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Jun 25
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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UK Parliament was forced to restrict access to their email accounts due to sustained cyber-attacks today. (Source: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

UK parliament suffering from sustained cyber-attacks

Parliament's email system has been forced to close itself off from outside connections following a series of persistent cyber-attacks discovered today.
Google's latest announcement will bring a feature users of G Suite have come to expect to Gmail for everyone. (Source: Gmail)

Google says it will stop Gmail's scanning of email to target ads

In a recent post to the company blog, Google announced its plans to "more closely align" the free version of Gmail and the enterprise version found in subscription-based G Suite. This includes removing ad personalization based on the contents of your emails.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active hits GFXBench

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active hits GFXBench

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active was spotted on GFXBench earlier on. 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and of course, the Snapdragon 835.
Ulefone T1 with Helio P25 announced

Ulefone T1 with Helio P25 announced

Ulefone are set for the launch of their new upper mid-range device, the T1. Helio P25, 6GB of RAM, and a whole bunch of LTE frequency bands that would make North American usage viable.
BlackBerry DTEK60 Android smartphone with 2,560X1,440-pixel display

Next BlackBerry handset might have a full HD display

Although nothing is official yet, it seems that the next BlackBerry smartphone will finally use a common screen resolution and will not use BB's iconic design that includes a QWERTY keyboard.
Image source: Microsoft

Windows 10 S can be infected with malware

While Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any currently known malware, a clever cybersecurity professional has found an exploit in Microsoft Word that can run malicious code in the operating system.
Jun 23
Windows Task Manager with GPU load tracking shows up in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16226

Windows Task Manager to get a GPU tab

This new feature surfaced in the latest Windows Insider Preview build and will probably hit all Windows 10 users in one of the next updates. The list of Windows 10 features to arrive soon also includes currency conversion inside the Calculator app, Emoji 5.0, and more.
LG shows a potential application for its 77-inch flexible OLED as a smart desk. (Source: LG Display)

LG bends the limits of display technology

LG has announced a massive 77-inch OLED display that is both flexible and transparent. While this giant panel probably won't find its way into home theaters any time soon, its technical and professional applications are intriguing.
More images of the UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro

More images of the UMIDIGI Z1 and Z1 Pro

We recently laid our hands on a few images of UMIDIGI's new devices and they look quite good. You may not be getting top of the line features but that form factor won't let you down one bit.
A foldable laptop concept at the Lenovo Transform event. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo has a wild vision for the future of laptops

Flexible devices are not just a smartphone industry pursuit. Lenovo has revealed a concept for what it considers to be the future of laptop computing: a foldable PC.
The differences between the new Galaxy Note and the S8 line are much less dramatic this year. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now tipped for September debut

Samsung's rumored phablet may be coming a month later than previously reported. When it finally launches in September, it will retail for almost 1,000 euros.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

June 2017 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

June 2017 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

91% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

Light business companion! We recently tested the ThinkPad X1 Carbon extensively. We now tested a slightly thinned-down version based on an Intel Core i5 for you, and we can show you whether this represents an advantage compared to the otherwise identical model based on the Intel Core i7.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Apple MacBook Air 13 2017

86% Apple MacBook Air 13 2017 Laptop (1.8 GHz) Review

There's life in the old dog yet. It might be hard to believe, but Apple's MacBook Air 13 (unibody aluminum design, 1.35 kg/~3 lb, 17 mm/~0.7 in, 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900) has just turned 7 years old. Once at the very forefront of the vanguard of Ultrabooks, it has now turned into a beloved grandpa.
Intel Core i5-5350U | Intel HD Graphics 6000 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Otterbox Case for OnePlus 5 rugged case now official

Otterbox Case for OnePlus 5 now official

This rugged protective case is available in black and red. It delivers dual-layer protection via a hard shell on the outside and a silicone layer on the inside, retailing for $29.95 USD.
The iMac Pro was introduced at WWDC in early June but will not be available until December. (Source: Associated Press)

iMac Pro may pack both server-grade Xeon and ARM CPUs

An enthusiast rummaging through firmware files for macOS High Sierra found information suggesting that the upcoming iMac Pro will be powered by server-grade Xeon processors and protected by an ARM chip known as a Security Enclave Processor. The existence of an ARM chip the same as those found in the MacBook Pro with TouchBar sparks speculation that the iMac ...
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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

June 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$896) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have all experienced incredible growth in just a few years. (Source: Pocketnow)

Chinese smartphone OEMs may have already hit their peak

Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo have seen negative growth and are slightly lowering their market forecasts for 2017, says a report from Digitimes.
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3 (i7-7820HK, FHD, Clevo P650HS-G) Laptop Review

85% Eurocom Sky MX5 R3 (i7-7820HK, FHD, Clevo P650HS-G) Laptop Review

Balanced gaming. The MX5 R3 is one of the very few gaming notebooks with both FHD/UHD display options and a SIM slot for WWAN connectivity.
Intel Core i7-7820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.9 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

June 2017 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp is finally ready to give users what they want. The company will be rolling out a file sharing update over time, which allows users to send files of all types, and also not have to deal with the infamous compression when sending images.
Jun 22
At approximately the size of your hand, the ThinkStation P320 Tiny is aptly named. (Source: Lenovo)

Size does matter with the ThinkStation P320 Tiny

Lenovo has unveiled what it claims to be the "world's smallest workstation" with the announcement of its ThinkStation P320 Tiny. The company promises "knockout performance" from a device that can fit onto even the most cluttered of desks.
Samsung's Bixby Voice is finally available to Galaxy S8/S8+ users in the US

Bixby Voice finally available in the US

Although this feature was supposed to be available at the same time as Samsung's Galaxy S8 duo, Bixby Voice had to face some English grammar and syntax issues that delayed its arrival in the US even more, but now it is finally rolling out.
Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, Foxconn to shut down factory in Brazil

Foxconn plans to leave Brazil

Although the company pledged to invest $12 billion in Brazil and to create no less than 100,000 local jobs back in 2011, they failed to succeed in doing so. Now, insiders claim that Foxconn plans to stop its manufacturing activities in the country as well.
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.
Samsung Exynos i T200 chip for IoT devices now in mass production June 2017

Samsung begins mass production of the Exynos i T200 chip for IoT use

This is the first Exynos-branded IoT solution by Samsung and it uses the 28 nm High-K Metal Gate process, offering good performance and a high level of efficiency in a compact package.
Firefox Focus mobile browser now available for Android

Firefox Focus mobile browser now available on Android

Mozilla seems to have spent some time to refine this mobile browser since its release for iOS devices last year, and now Firefox Focus is finally available for Android users as well. Those interested can get it for free via Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy C7 (2016) Android phablet's successor gets its Bluetooth certification

Samsung Galaxy C7 (2017) spotted at Bluetooth SIG

The model that just got its Bluetooth certification is SM-C7100, while last year's Galaxy C7 is known as SM-C7000. Two related models, dubbed SM-C7108 and SM-C710F, received their certifications yesterday as well.
ZTE Axon 7 Mini Android smartphone receives 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update

ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets Android 7.1.1

More than three months after its larger sibling received the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Axon 7 Mini gets the same firmware version as an OTA update that also provides WiFi calling to T-Mobile users.
StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

The Thunderbolt 3 product line has been expanded to include dual display adapters with 4K and 60Hz functionalities, compatible with the latest Windows and Mac laptops.
Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?

Opinion Piece: OnePlus 5 - The device we need?

The OnePlus 5 saw its release a few days ago. Is it worth the money? Are there better alternatives? Here's what I think.
Atom-powered Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 now available for $299 USD for a limited time

Atom-powered Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 now available for $299 USD for a limited time

June 21, 2017 update: Gearbest is celebrating the launch of the super-thin Chuwi netbook with another promotion for only the first 100 customers.
AMD Radeon Instinct Vega graphics card will carry a 300 W TDP

AMD Radeon Instinct MI25 will be a 300 W Vega graphics card

The new Radeon Instinct MI series will cater to professional programmers and machine learning research, but it's also a good first look at what the inevitable consumer-based Vega GPU will bring to the table.
Image Source: Forbes

Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence

Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
Beat 'em up, retro style. (Source: Sega Forever)

Relive the games of yore with free Sega classics — now available on mobile

The Sega Forever Collection brings five of the best classics to relive the good ol' days.
Archos Kodak tablets coming next month in two screen sizes

Archos Kodak tablets coming next month in two screen sizes

The 7-inch and 10.1-inch models will each sport Android 7.0 Nougat, a MicroSD slot for expansion, and special photo-editing software for a starting price of just 100 Euros.
Photo source: Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1

As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

Early update. Apple already updates the MacBook Pro 13 after around 8 months. Modern Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs are supposed to provide more performance. But did the manufacturer fix some issues of the predecessor?
Update: Input devices, color accuracy, PWM, gaming performance & power consumption
Intel Core i5-7267U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Jun 21
LG V30 premium Android handset leaked image

IFA 2017 | LG V30 expected to show up at IFA

The next-gen LG V handset is rumored to feature a dual-camera setup, a secondary display, and is also supposed to be IP68-certified. LG V30 should come in three storage variants, and it looks like it will keep the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack around.
The MB16AC ZenScreen can detect orientation of the display and rotate it accordingly. (Source: Tech Radar)

The Asus ZenScreen is a USB-powered 15.6-inch monitor you can take with you anywhere

Asus's ZenScreen MB16AC portable USB-powered monitors go on sale today, but they seem to be in short supply.
Image source: Samsung

Samsung may be developing a 2,000 ppi VR headset

If rumors are to be believed, Samsung is developing an ultra-high resolution OLED display that has a staggering pixel density of 2,000 ppi. This display may be used in a stand alone VR headset from Samsung, which would make for the most immersive VR experience yet.
MSI GT83VR 7RF (7920HQ, GTX 1080 SLI, Full HD) Laptop Review

84% MSI GT83VR 7RF (7920HQ, GTX 1080 SLI, Full HD) Laptop Review

A study in what is possible. With the 18-inch GT83VR 7RF, the gaming expert MSI shows what is currently technically possible (in terms of performance) in the notebook segment. Intel's most powerful mobile Kaby Lake processor is accompanied by two Pascal GPUs. However, the price is as extreme as the speed: over 5000 Euros (~$5600) makes the GT83VR 7RF an expensive toy for enthusiasts.
Intel Core i7-7920HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) | 18.4" | 5.5 kg
Image Source: Intel

Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks

Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Withings Activité Steel fitness tracker, Withings now Nokia Health line of products

Withings becomes Nokia Health

HMD Global launches a few Nokia digital health products, bringing back what was once the brand known as Withings. The two first such products are the Nokia Body scale and the Nokia BPM blood pressure monitor.
Teaser image of the Retro/Anniversary ThinkPad

Lenovo ThinkPad: Anniversary Edition planned for October release (Update: Teaser Image)

The ThinkPad-brand is celebrating its 25. birthday. Lenovo, the manufacturer who took over the ThinkPad-business in 2005 from IBM, is going to celebrate this anniversary with a limited special edition ThinkPad.
The ThinkPad 701c is one of the most sought-after models for collectors. (Source: Tech Radar)

ThinkPads have accomplished a lot in 25 years

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad lineup with an event in New York City. Let's take a look at a few of the product line's accomplishments over the years.

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