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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.
Business Notebook Categories
Business notebooks tend to attract less interest than consumer models. The business market is actually quite a large and lucrative one, but the "purchaser pool" is much smaller, with a small handful of people normally responsible for buying dozens or even hundreds of devices for their offices. However, business-class notebooks can be a sensible consumer option too if the features and design match your criteria.
The slightly more affordable Apple iPhone Xr is the iPhone 5c/SE of this generation
The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max — with their engineering triumphs and associated price tags — might have been the headlining announcement out of Apple today, but the cheaper iPhone Xr has the potential to be where most consumers direct their money. Reminiscent of the iPhone 5c and iPhone S, the iPhone Xr brings many of its flashier siblings features for US$250 less.
Apple follows the size trend, announces the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and behemoth 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max
The Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max were launched today as the ‘s’ year upgrades to 2017’s iPhone X. As is common for ‘s’ releases, iterative improvements have been made across the board, with a particular focus on the screen, dual camera system, and new A12 Bionic SoC.
Chromebooks likely to get Windows dual-boot support, but it might not be feasible for many devices
Earlier this year code commits showed up in ChromeOS that showed Google was adding support for 'AltOS.' New commits now show that the alternative operating system is likely to be Windows 10, but feasibility for the average Chromebook is questionable.
Go exploring in the dark: Windows 10 File Explorer gets a dark theme
Microsoft has finally added the long-missing dark theme for File Explorer. While Windows 10 and many 'modern' apps have support for a dark theme, legacy framework used in File Explorer made this a more difficult task.
The newly announced Moto Z3 is the first 5G upgradable phone, exclusive to Verizon
Motorola's 2018 flagship, the Moto Z3, will have an optional 5G add-on modem in the form of a Moto Mod that will connect to Verizon's upcoming 5G network. The Z3 uses last year's Snapdragon 835, but this helps to keep costs down.
Logitech has the blues: Announces purchase of Blue Microphones for US$117 million
Logitech and Blue Microphones have both announced the collective agreement for Logitech to purchase Blue and add them to their family of companies. Logitech's wider portfolio already includes Ultimate Ears, Jaybird, and Astro Gaming so Blue's range of microphones will complement existing audio products.
Microsoft passes US$100 billion yearly revenue and posts impressive fourth quarter results on strong cloud performance
Microsoft has released a strong set of financial results for the fourth quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year and equally impressive results for the full fiscal 2017/2018 year. Growth was strongest in cloud services (matching the third quarter results), but gaming and Surface also showed good increases.
CostCo advertises a previously-unannounced Surface Go configuration that includes a type cover in the box
The Surface Go created a bit of a splash when Microsoft announced it two weeks ago. The ultracompact 10-inch 2-in-1 is the spiritual successor to the non-Pro Surface 3, but with the advantage of using a higher spec'd x86 processor for smoother performance. CostCo is now advertising a new configuration that wasn't announced at launch, including the Type Cover at no additional cost.
Sick of video drivers crashing? Independent auditor finds AMD's drivers are more stable than Nvidia's
Testing by an independent third party on a selection of AMD and Nvidia gaming class and workstation class graphics cards has found that AMD's drivers suffer fewer crashes while running the test suite, leading them to claim that AMD's drivers are more stable than Nvidia's.
Quick charge comparison shows Huawei's SuperCharge is the fastest, followed by OnePlus's Dash Charge
A comparison of various different quick charge technologies has shown that Huawei SuperCharge has the highest charge rate, along with OnePlus Dash Charge. Meanwhile, the non-OEM specific technologies trail behind, as does Apple Fast Charge.
No more cracked screens? German engineering student designs an 'airbag' for your phone
A German engineering student has designed a 'mobile airbag' case that protects your phone by detecting when it has been dropped and deploying springs to cushion the fall. The prototype has won a national mechatronics award in Germany, and the product will be launched in Kickstarter later this month.
Samsung DeX will reportedly receive dual-screen capabilities
Dual-screen support is reportedly coming to Samsung DeX with the release of the Galaxy Tab S4 later this year. DeX has previously allowed the phone's screen to be used as a touchpad for controlling the mouse, but displaying content on the tablet as well as the monitor would improve productivity experiences.
TechSpot benchmarks highlight importance of selecting the correct M.2 slot for best performance
Enthusiasts who want the fastest possible storage speeds already know to buy motherboards that use flagship chipsets (e.g. Intel's Z370 and AMD's X470). However, a series of benchmarks from TechSpot confirm that dual slot X470 boards can restrict performance if one of the slots is connected to the chipset with PCIe 2.0.
Sony Xperia screen stripes explained with electrifying description
Concerned Xperia owners who were experiencing intermittent stripes appearing on the displays of their flagship XZ1 and XZ2 phones have been told by Sony that static electricity build up is the cause. The stripes aren't considered a defect and aren't a sign of any pending malfunctions.
The selfie stick alternative: Alcatel 5 now available in some markets
The Alcatel 5 has an advanced selfie setup with dual front facing cameras, automatic field of view switching based on the number of people detected in the shot, and quick launch options to get into social media applications. It remains to be seen whether the additional camera smarts can compete with more expensive phones.
Overclocked G.Skill Trident Z RGB memory claims the first and second place for world's fastest RAM
G.Skill's overclocking event during Computex 2018 saw 13 overclocking records set, among them were the fastest RAM frequencies ever recorded.
The Alienware Elite Mouse (AW959) and Alienware Wireless Headset (AW988) offer familiar Alienware styling
Dell has announced two new Alienware peripherals to give you the advantage over your opponents, among the new notebook hardware at Computex 2018. One is a mouse that looks just like the laptops and desktops it complements, and the other is Alienware's first wireless headset and their first new headset in almost a decade.
Dell upgrades the Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 with Ryzen Pinnacle Ridge processors
The AMD line of the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop gets an upgrade to Ryzen Pinnacle Ridge processors. This is a VR ready PC when combined with the AMD RX 580 and up to 32 GB of RAM. Dell reuses the existing Inspiron Gaming Desktop case with blue LED lighting.
The Huawei MateBook D gets an unexpected refresh to include the Ryzen 5 2500U with Vega 8 graphics
AMD’s press conference earlier today contained a number of interesting new AMD-powered devices. One that stood out was the refreshed Huawei MateBook D with Ryzen APU and Vega graphics.
The Predator Helios 500 is Acer's powerful new gaming laptop with an overclockable Intel i9-8950HK CPU
The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a powerful gaming laptop with an overclockable Intel i9-8950HK processor and the choice between a 144 Hz Gsync display or a color accurate 4K panel. Acer uses metal blades in their 3D fan design, which they claim improves cooling.
The colorful Asus VivoBook S15 (S530) and S14 (S430) get a refresh with the MX150 dGPU
The VivoBook is Asus’s general consumer-focused product line, with the S-series sitting in the crossroad of trade-offs between portability, battery life, and performance, making it a good general-purpose notebook.
The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 features a touchscreen trackpad that shows app-specific controls and acts like a second monitor
The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is a sleek and sexy looking premium notebook that packs an Intel i9-8950HK and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. The UX580 includes a touchscreen trackpad with functionality similar to Apple's Touchbar and the ability to drag desktop windows onto it like a secondary display.
Asus's new gaming-focused ROG Phone features an overclocked Snapdragon 845 and ultrasonic buttons
The Asus ROG Phone is the most customised gaming phone to-date. With an advanced 3D vapor chamber design, overclocked Snapdragon 845, 90 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, user-customisable ultrasonic frame buttons, and a re-orientated port layout that favors horizontal usage. Asus as also announced a range of peripherals to improve the gaming experience.
Killer Wireless xTend software turns your laptop into a network extender
The Killer xTend software turns Killer Wireless equipped computers into wireless extenders via hotspot or mesh networking. The host computer can extend the network via either wireless or LAN, and Killer's traffic prioritisation and optimisation is in effect for the host and any connected devices.
Asus ROG tweets image suggesting a gaming phone to compete against Razer Phone, Xiaomi Black Shark, and ZTE Nubia Red Magic
A tweet from Asus ROG can be seen as evidence that previous rumors about the planned release of an ROG gaming phone are correct. The tweet shows an unknown phone attacked to a gaming controller, which leaks suggest is equipped with a Snapdragon 845, 8 GB of RAM, and a possible 120 Hz display.
The updated Acer Swift 3 15.6-inch notebook gets a 4K/UHD option to go along with the MX150 GPU
During the [email protected] event today, Acer announced new 14 and 15.6-inch versions of the Acer Swift 3. The smaller model is available in Stellar Blue, Sakura Pink, Lava Red, or Sparkly Silver while the larger model comes in gold or Sparkly Silver.
The new sub-1kg Swift 5 is Acer's answer to the LG Gram 15
The new Acer Swift 5 15.6-inch is a larger version of the Swift 5 which uses magnesium alloys to keep the weight under 1 kg. This is an impressive feat for a laptop of this size and it puts the Swift 5 15.6-inch in competition with the LG Gram 15 in features, build, and hardware.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is an upgraded white and gold model that is only available for a limited time
The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is a sleek limited-edition variant of the standard Helios 300. A new 144 Hz IPS display has been used, and the chassis uses an unusual all-white with gold trim design. Acer plans to discontinue this variant within a few months of sales starting.
X-Plane 11 Benchmarks
Advanced flight simulation. The X-Plane series is a stalwart in the commercial flight simulation market, and X-Plane 11 marks the latest iteration. It uses an advanced physics engine that mixes hard-coded data with aerodynamics to simulate realistic flight. When cranking up the settings the engine is heavily taxing on the graphics card and processor, which is particularly notable for its reliance on single-threaded CPU performance. The scope and scale of the game make it an ideal candidate for assessing system performance.
Huawei Y5 Prime official specs and images now available, includes triple card slot for dual SIM and MicroSD
The Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) is now listed on Huawei’s website, indicating that it might not be long until it hits store shelves. The older Y5 (2017) released in June of last year, so this timing would match. With 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage, this is undoubtedly a budget phone, but the inclusion of three card slots (2 SIM and 1 MicroSD) will be highly attractive in some markets.
US$18 billion sale of Toshiba's Memory Corporation to consortium that includes Seagate and Apple is approved
Consortium of buyers includes Seagate, Apple, Dell, Kingston, and SK Hynix. This is one of Seagate's biggest movements into the NAND flash business, an area where their major competitor, Western Digital, has focused on in recent years.
The ITX sized RX Vega 56 Nano is real and it arrives next month, says PowerColor
When PowerColor released the RX Vega 56 Red Dragon earlier this year, there was talk that a true ITX sized version might be on the way due to the miniature PCB underneath the full-sized cooler. They have now confirmed that a 'Nano' design will be showcased during Computex 2018.
OnePlus 6 launched: A new design and all "the speed you need"
OnePlus entered the market half a decade ago with the US$300 OnePlus One, their invite-only “flagship killer.” Since then they have released increasingly more expensive phones, and the OnePlus 6 represents their biggest redesign for the last few years. Equipped with a Snapdragon 845, up to 8 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of storage.
The Lenovo IdeaPad 330 and 330S cover the budget and mid-range segment, options include i7-8750H and GTX 1050
Today Lenovo announced the new IdeaPad 330 and IdeaPad 320S which they claim to meet the specifications, price, and looks that most consumers want in an affordable laptop. The Lenovo IdeaPad came about in the late 2000’s as a consumer-oriented counterpart to the hugely successful business-orientated ThinkPad. Dedicated GPU options include the MX110, MX130, MX150, and GTX 1050.
The updated Lenovo IdeaPad 530S is an ultrabook in a larger form factor
The Lenovo IdeaPad 530S is a relatively thin and light notebook compared to the screen sizes on offer and the price segment which it occupies. Equipped with a Core i7 (probably U-series), up to an MX150, and a 1440p display, this laptop will sit well with consumers who want a good looking and decently priced mid-sized computer.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M920 and M720 'Tiny' are the first one liter PCs with PCI-E expansion
Lenovo has announced the M720 and M920 updates to the ThinkCentre tower, small form factor (SFF), and 'Tiny' models. These business orientated machines feature affordable price tags and optional Thunderbolt 3 and dGPU.
The Samsung Pro Endurance 128 GB MicroSD is rated to record a massive 43,800 hours of video footage
The new Samsung Pro Endurance has impressive endurance stats compared to their competitors and read speeds that match non-endurance cards.
Ultrabook sized storage: Samsung gives the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus 128 GB and 256 GB storage options in the US
The 128 GB and 256 GB versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are now available for pre-order in the United States. These have previously been available in some select markets and are now exclusively available from Samsung's own website.
Exklim's CEO answers community questions about the eX Core external GPU during interview with NotebookCheck
There has been a growing wave of people in the community calling the Exklim eX Core a scam. Some feel that the eX Core fills a new niche, some think that it can't achieve the claimed performance, while others believe it doesn't exist at all. We haven't seen any working products and we don't endorse the eX Core, but we did feel it was important to give Edgar the chance to answer some of the communities questions.
Cortana ranked as the most popular virtual assistant for businesses
A member survey of IT professionals done by Spiceworks has found Cortana to be the most widely implemented virtual assistant in North American and European businesses. Siri follows closely behind with Google Assistant and Alexa having significantly lower market shares. These results are an interesting contrast to consumer usage.
A bevy of new Dell productivity monitors that include USB-C connections and 65 W power delivery
Dell has been number one in monitor sales for 17 straight quarters, and they are looking to continue this trend with the announcement of seven new and refreshed monitors. Three of the new models stand out because of their USB-C connections, giving us an indication of future trends as we move towards possible universal usage of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 replacing various other non-compatible data and display standards.
Dell announces two new OptiPlex 7460 and 7760 AIO with pop-up webcams and a refreshed OptiPlex 5060 Micro
Today Dell has announced three new models in their business and corporate orientated OptiPlex line of desktop computers, which are currently in their 25th year of production. These new models include two All-in-one (AIO) and a micro (ultra-small form factor) designs for more discrete office setups.
Microsoft adds mobile APIs back into Windows 10, possibly for Surface Phone
It appears that the phone call related APIs that Microsoft removed from Windows 10 in the Fall Creators Update have been added back again in Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17650, which rolled out to the 'Skip Ahead Insiders' channel. This could be another indication of an approaching Surface Phone release date.
We may still see a Ryzen 7 2800X at a later date, says AMD's Jim Anderson
When AMD announced their second generation Ryzen processors a few days ago the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X was positioned at the top, rather than something like a 2800 or 2800X to match the Ryzen 7 1800X. However, AMD’s Senior Vice President, Jim Anderson, has hinted that we might see a 2800X at a later date.
Moto E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play announced: Power efficient hardware and large batteries
Moto’s G-series of mid-range smartphones tends to get most of the attention, but their lower specced E-series continues to offer budget-friendly options — if you’re willing to accept a few compromises. For those who hold battery life above performance, the E5 and E5 Plus might be the better option.
More bad news for ZTE, United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) claims they're a security risk
ZTE's poor fortunes continue, as a British government agency claims the use of ZTE manufactured equipment would cause a national security risk and mitigate measures currently in place to allow the use of equipment from Huawei.
Oversupply means NAND flash prices will drop further, says TrendForce
Market analysts are predicting that the slight oversupply of NAND flash for eMMC/UFS and SSD storage seen in the first few months of 2018 will continue through to the middle of the year. Due to a delay in production expansion, this could result in higher prices in the last half of 2018.
Honor 7A and 7C now official, bringing premium features to budget phones
Honor, Huawei’s online-focused brand, announced today their new budget-range Honor 7A and Honor 7C smartphones. While most of the specifications are as expected for this end of the market, these would be among the cheapest smartphones with face unlock functionality, as well as dual-Bluetooth and a triple card slot.
Firmware update finally brings on-screen Surface Dial support to the Surface Pro 4
Artists, designers, and editors with Surface Pro 4's can now enjoy full on-screen controls when using a Surface Dial on their Surface device. The Surface Dial provides basic functionality for all Bluetooth 4.0 LE equipped Windows 10 devices, but only the Surface Studio, Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 2017, and Surface Pro 4 provide the full experience.
The eX Core is a compact and portable external GPU solution that is currently on Kickstarter
Exklim has launched a kickstarter campaign for their ultra-portable take on external GPU's. Equipped with a GTX 1050 MXM card and running solely on power provided by the Thunderbolt 3 connection removes the need for additional power supplies and makes this a solution that can really be tucked into a laptop bag. The eX Core is still in the kickstarter stage and the marketing material leans towards promising more than the device might be capable of, but nevertheless it is an interesting product that is worth keeping an eye on.
Fujitsu announces three new thin clients for enterprise use
A new desktop thin client and two new notebook thin clients from Fujitsu offer compact computing for businesses who use a centralized access server to protect company data and improve security. These thin clients run low-powered hardware but offer fast networking connections. The operating systems supported are eLux RP6 or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
Nvidia drops performance optimisation, bug fix, and new feature support for Fermi series GPUs
The Fermi microarchitecture was first released 8 years ago, and was used in the 400, 500, 600 series on desktop and mobile, as well as the 700 and 800 series mobile cards. Nvidia has now stopped support for these GPUs, with a full list of affected cards in the article.
Microsoft brings new privacy and security features to OneDrive and Outlook.com
As part of a feature upgrade to Outlook.com and OneDrive, Microsoft is adding security and privacy features to help users protect their synced files and sent emails. These include password protected sharing, optional end-to-end email encryption, attachment encryption, and forwarding-prevention measures.
OneDrive and Office 365 get anti-ransomware protection with auto-detection and 30-day roll-back
Ransomware has the ability to cause a lot of problems for those who aren't prepared. Businesses and students can lose days or weeks worth of work, and consumers can find years worth of treasured photos are no longer accessible. People are bad at doing regular backups, and that's why ransomware protection is an important feature for storage and syncing products.
For the next 24 hours you can get Crusader Kings II free-to-keep forever
For a limited time Paradox Interactive is offering Crusader Kings II for free (yours to keep). CK2 is a grand strategy game set in medieval Europe where players use warfare, assassinations, and strategic marriages to attempt to build a dynasty that spans over hundreds of years.
Razer enters the PC game retail business with the launch of the Razer Game Store
PC game retail joins peripherals, laptops, and smartphones in Razer's product line up as they diversify their portfolio. The store sells legitimate keys that can be redeemed on other platforms such as Valve's Steam and Ubisoft's Uplay. There is a strong focus on rewards/loyalty points with access to exclusives and discounts on Razer hardware acting as draw cards.
HP announces the ZBook Studio X360 G5 with workstation internals in a consumer-style body
The newly announced HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 is a creator and designer focused convertible that packs workstation class Intel Xeon and Nvidia Quadro hardware into a flexible device. It features a screen that meets 100% of the AdobeRGB color standard and a pen with 4000 levels of sensitivity. HP claims it is the most powerful convertible notebook in the world, placing it ahead of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 and new Dell XPS 15 9575
Dell's new Inspiron all-in-ones feature InfinityEdge displays, dedicated GPUs, and a focus on the cinema experience
Dell has announced refreshes of the Inspiron 24 5000 AIO and Inspiron 27 7000 AIO bringing Intel 8th Gen processors and Nvidia 10-series graphics. Display options include matte touch screens and 4k UHD. Dell is placing an emphasis on the multimedia capabilities of these AIOs, particularly the 27-inch model.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 gets a 'Special Edition' that includes dedicated graphics
The new Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Special Edition brings dedicated 10-series Nvidia graphics for improved hardware acceleration in supported software. In a nod to creators and those who prefer to hand write digital notes, Dell has included an active stylus in the box and 16 GB of RAM to handle editing and design applications.
Dell announces their new G3, G5, and G7 budget-friendly gaming laptops
Dell has announced a new G-series of budget-friendly gaming laptops which offer a more affordable alternative to their premium Alienware line-up. This move helps to separate their gaming laptops from the Inspiron notebooks, even though the G5 looks distinctly like the previous Inspiron 15 7000.
Red Hat reaches the quarter-century milestone
Red Hat has now spent 25 years developing and supporting Linux and other related open-source projects. Originally started by Bob Young and Marc Ewing in a small residential room, it has now grown to have annual revenue of US$2.9 billion and 11,400 employees, making it the largest open-source based company in the world.
Study finds only one-tenth of YouTube videos with affiliate links properly disclose them in the video description
A study published by Princeton University has found that only 10.5 percent of the YouTube videos containing affiliate links assessed in their sample group adequately disclosed the nature of those links. The FTC requires the disclosure of any sponsorship or relationships with brands or retailers, but the regulations are more open regarding affiliate links where no direct sponsorship exists. The researchers are hoping to develop a browser extension that detects common affiliate programs and notifies the user of its presence.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro unveiled with DxOMark placing them in first and second position
Huawei have officially unveiled the P20 and P20 Pro. Important specifications such as RAM and Storage were missing from the announcement, but the rumors are likely to be pretty reliable, based on the accuracy of the confirmed screen and camera specifications.
Gigabyte introduces two new Celeron-based BRIX mini-PCs with both fanless and active-cooling options
Gigabyte have released a redesign of their entry-level BRIX mini-PCs with an overlapping white trim around the standard black box. The front is curved and the top is adorned with a diamond pattern. The two new celeron models are the fanless BLCE-4000C and actively-cooled BLCE-4105C.
Raspberry announces the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with same US$35 price as its predecessor
Raspberry have announced the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, an update to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that originally released two years ago. The most significant improvements are in networking (wired and wireless) and an increase in SoC clock speed.
Samsung's new ambient mode provides a reason to leave your TV switched on
This week Samsung was showcasing their 2018 Smart TV lineup including a new ambient mode that displays relevant information, models with local lighting zones to improve dark and light parts of a scene, specialised power and data cables, and Bixby integration.
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) Undervolting Guide
Trying to lower temperatures, improve performance, or increase battery life is all about making small tweaks that can add up to something more noticeable. Intel XTU is a powerful piece of software for undervolting or overclocking, but it can be daunting if you don’t understand the myriad options presented to you. This guide covers the layout of Intel XTU and gives the process for adjusting voltage and TDP to reduce temperatures, extend battery life, and improve performance. Keep in mind that this software isn't magic so the improvements aren’t drastic, and some changes may have no effect at all — depending on your situation.
The ToughPad FZ-M1 is a rugged outdoor tablet from Panasonic with an integrated FLIR thermal camera
Start computing in the rain with Panasonics new ToughPad FZ-M1 ruggedised Windows 10 Pro tablet. As is common with ruggedised devices, it is equipped with an older generation SoC — Intel 6th generation in this case. The integrated FLIR thermal imaging camera indicates the type of use that Panasonic is targeting.
The SanDisk Extreme 400 GB MicroSD card is the world's fastest UHS-I MicroSD card
MicroSD cards have been getting steadily faster over the last few years with sequential speeds that compete with 2.5-inch hard drivers and improvements in IOPS that make them more able to handle application storage. The newly announced SanDisk Extreme 400 GB is more than 50 percent faster than smaller capacity Sandisk Ultra UHS-I MicroSD cards.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco from HMD Global is the first flagship phone to join 'Android One'
Finnish company HMD Global, has announced the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the first flagship phone to be part of 'Android One.' Internal specs remain mostly identical, but the design has been revamped with impressively small bezels for a phone that retains the 16:9 aspect ratio.
Q4 2017 brought the first ever decline in smartphone sales according to Gartner
Gartner has recorded a 5.6 percent decline in smartphone sales from Q4 2016 to Q4 2017. Key reasons given include a lack of good budget smartphone options and owners of more expensive phones opting for a longer phone lifecycle before upgrading.
Valve removes developer from Steam after CEO apparently threatens staff to post fake reviews
An email has been leaked showing the CEO of Insel Games appearing to threaten staff job security if they didn't post fake reviews of one of their games on Steam. After looking into these claims, Valve has decided to remove the developer from the Steam Store, but their games are still playable for those who have already purchased them.
Fujitsu and Microsoft partner to bring palm-vein based authentication to Windows Hello
Fujitsu's PalmSecure authentication sensor technology, built in to their business laptops, is getting full integration with Windows Hello for a contactless login option that doesn't involve facial cameras.
Sony reports strong quarterly financial results, but loses ground in smartphones
Sony's third quarter results for 2017/18 show the company is performing well regarding profitability, with gaming, financial, semiconductor, and music standing out for income contribution. Mobile communication profitability drops further as Sony tries to breath new life into their smartphone designs.
The HP Elitebook 800 brings more screen real-estate without packing on the pounds
HP has announced upgrades for the top-selling Elitebook 800 series, with the 830 G5, 840 G5, and 850 G5. Side bezels have been shrunk on all three, with the 12.5-inch model now getting a 13.3-inch screen in the same body size. All models have an optional integrated display privacy filter, and a selection of business-centric features.
Microsoft's latest quarterly financial results show strong performance, particularly from cloud services
Microsoft's results for Q2 2017/2018 show favourable increases in revenue and income. Cloud services are the standout performers with Office 365 and Azure as two of the main contributors.
Kazuo Hirai steps down from Sony CEO role, replaced by man responsible for selling off VAIO
During the presentation of Sony's Q3 2017 financial ressults, they announced the resignation of their current President and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, to be replaced by Kenichiro Yoshida. Hirai's time at the top was defined by a return to profitability for Sony, and he will remain with Sony Corporation as Chairman.
The retro Commodore 64 Mini will be available with 64 pre-loaded games from 29th March 2018 for US$70
Retro Games Ltd has officially announced March 29th as the launch date for the officially licensed Commodore 64 Mini. The 64 pre-loaded games have also been announced. A full-sized and fully-functional replica will also arrive later in the year.
Specs leak for upcoming entry-level Intel June Canyon NUC, supports two 4k displays at 60 Hz
A technical specification document has shown up on Intel's website laying out the specifications and internal design of the upcoming June Canyon NUCs. The CPU and wireless card are soldered on, but the RAM and storage are upgradeable on two of the models.
Over 700,000 rogue apps removed from Google Play Store in 2017
Thanks to improved focus and machine learning, Google has been able to remove 700,000 bad apps from the Play Store, 99 percent of which were caught before being installed by any users.
Apple WatchOS 4.3 Developer Beta brings some new usability features
The latest developers beta for Apple's WatchOS 4.3 brings back Apple Music integration, improved fitness information in the Siri watch face, and a new portrait charging mode. Apple's WatchOS holds a 57 percent share of the smartwatch market.
WINE 3.0 can now be installed on Android to run Windows programs
The 3.0 release of Wine brings several improvements, including experimental Android support. This allows Windows x86 software to run on phones and tablets with a compatible SoC, and Windows RT software on the rest.
European Union fines Qualcomm EU€997 million (US$1.2 billion) for anti-competitive practices
Qualcomm is facing a EU€997 million (US$1.2 billion) fine from the European Union for anti-competitive practices based around a five year contract (2011 - 2016) with Apple which imposed a financial penalty if Apple sourced 4G LTE modems from any of Qualcomm's competitors. Qualcomm is also being investigated for intentionally selling modems below cost price in order to force a competitor out of the market between 2009 and 2011.
Three new ChromeOS educations notebooks from Lenovo starting at US$219
Lenovo has revealed three updated education Chromebooks for 2018, with the 100e and 300e providing rugged budget friendly options for classrooms, and the 500e adding some style and a pen for older children or university usage.
Lenovo introduces four new Windows 10 education notebooks starting at US$219
Lenovo has announced refreshes to their education line of notebooks from the entry-level 100e, to the more substantial ThinkPad 11e and 11e Yoga.
ZTE and HTC bringing some Android 8.0 Oreo love to the US
Updates to Android 8.0 Oreo are slow to arrive. However, this weekend saw users in ZTE's US beta program receive Oreo software, and HTC announced that sprint has approved the Oreo update for the U11 on their network.
Fujitsu announces three new Esprimo desktops, a Quadro equipped Celsius notebook, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software
Fujitsu caps off a busy week with three new desktops, a 17.3-inch workstation notebook with an Nvidia Quadro 5000, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software which removes part of a file and uploads it to a company server to make the original file unreadable.
Three new Arrows Tab Windows tablets from Fujitsu with user replaceable battery
As part of Fujitsu's big product refresh they have announced three new Arrows Tab Windows tablets. Two are 13.3-inch 16:9 aspect ratio, while the other is a Surface Pro-esque 12.3-inch 3:2 aspect ratio. In a rare move for tablets, Fujitsu have designed the batteries to be user replaceable.
The GPD Win 2 Windows handheld gaming device hits Indiegogo
The GPD Win 2 Indiegogo campaign gives as a look look at the upcoming handheld Windows gaming device, its specifications, and performance comparisons.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) is now fully available
The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached the final stage with it now being fully available to all Windows 10 computers.
Microsoft brings end-to-end encryption to Skype in collaboration with Signal
There were some fairly large privacy concerns that arose early in the life of Skype. Microsoft has tried to allay those fears in recent times, but the integration of end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal Protocol is the strongest privacy move they've made to date.
Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks
Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
Asus ROG Strix Flare is a mechanical keyboard with flair, and the Asus Bezel-Free Kit makes multi-monitor seamless
With the ROG Strix Flare, Asus has added on-board programmability and moved some of the media control keys to improve reachability. Their Bezel-Free Kit is in the concept stage, but uses optical tricks to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
The Asus ROG Strix GL12 is an E-Sports orientated PC with a hot-swappable SSD bay on the front panel
The ROG Strix GL12 has an angular design that Asus says was inspired by a ninja's mask.
HP introduces Omen Game Streaming service to create your own Geforce Now style server, and the 65-inch Omen X 65 display
HP announces the 65-inch 120 Hz Omen X Big Format Gaming Display with G-sync, and the Omen Game Streaming service that is similar to Steam in-home streaming but can stream to remote locations over the internet.
Get lost in a mirage with the wireless Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset and Mirage Camera
Lenovo is introducing a standalone Google Daydream headset that doesn't require external power or video signals, alongside a VR camera that allows easy 3D VR ready photo and video capture.
Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors
Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.
Dell's new 24- and 27-inch monitors are claimed to be the brightest ultra-thin monitors available
Dell's new ultrathin monitors combat bright home and office setups with up to 600 nit brightness, while also being well suited to multi-monitor setups thanks to their InfinityEdge bezels.
Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect
Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
From Anker Innovations: A 200 Wh battery bank, portable projector with speaker, and an Alexa car kit
Anker Innovations, who is perhaps best known for their line of portable power banks, has announced a mammoth power bank, an Alexa powered car kit, and the expected availability of the Nebula Capsule
From Anker Innovations: A funky home speaker with Google Assistant, and truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds
Anker Innovations has announced the ZOLO Model Zero, a new home speaker with a unique design, and a release date for the upcoming ZOLO Liberty+ Earbuds.
The Lenovo Smart Display is a tabletop tablet and Google Home rolled into one
If the idea of a smart speaker interested you, but the idea of not having a screen was of concern, then the Lenovo Smart Display is worth a look. It comes in 8-inch and 10-inch versions and allows both verbal and visual communication.
Charred and melted: HP issues a battery recall for some models
HP has issued a battery recall that covers 15 models using a specific battery supplier. A utility has been provided to verify if yours is at risk and HP is providing free battery replacements at authorised repair centers.
Intel hardware flaw will cause a drop in performance for kernel heavy processes once fixed
Updated with response from Intel. A security flaw has been found in the way that Intel processors from the last ten years handle kernel memory. The solution being implemented in the Windows and Linux kernels can vary from virtually no impact up to 20% or 30% for processes that involve a high number of kernel calls, such as writing to databases.
Two new Lenovo ThinkVision monitors: The ridiculously thin X24, and the highly color-accurate P32u
Lenovo has announced two new ThinkVision monitors. One is a sleek looking FullHD monitor with a slim body and thin bezels, while the other runs at 4K, boasts a higher degree of color accuracy, and supports a wider range of movement and more inputs.
PostmarketOS team makes progress towards goal of 10 year smartphone lifecycle
PostmarketOS has expanded rapidly in their first 219 days to include 25 more devices (since the 100 day update) and six UI options.
LG previews their premium Google Assistant ThinQ smart speaker ahead of CES
We can expect three new audio products from LG at CES in the form of a 5.1.2 channel soundbar, an 1800-Watt party speaker, and a premium smart speaker powered by Google Assistant that likely sits between the Google Home and Google Home Max.
The Xiaomi Yeelight Smart Assistant Speaker is a US$30 Alexa Dot
Xiaomi has announced a new smart speaker produced via their Yeelight subsidiary which will start shipping in early 2018. A dual AI system uses Xiaomi's AI technology inside China and Amazon Alexa worldwide.
Eelo, the Google-less Android OS from the creator of Mandrake Linux
Eelo is a new non-profit project started by the founder of Mandrake Linux with the goal of creating a fully open-source smartphone environment (Android, associated software, and associated services). It is in the early stages but they already have some functioning Google-less prototypes.
Acer's holiday sales especially strong for gaming laptops and Chromebooks
Acer has reported some independent sales figures showing North American sales during the November holiday period increased by 300% for gaming laptops and 250% for Chromebooks, while the overall sales increase over the same period was also strong.
More evidence of Apple throttling the CPU in iPhones with worn batteries
More users of older iPhones are now claiming an improvement in performance after a battery replacement. One posted a couple of screenshots on Twitter showing the CPU being underclocked to less than half of its stock speed before returning to normal after a new battery was swapped in. Updated with response from Apple.
Corsair's new 1.6 TB Neutron NX500 PCIe SSD is fast, sexy, and durable
The Corsair Neutron NX500 now has a 1.6 TB option with up to 3000 MB/s sequential read speed and 2400 MB/s sequential write speed. It has an endurance rating equivalent to 1745 times higher than its total capacity and is worth more than most people's computers.
69% of those polled wouldn't buy a phone without a 3.5 mm headphone jack
A GSM Arena poll regarding 3.5 mm headphone jacks on phones found that 69% of those polled wouldn't consider phones without a headphone jack, 14% didn't care, 9% had switched to Bluetooth/USB-C/Lightning products, and 8% were living the dongle life.
November was a strong month for console sales, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One setting records
November is an important month for retail sales, especially in North America. Sony PlayStation 4 achieved the highest console sales in the month, Microsoft Xbox One produced the largest revenue, and the Nintendo Switch is on target to hit Nintendo's increased sales target.
Ataribox pre-orders have been delayed
Atari has sent an email out to those who expressed interest in the upcoming Ataribox to say that the pre-order date is no longer the 14th of December. The additional time will be spent developing the platform and ecosystem, and we can expect an announcement of the new pre-order date over the next few weeks.
35-Watt and 65-Watt mobile Ryzen processors might be coming soon according to a product slide
An apparent product slide leak shows 35 W and 65 W mobile Ryzen processors coming in spring 2018 to compete against Intel's HQ and HK series. This leak is a rumor and details haven't been confirmed by AMD.
Specifications for the Pentium Silver and Celeron 'Gemini lake' are now listed on Intel ARK
Intel ARK now shows the full specifications for the newly launched Gemini Lake processors, showing us how they compare to each other on paper.
Time for some heart-pounding action with AMD's new Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition
The 2017 annual major release of AMD's Radeon Software has arrived, called the Adrenaline Edition. In addition to a refined UI, the main features it brings are an in-game overlay that allows performance monitoring and on-the-fly setting changes, as well as a mobile app that can be used to monitor performance or handle recording and streaming settings.
Microsoft expands 'AI for Earth' program with an additional US$50 million
Microsoft is increasing the investment in their AI for Earth program, which aims to provide software, access, funding, and grants to organisations who are adapting AI technology for environmentally-friendly purposes.
Leaked slide shows Ryzen 7 2800X coming in February 2018 with +82% performance over 1800X
Leaked slides, which are claimed to be genuine AMD material, show core and thread count for the upcoming 2700, 2800, and 2800X, as well as the frequencies that they run at. You can expect these new Ryzen processors to start shipping from 1st February 2018.
Google decides to re-evaluate whether they remove apps that misuse accessibility services, such as LastPass and Tasker
Google has asked developers whose apps use the accessibility permission to email them with how their app uses this permission to enhance user experience so that they can assess "responsible and innovative" use of the permission. While doing this they have put a pause on the 30 day 'modify or remove' notification they had previously given developers.
Sony PlayStation 4 continues to dominate this generation's consoles sales with over 70 million units sold
Sony announced yesterday that the PlayStation 4 has now passed 70 million lifetime sales, along with almost 618 million games sold.
Razer announces 'Portal by Razer,' a gaming-orientated router
Razer's partnership with Ignition Design Labs has led to the 'Portal by Razer,' a version of the Portal router with optimizations for gamers.
Leaked advertising material indicates Huawei P11 might have triple 40 MP rear lens and 5x Hybrid zoom
Huawei has been steadily improving their phone cameras to compete with the best available from the competition. Now four advertising posters have leaked via the portfolio of a creative agency that works with Huawei showing that the PCE series will have a triple rear-lens setup with 40 MP sensors.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 has arrived
Qualcomm's second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit is underway, with the presentations of the first day including the announcement of the Snapdragon 845 and confirmation of Samsung Foundry as the manufacturing partner.
Wileyfox's new Windows Phone isn't shipping today like planned
The 'Wileyfox Pro with Windows 10' Windows phone has been delayed by two weeks until the 18th of December.
NCIX files for bankruptcy, all retail stores now closed
After almost 22 years of operation, which saw great expansion through the 2000s and 2010s, NCIX has completed the closure of all their retail stores and filed for bankruptcy.
New cryptomining exploit continues to use your resources even after the browser window is closed
Malwarebytes has identified the use of pop-under windows which contain a cryptomining script to bypass adblockers and continue to run even after the user has closed the visible browser windows.
Bitcoin breaks the US$10000 barrier for the first time, hits high of US$11377
Bitcoin's meteoric rise jumped sharply from last week as it moved from around US$8,000 to a high of US$11,377. This is doubly impressive when you consider that on new years day the cryptocurrency was sitting just under US$1,000
Microsoft will remove option to sign in to Skype using Facebook account
The Skype desktop software and web interface will receive the update treatment soon to match the Android, iOS, and UWP applications. When this happens, the legacy feature to sign in using your Skype account will disappear so any accounts set up this way will need to be merged with a Microsoft Account before the update.
Palit's new external GPU enclosure is packing a custom GTX 1060 and cooling solution
Palit (via their sub-brands Galax and KFA2) are releasing their compact eGPU solution, the SNPR External Graphics Enclosure, within the next few weeks. Their solution is more along the lines of Aorus’s compact enclosure or the Breakaway Puck from Sonnet, rather than the larger and more modular docking hubs that are available from Razer and Alienware.
Not to worry, Dell will bring Ubuntu to the early 2018 Intel 8th gen. XPS 13 'developers edition'
A member of Dell's Project Sputnik has posted on Reddit confirming that while they are skipping the Kaby Lake-R refresh of the XPS 13, there will be an Ubuntu 'developer edition' with the 8th gen processor in early 2018.
The 10 Best Gaming Laptops for Late 2017
Defeat your opponents on the go. Is it time to upgrade to a new gaming laptop for the holiday season? Here are the top 10 gaming notebooks from our database and our picks for the top in each category.
Sanctum 2 is now free if you claim it within the next two days
Humble Bundle inc. is offering up the tower-defense-cum-FPS game, Sanctum 2, for free as long as you claim it within the next 48 hours.
The entry-level MX110 and MX130 GPU product pages appear on Nvidia's website
The previously rumored MX110 and MX130 are now listed on Nvidia's website, and unlike the MX150 that they join these cards are Maxwell based rather than Pascal. Based on Nvidia's performance figures these cards provide around 38 to 63 percent of the performance from an MX150.
Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C and Lightning Port options for iPhone, Razer Phone, and other android phones
Razer has refreshed their Hammerhead line of earbuds with two new digital based models using USB-C and Lightning Port connectors. The USB-C version comes with a DAC for improved audio.
New Android security flaw allows screen recording without direct user permission
A security research firm has revealed an Android exploit which allows a rogue application to record all on-screen activity without the user's permission. This has been fixed in Android 8, but users on older versions are still vulnerable. Fortunately, the exploit works in a way which causes Android to create a notification in the status bar.
OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design
The OnePlus 5T is now official, with an 18:9 minimal-bezel screen, and a new approach to the dual camera setup that OnePlus claims improves the low-light performance.
Bose wants to improve your sleep with noise-masking 'sleepbuds'
Bose has started an Indigogo campaign for prototype testing of their new noise-masking sleepbuds. These sleepbuds are ultra-compact earbuds which isolate external noise and play soothing nature sounds to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.
Qualcomm announces commercial shipments starting for world's first 10 nm server processor - Centriq 2400
After a four year design, development, and implementation process Qualcomm has announced that they are now shipping their Centriq 2400 ARMv8-based server processors. These processors are available in up to 48 cores and have been designed for low TDP operation in highly-threaded cloud-based workloads.
Google's new security policy on accessibility features will limit or remove 'hundreds of good, useful apps'
The next stage of Google's push to improve Android security is putting a spotlight on applications which misuse accessibility features to add functionality that wasn't expressely designed to improve use for people with disabilities. Some popular apps affected include LastPass, Cerberus, and Tasker.
Video shows off the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse, the company's return to mice with enthusiast features
Pre-orders for the new Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse are now open. The mouse represents Microsoft's return to enthusiast-style mice with adjustable scroll wheel, programmable buttons, and multi-device switching.
Nintendo's next financial year might see 25-30 million new Switch consoles produced
A source speaking to the Wall Street Journal claims that Nintendo is looking to produce 25 to 30 million Switch consoles during their next financial year. Sales in the current fiscal year are expected to surpass lifetime sales of the Wii U.
Fujitsu debuts the new E4 and E5 with a focus on legacy business features
Fujitsu have announced their new value orientated Lifebook E4, and a slimmed down refresh of the Lifebook E5. The E-series focuses on affordability and in providing the legacy connections that business users need without carrying a bag full of dongles.
Dell XPS 15: Claims of GTX 1060 with QuadHD+ and 5K screen options but 4K might be gone
A user on Reddit was browsing the XPS 15 section of the Dell Canada website, where they claim to have seen some important specifications such as the inclusion of a GTX 1060 option, QHD+ (touch enabled) and 5K screens, and the apparent absence of 4K.
Pack a puck: The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck is a portable eGPU solution
Sonnet has released a compact eGPU designed to fit in your bag, ideal for travel, LAN parties, or MacOS High Sierra.
Xiaomi launches into Western Europe with a new base of operations in Spain
Xiaomi has chosen Spain as the first country outside of China where they have a full business presence, due to the large and active fan-base there. Answers given during the Q&A session suggested that this new presence within Europe would simplify the importing of Xiaomi products to the rest of the European Union.
The Amazon Alexa Moto Mod attaches Alexa to the back of your phone so she is always with you
Motorola and Lenovo have announced the new 'Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa' Moto Mod, which adds additional microphones, speakers, and a battery in addition to having Alexa always listening.
Bitcoin reached a massive US$7583 value by late last week, but dropped dramatically on Monday
Bitcoin completed a record breaking week by hitting almost US$7600 in value over the weekend, before sinking even more sharply back below US$7000 during Monday trading.
Nintendo 2DS/3DS sales continue strongly, will hit 70 million combined sales soon
Nintendo has revealed sales figures for their 2DS/3DS line of portable games consoles showing strong sales figures of both hardware and software. Sales improved with the release of the new 2DS XL, and despite the success of the Switch, it had minimal impact on the 2DS/3DS shipment rates.
Google replacing Pixel 2 XLs sent to customers without Android installed
Continuing the trend of the Pixel 2 XL, a small number of users have complained on Reddit and the Ars Technica forums about receiving devices which are completely missing the operating system. Google reports that they have fixed this going forwards, and they are sending replacement devices for those affected.
First new version of ThrottleStop since April is now available
The first new version of ThrottleStop in nearly seven months is now available for download. In addition to the usual assortment of powerful configuration features it brings support for Apollo Lake, a new way to toggle mini mode, and the ability to hide the task area icon.
Lenovo purchases 51 percent of Fujitsu's PC business, helps them aim for the number one spot
A joint venture partnership has been announced between Lenovo, the Development Bank of Japan, and Fujitsu which results in Lenovo obtaining a controlling share of the new collaboration.
Nintendo's shipment figures show that customers really wanted the Super Nintendo Classic Edition
The President of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, has announced shipping figures for the SNES Classic Edition during their latest financial briefing. He also stated that production would continue going forward and gave a reminder that the NES Classic Edition will return in 2018.
Windows 10 free upgrade via assisted technologies will end on 31st December 2017
One of the two remaining pathways to obtaining a free and legal upgrade to Windows 10 from an earlier version of Windows will be closed at the end of this year.
Assassin's Creed Origins is another example of DRM gone wrong
Publishers need to protect their game from piracy, and gamers should pay for the games we play. But there is a problem when the method of DRM implementation degrades the experience of those who obtained the game legitimately.
A wireless charging pad from Grovemade that actually looks good with your furniture
Grovemade, who are known for producing high-quality accessories, have started pre-orders for a cork and stainless steel based charging pad which fits nicely with modern furniture design aesthetics.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will switch to Microsoft Azure for server hosting
Microsoft's relationship with the developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds deepens as they transfer server hosting from Amazon Web Services over to Microsoft Azure.
Third-generation iPad will be classified as 'vintage and obsolete' on October 31st
An Apple Authorised Service Provider has revealed that the third-generation iPad will be put on the 'vintage and obsolete' list at the end of this month, ending official repairs and the ability to order spare parts from Apple.
Huawei AppStore and video service to be expanded beyond China in early 2018
During the Huawei Eco Connect 2017 conference in Berlin, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, announced that they would be bringing their App Store to Europe, but there are questions around what benefit it will bring.
Apple aims to improve wireless charging by purchasing New Zealand based 'PowerbyProxi'
Apple has recently introduced wireless charging to the iPhone series, and has now cementeted their position in the wireless charging market with their purchase of New Zealand based 'PowerbyProxi'
Amazon Key lets couriers unlock your door when you're not home
Amazon has released their Amazon Key service which uses an Amazon produced smart camera, a smart lock from Yale or Kwikset, and the Amazon Cloud to allow delivery drivers to unlock your front door and leave your parcel inside.
Multiple Ryzen 7 2700U Geekbench results show it trading blows with the i7-8550U
Multiple Geekbench 3 results from an Acer laptop show an interesting comparison between the performance of AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and the Intel Core i7-8550U.
Android Instant Apps gives the Play Store a 'Try Now' button to test and use apps without installing
The Android Instant Apps Platform has now had a full public release allowing users to try applications without needing to install them. The platform also allows continued use and access to application features.
Intel, Globalfoundries, and Samsung reportedly competing for contract to produce Huawei's Kirin ARM SoCs
Industry sources have reported that Huawei subsidiary, HiSilicon, are looking for a second manufacturing partner for their 7 nm SoCs in addition to TSMC.
Zotac announces the world's most compact GTX 1080 Ti with water cooling
Zotac have released the fully water cooled GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini, which they claim to be the smallest GTX 1080 Ti in the world.
Give money to people you know using Paypal's new Facebook Messenger integration
Paypal continues to integrate with the platforms we use to communicate with each other and is now integrated in Facebook Messenger.
Microsoft reveals some details of battery life expectations for Windows on ARM devices
Microsoft and Qualcomm are close to officially announcing Windows on ARM devices, with models from Asus, HP, and Lenovo being tested at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters. Battery life results are exceeding expectations.
Dell Aurora R7 starts shipping today as the first desktop to offer six-core Coffee Lake-S
The refreshed Aurora R7 desktop from Alienware starts shipping today, including Intel Coffee Lake-S six-core processors and AMD RX or Nvidia GTX graphics cards. Dell claims that this is the first pre-built desktop to offer the Coffee Lake-S processors.
For a limited time you can claim Civilization III for free and play just one more turn
The Humble Store has Steam keys for the Complete Edition of Civilization III available for free, but get in quick because this deal ends on Saturday.
The Aorus X9 holds dual GTX 1070 in SLI and a low-profile mechanical keyboard in a slim 17.3-inch chassis
Aorus have announced their new X9 gaming laptop, with aggressive looks, SLI graphics, and a low-profile mechanical keyboard, all in a slim 17.3-inch chassis. Two screen options provide either 120 Hz refresh rate or 100 percent AdobeRGB depending on preference.
Dell's augmented reality Visor and controllers now shipping worldwide
The previously announced Dell Visor headset for Windows augmented reality is now shipping with global availability. Dell's design gives a sleek and modern headset, and a pair of controllers that look like a mix of those for the Vive and Rift.
Razer stealthily releases the first Razer Blade Stealth with a quad-core processor
Razer has announced a quad-core upgrade for the 13.3-inch Razer Blade Stealth. This provides more processing power for use with the Razer Core and external GPU. Razer has also includes a larger power supply, indicating that they might tweak a higher CPU TDP for increased performance.
The semi-rugged Durabook SA14 gets an upgrade and can still take a beating
GammaTech has announced an updated Durabook SA14 R3 semi-rugged notebook for use in field situations. It now includes Kaby Lake and Windows 10 Pro in addition to a carry handle and the ability to survive rough handling.
Microsoft releases an entirely new Surface Book 2 15-inch with GTX 1060 inside the 2-in-1 form factor
Microsoft has launched three new Surface Book 2 models today, 13.5-inch with Intel HD graphics, 13.5-inch with Nvidia GTX 1050, and 15-inch with Nvidia GTX 1060. We take a look at the 15-inch model in this news article, including the stunning launch video.
Unofficial Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti benchmark shows competition with GTX 1080
A benchmark for the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti has shown up in the database for Ashes of the Singularity, giving some insight into how it might perform on release.
Microsoft shares video showing off Windows 10's beautiful new Fluent Design System
With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update due on the 17th of October, Microsoft has released a quick look at some of the beautiful Fluent Design changes which will be showing up on our PCs soon.
OnePlus makes statement regarding data collection, will release update to reduce what is transmitted
OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei, has posted a response to the data collection being performed by his company. Some details were given on what purpose the collected data had, and what OnePlus will do going forward.
Blackberry teases us with a first look video of the new Blackberry Motion
Blackberry has also given more information on phone specifications and confirmed that they will continue to make phones with physical and virtual keyboards.
Qualcomm trying to get iPhone sales banned in China
Qualcomm has filed several lawsuits in China in an attempt to block iPhone sales over patent disputes.
Curved 32-inch 165 Hz Freesync gaming monitor with 1 ms response time from MSI
MSI have released their new Optix AG32C, with high-end features and AMD Freesync technology for reduced screen tearing.
40 TB+ hard drives by 2025 thanks to Western Digital's new microwave-assisted writing technology
Western Digital's new microwave-assisted magnetic recording technology allows for huge increases in data density. Capacities of 40 TB plus should be reached within 8 years.
From edge to edge: Sync with the Microsoft Edge browser beta now on Android
A few hours ago Microsoft released the Edge browser beta for Android. The new browser is beautiful, simplistic, and provides easy syncing with Windows 10 PCs.
You can get going with VR for only US$199 with the new 'Oculus Go'
Oculus revealed their new standalone Oculus Go VR headset during the keynote for the first day of the fourth Occulus Connect conference. The Oculus Go is a VR headset and controller which doesn't need an external device to process video.
A production issue delays the Android One Moto X4, won't arrive this week after all
The Android One Moto X4 has had its North American release delayed by a couple of weeks due to a production issue.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 photos show dual rear cameras and full frontal display
Photos have appeared online showing what is claimed to be the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. They show a 18:9 screen with small bezels and a dual rear camera setup.
iPhone 7 was the most purchased phone internationally in the first half of 2017
Market intelligence firm, IHS Markit, have released their research showing the most popular models for the first half of 2017. The top 10 contains five Samsung models, four Apple models, and one Oppo model.
Midrange Blackberry Motion officially announced, no physical keyboard but it has a home button
Kicking off GITEX today, Blackberry has announced their new keyboardless phone, the Blackberry Motion.
Alphabet's 'Project Loon' balloons will restore cell service to large parts of Puerto Rico
The FCC has granted Alphabet, Google's parent company, permission to use their Project Loon balloons to provide cellular service to Puerto Rico. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria there is still as much as 83 percent of the population who don't have any cellular service.
Forget Safari, now all iOS users can live life on the Edge
Microsoft has now opened their new Edge Browser for iOS beta up to allow any iOS user to join the beta program. Edge for iOS aims to bring features from the desktop and easy syncing.
This December AIM will follow the dial-up modem into the sunset
AOL has announced officially that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) will be switching off their servers on December 15, marking the end of 20 years of instant messaging. AOL was the dominant instant messaging service in North America during the last years of dial-up, and the early years of broadband spread.
Intel Gemini Lake surfaces early as the Celeron N4000, shows large improvements in some areas
Intel's Gemini Lake based Pentium Silver and Celeron aren't scheduled for release until somewhere between the last week of October and the first week of November, but some early results for the Celeron N4000 have appeared on SiSoftware's benchmarks.
The new HP Spectre 13 x360 2017 is thinner, smaller, more angular, and 30 percent faster
Today HP has announced the beautiful new Spectre 13 x360 to replace the older model in the premium market. In addition to design tweaks, HP has added an Intel 8th generation CPU, and a wider range of security authentication methods.
All 3 billion Yahoo user accounts were involved in the 2013 data breach
If you held a Yahoo account in 2013, then you were almost certainly involved in the data breach. At 3 billion user accounts affected, this announcement sets the record for the largest known data breach.
Asus has seen motherboard market share hit as high as 45 percent in 2017
Asus's lead as the largest motherboard manufacturer has grown, thanks to strong performance in the Asia-Pacific region. Market share is particularly large in the more profitable high-end and gaming segments.
Apple tells the FCC they can't enable FM radio in the iPhone 8 because it doesn't have one
In response to the FCC asking Apple to "do the right thing" and enable the FM radio in the iPhone, Apple have responded to say they can't because the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 don't have FM radio hardware.
Apple purchases Regaind, a French photo analysis company with a powerful API in development
According to TechCrunch, Apple silently acquired a French start-up which specializes in an API for photo analysis and assessment. Apple declined to comment on their plans for the acquisition.
Internal hardware specs leak for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, no Snapdragon 836 in sight
Many of the internal specifications have been leaked for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Snapdragon 835 is absent but the cameras will finally receive OIS.
Microsoft creates a new coding language for quantum computers
Microsoft has a few programming languages to their name, but they have now added their first one designed for quantum computing. While the developer will need a knowledge of quantum computing principles, the language allows the integration of code from other languages such as Python.
Upcoming Sony phones to abandon all-bezel design
During an interview, the Managing Director of Sony India has said that they will release a new range of smartphone's with a new and improved design 'soon.' This means that in 2018 we could see Sony flagship phones with a more modern screen to bezel ratio.
Trekstor announces Primebook C13 2-in-1 to compete against the Dell Inspiron 3000 2-in-1
Trekstor has announced a new 13.3-inch 2-in-1 for their Primebook lineup. It is powered by a Celeron N3350 and looks to compete against the entry level models of the Dell Inspiron 3000 2-in-1 and HP Pavilion x360 14t.
Motherboard manufacturers claim the new 12nm Ryzen will arrive in February 2018
AMD motherboard partners have revealed that the planned launch for the new 12nm version of Ryzen is in February 2018, with 400-series motherboards to follow. AMD has seen large increases in revenue in 2017 and expects to account for 30 percent of the desktop CPU revenue in the first half of 2018.
Overclocker pushes i9-7980XE to 6.1 GHz, with the CPU alone using over 1000 watts of power
Well-known overclocker, der8auer, has achieved a CPU-Z validation run at 6.1 GHz on the i9-7980XE using LN2, but settled for a stable overclock of 5.7 GHz.
CBS-owned 'Showtime' joins The Pirate Bay and rogue chrome extensions in using your CPU to mine cryptocurrency
Siri and Spotlight: Bing out, Google in
Apple has announced they are dropping Bing as the provider of search results for Spotlight and Siri searches in favor of Google. Bing will continue to provide the image search results on Siri.
The Marea undersea cable owned by Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius is now complete between Virginia and Spain
Microsoft has announced the completion of the Marea undersea cable, a joint venture between Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius. The cable brings more bandwidth between the USA and Europe, and adds a point of redundancy in case of damage.
You can now buy a 14-inch Clevo N240WU with an Intel i7-8550U
Clevo have updated the W240 14-inch laptop to include an i7-8550U, which will greatly improve multi-core performance over the previous Kaby Lake option, while maintaining similar power draw.
AMD Crossfire says so long, and thanks for all the fish
AMD has dropped the CrossFire brand, and will no longer use it to refer to their multi-GPU products. The functionality that it provided still remains, and AMD has made a statement explaining why they are no longer using the name and what will happen with DirectX 12 going forwards.
iFixit teardown rates iPhone 8 repairability as 6 out of 10, but glass back almost impossible to replace
iFixit have completed their teardown of the iPhone 8. They found that the screen and battery were fairly easy to replace, but that the rear glass panel was extremely difficult to remove due to large amounts of glue.
Android pattern unlock is the easiest authentication method to snoop
A study by researchers from the University of Maryland and the US Naval Academy has been published showing that a six-spot pattern unlock is six times easier for snoopers to repeat after seeing once than a six-digit PIN.
iPhone 8 Plus has the best camera on any smartphone according to DxOMark
DxOMark have put the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus through their extensive test suite, declaring that they are the best smartphone cameras they have tested to date. Strong points include exposure, contrast, color reproduction, and flash performance.
Pre-orders open for a cheaper Nvidia Shield TV that comes without the game controller
Nvidia have dropped the price on their Shield TV by removing the game controller from the bundle but still including the remote. The new pricing puts it in in a more competitive position against the base model of the new Apple TV 4K.
Toshiba sells Toshiba Memory Corp to a consortium including Apple, Dell, and SK Hynix
After months of trying to sell Toshiba Memory Corp, Toshiba has managed to reach a deal with a consortium of companies for US$17.81 billion that involves the soon-to-be-former subsidiary being independently managed and still able to develop NAND flash products.
Online retailer starts pre-orders for the Surface Pro 2017 LTE edition before it is officially annouced
We expect Microsoft to officially announce the LTE version of the Surface Pro 2017 at their 'Future Decoded' in London. However, an online retailer has just listed two Intel i5 based variants for pre-order with pricing details and shipping expectations.
Asus has worst quarterly profit since 2010, changes product focus
Asus appears to have an increased focus on their high-margin products such as ultra-thin, 2-in-1, mid-range gaming, and high-end gaming in the hopes that the higher profit per unit will help them recover from their lowest quarterly profit for seven years.
The Pixel 2 XL will be the most expensive Google phone so far and has a funky black and white design
Renders and pricing for the LG made Pixel 2 XL were leaked today, showing that there are at least two color options with one being a funky two tone black and white design. There will be a 64 GB and 128 GB model with pricing putting it in the company of phones such as the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A Chrome extension now takes your CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrency for the developer
Following on from The Pirate Bay's 24-hour trial of using a cryptomining script to generate revenue rather than using advertising, we now have a Chrome extension which is trying the same thing. Unfortunately for the developer, their implementation of the script causes high CPU usage for the entire time that Chrome is open and the extension performs a non-essential function for users.
The 16 extra cores found on Threadripper are "basically rocks"
A couple of days ago, de8auer posted a video showing the four dies in the Threadripper 1950X sanded down to reveal the silicon printing. This proved that the two "dummy dies" did contain proper Zen cores. Over the weekend a senior AMD staff member responded with what could be expected of the extra dies and why they were present.
Eurocom says Intel will have an 8C/16T 'enthusiast' consumer CPU by late 2018
A Eurocom company representative has posted on a thread in the NotebookReview forums saying that their Tornado F5 and upcoming Tornado F7 will feature 8C/16T CPUs in the second half of 2018. This could be a high-end revision of 14nm Coffee Lake, or it could be a CPU in the 9th generation 10nm+ Ice Lake family.
The Pirate Bay is caught stealing from users who are busy stealing content
Apple A11 scores 25 percent higher on Antutu than highest SnapDragon 835 result
Apple has told consumers to expect large performance gains from their new A11 SoC, and a newly leaked Antutu benchmark supports that claim.
Apple Watch 3 LTE only works in country of purchase, T-Mobile will throttle it to 512kbps
*Update in article regarding T-Mobile speeds* Apple Support has told a customer than the LTE versions of the Apple Watch 3 will only work within the country of purchase, meaning those outside the ten supported countries can't import an LTE model. It also means that the LTE functionality won't work while traveling, even if the destination is a supported country. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has said they will throttle the Apple Watch 3 data speeds down to 512 Kbps.
Lenovo image shows the Retro Thinkpad design
An eagle-eyed Reddit user has found an image on Lenovo's website which appears to be the upcoming Retro ThinkPad. The retro ThinkPad is based on the T470 chassis and features a classic IBM-style 7-row keyboard.
Apple reveals new Beats By Dre 'urBeats3' earbuds
Among all the fuss over the new iPhones, Apple revealed their new urBeats3 wired earbuds. They feature inline music and phone controls, secure-fit wing tips to hold them in place, and promises of fine-tuned acoustic design.
Google schedules Pixel 2 announcement for 4th of October
Google has uploaded a cryptic website indicating that we can expect a Pixel 2 announcement on the 4th of October. Earlier today and FCC ruling also showed that LG would be the manufacturer for the Pixel 2 XL, joining HTC who will manufacture the standard sized Pixel 2.
Insanely powerful HP 'Z' workstations could cost up to US$40000
HP has released three new workstations which target general use, visual effects artists, and precision engineers. The highest end model can include two Xeon 28C/56T CPUs, 24 RAM slots, and three GPUs.
Android and iOS-like app permissions coming to Windows 10 apps
Microsoft is bringing app permissions for improved privacy and security with UWP (Windows Store) applications. Admins of the Enterprise Edition have an option to reduce the diagnostic data collected to be reduced to the minimum needed for administration by company IT departments.
Oppo launches the A71 in India for US$200
The Oppo A71 has been launched in its second market and is now available in India. The US$200 device has a 5.2-inch 720p screen, MediaTek MT6750 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage.
Cryptocurrency mining malware has infected over 1.65 million computers this year
Data from Kaspersky Labs shows that the number of cryptocurrency mining trojan infections in 2017 has passed 1.65 million to date. Criminals use infected PCs to crunch transactions and route the success fee to their own digital wallets.
Google Chrome to include protection from man-in-the-middle attacks
Google Chrome 63 will come with a feature designed to protect users from third parties who are attempting to intercept their encrypted SSL transmissions.
Huawei's 'Band 2 Pro' fitness watch with GPS arrives in the Unites States for only US$69
The Huawei Band 2 Pro which was announced back in July, is now available in the United States via Amazon at US$69. The fitness wearable features an integrated GPS to track activities such as running and swimming without the need to carry your smartphone with you.
Android 8 'Oreo' bug can cause large amounts of mobile data use
A bug in Android 8 'Oreo' is causing the operating system to ignore any connected WiFi networks and default to using mobile data.
Details provided about the holographic display on RED's upcomming smartphone
The CEO of RED has put a press release post on their user forums detailing their partnership with Leia Inc, a holographic LCD technology company who specialize in 'Lightfield' holographic products.
Production glitches with iPhone 8 OLED screen could hurt holiday sales, claims Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has reported that they were informed of "production glitches" by a source close to the issue. The problems have apparently caused a shortage of completed products and this shortage could continue into the Christmas period.
Zotac releases new Zbox M and smartphone-sized Zbox P mini-PCs
Today Zotac announced two new mini-PCs, further expanding their mid-range Zbox M and ultra-compact Zbox P series. The Zbox MI553 comes in a standard and a Plus variant, has a mobile Intel i5-7300HQ processor, and an eGPU compatible Thunderbolt 3 port. The Zbox PI225 claims the title of the smallest mini-PC, contains a Celeron N3350 CPU, and has smartphone-like dimensions.
The fastest notebooks of 2017
When buying a high-performance laptop it can be a daunting prospect to shell out large amounts of money without knowing if you're getting the fastest notebook possible. We've compared our benchmark results and put together a list of the fastest laptops tested in the last 12 months.
The Track is back: Logitech resurrects their ergonomic Trackball mouse
Earlier today Logitech announced their first new trackball mouse in almost a decade, incorporating user feedback from the last ten years. The MX Ergo has been modernised with DPI-like adjustments and software that allows switching between multiple computers.
Microsoft Surface Keynote expected at 'Future Decoded', likely a new Surface Book and potential windows ARM devices
Microsoft is holding their 'Future Decoded' conference on 31st October and 1st November, and Panos Panay is scheduled to give a Surface keynote presentation. We expect a new Surface Book reveal, due to the October/November timing of previous announcements.
Lenovo fined US$3.5 million for pre-installing adware on some laptops in 2015
The saga about some Lenovo laptops coming pre-installed with adware in 2015 has now come to an end with the results of their court case being announced a few hours ago. Lenovo must pay a fine of US$3.5 million and has had some restrictions placed on how they handle pre-installed software in the United States.
Samsung believes they "will lead the hyper-connected world" with IoT
Samsung is a company which covers a wide range of consumer electronics, appliances, and services that they believe puts them in the perfect situation to lead the way in what they call "The hyper-connected world."
EKWB publish test results showing their performance and efficiency gains on Vega 64
EKWB has run a series of tests to find the performance increase from switching from stock air cooling to their custom water blocks. Among these results are some showing the efficiency gains that can be achieved while still maintaining near maximum performance.
A new 1 TB Surface Laptop is available for those with US$2700 burning a hole in their wallet
Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for a variant of the Surface Laptop that features an i7-7660u, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB solid state drive. It is due to arrive on October 3rd, which is almost an entire month earlier than the new color options are due.
The Trekstor WinPhone 5.0 is the better of two new Windows Phones and will likely appeal to businesses
Two new Windows Phones were announced at IFA 2017. One appears to be an overpriced budget phone, but the second is a premium looking mid-range handset that wouldn't look out of place in a business environment.
AMD processor sales surpass Intel sales at Germany's largest online PC component retailer
Data collected from Germany's largest online PC component retailer shows that sales of Ryzen CPUs are now higher than Intel's core series, giving AMD the leading market share in the performance space. AMD also holds the leading market revenue, and has 60 percent of the top ten highest selling processor models.
Acer's new peripherals: Predator x35 monitor, Predator Galea 500 headset, and Predator Cestus 500 mouse
Along with their flagship gaming desktop, Acer announced a 35-inch HDR ultra wide curved gaming monitor using quantum dot technology, a gaming headset with directional sound, and a gaming mouse that features a hardware button to change the firmness of the mouse click.
A premium Walkman and a Google Assistant powered smart speaker from Sony
Sony has revealed their first Google-Assistant-powered smart speaker, designed to deliver 360 degree sound and rated IPX3 splash proof. They have also shown a new high-end Walkman which aims for the passionate audiophile market with a serious set of credentials.
Sony brings noise canceling headphones that adjust based on your actions
In addition to three new smartphones announced at IFA 2017, Sony is also showing off an intelligent noise-canceling headphone and two intelligent noise canceling earbuds. All three products can automatically enable and disable noise cancellation depending on the actions of the wearer.
The Lenovo Explorer is a new mixed reality headset for Windows
Lenovo has announced the Lenovo Explorer, which is their entrance into the Windows Mixed Reality Headset market. The Explorer can be used with Lenovo's motion controllers, an Xbox controller, or keyboard and mouse.
Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact now official and both get the SnapDragon 835 SoC
Sony have now made the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact official. Both feature Android 8.0 Oreo, SnapDragon 835 SoC, 4 GB RAM, and 19 MP Sony sensors. This means that despite the size reduction, the XZ1 Compact still contains flagship performance.
Acer Predator Orion 9000: Up to 18 cores, 4 GPUs, and 128 GB RAM
Acer have announced their new Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop, with the top end configuration including an Intel Core i9 CPU, two GTX 1080 Ti or four RX Vega, and 128 GB of quad-channel RAM.
Dell gives the Inspiron Gaming Desktop a clear side-panel face lift
The budget friendly Dell Inspiron desktop is getting a make over with a new clear side panel option. It has several Ryzen CPU options, and a choice of Pascal or Polaris graphics cards. Prices start at US$600 for the base configuration.
Dell announces two Alienware 34-inch gaming monitors
Dell announced two Alienware 34-inch gaming monitors today, with one available immediately and one coming later this year. These will be sold alongside the first Alienware monitor, a 25-inch model from a few months ago. Both new monitors are curved ultra-wide panels featuring a 4 ms response time.
Two new fully modular SFX-L PSUs from BeQuiet are now available for purchase
Two SFX-L power supplies which BeQuiet announced back at Computex 2017 are now available for purchase. They are fully modular, use Japanese capacitors, and have up to 92 percent peak efficiency. They can be yours for US$119 for 500 W or US$145 for 600 W.
Three new professional class monitors from Samsung
Three new professional monitors from Samsung have been revealed at IFA 2017. Samsung is hoping that business users will appreciate the visual clarity and extra screen real estate of the large panel, high-resolution displays.
Blackberry set to licence their android build to other manufacturers
Blackberry is in talks with device manufacturers to license their security enhanced Android build, according to the India Times. Blackberry already has three brand licensing deals, and this move would increase the market coverage of their software.
AOC announces two new monitors in Agon 3 series with 0.5 ms response time
AOC is bringing a G-Sync monitor and a FreeSync 2 monitor to their Agon 3 series which both feature curved panels, high refresh rate up to 165 Hz, and response times as low as 0.5 ms. These 27-inch 1440p monitors are expected in Q2 2018.
Leaked benchmark shows lower clocked i3-8350K has slightly better single core performance than i7-7700K
*Update in main text* Screenshots leaked from a i3-8350K benchmark using CPU-Z show it has slightly better single-thread performance than the i7-7700K despite having a slower clock speed. The multi-thread performance is good for the quad-core CPU, which shows as in line with the i7-4770K or mobile i7-7700HQ.
Judge gives Samsung heir five years in jail for bribery scandal
A judge has sentenced Lee Jae-jong, the Samsung heir, to five years jail time for his part in the bribery scandal with the administration of the former President of South Korea. He was also found guilty of giving false testimony in court and hiding overseas assets.
Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' now holds the record for the fastest selling Xbox pre-order
Only five days after Microsoft announced the Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' limited edition pre-order, they proudly claimed that it represented the fastest selling pre-order event for an Xbox console. Standard edition consoles will become available for pre-order before the November 7 release. The Xbox One X also won the Gamescom 2017 award for best hardware.
Igexin use their advertising SDK to siphon user data back to their servers in China
Igexin, the developer of an advertising software kit, has been caught collecting user data and sending it back to servers in China. Their kit was used in 500 legitimate applications and used the permissions granted to those apps to collect data such as call logs. Google has disabled the compromised applications while the developers replace the advertising APIs.
Qualcomm unveils details about the Falkor core at the heart of the Centriq 2400 server SoC
Qualcomm is making a strong push into ARM-based server processors with their Centriq 2400 and the newly unveiled Falkor CPU core which they will be based on. This new core has been designed from scratch for low TDP high thread cloud datacenter usage.
HP announces the Omen X with an unlocked i7, GTX 1080, and mechanical keyboard
After months of teasing, HP has now made the 17-inch version of the HP Omen X official. It will release later this year with options including an overclock ready Kaby Lake i7, up to a GTX 1080, and a mechanical keyboard. Buyers can also choose between a 1080p 120 Hz G-Sync or 4K screen.
Linksys announces the WRT32X Gaming Router and claims it is "the first true gaming router"
Linksys announces the new WRT32X which they say is "the first true gaming router" designed in partnership with Killer Networking to incorporate their Killer Networking Prioritization engine. Linksys claims that peak ping can be reduced by up to 77 percent when a laptop with Killer networking connects. The WRT32X contains high-end features and is open source ready (OpenWRT).
Three new Lenovo Legion gaming desktops with corsair as sole memory supplier
Lenovo has announced the Legion Y520 Tower, Y720 Tower, and Y920 Tower gaming PC's which feature Kaby Lake processors and a choice of Pascal or Polaris graphics cards. The top end Y920 has options for Intel K-Series processors, and some markets will have a water cooled configuration. All systems will feature Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 RAM.
Pre-order open for Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' and Xbox One S 'Minecraft' limited edition consoles plus related news
During the Xbox @ GamesCom Livestream tonight the Xbox team announced the Xbox One X 'Project Scorpio' Limited Edition, and the Xbox One S 'Minecraft' Limited Edition themed consoles. Both are available for pre-order now. Among other topics NotebookCheck readers will likely welcome the news of extended support for Xbox and Windows 10 cross-play for select games.
Bing market share at 33 percent in the United States
Infographics from the Microsoft Bing team show market share is higher than you may have expected with many countries in double digits. International market share is at a much lower 9 percent.
Android 8 'O' releases on Monday 21 August
Google has confirmed on the Android website that Android 8 'O' is releasing on Monday 21st August via a live stream during the eclipse.
Asus' new 27-inch monitor brings curves and 144 Hz refresh rate to PCs with mid-range GPUs
Pre-orders have started for the Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ, which combines a curved display, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a blue light filter with a FullHD resolution. The lower resolution means that users with mid-range graphics cards can use this screen without having to deal with blur from running at below native resolution.
Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in July
Sales statistics for the United States show that the Nintendo Switch outsold all other consoles including the PS4 and Xbox One for July. Nintendo's Splatoon 2 was also the highest-selling physical copy game over that time.
CloudMagic's beautiful Newton email client now available for Windows 10
After a several months long closed beta test, CloudMagic has released their Newton email client for Windows 10 via the Windows Store. Newton has some powerful email features, but costs US$50 per year and is competing against paid and free stalwarts such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and integrated OS clients.
Microsoft's new Chrome extension brings unified sign-in to organizations
A new chrome extension from Microsoft allows single sign-in authentication to users who log in to Windows 10 using their Microsoft account and access their organizations Azure Active Directory content, or who deal with conditional access policies.
Threadripper 1950X benchmarked at 5.2 GHz on all cores using liquid nitrogen
The AMD Threadripper 1950X has been successfully overclocked to 5.2 GHz on all 16-cores using LN2. This represents a 40.5 percent increase over the base turbo clock speed and gives a Cinebench R15 multi-core score of 4122.
Sony Xperia XZ1 images surface showing design and specifications
Photos of what is allegedly the Sony Xperia XZ1 have appeared on a Turkish website, showing a recognizable Xperia handset with a few tweaks to the design. The packaging screen protector was still on in the photo showing many of the specifications of the phone.
Intel 10 nm+ 'Ice lake' will supercede 8th-generation processors
An eagle eyed user of the Intel Codename Decoder has found an entry for the 10 nm+ "Ice Lake," Intel's replacement architecture for the currently unreleased Coffee Lake (14 nm++) and Cannon Lake (10 nm) processors.
Clevo revenue drops in first half of 2017 but expected to rebound with new devices
Clevo has reported first half revenues are down by 7.7 percent in their notebook business between 2016 and 2017. Net profit remains in the positive but is tight at slightly below US$11 million, or only 3.95 percent of revenue.
Two methods of obtaining Windows 10 for free appear to still be open
Two methods which were detailed back in January 2017 which allowed users to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 for free still exist now, even though the free upgrade period ended over a year ago. One method involves taking advantage of a program for those with disabilities, while the second approach only needs a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 install and product key.
Overclocked 16-core i7-7960X at 5.4 GHz scores three times higher than i7-7700K on Geekbench
A Geekbench v3 multi-core score of 78323 has been achieved by a i9-7960X overclocked to 5.4 GHz on all 16 cores using liquid nitrogen (LN2) as the coolant, which is three times higher than an i7-7700K. While LN2 results are always at the top end of the scale, it shows that this CPU could have a sizeable headroom for overclocking. The only official results which are higher come from Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC server processors.
Steam Link app for Samsung Smart TVs is now available in 55 countries
Samsung has released the stable version of the Steam Link app for their smart TVs. This app allows users to stream games from a gaming PC elsewhere in the house without needing to purchase additional hardware.
Microsoft is making it easier for enterprise to integrate block chain technology
Microsoft has announced their 'Coco Framework' which will officially be released as an open-source project on GitHub in 2018. The Coco Framework is intended to help make blockchain technology a viable and secure option for industries to use to share and verify records and transactions.
MIUI security flaws allow uninstallation of security apps and easy copying of data
eScan, a software security company, has reported on a number of vulnerabilities in Xiaomi's MIUI. The two principal ones allow the uninstallation of security apps and the transferring of phone data without prompting for the user password. Xiaomi disputes the findings of the report, claiming that using a PIN, password, pattern, or fingerprint will avoid these problems.
Nintendo sued over joycon controller design, meanwhile NVIDIA says Nintendo are "innovators"
NVIDIA has praised Nintendo for being innovators and risk takers for their successful Switch console. Meanwhile, Nintendo is facing a lawsuit from Gamevice, who claim that the detachable controller design of the switch infringes on patents they own and use with their product line.
Intel building their own fleet of self-driving cars
After recently completing their purchase of Mobileye, the Israeli self-driving vehicle sensor company, Intel announced that they would build a fleet of 100 vehicles to perform data collection and safety testing of the technology. These cars will be based in the United States, Israel, and parts of Europe and this means that Intel joins the likes of Waymo (Alphabet/Google) and GM who also have self-driving fleets.
Chuwi teases a new Lapbook Air which can be mistaken for a Macbook Air
Chuwi have teased a new product which imitates the MacBook Air but with a thin bezel design that allows a 14.1-inch screen. Chuwi claim that the LapBook Air gets as thin as 6 mm, while retaining at least two full sized USB ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
71 percent of Windows 10 Creators Update users send Microsoft their full telemetry data
Microsoft has reduced the amount of telemetry data collected under the 'basic' diagnostic option to be compliant with privacy laws and customer desires. However, 71 percent of Creators Update users still opt to send full diagnostic data to Microsoft including browsing and typing data.
Immersion CEO claims Sony's DualShock technology lags behind Microsoft and Nintendo
The President and CEO of Immersion Corporation, a company which develops game controller vibration features, is claiming that Sony's DualShock is using 90's technology, putting it well behind the competition. Immersion currently licenses their technology to Microsoft and Nintendo.
Outlook.com beta shows a redesigned look with useful new features
Microsoft is beta testing the third redesign to Outlook.com during the products five-year life span. Changes include putting an emphasis on search, improving smart inbox features such as adding restaurant locations and rating when mentioned by name, attachment previews in the inbox, and animated GIFs.
VR support and a new screenshot sharing tool come to Firefox 55
Users of Firefox 55 will now be able to interact with online VR content thanks to WebVR support coming to the stable release. Mozilla has also introduced a new screenshot tool which simplifies the sharing process by providing one-click uploading and automatically copying the link to your clipboard.
New iPhone 8 case render adds support to all-screen design
A render made by a case manufacturer showing an iPhone in their rugged case appears to show the iPhone 8 will have an all-screen design and an on-screen button. The location of the fingerprint scanner isn't shown, but it could be under the screen, on the back, or completely absent in favor of an IR scanner.
Pre-binned and delidded X299 CPUs up to 5.3 GHz now available from OverclockersUK
If you're willing to spend extra then you can now avoid the silicon lottery on X299 CPUs thanks to OverclockersUK. They announced earlier today that there is now a range of i7-7740X, i7-7800X, and i9-7900X available in their store that have been delidded and pre-binned to run at certain speeds.
Galaxy S8 Active is now official and it releases tomorrow on AT&T
Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S8 Active with the rugged phone being exclusive to AT&T for a limited time before it will presumably be available on other US carriers as well as off-contract. During the launch period, there are numerous deals available that are focused on encouraging the purchase of other Samsung products or AT&T services.
Liquid metal found to be the most effective in a massive thermal comound test by Tom's Hardware
A tester at Tom's Hardware has just published the results of a huge 85 product test of thermal compounds to measure the impact they have on cooling performance and usability. Liquid metal was found to be the most efficient, but there was a smaller difference across the board than we would have expected.
Specification upgrade for the small form factor Corsair ONE PRO
Corsair has three new configuration options for the Corsair ONE PRO after updating specs on an existing model and introducing two new variants. Buyers can now choose a GTX 1080 Ti, up to 32 GB of RAM, and receive NVMe drives as default.
WannaCry hackers empty their wallets
The three ransom wallets associated with the WannaCry ransomware have been monitored by law-enforcement for the last three months. A few days ago the total Bitcoin balances were transferred from each of those wallets into a number of smaller ones as the hackers start the process of trying to make any cash withdrawals untraceable.
Lian-Li standing-desk computer case now available at US$2100 MSRP
The Lian-Li standing desk PC-case which was announced back at CES is now a available for purchase. The desk is made of iron, aluminium, and tempered glass but has an MSRP of US$2100 without any computer parts inside.
You can now send money using Skype and set the interface to dark mode
Microsoft has released two feature updates to their Skype iOS and Android apps in quick succession. The first brought PayPal integration to iOS and Android apps, while the second adds a dark mode option to the Android app which helps reduce eye strain eye strain during night use.
Mozilla tests file sharing service that deletes files after one download
Mozilla has added three new experiments to their Test Pilot program. The most interesting is a website available to users of any browser that allows single-download encrypted sharing of files. The other new experiments are a note taking app and voice search.
EKWB releases sleek new full-cover water blocks for AMD RX Vega
Full loop water cooling enthusiasts can now add AMD RX Vega cards to their build as EK Water Blocks reveals four new water block options for Vega reference designs. Prices range between US$130 - US$145 and will be available from 14th August.
Coffee Lake product roadmap shows six-core CPU using Socket 1151
Product road map slides for Intel Coffee Lake show a 95 W six-core CPU, and two new motherboard chipsets, Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake. The slides show Socket 1151, but there may be chipset limitations that stop Coffee Lake from being backward compatible.
'Coffee Lake' isn't compatible with your current motherboard says ASRock
ASRock has inadvertently confirmed via Twitter that Coffee Lake CPUs will require a new motherboard when replying to a users question regarding whether they will support the new CPUs on one of their existing Z270 motherboards.
Newest driver update makes the Surface Pro 4 blind
The latest driver update from Microsoft has stopped Windows Hello from activating the IR camera needed for facial recognition on some Surface Pro 4's. However, the problem with the screen vibration bug might also have been fixed.
Bitcoin gets forked up and now we have a new currency
A minority group who were unhappy with the block size limitations of Bitcoin and the proposed changes to increase transaction speed have performed a hard fork of the cryptocurrency, creating Bitcoin Cash. The new currency has a faster transaction speed and in theory should offer higher profitability for miners.
Windows Mixed Reality headsets now available on the Microsoft Store
The Acer and HP Windows Mixed Reality Headsets are now listed on the Microsoft Store for US$299 and US$329 respectively. The requirements listed are much higher than what was originally promised, but since these are targeted at developers, those might only be the specifications for development.
HP decides that businesses need VR too, announces VR backpack with a Quadro P5200
HP has announced the 'HP Z VR Backpack' designed for virtual reality use in a business environment where red accents and flashing LEDs look out of place. It uses an i7-7820HQ, 32 GB RAM, and a Quadro P5200.
Newly leaked image shows what to expect from the Galaxy Note 8
Noted product leaker, Evan Blass, has posted an image of the Galaxy Note 8 on twitter. It shows front, back, and side profile in two colors. The fingerprint scanner is in the same troublesome location as the Galaxy S8, and there appears to be a dedicated Bixby button.
Asus reveals the first custom designed AMD RX Vega 64
ASUS is the first manufacturer to announce a custom designed AMD RX Vega 64 graphics card. These feature familiar ROG Strix design with a large heatsink and a triple-fan cooler. These custom cards are expected in early September, a few weeks later than the reference designs.
Moto Mod compatibility confirmed with future Moto Z-based devices
The Moto Z and accompanying Moto Mod products have been one of the most successful modular smartphone systems to date. Now that the second generation of Moto Z smartphones has arrived, Motorola has announced that they will continue to support their modular ecosystem for a third generation in 2018.
Broadcomm WiFi can be hacked on iPhone and several modern Android phones
A Black Hat researcher has found a vulnerability with Broadcom wireless chips used in various phones including iPhone, Nexus, and Galaxy S phones. This bug allows a hacker to overflow the memory in the wireless chip and execute code in the device memory. Apple and Google have patched the flaw, but will third party manufacturers push the update to their devices?
Deal: EC DREAM A9 Celeron N3350 compute stick for US$100
EC DREAM has a Celeron N3350 powered compute stick which is available at US$100 for the next five days. While not as powerful as 2016's Core M powered Intel Compute Stick, it comes in at a significantly cheaper price point and could act as a basic media center PC.
Microsoft Modern keyboard with Fingerprint ID now available for purchase
Microsoft has now released the Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID in the regional Microsoft stores for the US, Canada, and China. The retail price is US$130, and compared to the Microsoft Surface Keyboard it also features a fingerprint sensor and optional wired operation.
Galaxy S8 with Snapdragon 835 still a bit faster than Exynos-equiped units
A detailed comparison by Anandtech between the Galaxy S8 Exynos 8895 and the Galaxy S8 Snapdragon 835 showed a performance difference between the two SoC. While both chips traded blows and the difference didn't seem as pronounced, ultimately the Snapdragon 835 offered better performance.
Sony announces 20% to 25% increase in price for Playstation Plus in Europe and the UK
Sony is increasing the price of their PlayStation Plus service in Europe and the United Kingdom by 20% and 25% respectively. While the monetary change is relatively minor, the significant change in percentage will have surprised users of the service. Sony haven't commented on the reasons for these changes.
LG Mobile posts a loss, says premium smartphone sales weaker than expected
LG Electronics posted a second quarter operating income of US$588.2 million, no thanks to the mobile department which recorded a net loss of US$-117.27 million. LG attributes the mobile loss to lower than expected sales of their premium smartphones, despite a 13% improvement in North American sales of their product line.
United States airport security could get even slower
Over the next few months, the TSA will introduce a new requirement for passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bag as they go through airport security. This measure is intended to make it easier for TSA agents to examine items that could conceal dangerous substances.
Reviews claim Ryzen 3 is a hit
Ryzen 3 was released a few hours ago, and reviews of the two new CPUs have appeared online. Reviewers have found the 4-core processors offer great value when compared to the 2-core i3 CPUs at the same price point. This value becomes even more apparent when overclocking ability is taken into account.
Specs leaked for upcoming i7-8700K
A progressive series of 'leaks' over the last few days have given us an idea of what to expect from the Coffee Lake i7-8700K. It will be a 6-core CPU operating on the same LGA 1151 socket as Skylake and Kaby Lake, have 12MB of cache, and a potential turbo clock up to 4.7 GHz.
Qualcomm hits back at Intel's claims of anti-competitive behavior
Qualcomm has responded to Intel's claims that they are an "anti-competitive bully," by asserting that they aren't specifically targeting Intel's products, just those that infringe on their patents.
Microsoft releases Arrow Launcher 3.8 beta on Android
Microsoft maintains a relatively rapid release schedule for their popular Arrow Launcher. Only two weeks after the release of version 3.7 they have released version 3.8 to beta testers.
UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider
The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
DRAM chip manufacturer SK Hynix reports record profit
After recording a record profit in the first quarter of 2017, SK Hynix has broken that record by reporting a second consecutive record profit. Operating profit increased by 24% and net profit by 30% between the first and second quarters.
Kaby Lake X i7-7740X overclockable to 5 Ghz on air
The i7-7740X has top of the line single core performance, but lags behind six and eight core processors in multi-threaded workloads. Anandtech have managed to push their CPU to 5.0 GHz stable on all cores. This could indicate better binning than the i7-7700K, but a quad core is still on odd choice on the enthusiast X-series platform.
Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent
A Mozilla developer has tested multiple versions of the browser and found that the current beta version improves startup times by over 90% and reduces memory usage by 75% when compared to the latest stable version. While these results are specific to the extreme test profile and operating system used, they show that we can expect a positive performance improvement from the next release of Firefox.
Android antivirus software relatively easy to beat
Researchers at Georgia Tech were able to bypass the protection of 97% of the popular Android antivirus applications tested. The detection rules used by most of the programs appear to be relatively basic, and by presenting their results at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference, the researchers are hoping that developers can improve the performance of their scanners.
'Silent Echo' uses slack to allow text communication with Amazon Alexa
This Slack bot gives users the ability to silently interact with Alexa using the same commands they would speak out loud. It allows users to communicate when the room is noisy, or when voice communication isn't appropriate. Not all commands are available, but it is a neat alternative to using the smartphone app.
Atari creates a new wearable called the SpeakerHat
Atari has announced the "Speakerhat", and it is just what you think it is... a Bluetooth hat with stereo speakers built into the brim. The Speakerhat has a retro appeal and the potential to become annoying in public.
TSMC's first generation 7nm process will be based on older printing technology
TSMC will be basing their first generation of 7nm chips on the DUV lithography, instead of the more advanced EUV lithography. This is likely due to production constraints associated with EUV.
Will the Nintento 2DS XL be the most appealing portable games console of 2017?
Nintendo's 2017 update to the 2DS and 3DS portable gaming console line-up, the new 2DS XL, is arriving in North America and Europe on the 28th of July. The console will retail for US$150 and features most of the same internals as the 3DS XL with the 3D functionality removed.
OnePlus 5 OTA update for the emergency call bug expected soon
OnePlus has been in contact with the original user who reported the 911 reboot bug, and they have successfully tested a bug fix that has stopped the phone from rebooting when dialing emergency services. It is expected that they will release an OTA update in the near future.
Samsung launches full Bixby Voice capabilities in the US
After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch for the US market. Samsung is hoping that the deep integration with their applications will allow users to seamlessly switch between voice and touch input when using their phone.
The return of Google Glass
Google has revealed that Glass has returned, but this time with a focus on the business and enterprise markets. Trial programs in factories have shown productivity increases, but the issue of privacy may rise to the surface again.
Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017
Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
Some users report OnePlus 5 crashes when dialing 911
There is new concern shown by OnePlus 5 owners as allegations appear on reddit of phones rebooting when dialing 911. The cause of the bug is currently unknown, however OnePlus is in contact with those experiencing the issue to try and solve the problem as soon as possible.