone, but without all the distracting apps that can just end up wasting precious time.
Seven new MacBooks inbound, could include redesign led by new Pro Workflow Team
Apple could have refreshed or redesigned MacBooks inbound for later this year. Seven new model numbers have been registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission with hopes that at least one of them could be a redesigned MacBook Pro led by the new Pro Workflow Team.
Huawei pushes back foldable Mate X launch as its product plans for 2019 get shredded
Huawei has announced that it is pushing back the launch of its vaunted foldable Mate X smartphone. Where it looked like it might beat the Samsung Galaxy Fold to market, its launch has been pushed back until at least September.
LG launches UltraGear Nano IPS LCD gaming monitors with 1ms response rate
LG has revealed its latest gaming monitors and they are ground breaking. The company claims that its new UltraGear Nano IPS Nvidia G-Sync monitors are the first gaming monitors to achieve a 1ms response rate.
Huawei working with Oppo, others on HongMengOS, also testing Sailfish OS fork Aurora OS
Huawei is pulling out all the stops to ensure that can continue to sell its smartphones. The latest indications are that the embattled Chinese technology giant is partnering with fellow Chinese smartphone makers to test its HongMeng OS while there are also suggestions it be exploring Russian Sailfish OS fork Aurora OS.
Huawei scraps planned MateBook launch as US sanctions bite
Huawei has indefinitely postponed the launch of its latest MateBooks confirming the rumors Notebookcheck exclusively reported on during Computex. At the time, we learnt that Huawei had cancelled an order for 16-inch notebook panels and the revelation that it has officially cancelled its launch plans for the CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai this week looks to be the outcome.
Microsoft is giving Age of Empires II the 4K remaster treatment and it is coming this fall
Microsoft has announced that it is bringing a remastered version of Age of Empires II to PC this fall. The new version celebrates the 20th anniversary of the famous real-time strategy game and is newly presented in 4K Ultra HD and features remastered audio as well.
Microsoft teases Azure AI-powered Flight Simulator for PC and Xbox, delivers breathtaking visuals
Microsoft has teased an all-new instalment of its venerable Flight Simulator series and it looks absolutely breathtaking. The new version of the game is coming in 2020 and is powered by both GPS data and Microsoft's cloud-based Azure AI with native 4K support.
Microsoft xCloud Xbox game streaming service coming October
Microsoft has announced that its xCloud-based game streaming service will be arriving in October. The platform will allow Xbox One gamers to play the games they own anywhere, whether on PC, TV, tablet or smartphone in or out of the house.
Microsoft unveils new Xbox Elite Series 2 controller with 30 new features and upgrades
Microsoft has launched its all-new Xbox Elite gaming controller at E3. The new Series 2 model offers 30 new features and improvements including introducing adjustable thumbstick tensioning for precision movement and control.
Nokia 3.1 A launched in the US on AT&T while the 3.1 C arrives on Cricket
HMD Global just keeps on rolling out new smartphones. The latest from the Espoo, Finland-based company come in the form of the Nokia 3.1 A and the Nokia 3.1 C with the former headed to AT&T and the latter to Cricket.
Qualcomm, Samsung and Intel revealed as investors in SiFive, an ARM alternative
RISC-V chip designer SiFive it has been revealed to have some pretty interesting investors. A recent filing shows that it has raised US$65.4 million in its latest funding round including a cash injection from Qualcomm that sees it join fellow heavyweights in Samsung and Intel as investors.
Stunning Prism Silver Galaxy S10+ Park Hang Seo Limited Edition is a Vietnam-only exclusive
Samsung has unveiled a special limited edition variant of the Galaxy S10+ that is only available in Vietnam. The model features a stunning new Prism Silver color and also comes in special packaging dedicated to Vietnamese former soccer star and national coach, Park Hang Seo.
Quake II RTX demo is live on Steam, yours to own for $5
Nvidia has released a remastered version of the classic FPS Quake II designed to take advantage of its RTX series graphics cards. The new version of the game is the first in the world that is fully path-traced giving it unprecedented levels of lighting realism.
Asus gaming-focused ROG Phone 2 could arrive as soon as July
Fans of gaming smartphones will be pleased to learn that Asus is prepping a sequel to its first ROG Phone. The ROG Phone 2 is expected to land in July, around 12 months after the original debuted, and will being with it updated internal specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
Apple details how iTunes axing will work in practise
Apple has detailed how its life after iTunes will work for users following its demise in macOS Catalina later this year. The Cupertino giant has released a support page on its website addressing a few key concerns right up front including what will happen to purchases, playlists and syncing functions.
Some notable aspects of the new Mac Pro design include a dual-sided mobo
Apple's long-awaited Mac Pro has finally been revealed ahead of its fall launch. Apple initially promised it would arrive in 2018, but it appears that the design team got quite creative and developed several innovative design solutions worth highlighting.
Apple's pricey US$4,999 Pro XDR display may actually be a good value
Apple has taken off the covers of its both its long-anticipated all-new Mac Pro and companion 32-inch Pro XDR 6K display. At US$4,999 it is far from cheap, but for what it offers it is arguably a good value proposition.
Apple wants US$1,000 for the 'optional' stand for it's new high-tech 32-inch 6K Pro XDR display
Apple revealed a lot of interesting new technology at WWDC 19, but the one thing that almost everyone is talking about is the insane price it is charging for its fancy new Pro XDR monitor stand. The monitor is already eye-wateringly priced at US$4,999, although with all the technology packed into it that part makes sense. What makes little to no sense is that Apple is charging a whopping US$999 for the almost mandatory companion stand.
Apple unleashes the iPad with new iPadOS fork
Apple has finally let its iPad off the leash by releasing a new forked version of iOS that it is calling iPadOS. The change brings with it extended features and functionality that takes advantage of the iPad's larger canvas, delivering a more Mac-like computing experience. Yet, at the same time, it retains its distinctive iOS heritage.
Huawei smartphone production lines grind to a halt
Embattled Chinese smartphone maker Huawei’s woes are no longer academic it seems. According to the South China Morning Post, Huawei smartphone assembler Foxconn has shut down several production lines that were making Huawei’s market leading smartphones.
Bose Headphones 700 are its all-new US$399 noise-cancelling cans
Bose has launched an all-new range of premium noise cancelling headphones. The first to hit the market is the new Headphones 700 that packs in 11 levels of noise cancellation.
5,400 trackers found on iPhone bleeding up to 1.5 GB private data over a month
Apple likes to claim that buying an iPhone means buying into an ecosystem where user data is sacrosanct. An examination by the Washington Post demonstrates that the reality is quite a different picture.
10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB loaded with six dangerous viruses going for over US$1 million in live auction
An old 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB loaded with six of the world’s most dangerous computer viruses is currently being auctioned with bids over US$1.2 million. Why you may ask? Because it is actually a piece of contemporary art called The Persistence of Chaos by internet artist Guo O Duong.
2020 or 2021 iPhone could bring back Touch ID but in-display this time
Apple looks to be working on an in-display Touch ID solution for a future iPhone, possibly in time for a 2020 or 2021 release. With most of the flagship competition working hard to eliminate notches for a truly all-display design, it looks as though Face ID may be on the way out.
Huawei has stockpiled up to a 12-month supply of parts as a buffer against a potential ban
At the time that Huawei was placed on the US government's Entity List last week, Huawei is thought to have built enough supplied of key components to last up to 12 months. The report comes via the Nikkei Asian Review that says Huawei told suppliers that it wanted to build up a year's worth of inventory to help cushion the impact of the US-China trade war.
Scuf reveals Xbox Elite controller competitor
Scuf has launched its new Xbox One and PC Prestige game pad designed to take on Microsoft’s own customizable Elite controller. Not only can the buttons be remapped, the device also includes mappable paddles and other customizable options to give players a distinct edge over the competition.
Huawei now cut off from official SD card support as well
The news for Huawei seems to be getting worse by the day, as if that was even possible. In the latest blow to the company, the SD Association has blocked the ability for Huawei to offer phones or devices featuring SD or microSD card slot.
Surface Pro 7 hints in new Microsoft patent showing USB-C, thinner bezels, new keyboard design
A new Microsoft patent has emerged pointing in the direction of where its forthcoming Surface Pro 7 is likely headed. Changes apparent in the sketch include the long overdue introduction of a USB-C port, thinner bezels as well as a new TypeCover design.
Meet PlayDate, a new handheld gaming system with a black and white screen and a crank coming 2020
Panic, a software developer better known for its Mac and iOS apps has announced its first piece of hardware and it is about as cute and cool as it gets. Its new PlayDate handheld gaming will feature retro style games on a small Game Boy-like device fitted with a high-quality black and white display a D-pad, a couple of buttons and an analogue crank.
Huawei lashes out a US government accusing it of 'bullying,' says its 'working with Google'
Huawei has lashed out at the US government accusing it of ‘bullying.’ The embattled Chinese smartphone and telecoms giant made the comments in response to US government trade restrictions that have effectively left the company sitting dead in the water.
Apple launches refreshed MacBook Pro models with 9th gen Intel silicon and a keyboard 'tweak'
Apple has given its MacBook Pro models an unexpected spec bump that bring eight-core chips to the line as an option for the first time. Apple has also used the opportunity to ‘tweak’ its notoriously unreliable butterfly keyboard mechanism with aim of eliminating its problems. At the same time, the company has also added its entire line of 2018 MacBook releases, which includes the redesigned MacBook Air, to its keyboard repair program.
Huawei issues statement in response to Android ban, puts on a brave face
Huawei has issued a statement in response to the devastating news that it has lost its Google Android license. The besieged Chinese telecoms and consumer electronics giant has promised to continue to provide security updates and service support to its users while highlighting the contribution it has made to the development and expansion of Google’s Android platform across the globe.
Huawei locked out by US tech giants including Google, Intel and Qualcomm leaving it dead in the water
Huawei’s smartphone and PC operations are in serious danger following the latest order from the Trump administration. In response to the order, US companies have withdrawn all sales and support for Huawei. This includes, crucially, Google revoking its Android licence and both Qualcomm and Intel among others ceasing all supply of components.
Minimum 50% battery life boost for Galaxy S12 over S10 thanks to Samsung fab breakthrough
Samsung Semiconductor held its Foundry Forum this week and announced a breakthrough in its fabrication process for making the Exynos chips that power its Galaxy smartphones. The new technique will give the company at least a 12-month lead on the competition in moving to the 3nm process that will result in a 50 percent boost in battery life just in time for the Galaxy S12.
Arduino launchs new Nano board range
Open source hardware maker Arduino has launched its new Nano line of computing boards. In all there are four new products that are targeted at compact projects for enthusiasts ranging in price from just US$9.90 through to just US$29.50.
Nura's new learning NuraLoop earphones are up for pre-order
Nura the company behind the critically acclaimed NuraPhone learning headphones has launched its first Bluetooth earphones. The like NuraPhone, the NuraLoop learns and adapts to the way a listener’s ears respond to audio tones to create a customized listening experience.
Mate 20 X 5G coming to Europe next month
Huawei has revealed what will be its first 5G smartphone to hit the market. The device is an update of the behemoth Mate 20 X that features the Chinese company’s home-grown Balong 5000 5G chipset.
Sony's Xperia 1 goes on sale July 12 for US$949
Arguably the most anticipated Sony flagship smartphone for some time, the Xperia 1 has finally got an official launch date. First revealed in February, the device will officially go on sale from July 12 priced at US$949 and will bring with it the first 4K HDR OLED display on a smartphone with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
SanDisk now shipping its 1TB microSD card
SanDisk’s long-awaited 1 TB microSD is finally available for purchase. The new card has the potential to expand the storage of Samsung’s recent flagship smartphones, for example, to a massive 1.5 TB of total storage. But it will cost you.
Motorola officially launches the One Vision with a 21:9 CinemaVision display
Motorola’s latest One series phone has been officially unveiled. The new One Vision is a premium mid-range smartphone that is the first from the company with a punch-hole display and features a 48MP camera, not from Sony, but from Samsung.
A pinch of salt required for latest Pixel 4 leak, but it still might not be to everyone's taste
First they took away our headphone jack, next they cut out part of our phone displays. Now, according to a fresh rumor, Google could be set to eliminate physical buttons altogether from the Pixel 4.
DJI officially launches the Osmo Action Cam to take on Go Pro
DJI has officially launched its Osmo Action camera. The new device has been targeted squarely at Go Pro’s action cameras but offers a slightly different take by including a screen on both the front and the rear of the device for selfies.
First Sony Xperia 2 details leak out, looks to be a "compact" Xperia 1
Sony is cooking up an Xperia 2 smartphone and it will take the role of a something akin to its Compact line of models in the past. It will offer many of the flagship Xperia 1 features but will come in a less tall 6.1-inch display and smaller overall dimensions accordingly.
Official OnePlus 7 Pro product promo vids have already hit YouTube ahead of today's launch
Official promo videos for the One Plus 7 Pro have landed on YouTube mere hours before their official launch. The videos give us the best look yet at what is sure to be one of the most sough-after Android smartphones released this year.
Lenovo reveals prototype foldable ThinkPad X1 laptop
Lenovo has revealed what it is calling the “world’s first foldable PC” at its Accelerate 19 conference in Orlando, Florida. Currently in prototype, the device may form part of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 family should the Chinese PC maker decide to eventually launch it as a shipping product.
Google drip feeds a few details about the hidden desktop mode in Android Q
Google has started to spill some of the details about its new desktop mode previously spotted hidden within the Android Q beta. At developer talk, Google revealed it is actively working on the functionality and is also encouraging developers to start creating apps for multiple instances of the Android UI across different device types.
Pixel 3a, 3a XL won't be enrolled in Android Q beta program till next month
When Google unveiled the list of devices that will support the beta version of its next-generation operating system Android Q, it was notable that the brand new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones weren’t on the list of eligible devices. However, it appears that this is just a temporary glitch and both devices will eligible for the beta from next month.
Hisense rolls out its 2019 UHD 4K Android TV line
Hisense's all-new Android TV line up for 2019 has started to reach stores in the US, and as usual, the range is attractively priced for the features on offer. There are two new model ranges, the H8F series and the H9F series, that come in varying sizes and price points.
HTC announces plans for the Exodus 1s, a cheaper blockchain smartphone
HTC has announced that it is currently working on the Exodus 1s, a cheaper blockchain smartphone. The device follows in the footsteps of the original Exodus flagship smartphone that is now sold out.
Samsung Galaxy Home delayed, still coming 1H 2019
Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker has missed its April launch date. The company, however, says that the device will still ship in the first half of the year but hasn’t offered any explanation for the delay.
Go Pro challenger from DJI gets leaked
DJI is working on an action cam to take on the market-leading Go Pro. Renders and specifications have leaked ahead of its launch suggesting it will be targeted at the mid-range of the market.
Huawei's Matebook X Pro now comes in a rose gold variant
Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is finally available in a new rose gold color. The latest iteration of the highly-regarded ultrabook is retailing in China from US$1,320.
North American smartphone market dipped by 19 percent last quarter
The latest data from Canalys shows that the North American smartphone market declined 19 percent for the last quarter compared to the same period in 2018. Apple went backwards in terms of both sales and market share but continues to dominate the North American market while Samsung actually sold more smartphones despite the downturn.
Sony partnering with Zeiss and Samsung on the Xperia 1 cameras
Sony looks to have partnered with Zeiss optics for the Xperia 1 camera setup thanks to a parts leak. An eagle eyed spotter has noticed the word MILVUS printed on a couple of the camera components for the upcoming flagship smartphone which is the name of a line of lenses produced by Zeiss.
Samsung Galaxy Fold relaunch date imminent
Samsung’s troubled Galaxy Fold looks set to get an official relaunch date in the couple of days, according to Co-CEO DJ Koh. Koh heads up Samsung’s mobile division and says that the company has investigated the issue and appears to have developed a solution to stop the same display issues from recurring.
Intel Ice Lake 10nm chips ramping from June, 7nm coming 2021
It looks like Intel’s 10nm fabrication woes might finally be over. Speaking at its 2019 Investor Meeting, Intel chief engineering officer and group president of Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group, Dr Murthy Renduchintala, announced that Intel will begin shipping its “Ice Lake” processors in volume from June. He also announced the first details of Intel’s future 7nm designs.
Vivo S1 Pro launched, joins Vivo S1 but with Snapdragon power this time around
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has launched a new Pro variant of its affordable all-screen S1. Whereas the standard model is equipped with a MediaTek Helio P70 the new model picks up a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 along with a few other extra bells and whistles.
Samsung working on under display selfie camera
Samsung is working on bringing a under display selfie camera to market. The news was confirmed by a Samsung executive speaking to Korean media but only scant details were provided as how the technology will work.
HTC not yet dead yet as second new device in a month surfaces on Geekbench
HTC has been pretty quiet of late with not a lot in the way of new announcements or even activity on its social media accounts. Fans of the beleaguered smartphone maker will be keen, however, to learn that another previously unseen HTC device has just made an appearance on Geekbench.
OnePlus 7 Pro won't have official IP67 certification despite ad showing it dunked in water
OnePlus seems to have kicked an own goal in its latest marketing teaser for the OnePlus 7 Pro. The Chinese company has posted a short video clip on its Twitter feed showing its latest smartphone being dropped into a bucket, implying water resistance and an IP67 or IP68 rating. The problem is, it hasn’t received any such certification, nor does OnePlus plan to seek certification.
Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL are already being stocked at Best Buy ahead of next week's launch
Google’s Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are already being stocked by Best Buy ahead of next week’s official launch. This is good news for anyone keen to get their hands on the device as it looks like it will go on sale immediately after it is officially unveiled.
Mujjo Mother's Day discount for Notebookcheck readers
Notebookcheck has partnered with Dutch premium smartphone case maker Mujjo to offer readers a sitewide discount. All you need to do is type in the custom code for a 15% discount to help treat your mother, or yourself, to a great new case or sleeve.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e users report Wi-Fi-related hardware concerns
In an issue reminiscent of Apple’s iPhone 4 ‘Antennagate’ woes, it appears that Samsung’s flashy new Galaxy Tab S5e is suffering from Wi-Fi signal attenuation issues when users place their hand in a certain position on the device. The problem is repeatable and has been encountered by several users according to SamMobile.
Qualcomm scores US$4.5B from Apple in settlement leaving no doubt who won
As part of its quarterly earnings report, Qualcomm has revealed that will book US$4.5 to $4.7 billion dollars as a result of its legal settlement with Apple. The sizeable figure, previously unrevealed, leaves in no doubt that Qualcomm emerged from its legal wrangle with Apple the undisputed winner.
Huawei rises in mobile sales while Apple and Samsung go backwards
While the overall smartphone market may be down, Huawei is bucking the industry trend by confirming its position as the number 2 smartphone maker in the world ahead of Apple. While both Apple and Samsung lost ground, Huawei enjoyed incredible year-over-year growth with a 50.3 percent increase in smartphone sales.
The Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S are inbound on May 21, pre-orders now open
Facebook’s Oculus has announced that its two newest VR headsets will begin shipping on May 21. The Oculus Quest is the company’s first all-in-one VR gaming system while the Oculus Rift S is the successor t the original Oculus Rift headset and is targeted at more serious VR gamers with decent PC gaming rigs.
iPhone sales continue to slide in Apple's latest quarterly report
Apple has reported its Q2 results for 2019 which showed that its iPhone sales have continued the downward trend first recorded in Q1. However, Apple stock was up seemingly in response to its services business which crested US$11 billion for the first time along with news of a further US$75 billion in share buybacks.
Robotics startup Anki goes under
Anki, the startup which attempted to make robotics mainstream through tiny, but relatively expensive, toys has folded. Based in San Francisco, CEO Boris Sofman broke the news to emotional staff that all 200 have been laid off with just one week of severance pay.
High-end Google Pixel 3 phone sales slow ahead of mid-range Pixel 3a model launch
Google has admitted its Pixel 3 line of flagship smartphones isn’t selling well. Although failing to break out unit sales numbers at its Q1 conference call, the company cited unspecified pressures in the premium smartphone market for its poorer than expected sales.
A 5G-capable Galaxy Note 10 has been confirmed to no one's surprise
As rumored, and completely expected, Samsung will launch a 5G variant of the Galaxy Note 10. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg spilled the beans on the yet to be officially unveiled device during the company’s fiscal Q1 2019 earnings call.
Microsoft Surface sales jump 21 percent
Microsoft’s Surface sales are up 21 percent in strong signs that its bet on hardware is starting to pay off. It is now the seventh quarter in a row that its Surface sales have topped US$1 billion.
Samsung updates Linux on DeX with additional device support
Samsung has expanded the list of devices supporting its Linux on DeX project. Originally supported only on Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 devices, it is now supported on the Galaxy S9, S9+ and the Galaxy S10 range along with the Tab S5e.
Samsung postpones the launch of the Galaxy Fold
Samsung has announced that it is delaying the launch of the Galaxy Fold. The decision was made following issues experienced with the display by reviewers through a combination of mishandling and potential engineering concerns.
Samsung has postponed the launch of the Galaxy Fold in China
Samsung is reported to have postponed the launch of the Galaxy Fold in China. The Chinese launch was to take place at two separate venues, one in Hong Kong and the other in mainland Shanghai. Although no official reason for the delay in Hong Kong has been provided, the Shanghai launch postponement related to issues with the venue.
Insiders confirm next-gen Xbox will be more advanced than PlayStation 5
The next pitched battle between Sony and Microsoft in their console wars is starting to heat up. The latest news to surface is courtesy of some Microsoft insiders who say that the next-gen flagship Xbox will be more advanced than the Sony PlayStation 5.
Opinion: Criticism of the Galaxy Fold unfairly undermines Samsung's achievement
Samsung has been copping a lot of flak for the highly publicized issues that some of the Galaxy Fold review units it has in circulation. However, some of these critics fail to adequately credit Samsung for pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Note: The views expressed here represent the views of the author alone and don't necessarily reflect the views of Notebookcheck.
Samsung releases statement on Galaxy Fold display issues
Samsung has issued a statement in response to Galaxy Fold review unit display failures. The Galaxy Fold is the first product from the company to ship with a foldable Super AMOLED Infinity display and is considered a halo product.
Teardown reveals all four Huawei P30 Pro camera sensors supplied by Sony
A teardown of the new Huawei P30 Pro shows that all four sensors that make up its vaunted camera system have all been supplied by Sony. Although not unexpected, it does dilute the “co-engineered with Leica” branding featured on the device.
May 7 launch confirmed for Google Pixel 3a, 3a XL, hints of an Avengers connection in URL
Google has all but officially confirmed that its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL models are set to launch on May 7. The company has posted a teaser on its store that says “Help is on the way,” in a clear nod to the Google Assistant feature baked into its Pixel devices with hints of an Avengers connection in the URL.
Use an Android phone, commit a crime, Google SensorVault could help police nab you
A new series by the New York Times investigating privacy has uncovered a Google database known internally as SensorVault. Police have been able to access the database to help identify suspects based on their movements recorded in SensorVault.
Galaxy S10 range set for major camera update with new night mode
The arrival of the Huawei P30 Pro with its stunning night mode hasn’t gone unnoticed by Samsung. According to Samsung insider Ice Universe, the Korean giant is targeting late April or May for a major camera update that will bring a new standalone Night mode to its flagship Galaxy S10 range.
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor patch for Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G boosts unlock accuracy, speed
Samsung has issued a patch that is rolling out to all Galaxy S10 owners globally. The “Biometrics Security Patch” has resulted in users reporting faster and more accurate fingerprint recognition.
Galaxy Tab S4 Android 9 Pie update rolling out
Samsung’s flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S4 looks like it is starting to receive an update to Android 9 Pie. A French user has posted a screenshot of the update on XDA Forums showing the latest Android version suggesting a global rollout is underway.
Star Wars: Vader Immortal game trailer, artwork leaks for Jedi Fallen Order and Episode IX trailer
It’s a big day for Star Wars fans. The first trailer for the Episode IX, officially titled “The Rise of Skywalker,” has landed, along with the first game-play trailer for the new “Vader Immortal” VR game and leaked artwork from Respawn’s “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”
Most Pixel 3 or OnePlus 6T switchers previously owned a Galaxy
A new study from Counterpoint Research has shed a little light on Samsung’s smartphone sales woes. Although still the number one smartphone maker in the world, its profits have taken a big hit with lower sales of its premium devices. Now we know where some of these customers are heading.
Galaxy Tab S5e, Tab A 10.1 (2019) land in the US April 26
First unveiled all the way back in mid-February, Samsung has finally put the Galaxy Tab S5e up for pre-order in the US. Also up for pre-order is the new Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) model with both devices set to ship on April 26
Google hints at successor to the Pixel Slate
Despite word of layoffs at Google’s hardware division, it appears that a successor or stablemate for the Pixel Slate is still in the works. A slideshow presented at the Cloud Next 19 conference in San Francisco hints that a smaller variant of the Slate could be in offing.
Galaxy A90 leaks out in live photo ahead of launch
The Samsung Galaxy A90 has leaked out in a live photo for the first ahead of its impending official launch. The photo shows that leaks and renders to date have been pretty accurate, but there are notable differences.
Ming-Chi Kuo now thinks 16-inch MacBook redesign won't come until 2021
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is known for his usually accurate predictions surrounding the notoriously secretive company’s plans. After initially hinting that an all-new MacBook Pro design with a 16-inch display could arrive this year, he has now pushed the estimated arrival of this device back to the first half of 2021.
Titanium Red Hydrogen One finally shipping after months long delays
RED has finally released its long in gestation Hydrogen One smartphone finished in titanium. As you might expect for a device made out of this more exotic material, and from a company not known for selling cheap products, it costs a bomb.
Apple AirPods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds
Apple's AirPods are the best-selling Bluetooth headphones for good reason. They offer ease of use and excellent sound relative to their size. Samsung, however, has never been content to let Apple have all the limelight and has just released its latest contender in the category, the new Galaxy Buds. Apple has already launched its counterpunch, the AirPods version 2.0. Which of the two comes out on top in a head-to-head battle? Read on to find out.
Australia’s JB Hi-Fi extends massive AU$320 iPhone Xs discounts till 1 June
Major Australian consumer electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has extended its massive AU$320 discount on the 512GB variants of the iPhone Xs model until 1 June. The initial price cut was already unprecedented for current-generation flagship iPhone in Australia, but to see the deal extended till 1 June highlights just how much iPhone sales are stagnating.
Netflix drops AirPlay support for Netflix, breaks iOS user hearts
Netflix has dropped something of a bomb on iOS users who like streaming its service over AirPlay. Effective immediately, Netflix will no longer support AirPlay, Apple’s proprietary steaming protocol, just as it goes mainstream on OEM TV sets from makers including Samsung and Sony.
Google Pixel 3a models make appearance in Google Store references
If you’ve been holding out for the rumored lower-cost Google Pixel 3a smartphones, you may not have to wait much longer. The devices have made an appearance in the Google Play Store site navigation as well as the Google Play Developer Console device catalog signaling that a launch isn’t far away.
A workplace study shows MacBook keyboard failure rate of 30 percent
Another scathing article has been penned by a well-respected member of the Apple community on Apple's malfunctioning keyboards. David Heinemeier Hansson, a software developer, claims that the failure rate of Apple's butterfly mechanism based keyboards is much higher than Apple is willing to admit or may even be aware.
The prevailing theory about why AirPower failed
The ultimate demise of the AirPower charging mat appears to have been foretold by Apple insider Sonny Dickson several months ago. In the absence of any official word from Apple, other than it cancelled AirPower because it couldn’t “achieve our high standards,” it appears that Dickson’s is the most plausible explanation of what went wrong.
In yet another blow, Apple loses its lead A-series chip engineer
Gerard Williams III, the lead designer of Apple’s industry-leading custom A-series ARM-based chips has left the company according to a CNET report. The departure couldn’t have come at a worse time for Apple which has been reeling from negative publicity surrounding the termination of the high-profile AirPower charging mat device and an admission that its third-generation butterfly-mechanism based keyboards are also susceptible to failing.
Apple cancels AirPower (yes, you read that correctly)
In what will surely go down as one of the biggest fails in tech history, Apple has quietly announced that it has cancelled its Qi-enabled, long overdue, AirPower charging mat. Apple quietly made the dumbfounding announcement in a written statement to TechCrunch.
Oppo Reno leaks out with unique pop-up camera design
Oppo’s forthcoming Reno flagship smartphone has been leaked in full by via a case maker through Slashleaks. The device shows a premium truly all-screen smartphone that takes a unique approach to incorporating a pop-up selfie camera.
Faulty Apple product? Check this list of active device repair programs
Despite Apple’s reputation for build quality and design it has been having a few quality issues of late, particularly with regard to its MacBook line. A search on Apple’s website has revealed all of the products in its lineup that are currently eligible for its “Exchange and Repair Extension” programs.
Facebook announces banning of all white nationalist and white separatist groups
Facebook has announced that it is finally cracking down on white nationalism and white separatism on both Facebook and Instagram. The move follows live streaming of an attack on two New Zealand mosques which was also shared repeatedly on the social network via various groups.
Major Australian retailer slashes over AU$300 off iPhone Xs 512 GB models
Apple, as many will be aware, rarely if ever offers discounts on its products. However, in further confirmation that iPhone sales have cooled, major Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi has slashed an incredible AU$320 (US$226) off the price of the iPhone Xs 512 GB and iPhone Xs Max 512 GB models.
Apple admits third-gen MacBook keyboard fails too
Third time’s not the charm for Apple it seems when it comes to its troublesome butterfly mechanism-based MacBook keyboards. The company has admitted that users are still experiencing issues with the redesign that was meant to end the problems customers reported with the first two generations.
Apple Music for Android is surprisingly popular
Apple Music on Android has been more popular than you would think. New data from SensorTower shows that since it has launched, over 40 million users have downloaded the app from the Google Play Store.
Galaxy S10 models with Samsung's Exynos SoC are suffering battery drain, proximity sensor bugs
Samsung Galaxy S10 customers fitted with the company’s semi-custom Exynos 9820 SoCs are reporting some highly disruptive bugs. The first causes the device to wake up in a pocket or bag while the second is causing the battery to drain fast after a VoiP app has been used to make a phone call.
Galaxy Fold up for Europe pre-order April 26, ships May 3
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has been given a European pre-order go live date of April 26 with availability from May 3. This means the vaunted 2,000 euro device will hit the hands of customers in the US and home market of Korea leaving continental mainland customers looking on in envy.
Apple’s black AirPods leak out, but they are from Beats and don’t look ridiculous
Apple subsidiary Beats will be launching its first pair of truly wireless earphones imminently. The discovery of the name PowerBeats Pro and black and white versions was uncovered by 9to5 Mac in the code for iOS 12.2 which went live today.
Google has revealed Stadia’s internet speed requirements
Google’s Stadia cloud-powered streaming gaming service looks to be a technological marvel. However, in order to deliver its full potential gamers will need a robust internet connection.
WSJ: Two new Nintendo Switch models coming this year
Nintendo has two new Switch gaming consoles in the works for launch this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, one will be a cheaper entry-level model and the other targeted at more serious gamers.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air sequel teased for March 26
Xiaomi’s official Chinese Weibo account has issued a teaser indicating that it is prepping an update to its 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air. The teaser shows a scale with the current weight of the device at 1.07 kg hinting at either a refresh or that the company is targeting a sub 1 kg weight target.
Opinion: Apple is becoming synonymous with boring
Apple used to be the tech company that led consumer technology design unchallenged. After a week of rehashed designs masquerading as, in at least one instance, “all new” product launches, the company feels like it is asleep at the wheel under CEO Tim Cook.
Samsung inadvertantly confirms the Galaxy A90 will feature a notchless Infinity display
Samsung’s Galaxy A90 mid-range flagship is set to be the company’s first all-screen smartphone with a notchless display as previously rumored. The confirmation came through a Samsung Indonesia website slip up showing what is either the upcoming Galaxy A30 or A50.
Intel kills off the Compute Card initiative
Intel has confirmed that it is killing off further development of its Compute Card platform. Similar in size to a credit card, Compute Card was teased at CES 2017 and first unveiled at Computex 2017 and promised modular upgrades for computers, smart TVs and other devices.
Arrested Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook
Arrested Huawei CFO and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, has had further embarrassment heaped on her. As if getting arrested in Canada at the request of the US government on espionage charges isn’t enough, it has now been revealed that when arrested, Meng was in possession of several Apple products instead of Huawei equivalents.
Charge your phone on this Samsung Galaxy S10 billboard
Samsung has come up with some clever ads over the years as it battles Apple for smartphone supremacy. Spotted in Sydney, Australia by Notebookcheck, this latest billboard is one of the first interactive campaigns we’ve seen with what would otherwise be a static poster.
Oculus and HP reveal new VR headsets
Oculus and HP have unveiled their latest VR headsets during GDC week in San Francisco. The new headsets are a step up their previous efforts and feature improved optics, comfort and overall performance.
Microsoft Defender to launch on the Mac
Microsoft has become much more open under current CEO Satya Nadella with apps made for macOS, iOS, Android and Linux. The latest step in this initiative is the porting of a version of Microsoft Defender antivirus software for macOS, but in this instance, it is targeted at business users initially.
New Epic Unreal Engine demos highlight the power its ray tracing tools for creating photorealistic graphics
Epic Games has used GDC to showcase its capabilities of its Unreal Engine 4.22 with ray tracing enabled. The demos, powered by a single Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti, demonstrate jaw-dropping realism that could easily be confused for live action film.
Shot on Galaxy S10+ Pro mode: Australian F1 GP Tesla Road Trip - Part 2
In the second instalment of this two-part Shot on Galaxy S10+ story, I’ve spent the last couple of days in Melbourne at the Albert Park Street Circuit and in around town. The Galaxy S10+ has proved to be a reliable companion with excellent battery life and the ability to take great shots in a range of conditions.
The lack of a 3D ToF sensor on the Galaxy S10+ gives the iPhone Xs a clear edge with selfies
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 models pack a serious punch and have been getting very positive reviews on the whole. This includes the Galaxy S10+, which picks up dual-front facing cameras to go with its triple-rear facing camera array. But there is one thing missing from Samsung’s camera equation that is letting it down when compared with the iPhone.
Shot on Galaxy S10+ Pro mode: Australian F1 GP Tesla road trip - Part 1
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is a great phone with a great camera. What better way to test it out in the real world than on a road trip in a Tesla Model S from Sydney to the see the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne?
If AirPods pose a potential health risk, what are the options?
Our article about the possible detrimental health effects of wireless devices including Apple’s AirPods, among others, seemed to strike a chord with a lot of readers. We are exposed to a lot of EMF radiation on a daily basis and 250 scientists with stellar reputations have signed a petition asking the UN to act on the issue. So what can you do to help reduce exposure to potential harm?
Pixel users get offline voice recognition with Gboard
Google has quietly launched a breakthrough on real-time voice recognition technology via its AI blog. Using AI technology and tapping into the neural processing capabilities of its Pixel phones, Gboard users can now offline real-time speech recognition.
Google said cutting back on Pixelbook, Pixel Slate efforts
Google looks to be cutting back on its computing hardware efforts reports Business Insider. According to the report, dozens of engineers and program managers working on the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate have been told to seek other roles within the Alphabet parent company.
250 scientists sign petition warning of dangers posed by AirPods, other wireless devices
Concerns have been raised by a group of scientists about the possible carcinogenic effects of electromagnetic radiation emitted by modern devices. Of particular concern are wireless headphones like Apple’s popular AirPods as they sit in the ear canal exposing fragile tissue to potentially dangerous levels of radiation.
More smartphones will be able to access Android Q beta testing program
Early adopters can keen to get their hands on the Android Q beta will have a wider range of devices from which to choose this time around. Android developer Illiyan Malhev has revealed the even more OEMs will be on board for the Android Q beta testing program expected to launch at Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference in May.
Nvidia outselling AMD GPUs by a ratio of 4 to 1
Although Nvidia mightn’t have sold as many RTX 20-series GPUs as it would like, it is still running rings around its chief competitor, AMD. The latest analyst estimates show that for every 4 GPUs Nvidia sells AMD only sells one.
Huawei set to ditch Google's WearOS for its next GT smartwatches
Huawei looks to be the latest wearable maker to give Google’s WearOS a miss in favor of an in-house alternative. According to Winfuture, the next Huawei GT watches will run the company’s LiteOS as it looks to differentiate itself from its competition.
Apple AR glasses set for late 2019 or early 2020 release, needs iPhone
Ming-Chi Kuo is back to stick another thorn in Apple’s side with more news about Apple’s future product plans. This time around, Kuo has revealed that Apple’s rumoured augmented reality glasses could be coming as soon as late 2019 or early 2020.
Samsung has another two foldables in the works
Samsung is already preparing at least two new types of foldable smartphones to follow the Galaxy Fold. The new devices fold differently with one said to fold top to bottom, like a classic flip phone, while the other will fold outwards along the lines of the Huawei Mate X.
Galaxy S10 pre-orders down on S9, Note 9 in home market
It’s a tough gig launching smartphone in the high-end market these days with even Apple hitting a downturn. If Samsung was hoping the vaunted all-new Galaxy S10 might help turn things around, pre-orders in its home market of South Korea suggest that it might have an uphill battle.
Surface Pro 6 versus Pixel Slate with Brydge keyboards
The Apple iPad line might consist of the best-selling tablets on the market, but they aren't for everyone who likes ultraportable form factors. The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and the Google Pixel Slate are key challengers to the iPad Pro and have plenty to offer. Let's see how they fare in a head-to-head battle coupled in a unique comparison, which includes compatible Brydge keyboards that promise the 'lapability' that is often missing with tablet and keyboard combinations.
Apple set to "roll the dice' on some products Tim Cook says will "blow you away"
Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised shareholders that it plans to bounce back from a weaker than expected holiday quarter by "rolling the dice" on new products that will "blow you away." Although not revealing what Apple has in stall, it has raised some intriguing speculation on what it might have in the pipeline.
Huawei P30, P30 Pro renders leak revealing all including a teardrop notch
Huawei’s keynote at MWC 2019 was all about the ultra high-end Mate X foldable smartphone. However, its next, far more accessible flagships, the P30 and P30 Pro are coming soon and have now been revealed in full.
USB 3.2 will bring Thunderbolt 2-like speeds to desktops this year
The USB Implementers Forum has announced that the next generation of USB will be called USB 3.2. The new standard is capable of transferring data at 20Gbps, which puts it on a similar level to Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 technology first introduced in 2014 – the key difference is that USB is a much more generic technology and is much cheaper as a result.
Australian Galaxy S10+ customers offered a free upgrade to Galaxy S10 5G on Q2 launch with Telstra
Australia customers who purchase a Galaxy S10+ on a two-year plan with the telco Telstra are being offered a free, no strings attached, upgrade to the Galaxy S10 5G when it launches in the second quarter of the year. Customers who choose to opt in for the upgrade will have 21 days following the launch of the 5G model to return their Galaxy S10+ in good condition to swap it out for the free upgrade.
Vivo's new V15 Pro brings notchless displays to the mid-range market
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has launched its latest notchless all-display smartphone. The new Vivo V15 Pro has been unveiled in India and comes with an pop-up selfie camera and a triple rear camera set up.
Ming-Chi Kuo spills the beans on Apple's 2019 product plans
Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most accurate analyst going around when it comes to Apple’s product plans, has spilled the beans on its entire 2019 product pipeline. Kuo’s latest investor note for TF International Securities includes details about the next iPhone, Mac news, iPad news, AirPod news, a 6K 31.5-inch monitor and a ceramic Apple Watch.
Fresh Apple foldable smartphone patents show it is working hard on the idea too
A fresh patent granted to Apple shows that the Cupertino giant is hard at work on its own foldable smartphone. Interestingly, there are several different types of options that Apple is looking at in terms of the way the screen folds, the number of folding segments, and the types of hinges that it might use.
Motorola's 5G Mod makes it to the FCC, launching soon
Motorola has been persisting with its Moto Mods line for a few years now, but one of its most interesting Mods has just passed through the FCC. The new Moto Mod 5G promises to make the Motorola Z3 the first smartphone with 5G capability on the market, although Samsung and LG might have other plans.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G for Sprint leaked by Evan Blass
Evan Blass has leaked out the LG V50 ThinQ ahead of MWC19. As expected the device will be the first from LG with support for 5G networks. The model pictured is destined for the Sprint 5G network, which is targeting nine US markets for the initial rollout of the new cellular technology.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e official, brings AMOLED display tech to a more affordable price point
Samsung has officially unveiled its latest Galaxy Tab S model ahead of its Mobile World Congress Galaxy Unpacked event. After leaking out earlier in the day, the new Galaxy Tab S5e brings Samsung's vaunted AMOLED display tech to a more affordable price point and launches with Android 9 Pie out of the box to boot.
LG G8 to get OLED display, will double as a speaker as rumored
LG has officially revealed that its next-gen G8 ThinQ will be the first G Series phone to feature an OLED panel. Not only that, but as rumored, the G8 display will also double as a speaker transferring similar technology previously seen in some TVs to the smartphone space.
Even taller Sony XA3 Plus leaks out with 6.5-inch wide-screen display
We’ve already seen the leaked Sony Xperia XA3 with its tall 21:9 widescreen 5.9-inch cinema display, but if you thought that was weirdly tall and long, Sony is set to outdo even that. The Xperia XA3 Plus has now leaked out and will be even taller with a 6.5-inch ultra-widescreen display.
Google chip design team bolstered by new Intel, Qualcomm hires
Google is continuing to ramp up its efforts in the custom silicon space. According to Reuters, the company has just added 16 new staff to its “gChips” team based in Bengaluru India with backgrounds working with chip makers include Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Nvidia.
Samsung Galaxy M30 details leak out
Samsung has caused a bit of a splash in the mid-range smartphone segment with the recent launch of the Galaxy M10 and M20 range of smartphones in India. Set for a wider rollout, the M10 and M20 will also be joined by the Galaxy M30, details of which have just leaked out.
A free VPN is baked into the latest Opera for Android beta
Opera has introduced a new beta version of its Android mobile browser with a built-in VPN. Even better, it is a free feature inclusion that doesn’t log user data that travels through Opera’s servers.
Motorola launches the 2019 G-series family of four new mid-range smartphones
Motorola has launched its highly anticipated 2019 G-series line up. Although not a flagship lineup, it is the company’s most popular smartphone series bringing high-end features to the more affordable mid-range smartphone segment.
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts exits the company
Apple Senior Vice President (SVP) of Retail Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple after five years in the role. Ahrendts was a high-profile hire for Apple, who managed to lure her from her role as CEO of fashion brand Burberry to lead Apple’s retail evolution.
Galaxy S10 models will support new Wi-Fi 6 standard
Samsung is going all out with its new Galaxy S10 lineup. Already rumored to feature a model fitted with next-gen 5G cellular compatibility, FCC certification confirms that the range will also include the latest specification Wi-Fi 6 for ultra-fast Wi-Fi connectivity.
Essential Phone PH-2 turns up in carrier logs
The next product from Essential looks to be a sequel to the PH-1 after initially indicating that its next device wouldn't be a smartphone. A reference to PH-2 has been found in carrier logs this week, suggesting that the device mightn’t be far away from seeing a commercial release.
ZTE back in the US after trade ban with Visible R2
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has made a quiet re-entry into the US market after suffering a potentially terminal trade ban for violating US trade sanctions in place against Iran and North Korea. The new ZTE Visible R2 is a modest device, but one that could potentially have never existed if it weren't for US president Donald Trump stepping in to save it.
Here's the first look at Samsung's foldable smartphone
We might have finally seen the finished, and long awaited, Galaxy foldable smartphone. A Galaxy Unpacked video (since yanked) has appeared on Samsung Vietnam’s YouTube channel that clearly shows a foldable smartphone that is reminiscent of the device Samsung previewed at its developer conference last year.
Chuwi Ubook goes live on Kickstarter with up to 25% discount for early birds
Chinese PC maker Chuwi has launched its cheap Surface alternative on Kickstarter. Early birds can get a 25 percent discount on the Chuwi Ubook bringing the entry price for the Core m3 8GB model down to just US$349.
iPhone revenue tanked 15% last quarter, plans to cut prices in response
Apple’s iPhone revenue plunged a precipitous 15 percent on a year-over-year basis for the holiday quarter, as it had indicated in a rare revenue warning to investors. Despite this, it remains the second largest quarter in Apple’s history as other areas of its business managed to keep the overall slide to just 5 percent year-over-year.
Intel foldable phone patent offers multiple usage scenarios
Intel has applied for a patent showing a unique take on the folding smartphone concept. Intel’s approach would see the device fold in three places allowing it to be used in multiple configurations.
Dreaming of a cheaper Nintendo Switch? Keep dreaming.
If you were hoping to pick up a Nintendo Switch but have waiting patiently for the price to drop, we have some bad news for you. Nintendo president Suntaro Furukawa has told Japan’s Sankei News that the company currently has no plans for either a price cut for the console or even a successor in the near future.
Official LG G8 renders surface, confirms rehash of G7 design
The LG G8 ThinQ has leaked in the first official press renders of the device ahead of its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress next month. Despite a previous CAD render that was virtually identical to this latest leak being shot down as erroneous by LG’s head corporate communications, the latest leak confirms fears that LG has essentially rehashed the design of last year’s LG G7 ThinQ.
Samsung reveals world's first 15-inch 4K OLED notebook display
Samsung display has launched what it says is the world’s first 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED display for notebooks. The display is virtually bezel-less, which has been the trend in both notebook displays and smartphones over the past couple of years and will be coming to high-end notebooks in Q1.
Nintendo's Switch topped PS4, Xbox One in the US market for 2018
We’ve known for some time that the Nintendo Switch has been a hit for the Japanese company. What we didn’t know was exactly how big, until now. New figures from the NPD Group show that Nintendo beat all-comers in 2018 to take the crown for the biggest selling gaming console.
Drone maker DJI reveals US$150 million fraud carried out internally
Drone maker DJI has discovered an internal racket that has defrauded the company of at least US$150 million. The theft is said to have involved multiple staff and led to their dismissal although the company is still investing the case, which it says is “extensive.”
Exynos-powered S10 also lags A12-powered iPhone Xs on Geekbench
The Samsung Exynos 9820-powered version of the forthcoming Galaxy S10 has landed on Geekbench. Unsurprisingly, it continues to lag Apple in terms of single-core performance but looks to be able to outrun the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 variant in this key metric.
FDA ECG approval for Alphabet Watch and Google's recent Fossil deal hint at smartwatch plans
Alphabet-owned company Verily has received FDA certification for its Study Watch. As one of Alphabet's many companies, which includes Google, it gives us a pretty good idea of the capabilities of Google's rumored Pixel Watch.
Apple looks to expand Watch into health market in the face of flagging iPhone sales
Fresh from issuing a rare warning to investors about significantly worse than expected sales of its new iPhones, Apple is said to be in talks with Medicare providers about potential subsidies for its Apple Watch. The plan would target potentially millions of Americans over the age of 65 and could help to boost sales of the Watch and could help to make its potentially life-saving technology more widely available.
Three Way Shootout: iPad Pro 11, Galaxy Tab S4 and Surface Go
The tablet market has been dominated by Apple’s iPad for some time. Although it continues to get shot down for its productivity capabilities in an enterprise environment because of its mobile OS origins, it offers a great blend of portability and performance. Its closest direct competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Tab range, which is similarly powered by a mobile-first operating system. The enterprise-first alternative is Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets, the most recent of which with 4G LTE capabilities is the new Surface Go. We have had all three devices on hand to put them to the test in this three-way comparison.
Seagate and LaCie launch new drives
Seagate and LaCie have launched new drives that will appeal to both mobile and power users including gamers. The new drives will come in a range of capacities and sizes as well as a mix of spinning platter and SSDs.
HTC intros new Vive Pro Eye and Vive Cosmos VR headsets
HTC has announced two new VR headsets at CES 2019. The first is an updated version of its highly rated Vive Pro that builds in eye-tracking capabilities while the second is a new mainstream PC-based VR headset called the Cosmos.
Apple and Samsung team up on iTunes for Samsung 2019 TVs
Samsung has announced a new partnership between it and Apple. The frenemies have collaborated to bring a new iTunes app to Samsung’s new 2019 TV range in over 100 markets globally.
Bendgate 2.0: New Apple support page reiterates visible bends are "normal"
Apple has published a new support page that addresses the Bendgate 2.0 controversy. As it has in the past, however, the company continues to insist that there is nothing wrong with straightness and durability of its latest flagship iPad Pro models.
Mophie launches new 18W Powerstation PD series for iPhone and Android
Mophie has launched new Powerstation PD and Powerstation PD XL battery packs that will fast charge both supported iPhone and Android smartphones. Compared with the standard 5W charger that Apple ships with its iPhones, the Mophie Powerstation battery packs will charge an iPhone 2.5 times faster.
Mad Box games reveals its forthcoming console design
Mad Dog studios has caused a stir in the console gaming world with the announcement of what it claims will be the most powerful console ever made. Now, the CEO Ian Bell has tweeted some photos of what it will look like when it ships in the next two to three years.
Sony CES event official for January 7, XA3 and XA3 Ultra expected
Sony has announced that it will be holding a press conference on January 7. The CES even will feature top Sony executives from across the company with the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra expected to be among the announcements.
Google rolls out new spam protection for Android Messages app
Google has updated its Messages app to help identify and block spam. The new feature is starting to find its way to users, although it isn’t clear how far and wide the rollout is at this stage.
Galaxy S10 Lite case render shows flat screen design
Samsung’s first Galaxy Unpacked event for 2019 is only a couple of months away now and the leaks continue to trickle out. The latest is a case maker’s render obtained by serial leakster Ice Universe that shows what it expects the Galaxy S10 Lite to look like. Based on the information that has leaked out about the device so far, we have no reason to doubt its general accuracy.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 set for January 15 update to Android 9 Pie
Samsung is finally set to bring Android 9 Pie to the Galaxy Note 9 from January 15. Currently in closed beta testing, the upgrade will bring Samsung’s vaunted new One UI overlay designed to declutter and streamline the user experience.
New LG patent shows rollable smartphone/tablet concept
A new LG patent has surfaced showing a device that features rollable OLED display technology. Similar to the foldable smartphones that are headed our way in 2019, this is a much more radical approach that will yield devices that can be both incredibly compact yet can be unrolled to reveal a large display.
2019 iPhone flagship could feature Sony 3D TOF rear camera sensors
With already half the smartphone camera market cornered, Sony has unveiled what it thinks will continue to drive OEM interest in its camera sensor technology. It’s new 3D-capable rear camera sensor features the same type of Time of Flight technology found in the front-facing Face ID camera in Apple iPhones with Face ID and it has got Apple interested, reports Bloomberg.
Did Google drop a Pixel Easter Egg in its Macauley Culkin ad?
The new Google ad featuring Macauley Culkin reprising his role as Kevin McCallister has been a smash hit racking up over 31 million views on YouTube since it was published on December 19. However, it appears that there might be two versions of the clip circulating; one with the standard Pixel 3 XL as we know it with a notch, and one with what could be an Easter Egg showing a variation of the same device, but with the notch hidden (or absent altogether) but with an edge-to-edge screen.
LG patent shows all-display tablet with detachable keyboard
Although LG is still making tablets their availability varies from market to market and they are largely mid to lower end devices running Android. A new patent application filed by the Korean tech giant looks as though that company may still harbor ambitions in the tablet space although it isn’t clear what operating system it might run.
Huawei sold over 200 million smartphones in 2018, breaks company record
Already the number 2 smartphone maker in the world, Huawei has set a record for the number of smartphones it has shipped in a calendar year. The Chinese company has announced that it has sold over 200 million smartphones in 2018 on the back of the success of its P20, Mate 20 and Honor 10 range.
Bendgate 2.0: Apple confirms some iPad Pro 2018 models ship bent, says it is "normal"
Apple has mired itself in a new bending device controversy. The latest structural integrity issue affects the new 2018 iPad Pro models, some of which are shipping out of the factory to customers with slight bends in the chassis. According to a statement it provided The Verge, this is apparently “normal” and is something the company doesn’t consider a defect.
Razer's Xbox One keyboard and mouse teased
Razer has released a teaser video to accompany the launch of the first wireless keyboard and mouse combo for Microsoft’s Xbox One console. The launch of the video has brought to light an accompanying image of the actual keyboard and mouse that Razer first revealed a couple of weeks ago, but which slipped under the radar.
Apple fails again at its most recent social media platform initiative
Apple has pulled the pin on its Connect platform contained within its Apple Music service. Artists have received notification that the service will be pulled and artists will no longer be able to directly connect to their fans through the service.
Samsung's all-new Notebook 9 picks up a yellow S-Pen and Ocean Blue color scheme
Want a Samsung laptop that perfectly matches your Samsung smartphone? Samsung has got you covered with its second-gen Notebook 9 that comes in the same contrasting color scheme as the Galaxy Note 9 that matches a bright yellow colored S-Pen with a gorgeous Ocean Blue finish.
Dual-display Vivo NEX 2 official with three high-tech cameras in tow
The Vivo NEX 2 is here, although it has officially launched as the NEX Dual-Display Edition. As previously leaked, the device drops the pop-up camera for a secondary display on the rear of the device. It also boasts some serious camera chops to help users take full advantage of its unconventional design.
The original DOOM is getting a free fifth chapter to celebrate its 25-year anniversary
Fans of DOOM will be excited to learn that the ground-breaking first-person shooter is getting an all-new fifth chapter. The new content has been announced to mark the 25-year anniversary of its launch in 1993.
LG is launching a connected pod-based home beer machine
LG has launched a connected home brewing solution called the HomeBrew. It will adopt a Nespresso-style capsule solution that should make home brewing easier than ever, particularly for millennials keen on craft beers.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition renders leak out
If you were hoping for a stunning dual-tone blue and papaya orange color scheme for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, what you will get is a rather bland looking carbon fiber rear case with perhaps a hint of orange trim.
Apple acquires Platoon for Apple Music, updates Beddit sleep monitor to v3.5
Apple has acquired A & R startup Platoon to supplement its Apple Music services for artists. In other Apple news, it has also updated its Beddit Sleep Monitor system to version 3.5.
Samsung Galaxy S10 leak reveals case maker's expectations
If there is one thing that seems almost certain for the Samsung Galaxy S10 is that it will feature “punch hole” cut outs for its front-facing cameras. The only question appears to be whether they will be positioned to the left, center or to the right at the top of its Infinity-O display.
Snapdragon 855 could debut first in Sony's XZ4
Hot on the heels of the official launch of the Snapdragon 855 is a leak suggesting that the Sony Xperia XZ4 will be the first smartphone to ship with Qualcomm’s freshest silicon. If the rumor is accurate, it could be just what Sony needs to help lift the sales of its latest flagship.
Sony patent points to foldable phone with transparent display
With 2019 looking like it will be the year of the foldable smartphones, you might be wondering what’s next. A new patent from Sony might give us a clue. How does a foldable smartphone with a transparent display sound like to you?
Google explains how AI tweaks make portraits better on Pixel 3
One area that Google holds a clear lead over the competition is the way it deploys its algorithm and machine learning nous to enhance the capabilities of its Pixel smartphones. In a new blog, the company explains how it has developed this technology to improve the quality of the portrait photos that are taken by the new Pixel 3.
Microsoft HoloLens gets US$480M contract for special combat variant
The US Army looks set to take augmented reality headsets into battle with a special variant of the Microsoft HoloLens. The US$480 million contract will see Microsoft bring night vision and other state-of-the-art technology to its headset with a view to giving soldiers the edge on the battlefield.
Vivo NEX 2 looks set to drop pop-up selfie cam for secondary rear display
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is proving to be one of the more innovative smartphone makers on the market – or at least one that is happy to experiment with new technology. Leaked photos of the sequel to its clever all-screen Vivo NEX with pop up camera show that the company is radically changing course once again for its flagship smartphone.
HTC Vive Pro McLaren Edition will appeal to F1 fans
HTC has released the Vive Pro McLaren Limited Edition which is the result of a partnership between the Taiwanese company and legendary British Formula 1 racing team McLaren. In addition to a unique color scheme that matches the McLaren F1 racing car livery, the headset also comes with two McLaren F1 VR software experiences.
LG gets in on the Google Assistant display hub action
LG has launched its answer to the Google Home Hub. Dubbed LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 (yes, you read that right), it focuses on its audio prowess to differentiate itself from the competition, tapping Meridian Audio to deliver high-end sound.
The new B&N Nook 10.1 can now get you productive on the cheap
Barnes & Noble have given its new Nook 10.1 some wings. After hitting the shelves on November 14, the company has now launched a matching keyboard cover and charging dock making it a very affordable productivity and entertainment package.
Apple fudging new iPad Pro HDR capabilities
Apple’s new iPad Pro tablets have received largely positive reviews. One area that has come in for praise is its display. However, although claiming users can watch HDR movies on the tablet, all is not quite what it seems.
Android will natively support folding display devices
Google has announced that it is bringing official support to Android for devices with foldable screens. The news coincides with the launch of Samsung’s new Infinity Flex display that will feature on its forthcoming foldable Galaxy F.
Samsung shows off its new One UI interface
Samsung has used its Developer Conference 2018 to introduce its next generation custom Android 9 Pie-based user interface design. Dubbed One UI, the new interface has been designed to simplify the user experience by reducing clutter.
Google Pixel Slate goes up for pre-order, quickly selling out
Google’s first Chrome OS tablet is now up for pre-order following its unveiling early last month. The new Pixel Slate follows is the company’s latest attempt to crack the tablet computing market dominated by Apple’s iPad.
Magic UX interface uses AR to "pin" apps in virtual spaces to make multitasking truly seamless
Design consultancy Special Projects has unveiled a new user interface approach to multitasking that uses AR technology. Seeking to emulate a physical real world work flow, the interface allows users to switch naturally between applications and move between tasks on a smartphone as though they were working naturally on multiple tasks at a desk.
Motorola to start selling its Motorola One vanilla Android smartphone in the US
Motorola has announced that it is bringing one of the two Android handsets that it currently has in its lineup. The new Motorola One will land in the US on November 11 for US$399.
Apple launches a new dongle, this time for the USB-C iPad Pro
Apple has launched an all-new dongle alongside the launch of the new iPad Pro models. The latest dongle in Apple’s extensive selection of dongles available through its online and retail stores is a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apple now using 100 percent recycled aluminum in new Air, Mac mini
Among the announcement from the latest Apple event is that the company is making the new Mac mini and MacBook Air from 100 percent recycled aluminum. The company says that its metallurgists have discovered a new method for using the excess aluminum from the production process to create the new alloy it is using to make its new Macs.
12-inch MacBook gains new gold hue, but misses out on Amber Lake Y, more
As expected, Apple has unveiled a new Mac mini, MacBook Air and new iPad Pro models. However, one device that missed out on getting a chipset refresh was the 12-inch MacBook, leaving it essentially unchanged since June 2017 barring a new gold hue.
Microsoft toying with mobile device Xbox-style gaming controllers
Although Microsoft has killed off its smartphone line, the company is still interested in tapping into the handheld gaming space. One of its latest research projects is focused on customer reaction to bringing physical controllers to smartphones and tablets. hinting at possible plans for the near future.
Qualcomm claims Apple has dudded it US$7 billion
Apple and Qualcomm don’t look to be nearing any kind of truce in their ongoing patent battle. In a federal court in San Diego, Qualcomm has accused Apple of being US$7 billion in arrears with patent royalty payments it believes it is owed.
Huawei launches HomePod clone
Huawei has used its home market launch event for the Mate 20 series of smartphones to debut its Huawei AI Speaker. More than a little reminiscent of Apple's HomePod, the new speaker has been co-developed with famed Dutch audio specialists Dynaudio.
iFixit and Motorola team up on official repair kits for its smartphones
iFixit has announced that it has partnered with Motorola to supply users with official DIY repair kits for its recent smartphones. The kits include either a battery replacement or a screen digitizer assembly replacement and give users the ability to extend the life of their device considerably.
Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon 675 for mid-range smartphones
Qualcomm has taken the covers off the successor to its Snapdragon 670 for mid-range smartphones. The new Snapdragon 675 focuses on bringing features typically found in flagships to more affordable devices, particularly in the areas of gaming, imaging and AI.
Samsung launches Galaxy Book 2 with WoS
Samsung has taken the covers off its successor to the Galaxy Book. The new Galaxy Book 2 also happens to be the rumored Windows on Snapdragon (WoS) device that Samsung has been said to be working on.
Google details Titan M custom security chip in Pixel 3
Google has detailed what is so special about the new Titan M custom silicon it has baked into the Pixel 3 to help secure the device. In its latest blog post since the official launch of the device, Google has identified four key areas where the new chip will protect users from attacks.
Pixel 3 uses onboard AI processing to preserve privacy and deliver new features
Google has posted a blog explaining the way AI, or machine learning, tasks are processed on the new Pixel 3 models. Instead of sending user data to its servers for processing, most tasks are now processed by the device itself, preserving user privacy.
What Google got right and wrong at its Made by Google event
The Made by Google event for 2018 has come and gone. Always an exciting time on the calendar, it certainly had plenty of hits, but it also had some misses. Read on to see what we think Google got right and what it got wrong.
Intel inside the new Pixel Slate hints at future Windows 10 support
There have been rumors swirling for a while that Google is planning on adding support for Windows 10 on Chrome OS devices. The inclusion of Intel silicon inside the new Pixel Slate instead of ARM hints that Google still has plans to support Windows dual-booting on Chrome OS.
Google wanted a notch on the smaller Pixel 3 as well
As if having a notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL wasn’t bad enough, Google apparently wanted to include one on the smaller Pixel 3 as well. The only reason it didn’t also end up with a notch was that hardware restrictions got in the way.
Facebook intros new Portal smart hub line powered by Alexa
Facebook has introduced a smart home product it has dubbed Portal. Available in two sizes, the device offers similar functionality to the Amazon Echo Show, but focuses on providing seamless video chatting through its Messenger app.
AMD 12- and 24-core Threadripper 2 chips to hit the market on October 29
AMD has announced that its 12- and 24-core Ryzen 2 Threadripper chips will be available on October 29. The new chips are counterparts to the more expensive 16- and 32-core chips in the Threadripper lineup and will appeal to enthusiasts looking for a balance between performance and price.
Pixel 3 XL gets sold early by Hong Kong store
For the second time in a fortnight, Google has had to sit by and watch as one of its brand new devices gets sold in the wild ahead of its official unveiling. While a Chromecast 3 got sold early by accident, an unscrupulous Hong Kong store is cashing in by selling the Pixel 3 XL quite deliberately early.
The Surface Studio gets updated to 7th gen Intel silicon
Microsoft has updated the Surface Studio desktop computer for the first time since it launched in December 2016. Originally shipping with 6th gen Intel Skylake-based silicon, the new Surface Studio 2 has been refreshed with Intel’s 7th gen Kaby Lake chips.
Microsoft launches Surface All Access subscription deals
Fancy one of the new Surface devices from Microsoft, but can’t afford to drop the cash up front? Microsoft’s new All Access subscription plan will let you pay off your new Surface and bundled Office 365 subscription over 24 months.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 and new Cortana-powered headphones now official
Microsoft has used its Surface event to take the covers off its second-generation Surface Laptop, which, as rumored, comes in a new matte black color. Also joining the Surface range for the first time is a new pair of Bluetooth Surface headphones powered by the Cortana voice assistant.
Details of LG V40 camera capabilities leak out
We’ve known for some months that the forthcoming LG V40 will feature five cameras. What we didn’t know is what function each camera module served. Until now. Evan Blass is back with another leak, this time detailing the functionality of each.
LG teases the V40 ThinQ ahead of its launch, highlights five camera set up
LG has started to take the wraps off its forthcoming V40 ThinQ. In a pre-launch video and media release, the Korean company has confirmed the rumors that it will indeed launch with five cameras in total.
Facebook and RED team up on Manifold 3D VR camera
Facebook and RED have launched the jointly developed Manifold 360-degree VR camera. What sets the camera apart from the competition is its ability to create fully immersive content with full 6DOF support.
New Oculus Quest wireless VR headset ships in spring for US$399
Facebook-owned VR company Oculus has launched its latest standalone VR headset. Similar in design and approach to the Oculus Go, the new Quest headset aims to make VR gaming both more accessible and more appealing.
iPhone XS Max component costs revealed
If there’s one thing that matches the size of the new iPhone XS Max models from Apple, it is their price. If you want to know how much money of yours the Cupertino giant is sticking straight into its bank account, read on. If you don't, it might be best to look away.
Galaxy A9 Star Pro looks set to sport four rear cameras
Samsung has said it is targeting new features for its mid-range smartphones to help boost flagging sales. The latest example of this is the forthcoming Galaxy A9 Star Pro that is said to sport four rear cameras, twice as many as its current flagship devices.
Amazon launches a slew of new Alexa-powered products
Amazon has released a stunning array of new Alexa-powered devices that spans traditional products like its Echo range, through to a new car product and even an Alexa-enabled microwave oven. The new devices highlight the increasing popularity of its digital personal assistant and the company’s plans to make the platform ubiquitous.
Chrome OS 69 brings official support for Linux apps
Google has released the latest version of Chrome OS, and it includes support for Linux applications for the first time. Also baked in is Google’s Material Design 2.0 theme, which brings Chrome OS a little more in line with the look and feel of Android.
More details about WoA Snapdragon 1000 surface
Windows on ARM has yet to take off, but the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 could change the performance equation considerably. New details have surfaced about the chip, and it could be just what WoA devices need to put them on a more even footing with native x86 ultrabooks.
Surface Laptop 2 coming soon, new black color among the changes
Microsoft is holding a special Surface event on October 2 and the first leaks have started emerged. The most notable is that the Surface Laptop will get a sequel, but will also come in a slick new black color
Razer Phone 2 officially coming October 10 with Snapdragon 845
Razer is set to unveil its next-generation gaming smartphone, the Razer 2 on October 10. The device looks quite similar to the original Razer Phone, but is expected to feature upgraded internals including a Snapdragon 845 processor.
New Apple Watch Series 4 is a full redesign and features an FDA-approved ECG monitor
Apple has launched the all-new version of the world's best-selling smartwatch. The new Apple Watch Series 4 gets a complete redesign with a larger display, thinner body and the ability to undertake a ECG assessment via the new Digital Crown among the headlining features.
Next-gen Pixelbook 2 Google Chromebook leaks out in pictures
Google's next-generation Pixelbook 2 has leaked out ahead of launch by the company itself as part of a Facebook advertisement. Also present in the ad is what looks to be the notch-less smaller Google Pixel 3 leaving little to be revealed during Google's official October 9 launch event.
Huawei Mate 20 spotted in the wild, set for October 16 official reveal
The Huawei Mate 20 has been spotted in the wild by a keen observer during IFA in Berlin. The device features a distinctive square rear camera arrangement, so the photo looks legitimate. That said, it is not especially surprising a Huawei representative would have the device in hand given its official launch in London next month.
iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 leaked in press renders
Apple's next-generation iPhone and Watch have been leaked in press renders. Said to be called the iPhone XS, the new iPhone is depicted in Gold while the new Apple Watch Series 4 confirms rumors it would pick up a larger display.
Sony XZ3 official with QHD+ OLED display and 'Side sense'
Sony has finally launched its first smartphone with an OLED display. The new XZ3 is also its most contemporary flagship design in some time, which should go a long way to giving the Japanese tech giant its first smartphone hit in years.
Skagen Smartwatch gets refreshed
Skagen has released its second-generation smartwatch. The new Skagen Falster 2 maintains the style of the original, but adds more functionality so that it can compete with the best on the market.
Samsung's new external NVMe-based TB3 X5 SSDs are screamers
Samsung’s new X5 portable SSD is equipped with Thunderbolt 3 and is screamingly fast. According to the company, the drive can transfer a 3 GB video in just 2 seconds and a 20 GB video in only 12 seconds.
Samsung HMD Odyssey+ Windows VR Headset coming soon
Samsung has a sequel to the Odyssey Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset released in 2017. As confirmed in a new Bluetooth certification, the new device will be called the Odyssey+ and it will be headed to store shelves soon.
Oppo launches R17 Pro variant with Super VOOC charging
OPPO has taken the wraps off a better-equipped variant of the recently launched R17. The new model includes the premium Super VOOC charging feature that first debuted on the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition.
Zotac reveals new GeForce RTX 20-series GPU range
Zotac has taken the covers off its new GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. Based on Nvidia's powerful new Turing architecture, the new Zotac Gaming GPUs will come in blower, triple fan and AMP models with all-new designs.
New renders of Galaxy X foldable look insane
Samsung’s foldable device is coming to market soon, but although there have been plenty of leaks and even official information about the device, not a lot is known about what it looks like. If new renders based on all the available information to date are accurate, it is poised to be a fascinating entry into the smartphone market.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Active seems to have quietly dropped off the radar
Samsung doesn’t look as though it will bring a Galaxy S9 Active to market this year. With the typical launch window for the device passed, coupled with the relatively weak demand for the S9 line generally, it seems as though the Active variant may have quietly slipped off the radar.
Amazon flogging the Essential Phone for just US$280
Amazon is currently flogging the Essential Phone PH-1 for just US$280. Despite being powered by last year’s Snapdragon 835, Essential has already pushed out the official build of Android 9.0 Pie to the device making it a great deal.
Apple again rumored to be adding Pencil support to 2018 iPhones
A fresh rumor suggests that Apple could be adding Pencil support to its 2018 iPhones. The addition would give the iPhone the direct ability to compete with the just-launched Galaxy Note range, in addition to differentiating it from the Galaxy S 10.
9th gen Intel processors launching October 1
Intel's next-generation of Core series chips will launch October 1. Although still fabricated on a 14nm node, the 9th gen chips will feature more cores to counter the threat from AMD
Sony launches US$7,900 Signature Series DMP-Z1 Digital Music Player, matching headphones
Sony has launched its most expensive digital music player and in-ear headphones to date. The new Signature Edition DMP-Z1 and IER-Z1Rs come in at a whopping US$7,900 and US$1,780, but promise an unmatched audio quality.
Evan Blass: Motorola could be developing DeX-like 'ModBook' laptop Moto Mod
Evan Blass has received images of a desktop-like Android-based environment that has been in development at Motorola. Blass received a tip, including supporting images, from a graphic designer who has been working on the project.
Radical RED Hydrogen One finally gets release date
Professional camera maker RED has created a lot of hype around the launch of its first smartphone, the Hydrogen One. The new device features what the company claims has a display capable of displaying 3D holographic images that work without the need for glasses. After first being teased last year, the device now has an official launch date.
Powerhouse Asus ROG gaming phone up for pre-order
The Asus ROG gaming smartphone has gone up for pre-order in Finland giving us a first look at its pricing. The powerhouse device packs a vapor cooled Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM and will retail for an eye-watering 999 EUR.
LG launches the Q8 (2018) with stylus, 6.2-inch display
LG has launched the latest mid-range smartphone in its lineup to feature a stylus. The new LG Q8 (2018) takes its design cues from LG’s 2017 flagship, the LG G6, and also features a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for hi-res audio.
iOS 12 beta icon spills the beans on next iPad design
A hidden asset in the latest iOS 12 beta appears to confirm rumors about the next-generation iPads from Apple. The icon shows an iPad that has much thinner bezels and no Home button, which aligns with leaked details about the devices.
LG V35 ThinQ Signature Edition is official, just 300 made for Korean market only
LG has officially unveiled its second Signature Edition smartphone. The latest model is a premium version of the LG V35 ThinQ that incorporates a scratch resistant zirconium zinc rear casing, while it is also shipping with a set of high-end B&O headphones.
Wireless charging Pixel Stand for Pixel 3 confirmed in code
Developers have uncovered code in the latest preview version of Android P and the accompanying Google app that reveals the existence of the Pixel Stand. The new hardware from Google will accompany the Pixel 3 models on launch in Octover as an accessory designed to support wireless charging.
Google puts the kibosh on cryptocurrency apps in Play Store
Google has axed all cryptocurrency mining apps from the Google Play Store. Its updated developer policies have also banned that facilitate the sale of weapons and apps that appeal to children, but contain adult content.
Video of Galaxy Tab S4 in the wild shows off new 10.5-inch form factor
Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Tab S4 has been leaked in a hands-on video. The short clip captures the device in the flesh and shows its new shape thanks to an upgraded 10.5-inch size, which replaces the old 9.7-inch size of the Galaxy Tab S3.
Ceramic LG V35 Signature Edition to cost US$1800
LG is said to be prepping its second Signature Edition smartphone. The LG V35 Signature Edition, like its predecessor, will be a very limited edition model targeting the ultra-premium smartphone market.
New Samsung 'Unbreakable' OLED panel can take a pummeling
Samsung has officially revealed its latest flexible OLED panel technology. The new ‘Unbreakable Panel’ as the company is referring to it, has passed multiple US military standards for drop testing and shatter resistance.
Xperia XZ3 renders get leaked, hints at curved OLED display and single 48MP camera
Sony's forthcoming flagship refresh, the XZ3 has leaded in fresh renders. Not only will it get a curved edge display, it looks like it will be the recipient of Sony's new 48MP camera module.
Odds firming that Fuchsia OS will replace Android, Chrome OS on Google hardware
Google looks to be positioning its Fuchsia OS as a replacement for Android and Chrome OS on its Pixel hardware. Although the roadmap for the operating system has not been formally signed off, Google has over 100 software engineers working on the project.
Nokia X6 goes global as the Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia has officially launched the 6.1 Plus for global markets. The first market outside of mainland China to receive the device will be Hong Kong starting July 24.
LG V40 ThinQ expected in October, five cameras, bezel-less
Fresh off the back of the LG G7 ThinQ, the Korean company is hard at work on the full blown successor to the LG V30/35. Early rumors are promising, with LG set to bring a triple rear camera to the mix as well as going virtually bezel-less.
Nokia X5 is official, could be renamed 5.1 Plus for global markets
The Nokia X5 is now official in China. The latest notched Android smartphone is expected to also get a global rollout as the Nokia 5.1 Plus
Huawei launches Kirin 710 for next-gen mid-range smartphones
Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon has officially announced the Kirin 710. The new ARM-based design will provide mid-range phones powered by the octa-core chip with a substantial boost in performance.
New Corning Gorilla Glass 6 focused on shatter resistance
Corning has taken the wraps off the latest version of its ubiquitous Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets. Version 6 is all about bringing added drop protection that is twice as resistant to drops as Gorilla Glass 5.
New Amazon RX 580 deal hints at the end of current GPU price bubble
GPU prices have been inflated for the best part of the last twelve months thanks to the cryptocurrency mining boom. With the profitability of the practice declining in recent months, so too have the prices of GPUs started to come down as well.
iFixit: Apple may have sneakily fixed the MacBook Pro keyboard after all
Apple may have killed two birds with the one stone with its new third-generation butterfly MacBook keyboard mechanism. A teardown by iFixit reveals a new silicon membrane underneath each key not previously seen that may serve a double function.
Ming-Chi Kuo: Refreshed Mac mini, iPads with Face ID and a new larger Apple Watch inbound
Now with TF International Securities, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new research note spilling the beans on Apple's product plans for fall 2018. Among the new products, Kuo expects a new Mac mini, iPads with Face ID and new, larger Apple Watches.
Acer bundles free Echo Dot with Alexa-equipped notebooks
Acer is bundling a free Echo Dot for its notebooks pre-installed with Amazon's Alexa personal assistant. The deal is available to exclusively to Prime members and also includes a US$50 saving on the price of the notebooks.
Third time's the charm? Don't hold your breath if you're hoping Apple has fixed its keyboard woes
"Issue? What issue?" This is apparently Apple's take on the keyboard issues that have been plaguing its MacBook Pro models. Despite releasing new MacBook Pro models with a "third-generation" butterfly mechanism, Apple says the revision is focused on reducing noise, not improving reliability.
Apple teams with Black Magic Design on eGPU for new MacBook Pros
Apple has teamed with Black Magic Design on a new eGPU enclosure to accompany its new MacBook Pro line. The enclosure is fitted with an AMD Radeon Pro 580 desktop GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and also acts as a Thunderbolt 3 dock.
Purported official render of the Galaxy Note 9 is notable, but for the wrong reasons
If you thought Samsung's smartphones were starting to look boring and predictable, you'd be right. A purported offical render of the Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced and it looks just like the Galaxy Note 8.
Sony surprises with mid-range 6-inch XA2 Plus, joins 6-inch XA2 Ultra
Sony has surprised with the launch of the mid-range 6-inch XA2 Plus. The device is quite similar to the similarly powered XA2 Ultra, but is arguably the most beautiful Sony smartphone in recent times.
Evan Blass leaks official Galaxy Tab S4 render
Evan Blass has tweeted out an official render of the Galaxy Tab S4 with matching keyboard cover. Although difficult to confirm from the image, the Samsung logo and Home button appear to be absent from the front of the device confirming earlier rumors to that effect.
Better late than never, Apple has appointed an AI Chief to save Siri
If there is one area that Apple has been seriously lagging Google, it is in the effective application of AI technologies to advance its flagship iPhone. Enter Google's former head of Machine Intelligence, John Giannandrea, who is now Apple's first official Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy.
Galaxy S10 tipped to be powered by Exynos 9820 and Mali G76 GPU
Samsung's Galaxy S10 has been tipped to pick up the company's next-generation ARM-based silicon. Expected to be called the Exynos 9820, the successor to the Exynos 9810 will also be fabricated on Samsung's all-new 7nm FinFet node.
Google Store offering Pixel XL 2 at US$100 discount, other devices on special too
Google is currently offering its Pixel 2 XL models at US$100 off their regular price. The sale also includes other products in its hardware lineup and runs until July 17 while stocks last.
US XZ2 Premium pre-orders come with a free pair of Xperia Ear Duo earphones
Sony's XZ2 Premium is up for pre-order in the US, but won't ship until July 30. To help ease the blow of its US$999 price tag, Sony is throwing in a set of its futuristic Xperia Ear Duos for customers who pre-order the device.
The all-new Surface Go is proof that Windows 10 on ARM is skating on thin ice
Microsoft has launched the Surface Go, a US$399 Windows 10 tablet targeted at the students, schools and the entry-level tablet market dominated by the Apple iPad. As rumored, the device is powered by an Intel Pentium Gold chip instead of an ARM-based chip as could have been the case for this type of device.
Sony XZ2 Premium is a heavyweight in more ways than one
Sony's new Xperia XZ2 Premium flagship is one of the heaviest smartphones hitting the market. At 232 grams, it even out beefs the hefty iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy Active.
Samsung Gear S4 could get 'Galaxy Watch' moniker, Wear OS
Samsung's next generation smartwatch is likely to skip its 'Gear' branding in favor of new 'Galaxy Watch' branding. The realigned brand is also expected to coincide with a switch in operating system from Samsung's Tizen OS to Google's Wear OS.
Seagate launches new BarraCuda SSDs up to 2TB
Seagate has launched a new range of BarraCuda SSDs for notebooks and desktop PCs. Targeted at the consumer market, the new SSDs come in capacities ranging from 250GB to 2TB.
Huawei TalkBand 5 surfaces in renders ahead of July launch
Huawei is set to release the latest version of its TalkBand. The TalkBand 5 can be worn as a watch, but also features a pop out ear piece for taking and making calls on the move.
Ming-Chi Kuo: 2018 iPhones could also come in blue, red, gold and orange
Ming-Chi Kuo is back with Apple predictions and expects the 2018 iPhone range to pack several new color options including blue, red, gold and orange. The new colors will vary according to model, with the gold color reserved for the 2018 iPhone X sequel.
LG wants in on the foldable smartphone action too
A patent for a new foldable LG smartphone has surfaced. Unlike the impending Samsung Galaxy X, which folds into a quasi tablet, LG's approach is more akin to a foldable flip phone that fold small enough to comfortably fit into a shirt pocket.
MacBook Pro model with 'Coffee Lake' surfaces in benchmark
The first benchmark of a 'Coffee Lake' powered MacBook Pro has been spotted online. It was over 12 months ago that Apple last refereshed the MacBook Pro line with Intel's 'Kaby Lake' CPUs.
Galaxy S9, S9+ MMS bug randomly sending photos to contacts
Users of Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ are reporting a bug that is causing random photos from their device to be sent to random contacts. In one instance, a user claims that all of the photos from his device were sent to his girlfriend.
Light developing 9-lens smartphone camera for DSLR-like quality
Photography startup Light has revealed a 9-lens smartphone camera prototype that is currently in development. Like its L16 camera, the device captures light from multiple lenses to create hybridised images stitched from images with multiple focal lengths.
Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red coming July 10
OnePlus continues to capitalize on the popularity of its new OnePlus 6 flagship by launching limited edition models of the device. The latest is the Limited Edition OnePlus 6 Red, and it is coming July 10.
Vivo reveals 3D scanning tech with 10x the data points of Face ID
Vivo has announced a new 3D sensing technology that it is calling TOF 3D. Using structured light technology as deployed in Apple's Face ID, it uses 10x more data points which should make it even more accurate and more capable.
Sony exiting mobile markets as price and availability of XZ2 Premium announced
According to Evan Blass, Sony Mobile is pulling out of its operations in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. The news that it is scaling back its operations comes just as the company reveals the pricing and availability of its latest flagship, the Xperia XZ2 Premium.
Microsoft, Razer bringing keyboard and mouse support to Xbox One
Microsoft is working closely with Razer to bring official support for keyboard and mouse input for the Xbox One. Long promised, but never delivered, the new partnership will give hardcore gamers the additional customization options that PC gamers enjoy from an input and control perspective.
Qualcomm’s rumored Snapdragon 1000 could be custom-made for notebooks
Already under threat from smartphone chip-based ARM-powered notebooks and having to recover from the unexpected loss of its CEO, Intel looks to be under renewed threat from Qualcomm. Unlike previous ARM-based notebooks, the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 could be purpose-built from the ground up to challenge Intel’s ultrabook dominance.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich forced to resign over inappropriate relationship
Intel CEO Brian Kraznich has been forced to resign over after it was revealed that he had been involved in a relationship with an Intel employee. Although the relationship was consensual, the relationship violated a company non-fraternization policy barring managers from being romantically involved with subordinates.
Despite launch of keyboard repair program, Apple continues to sell affected MacBooks
Apple has finally admitted that its new 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models are prone to malfunctioning. After months of user complaints, the company has officially launched a Keyboard Service Program for affected users, but it continues to sell devices that could be affected by the same issues.
Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition features Super VOOC charging
Oppo has followed in the footsteps of Huawei by partnering with a prestige automobile house to co-brand one of its phones. The new Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition features high-end materials and is the first smartphone to feature ultra-rapid Super VOOC battery charging.
Samsung downgrades Chromebook Plus display in V2 update
Samsung has updated its Chromebook Plus to Version 2.0. While it picks up some new features, its display gets a notable downgrade from a QHD resolution to FHD.
PixelBook could be in line for official Windows 10 certification
There is mounting evidence that Google is working on allowing its Pixelbooks to natively support Windows 10. What's more, it seems that Google could also be chasing official certification from Microsoft meaning that the Pixelbook could even ship with Windows 10 pre-installed.
Vivo NEX official, no notch, minimal bezel
The Vivo APEX smartphone that debuted to great fanfare as a concept at MWC 2018 is now a reality. It has officially been launched as the Vivo NEX S for the Chinese market and offers the highest display-to-bezel ratio of any smartphone on the market.
Halo, Madden franchises coming back to PC after a decade long absence
Microsoft and EA have announced that both the Halo and Madden franchises, respectively, will be coming back to the PC. Both titles have been restricted to consoles for the past several generations and will be welcomed by PC gamers.
Evan Blass: Samsung to stick with its Tizen OS for its Gear smartwatches
Rumors that Samsung may be switching to Google's Wear OS for its Galaxy Gear range of smartwatches have proven to be a false alarm. Samsung will continue with its custom Linux-based Tizen OS for its next-generation smartwatches and beyond.
EA launches Origin Access Premier, offers access to latest PC games
EA has launched a new premium subscription tier to its popular Origin Access gaming service. The new Origin Access Premier tier gives users access to the company's latest titles all for a single monthly payment.
Gigabyte shows eGPU with embedded Radeon RX 580
Gigabyte has added a new eGPU enclosure to its lineup. The new Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box is targeted at Apple MacBook users, although it will work equally well with Windows ultrabooks as well.
Asus wows with Project Precog, dual-screen AI-driven notebook
Asus has taken the covers off a stunning dual-screen notebook of the near future it is currently calling Project Precog, in a hat tip Phillip K. Dick's 'Minority Report." The AI-driven device features a stunning laser etched finish and is expected to arrive as a shipping product next year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000-powered Win 10 PCs could arrive by 2019
Qualcomm is said to be working on a new "Snapdragon 1000" ARM-based chip that it is targeting for Windows 10 machines by either late 2018 or 2019. What will set this chip apart is that it is being specially designed for Windows 10 on ARM PCs with a higher TDP for true notebook-class performance.
Zotac reveals slew of new Mini PCs ahead of tradeshow
Although Computex 2018 doesn't kick off in Taipei until June 5, Zotac is already out of the blocks showcasing its latest range of Mini PCs. The lineup includes the ZBOX CI660 nano, which is the first Mini PC to be powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU.
New Nokia budget phones incoming, the Nokia 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 are now official
HMD has officially launched the Nokia 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 smartphones. The Nokia 2.1 and 3.1 are the more affordable of the three and carry Google's Android One branding. The new 5.1 is a slightly more expensive model machined from a single block of aluminum.
Moto Z3 Play official renders surface online along with 5G Moto Mod
Official renders of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play have surfaced online. Perhaps even more interestingly, Motorola plans to release a 5G-capable Moto Mod that will upgrade it, and compatible Moto devices, from 4G to 5G cellular connectivity.
"Lensgate": is the iPhone X camera lens cover susceptible to cracking in normal use?
Reports have started to surface of customers complaining that their iPhone X rear camera lens covers are cracking, even though they haven't been dropped. Apple uses sapphire crystal for its lens covers which are resistant to scratching, but are more susceptible to cracking under pressure than Corning Gorilla Glass.
Apple knew iPhone 6, 6 Plus could bend more easily ahead of launch
According to court documents filed in a lawsuit against the company, Apple knew its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models were more prone to bending than previous iPhones. Internal Apple documents referenced by the judge acting in the case reveal that Apple engineers were concerned about the issue ahead of its launch.
Essential Phone PH-2 cancelled, Rubin looks to sell firm
He may be known as the "Father of Android," but that does not look to have saved Andy Rubin's Esssential. According to Bloomberg, Rubin is actively shopping around the company he founded less than two year's ago following lackluster sales of its Android-based Essential Phone PH-1.
The fullscreen Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12
First shown as a futuristic concept phone, the Vivo APEX is officially launching on June 12. The device avoids a display notch by incorporating a retractable selfie-camera that pops out of its chassis when required.
Notched smartphones slammed by Christian Schwamkrug, Design Director with Porsche Design
The Design Director of Porsche Design has slammed smartphones with notched displays. Christian Schwamkrug has said that he wouldn't allow the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS to join the bevy of smartphones with notched displays in 2018.
LG rolls out a trio of new Q7 models featuring high-end audio
LG has updated its popular Q6 with new Q7 models that the company is touting feature audio quality usually reserved for high-end devices, but at a mid-range price point. The new models retain the basic features of the 5.5-inch FullVision display Q6 design, but come with a number of tweaks.
Nvidia 11xx series launching June 15, shipping from July
Nvidia is set to launch its next-generation 11xx series GPUs on June 15, according to a new report. The first cards on the market will be its own Founders Edition designs, with AIB vendors delivering their first designs starting around August to September.
Is Apple prepping two designs based on the iPhone SE?
There is a lot of buzz surrounding the next iPhone SE at the moment with the odds favoring at least one new iPhone SE model to surface this year. However, there are currently two designs floating around, with one featuring a fullscreen bezel-less display and iPhone X-like notch, and another virtually unchanged externally, leaving some wondering what could be going on.
Xiaomi's answer to Apple's Face ID emerges in render
Xiaomi looks set to be the first Android smartphone maker to hit the market with a true 3D facial recognition system to rival Apple's Face ID. As with Apple's solution, Xiaomi has adopted a notched display and the inclusion of an array of sensor and camera technology.
OnePlus 6 leaks out in fully rendered glory, launching May 16
The OnePlus 6 has leaked in full with the first clear renders of the device, front and back. While some are undoubtedly going to be unhappy about its iPhone X-style notch, it is otherwise a beautiful design.
Trump tweet gives ZTE a lifeline
US President Donald Trump has posted a tweet indicating plans to reverse the US government's decision to block ZTE from purchasing vital smartphone components from US companies. The surprising move could save ZTE from oblivion.
Google 'My Activity' is far scarier than Duplex
If you thought that the Google Duplex demo was scary, Google's new "My Activity" page in your user account is even scarier. It shows all the data that Google has recorded on your activity, ostensibly, to improve your user experience of its devices and services. You might want to delete it. Now.
HP Chromebook x2 up for pre-order at Best Buy
HP's premium Chromebook X2 is up for pre-order at Best Buy. The x2, which is expected to ship June 7, is one of the first true 2-in-1 Chromebooks on the market that offers a detachable display allowing it to be used as a standalone tablet.
Evan Blass: Pixel Watch set to debut alongside Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
Evan Blass has tipped that Google will be unveiling a Pixel-branded smartwatch alongside its next-generation Pixel 3 handsets. Expected to be launched in early October, it will be the first smartwatch launched by Google as a direct competitor to the highly successful Apple Watch.
Motorola patents a foldable smartphone / tablet concept with clever integrated cover
Motorola has been granted a patent for a foldable smartphone that unfolds into a tablet. While it is not the first patent for a foldable smartphone that has surfaced in recent times, it is the first to show how a foldable smartphone could work with a smart case design to give it even more potential usage scenarios.
All of these phones support the Android P beta
Google's Android P beta is out, and the good news is you don't need a Pixel or Pixel 2 smartphone to give it a test run. Thanks to Project Treble, Google has been able to work with a select group of OEMs to bring the Android P beta to their devices from day 1.
All the major new features coming in Android P
Google has used its I/O 2018 developer conference to give Android P an early preview, and it looks impressive. It is a comprehensive update to the operating system, including its UI, bringing with it increasingly deeper implementation of machine learning.
LG says it didn't copy the iPhone X-like notch on the G7 ThinQ
LG has said that it did not knock off the notch on its flagship LG G7 ThinQ from the Apple iPhone X. Rather, the company says that it thinks of it as a secondary display, which is there to show additional information.
Apple has 4 of the top 5 best selling smartphones in the world, iPhone X no. 1
The latest data from Strategy Analytics, which tracks global smartphone shipments, shows that iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone in Q1, 2018. Rounding out an impressive quarter for Apple, its iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone 7 models took out the number 2, 3, and 4 positions, respectively.
Apple called on to recall all new-generation MacBook Pros in petition
A long-time Apple user has launched a change.org petition calling on Apple to issue a mass recall of all MacBook Pros released from the Late 2016 model. Apple is under fire from the Apple community about the keyboard on the devices, which it is claimed are prone to having keys getting stuck or becoming non-responsive.
Long teased, the notched LG G7 ThinQ is finally official
After a lengthy trickle of teasers, both official and unofficial, LG has launched the G7 ThinQ. Yes, it includes a notched display, but it also introduces a number of new technologies not previously seen in a smartphone.
Futuristic Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones up for pre-order, ship May 25
Sony's futuristic Xperia Ear Duo headphones are now up for pre-order in the US. The headphones allow listeners to hear both music or voice overs at the same time as being able to hear ambient sounds around them.
Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ with Infinity Display official
Samsung has launched the latest line of its popular A-Series mid-range Galaxy-branded handsets. The new A6 and A6+ pick up features that are comparable to some of Samsung's higher-end Galaxy S-Series.
Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale for US$199
The Oculus Go standalone VR headset has officially been launched and is available for immediate purchase. The Facebook-owned company is shipping the headset to 23 countries starting today, from US$199 for the 32 GB model.
Apple Q2 results silence iPhone X critics with US$61B in revenue
Despite concerns that Apple might miss its targets for the quarter, the company has instead returned record numbers for its fiscal Q2. The Cupertino giant raked in a net profit of US$13.8B for the quarter on gross revenue of US$61.1B.
Prolific Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo leaves KGI Securities, Tim Cook heard cheering
Ming-Chi Kuo, serial leaker of Apple's product plans, has left KGI Securities. The news could mean a slow down in the number of accurate leaks about Apple's product plans, much to the relief of many an executive at Apple's Cupertino HQ.
Claim: New MacBook Pro keyboards fail at double the rate of previous gen
A new analysis of MacBook Pro keyboards suggests that since their introduction, there have been twice as many service requests for keyboard repairs. The study seems to align with reports that MacBook Pro users have had to deal with stuck keys or keys that are non-responsive.
Chome OS updated to version 66, brings Meltdown patch, more
Google has updated its Chrome OS to version 66, bringing with it numerous bug and security fixes. Chief among the security updates is a patch for Meltdown for Intel-based Chrome OS devices closing off the vulnerability across all Chrome OS devices.
Fresh MS Surface Phone / Andromeda patent surfaces, features display curve correction
A previously unseen series of patent applications and associated imagery for the rumored Surface Phone / Andromeda PC have emerged. They show that Microsoft is mulling a range of solutions for making the device responsive to how it is being held or used at any time.
Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS set for Android app support, could signal OS unification plans
Google has not had much to say about the Fuchsia OS, its new operating system currently under development, but little hints have popped up here and there — the latest clue is apparent support for Android Runtime. If Fuchsia OS gains Android app support, it could signal the unification of its Pixel hardware efforts under a single "Pixel OS" operating system.
Current-gen MacBook Pro keyboards lambasted by Apple community
Apple is taking flak for its current-gen MacBook Pro keyboards from its usually loyal community. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has labeled it “one of the biggest design screw ups in Apple history,” while others are calling it “defective” and suggesting it should be recalled.
OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition gets a teaser video
The OnePlus 6 mightn't be hitting the market until the middle of next month, but OnePlus hasn't missed the opportunity cash in on the publicity being generated by the new Avengers movie in cinemas now. The Chinese smartphone maker has teamed with Marvel to tease a OnePlus 6 Avengers Limited Edition variant of its forthcoming flagship, and like the movie, it looks like to be a winner too.
Nintendo Switch is a bona fide hit with 18 million sales
Nintendo has racked up nearly 18 million sales of its Switch console. The hybrid handheld / desktop gaming console has helped drive the Japanese gaming giant to a whopping US$1.6 billion profit for its fiscal year just ended.
AMD Ryzen from the ashes, records US$81M profit for Q1 2018
After failing to turn a profit for the best part of the last decade, AMD has reported a net profit of US$81 million for the first quarter of 2018. The company can pin its turnaround on the success of its Ryzen chip family, which is putting pressure on Intel for the first time in years.
Fresh Nokia X6 render leaks and (surprise!), it has a notched display
The Nokia X6 has just been leaked in fresh renders and if you were hoping that it would feature a notched display, your wishes have been granted. It will be the first device from the reborn brand to feature a notched display, but it will be among the more affordable Android designs like this on the market.
The LG G7 might "only" have an LCD display, but it packs some tricks up its sleeve
The forthcoming LG G7 ThinQ will be fighting an uphill battle as one of the handful of flagship Android smartphones still using an LCD display. However, its IPS LCD display will be armed with super brightness and high color accuracy.
Evan Blass leaks the LG G7 ThinQ from every angle, retains headphone jack
We no longer have to wait until May 2 for the official launch of the LG G7 to see it from every angle. A fresh leak from the renowned leaker Evan Blass shows the device from every angle confirming it has retained a headphone jack.
How Frank Azor helped create the Dell XPS line
Historically, when you think of Dell, you think conservative, “me too,” PC notebook designs. That changed with the debut of the stunning, but short-lived, Adamo range — and the arrival of Frank Azor among Dell’s ranks.
TSMC 7nm FinFet plans give a big hint about Apple’s future iPhone chips, possibly MacBooks too
TSMC has revealed that its new 7nm FinFet process will deliver mobile chips that are at least 20 percent faster and 40 percent more efficient. It has also revealed that it has developed two separate 7nm FinFet tracks, one optimized for mobile applications, the other for "high performance computing applications."
Intel Cannon Lake-based NUC with discrete Radeon GPU coming soon
A leaked Crimson Canyon Intel NUC featuring Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake CPU has surfaced in photos and benchmarks. Should it see the light of day as expected, it will be the second new generation Intel NUC to feature AMD graphics.
Apple starts battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pros
Apple has officially launched a battery replacement program for some of its recent non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros. The affected devices were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017.
iPhone SE 2 could launch in May, Apple could be stuck with Samsung for OLED panels
Apple's iPhone SE sequel could be set for a May launch and will only feature upgraded internals for the most part, according to the latest rumors. Meanwhile, Apple looks like it will have to stick with Samsung as its sole supplier for OLED panels in its high-end smartphones.
Honor unveils the MagicBook with 8th Gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia MX150 dGPU
Honor has introduced its first ultrabook. The all-aluminum design is similar to its cousin, the Huawei MateBook X, but is more affordable.
Huawei launches the Honor 10, a cheaper P20 alternative
Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, has rolled out the Honor 10, its flagship smartphone for 2018. Aimed at a younger Asian market, the Honor 10 has has funky looks with more than a hint of the P20 for a fraction of the price.
Rumored 6.1-inch notched LCD iPhone could start from just US$550
Apple could be set to introduce the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone "9" starting from as low as US$550, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. Kuo also predicts that Apple will start selling dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) iPhones starting September as well.
This AI video of Barack Obama is the disturbing future of fake news
An exercise in creating a humorous faked video of Barack Obama is in reality a disturbing preview of how AI can be used to manipulate ordinary people. Ironically, it turns out, AI might also be our savior from fake news at the same time.
Huawei set to quit US market
Although it has not made an official announcement, Chinese smartphone giant Huawei looks likely to withdraw from the US market. The company has laid off key staff in the US, signalling the end of its ambitions in the world's largest smartphone market for the time being.
Intel plans to offload CPU malware scanning to iGPUs in new Spectre / Meltdown fix
Intel has responded to concerns that its software-based fixes for Spectre and Meltdown are hampering CPU performance. A future patch coming through Microsoft's servers will offload memory scanning to the iGPU
Samsung display patent shows notched display could come to Galaxy S
The next Galaxy S flagship phone from Samsung could well incorporate a notched display, if a new patent application is any indication. Also in tow is a second Galaxy Note-like design that is completely bezel-less.
Sony XZ2 Premium official with 4K display, dual rear cameras
Sony has surprised by making the XZ2 Premium official less than two months after the launch of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The new flagship features a 4K HDR display and dual rear cameras as well as a host of other other upgrades over the XZ2.
Samsung Chromebook Pro gets refresh with backlit keyboard
The Samsung Pro now comes with its most requested feature -- a backlit keyboard. In all other respects the device remains the same, but its newest feature makes it a viable alternative for users who normally buy higher end Windows or Apple notebooks.
New Acer Chomebox CXI3 series lands with 8th Gen Intel silicon
Acer has updated its Chromebox line with new 8th Gen Intel Core-series processors up to i7 variants. The new Chromebox CXI3 lineup also feature additional upgrades including USB Type-C ports and M2 SSDs.
AMD officially launches 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 chips
AMD has officially launched its 2nd Gen Ryzen Series high-performance chips for desktop computers. While faster acrosss the range, AMD has also been aggressive with its pricing strategy, cutting prices and putting further pressure on Intel in the process.
LG opens “Software Update Center”
LG has announced the establishment of a new "Software Update Center" at its R&D facility in Korea. The new department will focus solely on delivering timely updates to its Android devices across all of its global markets.
Google stops selling first-gen Pixel smartphone
Google has finally called time on the original Pixel smartphones first released in 2016. It had continued to sell the Pixel and Pixel XL alongside the next-generation models following their launch last year, but this has now come to an end.
LG G7 ThinQ officially confirmed, just three weeks away
LG has announced that its next-generation flagship G7 will carry the ThinQ branding and will officially take a bow on May 2. Rumor has it that LG scrapped the design that made a sneak appearance at MWC in 2018 with a notched display, but this now seems probable that this is indicative of the final design.
Zotac debuts Q Series Mini Workstation PCs with Nvidia Quadro GPUs
If you’ve been waiting for a workstation that is only 2.8-inches tall and is powered by Intel i7 quad-core chips and Nvidia Quadro graphics, Zotac has the mini workstation of your dreams. The new Zotac Q Series Mini Workstation PCs include Quadro GPUs up to the powerful P5000 model with 2560 CUDA cores.
First discrete GPU from Intel since 1998 will include a PC gaming variant
Intel is said to be working on a discrete GPU solution that will be targeted at PC gamers. The new discrete GPU is being headed up by former AMD Radeon Technologies chief Raja Koduri, lending credibility to the rumor.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets pre-release overclocking treatment up to 4.3GHz
AMD’s eagerly anticipated second-generation Ryzen 7 2700X octa-core has been given the overclocking treatment ahead of its official launch this month. Two early testers were independently able to achieve overclocking speeds of 4.3 GHz across all eight cores.
Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit app support inbound
If Microsoft is serious about keeping its Windows 10 on ARM dreams alive, it needs to bring support for 64-bit x86-based apps to the platform as soon as possible. A new SDK set to be introduced next month could help make this happen sooner rather than later.
Fresh PlayStation 5 leak suggests AMD 8-core Zen CPU, Navi-based GPU
AMD looks to have sewn up a deal with Sony to power its next-generation PlayStation 5. Currently in the hands of developers, details about the PlayStation 5 dev kits indicate it is powered by an AMD APU featuring Zen CPU cores and a Navi-based GPU.
Bloomberg: Apple dumping Intel for its own silicon by 2020
If Intel was counting on keeping Apple as a customer into the future, it might have to think again if a new report from Bloomberg is accurate. The Cupertino giant, which has long made the market-leading silicon powering its iPhone lineup, could end up powering its Mac line as soon as 2020.
Oppo R15 and R15 Pro are official, notched displays in tow
Oppo has officially launched the R15 and R15 Pro flagship smartphones in its home market of China. As previously leaked, the devices both incorporate a notched display, which looks set to be the smartphone trend of 2018.
Privacy feature in iOS 11.3 lets users know when it wants your data
Apple has baked a new privacy feature into iOS 11.3, the latest software update for its iPhones and iPads. Following the update, a new icon will appear each time personal information is required to enable a service providing users with a new layer of transparency over how their data is handled.
OnePlus CEO explains notch rationale on OnePlus 6
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has taken to the company's blog to address the contentious decision to incorporate an iPhone X-like notch on its flagship OnePlus 6. Lau admits the design approach is controversial, but is in line with the company's efforts to deliver a more immersive screen experience.
Next-gen Apple Watch in the works with new design, larger display
Apple is currently working on an all-new design for its market-leading Apple Watch. The new watch will feature a 15 percent larger display and slicker look, marking the first redesign since its launch in 2015.
TCL set to introduce a Palm-branded smartphone on Verizon this year
The Palm Pre could be set to make a comeback to the US market later this year, if a fresh rumor is accurate. The device is expected to be designed and manufactured by Chinese company TCL, which is behind the most recent BlackBerry devices currently on the market like the BlackBerry KEYone.
Rumors point to a cheaper iPhone X sequel
Stung by lower than anticipated sales for its flagship iPhone X, Apple could be set to lower the entry point for the next-generation of OLED iPhones expected in September by US$100. This would bring the starting point for the next-generation 5.8-inch OLED iPhone down to US$899 for a 64 GB model.
Foxconn set to acquire Belkin, Linksys and Wemo
Foxconn is set to acquire Belkin, and with it, Linksys and Wemo. The US$866 million deal is, however, subject to review by the US Committee on Foreign Investment.
Bezel-less BlackBerry Ghost Pro surfaces
Thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass, we now have a look at the next high-end BlackBerry-branded device set to hit the market. Manufactured for sale in the subcontinent, the new Ghost Pro from Optiemus is set to be a premium bezel-less design.
Lenovo Mirage VR Camera is now up for pre-order
Lenovo will ship its Mirage VR Camera on May 4 in the US. The point-and-shoot camera was made in collaboration with Google and supports Google Daydream VR headsets and smartphones.
Samsung investigating Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen anomalies
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ users are complaining of “dead spots” in their smartphone displays that are failing to respond to touch inputs. With complaints starting to mount on user forums, the Korean tech giant has said that it is actively investigating the issue.
AMD bringing real-time ray tracing to its GPUs soon
AMD is bringing real-time ray tracing technology to its GPUs this year via the open source Vulcan 3D API. You can expect to see the technology debut in a AAA title in as soon as the next couple of months, according to the company.
The first Android AR apps built with Google’s ARCore have hit the Play Store
After watching iOS users enjoying AR experiences on their iPhones for the past several months, Android users can now also get in on the AR action. The first apps using Google's ARCore technology have started to hit the Play Store.
Huawei P20 Pro to pack a 40MP camera punch
The Huawei P20 Pro is going all out with its triple rear camera configuration. The latest rumors suggest that its main camera will feature a huge 40MP sensor co-developed with Leica that will surely shake things up in the smartphone market when it lands.
HTC’s wireless Vive Pro VR headset goes up for pre-order
HTC’s second-generation VR headset, the Vive Pro, is now up for pre-order. Improved in every key area over the original, the company is hoping the addition of wireless support will help to attract new users put off by being tethered as with the original.
LG takes webOS open source
LG released an open source version of its in-house operating system webOS. Dubbed webOS Open Source Edition, the new operating system is available for download now with the company soliciting ideas on ways it can be further commercialized.
Apple looking to bypass Samsung as a display supplier with its own MicroLED tech
Apple is hard at work developing its own next generation of Retina displays according to a new report. The company is prototyping its own MicroLED technology in a US factory before potentially partnering to mass produce the panels in the next two to three years.
Sony’s MP-CD1 pico projector is small enough to fit in a pocket
Sony has outed its latest pico projector and it is small enough to fit in a pants pocket. The MP-CD1 can boot in just 5 seconds and is listed as coming soon on the company’s US website.
Samsung USA offering steep discounts on S9 bundles
Samsung is pulling out all the stops to encourage people to upgrade to its new Galaxy S9 models. US customers can currently enjoy steep discounts on genuine accessories when purchasing the new models outright.
Sony says it is following market trends with headphone jack omission on XZ2/Compact
Sony has explained its reasons for dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack on its new Xperia XZ2 series. According to the company, it is because of design reasons and the market trend towards wireless headphones.
Lenovo Snapdragon 835-powered Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset coming May 11
First introduced at CES 2018 with a planned mid-year launch, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo Daydream VR headset will land on May 11. The device features what is effectively a built-in smartphone to provide a completely untethered VR experience good for up to 7 hours per charge.
Essential Phone PH-1 Android 8.1 Oreo update now live for all users
Andy Rubin has green lit the rollout of the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Essential Phone PH-1. The update is available immediately to all users over-the-air and brings a raft of new features to the device.
In a highly unusual move, President Trump blocks Broadcom bid for Qualcomm
US president Donald Trump has personally intervened to quash the proposed acquisition of Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom. In signing an executive order barring the deal, President Trump cited US national security concerns as the rationale.
The Huawei Mate SE is the Honor 7X the US deserved
Huawei has released the Mate SE, a rebrand of the hugely popular Honor 7X. The Mate SE is identical to the Honor 7X but features a slightly tweaked camera design, an extra GB of RAM, and 32 more GBs of storage. It comes with a price tag of US$229.99.
Xbox One Spring update to bring support for AMD FreeSync monitors, more
Microsoft is readying a major update for its Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles. Among the new features includes the ability to play nicely with monitors and displays that support AMD FreeSync.
Bose surprises with audio-focused AR smart glasses
Bose has launched a new type of AR technology that it is calling Audio AR. The prototype sunglasses on show at SXSW use an audio layer to supplement a user's interaction with their surrounds to provide more information and context.
Latest MotoMod is a VR headset, courtesy of a leak
Motorola looks set to release a new VR-based headset as a MotoMod for its Z series smartphones. The new headset also looks like it might have the backing of Oculus, if its headstrap is any indication.
Moto X5 may not see light of day following rumored Chicago office layoffs
Motorola may have scrapped its plans to launch a successor to the Moto X4. According to a new report, the Lenovo-owned company is making cutbacks in a number of areas to try turn around its fortunes.
Microsoft Surface Hub 2 incoming
Microsoft has announced that it is working on a successor to its surprisingly hot-selling Surface Hub for Enterprise. Although details are scant at this stage, the Surface Hub 2 will bring with it additional features like Microsoft Teams integration.
Intel launches Optane 800P M.2 SSD range
Intel has launched the latest edition to its expanding range of Optane SSDs for both notebooks and desktops. The new SSDs require just 2 PCIe 3.0 lanes, offering users more flexibility with their system configurations.
Full Huawei P20 range leaks out, notches galore
Serial leakster Evan Blass is at it again, this time spoiling the official unveiling of the Huawei P20 line up. As rumored, the three model range all feature iPhone X-style notches, once the source of ridicule among the Android faithful.
Opinion: The iPhone X notch is not great design, so why copy it?
Apple has historically been known for its industrial design prowess, understandably sparking the creation of many an imitation. Given the controversial iPhone X notch is not considered one of its greatest design elements, the mind boggles as to why smartphone makers are falling over themselves to copy it.
Oppo R15, OnePlus 6 to follow the iPhone X notch copycat trend
The most controversial design element of the iPhone X has now been embraced by Oppo, and by default, OnePlus for their next flagship smartphones. Both the Oppo R15 and the OnePlus 6 will feature a “me too” notch when they arrive in the coming months.
LG secretly showed off the scrapped G7 and it had an iPhone X-style notch
LG brought its scrapped G7 design to MWC for some reason and showed it off to a select few journalists behind the scenes. Given its derivative “me too” iPhone X-style notch, it looks like the decision to redesign the device made by incoming management was a good move.
LG display patent points to full-screen LG 2018 flagship
LG could be set to reveal its most cutting-edge smartphone design yet if a patent for a new full-screen display module is any guide. The new panel is almost all-display with just a small cutout for what would likely house a speaker and tiny front-facing camera.
Sony intros anti-noise-cancelling Xperia Ear Duo headphones
Sony has used MWC to introduce a new "dual listening" experience headset it calls the Xperia Ear Duo. The headphones allow users to interact with music, or notifications, at the same time as being able to hear their immediate environment.
Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines
Google could be set to make its Chrome OS a much more potent threat to Microsoft if a new commit in the Chromium source is any guide. A developer project known as Crostini shows signs of Google officially introducing support for Linux virtual machines on Chrome OS.
Vivo stuns with APEX concept phone featuring 98 percent screen-to-body ratio
Vivo has used MWC to take the wraps of the APEX FullView Concept Smartphone. The device introduces several breakthroughs in smartphone technology, including a display that doubles as the device's speaker.
AR apps to start hitting the Play Store as ARCore goes live
Google has used MWC to announce the that its ARCore SDK is now in version 1.0 allowing developers to start populating the Play Store with new AR-powered apps. The company says there are 100 million phone in circulation, with more to come this year, that support the technology.
LG V30S ThinkQ launched
LG has launched its modestly revamped V30 dubbed the V30S ThinQ. The new model is the first from LG to include new AI-inspired software features, largely centered around improving its photographic capabilities.
Apple's product pipeline is "into the 2020s" according to Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed that it is working on products now that won't ship until well into the 2020s. Although it is obvious Apple works on products in advance of their launch, the company has never been quite this specific about its product planning.
Google Pay app launches, replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet
Google has officially rolled out Google Play, its feature rich competitor to Apple Pay. The new app will work everywhere that Android Pay was already accepted while the company will continue to add new features and work with partners to extend its reach.
Chrome OS gets split-screen mode on Canary channel
Google is priming Chrome OS to compete directly with Apple's iPad in the tablet space, if the latest update to the Chrome OS on its alpha build Canary channel is any indication. The latest update allows users to run Android apps in split-screen, greatly enhancing the utility of the operating system.
HP to officially resell Apple products
HP will be reselling Apple's iPhone, iPad and Macs to its enterprise customers. The new program is aimed at giving its customers a one-stop solution for the deployment and support of multiple devices and operating systems in the workplace.
Next LG flagship rumored to sport a 6.1-inch 18:9 MLCD+ display
LG will be launching a successor to the G6, but it will come later this year with the Korean company targeting a June launch window. It won't have a pOLED display, but it will feature some interesting new LCD technology and pack a Snapdragon 845.
Pixel 2/XL running warm, draining batteries after February security patch
Google's flagship handsets, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have been hit by more software bugs. This time, users are reporting overheating issues and poor battery life following the February security patch.
Essential launches Amazon-exclusive version of Phone PH-1 with Alexa
Essential has launched a further fresh color variant of its Phone PH-1. The new Halo Gray color is exclusive to Amazon and also comes pre-installed with Amazon's Alexa personal voice-assistant.
Sony slashes prices on PSVR headset for a limited time
Following the success of its holiday promotion on the PSVR, Sony has decided to bring the deals back for a limited time. Once again, prices have been slashed US$100 across the range bringing the starting price to just US$199.
Essential launches its Phone PH-1 in three new limited edition colors
Essential doesn't look like it has any immediate plans to slip quietly into obscurity. The company has just launched three new color variants of its Phone PH-1 to help rekindle interest in the device.
Samsung bringing Bixby voice assistant to TVs, white goods, to boost AI efforts
Samsung is looking to expand its Bixby voice assistant platform across all of its consumer products, including white good, by 2020. The move is aimed at increasing its IoT footprint as well as its AI efforts.
HomePod comes third in blind audio test, leaves marks on wooden furniture
Apple's HomePod has come third, after the Google Home Max and the Sonos One, in an independent blind audio test. It only finished ahead of the relatively weak audio quality of the Amazon Echo Plus in a test conducted by Yahoo tech writer David Pogue.
Magic Leap VR headsets to cost as much as US$1,000
Magic Leap has revealed more details about its forthcoming AR headset. Along with a developer edition coming out this year, there will eventually be multiple models of varying sizes, cost and performance.
First large scale mobile mining malware hits millions of Android users
"Millions" of Android users have been affected by a cryptocurrency malware exploit, according to researchers at Malwarebytes. Users are redirected to a website that hijacks their device and mines for the Monero cryptocurrency.
Essential Phone sells just 88,000 units in its first 6 months on the market
Andy Rubin's Essential is getting a tough dose of the reality of selling high-end smartphones in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple. New figures from IDC show that the startup has sold fewer than 90,000 handsets since it launched six months ago.
Apple, LG, Valve teaming up for investment in eMagin for VR and AR
Apple has teamed up with LG and Valve to invest in eMagin, a company that has developed industry-leading technology in OLED microdisplays for use in AR and VR headsets. The move is indicative that Apple could be on track to release a headset in the near future.
Xiaomi Mix 2s leak shows bezels reduced to almost zero
Xiaomi, the smartphone maker that started the recent trend towards bezel-less devices, looks to be the first to get rid of bezels all-together if a new leak is accurate. The new Mix 2s has only the smallest of notches to incorporate a front-facing camera.
Like AMD, Nvidia promises to ramp up GPU production
Nvidia has recorded its highest quarterly revenue as the market for GPUs explodes thanks to both mining and gaming. The company says that in response, it is doing everything it can to increase supply to meet demand.
Galaxy S9 to keep headphone jack in DeX Pad leak
Samsung's Galaxy S9 has leaked once more courtesy of serial leakster Evan Blass. In addition to getting a good look at the new DeX Pad, the leaked images show the bottom edge of the S9 confirming that it has retained a headphone jack.
Nest folded into Google's hardware team
Google has announced that it is folding the Nest smart home products team into its rapidly expanding hardware division. The move will see the end of Nest-branded products in favor of Google's own "Made by Google" branding.
Apple Watch is anything but a sideshow for Apple with 18M sales in 2017
The Apple Watch looks to be the quiet achiever in Apple's product line. The first all-new product launched under CEO Tim Cook set a sales record for wearables in Q4, according to Canalys.
Pixel 2 Visual Core finally gets enabled with latest update
An update for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL rolling out now finally enables the Pixel 2 Visual Core that has remained dormant since launch. The activation should reduce the load on the CPU, while also helping to boost processing performance and reduce battery consumption simultaneously.
Huawei dangles US$150 carrot for US Mate 10 Pro launch
Huawei may not have carrier support for the US launch of its Mate 10 Pro flagship Android smartphone, but that doesn't appear to have deterred the company. Customers who preorder the device will pick up a bonus US$150 voucher to help take the sting out of its US$799 asking price.
Nokia 7 Plus leak confirms presumed specifications
HMD's next smartphone, the Nokia 7 Plus has appeared in the flesh for the first time ahead of its launch. The leak suggests rumors about its specs thus far have been spot on.
Oculus Go devkit leak shows strong app support
Facebook-owned Oculus is getting closer to the launch of its new standalone Oculus Go headset as the leak of its devkit highlights. Also revealed is that the device will have a rich selection of over 1000 apps when it launches early this year.
Blade intros Shadow Cloud-based Gaming PC for US$140 plus subscription
Blade has introduced the Shadow box, a cloud-based gaming platform that it says is the future of computing. For an upfront cost of US$140 plus subscription, users get access to high-end gaming power in the cloud.
Microsoft rumored to introduce Windows 10 "S Mode" across all new PCs
Microsoft is set to move the Windows 10 S concept across all new PCs shipping later this year. The move may drive down the price of PCs, but could also drive up market confusion as a result.
iPhone holiday sales point to weak iPhone X demand
The first negative holiday quarter of iPhone sales growth suggests that rumors of weaker than expected iPhone X demand were on the money. Despite a record holiday quarter, Apple missed analyst expectations for iPhone sales.
Razer Phone gets limited Gold Edition variant
If you are disappointed you missed the green logo edition of the Razer Phone that was made available to early adopters, Razer has launched a new Gold Edition variant with a gold logo. The limited edition model comes with special packaging and other trinkets to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
AMD to ramp up GPU production to meet mining-related demand spike
AMD has confirmed that the rise in cryptocurrency mining is one of the reasons behind the current shortage of its graphics cards on the market. Coupled with the general increase in overall demand, there has also been a shortage in memory supplies, which have also failed to match demand.
Google wraps up $1.1 billion deal for HTC talent
Google has officially welcomed the talent that it purchased from HTC for US$1.1 billion. The team from HTC has been behind the development of the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones and will continue to design and develop future Pixel devices.
Optional MS update toggles off Spectre patch to stop reboot issues
Microsoft has made an optional patch available for users experiencing instability with their PCs following the recent round of software updates from both it and Intel. The Microsoft patch rolls back its OS-level protection in favor of Intel's BIOS solution.
Sonos responds to Apple HomePod launch with US$349 Sonos One bundle deal
Apple may be grabbing the limelight with the launch of its HomePod smart speaker, but Sonos is not taking the threat lying down. It is has launched a Sonos One bundle of two of its Alexa-powered speakers for the price of a single HomePod.
Google Clips camera goes up for purchase, first batch sells out
The Google Clips smart camera has gone on sale in the U.S. However, the first batch has quickly sold out in less than a day and a waitlist created for those that want one.
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ leak in hi-res renders thanks to Evan Blass
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ have leaked out in pristine hi-res renders thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass. The new devices, somewhat ironically, look to have slightly larger side bezels due to a less pronounced curved glass design than last year's Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Dell's next-gen XPS 13 with 4K display now on sale in the US
Dell's eagerly anticipated next-generation XPS 13 with 4K display is now on sale in the U.S. Currently, the 4K model is unique to the Microsoft Store and comes with a bloatware-free version of Windows 10 as a side benefit.
Apple HomePod gets FCC certification, signals impending release
Apple is well behind the smart speaker 8-ball when it comes to the launch of its Siri-powered HomePod. First unveiled in June, it has now received FCC certification suggesting its launch can't be too far away.
Amazon Alexa assistant added to Alexa app for Android
Amazon is bringing its Alexa voice assistant to Android phones. Previously only available on select Android devices, Alexa will make its way into the Alexa app in the coming days as part of an update.
LG patents reveal folding smartphone plans
LG looks to be planning a competitor for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy X. Patents have been uncovered potentially revealing the Korean maker's hand.
Vivo X20 Plus UD tipped to arrive January 25
The much-discussed under screen fingerprint technology featured in the Vivo X20 Plus UD is tipped to market on January 21. It will be the first smartphone on the market to feature the cutting-edge technology.
Bezel-less Sony XZ Pro surfaces ahead of MWC 2018
Sony's 2018 flagship, the Xperia XZ Pro, has leaked out a month ahead of its expected reveal at Mobile World Congress on February 26. The device is the first from the Japanese maker to feature a contemporary bezel-less design.
Smart speaker penetration in US households strong says study
A new study shows that there is strong consumer interest in smart speakers. As many as one in six households in the US have purchased a smart speaker with sales peaking during the recent holiday period.
Ressence reveals Type 2 e-Crown mechanical watch, pairs with your phone
Ressence has revealed the world's first mechanical watch that is able to pair with a smartphone. The Type 2 e-Crown was developed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell and is currently being shown as a concept.
ZTE says more foldable phones in the pipeline
ZTE has revealed that it has plans for more devices featuring a foldable design. Although its current Axon M uses two separate displays, it does plan to launch a Galaxy X-like competitor featuring a true foldable display.
AMD chips also vulnerable to Spectre exploit
AMD has revealed that its chips are also vulnerable to the Spectre exploit. Although not as vulnerable as Intel's chips, it is working with operating system vendors and developers to patch affected systems.
Google pulls 63 Android apps serving up porn ads
Google's Play Store has once again been beset with supposedly vetted apps hiding malware. On this occasion, 63 apps have been pulled from the Play Store after it was discovered they harbored malware serving up porn ads.
LG G7 leaks in renders with barely there bezels
LG's 2018 flagship has made its first appearance in the flesh. The purported render of the device reveals an evolution of the G6 design with even thinner top, bottom and side bezels.
LG ThinQ speaker has an 8-inch touch screen
LG has launched its ThinQ WK9 Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker. The AI-powered device also features audio tuned by high-end audio maker Meridian Audio.
Samsung dashes hopes of a foldable Galaxy Note smartphone for this year
Samsung's head of mobile has reneged on his promise to deliver a foldable Galaxy Note this year. Instead it may not now make an appearance until late 2019.
Sony launches Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra
Sony has launched the successors to the mid-range Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra. The new XA2 and XA2 Ultra improve their predecessors in almost every department.
LandingZone Docking Station for 15-inch MacBook Pro Review
LandingZone recently launched its new USB 3.1 Type-C Docking Station for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and we have it on hand to review. The dock boasts 16 ports, which makes it quite unique in the docking station market. It is not, however, TB3-based.
HTC U12 surfaces with full-screen display
HTC's first flagship-level smartphone for 2018 has surfaced in the a render of the device. It looks like it could be mistaken for the nearly full-screen iPhone X, except without that device's controversial notch.
Google testing unreleased Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook
Google has expanded the testing of its mysterious Fuchsia OS to its recently released Pixelbooks. The operating system differs from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, although Google has yet to reveal its purpose.
Google axes popular Chrome extension for secretly mining cryptocurrency
Google has pulled Archive Poster from the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome browser extension was caught secretly mining cryptocurrency in the background whenever Chrome was open on an affected user's PC.
Samsung prepping Chrome OS tablet
Samsung is said to be prepping a Chrome OS tablet codenamed 'Nautilus.' The device would be the first of its kind for the company and sit alongside its Chrome OS stablemates the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro.
iFixit drops iPhone battery price to $29, matches Apple
iFixit has cut the price of its DIY battery replacement kits for Apple iPhones. The move comes in response to Apple's announcement that it is cutting the price of iPhone battery replacements for certain models in response to its latest self-inflicted scandal.
iPhone was the top selling tech product of 2017
Apple continues to dominate the consumer technology market with its iPhone range. Combined iPhone sales for 2017 are expected to come in at 233 million units sold.
Razer offering free Leviathan Mini speaker with its Razer Phone
Razer is offering a free Leviathan Mini portable Bluetooth speaker worth US$179 with its Razer Phone for a limited time. The deal lasts until December 20 or while stocks last.
Windows 10 on ARM with Snapdragon 845 not due till 2H 2018
Windows 10 on ARM devices with the Snapdragon 845 won't ship until the second half of 2018, according to Qualcomm. This is despite a version of the same chipset being available for high-end smartphones early in the new year.
Vivo Xplay 7 will be first with under-screen fingerprint tech
The Vivo Xplay 7 has been revealed as the first smartphone to ship featuring under-display fingerprint authentication technology. Clear ID, developed by Synaptics, is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition systems like Apple's Face ID.
Google's Project Tango is dead, long live ARCore
Google has announced that it is leaving Project Tango behind for its new ARCore technology. Similar to Apple's ARKit, Google's ARCore will power software-driven AR experiences on Android smartphones.
Essential Phone getting Treble, double tap to wake, EIS
Despite apparently weak sales, Essential appears to be committed to developing its Essential Phone PH-1. In its latest Reddit AMA, the company revealed it is bringing Treble, tap to wake and EIS to the device in the forthcoming Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Google Assistant coming to Android tablets, older phones
Google is continuing its rollout of Assistant to older Android devices, including tablets for the first time. First introduced on the Pixel last year as an exclusive feature, it has been some time coming.
Under-screen fingerprint tech due January on flagship phone
A unnamed high-end smartphone will arrive with Synaptics new Clear ID under-display fingerprint authentication tech in January. According to Synaptics, the new technology is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition technology as featured on the iPhone X.
Nintendo shifts 10 million Switch consoles
Nintendo seems to have a bonafide hit on its hands with the Nintendo Switch. Less than three months after announcing it had crested 7 million sales, it has revealed it has just crossed the 10 million sold threshold.
iMac Pro launches this week in 8- and 10-core configurations
Apple has announced that the successor to the ill-fated 2013 Mac Pro is scheduled to arrive this week. Based on the iMac AIO design, the new iMac Pro can sport up to 18-cores of custom Intel Xeon performance.
The Ataribox goes up for pre-order on Dec 14
Atari is set to release its first all-new gaming console in years. The Ataribox will be powered by a custom AMD chipset and is going up for pre-order this week.
Google launches camera "appsperiments" for Android and iOS
Google has released three new experimental apps for both Android and iOS devices. Each utilizes experimental stabilisation and rendering algorithms to deliver fun and interesting visual effects.
Demand for iPhone X components could be softening
Demand for the iPhone X could be below expectations according to a report coming out of the Taiwanese supply chain. With shipping times improving dramatically in recently, the report could be accurate.
Google lists Android Wear devices in line for Oreo update
Google has revealed the list of Android Wear devices that will be getting an update to Android Oreo. The upgrade looks more about bringing the Wear base OS inline with the Android smartphone OS, rather than bringing major new features.
Google patents self-aligning laptop display
An interesting Google patent points to a Pixelbook that could one day feature a self-aligning hinge. The technology would use a mix of ambient sensors
Razer Phone CEO explains headphone jack absence
Min-Liang Tan has posted an explanation of why the gaming company dropped the venerable audio jack on its new Razer Phone. The demise of the headphone jack is all about giving users better features, according to Razer's CEO.
Windows 10 on ARM benchmark shows a big hit in performance
An early Geekbench score for an as yet unreleased Asus device doesn't bode well from a performance perspective for Windows 10 on ARM.
DJI releases new racing Goggles for drone racing
DJI is getting serious about drone racing. The latest version of its Goggles is targeted at the burgeoning drone racing market and offers a number of feature upgrades over its standard model.
Apple drops some loose change on AR startup Vrvana
Apple has acquired mixed reality headset startup Vrvana for a reported US$30 million. With its own headset rumored for 2018, it is likely that we will see Vrvana's unique technology rolled into Apple's own product.
Face ID on the iPhone X is a backwards step in usability
First impression: Face ID is undoubtedly a sophisticated piece of technology. However, it is fails to offer a better user experience than Touch ID as a method of authentication — even if it is theoretically more secure.
Google Pixel 2 software fix coming for crackling earpiece issue
Google has responded to complaints about a crackling or buzzing noise affecting some Pixel 2 owners. Apparently the fault is software-related and will be addressed in an upcoming patch.
Mujjo's iPhone X cases offer a little extra sophistication
Apple's iPhone X is expensive at around $US1,000 and up, but it is also very expensive to repair if dropped. The Mujjo case does double duty offering good protection, but also manages to keep your iPhone X looking slick, despite being shrouded in a case.
Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes
Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing
Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018
Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
More Google Pixel 2 woes, latest is a Bluetooth bug affecting Assistant
Google's woes with its Pixel 2 smartphones show no signs of abating. The latest drama affects users trying to activate Google Assistant over Bluetooth headphones on the smaller 5-inch Pixel 2.
Some iPhone Xs suffering from screen freezing, others green lines
Different sets of iPhone X owners are complaining about a couple of issues that have cropped up with their AMOLED displays. One group is complaining about their screens becoming unresponsive in cold conditions while some others are complaining of a green line marring their display.
HTC and Logitech partner to bring keyboards into VR on Vive
HTC and Logitech have partnered to create a tactile keyboard experience for SteamVR. The system is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset and is currently rolling out to interested developers.
Apple iPhone X video walks through key UI changes
Apple has released a video outlining all the major UI changes that apply to the iPhone X. Although the new gestures are described by Apple as being "intuitive," the video is actually surprisingly essential viewing.
LandingZone Unveils Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
LandingZone has released its new Docking Station for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Although not Thunderbolt-enabled, it brings with it 16 ports that will keep most users happy.
Android "Fast Pair" takes on Apple's AirPods
Google has introduced Fast Pair for Android devices. It brings a far easier way of pairing Bluetooth headphones that is very similar to what Apple is doing with its AirPods for iPhone.
Farce ID: Fraternal twins defeat iPhone X Face ID
Apple's Face ID tech has been easily defeated by two sets of fraternal twins in a Mashable experiment captured on video. The video does little to put to rest concerns that Apple may have dumbed down the technology in order to help boost iPhone X shipments ahead of its launch.
Surface Pro LTE coming December, but only for enterprise
Microsoft has used a business-focused event in London to reveal the new LTE addition to its Surface Pro lineup. Targeted at enterprise, only business customers will be able to buy the device when it hits the market on December 1.
Nintendo Switch now has over 300 developers working on games
The Nintendo is having trouble keeping up with demand for the Nintendo Switch with over 7 million consoles now sold since it launched in March. Developers are jumping on board in big numbers too, with over 300 now developing titles for the console.
Pixelgate: Pixel 2 owners reporting Android Auto UI randomly crashing
The list of problems users are reporting with their Pixel 2 devices continues to grow. The latest glitch users are reporting occurs when users try to user their device with Android Auto, resulting in freezing and or random disconnections.
Pixelgate: Google offers extended warranties and software updates to Pixel 2 owners
Google has responded to claims that its Pixel 2 XL, in particular, is prone to having various issues with its display. To address user concerns, Google has doubled the warranty it is offering owners as well as promising software updates to address the issues.
Oppo F5 official with mid-range CPU and bezel-less design
Oppo has made its new Oppo F5 smartphone official, launching it in the Philippines today. The device is one of the first among a wave of mid-range devices with an almost bezel-less 18:9 aspect ratio displays expected to hit the market in the coming months.
Microsoft Andromeda is a foldable ARM-based Booklet PC rumored for 2018
Microsoft could launch a foldable Surface device in 2018, if rumors prove accurate. The device would be a spiritual successor to the cancelled Courier device first revealed in 2008.
Farce ID: Apple rejects report of Face ID dumbing down
Apple's iPhone X isn't even on sale yet and the controversy surrounding one of its key technologies has reached fever pitch. Apple has now released a statement responding to claims that it has reduced the quality standard for Face ID so it can have more devices ready for shipment.
Diskinected: Microsoft abandons Kinect
Microsoft has called time on the Kinect motion control, visual recognition and voice Xbox peripheral. After selling over 35 million units, it has seen a sales slump with consumers more interested in traditional gaming experiences.
Intel behind Pixel's Visual Core co-processor
Intel might not be making mobile chips anymore, but it has apparently been hard at work with Google developing the Pixel 2 Visual Core custom co-processor it has been revealed.
Galaxy S9 could get a front-facing finger print sensor
Samsung's Galaxy S9 could feature a display cut out to allow it to integrate a front facing fingerprint sensor. The move could be potentially controversial, but it would correct the odd location of the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the current Galaxy S8 line.
Original Xbox titles now available on Xbox One, 360 titles getting One X enhanced
Microsoft has made 13 original Xbox titles available on the Xbox One, which are available now. These will be followed on November 7 by four revamped Xbox 360 titles that will be specially enhanced for the Xbox One X.
Pixel 2 XL screen prone to burn in?
Google is "actively investigating" burn in issues that have started to crop up on some user's Pixel 2 XLs. The latest report follows mixed reviews about the device's LG-sourced pOLED display, which some have said is unworthy of a high-end device priced as it is.
Essential Phone gets essential price cut of US$200
Andy Rubin has slashed US$200 off the starting price of his Essential Phone PH-1. The move follows reports that the device has had a less than stellar sales start.
Samsung DeX gets gaming support for major Android titles
Samsung has announced a partnership with several leading Android game developers to bring their games to the desktop via a Galaxy smartphone and its DeX PC dock. Vainglory, Survival Arena, BombSquad and Lineage 2 will all be compatible with Samsung's DeX Android-based desktop environment.
Samsung bringing Linux to DeX for Galaxy smartphones
Samsung is working towards bringing Linux for DeX to its latest Galaxy smartphones. Users will be able to install any Linux distro and use DeX as though they are running Linux on a PC.
Windows 10 Fall Creators update now rolling out
Microsoft has commenced the global rollout of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Users can either wait for the update to reach them, or do a manual clean install of the latest Windows 10 ISO to get it immediately.
Android 8.1 Oreo coming soon to Pixel 2, will enable custom Pixel Visual Core processor
Google has revealed that it will be releasing Android 8.1 for developers soon. At the same time, it revealed a previously unknown morsel about some previously unknown custom silicon it has embedded in its Pixel 2s that will be enabled with the update.
Andy Rubin and Tony Fadell go head-to-head in Essential lawsuit
Two of tech's giants Andy Rubin and Tony Fadell are engaged in a lawsuit over the use of a new type of wireless connector technology used in Rubin's Essential Phone. Essential is being sued over its use of the technology by Keyssa, which is backed by Fadell.
New Snapdragon 636 will give mid-range phones more punch
Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 636. The new chip supersedes the Snapdragon 630 and 660 chipsets and is designed to give mid-range smartphones more performance and overall appeal.
An iPhone with a stylus? It could materialize in 2019 if a new rumor is accurate
Apple could be set to launch a new iPhone model that will compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy Note. The new iPhone will use a supercapicitor stylus that offers a more pen-like feel according to a new rumor out of South Korea.
Razer's new gaming smartphone appears in the wild
Razer's gaming-focused smartphone has made an appearance in the wild ahead of its November 1 launch. The device shown in the leak, however, appears to be a pre-production prototype that was circulated by Razer to developers and might not be completely representative of the final model.
Samsung CEO resigns amid "unprecedented crisis"
One of Samsung's three CEO's has announced his resignation from the South Korean giant. Citing the "unprecedented crisis" facing the company, Kwon Oh-hyun, CEO of Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display will step down in March 2018.
Apple could release a foldable iPhone in 2020
Apple and LG are partnering on a foldable iPhone planned for 2020, if a report out of Korea is accurate. With the two companies have partnered on iPhone components in the past, it seems like a plausible response to Samsung's plans to launch a foldable Galaxy Note next year.
Razer's gaming-focused smartphone will launch November 1
Razer's gaming-focused smartphone is set for a November 1 reveal. The company has teased the device in a landscape gaming mode ahead of its launch via Twitter.
iPhone X was five years in the making says Jony Ive
Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has revealed that the iPhone X has been five years in development. The process was particularly painstaking with numerous missteps before it finally emerged as the iPhone X we now know today.
Not so swell? More reports of iPhone 8 battery swelling issues
Apple's iPhone 8 may be off to a good start from a sales perspective, however, it hasn't been a completely smooth launch. Reports off swelling iPhone 8 batteries have now surfaced on seven separate occasions.
Microsoft cancelled a bezel-less Windows Phone, three years ago
Microsoft would have been first to market with a bezel-less smartphone in 2014 if this Lumia prototype had made it out the door. Instead, we are left wondering how on earth it didn't.
Google explains why it got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack
Google has explained the rationale behind its decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack. Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google explains that it is part of an effort to improve the audio experience.
Windows 10 Mobile is on life support, no new features in the pipeline
Microsoft has officially called time on any further development of its Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Once one of the dominant mobile operating systems on the market, it quickly faded with the rise of iOS and Android.
Blackberry's next all-touchscreen smartphone leaks out
Serial leaker Evan Blass has introduced the new BlackBerry Motion to the world. The new device will be the third touchscreen-only Android-based model from the the once dominant Canadian smartphone maker.
After first denying it, HP confirms axing of Elite x3 smartphone
HP exec Nick Lazaridis has said that the company has abandoned its plans for anymore Windows Mobile devices and that the Elite x3 will be its last. Moving forward, HP will be looking into as yet unspecified alternative mobile solutions.
Razer CEO teases its first smartphone
Razer's CEO has teased its forthcoming gaming focused smartphone in his jeans pocket ahead of its official unveiling later this year. The company has kept a very tight lid on the device as little else has emerged by way of solid intel on its features.
Both variants of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro appear in live photos
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has surfaced in the flesh for the first time ahead of its official unveiling. A closer look at the photos also hints at what might the second Mate 10 Pro variant as has been rumored.
New Polished Blue variant of Nokia 9 surfaces
New renders of the Nokia 9 have emerged and reveal a device that looks to follow in the footsteps of Samsung's Galaxy S8 devices. With a curved AMOLED display, it will sit above the Nokia 8 in HMD's well-received range of Nokia-branded devices.
Google Pixelbook turns up on reseller site, new mystery 'Google Clips' product as well
It doesn't look like Google will have much left to unveil at its October 4 launch event. In addition to all the Pixel 2 leaks, more details have spilled out about the new Pixelbook and the Google Home Mini intelligent speaker.
Microsoft euthanizes Groove Music, switches to Spotify
Microsoft has announced that it is going to start transitioning Groove Pass customers across to Spotify. Although indicating that the Groove Music app will live on as music player for local content, the app has effectively been killed in terms of what it was originally intended to do.
Chromebooks look set to finally get Google Assistant, Pixelbook might be the first
Google looks to be doing everything it can to give Microsoft a headache. Fresh from rolling out Android app compatibility for its Chrome OS, it is now set to brings its Google Assistant to Chrome OS as well.
Huawei Mate 10 to support Mirabook, have DeX-like functionality
The Huawei Mate 10 looks set to follow both Microsoft and Samsung in offering a dock that converts the device into something offering a PC-like experience. The tip comes from the maker of the Mirabook Android and Windows Continuum-compatible laptop dock.
LG V30 pricing and availability revealed
Details about the availability and pricing of the LG V30 have been revealed for the US and the UK. It will be available on all of the major US carriers with Vodafone offering the device in the UK on a plan.
Fans of the 2G-only reborn Nokia 3310 rejoice, the 3G variant is here
Fans of the 2G-only reimagined Nokia 3310 will be delighted to know that Nokia has announced a new 3G variant of the device. Based on the original Nokia 3310 design from 2000, the new device also comes in a dual-SIM 3G variant.
Unessential? Essential may have sold just 5,000 phones to Sprint customers
It appears that the Essential Phone is off to a very slow sales start in the US. Estimates suggest that its US carrier Sprint may have sold just 5,000 devices to its customers since launching earlier this month.
Samsung's Windows mixed reality headset leaks out
Samsung's Windows-based mixed reality headset has surfaced ahead of its official unveiling next week. The device features audio powered by AKG in what looks to be a sleek and compact design.
iPhone X to pack 3GB of RAM, biggish (for Apple) 2,716 mAh battery
The iPhone X will pack one of the largest batteries Apple has put in a smartphone. It's RAM, however, will be the same 3 GB found in the iPhone 8 Plus.
Pixel 2 models to get another unique launcher, more
A source that has played with the Verizon version of the Google Pixel 2 has revealed some previous unknown details about the device. Interestingly, like the original Pixel, Google will give the Pixel 2 a custom Android launcher to help differentiate it from the competition.
Mac OS High Sierra goes live, brings VR, HEVC, Metal 2, more
Apple has released the latest version of macOS to its users. Dubbed macOS High Sierra, the new version brings the most significant system changes in decades in some instances.
HP Elite x3 not dead yet, sales to continue through to 2019
HP has committed to giving backing its Elite x3 smartphone into 2019. As one of the last Windows 10 Mobile flagship devices to be found anywhere, there had been suggestions its days are numbered.
Germany feels Nokia love, gets special Nokia 8 variant next month
German fans of the Nokia 8 are set to be the first to receive a special version of the device with a RAM upgrade to 6 GB. The new variant will also get 128 GB of storage space as well when it hits the country on October 20.
HTC U11 Plus rumored to sport bezel-less design
According to a new report, HTC is planning to launch a Plus-size model of its flagship U11 smartphone. The device will also be the first from HTC to feature a bezel-less design.
iPhone X may not yet be in production
Already facing predicted supply constraints, production of the iPhone X may not yet have even started. If true, this could push back the launch of the highly anticipated device until December.
Amazon Fire HD tablet upgrades make it warrant a second look
Amazon has given its Fire 10 HD tablet some much needed improvements in its latest refresh of the Android-based device. It is now 30 percent faster than before and sports a new 1080p display.
Rumor: HTC mobile division sold to Google [Update]
If the rumors coming out of Taiwan are true, HTC has reached an agreement to sell its mobile division to Google. Set to be announced tomorrow, the deal could also mean the end of HTC-branded devices.
Fresh Pixel 2 leak reveals new blue color
The Pixel 2 has surfaced in the flesh in a new blue hue. The HTC-made device will also come in regular black and white colors when it launches on October 4.
Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support
A big leak out of Mountain View has seen the new Google Pixelbook revealed before its official launch set for October 4. Not previously picked up by the rumor mill, the device will come in three main configurations.
HP Chromebook x360 11 is now no longer just for students
A popular choice with students, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is now also available to the general public for the first time.
Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away
A new startup going by the name of Pi looks set to change the way we charge our devices in the near future. If it works as promised, you can get set to ditch your wireless Qi charging mats.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 spec leak shows octa-core CPU
Samsung has beefed up the processing power of its 8-inch Galaxy Tab Active sequel with an octa-core processor. The Galaxy Tab Active 2 will also pick up twice the RAM.
Purported Nokia 9 renders emerge, show bezel-less design
The Nokia 9 may have just made its first appearance. Alleged renders of the device have surfaced in China showing a sleek device that is almost bezel-less.
Qualcomm says innovation to come from cars, not smartphones
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf has told an audience at the Frankfurt Motor Show that he believes the next wave of innovations in technology will come from cars, not smartphones.
Lenovo persisting with low- to mid-range tablets with new Tab 4
Lenovo has commenced the global rollout of its new Tab 4 series of Android tablets. Aimed at the mid- to low-end markets, they offer users good value and a recent version of Android.
KGI: Demand for iPhone X will outstrip supply until Q2 2018
According to KGI Securities, forecast demand for the iPhone X indicates that Apple may not reach an equilibrium between demand and supply until Q2 2018.
Apple iPhone X Face ID demo fail explained
The iPhone X keynote featured a lot of cool new tech, including Face ID. Unfortunately for Apple's Craig Federighi, things didn't go to plan when demonstrating it live in front of an audience of millions. Or did they?
Google offering Pixel XL as a replacement for defective Nexus 6Ps
According to reports, owners of faulty Huawei Nexus 6P devices who have returned their device to Google have received Pixel XLs as replacements. Customers in some regions, however, are more likely to receive a replacement Pixel XL than others.
New Apple TV 4K packs A10X punch, HDR
Amidst all the fanfare of the new iPhone X launch, Apple has given its Apple TV its most potent upgrade yet. Powered by an Apple A10X Fusion hexa-core processor, the new Apple TV supports 4K HDR in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats.
Custom Apple GPU in iPhone X could pave way for Imagination lawsuit
Apple's new iPhone X packs a lot of great new tech including the first custom-designed Apple GPU. The only problem is that Imagination Technologies doesn't think Apple can make its own GPU without violating its IP.
Samsung: Expect a foldable Galaxy Note in 2018, Bixby speaker too
Samsung's head of mobile Koh Dong-jin has revealed that the next Galaxy Note will be foldable. Although still facing some technical hurdles, Samsung believes that its foldable AMOLED display tech will make it to market in time for a 2018 launch.
Vivo reveals X20 Mars Edition
Vivo has teased images of a special edition variant of its upcoming X20 smartphone. The all-black Mars Edition is set to be fully unveiled on September 21 alongside the standard model.
Snapdragon 836 rumored for Pixel 2 might be vaporware
After initially claiming that the Google Pixel 2 smartphone will be the first with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836, Evan Blass now suggests that it will miss out on the unannounced chipset.
iPhone X could pack a hexa-core processor
Apple seems intent on making sure that its next flagship iPhone packs a performance punch. Leaked code from a Gold Master build of iOS 11 indicates that it will feature a hexa-core processor.
Solved: The mystery of the LG V30 camera aperture
The LG V30 has captured a lot of interest since its official reveal. Among its many features, LG claims it has the world's largest aperture in a smartphone camera to date at f/1.6. But is all as it seems?
Galaxy Note 7 explosions no barrier as Note 8 sets pre-order sales records
Samsung's decision to stick with the Galaxy Note branding for the new Galaxy Note 8 appears to have been vindicated with record pre-orders for the device in the U.S. and its home market of South Korea.
Siri and Alexa are vulnerable to ultrasonic voice commands
Chinese researchers have been able to launch malicious voice command attacks on every major voice assistant including Siri and Alexa. Using ultrasonics, the researchers were able to hack devices with any victim completely unaware that their device had been compromised.
Nokia 8 now on sale in Germany and Australia
The Nokia 8 is now on sale in Germany and Australia. It is the first high-end device from HMD Global and is powered by the Snapdragon 835 and runs a stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
Huawei overtakes Apple for No. 2 global smartphone maker spot
Huawei is now the second most popular smartphone maker, according to data from Counterpoint. Although the iPhone 7 range is still the most popular on the market, Huawei's popularity in China has driven its sales success.
Microsoft Surface Laptop now available in more countries, in more colors
Microsoft has continued the global rollout of its Surface Laptop. Customers in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan can now order the Platinum i7 model, while 20 countries can now also purchase the notebook in any of the four colors revealed at its June launch.
Samsung-owned Harman Kardon rolls out Alexa-powered speaker
Samsung subsidiary Harman Kardon has introduced the new Allure intelligent speaker. The second such device from Harman Kardon, the Allure is the first to from the company to utilize Amazon's Alexa technology.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 surfaces in the flesh ahead of its official reveal
Set for release on September 11, a photo of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 live and in the flesh has surfaced ahead of its official launch.
Sony confirms Android 8 Oreo upgrade roadmap with some surprising omissions
Sony has laid out the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade roadmap for its Xperia line of smartphones. For the most part, Xperia device owners who have purchased a Sony smartphone in the past 12-14 months are in luck. However, there are some surprising omissions.
All HMD-made Nokia smartphones set for Android 8 Oreo upgrades
Nokia licensee HMD Global has confirmed that it will roll out Android 8 Oreo to all of its smartphones. This includes the entry-level Nokia 3, which had been in some doubt as it runs a MediaTek chipset rather than the Qualcomm chipsets favored for the rest of its line up.
Razer teams with CyberPowerPC for new P400 case
Razer might be better known for its gaming notebooks, but it has been partnering with PC makers for a little while to develop custom desktop gaming rigs. The P400 ATX case is the result of a new partnership between Razer and CyberPower PC.
LG V30 is now official after numerous leaks and teasers
The LG V30 has been made official at IFA. The 6-inch smartphone features a curved P-OLED display, a rear camera with a large F1.6 aperture and high-end audio features.
Acer Spin 5 gets 8th-gen Core chips, dGPU option for 15-inch model
Acer gives the Spin 5 Intel's 8th-generation Core-i treatment. It comes in both 13-inch and 15-inch models with the latter also offering support for a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.
Asus ROG Chimera revealed with 144Hz 17.3-inch display
Asus claims that its new ROG Chimera gaming notebook is the first in the world to feature a display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Also notable is its in-built support for Microsoft's Xbox One wireless controllers.
The Acer Switch 7 is the first fanless 2-in-1 with an MX150 dGPU
Acer has launched what it claims is the first 2-in-1 notebook with dGPU to feature a fanless design. The company utilizes what it is calling Dual LiquidLoop technology to keep its Nvidia MX150 dGPU sufficiently cool.
Dell rolls out the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet
Dell has launched its second-generation ruggedized Windows tablet. The 11.6-inch Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the sequel to the 7202 and is both lighter and more powerful.
Google pulls 300 Play Store apps infected with WireX botnet malware
Google has removed nearly 300 apps from the Play Store after researchers identified that they were infected with malware. Around 70,000 users in over 100 countries have been affected.
Google launches Certified Android device program
Google has announced its new Certified Android devices program. Designed to give customers the guarantee of a malware-free device out of the box, it is the company's latest effort to clamp down on Android security.
Dell gets into VR with the Visor VR headset and controllers
Dell has decided to get into the VR headset market with its own Visor VR. The new headset has been competitively priced and appears to bring a more refined design than the competition.
Samsung claims the Note 8's battery will retain 95% capacity after two years
Samsung has made a huge stride in the battery technology behind its smartphones released this year, but has made little mention of it anywhere until now. According to its mobile chief, the new Note 8 will retain an impressive 95 percent of its capacity after two years.
HTC eyes potential sale
HTC is said to be potentially eyeing a sale of the company among a range of strategic options currently being evaluated. Another option being considered is the sale of its burgeoning Vive VR headset business.
Samsung Gear S4 to debut at IFA
The Gear S4 is set to be unveiled at IFA next, according to Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh. Although not revealing any specifics about the device, Koh did hint that it might feature more health sensor technology.
The YotaPhone 3 has been made official
The dual-screen YotaPhone 3 is finally official, with the Russian company announcing it on its blog. The device is a marked upgrade from its predecessor, featuring larger displays and a more upmarket metal finish.
Microsoft hints at a Black Surface Book 2 in PR video
A new promotional video from Intel appears to show an unreleased Black Microsoft Surface Book. Although designed to promote its latest 8th-generation Core processors, the clip has garnered much more interest thanks to the hardware on show.
15-inch HP Spectre x360 convertible surfaces with an 8th-gen Core i7 and MX150 GPU
The HP Spectre x360 will be one of the first ultrabooks to ship with both an 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake-R CPU and an Nvidia Pascal-based MX150 GPU. US customers can pre-order the device now for a September 7 shipping date.
Sony XZ1 Compact renders make an appearance
Hot on the heels of the Sony Xperia XZ1 leak, its smaller stablemate, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, has also surfaced in unofficial renders. The device will help to keep Sony as virtually the only Android handset maker continuing to make a high-end compact smartphone.
Acer reveals Convertible Nitro 5 Spin notebook for casual gamers
Acer has taken the covers off its new Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook for casual gamers. Judging by its looks and specifications, it is set to go head-to-head with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and the Lenovo 720-151KB.
HTC Vive now $200 cheaper in the U.S.
HTC matches the US$200 price cut Oculus gave its Rift VR headset, slashing the price of its Vive VR headset to US$599.
New MonsterTalk premium headphones to feature built-in AI voice assistant
Monster has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Speak Music to incorporate its Melody AI voice-assistant directly into new model variants that will launch later this month.
Asus ZenFone 4 series launches with six models in tow
Asus has officially revealed the new ZenFone 4 range, featuring six distinct models. The Taiwanese company seems determined to get a slice of the dominant Android smartphone niches with phones focused variously on performance, selfie capabilities and extended battery life.
Movado Connect Android Wear smartwatch goes on sale U.S.
First announced several months ago, the Movado Connect is now on sale in the United States from $595. The device is targeted at fans of the Swiss watchmaker's premium analog watches and is priced accordingly. It is differentiated from the standard Android Wear competition by edge-to-edge crystal covering the digital dial.
SteelSeries debuts Apex M750 mechanical keyboard for eSports gamers
SteelSeries has launched the Apex M750 gaming keyboard with mechanical switches. The precision gaming device is made from an aluminum frame and features dynamic lighting as well as custom in-game notifications designed to appeal to eSports gamers.
Essential Phone customers receive advice that their phones are finally ready to ship
Customers who have placed orders for the Essential Phone PH-1 have started receiving notifications from Essential that their devices are ready to ship following receipt of final payment. The smartphone is the brainchild of Android founder and former Googler, Andy Rubin, but has been beset by launch delays and the departure of two key execs.
Andy Rubin’s Essential is now a unicorn valued at $1.2B, despite flagship PH-1 smartphone well overdue
Andy Rubin's Essential has officially become a tech unicorn, cresting the US$1 Billion mark — even though its flagship handset, the PH-1, being late to market by over a month and a half.
Sony asks customers what they don't like about PS VR
Sony has hired a research company to investigate the PS VR users about their user experience. The questions in the survey are quite revealing in terms of the concerns that customers may have expressed about the PS VR user experience. It also gives a few clues as to what features and enhancements Sony may be planning on making for any potential PS VR 2.0.
Possible block diagram for Intel Gemini Lake leaks out
An authentic-looking block diagram revealing the key architectural features of Intel’s next-gen Gemini Lake chip has hit the Internet. As previously rumored the SoC, which is destined to carry the Celeron and Pentium brands, will offer native support for single-channel LPDDR4 RAM and HDMI 2.0.
Nikon celebrating 100 year anniversary
Japanese camera giant Nikon is celebrating its 100 year milestone. Along with a host of web features marking the occasion on its homepage and a YouTube video retrospective, the company has started rolling out a number of special edition cameras, lenses and binoculars.