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Jun 28
Meet NotPetya, the raging ransomware that could've been prevented by the NSA

Meet NotPetya, the raging ransomware that could've been prevented by the NSA

New ransomware sashay around the block, and it's a situation that may have been prevented by the NSA. Petya and NonPetya are on the loose, with over 2000 organizations around the world facing attacks, according to Kaspersky.
Jun 27
Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

80% Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook Laptop Review

Barebones utilitarianism… One truly bright spot for Chromebooks has been the education sector, wherein their adoption has been disproportionately high. In recognition of this opportunity, Lenovo seizes the moment with what is arguably their most utilitarian—yet still affordable—notebook to date, specifically intended for students.
Mediatek MT8173C | PowerVR GX6250 | 11.6" | 1.4 kg
New Sharp FS8016 on a benchmark tour

New Sharp FS8016 on a benchmark tour

Sharp's new device, styled "FS8016" has earned our attention by its visits to various benchmarking apps. Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 5.5" 2K display.
Google Home now shipping in Canada

Google Home starts shipping in Canada

In addition to its arrival in Canada, Google's smart speaker has finally received French language support. Sadly, there are only two languages supported by Google Home and Google Assistant right now - English and French.
Asus' thin and light ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook is now available

Asus' thin and light ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook is now available

Featuring a slim profile and relatively low weight, the ROG Zephyrus is Asus' first Max-Q gaming laptop. It comes with a GTX 1080 and a Kaby Lake processor and is available for purchase now, although finding one in stock may prove to be a challenge. A second model with a GTX 1070 is due to arrive in August.
HP publishes then removes 2017 Omen 15t product page

HP publishes then removes 2017 Omen 15t product page

The redesigned Omen 15t will include Thunderbolt 3, RX 550 and GTX 1060 graphics options, and a 120 Hz IPS display.
Andy Rubin's Essential Phone coming soon as it has just surfaced on FCC's website

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone hits FCC

Although most details are no longer secret, the FCC documents confirm the presence of Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 ac, as well as NFC, next to support for wireless bands that allow it to work with all US carriers. However, this handset is expected to sell directly to customers only via Sprint.
The Asus Mining RX 470 is a card designed for the mining of cryptocurrencies. (Source: Asus)

Asus reveals mining cards for crypto enthusiasts

Asus announces the Mining RX 470 and P106 graphics cards, specifically designed for cryptocurrency mining, The cards should increse mining efficiency by up to 36%.
Valve's Steam Link allows users to stream their PC games to the living room. It's currently being offered for under $15. (Source: Valve)

Steam Link on sale for $15

Valve kicked off its annual Steam Summer Sale last week, slashing prices on games and software. Also on sale is the company's offering of accessories and hardware, including the Steam Link for $15.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q GPU - Benchmarks and Specs

2560 Pascal cores @ 1101 - 1290MHz, 256 Bit GDDR5X @ 10000MHz
Apple iOS 11 announcement by Tim Cook, first public iOS 11 release now available

First public beta of iOS 11 now available

The final version of iOS 11 is scheduled to become available this fall, but Apple plans to release regular public beta builds during the summer, and the first such version arrived earlier today.
Nvidia Max-Q & WhisperMode: Information and initial benchmark

Nvidia Max-Q & WhisperMode: Information & Initial Benchmarks

New priorities. Nvidia wants to help laptop manufacturers building lighter, thinner, cooler, and especially quieter gaming notebooks and developed the hardware-based Max-Q technology as well as the drivers-based WhisperMode. We present both new features and compare initial benchmark results with conventional Pascal GPUs.
Panasonic: Toughbook CF-XZ6 announced

Panasonic: Toughbook CF-XZ6 announced

Toughbook goes Business. With the new CF-XZ6, Panasonic has announced a particularly slim convertible for the first time, which is aimed at business users. The detachable with a total weight of about 1.2 kg (~2.6 lb) lacks prominent bumpers and features many interfaces. On top of that, it delivers a battery life of up to 14 hours.
Meizu M5c Android smartphone, Meizu unveils list of devices to receive Android Nougat

Meizu reveals list of devices to get Nougat

Meizu comes up with this list extremely late, but after all it is better late than never. Registrations for the Nougat beta program will close on July 2 so until the final build shows up it might take at least a few extra weeks.
Apple has acquired German eye-tracking company for an undisclosed amount (Source: SMI)

Apple has acquired German eye-tracking company for an undisclosed amount

What exactly Apple has in mind with its newly acquired patents and technology remains unknown.
LineageOS logo, seamless system updates coming soon to LineageOS

LineageOS to offer seamless system updates

In the beginning, only select devices are expected to get A/B system updates. To be more specific, LineageOS is supposed to bring this Nougat feature to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets.
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Smach Z handheld gaming PC likely to be delayed (again)

Due to a disagreement with a key hardware partner, the Smach Z handheld gaming PC is likely to run into further delays (if not cancellation).
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review

Competitive thanks to Kaby Lake. The updated Apple MacBook Pro 15 gets a modern Kaby Lake processor from Intel and a more powerful GPU by default. Otherwise, however, not a lot has changed.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 555 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
Jun 26
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 page in Windows Store, only available for members of the Windows Insider program

SUSE Linux hits Windows Store for Insiders

Members of the Windows Insiders program can now download SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE directly via Microsoft's Windows Store. Windows 10 users who are not members of the program can view both programs in Windows Store, but cannot download them.
A photo showing off the Nokia 6's large IPS display. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia 6 hits the US early next month at a low price

The Nokia 6 is coming to the States, and soon. It arrives in early July and sports an affordable $229 price tag.
Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Samsung leading the wearable market for the first time

Samsung has finally managed to beat Fitbit

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has finally managed to steal the silver crown of the wearable market from Fitbit, but Apple still owns more than half of the entire market.
Source: Nintendo

Super Nintendo Classic Edition now official, available September 29

Following in the footsteps of the now-discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo will continue to capitalize on the retro gaming market with the SNES Classic Edition. The new mini-console will feature 21 SNES games and will retail for $80 on September 29.
The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro with included S Pen. (Source: Best Buy)

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is now available

Samsung's newest laptop is its first with an S Pen. Available in 13.3- and 15-inch models, the Notebook 9 Pro starts at $1,099.
Huawei Honor 8 Pro Android phablet coming to India as an Amazon exclusive in early July 2017

Honor 8 Pro to launch in India as an Amazon exclusive

This premium handset offers a 5.7-inch 2K display, next to a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, a dual-camera setup, all driven by a 4,000 mAh battery.
The bug affects all Kaby Lake and Skylake chips with Hyperthreading. (Source: Intel)

Serious Hyperthreading bug affects Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures

A serious bug in the microcode for Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs has been found. The bug can cause misbehavior of software and loss of data. It affects all 6th and 7th-gen CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ in Rose Pink finish coming to Taiwan in July 2017

Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ coming next month

Not long after rebranding to blue, gold, and gray color options of the Galaxy S8/S8+ flagships for the Taiwanese market, Samsung decides to launch a limited edition Rose Pink variant in the country. It will become available next month online, for a short period.
New Nubia device spotted on TENAA - Z17 Lite?

New Nubia device spotted on TENAA - Z17 Lite?

ZTE Nubia may be about to release a new device, one that's most likely to be the Nubia Z17 Lite. 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, dual rear cameras, and possibly, a Snapdragon 625
Samsung Pay receives support for Discover cards in late June 2017

Samsung Pay gets support for Discover cards

Although Discover promised its customers to bring the company's cards to Samsung Pay in early 2016, adding this functionality took far longer than expected. However, Discover cards can now finally be added to Samsung Pay.
The Galaxy S8 isn't the only flagship Android phone with slim bezels; the G6 wears the look just as well. (Source: CNET)

Deal: LG G6 now available for just US$420

If you want a flagship phone without the flagship tax, a top eBay seller is now selling this year's impressive LG G6 for only US$420.
Oppo R11 Plus billed for June 30 retail date

Oppo R11 Plus billed for June 30 retail date

The Oppo R11 Plus will go on sale on June 30. 6" FHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Snapdragon 660, 3880mAh battery.
Nova Launcher beta with Dynamic Badges feature, Google Now hits Lollipop via Nova Google Companion

Nova Launcher brings Google Now to Lollipop devices

The latest beta build of this popular launcher app for Android delivers Google Now to handsets still stuck with Lollipop. Unfortunately, those who stay away from alpha- and beta-stage software will have to wait until this feature reaches the Nova Launcher app available via Google Play.

AMD Ryzen 5 1400 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen x86 4 cores @ 3200 - 3400 MHz 14nm

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen x86 4 cores @ 3500 - 3700 MHz 14nm

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen x86 6 cores @ 3200 - 3600 MHz 14nm
Huawei P10 Android flagship full color range

Huawei opens R&D center in Brazil

The Chinese brand teamed up with a local government agency and opened a research and development facility in Santa Rita do Sapucai, in the state of Minas Gerais. Huawei invested $1.3 million in the center.
Asus ZT582KL/ZenPad Z8 2017 Android tablet heading for Verizon Wireless

Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 leaks online

This new slate that should hit Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks might be the same as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-driven ZenPad 3S 8.0 that made its debut at COMPUTEX last month.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Android smartphone with Exynos 7870 processor to launch as Galaxy Halo on Cricket Wireless

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) to hit Cricket Wireless

This 5.5-inch handset is expected to launch as Galaxy Halo on Cricket Wireless, most likely by the end of July. The price should be around $380 USD, and the list of color options allegedly consists of black, pink, gold, and blue.
Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing

Top 10 Laptops for Picture and Video Editing

June 2017 update. Here you will find the best current notebooks for picture and video editing on the go. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Jun 25
Xiaomi Mi6 Smartphone Review

89% Xiaomi Mi6 Smartphone Review

Insider tip. Anyone looking for a powerful high-end smartphone now, should take a closer look at the Xiaomi Mi6. For about 400 Euros (~$450), Xiaomi's flagship smartphone offers quite a lot, except for LTE-band-20 support. As our test shows, the sixth generation of the Mi series also cannot keep up with the high-end competition in one respect.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5.15" | 168 g
 Acer TravelMate P648 G2 M 7619

90% Acer TravelMate P648-G2 (i7, 256 GB) Laptop Review

The predecessor of Acer's TravelMate P648-G2 managed a very good fourth place among devices by Dell, Lenovo, and HP. The present test proves that Acer remains close to its competitors thanks to regular component updates and that it continues to establish itself as a manufacturer of high-performance business laptops.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The submitted patent for the disablement system. (Source: MSPowerUser)

Microsoft patents always-on anti-theft technology for laptops

Microsoft has patented an anti-theft system for upcoming PCs with cellular connectivity, allowing them to be remotely disabled even without a network connection.
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

List of all currently available mobile graphics cards and their performance in games.
Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

The medium-sized Muskie was canceled, and we've been left with just the Taimen and Walleye. While both occupy the extremes on the size table, they do share a few similarities in specifications. This year's Pixel devices are shaping up to be entertaining.
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
Ultra-light Asus Vivobook S510 series coming to Europe

Ultra-light Asus Vivobook S510 series coming to Europe

The attractive starting price of $699 USD aims to be a cheaper option compared to the popular Zenbook 3, Spectre 13, or XPS 13.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Duos, J5 Duos, and J3 Duos launching next month

Samsung Galaxy J7, J5, and J3 Duos launching next month

The rest of the Galaxy J models will come in just a few weeks starting at 169 Euros for the lower-end J3 SKU.
The GPD Pocket is a newer take on the older concept of a netbook, improving on performance, design, and build quality. (Source: GPD)

GPD Pocket 7-inch mini-laptop now on sale for US$500

The 7-inch GPD Pocket mini-PC is now available to order for US$500. The device was previously available only to early backers of its crowdfunding campaign.
Jun 24
The Galaxy Note 8 has a lot to prove after the disastrous recall of the Note 7, but will a US$1000 price tag help its cause? (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8's US$1000 price tag shows the trend for future flagships

Apple's iPhone 8 was tipped to cost north of US$1000 for its highest-end configurations back in May. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped for a late-September release at an impressive €999. We can expect flagships to cost more and more as companies realize the benefits of higher-margin devices.

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