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Jan 17
Moto Z3 Play leaked image (Source: Droid Life)

Moto Z3 and Z3 Play images surface online

The Moto Z3 and Z3 Play are apparently both using a 6-inch full HD display, and a third Moto Z3 device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 onboard is expected to arrive after a while with a higher-resolution touchscreen.
Enmotus mainly provides storage software solutions for servers. (Source: Enmotus)

Enmotus FuzeDrive brings fast storage to AMD Ryzen users

The FuzeDrive software "melds" SSDs, HDDs, NVMe devices and even DDR4 system RAM into one large storage pool that remains bootable and does not require OS reinstallation.
Facebook Messenger product logo, improvements coming in 2018

Facebook promises to improve Messenger this year

Facebook has recently admitted that the Messenger app is too cluttered, but promised that this year they will focus on "massively simplifying and streamlining" it.
The GPD Win 2 can play some triple A games at 720p. (Source: GPD)

The GPD Win 2 Windows handheld gaming device hits Indiegogo

The GPD Win 2 Indiegogo campaign gives as a look look at the upcoming handheld Windows gaming device, its specifications, and performance comparisons.
The G6 is expected to cost around US$240. (Source: Droid Life)

Lenovo Moto G6 lineup leaks out

The G6 looks to be one of Lenovo's mid-range lineups for 2018. Design-wise, the G6 borrowed key elements from the X4 family and features 3D glass cases and fingerprint sensors.
Microsoft Surface Book 2: Bigger 15-inch model is now available in more markets

Microsoft Surface Book 2: Bigger 15-inch model is now available in more markets

When Microsoft announced the Surface Book 2, the bigger 15-inch model was announced to be exclusively available in the USA. A few months later, Microsofts expands the availability to many more markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
A render purported to be the Sony XZ Pro. (Source: MyDriver)

Bezel-less Sony XZ Pro surfaces ahead of MWC 2018

Sony's 2018 flagship, the Xperia XZ Pro, has leaked out a month ahead of its expected reveal at Mobile World Congress on February 26. The device is the first from the Japanese maker to feature a contemporary bezel-less design.
The Moto X4 (Source: Thinkur)

Details of the Moto X5 revealed, device to feature a notch

The Moto X4 was one of our picks for best value smartphones of 2017, and its successor looks to continue that fine form. The X5, according to a leak, will feature an 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and also what appears to be a notch at the top of the display,
Jan 16
Huawei P10 flagship and P10 Plus gets Android Oreo beta

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus get Oreo beta update

Android Oreo beta is now available for the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus flagships, and it includes EMUI 8.0 with quite a few new features.
The S8 was one of 2017's best flagships. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 will ship with a 3000mAh battery, go on sale on March 16

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will keep the same battery capacities as their predecessors, with the smaller sibling to house a 3000mAh battery, and the plus-sized variant to opt for a 3500mAh one.
The Honor 8 is still an aesthetically stunning device. (Source: XDA-Developers)

The Honor 8 will not receive Android Oreo, and that's a shame

The Honor 8 was released barely 18 months ago, so it's something of a surprise to hear that it won't be receiving the update to Oreo.
HiSilicon's Kirin has come a long way. (Source: AnandTech)

The Kirin 970 is better than the Snapdragon 835, Master Lu declares

Master Lu, a popular Chinese benchmark, has revealed performance scores for the top SoCs in the business, with the Kirin 970 edging out Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 to first place.
Meizu's factory, Zhuhai. (Source: Engadget)

Meizu in decline as company registers just 20 million smartphone shipments in 2017

Meizu VP Yang Xun has, at a press briefing, announced that the company recorded a total of 20 million shipments in 2017, a slight decline from 2016's total.
Samsung Pay old and new UI (Source: Android Central)

Samsung Pay gets a new interface

The latest Samsung Pay version that is apparently labeled 2.8.18 (the version number may vary depending on the device) drops the on-screen section menus for a traditional bottom bar. Overall, the UI is now cleaner and more user-friendly.
The M.3 form factor measures 30.5 mm instead of 22 mm, so it can fit more memory chips and controllers. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

CES 2018 | ADATA preps support for the upcoming M.3 SSD form-factor standard

The M.3 form-factor provides a 30.5 mm surface, allowing manufacturers to add more memory chips, failure capacitors and larger controllers. The M.3 SSDs will thus feature larger capacities, improved speeds and extended security features.
The screen of the Hi9 Gamer tablet is fully laminated. (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi's affordable Hi9 Gamer tablet now available

The Hi9 Gamer tablet runs Android 7.0 out of the box and comes equipped with an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display, a quad-core MediaTek SoC, a PowerVR GPU and 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
China's Five-star Red Flag, Google Maps returns to China mid-January 2018

Google Maps returns to China after 8 years of absence

Thanks to a partnership with Alibaba-owned AutoNavi, the Google Maps service returns to China, but with a few feature limitations needed to get the approval of the local government.
The U11 EYEs. (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 EYEs launched with dual front cameras

The HTC U11 EYEs has just been launched and will be sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China with price tags in the US$500 price range.
BlackBerry Motion Android smartphone available in the US as of January 2018

BlackBerry Motion finally available in the US

After a few months of full availability in Canada, the UK, and most European countries, the BlackBerry Motion finally reached the US market via Amazon and Best Buy.
Jan 15
Samsung Newberry County manufacturing plant opening ceremony (Source: Samsung Newsroom US)

Samsung's first US home appliance plant begins production

Samsung plans to make one million washing machines in the recently opened Newberry, South Carolina factory. This new manufacturing plant should also create more than 1,000 jobs by 2020.
The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now complete. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) is now fully available

The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached the final stage with it now being fully available to all Windows 10 computers.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime Android smartphone hits India mid-January 2018 (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launching in India later this week

In the aftermath of a pretty long stream of rumors and teasers, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is now finally ready to hit the Indian market. This 5.5-inch handset with an Exynos 7870 processor will be available in two configurations, both loaded with Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung Mall.
Image: Games Done Quick

Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning charity raises over $2.2 million, setting new record

The annual charity speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, successfully raised USD $2.26 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a charity focused on cancer research and education. This is the second year in a row that the gaming event raised over $2 million for charity.
Skype's new private conversations feature uses the Signal Protocol for end-to-end encryption. (Source: Signal)

Microsoft brings end-to-end encryption to Skype in collaboration with Signal

There were some fairly large privacy concerns that arose early in the life of Skype. Microsoft has tried to allay those fears in recent times, but the integration of end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal Protocol is the strongest privacy move they've made to date.
No more new OLED laptops: LCD technology continued to dominate the market

CES 2018 | No more OLED laptops: LCD technology continues to dominate the market

There were many new laptops at CES. Not a part of any new announcement: Laptops with OLED displays. It seems that most manufacturers will instead continue to stick with IPS LCDs – a situation that can by explained with multiple reasons.
The premium finish remains one of the hallmarks of Dell's Vostro family. (Source: Dell)

Dell Vostro 13 5370 business notebook alerady available online for Asia and Australia

The 13.3-inch business notebook gets upgraded with an Intel gen 8 i5-8250U CPU, up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and a choice between Intel's UHD Graphics 620 or AMD's Radeon 530 GPUs. The model is now available online for Asia and Australia for as low as US$930.
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Samsung Galaxy S9 shape at FCC (Source: Droid Life)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ hit FCC once again

Last time, the international versions of the upcoming flagships arrived at FCC. Now, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are being tested and one step closer to being released.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 (Source: TAG Heuer)

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 smartwatch now available

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 is not only a smaller variant of the popular Connected Modular 45 smartwatch, since it also doubles the amount of memory and storage space, and features a 326 ppi AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels.
The new models were leaked by an unknown Chinese source. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel's upcoming 760p and 660p QLC PCIe NVMe SSD specs get leaked

The 760p models seem to be Intel's high-end consumer models for 2018, while the 660p feel more like a mid-range variant, which integrates QLC memory and should cut the prices in half.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds hits a new milestone, 3 million Xbox One players

Battlegrounds hits 3 million players on Xbox One

Although it was released worldwide on December 12, the multiplayer online battle royale game shortly known as PUBG (or Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in full) already has a strong following of more than 3 million Xbox One players.
The Alexa-powered Echo from Amazon is the top selling smart speaker. (Source: Amazon)

Smart speaker penetration in US households strong says study

A new study shows that there is strong consumer interest in smart speakers. As many as one in six households in the US have purchased a smart speaker with sales peaking during the recent holiday period.
Jan 14
The new AMT hack can bypass all known security measures. (Source: Anandtech)

Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
'Haswell' CPU owners are getting increased security at the expense of reliability. (Source: Overclock3D)

Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches

Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
The Liva Q mini PCs are the world's smallest mini PCs. (Source: ECS)

CES 2018 | ECS presents new mini PC models with Gemini Lake processors

The Liva Q2, Z2 and One SoC ultra-compact form-factor mini PCs will feature Intel Celeron and Pentium SoCs with 10 W TDP and improved media processing, which finally allow for the inclusion of DDR4 RAM.
Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520. (Source: @gus33000 on Twitter)

Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520

Thanks to the rooting capabilities provided by WP Internals, developers are now able to find ways of running Windows RT and even Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia handsets paving the way for some cool hacks.
The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown is the first mechanical watch to pair with a phone. (Source: Ressence)

Ressence reveals Type 2 e-Crown mechanical watch, pairs with your phone

Ressence has revealed the world's first mechanical watch that is able to pair with a smartphone. The Type 2 e-Crown was developed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell and is currently being shown as a concept.
Windows Phone Internals can root all Lumia devices. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Windows Phone Internals 2.3 may help resurrect ageing Lumia devices

Rooting and custom ROM development has traditionally been Android's USP. Now, Windows Phone users too can join the fun, thanks to the efforts of XDA Developer, Heathcliff74.
The dual-screen ZTE Axon M is just the first of more to come from ZTE. (Source: ZTE)

ZTE says more foldable phones in the pipeline

ZTE has revealed that it has plans for more devices featuring a foldable design. Although its current Axon M uses two separate displays, it does plan to launch a Galaxy X-like competitor featuring a true foldable display.
AMD chips are also vulnerable to Spectre. (Source: AMD)

AMD chips also vulnerable to Spectre exploit

AMD has revealed that its chips are also vulnerable to the Spectre exploit. Although not as vulnerable as Intel's chips, it is working with operating system vendors and developers to patch affected systems.
Google has pulled 63 apps found to serve up porn ads. (Source: PC World)

Google pulls 63 Android apps serving up porn ads

Google's Play Store has once again been beset with supposedly vetted apps hiding malware. On this occasion, 63 apps have been pulled from the Play Store after it was discovered they harbored malware serving up porn ads.
A purported render of the forthcoming LG G7. (Source: Tiger Mobiles)

LG G7 leaks in renders with barely there bezels

LG's 2018 flagship has made its first appearance in the flesh. The purported render of the device reveals an evolution of the G6 design with even thinner top, bottom and side bezels.
Difference in switch movement. (Source: Cherry)

CES 2018 | Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks

Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
Jan 13
The Nokia 8. (Juho Sarvikas)

The Nokia 8's camera belongs in 2015, DxOMark report reveals

The Nokia 8 made its way to DxOMark over the week, with the first-gen HMD flagship registering camera scores that wouldn't look out of place on a device straight out of 2015.
Mark the date. (Source: Gizmochina)

Opinion | The U11 EYEs will be yet another overpriced device by HTC

The U11 EYEs will be HTC's next mid-range offering. It'd be a solid device if it were priced as a mid-ranger but rumors point towards a price tag above the US$500 mark.
The Mi A1. (Source: MIUI)

The Mi A1's Android Oreo update has been suspended due to concerns over performance issues

The Mi A1, against all apparent odds, received its stable Oreo update on the last day of 2017. The company has pulled the update, though, after feedback from users showed a number of bugs. Probably should have kept this one in beta for a while longer, but hindsight is 20/20.
The Xperia XZ1.

Deal | The Xperia XZ1 is available at the moment for just over US$540

The Xperia XZ1, one of Sony's flagship devices for 2017, is currently available on Amazon at an enticing price point of just $543.

ThinkPad Roadmap Leak 2018: ThinkPad A285 & A485 with Ryzen, T580p & ThinkPad P1 with Coffeelake Hexa-Core CPUs?

Lenovo has announced a new ThinkPad generation a few days ago, but not all models were updated. Now an internal Lenovo document has been leaked, which mentions some new ThinkPad models for the remainder of 2018.
Samsung Galaxy X render from 2017, foldable handset introduced behind closed doors at CES 2018

CES 2018 | Samsung Galaxy X unveiled during private event

Although the foldable Samsung Galaxy X will probably not hit the market before the end of the year, insiders familiar with the matter claim that an updated prototype has been shown at CES to a few chosen ones.
Jan 12
North Korean military parade, North Korean Android malware targets defectors and their supporters

North Korean malware targets defectors and their supporters

McAfee researchers recently uncovered a hacking operation that targets North Korean defectors and those who help them, using popular chat apps and social media services (Facebook included) to deliver malware to their Android devices.

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