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Jul 21
The Q8 packs most of the marquee features of the V20 into a smaller, waterproof chassis, but the design changes seen in the G6 and Q6 didn't make the cut. (Source: LG)

The LG Q8 is a waterproof, more compact version of the V20

LG has put most of the features of its last-year flagship, the V20, into a smaller, waterproof chassis. Unfortunately, a removable battery was lost in the process.
Coil whine, backlight bleed, and keyboard flex were some of the issues found. (Source: hpthetallguy)

Don't expect too much from the ZenBook Pro UX550

Many are eagerly awaiting Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 as a powerful but portable multimedia workhorse, but initial reports suggest the same kind of issues that have caused users to look to the UX550 may cause them to again have to look elsewhere for their dream machine.
Asus Zenfone AR goes on sale in the UK

Asus Zenfone AR hits the UK

The Zenfone AR will go on sale in the UK today, and while it comes with an admittedly impressive price tag of about £800, you'll have a hard time finding a device with such features elsewhere.
Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android has been chipping away at iOS in terms of smartphone activations as Apple fans patiently wait for the megaton iPhone refresh coming towards the end of the year.
The new Nintendo 2DS XL comes in the same form factor and with the same hardware as the 3DS XL but at a 25% lower price. (Source: Nintendo)

Will the Nintento 2DS XL be the most appealing portable games console of 2017?

Nintendo's 2017 update to the 2DS and 3DS portable gaming console line-up, the new 2DS XL, is arriving in North America and Europe on the 28th of July. The console will retail for US$150 and features the same internals as the 3DS XL with the 3D functionality removed.
Soon OnePlus 5 owners will be able to dial these three numbers without worrying if their phone will reboot. (Source: Own)

OnePlus 5 OTA update for the emergency call bug expected soon

OnePlus has been in contact with the original user who reported the 911 reboot bug, and they have successfully tested a bug fix that has stopped the phone from rebooting when dialing emergency services. It is expected that they will release an OTA update in the near future.
Jul 20
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: almost as fast as a real GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the Max-Q version of the GTX 1080 and despite a lower clock speed, the GTX 1060 Max-Q offers performance almost identical to a regular GTX 1060.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
iOS 10 gets a new update, labeled 10.3.3, delivering improvements and fixes to iPhone and iPad

iOS 10.3.3 now official

After quite a few public beta releases, Apple iOS 10.3.3 is finally ready to deliver multiple bug fixes and improvements to all iPhone and iPad users who own one (or more) compatible device(s).
New Nubia device spotted on Geekbench

New Nubia device spotted on Geekbench

A new Nubia mid-ranger has been spotted on Geekbench but we're having a hard time figuring out what SoC is listed. Sources claim it is the Snapdragon 617 but a number of factors make that rather unlikely.
LG G4 Android flagship finally gets Nougat update

LG G4 finally gets Android Nougat

After a long wait, LG G4 users can finally choose to upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. Strange enough, LG did not make any big announcement concerning this new firmware, but it looks like everything is on track, since the company promised this update since March.
 The i9-7920X features 16.5 MB of level 3 cache compared to i9-7900X’s 13.75 MB. (Source: Intel)

Intel quietly announces the i9-7920X CPU in response to AMD's Threadripper

Intel's latest CPU price list mentions the i9-7920X as a 12-core / 24-thread processor with a base clock of 2.9 GHz and an MSRP of US$1,189. The core count make it a direct competitor for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, even though the AMD CPU costs US$799.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best office/business 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.
Even though the new models are part of the Asus ultrabook family, they come equipped with the desktop version of Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. (Source: Asus)

Asus releases the VivoBook Pro 15 ultrabooks with GeForce GTX 1050

Three new Asus ultrabook models come equipped with Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. Prices range from US$799 for the Intel's i5-7300HQ CPU version up to US$999 for the i7-7700HQ version.
LG V30/LG-H932PR specs on Geekbench show Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB RAM

Possible LG V30 surfaces on Geekbench

The handset that was spotted on Geekbench is known as LGE LG-H932PR, its list of specs including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Previous rumors also mentioned a variant with 6 GB RAM, but nothing is official yet.
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: Gaming-Performance almost on par with GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the M...
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Samsung to supply Apple with 7 nm A12 SoCs for next year's iPhone

Samsung may supply Apple with 7 nm A12 SoCs for next year's iPhone

The South Korean manufacturer has purportedly struck another deal with Apple to provide both OLED panels and A12 SoCs.
Get ready to bid farewell to the (somewhat) beloved gumdrop emojis. (Source: IDG)

Android 8.0 information revealed in Reddit AMA

The annual Reddit AMA by Google's Android engineering team has revealed some interesting information about the next version of Android and the future of the OS.
Yesterday's memes are now today's news. (Source: Know Your Meme)

Facebook to allow paywalled articles later this year

Facebook is reportedly working on a paywall system to access shared articles.
Jul 19
A preview of the new Coral Blue finish available on the S8 and S8 Plus. (Source: Samsung)

A coral blue Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming later this week

A new Galaxy S8 color is making the trip from South Korea and the UK to American shores. Coral Blue handsets will be available exclusively from Best Buy and Samsung's website starting July 21.
The fanless case features radiator fins to disipate heat. (Source: MeLE)

MeLE announces the PCG35 Apo fanless mini PC powered by Celeron J3455

The PCG35 Apo is powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake Celeron J3455 CPU with 10W TDP, and will begin shipping in August for about $179.
Nokia 8 spotted on official website as HMD CEO steps down

Nokia 8 spotted on official website as HMD CEO steps down

A promotional image of the Nokia 8 was spotted on Nokia's official website a while ago and it looks like we're closer than ever to its official launch.
Huawei Honor 9 Android flagship's Premium variant coming to Europe

Honor 9 Premium heading for Europe

The Honor 9 flagship with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage is allegedly coming to Europe as Honor 9 Premium. The price depends on the market and retailer but is expected to fall in the $520-$580 USD range.
RuneScape MMORPG coming to Android devices in early 2018

RuneScape for mobile coming in 2018

One of the oldest and most popular MMORPGs still around will finally become available for mobile users, but not as a whole new game, but as a client for Android devices that is expected to go live in early 2018.
Remix OS on Jide Remix Pro tablet, Remix OS to be discontinued

Jide to drop Remix OS

Although Jide's Remix OS reached its third major build last year, when the Marshmallow-based version 3.0 arrived, the company was quite silent this year. Now, they reveal the intention to move away from the consumer market and to focus on the enterprise.
After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch in the US. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches full Bixby Voice capabilities in the US

After a one month early access program, Bixby Voice is now receiving a full launch for the US market. Samsung is hoping that the deep integration with their applications will allow users to seamlessly switch between voice and touch input when using their phone.
An 18-card Ethereum mining rig pushed to its limits. (Source: Ethereum.org)

Crypto miners dump their GPUs on Ebay as Ethereum drops almost 50% in value

It might be a hard time for miners who are now trying to mitigate losses and sell their GPUs on ebay, but this could also be a boon for all the gamers who couldn't find mid-range GPUs a few weeks ago.
Xiaomi targets 100M smartphone unit sales in 2018

Xiaomi targets 100M smartphone unit sales in 2018

Xiaomi may have grown to be one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers within its seven years of existence but the company doesn't look like slowing down soon, with CEO Lei Jun setting a target of 100 million smartphone shipments in 2018.
Google Glass wearable showing the heads up display. (Source: Google)

The return of Google Glass

Google has revealed that Glass has returned, but this time with a focus on the business and enterprise markets. Trial programs in factories have shown productivity increases, but the issue of privacy may rise to the surface again.
A comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and a faulty Surface Pro 2017 showing the excessive backlight bleed on the latter. (Source: Surface Guy)

Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017

Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
The PL62 combines the power of the high-end 4-core i7-7700HQ CPU with the brand new Nvidia MX150 GPU. (Source: Amazon)

MSI launches $799 gaming laptop with Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce MX150

The MSI PL62 packs the high-end 4-core i7-7700HQ CPU together with Nvidia's latest MX150 GPU, making it the most affordable gaming laptop currently available.
More notebooks sporting Intel 8th generation CPUs spotted through benchmark listings

More notebooks sporting Intel 8th generation CPUs spotted through benchmark listings

In addition to the Acer Swift 3, we can now expect Lenovo, HP, and Asus to soon announce new Coffee Lake SKUs in their respective Yoga, Spectre, and Zenbook families of Ultrabooks.
HP Pavilion 17z-ak000 (A9-9420, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

76% HP Pavilion 17z-ak000 (A9-9420, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

A snail's pace. Stoney Ridge is bottom of the barrel when it comes to overall performance. The AMD option may save a few bucks here and there, but the sluggish responsiveness is a very high price to pay.
AMD A9-9420 | AMD Radeon 530 | 17.3" | 2.6 kg
The Galaxy Note 7 has been estimated to have cost Samsung between US$5 and 10 billion. The Note FE and recycling initiative will help ameliorate that. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung will recycle remining Galaxy Note 7 devices, recovering 157 tons of precious metals

In addition to releasing limited numbers of refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices as the "Galaxy Note FE", the Korea tech giant has reported it will be recycling remaining Note 7 stock to recover up to 157 tons of precious metals.
The device we're all waiting for just got a little further away. (Source: The Ledger Gazette)

Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets

A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
Lenovo confirms the lightsaber is not a prop. It has working mechanical buttons and it's tracked by the headset. (Source: Disney)

Lenovo's augmented reality headset comes bundled with a lightsaber

Disney teased the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game bundled with a Lenovo augmented reality headset and a lightsaber peripheral at the D23 convention. Lenovo's headset is similar to Microsoift's HoloLens.
Fujitsu Celsius H970 (E3-1535M v6, P4000) Workstation Review

86% Fujitsu Celsius H970 (E3-1535M v6, P4000) Workstation Review

Strong CPU, weak cooling. The Celsius H970 might be Fujitsu's last 17.3-inch workstation. This should be reason enough for the manufacturer to do their best. But unfortunately, they fail in two places. You can read in our detailed test review, where this is.
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 | NVIDIA Quadro P4000 | 17.3" | 3 kg
Blackview A9 Pro Smartphone Review

78% Blackview A9 Pro Smartphone Review

Petite. Classy. Slow Timeless and clean design is one of Chinese manufacturer Blackview's trade marks. Next to Blackview's outdoor smartphones, the petite A9 Pro almost seems out of place. The smartphone's hardware cannot keep up with Blackview's other offerings. Still, the A9 had a few tricks up its sleeves.
Mediatek MT6737 | ARM Mali-T720 | 5" | 170 g
Jul 18
Source: Atari

More features of the Ataribox surface

The console will focus on both old and new titles, possibly positioning Atari to capitalize on the retro-fueled success of the NES Classic Edition. New press renders show off some connectivity, but very little is known about the console at this point.
Kaby Lake X: Intel Core i7-7740X Review

Kaby Lake X: Intel Core i7-7740X Review

Intel's new Core i7-7740X for the socket 2066 proves to be the fastest CPU for gaming in the test. However, it is just a weak upgrade to Intel's Core i7-7700K that lags behind the Ryzen CPUs in multitasking due to its low core count.
Intel Core i7-7740X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Moto E4 Android smartphone hits MetroPCS

Moto E4 reaches MetroPCS later this month

Those who make the switch from another carrier to T-Mobile's prepaid brand can get the Moto E4 for free, but even those who do not qualify for this offer can buy this smartphone for as little as $50 USD.
HTC Desire 555 Androdi smartphone hits Cricket Wireless for $120 USD

HTC Desire 555 hits Cricket Wireless

This 5-inch low-end Android Nougat handset comes with a quad-core processor, 5 MP and 8 MP cameras, a 2,200 mAh battery, and can be acquired for just $119.99 USD when joining Cricket or upgrading an existing plan.
Source: Essential

Another key executive leaves Essential

Brian Wallace, former director of marketing for Essential, has left the startup. His departure follows that of Andy Fouché, former head of communications, last month. These departures will only add to Essential's recent problems.
Mi TV 4A

You can get a 32" Xiaomi Smart TV for $163

Xiaomi has announced the launch of their new 32" budget Smart TV, the Mi TV 4A. Quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, $163.
Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share. (Source: IDC, May 2017)

Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss

There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may launch by the end of July

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active may launch by the end of July

An Amazon listing of a screen protector for the S8 Active has touted an August 1 release date, so we have reason to believe that the device will be launched in that period, too.
Panasonic P55 Max Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737 SoC launches in India

Panasonic P55 Max launches in India

This new budget handset has a 5.5-inch 720p display, uses the MediaTek MT6737 processor, runs Android Nougat, and is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery, all for a price of around $130 USD.
The OnePlus 5 has had a bug-filled launch. (Source: OnePlus)

Some users report OnePlus 5 crashes when dialing 911

There is new concern shown by OnePlus 5 owners as allegations appear on reddit of phones rebooting when dialing 911. The cause of the bug is currently unknown, however OnePlus is in contact with those experiencing the issue to try and solve the problem as soon as possible.
Qualcomm threatens to ban all Apple products in the US. (Source: Techjuice.pk)

Qualcomm CEO thinks Apple will settle in latest lawsuit

Apple is expected to adhere to the contract and pay up the patent royalties it owes to Qualcomm, else the court expanses would be too high, says Qualcomm CEO.
Quantum computers are bulky and require extreme cooling temperatures. (Source: Google)

Google plans to make their quantum computers available through a cloud service

Scientific research will greatly benefit from quantum computers, which will process data millions of times faster than traditional supercomputers. Google now wants to help scientists everywhere access their quantum computers through a cloud service.
Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

89% Huawei P10 Smartphone Review

Next please! Ten is more than nine - and Huawei develops its P10 according to this strategy. A faster SoC, more storage, bigger battery, and a better camera. The design is rounder and the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the front. Not revolutionary, but the Chinese manufacturer does not show weaknesses with the Huawei P10.
Update: Updates regarding flash storage and WLAN performance.
HiSilicon Kirin 960 | ARM Mali-G71 MP8 | 5.1" | 144 g

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