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A fake Adblock Plus extension has infected about 37,000 Google Chrome users
Posing as the world's most popular ad-blocking software, a fraudulent extension made it onto the Chrome Web Store and tricked tens of thousands of victims into installing what turned out to be a very annoying piece of adware.
Microsoft shuts down talk of the Surface line's impending demise
The Surface isn't going anywhere, Microsoft executive Panos Panay assures everyone in a recent interview with Business Insider. His statement follows last week's prediction by a handful of PC manufacturers that the Windows-based convertible tablet line is on its last legs.
Sprint's latest deal offers two LG V30+ phones for the price of one
The LG V30+ arrives on October 13 and Sprint's promotional department is in full BOGO swing. Lease one of LG's new phones and the second one is free, no buts or ifs. LG V30+ customers also qualify for the Daydream by Google promotion which offers a free VR headset and video game bundle.
Latest iPhone 8 rumor reveals 512 GB model with a $1,200 price tag
As previous rumors have suggested, Apple's upcoming iPhone should be the most expensive yet. Starting at US$999 for the base model with 64 GB of storage and going all the way up to US$1,199 for a 512 GB version, the iPhone 8 will be anything but affordable.
Official Nintendo Switch microSD cards are coming this Fall
SanDisk-branded microSD cards carrying the Nintendo Switch logo will be available staring October in 64 GB and 128 GB varieties. The two memory cards will be identical in function to non–Nintendo-licensed cards.
ASUS introduces a new pair of Designo Curve monitors
The 31-inch MX32VQ and 37-inch MX38VC both feature an award-winning design and a Qi-compatible wireless charging base. The former sports a 2560 x 1440 resolution, while the latter has an ultrawide 3840 x 1600 display. The MX32VQ is relatively affordable, but the MX38VC is priced well in the premium range.
The Retro Atari Handheld is a portable Atari "Greatest Hits" collection, arrives in November
From Pong to Asteroids to Centipede and more, the Atari Retro Handheld features some of Atari's most popular games plus a few lesser-known titles. It goes on sale in November at the low price of US$45.
Star Wars-themed versions of the Yoga 920 are coming this December
Lenovo is banking on the hype surrounding the next Star Wars film to sell themed versions of its new flagship notebook. Featuring special Star Wars lid artwork but otherwise identical to its standard counterpart, the Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 will arrive in late fall and command a premium price.
T-Mobile's latest BOGO promotion gets you two Note 8 phones for the price of one
Buy a Note 8, get a second Note 8 for free (after rebate). T-Mobile's latest incentive offers the best deal yet on the upcoming handset, and is compatible with Samsung's Do Bigger Things promotion.
LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus is a T-Mobile exclusive, now available
If media consumption or productivity are your primary reasons for buying a new tablet, T-Mobile's new offering is an attractive proposition. The LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus has a Full HD screen, stereo sound, an octa-core processor, a micro SD slot, and a sturdy-looking kickstand. The included Plus Pack increases the tablet's battery life more than two-fold, making it great for binge-watching sessions.
More pictures plus official specs for the ill-fated Surface Mini, well, surface
The Microsoft Surface Mini never saw the light of day, but a pair of leaked images have, and they show the device from a trio of angles, as well as its specs in detail.
Huawei CEO officially announces October launch for Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro
Previously mentioned in an email invitation, Huawei's upcoming October 16 event was announced again, this time during the company's keynote at IFA. The event will launch the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, both of which will sport Huawei's new flagship chipset, the Kirin 970.
Gigabyte launches new Aero 14 notebook with GTX 1050 Ti graphics
The new Aero 14 no longer sports a GTX 1060, opting to go for a 1050 Ti instead. A Thunderbolt 3 port, extra SSD slot, and a better display also help differentiate it from its predecessor.
Robin Blue Honor 9 no longer Chinese exclusive, headed to the UK
The Honor 9's limited edition Robin Blue variant will make its UK debut later this month. An increase in RAM accompanies the phone's vibrant paint job, but the rest of the specs remain unchanged.
Memory-laden HTC U11 available in the UK later this month
The HTC U11 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is available to pre-order from HTC's UK website. It comes in various colors and should start shipping very soon.
Alcatel A7 and A7 XL coming this November
Another pair of Alcatel smartphones debuted today: the A7 and A7 XL. The two sub-€300 handsets are meant for budget-conscious buyers who are looking for a device with good photo-taking capabilities. Expect them to go on sale late autumn.
Alcatel debuts Idol 5 and Idol 5S entry-level and mid-range handsets
Two new Alcatel Idol smartphones are now available for European consumers. The Idol 5 is a budget device with a quad-core processor and limited storage space, while the Idol 5 features higher specs including an octa-core CPU and twice as much internal memory.
ASUS ROG launches new Strix entry-level gaming laptops
The new ROG Strix gaming laptops from Asus are aimed at mainstream gamers or those who are looking for an affordable machine. They pack up to a GTX 1060 and a seventh-gen Intel i7 processor, and feature a choice between various storage configurations.
Razer introduces a cheaper model of its Blade Pro laptop
The new Razer Blade Pro features a 1080p screen, GTX 1060, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, and an SSD/HDD combo. At US$2400, it's just over half the price of the 4K Blade Pro, although still expensive.
MSI reveals specs for rebranded Raider line of gaming laptops
The new line of MSI Raider notebooks now has an official list of specs. They are nothing too extravagant: a 4K display, Intel i7-7700HQ, and a GTX 1070 are the high-end for these new laptops.
The Note 8 is too big for the Gear VR, so Samsung is making a new headset
If you recently purchased a Gear VR headset and were hoping it would work with the Note 8, you're fresh out of luck. The upcoming handset is too large to fit inside, but Samsung is launching a new version that will accommodate it and previous Samsung devices.
Blackberry KEYone in Space Black is coming to the US on September 1
But it will only be available from AT&T. It will also not feature any of the improvements found in the international versions of the handset.
Have a Note 7? Trade it in for a big discount on the Note 8
You have a Note 7, but you want that sleek new Note 8. Samsung says: Send it to us, we'll give you a bit of cash, and you can apply that cash towards the purchase of our new, non-flammable device. That simple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is official, pre-orders start tomorrow
The latest entry in the Note line is finally here, and it's exactly as the recent leaks and rumors predicted. Inside and out, the Galaxy Note 8 resembles a fractionally-larger S8, but with a new camera setup, an added S Pen, and a few UI tweaks.
Virgin Mobile announces a steal of a deal for iPhone users
$1 a month gets you unlimited everything for the next 12 months. All you have to do is bring your iPhone to Virgin Mobile, or buy one directly from them, and sign up for the biggest wireless service deal the company has ever offered.
AT&T launches a new tablet meant for DirecTV streaming
If you love DirecTV and need a new tablet, AT&T is hoping to entice you with its new device. The Primetime is focused on video playback, but will be a hard sell to people who already stream video on their phones or tablets.
New school-oriented Asus VivoBook W202 laptop is now available
Asus' new laptop offers entry-level specs at an affordable price. The VivoBook W202 is meant for light use, and thus is perfect for students or casual Windows users.
LG talks about some of the UI features you can expect from the V30
A couple of details regarding the upcoming LG V30 have been released today. No more secondary display, a new way of capturing photos, and unique ways of unlocking your device are the main changes that the new handset will introduce come August 31.
LG V30 Plus to launch alongside standard V30 model
The LG V30 will not be alone when it debuts later this month. It will be joined by the V30 Plus, a more robust version of itself which will include boosted specs and some features missing from the standard V30. Of course, with better features comes a higher price tag.
Gamepad Moto Mod will go on sale August 25
The GamePad mod for the Moto Z series of devices now has a set release date. August 25 is when the device will reach the hands of customers who have pre-ordered it, as well as when it will be available from Verizon online and retail stores.
The EVGA SC17 1080 G-SYNC gaming laptop is now available
This latest gaming laptop from EVGA is designed for maximum performance. Its overclock-friendly specs and software make it appealing to hardcore users; unfortunately, its high price erodes some of its allure.
OnePlus 5 now comes in Soft Gold color, Slate Grey model gets a spec bump
A third color variant is now available for the OnePlus 5. The new "Soft Gold" model is a limited-edition handset that features the same specs and price as the black and gray versions of the device. There is also a new Slate Gray model with increased memory.
The Note 8's release is being delayed to build up consumer awareness
An intensified advertising campaign and ramped up production will delay the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 by a week. The upcoming phablet will now be available starting September 15 .
Sharp will launch the bezel-less Aquos S2 on August 8
Sharp has confirmed the Aquos S2 and announced a launch event that will take place in a couple of days. The new smartphone is intended for Chinese consumers and will be available to buy on August 8.
Essential Phone shows up on Best Buy website
The Essential Phone has been listed on Best Buy's online store. Sprint and unlocked models in black and white colors are up on the site, although they're not available for pre-order yet.
Here is the first full-frontal image of the LG V30
A leaked press render gives us our first look at the front of the LG V30. The image shows off the upcoming handset's slim bezels, its similarity to the LG G6, and most interestingly the omission of the V-series' secondary display.
There is a new high-end Samsung phone, and it's not the Note 8
Samsung has officially announced a new flip phone, but you can't have it. Unless you live in China, that is. The Leader 8 is exclusive to that country and packs specs that wouldn't expect to find in a phone that looks plucked straight out of 2006.
Details about the Galaxy Note 8's specs have been leaked
A list of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's specs has been leaked ahead of the handset's launch. The leak confirms the use of a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor, depending on region, and the camera setup, amid other details.
The iPod Shuffle and Nano are no more
After 12 years of honorable service, both the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have received their discharge papers. The two tiny music players were a smash success worldwide due to their tiny size and distinct look, but the rising use of smartphones as music players has finally made the pair obsolete.
HTC U11 with 128 GB of storage is now available
The HTC U11 model with more RAM and storage that first released in China has made its way to the US. For $70 more than the standard 64 GB model, you now get double the storage and an increase in RAM to 6 GB. HTC is also discounting a few of its devices for a limited time.
Essential phone's release is just around the corner, says Andy Rubin
An email has been sent to early Essential phone buyers that states a new shipment date for the device. According to the message, the handset should start going out to customers in the coming weeks.
Lenovo's upcoming Yoga 920 laptop has its specs leaked before IFA debut
Lenovo is expected to announce the Yoga 920 at IFA in a few weeks, but an FCC filing has divulged details about the notebook's design and specifications. The main takeaways from the leak are a move to Coffee Lake processors and small yet welcome changes to the keyboard and webcam.
A coral blue Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming later this week
A new Galaxy S8 color is making the trip from South Korea and the UK to American shores. Coral Blue handsets will be available exclusively from Best Buy and Samsung's website starting July 21.
Essential phone is going global, hitting Europe and Asia sometime soon
Andy Rubin's Essential phone is no longer a North American exclusive. His company has announced that the United Kingdom and several other European countries as well as Japan are next in line to receive the device.
Samsung's new app makes it more convenient to stream live gameplay
Showing off your sweet gaming skills on a Samsung smartphone has become a lot easier with Game Live. The app can share live video and audio across a trio of social media sites, and has options to control the quality of your streaming experience.
A much more affordable Oculus VR headset is on its way
Following the success of affordable virtual reality devices such as Samsung's Gear VR, Facebook is working on a new Oculus device. Codenamed Pacific, it is expected to cost hundreds of dollars less than the Rift and be completely standalone.
Alcatel Idol 4 Pro available for pre-order in Europe
Last year's Alcatel Idol 4S is being launched in Europe under a new name, the Idol 4 Pro. The devices are identical in specs and features, but the new European device does not come with a VR headset.
Huawei teams up with KFC to release a new smartphone
Drumstick in one hand, handset in the other. A uniquely bizarre combination of tech and food is coming in the form of a KFC-branded Huawei device. It commemorates 30 years of KFC in China, and unsurprisingly is exclusive to the Chinese market.
Buy a Mac, score free Beats: Apple's back-to-school deal is now live
The new school year is still a ways off, but Apple's back-to-school sale is already here. iPads and MacBooks are discounted and most come with a free pair of premium headphones.
Your next iPhone might have a mirror-like finish
An unconfirmed leak suggests that the iPhone 8 will feature a reflective finish as one of its color options. A trio of standard colors will also be available, but it is unknown which colors they are.
A custom Nokia phone immortalizes the first meeting between Putin and Trump
The much-anticipated meeting between Trump and Putin has come and gone, and a Russian company is offering a smartphone that commemorates the moment. Its customized Nokia 3310 is made of premium materials, features a distinctive design, and unsurprisingly fetches a high price.
The future is real: RED announces its new 'holographic' smartphone
Offering lots of promises but few concrete details, RED has announced a smartphone capable of displaying holographic content. The phone's display supports multi-dimensional video and audio, and it can be pre-ordered today, although at a very premium price.
If you live in the UK, you can now pre-order the Moto Z2 Play
The well-received Moto Z2 Play is making its way from North America to the the British Isles. UK residents can now pre-order the device from Motorola's website, as well as other retailers, for £379.
The headphone jack survives on the Galaxy Note 8, leaked photo shows
A new smartphone case for Samsung's upcoming phablet all but confirms the existence of a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the device. The photo of the case was revealed yesterday, but has not been commented on by Samsung.
The KADO wall charger is slim enough to fit in your wallet
A super-thin smartphone charger is up on Kickstarter and has already exceeded its intended goal. The charger is pocketable and works with most types of devices, whether iPhone or Android (or others).
A new gaming smartphone may be coming to the West soon
Once again attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Android and mobile gaming in the Far East, Snail Games has introduced a new gaming-oriented smartphone. The i7 features capable if not exceptional specifications, but it does include the whole range of controller buttons, all for a reasonable price.
The LAER laptop sleeve charges all of your devices when you're on-the-go
An Indiegogo campaign is promising to replace all of your charging cables and adapters with a single product. The LAER laptop sleeve can carry your laptop and smartphone and charge them both, as well as other devices, at the same time.
Asus' thin and light ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook is now available
Featuring a slim profile and relatively low weight, the ROG Zephyrus is Asus' first Max-Q gaming laptop. It comes with a GTX 1080 and a Kaby Lake processor and is available for purchase now, although finding one in stock may prove to be a challenge. A second model with a GTX 1070 is due to arrive in August.
Nokia 6 hits the US early next month at a low price
The Nokia 6 is coming to the States, and soon. It arrives in early July and sports an affordable $229 price tag.
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is now available
Samsung's newest laptop is its first with an S Pen. Available in 13.3- and 15-inch models, the Notebook 9 Pro starts at $1,099.
Lenovo has a wild vision for the future of laptops
Flexible devices are not just a smartphone industry pursuit. Lenovo has revealed a concept for what it considers to be the future of laptop computing: a foldable PC.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now tipped for September debut
Samsung's rumored phablet may be coming a month later than previously reported. When it finally launches in September, it will retail for almost 1,000 euros.
A Reuters report adds credibility to the Galaxy Note 8's rumored August launch
Summer is about to get a lot hotter with the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The premier phablet is expected to be slightly larger than the Galaxy S8 Plus and feature dual rear cameras.
The new LG G6+ adds features missing from the standard G6
Sporting more storage, a Hi-Fi DAC, and wireless charging, the G6+ is the definitive version of LG's flagship smartphone. It's made for customers who don't want to compromise on their music experience, and includes a pair of high quality earphones that further reinforce that point.
Ready Player Four: Atari is back in the video game console business
Oh it's true! Atari, grandfather of modern gaming, is back with a brand new gaming console. The Ataribox resembles an updated 2600, but next to nothing is known about its specs or purpose.
HTC U11 off to a good start, enjoying strong sales
HTC's new phone has not disappointed, selling better than the two previous company flagships and surpassing expected demand. The Taiwanese manufacturer hopes that the handset's popularity, along with the continued success of its Vive VR platform, will reverse its financial fortunes in the coming year.
Learn the iPhone's secret history next Tuesday with Scott Forstall & friends
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View will host a group of ex-Apple employees next Tuesday, who will reveal exactly what went on inside Apple during the months and years prior to the launch of the first iPhone. The most notable of the speakers is none other than ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall.
Canada will soon require all smartphones to be sold unlocked
In the US, carriers have to unlock your phone once you've paid it off. But a recent Canadian ruling goes one step further: upon request, your device must be unlocked, for free, regardless of contract state. Furthermore, all new phones must be sold unlocked starting in December.
Canada is getting the Essential Phone too, and (surprise!) it will be a carrier exclusive
Andy Rubin's Essential has nabbed an exclusivity deal for its handset with one of Canada's largest mobile carriers. Telus Mobility will begin selling the Essential Phone, along with its attachable 360-degree camera, this summer at a yet unknown price.
Smartphone case retailer reveals full-body images of the OnePlus 5
Virtually every side and angle of the OnePlus 5 has been revealed in a new online listing. The listing is not for the phone itself, but for new slip-on cases for the upcoming device.
Get the versatile Samsung Chromebook Plus at its lowest price yet
It's a Chrome OS laptop and an Android tablet, and it's currently at its lowest price ever. You can get the recently-released Samsung Chromebook Plus from Amazon for only $379 while the deal lasts.
New iPad Pro is now available at Apple Stores
There's no need to wait days or weeks for your new iPad Pro to arrive. Apple's retail locations now have the device in stock; just walk into a store and leave with your new tablet in hand.
Toshiba launches Tecra X40 notebook for business
The Tecra line of Toshiba business laptops has been updated with the new Tecra X40. This new notebook features a tough chassis, various security features, and can be outfitted with a variety of different hardware components. A base version can also be purchased—it includes an Intel Kaby Lake processor and a decent if unspectacular amount of memory and storage.
Honor 9 officially announced, available for purchase later this week
The successor to last year's Honor 8 arrives later this week and is a marked improvement in more ways than one. The Honor 9's launch also marks the debut of the Huawei Pay mobile payment system, Huawei's answer to Samsung and LG's offerings.
Motorola introduces the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus
The Moto E4 and E4 Plus, outed several weeks ago in a leaked Motorola conference photo, have been officially announced. Both devices will retail for under $200 and should be available this month.
The HTC U11 is now shipping, available in retail stores
[Update: Out of stock at US and Canadian sites.] HTC's new squeezable flagship phone is now available for purchase in the US from its online sites as well as Amazon and retail Sprint stores nationwide. Pre-orders are also shipping; some phones are already in customers' hands.
A Facebook contest may have revealed the OnePlus 5's price
A recent contest for a Finnish rock festival is giving away a OnePlus 5 as part of its grand prize. Inadvertently, it may have also given away the price of the upcoming handset.
OnePlus posts an image of the OnePlus 5 in hopes of combating iPhone rip-off claims
A new Twitter post by OnePlus attempts to prove the differences between its upcoming device and the iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, it does the exact opposite.
Samsung's Galaxy J smartphones get an S8-style makeover
All three phones in Samsung's affordable Galaxy J series have been updated with new specs and a refreshed appearance. The J3, J5, and J7 are coming to Europe this summer.
This is how the OnePlus 5 actually looks
The OnePlus 5's final design has been leaked just two weeks before the phone's official launch. The first thing most people will notice: it looks just like an iPhone 7 Plus.
Amazon has a pretty good deal on a 4K 2-in-1 Dell laptop right now
If you're on the hunt for a cheap 2-in-1 notebook with a 4K touchscreen, look no further than the Dell XPS 12. Currently selling on Amazon for just over half-price, this laptop may not be packing the latest and greatest but suffices for general tasks.
T-Mobile Tuesday's huge anniversary giveaways are live, so get them before they're gone!
T-Mobile is celebrating the first anniversary of its popular giveaway program with its biggest prizes yet. From free phones to gift cards to unlimited pizza, it's all there for the taking, but only for today.
OnePlus 5 launch event officially announced
The myriad teasers regarding the OnePlus 5 have finally led to an actual launch date. OnePlus will officially debut its new flagship smartphone in a live event on June 20.
Moto Z2 Play announced alongside new Moto Mods, coming this summer
The successor to last-year's surprisingly capable Moto Z Play is now official and coming soon. The Moto Z2 Play will hit US shores this summer, come with an upper mid-range price tag, and bring several new Moto Mods in tow.
EVGA's SC17 gaming notebook will soon have a GTX 1080 variant
A new EVGA SC17 laptop featuring Nvidia's premier mobile graphics card is coming this summer. The GTX 1080 is not the only upgrade, however; an unlocked Intel Kaby Lake processor also makes the cut.
Sony's digital paper tablet is headed stateside in the coming weeks
Sony's DPT-RP1 e-Ink tablet, formerly limited to Japan, is making the trip overseas to the US. The high-end PDF reader will be available sometime in June and retail for $700.
Asus provides a clearer launch window for the ZenFone AR handset
Taiwan will be the first region to experience ASUS' take on augmented reality. The Zenfone AR will launch in that market mid-June. US customers will have to wait until late June or early July to get their hands on the Tango-powered smartphone.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium now has an official release date and price
The Xperia XZ Premium's June launch estimate has been revised to a more exact date: June 19. Pre-orders for the new handset will begin one week earlier. An official price of $799 has also been announced by Sony.
Asus Zenbook Flip S is the thinnest 2-in-1 laptop yet
At 10.9 millimeters thin and just over 2 pounds heavy, the new ZenBook Flip S from Asus is the epitome of portability as far as convertible notebooks go.
Gigabyte shows off its Aero 15 notebook with thin-bezel display
Unveiled earlier this month, the Aero 15 is the centerpiece in Gigabyte's professional notebook lineup at Computex. The laptop's most noticeable feature is its nearly bezel-free display, which measures 15.6 inches yet fits into a 14-inch chassis.
Two Verizon Android devices are getting updated to Nougat
Android Nougat has finally come to the ASUS Zenpad Z8 and LG K8 V. The software update began rolling out a few days ago, so it should be a while before it is distributed to all devices.
Kyocera DuraForce Pro comes to T-Mobile with an exclusive feature
T-Mobile has a new rugged smartphone courtesy of Kyocera. The DuraForce Pro is a mid-range handset that features the usual damage resistance certifications, but also includes a video recording feature that is exclusive to this carrier.
Special edition VAIO Z Flip makes engine noises on boot-up, forms a dent in your wallet upon purchase
A Mercedes-Benz–branded VAIO Z Flip is now available for purchase, but is currently limited to Japan. The special edition notebook hopes to entice buyers with its generously-applied logos and a unique boot-up feature, but its high asking price may instead drive them away.
Nvidia launches GeForce MX150 for notebooks without fanfare
HP's Envy 13 unveiling also revealed Nvidia's GeForce MX150 graphics card. The card is, for all intents and purposes, a mobile GT 1030, and is geared toward ultrabooks and similar low-power notebooks.
The iPhone 8 isn't here yet ... but the first iPhone 9 rumors are
Even before this year's iPhone gets an official unveiling, the rumor mill is starting to spin for its successor. A report claims that Samsung and Apple have struck a deal for two models of next year's "iPhone 9," including one model with a huge display.
Apple's "Switch" webpage gets overhauled, focuses on iPhone's advantages over Android
A revamped Apple webpage attempts to explain why switching to iPhone from Android makes sense. The page mentions improved performance, photography, and ease-of-use as benefits that iPhone users enjoy.
The LG X Venture is a rugged smartphone coming to AT&T
Designed for users with on-the-go lifestyles, the LG X Venture sports a tough exterior that resists damage from water, dust, and extreme temperatures. Among its somewhat mid-range specs is a single standout feature: a long-lasting 4,100 mAh battery capable of lasting a full day on a single charge.
Leaked screenshot shows the upcoming Meizu M5c in red
Meizu's upcoming M5c smartphone looks just like its older brother and comes in various colors, if a recent leak is to be believed. The handset is a somewhat downgraded version of the Meizu M5, a fact reflected in its lower price.
The Legion Y920 is Lenovo's most powerful gaming notebook yet
Lenovo's newest gaming laptop packs a bigger punch thanks to its GTX 1070 graphics card plus optional overclockable Intel processor. The desktop replacement machine also features enhancements to audio and input with its brand-name speakers and traditional-style keyboard.
Amazon's Fire tablets get a slight refresh, new addition
While not the major lineup update one usually hopes for, Amazon's new Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets do feature some welcome improvements as well as more colors to choose from. In addition, a Kids Edition variant of the Fire 8 HD is now available.
Verizon's LG Watch Sport gets benched before it even hits the court
The carrier has pulled its version of the LG Watch Sport from its website, cancelling all pre-orders in the process. Verizon representatives have offered no explanation for the sudden move, but the company is offering refunds and a cash discount on the rest of its smartwatch stock to affected customers.
Leaked image shows a bunch of Moto phones coming this year
A leaked photo purportedly shows Motorola's planned smartphones for the rest of 2017. The lineup includes the recently announced C and C Plus, as well as a returning Moto X handset.
Sony's affordable Xperia L1 is now available in the US
The L1's gorgeous appearance belies its $199 price tag. Under the hood, however, the phone packs components more in line with its mid-range price.
Samsung Z4 is official, arrives later this month
Featuring entry-level specs in a compact size, this new handset is meant for budget-conscious buyers in developing countries. The Z4 launches in India late May, at a yet-unknown price. Additional regions will receive the device soon after.
REVVL is an upcoming line of affordable T-Mobile smartphones
T-Mobile is tripling down on its current value-minded strategy with a new line of smartphones. The REVVL T1, T2, and T3 Pro aim to offer good specs and good looks at an affordable price.
AOC releases a portable monitor that works with laptops
Suitable for use as a second screen, AOC's new Full HD monitor is small enough to carry alongside your laptop and only requires a single USB 3.0 port.
Microsoft shoots down rumors of an upcoming Surface Pro 5
It seems like the rumors were wrong—there is no Surface Pro 5 coming soon. A Microsoft spokesperson has denied the reports while stating that the current Pro tablet should remain competitive for a few more years.
Quick Charge 4 finally coming to devices later this year
After being delayed for several months, Quick Charge 4 will finally make its way to smartphones. Qualcomm has declined to mention any specific devices that will support the technology but has stated that they should arrive later this year.
Motorola is working on a new tablet, its first in half a decade
The Lenovo subsidiary reportedly has a new tablet in the works. It features a "productivity mode" option that makes the user interface feel more like that of a traditional PC.
You can now make calls from your smartphone via banana (yes, seriously)
Call your friends or talk to Siri, just don't eat it. The Banana Phone is the $40 accessory you definitely don't need—but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.
Android Nougat upgrade is rolling out to AT&T's Galaxy S6 devices
The 2-year-old Samsung Galaxy S6 line is finally receiving Android Nougat, at least on AT&T. The devices are being upgraded to version 7.0 and should enjoy all of Nougat's software improvements and new features.
Apple might launch only two iPhones instead of three this year
The rumors surrounding Apple's iPhone production drama seem to never end. The latest unconfirmed news suggest that there are only two iPhones currently being worked on, instead of three.
US Cellular customers can now purchase the ZTE Blade Max 3
ZTE has launched a second budget smartphone today, meant for price-conscious customers who want a little more oomph from their device. The Blade Max 3 features mid-range specs for only $200, but is exclusive to US Cellular.
ZTE Max XL is a new budget phone exclusive to Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile has a new option for customers who want a large phone at a small price: the ZTE Max XL. The handset features a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and the latest Android OS, all for as low as $102.
Spotify has plans to launch its own hardware
Having conquered the software side of music streaming, Spotify now seems intent on trying its hand at hardware. A new job listing strongly suggests that the company is in the beginning stages of creating a new wearable.
HTC Ocean has a new name and new color options
With its launch fast approaching, the HTC Ocean reportedly has been re-branded as the HTC U 11. The new name should make it easier for customers to identify the handset as the Taiwanese company's new flagship.
Microsoft commits to releasing major Windows 10 updates biannually
Expect Windows 10 feature upgrades to be released twice a year: in March and September. Microsoft says that it will employ this new strategy of predictability to make updates easier to deploy, especially for business customers.
Verizon's VoLTE service prevents Moto G5 Plus users from making emergency calls
A software bug prevents Moto G5 Plus owners from dialing 911 while using Verizon's VoLTE service. Lenovo has issued a temporary fix for the problem, as well as reassurance that it is working on a permanent solution.
BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK
After suffering a one-month delay, the BlackBerry KEYone is almost ready to ship. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is the latest to offer the handset; it asks for £499 and promises a May 5 delivery date.
Huawei's new smartwatch is now available in the US
The fitness-focused Huawei Watch 2 arrives in the US sporting a $299 price tag. It runs Android Wear 2.0 and comes with specialized fitness-related apps.
Origin's new EON15-S gaming notebook features a GTX 1050 Ti at an affordable price
The budget gaming laptop crown sees another contender in the Origin EON15-S. The $999 notebook sacrifices some performance and storage capabilities for the sake of affordability.
HTC U Ultra is already discounted just weeks after its release
Just days before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC has put its premium HTC U Ultra handset on sale. The Snapdragon 821-powered device is $150 off for the rest of the week.
Verizon Wear24 will be available on May 11
Verizon's delayed Android Wear 2.0-based smartwatch has a new release date: May 11. The Wear24 is exclusive to its parent carrier and will cost $399.
The Monograph watch freezes time and lets you re-live your favorite memories
What?Watch's new Kickstarter project presents a novel way of preserving life's fleeting moments. The Monograph captures a precise point in time and allows users to customize it with images, video, and their personal thoughts.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is coming to AT&T
A rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to debut by the end of spring. This new "Active" model has no price or concrete launch date yet, but is expected to be exclusive to AT&T.
The Apple Watch could one day make it easier to treat diabetes
Apple reportedly is working on new technology to make the daily treatment of diabetes much less inconvenient. The company has plans for optical sensors built into the Apple Watch that can monitor glucose levels without piercing the skin.
New test shows Microsoft Edge is kinder than other browsers to battery life
A recently-posted video shows the Edge browser beating Chrome and Firefox in terms of battery efficiency. It comes as no surprise, though; the test was run by Microsoft, which develops Edge—hardly an impartial observer.
Microsoft's upcoming spring event now has a location and date
A Microsoft invite reveals that its spring event, which takes place before the Build 2017 conference, is scheduled for May 2 in New York City. It's not clear which, if any, products will show up.
Don't worry, iPhone 5 users: Apple plans to continue issuing updates to your device
A new report claimed that Apple was dropping support for the iPhone 5 and 5C with the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta update. It is now apparent that the two devices will be covered via a second version of the update.
Samsung to produce a limited number of foldable phones this year
The South Korean manufacturer is planning to run a pilot program for its prototype foldable phone. Tens of thousands of such devices are expected to be ready by the end of 2017; they will be used to measure overall consumer interest as well as provide feedback on the UI.
Touch ID issues may delay production of the iPhone 8
Apple's reluctance to compromise on Touch ID may prevent the upcoming iPhone from launching on schedule. The company sees the feature as a prerequisite for getting rid of its device's physical buttons.
Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch has been delayed until later this year
The fitness company has suffered a series of unfortunate setbacks, as it has been forced to delay the launch of its new smartwatch and earphones. Fitbit's stocks also fared badly on Tuesday morning.
Lenovo Blade aims to prove that the company isn't a one-trick innovation pony
Following in the Yoga Book's unconventional footsteps, Lenovo is back with an even more radical notebook design. Dubbed "Blade," the 2-in-1 device is at once a Windows laptop and Android tablet, and employs a unique mechanism for linking the two.
Motorola is working on a new line of entry-level smartphones
The upcoming budget smartphones are aimed at first-time buyers. They will feature entry-level specs and almost certainly a very affordable price tag.
Xiaomi Mi 6 has an official launch date
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is set to launch during a conference that will take place on April 19. Like previous Xiaomi smartphones, its release will be limited to the Chinese market.
FCC chairman decides against allowing cellphone calls on flights
An FCC proposal to end the ban on in-flight calls has been shut down by the agency's chairman. Ajit Pai's decision follows years of debate regarding the rule's relevance in today's world.
Sony announces a new, business-focused digital paper tablet
Sony's new tablet features improved specs compared to its predecessor and aims for business costumers. The electronic ink device only works with PDF files and is not meant as general-purpose tablet.
A handful of smartwatches will be updated to Android Wear 2.0 soon
Android Wear 2.0 comes to four more smartwatches—three from LG and one sporting the New Balance brand.
Google Duo's audio-calling feature now available worldwide
Google Duo now allows voice calling from anywhere in the world. The feature should appeal to users who are interested in the app but are subject to carrier-imposed data restrictions.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro launches tomorrow in India
Samsung's new mid-range smartphone comes to India with specs befitting its price tag. The Asian subcontinent is the first region outside China to receive the device.
New Samsung Galaxy S8+ model features bigger storage, higher price
Samsung is releasing a new Galaxy S8+ model with 128 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM. The handset will be available as part of a bundle which includes a Samsung DeX dock.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 might be less of an upgrade than expected
A recent rumor suggests that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will feature an upgraded processor but no other significant changes.
Lenovo has shut the lid on its Chrome OS-powered Yoga Book
After unleashing its marvelously-designed Yoga Book in both Windows and Android flavors, Lenovo had a third trick up its sleeve: a Chromebook. Unfortunately, that seems to no longer be the case—the Yoga Book Chromebook is dead.
Microsoft Surface ranked best overall tablet by J.D. Power
For the first time since its inception, the top spot in J.D. Power's annual Tablet Satisfaction Study has gone to the Microsoft Surface line of devices which narrowly edged out its Apple and Samsung competitors.
Apple Watch Series 3 expected to launch in September
The Apple Watch Series 3 is coming in September, according to an industry source. Aside from performance and battery life enhancements, plus a possible LTE model, it should closely resemble the current-gen Series 2.
The Honor 8 Pro is now available for pre-order in Europe
Huawei subsidiary Honor has officially unveiled the Honor 8 Pro for the European market. The smartphone features high-end specs at a very competitive price tag; pre-ordering it grants buyers a couple of perks.
Apple has ordered 70 million bendable OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 will have a curved display, hence the reason for Apple's large bendable OLED order. The company has contracted Samsung to produce the panels for the device which is expected to launch later this year.
Check out how the Galaxy S8 came to be with Samsung's latest Design Story
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Design Story takes a look at the reasoning behind the smartphone's aesthetic and software choices.
Samsung's foldable phone is still coming, but much later than expected
Samsung's commercialization of foldable displays has been pushed back until 2019, meaning its Galaxy X device will debut at least until then. Samsung mentions the current success of bezel-free screens and a need to improve foldable technology as reasons for the delay.
Laptop batteries rarely last as long as advertised, says new report
Testing done by UK website Which? reveals a large discrepancy between official laptop battery life claims and real-world results. Only one manufacturer is free from over-hyping itself—in fact, Apple performs better than advertised.
BlackBerry KEYone shipments delayed until May
BlackBerry's new smartphone was scheduled to ship in early April. However, it has been delayed by a month, placing it directly in the crosshairs of another upcoming release: the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Sapphire Blue Moto G5 is now available exclusively from O2
The Moto G5 has a new Sapphire Blue variant, but it is exclusive to British O2 customers.
No laptop, no problem: Qatar Airways will lend you one of theirs
Business class passengers affected by the recent electronics ban can now borrow a replacement laptop, courtesy of Qatar Airways. Other passengers are not afforded that luxury, unfortunately.
Google wants developers to optimize their apps for tall screens
Citing the advent of smartphones featuring expanded screen aspect ratios, Google is encouraging developers to update their apps appropriately. The company's words might fall on deaf ears, however; after several years Google's request for tablet-optimized apps is yet to be fulfilled.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition now available for pre-order
Microsoft is accepting pre-orders for a customized version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. This "Microsoft Edition" includes a variety of the company's mobile apps that run the gamut from productivity to virtual assistance.
iFixit tears open the new iPad, finds an old iPad inside
A teardown of the new iPad reveals a striking similarity to the first-generation iPad Air. A few hardware upgrades keep it from becoming a carbon copy of its predecessor.
Andy Rubin's new smartphone will run Android
A recent tweet by Google's Eric Schmidt confirms that the "Essential" smartphone will use the Android OS. The tweet points to Andy Rubin's recent teaser image as an example of a "phenomenal new choice for Android users."
Samsung is including a pair of AKG earphones with each Galaxy S8
Every purchase of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus includes a pair of free, high-quality earphones. The earphones are made by well-known manufacturer AKG, and should be several steps above standard earbuds.
Samsung DeX turns the Galaxy S8 into a (sort of) desktop PC
Samsung's new Desktop Experience dock, or DeX, turns the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus into capable, if not exceptional, impromptu desktop PCs. The DeX allows Android apps to be used on a large display, although not without some minor issues.
HTC's Ocean device will drop codename and launch as the HTC U
The HTC Ocean smartphone has been the subject of various leaks and rumors; this latest leak claims a name change, doubles down on high-end specs, and reveals a unique way of interacting with the device.
Samsung store catches fire the day before the Galaxy S8 launches
A Samsung Experience Store in Singapore caught fire early Tuesday. The blaze threatened nearby shops and caused unspecified damage. This incident is the latest in a string of fire-related thorns in Samsung's side.
Andy Rubin shares a teaser image of his new smartphone
The father of Android reveals the first image of his new smartphone. The device will be the flagship product for Andy Rubin's company, Essential Products Inc., and is expected to arrive later this year.
Razer upgrades its 17-inch Blade Pro gaming laptop
The upgraded Razer Blade Pro features an unlocked Kaby Lake processor, faster memory, and THX certification. Unsurprisingly, it also features an increase in price.
An iPad bomb threat partly led to the recent device ban on flights
Islamic terrorists have been plotting to use iPads as bombs, which would be smuggled into a plane's passenger cabin and detonated mid-flight. Such a plot forms part of the reasoning behind the recent laptop and tablet bans on US & UK flights.
You can now talk to Cortana from your Android lock screen
Cortana for Android's latest update brings all of the virtual assistant's features to the lock screen. You can now ask questions and issue commands without having to unlock your phone.
Publicly-shared documents hosted on Docs.com expose sensitive information
Researchers as well as everyday users have discovered a trove of easily-accessible sensitive information on Docs.com. From phone numbers to social security numbers, the info is just a quick search away, open for malicious actors to steal and exploit.
Asus launches the Transformer Pro T304 as a Surface Pro competitor
The Asus Transformer Pro T304 resembles the Surface Pro 4's design to the point of being almost indistinguishable from it. It even offers similar specs and accessories, plus a competitive price tag.
The new iPad is now available on the Apple Store
Orders for Apple's latest tablet are now live on the company's online store. The new iPad, which replaces the iPad Air 2, starts at $329 and retains its predecessor's specs aside from an upgraded processor.
Amazon offers a cheaper, ad-supported Moto G5 Plus to Prime members
Hello, lock screen ads—Amazon's Moto G5 Plus features a lower price in exchange for regular advertisements. Aside from that, it's the same as its non-branded counterpart: specs, looks and all.
A unique pocket watch concept adds an air of sophistication to the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3
Samsung shows off a unique pocket watch concept for its Galaxy Gear S3 smartwatch at Baselworld 2017. Two less exotic designs are also on display.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 V and LG K20 V are now available from Verizon
Both are affordable, mid-range smartphones that come with Android Nougat. They are available for prepaid and postpaid customers.
Apple patents designs for iPhone and iPad laptop docks
A recently-published patent reveals Apple's design for an iPhone that docks into a laptop shell. Another similar design reveals a MacBook that uses an iPad as its display.
Apple's iPhone 8 should launch in September, but in limited quantities
Barclays analysts believe that although the upcoming iPhone (generally known as the iPhone 8) will launch in September, a limited initial supply will force Apple to ship the majority of devices later in the year.
An accidentally-published retail page confirms various Oppo F3 Plus details
The Oppo F3 Plus and its two selfie cameras are no secret, but they hadn't been officially revealed until today, when the handset's retail page was published ahead of schedule. The error was quickly noticed and the page was taken down.
VAIO announces the Phone A handset for Japan
The VAIO Phone A is a mid-range Android smartphone with a large, Full HD display. It runs Android Marshmallow and supports dual SIM. The Phone A is limited to Japan.
Canada may also ban laptops and tablets on some flights
Following the US and UK ban on carry-on electronics, the Canadian government is considering doing the same. News reports claiming terrorists are planning battery explosives serve as part of the reason for the ban.
OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition is coming soon
OnePlus announces a limited edition of the OnePlus 3T. Called Midnight Black, the handset will see a limited release on March 24; a general release will follow at a later date.
Laptops and tablets are banned by the US and UK on various flights
First the US, now the UK. A US ban on carry-on consumer electronics larger than a cellphone, such as laptops, tablets, and e-readers, has been expanded to include UK flights. The ban covers flights to and from airports in several Muslim-majority countries.
Google app and mobile site now display shortcuts to popular topics and tools
The Google app and mobile site now feature shortcuts to popular topics and services, grouped into cards by function. Android users get exclusive access to Google-specific tools as well as fun mini-games.
Apple upgrades the iPhone SE's storage capacity
The iPhone SE's 16 GB and 64 GB models are upgraded to 32 GB and 128 GB, respectively. The more spacious model gets a $50 price increase, while the base model's price stays the same.
Apple unveils a new iPad, new iPhone 7 model
The new iPad starts at $329 and will be available starting March 24. It features a 9.7-inch screen, a 64-bit A9 processor, and iOS 10. Also, a (PRODUCT) RED model for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is now available.
New Android 7.1.2 beta fixes bugs, adds much-awaited fingerprint feature
This second Android 7.1.2 beta build brings the much-awaited fingerprint swipe notification gesture to the Nexus 6P. It also fixes miscellaneous bugs introduced in the previous beta build.
Apple's iPhone 8 will look similar to the original iPhone
Industry officials claim that Apple's next iPhone will have a curved, all-glass back case. This design resembles the original iPhone, whose back case was also curved but made of aluminum. The new iPhone is expected to be larger and slimmer than the original though.
ZTE's upcoming smartwatch runs Android Wear 2.0, lacks some useful features
An anonymous source has leaked new images and details for the ZTE Quartz. The source reveals that the Quartz runs on the recently-launched Android Wear 2.0. At the same time, it lacks several features found in other smartwatches, such as a heart rate monitor and NFC.
Three new Google Pixel phones are reportedly in the works
Code-named "muskie," "walleye," and "taimen," the three devices are expected to replace Google's existing Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Several sources have confirmed the existence of the devices, but have not provided much additional information.
EVGA's SC17 1070 gaming laptop now includes G-Sync
EVGA adds a new SC17 1070 model with Nvidia G-Sync to its laptop family. The laptop's other specs are unchanged.
Opera considers making ad-blocking a default browser feature
Adoption of Opera's native ad-blocking solution is growing but not fast enough. Opera is evaluating whether to make ad-blocking standard on its browser.
Microsoft's new Surface Book reportedly enters production, might be announced soon
The new Surface Book has entered mass production, according to sources in the supply chain. They believe Microsoft will announce the device in the coming weeks.
Qualcomm introduces a new naming structure for its Snapdragon brand
Don't call it a processor—Snapdragon encompasses a full suite of technologies that power the mobile experience. According to Qualcomm, it deserves a naming structure that appropriately reflects that.
Nvidia releases FCAT VR tool to test virtual reality performance
First announced at this year's GDC, the tool analyzes various aspects of VR game performance. This makes it useful for gamers as well as developers, hardware manufacturers, and reviewers.
Sirin Labs' ultra-secure $16,000 smartphone is no more
Solarin, a really expensive Android smartphone focused on security and marketed towards business consumers, is no longer the company's focus. However, it will continue to receive official support for at least a year.
HTC teases a surprise announcement for March 20
The Taiwanese smartphone company has posted an extremely vague teaser image on Facebook. A March 20 date and the promise of an "unexpected surprise" are the only other hints it has provided.
Microsoft celebrates Pi Day by slashing prices on select laptops and desktops
The limited-time deals extend across various laptop, desktop, and tablet models. There are also discounts on Xbox One consoles and select games and accessories.
Oppo will launch the F3 and F3 Plus on March 23
Dubbed the "Selfie Expert", the new smartphones feature a dual front camera setup, and will simultaneously launch in five Southeast Asian markets on March 23.
ZTE will likely unveil a new smartphone on March 21
The recent post suggests a new Nubia smartphone with a dual camera. If confirmed, it would be a first for that product line.
German retailer reveals price for the LG G6
The LG G6's release price is significantly higher than that of last year's LG G5. However, it falls square in the middle of the pack relative to other current and upcoming flagship phones.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium UK release date and price revealed
A pre-order listing on Amazon's UK website briefly displayed the information before being abruptly taken down. Expect a late spring release and a decidedly premium price tag.
Severe malware infection discovered in 38 Android device models
What makes this infection noteworthy is not that it exists, but the circumstances surrounding it. The malware was found to come pre-installed on the devices, meaning there was no way for users to avoid it.
The Moto G5 is now available in the Netherlands
Three Dutch retailers are the first in Europe to have the Moto G5 in stock and ready to ship. The device's €199 price tag matches the price seen in other European pre-order listings.