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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam (News Editor)
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9820 shows up on Geekbench
A somewhat intriguing listing of a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 powered by the Exynos 9820 has surfaced on Geekbench. The mention of the Exynos 9820 raises a question as to whether there will be two models of the Galaxy Note 9 as the upcoming phablet was originally thought to feature the Exynos 9810 SoC.
Intel's Xeon E-2100 CPUs aim to offer a compelling choice for the entry-level workstation market
Intel has taken wraps off its new Xeon E-2100 entry-level workstation processor family. The 6C/12T Xeon E-2100 is a derivative of the 14nm++ 'Coffee Lake' architecture and is tailored for creative professionals looking at a low-cost workstation CPU that offers improved single-threaded performance along with faster DRAM and higher PCIe lane counts.
Samsung opens the world's largest smartphone factory in India
Samsung Electronics' expanded mobile factory was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Noida, Uttar Pradesh in the presence of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The factory is billed to be the world's largest facility for smartphone manufacturing with a capacity of producing 120 million units a year.
Typo in custom ROM code breaks unlimited photo backups on the Google Pixels
A typo in the build script of AOSP-based custom ROMs for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones is reportedly causing the photo uploads from Google Camera to count against the Google Photos storage limit. The bug, however, is fixed now and users running custom ROMs on first gen Pixel phones should be able to use the unlimited Google Photos storage as usual.
Microsoft's 'Andromeda' Surface Phone is going back to the drawing board
Prominent Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley has learnt that Microsoft is still working out the nitty-gritty of the long-rumored Surface Phone or 'Andromeda' device, whose leaks and renders have been doing the rounds on the Internet. The delay in launching the device is apparently being attributed to the unfinished state of the 'Andromeda' shell and other quality and scheduling issues.
IOC to host eSports forum to discuss potential collaboration
The rising prominence of eSports has prompted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to contemplate on including it as part of the Olympic Movement and is hosting an eSports forum to discuss the possibilities with all stakeholders. The forum will discuss various aspects of eSports and how they differ from traditional sport federations and the associated challenges.
The Xbox One X is the first device to support HDMI 2.1
At Computex 2018, HDMI showed off some new features of the HDMI 2.1 specification on the Xbox One X. The Xbox One X will be the first device to support HDMI 2.1 features such as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). These features will be coming in an upcoming firmware update to the console and will require compatible TVs for the same.
Dell will bring back the matte display option in the XPS 13 9380, HDR panel a possibility as well
Lack of a matte display option was one of the pain points of the Dell XPS 13 9370, making it a tad difficult to use under direct light or outdoors. We had a chance to speak to some panel manufacturers during Computex 2018 and luckily, they tell us that the upcoming XPS 13 9380 will feature a matte display option. Also, based on the information thus far, we get to speculate that HDR panels are a likely possibility in the upcoming XPS lineup.
Tachyum's Prodigy Universal Processor Platform aims to rewrite everything we know about CPUs and GPUs
Startup firm Tachyum's Prodigy is being billed as a Universal Processor Platform that claims to deliver over 10x performance over conventional CPUs in the Hyperscale Data Center market. The company claims that it can outperform the competition in AI applications and that it needs just about 250,000 of these chips to rival the human brain.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X shows up on 3DMark, supposed insane pricing could give Intel the chills
AMD's upcoming HEDT processor, the 32C/64T Ryzen Threadripper 2990X has been spotted in the 3DMark database. While the entry does not show any performance score, it does show lower boost clocks owning to probably a non-XFR2 motherboard. Also, the pricing of the CPU was inadvertently leaked by a European online retailer. At just over Euro 1500, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X could give Intel's 28-core chip a run for its money.
ASRock Phantom Gaming RX 570 and RX 580 cards set to hit Europe on July 1
ASRock's foray into the GPU market started with the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580-based GPUs when they became available in the Asian market a few months ago. Now, ASRock is making these GPUs available for the European market starting July 1. While the Radeon RX 570 and 580 are starting to age, they are a perfect bet for ASRock to test the waters and offer great bang for the buck.
Wi-Fi gets its biggest update in 14 years — WPA3 security protocol now official
The ubiquitous and all-pervasive Wi-Fi is receiving its first major update in 14 years with the announcement of the WPA3 authentication protocol by the Wi-Fi Alliance. WPA3 is the successor to WPA2, which was the target of many hackers in the last year and comes with new features that prevent offline dictionary attacks and enable forward secrecy. The protocol is available for implementation in new routers today and is expected to go mainstream by 2019.
State of Decay 2's Designer Director feels Microsoft is not fooling around in the console gaming space
Designer Director of Undead Labs (recently acquired by Microsoft), makers of the hit game State of Decay 2, Richard Foge, feels that Microsoft is not fooling around when it comes to providing first rate gaming experiences to its customers. He feels that the company will continue to innovate with the best games and hardware and grow the highly successful State of Decay franchise.
Your 1440p QHD monitor might be actually housing a 4K UHD panel
Surprising as it may seem, there is every possibility that the QHD monitor that you are using right now might in fact be a 4K panel. Supply shortages mean that OEMs could simply install a 4K panel, which are now almost as expensive or even cheaper than QHD panels and still be able to limit the output resolution via firmware. But how does one know whether the monitor has a native QHD panel or a 4K panel and does it affect regular usage?
AIBs expected to receive first NVIDIA 'Turing' GPUs by early September, likely to be called the GeForce GTX 1180
NVIDIA's Add-in Board (AIB) partners are expected to receive the first shipments of NVIDIA's next generation 'Turing' architecture GPUs sometime in between late August to early September. The official nomenclature is yet to be made official but we can expect some leaks to crop up once the first shipments are out. The initial seeding to the AIB partners, however, is said to be in limited volumes.
Upcoming Intel Z390 chipset to be just a rebadged Z370
Intel's upcoming Z390 chipset could be just a rebadged Z370 if the grapevine on the street is to be believed. The Z390 was expected to bring support for the 8-core 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs along with an integrated USB 3.1 Gen2 Host Controller and Intel Wireless 802.11ac with Bluetooth 5.0 but it looks like Intel had a change of heart owing to increased strain in 14nm production.
OnePlus 6 can unofficially run Google ARCore apps
The OnePlus 6 was conspicuous by its absence on the list of supported devices for Google ARCore but it turns out that the ARCore app can be sideloaded on the phone and it works just fine. It is not known when the OnePlus 6 will be eventually added to the Play Developer Console but it should only be a matter of time.
Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality not on Microsoft's radar for the Xbox One consoles anytime soon
In an interview to GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer for Gaming, Mike Nichols, said that there are no immediate plans to bring VR/MR capabilities to the Xbox consoles. Nichols feels that VR/MR is more suited to the PC and the focus currently at Xbox is to enhance the experiences on the TV.
IGTV is Instagram's take on social video
Facebook-owned Instagram has launched IGTV — a new app for sharing and viewing videos on the platform. IGTV enables users to take vertical full screen videos that can last up to an hour with each creator being the channel. Users can follow other creators or upload their own videos to IGTV.
Leaked picture and sketch of the Huawei Mate 20 show a dual-camera setup but no signs of a notch
A leaked picture of what could be the Huawei Mate 20 is doing the rounds online and apparently, the device does not sport a notched display. A sketch of the Mate 20 has also leaked revealing a dual camera setup with an LED flash in between the lenses. Further details are scarce at this point but the smartphone is expected to be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980.
AMD Radeon PRO V340 spotted — dual Vega 10 multi-GPU with 32 GB HBM2 memory
AMD has discretely revealed the Radeon PRO V340 — a dual Vega 10 multi-GPU card with 32 GB HBM2 memory. The Radeon PRO V340 is being targeted for virtualization applications with support for up to 32 concurrent users and hardware encode capabilities for H.264 and H.265 video while providing a built-in security processor for isolating the virtualized environment from the cloud provider.
OnePlus 6 trade-in program throws up an unpleasant surprise
Buyers who have opted for the OnePlus 6 trade-in program were seen getting multiple voucher breakups instead of a single voucher for the exchange amount. This is causing problems as the trade-in program allows using only one voucher. OnePlus is known to have acknowledged this issue and is working on a resolution.
AMD 'Raven Ridge' APU drivers to be updated as quaterly releases only
AMD will be providing Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver updates for its 'Raven Ridge' APUs in a quarterly cadence as opposed to more frequent updates for its Radeon GPUs. This was clarified by an AMD rep to a user's query on the OverclockersUK forum. The drivers, however, will be delivered as WHQL certified releases.
Adobe's Project Rush helps novices create professional videos on the go
Adobe announced a new cross-platform video editing app codenamed Project Rush. Project Rush brings the best features of industry leading software such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition along with access to Adobe Stock into one seamless interface.
AMD Ryzen 7 2800H, Ryzen 5 2600H, Vega 20, and Vega 12 entries spotted in AOTS DirectX 12 benchmarks
References to few upcoming AMD parts have been spotted in the Ashes of the Singularity DirectX 12 benchmark database. These include new 35W quad core chips such as the AMD Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H signalling AMD's arrival in the gaming laptop market. Some references to Vega 20 and Vega 12 GPUs were also spotted in the same database.
Microsoft introduces Windows Collaboration Displays for the modern meeting room
Microsoft took to the stage at Computex 2018 to demonstrate a new class of meeting room devices. Dubbed Windows Collaboration Displays, these devices are meant for the modern meeting room and come with a full suite of Microsoft 365 collaboration tools and built-in sensors that can interface with Azure IoT spatial intelligence capabilities.
AMD demonstrates Radeon Instinct 7nm Vega GPU platform with 32 GB HBM2 memory
AMD demonstrated the world's first 7nm GPU architecture at Computex 2018. The Radeon Instinct series of accelerators are made for High Performance Compute (HPC) applications and feature 32 GB HBM2 memory on a 4096-bit bus. The 7nm Vega GPUs are currently being sampled with targeted availability in 2H 2018.
Intel celebrates 40 years of the x86 architecture with the 8th generation Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor
Intel is celebrating 50 years of its existence and 40 years since the first x86 processor, the 8086, debuted and is introducing the 8th generation Core i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU to commemorate these milestones. The Core i7-8086K is a 6-core 12-thread part that can overclock to a 5 GHz single-core boost out of the box making it a compelling option for gamers and content creators.
Klevv launches CRAS X 'wireless' RGB NVMe SSDs and CRAS X DDR4 memory kits
SK Hynix sister concern Klevv has announced the availability of the world's first 'wireless' RGB M.2 NVMe SSD. Called the CRAS X, the SSD has a hollowed out heatsink to let the RGB lighting take center stage. Apart from the CRAS X SSD, Klevv is also introducing CRAS X RAM modules with RGB and support for Intel XMP 2.0.
Dell likely to join Asus, HP, and Lenovo to bring new Windows 10 on ARM devices
Dell could very well join in the Windows 10 on ARM bandwagon alongside new devices Asus, HP, and Lenovo if word on the street is to be believed. Dell was earlier skeptical of Windows 10 on ARM and adopted a wait and watch approach. That could change now and in fact, Dell could be one of the first to realize Microsoft's 'ultimate mobile device' dream.
Xiaomi shows off the Mi 8 Explorer Edition with in-display fingerprint sensor and 3D face recognition
Alongside the Mi 8 reveal, Xiaomi also showed off a limited edition Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-display fingerprint sensor and a transparent back that reveals the innards. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is limited to China as of now and will be available only in defined quantities.
Xiaomi unveils the iPhone X-esque Mi 8 flagship featuring dual GPS and IR face unlock
Xiaomi has taken wraps off its newest flagship model, the Mi 8. The Mi 8 comes with the latest Snapdragon 845 chip, dual cameras, and a dual GPS system. The Mi 8 gets launched in 8 other markets apart from China and packs most features found in other expensive flagships. While the design is reminiscent of the iPhone X, the smartphone looks to be priced quite competitively and should rake in good numbers for the Chinese major.
Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 on ARM in the works
Qualcomm is working on an exclusive SoC for upcoming Windows 10 on ARM devices. Entries for a new Snapdragon chip were found on Geekbench and all clues point it to be a performance-based variant of the Snapdragon 845 adapted for the extra thermal headroom in notebooks and 2-in-1s.
The hexa-core Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition gets listed online
The Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition CPU has started showing up on online retailers in Canada, Russia, and Italy. The hexa-core CPU is more or less a binned Core i7-8700K and is touted to be announced on June 5th to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Intel's highly successful 8086 microprocessor. The Core i7-8086K still has a 95W TDP envelope but is expected to attain 5 GHz boosts out of the box.
Details of the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE surface before launch
New information about Xiaomi's upcoming flagship smartphone, the Mi 8, has surfaced online just ahead of its official launch tomorrow in China. While the flagship Mi 8 is touted to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the leaks also reveal the possibility of a Mi 8 SE variant powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE SoC. There is also a possibility that the Mi 8 will feature advanced 3D facial recognition technology.
MacBook 'Star' could be the first ARM-powered MacBook
Apple is reportedly preparing to introduce ARM-powered notebooks. A Digitimes report says that Pegatron has landed orders from Apple for an ARM-powered MacBook codenamed 'Star' with series number N84. The new MacBooks are speculated to run an iOS derivative and could be marketed separately from other Intel-based MacBooks.
Google brings ARCore apps to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S in China via the Xiaomi App Store
Google has partnered with Xiaomi to make ARCore apps available on the Xiaomi App Store in China. Google has not revealed any further details but these apps will be first made available for Xiaomi's latest flagship, the Mi Mix 2S, with more devices to follow soon.
New AMD Ryzen 'Raven Ridge' 35W CPUs spotted: AMD Athlon 200GE and Athlon Pro 200GE
Two new CPUs belonging to AMD 'Raven Ridge' Ryzen family were recently spotted online and on the Asus Crosshair VII Hero motherboard CPU list. Named the Athlon 200GE and the Athlon Pro 200GE, these are dual core CPUs with a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and a TDP rated at 35W.
OnePlus 6's Always On Ambient Display removed due to "battery concerns"
OnePlus has removed the Always On Display setting in the new OnePlus 6 via a day 1 patch that installs after first boot. While users have been clamoring on the OnePlus Forums for the feature to return, the company replied that the feature had to be removed to save battery.
Lenovo inks pact with Ubisoft to furnish Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Pro eSports events with Legion gear
Lenovo has partnered with Ubisoft to furnish the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Pro League and Majors eSports events with Legion hardware including desktop PCs, laptops, and monitors. The partnership extends from Spring 2018 to Spring 2019 worldwide across North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' Insider Build will allow launching a Linux terminal directly from File Explorer
Windows 10 users who depend on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for development work will soon have an easy access to the Linux terminal thanks to a popular User Voice request. Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' builds will have the ability to directly open a Linux terminal from File Explorer similar to how one can invoke the Command Prompt.
HP intros the Elite x2 1013 G3: a Surface Pro clone for business with thin bezels
Alongside many of its premium reveals, HP has also introduced the Elite x2 1013 G2. The Elite x2 is being billed as the world's smallest business detachable and comes with upgraded internals, ultra-thin bezels, and two high resolution display options.
HP refreshes the Envy desktop portfolio with new AiO and Tower offerings
HP has refreshed its Envy All-in-One and Envy Tower desktop offerings with Intel 8th generation processors and NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics. The Envy AiO is now available in 27-inch and 34-inch ultra-wide screen options and has Amazon Alexa integrated. The Envy Tower now sports a new chassis design and also gets an Intel 8th generation CPU upgrade and GPU options up to the GTX 1080.
New HP Envy and Envy x360 refreshes get inspired by Damascus steel
HP has announced refreshes to its Envy notebook lineup including the Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 13, and Envy x360 15. The standout feature of these notebooks is the new minimalist chiseled appearance similar to the patterning found in sword blades made from Damascus steel. Internally, all notebooks receive an upgrade to the Intel 8th generation CPUs with the Envy x360 offering AMD Ryzen with Vega graphics options as well. The Envy x360 15 also sports a 650-nit bright panel for excellent outdoor legibility.
Apple hit with class action suit over faulty butterfly-switch keyboards
A class action law suit against Apple was filed in the Northern District Court of California by two plaintiffs who have been at the receiving end of the Apple MacBook Pro faulty keyboard fiasco. The suit alleges that Apple intentionally promoted and sold these laptops knowing very well that the keyboards were inherently defective.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 might inherit the same throttling issues as its predecessor
The service manual for the Dell XPS 15 9570 has been posted online and it looks like the notebook will sport a similar heatsink design with 2 heat pipes as its predecessor. This raises concerns about the possible throttling issues as the previous XPS 15 9560 had to be undervolted and thermal pads applied to the VRMs in order to prevent performance drops due to thermal throttling and power limits.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 is being targeted for availability this week
Frank Azor has confirmed that the much anticipated Dell XPS 15 9570 notebook is likely to launch this week. This would be highly welcomed by those eager to lay their hands on the laptop as the ongoing Cashstar pre-order promo met with sharp criticism from prospective buyers.
How to block annoying ads and secure your PC in any OS
The recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has proved that user data can be harvested and used for any purpose by almost anyone without explicit consent. Therefore, it is imperative that one secures his/her online experience from tracking sites, intrusive ads, and deceptive pop-ups. One way to accomplish this is by editing the Hosts file. The Hosts file in any OS contains references to domain names and their corresponding IP addresses. Knowing how to edit the Hosts file can be very useful in preventing access to malicious websites, redirection to other sites, blocking intrusive ads, creating shortcuts to websites, and a lot more. The Hosts file is the same in Windows, macOS, and Linux although, the method of getting access and editing it might have some variations. This guide aims to comprehensively detail the purpose of the Hosts file and how you can use it to secure your online experience.
Dell's gaming survey reveals interesting facts about gamers and their preferences
Dell commissioned a study in collaboration with Researchscape to understand the PC gaming community. The study brings forth some new facts about gamers, their habits, and attitudes and breaks the typical stereotyping commonly associated with them.
Frank Azor: Dell mulling 3:2 and other aspect ratio screens for future XPS notebooks
Dell could be looking at offering new aspect ratios aside from the standard 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio in future notebooks. This was confirmed in a conference call by Frank Azor during the new XPS and Alienware reveal. Opting for non-standard aspect ratios can greatly enhance the tablet mode experience especially in 2-in-1 notebooks.
The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets overclocked to a whopping 6 GHz on LN2
Famed overclocker 'der8auer' has managed to overclock the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X to cross the 6 GHz on all cores. He managed to achieve this by first selecting the best CPUs for the task and then subjecting them to LN2 cooling. Consumer use isn't anywhere going to get close to that figure but it is still good to know that Ryzen are really as overclocker-friendly as AMD claims.
Rise of the Zen: AMD 2nd generation Ryzens are here to challenge Intel's 'Coffee Lake' desktop offerings
AMD has finally taken wraps off its 2nd generation Ryzen chips. The 2700X and the 2600X are at the helm of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series respectively and are made to offer great multi-core and gaming performance in comparison with equivalent processors from Intel. AMD touts great and consistent overclocking potential and advanced capabilities of the AM4 socket and the X470 chipset to offer great performance for the buck.
AMD pledges to respect the gamer's choice in the wake of inconsistencies in NVIDIA's GeForce Partner Program
AMD's Scott Herkelman took to pen a blog post regarding AMD's stance in providing choice to the PC gamer. Although his post does not directly mention the controversial NVIDIA GeForce Partner Program, there is enough information in the post to convey that AMD will not take NVIDIA's route in the garb of ensuring a great PC gaming experience.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 could be available by end of April
The Dell XPS 15 9570 could be available by the end of April according to Dell's Frank Azor. Pre-orders seem to be live at the moment but they require a purchase of a pre-order gift card via Cashstar, which has caused quite a flutter among prospective buyers.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 takes on the Intel Core i5-8600K in first benchmarks
Initial benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 are out and the Zen+-based 'Pinnacle Ridge' chip trades blows with the similarly priced Intel Core i5-8600K in most benchmarks. The Ryzen 5 2600 shows very good performance in synthetic benchmarks. However, Intel still has the edge when it comes to gaming even if its only by a few frames per second.
MSI has a slew of new X470 boards lined up for the AMD Ryzen 2 platform
In the wake of AMD making its Ryzen 2 platform official, MSI has released new motherboards based on the new X470 chipset. Features common to all these boards include support for two M.2 slots with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, four DIMM slots, MSI Mystic Light RGB LED control software, and proprietary hardware utilities.
Dell silently launches AMD Ryzen 7 2700U-powered Inspiron 13 7000 and Inspiron 15 5000 notebooks
Dell has launched the new Inspiron 13 7000 convertible and Inspiron 15 5000 notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen APUs without much fanfare. Both notebooks come with options of either the Ryzen 5 2500U or the Ryzen 7 2700U APU and are available in a range of price options. However, initial user reviews on Reddit have criticized Dell for reusing a 2016 Inspiron 13 7368 chassis.
Intel 'Kaby Lake-X' HEDT chips to be EOL'd in late 2018 in favor of 'Skylake-X' Refresh and 'Cascade Lake'
Intel might be looking to retire its 'Kaby Lake-X' series of chips in late 2018 and focus instead on a 'Skylake-X' Refresh ranging from 6 to 18 cores. Also in tow is a new Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) for the Integrated Heat Spreader that can offer up to 200 MHz boosts on base and turbo frequencies. On the other hand, 'Cascade Lake' might get delayed till Q2 2019.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X outpaces the Intel Core i7-8700K in more ways than one in first benchmarks
The AMD Ryzen 2700X was given a test drive ahead of its official announcement and the CPU has managed to put up an impressive show. The Ryzen 2700X has managed to beat or come in close proximity to the Intel Core i7-8700K in gaming benchmarks and was absolutely stellar in multi-threaded performance.
The HP Chromebook x2 brings Chrome OS goodness in a detachable form factor
HP has unveiled its latest Chromebook offering with the Chromebook x2. It is the first Chromebook to be offered in a detachable form factor and is powered by the Intel 7th generation Core m3 processor that can be paired with up to 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM. HP compares the Chromebook x2 to the iPad Pro and shows how the former is a better value for money in most aspects.
Opinion | Windows 10 on ARM: DOA?
With the promise of all-day battery life, always-on LTE, and smartphone-like standby and resume, the first Windows 10 on ARM devices are here. Windows 10 on ARM may be great feat of engineering, but it does come with limitations unique to it, impacting what one can and cannot get out of an ARM-powered PC. Windows 10 on ARM is still in its infancy and, in its current manifestation, is better worth skipping for future refinements.
AMD launches OEM-specific Radeon RX 500X-series GPUs for desktop and mobile
AMD has released OEM-specific variants of RX 500 GPUs for both desktop and mobile. Dubbed the RX 500X, this is a simple re-badging exercise for OEMs help in advertising new systems. The RX 500X series are exactly the same as their corresponding base parts but OEMs can tune their clock speeds for thermal and power reasons.
HP Pavilion and Pavilion x360 notebooks get the thin bezel treatment
HP has refreshed the Pavilion and Pavilion x360 lineup with modern thin bezel designs, borrowing many cues from the premium Envy series. Both the Pavilion and the Pavilion x360 come in 14 and 15-inch versions and come in a range of configuration options and price points.
HP Pavilion Gaming desktops are here with new Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' and AMD Ryzen 2 offerings
HP has announced a revamp to its Pavilion Power Desktop lineup. The new generation is christened Pavilion Gaming and comes in two chassis options with options of the latest Intel 8th generation hexa-core 'Coffee Lake-H- series or AMD 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs along with options of a GeForce GTX 1060/GTX 1080 or a Radeon RX 580 GPU. These PCs are aimed at those who value both content creation and gaming on a budget and feature a stand-out design language.
Despacito and other popular music videos defaced and delisted by YouTube hackers
Hackers have managed to deface or delist many popular YouTube videos, including the highly popular 'Despacito' by Fonsi and Yankeee. Some videos have entirely disappeared while some had their titles changed. The affected videos were uploaded to the artists' YouTube Vevo accounts.
Google Chrome found to start antivirus scans at every launch
A bug in Google Chrome is causing the inbuilt antivirus scanner in the browser to initiate scans during startup causing delays in launching the program. While Google will be addressing this bug in a future patch, the only workaround right now is to clear the download history to prevent the scan from occurring at launch.
The original Windows File Manager is now available on Windows 10 for nostalgia's sake
Microsoft has released the source code for the original Windows File Manager that debuted nearly 28 years ago in Windows 3.0. The source code has been modified a bit to make it compatible with modern Windows versions and can be downloaded via GitHub and compiled using Visual Studio 2015 and above.
HMD Global to make smartphone components in India soon
HMD Global soon plans to manufacture its components in India to avoid import duties and ride along the smartphone wave in the country. The Finnish company, which has license to use the Nokia brand, is in talks with Foxconn to setup surface-mount technology lines and other component manufacturing.
First pictures and layout schematics of the Asus X470-F ROG Strix and other Asus X470 motherboards leak
Pictures of Asus' X470 portfolio have surfaced online. The X470 chipset brings support for the upcoming Ryzen 2 CPUs, which are based on the Zen+ microarchitecture. While they look similar to the last generation X370 offerings, all of them now sport two M.2 slots and support for AMD's XFR 2.0 and Precision Boost 2.0 technologies. The new X470 boards also have support for the faster DDR4 3466 MHz RAM and are fully backward compatible with the first generation Ryzen CPUs.
Pete Lau briefly mentions key OnePlus 6 specs
In a post on the official OnePlus forum, CEO Pete Lau took to mention (or rather confirm) some key OnePlus 6 specs. The upcoming flagship will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 along with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Nothing else was mentioned other than these but the post went into detail of how OnePlus engineers strive to improve the user experience.
Alienware 15R4 and 17R5 with 'Coffee Lake-H' options vie for your attention
Dell has announced refreshes to its Alienware 15 and 17 gaming notebooks. Dubbed the 15R4 and the 17R5, these notebooks come with all the hexa-core overclockable goodness of Intel's new 'Coffee Lake-H' CPUs in a premium finish. The new Alienwares feature a multitude of customization options, including GPU choices from AMD and NVIDIA and debut a new TactX keyboard with support for n-key rollover. Dell also introduced an updated Alienware Command Center software to offer more granular control over the CPU and GPU. Also on the anvil is a new rewards program. Both the Alienware notebooks are available for purchase starting this month.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 is here and is more powerful than ever
The Dell XPS 15 9570 is certainly one of the highly anticipated refreshes both fans and reviewers were eager to catch hold of. In the wake of the 'Coffee Lake-H' launch, Dell has unveiled what could be its most ambitious XPS 15 yet. Sporting CPU options up to the Core i9-8950HK and GPU options up to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the XPS 15 9570 has everything a multimedia enthusiast would require and more. Prices start from US$999 for the Core i5-8300H variant with expected availability sometime in May 2018.
Intel 'Coffee Lake-H' Performance Comparison: A worthy upgrade from 'Kaby Lake'?
The 8th generation 'Coffee Lake-H' chips for enthusiast notebooks are finally here. Intel is doing all it can to woo the masses back from AMD Ryzen by increasing core counts and boosting clocks. This generation also sees the rebranding of the Core i7-HK series as the 'Core i9'. Intel naturally claims significant improvements over the 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' but does it actually hold true? What do the new CPUs mean for the mobile enthusiast? Our preliminary review of new 'Coffee Lake-H' Core i7-8750H-powered notebooks tells what's improved and what's not. We also list out some of the notebooks that will debut this Spring sporting the new chips.
Intel announces new 45W 8th Gen hexacore 'Coffee Lake-H' CPUs led by the Core i9-8950HK
Intel has taken the wraps off the new 45W hexa-core CPUs belonging to the 8th generation 'Coffee Lake-H' family. The SKUs start from the quad-core Core i5-8300H and go all the way up to the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. As one of the new aspects of Coffee Lake, Intel is touting what they call 'Thermal Velocity Boost', a technology that offers a maximum turbo single-core boosts up to 4.8 GHz under certain conditions.
The XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) gets listed on Dell's website
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 finally gets a listing on Dell's website. The convertible notebook comes with a choice of Intel 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i5 and Core i7 processors and offers a few other configuration options. Prices start from US$1,499 with financing options directly from Dell.
HP laptop explodes during overnight charging and burns down a Letchworth store
The ground floor of a tarpaulin store in Letchworth was destroyed when a HP laptop that was left for overnight charging exploded. The explosion and subsequent spreading of flames was caught on a CCTV camera and while there were no luckily no casualties in the incident, it does serve to remind us of the latent danger in leaving devices to charge overnight.
Intel claims its driver assistance technology is superior to that of Uber's
Intel took a dig at Uber by claiming that its driver assistance technology can detect and prevent pedestrian impact more accurately than Uber's version. This comes in the wake of a tragic incident involving the collision of a self-driving Uber vehicle with a woman pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last week.
Microsoft internally signs off the Windows 10 'Redstone 4' Spring Creators Update RTM candidate
Windows 10's upcoming feature update, the Spring Creators Update codenamed 'Redstone 4', has reached the RTM milestone after it has been internally signed off at Microsoft last week. Build 17133 is the RTM candidate, which is expected to be seeded to Insiders this week followed by a staged rollout to production systems starting April 10.
Expect the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 to be available in a couple of days from now
The much anticipated Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will launch this week if a tweet by Dell's Frank Azor is anything to go by. The launch of the Intel 'Kaby Lake-G'-powered convertible has eluded fans ever since it was announced at CES 2018 and Azor's tweet could offer some respite for those looking to lay their hands on one.
Unnamed 8-core Intel Coffee Lake-S spotted in 3DMark database, Z390 chipset on the anvil
A reference to an unnamed Intel 8-core CPU has popped up in the 3DMark database and while the information at hand is scarce, all indications point to it being a 'Coffee Lake-S' chip. As per earlier leaked roadmaps, the new 8-core CPU should also see the arrival of the Z390-chipset and both the new CPU and Z390 boards can be expected to launch sometime in H2 2018.
Huawei P20 Lite goes official, launches as the Nova 3e in China
Huawei has launched the first of the P20 smartphones, the P20 Lite, in Europe and China with the Chinese variant being christened the Nova 3e. With a midrange Kirin 659 at the helm of affairs, the P20 Lite features a notched 19:9 display and retails from Euro 369.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro get listed on Geekbench
The upcoming Huawei P20 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench and has posted some good numbers albeit more or less in line with the scores posted by the P20. While benchmark numbers are not everything, the P20 and its Pro cousin fall inline with the 2017 Android flagships and will definitely be overshadowed by the 2018 ones from the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi et al.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 get detailed in leaked review, available from April 19
AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600, got a full evaluation by SiSoftware and the numbers show overall performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzens. The benchmarks page and the results have been taken down but we now have concrete information about the TDP, clock speeds, and how much of a performance gain can be expected. Additionally, we also have information on the launch date and pricing of the new Ryzen 2 SKUs.
Agony's PC requirements revealed
Madmind Studios, the developer behind Agony, has listed out the minimum and recommended PC requirements of the first person survival horror game. The listed requirements are not too high by today's standards but help in ensuring smooth gameplay.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X benchmarks leak on Geekbench, show up to 18% higher performance than the previous generation
AMD's new Zen+ CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Ryzen 7 2700X, have made their way to Geekbench and seem to have posted some impressive scores in comparison with their previous generation counterparts. The increased single-core and multi-core scores seem to be a result of some of the improvements on the original Zen architecture in this optimization cycle.
Broadcom gives up on acquiring Qualcomm
Broadcom has officially withdrawn from plans of acquiring Qualcomm. The now Singapore-based semiconductor giant tried its might to cajole Qualcomm with enticing offers but the latter did not budge. Despite losing the dangling carrot, Broadcom said it will still continue its redomiciliation process and shift base to the United States soon.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9570 will feature a Max-Q GPU
The highly anticipated Dell XPS 15 (9570) could feature a discrete Max-Q GPU. This was confirmed by Dell's Frank Azor in reply to a question asked on Twitter. Azor, however, did not reveal what the exact GPU is but expect to see a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q at the minimum.
The Nokia 9 will likely sport an in-display fingerprint sensor
We could very well see a Nokia 9 this year sporting an in-display fingerprint sensor. The information comes from a source close to NokiaPowerUser and goes on to say that 2018 flagships from HMD Global are also likely to sport a notch to maximize the display area given the native notch support in the upcoming Android 9.0 P OS.
Leaked slides reveal that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 will greet us in 2020
Leaked slides pertaining to AMD's Next-Gen High-End Desktop (NG HEDT) platform reveal that AMD is bullish with regards to continuing and refining its Threadripper lineage. The slides reveal three Ryzen Threadripper families starting with the Threadripper 2000 set to launch in 2018, the Threadripper 3000 set for 2019, and culminating in the Threadripper 4000 set for 2020.
Want to join in NASA's search for exoplanets? Google's AI can help
Google has released its AI and ML tools that helped NASA discover new exoplanets such as the Kepler-90 i and the Kepler-80 g. Google's model helped search 670 stars out of the 200,000 stars observed by NASA's Kepler mission and hopes to discover more such exoplanets by open sourcing the tools to anyone interested in analyzing Kepler data.
Snapdragon 845-powered OnePlus 6 pays a visit to AnTuTu, manages to beat the iPhone X
The upcoming OnePlus flagship, OnePlus 6, looks like the phone to watch out for in 2018 as it posted impressive scores in the AnTuTu benchmark beating contenders such as the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ and even the iPhone X. The benchmark app also lends further credence to the fact that the OnePlus 6 will sport an iPhone X-esque notch.
Intel reportedly eyeing Broadcom to thwart Qualcomm buyout
Intel is apparently viewing the possible acquisition of Qualcomm by Broadcom as a potential threat to its communications semiconductor business according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The company is also reportedly exploring various fallback options in the event the Qualcomm takeover materializes.
Debian and Kali Linux now available for download from the Microsoft Store
Debian and Kali Linux are the latest distros to join the Microsoft Store and can be tried out by anyone with Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) enabled on Windows 10. The availability of Debian and Kali underscores the importance of WSL in enabling seamless cross platform development and testing without the need to deploy separate installations or virtual machines.
BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for patent infringement
BlackBerry Ltd has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook and its companies WhatsApp and Instagram for improperly implementing BBM IP in the social network's messaging apps. While BlackBerry is seeking to protect the interests of its shareholders, Facebook is not in a mood to give up and is ready to challenge the suit in court.
New AMD Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks leak on HP's Support Website
HP has reportedly has plans for a slew of Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks going by a listing on its Care Pack Central support page. References to the new Elitebooks appear to have since been removed but we can expect the official unveil to be not too far away.
A 5G capable iPhone in 2019 is highly unlikely
Apple could be looking to play the waiting card until Intel gets its 5G modem ready, which implies Qualcomm is being given the slip. We might not be seeing a 5G enabled iPhone in 2019 although Apple is already testing the technology.
Details of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X leak — 8C/16T at up to 4.2 GHz turbo clock
A second generation Ryzen chip has leaked in the wild and it looks like it will continue the Zen architecture's success story. The new Ryzen chip is seen listed as Ryzen 7 2700X and sports the same 8C/16T configuration as the Ryzen 7 1700X but has a higher turbo clock at 4.2 GHz — 300 MHz more than what the 1700X can offer.
OneCast enables Macs to join in for some Xbox One fun
Mac owners can now stream and play Xbox One games directly to their computers using the OneCast app — a feature only natively available for Windows 10 users. The app is available for a 14-day free trial after which it costs US$11.79 (till April 1) for a standalone license.
KGI: Low cost MacBook Air 13 coming in Q2 2018
KGI Securities is expecting Apple to launch a new MacBook Air sometime in Q2 2018 with a lower price tag. The analyst firm does not offer any details as to how much of an upgrade will the new Air be but obvious internal upgrades inline with a 2018 notebook can be expected.
AMD offers Far Cry 5 for free with Radeon powered PCs
Those who plan on purchasing a PC powered by AMD Radeon get to claim a free copy of Far Cry 5 from a participating retailer. This offer only applies to pre-built systems sporting the RX 580, RX Vega 56, and RX Vega 64 GPUs and not to standalone Radeon GPUs.
Twitter CEO requests for proposals to help improve the platform
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey expressed concern that the social network has a problem with trolls and bots infesting the platform often fueling hate and abuse. The CEO is inviting proposals from users on how to improve the platform and encourage civil behavior.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 pops up in an HTML5 test
A prototype Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has surfaced in an HTML5 test. While the test does not reveal any hardware details as such, it does seem apparent that the upcoming Note phablet will be sporting an 18.5:1 aspect ratio display similar to the recently launched Galaxy S9.
The Samsung Galaxy S9's color accuracy is "Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect"
DisplayMate had a lot of good things to say about the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S9's display. The firm says that the Galaxy S9's OLED display sets new performance records that makes it better than most high-end displays available across form factors and gives it an all time high A+ rating.
Promising the Moon: Nokia and Vodafone to set up the first lunar 4G network in 2019
A group of German scientists belonging to PTScientists are looking forward to launch the first privately funded unmanned lunar rover mission in 2019. Telecom heavyweights Vodafone and Nokia are helping to devise the first 4G communications network on the Moon to aid in transmission of scientific data and HD video of the abandoned NASA Apollo 17 rover and the lunar surface.
AI for the masses: Qualcomm introduces the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series
On the occasion of MWC 2018, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform series SoCs tailored towards bringing on-device AI and satisfying the needs of Chinese OEMs for more premium features at lower price tiers.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 could have a possible name change and feature a 7nm Snapdragon 855 at the helm of affairs
Samsung could be looking for a name change to its flagship Galaxy S series and rumors are rife that the next Samsung flagship might not be referred to as the Galaxy 'S10'. Samsung's mobile head, DJ Koh, did not refute the rumors and said while a name change is being contemplated upon, the Galaxy brand is here to stay.
HMD Global announces the Nokia 7 Plus sporting a Snapdragon 660 and Zeiss optics
HMD Global has announced the Nokia 7 Plus — an upper midrange phone promising to offer flagship design and performance. The Nokia 7 Plus brings forward some of the imaging and audio prowess of the Nokia 8 coupled with AI-led features in an Android One package.
Huawei P20 name is now official, set to launch on March 27
The upcoming successor to the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus will be the P20 and not P11. This was confirmed in a Huawei launch invite teaser, which confirms the March 27 launch date in Paris along with indications of a triple-camera setup. We are also treated to a press render showing off the P20 and a possible P20 Plus.
MediaTek Helio P60 spotted on Geekbench, could be launching at MWC 2018
Mediatek could be looking to launch the Helio P60 at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona going by a Geekbench listing. The scores put the performance of the Helio P60 in close proximity to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.
How to run Linux binaries natively in Windows 10
The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is Microsoft's technology stack that enables native Linux binaries to run in a Windows user environment without the need to install a full fledged Linux distro — native or virtual. This tutorial will help you to get started with getting WSL up and running on your Windows 10 PC. We will also look at some tricks to get basic GUI apps to work in WSL.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming for real, iPhone X-like gestures and Snapdragon 845 in tow (video)
New evidence points to the existence of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the first smartphone touted to sport the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Mi Mix 2S could also feature iPhone X-like gestures for navigation along with a side notch for housing the selfie camera.
Intel 'June Canyon' NUCs with 'Gemini Lake' CPUs now available
Intel has announced the availability of new NUC kits powered by the new 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs. The new kits feature improved integrated graphics and offer a fair degree of customization to meet specific end-user requirements.
iOS 12 will finally make 'Peace' with customers
Apple is looking to revamp its software development workflow to balance introduction of new features and ironing out existing bugs. The upcoming iOS 12 internally codenamed 'Peace' will be the first result of this strategy.
Windows Defender ATP coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
Microsoft has announced support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a Windows 10 only feature, to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. This is to help organizations protect themselves during the transition to Windows 10 from the aforementioned OSs.
Windows 10 'Redstone 5' starts appearing on BuildFeed
Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring can expect to receive 'Redstone 5' builds shortly. With 'Redstone 4' (RS4) almost ready for rollout in a month, new RS 4 builds will henceforth be released in the 'rs4_release' branch.
Android P to get more 'Notch' friendly
Google has started work on the next iteration of the Android OS, Android P. The update is expected to overhaul the Android UI and also bring OS level support for devices that sport an iPhone X-like notch.
Inbox apps in Windows 10 to get their own previews irrespective of Insider status
Microsoft has started testing previews for Windows 10 inbox apps such as Windows Camera, Photos, Alarm and Clock etc. Users can opt in to these previews irrespective of their current Insider status.
How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre
The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed inherent flaws in hardware and software design, which we've been using for many years. Chip vendors and developers alike are scrambling to quickly release fixes to prevent any damage to customer data. Intel, AMD along with motherboard partners and Microsoft have released security patches over the past month to cover the necessary mitigation. This tutorial will help you in determining whether your PC has received the required mitigation so as to thwart any potential abuse of these vulnerabilities.
How to protect critical data from ransomware in Windows 10
With ransomware on the prowl every other day, it has become all the more important to ensure that critical files are protected from being encrypted or altered. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a new functionality called Controlled Folder Access that can help prevent modification of critical files and folders by unauthorized software. This tutorial will show you how to enable this functionality to protect both personal and corporate data.
EMUI 8 rollout schedule for various Honor devices detailed
Honor France has released a timeline for the OTA rollout of EMUI 8 for various Honor devices. The rollout starts from 7th February and continues into Q2 2018 depending on the Honor variant.
ASRock announces the Rack D2100D8UM — first Xeon D-2100 motherboard
ASRock has announced the Rack D2100D8UM with support for the Intel Xeon D-2100 processor. The motherboard is an integrated platform and can be ordered with any of the newly launched Xeon D-2100 series SoCs.
Progressive Web Apps to be a native feature of Windows 10 'Redstone 4'
Microsoft is looking to integrate Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) functionality natively into Windows 10. The company notes that PWAs are not a substitute for full-fledged UWP apps and both can complement each other in the Store bringing benefits to both users and developers.
Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs now on sale
Dell has listed new PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs for order. The EPYC-based servers are available in 1U and 2U rack sizes and can be extensively customized based on the requirements of the enterprise while still offering a high performance per dollar compared to equivalent Intel Xeon-based servers.
Samsung patents a laptop design with almost zero bezels
The WIPO has published a Samsung patent that shows off an almost zero bezel design for its notebook. The patent, however, seems to be an ornamental one as no functionalities are described.
Kernel sources for Honor View 10 now available
Huawei has posted kernel sources for the Honor View 10 smartphone. This follows in the wake of Huawei's announcement of the Honor Open Source Program, which aims at releasing the kernel sources and APIs to take advantage of the neural processing capabilities in the Kirin 970.
New Apple products could launch starting from March this year
DigiTimes claims that component suppliers are getting increased orders from Apple and that new iOS and MacBook devices are slated for debut starting March 2018.
Gabe Newell squashes rumors of Valve being acquired by Microsoft
Valve CEO, Gabe Newell, has responded in the negative to recent rumors about a possible acquisition of Valve by Microsoft. Others such as Electronic Arts are yet to confirm or deny the reports.
Windows 10 edges out Windows 7 in global marketshare according to StatCounter
StatCounter's new analytics show Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 as the Windows OS with the highest desktop market share up till January 2018. Although other analytics firms paint the opposite picture, the numbers are still strong nevertheless.
Samsung Foundry to manufacture ASIC cryptocurrency miners, looks to produce 4nm chips by 2020
Samsung could be bringing some competition into the ASIC crytocurrency miner market as it is looking to produce its own ASICs. The company is also looking to align its fabrication development with TSMC and hopes to complete the 4nm process by end of 2020.
Microsoft details servicing changes to Windows and Office, Office 2019 to be a Windows 10 exclusive
Microsoft has listed out a few servicing changes to Windows and Office keeping in view the deployment requirements of the enterprise. The company also detailed availability and support cadences of Office 2019 and Windows 10 LTSC.
Apple responds to reports regarding the US Government's enquiry into throttling iPhones
Apple confirmed that the US Government has asked questions regarding intentional throttling of old iPhones and reaffirmed that it would not degrade the customer experience to force upgrades.
Microsoft rumored to buy Electronic Arts for US$35 billion to boost Xbox-exclusive portfolio
Rumors are doing the rounds that Microsoft is looking at a possible acquisition of a large game publisher, such as Electronic Arts, Valve, PUBG Corp., or the likes. But there is also skepticism given Microsoft's not-so-successful track record of turning acquisitions into profits.
Intel alerted select corporations about Meltdown/Spectre, China speculated to have known about it before the US
The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel had informed select customers about the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities. What's news, however, is that somehow the Chinese Government could have gotten to know about the vulnerabilities much before the US Government did.
More details of upcoming iPhone X successors emerge
New predictions from KGI Securities reveal more details about the upcoming iPhones this year. The new report reiterates earlier predictions and outlines the display and component suppliers for the 6.1-inch model while also predicting the RAM and battery capacities of the other models.
The Galaxy S9/S9 Plus could feature 'Intelligent Scan' biometric authentication and depth-sensing stickers
An APK teardown of the Settings APK in Note 8 Oreo builds reveals a new biometric authentication called 'Intelligent Scan' that could probably feature in the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The APK teardown further reveals that the new dual-camera setup in the S9 Plus could enable depth-sensing stickers that can be added to photographs.
The Nokia 10 could implement a rotating penta-lens camera setup
The Nokia 10 could feature a rotating penta-lens camera setup, if rumor on the street is to be believed. If HMD Global can pull it off, it will be the first major camera advancement for the brand since the Lumia 1020.
Windows 10 'Redstone 4' Build 17083 offers font downloads directly from the Microsoft Store
Insiders running the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083 will now be able to download fonts directly from the Microsoft Store. This is part of a larger effort to consolidate all settings under the new Settings app.
Xbox Game Pass announcement compels Austrian retailer to delist Xbox One consoles
Austrian retailer, Gameware.at, is unhappy about Microsoft offering Xbox Game Pass subscribers access to the latest games on day 1 for a low monthly price. The retailer has decided to delist all Xbox consoles from their online store citing low profits.
MSI planning new RX 570 and RX 580 Armor MK2 cards
MSI is planning to release new cards based on the AMD Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 GPUs. Not much is known about the new cards apart from the fact that they come with a new color scheme and improvements to the cooling system.
More info on Apple's 3 iPhone models for 2018 emerge, iPhone X will live on in spirit
KGI Securities revealed some more information about what can be expected of iPhones in 2018. Alongside the details, the report also implied that the iPhone X will be discontinued than be discounted due to low sales. Apple watchers, however, say this is highly unlikely.
Exynos CPUs will soon power more mid-range smartphones
Samsung is mulling to sell its Exynos SoCs to other smartphone vendors in a bid to boost its foundry utilization and increase its market share in the mid-range segment.
New 13-inch MacBook apparently coming in H2 2018, MacBook Air could get the axe
Going by the huge orders placed by Apple for LCD modules for a new 13-inch MacBook, it appears that the Cupertino giant might soon retire the iconic MacBook Air as it does seem out of place with the new MacBook range.
Apple HomePod up for pre-order on Jan 26, arriving Feb 9
Apple's wireless HomePod speaker is finally launching on February 9 for US$349 with pre-orders starting tomorrow in the US, UK, and Australia. The HomePod features an enhanced Siri experience, spatial awareness, and a wide soundstage.
Intel readying a more reliable Meltdown/Spectre fix for 'Broadwell' and 'Haswell' platforms
Intel has identified the root cause of the recent reboot issues plaguing the company's 'Broadwell' and 'Haswell' chips that received a microcode update for the Meltdown and Spectre exploits. The company has issued an updated guidance for customers and partners in this regard.
Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds reveal new privacy tools
In a step up towards addressing the spate of privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing new privacy tools that will enable users to see the exact data being sent as telemetry information.
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year
CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
SK Hynix lists GDDR6 memory as available
SK Hynix has listed the status of GDDR6 memory in its Q1 2018 Databook as available with speeds starting from 10 Gbps and reaching up to 14 Gbps.
'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works
Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom
F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches
Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520
Thanks to the rooting capabilities provided by WP Internals, developers are now able to find ways of running Windows RT and even Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia handsets paving the way for some cool hacks.
Windows Phone Internals 2.3 may help resurrect ageing Lumia devices
Rooting and custom ROM development has traditionally been Android's USP. Now, Windows Phone users too can join the fun, thanks to the efforts of XDA Developer, Heathcliff74.
First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on
Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
Acer Chromebook 11 brings USB Type-C goodness at an affordable price
Acer announced the Chromebook 11, a capable laptop for those wanting to hop on the ChromeOS bandwagon. The new Chromebook 11 comes with two USB-Type C ports and fully supports Android apps from the Google Play Store. Update: Photos from CES
NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
Oops! Apparently, Cortana works best on the 'Surface Phone' according to Microsoft China
A reply by a Microsoft Asia Research Institute engineer stating that Cortana would be best integrated with the 'Surface Phone' for a question asked on the Chinese forum Zhihu seems to lend fresh credence to the rumors that there is in fact a Microsoft Hero device in the works.
The Tizen-powered Flip is Samsung's take on the digital whiteboard
Samsung has joined the likes of Microsoft and Google by creating its own version of the digital whiteboard. Named Flip, the whiteboard enables seamless collaboration and is powered by the Tizen 3.0 OS.
Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND
At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics
After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
The next DisplayPort standard will bring support for uncompressed 8K video
VESA has announced that work has commenced to finalize the specifications of the next generation of the DisplayPort standard in the next 18 months. The aim is to double the bandwidth of the current standard to allow support for uncompressed 8K video.
Intel's new 802.11ax Wi-Fi portfolio promises 40% higher data rates and enhanced packet efficiency
Intel will be expanding its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for 2x2 and 4x4 home routers. The new IEEE standard promises 40% higher peak data rates and increased average throughput in congested environments.
Oculus Go could come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants
An FCC listing reveals that the Oculus Go will come in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. Apart from the storage differences, both models are identical in all other aspects.
ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors
ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMini GTX small form factor PC.
Intel's new 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 controller brings support for DisplayPort 1.4
Intel has announced upgraded Thunderbolt 3 controllers belonging to the JHL7x40 series, codenamed 'Titan Ridge'. The new controllers retain the 40 Gbps bandwidth and add support for the DisplayPort 1.4 specification.
G.Skill's new Sniper X DDR4 memory comes with a touch of camouflage
G.Skill has announced the availability of Sniper X DDR4 3600 RAM in a camouflage design that complements gaming PCs. G.Skill offers capacities up to 128 GB and the modules come with support for XMP 2.0.
Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018
The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Samsung intros the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC aimed at richer multimedia and AI applications
Samsung has announced the new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC based on the 10nm fabrication process. The SoC's high performance cores can reach 2.9 GHz and has a 6CA LTE modem along with the capability for deep learning processing.
Consumer NVIDIA GPUs cannot be used in datacenters henceforth
Recent changes to NVIDIA's EULA prohibits datacenter deployment of their consumer grade GeForce GPUs apart from those used for blockchain processing. This being seen as a move to curb deployment of cost-effective GeForce GPUs for half-precision Deep Neural Network processing.
HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well
A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP
Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
Pixel 2's Portrait mode being ported to non-Google devices as well
Following the porting of Google Camera's Portrait mode found exclusively in the Pixel 2 to older Google devices, other developers have joined the fray in the porting the feature to non-Google devices running Android Oreo.
Torrenting can cost you the ability to remotely control your smart thermostat
Armstrong Zoom Internet has sent notices to its users that copyright infringement can lead to speed throttling that not only affects file transfer but also the ability to remotely control connected devices such as smart thermostats and video monitoring services.
Sony XA2 Ultra prototype leaks, shows dual front-facing cameras
Fresh leaks have confirmed the existence of Sony's XA2 Ultra handset and from the looks of it, the company seems to retain its classic design despite the continuing onslaught of bezel-less phones.
Camera NX brings Portrait mode to the original Pixels, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P
A developer has created a Google Camera mod that enables portrait mode on devices such as the original Pixel series, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6P. This mod enables the Pixel 2 exclusive portrait feature on older generation Google devices.
Microsoft patents a foldable phone dock
Microsoft has applied for a patent for a new type of clamshell peripheral device that functions both as a phone dock as well as an independent VoIP speaker for the PC. The device could be launched as an accessory for the iPhone.
HQ Trivia now available on Android for users in the United States and Canada
Popular trivia app, HQ Trivia, is now available for Android users in the United States and Canada. The free-to-play app is immensely popular on iOS and players can actually cash out real money by answering questions correctly.
Android games found tracking users' TV viewing habits
Many Android games have been found to track the user's TV viewing habits for displaying ads. The games use software from Alphonso that collects data from the phone's microphone, identifies the audio stream, and displays targeted advertising.
WhatsApp outages greet users in the New Year
WhatsApp went down in many parts of the world on the occasion of New Year much to the dismay of users. The outage, however, was quickly resolved and the service is now back online.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ all set to hit production
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are all set to enter into production this January for an official unveiling during MWC in February followed by public availability in March.
Project Andromeda app listing spotted in the Microsoft Store
A listing on the Microsoft Store could give further impetus to the fact that Microsoft could be testing app development on an unknown platform, currently designated '8828080'. Interestingly, the number also refers to Microsoft's telephone in Redmond.
iMac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable RAM and SSD but it's not for the faint-hearted
While the new iMac Pro is not end-user upgradeable, Apple component supplier, OWC, did a teardown of the latest iMac Pro base model and found that the RAM and SSD can actually be upgraded if needed.
Brothers do a neat Italian Job of trademarking 'Steve Jobs'
Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato have emerged victorious in the legal battle against Apple in naming their brand after Steve Jobs. Their company currently produces clothing and plans to enter into electronics very soon.
HTC and Motorola say slowing down older phones is not their cup of tea
In emails to The Verge, HTC and Motorola have clarified that they do not slow down phones as the batteries start wearing out. This comes in the wake of Apple's now controversial policy of slowing down phones with ageing batteries.
Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017
More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
LG G6 undergoing beta testing for Android Oreo
The LG G6 will be soon receiving the Android Oreo update as beta testing has started for users in China. This follows on the heels of the LG V30 receiving the final Oreo build in South Korea a few days ago.
Apple's Lisa OS source code to be released for free in 2018
Apple and Computer History Museum will jointly release the source code for Lisa, one of Apple's first commercial OSs to feature the GUI. The source code, currently being reviewed by Apple, will be made available for free in the public domain very soon.
Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' burrows into PC BIOSs causing boot issues
The latest Ubuntu release has a bug in the Intel SPI driver in the Linux kernel that seems to be corrupting UEFI firmware on certain Lenovo and Acer laptops leaving users with no options to change UEFI settings or select an alternative boot method.
First pictures of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 5 GB surface online
The first pictures of the rumored NVIDIA GTX 1060 5 GB SKU card have surfaced online. The new Gigabyte card is identical to the GTX 1060 6 GB Windforce OC but comes with the NVIDIA GP106-350-K3-A1 GPU that supports up to 5 GB GDDR5 memory and reduced memory bandwidth.
Microsoft India chief keeps the possibility of a 'Surface Phone' open
In an interview to Digit, Microsoft India President, Anant Maheswari, did not deny the existence of a Surface Phone but also did not reply in the affirmative. He also touched upon some points about the broader availability of Microsoft products and services in the Indian market.
NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM
NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
64-bit custom ROM support now available for the Moto G4 Plus
The Moto G4 Plus can now get 64-bit custom ROMs thanks to the fine folks at XDA. Except for the system server process, all other processes now run in native 64-bit code.
LG V30 gets a taste of Oreo in South Korea sans Treble
LG has announced on its Korean website that it is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its V30 handset. The update is currently rolling out in the Korean market but users have found that it does not support Project Treble.
Huawei's leaked roadmap gives a glimpse of what's to come in 2018, P20 in tow
A roadmap of what is supposed to come out of Huawei's stables in 2018 has surfaced during one of the presentations by the handset maker's Israeli importer. While we are already aware of the upcoming Mate 10 series, there was a revelation of sorts about the P20 sometime in Q2 2018.
Huawei makes a year-end splash with the refreshed MateBook D
Huawei has launched the refreshed MateBook D for 2018. Currently available for the Chinese market, the new version of the MateBook D comes in three variants with 8th gen Intel Core processors and the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.
AMD Promontory 400-series chipset with support for next gen Ryzen coming soon
We could soon see AMD launch its 400-series chipset close to Ryzen 2000's launch early next year. Existing 300-series boards will, however, continue to be compatible with the next generation Ryzen CPUs.
32-bit NVIDIA drivers will soon be passe
The upcoming version 390 of NVIDIA's graphic driver will be the last to officially support 32-bit OSs. Barring a year's more time of security support for 32-bit drivers, all new features and enhancements will take the 64-bit route going forward.
Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP
Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.
Google throws a bone at the Microsoft Store, offers download of Chrome installer
Google Chrome can now be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Store. Well... sort of.
Details of the 8th generation hexa-core Intel Core i7-8700HQ emerge
Details of the much awaited 8th generation Intel HQ-series CPUs have surfaced online and from the looks of it, seems to corroborate our expectations of a 'Coffee Lake' 6-core 45W chip. The rest of the specifications are more or less similar to that of the extant 'Kaby Lake' quad-core 45W HQ offerings.
Exelus to showcase emergency telemedicine using the Microsoft HoloLens
Exelus has announced the availability of the Nomadeec platform on the HoloLens that will enable EMTs and paramedics to get real-time information of patient vitals and medical records. It will also enable them to directly teleconference with doctors to provide appropriate emergency care.
Windows 10's included password manager can pose a security risk
A Google security researcher has discovered that the included third-party password manager in Windows 10, Keeper, comes with a security vulnerability that injects privileged UI into web apages that exposes a user's passwords.
Brace yourself for a porg attack in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Disney and its subsidiary, Lucasfilm, announced a new game for PC and mobile that enabled players help BB-8 and Chewbacca defend the Millennium Falcon from porgs.
The Asus VivoBook 14 makes a quiet appearance ahead of CES 2018
Asus has revealed the VivoBook 14 laptop on its website ahead of CES 2018. The VivoBook 14 comes with options of up to an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and an optional NVIDIA MX150 GPU along with several storage options and will be have an official presentation during CES 2018.
Microsoft partners with Reddit for some crowdsourced wisdom
A partnership between Microsoft and Reddit will see the latter leveraging Microsoft's AI tools and Bing to integrate Reddit content in search results, especially from AMA sessions and Reddit Answers, enabling a more natural and crowdsourced approach to search.
India reportedly chooses indigenization over Apple's demand for tax-free imports
The Indian Government is not in favor of offering import tax sops to Apple's mobile phone parts considering the impact it will have on the domestic manufacturing sector. Apple is demanding that the Government concede to its demand of duty-free imports in order to expand iPhone manufacturing in the country.
References to a new Huawei tablet surface online, purportedly the MediaPad M4
Some references to what could be the successor to the MediaPad M3 have surfaced online via an UAprof.xml file. The references point to a similar display resolution as the M3 and the OS version to be Android 8 Oreo.
Ring in the spirit of the holidays with Microsoft's new Paint 3D ad
The new commercial showcases the capabilities of Microsoft's Paint 3D app while also driving home a message of inclusion and celebration — just the right theme for the holiday season.
Apple allegedly throttling older iPhones with degraded batteries
A user on Reddit has posted potential evidence that Apple could be throttling older iPhones relative to the output battery voltage to prevent them from drawing too much power. Although this is not the first instance of throttling on iPhones, it surely has been a subject of much debate.
Intel 'Gemini Lake' Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs now official, come with support for Gigabit WiFi
Intel has officially announced the launch of 'Gemini Lake' CPUs in Pentium Silver and Celeron variants. 'Gemini Lake' succeeds 'Apollo Lake' and comes with support for Gigabit WiFi, Adaptive Contrast Enhancement, and improved graphics capabilities.
First benchmarks of the Asus NovaGo TP370QL — the Snapdragon-powered Windows notebook
The Asus NovaGo is one of the first notebooks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Initial impressions of the notebook seem to be positive but performance numbers seem to be behind even low-end x86 CPUs.
The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017
Wisdom of the crowd? The Amazon Bestseller list is usually a good indication of which laptops capture buyers' attention and what users generally look forward to when buying a notebook. In this article, we take a look at some of the notebooks that have made it to the Amazon bestsellers list in the Laptop Computers category.
First benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 are reminiscent of the GeForce 940MX
The NVIDIA GeForce MX130 is another entry-level offering from NVIDIA based on the older but still capable Maxwell architecture. How does it fare when compared to the MX150 and more importantly, the 940MX, to which it is a direct successor? Let's take a look.
Xiaomi issues BIOS fix for slow SSD performance in the Mi Notebook Pro
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro suffered from less than ideal disk read and write speeds despite having a Samsung PM961 SSD onboard. A BIOS update is now available that enables full x4 bandwidth on the NVMe SSD PCIe lanes, leading to increased read/write speeds.
Asus announces the NovaGo convertible — the first Windows-on-Snapdragon device with all day long battery life
Asus has announced the NovaGo convertible — the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop powered by the Snapdragon 835 running full Windows 10. The notebook promises always-on connectivity and purportedly offers more than 20 hours of battery life.
Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you
AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The Envy x2 is HP's idea of a detachable notebook with always-on connectivity
HP has taken wraps of the Envy x2, a detachable notebook powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Envy x2 sports a premium finish and comes with the promise of Gigabit LTE and 20 hours of battery life.
Leaked roadmap reveals Intel's 'Cascade Lake-X' HEDT along with new 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' offerings
We might soon see Intel's 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' hit production in Q1 2018 alongside quad-core and dual-core 'Gemini Lake' entry level CPUs. Interestingly, Q4 2018 will see the launch of HEDT 'Cascade Lake-X', the successor to 'Skylake-X'.
eGPU: Two PCI-e lanes, no problem?
Conventional wisdom says that Thunderbolt 3 in a 4-lane PCI-e configuration is a must to have a good gaming experience when using external GPUs. Benchmarks by Stephen Burgess of Own or Disown may surprise you.
The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017
Creativity, unhindered. Holiday season is finally upon us, and thus begins one of the most lucrative periods for anyone mulling to purchase a new notebook excelling both in content creation and consumption. The choices can be daunting, but leave it to us to help you decide on the best multimedia notebook to perfectly complement your needs.
Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now live on a smartphone near you
Nintendo sprung a surprise by announcing the availability of popular game, Animal Crossing, on iOS and Android app stores for free. The company aims to capture both console and smartphone gamers with its offerings.
Apple working on its own AR headset, believes it to be a game changer
Apple is rumored to be developing its own Augmented Reality (AR) headset independent of its existing mobile offerings, running custom parts and software. The company is said to be targeting a late-2019 to early-2020 launch for the headset.
AMD 'Raven Ridge'-powered Dell Latitude 5495 surfaces online
Dell could be joining the list of OEMs looking to offer AMD 'Raven Ridge' aka Ryzen Mobile CPUs in upcoming notebooks, if the listing on benchmarking site SiSoft Sandra is any indication. The listing reports scores of a Dell Latitude 5495 notebook powered by the Ryzen 7 APU with onboard Vega graphics.
Intel's 5G modem completes end-to-end testing, could make its way into a future iPhone
Intel has announced that its first commercial 5G modem, the XMM 8060, has completed end-to-end field testing, beating rival Qualcomm in the 5G race. It is also being rumored that Apple is in talks with Intel to incorporate Intel's 5G offerings in future iPhones.
Purported Galaxy S9 benchmark scores are no match for the iPhone X
Benchmarks of a purported Samsung Galaxy S9 model have surfaced on Geekbench. While the scores show it to be one of the fastest Android flagships, it still is miles behind the iPhone X.
Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter
The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.
iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU
Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops
Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
First photos of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module surface
The first images of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module (MCM) in the wild have surfaced and going by the looks of it, appears to be exactly what ultrabooks and mini-PCs have been longing for all this while.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2018) spotted on GFXbench
The upcoming version of the Samsung Galaxy J3 has been spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench. The device is being listed with the model number SM-J337 and is a refresh to the current Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J330F).
Flipkart's Billion Capture+ smartphone is tailored for the Indian market
Indian e-retailer, Flipkart, has announced its foray into the smartphone business with the launch of the Billion Capture+ smartphone. The new smartphone is tailor-made for the Indian market and features mid-range specs, dual 13MP rear cameras, and unlimited cloud storage for a starting price of ₹10,999 (US$169).
Rivals with benefits — Intel and AMD collaborate to create a new entrant to the 8th generation CPU family
In an interesting development, CPU arch rivals Intel and AMD have collaborated together to create a unique new entrant to Intel's 8th generation CPU family — a combination of an Intel H-series chip coupled to a...wait for it...a custom AMD Radeon GPU with HBM2 memory!
GameStop's Power Pass promises half a year of unlimited gaming for 60 bucks
For just US$60, gamers can purchase a GameStop Power Pass subscription, which allows for unlimited game rentals for a 6 month period beginning November 19. The icing on the cake is that gamers get to keep any rented game for themselves at the end of the subscription period.
The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware
The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.
The first Intel 10nm chips could land as early as end 2017
Intel's 10nm 'Cannon Lake' chips could land as soon as 2017-end, albeit in small volumes. The new chips, which will still be part of the 8th generation, are expected to go in full production by H1 2018 for a broad availability by H2 2018.
Windows 10 Settings app to get some Fluent Design makeover in 'Redstone 4'
Upcoming builds of the 'Redstone 4' early development branch of Windows 10 will feature Fluent Design System elements being incorporated to the Settings app. As development of 'Redstone 4' progresses, we can expect to see more Fluid Design elements being incorporated in key areas of the user interface and inbox apps.
NVIDIA announces the GTX 1080's fraternal twin — the GTX 1070 Ti, aims to take AMD Vega 56 head on
NVIDIA has announced the launch of the much anticipated GeForce GTX 1070 Ti as a successor to the hugely popular GTX 970. Featuring the same GP104 GPU as the GTX 1080 but just 128 CUDA cores short of its elder cousin the 1070 Ti, which will officially launch on November 2, is well poised to take the AMD Vega 56 head on.
What we'd like to see in the 2018 XPS 15 9570
The Dell XPS 15 still remains one of the best laptops money can buy, but is not without its flaws. As we head into 2018, we expect Dell to refresh the XPS 15 lineup with new Intel 8th generation CPUs and hopefully address some of the nagging problems in the current generation. Here's a list of what we'd like to see changed in the upcoming refresh of an already great piece of hardware.
Samsung J7 catches fire in an Indian flight causing a mid-air scare
A Samsung J7 smartphone caught fire on a Jet Airways flight bound to Indore from New Delhi causing mid-air panic. The flight staff were unable to extinguish the fire and had to drop the phone in a tray of water to put off the flames.
Are gaming keyboards really faster than conventional keyboards?
Gaming keyboard manufacturers, much like gaming mice manufacturers, claim fast response times to entice games to pay the premium. Unlike gaming mice, however, we do not find enough benchmarks that have actually put the claims to test. As a result, gamers and enthusiasts have (until now) gone by the manufacturer's claims of high polling rates and low response times. So is that shiny new RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting or N-key rollover actually more responsive than a conventional keyboard? Dan Luu's mini-experiment proves otherwise.
The Surface Book 2 13.5-inch stacks up to the MacBook Pro 13-inch with power and oomph
Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 13.5-inch ticks all the right boxes for a capable prosumer laptop while still retaining the platform's unique features. The new notebook is now available in completely fanless variants and features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.
The first Intel 'Gemini Lake' convertible notebook surfaces anonymously
The first convertible notebook based on Intel's 8th generation 'Gemini Lake' Celeron N4000 SoC was showcased at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2017 by Chinese supplier, Skyworld. The 'anonymous' notebook runs Windows 10 and comes with a stylus with support for Windows Ink.
Chips with silver linings — Caseking and der8auer stock up on custom Core i7-8700K CPUs
Famed overclocked 'der8auer' and his employer, Caseking.de seem to have a lot of Intel's latest 'Coffee Lake-S' Core i7-8700K chips in stock at a time when most e-retailers are facing a drought of these new monsters. These chips have been de-lidded and binned, and for the top most variants, the stock heat spreader has been given a silver touch.
Asus quietly puts up the FX503 on their website
Asus seems to have quietly put up the FX503 multimedia and gaming notebook on its website. The FX503 is just a slight incremental update to the already good FX502 with RAM options up to 32 GB, choice of GPU VRAM, and an overall less thicker profile.
Dell XPS 13 vNext gets teased ahead of CES 2018
Dell showed off a sneak peak of the upcoming XPS 13 way ahead of its official CES 2018 announcement. The new XPS 13 seems to sport new color choices and ditches all legacy USB ports in favor of USB Type-C.
Ditch the desktop: Clevo debuts the world's first gaming notebooks powered by Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' 95W CPUs
Clevo has announced the availability of new laptops powered the latest Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs. Initial benchmarks of the Core i7-8700K found in the highest end P870TM notebook shows up to a 45% increase in multi-threaded performance when compared to the previous generation 'Kaby Lake-S' Core i7-7700K. The new Clevos also feature enhanced audio processing tuned by Creative Sound Blaster X Pro-Gaming 360.
HP announces refreshed Spectre 13 featuring 8th gen Intel CPUs and a redesigned chassis
The refreshed HP Spectre 13 ultrabook features the Intel 'Kaby Lake-R' Core i7-8550U CPU and slimmer design than its predecessor. Along with the upgraded internals, the ultrabook features a choice of a 4K or FHD display and a bigger 43 Wh battery.
What can you do with a Chromebook?
Chromebooks, which run on Google's ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.
Gigabyte WILL release custom RX Vega 64 cards in late October, other AIBs to shortly follow suit.
Gigabyte hopes to release custom Vega 64 cards in the later half of October. This is somewhat of a relief to AMD fans in anticipation of custom graphics cards from AMD's Add-in-Board (AIB) partners, who claim to have issues with Vega chips preventing them from creating custom cards.
Leaked slides reveal AMD's 2-year roadmap, 'Raven Ridge' delayed till 2018
Leaked slides reveal AMD's plans for client CPU and GPU offerings in 2018 and 2019. Towards the end of 2018, we will likely see more information regarding Zen 2 and Vega 20. The slides also reveal an increased performance of Ryzen 5 Pro Mobile compared to the Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU.
The AMD Radeon-powered Ataribox could launch in spring 2018 for US$250
The Ataribox is a highly customizable console, which runs on Linux and is powered by a custom AMD Radeon chip. The console is all set for a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and is likely to launch sometime around spring 2018 for no less than US$250.
Lenovo launches the ThinkSmart Hub 500
Lenovo has announced the availability of the ThinkSmart Hub 500, which is the company's first Smart Office product offering. The ThinkSmart Hub 500 is a Skype Room Systems device built for enhanced collaboration within modern meeting rooms.
The Dell Latitude 13 7000 can be yours for just US$599
Dell's premium business offering, the Latitude 13 7370, is currently available on Dell's eBay store for just US$599 — more than 50% off its original price of US$1,300. The discounted price also includes a US$100 on-page discount.
Intel shows off a 10nm wafer and a bevy of other developments on the occasion of Technology and Manufacturing Day
At its Technology and Manufacturing Day held in Beijing, Intel showcased a number of new developments ranging from the 10nm process for its upcoming 'Cannon Lake' chips to the first commercially available 64-layer 3D NAND for data centers. The company also shared plans for its first 10nm FPGA codenamed 'Falcon Mesa'.
AOC unveils the AGON QHD curved gaming monitor with support for AMD FreeSync
AOC has announced the launch of the AG322QCX — a curved 32-inch QHD gaming monitor with support for AMD FreeSync. The AG322QCX targets the enthusiast gamer segment and features technologies that reduce eye fatigue.
Roadmap reveals new Intel NUCs with Gemini Lake and Coffee Lake offerings
The roadmap for Intel NUCs in the coming years seems to be a rather interesting one with a host of NUCs in different configuration options starting from the 10W 'Gemini Lake' Celerons all the way till the 100W Kaby Lake-H Core i7-xxxxK. NUCs based on the Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake-H CPUs also come with support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane memory.
Legacy 32-bit iOS apps will fail to run on iOS 11
The iOS 11 update is just around the corner for compatible Apple devices. Users of legacy 32-bit apps need to be aware of the fact that iOS 11 will not allow execution of 32-bit apps unless they have been updated by the developer to support the 64-bit architecture. Going forward iOS, and eventually macOS, will support only 64-bit applications.
CCleaner hijacked by hackers to open a backdoor for remote code execution
Piriform, makers of the popular PC cleaning software CCleaner, said that a few versions of the program's 32-bit binary were hijacked by hackers who could insert a two-stage backdoor capable of remote code execution. Investigation is on to understand what exactly caused the hijack that resulted in about 2.27 million users getting affected.
Google Tez aims to revolutionize the digital payment landscape in India
Google has launched a new payment service, Tez, which enables fast payments without the need to share information such as bank account numbers, fund transfer codes, or even pair up mobiles by NFC. The new service is compatible with any Indian bank that supports the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
AMD Ryzen 5 'Raven Ridge' APU benchmark shows major performance benefits over last gen 'Excavator'
Benchmark scores of the Zen-based AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU are out on Geekbench and they seem promising. While the results seem to somewhat corroborate AMD's claims of a close to 50% performance increase over Bristol Ridge APUs, details are still scarce with respect to specifics of the on-die components.
The HP EliteOne 1000 is a purpose-built AiO for collaboration
HP launched the EliteOne 1000 All-in-One (AiO) G1 PC at its World Partner Forum in Chicago featuring 7th gen Intel Core i7 65W CPUs and optional Intel Optane memory with a range of display options. The AiO comes with a 2 MP dual-facing pop-up webcam and an upgradeable PC base.
HP launches the Elitebook x360 1020 G2, a convertible with a whopping 700 nit display
HP has launched the EliteBook x360 1020 G2 convertible at its annual World Partner Forum in Chicago featuring 7th generation Intel Core processor options, long battery life, and a bright 700 nit display. HP bills it as the world's thinnest and lightest business convertible.
QNAP briefs about QTS 4.3.4 OS and the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen
QNAP offered a glimpse into some of the advancements coming to the QTS 4.3.4 operating system that includes new features such as snapshot support for ARM-based QNAP NAS. It also offered a closer look into the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is now official, starts from US$329
Apple has officially launched the Watch Series 3 during its September 2017 keynote. The new Watch now sports LTE connectivity with a host of new fitness features and will be launching on September 15 with prices starting from US$329.
Qualcomm lists innovations that appeared first on Android — just ahead of the iPhone X launch
Qualcomm has published a blog post detailing some of the mobile innovations that were made possible by the collaboration with Google and other Android OEMs. Cheekily, the list of innovations seem to reflect some of the new features that will be debuting in the new iPhones set to be launched later today.
Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 begin in India
Samsung India has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 in India shortly after its global launch. The handset, which retails at ₹67,900 (US$ 1,060), will go on sale in the country starting September 22.
Dell offers to replace swelling XPS 15 9550 batteries for free, even if out-of-warranty
There were problems with batches of 84Wh batteries in the XPS 15 9550 that led to the battery bulging and pushing against the trackpad. Once the swelling was bad enough, it not only hindered the trackpad function but also posed a safety hazard. Users are now reporting that Dell is now finally accepting out-of-warranty battery replacements for the XPS 15 9550.
Dell Dynamic Power Policy: A look into how Dell manages thermal and power policies across its XPS lineup
Using a combination of hardware and software, Dell designs its XPS lineup of notebooks to dynamically adjust power inputs to the various components to ensure that the system operates within specified temperature limits. We explain how Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy to maximize performance within design constraints.
Leaked VMI document offers an insight into Apple's warranty repair rules for the iPhone
Apple's Visual/Mechanical Inspection (VMI) guide details how Apple Care centres handle in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs. The leak of this guide is not exactly path-breaking but definitely offers an insight into how Apple honors warranty and decides the service eligibility of a device — in this case, the iPhone.
Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R vs 7th gen Kaby Lake performance comparison
The new Intel 8th generation processors have started showing up in notebooks, and it has piqued our interest to see how well they fare in comparison to their contemporaries from the previous generation. With Kaby Lake-R, Intel has upped the number of cores to 4 while retaining the same TDP values — albeit at reduced base clocks. Where does this place the new chips with respect to the existing 15W and 45W variants? Should you be considering laptops based on the 8th generation Kaby Lake-R processors? We give the early verdict.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially roll out starting October 17 along with a slew of Windows Mixed Reality headsets
At its IFA 2017 keynote in Berlin, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start officially rolling out starting October 17. Microsoft's partners will also start shipping affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets alongside the new OS update.
Microsoft invites Insiders to test drive Office 365 from the Windows Store
Microsoft is inviting Insiders to test out Office 365 programs from Windows Store. These are the original Win32-based programs converted using the Project Centennial desktop bridge that can now call UWP-specific APIs and services.
It's official: Apple's iPhone 8 event will be held on September 12
Apple has sent invitations for its iPhone 8 launch event, which will be held for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple's 'spaceship' campus.
The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a convertible designed for casual gaming
Acer has announced the Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook that features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and GTX 1050 graphics to target casual gamers and multimedia aficionados.
Acer showcases 360-degree cameras with LTE connectivity
Acer has showcased two LTE enabled 360-degree cameras, the Holo360 and Vision360, at its IFA press conference. The Holo360 is a one-stop device for all things concerned with video recording, editing and sharing while the Vision360 is an in-car camera designed to augment driving safety.
Acer announces the Aspire S24 All-in-One starting at US$999
Acer has announced the availability of the Aspire S24, its slimmest all-in-one with the latest 8th generation Intel processors and optional Intel Optane memory. It also comes with a wireless charging base for supported Qi-devices.
Eureka! The Intel Management Engine can finally be disabled, thanks to the NSA
Researchers have found a way to disable a much hated component of Intel CPUs — the Intel Management Engine, thanks in part to the NSA's High Assurance Platform (HPA) program.
WhatsApp will soon allow you to chat with verified businesses
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has started a pilot program to verify business numbers. This allows customers to directly chat with businesses for quicker updates and problem resolution.
Google announces the availability of ARCore Augmented Reality SDK
Google has announced the availability of an early preview of the ARCore API for developers to create AR experiences for qualified Android devices. The initial preview is restricted to the Pixel phones and variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Verizon starts rolling out Android Oreo to Google Pixel handsets
Contrary to popular notion, Verizon has started to seed the Android Oreo update to Google Pixel phones on its network much before any other major US carrier has initiated the process.
New PlayStation VR bundle to launch on September 1 for US$399
The PS VR bundle will see a significant price cut beginning September 1 bringing the cost of owning a PS VR bundle and the PS4 to just US$700, making this the cheapest VR implementation one can get.
NYPD contemplating on replacing 36,000 odd Windows Phones with iPhones
In the continuing habitual setback for Microsoft in its mobile endeavors, the NYPD will soon be scrapping its 36,000 odd smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 for iPhones. The department is taking the decision in the wake of Microsoft halting updates for the ill-fated mobile OS.
The iPhone 8 could launch on September 12
Apple has scheduled a product announcement event on September 12 and all expectations are that this could very well be the event that the Cupertino giant would announce the new iPhones and the Watch Series 3 to the world.
LG V30 will feature an advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC for a more customizable listening experience
The LG V30 builds upon the audio prowess of its predecessor, the LG V20, by featuring an ESS Sabre 32-bit Quad DAC complete with presets and digital filters to offer an audiophile grade experience even with not-so-capable audio hardware.
Comparison: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 vs NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
NVIDIA has distilled their Pascal architecture to the entry level GT 1030 aka the MX 150 claiming a sizable performance increase over the previous generation. We do a short comparison by pitting the MX150 against the previous generation Maxwell-based 940MX to see how the new chip benefits entry-level gamers.
Beware! Ransomware Locky and Mamba on the prowl again
Variants of ransomware Locky and Mamba have resurfaced and are more lethal than ever. Those unfortunate to be infected, risk encryption of the entire HDD and need to cough up a huge sum of money for decryption and recovery of their data.
Acer unveils the Predator Helios 300 in India, prices start from US$2028
Acer has officially unveiled the Predator Helios 300 in India equipped with an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1050Ti GPU and other top of the line specs worthy of a gaming laptop with prices starting from ₹ 1,29,999 (US$ 2028) for the Core i5 model.
The Apple Watch Series 3 could do VoIP instead of direct phone calls
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to suggest that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 might support VoIP instead of traditional phone calls, possibly to avoid user experience issues and also due to the lack of internal space within the device for a proper SIM slot.
Intel to retire the Microsoft HoloLens CPU soon
Intel has announced that it will be retiring the Atom x5-Z8100P, the CPU used in the Microsoft HoloLens, by end of October this year. With Microsoft likely being the only customer using this SoC, it could have very well been the EOL initiator for these CPUs.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could launch as early as August 24 in the US
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is all set for an official unveiling on August 23 but if word on the street is to go by, the device could land up in shelves as early as the next day, at least in the US.
Kaspersky withdraws antitrust claim after Microsoft offers to make Windows 10 more AV vendor friendly
It appears that Microsoft and Kaspersky have come to terms with respect to the latter's demands of a more antivirus vendor friendly approach in Windows 10 resulting in withdrawal of all antitrust allegations against Microsoft by Kaspersky.
Windows Subsystem for Linux now available on a Windows Server near you
The Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) can now be deployed on Windows Server installations starting with Build 16257, making it easy for IT admins to run that elusive Linux command line tool without having to install and configure an entire virtual machine or disk installation.
"We'll explain things when we're ready", says a Microsoft rep about Windows 10 Mobile
In a rather reticent tweet, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has tweeted that the company is not yet ready to go public with plans regarding the future of the ill-fated Windows 10 Mobile. For fans of the platform however, it has opened up more questions than answers.
Top 5 MSI Gaming Notebooks for Back to School Season
MSI's gaming notebooks range from compact and lightweight to some of the most heavy-duty gaming laptops you can buy. This article covers the ins and outs of their recently updated gaming lineup. (Sponsored article)
The Google Pixel is now $200 less dearer
Google has discounted its Pixel smartphones by US$200 to kickoff its Back to School event. That's not all: there's a free Daydream View VR headset bundled in as well.
Live pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 surface, reveal dual cameras and a redesigned S-Pen
New pictures of the Galaxy Note 8 have just gone live and seem to corroborate earlier reports of a Galaxy S8-esque design with a squared-off look at the corners, along with the presence of dual rear cameras and a redesigned S-Pen.
LG Q6 to launch in India on August 10
The LG Q6 will be getting its first international launch in India on August 10 as an Amazon exclusive after launching in South Korea earlier this month.
Office 365 Personal (Preview) now available for all Windows 10 S PCs
The Office desktop apps are now available to download in Preview form from the Windows Store as part of Office 365 Personal to all users of Windows 10 S: the OS that only runs apps downloaded from the Windows Store.
The iPhone 8 can likely be unlocked even while resting
A deep dive into Apple's HomePod firmware has revealed strings that point to the iPhone 8's enhanced Pearl ID facial recognition that could enable the user to unlock the phone even in odd angles, such as lying flat on a table.
Microsoft brings Parts and Remixes to Remix 3D.com
The new update to the popular online service will enable users to re-use parts of existing 3D models (with attribution to the original creator) and spin off new creations.
The best deal on the Galaxy S8 is now live — get it now for as low as US$425
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is now available for $150 off the regular price: combine that with Samsung's trade-in program for eligible phones and reap the rewards of the limited period discount.
AMD Radeon RX Vega now official: $499 for the Vega 64 and $399 for the Vega 56
AMD has finally made the next gen Vega GPUs official with the unveiling of 3 Radeon RX Vega GPUs featuring enhanced features at seemingly competitive price points, with broad availability starting August 14.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPUs spotted in liquid and air cooled versions ahead of official launch
Pictures of consumer versions of graphic cards based on AMD's next gen GPU architecture, Vega, have made their way to the internet ahead of their official launch and they seem to sport good looks along with the promise of a superlative gaming experience.
Paint and other legacy features to get axed in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
The upcoming feature update to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will see many legacy features in Windows getting removed or deprecated: the most noticeable among them being the classic Paint program, System Image Backup and screensaver functionality, amongst others.
The Reliance JioPhone can be all yours effectively for $0
Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio has announced the launch of the JioPhone at an effective price of 'zero' coupled with affordable data plans to foster wider adoption of data and e-services across the Indian demographic.
No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.
Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
Latest leaks reveal Nokia 8's design and possible pricing
Images leaked on a Chinese website show the upcoming Nokia 8 in all its glory replete with a dual-camera layout and flagship specifications.
Get deep learning and AI processing in your pocket for $79 with Intel's Movidius Neural Compute Stick
Intel's subsidiary Movidius has launched the Neural Compute Stick that works on the Caffe deep learning framework to provide a low cost, yet effective solution in the end-inference market.
Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss
There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.
New Samsung Galaxy variant spotted on Geekbench, could feature the Snapdragon 840
A new Samsung Galaxy variant, purportedly the Galaxy S8 'lite', has hit the Geekbench benchmarks list and interestingly, the device seems to feature an unannounced Snapdragon 840 chipset.
Beat this! Intel Core i9 7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz under LN2 cooling, breaks HWBOT benchmark
What do you get when you have a combination of Intel's latest HEDT processor, a specially crafted enthusiast Gigabyte motherboard and a can of liquid nitrogen? An overclock that shatters all records imaginable.
Master decryption key for Petya ransomware found to be ineffective against NotPetya
The decryption key for the Petya ransomware seems to be ineffective for use in systems infected by NotPetya, leaving those infected by the nefarious program still in the lurch.
Case-maker renders reveal Galaxy Note 8 design, dual cameras in tow
Leaked case renders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet lend credence to earlier reports of a bezel-less Infinity display and presence of dual cameras in what could be Samsung's most impressive comeback in the phablet space after the Note 7 debacle.
You will soon be able to recover your Microsoft Account directly from the login screen
Microsoft is testing a new feature in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that enables users to directly recover their Microsoft Account from the login screen itself, thereby saving the hassle of hunting for another device for account recovery.
Ubuntu now available for download in the Windows Store
Insiders running the latest Windows Insider Preview builds can now get a taste of a native Ubuntu experience directly from the Windows Store and play around with popular Linux developer tools without the hassle of managing multi-boot setups.
New Windows Mobile device being prototyped by Microsoft, likely AR/VR focussed
A new mobile device prototype, which could likely be focused on AR/VR, is doing the rounds in Microsoft HQ that could possibly signal the company's efforts for a comeback in mobile.
Enhanced DPI scaling coming to Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update
The latest Insider preview build of Windows 10 now gives desktop apps the ability to retrieve DPI/display scaling information from Windows without the need to log off the entire session and log back in.
Google's new Samba client for Android uses the highly vulnerable SMBv1 protocol
The SMBv1 protocol was the entry route for the recent ransomware attacks, and it comes as a surprise that Google is still developing an app based on this protocol — even after it has been deprecated, putting end users at risk.
Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you
Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future
Xiaomi's Surge S1 SoC could find possible takers in the upper-midrange segment
The S1 Surge SoC hopes to carve its own space in the hotly contested ARM processor market with a likely launch on some upcoming Nokia phones.
US launch of Samsung's Bixby delayed due to data-deficient AI
Lack of big data and inefficient communication between Samsung's offices in the US and Korea is proving limiting for Bixby whose US launch is still a while away.
The 5000 mAh ZTE Nubia N2 launches in India on Amazon
A midrange spec sheet coupled with a humongous 5000 mAh battery and a 16MP selfie camera make the ZTE Nubia N2 standout from the rest of the pack.
Skype Lite for Android updated with user verification integration for Indian users
Integration of a citizen's 'Aadhaar' identification into Skype is now possible, providing Indian users with identity verification facility for important calls.
Nokia's cancelled 'Mercury' tablet is reminiscent of a large Lumia phone
Leaked images reveal that the Nokia 'Mercury' tablet could have been a decent Windows 8 device with enough power for day-to-day tasks.
Forget the display — even the OnePlus 5's audio is inverted
Users of the new OnePlus 5 smartphone are reporting that the handset inverts the left and right channels while recording video in a particular orientation.
Windows Timeline is out of the Fall Creators Update for now
The Windows Timeline feature, which aims to provide a chronological view of your activity across all your devices, is currently off the roadmap for the Fall Creators Update.
The AMD Vega FE is a prosumer powerhouse that falls short of gaming excellence
Although the AMD Vega Frontier Edition is slower than the average GTX 1080, its performance in professional applications is still the one to beat.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 trade-in program leaves many customers in the lurch
Disparities in the manner in which Samsung is honoring its trade-in program for the Galaxy S is irking many customers who had sent genuine working devices in hopes of a US$200 rebate.
Microsoft pressured to offer Windows 10 upgrades at 75 percent off due to ransomware attacks
With many devices still languishing with older Windows versions, the Indian Government is pressing Microsoft for a one-time discount on Windows 10 to curb the proliferation of ransomware.
Pictures of the cancelled Surface Mini reveal why it didn't hold promise
With nothing noteworthy to offer apart from a smaller display and an underpowered processor, the Surface Mini was cancelled by Microsoft at the last minute.
The phone that wasn't: Even more pics of cancelled Lumia 960 leak online
The alleged Lumia 960 could have been a stop-gap phone for Microsoft until it reinvented the wheel with the fabled Surface Phone.
Microsoft reveals some of the upcoming enterprise security features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
There's never been a time to be more secure than now, and the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update looks to reinforce this fact
Relive the games of yore with free Sega classics — now available on mobile
The Sega Forever Collection brings five of the best classics to relive the good ol' days.
OnePlus 5 officially hits the launch pad and is more Apple-esque than ever
OnePlus has unveiled the much anticipated upgrade to its smartphone lineup
Recovery image for Windows 10 S now available for the Surface Laptop
It is now possible to recover your Surface Laptop to a Windows 10 S image even after you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
Mobile Graphics Cards for Professional Users (AMD FirePro, NVIDA Quadro)
Professional GPUs such as the AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro lineup differ from their consumer variants in that they offer workstation class performance and are certified to work with industry-specific software that benefit from high GPU computations. In the following editorial we will take a closer look at some of the notebooks based on FirePro and Quadro GPUs and understand what factors should be considered before deciding on a purchase.
Samsung: Neues Galaxy Grand GT-I9080
Samsung hat ein neues Android-Smartphone präsentiert. Es nennt sich "GT-I9080 Galaxy Grand" und ist mit einem 5-Zoll Display sowie einem 1,2 Ghz Dualcore-Prozessor ausgestattet.
Our definitive laptop buying guide
What should you pay attention to when purchasing a new notebook? Which features are necessary and recommended, and which can you live without? These and other questions will be answered in the following article, so that you have a clear idea of what you need to look for when buying your laptop.