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Mar 22
The Apple AirPower's release may be on the cards (again). (Source: Apple)

Apple AirPower charging mat may launch soon: new leak

DigiTimes has cited sources at a components supplier in a new report that alleges the AirPower accessory is finally going to be released soon. This article also asserts that the long-awaited wireless charging pad will work with at...
Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta begins on March 28 (Source: Mortal Kombat on YouTube)

Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta kicks off on March 28

The Closed Beta of Mortal Kombat 11 will debut on March 28 with a roaster of five fighters, namely Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. At launch, the game is expected to come with a lineup of no less than 28 characters, in...
Razer did well for itself last year. (Source: The Drum)

Razer made nearly US$80 million in gross profit last year: new report

Razer has released its financial report for 2018. It shows that the gaming company's revenues are now stands at US$274.2 million. The firm made $79.5 million in terms of gross profit last year, and also cut its losses by 4.3% comp...
Not what you'd expect from Nokia. (Source: Yle)

Some Nokia devices have been clandestinely sending user data to China

Some users of the Nokia 7 Plus have reported that their phones are sending data to Chinese servers without permission, a direct violation of GDPR laws. This data includes IMEI's, serial numbers, and location, all of which are cons...
The transparent Mi 9 alongside an 'opaque' sibling. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi releases cheaper 8GB version of the Mi 9 Transparent Edition

The transparent variant of the Xiaomi Mi 9 seems to be doing very well this year. Chinese blogs have reported that the OEM cannot keep it on shelves, despite its relatively high price tag. Perhaps this is why a new, cheaper varian...
Pie for the OnePlus 3 series is closer than ever. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus offers Closed Beta Android Pie program places to 3 and 3T users - for one day only

OnePlus has reached an important stage in the development of Oxygen OS 9, which is based on Android Pie (9.0), for its former 3/3T flagships. It now has a closed beta of this build, which can be downloaded following a successful a...
It may have taken almost 18 months, but Cuphead is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch (Image source: StudioMDHR)

Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it is bringing Xbox Live with it.

Switch owners rejoice. Cuphead, the popular side-scrolling run and gun game, is coming to the console next month. You can pre-order the game now on the Nintendo eShop before its worldwide release on April 18. StudioMDHR is also br...
PUBG Mobile is now one year old, celebrating with Season 6 and update 0.11.5

PUBG Mobile celebrates first anniversary with multiple in-game goodies and enhancements

The first anniversary of PUBG for mobile devices comes with the Season 6 Royale Pass, parties on Spawn Island with fireworks and loot crates with special rewards, randomly spawned birthday cakes, dynamic weather on Erangel and Mir...
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X utilizes Socket sTR4 for CPU placement. (Source: AMD)

Deal | Pick up an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor for US$299.99

The 1st-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU is currently priced at US$299.99 on Newegg. This Zen-based high-end desktop processor (HEDT) was originally released in August 2017 and cost US$549 at the time of launch. The chip has e...
Lenovo ThinkPad E590 (i7-8565U, UHD 620, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad E590 (i7-8565U, UHD 620, FHD) Laptop Review

Same procedure as last year. Something that worked in 2018 does not have to be wrong in 2019 – this is something that Lenovo might have thought when planning the announcement of the ThinkPad E590. The new Lenovo ThinkPad is pretty much the same machine as the older E580 with a new CPU. Is the ThinkPad E590 still a sensible choice for an office laptop?
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
AMD's EPYC 2 server chips are expected to be released in the second half of 2019. (Source: ServeTheHome)

Google could be planning on adopting AMD's Zen 2-based EPYC 2 "Rome" server chips

A market analyst for financial services company Cowen has predicted that Google will utilize AMD’s upcoming EPYC 2 server CPUs, codenamed “Rome”, for its own services. This would be a huge deal for AMD, which has already been sele...
Apex Legends character Octane was leaked thanks to a datamine. (Source: Cultured Vultures/Respawn)

Apex Legends dev warns against datamining rumors then data miners find PvE and map information

A Respawn Entertainment community manager has taken to Reddit to warn fans of Apex Legends about the perils of believing datamined rumors. Jay Frechette’s comments were pragmatic and logical: “real info will come from us”. However...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may only see a slight increase in price over the Note 9. (Source: Phone Arena)

Rumored camera and hardware specifications for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaked; possible August launch

Some more rumored details of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have appeared online. It seems the flagship phablet will sport a similar camera setup to the Galaxy S10 5G, with four cameras on the rear and two on the front. The device, wh...
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung hopes to win back the Chinese market with the Galaxy S10 phones

Samsung released the S10 phones a few weeks ago and is hoping to use the devices as a tool in a bid to claw back its lost market share in China. It appears to be working, too, with sales said to be already twice that of the Galaxy...
Alienware Area-51m (i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Laptop Review

88% Alienware Area-51m (i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Laptop Review

Dell's Clevo Killer. The latest 17.3-inch Alienware is going all-in with hardware and features not found on almost any other gaming laptop. Not only does the Area-51m leapfrog over the 45 W Core H-series for full-fat 95 W Core K-series CPUs, but it also sports removable graphics and Tobii eye-tracking all in a narrow-bezel chassis. Is this $3000+ portable powerhouse really comparable to a desktop PC of similar specifications?
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.9 kg
Motherboard OEMs have started offering support for AMD Ryzen 3000 well ahead of launch. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 3000 support being rolled out to compatible motherboards

The AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 CPUs are still a couple of months away from launch but motherboards OEMs have started prepping for it by offering new AGESA updates that support the new processors. MSI, Asus, and BioStar have started ...
Samsung's interactive Galaxy S10+ billboard charges your Qi-enabled phone. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Charge your phone on this Samsung Galaxy S10 billboard

Samsung has come up with some clever ads over the years as it battles Apple for smartphone supremacy. Spotted in Sydney, Australia by Notebookcheck, this latest billboard is one of the first interactive campaigns we’ve seen with w...
The new Oculus Rift S is an iterative improvement over the original. (Source: Oculus)

Oculus and HP reveal new VR headsets

Oculus and HP have unveiled their latest VR headsets during GDC week in San Francisco. The new headsets are a step up their previous efforts and feature improved optics, comfort and overall performance.
This is the cheapest we've seen a brand new RTX laptop since launch

Deal | Dell G5 5590 with RTX 2060 graphics is only $1180 right now

This is the cheapest we've seen a brand new GeForce RTX laptop go for. It may be a budget-class Dell gaming laptop, but it should easily perform as well as any GTX 1070 Max-Q system.
Mar 21
One of the "official" Huawei P30 and P30 Pro images. (Source: SlashLeaks)

Alleged Huawei P30 and P30 Pro marketing material shows up online ahead of launch

The nest Huawei flagships are due to launch on March 26, 2019. However, a leaker claims to have gotten hold of genuine promotional images for the two phones ahead of this event. These posters are for the French market, and show wh...
In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text

In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text

Due to a security oversight made by some Facebook employees, certain Facebook apps have been inadvertently logging user passwords as plain text on internal company servers. While still secured against outside intrusion, between 20...
Can this new 'free phone' concept work? (Source: Volk Fi)

A phone with free calls, texts and data? This is what the Volk One offers, apparently

Could a phone establish data connections and load webpages independent of either WiFi or a SIM card? Volk Fi apparently thinks so. This company is currently advertising its first smartphone, the Volk One, which can apparently form...
The Redmi 7 is now available in Ukraine. (Source: Redmi)

The Redmi 7 makes it to its first Western market: Ukraine

Xiaomi has a thriving presence in Ukraine, with numerous physical stores and online sales through partner websites. This now extends to the new Redmi 7, the second device line to be sold under the OEM's latest sub-brand. Its avail...
The MSI GL63 8SD powered by the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti appears online. (Source: Hanoicomputer.vn)

A GTX 1660 Ti-powered MSI GL63 8SD gaming laptop gets listed on Vietnamese retail sites

Following the recent leak of a Dell G5 15 laptop featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, a few Vietnamese PC retail sites have started listing the MSI GL63 8SD gaming laptop powered by the new Turing GPU indicating that an offic...
The new iGPU from Intel improves vastly on UHD 620 graphics.

Ashes of the Singularity scores for Intel Gen 11 GPU are allegedly leaked on Twitter

The Gen 11 GPU is Intel's upcoming integrated graphics solution for next-gen CPUs, as announced at GDC this year. It is associated with a possible 1 teraflop of single-precision performance. According to the leaker Tum Apisak, its...
Google will give EU Android users a choice of search and browser apps in the future. (Source: Campaign)

Google will ask European Android users which browser and search engine they want in the future

Reports have just emerged that the European Commission has disciplined Google for anti-trust-related business practices. Coincidentally, the company has issued a new blog post outlining its new measures to ensure that there is "ch...
The sideways positioning of the touchscreen allows content creators to optimize their workflow. (Source: IF World Design Guide)

Compal shows innovative convertible laptop design

The new hinge system for convertible laptops was presented by Compal at this year's IF World Design Guide competition and it could soon be implemented in HP and Dell models. Thanks to a special locking mechanism, the touchscreen c...
The ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs support CPUs up to AMD's Ryzen 5 Pro 2400GE quad-cores with Vega 11 iGPU. (Source: HP)

HP announces ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs with Ryzen Pro CPUs

As the 14 nm CPU shortage Intel is still in full effect, OEMs are now switching to AMD's solutions for select line of products. HP's newly announced ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs are a good example in this regard, since they pack AMD's ...
Energizer P18K Pop 18,000 mAh battery smartphone hits Indiegogo

The Energizer P18K Pop crowdfunding campaign starts on Indiegogo, shipments could start in October

Although there is nothing special about it except the gargantuan battery size, the Energizer P18K Pop might prove that many people would pay more than US$500 to get the world's longest-lasting smartphone that has the technical spe...
Microsoft Defender antivirus is coming to the Mac for the first time. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Defender to launch on the Mac

Microsoft has become much more open under current CEO Satya Nadella with apps made for macOS, iOS, Android and Linux. The latest step in this initiative is the porting of a version of Microsoft Defender antivirus software for macO...
A CG version of actor Alicia Vikander developed for the film Troll using ray tracing tools in Unreal Engine 4.22. (Source: Nvidia)

New Epic Unreal Engine demos highlight the power its ray tracing tools for creating photorealistic graphics

Epic Games has used GDC to showcase its capabilities of its Unreal Engine 4.22 with ray tracing enabled. The demos, powered by a single Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti, demonstrate jaw-dropping realism that could easily be confused for ...
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be offered in markets with 5G networks. (Source: Digital Trends)

Launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G confirmed

The launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G flagship smartphone has been announced as April 5. Unsurprisingly, the device will go on sale on this date in the manufacturer’s home country of South Korea. The price for the 5G model...
Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update coming April 30 (Source: Sea of Thieves on YouTube)

The Anniversary Update promises to take Sea of Thieves to a whole new level, coming April 30

Yesterday, Sea of Thieves celebrated its first anniversary. During the year that passes, the game received four major updates, and now everyone should get ready for the Anniversary Update, which is set to arrive at the end of Apri...
As is becoming tradition, purchases come with a Huawei Watch. (Source: Tek.no)

Norwegian retailer leaks the Huawei P30 Pro in full

The Huawei P30 phones are billed to be launched on March 26, next week, but a Norwegian retailer has revealed all we could hope to know about the P30 Pro. Notable features include a triple rear camera setup and a ToF sensor, a 420...
Phil Spencer is preparing something big for Xbox at E3. (Source: Game Rant)

Microsoft's response to Google's Stadia: Going big at E3 with possible xCloud or Xbox announcements

A leaked email allegedly from Phil Spencer, the Xbox head executive, has given some ambiguous details about how Microsoft and Xbox will challenge Google’s recent massive announcement about its Stadia game-streaming service. It see...
Renders of the Moto Z4. (Source: 91Mobiles)

Renders of the Moto Z4 surface - Just one rear camera on board

The Moto Z3 was something of a flop last year, and Motorola will be hoping to make up for that with the Z4 this year. Renders of what appears to be the Moto Z4 have surfaced, showcasing the device with a waterdrop notch and, rathe...
The Spartan demigod Kratos is the main character in God of War. (Source: Mashable)

God of War wins the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year

God of War has won another “Game of the Year” title to add to its growing collection. This time, it was the Game Developers Choice Award for Game of the Year that was given to the acclaimed action-adventure game. God of War, which...
Zotac launches Mek Mini PC with removable GeForce RTX 2070 graphics (Source: Zotac)

Zotac launches Mek Mini PC with removable GeForce RTX 2070 graphics

The Mek Mini is one step up from the ZBox series in terms of performance, features, and upgradeability. Its ample ventilation grilles on five of its six sides should hopefully be enough to keep temperatures and noise in check.
Doctors in China performed the world's first remote brain surgery using 5G technology. (Source: CGTN)

5G technology facilitates world's first remote brain surgery in China

Telemedicine could enter a whole new phase thanks to advancements made possible by 5G. Doctors in China's Hainan province could successfully perform a robotic brain surgery on a patient 3,000 km away in Beijing with the help of Ch...
One of the design renders for the Intel Xe discrete graphics card. (Source: TechRadar)

Intel shows off a few example renders of what its upcoming Xe discrete graphics card could look like

Intel has been very busy during a packed presentation at the Game Developers Conference. Among all the talk about the company's Odyssey initiative there was time to flash up some design renders of the upcoming Intel Xe discrete gr...
Intel Graphics Command Center now available and Intel wants your help to improve it

Intel Graphics Command Center now available and Intel wants your help to improve it

The early access software is Intel's next step towards becoming a discrete graphics company. The chipmaker plans to take user feedback seriously by launching the Odyssey program for enthusiasts to share, engage, and collaborate wi...
Intel confirms Gen 9 Core H series for Q2 2019, but details remain elusive

Intel confirms Gen 9 Core H series for Q2 2019, but remains mum on details

The Coffee Lake-H successor is mere months away and Intel is still being quiet on SKUs and specifications. For what it's worth, we at least know that Wi-Fi 6 and Optane H10 memory will be supported on the upcoming gaming laptops.
Mar 20
Amazon updates base-level Kindle eReader with a front light (and a higher price)

Amazon updates base-level Kindle eReader with a front light (and a higher price)

Amazon debuted a new version of their entry-level Kindle eReader with four front lights. The new eReader is the cheapest electronic book with a light, coming in at $90. This is $10 more than the previous base-level Kindle. Other t...
Margrethe Vestager: The European Commissioner for Competition who today announced Google's third fine in under two years for antitrust violations (Image source: WIC News)

Google fined €1.49 billion by the EU for yet another antitrust breach

Today, the European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for abusing its market dominance of online search adverts. The company has now been fined over €8.25 billion by the Commission in less than two years for illegal practi...
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s using the same motherboard as smaller X390 may explain feature loss

Lenovo ThinkPad T490s using the same motherboard as smaller X390 may explain feature loss

As the release of Lenovo's newest business laptops of the well known ThinkPad brand comes closer, we discovered an interesting fact in the support documentation of the ThinkPad T490s and the smaller ThinkPad X390: Both use the sam...
The new case leak apparently pertains to the Meizu 16s. (Source: SlashLeaks)

Alleged Meizu 16s case leak suggests departure from predecessors' design

A phone that may be the next generation of the Meizu 16 line is yet again the subject of a post on SlashLeaks. This time, it is described as a case for this new phone. It indicates that the OEM will drop the usual central position...
Android Pie-based Color OS 6 now official (Source: Oppo Global)

Android Pie-based Color OS 6 coming soon to older Oppo handsets

Although handsets like the Oppo F11/F11 Pro and the RealMe 3 have been shipping with it onboard for a while, Android Pie-based Color OS 6 has finally received a proper official launch as well. This piece of code should be rolling ...
Look familiar? These are the new Apple AirPods. (Source: Apple)

Apple releases AirPods 2 with new wireless charging case option

Apple's latest press release has unveiled the AirPods 2. These new earbuds integrate handsfree Siri activation, faster switching between different devices and wireless charging. However, their design is largely unchanged compared ...
Motorola One Vision will be released as the Motorola P40 in China. (Source: Times Now)

Motorola One Vision mid-range specs leaked

Motorola's One Vision smartphone appears to be the same as the previously leaked P40 model, which is intended for the Chinese market only. Surprisingly enough, Motorola chose to add a Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC and only 3/4 GB of RAM...
Google Stadia is set to bring the best gaming experience to devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and even PCs with no gaming GPUs. (Source: CNet)

Hands-on Google Stadia testers report noticeable lag and mild image artifacts

While Google has the performance side of Stadia covered with a custom hyperthreading CPU plus and AMD GPU capable of delivering 10.7 TF of processing power, testers of the demo version pointed out that input lag is quite noticeabl...

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