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Jun 25
The submitted patent for the disablement system. (Source: MSPowerUser)

Microsoft patents always-on anti-theft technology for laptops

Microsoft has patented an anti-theft system for upcoming PCs with cellular connectivity, allowing them to be remotely disabled even without a network connection.
Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

The medium-sized Muskie was canceled, and we've been left with just the Taimen and Walleye. While both occupy the extremes on the size table, they do share a few similarities in specifications. This year's Pixel devices are shaping up to be entertaining.
Ultra-light Asus Vivobook S510 series coming to Europe

Ultra-light Asus Vivobook S510 series coming to Europe

The attractive starting price of $699 USD aims to be a cheaper option compared to the popular Zenbook 3, Spectre 13, or XPS 13.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Duos, J5 Duos, and J3 Duos launching next month

Samsung Galaxy J7, J5, and J3 Duos launching next month

The rest of the Galaxy J models will come in just a few weeks starting at 169 Euros for the lower-end J3 SKU.
The GPD Pocket is a newer take on the older concept of a netbook, improving on performance, design, and build quality. (Source: GPD)

GPD Pocket 7-inch mini-laptop now on sale for US$500

The 7-inch GPD Pocket mini-PC is now available to order for US$500. The device was previously available only to early backers of its crowdfunding campaign.
Jun 24
The Galaxy Note 8 has a lot to prove after the disastrous recall of the Note 7, but will a US$1000 price tag help its cause? (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8's US$1000 price tag shows the trend for future flagships

Apple's iPhone 8 was tipped to cost north of US$1000 for its highest-end configurations back in May. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped for a late-September release at an impressive €999. We can expect flagships to cost more and more as companies realize the benefits of higher-margin devices.
UK Parliament was forced to restrict access to their email accounts due to sustained cyber-attacks today. (Source: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

UK parliament suffering from sustained cyber-attacks

Parliament's email system has been forced to close itself off from outside connections following a series of persistent cyber-attacks discovered today.
Google's latest announcement will bring a feature users of G Suite have come to expect to Gmail for everyone. (Source: Gmail)

Google says it will stop Gmail's scanning of email to target ads

In a recent post to the company blog, Google announced its plans to "more closely align" the free version of Gmail and the enterprise version found in subscription-based G Suite. This includes removing ad personalization based on the contents of your emails.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active hits GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active hits GFXBench

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active was spotted on GFXBench earlier on. 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and of course, the Snapdragon 835.
Ulefone T1 with Helio P25 announced

Ulefone T1 with Helio P25 announced

Ulefone are set for the launch of their new upper mid-range device, the T1. Helio P25, 6GB of RAM, and a whole bunch of LTE frequency bands that would make North American usage viable.
BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone with 2,560X1,440-pixel display

Next BlackBerry handset might have a full HD display

Although nothing is official yet, it seems that the next BlackBerry smartphone will finally use a common screen resolution and will not use BB's iconic design that includes a QWERTY keyboard.
Image source: Microsoft

Windows 10 S can be infected with malware

While Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any currently known malware, a clever cybersecurity professional has found an exploit in Microsoft Word that can run malicious code in the operating system.
Jun 23
Windows Task Manager with GPU load tracking shows up in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16226

Windows Task Manager to get a GPU tab

This new feature surfaced in the latest Windows Insider Preview build and will probably hit all Windows 10 users in one of the next updates. The list of Windows 10 features to arrive soon also includes currency conversion inside the Calculator app, Emoji 5.0, and more.
LG shows a potential application for its 77-inch flexible OLED as a smart desk. (Source: LG Display)

LG bends the limits of display technology

LG has announced a massive 77-inch OLED display that is both flexible and transparent. While this giant panel probably won't find its way into home theaters any time soon, its technical and professional applications are intriguing.
More images of the UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro

More images of the UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro

We recently laid our hands on a few images of UMIDIGI's new devices and they look quite good. You may not be getting top of the line features but that form factor won't let you down one bit.
A foldable laptop concept at the Lenovo Transform event. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo has a wild vision for the future of laptops

Flexible devices are not just a smartphone industry pursuit. Lenovo has revealed a concept for what it considers to be the future of laptop computing: a foldable PC.
The differences between the new Galaxy Note and the S8 line are much less dramatic this year. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now tipped for September debut

Samsung's rumored phablet may be coming a month later than previously reported. When it finally launches in September, it will retail for almost 1,000 euros.
Otterbox Case for OnePlus 5 rugged case now official

Otterbox Case for OnePlus 5 now official

This rugged protective case is available in black and red. It delivers dual-layer protection via a hard shell on the outside and a silicone layer on the inside, retailing for $29.95 USD.
The iMac Pro was introduced at WWDC in early June but will not be available until December. (Source: Associated Press)

iMac Pro may pack both server-grade Xeon and ARM CPUs

An enthusiast rummaging through firmware files for macOS High Sierra found information suggesting that the upcoming iMac Pro will be powered by server-grade Xeon processors and protected by an ARM chip known as a Security Enclave Processor. The existence of an ARM chip the same as those found in the MacBook Pro with TouchBar sparks speculation that the iMac may ship with a similar feature.
Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have all experienced incredible growth in just a few years. (Source: Pocketnow)

Chinese smartphone OEMs may have already hit their peak

Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have seen negative growth and are slightly lowering their market forecasts for 2017, says a report from Digitimes.
Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp is finally ready to give users what they want. The company will be rolling out a file sharing update over time, which allows users to send files of all types, and also not have to deal with the infamous compression when sending images.
Jun 22
At approximately the size of your hand, the ThinkStation P320 Tiny is aptly named. (Source: Lenovo)

Size does matter with the ThinkStation P320 Tiny

Lenovo has unveiled what it claims to be the "world's smallest workstation" with the announcement of its ThinkStation P320 Tiny. The company promises "knockout performance" from a device that can fit onto even the most cluttered of desks.
Samsung's Bixby Voice is finally available to Galaxy S8/S8+ users in the US

Bixby Voice finally available in the US

Although this feature was supposed to be available at the same time as Samsung's Galaxy S8 duo, Bixby Voice had to face some English grammar and syntax issues that delayed its arrival in the US even more, but now it is finally rolling out.
Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, Foxconn to shut down factory in Brazil

Foxconn plans to leave Brazil

Although the company pledged to invest $12 billion in Brazil and to create no less than 100,000 local jobs back in 2011, they failed to succeed in doing so. Now, insiders claim that Foxconn plans to stop its manufacturing activities in the country as well.
Samsung Exynos i T200 chip for IoT devices now in mass production June 2017

Samsung begins mass production of the Exynos i T200 chip for IoT use

This is the first Exynos-branded IoT solution by Samsung and it uses the 28 nm High-K Metal Gate process, offering good performance and a high level of efficiency in a compact package.
Firefox Focus mobile browser now available for Android

Firefox Focus mobile browser now available on Android

Mozilla seems to have spent some time to refine this mobile browser since its release for iOS devices last year, and now Firefox Focus is finally available for Android users as well. Those interested can get it for free via Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy C7 (2016) Android phablet's successor gets its Bluetooth certification

Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) spotted at Bluetooth SIG

The model that just got its Bluetooth certification is SM-C7100, while last year's Galaxy C7 is known as SM-C7000. Two related models, dubbed SM-C7108 and SM-C710F, received their certifications yesterday as well.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android smartphone receives 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update

ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets Android 7.1.1

More than three months after its larger sibling received the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Axon 7 Mini gets the same firmware version as an OTA update that also provides WiFi calling to T-Mobile users.
StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

The Thunderbolt 3 product line has been expanded to include dual display adapters with 4K and 60Hz functionalities, compatible with the latest Windows and Mac laptops.
Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?

Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?

The OnePlus 5 saw its release a few days ago. Is it worth the money? Are there better alternatives? Here's what I think.
Atom-powered Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 now available for $299 USD for a limited time

Atom-powered Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 now available for $299 USD for a limited time

June 21, 2017 update: Gearbest is celebrating the launch of the super-thin Chuwi netbook with another promotion for only the first 100 customers.
AMD Radeon Instinct Vega graphics card will carry a 300 W TDP

AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 will be a 300 W Vega graphics card

The new Radeon Instinct MI series will cater to professional programmers and machine learning research, but it's also a good first look at what the inevitable consumer-based Vega GPU will bring to the table.
Image Source: Forbes

Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence

Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
Beat 'em up, retro style. (Source: Sega Forever)

Relive the games of yore with free Sega classics — now available on mobile

The Sega Forever Collection brings five of the best classics to relive the good ol' days.
Archos Kodak tablets coming next month in two screen sizes

Archos Kodak tablets coming next month in two screen sizes

The 7-inch and 10.1-inch models will each sport Android 7.0 Nougat, a MicroSD slot for expansion, and special photo-editing software for a starting price of just 100 Euros.
Photo source: Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1

As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
Jun 21
LG V30 premium Android handset leaked image

IFA 2017 | LG V30 expected to show up at IFA

The next-gen LG V handset is rumored to feature a dual-camera setup, a secondary display, and is also supposed to be IP68-certified. LG V30 should come in three storage variants, and it looks like it will keep the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack around.
The MB16AC ZenScreen can detect orientation of the display and rotate it accordingly. (Source: Tech Radar)

The Asus ZenScreen is a USB-powered 15.6-inch monitor you can take with you anywhere

Asus's ZenScreen MB16AC portable USB-powered monitors go on sale today, but they seem to be in short supply.
Image source: Samsung

Samsung may be developing a 2,000 ppi VR headset

If rumors are to be believed, Samsung is developing an ultra-high resolution OLED display that has a staggering pixel density of 2,000 ppi. This display may be used in a stand alone VR headset from Samsung, which would make for the most immersive VR experience yet.
Image Source: Intel

Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks

Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Withings Activité Steel fitness tracker, Withings now Nokia Health line of products

Withings becomes Nokia Health

HMD Global launches a few Nokia digital health products, bringing back what was once the brand known as Withings. The two first such products are the Nokia Body scale and the Nokia BPM blood pressure monitor.
Teaser image of the Retro/Anniversary ThinkPad

Lenovo ThinkPad: Anniversary Edition planned for October release (Update: Teaser Image)

The ThinkPad-brand is celebrating its 25. birthday. Lenovo, the manufacturer who took over the ThinkPad-business in 2005 from IBM, is going to celebrate this anniversary with a limited special edition ThinkPad.
The ThinkPad 701c is one of the most sought-after models for collectors. (Source: Tech Radar)

ThinkPads have accomplished a lot in 25 years

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad lineup with an event in New York City. Let's take a look at a few of the product line's accomplishments over the years.
The OnePlus series has always had the ethos of flagship performance at mid-tier prices. (Source: The Verge)

OnePlus 5 caught gaming benchmarks (again)

Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has been once again caught by XDA in manipulating phone behavior for higher benchmark scores. In this case, the tweaks cause the OnePlus 5 to score around 5 percent higher than other Snapdragon 835 handsets, but at the cost of the phone heating up to nearly 50C.
Spotify Music app now available for Windows 10 devices via Microsoft's Windows Store

Spotify hits the Windows Store

Microsoft announced its partnership with Spotify back in early May, and now Spotify for Windows 10 is available for download in the Windows Store. It works with PCs and tablets running the Anniversary Update or a later Windows 10 version.
Amazon price history provided by camelcamelcamel shows that the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW card peaked close to $610 from third-party sellers. (Source: camelcamelcamel)

Increased demand drives up prices for NVIDIA cards

Price history on Amazon shows that there has been a sizable price hike for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, like the ever-popular GTX 1070. This spike in pricing has been attributed to increased demand at the hands of cryptocurrency miners, who use the cards to drive powerful "mining" rigs.
The OnePlus 5 ticks most of the boxes expected of a 2017 flagship (Source: GSMArena)

OnePlus 5 officially hits the launch pad and is more Apple-esque than ever

OnePlus has unveiled the much anticipated upgrade to its smartphone lineup
The Surface Laptop can now be restored to Windows 10 S from Windows 10 Pro (Source: Microsoft)

Recovery image for Windows 10 S now available for the Surface Laptop

It is now possible to recover your Surface Laptop to a Windows 10 S image even after you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
HTC U11 Red Android flagship now up for pre-order mid-June 2017

HTC U11 Solar Red now up for pre-order

After a strong debut on the market, the latest HTC flagship is already coming back with a new color option. Those interested can place their pre-orders for the "Solar Red" HTC U11, a handset that comes for $649 USD, just like its blue and black siblings.
As the name suggests, the Zenbook 3 Deluxe looks to refine the overall Zenbook package with the same sharp design. (Source: ASUS)

Zenbook 3 Deluxe now available from ASUS

Appearing at CES and again at Computex earlier this year, ASUS has begun the sale of the aptly named Zenbook 3 Deluxe. The core i7 version of this ultra-portable device is available for $1,699 direct from ASUS and other online retailers, such as Amazon and Newegg.

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