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Chinese app TikTok under investigation by US government panel over censorship and security concerns
Popular video app TikTok was purchased by Chinese company ByteDance Technology Co. in 2017 and has since accumulated over 500 million active users. However, ByteDance has recently been placed under investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) over concerns over its handling of the personal data of its 25 million American users as well as its apparent censorship over content incongruent with the Chinese state's version of reality, including strife in Hong Kong and pro-LGBT content.
Lenovo brings Intel 10th gen "Comet Lake" to ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, T490, and X390
Some of Lenovo's most popular ThinkPad laptops, the X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, T490, and X390, have been updated with Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs. The L13 and L13 Yoga have also been given a thinner, lighter design makeover.
Mineski surprises with strong performance; LGD knocks out VG to take upper bracket; EG and OG face-off in TI9
Valve-organized Dota 2 mega-tournament "The International" is well-underway, with the best players and teams in the world competing this year in Shanghai, China for the chance to win the trophy and over 30 million USD in prize-money.
Dell pushes out BIOS update for XPS 15 7590 to fix GPU throttling issue
The XPS 15 7590 has suffered from a severe GPU throttling issue under sustained load since it's release over a month ago, but Dell has finally pushed out a BIOS update to help fix the issue.
Man creates world's smallest working "ThinkPad", complete with stunning 64p OLED display, TrackPoint, and 20Mhz CPU
A true legend has used an Arduino microcontroller, 128x64p display, and 300 mAh battery to create the world's smallest ThinkPad (and probably laptop). To top it all off, the ThinkTiny can play some classic games and is controlled by a TrackPoint-style nub.
Developer turns the MacBook Pro Touch Bar into a Taskbar in Windows 10
A clever developer has created a hack to allow the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar to act as a touch-enabled "Task Bar" when running under Windows 10 via Bootcamp.
First Findings | Dell XPS 15 7590 OLED/i7-9750H/16GB/GTX 1650 in review
Having purchased my own OLED Dell XPS 15 7590 for review, I share my initial impressions as a long-term user of the XPS 15 series. While the 7590 brings some welcome updates in terms of hardware, there are still more than a few lingering issues to be aware of.
Full specifications of Lenovo's new ThinkPad P53 workstation unveiled for all configurations
The full specifications for Lenovo's latest P53 mobile workstation ThinkPad, revealing a variety of configurations for CPU, GPU, and display. Unfortunately, the removable battery of the P52 has become a casualty of the 2019 update, however.
HMD's new budget Nokia 2.2 phone is bringing back the removable battery
The US$139 Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with limited features in many ways, but recent news has revealed the return of a cherished feature for many: user-replaceable batteries.
Early reports suggest XPS 15 7590 still suffers from massive FPS drops while gaming
It hasn't been long that Dell's latest XPS 15 7590 flagship have arrived in the hands of consumers, but there already seem to be reports of uneven and unplayable performance when gaming due to thermal issues.
Expect to see more mismatches of 4K IPS panels on cheap budget laptops
We've already posted a few articles about Chuwi's LapBook plus, a $439 USD budget laptop that distinguishes itself with a 15.6-inch 4K HDR 100% SRGB display and unibody metal build. There's a reason why Chinese budget laptops are able to have high-spec panels in them suddenly, however, and it's related to OLED and Chinese subsidies.
Amazon workers plan strike during this year's "Prime Day" sale
Amazon workers at a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota have pledged to strike for six hours on July 15th, the first day of the company's annual Prime Day sale. While the workers are striking over alleged poor pay and other conditions, Amazon has responded by claiming they are already offered excellent and highly competitive benefits.
All laptop manufacturers should allow setting battery charging limits
As large electronics companies push for thinner, lighter, and more disposable devices, users are left with less ability to maintain the lifespan of their computing devices. The most consumable component of a laptop, the battery, is also one with a lifespan most dependent on its charging cycles — but only a few manufacturers allow the user to control this behavior.
Any XPS 15 7590 "review" already out... isn't a review
You are going to start seeing articles and videos cleverly implying educated conclusions about Dell's recently released XPS 15 7590. Don't be fooled into thinking they are anything other than first-impressions.
Looking to buy an OLED laptop this year? Here's what you need to know
(Updated 06/07/2017) To OLED, or not to OLED: That is the question. Manufacturers are heavily pushing OLED displays in notebooks for 2019, but should you make the leap? We examine the Samsung SDCA029 panel to be used by all 15.6-inch notebooks this year to help you decide if the advantages are worth the drawbacks for your usage.
Razer may want to consider a recall for their Blade and Blade Pro AC adapters
June 27 Update: Added comment in response to Razer's communications with NBC. We recently noted in our 2019 Razer Blade Pro review that its AC adapter hit the hottest temperature we've yet to measure on a gaming notebook, 67C. Based on historical evidence from Razer's 2017-2018 chargers melting or catching fire and the fact that the 2019 Razer Blade Pro's adapter is even hotter, I believe it may be prudent for the Singapore-based company to consider a recall — at least perhaps for adapters from their 2017-2018 Blade and Blade Pro systems.
Chinese-affiliated hackers compromised 25 global telecommunications companies for over 7 years
A leading cyber-security firm has uncovered a brazen Chinese-affiliated 7-year-long attack against telecommunications companies across the globe, compromising Call Detail Records (CDRs) and allowing collection of call meta-data for intelligence actions against targets.
PSA: Update your copy of VLC to avoid allowing hackers full control of your computer when opening video files
Popular video and media player VideoLan Client (VLC) has been found by security researchers to have two serious vulnerabilities, allowing malicious .avi and .mkv files to execute any code with full user privileges. Version 3.0.7 or newer addresses this vulnerability, so check to make sure your version is up-to-date.
New medical study shows necessity of spending at least 2 hours a week in nature
A part of nature, or apart from it? A new (2019) study from Exeter Medical School suggests that you may want to spend a minimum of 2 hours per week immersed in natural settings to avoid a litany of physical and mental health problems.
Apple may be factory undervolting 2019 MacBook Pro 15 to help with CPU throttling
Apple's 2019 MacBook Pros integrate Intel's latest 8-core/16-thread Core i9 CPUs, which add 2 more cores over the 2018 version. Those additional cores should mean higher temperatures and lower clockspeeds compared to the previous generation, yet a recent series of tests by well-known YouTube Channel Linus Tech Tips found some very surprising results.
OLED boom may mean LED bust for panel manufacturers
As 2019 sees the more widespread adoption of OLED panels in notebooks and other portable technology, reports from Digitimes suggests that some LED-panel manufacturers in China may be in trouble.
Frank Azor confirms XPS 13 7390 will have soldered SSD, "not very different from smartphones today"
Dell and Alienware VP Frank Azor has confirmed in a tweet that the recently announced XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 will indeed have all its components — particularly its SSD — soldered on, citing the "extremely tight form factor" and comparing the device to a modern smartphone.
Intel and Nvidia's stagnation might be the best thing to happen to notebooks in years
Some people might look at the death of Moore's Law, Intel's 10nm troubles, and Nvidia's highly resistible 2019 mobile-RTX lineup and think that the notebook business is in trouble. I think it might be the best thing that's happened to the industry in years.
Opinion: What on earth is going on with Dell's XPS lineup?
Veteran editor Douglas Black returns with his opinion on the current state of Dell's XPS lineup: Complacency in fixing the XPS 15's issues and the sudden change of a soldered-on SSD for the XPS 13 2-in-1 are cause for his concern.
The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor
While Coffee Lake-H has been benchmarked and compared with Kaby Lake on this site before, the real-world performance of CPUs more than ever depends on the engineering and implementation of each system. In such a thin-and-light chassis as the XPS 15, thermal constants have traditionally left their mark in performance. The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU, however, has performed surprisingly well in our initial tests.
Opinion | 2018 is make-or-break for the MacBook
It's been 2 years since the MacBooks were subject to a radical redesign of the keyboard, notably introducing the butterfly switch mechanism and Touch Bar. This year will be a crucial one for Apple's MacBook line, and I think we can predict a lot about the future of the line by observing what happens with the 2018 refresh.
Unfortunately, the XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 has soldered RAM
Dell's much-awaited 15-inch convertible, the XPS 15 9575, went on sale yesterday. Although Dell originally touted up to 32GB of RAM, it seems that this configuration is impossible to attain for the time being. The XPS 15 9575's RAM is all soldered, and the 32GB SKU will not be available for some time.
Official Firefox extension makes it harder for Facebook to track you
Firefox has released an official extension designed to put a stop to Facebook's user-tracking. The extension puts all Facebook-related tabs into a sealed "container", preventing any tracking to be conducted beyond the site itself.
System Shock Remastered back on track with a 2020 release date
Nightdive Studio's remake of 1994's cult classic System Shock, previously put on hiatus in February, is now reportedly back on track and angling for a Q1 2020 release. In addition, a preview of the latest build of the game should be available for Kickstarter backers in early April.
Dell introduces super-sleek TB3-based portable SSDs
Dell has announced a compact TB3-based portable SSD that should deliver transfer rates up to 2650 MB/s. It won't come cheap, however, as the 500 GB and 1 TB models will retail for US$439 and US$799 respectively.
Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security updates have been bricking AMD machines
Microsoft has halted some security updates for AMD-powered computers due to said updates apparently bricking people's machines. Microsoft blames inaccurate documentation provided by AMD.
The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU
Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
Apple apologizes for throttling iPhone performance to avoid unexpected shutdowns, offers amends
Caught red-handed throttling the performance of their iPhones, Apple has responded with an open letter to customers explaining the throttling was necessary to prevent random shutdowns.
Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache
We often make a big deal about low-frequency Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) in our detailed reviews of displays, but why is it such a negative? This articles takes a detailed look into Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) as a technology and why certain PWM frequencies can be harmful to people.
Apple's iPhone X may cost even less to produce than previously thought
Recent teardowns estimate that the iPhone X costs even less than previously thought to manufacturer at around US$357.50. While the iPhone 8 has a gross profit margin of 59 percent, the iPhone X's is 64 percent. Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded by stating that Apple's products are being priced at the "value" they are delivering.
Samsung now offering free DeX Station or Gear VR with S8
Samsung is hoping to attract prospective buyers of its S8, S8 Active, S8+, or Note 8 handsets by offering a free Gear VR headset or DeX station with each purchase.
Qualcomm alleges Apple shared trade secrets with arch-rival Intel
Qualcomm has filed another suit against Apple, alleging that Apple may have broken their contract and intentionally shared the company's trade-secrets with Intel.
Details of Razer's first Smartphone leaked ahead of official launch
Nearly all details of Razer's upcoming smartphone have been leaked a day before the official launch by a UK mobile provider. The massive phone will feature a 120Hz IGZO display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, and a 4000 mAh battery.
The average iPhone X is being scalped for US$1500
Apple fans who want to pick up the company's newly released iPhone X could find themselves shelling out up to 50% more than MSRP to get their hands on one. Those who find the idea of paying scalpers hundreds of dollars more distasteful will probably face at least a 4-6 week wait.
Nokia 9 hits GFXBench with Snapdragon 835, Android O
HMD's next flagship, the Nokia 9, looks to be shaping up as a solid competitor. The latest information suggests Android 8.0 Oreo, a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM, "bothie" camera setup, and IP68 certification.
Performance comparison: 15 W ULV dual-core vs. 45 W HQ quad-core CPU
We've been paying extra attention to CPU throttling lately, but what exactly do you need that CPU power for? We run an ultrabook with 15 W CPU and desktop replacement with 45 W CPU through everyday tasks while measuring CPU utilization to determine whether you really need a full-fat 45 W CPU in your notebook.
Acer's Chromebook 15 is a fanless, multimedia-focused, premium Chromebook
Acer has unveiled an update to their Chromebook 15 line sporting a touchscreen, fanless design, aluminum construction, and Google Play Store compatibility. The CB515-1H/1HT will be available from October for US$399 and up.
Pixel 2 to debut October 5 with new Snapdragon 836 SoC
The latest news on Google's Pixel 2 smartphone suggests an October 5th official unveiling — making it exactly one year since the original Pixel smartphone was launched. Information also hints at the incorporation of a Snapdragon 836 SoC.
Accelerator chips bring the 30-year old Amiga (slightly) up to date
The Vampire V4 by Apollo Team is a standalone or upgrade kit for Amiga computer systems that will significantly upgrade the capabilities of the original as well as modernize I/O. The V4 will be available by Christmas of 2017 and will cost north of €120.
Researchers create flexible salt-based batteries
A team of researchers have been experimenting with various sodium-based solutions to replace lithium-ion batteries with significant success. Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) would be advantageous as they would not require as many safeguards due to the more benign nature of sodium versus lithium.
Microsoft defends Surface family after Consumer Reports labels Surface products "unreliable"
Microsoft executive Panos Panay has attempted to defend the reliability of Microsoft's Surface family of products following Consumer Reports's failure to recommend the Surface products based on surveyed high rates of failure.
Disney sued for allegedly illegally collecting data on children with smartphone apps
Disney is being sued along with three software companies for creating software targeted at young children that collect personal information and send it to advertisers without the consent of parents. Disney has signaled it aims to face the suit in court.
Images of Sony's next "Compact" flagship leak
Images of a new Sony Compact-series smartphone have leaked, with speculation that the device may be an "XZ Compact" or "XZ1 Compact". Far from following the trends of today's flagship design, Sony make it clear that they are sticking to their own design language.
Early reviews show Threadripper tearing up the competition
Initial benchmarks show AMD's Ryzen Threadripper performing head and shoulders above consumer-class processors in CPU performance, competing with dual-CPU servers.
New Apple Watch will pack an LTE modem, eschewing the need for an iPhone
A Bloomberg report referencing trusted sources claims that Apple is getting ready to release an LTE-enabled Apple Watch towards the end of the year. The addition of an LTE modem in the Watch would mean the device could operate completely independently, increasing its appeal.
Apple's third quarter results beat expectations, reveal challenges
Apple's third quarter financial reports show strong performance of the iPad and online Services. Meanwhile, revenue in the Greater China region dipped by 10%, highlighting one of the company's future challenges.
The XPS 9560's brother, the Precision 5520, just got a special new color
Dell is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Precision business workstation line with a cool "limited edition" Precision 5520, sporting new packaging, special wallpapers, and (most importantly) a cool dark anodized aluminum finish.
iPhone 8 to have infrared face-detection
Developers have found hints inside Apple's early HomePod firmware that point to the iPhone 8 making use of infrared facial recognition. The entries were found in the BiometricKit framework, which is where TouchID also resides.
Ryzen is great — so why are most AMD notebooks embarrassingly bad?
With Ryzen, AMD has come back to the desktop market as a major competitor to Intel. But what is going on with the state of AMD-based notebooks? Generally made with absolute bottom-rung components such as 1366 x 768 TN panels and slow storage and RAM, it's clear that AMD needs to get Raven Ridge (Ryzen) into laptops as soon as possible — as well as encourage OEMs to put in a little more effort.
Apple pulls VPNs from Chinese App Store
Apple has pulled a number of censorship-defeating tools from their App Store in China, citing Chinese law. The move to accommodate the Chinese government deprives many in the country of access to information.
Guide: How to check a new laptop for issues
Make sure your new laptop isn't a lemon with our comprehensive checklist to avoiding defects.
Some 2012-2013 MacBook Pro owners are getting new machines due to battery shortage
Owners of the 2012 or 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro who need their batteries replaced are in luck: due to a supply shortage of the battery parts, Apple is giving users the option to receive a new machine with "equivalent" specs instead of waiting until September for the parts. Users have reported getting 2015 or even 2017 15-inch MacBook Pros as replacements.
Coffee Lake hexa-core desktop chip specs leaked
Specifications have leaked for three upcoming Coffee Lake desktop chips, which operate at 95-watt TDPs for the overclockable CPUs and 65 watts for the non-overclockable.
Poll shows metal still the preferred material for flagship phones
A GSMArena reader poll shows that aluminum is still the most desired material flagship phone material by far. But why? This article gives a brief overview of why metals are still preferred by users and manufacturers.
Some Chinese residents forced to install government spyware on phones
The Chinese government has made the installation of surveillance software on phones mandatory in the north-western city of Urumqi. Urumqi is the capital of Xin Jiang province, which is home to most of China's Turkic Uighur minority.
Intel paints Qualcomm as anti-competitive bully in public statement to ITC
Intel has weighed in on the Qualcomm vs. Apple suit with a public statement in response to a request for comment by the ITC. In the statement, Intel alleges that Qualcomm is a bully, using the court system to crush competition. Intel claims that the move is orchestrated mainly to replace an Intel modem in the iPhone with a Qualcomm one. Intel has itself faced criticism and fines in the past for anti-competitive practices against AMD.
Verizon allegedly throttling Netflix and Youtube
Verizon "unlimited" subscribers have complained about YouTube and Netflix being throttled to 10Mbps, resulting in decreased video quality in some situations. Verizon later admitted to testing"optimizations", but denied that they had throttled the connection.
The LG Q8 is a waterproof, more compact version of the V20
LG has put most of the features of its last-year flagship, the V20, into a smaller, waterproof chassis. Unfortunately, a removable battery was lost in the process.
Don't expect too much from the ZenBook Pro UX550
Many are eagerly awaiting Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 as a powerful but portable multimedia workhorse, but initial reports suggest the same kind of issues that have caused users to look to the UX550 may cause them to again have to look elsewhere for their dream machine.
Android 8.0 information revealed in Reddit AMA
The annual Reddit AMA by Google's Android engineering team has revealed some interesting information about the next version of Android and the future of the OS.
Facebook to allow paywalled articles later this year
Facebook is reportedly working on a paywall system to access shared articles.
Samsung will recycle remining Galaxy Note 7 devices, recovering 157 tons of precious metals
In addition to releasing limited numbers of refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices as the "Galaxy Note FE", the Korea tech giant has reported it will be recycling remaining Note 7 stock to recover up to 157 tons of precious metals.
Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets
A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
Opinion: Nvidia's Max-Q — Maximum efficiency, minimum performance?
With the launch of Max-Q, Nvidia has started selling mobile GPUs marketed on power-efficiency rather than parity with their desktop namesakes, but do the Max-Q GPUs deserve to share the same model numbers as the other Pascal chips?
First Coffee Lake notebook leaked: a 15W quad-core?
The first laptop to use Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake platform has appeared on a French e-commerce site. The Acer Swift 3 appears to use a 15W i5-8250U CPU billed as "Quad-Core". If the i7's will be hyper-threaded as Intel's HQ-series are, this will be a major step forward for ultraportable computing power.
Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews
Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Deal: Galaxy S8 for US$575, S8+ for US$675
Samsung flagship S8 and S8+ smartphones are on sale for record-low amounts via Groupon until July 18. Last month, Forbes suggested that consumers in the States will be seeing deep discounts on the S8 due to lower than expected sales in the US.
Are six cores better than four for gaming?
Techspot pits the i7-7700K against the slightly more expensive hexa-core i7-7800X, and the results are conclusive: the 7800X might give you more cores, but it's less (game) performance for more money.
LG introduces new Q6 series mid-range smartphones
LG has announced a new mid-range series of smartphones that take after the larger and more expensive flagship G6. Featuring the same 18:9 ratio display, design, and 13MP rear shooter, the Q6 uses the Snapdragon 435 SoC and is expected to be significantly cheaper.
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone hits delays, trouble
Android brainchild Andy Rubin's Essential Phone should have shipped in June, but that date is over 10 days past. In the midst of the delay, CNBC's Todd Haselton has reported that Essential's head of PR has apparently left the company.
Surface Pro users complain of random shut-offs
Microsoft has confirmed that some Surface Pro units are being affected by sudden and random hibernation — though other users assert the laptop is simply turning off abruptly, causing them to lose work.
Qualcomm seeks ban on iPhone sales in the USA
Qualcomm has escalated an ongoing dispute with Apple by filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC), asking for a ban on import and sales of iPhones in the USA. Qualcomm claims that Apple is using non-standard intellectual property of theirs without fair compensation.
Deal: GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB RAM now available for US$634 with free shipping
Usually priced around US$800, Dell is currently offering a stellar deal on an 11GB PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti: the card is available now for US$633.99 with free shipping.
XPS 15 9560 gets BIOS update fixing Skylake/Kaby Lake microcode bug
Dell has rolled-out BIOS update version 1.3.4 for their popular XPS 15 9560-series notebooks. The BIOS update fixes include the recently discovered microcode bug with Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures.
Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care
Galaxy Note 7, iPhone, and Hoverboard fires have brought the safety of lithium-ion batteries into the spotlight. Although news coverage often implies that any fire or explosion is the result of incompetence, it's important to recognize the volatile nature of the battery technology itself, even under the best circumstances.
Two months before the launch of the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung re-launches the Note 7 in Korea
Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 7 again as the Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE) in South Korea. While the launch of the Note FE is only two months ahead of the launch of the Note 8, it looks like the Note 8 will be twice the price of the FE, so there will not be much cannibalization of sales.
Apple opens first store in Taiwan at base of landmark skyscraper Taipei 101
Apple has opened its first store in Taiwan at the base of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101.
Serious Hyperthreading bug affects Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures
A serious bug in the microcode for Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs has been found. The bug can cause misbehavior of software and loss of data. It affects all 6th and 7th-gen CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
Deal: LG G6 now available for just US$420
If you want a flagship phone without the flagship tax, a top eBay seller is now selling this year's impressive LG G6 for only US$420.
Microsoft patents always-on anti-theft technology for laptops
Microsoft has patented an anti-theft system for upcoming PCs with cellular connectivity, allowing them to be remotely disabled even without a network connection.
GPD Pocket 7-inch mini-laptop now on sale for US$500
The 7-inch GPD Pocket mini-PC is now available to order for US$500. The device was previously available only to early backers of its crowdfunding campaign.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8's US$1000 price tag shows the trend for future flagships
Apple's iPhone 8 was tipped to cost north of US$1000 for its highest-end configurations back in May. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped for a late-September release at an impressive €999. We can expect flagships to cost more and more as companies realize the benefits of higher-margin devices.
UK parliament suffering from sustained cyber-attacks
Parliament's email system has been forced to close itself off from outside connections following a series of persistent cyber-attacks discovered today.
iMac Pro may pack both server-grade Xeon and ARM CPUs
An enthusiast rummaging through firmware files for macOS High Sierra found information suggesting that the upcoming iMac Pro will be powered by server-grade Xeon processors and protected by an ARM chip known as a Security Enclave Processor. The existence of an ARM chip the same as those found in the MacBook Pro with TouchBar sparks speculation that the iMac may ship with a similar feature.
Chinese smartphone OEMs may have already hit their peak
Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have seen negative growth and are slightly lowering their market forecasts for 2017, says a report from Digitimes.
The Asus ZenScreen is a USB-powered 15.6-inch monitor you can take with you anywhere
Asus's ZenScreen MB16AC portable USB-powered monitors go on sale today, but they seem to be in short supply.
ThinkPads have accomplished a lot in 25 years
Lenovo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad lineup with an event in New York City. Let's take a look at a few of the product line's accomplishments over the years.
OnePlus 5 caught gaming benchmarks (again)
Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has been once again caught by XDA in manipulating phone behavior for higher benchmark scores. In this case, the tweaks cause the OnePlus 5 to score around 5 percent higher than other Snapdragon 835 handsets, but at the cost of the phone heating up to nearly 50C.
Intel aims to axe their Joule, Galileo, and Edison SoCs for makers
Intel's Galileo, Jules, and Edison single-board computers will come to an end after this year, according to the company's internal documents. It isn't clear what product(s), if any, will replace them.
Now you can find employment with Google for Jobs
Google has announced a new tool called Google for Jobs. Google for Jobs uses an existing Google Cloud API and an AI-driven algorithm to help put jobs from many sites in one place.
British intelligence claims North Korea is behind WannaCry, though doubts persist
US and British intelligence services believe that they tracked the WannaCry ransomware to North Korea via attributing it to the Lazarus Group, who hacked Sony Pictures in 2014 preceding the release of the comedy film "The Interview".
Opinion: Horizon Machine or not, Apple still only pays lip service to repair service
Apple is being forced to pay lip service to serviceability, but it needs to be pressed further.
Is Windows 10 S really faster?
Microsoft has advertised Windows 10 S as faster than regular Windows 10, but the reality is that it just needs less maintenance.
Full Windows 10 on Snapdragon could mean big(.LITTLE) improvements
Windows 10 running on ARM chips won't necessarily mean you'll be trading speed for endurance; ARM's big.LITTLE specialized core technology will mean big improvements in both stamina and performance.
Deal: One of the best budget smartphones, the Moto G4 Plus, is on sale for US$149
A mid-range handset with a budget price, the Moto G4 Plus is now on sale for cheaper than ever at US$149 — US$100 off the starting price.
Want a fingerprint reader? Microsoft now has a keyboard for that
Microsoft has released a new keyboard with embedded fingerprint scanner and is calling it "The Modern Keyboard". The Modern Keyboard has both wireless and wired functionality but comes at the hefty price of US$129.99.
Today marks the global launch of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop
The Surface Laptop and Surface Pro from Microsoft are now both available around the world in 25 different countries. In the US and Canada, Microsoft has launched a program that allows a user to turn in an older computer for up to US$850 credit towards a new Surface device.
Google Drive will become Google Backup and Sync, will be able to back up more files
Google Drive will soon become Google Backup and Sync, which will start backing up your selected files not just from your Google Drive folder, but from almost anywhere on your computer.
Razer finally reduces both bezels and bling on their Razer Blade Stealth
Razer is targeting the boardroom over the livingroom with their new gunmetal grey finish for the Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook, doing away with the RGB backlighting and glowing green logo. Instead of huge bezels with a smallish 12.5-inch screen, the new Stealth will just have regular ones with a 13.3-inch display in both QHD and QHD+ resolutions. The new Stealth is selling for US$300 more than the previous generation.
Consumer Reports' top three smartphones are... Samsung, Samsung, and Samsung
Consumer Reports' ratings of top smartphones are currently topped by the Samsung Galaxy S8+, S8, and S7 Edge.
Google snatches up veteran Apple chip architect, plans to make own chips
It has been revealed that Google hired one of Apple's key chip architects this past May. According to sources of Variety, Google is seeking to design their own hardware to better power future Pixel phones.
Leak purports to show the first real face of the iPhone 8
A reddit user has allegedly revealed the front panel of the iPhone 8, and it looks more like the Essential Phone than a Galaxy S8 or iPhone.
Retrotube puts your Raspberry Pi inside a 1950s TV
There are many Raspberry Pi cases, but none quite so unique as the Retrotube. Taking its design cues from a 1950s TV, the handmade Retrotube sports an 8-inch 4:3 ratio LCD screen, analogue sound controls, and a lacquered wood finish.
Study reveals 70 percent of mobile app data is being shared with third parties
A recent study by a Spanish institute has just revealed that the majority of mobile apps used share data with third parties.
Logitech's new mousepad charges your wireless mouse as you use it
Logitech has announced a new mousepad that wirelessly charges compatible wireless mice. The so-called "Powerplay" mat will go on sale in August while the two compatible mice, the G903 and G703, will go on sale later this month.
Leaping tiger: Huawei overtakes Apple in global smartphone sales
Huawei overtook Apple in global sales volume in December of 2016, according to Huawei India exec Allen Wang. This puts Huawei just behind Samsung in terms of numbers of handsets sold globally.
Museum of Failure opens in Sweden, features Apple Newton and Google Glass
A so-called "Museum of Failure" has been opened in Sweden in an effort to showcase the more interesting failures from companies in recent decades and encourage learning from mistakes. The museum is 450-square-meters and features 70 different failed products.
Xbox One X is designed for 4K gaming, will ship November 7
Microsoft has officially unveiled "Project Scorpio" as the Xbox One X. The system will be one of the first of a new generation of consoles targeting 4K resolution not just for videos, but for gaming. The One X will release November 7 at a starting price of US$499.
Zotac's fanless ZBox CI327 mini PC now on sale starting at US$160
Pricing for Zotac's ZBOX CI327 nano mini PC has been released. The tiny PC starts at US $159 with a Celeron CPU, but can be configured with a Kaby Lake Core i3 or i5 as well.
XiaoMi Mi Notebook 13 updated with GeForce MX150, Kaby Lake
Xiaomi's 13-inch Mi Notebook Air has been updated for 2017 with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, Kaby Lake i5-7200U CPU, and fingerprint scanner.
Feels bad, man: Apple bans Pepe from its App Store
While still available on Google Play, Apple's App Store has apparently deemed any apps containing beloved meme "Pepe the Frog" as "objectionable content".
Intel bares its teeth at Qualcomm over Snapdragon-powered PCs
Intel has suggested it views Qualcomm's x86 emulation technology as a serious threat and potentially a violation of its intellectual property rights. Whether Qualcomm's technology (which allows Snapdragon CPUs to run full Windows 10) actually does infringe on Intel's IP remains to be proved.
New 21.5-inch iMac has upgradable CPU, RAM, and 2.5-inch drive
iFixit has found that while the new 21.5-inch iMac is not easy to get inside, the RAM, 2.5-inch drive, and CPU are all technically user-replaceable.
Chinese officials uncover massive data theft by local Apple employees
An underground identity-theft ring where Apple employees were selling customers' personal data was uncovered in China.
Guide: Choosing Between Integrated or Dedicated Graphics
Figuring out which laptop to buy is confusing enough — even without wading through the plethora of integrated and dedicated graphics solutions. This guide covers the basics of what integrated, desktop, and external graphics solutions can and can't do.
Consumer watchdog accuses Apple of misleading customers about repairs
Australia's consumer watchdog is taking Apple to court over allegations that the company lied or misled customers about their rights as consumers under Australian law.
MacBooks finally see upgrade to Kaby Lake
Apple has updated their MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs, optional 16GB of RAM for all models, and improved dedicated graphics for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The base model MacBook Pro 13 also saw a price-drop to US$1299.
Gigabyte updates affordable Sabre 15 and 17 gaming notebooks
Gigabyte has updated its budget-oriented Sabre 15 and 17 laptops, as well as introduced a new Sabre Pro 15 which features a GTX 1060 and slightly more premium design.
MSI outs fanless Cubi 3 Kaby Lake powered mini PC
A fanless 15W Kaby Lake-powered mini desktop is a new addition to MSI’s Cubi line of small form-factor PCs.
Zotac Magnus puts small form-factor gaming PCs into the spotlight
Hardware manufacturers have listened to the fans (and sales numbers) and are finally taking small form-factor (SFF) gaming PCs seriously.
Chinese "Fireball" malware infects almost 250 million computers
Chinese company Rafotech has been found to be responsible for the current epidemic of the "Fireball" malware, which has affected nearly 250 million computers worldwide. Fireball is usually installed by piggybacking on an installer of wanted software; it then hijacks the user's browser and can then proceed to do anything from spying to dropping additional malware.
FAQ: Coil Whine
Coil whine is a phenomenon that affects many forms of electronics, but is often only noticed by some who are sensitive to it. This article covers the basic information regarding what coil whine is and how you can mitigate it.
The Tex Yoda II is a mechanical keyboard inspired by ThinkPads
Two-man Taiwanese team Tex Electronics is pitching a micro-mechanical keyboard straight at ThinkPad fans. Called the "Tex Yoda II", the mechanical keyboard features Cherry MX Brown switches, a TrackPoint-ish pointer, and a suite of three mouse buttons.
Aorus releases compact eGPU complete with a mini GTX 1070
Gigabyte (via subsidiary Aorus) has released a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics dock that is specifically designed around miniaturized desktop GPUs. Additionally, the US$599 dock beats the competition by coming with a GTX 1070 pre-installed.
Logitech Flow allows you to use one mouse with up to 3 PCs simultaneously
Logitech has released its new "Flow" software as part of the Logitech Options suite. Flow allows a user to use a single compatible mouse to not only use one mouse across computers as if they were external monitors, but also copy and paste files and text.
AMD talks up Ryzen Mobile, showcases more laptops
AMD gave a few more details on its future plans for Ryzen-powered laptops, including 2-in-1, thin-and-light, gaming, and consumer form-factors. Two new AMD-powered (FX, not Ryzen) laptops from Acer and Dell were also showcased.
First Ryzen laptop is Asus's ROG Strix GL702ZC
Asus has unveiled the world's first Ryzen-powered notebook, the ROG Strix GL702ZC. The laptop is 17.3-inches, supports FreeSync 2.0, and is powered by a Ryzen 7 1700 8-core desktop CPU and a mobile Radeon RX 580 GPU.
Intel's credit card-sized PC fully detailed
Intel has revealed more details on the Compute Card this Computex. The Card will be available in four SKUs and will begin shipping in August. Pricing is not confirmed.
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is powerful, modular, and gorgeous
Android creator Andy Rubin has revealed his vision for what an Android phone should be: the Essential Phone. The Essential Phone distinguishes itself with a nearly full-front display and a sleek titanium and ceramic chassis, but it also is designed to be modular. The phone will ship out of the box with a dock and a 360-degree camera module.
Intel's 8th gen Coffee Lake 15W chips to be up to 30% faster
Intel's presentation at Computex revealed a 15W 8th generation (presumably mobile) CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads. The unnamed chip was shown outperforming a Kaby Lake i7-7500U CPU by 30% in SYSmark 2014.
Gigabyte introduces new X9 and X5 MD gaming notebooks
Gigabyte has unveiled updates to its Aorus sub-brand of premium gaming notebooks at Computex, including the monstrously powerful X9 as well as updated X5 MD and X7 DT.
The UX550 Zenbook Pro is Asus's answer to Dell's XPS 15
Asus's updated Zenbook Pro has finally made its appearance, and it looks worth the wait. With a quad-core CPU and GTX 1050Ti packed into its diamond-cut aluminum chassis, the Zenbook Pro might be the laptop you've been waiting for.
WWDC forecast: Kaby Lake MacBooks with a chance of Air
The latest information on Apple's upcoming WWDC suggests CPU upgrades for all MacBooks, updated iPads, and possibly the reappearance of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.
LG V30 concept art reveals a sliding secondary display
Early renders of LG's next flagship, the V30, show that LG is experimenting with interesting concepts involving their incorporation of a second screen.
Opinion: 15 is the new 14
Who doesn't want an extra 1.6 inches? Due to the popularity of small bezels, Editor Douglas Black predicts that 14-inch laptops will lose their niche in the market — at least until there's a breakthrough in heat dissipation.
Nvidia's power-efficient MX150 notebook GPU officially released
Nvidia has made its low-cost and power-efficient MX150 official today. The Pascal-based GPU is touted to beat its closest predecessor, the 940MX, in both flat-out performance and performance-per-watt.
Sony discontinues upper-midrange phones
Sony has announced cuts to its "Premium Standard" product line amid profoundly disappointing international sales of those model smartphones.
Acer announces new Iconia tablets for entertainment and productivity
Acer has announced the release of a plethora of new products at this years Computex at the company's home country of Taiwan. Both 10-inch Android tablets, the Iconia One 10 will focus on productivity while the Iconia Tab 10 targets media consumers.
Nostalgic Nokia 3310 now available (but not numerous)
Nokia licensee HMD Global's revamp of the icon Nokia 3310 feature-phone has gone on sale today in the UK. It's priced around US$65, but expect stock to be bought up quickly by fans.
Chinese smartphone makers surge while Apple and Samsung see decline
A new report by Gartner Inc. reveals Chinese smartphone OEMs saw huge growth over the past year while industry giants Apple and Samsung slightly negative growth.
Just call it the Surface Pro: Microsoft unveils Surface Pro update in Shanghai
Microsoft has unveiled an update to the Surface Pro 4, dubbed simply "Surface Pro". The new Surface Pro sports slightly redesigned chassis that makes it both thinner and lighter while rounding out the sharp edges, and also boasts a better screen and battery over the previous generation.
If you're tired of Facebook Messenger's bloat, try Messenger Lite
Facebook's ubiquitous chatting app, Messenger, has become so bloated that Facebook has already spun off a version for developing markets called "Messenger Lite". To install it in most countries, however, you'll have to sideload it on your Android phone.
Aero 15 gets firmware fix for keyboard rollover bug
Gigabyte has released a firmware update for their new Aero 15 laptop that fixes a bug preventing certain key combinations from registering. The 1.1.5 update is available through the Gigabyte Fusion application.
Leaked internal Facebook censorship guidelines fuels concern about ethics
Internal documents from Facebook revealed to the Guardian show the difficulties the company is facing to police its 2-billion-strong membership.
BLUBOO S1 is a nearly bezel-less smartphone for US$150
The BLUBOO S1 is a budget-friendly option for those wanting a bezel-less smartphone without leaving them penniless. It is expected to sport Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to help it remain robust despite its tiny bezels.
HTC pledges to streamline operations after 8th consecutive quarter of losses
Taiwanese ODM HTC has reported its 8th consecutive quarter of losses this Q1 2017. The latest financial report from the company revealed its lowest revenue in a year. The upcoming flagship HTC U 11 is a possible bright-spot for the company this year.
Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend
Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
Enthusiast achieves thermal miracle with Gigabyte's Aero 15
Gigabyte's new Aero 15 has been well-received by nearly all reviewers due to its compact form-factor and high performance. One enthusiast was able to optimize his Aero 15 far beyond stock specifications to achieve fantastic thermal results.
Asus introduces new 11.6-inch Apollo Lake notebooks
Asus has updated their affordable, solid, 11-inch E20x series VivoBooks to Apollo Lake CPUs.
Microsoft teases another Surface device on May 23
Just days after Microsoft released the Surface Laptop at their #MicrosoftEDU event, the company is teasing yet another Surface-related device at an event in Shanghai on May 23.
Promotional video shows Surface Laptop prototype with USB Type-C
Microsoft's own promotional video for their new Surface Laptop reveals that the education-focused device originally sported two USB Type-C ports in addition to the single USB Type-A.
Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks
Ever wondered which notebooks the editors prefer to use day-to-day? The staff of Notebookcheck reveal their preferences.
Microsoft's new "Surface Laptop" reveals how seriously the company takes Chromebooks as a threat
Images and information leak about the Microsoft's latest piece of hardware, the Surface Laptop. The Laptop is designed to combat the rising popularity of Chromebooks in education and business by running a lighter, more secure cloud-based OS called Windows 10 S.
HP introduces updated ZBook mobile workstations
HP has revealed updates to its ZBook line of workstations, including the long-awaited ZBook Studio G4.
Onyx shows off producitivity-focused E-Ink convertible laptop "typewriter" and tablets in Hong Kong
Onyx has introduced two prototypes of E-Ink devices: A "Typewriter" laptop, and a high-resolution Android tablet aimed not just at reading but for productivity.
How to Lower Temperatures, Stop Throttling, and Increase Battery Life: The ThrottleStop Guide (2017)
ThrottleStop is one of the most useful programs for any PC user, but it can be intimidating to use at first glance. This primer walks readers through installing ThrottleStop, explains its basic features such as undervolting and temperature profiles, and guides them through some basic optimizations that any user could benefit from.
PSA: Latest XPS 9560 BIOS (1.2.4) may brick notebook
Dell's latest BIOS update for the XPS 9560 (1.2.4) is causing some users' laptops to be bricked after installing. There are two simple methods to make the system bootable again, however.
What is graphene and why should you know about it?
Graphene, a unique form of carbon, is finding more and more applications in computer technology.
AMD may be expanding into the Chromebook market
An AMD board known as "Kahlee" has shown up in ChromeOS's Coreboot code. The device will be based on 2016's Stoney Ridge rather than AMD's new Ryzen architecture. The existence of an AMD powered Chromebook together with the release of Ryzen 7 and 5-series chips suggests that AMD is making an all-out effort to reestablish itself in the market.
X62 Laptop Review
A Rejuvenated Classic? The X62 is a third-party custom-made successor to Lenovo's beloved X61 sub-notebook. Upgraded with a 5th generation Intel chipset and rare 4:3 SXGA+ IPS display, does the X62 meet the high standards its ThinkPad heritage demands among modern competitors? Or is it an amateurish disappointment that is best left in the past?
Samsung Galaxy S8 can be unlocked with a photograph
A video has surfaced of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 being tricked into unlocking with a photograph, raising questions of security.
Orange Pi is a US$10 single-board computer with a 2G modem
The Orange Pi is a new single-board computer out of China that costs just under US$10.
Samsung requires man to sign NDA before replacing faulty phone
A Singaporean man whose S7 Edge overheated was surprised to be served an NDA before Samsung would agree to replace his phone.
Windows 10 Creators Update available early
The official Windows 10 Creators update is already available for those who would like to update manually. The update brings some significant new features to Windows 10.
ISPs can sell your browsing history without your consent, Senate rules
FCC regulations that would disallow ISPs to share or sell users' internet browsing history and other private information without their explicit consent have been shot down in the US Senate.
Dell won't enable Speed Shift on the XPS 15 9550 and 9560
After more than a year of badgering by customers waiting for the performance-enhancing technology to be enabled, a Dell representative has stated that though both the 9550 and 9560 support Speed Shift, their engineers are not in the mood to enable it.
Google promises better security for Android in 2017
Google has promised to provide more frequent and timely security updates for Android in 2017 due to the increasing number of Android-powered devices and the corresponding threat from malware.
US Army goes for Windows with an order of nearly 10,000 ruggedized tablets
The US Army has ordered 9,783 Getac F110 G3 ruggedized tablets. The 11.6-inch tablets run Windows 10, have bonded-touch displays, dual battery capability, 4G LTE, NFC, barcode scanners, and pack full security suites.
Superscreen is a tablet that wirelessly streams content from your smartphone
Superscreen is a kickstarter project that aims to provide you with the big screen of a 10-inch tablet without the redundancy of owning two separate devices.
Microsoft introduces "Mac to Surface" data migration utility
Microsoft has quietly released a data migration utility to assist Mac users to switch to a PC.
LG faces class-action lawsuit over G4 and V4 hardware faults
LG is facing a class-action lawsuit over bootloops in their G4 and V10 handsets. Customers first complained of the issue over a year ago and were offered replacements, yet many of the replacement smartphones still suffered from the same issues.
Apple invests US$500 million into opening two more Chinese R&D centers
Apple has announced it will open two more research and development centers in Suzhou and Shanghai. The two additional centers will join the existing two slated to open in Beijing and Shenzhen. The total cost of the investment will be at least US$500 million.
Microsoft blocks Windows 7 and 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs
As promised by the Redmond company last year, Microsoft will soon begin blocking updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen platforms.
AMD Ryzen 5 revealed as competitor to Intel's Core i5
AMD has revealed its Ryzen 5 series of chips ranging from US$169 to US$249. As the name suggests, AMD is pitching the Ryzen 5 as a superior choice to Intel's i5 7600K.
15-inch Yoga 720 up for order on Lenovo's website
Lenovo's Yoga 720 is a 15-inch quad-core convertible notebook that also packs an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU. It has just gone live on Lenovo's website for US$1259 and is expected to ship in 4-5 weeks.
SSD prices to increase by 10-16 percent this year: TrendForce
Both MLC (multi-level cell) and TLC (triple-level cell) NAND SSDs are expected to see up to 16% increases in price this year, as demand from OEMs remains strong while fewer MLC SSDs are produced.
AGM preparing ruggedized smartphone with flagship specs
AGM is preparing to release a rugged smartphone with flagship specs. It will be the first Snapdragon 835-based flagship with a ruggedized design and IP68 rating.
Windows 10 now has ads in every major part of the OS
Microsoft's latest advertisement for OneDrive haunting the File Explorer is a milestone: now, nearly every part of the Windows 10 interface will serve users ads by default.
Asus ZenBook with GTX1060 confirmed; release date unknown
Asus has yet to officially announce a 15-inch ZenBook Pro with GTX 1060, but the Taiwan Excellence Awards website reveals some details.
Raspberry Pi Zero used to make (possibly) world's smallest GameBoy
Hackaday.io member Peter Barker (aka "Moosepr") has used a Raspberry Pi Zero to make a tiny GameBoy-style handheld console that runs RetroPie games. It is so small that it is actually smaller than an original GameBoy cartridge.
Tiny Apollo Lake mini PCs are coming soon
Ultra-mobile PCs based on Intel's Apollo Lake SoC are in the works and should start being released soon. These flexible concept PCs will pack the latest generation Celeron processors, touchscreens, and batteries, allowing many use-cases.
Microsoft cuts Surface Book prices with new no-dGPU options
Microsoft has cut the barrier of entry for the Surface Book by US$200 on both the high and low ends by offering i5/128GB/8GB as well as i7/1TB/16GB SKUs without dedicated GPUs. While the Surface Book is still running on Skylake and lacks Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C, it is still an attractive device due to its unique design, active stylus, and solid build quality.
Surface Hub, meet Google Jamboard
Google has announced that its collaborative computing effort, the 55-inch Surface Hub competitor known as the "Google Jamboard", will be available in May of this year for US$4999, plus a US$600 yearly management fee. It is still significantly cheaper than Microsoft's US$9000 55-inch Surface Hub.
HP's EliteOne 800 G3 is a striking all-in-one business PC with micro-bezels
HP has launched a sleek and stylish all-in-one PC for business called the EliteOne 800 G3. The AIO features a strong design with tiny bezels, a pop-out Windows Hello camera, and a Bang & Olufsen-tuned speaker bar that matches the modern design language of their other products.
Wikileaks reveals trove of CIA hacking tools for iOS and Android-driven devices
WikiLeaks has released a trove of information revealing the range of the CIA's hacking exploits and cyber-ordinance, including malware to use Samsung smart TV's for surveillance.
Consumers are still (rightfully) wary of smart home devices
A new research report released by Gartner has revealed consumers to be wary of the risks of IoT devices while skeptical of their benefits.
Man creates Windows 98 "smartwatch" using Raspberry Pi
A DIY tech enthusiast has decided to satisfy his nostalgia cravings by creating a Windows 98 "smartwatch" using a Raspberry Pi A+ as a base.
Research firm finds iPhone failure rate increasing, eclipsing Android
Research firm Blancco has found that iPhones have become remarkably less reliable over the past five quarters. At the same time, Android phones have increased in reliability significantly.
S8+ Snapdragon 835 benchmarks spotted on Geekbench
Benchmarks of the S8+ have leaked on Geekbench, revealing solid (though not game-changing) performance.
HP launches inexpensive convertible chromebook for education
Google has announced the launch of a new rugged Chromebook convertible from HP.
Dota 2 Reborn: Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks
MOBA Heavyweight. With up to one million players online at any given time, Dota 2 is far and away the most popular game on Valve's Steam platform. This highly competitive game and eSport has come a long way since its origins as a mod for Blizzard's Warcraft III, and now runs as a stand-alone, free-to-play game on Valve's Source 2 Engine. The Source 2 Engine is well-optimized and very scalable, but has a reputation for being more CPU than GPU dependent. Do the resolutions and graphics options have a large impact on performance? What CPU and GPU you need for your notebook to keep framerates steady during even the most hectic late-game battles is the subject of this article.
Kensington releases lock for ultra-thin devices
Kensington has announced the release of the first security lock designed for ultra-thin systems. The NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock has a head of only 10mm, and is making its debut in the HP Pro x2 2-in-1.
Eight-core x86 Atom chips for smartphones to release in H2 2017
Intel's Atom chip is living on through Chinese manufacturer Spreadtrum, which is continuing to produce Atom chips and will release an octa-core Atom chip designed for smartphones in the second half of the year.
Porsche Design tries their hand at a different kind of convertible—a notebook
Porsche Design is jumping into the notebook market with both feet via their US$2500 premium 2-in-1 convertible, the BOOK ONE. The Book One is differentiated by its aggressive design, high price, included Wacom stylus, and the fact that the screen both swivels 360 degrees and detaches.
TCL releases 2-in-1 Windows tablet with 4G LTE
TCL has announced an inexpensive 2-in-1 convertible Windows tablet called the Plus 12. Unique for a budget Windows tablet, the Plus 12 includes an LTE modem in its keyboard, as well as a fingerprint sensor.
HMD's new Nokia 3 and 5 series detailed, set for launch in Q2
HMD has announced the worldwide release of the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 phones, along with their specs and pricing.
LG Gram 2017 models now up for sale in the US
LG's latest Gram ultrabooks are now up for sale with prices ranging from US$999 for the 13-inch non-touch up to US$1699 fully specced Gram 15. The Gram series are known for being incredibly lightweight, with even the 15-inch model only weighing 2.40 lbs.
Razer releases USB Type-C power bank for charging ultrabooks
Razer has announced a USB Type-C power bank designed to augment the portable lifespan of its Stealth ultrabook. The 12,800 mAh (46 Wh) can charge up to three USB devices with its one Type-C and two Type-A ports.
Galaxy S8+ specs tipped: will pack 6.2-inch screen, 10nm Exynos 9 or Snapdragon 835 SoC, iris scanner
Evan Blass has detailed the (alleged) specs for the Galaxy S8+ in full.
AMD Ryzen lineup officially released with full specs and pricing
The Ryzen lineup includes the 65W R7 1700, 95W 1700X, and 95W 1800X, which are priced at US$330, US$400, and US$500 respectively.
Intel announces new gigabit-LTE modem for laptops, phones, and other devices
Intel has announced the XMM 7560, a competitor to Qualcomm's X20 Gigabit LTE modem. The XMM 7560 should offer transfer speeds of up to 1Gbps, be compatible with networks worldwide, and will see wide-scale release in 2018.
"Continuum"-style feature to be added to Remix OS
Jide has revealed plans to make RemixOS a Continuum-like feature for Android phones.
Google and Microsoft agree to censor pirated movies, music, and sport websites in the UK
Google and Microsoft have joined a voluntary anti-piracy action in the UK which has the companies demote search results for website where pirated music, movies, or sporting events can be found.
Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China
Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have surged ahead of Apple in recent quarters, leaving Apple in fifth place in terms of market share.
Google asks its community for input on the next Pixel handset
Google's Pixel Community Manager has come to the community asking for their likes, dislikes, and suggestions for the Pixel phone. Common dislikes included the mono speaker, lack of waterproofing, and large bezels.
Apple hopes to take over the Indian market with locally made iPhone SE
An industry source has reported that Apple will begin assembling the iPhone SE in India, through Taiwanese ODM Winstron. Assembling Apple's cheapest handset in India will help make the phone more accessible for the vast majority of the Indian market.
Dell's unassuming Latitude 5480 could be the sleeper eGPU laptop you've been waiting for
A dark horse for use with external graphics enclosures, the Latitude 5480 just might be best choice right now due to its compact size, powerful i7-7820HQ CPU, configurability, and business-class build quality and support.
BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement
BlackBerry has filed suit against Nokia for allegedly infringing on 11 of the company's telecommunications patents. BlackBerry is not seeking to block Nokia's sales, but instead to receive royalties.
Leaked AMD Ryzen benchmarks show close competition with Intel
Benchmarks for AMD's new Ryzen 7 1700X chip have appeared on SiSoft SANDRA's benchmarking leaderboards. The chip, which may be pre-production and not fully optimized, gives a strong showing against several Xeon chips, the i7-6900K, and i7-7700K.
Razer Blade 14 gets Kaby Lake CPU, new 4K display
Razer has finally updated the QHD+ IGZO panel on their 14-inch Blade with a new UHD (4k) panel as well as swapped out the i7-6700HQ for its 7th generation Kaby Lake counterpart. The Kaby Lake processor should help battery life, but the 4K display is likely to severely punish the Blade's 70WHr battery.
Intel's 8th gen Cannonlake CPUs will still use 14 nm process
Intel has announced that their Cannonlake CPUs, slated for a late 2017 release, will be made on a 14nm process instead of 10nm as originally planned.
New "Instant Tethering" feature rolling out to select Android devices
Android 7.1.1 enables the new "Instant Tethering" feature on specific Nexus and Pixel phones. It fully automates internet sharing between devices once they have been verified once.
7-inch subnotebook GPD Pocket starts crowdfunding February 15
GPD has released more details on their ultra-mobile PC, the GPD Pocket. The Kickstarter campaign will open on February 15th.
Dell will begin certifying XPS notebooks for external graphics: Frank Azor
Alienware and XPS GM Frank Azor has stated that due to demand from customers, they will start to seek external graphics certification for their popular XPS line of notebooks. Without certification, newer graphics enclosures with the TI83 controller will not be able to connect.
Windows Insider Preview introduces picture-in-picture apps
Windows Insider Preview Build 15031 introduces a new feature called Compact Overlay. A new window mode that functions like picture-in-picture on most TVs, it will allow a new level flexibility for users wanting to consume content while they multitask. The feature is part of UWA and will need to be programmed in.
Specializing in Razer laptops, enthusiast repairman aims to fix what Razer can't
If you have a Razer laptop that's broken and out of warranty, you might have an option other than paying US$700 for an out-of-warranty repair from the company: Brenden Henry is a computer enthusiast who grew up fixing phones, but now specializes in fixing issues with Razer's laptops.
DVD drive manufacturers settle class-action lawsuit over price-fixing (you might be owed US$10)
If you purchased a computer with a DVD drive or even just a stand-alone DVD play between 2003 and 2008, you may be eligible for part of a multi-million dollar settlement for price-fixing. Claimants are eligible for US$10 per device purchased during the period if they meet other eligibility requirements.
XPS 13 9360 spotted with i7-7560U, Iris graphics
Dell's ever-popular ultrabook was spotted with some upgraded specs on Dell's Italian website before being taken down. A faster CPU/GPU was spotted, as well as DDR4LP RAM and new configuration options.
Intel will release a CPU featuring AMD Radeon graphics: Bennett
Hard OCP Editor Kyle Bennett earlier claimed that Intel had signed a licensing agreement with AMD for graphics technology patents back in December. Now Bennett is reporting that we may actually see Intel chips with Radeon GPUs before the end of 2017.
HP updates the Omen 15 gaming laptop with Pascal and Kaby Lake
HP's Omen 15 gaming notebook has been updated with a Kaby Lake CPU i7 CPU and options of either the GTX 1050 or 1050Ti.
Valve and other publishers under EU investigation for region-locking games
Valve, Bandai Namco, Zenimax, Capcom, Focus Home, and Koch Media are under investigation by the European Commission for anti-competitive practices due to region-locking games within the EU.
Apple's ARM chips may play a greater role in future Macs
Inside sources claim that Apple is working on a new ARM SoC for their future laptops, dubbed the T310. The T310 would be able to handle an expanded array of operations during low-power mode instead of the Intel CPU.
Apple misses deadline to pay back taxes
Last year, the EU ruled that Apple had been illegally avoiding paying taxes by splitting profit from subsidiary companies and re-routing them to a "head office" in Ireland which was not subject to tax. The Commissioner gave Ireland four months to collect the roughly US $14.5 billion in taxes, but nothing has been recovered as of yet.
Enthusiasts bring classic ThinkPad designs to the modern era
Classic ThinkPads are alive and well thanks to some dedicated enthusiasts in China. With a completely custom-made motherboard, 1400 x 1050 IPS panel, Broadwell CPU, and updated ports, the X62 is a modern laptop in retro clothing.
Nextbit Robin team acquired by Razer
The Nextbit team, developers of the Robin cloud-based smartphone project, have been acquired by Singaporean gaming hardware company Razer.
Intel establishing pilot plant to test 7nm manufacturing process
Intel has revealed its plans to pilot 7-nm semiconductor fabrication technologies. The pilot plant will work on perfecting the process over the next few years, and then replicate the process at its plants worldwide.
Uninstall your anti-virus and use Windows Defender, says veteran software engineer
Third-party anti-virus programs are doing more harm than good, says a veteran programmer. If you're running a modern Windows operating system, stick with Windows Defender.
"Game Mode" implemented in latest Windows Insider Build
Windows 10's "Game Mode" feature has gone live in the latest Windows Insider Preview Build. The mode should increase smoothness of gameplay by stopping background tasks or programs from stealing CPU/GPU cycles.
Apple mulls expansion of manufacturing to India
Apple has been in talk with the Indian government regarding moving manufacturing to the populous South-Asian country. Apple is reported asking for a number of tax exceptions and concessions from the government to seal the deal, but it's not clear how far the government is willing to bend.
Hugo Barra to join Facebook as head of Oculus team
Ex-Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra formally announced his departure from the Chinese company a few days ago, but he's already found a new position at Facebook as head of the Oculus team.
A growing Asia Pacific market helps drive PC gaming high-water mark
A growing Asia-Pacific market and strong sales of high-end notebooks in North America and Western Europe together have driven the PC market's stellar performance.
Samsung gets first dibs on Snapdragon 835 production, others wait until April
Industry sources that Samsung is hording the majority of the Snapdragon 835 SoCs to itself, causing other companies to have to use older, less desirable chipsets. The 835 is Qualcomm's design, but is being made using Samsung's 10nm manufacturing technology.
China cracks down on "unauthorized" VPNs
The Communist Party of China has decided to crack down further on their control of the internet, targeting VPNs. The new law would make "unauthorized" VPNs illegal, and would require the companies to obtain government approval in order to operate. It is unclear what is involved in the "approval" process.
All Cromebooks from 2017 on will be compatible with Android apps
Google has announced that in addition to certain legacy models, all Chromebooks released in 2017 onward will have full Android app support.
New 12.1-inch Lenovo Yoga Book spotted on Amazon
Despite no official announcement from Lenovo, a 12.1-inch Yoga Book has popped up on Amazon.com. The new model is larger, cheaper, and seems to be at least water-resistant. However, it has even lower specs than the original Yoga Book.
Onda announces cheap 12-inch ultraportable with fingerprint sensor
Chinese manufacturer Onda has announced a 12.5-inch budget laptop that packs an Apollo Lake Celeron processor and a fingerprint sensor.
Nokia confirms Snapdragon 835-powered flagship, hints at Windows phones
Nokia China's WeiBo account revealed some interesting information during a recent Q&A session, hinting at both a Snapdragon 835-powered flagship and future Windows Phones.
With a shrinking market share and the exit of Hugo Barra, Xiaomi may be in trouble
Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi will be losing their Vice President of International and leading spokesman, Hugo Barra, after 3.5 years of service. His departure may signal trouble for the company, which has seen its smartphone market share drop significantly over the past year.
Microsoft set for round of 700 layoffs this week
Microsoft is expected to conduct about 700 layoffs next week when it announces its earnings for Q4 2016. The positions cut are not from one department, but throughout Microsoft's office and business units around the world.
Samsung Note 7 was afflicted by two separate issues: report
Samsung is due to report on the finding of their investigation into their Galaxy Note 7 recall on Monday. Leaks allege that the fires were the result of two separate problems: one manufacturer's battery didn't quite fit into the device, and the other manufacturer's battery had a manufacturing flaw.
Confirmed: Lenovo ThinkPad T470, T470s will have Thunderbolt 3, but T470p will not
Lenovo has confirmed that press release images showing the T470p with a Thunderbolt 3 port were a mistake, and that only the dual-core T470 and T470s will have Thunderbolt 3. This is bad news for ThinkPad fans who were hoping to use a T470 with an external GPU.
Asus unveils UX430 and UX530 ultra-thin notebooks with dedicated graphics
Today Asus unveiled new UX430 and UX530 ZenBooks. The thinnest ZenBooks ever to have dedicated graphics, both pack U-series Kaby Lake chips and Nvidia Maxwell GPUs.
Galaxy S7/Edge gets Android 7.0, defaults to lower resolution
Samsung has updated its S7 and S7 Edge handsets to Android 7.0 Nougat. As part of the update, the resolution is downscaled to 1080p.
EU Legal affairs committee suggests rules for robots—including rights and kill switches
The European Union's Legal Affairs Committee has recommended that the EU begin drafting rules for issues of robot rights, including autonomous cars, a definition for "electronic persons", issues of liability, and even kill switches.
Windows 10 shell update will help close the gap between Windows PCs and phones
Microsoft is allegedly planning on integrating the Windows 10 UIs for PC, mobile, Xbox, and convertibles into one "Composable Shell", allowing for a truly universal Windows OS.
Fujitsu unveils 1.7-pound 13-inch notebook
Fujitsu has revealed two of the world's lightest 13-inch laptops at a launch event in Japan. The UH75/B1 weighs a scant 1.72 lbs while the U937/P weighs 1.87 lbs. The base units come with a small 25 Wh battery to reduce weight, but a 50 Wh battery is available, which will make the unit weigh just over 2 lbs.
Intel Compute Card already tapped for use in modular convertible PC
NexDock is working on a 2017 version of their laptop-shell device dock. While the previous version was had a laptop form factor and supported Windows 10 smartphones and Raspberry Pis, the update is a Surface-like convertible that specifically caters to the Intel Compute Card.
Nostalgia Nerd's documentary on the Commodore Amiga, "Amiga Story", fully released
Retro-computing YouTuber Nostalgia Nerd has released the concluding part of his two-part documentary on the rise and fall of the Commodore Amiga: Part one explores the history and genesis of the beloved family of computers throughout the 1980s, while part two focuses on its struggles and eventual downfall in the 1990s.
Apple will update MacBooks with more RAM, Kaby Lake CPUs: Ming-Chi Kuo
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is planning to upgrade their existing 13 and 15-inch notebooks with Kaby Lake as well as add two new laptops: a 12-inch MacBook and a higher-end 15-inch MacBook with 32 GB of RAM.
Internet of Things will need extensive support lifecycles
Companies need to take security updates for IoT-enabled devices just as seriously as smartphones—if not more. Companies that fail to supply regular security updates for phones should not be entrusted with putting smart-appliances in our homes.
Pressured by Chromebooks, Microsoft will reduce Windows licensing costs on 14-inch and smaller notebooks
Microsoft has lowered the volume licensing fees for Windows notebooks with screen sizes of 14-inches or less for 2017. The move comes in an effort to combat the rising popularity of inexpensive Chromebooks.
HDMI 2.1 is no small iterative change over 2.0
HDMI 2.1, announced at CES 2017, sounds like an iterative change over HDMI 2.0—but it's anything but. With over 150 percent more bandwidth than HDMI 2.0, it will support resolutions up to 10k and 120fps. Other details will be released in Q2 2017.
Samsung debuts Galaxy C7 Pro
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy C7 Pro, a large mid-range smartphone with 5.7-inch OLED display and Snapdragon 625 SoC. The phone will be launched in China first, but there is no official word on its release in other markets yet.
The XPS 15 9560's fingerprint scanner has gone AWOL (updated with official response from Dell)
The leaked website for the XPS 9560, specs, and CES display model all showed the update to the popular 9550 would sport a fingerprint scanner. The latest information from the company suggests that it does not currently have one, but may get the option soon.
PC shipments down again: Gartner
Research firm Gartner says that the PC market has declined for the 5th straight year, with 2016 ultimately showing a 6.2 percent year-on-year decline. The PC market is continuing to stagnate while the phone market continues to grow.
Dell's refreshed XPS 15 9560 with GTX 1050 and fingerprint scanner now up for order
The Dell XPS 15 9560, the much-awaited update to the XPS 15 9550, is finally up for order through Dell. The 9560 update brings Kaby Lake CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics, fingerprint scanning, and Windows Hello support to everyone's favorite thin-and-light desktop replacement laptop.
Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results
Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
Dell now offers Ubuntu-based developer versions of new Precision workstations
Dell's 3520, 5520, 7520, and 5720 Precision Workstations will all have the option of shipping with Ubuntu 16.07 LTS. The 3520 is available now, while the others are coming over the next few months.
SK Hynix announces 8GB LPDDR4X DRAM for phones
Semiconductor company SK Hynix has announced the release of 8 GB LPDDR4X DRAM, made possible through high-density 16Gb chips. The DRAM is 30% smaller and 20% more power efficient than current LPDDR4.
User-share of Macs may have hit a five-year-low, but Gartner predicts future Apple domination
Despite missed sales expectations and a five-year-low user share, research firm Gartner is predicting that iOS and macOS devices will overtake Windows in terms of devices shipped per-annum.
Apple to switch to IGZO display for future MacBook Pros: DigiTimes
Apple is rumored to be acquiring IGZO panels for laptops as soon as Q2 2017. One reason for the move to IGZO-transistor panels could be improved battery life.
Makers of GPD WIN Console working on a premium 7-inch notebook
Chinese startup GPD has announced a more work-oriented concept for a pocket PC, aptly dubbed the GPD Pocket. The Pocket will have a 7-inch IPS touchscreen, aluminum chassis, and edge-to-edge keyboard with trackpoint.
BlackBerry Mercury makes a surprise showing at CES 2017
Though officially debuting at MWC Barcelona, TCL's flagship BlackBerry Mercury made a surprise appearance at CES. Those who have gone hands-on with the device have good things to say, but the success (or failure) of this device, perhaps pivotal for BlackBerry, remains to be seen.
GraalPhone 4-in-1 concept gives a taste of a possible future of computing
French startup GraalPhone is teasing its own version of an "ultimate device" this CES, showing off a 4-in-1 concept system.
Intel one-ups Compute Stick with Compute Card, a credit-card sized PC
Intel's Compute Card is a credit-card-sized PC measuring a scant 0.2 inches thick.
Aorus teases X9 gaming laptop with mechanical keyboard, G-Sync, and SLI
Aorus has teased a concept for a new 17-inch notebook, the x9. More powerful than the x7, the x9 will be powered by two Nvidia GPUs in SLI.
OWC dock for MacBook Pro adds ports, storage, and thickness
Mac upgrade manufacturer OWC has shown off a prototype of a dock at CES 2017. The OWC DEC attaches seamlessly to the bottom of your 13 or 15-inch MacBook pro to add some serious upgradability.
Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe is the new big brother of the ZenBook 3
Asus has debuted the ZenBook 3 Deluxe at CES 2017, featuring more ports, TB3 support, a larger screen, and improved keyboard travel.
Samsung makes questionable step into gaming with Odyssey notebooks
Samsung has thrown its hat into the gaming-notebook ring with the Odyssey 15 and 17.
Brydge Keyboard turns your Surface Pro into a laptop
The Brydge 12.3 keyboard is a 0.7-inch aluminum backlit keyboard cover that is designed to make the Surface Pro feel more like a laptop. The key feature of the keyboard is that it allows the attached tablet to be opened to any angle without using the kickstand for support.
Asus launches thin, light, MIL-STD 14" Pro B9440 notebook for business
Asus has announced the eye-catching and ultraportable Pro B9440 notebook for business. At 2.3 pounds, Asus says it is the world's lightest 14-inch laptop.
Asus VivoPC X: a compact VR-ready desktop for US$799
Asus has announced the VivoPC X, a compact VR-ready desktop, designed to be a relatively portable VR solution.
Miraxess shows off Mirabook smartphone laptop dock
The Mirabook is a Lap Dock for your Android or Windows phone featuring USB Type-C, HDMI, 24-hours of battery life, and an aluminum chassis.
Acer releases Predator Z301CT: a 30-inch 200Hz curved gaming monitor with Tobii eye-tracking
Acer's 30-inch Predator Z301 CT monitor boasts an impressive range of features, including 1800R curvature, 2560x1800 resolution, 200Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, 3000:1 contrast, 300-nit brightness, 100% SRGB color gamut, Tobii Eye Tracking, and NVIDIA G-sync.
(updated) XPS 9350/9550's Thunderbolt 3 may be hardwired at TB2 speeds
Schematics of the XPS 9350 show that its TB3 controller is hardware-limited to speeds half of those advertised. This may affect all notebooks with a single TB3 port, including the XPS 9360, 9550, 9560, M5510, and M5520.
Samsung may be adding Continuum-like desktop functionality to Galaxy S8
A leak purports to show Samsung may be adding Continuum-like functionality to the Galaxy S8. If true, this signals a new trend for the mobile market.
Starting today, Singapore will begin recording iris-scans of residents
Beginning January 1, Singapore will begin requiring the iris-scans of its residents. Singapore already collects photographic and fingerprint data of its residents, but the addition of iris scans poses the greatest potential risk to privacy.
Foxconn GM reveals plans to fully automate some factories
Foxconn General Manager Dai Jia Peng has revealed plans to fully automate entire factories.
Asus X00GD is a mid-range smartphone with a high-capacity battery
A mid-range Asus phone with a 4,850mAh battery has shown up on TENAA's website. The combination of an HD screen and high-capacity battery should mean best-in-class endurance, even under heavy use.
Zotac to showcase TB3 graphics dock at CES
Zotac will fully unveil their own TB3 external graphics dock next week at CES. The dock should accommodate most standard-size GPUs and provides four additional USB 3.0 ports. It will utilize an internal 400W power supply.
ASUS dethrones the Razer Blade Pro with the ROG GX501, world's thinnest laptop with GTX 1080?
ASUS may have designed the world's thinnest laptop with a GTX 1080 inside, measuring only 16.65mm thick—if sources are to be believed.
BlackBerry partner TCL's "Mercury" handset to have 4.6-inch 3:2 display, hardware keyboard
More details regarding BlackBerry's new "Mercury" handset have emerged, confirming a Snapdragon 625 CPU, 3:2 aspect ratio, and 4.6-inch screen.
Microsoft may bring a "Game Mode" to Windows 10
Windows Insider Preview build 14997 includes a .dll hinting at a gaming-optimized mode for extra performance.
Nokia and Blackberry could make a comeback in 2017
Nokia and Blackberry may find a new lease on life in 2017 thanks to Android and licensing and manufacturing agreements. Blackberry is looking to Chinese ODM TCL, while Finnish Nokia Licencee HMD Global will be producing high-end Nokia phones.
T-Mobile rolling out Note-7-killing update; AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow
T-mobile has begun rolling out firmware designed to effectively brick remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. Verizon and AT&T will roll out the update January 5, while Sprint will wait until January 8.
Leaked Windows 10 Insider build 14997 includes blue light filter
The latest Windows Insider build confirms the addition of a blue light filter into Windows 10.
Asus Chromebook C302 leaked on NewEgg, taken down after order
Newegg.com momentarily listed the ASUS C302CA Chromebook for sale today, though it has yet to be made official by ASUS.
Major chip foundries having trouble with 10nm chip production
Sources say that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), responsible for producing chips based on Samsung's 10nm design, is having issues with a lower-than-expected yield from the manufacturing process.
Apple will work with Consumer Reports following lack of recommendation
After Consumer Reports failed to recommend Apple's MacBooks for the first time in the history of the product line, Phil Schiller has tweeted that he is working with the consumer watchdog to find out more about their tests.
Leak reveals LG Gram to get TB3, fingerprint scanner
LG has updated its Gram lineup with bigger batteries, Thunderbolt 3, and fingerprint scanners. It's not clear yet whether a keyboard backlight has been added.
White House report on AI urges preparations for large-scale unemployment
The White House has released a report on the near-future effects of AI and automation, which asserts that preparations for the transition of the labor market should begin soon.
LG's UltraFine 5K display aimed at MacBook Pro users goes on sale
Apple has begun selling LG's UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) display on its website for US$974. The display features 5K resolution, 500-nits of brightness, integrated speakers and webcam, TB3 charging (85W), and three additional 5Gbps USB Type-C ports.
Why the Mac just isn't what it used to be (to Apple, anyway)
Apple insiders claim that competing directions and a focus on iOS devices have caused the Mac to lose its standing from within the company.
XPS 15 9560 official: GTX 1050, Kaby Lake, fingerprint scanner, and Windows Hello
Dell has gone official with the XPS 15 9560, and it does not disappoint. Changes include a GTX 1050, Kaby Lake, fingerprint scanner, Windows Hello, and Killer Wi-Fi card. Thanks to the updated Pascal graphics, GPU-intensive tasks should run approximately 50% faster than the previous generation.
Intel challenges Raspberry Pi with Joule 550x SoC
Intel has released its powerful single-board Joule 550x computer to compete with the Raspberry Pi 3, but resellers are wildly inflating its already high price.
Apple has new desktops coming: Cook
In a forum post to employees, Tim Cook reiterated the company's support for Mac desktop computers and asserted that there were some in the works.
Nvidia Shield refresh leaked ahead of CES
Images of an updated Nvidia Shield console have leaked ahead of CES. The Shield may come in two sizes and features an improved controller. Specs are unknown.
iPhone 8 rumors: Plastic, not glass?
The latest rumor out of South Korea regarding the iPhone 8 says that Apple has ordered all plastic OLED displays from their supplier, Samsung.
Lenovo announces upcoming Chrome OS variant of popular Yoga Book
Lenovo has announced that a variant of the Yoga Book running Chrome OS is in the works and should be available mid-2017.
Leaks suggest Kaby Lake quad-core and GTX 1050 notebooks may ship before new year
Laptops with Kaby Lake quad-core CPUs and Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPUs may start shipping as early as December 29th.
ArsTechnica guide explains poor MacBook Pro battery life, offers some solutions
ArsTechnica has published an explanation and some workarounds for the rather poor battery life on Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro lineup.
Huawei Honor Magic gets official specs, Christmas release date
The 5-inch Honor Magic will premier with Huawei's own AI-driven digital assistant, called "Magic Live." It may also use Huawei's graphene battery technology. It will be available in China on December 25.
Fitness bands good for health, terrible for privacy: Study
A recent study by The Center for Digital Democracy has found that despite the highly personal health information collected by wearables, there are insufficient regulations in place to safeguard the treatment of the information.
Asus refreshes the UX310 ultrabook with Kaby Lake
Asus's UX310 ultrabook has been updated to Kaby Lake. It packs a 7th generation Core i-series CPU, 2 GB Nvidia 940MX GPU, and both m.2 SATA and 2.5" storage in a compact, inexpensive package.
AMD's new "Ryzen" CPU is a match for Intel's i7-6900K
Ryzen is an 8-core, 16-thread processor with a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz and a boost mode for dynamic overclocking. In benchmarks performed by AMD, the 95-Watt Ryzen matched a 140-Watt Intel i7-6900K.
Newest macOS preview build removes battery time remaining estimates
The latest MacOS Preview has removed the "time remaining" estimate from the battery menu following complaints about the poor battery life on the new MacBook Pro models.
Six months after iOS release, Gboard finally comes to Android
Google's Gboard has finally come to Android, replacing Google Keyboard. The update includes search and sharing of urls, pictures, and gifs directly from the keyboard, as well as many other enhancements.
Microsoft Surface Hub shipping again; back in stock
After months of backlogs and supply issues, Microsoft reports that the Hub is back in stock and has shipped to over 2000 customers in 24 markets, with some customers ordering 1500 units.
Ransomware allows you to decrypt your files by spreading it
New ransomware, called "Popcorn Time", allows the victim to get their files back by spreading the malware instead of paying.
Qualcomm takes aim at Intel's Xeon with new 48-core server chip
Qualcomm has announced the 48-core Centriq 2400 ARMv8 processor; the first server-grade cpu to be built using a 10-nm manufacturing process.
Don't count HTC out yet; still hard at work on future products: Exec
Despite being another rough year for HTC, they have clarified that they are still working on flagship phones and Vive devices.
Latest Windows 10 Insider build lets you turn off your PC with your voice
Windows 10 Insider Build 14986 has introduced a number of additional voice commands for Cortana, including sleeping, restarting, shutting down, and changing volume.
Remaining active Samsung Note 7 phones may be disabled next week
It seems that some Note 7 owners are still stubbornly holding onto their devices—Samsung is trying to change that by disabling remaining Note 7's throughout next week.
Foxconn mulls expansion of American operations
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has confirmed that it is engaged in preliminary talks regarding expansion of its operations in the United States.
Tablet sales down 21.5% on year, up 7.3% on quarter
Digitimes research shows that tablet shipments for 2016 are down 21.5% on year, but up 7.3% on quarter. It could be the end of a long downturn for the tablet market.
Intel may have just signed deal with AMD for licensing AMD graphics tech
Intel's existing license for Nvidia's graphics technology will run out in 2017. It seems that ahead of this deadline Intel has decided to go with licensing AMD's tech instead.
Trump's trade reforms could bring outsourced IT support jobs back to the US
President-elect Donald Trump is laying out more protectionist trade policies including a 35% tariff that could have huge impact on American companies that outsource labor.
Samsung catches a break as Supreme Court reverses Apple's patent victory
The US Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 in favor of Samsung's appeal to reverse up to US$399 million of the US$548 million in damages already paid to Apple.
Signs point to next OnePlus handset being OnePlus 5; will have ceramic construction
Rumors suggest that the OnePlus 5 will feature ceramic construction instead of aluminum due to improved conduction of 5G signals. The OnePlus 4 will be "skipped" due to the number 4 being unlucky in many Asian countries.
VR and AR: the sales disappointments of 2016
VR/AR sales were expected to pick up strongly in late 2016, yet the opposite has happened. Experts blame an immature ecosystem.
Huawei boost batteries with graphene-reinforced Li-ion technology
At a battery symposium in Japan earlier in the week, Huawei presented a graphene-based battery technology that would allow batteries to operate in temperatures 10C higher than current limits. The graphene allows for twice the longevity and lower operating temperatures.
Intel releases complete specs for new Apollo Lake NUC
Intel's new Apollo Lake NUC (NUC6CAYH) will have a 10W Celeron CPU, 2 memory slots, dual integrated mics for voice recognition, a 2.5" SATA drive bay, 4 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an infrared receiver; all in a compact 4" x 4" package.
Note 7 design "unsalvageable" due to battery compression: QC engineering firm
A 3rd party QC engineering firm, Instrumental, believes that putting a larger battery into the Note 7 at the cost of safety resulted in the Note 7's battery fires.
LG develops faster, more efficient radio technology for 5G
LG has trialed a faster, more efficient 80 MHz wideband radio technology that allows uploading and downloading on the same frequency.
Samsung to release 4 TB 850 PRO SSD at CES 2017
Samsung has announced the release of a 4 TB 850 PRO SSD for January 2017.
Afraid of Apple hogging all the OLED screens, top China vendors cooperate to establish new supply chain
Chinese smartphone vendors Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and BBK are working together with Royole, specialist in thin, flexible panels, to secure a new OLED supply chain.
Senior Foxconn manager indicted for allegedly stealing 5700 iPhones
A former Foxconn manager has been indicted by Taiwanese prosecutors for the alleged theft of 5700 iPhone 5 and 5s from 2013-2014. The phones were sold in China for a haul of over US$1.5 million.
Apple blames air exposure for iPhone 6s battery defect
Apple claims that the iPhone 6s battery woes were caused by one of the components being left exposed to air for too long before assembly.
Intel to delay release of super-fast Optane SSDs into 2017-2018
The Optane SSDs, many times faster than current NAND-based SSDs, were originally slated for a 2016 release. Intel will no longer confirm an exact release date, but has hinted we may have to wait until 2018 for a full-scale release.
Q3 PC shipments beat expectations by 2 points; still down 2.1% on-year: IDC
Market intelligence firm IDC sees strong improvement in thin and convertible laptop shipments for Q3 2016, beating expectations by a wide margin. As a result, the projection of the (still declining) market has improved from a 7.2% to a 6.4% decline.
802.11ax "Terahertz" Wi-Fi will offer 10x speed
Japanese researchers successfully test 34Gbps Wi-Fi; target range of 32 feet.
Study shows over 99% of counterfeit Apple chargers dangerous: watchdog group
UK watchdog Trading Standards tested 400 counterfeit "Apple" chargers for basic safety violations. Only 3 passed.
Panasonic claims OLED-like contrast and brightness with new IPS technology
Not yielding to OLED, Panasonic unveils designs for new IPS display technology with improved brightness, contrast, and color range.
Gigabyte releases updated Aero 14 with GTX 1060
Gigabyte's battery-packed (94.24 Wh) Aero14 has been upgraded with a VR-Ready GTX 1060. Other specs include a QHD IPS display, storage up to 1TB m.2 PCIE SSD, and RAM up to 32 GB DDR4-2400.
HP targets classrooms with the ProBook x360 11
Designed from "the ground up" for educational settings, the ProBook x360 11 is an inexpensive, durable, and capable convertible with active pen support.
"reMarkable" e-ink tablet with full stylus support available for pre-order
Something of a cross between a Kindle and a Wacom tablet, the reMarkable tablet seeks to replace your trusty pen and paper for reading, writing, and sketching.
Raspberry Pi 3 gets LTE thanks to Altair chipset
The popular Raspberry Pi 3 board computer will soon be LTE-capable with a new communications chipset from Altair.
HTC and Valve seek to reduce Vive cost with simplified base stations
The prohibitively high cost of entry for the Vive experience may drop to $665 from $800 in the near future, according to a report.
Nearly 1 million Germans offline last weekend due to hack attempt
Regional attack by Mirai botnet knocks 900,000 Germans offline.
Apple working on "more than 10" designs prototypes for next iPhone
Distinct new features include curved and OLED displays.