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Dec 11
In a big win for Qualcomm, a provincial Chinese court has granted preliminary injunction against sale of older iPhone devices in the country. (Source: 9to5Mac)

Big relief for Qualcomm as provincial court bans sale of several iPhone models in China

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions against the import, sale, and offers for sale of various older Apple iPhone models in the country. The Court granted the injunction against Apple ...
This contest sparked rumors that Ryzen 3000 might be arriving sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as AMD's opening event as CES in January. (Source: VideoCardz)

South Korean Ryzen 3600X and 3700X contest is pulled after AMD is notified of its existence

Tech enthusiasts were intrigued by a contest hosted by a South Korean sales agency, the object of which was to guess the Cinebench scores for the as of yet unreleased Ryzen 3600X and 3700X. However, the contest has now been cancel...
AMD could be planning on refreshing its Vega architecture. (Source: Twitter/BoMbY)

New AMD Radeon Vega logo sparks speculation about potential APU refresh

An AMD-related image trademark has been discovered that has led to some discussion about its possible meaning, if any. The application in question shows a logo that is very similar to the well-known Vega logo, but the right-hand w...
Dec 10
It looks like the 2060 mobility GPU will also include ray tracing features and the first tests put it just above the GTX 1070 Max-Q version. (Source: Nvidia)

More details on Nvidia's RTX 2000-series mobility GPUs emerge, leaked Lenovo / HP / Asus laptop benchmarks included

Tum Apisak is back with a bunch of exciting leaks regarding the performance of Nvidia's mid-range and high-end mobility GPUs based on the Turing architecture. First off, the RTX 2060 will get a regular and a Max-Q version, and it ...
Samsung Rize30 trademark details (Source: European Union Intellectual Property Office)

Rize could be a new handset family by Samsung, three individual devices already registered

Previously reported as a possible name for Samsung's upcoming foldable handset, Rize returns as the name of no less than three devices. The Rize10, Rize20, and Rize30 smartphone models have just surfaced in three trademark documen...
Coolicool Winter sale in effect until end the of Christmas Day (Source: Coolicool)

Coolicool Winter sale in effect until end the of Christmas Day

Get the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom for just $150 USD or the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite for $260 USD by the end of the month. The Christmas sale includes some of the cheapest imported smartphones and tablets online. As usual, be sure to check compa...
Google Sounds app coming soon with Android December 2018 Update (Source: 9to5Google)

Google Sounds is a new app that brings more flexible ringtone and alarm settings, but only to some phones

Although Pixel owners will probably get some exclusive treats, as usual, the Google Sounds app should work with most modern Android handsets. This app — which should be included in the December Android Update — comes with more opt...
Facebook Group Stories now available worldwide (Source: Facebook Community)

Group Stories rolls out to Facebook users worldwide

Those who love Facebook's Stories feature can finally enjoy it in their Groups as well. Group Stories has been tested starting earlier this year, and now this feature is finally available for Facebook users all around the world on...
best budget office laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

December 2018 Update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
The next-gen Radeon RX cards will be Navi 10-based. (Source: PC Builder's Club)

AMD Navi 10: now rumored to rival RTX 2080 at the highest end

The Navi 10 is AMD's upcoming 7nm-based architecture for its next-gen GPUs. A post on the Chiphell forum now alleges that it could compete with NVIDIA's RTX 2080 in certain configurations. This contravenes earlier leaks that puts ...
CS:GO is now free and includes a battle royale mode (Source: own)

CS:GO finally becomes a free to play title and gets a battle royale mode

Less than eight years since its release, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been turned into a free to play title. However, the best part is that the favorite first-person shooter of millions has also received a battle royale mo...
Google claims that its new collaboration with Levi will help you control your phone's audio while cycling. (Source: Levi)

Google's smart fabric project, Jacquard, results in a jacket that can control your phone

Smart fabric is a form of textile containing nano-tech threads that can form circuits and battery connections when woven together. Google has been developing its own take on this new type of electronics, in the form of 'Project Ja...
Notebookcheck Gaming PC

Notebookcheck Gaming PC

Fit for the future. We regularly update our fleet of desktops and laptops to keep up with the latest gaming benchmarks and now is time for us to update the former. This article is dedicated to our latest main testing platform that will serve as the foundation on which we will conduct future benchmark articles of the most recent games.
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) |
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 'Beyond 2' prototype with dual in-display cameras. (Source: Slashleaks)

Leaked picture of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 'Beyond 2' prototype confirms dual in-display front cameras

A picture of a prototype Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus codenamed 'Beyond 2' has leaked online and it seems to confirm the presence of the dual in-display selfie cameras as was speculated in earlier leaks and renders. The leaked image sh...
best budget multimedia laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Multimedia Notebooks

December 2018 Update. Here you will find the best multimedia notebooks under 1000 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s in its three colors. (Source: GizChina)

Samsung Galaxy A8s announced in China

The Samsung Galaxy A8s, which is set to be the world's first Infinity-O display phone, has had all of its details officially released today. There are also real-world photos of the phone now available. This announcement confirms t...
The putative Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact. (Source: CompareRaja)

Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact also in the works: new leak

A new leak suggests that a Compact variant may launch alongside the Sony Xperia XZ4. However, if this pans out, it could be a slightly disappointing release, especially next to the full-size version. The phone portrayed in the rum...
Mobvoi TicWatch C2 (Source: Mobvoi)

The Mobvoi TicWatch C2 smartwatch finally hits the US market

The IP68-rated Mobvoi TicWatch C2 is now available for purchase in the US for US$199.99. Powered by Google's Wear OS and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, this smart wearable features NFC connectivity and has a built-in...
Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit now available (Source: Microsoft Office 365 via YouTube)

Microsoft and Upwork team up to launch the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit

Enterprises that choose to assign various tasks to a large number of freelancers often find it difficult to manage all the processes involved, especially when working under strict deadlines. The Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit has...
best laptops under 300 usd/euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

December 2018 Update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 USD/Euros as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

December 2018 Update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
Turing HubblePhone K3-XR crypto pre-order campaign starting December 13 (Source: The Dawn of HubblePhone newsletter)

The Crypto Pre-Order Campaign of the Turing HubblePhone K3-XR next-gen handset will start on December 13

Advertised as a multi-screen 5G smartphone with a professional camera and a mobile gaming console, the HubblePhone K3-XR Copernicus is supposed to arrive in about a year, but there are two more models — Cassini and Herschel — that...
Rare Ryzen gaming laptop shows how far behind AMD is against Nvidia (Image source: Acer)

Rare Ryzen and Polaris gaming laptop shows how far behind AMD is against Nvidia

Based on the very few Polaris-based gaming laptops we've tested, they're just not worth the errors, crashes, and glitches when gaming especially when an equivalent Intel/Nvidia gaming laptop is available for the same price.
Dec 9
Microsoft's move to Chromium is the first time the company has abandoned attempts to design a totally first party web browser. (Source: The Hacker News)

Mozilla CEO warns against Google's increasing control over internet browsers after Microsoft adopts Chromium engine

Ever since Google's Chrome browser launched, a large part of internet users have used the browser over competitors such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Explorer, and Edge. With the death of Edge and Microsoft's move to a Chromium based...
PC market anticipated to fall 3.8 percent by end of 2018 (Source: IDC)

Laptops to grow 3.7 percent in PC market share by 2022 according to IDC

Sales of laptops, traditional PCs, and mobile workstations are expected to remain relatively flat for the next few years. Even so, the fast decline of traditional slate tablets will allow laptops and PCs to regain lost market shar...
This is possibly the iPhone design template for yet another year. (Source: Ars Technica)

2019's iPhones will look pretty much exactly like 2018's: new analysis

Apple will make minimal changes to its smartphones for the new year, according to an analyst with the bank Nomura. Therefore, they are likely to end up looking much like the iPhone X of 2017...again. The Nomura research report ind...
The Hyundai Kona, an electric SUV. (Source: ETNews)

Hyundai-Kia reported a ~200% increase in electric vehicle exports this year

Hyundai-Kia Motors has already doubled the number of electric vehicles it has exported from South Korea in 2018 compared to 2017, according to a Korean news report. This article also claimed that sales of cars (conventionally-fuel...
Xiaomi has made Mi smart speakers in the past, but none with a screen. (Source: AliExpress)

Xiaomi may release an AI-powered smart speaker with a touchscreen soon

Xiaomi is now said to be developing a new smart speaker soon. The main difference between this one and the OEM's existing line-up of such products is that this one will have both AI and a touchscreen. This rumor is derived from a ...
The iPhone XR. (Source: Digital Trends)

Opinion | DxOMark: The iPhone XR proves that more cameras aren't a precursor for excellent performance

The iPhone XR made the trip over to DxOMark and shone, earning the highest score ever for a device with a single rear camera, and showing up other flagships with more complicated camera setups.
Renders of the Xperia XZ4 Compact. (Source: Onleaks)

Sony could be the first OEM to bring back the headphone jack after removing it

The headphone jack began its mass exodus away from flagships last year, with Sony ditching it on the Xperia XZ2 phones. For the first time, though, we could see a company bring back the much-wanted port.
Renders of the S10+. (Source: Onleaks)

This is the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite with a flat display and side-mounted fingerprint sensor

With how much attention the Galaxy S10 and S10 have received, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Samsung also plans on releasing an S10 Lite. Details of the S10 Lite have been scarce but renders have finally surfaced.
The company is one of the biggest in the feature phone market too. (Source: Yle)

HMD Global has sold 70 million phones in two years

Since the company's conception two years ago, HMD Global has sold 70 million phones. Of course, that figure also includes feature phones, and we expect the number of Android smartphones sold to be in the ballpark of 25 million, wh...
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1 (i7-8565U) Convertible Review

78% Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1 (i7-8565U) Convertible Review

Affordable convertible. The 14-inch Inspiron convertible starts pretty cheap at under $600 USD for both a 1080p touchscreen and a modern Whiskey Lake-U CPU. We go more in-depth on the system to find out what else it may be hiding when compared to the competition.
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.8 kg
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A purported render of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition looks fairly mild. (Source:@IshanAgarwal24)

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition renders leak out

If you were hoping for a stunning dual-tone blue and papaya orange color scheme for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, what you will get is a rather bland looking carbon fiber rear case with perha...
Dec 8
Apple acquires artist oriented promo platform Platoon. (Source: Business Insider)

Apple acquires Platoon for Apple Music, updates Beddit sleep monitor to v3.5

Apple has acquired A & R startup Platoon to supplement its Apple Music services for artists. In other Apple news, it has also updated its Beddit Sleep Monitor system to version 3.5.
Darksiders III

Darksiders III Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Out of nowhere. At the end of November without any hype in the press, the third installment in the Darksiders series came out. We examine whether it is a good or a bad sign with our performance analysis.
Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Rampage. Just Cause 4 is a real adventure playground like its predecessors. Read on in our benchmark article to find out which graphics cards are best for creating chaos.
The Elephone PX. (Source: Indiegogo)

Elephone PX: the crowdfunded phone with a dual pop-up selfie camera

The pop-up camera module was one of 2018's most innovative alternatives to the smartphone notch. Elephone is developing a phone that elaborates on Vivo's original concept somewhat by adding a dual camera to the mechanism. This dev...
 

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Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review

83% Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN (i7, FHD, MX150) Laptop Review

Greenhorn. The most important feature of the Asus VivoBook S15 S530UN is its green case color. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is a bad laptop. We tested this Asus laptop to uncover its strength and weaknesses.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
The image showing a possible next-gen Kingpin. (Source: Instagram)

New EVGA Kingpin card teased on Instagram

The Kingpin series is a super-high-end, super-powered line of premium GPUs designed by EVGA. Given this reputation, IT correspondents speculate that the next generation of these cards will be based on the RTX 2080 Ti. The existenc...
The Samsung Galaxy A8s rear panel, courtesy of TENAA. (Source: TENAA)

Galaxy A8s hits TENAA, confirming LCD display and more

The Galaxy A8s, which is widely regarded as the first Samsung phone to offer the Infinity-O display technology, has shown up on the TENAA certification authority website. It shows that the A8s will have a TFT panel rather than Sup...
Microsoft may release its new Chromium-based and cross-platform version of Edge in 2019, according to Joe Belfiore and the Microsoft Edge Team. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Edge is becoming a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser

Microsoft Edge is changing. 2019 may mark its transformation into a cross-platform and Chromium-based browser, according to a blog post by Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Essential Products Group at Microsoft and...
BlackBerry Key2 LE

84% BlackBerry KEY2 LE Smartphone Review

Light Times. Anyone who appreciates a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but does not want to fork out for an expensive device should consider the BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The cheaper version of the KEY2 has decent hardware for its price, but is it a business bargain?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | Qualcomm Adreno 509 | 4.5" | 156 g
The latest leak continues to point to "hole punch" front-facing cameras and mimimal bezels.  (Source: @OnLeaks)

Samsung Galaxy S10 leak reveals case maker's expectations

If there is one thing that seems almost certain for the Samsung Galaxy S10 is that it will feature “punch hole” cut outs for its front-facing cameras. The only question appears to be whether they will be positioned to the left, ce...
One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water (Image source: Intel)

One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water

The future of Kaby Lake-G seems grim. Just as many have feared, the platform is looking more and more like a one-off design with no direct successor or long-lasting commitment from either Intel or AMD if the current product landsc...
The company confirmed what we've always suspected, that it makes the most money from mid-range phones. (Source: Yle)

Interview with HMD Global reveals new information on the company's goals and state of affairs

HMD Global spoke with Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de yesterday, and the latter has now revealed a few takeaways from the interview, including the company’s commitment to the mid-range and plans for the Nokia 9.
The OnePlus 6T. (Source: BGR)

There's a 5G OnePlus phone coming, and it could cost US$300 more than normal

The Snapdragon 855 was unveiled a few days ago, and one of the biggest talking points was its 5G modem. Most companies will release 5G phones in 2019 and OnePlus is billed to be among the first, although the device could very well...
The Mi A1. (Source: MIUI)

The Mi A1 receives the Android Pie beta

The Xiaomi Mi A2 received the Android Pie beta last month and got the stable update just about a week later. The last-gen Mi A1 has now received its Pie beta, and there's a chance it gets the final, stable update before the year r...
Eye health in the electronic age

Eye health in the electronic age

In the modern world, our eyes are constantly bombarded with information from displays. Whether it be from a laptop, smartphone, or some other device, many of us spend a significant portion of our day staring at some kind of display. As such, it is paramount that we should understand the strain placed on our vision and some steps we can take to improve and protect the health of our eyes.

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