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Feb 23
The Commercial Suite version of Microsoft's HoloLens costs US$5,000 per unit. (Source: Microsoft)

HoloLens 2 could be launched at MWC19; dozens of Microsoft staff oppose its proposed military applications

Microsoft and its CEO, Satya Nadella, will be in attendance at MWC19 in Barcelona, and it is rumored that the company’s new HoloLens 2 AR smartglasses will be revealed. However, at least 50 Microsoft employees have publicly objected to the tech giant’s US$480 million contract with the U.S. Army that involves the augmented-reality headset.
The Huawei P30 Pro should be unveiled on March 26 in Paris. (Source: India Today)

Likely Huawei P30 Pro moon shot makes your smartphone's moon photos look less than stellar

The CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, has uploaded a photo of the moon to his Weibo account that was more than likely taken with a P30 Pro smartphone. Huawei has been busy promoting the zooming qualities of its upcoming P30 series on Twitter, but the zoom shot of the moon certainly takes some beating.
The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 sold out quickly after a massive price drop. (Source: AMD)

AMD briefly drops Vega 56 to US$279 to take on the GTX 1660 Ti, sells out within hours

In the wake of NVIDIA announcing the 'Turing' GTX 1660 Ti GPU, AMD announced a limited period offer for the Vega 56 by bringing down the price of the card to the same US$279 price point. Unfortunately, though, the card appears to have been sold out and it is not known if and when AMD will reinstate the offer again.
The Sony Xperia 1 is expected to be available in June. (Source: 91mobiles)

Huge leak reveals specifications and prices for Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, and Xperia L3

The main specifications, pricing, and availability of Sony’s upcoming devices have been obtained and published by 91mobiles. This massive leak includes details about the flagship smartphone Xperia 1, the midrange devices Xperia 10 and Xperia 10+, and the budget-level Xperia L3. The Xperia 1, 10, and 10+ will all feature the new “CinemaWide” 21:9 aspect ratio.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. (Source: B&H)

Leaked Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Carbon datasheets signal a June launch for Intel Ice Lake

Lenovo could be joining Dell in offering Intel Ice Lake laptops as soon as June this year. Leaked datasheets for the ThinkPad X1 Yoga and ThinkPad X1 Carbon detail the inclusion of Core i5 and Core i7 Ice Lake processor options. The new models are slimmer and the transition to Ice Lake is expected to bring significant benefits to both compute and graphics performance.
Intel Gen11 raises the bar for integrated graphics. (Source: Intel)

Intel Gen11 GT2 GPU outperforms the Vega 10 and closes in on the Vega 11 in leaked benchmarks

GFXBench results of Intel's upcoming Gen11 GT2 graphics have leaked online and the scores seem to be pretty impressive. The Ice Lake Gen11 GT2 is a significant improvement over Skylake's GT9 and promises 1 TFLOP GPU performance for all. These preliminary scores reveal GT11's advantage over the Vega 10 (and possibly even the Vega 11) and its potential value for OEMs and customers over AMD APUs and NVIDIA MX offerings.
The Huawei Mate X seems to have grouped sensors on its main edge. (Source: XDA Developers/Hupu)

Image of promotional banner for Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone leaked

A leaked image of a promotional banner has confirmed the name of the upcoming foldable 5G smartphone from Huawei: Mate X. The picture doesn’t reveal details about pricing or hardware, but it does show the foldable device in three different forms that give a clear idea of what the Huawei Mate X will look like.
The Bixby button finally becomes remappable in the S10 line. (Source: Samsung)

The Bixby button is remappable in the Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 line continues the recent tradition of having an additional hardware button that activates the Bixby virtual assistant out of the box. However, unlike previous flagship generations, users will be able to re-assign the functions of this button. This new feature may also be transferred to the Note 9 and older phones in the future.
Feb 22
Gamers can select an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti from a number of AIB partners. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia officially launches the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Nvidia has announced that its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card is now on sale. The new graphics solution can be purchased at prices starting at US$279.99. The latest addition to the GTX line-up offers 6 GB GDDR6 memory utilizing a 192-bit interface width and has 1536 CUDA cores. Its base clock is listed as 1500 MHz with a boost clock rate of 1770 MHz.
Through "The Odyssey" program, Intel is looking to involve end users in the GPU design process in order to deliver the best possible products for gamers. (Source: Intel)

Intel invites you to help build the best GPU through "The Odyssey"

The discrete GPU market is about to get busy in 2020, as Intel is planning a triumphant return. To ensure its success, the company is now launching "The Odyssey" initiative which aims at involving gamers in the GPU development process. Intel is willing to listen to what end users have to say in order to create the best possible gaming GPUs.
MediaTek has designed new KaiOS-compatible SoCs. (Source: KaiOS Tech)

MediaTek announces new chipsets for 3G and 4G KaiOS phones

KaiOS powers feature phones such as the Nokia 8110. MediaTek has prepared new 3G and 4G SoCs for this platform. One of these, the MT6731, can also support 4G in dual SIM slots. They are intended to bring new, affordable phones with these connectivity options in 2019
The current STT-MRAM chips are built on the 22 nm process and come in 7 Mb packages. (Source: Intel)

Intel's STT-MRAM ready for mass production, viable alternative for SRAM and NAND flash?

STT-MRAM is one of the alternatives for current SRAM and NAND flash memory / storage solutions. Intel's current implementation is manufactured on the 22 nm node, and promises faster read/write speeds, better endurance, and long-term data storage at higher temperatures. Its hybrid nature should allow Intel to include it in future Optane products.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars now available worldwide

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars is now available worldwide

One month after showing up at CES and snagging quite a few "Best of" awards, the ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars is now launching worldwide. This gaming smartphone is available in two variants — Essential (6/64 GB) and Superior (8/128 GB) — and a third one that features 10 GB of memory and 256 GB of internal storage space is also coming soon.
Our Core i9 verdict: It’s just not worth it on laptops

Our Core i9 verdict: It’s just not worth it on laptops

With almost a dozen Core i9-8950HK laptops under our belt, we have a pretty good idea about how these unlocked CPUs can perform. Average CPU performance is just 8 to 9 percent faster than the average Core i7-8750H laptop for a disappointing first year debut.
Images via ZOTAC

ZOTAC announces compact ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Ti AMP

UPDATE: Newegg has the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Ti AMP listed for US $279.99 and $289.99, respectively. The listings have detailed information on the cards' specifications. ZOTAC announced its take on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti today in the form of two new graphics cards. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a relatively compact card (145 mm or 5.71 inches) that ZOTAC claims can fit into 99% of systems available today. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP is a fair bit larger (209.6 mm or 8.3 inches) but has larger fans and will be factory overclocked. ZOTAC has yet to announce pricing and availability.
The Galaxy S10+'s punch-hole camera obscures some app text. (Source: Twitter)

Apps are already having compatibility issues with the Samsung Galaxy S10 display

The Samsung Galaxy S10 line introduces the Infinity-O display to the international market. Unfortunately, it seems that some app elements are being occluded or otherwise disrupted by the 'punch-hole' found in the upper right corner of this screen type. This highlights the increasing need to account for and adapt to this new display tech in the future.
Xbox One games may become available on the Switch. (Source: Nintendo Enthusiast)

Nintendo Switch may gain ability to use XBox features, including Game Passes, soon

A YouTuber has asserted that Microsoft will port some games and features to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The indie title Ori has been specifically named in relation to this new purported deal to link the two platforms. This development will also apparently bring Xbox Game Passes to the Switch.
Some Adobe CC plans are cheaper than normal right now. (Source: Adobe)

Adobe is offering a limited-time discount on individual Creative Cloud Plans

Adobe is offering a discount on the prices of all-app Creative Cloud (CC) plans. This offer applies to monthly-paid prices for CC and CC plus Adobe Stock plans only, and drops them to US$39.99 and $69.98 respectively. It is valid from now until March 1, 2019.
Windows 20H1, not 19H2, is being tested now. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft starts developing Windows 20H1 ahead of 19H2

Microsoft's next probable major software release is 19H2, the April 2019 update. However, a build associated with a release in 2020 is the one that has most recently popped up for users in the Skip Ahead program. Despite this, the company insists 19H2 will be ready on time.
The Acer Swift 3 is now available with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics. (Source: Laptopmain)

Acer now offering the Swift 3 with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics

Acer has upgraded its Swift 3 offering to feature the new NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU. The rest of the specifications remain more or less the same. The MX250 is, for all intents and purposes, a re-badged version of the MX150 with slightly higher clocks and will be available in both 10 W and 25 W TDP variants. However, it is not known which TDP variant is being used in the new Swift 3.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 mentioned in HP Omen Obelisk 875 specs sheet (Source: Reddit)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 might be coming soon

According to what appears to be a Staples employee training document that has recently surfaced on Reddit, the upcoming HP Omen Obelisk 875-0xxx series desktop will feature the yet-to-be-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 as its top video card option. While this could be a typo, it could also be the name of a non-RTX flagship product.
AMD 'Navi' might finally offer significant power-efficiency improvements. (Source: PCGamesN)

AMD 'Navi' could offer signficantly improved power-efficiency thanks to a new SMU framework

The upcoming 'Navi' GPUs from AMD could offer much better power-efficiency according to notes from AMD's recent Linux driver patches. The patches detail that 'future ASICS' could use a new sw SMU framework superceding the current PowerPlay driver. In all likelihood, the new sw SMU might enable dynamic per-core voltage and frequency adjustment found in Ryzen APUs potentially resulting in less power-hungry GPUs and more performance per Watt.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ was praised for its bokeh simulation. (Source: DxOMark)

DxOMark | Samsung Galaxy S10+ equals Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro's Mobile scores but takes third place in the rankings

Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ flagship smartphone has amassed 109 points in DxOMark’s Mobile test for its rear-facing triple camera setup. This puts the device on equal footing with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro in terms of points, but the image quality rating website has given the S10+ third place in the overall Mobile rankings.
Anthem is based on the Frostbite 3 game engine. (Source: Electronic Arts)

Anthem released to underwhelming critical response

Anthem, the action RPG developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, has been officially launched. Players get to try on exosuits known as Javelins and explore a massive open world while fighting off hordes of monstrous adversaries. Early reviews of the game have ranged from lukewarm to mixed, but it will be paying gamers who eventually decide the title’s success or failure.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ also scored more points than the iPhone XS Max and Mi MIX 3. (Source: DxOMark)

Samsung Galaxy S10+ tops DxOMark's selfie charts, surpassing the Pixel 3 and Note 9

The independent benchmark DxOMark has given the Samsung Galaxy S10+ first place in its rankings for smartphone front cameras. At the moment, there are only 13 devices in the new selfie chart but Samsung has beaten out contenders from Google, Xiaomi, and Apple. The S10+’s front camera system was commended for its accurate autofocus and color capture.
The deep purple Sony Xperia 1 could be revealed on February 25. (Source: Twitter/Evan Blass)

Sony Xperia XZ4 with 1440p display now rumored to be Xperia 1 with 4K HDR OLED

A new rumor about the expected Sony Xperia XZ4 flagship smartphone has stated that the device could be renamed the Xperia 1. This follows the news that the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Plus are to be rebranded the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, respectively. There also seems to be a fresh leak about the type of display the Xperia 1 will be fitted with.
Feb 21
Image via Nintendo

Bowser takes over Nintendo: Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime to retire, Doug Bowser named as new President

Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, announced that he will retire from the company on April 15. Doug Bowser, currently the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will step up as the new President upon Fils-Aime's retirement. Fils-Aime oversaw one of the most successful periods of Nintendo's life and managed the launches of the Nintendo DS, 3DS, Wii, and Switch.
The Eve V (Image source: Eve Technology)

Eve V: Secret 24-hour flash sale now on

A flash sale is now on for the Eve V, but only until 13:00 GMT tomorrow. The Eve V has been plagued with delays, but Eve Technology ensures that the Surface alternative is in stock and will ship in 2-4 working days.
TSMC is looking at US$550 million losses, but these should be reduced to around US$220 million with a Q2 production ramp up. (Source: TechSpot)

TSMC reveals details on Fab 14B production incident, estimates considerable losses

It took TSMC a little over two weeks to fully assess the consequences of the Fab 14B incident. Apparently, the chemical contamination was triggered by an abnormal reaction in the photoresistant material that lead to a polymer residue compromising up to 30,000 of 12 nm and 16 nm wafers. Total losses are estimated around US$550 million, but TSMC intends to ramp up production in Q2 to mitigate part of the losses.
The new set of renders indicate that the Nokia 9 PureView will have a mirrored glass back. (Image source: @ishanagarwal24)

Reportedly official Nokia 9 PureView renders surface - Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 1 Plus expected at MWC 2019 too

A set of leaked Nokia 9 PureView renders have appeared on Twitter ahead of the device's expected unveiling on February 24. HMD Global may release the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 1 Plus at MWC next week too.
Lioncast LM60: An RGB gaming mouse and a high-resolution optical sensor for US$80 (Image source: Lioncast)

Lioncast LM60: An RGB gaming mouse and a high-resolution optical sensor for US$80

Lioncast is a comparatively new manufacturer, but that has not stopped it from expanding its range of mice. The company has now released the LM60, a wired mouse with RGB lighting and a high-resolution optical sensor. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lioncast has designed the LM60 with gamers in mind.
With its US$179 MSRP, the GTX 1650 is targeted at budget gaming builds. (Source: Videocardz)

Nvidia GTX 1650 budget gaming GPU scheduled to launch in late March

As a GTX 1050 successor, the GTX 1650 GPU is rumored to integrate a TU-117 core clocked at 1.48 GHz, faster Turing shaders, and 4 GB of GDDR6 VRAM. The number of CUDA cores and the TDP are not yet known. Launch date should be close the end of March and MSRP is believed to be around US$179.
Panhard EBR 75 FL 10 premium tank in World of Tanks available via The Challenge on Wheels event

Wargaming is giving the premium EBR 75 FL 10 for free, but you have to fight to get it

"The Challenge on Wheels" special event that has begun today will last until March 7 and comes with the chance to obtain the Panhard EBR 75 FL 10 for free — or at least a good discount when purchasing it. This is the first premium wheeled vehicle in World of Tanks and can be obtained after completing ten challenging stages.
The Realme 3 is expected to sport a diamond-cut finish. (Source: Realme on Twitter)

Realme 3 to come in both Helio P60 and Helio P70 variants

The upcoming Realme 3 smartphone will be launching in both Helio P60 and Helio P70 variants. This was confirmed by Realme following the results of AIDA64 results that have leaked online. While the P70 version will launch in India, the P60 variant is destined for a global rollout. The Realme 3 is expected to sport a diamond-cut finish on the back and will target the tightly contested upper mid-range segment.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ customers on the Telstra network can opt in for a free upgrade to the 5G model on launch. (Source: Samsung)

Australian Galaxy S10+ customers offered a free upgrade to Galaxy S10 5G on Q2 launch with Telstra

Australia customers who purchase a Galaxy S10+ on a two-year plan with the telco Telstra are being offered a free, no strings attached, upgrade to the Galaxy S10 5G when it launches in the second quarter of the year. Customers who choose to opt in for the upgrade will have 21 days following the launch of the 5G model to return their Galaxy S10+ in good condition to swap it out for the free upgrade.
The new fabs will be located south of Seoul. (Source: SK Hynix/Korea Times)

SK Hynix planning enormous US$107 billion semiconductor fab investment

Reuters has reported that the South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix is planning on investing 120 trillion won (~US$106.6 billion) on chip manufacturing plants. The company will also spend an additional 55 trillion won (US$49 billion) on two existing factories over the next 10 years. SK Hynix is the world’s third-largest semiconductor vendor by revenue.
The Mi 9 SE is the first Snapdragon 712 phone. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the Mi 9 SE — the first phone powered by the Snapdragon 712

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 9 SE in China alongside the flagship Mi 9. The Mi 9 SE is the world's first phone to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC and offers the same 48 MP camera and in-display fingerprint sensor as the Mi 9. While most other specs are on par, the battery capacity seems somewhat of a downer.
The Nvidia GeForce MX250 laptop GPU is aimed at mobile gamers. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia announces GeForce MX230 and MX250 laptop GPUs

Nvidia has added two new members to the MX product family: The GeForce MX230 and the GeForce MX250. Both GPUs are based on Pascal architecture, offer DirectX 12 support, and they both utilize Nvidia’s Optimus graphics-switching technology. The MX230 and MX250 also support Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL 4.6, and OpenCL 1.2 APIs.
The Samsung UBD-M9500 (now discontinued) is the last 4K Blu-ray player from the company. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung joins OPPO in bidding adieu to Blu-ray

Samsung seems to have exited the 4K Blu-ray market in the US citing a niche market and current domination of Sony and Panasonic. Samsung became the second company after OPPO to stop making both 4K and FHD Blu-ray players coming in the wake of increased penetration of online streaming services and HDR format incompatibilities between the industry's Dolby Vision and Samsung's HDR10+.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold uses an Infinity Flex Display. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold foldable flagship smartphone has finally been officially announced. The Snapdragon 855-powered device has a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) cover display and opens up to reveal a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3) main display. The suggested price for this foldable smartphone innovation: US$1,980.
Lenovo ThinkPad 2019 leak: Data-sheets of the redesigned ThinkPads T490, T490s & T590 have been leaked (Pictured: ThinkPad T490 Healthcare Edition)

Lenovo ThinkPad 2019 leak: Data-sheets of the redesigned ThinkPads T490, T490s & T590 have been leaked

Lenovo's ThinkPad division gets hit by another leak, as a reddit user has published data-sheets for most of the upcoming ThinkPad business laptops. Though there is no way to verify the specs at this point, the specs of the T490 do line up with the already announced special T490 Healthcare Edition.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has even more cameras than the S10+

Samsung also devoted some of its latest launch event to 5G and its potential in the future of telecommunicatons and online life in general. This led to the unveiling of the Galaxy S10 5G. It has an extra 3D-sensing module on its rear panel, in addition to the three cameras also found in the S10 and S10+.
Feb 20
Samsung also has new wearables. (Source: Samsung)

New Samsung wearables - the Galaxy Buds, Fit and Watch Active - have been launched

Samsung has released three new types of wearable to go with the Galaxy S10 series in 2019. They are the Galaxy Buds, a possibly improved set of earbuds, the Galaxy Fit, a new activiy tracker, and the Galaxy Watch Active, a new sports-focused smartwatch. All three can charge wirelessly, including off S10 devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is also now official. (Source: Samsung)

Unpacked event also introduces Samsung Galaxy S10e

Today, (20 February 2019) Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+. However, the much-rumored new S10 variant, the S10e, was also counted in at some points. It will start at US$749, and has most of the new premium line's specs and features.
Images via Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ now official

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are now official and boast quite the feature set. We've known about most of these features thanks to the bevy of rumors and leaks that have been floating around the Internet for months, but the devices look to be respectable upgrades over the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Both phones feature triple-camera setups, in-display fingerprint sensor, and reverse wireless charging, among others. However, the phones come with a hefty price tag, starting at $900 and $1000, respectively.
The end of 2019 could bring halved prices for consumer DRAM modules. (Source: PCGamesN)

RAM prices to see 30% cuts in the next few months

Ever since the Chinese government started to investigate memory chip suppliers over suspicious price fixing schemes, DRAM module prices started to slowly decline, and it looks like prices could get reduced by 30% in Q2 2019. By the end of 2019 DDR4 DRAM modules may end up costing up to 50% less, and prices may flatten as the DDR5 standard becomes more popular.
Bixby now supports a wider range of languages. (Source: News4C)

Update | Bixby 2.0 adds support for more languages

Samsung's in-house virtual assistant, Bixby, has been historically linked to many limitations over its life. One of them is the inability to work in certain languages, German and Italian included. However, support for these languages, as well as for Spanish, is now being rolled out to its 2.0 version.
One of the new "Samsung Galaxy Fold" images. (Source: MobiFlip)

Update | Yet more new renders of Samsung Galaxy Fold emerge prior to its potential launch

The release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is imminent. This event has also been roundly rumored to include a stage at which the OEM's first foldable device will be unveiled. That has not stopped MobiFlip from presenting new possible images of this phone.
It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the much-loved single-board computer (Image source: Symbolfoto)

Raspberry Pi 3: It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the single-board computer

Until now, the popular single-board computer has been specifically optimised for the Internet of Things version of Windows 10. However, there is now a tool that allows the installation of the full version of the OS on the Raspberry Pi 3. It is not all smooth sailing though.
The NanoPi M4 can now be used as a NAS thanks to a new HAT expansion board (Image source: FriendlyElec)

FriendlyElec NanoPi M4: The Raspberry Pi alternative can now be used as a NAS for just US$25 thanks to a new HAT expansion board

Compact single-board computers can deliver excellent performance and fast file transfers. A new expansion board for the NanoPi M4 should allow it to be realised as network-attached storage (NAS).

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