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Jun 13
Japanese courthouse (Source: DALL·E 3-generated image)

Japan forces Google and Apple to support third-party app stores

After the European Union, Japan is stepping in by promoting a law that forces both Apple and Google to stop keeping third-party app stores out of their ecosystems. For now, some details are still sketchy, but a fine of 20% of the domestic revenue for the initial violation for a specific service is certain.
Codrut Nistor, 13 Jun 2024 23:24
The first Ferrari EV will have an 'authentic' noise, might arrive by late-2025. (Source: Ferrari)

Electric Ferraris will boast an 'authentic' growl, claims marketing executive

Ferrari claims that the company's first all-electric supercar will feature an 'authentic' noise. A Ferrari being noisy is not at all surprising, however, making an EV sound raw and visceral without going the artificial route is certainly a daunting task.
Sambit Saha, 13 Jun 2024 21:44
128 GB Google Pixel 7 down to $354.99 on Woot (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Deal | Google Pixel 7 becomes a steal with 41% limited-time discount

Brand-new Google Pixel 7 with 128 GB of storage is currently available on Amazon-owned Woot for just $354.99. This translates to a generous 41% discount from the regular $599 tag. But you need to hurry because the sale will only be active for 18 days or until the stock is out.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 13 Jun 2024 20:13
Bose QuietComfort Ultra wireless earbuds down to their record-low price (Image source: Bose)

Deal | Limited time deal drops Bose QuietComfort Ultra earbuds to lowest price ever

Bose QuietComfort Ultra wireless earbuds launched with a slightly updated design, wireless charging, great noise canceling, and many high-end specs. While they are still relatively new, Amazon has the Black variant on sale at $239, which is the all-time low price for these Bluetooth buds.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 13 Jun 2024 19:50
Ethical hackers Joe Grand and Bruno help recover $3 million in bitcoin from a locked wallet. (Source: YouTube)

Hackers recover $3 million in bitcoin from software wallet locked for over a decade

Well-known YouTuber and ethical hacker Joe Grand, along with fellow software wizard Bruno successfully reverse-engineered a password generation tool and discovered a critical flaw in its earlier version. Thanks to this feat, they were able to re-create the password for a Bitcoin wallet which had been locked since 2013, allowing its owner to regain access to his fortune - worth now over $3 million.
Sambit Saha, 13 Jun 2024 19:41
openSUSE Leap 15.6 now available (Source: openSUSE News)

openSUSE Leap 15.6 arrives with extended support, KDE Plasma 5.27.11, and more

Until next year's announced arrival of the Adaptable Linux Platform-based Leap 16, openSUSE Leap keeps moving forward with version 15.6. Released yesterday, it comes with maintenance and security updates guaranteed until the end of 2025, OpenSSL 3.1 as default, Podman 4.8, KDE Plasma 5.27.11, and more.
Codrut Nistor, 13 Jun 2024 19:09
The N2. (Source: Dangbei)

Dangbei announces new FHD projector with affordable price-tag and unique gimbal stand

Dangbei has unleashed its latest "Netflix Officially Licensed" home projector with the fairly conventional specs necessary to throw an up-to-120 inch image at an FHD resolution. Then again, the N2 also debuts a new type of stand which, despite its single leg, is rated to support it as it tilts through up to 210 degrees.
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Jun 2024 18:54
Audio-Technica unveils ATH-S300BT wireless headphones with noise-cancelling, multipoint connections, and 90 hours battery life. (Source: A-T)

Audio-Technica unveils ATH-S300BT wireless headphones with hear-through noise-cancellation, 90 hours battery life, and multipoint pairing

Audio-Technica has unveiled the ATH-S300BT wireless headphones with hear-through noise-cancellation, 90 hours battery life, and multipoint pairing. A three minute charge provides 2.5 hours of runtime, and a 3.5 mm audio cable allows for continued use even when the battery is fully drained.
David Chien, 13 Jun 2024 18:52
The Magic V will soon be two processor generations behind some of its rivals. (Image source: Honor)

Magic V Flip: Honor challenges Galaxy Z Flip6 and Razr 50 Ultra with 3,000 nit display and outdated Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset

Honor has brought forth its latest foldable smartphone, following the success of the Magic V2. This time, the company has turned its hand to clamshell foldables with the Magic V Flip. While the device has a few standout features like a 3,000 nit AMOLED foldable display, it relies on Qualcomm's older Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset despite its relatively high price tag.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 18:45
An official Razr 50 promo. (Source: Motorola)

Motorola sets date for next-gen clamshell foldable Android flagship product reveal

Motorola has announced that it will finally make successors to the 2023 Razr series of foldable Android smartphones official later in June 2024. It is thought that the line's new 50 Ultra flagship and its vanilla 50 sibling will become available in China from that date, and go global shortly thereafter. Both devices are expected to debut with generationally upgraded cover displays and internal specs.
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Jun 2024 18:23
The GameMT E6 Plus comes in multiple colours, all with ASUS ROG Ally looks. (Image source: GameMT)

GameMT E6 Plus: New retro gaming handheld released as ASUS ROG Ally lookalike for under $100

The GameMT E6 Plus is a new retro gaming handheld based around a 5-inch and 720p touchscreen display. While the GameMT E6 Plus looks like a Steam Deck or an ASUS ROG Ally, it is more of a target for cheaper gaming handhelds thanks to the presence of a Rockchip RK3566 chipset and 2 GB of RAM.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 17:41
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 has received a hefty price cut on Amazon (image via Notebookcheck)

Deal | Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 drops to lowest price ever on Amazon

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 has dropped to just $599 on Amazon. This is the cheapest it has ever been since it was launched in July last year.
Anil Ganti, 13 Jun 2024 17:37
Epic Games has already announced its next free game of the week. (Image source: Epic Games)

Next Epic Games Store free game revealed ahead of schedule

Epic Games has only just refreshed its free game of the week offering. Nonetheless, details about the next game in line for the same treatment have already been published online.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 17:37
HMD Skyline may arrive in under a month's time. (Image source: @smashx_60)

HMD Skyline: Nokia Lumia reincarnation leaks with Samsung ISOCELL HP2 108 MP camera before rumoured July release

Based on recent reports, HMD Global plans to release a slew of new smartphones this year. One of its standout devices could be the HMD Skyline, a Nokia Lumia lookalike that combines a decent-sized battery with a powerful Qualcomm chipset and an ISOCELL HP2 108 MP camera produced by Samsung.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 17:05
The Oppo F27 Pro+ 5G arrives with a curved AMOLED display (Image source: Oppo)

Oppo F27 Pro+ 5G announced as new mid-ranger with IP69 rating

Oppo's F27 Pro+ 5G features a 120 Hz FHD+ AMOLED panel, MediaTek Dimensity 7050 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of storage. Currently, it's available for preorder in India only, starting at INR 27,999 (~$335).
Tudor Cibean, 13 Jun 2024 16:24
The Go 3S supports multiple first-party accessories for designed for various use cases. (Image source: Insta360)

Insta360 Go 3S: New pocketable 4K action camera released weighing just 39 g with Apple Find My support

Insta360 has released yet another action camera, hardly any time on from the Insta360 X4. This time, it is the turn of the Go 3S, an update on last year's Go 3 that maintains its compact proportions while adding 4K video recording capabilities and Apple Find My support.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 16:16
Minor APU upgrade (Image Source: Minisforum)

Minisforum launches UM880 / UM890 Pro mini PCs with AMD Hawk Point APUs

The chassis and the port selection are essentially the same from the UM780 XTX model that introduced an OCulink port and a larger cooling system for up to 70 W TDP over the initial UM790 Pro. However, the UM880 Pro is powered by the Ryzen 7 8845HS and the UM890 Pro gets the more powerful Ryzen 9 8945HS.
Bogdan Solca, 13 Jun 2024 16:06
Sony has added a new quality-of-life feature for Discord users on the PlayStation 5 (image via Sony)

Sony adds new Discord tab to PlayStation 5 Game Base

Sony has made it a lot easier for PlayStation 5 owners to access Discord audio calls on their consoles. Now, a dedicated Discord tab in the Game Base gives you direct access to your contacts and servers.
Anil Ganti, 13 Jun 2024 16:03
The Asus ROG Ally with its Ryzen Z1 Extreme has been discounted to $549.

Deal | Asus ROG Ally price drops by $150 to all-time low ahead of pricy ROG Ally X July official launch

The Asus ROG Ally X should officially become available in July, sending the original ROG Ally firmly into discount territory. With the latest Best Buy deal resulting in a $150 price drop, it starts to look like a mighty fine budget option, considering it has the exact same internals as the upcoming ROG Ally X.
Julian van der Merwe, 13 Jun 2024 15:40
Samsung has only released 'W' branded foldables in China so far, W24 pictured. (Image source: Samsung)

Galaxy Z Fold6 Ultra: New evidence of ultra-premium Samsung foldable leaks before potentially limited release

New evidence of a more premium alternative to the Galaxy Z Fold6 has appeared online. Codenamed 'Q6A', the device appears set for Chinese and South Korean releases as the W25 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold6 Ultra, respectively.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 15:30
Fengmi is shipping the Formovie X5 projector worldwide via Banggood. (Image source: Formovie)

Formovie X5 brighter 4K projector now shipping to more countries

The Fengmi Formovie X5, a 4K laser home theater projector, is available worldwide via Banggood. The model is said to offer up to 2,450 CVIA lumens brightness using ALPD technology. The company ships from warehouses in South America and Europe, though there are other channels through which you could purchase the product.
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 15:21
Redout 2 was developed by Saber Interactive and published by 34BigThings in June 2022. (Source: Epic)

Epic gives away futuristic racing game and in-game content for D&D game worth $100

This week, gamers can not only secure a racer worth $20 from Epic, but also pick up content for a free D&D game worth $100.
Marius Müller, 13 Jun 2024 15:15
The Galaxy Watch FE is essentially a re-released Galaxy Watch4. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung launches new budget Galaxy Watch smartwatch with Sapphire Crystal glass and blood pressure monitoring

Samsung has now announced a new Galaxy Watch smartwatch, shortly before the anticipated arrivals of the Galaxy Watch7 series and the new Galaxy Watch Ultra. Available later this month for under $200, the new affordable option features a Super AMOLED display that is protected by Sapphire Crystal glass and Samsung's BioActive sensor.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 15:14
There was a similar lawsuit against Valve in the US in 2021, but it was dismissed. (Source: Zolnierek/Getty Images, Steam)

Steam Owner in court: 840 million dollar class action lawsuit for market manipulation

Valve is accused of manipulating the gaming market in the UK. The company is now being sued for 840 million US dollars. The hearing is due to take place this month.
Marius Müller, 13 Jun 2024 15:13
Doogee S punk: Smartphone with speaker and additional LEDs

Doogee S punk: Rugged smartphone with powerful speakers, configurable LEDs and 10800 mAh battery

The Doogee S punk is a new and robust smartphone with an unusual look. It houses a large speaker on the back and uses the latest Android 14.
Silvio Werner, 13 Jun 2024 14:57
The EcoFlow Delta Pro 3 will be launched soon. (Image: EcoFlow)

EcoFlow Delta Pro 3: Powerful and particularly quiet power station with 4,000 W coming soon

EcoFlow will soon be launching a new flagship solar generator. Initial information about EcoFlow Delta Pro 3 indicates it will come with 4,000 W of power.
Marcus Schwarten, 13 Jun 2024 14:39
The Philips Hue Twilight has appeared in leaked images. (Image source: Smartlights.de)

New Philips Hue Twilight smart bedside lamp leaks

Philips Hue is set to release its first smart bedside lamp, which is named Twilight. Recently leaked images show a lamp with two light sources, offering dimmable white and colored light. Other features are said to be a smart sleep mode and various control options, including an integrated button.
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 14:34
HMD Xenon looks like Nokia Lumia smartphones of old from the front, such as the Nokia Lumia 920. (Image source: @smashx_60)

HMD Xenon to launch alongside HMD Ridge smartphone with Nokia Lumia inspired design

Based on new leaks, it appears that HMD Global is preparing a slew of new mid-range smartphones. While the HMD Ridge will be available in a striking colour option, it seems that HMD Global will lean on the design of classic Nokia Lumia smartphones with the HMD Xenon.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 14:18
Model Y bonus matches the lost federal subsidy (image: Tesla)

Tesla cuts Model Y price up to 15% via 'environmental bonus' and warns Model 3 price may go up after tariffs in Europe

From the new longest-range Model Y RWD to the AWD Performance version, Tesla is effectively reducing the Model Y prices by €6,000 in a market where its sales dropped 64%.
Daniel Zlatev, 13 Jun 2024 14:13
Xiaomi has only announced one Redmi Pad SE version so far. (Image source: Xiaomi)

New Xiaomi Redmi Pad SE revealed before official release with smaller display and 4G connectivity

Xiaomi is preparing to expand its Redmi Pad series again, having announced the Redmi Pad Pro this year. This time, it appears that the company plans to offer a smaller version of the Redmi Pad SE globally with not just an 8.7-inch display but also 4G connectivity.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 14:10
Samsung Foundry revealed two new nodes at a recent event (image via Samsung)

Samsung Foundry announces new SF2Z node with backside power delivery

Samsung Foundry has announced two new nodes: SF2Z and SF4U. The former will enter mass production in 2027 with backside power delivery and the latter sometime in 2025.
Anil Ganti, 13 Jun 2024 14:02
The IKEA SKOTAT is a new extension cable. (Image source: IKEA)

IKEA announces new extension cable and inexpensive USB-C cable products

IKEA has revealed four new charging products. These are the SKOTAT multi-socket extension cable, available worldwide, and various RUNDHULT and LILLHULT USB-C cables for the EU market. The braided cables are available in a range of colors and are relatively cheap, with prices starting from €5.99.
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 13:32
The HMD 105 and HMD 110 will be some of the cheapest feature phones that HMD Global sells. (Image source: HMD Global)

HMD releases HMD 105 and HMD 110 feature phones with long battery life but lacking Nokia branding

HMD Global has released a new pair of feature phones, less than two months on from the introduction of the Nokia 215, Nokia 225, Nokia 235 and Nokia 3210 2024. This time, HMD Global has done away with Nokia branding altogether, although the HMD 105 and HMD 110 effectively succeed the older Nokia 105 and Nokia 110.
Alex Alderson, 13 Jun 2024 13:18
The Hisense Starlight S1 Pro Laser TV has a foldable screen. (Image source: Hisense)

Hisense unveils new Starlight S1 Pro Laser TV with up to 100-inch foldable screen

The Hisense Starlight S1 Pro Laser TV has been revealed in China. Available in four sizes up to 100 inches, the model uses the brand’s LPU digital laser engine and offers 150% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. Other features include support for IMAX Enhanced and built-in Harman Kardon speakers with Dolby Atmos.
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 12:35
Flow's PPU promises up to 100x performance boost with refactoring and recompiling (Image source: Flow Computing)

Startup company Flow Computing claims its companion chip can instantly 2x any CPU performance

Flow Computing is a Finnish startup that is making a big claim with its companion chip. It is said to offer an instantaneous 2x performance boost when paired with any CPU. The company has even gone further and said that the performance gain can be as much as 100x with software tweaks.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 13 Jun 2024 12:16
The HYgreen GOMOW robot lawn mower will be available to pre-order in July. (Image source: HYgreen)

HYgreen GOMOW new robot lawn mower arriving soon with discount

HYgreen has announced that it will soon begin accepting pre-orders for its new GOMOW robotic mower. The device will launch in Germany at a discounted price after it is shown at spoga+gafa 2024, and it could also be available in other countries. Features include solar-powered antennas instead of a boundary wire and app-based controls
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 12:00
Framework laptop 16 is now more customizable than ever (Image source: Framework)

Framework makes 3D CAD design files for modular 16-inch laptop open source

The Framework laptops are best known for their modular and repairable design. Now, the company has taken things to the next level by open-sourcing the 3D CAD files for its 16-inch laptop. This will enable users with 3D printers to make their own accessories.
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 13 Jun 2024 11:59
The Roborock Qrevo S is cheaper than the new Qrevo Master. (Image source: Roborock)

Roborock Qrevo S new cheaper robot vacuum arrives in more countries

Roborock is rolling out the new Qrevo S to European countries. Arriving in the US earlier in 2024, the model comes to Europe at the same time as the Qrevo Master, though the S has more basic functionality and is, therefore, cheaper. Plus, customers can currently get a €150 discount on the smart home device.
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 11:24
The Roborock Qrevo Master robot vacuum tops the Qrevo range. (Image source: Roborock)

Roborock launches new powerful Qrevo Master robot vacuum

Roborock has announced the launch of the Qrevo Master Robot Vacuum in the US and the EU. The latest model tops the Qrevo range and shares many similarities with the flagship S8 MaxV Ultra. Features include the FlexiArm side brush and mop, hair-cutting technology and Siri voice commands.
Polly Allcock, 13 Jun 2024 10:57
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is expected to launch at the event. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 launch event date

Qualcomm has now quietly revealed the date for its 2024 Snapdragon Summit. The famed event will take place in late October, and is all but certain to see the introduction of the company's next-gen flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.
Ricci Rox, 13 Jun 2024 10:54
The Galaxy Tab S9 series. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S10+ seemingly set to arrive in the US with a MediaTek Dimensity 9300+

A Geekbench listing has now provided strong indications of Samsung's potential plans to launch the Galaxy Tab S10+ with a MediaTek chipset. Apparently, the premium tablet could be equipped with a Dimensity 9300+ when it arrives in the US next year.
Ricci Rox, 13 Jun 2024 10:11
The Jabra Elite 8 Active Gen 2 will be launched soon.

Jabra Elite 8 Actve Gen 2: Robust earbuds launch with a smart charging case and surround sound

Jabra is offering new and completely wireless earbuds, the Elite 8 Active Gen 2, which are said to offer improved surround sound with Dolby Audio and can also be worn during sports without fear of damage.
Silvio Werner, 13 Jun 2024 05:15
The Light Phone 3 features an OLED display and a minimalist user interface. (Image: Light Phone)

Light Phone 3 launches with 50% discount, monochrome OLED and minimalist design

Like its predecessor, the third-generation Light Phone is aimed specifically at minimalists, but the device offers numerous upgrades, starting with a brand new OLED display, a 50 MP main camera and a dedicated adjustment wheel for the display brightness.
Hannes Brecher, 13 Jun 2024 05:03
The Samsung Galaxy S24 FE has just shown up on Geekbench (image via Notebookcheck)

Samsung Galaxy S24 FE makes Geekbench debut with new Exynos 2400 variant

The Samsung Galaxy S24 FE (model number SM-S721B) has just shown up on Geekbench. It appears to be running a slightly underclocked Exynos 2400 variant and an Xclipse 940 GPU.
Anil Ganti, 13 Jun 2024 04:53
Nikon has confirmed that it will be launching a new camera on June 17 — likely the leaked Nikon Z6 III. (Image source: Nikon - edited)

Nikon Z6 III teaser touts tiny form factor with powerful internals for June 17 announcement

Nikon has teased the upcoming Z6 III as a compact, powerful full-frame camera with Pre-Release Capture and enhanced low-light capabilities. While Nikon didn't reveal much else, it has provided the release date of June 17, shattering earlier rumours of a June 11–12 launch.
Julian van der Merwe, 13 Jun 2024 02:19
Many aesthetic aspects of the upcoming Inster EV look like they were pulled straight from the Ioniq 5. (image source: Hyundai)

Hyundai teases cheap EV with retro Ioniq 5 styling alongside $21,500 rumored price tag for June reveal

Hyundai has officially teased its next EV, the Inster. Although it didn't give away too many details, what is obvious is that the Inster will be built around the boxy, Korea-exclusive Casper and feature the same retro-inspired pixel lighting scheme as the Ioniq 5. Hyundai also teased that the Inster will have a middling WLTP range of 355 km (ca. 221 miles).
Julian van der Merwe, 13 Jun 2024 01:34
Jun 12
Microsoft has rolled out a new update for Xbox users (image via Microsoft)

Xbox June Update officially announced with multiple QoL improvements for PC, console and cloud gaming platforms

The Xbox June Update brings forth several improvements to PC, Xbox Series S|X consoles and Xbox Cloud Gaming. It also includes firmware updates for the Xbox Adaptive and Xbox Elite wireless controllers.
Anil Ganti, 12 Jun 2024 22:34
Button cells are almost gigantic compared to AH-LLZO batteries. (Image: pixabay)

Ultra-thin solid-state battery with high performance developed

The energy density is on a par with current battery technology. The new battery can be shrunk to a thickness of just a few micrometers. But it is not only the material savings that are remarkable.
Mario Petzold, 12 Jun 2024 21:36
The Mini Cooper 5 Door will skip an EV drivetrain in favour of a petrol engine despite continued EV interest. (Image source: Mini - edited)

Stretched Mini Cooper 5 Door skips electric drivetrain — EV families left to buy Mini's SUV despite plentiful data supporting EV popularity

Mini has officially launched the latest iteration of its four-door sub-compact hatch, and unfortunately for those looking for a small, quirky, electric car, Mini will not be launching this update in an EV guise. This is despite Mini having data showing that many families are still shopping for EVs.
Julian van der Merwe, 12 Jun 2024 21:32
New materials can improve the efficiency, service life or price of semiconductors. (Image: pixabay/PublicDomainPictures)

Better solar cells, transparent technology and more

An automated process, a hyperspectral camera and the prospect of further optimizations are driving semiconductor development. And it is not only further improvements in photovoltaics that are to be tackled.
Mario Petzold, 12 Jun 2024 21:21

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