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Aug 17
Nokia 8 Android flagship color options

Nokia 8 now official

Thanks to the new "Bothie" feature, Nokia 8's selfies can show both sides of the story. The specs are top-tier, including a dual-camera setup with Zeiss optics, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and more.
The Meizu Pro 7 launched with MediaTek's Helio X30 flagship a few weeks ago. (Source: Android Authority)

Helio P23 and Helio P30 billed for August 29 launch

Taiwanese manufacturer MediaTek have sent out invites for an event scheduled for August 29, one where they are expected to announce the release of two new mid-range SoCs—the Helio P23 and P30.
The Redmi 4A was released in November last year. (Source: Gadgets Now)

Redmi Note 5A hits TENAA

The Redmi Note 5A has been spotted on TENAA, and the listed specifications are quite unimpressive, as they represent a step backward. A 5.5" 720p display, 3000mAh battery, and Snapdragon 425 is, well, underwhelming.
Aug 16
AMD Threadripper packaging. (Source: AMD)

Threadripper 1950X benchmarked at 5.2 GHz on all cores using liquid nitrogen

The AMD Threadripper 1950X has been successfully overclocked to 5.2 GHz on all 16-cores using LN2. This represents a 40.5 percent increase over the base turbo clock speed and gives a Cinebench R15 multi-core score of 4122.
Recall issued for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries

Recall issued for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries

Replacement batteries shipped as part of AT&T's Insurance program have now been recalled due to concerns about the batteries overheating and creating a fire hazard. Samsung has placed blame squarely on FedEx Supply Chain.
Google Pixel C notebook patent

Google files patent for a Pixel C notebook

Google might not launch a new Pixel notebook, but this patent that recently surfaced online shows an interesting device that comes with a section that can be covered and opened.
Qualcomm Spectra ISP camera module in action

Upcoming Qualcomm chipsets to feature depth sensing camera tech

The next-gen Spectra ISP makes Qualcomm the first brand to announce depth-sensing camera tech that was designed specifically for the Android ecosystem. The next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform is expected to bring it to the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on AnTuTu alleged specs surface online, GFXBench also reveals Galaxy Note 8 specs

Galaxy Note 8 surfaces on AnTuTu and GFXBench

This long-awaited phablet that is expected to show up next week surfaced online with a both Qualcomm and Samsung processors on board, next to 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera.
Lenovo Moto Z2 Play

85% Lenovo Moto Z2 Play Smartphone Review

The slim player. With the Moto Z2 Play, Lenovo refreshes its mid-range smartphone that can be expanded via modules on the rear. The predecessor offered a very good battery life and extremely slim casing. We will check whether the successor has perhaps even improved these qualities in the test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 5.5" | 145 g
FrontRow wearable action camera accessory with USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi

FrontRow wearable action camera now official

This wearable camera works with Android and iOS handsets, offering up to two hours of live streaming autonomy and using USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately, its price tag reads US$399.
The original Sony Xperia XZ from 2016. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia XZ1 images surface showing design and specifications

Photos of what is allegedly the Sony Xperia XZ1 have appeared on a Turkish website, showing a recognizable Xperia handset with a few tweaks to the design. The packaging screen protector was still on in the photo showing many of the specifications of the phone.
Google Allo client for desktop now available - getting started instructions

Google Allo is finally available for desktop

Although iPhone users are not able to use Allo on the desktop yet, those who own Android handsets can finally use the messaging app on the desktop. However, quite a few features remain exclusively available on mobile.
Ubuntu Linux with GNOME GUI, GNOME GUI is now 20 years old

The GNOME Project is now 20 years old

Although its archrival KDE has been around since 1996 and its initial release only arrived in 1999, GNOME can be considered to be two decades old now, since the GNOME Project was born on August 15, 1997.
The custom 28” 4K LCD 1ms TN panel is capable of 480Hz only in 1080p. (Source: Blur Busters)

Monitors with 480 Hz refresh rates are almost here

Blur Busters confirm that the 28” 4K LCD 1ms TN panel is able to achieve near-CRT clarity, thanks to a technology similar to strobeless LightBoost. The prototype is capable of 480 Hz only in 1080p for now.
SteelSeries Apex M750 is targeted at eSports gamers (Source: SteelSeries)

SteelSeries debuts Apex M750 mechanical keyboard for eSports gamers

SteelSeries has launched the Apex M750 gaming keyboard with mechanical switches. The precision gaming device is made from an aluminum frame and features dynamic lighting as well as custom in-game notifications designed to appeal to eSports gamers.
The much anticipated Essential Phone PH-1 will be customer hands next week. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone customers receive advice that their phones are finally ready to ship

Customers who have placed orders for the Essential Phone PH-1 have started receiving notifications from Essential that their devices are ready to ship following receipt of final payment. The smartphone is the brainchild of Android founder and former Googler, Andy Rubin, but has been beset by launch delays and the departure of two key execs.
Samsung Portable SSD T5 Deep Black and Alluring Blue color options

Samsung Portable SSD T5 now available

With prices starting at US$129.99 for the 250 GB model, this new portable SSD comes in blue and black, also offering 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models. It comes with 256-bit AES hardware data encryption and supports transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.
The new XPG SX9000 SSDs are aimed at gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and video rendering professionals. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA readies the XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 1.2 SSD

The XPG SX9000 SSDs come in 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities, and offer read/write speeds of up to 2800/1450 MB/s, thanks to the Marvell 88SS1093 controller. The M.2 2280 form factor allows these SSDs to be fit in laptops as well as in desktop PCs.
Microsoft buys Cycle Computing to accelerate Big Computing in the cloud

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

Thanks to the addition of the cloud computing orchestration market leader Cycle Computing to its long list of assets, Microsoft hopes to ease the process of using High-Performance Computing and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.
Google Pixel 2 live photo, features list to include squeezable edges according to FCC

Google Pixel 2 features squeezable edges

According to a filing with the FCC that surfaced online yesterday, the HTC-made Google Pixel 2 borrows the squeezable sides of the HTC U11. This feature is allegedly called "Active Edge" and launches Google Assistant by default.
Huawei Mate 10 rumors point to a new Kirin 970 SoC (Source: Weibo)

Huawei Mate 10 rumors point to a new Kirin 970 SoC

The expected October time frame for the Mate 10 lines up with previous rumors about a Q3 to Q4 delivery date of the Kirin 970 processor.
Display Check: Razer Blade Stealth (13.3 QHD+, i7-7500U)

Display Check: Razer Blade Stealth (13.3 QHD+, i7-7500U)

Now with a bigger screen. Razer has updated its Ultrabook and now offers two different panel sizes in the same chassis. We have tested the new 13.3-inch model. What are the differences and which display should you get?
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.3 kg
Aug 15
Maybe Intel's 'Ice Lake' will feature improved thermal interface material. (Source: derwiki/Pixabay)

Intel 10 nm+ 'Ice lake' will supercede 8th-generation processors

An eagle eyed user of the Intel Codename Decoder has found an entry for the 10 nm+ "Ice Lake," Intel's replacement architecture for the currently unreleased Coffee Lake (14 nm++) and Cannon Lake (10 nm) processors.
Source: Amazon

BLU R2 budget smartphone now available for preorder

The latest budget-tier smartphone from BLU is now available for $80, although buyers will have to eschew some modern comforts like LTE connectivity at that price. For an extra $30, the R2 LTE offers a slight spec bump and 4G LTE speeds.
Many cores, high performance: AMD's Threadripper in the first tests

Many cores, high performance: AMD's Threadripper in the first tests

With the Threadripper CPUs we have excitedly been waiting for, once again after a few years AMD wants to catch up with the fastest desktop CPUs. According to the first tests, this is successful if the used software plays along. However, Intel can distance itself with high core speeds and single-core performance.
Meizu M6 Note launch flyer, phone might feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Meizu M6 Note might use a Snapdragon processor

Although its predecessor used a MediaTek processor and most rumors mentioned the M6 Note would use a chip from the same manufacturer, Meizu's head of global marketing mentioned that this handset might come with a surprise in this department.
Samsung patent showing Note handset with breathalyzer-stylus accessory

Samsung patent reveals a Note device with breathalyzer stylus

Although this is only in the patent stage for now, future Note devices might come with a breathalyzer-stylus accessory that also bends to act as an external microphone and a gas sensor.
Google Contacts app Suggestions screen, app now compatible with Lollipop and Marshmallow

Google Contacts finally available for older devices

Although there are many contacts apps for Android around, the Google Contacts app only worked for Pixel and Nexus users until recently. Now, all devices running Lollipop or later can run it as well.
The Asus VivoBook W202. (Source: Asus)

New school-oriented Asus VivoBook W202 laptop is now available

Asus' new laptop offers entry-level specs at an affordable price. The VivoBook W202 is meant for light use, and thus is perfect for students or casual Windows users.
Asus ZenFone 4 Pro ZS551KL leaked specs

Asus ZenFone 4 Pro specs leak online

The latest leak concerning this 5.5-inch handset that is expected to show up later this week reveals 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a dual-camera setup, as well as Android 7.1 Nougat.
Clevo group logo. (Source: Clevo Group)

Clevo revenue drops in first half of 2017 but expected to rebound with new devices

Clevo has reported first half revenues are down by 7.7 percent in their notebook business between 2016 and 2017. Net profit remains in the positive but is tight at slightly below US$11 million, or only 3.95 percent of revenue.
External SSD: Samsung's T5 Review

External SSD: Samsung's T5 Review

Samsung has introduced its T5 SSD, the latest model in a series of external high-performance SSDs. Like its predecessors, the T5 offers blazingly fast data transfer rates and in a high-quality premium package but it lacks innovation.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
HTC U11 Android flagship to get Bluetooth 5.0 with the next major OS update

HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5.0 with Android O

Next to the Alexa support and full HD 60 fps video recording capabilities that have been introduced since its launch, HTC's latest flagship will also get full Bluetooth 5.0 support as soon as it receives the Android O update.
The MA10-ST0 is a Mini-ITX form-factor server motherboard. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte unveils unannounced 16-core Denverton SoC from Intel

The new MA10-ST0 server motherboard comes packed with the high-end 16-core C3958 Denverton SoC that hasn't been previously announced by Intel. The combo is designed to power NAS servers.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro leaked image shows offline Spotify support

Gear Fit 2 Pro leak reveals offline Spotify support

In addition to offline Spotify support and an integrated GPS module, this upcoming wearable is rumored to offer 5 ATM water resistance. It is expected to show up on August 23, alongside the new Galaxy Note.
Andy Rubin seems to have investors in the palm of his hand. (Source: Essential)

Andy Rubin’s Essential is now a unicorn valued at $1.2B, despite flagship PH-1 smartphone well overdue

Andy Rubin's Essential has officially become a tech unicorn, cresting the US$1 Billion mark — even though its flagship handset, the PH-1, being late to market by over a month and a half.
It's been a good day for those who invested a few weeks back. (Source: bitboy/Wikimedia)

Bitcoin value reaches all-time high, blows past the $4000 mark

Bitcoin, the world's most popular cryptocurrency, has been on a rise of epic proportions, with it's journey climaxing a few hours ago at an all-time high trade value of just under $4500.
Sony has issued a revealing survey to users of its PS VR headset. (Source: Sony)

Sony asks customers what they don't like about PS VR

Sony has hired a research company to investigate the PS VR users about their user experience. The questions in the survey are quite revealing in terms of the concerns that customers may have expressed about the PS VR user experience. It also gives a few clues as to what features and enhancements Sony may be planning on making for any potential PS VR 2.0.
MSI Gaming Notebooks: Gaming excellence on the go

Top 5 MSI Gaming Notebooks for Back to School Season

MSI's gaming notebooks range from compact and lightweight to some of the most heavy-duty gaming laptops you can buy. This article covers the ins and outs of their recently updated gaming lineup. (Sponsored article)
Saygus V Squared Android phone might finally launch in 2017

Saygus V Squared hits FCC

After countless delays, the crowdfunded Saygus V Squared handset was labeled by everyone as vaporware, but this might have been wrong. The phone has apparently cleared the FCC and might finally reach the market.
The X1 mini PCs can fit the palm of your hand. (Source: Shuttle)

Shuttle launches the X1 Mini PC with GeForce GTX 1060

The small form-factor X1 PCs from Shuttle are able to handle 4K games thanks to the inclusion of Nvidia's GTX 1060 GPUs. The reduced size comes at a premium, though, with the i7 variant priced at US$1709 and the i5 variants costing around US$1500.
Opera Max app on smartphone and tablet, Opera Max discontinued mid-August 2017

Opera discontinues Opera Max

Opera Max has been delisted from the Google Play store catalog but those still using this service will be able to do so "for a period of time" that has not been revealed. Opera promised to announce the termination of server-side support once the date has been decided.
Team Fortress 2 - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Team Fortress 2 - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

A 10-year old strategy shooter Despite its advanced age, TF2 remains to be one of the most popular games on Steam. This is probably due to the fair free-to-play model and the moderate system requirements. The fast-paced 3D shooter is nevertheless quite a challenge, especially for cheap entry-level laptops and Windows tablets. More often than not, it is the processor and not the graphics card that leads to a jerky reproduction and unplayable frame rates. We tested the performance on various laptops, tablets, and desktops in the following benchmark check.
Colorful Balloons vs. Facebook Moments, Facebook coming to China in disguise

Facebook hits China via Colorful Balloons

Although Chinese regulators have something against social networks and foreign search engines, it seems that Facebook has just found its way to the local market via a photo-sharing app that launched via a local partner.
Aug 14
Source: Ulefone

The Ulefone Armor 2 is a budget-friendly ruggedized smartphone

The upcoming Armor 2 from Ulefone is a fairly inexpensive ruggedized smartphone. Powered by a MediaTek SoC and carrying an IP68 certification, the Armor 2 may make for a decent mid-tier rough-and-tumble phone.
Google voice typing gets support for 30 new languages, 119 supported total

Google's voice typing now supports 119 languages

The latest expansion of Google's speech recognition brings 30 new languages to Gboard for Android and Voice Search, as well as to the Cloud Speech API. The Google Translate app and other Google products are also expected to get the new languages in the coming months.
The Z2 Force was released in July. (Source: Lenovo)

Jelly scrolling effect spotted on the Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force, Motorola's flagship, has been spotted displaying the same jelly scrolling effect that was seen on the OnePlus 5. It's been a good year of drama for flagships.
It appears that users can still upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 for free. (Source: Microsoft)

Two methods of obtaining Windows 10 for free appear to still be open

Two methods which were detailed back in January 2017 which allowed users to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 for free still exist now, even though the free upgrade period ended over a year ago. One method involves taking advantage of a program for those with disabilities, while the second approach only needs a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 install and pr...
LG has replaced the V series' second screen with a new floating bar. (Source: LG)

LG talks about some of the UI features you can expect from the V30

A couple of details regarding the upcoming LG V30 have been released today. No more secondary display, a new way of capturing photos, and unique ways of unlocking your device are the main changes that the new handset will introduce come August 31.
MSI notebooks now shipping with freebies for back-to-school season (Source: MSI)

MSI notebooks now shipping with freebies for back-to-school season

New purchases of a mainstream GE, flagship GT, or super-thin GS will include a free gaming mouse, gaming headset, backpack, and more for a limited time.

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