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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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android phablet gets Nougat update on T-Mobile late April 2017

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets Android 7.0

Samsung's phablet has begun to receive Android Nougat a while ago, long enough for Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T to release the new firmware. Now, T-Mobile subscribers using the Note 5 finally get the same treatment.
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 Android smartphone launches on Cricket Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 2 hits Cricket Wireless

Available on Sprint as Galaxy J3 Emerge, this handset has a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Nougat out of the box. It can be acquired for less than $150 USD with activation.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 Android tablet with S Pen coming soon to South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 LTE coming to South Korea this week

Unveiled next to the Galaxy Book back at MWC 2017, the new Galaxy Tab has been well received, and pre-orders have recently begun in various markets. Now, the LTE version of this tablet is ready to hit the South Korean market.
Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor

Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus now official with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage

Although it arrived about two weeks ago, the Enjoy 7 Plus now gets a specs bump, receiving 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 435 processor and the other specs remain the same.
Alcatel A30 Android Nougat tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor

Alcatel A30 coming to T-Mobile in May

This tablet comes with almost the same specs as the A30 smartphone, the main difference being in the display department. This Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered slate runs Android Nougat out of the box and should hit the market next month for well below $150 USD.
Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

Nokia 3310 launching April 28 with no 3G for 59 Euros

The popular Nokia 3310 is getting a 2017 refresh complete with 16 MB of internal storage space and a 2.4-inch screen. HMB Global is sticking to its promise of an April-May launch window for users in Europe, though prices will differ between regions.
Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage

Huawei originally advertised the Mate 9 with UHS 2.1 storage, but some units are purportedly shipping with the slower eMMC 5.1 standard without any official statements from the manufacturer. Furthermore, sources say some advertisements have been silently changed to reflect the switch to eMMC 5.1.
Apr 22
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series cases for Huawei P10 and Mate 9 now available

These new rugged cases offer improved protection for all the latest Huawei P and Mate flagships - P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, and Mate 9 Pro. These cases are all compatible with the fingerprint sensor and comply with the MIL-STD-810G military standard.
QNAP TVS-873 NAS gets a Red Dot Award for its design

QNAP TVS-873 wins a Red Dot Award for design

Thanks to this award, the QNAP TVS-873 NAS will be shown for an entire year in the Red Dot Design Museum. This NAS is driven by a 3rd gen AMD R-Series APU and features up to 64 GB RAM, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, dual HDMI out, and more.
Legend 24K gold custom luxury Galaxy S8 and S8+ now available

Legend unveils 24K gold-plated Galaxy S8 and S8+

Thanks to a new plating method, Legend can cover the glass back of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships with 24K gold, also adding VVS1-grade diamonds around the Samsung logo, all for around $3,000 USD.
Alleged image of upcoming Lenovo Moto Z2 Play low-end Android smartphone

Moto Z2 Play surfaces online

The alleged render of the cheapest upcoming Moto Z2 phone has made it online, but there are no specs to talk about at this stage. However, the design looks similar to that of the original Z Play, so the changes below the hood might not be radical, either.
Saygus V Squared Android smartphone vaporware could launch with Snapdragon 835

Delayed Saygus V Squared to use the Snapdragon 835 processor

Those still waiting for the Saygus V Squared to come out two years after being unveiled do not get any launch date, but at least the handset's specs have been upgraded with a Snapdragon 835 processor. It only remains to see if there are even more delays ahead or not.
Samsung Bixby logo, image recognition not working on Verizon Wireless as of late April 2017

Bixby Vision image recognition not working on Verizon yet

The Amazon shopping feature offered by Samsung's latest flagships currently works on Galaxy S8/S8+ units on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, but Verizon customers cannot enjoy its benefits yet.
Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835 (Source: mspoweruser.com)

Qualcomm confirms Windows notebooks powered by Snapdragon 835

The Windows 10 ARM notebook is on schedule for a Q4 2017 launch as initially rumored. Qualcomm aims to challenge Intel in the mobile PC space where the chipmaker has held a near monopoly.
LG V30 may ship this Autumn with curved OLED display and Snapdragon 835 SoC

LG V30 may ship this Autumn with curved OLED display and Snapdragon 835 SoC

The LG V20 never officially launched in Europe, but this Fall could see the global release of the V30 flagship that looks to be everything that the G6 should have been.
Apr 21
Xiaomi Mi 6 Android flagship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and dual camera setup

Xiaomi Mi 6 to hit China later this month

This long-awaited flagship is finally official, promising to hit the market by the end of April, priced starting at $363 USD. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, dual cameras on the back, up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless ergonomic neckband headphones

V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless headphones now official

Advertised as the first ergonomic neckband headphones to hit the market, the Forza Metallo Wireless is an accessory that comes with a titanium neckband, metal housing, sport fins, as well as 3D printing customization of in-ears.
A leaked image showing the HTC U Ultra. (Source: Evan Blass)

HTC Ocean has a new name and new color options

With its launch fast approaching, the HTC Ocean reportedly has been re-branded as the HTC U 11. The new name should make it easier for customers to identify the handset as the Taiwanese company's new flagship.
MasterCard testing credit card with fingerprint reader in South Africa, other areas to follow soon

MasterCard now testing a credit card with fingerprint sensor

This new credit card is currently being tested in South Africa and combines the traditional chip technology with the convenience and security of a fingerprint reader. Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to join the trial in the coming months as well.
The Galaxy S8's Infinity Display is a sight to behold with its 18.5:9 aspect ratio. (Source: Cnet)

What's wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner?

Not everyone seems to be happy with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to some reviews, the scanner's strange placement and inconsistent results make it slower to verify users' identities.
The HP ZBook Studio G4 combines killer specs with design. (Source: HP)

HP introduces updated ZBook mobile workstations

HP has revealed updates to its ZBook line of workstations, including the long-awaited ZBook Studio G4.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship available via BOGO deal on Sprint

Sprint offering two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of one

This deal targets both new and existing customers, who can lease two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of a single one, but those interested should hurry up and take advantage of it before April 27.
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge flagships on US Cellular finally receive Android Nougat

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge get Android Nougat

Although the Galaxy S7 handsets in the US started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat more than three months ago, US Cellular was not in a hurry. The new firmware it rolls out as we speak has about 1.5 GB in size and does not hold any surprises.
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

This Linux machine weighs less than 3 pounds and can be configured with various Kaby Lake processors, including the Intel Core i7-7500U, up to 32 GB RAM, multiple storage options, and more. The prices start at $899 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware setup.
Apr 20
HTC squeezable phone teaser surfaces online, HTC Squeeze launches in June

HTC's squeezable handset coming in less than a month

HTC has just confirmed that the next U handset will be squeezable, so its owner will be able to make gestures by squeezing the sides or swiping on them. This way, HTC plans to take smartphone controls beyond the limits of the display.
Samsung Galaxy Book Windows convertible tablet up for pre-order in the US starting tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy Book pre-orders in the US to begin tomorrow

This Windows convertible that made its debut back in February at MWC is finally ready to hit the US market. The pre-order prices start at $630 USD for the 10.6-inch model and $1,130 USD for the 12-inch model ($1,300 USD for the LTE variant).
The next Windows 10 upgrade may bring Power Throttling to PCs with modern processors. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft commits to releasing major Windows 10 updates biannually

Expect Windows 10 feature upgrades to be released twice a year: in March and September. Microsoft says that it will employ this new strategy of predictability to make updates easier to deploy, especially for business customers.
The Moto G5 Plus, from Verizon. Soon with the ability to browse and call at the same time. (Source: Lenovo)

Verizon's VoLTE service prevents Moto G5 Plus users from making emergency calls

A software bug prevents Moto G5 Plus owners from dialing 911 while using Verizon's VoLTE service. Lenovo has issued a temporary fix for the problem, as well as reassurance that it is working on a permanent solution.
According to online analytics provider StatCounter, Chrome has nearly 47.5% of the browser market across all platforms in the US. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Google Chrome might get a built-in ad blocker this year

Web advertising giant Google is planning to create an ad blocker for Google Chrome, the world's most popular internet browser. With ad-blocking software becoming more popular, Google wants to shut out some of the competition from third-party software.
The BlackBerry KEYone. (Source: Carphone Warehouse)

BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK

After suffering a one-month delay, the BlackBerry KEYone is almost ready to ship. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is the latest to offer the handset; it asks for £499 and promises a May 5 delivery date.
Asus ZenFone 3 Laser launch event, this Android smartphone gets first Nougat update

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser finally gets Android Nougat

Although we heard about the arrival of the first Nougat update for the ZenFone 3 Laser smartphone back in January, this handset gets Android 7.0 only now. The list of changes also includes the removal of ZenMotion and Shake Shake.
Apex Launcher Android app coming back in May 2017

Apex Launcher to finally get updated in May

Although it has been downloaded more than 10 million times, this Android launcher received its last update in June 2015. Now, it is ready to return with an updated interface and new features.
Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit

Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit

The teardown reveals some modular motherboard components that can be relatively easy to replace if needed. Otherwise, points were taken off for an over-reliance on glue and the difficult-to-remove curved front glass.
Apr 19
Upcoming Doogee Mix smartphone will compete against the Xiaomi Mi Mix

Upcoming Doogee Mix smartphone will compete against the Xiaomi Mi Mix

Razor-thin bezels will become commonplace now that the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have set the bar for smaller manufacturers to follow. The 5.5-inch Doogee Mix will have a near edge-less design on three sides not unlike the 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Mix.
Eve V convertible PC with Kaby Lake processor finally shipping

Eve V to begin shipping next month

This crowdfunded "Surface killer" was supposed to launch in February, but the whole program has been delayed due to undisclosed reasons. Now, this 12.3-inch Windows tablet with a built-in kickstand is already being tested and shipments should finally begin by the end of May.
Instagram Android app gets offline mode

Instagram for Android to get offline mode

Offline Instagram users will soon be able to see their feed without being connected, but can also leave comments, Like various things, or unfollow other users while offline. All these would be processed on reconnect.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) Android smartphone hits WiFi Alliance with Nougat on board

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) gets its WiFi certification

The upcoming Galaxy J3 with model number SM-J330F has just received its WiFi certification, and it looks like this affordable handset is going to ship loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Huawei MediaPad T3 Android tablet now available April 2017

Huawei quietly intros two MediaPad T3 tablets

While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425-powered, 8-inch MediaPad T3 comes with Nougat and up to 3 GB RAM/32 GB storage, the cheaper MediaPad T3 7 uses the MediaTek MT8127 chipset and has lower specs overall, also coming loaded with Marshmallow.
If users wish to keep using a password, you will be able to switch back to using that instead, and Microsoft will remember the preference for the next sign-in. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft's new Authenticator app means those with Microsoft accounts may no longer need to type passwords

Microsoft has made it so you can better access your Microsoft account through your smartphones, doing away with passwords in favor. Although less secure than complete two-factor authentication, Microsoft believes this method to be more secure than ordinary passwords and more user-friendly.
he phone has been rated for up to IP68 conditions with IPX5 protection as well — meaning that the Aquos R can withstand both immersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes as well as liquid spray. (Source: Android Headlines)

Sharp announces Aquos R, a high-end smartphone

Foxconn's management looks to expand its hardware sales with a new top-tier smartphone, the Sharp Aquos R. The device will likely release in Japan this summer.
Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD

Lenovo unveils Flex 11 Chromebook convertible for $280 USD

The Flex 11 incorporates a few features found on rugged notebooks including drop resistance up to 2.4 feet and sealed keyboards, trackpads, and ports against the occasional coffee spill.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship to get a dual-camera successor

Galaxy Note 8 might come with dual cameras and a 6.4-inch display

Insiders familiar with the matter claim that the successor of the ill-fated Note 7 would launch as the first Samsung handset with a dual camera setup. However, nothing is official yet.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Android phablet leaked images via Weibo

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 shows up online

Images of this all-metal 6.4-inch phablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor inside has just surfaced on Weibo, so it is very likely to see it unveiled next to the Mi6 later today.
Essential FIH-PM1 details on GFXBench reveal Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB RAM

Essential FIH-PM1 specs leak online

Andy Rubin's upcoming handset surfaced on GFXBench featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, next to 4 GB RAM, a 12 MP main camera with 4K video recording, as well as a display with about the same ratio as the LG G6 flagship.

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