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Nov 18
Smartwatches targetted at children, like the VTech Kidizoom, are now banned in Germany. (Image: VTech)

Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children

Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
Nov 17
The Honor 7X succeeds the 6X.

Update | Multiple deals for Huawei and Sony

Update: Huawei has set out a series of impressive deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hop in to find out which one catches your fancy.
The OnePlus 5 is poised to receive the Oreo beta by the end of the month. (Source: Techradar)

The OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo by the end of the year

OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
The Nokia 8. (Source: Twitter)

Deal | You can snag a Nokia 8 for under $500

The Nokia 8, one of the few no-nonsense flagships currently on the market, is currently available on Amazon US for just a bit over $470, and on Amazon UK for £380.
The new 9200 ECO NVMe SSDs have a U.2 form-factor that is specific to enterprise servers. (Source: Anandtech)

Micron showcases 11 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3 X8 SSDs at SC17

The 11 TB NVMe SSD is part of the new 9200 ECO lineup, which also features 8 TB capacities and PCIe x4 / x8 variants. These SSDs come in a more exotic form-factor known as the U.2 that is specific to enterprise servers. Micron states that the PCIe x8 versions can perform up to 5.5 GB/s sequential reads and up to 3.5 GB/s sequential writes.
The Dell XPS 15 9560 is all set to get an enticing refresh in 2018. (Source: Dell)

Frank Azor drops a few hints about the XPS 15 9570 on Twitter

The upcoming iteration of the Dell XPS 15 will finally have full speed 4-lane Thunderbolt 3 along with possibly a 5K display option according to Dell's VP Gaming and XPS, Frank Azor, who also confirms that Dell is waiting for Intel to ship its 8th generation H-series processors.
The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Mod turns digital pixels into 2 x 3 inch printed photos sharable with friends and family. (Source: Motorola)

Motorola releases Moto Z Mod that turns smartphones into Polaroid instant cameras

The new Moto Mod enables compatible Moto Z smartphones to print 2 x 3 inch pictures from Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos and the camera gallery through the latest Zero-Ink technology from Polaroid.
Mujjo's new range of iPhone X are available now. (Source: Mujjo)

Mujjo's iPhone X cases offer a little extra sophistication

Apple's iPhone X is expensive at around $US1,000 and up, but it is also very expensive to repair if dropped. The Mujjo case does double duty offering good protection, but also manages to keep your iPhone X looking slick, despite being shrouded in a case.
OnePlus 5T. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design

The OnePlus 5T is now official, with an 18:9 minimal-bezel screen, and a new approach to the dual camera setup that OnePlus claims improves the low-light performance.
IDC predicts in-game microtransactions are never going away (Source: EA)

IDC predicts in-game microtransactions are never going away

Hardcore gamers may just have to accept the fact that casual gamers of free-to-play titles are making publishers too much money for them to not integrate similar monetization practices elsewhere.
Nov 16
Vivo V7 Android smartphone with 24 MP front camera and Qualcomm Snapdragon 450

Vivo V7 now official in China

The new Vivo V7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and features a 24 MP camera for selfies, being similar to the Vivo V7+. However, the V7 comes with 32 GB internal storage, while its more expensive sibling features 64 GB of storage space.
Bose noise-masking sleepbuds. (Source: Bose)

Bose wants to improve your sleep with noise-masking 'sleepbuds'

Bose has started an Indigogo campaign for prototype testing of their new noise-masking sleepbuds. These sleepbuds are ultra-compact earbuds which isolate external noise and play soothing nature sounds to aid in achieving a good night's sleep.
The Meizu M6 Note. (Source: Pocket-Lint)

Meizu set to snub US market

Meizu's Head of Global Marketing, Ard Boudeling, has confirmed that the Chinese manufacturers will not be attempting to sell their devices in the US anytime soon, although other American markets are still game.
The XZ1 Compact. (Source: AndroidPit)

Deal | You can snag an Xperia XZ1 Compact for less than $500

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is currently on sale on Best Buy at a bargain price of $499.99, $100 off its MSRP of $600. The XZ1 Compact is the only true compact premium phone this year, and lovers of smaller devices may want to jump on this deal.
Android Pay in a grocery store (Source: Google - The Keyword)

Android Pay hits Brazil and the Czech Republic

A few weeks after its debut in Ukraine, Google's Android Pay arrives in the Czech Republic and Brazil. This mobile payment service will go live in Slovakia soon as well.
The Gionee M7.

Gionee M7 Plus spotted in the wild, Snapdragon 660 in tow

Gionee's upcoming M7 Plus has been spotted on a few benchmarks, with the mid-range device making a few improvements on the M7 that was released in September.
The PrevailPRO features a slim profile, but still packs powerful specs. (Source: PNY)

PNY launches PrevailPRO Mobile Workstation with NVIDIA Quadro Max-Q and Core i7

The PrevailPRO is PNY's first incursion into mobile workstations. There are three available variants that integrate an i7-7700HQ CPU coupled with up to 32 GB DDR4-24400 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSD + 2 TB HDD storage options. On the graphics side, professional designers can choose between Nvidia's Quadro P3000 and P4000 GPUs, both with Max-Q specs.
All the premium features on the GT83VR Titan add up to a total weight of 12 lbs. (Source: MSI)

Deal | Amazon offers 33% discount on the MSI GT83VR Titan gaming laptop with GTX 1070 SLI setup

The MSI GT83VR Titan is not your usual gaming laptop. It packs all sorts of premium features like the unlocked gen 6 i7-6820HK CPU coupled with 64 GB DRR4-2400 RAM, two 256 GB NVMe SSDs + 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD storage combo, 18.4-inch 1080p IPS-grade display, BD writer + SD card reader, and a SteelSeries backlit mechanical keyboard with RGB backlight and separate numerical touchpad.
Asus laptops fall flat in latest quarterly worldwide shipment results (Image source: HP)

Asus laptops fall flat in latest quarterly worldwide shipment estimates

Overall laptop shipments are up 6.8 percent quarter-on-quarter for an estimated total of 42.69 million units amongst the top 6 brands. Asus slipped from 4th place to 5th and subsequently lost its spot to Apple.
Product image of the MX110. The MX130 looks identical. (Source: Nvidia)

The entry-level MX110 and MX130 GPU product pages appear on Nvidia's website

The previously rumored MX110 and MX130 are now listed on Nvidia's website, and unlike the MX150 that they join these cards are Maxwell based rather than Pascal. Based on Nvidia's performance figures these cards provide around 38 to 63 percent of the performance from an MX150.
Nov 15
OnePlus 5T model A5010 details (Source: GFXBench)

OnePlus 5T surfaces on GFXBench

The upcoming OnePlus 5T was spotted on GFXBench with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 6-inch display with 2,060 x 1,980 pixels. Its launch is expected for tomorrow.
Lineage 2: Revolution now available via Google Play and Apple's App Store

Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America

Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
The Essential PH-1. (Source: Digital Trends)

Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble

A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
The Galaxy Note 8 in all its glory. (Source: CNET)

Deal | You can snag a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for under $800

A reputable seller on eBay currently has the Samsung Galaxy Note 8—brand new, unlocked, 64 GB—on sale for a bargain price of US$790. Pretty great deal when you consider the fact that its rival, the iPhone X, goes for US$200 more.
The Redmi Note 5A was launched a few months ago but no one actually cares about it.

Redmi Note 5 listed online

The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on JD.com, which may be a sign that we're set to get the mid-range killers in the coming weeks. Details of the device are unknown at the moment but we expect to see either the Snapdragon 630 or 636 on it, which would make for a delightful package, especially at the prices touted.
Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is faster than Apple's iPhone X

The tests conducted by the popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff revealed that the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are very close in terms of performance, but Samsung's flagship managed to win thanks to its strong multitasking capabilities.
The Optane DIMMs are based on regular DDR4 DIMMs but the interface will differ, while the capacities will go beyond 512 GB. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel Optane DIMMs to hit the market in second half of 2018

The Optane DIMMs will come in DDR4 module sizes and will also feature NVMe-like capacities of at least 512 GB. These will improve data caching without the need of an SSD, speeding up load times in applications and games. Estimated cost is around US$88.
The 7nm A11X Bionic could feature in the next gen iPad. (Source: Mydrivers.com)

Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU

Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini would come with a 4-inch display, but still retain the other top features from the flagship versions. (Source: BusinessKorea)

An early 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is highly likely, according to new rumors

U.S.-based investment information firm Valuewalk informs that a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini version is most likely to be launched in early 2018, along with the S9 and S9+ flagship models. The Mini model would get a 4-inch display with curved edges and all the other powerful specs that come with the larger versions.
Delays in the production of the iPhone X hit Foxconn hard. (Source: Apple)

Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes

Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Essential has made its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta available for its PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing

Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
Nov 14
Anand Chanrasekher, Senior VP and GM, shows off the Centriq 2400. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces commercial shipments starting for world's first 10 nm server processor - Centriq 2400

After a four year design, development, and implementation process Qualcomm has announced that they are now shipping their Centriq 2400 ARMv8-based server processors. These processors are available in up to 48 cores and have been designed for low TDP operation in highly-threaded cloud-based workloads.
Android Oreo has new APIs which help remove developers reliance on accessibility permissions. (Source: knd61/Pixabay)

Google's new security policy on accessibility features will limit or remove 'hundreds of good, useful apps'

The next stage of Google's push to improve Android security is putting a spotlight on applications which misuse accessibility features to add functionality that wasn't expressely designed to improve use for people with disabilities. Some popular apps affected include LastPass, Cerberus, and Tasker.
Quadro P500 debuting in upcoming ultra-thin Lenovo ThinkPad P52s workstation (Source: Lenovo)

Nvidia Quadro P500 debuting in upcoming ultra-thin Lenovo ThinkPad P52s workstation

The ThinkPad P52s will also integrate a physical slider in front of the webcam for privacy concerns when it launches early 2018.
The SaturnV Ai supercomputer consists of 660 nodes spread on 5 rows. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia's upgraded SaturnV with Volta DGX-1 GPUs to be among top 10 AI supercomputers

Nvidia is currently upgrading its SaturnV AI supercomputer with Volta DGX-1 GPUs in order to push the crunching power for its autonomous driving program. The SaturnV will be capable of 40 PetaFLOPS in FP64 mode, making it one of the top 10 AI supercomputers worldwide.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Lineage 2: Revolution Edition launch (Source: The Android Soul)

Lineage 2 Revolution Edition of Galaxy Note 8 hits South Korea

The latest limited edition variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 flagship targets South Korean consumers who play Lineage 2: Revolution, coming with a rich collection of freebies that includes in-game collectibles, a Samsung DeX, an HDMI cable, and various discount coupons for even more accessories.
HP Care lists the SD835 powered laptop. (Source: HP)

The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops

Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Lenovo Moto Tab Android tablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Source: Lenovo)

AT&T-exclusive Lenovo Moto Tab launches this Friday

The 10.1-inch Moto Tab by Lenovo will join AT&T's portfolio as a slim and powerful premium tablet made for entertainment. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, Kids Mode, and more.
The Liva Q features a really small enclosure, measuring 2.75 x 2.75 x 1.18 in and weighing 9.1 oz. (Source: ECS)

ECS launches the Liva Q mini PC with diminutive dimensions

The Liva Q is one of the smallest mini PCs around, and can be powered by either the dual-core Celeron N3350 or the quad-core Pentium N4200 SoCs coupled with a maximum of 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The storage part is ensured by a 64 GB eMMC chip and a microSD reader. This mini PC is marketed as a multimedia streaming and digital signage solution.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models from Apple in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018

Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
Essential Phone up close and personal

Essential Phone gets unofficial LineageOS support

Although the Essential Phone's design makes it difficult to build custom ROMs for it, an XDA Developers user has been able to bring LineageOS 14.1 to Andy Rubin's flagship.
Still top dogs. (Source: China Daily Europe)

Global smartphone market sees rise in Q3

Average smartphone prices have seen a 7% rise over the course of the last year, and that's undoubtedly a product of the market's growth, with shipments for 2017 expected to total 7.4% more than what we saw in 2016.
Still kings. (Source: Shapeways)

Marshmallow still most popular version of Android with 31% market distribution

Google has released Google Play install statistics which show that Marshmallow is still the most widely used version of Android with a 30.9% market distribution. Oreo comes in dead last—yes, even worse than Gingerbread—with just 0.3%.
Razer sold fewer than 1000 Blade Pro systems in all of 2016 (Source: Razer)

Razer sold fewer than 1000 Blade Pro systems in all of 2016

Meanwhile, the smaller Blade and Blade Stealth notebooks sold a total of over 50000 units during the same calendar period. [November 13, 2017 update: Razer has since provided an explanation for the Blade Pro numbers following the publication of this piece.]
Nov 13
Qualcomm utterly dominates the Android SoC-making business. (Source: GlassDoor)

Qualcomm unequivocally rejects Broadcom's advances

Following Broadcom's unsolicited proposal to buy out Qualcomm a few days ago, the Qualcomm Board of Directors has reached a unanimous decision to reject any such advances.
The mask that turned Face ID into Farce ID (Source: Bkav Corp on YouTube)

Face ID tricked using a mask

A Vietnamese security firm managed to trick Apple's Face ID into unlocking the new iPhone X with the help of a custom mask that was created for a cost of around US$150. Perfecting the whole process took them about a week.
Apple headquarters, Cupertino. (Source: Urban Splatter)

Apple expected to topple Samsung in Q4

Analytics firm TrendForce has released a report on the smartphone market, with Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi having the top six spots, in that order. The report predicts a decline in Samsung shipments in Q4, however, and a rapid rise in Apple's that would give the American giants the top spot.
The Mate 10.

Honor V10 set for November 28 launch in China

The Honor V10 will be a cheaper version of the Huawei Mate 10 devices that were released about a month ago. Earlier reports pointed towards an early December launch in London but it looks like the Chinese market will be getting it earlier than that, on November 28.
The new GDDR6 memory modules have already won the CES 2018 Innovation Award. (Source: Samsung)

Nvidia Volta GPUs (GTX 2000) to come with Samsung's GDDR6 memory, reaching 16 Gbps transfer rates

Samsung announced that the GDDR6 modules are going to be released in early 2018 with the new nvidia GTX 2000 series, boasting transfer rates increased by almost 50% and reduced energy requirements.
Panasonic Eluga I5 Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737 (Source: Panasonic)

Low-end Panasonic Eluga I5 smartphone hits India

Although the Eluga I4 arrived less than two months ago, the new Eluga I5 is already official. At first sight, it looks like it has almost identical features and about the same price as its predecessor as well.

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