Sebastian Eifrid (Tech Writer)
I am a writer with a passion for foreign language. I dream of one day becoming a polyglot. When I'm not perusing through my ever-growing backlog of books, I can usually be found tinkering with PC hardware and other gadgets. I enjoy trying to get old hardware to run newer programs and experimenting with various operating systems.
Europeans want devices that can be easily repaired
In 2014, a poll showed that a majority of consumers in the EU would prefer to repair their old devices instead of just buying new ones. Recently, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for device manufacturers to create products better suited to meet this demand.
Samsung targets more markets with its ISOCELL brand
Unveiled last week at the 2017 MWC in Shanghai, ISOCELL, Samsung's new image sensor brand, looks to continue the legacy of its namesake technology. The company emphasizes the brand's versatility, and expects to see its adoption in a host of products.
Rumor: Apple to scrap Touch ID with the iPhone 8
Seeing its debut on the iPhone 5S, Apple's Touch ID has become a staple feature across the company's lineup of devices. However, a recent report suggests that the company is looking to introduce a new form of authentication with the next iPhone.
Users still running the first version of Windows 10 are encouraged to update
Microsoft announced in May that, having reached its end-of-life, the initial release of Windows 10 (version 1507) would no longer receive monthly quality updates. Users still running the outdated version of the OS will now be prompted to update via a desktop notification, according to a recent post to the company's blog.
A new budget-friendly phone expected to join the Project Fi lineup
One of the biggest complaints against Google's wireless service, Project Fi, is its lack of supported phones. In a recent statement, the company promised to add a new third-party device to the lineup "later this year".
Security exploit discovered in Skype
A recently discovered security flaw in Skype potentially allows remote attackers to execute malicious code. Microsoft has since fixed the vulnerability in a patch, and Skype users are urged to make sure their Skype application is up-to-date.
Rumor: iPhone 8 to have faster charging with a 10W wall charger
Apple's next iPhone is rumored to come with a 10W USB-C wall charger, giving users a faster charging experience. Still, consumers should not expect to see a USB-C port in place of the company's signature Lightning port on the device itself.
Deal: Save $50 on a 1TB SSD through Amazon
The 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD, a 2.5-inch SATA III drive, is currently on sale on Amazon. Customers looking for a high-capacity SSD at a relatively low price may want to act on this deal.
Steam Link on sale for $15
Valve kicked off its annual Steam Summer Sale last week, slashing prices on games and software. Also on sale is the company's offering of accessories and hardware, including the Steam Link for $15.
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.
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.
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.
Increased demand drives up prices for NVIDIA cards
Price history on Amazon shows that there has been a sizable price hike for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, like the ever-popular GTX 1070. This spike in pricing has been attributed to increased demand at the hands of cryptocurrency miners, who use the cards to drive powerful "mining" rigs.
Zenbook 3 Deluxe now available from ASUS
Appearing at CES and again at Computex earlier this year, ASUS has begun the sale of the aptly named Zenbook 3 Deluxe. The core i7 version of this ultra-portable device is available for $1,699 direct from ASUS and other online retailers, such as Amazon and Newegg.
Pokemon GO to receive a massive overhaul of its gym battling system
According to the Pokemon GO Team, players can expect "the biggest update to Pokémon GO" to roll out over the coming weeks. The massive update is planned to include an overhaul of the gym battling system in addition to new features like raid battles.
Google takes a hard line on online terror in its new 4-step plan
In a recent blog post, General Counsel at Google Ken Walker delineated the company's mission to combat terrorism online. While Google already devotes a portion of its enormous resources toward counter-terrorism, the company aims to bolster its efforts with a newly published 4-step plan.
The YotaPhone 3 aims to refine the concept of an E Ink phone
Specifications for the next iteration of the YotaPhone were disclosed after the China-Russia Expo in Harbin. Insider sources suggest that the device may not be the high-spec flagship device that consumers were expecting.
Microsoft gives an enigmatic promise of what its Surface brand smartphone might be
Microsoft executives have made intriguing promises of what we should expect from the company's upcoming Surface branded smartphone device. More accurately, Microsoft has told us what not to expect from the device: anything but the ordinary.
Android users can now have Microsoft's Cortana as their default assistant
With the latest update to its Android application, Cortana can now be set to the default search assistant. This means Android users now have the option of replacing Google Assistant, with direct access to Cortana from the home screen.
New phone from Vivo may feature a fingerprint reader embedded under the screen
A new phone from Vivo appearing in a leaked video was shown to be unlocked by fingerprint through a sensor embedded within the screen on the device. Rumors suggest that this type of sensor might be appearing in new smartphones soon.