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Researchers at Symantec discover media file vulnerability in WhatsApp and Telegram

WhatsApp and Telegram are popular secure messaging apps that feature end-to-end encryption to keep messages safe. Even still, the apps have a glaring backdoor that could allow attackers to alter media files sent through the apps. ...
The Samsung Galaxy A10. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Prominent leaker predicts improved camera, battery and more for the Samsung Galaxy A10s

New certifications have indicated that Samsung is about to release a new version of the Galaxy A10. The respected tipster Ishan Agarwal has just posted some potential specs for the phone on Twitter. They include better cameras, a ...
At this stage, some analysts suspect Amazon is unstoppable. (Source: WD Partners)

Early analysis suggests Amazon did very well on Prime Day 2019

Prime Day 2019 is now over, and the stats on it are rolling in. Preliminary analysis published by WD Partners show that the online traffic to the retail site for the event's 1st 24 hours increased 100% compared to the same average...
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 144-Hz Display) Tongfang GK7CP6R Laptop Review

87% Schenker XMG Core 17 (Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 144-Hz Display) Tongfang GK7CP6R Laptop Review

Unassuming gamer. The hardware of the Schenker XMG Core 17 brings all the current games smoothly to the matte 17.3-inch screen (144 Hz, FHD, IPS). This notebook can be configured very individually. For example, it offers space for up to three storage units (2x M.2-2280, 1x 2.5 in) and can handle up to 64 GB of working memory. In addition, the BIOS allows undervolting of CPU and iGPU. While the notebook does not show any huge weaknesses, we could complain about the lack of a Thunderbolt-3 port.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Take a slice of Pie for the LG V30. (Image source: Droid Life)

LG continues to leave the V30 out in the cold, but there is a flashable Beta version of Android 9.0 Pie if you are feeling brave

Android 9.0 Pie is here for the LG V30, sort of. The OS update has reared its head online as a Beta, just like the one for the G6 recently did. The upgrade process is not for the faint-hearted though and comes with some prerequisi...
The Xiaomi Mi A3 really does look like this. (Source: Gizbot)

Xiaomi Mi A3 is now on sale in Spain

Xiaomi has finally confirmed the Mi A3's specs in the course of this new Android One device's launch. As this event took place in Spain, this is also the first market in which it is being sold at present. The phone starts at €250 ...
Opensignal's latest carrier rankings in important dimensions of 4G service. (Source: Opensignal)

T-Mobile has the fastest 4G in the US, although Verizon has the best coverage: latest research

The latest study from the cellular-data research body Opensignal reports that Verizon has the most widespread 4G services in the US (at 94.8% coverage). However, T-Mobile was associated with the best upload and download experience...
The updated Red magic 3 model should launch immediately after the ROG Phone 2 from Asus. (Source: NDTV)

Nubia teases Snapdragon 855 Plus upgrade for Red Magic 3

In response to the recently leaked Asus ROG Phone 2 powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, Nubia immediately teased an upgraded version of its top selling Red Magic 3 gaming phone. We could also see new versions for Xiaomi's Blac...
The Asus ROG Phone 2 will be the first commercial phone to integrate the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC.  (Source: NDTV)

Asus ROG Phone 2 Geekbench results reveal Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU performance

The Geekbench single and multi-core tests reveal minimal gains compared to the non-Plus Snapdragon 855, but the GPU performance is not taken into account, so for a true comparison between the two SoC versions we will most likely h...
Samsung 45 W charger will cost over US$55 (Source: SamMobile)

Samsung’s upcoming 45 W fast charger will cost almost as much as a low-end smartphone

Samsung is apparently to give consumers one more reason to hate it: the company is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 10 with 45 W fast charging support, but without a charger to meet the requirements in the retail package. The 45...
A new render for the Galaxy Watch Active 2. (Source: Android Headlines)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 now rumored to have special Under Armour-branded edition

Samsung is now thought to have a successor for the Galaxy Watch Active in the works. The latest leaks on the subject claims that one variant of this putative wearable will be produced in collaboration with the sportswear company U...
Apple iPhone 11/XI models (Source: Marques Brownlee on YouTube)

Unofficial video shows all three iPhone 11 models

The upcoming three smartphones by Apple — expected to hit the market as the iPhone 11 or iPhone XI family — have about the same size as their predecessors, but come with a triple rear camera setup with a rumored zoom factor of 3X....
AMD's new Zen 2-based 3000 series chips are off to a great start. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen outselling Intel Core in Asia

Intel might have comfortably dominated the PC chip market for the best part of the last decade, but it now looks like it has a real fight on its hands following the launch of AMD's new Zen 2-based chips. According to Danawa Resear...
Honor and Huawei are updating numerous devices to the latest EMUI version. (Source: Honor)

New software updates for slightly older Honor and Huawei phones appear

Huawei and Honor have announced the roll-out of EMUI 9.1 (or Magic UI 2.1) for various phones released in or around 2018. This new OS version is probably best known for GPU Turbo 3.0, which optimizes performance when various compa...
Some details of the Galaxy Note 10 have now been confirmed. (Source: Ishan Agarwal)

Galaxy Note 10 visits the FCC confirming it is smaller than the Note 9 and is fitted with a smaller battery

Samsung's eagerly anticipated Galaxy Note 10 has made its inevitable trip to the FCC to gain certification for its wireless technologies ahead of its launch. Although we didn't learn anything about its chipset or RAM configuration...
Do you tape over your laptop webcam? 6 out of 10 owners do as well according to a new HP survey

Do you tape over your laptop webcam? 6 out of 10 owners do as well according to a new HP survey

If you thought you were crazy covering your laptop webcam with paper, you're not alone. A continent-wide survey conducted earlier this year has revealed that nearly 80 percent of respondents would rather just turn off their webcam...
The Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with micro-USB charging port and $139 USD price tag, but it sports a removable battery — a rarity in smartphones today. (Source: Nokia)

HMD's new budget Nokia 2.2 phone is bringing back the removable battery

The US$139 Nokia 2.2 is a budget phone with limited features in many ways, but recent news has revealed the return of a cherished feature for many: user-replacable batteries.
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Intel UHD Graphics P630 iGPU

24 Intel Gen. 9.5 cores @ 300MHz, mem: 64/128 Bit
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Intel Xeon E-2176G Desktop Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake-ER x86 6 cores @ 3700 - 4700 MHz 14nm
Now is a great time to purchase an Intel 660p NVMe SSD. (Source: Newegg)

Deal | Get the Intel 660p 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD for just US$85 on Newegg, offer ends this Thursday

The Intel 660p 1 TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD is now available at a discounted price of just US$95 on Newegg and Amazon. Newegg is offering an additional US$10 off till Thursday bringing the price down to just US$85, which makes it a good...
The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X has very good overclocking potential. (Source: B&H)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X pushed to 5.9 GHz along with DDR4 RAM at 5,774 MHz on LN2, seems to have good potential for an all-core overclock record

The AMD Ryzen 7 3800X managed to achieve an impressive 5.9 GHz single-core overclock on LN2. Pro-overclocker 'TSAIK' achieved this on an MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE motherboard and also managed to overclock the DDR4 RAM up to 5,774 MHz. ...
Jul 16
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Intel Core i5-8257U Processor

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 1400 - 3900 MHz 14nm
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Intel Core i7-8557U Processor

Coffee Lake x86 4 cores @ 1700 - 4500 MHz 14nm
The new Sony Alpha 7R IV. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases breakthrough 61MP sensor in the latest alpha-series camera

Sony has launched the Alpha 7R IV (or a7R IV), its latest 35-millimeter full-frame camera. It is the first such product to feature the new, back-illuminated, Exmor R CMOS sensor with a 61.0MP resolution. The a7R IV is also capable...
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 with the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q is now orderable

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 with the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q is now orderable

Lenovo's newest high-end ThinkPad laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019, is now available in the USA. Prices for the Dell XPS 15 competitor start at $2,049 for the cheapest pre-configured model available – a hefty base-price, thoug...
The MediaTek Helio P90: could it be the template for a new SoC? (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek allegedly plans to step into mobile gaming arena with new, custom-build SoC

New leaks that allegedly emanate from Chinese sources point to the imminent release of a new processor by MediaTek: the Helio G90. This CPU is also directed at relatively fresh ground for the Taiwanese silicon-smiths. It is purpor...
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Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 Graphics Card

48 Intel Gen. 9.5 (Coffee Lake) cores @ 300MHz
This phone may be getting some new siblings soon. (Source: GSMArena)

OPPO trademarks a whole bunch of new names for K-series smartphones

To say OPPO may be planning to expand its K series of smartphones may be somewhat of an understatement. The OEM has reportedly made a total of 21 trademarking applications for new device names along these lines. This volume of sub...
Image via Nature Machine Intelligence

University of California-developed AI taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube in one second

Researchers at the University of California created an AI that taught itself the shortest solution paths in several different one-goal logic puzzles, including a Rubik's Cube, sliding tile puzzles, Lights out, and Sokoban. While t...
The OnePlus 7 Pro. (Source: CNET)

The OnePlus 7 Pro only costs $324 to build - Comparison with the Galaxy S10+

According to a new report, the OnePlus 7 Pro only costs US$324 to build. That figure is non-inclusive of R&D, logistics, and marketing costs, of course. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ costs US$420 to build, and here we compare the cost o...
Lakefield chip showcased at CES 2019 (Source: Anandtech)

Intel's next gen Atom CPUs may integrate L3 cache memory

The L3 memory integration was recently hinted by a series of 01.org test results checking for L3 cache hits/misses on an upcoming Snow Ridge ULV chip. Snow Ridge and Lakefield are both codenames for next gen Atom CPU families expe...
The Unihertz Titan is very similar to BleckBerry's Passport.  (Source: Unihertz)

Unihertz announces Titan rugged qwerty smartphone for BlackBerry fans

The Unihertz Titan is inspired by BlackBerry's Passport and combines the qwerty design with rugged features like IP67 dust / water resistance. It also includes a 4.5-inch 1:1 1,400 x 1,400 IPS display, selfie cam and rear main cam...
The new MacBook Air might be cheaper and have an improved display, but its SSD performance has gone backwards. (Source: Apple)

New cheaper MacBook Air found to have cheaper gimped SSD

You could say Tim Cook a highly effective CEO, or you could say he is a world champion penny pincher. Under Cook, Apple has found every way it can to save a few cents here and there to increase or preserve profit margins and the l...
Toshiba Dynabook Portege A30 gets a surprising 2019 refresh (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba Dynabook Portege A30 gets a surprising 2019 refresh

Toshiba will be dipping its toes back into the the mobile business world with the budget Portege A30 designed to take on the Lenovo ThinkPad E series, Dell Vostro series, and the HP ProBook series.
Google AdSense Android app (Source: Google Play)

Google discontinues the AdSense apps for Android and iOS

Google has decided to focus its efforts on the AdSense mobile web interface and discontinue the mobile apps. Those using AdSense on mobile devices were probably expecting this, since the Android app has not been updated since Dece...
The Asus ROG Phone 2 will use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC. (Source: Weibo)

Leaked images show how the Asus ROG Phone 2 powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus looks like

Asus has announced that the upcoming ROG Phone II will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC that is optimized for enhanced gaming and VR experiences. The first leaked images of the ROG Phone II in action have also su...
Thin is in: MSI GF75 Thin 9SC Laptop Review

81% Thin is in: MSI GF75 Thin 9SC Laptop Review

$1200 for a GeForce GTX 1650. While the GTX 1650 is an excellent upgrade over the GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti, we can't say the same about the Core i7-9750H over the Core i7-8750H. Be prepared to spend $1200 for a budget gaming laptop with the performance level of an older GTX 1060.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.3 kg
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970F) on Geekbench (Source: Ice universe on Twitter)

Exynos 9825-powered Galaxy Note 10 hits Geekbench

The next-gen Exynos 9825-powered Samsung Galaxy flagships are flooding Geekbench and the results definitely look good. Alongside the Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970F), the Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975F) was also spotted on the website of the afor...
Razer Blade 15 OLED is 60 percent brighter than the Blade 15 IPS despite not being advertised anywhere

Razer Blade 15 OLED is 60 percent brighter than the Blade 15 IPS despite not being advertised anywhere

(Update: Cursor bug fixed.) Having a tough time choosing between the Blade 15 IPS or Blade 15 OLED? We go over the core visual advantages and disadvantages of each to give a better idea of what you can expect.
Jul 15
Frank Azor is now AMD's Chief Gaming Architect. (Image source: Twitter/Lisa Su)

Lisa Su welcomes former Dell XPS chief Frank Azor aboard the good ship AMD

AMD’s CEO Lisa Su has announced that former Dell executive Frank Azor has officially become a member of the red team. Su’s tweet revealed that Azor will be the company’s chief architect of gaming solutions. Azor has responded to t...
New renders suggest a hidden front-facing camera for the Honor 9X Pro. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Latest renders point to pop-up cameras for Honor 9X series

According to some new leaks, the Honor 9X and its Pro variant will have full-screen displays. This will allegedly be conferred by selfie cameras hidden in pop-up modules. One of these Huawei sub-brand phones may also have appeared...
Intel's Core i9-9900KS has eight cores that can all boost to 5.0 GHz. (Image source: MySmartPrice)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in X570 motherboard surpassed by unhindered Intel Core i9-9900KS in latest Geekbench reveal

A new Geekbench comparison has been unearthed that appears to give a snapshot of the true performance of the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900KS processor. The chip from the blue team has been measured against a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 380...
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus will soon find a place in gaming smartphones this year. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 855 Plus, slated to power upcoming gaming smartphones and the Galaxy Note 10

Qualcomm has released a mid-year refresh to the Snapdragon 855 called the Snapdragon 855 Plus. The 855 Plus offers a slightly faster Kryo 485 Prime core and a 15% faster Adreno 640 GPU. The rest of the specifications remain unchan...
Will Vivo's V1921A look something like this? (Source: The News Minute)

More details of as-yet unreleased Vivo mid-ranger surface on Geekbench

The V1921A is a new device from Vivo that has triple cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner. It has been certified by TENAA, and has now also appeared on the benchmarking site Geekbench. Its results show that it is powered ...
The Microsoft Surface Book 2. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft acknowledges that some Surface Book 2 laptops are experiencing an NVIDIA dGPU disconnection issue

Microsoft has acknowledged that some Surface Book 2 laptops are experiencing NVIDIA dGPU disconnects following the Windows 10 May 2019 Feature Update. If you have already updated your Surface Book 2 to Windows 10 version 1903 then...
Here it is, the even slightly less repairable 13-inch MacBook Pro. (Image source: iFixit)

The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is even less repairable than its predecessors

Popular teardown and repair website iFixit has taken the new 13-inch MacBook Pro apart, revealing a 7% larger battery, a soldered SSD, a smaller heatsink and modular ports. Unsurprisingly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 13 received a...
 Did the Pi Foundation act hastily? (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Raspberry Pi 4: The Raspberry Pi Foundation brushes off that the RPi 4 has a temperature problem

The internet celebrated the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 4 last month, with its more powerful SoC, USB Type-C port, dual 4K HDMI and up to 4 GB of RAM. However, a few issues are rearing their head, with the Pi Foundation being quic...
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
LG G8S ThinQ

89% LG G8S ThinQ Smartphone Review: Innovative or outdated?

A notch too far. The LG G8S ThinQ has arrived late to the party, but it still brings a flagship SoC, a large OLED display, a ToF camera and a 3,550 mAh battery. The G8S ThinQ may have fancy camera tech, but it is otherwise a fairly run-of-the-mill flagship. However, read on to find out why we still think highly of LG’s latest attempt to disrupt the established order.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Qualcomm Adreno 640 | 6.2" | 181 g
Huawei's HQ is in Shenzhen, Guangdong. (Image source: Telecoms)

Huawei to lay off hundreds of US employees

Huawei is putting together plans to lay off hundreds of its US-based employees, according to the Wall Street Journal. Although President Trump has eased some of the restrictions on the Chinese company, it remains on the US Entity ...

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