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Apr 29
Logitech Universal Folio keyboard case for 9-10 inch tablets

Logitech launches Universal Folio keyboard case

This new keyboard case uses four-point adjustable grips instead of cheap elastic as most similar products that can accommodate various tablet sizes. It works with Android, iOS, and Windows tablets ranging from 8.9 to 10 inches and has a price tag of $59.99 USD.
NewEgg leaks Aero 15 gaming notebook with GTX 1060 graphics

NewEgg leaks Aero 15 gaming notebook with GTX 1060 graphics

Display bezels have been cut down to just over 5 mm on three sides to reduce both weight and size. Other features include individually backlit RGB keyboard keys and X-Rite Pantone pre-calibrated FHD/4K UHD displays.
Apr 28
Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime Android smartphone now available on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime now available via T-Mobile

This 5-inch handset comes for a full price of $150 USD, its specs also including the Exynos 7570 processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a 2,600 mAh battery, all with Android 7.0 Nougat on top.
The NEO [Reloaded] from NuAns can be custom tailored from hundreds of options. (Source: NuAns Indiegogo)

NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones

The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

This upcoming wearable by Acer has a 1.6-inch display, coming with a design compliant with the IPX7 water resistance standard and being powered by the MediaTek MT2523 processor.
WD 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 Helium 7200 RPM Enterprise HDD now shipping

WD now shipping the 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 enterprise hard drive

This fourth-generation helium hard drive comes with a five-year warranty and provides up to 54 percent better power efficiency when compared to 8 TB air drives, as well as a rich set of features such as Instant Secure Erase and self-encryption.
Google-branded Bluetooth headphones hit FCC

Google Bluetooth headphones hit FCC

Although it would be interesting to see this accessory on the market, it looks like the Google-branded wireless headphones that recently surfaced on FCC are only for use inside the company's HQ.
Moto X Pure Edition/X Style Android phablet gets Nougat update

Moto X Pure Edition gets Android Nougat

Owners of this handset that retails in Europe as Moto X Style can finally enjoy the benefits on Android Nougat, including multi-window support, improved Doze mode, overhauled Quick Settings area, and more.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Sony Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now come with free headphones

Pre-order the Xperia XZ Premium for ~750 Euros next week and receive a pair of wireless Sony headphones worth 300 Euros at no extra cost.
LG Q1 2017 revenue up 9.7 percent from a year earlier

LG Q1 2017 revenue up 9.7 percent from a year earlier

Operating profits have almost doubled compared to Q1 2016 due in part to strong sales from LG's Home Appliance sector.
Analysis: Acer Triton 700 with Nvidia GTX 1080 "Max-Q" GPU?

Analysis: Acer Triton 700 with Nvidia GTX 1080 "Max-Q" GPU?

Acer's Triton 700 is a super-slim high-end gaming laptop with graphics performance somewhere in the ballpark of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 according to some communicated benchmarks. The designation of the GPU, however, is still unknown, and many aspects point to a new GPU.
Apr 27
Riven continues where Myst left off. (Photo: Google Play Store)

Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now on Android

The adventure continues in Noodlecake Studio's Android port of Riven, the sequel to the classic PC adventure game Myst.
ZTE Blade X Max Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor

ZTE Blade X Max surfaces online

This 6-inch handset is expected to hit Cricket Wireless with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor on board, next to 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed.
Bluboo D1 cheap Android smartphone with MediaTek processor and dual camera setup

Bluboo D1 now up for pre-order

Although it was expected to arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on board, the Bluboo D1 is now up for pre-order as the cheapest Android handset with a dual camera setup and features low-end features overall.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Notebook

Acer: New Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptops announced

Acer's recently announced Predator Helios 300 notebooks promise a lot of performance for a small price. The 17-inch systems are equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or 1060 GPUs as well as Intel quad-cores. Prices start at $1400.
Acer: High-end Gaming Notebooks Predator Triton 700

Acer: High-end Gaming Notebooks Predator Triton 700

Acer's brand-new Triton 700 gaming laptops promise maximum performance in slim cases. The highlight is the mechanical keyboard in the 19 mm slim 15.6-inch casing. Interesting: Acer does not specify the exact GPU and only talks about "Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs". Could this be one of the first models with the rumored Nvidia Max-Q GPUs?
Acer: Full Aspire 7, 5, and 3 Lineup announced

Acer: Full Aspire 7, 5, and 3 Lineup announced

The updated Aspire notebook lineup offers a device for almost every scenario, starting with a powerful multimedia machine all the way up to inexpensive entry-level solution for students. Gaming fans will be happy about the GeForce GTX 1060 SKU.
Acer: Ultra-slim Swift 1 and 3 Laptops announced (Picture: Swift 3 Special Edition)

Acer: Ultra-slim Swift 1 and 3 Laptops announced

Something new in Acer's ultra-portable lineup. The Swift 3 series gets a new 15.6-inch model. The Swift 1 is now available with a new aluminum unibody case and wants to convince customers with a weight of just 1300 grams and a battery runtime of up to 10 hours.
Acer: Update for Switch 5 and 3 Convertibles (2-in-1)

Acer: Update for Switch 5 and 3 Convertibles (2-in-1)

Acer did not only show new products, but also updates its Windows based convertibles Switch 5 and Switch 3. The basic concept is identical: Tablet with attachable keyboard cover meets powerful Intel Core i processors.
Huawei P10 Android flagship, Huawei finally in control of the Chinese smartphone market

Huawei finally leading the Chinese smartphone market

With almost 21 million units shipped in the first quarter of the year and a market share of 18 percent, Huawei is now the new leader of the Chinese smartphone market. The next two places went to Oppo and Vivo.
Xplore updates Xslate R12 rugged tablet with Kaby Lake options

Xplore updates Xslate R12 rugged tablet with Kaby Lake options

The robust 12.5-inch FHD tablet is expanding into more SKUs with i7-7500U, i7-7600U, and Celeron 3865U options. Prices are expected to start at about 2100 Euros.
Apr 26
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. (Source: Ars Technica)

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with GPS now available for purchase

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch now available

This long-awaited smart outdoor watch with Android Wear 2.0 can be finally purchased directly from Casio's website or via Amazon. It has a price tag of $500 USD and comes in black and orange.
The alleged multi-core score for the iPhone 8 was 8975, 41% faster than the new Galaxy S8. (Source: 9to5Mac)

New iPhone 8 benchmarks debunked

New iPhone 8 benchmarks show the phone beating the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 by a significant margin, but upon further investigation, the benchmarks have been proven false.
The Windows 10 Creators update came out for PCs on April 11 and came out for mobile on April 25. (Source: WinCentral)

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rolls out

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 emphasizes 3D and mixed reality for its tiny segment of the mobile market. While their mobile share is insignificant, the changes in this update are not.
Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro convertible with Intel Pentium N4200 and Windows 10 Pro

Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro coming soon

Acer's upcoming convertible slate has the same design as last year's Switch Alpha 12. It apparently uses a fanless cooling system as well but employs the Intel Pentium N4200 processor. Although this was not confirmed yet, we might see it unveiled tomorrow in New York City.
Apple Dubai Mall retail store opens late April 2017

Apple Dubai Mall opens tomorrow

This new retail location features an 186-foot curved storefront and balcony that overlook Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, being the third Apple store in the region. The company's first two similar locations in the UAE recorded more than 4 million visitors since their opening 18 months ago.
Asus B9440 thin-and-light notebook now available for 1200 Euros

Asus B9440 thin-and-light notebook now available for 1200 Euros

The B9440 is unlike existing Zenbook Ultrabooks as it caters to the business crowd with an even sleeker and lighter design philosophy while still integrating TPM and a fingerprint reader.
Zotac unveils ZBox CI327 mini PC with passively cooled Celeron N3450

Zotac unveils ZBox CI327 mini PC with passively cooled Celeron N3450

The CI327 is destined to be a silent low-power media center for streaming and browsing with its wide range of video outputs and USB ports.
Apr 25
The Radeon Pro Duo features two professional-grade GPUs on a single card. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces Radeon Pro Duo dual GPU for professionals

The upcoming Radeon Pro Duo will feature two GPUs on a single card. The professional grade graphics card will have a whopping 32 GB of VRAM and is able to hit 11.45 TFLOPS.
Google Pixel XL Android smartphone to get Snapdragon 835-powered successor

Google Pixel 2 handsets might use the Snapdragon 835 SoC

The successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are known as Walleye and Muskie for now, and there are also references to a Snapdragon 835 processor, but the launch date and other details are not public at this stage.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus Android phablet, Xiaomi not ready to face the US market yet as of April 2017

Xiaomi is not ready for the US market yet

The Chinese company is currently busy conquering many developing markets and has no plans to take on the US market yet. Considering LeEco's recent failure, it seems they are playing it safe.
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Sony Xperia X Performance Android smartphone gets 7.1.1 Nougat update

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance get Android 7.1.1

These two handsets get the usual Android 7.1 Nougat features, apparently without any Sony-exclusive changes. The new firmware also includes the official security patches for April.
The latest unconfirmed render of the iPhone 8. (Source: BGR)

Apple might launch only two iPhones instead of three this year

The rumors surrounding Apple's iPhone production drama seem to never end. The latest unconfirmed news suggest that there are only two iPhones currently being worked on, instead of three.
ZTE's Blade Max 3 is exclusive to US Cellular. (Source: ZTE USA)

US Cellular customers can now purchase the ZTE Blade Max 3

ZTE has launched a second budget smartphone today, meant for price-conscious customers who want a little more oomph from their device. The Blade Max 3 features mid-range specs for only $200, but is exclusive to US Cellular.
The budget-friendly ZTE Max XL is exclusive to Boost Mobile. (Source: Sprint)

ZTE Max XL is a new budget phone exclusive to Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has a new option for customers who want a large phone at a small price: the ZTE Max XL. The handset features a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and the latest Android OS, all for as low as $102.
ARM Mali-C71 ISP for automotive applications

The Mali-C71 is ARM's first ISP for the automotive market

This new chip was built from scratch for the automotive market, its list of features including high dynamic range, noise reduction, advanced error detection, low-latency processing, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US establish a new record

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US break previous record

The recently released Galaxy S8 flagships seem to break the previous records everywhere since Samsung Electronics America also reported a 30 percent year-over-year growth in pre-orders.
Sony Xperia XA1 Android smartphone now up for pre-order in the US

Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin next Monday

This mid-range Android smartphone that arrived at the end of February during the MWC 2017 trade show will soon be up for purchase in the US. Those interested can get it unlocked for $299.99 USD.
Buy a Gigabyte laptop and get a tree

Buy a Gigabyte laptop and get a tree

The manufacturer will plant one tree for every laptop registered since the beginning of 2017 as part of its new Make Earth Green Again campaign.
EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

The PC market appears to be recovering somewhat with overall sales up 1.6 percent. Sales are particular high in Western Europe for both the desktop and portable PC segments.
Apr 24
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS available with 2, 4, and 6 bays, all with Intel Celeron J455 processo

QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available

This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
Image source: Apple

Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%

Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
Samsung named Africa's most admired brand April 2017 by Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey

Samsung named the most admired brand in Africa

The South Korean giant was recognized as the most admired brand in Africa by the Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands annual survey, also growing its brand value by 13 percent.
The new job posting that is fueling the hardware rumors. (Source: Zats Not Funny!)

Spotify has plans to launch its own hardware

Having conquered the software side of music streaming, Spotify now seems intent on trying its hand at hardware. A new job listing strongly suggests that the company is in the beginning stages of creating a new wearable.
LG X power2 Android smartphone launch allegedly delayed until June 2017

LG X power2 apparently coming in June

While this Android handset was unveiled a few days before MWC 2017 kicked off and was supposed to hit the market last month, it looks like LG delayed the X power2 until early June.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone surfaces again on GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) hits GFXBench with updated specs

Although it surfaced on GFXBench a while ago, the refreshed Galaxy J3 returns with updated specs, namely more storage space and memory. Now, we only need to wait for this handset to get an official launch.
a few applications from Samsung can't be uninstalled or disabled like the Samsung Connect and Reminders application. (Source: Forbes)

Samsung has made disabling bloatware on the Galaxy S8 far easier

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with dozens of of Samsung and carrier-specific pre-installed apps, not all of which are useful, but since the Galaxy S6 they've been making it easier to pick and choose which apps you want to keep.
We expect Samsung to continue focusing on extracting more performance as well as maximizing efficiency, leading to better battery life. (Source: 9to5Google)

Qualcomm and Samsung are gearing up to create chips for Galaxy S9

Recent reports say that Samsung and Qualcomm have begun developing next year’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which will make its debut in the Galaxy S9.

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