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Sep 22
The 2NX NNA has the advantage of ultra-low energy consumption over Apple's and Huawei's SoCs. (Source: Imagination)

Imagination releases new PowerVR mobile GPUs and its first Neural Network Accelerator

The PowerVR Series9XE GPUs are designed for entry-level mobile devices and cost-effective products, while the more advance Series9XM chips are aimed at mid-range smartphones/tablets, premium gaming set-top boxes and infotainment systems. Imagination's first NNA chip offers similar features to Apple's A11 Bionic and Huawei's Kirin 970 SoCs, but in a more energy-eficient envelope.
Moto G5S Plus Android smartphone in Lunar Gray coming to the US (Source: Motorola)

Moto G5S Plus coming to the US later this month

Yesterday, the Moto G5S Plus became available for pre-order across the US starting at US$229.99. The successor of the popular Moto G5 Plus is scheduled to launch on September 29.
The Zenfone 4 Pro leads the lineup. (Source: Asus)

Asus Zenfone 4 series finally hits Europe

After launching in the Asian market a few months back, Asus has finally announced the launch of its Zenfone 4 series for the European market.
The GTX 1070 Ti should be the direct competitor for AMD's RX Vega 56 GPU. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti most likely to arrive in late October for US$430

The GTX 1070 Ti is very close to the original GTX 1080, spec-wise, and this makes it more appealing for crypto-miers. It's supposed to be released in late October for around US$430.
The HTC 11 is set to be joined by a larger bezel-less stablemate. (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 Plus rumored to sport bezel-less design

According to a new report, HTC is planning to launch a Plus-size model of its flagship U11 smartphone. The device will also be the first from HTC to feature a bezel-less design.
Is iPhone X production running behind schedule? (Source: Apple)

iPhone X may not yet be in production

Already facing predicted supply constraints, production of the iPhone X may not yet have even started. If true, this could push back the launch of the highly anticipated device until December.
Sep 21
Nvidia Shield TV with remote. (Source: Nvidia)

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.
Image: Twitter user Nick Sweeting

Equi-fail: Equifax directs customers affected by hack to fake phishing website

In another major misstep for Equifax, an employee of the credit services company responded to customer tweets with a link to a fake phishing website. The site, which was styled to look like the official Equifax site dedicated to the hack, was a fake used to demonstrate how easily malicious parties could further exploit Equifax's customers.
Amazon Alexa logo (Source: Amazon)

Amazon allegedly working on Alexa-enabled smart glasses

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Amazon's Lab126 group is working on a pair of glasses with Alexa support via a bone-conduction audio system. However, this accessory is expected to come without a camera or a screen similar to those used by products like the Google Glass smart glasses.
Toshiba has reached a deal to sell Toshiba Memory Corporation. (Source: Toshiba)

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.
ZTE Tempo X Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (Source: Boost Mobile)

ZTE Tempo X hits Boost Mobile for just $79.99 USD, features a Snapdragon 210 processor

The ZTE Tempo X arrives more than a year after Boost Mobile introduced its predecessor, the ZTE Tempo. This new handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and only 1 GB RAM, but it comes loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
The U11 sported a regular 5.5-inch display.

Google deal no herald of doom as HTC looks set to launch another flagship

HTC may have entered a partnership with Google but it will still produce smartphones in its own name, at least for the time being. Its next device is said to be the bezel-less flagship, the U11 Plus.
AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announcing the 12 nm transition at the Global Foundries Technology Conference. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Ryzen and Vega will get 12 nm versions in 2018

AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that the Vega GPUs and the Ryzen CPUs will get 12 nm version in early 2018. The 12 nm Vega chips should compete with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 2000 series that are expected to be released in early 2018, while the 12 nm Ryzen CPUs will be AMD's response to Intel's 10 nm Ice Lake processors, until it releases the 7 nm Ryzen 2 products in late 2018.
Tesla plans to release self-driving cars by 2019. (Source: Tesla)

Next self-driving Tesla cars to use AMD AI chips

Tesla intends to release autonomous cars by 2019, and these cars will be equipped with semi-custom AI chips manufactured by AMD. Sample chips are currently tested by 50 Tesla engineers who are lead by ex-AMD legendary microarchitect Jim Keller.
The refresh of the Amazon Fire HD makes it worth a second look. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon Fire HD tablet upgrades make it warrant a second look

Amazon has given its Fire 10 HD tablet some much needed improvements in its latest refresh of the Android-based device. It is now 30 percent faster than before and sports a new 1080p display.
Meizu M6 5.2-inch Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6750 (Source: Meizu)

Meizu M6 unveiled with the MediaTek MT6750 SoC onboard

Not long after the M6 Note, Chinese brand Meizu intros the M6. This 5.2-inch smartphone features an octa-core MediaTek processor and is scheduled to hit the Chinese market next Monday.
The Mate 10 Pro will be the most feature-packed model. (Source: Medicalman)

Huawei Mate 10 to have four models, Maimang 6 the Mate 10 Lite

Contrary to previous thoughts, the Maimang 6 will not launch as the G10 in the western market, with Huawei set to offer it as the Mate 10 Lite, a lower-specced version of the upcoming Mate 10 flagships.
Ultra-thin Chuwi LapBook Air 14 shipping October 10th for $460 USD (Source: Chuwi)

Ultra-thin Chuwi LapBook Air 14 shipping October 10th for $460 USD

Users in Europe may get the notebook even earlier from September 30th. The LapBook Air 14 will be a passively-cooled competitor to the MacBook Air series and other superthin Ultrabooks.
A new report suggests HTC has sold its mobile division to Google. (Source: HTC)

Rumor: HTC mobile division sold to Google [Update]

If the rumors coming out of Taiwan are true, HTC has reached an agreement to sell its mobile division to Google. Set to be announced tomorrow, the deal could also mean the end of HTC-branded devices.
Sep 20
Image: Google

Moto done right? Moto X4 coming to Project Fi, will receive two years of updates

Google announced today that the upcoming Moto X4 will be available as an Android One device on their Project Fi mobile network. The smartphone will run Stock Android and come with a guaranteed minimum of two years of software updates and support from Google.
The Surface Pro 2017. (Source: Microsoft)

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.
T-Mobile CEO John J. Legere (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile increases its unlimited plan's throttling limit

Not long after launching the "Netflix On Us" deal, T-Mobile is now increasing the throttling limit of its unlimited plan from the industry-leading 32 GB to no less than 50 GB.
Intel's Stacy Smith shows off a 10nm 'Cannon Lake' wafer. (Source: Intel)

Intel shows off a 10nm wafer and a bevy of other developments on the occasion of Technology and Manufacturing Day

At its Technology and Manufacturing Day held in Beijing, Intel showcased a number of new developments ranging from the 10nm process for its upcoming 'Cannon Lake' chips to the first commercially available 64-layer 3D NAND for data centers. The company also shared plans for its first 10nm FPGA codenamed 'Falcon Mesa'.
Asus building. (Source: Ubergizmo)

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 Intel NUC roadmap for 2018-19 offers an assortment of 'Gemini Lake' and 'Coffee Lake' configurations. (Source: CNXSoft)

Roadmap reveals new Intel NUCs with Gemini Lake and Coffee Lake offerings

The roadmap for Intel NUCs in the coming years seems to be a rather interesting one with a host of NUCs in different configuration options starting from the 10W 'Gemini Lake' Celerons all the way till the 100W Kaby Lake-H Core i7-xxxxK. NUCs based on the Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake-H CPUs also come with support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane memory.
The Core i9 7980XE CPU will be released on September 25 with an MSRP of US$1999. (Source: Intel)

Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU annihilates AMD's Threadripper in latest leaked benchmarks

The i9 7980XE CPU manages to keep a 30% lead against AMD’s Threadripper 1950X throughout synthetic and gaming benchmarks. The Intel CPU has 2 more cores that yield 4 more threads, so it's not really that surprising it performs better, but is the US1000 price difference really worth it?
Both devices feature dual rear cameras. (Source: Weibo)

Images and pricing details of the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro revealed

Huawei's upcoming flagships, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, are billed for a mid-October launch. Here, we have a look at the first set of details available for both devices.
The Pimax 8K VR headset comes with dual 4K displays and a wide 200-degree field of view. (Source: Pimax)

Pimax 8K VR headsets coming in February 2018 for as low as US$449

The Kickstarter campaign initiated by Pimax raised the US$200,000 funding goal in less then 2 hours, so the company is now expected to ship the first models in February 2018. The 8K headset comes with dual 4K displays and can be pre-ordered for US$449, while the 5K version integrates dual 2560x1440 displays and costs US$349.
This the first look at the new Pixel 2 made by HTC in blue. (Source: Droid Life)

Fresh Pixel 2 leak reveals new blue color

The Pixel 2 has surfaced in the flesh in a new blue hue. The HTC-made device will also come in regular black and white colors when it launches on October 4.
The new Google Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps. (Source: Droid Life)

Huge Google leak reveals new Pixelbook with Android app support

A big leak out of Mountain View has seen the new Google Pixelbook revealed before its official launch set for October 4. Not previously picked up by the rumor mill, the device will come in three main configurations.
The XZ1 comes in a soothing Moonlit Blue. (Source: Sony)

The Xperia XZ1 is the first device to hit shops with Oreo onboard

The Xperia XZ1 was launched a few weeks ago and is already ready for shipping, with it laying claim to being the first device to launch with Oreo. The XZ1 comes with a price tag of $700, which is a fair one for the most part.
Samsung dual camera setup unofficial render (Source: mobile.it168.com)

Samsung allegedly working on a 1,000 fps camera sensor

Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Samsung Electronics is going to begin mass-producing a new image sensor that can record up to 1,000 frames per second. This capability provides advanced slow motion recording to mobile devices.
The HP Chromebook x360 11 is now available for general purchase. (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook x360 11 is now no longer just for students

A popular choice with students, the HP Chromebook x360 11 is now also available to the general public for the first time.
The 'Just Black' and the 'Black and White' Pixel 2 XL made by LG. (Source: Droidlife)

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
Sep 19
SafeBrowse's 4.4 start rating is starting to drop. (Source: Chrome Webstore)

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 U11 was released in May.

Three new HTC phones in the works, Q4 launch expected

HTC, in spite of its recent troubles, is reportedly set to release three devices in the last quarter of the year, with one of them looking like a flagship. Details of all three devices remain fuzzy at the moment.
Huawei Pay patent application details (Source: The United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Huawei Pay might launch in the US by the end of 2017

One year after being launched in China, Huawei Pay is still exclusively available in that market, but a recently discovered patent application reveals that this mobile payment service is heading for the US market.
The "photonic chip" uses sound waves to slow down photons and transform them into data streams. (Source: Nature)

Scientists envision the optical computer - light and sound waves transformed into data

A group of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have developed a "photonic microchip" that converts light pulses into data, via sound waves. The chip does not produce any heat, it is immune to electromagnetic interference, and it's supposed to be 20 times faster than current CPUs.
Legacy 32-bit apps will fail to launch on iOS 11. (Source: MacRumors)

PSA | Legacy 32-bit iOS apps will fail to run on iOS 11

The iOS 11 update is just around the corner for compatible Apple devices. Users of legacy 32-bit apps need to be aware of the fact that iOS 11 will not allow execution of 32-bit apps unless they have been updated by the developer to support the 64-bit architecture. Going forward iOS, and eventually macOS, will support only 64-bit applications.
Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away

A new startup going by the name of Pi looks set to change the way we charge our devices in the near future. If it works as promised, you can get set to ditch your wireless Qi charging mats.
The price per GB offered by Western Digital is still the best on the market. (Source: Western Digital)

Western Digital releases the 12 TB WD Gold HDD

The 12 TB WD Gold drive offers increased security and durability for enterprise customers. It comes with eight 1.5 TB platters, 256 MB cache, 255 MB/s data transfer rates, and has an MSRP of US$521.99.
The Galaxy Tab Active 2 gets a beefy performance upgrade. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 spec leak shows octa-core CPU

Samsung has beefed up the processing power of its 8-inch Galaxy Tab Active sequel with an octa-core processor. The Galaxy Tab Active 2 will also pick up twice the RAM.
The Nokia 8 will be succeeded by the bezel-less Nokia 9

Nokia 8 Oreo update teased by HMD executive

Chief Product Officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas has teased Android Oreo for the Nokia 8 on Twitter. The Nokia 8 was rumored to launch with Oreo onboard, so this comes as no surprise.
CCleaner's binary was modified by hackers to insert a backdoor. (Source: Piriform)

CCleaner hijacked by hackers to open a backdoor for remote code execution

Piriform, makers of the popular PC cleaning software CCleaner, said that a few versions of the program's 32-bit binary were hijacked by hackers who could insert a two-stage backdoor capable of remote code execution. Investigation is on to understand what exactly caused the hijack that resulted in about 2.27 million users getting affected.
Sep 18
The saga of Threadripper and the "dummy dies." (Source: AMD)

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.
Image: Motorola

Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4

People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Action Launcher 28 with AdaptivePack icons (Source: Action Launcher Blog)

Action Launcher 28.1 features adaptive icons

Although Action Launcher 28.1 is a free launcher app, the AdaptivePack addon that is needed to have adaptive icons on Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat devices is a commercial product. Its regular price tag reads US$4.99, but this week it can be acquired for 30 percent less.
Google Tez aims to make payments hassle-free. (Source: Google)

Google Tez aims to revolutionize the digital payment landscape in India

Google has launched a new payment service, Tez, which enables fast payments without the need to share information such as bank account numbers, fund transfer codes, or even pair up mobiles by NFC. The new service is compatible with any Indian bank that supports the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
Bose QuietComfort 35 II with Google Assistant (Source: Reddit)

Bose QuietComfort 35 II to feature Google Assistant support

Although Bose still has to announce these headphones, a Reddit user spotted the QuietComfort 35 II retail box and shared an image that clearly shows the "Google Assistant built-in" logo on it.
The new Inspiron 2-in-1 models will be available starting October 3. (Source: Dell)

Dell launches new 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch 2-in-1 Inspiron laptops with Intel gen 8 CPUs

All new 2-in-1 models can be powered by either the Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U quad-core / eight-thread CPUs and will be available starting October 3. The 13.3-inch Inspiron 5379 has no discrete GPU and can cost as low as US$749.99. The 15.6-inch Inspiron 7570 comes with the older 940 MX GPU from Nevidia and costs as low as US$799. The top of the line Inspiron 7773 features the new Nvidia MX150 GPU and costs as low as US$949.99.

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