News RSS Feed The last 50 news articles on laptops and related technology from EN News RSS Feed Notebookcheck Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:54:18 +0100 <![CDATA[Samsung's most futuristic display yet may have been leaked]]> Samsung is one of the world leaders in curved display technology, and is to take flexible OLEDs even further with its upcoming foldable phone range. However, IceUniverse believes that the company has even more of the same up its sleeve; a 360-degree type of transparent display. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:30:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura: Final Fantasy VII Remake is "progressing favorably"]]> Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, said in an interview with Famitsu that Square Enix was still working on the title and that development was "progressing favorably." He did mention that the company's marketing efforts were heavily focused on Kingdom Hearts III, which releases this January. After January 2019, Square Enix's PR team will likely shift its focus to Final Fantasy VII Remake. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:58:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Shadow Fight 3 celebrates its first anniversary]]> Although Nekki's Shadow Fight has a history that started back in 2011, Shadow Fight 3 is only one year old. This action-RPG fighting game is available for iOS and Android devices, supports 11 languages, and works great on mid-range hardware while providing a realistic visual experience at the same time. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:22:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[AMD announces highest-clocked server-grade CPU - the EPYC 7371]]> The first wave of EPYC 7000 CPUs were able to reach only 3.2 GHz on boost clocks, but with the new EPYC 7371, AMD pushes the envelope up to 3.8 GHz, which is quite high for server-grade processors that don't usually benefit from custom air coolers or water coolers. The EPYC 7371 is aimed at design automation and high-frequency trading tasks, supporting dual-socket setups for improved performance. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:11:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Connecting a USB cable to the Mate 20 Pro will reduce volume by about 1 dB(A)]]> Huawei's decision to output audio through the USB port means that sound quality will degrade when a USB cable is connected. We measure exactly how much worse and softer the audio becomes with a sound meter and microphone. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:52:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Sony celebrates 5 years of PlayStation 4, releases outstanding sales figures]]> The PS4 console proved to be more successful than the XBox One over the past five years, and Sony prepared a special infographic covering some interesting sale figures including total units sold, total game titles sold, best-selling games, most downloaded games and favorite controller color. The company also announced a new CoD – Black Ops 4 bundle that will be available on November 27. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:50:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Huawei's 5G phone confirmed to show up at MWC 2019]]> MWC 2019 | Although there are still some rumors involved — for example, that this handset will be a foldable one — at least Huawei has confirmed that its first 5G phone will be unveiled at MWC 2019, which is scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain on February 25-28. Other major brands will probably bring 5G phones at CES in January, but Huawei is not well received in the US nowadays. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:55:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[Telltale's death knells continue to ring as the studio's games are pulled from Steam]]> As the studio winds up and begins liquidating assets, Telltale has apparently pulled some of its titles from Steam. Back to the Future and Jurassic Park (among others) are no longer available for purchase, though some of their bigger games like Game of Thrones can still be bought through Steam. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:47:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ retains the power of the Model B+ in a smaller, cheaper package]]> The $25 Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is the latest single-board computer from the venerable Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Model A+ boasts the same CPU and wireless connectivity as its bigger brother, the Model B+, but shaves off some I/O for the sake of thinness. Notably missing are three out of four USB ports and the Ethernet jack. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:20:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo 64 Classic "not in our planning horizon"]]> In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime all but extinguished hopes for an N64 Classic release any time in the near future. He explained that while the NES Classic and SNES Classic were wildly successful, they were intended to be bridges between the dying Wii U and burgeoning Switch. As such, Nintendo has no intention to pursue the retro mini console business. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:51:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Huawei CEO now eyeing #1 global phone-maker spot by 2020]]> Yu Chendong, the consumer business division CEO at Huawei, has said that his company is aiming to take the smartphone-OEM crown from Samsung in under 2 years. It has already overtaken Apple as the #2 manufacturer in the world; now the CEO believes that they will be at least level with the Korean giant in 2019. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:44:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Sprint launches LTE-ready CTL NL7 Chromebook for $299]]> The small 11.6-inch Chromebook will have integrated LTE capabilities catered specifically for use on Sprint's 4G network. Instead of giving it away for free as an incentive for new customers, however, the carrier will charge upfront for the device on top of the $15 per month wireless plan required to use it. ]]> news Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:25:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Possible Google Pixel 3 Lite images leaked]]> Images of what is purported to be a Google Pixel 3 Lite device have been leaked online. The pictures show a smartphone that features a 3.5 mm jack and is not blighted with the presence of a notch. Specifications for the device are also listed with the leaked images, suggesting it will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 as SoC. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:14:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Early Moto G7 Plus press renders show waterdrop notch, no physical home button]]> An early press render of the upcoming Moto G7 Plus show that Motorola may be redesigning their popular mid-range handset. The press render shows an almost all-display front with a waterdrop notch similar to the OnePlus 6T and very thin top and side bezels. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:32:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Disc-less Xbox One could be in the works]]> It is possible Microsoft is working on an Xbox One variant that will not use discs for accessing media. The disc-less console will rely on digital downloads and come in at a cheaper price point than current Xbox One consoles with optical drives. Under a special Microsoft program, gamers will be able to exchange physical Xbox discs for download codes. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:17:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[NVIDIA admits a few early RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards managed to escape QA]]> NVIDIA seems to have finally acknowledged that some of its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards seem to have missed testing during QA and that could have been the reason for the increasing number of complaints about faulty cards causing all sorts of problems. Those affected can directly contact NVIDIA Support to get their issue resolved at the earliest. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:17:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Microsoft announces Black Friday savings for this year]]> Microsoft is offering a sneak peek at its Black Friday deals for 2018. They include US$330 off the Surface Pro 6 bundled with its Type cover (in any color so long as it's black) and $310 off the Surface Pro Core M. There is also a range of XBox offers, including a Game Pass for $1 to new users. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:54:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[New Wear OS update brings Battery Saver Mode and more]]> Wear OS is getting a new update. Known as "H", it adds a new battery-saving mode to Android-powered watches. The new update also overhauls how a watch reboots or shuts down, as well as how it resumes apps and handles the switch to sleep mode. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:03:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Beta now available for PlayStation 4, launch scheduled for December]]> PlayStation 4 players who have been waiting for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 to hit their consoles since early March can now take this title for a spin, although this console version is still in a Beta phase. Its release date has been set for December 18 — more than five months after the arrival of the Xbox One version. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:07:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[Intel's CPU shortages have affected Asus's business]]> Asus claims its PC builder business (mainly the motherboard sales) has suffered due to Intel's 14 nm CPU shortages. Overall profits have seen a 39% year-over-year decline and the next few quarters will continue to hit Asus's profits, as the shortages are expected to last until Q2 2019. The gaming PC and server businesses are unaffected by these problems, however. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:25:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Lenovo ThinkPad E490 & E590: Upcoming budget ThinkPads listed at registration-offices]]> The year 2018 is coming to a close. Time for new ThinkPad laptops: With the ThinkPad E490 and the ThinkPad E590, the first models of the upcoming generation have surfaced on sites of Korean registration-offices. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:49:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Benjamin Herzig <![CDATA[Microsoft confirms E3 2019 participation after Sony pulls out]]> Microsoft reaffirmed the company's presence at E3 2019 via its official Xbox Twitter handle shortly after Sony confirmed that they are pulling out of E3 for the first time in the show's 24 year history. We aren't sure of Microsoft's plans for the event but expect a lot of information on upcoming consoles and exclusives. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:20:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Next-gen Neural Machine Translation now available in Microsoft Translator]]> Although Microsoft Translator supports over 60 languages and 12 speech languages, the next-gen Neural Machine Translation improvements are only available for Chinese and German from/to English translations for now. More languages will be supported by the new system — which brings an 11 percent in overall quality — starting in early 2019. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:50:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3 million by Ofcom for overcharging hundreds of thousands of customers]]> The British regulator Ofcom has announced that it has fined EE and Virgin Media £6.3 million (~ US$8.035 million) and £7 million (~ US$8.928 million) respectively. The regulator has fined the two companies principally for overcharging early-exit fees to hundreds of thousands of customers and for not explaining contractual terms clearly enough. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:33:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[Honor 10 Lite gets leaked specs on TENAA]]> According to the specs revealed on TENAA, the Honor 10 Lite will retain the 6.21-inch 1080p display from the original Honor 10 model, but the 24 MP selfie cam notch will be smaller. The mid-range smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 710 SoC coupled with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB storage. The rear dual-cam will only get 13 + 2 MP sensors. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:06:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[AMD Ryzen 7 3700U rears its head in first benchmarks, throws up the Zen+ or Zen 2 conundrum]]> References to a new AMD APU, the Ryzen 7 3700U, have been spotted online leading to speculation as to whether this could be a Zen+ or a Zen 2 part. The Ryzen 7 3700U sports the same clocks and core counts as the Ryzen 7 2700U and most of the evidence so far suggests that this could be the Zen+ APU as the previous 2000U series were based on Zen. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:42:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Acer reveals Black Friday deals for its Predator, Helios, Swift, Spin, Aspire, and Nitro series]]> Acer's top-of-the-line Predator 700 laptop with GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q Graphics will be $700 off next week along with at least a dozen other models. The promotion will apply to major retailers including Newegg, Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Fry's, and more. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:14:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Sony bails on E3 2019]]> Sony has confirmed that it will not be part of the E3 2019 trade show. The organizer of the event, the Entertainment Software Association, has issued a press release to highlight which companies will be in attendance, including Sony’s console rivals Nintendo and Microsoft. According to a press statement, the PlayStation maker is apparently searching for new ways of engaging with its community. ]]> news Fri, 16 Nov 2018 02:10:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[Honor View10 smartphone will be just $350 USD for four days only]]> The relatively steep 30 percent price cut comes 9 months after the initial launch of the smartphone. Honor says the deal will only apply to North American users for now with no plans to extend the promotion overseas. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:00:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[Red Magic gaming phone successor reportedly appears on Antutu, crushes Xiaomi rival]]> Red Magic is an 'alternative' gaming phone developed by Nubia in order to compete with the likes of Xiaomi's Black Shark. Now, the second generation of this device, which may be called the Red Magic Mars, has started to show up in benchmarks. It has reportedly beaten the Black Shark Helo variant by about 20,000 points on Antutu so far. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:43:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[Apple stock decline slows down; Zuckerberg not an iOS fan]]> Apple’s stock price seems to have stabilized and even briefly bounced back after days of steep decline. The NASDAQ community has offered a “bullish” rating for the stock, implying there is still plenty of optimism in the company’s recovery. However, it’s unlikely Mark Zuckerberg is going to be investing in the Cupertino-based firm any time soon. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:35:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[NYU researchers developed an AI that can imitate fingerprints to bypass biometric readers]]> In a paper presented at a biometric securities conference, a research team from NYU showed off a new algorithm for cracking fingerprint readers. The system, named "DeepMasterPrints," operates in similar fashion to a dictionary attack for passwords. DeepMasterPrints uses a library of fingerprint images and permutes them until it finds a match. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:15:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[SK Hynix reveals 1Ynm 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM]]> SK Hynix has published a press release to announce the development of 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM, the first in the industry that meets JEDEC standards. The South Korean memory manufacturer has managed to lower the operating voltage for the DDR5 DRAM in comparison to DDR4. The new generation of DRAM is also considerably faster than its predecessor. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:06:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Daniel R Deakin <![CDATA[RTX on or off? Battlefield V's RTX implementation cuts performance in half for Nvidia's RTX series GPUs]]> When the Turing based RTX series launched in October, zero games supported RTX technology. However, that finally changed with this new RTX focused patch for Battlefield V, the world's first RTX compatible game. However, "RTX on" doesn't come very cheaply to Turing GPUs. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 20:32:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Matthew Connatser <![CDATA[Google's Digital Wellbeing is now out of Beta]]> Google Pixel users — and the lucky ones who are using other handsets — on Android Pie can finally enjoy the Digital Wellbeing app, which has just rolled out of Beta. As more handsets get updated to Android Pie, the list of Digital Wellbeing-supported devices should also receive new entries. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:47:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[New Korean beta ROM for Samsung Galaxy S9 series contains One UI]]> The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have been reported not to be in line for official upgrades to Pie until January. In the meantime, some users do have access to a version of the OS, in exchange for some beta-testing. In Korea, the latest of these betas replaces Samsung Experience with One UI. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:11:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[5G is not all it's cracked up to be (yet): AT&T]]> The United States and South Korea are the countries most strongly linked with the earliest widespread roll-outs of the new mobile data-transfer standard, 5G. AT&T is one of the US networks engaged in the upcoming national 5G distribution program. However, reps from the carrier have warned against getting too excited about it right now. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:35:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell <![CDATA[New Motorola devices appear in FCC filings]]> Recent FCC filings for an XT1952 and an XT1965 have sparked rumours that Lenovo Motorola is preparing to release new Moto devices. These documents come in the wake of the Moto G6 series, which Lenovo Motorola released earlier this year, prompting speculation that the company is preparing a G7 series. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:15:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Alex Alderson <![CDATA[Intel plans new development center in India to boost graphics development efforts]]> Intel has announced that it is opening a new development center in Hyderabad in the state of Telangana, India with a capacity to host about 1,500 staff. Raja Koduri, who is now leading Intel's graphics division, said that the upcoming India Development Center will help in augmenting its existing Indian sites in graphics hardware and software development efforts. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:34:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Microsoft continues its AI offensive by acquiring XOXCO]]> After this year's earlier AI-related acquisitions that involved Semantic Machines (May), Bonsai (July), and Lobe (September), Microsoft is up for another round. Its latest purchase is XOXCO, a software product design and development studio that has been developing conversational AI and bots so far. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:55:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[If you dislike notched phones, you'll detest Sharp's new Aquos R2 Compact that sports two notches]]> While we're still coming to terms with the distressing fact that notches may be a long-term feature in smartphones, Japanese OEM Sharp has gone the extra mile by including two notches on its new flagship. And no, that is not a joke. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:31:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[The Snapdragon 8150 makes its way to AnTuTu, outperforms Apple's A12 Bionic]]> The Snapdragon 8150, Kirin 980, A12 Bionic, and a few other SoCs were intensively tested on AnTuTu, with the results showing the Snapdragon 8150's overall dominance. The A12 Bionic managed to hold the high ground in a few departments, though. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:29:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Ricci Rox <![CDATA[Perlmutter supercomputer to combine AMD's EPYC Milan CPUs with Nvidia's "Volta-Next" GPUs]]> The EPYC Rome server-grade CPUs have just been revealed to have 64 cores and 2.35 GHz clocks, but it looks like AMD is already working on the successor that will be based on the Zen 3 architecture. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the upcoming CPUs will be known as the EPYC Milan, will have more than 64 cores, and will be featured in octa-CPU nodes along with Nvidia's 'Volta-Next" GPUs in the Perlmutter supercomputer. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:23:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[MSI's GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX is the world's first small form-factor Turing card]]> The RTX 2000-series has been around for a few months now, and it was just a matter of time until the small form-factor models would start popping up. MSI is among the first to release an ITX Turing card with the RTX 2070 Aero ITX, but more models are expected from Gigabyte and Zotac. MSI's ITX card is missing a few connectors and gets stock clocks. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:32:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Bogdan Solca <![CDATA[Fallout 76 hits Xbox One]]> The award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4 are back with Fallout 76, an online prequel to the epic series of post-apocalyptic RPGs that was introduced by Interplay Entertainment back in 1997. Fallout 76 is now available via the Microsoft Store as an Xbox One X Enhanced title and also comes as a Tricentennial Edition with various in-game bonuses. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:55:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Codrut Nistor <![CDATA[LG likely preparing a 17-inch Gram laptop for 2019]]> The LG 17Z990, 17ZD990, 17ZB990, 17ZG990, and 17Z99 are all probably pointing to a new series of 17-inch devices as part of its existing family of Gram laptops. With CES less than two months away, there's a good chance that LG will have something up its sleeve to announce. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:12:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Allen Ngo <![CDATA[EA confirms Command & Conquer 4K remaster in the works]]> Good luck, commanders! EA announced today that Command & Conquer, the grandaddy of RTS games, will be getting a 4K remaster in the future. EA will work with Petroglyph Games, a studio founded by some of the original developers of C&C when Westwood Studios closed down. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:57:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Sam Medley <![CDATA[Leaked slides reveal AMD Radeon RX 590 specs and pricing information]]> Specs and pricing information for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 590 based on the Polaris 30 architecture are now available. The Radeon RX 590 is said to have an MSRP of US$279. According to presentation slides accessed by Videocardz, the RX 590 will offer 12% better performance than the current RX 580. It is expected to be offered with a 'blockbuster launch bundle' with three free titles. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:49:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Corsair's gaming keyboards and mice are now compatible with the Xbox One]]> Corsair has announced that its wide range of gaming keyboards and mice will support the Xbox One. Microsoft recently announced keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One and developers can choose to support their game for such input if desired. Corsair also said that the Elgato Stream Deck can now be integrated with Mixer for improved live streaming. ]]> news Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:44:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam <![CDATA[Microsoft releases new Windows 10 19H1 build to Insider Preview]]> The October update for Windows 10 is currently being rolled out to the general public. For those in the Fast ring of the Insider Preview program, however, the build of the future is available to try out. This update, known as 19H1, includes an improved Light Theme and some other things Microsoft had promised. ]]> news Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:09:00 +0100 Notebookcheck, Deirdre O Donnell