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Jan 24
Nokia 8 Android flagship color options

Nokia 8 gets Android 8.1 beta

Two months after the public build of Android 8.0 Oreo, the Nokia 8 flagship receives a beta of the Android 8.1 that comes with cheese on top of the patty the hamburger emoji fix and many various small improvements.
AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group

AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group

The new appointments come after the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, was sniped by Intel last November. Both Mike Rayfield and David Wang are multi-decade veterans of the technology industry and have had their hands on several projects and GPU developments.
Image: Ubisoft

Minimum specs for Far Cry 5 released, and you'll need a powerful system to enjoy it

Ubisoft released their recommended specs for Far Cry, which is due to launch at the end of March. While the game will run on older hardware at the lowest settings, gamers will need a fairly beefy system (Core i7 and GTX 970 / R9 290X) to enjoy the game at Full HD 60 fps.
Jan 23
Firefox 58 update notification, new version launched with tracking protection and faster graphics

Firefox 58 now official with tracking protection and faster graphics

Launched earlier today, Firefox 58 promises to deliver smoother graphics, improved support for progressive web apps on Android devices, faster page loading, tracking protection, and more.
This school spent all their budget on the Lenovo 500e and couldn't afford to upgrade their blackboards. (Source: Lenovo)

Three new ChromeOS educations notebooks from Lenovo starting at US$219

Lenovo has revealed three updated education Chromebooks for 2018, with the 100e and 300e providing rugged budget friendly options for classrooms, and the 500e adding some style and a pen for older children or university usage.
The Lenovo 100e is a low-cost Chromebook competitor for the classroom. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo introduces four new Windows 10 education notebooks starting at US$219

Lenovo has announced refreshes to their education line of notebooks from the entry-level 100e, to the more substantial ThinkPad 11e and 11e Yoga.
The Honor 7X. (Source: Digital Trends)

Nine released Honor devices to run on Oreo: Honor 8 a surprise inclusion, Honor 6X snubbed

An Honor representative on Huawei's official forums has confirmed the list of Honor devices that will run on the Oreo-based EMUI 8.0, with the Honor 8 and V8 surprise inclusions, and the Honor 6X apparently set to miss out.
The Mi 4C suffered from thermal handling issues. (Source: Gizmochina)

Here's all you need to know about Xiaomi's upcoming Surge S2 SoC

The Surge S2 will be Xiaomi's second attempt at creating an in-house SoC. Details of the chipset have leaked and it looks rather interesting, with performance values that we expect to trade blows with the Snapdragon 821.
BLU R2 Plus 5.5-inch Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6753 SoC (Source: BLU Products)

BLU R2 Plus budget smartphone hits Amazon

The 5.5-inch BLU R2 Plus is now available via Amazon for US$179.99. Its specs include a MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Netflix value now above the US$100 billion mark

Netflix now valued at over $100 billion

According to the latest report, Netflix added almost 2 million subscribers in the US during the fourth quarter and over 8 million overall. The company also crossed the US$100 billion mark for its market cap earlier today.
The W25 chassis is actually a laptop case modified to fit desktop-grade CPUs and GPUs. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2018 | MSI's Vortex W25 is one of the slimmest workstation PCs around

MSI will launch this year the workstation variant of its G25 gaming compact PC. The W25 will feature gen 8 Core or Xeon CPUs, Nvidia Quadro GPUs, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, HDD+NVMe combos and VR-ready compliance.
Android Wear 2.8 dark theme (Source: Imgur via Reddit)

Android Wear 2.8 brings improved notifications and new dark theme

A few days after images showing an updated smartwatch surfaced on Reddit, Google confirmed the release of Android Wear 2.8, highlighting the fact that this is an update for the smartphone app and not the same as the OTA for some wearables.
The microSDXC cards are no bigger than a thumbnail. (Source: Integral Memory)

Integral Memory first to launch 512 GB microSDXC memory cards for mobile devices

The first 512 GB microSD cards are slated to launch this February with reading speeds up to 90 MB/s and support for 1080p video recording.
LG Aristo 2 Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC (Source: LG USA)

Budget-friendly LG Aristo 2 now official

The Snapdragon 425-powered LG Aristo 2 comes with Android 7.1.2 onboard and only features 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. However, its price is far below the US$100 mark, so there is not much to complain about.
Jan 22
Game Speed Booster hits MIUI 9 (Source: MIUI)

MIUI 9 gets Game Speed Booster

The Game Speed Booster optimizations are now available for the MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM, as well as for the Chinese Beta and Chinese Stable ROMs. Thanks to this tool, the user can disable navigation buttons or keep a steady brightness level while playing, and more.
Google Fuchsia OS in January 2018 (Source: Ars Technica)

Google Fuchsia OS demo surfaces online

The new demo shows still a product not ready for the market, but in a more advanced status than it was back in May 2017. Now, Fuchsia OS features a few different split-screen modes and works on the Google Pixelbook Chromebook.
Jack has been left to die. (Source: Xperiablog)

Another one bites the dust - next Xperia device to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack

A Sony device, a few hours ago, made its way to FCC's certification bus stop, and there's reason to believe it will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Amazon Alexa logo, Alexa coming to Windows 10 PCs Q1 2018

Amazon Alexa coming soon to Windows PCs

Alexa for PCs is scheduled to debut exclusively in the US later this year on select Windows 10 PCs by Acer, HP, and Lenovo, sporting the same features as the version for Echo devices.
Bang for every single buck. (Source: Xiaomi)

Deal | The Xiaomi Mi A1 is currently available on eBay for just $225

The Mi A1, one of our best value picks for 2017, is currently on sale on eBay at a nigh-unpassable price point of $225, $50 off its price on Amazon.
Intel Coffee Lake-H mobile CPUs should start to pop up in Q2 2018. (Source: Intel)

Rumor | Intel Coffee Lake-H Mobility CPU lineup specs get leaked

The top of the line i9-8950HK and the Xeon E-2186M feature six cores/twelve threads that can reach boost clocks of 4.8 GHz. The mid-range i7-8850H and Xeon E-2176M feature the same core/thread count, but can boost only to 4.3 - 4.4 GHz. Finally, the entry-level i5-8400H and i5-8300H come with 4 core and 8 threads that can go up to 4.2 - 4.0 GHz.
Not quite honorable of Honor.

Honor 8 users petition company for Oreo update

The Honor 8, Honor’s flagship of 2016, was confirmed to not be eligible for an Android Oreo update, and users of the device do not take kindly to that, apparently.
We wouldn't place much stock in these images. (Source: CJ.Sina)

Purported images and details of the Mi Max 3 surface

The Mi Max 3 will be Xiaomi’s phablet for the year and leaks of the device are already pouring in. The latest one details a 7-inch unit with dual rear cameras, an 18:9 FHD+ display, a Snapdragon 660, and a 5500 mAh battery. All for a killer price of $230.
Nvidia intends to restore confindence in its loyal gamer costumers. (Source:

Nvidia wants retailers to prioritize gamers over cryptominers

Availability for the GTX 1000 series cards is severely hit by shortages at all major retailers, driving prices to nearly double MSRP due to increased cryptomining demands. Nvidia is now trying to appease the angry gamers who cannot find decent supplies by limiting orders from major retailers to 2 products per person. Additionally, Nvidia is also selling the GPUs on its official site.
This year's CES was a dry spell for enthusiast notebook gamers

CES 2018 | No Coffee Lake-H means no new gaming laptop designs

Where have all the new gaming notebooks gone? We asked as many major manufacturers as we could and everyone gave the same response.
Jan 21
Photo showing Android 8.0 running on a ZTE Axon 7. (Source: ZTE forum via Android Soul)

ZTE and HTC bringing some Android 8.0 Oreo love to the US

Updates to Android 8.0 Oreo are slow to arrive. However, this weekend saw users in ZTE's US beta program receive Oreo software, and HTC announced that sprint has approved the Oreo update for the U11 on their network.
Apple's HomePod smart speaker is expected to launch soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple HomePod gets FCC certification, signals impending release

Apple is well behind the smart speaker 8-ball when it comes to the launch of its Siri-powered HomePod. First unveiled in June, it has now received FCC certification suggesting its launch can't be too far away.
Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.
The Alexa assistant is coming to Android via the Alexa app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon Alexa assistant added to Alexa app for Android

Amazon is bringing its Alexa voice assistant to Android phones. Previously only available on select Android devices, Alexa will make its way into the Alexa app in the coming days as part of an update.
Jan 20
The Meizu M6s looks sleek in Blue. (Source: Meizu)

The Meizu M6s does a lot of things right for just $150

Meizu’s new budget device is one that takes on the world. It features the impressive Exynos 7872 and a slew of praise-worthy features at a high-value price point of just $150.
Exynos 7872. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's new Exynos 7872 brings class to the budget segment

The Exynos 7872 was released a few days ago, and we’re impressed, especially by its performance.
Eurocom will take your old Alienware or MSI notebook for 25 percent off your next purchase (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom will take your old Alienware or MSI notebook for 25 percent off your next purchase

That old Alienware laptop with GeForce GT 555M graphics buried in the closet could help cut $1000 USD or more off the purchase of your next Eurocom system.
LG folding phone concept design. (Source: GSMInfo)

LG patents reveal folding smartphone plans

LG looks to be planning a competitor for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy X. Patents have been uncovered potentially revealing the Korean maker's hand.
Vivo X20 Plus with under display fingerprint tech. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo X20 Plus UD tipped to arrive January 25

The much-discussed under screen fingerprint technology featured in the Vivo X20 Plus UD is tipped to market on January 21. It will be the first smartphone on the market to feature the cutting-edge technology.
Jan 19
Microsoft Word in Wine, Wine 3.0 now available January 2018

Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Wine 3.0 is now available as the second annual release of this well-known compatibility layer and arrives more than 24 years since the initial release. This new version comes with improved compatibility with Android, Direct3D 10 and 11 support, and more.
Fujitsu Esprimo D series. (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu announces three new Esprimo desktops, a Quadro equipped Celsius notebook, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software

Fujitsu caps off a busy week with three new desktops, a 17.3-inch workstation notebook with an Nvidia Quadro 5000, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software which removes part of a file and uploads it to a company server to make the original file unreadable.
Fujitsu Tab V727/S. (Source: Fujitsu)

Three new Arrows Tab Windows tablets from Fujitsu with user replaceable battery

As part of Fujitsu's big product refresh they have announced three new Arrows Tab Windows tablets. Two are 13.3-inch 16:9 aspect ratio, while the other is a Surface Pro-esque 12.3-inch 3:2 aspect ratio. In a rare move for tablets, Fujitsu have designed the batteries to be user replaceable.
Image: OnePlus (w/ edits by article author)

Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers may have had their credit card information stolen

The darling of the mobile phone enthusiast community is in hot water once again. Less than a week after it was discovered that OnePlus was sending user data to servers in China without permission, the Chinese OEM's merchant platform was compromised. OnePlus has just revealed the full scope of the attack: up to 40,000 users may have had their credit card information stolen.
All the sensors, the camera and the upper speaker are integrated in the display. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung files patent for in-display camera and fingerprint scanner

The patent may be implemented in the successor of the Galaxy S9 at the soonest, but then again, as with many patents, it could only be just a cool concept that may never be featured in Samsung's devices.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition coming February 20 (Source: Xbox Wire)

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launches globally next month

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will hit the market on February 20 as the remake of the original game that arrived two decades ago. The list of improvements includes 4K support, Xbox LIVE and LAN play, a re-recorded original soundtrack, and more.
GDDR6 listing in SK Hynix's 2018 Databook. (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix lists GDDR6 memory as available

SK Hynix has listed the status of GDDR6 memory in its Q1 2018 Databook as available with speeds starting from 10 Gbps and reaching up to 14 Gbps.
Oppo R9s Android smartphone was the best-selling smartphone in China in 2017

Oppo R9s dominates the Chinese smartphone market

Although Huawei remains the leading brand in the Chinese smartphone market, the best-selling smartphone in 2017 was the Oppo R9s, with a market share of 3 percent.
The color options for the new Vaio S11 models are quite varied. (Source: PC Watch)

Vaio is refreshing its ultrabook lineup with Intel Core gen 8 CPUs

The S11 (11.6-inch display) and S13 (13.3-inch) ultrabooks can be powered either by the i7-8550U or the i5-8250U CPUs. RAM options include 8 / 16 GB LPDDR3, while users can opt for combos consisting of NVMe SSD with capacities up to 1 TB and SATA SSDs up to 256 GB.
Second Razer smartphone rumored for a September 2018 reveal (Image source: Razer)

Second Razer smartphone rumored for a September 2018 reveal

The new Razer Phone will likely be compatible with a consumer-ready Project Linda docking station should the manufacturer decide to move forward with the experimental product.
Gboard 6.9 Universal Media Keyboard search screen (Source: 9to5Google)

Gboard 6.9 will bring smart replies, GIF making, media keyboard features

Although nothing is official yet and all the information comes from an APK teardown by 9to5Google, it looks like Gboard will soon get the Smart Reply feature for notifications, GIF making, and a new media keyboard that can search items like images and articles.
Jan 18
Samsung 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung begins mass production of 16 Gb GDDR6 memory

Just as expected, Samsung has finally begun to mass produce the industry's first 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips. In addition to the growing needs of the graphics card market, the new memory will also be used in automotive, network, and AI projects.
This is probably the closest most people will get to piloting mecha. (Image: Nintendo)

Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo

Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a fishing pole, a piano, and even a robot suit to enjoy new gaming experiences (and maybe learn a bit about engineering and coding).
Spectre variant 2 got AMD involved in the double class action suit. (Source: Google)

AMD hit by double class action suit over Spectre vulnerabilites

Rosen and Pomerantz law firms representing AMDs investors claim that the processor maker had prior knowledge about the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Investors are also claiming that the stock prices have dropped upon the release of BIOS updates for the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability.
The Pi226 is the world's smallest and slimmest mini PC. (Source: Anantech)

CES 2018 | Zotac showcases "credit card" pico PCs powered by Gemini Lake CPUs

The PI226 and PI336 are the world's smallest mini PCs, but that does not mean their performance is lacking. These are powered by Intel's 6.5 W TDP Celeron 4000 / 4100 SoCs that integrate the UHD 600 iGPUs and come with 4 GB of LPDDR4 plus 32 GB eMMC of internal storage.
Jan 17
It's been a crazy month for Bitcoin owners. (Image: CryptoCompare)

BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days

Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
Fujitsu Lifebook E558/S E448/S (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu unveils over a dozen notebooks for enterprise use

Fujitsu has just announced no less than 14 notebook models from five series that are scheduled to roll out in stages starting at the end of January. Sadly, there is no word on their arrival in the US yet.

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