Sam Medley (Review Editor)
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.
Movo UM700 desktop USB microphone hands-on
The Movo UM700 USB desktop microphone offers all of the major features of other high-end USB microphones in a less expensive package. However, the UM700 has similar drawbacks that affect future upgrades to a recording setup.
Apple iPhone 13 Mini still on the table despite lagging sales of iPhone 12 Mini
Despite low sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, sources have told noted tipster Jon Prosser that Apple will launch an iPhone 13 Mini. According to these sources, the main reason the iPhone 12 Mini floundered was the success of the iPhone SE (2020). Since no iPhone SE will launch in 2021, the iPhone 13 Mini will do markedly better.
The entire Kingdom Hearts series is coming to PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive
The Epic Games Store is releasing all Kingdom Hearts games (across various collections) for the PC on March 30. The games appear to be direct ports from the respective console versions.
Proposed law in North Dakota may force Apple and Google to allow alternative app stores on mobile phones
A proposed North Dakota law will force Apple and Google to allow developers alternative options for distributing iOS and Android apps, respectively. The bill will also allow developers to receive in-app payments through any method they choose, not just through the app's respective app platform.
Teclast F7 Air: Beauty is only skin-deep
The Teclast F7 Air is a well-built MacBook 12 clone that suffers from weak hardware, short battery life, and a lackluster screen. If all you want is a beautiful laptop for less than $500, the F7 Air fits the bill. Just be prepared to test your patience.
The Expanscape Aurora 7 laptop prototype packs seven screens into one laptop body
Eat your heart out, Razer Project Valerie. The Expanscape Aurora 7 is a laptop prototype that boasts an insane seven screens that fold out from every nook and cranny of the lid and chassis.
Terraria co-creator scoffs at Stadia, cancels port after getting locked out of Google accounts
Andrew Spinks, a co-creator of the popular platformer Terraria, took to Twitter today to blast Google for failing to provide help with his locked Google accounts. Spinks' YouTube, Gmail, Drive, and other Google services have been locked for three weeks. As a result of what he claims is a lack of support from Google, Spinks also announced that the Stadia version of Terraria has been canceled.
Teclast F7 Air Laptop Review
The Teclast F7 Air is a sleek and well-crafted laptop that is sure to turn heads. However, the low-powered processor, mediocre keyboard, and lackluster trackpad leave room for improvement.
Retro gamers restore Super Mario World's (SNES) soundtrack with uncompressed, lossless audio
The original soundtrack of the SNES classic Super Mario World is immediately recognizable to many retro gamers, but some fans of the title have gone a step further. Using data from the massive Nintendo leak last year, they have recreated uncompressed and lossless versions of the game's original soundtrack. Take a listen below.
BioWare announces minimum specs for Mass Effect Legendary Edition
EA has released the minimum and recommended system requirements for Mass Effect Legendary Edition. While the minimum specs are reasonable, the recommended hardware may be hard to come by for those that don't already have it.
The Raspberry Pi Pico is a new $4 microcontroller board powered by a custom chip
The Raspberry Pi Pico is a tiny microcontroller board powered by the Raspberry Pi Foundation's custom RP2040 microcontroller chip. The board is similar to an Arduino in that it is designed for simple and specific electronics projects or as a complimentary board to the Raspberry Pi.
Samsung announces Tab Active3 ruggedized Android tablet with removable battery
Samsung's new Android 10 tablet, the Tab Active3, is a ruggedized 8-inch device with a user-removable battery, a FHD+ (1920x1200) touchscreen, S-Pen support, and support for wireless DeX.
Asus revamps ExpertBook B9 with Intel vPro, 11th Gen Tiger Lake, and Intel Evo, all in the lightest business laptop on the market
Asus has upgraded its ultralight ExpertBook B9 line of business laptops. The new ExpertBook B9450CEA features Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core i7 CPUs, Intel vPro, and are Intel Evo certified.
The Asus BR1100 is a rugged 11.6-inch laptop designed for learning
The Asus BR1100 is a new ruggedized convertible designed for the education market. In addition to features typical of a ruggedized school notebook (e.g., a rubberized bumper), the BR1100 includes an active stylus that can detect up to 4096 levels of pressure. The laptop can charge the stylus for up to 45 minutes of use in just 15 seconds.
Asus introduces three new 4K 144 Hz monitors with HDMI 2.1 and an ultrafast WQHD 240 Hz display for gamers
Asus unveiled three new 4k monitors with HDMI 2.1 and support for gaming at 3840x2160 144 Hz. The company also announced a 1440p display with a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time.
Asus shows off 14-inch and 32-inch ProArt displays for creatives alongside a 15.6-inch portable monitor for professionals on the go
Asus announced two new ProArt displays, one of which is a portable 14-inch touchscreen monitor. This little display also has hotkeys and a physical dial for use with Adobe software. Asus also released a 15.6-inch portable monitor for business users.
Dell refreshes Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 with the latest from AMD and Nvidia
The new Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 desktop PC brings Ryzen 5000 series CPUs to Alienware's desktop family. The machine can be configured with a number of AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs as well as the newest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.
HP announces two new USB-C monitors for enterprise customers
HP's new E24u G4 and E27u G4 USB-C monitors allow users to connect their device to a display via a single USB-C cable. This same USB-C cable can also charge the connected device and allows use of a four-port USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 hub.
Schlep your silicon stuff in sustainable style with HP's Renew travel bags, made from up to 97% recycled material
HP announced two new bag options for conservation-minded commuters. The HP Renew Travel Backpack and Renew Travel Bag are made from 72% and 97% recycled material, respectively.
HP's M-Series FHD monitors are the world's first Eyesafe certified displays made from recycled plastic
HP's new M24f, M27f, and M32f Full HD monitors are the first Eyesafe certified displays to be made from recycled plastic that would otherwise be in the ocean. Of the 85% recycled material, 5% comes from ocean-bound plastics.
Apple App Store customers spend almost US$2 billion over Christmas week, $540 million on New Year's Day alone
Apple App Store users spent a record US$540 million on New Year's Day, capping off a week that saw total App Store spending of $1.8 billion. The App Store continues to be one of Apple's most successful lines of business; since its inception, developers have earned over $200 billion and Apple has earned an estimated $85 billion over the past 12 years.
Acer shows off several new monitors, including the XV28 with HDMI 2.1 and 4K 144 Hz
Acer shared details on three new gaming monitors at CES 2021 today. The Nitro XV282K KV will be one of the first monitors to bring HDMI 2.1 to desktops, as well as 4K 144 Hz. The other monitors also offer high resolutions with high refresh rates, but they cost a pretty penny.
Dell's new Premier wireless keyboard and mouse can connect to up to three devices at once
Dell's new Premier wireless keyboard and mouse allow users to connect the peripherals to up to three separate devices at once. Dedicated buttons on the peripherals make switching between connected devices simple.
Dell announces OptiPlex 7090 Ultra, a zero-footprint desktop module that fits into a monitor stand
Dell has unveiled the next step in its unique solution to a key problem of all-in-one PCs: upgradeability. The new Dell OptiPlex 7090 Ultra is an iteration on 2019's OptiPlex7070 ultra, a tiny flat desktop designed to fit into a monitor stand. The new OptiPlex 7090 Ultra brings 11th Gen Intel CPUs, Intel's Iris Xe Graphics, and more to the form factor.
AMD briefly passes Intel in desktop CPU market share for first time in 15 years, according to PassMark
According to PassMark's CPU usage data, which measures the percentage of CPUs running the company's benchmarks by brand, AMD briefly overtook Intel in total Desktop CPU usage share. However, this victory was short-lived. Intel also continues to dominate in the laptop and server arenas, according to PassMark's data.
Eve Spectrum Gaming Monitor (4K, 144 Hz) First Look
Eve's Spectrum gaming monitor has generated a lot of buzz in the gaming community. The gaming monitor aims to bring high resolutions (up to 4K) and high refresh rates (up to 240 Hz) at a reasonable price. While the company has a spotty track record when it comes to final delivery, pre-production units show a lot of promise. Based on early models, the Spectrum could be one of the best gaming monitors in 2021...provided Eve fulfills existing and future orders.
DFI GHF51 Single-Board Computer Hands-On
The DFI GHF51 is a well-built single-board computer for enterprise use that offers a decent amount of features. The cornerstone of the board is the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, a capable little chip that is stable and powerful enough for long-term industrial use. However, some shortcomings should be noted as it may be too limited for some applications.
Audeze Mobius Gaming Headset Hands-on
The Audeze Mobius Gaming Headset is one of the best gaming headsets in the sub-$500 range. The headphones offer crisp audio and loads of features. The headset is heavy and expensive, but these are worthwhile costs considering all the positives.
Founder of Cydia, the jailbroken iOS app store, files suit against Apple for anti-competitive behavior
Jay Freeman, the developer of the Cydia app store, has filed suit against Apple for monopolistic practices that have shut alternative app distribution methods out of iOS. If Freeman wins this suit, it could force Apple to allow and support alternative app installation methods for iOS.
CD Projekt Red loses 29% in stock value during Cyberpunk 2077 launch
Despite an overall strong launch of the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red has lost almost a third of its stock price over the past week. While Cyberpunk 2077 has largely been a financial and critical success, concerns about the game's bugs and glitches have contributed to a 29% erosion of the company's market value.
Gamers can face frustration once again with Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection on the Nintendo Switch
Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection is a remake of the Capcom arcade classic. The title, which has a nice graphical overhaul and some new features, maintains the original's infamous difficulty. The title will release for the Nintendo Switch in February 2021.
Over US$330k worth of MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs stolen in China
Thieves in China have nicked CN¥2.2 million (~US$336,700) worth of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs from an MSI factory, according to reports from Chinese news outlets and social media. This translates to about 225 graphics cards.
You may need to buy a new hard drive to install Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
The upcoming Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond requires a beefy rig to play, including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, an Intel Core i7-9700K, and at least 16 GB of RAM. However, the most insane spec needed to run the game is a minimum of 170 GB of SSD storage.
Apple's M1 roadmap targets 2022 for independence from Intel, includes 32-core M1 monster
Apple's future plans for its M1 silicon include dumping Intel Macs entirely and pushing the hardware to the high-end Mac Pro, culminating in a 32-core M1 Mac Pro sometime in 2022.
Emulation developers show off PlayStation 2 games running on Xbox Series S
LibRetro, the developers behind the popular Retro Arch emulator, have added a PS2 core based on the PCSX2 emulator. This core was recently added to the UWP version of Retro Arch, which can be loaded onto the Xbox Series S. While performance isn't perfect, many titles run smoothly with minimal problems.
Developer manages to run Windows ARM64 on M1 MacBook; performance destroys Surface Pro X
An intrepid developer has successfully virtualized Windows 10 on ARM on an Apple M1 device. Others have also replicated the project and posted Geekbench scores from the virtualized environment. These scores put Microsoft's Surface Pro X, the company's current flagship ARM device, to shame.
The Xbox Series S and Series X can now run retro emulators through RetroArch, and performance is excellent
Retro gamers have managed to get the popular emulator frontend Retro Arch installed on the Xbox Series S and Series X consoles. Not surprisingly, performance is excellent, but considering the frontend's limitations of previous consoles, the retro gaming capabilities of Microsoft's new gaming machines are impressive.
1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear Headphones Hands-on
The 1MORE True Wireless ANC In-Ear headphones are solid wireless buds. While their fit isn't as snug as others, the 1MORE buds boast a full feature set and offer excellent sound quality that competes with the best wireless headphones on the market.
Bud Light announces "limited edition" game console built into a six-pack beer carrier
Bud Light, the most popular brand of beer in the United States, is releasing a one-of-a-kind gaming console. The BL6 packs six games and an HD projector into a six-pack carrying tray. The console includes two wireless controllers and also has holsters for cans that can keep beverages cold.
MacOS Big Sur is spying on everything you do and sending the data to Apple
Apple's latest operating system, macOS Big Sur, uses a new API to constantly send users' data (including how, when, and where a Mac is used) to Apple. This data is transmitted to Apple without encryption, meaning anyone with access to the same network as the Mac can see the information.
Genesis Xenon 800 Ultralight and Xenon 770 Hybrid gaming mice hands-on and review
Genesis, the fast-growing peripherals manufacturer, has two new mice for gamers to enjoy. The lightweight Xenon 800 and versatile Xenon 770 Hybrid cater to two different needs. Let's see how each fare in this hands-on and review.
New M1 MacBook Air smokes Core i9 16-inch MacBook Pro in Geekbench
A new listing on Geekbench 5 for the M1 MacBook Air posts impressive numbers. The machine handily beat the Core i9-9880H 16-inch MacBook Pro in both single- and multi-core tests by a wide margin. More impressively, the M1 MacBook Air uses a 10 Watt CPU that is passively cooled and still beat the most powerful laptop in Apple's repertoire.
Linux on Tiger Lake: System76 Lemur Pro and Galago Pro laptops updated with Tiger Lake CPUs
System76 recently updated its popular Galago Pro and Lemur Pro thin-and-light laptops with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs. However, the upgrade comes at a slightly higher cost. Still, System76 continues to sell compelling Linux laptops by integrating the latest hardware.
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1: With great power comes a high price tag
The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 is one of, if not the, best Chromebooks we have ever tested. However, for ~$1580 and up, it is far too expensive for a Chromebook.
Unix shell app for iOS threatened with removal, but Apple backtracks on decision
An app that allows iOS users to run a Unix shell on their iDevice was under threat of removal from the App Store. However, Apple apparently reversed its decision, allowing the app to stay up. This could open the door for more scripting and shell apps to hit the App Store in the future.
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 (Core i5-10310U, 16 GB RAM) Review
The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise 2-in-1 is a well-specced, well-crafted, high-end Chrome OS convertible. It sits at the top of the Chromebook market, but its high price tag (starting at $1580) is a major hurdle that ultimately proves to trip up the device.
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise: Chrome OS at its best is still limited
The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise represents the absolute best hardware seen in a Chromebook to date. The Comet Lake Core i5 CPU and zippy NVMe SSD make this one of the most powerful Chrome OS devices on the market, but the operating system itself is still limited compared to Windows or macOS.
Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise (Core i5-10310U, 16 GB RAM) Review
The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise is one of the highest-end Chrome OS devices on the market. There's a lot to like, though the high price and limits of Chrome OS are hard to embrace.
Chromebooks can now natively run Windows apps thanks to Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise
A new software tool from Parallels, the Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise, allows certain Chromebooks to natively run Windows apps alongside Chrome OS apps, no Internet required. The software seamlessly integrates Windows into Chrome OS, allowing shared use of system functions like the clipboard, network connections, and more.
SK Hynix buys Intel's NAND business for US$9 billion
SK Hynix and Intel have reached a deal to sell Intel's NAND memory business for US$9 billion over the next 5 years. The sale includes Intel's NAND IPs and a NAND manufacturing facility in China.
Zotac ZBOX MI642 Nano Desktop Hands-On
Zotac's ZBOX Nano Desktop gets a Comet Lake upgrade. While the new CPU brings a small bump in performance, stagnant graphics and stability issues will leave some users dissatisfied. The more powerful Tiger Lake CPUs or Ryzen APUs may better meet the needs of most consumers. However, those who want a desktop with a small footprint may find the ZBOX Nano a decent option for home and office use.
Apple announces Homepod Mini, a tiny smart speaker with a big feature set
Apple announced the new Homepod Mini, a tiny smart speaker. The device features a single high-range driver and two subwoofers, as well as plenty of software smarts. Key features include Apple's trademark ecosystem integration, including Intercom, a new tool that allows people to send voice messages from the speaker to multiple other Apple devices.
Alienware announces pricing and availability for its new gaming monitors
Alienware confirmed pricing and availability for its three new monitors: the 25 Gaming Monitor, 27 Gaming Monitor, and 38 Gaming Monitor. The high-refresh-rate displays start at US$899.99 and go up to $1899.99.
Eve V 2020: Eve finalizes design and specs of new V convertible tablet: Tiger Lake, Thunderbolt 4, 4K HDR10, and more
Eve, the company behind the V tablet 2-in-1, unveiled the final design of the new V tablet. The company also shed some light on the internal specifications of the new device, which include Tiger Lake CPUs, Thunderbolt 4, and more.
MSI subsidiary caught scalping RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs on eBay
Starlit Partner, a sales subsidiary of MSI, was caught scalping MSI's variant of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 for extremely high prices. MSI has claimed that an error is the root of the issue.
Dell announces three new USB-C P-series monitors, including a 34-inch curved display
Dell announced three new monitors joining its P-series of displays today. Included in the announcement are a 27-inch 4K monitor, a 32-inch QHD display, and a 34-inch Ultrawide (21:9) WQHD monitor. Each of these displays features a USB-C port that can be used for USB pass-through or a display input and can deliver up to 65 W of power to a connected device.
Entry-level iPhone 12 Pro will have 128 GB of storage, standard iPhone 12 stuck with 64 GB
Apple is rumored to offer the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with a minimum of 128 GB storage, a bump from the current minimum of 64 GB. However, the standard iPhone 12 and rumored iPhone 12 mini will start with 64 GB of storage.
Genesis Thor 420 RGB Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard Review: Low profile, small setbacks, good value
The Genesis Thor 420 RGB is a compact low-profile mechanical keyboard. Using Content Slim Blue mechanical switches (Cherry MX Blue-equivalent), the keyboard offers excellent feedback and is highly responsive. A large feature set, including customizable RGB lighting, macro key setups, and more, offers a lot for gamers and typists alike. However, the low profile and smaller keys create issues that may turn off some potential buyers.
Low-quality capacitors could be the cause of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 crashes
It's no secret that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 seems to have trouble with stable overclocks. The fly in the ointment could be the use of low-quality capacitors, as discovered by Igor's Lab. Some AIB cards use cheaper and less effective capacitors, which inhibits the delivery of clean power to the GPU, possibly resulting in a crash.
New Linux kernel update may have tipped AMD's hand by leaking Big Navi specs
A new update to the Radeon Open Compute (ROCm) firmware details some key specs for Big Navi, codenamed Sienna Cichlid, and Navy Flounder. These include the number of Compute Units (CUs) and the memory bandwidth of the two new GPUs from AMD.
HP debuts two new Ryzen-based mobile thin clients: HP mt32 and HP mt46
HP announced two new mobile thin clients today, both of which can run either Windows 10 IoT or HP's ThinPro OS. The mobile thin clients will feature AMD Ryzen CPUs.
HP unleashes the Chromebox G3, a Chrome OS mini desktop with 10th Gen Intel CPUs
The HP Chromebox Enterprise G3 is a powerful Chrome OS desktop with 10th Gen Intel CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to 128 GB of NVMe SSD storage. The machine is targeted at office professionals, educators, and others in need of a tiny but powerful computer that is easy to manage.
You can now play Super Mario 64 natively on Android, no emulator required
A user on XDA Developers as packaged a tool that can create an APK of Super Mario 64 using an authentic ROM file. The APK is essentially an Android port of the popular platformer, but it requires users to compile the game themselves.
PlayStation 5 price and release date confirmed: US $499 on November 12th
The news everyone has been waiting for is now official: the PlayStation 5 will be priced at US $499 and will launch on November 12. The Digital Edition is priced at $399. Some regions, including Europe, will unfortunately have to wait until November 19 to buy the PS5.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars leaks in full online days before release, confirmed to use emulation
Just days before its release, Super Mario 3D All-Stars leaked onto the Internet in full. While a leak of the game is bad enough, an intrepid data miner reports that the game uses emulators to play the three retro Mario games within. In other words, the games are not ports for the Switch but are rather original ROM/ISO files (with some patches applied) played in emulation.
HP announces HP ProBook 635 Aero G7, the world's lightest AMD-based business laptop
The new HP ProBook 635 Aero G7 is the world's lightest AMD-based business laptop. Coming in just under 1 kg, the laptop is powered by the user's choice of AMD Ryzen 4000 series APUs, all wrapped in an aluminum-magnesium alloy made in part from recycled materials.
HP revamps ProBook 400 line with Tiger Lake CPUs and Intel Iris Xe Graphics or Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPUs
HP's new ProBook 400 G8 line comes with Tiger Lake CPUs and Intel Xe or optional Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics. The laptops are aimed at the home and business markets and will be available in November.
HP's updated ProBook 600 G8 line brings Tiger Lake to the boardroom
HP's update ProBook 600 G8 series includes three laptops boasting Tiger Lake CPUs and either Intel Xe Graphics or an Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU. As with all ProBooks, the laptops are well equipped for most office workers.
Alleged AMD Radeon RX 6000 "Big Navi" GPU benchmarks leak, trade blows with stock Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
A recent leak of benchmark scores from an unnamed AMD Radeon GPU in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation may point to how well AMD's upcoming RDNA 2 "Big Navi" graphics cards will perform. While this leak should be taken with a grain of salt, the AMD GPU is about on par with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. However, this puts it roughly 55% behind Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3080.
Microsoft's Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone now available starting at US$1399, early reviews unimpressed
The Surface Duo is now available. Microsoft's dual-screen Android phone has been hotly anticipated, but early reviews suggest the device needs a bit more time to bake; while the design is good, the software is buggy. The phone starts at US$1399.
Explore the world of God of War through the Boy's eyes with the new book God of War: Lore and Legends
A new book offers a fresh take on the most recent God of War game. Told through the point of view of Kratos' son Atreus, "God of War: Lore and Legends" covers the story of the game, includes a bestiary, and is littered with beautiful illustrations and concept art from Kratos and Atreus' journey.
AMD announces launch dates for Zen 3 CPUs and RDNA 2 "Big Navi" graphics cards
AMD today tweeted out the official launch dates of their upcoming CPU and GPU platforms. Zen 3 and RDNA 2 will be the bases for AMD's next generation of CPUs and graphics cards, respectively. While the announcements didn't include many details, we now know that Zen 3 will officially launch on October 8 and RDNA 2 (with Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs) will launch on October 28.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars becomes second best selling game on Amazon
Even though it hasn't been released yet, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is now the second best selling game on Amazon for 2020. The game is available for pre-order, and because of its limited run, gamers are snatching up copies as fast as they can.
Crysis Remastered will include "Can It Run Crysis" setting with "unlimited" graphics options
Crysis Remastered, which is set to be released on September 19, will include a graphics setting called "Can It Run Crysis," which will max out every graphics option available. Interestingly, the original game still holds up compared to the remaster.
MSI's new Summit Series means business: Tiger Lake CPUs, Intel Xe, Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics, Thunderbolt 4, and more
MSI has unveiled its new line of business laptops. Dubbed the Summit Series, the new machines pack Tiger Lake CPUs and optional Nvidia GeForce or Intel Xe graphics cards. The laptops are specifically designed for business professionals with plenty of security and business features onboard.
Dynabook announces Portégé X30W-J and Portégé X30L-J, two Tiger Lake laptops that weigh less than one kilogram
Dynabook launched two laptops today. The Portégé X30W-J and Portégé X30L-J are Tiger Lake laptops with Intel's Iris Xe Graphics. Both laptops weigh less than one kilogram (2.2. pounds) and are equipped with two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Asus announces compact ZenBook S UX393 with 3:2 3K display and Intel Xe graphics
The new ZenBook S from Asus features a beautiful 3300 x 2200 display, the latest silicon and graphics from Intel, and a few quality-of-life conveniences in its 15 mm thin chassis.
Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight packs Core i7, Intel Xe or Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics, and Thunderbolt 4 in a <1 kg package
The new Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight is a powerhouse laptop in a lightweight package. Coming in at 980 grams, the ZenBook 14 Ultralight is powered by an Intel Tiger Lake Core i5 or i7 and either Intel's Xe graphics or an Nvidia GeForce MX450.
Built-in COVID-19 tracking tool comes to iPhones with iOS 13.7
The latest version of iOS, released today, includes a new system for tracking and notifying users that have been exposed to COVID-19. iOS 13.7 now drops the need for public health officials to maintain an app for exposure tracking. Instead, the system is baked directly into iOS 13.7.
New Alienware Area-51m R2 features 360 Hz Full HD display, Comet Lake CPUs, and more
The new Alienware Area-51m R2 carries over much of what made the original Area-51m great while making some major improvements in key areas. Most eye-catching is the inclusion of a 360 Hz refresh rate Full HD display. This makes the Area-51m R2 the only laptop with this high of a refresh rate. Other highlights include options for Comet Lake CPUs and Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs as well as a 12-phase power delivery system.
Lenovo unveils Tab P11 Pro and Tab M10 HD Gen 2 Android tablets
Lenovo announced two new Android tablets today. The Tab M11 Pro features a high-resolution screen and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G SoC. The Tab M10 HD Gen 2 is an Android 10-powered tablet aimed at students and families, primarily thanks to the inclusion of Google's Kids Space software.
Lenovo announces Smart Clock Essential, a Google Assistant-equipped digital clock
Lenovo announced a new smart clock, the Smart Clock Essential. The device is basically a trimmed down version of last year's Smart Clock, featuring a simple LED display for showing the time and some other tidbits of info. The Smart Clock Essential uses the Google Assistant for voice commands and communicating with other smart home devices.
Modder GingerOfMods managed to cram a Wii into a shell the size of a Game Boy Color
A modder has managed to fit a fully-featured Nintendo Wii into a case the size of a Nintendo Game Boy Color. The Wiiboy Color, as it is called, can play Wii and GameCube games, as well as Virtual Console and Homebrew titles. The device is clever in its construction, as the creator GingerOfMods details in YouTube video.
Apple rejected update for Facebook app that informed users of Apple's 30% cut of in-app purchases
Facebook claims that Apple blocked an update that would have informed users of Apple's practice of taking 30% of all in-app purchases. The update, which introduces a tool allowing businesses to sell tickets to online events, originally notified users of Apple's policy. The update was only allowed on the App Store after that wording was removed.
AMD's upcoming Zen 3-based EPYC Milan server CPUs may offer 20% bump in performance over Zen 2 EPYC Rome
According to OEM slides obtained by German website HardwareLUXX, AMD's upcoming Zen 3-based EPYC Milan server CPUs will offer up to a 20% increase over the current Zen 2-based EPYC Rome CPUs. Milan CPUs may also reorganize the L3 cache on the chip, allowing for all 32 MB of L3 cache to be shared between all cores rather than splitting the L3 cache into two 16 MB segments.
E Ink and Avalue unveil new Digital Paper tablet, a letter-sized device with an electronic paper display
E Ink has partnered with industrial PC manufacturer Avalue to create the Digital Paper tablet, a letter-sized tablet with an E Ink touch display. The new device is aimed at the industrial and education markets. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
Fairphone introduces new camera module for Fairphone 3, starts selling Fairphone 3+
Fairphone launched a new camera module for the Fairphone 3 today. The module includes a 48 MP sensor. Fairphone also announced a new front-facing camera module housing a 16 MP shooter. These modules can be purchased separately or pre-installed in the new Fairphone 3+.
American public school systems face a shortage of 5 million laptops for students
As public school systems in the United States shift to online learning in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many districts face a massive shortage of laptops for students. The shortage compounds existing problems facing American students in the midst of COVID-19.
Beelink GT-R: a Ryzen-powered mini PC wrapped in a beautiful chassis
The Beelink GT-R is a well-built and aesthetically pleasing mini desktop PC. Its AMD Ryzen 5 3550H w/ Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics offers enough horsepower for smooth streaming and some light gaming.
Official Lenovo spec sheet confirms ThinkPad T15g Gen 1 will have RTX 2080 Super, Intel Core i9-10980HK
A spec sheet from Lenovo confirms that the upcoming ThinkPad T15g Gen 1 can be equipped with either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q or an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. The T15g Gen 1 can also be configured with a bevy of Intel Comet Lake CPUs. There are a few Xeon options as well.
Microsoft Flight Simulator heavily CPU-bound, struggles to push 60 FPS at FHD on high-end hardware
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is a graphically punishing game; initial benchmarks from several reviews show that the game struggles to hit 60 FPS at 1080p and 1440p, even when running on high-end hardware like the Intel Core i9-9900K and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.
Activision drops new trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
The first teaser trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War hit YouTube. The trailer features footage from a real-world interview of Soviet defector and ex-KGB informant Yuri Bezmenov and urges players to know their history lest they be doomed to repeat it.
Apple may face another class-action lawsuit for display cable flaw in 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros
Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple for the "flexgate" flaw that plagued some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros. The lawsuit alleges that Apple knew about the flaw when they sold the MacBook Pros and that Apple violated fraud prevention and consumer protection laws.
Beelink GT-R Mini Desktop Review
The Beelink GT-R is a pluck Ryzen-powered mini desktop that has a lot to offer. Its build quality is excellent, and its performance is fairly good for a small-form-factor PC, but some small quirks and a high price tag may keep it off some people's desks.
Massive Reddit hack litters site with bizarre pro-Trump content
Reddit, one of the most popular social media sites on the Internet, suffered a major breach. The hackers, whose identities and affiliations are currently unknown, used hacked moderator accounts to post strangely worded pro-Trump messages. Many of the compromised subreddits boast over one million members.
Future Apple Pencil may allow users to copy colors from real-world objects thanks to new patent
A new patent filed by Apple details a stylus, likely an Apple Pencil, that contains an embedded color sensor. Located in either the back end or tip of the Pencil, the color sensor would be able to scan and copy the color from real-world objects. While the patent looks interesting, it is not yet known whether or not Apple will actually use it in future products.
Dell launches new XPS desktop with Comet Lake CPU and plenty of GPU options
Dell launched a new XPS desktop today. The desktop can be configured with high-end specs like a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU and either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super or AMD Radeon RX 5700XT. The desktop is also designed to be upgraded by the end-user.
China to UK: Drop Huawei and you will "bear the consequences"
Responding to the United Kingdom's decision to remove Huawei-made equipment from its 5G networks, Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming said that the shift in policy would "send a very wrong message." The decision has drawn ire from China, but reversing course may anger the United States. Either way, Britain is in a hot spot.
The United Kingdom will remove Huawei equipment from its 5G networks by the end of 2020
Despite its 20-year reliance on Huawei-made telecom hardware, the United Kingdom has now decided to remove Huawei from its 5G infrastructure by the end of 2020. The shift in policy is based on a new report from British cybersecurity experts that fear Huawei may be forced to use untrusted technology as a result of recent sanctions put on the company by the United States.
What's old is new again: new iOS 14 features that were first seen on Android
Every year, Android and iOS get new features, and every year, the differences between the platforms diminish. The recent announcement of iOS 14 showcased a bevy of new features, and some of them will look quite familiar to Android users.
Acer launches new Enduro line of ruggedized laptops and tablets
Acer announced several new ruggedized mobile devices today. The Enduro line boasts two rugged Windows laptops, two rugged Windows tablets, and a rugged Android tablet.
Acer announces two new convertible Chromebooks, the Chromebook Spin 713 and Chromebook Spin 311
Acer announced two new convertible Chromebooks today. The Chromebook Spin 713 is a premium Chromebook with a 2K 3:2 13.5-inch screen aimed at enterprise users and those in search of a high-end Chromebook. The Chromebook Spin 311 is a smaller 11.6-inch Chromebook designed for students and the education market.
Apple announces iOS 14 with some nice aesthetic tweaks and several useful features
At WWDC 2020 today, Apple unveiled iOS 14. There are several quality-of-life improvements, some aesthetic changes, and quite a few new features for users to look forward to.
Windows Subsystem for Linux now supports GPU compute
The latest Insider Preview Build of Windows adds GPU compute for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. One of the most often requested features, GPU compute allows users to run heavy computing tasks through their DirectX 12-supported GPU.
HP Envy 17t: A large multimedia laptop with a few small problems
Our recent review of the HP Envy 17t highlighted some great facets and some small quibbles. While we like the build quality and the beautiful 4K screen, a confusing keyboard omission and lackluster battery life left us wanting more.
Google cuts price of Stadia Premiere Edition to US$99, no longer offers three-month free trial of Stadia Pro
Google now offers the Stadia Premiere Edition, which includes a Stadia controller and Chromecast Ultra, for US$99.99. This is a $30 cut from its previous pricing. However, Google has also killed the three-month trial period of its Stadia Pro service that used to be included with the purchase of the Stadia Premiere Edition kit.
HP Envy 17t (Core i7-1065G7, Nvidia MX330, 4K) Laptop Review
The HP Envy 17t is a well-crafted 17-inch laptop, but its beauty is only skin deep. Some of its components are major standouts, most notably the screen. While it is a competent laptop capable of crunching through office tasks and light graphical or gaming loads, it is held back by a few grating annoyances.
Android 10 makes its way to the Moto G7 Power; Moto G7 Play update planned
Android 10 has started rolling out to Moto G7 Power handsets in Brazil. Motorola later confirmed the update schedule, saying that the update would come to Brazil first before arriving in other regions. The company also confirmed that it is working on updating the Moto G7 Play to Android 10, though it did not give a concrete date for the update.
Apple considers $330 million investment in Taiwanese microLED factory for future iPhones and MacBooks
Apple is considering a large US$330 million investment in a microLED manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The investment would be a joint venture with Epistar and AU Optronics. This investment could lead to the use of microLED displays in future iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and MacBook Pros.
Amazon launches new Fire HD 8
Amazon has updated the Fire HD 8 with a faster CPU and a bit more RAM. The tablet starts at US$90 for a model with 2 GB of RAM and $110 for a model with 3 GB of RAM. Both variants use a quad-core MediaTek MT8168 at 2 GHz and the same 1280x800 IPS display as prior Fire HD 8 tablets.
New iPad Air 2020 renders showcase in-display Touch ID and razor-thin bezels
New renders of the next iteration of Apple's iPad Air may bring a massive change to the tablet's design language. According to leaks obtained by Svetapple, the next iPad Air will feature minuscule bezels with an in-display Touch ID fingerprint reader.
Eve Spectrum gaming monitor gets some upgrades
The Eve Spectrum gaming monitor has enjoyed success during its pre-order phase, so much so that Eve Distribution has announced a few upgrades. Spectrum will now support HDMI 2.1 via two HDMI 2.1 ports, and the QHD 240 Hz and 4K 144 Hz models will drop the bottom "chin" bezel, making them nearly bezel-less. Unfortunately, the base QHD 144 Hz model will be delayed due to supply chain issues caused by COVID-19.
Now you can try your hand at docking with the International Space Station
To promote the launch of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon space shuttle, SpaceX has released an online simulator. The simulator plops prospective pilots into the captain's chair of the Crew Dragon and let's them attempt to dock with the International Space Station.
Honor X10 price leaks, starts at ¥2,299
The Honor X10, an upcoming budget phone from the Huawei sub-brand, may start at less than ¥2,300 (~$325). That would make it one of the cheapest 5G-compatible phones on the market, thanks to its HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G. However, this price is still just a rumor.
Half of Americans with smartphones don't trust tech companies to properly handle COVID-19 tracking
In a recent poll from the Washington Post and the University of Maryland, more than half of smartphone users in America expressed distrust in how big tech companies would handle tracking and reporting coronavirus cases. Additionally, exactly half said they would not use an app to track the spread of coronavirus.
"DeGoogled" version of Fairphone 3 with /e/OS now available
The Fairphone 3 can now be purchased without any Google services or apps pre-installed, courtesy of the /e/ Foundation. This version of the Fairphone 3 is currently only available in Europe for €479.90.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is here
Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa" is now available for download. The latest version of the most popular Linux distribution brings a bevy of updates, including a built-in VPN, support for ExFat and ZFS, and more.
Vivaldi browser 3.0 uses DuckDuckGo's tracker blocker
The latest version of Vivaldi now includes a tracker blocker developer by DuckDuckGo. The tool, which is powered by DuckDuckGo's Tracker Radar software, makes browsing the Internet a bit more private out of the box. However, other privacy-focused extensions should still be used.
This is Facebook's Dark Mode on iOS
Facebook's Dark Mode is just around the corner. Various online sources have been able to enable the feature, showing a questionable design choice. Instead of using blacks in the theme (like most other dark modes), Facebook's Dark Mode utilizes various shades of dark grey.
New exploit may lead to Jailbreak on A13 devices like the iPhone 11
A new exploit discovered in iOS 13.4.1 on A13 devices may lead to an eventual Jailbreak method for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running the latest version of iOS. While the bug itself is not able to Jailbreak affected devices, it is an important first step.
MacOS 10.15.5 to include new battery management tool to increase battery lifespan
MacOS 10.15.5 Catalina will bring a new battery health tool that can reduce the maximum charge of a MacBook's lithium-ion battery. The tool aims to lengthen the overall longevity of a laptop's battery, but it may reduce battery life between recharges.
Snag a pre-owned PS4 Pro or Xbox One X on the cheap, today only
GameStop is running a big sale on pre-owned consoles, accessories, and games. The stars of the sale are pre-owned Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles, which are going for US$229.99 and $269.99, respectively.
Zoom zero-day vulnerabilities are being auctioned for up to US$500,000
Two new zero-day vulnerabilities have been found for the popular teleconferencing software Zoom. The exploits, one of which affects the Windows client and the other of which affects the macOS client, are currently up for auction on the Dark Web. The Windows exploit is particularly nasty as it allows for Remote Code Execution, or RCE.
The iPhone SE 2020 doesn't have Apple's U1 Ultra Wideband chip, won't support AirTags
The new iPhone SE packs a lot of Apple's latest mobile hardware, but the U1 Ultra Wideband is absent. While this chip isn't used for much now, it does mean that the iPhone SE will be locked out of any features that rely on the chip in the future.
Chuwi teases desktop PC that fits in the palm of a hand
Chuwi teased a new mico-PC, the LarkBox. The tiny desktop looks to fit in the palm of a hand. The device will run on an Intel Celeron N4100 CPU, making it a decent choice for small streaming setups or basic computer needs.
iPhone SE 2: The iPhone SE 2020 may launch today
According to a suspect claim by a Chinese retailer, the iPhone SE 2020 (or iPhone 9, depending on the final name) may launch later today (April 15) at 11 A.M. Eastern. Several leakers have claimed that Chinese retailer Suning is prepping for the launch of the iPhone SE 2020 today.
Nintendo Switch System Update 10.0.0 adds controller remapping, improved file management, and more
The latest firmware update for the Nintendo Switch (version 10.0.0) brings a bevy of new features, including the ability to completely remap the Joy-Con and Pro controllers and the ability to transfer data (including games) from the Switch's internal storage to an SD card.
A remake of Resident Evil 4 is coming in 2022
Capcom is reportedly working on a remake of Resident Evil 4. While few details are known, the success of the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes have likely spurred Capcom to continue releasing remakes of its storied survival horror series.
You can now sideload unverified apps on iOS without Jailbreak or revokes
The latest update to the AltStore/AltServer iOS app allows users to sideload their own IPA files without the need for Jailbreak or the worries of possible revokes. AltStore uses a method that exploits the app developer license system to circumvent the potential for revokes. As such, AltStore users can now install any app, even those not on the App Store, on their iPhones permanently.
China bans import sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Import sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have been halted and banned in China. Though the reasons for the ban are still unknown, a likely cause is the use of the game's online features by protestors to speak out against the Chinese Communist Party.
2018 Mac Mini pops up in Apple's refurbished store
Apple is now selling the 2018 Mac Mini desktop in its refurbished store. Prices start at US $599 for a Mini with a quad-core Core i3 CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128 GB PCIe SSD. While this might be more expensive than an equivalent Windows desktop, the value compared to other macOS computers may be enticing for some.
Chinese retailers cut prices on iPhone 11 devices to boost sales
Online Chinese retailers are selling the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max at significant discounts. Retailers hope the cuts will spur Chinese consumers to buy an iPhone. However, many Chinese people are delaying the purchase of their next smartphone due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Firefox 75 includes telemetry that sends data about your default browser settings to Mozilla every day
The latest version of Firefox for Windows, Firefox 75, includes a default telemetry practice that sends users' default browser settings to Mozilla once a day. The data is sent via a Windows scheduled task. While disabling this telemetry is relatively simple, the fact that it is enabled by default is concerning for privacy-minded individuals.
Facebook releases Tuned, an app that gives couples a "private space" to message each other
Tuned, an app designed for couples, is now available on iOS. The app comes from the NPE Team within Facebook. Though Tuned is billed as a private app for couples, users should be aware that anything sent through Tuned could be sent to third parties for targeted advertising, per Facebook's data use policies.
Gaming on a Chromebook - is it possible?
Chromebooks are typically seen as cheap pseudo-laptops that are only fit for typing notes and browsing the web. While that was certainly the case years ago, Chromebooks and Chrome OS have rapidly matured over the past few years. Modern Chromebooks are capable machines, and while Chrome OS still has its limitations, the devices are more than glorified web browsers. Case in point: Chromebooks are now able to competently game, though there are still some caveats.
Asus announces new ROG Keystone 2
Asus announced the new ROG Keystone 2 today. The device, which is a proprietary NFC key, allows users to easily transfer system and game profiles between supported ROG machines. The Keystone 2 also includes a hidden encrypted storage drive, known as a Shadow Drive.
Asus' ROG Boost grants performance bump with the push of a button
Asus' ROG Boost feature pushes more power to a compatible machine's GPU, bumping performance by a small but noticeable amount. In addition to covering this feature, Asus also shared demographic statistics showing how gaming is for everyone.
Home office guide: Setting up a home office
Much of the workforce throughout the world is now moving home. With the transition from the office to the house, setting up a home office is a new skill many now have to learn. This guide offers the basics of setting up a home office, as well as some tips and tricks for maximum productivity.
Acer Chromebook 715: Chrome OS comes of age
The Acer Chromebook 715 is a well-crafted Chromebook that offers one of the best Chrome OS experiences on the market. In addition to an excellent case, the Chromebook also flaunts the new features of Chrome OS. Linux and Android integration are smooth and easy on the machine. However, a high price tag ultimately holds the machine back from a recommendation.
Home office guide: Inkjet vs Laser - which printer do you need?
With the increased numbers of people working from home, many home-workers find themselves in need of a printer for their new home office. But which kind of printer should you get: inkjet or laser? This guide will help you make sense of the two main printer types so you can find a device to meet your professional needs.
Acer Chromebook 715 Laptop Review
The Acer Chromebook 715 is perhaps the current pinnacle of Chromebooks. With a sleek and sturdy build, excellent keyboard, and powerful hardware, it is easily one of the best Chromebooks on the market. Additionally, Android app integration and a built-in Linux virtual machine (still in beta) finally make Chrome OS feel like a fully-fledged (though piecemeal) operating system.
Hardware isn't the whole story when it comes to console gaming: Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 5 specs
Now that we know the specifications of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, which console is the best? Considering all the factors that play into a console's graphical capabilities and its overall success, comparing specs on paper is a largely useless endeavor that ignores the broader picture of the console gaming experience.
Samsung announces Galaxy M21, an affordable phone with a monster battery aimed at the Indian market
Samsung announced the Galaxy M21 today. The budget-oriented handset shares many of the same specifications with the slightly more expensive Galaxy M31. However, the Galaxy M21 cuts back on cameras to hit a lower retail price. The Galaxy M21 will launch in India on March 23.
Steam's Game Festival: Spring Edition offers 40 free demos, starting today
The Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition may be the cure for your quarantine boredom. The festival, which kicks off today, will showcase over 40 demos of new and unreleased games, all of which will be available to download for free.
New Raspberry Pi-sized AMD Ryzen Embedded SBC coming from DFI
The GHF51 from DFI is a new single-board computer powered by a Ryzen Embedded R1000 APU. Boasting a 12 Watt TDP and integrated Vega graphics, the GHF51 will likely be scores more powerful than the similarly-sized Raspberry Pi. All that power will likely come at a cost, though.
Intel designs a chip that can "smell" hazardous chemicals
Based on Intel's Loihi platform, researchers have developed a microchip that can "smell" various airborne chemicals. The chip mimics the biological wiring of our own noses and olfactory systems, allowing it to learn specific smells after only a single exposure. Researchers hope the chip can be used to detect hazardous chemicals in closed environments and will lead to further advances in A.I. research
Apple closes all physical retail stores due to coronavirus
In response to the growing spread of the novel coronavirus, Apple has decided to close all of its retail stores. Additionally, the company will allow office and corporate workers to pursue "flexible work arrangements." Apple has joined a growing list of companies that have drastically altered their business models in response to COVID-19.
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection coming to Steam and Origin June 5
EA will officially release the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection on June 5 via Origin and Steam. The collection features versions of the original Command & Conquer and Red Alert titles (and some expansions) upscaled to 4K. Additionally, the games' UI, multiplayer system, and soundtracks have been overhauled for a modern experience.
Facebook and Google ban ads selling medical face masks
Google and Facebook are responding to price gouging surrounding the sales of medical face masks by banning ads for face masks. The bans are efforts to fight against the exploitative sale of medical supplies amidst growing fears surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
Leaked Google Pixel 4a billboard ads confirm design, price
Noted leaker Evan Blass posted possible billboard ads for the Google Pixel 4a, which is expected to launch later this year. The ads, if true, confirm many of the rumors surrounding the phone's design, including its hole-punch selfie camera and square housing for the rear-facing cameras. Perhaps most importantly, the ads also confirm a killer price tag; the Pixel 4a will launch at $399.
E3 2020 officially cancelled due to coronavirus fears
E3 2020 has been canceled over concerns of the coronavirus. This marks the first time that the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has been canceled since its inception in 1995. E3 is the largest gaming event every year.
Nintendo PlayStation prototype auctioned for $360,000
The Nintendo PlayStation prototype has finally found a permanent home. Greg McLemore, the founder of Pets.com and Toys.com, purchased the console for $360,000 at auction. McLemore intends to add the console to his collection, which he hopes will eventually go on to start a museum dedicated to video game history.
The Unihertz Atom XL is a compact rugged Android phone with a 48 MP camera
The Unihertz Atom XL is the latest compact ruggedized Android phone from the Chinese company. Featuring a 4-inch display, a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, and a 4100 mAh battery, the Atom XL is aimed squarely at outdoor use. Additionally, the phone can be used as a DMR-compatible walkie-talkie.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night launches on iOS and Android
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, widely regarded as one of the best games of all time, is now available on iOS and Android. The port retains the same beautiful pixel art as the PSX original. While gamers can use an on-screen virtual gamepad, the title also supports Bluetooth controllers.
Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the man behind the Konami Code, dies at 61
Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the creator of the famous Konami Code, has passed away at the age of 61. Today, the world mourns his death and honors his life with memories of the most famous code in gaming culture.
GOG updates refund policy to include games that are played up to 30 days after purchase
The games distribution platform GOG updated its refund policy today, expanding it to a flat 30-day refund period. This even applies to games that have been played, though GOG has stated it retains the right to review individual refund requests and deny them should it find a reason to.
Eve sheds light on plans for its next device
Eve has given some details on the development of its next device, a 2-in-1 successor to the V. The Eve community will have a large amount of say in the direction the next device takes. Eve CEO Konstantinos Karatsevidis also explained the changes in Eve's business model to prevent order fulfillment issues with the company's next device.
Cards to grid: iOS 14 will bring grid-style multitask view to iPhone
A new video of an iPhone claimed to run iOS 14 shows off a new grid-style multitasking view similar to the one running on iPadOS. Ben Geskin, the tipster behind this video, claims that this multitasking view is one of four options that will be available on iOS 14.
Facebook will pay you for a voice recording
Facebook will soon send invitations to some users of its Viewpoints marketing research app. The invites will allow users to record a phrase and the names of some of their friends in exchange for $5. Facebook claims these recordings will only be used to improve speech recognition in Facebook products like their Portal smart hub.
Renders of LG V60 ThinQ leak, showing few design changes from V50 ThinQ and G8X ThinQ
A leaked render posted by Android Headlines shows off the upcoming LG V60 ThinQ. The flagship phone retains much of the design language from the G8X and V50 ThinQ, including a waterdrop notch and a dedicated Google Assistant button. Other specs are still unknown, though it's almost certain the V60 ThinQ will boast flagship components and 5G capability.
Apple may release new iPad Pro model in March
Apple may release a revamped version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to Digitimes, Apple will launch an iPad Pro 12.9 with a triple camera array similar to that found on the iPhone 11 Pro next month, though shipments won't peak until late April at the earliest. However, this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt; there has been a lot of speculation as to the launch of the next iteration of the iPad Pro.
Full specs of OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8 Lite leaked
A listing on the Giztop web store (now removed) revealed the full specifications of the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8 Lite. While the listing should be taken with a grain of salt, the specs coincide with prior rumors and leaks. Unsurprisingly, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. However, the OnePlus 8 Lite will opt for the MediaTek MTK Dimensity 1000. Other specifications (listed below) are decidedly flagship-level.
Apple lowers revenue expectations for Q1 2020 due to coronavirus
Apple will not hit its estimated revenue target for this quarter. Citing supply chain restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak and falling demand in China, the Cupertino colossus will pull in lower-than-expected revenue. Apple's stock fell 3% in response.
Honor 9X Pro set for global launch on February 24
The Honor 9X Pro, the latest mid-range phone from Huawei's sub-brand Honor, is set for a global launch on February 24. However, due to the continuing trade war between China and the United States, the "global" launch is limited to East Asia and Europe. The phone is a solid mid-range handset.
Moto G8 Power Lite pops up on Thailand NBTC website, confirming name
A new listing on the Thailand National Broadcast and Telecommunication Commission's (NBTC) website confirms the existence of the Moto G8 Power Lite. While specifications are still unknown, the handset (which was previously thought to be the Moto Z5) finally has an official name.
Blender 2.82 brings improved physics engines, support Pixar USD export, and more
Blender 2.82 was released on February 14th, bringing with it several new features. Among the most prominent are the inclusion of Mantaflow (a fluids system simulator), UDIM for texture mapping, and support for Pixar's USD file format.
Android trojan xHelper can reinstall itself after removal and factory reset
An Android trojan by the name of xHelper has been found to reinstall itself after removal. Worse still, the malware reinstalls itself even after a factory reset. Malwarebytes has devised a fairly complex manner of removing the malware, which it says is the worst mobile malware the antivirus firm has ever encountered.
Apple to develop its own 5G hardware in-house
According to a source familiar with the subject, Apple is currently developing its own 5G antenna to better fit with the 2020 iPhone's design. While it is currently believed that Apple will opt for Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem for its first 5G iPhone, the Cupertino colossus may be designing its own antenna. This would mark the first step toward Apple creating its own 5G modem.
Pokémon trainers can team up with Professor Oak and Mew in the latest Pokémon Masters update
The latest update for Pokémon Masters, a popular mobile game that takes place in the Pokémon universe, introduces Professor Oak and Mew as a sync pair. Players that complete the game's tutorial by March 15 will unlock the pair, as well as extra content surround the Pokémon Prof's character.
MWC 2020 cancelled over coronavirus concerns
After meeting earlier this week to discuss the viability of Mobile World Congress 2020, the GSMA has decided to cancel MWC 2020 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Multiple companies have stated they would not be in attendance due to the epidemic earlier this month. In response, the GSMA has outright cancelled MWC in its entirety.
Galaxy Z Flip makes an appearance in a commercial aired during the Oscars
A new commercial that aired during the Oscars award show Sunday officially unveiled the final design of the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip foldable from Samsung. The commercial shows nothing more than the design of the phone, which is highlighted across dozens of simulated renders. Samsung should officially announce all details of the handset at its Unpacked event later today.
The Apple Watch handily outsold all Swiss watch makers in 2019
Apple's Smartwatch outsold all Swiss watchmaker brands combined by 3 to 2 in 2019. Younger consumers prefer smartwatches, a shift that has continually driven sales away from Swiss watchmakers over the past five years. Still, considering their luxury status, it's unlikely that Swiss watchmakers will disappear overnight.
Disney+ hits over 28.6 million subscribers
Disney+, Disney's incredibly popular streaming service, now boasts over 28.6 million paid subscribers. Other streaming services offered by Disney, including ESPN+ and Hulu, also saw impressive year-over-year growth.
LG, ZTE withdraw from MWC 2020 due to coronavirus concerns
LG and ZTE both issued statements earlier today announcing that the companies would not be attending MWC 2020. Citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in eastern China, both companies will not be physically present that this year's conference.
Nintendo will no longer repair the Wii
Nintendo has officially ended its Wii repair program in the United States. Additionally, Nintendo will no longer accept Wii consoles for repair in Japan after March 31, 2020. While this may present some worry for owners of older Wiis, it should be noted that the Wii has had few (if any) major hardware problems since its release in 2006.
Microsoft to release update for Windows 7 despite ending support earlier this month
In an unexpected move, Microsoft will issue another public update for Windows 7. The update, which comes almost two weeks after Microsoft officially ended support for the OS, will fix a bug affecting desktop wallpapers. The bug was introduced with the last official security patch released on January 14.
Eve announces Spectrum, the world's first 1440p 240 Hz IPS gaming monitor
Eve, the company behind the Eve V 2-in-1, has just announced a crowd-sourced gaming monitor. The 27-inch display will come in three variants: a 1440p display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 4K model with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and the world's first 1440p IPS panel with a 240 Hz refresh rate.
Electronics sold in Russia must soon have software that supports "Russian spiritual and moral values"
A new draft of a government resolution in Russia mandates that all electronics sold in the country carry pre-installed software from Russian companies that espouses the "formation of the priority of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values." However, these values are not explicitly defined in the resolution. The document is a followup to legislation signed into law last year forcing all smart devices and computers sold in Russia to be pre-installed with Russian-made software.
Rumor claims iOS 14 will still support iPhone SE, iPhone 6S
A new rumor from French website iPhonesoft claims that iOS 14 will be compatible with the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and original iPhone SE. However, the upcoming version of iPadOS will supposedly drop support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. Apple is expected to announce the new versions of their mobile operating systems at WWDC in June.
Pre-orders for Motorola Razr foldable smartphone begin today
The Motorola Razr foldable smartphone is now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless. The phone boasts a Snapdragon 710 and Android 9.0 Pie, both of which seem outdated considering the phone's $1500 price tag. However, buyers will primarily be paying for the foldable form factor in addition to some nostalgic bragging rights.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to drop pre-installed Amazon Web App
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" will finally kill the pre-installed Amazon Web App. The move comes in the wake of Canonical's eliminations of the Ubuntu web launcher dependency. Many users hated the Amazon Web App, which was introduced as a pre-installed link in Ubuntu 12.10.
Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September, multiplayer delayed until after 2021
After announcing that Cyberpunk 2077 would be delayed until September, CD Projekt Red later disclosed on an investment call that the multiplayer component of the game likely won't be ready until after 2021. While the wait is disappointing, CDPR should be lauded for its transparency about the game's development.
Mobius Final Fantasy will terminate service on June 30
Mobius Final Fantasy, a popular mobile spin-off of the Final Fantasy franchise, will end services in the United States on June 30. The game garnered fairly positive reviews over its 4-year tenure on iOS, Android, and Steam.
Life on the Edge: Microsoft's new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser is here
The new, Chromium-based version of Microsoft's Edge browser is now available for download. While the browser is similar to other Chromium browsers, there are a few sync features that are missing. Microsoft plans to update Windows with the new browser with a rolling release method, but interested users can manually install it now.
Verizon will sell rugged Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro in the United States, removable battery and all
Samsung's ruggedized Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone will be coming to the United States after all. Verizon will start selling the phone, which boasts an IP68 rating and a removable battery, for $500 in the latter half of 2020.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT: A fanless mini PC that can't take the heat
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT is a rugged but silent mini PC suited for IT deployments and enterprise use. Unfortunately, the little desktop's performance suffers under load, primarily because of thermal throttling.
Rack-mount Mac Pro now available, starts at US $6500
Apple has started selling the Mac Pro in a server-friendly rack-mountable form factor. While the internals of the new model are the same as the tower Mac Pro, the rack-mount design runs an extra US $500.
TikTok and Disney+ top download charts in Q4 2019
The Disney+ mobile app has been downloaded more than 31 million times since its release in mid-November, giving a hint as to the early success of Disney's streaming service. The controversial video-sharing app TikTok came in second amid continuing discussion over the app's potential security and privacy risks.
Indie smash hit VVVVVV is now open source
The popular Indie platformer VVVVVV is now open source and available on GitHub. Terry Cavanagh, the creator of the game, detailed the process of porting the original Adobe Flash release to C++ for release on PC on his blog. It's an entertaining read, especially for fans of the game.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano IoT Review - Silent desktop with crippled performance
The ThinkCentre M90n Nano IoT is a fanless variant of Lenovo's newest mini PC. While the rugged build is solid and the device is completely silent, performance leaves something to be desired, especially given the price.
Apple scores win in China due to iPhone sales jump in December
iPhone sales in China leapt to 3.18 million units in December, a year-over-year increase of 18.7%. While many analysts are excited about what this could mean for Apple's sales in China, it should be noted that October and November were terrible months for Chinese iPhone sales.
New renders of Xbox Series X claim to be more accurate than AMD's
While AMD's renders of the Xbox Series X were unofficial designs sourced from a third party, new renders of the next-gen console have popped up, courtesy of Brad Sams of Thurrott. Citing inside sources, the renders claim to show a more accurate port selection than AMD's.
Nintendo may release Switch Pro sometime in 2020
Rumors out of Taipei suggest Nintendo may being mass production of a new model of the Switch in Q1 2020 with a release halfway through the year. This could be the long-rumored Switch Pro, though details are still sparse.
Samsung's NEONs are basically just deepfake-esque digital assistants
Have you ever met an artificial? You will soon be able to, thanks to STAR Lab's project NEON. Despite the marketing claims of intelligent, artificial life, NEON looks more akin to a deepfake video tethered to an Internet-connected chatbot. More details will come next week at CES 2020.
Eluktronics announces MAX-15 and MAX-17 gaming laptops, the lightest 15-inch and 17-inch gaming laptops on the market
Eluktronics has two new gaming laptops out. The MAX-15 and MAX-17 are claimed to be the lightest 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch gaming laptops, respectively, currently on the market. Despite their light weights and compact cases, both laptops pack some power thanks to a Core i7-9750H and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-P.
Lenovo revamps Smart Tab M10 Android tablet, swapping Amazon Alexa for Google Assistant
Lenovo announced the 2nd generation of its Smart Tab M10 Android tablet. The tablet comes with a speaker dock and the Google Assistant, allowing the tablet to operate as a smart speaker with a display when docked. The tablet runs on modest hardware, including a MediaTek Helio P22T Tab SoC.
Lenovo wants to help you frame your memories with the 21.5-inch Smart Frame
Lenovo's new Smart Frame is a digital photo frame with an A.I. twist. The frame runs Android 10.0 and can connect to a user's Google Photos account to display their snapshots and movies. Some A.I. software in the background helps curate and adjust the pictures on display.
Lenovo zooms into CES with Ducati 5 notebook
The Lenovo Ducati 5 is a laptop made to match the famous Moto GP bike brand. Internal components are mid-range in nature. The racing stripe along the back lid and honeycomb mesh ventilation are nice details that racing bike fans will appreciate.
The Lenovo Yoga 5G is the world's first 5G PC
Lenovo's new Yoga 5G, which the company showed off at CES today, is the world's first 5G PC. The convertible sports Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx platform. Thanks to its nine individual antennas, the Yoga 5G can connect to 5G networks around the world for speedy internet on the go.
Lenovo debuts two new Chromebooks: IdeaPad Duet tablet and IdeaPad Flex 5
Lenovo announced two new Chromebooks. The IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a compact Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard. The IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is a 360-hinged 2-in-1 that is Project Athena certified. Both Chromebooks will be available in Summer 2020.
LG announces eight "Real 8K" TVs
LG today announced eight new 8K-certified TVs. The televisions are defined as "Real 8K" sets according to the Consumer Technology Association's definition of 8K. The two OLED and six LCD TVs can display 8K content at 60 fps and have onboard deep learning hardware to improve picture and sound quality.
8BitDo's tiny Zero 2 Bluetooth gamepad now available
The 8BitDo Zero 2 is a tiny Bluetooth gamepad that's small enough to fit in a pocket or keychain to a bag. The controller is compatible with Windows, macOS, Android, the Raspberry Pi, and the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. Despite its diminutive size, 8BitDo claims the controller will last for 8 hours on a charge, which should take about 1-2 hours.
Lenovo announces four new ThinkVision monitors, including professional-grade Creator Extreme
Lenovo showed off four new monitors at CES today. The star of the display show is the ThinkVision Creator Extreme, a professional-grade mini-LED monitor that boasts 1000 nits of brightness and is HDR1000 certified. The Creator Extreme's 4K panel covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Lenovo also announced three other consumer-grade monitors.
The NEC Lavie Vega is a thin-and-light 4K laptop aimed at business professionals
The Lavie Vega is a new 15.6-inch thin-and-light from the Lenovo sub-brand. Boasting a bright 4K OLED HDR display and two Thunderbolt 3 ports (in addition to others), the Vega is well-suited for business users. Despite the name, the Vega does not opt for AMD's Vega GPUs.
NEC's Lavie Home AIO is a sleek Comet Lake-powered All-in-One with Wake on Voice functionality
NEC's latest All-in-One, the Lavie Home AIO, is targeted directly at families. The AIO sports a Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPU and a 27-inch FHD display. The Home AIO pumps sound through screen-mounted speakers thanks to LG's Crystal Sound Display technology. Users can turn the PC on with their voice and call out to Alexa or Cortana to launch apps.
The NEC Lavie Pro Mobile is a stylish Ultrabook under 1 kg
The NEC Lavie Pro Mobile is an incredibly light laptop aimed at business professionals. The Core i7-8565U CPU is wrapped is a sleek Bordeaux case that weighs a mere 837 grams (1.85 pounds).
Lenovo unveils ThinkCentre M90a AIO, a more secure all-in-one desktop
Lenovo's new ThinkCentre M90a AIO adds some security features to a sleek all-in-one form factor PC. The M90a uses Lenovo's Blur Screen Software and IR sensors to protect user privacy. The AIO can be configured with a 10th generation Intel Core U i7 with vPro and plenty of RAM and storage. The AIO also boasts quite a bit of I/O.
Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Note 10 Lite and Galaxy S10 Lite
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite smartphones today. Both phones have similar FHD+ screens and run flagship-level SoCs. Both phones also sport triple-camera arrays, though the shooter setup differs between handsets.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo leaked, contains spoilers for final version
The playable demo for Final Fantasy 7 Remake was recently found within the PlayStation Network and was subsequently distributed around the Internet. Along with the demo, there were also multiple assets (including music, storyboards, and character models) included in the package.
RTX OTG: Zotac's VR GO backpack PC gets an RTX upgrade
Zotac will show off the new VR GO 3.0 backpack PC at CES next week. The updated wearable gaming computer can now be configured with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, which should greatly improve the VR experience.
Alienware unveils Alienware 25, a 25-inch 240 Hz gaming monitor with a 1 ms response time
The Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor sports a 25-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS display with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. The panel covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut and is compatible with AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync. The monitor will launch on March 11, 2020, for $499.99.
Dell announces massive 86-inch 4K interactive touch monitor
The Dell 86 4K Interactive Touch Monitor is a monster 85.6-inch touch display targeted at boardrooms and collaborative workspaces. The monitor supports 20-point multitouch, allowing multiple people to work at the board at once. It also supports an array of ports.
"Smoke" Apple Watch app puts Steam on your wrist
Smoke for Steam is a new app for the Apple Watch that lets users access some of the features of Steam on their wrists. Smoke allows users to look at their library, view achievements, check the status of their friends, and read news articles pertaining to titles they own. Otherwise, the app is limited; it doesn't even allow users to manage their game libraries or purchase new titles.
Apple may be planning to launch a gaming computer in 2020
According to rumors out of Taiwan, Apple is eyeing the gaming PC market and plans to release a gaming-focused computer next year. The rumor claims the device will cost up to US $5000 but doesn't offer much information. The rumor doesn't even say whether the gaming computer will be a desktop or laptop.
Scientists used quantum entanglement to instantly transfer data between two chips
In a paper recently published in Nature magazine, researchers claim to have transferred data using the measurement of the states of quantum particles that are connected via quantum entanglement. Quantum entanglement is the physical phenomenon in which two entangled particles instantly reflect a change in the state of either; should one particle change its state, the other particle with which it is entangled instantly changes its state to match its partner's. As such, data transfers using quantum entanglement could occur faster than light, though there are some roadblocks.
Ookla launches Speedtest VPN, a free virtual private network
Ookla, the organization behind speedtest.net, has launched a free VPN. Speedtest VPN is a free virtual private network service, currently only for users of the Speedtest Android and iOS apps. The VPN is currently in beta and caps users' bandwidth, but a paid tier is coming once the VPN exits beta.
So long Bixby, hello Neon: Samsung's latest A.I. project teased for CES 2020
Samsung is generating quite a buzz with a mysterious new project. Dubbed Neon, the unknown product is focused around A.I., asking us if we've "ever met an 'ARTIFICIAL.'" While there is little information outside of some press material and a fancy logo, Samsung is set to unveil the project in full at CES 2020.
Sony's imaging business is booming, cannot keep up with demand
Sony's image sensor business is in high demand. Even running its factories 24/7 cannot keep up with demand. Sony's semiconductor business expects to generate over US $9 billion in revenue this year, about $8.15 billion of which comes from smartphone camera sensors.
Apple's iPhone XR outsold every other smartphone each quarter since launch
The iPhone XR topped global sales charts in the third quarter of 2016, marking its fourth consecutive quarter at the top, according to Counterpoint Research. Other entrants in the top 10 global sales charts for 2019Q3 include Samsung's mid-range handsets (the Galaxy A series), a trio of Oppo phones, Xiaomi, and Huawei.
In unprecedented move, Universal is rolling out day-one patch for the movie Cats
At the request of the director, Universal will roll out an update to the movie Cats, which released this past Friday. The "patch" aims to clean up some of the CGI in the movie, which has largely been panned by critics. The film scored a measly $2.6 million over its opening weekend, a drop in the bucket compared to its $100+ million budget.
Powercolor releases Radeon RX 5700 ITX compact GPU, but only in Japan
PowerColor has released a mini ITX version of the AMD Radeon RX 5700. While the card operates at the same clock speed as the reference RX 5700, the PowerColor RX 5700 ITX only requires a single PICe 8-pin power connector. The reference card requires an 8-pin connector as well as a 6-pin connection. Sadly, the PowerColor RX 5700 ITX is exclusive to Japan for now.
Leaked benchmarks of AMD Radeon 5600 XT beat Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
Supposed benchmarks of the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT posted on Reddit paint an interesting picture. The alleged 5600 XT scores place the GPU well above Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in most tests and outpace AMD's own Vega 56 GPU.
The Last of Us Part II co-director hints that PlayStation 5 port may have no loading screens
A recent tweet by The Last of Us Part II co-director Kurt Margenau sparked a Twitter firestorm with a succinct tweet, asking simply, "What's a loading screen?" Speculation is running wild that this implies an upcoming PlayStation 5 title from Naughty Dog, possibly a port of The Last of Us Part II, could have no loading times.
AMD may soon release Ryzen 9 4900H and Ryzen 7 4800H APUs with 8 cores
Intel may find AMD's mobile offerings problematic in the coming year. Chinese forum users have stated that the Taiwanese chip manufacturer will soon debut the Ryzen 9 4900H and Ryzen 7 4800H, both of which are eight-core, 16-thread APUs. The rumors also claim the APUs will directly challenge the Intel Core i9-9880H.
Google acquires indie game developer Typhoon to bolster Stadia
Google announced yesterday that it has acquired Typhoon, an independent game developer. Typhoon's first game, Journey to the Savage Planet, is due out January 28, 2020. While Google has not given much detail surrounding the acquisition, it's likely the search giant bought the studio to develop games for its ailing Stadia game streaming service.
Final Fantasy 7's hardest superboss will soon be a battle in Final Fantasy 14
Ruby Weapon, the hardest superboss from Final Fantasy 7, will Final Fantasy 14's rogues' gallery with Patch 5.2 in February. Ruby Weapon joins other optional bosses from prior entries in the RPG series, like Kefka from Final Fantasy 6 and Ultima Weapon, Ruby's brother from Final Fantasy 7.
Mysterious listing on Geekbench could be the Snapdragon 765
A new listing in Geekbench 5's database shows benchmark results for what may be the Snapdragon 765. The SoC in the listing looks similar to the CPU of the upcoming Oppo Reno 3 Pro, which will use the 765. If these listings are legitimately the Snapdragon 765, they place the chip just behind 2018's Snapdragon 845.
The Steam Winter Sale begins today, runs through January 2
The Steam Winter Sale of 2019 has begun! Gamers can nab popular titles at a discount now through January 2. Steam is also offering opportunities for users to earn "festivity tokens," which can be used to purchase Chat Stickers and Chat Effects.
LG announces new 38-inch UltraWide with Thunderbolt 3
LG unveiled several new monitors today. The flagship is a 38-inch UltraWide that boasts a 3840x1600 resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and a 1 ms response time. The UltraWide connects via Thunderbolt 3 and covers 98% of the P3 colorspace, according to LG. Other monitors announced today are detailed below.
Facebook continues its gaming quest with acquisition of PlayGiga
Facebook announced today that it has acquired cloud gaming startup PlayGiga. The startup, which is based in Madrid, has experience working with telecoms to build gaming-as-a-service platforms that rely on 5G networks. This is yet another step in Facebook's journey of snatching up gaming-oriented companies.
Corsair looking to move into game controllers with its acquisition of Scuf
Corsair recently acquired Scuf, a manufacturer of customizable console and PC game controllers. This purchase is yet another move by Corsair to branch out into other market sectors. Corsair purchased Elgato, which makes video streaming and capture equipment, and boutique PC seller Origin last year and this past summer, respectively.
Ryzen 9 3900X claims wPrime world record from Core i9-7920X
The wPrime 1024M benchmark has a new world record holder. An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X owned by user jordan.hyde99 claimed the fastest time in the benchmark for a 12-core CPU this weekend, besting the Intel Core i9-7920X. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that the Ryzen 9 3900X was clocked 330 MHz lower than the 7920X.
Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 Mobile to January 14, 2020
Windows 10 Mobile has been granted a small bit of life support. While the mobile OS was slated to enter end-of-life on December 10, Microsoft will support the operating system until January 14, 2020. This is the same day Windows 7 will lose support.
FBI shuts down 2 illegal streaming sites, one of which is bigger than Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu combined
Two computer programmers were arrested by the FBI this month on charges of procuring and distributing pirated content. The two programmers ran subscription-based websites that illegally streamed copyrighted content without the knowledge or consent of the copyright holders. One of the websites had more content available than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Vudu.
DolphiniOS is a promising GameCube and Wii emulator for iOS
A new GameCube and Wii emulator has appeared for iOS. DolphiniOS, a project from developer Oatmeal Dome, can play some games at full speed, including Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The project is still in the early alpha stage of development, so it will only become more stable as development continues.
Several Ring home cameras breached, recycled passwords likely to blame
Multiple families have reported their Ring cameras have been accessed by unknown third parties. The bad actors were able to access the video feeds and speakers of the cameras to frighten members of the affected households, including children. Ring has stated that the malicious parties probably accessed the cameras by using the victims' usernames and passwords, which were likely leaked in an unrelated data breach and recycled for the Ring cameras.
Bug in Chrome 79 for Android found to delete data in some apps
Chrome 79 for Android has a critical bug that can delete the locally saved data in other apps. The bug affects apps that rely on Chrome's WebView for webpage rendering. Google has paused the rollout of Chrome 79 for the time being until a fix is found.
Google has imaged 98% of the inhabited Earth
Google announced on Friday that it has imaged over 10 million miles of roads and paths in Street View. Additionally, Google Earth has now imaged over 36 million square miles of the earth's surface, which covers 98% of the inhabited world.
RCS messaging now available to all Android users in the U.S.
According to Google's product manager for the Messages app, RCS (rich communication system) is now available for all Android users in the United States. This means that US users can send text messages using the RCS standard, as long as they are sent through Google Messages.
New PlayStation 5 fan renders look decidedly more "PlayStationy"
A ResetEra forum user by the name of CrimsonNocturne recently showed off some fan-made renders of the upcoming PlayStation 5. While these models are obviously not indicative of what Sony's future console will look like, they are very well-done and look more like a PlayStation console than previous renders.
The Elder Scrolls Online will soon belong to the Nords, will focus on Skyrim in future update
In a teaser trailer released at The Game Awards, ZeniMax took the veil off the next chapter in the MMO The Elder Scrolls Online. The next major event in the massive multiplayer title will take place in Skyrim, home of the Nords.
New bug in iOS 13.3 allows kids to circumvent Communication Limits parental controls
A bug in iOS 13.3 allows users to easily circumvent the Communication Limits feature. While Communication Limits is supposed to block users (specifically children) from communicating with or adding unknown or unapproved numbers, simply setting up the phone to not sync to iCloud will bypass the feature and allow users to add new numbers without verification.
Windows 10 Your Phone app now compatible with all Android phones, can make and receive phone calls
Microsoft recently announced that all Android handsets are now able to sync with the Windows 10 Your Phone app, which can now make and receive phone calls directly from the Windows desktop. However, the new feature is slowly rolling out to users.
Apple acquires Spectral Edge Ltd., may integrate AI photo enhancement tech in iPhone cameras
Apple recently acquired control of U.K. startup Spectral Edge Ltd., a company that developer AI-based photo processing software. The software merges an infrared picture with a traditional photograph to sharpen the image and improve color balance. Apple may use this technology in future iPhones, though in its current state, it relies on infrared cameras.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition delayed to Summer 2020
On Twitter, Square Enix has announced that they are delaying the release of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle Remastered Edition for a second time. The title, which will be available on Android, iOS, the PS4, and the Nintendo Switch, will launch sometime in Summer 2020.
New firmware leak hints at solar-powered Garmin Instinct 2 Solar
A leaked firmware update from Garmin all but confirms that a new solar-powered wearable is coming from the outdoor tech company. The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, as the device is likely to be called, will feature a solar-powered recharge system, a Pulse Ox sensor, and a few other features.
OPPO Reno3 5G appears on TENAA, listing preliminary specs
The OPPO Reno3 5G showed up on TENAA today with some preliminary specs. The Reno3 will indeed support 5G thanks to the MediaTek MT6885 powering the phone. Other specifications closely match the Reno3 Pro 5G.
macOS Catalina 10.15.2 released, may unofficially fix speaker pops and crackles in MacBook Pro
The latest version of macOS Catalina (10.15.2) brings a slew of minor updates and bug fixes. Interestingly, the update may have fixed the speaker snap, crackle, and pop issues reported by some Macbook and Macbook Pro users, though nothing official has been stated by Apple.
Local split-screen co-op comes to Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Fortnite received an update today that introduces local split-screen multiplayer for Duos and Squads. The feature is currently only available on the PS4 and Xbox One. A few other features have been added as well, including a change to the visual representation of remaining ammo and preparations for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker live event.
iPhone shipments in China fell 35% in November
The iPhone may be doing well in Western markets, but the handset saw a massive 35% year-over-year drop in shipments in China last month. This news from Credit Suisse analysts flies in the face of prior predictions from Apple and others that claimed the iPhone 11 would do well in Chinese markets due to high demand. The most likely cause for the drop in sales lies at the feet of policy; the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has driven iPhone prices up in the mainland, likely killing demand in the process.
Haven't spent enough on your Mac Pro? Add wheels for an extra $400
Apple's new Mac Pro is expensive, but most of the components seem worth the asking price (for the most part). But what about the wheels? At its asking price of $400, Apple is pushing the limits of supply and demand.
Apple files suit against one of the founders of chip design startup Nuvia
Apple is suing Gerard Williams III, one of the founders of Nuvia, for breaching an intellectual property contract and soliciting Apple employees to leave Apple and work at Nuvia. Williams denies that he actively recruited Apple employees and claims that Apple intruded on his privacy by reading through his personal text messages.
Sony announces Resident Evil 3 remake, Kingdom Heart III DLC, and more at State of Play
Sony announced a few new titles coming to the PlayStation 4 during its State of Play broadcast earlier today. A remake of Resident Evil 3 is coming to the console in April of 2020, a few existing titles are getting PS4 ports, and Kingdom Heart III is getting a DLC expansion in January.
Epic seeks special treatment from Google on Play Store revenue, Google says no
Epic, the developer of the smash hit arena shooter Fortnite, has reignited an argument with Google over the revenue share practices of the Play Store. Epic is reportedly hoping to bring Fortnite to the Play Store but has requested an exemption from the current 70/30 revenue split all other app developers are subject to on the Play Store. Google has offered a flat "No" in response.
A new BioShock game is in development, but it will be "several years" before release
In a press release, developer 2K announced today that a new BioShock game is currently in development. However, the title (which has been in the works for 4 years at this point) won't be released for "several years."
Apple may cut iPhone 11 Pro production due to market shift to 5G
According to analyst Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities, Apple may cut its production of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max by as much as 25% in both December and March due to a market shift toward 5G smartphones. However, Zhang's predictions are at odds with other analysts, who claim that the iPhone 11 family is selling quite well.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Nano: A small but capable mini desktop PC
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Nano is an adequate mini Desktop PC that is powerful enough for general use, office work, and media streaming. However, it's not much better than similarly-specced Ultrabooks. Given the high price point (~US $1080) and the additional cost of a display, a mid-range Ultrabook may be a better buy.
Apple openly admits to iPhone 11 location tracking, offers reason
Apple has finally admitted to secretly tracking the location data of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users. The company stated that the tracking was necessary for the Ultra Wideband (UWB) hardware in the 2019 iPhones to meet regulatory standards. Some countries require that UWB radios be disabled within their borders. Apple further stated that a future iOS update will allow users to fully disable this location tracking.
Samsung Galaxy S11 to have four rear cameras, including 108 MP sensor
Samsung may implement its 108 MP camera sensor in the Galaxy S11, according to inside sources. The 108 MP main camera will be flanked by three other sensors: an ultrawide lens, a 5x optical zoom lens, and a time-of-flight sensor. While a 108 MP camera looks great on paper, there are some drawbacks to crunching that many pixels.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n Nano Desktop Short Review
How small can a full-fledged PC be? Lenovo is pushing that limit with the ThinkCentre M90n Nano, a full Windows desktop that can slide into your back pocket. Despite its diminutive size, it packs more than enough power for most users and may be a solid choice for a streaming box.
Qualcomm: 5G iPhone is "priority number one"
Apple and Qualcomm are pushing hard into the launch of a 5G iPhone. According to Qualcomm's president Cristiano Amon, the release of a 5G-capable iPhone is the chip manufacturer's "priority number one" in their relationship with Apple. However, some roadblocks may keep a 5G iPhone from hitting markets in 2020.
Xiaomi announces Mi 10 smartphone with Snapdragon 865
Xiaomi's CEO Lin Bin today announced the Xiaomi Mi 10, one of the first phones to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Bin offered few details, but it's likely the Mi 10 will carry flagship specifications and use the same 108 MP camera sensor used in Xiaomi's other phones, particularly the Mi CC9.
Researchers develop first electro-optical processor, bridging the gap between electrical- and light-based computers
Researchers at Oxford University have developed a new device that can transmit, encode, and decode information either through light or electrons. The new device should bridge the gap between traditional computers and new light computers as well as pave the way for more efficient and faster computer hardware in the future.
AMD confirms 64-core Threadripper coming in 2020, possibly Threadripper 3990X
AMD has confirmed a 64-core Threadripper chip is coming in 2020. This chip will likely be the Threadripper 3990X, a beastly HEDT processor that will likely clobber the Intel Core i9-10980XE. AMD may be the premium choice for content creators in 2020.
Apple to change in-house testing process for iOS 14 development
Prompted by the botched and buggy release of iOS 13, Apple has changed its internal development and testing processes for future operating system releases. The new changes will disable new or in-development features by default in OS versions under testing, allowing testers to better pinpoint problematic software.
RTX support comes to Chaos V-Ray and Blender Cycles animation rendering engines, offering big performance gains
Nvidia's latest set of Studio Drivers bring RTX support to Chaos Group's V-Ray software and Blender's Cycles rendering engine. Through RTX, both engines should see a significant bump in performance in GPU-based rendering. A slew of other content-creation software will also benefit from new features in the latest Studio Drivers.
New battery cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro feature a dedicated camera button
Apple launched battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max today. The new cases feature a dedicated camera button that can snap a photo or start recording video without the need for launching the Camera app or unlocking the device. The cases are priced at $129.
Google Stadia upscales games to 4K rather than rendering them natively at 4K as advertised
According to multiple outlets, some games on Google's Stadia streaming service are not rendered natively at 4K, like Google advertised them to be. Rather, some titles are rendered at lower resolutions and then upscaled to 4K once the data is sent to a gamer's Chromecast Ultra. This and a myriad of other complaints have left black marks on Stadia's first impression.
Settlers of Catan to get AR treatment, courtesy of Niantic
Settlers of Catan is coming to mobile with an AR adjustment. Dubbed Catan: World Explorers, the new augmented reality game will be built using Niantic's extensive suite of AR tools. The game is still in the early stages of development, but more details should come early next year.
Huawei may get slight reprieve in US markets with extension of trade waiver
Despite the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Huawei received a small reprieve in the way of a general license allowing U.S. firms to transact with the Chinese telecom giant. That license is set to expire on Monday, but sources familiar with the matter claim the U.S. Department of Commerce will extend the license by six months.
Former Apple executives found NUVIA Inc with hopes to take on Intel and AMD
NUVIA, a new company founded by three former executives with experience in designing and manufacturing Apple CPUs and SoCs, has officially been announced. NUVIA will manufacture hardware for use in data centers with a focus on delivering more powerful silicon that runs significantly more efficiently than existing chips from AMD and Intel. The venture has currently raised $53 million from companies like Dell.
Several Final Fantasy titles are coming to Xbox and PC via Game Pass
Ten of the mainline Final Fantasy games are coming to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Every main Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy VII, save for the two MMORPGs (Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV), will be released for Xbox Game Pass throughout 2020.
Google begins rollout of RCS (rich communication services) text messaging for all Android users
Google will begin rolling out RCS support to all Android devices today. The rollout will happen in stages. Additionally, RCS will only be available through Google's Messages app. However, the rollout will eventually come to all Android devices, replacing the outdated SMS system currently employed.
European retailer MediaMarkt Saturn shows off unofficial renders of PlayStation 5
MediaMarkt Saturn, a European retail conglomerate, released a video showing off renders of what it thinks the retail version of the PlayStation 5 will look like. Conjectures include wireless charging, controllers with full touchscreens, and complete backwards compatibility with all PlayStation consoles. Of course, these renders are just based on rumors and are unlikely to be reflective of the final product.
Minecraft Earth now available in the US on iOS and Android
Minecraft Earth, the latest augmented reality title from Mojang, is now available in the United States and a few other countries. The title is currently in Early Access. In true Minecraft style, Minecraft Earth focuses on collecting materials and building structures. However, the title uses AR to simulate the structures in real life.
Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available
Brave, a Chromium-based browser designed around user privacy and anonymity, has finally released version 1.0 after four years in development. The browser has a unique method for upending the traditional ad-revenue basis of websites built around blockchain technologies and anonymity.
Motorola Razr 2019 officially announced
Motorola officially announced the Razr 2019, a new foldable that harkens back to the glory days of flip phones. The Razr 2019 features a traditional clamshell design to house its 6.2-inch OLED foldable display. Thanks to a clever hinge mechanism, that display may not suffer the same crease- and dust-related issues as other foldables. However, the spec sheet leaves quite a bit to be desired, especially considering the phone's $1499.99 price tag.
John Carmack steps down as CTO of Oculus to develop Artificial General Intelligence
John Carmack, the creator of Doom and a pioneer of virtual reality, is stepping down as the CTO of Oculus to focus on artificial general intelligence, which can be considered a super-powered version of artificial intelligence. Carmack will work from his home to develop machine intelligences that learn like humans do rather than through algorithms.
Intel unveils Keem Bay VPU for improved on-device vision processing
Intel unveiled its upcoming vision processing unit (VPU) for edge computing devices. Dubbed Keem Bay, the new chip offers major improvements over existing VPUs from Nvidia and Huawei. Additionally, Keem Bay offers better performance with a significantly lower power draw.
Google Stadia app comes to iOS, but it is not for playing games
Google's Stadia app is now available for iOS. However, this version of the app will not be able to play games when the service launches next week; rather, it is designed to manage a user's Stadia library. Surprisingly, the app already has a 4.6-star rating despite not being able to do anything yet.
Here's the full launch lineup for Google's Stadia (plus what's coming soon)
Google's Stadia game streaming service is coming November 19. The service will initially launch with 12 games (listed below) and will eventually gain 14 more before the end of the year. Only those that purchased a Stadia Founder's Edition bundle will be able to access the service on November 19.
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple Watch Series 6 will use flexible circuit boards for faster performance, better waterproofing
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Watch Series 6 will mark a switch to flexible circuit boards made of liquid crystal polymer. These new circuit boards should make the Series 6 noticeable faster than the Series 5 and may breath new life into the stagnant wearable brand.
YouTube changes Terms of Service to emphasize it can delete channels that are not "commercially viable"
YouTube will update its terms of service to more clearly point out that the website can shut down channels that are deemed unprofitable. While this has sparked passionate debate among users and content creators, the law concerning a website's control over its posted content is nuanced and complex. As it stands, it looks like YouTube is well within its rights to shut down channels that it deems conflict with its terms of service.
Samsung Galaxy S10 is more like the Note 10 than ever thanks to latest software update
Samsung is bringing a few Galaxy Note 10-exclusive features to the Galaxy S10 line. The update improves system-wide and picture-specific search and an Auto Hotspot feature that can automate connecting a device with a Samsung account to a Galaxy S10's hotspot. The update is rolling out, though the release timeline varies based on country.
Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs
Apple release iOS 13.2.2 this week, bringing a fix to the RAM management bug introduced in iOS 13.2. There are a few other bug fixes and patches. Considering Apple's terrible track record with iOS 13, it may be prudent to wait a few days to update your iPhone or iPad.
Apple still dominates smartwatch market, sees 51% growth in Q3 sales
Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market; 47.9% of smartwatches sold in Q3 2019 were from Apple. The company enjoyed a 51% year-over-year growth from Q3 2018, bumping sales to 6.8 million units during the past quarter. Samsung and Fitbit trailed behind Apple with 1.9 and 1.6 million units sold, respectively, in Q3 2019.
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X beats pricier Intel Core i9-10980XE and Core i9-9980XE in Geekbench
The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X has been spotted in Geekbench 4 and Geekbench 5, where it handily beat the Intel Core i9-10980XE and Core i9-9980XE, respectively. Considering the 3950X has beat these same CPUs in other benchmarks, it's likely that AMD's latest HEDT monster is more than capable of beating Intel's HEDT offerings.
OnePlus 8 Pro may have a 120Hz display
A new rumor claims that the OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a 120Hz display. While this rumor comes seemingly out of left field, it's not out of the question for OnePlus to continue to push high-refresh rate displays in its handsets. Considering the success of the OnePlus 7 Pro's 90Hz panel, a 120Hz display may give the OnePlus 8 Pro the edge it needs over the competition.
Six more titles come to Apple Arcade
Six more games are now available for mobile devices through the Apple Arcade service. The monthly subscription service is fast approaching its goal of offering over 100 high-quality games for $5/month.
Dynabook Tecra X50: Killer style, weak battery
Our recent review of the Tecra X50 from Dynabook showed the sleek business Ultrabook to be quite the looker with little substance. Disappointing performance topped off with poor battery life leaves the Dynabook Tecra X50 wanting. There are much better options available.
Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure
Pokémon GO will be getting a live AR multiplayer feature sometime soon. Currently called "Buddy Adventure," the feature will allow two players to interact with each other's Buddy Pokémon in real-time through their smartphone cameras. The feature is based on developer Niantic's real-time AR networking technology.
The Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatch lasts 2 weeks on a charge thanks to its E Ink display
The Fossil Hybrid HR is a new hybrid smartwatch that mixed the traditional face and hands of a mechanical watch with an E Ink display for notification and fitness tracking information. The watch runs proprietary software rather than Wear OS, limiting the feature set. However, the Hybrid HR can still sync with Google Fit for fitness tracking.
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, hits 50 million daily searches
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused Google alternative, hit 50 million unique searches on November 4. This is a huge milestone that marks the continued growth for the private search engine. DuckDuckGo does not track user browsing history, relying solely on keyword frequency to improve its search results without intruding in its users' lives.
Apple seeds first developer beta of iOS 13.3
Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 13.3 yesterday. While the update seems to fix the RAM management issues discovered in iOS 13.2, it offers little else. In fact, a new bug in the iOS 13.3 beta disallows the use of Beats Solo Pro headphones; an iPhone running iOS 13.3 Beta 1 will not recognize the headphones at all.
Hackers target legacy Windows PCs to mine crypto via BlueKeep exploit
A security researcher discovered the first worm to take advantage of the BlueKeep in older versions of Windows exploit disclosed earlier this year. Machine running Windows 7 and below have a critical security flaw that can allow attackers full access. This attack installed a Monero cryptocurrency miner without tripping any flags other than high CPU usage. Considering the number of organizations and government agencies that still rely on legacy Windows machines, BlueKeep could turn out to be a much larger threat than many realize.
Dynabook Tecra X50 Laptop Review: A light Ultrabook with light endurance
The Tecra is back under a new name. The Dynabook Tecra X50 retains much of the Tecra flair for thinness but ultimately falls flat. While the X50 is a competent machine overall, it is priced far too high for what it offers.
Dell's latest UltraSharp 4K monitor makes calibration a snap with its pop-up colorimeter
Dell announced a new professional grade monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor features a 4K resolution at 27-inches, full AdobeRGB color coverage, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a pop-up colorimeter. The monitors will be priced at $2000 and will be available January 15th.
The new Chromium-based Edge browser is set to launch January 15th
The new Chromium-based Edge is coming January 15th, per Microsoft's blog. In addition to a snazzy new logo, the updated Edge will be based on Chromium to improve website compatibility and security. Bing is also getting a few tweaks for business clients to make searching for people in a corporation easier, among other improvements.
November 2019 Android security update now available for Pixel phones, but not the original Pixel
The November 2019 security updates for Android are now available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the Essential Phone. Noticeably absent from this list are the original Pixel and Pixel XL, which are no longer supported by Google. This security update includes several feature improvements, including at least part of the promised fix for the Pixel 4's 90 Hz display woes.
Rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro may use AMD 5500M
A recent claim made by a MacRumors contributor states that macOS 10.15.1 Catalina contains a string of code referencing the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M. This statement has kicked off rumors that the long-speculated 16-inch MacBook Pro will feature the latest mobile GPU from AMD.
Two classic Disney games released for Nintendo Switch with lots of new features
Nintendo released two classic Disney games for the Switch yesterday. The 16-bit versions of Aladdin and The Lion King can be downloaded in a Disney Classic Games bundle. The bundle also includes alternate versions of the games (e.g., the Game Gear and Game Boy ports) as well as a ton of bonus content. The bundle is available from the Nintendo eShop for $30.
Mario Kart Tour finishes first month with 123.9 million downloads
Super Mario Kart is off to a phenomenal start. The mobile racing game hit 123.9 million downloads in its first month on the market, making it the most downloaded Nintendo smartphone game in its first month. However, total revenue pales in comparison to Fire Emblem Heroes, possibly because of Mario Kart Tour's controversial subscription system.
PlayStation 4 becomes second best-selling console of all time
Sony's PlayStation 4 catapulted past the original PlayStation and Nintendo Wii in sales this quarter. To date, the console has sold 102.8 million units, making it the second best-selling home console in history. Sony's PlayStation 2 still holds the crown at 155 million units.
Samsung shows off clamshell-styled foldable phone concept
At Samsung's developer conference, the Korean colossus showed off a new foldable form factor concept. The concept video showed a foldable display that opened vertically, just like a classic flip phone. This design seems to be gaining traction; if Motorola's rumored RAZR foldable is any metric to go by, clamshell foldables may be the future for flexible display phones.
A new Moto 360 smartwatch is coming, but not from Motorola
A new Moto 360 smartwatch was unveiled today, but it won't be made by Motorola. Rather, a company called eBuyNow has purchased the rights to the Moto 360 brand and will manufacture the new smartwatch. The Moto 360 3rd generation will be available for preorder in November and in stores in December for US $350.
Razer's Junglecat controller turns your Android phone into a Switch
The Razer Junglecat is an Android Bluetooth controller that attaches two thumbsticks to either side of a gamer's phone. However, this orientation is only compatible with a handful of devices. The Junglecat can be used as a standalone controller for other Android phones and PCs. The Junglecat is available for US $100.
Apple pulls iOS 13.2 after multiple reports of bricked HomePod smart speakers
Do not install iOS 13.2. If you have a HomePod and have installed iOS 13.2, DO NOT RESET YOUR HOMEPOD. Multiple users are reporting that iOS 13.2, released yesterday, bricked their HomePod smart speakers. Apple has since pulled the update.
iOS 13.2 released, bringing Deep Fusion, new emoji, and more
Apple launched iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 today. The update brings 60 new emoji, the ability to opt-out of sharing Siri interactions with Apple, and Apple's Deep Fusion image processing technology for the iPhone 11 family of smartphones. However, given prior iOS 13 updates, it may be wise to wait on this one.
Apple announces AirPods Pro: New design, higher price
Apple unveiled its new AirPods Pro wireless earbuds earlier today. The buds feature a new design and active noise cancellation. However, the $249 price tag is significantly higher ($90) than the current AirPods'. AirPods Pro will be available for purchase starting October 30th.
Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands may appear at BlizzCon this week
BlizzCon, which starts this Friday, may have a few surprises in store for Overwatch and World of Warcraft fans. Citing inside sources, ESPN claims that Overwatch 2 will be announced at the convention. The next expansion for World of Warcraft, dubbed Shadowlands, may also make an appearance.
Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding coming to PC early summer 2020
Earlier today, Kojima Productions announced that its hotly anticipated title Death Stranding will come to PC in the early summer of 2020. The game is slated for a PS4 release on November 8th of this year. Considering the impressive motion capture and model details in the game, it's likely the title will require high-end hardware to run at full settings.
LG G Pad 5 Android tablet appears on Geekbench, uses three-year-old Snapdragon 821
The LG G Pad 5 appeared on Geekbench yesterday, but the scores suggest old silicon. The Geekbench post lists a quad-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 2.19 GHz, suggesting the Snapdragon 821 speculated by earlier rumors. The scores are in line with other Snapdragon 821-equipped devices, meaning the G Pad 5 would be using a three-year-old chip.
Bitcoin plummets after quantum supremacy, rallies to end month higher
Bitcoin had a wild ride this week. After dipping over 6% on Wednesday, the cryptocurrency rallied about 30% to finish the week 18% higher. Bitcoin is up over 50% since last October. The most likely causes of the swings this week involved Google's quantum computing success and Facebook's failures with Libra.
Google's printable Paper Phone aims to provide the smartphone experience without the smartphone
Paper Phone is an app that allows users to select certain features or information from their smartphones and print it on a piece of paper to carry around. Users can select contact information, maps, simple games, guides, and a list of appointments or tasks, among other things.
Trojan malware found in 17 apps on Apple App Store
Wandera, a security research firm, has found malware in 17 apps on the Apple App Store. The apps use a clicker trojan module to generate fraudulent web traffic in the background, likely to pump up ad revenue for specific websites. The apps passed through Apple's stringent review process because they connected to a remote server to execute the fraudulent activity rather than having malware embedded directly in their code.
Canon announced EOS-1DX Mk III pro DSLR camera: 4K60p, 16fps burst shots, and more
Canon announced the EOS-1D X Mark III, the latest and greatest flagship DSLR from the Japanese camera colossus. The 1D X Mark III is the best of Canon's crop, boasting 16 fps bursts for five times longer than the 1D X Mark II, 4K video at 60 fps, and support for the new HEIF image format. No word yet on pricing or availability.
Firmware update bricks Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers
A firmware update pushed out to Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers earlier this month has been bricking devices, leaving them completely unresponsive. Google has acknowledged the problem and promised a resolution in the near future. Unfortunately, the tech giant is apparently not replacing out-of-warranty devices.
Disney streaming service, Disney+, doesn't work on Linux... yet
A Linux user has discovered that Disney+, Disney's new streaming service, doesn't work on his Fedora machine. The problem lies with the DRM used by Disney, which implements the highest possible security level. However, Disney has stated that the streaming service will work with Android devices and Chromebooks, both of which are built upon Linux.
UK banks remove mobile bank services and apps from Samsung Galaxy S10
Two UK Banks, National Westminster and Royal Bank of Scotland, have removed their respective mobile banking apps from the Google Play Store for Samsung Galaxy S10 users. Citing security concerns, it's likely the banks' decisions were driven by the recent news that the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner used in the S10 could be fooled with a cheap silicone screen protector.
Samsung releases update to patch fingerprint scanner flaw
Samsung has released a software patch to fix a security flaw in the ultrasonic fingerprint readers used in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 device families. The patch should come as a notification to users who have registered their biometric data.
Google achieves quantum supremacy, IBM cries foul
In a blog post published today, Google claims that its 54-qubit quantum computer Sycamore calculated a complex problem in 200 seconds. The company also estimates the same problem would take the world's fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to solve. However, IBM (who owns the world's fastest supercomputer) says the estimate should be closer to 2.5 days. Either way, Google's achievement is a big milestone for quantum computing.
Huawei set to launch Mate X foldable November 15 for US $2400, but only in China (pre-orders open now)
Huawei opened up pre-orders for the foldable Mate X today, but the phone will only be sold in China. Shipments and retail sales will begin on November 15th. Priced at roughly US $2400, the Mate X is an expensive piece of kit, especially considering it's unlikely to be sold in Western markets. Additionally, Huawei announced a more powerful foldable, the Mate Xs, which is set to be launched in March 2020.
Sony announces Xperia 1 Professional Edition in Japan
Sony recently announced the Sony Xperia 1 Professional Edition. The new smartphone is largely the same as the standard Xperia 1, save for a better-calibrated display, support for transferring files from Sony-branded cameras, and support for Ethernet connections via the USB Type-C port. These small features come at a massive price increase: the Xperia 1 Professional Edition will sell for ~US $1300 in Japan only later this month.
Mark your calendar: Dates for Steam's Halloween, Autumn, and Winter sales leaked
The Steam Halloween sale is scheduled for October 28 - November 1. The Autumn sale is set for November 26 - December 3. The Winter sale will occur from December 19 - January 2.
iOS 13.1.3 update damaging some iPhone 11 handsets
Multiple users are reporting a failure of the Ultra WideBand U1 chip in their iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max after updating to iOS 13.1.3. While restoring an affected iPhone's firmware has solved the problem for some, others have received replacement devices.
Apple of my eye: Apple to release AR headset in 2020
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is planning on releasing its rumored AR glasses sometime in 2020. The glasses, while still in development, may eventually become a replacement product of the iPhone. However, a lot of work remains to be done, including the development of a "killer application."
Half of all iPhones upgraded to iOS 13 in first 26 days
Just 26 days after its release, Apple has reported that 50% of all iPhones are running iOS 13. Compared to the abysmal history of Android OEMs' software updates, the high adoption rates for the newer versions iOS continue to be a strong feature of the iPhone brand.
Sony files patent for cloud-connected game controller
Sony recently filed a patent for what appears to be a cloud-connected controller, similar to Google's Stadia Controller. This could be a controller designed for Sony's PlayStation Now game streaming service. Considering Google's heavy push into game streaming, it makes sense that Sony would be working hard on improving its own game streaming services.
Nvidia Shield TV Pro appears on Amazon pre-order page, listed at $200
An Amazon pre-order page listing the Nvidia Shield TV Pro popped up earlier this morning and was promptly taken down. The page listed specs of the Shield TV Pro, which largely mirror those of the standard Shield TV. However, the Pro model will use Nvidia's Tegra X1+ SoC and will support Dolby Vision HDR.
Red Magic 3S now available - Snapdragon 855+ starting at $479
The Nubia Red Magic 3S is a slight improvement over the Red Magic 3. The updated handset sports a faster Snapdragon 855+ SoC and UFS 3.0 storage. All other factors, including the price tag, are the same as the older Red Magic 3. The Red Magic 3S is available starting at US $479
Google's Stadia wireless controller will require physical cable for PCs and mobile devices at launch
At launch, Google's Stadia Controller will not be usable with a PC or compatible mobile device without the use of a USB connection. While the controller will work wirelessly when playing through a Chromecast Ultra, PCs and mobile devices will require a USB HID connection for the Stadia Controller to work properly. This is odd, as the Stadia Controller connects directly to Google's servers over WiFi and sends inputs to the cloud rather than a local device.
Huawei Enjoy 10 mid-range Android smartphone pops up on Geekbench ahead of release
The Huawei Enjoy 10 appeared in a Geekbench 4 listing earlier today. The phone, which boasts an octa-core processor and 4 GB of RAM, looks to be in line with other mid-range handsets like the Google Pixel 3a and Xiaomi Mi A3.
Hands-on video of the Librem 5 Linux phone shows improvements, but there is a lot of work left to do
A new hands-on video of the upcoming Librem 5 shows off how much work Purism has done on the Linux handset. While there's still a lot of wrinkles to iron out, Purism has made substantial progress considering the Librem 5 is built from scratch.
Apple Arcade adds 5 more games to iOS, now boasts 80 titles
Apple's Arcade game subscription service welcomed 5 new titles to iOS and tvOS and 2 new titles to macOS this week. The new games bring the total number of games available in Apple Arcade to 80 for iOS and tvOS and 61 for macOS, steadily fulfilling Apple's promise of 100 games available in the service.
Apple may be rushing to develop its own 5G modem by 2022
A source familiar with the matter claims that Apple is developing an in-house 5G modem for release in 2022, according to a report from Fast Company earlier today. The source says that a 2022 release date is "really pushing it," but it is likely that Apple plans to design and manufacture its own custom 5G modem.
The Mara X and Mara Z are the first smartphones manufactured and assembled entirely in Africa
Mara Group, a Rwandan-based smartphone company, unveiled the Mara X and Mara Z smartphones. The phones carry the pride of being the first handsets manufactured and assembled completely in Africa. Mara Group hopes that the phones are merely the beginning of a tech revolution that will boost Rwanda's economy and standing in the region.
Steam's Remote Play Together adds online support for local multiplayer games
According to the Steamworks developer site on Steam, Valve is working on a feature that will automatically add online multiplayer support to local-only multiplayer games. Remote Play Together is expected to launch in beta during the week of October 21. Details like network speed requirements are still unknown at this point.
Call of Duty Mobile hits 100 million downloads in its first week, shattering record
Call of Duty Mobile recently claimed the award for most downloads in the first week after launch for any mobile game in history, surpassing 100 million unique installs after its first week. Sensor Tower estimates peg total downloads at 102.2 million as of October 8th. Total revenue or the free to play title is estimated at just over US $17.7 million.
Apple is now selling Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller
Apple now sells the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller through its online store. The move is likely due to Apple's recent push into the gaming market. Considering the latest OS updates for all Apple devices (e.g., iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina) include native support for the Xbox Wireless Controller and Sony's DualShock 4 controller, it makes sense for Apple to offer the controller directly to its user base.
Intel launches new Xeon W-2200 HEDT CPUs based on Cascade Lake-X
Intel announced its new Xeon W-2200 HEDT CPUs earlier this week. The Cascade Lake-X chips offer some upgrades over the current Xeon silicon, including clock speeds up to 4.8 GHz and 18-core/36 thread CPUs. Most interestingly, Intel is pricing the Xeon W-2200 family of processors significantly lower than previous Xeon CPUs.
Google may be working on a Pixel 4 with 5G
According to sources cited by the Nikkei Asian Review, Google may be working on a 5G-capable Pixel 4. The handset may be announced at Google's Pixel event on October 15th but likely wouldn't be available for months. However, considering how new and small 5G networks are, a 5G-compatible Pixel 4 seems unlikely.
You can now make and answer phone calls on your PC via Windows 10 Your Phone app
A new feature in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build allows Windows to make and receive phone calls when synced with a compatible Android smartphone. The feature, part of Microsoft's Your Phone app, is expected to roll out to the public sometime in the first half of next year.
OPPO Reno A with Snapdragon 710 now available in Japan for JP ¥35,800 (about US $330)
The OPPO Reno A, the Chinese OEM's latest mid-range smartphone, was launched in Japan today. Packing a Snapdragon 710, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage, the handset seems centered around selfies due to its 25 MP front-facing camera. The Reno A is currently available in Japan for ¥35,800, or about US $330.
Shadowy Contracts - ambitious stealth-based RPG
Shadowy Contracts is a stealth-based RPG in Steam Early Access. While the game ambitiously tries to mix elements from the Thief and Elder Scrolls series, there's still work to be done before the game could be considered complete.
Atari VCS console (Ataribox) lead architect Rob Wyatt resigns from project, claims non-payment for six months
Rob Wyatt, the lead architect behind the Atari VCS console, officially resigned from the project on Friday, October 4th. Citing non-payment from Atari for six months, Wyatt's company Tin Giant, which was contracted to help design the console, has left the project. Additionally, sources familiar with the Atari VCS have claimed the console is little more than a generic Linux PC, which does not jive with Atari's marketing.
DOOM Eternal delayed to March 20, 2020
DOOM Eternal has been delayed until March 20, 2020 in order to bring the game up to id Software's "standards of speed and polish." As an apology, id Software is including the upcoming DOOM 64 re-release as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal at no extra cost. DOOM Eternal will also get a free DLC package shortly after launch that will let players enter another Doom Slayer's game as a playable demon.
Fedora to drop support for 32-bit Linux with Fedora 31
Fedora 31, due for release on October 29th, will no longer be available as a 32-bit install. Rather, Fedora 30 is officially the last version of Fedora to support 32-bit hardware. Users on legacy hardware can expect full lifecycle support for Fedora 30 until May or June of 2020, at which time they will need to upgrade their hardware for continued official support.
Eve to use LG IPS panel with 1 ms response in its crowd-developer gaming monitor
Eve, the company behind the crowdfunded V tablet, has finalized the panel that will go into its crowd-developed gaming monitor, the Eve Spectrum. The Spectrum will use the same panel found in the LG UltraGear 27GL850-B IPS display, which is a 1 ms 144 Hz IPS panel. Eve will announce the final design of the Spectrum on October 18th.
AMD reveals details on upcoming Zen 3 "Milan" and Zen 4 "Genoa" EPYC server CPU architectures
AMD recently unveiled a roadmap for its EPYC line of server-grade CPUs. The Zen 3 ("Milan") and Zen 4 ("Genoa") EPYC CPUs look like they will continue to pressure Intel's enterprise business. While Milan looks more like a refinement of the current Rome EPYC CPUs, Genoa may bring support for DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0.
Amazon Fire HD 10 gets a faster processor and USB Type-C, keeps same $149 price tag
Amazon updated the Fire HD 10 with a faster processor and a new USB Type-C charging port that supports fast charging. There are a few additional upgrades as well. Thankfully, the price tag remains constant at US $149 for the standard model and $199 for the Kids Edition, which includes a bumper case, a two-year replacement program, and a year of Amazon's FreeTime service.
AMD launches new Radeon RX 5500 and Radeon RX 5500M graphics cards
AMD announced two new GPUs today. The Radeon RX 5500 and its mobile equivalent, the Radeon RX 5500M, will make their debuts in various machines before the end of the year. The RX 5500M, in particular, will appear in the MSI Alpha 15, which we should get in our lab later this month. The RX 5500M should offer performance somewhere between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q and the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which would make it suitable for gaming at FHD/High settings.
Apparently, the Core i9-9980HK CAN beat the Core i9-9980H... under the right circumstances
In a recent article, we pointed out that we have yet to see a laptop with the Intel Core i9-9980HK outperform the MSI GE75 GS9, which runs the cheaper (and theoretically less powerful) Intel Core i9-9980H. A forum user by the name of littlezipp has posted evidence that the 9980HK in his Alienware m15 R2 thoroughly beats the 9980H in a 30-loop test of Cinebench R15. However, littlezipp nabbed this performance by way of a good undervolt and repasting his CPU with liquid metal.
Sucking wind: MSI GL75 suffers from loud fans and potential coil whine
The MSI GL75 offers everything one would expect from a mid-range gaming laptop in 2019. Its high-refresh-rate display and excellent gaming performance are, unfortunately, marred by some annoying flaws. Loud fan noise spoils an otherwise adequate package.
MSI GL75 9SEK Laptop Review - An average mid-range gaming laptop with loud fans
The MSI GL75 checks all the right boxes for a 2019 mid-range gaming laptop. Features like a high-refresh rate display and a per-key RGB backlit keyboard are nice additions, but fan noise and coil whine spoil an otherwise adequate package.
New exploit, dubbed checkm8, might lead to permanent jailbreak for multiple iPhone models
A new vulnerability found in the bootrom of iPhones ranging from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X may pave a new path for a permanent jailbreak method. While no jailbreak method that exploits the vulnerability yet exists, the iPhone hacking community has hailed the discovery as a rebirth of the jailbreak.
Mario Kart Tour launches, hits top spot in iOS App Store
Nintendo's latest title to hit the smartphone market exploded out of the gates yesterday. Mario Kart Tour launched on iOS yesterday and quickly hit the top spot in the App Store for 58 countries. However, the game's freemium pricing model has drawn the ire of critics and users alike, throwing the long term success of the kart racer into question.
Xcode finding quashes iPhone RAM rumors, confirms all 2019 models have 4 GB
New findings in Apple's Xcode confirm earlier AnTuTu posts showing that the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have 4 GB of RAM. While the iPhone XR from last year had only 3 GB of RAM, both the iPhone XS and XS Max had 4 GB, making the iPhone 11 family less tantalizing to potential upgraders.
Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX - a combat-focused RPG with retro flavor
Hearkening back to the early days of RPGs and channeling their 8-bit art styles and epic-yet-simple storylines, Artifact Adventure Gaiden DX is an interesting game that tries to add a dash of the modern to a tried-and-true gaming genre. While the game offers some fun early on, gameplay grows stale and repetitive.
The modular Fairphone 3 (unsurprisingly) scores a perfect 10 in iFixIt teardown
The Fairphone 3 received a perfect 10 in its iFixIt teardown. The modular phone is perhaps the most repairable device on the market; most major components are attached to removable modules, making repairs a snap. The back is held in with simple clips rather than adhesives, and the battery can be lifted out of the device and swapped out in less than a minute.
Lilu/Lilocked ransomware has now infected thousands of Linux servers
Lilu (also known as Lilocked) is a relatively new ransomware that is specifically targeting Linux servers. The ransomware has been infecting systems since mid-July and has so far attacked at least 6700 systems. Lilu targets specific file types (like HTML, PHP, and image files) and alters their file extension to ".lilocked." The ransomware also leaves a note instructing affected users to access an Onion site and pay either 0.03 BTC or US $325 to decrypt file affected files.
The OPPO A5 (2020) looks like an OPPO A9 (2020) with less RAM
According to a purported leak, the OPPO A5 (2020) will have the exact same SoC, screen, battery, and camera as the A9 (2020). The main difference between the two handsets will be RAM and storage: the A5 (2020) tops out at 4 GB/128 GB, while the A9 (2020) can only be configured with 8 GB/128 GB. The price difference is rumored to be less than US $40.
SNES OTG: Nintendo Switch Online will get 20 Super Nintendo games Septermber 5th
Nintendo announced today that 20 SNES games would be making their way to the Nintendo Switch Online service tomorrow, September 5th. The bundle, available only to NSO subscribers, includes classics like Super Mario World, Star Fox, Super Metroid, and Super Mario Kart.
G.SKILL announces new Trident Z Royal DDR4 RAM kits clocked at up to 4300 MHz
G.SKILL today announced new high-performance memory kits available in 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) and 64 GB (8 x 8 GB) configurations. There are two kits: one is clocked at 4300 Mhz, while the other is clocked at 4000 MHz. Both variants offer relatively low CAS latency, considering their sizes and speeds. The kits will be available in the 4th quarter of this year.
Android 10 released for Pixel handsets, some Essential Phones
The latest version of Android, Android 10, is now rolling out to all Pixel handsets and non-Sprint Essential Phones. The update brings some dramatic changes to the look and feel of Android; navigation is shifting to a fully gesture-based system, privacy controls have received a deep overhaul, and many more features have been introduced to make Android 10 the most robust version of Android yet.
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE Laptop Review - The best screen on a mid-tier gaming laptop
Despite some drawbacks in build quality and thermal management, the MSI GP65 Leopard is an excellent all-around gaming laptop for $1500. Surprisingly, the machine has one of the most color-accurate screens we have measured in a gaming laptop. The bright display backlight and 144 Hz refresh rate are icing on the cake.
Apple accidentally rolls back security patch in iOS 12.4 update, making jailbreaking possible
An oversight by Apple caused an old security bug to be reintroduced with iOS 12.4. While the bug had been patched in iOS 12.3, the exploit is present in the latest operating system from Apple and can be used for jailbreaking on compatible devices. On the flip side, the security hole presents new risks; the bug can be used by malicious parties to hack into an iPhone or iPad running 12.4.
Facebook paid human contractors to listen to and transcribe audio from users
According to employees familiar with the practice, Facebook has been hiring outside contractors to listen to and transcribe user audio. While Facebook claims the transcriptions were done to improve the voice-to-text transcription features of its Messenger app, the company's data use policy makes no mention of humans listening to or transcribing audio.
Security researchers load ransomware onto DSLR over WiFi and encrypt photos in WannaCry-styled attack
A new report by security experts at Check Point Research demonstrates a glaring vulnerability in modern DSLR cameras: Photo Transfer Protocol. Worse yet, the researchers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in PTP/IP, which transfers photos from a DSLR to a computer wirelessly. This allowed the researchers to infect a nearby DSLR wirelessly and encrypt all of the camera's photos.
Apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp may need redesigns thanks to iOS 13's background access restrictions
iOS 13 will bring a few new features to iPhones upon its release later this year, several of which are focused on protecting user privacy. One such update will block background processes from collecting user data, something that several messaging apps like WhatsApp Facebook Messenger apparently rely on for receiving VoIP calls.
Microsoft security researchers discover new cyber attack through Internet of Things connected devices
A new publication by Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center points out an increasingly popular avenue used for cyber attacks: the Internet of Things (IoT). The publication states that researchers discovered a new attack that exploited vulnerabilities in simple IoT devices like a printer and a VOIP phone to access an enterprise network.
System76 announces Adder WS Linux workstation with 4K OLED display
Linux laptop seller System76 recently announced a new workstation. The Adder WS, which is set to release on August 8, is the retailer's first laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display. The laptop will also pack a power Core i7 or Core i9 CPU and an Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU into its chassis.
Intel's upcoming GPU may offer HBM VRAM at $200
UPDATE 8/2: Intel has responded with a clarification of Raja Koduri's statement. See below. In a recent interview with a Russian YouTube tech channel, Raja Koduri (chief architect at Intel) stated that Intel's upcoming Xe GPU will start at a competitive $200 and that at least some models will use HBM. While it's unlikely that the $200 entry-level Xe GPUs will have HBM (due to the high cost of HBM), the GPUs are looking more competitive than ever.
Purism announces final specs of Librem 5 Linux phone, excepts to start shipments in Q3 of 2019
The Librem 5's specifications have been finalized, but the hardware looks outdated. Considering the phone's $700 price tag, it's unlikely that the Librem 5 will garner any significant market share. However, the Librem 5 is focused on user privacy and "free and open" software instead of bleeding-edge specifications. In that regard, the Librem 5 is sure to be an interesting niche device.
New video from JerryRigEverything demonstrates critical design flaws of foldable smartphones
A new video from the popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything shows that foldables that keep their displays on the outside of their case are at severe risk for damage. Simple items like keys or extreme heat could permanently mar the display of a foldable smartphone.
16-inch MacBook Pro with thin bezels, redesigned keyboard rumored to drop in late September
Rumors of a 16-inch MacBook Pro continue to circulate. A new rumor by Digitimes states that the larger MacBook Pro may debut as early as September, although Apple's recent trims of the MacBook Pro line suggest otherwise.
Asus ROG Strix Hero III G731GW Review - a colorful laptop with compromises
Asus' new ROG Hero III G731GW packs tons of features, lots of lights, and a powerful RTX GPU into a well-built and well-designed chassis. A few annoyances make the G731GW fall short of perfection, but the overall package is excellent.
DuckDuckGo adds new features to its mapping system, courtesy of Apple Maps
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has added a few new features to its mapping service. These include improved local searches, support for a Dark Mode, and more. The features were added through Apple's MapKit JS framework, which DuckDuckGo started using in January of this year. DuckDuckGo stated that it remains committed to protecting user privacy and has put into place practices to prevent the sharing of personal information with Apple Maps or any other service.
Researchers at Symantec discover media file vulnerability in WhatsApp and Telegram
WhatsApp and Telegram are popular secure messaging apps that feature end-to-end encryption to keep messages safe. Even still, the apps have a glaring backdoor that could allow attackers to alter media files sent through the apps. Both apps can store media to publicly accessible file directories, which leaves them vulnerable to manipulation.
University of California-developed AI taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube in one second
Researchers at the University of California created an AI that taught itself the shortest solution paths in several different one-goal logic puzzles, including a Rubik's Cube, sliding tile puzzles, Lights out, and Sokoban. While the AI is much slower than human-programmed robots, it gives an interesting look into how AIs arrive at solutions to problems.
Lenovo Flex 14 (2019, Core i5-8265U) Laptop Review - An average convertible at a good price
The 2019 model Lenovo Flex 14 offers a decent amount of performance considering its USD $800 price tag. While it fails to stand out in any meaningful way, it is still an overall good bang-for-the-buck convertible.
Kali Linux now available for Raspberry Pi 4
Kali Linux is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. Currently, the distro is only available as a 32-bit OS, but Offensive Security is planning on releasing a 64-bit version soon. In the meantime, security aficionados who have a spare Raspberry Pi 4 lying around can head over to the Kali Linux site and download the distro image.
Samsung CEO admits the Galaxy Fold's launch was "embarrassing"
In an interview with a small group of media outlet, Samsung CEO D.J. Koh stated that the Galaxy Fold's flubbed launch was "embarrassing." However, Koh still sees foldable devices as the next logical step in the evolution of personal computing. Koh also stated that he envisions a future of connected devices that will replace even foldable phones in a few years time.
ARM's lead CPU architect Mike Filippo hired by Apple
Apple recently hired Mike Filippo, who formerly served as ARM's lead CPU architect. While this move may mean that Apple will begin developing an ARM-based MacBook (as so many have hoped the past few years), it is more likely that Filippo will fill the role of Gerard Williams III, Apple's former lead mobile CPU architect who left the company earlier this year.
New rumor from IHS Markit points to 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall
Recent rumors from analyst group IHS Markit are predicting a 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new device, which is speculated to feature a larger 3072x1920 display from LG, could debut at Apple's fall event this September. The laptop would be a good way to address fan requests for a larger MacBook Pro. Despite the larger screen, it may still have a small case that would continue the thermal issues that have plagued the MacBook Pro for years.
Hackers attacked NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab via a Raspberry Pi, stole 500 MB of mission data
According to a U.S. Office of Inspector General report published Tuesday, a cyberattack on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in April 2018 was due to a severe lack of security oversight. The attack was made possible via an unauthorized Raspberry Pi that was connected to JPL's network without any knowledge of the security team. Additionally, a lack of proper network segmentation allowed the hackers to access NASA's Deep Space Network, which is responsible for managing interplanetary missions.
Amazon unveils new Kindle Oasis with adjustable color temperature
Amazon unveiled a new Kindle Oasis that uses a front light with an adjustable color temperature. The Oasis, which goes on sale July 24th, is still one of the most expensive eReaders on the market, starting at $250. While the adjustable color temperature is nice for night readers, other manufacturers (namely Kobo) have offered this feature for years.
Microsoft now offers a cheaper 15-inch Surface Book 2, but buying one doesn't make sense
Microsoft is now selling a cheaper version of the Surface Book 2 15. The new model swaps the Core i7 CPU for a Core i5 and drops the dedicated GTX 1060 GPU. However, at $2000, the Core i5 Surface Book 2 15 is hardly a bargain considering the Core i7/GTX 1060 model is a mere $200 more.
Chuwi AeroBook (2019) Laptop Review: A crowdfunded compact Ultrabook
Chuwi's latest laptop is the product of a successful IndieGoGo campaign. While the package is wrapped in a nice shell, the AeroBook ultimately falls short of other compact notebooks. This is largely in part to its outdated 6th-generation Core m3 CPU.
Nintendo at E3: Breath of the Wild sequel, The Witcher 3, and more
Nintendo announced a ton of games coming to the Switch this year and early 2020. Breath of the Wild will be getting a sequel soon, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will finally land on the Switch in the fall, and a few new titles in storied franchises will be coming out later on in the year. It's a good time to be a Nintendo fan.
Sony's PlayStation Classic on sale now for $30
Amazon and Walmart are currently offering the Sony PlayStation Classic micro-console for US $30, its lowest price ever. The console is pre-loaded with 20 original PlayStation titles but can be easily modded to load several other retro emulators. Sony has also cut prices on controllers and several games.
Atari VCS console finally available for public pre-order at $249
Atari's VCS game console is now available for pre-order from Atari, Walmart, and GameStop. The console starts at US $249 and comes in a two models with three different designs (depending on retailer). Walmart and GameStop are expected to ship pre-orders in March 2020.
Huawei has reportedly shipped 1 million phones with its custom HongMeng OS for testing
Despite massive business embargoes levied against it by the United States Government, Huawei seems to be rolling along. The Chinese company has reportedly shipped one million smartphones running its custom HongMeng OS to testers through China and Asia. The OS is slated for public release this fall.
You can test DOOM on iOS for free later this year
Bethesda is asking gamers to sign up for a beta test program for DOOM 2016 on iOS. The program is designed to test Bethesda's new Orion framework for game streaming. Selected users will be able to stream DOOM 2016 on their iOS devices free of charge later this year.
Sega releases full list of games coming to Genesis Mini microconsole
Sega released the full list of games that will be on the Sega Genesis Mini console, which is set to release in September. The list includes 42 classic 16-bit Sega games, exactly twice as many games as the SNES Classic Edition. There is a good mix of recognizable classics and hidden gems.
Square Enix announces Dragon Quest Walk, a Pokemon-Go style mobile game
Dragon Quest Walk, an adventure AR game in the same vein as Pokemon Go, was announced earlier this week. Though details are sparse, the game seems to have players travel to real-world locations to battle monsters from the Dragon Quest universe. The title is set to release only in Japan for iOS and Android.
MacOS 10.15 throws out iTunes in favor of three dedicated apps
The new version of macOS, 10.15 Catalina, is getting rid of iTunes in lieu of three dedicated media management apps. Replacing the storied software is Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. MacOS 10.15 will also use Finder to back up, restore, and update a connected iOS device, but users still won't have unfettered access to their iPhone's or iPad's file system.
Return of the Cheese Grater: Apple announces new Mac Pro desktop
Announced today, the new 2019 Mac Pro looks like an updated "cheese grater" Mac Pro. Featuring a massive spec bump over the current Mac Pro, the new desktop features 8 PCIe slots and Apple's new Mac Pro Expansion (MPX) Module system. MPX Modules use a proprietary connection that allows for enough PCIe lanes to deliver 500 Watts and support dual Radeon Pro Vega Duo GPUs with a total of 56.8 teraflops of computing power and 128 GB of HBM2 VRAM.
An ARM and a leg: What ARM's latest decision may cost Huawei
ARM's recent announcement to cut ties with Huawei may leave the Chinese dragon in a lurch. While Huawei manufactures its own custom processors, they are built on ARM's architecture. Should ARM revoke Huawei's ability to use this architecture, Huawei has few options outside of developing its own CPU architecture to continue its electronics business.
Is Apple's App Store a monopoly? Depends on who you ask
A recent survey run by Blind shed some light on what various tech employees think of Apple and the App Store. Apple's own employees largely believe the company doesn't hold a monopoly on iOS app distribution, but other companies (namely Qualcomm and Spotify) believe that Apple's App Store constitutes a monopoly. The survey comes as a response to a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the validity of a lawsuit filed against Apple for monopolistic practices.
Massive data breach may have affected millions of Instagram users, including some major influencers
A recently discovered hack has exposed the personal contact information of millions of Instagram users, including some prominent influencers and celebrities. The hackers attacked an Amazon Web Services-hosted database owned by Chtrbox, a Mumbai-based marketing firm. Chtrbox had built out the database to broaden their network of potential contract marketers on Instagram. The worst part? The database didn't even have a password.
Security flaw found in Google's Titan Security Keys
A flaw discovered in Google's Bluetooth Low Energy Titan Security Keys leaves a hole open for potential attackers. Under certain circumstances and with proper timing, an attacker could potentially hijack the Bluetooth pairing process used by the Titan to log into a user's account. Google has offered to replace affected Titan Security Keys free of charge.
Asus ZenFone 6 is official and may be one of the best phones of the year
The ZenFone 6, announced today, offers a unique solution to the notch problem plaguing modern smartphones. In addition to its flagship specifications, the ZenFone 6 features a rotating camera module that flips the dual-camera array a full 180 degrees. Users can also take shots at any angle in between, and the rotating mechanism can be used for panoramic shots and subject tracking.
New ZombieLoad attack can exploit all Intel chips dating back to 2011
A flaw in Intel's modern CPU architectures can be used in a new attack. Dubbed "ZombieLoad," the vulnerability is similar to the Spectre and Meltdown bugs that haunted the PC market last year. ZombieLoad uses a similar flaw in Intel CPUs' speculative execution processes to access and leak data, including passwords, keys, and sensitive data.
HP's Omen X 2S has a second display, à la Razer's OG Blade
The HP Omen X 2S is a thin-and-light gaming laptop that features a secondary 6-inch touchscreen display directly above the keyboard. While the device is a capable gaming laptop in its own right, the secondary display could be a game changer that raises the Omen X 2S above the crowd. However, we've seen secondary displays in laptops before, and they usually come across as a gimmick.
Business in the front: Janus Android tablet has E Ink on one side, color LCD on the other
The Eewrite Janus is a dual-screen Android tablet. Taking after the Roman deity with which it shares a name, the Janus sports a high-resolution LCD panel on one side and a Carta E Ink display on the other. According to the pre-order page, the 1200x825 E Ink display also support Wacom styli, which may make the tablet a good tool for sketches and note taking.
UltraFine to Ultra-rare: Apple seemingly removes LG UltraFine 5K display from its store
Apple has apparently delisted the LG UltraFine 5K Display from its online retail store. This could possibly mark the end of the product and might be a harbinger of Apple selling its own professional-grade monitor. Rumors are flying that Apple will soon release a 31.6-inch 6K display for use with the Mac Pro desktop.
Samsung announces new 64 MP image sensor for mobile devices
Samsung introduced two new smartphone image sensors today. Dubbed the GW1 and GM2, the sensors can produce images up to 64 and 48 MP, respectively, thanks to incredibly small pixels. Both sensors feature 0.8 μm pixels, which are currently the smallest on the market. The sensors can be expected to shine in phones in the latter half of 2019.
Respawn has banned over 770,000 Apex Legends players for cheating
Following up on a promise to combat cheating in Apex Legends more than ever, developer Respawn announced in a blot post today that the company has banned over 770,000 players for cheating so far. The company also banned over 4,000 spam accounts in the past 20 days alone.
Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and Colossal Cave Adventure inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame
The World Video Game Hall of Fame welcomes four new inductees this week. Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and Colossal Cave Adventure were chosen from a group of 12 finalists for their impact on the gaming world and society as a whole.
THINK: A brief history of ThinkPads, from IBM to Lenovo
The ThinkPad line is one of the most renowned device families in the laptop world. Ever since its inception under IBM in 1992, the ThinkPad brand has seen its fair share of successes and failures. In this overview, we will take a brief look at the history of the storied brand.
Mozilla to replace Firefox on Android with new browser, dubbed "Fenix"
Firefox for Android will begin to fizzle out later this year. Mozilla is moving their ailing mobile browser into an extended-support update scheme in order to focus on a new mobile browser: Fenix. Firefox for Android will continue to receive minor updates until Fenix is ready to launch, at which point Firefox will move into end-of-life.
Moto G6 Play kernel source code for Android Pie is now freely available on GitHub
Motorola has just released the kernel source code for Android 9 Pie for the Moto G6 Play. This release should make it much easier for modders and developers to create Android Pie-based custom ROMs for the handset, extending its life a bit. Motorola is one of the few companies left that still routinely releases source code for its handsets.
Android Q's Scoped Storage feature delayed until Android R in 2020
An upcoming feature that recently debuted in the latest Android Q beta may not be officially seen until next year. Scoped Storage, a feature that hopes to curtail app permission issues by sandboxing applications, has been found to break legacy applications under some common circumstances.
Six Android apps on Google's Play Store found to secretively harvest data from users
Six apps from Chinese developer DO Global have been found to secretly collect user data and send it to Chinese servers. While these apps have now been removed, this issue has once again turned a spotlight on a serious privacy problem that continues to plague the Google Play Store: unwarranted app permissions.
Chuwi Aerobook (Intel Core m3-6Y30) will launch April 29 at US $470
After running a successful Indiegogo campaign, Chuwi will be selling its Aerobook at a reduced price on April 29th and 30th. The Aerobook features an Intel Core m3-6Y30 (the same CPU used in the 2016 12-inch MacBook), 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.
Rockchip's 8nm octa-core RK3588 set to debut in Q1 of 2020
Rockchip announced a new 8-core mobile SoC yesterday. The RK3588 will feature four ARM Cortex-A55 cores and four ARM Cortex-A76 cores and will be manufactured on an 8nm process. Rockchip claims that the new manufacturing process will increase performance by up to 30% while reducing power consumption by 40%.
Almost 15,000 textures in Fallout: New Vegas get a facelift thanks to A.I.
Using several pieces of A.I-based upscaling software, a modder has upscaled about 15,000 textures used in Fallout: New Vegas. The textures have a 4x upscale (2x horizontal, 2x vertical), giving New Vegas a sharper, cleaner look. This isn't the first instance of a mod team using A.I to upscale textures; Final Fantasy VII received an upscale mod earlier this year.
Apple will begin repairing MacBook Pro keyboards at Apple Stores, reducing turnaround time
In an internal memo to Apple Store employees, Apple has instructed its repair technicians to begin repairing MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards on-site rather than shipping the devices to a repair facility. It appears that Apple is trying to mitigate the lengthy turnaround time for the repair, an aftershock of the keyboard's failure that has become a major sticking point for several customers.
Hero to villain: Security researcher responsible for stopping WannaCry pleads guilty to malicious hacking charges
The security analyst responsible for dismantling the WannaCry malware that crippled tens of thousands of computer systems (including many used in government services) pleaded guilty to two counts of writing malware used in banking attacks. Marcus Hutchins, who discovered the kill-switch that finally resolved WannaCry, will face up to 10 years in jail and up to $500,000 in fines.
Atari VCS to use AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, still has no firm release date
Atari announced this week that the Atari VCS would switch to an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 APU, officially ditching the Bristol Ridge A10 it had planned to use last year. While the R1000 will bring better performance and support for modern features (like 4K video playback), it brings a heavy negative to the effervescent console - delays.
Sony confirms PlayStation 5 specifications: 7 nm Zen 2 CPU, Navi GPU, 8K, 3D audio, and more
Mark Cerny, lead architect behind the PlayStation 4, has confirmed several details about the specifications of Sony's next-generation console. The PlayStation 5, as it is rumored to be called, will run on an AMD APU consisting of a 7 nm Zen 2-based CPU and a Navi-based GPU that will support real-time ray tracing and 8K resolutions. The PS5 will also include a lightning-fast SSD that should drastically cut down on load time.
Apple betting big on Arcade subscription service, has reportedly poured US $500 million into project
Apple is throwing US $500 million behind its upcoming Arcade gaming subscription service, according to a report by Financial Times. The service could be a big payoff for Apple; devs that release games via Arcade will be bound to a period of exclusivity before they can release their game on other non-mobile platforms. That means Arcade may be the only place gamers can access certain Indie titles, some of which may provide unique and fun experiences.
VAIO releases A12 2-in-1 in Europe
The VAIO A12 is the latest convertible laptop from the Japanese OEM. The A12 offers a bevy of ports and decent specifications, but the high price (€2300/£2000) may be prohibitive to many consumers. The VAIO A12 is available in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Purism partners with Private Internet Access to develop a tracker-free VPN for PureOS and Librem 5 smartphone
In a new partnership announced today, Purism and Private Internet Access (PIA) have announced that the companies will develop a specialized VPN service for the Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops as well as the Librem 5 smartphone. The VPN will be backed into PureOS and the Librem 5 out-of-the-box and aims to continue both Purism's and PIA's mission of protecting user data and privacy.
Run Android apps on a Linux Desktop with SPURV
SPURV is a new project by Collabora, an open source software development and integration company. SPURV can run a full instance of Android in a container, allowing the mobile OS to directly access system hardware and run apps natively on a Linux system. The process essentially runs two operating systems on a machine at the same time and can be quite resource intensive.
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme (i7-8650U, RX540) Laptop Review
The Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme is an absolute tank. The Latitude 7424 wraps a competent computer in a dust-tight and water-resistant shell that can take a beating without much fuss. However, this durability comes at a high cost - weight and size.
Asus releases patch to fix Operation ShadowHammer vulnerability in Live Update Utility
In response to the massive media attention around Operation ShadowHammer yesterday, Asus has released a fix for the affected software (Asus Live Update Utility) to patch the security holes used in the attack. The company also released a tool that allows users to check their systems for any traces of the malware. Links to both the online tool and instructions on updating the Live Update Utility are included below.
Operation ShadowHammer: Tens of thousands of computers had a security backdoor installed via Asus' Live Update Utility
Kaspersky Labs earlier today wrote about an attack they discovered in January that compromised Asus' Live Update Utility. The attack affected 57,000 Kaspersky customers and may have hit as many as 500,000 computers around the world. Dubbed "Operation ShadowHammer," the attack injected a Trojan into the Live Update Utility and used authentic Asus software certificates to install itself onto targeted systems.
In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text
Due to a security oversight made by some Facebook employees, certain Facebook apps have been inadvertently logging user passwords as plain text on internal company servers. While still secured against outside intrusion, between 200 and 600 million user passwords were visible and searchable by about 20,000 employees at Facebook.
Amazon updates base-level Kindle eReader with a front light (and a higher price)
Amazon debuted a new version of their entry-level Kindle eReader with four front lights. The new eReader is the cheapest electronic book with a light, coming in at $90. This is $10 more than the previous base-level Kindle. Other than the front lights, not much has changed from earlier Kindles.
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged (i7-8650U, AMD RX 540) Laptop Review
Rugged Notebooks aren't known for their svelte profiles, but the Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged tries to trim things down while maintaining the durability of the Latitude Rugged line. While there are some sacrifices compared to other rugged laptops, the Latitude 5420 Rugged is an overall convincing machine.
Kingston introduces DC500R and DC500M, two new SATA SSDs aimed at the enterprise market
Kingston has just announced two new lines of enterprise-grade SATA SSDs. The drives offer similar features of other enterprise-level flash storage solutions, including ECC, onboard power loss protection, and more. Compared to other enterprise solutions, Kingston's drives are competitive and look to be aimed at smaller cloud service providers.
Best of MWC19
Another year, another Mobile World Congress. In this article, we look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of this year's MWC and discuss the devices we're excited to see and those that left us less than impressed.
Latest PlayStation 4 update brings Remote Play support to iOS devices
Thanks to the latest update for the PlayStation 4 and the addition of an officially supported app in the Apple App Store, the PS4's Remote Play is now available on compatible iOS devices. However, since iOS doesn't natively support the PS4's DualShock 4 controllers, gamers will have to resort to on-screen controls or a supported third-party solution.
Ghidra, the NSA's homegrown decompiler tool, is now open source
Ghidra, the NSA's own reverse-engineering software, is now open source and freely available for download. The Agency voluntarily open-sourced the decompiler in an effort to benefit the cybersecurity community. Ghidra is a software decompiler that allows users to more easily see how a computer executes a program and is finely-tuned to be more user-friendly.
The F(x)tec Pro 1 brings slide-out keyboards back to smartphones
The F(x)tec Pro 1 is a modern take on the slide-out keyboard that was once so common on Android phones. While the physical keyboard is quite unique, the phone is running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, a two-year-old SoC. The F(x)tec Pro 1 is expected to launch in July for US $650, but pre-orders are open now.
New Dune games on the horizon
At least three new games based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune will be making their way to consoles and PC over the next six years. Funcom, the developer behind Conan Exiles and Conan Unconquered, has signed a contract with Legendary Studios to build at least three new Dune games. Exact details are still spotty, but rumor has it that Funcom is currently working on an open-world multiplayer Dune game.
Nokia introduces three new budget phones: Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia announced three new budget phones at MWC. The Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 4.2 are decidedly low-end but are priced accordingly, coming in at US $99, $140, and $170, respectively. The phones will all ship with Android 9.0 Pie and will be a part of the Android One initiative, meaning they will receive software and security updates for at least two years.
Capcom to bring three classic Resident Evil games to Nintendo Switch on May 21
Capcom announced that they will bring three classic Resident Evil games to the Nintendo Switch eShop. Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 1 (the Gamecube remake), and Resident Evil 4 will be available on Nintendo's mobile console May 21 with pre-orders opening February 28.
MicroSD cards are getting faster and bigger
Western Digital and Micron both announced 1 TB microSD cards earlier today. At 1 TB, these will be the largest microSD cards upon release later this year. Additionally, the SD Association announced SD Express, a new protocol that will be part of the upcoming SD 7.1 specification. SD Express promises to bring transfer rates of 985 MB/s to SD cards and microSD cards, although there is no word on when the standard will be released.
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 Convertible Review
Chromebooks are known for their affordability and ease of use. Lenovo is changing the paradigm with the Yoga Chromebook C630, a relatively expensive Chrome OS device that brings 4K to Chromebooks. The C630 packs a lot of power, but some compromises on usability and price ultimately hold the device back.
ZOTAC announces compact ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Ti AMP
UPDATE: Newegg has the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Ti AMP listed for US $279.99 and $289.99, respectively. The listings have detailed information on the cards' specifications. ZOTAC announced its take on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti today in the form of two new graphics cards. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a relatively compact card (145 mm or 5.71 inches) that ZOTAC claims can fit into 99% of systems available today. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP is a fair bit larger (209.6 mm or 8.3 inches) but has larger fans and will be factory overclocked. ZOTAC has yet to announce pricing and availability.
Bowser takes over Nintendo: Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime to retire, Doug Bowser named as new President
Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, announced that he will retire from the company on April 15. Doug Bowser, currently the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will step up as the new President upon Fils-Aime's retirement. Fils-Aime oversaw one of the most successful periods of Nintendo's life and managed the launches of the Nintendo DS, 3DS, Wii, and Switch.
Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ now official
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are now official and boast quite the feature set. We've known about most of these features thanks to the bevy of rumors and leaks that have been floating around the Internet for months, but the devices look to be respectable upgrades over the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Both phones feature triple-camera setups, in-display fingerprint sensor, and reverse wireless charging, among others. However, the phones come with a hefty price tag, starting at $900 and $1000, respectively.
Logitech to bring back "legendary" Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse
Logitech announced today that it will reboot the classic Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse. Hailed in its day as one of the best gaming mice available, the MX518 is fondly remembered by many for its comfortable shape, fast reporting rates, and good button layout. The 2019 MX518 will use the same shell as its older brother, but Logitech will include a new 16,000 DPI sensor and a 32-bit ARM processor in the new mouse. Users will also be able to rebind all buttons on the mouse and save profiles to the mouse itself.
Google to hold event at GDC next month, possibly related to its Project Stream game streaming service
Google announced today that it would be holding a special event at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) next month on March 19th. The announcement offers few details, but many are guessing that Google will announce something related to Project Stream, the search giant's in-browser game streaming service. Google has been working on Project Stream for months and might be developing the service to compete with the likes of Nvidia, Sony, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Polish retailer X-Kom briefly sold PS4 thumbstick covers and Fallout 76 bundle for US $5
Polish e-retailer X-Kom ran a promotion this past weekend that offered a free copy of Fallout 76 with four sets of PlayStation 4 thumbstick covers, all for POL 19 zl (~US $5). This discount is not out of the norm for retailers selling Fallout 76, a title that has had trouble selling copies and satisfying gamers.
Real-life image of Samsung Galaxy A50 confirms triple-camera setup, 3D glossy plastic chassis
A real-life image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A50 confirms that the mid-range phone will feature a fairly robust triple-camera setup. Considering the phone will be powered by Samsung's Exynos 7 9610, which is designed with a focus on image processing, the Galaxy A50 may be able to produce stunning photos for a mid-range phone.
Razer to shut down Razer Game Store February 28th, 10 months after it opened
Razer is shutting down the Razer Game Store, its own online retail space for PC games. The store will close in the early morning of February 28th. Any games purchased through the Razer Game Store will continue to work, though keys purchased via the store will need to be redeemed before the end of February. Additionally, Razer will honor any pre-orders made through the Game Store and will continue its Razer Gold and Razer Silver rewards programs.
The Verge issues copyright claims against multiple YouTube videos criticizing its infamous PC build video
Vox Media, the parent company of tech news outlet The Verge, has issued multiple copyright claims on videos criticizing its widely maligned PC building tutorial video. Using YouTube's copyright claim system, Vox lodged copyright strikes against several different channels that made criticism or parody videos of the tutorial. YouTube issued a copyright strike against some of the channels in question before reversing the decision, citing fair use under the DMCA.
Evan Blass reveals leaked renders of LG G8 ThinQ, confirming earlier renders from XDA
New renders posted by renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) on Twitter all but confirm the LG G8 ThinQ's design. These renders match those posted on the XDA Developers forum last month. Sadly, that means the G8 ThinQ will look almost identical to the G7 ThinQ. At least it still has a headphone jack.
Walmart slashes price on PlayStation Classic down to $40
Despite its critical and commercial failure, the PlayStation Classic may be an attractive retro gaming device, especially given Walmart's latest price cut. The PlayStation Classic can be found at Walmart for a mere $40, 60% less than its original retail price. Additionally, those willing to hack or modify their PlayStation Classic may find the mini-console to be a suitable emulation box.
The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite have official model numbers, are headed to India
Google's rumored mid-range phones, the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, have received official model numbers, lending further validity to their impending release. Better still, sources are reporting that the devices will also launch in the India market, likely below INR 40,000.
Acer resurrects the Chromebase with two new Chrome OS AiO desktops
Chromebases may have fallen out of fashion years ago, but Acer is reviving the Chrome OS form factor with the Chromebase 24I2 and 24V2, two business-centric Chrome OS all-in-one desktops. Both devices will feature 24-inch Full HD touch displays, Intel 8th generation Core CPUs, and plenty of ports and hardware to support teleconferencing, business work, and more.
Pine64 will have a busy 2019 thanks to the release of its new Linux laptop and tablet
Pine64, the organization behind the Pine A64 SBC and Pinebook, is planning to release a new Linux-based laptop and a new tablet. Dubbed the Pinebook Pro and PineTab, respectively, the two devices aim to offer an open-source computing experience at a low price. The Pinebook Pro is priced at US $199 while the PineTab is priced at US $79.
The Wii Shop Channel officially shut down today, nailing the Wii's coffin shut
The Wii Shop Channel finally closed its doors today, marking the end of Nintendo's first digital distribution platform. The Shop Channel was home to the Virtual Console, Nintendo's massively successful digital storefront that housed a myriad of retro titles. The Shop Channel's closure also sounds the final death knell of Nintendo's most popular non-handheld console, the Wii.
Taiwanese manufacturers are expecting an increase in OLED production and demand
As the demand for OLED displays continues to grow, Taiwanese manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and adjusting their business structures for increased production. Many companies, such as AU Optronics and Novatek Microelectronics, are expecting a massive boom in OLED sales and are more than willing to provide the necessary supply.
iOS 12.1.3 may break WiFi in addition to cellular connectivity
The iPhone has had a bumpy couple of months. iOS 12.1.2, released last month, broke cellular connectivity for some users. The problem got so bad that Sprint issued a warning to its customers to wait on updating. There doesn't seem to be any relief in sight; not only does iOS 12.1.3 not bring a fix for the cellular issues, but the latest update has actually broken WiFi for several users in addition to cellular connectivity.
Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review
In typical Acer fashion, the TravelMate X3410 presents a lower-cost alternative to other popular business laptops. While there are some compromises in terms of case design, keyboard quality, and performance, the overall package presents a decent second-choice for those on a budget.
Unity develops video game to test AI; offers $100,000 in total prizes to developers that can beat it
Artificial Intelligence is getting better, but can humans stay ahead of the machines? Unity thinks so and is offering $100,000 in prizes to any developers that can code an AI to beat Obstacle Tower, a new game designed to specifically test AIs. The game features procedurally generated levels that change with each playthrough, presenting a major challenge for programs that thrive on repetition.
Development on Metroid Prime 4 to be restarted with veteran developer Retro Studios at the helm
Nintendo has been mum on the development of Metroid Prime 4 since its announcement at E3 2017, but it looks like development has not been going well. In a video announcement, Shinya Takahashi stated that Nintendo has decided to restart development of Metroid Prime 4 and hand over the reins to Retro Studios, the development house behind the first three Metroid Prime games.
The winner of the next console generation? AMD
A new leak has named the rumored AMD APU that will power the next generation consoles as Gonzalo. Many speculate that the Gonzalo APU will be used in both the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and next-generation Xbox (Xbox Scarlett). The APU will be built on a 7 nm Zen 2 CPU and a Navi-based GPU. These rumors fortify the belief that AMD will once again be the sole CPU and GPU manufacturer for the major players of the next console generation. As such, AMD stands to enjoy continued financial success from the console market.
Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 Convertible Review
The Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is a well-built, well-designed Chromebook. Thanks to its Intel Core i3-8130U CPU and gorgeous 14-inch FHD display with pen support, the Inspiron 7486 Chromebook may be the best alternative to the Pixelbook on the market.
Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet makes an appearance on Geekbench, Exynos 7885 in tow
Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet showed up on Geekbench earlier today with a score competitive with other mid-range Android devices. The tablet will use Samsung's Exynos 7885 SoC and 2 GB of RAM. The tablet will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, but other details (like size) are still unknown. The tablet is expected to make a debut at MWC 2019.
Lexar announces first commercially available 1 TB SD card
The Lexar Professional 633x SD card, announced at CES earlier today, is the largest capacity SD card available to date at a whopping 1 TB. Despite its large size, the card is somewhat disappointing in performance; the 633x is rated at 95 MB/s write and 70 MB/s read. It also supports VSC Class 30, which means it should hit at least 30 MB/s when recording video. This should be adequate for 4K footage, but higher bitrates and higher resolutions may suffer.
Lenovo encourages gamers to "go beast mode" with the Legion Y740 gaming laptop
Lenovo aims to become more competitive in the mobile gaming market with the Legion Y740, the company's latest flagship gaming laptop. The Y740 comes in two sizes, a 15-inch and a 17-inch model. Both variants sport Intel's 8th generation H-series CPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 512 GB PCIe SSD / 512 GB SATA SSD or 2 TB HDD combo. The 15-inch model will come with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, while the 17-inch model gets the powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. The Legion Y740 is expected to be available next month for $1750 (15-inch) or $1980 (17-inch).
Lenovo's Legion Y44w and Legion Y27gq monitors boast 144 Hz and 240 Hz refresh rates, respectively
Lenovo's latest gaming monitors are beasts that boast high refresh rates. The Legion Y44w is a massive 43.6-inch Ultrawide (3840x1200, 32:10) FreeSync monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate. The Legion Y27gq is a 27-inch QHD (2560x1440, 16:9) G-Sync display with a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate.
Samsung's Micro LED display tech allows you to build a TV that may rival OLED with none of the drawbacks
Samsung's Micro LED TVs made another appearance at CES 2019. The technology has come far enough to allow for various display sizes thanks to the modular panels housing the Micro LEDs. Additionally, Samsung is claiming that Micro LED (MLED) displays will have the same deep colors and high contrast of OLED displays without the burn-in worries that come with OLED. Initial impressions for MLED TVs are good, but Samsung says that the technology won't be ready for consumers for several years.
Razer unveils the Raptor 27, a near-bezeless 27-inch 144 Hz monitor
The Razer Raptor 27 is the gaming company's entry into the gaming laptop market. The 27-inch 1440p monitor boasts a quick 144 Hz refresh rate, response times as low as 1 ms, and a bright (420 nit) HDR400 certified IPS panel. The monitor will ship with flat acid green cables tailor-made for the display's cable management system.
AT&T's 5G speeds may not be much faster than 4G LTE
If user tests are to be believed, the initial rollout of AT&T's 5G home internet network may be disappointing to most. Download and upload speeds aren't much better than those on 4G LTE. These tests raise concerns about the viability of 5G in its current state. Numerous problems associated with wavelength penetration and power draw may not be worth the cost if the performance increase for 5G is this marginal.
Acer's new TravelMate X3410 business laptop is now available starting at $900
Acer's newest business laptop, the TravelMate X3410, is now available. Starting at US $900, the TravelMate X3410 is a thin-and-light business notebook powered by Intel's 8th generation U-series CPUs. As is the norm for business laptops, there are a bevy of ports and configuration options.
The new year is here, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat is not
2018 has come and gone and with it the promise of an Apple-made wireless charging pad. Announced back at the 2017 iPhone X event, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat is still MIA. At that event, Apple promised a 2018 release. However, the company has silently removed all references of AirPower from its website and hasn't said a word about the product since its 2017 announcement.
Promo video of the Nokia 9 PureView reveals full specifications of HMD's penta-lens smartphone
A new promo video of the Nokia 9 PureView details the upcoming smartphone's specifications. In addition to the headline-grabbing five-camera setup on the back, the Nokia 9 PureView will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. The Nokia 9 will be an Android One phone and should receive support from Google for the next two years.
At least 20 popular Android apps are still sending user data to Facebook without consent, study finds
A recent study by Privacy International found that at least 20 Android apps with install bases in excess of 10 million users automatically send user data to Facebook within one second of opening. This data is sent without user knowledge or user consent and ranges from innocuous to personal. This practice obviously raises some questions of legality, although it is difficult to say who is to blame for the violation of user privacy.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is getting an Unreal Engine 4 remake from a dedicated fan
A dedicated fan of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has spent the past few years working on a remake of the classic title in Unreal Engine 4. He recently released a demo of the first village and dungeon, and the results are stunning. The fan, known as CryZENx, has said that he will continue working on the project throughout 2019.
Intel's new Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs (i9-9900KF, i7-9700KF, i5-9600KF, i5-9400F) briefly listed on major retailers' sites
Listings on Newegg, Data-Systems.fi, and Synnex (now taken down) detailed new Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. Intel has yet to officially announce any new 9th-gen CPUs, but these listings give a good idea of what to expect from the Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, and Core i5-9400F.
Citi Research cuts estimate for Q1 production of iPhone XS Max by half
Citing predictions that the 2018 iPhone line may soon enter a destocking phase, Citi Research cut production estimates for the iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max by a collective 10% (50 million to 45 million). Most of this cut was driven by lowered expectations of the iPhone Xs Max; Citi Research estimates Apple will produce only half as many iPhone Xs Max units as previously predicted.
Lenovo Chromebook C330 Laptop Review
The Lenovo Chromebook C330 is one of the most balanced Chromebooks to cross our review desk. While there are some weak points (notably the keyboard and port selection), these are minor flaws in an otherwise excellent package.
Classic PC title Lemmings is marching onto mobile
Lemmings, the classic PC puzzler, has launched on iOS and Android. The smartphone port retains many of the gameplay elements of the original, but controls and level design have been optimized for mobile gaming. The levels themselves will be procedurally generated, but there will (sadly) be a variety of in-app purchases.
Microsoft issues patch for Internet Explorer vulnerability found by Google
Microsoft has issued a patch to fix a day-zero security flaw in Internet Explorer that affected a myriad of versions and systems. The flaw, which affected IE's scripting engine and how it handles memory, could allow attackers to break into a targeted system and assume full control. Attackers could then view and edit data, install programs, and create administrator accounts. Google alerted Microsoft to the vulnerability earlier this month.
Demo Google Stream for an hour, get Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free
Have an hour to kill and want a free copy of Assassin's Creed Odyssey? Google is giving a digital copy of the game to users who demo Project Stream, the search giant's venture into the world of online game streaming services. Project Stream is currently an invite-only program, but its free to sign up. If you can log an hour of gameplay before January 15th, Google will send you a download code for Assassin's Creed Odyssey via Ubisoft's Uplay service.
Purism Librem 13 v3 Laptop Review
The Librem 13 is a privacy-focused Linux laptop from Purism, a boutique Linux OEM. While the device looks beautiful at first glance, software limitations and hardware bugs cripple the laptop and keep us from recommending it.
Discord does Epic one better, will offer 90% revenue to developers on the Discord Store
Discord, the popular communication client, has announced that they will begin a 90/10 revenue share scheme for the Discord store in 2019. This will give 90% of all revenue from game sales on the Discord store to the game developer while Discord keeps the remaining 10%. This is quite a shift from the typical 70/30 sharing scheme and a step further than Epic's 88/12 share.
Qualcomm goes for the throat, asks China to ban sales of iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR
Despite winning a victory against Apple earlier this week, Qualcomm is continuing to pressure the iPhone manufacturer in China. Qualcomm is petitioning Chinese courts to expand the ban of iPhone sales to include the iPhone XR, Xs, and Xs Max. However, Apple is claiming that these devices should not be included in the initial ban as they run iOS 12. Chinese courts have yet to make a decision.
Google will kill Google+ sooner due to bug that exposed data of 52.5 million users
A recent software update to a Google+ API left some data of 52.5 million users exposed and available to app developers. The data included rudimentary user information, including names and birth dates. As a response, Google has moved up Google+'s kill date from August 2019 to April 2019, four months sooner than previously announced.
No, the Galaxy S10 will not ship with a cryptocurrency "cold wallet"
Contrary to news circulating earlier today, Samsung has confirmed that rumors of the Galaxy S10 including a cryptocurrency cold wallet are merely speculation. The rumors stem from EU trademark filings made by Samsung earlier this month related to blockchain-based technology. This news is a stark reminder to never take a rumor as anything more than a guess.
Eye health in the electronic age
In the modern world, our eyes are constantly bombarded with information from displays. Whether it be from a laptop, smartphone, or some other device, many of us spend a significant portion of our day staring at some kind of display. As such, it is paramount that we should understand the strain placed on our vision and some steps we can take to improve and protect the health of our eyes.
Despite continued struggles, Apple says iPhone XR is "most popular iPhone" since its launch
Apple became the world's first trillion dollar company this past August. Since then, the Cupertino giant has struggled to hit sales targets for its latest iPhone family. Despite this, Apple VP of product marketing Greg Joswiak said that the iPhone XR has been "the most popular iPhone" since its launch. However, "most popular" does not mean "selling well."
DriveSavers can now recover data from locked smartphones for a mere $3,900
DriveSavers, one of the world's leading data recovery companies, now offers a service for unlocking smartphones and tablets that have a locked passcode, including iPhones and iPads. DriveSavers claims to be the only company that offers this level of device unlocking and data recovery outside of law enforcement, but the service costs a staggering US$3900.
Apple cuts iPhone supplier orders for a second time this month
Apple has reportedly reduced orders from iPhone component suppliers again. According to DigiTimes, a "second wave" of order cuts is beginning to bring pain to some Taiwanese manufacturers. Apple is continuing to blame poor sales of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR for the order reductions.
Moto G7 Play passes through FCC, confirming Snapdragon 632 and massive notch (as well as everything else about the phone)
The FCC just posted every piece of information you could want to know about the Moto G7 Play. There's some good (like the Snapdragon 632 processor), some bad (like the smaller 2820 mAh battery), and some confusing (like the large notch in the display).
First CAD-based renders of Sony Xperia XZ4 surface: No notch, three rear cameras
Renders based on leaked information of the Sony Xperia XZ4 have surfaced, courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and MySmartPrice. The renders show some notable design shifts, such as a flat front display, a triple-camera setup on the back, and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button on the side. Note that these renders are based on rumors and leaks and should be taken as such.
The North American PlayStation Classic will use PAL version of some titles
In a blog post released earlier today, Sony revealed that it would be using the PAL version of nine titles on the PlayStation Classic. The PAL versions will be included in the North American PlayStation Classic as well. Considering that North America televisions operate on the NTSC standard, the format difference could cause these games playing at different speeds or glitch out, rendering them unplayable.
AMD's Zen 2 "Rome" EPYC CPUs may double L3 cache per CCX for a total of 256 MB
A recent entry in SiSoftware's SANDRA database lists AMD's upcoming "Rome" EPYC CPU with double the L3 cache as prior Zen CPUs. Detailed as "16 x 16 MB L3," this would put total L3 cache for Rome at 256 MB across its 64 cores, utterly trouncing Intel's forthcoming Cascade Lake CPUs. However, this is still a rumor and should be treated as such.
Two weeks ahead of release, a full copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been leaked
A group known for Nintendo Switch piracy has obtained and distributed a full file dump of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, set to release in two weeks on December 7th. While early game leaks are not uncommon, a leak this far in advance is quite unusual, especially a leak of a game as hotly anticipated as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Apple heads to U.S. Supreme Court to argue against App Store monopoly lawsuit
Apple will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court today to argue that a lawsuit brought against it is invalid. Apple claims that the lawsuit, which alleges that the iOS App Store creates a monopoly for the company, could only be brought by app developers, not the end users. If Apple is successful, then the case will be dismissed. Otherwise, Apple could be taken to court for potentially monopolistic practices.
Intel may be working on a 10-core Comet Lake-S desktop CPU
According to a Taiwanese forum thread that claims to have information from an inside partner meeting, Intel may be developing a 10-core consumer-grade CPU in the Comet Lake-S family. The CPU would be built on the 14 nm process and may use a dual-ring bus design, implying that the CPU will split cores between two dies.
LinkedIn used 18 million non-user emails to buy targeted ads on Facebook
In a report published by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), it was revealed that LinkedIn has been using 18 million non-user emails to generate targeted ads on Facebook. It was also shown that LinkedIn has been using the personal data of its users to automatically build professional networks.
Pokémon: Let's Go runs on Yuzu Nintendo Switch emulator... sort of
Some innovative gamers have gotten Pokémon: Let's Go to boot and run on the Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu. Despite the game only being a week old, it is somewhat playable, although there are numerous glitches and oddities. The framerate is highly inconsistent and the audio is a mess, but the fact that a week old game is playable via emulation is impressive.
AMD commits to better support for Ryzen Mobile graphics drivers in 2019, hands off responsibility to OEMs
AMD posted a response to a common complaint from Ryzen-based laptop users on Reddit earlier this week, stating that the company would better support graphics drivers for Ryzen laptops starting in 2019. However, AMD plans to work with laptop OEMs and depend on them to release device-specific graphics drivers twice a year. The response garnered further criticisms of what many see as a lazy blame-shifting solution.
Stardew Valley raked in over $1 million in its first month on iOS
Stardew Valley is a bonafide hit, and the success keeps rolling in. In its first three weeks on iOS, the game brought in over $1 million in revenue. In total, Stardew Valley has sold over 4.6 million copies, although it's likely sold many, many more.
Shenmue 3 wraps up crowdfunding with $7.1 million in tow
Three years after it began, crowdfunding for the highly-anticipated Shenmue 3 has finally closed. After the initial Kickstarter raised $6.3 million in 2015, Yu Suzuki (the mind behind Shenmue) opted to re-open the Kickstarter and accept payments via Paypal. This garnered an additional $850,000, bringing the crowdfunding total to about $7.17 million.
Pokémon: Let's Go sells 3 million copies in its first week, becomes fastest selling Switch game ever
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are now the fastest selling Nintendo Switch titles, having sold over 3 million copies in their first week of release. While the titles have outsold Switch champions like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, they have a bit more ground to cover to join the success of other Pokémon titles.
Fallout 76 is getting nuked by reviewers and gamers
Fallout 76 is getting hammered by critics and gamers alike. In its first week after release, the game has fallen close to the bottom of Metacritic's ratings. The PC version currently has a Metascore of 55, while the PS4 and Xbox One have Metascores of 49 and 48, respectively. All three versions have failed even harder with gamers; user scores across the three platforms sit at about 2.4-2.9.
Razer is slicing $300 off its first edition Razer Phone this weekend
Razer has opened its subscriber sale to all comers through this weekend. Deals include the original Razer Phone for $300 off ($400 total price) and the Razer Blade Pro 17 (7700HQ, 1060, FHD) for $500 off ($1800 total price).
Kodi 18 "Leia" release candidate now available for download
Kodi 18 has been in development for two years, and the first release candidate (RC 1) is finally available. Although it is still technically a beta version, RC 1 will be reflective of the final release. There are several new features, including better Android TV support, a 64-bit version for Windows, and a new gaming section with support for emulators.
Atari Gameband officially cancelled; Kickstarter backers may not receive refund
The Gameband, formerly known as the Atari Gameband, looked like a promising gaming-focused smartwatch during its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Despite raising a total of $500,000 between Kickstarter backers and other investors, the Gameband has officially been killed. Worst of all, backers may never receive a refund
Project Fi is heavily discounting Pixel, Moto, and LG phones for Black Friday
Project Fi is offering some good sales for Black Friday on compatible LG, Moto, and Pixel smartphones. Buyers can nab a Pixel 3 for $599 with a $200 Fi service credit, an LG G7 ThinQ for $349, or a Moto G6 for $99 with a valid activation. There are a few other devices with discounts through the Project Fi shop, available now through November 27th.
Beleaguered Windows 10 1809 update breaks audio playback for some Intel display drivers
The latest issue in the growing string of problems with the Windows 10 1809 update affects devices using certain versions of Intel's display drivers. The Windows 10 October update breaks audio playback through monitors or TVs connected via versions 220.127.116.1144 and 18.104.22.16845 of Intel's display driver.
Google is using the Honor Play to test Fuchsia OS
A commit posted to Fuchsia's source code management hub last night showed that a Huawei engineer was able to boot the Fuchsia kernel (Zircon) on the Honor Play. This commit hints at many things, mainly that Fuchsia development is continuing strong and Google has partnered with Huawei to continue work on Fuchsia, perhaps to bring the OS to consumer smartphones.
Steam's Autumn Sale is going on until November 27th
Steam's Autumn Sale is on now until November 27th at 10 AM PST. Thousands of titles are on sale, including many big games from this year and 2017. Valve is also clearing out stock of its Steam Link streaming box, which is currently on sale for $2.50. Check out the entire catalog of games on sale over at the Steam Store this week.
Chinese government accuses Samsung, Micron, and SK Hynix of fixing DRAM prices
Chinese officials, citing "massive evidence," have accused Samsung, Micron, and SK Hynix of colluding and fixing the price of DRAM. If the allegations are true, the three largest DRAM manufacturers in the world would be directly responsible for the massive price increase for DRAM over the past few years. This isn't the first time these three companies have been accused of price-fixing. Back in 2005, all three pled guilty to similar charges levied by the US Department of Justice.
Valve to discontinue Steam Link once current supply sells out
Valve quietly announced that once physical stock of the Steam Link streaming device sells out, they will no longer sell physical units. Instead, Valve will shift focus and support to the Steam Link mobile app, currently only available for Android. While the reasons for the discontinuation aren't entirely clear, it's likely that the Steam Link is no longer selling enough to warrant continued support.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M20 mid-range smartphone spotted on Geekbench
A recent listing on Geekbench details an upcoming Samsung device. The Samsung SM-M205F, otherwise known as the Galaxy M20, will likely be the first entry in Samsung's new mid-range Galaxy M line. Sporting an Exynos 7885 SoC and 3 GB of RAM, the Galaxy M20 looks poised to supplant the aging Galaxy J line.
IBM's Watson explores its inner artist by writing a commercial for Lexus
Another industry may soon be replaced by robots - IBM's Watson AI scripted a 60-second commercial for luxury car brand Lexus. Watson was fed 15 years worth of award-winning commercials and was able to outline and script the basis of the commercial. After a bit of editing by IBM researchers, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald shot the commercial after being convinced by the "melodrama of the story."
Motorola "Odin" may be Moto Z4 with Snapdragon 8150 and 5G Moto Mod support, according to inside source
Citing an insider source, XDA Developers has shared knowledge about an upcoming Motorola smartphone dubbed "Odin." The device will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 and will continue support for Moto Mods, including the 5G Moto Mod. While these details point to a flagship device, possibly the Moto Z4, other supposed specifications sound more in line with a mid-range handset.
Oppo may be developing its own foldable smartphone
After all the buzz Samsung's upcoming Galaxy F foldable smartphone has generated, rival OEMs are taking notice of the new form factor. One of these rivals, Oppo, recently filed a foldable smartphone design with the Chinese patent office SIPO. While a patent doesn't necessarily mean that a device is coming, it does show that Oppo is considering the idea of a foldable smartphone.
Apple has cut production order for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, according to suppliers
According to some of its suppliers, Apple has cut orders for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Citing a weak Chinese market and a slowdown in smartphone demand, Apple has had to pare back its supply of the new iPhones, a move that will inevitably reduce sales in the short term.
T-Mobile phones may be moving to 3-year payment plans, starting with Black Friday deals
T-Mobile looks like it has some great deals on some of the best smartphones released this year. Handsets like the iPhone XR and Galaxy S9 can be had for free, but reading the fine print shows a few caveats. In addition to activating two new lines and trading in an eligible device, the phones are only free because of a bill credit that is granted over a 36-month period, which effectively locks consumers into a three-year contract.
Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura: Final Fantasy VII Remake is "progressing favorably"
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, said in an interview with Famitsu that Square Enix was still working on the title and that development was "progressing favorably." He did mention that the company's marketing efforts were heavily focused on Kingdom Hearts III, which releases this January. After January 2019, Square Enix's PR team will likely shift its focus to Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Telltale's death knells continue to ring as the studio's games are pulled from Steam
As the studio winds up and begins liquidating assets, Telltale has apparently pulled some of its titles from Steam. Back to the Future and Jurassic Park (among others) are no longer available for purchase, though some of their bigger games like Game of Thrones can still be bought through Steam.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ retains the power of the Model B+ in a smaller, cheaper package
The $25 Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is the latest single-board computer from the venerable Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Model A+ boasts the same CPU and wireless connectivity as its bigger brother, the Model B+, but shaves off some I/O for the sake of thinness. Notably missing are three out of four USB ports and the Ethernet jack.
Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo 64 Classic "not in our planning horizon"
In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime all but extinguished hopes for an N64 Classic release any time in the near future. He explained that while the NES Classic and SNES Classic were wildly successful, they were intended to be bridges between the dying Wii U and burgeoning Switch. As such, Nintendo has no intention to pursue the retro mini console business.
Early Moto G7 Plus press renders show waterdrop notch, no physical home button
An early press render of the upcoming Moto G7 Plus show that Motorola may be redesigning their popular mid-range handset. The press render shows an almost all-display front with a waterdrop notch similar to the OnePlus 6T and very thin top and side bezels.
NYU researchers developed an AI that can imitate fingerprints to bypass biometric readers
In a paper presented at a biometric securities conference, a research team from NYU showed off a new algorithm for cracking fingerprint readers. The system, named "DeepMasterPrints," operates in similar fashion to a dictionary attack for passwords. DeepMasterPrints uses a library of fingerprint images and permutes them until it finds a match.
EA confirms Command & Conquer 4K remaster in the works
Good luck, commanders! EA announced today that Command & Conquer, the grandaddy of RTS games, will be getting a 4K remaster in the future. EA will work with Petroglyph Games, a studio founded by some of the original developers of C&C when Westwood Studios closed down.
Vega comes to the MacBook Pro: new models with Vega Pro 16 and Vega Pro 20 GPUs now available
Apple has released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. The new MacBook Pros can be configured with either a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. The new GPU option is only available for the most expensive 15-inch Macbook Pro and will start at US $3,049.
The modular Fairphone 2 gets updated... to Android 7.1 Nougat
The Fairphone 2 has finally received an update to Android 7.1 Nougat, a two-year-old version of the mobile OS. Considering the Fairphone 2's age and the slow rollout of supported software, the handset may be entering its end-of-life.
Google Chrome Labs unveils Squoosh, an open-source image compression tool that runs in your browser
Google Chrome Labs has just revealed Squoosh, an in-browser image compression tool that can use non-browser image codecs to compress images without much loss in quality. The app can also be run offline after it is loaded in a browser at least once. Squoosh is aimed at web designers that hope to reduce web page load times by using compressed images.
Ming-Chi Kuo cuts iPhone XR sales expectations by 30-35 percent
Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors to temper sales expectations for the iPhone XR. Citing trade disputes, consumer fatigue, and steep competition, Kuo has slashed sales expectations for the iPhone XR by 35% for 2018Q4 and 30% for 2019Q1 and 2019Q2.
Nintendo wins $12 million from ROM site LoveRoms
Nintendo has won $12 million in a settlement with LoveRoms.com and LoveRETRO.co, two ROM distribution sites it sued this past summer. The couple that operated the two sites admitted that they participated in copyright infringement and agreed to the $12 million judgement against them. While it's unlikely the couple will have to pay the full judgement, this ruling will surely send a message to other ROM sites that distribute ROMs of Nintendo games.
The Xbox One is (finally) getting keyboard and mouse support for a few select titles
Microsoft is making good on their September promise to bring mouse-and-keyboard input support to the Xbox One. Starting this Wednesday, November 14, select titles will receive updates that will allow them to be played with a mouse and a keyboard instead of a traditional controller. The first titles to receive the update will be Fortnite and Warframe. Microsoft will also partner with Razer to release "Designed for Xbox" branded mice-and-keyboard sets.
Facebook hopes to capture the youth vote with Lasso, a TikTok competitor
Lasso is a new short video sharing platform from Facebook designed to compete with TikTok. The new app, available now on iOS and Android, "makes it easy for anyone to create and share short videos with fun effects." Marketed at teens and young people, Lasso looks like the latest effort by Facebook to retain young users.
Fallout 76 requires a 54 GB day-one patch, which is bigger than the actual game
Want to play Fallout 76 when it comes out later this week? Be prepared to stare at a loading bar. The game comes with a mandatory day-one patch that is a massive 56 GB in size. This is in addition to the 45 GB base game, meaning that gamers will need about 100 GB of free space. This patch has only been confirmed for the PS4, but considering the game's buggy beta, the PC and Xbox One versions are likely to have similar day-one patches.
You will be able to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon GO to Pokemon Let's GO on the Switch
A feature in the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Let's GO, may get you to load up your game of Pokemon GO on your smartphone. Pokemon that trainers have captured in Pokemon GO can be transferred to Pokemon Let's GO on the Switch. There are a few caveats, but almost every pokemon in Pokemon GO can be transferred.
CloudFlare releases an Android app to change your phone's DNS
CloudFlare has released a new app that will route your Android device's internet traffic through its local services, effectively changing your phone's DNS. While this may be a boon for privacy advocates that bemoan the lack of DNS server choice in Android 8.1 (and below), there are a few caveats. The biggest is that the app acts as a VPN, preventing users from accessing any other VPN at the same time.
Amazon will prevent unauthorized third-parties from selling Apple products through its online store
In a deal struck with Apple to begin selling the newest Apple products, Amazon has announced it will ban unauthorized third-party sellers from listing or selling Apple products through Amazon. While sellers can become an authorized Apple reseller, the qualifications are far out of reach for most small businesses. This move will inevitably kill many small businesses and Apple resellers that rely on Amazon as a storefront.
Microsoft will acquire Obisidian Entertainment, the minds behind Fallout: New Vegas
Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring both Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment today at X018, Microsoft's Xbox conference. Obsidian is perhaps best known for titles like Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2. Microsoft may be acquiring these studios to prop up the Xbox One's library of console exclusives.
YouTube comes to Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo continues bad history with video streaming
The Nintendo Switch finally got a YouTube app yesterday, bringing the world's most popular video streaming service to the console. However, Netflix and Amazon are still absent. The lack of video streaming services on the console is becoming a sticking point for some, especially considering that the Nintendo Wii, which is 12 years old, offers Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video, and YouTube.
The PlayStation Classic uses the PCSX ReARMed emulator
The upcoming PlayStation Classic has been found to use the open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator to run its games. The emulator has been developed by retro gaming enthusiasts, not Sony. It's curious that Sony opted to use an emulator rather than develop their own system for the retro console.
The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops
The team over at iFixIt has published a complete teardown of the new MacBook Air Retina. While soldered storage and an integrated keyboard count heavily against the device, new pull tabs under the battery and a separate logic board for the dual Thunderbolt 3 ports make some components easy (well, easier) to repair. Overall, the MacBook Air Retina scored a 3 out of 10 for repairability.
Samsung's Linux on DeX will let you run desktop Linux on your Android phone
Remember Samsung's DeX? While that program has so far been a failure, it had led to Linux on DeX, an exciting new feature for select Samsung Galaxy devices. Linux on DeX will allow users to load a full desktop Linux environment within an app container on their Android phone. After connecting their phone to an external monitor, users will be able to enjoy a full desktop Linux experience, all running off their Samsung Galaxy device.
New adapter from 8BitDo wirelessly connects a Gamecube controller to the Switch and Windows PCs
8BitDo has just released a wireless controller adapter for the Switch and Windows PCs. The GBros. Wireless Adapter for Switch allows gamers to connect Gamecube controllers, NES and SNES Classic controllers, and the Wii Classic controller to either the Nintendo Switch or a Windows device (running compatible software) wirelessly.
The last Nexus phones have received their last official OTA updates
Today marks the last official update for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the last phones in Google's storied Nexus line. While the phones haven't seen a software update since getting Android 8.1 Oreo in February 2018, the Nexus handsets have been receiving security updates every month, the last of which was pushed out today.
Android 9 Pie may be coming to the Razer Phone 2 soon
A recent posting on Geekbench's benchmark site shows a Razer Phone 2 running Android 9.0 Pie. This could mean that Razer is testing Android 9 on their latest handset and may be releasing an update soon. This would put the Razer Phone 2 in an elite class, as only a handful of other phones are running Android 9.
Apple has started selling refurbished iPhone 8 devices for $499
Apple's in-house refurbished store has started selling 64 GB iPhone 8 handsets for $499, $100 less than a new phone. Apple's refurbished iPhones are basically used internals that are cleaned and repaired, then placed into a new chassis with a new battery. Higher capacity iPhone 8 models and the iPhone 8 Plus should be available in the refurbished store soon.
Diablo Immortal announced by Blizzard, subsequently denounced by gamers
Diablo Immortal, the latest title in the storied Diablo franchise, has hit a wall of criticism. Many gamers are upset over the mobile-only release, claiming that the game is a cheap cash-in and a re-skin of another mobile game that developer NetEase released a while ago. Whether or not these claims are true, the game has drawn the ire of Diablo fans around the world.
Updating to watchOS 5.1 bricks some Apple Watches; Apple working on fix
Some Apple Watch Series 4 users have reported that updating their wearable to watchOS 5.1 bricked their device. After rebooting the Watch when installing the update, the device would freeze on the Apple logo and become unresponsive. Apple has since pulled the update and is working on a fix. In the meantime, affected users have been instructed to contact AppleCare for assistance.
Snapchat sues Instagram influencer for not promoting Snapchat Spectacles
After failing to fulfill a contract with Snapchat's PR firm, PR Consultants (PRC), Instagram influencer and actor Luka Sabbat is being sued by PRC for $90,000. Sabbat signed a contract with PRC to promote Snapchat's Spectacles v2 with some Instagram posts and real-world appearances, but he failed to fulfill the terms of the contract.
Amazon's stock sees worst month since the global financial crisis
Despite a 4.4% percent in trading today, Amazon's stock price tumbled 20.2% over the month of October, its worst month since the 2008 financial crisis. Slow growth in key business areas, like retail and Amazon Prime, are likely to blame.
Do not click any buttons: Bug in Fallout 76 beta nukes the entire game from your hard drive
A bug in the Fallout 76 beta launcher would cause the game to delete itself. After instructing gamers to "not click any buttons," Bethesda admitted the bug and instructed affected players to re-download the 50 GB title. In an effort to make good with its playerbase, Bethesda extended the beta to include this Thursday, November 1, from 2 PM to 11 PM.
Websites could battle more bots without interrupting users thanks to reCAPTCHA v3
Google's latest iteration of the reCAPTCHA system, reCAPTCHA v3, is now available to website administrators and webmasters. reCAPTCHA v3 runs in the background, tracking user behavior and assigning a risk score based on that behavior. Administrators can use this score to assign thresholds requiring further authentication if needed, allowing the bot-battling system to run unobtrusively for most users.
Sony's PlayStation business vaults the company to a $1.5 billion profit in Q2
Despite continued losses in its mobile division, Sony enjoyed a massive $1.5 billion profit in Q2, thanks in large part to the success of the PlayStation 4. A mixture of excellent exclusive titles and strong console sales racked up $4.9 billion in sales, cementing a solid profit in spite of a $265 million loss in the company's smartphone division.
Verizon and T-Mobile don't support iOS 12's dual-SIM feature
Apple is rolling out iOS 12.1 today, and if you have an iPhone Xs, Xs Max, or XR, you can use Apple's new dual-SIM feature... as long as you're not using Verizon on your digital SIM or as your secondary number. Both T-Mobile and Verizon have stated that their networks are not ready to fully support the dual-SIM tech but are working on getting their networks up to scratch "in the near future."
Apple unveils new iPad Pro with smaller bezels and USB Type-C
Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro, and many of the rumors from the past year were accurate. The new iPad Pro brings a more powerful A12X bionic SoC, Face ID, and a switch from Lightning to USB-C. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for an 11-inch model and $999 for a 12.9-inch model.
Apple overhauls the Mac Mini with 8th gen Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, and more
Apple unveiled the new Mac Mini, the first Mac Mini we've seen since 2014. The new desktop boasts some impressive specs, including 8th gen 4- and 6-score CPUs, up to 2 TB of NVMe storage, and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. Thunderbolt 3 comes to the Mac Mini, as well as a few other conventional ports. However, the machine is rather expensive, starting at $799 and climbing all the way to $4,199.
Apps marketed at young children have a major ad problem
In a recent study concerning children and media consumption, researchers discovered that the majority of apps targeted at children 5 years of age and younger contained advertising. Some of these ads were not clearly marked, were difficult to close, or contained disturbing imagery. Additionally, some of the ads pushed the user to make purchases, a clear violation of the FTC's rules regarding ads used in children's media.
Google pledges US $25 million to developing "AI for social good"
Google launched a new grant initiative today, seeking to fund teams that want to develop "AI for social good." Dubbed the AI Impact Challenge, the initiative will award $25 million across multiple teams that qualify based on the scalability, feasibility, and impact their project can have.
Single-board Hackintosh: Hackers load MacOS 10.14 Mojave onto LattePanda Alpha
Hardware tinkerers ETA Prime and Novaspirit Tech have managed to load macOS 10.14 Mojave on the LattePanda Alpha, a powerful single-board computer. While there are several bugs ranging from non-working audio to broken WiFi, this is currently one of, if not the, smallest Hackintosh-capable system currently available.
Get spooked this Halloween with Halloween sales, courtesy of GOG and Steam
GOG and Steam are both getting into the Halloween spirit with sales going on this week. Steam's sale is centered around spooky/horror games, while GOG's is more of a general catch-all. There are some decent discounts to be had, so head over to Steam before November 1 and GOG before November 5 to catch the sales.
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus get updated... to Android 8.1 Oreo
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are now receiving an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. While receiving a year old update is bad enough, the phones are also receiving the June 2018 Android security patch, putting the devices' security four months behind the curve.
Google may start offering Android app bundles with a monthly subscription service called Play Pass
Code buried in Google's Play Store app hints that Google may one day offer an app bundle subscription service that offers access to several apps for a monthly fee. A question circulating through Google's Opinion Rewards app seems to corroborate this notion, asking users if they feel the word "Pass" would describe a subscription service that offers "hundreds of dollars worth of paid apps" for a monthly fee.
The RED Hydrogen One goes on sale November 2 for US $1300
After numerous delays, the RED Hydrogen One will finally go on sale at Verizon and AT&T this Friday, November 2. Despite the initial hype built around the device last year, the steep price tag and disappointing feature set threaten to kill the Hydrogen One at launch. The device will be available for $1295.
Sony unveils full list of games on the PlayStation Classic
The full games list for Sony's upcoming PlayStation Classic has been released. While several classics like Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid will be available, there are a few curious omissions. The full games list is enumerated below.
IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion
In a deal valued at US $34 billion, IBM will acquire Red Hat, the organization behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and CentOS. IBM is buying Red Hat in order to compete in the cloud computing market against the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and others. IBM has stated that Red Hat will operate as an independent unit with IBM's Hybrid Cloud team and will continue Red Hat's commitment to open source software.
Don't count on playing The Elder Scrolls VI anytime soon
According to Bethesda's VP of Marketing and Communications Pete Hines, The Elder Scrolls VI isn't likely to be released within the next few years. Clarifying the company's projected workflow, Hines said that just because the game has been announced doesn't mean that development has ramped up.
Paypal bans alternative social media site Gab due to posts of the Pittsburgh shooter
Gab, a social media alternative to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, has come under fire yet again for posts from its users. This time, anti-Semitic posts from the Pittsburgh shooter, who shot and killed 11 people in a synagogue yesterday, prompted PayPal to ban Gab from its payment services and platform.
The iPhone XR is 25% faster than the fastest Android phones in Geekbench 4
The iPhone XR scored about 25% better than Android's best in Geekbench 4's multi-core benchmark. While this is impressive on paper (considering that the $750 iPhone XR is cheaper than most Android flagships), there is much more to consider when buying a phone than synthetic benchmarks and raw specs.
A new, huge Fallout mod was just released... for Fallout: New Vegas
After 7 years of development, Fallout: New California has finally been released. A major overhaul mod for Fallout: New Vegas, New California features a completely original storyline, new voiceover, and about 20-30 hours worth of content. The mod is free and available for download over at ModDB.
Western Digital unveils new 15 TB hard drive, the largest HDD yet
Western Digital just announced the largest mechanical hard drive in the industry, a 15TB helium-sealed monster. Designed for data centers and cloud storage services, the 15TB HDD is intended for enterprise customers in need of densely compacted, reliable storage. Pricing and availability haven't been announced, but don't expect the drives to come cheap.
U.S. Copyright Office may make circumventing DRM (jailbreaking) for repair purposes legal... sort of
A list of proposed rules put out by the U.S. Copyright Office would make jailbreaking devices like smartphones and smart speakers completely legal, if adopted. Jailbreaking, or circumventing DRM, is currently in a legally grey area. If these rules are implemented, then people could create their own tools to jailbreak a device for repair purposes. However, jailbreaking tools could not be distributed under these rules.
Code snippet from iOS 12.1 beta all but confirms Face ID for iPad Pro
Buried in the latest iOS 12.1 beta code are instructions for users to hold their iPad in portrait orientation so that Face ID can be set up. If legitimate, this code would confirm rumors that Face ID is indeed coming to the next iPad Pro, widely rumored to be announced at Apple's event next week.
Google to disable Nearby Notifications following three years of complaints of spam advertising
After years of users complaining about spam and irrelevant ads, Google will finally shut down the Nearby Notifications system on December 6th. Google said that the service did not meet the "high bar" the company holds to when delivering a user experience and will be shuttering the feature this winter.
Dell Chromebook 11 3181 (Celeron N3060) Laptop Review
Dell's standard Chromebook 11 leaves quite a bit to be desired. A low quality display and cheap construction drag down the device. Additionally, the limits of Chrome OS and bugs with Android app compatibility leave a bad taste.
Lyft buys AR firm to help with its self-driving cars
Lyft, the second most popular ride-sharing business, announced its first acquisition centered around autonomous cars. The company will purchase Blue Vision Labs, an AR startup, for US $72 million (with an additional $30 million option). This marks Lyft's first major push into self-driving cars, a space currently ruled by juggernauts Uber, Tesla, GM, and Ford.
Pine64, maker of cheap Linux laptops, may be making a cheap Linux phone
Pine64, the team behind the US$99 Pinebook, has announced it will begin working on a cheap Linux-based smartphone. Dubbed the PinePhone, the handset will be built around Pine's low-spec, low-cost Pine A64 single-board computer. Designs haven't been finalized, but dev kits are set to be released on November 1 with a projected device release date of mid-2019. The PinePhone is estimated to sell for US$100.
Dell Chromebook 11 3181 2-in-1 (Celeron N3060) Convertible Review
The Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 (also known as the Chromebook 11 3181 2-in-1) is a sturdy, well-built Chromebook targeted squarely at the education sector. While the design leaves much to be desired, it is a competent low-end machine and should be rugged enough to withstand the abuse of a classroom.
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, grows daily searches by 50% to 30 million
DuckDuckGo is quickly becoming a popular alternative to Google's increasingly invasive search engine. The privacy-focused search tool just announced hitting 30 million searches a day. While this is a far cry from the 3.5+ billion searches Google enjoys, it marks a 50% growth for DuckDuckGo, positioning the search engine for rapid growth without relying on tracking users.
Farmer in my Pocket: Stardew Valley is coming to iOS October 24, Android port will follow soon
The uber-popular indie farming simulator Stardew Valley is getting an iOS port this month. The title is up for pre-order on the Apple App Store now and will be available for download October 24 for US$7.99. An Android port will be coming soon. If you haven't tried one of the many ports of the excellent farming/relationship-building/role-playing game, you can check it out on your iPhone later this month.
The C64 Mini is (finally) available in the United States for US$80
While the C64 Mini has been widely available in Europe for some time, the U.S. has missed out on the console's retro computing goodness until today. The C64 Mini is now available Stateside for US$80 through Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop.
The rumored 2018 iPad Pro will have an edge-to-edge display, Face ID, and more
With rumors swirling around a possible iPad Pro announcement later this month, 9to5Mac has reported new features supposedly coming to Apple's upcoming tablet refresh. Citing sources familiar with the development of the iPad Pro, the new devices will bring an almost bezelless display, Face ID, and a few new tricks to Apple's "prosumer" tablet line.
Eliminate distractions with the Freewrite Traveler, a laptop that can only be used to type
The Atrohaus Freewrite Traveler is a "distraction-fee" writing machine that can do one thing: type. As a dedicated writer, the 1.8 lb computer only supports document creation and file management. However, the Traveler can sync with online services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and thanks to its E-Ink display, the device should last about 12-14 hours on a single charge (4 weeks standby).
A Best Buy customer accidently bought the unannounced third-gen Chromecast
A lucky Reddit user by the name of GroveStreeHomie was able to buy a (currently unannounced) third-generation Chromecast from his local Best Buy. The new device features a slightly tweaked design and might have some new features, such as Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the device is currently unusable as it requires an update to the Google Home app that isn't available yet.
LG Watch W7 may launch alongside the V40 this week
Evan Blass, a noted tech leaker, has now confirmed that LG will be launching its latest Android wearable, the Watch W7, alongside the V40 smartphone this Wednesday. While the watch will use mechanical hands and watch movement to extend battery life in a low-powered mode to extend battery life, it's unlikely that the Watch W7 will see much market penetration.
Google is shelling out billions to remain the default search engine for Apple's Safari browser
Google will reportedly pay US $9 billion over 2018 to remain the default search engine for the Safari browser. This price may go up to as much as $12 billion next year. However, due to the growing popularity of Apple's devices, the privilege may be worth the cost to Google.
50 million Facebook accounts were compromised due to a security flaw
A Facebook breach has compromised almost 50 million accounts. After discovering the breach on September 25, the company reset the access tokens of the 50 million affected accounts and 40 million others as a precautionary step. The attackers accessed the accounts via a vulnerability involving Facebook's access tokens which keep users logged in.
Ashes of the Singularity benchmark leak hints at performance of Intel's upcoming Core i9-9900K
A leaked benchmark of Ashes of the Singularity supposedly shows metrics for the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900K. Compared to the current Intel Core i7-8700K, the 9900K offers marginal improvement. In heavy CPU workloads, the 9900K is noticeably better, but if the leak is legitimate, the CPU may not warrant an upgrade. We will of course release our own benchmarks when the CPU is released next year.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a popular puzzler for Nintendo's DS, is now available for Android
The popular Nintendo DS puzzle game Professor Layton and the Curious Village is now available for Android. The port features an HD graphical overhaul and new animated cutscenes while maintaining the addictive puzzle gameplay and excellent soundtrack.
Antennagate 2.0? The iPhone XS and XS Max users are complaining of poor cellular and WiFi connections
The new iPhone XS and XS Max may have inherited the iPhone 4's poor cellular connection strength. Several users are complaining of poor or dropped cellular and WiFi connections. While these claims are still just conjecture, they are rapidly growing in number.
Chrome now automatically logs you into the browser without telling you
The latest version of Google's Chrome browser will now automatically log users in if they log into any Google service. This, in turn, opens the door for the user's browsing data to be accessed by Google. While this isn't the case now (Chrome's sync features aren't turned on by default), it raises several red flags as to the future of the privacy of user's browsing data.
Razer pushes style over substance with the $99 Ifrit gaming headset
Razer's new Ifrit headset is designed to be an unobtrusive audio solution for game streamers. While the headset looks sleek, there's little word on the actual quality of its earbuds and microphone. The Ifrit is on sale now for $99.
Canonical extends security support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is the basis for many cloud and enterprise services, is coming up on its end of life this April. Canonical will begin offering an Extended Security Maintenance service in April that will continue rolling out security patches. However, the service is designed primarily for enterprise customers.
The iPhone XS has a smaller battery capacity than the iPhone X
According to TENAA, the iPhone XS has a 2658 mAh battery, a small downgrade from the iPhone X's 2716 mAh battery. Considering that the iPhone X was criticized for its mediocre battery life last year, this could be a sticking point for the XS.
Twitch is now banned in China
Over the past week, fewer and fewer Chinese users have been able to access Twitch. As of September 20th, Twitch's site and official iOS App were shut down in China, rendering them inaccessible within the nation. While the reason for the ban is unknown, it is not unlike other censorship measures exercised by China.
Code buried in iOS 12.1 heavily implies that new iPads are coming this year
Code discovered in the Setup app for iOS 12.1 references a device called "iPad2018Fall," This, combined with other rumors of upcoming features that make sense for an iPad, all but confirm that new Apple tablets are coming in the next couple of months. This would coincide with Apple's typical release schedule.
You can now play your own NES ROMs on Nintendo Switch Online thanks to a new hack
Less than 24 hours after its launch, Nintendo's Switch Online service has already been hacked to allow gamers to load their own custom NES ROMs in to the NES library. The process, which seems to be simple, is possible because of Nintendo's use of common .nes ROM files, the same filetype used by ROM sites online.
Nokia may be planning a gaming-centered smartphone
A now-deleted tweet on Nokia's Indian Twitter account teased a gaming-centered smartphone. The post, which was hastily taken down, said that we should "stay tuned for a phone you can #GameOn," heavily implying that Nokia may have plans for a gaming smartphone. Given the recent rise in mobile gaming, this wouldn't be unwarranted.
Apple's Homepod had a mere 6% share of the smart speaker market in June, according to CIRP
Apple's Homepod has so far been a flop, only managing to capture 6% of the smart speaker market as of June 2018. The picture is even more bleak among Apple's own consumers; of Apple users that own a smart speaker, only 2% have purchased a Homepod.
Nintendo releases trailer for SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics for the Switch
The Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Collection, which bundles over 50 16-bit Sega games, is coming to the Nintendo Switch this winter. Nintendo just posted a trailer for the collection on YouTube. The Collection is further evidence of Sega's good response to retro gaming and stands in stark contrast to Nintendo's less-than-stellar retro track record.
ASRock announces new "Jupiter" SFF desktops with 65 W Coffee Lake CPUs
ASRock recently announced two new small form factor (SFF) desktop PCs. The Jupiter H310 and Jupiter Q370 both measure just over a litre in volume but can support up to a 65 Watt CPU on the LGA1151 socket. Upgrade options are also quite robust.
Tesla may be under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) may have opened up a criminal investigation into Telsa incorporated after statements made by CEO Elon Musk last month. Two sources familiar with the company and this matter have stated that DOJ is investigating potential fraud. This investigation, if true, would coincide with a similar investigation started by the SEC last month.
The Punkt MP02 is a USD $349 dumbphone
Punkt, a designer electronics company, is now taking preorders for the MP02, a basic phone running a heavily stripped down version of Android 8.1. The MP02 is meant to be used for phone calls, SMS texting, and a few basic apps like a calendar and clock. Pricing is set at USD $350, which is a steep cost to ask for such a simple phone.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15t (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 3 GB) Laptop Review
Cut corners. How much is a 144 Hz display worth? The Pavilion Gaming 15t is HP's latest entry in the budget gaming laptop market, designed to compete with the likes of Acer's Helio 300 and Dell's G7. While most areas of the notebook are good (including its high refresh rate screen), HP cut a few corners in their pursuit of the best budget gaming notebook.
iOS 12 is here, bringing performance improvements, AR features, Siri Shortcuts, and more
Apple release iOS 12 today as a free update. The new version of Apple's mobile OS includes better AR support, automation via Siri, and performance optimizations. The update largely feels like Apple playing catch up with Android, which has offered some of the new features for years.
AMD lists the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H mobile CPUs
AMD has listed a couple new CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H. Both chips are definite upgrades over the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U, respectively, but their 45 W nominal TDP suggests that they will be used in gaming laptops upon release. This is curious, as the onboard Vega GPUs are far outpaced by even entry-level gaming laptops.
Wearables market grows by 5.5% year over year, showing wearables aren't dead yet
The wearables market grew 5.5% from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018 mainly due to large growth in developing markets. Apple continued its dominance and enjoyed a 38% year over year growth. Xiaomi came in a close second. Fitbit was a big loser, seeing a year over year decline of 22%. While the future of wearables is still in flux, the market is far from dead.
Razer officially confirms second smartphone is coming
In a statement buried in an interim earnings report, Razer today announced a successor to their Razer Phone, which had a lukewarm reception upon its release last year. Razer is releasing the sequel device in order to capitalize on the new "gaming smartphone" market, a segment that has drawn the focus of major mobile players.
Purism plans to ship first batch of Librem 5 Linux smartphones in April 2019
Purism's upcoming Linux phone, the Librem 5, has run into some development delays that have pushed its release back 3 months to April 2019. Due to a flaw in the phone's CPU, the battery drains in less than an hour. Purism is working with the distributor to fix the flaw. In the meantime, dev kits are still scheduled to ship out in October.
Dell Precision 5530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P2000) Workstation Review
The Precision 5530 is, in many ways, what the Precision 5520 should have been. While the updated machine still struggles with thermal throttling, CPU stability and performance are improved. The GPU has also been upgraded without much sacrifice to heat output. The overall experience is much better.
Casio's WSD-F30 is a longer-lasting and (slightly) slimmer rugged smartwatch
The new WSD-F30 is a rugged outdoor smartwatch from Casio. The WSD-F30 is about 4 mm thinner than Casio's other rugged smartwatches but manages to run for longer, thanks in part to a new "Extend Mode" setting that shuts off some wireless radios. Casio has yet to announce pricing or a release date.
HP Omen 17t (i7-8750H, GTX 1070) Laptop Review
Quiet Giant. The Omen 17t is a well-balanced notebook. Its internals are consistently powerful, its 144 Hz G-Sync display is one of the best on the market, and it manages heat and noise with aplomb. With its competitive pricing, the Omen 17t is one of the best overall packages in the gaming laptop market.
Xiaomi's new Mi Notebook sports Kaby Lake-R CPU and Nvidia's MX110 GPU
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook is the Chinese juggernaut's latest foray into the laptop market. Featuring a Kaby Lake-R CPU and a low-end Nvidia GeForce MX110, the laptop is a decent midrange device. Unfortunately, Xiaomi's aggressive pricing won't translate to western markets, where import costs push the device out of "value buy" territory.
Android Pie now natively supports XBox One controllers
While users have been able to connect an XBox One controller to their Android device for a few years, the process has always been a bit buggy. A Google developer announced yesterday that the bug should be fixed in Android 9.0 Pie, which will have native support for XBox One controllers.
Dell Precision 3530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P600) Workstation Review
Can't take the heat. The Precision 3530 is the latest entry-level workstation from Dell. Powered by an Nvidia Quadro P600 and a new Xeon CPU from Intel, the Precision 3530 is a capable machine. Heat management and fan noise leave quite a bit to be desired, however.
Huawei officially announces 7 nm Kirin 980 will debut in Mate 20 this October
Huawei's latest silicon, the Kirin 980, will debut this October in the Mate 20, according to a press release obtained by Android Authority. The SoC will be the world's first commercially-available piece of silicon based on a 7 nm process. For reference, Samsung and Apple just release 10 nm chips last year.
An Australian teenager hacked into Apple's secure network and stole 90 GB of data
A Melbourne, Australia based teenager was able to remotely hack and access some of Apple's secure servers for over a year, downloading over 90 GB of secure files and customer information. Using hacking software to obtain authorized keys for logging in, the teen hacked the company because he has always "dreamed of" working there.
PUBG Mobile hits 100 million downloads (and that's only in Western markets)
PUBG Mobile crossed 100 million downloads this month, cementing it as one of the most popular Battle Royales for smartphones and tablets. Despite its success, it still trails behind Fortnite, which hit 100 million downloads last month on iOS only. The new Android version of Fortnite may spell trouble for PUBG Mobile and Tencent games.
Despite earning $2.8 billion in revenue, Uber bleeds $891 million in net losses
Uber lost a net $891 million this quarter as it continues to aggressively invest in new ventures and technologies. Despite bringing in almost $3 billion, the company hemorrhaged cash as it acquired new companies, started new lines of business, and invested in new technology. Despite this massive loss, investors remain optimistic about the company's future.
Sony is now the leading full-frame camera brand in the United States, deposing Canon
Sony has dethroned Canon as the leading US retailer of full-frame cameras. The milestone will be celebrated with a new "Be Alpha" campaign, which will focus on connecting creatives across North America via social media and pop-up events. It will be interesting to see how Canon and Nikon, the two biggest names in the camera world, will react to the shift.
Motorola releases list of phones getting updated to Android 9.0 Pie
Motorola just released their list of phones with a planned update for Android 9.0 Pie. However, the Moto G5 and Moto E4 lines, both of which were incredibly popular last year, are conspicuously absent. On top of that, there is no set date for the update. Rather, it will be pushed "starting this fall."
Dell G7 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review
New name, same value. Dell's latest entry into the budget gaming market changes branding but keeps the value. Does the new G7 offer as much bang-for-the-buck as the uber-popular Inspiron 15 7577? Find out in our comprehensive review.
Fortnite's Android port won't be available in the Google Play Store
Fortnite for Android is coming (eventually), but when it does, you won't be able to find it on the Google Play Store. Instead, Epic (the developer of the game) will distribute the APK on their own website in an effort to both re-establish a direct relationship with gamers and retain more revenue.
Origin PC's EVO17-S is a thin-and-light gaming laptop with an Intel Core i9 CPU
Origin's new EVO17-S is the thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop from the custom retailer. That said, the device is still comparatively hefty at 0.98-inches thick and 6.6. lbs. However, crammed into the case are an Intel Core i9-8950HK, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-P, and up to 6 TB of NVMe and SATA storage. Expect to pay out the nose for all that tech, though.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a cheaper Galaxy Tab S4 marketed at families and kids
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab A 10.5 may play second fiddle to the Galaxy Tab S4 on paper, but the tablet is specifically marketed at families with children who may be more budget-conscious. The tablet's specs are fairly mid-range for 2018, but the inclusion of a "Kids Mode" and multi-user support makes the tablet well-suited for families.
Panasonic launches new Toughbooks Android tablets with "warm swappable" batteries
Panasonic has released two new Toughbook-branded rugged handhelds. On paper, the 5-inch phone and 7-inch tablet look underpowered. However, both devices are running Android 8.1, bear some high-rated durability certifications, and can swap batteries without turning off.
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Bikram Yoga. The ThinkPad X380 Yoga steps back into the limelight, this time with a less powerful processor. Despite the reduction in clock speed, the i5 variant still sweats under pressure. This and other small shortcomings make for a good package with some small flaws.
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review
Pushed to the limit. The P52s is back, this time with an improved screen and a slight bump in processing power. Is the 4K display an improvement for the P52s, or is the display too much for the weak GPU?
Dell will soon become a publicly-traded company once again
Dell is going public once again. In an announcement made earlier today, the U.S.-based computer manufacturer said it will begin trading its Class V common stock for Class C common stock as it seeks to re-enter the New York Stock Exchange. The decision comes as Dell hopes to further pay down debt and increase the momentum its enjoyed over the past few years.
First public beta of iOS 12 released
Apple just released the first public Beta of iOS 12. Committed Apple users can download the Beta for free from Apple's site, but be warned - as beta software, there are quite a few bugs still being worked out. Still, this is the only way to get some of the new features in iOS 12 for free.
Panasonic's Toughbook FZ-T1 is a Snapdragon 210-powered rugged handheld priced at $1,500
Panasonic's latest rugged Android Handheld, the Toughbook FZ-T1, is a low-specced Android handheld priced higher than most premium smartphones. However, the $1,500 device is aimed squarely at enterprises in need of a tough-as-nails handheld that can weather almost anything thrown at it.
MSI GV62 8RE (i5-8300H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
New engine, same body. MSI brings Coffee Lake to their entry-level GV62 line. While the new Intel CPU is a breath of fresh air, it is the only real change to the machine since last year. Buggy system behavior and a cheap plastic case keep the GV62 8RE from being little more than white noise.
The OnePlus 6 sold more than one million phones in its first 22 days on the market
The OnePlus 6 is now the most commercially successful device released by OnePlus. The phone hit one million uints sold within the first 22 days of its release, in spite of its higher price tag and OnePlus's continued "underground" approach to marketing and retail.
Verizon unveils a third unlimited data plan that's more unlimited than its other two unlimited plans
Verizon is rolling out a third "unlimited" data plan that offers 75 GB of premium 4G LTE data for $95/month. After that 75 GB allotment is up, data can be subject to throttling during "high-traffic times" in order to relieve congestion. The rollout of this data plan still doesn't answer consumer demand for a truly unlimited plan on America's largest network provider.
First Fortnite World Cup planned for late 2019, will offer $100 million in prizes
Epic Games has announced that Fortnite's first World Cup will be held late next year. The tournament, which will be open to any and all gamers that want to participate, will offer $100 million in prizes, spread across various events and victors.
Tesla cuts 9% of staff in an effort to bandage its cash hemorrhage
In a memo to his car manufacturing company, Elon Musk said that Tesla would be laying off 9% of its workforce, which equates to about 3,000 jobs. This is the latest move by the electric car manufacturer to stem its outward cash flow, which has only grown since the delivery of its first vehicle six years ago.
Asus ROG GU501GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review
Whistle while you work. Wrapped in an attractive and slim package, the Asus ROG GU501GM is a competent gaming machine that effectively marries style and power. Unfortunately, CPU stability and fan noise present major problems in an otherwise excellent, if expensive, laptop.
Apple bans crypto-mining apps from all its platforms
Apple's App Store Review Guidelines have recently been updated with a section dedicated to cryptocurrencies. In sum, Apple's app stores (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS) will no longer allow apps that create or generate cryptocurrencies. Crypto wallets and trading apps are still kosher to distribute, but the rules surrounding these kinds of apps have become much more strict.
HITMAN 2 may be announced on Thursday
A logo bearing the words "HITMAN 2" appeared on WB Games' site Monday night before being promptly removed, hinting that a new Hitman game may be just around the corner. The official Hitman twitter seems to confirm this; a new tweet, bearing a blurred video of the titular Hitman's next target, teases that something is coming June 7th.
Apple debuts iOS 12 (which feels behind the curve)
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 12, refines a few existing features while introducing few new ones. All said, iOS 12 is exciting for the Apple fanbase, but it seems like the iPhone is playing catch-up to Android.
WWDC 2018 Live Blog
Join us as we share our thoughts during Apple's WWDC 2018 developer conference.
Google silently exits the tablet market
Google silently removed the Tablets heading on the Android website, indicating that the tech behemoth may no longer push development for tablet features. This could be another sign that Google is planning on merging ChromeOS and Android, eliminating the need for tablets altogether.
Nvidia may once again bundle games with video cards, starting with The Crew 2
According to a leaked Dutch ad, Nvidia will bundle a copy of The Crew 2 with the purchase of a new GeForce GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti. This move could be the harbinger of the return of a relic of the pre-crypto PC gaming world: bundling AAA games with a GPU purchase.
Canon has finally stopped selling film cameras
In an almost offhand post on their Japanese website, camera manufacturer Canon announced that they have "finally decided" to end sales for their last film-only SLR camera, the EOS-1v. The company will still offer repairs on any existing EOS-1v cameras until October 31, 2025, as parts availability allows.
Apple damaged an iMac Pro while trying to repair it
Quinn of YouTube channel Snazzy Labs recently posted a video of Apple's poor repair of his iMac Pro. While attempting to repair a damaged VESA mount, the repair technicians at an Apple Store severely damaged the original stand of Quinn's iMac Pro and scratched the body of the machine in a few places.
Asus' new ROG Swift PG27UQ is the first 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 certificationr
The ROG Swift PG27UQ from Asus packs in almost everything anyone could want in a monitor: 4K, HDR, G-Sync, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Asus will also sell the monitor pre-calibrated to professional-grade standards with excellent color accuracy and color space coverage. However, the ROG Swift PG27UQ will chew through wallets at USD $2,000.
Nintendo now sells a cheaper Switch bundle without the dock
Nintendo is now selling a cheaper Switch bundle without a TV dock or AC adapter. By sacrificing these accessories, gamers can save ¥5,000 (~$45). Unfortunately, the bundle is currently exclusive to Japan, and there's little chance Nintendo will release a stand-alone Switch in the West anytime soon.
Microsoft rumored to soon make low-cost Surface tablets with USB Type-C to rival the iPad
Rumors are flying concerning Microsoft's Surface line, speculating that the Redmond regent may soon produce another low-cost Surface tablet to compete directly against Apple's iPad. If true, the budget Surface will feature a 10-inch screen, rounded corners, and USB Type-C.
Sony will stop producing physical Vita GameCards in March 2019
Sony's has announced that they will stop manufacturing physical games for the PlayStation Vita by March 2019. While the company will continue to support the digital distribution of games for the system, this is likely the first step toward the Vita's end of life.
AsteroidOS 1.0, an open source smartwatch OS, released for certain Android Wear watches
AsteroidOS, best described as an open source alternative to watchOS and Wear OS, launched its first stable release yesterday. Designed by a small group of developers and open to the public, the OS can run on a few Wear OS-compatible smartwatches, including devices from LG, Asus, and Sony.
Asus GL703GE (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
Caffeine boost. The Asus GL703GE packs in more processor performance than ever thanks to Intel’s new Core i7-8750H CPU. The Coffee Lake chip is a shot in the arm for processor-reliant tasks, and the 120 Hz display has been improved. Still, the price makes the GL703GE hard to recommend.
The NES Classic Edition is coming back June 29th
Nintendo announced via Twitter that the NES Classic Edition will be re-released on June 29. The console will still cost USD $60 and will include the same 30 titles. Nintendo stated that both the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition will be available through the end of the year.
Lon Seidman and Douglas Black of Notebookcheck and UltrabookReview talk laptops and the tech review process
Lon Seidman recently hosted a podcast with Notebookcheck's own Douglas Black. Over the hour, Douglas discussed his work with Notebookcheck and UltrabookReview with Lon and the process behind writing reviews of laptops in the online era. The duo also discussed the laptop market at large and some interesting trends they are currently watching.
ZTE ceases "major operating activities," may be on the way out
In a statement issued to stockholders today, ZTE said that the it was suspending all "major operating activities" due to the sales ban placed on the company by the U.S. Department of Commerce. While ZTE has enough cash on hand to fulfill its current commercial obligations, the future looks bleak for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.
Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps
Chromebooks may become the best Android development tools later this year. Google is planning to roll out native Linux support to the Chrome OS-powered machines later this year, allowing coders to build software for Chrome OS and Android natively on Chromebooks.
Frank Azor: "Don't hold your breath" for a 13-inch XPS 2-in-1 with a dedicated GPU
Responding to a question on Twitter, Frank Azor bluntly stated that the likelihood of a dedicated GPU making its way into Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 is slim to none. "Don't hold your breath," said Azor, effectively squashing any hope of a variant of the convertible with a dGPU. However, is that such a bad thing?
If you are on Twitter, you should change your password now
Twitter discovered a bug in their password hashing process that created a plaintext log containing user passwords. While the social media platform does not believe any breach has occurred, they urged their entire user base to reset their passwords as soon as possible.
Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Radeon RX Vega 10) Laptop Review
Ryzen up. Acer has updated their popular Swift 3 laptop with AMD's most powerful mobile APU, the Ryzen 7 2700U with RX Vega 10 graphics. Unfortunately, the system fails to live up to its full potential.
Barclays: Apple won't include Lightning to 3.5mm adapter this year
Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis is predicting that Apple will stop bundling the Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter with the iPhone released this fall. If this prediction comes true, iPhone users that want wired audio would have to separately purchase the adapter at a small (but annoying) additional cost.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) now available
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" is here and brings quite a few changes to the OS. Users upgrading from 16.04 LTS will notice quite a few aesthetic changes; 18.04 LTS brings the switch back to the GNOME desktop to the long-term support version of the most popular Linux distro. Some other tweaks under the hood bring support for modern hardware features as well.
Chrome's Canary channel gets a visual overhaul, new features
The developer channel for Google's Chrome browser ("Canary") is sport a new coat of paint as well as some useful features. While all of these changes may not make their way to the Stable channel, the new design language echoes what we've already seen in early builds of Android P and the leaked Gmail design refresh.
Librem 5 smartphone will officially support PureOS and Ubuntu Touch
Thanks to a collaboration between Purism and UBports, the upcoming crowd-funded Librem 5 smartphone now officially supports Purism's own PureOS and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch, which was abandoned by Canonical last year, was picked up by the UBports team for further development and may finally find a more permanent home on the Librem 5.
New method of hacking Nintendo's Switch claims to be "unpatchable"
A newly discovered hardware exploit allows for the execution of arbitrary code on devices powered by Nvidia's Tegra processors. This includes Nintendo's wildly popular Switch, which has been under the scope of several hacking groups this past year. The new exploit functions at the boot level and is claimed to be "unpatchable."
New IdeaPad 530s surfaces on Lenovo's European website
A new listing for the IdeaPad 530s has just appeared on Lenovo's European site. The mid-range device can be configured with up to an 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of NVMe storage. The 530s can also pack up to an Nvidia MX150 GPU in a slightly smaller and lighter shell than the 520s.
ZTE strikes back: Chinese manufacturer may take "judicial measures" against Department of Commerce
After getting hit with a 7-year ban barring them from buying anything from a U.S. company, ZTE released a new statement today. The statement calls the Department of Commerce's ban unfair and says that it will not only severely damage ZTE but will harm ZTE's partners, including some U.S. companies.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2018 (Core i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Best of both worlds. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a sleek 2-in-1 for business professionals. While the top of the line configuration is an excellent machine, this mid-tier model may be the best solution for most users in need of a well-styled hybrid business device.
Qualcomm, Dolby, and others banned from selling components to ZTE for 7 years
The United States Department of Commerce has banned all American companies from selling components to Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE. This includes Qualcomm and Dolby, both of whom have made major contributions to previous ZTE phones. The loss of Qualcomm-made SoCs is sure to damage the salability of ZTE phones.
The KB-G1 Game is Beelink's Kaby Lake G answer to Intel's Hades Canyon NUC
Move over, Hades Canyon. There's a new Kaby Lake G mini PC in town. The Beelink KB-G1 Game is an ultra-SFF desktop sporting Intel's new Core i7-8809G CPU with RX Vega M graphics. Although the KB-G1 Game is slightly thicker then the Hades Canyon NUC, it can support up to four displays at one time.
AMD's upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs may not be more powerful than Nvidia's GTX 1080
According to rumors, AMD's Navi-based GPUs, which are slotted for release in 2019, may compete with Nvidia's GTX 1080 but not supersede it. This could spell trouble for AMD; the GPU shortage caused by the cryptomining craze particularly hit AMD's stock, and the lack of a competitive GPU next year may cause a loss of market share.
Dell Latitude 7490 (i7-8650U, FHD Touchscreen) Laptop Review
Same body, new engine. The 14-inch Dell Latitude 7490 retains the same design as last year's Latitude 7480 but sports a new quad-core U-series CPU. The Core i7-8650U is a significant upgrade over the dual-core chip in the previous iteration. Does the increase in power warrant an upgrade?
FTC slams companies that require repairs using certain parts or vendors to maintain a warranty
In a statement made yesterday, the Federal Trade Commision stated that it had sent warnings to six major manufacturers of cars, mobile phones, or video game consoles. The warning stated that policies requiring users to repair their products via a preset list of vendors or replacement parts in order to maintain a product's warranty is, in fact, illegal.
Facebook is now the least trusted tech company when it comes to personal data
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed one of the worst abuses of personal information by a corporation in history, trust in Facebook's handling of private information has plummeted. This is evidenced by a new survey run by Recode and SurveyMonkey, where 56% of those surveyed stated they trusted Facebook the least. The next choice was Google at a mere 5%.
Apple may copy Huawei's triple camera design next year
The trendsetter may become the copycat: rumors coming out of Taiwan speculate that Apple may be releasing an iPhone with three lenses in 2019, a design that may be inspired by Huawei's P20 Pro.
Apple will release an updated Mac Pro desktop in 2019, and it will be a complete redesign
In an event hosted for creative professionals earlier today, Apple executives clarified that the new Mac Pro desktop will indeed be released in 2019. In a somewhat surprising move, Apple will be working with professionals outside of the company to refine the product, which the company says will be designed from scratch.
HP launches ZBook 15V, a low-cost workstation for the masses starting at USD $950
Among HP's refreshed ZBook line of portable workstations is the ZBook 15V, which HP is aiming squarely at a broader consumer market. The workstation, which starts at USD $950, can be specced with up to an Intel Core i7-8750H or Xeon E-2176M CPU and quite a few other powerful components.
Active shooter reported at YouTube's headquarters in California
An active shooting situation was reported at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California, earlier this afternoon. The suspected shooter, a female, was found dead at the scene. At least four people have been evacuated to area hospitals. Motives behind the shooting are still unknown, as are several other details. This story is ongoing.
Chrome Web Store bans extensions that mine cryptocurrencies
The Chrome Web Store has updated its policy concerning extensions with crypto-mining scripts, outright banning such extensions from the store. Any existing extensions that can be used for mining cryptocurrencies will be removed by the end of June 2018. While the policy will prevent future extensions that are obviously used for crypto-mining, it remains to be seen if this will solve the problem of surreptitious mining scripts hidden in otherwise innocuous extensions.
Ethereum-based ASIC miners may cause the price of AMD GPUs (and stock) to fall
AMD GPU prices may finally be coming down, but will the company’s stock follow suit? According to analyst Christopher Rolland, that may indeed be the case. A new Ethereum ASIC miner from Bitmain may threaten Team Red’s financial outlook, as Ethereum mining is estimated to be responsible for about 20% of AMD’s sales.
Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
Plastic, pragmatic. The Asus FX503VM is a mid-tier gaming laptop at a budget-minded price. Although there are some cut corners, the overall package is capable, competent, and attractive.
Pocket Mint: The Mintbox Mini 2 is a fanless Apollo Lake mini PC running Linux Mint
Mini PCs are growing in popularity. Linux Mint users in need of an insanely tiny machine might be interested in the Apollo Lake-powered Mintbox Mini 2, which the team behind Linux Mint is hoping to deliver concurrently with Mint 19 sometime in June of this year.
The Ataribox is real, and it's more computer than gaming console
After months of delays and speculation, the Atari VCS (formerly the Ataribox) finally debuted in physical form at GDC. There's still a lot of information about the console that Atari is keeping close to the chest, but we do know that Atari VCS will be more akin to a Linux PC than a dedicated gaming console, which should expand its capabilities (and possibly appeal).
Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs
Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In its current form, RTX is only compatible with Nvidia's Volta-based GPUs.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review
Bigger, faster, better value? The Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 is one of the most powerful small form factor desktops on the market. While relatively small compared to traditional desktops, it is twice as large as other Zotac ZBOX devices. Zotac puts this extra space to good use by packing in a full desktop Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Our thoughts on MWC 2018: Budget-phone buzz, flagships fall flat
This year's MWC may have marked a turn in the smartphone market. While the latest flagships were generally iterative improvements on last year's models, the budget and mid-tier segments have begun to explode. The best phones may not be getting cheaper, but cheap phones are definitely getting better.
The slew of promoted Dyson YouTube videos spotlights a growing problem in the review community
Have you heard of the Dyson Cyclone V10? If not, don't worry; a deluge of YouTube channels posted "reviews" about the vacuum yesterday. However, the sponsored videos raise some concerns about the YouTube tech review community as a whole.
Challenger approaching: Xiaomi may enter the U.S. smartphone market by the end of the year
The 4th largest smartphone manufacturer (as of Q4 2017) may be entering one of the only markets it hasn't actively pursued: the United States. While the brand sells several other electronic devices (like speakers and home products), the OEM's phones may soon be on the store shelves of the four major U.S. carriers.
Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review
Hotter, Louder, Faster, Stronger. The Asus ROG Strix GL703VM is a more powerful version of the GL703VD, which we reviewed back in October. In addition to a faster GPU, the GL703VM brings a 120 Hz display, but fan noise and temperatures leave room for improvement.
Samsung Galaxy S9 debuts with variable-aperture camera, AR Emojis, and more
They're finally here. The latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, share a lot in common with last year's S8 and S8+ with some incremental improvements. The biggest change lies in the camera, which now features a variable aperture for better low-light shots and 960 frame-per-second video capture.
HMD Global keeps the nostalgia train rolling with the 8110 4G
Nokia fans of old are getting some more fan service this year. HMD introduced a remodel of the classic Nokia 8110 "banana phone," a slider phone originally released in 1996. The classic phone (which was fairly popular due to its curved shape, slide-out keypad cover, and appearance in "The Matrix" movies) gets a new shot at life in the form of a cheap 4G feature phone.
Leaked photo shows possible prototype of Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
The Xperia line may be a getting a refresh in the form of the Xperia XZ2 Compact if a photo posted on Xperia Blog is to be believed. The photo, which was posted by a commenter, claims to show off a prototype of the small form factor flagship rumored to appear at MWC 2018 next week.
Intel reveals prototype of their discrete GPU
Intel unveiled plans for a prototype of their discrete GPU at the San Francisco ISSCC (IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference) late last week. The 14 nm dGPU, which is still in an early prototype stage, features 1.5 billion transistors and is clocked between 50 - 400 MHz, which may hint at a focus on efficiency over raw power.
HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review
X marks the spot. HP has unleashed a beast in the form of the HP Omen X 17. With a high-refresh rate panel, an overclockable Core i7 CPU, and the most powerful mobile GPU currently on the market, does the Omen X 17 have the "X factor" it needs to stand apart from the crowd, or is it just white noise in a highly competitive performance tier?
Leaked Intel roadmap hints at new hexa-core laptop CPU
According to an alleged leaked CPU roadmap for 2018, Intel may be releasing the Core i7-8550H and Core i5-8400H. The Coffee Lake CPUs are designed for laptops, but the i7 is unique; it features 6 cores and 12 threads.
Amazon to drop lock screen ads from their Prime Exclusive phones
Phones sold through Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phone program will no longer display lock screen ads, according to the retailer. The phones, which which were sold at prices substantially lower than MSRP, will instead feature Amazon-centric apps only while retaining (most of) their discounts.
Oukitel's U18 is a courageous copycat of the iPhone X, complete with a "notched-display."
Are you an Android user wishes your phone had a huge notch in the display, a la the iPhone X? Chinese OEM Oukitel has you covered. Their new U18, available for pre-order today, is a USD $159 Android alternative to Apple's flagship. However, this notch lacks any obvious utility beyond aesthetics.
Caffeine aims to energize gamers by making video broadcasting easier and more social than Twitch
Are you tired of Twitch? Caffeine, a social broadcasting platform headed by former Apple executives, officially launches today. The site, which has actually been live for some time, aims to make streaming and gaming more social by integrating features from popular social media services with an easy-to-use streaming interface. The new service might keep Twitch up at night.
Gemini Lake meets Yoga: Lenovo posts spec sheet for upcoming Yoga 330 powered by Pentium Silver N5000
Lenovo just posted a spec sheet and user manual for the Yoga 330, an upcoming low-range convertible powered by Intel's new Gemini Lake Pentium and Celeron processors. No word on pricing yet, but based on the specs, it should retail at the lower end of the market.
Fitbit will "show Pebblers love" by killing off support for the Pebble this summer
Fitbit, which acquired the Pebble brand in 2016, has announced that they will support the Pebble smartwatch line until June 20th, 2018. In other words, support for Pebble services and devices will end on June 30th of this year, marking the end of an era.
AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group
The new appointments come after the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, was sniped by Intel last November. Both Mike Rayfield and David Wang are multi-decade veterans of the technology industry and have had their hands on several projects and GPU developments.
Minimum specs for Far Cry 5 released, and you'll need a powerful system to enjoy it
Ubisoft released their recommended specs for Far Cry, which is due to launch at the end of March. While the game will run on older hardware at the lowest settings, gamers will need a fairly beefy system (Core i7 and GTX 970 / R9 290X) to enjoy the game at Full HD 60 fps.
Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics
Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.
Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers may have had their credit card information stolen
The darling of the mobile phone enthusiast community is in hot water once again. Less than a week after it was discovered that OnePlus was sending user data to servers in China without permission, the Chinese OEM's merchant platform was compromised. OnePlus has just revealed the full scope of the attack: up to 40,000 users may have had their credit card information stolen.
Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo
Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a fishing pole, a piano, and even a robot suit to enjoy new gaming experiences (and maybe learn a bit about engineering and coding).
BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days
Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review
Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning charity raises over $2.2 million, setting new record
The annual charity speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, successfully raised USD $2.26 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a charity focused on cancer research and education. This is the second year in a row that the gaming event raised over $2 million for charity.
Pikachu will channel his inner Sherlock Holmes in the US and Europe on March 23rd
Nintendo's 3DS title Detective Pikachu is making its way outside of Japan this March. If you've ever wondered what the world's most famous Pokemon would be like as a wise-cracking, coffee-loving film noir gumshoe, you'll get your answer for $40 on March 23rd.
Casio's latest devices aim to bring smart tech to the outdoors
Casio introduced a new smartwatch, GPS watch, and action camera, all of which have a rugged design intended for heavy outdoor use.
The eOneBook is an expensive dual-E ink display device that can only be used to read one manga
Do you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and really like the manga Fist of the North Star? The eOneBook by Progress Technologies may be the device for you. Featuring two E ink displays that fold out like a book, the device can only be used to read 18 volumes of Fist of the North Star.
Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop
Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
HTC's Vive Pro is a higher-res wireless VR headset for enthusiasts
Answering criticisms of its earlier VR headset, HTC's new Vive Pro cuts the cable, adds built-in headphones, and brings much more pixel-dense displays for a more immersive VR gaming experience.
Apple devices are already protected against Meltdown without any hit to performance
With the massive vulnerabilities recently discovered in Intel CPUs, the main question on everyone's minds are when affected devices will be updated to guard against possible exploits. Apple is ahead of the game; apparently, the latest versions of their various operating systems protect against Meltdown, and a fix for Spectre is coming to Safari in the next few days. The best part? These mitigations have no perceptible effect on performance.
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox
The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
New leak shows specs of Nokia 6, which might debut this Friday
A new leak via a Chinese regulatory agency shows that the 2018 refresh of the Nokia 6 may pack the Snapdragon 630, 4 GB of RAM, and a 5.5" 16:9 FHD screen. While these specs are still just a rumor, we may see an announcement about the device from HMD this Friday.
Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind
Nissan is developing a new technology, named Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V), that will help car interpret human thoughts. The aim of the tech is to help newer cars better anticipate driver decisions and work with the human operator rather than to function autonomously.
New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game
Ever wondered what the chunky polygonal world of Super Mario 64 would look like from Mario's perspective? Thanks to a new ROM hack, it's now possible to experience the game from a first-person POV, but you may not want to.
Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)
A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD's new CPUs.
Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission
Some Firefox users recently found an unwarranted add-on installed in their browsers. The add-on, which is a page tool tied to the popular online show "Mr. Robot," was installed for some users that are a part of Mozilla's Studies program. While not malicious, the add-on was installed without the users' knowledge and raised some alarm from fervent Mozilla fans.
Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)
According to the number of downloads of its camera app, Essential has sold no more than 50,000 units. While the accuracy of this number is arguable, hitting such a low volume of sales may not be as bad for the start-up as it sounds.
GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered
Everybody's favorite Department of Death Travel Agent, Manny Calavera, can now lead your PC to the Ninth Underworld for free, courtesy of GOG.com.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (11-inch) Notebook Review
Smaller size, bigger value. The 11-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s carries over many of the same facets of its 14-inch brother in a more compact case. However, with half the RAM and a smaller body, can it keep up with the larger model?
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a quad-core E-Ink tablet coming this month for $800
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a powerful (if expensive) eReader tablet with a huge 13.3-inch hi-res E-Ink display. The reader boasts a quad-core processor, a full version of Android 6.0, and a highly responsive E-Ink display, but there are a few drawbacks.
You can no longer use Bitcoin to buy games on Steam (and with good reason)
Due to the high volatility and growing transaction fees associated with Bitcoin, Valve is no longer accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment method for purchases made on Steam. This decision sheds some light on the economic ramifications of the rapid growth of a currency.
Grab an Alienware 15 R3 with a GTX 1070 for USD $1450
The Nvidia GTX 1070-equipped Alienware 15 R3 is currently on sale at Best Buy for USD $1450, or $350 less than its retail price.
BLU releases software fix for bricked Life One X2 phones, but it may not work for everyone
BLU has released a fix for the phone-bricking OTA update they issued last week. While many users are reporting success, some customers will be left out to dry. Affected users are understandably upset at the latest misstep by BLU.
Get World in Conflict and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free this month
Ubisoft is offering the acclaimed RTS World in Conflict now through December 11th. They will then release Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free from December 12 through the 18th.
Eve V flash sale going on now
Eve, the maker of the less expensive Surface Pro alternative Eve V, is offering the device in a flash sale open to the public today. Stock is limited, so head over to Eve's site if you want to secure a V of your own.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (14-inch, HD) Laptop Review
Budget notebook to beat. The 14-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s is a simple and sleek Windows laptop that retails for around $250. While the device looks and feels fairly good on the outside for a budget device, the internals are a major letdown. Considering the price, though, the Ideapad 120s is one of the better bargain laptops available.
Pocket change: Nintendo's latest foray into mobile gaming may be a financial boon
Nintendo's latest mobile title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, may be a solid win for the Japanese juggernaut. The app has eclipsed 15 million downloads in its first week of release, and Nintendo's stock shot up 4.16% over the past week and has risen 92% year-to-date.
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017
Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children
Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
MSI GF62VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 60 Hz) Laptop Review
Priced to perform. The MSI GF62VR packs a punch for not a lot of change. However, users will have to deal with a fairly low quality screen and a cheaper plastic build quality. Are these tradeoffs worth the savings?
IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales
Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Black Friday comes early (for Dell)
It's the holiday season, which means Black Friday deals are coming. Dell is kicking things off with some enticing deals on XPS and Alienware notebooks and desktops. The sale is on now until 8 AM EST on November 3.
Asus ROG GL503VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Another year, another refresh. The new Asus GL503VD represents a slight aesthetic redesign of Asus' highly-revered ROG line. Some will appreciate the simpler, less "gamery" redesign, but not much else has changed. The GTX 1050 still makes for a decent (if noisy) entry-level gaming experience.
Dumbing it down: 3G version of Nokia 3310 coming to the U.S. for $60
The Nokia 3310, the redesigned "dumb" phone modeled after the classic Nokia 3310, is now available for pre-order in the United States. Available for USD $60, the phone can be ordered through Best Buy and will officially go on sale October 29th.
MSI GF72VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 120 Hz) Laptop Review
Blown away? MSI is once again introducing another line of gaming notebooks aimed at the consumer market. The new GF72VR brings a high refresh rate display and sheds the optical drive but changes little else. Do these changes leave us breathless, or is the GF72VR full of hot air.
Second Win: GPD Win 2 prototype leaks
An image of what could possibly be the upcoming GPD Win 2 shows some design changes from the original GPD Win, including a revamped keyboard and a larger screen. Internally, the GPD Win 2 may also be sporting an Intel Core m3 CPU, a huge improvement over the Atom chip in the original.
Prime position: Moto X4 to go on sale via Amazon Prime Exclusive tonight, will retail for $330
The upcoming mid-range smartphone from Motorola will go on sale via Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones program tonight at 10 PM PST (12 AM CST). The Moto X4 will retail for $330, a $70 discount, but will feature tailored lock screen ads and pre-installed Amazon apps. The deal is available only to Amazon Prime members.
Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal
The Librem 5, a smartphone currently in development by Purism, recently reached its USD$1.5 million crowdfunding goal. The device will be designed with privacy in mind and will run a mobile flavor of Purism's own PureOS.
Google Clips is Watching You: Google's new action camera automatically snaps shots, records video
Google Clips is a small wearable action camera that automatically takes pictures of what it judges to be special moments. It learns who the important people in your life are via machine learning, and it may pose a serious privacy concern.
Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)
Google today announced the Pixelbook, their premium Chromebook that's has been the subject of a relentless stream of leaks over the past few months. The 2-in-1 Chromebook features a high-density 12.3, 3:2 aspect ratio display and powerful 7th generation Intel Core series processors.
Google introduces Home Mini and Max smart home managers
Google is spicing up their Home line of smart home management devices with Home Mini and Home Max. Mini is a smaller version of home, while Max is a massive smart speaker with dual subwoofers.
Multiplayer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2005) is back online
The 2005 multiplayer classic Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has had its multiplayer servers come back online. Matches support up to 64 players with Crossplay support between GOG and Steam, although a few more bugs may need to be squashed for some players.
Samsung will make a lot of money... from the iPhone X?
As the sole supplier of the OLED displays used in the upcoming iPhone X (and one of the main suppliers of NAND flash memory used in the phone), Samsung is poised to make quite a bit of money on total sales if the iPhone X is as successful as some estimates are guessing.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8 Tablet Review
Mini Me(diaPad). The 8-inch variant of the MediaPad M3 Lite brings a lot of polish and panache to the Android ecosystem. Despite its mid-range specifications, the M3 Lite proves to be a capable media machine. Is this the affordable compact tablet to get?
The Ataribox is an under-powered Linux PC priced to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One
In a newsletter sent out today, Atari gave some more information about the upcoming Ataribox. The console will be running a version of Linux, and users will have full access to the underlying operating system. No word on games yet, but apparently, the console won't be powerful enough to play AAA titles.
Equi-fail: Equifax directs customers affected by hack to fake phishing website
In another major misstep for Equifax, an employee of the credit services company responded to customer tweets with a link to a fake phishing website. The site, which was styled to look like the official Equifax site dedicated to the hack, was a fake used to demonstrate how easily malicious parties could further exploit Equifax's customers.
Moto done right? Moto X4 coming to Project Fi, will receive two years of updates
Google announced today that the upcoming Moto X4 will be available as an Android One device on their Project Fi mobile network. The smartphone will run Stock Android and come with a guaranteed minimum of two years of software updates and support from Google.
MSI WS63VR (i7-7700HQ, 4K, Quadro P4000 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Max-Q goes to work. MSI's updated WS63VR 7RL brings Nvidia's new Max-Q design to the GPU giant's Quadro line. How well does the Max-Q philosophy benefit a powerful professional-grade graphics card, especially with regards to heat and power management?
Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4
People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Equifax security breach blamed on known web vulnerability in Apache Struts
One week after announcing a major data breach affecting over 143 million consumers, Equifax is pointing blame at a security vulnerability in the Apache Struts web framework. However, the vulnerability was publicly announced in March and a patch was available months before the attack.
This is the iPhone X: Apple's flagship, reimagined
The iPhone X brings a complete overhaul to the iPhone's design language. Featuring a 5.8-inch full-body display, the iPhone X brings new innovations to Apple's flagship line, including improved camera optics, facial recognition, and a new CPU tuned for AI-driven tasks.
The Galaxy Note 8 is moderately repairable, according to iFixit
Scoring a 4 out of 10 in iFixit's most recent teardown, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 received positive praise for its modular internal components but was criticized for a heavy use in difficult to remove adhesive.
Equifax announces major security breach affecting 143 million customers in the U.S.
Equifax announced today that the personal information of over 143 million American consumers was compromised in late July. Items such as birth dates, social security numbers, and even drivers licenses were stolen by hackers, in addition to over 200,000 credit card numbers.
Vivo V7+ now available for preorder in India, boasts a 24 MP selfie shooter
The 6-inch smartphone features an 18:9 aspect ratio, a scree-to-body ratio of 84%, and a 24 MP selfie camera, all for IN₹21,990 (about US$344). Preorders in India begin today. The V7+ should start shipping out on September 15th.
Dual-camera dupe: some smartphones with dual-camera setups only have one camera enabled
A few videos recently posted to YouTube took a closer look at the Doogee Mix and found that the dual-camera setup actually uses one camera and some software tricks to simulate effects that would otherwise require two camera modules. The problem seems to be rampant among cheap Chinese smartphones.
CAT unveils two new ruggedized smartphones
The CAT S31 and S41 are the latest ruggedized smartphones from the manufacturer. Both devices are IP68 and MIL-SPEG-810 G certified and run Android Nougat.
Andy Rubin issues apology for Essential customer privacy debacle
After a massive privacy foul-up, Essential's Andy Rubin has issued a formal apology to customers that had their personal information emailed to other customers. Essential will provide affected individuals with a one-year subscription to LifeLock and, possibly, a free Essential Phone.
Toshiba Tecra X40-D (i7-7600U, FHD) Laptop Review
Carbon Copy. Toshiba's new Tecra X40-D is the Japanese manufacturer's latest entry in the thin-and-light business market and carries over several features from its smaller brother, the Portégé X30. Is the X40 able to differentiate itself enough, or is it more of the same in a larger package?
Purism turns to crowdfunding to develop their Linux-based smartphone
The Librem 5, currently up for preorder through a crowdfunding campaign, is Purism's attempt to create a privacy-focused smartphone. The phone will run a mobile variant of PureOS, which is Purism's own custom GNU/Linux-based operating system.
New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Thanks to a leaked product page, we now know several details of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker/smartwatch from Samsung. While there aren't many changes from the previous Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will be water resistant to 50 meters.
New research paper demonstrates smartphone security hole in replacement hardware
A research team has successfully compromised a smartphone by injecting malicious code into the drivers for the touchscreen. The code allows full access to the device, including the ability to alter files, use the phone's camera, download malicious apps, and grant root access without unlocking the bootloader.
Fighting game classic Tekken is coming to Android and iOS
An adaptation of one of the most successful fighting game franchises is coming to mobile. BANDAI NAMCO recently announced Tekken Mobile, which should be arriving on iOS and Android devices soon.
Electronics wizard Ben Heck creates portable Nintendo 64
While we wait for the release of the SNES Classic Edition, why not take a look at an incredible mod of Nintendo's 3rd generation console? Ben Heck has finished his Nintendo 64 Portable, a modded Nintendo 64 built into a portable case.
TAITO Famicom "classic" Takeshi's Challenge now available on Android and iOS
Ever wanted a game where you play a middle-aged Japanese businessman experiencing a midlife crisis? The infamous Famicom title "Takeshi No Chousenjou" ("Takeshi's Challenge" in the West) is now available on Android and iOS.
Recall issued for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries
Replacement batteries shipped as part of AT&T's Insurance program have now been recalled due to concerns about the batteries overheating and creating a fire hazard. Samsung has placed blame squarely on FedEx Supply Chain.
BLU R2 budget smartphone now available for preorder
The latest budget-tier smartphone from BLU is now available for $80, although buyers will have to eschew some modern comforts like LTE connectivity at that price. For an extra $30, the R2 LTE offers a slight spec bump and 4G LTE speeds.
The Ulefone Armor 2 is a budget-friendly ruggedized smartphone
The upcoming Armor 2 from Ulefone is a fairly inexpensive ruggedized smartphone. Powered by a MediaTek SoC and carrying an IP68 certification, the Armor 2 may make for a decent mid-tier rough-and-tumble phone.
It's now easier to hide root on your Android phone with suhide-lite
A new SuperSU package by developer Chainfire allows users to hide root status from specific apps, which can enable the use of certain apps on rooted devices that would otherwise be blocked via Google's SafetyNet API.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 takes design cues from other smartwatches in leaked photos
The upcoming fitness tracker from Garmin features a round face and an overhauled UI more reminiscent of Garmin's own Fenix line of wearables. This may position the Vivoactive 3 against competing smartwatches, especially Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch.
Leaked images show off YotaPhone 3
Images of what may be the upcoming Yota 3 have just been leaked. The images show off a much thinner and more modern looking smartphone than Yota's previous devices. On display is an elliptical fingerprint reader, a beautiful AMOLED main screen, and a 720p E-Ink secondary screen.
Windows may be moving to a unified mobile/desktop OS
According to rumors, Microsoft may soon be killing of development of Windows 10 Mobile in favor of pursuing a unified operating system that more closely ties development and features of the desktop version of Windows to a retooled iteration for smartphones.
Live photos show what may be the Google Pixel 2
Live photos show off what is likely a development model of the Google Pixel 2. There are slight changes to the aesthetic, but (sadly) a headphone jack is nowhere to be found.
Verizon releases security update for Samsung's flagship phones... from 2015
A new update for the Verizon Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge will roll out over the next few weeks, patching a few security holes and fixing some call-related bugs.
Leaks show off T-Mobile's budget-oriented REVVL T1 smartphone
T-Mobile has leaked information on the upcoming REVVL T1 via a support page for the device on their website. The budget-oriented device looks to be a competitor to other budget champs like the Motorola Moto E4.
BLU phones back on Amazon following privacy fears
After privacy concerns caused Amazon to delist some phones by budget smartphone manufacturer BLU, the products are once again available through the online retailer. Although BLU has denied allegations of any wrongdoing, privacy issues with budget Android phones may remain a concern.
Surprise! Amazon is selling an unlocked variant of the ZenFone AR in the U.S.
While Verizon began selling a carrier-exclusive version of the ZenFone AR yesterday, Amazon has now posted an unlocked variant with two options, one of which is $50 cheaper than Verizon's. The unlocked ZenFone AR is only compatible with GSM networks.
Fitbit says it will release a new smartwatch later this year
The wearables giant Fitbit has announced that their highly-anticipated smartwatch should be ready in time for the holiday season later this year. The smartwatch was delayed earlier this year, and while there isn't a hint of a specific release date, the device should be ready by Q4.
Lead designer of the Essential phone leaves the company
The head of UX for Essential, Liron Damir, has left the startup to work at Google in the Google Home division. This marks the third departure of a key employee at Essential in as many months.
Foxconn to open new LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin
Foxconn, the electronics manufacturer largely responsible for building components used in the iPhone, has announced their intention to construct an LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. In return, the state of Wisconsin will pay the Taiwanese company US$3 billion in taxpayer subsidies.
Fairphone will stop software and hardware support for its first device
The Fairphone, which was meant to be an easily repairable, long lasting smartphone, will no longer be supported. Fairphone, the company behind the device, will no longer sell replacement parts and has halted software development.
More features of the Ataribox surface
The console will focus on both old and new titles, possibly positioning Atari to capitalize on the retro-fueled success of the NES Classic Edition. New press renders show off some connectivity, but very little is known about the console at this point.
Another key executive leaves Essential
Brian Wallace, former director of marketing for Essential, has left the startup. His departure follows that of Andy Fouché, former head of communications, last month. These departures will only add to Essential's recent problems.
HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review
Choppy waters. The HP 15-bw07ax brings AMD's newest high-end APU, the A12-9720P, to the market. However, the APU may be a bit too new - the system is remarkably unstable.
Vertu, the luxury smartphone maker, is shutting down its manufacturing arm
The uber-expensive smartphone brand has had to shutter its manufacturing business, leading to the loss of 200 jobs. The brand is now over $160 million in debt and may soon begin bankruptcy proceedings. Vertu phones may soon be a thing of the past.
Bixby button remapping is once again available for the Galaxy S8
In what is amounting to a game of Android developer chess, an XDA contributor has updated the bxActions app, allowing users to circumvent the recent Bixby button remapping block pushed out by Samsung to Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S8 devices. When will Samsung strike back?
Moto E4 Plus launches in India with a 5,000 mAh battery
The budget phone is now available in India for ₹9,999, or about USD $150. Packing a quad-core MediaTek MTK6737M and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, the phone runs Android 7.1.1 and may quickly become the budget-phone king.
Valve releases a bug fix - for the original Half-Life
The update fixes some crashes and patches a possible security hole in the original Half-Life title. But the question must be asked: does this update confirm Half Life 3? No.
HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review
Slow and Steady. The HP 15-BW077AX is an entry-level laptop from HP with AMD's newest A9 APU. Despite its young age, the CPU feels years behind the competition and the notebook as a whole offers very little for prospective consumers.
Intel may limit or discontinue the Pentium G4560
Intel may be artificially reducing stock of the Pentium G4560 due to the CPU's cannibalization of sales of the Core i3 line, which is double the MSRP of the Pentium while only offering a small bump in performance. Expect prices for the G4560 to continue rising.
AMOLED displays fast approaching price parity with LCD panels
The price of manufacturing a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display is now a mere 10 cents more than a 5.5-inch LCD panel. Market researchers are expecting the market for AMOLED to grow by 63% this year, and that by 2020, 50% of smartphones will have an AMOLED screen.
Steam Link now available as an app for Samsung Smart TVs (in beta)
Valve has just released a beta Steam Link App for Samsung's Smart Hub app store. The app is compatible with Samsung UHD TVs from 2016 and 2017.
Sequent is a self-charging smartwatch on Kickstarter
By using a kinetic charging system, the Sequent smartwatch promises to be the world's first fitness tracker and smartwatch with an "infinite" battery life.
Moto G5S Plus specs leaked
A possible new model of the Moto G5 may bring more premium materials, a larger screen, and a dual-camera setup for vastly improved photos.
PS4 on PC: Sony brings PlayStation 4 games to PC via PlayStation Now
Sony has released 20 PlayStation 4 titles as a part of their PlayStation Now game streaming service. By using PS Now, these games can be played on either a PlayStation 4 or PC.
Android July update now available for Nexus and Pixel smartphones
July's Android security patch is here for Nexus and Pixel devices and fixes a few vulnerabilities that (thankfully) haven't been widely exploited yet.
ROCK64, a 4K-capable single-board computer, now available
The new media-centric single-board PC from Pine64 is powered by a Rockchip RK3328 with support for the H.265 codec and 4K video playback.
Motorola announces slew of new Moto Mods
Lenovo-owned Motorola announces several new Moto Mods at a press event in Ghana, Africa earlier this week. Among them are a 360-degree camera, a speaker from Marshall, and a DSLR Mod with switchable lenses.
The Sharp X1 is an Android One device with a huge battery
The Sharp X1 features a 5.3-inch FHD IGZO display, a Snapdragon 435, 3 GB of RAM, and a huge 3,900 mAh battery. The device will be available in Japan as a part of the Android One initiative.
Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review
Featherweight champion? Toshiba's Portégé X30 packs tons of features in one of the lightest bodies currently available. Can the X30 compete with other thin-and-light heavyweights, or will it get knocked out?
Moto Z2 specs leaked on GFXBench
According to a leaked GFXBench listing, the Moto Z2 will feature a Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch 2K display.
Lexar memory cards and flash drives have been discontinued
Micron Technology, Inc., stated that they will discontinue the Lexar brand of removable storage devices in an effort to pursue "higher value markets."
Smach Z handheld gaming PC likely to be delayed (again)
Due to a disagreement with a key hardware partner, the Smach Z handheld gaming PC is likely to run into further delays (if not cancellation).
Super Nintendo Classic Edition now official, available September 29
Following in the footsteps of the now-discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo will continue to capitalize on the retro gaming market with the SNES Classic Edition. The new mini-console will feature 21 SNES games and will retail for $80 on September 29.
Windows 10 S can be infected with malware
While Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any currently known malware, a clever cybersecurity professional has found an exploit in Microsoft Word that can run malicious code in the operating system.
Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence
Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1
As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
Samsung may be developing a 2,000 ppi VR headset
If rumors are to be believed, Samsung is developing an ultra-high resolution OLED display that has a staggering pixel density of 2,000 ppi. This display may be used in a stand alone VR headset from Samsung, which would make for the most immersive VR experience yet.
Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks
Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Convertible Powerhouse. The Lenovo Yoga line has long been the leader in the 2-in-1 notebook market. With the redesigned Yoga 720, the Chinese manufacturer looks to expand that dominance. Can the 15-inch model be flexible enough for consumers, or will it snap under pressure?
Debian 9 "Stretch" now available
The update brings enhanced security features, more accessible debug tools, and updates to over 51,000 software packages throughout the Debian repositories.
You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight
Using the new Moonlight app, you can set your Android phone to spoof an NVIDIA Shield device, allowing for game streaming from your PC. You'll need to root the Android device and have at least an NVIDIA GTX 600-series GPU with support for GameStream.
The Moto Z2 may make its debut later this month
According to an invite posted online today, Lenovo is announcing something on June 27. Looking at the image on the invite, the device is likely the Moto Z2.
MSI GS73VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 4K) Laptop Review
Iterative improvement. The GS73VR walks a delicate line between power and portability by packing NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs into a thin chassis late last summer. Now that a Kaby Lake option is available, are Intel's 7th generation chips worth the cost to upgrade the recent redesign of MSI's 17.3-inch thin-and-light?
Pixel XL 2 rumored to be cancelled
Multiple sources are reporting that Google has cancelled project "muskie," which was speculated to be a successor to Google's 2016 flagship Pixel XL.
Sprint offers a free year of data to non-customers willing to switch
The smallest of the Big 4 is offering unlimited voice, text, and data for free for an entire year. This is the latest move by Sprint to pilfer customers from its rivals.
Age of Empires celebrates 20 years with a 4K remaster
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition updates the PC classic with revamped gameplay mechanics and a visual 4K overhaul. Signup for the closed beta starts today.
Alpha, the team behind the Litebook, introduces new notebook and desktop
Alpha, who released the Litebook back in March, recently announced two new devices running Elementary OS: the Litebox (a compact desktop) and the Centurion (an i7-equipped notebook).
Reddit designs new volume controls with hilarious results
Leave it to the Internet to put too much thought in redesigning one of the simplest mechanics in modern computers with pretty funny results.
Asus Chromebook Flip C213 now listed on Amazon
The C213 is meant for education markets, but its solid spec sheet, ample connectivity, and option for an HD+ screen could make it a sleeper hit among Chromebook users.
The JXD S192k is a Rockchip-powered Android gaming tablet
The new device is currently up for preorder and is powered by a Rockchip RK3288, 4 GB of RAM, and a 10,000 mAh battery. The device may also ship with 18 emulators preloaded onto it and a download center tailored for retro ROMs.
Apple announces HomePod smart speaker
The HomePod is a competent speaker built around Siri. The speaker can recognize where it's placed in a room in order to direct sound for a fuller, richer music experience. The speaker also includes full Siri interaction.
Apple introduces new iMac AIOs, including the powerful iMac Pro
Apple's new All-in-Ones are equipped with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, Iris Pro integrated graphics, and options for high-res displays and dedicated AMD Radeon GPUs. The iMac Pro, a completely new device, will pack a punch with an 18-core Xeon processor and AMD Vega graphics.
Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs
The new Metal 2 and Metal for VR APIs bring VR support to macOS for the first time, as well as support for external GPUs and AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards.
Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC
The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
Andy Rubin's Essential brand accused of trademark infringement
Spigen, a smartphone manufacturer that owns trademark rights to the term "Essential," has sent a Cease and Desist order to Andy Rubin's Essential company. Claiming that Essential infringed on their copyright, Spigen demanded that Essential stop using the trademark.
Oppo R11 press images leaked
The leaked press images reveal the color options of the phone and confirm some of the rumors concerning the phone's design.
The Pokemon Company catches huge boost in profits
Due to the success of Pokémon Go, The Pokémon Company saw their net profits jump from $5.6 million in 2015 to over $140 million in 2016.
Dell unveils VR-ready Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One desktop PC
The AIO can be configured with up to a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU and up to a Radeon RX 580 for VR gaming.
Dell announces Inspiron 24 5000 AIO with AMD APU and GPU options
The All-in-One features AMD APUs and an optional Radeon RX560. The 23.8-inch display can be configured with or without touch and ships with an optional articulating arm.
Gigabyte unveils P56XT notebook powered by a GTX 1070
The performance-oriented laptop features a Core i7-7700HQ CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 1070, as well as options for a 4K screen, up to 4 storage drives, and a per-key RGB-backlit keyboard.
Acer's ultra-thin Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook is coming in August
The Triton 700, which was announced in April, is shaping up to be one of the leaders in the renewed push of thin-and-light gaming notebooks.
MSI debuts monster GT75VR Titan gaming notebook
The GT75VR Titan is a gaming powerhouse with dual GTX 1070s, an unlocked i7-7820HK CPU, and a 4K 120 Hz display that MSI says covers 100% of the AdobeRGB spectrum.
MSI introduces new peripherals for gaming desktops and notebooks
MSI's new peripherals feature premium specifications and MSI's new Mystic Light RGB lighting scheme for a fully customizable setup.
Asus ROG GL753VE (7700HQ, 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
Sweet spot. Asus typically tweaks the different iterations of their gaming notebooks by using different GPU solutions. Has the Taiwanese manufacturer hit a sweet spot with the GL753VE and its GTX 1050 Ti?
"Cloak and Dagger" vulnerability can leave your Android phone open to attack
The exploit, which has long been theorized, was confirmed by computer security researchers. By using invisible overlays and some clever social engineering, hackers can quickly gain full control to an Android device.
Vulnerability found in subtitle system of VLC, Kodi, and other media players
By injection malicious code into subtitle files, hackers are able to take full control of a device that loads the malicious subtitles. The exploit affects four of the biggest media streaming services: VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time, and Strem.io.
Asus ZenScreen MB16AC external monitor is coming in July
The portable monitor connects to a computer via USB Type-C and can offer a dual display setup on the go.
Acer announces Nitro 5 gaming notebook with either an NVIDIA or AMD GPU
With either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD RX 550, Acer's new mainstream gaming notebook offers quite a few options.
Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index
The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
The MateBook X is Huawei's new flagship notebook
The MateBook X is a new compact ultrabook from Huawei that is very reminiscent of a certain rival's thin-and-light.
Huawei announces MateBook E convertible notebook
The MateBook E improves on several aspects of the original, including a higher resolution screen, a redesigned keyboard and hinge, and options for new Kaby Lake processors.
Asus may hop on the slim bezel trend with rumored VivoBook S15
The 7.8 mm bezel allows a 15.6-inch display to fit in the body of a typical 14" notebook, according to Asus.
HIS quietly releases single-slot RX 550 GPU
The single-slot GPU packs an RX 550 with a small core clock boost in a small footprint.
Rooted phones may not be able to download some apps from the Google Play Store
A new update to the Play Console allows developers to restrict access to their apps based on SafetyNet testing. They can hide apps from phones that fail SafetyNet (i.e., rooted devices).
Lenovo updates Flex line of notebooks with a new design and improved internals
The new and improved Flex 5 14" and Flex 5 15" have slimmer bezels, Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, and NVIDIA's GeForce 940 MX GPU.
NVIDIA GeForce Gt 1030 now available
The low-cost GPU seems positioned for eSports titles and multimedia-oriented PCs. The card is now available for purchase from several stores. Prices range from $70-80.
Google announces Android Go, a light version of Android for inexpensive smartphones
Android Go will be Android tailored for cheap, low-cost smartphones. The OS will be lighter, and apps will require less resources to run. Rollouts are expected to start in 2018.
Aorus X3 Plus v7 (i7-7820HK, GTX 1060) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review
Small screamer. The Aorus X3 Plus v7 brings a lot of power in a tiny package. While the internals are impressive, thermals and noise present problems. Emissions aside, the X3 Plus v7 is a capable and portable gaming notebook.
Google hopes to speed up Android updates from OEMs with Project Treble
Project Treble aims to create an API, allowing vendors to focus on changes to the Android framework rather than changing specific code in the OS for their devices. The result will hopefully be faster and more reliable OS updates from all OEMs.
Google's "Taimen" phone leaks on Geekbench
The next flagship from Google may have been posted on Geekbench 4, giving us a first look at its speedy performance.
Verizon snatches Straight Path from under AT&T to secure 5G spectrum space
Verizon has outbid AT&T for the purchase of Straight Path, a small company that holds several hundred licenses in the 39 GHz and 28 GHz spectrums. Verizon will close the $3.1 billion deal over the next 9 months.
Ubuntu available in the Windows Store; SUSE and Fedora to come soon
The Linux "apps" will essentially run the distro through a compatibility layer. Users will have access to Bash and the Linux command line.
Samsung may be working on a flagship-class flip phone
The clamshell design may live on in a rumored Samsung device boasting some smartphone features, including OLED displays, a fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 430.
Sprint plans to offer 2.5 GHz 5G by late 2019
The 4th largest cellular carrier in the U.S. is aiming to bring 5G to commercial clients in late 2019.
Indie hit To The Moon comes to Android
Highly praised for its story and soundtrack, To the Moon now brings its one-of-a-kind experience to Android.
Apple hits $800 billion market valuation
The Cupertino Giant set a record at market close on Tuesday by eclipsing $800 billion in market capitalization, a first for any U.S. company.
GemBoy brings the Game Boy to Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3
The Game Boy and Game Boy Color Emulator is a unique way to play classic titles from Nintendo's first handheld console.
Apple offers free repairs on iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard for three years
Due to "functional issues," Apple will extend the replacement and repair warrant for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard to three years from the date of purchase.
Blackberry pulls Priv and Passport from online store
The smartphones were pulled from Blackberry's online store this morning, as well as older devices like the Classic. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 are still available for purchase at discounted prices.
Supposed leak reveals AMD Vega GPU specs
A recent Linux Direct Rendering Manager, supposedly from AMD, contains the specifications of an unnamed Vega GPU. The card in question has 8 GB of HBM2 and posted 12.5 TFLOPS of performance.
Ben Heck completes repair of Nintendo Playstation prototype
A long-rumored prototype of the Super NED CD-ROM was finally found back in 2015. While it could play SNES cartridges, the CD-ROM would not work. After about a year and a half of work, electronics wizard Ben Heck has completed repairs on the prototype.
GOG and Steam celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars game sales
Online game distributors Steam and GOG are currently running huge sales on Star Wars games. May the Fourth be with you.
Edge and Bing are the only defaults available in Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S does not allow users to change their default web browser or search engine, leaving Edge and Bing as the only default options for surfing and searching.
Jelly smartphone brings Android 7.0 and 4G in a 2.45-inch package
The device claims to be the world's smallest 4G capable smartphone. Measuring in at 1.7" by 3.6" by 0.5", it can accurately lay claim to that title.
Amazon will end its free mobile app program this summer
The Amazon Underground app store will no longer accept submission after May 31st. Amazon will also no longer list free apps for Android after this summer.
Acer launches TravelMate Spin B1 with Windows 10 S
The new convertible is aimed squarely at the education market and is one of the first devices to run Microsoft's new Windows 10 S. Coming in at about $300, the Spin B1 features a rugged build and entry-level specs.
NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones
The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now on Android
The adventure continues in Noodlecake Studio's Android port of Riven, the sequel to the classic PC adventure game Myst.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
AMD announces Radeon Pro Duo dual GPU for professionals
The upcoming Radeon Pro Duo will feature two GPUs on a single card. The professional grade graphics card will have a whopping 32 GB of VRAM and is able to hit 11.45 TFLOPS.
Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December
The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review
Entry-level update. Intel's Kaby Lake platform has been appearing on more and more notebooks, and now Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad 13 with the 7th Generation processors. Does the new platform bring enough of a performance increase to warrant an upgrade?
Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%
Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
MSI unveils thin-and-light GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro gaming notebooks
Starting at $1,099, both notebooks pack at GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, or GTX 1060 (3 GB) into a relatively small and light chassis.
Apple may replace your broken iPad 4 with an iPad Air 2
Customers that bring in an iPad 4 for repairs to authorized Apple service centers or Apple stores may have their device replaced with an iPad Air 2.
Nintendo discontinues NES Classic Edition console
Despite continuing high demand for the retro console, Nintendo of America announced that they will discontinue the NES Classic Edition by the end of this month.
Gamecube on the go: Dolphin emulator runs smoothly on the Galaxy S8
A video from GuruAidTechSupport shows off the Gamecube emulator Dolphin running at an incredibly smooth framerate on a display model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the emulator has been around for a while, this is one of the first times we've seen gameplay this smooth.
Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available
The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
Anbox brings Android to Linux
The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.
Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin
Thanks to the small size of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Sudo Mod has created a beautiful retro gaming system into an Altoids case.
Google invests $880 million in LG's OLED technology
The investment is meant to shore up supply of LG's flexible OLED displays that Google plans to use in their next flagship smartphone.
Lenovo dethrones Apple in Laptop Mag's "Best & Worst Laptop Brands" list for 2017
Lenovo has claimed the top spot from Apple in Laptop Mag's annual brand ranking. The Cupertino giant fell to 5th place due to controversial design changes in its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines.
The Windows Store has officially banned emulators
Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
Hackers compromise U.S. taxpayer data through university financial aid system
Using an exploit in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and tools used to retrieve tax data, hackers were able to breach part of the IRS database and steal personal data for 100,000 U.S. taxpayers.
Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server
The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME
Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X
The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
4K on the Xbox: Project Scorpio specs revealed
The upcoming Microsoft console features 12 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, an octa-core x86 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and enough graphical horsepower for 4K 60fps gameplay.
New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking
The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020
A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
Twitch's online game store now open for business
The new service will allow users to buy the PC game in the stream they're watching. The store will offer 50 titles to start, and Twitch Partners will get 5% of purchases made from their stream.
Alcatel unveils smartphone with four cameras
The new Alcatel Flash features a dual rear-facing camera setup and two front-facing cameras.
AOL and Yahoo to be combined into new Verizon sub-brand, dubbed "Oath"
Verizon will merge AOL, Yahoo, and all associated brands under a single "house" named Oath. It appears that Oath will serve as a brand manager for the myriad of names within it.
Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro
In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.
Nintendo Switch users claim their consoles are warping
Nintendo's new Switch may be prone to warping. While the cause is unknown, current speculation suggests that leaving the console in its dock may cause heat buildup which could warp the chassis.
Seeing double: Yotaphone 3 preorders may start this summer
A new teaser image on Yota's website hints that a new device will be available for preorder this summer.
Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th
The Xperia XZs is now available for preorder on Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. Priced at $699, the Xperia XZs pairs an impressive camera with outdated internals.
DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast
The new standard promises to bring twice the bandwidth and density over current DDR4 memory. Publication is expected to be finalized in 2018.
Blizzard releases original Starcraft for free
The title is currently available for free on Battle.net. Technically a public beta test of version 1.18, the single player campaign is available in its entirety, and multiplayer is available through PTR.
Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, exits Facebook
Luckey, who co-founded Oculus and was a driving force in the development of the Rift VR headset, will be leaving Facebook on Friday.
Android Wear 2.0 update halted and delayed
After discovering a bug, Google has delayed any future rollouts of Android Wear 2.0
United States House of Representatives votes to allows ISPs to sell browsing history
Both the House and Senate have now voted to allow ISPs to sell the personal data of their customers. The measure will go before President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into action.
Microsoft Office can run on Chromebooks via CrossOver
Using CrossOver Android, James Ramey (president of CodeWeavers) was able to run MS Word 2013 on his Asus Chromebook Flip C100. The group plans to have a preview of the software released before the end of the month.
Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available
The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets
The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices
Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Original Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster
One of the most popular RTS games on the PC is getting a graphical and audio overhaul, including a bump to 4K resolutions and tweaks to the story and gameplay experience.
Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable
A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products
The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review
Hot stuff! The Asus GL702VS is one of many options for gamers hunting power in a portable package. Equipped with high-end components in a relatively thin and light chassis, the notebook brings high details in modern titles without breaking backs. Can the device keep its cool, or will it melt under pressure?
T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings
Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Casio introduces new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017
The timepiece maker introduced a new watch in each of the G-Shock, Edifice, and Baby-G lines. The new watches look tough and have full feature sets.
Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches
The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
Ben Heck tears the Nintendo Switch apart
Ben Heck, known for poking around in modern and retro electronics, tore into the Nintendo Switch to see what was inside. The console seems to be fairly accessible and serviceable.
Samsung officially announces Bixby virtual assistant
Samsung's new digital assistant, Bixby, is "fundamentally different" from the competition's digital assistants. With advanced artificial intelligence at its core, Bixby will debut on the Galaxy S8. Samsung hopes to eventually bring the assistant to all of its appliances.
Zotac set to release business-centric mini PCs at CeBIT 2017
The small form factor PCs are meant for business professionals and sport features like Intel AMT and Intel UNITE.
Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS
The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Google offers a solution to content management through Family Link
The service (currently invite-only) allows parents to restrict their children's use of Android devices. Parents can control what apps are downloaded, limit screentime, and lock a device at certain intervals during the day.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD
The Tab 3 is the latest (and most expensive) tablet from Samsung. Sporting high-end specs expected of a flagship, it will be available soon for about $600.
Overclockers, start your engines! G.SKILL announces OC World Cup 2017
Overclockers can compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The first qualifying round opens from March 17 to April 18 on hwbot.org.
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Pricey budget gamer. Budget gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and Asus has decided to throw their hat into the budget ring with the GL553VD. The notebook packs modest hardware into a well-built chassis with some nice extras, but are these factors worth the additional cost?
Sony to start streaming PlayStation 4 games to PC later this year
Sony's PlayStation Now service will expand to include current generation PS4 titles later this year. The service currently allows subscribers to stream games from the original PlayStation through the PS3 to their PS4 or Windows PC.
Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA
Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions
After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
Firefox 52 released
The update brings WebAssembly, which brings near-native performance to web-based apps.
HP updates EliteDesk 800 business desktop line
The new lineup includes a VR-ready powerhouse, a standard business desktop in a smaller size, and a tiny mini-PC that could rival Intel's NUC.
FreedomPop begins selling its own smartphone
The FreedomPop V7 is a decidedly budget smartphone aimed at users that need only the basics. FreedomPop will begin selling the device in the UK and Spain before rolling it out to other markets.
IBM creates IBM Q to sell quantum computers
Quantum computing may be years off, but IBM thinks the technology has come far enough to begin programming and applying quantum computers. Big Blue plans to start programming a new API for the machines.
Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for Switch can connect to PCs, Macs, and Android
The controllers are not exclusive to Nintendo's Switch. They can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices, offering a unique play experience and more controller options for gamers.
Amazon's Alexa may soon be able to make phone calls, intercom with other devices
If rumors are to be believed, Amazon is working on bringing VoIP calling and intercom features to the next generation of Alexa-enabled devices.
Litebook laptop brings Linux at low cost
The $249 laptop runs elementary OS, a Linux distribution. The Litebook looks to compete with Chromebooks while offering a full desktop operating system.
Pinebook prototype appears in photos online
The Pinebook, a $99 laptop made for Linux, was delayed last month. Pine64, the group behind the laptop, hasn't said anything since they missed their February goal. However, photos have recently surfaced of an Pinebook prototype.
YouTube on the Tube: Google announces YouTube TV streaming service
The service will cost $35/month for 6 accounts. It will feature content from ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and about 35 other channels.
Leaked images show a Blackberry made for Indonesia
The BBC100-1 may be coming to Indonesian markets soon. The low-specced device looks like a budget affair from Blackberry.
Huawei P10 and P10+ now official, feature photo enhancement
The new flagships from Huawei, the P10 and P10 Plus, feature improved rear-facing cameras from Leica, as well as a Leica engineered front-facing cameras. In addition to the new photo enhancements, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in a myriad of colors.
LG officially unveils G6: Ultrawide on-the-go
The LG G6 is now official: 5.7" display with an aspect ratio of 2:1, Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, and an interesting dual-camera setup. Noticeably absent is support for LG's Friends.
Huawei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops
Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
Samsung launches Exynos Series 9 8895 SoC
The Exynos 8895 is built on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process and offers some notable improvements over last generations Exynos processors.
Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year
The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
NES Classic Edition can run other console emulators
Ever wanted to play Sega Genesis/Megadrive games on a Nintendo console? A recent mod for the NES Classic Edition makes this dream a reality.
HTC will stop making entry-level smartphones by end of year
Citing increased competition and low profit margins, HTC will exit the budget smartphone market by the end of 2017.
Note 7 resurrected: Samsung could begin to refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7
According to a South Korean news outlet, Samsung may refurbished recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with smaller capacity batteries and new outer casings.
Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March
According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Supposed teardown of Nintendo's Switch gives an idea of what makes it tick
A teardown of what might be Nintendo's Switch gives us a peek into what we might see in the upcoming console.
Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen
Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review
Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Linux on Kaby Lake: System76 now offers 7th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs
System76 sells laptops running Ubuntu, an open-source Linux distribution. The company has recently started selling modern notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs and the latest graphics cards from NVIDIA.
Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak online
A Spanish retailer accidentally posted press images for the phones, detailing in full the specification list for each device. The images were copied and reposted before they could be taken down.
GPD updates Win mini PC
The pocket-sized PC gets some notable improvements, including a faster Intel Atom processor and a higher quality keyboard.
Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th
Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
Samsung's Chromebook Plus now available for purchase
The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and support for Android apps via the Google Play Store for Chrome. Current retail price is $449.
Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"
Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Prices for AMD's Ryzen CPUs leaked
The pricing, if true, is incredibly aggressive and comes in at under half the cost of what could be the closest competitor from Intel.
Coffee Lake's Coming: Intel's 8th gen chips will arrive in late 2017
The 8th generation of Intel chips, Coffee Lake, is slated for release in the second half of 2017. Intel states that the chips will bring a 15% performance boost, but will they be competitive with Ryzen?
Google releases Android Wear 2.0
The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist
The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Cube's upcoming i35 notebook sports a 3000 x 2000 resolution screen
The Cube i35 will have a high-res screen but low-powered processor. Intel's Core M3-7Y30 CPU sits at the heart of the thin-and-light but may not be enough to power the dense display.
Lenovo Yoga 720 leaked on Notebook Italia
The leak states that the Lenovo Yoga 720 may have a Kaby Lake CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps
The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Lenovo updates ThinkPad workstation line with P71, P51, and P51s
Lenovo has refreshed their ThinkPad Workstations. The P51s is a thin-and-light workstation class notebook, the P51 now has a 4K screen with 100% color gamut coverage, and the P71 is a VR-ready workhorse.
Cyanogen, Inc. might be renamed to Andrasta
Cyanogen Inc. may be rebranding itself as Andrasta in order to separate future operations from the Cyanogen name.
Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses
The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
End of an Era: Google Now Launcher will soon be discontinued
Google plans to delist the Google Now Launcher by the end of March and remove it from the list of approved launchers for use by OEMs.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers
LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team
After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
NVIDIA Shield Pro now available
For $299, the Shield Pro brings much more storage (500 GB) and support for microSD cards. However, the Pro is equipped with the same Tegra X1 processor as the entry-level Shield TV.
Barnes & Noble issues recall on NOOK Tablet 7 power adapters
Due to problems with the charger casing falling apart, Barnes & Noble has issued a recall. Affected users that send in their power adapters will receive a new charger and a $5 gift card.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Nintendo financial highlights: Pokemon pays big, hardware sales slow
Nintendo hit it big this holiday season with Pokemon Sun and Moon, while Wii U sales continued to falter. Smartphone app sales were mixed.
Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February
While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
Plex acquires news streaming service Watchup
The media streaming service Plex will bring reliable news streaming into the mix with the acquisition of Watchup.
Farewell to a legend: NAMCO founder Masaya Nakamura has passed away
The Founder and CEO of NAMCO brought joy to millions with arcade hits like Pac-Man, Galaxian, and Pole Position.
Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices
The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
Fitbit releases Q4 financial results, misses target revenue
Despite recent acquisitions, the fitness company and missed Q4 and FY 2016 growth expectations by about 22% and 10%, respectively. This will result in the termination of 6% of their global workforce.
Starbucks' new virtual assistant takes coffee orders via voice
Starbucks has updated their app to include a virtual assistant. Users can now use the app to place orders using either voice commands or a chat interface. The app will also integrate with Alexa.
Microsoft releases Q4 2016 financials, cloud services are key
Office 365 continues to pay off for the Redmond tech giant as cloud services were the greatest contributor to revenue.
Classic adventure game Myst now available on Android
The venerable PC adventure game finally comes to Android devices for an immersive gaming experience on the go.
Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to be announced on March 29th, will be redesigned
According to rumors, The Samsung Galaxy S8 will remove the physical home button and feature much larger displays. The phone is expected to be announced on March 29th.
Slimbook releases notebook running KDE Linux
KDE and Slimbook have partnered to released the KDE Slimbook, a thin-and-light notebook running either the KDE Neon or KED Plasma distro of Linux.
Wine 2.0 open-source compatibility layer now available
Wine 2.0 is the first in a line of annual releases. The compatibility layer includes support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit Windows apps to be run in Mac OS X, among other features.
Toshiba introduces new Portégé X30 and Tecra X40
The new devices are targeting business consumers looking for a durable thin-and-light notebook.
Toshiba updates Portégé and Tecra lines with Kaby Lake processors
Several business devices are getting bumped to Kaby Lake over the next month.
Chan Zucerkberg Initiative to purchase AI startup Meta
The purchase will help bolster the startup, whose AI technology is focused on analyzing medical research to pinpoint helpful information for healthcare professionals.
Samsung posts major revenue and profit growth for Q4 and full-year 2016
One phone does not make a company. Despite setback with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung recorded a massive jump in profits for FY 2016.
Acer announces TravelMate Spin B1 convertible
Acer's TravelMate line gains a new member: the Spin B1 is a convertible notebook with a 360-degree hinge. Targeted at education markets, the Spin B1 promises long battery life and a durable design.
HP Pavilion x360 11t T5M27AV Notebook Review
Tiny Tank. HP has been busy updating their Pavilion x360 line, and today we look at the smallest member, the 11t. With a solid construction, this 11.6" convertible is as strong as a tank. Unfortunately, it also feels as slow as one.
Introducing the new Google Voice, 5 years in the making
Google Voice, a VoIP calling service that aggregates multiple phone numbers into one, has received its first update in 5 years. While the service was rumored to be killed off soon, Google has stated this is the first of many updates to come.
The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7
The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.
Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes
Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.
The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
New Nvidia Shield TV 2017 now available for purchase
The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service.
Nvidia to update original Shield TV
The software update will give the original Shield TV the feature set of the newer model, including 4K HDR playback and access to GeForce NOW.
Lost and found: Razer's stolen Valerie prototype listed on Chinese retail site
After being reported stolen earlier this week, Razer's triple-display notebook, codenamed Valerie, has made an appearance on Taobao, a Chinese retail website.
Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet
The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
HTC announces U Play
The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?
Android N has been trickling out to flagship smartphones for a few months now, but Chromebooks may be the next devices in line to receive the update. Android 7.1 promises to bring better Android app management for Chrome OS.
Users might still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge
Microsoft may have officially the free upgrade period months ago, but still seem to sponsor other free upgrade methods.
LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels
The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Changhong's H2 smartphone has a "molecular identifier"
The sensor aims to give users data about objects based on their chemical and physical makeup solely from a simple scan.
Retro-Bit announces Super Retro Boy, a modern Game Boy
Classic console maker Retro-Bit showed off the Super Retro Boy, a physical handheld that can play game cartridges from Nintendo's Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.
MSI enters the e-GPU game with GUS
MSI's GUS looks to bring desktop graphics support to notebooks with Thunderbolt 3.
AMD reveals more information on upcoming Vega GPUs
Expected for release in the first half of 2017, AMD's highly anticipated Vega GPU architecture looks to build on features first presented in the Fury X, including an evolution of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).
Chuwi announces Hi13 tablet powered by Apollo Lake
The Hi13 sports a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 display, which is the same resolution as Microsoft's Surface Book. Could the Redmond made 2-in-1 be facing stiff Chinese competition?
Razer shows off concept notebook with three 4K displays
Razer is seeing triple with Project Valerie, the "world's first triple display laptop." While still in concept, the project is an exciting peak into what may be possible in the future.
Nvidia unveils updated SHIELD TV streaming box
The set top box can stream 4K HDR content and AAA PC games via Nvidia's Geforce NOW service.
MSI unveils new line of workstation notebooks
The powerful mobile workstations feature 7th generation Intel processor and the latest Quadro graphics cards from Nvidia.
Dell announces updated Inspiron 15 7000 budget gaming notebook
Despite its low cost, the Inspiron 15 7000 from Dell can be equipped with a Core i7, a 4K screen, and a GTX 1050 Ti.
Dell officially announces XPS 13 Convertible
The popular notebook line of computers from Dell gets an interesting update - the newest XPS 13 is a fanless convertible.
Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC
The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
Gigabyte announces BRIX SFF PC with GTX 1070
The newest small form factor gaming PC from Gigabyte will pack a serious punch in a small package thanks to its GTX 1070 and Core i7-6700K.
G.SKILL unveils Trident Z DDR4 RAM with RGB lighting
The RAM modules feature an RGB light strip that allows for various lighting effects and doesn't require any additional power connections.
HP unveils new security features for commercial PCs
The new features are aimed to deter intrusions by protecting multiple layers of notebooks and PCs.
EEVblog tears down world's first portable computer
Ever wonder what made the world's first "luggable" computer tick? EEVblog has released a video teardown of the groundbreaking device.
Apple's wireless AirPods now available for purchase
After several delays, Apple's AirPods are now listed on Apple's online store.
AMD launches Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.1
Live streamers, rejoice! AMD's new ReLive Edition driver rabrings better power management, improved graphical performance, and new gameplay capture and streaming software.
Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS
Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit
Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
VRidge: Try before you buy for VR
The app can use smartphones to mimic expensive VR headsets and seems to be able to run on lower-end hardware.
Wine may develop Windows compatibility layer for Android
The developers of the open-source compatibility layer software may soon bring Windows apps to Android. This move could in turn allow Windows software to run on newer Chromebooks that support Android apps.
Leap Motion to develop hand tracking sensor for smartphone VR sets
Leap Motion hopes the sensor will allow VR users to interact with and control mobile VR with their hands and fingers, further pushing VR development.
Surface Dial scores a 4/10 in iFixit teardown
The Microsoft device received praise for its durability, but was criticized for some difficult or impossible to replace components.
Teclast unveils Kaby Lake powered X5 Pro
The 2-in-1 device looks similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, right down to the built in kickstand, and is powered by a Kaby Lake Core m3 processor.
Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th
VAIO is currently running a sale on devices from now until Christmas. In addition to saving up to $700, VAIO will throw in a free laptop bag with the purchase of a laptop.
Nokia smartphones officially returning in 2017 under HMD Global
The Nokia brand will live on through HMD manufactured and distributed smartphones.
Virgin Media releases TellyTablet and 4K-capable V6 Box
Virgin Media has announced two new products in the UK, the TellyTablet and V6 Box. Both devices will run Virgin's TV services, including their updated TV Anywhere and TV kids apps.
Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts
Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC
Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability
Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December
The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
Kaby Lake powered Cube Mix Plus now available for pre-order
The 10.6 inch 2-in-1 sports a Core M Kaby Lake processor. Is the Chinese manufactured hybrid a good value?
Foundation Update brings new features to No Man's Sky
The update brings some major changes and is the first in a line of planned improvements for the game.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.
HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
Acer Spin 7 and Spin 5 now available in the United States
Acer's new Spin 7, currently the world's thinnest convertible notebook, and Spin 5 bring more options to consumers looking for a 2-in-1 device.
Moto Z will get Nougat update this week
The Lenovo made phone will get the promised update to Android 7.0 before the end of November. The upgrade to Nougat also brings along a new feature: Daydream.
Five second video can crash iPhones
A short five second video that's able to cause iPhones and iPads to lock and freeze can be easily shared via a link.
Minimum requirements for Windows Holographic unveiled
Microsoft's foray into virtual reality should be much more accessible than other available options.
HP Announces new HP EliteBook 705 G4 series of notebooks
The business oriented laptops are powered by AMD's 7th generation PRO APUs.
Apple rumored to stop producing wireless routers
Users of Apple's WiFi routers hoping for a refresh may be out of luck.
Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR
Volunteers that downloaded the Android 7.0 Beta are unable to user their Samsung Gear VRs, as the headset only works on Samsung phones.
Light Phone will begin shipping November 30th
After major delays, the crowd funded "anti-smartphone" will finally begin shipping to initial backers at the end of the month.
iPhone manufacturing might be moved to USA
"iPhone: Made in the USA?" Apple may ask iPhone manufacturers to move production to the United States in the future.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 processor built on Samsung's 10 nm process
The new SoC is the first to be built on Samsung's new, smaller 10 nm FinFET process. This chip should bring faster performance and better energy efficiency.
Barnes and Noble officially announces Nook Tablet 7"
The Nook Tablet 7" is official, and its ready to take on the Fire tablet from rival Amazon. Will the budget priced Nook be a boon or a bust for the bookseller?
Samsung acquires NewNet Communication Technologies
The acquisition aims to improve and standardize Samsung's messaging platform and enhance the messaging experience for its customers.
iFixit's teardown of Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar reveals differences, difficulties
The new Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar has markedly different internals from its non-Touch Bar brother, including changes that make it horribly difficult to repair.
Some lower-end Android phones are sending user data to China
Budget phones typically have compromises for the lower price, but for certain Android devices, user security might be one of those trade-offs.
Leaked renders show what could be Motorola's DROID Turbo 3
Images recently leaked from China show renders of a Motorola branded phone. Could this be the DROID Turbo 3?
MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC
MSI's is claiming their new Trident gaming PC is the smallest VR-capable device. Can it successfully bring virtual reality into the living room?
Crowdfunded smartwatch is powered by body heat
What if you didn't have to worry about your smartwatch's battery? The PowerWatch may be the answer to that problem.
Dishonored 2 noted to have severe performance issues on PC
Bethesda's newest title, Dishonored 2, is suffering from inconsistent performance on the PC. Reviewers and early buyers have expressed their discontent, prompting Bethesda to release a patch sometime this week.
Nintendo's Wii U dies the way it lived: quietly and overlooked
Nintendo has quietly announced it will stop North American production of the Wii U, a console that never gained notable traction in the market.
CES 2017 | Aorus X5 wins CES Innovation Award for second year running
The Aorus X5 has been recognized with a CES Innovation Award in gaming. This marks the second year in a row the slim gaming powerhouse has won this honor.
Snapchat Spectacles sell out in a snap
Snap's new Spectacles, a wearable recording device, remains in high demand as a second inventory sold out within hours of being made available.
Verizon releases Ellipsis 8 HD Android tablet
Verizon has started selling its new Ellipsis 8 HD just in time for the holiday season. Does the budget Android tablet stand out from a flooded market?
Serif's Affinity Photo app now available for Windows as a beta
Serif's Affinity Photo, named by Apple as the best app for Macs in 2015, was recently made available as a beta for Windows. Could this move encourage creatives to leave Photoshop behind for a cheaper alternative?
CES 2017 | MSI recognized as CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree
MSI, a premier manufacturer of gaming notebooks and PC components, has been made a CES 2017 Innovation Awards honoree for the GS63VR Stealth Pro and the VR One backpack PC.
New add-on enables HTC Vive to cut the cord
A new add-on, available for preorder, adds wireless capability to HTC's Vive. This accessory will let Vive users roam their VR worlds without the burden of cables.
Individual Macbook Pro chargers don't come with a USB-C cable
Macbook Pro users hoping to buy additional chargers for their new device will have to provide their own USB Type-C cables.
Samsung applies for patent on bendable phone
A recent patent application filed by Samsung in April shows a smartphone with a bendable screen, allowing the device to be folded over itself. This patent may be related to rumors that Samsung is developing devices with bendable OLED displays.
Apple starts selling refurbished iPhones
For consumers hoping to enjoy iOS without spending a lot of money, Apple has started selling iPhones on its refurbished store. The refurbished units will be sold at a discount, but still come with the standard warranty and accessories.
AMD announces availability of Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards
Announced in July, AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards have finally started shipping to retailers. Are the workstation-grade cards an improvement on the previous FirePro line?
OWC unveils Thunderbolt 3 Dock targeted at new Macbook Pro
With frustration growing around Apple's decision to replace all I/O ports on the new Macbook Pro line with USB Type-C, several companies are pushing new dongles, hubs, and docks on the market. OWC, a company known for making Apple-specific products, is taking pre-orders for an impressively equipped, if not expensive, dock.
Zotac announces VR GO backpack gaming PC
Zotac is known for their compact gaming PCs that squeeze a lot of power into a tiny space. Their new VR GO backpack gaming PC brings a fresh take on the small form factor computer.
SMACH Z handheld gaming PC reaches Kickstarter goal
When people talk about handheld gaming, they typically don't mention PC titles. Startup SMACH hopes to change that conversation with their upcoming SMACH Z and SMACH Z Pro, handheld gaming PCs able to play AAA Steam releases. SMACH has turned to Kickstarter for funding, and their initial goal has been met.
Dell unveils alternative to Microsoft's Surface Studio
With the announcement of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial, Microsoft has intrigued consumers with an innovative computing experience. However, Dell has recently unveiled an alternative to the Surface Studio they've been developing since 2014.
Benchmark spotted for possible AMD Zen CPU
A benchmark measuring 3D rendering times shows an AMD engineering sample CPU, possibly based on AMD's upcoming Zen architecture. The AMD processor lands among high-end Intel Xeon processors and even beats some powerful Intel i7 CPUs.
Zotac announces Magnus ERX480 mini PC with AMD RX 480 graphics
Zotac provides virtual reality gaming in a small package with the ERX480.
Alienware releases first VR ready 13 inch notebook
Alienware's new 13 inch laptop is the first 13 inch device to sport NVIDIA's GTX 1060, a VR capable video card. The notebook can also be equipped with a 2560x1440 OLED display with superior color gamut and contrast. Overall, the redesign is a compelling device from Alienware.
G.SKILL announces new KM570 mechanical keyboard
Hardware manufacturer G.SKILL has just announced a new mid-tier mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers. The keyboard is able to be customized without the need for software.
Leaks reveal possible high-end Chromebook from Samsung
Samsung may soon be releasing a premium Chromebook, dubbed the Chromebook Pro. The device is rumored to have high-end specs, a premium design, and stylus support via Samsung's new PEN, a derivative of the S-Pen found in their Note line of smartphones.
New Barnes and Noble NOOK tablet passes FCC testing
A recently released FCC report gives us an insight into what to expect from Barnes and Noble's newest device. Is the company looking to reenter the tablet market?
Lower capacity iPhone 7 units have significantly slower storage speed
Recent tests confirm Notebookcheck.net's findings that iPhone 7 units with 32 GB of storage have significantly slower read/write performance than their 128GB and 256 GB variants. This could result in slower speeds when transferring large files to and from the phone.
Apple releases Q4 2016 earnings, sales continue to decline
Apple released their earnings report for the fourth quarter of their fiscal year 2016. While some units, particularly Services, saw increases in sales, overall revenue is down about 9% from last year. This continues the trend of declining sales for Apple, although this decline is starting to slow.