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Apr 22
Renders of the Leagoo S10. (Source: Ben Geskin)

Opinion | The upcoming Leagoo S10 is a shameless attempt at cloning all the major flagships at once

According to a leak, Leagoo is set to release a new flagship device—the Leagoo S10. Going by renders, this device, eh, borrows its design elements from smartphones like the Galaxy S9, Essential PH-1, and P20 Pro. An archetypal case of the saying: "Fake it till you make it."
The Nokia 6 is one of the three devices to have its kernel sources released. (Source: Pocket Lint)

HMD releases kernel sources for some of its devices but it's still not all rosy

HMD has finally released kernel sources for some of its devices. The Nokia 1, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8 get to enjoy better community development, although there's something of a catch to that right now.
The Dell XPS line could soon offer a 3:2 aspect ratio display like the Microsoft Surface Book. (Source: MobileTechReview on YouTube)

Frank Azor: Dell mulling 3:2 and other aspect ratio screens for future XPS notebooks

Dell could be looking at offering new aspect ratios aside from the standard 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio in future notebooks. This was confirmed in a conference call by Frank Azor during the new XPS and Alienware reveal. Opting for non-standard aspect ratios can greatly enhance the tablet mode experience especially in 2-in-1 notebooks.
Xiaomi is set to bring Android One to the budget Redmi line

Xiaomi is set to bring Android One to the budget Redmi line

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has confirmed that the company will launch Android One Redmi devices in the near future. The company's Redmi line is widely regarded as offering excellent value for money, and the allure of stock Android on its devices would make them no-brainers in their price brackets.
The Huawei P20 Pro. (Source: Huawei)

The Huawei P20 devices are on their way to Canada

Huawei's battles with the US government has ensured that the company's new P20 devices will not be sold in the country. Those in Canada can rest easy, though, as the devices will make their way over, and will be sold by all major carriers.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (Source: Dell)

Deal | Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop currently US$250 off

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is up for grabs for a discount of US$250. For US$850, you get a very capable gaming machine. The 7th Gen Intel Processor might be a bit older, but if you are okay with it, you can get yourself an excellent machine for a discount.
TSMC's new 7nm FinFet fabrication process will be used for the Apple A12. (Source: TSMC)

TSMC 7nm FinFet plans give a big hint about Apple’s future iPhone chips, possibly MacBooks too

TSMC has revealed that its new 7nm FinFet process will deliver mobile chips that are at least 20 percent faster and 40 percent more efficient. It has also revealed that it has developed two separate 7nm FinFet tracks, one optimized for mobile applications, the other for "high performance computing applications."
Apr 21
Moto E5 Plus. (Source: Motorola)

Moto E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play announced: Power efficient hardware and large batteries

Moto’s G-series of mid-range smartphones tends to get most of the attention, but their lower specced E-series continues to offer budget-friendly options — if you’re willing to accept a few compromises. For those who hold battery life above performance, the E5 and E5 Plus might be the better option.
The Razer Phone. (Source: Razer)

Deal | The Razer Phone is now available for just $600

The Razer Phone is now available for slightly cheaper than it cost at launch. The device launched with an MSRP of US$700 but potential buyers can now get it for $100 less. The deal has been on for the past two days but will end on April 24.
It is believed China will now be speeding up the development of its chip-making industry. (Source: ExtremeTech)

ZTE ban could boost Chinese chip-making plans

Reuters has recently published an article stating that China will be ramping up efforts to greatly enhance its chip-making industry. The hefty seven-year ban on buying parts from US manufacturers that has been placed on Chinese tech firm ZTE by the US Department of Commerce has provided fresh impetus for the Asian state’s efforts in the semiconductor industry.
A leaked photo of the Intel NUC fitted with discrete Radeon GPU. (Source: WinFuture)

Intel Cannon Lake-based NUC with discrete Radeon GPU coming soon

A leaked Crimson Canyon Intel NUC featuring Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake CPU has surfaced in photos and benchmarks. Should it see the light of day as expected, it will be the second new generation Intel NUC to feature AMD graphics.
The LN2 setup used for overclocking the Ryzen 7 2700X. (Source: PC Gamer / Der8auer on YouTube)

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X gets overclocked to a whopping 6 GHz on LN2

Famed overclocker 'der8auer' has managed to overclock the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700X to cross the 6 GHz on all cores. He managed to achieve this by first selecting the best CPUs for the task and then subjecting them to LN2 cooling. Consumer use isn't anywhere going to get close to that figure but it is still good to know that Ryzen are really as overclocker-friendly as AMD claims.
Apple's 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro. (Source: Apple)

Apple starts battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pros

Apple has officially launched a battery replacement program for some of its recent non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros. The affected devices were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017.
Chuwi upgrades its HiGame mini PC with an even faster Core i7-8709G option

Chuwi will upgrade its HiGame mini PC with an even faster Core i7-8709G option

The upcoming Chuwi system would only be the second mini PC to carry the 100 W Intel-AMD Core i7-8709G CPU after the Intel Hades Canyon NUC. While the manufacturer is promising lower prices for early supporters and backers of its IndieGogo project, exact launch dates, availability, and prices remain a mystery. The i7-8709G offers a performance level similar to that of a gaming notebook with an i7-7700HQ CPU and GTX 1050 Ti GPU.
Purported image of the iPhone SE 2 case showing a glass back. (Source: Slashleaks)

iPhone SE 2 could launch in May, Apple could be stuck with Samsung for OLED panels

Apple's iPhone SE sequel could be set for a May launch and will only feature upgraded internals for the most part, according to the latest rumors. Meanwhile, Apple looks like it will have to stick with Samsung as its sole supplier for OLED panels in its high-end smartphones.
Panama City has great nightlife, incredible historical sites, and this amazing hotel gaming room to offer. (Source: Engadget)

Alienware creates the perfect hotel room for gamers

Gamers planning a trip to Panama City may just want to book a stay at the local Hilton hotel. Alienware has teamed up with the hotel’s management to create a gaming-themed room that is awesome enough to bring tears to the eyes of gamers who can’t bear the thought of a day away from their preferred battle royale title. The cost for such gaming-room luxury? US$349 a night.
HP Elite x3 Windows phablet

The Microsoft Store only sells Android smartphones

The last two Windows 10 Mobile handset available in the Microsoft Store, namely the HP Elite x3 and the Alcatel Idol 4S, are no longer in stock. This can be considered the final nail in the coffin of Windows for smartphones and phablets since no other such devices are expected to launch anytime soon.
Apr 20
Moto G6 Plus main camera

Motorola launches the Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus in Brazil

The Moto G6 lineup is now official and consists of the 3 handsets mentioned by multiple leaks and rumors in the last few months: the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus. The new Moto smartphones come with Oreo out of the box, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, as well as multiple AI features.
Image: ZTE

ZTE strikes back: Chinese manufacturer may take "judicial measures" against Department of Commerce

After getting hit with a 7-year ban barring them from buying anything from a U.S. company, ZTE released a new statement today. The statement calls the Department of Commerce's ban unfair and says that it will not only severely damage ZTE but will harm ZTE's partners, including some U.S. companies.
The Essential PH-1 sees a price slash to $400

Now $350 | The Essential PH-1 sees a price slash to $400

The PH-1 is currently available on Amazon for US$400. This is the lowest the device has been officially sold at since it was launched but it's already a last-gen flagship for the most part, so it really shouldn't come as a surprise. The deal is available on both Amazon and Best Buy. Update: The device is now listed for $350. A mid-range price tag for arguably the best-looking device in the world is quite the decent deal.
The Ulefone Power 5 brings all the bells and whistles to the brick segment.

The Ulefone Power 5 is now official and it comes with a bewildering 13000 mAh battery

The Ulefone Power 5 is Ulefone's new battery monster. The device gets its running juice from a nigh-unparalleled 13000 mAh battery. It also features quad cameras, wireless charging, OIS, and a slew of features you wouldn't expect to find on a device that could very well power a house.
This is only a fan-made render of a golden Xiaomi Mi7 back plate. (Source: WCCFTech)

Xiaomi Mi7 first to include Qualcomm's 3D facial recognition tech

Apple's iPhone X may have been the first to integrate the FaceID feature, but Android smartphones are set to get a refined version with Qualcomm's latest 3D facial scanning this year. While Samsung and Huawei are hard at work on their own versions, the Qualcomm one is most likely to be implemented first in Xiaomi's Mi7 smartphone, which could be launched this summer.
The Redmi S2 will likely be similarly positioned to the Redmi 5 Plus. (Source: Geekbuying)

The Redmi S2 will battle for the throne of the budget segment

A firmware teardown by XDA-Developers has revealed the details of the Redmi S2, a device that looks to be Xiaomi's next budget king. The S2 features an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras with EIS, and the trusty Snapdragon 625.
The Meizu E3 was Meizu's second device this year. (Source: TechnologyNewsWorld)

The Meizu 15 Plus appears on multiple benchmarks, QHD display and Exynos 8895 in tow

The Meizu 15 will be one of Meizu's flagships for the year. The company has deviated from its Mediatek ways of recent and the Meizu 15 will continue on the new path, as it is powered by the Exynos 8895, Samsung's flagship SoC from 2017.
Daisy's robotic arm is able to tear down up to 200 handsets per hour. (Source: Apple)

Apple presents Daisy, the iPhone recycling robot

Daisy can dismantle up to 200 handsets per hour while salvaging a variety of materials that can be reused in future devices. This is part of Apple's GiveBack program that incentivizes users to turn in their old models for dismantling, which, in turn, contributes to a donation fund for the Conservation International non-profit organization.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic official press render (Source: Red Magic)

A new gaming smartphone hits the market: the ZTE Nubia Red Magic is here

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic joins the Razer Phone and Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphones, but it is powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has a 6-inch 1080p 2:1 display. Fortunately, it features 8 GB of memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, and will be available for pre-order via Indiegog for just US$399 starting next week.
The Honor MagicBook is its first ultrabook. (Source: Honor)

Honor unveils the MagicBook with 8th Gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia MX150 dGPU

Honor has introduced its first ultrabook. The all-aluminum design is similar to its cousin, the Huawei MateBook X, but is more affordable.
God of War. (Source: PlayStation)

God of War officially released but it's still not available on Amazon

The new God of War game on the PlayStation 4 has finally been released. The game currently ranks as the second best PS4 game of all time on Metacritic, but its launch is, perhaps, marred by a dire unavailability on Amazon.
Ripple was initially released in 2012 and has a supply limit of 100 billion XRP. (Source: Express)

Get off the Bitcoin bandwagon, Ripple is on the rise

The cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) has been performing well lately and may hit a price of US$1.00 in the near future. Like many virtual currencies, it has dropped in value over the last few weeks, reaching a low of US$0.48 as recently as the second week of April. But now the Ripple network's native cryptocurrency seems to be bouncing back.
The Honor 10 is a cheaper P20 alternative. (Source: Honor)

Huawei launches the Honor 10, a cheaper P20 alternative

Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, has rolled out the Honor 10, its flagship smartphone for 2018. Aimed at a younger Asian market, the Honor 10 has has funky looks with more than a hint of the P20 for a fraction of the price.
Fortnite has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of gamers in China. (Source: Twitter)

China is on Fortnite's agenda

A message on the official Twitter account for Fortnite has shown an image of a passport with a stamp for China on it. The words “The Battle Bus is taking off! Destination, China” are also part of the mysterious tweet. While many commentators have taken this to mean the game is due to launch in China soon, others have speculated it could be related to a new map or location.
Windows Defender extension for Chrome (Source: Chrome Web Store)

Windows Defender now available as an extension for the Chrome browser

Available as a standalone antispyware program for Windows XP, Windows Defender shipped with Visa and Windows 7, then it replaced Microsoft Security Essentials as a full antivirus solution since Windows 8. Now, the time has come for it to protect those using the popular Chrome browser, as an extension.
Apr 19
PUBG Mobile 0.4.0 now available with Arcade Mode, Training Grounds area, and Dusk setting

PUBG Mobile for Android gets Arcade Mode with the 0.4.0 update

The very popular Battle Royale game, PUBG Mobile, has just received an update that brings its version number up to 0.4.0. In addition to the Dusk setting and the Training Grounds area, the update also comes with Arcade Mode, which supports 28 players and six variations: Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, All Weapons, Melee Only, Pistols and Item Heaven.
Since the iPhone SE 2 is said to still feature a 4-inch display, the dreaded notch is most likely to stay away from this model. (Source: Apple)

Rumor | Apple iPhone SE 2 could be announced soon

A recent EEC approval filing revealed that Apple could be preparing to launch a slew of unannounced mobile devices and one of these could be the iPhone SE 2. No specific hardware specs were revealed in the EEC file, but the iPhone SE 2 could come with the A10 Fusion SoC coupled with 2 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB storage and improved cameras, plus the latest iOS 11 version, but would still retain the 4-inch display found on the original model.
ThinkPad models always come with the signature ergonomic keyboard and the red TrackPoint. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo ThinkPad E485/E585 with AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs get detailed specs

The E485 model will feature a 14-inch 1366 x 768 IPS screen, while the E585 will come with a 15.6-inch FHD display. Hardware configurations for both variants are identical and include AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs all the way up to Ryzen 7 2700U coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1 TB HDDs, plus up to 512 GB NVMe SSDs on select SKUs.
The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600X are here. (Source: AMD)

Rise of the Zen: AMD 2nd generation Ryzens are here to challenge Intel's 'Coffee Lake' desktop offerings

AMD has finally taken wraps off its 2nd generation Ryzen chips. The 2700X and the 2600X are at the helm of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series respectively and are made to offer great multi-core and gaming performance in comparison with equivalent processors from Intel. AMD touts great and consistent overclocking potential and advanced capabilities of the AM4 socket and the X470 chipset to offer great performance for the buck.
Microsoft Translator app in action with AI-powered translation (Source: Translator)

Microsoft Translator gets AI-driven offline language packs on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire

Thanks to the optimizations done in the last few months, the Microsoft Translator app can now use AI-powered offline translation packs without the need of a processor with hardware-accelerated AI capabilities. The new packs are 23 percent better and 50 percent smaller than their non-AI predecessors.
What Apple's September 2018 iPhone lineup could look like. (Source: KGI Securities)

Rumored 6.1-inch notched LCD iPhone could start from just US$550

Apple could be set to introduce the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone "9" starting from as low as US$550, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. Kuo also predicts that Apple will start selling dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) iPhones starting September as well.
The Vaunt smart glasses could deliver simple messages or display route directions. (Source: Liliputing)

Intel's vaunted smart glasses facing the axe

According to a report, Intel is planning on closing down its New Devices Group. This particular division of the chip-making giant was involved in developing wearable projects. One of these projects was called “Superlight” but was better known to the outside world as the Vaunt smart glasses. It seems the state of the smart-glasses market prompted Intel’s withdrawal.
A report from the UK Treasury stated that the use of banks, not Bitcoin, was the most common money-laundering method. (Source: CCN)

Cryptocurrency news: Bitcoin not a magnet for crime, reports suggests otherwise

A department of the Quebec government has stated that Bitcoin is not a “magnet” for illicit transactions and that the widely believed perception of the cryptocurrency being mainly connected to criminal activity is erroneous. In other reports, Russian police busted an illegal Bitcoin mining facility, a woman has been arrested for arranging a Bitcoin-funded hit, and the alleged mastermind behind Iceland’s “Big Bitcoin Heist” has escaped from prison.
In-house Facebook chips could be used in future Oculus Go headsets that currently use a Qualcomm SoC. (Source: ABC)

Facebook expected to start making its own processors

A report from Bloomberg has stated that Facebook is creating a chip-making team. Job listings have appeared on the social-networking site’s careers section that seem to point toward this eventuality. Other tech giants, such as Apple and Google, have already started producing their own processors. Facebook-produced chips could be used in hardware or for AI-improvement purposes.
Battlefield 1 was the last release in the series, coming out in 2016. (Source: Origin)

EA DICE may be developing a battle royale mode for Battlefield V

It has been reported that EA Dice is working on a prototype battle royale mode for the upcoming title Battlefield V. The Battlefield series has been a massive success over the years for Electronic Arts, and it makes good business sense for the game developer to work on a battle royale mode and try to capture some of the market before it inevitably becomes saturated.
Apr 18
Android Oreo finally topples Jelly Bean. (Source: Google)

8 months after the release of Android Oreo, less than 5% of users have received the update

Developer metrics for the month of April have been released. The data released shows the dominance of Android Nougat in the market, with 30% of users being on that version of the OS. Android Oreo still has an utterly woeful market share, coming in at 4.6%.
Huawei. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's decision to keep its Kirin SoCs exclusive leaves ZTE in the lurch

At an event in Shenzhen, China, Huawei has announced that it will not be selling its Kirin SoCs to any third-party OEMs. This comes as bad news for ZTE after the latter was hit with a ban that will see it unable to use components made by American companies, Qualcomm included.
The Nokia 8 was the company's flagship device for 2017. (Source: Juho Sarvikas)

The Nokia X is Nokia's next device, and it will be unveiled on April 27

An ad in China has revealed what appears to be HMD's next device, the Nokia X. Details of the device aren't in circulation at the moment, and rumors claim it will be a mid-ranger instead of the flagship its name tag implies
The NCSC has sent a letter to British telecommunications companies urging them not to use equipment from ZTE due to the national security risk that they pose. (Source: Bluebudgie/Pixabay)

More bad news for ZTE, United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) claims they're a security risk

ZTE's poor fortunes continue, as a British government agency claims the use of ZTE manufactured equipment would cause a national security risk and mitigate measures currently in place to allow the use of equipment from Huawei.
The cooling solution on the new GTX 11xx cards will probably be very similar to that found on the Titan Xp (Source: WCCFTech)

Nvidia GTX 1180 specs and performance data leaks out

The next gen Geforce GTX 1180 GPUs from Nvidia could end up 50% faster than the GTX 1080, based on extrapolated data from the Volta architecture. Previously rumored to be released in July this year, the GTX 1180 might get a US$700 MSRP, but this could lead to more availability issues caused by cryptominers.
A closer look at the back case design (Source: Weibo)

ZTE Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone revealed in leaked pictures

Despite all the bad publicity ZTE is getting these days, the Chinese company is well on its way to officially reveal the Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone on April 19. The latest leaked picture from Weibo reveals a 2:1 Infinity Display without the dreaded notch, as well as an RG LED strip on the back. This model is rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 coupled with 8 GB of RAM.
Former US president, Barack Obama. (Source: Twitter)

This AI video of Barack Obama is the disturbing future of fake news

An exercise in creating a humorous faked video of Barack Obama is in reality a disturbing preview of how AI can be used to manipulate ordinary people. Ironically, it turns out, AI might also be our savior from fake news at the same time.
Verge was introduced in 2014 and has the ticker symbol XVG. (Source: Engadget)

Cryptocurrency news: Cambridge Analytica's VC, Verge finds a naughty niche

The New York Times has published an article detailing Cambridge Analytica’s plans to create its own virtual currency (VC). The British consulting firm is now deeply embroiled in the Facebook data breach. In other cryptocurrency news, a VC known as Verge has agreed on a potentially lucrative partnership with one of the world’s most popular websites.

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