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Jan 16
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.
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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.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 (Source: TAG Heuer)

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 smartwatch now available

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 is not only a smaller variant of the popular Connected Modular 45 smartwatch, since it also doubles the amount of memory and storage space, and features a 326 ppi AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels.
The new models were leaked by an unknown Chinese source. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel's upcoming 760p and 660p QLC PCIe NVMe SSD specs get leaked

The 760p models seem to be Intel's high-end consumer models for 2018, while the 660p feel more like a mid-range variant, which integrates QLC memory and should cut the prices in half.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds hits a new milestone, 3 million Xbox One players

Battlegrounds hits 3 million players on Xbox One

Although it was released worldwide on December 12, the multiplayer online battle royale game shortly known as PUBG (or Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in full) already has a strong following of more than 3 million Xbox One players.
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Intel Core i7-4790 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Haswell x86 4 cores @ 3600 - 4000 MHz 22nm
The Alexa-powered Echo from Amazon is the top selling smart speaker. (Source: Amazon)

Smart speaker penetration in US households strong says study

A new study shows that there is strong consumer interest in smart speakers. As many as one in six households in the US have purchased a smart speaker with sales peaking during the recent holiday period.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Ultrabooks

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best Ultrabooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the past few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

January 2018 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

January 2018 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

January 2018 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

January 2018 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) reviewed by Notebookcheck over 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 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

January 2018 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

January 2018 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Jan 14
The new AMT hack can bypass all known security measures. (Source: Anandtech)

Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
Survey: Notebook Service and Support Satisfaction

Survey: Notebook Service and Support Satisfaction

Finding that perfect laptop is one thing, but dealing with the manufacturer if something goes wrong is another. If you’ve had the pleasure of dealing with customer service and sending in a faulty notebook under warranty, then we’d like to hear from you and your experiences through our short survey.
'Haswell' CPU owners are getting increased security at the expense of reliability. (Source: Overclock3D)

Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches

Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
The Liva Q mini PCs are the world's smallest mini PCs. (Source: ECS)

CES 2018 | ECS presents new mini PC models with Gemini Lake processors

The Liva Q2, Z2 and One SoC ultra-compact form-factor mini PCs will feature Intel Celeron and Pentium SoCs with 10 W TDP and improved media processing, which finally allow for the inclusion of DDR4 RAM.
Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520. (Source: @gus33000 on Twitter)

Windows 10 on ARM shown running on a Lumia 1520

Thanks to the rooting capabilities provided by WP Internals, developers are now able to find ways of running Windows RT and even Windows 10 on ARM on Lumia handsets paving the way for some cool hacks.
The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown is the first mechanical watch to pair with a phone. (Source: Ressence)

Ressence reveals Type 2 e-Crown mechanical watch, pairs with your phone

Ressence has revealed the world's first mechanical watch that is able to pair with a smartphone. The Type 2 e-Crown was developed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell and is currently being shown as a concept.
Windows Phone Internals can root all Lumia devices. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Windows Phone Internals 2.3 may help resurrect ageing Lumia devices

Rooting and custom ROM development has traditionally been Android's USP. Now, Windows Phone users too can join the fun, thanks to the efforts of XDA Developer, Heathcliff74.
The dual-screen ZTE Axon M is just the first of more to come from ZTE. (Source: ZTE)

ZTE says more foldable phones in the pipeline

ZTE has revealed that it has plans for more devices featuring a foldable design. Although its current Axon M uses two separate displays, it does plan to launch a Galaxy X-like competitor featuring a true foldable display.
AMD chips are also vulnerable to Spectre. (Source: AMD)

AMD chips also vulnerable to Spectre exploit

AMD has revealed that its chips are also vulnerable to the Spectre exploit. Although not as vulnerable as Intel's chips, it is working with operating system vendors and developers to patch affected systems.
Google has pulled 63 apps found to serve up porn ads. (Source: PC World)

Google pulls 63 Android apps serving up porn ads

Google's Play Store has once again been beset with supposedly vetted apps hiding malware. On this occasion, 63 apps have been pulled from the Play Store after it was discovered they harbored malware serving up porn ads.
A purported render of the forthcoming LG G7. (Source: Tiger Mobiles)

LG G7 leaks in renders with barely there bezels

LG's 2018 flagship has made its first appearance in the flesh. The purported render of the device reveals an evolution of the G6 design with even thinner top, bottom and side bezels.
Difference in switch movement. (Source: Cherry)

CES 2018 | Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks

Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
Jan 13
The Nokia 8. (Juho Sarvikas)

The Nokia 8's camera belongs in 2015, DxOMark report reveals

The Nokia 8 made its way to DxOMark over the week, with the first-gen HMD flagship registering camera scores that wouldn't look out of place on a device straight out of 2015.
Mark the date. (Source: Gizmochina)

Opinion | The U11 EYEs will be yet another overpriced device by HTC

The U11 EYEs will be HTC's next mid-range offering. It'd be a solid device if it were priced as a mid-ranger but rumors point towards a price tag above the US$500 mark.
The Mi A1. (Source: MIUI)

The Mi A1's Android Oreo update has been suspended due to concerns over performance issues

The Mi A1, against all apparent odds, received its stable Oreo update on the last day of 2017. The company has pulled the update, though, after feedback from users showed a number of bugs. Probably should have kept this one in beta for a while longer, but hindsight is 20/20.
The Xperia XZ1.

Deal | The Xperia XZ1 is available at the moment for just over US$540

The Xperia XZ1, one of Sony's flagship devices for 2017, is currently available on Amazon at an enticing price point of just $543.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 Convertible Review

83% Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 Convertible Review

A niche of its own. Panasonic is the manufacturer of the robust Toughbooks made for the military and use on building sites. The CF-XZ6 is supposed to attract regular business customers who would usually choose a Surface, Latitude, ThinkPad or EliteBook. Find out why the Toughbook has not quite managed to get out of its niche in our detailed review.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.2 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

January 2018 update. Here you will find the current best tablets 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 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

January 2018 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
 

ThinkPad Roadmap Leak 2018: ThinkPad A285 & A485 with Ryzen, T580p & ThinkPad P1 with Coffeelake Hexa-Core CPUs?

Lenovo has announced a new ThinkPad generation a few days ago, but not all models were updated. Now an internal Lenovo document has been leaked, which mentions some new ThinkPad models for the remainder of 2018.
Samsung Galaxy X render from 2017, foldable handset introduced behind closed doors at CES 2018

CES 2018 | Samsung Galaxy X unveiled during private event

Although the foldable Samsung Galaxy X will probably not hit the market before the end of the year, insiders familiar with the matter claim that an updated prototype has been shown at CES to a few chosen ones.
Jan 12
North Korean military parade, North Korean Android malware targets defectors and their supporters

North Korean malware targets defectors and their supporters

McAfee researchers recently uncovered a hacking operation that targets North Korean defectors and those who help them, using popular chat apps and social media services (Facebook included) to deliver malware to their Android devices.
Yes, that is Pikachu in a Deerstalker cap. Image via The Official Pokemon YouTube Channel.

Pikachu will channel his inner Sherlock Holmes in the US and Europe on March 23rd

Nintendo's 3DS title Detective Pikachu is making its way outside of Japan this March. If you've ever wondered what the world's most famous Pokemon would be like as a wise-cracking, coffee-loving film noir gumshoe, you'll get your answer for $40 on March 23rd.
Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Portable Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock integrates a GTX 1050 GPU

The docking station will turn your Ideapad into a decent gaming machine for about $400 USD.
Casio's new G-SHOCK Rangeman GPS Navi. Image via Casio

CES 2018 | Casio's latest devices aim to bring smart tech to the outdoors

Casio introduced a new smartwatch, GPS watch, and action camera, all of which have a rugged design intended for heavy outdoor use.

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