Daniel R Deakin (Managing Editor News)
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
Black Shark 3 Pro 5G takes a bite out of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro's short-lived AnTuTu record
Another smartphone from Xiaomi has reportedly already broken the AnTuTu benchmark record recently set by the Chinese manufacturer’s Mi 10 Pro. The latest smartphone to snatch the performance crown is the upcoming Black Shark 3 Pro 5G device, which made good use of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC to reach a new high score of 620,952 points.
PS5 fans clutching at straws for reveal date news and patent for DualShock 5 controller gets personal thanks to biofeedback function
More rumors have cropped up in regard to when the PS5 reveal date could be, although some of the sources being used are certainly less reliable than others. However, those eager for news about the upcoming next-gen PlayStation console will be interested to learn about a patent for the DualShock 5 controller that involves measuring a user’s biological reactions while gaming.
PS5 in trouble? 12 teraflops of GPU power confirmed for the Xbox Series X
Microsoft has confirmed some of the specifications for the upcoming Xbox Series X in a news post by Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox. Arguably one of the standout revelations is the 12 teraflops of GPU performance the console will have to play with, while the article reconfirms that the AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 microarchitectures are being utilized.
Ryzen 5 3600 outsells closest Core rival by nearly 13 to one as AMD hammers Intel into the ground in Mindfactory CPU sales data
Leaked CPU sales data from Mindfactory has shown an astonishing dominance for AMD over Intel. The overall share is 86.11% to 13.89% in favor of Team Red. The Ryzen 5 3600 chip was the bestseller for the week with 1,280 units sold, while the top-performing Intel processor was the Core i7-9700K, which only managed to secure 100 sales.
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER distances itself from AMD's Radeon 5700 XT in leaked Mindfactory GPU sales data
GPU sales information from Mindfactory, a popular hardware and software retailer based in Germany, has offered an interesting glimpse at what products are currently succeeding in attracting customers. It seems Navi is falling further behind SUPER, as twice as many Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER units were sold in comparison with the AMD Radeon 5700 XT.
Intel Core i9-10900 sample's pedestrian results on Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20 won't trouble AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X
An alleged Comet Lake desktop processor, the Intel Core i9-10900, has been put through its paces on both Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20. The engineering sample (ES) posted some unimpressive multi-core results that won’t challenge competitors such as the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. However, it is likely that the final consumer variant of the Intel chip will offer better performance.
Pick up a Dell XPS 13 laptop for less than US$650 or save US$500 on an XPS 15 with i9-9980HK CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 GPU
Dell has some enticing offers in its laptop deals section at the moment, with two of the highlights coming from the famed XPS range. For those looking for something like a media powerhouse, then the Dell XPS 15 with Intel’s Core i9-9980HK and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 could be a good choice. The XPS 13 with an Intel Core i3-8145U processor is especially tempting at US$649.99.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X leaves nearest Intel rival far in the distance as it tops PassMark's CPU Mark chart
A few samples of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X have started appearing on PassMark and the results have been outstanding. The 64-core monster unsurprisingly shot straight to the top of the CPU Mark chart, which is already dominated by AMD processors. The nearest Intel rival, the Xeon W-3275M, languishes over 20,000 points behind in eighth place.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 screens are cracking up but it's not a laughing matter
More and more Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 owners have been reporting cracks appearing on the screens of their devices. It appears the issue is affecting mostly the non-alcantara models, with some users putting the problem down to a possible design flaw. Microsoft is currently “evaluating the situation” of what could be causing the cracks in the latest Surface Laptop.
Images of upcoming Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera leaked
Images of the new Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera have been leaked online ahead of the expected release date of the latest device in the series of instant still cameras. The Instax Mini 11 will be the successor to the Instax Mini 9, which was released in 2017. The Instax range has sold in its millions, with its popularity growing in recent years.
Big Navi spotted? The Nvidia killer may have just turned up in a Korean RRA certificate and might be revealed on March 5
A Korean RRA certificate has been unearthed that could have been made for AMD’s Big Navi graphics solution. The certification date is for February 19 and has been made for a video card model with the number D32310. If this is the vaunted “Nvidia killer” GPU, then it’s possible it could be revealed at AMD’s Financial Analyst Day on March 5.
No PS5 reveal here: PlayStation cancels scheduled PAX East appearance due to coronavirus concerns
Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided that the PlayStation brand will no longer be making an appearance at the upcoming PAX East event. The cancellation is due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. It had been previously speculated that the PS5 might have been unveiled at the gaming show.
Affordability more important than games or graphics for future PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners
An interesting survey carried out by one of the creators of Mortal Kombat has offered up a surprising result in regard to what the key factor is for gamers when considering the purchase of a next-gen console. It seems the majority of voters are concerned about how much the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will end up costing them.
Nvidia RTX laptops will challenge the AMD-powered PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for gaming supremacy
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has never been shy about bigging up the company he is in charge of, but his latest claim will certainly raise some eyebrows among console fans. The executive reckons that gaming laptops fitted with Nvidia RTX GPUs will defeat the AMD-based PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in the upcoming next-gen console clash.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 key specifications and price estimates revealed
Some specifications for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 3 and Microsoft Surface Go 2 have been leaked online. The Surface Book 3 convertible can expect to sport 10th Gen Intel processors and GPUs from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 16 series lineup. The Surface Go 2 is rumored to be getting a low-end chip that could be Pentium Gold branded or Core M.
PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Alleged devkit specs leak and Xbox updates online presence with new console image
Some fresh specifications supposedly linked to devkits of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been shared online. Although many have already dismissed the information as fake, the consoles seem evenly matched in devkit form. Xbox has also updated its Twitter and Facebook accounts with an image of a console floating ominously over a body of water.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER pips AMD Radeon RX 5700 for take-up in Steam's hardware survey
Steam has published its hardware and software survey for January 2020. While the video card usage chart shows a better month overall for AMD after the bleak showing in December, there seems to be an interesting tussle starting between two new entries in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER and AMD’s Radeon RX 5700.
New AMD Ryzen 7 4800U 3DMark 11 scores increase its margin over the Core i7-1065G7
AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U has already been discovered going through 3DMark 11’s punishing tests and a new run has thrown up even higher scores for the Renoir mobile chip. The Ryzen 4000 APU had managed to create quite a margin between itself and Intel’s Core i7-1065G7, with the new results demonstrating the Ryzen 7 4800U’s processing capabilities.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS continues to astound with hefty Fire Strike Ultra physics score that punishes the Core i7-9700K
AMD’s Renoir APU, the Ryzen 7 4800HS, has been spotted in action again. This time, the mobile processor was tested on 3DMark’s Fire Strike Ultra test, with the physics score recorded as 21,254 points. This puts it way beyond a tested Intel Core i7-9700K on 18,934 points and not a million miles behind the powerful Core i9-9900K on 24,794 points.
New PlayStation 5 price rumor has the next-gen console approaching US$500
A new report has suggested that an issue with components could force Sony to price the PlayStation 5 at around the US$500 mark instead of the much lower level that many fans would have been hoping for. Acquiring DRAM and NAND memory at higher prices could mean that the next-gen console costs over US$470 and toward US$500.
Leaked PlayStation 5 icon reveals questionable design surprise
A photo of an alleged PlayStation 5 icon that supposedly appeared on the official Sony PlayStation Japan website has been leaked online – and if it is genuine its appearance could be something of a major surprise. While it is generally maintained that consumer market consoles look vastly different from their devkit counterparts, the icon suggests the PS5 will retain a V-shaped design.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro with Snapdragon 865 topples the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro with phenomenal Geekbench results
A couple of recent Geekbench records, seemingly for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, have been unearthed that offer incredible scores in both the single-core test and the multi-core test. The scores for the single-core benchmark were 904 and 906 points, while it appears the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone racked up 3,290 and 3,294 in the multi-core benchmark.
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS APU overtakes both the Ryzen 7 4800H and Intel's Core i7-9700K CPU in latest Time Spy benchmark leak
AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800HS APU has been spotted on the Time Spy benchmark, where it performed remarkably well judging on the reported score. Surprisingly, the chip with a 35 W TDP managed to overtake the 45 W Ryzen 7 4800H, which will undoubtedly delight future gaming-laptop buyers. Once again, Intel’s Core i7-9700K desktop CPU had to play catch up.
System76 unveils the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X powered Thelio Major desktop with a battery of comparison tests that will make your CPU whimper
System76 has added the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in the list of configurable options for its Thelio Major desktop. The computer operates on either Ubuntu or Pop!_OS, and it’s possible to fit up to two graphics cards inside it, with choices ranging from AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT to Nvidia’s RTX Titan. System76 also shows how the 3990X will shame your current CPU in some handy tests.
PlayStation 5 killer? Nvidia GeForce Now's Intel CC150 CPU and RTX T10-8 GPU tested on Geekbench and Ashes of the Singularity
Nvidia’s GeForce Now service has been spotted running tests on both Geekbench and Ashes of the Singularity. Although the results themselves are hardly mind-blowing, the Geekbench OpenCL score should give prospective PlayStation 5 buyers food for thought when considering the advantages of a cloud gaming service over console hardware.
Canon EOS 850D leaked images reveal flip-out screen and port selection
A full set of images of the upcoming Canon EOS 850D digital camera has been leaked. The camera, which will also be known as either the Rebel T8i or Kiss X10i depending on the market, features a flip-out screen and a 24.1 MP CMOS sensor. Some of the specs for the Canon EOS 850D have already been revealed ahead of its release.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018), A10, A10e, and A20e seemingly next in line for welcome One UI 2.0 update
It appears Samsung has been working hard to make sure owners of some of its wide range of smartphones can start enjoying the Android 10-based One UI 2.0. It’s not just the famous flagships of the South Korean manufacturer that are receiving the update though, as the Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A10, Galaxy A10e, and Galaxy A20e should be running on Android 10 soon.
PlayStation 5 reveal date news: Is there a clue in Shuhei Yoshida's expert trolling or does PAX East have the answer?
The PlayStation 5 console still hasn’t been officially revealed to the world yet, and fans are now looking for any possible clue as to when the date of the first unveiling could be. Two new suggestions have been offered up, although one of them is actually a component of a somewhat brutal tease by SIE’s Head of Independent Developer Initiative, Shuhei Yoshida.
Mysterious Intel Core i3-1000NG4 processor makes curious appearance on Time Spy benchmark
A processor with the designation Intel Core i3-1000NG4 has been spotted having a crack at the Time Spy benchmark. With a base clock of 1.10 GHz and just two cores to utilize, unsurprisingly the CPU did not rack up a gigantic score. But the big questions here are what does the “N” stand for and is this chip a further addition to Intel’s Ice Lake series?
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could be delayed by coronavirus outbreak; Nintendo Switch production also affected
A financial services company has suggested that the current Wuhan coronavirus outbreak could end up forcing a delay on the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next-gen consoles. Nintendo has also revealed that the virus has affected Switch console production. China is the world’s largest console hardware manufacturer.
The legions of Samsung Galaxy A50 owners should brace themselves for an impending One UI 2.0 update
It appears one of the world’s current best-selling smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy A50, could be receiving the expected update to One UI 2.0 soon thanks to the information revealed in a recently spotted Wi-Fi Alliance certification. The Android 10 upgrade will be welcomed by fans of the phone, which dominated sales charts in Europe and other markets in 2019.
Android 10 update headaches skipped by Google Pixel 2 XL enjoying Android R
There have been plenty of headlines written in regard to smartphone owners waiting to receive an update to Android 10. However, smartphones are definitely not created equally, as an image of a Google Pixel 2 XL running on an alleged version of Android R has demonstrated. Android R is likely a preliminary name for Android 11.
The PlayStation 5 gets an official landing page but what's more interesting is the console might get a Samsung 980 QVO NVMe SSD
PlayStation 5 watchers should be aware by now that Sony has published a landing page for the next-generation console. To nobody’s surprise, there were no new big reveals about the PS5, but fans can sign up to receive updates. In the meantime, there has been speculation that the console’s SSD could end up being a Samsung 980 QVO model.
Early leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 focuses on mysterious refresh rate technology
The latest leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has appeared online courtesy of noted tipster Ice universe. There are very little details to be had about the future flagship smartphone in the latest tip, but it seems the device will come with a display that offers a 120 Hz refresh rate. However, there is a little bit more to it than that straightforward figure.
Two huge franchises tipped for the PlayStation 5 as sales of the PlayStation 4 hardware and games start to taper off
Two more major game names have been associated with the PlayStation 5 lately that should have gamers even more excited about the upcoming next-gen console’s launch. Both The Sims and Ratchet & Clank have now been mentioned in the same breath as the PS5. Meanwhile, sales of the PlayStation 4 and its software have been unsurprisingly declining.
Sensational DualShock 5 controller concept video will have expectant PlayStation 5 owners giddy with anticipation
A new concept video for the DualShock 5 controller has been unleashed on YouTube by Snoreyn in conjunction with LetsGoDigital. The remarkable clip shows the impressive functionality the device would bring to PlayStation 5 users, affording such useful notions as interchangeable sticks, removable back paddles, and adaptive triggers with light pulls for intense gun battles.
First leaked image of the Fujifilm X100V camera shows it to be a beauty
An image of the upcoming Fujifilm X100V camera has been leaked, and it should please the eye of many photographers. The specifications list for the device had already been revealed recently, and the image has been leaked just ahead of the expected official announcement date for the Fujifilm X100V – February 4.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X terrifies every CPU in Geekbench's multi-core test apart from the Threadripper 3970X and Intel Xeon W-3175X
Geekbench is the latest synthetic benchmark to experience the processing power of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, with the 64-core monster tearing the multi-core test to shreds. However, the incredible score of 22,045 points still left it trailing its Castle Peak brethren, the Threadripper 3970X, and the Intel workstation processor Xeon W-3175X.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus user reports indicate wider global rollout of One UI 2.0
The confusion over Samsung’s rollout of the Android 10 based One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy S9 series seems to be settling as users around the globe have been reporting the update’s availability. Owners of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus from countries as far apart as India, the UK, Slovenia, and Australia have been reporting receiving the new software.
Pocophone F1 owners check your phone, Android 10 might be waiting for you
There’s been quite a drama between the Pocophone F1 and the popular Android 10 OS. There seemed to be some doubt over whether the ageing smartphone would even get an upgrade to the latest edition of Android, but it now appears a public rollout has begun with users around the world cheerfully commenting on the update.
New image of PlayStation 5 user interface leaked; 2 TB SSD could be in store for the console
A new image of what is allegedly the final version of the PlayStation 5’s user interface has been shared online. The picture itself isn’t particularly revealing, but it is in line with what could be expected from a PlayStation console UI. Rumors from another source claim the PS5 could come with a 2 TB SSD and there’s yet another release date suggestion.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X engineering sample makes startling initial showing on UserBenchmark
An engineering sample of an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has turned up on UserBenchmark and offered up huge scores that still have room for improvement. The 64-core part was a component in a system that also featured the Prime TRX40-Pro motherboard from Asus and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Unsurprisingly, the measured 64-core score was massive.
Poco X2 price in India and renders leaked
An alleged poster featuring renders of the upcoming Poco X2 along with its price in India and some key specifications has been posted online. The image, if genuine, seems to confirm the oft-repeated similarity the new smartphone has with the Xiaomi Redmi K30. However, at a price of ₹18,999 (~US$266) the cost of the Poco X2 could be higher than expected.
New vague specs leak claims the PlayStation 5 offers better performance than the Xbox Series X but few are convinced
An interesting tweet by an “industry insider” has stirred the pot once more in regard to the performance capabilities of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It seems overall that the next-gen console from Sony will offer better performance than Microsoft’s effort, with the PS5 also having a superior SSD and RAM. However, the Xbox Series X has the all-important GPU advantage.
Dead or undead: Rumor claims Resident Evil 8 is still alive and will feature zombies
A well-known leaker recently claimed that Capcom was focusing on potential remakes rather than pursuing development of Resident Evil 8. However, a new rumor sent to Biohazard Declassified’s tipline has stated that there will be a Resident Evil 8 of sorts, but it won’t actually have that specific name. Zombies and werewolves are expected to make an appearance.
Leaked official Samsung Galaxy Z Flip renders and full specs will make you flip out
A whole host of renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Flip have been posted online. The numerous images make it clear how the expensive flagship will look, and it seems quite eye-catching in either purple or black. Full specifications for the phone have also been revealed, with the expected Snapdragon 855+ playing a major role.
Intel Core i5-L16G7 turns up on UserBenchmark: Efficient 5-core Lakefield processor for ultraportable devices
A Lakefield chip from Intel has been discovered in UserBenchmark’s database. The processor is named as the Intel Core i5-L16G7. The benchmark entry reveals that the chip has 5 cores and 5 threads, and it offers a base clock of 1.4 GHz and average turbo up to 1.75 GHz. Lakefield SoCs could eventually be used in devices such as the next-gen Microsoft Surface Go.
PlayStation 5 trademark registration adds fuel to the fire that a big reveal is incoming
Sony has recently applied to register a trademark for “PS5” with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. This may not be a huge deal in itself, but the fact that the application has now been made points to the impending arrival of a PlayStation 5 reveal event. There is some evidence this could take place in New York on February 29.
Corsair introduces the Vengeance 6180 and 6182 gaming PCs jam-packed with AMD goodness
Corsair has revealed a couple of new AMD-powered gaming PCs to its lineup. The Vengeance 6180 and Vengeance 6182 both feature a Ryzen 3000 series CPU in the form of the 8-core Ryzen 7 3700X while graphics processing is carried out by the Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU. Naturally, there are more RGB lighting options than you could shake a stick at.
SmoothAF, bruh: POCO X2 gets an official launch date and its own dedicated product page with views and clues
POCO is continuing to pull out the surprises, this time by revealing that the POCO X2 smartphone will be launched at 12 PM on February 4. POCO India has used the light-hearted slogan “Bruh, it’s #SmoothAF” to announce the upcoming unveiling of its new device on the company’s official Twitter account.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will likely push the PlayStation 5 to its limits but don't expect it before Holiday 2021
Some news about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has leaked on Reddit, including a possible release date, cast of characters, and even a morsel of information about the tech behind its development. Some may have been expecting the superhero title to launch at the same time as the PlayStation 5 for Holiday 2020, but it appears fans will likely have to wait quite a bit longer.
Capcom to work on more remakes after Resident Evil 3 with Dino Crisis and Dead Rising seen as likely candidates
Capcom will apparently be developing more remakes of some of its classic franchises, possibly with the upcoming releases of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in mind. Although no specific title has been revealed yet, fans have already started speculating, with plenty of comments being made in favor of the classic survival horror game Dino Crisis.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A owners rejoice as Android 10 could be winging its way to you soon
It seems owners of the Xiaomi Redmi 8A budget-friendly smartphone could soon be enjoying all the features that Android 10 has to offer. A recent Geekbench database entry for a “Xiaomi Redmi 8A” has “Android 10” mentioned as its operating system. The cheap handset with a large battery currently operates on Android 9 Pie.
Potential final-design PlayStation 5 console shown booting up in video, but it could be an elaborate fake
A short video has been uploaded to YouTube that appears to show the boot screen for the PlayStation 5 and maybe even a good glimpse at the console itself in its final design format. The console looks completely different, as is expected, from the now familiar PS5 devkits. However, there is plenty of argument that this clip has been faked.
Intel Tiger Lake U chip shows AMD's Ryzen 7 3780U APU the door in Time Spy test but still has to face Renoir
A processor from Intel’s Tiger Lake family has been spotted achieving a credible score on 3DMark’s Time Spy test. The Tiger Lake-U chip racked up scores of 1,300 in the GPU test and 4,400 in the CPU test. A low-power APU from AMD's older Picasso lineup, the Ryzen 7 3780U, managed 1,000 and 3,100 points, respectively.
Game developers are more interested in working with the PlayStation 5 than the Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series X but the PC rules the roost
An interesting survey released by the Game Developer Conference has shown which platforms are the most interesting to developers at the moment. In the console wars, the PlayStation 5 just pips the Nintendo Switch for being the device that sparks the most interest, but it is the good old PC that remains the favorite.
Realme smartphone with Snapdragon 865 flies past the OnePlus 7T and Redmi K20 Pro while posting record score on AnTuTu
A smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer Realme has been spotted on the AnTuTu benchmark racking up an incredible score of 574,985 points, which is currently a record figure. There has been some speculation that this mysterious Realme RMX2071 device with its Snapdragon 865 chip could end up being the Realme X50 Pro flagship smartphone.
Quad-core Intel Tiger Lake processor outscores AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X in Geekbench single-core test
A Tiger Lake processor from Intel has been spotted being put through its paces on Geekbench. The unnamed Tiger Lake-U quad-core chip posted 4,920 in the multi-core test, but its single-core score was quite outstanding. At 1,400 points, this places the Intel processor ahead of such enthusiast-level chips as AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X.
AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APU spotted surpassing Intel's Core i7-9700K desktop CPU in Time Spy benchmark
A noted data miner has dug out an impressive result for AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H in 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark. The Ryzen 4000 series chip from the new Renoir family of APUs amassed a total of 8,350 points in the test, putting it ahead of potential competitors such as Intel’s Core i7-9700K, which managed 8,209 points in the same benchmark.
First glimpse at potential PlayStation 5 user interface shows similarity with PS4's UI
A picture of what is claimed to be the first look at the PlayStation 5’s user interface has been posted on a well-known imageboard. The poster of the image states that they work at a game studio that is currently utilizing PS5 devkits. Comments in regard to the possible PS5 UI have focused on its similarity to the PS4’s revamped UI.
Possible Samsung Galaxy S20 range and Galaxy Z Flip prices and official sales date revealed
Alleged European prices for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, and Galaxy Flip Z have been shared online, along with the expected sales date for the Galaxy S20 smartphone range. While Galaxy fans may have to pay between €900 and €1,400 for one of these premium devices, potential buyers in the US may have to fork out US$850 to US$1,200 for a brand-new Galaxy S20.
PlayStation 5 concept renders based on recent purported design have the X Factor
Some new concept renders of the PlayStation 5 based on a recent alleged leak have started appearing online. The console in the renders features the questionable X-shaped design that has led to growing concern over potential overheating issues. However, it shouldn’t be too long before the world gets a look at the final consumer model design.
Live photos of the Leica M10-R digital camera released
Images of the Leica M10-R camera have been discovered on the website of the FCC (United States Federal Communications Commission). It has been speculated that the camera featured in the new photographs is actually a prototype version of the Leica M10-R, which is rumored to be coming with a 47 MP sensor.
Poco F2 Lite smartphone makes surprise showing in purported live image leak
Some live images of an alleged Poco F2 Lite smartphone have been uploaded in a brief video clip on YouTube. Along with showing off a waterdrop notch on the front for the selfie camera, it seems the Poco F2 Lite might come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, 6 GB RAM, and a meaty 5,000 mAh battery.
Latest PlayStation 5 release date and price rumors for worldwide markets
There has been no shortage of speculation in regard to the actual release date of the PlayStation 5 and its final recommended retail price. The latest suggestion has come up with a slightly earlier date than many believe, while the worldwide market prices listed on this occasion for the PS5 seem to be in line with what is already generally expected.
Alleged PlayStation 5 consumer model designs and supposed first real-world image of the next-gen console appear on imageboard
A couple of so-called patent designs for the consumer model of the PlayStation 5 have been shared on the well-known imageboard 4channel. Along with those, an even more unlikely image, claiming to be a real-world shot of the PS5, has also been uploaded to the same site. The overall look of the next-gen console in the purported designs and blurry image is surprising.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X details officially go live: "One Processor to Render Them All"
The official page for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor has gone live. Many of the details about the HEDT chip were already revealed at CES 2020 but now the powerful 64-core desktop CPU has its own home to boast of. AMD is advertising the Threadripper 3990X as the “One Processor to Render Them All”.
Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok leaks: Alleged release date, platforms, and blurred image of main character
Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok, which is apparently codenamed Kingdom, appears to have been leaking all over the place lately. The numerous leaks have included details about the gameplay and story, and there is even a supposed first look at the game’s lead character, Jora. The next episode in the famed series is expected to be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Xiaomi Pocophone F2 trademark application gives strength to rumored forthcoming launch
An unearthed Chinese trademark application has sparked rumors that Xiaomi may be preparing to finally reveal the long-awaited successor to the Pocophone F1 (Poco F1 for the Indian market). The trademark documents specifically state “POCO F2” on them, giving fans of the original device hope that they will soon get their hands on a Xiaomi Pocophone F2.
5G and 16 GB RAM in a smartphone? It has to be Xiaomi with the Black Shark 3
A new rumor has suggested that Xiaomi is planning on fitting its upcoming Black Shark 3 smartphone with a whopping 16 GB of RAM. Along with that huge amount of memory, the gaming-focused device would also be 5G capable, making it a sure-fire futureproofed handset for those who seek the most mobile form of high-end gaming enjoyment.
New images of the PlayStation 5 devkit and DualShock 5 controller leaked
More images of the PlayStation 5 devkit and a possible DualShock 5 controller have been leaked. This time, a cleaner working for a developer involved with Sony’s next-generation console decided to upload the pictures while giving the office a thorough dusting. These latest images give a closer look at the hefty controller that could be the DualShock 5.
Dell Cinema Guide takes the toil out of searching for content over multiple streaming services
Dell Technologies is expanding its Dell Cinema service with the new Dell Cinema Guide application. The manufacturer describes it as a “streaming entertainment search engine” that aims to simplify the hunt for a particular television series or movie for users who have access to multiple streaming sites. The software will be offered free of charge in 2020.
Planned Dell Mobile Connect update will give iOS-based devices a wireless boost
Dell is promising further integration with its Mobile Connect application for those who have devices running on iOS. Currently, the iOS version of the service lags behind what is offered for Android users, but a free update scheduled for spring 2020 will give fans of Apple smartphones and the like an equal amount of functionality.
Sony repudiates alleged PlayStation 5 release date and price leak that states figures ranging from US$600 to over US$1,000
Some new price tags for two variants of the Sony PlayStation 5 have made their way online but have rapidly been denied by the manufacturer of the next-generation console. It was claimed that a PS5 with a 4 TB SSD would cost the equivalent of over US$1,000, while the same source stated that December 4, 2020 had been confirmed as the official release date.
With a bit of luck and around US$1 million you could own a Nintendo PlayStation
The only known “Nintendo PlayStation” console is being offered up for auction, and it is possible the intriguing device could end up fetching in the region of US$1 million or even more. The prototype was built during a joint venture between Nintendo and Sony in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, the partnership ended when Nintendo made a deal with Philips.
Images of ASRock and Gigabyte RX 5500 XT cards leaked ahead of launch
Images of the ASRock Challenger RX 5500 XT card and the Gigabyte RX 5500 XT Gaming OC and OC cards have been leaked online. The two AIB partners are offering the AMD Navi 14-based graphics card in an overclocked state, with 4 GB and 8 GB model availability. The AMD RX 5500 XT is expected to be launched on December 12.
Continued RTX and SUPER take-up helps Nvidia retain command of Steam's video card usage survey
Steam’s hardware and software survey has revealed an astonishing month for Nvidia in terms of video card usage (monthly change). No less than 16 out of the top 20 products come from Team Green, with three AMD GPUs and a single Intel solution filling in the gaps. Cards from the RTX series and the new SUPER lineup have helped Nvidia consolidate its strong position.
Double dose of fortune for AMD as Dell comes knocking and Steam's Hardware Survey delivers a new milestone
Dell has started evaluating the proposition of utilizing a wider selection of processors from AMD due to Intel’s ongoing situation with chip supply. The shortage affected Dell’s business, so now the tech giant is looking for a broader solution. Steam’s monthly hardware and software survey also delivered good news for AMD as the Ryzen manufacturer crossed the 20% processor usage mark.
Leaked Resident Evil 3 remake images show new looks for Jill, Carlos, and Nemesis
Some artwork for a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake has been accidentally leaked onto the PlayStation Network. Although the game has not been officially announced yet, it has long been rumored, and it seems the new images confirm the existence of the title. Jill, Carlos, and Nemesis feature in the pictures with updated looks for the 21st century.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite renders reveal welcome presence of the headphone jack
New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite have revealed that the smartphone apparently sports a headphone jack. It also appears to have a central punch-hole front-facing camera and a square housing for the rear-facing camera setup. The Note 10 Lite, which may also be known as the Galaxy A81 in some markets, is expected to come with 6 GB RAM and an Exynos 9810 SoC.
PlayStation news: Guinness World Record, PS5 pre-orders, no PS Vita 2 development
Sony has been awarded a Guinness World Record for having the best-selling home video console brand ever, just in time for the PlayStation’s 25th anniversary. Best Buy is now offering eager future PS5 purchasers the chance to be notified when pre-order is available. However, fans of handheld consoles hoping for a PS Vita 2 will be disappointed by comments made by PlayStation’s boss, Jim Ryan.
Huawei fails to apologize to unfairly detained former employee but bemoans Meng Wanzhou's situation
Huawei has issued a statement in regard to the lengthy and unjust detention of a former employee who was falsely accused of trying to blackmail the Chinese company. However, while many would have expected a formal apology, it seems the manufacturer has suggested the ex-worker should consider litigation instead. Ironically, Huawei has just publicly complained about its CFO’s “unlawful and illegal” detainment.
Leaked image of two PlayStation 5 devkits reveals prototype DualShock 5 controller
Another image of the PlayStation 5 devkit has been leaked, with two of the devices caught on camera this time around. While this latest picture confirms the design of the next-gen console devkits, there also seems to be a surprise reveal of the DualShock 5 controller. The PS5 is scheduled for release in Holiday 2020 and is expected to cost around US$499.
Lenovo's doorbuster deals: US$1,680 off a 1st Gen ThinkPad X1 Extreme or US$2,520 off a ThinkPad P53 with i9-9880H and Quadro RTX 4000
Lenovo has some very impressive doorbuster deals running at the moment that offer consumers savings that reach into the thousands of dollars. Various ThinkPad P53 mobile workstations have been discounted by nearly 50%, and there are hefty savings to be had on ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops, ThinkPad X1 Extreme notebooks, and ThinkPad X1 tablets. The mind-boggling deals are time restricted and stock limited.
Tesla's Cybertruck trolled by Lego Group's shatterproof vehicle
Lego Group, the company behind the beloved plastic building bricks, has expertly trolled Tesla in regard to the recently revealed Cybertruck. Elon Musk unveiled the futuristic-looking electric vehicle a few days ago in a PR event that was overshadowed by the Cybertruck having its unbreakable windows shattered on stage. Lego has come up with a very attractive alternative for prospective buyers.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X gets clocked at 5.75 GHz and goes on a world record-breaking rampage
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processor has been setting and breaking a whole handful of records over at HWBot, amply demonstrating the potency of Team Red’s latest threat to Intel at the high-end of the CPU market. Eleven records were set with the 3970X, mostly in combination with an Asus ROG Zenith II Extreme TRX40 board, while an MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard was used for the 5.75 GHz overclock achievement.
First Samsung Galaxy S11+ renders present a phenomenal flagship with a penta-lens camera and laser-focusing module
The Samsung Galaxy S11+ has appeared in some renders and a video published by CashKaro in conjunction with @OnLeaks. The well-crafted images show the forthcoming flagship smartphone with a central punch-hole front-facing camera and a huge housing on the rear for the penta-lens camera setup, which apparently features a laser-focusing module.
Update: Another noted leaker has claimed that these S11+ renders based on CAD drawings are wrong.
Quad-curve flagship smartphones will rule the roost in 2020
Smartphones with curved displays reaching over all four edges of the device will be the prevailing trend in 2020 according to a well-known tipster. While the “waterfall” design has the screen tumbling over the right and left edges of a smartphone, the “quad-curve” design will utilize the top and bottom edges, too. Some have questioned the utility of such a curved smartphone display, though.
Xiaomi goes from strength to strength: 73% annual growth in Europe, bigger than Samsung in India, and prepping the 108 MP Mi Note 10 for the Indian market
A new report from market analysts Canalys has revealed incredible results for Xiaomi in the European smartphone market: The Chinese manufacturer has witnessed annual growth of 73%. In India, Xiaomi is currently the number 1 smartphone brand for overall market share, on 27.1%. This is likely to increase with the impending release of the Mi Note 10 with its 108 MP camera.
Business presentation slide suggests the NVMe SSD for the PlayStation 5 will come from Samsung
The Samsung SSD Forum that was recently held in Tokyo has possibly revealed a small clue about one of the most important components of the PlayStation 5: The SSD. One of the slides shown during the presentation clearly shows a PlayStation DualShock controller, which has led to this latest round of PS5 speculation. Next-generation consoles will greatly benefit from the faster loading speeds of NVMe SSDs.
Xiaomi might want to rapidly reconsider its choice for the fast charging icon on MIUI 11
Xiaomi has been busy rolling out its MIUI 11 firmware on devices from its lineup, delivering many welcome changes to the previous iteration. However, one potential hiccup has been spotted in regard to the updated fast charging symbol. The new icon, which consists of two lightning bolts placed together, looks somewhat reminiscent to the insignia of one of history’s most reviled organizations.
Blade Runner-inspired bulletproof Tesla Cybertruck will slice through traffic but has breakable unbreakable windows
The Tesla Cybertruck has been officially revealed, and while the all-electric vehicle has been specifically designed to protect the environment, it will certainly make some eyes sore. Elon Musk unveiled the Blade Runner-esque truck, which can withstand a 9 mm bullet being shot at the door but not a small steel ball gently thrown at the window.
AMD Radeon RX 5500 benchmarks reveal power-efficient Full HD performance that should appeal to gamers on a budget
AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 desktop graphics card has been put through a few gaming benchmarks to see how it performed. Unsurprisingly, the RX 5500 couldn’t keep up with the chosen competition: Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1660 OC and Sapphire’s RX 580 Nitro+. However, the AMD video card proved to be a good Full HD performer that required less power than its competitors.
Hands-on promo clip of the foldable ThinkPad X1 will have many fans telling Lenovo to take their money
Lenovo has posted a promo clip of the foldable ThinkPad X1 on YouTube that was filmed at the company’s recent Tech World event. A rendered marketing video for the folding laptop was already released earlier this year, but this latest clip shows the actual device going through a thorough hands-on workout. The foldable PC looks impressive but is clearly in an unfinished state.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S goes up in flames but manufacturer attributes it to "customer induced damage"
A Redmi Note 7S owner has reported a fault with his device that he believes caused it to explode. The user claimed that the smartphone was treated in a normal manner and wasn’t even charging when it caught on fire. However, after a thorough examination of the melted handset, Xiaomi has concluded it was caused by “customer induced damage”.
Xiaomi has provided Notebookcheck with an updated statement in regard to this incident.
PlayStation 5 game cartridge or external SSD? The truth can now be revealed
A Sony patent for a cartridge has been creating considerable speculation recently, with some believing the PlayStation 5 could come with a game cartridge slot while others opined the patent heralded the introduction of external SSDs for the next-gen console. However, it appears the device in the patent drawing is actually destined for use with Sony’s Toio platform.
Alleged Tiger Lake Y chip makes more of a purr than a roar in Geekbench test
A Tiger Lake Y processor has seemingly been spotted on Geekbench delivering some very unimpressive results. However, it’s likely that if the record is genuine then Intel may be simply testing an early engineering sample (ES) that’s not operating at its regular base clock rate. Tiger Lake is expected to be the successor to Intel’s Ice Lake microarchitecture.
Huawei Sound X smart speaker images and specifications leaked
The information guide for Huawei’s Sound X smart speaker has leaked online ahead of the device’s expected launch. The Sound X offers an interesting collection of hardware specifications that includes two 60 W subwoofers and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. But will consumers be willing to place a hefty listening device from a controversial manufacturer in their homes?
Xbox Project Scarlett will be more powerful than the PS5 and not too pricey according to Microsoft
In a recent interview, Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg stated that the company is building the “world’s most powerful console”. The Xbox chief himself, Phil Spencer, has also talked about Xbox Project Scarlett’s power and how it will be carefully priced to be competitive. It seems Microsoft is ready to start stealing some limelight from Sony and the PS5.
Dell combines an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for an astonishing Alienware Aurora desktop
AMD is preparing to officially launch the incredible 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X and Dell has selected it for an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop. Understandably, the OEM also chose a high-end GPU in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to aid with the processing duties. The premium desktop has been destroying benchmarks apparently at the cost of heat and noise emissions.
Alleged K30 series smartphone from Xiaomi caught on camera but it's more likely a Redmi herring
A supposed mystery smartphone has appeared in new photos taken on a subway train in China. There has been some speculation about what make and model the phone in the pictures is, with many plumping for either the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi K30 or K30 Pro. However, it is probable this could be a case of mistaken identity.
Massive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare leak reveals battle royale map, missions, perks, and more
A huge Call of Duty: Modern Warfare leak has detailed plans for a battle royale mode for the smash-hit title. The leaked information includes an image of a map and its zones as well as thorough details of the perks, loot, missions, and game options. Modern Warfare was released on October 25 of this year and raked in US$600 million in sales in just three days.
Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera renders and specifications leaked
Some renders and the specifications of the upcoming Ricoh Theta SC2 360-degree camera have appeared online. The pictures show the device in a range of pastel colors and it sports a similar design language to the Theta SC. According to the leaked specifications, the Theta SC2 has the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps.
Scathing Metacritic user reviews and #GameFreakLied dull the shine of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's release
The first user reviews for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have started being posted on Metacritic and it’s not looking good for the latest installments in the beloved franchise. At the time of writing, the user score stood at 3.5 for Sword and 3.4 for Shield. Discontent has already been visible on Twitter thanks to the trending hashtag #GameFreakLied.
Sumptuous Xiaomi Mi 10 concept video has a crack at the possible design and specifications for the future flagship
A concept video for the Xiaomi Mi 10 has been posted on YouTube along with a set of optimistic specifications. Whether the Chinese manufacturer will fit the successor of the Mi 9 with a 108 MP sensor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC remains to be seen, but the “waterfall” display gives the concept Mi 10 an enviable screen-to-body ratio.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X storms PassMark's CPU Mark chart and soars past Intel's server processors and the Core i9-9980XE
AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X processor has been spotted on PassMark. The chip was tested on the CPU Mark benchmark for “high end CPUs” and scored magnificently. Only Epyc server processors from the same manufacturer prevented the sample from hitting the top spot, while Intel rivals such as the Core i9-9980XE had to make way for the upstart super-processor.
Early Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield reviews hint that the games have weathered the leaks and the Pokédex Dexit storm
The first reviews for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have started coming in, and it appears the latest Pokémon titles are not a disaster. After being subject to numerous massive leaks and the controversial “Dexit” storm, the 8th Gen games have been praised for being streamlined and enjoyable, but they have not been met with universal acclaim.
PlayStation 5 console might come with expandable storage in the form of external SSD cartridges
There is a growing belief that Sony may be planning on offering expandable storage in the form of SSD cartridges for the PlayStation 5. A patent drawing originally thought to be a game cartridge is now being reconsidered as a possible straightforward external solution for supporting the PS5’s internal custom SSD when it is reaching its storage limits.
Speculation of PlayStation 5 game cartridge function or PlayStation Vita 2 development fueled by patent
Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent application with Brazil’s Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI) that features a drawing of what looks like a game cartridge. Could the upcoming PlayStation 5 console include a game cartridge slot or has SIE got another console in the works, such as a PS Vita 2?
AMD pits its Radeon RX 5500 against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 in leaked sales guide benchmarks
A sales guide for the AMD Radeon RX 5500 Graphics has been posted online, revealing some performance details about the upcoming graphics card. The RX 5500 is listed in numerous triple-A gaming benchmarks challenging the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 card, and unsurprisingly the AMD product thrashes the GTX 1650 in every test.
MSI blunder confirms existence of incredible 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores and 128 threads of processing power
A promo video from MSI has seemingly shown off AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X by accident. The clip was focusing on the manufacturer’s Creator TRX40 board that is capable of supporting the new 3rd Gen Threadrippers. However, a system clue has apparently given away the fact that it was not a Threadripper 3960X or 3970X behind the scenes.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield news: Latest leak will help you choose between Ponyta and Darumaka; Nintendo fights back
The latest apparent Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leak has detailed which Pokémon will be exclusive to each game. Ever since Pokémon Red and Blue were released in 1996, gamers have had to carefully choose which game to buy or just purchase both titles. In the meantime, Nintendo has been wielding its legal sword as some social media sources have been suspended.
Full steam ahead as AMD reveals 24-core and 32-core Ryzen Threadrippers, the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor, and the cheap and cheerful Athlon 3000G
It’s been a busy couple of days for AMD as the company has revealed four new products to its processor lineup. The red team has covered bases all the way from extremely affordable to high-end performance with its latest additions, which consist of two new Ryzen Threadripper chips, the “world’s most powerful 16-core desktop processor”, and a Vega 3-brandishing Athlon 3000G.
Globalization, rapid console generation transition, and ease of coding should help the PlayStation 5 match its predecessor's success
In a revealing interview, the current president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, has been discussing PlayStation 5 business. The executive feels globalization is a vital concept behind future PlayStation success and has been proudly sharing feedback from developers about the ease of coding on the PS5. Ryan also stated that encouraging gamers to move from the PS4 to the PS5 is a key goal for the company.
Fetching iPhone 12 concept renders highlight Apple's design strengths and weaknesses
Artistic concept renders for the Apple iPhone 12 have offered fans an idea of what the Cupertino company could be planning for the next generation of its popular smartphone range. The notch is still present but slightly more modest, and the rear of the device sports a quad-camera setup. The conceptual iPhone 12 also features straighter edges than its most recent predecessors.
AMD moves on from 2019 as Zen 3, PS5, Scarlett, Samsung, and 7nm mobile await 2020
It can be easily argued that 2019 has been a standout year for AMD. Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 desktop processors have been shaking up benchmarks all over the place and the long-awaited Radeon RX 5000 series (“Navi”) has introduced RDNA architecture to the world. But AMD’s respected CEO, Lisa Su, understandably believes 2020 is going to be grander.
AMD 3rd Gen Threadripper packaging leaked: Outlandish style for an outstanding chip
Packaging for a 3rd Gen Threadripper from AMD has been leaked. The box-within-a-box design features a square exterior case emblazoned with the famous orange Ryzen ring while the interior packaging resembles a sleek and even slightly futuristic somber gaming rig. It’s believed AMD will be releasing the Castle Peak Ryzen Threadrippers very soon.
Images and price of Canon EOS Ra camera leaked
A few images of the Canon EOS Ra camera have been leaked. The full-frame mirrorless digital camera has been specifically designed for night shots and astrophotography. A price tag for the upcoming device has also been leaked; those looking for a dedicated star-shooter will be looking at paying just under US$2,500 for the body.
Game over: Entire Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield cast of 400 Galar Pokédex characters revealed but alleged leaker may have been nabbed
The recent Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leak has been quite astonishing in its enormity and impact. The games themselves are scheduled for release on November 15 but it now seems the entire Pokédex has been revealed, with 400 Pokémon taking part. However, there are claims that the person behind the leak has been discovered by Nintendo.
Gigabyte reveals the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box: The world's first water-cooled external graphics solution
Gigabyte claims the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box offers “The World’s 1st Water-Cooling External Graphics”. Along with being the first of its kind, Gigabyte also waxes lyrical about the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Box for its power, noise emissions, and compact size. The device weighs less than 4 kg (8.8 lbs) and should help turn a regular ultrabook into a gaming meteor.
The T-bao Tbook5 Pro laptop: Too cool for square keys
Chinese manufacturer T-bao has released its Tbook5 Pro laptop that offers users something of an intriguing unique selling point. The device comes with a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia and a CPU from Intel’s Celeron series, but what helps it stand out from the crowd is its visually striking keyboard that has been described as “retro punk”.
The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leak evolves into a deluge as most of the alleged Pokédex appears online
The recent supposed Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield leaks have intensified into a deluge as a generously sized portion of the Pokédex now appears to be online. If the leaked characters turn out to be genuine, then this will be a considerable blow to both developer Game Freak and publisher Nintendo who wanted gamers to find the new Pokémon while playing the games.
Goatman abomination and drowned raiders: Full leaked Diablo 4 artbook gives gamers an idea of what to expect by 2021
Many pages from the Diablo 4 artwork book have been posted online, giving fans an idea of what they can expect from the game when it finally gets released. Vile-looking characters such as the Goatman Abomination and Drowned Raider feature alongside a terrifying battleground, a gory sacrifice, and the possible reveal of a new Prime Evil.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield characters and evolutions extensively leaked
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are scheduled to be released on November 15 for the Nintendo Switch; however, many of the characters and their various evolutions have already been leaked online. Gigantamax forms for a number of Pokémon have been revealed and there is a potentially new evolved look for Meowth.
Clips of Oppo Reno Ace being charged will banish ugly memories of overnight charging
Clips of Oppo Reno Ace smartphones being charged have been shared on social media platforms that might astonish those who haven’t yet had the fortune to try out some form of fast-charging feature with a smartphone yet. However, there are concerns that the high charging speed will result in premature battery degradation.
Another stab at the PlayStation 5's release date is made as more games for next-gen consoles are revealed
There’s been a new speculative guess at the PlayStation 5 release date thanks to the appearance of an Easter egg in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It’s arguably one of the most tenuous so far, but these kinds of hints have been accurate in the past. Ubisoft has revealed it is working on five cross-generational titles.
Development of PlayStation 5 games "progressing smoothly" as two more rumored titles are leaked
Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, Hiroki Totoki, has been revealing tidbits of information about the company’s PlayStation 5 console. The executive mentioned that software development by Sony’s partners was “progressing smoothly” and that the PS5’s scheduled release will “strengthen the platform”. Two more titles have joined the list of rumored games connected to the next-generation console.
Rumored Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite makes light work of all the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices in Geekbench multi-core test
A Geekbench record for a “samsung SM-G770F” has been spotted that handily reveals a few details about the mystery smartphone. Some believe this particular device could end up being the Galaxy S10 Lite, which would likely feature a Snapdragon 855 SoC and at least 8 GB of RAM. The SM-G770F manages a powerful multi-core score in the test.
Battle of the bands heats up as leaked Huawei Band 4 Pro render shows off colorful options
A new image of the Huawei Band 4 Pro has been shared online. Although details about the specifications are still thin on the ground, the first appearance of the activity tracker is seemingly positive. There is a range of colors to choose from, and the smart band exhibits a color display (presumed to be AMOLED) and swappable straps.
The high-end Navi GPU AMD is providing for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett consoles may have just been sighted
A noteworthy piece of detective work may have resulted in the discovery of AMD’s “Big Navi” GPUs. This has led to wide speculation that there is a possibility this could be the much-talked about custom chip that will eventually be found in the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett consoles. Could the “Nvidia Killer” finally be coming?
Join Xbox All Access now and get an upgrade to Project Scarlett in 2020
Microsoft has reintroduced its Xbox All Access program for customers in Australia, the UK, and the US. The regular subscription scheme includes the opportunity to upgrade to Project Scarlett in Holiday 2020, and there is also a limited time deal for UK/US Xbox One X buyers to sign up to get their hands on the next-generation console.
You could be the proud owner of a Sony PlayStation 10 - in 2050
Sony Interactive Entertainment has been busy registering some important terms with the Japan Patent Office. The trademarks are related to future PlayStation releases beyond the forthcoming PlayStation 5 console. The company has been securing all iterations up to number 10, which following past release schedules for PlayStations, could see the light of day by 2050.
iPhone SE 2 could be launched by Apple in March 2020 and will sell in the millions
A report from noted market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has detailed when Apple could set the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 into production. Apparently, the diminutive smartphone will start being mass manufactured in January 2020, with March set as the potential launch period. Rumored hardware specifications for the iPhone SE 2 include the presence of a fast A13 Bionic chip.
Diablo 4 becomes more of a reality thanks to the appearance of the Daughter of Hatred
Another artbook-related leak has added fuel to the fire that Blizzard Entertainment is finally preparing to reveal Diablo 4 to expectant gamers. A single page about a character that is expected to appear in the dungeon crawler has been shared on Twitter, and it seems the Daughter of Hatred herself has good news for Diablo fans.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro confirmed by regulator certifications; expect premium hardware for half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10
A certificate from Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed the existence of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 device. In a further surprise, the documents also revealed that there will be a Pro variant of the smartphone that the Chinese manufacturer has skillfully managed to keep under wraps so far. Speculation in regard to potential price has been optimistic.
Mi Note 10 packaging spotted: Xiaomi tosses out the rulebook in terms of model numbering
Xiaomi could be preparing to unleash a Mi Note 10 on a practically unsuspecting market soon. An image of alleged packaging material has been shared online, which of course could be fake. However, if it is genuine, then the crafty Chinese manufacturer has seemingly decided to skip the Mi Notes 4 to 9.
Cheap as chips: Intel could chop 9th Generation Skylake-X CPU prices in half
A new report has claimed that Intel could be preparing to heavily discount its 9th Gen Skylake-X series of high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs. The 8-core i7-9800X could end up being priced at around €360 (~US$400) while the top-end SKU, the 18-core i9-9980XE, has been predicted to be discounted to around €950 (~US$1,058).
ARM announces Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 NPUs, Mali-G57 GPU, and Mali-D37 DPU
ARM has revealed four new processors that should help enrich consumer tech products aimed at the mainstream market. The new additions to the company’s lineup are the Ethos-N57 and Ethos-N37 Neural Processing Units (NPU), the Mali-G57 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), and the Mali-D37 Display Processor Unit (DPU).
Screenshot of rumored Walmart Black Friday deal includes a half-price Sony PS4 1 TB Slim console and a Nintendo Switch for under US$200
A screenshot of some of Walmart’s alleged console offers for the upcoming Black Friday event will have gamers giddy with anticipation if it ends up being the real deal. Those holding out on buying a Nintendo Switch could find themselves saving US$100 on either a neon blue or gray model. There are also impressive discounts on consoles from both Sony and Microsoft.
Technical specifications and alleged price and release date for Fujifilm X-Pro3 camera leaked ahead of launch
A press kit for the Fujifilm X-Pro3 digital camera, which includes many renders of the device, has already been shared on Twitter. The X-Pro3 is scheduled to be officially launched on October 23, but like every good piece of tech equipment nowadays, many of its details have already been leaked online or guessed at.
AMD's Matisse beasts are far from toothless as Ryzen 3000 helps to gnaw at Intel's Steam survey share
September’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey has seemingly delivered more good news for AMD. The survey has measured data in regard to PC processor usage by manufacturer, which yet again has been thoroughly dominated by Intel. However, the red team has enjoyed another month of considerable growth, which could be down to its Ryzen 3000 generation of chips.
SUPER appearance for Nvidia in Steam's hardware survey but there's also plenty of love for AMD's Radeon RX 590 series
The Steam Hardware and Software Survey for September 2019 has shown some interesting changes in terms of PC video card usage. Although Nvidia still dominates the overall percentage share with the GeForce RTX 2060 going strong and the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER making an appearance, AMD’s Radeon RX 590 Series leads an upsurge in GPUs from the red team.
Full specifications for the Zeiss ZX1 digital camera revealed
The full details of the technical specifications for the Zeiss ZX1 camera have been published. The renowned German manufacturer announced the device back at the Photokina trade event in 2018 with availability originally scheduled to start with chosen dealers in early 2019. However, the camera has failed to materialize on the market thus far.
Don't worry, it's just a devkit: New concept renders of the Sony PlayStation 5
A group of new Sony PlayStation 5 concept renders have been produced by LetsGoDigital based on the recently leaked devkit photo. The images show off the busy front panel and also include the “prototype” label and the huge ventilation grilles. It may not thrill expectant future PS5 owners, but it is quite stylized for a developer kit.
Samsung Galaxy S11 news: Model numbers for three 5G-capable SKUs leaked; no full-screen display coming
Some new details about Samsung’s Galaxy S11 series have been shared online concerning the amount of SKUs that will be part of the lineup, the communication abilities of the devices, and the expected screen design. While some may have been hoping for a notch-free S11, it appears Samsung is saving that for a different series.
Retailer listing for PlayStation 5 offers latest suggestions for potential price and release date
Another retailer has decided to start listing the PlayStation 5 on its site, this time with references to both a specific price and release date. Although it’s clear that the information on the page is speculative, it does give some idea of how much the next-gen console will cost upon its Holiday 2020 release.
Leaked real-life image of PlayStation 5 devkit shows prototype console with possible integrated camera feature
A real-life photo of an alleged Sony PlayStation 5 development kit (devkit) has been posted online as part of a YouTube video uploaded by ZONEofTECH. The console in the picture looks eerily similar to recent concept renders of the device, thanks to the now familiar V-shaped design language and chunky side vents.
Placeholders or products: Newly discovered icons for the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro fall flat at first sight
Icons of what could be the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 have been found in the beta code for macOS Catalina. Those hoping for a complete exterior redesign of the MBP might be disappointed by the images though, as the laptop featuring on the icons looks very similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. But some differences between the supposed iterations have been spotted.
Latest benchmark scores show AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X is shaping up to be a blue-ribbon gaming chip
Some new Geekbench scores for AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X have been unearthed and unsurprisingly the 16-core chip has performed admirably in the multi-core tests. Two separate benchmarks have been discovered, with AMD’s Zen 2 processor appearing on a Prime X570-P motherboard from Asus and a B450 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi board from Gigabyte.
Unboxing video of Huawei Mate X reveals a flashy foldable flagship with a new red button
A video of someone unboxing a brand-new Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone has made its way onto YouTube. The vaunted device has been apparently thoroughly revised by the Chinese manufacturer and should be released soon, with various reports stating a November timeline. The Mate X in the video now sports a handy red button that pops the smartphone open.
Boat battle royale: Fortnite Chapter 2 gets accidentally leaked on the App Store
Fans of the hugely successful battle royale title Fortnite will be excited to learn that a sequel could be on the way. While many gamers are awaiting the next season of the smash hit, an image that briefly appeared on the iOS App Store for the Italian market seems to indicate that Fortnite Chapter 2 is in the works, and there could be water-based battles in store.
Sharp new Sony PlayStation 5 concept renders published as retailer starts taking preorders for the next-gen console
New artistic renders of the PlayStation 5 have been published that are believed to be the most accurate renditions yet. Based on leaked information, the latest images see the console with a surprisingly sharp silver coat but with basically the same design language as previously released renders. A European retailer has started taking preorders for the next-gen console with just a €50 down payment.
Pick up a Dell Inspiron 14 3000 for less than $200 or save more than a third on an Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1
Dell is currently offering two Inspiron laptops for less than US$200. Shoppers can pick up an AMD-powered Inspiron 11 3000 for US$179.99 or plump for the larger Intel-based Inspiron 14 3000 for just US$199.99. There’s also a terrific deal to be had on the Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 laptop, which has seen its price reduced by 37%.
Leaked Canadian pricing for the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL should leave fans breathing a little easier
Some launch prices for the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL flagship smartphones have been posted on Twitter by well-known tech insider Evan Blass. The prices are for the Canadian market, which show that the entry-level Google Pixel 4 with 64 GB storage will cost CAD$1,049.95 (~US$788), while the 128 GB storage variant of the Google Pixel 4 XL will allegedly cost CAD$1,359.95 (~US$1,022).
Leaked Microsoft Surface promo images and latest rumors: new colors, connectivity upgrades, borderless Surface Pro 7, Alcantara-less Surface Laptop 3
New alleged details about Microsoft’s upcoming new Surface products have emerged. Apparently, a selection of fresh colors for the next generation of Surface devices is inbound, and the newest edition to the Surface Laptop line will be shorn of its Alcantara coat. Arguably, the most exciting leak is the supposed almost borderless display that the Surface Pro 7 (or just "Surface 7") will sport.
The hardest game-related decisions you're ever going to make are coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the form of Frostpunk: Console Edition
11 bit studios has released an official story trailer for Frostpunk: Console Edition. The city survival game was originally released for Microsoft Windows in April 2018 and managed to rack up sales of over 1.4 million units. The gameplay involves torturous decisions and constant demands from the populace and environment that draws the player deep into the icy world.
Artistic PlayStation 5 concept video will whet your appetite for Sony's potentially V-shaped console
A new concept video of the PlayStation 5 has been uploaded to YouTube that offers a potential glimpse at what the final product from Sony could resemble. The console, which bears the logos “PSV” and “PS5” on its case, looks starkly different from its predecessors, with the artist choosing to base the creation on the V-shaped device found in recently unearthed patent drawings.
New Microsoft Surface Pro 7 leak: Still no 32 GB RAM but at least a powerful 10nm processor is present
A 3DMark entry for an apparent Microsoft Surface 7 Pro device has been spotted, with the benchmark record providing various details about the specifications of the upcoming 2-in-1 detachable. The unit was tested on the Sky Diver 1.0 benchmark, which listed the presence of a 10nm Ice Lake processor from Intel but only 16 GB RAM.
Acer Nitro 5 laptops appear on retailer website with AMD Ryzen 5 3550U APUs
A Southeast Asian retail website has listed two Acer Nitro 5 laptops sporting AMD Ryzen 5 3550U processors. The new APU has been mentioned on various sites in the past but has not been made official by the red team yet. It’s expected the Ryzen 5 3550U APU will feature a powerful Vega 9 iGPU and offer clock rates ranging from 2.1 GHz to 3.7 GHz.
Update: Acer has contacted Notebookcheck to confirm that these SKUs will actually come with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processors.
Oh So Expensive: Google Pixel 4 color names leaked and retailer listings reveal premium prices
A couple of more Google Pixel 4-related leaks have surfaced, one concerning the apparently official names for the colors the smartphones will come in and another about the not inconsiderable price tags. According to one specific retailer, potential Pixel 4 buyers in Ireland will have to cough up just under €820 (~US$903/£723) for the 64 GB variant of the regular-sized model.
AMD will release the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X and first 24-core Ryzen 3000 Threadripper processors in November
AMD has officially stated that the Ryzen 9 3950X desktop processor and the next generation of Ryzen Threadripper chips will be launched in November. Although some will be disappointed about the delay of the 16-core Matisse CPU, others will be excited about the confirmation of the HEDT chips, which start with 24-core SKUs.
New tip suggests Microsoft Surface device will come with AMD's Ryzen 5 3550U and Ryzen 7 3750U processors
An interesting tip from a well-known leaker has seemingly revealed which AMD processors could find their way into Microsoft Surface devices in the not too distant future. It’s expected the new Surface Laptop 3 will be configured with an AMD-based option, and it appears buyers will be able to choose between the mysterious Ryzen 5 3550U and Ryzen 7 3750U.
If you hate the square camera design for the Apple iPhone 11 then you're going to loathe the next-gen iPad Pro
An image of an apparent final design mockup of the next-generation Apple iPad Pro has found its way online, and if you are not a fan of Apple’s choice for the main camera design on the iPhone 11 series then there’s a good chance you’re not going to be keen on the decision made for the high-end tablet, either.
Alleged Geekbench 5 OnePlus 7T record gives the OnePlus 7 Pro a good run for its money
A OnePlus 7T sporting an octa-core processor has apparently been spotted on the Geekbench 5 benchmark. The device in question amassed very respectable scores in both the single-core and multi-core tests, generally outperforming the OnePlus 7 Pro by a small margin. The OnePlus 7T is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
Leaked Samsung exhibition poster names foldable Galaxy W20 5G flip-phone
A revealing leaked image of an exhibition poster has shown that Samsung is preparing to unleash another foldable device onto the market. However, this is not about a successor to the now somewhat notorious Samsung Galaxy Fold, as the poster in the photo is actually for promoting the Galaxy W20 5G flip-phone.
Huawei releases Linux variants of the MateBook 13, MateBook 14, and MateBook X Pro
Huawei has added the MateBook 13 for Linux, MateBook X Pro for Linux, and the MateBook 14 for Linux onto Vmall, the Chinese shopping site for Huawei and Honor products. The OEM has selected Deepin for the operating system, which has allowed the Chinese manufacturer to make modifications due to the nature of its open source software.
Configuration details for Microsoft Surface Pro 7 leak out
Some details of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro 7 have apparently been leaked with five different configurations being mentioned. It seems the entry-level Surface Pro 7 will feature an Intel Core i3 processor while the top-end device will sport an Intel Core i7. RAM options will reach from a lowly 4 GB up to a stately 16 GB.
Hexa-core i7-10710U sample underachieves in Cinebench R15 and R20 benchmarks; trails behind AMD's quad-core Ryzen 7 3700U
A 6-core Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10710U has been put through the rigors of Cinebench R15 and R20 and has apparently struggled with the multi-core testing aspects of the benchmarks. AMD’s 15 W quad-core APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, was able to achieve better scores in R15. The Intel chip is a part of the same MSI Prestige 15 laptop that was recently spotted on Geekbench and UserBenchmark.
MSI has stated that the performance discrepancy could be down to the Creator Center mode selected.
Trypophobia rears its unholy head once more thanks to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and its rear triple camera system
People suffering from trypophobia have been posting negative comments on social media about the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max due to their rear main camera arrangements. It wasn’t that long ago that another flagship smartphone was causing unease in the trypophobia community, with HMD Global thoroughly upsetting sufferers due to its Nokia 9 PureView’s penta-lens pattern.
The Apple iPhone family welcomes the new additions of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have all finally been officially revealed by Apple. The new smartphones feature high-performance A13 Bionic chips and standout camera systems: a dual setup for the regular iPhone 11 and triple lenses for the Pro and Pro Max handsets. Prices range from US$699 to US$1,449, with iPhone trade-in discounts available as well.
Apple's 2019 iPad: The seventh-generation tablet goes large
Apple has now unveiled the latest addition to its iPad lineup in the shape of the seventh-generation iPad. The new tablet has increased in size from its 2018 predecessor, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches. The device is currently available to pre-order and will start shipping on September 30. The cheapest model costs US$329.
The competition needs to watch out: Apple Watch Series 5 does so much more than just tell the time
Among a host of other revelations at the recent Apple Special Event, the Cupertino company also officially announced the Apple Watch Series 5. The latest iteration of the highly successful smartwatch features an Always-On Retina display and comes in a huge range of customizable options. Prices start from US$399 for the basic 40 mm space-gray aluminum case with sport band GPS-only model (requires iPhone connection).
Intel Core i7-10710U delivers powerful single-core performances in UserBenchmark and Geekbench 5; flies past AMD Ryzen 7 3700U and 3750H rivals
An Intel Core i7-10710U processor has been spotted being put through its paces on both UserBenchmark and Geekbench 5. The energy-efficient six-core CPU, which was tested in MSI’s new Prestige 15 laptop, particularly shines in single-core benchmarks where it manages to outclass the quad-core Ryzen competition from AMD.
AirPower resurrected and full iPhone 11 details revealed: names, models, prices, and release dates
According to a recently leaked image, the Apple iPhone 11 series will feature smartphones ranging from an entry-level US$749 device all the way up to an eye-watering US$1,299 top-end model. The picture shows that the top two SKUs will be available on September 20, and remarkably it also suggests the AirPower charging mat may have been brought back from the dead.
Leaked photos of Leica SL2 full-frame mirrorless camera with 47 MP sensor reveal surprising textured design
A couple of images of a Leica full-frame mirrorless camera have been posted on a Japanese website, which claims the subject of the photos is the Leica SL2. The German manufacturer released the SL (Typ 601) in October 2015, which was generally well-received but noted for its high price tag and its cumbersome build.
Modder creates PIS2 functioning handheld game console by combining PlayStation 2 parts with Raspberry Pi 2 power
A dedicated modder has managed to create a working portable game console by utilizing the motherboard from a slimline PlayStation 2 in conjunction with the capabilities of a Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer. Although it has taken a long time to build the device, the end product has been shown offering impressive results in a video shared on YouTube.
Save almost US$900: Eye-popping price cuts on Dell Vostro laptops with GTX 1650 GPU or 10th Gen Intel CPU
Dell has some mouth-watering deals currently available on various SKUs from its Vostro line, which include laptops featuring a Turing-based discrete GPU from Nvidia or processors from Intel’s new Comet Lake generation. The models included in the current deal would be ideal for business users looking to upgrade or renew existing notebooks.
Alleged leaked photo of Sony A9II flagship camera reveals dials aplenty but few notable changes
A popular Sony digital camera news blog has published what it claims to be the first leaked image of the Japanese manufacturer’s A9II flagship camera. Sony released the full-frame mirrorless A9 camera in 2017 and there are many keenly awaiting its successor. The alleged A9II looks practically identical to its predecessor.
Back Stage demo highlights graphics tech that could find its way into the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Project Scarlett
A demonstration video created by Luminous Productions has shown the incredible level of graphics quality that could be wielded by next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett. Although the Back Stage clip was designed with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the ray-tracing capability on show is something AMD should be providing for the upcoming gaming devices.
Huawei Dev Phone featuring HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G SoC hammers Snapdragon and Exynos competition in AI Benchmark
A device simply called “Huawei Dev Phone” has been spotted on the AI Benchmark, and both the phone and the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC it features have completely outclassed the competition in the benchmark’s performance rankings. The smartphone’s final AI score was more than twice the amount of its nearest rival, the Honor 20S.
An Apple Special Event is coming, so time for a coincidental Google Pixel 4 leak: Handsets in black, white, and orange
An image showing three Google Pixel 4 smartphones in different colors has seemingly leaked on Weibo. Unsurprisingly, both a black and white SKU are visible, but the choice for the third color has caused some eyebrows to be raised. It had already been leaked that Google was going with orange as one of the Pixel 4’s color options.
Samsung has a secret weapon up its sleeve to take on the iPhone and Pixel
A recent tweet posted by Ice universe has made strong implications that Samsung will be focusing on the camera equipment used in future devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S11. Although the tipster did not reveal any specifics, his somewhat cryptic message will offer hope to Samsung fans tired of reading about superior iPhone and Pixel cameras.
GPD channels Nintendo for unnamed console that borrows heavily from the Switch
Some images of a potential GPD prototype device have been leaked onto Baidu, showing something that is not entirely dissimilar to the Nintendo Switch. GPD has become renowned for its innovation in the gaming device field, and it could be possible that the Chinese company wants to take a bigger bite out of the hybrid console market.
Gamers with an RX 5700 XT can enjoy up to 8% better performance in the upcoming Gears 5 thanks to AMD
A new graphics driver from AMD will optimize performance in Gears 5 for those users lucky enough to have an RX 5700 XT graphics card in their system. The red team has made the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.1 available for optional download, although ironically it could also cause a minor issue with the new title from Xbox Game Studios.
Asus ROG introduces world's first gaming laptop sporting a 300 Hz display with the Zephyrus S GX701
Asus is known for making technological leaps forward in regard to gaming-laptop displays, and now it seems the Taiwanese manufacturer is ready to make another spectacular bound. Asus has revealed that the Zephyrus S GX701 will be the world’s first notebook to offer a display capable of a 300 Hz refresh rate, ideal for esports and gaming professionals. Update: It looks like Acer beat Asus to the punch for this "world's first" claim.
New Asus ProArt StudioBook series features flagship model with Core i9-9980HK CPU and powerful Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU
Asus has claimed that its ProArt StudioBook lineup includes the “world’s most graphically-powerful laptop” with the ProArt StudioBook One (W590) workstation. The device comes with a 9th Gen Intel mobile processor and Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000. The new series also features the ProArt StudioBook Pro X (W730) that offers up to a Quadro RTX 5000 and incorporates the innovative ScreenPad 2.0 secondary display.
AMD addresses issue with 3rd Gen Ryzen processors failing to reach advertised boost clock speeds
AMD has posted a declaration on its Ryzen Twitter account in regard to reports of 3rd Gen Ryzen processors not offering the levels of performance that were expected by users. The post states that the company is working on a BIOS update that should deal with the boost performance issues that had been affecting SKUs such as the Ryzen 9 3900X.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx amasses respectable score on Geekbench and closes in on Intel's Core i5-8250U
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor has recently been spotted on Geekbench as part of a system recorded as “Qualcomm CLS”. The California-based chip designer had already compared the Snapdragon 8cx’s performance with Intel’s Core i5-8250U and this latest benchmark reveal seems to show that the former can keep up with the latter.
Leaked images of possible Sony Xperia 2 flagship smartphone show relocated camera setup
A handful of images of a new Sony Xperia smartphone have been leaked online. There has been speculation that this could be a first look at the successor of the Xperia 1, and the overall design language is certainly reminiscent of the 21:9 aspect ratio-boasting flagship from the Japanese manufacturer.
AMD Athlon 300GE APU gets taken apart on 3DMark's Fire Strike Ultra 1.1 benchmark
The entry-level AMD Athlon 300GE APU has been spotted enduring a run-through on the 3DMark benchmark Fire Strike Ultra 1.1. Unsurprisingly, the chip did not record a stellar performance that will amaze anyone, although the particular test in question may not be the most suitable for an expected low-performance APU.
Fingers crossed that it's a devkit: Concept renders for latest PlayStation 5 design patent reveal unseemly console
The recent discovery of patent drawings for a potential PlayStation 5 console, or at least a devkit of the next-gen device, created considerable excitement in the gaming community as many fans are eager to see what Sony will come up with for the PS5. However, new concept renders based on the patent show a rather clunky-looking and somewhat unappealing device.
Formidable full specifications for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaked
A new leak of the alleged full specifications for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 flagship smartphone has revealed that the device should pack quite a punch and delight fans of the Chinese manufacturer. Not only should there be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC on board but there should also be 12 GB of RAM and a huge 1 TB of UFS 3.0 storage.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could be released in September
A new tweet from a well-known tech tipster has stated that Xiaomi could be planning on launching the anticipated Mi Mix 4 flagship smartphone next month. There have been plenty of rumors about the device flying around lately, and it seems the Chinese manufacturer is preparing to deliver an incredible successor to the innovative Mi Mix 3.
Rumored clock rates for AMD Ryzen 9 3900 surface online
Purported details of the AMD Ryzen 9 3900 processor have been posted on Twitter. The Ryzen 3000 series chip has not been officially announced yet, but it seems this particular SKU could be a 65-W TDP variant as opposed to the Ryzen 9 3900X with its 105 W TDP. The latest chip is expected to have 12 cores and 24 threads.
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534 with Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10510U appears on French product page
The French-language site for Asus has started showing a product page for the ZenBook 15 UX534FA-A8038T laptop computer. The slimline device features the company’s innovative ScreenPad input device, and according to the listing it will come with a processor from Intel’s Comet Lake-U series of chips, in the form of the 10th Gen i7-10510U.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 16 series cards lead the way with positive changes in latest Steam hardware survey
The July 2019 Steam Hardware & Software Survey has offered up new details in regard to overall video card usage and trends. Unsurprisingly, Nvidia still dominates as the most commonly used manufacturer, and it appears that products from the GeForce GTX 16 series have been particularly popular recently with gamers taking part in the software distribution platform’s survey.
PlayStation 5 survey shows gamers are willing to pay up to 600 Euros for the next-gen console
A survey carried out by the German tech site CHIP.de has revealed just how much people are willing to shell out on the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. Clearly, respondents have taken into account the high-end hardware that the PS5 will employ, with a somewhat heady figure of €600 (~US$672, £553) being deemed as an acceptable maximum amount.
Get a wiggle on: Dell 72-hour sale knocks US$250 off an XPS 15 9570 and a whopping US$860 off an Alienware 17
Dell is currently running a 72-hour sale with a fair share of bargains to be had. Shoppers can pick from an Inspiron 11 Chromebook laptop for US$129.99 (US$70 off), a couple of discounted XPS notebooks in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, and even a heavily reduced gaming behemoth in the form of an Alienware 17 laptop with an overclockable dGPU.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 will be in the pink
New renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablet have been posted online by WinFuture that should appeal to those who like to mix business with pleasure. The often business-oriented Note line has been given a fresh coat of pink for this iteration, although it has not yet been confirmed which markets will receive the rose-colored variant.
Third-party retailer's PlayStation 5 price placeholder gives gamers the jitters
A Swedish online retailer’s listing for the Sony PlayStation 5 has been making news recently because of the value stated in the placeholder for the console’s price. MediaMarkt has given a figure of 9,999 Swedish krona for the PS5, which equates to around US$1,054 or €946. This has led to new speculation of what the device could end up actually costing.
Mysterious 10510Y processor pops up on 3DMark
There has been mention of a 10510Y processor in a 3DMark record, according to noted database miner Tum Apisak. Although details about the chip are currently scant, the tipster did add that the CPU had been measured running at a clock rate of 1.5 GHz. A leaked Intel roadmap signified a 2020 release for Comet Lake Y processors.
Real-life images of possible Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaked
Some photos of what seems to be the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 Pro have been shared on the Chinese social network site Weibo. The pictures show a couple of the flagship smartphones being tested on public transport, with what appear to be a pair of Huawei Mate 20 X devices joining them for the ride.
Smach Z prototype gets tested: Challenges GPD Win 2 3DMark scores and may offer 32 GB RAM and Ryzen Embedded V1807B SoC
A prototype of a Smach Z handheld game console has been unboxed and tested in a YouTube video posted by The Phawx. The device was put through its paces in three 3DMark benchmarks and managed to outscore the GPD Win 2 in all three tests. It’s now possible to reserve one of the handhelds for as little as US$10.
Release of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SUPER graphics card could depend on AMD
With the latest SUPER upgrades from Nvidia joining the company’s extensive lineup of graphics cards, there has been some speculation that the green team could also release a SUPER variant of the top-end GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Although an Nvidia executive has categorically stated there are no plans to release such a product, it may depend on what AMD has in store.
Smartphone with 108 MP camera and 10x optical zoom apparently coming in 2020; Samsung Galaxy S11 suggested
A particularly well-known tech tipster has made the startling proclamation that there will be a smartphone on the market by next year that will not only sport a 108 MP camera but will also offer 10x optical zoom capability. Unsurprisingly, this statement has sparked a decent amount of speculation, with some believing it could be a reference to Samsung’s Galaxy S11.
Lisa Su welcomes former Dell XPS chief Frank Azor aboard the good ship AMD
AMD’s CEO Lisa Su has announced that former Dell executive Frank Azor has officially become a member of the red team. Su’s tweet revealed that Azor will be the company’s chief architect of gaming solutions. Azor has responded to the message with an acknowledgment of enthusiasm for his new role.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in X570 motherboard surpassed by unhindered Intel Core i9-9900KS in latest Geekbench reveal
A new Geekbench comparison has been unearthed that appears to give a snapshot of the true performance of the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900KS processor. The chip from the blue team has been measured against a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 3800X once again, and this time it has outshone the competition in both the single and multi-core benchmarks.
Intel's Core i9-9900KS fails to kill AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in Geekbench comparison
A Geekbench comparison between an Intel Core i9-9900KS processor and an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X has been shared online showing some surprising results. The Ryzen CPU is soundly defeated in the single-core benchmark test; however, in the multi-core test the 8-core i9-9900KS falls behind its fellow 8-core rival.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 starts pulling away from Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in PassMark price-performance comparison
AMD’s new Radeon RX 5700 has turned up on PassMark, with two samples seemingly demonstrating the price-performance expectations of the long-awaited graphics solution. The desktop graphics card now has an average G3D mark of 13,616 points, which means it is moving away from the average score produced by Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 rival.
Super beats Navi but at a price: Ashes of the Singularity Crazy benchmark featuring Nvidia Super, RTX, and AMD 5700 cards leaked
Some Ashes of the Singularity (AotS) benchmark scores have been shared online that seem to show an interesting comparison between AMD and Nvidia products. In the short comparison list offered, out of six challengers the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super reigns supreme in the Crazy 4K test. The graphics card from the green team pumped out a rate of 57 FPS.
Dell Black Friday in July sale: Save 11% on XPS 15 9570 and up to 22% on XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop
Dell is having a Black Friday in July sale and there are some attractive laptop deals to be had. Shoppers can enjoy up to US$250 off a Dell G5 15 gaming laptop and even a huge US$700 off a high-end Alienware m17 gaming laptop. Offerings in the ever-popular XPS lineup are also involved in the limited time sale.
Promising UserBenchmark result shows AMD Ryzen 7 3700X taking on both the Core i9-9900X and Threadripper 2950X
A UserBenchmark record has been shared online showing the performance of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 3700X processor. The 8-core, 16-thread Zen 2 chip has powered through the speed tests and thrown up an average benchmark score that not only places it equal to the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X but also puts it ahead of Intel’s powerful Core i9-9900X.
AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X overtakes Intel's Core i7-9700K in UserBenchmark speed test
AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600X processor has turned up on UserBenchmark and has amassed excellent scores in the speed tests. The upcoming Zen 2 chip managed to zip past rivals such as Intel’s Core i7-8700K and Core i7-9700K. The impressive performance of the Ryzen 3000 processor means it currently holds 13th position in UserBenchmark’s average bench chart, out of 1,160 entrants.
Powerful system sporting AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT racks up colossal OpenCL score on Geekbench
A massive OpenCL score has been recorded in a Geekbench database entry based on an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card. The system used also sported a ROG Rampage VI Apex motherboard from Asus, Intel’s Core i9-7960X CPU, and 32 GB of RAM. The Geekbench record states a score of 324,481 points for this graphics test.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super powers past AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT in Final Fantasy XV benchmark
A benchmark featuring both Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super and AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT has been spotted, and it makes great reading for fans of the green team’s products. The Nvidia Super card is way above the RX 5700 XT in the Final Fantasy XV benchmark; however, it’s believed this particular benchmark is generally weighted in Nvidia’s favor.
Geekbench tests pulverized by 16-core AMD Ryzen processor clocked at 5.2 GHz
It seems yet again a 16-core Matisse processor from AMD has been creating surprise results on Geekbench. This time, a test system featuring a processor labeled as “AMD 100-000000033-01” managed to throw up huge scores in both the single-core test and the multi-core benchmark. A maximum frequency of 5.2 GHz was also measured.
The next-gen console hype circus continues: Rumor claims the PS5 offers 10-15% more performance than the Xbox Scarlett
A message posted on the Twitter account for PlayStation Latest has made quite a confident claim in regard to the performance power of the PlayStation 5. According to the post, the next-gen console from Sony will outrun its future Xbox rival by 10 to 15%. Unsurprisingly, this kind of comparison has been questioned by genuine industry insiders.
Frank Azor leaves Dell
In a surprising revelation posted on both his Twitter account and the Alienware Arena website, Dell executive Frank Azor has announced that he will be leaving the company he has been associated with for over two decades. Although the soon-to-be former XPS and Alienware chief has not stated exactly what his next challenge will be, it seems he will be focusing on the gaming industry.
New UserBenchmark and Cinebench results point to AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 3600 being nothing short of a price-perfomance superchip
More benchmark information regarding the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has apparently been spotted, including further UserBenchmark results and an astounding, if hard to believe, single-core score on Cinebench R15. The new UserBenchmark ranking for the Matisse processor puts it on a level close to an Intel i7-8700K, while the new Cinebench result places it above an i5-9600.
Cybersecurity company finds worrying vulnerability affecting millions of Dell laptops and desktops
A high-severity vulnerability has been discovered in Dell’s SupportAssist software that is found on millions of computers sold by the American manufacturer. The problem was highlighted by a company called SafeBreach and was originally reported to both Dell and PC-Doctor in May. Dell has offered a simple resolution to deal with the disconcerting find.
Wave goodbye to the Samsung Galaxy A90 and say hello to the Samsung Galaxy R series
It seems possible that Samsung will resurrect the Galaxy R brand-name to include what many believed was going to be the Samsung Galaxy A90. According to a well-known industry leaker, the Samsung model SM-A90X will likely be part of a new Galaxy R series that would feature premium midrange smartphones.
One-Netbook offers One Mix 1S Yoga with Kaby Lake processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD from US$439.99
One-Netbook seems to be constantly updating its product portfolio and now the One Mix 1S Yoga mini laptop can join that list. The pocket-sized computer with a 7-inch 1920x1200 resolution display is joining a growing and competitive market thanks to rival products from manufacturers such as GPD and Chuwi. The One Mix 1S Yoga comes with an Intel Celeron 3965Y processor.
Simple but effective new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro render will have you falling in love with it again
There has been plenty of contentious news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 as of late, some of which may have taken some of the gloss off the phablet before it’s even released. However, a simple concept render of the Pro variant posted by Ice universe and based on recently leaked screen protectors has been met with almost universal approval.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X ES confirmed as Geekbench-wrecking record-breaker
It has been confirmed that it was one of AMD’s new Matisse desktop processors that smashed its way through Geekbench’s multi-core test recently; more precisely it was a Ryzen 9 3950X engineering sample (ES). Apparently, the system featured an overclocked CPU utilizing an AIO water cooler and an X470 reference motherboard.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 coming in July or August
There has been an update in regard to the release schedule for Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 convertible. It was originally expected to be made available on July 10, but it seems potential purchasers will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the upgraded device. The XPS 13 7390 should be released in late July or early August.
Navi 12, 14, 21, and Lite variants of AMD's latest GPU range revealed in Linux driver code; RX 5800 could take on the GeForce RTX 2080
References to Navi 10, 12, 14, and 21 have appeared in lines of Linux driver code. AMD has already revealed the Navi 10-based RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, and it seems that there will be quite a few more GPUs to be released down the road. The same code also makes mention of “Lite” variants of the graphics processing units.
Alleged CPU-Z single-core benchmark scores place Intel Sunny Cove CPUs above more-powerful AMD Matisse processors
An image showing supposedly leaked CPU-Z single-core benchmark scores has been shared online that shows Intel’s Sunny Cove core microarchitecture in a very good light. The processors involved in the purported test also include three members of AMD’s vaunted Matisse Ryzen 3000 series and a Comet Lake ES (Engineering Sample) from Intel.
Intel's Ice Lake i7-1065G7 CPU briefly pops up on PassMark and outstrips AMD's new Picasso Ryzen 7 3750H APU
It appears Intel’s Ice Lake generation CPU i7-1065G7 has recently been tested on PassMark and has managed to come up with a noteworthy result. Not only did the processor from the blue team zip past AMD’s power-efficient Ryzen 5 3500U APU, the Ice Lake chip even outpaced the more power-hungry Ryzen 7 3750H.
Xbox Project Scarlett vs. PlayStation 5: Specs comparison table and latest launch price speculation for both consoles
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlett seem destined to be fierce competitors by the end of next year, and it appears to be rather tricky to divine which next-generation console is most likely to have the edge. We have compiled a comparison table populated by confirmed and rumored details about each console, just in time to report about new speculated launch prices that will make gamers giddy if they come true.
Return of Intel: Core i5-8265UC impresses on Geekbench and UserBenchmark; rated higher than AMD's Ryzen 5 3500U on PassMark
The mysterious Intel Core i5-8265UC processor has reared its head again, and this time it has done so in some style. The chip has been spotted on numerous benchmarks and has performed well in all of them, outpacing both AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 5 3500U in some cases. Intel’s processor offers four cores and eight threads for CPU performance.
GPD P2 Max to offer 1 TB SSD variant of its soon-to-be crowdfunded "world's smallest Ultrabook" that will take on the XPS 13 and Surface Pro 6
It appears GPD has gone into marketing overdrive in preparation for its crowdfunding campaign for the GPD P2 Max pocket-sized laptop. The Chinese manufacturer is now calling the P2 Max the “world’s smallest Ultrabook” and is comparing it favorably with some of the industry’s major players. The company has also announced there will be a third variant that will come with a 1 TB SSD.
HP ProOne 600 G5 21.5-in All-in-One with Intel Core i9-9900T manages fierce single-core and multi-core results on UserBenchmark
A system record apparently for an HP ProOne 600 G5 21.5-inch All-in-One enjoying the company of Intel’s Core i9-9900T processor has been discovered on UserBenchmark. The focus of the benchmark is clearly on the processor as the rest of the system does not seem to be fully completed yet. The Coffee Lake desktop CPU has eight cores and 16 threads.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be a chinless wonder
An apparent screen protector for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been leaked online, and if it is genuine then the rumors about the vaunted phablet having a bezel makeover are justified. The Galaxy Note 9 is a terrific device but it has a considerable chin to it, which seems to be something the Galaxy Note 10 won’t be emulating.
Dell XPS 15 7590 should start shipping by early July
The Dell XPS 15 7590 laptop is getting closer to finally being in the eager hands of expectant buyers. According to a recent tweet from XPS chief Frank Azor, shipments of the device should begin in the first week of July, although no exact timeline has yet been proffered. The new laptops should have a starting price of US$999.99.
16-core AMD Ryzen Matisse processor amasses monumental multi-core score on Geekbench that puts Intel's 18-core i9-9980X to shame
An amazing entry on Geekbench has been spotted. The record features an unnamed 16-core Matisse processor from AMD being tested with the Myrtle motherboard, and although the system achieves a highly credible single-core score, the multi-core result is simply astounding. The clues in the database entry point to a possible Ryzen 9 3950X engineering sample.
New real-life pictures of the just launched Xiaomi Mi Band 4 show attractive features for unbelievable prices
Xiaomi has released the Mi Band 4 and it seems likely that the device will not disappoint. The Chinese company has created three variants of the fitness tracker, which is brimming with features that appear to contradict its considerably low price. Xiaomi has the basic model of the Mi Band 4 retailing for just 169 yuan, which is about US$24.
2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 3000 mobile processors could make their way into Dell XPS 15 laptops
There’s a possibility that the Dell XPS 15 series will eventually offer consumers a choice of a mobile processor from AMD’s Ryzen 3000 range. Although nothing concrete has been offered in terms of details or plans yet, the likelihood of an XPS 15 laptop taking advantage of Zen+ microarchitecture in the future is growing.
Zen+ and Vega for under US$100: Details of AMD's Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G Picasso APUs leaked
Confirmed specifications and expected MSRPs for the Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G have apparently been leaked. The latest APUs from AMD may not be as spectacular as their Ryzen 3000 desktop CPU AM4-series counterparts, but they come at very attractive price points and are based on AMD’s Zen+ microarchitecture and feature tweaked Vega graphics technology.
Exclusive: Huawei could be preparing to kill off its budding laptop business
Huawei’s current issues in regard to the US Department of Commerce adding the Chinese technology company to its entity list under the Export Administration Regulations have been well documented. However, while many reports have focused on Huawei’s smartphone and tablet business, there is a rumor that it could be the company’s laptop division that becomes the first victim of the current business restrictions.
Rumored Nvidia Super graphics card prices should lead to super price drops for current GeForce RTX 20-series cards
Nvidia’s Super range of graphics cards could soon be upon us and there has been some speculation about how much the new products could cost. Along with that, there is a rumor that the current GeForce RTX 20-series cards will receive price cuts to help make them more competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Project Scarlett with its new generation SSD and Halo Infinite take center stage at the Xbox E3 briefing
A few details about Project Scarlett were revealed at the Xbox E3 2019 briefing, but it seems in the end it was the next episode in a very famous game franchise that did most of the talking for the next-generation console. A teaser video offered some familiar glimpses at what is expected from future Xbox consoles, but it was the game engine footage of Halo Infinite that stole the show.
Supposed Xbox Scarlett devkit specifications leaked; outguns rumored PlayStation 5 power
Microsoft has been busy wowing the audience with its E3 2019 Xbox briefing. A lot of people will be very interested in what the company has got planned and will share in regard to the Xbox Scarlett console family. However, it seems some Xbox Scarlett devkit specifications have already been leaked, and they are not going to disappoint expectant fans.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumor roundup: Alleged Geekbench appearances show different SoCs; gaming potential; concept render given the thumbs up
Two Pro 5G variants of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have apparently been spotted on Geekbench. The benchmark results have revealed some supposed hardware specifications about the phablets. There is a rumor the Note 10 could be gaming-oriented and a concept render of the much-anticipated device has been given a seal of approval from Ice universe.
Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 already delayed
Dell’s new 2-in-1 convertible, the XPS 13 7390, could already be delayed. An expected launch date of July 10 was previously stated, but it now seems it could be almost another month before the convertible hits Dell’s online store. The XPS 13 7390 should offer a considerable step up in terms of features over its predecessor.
Dell XPS 15 7590 coming in June: No soldered-on SSD, finally an OLED option, potential for a future Ryzen Zen 2 APU
There’s good news for those waiting for the latest version of Dell’s renowned XPS 15 lineup. Company executive Frank Azor has revealed that the new XPS 15 7590 is coming this month. Although it appears this year’s refresh is relatively minor, there are still plenty who would like to enjoy the OLED option on the popular Dell laptop.
Video of modified Mi 9 with under-display camera aims to prove that Xiaomi is keeping up with the competition
A brief video clip of a seemingly modified Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone with an under-display camera has been shared online. The video shows two Mi 9 devices being compared with one another. It soon becomes apparent that the smartphone on the left-hand side isn’t quite the same as the current Xiaomi Mi 9 we know and love.
Xiaomi could beat Samsung in producing a full-screen smartphone with an under-display camera
A patent filed by Xiaomi for a full-screen smartphone utilizing an under-display camera has been unearthed. The patent application was made with the State Intellectual Property Office of China in November 2018, and it briefly describes Xiaomi’s solution for the feature, which appears to involve the smartphone using two screens.
Want to get your hands on a Dell XPS 15 (9570) Touch laptop? Save up to nearly US$900 with site discount and code
It’s possible to save almost US$900 on a Dell XPS 15 (9570) Touch laptop with i9-8950HK processor and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card at the moment. The top-end device in the lineup usually costs US$2,978.99, but this can be knocked down to US$2,082.49 with Dell’s discount and a special coupon code. There are also savings to be had on non-touch XPS 15 laptops.
Real-life images of the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 fitness tracker leaked online
Actual real-life pictures of Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 fitness wearable have been leaked. The images show that the display part of the Mi Band 4 is very similar to the renders that were leaked last month. The Mi Band 4 gets a considerable upgrade over its predecessor by sporting a color display instead of a monochrome OLED.
Nvidia to release two new Turing-based high-end graphics cards? That would be Super
Nvidia recently teased the word “Super” in a very brief promotional video that created speculation that the graphics card specialist had some new products coming. A new leak has suggested that the green team is preparing two new graphics cards for release that will feature Turing technology and will be positioned at the premium end of the market.
This is what a Panda Pixel 4 could look like
One of the popular design options for the Google Pixel 2 XL was a black-and-white “Panda” variant. The Panda Pixel 2 XL had most of its rear case covered in panda white, while a portion at the top was colored black. A skilled concept designer has come up with a potential Panda Pixel 4 smartphone that has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
Online retailer listing gives idea of how much AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors will actually cost
An online retailer specializing in consumer electronics has added the five current members of AMD’s Matisse family to its database. The prices listed for the Zen 2 desktop processors aren’t too much higher than what was expected: Bottom Line Telecommunications (BLT) has the entry-level Ryzen 5 3600 with Wraith Stealth cooler for US$207.34.
Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus with AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 defeats all other Ryzen chips in Geekbench single-core test
An unknown system incorporating an Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU has been tested on Geekbench. The device with the brand-new board and just-announced Ryzen 3000 processor managed a surprising score in the single-core test, where it managed to beat out every other Ryzen-based system that has appeared on Geekbench so far.
"The processing power of PlayStation 5 is incredible": Yakuza creator praises next-gen console's artificial intelligence
The creator and executive director of the famed Yakuza series of games has been singing the praises of the PlayStation 5 and its performance capabilities. While discussing the latest entry to the action-adventure franchise, Toshihiro Nagoshi offered up some interesting comments about Sony’s next-generation console.
Hit the road jack: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to join the USB-C brigade by ditching the headphone jack
The latest leak about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is likely to infuriate some people. Apparently, there’s a strong probability that the phablet will not feature a 3.5 mm headphone jack. While some have bemoaned the passing of the audio connector, others have embraced the ever-increasing usage of USB-C ports.
AMD's new Ryzen 5 3600 zips past a Ryzen 7 2700X and an Intel Core i7-8700 on UserBenchmark
An AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor has made an appearance on UserBenchmark and the results it achieved seem to point in the direction of the 3rd Gen Ryzen series achieving what was expected from it. High hopes had been pinned on the Zen 2 Matisse CPUs, and early benchmarks are demonstrating that AMD has delivered the goods.
Intel shows off some amazing concept graphics cards that might be on store shelves by 2035
Intel has been entertaining visitors at Computex 2019 with some images of graphics cards that could make their way into desktops by 2035. The concept designs, which were created by Cristiano Siqueira, were displayed during the recent Intel Odyssey event. The Prometheus concept graphics card has been particularly well-received.
Here is a fresh up-close look at AMD's Navi GPU next to the Ryzen 9 3900X CPU
A couple of photos of an AMD Navi chip and a Ryzen 3000 series processor have been published by a Japanese website. After months of rumors and leaks, the physical products are finally available to see. The Ryzen 9 3900X is easily distinguishable with its chiplet design. The rear sides of the processors show Navi’s smaller ball grid array.
Intel's Iris Plus Graphics in Dell XPS 13 7390's Ice Lake i7-1065 G7 amasses huge OpenCL score on Geekbench; can compete with dGPUs
A Geekbench OpenCL benchmark score for Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics has been unearthed, and it seems the Ice Lake variant of the iGPU has performed very well. The system in the test was a Dell XPS 13 convertible powered by a 10th Gen i7-1065 G7 processor. The recorded OpenCL score ended up being 61,949 points.
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 with Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065 G7 spotted on Geekbench
A record for a Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 laptop powered by an Ice Lake i7-1065 G7 processor has appeared on the Geekbench database. The system involved in the benchmark managed a score of 5,234 in the single-core test and picked up 17,330 points in the multi-core test. According to the published data, a maximum frequency of 3.48 GHz was reached.
Lisa Su on AMD's Ryzen Threadripper processors: "you will definitely see more"
AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, has managed to allay concerns that development of 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors has been abandoned. An AMD Investor Presentation from March had the vaunted HEDT chips included in the 2019 AMD client lineup. However, May’s presentation removed the next-gen Threadripper from the roadmap.
MSI's WS65 workstation claims the title of world's first laptop to feature the new mobile Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card
MSI has unveiled the upgraded WS65 workstation, which the company claims is the world’s first laptop to be powered by Nvidia’s brand-new mobile Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card. The WS65 also features an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and a whopping 32 GB RAM. The MSI WS65 is available for pre-order at a price of US$3,499.
New Galaxy Note 10 concept render gives life to the rear camera setup; Samsung possibly targeting 90%+ screen-to-body ratio
The latest concept render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been published to show how the rear-facing main camera setup might look like based on a new leak. It seems Samsung could be targeting incredibly high screen-to-body ratios for its upcoming smartphones, which could include the Note 10 and the mysterious “creative Samsung smartphone”.
Controversial main camera setup design has cast a cloud over the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 but there is a silver lining
A new leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10’s rear-facing main camera array has some comparing the design with both the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Surprisingly, the supposed camera alignment for the upcoming Note 10 phablet has not been universally praised, with some even opining that Samsung is copying Apple’s plans for the iPhone XI.
ASRock may have just shown off physical Navi Radeon RX 5700 desktop graphics cards
ASRock has been displaying quite a few of its new products at the Computex 2019 trade event in Taiwan. Two especially interesting items from the Taiwanese manufacturer have already sparked speculation online as to what they could be. Although they are labeled as concept cards, it has been reported they could be Navi Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards.
The ROG Strix XG17 is a new 17.3-inch 240 Hz portable monitor for gaming from Asus
Asus has revealed its new ROG Strix XG17 portable monitor that has been specifically designed for gaming on the go. The 17.3-inch display offers a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz and can be powered either through AC power in the wall or via its two USB Type-C ports. The XG17 is less than half-an-inch thick.
Nvidia announces seven brand-new Quadro GPUs for mobile workstations including three high-end RTX SKUs
Nvidia has officially revealed a new lineup of Quadro GPUs for laptops, which includes three SKUs that feature RTX technology. Seven mobile Quadro GPUs have been announced in total, with many major OEMs already incorporating the powerful graphics solutions in upcoming professional-level workstation notebooks.
Asus announces the new ZenBook 13, 14, and 15 ultracompact laptops
Asus has revealed a trio of new ZenBook laptops. The ultracompact devices are the ZenBook 13 (UX334), the ZenBook 14 (UX434), and the ZenBook 15 (UX534). The Taiwanese manufacturer has made sure the new ZenBook series can be configured with up-to-date components, while the innovative ScreenPad 2.0 offers numerous additional features to Asus’ latest notebooks.
Asus celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special ZenBook 30 Edition laptop
Asus is celebrating 30 years in business with a special leather-bound laptop. The Asus ZenBook Edition 30 laptop (UX334FL) is an exclusive and limited notebook from the Taiwanese manufacturer. It can be configured with either an i5 or i7 Whiskey Lake processor and can be fitted with a discrete GPU from Nvidia.
Asus commemorates 30 years in business with the awesome Prime X299 Edition 30 motherboard
Asus has revealed a new motherboard as part of its celebrations of enjoying 30 years in business. The Prime X299 Edition 30 supports the LGA 2066 socket that is compatible with Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X, and Skylake-W processors from Intel. This means the special edition motherboard from Asus can operate with up to 18-core CPUs.
MSI channels the world's greatest sports cars for the GT76 Titan's unique design
MSI has revealed some of the design secrets behind the company’s stylish-looking GT76 Titan gaming laptop. It appears the Taiwanese gaming specialist wanted to take inspiration from some of the world’s most incredible exotic cars for this particular notebook. This is reflected in features such as the GT76 Titan’s ventilation grilles, streamlined appearance, and stunning lighting effects.
Sony may have created a customized SSD for the PlayStation 5
Some revealing patents have been unearthed that give the impression Sony has overhauled the SSD units that will eventually be integrated into the upcoming PlayStation 5 console. It seems “basic” SSDs had too many limitations that would prevent the next-generation console from reaching peak performance levels.
Fingers crossed for an IR blaster: Latest leak about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 reveals increased remote control interoperability
Samsung may be reintroducing infrared remote control to its Note series, according to a tip from Ice universe. The handy feature has been conspicuously missing from numerous Samsung flagship smartphones and phablets, but it could soon be making a return in the Galaxy Note 10. However, a potential IR blaster might be implemented in a surprising manner.
Entry-level AMD Ryzen 3000 Matisse processor's scores on Geekbench will make Intel nervous
A member of the upcoming Matisse family of Ryzen 3000 processors from AMD has been spotted on Geekbench, and the seemingly entry-level sample has delivered scores that will have Intel concerned. The apparent price-performance ratio of the Zen 2 chip appears to be impressively high, if it is actually the SKU that many have speculated it is.
Alleged new AMD Navi RX 3080 specifications leaked; Nvidia tries to trademark the number "3080"
New specifications for AMD’s Navi-based RX 3080 graphics card have apparently been leaked. It’s believed the RX 3080 will offer eight shader engines and 2,560 stream processors. It seems Nvidia is not too keen on AMD’s rumored naming scheme and has filed to trademark the numbers 3080, 4080, and 5080 with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Gorgeous new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 concept renders give the clearest idea yet of what the phablet will look like
Some well-crafted concept renders from PhoneArena have offered a good idea of how the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could end up looking. The new designs are based on recent leaks and rumors, which seem to have been mostly based on the front and rear camera setups of the upcoming high-end phablet series.
The main Samsung leaker himself, Ice universe, has shared some photoshopped "Note 10s" using a OnePlus 7 Pro as the foundation.
Dell's Memorial Day sale knocks US$338 off an XPS 15 9570 and a mind-blowing US$1,592 off an Alienware 15 with GeForce GTX 1080
Dell is holding a sitewide Memorial Day sale that covers the full gamut of products that the American manufacturer offers. There is over US$300 in savings to be had on a Dell XPS 15 that sports an 8th-Gen CPU and discrete GPU, but even that great offer is overshadowed by the incredible price for an Alienware 15 gaming laptop that has been reduced by 44%.
Full specifications for Dell Precision 7740 leak: New Intel Core and Xeon CPUs; AMD Radeon Pro WX and mobile Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs confirmed
Marketing material and the features and technical specifications sheet for the Dell Precision 7740 workstation have apparently been leaked on the Chinese website Chiphell. The new information seems to match the details in documents that were also leaked earlier this month. The Precision 7740 will offer users a choice between AMD Radeon Pro WX GPUs and Nvidia’s seemingly brand-new mobile Quadro RTX GPUs.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition gameplay looks flawless on GPD P2 MAX in promo video
GPD has posted a video of one of its upcoming P2 MAX devices being put through its paces. An intense fight sequence from Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is shown and the console/mini laptop hybrid seems to take the high demands on its hardware in its stride. The gameplay looks seamless, which will please those considering a purchase.
Asus teases upcoming hardware that's not a Mothership 2 but could be a ROG tablet
Asus has posted a teaser to its ROG Global Twitter account that appears to show some new hardware coming from the Taiwanese manufacturer. The four-second clip doesn’t reveal too much and is deliberately shy with details. However, Asus has already denied it’s a successor to the innovative ROG Mothership (GZ700) device.
Chuwi launches budget HiGame successor GT Box mini PC with Intel Core i3-5005U CPU and 256 GB SSD for US$300
Chuwi has increased its product line with the launch of the Chuwi GT Box mini PC. The company claims the GT Box is an affordable successor to the HiGame PC that did so well on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. This little machine sports a veteran i3 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and it comes in a lightweight metal case.
AMD should prepare its Navi kryptonite as Nvidia has something "super" on the way
Nvidia has shared a new video clip on YouTube that claims “something super is coming” in the video’s description. The clip itself is very short on information – it simply shows the word “super” being slowly and magnificently brought into focus. Unsurprisingly, a lot of speculation has landed on the possibility of Nvidia producing a new “super”-branded GPU lineup.
16-core Ryzen 3000 processor posts spectacular score on Cinebench R15
A 16-core Zen 2 AMD Ryzen 3000 processor has apparently been benchmarked on Cinebench R15 and offered up a score that will surprise or amaze many. It’s believed the chip in question has a base clock of 3.2 GHz with a boost available up to 4.3 GHz. The unnamed AMD product is supposed to have attained a score of 4,278 points.
Xiaomi releases official promo images of the Redmi K20
The Redmi K20 flagship-killer smartphone has made a couple of rendered appearances on the official Weibo account for the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. Considering its high-end specifications, it’s obviously important that the exterior matches the attraction of the interior. The device shown in the promo image is certainly eye-catching, but it won’t appeal to everyone.
Save US$300 on a Dell XPS Tower that packs a 6-core processor and 16 GB RAM
The Dell XPS Tower with Intel Core i7-8700 processor and 16 GB RAM is currently advertised at the company’s website for US$999.99. However, if you input a handy coupon you can knock that price down to a much more affordable US$699.99 with free shipping. The XPS Tower offers a multitude of configuration options.
Alleged leaked prices for AMD Navi graphics cards are shockingly high
Leaked information in regard to two of the upcoming heralded AMD Navi-based graphics cards has revealed a disquieting surprise. Many believed the graphics solutions from the red team would drastically undercut Nvidia products while offering almost similar performance, but this new supposed pricing scheme contradicts that belief.
Manli announces Superior Ultimate Editions of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Gallardo graphics cards with customizable LEDs
Graphics card specialist Manli has not skimped on the hyperbole in unveiling the Superior Ultimate Editions of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Gallardo desktop graphics cards. The triple cooler boards offer the power, performance, and pizzazz that any demanding gamer would require from a high-end ray-tracing capable graphics solution.
MSI GT76 Titan officially confirmed and already winning awards
MSI is preparing to officially unveil the GT76 Titan gaming laptop. The device features a desktop processor in the form of an i9 K-series SKU and a powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics solution. The new gaming beast has already been winning awards, having been chosen for a Golden Best Choice Award at Computex 2019.
PlayStation 5 whups the PlayStation 4 Pro in Spider-Man loading times video
Sony has finally shown the PlayStation 5 in action, although unfortunately you don’t get a glimpse of the console itself. A short video clip shared by Wall Street Journal writer Takashi Mochizuki shows the loading times for Marvel’s Spider-Man on both the PlayStation 4 Pro and the next-generation console. The difference is astonishing.
Forget the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Fold; apparently Samsung has something even more amazing waiting in the wings
The South Korean manufacturer Samsung may be planning on releasing a surprising new addition to its smartphone lineup in the second half of 2019. There is already a mountain of expectation for the Galaxy Note 10 phablet series and the Galaxy Fold could still create some ripples when it’s finally fully ready. However, there now seems to be another device to be excited about.
AMD Navi graphics cards show up on Ashes of the Singularity and 3DMark; specifications have AMD fans concerned
A couple of alleged AMD Navi graphics cards, specifically engineering samples, have been spotted on two different benchmarks. Unfortunately, nothing has been shared in regard to the Ashes of the Singularity test, but there are some details offered with the Navi GPU that popped up on 3DMark. The preliminary specifications have some AMD fans worried about Navi’s future in the graphics card market.
Colorful's iGame G-One AIO packs GeForce RTX 2080 and Intel Core i9-8950HK power but at a premium price
Chinese manufacturer Colorful has announced its iGame G-One all-in-one PC. As an all-in-one (AIO) solution, the iGame G-One does away with the need for a tower and houses the CPU and GPU within the display frame. In this case, the AIO PC comes with a high-performance Coffee Lake mobile processor and a graphics card from Nvidia’s Turing-based GeForce RTX 20 series.
Borderlands 3 custom rig offers AMD fans the tools for high-performance Vault Hunting
AMD has been showing off another fantastic custom desktop PC that utilizes a processor and graphics card from the red team. The build was created by Xidax PCs especially for a Borderlands 3 reveal event. The rig features an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X CPU that is paired with a high-end Radeon VII 16 GB graphics card.
Fresh Pixel 4 concept images show Google what users want
New variants of the Pixel 3 have just been released by Google and already there is plenty of speculation about what the Pixel 4 will offer and how it will look. There’s even a rumor that the Pixel 4 could come with a button-less design. Some excellent new concept images have stuck with hardware buttons, though.
Picasso selected as codename for Samsung Galaxy S11; not to be confused with AMD's Zen+ mobile APUs
“Picasso” has been revealed as the research and development codename for Samsung’s Galaxy S11 smartphone. It seems an interesting and appropriate choice by the South Korean manufacturer, which has already selected another world-famous artist to represent its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 device: Da Vinci.
Samsung's expensive Notebook Odyssey with i7-8750H and RTX 2060 will likely struggle against dedicated gaming brands
Samsung’s new Notebook Odyssey gaming laptop (NP850XBC-X01US) is now available for pre-order. The somewhat distinctive-looking device features a display that seems to sit precariously on a large central hinge. Featuring an i7-8750H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, Samsung is optimistically charging US$1,999.99 for its latest laptop.
Samsung could be upsetting the applecart with radical camera setup changes for the Galaxy Note 10
Leaked information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has offered a surprise in regard to the upcoming device’s camera setups. Although the actual details that have been shared are somewhat vague and even ambiguous, it hasn’t stopped commentators speculating on what the South Korean manufacturer is preparing for its flagship phablet.
Microsoft to offer new i5-powered Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models with more RAM
A large electronics retailer has apparently accidentally revealed two new SKUs for Microsoft’s popular Surface range. The models involved are variants of the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2. It appears the Redmond-based tech giant has decided to allow consumers the opportunity to combine i5 processors with a larger amount of RAM.
Racy desktop PC build features a Coffee Lake CPU, a Pascal GPU, and a tiny red supercar
It takes a lot of time, effort, and thought to create the perfect PC build. Not only is there a mountain of potential problems to overcome, but selecting a perfect CPU and GPU combination is also of paramount importance. Sometimes, an i5-8600K and GeForce GTX 1080 really need to be combined with a miniature sports car.
SiSoftware record reveals Dell PowerEdge R6515 racing along with a 32-core Rome chip from AMD
An interesting entry in the SiSoftware SANDRA database has been spotted that has shown a presumably upcoming Dell server being tested with one of AMD’s forthcoming Epyc 2 “Rome” chips. It seems the engineering sample and Dell server get along with each other very well, as the qualification record states “excellent performance.”
One-Netbook is preparing the One Mix 3S with Core i5-8200Y for release
One-Netbook has another product coming to the market in the form of the One Mix 3S mini laptop. The 8.4-inch computer will be powered by an Intel Core i5-8200Y and pack 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD in its compact frame. According to leaked advertising material, the One Mix 3S will be released on May 21.
Exclusive leaked images show MSI GT76(?) laptop dragon baring its gaming fangs
A handful of images of an unknown MSI gaming laptop have been exclusively shared with Notebookcheck. The device in the pictures has a design language that is reminiscent to products in the Taiwanese company’s GT75 lineup. Unfortunately, no concrete details about the impressive-looking notebook were offered.
Apparently Anthem's problems are because of the players
It’s been reported that some of the executives at BioWare, the EA-owned game developer, have been blaming Anthem’s issues on the gamers that play it. Great things were expected from the title, but within days of its release in February it was already facing a lukewarm response from critics and complaints about hardware crashes from players.
Raspberry Pi board morphs into a gaming device with the Hyper Keyboard Pi
An interesting new custom kit has been discovered that can turn a simple-looking Raspberry Pi board into a handheld gaming console with keyboard and game controls. The Hyper Keyboard Pi is currently being sold for ¥6,980 (~US$64), although users will have to purchase the rest of the key components separately.
TinyPICO: The mighty ESP32 development board that's smaller than a thumb
The TinyPICO ESP32 development board has been making some waves at the Crowd Supply website. The developer of the board set a very realistic goal of US$100, although the little product has proved to be a very popular project to back. The current total stands at US$19,156 for a development board that measures just 18 mm x 32 mm.
Modder shows Nintendo why a GameCube mini console needs to exist
A modder known as Madmorda has created an amazing fully functional miniature version of Nintendo’s immensely popular GameCube. Nintendo has had great success with the NES and SNES Classic Edition mini consoles, but there has been no sign that the Japanese company would turn its sights onto the GameCube.
Intel's Comet Lake-U i5-10210U SoC underwhelms on both Geekbench and GFXBench
Intel’s Comet Lake-U processor i5-10210U has been spotted on Geekbench and GFXBench. The results that have been recorded on both benchmarks aren’t going to win any performance awards; however, the chip has a very low TDP and a presumed base clock of 1.6 GHz, so it’s not expected to be a high-end processing solution.
Expected colors for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablets revealed
A couple of sources have revealed the choice of colors that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lineup will probably offer. Obviously, the South Korean manufacturer can be adventurous to a point as there are at least four different SKUs in the series. So even though black will still be par for the course, there could be some dazzle brought in by colors such as pink and silver.
Raspberry Pi 3B-based mini laptop impresses with its 4-inch touchscreen and gaming ability
A Raspberry Pi enthusiast has managed to use one of the single-board computers as the basis of a mini laptop that looks amazing. The pocket RPi notebook features stripped-down components so that it could be assembled into its neat form, and the battery for the mini laptop was taken from a Xiaomi powerbank.
Dell’s 12% sitewide sale: Save over US$400 on an Inspiron Gaming Desktop or snip over US$160 off an XPS 15 laptop
Dell is currently offering a sitewide sale with 12% off a full range of electronic products. This covers the American manufacturer’s numerous well-known lines, including XPS, Alienware, Inspiron, and more. One of the most interesting current deals is for an Inspiron Gaming Desktop packed with an AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and Radeon RX 580 graphics card for US$791.99.
Renders of Xiaomi Mi Band 4 leaked
Some renders of Xiaomi’s Mi Band 4 fitness tracker have been leaked online. The wearable now appears to have a color screen, which will be a new feature in the Mi Band series. It looks slightly refined in comparison to its predecessor, and it is expected to be released within the next few months.
Research analyst predicts PlayStation 5 release date, launch price, and first two years of sales
An analyst for the Ace Research Institute has compiled a financial results report about Sony’s PlayStation business. Among the big numbers and forecasts, the researcher has detailed some information about the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, which includes an expected launch date of November 2020. There are also predictions for price and sales.
Biostar publishes list of 3rd Gen Ryzen-compatible motherboards and reveals "AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready" logo in the process
Biostar has announced the 300 and 400-series motherboards that will offer compatibility with AMD’s upcoming range of Ryzen 3000 desktop processors. There are models from the A320, B350, B450, and X470 lineups that will be able to welcome the 3rd Gen chips. A promo image has also shown off the “AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop Ready” logo.
Ipason's F-Migrate miniPC offers mobile working and gaming thanks to its AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE, 8 GB RAM, and 240 GB SSD
Chinese manufacturer Ipason has launched the F-Migrate miniPC. The compact desktop computer comes with AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200GE desktop APU with 8 GB RAM and a 240 GB SSD also onboard. Abundant connectivity options and a tight two-liter case make the Ipason F-Migrate ideal for those seeking portable computing power.
12-core AMD Ryzen engineering sample rips through UserBenchmark and scores over 99%
An engineering sample of an upcoming AMD processor has been spotted on UserBenchmark. This particular chip has visited the benchmark before, back in January, but it seems it has received some improvements in the meantime. The sample is believed to be connected to AMD’s “Matisse” Ryzen 3000 series of Zen 2 desktop processors.
Browser benchmark reveals Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro 5G model's aspect ratio
A browser benchmark for a device with the model name “SM-N976V” has been spotted, and it has offered up an interesting morsel of information about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablets. In yet another subtle, but still expected, change from the predecessor Note 9 series, the next iteration of Notes will have 19:9 screen aspect ratios.
John Wick's back again in upcoming turn-based strategy game John Wick Hex
The video game John Wick Hex has appeared in an interesting announcement trailer that gives gamers a brief insight into what the title holds for the grizzled hitman. The strategy game is being created by Bithell Games in collaboration with Good Shepherd Entertainment and Lionsgate. John Wick Hex will initially be available for the PC and Mac.
Will Android OEMs still want to copy Apple after seeing renders and concept video of the iPhone XR's successor?
Concept renders and a brief video of the supposed successor of the iPhone XR have been published online. The device is expected to be the “cheap” member of the next series of iPhones and will wield lower specifications than the other 2019 smartphones. One obvious example of the cost-cutting is the rear-facing dual camera setup.
A Redmi-branded Mi Notebook could be in development
There is a rumor that Redmi is not satisfied with just producing budget-friendly smartphones and phablets and intends to move into creating laptops too. The sub-brand’s parent company, Xiaomi, has been in the notebook business for a few years now, and it has won praise for products such as the Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Notebook Air.
This is NOT the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Images of a mystery smartphone have been shared on Twitter, with some tweeters immediately presuming they were gazing at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 for the first time. Unfortunately, it was quickly revealed that the renders were not of the coveted phablet. In other Note 10 rumor news, the possibility of it coming with UFS 3.0 storage seems more likely.
Dell has no plans to release a new XPS 15 convertible in 2019
There won’t be a successor to the Dell XPS 15 9575 released in 2019. The popular 2-in-1 convertible laptop was released in the first half of 2018 and there seems to be plenty of people who are expecting the American manufacturer to offer a refreshed or upgraded option for this year. But that will not be happening.
Google releases list of 21 smartphones that support Android Q Beta 3 - Essential and Xiaomi but no Samsung
Google has revealed which companies, and specifically which smartphones, will be supporting Android Q Beta 3. There are a couple of surprising entries in the list of 21 devices and a seemingly glaring omission. Essential, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Sony all have participating products but there is nothing from Samsung at the moment.
Alleged Intel Xeon W-3275 CPU records massive score in Geekbench multi-core test
An entry for an Intel Xeon W-3275 processor has been discovered on Geekbench that shows a pretty remarkable result at least in the multi-core benchmark. While the single-core score for the CPU was still decent at 5,211 points, the multi-score recorded was a huge 39,869 points. The codename used in the record was Skylake-W.
One-Netbook wants to challenge the GPD Win Max and Smach Z handheld gaming PCs with OneGx
An advert from One-Netbook Technology seems to show that the company is preparing to enter the handheld gaming PC market. Depending on the development time involved, any product could end up being a rival to the upcoming GPD Win Max and the Smach Z. The new brand name (and possibly the name of the console) is OneGx.
Terrifying-looking system with two Titan RTX cards in an SLI configuration tears up the Time Spy Extreme Hall of Fame
A titanic score of 16,956 points has been recorded on 3DMark’s Time Spy Extreme benchmark recently. Pictures of the PC build that achieved the amazing result were shared on Twitter, and if you’re a fan of RGB lighting and perfectly ordered cases, you’ll probably want to look away. The “desktop” looks more like an engine than an actual computer.
Pine64's 14-inch Linux laptop PineBook Pro will offer a Rockchip RK3399 SoC and 4 GB RAM for US$200
Pine64, a Chinese company known for its single-board computers, has delivered a video update of the upcoming Pinebook Pro laptop. The manufacturer seems to be working out some teething problems with the 14-inch device, but it is still expected to be released within the next few months at a budget price point of around US$200.
OnePlus 7 gets one over the Samsung Galaxy Fold with UFS 3.0 confirmation
It was already rumored that at least one device in the upcoming OnePlus 7 series would feature fast UFS 3.0 storage, but now it has been confirmed by CEO Pete Lau himself that the regular OnePlus 7 smartphone and the Pro and Pro 5G variants will have this storage solution. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was going to be the first device to bring UFS 3.0 to the mass market until it was recalled.
New AMD Athlon APUs leaked online with expected base clock rates
A couple of AMD processors have been revealed online: The Athlon 300GE and the Athlon 320GE. Unfortunately, there are almost no details to accompany the supposed names of the chips apart from the alleged base clock rates. The Athlon 300GE will apparently clock at 3.4 GHz while the Athlon 320GE offers a little more at 3.5 GHz.
Speedy custom desktop with 4x RTX 2080 Ti cards rips apart OctaneBench without going over 75 °C
A PC builder has managed to install four Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards in the tiniest of desktop cases, and then proceeded to amass a huge score of over 3,500 points on OctaneBench while claiming that none of the GPUs exceeded a temperature of 75 °C /167 °F. The customized desktop, which is apparently used for rendering work, also features an AMD CPU.
Something super is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Ice universe is back with more teasing tips about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 flagship phablet series. Although the leaker didn’t specify which Note variant he was referring to (Pro, 5G, etc.), he did manage to set off yet another stream of speculation thanks to posting a picture of Superman and using the “not equal to” ≠ symbol.
AirPods survive brutal durability test by passing through human digestive system without a scratch
It has been reported that an AirPod has managed to survive passing through the entire digestive system of an adult male human being. Fortunately, this is not some new horrifying development test by Apple nor is it an extreme benchmark created by a voracious tech blogger. It’s simply the result of a case of accidental swallowing while sleeping.
Get your game on this weekend with great console deals at Walmart: Xbox One X with PUBG for US$349.99 or a Nintendo Switch for US$239.99
Walmart is offering some great deals on popular consoles at the moment. One of the current picks of the bunch is for the Microsoft Xbox One X that comes bundled with a copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The list price is US$499.99, but it can be picked up for US$349.99 and will help banish those boring rainy weekends.
Second-generation Topjoy Falcon also sports an Intel Core m3-8100Y CPU to take on the GPD Pocket 2 Max
A new device from the manufacturer of the Topjoy Falcon pocket notebook has been spotted at the 2019 Global Sources Electronics Fair. The apparent second-generation Topjoy Falcon has received an Amber Lake-Y upgrade to its predecessor’s Gemini Lake N5000 CPU, which will help it compete against rival mini-laptops such as the upcoming GPD Pocket 2 Max.
Mobile variants of Nvidia's Quadro RTX GPUs revealed in leaked Dell Precision workstation documents
Leaked documents providing information about upcoming Dell Precision laptops have revealed that Nvidia will be releasing mobile versions of its Quadro RTX graphics cards. It has been planned that the Dell Precision 7540 and 7740 workstations can be configured with the new high-end graphics solutions to work alongside their 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs.
No 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper in the latest AMD Investor Presentation but there is room for Zen 4 and Navi cloud gaming
A new investor presentation from AMD has been published online and there are numerous interesting additions and omissions from the previous presentation. In comes mention of Zen 3, Zen 4, Milan and cloud gaming connected to Navi, and no doubt to the dismay of HEDT processor fans, out goes the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU.
Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Platinum graphics card coming soon but will set you back over US$1,900
Asus has been teasing the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Platinum desktop graphics card on Twitter recently, and it has already attracted some attention from interested gamers. The binned card features the company’s Infinity Loop Cooling system, which is a closed-loop water-cooling solution that is installed under the shroud.
Xiaomi reports smartphone shipments of over 27.5 million units for the first quarter of 2019
Xiaomi has posted a voluntary announcement to the website of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited in regard to smartphone shipments. According to the statement made by the Chinese manufacturer, more than 27.5 million units were shipped in Q1 2019. Some market research analyst estimates had offered lower figures.
Dell ceases to pick its nosecam: New XPS 15 model will move the webcam back to the top bezel
Dell XPS boss Frank Azor has revealed that the next iteration of the XPS 15 laptop will have its webcam located on the top bezel. Many XPS 15 9570 owners have complained about the location of the camera under the Dell logo on the bottom bezel of their laptops, which effectively turned the webcam into a “nosecam”.
The future of Slightly Mad's Mad Box console that proposed VR gaming at 120 FPS is looking grim
An executive for Slightly Mad Studios has admitted that the future development of the Mad Box console is looking “questionable”. Slightly Mad, which is the company behind the Project CARS series of games, revealed it was planning on producing a console that could offer incredible VR support amounting to 60 FPS per eye, or 120 FPS in total.
Report claims the Apple iPhone X was the world's best-selling smartphone in 2018 with Xiaomi's Redmi 5A being the best-selling Android device
A report from market analyst company Counterpoint Research has stated that Apple’s iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone in the world in 2018. Top 10 charts for both the world and China were shared online and while Apple has dominated the global market, it seems the domestic manufacturer Oppo is the top dog in its home market.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy graphics card going for a song at US$199.99 plus free game pack
Amazon US is currently offering XFX’s Radeon RX 590 Fatboy video card for a pinch under US$200. Buyers willing to shell out US$199.99 for this version of AMD’s board will get a piece of hardware that packs 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and a boost clock rate of 1,580 MHz. Buy it before June 8 and you will also get a download code for two new games for your Fatboy to run.
Sony should take a look at these radical PlayStation 5 concept renders
Sony has already announced the PlayStation 5 is in development and even shared some scant but vital component details about the next-generation console. However, there is still no real idea of what the gaming hardware will actually look like when it finally hits the shelves, which will hopefully be sometime in 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 whispers: No 25 W fast charging after all but maybe a pop-up camera to make up for it
Noted tipster Ice universe appears to have gone back on his slightly cryptic comment about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (the Pro 4G version) coming with 25 W fast charging capability. The leaker admitted the probability of this was giving out the “wrong message”. However, another rumor that has been around for some time is that the Note 10 will get a pop-up camera.
Happy 50th Anniversary, AMD: Matisse processor briefly mentioned on Newegg as part of a prize draw
Happy 50th Anniversary, AMD. The red team is celebrating half a century in business, having been founded on May 1, 1969. There are numerous celebratory products brandishing a flash of gold to enliven proceedings and Newegg is offering all sorts of goodies to those who buy an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X AMD50 Gold Edition – which at one point included entry into a prize draw to win a Matisse processor.
Dell fails to deliver OLED option to the XPS 15 in April but clues suggest 9580 refreshed model for June
The announced OLED panel update for the Dell XPS 15 has already been delayed since March, and it now looks like those hoping for this display type on this particular performance laptop will have to wait even longer before making a purchase. However, there are signs that Dell could finally deliver the much-requested display option in June.
AMD confirms Q3 2019 launch for Navi; initial price will be cheaper than the Radeon VII
AMD has announced in an earnings conference call that its 7nm Navi GPU series will be launched in the third quarter of 2019. It is expected that there will be some sort of revelation about Navi at this year’s Computex, which starts at the end of May, with a possible full reveal at E3 in the second week of June.
Asus reveals full list of AM4 motherboards that will get BIOS updates for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Asus has posted a statement detailing which of its motherboards will be compatible with the upcoming next-generation Ryzen 3000 series of processors from AMD. The list covers models from the 300 and 400 series of products, and Asus has added that further motherboards will be included on the list soon.
Buckets of salt required: Alleged PlayStation 5 spec leak mentions 3.2 GHz Zen 2 CPU and 1.8 GHz/12.9 TF Navi GPU
A new purported leak about the PlayStation 5 has offered up some more detailed information about the key components. Sony already announced that the next-generation console will feature an AMD APU with a 7nm Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU. But a new leaker claims to have specific clock rates that were apparently obtained from a more recent Sony meeting.
Mock-up of GPD Win Max elicits mixed opinions; rumored specifications published
An image of a mock-up of a GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC has been shared on Reddit, drawing out a mixed response from redditors. The picture shows a printed cut-out that has been placed on top of a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop to give an idea of the Win Max’s dimensions. A list of rumored specifications has also been posted online.
Evercade releases press renders of cartridge-based handheld console that will offer retro gaming heaven; Atari on board
Interesting renders of a new handheld console have been posted by its manufacturer, Evercade. The device is still in the development phase, although apparently it’s in the later stages as the company has announced it will be available in 2019. The console offers straightforward cartridge-based gaming with retro games and publishers being targeted for inclusion.
Images of exploded Samsung Galaxy S10 5G evoke memories of Note 7 debacle
A Samsung Galaxy S10 5G owner has taken to an online platform to share some disturbing photos of the flagship smartphone after it apparently caught fire and exploded. It’s clear to see in the images the massive amount of damage the device has sustained; fortunately, it seems the user was not injured in the incident.
Samsung has issued a brief statement about the matter.
Leaked Dell roadmap shows concept plans for XPS 15 7500, XPS 17 7700, and the mysterious Dell XPS Dual Screen Maximus
An alleged Dell roadmap showing XPS laptops in shipping, development, and concept stages has been acquired by the Dutch technology website Tweakers. The roadmap is dated from February 2018 and includes concept ideas for computers such as the XPS 15 7500 “Fiorano”, the XPS 17 7700 “Stradale”, and a dual-screen machine with the codename “Maximus”.
Lenovo brings the new supercharger GeForce GTX 1650 to its IdeaPad S540 laptop
Lenovo will be offering its IdeaPad S540 laptop with a new discrete graphics card option in the form of Nvidia’s recently released mobile GeForce GTX 1650. It was previously expected that the S540-15IWL model would come with discrete GPU choices of either a GeForce GTX 1050 or MX250 graphics solution.
New AMD Radeon Vega logos spotted in legal trademark database
Two Radeon Vega logos have been unearthed on the trademarks section of the Justia website. Surprisingly, there is no red present in the two trademark images: One of them is colored blue and the other is monochrome. It’s not known what product AMD might be planning on using the images with, if any.
An image sample from the USPTO and an AMD promo video show the 3D logo connected with the Radeon Pro WX 9100.
Nintendo is looking for Android users to be Mario Kart Tour beta testers
Nintendo is currently looking for people to apply to the beta-testing phase of the upcoming mobile game Mario Kart Tour. At the moment, the company is only accepting applications from Android users (although the game is planned for iOS too). The application schedule window is already open, but it is only available to potential testers living in either the US or Japan.
Xiaomi's Redmi 855 confirmed to feature pop-up camera; more key specifications revealed
Redmi has finally revealed the selfie camera solution for the upcoming Redmi 855 flagship smartphone. The company has opted to go for a pop-up camera, regardless of the general manager’s insistence that the brand would not be utilizing this method. Apparently the phone will also come with a 4000 mAh battery and support for 18 W fast charging.
Marketing renders of the Motorola Razr 2019 foldable smartphone and its packaging are leaked
A handful of official-looking press renders for the upcoming Motorola Razr 2019 foldable smartphone have found their way online. The leaked images show the Razr leaning casually against its magnificent packaging, the supposed full contents of the box, and the Razr in a partially folded state but with its main display facing away from the camera.
240 Hz screen for Alienware Area-51m not coming until next year but there are plenty of other options
It’s been reported that Dell’s powerful Alienware Area-51m gaming laptops will not be receiving panel upgrades to 240 Hz in 2019. More and more OEMs are turning to this particular refresh rate as a major selling point for updated notebooks, but it seems the Alienware Area-51m will be stuck at a maximum of 144 Hz for the time being.
Fresh Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaks: 4500 mAh battery, 25 W fast charging, model numbers deciphered
At least one of the four expected variants of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablets will come with a 4500 mAh battery, according to an image of a battery found on a consumer website for South Korean KC certification. At almost the same time, it has been reported that the same device will also support fast 25 W charging.
AMD's mainstream 6-core Ryzen 5 2600X desktop processor dips under US$200
With the third generation of Ryzen processors looming over the horizon, now seems like a good time to pick up a second-generation processor for a bargain price. At the moment, you can purchase an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X desktop CPU for US$184.99 at Newegg. Amazon US is offering the same chip for even less, at a low price of US$179.99.
Paradox teases brief sneak peek at pre-alpha gameplay of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Paradox Interactive has released a video on YouTube that shows an animated clan introduction to the upcoming game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. After watching the clip, viewers are treated to a very short (and small) look at pre-alpha gameplay, giving gamers a vague idea of what to expect from the eagerly awaited title.
Images of possible printed circuit board for AMD's Navi graphics cards leaked
Two images of a printed circuit board (PCB) have been posted on Beidou that could be part of AMD’s upcoming Navi graphics cards. The AMD logo can clearly be seen on the PCB and there is an obvious space for a GPU. The PCB in the pictures is still covered in a protective film.
Renowned leaker offers cryptic clues about Samsung's "symmetrical" Galaxy Note 10
The well-known smartphone industry tipster Ice universe has sparked a flurry of speculation with two enigmatic tweets pertaining to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10. His two clues consisted of the simple line “Da Vinci is symmetrical,” which was followed by a tweet containing a picture of the famous Vitruvian Man drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci.
Driver code confirms AMD's Navi GPU series will be based on Graphics Core Next
Radeon driver code for Navi has been spotted that appears to confirm the upcoming graphics solution from AMD will be based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture. There was still some speculation that Navi might feature next-generation architecture that had been mentioned on AMD’s graphics roadmap but that seems highly unlikely now.
Sony will have sold over 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the time the PS5 is released
Sony has released its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2019 (FY2018). Although hardware sales for the PlayStation 4 have slowed down, they are still selling at an impressive rate. Total sales for the PS4 stand at 96.8 million units and should easily top 100 million before the PS5 is released.
Intel Cascade Lake-X HEDT processor appears on SiSoftware's Sandra benchmark database
A record for a processor that utilizes the Glacier Falls platform has been spotted in SiSoftware’s Sandra database. “Glacier Falls PCH” was mentioned in a leaked Gigabyte presentation slide in December and was categorized as “Extreme” with availability starting in Q3 2019. The High End Desktop (HEDT) processor in this particular case could be a member of the upcoming Cascade Lake-X series.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X-powered workstation looks ready for take-off in fascinating time-lapse build video
Danish desktop enthusiasts have built an incredible workstation based around an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. The desktop computer was actually undergoing a thorough upgrading session in a venture labeled “Project Threadripper”. The end product looks terrific and features hardware from Corsair, Samsung, Asus, and Cooler Master.
Xiaomi patent shows smartphone with ungainly stick-out notch
A patent has been unearthed that shows one of Xiaomi’s ideas for solving the problem of the notch. In the drawings contained in the application, Xiaomi has gone with a stick-out notch that stretches beyond the normal display area of the smartphone. The stick-out notch is filled with two cameras facing the front while the rear of the notch is left bare.
Alleged key specifications for Redmi 855 flagship smartphone leaked
The supposed key specifications for the upcoming Redmi 855 flagship smartphone have been shared online. The device, which is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, still hasn’t got any other name than “Redmi 855” at the moment. The smartphone is expected to be released in either May or June and could feature an AMOLED display.
Alienware Area-51m scores 26,435 points in 3DMark Fire Strike and gets immediately outgunned by a couple of Clevos
An Alienware Area-51m owner has managed to score a very respectable 26,435 points in 3DMark’s Fire Strike test (1.1). The laptop was fitted with an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. But it seems a couple of overclocking Clevo owners have proved their gaming pedigree by immediately responding with reminders of how well their particular laptops performed.
Clarification: The Clevo laptops recorded their scores earlier this month.
Mysterious AMD Ryzen 5 3550U APU with Vega 9 iGPU mentioned online
There has been mention of an AMD Ryzen 5 3550U with Vega 9 made online, but no other information has been offered apart from the names for the two potential components. AMD already has a Ryzen 5 3550H mobile processor in its lineup that features a Radeon Vega 8 Graphics solution. The Picasso APU family features H-series and U-series chips.
Latest photo of Xiaomi’s supposed Redmi 855 device shared online along with rumored ridiculously low price
A photograph of a man holding what is claimed to be the upcoming “Redmi 855” flagship smartphone in his hand has been uploaded to the Chinese social network site Weibo. The whole thing seems incredibly spurious at first until it’s pointed out that the man in question just happens to be the Redmi CEO, Lu Weibing.
Dell XPS 15: No OLED panel option for the 2-in-1 but still coming for the main series; no white SKU planned
XPS chief Frank Azor has been fielding some questions on Twitter in regard to the Dell XPS 15 and its expected OLED panel update. The executive effusively responded “yes” to one question about whether it was coming but had less positive answers for other inquiries. Unfortunately, there is still no fixed timeframe for the OLED option.
Compulab reveals Airtop3 IoT edge server that can passively cool a combination of i9-9900K and Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card
Compulab has announced its Airtop3 device that comes with up to an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card. The ruggedized IoT edge server is passively cooled and has been designed for industrial use. Numerous customization options are available for the Airtop3 PC, including extended and industrial operating temperature ranges.
3DMark Time Spy benchmark pits Asus FX505DU with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti against Asus GU502DU with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
A benchmark comparison between an Asus FX505DU laptop with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU and an Asus GU502DU laptop fitted with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design GPU has been spotted on 3DMark. Both devices also featured an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Zen+ APU. The Max-Q variant managed to keep up within an acceptable distance.
Dell announces upcoming 9th Gen Intel Core CPU and GeForce GTX 16 series GPU upgrades for XPS 15 range
Dell has revealed that its XPS 15 lineup will be receiving upgrades to the new Intel Core Coffee Lake-H Refresh chips in June. Along with the 9th Gen CPUs, shoppers looking to purchase a new XPS 15 will have the opportunity to select one of the new mobile GPUs from Nvidia: the GeForce GTX 1650 and the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
Leaked information about new Razer Blade 17 and Razer Blade 15 laptops points to 9th Gen Intel Core and GeForce RTX upgrades
Details about a refreshed Razer Blade 17 and updated Razer Blade 15 have been accidentally leaked in a YouTube video review posted by tech site PCWorld. The video has now been taken down, but not before some apparent key specifications were shared online. The base model of the Razer Blade 15 is likely to get a GPU upgrade from an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q to an RTX 2060.
Latest video from Nvidia and partners gives the mobile GTX GeForce 1660 Ti game away
Another video posted by Nvidia on the Twitter account for Nvidia GeForce has offered up some massive clues about what gamers can expect next from the company. Although original focus was mostly on the sleek device that featured in the four clips, it’s now shifted to what’s inside the laptop: Namely an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU.
AMD's upcoming 50th anniversary preparations continue with alleged special edition red Radeon VII graphics card
Another limited edition product has been unearthed that will be seemingly part of AMD’s 50th anniversary celebrations. A red version of the great value for money Radeon VII desktop graphics card has made an appearance, although it looks likely at the moment the only differences with the regular card will be design-based rather than performance-based.
AMD fan amazes the red team with custom build PC featuring four Radeon RX Vega 64 LC graphics cards
AMD has posted a tweet on its Ryzen Twitter account showing what can be done with just one Ryzen Threadripper 1950X HEDT chip and four Radeon RX Vega 64 LC graphics cards. The builder of the custom desktop PC setup has called his system “RippinRed 2.0”, and it also features 32 GB RAM, a motherboard from Gigabyte, and four monitors from Dell and Acer.
Save nearly US$1,000 with very limited offer on refurbished Dell XPS 15 9560 with i7-7700HQ CPU and 1 TB SSD
Dell has a very limited sale on at the moment for certified refurbished Dell XPS 15 9560 laptops. One particular SKU comes with an Intel Core i7 processor from the Kaby Lake series, a discrete GPU in the shape of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and a generous 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD. A usual price of US$2,306 is advertised for this laptop, but with the sale and a coupon it can be picked up for US$1,365.03.
Gigabyte celebrates AMD's upcoming 50th anniversary with a special edition X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard
Gigabyte Japan has announced the upcoming launch of the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard. The board will be released domestically on April 26 for about 35,000 yen including taxes (~US$310). It’s not yet known if the Taiwanese manufacturer will be bringing the limited edition motherboard to other markets.
AMD's Radeon VII and RX Vega 64 LC crush Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti in World War Z GPU benchmark
AMD’s Radeon VII, RX Vega 64 LC, and RX Vega 64 have managed to defeat Nvidia’s top-end GeForce RTX hardware, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, in a World War Z GPU benchmark. In one specific test, the Radeon VII was measured offering an eye-popping average rate of 192 FPS compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s best effort of 160 FPS.
The iLife NG08 8-inch pocket laptop with Gemini Lake processor could be released as the Chuwi MiniBook
Chuwi could be launching an 8-inch mini-computer that comes with a choice of Intel Gemini Lake processors in the not too distant future. The device, which is currently known as the iLife NG08, may be rebranded as the Chuwi MiniBook for market release. The little laptop features a Full HD touchscreen, 4 to 8 GB RAM, and it even has an integrated fingerprint scanner.
Images and specifications for AMD's Picasso Zen+ Ryzen 3 3200G desktop APU leaked
Two images of one of AMD’s upcoming Picasso range of desktop APUs have been leaked online. The pictures themselves don’t reveal very much, apart from the fact that AMD is likely preparing to finally release the desktop APU counterparts of the Picasso mobile APUs that were released earlier this year. The APU in question is believed to be the Ryzen 3 3200G.
Leaked images of GPD Win Max console internals confirm AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor
Images of the components for the upcoming GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC have been leaked. The pictures show that an embedded chip from AMD’s Ryzen V1000 series has been chosen to power the device. It also seems that GamePad Digital (GPD) has decided to change the device’s name from Win 2 Max to simply Win Max.
Infinity-O no: Divine concept video for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is too hole-y
A finely crafted concept video of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phablet has been posted on YouTube. The creator of the video has specifically stated that it is not based on leaks, which helps explain some differences between the device shown in the clip and what is currently expected from the real thing.
Alleged details of Qualcomm Snapdragon 735 SoC leaked: integrated 5G modem, NPU for AI
The specifications of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 735 processor have apparently been leaked and posted online. It seems the rumored 735 will offer a bit of a bump up from the already announced Snapdragon 730 and 730G mobile platforms. The details offered state that the Snapdragon 735 will be manufactured on a 7nm LPP process.
Xiaomi rumored to be working on two flagship smartphones with pop-up cameras
A new report has stated that Xiaomi is developing two new flagship smartphones that will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoCs and pop-up cameras. The rumored devices apparently have the codenames “davinci” and “raphael”. Unfortunately, no other hardware information or specifications are currently known.
Laptop version of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti confirmed thanks to official Acer Predator Helios 300 listing
There is a new product listing on Acer’s website for its Predator laptop series: model name PH315-52-78VL. The Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop in question sports some impressive hardware, which apparently includes a mobile variant of Nvidia’s Turing-based GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The device also comes with a Coffee Lake H Refresh mobile processor from Intel.
Save US$439 on a rose-gold 4K Dell XPS 13 9380 or a massive US$860 on an Alienware 17 with GeForce GTX 1070 OC
Dell has a couple of standout offers in its deals section at the moment. Shoppers can get a hefty discount on a brand-new Dell XPS 13 powered by an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, or if you fancy something much bigger the manufacturer has knocked US$860 off the price of an Alienware 17 gaming laptop, which comes with an 8th Gen Coffee Lake SoC and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 OC GPU.
New video of mystery device from Nvidia, Asus, and MSI released - points to GeForce GTX 16-series gaming laptops
A new video has been posted on Twitter accounts for Nvidia, Asus, and MSI that shows a bit more detail of the mysterious device that the trio of companies teased recently. The same Matrix-like streaming green code can be seen on the display while this time the keyboard is made much more visible. An eagle-eyed tweeter has spotted a very revealing clue about the device.
Lenovo also appears to be involved with the promotional stunt.
Lenovo Z6 Pro roundup: leaked image, full specs, quad camera setup with 48 MP sensor, astonishing score on AnTuTu
The Lenovo Z6 Pro smartphone is expected to be officially unveiled to the world on April 23, and it is already making some impressive headlines. The flagship device will come with a quad camera setup on its rear and feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855. Apparently, its high-end hardware helped it post an incredible score on the AnTuTu benchmark.
Leaked retail box photo suggests upcoming release of 5G version of the Huawei Mate 20X that has a smaller battery but faster charging
An image of the retail box for the Huawei Mate 20X 5G phablet has been leaked online. The most recent Mate series originally consisted of the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and the Mate 20X. It was announced at MWC19 that the latter device would get a 5G variant, which will apparently come with some important changes.
Alleged mobile version of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 tested on UserBenchmark; beats out AMD's RX 550 and RX 560 desktop cards
A record for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU has been added on UserBenchmark’s database, and there is convincing evidence pointing to this being the mobile version of the upcoming graphics card. The average bench score of 45.6% put the hardware in 71st position in UserBenchmark’s ranking, sandwiched neatly between an old AMD R9 280X and an even older Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 (SLI disabled).
Mysterious device teased by Nvidia, MSI, and Asus sends Twitter users into speculation meltdown
A video clip that has been uploaded to Nvidia, MSI, and Asus Twitter accounts has sparked furious speculation over what it is about and what the device that stars in it is. The clip is painfully brief at just five seconds long and simply shows an impressively slender laptop-like device opening up and displaying some Matrix-like green animation.
Video of Samsung Galaxy Fold shows it posting incredible results in AndroBench 5 thanks to its UFS 3.0 storage
A short video clip of a Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone running AndroBench 5 ends with the device achieving some very impressive results. The sequential read rate was measured at 1478.85 MB/s, and a 4 kB random read performance measurement of 37,635.85 IOPS was also recorded. The Galaxy Fold utilizes Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0.
Asus reveals FX95DD laptop with AMD's Ryzen 7 3750H and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050
Asus has added the FX95DD laptop to its Chinese website as part of its FX/ZX series of computers. The device will feature a Zen+ Picasso AMD Ryzen 7 3750H APU in combination with the Pascal-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. The notebook, which is known locally as the Flying Fortress, is currently being offered for presale orders.
AMD announces Ryzen Embedded R1000 series with the R1606G and R1505G processors; 3DMark 11 performance comparison unearthed
AMD has introduced two embedded processors as part of the new Ryzen R1000 series. The models are the Ryzen Embedded R1606G and the slightly lower-specced Ryzen Embedded R1505G. Both chips come with two cores and four threads. Strangely enough, it seems the two embedded chips were compared against each other on 3DMark 11 back in October 2018.
Rumored Navi 10-based Radeon RX 3080 graphics card specifications leaked
Alleged specifications for “AMD Navi” have been posted online. The new information offered seems to correspond with existing rumors about the Radeon RX 3080 Navi 10 graphics solution. Apparently, the performance of the Navi GPU places it between AMD’s Vega 56 and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080, but the supposed price is much cheaper than Nvidia’s product.
Gold-colored Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 graphics card for AMD's 50th anniversary appears online
AMD will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, and it seems Sapphire Technology wants to highlight the achievement by releasing a gold-colored Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 desktop graphics card. The special edition card has a boost clock rate of 1560 MHz and is fitted with 8 GB GDDR5 memory (2100 MHz clock that utilizes a 256-bit interface).
References to Intel Core i3-8145UC, i5-8265UC, and i7-8565UC processors start appearing online
Numerous online retailers have been adding new placeholders for Intel processors on their e-commerce sites. The chips listed are the Intel Core i3-8145UC, the Core i5-8265UC, and the Core i7-8565UC. It’s not entirely clear how these CPUs differ from the Whiskey Lake U-series, although the stepping code variation seems to suggest memory support changes.
Leaked Gigabyte Aorus X570 promo material points to May 27 for AMD Ryzen 3000 launch
A piece of leaked marketing material purportedly from Gigabyte has led to considerable speculation about what could occur on the date mentioned on it. The image pertains to the gaming-related Aorus sub-brand, with some believing it will lead to an announcement of the X570 motherboards and possibly even a reveal of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition CPU spotted at online retailer
AMD will soon be celebrating 50 years since its formal incorporation, and to celebrate this fact it appears there will be a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Ryzen 7 2700X processor. It’s not known if the special edition of the CPU will differ from the Pinnacle Ridge chip that was originally released in April of last year.
Alleged MSI tech support email states older 300-series motherboards won't support AMD Ryzen 3000 processors
An email that has supposedly come from MSI’s German-language tech support team has stated that the company will not be offering support for AMD’s upcoming line of Ryzen 3000 Matisse desktop processors on older motherboards (300-series). However, there has not been an official statement from the Taiwanese company in regard to this issue yet.
MSI has issued a press release stating there will be support for compatible 300-series motherboards.
Rumor states there will be a Pro version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10
A recent tweet from tipster Ice universe has arguably explained what Samsung could be planning in terms of naming the phablets that are part of its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 lineup. The four models, which are differentiated by two sizes and whether they come with 5G or not, could end up being called the Samsung Galaxy Note 10e and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro.
New photo of rumored Snapdragon 855-powered Redmi "accidentally" leaked by Xiaomi executive
An unknown Xiaomi smartphone, which could possibly be the rumored forthcoming Redmi flagship device, has been accidentally leaked on a Chinese network site. Xiaomi’s product director, Wang Teng Thomas, posted what seems to be an innocuous picture of some bottles neatly lined up. But there’s a mysterious smartphone on the table behind them that was apparently overlooked.
More details of Intel's Coffee Lake T-series emerge: clock rates, core counts
New information about Intel’s Coffee Lake T-series of processors has been posted online. The lineup runs from the Core i3-9100T right up to the Core i9-9900T. The chips are based on a 14nm manufacturing process and come with iGPUs. The T-series will have lower TDPs than their Coffee Lake counterparts and considerably lower base clock rates.
Upcoming Honor 8S renders and specifications leaked
Some renders and the specifications of the Honor 8S smartphone have been leaked online. This entry-level device apparently will be powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor and will likely feature 2 GB RAM, although there may be a regional variant with 3 GB. The Honor 8S has a selfie camera in a waterdrop notch but still comes with thick bezels.
Blundering retailers continue to create headaches for OEMs as recent Acer Predator Helios 300 leak demonstrates
Acer has just revealed its brand-new Predator Helios 300. The laptop sports thin bezels, an RGB-illuminated keyboard, and it will feature top-of-the-range goods from both Intel and Nvidia. But we already expected this thanks to a retailer posting information about the device on its website just days before the computer was officially announced.
The iPhone SE is currently available from US$249 in the Apple online store
The iPhone SE has made another unexpected appearance on Apple’s online store. Several different-colored variants are listed and there is even a 128 GB version available. Prices for the diminutive iPhone SE start at US$249 and they are all categorized as “certified refurbished” as part of the clearance section of the website.
Possibly fake Geekbench listing suggests incredible smartphone collaboration between Huawei, Sony, and Samsung
A recently posted and unearthed Geekbench listing has shown a device that could be truly unique, as it suggests a joint effort from smartphone giants Huawei and Samsung, who have generously brought Sony along for the ride. However, disappointingly, this potentially majestic device only scored a measly 1,623 points in the single-core test and sports a Snapdragon 660 SoC.
Lenovo's Tax Time Sale: Save hundreds of dollars on the ThinkPad T480, IdeaPad 330S, and Miix 630
Lenovo is holding a Tax Time Sale this weekend for those hunting for a great deal on a laptop or convertible. The Chinese manufacturer has laptops from its flagship lines on offer, and there are savings to be had on a variety of tablets, monitors, and other peripherals and accessories. The current sale ends on April 15.
Acer announces the ConceptD 9, 7, and 5 laptops featuring up to a 9th Gen i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU
The ConceptD line from Acer has been revealed, and it includes three new laptops: The Acer ConceptD 9, the Acer ConceptD 7, and the Acer ConceptD 5. The notebooks are aimed at creatives and designers, and the high-end ConceptD 9 can be configured with a 9th Gen i9 processor and a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics solution.
ASRock launches iBOX mini desktop computer with Whiskey Lake-U processor options
ASRock has revealed its new mini desktop PC that features chips from Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U series. Along with the modern processor, the ASRock iBOX has a fanless design with fins covering the surface of the desktop to assist with cooling. The new product is expected to be utilized in industrial environments.
Huawei's upcoming Windows on ARM Matebook E 2019 convertible features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
A revised Huawei Matebook E for 2019 has been on show in China, and it has revealed a surprising new component: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC. The convertible computer comes with a 12-inch display and offers similar hardware specifications to 2018’s Matebook E, although that particular device was powered by a processor from Intel.
Skylake-X Intel Core i9-9990XE CPU now available for €2,999 or snap up an i9-9990XE-based desktop PC for €12,999.90
The extreme edition Intel Core i9-9990XE is now available for direct sale, but it doesn’t come cheaply. German computer hardware specialist CaseKing.de has decided to make the powerful chip available to customers for a starting price of €2,999 (~US$3,384). If you want to buy a system that already has the chip installed, there is one currently available for €12,999.90 (~US$14,671).
Uptake of i9-9900K only bright spot for Intel as AMD outsells its rival two to one in Mindfactory sales data for March
Sales data from Mindfactory, a large German computer hardware retailer, has shown that CPUs from AMD are outselling Intel’s processors by more than two to one. Leading the charge for the red team are two CPUs from the Zen+ Pinnacle Ridge series: The mainstream Ryzen 5 2600 and the performance-orientated Ryzen 7 2700X.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leak: foldable smartphone, 60 MP camera
Alleged details of a Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 smartphone have been shared on Twitter. According to a screenshot that was apparently taken from the online payment platform Alipay, the Mi Mix 4 will be a foldable device that features a 60 MP camera. The series is known for its innovation: The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 smartphone has a slider form factor.
"Boxing" video shows the MacBook Pro 13-beating UDOO BOLT single-board computer is now shipping
A short video uploaded by UDOO on YouTube has shown that the UDOO BOLT single-board computer is now being shipped to early-bird backers. The little board made some waves with claims that it was faster than a MacBook Pro 13 and Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 m3. Apparently, it can even work well when connected to a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card.
Abaco Systems introduces Intel Xeon-powered SBC3511 rugged single-board computer
Abaco Systems, a specialist in rugged embedded computing products, has just announced its SBC3511 3U OpenVPX single-board computer. The powerful board with an 8th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Xeon processor has been designed with security and durability in mind. Products from Abaco have been selected by the military for their capabilities.
Alleged list of future PlayStation 5 games includes Grand Theft Auto VI and remastered The Last of Us Part II
An interesting lineup of purported games for the PlayStation 5 has been shared online. The titles mentioned include exclusives and non-exclusives for the next-generation console. Among the exclusive games listed are Gran Turismo 7 and a supposed remastered version of The Last of Us Part II. Tucked in with the non-exclusives title is Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA 6).
Extraordinary PlayStation 5 details leaked: 7nm Ryzen CPU, 7nm Navi GPU, 14 teraflops of performance
Alleged details of the PlayStation 5 console have been posted online. The incredible claimed specifications include 8K upscaling, 2 TB storage utilizing NAND, 24 GB GDDR6 RAM, VR, ray tracing, backwards compatibility and more. There’s also mention of the widely believed custom AMD Ryzen CPU and the Navi GPU – that apparently offers 14 teraflops of compute performance.
New codename for AMD's rumored custom console APU Gonzalo throws up new conundrums
An engineering sample processor has turned up on Twitter with the codename “ZG16702AE8JB2_32/10/18_13F8”. Fortunately, a little bit of light has been shed on what this mystery processor could be, and it is claimed that it is actually AMD’s custom chip Gonzalo, which is expected to appear in the next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
Picasso-powered Chromebook codenamed Zork will utilize Trembyle Chrome OS board
A new Chromebook featuring APUs from AMD’s Picasso range of processors might be in the works. A device with the codename “Zork” has been unearthed that apparently utilizes a Chrome OS board called “Trembyle”. Data management commits have been spotted that link Zork with Picasso – which means a Chromebook with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U inside could be in development.
Honor MagicBook with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U will be released on April 17
A 2019 refresh of the 14-inch Honor MagicBook is going to be released on April 17, according to a Chinese retailer. The main difference between the upcoming version and the 2018 laptop is a processor upgrade: Last year’s AMD MagicBook variant came with a Ryzen 5 2500U, whereas the 2019 model will be fitted with a Ryzen 5 3500U APU.
Intel Core i7-9700T desktop processor spotted on UserBenchmark
The upcoming 9th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core desktop processor i7-9700T has appeared in the UserBenchmark database. The chip seemed to perform very well in the tests, achieving a reasonably high place in the overall ranking. The “T” variants in the Coffee Lake lineup are distinguished by their lower TDP levels and therefore lower clock rates.
Images of GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card from Gainward, Palit, and ZOTAC leaked
A few images of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card have found their way online. The models from ZOTAC, Palit, and Gainward are all single-fan cards with some slight differences in connectivity. Nvidia hasn’t officially announced the latest entry to the GeForce GTX 16 series, which is expected to be released in a couple of weeks.
GeForce GTX 1650 and i7-9750H combination features in leaked MSI GL63 laptop marketing material
Leaked promotional material for a new MSI GL63 laptop sporting an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU and an Intel Core i7-9750H has provided numerous performance details. The images show scores for benchmarks that put the 9th Gen Intel CPU way ahead of the i7-8750H and i7-7700HQ, while the purported mobile GTX 1650 outpaces both the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1050.
AMD manages to take a nibble out of Intel's share in Steam processor survey
AMD has taken a bite out of Intel’s overall share in Steam’s monthly survey in the PC processor usage category. The red team was up to 18.1% for March, rising 0.5% from 17.6% for February. AMD took share away from Intel for systems running Windows, but the latter chipmaker gained a little for computers operating on Linux.
Latest Steam hardware survey suggests GeForce RTX 20 series sales are on the up
The March 2019 Steam Hardware & Software Survey has been posted by the software distribution platform, and as usual things look rosy for Nvidia in the video card usage category. Three of the top six places in terms of percentage increase over the month are occupied by GeForce RTX 20 series products, with last month’s missing RTX 2060 now taking the top spot.
Cryptic "Cato" chips from AMD likely to be upcoming generation of embedded SoCs
A screenshot of information concerning three processors has surfaced that seems to reveal that AMD is preparing to release some new embedded SoCs. The screenshot was taken from a Futuremark database, with the information being spotted and shared by Tum Apisak. The three mysterious chips have the driver names Cato SoC and Radeon RX 350 Series.
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H appears on PassMark
A benchmark score for the upcoming Intel Coffee Lake H Refresh mobile chip i7-9750H has appeared on the PassMark database. The test used for the processor was the PerformanceTest Version 9.0.1030. Apparently, the 9th Gen chip managed to achieve a score of 14,118 points, which puts it way ahead of the predecessor i7-8750H.
Leaked image of MECHREVO laptops allegedly with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs and 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H CPUs
A picture of two MECHREVO Z2 laptops that apparently sport an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti, respectively, has been leaked. Not only do the gaming notebooks allegedly come with these often-rumored mobile GPUs, but it is claimed they also feature a brand-new 9th Gen Coffee Lake H Refresh CPU, in this case the i7-9750H.
Rumored release date and full specifications for Intel's 9th Gen Coffee Lake H Refresh chips
A potential launch date for Intel’s anticipated 9th Gen Coffee Lake H Refresh has been offered: April 21. Along with the date, the same source has offered full details of the six models that will make up the series of new Intel Core mobile processors. However, some of the information conflicts with previously rumored specifications, although it does offer an insight to expected clocks and TDP.
Mysterious Nvidia GPU performs between a GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 on UserBenchmark
An Nvidia graphics card has turned up on UserBenchmark with the prosaic name “graphics device”. The results in the benchmarks for the hardware are somewhat surprising, as the GPU seems to land somewhere between the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 in terms of performance average. There was mention of a GeForce RTX 2070 Ti once before, but this was eventually explained away as a typo.
Dell begins offering the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in select Inspiron, XPS, and Alienware desktops
Dell recently revealed that some of its desktop PC lineups can now be fitted with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is one such system, which has select models that along with the Turing-based graphics card can also be configured with 8th Gen or 9th Gen Intel Core chips and up to 64 GB RAM.
Lenovo and Asus laptops featured in online product listings with i7-9750H processors
Numerous online retailers have started updating their product lists to include laptops from manufacturers like Lenovo and Asus that will feature the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor. The i7-9750H is a member of the second tier of Coffee-Lake-H mobile processors that will be aimed at usage in high-performance laptops.
Not even Samsung's Galaxy S10 range can save the company's consolidated operating profit nose-diving by over 60%
Samsung Electronics has issued earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2019, and it shows that the tech giant’s operating profit has decreased dramatically from the first and last quarters of 2018. Issues such as the fall in memory chip prices and weaker demand for products like displays have affected the South Korean manufacturer’s financial performance.
Potentially explosive leaked email chain details issues female employees have to contend with at Microsoft, including sexual harassment
Business news site Quartz has looked over a huge email chain leaked from Microsoft's offices that features numerous disturbing stories from female employees of the tech giant. Workers have shared their experiences with each other in the email chain, which shockingly includes episodes of sexual harassment.
HWiNFO v6.04 includes support for AMD's Navi GPUs and Intel Emmitsburg
The latest version of HWiNFO is available for download, and it now offers support for AMD Navi and Intel Emmitsburg. The inclusion of preliminary support for Navi points to the fact that the much-anticipated range of GPUs should be soon with us. There is also mention of Intel Emmitsburg, which could be related to an upcoming PCH.
“Almost completely correct” sliding and rotating selfie camera shown off in fantastic Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video
A well-crafted concept video of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A90 smartphone has been posted on YouTube, and it shows what is apparently the South Korean manufacturer’s solution for the pesky selfie camera. The camera setup is located on a sliding mechanism, which moves up from the rear of the device and the camera module can be rotated to face either the front or rear.
TENAA listing confirms Meizu 16s specifications; new images revealed
The main specifications for the upcoming Meizu 16s smartphone have been listed by TENAA, the Chinese telecommunications authority. Although a specific SoC is not mentioned, the CPU frequency of 2.8 GHz certainly points to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. New leaked images of the smartphone show that it will not come with a notch or punch-hole selfie camera.
System with four GeForce GTX 1080 cards in an SLI configuration just broke 3DMark's Time Spy record
A new HWBOT World Record has just been set in 3DMark’s popular Time Spy benchmark. The score of 37,697 points was achieved with a system that featured four Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards operating in an SLI configuration. An Intel Core i9-9980XE processor was also used in the record-breaking system.
Intel Core i5-9300H turns up on Geekbench as part of Acer ConceptD CN715-71 system
It seems Intel’s Coffee Lake CPU, the i5-9300H, has made an appearance on Geekbench. The chip was part of a listing for a model mysteriously titled “Acer ConceptD CN715-71”. The upcoming 9th Gen processor achieved a single-core score of 5,091 and a multi-core score of 16,145 points. This particular CPU has four cores and eight threads.
Exciting leak shows 2019 Acer Nitro laptops with 9th Gen Intel CPUs and mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs
Acer is planning on fitting some of its upcoming Nitro laptops with GPUs from Nvidia’s Turing-based GeForce 16 series and 9th Gen Coffee Lake Intel Core processors. A leaked slide names the Acer Nitro AN515-54 and Acer Nitro AN517-51 models, with various display and GPU options for each one. The leak has seemingly confirmed mobile versions of the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650.
Dell announces availability of select Inspiron laptops with 2nd-Gen AMD Ryzen "Picasso" APUs
A recent post made on Dell’s blog has revealed that the manufacturer has started to incorporate AMD’s Picasso range of mobile APUs into its Inspiron lineup. The Inspiron 15 5000 (5585) with a second-generation Ryzen CPU is now available to select on Dell’s online configurator, with shoppers being able to choose from three processor options.
Overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Ti pushed to astonishing clock rate of 2.94 GHz
A clock rate of 2,940.0 MHz has been recorded for a customized GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. The hardware was specially prepared as part of the Galax OC Gathering 2019. The incredible clock rate was measured as part of a GPUPI 1B benchmark test, which also resulted in the system achieving a very credible mark of 2 s 691 ms.
Google Pixel 4 development accidentally confirmed
The Google Pixel 4 smartphone has been specifically mentioned in a discussion about code in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). There has been previous mention of a “2019 Pixel” made in an AOSP commit message, but the latest commit seems to suggest that the Pixel 4 is in the development phase.
Galax variant of Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti claims top spot for single GPUs in 3DMark's Fire Strike Extreme
A new high score for 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme test (single GPU) has been achieved by a system featuring a customized variant of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. The hardware in question was a Galax GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Hall of Fame OC Lab WC Edition board. A score of 23,998 points was publicly shared, although an even higher score was recorded.
Save over US$400 on a Dell XPS 13 Touch; up to US$460 on non-touch version
Dell is offering some considerable discounts across its XPS 13 range at the moment. Some of the deals are time limited, so if you’re in the hunt for a handy-sized Ultrabook that can offer great performance with a small footprint, now is the time to act. Over US$400 can be saved on some SKUs.
Apple might release three OLED iPhones in 2020; one could be an iPhone SE 2
A new report has stated that Apple could be planning on releasing three iPhones in 2020 that all feature OLED panels, which will probably be supplied by Samsung. As one of the 2020 phones is rumored to be coming in a 5.42-inch size, there has been speculation this could be a next-generation iPhone SE.
Lenovo foldable smartphone patent shows off its peculiar impracticality in renders
Some renders have been developed based on patent drawings made by Lenovo as part of a patent filing with the USPTO. The result is a rather odd foldable smartphone that not only looks peculiar in comparison to other foldable smartphones, but it also seems to reveal a number of impractical features.
Mysterious reported AMD engineering sample could be Picasso desktop APU
The codename given to an AMD engineering sample processor has been leaked online and has already sparked considerable speculation as to what it could be. A breakdown of the name seems to point at the chip being a desktop APU from the Picasso range based on the Zen+ microarchitecture. This series currently consists of just mobile processors.
AMD could unveil Navi GPUs on May 27 with possible Ryzen 3000 launch on the same day
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has announced that AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, will be delivering the opening keynote at Computex 2019. The keynote has been scheduled for May 27, and it seems like this could be the ideal setting for Su to show off AMD’s anticipated Radeon Navi GPU series. It’s also been speculated that she could launch the Ryzen 3000 series at the same time.
SiSoftware Sandra benchmark entry for MSI X570 motherboard features possible AMD Zen 2 processor
A record in SiSoftware’s Sandra benchmark database has offered up two new pieces of information in regard to AMD’s upcoming Zen 2-based products. Firstly, the entry shows that MSI is developing hardware in the form of an X570 motherboard to support the expected Ryzen desktop processors, and secondly a mysterious AMD processor was involved in the test.
Gigabyte preparing X499 motherboards for 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers
The names of three new Gigabyte motherboards have been revealed bearing the “X499” designation. It’s believed at least one of the boards will be capable of offering 10 GbE network data rates. AMD is expected to introduce the X499 chipset specifically for the 3rd Gen HEDT Ryzen Threadripper processors.
Purported Meizu 16s achieves amazing score on AnTuTu
Another alleged test score for the Meizu 16s has been shared online, this time with the renowned Chinese benchmarking utility AnTuTu. The upcoming smartphone apparently managed to amass a total of 357,975 points, which puts it way ahead of some big name devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi 8 and OnePlus 6.
Alienware m15 now available with OLED display but Dell XPS 15 still waiting for delayed panel option
The product page for Dell’s Alienware m15 laptop range has been updated to show the new OLED display option for potential purchasers. The planned integration of OLED technology in Alienware m15, Dell XPS 15, and Dell G7 15 laptops was originally announced by the manufacturer in January and was expected to start rolling out in March.
Gigabyte’s X570 motherboards for upcoming Zen 2 Ryzen 3000-series desktop processors leaked
A list of X570 motherboards from Gigabyte has been leaked thanks to data published online by the Eurasian Economic Committee (EEC). Various OEMs are gearing up for the upcoming release of AMD’s 3rd Generation of Ryzen desktop processors, which are based on the power-efficient Zen 2 microarchitecture.
The Sega Genesis Mini/Mega Drive Mini console finally gets an official release date
The Sega Genesis Mini (Mega Drive Mini) has finally received an official launch date: September 19. The Mini console has been in the works for some time but apparently got stuck in development as Sega changed its plans in regard to production and global availability. It will cost US$79.99/£69.99/€79.99/ AU$139.95.
Xiaomi gets creative with dual selfie camera placement
A fantastic render has been published showing what Xiaomi could be planning in regard to smartphone front-facing camera placement. The render is based on a patent made by the Chinese smartphone company, which of course, may never go further than the drawing board. But it does at least highlight how important innovation is for Xiaomi.
Entry-level Microsoft Surface Book 2 now comes with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 option
The base model of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 has just received an additional choice among its configuration options. Microsoft has given potential purchasers the opportunity to have the device fitted with a quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. Previously, shoppers had to make do with the dual-core i5-7300U CPU.
Wánxiào invents FOS Rapid Alloy that will revolutionize the global smartphone market by providing instant physical handset upgrades
In an incredible leak, it has been discovered that a secretive Chinese technology startup called Wánxiào has invented a product called FOS Rapid Alloy that according to some industry insiders will turn the worldwide smartphone market upside down. Full-Organic-Surface (FOS) technology could make its way into the construction of the upcoming Samsung Neat 10, Huawei Mute 30, or even the rumored Apple fitness band iPhat.
"Leaked" PlayStation 5 devkit and DualShock controller images fuel speculation
There’s a great deal of anticipation in the gaming community for the PlayStation 5, or whatever name Sony gives its next-generation console. It seems that some can’t wait for the real thing though, and an increasing number of “leaks” of PlayStation-related hardware are starting to appear on social media.
Gold-plated water block adds bling to your RTX Titan or Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics card
The liquid cooling specialist EK Water Blocks has revealed a new product for owners of Nvidia Titan RTX graphics cards. The EK Vector RTX Titan is a special edition water block that features an acetal top cover, RGB lighting compatibility, and gold-plated screws. For the pièce de résistance, the EK Vector RTX Titan brandishes a gold-plated cold plate.
Meizu 16s will come with a Snapdragon 855 according to alleged Geekbench listing
A device under the name “alps m1971” has turned up in a Geekbench test, and this could be the upcoming Meizu 16s. The smartphone was already rumored to be loaded with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, and if the Geekbench listing is genuine, then this rumor seems to be confirmed.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ beaten by iPhone XS Max in PhoneBuff's drop test; barely scrapes into top 10 rankings
A new video posted by YouTube channel PhoneBuff has pitted the Samsung Galaxy S10+ against the iPhone XS Max in a series of brutal drop tests. Although the flagship from the South Korean manufacturer is wrapped in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6, it loses to the subjectively better durability performance of its iPhone rival.
New rumored release date for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 1650 Ti variant expected soon
A new rumored release date for the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card has been offered: April 22. A previous report had suggested a launch date of April 30 for the latest entry to the GeForce 16 series, but apparently the new date has been provided by AIBs. A Ti variant of the GTX 1650 is also expected at some point.
Google leaks its Nest Hub Max smart home device
Google has accidentally leaked a new product in its Google Home range. The Nest Hub Max, which was spotted by Android Police, was featured in the Connected Home section of the tech giant’s website. The information about the Nest Hub Max has now been taken down, but not before it was shared online.
AAEON reveals the UP Xtreme single-board computer with Whiskey Lake processors
AAEON has added a new single-board computer (SBC) to the UP product family: the UP Xtreme. As is befitting the hyperbolic name, the board can operate with a CPU from Intel’s 8th Generation Whiskey Lake series. The board also has the UHD 620 iGPU solution at its disposal and can be fitted with up to 16 GB RAM.
More details of the Nokia X71 surface thanks to alleged Geekbench appearance
It seems the upcoming Nokia X71 smartphone has allegedly paid a visit to Geekbench and in doing so has revealed a few more details about the hardware it sports. The midranger from the Finnish company HMD Global should be launched in Taiwan on April 2; the device spotted on Geekbench might be just for that particular market.
Gaming performance benchmark leak shows the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 performing better than the GTX 1050 Ti and AMD RX 570
A new Final Fantasy XV benchmark has been shared online that shows the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 performing reasonably well in the 1920x1080 High Quality test. The graphics card manages a score of 3803, which puts it firmly in the middle of the points range for a standard level of performance.
5000 mAh battery and other powerful hardware should help the Nubia Red Magic 3 wipe the floor with the Red Magic Mars
New information about a Nubia gaming smartphone that is currently known by the model number NX629J has surfaced online. This smartphone is expected to be the upcoming Nubia Red Magic 3 that has been recently teased on Weibo by the company’s co-founder. If the specifications are accurate, it should completely eclipse the performance of the Red Magic Mars.
2018 sales projection of just 6.5 million smartphones possible catalyst for Sony Mobile restructuring that could cost 2,000 jobs
Sony has announced a “realignment” that involves Sony Mobile, the Imaging Products & Solutions Business, and the Home Entertainment & Sound Business. The merger will create Sony’s Electronics Products & Solutions Business. Some see it as Sony’s attempt to hide the massive failure of Sony Mobile to compete with rivals such as Samsung, Huawei, and Apple.
Leaked videos suggest Google Atlas Chromebook may not be a Pixelbook successor
A couple of videos showing some bug testing on what is believed to be the Google “Atlas” Chromebook have been leaked. It was previously believed that Atlas would be part of the Pixel line, possibly even a sequel to the Pixelbook. However, clear design differences suggest the Atlas could actually be a new premium Chromebook.
Best Buy knocks up to US$575 off i5 and i7 versions of the Microsoft Surface Laptop
Best Buy is currently offering an incredible sale on the first generation of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop. However, stocks seem to be selling out quickly, so if you’re interested in either an i5 or i7 variant of this device you better hurry fast. Up to a whopping US$575 has been slashed from the usual listed price for certain models.
PC Health Check scareware allegations cost Office Depot and Support.com US$35 million
Office Depot, Inc. and Support.com, Inc. have agreed to pay a combined total of US$35 million to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after being accused of tricking customers into paying for unnecessary computer repair services. Support.com has been involved in a similar scareware scandal before, in conjunction with AOL’s Computer Checkup service.
Samsung smooths over reported Galaxy Fold crease crisis
A recent video leaked onto YouTube showed off a Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone with a rather worrying visible crease running down the center of the display. However, a communications manager for Samsung has offered reassurance that buyers of the Galaxy Fold will not encounter the issue faced by the device in the controversial clip.
"Iris" included in leaked color choices for Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL; estimated price for 3a revealed
Some new details about the upcoming Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones have been leaked. Apparently, one or both of the new devices will be offered in an “iris” color, which is the word specifically used to describe the choice. The same source has suggested a price for the Pixel 3a, and it might not be as cheap as expected.
New promo video for Xiaomi Mi foldable smartphone looks gorgeous but raises some concerns
Xiaomi has shared a new short promotional video of its upcoming foldable smartphone. The device still looks fantastic and is distinctly different to the foldable devices produced by Samsung and Huawei thanks to its unique folding mechanism. But the simple clip does raise a couple of concerns about the Chinese manufacturer’s creation.
Specifications for Samsung's 8nm Exynos 9710 SoC leaked
The supposed specifications for a Samsung Exynos 9710 SoC have been leaked. According to the new information, the chip will be manufactured on an 8nm process, just like the high-end Exynos 9820 found in the international variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10. It’s likely this potential successor to 2018’s Exynos 9610 SoC will be used in midrange smartphones.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum could debut on the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles
Daedalic Entertainment has just announced its development of the game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. However, a seemingly innocuous comment by the CEO of the company to The Hollywood Reporter has sparked some speculation that this action-adventure game could end up being one of the first titles to appear on the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
Rumor: AMD's Navi 20 series could feature ray-tracing technology that would challenge Nvidia's RTX lineup
There is a rumor that AMD has been working on its own version of ray-tracing technology that could be incorporated into the red team’s expected Navi 20 series. The same source speculates that this high-end lineup could challenge or even surpass the ray-tracing capabilities of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards.
Goodbye Bixby? Button-less Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may have a pressure-sensitive display
A report out of Korea has suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could end up being a button-less phablet. It appears the South Korean manufacturer has been considering a partnership with a Chinese company called NDT that specializes in “force touch solutions”, so the eagerly anticipated flagship might come with a pressure-sensitive display or frame.
Sony announces 4.2 million PlayStation VR headset sales; Iron Man VR should help sell some more
Sony has revealed in a PlayStation blog post that 4.2 million PlayStation VR headsets have been sold worldwide up to March 3. The PlayStation VR device was released in October 2016 and had passed one million sales by June 2017. A new Iron Man VR game has also been announced, which should help Sony shift a few more PSVR units.
The Lenovo Z6 Pro smartphone and its HyperVision camera will be revealed on March 27
Lenovo has surprisingly announced that the Z6 Pro device will be revealed on March 27. Few confirmed details are known about the upcoming flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, although it apparently features a HyperVision camera for creating Hyper Videos. It is also expected to come with 5G capability.
UDOO BOLT single-board computer with embedded Ryzen SoC claims to be twice as fast as a MacBook Pro 13
UDOO recently ran a campaign on Kickstarter for the UDOO BOLT single-board computer, and the developers of the device managed to secure US$635,769 in crowd-sourced funding. It’s likely many investors were attracted by the claim that the BOLT is “almost twice as fast as the MacBook Pro 13”. The Ryzen-powered board should start shipping by the end of the month.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready driver 419.67 WHQL delivers Battlefield V: Firestorm optimizations
Nvidia has announced the availability of the GeForce Game Ready 419.67 WHQL drivers that bring optimizations to several games, including Battlefield V’s new battle royale mode, Firestorm. Gamers can download the latest drivers through the GeForce Experience application or directly from the company’s website.
Nvidia might release a Max-Q version of the mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU
Alleged laptop data has been leaked that mentions an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design. Although a mobile version of the Turing-based graphics card has been expected for some time now, a Max-Q variant is a new development. Max-Q technology aims to improve energy efficiency but at the cost of performance.
Leak suggests Asus has laptops coming with Zen+ Ryzen Picasso APUs combined with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 Turing GPUs
Leaked information about some potential upcoming laptops from Asus suggests that the Taiwanese manufacturer is preparing to reveal devices that feature both Picasso and Turing technology. Three different models are mentioned that combine two different AMD Ryzen APUs with seemingly three Nvidia GeForce GPUs. Asus has already released gaming laptops with the new Picasso chips but not with an Nvidia GPU.
Geologists blend "high-grade" iPhone to discover it contains 36 mg of gold and 900 mg of critical element tungsten
Geologists at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth in England have blended an iPhone so they could scrutinize the elements it’s made from more closely. Using their specialist knowledge and skills, the researchers found that the iPhone had enough gold and tungsten in it to be classified as high-grade.
AMD seemingly slashes prices for Zen+ performance Ryzen 7 CPUs ahead of Zen 2 launch
Prices for second-generation AMD Ryzen CPUs have dropped, with US$50 being shaved off a performance-level Ryzen 7 2700 CPU on Newegg. A number of CPUs based on the Zen+ microarchitecture have been discounted, leading to speculation that AMD is making space in its inventory for the upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen chips.
Brazilian PlayStation Store may have just leaked upcoming EA Access service
A screenshot posted on Reddit has been stirring up some excitement among PlayStation 4 owners. The image shows a page from the Brazilian PlayStation Store, and there is a small window advert for EA Access. The EA Access service offers popular games like the Madden NFL series and the NHL range to Xbox One subscribers for US$29.99 a year.
Walmart could be the next major corporation to join the race for game-streaming supremacy
It has been reported that Walmart has been meeting with a number of game developers and publishers to discuss a potential video-game streaming service. With Google just revealing its Stadia service and Nvidia’s GeForce Now platform gearing up for worldwide launch, there’s a good chance cloud gaming is going to revolutionize the way people play video games on a huge scale.
Study declares 95% of reported bitcoin trading is fake
A comprehensive study carried out by Bitwise Asset Management has come to the conclusion that the majority of reported volume in bitcoin trading is faked. Some unethical bitcoin traders are deliberately manipulating the volume to encourage either buying or selling of the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is currently valued at US$3,965.
Concept video for iPhone foldable shows rumored square triple camera setup and brilliant triangular packaging
A designer called Antonio De Rosa has come up with a concept video of what an iPhone foldable smartphone, which is called the iPhone X Fold in the clip, could actually look like. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of familiar Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X elements in the mix, but the presence of a square triple camera setup and some innovative packaging are highlights.
List of Asus X570 motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3000 series leaked
The new AMD X570 chipset is expected to be launched soon and a list of motherboards produced by Asus for this particular generation has been leaked. The products being prepared cover a number of well-known Asus lines, including ROG and TUF. ASRock’s upcoming line-up of X570 boards has also been published online.
Save nearly US$300 on a Dell XPS 15 with i7-8750H and GTX 1050 Ti; almost US$500 off for i9 touch variant
Dell is having its semi-annual electronics sale at the moment, and there are massive savings on offer throughout the company’s extensive range of products. One of the most attractive deals is for a Dell XPS 15 laptop sporting an 8th-Gen Intel Core processor and a GPU from Nvidia’s Pascal-based GeForce 10 series, which can be purchased for US$1,410.99.
Huawei Mate 30 tipped to be first smartphone to feature the 7nm+ EUV HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC
A report out of Taiwan has stated that Huawei is planning on releasing the HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC before the end of the year, and it could even find its way inside the expected Huawei Mate 30 smartphone. The chipset will apparently be manufactured on a 7nm+ process that involves TSMC’s extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) technology.
Firestorm launches March 25; Nvidia recommends competing with an RTX 2070
Battlefield V’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, will be launched on March 25. It will come as an update to owners of the Battlefield V game and will give players the chance to utilize a range of vehicles in their quest for victory. Nvidia has posted a system requirement spec sheet for players, which includes the company’s own RTX 2070 graphics card.
Pick up an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor for US$299.99
The 1st-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU is currently priced at US$299.99 on Newegg. This Zen-based high-end desktop processor (HEDT) was originally released in August 2017 and cost US$549 at the time of launch. The chip has eight cores and 16 threads, and it can offer a boost clock of up to 4 GHz.
Google could be planning on adopting AMD's Zen 2-based EPYC 2 "Rome" server chips
A market analyst for financial services company Cowen has predicted that Google will utilize AMD’s upcoming EPYC 2 server CPUs, codenamed “Rome”, for its own services. This would be a huge deal for AMD, which has already been selected to provide customized GPUs for the Google Stadia cloud gaming service.
Apex Legends dev warns against datamining rumors then data miners find PvE and map information
A Respawn Entertainment community manager has taken to Reddit to warn fans of Apex Legends about the perils of believing datamined rumors. Jay Frechette’s comments were pragmatic and logical: “real info will come from us”. However, within days of his post two new potentially massive features for the battle royale hit have been shared by data miners.
Rumored camera and hardware specifications for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaked; possible August launch
Some more rumored details of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have appeared online. It seems the flagship phablet will sport a similar camera setup to the Galaxy S10 5G, with four cameras on the rear and two on the front. The device, which is expected to come with either a 6.6-inch or 6.66-inch display, could be launched as early as August 8.
Launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G confirmed
The launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G flagship smartphone has been announced as April 5. Unsurprisingly, the device will go on sale on this date in the manufacturer’s home country of South Korea. The price for the 5G model of the S10 series has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to be around 1.5 million won (~US$1330).
Microsoft's response to Google's Stadia: Going big at E3 with possible xCloud or Xbox announcements
A leaked email allegedly from Phil Spencer, the Xbox head executive, has given some ambiguous details about how Microsoft and Xbox will challenge Google’s recent massive announcement about its Stadia game-streaming service. It seems something big is going to happen at E3 though, which officially starts on June 11.
God of War wins the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year
God of War has won another “Game of the Year” title to add to its growing collection. This time, it was the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year that was given to the acclaimed action-adventure game. God of War, which was developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony, was released in April 2018.
Intel shows off a few example renders of what its upcoming Xe discrete graphics card could look like
Intel has been very busy during a packed presentation at the Game Developers Conference. Among all the talk about the company's Odyssey initiative there was time to flash up some design renders of the upcoming Intel Xe discrete graphics card. Images of the card's potential shroud, created by designer Christiano Siquera, were shared with an excited audience.
Dell's Frank Azor says no to Alienware gaming phones and more consoles
During a visit to India where he has been discussing newly launched Dell and Alienware laptops for the Indian market, Dell executive Frank Azor had time to make a few interesting comments about what direction Alienware won’t be taking in the near future. It seems an Alienware gaming phone certainly isn’t in the picture.
Dell launches G7 15, Alienware m15, and Alienware Area-51m gaming laptops in India
Dell has announced that the G7 15 gaming laptop, the Alienware m15 notebook, and the powerful Alienware Area-51m computer are now available to customers in India. The devices can currently be ordered from the website for Dell India, and they will be made available in retail outlets such as Reliance Digital and Croma from April 1.
Hands-on video of Galaxy Fold shows it may not be as seamless as Samsung hoped for
A hands-on video of a Samsung Galaxy Fold has been uploaded to YouTube. The clip in question is actually focused on unlocking the smartphone; however, the thing that is immediately apparent is how noticeable the crease down the middle of the device is. The Galaxy Fold will be officially launched on April 26.
Custom AMD GPUs will help power Google Stadia beyond current-generation consoles
Google has officially announced its Stadia cloud gaming service at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Google Stadia will allow users to play games from any computer, smartphone, smart television or tablet that has an Internet connection. The GPUs that have been selected for the service’s hardware are custom Radeon chips from AMD.
Alienware Area-51m with GeForce RTX 2080 and i7-9700K achieves amazing score in 3DMark Fire Strike
An Alienware Area-51m laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and an Intel Core i7-9700K processor has recorded a very impressive score of 25,039 in 3DMark’s Fire Strike 1.1 test. According to the chart details for the run, this puts this particular system ahead of 98% of all other results. The Graphics score was 30,306.
Ray tracing and DLSS now available for Shadow of the Tomb Raider
A new patch for Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been announced that contains software for ray tracing and DLSS support. Users will need to have an Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPU in their system to enjoy the new features. The action-adventure game was released in September 2018 with Nixxes Software developing the Windows port.
Apple A12 Bionic SoC in latest iPad tablet destroys Android competition in alleged Geekbench single- and multi-core tests
Apple has just launched the new iPad Air and iPad mini tablets, and it seems one of them may have already been tested on Geekbench. Apparently, the integrated A12 Bionic chip scored an incredibly high multi-core score of 11,607, putting it way beyond the reach of even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9820 variants of Samsung’s Galaxy S10+.
MSI variant of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card spotted in EEC product registration; Ti SKU also rumored
An MSI GeForce GTX 1650 GAMING X 4G graphics card has been spotted in a listing on the website for the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Scant details are offered in regard to the product; however, it does seem to confirm that Nvidia will be adding to its GTX 16-series soon. There is also a rumor that a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti card is in the works.
Atari VCS ditches custom AMD Bristol Ridge A10 for an unannounced dual-core Ryzen APU; console still not available though
The team behind the much-delayed Atari VCS has announced an APU replacement for the game console. Previously, a customized A10 chip from AMD’s Bristol Ridge series was going to be installed, but perhaps wisely the developer has now upgraded that choice to a more modern dual-core Ryzen processor. Graphics will be processed by a Radeon Vega GPU rather than the R7 GPU.
Machine learning from US$99: Nvidia unveils tiny Jetson Nano AI computer
Nvidia has launched the Jetson Nano, a small computer that offers machine-learning capabilities at an entry-level price. The developer kit costs US$99 while a production-ready module will cost US$129. The Jetson Nano module offers 472 GFLOPS of computing performance in a 69.6 mm x 45 mm package. Worldwide distribution for the module version will begin in June; the developer kit is available now.
Nvidia to bring DirectX ray tracing to the GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and other Pascal cards in April
Nvidia has announced that a number of Pascal-based graphics cards will soon be enabled to utilize DirectX ray tracing (DXR). GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB cards and higher will receive a Game Ready Driver update, which is currently expected in April, to allow their users to enjoy limited ray tracing technology in certain games.
AMD releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 driver
AMD has announced that the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.3.2 installation package is ready for download. The package includes various fixes and support for games, and it is currently available for Windows 10 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit (with SP1 or higher).
Dell gaming news: Alienware S5000 gaming chair launched; Area-51m RTX 2080 200 W BIOS ready
Dell has revealed the Alienware S5000 gaming chair on its website. The racing-style chair is currently available for pre-order and has a listed price of US$399.99. The S5000 is brimming with adjustable parts that should help make any hardcore gamer’s life more comfortable. Dell has also announced that the Area-51m RTX 2080 BIOS update is now ready to download.
AMD comes out fighting: Pick up a Radeon RX 590 for US$219.99; Vega 56 spotted again at US$279.99
AMD could be planning on some serious product discounting soon. A Gigabyte Radeon RX Vega 56 GAMING OC 8G card has been priced at a very tempting US$279.99 on Newegg for limited time sales, and there has been an RX 590 Special Edition card from Sapphire available from the same retailer for US$219.99 – the same price as the cheapest new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 cards.
Turing technology for US$219: Nvidia announces the GeForce GTX 1660
Nvidia has officially announced the GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, the latest addition to the company’s GTX 16-series. Like the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the new product is based on Turing architecture and comes at the competitive price point of US$219, depending on provider. The GTX 1660 offers 1408 CUDA cores and a boost clock of 1785 MHz (base: 1530 MHz).
Intel maintains massive lead over AMD in Steam survey for processors in both Windows and Linux
Intel has kept its huge lead over AMD in Steam’s survey for processor usage. The blue team has even managed to slightly increase its share in systems utilizing a Windows OS, but AMD has taken a nibble out of Intel’s share on machines operating on Linux. Steam users have also shown a preference for high-end chips.
Intel's Elkhart Lake SoC will feature a Gen11 iGPU
Leaked driver support information has given away some details about the little-known Intel Elkhart Lake SoC. According to the development work, the system-on-a-chip will come with the support of Intel’s Gen11 integrated GPU. The Gen11 has already appeared in some benchmarks, which apparently show it closing the gap between iGPUs and (entry-level) discrete GPUs.
Mark it on your calendar: New rumored launch date for AMD's 7 nm Navi GPUs
A rumored launch date of August has been reported for the upcoming 7 nm Navi GPU series. The highly anticipated hardware from AMD has been surrounded in mystery, with details and specifications being comparatively thin on the ground. However, it seems Navi could be upon us right after AMD has finished with its Ryzen 3000-series launch.
Oculus Rift is the most popularly used VR headset on Steam
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been surveyed as the most popular VR hardware utilized by Steam users. The rival headset from HTC, the Vive, also has a commanding share of users, but it has seen the gap between itself and the Oculus Rift widen over the last month. Also getting a worthy mention is Windows Mixed Reality, which can be utilized by owners of Microsoft HoloLens smartglasses.
Growth for GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti in Steam's GPU survey, but RTX 2060 is MIA and AMD’s RX Vega falters
Steam has published its hardware and software survey for February 2019, and once again Nvidia dominates the PC video card usage charts. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080 Ti have all enjoyed growth over the month. However, the RTX 2060 graphics card doesn’t even feature in the chart at all. The GeForce GTX 1060 is still the most used GPU in the survey.
5G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could be in the works; mysterious "luge" spotted
XDA Developers has discovered a clue in the kernel source code for the Exynos versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up that could point to the development of a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10. The code also offered up a new device codename “luge.” It has been speculated that this could be one of Samsung’s next foldable smartphones.
AMD launches the midrange Radeon RX 560 XT graphics card for the Chinese market
AMD has announced the availability of the Radeon RX 560 XT graphics card for just the Chinese market. The GPU bridges the wide gap between the Radeon RX 560 and RX 570 and offers a base clock of 973 MHz and a boost clock of 1073 MHz. The card comes with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
Alleged Ashes of the Singularity benchmark Crazy score of 4200 for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660
An Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation benchmark score for a supposed Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card has been reported. According to the result, the upcoming GPU managed to score 4200 points. It’s rumored the latest addition to Nvidia’s GeForce 16-series of graphics cards will be released on March 14.
Asus launches ZenBook 14 (UX431) with Whiskey Lake CPUs and upcoming GeForce MX150 configuration
Asus has announced the ZenBook 14 (UX431). Two configurations of the laptop are currently available, with a third higher-specced option coming in the second quarter of the year. The usual slim ZenBook aesthetic is present with the latest additions, which come with 8th Gen Intel Core processors and the option of a discrete graphics card.
Images of supposed Gigabyte and EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards leaked
Some new images of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card have found their way online. Various models from Gigabyte and EVGA are represented in the latest leak, although there is some speculation that the example from Gigabyte is possibly a fake or a hastily edited render of the GTX 1660 Ti due to a memory error spotted on the box.
RAM and storage options for Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and P30 Lite leaked
The Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and P30 Lite have been going through network certification processes for agencies in Taiwan and Indonesia. Even though the devices have been listed under their model numbers, it has been possible to tell which device has which RAM and storage options, thanks to the information found on the leaked certificates.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 artistic renders will make you forget the S10
Some artistic concept renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have been created and published by Phone Arena. The impressive images have been based on some rumors that have already started appearing about the expected flagship, along with an amount of artistic license. The Note 10 could feature a rear-facing quad camera setup.
Intel expected to overtake Samsung as world's largest semiconductor supplier as memory sales plummet
Intel is expected to regain the title of world’s largest semiconductor supplier, according to initial forecasts from IC Insights. However, the swapping of places with Samsung seems to be more down to the South Korean manufacturer’s huge dip in memory sales rather than a considerable increase in sales for Intel’s chips.
Apex Legends datamine leaks suggest NPCs will watch you wall-running and flame-throwing all day and night
Dataminers have been busy exploring the code for Apex Legends, and it seems there could be some interesting developments coming soon for the battle royale hit. NPCs could be making an appearance in the game, as could flamethrowers. Arguably the most-exciting rumor for Titanfall fans is the possible introduction of wall-running.
Sprint's 5G fight with AT&T intensifies
The Sunday edition of the New York Times has published a full-page advert by Sprint in the form of an open letter to wireless consumers. In the letter, the telecommunications company berates its rival, AT&T, for the use of the term “5G Evolution.” Sprint feels AT&T is deliberately misleading customers looking for 5G networks.
Apex Legends mods have already booted over 355,000 players for cheating
Jay Frechette, the Community Manager for Respawn Entertainment, has shared information about the company’s battle against cheaters, specifically in the smash-hit battle royale game Apex Legends. Apparently, over 355,000 players have already been banned from the PC version, and the game developer is busy working on additional methods to combat cheating.
Global wireless charging market could be worth over US$30 billion by 2024
It has been predicted that the global wireless charging market could reach a value of US$30.164 billion by 2024, according to a press release from Research and Markets. In contrast, 2018’s value was estimated at US$7.897 billion, with adoption rates of wireless charging technology growing in markets such as the North American and European regions.
Windows 10 update KB4482887 causing issues with graphics and mouse performance in certain games
Microsoft has recommended that Windows 10 users suffering from problems with graphics or mouse performance degradation in certain games should uninstall the latest update for the ubiquitous operating system. KB4482887 was rolled out for “quality improvements” but has ironically affected quality in a number of crucial areas.
Nvidia, Intel, and Xilinx in rumored bidding contest for Mellanox
It has been reported that Nvidia has joined the bidding contest for Mellanox Technologies. Other companies believed to be interested in acquiring the fabless semiconductor firm include Intel and Xilinx. Mellanox, which has corporate headquarters in the USA and Israel, supplies networking equipment and it also designs network processors.
Teardown of Samsung Galaxy S10 allows for detailed die shot of the Exynos 9820
ChipRebel has been busy with a Samsung Galaxy S10 teardown and in the process took some incredibly detailed die shots of the Exynos 9820 SoC that is the heart of the flagship smartphone. The Exynos 9 Series 9820 is manufactured on an 8 nm LPP FinFET process and has an integrated Neural Processing Unit (NPU).
Design renders based on Google game controller patent channels the worst parts of the clunky Ouya controller
Some renders of a game controller based on a patent application made by Google have been met with considerable derision by the online community. Although the renders themselves have been expertly created, the majority of the negative comments have been aimed at Google’s actual design. The tiny analog sticks, the wide handles, and the ergonomics have all been singled out for criticism.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 leaks: images, specifications, price, availability
Some images of MSI variants of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card have been leaked, along with alleged specifications, pricing, and release date. The non-Ti version of the Turing-based 16-series card will have slightly higher base and boost clocks than the GTX 1660 Ti, but it will have lower memory bandwidth due to the use of GDDR5 memory. It is expected to launch on March 14 at a price of US$219.
Growing concerns over Eve-Tech's unfulfilled orders for Eve V computers
Eve-Tech has just had another flash sale for its Eve V device, with potential customers likely enticed by discounts ranging from US$300 all the way to US$600 for the i7-7Y75 variant. However, there seems to be a growing number of disgruntled buyers venting their frustration online over the company’s extreme tardiness in regard to shipping the crowdfunded convertible.
Up periscope: The Huawei P30 Pro could come with a mechanical super-zoom camera
Clement Wong, Huawei’s VP of Global Product Marketing, has confirmed that the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro will have a camera that offers periscope-style super-zoom capabilities. This confirmation has sparked speculation that the lens in question could actually be powered mechanically, enabling it to offer the rumored 10x optical zoom.
The company behind ProtonMail has been awarded €2 million from the EC to develop encrypted services
Proton Technologies AG, the company behind the popular encrypted email service ProtonMail, has issued a press release to reveal it has been awarded €2 million in funding from the European Commission (EC). The company plans on using the money to develop encrypted services such as its ProtonDrive file storage application.
Leader of OneCoin cryptocurrency pyramid scheme arrested by US authorities
The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has announced the arrest of Konstantin Ignatov, the so-called “leader” of the supposedly fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency. Ignatov has been detained on a charge of wire fraud, and he is accused of cheating investors out of billions of dollars.
Leaked video offers insight into Battlefield V's upcoming Firestorm battle royale mode
An alleged video of Firestorm, the battle royale mode for Battlefield V, has been uploaded to YouTube. The clip is configured as an introduction and tutorial, showing off the huge battleground and the numerous weapons and vehicles that will be at a player’s disposal. Firestorm is expected to be officially revealed soon, possibly even within the next couple of weeks.
Renders for ZTE foldable clamshell smartphone are strangely reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP
Drawings in a patent filing made by ZTE have been turned into renders by LetsGoDigital. The device in the renders can be described as a foldable smartphone utilizing a clamshell form factor. The ZTE smartphone folds over itself and leaves an exposed portion of the display. It looks oddly reminiscent of a Game Boy Advance SP handheld game console.
Manli announces GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with twin coolers and overclockable Gallardo variant
Hong Kong-based manufacturer Manli has announced two new variants of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The Manli GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and Manli GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gallardo both come with twin cooling fans and two composite copper heatpipes. The Gallardo variant of the card is overclockable.
Nvidia claims battle royale gamers can greatly improve their kill-death ratio with an RTX 20-series GPU
In a new blog post, Nvidia has highlighted that players of battle royale games like Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends can improve their kill-death ratio by a considerable percentage by utilizing a graphics card from the RTX 20 series, especially the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti.
AMD Investor Presentation roadmap features 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU and launch period for Ryzen 3000 series
AMD has been sharing important information in an investor presentation, including a roadmap for its upcoming processors. Next in line for release is the 2nd Gen Ryzen Pro Mobile, followed by the 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors. Making a surprise appearance at the end of the 2019 roadmap is the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPU.
Donald Trump calls tech giant CEO "Tim Apple" during televised board meeting
During an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting held on March 6, President Donald Trump made a faux pas by calling the CEO of one of the world’s most famous technology companies “Tim Apple.” To his credit, Apple boss Tim Cook seemed to react to the error with nothing but a stoic countenance while the US President went on to talk about border control.
Nvidia's Triple Threat Bundle offers Battlefield V, Anthem, and/or Metro Exodus with qualifying RTX 20-series purchase
Nvidia is currently offering a limited time deal to encourage gamers into a purchase of one of the company’s RTX 20-series graphics cards. The offer is valid for both desktop and laptop variants of the Turing-based GPUs, although to get all three games for free customers will have to choose one of the top-end RTX 2080 Ti or RTX 2080 models.
Corning is working on Gorilla Glass for foldable smartphones but it could take years
It has been reported that Corning is working on flexible glass that will be strong enough to use with foldable phones. Presently, foldable devices rely on plastic polymers because of their flexibility. However, Corning wants to eventually create a glass product that offers the useful properties of the plastic polymer screens but with the quality and hardness of glass.
Dell clears up RTX 2050 typo, leaks mobile GTX 1660 Ti instead
Dell has updated its website in light of the recent seemingly incorrect mention of an “RTX 2050” being available to some systems. However, the new information could also be considered a leak, as now there is mention of a GTX 1660 Ti instead, which seems to confirm a mobile version of this graphics card is on the way.
120 Hz QHD display option coming to the Alienware m17 this month; QHD and 4K options for the Area-51m later this year
Both the Alienware m17 and Alienware Area 51-m laptops should be receiving new display options at some point in 2019. This is according to Dell’s XPS and Alienware chief, Frank Azor, who has been spreading the good news on Twitter. Those interested in an Alienware m17 device will soon finally be able to choose the long-awaited 120 Hz display.
Samsung Galaxy S10 sets 13 DisplayMate records and bags highest A+ grade ever
The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone has been thoroughly tested by DisplayMate and apparently passed with flying colors. The display quality company has awarded the flagship with its highest A+ grade ever, and the S10 has also been given a Best Smartphone Display Award. To add to those accomplishments, the Samsung device also set or matched 13 DisplayMate records.
Essential gives PH-1 Phone users Digital Wellbeing; PH-2 concept video wows viewers but fails to convince
Essential has informed PH-1 phone users that the latest security patch from Google is now available. However, the March update brings a welcome new feature for owners of the Essential Phone: Support for Google’s Digital Wellbeing app. A concept video of the rumored Essential Phone 2 (PH-2) has been entrancing viewers with its looks and supposedly “leaked” information.
Some Google Pixel 3 owners are reporting improved storage performance after latest software update
Some Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphone owners have been reporting that the March update for their devices has optimized read/write storage performance to a considerable degree. Images of AndroBench comparisons between February’s update and March’s update show some benchmark results drastically improving.
Huawei's solution for a full-screen device could be a slider phone
LetsGoDigital has produced some renders of a potential Huawei smartphone that utilizes a sliding mechanism. The images are based on a patent the Chinese company applied for with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The slider features a front-facing dual camera setup with a flash between the lenses.
Battle royale smash hit Apex Legends draws in 50 million players in its first month
Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella has taken to Twitter again to report on Apex Legends’ latest milestone. The battle royale game, which is set in the Titanfall universe, has now been tried out by over 50 million people worldwide – in its first month since launching. The title is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Leak claims AirPods 2 and case can be fully charged wirelessly in just 15 minutes
A new leak has claimed that Apple’s next generation of wireless earbuds will incorporate extremely fast charging technology. According to a post on Twitter made by XDA Portal writer Max Weinbach, the Apple AirPods 2 will be able to wirelessly charge from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes, and that includes charging the case.
Critical bug in Anthem is causing PS4 consoles to shutdown; PC and Xbox users also reporting hard crashes
Anthem, the new action RPG game from BioWare, is apparently causing hard crashes on PlayStation 4 consoles. A growing number of gamers are taking to both Reddit and Electronic Arts’ Answers HQ to complain about issues with PS4 shutdowns while playing the game. Apparently, the critical bug is also affecting PC users and Xbox owners, too.
Dell might have just accidentally leaked either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 2050 or even an RTX 2050 GPU
The existence of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 or GTX 2050 graphics card may have just been revealed by Dell. A new laptop GPU from the green team is expected to be released in the not too distant future, but speculation has been based on a non-RTX branded product. It is possible the Texas-based computer giant has made an assumption or even made a typo.
Apex Legends was leaked on Reddit nearly a year ago but was dismissed as fake
A map for Apex Legends was leaked on Reddit 11 months ago but was quickly dismissed by the community. A redditor called hiticonic uploaded the map image along with the caption “alleged minimap for rumored Titanfall battle royale game.” Another redditor has now created a new subreddit about the leak, allowing hiticonic to receive some belated upvotes.
Sony ends production of PlayStation Vita
Sony has discontinued production and shipment of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. The final two SKUs that were still listed on the Japanese product page now have the solemn words “shipment complete” in their respective summaries. Production of game cards for the Vita will cease at the end of March.
Samsung Galaxy A40 with Exynos SoC rumored to have a European price tag of €249
MySmartPrice has reported that the Samsung Galaxy A40 smartphone will be sold in Europe, at a price of €249 (~US$283). The device will be part of the same series as the recently launched A10, A30, and A50 smartphones. The A40 is expected to hit European markets soon and may also be sold in India at some point in the future.
Samsung Galaxy S10 passes bend test in durability test video but the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner eventually fails
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything fame has been putting a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone through his brutal durability tests. The S10 had to face blades, flames, picks, and bends as it was verbally critiqued by the surprisingly mellifluous tones of the famous YouTuber. The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner was eventually put out of action.
Vivo’s iQOO Monster gaming smartphone offers Snapdragon 855, 12 GB RAM, and 45-minute full recharge capability for under US$650
Vivo has released a series of new smartphones under its iQOO sub-brand. The iQOO devices are aimed at gamers and range from the base model with 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage up to the top-end variant (the iQOO Monster) that sports 12 GB RAM/256 GB storage. The smartphones come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and some of them feature Vivo’s 44 W Super FlashCharge technology.
Canada allows extradition proceedings to continue for Huawei CFO
The Canadian government has moved ahead with extradition proceedings in regard to the case of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. The executive will be back in court on March 6 to find out the date for her extradition hearing. The news will undoubtedly infuriate the Chinese government, which has been insisting on Meng Wanzhou’s release.
Overall GPU shipments down for Nvidia, AMD, and Intel in Q4 2018 but laptop GPU shipments rise
John Peddie Research has released its review of the GPU market for Q4 2018. Overall GPU shipments were down by 2.65% from the previous quarter, with Nvidia shipments decreasing by 7.62%, AMD’s by 6.81%, and Intel’s GPU shipments falling by 0.67%. However, GPU shipments for notebooks increased as the cryptocurrency crash continued to affect desktop GPU demand.
AMD patent spotted for variable rate shading, as featured in Nvidia Turing-based GPUs
A United States Patent Application made by AMD for variable rate shading (VRS) has been discovered. At present, the little-used technology only features in Turing-based cards from Nvidia; VRS can offer an fps increase in games that utilize it. It has been speculated that AMD plans to incorporate variable rate shading in its upcoming 7 nm Navi GPUs.
New Xbox consoles rumored for reveal at E3 2019; leaked specs feature custom AMD Navi GPUs
There is a rumor that Microsoft will take center stage at E3 2019 by revealing the expected new Xbox consoles. The consoles, codenamed Lockhart and Anaconda, are believed to feature SSDs, custom CPUs based on AMD’s Zen 2 microarchitecture, and custom Navi-based GPUs. However, the release schedule for the latest Xbox hardware is still a long way off: End of 2020.
System76 upgrades its Oryx Pro laptop with Nvidia RTX 20-series GPUs and 8th Gen Intel Core CPU
System76 has revised its Oryx Pro laptop, bringing Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs and an 8th Gen Intel Core chip into the mix. The champions of open-source software are offering potential buyers the chance to choose from an RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and an RTX 2080 graphics card. More RAM and storage options are also available in the company’s online configurator.
All around the world, which phone is the most pretty? Huawei, apparently
For those parents desperate to find a new catchy song to entertain children bored of watching “Baby Shark”, look no further. Not only is “Huawei Beauty” sung by a bunch of cute kids, the video also features a nifty dance routine and gives some handy advice about what brand smartphone you should own. Just try to ignore the unsubtle propaganda and occasional iffy imagery.
Gamers can get a glimpse of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on April 13
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will make an appearance at Star Wars Celebration Chicago on April 13. The story for the game, which is being developed by Respawn Entertainment and will be published by Electronic Arts, is based on a Padawan who manages to escape the infamous Order 66. The title is expected to be released in fall this year.
Two new snippets of information about the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 leak out
A little bit more information about Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card has been made available thanks to a Twitter post by Andreas Schilling. The tweet includes some marketing material for the upcoming GPU and there is also a small revelation about how much and what kind of memory the GTX 1650 will have.
Robert Kirkman's Skybound Games cancels Overkill's The Walking Dead and blames it on Starbreeze
Skybound Games has announced that it has terminated its contract with Starbreeze Studios for Overkill’s The Walking Dead, effectively cancelling further progress on the first-person shooter. Skybound Games is part of Skybound Entertainment, which was cofounded by the creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman.
Trypophobia sufferers like PewDiePie won't be posing for photos taken with a Nokia 9 PureView
According to a report, people are taking to social media to share their concerns about the Nokia 9 PureView and its potential to trigger symptoms in those who suffer from trypophobia. In simple terms, trypophobia is a fear (or disgust) of groups of holes or bumps. The Nokia 9 PureView’s rear penta-lens setup has a pattern that could have trypophobic effects.
Walmart discounts EVGA, MSI, and Asus GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs; Nvidia offers Founders Edition game bundle
Walmart has discounted a number of different variants of Nvidia’s expensive GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. GPUs with special offers include the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Duke 8G OC card and the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming card, both of which come with an attractive game bundle. Nvidia is also offering a good deal on the Founders Edition of the RTX 2080.
New report offers alleged prices and release dates for Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 and GTX 1650 GPUs
A report quoting “industry sources” has offered the prices and launch dates for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics cards. The GTX 1660 will apparently be released on March 15 with a minimum price tag of US$229. The even cheaper GTX 1650 will purportedly be launched on April 30 at a price starting at US$179.
Real-world photos of the Huawei P30 Pro emerge; 5G variant could be in the works
Real-world photos of the upcoming Huawei P30 Pro have been printed online by Digital Trends. The intriguing collection of images unfortunately does not include a shot of the front of the flagship smartphone as the device in question was an incomplete prototype. The P30 Pro in the photographs has a rear triple camera setup and there is no sign of a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Hands-on photos of the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop show the portly 18,000 mAh battery
ExpertReviews has published some hands-on photos of the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop and its ample 18,000 mAh battery. The smartphone, which Energizer has been displaying at MWC19, offers reasonable hardware on top of the stout battery that can also be used as a power bank. The P18K Pop has been priced at €600 (~US$681).
Press renders and specifications of the Redmi Note 7 Pro revealed
Specifications for the Redmi Note 7 Pro from Xiaomi have been spotted on TENAA. The Chinese variant of the smartphone is expected to be released very soon with an Indian variant coming shortly after. Technology tipster Ishan Agarwal has shared some press renders of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro on his Twitter account.
LG G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ offer a host of engaging features (hands-on photos)
The LG G8 ThinQ and G8s ThinQ flagship smartphones have finally made an official appearance. The G8 variant comes with numerous attractive features that should appeal to users, such as touchless commands and an OLED screen that doubles as a speaker. The G8 also has a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor, known as the Z Camera, as part of the front dual camera setup.
LG officially reveals the V50 ThinQ 5G and its optional Dual Screen (hands-on photos)
LG has unveiled the V50 ThinQ 5G flagship smartphone. The multimedia-devouring powerhouse is unsurprisingly 5G ready and houses a Snapdragon 855 behind its 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display. For more enhanced content consumption, there is an optional Dual Screen for the V50 that will offer a greater viewing area for gamers or film fans to enjoy.
Apple A14 SoCs based on TSMC's 5 nm process could feature in iPhones by 2020
It has been reported that TSMC could have a 5 nm FinFET process ready for commercial use by 2020, and the rumored Apple A14 SoC would be one of the first chips to benefit from the advanced technology. The semiconductor foundry has announced it will start risk production for 5 nm technology in the second half of this year.
Alienware Area-51m laptops configured with an RTX 2080 will receive power-boosting BIOS in April
XPS and Alienware chief Frank Azor has announced on Twitter that Alienware Area-51m RTX 2080 laptops will soon be receiving a 200 W BIOS update. The Dell executive also stated that the company is aiming for an April release for this power-boosting upgrade. The previous power limit stood at 180 W for the overclockable graphics card.
HoloLens 2 could be launched at MWC19; dozens of Microsoft staff oppose its proposed military applications
Microsoft and its CEO, Satya Nadella, will be in attendance at MWC19 in Barcelona, and it is rumored that the company’s new HoloLens 2 AR smartglasses will be revealed. However, at least 50 Microsoft employees have publicly objected to the tech giant’s US$480 million contract with the U.S. Army that involves the augmented-reality headset.
Likely Huawei P30 Pro moon shot makes your smartphone's moon photos look less than stellar
The CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, has uploaded a photo of the moon to his Weibo account that was more than likely taken with a P30 Pro smartphone. Huawei has been busy promoting the zooming qualities of its upcoming P30 series on Twitter, but the zoom shot of the moon certainly takes some beating.
Huge leak reveals specifications and prices for Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, and Xperia L3
The main specifications, pricing, and availability of Sony’s upcoming devices have been obtained and published by 91mobiles. This massive leak includes details about the flagship smartphone Xperia 1, the midrange devices Xperia 10 and Xperia 10+, and the budget-level Xperia L3. The Xperia 1, 10, and 10+ will all feature the new “CinemaWide” 21:9 aspect ratio.
Image of promotional banner for Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone leaked
A leaked image of a promotional banner has confirmed the name of the upcoming foldable 5G smartphone from Huawei: Mate X. The picture doesn’t reveal details about pricing or hardware, but it does show the foldable device in three different forms that give a clear idea of what the Huawei Mate X will look like.
Nvidia officially launches the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Nvidia has announced that its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card is now on sale. The new graphics solution can be purchased at prices starting at US$279.99. The latest addition to the GTX line-up offers 6 GB GDDR6 memory utilizing a 192-bit interface width and has 1536 CUDA cores. Its base clock is listed as 1500 MHz with a boost clock rate of 1770 MHz.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ equals Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro's Mobile scores but takes third place in the rankings
Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ flagship smartphone has amassed 109 points in DxOMark’s Mobile test for its rear-facing triple camera setup. This puts the device on equal footing with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro in terms of points, but the image quality rating website has given the S10+ third place in the overall Mobile rankings.
Anthem released to underwhelming critical response
Anthem, the action RPG developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, has been officially launched. Players get to try on exosuits known as Javelins and explore a massive open world while fighting off hordes of monstrous adversaries. Early reviews of the game have ranged from lukewarm to mixed, but it will be paying gamers who eventually decide the title’s success or failure.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ tops DxOMark's selfie charts, surpassing the Pixel 3 and Note 9
The independent benchmark DxOMark has given the Samsung Galaxy S10+ first place in its rankings for smartphone front cameras. At the moment, there are only 13 devices in the new selfie chart but Samsung has beaten out contenders from Google, Xiaomi, and Apple. The S10+’s front camera system was commended for its accurate autofocus and color capture.
Sony Xperia XZ4 with 1440p display now rumored to be Xperia 1 with 4K HDR OLED
A new rumor about the expected Sony Xperia XZ4 flagship smartphone has stated that the device could be renamed the Xperia 1. This follows the news that the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Plus are to be rebranded the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, respectively. There also seems to be a fresh leak about the type of display the Xperia 1 will be fitted with.
SK Hynix planning enormous US$107 billion semiconductor fab investment
Reuters has reported that the South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix is planning on investing 120 trillion won (~US$106.6 billion) on chip manufacturing plants. The company will also spend an additional 55 trillion won (US$49 billion) on two existing factories over the next 10 years. SK Hynix is the world’s third-largest semiconductor vendor by revenue.
Nvidia announces GeForce MX230 and MX250 laptop GPUs
Nvidia has added two new members to the MX product family: The GeForce MX230 and the GeForce MX250. Both GPUs are based on Pascal architecture, offer DirectX 12 support, and they both utilize Nvidia’s Optimus graphics-switching technology. The MX230 and MX250 also support Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL 4.6, and OpenCL 1.2 APIs.
Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable flagship smartphone has finally been officially announced. The Snapdragon 855-powered device has a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) cover display and opens up to reveal a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3) main display. The suggested price for this foldable smartphone innovation: US$1,980.
Foldable iPhone renders offer a glimpse into the future
Renders of a foldable iPhone have been created and published by LetsGoDigital. The images are based on a patent application Apple made with the USPTO. Unlike many recent foldable offerings, the smartphone does not turn into a tablet-sized device. The standout feature of this potential foldable iPhone is that it can fold inwards and outwards.
Razer realignment forces layoffs; Razer Phone 3 possibly cancelled
Razer has had to cut around 2% of its workforce due to “realignment.” It’s believed many of the staff that have been let go were involved with the company’s smartphone products. The cuts could mean that any progress on the Razer Phone 3 device has been halted while the manufacturer streamlines its operations.
Razer Phone 2 owners can expect to receive Android Pie starting February 27
It has been reported that owners of unlocked Razer Phone 2 handsets can expect to start receiving updates to Android 9 Pie from February 27. Those with carrier devices will have to wait a bit longer. This will be a relief to some as it seems the American-Singaporean company could be having some internal issues.
Images of unboxed Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti leaked on Reddit
Some images of the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti have been leaked on Reddit. The pictures show the graphics card’s box, the GPU fitted inside a computer, and a screenshot of the device’s description. Apparently, the owner of the GTX 1660 Ti paid AU$475 for the graphics card, which is roughly US$340/€300/£260.
Mi 9 Explorer Edition to come with 12 GB RAM
In the same Weibo post where he discussed the design features of the upcoming Mi 9 Explorer Edition, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also delivered a rather startling morsel of information: The smartphone will feature 12 GB memory. This would put the device on the same RAM amount level as the top-end variant of the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Sony releases MWC teaser; Xperia XA3 and XA3 Plus to be renamed Xperia 10 and 10 Plus
Sony has released a brief teaser for its upcoming appearance at MWC19. The clip has the caption “embrace a new perspective” that seems to point at the expected 21:9 aspect ratios of the Japanese company’s new smartphones. Apparently, the devices formerly known as the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Plus will be released as the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, respectively.
Xiaomi offers increased transparency with transparent Mi 9 Explorer Edition variant
Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun has posted some very interesting images of the Mi 9 Explorer Edition on Weibo. Along with the pictures, there is some text describing the process of creating the flagship smartphone’s unique transparent look, which involves a 0.3-mm sheet of micro-carved aluminum being inserted underneath the device’s back glass cover.
Impressive infographic details how the Samsung Galaxy S series has evolved, from S to S10+
Gadgetsdeck has produced a handy infographic that shows how the Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones has evolved over the last decade. The chart covers the model variants too, including the Edge devices, the Plus versions, and all three of the main models of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship smartphones.
Zotac announces Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm graphics card with fitted waterblock
Zotac has unveiled a new modified graphics card to its line-up: The Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti ArcticStorm. The Nvidia GeForce 2080 Ti-based GPU comes with a preinstalled ArcticStorm waterblock as part of a liquid cooling solution. The new card also comes with configurable lighting zones and can be fine-tuned with Zotac’s FireStorm utility software.
Raspberry Pi joins the brick-and-mortar brigade
The Raspberry Pi Foundation opened its first shop earlier this month, at the Grand Arcade shopping center in Cambridge, England. The move to a brick-and-mortar presence for the previously online-only Raspberry Pi gives enthusiasts a chance to physically browse through the products the charity has been working on, including the Pi 3A+ and Pi 3B+.
Colors for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9 unveiled, including one that will appeal to unicorn lovers
Xiaomi has published pictures of the Mi 9 flagship smartphone on its community pages in three different colors. There’s the regulatory black, a shimmering blue, and a color that has already received several different descriptions and seems to offer a dash of purple and a smattering of pink. Xiaomi has asked tweeters to retweet its post if the latter color offers “major unicorn vibes.”
TCL may be working on five foldable devices, including a possible smartphone bracelet
A report from CNET mentions that TCL Corporation could be busy working on up to five different foldable devices. It seems two of the devices are tablets, two are smartphones, and one appears to be a combination of a smartphone, smartwatch, and bracelet. The Chinese company is apparently planning to release a foldable device in 2020.
Xiaomi reveals specifications of the Mi 9's rear-facing triple camera system
Xiaomi UK has revealed the full details of the Mi 9’s rear-facing triple camera setup. There will be a 48 MP main camera, a 12 MP telephoto camera, and a 16 MP wide-angle camera. The OEM tweeted a few photographs that had been taken with the Mi 9 AI triple cameras, and there’s no denying the results do look impressive.
Facebook was the world's most popular app publisher in Q4 2018
According to data from Sensor Tower, Facebook was the top app publisher in the world for Q4 2018, with over 800 million app installations. It was also the number one publisher on Google Play, amassing nearly 700 million installs. The App Store champion publisher was Google, which managed close to 200 million installs for the quarter.
Over 25 million people play Apex Legends in its first week; Tencent may distribute it in China
Apex Legends has now been played by over 25 million people in the first week of its release. There is a rumor that Tencent Holdings is interested in becoming the official distributor of the battle royale game in China. Tencent is already involved in similar genre titles such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The Energizer Power Max P18K Pop will offer a dual pop-up selfie camera and a gargantuan 18,000 mAh battery
Energizer Mobile and Avenir Telecom have officially announced the existence of the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop smartphone. The device features a dual pop-up camera and will sport a whopping 18,000 mAh battery. It also has a triple camera system on its rear, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, and in case one mention wasn’t sufficient, a battery with an incredible 18,000 mAh capacity.
JPMorgan Chase embraces blockchain and creates a cryptocurrency called JPM Coin
CNBC has reported that JPMorgan Chase has developed a new cryptocurrency that will be called JPM Coin. The digital currency will apparently be used in the banking company’s “wholesale payments business.” The JPM Coin will adopt the stablecoin concept, in that its price will not change as one JPM Coin will be worth one US dollar.
Sony Xperia L3 renders and specifications leaked
Renders and specifications of the Sony Xperia L3 smartphone have been published online. Unsurprisingly, the details are underwhelming, although this is only an entry-level device from the Japanese manufacturer after all. It does seem that the latest entrant into the L range will at least exhibit a revised design language though.
Remember to have protection on Valentine's Day - for your data
A popular dating app, Coffee Meets Bagel, has revealed that it has suffered from a major data breach. Apparently, over 6.1 million accounts were affected by the hacks, which took place in late 2017 and again in May 2018. Coffee Meets Bagel users were informed of the cyber attack on the worst day possible for those looking for love: Valentine’s Day.
Realistic renders of Samsung foldable smartphone with dual display posted online
LetsGoDigital has taken another shot at creating renders of Samsung’s upcoming foldable Galaxy smartphone. Since the “accidental” leak of the Samsung Vietnam Unpacked video there have been some question marks raised over what the foldable device will actually look like, as the smartphone shown in the video is vastly different to the one shown at the 2018 Developer Conference.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 tops Steam's GPU survey while RTX cards and AMD's RX Vega make an appearance
Steam has released the details of its hardware and software survey for January 2019. In terms of PC video card usage, Nvidia absolutely dominates the chart with 74% of users having a GPU from the green team. The GeForce GTX 1060 is the most popular graphics card, while the highest-ranked non-Nvidia product is AMD’s Radeon R7 Graphics in 14th place.
Latest Nintendo Direct broadcast features Zelda, Hellblade, Dragon Quest, Fire Emblem, Tetris, and of course Mario
The latest Nintendo Direct broadcast has revealed a treasure trove of games and plans that will keep even the fussiest Nintendo fan content. Among the games featured were Super Mario Maker 2, a battle royale version of Tetris called Tetris 99, and Dragon Quest XI. However, the presentation’s main event was clearly the introduction of the gorgeous-looking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
Analysts estimate Google paid Apple US$9.5 billion in 2018 for default search engine status
Analysts for the financial services giant Goldman Sachs have estimated that Google paid Apple around US$9.5 billion over the calendar year 2018 to remain the default search engine on iOS-powered devices. Bankers are concerned that Apple, especially its Services division, is relying too heavily on this particular revenue source.
Samsung offering up to US$550 off a Galaxy S10 smartphone purchase for trade-in reservations
Samsung is offering a decent trade-in deal for those early birds who are willing to make a reservation for a qualifying Galaxy smartphone. The South Korean manufacturer will give up to US$550 in credit, depending on the valuation of your trade-in handset, towards the purchase of “Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy device”. Those who reserve during the qualifying period will also get US$50 of credit for accessories.
Samsung Galaxy S10 series leak roundup: colors, cameras, hardware, prices
Notebookcheck has reported frequently on rumors and leaks surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 series. There is a considerable amount of excitement about the flagship smartphones from the South Korean manufacturer, and it is easy to forget details about the S10e, S10, and S10+ in all the press activity. This roundup should help give an idea of what to expect from each of the devices.
Expertly created renders of Xiaomi's foldable device are superb but highlight one potential issue
LetsGoDigital has published some fantastic artistic renders of Xiaomi’s upcoming foldable device, which could end up being called the Xiaomi Dual Flex, the Xiaomi MIX Flex, or something completely different. The device in the renders certainly catches the eye with its sophisticated look and somewhat slender profile. But the images also show a facet of the foldable that could end up bothering some users.
Release date for Dell XPS 15 and Alienware m15 with OLED panels seemingly pushed back to April
A press release from Dell published in early January stated that the Dell XPS 15, Alienware m15, and Dell G7 15 laptops would be offered with OLED panel options starting in March. Unfortunately for those waiting to snap up a Dell laptop with this type of display, company executive Frank Azor has now stated that April is the current target.
Fortnite rakes in US$500 million on iOS in less than a year
Market intelligence analyst Sensor Tower has estimated that Fortnite has amassed over US$500 million in revenue in less than a year on iOS alone. The battle royale smash hit from Epic Games has been making about US$1.53 million a day since it was released on the App Store. Android gamers have contributed another US$100 million on top of that.
Electric shock risk forces Dell to recall Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank accessory for laptops
Dell has had to recall certain versions of its portable charging device, the Hybrid Adapter + Power Bank, because of the risk of electric shock. Apparently, the casing of the black adapter part of the accessory can break, which in turn exposes metal components that could pose a hazard. Dell has already received 11 reports of this occurring.
Medals for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops
The medals awarded at the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in Tokyo, Japan will be made of recycled electronics, including old laptops and smartphones. The project to collect the required metal for gold, silver, and bronze medals commenced in 2017, and organizers have stated that they are well on course to hit the necessary targets.
Xiaomi patent for full-screen smartphone with 4-sided edge display turned into beautiful renders
A patent for a Xiaomi smartphone with a full-screen display that extends halfway down the device’s edges has been spotted by LetsGoDigital. The same publication has crafted impressive renders of an elegant-looking smartphone based on the drawings included in the patent. Little additional information is offered in the patent filing.
Sprint files a lawsuit against AT&T over 5G E branding
The American telecommunications company Sprint has filed a lawsuit against AT&T in relation to the latter’s use of the term “5G Evolution”. Obviously, there is a lot of excitement about 5G connectivity and major brands are naturally trying to take advantage of consumer interest. Sprint believes AT&T is involved in outright deception.
Possibly erroneous Geekbench listing shows Google Pixel 4 with 2 GB RAM and Android 10 OS
A listing for a Google Pixel 4 device has turned up on Geekbench that shows some surprising details and unimpressive benchmark results. The smartphone, which has the codename “sargo” associated with it in the Geekbench post, will apparently offer 2 GB RAM and an octa-core processor with a base clock of 1.80 GHz.
10 million gamers try Apex Legends in its first 72 hours of release
Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella has posted some news on the Electronic Arts website to share information about how the new battle royale game Apex Legends is doing. Apparently, over 10 million people have now tried the game within its first 72 hours of release. Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe.
Leaked press render: Canary Yellow Samsung Galaxy S10e needs to be seen to be believed
Samsung has apparently got imaginative with the available color schemes for the upcoming Galaxy S10e variant of the expected flagship smartphone series. We already reported on a Canary Yellow version, and thanks to talented tipster Ishan Agarwal, we can now see what it’s actually going to look like. If you are reading this post on your device with the display at full brightness then you might want to turn it down a few notches first!
Microsoft brings the Surface Pro 6, Laptop 2, Studio 2, and Surface Headphones to many new markets
Microsoft has announced in a blog post that the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 devices are now launching in 20 more markets worldwide. The tech giant also revealed that its Surface Headphones will be coming to eight new markets starting in March, including Canada, New Zealand, and Germany.
Purported press render of the Nokia 9 PureView shows thick bezels and five cameras
A leaked alleged press render of the upcoming Nokia 9 PureView flagship smartphone seems to have confirmed what most were expecting: That the device will sport an impressive rear-facing quintuple camera setup. That’s a whole two more sensors than anything in Samsung’s Galaxy S10 line-up. However, the Nokia 9 also features some hefty bezels.
Brief hands-on video and live images of the Vivo V15 Pro smartphone leaked online
Some live photos of the upcoming Vivo V15 Pro have been published by MySmartPrice, along with a very brief hands-on video. The Chinese manufacturer has provided the upcoming V15 smartphones with still uncommon pop-up selfie cameras, and the video shows the Pro version with a unique black and red gradient finish on the rear cover.
Major Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks: Live images and reverse wireless chargeable Galaxy Buds
A new set of leaks concerning the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 has appeared, including information and a picture of a brand-new product. There are some live photos of two different Galaxy S10 devices in the hand, and there is an image of a pair of wireless earbuds in their case that look like they are being reverse wirelessly charged by an S10+.
Dell's Frank Azor confirms there will be no 32 GB version of the XPS 15 9575 convertible
Frank Azor, the man in charge of the XPS series at Dell, has confirmed that there will not be a 32 GB variant of the XPS 15 9575 convertible. The executive recently tweeted the news that now seems to be the final nail in the coffin for this once expected device. The Dell XPS 15 9575 has been praised for its impressive build quality, bright display, and powerful performance.
Microsoft Studios rebranded as Xbox Game Studios
Microsoft Studios has been renamed Xbox Game Studios. The announcement was made by the corporate vice president of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, in a news post on the Xbox website. The idea is to bring all Microsoft and Xbox gaming-related business under a single brand, which is made up of 13 game development studios.
EA "only" sold 7.3 million copies of Battlefield V, 1 million fewer than hoped for
It has been reported that around 7.3 million units of Battlefield V have been sold since it was released in November last year. EA’s stock price fell after the company announced a cut in its revenue outlook, but the price rose later in the day and closed at a higher price than the previous day. For Q3 FY19, EA reported total net revenue of US$1.289 billion.
Titanfall universe battle royale game Apex Legends attracts 1 million players in under 8 hours
Vince Zampella, one of the founders of Respawn Entertainment, has announced that the new battle royale game Apex Legends has broken the one million unique players mark in under eight hours. The impressive feat is testament to a combination of the genre’s popularity and the huge Titanfall fanbase. Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe.
Leaked live photo of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ teases white ceramic back
Famous leaker Evan Blass has provided another glimpse into what Samsung is preparing with the upcoming Galaxy S10 line-up. This time, he has offered a live photo of one of the Galaxy S10+ variants. The picture shows barely a whole corner of the device, but it is sufficient enough to see the rear-facing triple camera setup and a small part of the Samsung logo.
Renders based on Samsung foldable smartphone video leak published
A number of new renders have been published by LetsGoDigital based on the glimpse of the foldable smartphone in the recently leaked video from Samsung Vietnam. The latest images reflect the surprisingly slim-looking front screen and the amount of icons that can be seen on the display in smartphone mode. However, this might not be the device Samsung is planning on revealing.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ with Exynos 9820 beats out Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 on Geekbench but trails behind Apple's A12 Bionic
A Samsung Galaxy S10+ variant with the model number SM-G975F has been spotted on Geekbench by MySmartPrice, and it has delivered some impressive scores. It managed 4,472 in the single-core test and scored 10,387 points in the multi-core benchmark. This particular version of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 SoC.
Instagram egg finally reveals its purpose - to raise awareness of mental health issues
The Instagram egg, also known as the world_record_egg, has finally come out of its shell to reveal its purpose to the world. In a clip shown on Super Bowl Sunday and sponsored by the streaming company Hulu, the egg showed it had cracked under the pressure of social media. The video ends by providing a link for Mental Health America.
Memorable Microsoft Super Bowl commercial for the Xbox Adaptive Controller tops advertising review
Microsoft has been receiving praise for the Xbox Adaptive Controller commercial that was shown this Super Bowl Sunday. The clip, which was called “We All Win,” gives some children with disabilities the opportunity to speak about their love of video gaming. The Microsoft device helps users create customized controllers, giving the kids an opportunity to “crush my friends” as one pleased young gamer admits.
Huawei teases its foldable phone on Twitter to some consternation
Huawei Mobile has taken to Twitter to finally show off its upcoming foldable phone, or at least a very small part of it. However, some tweeters have responded to Huawei’s post, which is basically a promo for the company’s presence at MWC19, with some concerns over the foldable’s seemingly askew appearance.
Alleged photo of Mi 9 accidentally leaked by Xiaomi product manager
A live photo of what is believed to be the Xiaomi Mi 9 has been posted online. The Chinese company’s product manager initially uploaded the picture to his Weibo account but then deleted it shortly afterwards. Although only a portion of the smartphone’s rear side can be seen, it has led to some details being apparently confirmed.
Rumored pop-up camera for the Samsung Galaxy A90
Ice universe has been stating an opinion over the rumored Samsung Galaxy A90 smartphone, summing it up in a single word: “perfect”. It seems the renowned leaker was talking about the device’s screen and the supposed use of a pop-up camera to solve the notch/punch-hole quandary. Little is known about the purported upper midrange device as of yet.
Titanfall rumor focuses on battle royale game, not sequel
A new game based in the Titanfall universe is expected to be announced and released on February 4, but apparently it won’t be a sequel to the critically praised Titanfall 2 title. The battle royale-style game is called Apex Legends, and it will be free to play and feature loot crates and microtransactions, but it won’t feature any Titans.
Render and specifications of rumored Lenovo Tab V7 leaked
Droid Shout has received a tip claiming Lenovo has a new tablet in the works. The device, which is apparently called the Lenovo Tab V7, is expected to be a midrange slate that runs on Android 9 Pie straight out of the box. The latest addition to the Chinese manufacturer’s tablet line-up could be announced at MWC19.
Huawei to finish Schubert's Unfinished Symphony with the help of a Mate 20 Pro
Huawei will soon be revealing how its Mate 20 Pro smartphone and its Kirin 980 SoC fared with completing Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D 759 – better known to the world as the Unfinished Symphony. The finished Schubert/Huawei symphony will be performed at Cadogan Hall in London on February 4.
Image of AMD Radeon VII being tested posted on Twitter
An image of an AMD Radeon VII graphics card being tested has been uploaded to TweakTown’s Twitter account. Clearly the photo is being used as a teaser for the site’s upcoming benchmarks for the much-anticipated GPU from the red team. LegitReviews has also announced that tests are underway on the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card.
Huawei could be working on a new processor called Pikiu
A European Union Intellectual Property Office trademark application has been spotted by LetsGoDigital for “Pikiu”. The application was made at the end of January and comes under NICE classification 9, which includes chips and chipsets. It has been deduced that the trademark application has been made on behalf of Huawei, meaning Pikiu could be a new processor from the Chinese manufacturer.
Energizer at MWC19: 26 phones, 18,000 mAh batteries, pop-up cameras, and even a foldable device
Energizer has announced that it will be unveiling 26 new phone models at MWC19 Barcelona. The American company, which is renowned for its long-lasting batteries and bunny mascot, has given Avenir license to use its name on phones and related accessories. Among the 26 products there will be a foldable smartphone, phones with pop-up cameras, and apparently a device boasting an 18,000 mAh battery.
HP offers Battlefield V and/or Anthem for free with RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti gaming desktops
HP is currently promoting a deal that will give gamers a chance to properly test out a system that includes an Nvidia GeForce 20 series GPU. The manufacturer is giving away either Battlefield V or Anthem with qualifying PCs that have an RTX 2070, while both titles can be obtained for free if an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti gaming desktop computer is purchased.
Renders show beautiful potential of Huawei Mate 5G foldable smartphone
Renders produced by the talented team at LetsGoDigital have given extraordinary life to some rather bland-looking Huawei patent drawings. The patent in question is for a foldable smartphone that could end up being the Chinese company’s expected 5G foldable device. It is believed the handset will feature a single bendable display that covers the exterior.
Images of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ in their European launch colors leaked
New images of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ have been leaked showing the smartphones in a range of three different colors. The colors are expected to be for handsets for the European market: There is black, a metallic green, and white with a pearlescent effect. The upcoming flagship smartphones are also expected to come in blue at some point in the future.
Sony Xperia XZ4 rumor roundup: 52 MP camera, 4400 mAh battery, full specs, and a deep purple color option
New rumors about the Sony Xperia XZ4 have started appearing, including the possibility that the flagship smartphone will feature a 52 MP sensor in its rumored triple camera setup. A leaked specifications sheet claims that the Japanese manufacturer has also got creative with color options and will offer the device in black, silver, blue, or deep purple.
Rammus is back and seems to be a Google tablet with an Amber Lake-Y CPU
MySmartPrice has discovered another Geekbench listing for the mysterious “Rammus” device. The latest appearance on Geekbench has thrown up some interesting information, such as the mention of an Intel Core i7-8500Y processor and Android 9 as the potential operating system. The page itself is specifically titled “Google Rammus.”
Apple employee charged with theft of confidential self-driving car information
It has been reported that a former Apple employee has been charged with stealing information about self-driving cars from the Cupertino company. The worker, named as Jizhong Chen, has been accused of taking photos in sensitive areas and obtaining detailed information about the secret project with the intention of passing the details on to a rival Chinese firm.
Samsung officially announces mass production of 1 TB eUFS smartphone storage
Samsung Electronics has posted a news item to announce the fact that mass production has started on its 1 TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution. The 1 TB eUFS has been measured producing a sequential read speed of 1000 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 260 MB/s. As Samsung carefully points out, this makes it faster than a typical SATA SSD.
Noctua introduces second-generation thermal compound NT-H2
The Austrian company Noctua has issued a press release to announce the introduction of the new NT-H2 thermal compound. The award-winning cooler manufacturer claims the second generation of its “enthusiast-grade” paste managed to deliver up to 2 °C lower temperatures in the firm’s tests than the predecessor NT-H1. The thermal paste will be available in 3.5 g and 10 g packages.
US officially charges Huawei and Meng Wanzhou with financial fraud; company also accused of commercial espionage
A 13-count indictment has been announced against Huawei and the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, mostly in relation to fraud. Two of the Chinese manufacturer’s affiliates, Huawei Device USA and Skycom Tech, have also been included in the charges. A separate 10-count indictment against the same firm was also unsealed, charging Huawei with theft of trade secrets among other things.
Nvidia financial guidance lowered; RTX GPU sales weaker than expected
Nvidia has announced that the financial guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 has been lowered. A forecast revenue figure of US$2.70 billion had previously been given, but this has now been reduced to US$2.20 billion. One of the reasons given for the disappointing update was the apparent sales figures for the RTX series based on Turing microarchitecture, which were weaker than expected.
Samsung to replace plastic with paper; phone chargers will now get matte finish
Samsung has announced in a press release its intentions to become considerably more environmentally friendly. The company will ditch product plastic packaging and replace it with various alternatives, including paper, pulp, and other recycled materials. The smartphone manufacturer’s revised policy also means that phone chargers will lose their glossy finish.
Watch out Fortnite, PUBG Lite is on the way
PUBG Lite has been announced, and it is currently in beta testing but for players in Thailand only. The concept behind the battle royale title is to bring the PUBG experience to gamers who may not have the hardware requirements to play the full game. The developer team has also revealed that the game will be free to play.
Demo booth photo suggests Samsung Galaxy S10 range will support reverse wireless charging
It seems that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship smartphones could feature reverse wireless charging. Thanks to a photo of what looks like a demo booth controller, speculation has risen that the South Korean manufacturer will take a leaf out of Huawei’s book and include the capability to wirelessly charge other phones with its much-anticipated devices.
Xiaomi Redmi Go renders and specifications leaked
The specifications and renders of the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Go smartphone have been leaked online. Teenage leaker Ishan Agarwal tweeted a spec sheet and some images of the budget-level device that had initially been spotted by Philippines-based tech site Revü. It is expected the smartphone will be released on the Indian market soon.
Intel chief expects chip supply to improve by mid-2019; company reports US$70 billion revenue
Intel’s current interim CEO, Bob Swan, has stated in an earnings call that he expects the company’s chip shortage to ease by the middle of the year. However, focus is expected to be on producing high-performance processors whilst the supply of “value end” silicon will remain limited. Intel also reported revenue of US$70.8 billion for 2018, up by 13% from 2017.
HMD brings Nokia phones to North American carriers in new deal
HMD Global has announced new collaborations with North American carriers to bring Nokia phones to users in that continent. The Finnish company has made deals with Verizon and Cricket Wireless in the US and Rogers Communications in Canada so that the carriers will start offering their customers products from the Nokia range. The Nokia 3.1 Plus and the Nokia 2 V will be the first offerings from HMD.
Dell launches new Ubuntu-based XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition range
A new device has been added to Dell’s Project Sputnik line-up: the XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition. Dell had already announced the XPS 13 9380, and the listed operating systems in the technical specifications sheet included Ubuntu 18.04. The Developer Edition of the laptop is now available in the US, Canada and Europe regions, with a price starting at US$739.99.
Forget chess and Go - artificial intelligence can now beat humans in StarCraft II
DeepMind Technologies will be celebrating after its AlphaStar AI managed to defeat two human opponents in the popular RTS game StarCraft II. Five versions of AlphaStar were created to compete against each other, with the AI winner taking on highly ranked professional players. DeepMind, which is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has already managed to create a program that beat some of the world’s best players at Go.
Smart speaker specialist Sonos could be targeting the headphones market
There has been a report published stating that the American consumer electronics manufacturer Sonos is planning a foray into the headphones market. The company is probably best known for its work with smart speakers and other home-based sound equipment. Rumor has it that Sonos will be targeting the top end of the market where headphones can cost hundreds of dollars.
Acer announces school-friendly Chromebook 512 laptop and Chromebook Spin 512 convertible
Acer has introduced two new devices to its considerable line-up: the Chromebook 512 and the Chromebook Spin 512. The 12-inch laptops have been specifically designed with education in mind, and they both feature Intel processors and have displays with 3:2 aspect ratios. The Chromebook 512 comes in touch and non-touch options, while the Spin convertible comes with a dockable stylus.
Acer unveils the TravelMate B114-21 laptop with 7th Gen AMD chips and Radeon graphics
Acer has announced the AMD-powered TravelMate B114-21 laptop at the 2019 British Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT). The 14-inch device, which is aimed at students and educators alike, can be fitted with either an A4-9120C APU with AMD’s Radeon R4 graphics or the slightly faster A6-9220C APU with Radeon R5 graphics.
Dell could be planning 120 Hz or 144 Hz panel options for the Alienware m17 gaming laptop
There is a possibility that Dell could be considering incorporating a 120 Hz or 144 Hz panel with the Alienware m17 laptop at some point in the future, although nothing concrete has been confirmed (or denied). The topic was raised when Dell’s Frank Azor asked a concerned gamer on Twitter what they would miss about the Alienware R4 series.
Concept video for iPhone XI offers ideas for Apple to adopt or avoid
A concept video of the next-generation iPhone has been uploaded to YouTube by Hasan Kaymak. The clip shows a beautifully crafted smartphone that would either be the device of an Apple fan’s dreams, or a huge disappointment for those who are concerned that the Cupertino company could emulate Huawei by incorporating a square-shaped triple camera setup on the rear.
French regulatory body fines Google €50 million for GDPR violations
The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has imposed a fine of €50 million (~US$56.8 million) on Google for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The huge penalty has been justified by the regulatory body based on the severity of the violations, Google’s popularity with French users, and the fact that the infringements were ongoing.
Apple store lists iPhone SE from US$249 - stock clearance or making way for the SE 2?
Apple has surprisingly re-listed the iPhone SE on its online store. The popular smartphone, which was released in March 2016, was recently discontinued (September 2018), so its reappearance has created some speculation. Apple might be just looking to boost iPhone sales figures and clear out old stock; it’s unlikely that this development will point to the announcement of an iPhone SE2.
Apple strikes back at the stock market; Amazon tops Microsoft
Apple’s stock price has been experiencing an upturn over the last couple of weeks. After reaching a 52-week low of US$142, the Apple empire struck back, and the latest price for the Cupertino company currently stands at US$156.82. In terms of market capitalization value, Amazon has now overtaken Microsoft.
Samsung makes trademark applications for Galaxy J2 Shine device
Trademark applications made by Samsung for “Galaxy J2 Shine” have been spotted by LetsGoDigital. The South Korean manufacturer recently released the Galaxy J2 Core, a budget-friendly smartphone operating on Google’s streamlined Android Go. It seems likely that a Galaxy J2 Shine device would also run on the optimized platform.
Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks: Image of the S10E, S10 and S10+ together; ceramic back for the latter
Two familiar names in the smartphone-leaking business have dropped some new information about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 series. Evan Blass has uploaded a photo of three devices, labeled as “S10E,” “S10,” and “S10+,” which show the smartphones front and rear in protective cases. Meanwhile, Ice universe has tweeted that a version of the S10+ will come with a fancy ceramic back cover.
Frank Azor confirms the new Dell XPS 15 will not feature the RTX 2060
Dell executive and prolific tweeter, Frank Azor, has once more taken to the social network with information that will be disappointing to some. The owner of a Dell XPS 15 9530 asked Azor if the company was planning on fitting the new Dell XPS 15 with Nvidia’s powerful GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. The response was resoundingly negative.
Could Sony Mobile's business spell doom for the Xperia XZ4? Probably not
It has been reported that Sony Mobile is considering departing several key markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asian regions. The telecommunications arm of the Japanese tech giant has struggled to keep up with rivals such as Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, and there has been speculation Sony would exit the smartphone market entirely. But Sony fans can relax, the Xperia XZ4 isn’t doomed.
AMD releases statement countering rumored limited availability of the Radeon VII
AMD has issued a statement in regard to the recent rumor that only 5,000 Radeon VII GPUs were going to be made available for sale at release time. However, the statement has not explicitly confirmed or refuted the claim of a limited run of units. It simply mentions that the company expects to be able to meet initial demand for the much-heralded chip.
Google coughs up US$40 million to acquire some of Fossil's smartwatch technology
Fossil Group has issued a press release to announce a US$40 million deal with Google. The search engine giant will be purchasing intellectual property (IP) from the well-known American designer label in regard to smartwatch technology. There has been speculation that Google is preparing to mount a challenge to Apple’s current dominance of the smartwatch market.
Moto G7 device with Snapdragon SoC and 3 GB RAM turns up on Geekbench
One of the upcoming Motorola Moto G7 variants has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing for the device reports an msm8953 motherboard, which would usually point to a Snapdragon 625 SoC. However, MySmartPrice believes the processor identifier for the test device suggests the smartphone will actually come with a Snapdragon 660.
Dangerous challenges and pranks join porn and hate speech on YouTube's banned list
YouTube has amended its policies in regard to content that depicts dangerous challenges and pranks. Videos that encourage or show activities that could lead to physical harm, make people think they are in danger, or show pranks that could be upsetting to children, have all been banned. The recent popularity of the so-called “Bird Box Challenge” is believed to have been a contributing factor to the updated policy.
Google discontinues Chromecast Audio
Google has officially confirmed the discontinuation of the Chromecast Audio device. A quick glance at Google’s online store lists the music-streaming gadget as out of stock, after recently receiving a heavy price cut from US$35 to just US$15. It may be possible to buy the device in some outlets while they still have stock remaining.
Dell to release a new XPS 15 model with a 4K OLED panel in March
Dell has revealed that it plans to start offering the XPS 15 with an OLED panel in March 2019. Such a laptop would be able to offer a much better contrast ratio and more vivid colors than its LCD-wielding counterparts. It’s also possible the new XPS 15 might follow in the footsteps of the refreshed XPS 13 and have its webcam placed on the top edge of the screen.
Lenovo leads PC shipments for 4Q18 and for the year overall
According to preliminary estimates by Gartner, Lenovo was the world’s largest PC vendor in 2018 in terms of units shipped. The Chinese company was at the top of the pile for the last quarter of the year (4Q18) and beat out HP and Dell for the year overall. However, Lenovo only came third for 4Q18 shipments in the US, behind HP and Dell.
Reviews of the Royole FlexPai are coming in - first but flawed foldable phone
Early reviews of Royole’s foldable FlexPai device have come in, and it seems the main attraction of the smartphone is what everyone expected it to be: Its flexibility. The company has done well in beating major players like Samsung and Huawei to the crown of producing the first fully foldable phone, but it has done this by creating a seemingly flawed handset.
"The performance is lousy" - Nvidia CEO reviews AMD's Radeon VII
The outspoken CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, has been offering some choice comments about AMD’s exciting new GPU, the Radeon VII. It seems Huang isn’t too worried about competition from the revolutionary new release, labeling it “underwhelming” whilst claiming that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 will “crush it.” The AMD Radeon VII is based on a 7 nm manufacturing process.
Omnicharge attracts over US$1 million in crowdfunding for its impressive 40,300 mAh power bank
Omnicharge has managed to secure funding of over US$1 million on Indiegogo for its Omni Ultimate battery-charging solution. The device offers a colossal 40,300 mAh (145 Wh) battery capacity but is considerably more portable than some of its rivals. It comes with a plethora of features to help it stand out of the small crowd of mega-chargers, including the ability to replace depleted batteries on the go.
Lenovo introduces the transformable Yoga Mouse with laser presenter
Lenovo has announced the transformable Yoga Mouse with laser presenter. This sleek-looking peripheral has the ability to turn from a V-shaped mouse into a flat laser presenter with just a simple twist of a hinge. Up to 1600 DPI tracking promises accurate mouse movement, and the four-button device weighs in at just 0.14 lbs (63 g).
Lenovo shows off with 2-in-1 Smart Tab P10 and Smart Dock
Lenovo has unveiled the 2-in-1 Smart Tab P10 tablet and Smart Dock. The versatile P10 device offers typical usage scenarios in Tablet Mode, but when it is added to the Smart Dock it switches to Show Mode and incorporates Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant for hands-free interaction. It’s then simple enough to use the smart screen to watch videos or listen to music.
Lenovo's Smart Tab M10 comes with Smart Dock and Amazon Alexa to make your home smarter
Lenovo’s new Smart Tab M10 tablet with Smart Dock has been revealed. The 10.1-inch tablet comes with a Smart Dock and Amazon Alexa to beef up its potential usage scenarios. Users can easily integrate the device from the Chinese manufacturer into their smart home and use it to help with day-to-day tasks around the house or simply enjoy its Smart Screen ability.
Lenovo's Smart Clock will make sure you're always on time
Lenovo has introduced a new device to its Smart Home family: The Lenovo Smart Clock. According to the Chinese manufacturer, the Smart Clock can learn the sleeping habits of users and comes with Google Assistant, so it should offer quite a lot more features than just telling the time and waking you up in the morning.
Samsung attempts a refresh in gaming with its Notebook Odyssey
Samsung has announced details of its latest gaming device, the Samsung Notebook Odyssey. The South Korean manufacturer introduced its Odyssey line-up in early 2017 and now the company has put together a new laptop to try to entice gamers away from the usual suspects. An 8th generation hexa-core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 come as part of the package.
Asus combines a Wi-Fi router and a smart speaker to create Lyra Voice
Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced the Lyra Voice device, or 3-in-1 Smart Voice Router. The gadget combines an AC2200 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi router with two 8 W stereo speakers and includes Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. The device even features network security provided by Trend Micro, and it has an MSRP of US$219.99.
Slim and light Asus StudioBook S (W700) offers Intel Xeon CPU and Nvidia Quadro P3200 GPU
Asus has revealed the StudioBook S (W700) workstation that comes with either an Intel Xeon E-2176 or an Intel Core i7-8750H processor and an Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics card. The powerful 2.39 kg/5.27 lb laptop, which is aimed at content creation professionals, also comes with a Pantone-validated 17-inch FHD NanoEdge display and up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM.
Asus reveals the TUF Gaming FX505DY and FX705DY laptops with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H and Radeon RX 560X
Asus has announced the TUF Gaming FX505DY and FX705DY laptops featuring AMD’s Ryzen 5 3550H APU and Radeon RX 560X GPU. If that isn’t enough to tempt prospective buyers, the Taiwanese manufacturer has also incorporated IPS-level FHD NanoEdge displays into the two laptops that utilize AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology for enhancing gaming sessions.
Samsung patent shows electronic device with two magnetically connected smartphones
A patent application made to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been found that shows an electronic device consisting of two smartphones being linked magnetically. The patent, which was published on January 3, was originally filed by Samsung. The smartphone parts would contain holder magnets and a cylindrical magnet, allowing users to connect them for activities such as video-watching and gaming.
Samsung's upcoming foldable smartphone may have a triple camera setup
It has been reported that Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone may have a triple camera setup among its hardware. The source of the rumor believes the South Korean manufacturer will use a similar system as already found on the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018). If this latest news is accurate, then it seems the foldable flagship will be bristling with high-end components.
Upcoming Resident Evil 2 remaster takes reimagining to a new level
Resident Evil fans will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get their hands on the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remaster that’s being released by Capcom on January 25. The developers have taken the classic 1998 survival horror hit and completely updated the visuals for a 21st century audience. In addition, the popular character Ada Wong has received a new look.
Donald Trump tells Tim Cook that Apple should make iPhones in the US
US President Donald Trump has been giving his opinion about Apple’s recent rollercoaster ride at the stock market. The POTUS stated that he had told Tim Cook, who is apparently one of Trump’s friends, that Apple should bring production of the iPhone and its other hardware to the US. The Chinese-US trade war is believed to have affected the Cupertino company’s revenue.
Amazon executive reveals sales of over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices
In an interview with The Verge, Amazon’s SVP of devices and services, David Limp, has revealed how many devices have been sold that have Alexa built into them. Apparently, over 100 million speakers, smartphones, gadgets and other pieces of hardware have been sold around the world featuring Amazon’s virtual assistant.
Patent seems to show LG moving ahead with foldable smartphone ideas
LG has applied for a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for what is innocuously titled “electronic device.” The drawings included in the files show a foldable device that utilizes a spring-loaded hinge to turn a regular-sized smartphone into something that more resembles a tablet.
Sony's Xperia L3, XA3, and XA3 Ultra will be released running Android Oreo
LetsGoDigital has discovered that Sony’s upcoming smartphones, the Xperia L3, the Xperia XA3, and the Xperia XA3 Ultra will be released operating on versions of Android Oreo. Even more surprising is the detail that the budget-level L3 will use Android 8.1, while the midrange XA3 and XA3 Ultra devices will operate on the slightly older Android 8.0 OS.
Video of possible Xiaomi device grabs attention with smooth folding demonstration
A new video recently released on Evan Blass’ Twitter account appears to show a foldable device, allegedly manufactured by Xiaomi, in action. The well-known tipster isn’t himself sure of the video’s veracity, but it has been garnering a considerable amount of comments from excited viewers. Fake or not, it certainly offers an enticing glimpse into one of 2019’s hottest technologies.
Apple's stock price takes a dive
Apple’s stock price plummeted on the NASDAQ today. The previous close for the Cupertino company stood at US$157.92. However, at the time of writing, the stock price had fallen to US$142.19, leaving the iPhone maker with a market capitalization value of around US$674.7 billion. Apple’s stock price hasn’t been this low since the first half of 2017.
Asus announces Mini PC ProArt PA90 workstation featuring Intel Core i9-9900K
Asus has issued a press release to reveal the new Mini PC ProArt PA90 compact workstation computer. The Taiwanese manufacturer has managed to pack some impressive hardware into the device, including up to an i9-9900K processor, 64 GB RAM, and up to an Nvidia Quadro P4000 GPU option. The Mini PC is aimed at professionals who deal with CAD elements in their workflow.
Renders of the Honor 8A show waterdrop notch and single rear camera
Press renders of the Honor 8A smartphone have been released. The images show the device to have a central waterdrop notch on the front accompanied by a bezel at the bottom with the maker’s name emblazoned on it. The smartphone’s rear shows a single 13 MP camera with a flash beneath it, and there is another “Honor” logo at the bottom.
Oppo's Limn device could be a foldable tablet
The Chinese consumer electronics company Oppo has applied for a trademark for “Limn” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The application was made at the end of December and comes under the Nice classification number 9, which includes computers, tablets, and smartphones. There has been some speculation that Oppo may be planning on releasing a foldable tablet.
Revealing Samsung Galaxy S10+ case video clip offers fresh details about the upcoming flagship
Renowned tipster Ice universe has released a video online that purportedly shows two protective cases for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone. The cases are tested for size on a Galaxy S9+, an Oppo Find X, and a Galaxy Note 9. During the testing, a few details about the plus-sized flagship seem to be indirectly confirmed.
New details about Samsung's Galaxy M10 emerge
A filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the Samsung Galaxy M10 smartphone has thrown up a couple of new details about the device. The M10’s measurements have been specified at a length of 155.7 mm and a width of 75.88 mm, and the display diagonal has been confirmed as 153.2 mm, which is equivalent to 6.03 inches.
Wi-Fi Alliance certifies LG's upcoming Q9
A certificate granted by the Wi-Fi Alliance for the LG Q9 has been spotted by Droid Shout. The certification listing offers a little bit more information about the upcoming smartphone, such as that it will operate on Android 9 Pie and will support the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards. The mid-range device is expected to come with a Snapdragon 660.
Man claims iPhone XS Max exploded in his pants pocket
An article published by iDrop News reports than an Ohio man has suffered injury from his iPhone XS Max catching fire whilst in the back pocket of his pants. Apparently, the device was completely destroyed in the incident, and the blaze also damaged his pants and burned the skin of his buttocks. It seems the individual is now considering legal action against Apple.
Samsung rumored to be working on budget Galaxy Home speaker
Samsung has already announced the Galaxy Home smart speaker, and it appears the South Korean tech giant could already be working on another device in the new series. The Galaxy Home is expected to be a premium-level device, but in a market saturated with budget-accessible speakers, it seems Samsung has taken note and is preparing a “mini” version of its upcoming smart speaker.
Essential Phone now out of stock...permanently
Essential Products has revealed that there are no plans to add “new inventory” to its stock of Essential Phones, which basically means the device is being discontinued. The smartphone was released in August 2017 and was widely commended for its design and performance. It’s believed around 150,000 of the PH-1 devices were sold.
Black version of the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 spotted
A new variant of the AMD Radeon RX 590 has been spotted by HEXUS. The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 8GD5 OC has been listed on the Sapphire Technologies website. However, it seems the only difference between the latest addition and the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 8GD5 Special Edition is the color. The new version of the GPU comes in a black shroud.
Potential executive order could ban US companies from using Huawei or ZTE hardware
Reuters has reported that President Donald Trump might issue an executive order that would effectively ban US companies from using telecommunications hardware from either Huawei or ZTE. Both Chinese companies have faced accusations of sanction-breaking and national concerns over privacy and the possibility of being utilized for state-sponsored espionage. ZTE recently paid a huge fine of US$1.4 billion for not complying with US trade restrictions.
Instagram users are revolting...against horizontal scrolling
A test feature rolled-out by Instagram has been met with the apparent universal disapproval of the social network’s army of fans. The updated software meant Instagram users had to swipe through feeds in a horizontal manner rather than via the tried and tested vertical scrolling method. Unsurprisingly, the update was rapidly rolled back.
Leaked renders show off rumored Motorola P40 with punch-hole camera
Leaked renders of a Motorola phone are believed to be of an upcoming entry to the company’s P series, most likely the P40. The images show the device with a punch-hole camera, which is becoming increasingly more popular with major smartphone manufacturers. On the rear of the phone there is a vertically aligned dual-camera setup, with a 48 MP sensor present.
Alexa and Echo Dot help Amazon to record-breaking sales; tech giants enjoy stock price gains
Amazon has revealed in a press release that the company has had a record-breaking holiday season, with products such as the updated Echo Dot and the Fire TV Stick 4K helping drive sales. The press release also described how Alexa has been utilized hundreds of millions of times during the festive period. The major American tech giants have finally had a reprieve at the stock market, making gains as consumer spending turns positive.
Sony's mini PlayStation Classic console gets a major price cut
Some retailers have started offering Sony’s PlayStation Classic console at a much reduced price. In the USA, potential buyers can find the device for US$59.99, whilst those interested in the UK can get their hands on the mini console for £49.99. Sony released the PlayStation Classic on December 3, and it has been met with a generally lukewarm response.
Details of the Sony Xperia XA3 Plus and Xperia L3 leaked
Some new information about Sony’s upcoming Xperia XA3 Plus and L3 smartphones has been leaked. The XA3 Plus device will apparently have a retail price of 519 Euros (~US$589) in most European markets, and it is believed it will come in a choice of three colors: black, silver, and gold. The Xperia L3 is also expected to be made available in Europe.
Sony Xperia XZ4 rumor roundup; render video wows with 21:9 display and triple rear cameras
TechConfigurations has uploaded a video on YouTube showing off impressive renders of the Sony Xperia XZ4 based on numerous alleged leaks and rumors. The smartphone’s display is expected to offer a game-changing 21:9 aspect ratio, so not only will the device be tall and slender, it will also be able to play widescreen movies without any black bars at the top or bottom (letterboxing).
Samsung Galaxy M30 turns up on Geekbench running Android 8.1
The Samsung SM-M305F smartphone has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing for the device, which is also known as the Samsung Galaxy M30, states the operating system as Android 8.1. The amount of on-board memory is given as 4 GB. The M30 will be joining the M10 and M20 as part of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M series.
Patent images for Asus smartphone show pop-up camera and camera hole
Asus could be working on some interesting smartphone designs, according to patents filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that have been unearthed by LetsGoDigital. Some of the images show a device with a pop-up camera in three different sizes. Other images contained in the design patents feature a smartphone with a camera hole in the display.
AMD reveals details of Athlon 220GE and 240GE CPUs with Radeon Vega 3 graphics
AMD has launched two more entries to its Athlon range: the 220GE and the 240GE. Both processors come with Radeon Vega 3 graphics and offer base clocks of 3.4 GHz (220GE) and 3.5 GHz (240GE), respectively. The 220GE has been priced at US$65 and the 240GE has a price of US$75. The California-based company already announced the 200GE CPU back in September.
Envy, Omen, Pavilion, and Spectre laptops included in huge HP Red Tag Sale
HP is currently holding a red tag sale and there are plenty of discounted laptops on offer for potential buyers. The sale includes high-end devices such as the HP Spectre X360 laptop with an i7-8705G and Radeon RX Vega M Graphics (4 GB) and the 15.6-inch Omen that comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. At the other end of the scale, bargain-hunters can find the basic HP 14Z with 4 GB RAM for a price starting at US$199.99.
Tweet claims Samsung Galaxy S10 now in production
A tweet from Max [email protected]_News_ claims that production has started on the Samsung Galaxy S10. If this is true, fans of the Galaxy S series can expect to be inundated with rumors and leaks over the next few weeks as information escapes the manufacturing facilities. It would make sense for the South Korean company to start production now if the rumored February launch date is accurate.
Smash-hit game Celeste sells over 500,000 copies
Matt Thorson, the director and designer of the platform game Celeste, has revealed on Twitter that the title has sold over 500,000 copies in 2018. The game was released on January 25 and has been met with critical praise and has won several awards. To celebrate the achievement, the developers intend on releasing some new levels.
Samsung Galaxy M20 gets Wi-Fi certification and may come with a 5000 mAh battery
The Wi-Fi Alliance has recently certified a Samsung device with the model number SM-M205F, otherwise known as the Galaxy M20. The entry-level Galaxy M20 smartphone’s listing states that the operating system in use is Android 8.1, and the device will offer Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The phone is expected to come with an impressive 5000 mAh battery.
AT&T offers not quite 5G with 5G E
Some AT&T customers may start seeing a “5G E” label appearing on their Android smartphones soon. It might initially seem to some that the telecommunications company is already offering 5G network connection to its subscribers, but the truth is the label stands for “5G Evolution”, which is still classed as 4G technology.
Rumored 2019 release for Apple iPad Mini 5 and 10-inch iPad
A report by the China Times has stated that Apple is planning on releasing a new iPad Mini device and a revised iPad model in 2019. The supposed iPad Mini 5 tablet would be the first new slate in the Mini series since 2015. The larger iPad has a rumored size of 10 inches, making it slightly larger than the current 9.7-inch version of the popular tablet computer.
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro camera details leaked online
Alleged details of the camera setups for the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro have been leaked online via Twitter. Renowned tipster Evan Blass has tweeted that the P30 flagship device will feature a triple rear camera setup that offers a maximum resolution of 40 MP. The P30 Pro is expected to have a quad camera system that incorporates a state-of-the-art 3D sensor.
Samsung Galaxy S10 line-up could include Edge variant and feature preinstalled screen protectors
According to a report published online, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 series will feature devices with the names "Galaxy S10 Plus," "Galaxy S10 Lite," and somewhat surprisingly, "Galaxy S10 Edge." The same report lists the flagship smartphones as having preinstalled transparent screen protectors. The post does not mention the expected 5G variant of the S10 line-up, though.
Google and Motorola could be working on foldable phone with selectable displays
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application filed by Google Technology Holdings LLC for an “electronic device having pivotably connected sides with selectable displays.” This could be a joint project with Motorola, as some of the drawings included in the application show the company’s famous batwings logo.
American tech giants continue to take a beating in the stock market
Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google (Alphabet Inc.) have been experiencing further depressions in the stock market, according to recent NASDAQ data. Apple has seen its stock price fall under US$160 as Microsoft continues to lead in terms of market capitalization value. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker also has had bad news in regard to “Bendgate 2.0” and a legal battle against Qualcomm.
"123456" and "password" are officially 2018's worst passwords
A list of the 100 worst passwords of 2018 has been published online, and “123456” and “password” have taken the top two spots. These howlers are closely followed by the equally poor “123456789,” “12345678,” and “12345.” The annual list of the most-used worst passwords is compiled by SplashData, the company that created the SplashID and TeamsID password managers.
New Samsung Galaxy Tab A rumored to be in development
It has been reported that Samsung is working on a new tablet, which could end up being the latest addition to the Galaxy A series. The SM-P205 slate is expected to feature 32 GB of storage and will come in either black or gray. The South Korean manufacturer only recently introduced the Galaxy Tab A 10.5-inch device and the flagship Galaxy Tab S4.
Samsung first on the foldable bandwagon; Apple to bide its time
An infographic published by LetsGoDigital makes for interesting reading for those curious about how the foldable market could end up playing out. Unsurprisingly, it seems Samsung and Huawei will be the first major manufacturers to offer this exciting form factor to consumers, with Microsoft and Apple willing to bide their time, possibly to see how the market develops.
Samsung foldable smartphone could come with 6000 mAh battery and Snapdragon 855
A new report uncovered by LetsGoDigital has claimed that Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone could sport a total of up to 6000 mAh in battery capacity. Apparently, there will be two separate cells, with one in each half of the flexible handset. Other rumored specifications include the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and a dual 12 MP main camera.
Asus CEO resigns; company to focus on mobile gamers
Asus has announced the resignation of the company’s long-term CEO, Jerry Shen. However, the executive plans to maintain a relationship with the Taiwanese manufacturer in his new position as chief of a start-up called iFast. In a change of marketing strategy, Asus intends to shift its focus on to gamers and power users in regard to future mobile product releases.
IDC forecasts smartphone shipment growth in 2019 and through 2022
IDC has published a report with forecast projections for global smartphone shipments in 2018 and 2022. The research company expects a drop of 3% in 2018 followed by a small increase in 2019 that will carry on through to 2022. The total units shipped for 2018 is estimated at 1.42 billion while the 2022 estimate is put at 1.57 billion. Android should maintain a comfortable lead in terms of platform used.
Chinese hackers believed to be behind massive Marriott data breach
Sources involved in the investigation of the Marriott/Starwood data breach have revealed that Chinese hackers are believed to be behind the incident. Marriott International announced at the end of November that 500 million customer records had been affected by the hacking activity, which apparently had been ongoing since 2014. Information was taken from the Starwood guest reservation database.
Huawei's Meng Wanzhou granted bail set at CA$10 million; Chinese officials detain Canadian ex-diplomat
Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, has been granted bail at a hearing in a court in Canada on Tuesday (December 11). The executive’s bail has been set at CA$10 million (~US$7.5 million) and she has had to give up her Chinese and Hong Kong passports. In a possible act of retaliation, Chinese officials have detained a Canadian citizen.
Hacked PlayStation Classic plays games from USB flash drive
It has been reported that the new Sony PlayStation Classic has already been hacked, even though the console has only just been released. Apparently, hackers have been able to run software on the device using a USB flash drive, after discovering that the PlayStation Classic’s security key is on the system itself. The console has been met with a generally lukewarm response so far.
No Chinese spy chips found in Supermicro internal investigation
Supermicro has published a letter to its customers to explicitly state that no evidence of tampering was discovered in its hardware during a recent thorough internal review. An article from Bloomberg claimed that Supermicro products had been compromised by Chinese spy chips, which had then affected servers used by companies like Amazon and Apple.
New AMD Radeon Vega logo sparks speculation about potential APU refresh
An AMD-related image trademark has been discovered that has led to some discussion about its possible meaning, if any. The application in question shows a logo that is very similar to the well-known Vega logo, but the right-hand wing of the “V” has been dissected with two vertical lines. Unsurprisingly, some have speculated that this could herald a planned Radeon Vega II refresh.
Real-world photos of physical Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone may have just leaked online
A couple of images of what could be an actual physical Samsung Galaxy S10 series device have been leaked online. One of the images appeared on the Weibo social network site while another was sent directly to SlashGear. It has been speculated the images show the S10 Plus variant of the upcoming flagship series. There is a chance that either image is actually a render rather than a real-world photo, though.
Game Awards announcements: Far Cry: New Dawn, Dragon Age 4, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
The Game Awards 2018 has hosted a plethora of announcements, which included details about titles such as Dragon Age 4, Far Cry: New Dawn, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Mortal Kombat 11, Psychonauts 2, Rage 2, The Outer Worlds, and many others. BioWare also teased the action RPG Anthem, which has apparently been in development since 2012.
Nvidia, AMD, and Samsung all winners at the 2018 GSA Awards
The 2018 Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Awards have been handed out, and companies like Nvidia, AMD, and Samsung have not gone home empty-handed. Dr. Lisa Su, who is the current CEO and president of AMD, was given the prestigious Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award for her contributions to the industry. Other winners included Marvell, Silicon Labs, and Nordic Semiconductor.
China trade risk hits American tech giants; Apple stock falls again
Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have all suffered on the stock market today amid growing concerns over US-China trade relations. While some investors have been selling stock to reduce the chance of risk, others have been nervously watching recent events such as the trade talks between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping and the arrest of a high-ranking Huawei executive.
Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou faces extradition and fraud charges
Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, has appeared in court in Canada today. The high-level executive was at the Supreme Court of British Columbia for her bail hearing where she listened to the reasons behind her recent arrest. American officials want Meng to be extradited to the US to face charges of offenses relating to fraud.
Epic Games Store launches with just six titles, but Fortnite is one of them
Epic has officially launched its Games Store with just half a dozen “hand-curated” titles. In fact, just three third-party games are currently available: Hades, Ashen, and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek. Unreal Tournament and Shadow Complex, both by Epic Games, are also listed. But it’s likely the store’s main attraction will be the PC and Mac versions of Fortnite.
Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War are the big winners at the 2018 Game Awards
Red Dead Redemption 2 managed to scoop up four prizes at The Game Awards 2018 while God of War took home the coveted Game of the Year title among its three wins. Fortnite and Celeste also had a successful evening, winning two awards each. Marvel’s Spider-Man was unable to win any of the seven categories it had been nominated in.
Russian search engine company introduces Yandex.Phone
The Russian Internet-related tech company Yandex has announced its foray into the world of smartphones with the aptly named Yandex.Phone. The 5.65-inch device will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC and features Yandex’s proprietary intelligent assistant, Alice. The smartphone will be released on December 6 at a store in the company’s headquarters in Moscow, and it will be priced at 17,990 rubles (~US$270).
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada
A spokesperson for the Canadian Department of Justice has confirmed the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the current Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chairwoman of Huawei Technologies. It’s believed Meng was detained by Canadian authorities for possible extradition to the US. Meng Wanzhou, also known as Sabrina Meng, is the daughter of Huawei’s founder and president, Ren Zhengfei.
Lenovo's Z5s could edge out Samsung and Huawei in punch-hole race
Lenovo is planning on launching its Z5s smartphone in China on December 6, and it could end up being the first smartphone on the market to have a punch-hole design for the selfie camera. The Z5s is expected to feature a rear-facing triple camera setup while the front-facing camera is located in the top center. Both Samsung and Huawei are expected to release products with similar design features very soon.
Huawei Nova 4 with punch-hole display gets launch date
Huawei has posted a promotional image on the company’s Weibo page to announce the release date in China for the Nova 4 smartphone: December 17. The successor of the Nova 3 device comes with the latest alternative to the notch/teardrop solutions. The Huawei Nova 4 will feature a punch-hole cut-out, with the selfie camera located in the top left-hand corner.
Snapdragon 855 and 3,900 mAh battery mentioned in supposed Sony Xperia XZ4 specifications leak
Reported specifications for the rumored Sony Xperia XZ4 have been leaked on a Chinese blogging site. Prolific leaker Ice universe has posted details about the possible flagship device that include mention of a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 6.55-inch FHD+ screen, 3,900 mAh battery, 6 GB RAM and up to 256 GB storage. However, the Japanese company has only just released its XZ3 smartphone.
Fortnite creator challenges Google Play and Steam with Epic Games Store
Epic has announced plans to create its own game platform, which will be known as the Epic Games Store. Fueled by the incredible success of Fortnite, Epic is hoping to take on big names in the video-game digital distribution world such as Steam and Google Play. The company is offering 88% of store revenue to developers, with no tier system being incorporated.
Huawei threatening Samsung for global smartphone market share lead
New data from market research company Gartner depicts a strong third quarter 2018 for Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi. Both companies managed to increase their global smartphone market share from 3Q17, whilst the big hitters Apple and Samsung have experienced flat growth and considerably diminished market share, respectively. Overall worldwide smartphone sales have risen by 1.4%.
Microsoft and Intel believed to be working on Centaurus device
A report from Windows Central claims that Microsoft and Intel are working on a device with the codename “Centaurus.” The device is believed to be a foldable dual-screen version of the Surface PC that will operate on an edition of Windows 10 known as Core. Centaurus is not a new name for the Andromeda device project, which is believed to involve the long-rumored Surface Phone.
Rize and Fold join the list of potential names for Samsung's upcoming foldable smartphone
Two new potential names for Samsung’s foldable flagship device have been spotted: Rize and Fold. The first name was found in trademark applications made with the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UKIPO) and the USPTO. “Fold” has surfaced in another trademark filing, this time associated with the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (Turkpatent).
Image of the Samsung Galaxy S10's screen protector leaked
An image of the Samsung Galaxy S10’s screen protector has been leaked via Twitter by Ice universe. The tweet in question features the lone word “Beyond,” which is the codename Samsung uses for the S10 line-up. As can be seen in the picture, the screen protector has barely visible bezels and there is no sign of the much-maligned notch.
Bitcoin stays below US$4,000, approaching "capitulation moment"
Bitcoin has closed at a price of US$3,964.89 today, keeping the well-known digital currency under the US$4,000 mark. Its value actually dropped to a low of US$3,505 on November 25 but has managed to gain a little over the last few days. However, a market analyst for IG Group has stated that the virtual currency is coming close to a crucial “capitulation moment.”
Microsoft is now more valuable than Apple
Microsoft has become more valuable than Apple in terms of market capitalization. At the time of writing, Microsoft’s value stood at US$846.76 billion compared to Apple’s US$844.39 billion. The Redmond-based company has passed Apple a number of times over the last few days, only for the Cupertino rival to temporarily bounce back.
Dell's network affected by attempted hack
Dell has published a press release that will be of some concern to customers that use its network. The company suffered from a recent cyber attack, and although the attempted hack was apparently “detected and disrupted” it is possible that some information was stolen. The attack targeted names, emails, and hashed passwords; credit card details were not extracted.
Microsoft may use AMD CPUs in Surface Laptop refresh
It has been claimed that Microsoft is mulling over using AMD chips in a future Surface Laptop refresh. Apparently, the Redmond-based company has become frustrated with Intel, especially over the chipmaker’s long delay in shipping 10 nm Cannon Lake processors. It would be a considerable coup for AMD if Microsoft went ahead and utilized the red team’s upcoming Picasso APU.
Samsung tech secrets sold to Chinese competitor
Nine people and two companies in South Korea have been charged with selling Samsung technology to a Chinese rival. It is believed bendable OLED technology, which is expected to be incorporated in the South Korean company’s upcoming foldable smartphone, was included in the criminal exchange. The Chinese company that received the information has not been named.
PUBG Mobile cooks Fortnite's goose on iOS
PUBG Mobile managed to eclipse Fortnite’s earnings for two days in a row on iOS, according to market analyst SensorTower. This is the first time the Tencent game has managed to beat out the effort from Epic on Apple’s platform in terms of global player spending. Last week was a good week overall for PUBG Mobile, with revenue rising 166% from the previous week (total for iOS and Android).
LG rumored to be working on the Bendi foldable smartphone
A group of trademark applications to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have been discovered by LetsGoDigital that offer a number of names for an upcoming foldable smartphone from LG. The selection of names goes from the rather prosaic XF and XB, to the much more colorful Solid, Solidis, and Bendi.
Microsoft close to eclipsing Apple's market cap; iPhones threatened by Trump tariffs
Microsoft has come very close to matching Apple’s market capitalization value today. At the time of writing, Microsoft’s market cap was US$817.28 billion compared to Apple’s US$828.64 billion. Earlier in the day, the two tech giants had been within around US$3 billion of each other. A comment from President Donald Trump about potential trade tariffs caused Apple’s stock price to fall.
Asus reveals new frameless VivoBook 14 (X420) laptop
Asus has announced a new addition to its VivoBook line-up: The VivoBook 14 (X420). The laptop has a reported 87% screen-to-body ratio, measures 322.4 x 210 x 17.77 mm and it weighs just 1.4 kg. The device can be supplied with up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and a SATA III SSD offering 128 GB to 512 GB of storage.
UK Parliament forces executive to hand over internal Facebook documents
Samsung's foldable Galaxy Flex smartphone just got pricier
A report from Gizmodo UK has some bad news for those who were hoping for a price tag under US$2,000 for Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone. According to a verified source, the device, which may end up being known as the Galaxy Flex, will cost from £1,500 to £2,000 in the UK market. At current exchange rates, that’s ~US$1,922 to US$2,561.
XPS and G Series laptops included in Dell Black Friday specials
Dell has lined up a wide array of devices as part of its Black Friday deals. Many of the selected laptops are being offered in limited quantities with savings ranging from an enticing 10% off right up to a whopping 50% off a Vostro 15 500 with 1 TB HDD (US$509.00). Dell is also offering discounts on desktops, monitors, servers, peripherals, and hardware upgrades.
Microsoft Windows 10 update affected by Media Player bug
Microsoft has acknowledged that there is a known issue with its latest Windows 10 update. Some users have reported that the seek bar in Media Player has become inoperable after downloading the new patches. The issue corresponds to KB4467708 (OS Build 17763.134) that applies to the now somewhat notorious Windows 10, version 1809 (October 2018 Update).
Apple's stock price continues to fall
Apple’s stock price has suffered from further decline over recent days, with the current price reported by NASDAQ standing at US$176.78. Cautious investors are apparently biding their time to see what the Cupertino-based tech giant’s next move is going to be, and some analysts expect this to be a temporary downturn in the company’s fortunes.
Black Friday deal: Massive savings on Xbox One consoles
Microsoft has been busy updating some of its global online stores and has been placing deep discounts on a number of its Xbox consoles in time for the Black Friday shopping event. Customers in the US could save between US$70 and US$100 depending on their choice of console, whilst potential buyers in Canada and Australia can also get their hands on a discounted Xbox One.
Latest Samsung Galaxy S10 rumor: Xiaomi-inspired ceramic back
According to a recent rumor, one of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 variants will feature a ceramic back, akin to Xiaomi products such as the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Mix 2S smartphones. It has been speculated that it will be the 6.7-inch Galaxy S10 model with six cameras that will be the edition to be adorned with a classy ceramic back.
Google Play security exposed by malware hidden in fake driving games
According to malware researcher Lukas Stefanko, Google Play users have installed a number of driving game apps that are actually malware. The 13 affected apps, which all come from the same developer, had been downloaded and installed over half a million times before Google pulled them from its store. Two of the apps had actually been trending, offering greater visibility to users.
Samsung might release a Galaxy S10 model with six cameras
The Wall Street Journal has published an article stating that Samsung will deliver a smartphone featuring a total of six cameras in the next series of its Galaxy S range. Two of the cameras would be on the front, while the rear of the device would have a quad-camera setup for the user to enjoy. The flagship handset would also sport a 6.7-inch display and would have support for 5G.
Cryptocurrency crash: Leading cryptos suffer sizeable price falls
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and other leading cryptocurrencies have been experiencing sharp falls in their prices in the market recently. Bitcoin in particular has suffered a terrible week that will have owners feeling nervous about their digital currency holding. The well-known cryptocurrency has seen its price drop by over US$2,000 in less than seven days.
Fortnite Winter Royale event offers up US$1 million in prizes
Epic Games has announced that the Fortnite Winter Royale Qualifiers and Winter Royale Finals will feature a total of US$1 million in prizes. The qualifiers, which are open to all, begin on November 24. The Winter Royale tournament is a test event to help the company prepare for the Fortnite World Cup, which will take place in 2019.
Possible Google Pixel 3 Lite images leaked
Images of what is purported to be a Google Pixel 3 Lite device have been leaked online. The pictures show a smartphone that features a 3.5 mm jack and is not blighted with the presence of a notch. Specifications for the device are also listed with the leaked images, suggesting it will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 as SoC.
Disc-less Xbox One could be in the works
It is possible Microsoft is working on an Xbox One variant that will not use discs for accessing media. The disc-less console will rely on digital downloads and come in at a cheaper price point than current Xbox One consoles with optical drives. Under a special Microsoft program, gamers will be able to exchange physical Xbox discs for download codes.
Sony bails on E3 2019
Sony has confirmed that it will not be part of the E3 2019 trade show. The organizer of the event, the Entertainment Software Association, has issued a press release to highlight which companies will be in attendance, including Sony’s console rivals Nintendo and Microsoft. According to a press statement, the PlayStation maker is apparently searching for new ways of engaging with its community.
Apple stock decline slows down; Zuckerberg not an iOS fan
Apple’s stock price seems to have stabilized and even briefly bounced back after days of steep decline. The NASDAQ community has offered a “bullish” rating for the stock, implying there is still plenty of optimism in the company’s recovery. However, it’s unlikely Mark Zuckerberg is going to be investing in the Cupertino-based firm any time soon.
SK Hynix reveals 1Ynm 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM
SK Hynix has published a press release to announce the development of 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM, the first in the industry that meets JEDEC standards. The South Korean memory manufacturer has managed to lower the operating voltage for the DDR5 DRAM in comparison to DDR4. The new generation of DRAM is also considerably faster than its predecessor.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally has a trailer
The mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has finally received a teaser trailer, just over a year after its development was announced. There are plenty of games based in the Harry Potter world, but this one is particularly newsworthy because of the developer involved: Niantic. The American software company is probably best known for its work with Pokémon Go.
AirPods 2 could be coming soon; possible images leaked
It has been claimed that Apple will be releasing the successor to its AirPods product before the end of the year. There has been speculation that AirPods 2 could feature a case that can be charged wirelessly, but nothing has been confirmed from Cupertino yet. Leaked images of stacked AirPods cases have added fuel to the fire.
God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 secure most Game Award nominations
The nominations for The Game Awards have been announced and both God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 managed eight nominations apiece. Other big names securing multiple nominations include Marvel’s Spider-Man with seven, Fortnite with four, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with four, and Celeste with four. The awards will be handed out on December 6 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Gigabyte reveals four Aorus Waterforce GeForce RTX 20 series Xtreme graphics cards
Gigabyte has published a press release with details of four new graphics card the company is adding to its line-up. All of the new GPUs are part of the Aorus Waterforce GeForce RTX 20 Xtreme series. The Taiwanese company is offering four years of warranty to buyers who register via the official website within 30 days of purchase.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets PlayStation 4 release date
PlayStation 4 owners will soon be able to get their hands on the smash-hit battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). PUBG Corp and Sony have jointly announced that the title is now available for pre-order and will be launched on December 7. Four different editions will be available, and there are bonuses for those who pre-order the game.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy graphics card details revealed
Images and the specifications of the XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy graphics card have been posted online. The card is obviously based on the upcoming RX 590 that features the Polaris 30 graphics processing unit based on the 12 nm FinFET process. The Fatboy variant will offer a boost clock of 1600 MHz and have a 256-bit memory bus.
Samsung to release annual foldable line-up
It appears Samsung already has grand plans for the future of the Galaxy F foldable flagship. A report from the South Korean Yonhap News Agency has stated that the tech giant intends to keep releasing new foldable phones each year in selected markets. This will be alongside the usual yearly updates to the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy Note series.
Global tablet sales to fall; Huawei to make gains
A report from TrendForce has been published that forecasts the state of the tablet industry in 2019. Apple is expected to remain the leader in terms of market share, followed by Samsung, Huawei, Amazon, and Lenovo. However, it is the Chinese manufacturer Huawei that is expected to enjoy the most growth in the sector.
Apple's stock price continues downward trajectory
Stock prices for Apple have fallen again today, reaching a low of US$193.79 in the late morning. The price stood at US$204.47 at the previous close, meaning the Cupertino-based company has seen more billions of dollars wiped off its market cap. The new plunge has been attributed to an updated business outlook statement from Lumentum.
Singles' Day shoppers treat Alibaba to US$30.8 billion in sales
Bargain-hunters have spent a record US$30.8 billion via Alibaba in a single 24-hour period to celebrate Singles’ Day. The company managed to rake in US$1 billion worth of sales in just the first 85 seconds of the special shopping day. Singles’ Day is mostly celebrated in China by young single individuals, who take the opportunity to treat themselves to some famous brand-name goods.
Microsoft Studios announces release date for Crackdown 3
Microsoft Studios has revealed a release date for the much-delayed third installment in the Crackdown series. Crackdown 3 will be launched on February 15, 2019, and it is currently available to pre-order for Xbox One or PC gamers. The action-adventure title offers single-player and multi-player modes in a huge futuristic world created by Unreal Engine 4.
Samsung officially announces W2019 flagship flip-phone
Samsung has officially unveiled the W2019 luxury flip-phone, which will be available for pre-order from November 11. The rather striking device with a clamshell design features a high-end Snapdragon 845 SoC, two 4.2-inch S-AMOLED displays, and it comes in a choice of either Platinum or Rose Gold. It will only be available for pre-order for the Chinese market through the state-owned telecommunications provider China Unicom.
Panasonic announces enhancements for its Toughbook 31
Panasonic has revealed a cluster of upgrades for its Toughbook 31 device. The newly enhanced version of the fully ruggedized notebook will now come with an Intel Core i5-7300U and 16 GB RAM as standard, and it will also feature improved communication equipment and a second battery option. The device will be available in the US in December, at a price starting from around US$3,699.
Green hue affecting faulty Huawei Mate 20 Pro devices
Some Huawei Mate 20 Pro owners have been complaining about the display of their brand-new flagship device. A green hue has been seen on faulty handsets, to the extent that it becomes quite visible under certain conditions. The cause of the verdant tint has yet to be fully explained; affected consumers have been offered replacements in some countries.
Apple stock plunges; price dips below US$200
Apple’s share price fell below the US$200.00 mark today, reaching a low of US$198.17 at the time of writing. The continued stock plunge has devalued the company from its previous trillion-dollar valuation; market capitalization currently stands at US$950.8 billion. In early October, the share price stood at just over US$230.
Smartphone shipments down as Huawei aims for Samsung's crown
Global smartphone shipments for the third quarter have fallen by 6% over the last 12 months, according to data from IDC. The shipment volume for 3Q 2018 stood at 355.2 million units, compared to 377.8 million smartphones shipped in 3Q 2017. Samsung remains the overall pack leader, but Huawei has made significant ground on the South Korean manufacturer.
Apple to cease sharing sales figures; stock prices fall
It has been reported that Apple will no longer provide detailed sales figures for its products in future financial reports, starting in Q1 2019. The Cupertino-based tech giant has just released its fourth quarter results; the quarterly revenue amount posted was US$62.9 billion. The company’s stock prices plunged as investors fretted over the surprising announcement.
Royole announces foldable FlexPai smartphone
A California-based electronics firm called Royole has unveiled the FlexPai foldable smartphone, seemingly beating tech giants like Samsung and Huawei in the race to release a truly flexible device. The FlexPai will operate on Water OS (based on Android 9.0) and should feature a Snapdragon 8-series SoC. Apparently, the handset has passed an unnamed bending test over 200,000 times.
Microsoft demo reveals Integrated Display Cover concept
A report published by Microsoft Research has described an Integrated Display Cover for use in conjunction with a regular smartphone. The Display Cover would offer users an additional e-ink display for viewing information, thus increasing the amount of screen real estate available. Concept images of the cover were shared on Twitter.
Fortnite helps Epic raise US$1.25 billion
A press release from Epic Games has announced that the company has managed to raise US$1.25 billion from a group of investors. Undoubtedly, the massive global impact of Fortnite will have contributed to the success Epic has had in securing such a large investment amount. A separate report has valued the creators of the Unreal Engine at nearly US$15 billion.
Possible OnePlus 6T spec sheet and promo images leaked
The apparent full specification details of the upcoming OnePlus 6T smartphone have been shared online, along with some new marketing images of the device. The handset will be officially launched at a special event taking place in New York on October 29. Unsurprisingly, the spec sheet lists the device featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and running on Android 9.0 (Pie).
Bethesda reveals PC system requirements for Fallout 76
Bethesda has announced the minimum and recommended PC specifications for the upcoming title Fallout 76. PC gamers are advised to have at least the equivalent of an i7-4790 or Ryzen 3 1300X CPU, and when it comes to the GPU an Nvidia GTX 780, AMD Radeon R9 285, or equivalent should be present. 8 GB of RAM and 60 GB of storage are also required.
Samsung teases the Galaxy A8s; "hole" rumored to replace notch
Samsung has teased a device called the Galaxy A8s at a recent launch event held in China for the Galaxy A9s and A6s. An image of the unexpected third smartphone was displayed at the event, which seemed to show a handset with a completely bezel-less and notch-free design. However, it has been rumored that the Samsung Galaxy A8s could utilize a hole rather than a notch for the front-facing camera.
Yahoo to pay US$50 million in data breach damages
Web service provider Yahoo has agreed to pay out US$50 million in damages in response to the huge data breaches the company suffered from in 2013 and 2014. Once the settlement has been legally approved, Yahoo accountholders affected by the breaches will be able to make financial claims against the company and gain free access to a credit-monitoring service.
Apple reportedly working on iPad Mini 5
A renowned supply chain analyst has predicted that Apple will soon update the iPad Mini series, with a fifth generation of the popular tablet possibly coming out in 2019. The iPad Mini 4 was released in 2015 and featured the now dated A8 SoC. It is expected an Apple iPad Mini 5 will come with “an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel.”
Misfit announces the Vapor 2 smartwatch
Misfit, the American wearables manufacturer, has unveiled official details about the upcoming Vapor 2 smartwatch. The wearable will come in two different sizes and feature a phone-free music player, a standalone GPS, and it will have a built-in heart-rate sensor. This useful device is currently advertised at a starting price of US$249.99.
HTC launches the Exodus 1 blockchain phone
HTC has launched its Exodus 1 smartphone, which features blockchain technology and a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. Those interested in getting their hands on an Early Access Edition of the device can sign-up now and pay with either Bitcoin (0.15) or Ethereum (4.78). HTC will start shipping the phone in December.
Leaked Samsung event image hints at a Galaxy S10 device without bezels or a notch
A leaked image from a private business event held by Samsung in China recently has shown off some of the display technologies that the South Korean company is working on. The four technologies mentioned in this instance are Fingerprint on Display (FoD), Haptics on Display (HoD), Sound on Display (SoD), and Under Panel Sensors (UPS).
Supermicro to carry out internal review in Chinese spy chip case
Supermicro has sent out a letter to its customers to reassure them that the tech company will be carrying out a thorough internal review of its hardware in regard to allegations made by a Bloomberg article. The news item argued that products from Supermicro had been compromised by tiny spy chips, supposedly planted by Chinese intelligence officers.
Images of Samsung's W2019 leaked online
Some pictures of Samsung’s clamshell phone, the W2019, have been leaked online. The images show a hefty-looking flip-phone that has two displays and dual rear cameras. Its high-end predecessor, the W2018, was only released in China and it did not come cheap. The basic variant of that W-series handset cost over US$2,400, and it’s likely the W2019 will also command a similarly high price.
Essential lays off almost a third of its staff
A report from Bloomberg has stated that Essential Products has cut its workforce by about 30%. An email received by the media outlet from the Palo Alto-based technology company mentioned that regardless of the cutbacks, the firm still intends to develop a “game changing consumer product.” It is believed the layoffs will mostly affect the hardware and sales divisions.
Own a solid gold Apple iPhone XS Max for just under US$100,000
A luxury customization company called Brikk has created a solid gold Apple iPhone XS Max that costs US$94,995. The device features 313 g (11.08 oz) of 22K gold and is appropriately part of the firm's Ingot Collection. Brikk has also developed a gold DualShock 4 controller, featuring diamond-studded buttons, available for US$13,995. A rather opulent set of AirPods with a whole carat of diamonds on each bud can be snapped up for US$9,995.
Amazon announces all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon has revealed the full details of the all-new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, which offers IPX8-rated waterproof protection. According to the promotional text for the device, it can manage up to 60 minutes of being submerged in fresh water no deeper than two meters. The e-reader is also thinner, lighter, and the base variant comes with twice the storage of its predecessor.
Verizon launches the Palm mini-smartphone device
The American telecommunications company Verizon will be offering the new Palm “mini-smartphone” device that has been developed by a start-up backed by the huge Chinese multinational, TCL. The diminutive companion gadget has been designed to be used in conjunction with an existing larger smartphone. The Palm is expected to be made available in November, with a price starting at US$349.
Surface Laptop 2 blushes in new color
Microsoft executive Panos Panay has taken to Twitter to reveal a new color for the Surface Laptop 2: blush. The device already offers potential customers a range of colors to choose from, which includes platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and black. Unfortunately, unless you happen to be in China, then it’s unlikely you will get your hands on the pink product.
Samsung announces Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE)
Samsung has issued a press release to detail the introduction of the Chromebook Plus V2 (LTE). This new variant of the Chromebook Plus V2 features an additional special feature that is aimed at appeasing users of the device who are frequently on the move: LTE. Samsung is using the slogan “Always Connected” to promote the device.
Command & Conquer remasters planned for the PC
Jim Vessella, a producer for Electronic Arts, has posted news on Reddit about Command & Conquer’s future. According to his post, the studio wants to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the game, which will be in 2020, by releasing some of the iconic PC classics in remastered form. EA also has a new C&C mobile game that is currently in pre-alpha stage.
Images from rumored Harry Potter RPG leaked online
Footage of a new Harry Potter/Wizarding World game has been leaked online, appearing recently on Reddit. There have been many Harry Potter-related video games in the past, but images captured from the leaked clip seem to show that this particular game could be the one HP fans have been waiting for. Unfortunately, the video is currently unavailable because it contained copyrighted content from Warner Bros. Entertainment Interactive.
HMD launches Nokia 3.1 Plus budget smartphone
HMD has released the Nokia 3.1 Plus on to the Indian market, and the device is expected to reach other markets around the globe over the coming months. The new budget handset is the “Plus” version of the Nokia 3.1, which we reviewed in August. The latest variant offers buyers a dual rear camera setup, a larger display, and it has an upgraded processor.
Smartphone research data shows Apple winning over Android users
Research data, created by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research and shared by Horace Dediu on Twitter, has shown that Apple and its products seem to be succeeding in tempting Android users away from their currently owned devices. For example, according to the statistics in the chart, 19% of Samsung-smartphone owners are considering an Apple device as their next purchase.
Essential may go for broke with AI-driven device
It has been reported that Essential’s next smartphone-related product may be saturated with enough AI technology to enable users to have a full-fledged virtual assistant in their pockets. Apparently, there is a prototype in the works, and it could even see the light of day at the 2019 CES event in January. It's unlikely it will be a successor to the Essential Phone PH-1 though.
Microsoft rumored to be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment
It appears Microsoft is looking to buy out Obsidian Entertainment, if a report from Kotaku is accurate. Microsoft has acquired a number of video-game studios over the last few years, including paying US$2.5 billion to take over Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, in 2014. Obsidian has been behind titles such as Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity.
Sony finally confirms PlayStation 4 successor is in the works
In an interview with the Financial Times, Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has admitted that the company is working on a new console, which is more than likely going to be the PlayStation 5 (although that name has yet to be confirmed). A number of sources have speculated that the PlayStation 4 successor will see the light of day in 2019 or 2020.
Patent hints at possible PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility
A patent has been unearthed that has led some media outlets to speculate that Sony could be planning on delivering a PlayStation 5 console offering backwards compatibility. The patent for “remastering by emulation” was filed on November 22, 2016 by Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC. However, some commentators have argued that the patent simply covers a method of sprucing up dated software.
OnePlus announces the date for the 6T launch event
OnePlus has revealed the date of the launch event for its upcoming 6T smartphone: October 30. The event will take place at Pier 36 in New York City and will give users a chance to check out the “innovation” that the Shenzhen-based company has been promising for its latest release. Event tickets can currently be purchased from the OnePlus website for US$20/£16/17 Euros.
New images of Google's Pixel Slate are leaked
Some new images of the Google Pixel Slate tablet have appeared online, just ahead of the company’s hardware event that is taking place in New York City on October 9. The new device is expected to utilize Chrome OS and features a detachable keyboard and a stylus. The Slate will offer fresh competition for Apple’s iPads and Microsoft’s Surfaces.
US Homeland Security statement plays down Bloomberg spy chips claim
The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement that seems to refute Bloomberg’s claim that a significant number of US companies had been compromised due to clandestine microchips reporting sensitive data back to China. Amazon Web Services and Apple have also rebuked the article’s content.
Skybound Games takes on Telltale's The Walking Dead
It has been reported that Skybound Games will take over work on The Walking Dead: The Final Season after original developer Telltale Games suffered from “majority studio closure.” Skybound Games was cofounded in 2010 by Robert Kirkman, who is better known as the man who co-created The Walking Dead comic book.
Nintendo patents Game Boy cover for smart devices
A patent by Nintendo has been unearthed that appears to show a Game Boy cover for an electronic device, such as a smartphone. The patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in March 2018 and describes an attachable cover with operation buttons. Drawings included with the patent application look just like the iconic Game Boy console.
Redesigned Amazon Alexa app features new Devices tab
The Amazon Alexa app has received a much-needed redesign and now features a clearer user interface and a new Devices tab. Users will be able to go directly to a list of devices in their home that utilize the popular virtual assistant without having to switch between tabs. The app update is already available for iOS and Android.
Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update due to file deletion fears
A notice has been published on Microsoft’s support site for Windows 10 stating that the rollout for the scheduled update for October 2018 (version 1809) has been paused. It seems a number of users have reported grave issues with the update, including considerable loss of data and even detrimental effects on a device’s battery life.
DLC announced for Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider has only been on the shelves for a few weeks and Square Enix has already announced a new DLC adventure for Lara Croft. The Forge is scheduled for release on November 13 and will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A standalone purchase of the DLC will cost US$4.99.
HMD could be working on a flagship to be called the Nokia 9 PureView
According to a leak posted on Twitter, Finnish telecommunications company HMD Global is working on a new flagship device that will eventually be called the Nokia 9 PureView. The PureView name has been associated with smartphones in the past, such as the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. The PureView technology brand was acquired by HMD Global in August 2018.
Google announces Project Stream with Assassin's Creed Odyssey capture
Google has partnered up with the French gaming behemoth Ubisoft to show off the American company’s new Project Stream service. The California-based technology giant is hoping its rather prosaically named offering can take media streaming to a whole new level by allowing gamers to enjoy live interaction with graphically challenging titles, such as the upcoming RPG Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Bethesda shows off Fallout 76 and announces The Elder Scrolls VI
Maryland-based video-game developer Bethesda has released an official trailer for Fallout 76 at E3 and announced work on The Elder Scrolls VI. Other projects from the company discussed at the massive trade show in Los Angeles included an epic space game called Starfield and a new entry into the Doom franchise: Doom Eternal.
Microsoft is working on new Xbox consoles
A Microsoft executive has confirmed that the company is working on new Xbox consoles. Phil Spencer, who is the Executive Vice President of Gaming and head of the Xbox brand, stated that the development team behind the highly successful Xbox One X console was already busy working on future iterations of the popular home entertainment device.
Microsoft planning inclusive game-streaming service
Microsoft has announced plans to introduce a game-streaming service that will deliver high-quality gaming to a broad range of devices. The as yet unnamed service will be a major entry into the cloud gaming industry and demonstrates a willingness for innovation that is normally associated with the Redmond-based company’s rival in Cupertino.
Fortnite might be coming to the Nintendo Switch
It seems Fortnite might be making its way to another new platform sometime in the near future. The game has apparently been rated for the Nintendo Switch console by the South Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee. With the massively popular title also coming to Android soon, it seems Epic Games is leaving no stone unturned in the quest for battle royale dominance.
Dell Technologies announces strong first quarter financial results
A press release from Dell Technologies has shown that the Texas-based company has enjoyed strong results for the first financial quarter of fiscal year 2019. Total net revenue stood at US$21.4 billion, which is a considerable increase over the US$18 billion revenue earned for the first quarter of the previous fiscal year.
Rumored Sony tablets may have been cancelled
There were recent rumors that Sony had been working on new Android-powered tablets that were known as the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5C. However, apparently the Japanese tech giant has now decided to shelve the idea of releasing new tablets onto the market because of the lackluster sales for premium products such as the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 11 series not coming soon
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has been fielding some questions about the expected GeForce GTX 11 series at a Computex 2018 press conference. Reporters quizzed Huang about when the new GPUs might be released and received the reply “it’s a long time from now.” This comment will pour cold water on the rumors that the new hardware could be released this month or next.
Microsoft may be considering GitHub acquisition
A report has stated that Microsoft may be considering buying GitHub for US$5 billion. The hosting service was founded in 2008 and was valued at US$2 billion back in 2015, when the company confirmed it had raised US$250 million in funding. If Microsoft does acquire GitHub, it would be one of the Redmond-based firm’s largest acquisitions.
The iOS App Store made over US$130 billion since July 2010
A report from analytics firm App Annie has stated that the iOS App Store has made revenue of over US$130 billion from July 2010 to December 2017. The report offers a number of incredible statistics, including the fact that 170 billion downloads were made between the same dates mentioned above, and that there are now over two million live apps available on the App Store.
New Assassin's Creed game may have been leaked
It’s possible the latest installment in the incredibly successful Assassin’s Creed franchise may have just been leaked. French website JeuxVideo-Live has posted an image of a promotional keychain that features the title “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” on the packaging. Both the title and the keychain style suggest that the next game in the series will be based in Ancient Greece.
Global smartphone sales rise, Samsung still number one
A report from the research company Gartner has stated that global sales of smartphones in the first quarter of 2018 have risen slightly from figures issued in the same quarter of 2017. Over 383.5 million smartphones were sold in 1Q18 compared to 378.5 million units sold in 1Q17. Samsung was the quarter’s largest vendor, with 78.5 million sales.
Samsung introduces 10 nm-class 32 GB DDR4 SoDIMMs
Samsung has issued a press release to announce its new range of small outline dual in-line memory modules (SoDIMMs). The modules are based on 10 nm-class process technology and offer 32 GB of double data rate 4 (DDR4) memory. Future high-end gaming-oriented laptop releases are the target devices for the new modules.
Atari VCS pre-order goal shattered on first day
The pre-order goal for the Atari VCS console on crowdfunding website Indiegogo has already been eclipsed on the first day of the sale. The original flexible goal for the device was US$100,000, but the total amount had already reached US$1.76 million at the time of writing. Full specifications for the box have also been listed on its Indiegogo page.
Active Shooter gets deactivated on Steam
Valve has removed the controversial game Active Shooter from the Steam software distribution platform. The first-person shooter had been scheduled for release on June 6 but Valve has now taken steps to also ban the game’s developer and publisher, too. Active Shooter offered an option for a player to attack civilians in a school setting.
Render of Motorola One Power device leaked
A render of a smartphone currently known as the Motorola One Power has been leaked. The image shows a device with slim bezels, a notch and a dual-camera setup on the rear. The Android One logo can be seen on the back case, whilst the Motorola brand name is visible on the front. No specifications for the phone have been revealed yet.
HP reports Q2 FY18 net revenue of US$14 billion
HP has released reports for the fiscal 2018 second quarter results, and it seems to have been a good financial quarter overall for the California-based company. Net revenue was US$14 billion and GAAP net earnings stood at US$1.1 billion. HP’s results topped a Wall Street prediction of US$13.57 billion for net revenue.
Intellivision Entertainment announces new game console
Intellivision Entertainment has issued a press release announcing that a new video game console is under development. The planned device is being designed and created by a team that has members who worked on the original console that bore the renowned Intellivision brand name. Details of the new platform are expected to be made available on October 1.
Mega Man 11 gets release date and trailer
Capcom has revealed the release date for the latest installment in the Mega Man franchise. Mega Man 11 will be made available on October 2 on the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A pre-order trailer for the game gives viewers an insight into the gameplay of the Blue Bomber’s latest adventure.
PUBG takes on Epic in South Korean court
An article from English-language newspaper The Korea Times has revealed that PUBG Corporation has filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games, the developer of battle royale rival Fortnite. PUBG Corporation, which is a subsidiary of the South Korean company Bluehole, apparently filed the lawsuit back in January.
Tech-related companies dominate most valuable global brands list
A report from a brand equity database shows that technology companies and tech-related brands currently dominate the ranking for top 10 most valuable global brands. At least eight out of the 10 brand names listed are directly involved in technology, with Google, Apple, and Amazon taking up the top three places, respectively. Chinese firm Tencent has also made a strong showing, coming in fifth position.
Active Shooter game stirs controversy
A game scheduled for unlocking on Steam on June 6 has started to amass considerable media attention due to its controversial theme. Active Shooter is currently listed on Valve’s software distribution platform and is described as an action simulation. The game has been heavily criticized because it allows the player to act as a shooter killing civilians in a school setting.
Steam Link app for iOS blocked by Apple
According to reports, Valve Corporation’s new Steam Link app has been denied entry to the world of Apple. A review team at the Cupertino-based company apparently rejected the application on grounds of “business conflicts with app guidelines.” This has led to some speculation that Apple could be working on its own game-streaming service.
Trump administration working on ZTE deal
A report by The New York Times has stated that the Trump administration has worked out a deal that would prevent ZTE from complete collapse. According to a source familiar with the matter, ZTE would have to comply with a number of demands from the US Department of Commerce but by doing so would be able to remain in business.
New trailer for World War Z appears online
A new trailer for the shooter game World War Z has been posted online, and it looks like a must play for any fan of the zombie genre. The game is inspired by the 2013 film, which was based on the famous 2006 novel by Max Brooks. The title has been developed by Saber Interactive and is scheduled for release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One later this year.
Fortnite's earnings for April blow March's result out of the water
A monthly worldwide digital games market report has been released by SuperData, and it appears to have been yet another spectacular month for Fortnite. Apparently, the battle royale title from Epic Games earned revenue of US$296 million in April, smashing March’s estimate of US$223 million. Other big winners for the month were God of War and Honour of Kings.
Epic to introduce Fortnite Playground mode with respawn ability
Epic Games has published a new State of Development post for Fortnite detailing upcoming changes for the battle royale giant. Apparently, a new Playground Limited Time Mode will be introduced that will allow players to explore the map without fear of being instantly obliterated by a hardcore Fortniter. The Playground LTM will offer gamers the chance to practice building techniques and respawn if downed by friendly fire.
Amazon Echo device records and sends private conversation without permission
It has been reported that an Amazon Echo device recorded and then sent out a husband and wife’s private conversation without their permission. The Alexa-enabled smart speaker sent the audio file to a random contact who just happened to be an employee of the husband, who then warned them about the surreptitious recording.
BlackBerry KEY2 shows off dual-camera setup in teaser
BlackBerry Mobile has released a new teaser clip for the KEY² smartphone. The brief video shows that the device will feature a dual-camera system and reveals a new button on the keyboard that has fuelled speculation in regard to its purpose. Full details about the KEYone’s successor are expected to be given at the June 7 launch event in New York.
Honor 10 reaches one million sales in less than a month
Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, has issued a press release to announce that the Honor 10 flagship smartphone has already managed one million sales. This is an impressive feat, considering the device was only released in China on April 27 and received a limited global launch on May 16. The Honor 10 has been praised for offering high-end features for a mid-range price.
Nintendo may be developing an N64 classic mini console
Nintendo has been spotted applying for a trademark for the N64 in Japan. This has led to further speculation that the Japanese company could be developing a smaller “classic” version of the renowned console. The original Nintendo 64 was released in 1996 and sold over 32 million units worldwide. It was discontinued in 2003.
Russia accused of plotting massive VPNFilter malware attack
There has been a report published stating at least 500,000 networking devices around the world have been infected by malware known as VPNFilter. It has been speculated that Russian state-sponsored hackers are behind the attack due to the activity specifically aimed at devices based in the Ukraine. Apparently, VPNFilter offers both intelligence-gathering and destructive capabilities.
Battlefield V gets a reveal trailer
An official reveal trailer for Battlefield V has been released, and it certainly doesn’t skimp on drama and intensity. As expected, the action takes place in the battlegrounds of World War II and features arguably less familiar settings such as the destroyed city of Rotterdam and the frozen landscapes of Norway. The game is scheduled for general release on October 19.
Download Unreal Gold for free for a limited time
It has been 20 years since the original Unreal first-person shooter appeared on PCs around the world. The classic game was released on May 22, 1998, and it spawned a whole franchise of best-selling titles. To celebrate Unreal’s birthday, both GOG and Steam are offering the game as a free download for a limited time.
Nvidia releases GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB) GPU
A new variant of the GeForce GTX 1050 GPU has been spotted on the Nvidia website. The latest addition to the GTX 1050 series is the GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB). The GeForce 10 series was released in 2016, and the GTX 1050 GPU originally came in the forms of a 2 GB base model and a 4 GB Ti model.
RED Hydrogen One holographic smartphone coming to AT&T and Verizon soon
It appears the innovative RED Hydrogen One smartphone is to be made available through AT&T and Verizon. Pre-orders for the novel device that sports a holographic screen are no longer being accepted at RED’s website, whereas Verizon is allowing those interested to sign up for updates. AT&T is planning a demo for the RED Hydrogen One in Los Angeles, June 2-3.
Epic Games offers US$100 million funding for Fortnite tournaments
Epic Games has published a news post announcing the company’s intention to offer US$100 million in prizes for Fortnite tournaments taking place over the 2018-2019 season. This is a massive boost to the burgeoning eSports sector, which has thoroughly embraced mobile gaming. Fortnite is expected to be released on Android in summer.
Official renders of the Samsung Galaxy J4 appear online
Official press photos of the Samsung Galaxy J4 have turned up online, and they show the device available in two different colors. The Galaxy J4 will be an entry-level smartphone featuring a Samsung Exynos 7570 quad-core SoC. No prices are currently available for the handset, and it is believed it will be unveiled at a Samsung launch event taking place on May 21 in Mumbai, India.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Advanced2 device appears in Bluetooth listing
A device labeled as the “Galaxy Tab Advanced2” has been spotted in a Bluetooth declaration. The model number given in the details is SM-T583, which just happens to be the same model number currently cropping up on a Samsung support page. The device has also appeared in a listing on the website for the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Fortnite coming to Android in summer
Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite will finally be making its way to Android. The battle royale champion is currently available on the PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and iOS platforms, with Android being a glaring omission so far. However, the game’s developer has now stated that a summer release is being targeted for Fortnite on Google’s OS.
Amazon and Google dominate global smart speaker market
A new quarterly research report has been released that shows Amazon and Google currently leading the pack in terms of global smart speaker shipments and market share. However, although Amazon has shipped twice as many units in Q1 2018 than in Q1 2017, the Seattle-based retailer has seen a notable dip in overall market share.
House Appropriations Committee slaps down Trump's ZTE support
According to a report, it appears the US House Appropriations Committee does not share the same sentiment in regard to ZTE as President Donald Trump. Trump recently tweeted a message stating he wanted to help ZTE find a way to keep doing business. However, the Committee is in disagreement with the President and plans to uphold the ban on the Chinese company.
OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition revealed in all its glory
OnePlus has just unveiled the OnePlus 6 device and hot on its heels comes the Marvel Avengers Limited Edition version. This variant of the new flagship phone is delivered in an Avengers-themed box that even contains an Iron Man-style protective case and a medal. The device will initially be available for the Chinese and Indian markets, priced at 4,199 yuan and 44,999 Indian rupees, respectively.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a battle royale mode
It has been confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a battle royale mode, known as Blackout. The latest installment in the immensely successful franchise will also offer a multiplayer mode and the popular Zombies feature. The game will be available on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One platforms, and it has a release date of October 12.
Exciting HoweyCoin pre-ICO sale comes with a twist
A very promising new entry into the cryptocurrency world has just announced a pre-ICO sale that offers some impressive bonuses to those who sign up in time. HoweyCoin claims to combine blockchain technology with elements of the luxury sector and has already received several celebrity endorsements. Early-bird Platinum investors can receive a double 25% discount, but there is a catch...
EA DICE announces live reveal date for Battlefield V
EA DICE has confirmed Battlefield V will be the next installment in the hugely popular Battlefield series. A message has been posted on the official Battlefield website stating that there will be a live reveal event for the game taking place on May 23. The event will be hosted by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
HTC Exodus blockchain phone announced
Smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced the development of the HTC Exodus device, which is based on blockchain technology. According to the Taiwanese company, the Exodus will use decentralized applications (DApps) and offer a “built-in secure hardware enclave” that will make cryptocurrency ownership and transactions more straightforward for users of the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 confirmed in Bluetooth certification
A Bluetooth certification listing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has been spotted by SamMobile. The declaration details seem to confirm the existence of the device, which should offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The last tablet in the Galaxy Tab series was the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which was released in the US and Canada on March 24, 2017.
Bethesda release gameplay trailer for Rage 2
An official gameplay trailer for Rage 2 has been released by Bethesda Softworks, and it is bound to delight fans of the first game. The first-person shooter has been developed in conjunction with id Software and Avalanche Studios, and it is expected to be launched in 2019 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One platforms.
PUBG Mobile update introduces the Miramar map
The 0.5.0 update for PUBG Mobile has been released for both Android and iOS platforms. The latest patch introduces the Miramar map in time for the commencement of season 2. According to the game’s Twitter account, other new features include progress missions, secret stash, local quick teams, and a region system.
Gran Turismo series tops 80 million sales
Sony Interactive Entertainment has issued a press release stating that the Gran Turismo racing franchise has enjoyed sales of over 80.4 million units. The original game in the popular series was released in 1997 for the PlayStation platform and eventually sold over 10 million copies on its own. Gran Turismo Sport (2017) is the latest installment in the franchise.
Rage 2 gets an announcement trailer
Video-game publisher Bethesda has released an official announcement trailer for Rage 2. The short clip does not reveal much about the gameplay but does set the tone for the sequel to the 2011 first-person shooter. The game is believed to be a joint development with id Software and Avalanche Studios. Rage 2 is expected to be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
BlackBerry KEY2 gets official announcement date
The Twitter account for BlackBerry Mobile has teased an announcement date for the aptly named successor to the company’s KEYone smartphone: the KEY². According to the tweet, the KEY² will be unveiled in New York on June 7 at 10 a.m. The message features the slogan “An Icon Reborn.”
Microsoft patent shows device with three displays
A recently published patent assigned to Microsoft appears to show a device with three screens. The illustrated foldable tablet has two seemingly regular-sized screens, and there is a third screen located on the hinge that separates the two main display regions. The patent for this interesting innovation was filed in November 2016.
Gigabyte announces its UD PRO Series SATA SSDs
Taiwanese motherboard specialist Gigabyte has announced an entry into the SSD market. The company has published a press release detailing its new UD PRO Series. The series currently consists of just two SATA III drives: a 256 GB model and a 512 GB model. Prices are expected to be around US$68.99 for the 256 GB variant and US$119.99 for the larger drive.
Nvidia reports huge first quarter revenue growth
Nvidia has earned revenue of US$3.21 billion for the first quarter of the fiscal year for 2019. The result for the first quarter in 2018 was US$1.94 billion, which means the GPU maker has enjoyed a huge year-over-year growth of 66%. This success was mainly attributed to data-center business and strong gaming revenue.
Voice shopping could be worth US$40 billion by 2022
A press release from a strategy consulting firm has stated that voice-based shopping will enjoy incredible growth over the next four years, hitting a total of more than US$40 billion in sales across the US and UK by 2022. The market forecast, issued by OC&C, highlights how the increasing adoption of smart speakers in millions of homes will help drive growth.
Trove joins the battle royale club
Trove, an MMORPG from Trion Worlds, will soon be offering a type of battle royale mode for players. A “Bomber Royale” mode has been announced for the popular game, and it will be made available in summer as part of a large expansion that has been scheduled for the title. Trove was released for Windows in 2015 and is free to play.
Apple credit card may be coming soon
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has teamed up with investment bank Goldman Sachs to produce a joint credit card. The Cupertino-based company already has a deal with Barclaycard in regard to financing purchases of Apple products. Apparently, the upcoming card may feature the Apple Pay brand.
System76 offers Ubuntu-based Oryx Pro laptop for pre-order
American computer manufacturer System76 has offered the company’s updated Oryx Pro for pre-order. For US$1,599, the buyer would receive a 15.6-inch, Ubuntu-based laptop sporting an i7-8750H processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 8 GB RAM, and a 250 GB M.2 SSD. The official System76 website offers a generous amount of configurations for the Oryx Pro update.
Lenovo developing new flagship smartphone
It appears Lenovo may be working on a new flagship smartphone. A partial image of a bezel-less device has been published on the Weibo account for Chang Cheng, the Lenovo Group’s VP. There is seemingly no controversial notch present on the smartphone, and there is speculation that the device will be officially announced on June 14.
Steam game streaming is coming to smartphones
A press release from Valve has revealed that the company intends to release two new apps, one of which will allow gamers access to their Steam media libraries on smartphones. The Steam Link app is expected to be released in the week starting May 21. The second app, Steam Video, will offer movie and television content.
Apple may be working on a circular-shaped smartwatch
A patent has been granted to Apple for an “electronic device having display with curved edges.” The patent was filed in January 2016 and features a number of images that could easily be described as potential smartwatch displays. Producing a circular smartwatch would be something of a design departure for the Cupertino-based company.
Epic issue Fortnite Android beta scam warning and Thanos gets nerfed
A representative for Epic Games has confirmed that an email inviting people to participate in a Fortnite Android beta is a phishing scam. Gamers have been warned not to share any personal information if they receive such an email. Also, Fortnite’s guest villain, Thanos, has had to be nerfed due to player feedback in regard to his destructive powers.
New Samsung 970 Pro and Evo SSDs receive price cuts
The latest solid state drives from Samsung have only just been launched, and they have already received price cuts. The tech giant announced the 970 Pro and Evo NVMe SSDs in April, with the devices being made available for purchase on May 7. It is now possible to obtain the drives at cheaper rates than the suggested retail prices listed in the April press release.
Gates and Buffett bully bitcoin
It appears neither Bill Gates nor Warren Buffett are the greatest fans of bitcoin. Both men have been recently reported saying rather disparaging things about the famous cryptocurrency, which may have prevented bitcoin from achieving a five-figure value for the first time since March. Regulation concerns are believed to have also contributed to the slight dip in price.
More details about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 surface
An entry for the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 graphics card has been made in TechPowerUp’s GPU database. Notebookcheck already reported on rumors surrounding the next-gen GPU and the data that has now surfaced online seems to support some of the expected specifications, including 3584 shading units and a 256-bit memory bus.
PUBG offers chicken fun while Fortnite invites Thanos
A news post on Steam has revealed the name for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds upcoming map: Sanhok. The developers are opening an experimental server for the map from May 10 to May 14, giving PUBG fans the opportunity to test the latest addition. Meanwhile, over at Fortnite one of the most villainous characters from the Marvel Universe will be paying a visit. The first lucky player to wield the Infinity Gauntlet will turn into Thanos.
Forza Motorsport 7 update introduces a new free car
The latest update for Forza Motorsport 7 is live worldwide, and it brings a new free car to all the game’s players. Fans of the game can now get their hands on the wheel of a 2018 Honda Civic Type R. The popular racing title, developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios, was released in October 2017.
Nvidia cancels GeForce Partner Program
Nvidia has decided to cancel the controversial GeForce Partner Program (GPP). A blog post by John Teeple, the person responsible for Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Marketing, has the very unambiguous title “Pulling the Plug on GPP, Leaning into GeForce.” The program has attracted a considerable amount of criticism since its introduction barely two months ago.
Bitcoin gets physical
A Swiss technology company has started rolling out smart banknotes called Tangem Notes that offer a physical presence for cryptocurrencies. The "banknotes," which are actually plastic cards, have been launched for sale in a large store in Singapore and there are plans for a wider rollout throughout 2018 and 2019. Currently available Tangem banknotes are valued at 0.01 BTC and 0.05 BTC.
PUBG reveals new weapon but is still losing war against Fortnite
A new weapon has been revealed as part of the latest patch for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), but it seems not even original content can help Bluehole’s game in the battle royale war against Fortnite. According to analysts, the title from Epic Games made over five times as much as PUBG in first week cumulative iOS revenue.
Microsoft offers new Surface Pro configuration
Microsoft has recently updated its store with a new configuration of the Surface Pro. It is now possible to buy an Intel Core i5-powered Surface Pro with 128 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM for US$999. Previously, Microsoft offered the 4 GB RAM version of the device at this price, but this model is now being advertised for US$799.
Telegram cancels plans for public ICO
A report by the Wall Street Journal has stated that Telegram has scrapped plans to carry out an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for the public. Apparently, because the two coin presales that have already been carried out for private investors have attracted US$1.7 billion in funds, there is now no need for the instant messaging service to engage in a public ICO.
3.1 million units of God of War sold in first three days
According to Sony, 3.1 million copies of God of War have been sold in the first three days of the game’s release. The latest installment in the famous franchise was launched on April 20 and has been met with critical acclaim. The action-adventure title, which was developed by the Sony-owned SIE Santa Monica Studio, has already become the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive to date.
Cambridge Analytica ceases operations
A press release from Cambridge Analytica and parent company SCL Group has stated that all the firm's operations have ceased. Insolvency applications have been filed in the UK and bankruptcy proceedings will soon commence in the USA. The company’s closure has been attributed to “damage caused to the business by the unfairly negative media coverage” in relation to the ongoing Facebook data scandal.
Dell and HP may be working on premium Chromebooks
There has been a report suggesting that Dell and HP could be working on new high-end Chromebooks. Currently, there are scant options when it comes to choosing a premium Chromebook for use in the enterprise sector; the Google Pixelbook Chromebook and HP Chromebook 13 G1 are two options. It is claimed the new devices would utilize up to 16 GB RAM and operate with Kaby Lake processors.
Report suggests cryptocurrency market could face 90% correction
A report from a leading investment banking firm has forecast that cryptocurrencies are heading for a 90% correction within the next 12 months that will devastate the cryptocurrency market. Many virtual currencies could be wiped out, although those that survive the predicted market turmoil will enjoy impressive growth in the resulting less-cramped environment.
New trailer released for Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games has released the latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. The dramatic clip offers a glimpse into the game's gritty open-world environment and seems to hint at some of the expected gameplay the title will offer, such as fist-fighting. The scheduled release date for the anticipated prequel is October 26, and it will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One platforms.
The Atari VCS gets a pre-sale date
Atari has announced in a new press release that the Atari VCS hardware platform will have a pre-sale starting on May 30. The console will be available from US$199 during the pre-sale, which is being exclusively held through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. However, the first actual shipments aren’t expected to start until spring 2019.
250,000 copies of Frostpunk sold in just 66 hours
The company behind the development of Frostpunk has announced that 250,000 copies of the game have already been sold in just 66 hours. 11 bit studios posted a message on the game's official Twitter account to share the impressive achievement. The game developer has already announced plans for additional content and bug fixes for the snowy steampunk-inspired city-building title.
Huawei rumored to be developing Android replacement
It has been reported that Huawei is working on a possible replacement of the ubiquitous Android OS. Anonymous sources talking to the South China Morning Post have commented that the Chinese tech giant is developing the alternative operating system in case the company ends up receiving a similar US-imposed ban to the one that ZTE is currently facing.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider gets a full reveal
An impressive reveal trailer has been released for the upcoming game Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The latest title in the famous franchise is scheduled for September 14 and will be available on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One platforms. The action adventure has been developed by Eidos-Montréal and Crystal Dynamics and will be published by Square Enix.
Essential Phone now available in more countries
American technology company Essential has opened up its online store to customers from a number of other countries. Previously, only US residents could get their hands on the Essential Phone (PH-1), but now the company’s products will be available to people in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan. The California-based firm is believed to be currently working on the PH-1’s successor.
Nintendo partners up with Cygames for Dragalia Lost
Nintendo has announced a partnership with Cygames, Inc. to develop a new game for smart devices. The jointly developed title will be called Dragalia Lost and is scheduled for release in the summer of this year. The Japanese video-game giant held out on introducing its popular franchises to iOS or Android for many years because of concerns about losing unique gameplay elements.
Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft post impressive quarterly results
Amazon, Intel, and Microsoft have all published quarterly financial reports showing better than expected results. Microsoft revealed revenue of US$26.8 billion while fellow tech giant Intel managed revenue of US$16.1 billion for the quarter. However, Amazon trumped both of the other companies thanks to recorded sales of US$51.0 billion.
Fortnite raked in US$223 million in March
According to research by SuperData, Fortnite managed to earn an incredible US$223 million in March. The smash hit from Epic Games was already a success even before the battle royale mode was introduced. Far Cry 5 was also a winner in March, with the Ubisoft title apparently racking up digital sales in the region of 2.5 million units.
Launch event date for the OnePlus 6 confirmed
A launch event date for the OnePlus 6 flagship smartphone has finally been announced. The new device will be unveiled at a large arena in London, UK, on May 16. The Shenzhen-based manufacturer has also revealed another launch event that will take place in Beijing, China, on May 17. Tickets for the London launch event went on sale today.
Amazon's Fire TV Cube is coming soon
The question “What is Fire TV Cube?” has been posted on a splash page on the Amazon website. Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player and microconsole created by the Seattle-based online shopping giant. Rumors of a cube-shaped device appeared before Amazon released the third-generation “pendant-style” Fire TV, and now it seems the Fire TV Cube is soon going to be a reality.
Strategy titles BattleTech and Frostpunk released
Fans of the strategy genre will be pleased to learn that the games BattleTech and Frostpunk have been released today. The former, developed by Harebrained Schemes, gives the player the opportunity to control enormous BattleMechs on a futuristic battlefield. The latter is a city-building title from 11 bit studios and is based in the past where civilization has been devastated by the extreme cold weather.
Report places Samsung ahead of Intel in semiconductor market
A press release from research company Gartner has stated that Samsung has overtaken Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor vendor. The figures for 2017 show the South Korean company gaining 14.2% of the global market share whilst their rivals in California managed 14.0%. Samsung’s top place has been partly attributed to revenue growth in the memory market.
8.28 million videos removed by YouTube in final quarter of 2017
YouTube has released a Community Guidelines enforcement report that states the video-sharing website removed over 8.28 million videos from the platform during the last quarter of 2017. The majority of these videos, 6.68 million of them, were flagged by automatic processes rather than human flaggers. The company’s official blog states that almost 76% of the machine-flagged videos were taken down before receiving a single view.
Tencent and PUBG boost the esports sector
The esports industry is enjoying further rapid growth according to a report produced by The Esports Observer. Apparently, nearly US$2 billion has been invested in this gaming sector for the first quarter of 2018, with Tencent contributing over half of the funds. PUBG Corp has also offered a boost to esports by announcing a battle royale tournament with a prize pool worth over US$2 million.
ZTE ban could boost Chinese chip-making plans
Reuters has recently published an article stating that China will be ramping up efforts to greatly enhance its chip-making industry. The hefty seven-year ban on buying parts from US manufacturers that has been placed on Chinese tech firm ZTE by the US Department of Commerce has provided fresh impetus for the Asian state’s efforts in the semiconductor industry.
Alienware creates the perfect hotel room for gamers
Gamers planning a trip to Panama City may just want to book a stay at the local Hilton hotel. Alienware has teamed up with the hotel’s management to create a gaming-themed room that is awesome enough to bring tears to the eyes of gamers who can’t bear the thought of a day away from their preferred battle royale title. The cost for such gaming-room luxury? US$349 a night.
Get off the Bitcoin bandwagon, Ripple is on the rise
The cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) has been performing well lately and may hit a price of US$1.00 in the near future. Like many virtual currencies, it has dropped in value over the last few weeks, reaching a low of US$0.48 as recently as the second week of April. But now the Ripple network's native cryptocurrency seems to be bouncing back.
China is on Fortnite's agenda
A message on the official Twitter account for Fortnite has shown an image of a passport with a stamp for China on it. The words “The Battle Bus is taking off! Destination, China” are also part of the mysterious tweet. While many commentators have taken this to mean the game is due to launch in China soon, others have speculated it could be related to a new map or location.
Intel's vaunted smart glasses facing the axe
According to a report, Intel is planning on closing down its New Devices Group. This particular division of the chip-making giant was involved in developing wearable projects. One of these projects was called “Superlight” but was better known to the outside world as the Vaunt smart glasses. It seems the state of the smart-glasses market prompted Intel’s withdrawal.
Cryptocurrency news: Bitcoin not a magnet for crime, reports suggests otherwise
A department of the Quebec government has stated that Bitcoin is not a “magnet” for illicit transactions and that the widely believed perception of the cryptocurrency being mainly connected to criminal activity is erroneous. In other reports, Russian police busted an illegal Bitcoin mining facility, a woman has been arrested for arranging a Bitcoin-funded hit, and the alleged mastermind behind Iceland’s “Big Bitcoin Heist” has escaped from prison.
Facebook expected to start making its own processors
A report from Bloomberg has stated that Facebook is creating a chip-making team. Job listings have appeared on the social-networking site’s careers section that seem to point toward this eventuality. Other tech giants, such as Apple and Google, have already started producing their own processors. Facebook-produced chips could be used in hardware or for AI-improvement purposes.
EA DICE may be developing a battle royale mode for Battlefield V
It has been reported that EA Dice is working on a prototype battle royale mode for the upcoming title Battlefield V. The Battlefield series has been a massive success over the years for Electronic Arts, and it makes good business sense for the game developer to work on a battle royale mode and try to capture some of the market before it inevitably becomes saturated.
Cryptocurrency news: Cambridge Analytica's VC, Verge finds a naughty niche
The New York Times has published an article detailing Cambridge Analytica’s plans to create its own virtual currency (VC). The British consulting firm is now deeply embroiled in the Facebook data breach. In other cryptocurrency news, a VC known as Verge has agreed on a potentially lucrative partnership with one of the world’s most popular websites.
ZTE faces potential Android loss
According to a report from Reuters, ZTE may lose its Android license. As the current seventh-largest Android-based smartphone manufacturer, this would be a massive blow against the Shenzhen-based corporation. Even just losing access to the Google Play Store application would be incredibly detrimental to the beleaguered telecommunications-equipment maker.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may not have a single-player campaign
There is a rumor that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not feature a single-player campaign. This may come as a surprise to the series’ legions of fans as the games have always featured a variety of campaigns for a lone player to battle their way through. Another report suggests that the latest CoD title may offer a battle royale mode.
Asus announces new brand name for AMD cards
Taiwanese computer manufacturer Asus has announced a rebranding for the AMD graphics cards that were previously part of the Republic of Gamers (ROG) line-up. The new name for the series is AREZ, which derives from Ares, the Greek god of war. The new AREZ-branded cards are expected to be available from May onwards.
Clues point to Watch Dogs 3 development
Three “clues” have been unearthed that all seemingly point toward the development of Watch Dogs 3. Watch Dogs was released by Ubisoft in 2014 and was a huge commercial success. The sequel landed in 2016 and also received favorable reviews. Unsurprisingly, Ubisoft has not commented on the rumors in regard to a possible third title in the series.
Russia accused of hijacking routers around the world
Law enforcement agencies in the US and UK have accused Russia of attempting to hack routers on a global scale. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has released an alert today entitled “Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices.” Apparently, millions of network devices have been targeted.
PlayStation Vita rumored to be on its way out
British tabloid newspaper The Daily Star has reported that Sony may be planning to discontinue the PlayStation Vita handheld game console, possibly this year. The device was launched in 2011, and although it’s believed it has sold 10 to 15 million units, it just hasn’t managed to keep up with the fierce competition from Nintendo.
Shenmue I and II coming to the PC this year
Sega has announced its classic adventure games Shenmue and Shenmue II will be made available for the PC sometime this year. Shenmue was originally released for the Dreamcast console in 1999, with a sequel coming out shortly afterwards, in 2001. A further sequel, which received over US$6 million in funding through a Kickstarter project, is also expected later on this year.
Sega reveals Mega Drive Mini console
The Japanese video-game developer Sega has unveiled a Mega Drive Mini console at the recent Sega Fes 2018 event. The original Sega Mega Drive (known as the Genesis in North America) was released in Japan in 1988, and it ended up being immensely popular with over 30 million consoles sold worldwide. The micro-console is expected to be released later this year.
Rumored BioShock game in development
A report from Kotaku about the video-game company Hangar 13 has mentioned the development of a new BioShock game. BioShock Infinite was the last release in the popular series from 2K Games, and that title came out in 2013. There has been no official announcement about the game yet, which is apparently codenamed “Parkside.”
Apple memo about leaks gets leaked
An internal memo warning Apple employees about the consequences of leaking information has been leaked. The tech giant has suffered from a considerable number of leaks in the past, and the memo warns that leakers face losing their jobs and may be fined and even imprisoned. Apparently, the Cupertino-based firm caught 29 leakers in 2017.
Bitcoin's value rises by nearly US$1000 in barely two hours
Bitcoin’s price rocketed for a short period on April 12, soaring from US$6,852 to US$7,834 in the space of barely two hours. The virtual currency’s value has been dropping consistently since December 2017, when it enjoyed record prices of over US$19,000. The latest close for the famous digital coin was US$7,819.
Huawei tipped to win the race to release a truly foldable phone
ETNews has claimed that Huawei will announce a truly foldable phone in November of this year. According to the South Korean news outlet’s sources, the Shenzhen-based company will show off the device to the public for additional research purposes, but it won’t be immediately available for purchase. It would be quite a coup for Huawei to beat rivals such as Samsung and Apple in this particular race.
Apple patent deals with luminescence shock
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a patent application for “Luminescence shock avoidance in display devices” that was filed by Apple in December 2017. Luminescence shock occurs when a device is turned on in a dark environment and the brightness of the display temporarily impairs the user’s vision.
Nintendo and Hellblade big winners at 2018 BAFTA Games Awards
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has held its annual award ceremony for the video-game industry. The 2018 event was a great success for Nintendo, which took home three prizes, and for the dark fantasy action game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which scooped up five of the prestigious awards. The Best Game category was won by What Remains of Edith Finch.
Apple has reportedly reduced HomePod production
A report from Bloomberg has stated that Apple has had to cut manufacturing orders with Inventec in regard to the HomePod. Apparently, the smart speaker has not been selling in huge numbers and Apple workers have commented that store inventories are simply piling up with the device. A number of factors are being accused for the HomePod's sluggish sales, including the relatively high price of US$349.
Dell and HP enjoy growth in global PC market share
Market intelligence provider IDC has released a report detailing the state of the worldwide traditional PC market for the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18). According to the data, both Dell and HP have seen increases in market share in comparison to the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17). However, the total of global PC shipments for the quarter has experienced a flat year-on-year growth.
Bungie announces release date for Destiny 2 expansion
The American video-game developer behind Destiny 2, Bungie, has announced the release date for the second expansion to the online first-person shooter. Warmind will be released on May 8, at the same time as the start of Season Three of the game, and a reveal stream on Twitch will begin on April 24. Destiny 2 was released in September 2017 and the first expansion, Curse of Osiris, was released shortly afterwards.
Steam Spy ceases operations due to privacy changes made by Valve
The well-known video-game tracking website Steam Spy will be shutting down after Valve announced changes to Steam’s privacy settings. The specific change that has affected Steam Spy’s operations is the default hiding of a user’s game library. Steam Spy scraped data from public profiles on the software distribution platform to estimate overall game sales.
Overkill's The Walking Dead gets a new trailer
A new trailer has been released for Overkill’s The Walking Dead and it certainly looks impressive. The cinematic clip focuses on Maya, who will be one of the playable characters in the game. Overkill Software announced the title back in 2014 and it was originally scheduled to appear in 2016. The current release date for the first-person shooter is fall 2018.
PlayStation 5 unlikely to be released before 2020
There have been rumors in regard to Sony releasing the PlayStation 5 either later this year or in 2019. However, a number of sources speaking to Jason Schreier of Kotaku have poured cold water on the idea of a PS5 console being available within the rumored timeframe. More conservative suggestions have focused on a release date for the much-awaited device occurring in 2020.
Renders of BlackBerry's Athena phone leaked online
Images of BlackBerry’s Athena phone have surfaced online, via the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO). The device has a good-looking mechanical QWERTY keyboard beneath a large screen, and it offers dual-camera functionality on its rear. The Athena is expected to be the successor to 2017’s BlackBerry KEYone.
Samsung's smartphone market share in China drops to 0.8%
Samsung may still be the world’s largest smartphone vendor but the South Korean company is struggling to make an impact in the important Chinese market. The smartphone market in China is currently dominated by domestic brands, with Apple also managing a small slice of the pie. It has been reported that Samsung’s share dropped to 0.8% in the fourth quarter of 2017, putting the company in 12th position for that particular market.
ZTE's Iceberg concept phone will distress notch-haters
Images of a concept phone from ZTE called the Iceberg have appeared on the iF World Design Guide website. The smartphone utilizes a glass unibody, showing off transparent glass corners that give it a unique look. However, haters of the controversial notch design will despair at the Iceberg’s most obvious feature: A second notch!
Apple announces Product Red Special Edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Apple has announced the impending release of the Product Red Special Edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The devices will be available to order from April 10 and physical units will start appearing in Apple stores in some countries on April 13. The Special Edition smartphones will come in an eye-catching red finish. Part of the money made from selling these devices goes to The Global Fund financing organization.
Apple claims to be 100% green
Apple has published a press release today claiming that the company is now 100% powered by renewable energy. The tech giant has heavily invested in a number of sustainable energy projects such as wind farms and solar power production. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has called the news a “significant milestone” and insists that the company will continue to be committed to a cleaner environment.
South Korean game makers face massive fine for loot box controversy
Three South Korean video-game developers have been severely punished by the country’s Fair Trade Commission in regard to the use of loot boxes in some of their games. Nexon, Netmarble, and NextFloor are the companies facing fines totaling the equivalent of US$945,000. The fines were imposed because of an apparent lack of information offered by the firms involved.
Doogee's Mix 4 does away with the notch
Doogee’s Mix 4 prototype smartphone has been unveiled on a popular YouTube channel, and it seems the Shenzhen-based company has come up with a novel way of discarding the controversial notch. The Mix 4 device has a mechanical slider, allowing the front-facing camera to be neatly placed behind the display when not in use.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth coming in August
Blizzard Entertainment has announced a launch date for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth. The expansion will be released on August 14 and is currently available for pre-order. The standard edition of the latest WoW title is priced at US$49.99 and there is also a digital deluxe edition available for US$69.99.
Massive Entertainment may be working on a battle royale game
Massive Entertainment, the Swedish video-game developer behind Tom Clancy’s The Division, may be working on a new battle royale game. It has been reported that the Ubisoft-owned subsidiary has been tasked by the French gaming giant to come up with something in this massively popular genre that could challenge titles such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Apple rumored to be working on touchless controls and curved screens
A report from Bloomberg has suggested that Apple is working on a couple of interesting features for future smartphone releases. The first feature is touchless gesture controls, which would enable the user to operate the phone by moving a finger near to the screen rather than actually tapping it. The other rumored feature is a curved display, possibly to help differentiate a future iPhone device from other similar products in the smartphone market.
Kingston launches new entry-level PCIe NVMe SSD
Kingston Technology has released a new SSD to its extensive product line-up. The A1000 is a PCIe NVMe solid state drive that is available with three different storage capacities: 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB. The A1000 is an entry-level solution in an M.2-2280 form factor, with prices starting at US$119.60 for the 240 GB variant, US$218.40 for the 480 GB model, and US$403 for the 960 GB version.
Square Enix to fix problems with Chrono Trigger port
There was some excitement among JRPG fans in February when a PC port of Chrono Trigger unexpectedly turned up on Steam. However, that excitement soon turned to exasperation as many gamers complained about the graphics and the user interface. The company behind Chrono Trigger, Square Enix, is aiming to release a series of patches to address the most common issues.
March 31 - Happy World Backup Day
In case you weren’t aware, March 31 is World Backup Day. Today is the day when computer users should no longer procrastinate with that crucial task and take a few moments to backup their data. It might seem like an April Fools’ Day joke, but facts offered by the World Backup Day website show just how important it is to keep a regular backup of your files.
Fortnite gets new patch and beats Minecraft on YouTube
Epic Games has released patch v3.4 for Fortnite, and among the numerous bug fixes there is also a new weapon for players to become familiar with. This large update was swiftly followed by patch v3.4.1 which dealt with a couple of gameplay issues. Undoubtedly, having a new weapon to play with will help Fortnite’s YouTube viewing figures increase even further, as the game overtook Minecraft for total monthly views in February.
Bitcoin crisis continues with another huge price drop
Bitcoin has suffered yet another turbulent day in regard to its market value. Within the last 24 hours the virtual currency’s worth has dropped from a high of US$7382 to a close of US$6822, reaching a low of US$6660 at one point. The leading cryptocurrency was valued at US$11,645 on March 5, so its considerable drop in the space of just a few weeks will be disconcerting for investors.
150 million MyFitnessPal users affected by hack
The popular fitness app MyFitnessPal has suffered a data breach that has affected the accounts of an estimated 150 million users. The company behind the food and nutrition application, Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc., has issued a press release in regard to the unauthorized acquisition of user data. The hack apparently took place in February, with MyFitnessPal workers noticing the breach on March 25.
Telegram raises US$1.7 billion for its ICO
The instant messaging service Telegram has apparently filed more papers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating that it has now raised a total of US$1.7 billion during its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The service already filed with the SEC back in February after raising US$850 million. Telegram has a native cryptocurrency token known as the Gram.
Patent for Huawei foldable smartphone discovered
Dutch website LetsGoDigital has uncovered a patent for a foldable phone filed by Huawei in September 2017. The Chinese technology company seems to have developed a tablet-sized device which when folded would be the size of a regular smartphone. The central “gap” problem, created when a foldable dual-screen smartphone is opened up, has been addressed by making the device bendable.
Business simulation Jurassic World Evolution gets a release date
British video-game developer Frontier Development has announced a release date for the upcoming game Jurassic World Evolution. The business simulation title will be available online from June 12, with physical copies of the game being made available from July 3. Jurassic World Evolution is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Sony may be working on a new Android tablet
There is a rumor that Sony may be working on a new Android tablet. The rumor started after certain lines of code from a teardown of the camera app on the new Xperia XZ2 smartphone appeared on a blog called Sumahoinfo. The code features the words “Tablet_8inch” and “Tablet_10inch,” and it also contains some simple concept images of devices that could hint at future Sony tablets.
WannaCry virus strikes Boeing production plant
There has been a reported malware attack on a Boeing production plant involving the infamous ransomware cryptoworm WannaCry. A spokesperson for Boeing described the event as “a limited intrusion of malware” as there were concerns about the worm affecting production and even airplane software. The destructive WannaCry attack of 2017 affected computers in over 150 countries.
Time for The Incredibles to get a Lego video-game makeover
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has published a press release announcing the new video game Lego The Incredibles. An official announcement trailer, featuring the Parr family, Frozone and Edna Mode, has also been released. The game will be made available for the PC, Nintendo Switch, PS 4 and Xbox One in North America on June 15 – the same day that the Incredibles 2 movie is scheduled for release.
Fitbit Versa offers an alternative to the Apple Watch
Fitbit’s Versa smartwatch is available for pre-order and offers an interesting alternative to the market-dominating Apple Watch. For a start, there is the price: The Fitbit Versa costs US$199.95 and the Apple Watch Series 3 has prices starting at US$329 (from the Apple Store). Fitbit claims the Versa has a battery life of over four days, which certainly beats out the 18 hours that Apple advertises for its Series 3 (GPS) wearable.
Logitech reveals new accessories for sixth-generation iPad
Swiss computer-accessory manufacturer Logitech has announced a couple of new items specifically designed for the just-released sixth-generation iPad. Firstly, there is a stylus called the Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil that offers an eight-hour battery life. Then there is the Logitech Rugged Combo 2 case and keyboard combination, which has been designed to protect the newly revised 9.7-inch iPad from bumps and drops.
Samsung releases Gear S2 software update with new functions
Samsung’s wearable, the Gear S2, has received a new software upgrade from the South Korean manufacturer. The user interface has been overhauled, the Samsung Health widget has been enhanced, and the watch can be used in conjunction with the Gear VR headset and PowerPoint presentations. The update can be accessed through the Samsung Gear app.
PC release date for BattleTech announced
Developer Harebrained Schemes and publisher Paradox Interactive have announced the release date for the upcoming turn-based strategy game BattleTech. The title should launch on April 24 and will cost US$39.99 on either PC or Mac. It is also possible to purchase a digital deluxe edition of the game that will include an art book and the soundtrack.
Far Cry 5 is released and receives Nvidia Game Ready driver
Far Cry 5 has been officially released and Nvidia has supplied a Game Ready driver for the latest installment of the famous Ubisoft series. The game has received a number of positive reviews already, even though it has courted controversy with its themes. The first-person shooter is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Steven Seagal no longer Bitcoiin ambassador
It seems actor Steven Seagal is no longer the brand ambassador for the cryptocurrency Bitcoiin. Agents for the virtual currency (VC) have claimed that a soft cap of US$75 million has now been reached, meaning that both the founders of Bitcoiin and Seagal will “exit” from any further direct involvement with the controversial VC. The State of New Jersey recently issued a cease and desist order to the token’s founders.
Fortnite YouTube livestream attracts 1.1 million viewers
Fortnite continues to garner impressive statistics, this time drawing in over one million viewers during a YouTube live gaming stream. The popular Spanish YouTube personality, elrubiusOMG, held a special global gaming event and invited 99 people to join him in a Fortnite Battle Royale spectacular. The roughly three-hour session ended up attracting 1.1 million concurrent viewers at its peak.
Nvidia's next-gen GPUs may be the GTX 11 Series
According to an anonymous source speaking with TweakTown, the next generation of Nvidia GPUs will not be labeled as the once-expected GTX 20 Series but will be known as the GTX 11 Series. It is even possible that Nvidia will overhaul its naming conventions and start using identifiers that end in the number 5. No doubt more details will be revealed at the upcoming GPU Technology Conference (GTC).
Acer reveals the Chromebook Tab 10 tablet
Acer has unveiled a Chrome-based tablet aimed at the education sector. This is the first tablet to be released using Chrome as its operating system, and Acer has given it the name Chromebook Tab 10. The 9.7-inch device includes a Wacom EMR Stylus and should be available in North America from April onwards. The reported price for the tablet is US$329.
New smaller map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds teased at GDC
A new 4 x 4 km PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) map has been teased at the Game Developers Conference that has been taking place in San Francisco. PUBG’s developer announced that the public testing phase for the latest map will start in early April. The intent behind releasing a smaller map is to create a more intense style of gameplay.
Galaxy J7 Prime 2 appears on Samsung's Indian website
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 smartphone has shown up on the South Korean company’s Indian website. The specifications listed by Samsung for the 5.5-inch device include an octa-core 1.6 GHz CPU from the Exynos 7 Series, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, and 13 MP rear and front-facing cameras. It is believed the listing may have been posted by mistake.
Fortnite's accessibility helps it overtake PUBG in February
The battle royale version of Fortnite eclipsed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) for the total amount of Twitch weekly unique viewers and revenue earned in February. Fortnite had 14 million unique viewers on Twitch by the last week of February whereas PUBG had 8.7 million. The game from Epic earned US$126 million last month, while PUBG managed US$103 million.
Steam enjoys a bumper year
The creator of the Steam Spy website, Sergey Galyonkin, has claimed that 2017 has been a very good year for the video-game distribution platform Steam. He stated that the platform made an estimated US$4.3 billion in revenue from paid game sales, up from US$3.5 billion in 2016. Steam was developed, and is operated, by the Valve Corporation.
Is Huawei developing a 512 GB phone?
It appears Huawei might be working on a smartphone that offers a whopping 512 GB of storage space. A recent online listing for a Huawei device offers specification details such as 6 GB RAM and 512 GB ROM. If the Chinese technology company is actually developing a handset with such an amount of storage, then it will be twice the size of the largest amount of storage the iPhone X currently offers.
Huawei could be working on a blockchain smartphone
There has been a report suggesting that Huawei Technologies is developing a smartphone that could utilize blockchain technology. Officials from the Chinese multinational have apparently been in talks with representatives from Sirin Labs, who created the Finney smartphone that features blockchain-based security. If Huawei goes ahead and create a “blockchain smartphone” then the company will be the first major smartphone manufacturer to deliver this particular technology to the masses.
Apple may reveal iPhone X Plus in September
It has been reported that Apple will unveil the iPhone X Plus in September. There has already been mention of three new iPhone variants coming this year from the Cupertino-based manufacturer, including a “giant high-end iPhone,” a less expensive version of the flagship smartphone, and an upgrade of the iPhone X. It is believed the iPhone X Plus might feature a 6.2-inch OLED display.
Productive G-20 discussions help boost Bitcoin value
Bitcoin has received a significant boost in market value that has been put down to “very productive” discussions about cryptocurrencies and regulation at a G-20 meeting. The leading cryptocurrency has seen its value battered recently due to a number of market-related events, including pressure from the US Securities and Exchange Commission for tighter regulation.
Vivendi gives up trying to snatch up Ubisoft
The French multimedia conglomerate Vivendi has given up with its attempt at a hostile takeover of Ubisoft. Vivendi has been buying shares in the latter company for several years now, giving the impression that the mass media giant intended to buy out the famous independent video-game publisher. However, it has now been reported that Vivendi has decided to sell all the firm's shares in Ubisoft.
Previously unheard-of company claims AMD chips are full of vulnerabilities, does not provide details
Researchers at a cyber-security consulting company in Israel have claimed that they have found 13 serious vulnerabilities in AMD processors. CTS-Labs has published details about the flaws after only giving AMD 24 hours to comply. More oddities regarding the previously unhead-of company are elaborated below and in the attached video.
Activision may contribute to the battle royale craze
There has been speculation that Activision Blizzard may enter the battle royale genre sooner rather than later. Apparently, the video-game giant is “keenly aware” of how well some competitors are performing with this particular type of game, and as a “faster follower” it is surely only a matter of time before the California-based behemoth gets royally involved.
LG G7 leak reveals higher price tag and possible release date
There has been a report made about the expected release date and higher price tag for the LG G7. The device is expected to be announced in April and to go on sale in May. No exact price point has been revealed yet, but the same source commented that the G7's release price will be considerably higher than that of the G6's. There is also a rumor LG is preparing to announce a Plus version of the G7, too.
Looking good: Planet Alpha announced
A teaser for an upcoming platform game called Planet Alpha has been released, and it looks mighty impressive. The game has been developed by Planet Alpha ApS, who are based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The creative director behind the visually breathtaking game, Adrian Lazar, previously worked on the game Hitman with IO Interactive. Planet Alpha will be published by Team 17.
Nvidia's GeForce Partner Program goes under the spotlight
A report created by Kyle Bennett of HardOCP will likely not go down well with executives at Nvidia. Bennett’s article focuses on the GPU-maker’s GeForce Partner Program (GPP), which has been introduced to “better serve gamers.” Concerns have been raised over the alleged requirement of partners having their “gaming brand aligned exclusively with GeForce.” Some commentators have suggested this could be considered an anti-consumer practice.
Is Essential solving the problem for notch haters?
Essential has filed a patent with the USPTO for “image capture with a camera integrated display.” Could this mean the American technology company is working on a method to remove the selfie camera from the polarizing top notch position that many manufacturers have currently adopted? Would new sensor-positioning technology be introduced in a future Essential smartphone release?
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ available for pre-order through Microsoft's Store
Microsoft is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ for pre-order through its store. There have been reports that these are "Microsoft Editions" of the smartphones, which will operate on Android OS and will look identical to the flagship devices sold on Samsung’s website. Microsoft’s supposed customizations will come in the form of software additions, such as Cortana, Skype, Microsoft Launcher and apps from Office 365. However, it appears there is no such thing as a "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy flagship.
Future MacBooks could have crumb-resistant keyboards
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application made by Apple Inc. titled “ingress prevention for keyboards.” The wordy document features a number of technical drawings showing alternative examples of key assembly. The general idea of the patent is to “block contaminant ingress,” so could this mean future MacBooks will have crumb-resistant spill-proof keyboards?
Ubisoft announces planned sequel for The Division
French video-game developer Ubisoft has announced that a sequel to the hit action RPG Tom Clancy’s The Division is in the works. The Division was released in 2016 and performed very well for the publisher, so a sequel was practically inevitable. The follow-up is being developed by a group of Ubisoft’s subsidiaries, headed by Massive Entertainment.
Cryptocurrency news: illegal Petro, falling Bitcoin and Japan gets tough
Venezuela’s Petro cryptocurrency has been called “illegal” and “unconstitutional” by the country’s National Assembly. Bitcoin has suffered another fall in its current exchange value, with the virtual currency's latest closing price standing at US$9434. In Japan, the Financial Services Agency has been throwing its weight around and has issued business suspension orders to two cryptocurrency exchanges.
Study finds fake news spread by social media users not bots
A report published by the highly respected journal Science has estimated that fake news is 70% more likely to be retweeted than true news. The study found that false information which was rapidly shared online through social media reached more people than the truth did. The research also pointed out that fake news travels much faster than real news.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to launch on October 12
Activision has announced the latest edition to the highly successful Call of Duty series of games. The next release will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it is being created by the game developer Treyarch. A teaser clip for this fourth edition of the Black Ops range has been released and the game itself is scheduled for launch on October 12. Activision will hold a community reveal event on May 17.
Unexplained Alexa laughter is freaking people out
Apparently, some Alexa-enabled devices have started laughing in a disturbing manner at their owners. There have been reports made of unrequested creepy chortles issuing from smart speakers and Amazon devices by a number of users, who cannot understand why their personal assistant has suddenly become so sinister. Amazon is currently working on a fix for this disquieting issue.
Oculus Rift VR headsets defeated by runtime service issue
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset owners have been struggling to operate their devices today due to an issue with the Oculus Runtime Service. Users who have tried to open the app have faced an error message stating “Can’t Reach Oculus Runtime Service.” Technicians at the tech company are currently investigating the problem, which is possibly down to an expired security certificate.
Bitcoin value damaged by SEC statement
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a stern statement in regard to potentially unlawful online trading platforms. The statement includes a warning to investors that they should use “SEC-registered and regulated marketplaces” for virtual currency (VC) trading. The value of Bitcoin, and other VCs, dipped dramatically after the statement’s publication.
Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced now available for everyone
Microsoft has released the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced for members of the general public to pre-order. The device had previously been made available to business customers only, but now it will be possible for anyone to buy it. The Core i5, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM version of the computer is available at a price of US$1449, with special pricing available to those who qualify (students, military, etc.).
CFIUS may have just stopped Broadcom acquiring Qualcomm
It seems that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) may have just thwarted any further attempt by Broadcom to succeed in its quest to takeover Qualcomm. CFIUS has sent a letter raising concerns to officials at Qualcomm that has been made public, and the agency has also ordered the American technology company to delay an annual shareholder meeting whilst the proposed US$121 billion deal is thoroughly investigated.
Vivo may mass produce its Apex concept phone
Vivo’s Apex concept phone was one of the more interesting products on display at the recent Mobile World Congress. The device offered a massive screen-to-body ratio, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a cool pop-up camera. The Chinese technology company has now unveiled this concept device in its homeland and reports of further specification details and possible future production have appeared.
Cryptocurrency news: Big Bitcoin Heist and Merriam-Webster legitimacy
A seemingly coordinated series of burglaries has taken place in Iceland leading to the loss of around US$2 million worth of computing equipment used to mine Bitcoin. The thefts actually occurred back in December and January, but they have only just been reported as Iceland’s police did not want to reveal details until their investigation had been completed. An estimated 600 devices were taken.
EA might release Battlefield V later this year
There are reports that EA Dice is working on the next installment of the Battlefield video-game series, with the developer possibly launching the new game later this year. The game was originally known in-house as Battlefield 2 but has apparently now been renamed Battlefield V. It will be set in World War II and may feature cosmetic loot boxes rather than pay-to-win microtransactions.
Broadcom could redomicile to the US soon
According to a report, technology company Broadcom Limited could be redomiciling to the US in the near future, possibly by May. The company is currently based in Singapore and has a co-headquarters in San Jose, California. Broadcom was bought out by Avago Technologies in 2015 for a deal worth US$37 billion and the newly combined company was then renamed Broadcom Limited.
Top economist calls for cryptocurrency regulation
Could central regulation for cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, be coming sooner rather than later? Canadian economist and current Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, brought up a number of issues about cryptocurrency during a speech at the Scottish Economics Conference held at Edinburgh University. These concerns included the current volatility of cryptocurrency values, the relation crypto-assets have with illicit activities, and the need for some form of regulation.
Myst developer Cyan releases teaser for new game
The talented folk at Cyan, Inc. have released a cinematic trailer for the upcoming game, Firmament. A spectral voice narrates as the viewer is steered around some truly stunning graphics while briefly exploring the latest world being created by the developer behind games such as Myst, Riven and Obduction. Very few details for Firmament are currently available, but it is described as “a new VR experience” on Cyan’s YouTube channel.
Light Phone 2 brings messaging to the anti-smartphone
The Light Phone 2 has just been announced on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. This is the second-generation “anti-smartphone” device created by the developer Light. The 4G LTE phone uses a black & white matte E-ink display and is aimed at being a basic alternative to a high-end smartphone. Unlike the first-generation Light Phone, the Light Phone 2 will offer support for text messaging.
Securities and Exchange Commission to crack down on shady cryptocurrency ICOs
It appears the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued dozens of subpoenas to cryptocurrency companies in regard to the number of token sales and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) that have been made recently. The SEC is looking for these cryptocurrency issuers to provide more information about their business practices and to dig out fraudulent activity.
Apple tops global wearables market
It seems Apple is now ready to dominate the global wearables market after the company claimed top spot in market share for the fourth quarter in 2017. According to data analysts IDC, Apple also led in market share and shipment volumes for the year, improving on figures for 2016. Fitbit and Xiaomi also managed considerable shares of the worldwide wearables market.
The Blackout Club could be a big deal for patient gamers
A new co-op horror game will be winging its way to the PC in early 2019. A teaser for The Blackout Club has been released by game developer Question Games, and it shows off the type of atmospheric visuals you would expect from a team that has members who previously worked on BioShock and Dishonored. Question Games was the company behind the 2015 innovative video game The Magic Circle.
VeganCoin and Sovereign join the cryptocurrency craze
VeganCoin and Sovereign have become two of the latest additions to the ever growing cryptocurrency world. VeganCoin was founded by the people behind VeganNation, who claim the currency will be “cruelty free”. The Sovereign is a virtual currency that will be launched by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a country in the Pacific Ocean. The Sovereign will be accepted as legal tender in the island nation.
Sikur announces secure phone with cryptocurrency wallet included
Sikur is a smartphone maker that likes to put an emphasis on security. In 2015, the company released the GranitePhone, which offered users multiple layers of data privacy protection. In the meantime, Sikur has been working on a new device, which was announced at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The SikurPhone includes an app called SikurWallet, which according to the makers is designed to be the “digital marketplace’s safest wallet.”
Gates and Wozniak offer contrasting views of cryptocurrencies
In a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session held today, Bill Gates made a comment about cryptocurrencies that suggests he is not currently a huge advocate of the decentralized and unregulated digital payment systems. In contrast, Steve Wozniak has offered a more favorable view of virtual currency, even though he has actually been subject to Bitcoin-trading fraud himself.
Chrono Trigger port finally comes to Windows
The classic Japanese role-playing game Chrono Trigger has just been released for Microsoft Windows. A surprise announcement in regard to the game's launch was made on Steam today. The popular game was originally released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and has previously been ported to the PlayStation, the Nintendo DS and to mobile platforms (Android, iOS), but there has never been a PC version before.
AMD makes significant gain on Nvidia market dominance
A report created by research company Jon Peddie has shown that AMD has been making decent inroads into Nvidia’s overall dominance of the discrete graphics card market. Figures for the fourth quarter of 2017 show AMD with a market share of 33.7% while Nvidia has 66.3%. This is a considerable market share leap for AMD, who managed 27.2% of the market share in 3Q17.
Nvidia release new GeForce Game Ready driver for FFXV with PUBG boost
Nvidia has released a new GeForce Game Ready driver that is currently available for download. The driver has been optimized for Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition and offers performance boosts for several other games, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Performance improvements range between 3% and 7%, depending on the system, graphics card and resolution.
850,000 BlackBerry devices were shipped in 2017
Shipping figures for BlackBerry and TCL have been revealed: 850,000 BlackBerry devices were shipped in 2017. According to reports, BlackBerry management have been calling the year a success, especially in part due to the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone that was released in April 2017. Market analysts IDC stated that over 403 million smartphones were shipped in 4Q17.
Leak shows Moto E5 Plus with dual camera setup
A leaked render of the Moto E5 Plus smartphone has revealed an interesting detail: The device is likely to come with a dual camera system. The E5 range is expected to be an update of Motorola’s E4 range, which was released in June 2017. The render shows a number of differences from the predecessor. Details in regard to price and release date have yet to be confirmed.
Apple may release AirPower charging mat in March
The AirPower wireless charging mat was originally announced in September, 2017 at an Apple media event. According to reports, this handy device could be shipped by the American tech giants in March. The mat uses the Qi standard for wireless power transfer and should have multi-device charging capability. There has been no official confirmation from Apple yet.
Archos to offer physical cryptocurrency wallet
French electronics company Archos has unveiled plans to release a hardware wallet that will provide cryptocurrency owners with a physical layer of security for their virtual currency transactions. The Archos Safe-T mini hardware device can be connected to a computer or smartphone via microUSB cable. The wallet will be released in June, 2018 and will cost €49.99 (~US$61).
Broken Apple devices seeking emergency assistance
Apparently the 911 emergency services communication center in Elk Grove, California has been receiving hundreds of calls coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing site in the vicinity. Since October, 2017 the total of 911 calls traced to the facility has reached over 1,600. The calls are believed to be accidental and possibly being caused by the SOS mode that the iPhone and Apple Watch feature.
Price tags leaked for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
As Samsung has been shipping over 70 million smartphone units each year for the last two years, it certainly seems likely the South Korean company is not short of loyal fans. But will these loyal fans be willing to shell out on the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships when they discover the astronomical price tags? According to a new leak, expect to fork out €841 (~US$1037) for a brand-new Galaxy S9, while the Galaxy S9+ will cost €997 (~US$1229).
Apple possibly working on AirPods upgrade
A report from Bloomberg has stated that Apple is working on some upgrades for its popular AirPods product. The original wireless Bluetooth earbuds were released in 2016 and have contributed significantly to Apple’s successful “Others” division (which includes the Apple Watch). It is rumored an upgrade of the AirPods with a new custom-designed chip will be released later this year, with a water-resistant upgrade being developed for next year.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition free playable demo out February 26
Japanese video-game developer Square Enix will be releasing a free playable demo of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition on February 26. The action RPG was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016 and received generally favorable reviews. Over seven million copies of the game have been sold worldwide and Square Enix will be hoping for similar healthy sales when the full game is launched for the Microsoft Windows platform.
Alienware partners up with Miami Heat and Misfits Gaming
Dell’s gaming-hardware subsidiary, Alienware, has teamed up with the Miami Heat and Misfits Gaming to help enhance the NBA team’s eSport development program. Video-game competition has become big business with total eSports revenue streams being estimated at US$660 million worldwide for 2017. Alienware will be providing laptops and other hardware for training and streaming purposes.
Petro "makes" US$735 million, Seagal lags behind
The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has claimed that the country’s cryptocurrency has enjoyed booming business on the first day of its pre-sale. Apparently, investors have snatched up US$735 million worth of Petro digital currency. Meanwhile, Bitcoiin2Gen (B2G), which has the masterful Steven Seagal as its celebrity ambassador, is currently lagging behind with a still impressive US$27.97 million in its pre-ICO fundraising round.
Could two new Apple iPads be coming soon?
Apple has made an international regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) that suggests the company is preparing to release two new products in the iPad line-up. The filing lists two tablets with model numbers that have not been associated with the iPad before: A1954 and A1893. There is some speculation that the devices could be the next iPad refresh.
Apple Watch calling time on traditional watch industry
Apple Inc. has been enjoying tremendous success in the global watch market according to analysts. Shipment data suggests the Cupertino-based company is now beating out famous brand watchmakers such as Swatch and Rolex with its series of smartwatches.
New map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds coming soon
Bluehole, the game developer behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), has announced a new map will be made available for players soon. This will be the third map released for the game and is expected to come out within the first half of 2018.
Venezuela and Steven Seagal involved in cryptocurrency sales
The cryptocurrency craze continues as a sovereign state and a controversial celebrity become involved in the virtual currency (VC) industry. Venezuela's government has made its "petro" currency available in a presale launch, while Steven Seagal has been promoting a digital currency called Bitcoiin 2Gen.
Xperia missing from mysterious Sony MWC 2018 teaser
Sony has released a new video clip in relation to the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018 event that does not actually feature a physical handset. What new smartphone development is Sony possibly planning to reveal at the trade show in Barcelona next week?
Samsung granted US patent for flying display device
South Korean tech giant Samsung has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a flying display device. Illustrations of the device show it to look like a cross between a tablet and a quadcopter.
Hack the Air Force 2.0 costs USAF over US$100,000
The United States Air Force has made bounty payouts totaling US$103,883 to hackers invited to test the force's systems and software. The event ran from December 9, 2017 to January 1, 2018.
Leak claims new HTC device is the HTC Desire 12
Notebookcheck recently reported on a new smartphone being developed by HTC, however, the device was codenamed "Breeze" at the time. This new model is now expected to be the upcoming HTC Desire 12.
Don't expect US regulation of Bitcoin anytime soon
White House spokesman, Rob Joyce, doesn't believe the US government is ready to attempt regulating Bitcoin until the good and bad aspects of the cryptocurrency are fully understood. The US official was discussing the topic at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
Apple Park's glass walls and doors are hazardous for workers
Apple Park may look like a futuristic marvel but apparently it has been causing a number of painful incidents for workers due to its abundance of glass features. It seems distracted Apple employees are walking straight into the surrounding glass panels.
New Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) gets US release date and price tag
Samsung fans in the USA will be able to choose from three new devices (with multiple configurations) from February 18. It will be possible to buy either the Notebook 9 (2018), Notebook 9 Pen or Notebook 7 Spin (2018) directly from Samsung's online store.
Can the Atari Token gobble up cryptocurrency competition?
Atari has announced that it will be developing a digital currency called Atari Token. Atari (incorporated in 1972) was once a huge player in the video-game industry but struggled to compete against Sony, Sega and Nintendo in the game-console market of the 1990s.
Windows 10 vital to US Air Force preparedness
The US Department of Defense has stated that the United States Air Force (USAF) must ensure its computers are operating Windows 10 by March 31, 2018. The Microsoft OS is considered to be a crucial component in the overall readiness of the armed service branch.
Leaked report offers potential MediaPad M5 specs
Huawei is widely expected to reveal new devices at MWC 2018 which may include the latest tablets in the MediaPad range. Leaks about the MediaPad M5 report that three variations will be made available.
Demand for cryptocurrency hinders search for E.T.
The well-known worldwide shortage of GPUs has had an unexpected knock-on effect: It has temporarily hampered the search for aliens. Scientists working for SETI are having problems trying to purchase new GPUs which are used in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
US spy chiefs stick Huawei on "no buy" list
The heads of a number of American intelligence agencies have backed a "no buy" list that includes devices produced by Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE. The agents praised American telecommunications companies for not bowing down to pressure from the Chinese to sell their products.
164.7 million notebooks were shipped in 2017
A report created by research company TrendForce has revealed a total of 164.7 million notebooks were shipped in 2017. This compares to 161.2 million units shipped in 2016 and a forecast of 163.8 million units expected to be shipped in 2018.
Smartphone market share forecast predicts Apple gains
A leading market intelligence research company has issued a report forecasting smartphone market share gains for Apple in 2018. Samsung remains in the top spot but could see a drop in overall market share.
Bitcoin bubble burst threat for investors
Financial regulators have issued warnings that a massive price crash involving Bitcoin and other popular virtual currencies (VC) would lead to financial ruin for many investors. The lucrative VC market is currently worth hundreds of billions of dollars but is notorious for its series of soaring peaks and troughs.
"Olympic Destroyer" virus fails to destroy Olympics
Friday's Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang came under cyber attack from malware known as "Olympic Destroyer." The virus affected Internet and television services used by media representatives but did not cause any major long-term disruption.
Amazon may be creating AI chips for Alexa
There are rumors that Amazon is in the process of developing new artificial intelligence chips to be used in hardware that features the company's virtual assistant, Alexa. The chips could help reduce response times by utilizing speech recognition software.
Russian nuclear scientists in Bitcoin mining arrests
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained a group of scientists who attempted to use a supercomputer at a top secret nuclear facility to mine Bitcoin. Security was alerted when the would-be miners tried to connect the computer to the Internet.
Activision nets over $4 billion in microtransactions
Activision Blizzard Inc. has released financial results for 2017 which show over $7 billion in net revenue. A substantial portion of this revenue has been provided by in-game transactions, in part enhanced by the American company's purchase of King.
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall now available
Time to say goodbye to another huge chunk of your life as the first expansion pack for Civilization VI is released. Civilization VI: Rise and Fall offers enough new and interesting content to satisfy even the most discerning members of the game's legion of fans.
Apple in damage-limiting exercise over code leak
Leaked code for the iBoot section of iOS 9 was uploaded to GitHub this week, leading to concerns that the software may have fallen into the wrong hands. Apple has already made maneuvers to try to limit the damage caused, but the company should be worried about such leaks happening in the first place.
Is "Yeti" going to be Google's game-streaming service?
Reported rumors suggest that Google is working on a game-streaming service, codenamed "Yeti." Gamers could potentially access the service and play new games on their TV via the Internet. Is there also a possibility of a new Google-branded console as well?
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) combats cheats with latest patch
Developers for the massively popular multiplayer online battle royale game PUBG will be introducing a new patch for their product that includes new anti-cheat measures to combat players utilizing hacks and codes. The patch will go live on February 8.
Samsung bringing dual cameras to entry-level devices
In a press release today, Samsung has announced a software solution for dual camera features which will enable the technology to be introduced into budget and mid-range smartphones. ISOCELL Dual image sensors will offer refocusing and low-light shooting functionality.
Apple may offer battery rebate in regard to Batterygate controversy
In a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee chairman, Apple has hinted at possibly offering a rebate to customers who bought replacement batteries at full price because of the "Batterygate" controversy. Apple reduced battery prices from $79 to $29 in an attempt to appease users who saw an iOS update throttle their devices. Users were not notified beforehand that the software would slow down performance.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ possibly coming soon
Retro Computers Ltd. has offered a release date for its controversial handheld games console, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+. The crowdfunded console is based on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, a popular personal home computer that was released in the UK in 1982.
Apple's iPad is still the world's best-selling tablet
Apple Inc. is still the world's best-selling tablet manufacturer according to recently released figures from IDC. Apple shipped more units in 2017 than both Samsung and Amazon put together.
Atom chip causing headaches for Windows 8 tablet makers
Manufacturers of certain Windows 8 tablets are struggling to overcome driver issues pertaining to Intel's Atom Z2760 Clover Trail chip.
Acer to release $99 tablet?
Are Acer planning on releasing a budget tablet priced at the $99 mark? What kind of specifications could such a device offer?
Major UK chain reports tablet sales up 1000%
Currys/PC World has announced an increase in tablet sales by 1000% since one year ago, with one device selling every second on Cyber Monday.
Rumors surface about the next generation of iPad Mini
Although the iPad Mini has only been out for a matter of weeks, rumors are already appearing about its potential successor.
Amazon online Kindle store opens in China
Amazon launches its Kindle store in China, does this herald a business plan to release its Kindle hardware in the Chinese market in the near future?
Reuters poll suggests little interest for the Surface
An Ipsos poll commissioned for Reuters shows just 4% of people questioned were interested in Microsoft's Surface tablet computer.
Lenovo releases ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch
After revealing scant details of their ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch a few weeks ago, Lenovo finally release the finished product for general sale.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook offered for $99 to teachers
For a limited period public school teachers will be able to pick up a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook for the heavily discounted price of $99.
Tablets expected to enjoy market share growth
Market intelligence analyst IDC forecasts growth for tablets and smartphones to the detriment of traditional desktop PCs.
PengPod Android/Linux tablet ships in January 2013
New company Peacock Imports secures funding to release their interesting and competitively priced PengPod tablet.
Microsoft Surface rumored to be coming to 3rd party outlets soon
Strong rumors suggest that Microsoft will deal with the Surface RT availability issue by allowing 3rd party outlets to stock and sell the device.
Optimistic growth forecast for Windows Tablet OS share
An IDC press release forecasts optimistic growth of tablets running on Windows Operating Systems from 2012 to 2016.
21 million ultrabooks shipped worldwide in 2012
ABI Research has revealed that global shipments of ultrabooks will reach 21 million by the end of 2012.
Sharp reveals its new LL-S201A Big Pad
Japanese giant Sharp announces details of its new LL-S201A Big Pad device, expected for release in Japan in January 2013.
Microsoft rumored to be releasing 3 more Surface products for 2013
Industry insider MS_nerd reveals details of 3 rumored Microsoft Surface devices to be released in 2013.
Google rumored to be releasing $99 Nexus
Are Google and Asus planning on releasing an entry-level version of their Nexus 7 tablet in the near future?
Apple's latest devices to be released in China
Apple has scheduled release dates for the iPad Mini, iPad with Retina Display and iPhone 5 in China.
Microsoft Surface Pro to launch in January 2013 for $899
Microsoft has revealed details regarding the release of the Surface Pro tablet: January 2013 starting from $899.
Barnes & Noble's Nook loss gets deeper
Barnes & Noble's Nook Division experiences further revenue loss despite an increase in sales of the Nook itself.
Apple iPad family declines in market share
A report by ABI Research shows that Apple's tablet market share has dropped to 55%, the lowest since the iPad was released.
Sales of Microsoft's Windows 8 OS reach 40 million
Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 8, has enjoyed sales of 40 million licenses within a month of release. However, there is a long way to go to catch up with Windows 7's figures.
Apple adds 6 more Samsung products to their patent lawsuit
Apple have asked a US court to add 6 more products to their ongoing legal action against Samsung. Samsung are still appealing against the $1.05 billion ruling against them.
Google rumored to be releasing 12.85-inch laptop by year's end
Google move directly into the computer hardware market with the impending release of their 12.85-inch Chrome laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch expected for December
Lenovo to offer a touchscreen version of their ThinkPad X1 Carbon series specifically for use with Windows 8.
Google expects to ship more than 5 million Nexus 7 units by end of 2012
Strong sales performances and good reviews lead Google to double its shipping order for the Nexus 7.
Oprah Winfrey endorses the Microsoft Surface... on her iPad
Oprah Winfrey tweeted her praise of the new Microsoft Surface, but it looks like the likely sponsored message was sent from an iPad.
Tablets: most desired item for the holidays
According to a new poll tablet computers have become the number one purchase for American shoppers over the holiday period.
ITC gives Samsung some hope in their ongoing legal battle against Apple
In another twist to the lengthy legal war between Samsung and Apple, the ITC has decided to review the decision of one of its own judges.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini announces May 2013 retirement date
Incumbent CEO and President of Intel Paul Otellini announced his plan to retire in May 2013. Will a new CEO steer Intel into uncharted waters?
Disgo releases Tablet 9000 in the UK
Irish company Disgo release the Tablet 9000 in the UK. With relatively low specifications it is unlikely to make much of a splash in the market.
Windows 8 PC sales considered disappointing by Microsoft source
An insider at Microsoft has allegedly stated that the company is disappointed by initial sales of Windows 8 PCs.
Microsoft Store opens its first international site
Microsoft Store opens its first permanent international site in Toronto, Canada. This will now become the 31st store in the retail chain.
Apple iPad Minis theft: FBI makes an arrest
FBI arrest airport worker Renel Rene Richardson on suspicion of being part of a gang which stole over 3,500 Apple iPad Minis.
Apple shares in freefall despite iPad & iPhone releases
Apple shares have dropped from over $700 to just over $500 in less than 2 months. Blame is placed on expected rises in US capital gains taxes.
Dell suffers from drop in profits, pins hopes on Windows 8
Computer giant Dell has seen profits drop by millions. Will Windows 8 help boost sales over the Christmas holidays?
Kobo Arc gets limited release in Europe & N. America
Kobo Inc release the Kobo Arc tablet in the UK and Canada. A release in France is due next week, USA coming soon?
Thousands of Apple iPad minis stolen in NY warehouse break-in
Around 3,600 iPad minis stolen from a warehouse in New York. Estimated value was about $1.5 million.