News RSS Feed The last 50 news articles on laptops and related technology from EN News RSS Feed Notebookcheck Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:03:04 +0200 <![CDATA[Cable-based connectivity set to be worth US$34 billion in 5 years]]> The wired interface market - which encompasses all types of USB cable, as well as others (e.g. Thunderbolt or HDMI) - is estimated to have a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% well into the next decade. However, it appears that their wireless counterparts have the potential to outstrip them in the same general time-frame.]]> news Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:57:00 +0200 page_334532 <![CDATA[Dual-screen Asus Zenbook Pro 15 is the Apple Touch Bar alternative for $1700]]> The one-of-a-kind Zenbook Pro 15 integrates a secondary 1080p display right underneath the touchpad called a ScreenPad. For users who wish they could have two screens on a laptop, this is probably the closest you can get. The Core i7 will run you $1700 while the Core i9 version will cost $2300.]]> news Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:01:00 +0200 page_334362 <![CDATA[Harman launches Spark, a device to turn any car into a 'smart' car]]> Harman has released the Spark, a product that they claim can make any car "connected". It may be able to convey LTE connectivity, monitoring for auto security and automatic crash assistance on a vehicle. The Spark is currently available through AT&T in the US.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:29:00 +0200 page_334360 <![CDATA[Mobvoi to launch the TicWatch E2 smartwatch soon]]> Chinese brand Mobvoi released quite a few smart wearables so far, and the TicWatch E2 is expected to be the next in line. Advertised as a water-friendly smartwatch, it has just been unveiled on the official Mobvoi website. Sadly, there are no details to talk about yet, but more information should be unveiled shortly.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:05:00 +0200 page_334354 <![CDATA[Huawei says the Kirin 980 SoC is faster than Apple's A12 Bionic]]> Huawei might have lost the race for the first 7 nm smartphone SoC to Apple, but the Chinese company claims that its upcoming Kirin 980 that should be launched in mid-October is faster than the A12 Bionic from Apple. According to Huawei, the new Kirin 980 will be 75% faster and 57% more energy efficient than the 970 model, while the A.I. capabilities have been expanded.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:39:00 +0200 page_334296 <![CDATA[Motorola One Power coming to India next month as expected]]> On October 5, the Motorola One Power will launch in India as the first Android One handset of this brand to hit the local market. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, a 6.2-inch notched display, as well as a massive 5,000 mAh battery, all for the equivalent of US$220. ]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:55:00 +0200 page_334350 <![CDATA[Huawei Y9 (2019) specs leaked on TENAA]]> The Y-series from Huawei will soon include entry-level models as well as mid-range ones like the upcoming Y9 (2019) that just got the green light from TENAA. Powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC, the new Y9 should come in two variants: 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage. Additionally, it will get a 6.5-inch notched screen, dual camera and fingerprint on the back and a 3,900 mAh battery.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:13:00 +0200 page_334294 <![CDATA[Apple acquires Shazam, mobile app to go ad-free for everyone]]> Shazam is now finally a part of Apple, but the best part of this corporate acquisition is that the mobile app will soon become ad-free for all users. Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times so far, and nowadays it is being used to identify songs more than 20 million times a day.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:05:00 +0200 page_334348 <![CDATA[Dual-display ZTE Nubia phablet hits TENAA, short hands-of video also available]]> Although dual-display handsets never managed to take off properly, we keep seeing such designs showing up from time to time. The upcoming 6.26-inch ZTE Nubia Z18S is expected to feature a 5.1-inch secondary color display on the back and premium mid-range specs. Its recent stop at TENAA suggests that the official announcement is near.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:20:00 +0200 page_334280 <![CDATA[Samsung Galaxy A7 coming to India tomorrow]]> The new Samsung Galaxy A7 is a 6-inch phablet that uses the octa-core Exynos 7885 processor and will probably hit India with at least 6 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage. However, the memory/storage configurations for this handset that will hit India tomorrow are not public yet.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:15:00 +0200 page_334278 <![CDATA[Galaxy A9 Star Pro looks set to sport four rear cameras]]> Samsung has said it is targeting new features for its mid-range smartphones to help boost flagging sales. The latest example of this is the forthcoming Galaxy A9 Star Pro that is said to sport four rear cameras, twice as many as its current flagship devices.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:58:00 +0200 page_334274 <![CDATA[Time to celebrate: Google Android is now 10 years old]]> Although Android Inc. was founded back in October 2003, it took a while for the eponymous operating system to finally hit the market. This event took place on September 23, 2008, when the HTC Dream — also known as the T-Mobile G1 — was introduced as the first commercially available Android-powered smartphone.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:45:00 +0200 page_334276 <![CDATA[NVIDIA AIB-partner sources offer clearer picture of how tariffs will affect their prices]]> The tech blog WCCFTech has published exclusive leaks from sources they claim are associated with AIB NVIDIA partners. It includes more detailed information on how the US tariffs on Chinese exports will affect prices for products that integrate the GeForce RTX 20-series of graphics cards.]]> news Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:36:00 +0200 page_334262 <![CDATA[The weekly roundup - GeForce RTX prices going up and more Pixel 3 rumors]]> Aside from a couple of Samsung smartphones catching fire, the week has been slow in terms of rumors and releases. Just a couple of noteworthy new laptops are launching while everyone else is left wondering what new smartphones Google and Huawei may be brewing up for Christmas]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:45:00 +0200 page_334260 <![CDATA[Man's Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge explodes, Samsung replies]]> Only a week after a woman in New York claimed her new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 went up in flames, a Redditor's S7 Edge has also exploded, and this time the user has substantial proof.]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:40:00 +0200 page_334234 <![CDATA[The Meizu 16X may just be the ideal sub-premium smartphone]]> Meizu finally released its latest device, the Meizu 16X, earlier this week. The device features a 6-inch notch-less FHD+ Super AMOLED display, dual rear cameras, a Snapdragon 710, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:35:00 +0200 page_330838 <![CDATA[The Nokia 7.1 Plus may be coming on October 4]]> HMD has reportedly postponed the launch of the flagship Nokia 9 so the company's teased event on October 4 will likely see the launch of the Snapdragon 710-powered Nokia 7.1 Plus.]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:34:00 +0200 page_333468 <![CDATA[The LG V40 launches on October 3, five camera in tow]]> LG officially announced a while ago that its next flagship, the LG V40, will be launched on October 3 at an event in New York.]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:31:00 +0200 page_332402 <![CDATA[Razer pushes style over substance with the $99 Ifrit gaming headset]]> Razer's new Ifrit headset is designed to be an unobtrusive audio solution for game streamers. While the headset looks sleek, there's little word on the actual quality of its earbuds and microphone. The Ifrit is on sale now for $99.]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 05:44:00 +0200 page_333538 <![CDATA[Asus will have three trims of the GeForce RTX 2070 coming next month]]> The Turbo RTX 2070, Dual RTX 2070, and Strix RTX 2070 will all boast IP5X dust resistance while the higher-end model will support the new VirtualLink standard for simplifying VR setups and have a host of auxiliary features. Asus is promising a completely silent GPU should the core temperature be below 55 C. No prices have been announced.]]> news Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:07:00 +0200 page_333642 <![CDATA[The New York Times has sued the FCC over allegations of hiding evidence of Russian interference in Net Neutrality repeal]]> In June 2017, the New York Times's request to view server information related to public comments on the repeal of Net Neutrality was denied on the grounds that it would reveal private information. Now, after months of back and forth attempts to retrieve at least some information, the NYT has finally decided to sue.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:18:00 +0200 page_333628 <![CDATA[Evan Blass appears to leak the Pixel 3 and 3 XL - and to confirm every other leak out there]]> The popular and consistently accurate leaker evleaks has tweeted a set of renders that match what many people now think of as the Pixel 3 and 3 XL exactly. The larger of the two phones persists in exhibiting an honestly colossal-looking notch. It appears Google is conclusively out of surprises for its next smartphone launch event.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:14:00 +0200 page_333640 <![CDATA[The Alienware Aurora desktop PC gets NVIDIA RTX 2080 graphics]]> The barely released NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 has already found its way to the innards of the Alienware Aurora desktop PC for gamers. Those interested — and with a generous budget — can get the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 OC-powered Aurora for US$2,155.99. This machine also comes with 16 GB of memory, Intel Core i7-8700K processor, and 256 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD storage.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:52:00 +0200 page_333524 <![CDATA[Another one bites the dust: Telltale Games is shutting down]]> Less than two years ago, Telltale Games was hiring new stuff and getting ready to launch quite a few Nintendo Switch titles. Unfortunately, the studio seems to no longer have a future, as around 250 employees have just been laid off and the small team of 25 that remains will complete a few ongoing projects before Telltale Games becomes history.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:20:00 +0200 page_333520 <![CDATA[Alienware opening a new flagship store in China this weekend]]> Back in 2009, Alienware opened up the gates of its first retail store in the US. In the meantime, the brand's network of brick-and-mortar locations expanded all over the world and even got to China. Now, the time has come for a new Alienware flagship store and Frank Azor is flying there for the grand opening.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:32:00 +0200 page_333522 <![CDATA[Canonical extends security support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS]]> Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is the basis for many cloud and enterprise services, is coming up on its end of life this April. Canonical will begin offering an Extended Security Maintenance service in April that will continue rolling out security patches. However, the service is designed primarily for enterprise customers.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:43:00 +0200 page_333434 <![CDATA[The iPhone XS has a smaller battery capacity than the iPhone X]]> According to TENAA, the iPhone XS has a 2658 mAh battery, a small downgrade from the iPhone X's 2716 mAh battery. Considering that the iPhone X was criticized for its mediocre battery life last year, this could be a sticking point for the XS.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:52:00 +0200 page_333432 <![CDATA[Samsung plans to lower memory supply in order to keep prices high]]> While DRAM prices have been dropping since January of this year, the price of DDR4 memory is still significantly higher than it was in 2016. Now, during a time of reduced demand, Samsung may be planning to cut down on supply in order to keep today's prices.]]> news Sat, 22 Sep 2018 02:05:00 +0200 page_333506 <![CDATA[NVIDIA's share price suffers after "disappointing" Morgan Stanley with the RTX 20-series]]> NVIDIA's target stock price has been downgraded to US$273, and has had its market value suffer, after Morgan Stanley took the relatively restrained improvements of the new GeForce RTX 2080 over older cards. However, a WCCFTech analyst has hit back, asserting that the financial giant does not grasp what the new Turing architecture brings to gaming.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:47:00 +0200 page_333512 <![CDATA[Is the Intel 'chip shortage' starting to bite? AMD's stock price reportedly gains ground]]> Reports have claimed that Intel will be short of processors for the upcoming 2018 holiday season. They are based on an interview with a JP Morgan analyst, and on a report from a Chinese source claims that the company is reverting from 14nm to 22nm chip production processes. There may be something to them, as AMD's stock is now reported to be rising steadily.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:46:00 +0200 page_333504 <![CDATA[Twitch is now banned in China]]> Over the past week, fewer and fewer Chinese users have been able to access Twitch. As of September 20th, Twitch's site and official iOS App were shut down in China, rendering them inaccessible within the nation. While the reason for the ban is unknown, it is not unlike other censorship measures exercised by China.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:52:00 +0200 page_333430 <![CDATA[Google Pixelbook codename Nocturne gets leaked renders]]> The latest leaked renders of the next gen Pixelbook tablet reveal a 2-in-1 design with a detachable keyboard. The tablet itself appears to feature at least one USB-C connector, thin speakers on each side of the display, a fingerprint sensor and acoustic cancellation microphone array around the edges.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:03:00 +0200 page_333464 <![CDATA[Buy a Razer Blade laptop and get Shadow of the Tomb Raider free]]> For this week only, Razer will be throwing in one free PC game of your choice from a select few. The promotion applies to all new purchases of three specific Blade models including the Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17. The timing of the deal coincides with the recent availability of GeForce RTX graphics cards for desktops.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:30:00 +0200 page_333516 <![CDATA[OPPO Realme 2 Pro pops up on Geekbench]]> The Realme 2 Pro mid-range smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 8 GB RAM and will integrate a dual-cam plus fingerprint sensor on the back. Performance-wise, the Realme 2 Pro is in-line with other Snapdragon-660-powered devices. Full specs and pricing info will be revealed on September 27.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:18:00 +0200 page_333470 <![CDATA[Facebook Dating goes live, but only for a limited test run]]> Facebook Dating is a Tinder alternative that does not come with left/right swiping but relies on shared Facebook connections instead. This service uses the data in one's Facebook profile, friends, Group memberships, and so on. The browser version is not available yet, and the mobile apps only work in Columbia for now.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:55:00 +0200 page_333488 <![CDATA[Smart home market to exceed US$90 billion by 2025: new report]]> Smart home technology has definitely caught on by now, with many people automating or controlling their living spaces with new products designed to be integrated into them. A new market research report suggests that the market built up around this trend is worth billions now and will be worth even more in the future.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:14:00 +0200 page_333500 <![CDATA[OnePlus 6 gets official Pie-based Oxygen OS]]> The first official stock release of Oxygen OS (OOS) based on Android Pie (9.0) is now available for Oneplus' latest flagship, the 6. As expected, the ROM contains Pie-compatible navigation and UI features, accent color change support and refreshed DND settings. ]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:12:00 +0200 page_333510 <![CDATA[Chuwi HiPad tablet now shipping with a deca-core Helio X27 processor]]> For just under $200 USD, the 10.1-inch Android tablet promises 3 GB of RAM, 4G LTE, expandable storage, dual-SIM slots, a metal body, and a 10-core processor. It's certainly one of the more ambitious tablets from a Chinese manufacturer.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:09:00 +0200 page_333358 <![CDATA[Amazon Alexa devices to get Skype calling later this year]]> Cortana's future is uncertain nowadays because Amazon and Microsoft are now working together on bringing Skype calling to the ever-increasing crowd of devices that feature Amazon Alexa support. According to Microsoft officials, Skype calling support will be available on Alexa-driven devices before the end of the year.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:45:00 +0200 page_333486 <![CDATA[Adobe buys Marketo for almost US$5 billion]]> At US$4.75 billion, Marketo's acquisition is Adobe's largest corporate acquisition to date. This company comes with more than 500 partners and a marketing community with more than 65,000 members. Marketo's team will become a part of Adobe's Digital Experience business and its CEO will join Adobe's senior leadership team.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:25:00 +0200 page_333484 <![CDATA[Amazon launches a slew of new Alexa-powered products]]> Amazon has released a stunning array of new Alexa-powered devices that spans traditional products like its Echo range, through to a new car product and even an Alexa-enabled microwave oven. The new devices highlight the increasing popularity of its digital personal assistant and the company’s plans to make the platform ubiquitous.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:24:00 +0200 page_333438 <![CDATA[Code buried in iOS 12.1 heavily implies that new iPads are coming this year]]> Code discovered in the Setup app for iOS 12.1 references a device called "iPad2018Fall," This, combined with other rumors of upcoming features that make sense for an iPad, all but confirm that new Apple tablets are coming in the next couple of months. This would coincide with Apple's typical release schedule.]]> news Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:07:00 +0200 page_333428 <![CDATA[You can now play your own NES ROMs on Nintendo Switch Online thanks to a new hack]]> Less than 24 hours after its launch, Nintendo's Switch Online service has already been hacked to allow gamers to load their own custom NES ROMs in to the NES library. The process, which seems to be simple, is possible because of Nintendo's use of common .nes ROM files, the same filetype used by ROM sites online. ]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:13:00 +0200 page_333420 <![CDATA[3DMark is readying new benchmark built for GeForce RTX ray tracing]]> GeForce RTX owners will soon have an objective 3DMark benchmark made specifically for testing their ray tracing capabilities. On the other end of the spectrum, a second entry-level benchmark will be coming next month for testing low-power DirectX 12 devices.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:41:00 +0200 page_333424 <![CDATA[Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti overclocked to 2.4 GHz on LN2, ends Titan V hegemony in 3DMark]]> The default clocks on the RTX 2080 Ti might not deliver the performance we deserved, but at least the overclocking potential is there. Professional overclocker KINGPIN managed to push the GPU clock to 2.41 GHz and GDDR6 VRAM frequencies to 8.63 GHz, breaking all the records in 3DMark and effectively ending the Titan V supremacy.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:34:00 +0200 page_333384 <![CDATA[Canon's newest PowerShot digital camera adds 65x optical zoom and e-viewfinder]]> Canon has released the PowerShot SX70 HS compact camera. This new, 4K point-and-shoot has a 20.3MP sensor, an optical zoom of up to 65x and extensive image stabilisation. It also has an electronic viewfinder, which is an OLED panel made up of 2.36 million dots. It is also compatible with RAW recording.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:06:00 +0200 page_333414 <![CDATA[Sony announces PlayStation Classic mini console, available December 3 with 20 preloaded games]]> The PlayStation brand is celebrating 25 years of existence on December 3 this year, and Sony is launching the PlayStation Classic mini console to mark the special anniversary. Sony will preload the PlayStation Classic with 20 iconic games like Final Fantasy VII, TEKKEN 3 and R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. Also included in the bundle are two controllers for local split-screen multiplayer sessions.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:51:00 +0200 page_333306 <![CDATA[Huawei may wow the wireless audio market with earbuds that charge off a phone]]> Huawei are now rumored to have updated their Freebuds wireless earphones. The new models, which look oddly familiar, are purported to be capable of charging via Qi charging or a USB cable. They may also be capable of charging from a smartphone such as the upcoming Mate 20.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:04:00 +0200 page_333338 <![CDATA[Numeric keypads not coming to the Dell XPS 15 notebook]]> Although the XPS 15 will not get any updates this year, Dell's performance laptop will probably be refreshed in 2019. Although the launch date of the updated XPS 15 remains a secret, Frank Azor has just confirmed that — when talking about possible design changes — a numeric keypad is not in the cards yet.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:55:00 +0200 page_333382 <![CDATA[Motorola will only release two Moto G devices next year]]> Motorola has taken to releasing a trio of Moto G-series devices in the recent past but the company is reportedly said to be set to trim the line down to a duo next year.]]> news Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:40:00 +0200 page_331684