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Intel Core i7-8705G SoC

Kaby Lake-G x86 4 cores @ 3100 - 4100 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i5-8305G SoC

Kaby Lake-G x86 4 cores @ 2800 - 3800 MHz 14nm

Intel Core i7-8706G SoC

Kaby Lake-G x86 4 cores @ 3100 - 4100 MHz 14nm
Jan 17
It's been a crazy month for Bitcoin owners. (Image: CryptoCompare)

BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days

Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
Fujitsu Lifebook E558/S E448/S (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu unveils over a dozen notebooks for enterprise use

Fujitsu has just announced no less than 14 notebook models from five series that are scheduled to roll out in stages starting at the end of January. Sadly, there is no word on their arrival in the US yet.

Intel Core i7-8709G SoC

Kaby Lake-G x86 4 cores @ 3100 - 4100 MHz 14nm
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.

Intel Core i5-8600K SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake x86 6 cores @ 3600 - 4300 MHz 14nm
Moto Z3 Play leaked image (Source: Droid Life)

Moto Z3 and Z3 Play images surface online

The Moto Z3 and Z3 Play are apparently both using a 6-inch full HD display, and a third Moto Z3 device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 onboard is expected to arrive after a while with a higher-resolution touchscreen.
Enmotus mainly provides storage software solutions for servers. (Source: Enmotus)

Enmotus FuzeDrive brings fast storage to AMD Ryzen users

The FuzeDrive software "melds" SSDs, HDDs, NVMe devices and even DDR4 system RAM into one large storage pool that remains bootable and does not require OS reinstallation.
HTC U11 Life

85% HTC U11 Life Smartphone Review

Ensured updates. If it were not for the touch-sensitive sides and Android One which ensures operating system updates for two years, the HTC U11 Life would be a mid-range device like many others. Does this make it a very special smartphone?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 | Qualcomm Adreno 508 | 5.2" | 142 g
Facebook Messenger product logo, improvements coming in 2018

Facebook promises to improve Messenger this year

Facebook has recently admitted that the Messenger app is too cluttered, but promised that this year they will focus on "massively simplifying and streamlining" it.
The GPD Win 2 can play some triple A games at 720p. (Source: GPD)

The GPD Win 2 Windows handheld gaming device hits Indiegogo

The GPD Win 2 Indiegogo campaign gives as a look look at the upcoming handheld Windows gaming device, its specifications, and performance comparisons.
The G6 is expected to cost around US$240. (Source: Droid Life)

Lenovo Moto G6 lineup leaks out

The G6 looks to be one of Lenovo's mid-range lineups for 2018. Design-wise, the G6 borrowed key elements from the X4 family and features 3D glass cases and fingerprint sensors.
Microsoft Surface Book 2: Bigger 15-inch model is now available in more markets

Microsoft Surface Book 2: Bigger 15-inch model is now available in more markets

When Microsoft announced the Surface Book 2, the bigger 15-inch model was announced to be exclusively available in the USA. A few months later, Microsofts expands the availability to many more markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Editorial: Dell XPS 13 9370 - not bad, but where's the beef?

Editorial: Dell XPS 13 9370 - not bad, but where's the beef?

As part of CES, Dell presented its latest cash cow, the completely redesigned and rebuilt XPS 13, during CES. Contrary to common practice, the latest XPS 13 is brand-new on the outside yet remains completely unmodified on the inside (CPU/GPU). One might wonder: how exactly is the new XPS 13 better than its predecessor? We took a closer look only to discover: it really isn't.
A render purported to be the Sony XZ Pro. (Source: MyDriver)

Bezel-less Sony XZ Pro surfaces ahead of MWC 2018

Sony's 2018 flagship, the Xperia XZ Pro, has leaked out a month ahead of its expected reveal at Mobile World Congress on February 26. The device is the first from the Japanese maker to feature a contemporary bezel-less design.
Where is the premium service for premium smartphones?

Where is the premium service for premium smartphones?

Warranty and its snags. The features of a smartphone are one thing. Its durability is another. As a buyer, you would hope that if your smartphone starts having a fault sometime during the first 24 months of its life, one that is not your fault, the manufacturer would take care of it. However, things do not always go the way we want them to. A personal account on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the “pink line of death”.
The Moto X4 (Source: Thinkur)

Details of the Moto X5 revealed, device to feature a notch

The Moto X4 was one of our picks for best value smartphones of 2017, and its successor looks to continue that fine form. The X5, according to a leak, will feature an 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and also what appears to be a notch at the top of the display,
Jan 16
Huawei P10 flagship and P10 Plus gets Android Oreo beta

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus get Oreo beta update

Android Oreo beta is now available for the international Huawei P10 and P10 Plus flagships, and it includes EMUI 8.0 with quite a few new features.
The S8 was one of 2017's best flagships. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 will ship with a 3000mAh battery, go on sale on March 16

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will keep the same battery capacities as their predecessors, with the smaller sibling to house a 3000mAh battery, and the plus-sized variant to opt for a 3500mAh one.
The Honor 8 is still an aesthetically stunning device. (Source: XDA-Developers)

The Honor 8 will not receive Android Oreo, and that's a shame

The Honor 8 was released barely 18 months ago, so it's something of a surprise to hear that it won't be receiving the update to Oreo.
HiSilicon's Kirin has come a long way. (Source: AnandTech)

The Kirin 970 is better than the Snapdragon 835, Master Lu declares

Master Lu, a popular Chinese benchmark, has revealed performance scores for the top SoCs in the business, with the Kirin 970 edging out Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 to first place.
Meizu's factory, Zhuhai. (Source: Engadget)

Meizu in decline as company registers just 20 million smartphone shipments in 2017

Meizu VP Yang Xun has, at a press briefing, announced that the company recorded a total of 20 million shipments in 2017, a slight decline from 2016's total.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Mobile GPU

1792 Vega cores
Samsung Pay old and new UI (Source: Android Central)

Samsung Pay gets a new interface

The latest Samsung Pay version that is apparently labeled 2.8.18 (the version number may vary depending on the device) drops the on-screen section menus for a traditional bottom bar. Overall, the UI is now cleaner and more user-friendly.

AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU

1536 Vega cores @ 1063MHz
The M.3 form factor measures 30.5 mm instead of 22 mm, so it can fit more memory chips and controllers. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

CES 2018 | ADATA preps support for the upcoming M.3 SSD form-factor standard

The M.3 form-factor provides a 30.5 mm surface, allowing manufacturers to add more memory chips, failure capacitors and larger controllers. The M.3 SSDs will thus feature larger capacities, improved speeds and extended security features.

AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU

1280 Vega cores @ 931MHz

Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Cortex-A7 ARM 4 cores @ 1400 MHz 28nm

Mediatek MT6752 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Cortex-A53 ARM 8 cores @ 1700 MHz 28nm
The screen of the Hi9 Gamer tablet is fully laminated. (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi's affordable Hi9 Gamer tablet now available

The Hi9 Gamer tablet runs Android 7.0 out of the box and comes equipped with an 8.4-inch 2560 x 1600 display, a quad-core MediaTek SoC, a PowerVR GPU and 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
China's Five-star Red Flag, Google Maps returns to China mid-January 2018

Google Maps returns to China after 8 years of absence

Thanks to a partnership with Alibaba-owned AutoNavi, the Google Maps service returns to China, but with a few feature limitations needed to get the approval of the local government.

Intel Celeron M 540 Processor - Benchmarks and Specs

Merom x86 1 cores @ 1860 MHz 65nm

Intel Core i7-4790S SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Haswell x86 4 cores @ 3200 - 4000 MHz 22nm

AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 GPU

192 Vega cores

AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 GPU

384 Vega cores
The U11 EYEs. (Source: HTC)

HTC U11 EYEs launched with dual front cameras

The HTC U11 EYEs has just been launched and will be sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China with price tags in the US$500 price range.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 GPU

704 Vega cores
BlackBerry Motion Android smartphone available in the US as of January 2018

BlackBerry Motion finally available in the US

After a few months of full availability in Canada, the UK, and most European countries, the BlackBerry Motion finally reached the US market via Amazon and Best Buy.
Jan 15
Samsung Newberry County manufacturing plant opening ceremony (Source: Samsung Newsroom US)

Samsung's first US home appliance plant begins production

Samsung plans to make one million washing machines in the recently opened Newberry, South Carolina factory. This new manufacturing plant should also create more than 1,000 jobs by 2020.
The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now complete. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) is now fully available

The phased rollout of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has reached the final stage with it now being fully available to all Windows 10 computers.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime Android smartphone hits India mid-January 2018 (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launching in India later this week

In the aftermath of a pretty long stream of rumors and teasers, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is now finally ready to hit the Indian market. This 5.5-inch handset with an Exynos 7870 processor will be available in two configurations, both loaded with Samsung Pay Mini and Samsung Mall.
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

87% HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review

Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Intel Core i7-7820HQ | Intel HD Graphics 630 | 14" | 1.5 kg
Image: Games Done Quick

Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning charity raises over $2.2 million, setting new record

The annual charity speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, successfully raised USD $2.26 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a charity focused on cancer research and education. This is the second year in a row that the gaming event raised over $2 million for charity.
Skype's new private conversations feature uses the Signal Protocol for end-to-end encryption. (Source: Signal)

Microsoft brings end-to-end encryption to Skype in collaboration with Signal

There were some fairly large privacy concerns that arose early in the life of Skype. Microsoft has tried to allay those fears in recent times, but the integration of end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal Protocol is the strongest privacy move they've made to date.
No more new OLED laptops: LCD technology continued to dominate the market

CES 2018 | No more OLED laptops: LCD technology continues to dominate the market

There were many new laptops at CES. Not a part of any new announcement: Laptops with OLED displays. It seems that most manufacturers will instead continue to stick with IPS LCDs – a situation that can by explained with multiple reasons.
The premium finish remains one of the hallmarks of Dell's Vostro family. (Source: Dell)

Dell Vostro 13 5370 business notebook alerady available online for Asia and Australia

The 13.3-inch business notebook gets upgraded with an Intel gen 8 i5-8250U CPU, up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and a choice between Intel's UHD Graphics 620 or AMD's Radeon 530 GPUs. The model is now available online for Asia and Australia for as low as US$930.
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
Samsung Galaxy S9 shape at FCC (Source: Droid Life)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ hit FCC once again

Last time, the international versions of the upcoming flagships arrived at FCC. Now, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are being tested and one step closer to being released.

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